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Kenwood 6960 vs 9960

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by toddt, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Dec 22, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    toddt

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    The price difference is pretty significant. I am wondering if i am missing any major differences to justify the 9960.

    Seems like with the 9960 you get:

    slightly larger screen (no big deal)
    3D maps (sounds cool)
    better EQ (not sure if I would notice this)

    As far as the rest of my system, eventually I will upgrade the door speakers (not sure with what) and *maybe* put a sub in the back. But thats all down the road.

    FYI, I already have the SWI thing for kenwood and a schoche double din.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    nobody has experience with these HUs?
     
  3. Dec 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM
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    stick with the 6960, my friend has the new one 9960 and hates it, I bought jis old one the 8120 and its great, he says the new one is very slow to navigate through menus and screens compaired to the older models....
     
  4. Dec 24, 2010 at 10:23 AM
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    slow? he probably didn't update the firmware which most people are forgetting to do and complaining about the setup.

    My cousin has the 9960 and its friggin sweet. I'm getting the 9960 once I get my new truck.
     
  5. Dec 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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    i HATE the fucking 9960. everyday i see it, i regret buying it. i've experienced so many problems with the unit. i've been wanting to make a video review of the thing so no one has to go through what i went through with it.

    one major problem, the maps "locked" themselves, and now i can't get GPS to work. can't route anything, can't search anything, can't do anything in the "navigation" section.

    yes, i'm fully upgraded with firmware and no, i didn't hack it.

    the damn thing just sucks.
     
  6. Dec 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    DevL

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    My 9960 has had no problems and is by far the sweetest head unit I have ever used. Its lightning fast except for a second delay on the touch buttons in the main scolling window to go where you want. You learn to not hit em twice and expect the lag there.

    Definantly buy from an authorosed dealer so you dont have to worry about problems and can just get a new unit if you have any. THe only thing I have an issue with is sometimes it takes forever to voice search any location by name if its not common like Best Buy or McDonalds or something thats a huge chian. I also cant figure out how to save my time alignments. Most of the issues are resolved by reading the manual. I will try to compile a list of all the things the 9960 has over the 6960.

    I also noticed you are in Houston Texas. You can see my 9960 whever you like. Where do you live and work? I live near the Gallaria and work in Jersey Village.

    I dont have my dash in (being repainted) but the stereo is up. My system consists of hte following.

    DNX9960
    JL Audio HD 900/5
    Focal K2 KR165
    Focal Polygass CVX165
    2 Image Dynamics IDQ v3 D4 10s in a custom sealed enclosure

    Crap ton of sound deadening CLD tiles on doors, floor, and roof, CCF on everyting but the back wall, MLV on doors and floor.
     
  7. Dec 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    5V vs 3.5V preouts
    1 extra AV input
    Side by side split scrren window for nav and window for stereo
    3D nav buildings
    Lane assist (picture of the road and signs at major intersections with indicator of where to go)
    13 band vs 3 band EQ (huge difference)
    Center chanel control as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 for DVDs
    Slightly better and 1" larger screen
    Slightly better DVD/CD player
    Scren adjustbale for tilt up and down
    Can read DIVX movies
    Slide touch instead of just touch
    3 favorite sources can be custom loaded on menu screen
    You have a seperate USB line for iPod vs having to remove the cable to use the USB on 6960
    Voice control on 9960
    Time alignment for speakers with 3 custom seating positions
    9960 allows bluetooth streaming of your MP3 audio from your phone... this alone I could not live without. Everyone I know can play their music by a simple 30 second procedure where they sync with my 9960 and play their tunes from their Driod phones.

    Im sure there are more differences but these stuck out to me.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    I'm not sure if the 9960's have it, but have you tried pushing the reset button?


    I have a DNX9140 in the wife's car (first version with the Garmin nav) and it has about a 2 second delay when pushing any buttons during the first few minutes after startup...but after that, it's fairly snappy. If my super impatient wife is not bothered by it, then it passes as fast enough for 99% of the people on this earth. lol But this was after a couple minor issues that were easily fixed with the reset button.

    Thankfully, the newest firmware has eliminated all issues that we've encountered since then...
     
  9. Dec 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    I love my 6960, does everything I need and is quick
     
  10. Dec 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM
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    Plus it's nice to have the buttons you use a lot and a volume knob
     
  11. Dec 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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    The 9960 has buttons you use a lot on the bottom and I use my steering wheel controls for volume. I just use voice for about 75% of my functions though.
     
  12. Dec 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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    Why have you not received a new one yet?
     
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