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2013 Kenwood DNX/DNN and Maestro - Sync Retention and More


Old 03-25-2013, 06:03 AM
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2013 Kenwood DNX/DNN and Maestro - Sync Retention and More

Hi Everyone,

Wanted to post an update on the new features and updates to the Kenwood/Maestro Ford Interface Solution. For referenced pictures, please see my album.

Sorry for the lengthy post. While Maestro can be used with any radio for basic radio replacement and steering wheel functions, in order to retain Sync and do the everything else described below, Maestro must be installed with one of the 2013 Kenwood DNN or DNX Navigation radios. These range from $850 for the most basic unit to $1700 for the Android based, connected model (Separate thread in here about that unit already).

As mentioned in many posts, we'd love to work with other radio brands, but there is R&D required and they need to hear from customers that they want these kinds of solutions to make the decision to do it. If you want <<Insert brand here>> radio to work with Maestro, write or post to them and ask them for it.

Now on to the stuff:

1. All models come with a dedicated port for Maestro (see album) - You can now add Maestro AND install an aftermarket satellite radio tuner at the same time. No more choices.

2. Sync interface has been improved - Browse the media library, access the entire Sync menu system, access voice commands from button on screen.

3. Secondary display - Remains active and will show meta data not only for the Ford sources (Sync, phone, etc) but for the Kenwood sources too! RDS data in tuner, meta data in CD/DVD and iPod/USB screens.

Note: We cannot retain clock as it's inside the radio you remove and KW radio does not tell us the time. Hope to get this next cycle.

4. Vehicle info screen (see album) - New screen that will show you tire pressure at each tire for the factory TPMS. Also, any open door and battery voltage. In addition, if you get a check engine light, you can see the code and attempt to clear it.

5. Gauges screen (see album) - Pick any 5 gauges from a list of custom gauges and add them to a screen in the radio.

Not so relevant for Ford Trucks, but required for Mustangs

6. Climate screen (see album) - Full climate integration right in the radio. We are investigating if we can duplicate the climate controls in the OEM navigation in Ford Trucks and put them here as well. Some are not accessible from the HVAC controls and others would be redundant. For now, this screen is disabled in trucks, but we will likely enable it in future. Just re-program Maestro when we do and the screen will become active.

Hope you all like! If you already own Maestro and just want to do a radio upgrade, you can! Just reflash Maestro on internet and let us know so we can send you the two cables you need to connect with the new radio.

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Old 03-30-2013, 01:37 AM
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Who is this? Who is posting from ADS? And why are you encouraging custs to flash on their own, isnt that supposed to be a dealer's job?

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:21 AM
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Complicated question. First, this is Mark from ADS. We were asked to monitor and post info and answer questions in all the Ford related forums in support of advertising that Kenwood and ADS was doing. We noticed there were many questions and lots of confusion about what worked and what didn't. In addition, our dealer network is still quite small and the dealers are also learning about the product.

So, yes, many people do some research and then go to a dealer for purchase and install. However, the product (Kenwood and Maestro) are also sold by Crutchfield and so many end users also have questions and need support.

We are here to help people learn about our solution and if they want to buy it, help them find a dealer or do it themselves, whichever they are more comfortable with.

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