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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver doesn't just boast Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology, it has built-in GPS guidance from Garmin, a gorgeous 6.95" capacitive glass touchscreen, a wealth of connections, top-notch Bluetooth® connectivity, sound-shaping tools galore, and the Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty going for it.

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A huge list of features

The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver doesn't just boast Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology, it has built-in GPS guidance from Garmin, a gorgeous 6.95" capacitive glass touchscreen, a wealth of connections, top-notch Bluetooth® connectivity, sound-shaping tools galore, and the Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty going for it.

Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver

Android Auto™

Android Auto works with a simple one-cable connection between your Android phone and the DNX893S. You'll see large icons for many common Android functions and apps on the receiver's screen, accessible via fingertip or voice control. You can pull up Google Maps, your phone's music library, messages, and apps for streaming songs (including Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio) and podcasts without looking at or touching your phone. Android Auto can access your phone's contact info, allowing you to get in touch via hands-free calling or text mesaging. Get more info at

Your Android smartphone will need OS 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer to take advantage of Android Auto, and you'll also need a compatible high-speed microUSB-to-USB cable (such as the ) to connect the phone to the receiver.

Apple CarPlay™ for convenient access

Apple CarPlay compatibility allows a Lightning™-to-USB connection to provide access to select apps on newer iPhones. Once connected, the receiver shows large icons for functions such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Now Playing, and Podcasts. Several streaming apps — including Pandora® — work within the Apple CarPlay interface as well. Drivers can access these functions by touch or through Siri® voice control. Learn more at .

The cable offers a durable and car-ready Lightning-to-USB connection for your iPhone.

Great guidance and smartphone integration

I spoke with our reps from Kenwood about their 2016 receiver lineup, and asked them why people would buy an in-dash GPS receiver if they could get a DVD receiver with Apple CarPlay and/or Android Auto compatibiilty. They reiterated that while those phone-dependent technologies are great for certain circumstances, dedicated navigation software will almost always trump whatever one's phone can provide, especially in areas with poor cell reception. And it's often the small things — like how most nav receivers can help avoid toll roads — which help set receivers like this one apart.

Beautiful and large glass display

Kenwood outfitted the DNX893S with their best display, a smooth-glass capacitive screen which offers plenty of dynamic contrast and stunning color. You can use pinch-to-zoom on the map display, and swipe through menu screens with ease. The larger graphics — including the clock — let you see info with a quick glance. The motorized screen offers plenty of tilting options (including downward) to give you the best possible view.

Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver

Get where you need to go with Garmin

Garmin stands atop the GPS navigation field, and the DNX893's maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands are sure to lead you to your destination accurately. You'll also get reliable routing with spoken street names at turns, lane assistance, and realistic views of complicated instersections.

Get your smartphone involved

Kenwood lets you incorporate your favorite smartphone music apps into your drive. Here are some highlights for the DNX893S:

  • iPhone: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio and Spotify apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. Limited control over your music apps is also available via wireless Bluetooth connection. The DNX893S also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri® feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands. The receiver's iPhone App Mode offers some basic interaction with select apps through its touchscreen using a wired connection; some apps such as streaming video may require the parking brake to be engaged.

  • Android: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora app through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. If you want to go wireless to hear your music from your Android phone, you get basic control of your phone's music via Bluetooth.

HDMI input

The DNX893S also features an HDMI input, allowing you to connect most compatible Android smartphones and devices. WIth the correct HDMI or MHL cable connected, you'll be able to view video content from your phone on the Kenwood's screen while parked. The same goes for your iPhone 5 or newer, but you'll need to make sure you have the right combination of cables and adapters from Apple to view videos on the receiver's display.


You'll also get voice dialing support through most phones, and safe Siri Eyes Free dialing with compatible iPhones. A wired connection will also get you automatic pairing with any iPhone. If you're driving with a passenger, the DNX893S 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.

Traffic reports from INRIX

With your DNX893S purchase, you'll get a free 2-year subscription to INRIX traffic service, which provides quick updates on congestion along your route. INRIX is only available through a free app, so 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.

HD Radio

Built-in HD Radio™ tuner

The DNX893S 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.

Your media, your way

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including high-resolution lossless FLAC and WAV files — while two A/V inputs offer connections for more audio/video sources. Dual rear USB ports let you source tunes from both your iPod and thumb drive without the hassle of switching them out. And now you can even access your music files without a limit of 255 folders or 255 songs per folder. You also get an SD card slot for playing digital music files.

Ready for satellite radio

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 DNX893S works with newer SiriusXM features like TuneMix and SportsFlash, which give you even more customizable options for listening the way you want.

Improved camera integration

If safety's a top priority, the DNX893S allows you to connect up to two cameras, to give you a better view when maneuvering in tight quarters. If you've got a pair of rear-view cameras, you can reverse the image of the one up front to get a more realistic picture. It also adds adjustable parking guide lines for the rear-camera feed, to make it easier to get in and out of parking spots.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras — and add some upgrades

The DNX893S offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the (not included). The module lets you keep factory features in your Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota, or VW vehicle that you'll otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out expanded functionality on the Kenwood's screen, including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure and temperature monitors. It'll even integrate your stealth K40 radar detector into the stereo's display, so you can see and hear about incoming threats (available soon). With select rear-view cameras, you'll even get parking guidelines that curve with the motion of your steering wheel.

Note: This receiver is fully compatible with iDatalink's Maestro Module. If you purchased this receiver prior to October 8, 2016, Kenwood's now offers a firmware update which will restore full iDatalink compatibility. Apply the firmware to your Kenwood receiver for support of factory extras; reflashing the iDatalink Maestro module is not necessary.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our articles about and streaming music using .

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.95" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from your flash drive or SD card
    Smartphone Features:
    • Android Auto™ compatible
    • Apple CarPlay™ compatible
    • built-in iPod,iPhone, and iPad control (see Details for model compatibility)
    • built-in Android control
      • Pandora app control via Bluetooth connection
      • Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable or KCA-HD100 cable required for viewing video content from compatible Android devices
    Navigation Features:
    • built-in Garmin navigation system
    • 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
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Drive EQ+ boosts low end and other frequencies to overcome road noise
    • 13-band EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • digital time alignment, space enhancer, sound realizer, sound elevation, bass boost, and loudness
    • dual-zone A/V output
    • supports rear-view camera adjustable parking lines (optional camera required)
    • works with SiriusXM SXV300 tuner — supports new Tune Mix, Traffic & Weather Now, and Sports Flash features
    • inputs: HDMI input, two rear USB inputs, SD card slot, two rear A/V inputs, two camera inputs (front, rear)
    • outputs: rear A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • compatible with iDatalink Maestro
      • retains factory settings for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and VW
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Navigation receiver w/ integrated 6.95" monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Trim-panel
    • Wiring harness
    • 39" Proprietary dual USB cable
    • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty card
    • "Caution for Smartphone Users" note
    • "Correction" sheet
    • "SiriusXM" brochure

    Featured Video:

    Just got it installed, still playing with it so far I like it.

    Ron, Fishers, IN


    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (90 Reviews)

    This receiver is great. All the features were perfect to update the cab of my truck, my old radio was 15 years old and I was definitely due an update. There are a few things about the design and features I don't like or understand. 1) The HDMI hook up in the back, it is recessed about an inch into the back of the deck, making it difficult to plug in any normal HDMI cord, I had to modify the one I had to make it fit and work. Did all that to figure out that the functionality of hooking that up was pretty close to useless. All it did was show me my phones screen and offered no additional function. I think if you download an application you can use the phone from your radio but again, that may prove to be useless too. 2) Pandora was a pain to link up but after some tinkering with some settings, it finally works and automatically links up most of the time. 3) there are too many, "you have to do this, or download this in order to use this function (Traffic on the nav), that should already be included in the radio, not an additional subscription.

    Pros: Functionality, screen size

    Cons: HDMI connection


    Great radio, great price, and great features. Really adds to the appearance of the car. Sounds great and it even worked with my OEM sub woofer.




    Great stereo. Love the functionality of it.




    Just got everything installed and it is working great.


    Cons: Sync on Fords does not work well with this radio.


    Love the options this radio gives me. The movie quality is very good, and the EQ sounds that come out of the unit is incredible








    Amazing unit! Replaced a Rosen OEM-like nav unit. The sound is noticeably better, the display is crisp, intuitive, awesome features. I never expected it to show me more info about my car than I knew my car could even display. My 2010 RAV4 used to tell me that a door was ajar or a tire was low. This tells me which door is open, what each individual tire pressure is and the tire temp! Airplay is awesome. Love this unit.

