Kenwood’s non-navigation flagship multimedia head unit is the DDX9016DABS and as the name implies, it carries on-board DAB+ digital radio, a feature that is becoming almost ubiquitous in top-end decks.
Priced at $1099 recommended retail, the unit features a 7-inch high-resolution WVGA capacitive screen – this means that the touch screen will behave in a similar way to your smartphone’s in terms of responsiveness and speed. Included in its vast features list is Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto App-based functionality and control (including Siri).
Also featured are multiple inputs and outputs including dual USB, auxiliary, two camera inputs and three 4-volts pre-outs.
The latest Bluetooth iteration is included with AAC for high quality audio streaming and Profile 1.6 for echo-free and clear telephony with full-time connection of two phones.
Compatible formats include DVD/CD in physical discs and MKV/MPEG 4/H264/WMV for video and FLAC (24bit/192kHz), AAC/WAV/MP3/WMA for audio files. Sonics can be adjusted via the 13-band equaliser and digital time alignment while high- and low-pass filters are also provided.
As mentioned above, DAB+ digital radio is featured in the DDX9016DABS – as is internet radio via Pandora – and Kenwood includes a DAB+ antenna in the package. Also included with the unit is an OEM wired remote allowing steering wheel control.
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