Z-N956 – 9“ / 22,9 cm Infotainer with HD Display

The Z-N956 of the ZENEC PRIME series is a top-class DAB+ infotainer for vehicles with 2-DIN mounting slot. The capacitive, touch-sensitive 9“ / 22.9 cm TFT HD display with glass surface provides high-definition images (1280x720p) for finely resolved, crisp map screens and movies.
The Z-N956 is Google Android Auto certified. With GAA you are be able to access compatible apps and online services of your Android smartphone and operate them intuitively with the display of the ZENEC device or the voice assistant from Google.
The Z-N956 includes a DAB+ twin-tuner system giving you the full range of the digital broadcasting standard, including various comfort functionalities such as dynamic station list, MOT slideshow, DLS-text, as well as DAB+ and FM Service Following.

The Z-N956 also convinces with its sophisticated audio features. A DSP chip with 5-channel time alignment allows optimization of sound travel times for each speaker, providing for best center stage imaging on either the driver or passenger seat. The respective delay can be set as distance in centimeters or as time in milliseconds. With the graphical 10-band equalizer you can manually optimize the sound to correct for particularities of your vehicle or simply to suit personal preferences. An active crossover with high and low pass filters completes the impressive audio feature list.
There are two USB ports on the rear of the device for connecting external storage devices or smartphones (each with 80 cm cable extension).
The USB ports allow playback of digital files of the most actual audio and video formats. The Z-N956 can send audio signals to external Bluetooth headphones or active speakers via A2DP, so you can enjoy your music collection outside of your vehicle.
A central point of the fascinating ZENEC experience comes from the completely intuitive device operation, which is of particular importance for device models featuring a large range of functions such as the Z-N956.
GPS navigation function for the Z-N956: Two navigation software packages are available for the Z-N956 to extend the Z-N956 infotainer purposefully. With the Z-EMAP56 package the Z-N956 becomes fit for passenger cars. Z-EMAP56-MH is a nav-package conceived for motorhome vehicles – featuring a wealth of dedicated functions to ease driving in such large vehicles. Both packges contain digital map data covering 47 European countries with 6.5 million Premium P.O.I. The included map subscription allows updating the map content free of charge for 3 years of time.

General function overview

Universal Infotainer

Universal Infotainer

Google Android Auto

Google Android Auto

Capacitive 22.9 cm/9“ screen

Capacitive 22.9 cm/9“ screen

High-sensitivity DAB+ tuner

High-sensitivity DAB+ tuner

FM RDS tuner

FM RDS tuner

Bluetooth hands-free module

Bluetooth hands-free module

Connection of up to three cameras

Connection of up to three cameras

Time alignment by DSP

Time alignment by DSP

Active crossover for front + rear speakers

Active crossover for front + rear speakers

Subwoofer audio setup menu

Subwoofer audio setup menu

10-band graphic equalizer

10-band graphic equalizer

State of the art media compatibility

State of the art media compatibility

Simple connection from iPod or iPhone

Simple connection from iPod or iPhone

Z-N956 Android Auto

Android Auto, online map service

Z-N956 Android Auto

Android Auto, compatible apps

Motorhome functions

CAM direct selection button

CAM direct selection button

HSystem design with no fan

System design with no fan

Smartphone app for audio functions

Smartphone app for audio functions

A2DP SRC mode for BT speaker

A2DP SRC mode for BT speaker

Vehicle Compatibility


General: The Z-N956 does fit in vehicles featuring a 2-DIN mounting provision for vehicle-specific radio panels or 2DIN mounting kits.

  1. The Z-N956 does only fit into 2-DIN mounting slots aligned straight (90° angle) relative to the dashboard surface. The surface of the dashboard around the mounting slot should not be curved excessively in the vertical or horizontal pane.
  2. If a vehicle-specific 2-DIN mounting kit is deployed, kit must be designed to accept a mounting metal frame height of 113 mm.
    "Premium cover kits" are an exception. They need to offer an aperture of at least 178 x 102 mm for the direct installation of the device, without the need to use of the metal mounting frame included in the set.
  3. Due to the large 9 inch display, care must be taken to identify potential coverage of safety-related items in the cockpit, such as hazard warning light switch, airbag areas, etc. which may become obscured by the device front panel, impairing the respective function. ZENEC assumes no liability for vehicles where the type approval / operating license is at risk. Depending on the vehicle model, storage compartments, document holders, etc. may also become impaired in their function.

