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Photos: Kenwood Excelon DDX8019
CNET Reviews staff
If you're looking for a decent in-dash GPS navigation system that can support digital audio and video, then the Kenwood DDX8019 could be the product for you. If GPS navigation isn't your first priority, however, there are more easy-to-use media players on the market.
For media playback, top-level menu screens feature four grainy, jagged icons that run down the right-hand side of the screen. These buttons control source selection, source control, audio control, and setup. In its two-line configuration, the main audio playback screen features a collection of buttons strewn across the screen.
One of the DDX8019's more attractive audio features is its standard USB audio playback capability. Once a USB mass-storage device is connected, the DDX8019 can find and play digital audio files and display artist, album, and song title (and even album art, where available) on the screen.
Like other double-DIN-size touch screen in-dash systems, the DDX8019 has a motorized front panel, which drops away to reveal its single disc slot. The system can support CDs, DVD video, and DVD audio as well as MP3- and WMA-encoded discs.