I just got the new Kenwood DDX-512 Head Unit. I thought I would let everyone know about it.
I just purchased this unit upgrading from my old kenwood head unit. I found out the hard way that there is some serious issues with this unit.
1. The unit is "Satellite XM/Sirius" Ready, but Kenwood has not released the cables needed to connected the unit to the Sirius unit. So basically if you buy this unit to listen to Satellite radio, you are out of luck until Kenwood releases the proper cable. I called Kenwood Usa support about this and they can't give a reason why the cables are not available, but said they should be available by April 2008. In the meantime I can't listen to my Sirius.
2. The unit claims to be able to play MP3, JPEG photos, and MPEG videos from a USB device (ext USB hard drive or thumb drive). I bought a external USB hard drive and it was able to play MP3s from it but no JPEG and no videos. I emailed Kenwood USA about this and they responded with this:
"The DNX-5120 and DDX-512 are currently unable to play MPEGs or JPEGs via USB. We are aware of this issue and currently working on a fix to solve the problem. When the fix is available, we will contact and email you the update."
So now I can't play my Satellite radio or play JPEG and Mpeg videos from my USB device! But there is more:
This is supposed to also have bluetooth with the optional BT-200 bluetooth unit. I called Kenwood and the Bluetooth add on will not be available until May 2008 according to Kenwood USA.
So I can't use my Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, or JPEG, MPEG files!
So basically if you are going to buy this unit, wait until May when they are supposedly going to have everything available. I am not a happy customer!