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Old 06-10-2019, 10:38 AM
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Kenwood DMX906S with dynamic guidelines

I installed the DMX906S this past weekend.


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I started this project with the Alpine ILX-W650 because I wanted a backup came and did not have a radio with a display. That Radio wasnít hard to install only required to trim the top support bar. I would have stuck with that radio if it had better bass. I could not get it to sound as good as the factory. I do not have the premium amplified sound system, I donít think that radio had enough power to drive the eight speakers. Critchfield even sent me a replacement to make sure it was not the unit. It was also buggy with connecting to car play. It would sometimes not connect.

After doing more research, I found out that the 2019 Kenwood were doing a short bin radio with more power. DMX7706s & DMX706s. I also found out that the Kenwood supported dynamic guidelines with the iDatalink Maestro interface. That is something that interested me.

Unfortunately, Kenwood, like many others were impacted with there screen suppliers going under. So, the 2019 line up was delayed. As I was searching for the DMX706S, I ran across the DMX906S. There top of the line mechless unit. This model had an HD radio and wireless car play. But it was not a short bin unit. Meaning I had to go without the top dash screw because you had to remove the bracket, or find a solution.

I went for it anyways, costing $230 more than the DMX706s. I did want HD radio as I live in a big market. Iím glad I did. Not just for the HD radio, but the wireless car play.

In order to keep the dash upper retaining screw, I had to modify the factory rear radio support bracket.
I did use an Oscillating Tool to mod the back-support bracket. Cut the tabs off that held the factory radio and the whole bottom part. Like Randy5280 did in this thread. https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/u...n-1042241.html

I give the install a 2.5 out of 5 if you have an Oscillating Tool to cut and sand the support bracket. The radio was a very tight fit. I had to use the short noise ears on the dash kit to move the radio as far out as possible.

Pros:
Wireless Car Play Rocks (No more taking the phone out of your pocket)
Dynamic Guidelines work on the Jeep.
HD Radio works great in my area.
Sounds better than the factory.

Cons:
Pricy
No HD Screen
Maestro RR Steering wheel controls did not have an option for Preset up or down with this radio combo.
No way to disable or remove sources you don't use.

Other Notes: The Install on the jeep required cutting. Not sure why this could not be a Short bin radio like the DMX706S. Also, Keep a cleaning cloth in the car. Can we say fingerprint magnet? But that's every touch screen I've seen.

It's a keeper, it has everything I needed.

Conclusion:
Good Sound, Wireless Car Play, Lots of other features, dynamic guidelines, So Iím happy with it so far. If I can install it, almost everyone can.



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Old 06-12-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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I just installed a DDX6906s. My one complaint is the same as yours: No way to disable sources I don't use. When I use the left steering wheel button to change sources it scans through pandora and spotify. I was really hoping there'd be some kind of service menu to disable them but I can't find anything.

At least you can move things around and put the unused sources on the last page, and all the useful ones on the first page of the app menu.

I am also in the process of modifying the bracket to reinstall the top screw. I cut it with a zip cut just to see how the fit was - and it was tight but it did fit. Took it out again because I want to clean up the edges. Decided to leave it out for now, at least until my amp goes in and I have to remove it all again.

I was thinking of using my bench grinder to smooth the edges and covering the edges with acoustic duct sealant - should hold up well to the heat and cold temps. But again, haven't done it yet.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:18 PM
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Let me know where you end up putting the amp. I still plan on trying to find a factory sub from a salvage yard. I saw a video where a guy put a small amp where that metal plate is under the steering wheel.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:15 AM   #4
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How are you liking the DMX906S? Really like the idea of replacing the Uconnect 430N to get the Apple CarPlay and have the ability to use Waze on the screen.
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How are you liking the DMX906S? Really like the idea of replacing the Uconnect 430N to get the Apple CarPlay and have the ability to use Waze on the screen.
Sorry didn't see this till now. Carplay is so much better then U-connect. I like it, and I really like the wireless Carplay. I do wish it was waterproof. I'm about to do an update video this weekend. I'll post when I finish it.
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When you got everything prewired from Crutchfield was it all just plugging in the connectors or did you have to hunt down wires under the dash and make your own connections to them?
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:38 AM
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When you got everything prewired from Crutchfield was it all just plugging in the connectors or did you have to hunt down wires under the dash and make your own connections to them?
I didn't go through Crutchfield. I wired the radio harness to the Maestro, and the maestro plugs right into the factory harness.

If you do get it prewired, it should just plugin. Did you see that I had to cut the factory bracket? That would be the hardest part IMO.
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Did you see that I had to cut the factory bracket? That would be the hardest part IMO.
Yes, I plan to remove it and then make the same modifications that you did.
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