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Kenwood eXcelon DNX8120

Double DIN 6.95" TFT-LCD Monitor with Built-in Navigation and Bluetooth, DVD, CD, MP3 Receiver and Remote (DNX-8120)


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Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 (DNX-9140)

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General Features:

  • In-dash Navigation, DVD, CD, MP3 Receiver with Remote
  • iPod USB direct connectivity via your standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • 6.95" Wide touchscreen display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 2-year warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of DVD±R/RW, DivX, VCD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, AAC, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Digital graphic equalizer with 7 EQ presets

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 5V preamp outputs (front, rear, and subwoofer) and a center channel output
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready with subscription and the purchase of one of the following adapters required and sold separately: Kenwood SIRIUS Satellite Radio Package or Kenwood KCA-XM100V XM Radio Adapter
  • HD Radio Ready: Kenwood KTC-HR200 required and sold separately.
  • Bluetooth Ready: Built-in Bluetooth technology with integrated mic
  • NavTraffic Ready: Subscription with either one of the following: Kenwood GXM30 XM/NavTraffic Receiver or Kenwood GTM10 FM Traffic Receiver
  • iPod Audio/Video Ready: Allows you to charge and control your iPod files through the Kenwood head unit with the purchase of one of the following adapters:
  • Rear auxiliary input: USB and RCA Audio Video Input

Key Features:

  • Built-in Garmin navigation with Complete US, Canada, and Puerto Rico maps
  • Apple iTunes AAC file format playback
  • 16:9 Display ratio
  • PAL/NTSC compatible
  • Built-in clock
  • Rear-camera input capable
  • Radio data system
Note: 2008 release Kenwood receivers feature the Kenwood Advanced Bus (KAB) systems instead of the older 5-Line changer connectors to connect optional Satellite Radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and iPod accessories. KAB equipped systems will allow users to experience improved audio fidelity and increased responsiveness from external sources!

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon DNX891HD)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon DNX890HD)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon DNX9990HD)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon DNX9980HD)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon DNX9960 (DNX-9960))
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 (DNX-9140))

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Double DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Security Code
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
1 Center Output
2 Pairs (Front and Switchable Rear/Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
5 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
7 EQ Presets
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

1 Set of Rear RCA A/V Inputs

Monitor Screen Features

If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

Navigation Features

Map Database
This is the map database that the system uses. The map database provider supplies the digital map, as well as the Points-of-Interests, map updates, fastest routes, and many other features.
Traffic Lane Guidance
Traffic Lane guidance is a convenient feature among navigation units. It enabled the navigation unit to tell the driver which lane that they should be in at any given time. This becomes quite useful when a particular lane is needed to exit the freeway or make a necessary turn.
These are the maps that come with the navigation unit.
Complete 50 USA
Navigation During Audio Playback
This feature allows the driver to listen to music while the unit is still navigating them to their destination.
Navigation During Video Playback
The feature allow the head unit to play videos while the navigation unit is still guiding them to their destination. This is ideal for those that use overhead or headrest monitors that receive a video signal from the in-dash navigation unit.
These are the different options for language. If you are looking for a specific language, please verify that the unit will be compatible with that language.
Map Dimensional Display
This is the manner in which the navigation maps are displayed. The majority of navigation units have either a 2D or a 3D map display, however some have options for both.
Speed Display
Speed display is a feature that allows the unit to display the speed of the vehicle. Using GPS technology, this feature also assisting in determining the estimated time of arrival on compatible units.
Search Options
Search options are the many different ways that the navigation unit is able to find your destination. Below are the definitions of what these mean.

Address: The user is able to enter a specific address and the unit will navigate there.

City: The unit is able to navigate to a city, without a specific address needed. A great feature when traveling across several states or provinces.

Coordinates: This is a convenient feature for when you have specific longitude and latitude values.

Favorites: These are shortcuts that you can set for easy access to commonly traveled locations. Examples could include your home, office, favorite restaurant, movie theater, or any other frequently traveled location.

Home: Program and save your home address for fast and simple navigation to your home.

Intersection: Searches for specific cross-streets rather than a specific address.

Map Browsing: This feature enables the user to point to a location on the navigation screen and choose to navigate there. A great feature for when you visually know where you want to go, but are not sure of the address or intersection.

