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Kenwood head unit not dimming at night [SOLVED]

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by BrakeDust, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Apr 14, 2021 at 7:42 PM
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    BrakeDust

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    Got my DMX1057XR install completed today! Everything works... except dimming at night (of course.)

    Anyone seen this before? Of course I can open it all up again and examine the harness but I'm 99.9% sure it's wired correctly.

    Thanks

    Reference, Orange wire pair
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  2. Apr 14, 2021 at 7:51 PM
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    TRDFerguson

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    Lol you need a megathread for your stereo install...

    But you’ll either need to pull out the HU and verify the wiring, or check your settings for dimmer-related options. @1lowlife will probably know since he’s got a Kenwood and is really helpful for audio stuff.
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2021 at 8:16 PM
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    Ok I figured it out! (No need to pull the HU) There was a Reddit thread that explains the Kenwood thinking behind the dimmer control. Rather than taking a queue from the dash light sensor Toyota provided Kenwood looks merely at the headlight status. Lights off, screen bright; lights on, screen dim.

    By default of course both night & day brightness are the same - for whatever reason.

    The recipe:
    - Set dimmer control to SYNC
    - Turn on the lights
    - Press the volume control button (it doubles as a context-sensitive Menu button)
    - A strip of icons will appears, the far left is the brightness control
    - Set your desired screen brightness, ie. how Dim you want the display to be
    - Press back

    Now turn your lights off. You should see the display get back to full brightness. Turn lights on, it should dim.

    Done!
     
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  4. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:06 AM
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    Dammit, I need to try this on my DMX906S.
    My HU dims down with the lights on, but nearly enough.
    There is a setting that will dim it up or down 4 settings, but it's really bright at night even dimmed down.
    I'll see if that works.
    But you've got fancy big HU, it probably has more options for lighting.:eek2::thumbsup:

    That's one thing Pioneer exceeds at on HUs is screen control.
    Colors, dimness, ease of adding your own startup screen, etc...
     
  5. Apr 15, 2021 at 4:34 AM
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    Yeah the DMX1057 might be fancy but it's not very customizable. Want a clock on your screen? Sure you can have one but the only choice is a large analog model that looks like my dad's old skool alarm clock :rolleyes: Can't shrink it, change the face, pick a digital model, no options whatsoever.
     
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  6. Dec 19, 2021 at 1:13 PM
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    You have been moved to hero status! I have the DNR1007XR and this worked GREAT! Nothing in the manual about this, nor the other hidden option for controlling Nav and CarPlay / Google Maps volume balance....

    Thank You!


     
  7. Jan 27, 2023 at 3:18 AM
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    Anyone ever figure out a way to turn off the clock that's always on the bottom right while displaying videos? I can't find a setting anywhere.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2023 at 9:18 AM
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    Working on it :-)
    Glad you figured this out, I sure couldn't. Just what I needed. Thanks
     

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