    Pros: Sound, display, features, everything.

    Cons: Nothing yet.


    So far so good!! Nice unit, Lots of features. Easy install everything included cant complain.




    Very simple process. Select a radio get expert help. Enjoy great sound and a very good GPS. Very simple

    Pros: Exactly what you guys said......easy install, great sound

    Cons: Nothing to complain about


    Sound is great, install with Caseys help went without a hitch. Still learning the system, but having had TomTom gps before, the Garmin is a bit different, missing a feature or two that I was used to. Overall, a nice upgrade to my 2010 Honda Element.




    Installed this in my 2002 F250. Audio is a significant improvement over the stock system. I now have the convenience of handsfree phone use, I can stream music. This system is better than the one in my wife's 2015 Nissan Rogue. I paired it with an Alpine back up camera and it gives good detail while backing into tight places. Installation was fairly easy, just required a little dash modifications with a Dremel tool. I had the pre-wire done to make the installation go easier. I am planning to purchase another of these to install in my 2004 Ford Ranger.

    Pros: easy to read screen, hands free phone use, great sound

    Cons: None


    Great Head unit fast navigation great also great sound




    Had it for a month and so far I love it!!




    Sound quality is excellent. The only trouble I had was my Bluetooth didn't connect my phone with the receiver on the first try. I repeated the steps and had that resolved. I'm impressed with its speed when multi-tasking. There are so many custom settings to taylor the sound that you desire. I am glad I chose the DNX893!

    Pros: sound quality; ease of operation; GPS; hands free calling; works with my factory subwoofer

    Cons: lots of wires, as with any receiver with these features


    Great sound and intuitive interface. However, I can't give this head unit five stars because of a couple noteworthy issues: 1) There is no hardware standby button. Despite having unused space on the button bar, you still have to traverse at least two levels of menu to turn off audio. There is a power off button, but that would disable nav and will require a complete boot. 2) Bootup is really slow. I haven't timed it, but the head unit is still booting after I've put on my seatbelt and put the car in reverse. 3) No voice activation for Garmin nav. You have to type in the address by hand. For a high-end head unit, it seems like this should have been implemented.

    Pros: Great Sound. Easy UI. Looks great.

    Cons: No standby button. Slow bootup. Nav not voice activated.


    A huge improvement over the O.E. head unit it replaced, fairly simple to operate and the Garmin navigation is fantastic (been using Garmin products for ever) My Sony NW ZX100 Walkman paired effortlessly and plays flawlessly through the unit








    I like the units overall design and fit, just a little concerned with a few issues I consider to be bugs in the software. Android doesn't always engage when plugging in the phone and end up having to initialize the unit again. This resets everything and then Bluetooth won't connect until I turn Bluetooth off and then back on in the unit. Still struggling to get the right sound out of the device but I am dealing with some factory speakers that probably need to be replaced, however, better tunning instructions would be nice. The unit is very slow to start up. I had to initialize the unit after adding an extended usb cable to the usb ports, I wouldn't think that would be necessary.

    Pros: Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Bluetooth, navigation

    Cons: Need to initialize too often when something doesn't work then go back through all the setup. Slow to start up. Bluetooth seems flaky.


    Quería actualizar mi Subaru wrx sti 2010 con un sistema de navegación, asi que entre a la pagina de Crutchfield la cual desde hacia mucho tiempo conocia ya que antes recibia los catalogos. Entre a la pagina de Crutchfield y busque mi subaru y que productos tenia para mi subaru, entonces encontre in-dash GPS navigator. Busque los que más le pudiera quedar lo mas bonito posible sin alterar el interior de mi subaru. Asi que busque las caracteristicas de el Kenwood Excelon DNX893S el cual fue el que me gusto ya que pude ver un video en donde demostraban una subaru sti con un Kenwood DNX874S, el cual es casi igual. Asi fue como puede tener mas claro como quedaria en mi subaru. Luego de ver varias veses cual modelo siguiendo lo que habia visto fue que me decidi por el Kendwood Excelon DNX893S. Me hubiese gustado mas si no le tenia que instalar el dash kit para que se viese mas limpio pero aun asi se ve super.

    Pros: Awesome sound, bluetooth is flawless.

    Cons: None found yet.


    We'll I was in between this and dnx894s I went with the dnx893s because of there not much difference between the two. The install was lil issue between crutchfield Kenwood and idatalink mastero we couldn't figure out why the navigation wasn't speak out the direction finally I got to a tech from.crutchfield name Mike knew what was wrong I just had to swap a harness on idatalink mastero because of the factory amp

    Pros: Everything in one unit blue tooth navigation and XM radio etc and 600 dollars off

    Cons: Screen glare bluetooth was hard to get to connect to iPhone 7


    Awesome stereo


    Cons: Could use a better wireing diagram


    works great, lot more powerful than my last exceleron deck. responsive touchscreen

    Pros: responsive touchscreen many tuning options for sound many features that work well

    Cons: apple play seems spotty. sometimes resets for no apparent reason.


    Upgraded from factory 2008 A3. Huge difference, CarPlay, Sirius, Nav, disk, USB - everything you need. Chad did a great service helping me build all the parts with added back up camera. fits great, works even better so far. Great sounding even with the factory speakers.

    Pros: Many ways to customize the sound, clear screen easy to see

    Cons: only negative (first world issues) you will have to set the equalizer on all inputs individually. Disk, radio, satellite, not one set for the system. Only minor quirk.


    I wanted to upgrade my 2007 Sprinter Cargo Van to make it more like a modern van with things like Bluetooth, gps, etc. In 2007 Bluetooth wasn't really around much like todays modern cars. In 2007 I also installed a small 3.5mm jack to plug my phone in for music thanks to sprinter forums on the interweb walking you through the prosess, that jack connected to the back of the stereo so I knew it wasn't to bad to remove the basic head unit because I've done it years ago, fast forward 11 years and 130000 miles later and stated searching the interweb for modern upgrades for my van, Crutchfield's sight was found and let me type in my Sprinter van to see what was available to fit in it and other items I would need for the install, I narrowed down my search with the things I knew I wanted, Nav, Apple play, capacitive screen etc and now I had about 6 to choose from and originally planned on the pioneer 8200 or 8201 which came with a backup camera, Well before I made my decision the pioneer 8201 was out of stock, And wouldn't be in stock for about 2 to 3 weeks, after calling the helpful folks at Crutchfield, he told me that the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S might work for me and seem to check all my boxes, well I installed it and am very pleased so far With the sound and features that this Head-unit has, Bluetooth connectivity has been awesome, the back up camera I installed works great and when I get back from my Maui trip that I'm on now I will install a front camera.

    Pros: Quality, Bluetooth connectivity, back and front facing camera, and all the adjustability that comes with this unit.

    Cons: None so far.


    Excellent, but I must say I will never use half of the features, but if I ever want to they are there.


    Cons: NONE


    Great fit and finish, works great right out of the box




    Love it so far.




    Nice head unit with good sound quality., but as others have mentioned, there is a lot of glare on the screen when it's sunny out.

    Pros: Good sound Fairly user friendly

    Cons: Doesn't support some phones. Wouldn't pair with iPhone SE


    I purchased this unit in June of 2017. At first it was ok, not great, just ok but I was mostly satisfied with it. That began to change later in the year and is now to the point where I despise this unit. Here's why: The first issue I started encountering was random Bluetooth connectivity issues. These issues would occur at startup and randomly while driving. Thinking it could be an issue with my phone, I tried my wife's phone. Same problem. I also tried a couple of other people's phones and the issues continued. Really the only way to consistently make Bluetooth work was to disable it on the unit and then re-enable it. The phone(s) would connect. Of course the issue of random disconnects continued. Very frustrating while on a long trip and you are using your phone for music. The second issue I started experiencing is using the Pandora app on the unit. For whatever reason the app stops playing after every 3rd song. It stays open, it just stops playing and you have to press play on the unit's screen to get the music going again. Using the app on my phone via Bluetooth does not have this issue so it is something with the app on the unit. Also the thumbs up or down feature randomly stops working. Not a huge deal, but still annoying when you try to thumb a song and can't. None of these issues occur with the Spotify app on the unit, just Pandora. Again Pandora works fine when streaming from my phone, just not using the built in app. I have other issues, but am

    Pros: Decent unit when it works. Sound quality is good Unit boots quickly

    Cons: Bluetooth is iffy Pandora app has odd issues Screen is nearly impossible to read in the sun. Wearing non polarized glasses helps, but the screen is way too glossy. FM reception is poor. I don't use it a lot, but compared to my factory unit the reception is worse. SiriusXM display, station selection is a jumbled mess Android Auto has more issues on this unit than on an older Pioneer unit I have in a different vehicle.


