I installed the DMX906S this past weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.