Kenwood DDX9704S Review – Is it the best double din head unit?

A brand new car or a new stereo?

The math is simple. No matter how old your car is, you can bring it into the 21st century.

The only limitation would be to have two DIN slots. The Kenwood DDX9704S requires two slots; otherwise, it won’t fit.

I will be upfront with you. This isn’t a cheap unit. By reading this Kenwood DDX9704S review, you will see why. Also, you will understand that it’s a bargain compared to other makers. The famous brands are charging more than $1,000.00 for the same specs.

In short, this is what you get if you install this stereo: you will be able to have GPS, enjoy music from different sources. Plus, you will be able to use your phone hands-free.

It sure beats the price of a new car. There are no guarantees that a new car would perform as good as a Kenwood stereo.

News UPDATE: the Kenwood DDX9705S has been released. This is the newest one in the Kenwood family. It’s actually cheaper and has some better specs. If you are interested, check out my Kenwood DDX9705S Review.

  • It is stacked with many gadgets and apps
  • You have a great selection of music: USB, CD/DVD, Radio FM/AM, Internet Radio, Music Apps
  • It has two camera inputs: dash cam and backup camera.
  • It takes a while to boot up
  • It’s harder to see the screen when the sun is shining


Who is the Kenwood DDX9704S for?

There’s only one major requirement for this head unit. Your car has to have two DIN slots. If you don’t have it, then this isn’t the right stereo. Look for single DIN units. Kenwood has a selection of single DIN stereos.

Can you keep a secret?

What I’ve noticed is after someone gets a Kenwood product sticks with it. I have friends who have been using Kenwood stereos for over five years. They wouldn’t consider another brand because it is so good.

If you’re stuck, no problem, the support is there, and they will help you. The units indeed have a higher price than the competition. Yet it’s all worth it.

By the end of the day, it comes down to what you pay is what you get.

By investing in a quality stereo system, you are good for many years. For example, this product has a full year warranty. Other brands only give six months. That’s short, especially if you are on the road all the time.

I am returning to the original question who’s this for?

This stereo is for the road warriors who love to listen to music. There’s a huge selection of music sources. Of course, there’s the typical CD/DVD and FM/AM Radio. But wait, this is not the usual radio quality. It has built-in HD radio. It’s a CD-quality broadcast.

It supports USB drives. This means you can play your own playlist. This device supports all popular music formats: MP3, WAV, etc.

That’s not all thanks to smartphone connection you can music from the app of your choosing.

Besides road warriors, this stereo is great for road trips. You let the kids watch a movie while you’re driving.


What can the Kenwood DDX9704S do for you?

As I mentioned earlier, this unit can bring any car into the millennia. Since the cops are always looking for an excuse to fine somebody, it doesn’t give them a reason. With Bluetooth connection, you can use your phone hands-free.

The price of this unit sure beats a fine!

You can connect to your car through Bluetooth if you have an iPhone. Sadly if you have an Android device, you need to plug it in. For this, the Kenwood head unit has a dedicated USB input. Wireless Android is not established yet. I hope it comes soon.

You can use two cameras with this stereo — first the all too important rear view camera. With the help of this, you will be able to park safely. Plus, it has another camera input so you can mount a dash cam to it. We know how handy it is when you have to prove your innocence after a fender bender.

Now let me tell you about the screen. The LCD has a screen size of 6.95 inches. And finally, I’ve found a responsive screen. I mean, I used to get a sore thumb touching and holding these clunky devices. Not with Kenwood. The response time is great.

The main competitor for Kenwood is Pioneer. Many people pick Kenwood simply because it has a nicer interface. And it has everything that you want.

Kenwood DDX9704S shortcomings

Do many reviewers miss it by accident? I will cover the shortcomings of this stereo.

The #1 grievance with this unit is that it’s not that good during sunlight. Actually, this comes down to the make and model of your car. In some cars, you will have difficulties seeing it in bright light. Now there’s a fix for that. You can tilt the screen.

Other issues that I’ve found that no matter how careful you are, the screen will be filled with fingerprints. You can clean it easily.

Apple users said that during calls, the caller ID is not shown. There’s no clear solution for this.

The final problem with this unit was that it’s slow to boot up. By the time the music starts, you have already traveled some distance.

How To Get The Most Out Of the Kenwood DDX9704S?

Are you good at wiring? Do you know your car inside and out?

If not, you can save a lot of hassle by going to a professional installer. I have heard so many complaints which were caused by a bad home installs.

Hot Tip #1: make sure you update the firmware to the latest version. Some people mentioned that older versions tend to shut off if they are left too much in the sun.

Hot tip #2: the position you mic at the top of the pillar post. This will ensure that you are going through crystal clear during calls. Obviously, the closer the mic is to you, the better the input you can give.


When it comes to alternatives, you have two choices. The first one would be a previous version. The second would be the newer one.

The previous generation would be the Kenwood DDX9703S. Sadly it’s getting discontinued as you read this.

The second option is to upgrade to the newer version, which is the Kenwood DDX9705S. The main difference between them is the price and the WIF capability. The newest version it’s actually cheaper than this one. Plus, it has built-in WIFI, which is a great feature to have.


I’m about to conclude my Kenwood DDX9704S review. I hope you have found what you were looking for in this article.

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