    Product is working good, was a little more work involved for installation than expected




    Really nice unit, installed in 1998 Avalon for the technology upgrades. Love the new Nav, Hands-free Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and HD Radio. Only giving 4 stars because it's so dang expensive yet the displays are not customizable. I'd like to choose what, where and how big to display what I want on the display instead of being limited to the single kenwood default option.

    Pros: Works great, as advertised.

    Cons: Expensive & no display customization options.


    Hi Crutchfield. Nice better quality sounds, Bluetooth speaker/headset, GPS and else. Enjoying items. Merry Xmas and New Year's to you're. Thx . Okays




    Start up is a bit slow, but the system is great! Works flawless and has so many sound options.

    Pros: Awesome sound, bluetooth is flawless

    Cons: Start up time


    Originally had the DDX9903s. Swapped for this unit due to some missing features, notably the reverse tilt of the screen and the ability to use an SD card. Both units performed perfectly. Pretty easy to navigate and use. Have to say though, for a flagship unit or even a large screen device, the screen has issues when in direct sunlight. It becomes unviewable. Also, the UI is really horrible. I find it hard to believe that they didn't have better, prettier design options for the UI. It is missing a counter during track playback, minor inconvenience, but it would be handy to have a time reference during song playback. I find navigating through tracks on an SD card to be wanting. However, I use Google Play with Android Auto for most of my music so again not something that is a big deal for me. Having the navigation built in is nice when you are on a data limited plan. Android Auto could be a bit cooler but that's Google's problem, not Kenwood's. I really enjoy the high powered pre-outs and the options for hands-free integration with the existing controls in the car. Would be nice to use the iDatalink feature but for some reason, they don't make it for Hyundai. I really like the unit and can only hope that a firmware update one day brings a new interface because the current one looks very poorly designed.

    Pros: Great pre-out 2-year warranty Android Auto, or CarPlay if you drink the Apple flavored Kool-Aid Reverse tilt SD Card access Navigation very easy to use and pretty accurate out of the box

    Cons: UI is terrible, Kenwood needs a new UX developer Hard to see in direct sunlight Needs progress bar during track playback


    Perfect Worked great the 1st time. Sounds really Good And clean No engine wine or noise Perfect Love it..




    Although the DNX893S is not perfect, it comes close. It is not always intuitive to use, but really like almost all of its features. It has great sound. I've paired mine with an XM receiver and an Android phone, it works great with both of those. The Garmin navigation system works perfectly. I added a backup camera and it works perfectly as well. I would prefer the Excelon DNX893S not be tailored to Apple products to such an extent, but it does a good job with Android, too. Crutchfield is a company with excellent customer service and great people, and I won't buy another audio product without fulling discussing it with the Crutchfield experts.

    Pros: Feature set and great staff at Crutchfield

    Cons: Controls are not always intuitive.


    Great deck. Works exactly as advertised. Pretty easy to figure out after skimming the manual once or twice. Very easy to navigate the menu system and the Garmin navigation works awesome and is very accurate. Using my Iphone with bluetooth and controlling my iPod touch is effortless. So far, very happy with the purchase.

    Pros: Awesome deck, works great

    Cons: None found yet


    Awesome head unit. Great controls the audio adjustments are very good




    Coming off a few months with an Alpine INE-W960, this HU is WAY better. 4.5 stars, but I can't quite give it a 5. The UI is pretty intuitive (with a few caveats). Very responsive and quick. Customize-able home screen lets you pick and place the sources where you want. Love it. Display is pretty good, but glare is a problem (going to butcher a tablet anti-glare film and add that real soon). Love the built in HD radio. Weird station preset selection is kind of goofy, and you have to tap screen to change how song info is displayed between HD and non-HD stations. But it has good sensitivity and HD sounds great. iPod control works WAY better and is WAY faster than on last unit. Remembers where you are at, even between power cycles. Bluetooth works great with my new Kyocera DuraForce Pro. Can even voice dial via BT. Imported contacts easily. Can even have wife's phone paired at the same time and select between the two (cool!). One of the reasons I stepped up to this unit (over the DNX773S) was because of the dual USB inputs. I thought I was going to be able to have my iPod hooked up all the time in my glove box, and be able to connect my Android phone using Android Auto on occasion at the same time. Can't do that, its one or the other, not both. Ended up not being that big of a deal... My Kyocera wouldn't consistently do AA (my old Sony Xperia did just fine). So I won't be doing AA. Besides, Garmin nav is great, and you can't bro

    Pros: Big display looks nice. Responsive touch screen. UI is better than others I have experienced, and its fast. Crossover and EQ tweaking is very configurable and easy to use. EQ and levels tunable on a per-source basis. Garmin Nav is great, maps and zooming are beautiful and silky smooth. It even calculates alternate routes very well. Overall this is a really good unit, and I'm very happy with it.

    Cons: Stupid legal disclaimer button press on EVERY startup. Glossy screen. Only got Android Auto to work with my Kyocera DuraForce Pro a couple of times. 95% of the time I plugged in I got a USB conn error followed by "unsupported device" (works fine w/old Sony Xperia). Only one USB works with iPod/AA, so can't have iPod and AA plugged in at the same time. Funky radio presets. No mute. Can't press volume up and hold, it stops at 15, after that you have to repeat keypress. Inrix didn't work.


    Great unit, nice look and sound adjustment, easy to install, love the big touch screen.

    Pros: Big touch screen, easy install.



    So far we love it.....




    Garmin wants too much money for a single map update. That is way too much!

    Pros: Great features and NAV.

    Cons: A charge for each map update is crazy. My other garmin units have free lifetime maps. Price gouging at it's finest!


    Works well but the startrup message is annoying




    Nice deck with good options and smooth working. Unfortunately, I'm probably going to have to send back as it doesn't seem compatible with Android 7 phones. Crutchfield cs was great and walked through everything to try, but still could only get a Samsung running Android 6 to connect. Tried Sony Z5, Google Pixel, and a couple LG phones with Android 7 without success.

    Pros: Good sound, adjustable screen, nice maestro integration, easy navigation

    Cons: Wish it was brighter during day (+4 isn't bright enough) and darker when in dim (-4 is still bright). Deal breaker is apparent lack of Android 7 support for Bluetooth.


    The unit is performing well so far. It's taken a bit to get used to all the functions and controls. One of the nicest features thus far has been both the back up camera and being able to rearrange all the buttons to create my own user "home page". I think it's important to mention that 1.) not all the functions will be enabled even with the optional datalink Maestro 2.) if you had a factory Sirius radio and use a maestro datalink - you will get a check tuner message if you try to use the "sirius xm" button. You need to use the "satellite radio" button found on a later menu page. You can customize it so the satellite radio button replaces the sirius button on your home page. This took me a little while to figure out.

    Pros: lots of features, nav and car play work great

    Cons: you need to have your phone with the kenwood / infix app installed for the traffic to work, but this is only a minor item


    Great system, so much better than the factory system.

    Pros: Angles up and down to help with glare.

    Cons: Needs to angle toward the driver like the system in the new C7 Corvette.


    Excellent product




    Bluetooth, car play, navigation, bass boost, EQ this receiver has everything!

    Pros: Amazing sound and features

    Cons: Price point


    This is an awesome unit! I had it installed in my 1999 Acura 3.2 TL, which had a decent Bose sound system but of course no connectivity to Bluetooth, etc. I kept the factory Bose speakers. The factory sound system has four one-way speakers in the doors and a powered subwoofer in the back window. Crutchfield says you can't use the factory amp and subwoofer with this unit, but that isn't true - I had the unit installed locally at a big box store and the installer had no problem making it work. The 22-watt amplifier in the Kenwood head powering the door speakers coupled with the factory amp powering the subwoofer provides more power and volume than an average adult will need. This stereo has an impressive array of sound adjustments and effects, but after experimenting with them all, in my particular installation, I found that a slight curve adjustment to the equalizer and setting the subwoofer volume was all I needed. Whatever your installation, you have ample tools to tweak the sound to your liking. You can play your podcasts or Pandora or whatever simply by connecting to the Bluetooth, or you can physically plug in to utilize Android Auto (or the Apple equivalent), which allows you to control most everything your phone can do from the stereo's large, clean glass display without ever having to be distracted by your phone. The Garmin GPS is as good or better than a high-end separate GPS device. This unit is such an improvement over my factory stereo! Sounds great, so many features!

