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Old 08-24-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Question Kenwood TV Media System Confusion

We have a 2012 interstate lounge w 2 TVs. I have spent hours of road trips trying to figure this thing out! Here's the backstory- Before pickup, we had satellite tv installed for direct tv. Direct TV works fine on the individual TV's as we had 2 lines run from dish so each TV could have a box ( I know, silly ) Anyway, nothing else seems to be hooked up to the kenwood. Music from tuner and ipod are fine on all speakers but Play a DVD on the kenwood, we can hear it on the car speakers in the car-back and front, BUT no picture on either TV nor sound on the TV from the DVD playing on the kenwood.
So 2 questions - I want to hear what is playing on the TVthrough car speakers, not just Tv speakers. Whether it is through DVD playing on one TV, or through the kenwood DVD player throughout car, is either possible? And are the TV's linked at all. Is this possible? I have looked at kenwood manuals but not helpful for this problem! When we purchased this vehicle we had a coach training but not tv system training! If it seems we are very focused on the entertainment system, it bc we are cruising w 4 kids under 12. We have to keep chaos at bay! Thank you!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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I would venture to say your problems have less to do with the Kenwood and more to do with the fact that you now have two different sources of video, one managed by the Kenwood, the other NOT.

Consequently, you now need an alternate means to direct the video traffic to the display. It sounds to me that the Kenwood output was disconnected from the TV to provide connection to the sat. There are switches that can be purchased to manage this, but it sounds like you will need two of them because of the way they wired you sat.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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Don't know about the satellite TV, since I don't have that. However, in my Interstate, I can play a DVD through my Kenwood system and hear it through the car speakers (I don't do it while driving, of course; then I normally use the GPS and iPod dock). Never tried to feed video from the Kenwood to the televisions, so I don't know if there's even a video output in the system.

When I play a DVD in the front television, I CAN listen to it through the car speakers. On the television mount, behind the television on the passenger side, there is a little rocker switch that lets me select whether to feed the sound to the car speakers. You have to look for it, and it's not mentioned in any of the owner's manuals.

When I play a DVD through the rear television, there is no switch on the swing-away television mount, and I can only listen through the television speakers.
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On my 2011, the front TV has a switch that simply turns the TV speakers on and off. No car speaker option. Just the headphones or TV speakers. One in the rear was added by PO so TV speakers only.
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On my 2011, the front TV has a switch that simply turns the TV speakers on and off. No car speaker option. Just the headphones or TV speakers. One in the rear was added by PO so TV speakers only.
Well, my original DNX-7160 was stolen, and the audio installer who put in the DNX-7190 to replace it might have given me an extra by reassigning the switch. That might explain it. Next time I see him, I'll have to ask.
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The TV's are not linked to the Kenwood Dash unit. Each TV hs their owned DVD player built in.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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Working on it

2014 Interstate - Front & Rear TVs (only play on TV Speakers, or front TV on headphone jacks).

Kenwood has inputs on it for 'rear camera' AUX so it CAN be connected to TV or Source; just need to pull some wire and cables.

I plan to do this; just got a 110 AC outlet wired into the cabinet where Power Control System is to plug my Internet router (Repeater) and Printer inside the cabinet. Will be working on figuring out how to get the cabling from Back setup to the Head Unit next time I get 12 hours to chase it.

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Both TVs have a 'headphone jack' so easiest solution is to run a 1/8" Headphone to RCA Cables at other end (you'll need two pair wire running from TV to Head unit (total 4 wires). (May be an 1/8" Audio Input on Head Unit; should have looked when I rerouted all my USB cables from the Glove Box to the Dash Storage tray).

With this method the TV Volume control still controls unit (you'll only have Coach Audio on One TV at a time; but you can control Speaker Zones (Rear Kenwood Zone for when you want decent stereo on Rear TV; and Front Zone when Listening to Front TV).

My wife an I like to stream Netflix at 1080p (I'm still on 4G unlimited plan at Verizon) and it stinks to listen to the audio on those poor TV Speakers.

For now I just hooked up a portable BOSE Companion Speaker System (the subwoofer takes up some space but it is awesome 2.1 Stereo.
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ALTERNATIVE: Attach bluetooth transmitter to TV; choose TV as source. reviews say some issues with Lag time; but for $25 I'd try this over pulling wire!

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Can't find the green wire ..... Park ground. Any ideas.
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Can't find the green wire ..... Park ground. Any ideas.
Update. The very light wire in top plug is"green" just cut and grounded back to top of head unit, no park break warning now.
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Hi, I own a 2013 Interstate, the Kenwood DNX7190 has stopped working. Can I replace it with any other unit? Not a big fan of this unit anyway. Any tips are welcome.
Thanks in advance....
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Hi, I own a 2013 Interstate, the Kenwood DNX7190 has stopped working. Can I replace it with any other unit? Not a big fan of this unit anyway. Any tips are welcome.
Thanks in advance....
Yep, about anything you want; doesn't interface with steering controls very well so nothing lost.
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