Phone Number: Search for locations by their phone number. Perfect for when you know the phone number of a restaurant or similar locations, but do not have the address. Also convenient when a store has many locations and you need to go to the one that you have previously called.

Point-of-Interest (POI) Name: Search by name for Points-of-Interst such as restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity: Search for Points-of-Interst that are close by to your current location. Points-Of-Interests include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Points-of-Interest (POI) Type: Search for Points-of-Interst by there category. These include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Quick Search: Allows the user to search for specified POI's that are commonly used.

Recent (Previous) Searches: This feature will load the users recent searches for fast navigation back to them.

Route: This allows the user to select a route that has been previously established.

Phone Number
Point-of-Interest (POI) Name
Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity
Points-of-Interest (POI) Type
Map Source
Maps are typically built into the navigation unit or they can be uploaded from a disc or memory card. They usually cover the United States and all or parts of Canada. Built-in flash memory maps typically respond faster than disc loaded maps.
Built-In Flash Memory
Text-to-Speech (TTS) converts normal text into speech. Mostly used in navigation units, text-to-speech allow the audible playback of street names, driving directions, and any other text that the driver needs to hear.
Traffic Tuner
In-dash navigation units with satellite radio have the option for a traffic tuner, also called a Traffic Message Channel. A Traffic Message Channel (TMC) is used to deliver traffic and travel information directly to the driver. When the TMC is built-in a navigation unit, it can help direct the driver to take alternative routes when traffic is bad.
Points of Interest
The number of points of interest included on the maps. Points of interest may include gas stations, restaurants, city centers, hotels, airports, and tourist attractions.
6 Million
Customizable POI
Customizable Points Of Interest (POI) allow the user to customize, select favorites, and add their own points of interest. This enabled the driver to get directions quickly to previously visited destination.

Expandability Features

Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

Yes (Built-In/Included GPS Navigation)
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included [Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and/or Microphone Included])
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone 3G
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating


Columbia, SC

So, So

August 25, 2008

This product is a fairly good product. The look of the unit is very easy on the eyes when well lit. The unit has some trouble spots the unit screen sticks at times, it often doesn't automatically reconnect to your blue tooth device and at times will not read your ipod and usb device. The EQ has too many different pages and ins't user friendly to someone who inst technologically incline. The dvd picture is very nice. The screen is very easy to clean but it still attract a lot of dust and fingerprints. Its very difficult to upload your own pics and screen savers and to program radio stations. I've own several screens in different vehicles and this one falls in the middle. I do not recommend the garmin. Better to have disc navi, Garmin gets tangled at times and will send you the wrong way and at times will not give you any credible directions at all. The sound quality when hooked up to amps is very good, the installation was very easy. If you're frustrated easy dont buy this product. If you have time to gg through the thick instruction manuel and operate the product correctly then this is the screen for you.

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Richmond, Virginia

Awsome Buy.

March 3, 2009

I currently have the 8120 in my 2007 altima. This Deck is amazing, Navi is on point ( i work in jails doing security all over the country) I have never lost satellite signal. The parrot bluetooth is incredibly crisp and the signal is very strong to the deck from my phone even outside of my car. The signal processor and the EQ to me is what makes this deck. I have 2 12's and a PPI amp...My highs are all stock, however this deck with all the eq options it gives you, made it easy for my highs not only to keep up with my bass but stay amazingly clean throughout. Have not gotten a chance to try IPOD...But mine came with a backup camera...AMAZING once again. The only downfall in my option would be that it doesn't have voice activation. I would STRONGLY recommend this In-dash unit to anyone that is looking at eclipse (avn) or pioneer (AVIC).

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new york, NY

great product

June 7, 2009

This is a great radio. I recently installed it into my 03 Acura TL-S and it works great and the ipod interface is superfast. The starup for the radio in general takes about 15-20 sec to really turn on.

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Hilliard, FL

Kenwood excelon DNX 8120

December 31, 2008

This is a great product. It is very easy to figure out the menu's and customize to what works best for you. I added the bluetooth adapter which works great with the system for hands free calls. The Kenwood handles the music videos from my I pod great sound and video clarity. The only downside that I can think with this unit is it takes a few minutes for it to boot up when you start the car before your music comes on, but it really is not enough to even be bothersome.
I've had several navigation system and this by far has the best one that I have ever used. I would not hesitate to purchase another unit should I trade cars.

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Springtown, TX

Way better than I thought

October 22, 2008

When I bought this unit I had my doubts.