    Pros: Multiple means of connectivity, excellent array of sound adjustments, relatively high power, great sound at all volumes, multiple modes of operation, great GPS, connectivity to forward and rear cameras, connectivity to car computer (for vehicles so equipped)

    Cons: Price. (Worth it, in my opinion.)


    This is my third Kenwood Excelon w Garmin nav, I owned the previous two generations too. I have had the 893s for about 4 months now. Pros: Nice-looking interface, with some flexibility (to move common applications eg HD radio or Nav system onto the first screen). Much-improved speakerphone quality when used with your cell phone. Previous versions were of marginal quality, and now it is on par with luxury car built-ins. Excellent sound quality. Good integration with Apple Carplay. Fairly stable with the latest release of iOS, great sound quality, use either built-in Garmin nav or Apple Maps nav. Some weirdness in pausing/resuming, but I believe that is an iOS issue as the behavior changes slightly with each new release of iOS. A zillion features&inputs if you want/need. Cons UI performance is OK, where it was too slow in previous generations. Now you don't have to hit buttons twice to make sure it got them the first time. Kenwood usually updates SW only once a year. Garmin has some hiccups. Nav lady will take you off the freeway, make 5 turns and put you back on 3 blocks later, to save one minute. Garmin now uses a separate traffic service called Inrix. But it sometimes issues multiple updates in a single minute if traffic is heavy. This, unfortunately, mutes your music, rings a bell, and flashes a banner across the top of the nav screen. Overall, the best Excelon to date and I would buy it




    Fits right into my 2011 F250 and works great with the idata link maestro it talks to my sync system and works awesome. Plus the added features of it giving me info on my truck like tire pressure and check engine lights.




    So far great unit. Still in the learning process on operational controls.


    Cons: Tired of having to acknowledge agreement on startup every time. What a pain! Wiring harness to On-star poor. Should be plug and play for that much money.


    Awesome head unit. I replaced a Clarion CX501 and the sound fidelity of the Kenwood is amazing. The tilt screen really lets you cut down on daylight glare too.

    Pros: Sound fidelity

    Cons: Price


    Really like the radio, easy to operate. Was installed in my 2007 corvette fairly easy. installed with backup camera that makes seeing behind a whole lot better. the wiring harness crutchfield made, makes the installation so much faster and easier. Retained steering wheel functions. Like the Garmin GPS.


    Cons: Price


    Solid unit. Love the Garmin navigation. The 5v preout is a nice quality for my system. I also like the response of the unit. Feels snappy and high quality.

    Pros: Works seamlessly and ease of use with the gps is a huge plus.

    Cons: Price. This is probably one of the highest priced units.


    I get this unit to replace the factory radio on my Toyota 4Runner; upgraded to get Apple CarPlay, GPS navigation, HD Radio, and back-up camera. Easy and friendly interface with a great Garmin based navigation options. Installation is a bit challenging, with many cables that comes with the Maestro system; but a call to the tech support solves the issue ... Great help from Tech Support. I also setup the USB for charging and direct connection on my iPhone to the HU. Everything worked fine, including the vehicle information that comes off the OBD connection. Very satisfied with the purchase, and definitely recommend this if you are upgrading to a better system, with HD radio, GPS navigation, backup camera, Apple CarPlay, among the least.

    Pros: - Great sound quality - Cabling color is self explanatory to connect - Great user interface - Quick GPS start

    Cons: - Installation manual could be a little better - Price


    2016 Jeep JKU Stock Alpine speakers Stereo was installed by a professional installer, had several issues with the Kenwood head unit, the display would lock up, drop calls, not connect with apple car play. Crutchfield sent another unit, and it did the exact same thing. I sent that one back as well, and then swapped to a pioneer. No issues. I am no expert, but it seemed like a software compatibility issue between the jeep and the Kenwood. I will say that Crutchfields customer service is top notch, they did everything they could to help make it work, and when they could not, they were happy to swap units. I will always buy from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great interface NAV was easy to use Amplifier had lots of power and customizations

    Cons: Wouldn't work properly in a 2016 Jeep JKU Expensive


    Great product, no issues. Highly recomend




    This unit replaced a Kenwood Excelon DNX8920. Upgraded to get Apple CarPlay and HD Radio. This one has a much easier interface and much better navigation options. You just can't beat a Garmin based system. Like my old unit, the manual for the unit is confusing and lacking some information such as to how to adjust the screen for the rear/front camera. I found out how to do this by experimenting. To adjust, first display the rear camera by holding the MENU button. Then select MENU, select SCREEN ADJUSTMENT and adjust as needed. I made a YouTube video on how to do this.

    Pros: Garmin Based Nav Apple CarPlay and Android Auto HD Radio Great Sound

    Cons: Manual Lacks Camera Adjustment Manual is confusing. Should have included a HDMI cable for this price.


    Purchased the DNX893S to replace a cheap nav radio that was in my 2008 F350. The install was quick and easy with directions provided from Crutchfield. I had previously purchased the installation accessories (Maestro, trim plate) when I installed the cheap radio and I would highly recommend these items if doing a new install. I removed the Maestro and did a firmware update (plus it needs to be programed for the head unit you are installing). So onto the head unit...I've never considered a Kenwood before. I was looking at Pioneer but the Kenwood came high recommended from a location car audio shop, so I bought it through Crutchfield. From the time the unit first powered up, I've been nothing but satisfied with it. Navigation was the key feature I was looking for. Kenwood/Garmin match up with Kenwood Traffic is awesome. Maps are spot on. Touch screen is reactive, display is crystal clear. There are features I still haven't used yet nor have I installed a backup camera. Sound quality is what you would expect from a high quality head unit. It is an investment at this price and it took me awhile to make the purchasing decision, but I am not disappointed at all. I could not recommend this unit enough.

    Pros: Touch screen Display quality Navigation Sound quality

    Cons: Owners Manual The unit doesn't dim low enough for my night time driving.


    Great product with a large viewing area. We really appreciated the great view with the backup camera & the Sirius XM radio addition. We couldn't be happier!

    Pros: Large screen viewing area

    Cons: Required a Maestro I/F to operate & maintain all the steering wheel controls.


    Like most of it, does not have voice command for Garmin, very dissapointed, have problems with Carplay not working, have to go to Kenwood website to download update, these things should not happen to the top of the line Kenwood.




    Great Sound! Easy to use GPS! Great Bluetooth sound and clarity! Apple Play works fantastic!




    Fits nicely in the dash and looks great. Navigation is excellent. Lots of great apps.

    Pros: Easy to use.



    This unit is a great product by Kenwood and th sound is second to none! My biggest beef is i had to update the unit to get the features to work correctly. Once the update finished it was great and the Android auto and Apple car play worked great, Spotify works now and the HD radio is awesome. I was very surprised that the Sirius connection did not plug into the unit and requires additional hardware (something Pioneer already has). Adding the IDATAKLINK Maestro was worth it to retain all the OEM features and additional vehicle information. Overall a nice unit.

    Pros: Sound quality is superb!

    Cons: Features do not work without updates>

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Just installed it this weekend in my old Toyota Tundra and it works great. Had a moment of concern with the wiring harness adapter cause it looked so different from the Toyota wiring in the truck, but I took a leap of faith and it ended up not being a problem at all. I wish the Garmin GPS in it was a bit more up to date (hate the "recalculating" nagging) but that's a minor thing I can live with. It sounds great and I hooked up a backup camera with it and am really happy with that feature, as well.

    Pros: Lots of great features

    Cons: Spendy and it takes a little longer than I'd like to boot up


    First, I thank everyone who reviewed this unit prior to my purchasing it. I must have read each of your reviews 10 times and felt your pains! I've seen enough glitches in Kenwood's over the past decade, though the sound quality has been second to none! The DNN990 was the last straw for me...absurdly slow and quirky. So 3 weeks ago, I had it yanked out and replaced with the Pioneer AVIC 8200 NEX. Well, that lasted for only 16 days! It's a really nice looking, well laid out unit, but the sound quality was at least a step below the DNN990! I was shocked! I really thought the Pioneer would sound at least as good, but NO WAY! I returned it to the dealer (he was not happy), and immediately ordered the DNX893S from Crutchfield (I knew Crutchfield would back it for 60 days anyway). I called Kenwood the day after the install to add more glitches to their list...and they had BIG NEWS!!! The first firmware update was posted that morning (8/25) !!! It fixed every glitch I knew of, the day after I bought the unit, and I now can say this unit is a strong 5! Sound is impeccable as usual (didn't need firmware for that!) and now the USB ports are cooperating, the Android Auto is working perfectly. I hope it has addressed everyone else's concerns! HAPPY LISTENING!!!

