Kenwood's 2019 line-up of new multimedia receivers starts with the DNX9190DABS (replacing the previous DNX9180DABS model) which is based around a 6.8-inch HD res display with capacitive touchscreen controls and an all-new Widget-based GUI. This model incorporates Garmin GPS navigation and boasts a very long list of features and functions, creating a hugely capable double-DIN head unit.
In addition to Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, the DNX9190DABS has full-time two phone connectivity via Bluetooth, WiFi mirroring (for smartphone displays), voice recognition, Spotify control, digital time alignment, HD 2D/3D AVM linkage (for 360-degree visual monitoring in HD quality), triple camera inputs, dual USB charging, variable illumination and 13-band EQ. Additionally, it provides three pairs of RCA pre-outs and an HDMI input. As the model designation indicates, it incorporates a DAB+ receiver as well as analog tuning. Obviously it handles both CDs and DVDs and well as any popular digital audio and visual format you care to mention, and it’s supplied with the DRV-N520 dash cam. The DNX9190DABS is priced at $2299 and will be available in Australia from the end of March.
The new Kenwood DDX9019DABS model (which replaces the previous DDX9018DABS) has many of the DNX9190DABS’s features, but lacks the Garmin navigation and a dash-cam (but you still get Kenwood's DRV-NV520 dash-cam separately). Nevertheless, it still provides both Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, WiFi mirroring, Spotify control, digital time alignment, HD 2D/3D AVM linkage, triple camera inputs, dual USB charging, variable illumination and 13-band EQ. It is also based around a 6.8-inch HD display with capacitive touch controls and Kenwood’s latest GUI, and you get the same set of RCA and HDMI connections plus digital and analog tuning. The DDX9019DABS is also set for a local launch at the end of March and is priced at $1099.
Sharing a similar feature set – and still based on the large 6.8-inch HD touchscreen display with the new interface – is the new Kenwood DDX919WS, but this model goes without a DAB+ receiver and, more importantly, it’s all packaged in a 200 mm head unit. You can also tick the boxes for WiFi mirroring, Spotify control, digital time alignment, HD 2D/3D AVM linkage, triple camera inputs, dual USB charging, variable illumination, Kenwood GPS sat-nav and 13-band EQ plus this model has Air Gesture control. The DDX919WS is priced at $1199 and will be available in Australia from the end of March.
The other new multimedia double-DIN receiver models from JVCKenwood are the DMX8019S and new step up option DMX8019DABS, (pricing yet to be announced) which are based around a 7.0-inch touchscreen – capacitive in the case of the DMX8019DABS and a resistive type for the DMX8018S.
However, both employ Kenwood’s new interface with enhanced graphics and more ‘widgets’ to improve useability. Again, as the model numbers suggest, the 8019DABs has both DAB+ and analog tuning while the 8019S only has analog tuning. Additionally, the 8019DABs provides Apple Wireless CarPlay support while the 8019S has Wired Apple Carplay. Both models have Android Auto support and offer a long list of useful features including dual phone pairing via Bluetooth, Spotify control, digital time alignment, triple camera inputs, dual USB charging, variable illumination, 13-band EQ, three RCA pre-outs and triple camera inputs.
For more information about the 2019 line-up of Kenwood multimedia in-car receivers visit http://www.kenwood.com.au