Ken­wood DNX893S

Nav­i­ga­tion Re­ceiver Re­view

Pasmag (Canada) - - Test Report -

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.

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