Summary: I purchased the Kenwood DNX8180 last year. I had it installed by Best Buy with several other accessories (camera... We had difficulty operating the unit at first. The touch screen did not work well. We had it checked by Best Buy but they said it was okay. It is not okay. The touch screen is awful. Sometimes it picks up the touch, other times it does not. If you try to touch the screen while driving, it is extremely hazardous because it does not respond many times.
Summary: The stereo receiver functionality is ok, except for the fact that the system restarts itself randomly and with no warning. Just driving down the street, it'll turn itself off and restart. Apparently it's a known issue with this model. The GPS, on the other hand, is an absolute DISASTER. The routes are TERRIBLE - compared to my old TomTom, it tends to give me longer and more inconvenient routes.
Summary: The good... has a volume knob, enough power/good sound, decent display, and has a lot of features. The bad: incredibly POOR user interface. Very hard to use while driving. Needs a lot of expensive options to use all features like HD radio, XM, traffic for nav Takes 30 seconds to boot. During boot, no radio, no functions at all. 1. Navigation Garmin navigation seems to know fewer POI's than standalone Nuvi's of same class. Less on-screen display than Nuvi..
Summary: I have installed two of these DNX-6160's. I also have two of the previous 2009 models, the DNX-6140's. I have encouraged others to buy Kenwood Nav receivers based on their functionality and features along with a fairly good experience (I post to a handful of automotive forums). Well, it would seem that what you have read here is true. Kenwood really doesn't expect to stand behind it's products or make their customers feel good about the brand.
Summary: I have purchased it and installed it professionally by local radio shop in my Hyundai Tucson, 5 months later sound function stopped working. Shop says that unit is bad and needs to be replaced. Garmin says warranty only 3 months. I would not buy it again.
Summary: Great receiver with many terrific features and quick speed. . Audio is great. iPod requires a special cable which I was unaware of when I purchased and installed. I dislike the Bluetooth functionality with my Android phone. Garmin navigation works, but the accuracy is a bit off. Got it cheap on eBay, or else I probably wouldn't have bought it.
Awesome Unit DNX-6160 Love this Unit!!!! Amaaaaaaaazing!!!
Ali Saadat "Ali.F1", Amazon
27 June 2011
Summary: I am not sure why people have problems with their units but I have to say it was their bad Luck that they bought a Faulty Unit. This is an Awesome Unit. The reason I bought this was because of its GPS, Bluetooth, and iPod/iPhone features. Since I have been using Garmin GPSes, I am really comfortable with the GPS on this Unit. The iPod features is amazing, I play videos and also mp3 from my iPod and it plays it perfectly. The CD and DVD Is great also.
Summary: I purchased this unit based on favorable reviews that I read on Amazon and other sites. However, after purchasing this unit and having it installed by an authorized Kenwood dealer (Best Buy), I began to have difficulties with the unit's iPod operation, touch screen, video display, etc. Upon further research online, I found other DNX6160 owners were experiencing similar problems too.
Summary: First off, I purchased a Jensen VM9414 and was going to buy another one when I ran across a good deal with this unit. I will be comparing to a Jensen product. There is definitely no comparing the Navigation part of this unit. I works great and has a bunch of things that I still haven't even played with. For example, you can change the traditional icon to a car. There are a few to choose from too. I will try and get a video review up when I get a chance.