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Kenwood Excelon DDX8019 with navigationThe Kenwood DDX8019 supports a wide range of media, including USB digital audio and DivX video. An add-on Garmin module provides GPS navigation that is a pleasure to use.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:01 >> Hi, I'm Kevin Massy from CNET Caltech and today we're taking a first look at the Kenwood Exelon DDX8019. Now, this is an in car in dash CD player, video player and with the right add on modules you can change it into a navigation device. First off, we'll just have a look at the basic standard features. As you can see the graphics here are very last generation, the washed out main menu is not very eye catching. And you'll notice that there's no CD button, which is a little odd. You have to access CDs by pressing the DVD button. You're given a screen to open the faceplate. This system will support MP3s, WMAs, and regular Redbook CDs. If you want to play video it will support DVD video and DivX. This system has as standard a USB 2.0 port. You plug it in and you'll see that the USB is available as a source. It will index your music and give you full IE3 tag information. With an add on module you can turn this system into an in dash navigation system. Here's the main menu screen for the navigation where to and view map. No nonsense the two most used features are there with massive soft buttons on touch screen. You'll see that this is a beautifully rendered bright screen with colorful maps. We took this on the road and found that it was a very advanced system. It had text to voice capabilities, which read out the names of the road as we approached, in general very impressed with the navigation system on this. The Kenwood Exelon DDX 8019 is on sale now for a price of around 900 to 1,000 bucks. If you're wanting the navigation option, you'll have to add the KGAG 510 module, which will add 500 bucks to your price tag. I'm Kevin Massy and today we've had a first look at the Kenwood Exelon DDX 8019. ^M00:02:07 [ Music ]