In-Depth Kenwood DMX7705S Review

Kenwood DMX7705S Car Stereo Double Din Radio with Apple CarPlay Android Auto Bluetooth, 6.9"

Out with the old in with the new?

Well, not so fast. The tech is here to stay. Do you enjoy high-resolution audio? Are you a radio fan? With this stereo, you can get access to more stations. Thanks to the internet, you can listen to stations that are usually out of range with excellent sound quality.

That’s not all, this double DIN stereo has more to offer than it meets the eye.

It has fast charging capabilities. Plus, Siri Eye runs flawlessly. And we shouldn’t forget the graphical EQ which is out of this world.

All this and more will be covered in this Kenwood DMX7705S Review.

Let’s get started and see the pros and cons first.

Pros
  • USB ports charge your device
  • You can customize the colors to your liking
  • Graphical EQ is fun to configure
  • You can play Youtube on this unit
Cons
  • Tilting is not possible so at bright sunlight it’s hard to see
  • It takes 2 hours to install
  • The touchscreen is a bit slow

Who is the Kenwood DMX7705S digital media receiver for?

Most people who choose a Kenwood product are already Kenwood customers. If you didn’t know, it’s a Japanese company that specializes in digital media receiver industry.

The Kenwood DMX7705S is meant for those who like to listen to high-resolution audio. Also, this device makes the daily commute pleasurable. You can listen to music and audiobooks as well. Why not use your time productively?

Because it has a wide range of music sources, the main beneficiaries are music lovers.

Besides, music it allows you to pair your phone with the car. I’ve seen some outlandish things. Imagine a 15 or 20-year-old car with a built-in Bluetooth connection.

Sounds impossible? I’ve seen it with my own eyes. All you need is a double DIN slot and this Kenwood digital media receiver.

These old-timer cars can be turned into high-tech machines.

Who else wants to control their phone hands-free?

With this Kenwood unit, it is possible. This will make driving much safer.

If you’re like me, you take phone calls while driving. We need to be careful because the cops are issuing big fines. No wonder hands-free is so widespread. You don’t just take calls with this stereo. You can get Siri to read your text messages and reply to them. All thanks to Siri Eye.

As you can see, this stereo isn’t just a simple stereo. It has many features that will help you travel safer and in comfort.

What can the Kenwood DMX7705S do for you?

#1 thing that I love about this Kenwood stereo is that it can play YouTube. I mean, this is a godsend for those who have kids.

All you need to do is play a cartoon, and it’s all quiet in the car. I don’t know how other parents do it on road trips.

The display is amazing. Plus, you can customize the button colors. I mean, you‘re not stuck with eye-straining blue light. You can change it to anything to your liking.

Customization doesn’t stop at the button colors. For example, the background can be changed to your favorite wallpaper.

As I mentioned before, you can pair iPhones and other Apple products. Siri Eye comes handy when you are talking or texting while on the road.

Android Auto is available, and for both devices, you need to plug them in. Look at the bright side. The phone is charged while they are connected. With this head unit you can enjoy both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

I just love the graphical EQ. I have to admit I’m a bit of a music nut. I love to customize each and every bar to get the perfect pitch. This stereo doesn’t disappoint. Thanks to the graphical interface, it’s so easy to adjust the Equalizer. The high-resolution audio is out of this world.

It goes without saying with this display; you can watch videos as well. All the popular file formats are supported, so let it be a movie or a song you can play it.

Kenwood DMX7705S digital media receiver shortcomings

Well, this is the part that many reviewers skip. Is it by accident or by design?

You’ll be the judge.

The Kenwood DMX7705S is not the perfect stereo. It has flaws. Let’s see if it’s a deal-breaker for you. If it is, then checked out the alternatives section. Maybe that will be to your liking.

The unit comes advertised that it supports Waze. This is, sadly, false. Kenwood has its own private integration, and it doesn’t work. The main problem is that it lags. And it lags a lot. Secondly no audio is coming through. Hopefully, in the future, this will be fixed.

