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Kenwood DNX-6140 vs 9140

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Nukewater, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Mar 4, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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    Hey guys, time has finally arrived to buy a new headunit. I've been looking for quite some time now (i should really post pics of the new truck someday :p). After lots of looking, i've decided on a DNX-6140. However, i see the price on the 9140's came down quite a bit on amazon:

    DNX-6140 -> $707
    DNX-9140 -> $1200

    I've pretty much got my heart set on the 6140. Is there anyone who feels the 9140 is the better choice. I plan on having this truck for a long time, so investing the money now seems okay.

    Anyone for or oppose the 6140?
     
  2. Mar 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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    Lots of differences. It depends greatly on where you plan to go with your system.

    I started with the DNX-5120. I like the unit, but wish I'd have gone with the higher end ones after upgrading the rest of the system.

    Ask yourself:

    1 - How many pre-outs do you/will you need. 6140 only has 2 sets. 7140 and above have 3. I'd recommend having 3.

    2 - Per-out voltage. 6140 is 2v. I'm not sure about the others.

    3 - EQ. The 6140 is 3 band I think. It's nice to have more. :)

    4 - A/V inputs - 6140 - if you add backup cam, ipod adapter, you're done. If you wanted to add any other gadgets, forget it.

    If none of the above matters to you, I'm sure you'll dig the 6140.

    Lastly, in another month Kenwood is releasing the new line. Check their web site. The newer model that replaces the 6140's spot has better specs. ie 3 sets of per-outs.
     
  3. Mar 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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    If you haven't yet, you may want to check out the Kenwood Forums:

    http://www.kenwoodforums.com/

    This is a good source to find out un-biased reviews on the Kenwood HU's.

    I can't speak for the 6140, because I don't have experience with that HU.

    I do have experience with the 9140 and I can emphatically say that you should NOT buy this unit (especially if you plan on using an iPod with it). The 9140 has been riddled with problems from day one (some of which have been fixed), but some problems with the 9140 still remain and will not be fixed according to Kenwood tech support. I returned my 9140 because the problems were too much for me to overlook... especially after spending that kind of money... it should be defect free.

    If you are looking at the 6140, Kenwood has just released a few newer models (DNX6160 and DNX6960) that you may want to check out as well.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    I just bought a dnx 6140 and installed in in my 09 taco. Had it for about a week now.I have one problem with it....I haven't figured out how to work all the controls.but i will in time. the blu7 tooth sounds great, ipod is fairly easy to use I just can't figure out how to play entire playlist of videos...right now it will only play it through the artist then you have to manually start it on another artist(probably a user issue) I bought it from crutchfield. save a few bucks by buying the "open box".
     
  5. Mar 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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    According to Crutchfield, the 6140 only has a blue display. The 9140, and some of the newer models, has multiple colors to choose from. This may be important to some.
     
  6. Mar 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    Hmm, maybe I am looking at my setup manual wrong, but I believe i can customize the colors on my hu as well as download a picture for the screens background. I am on vacation right now, but when I get home Friday I will try to post a couple of pics of my display...:cool:
     
  7. Mar 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    That would be good news for me if you could. I wanted the 6140 but would like the colors to match the stock if I can. I just checked Kenwood's website and it shows you can change the colors. Crutchfield says no. Hope you can confirm.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    I will double check when I get home tomorrow. I amm pretty sure you can even adjust or customize the colors, but I will double check. And like I said, If you buy the "open box" you can save yourself some money. It's a new unit not refurb and comes with the same warranty.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    Yeah, let us know what you find out. You are probably right. After a little more research, it looks like you may be able to customize the colors. Not as much as some of the newer Kenwood models, but you can get an amber color.
     
  11. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    Just looked at my kenwood dnx6140...you can change the display colors to 8 or 9 different colors(including PINK)!!
    Oh, you might want to look close at the one on Amazon...The reason I got mine from crutchfield was that it included the toyota dash trim for the unit. I didn't see it on the amazon site. plus tech support is pretty good too. It look as if crutchfield doesn't have it's special on the Kenwood at the moment though...so save a few hundred $$$$ buy the trim seperate
     
  12. May 25, 2010 at 12:52 AM
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  13. May 26, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    If you mean the antenna for the gps, i put mine on the bottom edge of drivers side dash....works just fine there
     
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