Take Kenwood's top-of-the-line receiver for a cruise
The "XR" in this Kenwood stereo's name stands for "Excelon Reference," which is a step above their already legendary Excelon line of car audio products. The DNX996XR navigation receiver stands atop the Kenwood heap thanks to wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, plus an actual high-definition 6.75" touchscreen display. It also offers reliable Garmin mapping, entertainment options, and enhanced sonic goodies. The Excelon Reference badge also gives you the benefits of a 2-year warranty, high-voltage preamp outputs, and audiophile-quality audio components.
A high-def screen in your dash? It's true!
A lot of manufacturers boast about how beautiful their screens look, but the Kenwood Excelon DNX996XR is one of a small number with a truly high-definition (720p) display. The capacitive touchscreen measures 6.75" diagonally, and it's sure to let you gather all the info you need in a quick glance, no matter the lighting conditions inside your car. The electrostatic panel delivers clear, crisp images at nearly any angle, without losing an ounce of fingertip control. When you're parked, you'll be able to take in video content like never before. Best of all, the screen's motorized so it can tilt in either direction to give you the best viewing angle, even in a dash with an obstructive curvature.
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi®, you can enjoy the benefits of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay without connecting to the DNX996XR via USB. That's convenience on top of convenience, considering that you can now get maps, messaging, music, and much more done through the stereo using your fingers and either Siri® voice assistant or Google Assistant™ to control the action. Plus, you'll get easy access to many of your favorite apps. In addition, the DNX996XR offers wireless screen mirroring for select Android phones, which lets you select apps directly from the Kenwood touchscreen.
(Please check the Details tab to ensure your Android device works with wireless Android Auto.)
Pair with two phones at once
If you're driving with a passenger, the DNX996XR can pair with up to two phones at once. You'll be able to designate one phone as the priority but be able to switch between the two with ease, as well as have access to both phonebooks.
Expert guidance from the pros at Garmin
The DNX996XR boasts Garmin maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. You'll also get reliable routing with spoken street names at turns, lane assistance, and realistic views of complicated intersections. 3D terrain views give you the lay of the land for even more assurance. Kenwood's interface also provides more opportunities for split-screen control, so you can still follow the maps as the stereo shows you what's playing or who's calling.
Get around congestion with INRIX traffic reports
You'll get a free 2-year subscription to INRIX traffic service, which provides quick updates on congestion along your route. You'll need to have your smartphone with the app on it connected to the receiver to take advantage of these traffic updates. INRIX updates require an in-app purchase after the 2-year subscription ends.
Upgraded interface and Photo Frame Widget
Kenwood refreshed their user interface for 2019, so it's easier than ever to find and switch between your favorite sources and check out album artwork and map details. The new Photo Frame Widget feature lets you create a slideshow of up to 500 images from a thumb drive on the receiver's home screen.
Built-in HD Radio™ tuner for enhanced broadcasts
The DNX996XR also features an HD Radio tuner. You'll enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into a local participating station, and there's no subscription required — just tune it in like a regular radio station.
More sources than you can shake a stick at
This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while an A/V input offers connection for more audio/video sources. A pair of rear USB ports let you add audio from an iPod or flash drive, including high-resolution FLAC and WAV files. You also get an SD card slot for playing digital music files and map updates.
A bevy of listening options with satellite radio
Make your drive sound special. Why struggle with stations fading away as you travel? You can hook up a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included) to this receiver and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides — and your favorite stations are always there. The DNX996XR works with TuneMix, SportsFlash, and other new SiriusXM features, which give you even more customizable options for listening the way you want.
Kenwood equipped this Excelon Reference receiver with custom-made or carefully curated sonic components— including three sets of gold-plated 5-volt preamp outputs — to deliver superb audio performance. A 3-way crossover lets you adjust for separate highs, mids, and sub frequencies if you're amplifying subs, woofers, and tweeters separately. Kenwood's Drive EQ+ technology boosts certain frequencies that are easily masked by wind and tires rolling on asphalt. It also enhances your music's bottom end as your speed increases, so you can really feel those tunes as you drive. You can also tweak the sound to your ears' content with a 13-band equalizer and other sound shaping tools at your disposal.
Expand your safety net with up to three cameras
The DNX996XR is capable of displaying two different cameras, so you can see more when you're getting in and out of tight spots. If you've got a pair of rear-view cameras, you can reverse the image of the one up front to get a more precise picture. With select Kenwood cameras, you can have the display automatically switch to a momentary view from the front camera when you shift out of reverse. The receiver also features a dedicated input for Kenwood's DRV-N520 Drive Recorder dash cam so you can capture your travels in high definition.
iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras — and add some upgrades
This Kenwood offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module(not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the Kenwood's screen. It'll even integrate your stealth K40 into the stereo's display, so you can see and hear about incoming threats. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.
Bluetooth note:Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our articles about Bluetooth profiles.
iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
Installation note:You must have the parking brake wire connected for some setup functions and menu options. You must have your vehicle's speed sense wire connected to use wireless Apple CarPlay
DVD/CD navigation receiver with motorized 6.75" electrostatic capacitive touchscreen
built-in Garmin navigation system
plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC music files, plus high-res WAV and FLAC files
high-definition (1280x720) display
fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
built-in HD Radio tuner
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible (wired or wireless) — see "Details" for more info
display and command of select music, navigation, and other apps with iPhone and Android
Pandora control with iPhone and Android
Siri Eyes Free control for select iPhones
wireless screen mirroring from select Android phones
compatible with Kenwood Remote S smartphone app for wireless source selection through your phone
maps of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, plus 6 million points of interest
optional traffic reports available through INRIX smartphone app — 2-year subscription included with purchase (smartphone required)
text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
lane assistance and junction view
3D terrain view
13-band graphic EQ
DSP with digital time alignment
bass boost and loudness controls
Drive EQ improves sound to compensate for exterior noise
high- and low-pass filters and 3-way crossover
audiophile-quality sonic circuitry including gold-plated preamp outputs
compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
inputs: two rear detachable USB inputs; SD card slot; rear analog A/V input (mini-jack); two camera inputs; input for Kenwood DRV-N520 Drive Recorder
outputs: video output (RCA) with audio output (mini-jack); 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
compatible with iDatalink Maestro
retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
displays engine and other performance data on touchscreen