    Pros: Beautiful display (nice large icons), awesome sound (FLAC SUPPORT!), the usual Kenwood extras. The firmware rescued it in my opinion! It's a keeper now!

    Cons: Compass still quirky, no password protection for theft deterrence (really odd!), I agree the fonts are too large, miss the time counter on songs

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Crutchfield is a great source for those obscure sound systems. Like many people I have waited for the dnx893s and was so pleased to stop checking web site after web site. Crutchfield just contacted me when it was available, no worries. Now, the radio, wow this thing is awesome. The features are all as advertised and then some. The sound from any source that you choose is clear deep and life like. The display is crystal clear and the anti-glare tilt feature is great. I waited for this unit over the pioneer because of the Garmin powered navigation and it operates flawlessly.

    Pros: Great display, navigation, sound and integration features for external sources.

    Cons: None about the product or features, but Kenwood's marketing and licensing departments need to get it together. This is a lot, although worthwhile, amount of money to spend on a new head unit that will be last years model only 6 months after it's actual release date.


    This new head unit (HU) has been in service in my vehicle two weeks. Sounds good. Easy-to-use touch-screen interface with vivid, colorful screen, but susceptible to finger smudges and glare. Screen can be tilted, which helps with glare plus aligns slope of HU's face with car's dashboard. Visible screen area is 6" W x 3.5" H. Of that, a useless graphic takes up an area about 1.5" square. The graphic is either an album cover, Sirius XM logo, or channel ID. It serves no useful purpose; just eats up valuable screen real estate. Lines of text next to graphic showing song title, artist name, etc., are truncated. Text can only be fully displayed by horizontal scrolling at the press of a button. I wish the graphic could be hidden to allow the info to fully display. Alas, no such customization exists. Each time the unit boots up an annoying message appears warning the user to not operate the unit while driving. You must press a "Close" button to clear the message; it won't go away on its own and can't be disabled. Sadly, most aftermarket head units, no matter the manufacturer, have such a message. As of this writing this HU is a new release; it's been out about a month. I wish Kenwood would add additional customization features and provide them as a firmware update f

    Pros: Touch-screen icons can be rearranged by user. Several screen backgrounds to choose from and backlight of "hard" buttons can be changed. Not much else in the way of customizing provided. Installation was pretty straight-forward. I called Crutchfield tech support for help with wiring. The techs were courteous and helpful. Unit supports SiriusXM, which I added. It works as expected. Garmin Nav was a selling feature for me. For a 600+ mile trip the first week after install, the Nav wo

    Cons: I will use an iPhone with the HU. I connected a USB cable to the HU, but have difficulty with Apple CarPlay not loading when the iPhone is connected. CarPlay does work when it loads. I will continue to troubleshoot. Annoying start up warning message and lack of display customization options (see review section for details).


    I bought this unit to replace my miserable factory Toyota Entune system. When combined with android auto it absolutely blows away Toyota Entune system. The ability to use Google maps and Google now voice recognition alone was worth the swap. This unit gives you plenty of audio controls. After a few minutes of tweaking some settings I got it dialed in. You won't regret choosing this headunit. There was a few annoyances though. Every time it starts up you have to confirm a message popup regarding safe operation. After that it goes to a default "standby" screen. I would prefer to startup on my last used source. (Forgive me if there is a setting to change that, if there is I haven't found it yet). If you own a Samsung galaxy S6 or newer you will not be able to screen mirror through the hdmi/mhl port. Samsung stopped using mhl. I'm told wireless miralink is an option. Kenwood could do a better job of addressing this considering a big feature for this unit is its ability to seamlessly connect to your Android device... and Samsung happens to be one of the most popular brands. For the money I spent on this unit, I expected kenwood to have these details worked out.

    Pros: Great sound, great user interface, easy to setup, looks great and packed full of features.

    Cons: Annoying splash screen on every startup. Complicated screen mirroring setup for Samsung galaxy S6 or newer devices.

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    This is my first Kenwood system. The product seems to be very robust. Screen is just OK in daylight, even set at maximum brightness, as viewed from the drivers seat. If I lean over to the right, to view the display "straight on", the display looks great. However, it is awkward to drive this way ;-) Using the NAV portion is not real intuitive. I had to keep looking in the user guide to figure out how to set destinations, save them, sort them (can't sort which is pretty sad), and then navigate to the destination. I wish there was a way to eliminate the two lines of information at the bottom of the screen to reveal more navigational data and less "nice to see" data. Overall I am satisfied with the purchase.

    Pros: Overall, system is very robust. Nice GUI and easy to use. Apple CarPlay is functional and my iPhone 5 is now interfacing with it and works great.

    Cons: The OEM Ford GPS and SiriusXM would not interface with the unit, even though it was "supposed to." Had to purchase an external SiriusXM antenna and tuner kit. Display is hard to view/read in normal daylight operation. Can't sort saved destinations for easy lookup. Both USB dongles on the unit will not interface with CarPlay, only one does.


    Very easy to use and the screen is nice to use, like a smart phone. Great features and the Android Auto is fun to use.

    Pros: Easy to use. Quality

    Cons: money


    This I a very nice upgrade to the factory radio. Very easy to operate. Bluetooth,Sirius, and HD radio work together seamlessly. I chose this model because it has the Garmin Navigation which I've used in other vehicles.

    Pros: Nice touchscreen. Easy to set up. Didn't need an adapter to install the deck in my dashboard. I like the split screen option I;e navigation on one side audio on the other.

    Cons: Slight reception delay when changing audio choices. Had three wiring harness options and wound up using the base harness because my vehicle didn't have a data connection. Safety message when ever the unit is turned on.


    Would recommend this radio to my family n friends..




    Unit is really nice except it doesn't work! I used iDatalink Maestro to wire it to my vehicle, everything works except when its in Car Play mode with iPhone 6 it freezes after 10-15 minutes of usage while in Maps/GPS. I tried different things but this unit constantly crashes on me. I called Kenwood and they claim that iDatalink Maestro have some issues with some Kenwood radios.

    Pros: Looks Great

    Cons: Crashes in Car Play while in Maps/GPS on iPhone 6

    Crutchfield response on 7/20/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Love this deck! The screen is very bright and vivid for navigation and movies, works perfect with my iPhone. The Harmon graphics are killer! I have two aftermarket headrest for the back that I mirror everything to. I rated 4 out of 5 stars because you can mirror/video out every input EXCEPT the HDMI port.... Which was disappointing because that's how I was going to access files on my phone. Other than that this is the best deck I have ever owned!

    Pros: Brightness, speed, graphics, tons of inputs and additional options.

    Cons: No video out for hdmi


    I just got a Kenwood DNX893S head unit in exchange for the DNN992 unit that stopped working. Had two 992 in the last 6 weeks stop working. So I got the 893 on Crutchfield's advice as it has a faster processor and has updated firmware fixes for boot up issues. I was also told it was all compatible with the iDatalink Maestro just as the 992 was. Well despite the 992 failing to boot up half the time my Ford Sync worked as it was supposed to (when it booted up that is). But the 893S does not support the Maestro Sync functions for bluetooth calling or media. Crutchfield tech support could not figure it out. I called iDatalink for help and they told me the DNX893S has bug issues in the firmware that prevents vehicle gauges and diagnostics to work. In addition to that it wont load the Ford Sync app/interface screen to pair devices etc. So Kenwood is supposedly going to release a firmware update to fix this without any projected release date. So I am puzzled how a company whom advertises and promotes being the best featured radio for iDatalink compatibility and OEM control interfacing could release a product that doesnt interface at all. So with two DNN992 units failing, a brand new model hyped up to be the best there is that wont interface, I beg to differ with Crutchfield and anyone else who says Kenwood is the Best. Over $1000+, no quality control, and having junk is all it is riding the curtails of name recognition...My opinion is Kenwood is unreliable junk! You Are Now Warned!

    Pros: Sound Quality, Screen clarity

    Cons: No quality control, lack of testing, iDatalink interface problems, unreliable.