It doesn’t have an HD radio. So you have to enjoy the standard quality.

The touch screen seems to lag a bit as well. It’s responsive, but it seems slow.

Another big issue is the glare. I mean, if the sun hits it at the right angle, you can’t see anything. This gets worse if you are trying to navigate on a map. Sadly it can’t be fixed by tilting. This unit doesn’t have that option.

Every time you turn on the device, there’s an annoying disclaimer screen popping up. I wonder if it can be turned off. I would love to do that.

If you’re planning to install it by yourself, get ready to spend at least 2 hours. It takes this much time, even with the help of YouTube tutorial videos.

How To Get The Most Out Of It Kenwood DMX7705S?

As you have read earlier, it takes a fair amount of time to install it. I can’t recommend this enough, use a professional installer.

It’s well worth the money. Plus, you are not wasting nerves on it.

This unit supports two video inputs. This means you can connect two cameras (camera input). If you don’t want to run “miles” of wires from the back, then let the pros handle it.

Rear view camera (backup camera) helps you to park safely and efficiently. Plus, you can mount a dash cam, so you are protected from lawsuits.

The music quality is unbeatable at this price. It’s great to have such a companion on the daily commute. Don’t forget if you are stuck with anything there’s customer service to help you.

Now if you want some extra info then I highly recommend the iDatalink Maestro. Besides getting access to your steering wheel controls you will get car info as well. By connecting the iDatalink Maestro you can see real time tire pressure, voltage and other car stats. If you are considering the iDatalink Maestro then go to a pro installer. It will save you a lot of time.

Alternative

Now I understand that this Kenwood DMX7705S stereo is not for everyone. This is why I try to find a suitable choice.

There’s a newer version out. This is the Kenwood DMX7706S. It seems that they have ironed out some kinks though you lose the CD/DVD playback.

As for the price, it’s the same. Literally, the difference is in pennies.

Kenwood DMX7705S Review Conclusion

I’m about to conclude this review. By now, you have a clear picture if this stereo is the right fit for you. Don’t forget you need a double DIN slot for it.

I’m doing reviews by request. If you want me to review, a certain product contacts me. I will put it on my list.

Catch you next time.
Kenwood DMX7705S Car Stereo Double Din Radio with Apple CarPlay Android Auto Bluetooth, 6.9"

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Do I need iDatalink Maestro with Kenwood DMX7705S satellite radio?

It depends on how much you want to customize your DVD receiver. If you want to display all the car information then you will need to use the iDatalink maestro with the Kenwood DVD receiver. To access all the features that your steering wheel controls can provide you will need it.

Does Kenwood DMX7706S head unit support Apple Carplay and Android Auto?

Yes with this DVD receiver you can enjoy both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Do remember you need to plug them in to work.

How many USB ports does this Kenwood head unit have?

This satellite radio has two USB ports. You can choose from front rear options.

The DMX7705S digital media receiver what kind of camera inputs does it have?

This unit has two camera inputs. You can mount a dash cam and a rear camera. Plus it plays audio video.

How’s the sound quality in this DMX7706S digital media receiver?

The sound quality is amazing. This stereo truly shines with the high-resolution audio.

Where is the USB located?

It’s rear USB. So you will need a USB cable to get access to the USB port. Actually it has dual USB capabilities. So dual phone connection is possible.

How good is Kenwood Weblink?

Kenwood Weblink is buggy. You’re better off with Apple Carplay Android Auto. These two apps have most of their bugs ironed out. If you have one of the latest phones you can be sure that Android Auto Apple Carplay will work.

Do I get access to Apple Maps when I connect to Apple Car Play?

Yes you do.

Last Updated on May 28, 2020

About Danny Reid
About Danny Reid

Danny here, no matter in which market you’re in it’s flooded with products. Maybe you want a new stereo, amps, speakers or subs? This is why the blog exists to cut through the clutter.
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