They were all smashed when I installed it.

Right out of the box the SQ was way beyond the Pioneer D3 I was using.

There are many menus but this radio is not for some one who just plays cds and listens to am radio.

If you are a tweaker and love to mess with time lignment,eq settings, and other sound shapping tools this is for you.

The people that gave the radio bad reviews must not be to tech savy.

I love it

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Burbank, CA

Kenwood DNX8120 Good unit with Lots of Bugs

July 10, 2008

Kenwood did a good job packing many beautiful features in a nice unit. the DNX8120 is mighty powerful in many ways. However, I think the unit was rushed out before most of the software bugs are ironed out.
The audio/Video part works great. but the GPS and the Bluetooth telephone connection have some problems. The Garmin GPS loses satellite reception periodically even in open areas on Los Angeles freeways. Also, the unit starts sometimes with the setup screen as if it is the first time you are running the program. You lose all your favorite POI and the unit initial setup. It is annoying to having to input the time zone, date, and other setup features few times a day. Also, the voice is choppy at best.
The telephone has very poor audio quality. Your voice to the other party is very bad quality and very choppy. Useless.
I am waiting when Kenwood and Garmin harry up a software or firmware fix otherwise I am going to return my unit to Kenwood.

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Tujunga, CA


June 15, 2009

I installed this unit in my 07 accord and I'm very happy with it. It has no bugs that I've seen.

BUT because I'm such a picky person I'll tell u everything that annoys me about it.

1. The USB port only plays music and can not play any videos.
2. The music u play from the USB port can not be fastforwarded or rewinded!
3. The buttons on the unit are hard and small, so after a while of turning the volume up or down, your fingers might hurt. This isn't a problem if you can control the unit with your steering wheel.
4. The navigation on this unit is very acutate. However, it's a worthless feature for me because when browsing the map, you have too zoom in all the way to see the name of a small street. So I use my iPhone for navigation. Garmin should take some tips from google maps.
5. The button arangements look like they were thought up by a child. For example, when using the Bluetooth feature, your have to press one corner of the screen to select the person u want to call and then u have to press a button on the opposite end of the screen to make the call. This pattern is seen throughout the unit including in the iPod.

Those are some of the things I hate, but like I said, I'm a very picky guy. Yes I want the perfect unit and I don't think kenwood has any excuse for the things I listed above.

The unit functions perfectly and has never frozen on me.
It does everything that is advertised.
I'm happy with it and I don't plan on changing it.

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Orlando, FL

Good unit with many functions

December 17, 2008

All in all I'm very happy with the 8120. It does everything I expect it to do. It has a lot of adjustments to tailor the sound to your liking. My only real complaint with the unit is that everything is buried under multiple menus and it's sometimes hard to find the setting you are looking for. Once get used to it it's not too bad but it can be daunting at first. Keep the manual near by.

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Phoenix, AZ

DNX8120 GPS in a smart car

January 25, 2011

I like it except for the fact I cannot get it to alert me when Iexceed a specified speed. There is an option I found that turns speed alerts on, but I cannot find where to enter a speed to triggerit.

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Roseville, CA

Great Unit - Great Value

May 15, 2008

I went with this unit because it seemed like the best all-around unit, especially for the price. I had good experience with Parrot Bluetooth and Garmin Nav, so a unit that combined them into a single unit with DVD and iPod control is great.

There's a couple of little quircks with the iPod control and bluetooth that Kenwood is working out in the next firmware - but I'm very impressed with the iPod control It's very fast and works with the new iPods like the 3rd Gen Nano. Interface is very easy and reads nearly instantly. The video out is incredibly crisp - I've been buying Music Vids off iTunes and they look great.

You have a lot of control what shows where - like in the song title area and even on the nav screen. I really need to read the manual some day to see what else it'll do that I haven't found yet.

Nothing really locks you out while driving - other than the legal requirement of no video up front... handled only by parking-break wire.

All in all - it feels like there's a couple of things that are kind of "pieced together" about the software, but at the same time, it seems to do more and cost less than anything else I've seen. And it does just about everything - from reading USB to bluetooth audio (which sounds great from my Blackberry). It definitely feels like the most technologically advanced unit I've seen. I also appreciate that it doesn't use a DVD for NAV - since it's onboard, it's extremely fast for lookups and recalculations.

All in all, very happy.

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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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