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Installed this new Kenwood DNX893S in a Taurus X SE. -Kenwood Excelon DNX893S -Metra 99-5807 Dash Kit -Metra 70-5520 Receiver Wiring Harness -Metra 40-CR10 Antenna Adapter -iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter Installation was pretty easy in this car using the above components. The sound from the stock speakers is much better than I expected. I'm sure true audiophiles can make good use of the available preamp out connections to hook up amplifiers and better speakers. As with my old DNX7100 this unit will play almost any type of sound or video file including Flac! Play files from USB or SD is a no brainier. This car did not have the upgraded entertainment system so does not have SYNC or a subwoofer. Plan on adding a subwoofer to the setup soon however. Coming from a Kenwood DNX7100 installed in a 2006 Mustang in 2007 it took a while to relearn how to use this new unit. This was also a complaint for the DNX7100 being to complex. This DNX893S seems a bit more streamlined but still take a bit to learn or they would have to drop features. By the way the DNX7100 is still going strong after 9 years! Using the DNX893S with a HTC One M9 Android Smartphone it works flawlessly. It did take a while for the address book to sync up. At first I thought there may be an issue but patience did pay off. Tried every feature I could think of that is available with my setup and the HTC one M9 and it all works as advertised.

    Pros: Nice upgrade over a DNX7100 still owned and working in another car for 9 years.

    Cons: I have found no real cons so far.

    | In-depth notes

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, microSD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE/4S
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 6.95
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPhone Integration + CarPlay
    Android Integration w/ Android Auto
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    HD + SiriusXM Radio
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.95" Capacitive Touchscreen: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S features a 6.95" widescreen (16:9) capacitive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The capacitive touchscreen LCD provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The capacitive LCD touchscreen is highly responsive with touchscreen operations that include tap, tap & hold, flick left/right, and swipe up/down. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The bottom of the touchscreen monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).

    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire of the wiring must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as Navigation Maps, CarPlay, Android Auto, & Mirroring.

    Dual Core Processor w/ Faster Start-Up Time: The Kenwood navigation receiver utilizes a Linux based system and dual core processor for faster operating speeds and enhanced stability. The unit has start-up time of approximately 17.7 seconds from OFF to the last source selected or navigation map screen.

    Split Screen AV Control: The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the head unit's touchscreen monitor into two screens, with navigation on the left and a source window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen, as well as song/artist information and basic playback controls (rear-view camera) simultaneously. You can even display the navigation map screen and DVD or AV-IN video simultaneously with the vehicle's parking brake engaged.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination, as well as display background color from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim the head unit's display & front-panel illumination automatically when your vehicle's light switch is turned On, if you have the unit's orange/white "Illumination" wire connected to your vehicle's headlamp circuit. You can also choose to have the receiver's display & front-panel dimmer function to sync with the unit's built-in navigation Day/Night dimmer feature. In addition, you can choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Clock & Date: The navigation receiver offers a 12-hour clock & day/month/year display. The clock is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "Standby" mode. Pressing and holding the Power/Home button turns the unit off completely.

    Remote Control: The Kenwood DNX893S offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and is compatible with Kenwood's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for added convenience.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX893S has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation software and map data, the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S features on-screen maps of the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.

    Note: While the receiver's map database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the Kenwood receiver will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be purchased and downloaded as needed, via USB or SD card. To find a software or map update, please go to .

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable which plugs into the back of the head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" square.

    Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 13.7 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to LA, California. It only took 7.1 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to Baltimore Maryland. These tests were done inside the of the Crutchfield Head Quarters. Results will vary based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.

    INRIX Traffic: You can receive INRIX traffic information and weather forecast through the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S by connecting your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) or Android (OS 4.0.3+) smartphone with "Kenwood's Traffic Powered By INRIX" application (from the or ) installed. While the DNX893S is in navigation mode, it pulls real-time data from the INRIX Traffic app on your smartphone which provides you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, traffic cameras, and travel advisory information on-screen. You get 2 years free access to INRIX traffic information (fees will apply after 2nd year). Your iPhone must be connected via USB, while your Android smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Kenwood navigation receiver.

    On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the DNX893S guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation.

    Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers, only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can independently adjust the volume (0-40) of the voice prompts without affecting the main volume. The unit offers English, French, and Spanish voice prompts.

    Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNX893S will mute the music source when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.

    Driver Assistance: The DNX893S features Lane Assist, Photo-Real Junction View, Exit Services, and Speed Limit Icons to assist you along the calculated route to your destination.

    Destination & location Screens: The DNX893S offers a variety of destination/location screens & functions to help you along your route.

    Trends: The DNX893S has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.

    ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.

    Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.

    Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.

    Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNX893S might not calculate a detour.

    Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use. You can even add scheduling information to each location in your trip, including the desired arrival time and layover duration at each location.

    Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.

    Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving when the vehicle's parking brake is disengaged. You will need to engage the vehicle's parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.

    GPS Simulator: You can turn the unit's GPS receiver off and simulate travel along a projected route.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0 The Kenwood DNX893S is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0 allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood DNX893S. Visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time, making it easier to switch between devices. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the Kenwood DNX893S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DNX893S can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.

    Wireless Audio Streaming : The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC lossless music streaming. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S for playback.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DNX893S has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the DNX893S and its microphone. You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood DNX893S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    iPhone Integration + CarPlay

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning-connector. Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable ( sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls. Use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mail, send/ receive messages and select music in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    Note: If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.

    iPod AV Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports direct connection of your Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone or 30-pin iPhone 4S through its rear-panel USB port or HDMI input. The DNX893S offers audio & video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models.

    Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.

    iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.

    iPhone Mirroring via HDMI: The Kenwood receiver will mirror the display of your HDMI/USB/Bluetooth connected iPhone (iOS 9.0+) device. You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your iPhone iOS device through the Kenwood receiver. Connection method is based on your type of iPhone. If you have a newer iPhone with the Lightning connector, you will need and (or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device); if you have an older 30-pin iPhone 4S, you'll need Apple's 30-pin digital AV adapter and the dock-to-USB cable that came with your device. In addition, for both types of iPhones, you will need a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the (all sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The Bluetooth connection allows you to continue to take Bluetooth phone calls.

    • Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Not all Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.
    • When "Automotive Mirroring" is activated within the head unit's menu, CarPlay is not functional. In order to use CarPlay, "Automotive Mirroring" must be turned off.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/4/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Mirroring Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Android Integration w/ Android Auto

    Android Auto: The Kenwood navigation receiver supports the app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer). Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver's USB port via the microUSB-to-USB cable that came with your smartphone, plus be paired via Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include:


    • If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause Android Auto to malfunction
    • Learn more at and to see what phones are compatible.

    Android Mirroring via HDMI/MHL: The Kenwood receiver will mirror the display of your HDMI/MHL-connected & Bluetooth-paired Android (OS 4.1+) device. You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your Android smartphone through the Kenwood receiver. The head unit's HDMI port is MHL (v2) compatible; this means you can simply connect select MHL-compatible Android smartphones to the receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection allows you to continue to make hands-free calls.


    • Compatible Android smartphones include Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5, Samsung Note II/III/IV, Sony Xperia Z-series, LG Optimus, and HTC One Max (all with OS 4.1+). The listed Samsung phones will also require an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). Check for a list of all compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
    • When "Automotive Mirroring" is activated within the head unit's menu, Android Auto is not functional. In order to use Android Auto, "Automotive Mirroring" must be turned off.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports a variety of audio & video files recorded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc (see chart below).

    SD Card Slot: The navigation receiver is fitted with a SD card slot on the front-panel that is hidden behind the unit's electronic slide-down touchscreen monitor. The SD card slot supports both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of a variety of compressed and high-resolution music files, as well as standard and high-definition video files, plus JPEG still image stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card (see chart below).

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S rear-panel USB port consists of a proprietary connector and a 39" proprietary USB cable terminated by two female USB (type-A) connectors. The USB ports can be used for connection and control of portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. The USB ports enable playback of a variety of compressed and high-resolution music files, as well as standard and high-definition video files, plus JPEG still image files stored on a compatible USB memory device (see chart below). USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB ports (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This head unit's USB port does not support Android smartphone & tablet devices.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports the following types of compressed and high-resolution audio files, standard and high-definition video files, and JPEG photo files recorded onto a disc, loaded onto a USB mass storage class device, or saved on a SD/SDHC memory card.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) Flash Memory (USB MSC & SD/SDHC)
    File SystemISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File NameFAT 16/32, NTFS
    Playable File Types AudioMP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
    Video MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max bit-rate of 1.5Mbps
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1280 x 720 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    PhotoN/AJPEG: 32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder)9,999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder)
    TagsMP3 ID3-tags, WMA/AAC/FLAC-tags, & Album Art

    High Resolution Audio Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports playback of high-resolution FLAC & WAV music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz), via USB or SD (not disc).

