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Jan 23, 2014

Kenwood Introduces DNX891HD 2-Din AV Navigation Receiver

Kenwood’s DNX891HD eXcelon series all-in-one navigation receiver offers new features to keep you connected in 2014. Kenwood is introducing proprietary state-of-the-art Drive Equalizer Technology on this receiver that overcomes road noise by allowing for a boost in output at select frequencies without distortion and HDMI/HML input for iPhone and Android video.

Other features for the DNX891HD include newly improved Graphic User Interface (GUI), improved Bluetooth performance (apt-X), improved Siri Eyes Free functionalityfor iPhone, a Garmin Smartphone link for iPhone and Android, a new APP control for iPhone and Android and is equipped with dual USB ports.

Kenwood DNX891HD

Kenwood DNX891HD

The receiver supports iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio control and Pandora Internet Radio for iPhone and Android, and has 13Band Equalizer with DSP and digital time alignment. It still offers these built-in features, Garmin Navigation, Bluetooth and HD Radio and is NAVTEQ Traffic and SiriusXM-Ready(SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner sold separately, subscription required), and iDataLink ready. There are also dual camera inputs with CMOS control, and three 5-volt pre-outs.

Kenwood DNX891HD Specs

Monitor Section Picture Size

6.95 inches(diagonal) wide

W x H 156.6 x 81.6 mm / 6-3/16 x 3-3/16 inch
Display System Transparent TN LCD panel
Drive System TFT active matrix system
Number of Pixels 1,152,000

800H x 480V x RGB

Effective pixels 99.99%
Pixel arrangement RGB striped arrangement
Back Lighting LED
DVD Section D / A Converter 24Bit
Audio Decoder Linear PCM

Dolby Digital


Video Decoder MPEG1 / MPEG2 / DivX
Wow & Flutter Below Measurable Limit
Frequency Response 96k Sampling 20 - 20,000 Hz
48k Sampling 20 - 20,000 Hz
44.1k Sampling 20 - 20,000 Hz
Total Harmonic Distortion (1kHz) 0.008%
Signal to Noise ratio 100dB(DVD-Video 96k)
Dynamic Range 100dB(DVD-Video 96k)
DISC Format DVD-Video / VIDEO-CD / CD-DA
Sampling Frequency 44.1kHz / 48kHz


Quantifying Bit Number 16 / 20 / 24bit
USB I/F Section USB Standard USB2.0 Full/High Speed
File System FAT 16 / 32
Maximum Power Supply Current iPod/iPhone:DC5V=1AUSB:DC5V=500mA
D/A Converter 24Bit
Audio Decoder MP3 / WMA / AAC / WAV / FLAC
Video Decoder MPEG1 / MPEG2 / MPEG4 / WMV / H.264 / mkv
Bluetooth Section Technology Bluetooth Ver3.0+ EDR
Frequency 2.402 – 2.480 GHz
Output Power +4dBm (MAX),0dBm (AVE) Power Class 2
Maximum Communication range Line of sight approx.10m(32.8ft)
Audio Codec SBC/AAC/MP3/aptX
Profile HFP(V1.6)(Hands Free Profile)

SPP(Serial Port Profile)

SDP(Service Discovery Profile)

A2DP(Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)

AVRCP(V1.4)(Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)

PBAP(Phonebook Access Profile)

GAP(Generic Access Profile)

MAP(Message Access Profile)

Multi Profile support

HDMI yes
MHL Supported Version MHL 2.1
Maximum Power Supply Current DC5V=900mA
DSP Section Graphics Equalizer BAND 13Band
frequency(Hz) (BAND1-13) 62.5/100/160/250/400/630/1k//1.6k/2.5k/4k/6.3k/10k/16k
Gain -9/-8/-7/-6/-5/-4/-3/-2/-1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9[dB]
2Way X'Over HIGH PASS FILTER Frequency Through/30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/180/220/250
SLOPE -6/-12/-18/-24[dB/Oct.]
LOW PASS FILTER Frequency 30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/180/220/250/Through
SLOPE -6/-12/-18/-24[dB/Oct.]
Position Front / Rear /Subwoofer Delay 0 - 20.0ft (0.07ft Step)
Gain -8 to 0dB
Subwoofer Level -50 to +10dB
Digital FM Frequency Range 87.9MHz - 107.9MHz
(Frequency step) (200kHz)
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
(±3.0 dB)  
Digital AM Frequency Range 530kHz - 1700kHz
(Frequency step) (10kHz)
Frequency Response 40Hz - 15kHz
(±3.0 dB)  
FM Frequency Range 87.9MHz - 107.9MHz

(Frequency Step) (200 kHz)
Usable Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
S/N:30 dB 0.8μV / 75 Ohms
Quieting sensitivity 10.2 dBf
S/N:50 dB 1.13μV / 75 Ohms
Frequency response

(±3.0 dB)

30 Hz - 15 kHz
S/N( dB) 75 dB(MONO)
Selectivity Over 80 dB(±400 kHz)
Stereo separation 45 dB(1 kHz)
AM Frequency Range
530 kHz - 1700 kHz
(Frequency step) (10 kHz)
Usable Sensitivity 28 dBμ
Video Color system of external video input NTSC / PAL
External Video input level (RCA jacks) 1Vp-p / 75 Ohms
External video input level (Mini jacks) -
External Audio max input level (RCA jacks) 2 V / 25 kOhms
External audio max input level(Mini jacks) -
Video Input level (RCA jacks) 1 Vp-p / 75 Ohms
Video Output level (RCA jacks) 1 Vp-p / 75 Ohms
Audio Output level (Mini jacks) 1.2 V / 10 kOhms
Audio Maximum Power (Front&Rear) 50Wx4
Full Bandwidth Power (Front&Rear) 22Wx4


Preout Level (V) 5 V / 10 kOhms
Preout Impedance (Ohms) =< 80 Ohms
Speaker Impedance(Ohms) 4-8 Ohms
External SW Maximum Power Supply Current 500mA
Navigation Section Receiver High-sensitivity GPS receiver
Receiving Frequency 1575.42MHz (C/A code )
Acquisition Times Cold: 29 seconds(typ)

All satellites at -130 dBm Without aiding

Update Rate 1/second,continuous
Accuracy Position: <2.5 meters,CEP, at -130 dBm

Velocity: 0.1 meter/sec

Positioning Method GPS
Antenna External GPS Antenna
General Operating Voltage 14.4V(10.5V to 16V)
Maximum Current Consumption 10A
Installation Dimensions (W x H x D) 182mm x 112mm x 163mm

7-2/16 x 4-6/16 x 6-7/16 inch

Operational Temperature Range -10°C to +60°C
Weight (Main Unit) 2.5Kg


The MSRP for the 2014 DNX891HD is $1,400.00.

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