Navigation Receiver Review
If there is a new sat-nav receiver on your shopping list, do yourself a favor and check out the new Kenwood DNX893S Navigation Receiver. This new model raises the bar for ease of use and intuitive control. When a source unit has this many features, functions, capabilities and adjustments, keeping this simple for the user is something that everyone can truly appreciate!
The Kenwood DNX893S has pretty much every feature you could ever want or hope for in a sat-nav receiver. Thanks to a much faster processor, the boot time and functionality is greatly improved over earlier models. Thanks to a new seven-inch glass capacitive touchscreen display (like a smartphone) and a new user friendly GUI and menu, all of your entertainment and information needs are readily available and easily accessed. Three programmable buttons offer a quick way to select your favorite sources. You get Garmin-based GPS navigation, compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, not to mention compatibility with iDatalink Maestro RR and all the advanced features that option brings. In addition, the DNX893S is equipped with built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, Pandora and Spotify app control, and an HD Radio tuner. There are inputs for two cameras, and built-in parking guidelines for the optional rearview camera. A rear-view camera can also be used facing forward, as the unit has the ability to reverse the image for proper viewing.
The Kenwood unit includes all the usual AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 sources, the aforementioned HD Radio tuner, SiriusXM readiness, FLAC compatibility, and DTS and Dolby Digital decoding. There is full iPod/iPad/iPhone compatibility, and connections can be made via dual USB ports, or an SD/SDHC card. High resolution playback is supported via FLAC or WAV music files up to 24 bit/192 kHz, via USB. The unit's firmware can also be updated via USB. An MHL2 certified HDMI port is also built into the connections on the rear panel. ANDROID AUTO: The Kenwood navigation receiver supports the Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer). The 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. With Android Auto you get access to Google Speech, Google Maps, and text-to-speech for SMS messages. You can also get Android Mirroring via HDMI/MHL with the addition of a Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable. Mirroring brings any stored movies or apps to your Kenwood's screen, using the phone's screen for control. 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. 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 voicemail, send/receive messages or select music in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road ahead.