    List Search: You can search folders & files on a disc, USB device, or SD card according to hierarchy.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. Go to for the latest firmware/software updates.

    HD + SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (80dB SN 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (80 dB SN 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (, sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages . Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Excelon Series: The DNX893S navigation receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage 5V preouts, plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality from compressed (up to 48kHz) and high-resolution music files (up to 192kHz) with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the DNX893S are as follows:

    6ch/5V Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The DNX893S features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and offers independent level control (-50 to +10 dB).

    DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes & locations, listening distances, and x-over points. You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S offers 8 EQ Presets for east adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, and a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.

    Music Enhancement: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression, as well as enhance the sound by virtually manipulating the soundscape.

    Volume Level & Bass Management: The navigation receiver offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your sources. The DNX893S also provides bass management to get the most impact out of your system.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV + OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver is fitted with a rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio/video input to connect external AV sources, such as a game system, Blu-ray player, or TV tuner.

    HDMI/MHL Input: In addition to iPhone and Android Mirroring, the head unit's HDMI/MHL input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device.

    Note: There is a bracket on the back of the receiver that will need to be removed to access the HDMI input. The bracket can be reattached to the back of the unit once you have plugged in your HDMI cable (sold separately).

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In (not HDMI), USB, SD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    Note: If you select USB, SD, Disc, Mirroring, Bluetooth, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay as the main source, then you cannot select USB or SD as the AV output source.

    Rear & Front Camera Inputs: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-230 (, sold separately). By connecting a rear view camera, you can use the in-dash receiver's touchscreen LCD to see what's behind you when backing up. There is also a composite video input for connecting a front dash-cam (sold separately), so you can display what's ahead of you on the head unit's touchscreen LCD monitor.

    Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood navigation receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier, and select Toyota/Scion vehicles.

    Notes: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from . In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a (sold separately). The Kenwood receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

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    Staff Reviews

    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    by Ken Nail

    The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver has Apple CarPlayT and Android AutoT technology, Garmin GPS guidance, and 6.95" touchscreen. See it in this demo video.

    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked
    Why did you buy this?

    Features and fit [ Mark Mar 17, 2018 ]
    This stereo had all the features that I was looking for and more. [ David A. Mar 10, 2018 ]
    it had the options I was after and isn't a crap resistive screen [ Tony Mar 08, 2018 ]
    EXCELLENT PRICE FOR GREAT PRODUCT [ Jennifer Mar 07, 2018 ]
    Great price. Time to upgrade the last Kenwood Nav I purchased from Crutchfield 5 years ago. [ DOUGLAS R Mar 05, 2018 ]
    Awesome product at awesome price. [ Tyler Lynn Feb 27, 2018 ]
    $600 off, CD player, nav, android. [ michael Feb 27, 2018 ]
    it was a great price and a direct swap for the older kenwwod unit i had [ justin Feb 12, 2018 ]
    600 bucks off a top of the line unit with Garmin GPS [ Pat Feb 10, 2018 ]
    Quality, best options for the money. [ Steven Feb 07, 2018 ]
    To make life easier [ Ray Jan 30, 2018 ]
    Based on reviews [ Christopher Dec 28, 2017 ]
    The reviews look good, Garmin gps, & the nicely sized discount. [ Patrick Dec 27, 2017 ]
    Had all the features I was waning in a Stereo, GPS, hands free system. [ Diego Dec 17, 2017 ]
    Features, Ease of Installation and Cost. [ John Dec 11, 2017 ]
    Specific features, Kenwood eXcelon reputation and customer reviews [ Paul Dec 08, 2017 ]
    Looked like a good choice. [ Paul Nov 07, 2017 ]
    Best deal for features [ Kevin Oct 27, 2017 ]
    Great Excelon Sound from Kenwood with integrated navigation. [ harold Aug 24, 2017 ]
    I wanted Android Auto & I LOVE Garmin's GPS mapping interface. [ M Jul 19, 2017 ]
    Ease of install and hope works better then last Kenwood [ Joseph Jul 03, 2017 ]
    Looked at this stereo locally and really liked it. Unfortunately, their pricing was ridiculous, with no flexibility. Enter Crutchfield - great price and no sales tax !! I chose this unit because of the glass screen and Apple Car Play. Can't wait to get it installed ! [ Dennis Jun 21, 2017 ]
    The price was right with all of the features I've been looking for in a Navigation receiver. [ Michael Jun 15, 2017 ]
    I've owned many other Kenwood products is the past and this model, Kenwood Excelon DNX893S, has everything I need and want, from the back up camera option, Bluetooth, "Garmin" and all the maps I would need, Pandora and Spotify, Mirror Link and SO much more. The video demo from Kenwood made it easy to choose, with it's dual processor, touch screen and the dual screen option. The speed of the processor looks amazing. Am looking forward to installing it, probably immediately after it's delivered. [ David May 07, 2017 ]
    Garmin Navigation. [ L Apr 06, 2017 ]
    Upgrade from previous receiver and this one had the same features and more. [ Steve Jan 12, 2017 ]
    Recommendation from local audio store [ Brent Dec 29, 2016 ]
    I like how Kenwood radios integrate using ipod and Bluetooth without changing settings such as I have seen with an earlier model of pioneer (AVIC-4000nex). The pioneer wouldn't allow to change to ipod, play music, and change input back to Bluetooth audio and play music from phone without changing settings everytime to do so. All in all I wanted the capacitive touch, top of the line features with GPS, and an interface that isn't as cumbersome as Pioneer has been in my past experience. [ Sean Aug 20, 2016 ]
    I have an exiting Kenwood Head Unit and am familiar with the brand and quality. [ Shawn Aug 07, 2016 ]
    This item has ApplePlay as well as the original features of my vehicle [ Mike Jul 29, 2016 ]

