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Kenwood owners: Need help choosing better player please

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Lunercrab, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Aug 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM
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    Lunercrab

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    Ok so i currently own an Alpine 0100 ipod model stereo, it's ok, but i'd like to upgrade to a dvd player instead...i've kinda narrowed it down to trying a kenwood system this time around...only problem is, is that i'm stuck on which one to get....i like both of these models below...

    Kenwood DDX512 http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=168550&i=113DDX512&tp=75

    Kenwood DDX712
    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=168550&i=113DDX712&tp=75

    I can't decide on which is better...i like the 512 for the fact it has a front aux and it's stationary, so no motorized screen to break...but the 712 does have a larger screen, and a few more features...anyone out there own any of these models and could help me out??:confused:
     
  2. Aug 30, 2008 at 12:53 PM
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    billybobsgoat

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    I have the 5120 (same as the 512 only has built in Nav) I like the fact it dosen't swivel and the smaller screen size isn't an issue it looks large as hell in the dash, Ill post pictures of it here soon.
     
  3. Aug 30, 2008 at 1:15 PM
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    i also have the 5120, love it!! screen is plenty big..
     
  4. Aug 30, 2008 at 4:20 PM
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    I got the 8120 and I love it. Not much it can't do.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2008 at 5:58 PM
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    Picture of my installed pretty easy install too

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    Yeah that looks nice...i don't really need a gps unit, since i have one of those plug n play ones already....how does the system sound?...do you use an ipod with it?...
     
  7. Aug 30, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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    Sounds great on the tuners amp alone, I have all Polk Speakers and it sounds great especially with the Ipod, The Ipod sounds the same as CD louder audio than the Radio or Sirius which both sound great as well, I really like the album art while on the Ipod input to. Hope this helps on your decision making...:)
     
  8. Aug 31, 2008 at 6:13 PM
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    You can't go wrong with the DNX8120.


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  9. Sep 1, 2008 at 12:08 AM
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    yeah that looks sweet, but alittle out of my price range though...how is your model different from the 712, besides the navigation...i'm still torn, i like the clean looks of these vs the 512, but i'm still debating if that's worth the xtra money difference tho....
     
  10. Sep 1, 2008 at 7:15 AM
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    You know you can tilt the screen out flush w/ the bottom so you can get to those bottom buttons easier. Took me a couple days to find that feature as well, but makes a world of difference.
     
  11. Sep 1, 2008 at 7:17 AM
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    Do any of these units work with the steering wheel controls without the use of an adapter?
     
  12. Sep 1, 2008 at 7:37 AM
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    I think you have to have the adapter. I know for a fact there is no cable with the unit that will go to the steering column. So, my fairly educated guess is that you have to buy an adapter.
     
  13. Sep 1, 2008 at 1:18 PM
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    I don't know all the differences. Maybe the bluetooth and Nav? It also also 5V outputs.
     
  14. Sep 1, 2008 at 1:22 PM
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    I like the the screen tilted back. I think it helps reduce glare. The buttons are a little harder to use but not too bad. Most of what I do is on the touch screen and steering wheel controls.

    Thanks for giving a tip though.
     
  15. Sep 1, 2008 at 1:24 PM
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    Addicteds' comment is correct. The steering wheel controls can be used, but you have to but an adapter.
     
  16. Sep 4, 2008 at 10:43 PM
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    hey guys...so i went with the 712 model...i just have one quick question tho, i'd like to bypass the ebrake for the dvd player (not for me, for my girl to watch on long trips)...did any of you guys do this with yours?...does a simply grounding the ebrake wire work on a kenwood?, i heard it doesn't work on some brands...or will i have to go say a toggle switch route?
    also dumb question, but if say all i do have to do is ground it, what do i just hook the wire up to some misc screw or metal area?
     
  17. Sep 4, 2008 at 11:38 PM
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    Im not much of a help but i foudn this on ebay.http://cgi.ebay.ca/Kenwood-ddx712-7...ewItemQQimsxZ20080902?IMSfp=TL080902182r11962
    Seems kinda weird but this is what i found. Hope it helps
     
  18. Sep 14, 2008 at 10:16 PM
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    Lunercrab

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    Well i got the 712 and installed it this past weekend....so far a great player...but i do still need new speakers...here's 2 pics...


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