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Kenwood DNX Series...questions

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by JDMcompliant, May 21, 2010.

  1. May 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    JDMcompliant

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    Hey all,

    I've been meaning to upgrade my factory HU to a double-DIN in dash touchscreen unit, and I am hearing lots of good feedback for the Kenwood DNX series. I do have some questions about it, for those of you that own the unit.

    - From the videos I've seen, the user interface seems to crawl. I would really like a unit that runs very smoothly from a UI perspective -- is this really how the unit functions in real life?
    - I'm going to buy the unit as soon as I clear out my credit card, so price is no object. Is the DNX 9960 worth the extra $$$ though?
    - What are comparable alternatives to the Kenwood DNX series?

    Also, this is what I will be buying alongside the unit. Are these all necessary / a good deal? I want what all these offer.
    - Scosche TA2053S9B Dash Kit (so it looks good)
    - SCOSCHE TA02B Wiring Harness for 1987 and up Toyota (so I don't have to cut factory wires)
    - Kenwood KCA-IP301V iPod Video Direct Cable (so I can hook up my iPod)
    - PAC SWIJACK Steering Wheel Remote Interface (so I can control the unit from my steering wheel)

    Thanks, and hopefully this thread can help those who are also looking to buy a good HU along with the accessories! :D
     
  2. May 24, 2010 at 2:53 PM
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  3. May 24, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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    Good luck with it...I just ordered the 6960...plan on installing it sometime over the next couple weeks.
     
  4. May 25, 2010 at 4:52 AM
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    I just installed the DNX 6960 this weekend. Ipod, bluetooth, GPS, sound quality, all are great. HU gets two thumbs up. This was my first stereo install and it was not a problem at all. The hardest part was getting the clock/hazard light out of the OEM stereo.
     
  5. May 25, 2010 at 8:47 AM
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    good to hear -- how many of the accessories that i mentioned in the OP did you have?
     
  6. May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    I got the same wiring harness and Ipod cable. I got the Metra dash kit instead of the Scosche (works ok, looks ok). I didn't get the steering wheel interface though, I'm rocking an 2007 so no steering wheel controls for me.
     
  7. May 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    got it, sounds good man...thanks for the info!
     
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