    36 questions already asked

    I looked at iDatalink's site at the list of abilities this interface can give with radios. Outside temperature was not in the list. I don't expect you to get that back even with this gear. My Bio: [ Paul Mar 12, 2018 ] Staff
    Randy, while I've not used the feature yes it does support a front camera as well as the rear camera. [ Jack Feb 28, 2018 ]
    yes you can install both front and rear. and the radio supports it [ John Feb 28, 2018 ]
    yes it does [ Robert Feb 28, 2018 ]
    well go to kenwood n ask them or u could got to YouTube n look for 5star car audio n ask dean the question n he will answer all ur questions.. [ Jose Feb 02, 2018 ]
    69.99 through Garmin Express [ Sotith Jan 03, 2018 ]
    $75.00 [ Robert Jan 02, 2018 ]
    I installed on my corvette grandsport and eliminated the factory microphone . I used the mic. That came with the head unit and have not had any sound or clarity issues . [ ROBERT Dec 22, 2017 ]
    I'm using the original mic it came with and at times it's unclear but to be fair on my side, I have a extremely loud exhaust so I get a lot of drone inside of the cabin but at idle or when I can keep the drone to a minimal while driving, it's only then people can hear me via Bluetooth. I sometimes have my phone connected with the cable to play android auto and always then no one can hear me so I always have to unplug it to talk to anyone. [ Stephen Dec 21, 2017 ]
    No I had no problem.. go back who install ur radio n check n see if there is an update to the maestro or head unit .. n checks n see if there is a pinch on the mic .. [ Jose Dec 21, 2017 ]
    The Kenwood does provide an A/V Output with Dual Zone capability: "The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In (not HDMI), USB, SD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation receiver or your rear entertainment system. " You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan Sep 01, 2017 ] Staff
    The Kenwood is a standard double DIN chassis size and is a recommended fit in nearly every year and version of the Honda Ridgeline. You'll find the dash mount kit for the 2006-up Ridgeline here: The dash kit for the 2016 and up Ridgeline can be found here: For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly: [ Ryan Aug 09, 2017 ] Staff
    Not sure exactly what you are asking. (You can only play one sound source at a time.) If you mean, do you either get Kenwood features or Car Play features (but not both) when you plug in a Car Play phone, the answer is no, you get reasonable access to both. With a Car Play phone plugged in, Car Play acts as additional input. You can select whether to listen to AM/FM, or whatever Car Play has to offer (Pandora, Spotify, your music on your phone) by using the usual controls on the Kenwood. Car Play does not hijack the whole user experience. You can even choose whether to use built-in Garmin nav, or use Apple maps nav via Car Play. The two systems co-exist pretty well, for example you can have FM going and your phone will interrupt via Car Play. Or you can run Kenwood/Garming nav while you play ipod music from your phone. [ Robert Jul 10, 2017 ]
    You have to buy a separate unit for satellite radio. [ RICARDO Jul 10, 2017 ]
    yes [ Rob Jul 10, 2017 ]
    No, it'll disconnect the CarPlay unfortunately [ Kristy Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Yes you can use CarPlay features such as maps or messanger while listening to music from a different source [ Jacob Jul 10, 2017 ]
    yes you can. I went out and verified that I can use the car play interface and have my satellite radio playing. It will even have apple maps navigating and providing directions while the alternate source of audio is playing. it's pretty easy to switch back and forth between sources, kenwood nav, car play functions etc. it just took a little getting used to. I think one of the big things is being able to rearrange your home screen buttons, this is especially helpful if you hook it up to a factory sirius radio receiver (ford in my case). The XM / sirius button doesn't work, you have to select satellite radio which was a few menu pages back. I just rearranged the buttons and now my satellite button is on my home page. hope this helps [ Rob Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Yes, although I don't have the XM radio, you can switch between carplay Pandora, carplay Amazon prime, HD radio or cd at any time. A phone call will interrupt the music and bring up the carplay "accept" screen. [ Don Jul 09, 2017 ]
    Yes, [ Quinton Jul 09, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone () or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny Jun 26, 2017 ] Staff
    Its 1 year [ Shawn Jun 16, 2017 ]
    Hi .. off the top of my head .. I think it's 1 yr with kenwood n what ever warranty u get from crutchfield .. but if u look up in the web .. there are places that fix after market radios .. [ Jose Jun 16, 2017 ]
    I have a Samsung S8 with the new USB-C and it does not work on mine. It gives me an error saying that the device is not supported. [ mauro de Jul 03, 2017 ]
    The unit supports two USBs, so as long as you have a USB C to USB cable, that should work. In my car the cables are hanging out of my AC vents as I have not modified the interior (my Kia Forte's default USB and aux do not work with this radio). [ Sotith Jun 16, 2017 ]
    There are adaptor cables that can be used, over all the radio is the easiest most flexible I have ever owned for the price. Easy to install great screen contact with finger. Charlie [ CHARLES Jun 16, 2017 ]
    Fat 32 and 32 gb max I use a 250gb usb for music (it may take larger) $80.00 [ KEN May 15, 2017 ]
    The manual states SD or SDHC cards, FAT16 or FAT32 or NTFS, max card capacity 32GB. I have personally used 16GB FAT32 and that works fine. [ Robert May 12, 2017 ]
    yes it does [ Rob Jul 10, 2017 ]
    I think you can have a custom background but not a custom splash screen [ Mason Apr 16, 2017 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone () or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny Apr 04, 2017 ] Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone () or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny Feb 20, 2017 ] Staff
    The maximum volume level is 40. [ Jean Feb 13, 2017 ]
    To load for me to listen too, vibrates th e widows. Great fit in my motor coach love the mirror option [ CHARLES Feb 10, 2017 ]
    Not sure what you mean. The numbers are arbitrary except higher numbers equal louder volume and vice versa. A dB reading may be a better gauge for comparing volume levels. There are many other factors outside this unit, however. Good luck! [ jeffrey Feb 10, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone () or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Feb 10, 2017 ] Staff
    Hi there, I have a Jeep so I can't help you too much with exact details about your Prius but I can tell you there is an OEM Setup menu you can run through in the radio that interacts with the iDataLink unit you purchase. Crutchfield can help you pick out the unit that will retain all of that information for you. [ Mason Jan 23, 2017 ]
    The kenwood DNX893S it self does not have those features however the Idatalink interface might. I would suggest visiting their website for more information. [ Brian Jan 22, 2017 ]
    No it does not. [ Rocky T Jan 22, 2017 ]
    You will need the KENWOOD/INRIX traffic app for your phone to get the traffic info integrated into this navigation unit. The app comes with two years free subscription and there is a button to extend the subscription but it keeps taking me to another KENWOOD website that I haven't yet figured out how to extend the subscription and what prices are to do so. Another note to consider is that app will be using up data from your cellphone to get it's information so if you have a limited data plan you will be adding to the consumption of data. [ EDWARD Nov 22, 2016 ]
    The unit comes with a 2 year subscription to traffic - you can extend beyond that, though not sure how much it is. Traffic is managed through an app on your phone. It connects automatically to the head unit if paired together over bluetooth. It's actually quite effective. [ Scott Nov 22, 2016 ]
    Good question - suggest you contact Kenwood directly . John [ John Nov 22, 2016 ]
    If the front camera is hooked up, when you press the camera button it displays the front camera. You can switch back and forth from front to back by tapping the center of the screen. [ Jim Aug 15, 2017 ]
    I cannot find any mention of being able to have the front camera automatically come on. I did find out there is a way to pull it up that appears to be rather quick, but nothing to make it automatic. I wish I had different news for you there. My Bio: [ Paul Oct 31, 2016 ] Staff
    From what I am told no. I did purchase one for my DNX7100. It worked for 2 years then they said the product was no longer supported. So much for lifetime updates. Get them on underground sites for that one now. Not sure if that is possible with this unit yet. [ Charles Oct 08, 2016 ]
    As I understand it, you get free lifetime updates to maps. They do not charge for this added service. John in Kansas [ John Oct 08, 2016 ]
    Not that I know, but Garmin can have that answer. [ DANIEL Oct 08, 2016 ]
    You have to call Kenwood and talk to customers service and ask them .. [ Jose Oct 08, 2016 ]
    On mine you can. [ Jacob Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Nope. [ Stephen Sep 16, 2016 ]
    Mine goes past the 15 but has also had the bars disappear but still increased or decreased . I had to turn off and back on to have it reset. [ ROBERT Sep 13, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy Sep 13, 2016 ] Staff
    I just got this unit and it does not play gapless on usb or sd card using the folder-file system like HD-Tracks and most other programs. If you want to get to know gapless playback get a portable DAP player. There is no Navigation unit out that plays gapless as of now that I can find. I will keep this unit as it sounds way better than my Alpine and has a lot of features I like. I do have the latest updates but it could use some more to make it better. [ David Sep 04, 2016 ]
    Yes it does.. [ Jose Aug 31, 2016 ]
    Pioneer makes a nice product but I am partial to kenwood and this one was everything I wanted. Cost was not a factor for me the features and the 13 channel equalizer made me wait for its release [ ROBERT Aug 13, 2016 ]
    pressing the 6th button (left to right) for more than 1 sec mutes the sound. It's the car play mirroring button on the panel [ Rob Jul 10, 2017 ]
    If your car has steering wheel controls a steering wheel adapter will add that function. [ Charles Oct 08, 2016 ]
    There's no mute or attenuate function from the head unit's front-panel controls, but the optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (sold separately) includes an "ATT" button which will attenuate the volume of the DNX893; or other Kenwood video/navigation receiver. Here's a link to the remote on our website for a closer look: I hope that helps! [ Larry Aug 12, 2016 ] Staff
    Not sure about that because i didn't buy or hook up that cable because i was told the Android no long supports that MHL input for Android Auto It now goes into the USB port. So I wouldn't need to by one of those HDMI to android cable just use the standard [ Russell Jul 21, 2016 ]
    Both the Android Auto and Apple Carplay capability allow you to have text messages read aloud to you. You can even compose and reply to texts using the voice command feature. The actual text will not be displayed on the stereo's screen as that is illegal in most states. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps! My Bio: [ Ryan Jul 16, 2016 ] Staff
    While the SiriusXM tuner and service support the "Content Alerts" feature, the Kenwood stereo itself does not. It's predecessor (DNX892) offered the feature and the information hasn't been updated to reflect the difference on the newer version. I have escalated your findings onto our web team for review and they will update our content for the DNX893 model accordingly. Thanks for the catch! My Bio: [ Ryan Jul 11, 2016 ] Staff
    We found the 17.7 second time to be accurate for startup from "Off" to the last source that was selected. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan Jul 09, 2016 ] Staff
    "Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNX893S will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via USB & SD card." You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan Jul 09, 2016 ] Staff

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