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Old 06-24-2016, 04:20 PM   #15
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The most annoying complaint I have about the Kenwood in my 2015 (and there are many) is there is no easy mute control. When you want to temporarily kill the sound, you have to go to the main menu and touch "Standby". Then you've got to go back to the main menu and again select the source (Sirius, CD, etc.) to go back to where you were. Almost every other brand I've seen has a simple Mute button. Also, the Kenwood must be partially connected somewhere to the vehicle electronics, and not very well, because you have to monkey with the parking brake before the on-screen keyboard pops up. And if the parking brake is set, then you can't rotate the driver's seat. Airstream fun......
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:02 PM   #16
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The most annoying complaint I have about the Kenwood in my 2015 (and there are many) is there is no easy mute control.
I don't know which model you have, but on the remote control or the bottom button bar, you may have an ATT button. ATT(enuate) is how Eurotrash say "mute"
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:15 PM   #17
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I went ahead and ordered the Blaupunkt 840 New York. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of the higher end units (no satellite radio or carplay), but the 640 version (essentially the same) had mostly positive reviews with none of the issues of the Kenwood. Plus its navigation maps include Canada, which we need. Even some Pioneer models on the Crutchfield website had function issues similar to Kenwood. I'll post later how well the Blaupunkt works.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:52 PM   #18
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I don't know which model you have, but on the remote control or the bottom button bar, you may have an ATT button. ATT(enuate) is how Eurotrash say "mute"
Thanks for the tip. I believe I tried that, but the remote is so confusing anyway that I gave up. I have the AI in the storage yard right now, but I'll try your suggestion when I go over there in a few days.
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Old 06-25-2016, 05:02 AM   #19
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The Alpine remote is very simple, intuitive, user friendly.


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Old 06-25-2016, 09:45 AM   #20
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The Kenwood in my 2016 died on the drive home and would freeze on the launch page. The dealer replaced it as they too couldn't figure out what was happening. In my opinion it's a POS and i wish I could I just have the traditional Mercedes head unit in there, which I intend to ask about when I take the rig in for annual service.
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Aftermarket will give you more bang for the buck-
More features for less money and generally better sound quality and reliability-
Kenwood is apparently an exception to that general rule.


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Old 06-25-2016, 11:11 PM   #22
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The MB radio in mine is the most unintuitive POS that I've ever had the misfortune to try to use. The only tuning control is w/ the seek buttons which prevent one from tuning a weak station that they may just want to listen to or in my case tuning to an unused FM freq. for my XM module.
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:18 PM   #23
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I guess I'm lucky the Sony in my 2013 still works. Confusing but Airstream included a handy cheat sheet I still reference.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:41 AM   #24
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I've had good luck with Sony head units, amps, and speakers.
Still use Sony home equipment- TV, receiver, DVD player, tape deck-
The Sony in my trailer is nice. No CD player, but SiriusXM ready, iPod, and Bluetooth-


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Confusing but Airstream included a handy cheat sheet I still reference.
Airstream has always been better at documenting trailer systems than they have motorhome or B-van systems.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:13 PM   #26
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Replaced the standard Kenwood DNN992 with a

Kenwood DDX6902S that has Apple Carplay.

Why? because we felt the OEM radio Kenwood DNN992, although in many ways incredibly capable with just about every bell and whistle that could be added, was an overkill.

The Kenwood DDX6902S has a real physical knob to turn audio volume up and down, and if you push it, it reduces volume.

But truly the best part is the Apple Carplay- plug in your Apple phone and Siri connects, use their maps (no more paying for Garmin map updates), ask Siri to read you messages etc.

Very easy on-screen navigation, can still play DVDs etc. Oh it sounds great!

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(Anyone want to buy a Kenwood DNN992? Like new, hardly used)
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CarPlay sounds like a cool feature.


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My Kenwood DNS890HD, which I had installed since the 2011 model came with he stock MB radio, has become haunted during a short ten day trip. The screen display randomly changes. It will go for hours without a problem, then suddenly start up, usually just about the time I need the GPS the most.

The only reason I liked the Kenwood is the Garmin GPS. Not sure what I will do at this point. Send it in, buy something else, or just buy a standalone Garmin GPS.

Also, the transfer switch now transfers to AC shore power when it feels like it, unless I give the transfer box a good whack. I'm not sure how long that will work, so I probably need to replace it.
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