Specifications



Main Features

Bluetooth

Multimedia and Audio

Connections

Product Catalogue

Test Reviews

Manuals

Installation Device User Manual Nav User Manual MH
(Z-EMAP56-MH)
Nav User Manual Car
(Z-EMAP56)
Nav Quick Start Guide MH
(Z-EMAP56-MH)
Nav Quick Start Guide Car
(Z-EMAP56)
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Device Compatibility

iPhone/iPod Compatibility list Compatible Audio and Video files Bluetooth Compatibility
iPod/iPhone Compatibility list Audio/Video Compatibility list Bluetooth Hands-Free Compatibility Disclaimer
The Z-N956 uses a monolithic single chip Bluetooth solution which was developed for deployment in the mobile (automotive) realm. The module supports Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR (“Enhanced Data Rate”) profile, which causes the ZENEC Z-N956 to be compliant with most given Bluetooth profile standards. The A2DP and Bluetooth hands-free module of this ZENEC device will work well with smartphones which support the v2.1 + EDR BT profile and up. In practice, exceptions to the rules are known and caused by various factors such as localization or customized provider specific smartphone firmware etc.
In order to be absolutely certain that a given smartphone works well with the relevant BT functions of the target device, a direct check of the device combination BEFORE buying the unit is recommendable and helpful.

Known limitations:
Some mobile phones will ask permission before accessing a contact or the contact list. Where this is the case, you will have to give permission on the phone itself.
If you encounter connectivity issues, always check to see if there is a new firmware version for your phone and install it if necessary. After a firmware update, proceed to delete the previous pairing on the ZENEC device (if applicable). Shut down and restart your smartphone, then pair again.

Accessories



ZE-RVC45DT
Rear view camera



ZE-RVC80MT-MKII
Rear view camera



ZE-RVC85WA
Rear view camera



ZE-RVC90MT
Rear view camera


ZE-RVC55LP
ZE-RVC55LP
License plate camera


ZENEC All-In-One - this does not mean only full compatibility to all popular audio and video formats, but also easy integration of further ZENEC devices like rear view cameras or headphones for perfect rear zone entertainment. You can connect all external devices to the ZENEC naviceiver and comfortably control these components via touchscreen or with the IR remote control included in the delivery.

FAQ

AW: General: The Z-N956 does fit in vehicles featuring a 2-DIN mounting provision for vehicle-specific radio panels or 2DIN mounting kits.

  1. The Z-N956 does only fit into 2-DIN mounting slots aligned straight (90° angle) relative to the dashboard surface. The surface of the dashboard around the mounting slot should not be curved excessively in the vertical or horizontal pane.
  2. If a vehicle-specific 2-DIN mounting kit is deployed, kit must be designed to accept a mounting metal frame height of 113 mm. “Premium cover kits” are an exception. They need to offer an aperture of at least 178 x 102 mm for the direct installation of the device, without the need to use of the metal mounting frame included in the set.
  3. Due to the large 9 inch display, care must be taken to identify potential coverage of safety-related items in the cockpit, such as hazard warning light switch, airbag areas, etc. which may become obscured by the device front panel, impairing the respective function. ZENEC assumes no liability for vehicles where the type approval / operating license is at risk. Depending on the vehicle model, storage compartments, document holders, etc. may also become impaired in their function.
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AW: Right after the first power-on process and after separation from the vehicle battery, the Z-N956 will perform an automatic radio station search. Depending on the vehicle location and the frequency band to be scanned, the search process can take up to 2.5 minutes. During the search period, radio stations cannot be accessed nor selected by the user.

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AW: The Z-N956 features an integrated DAB+ twin-tuner. For the reception of digital radio stations, an antenna supporting the DAB standard must be present in the vehicle and connected to the device.
If your motor caravan does not offer a suitable DAB antenna ex works, it needs to be equipped with an aftermarket DAB antenna or DAB splitter, to enable reception of digital radio programs.

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AW: The Z-N956 contains a DAB+ twin tuner, providing a dynamic list of DAB+ radio stations currently receivable in the area. The station sorting corresponds to the sequence of the DAB Ensembles and their short ID (e.g. 5C, 7A, 7D, 8D, 12C). The radio stations in each Ensemble do follow the provider station list sequence. Further sorting of stations in the list is not possible. The Ensembles and radio stations are updated by the automatic background scan approx. every 2 minutes.

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AW: If your vehicle is equipped with an OE steering wheel remote control it can be connected to the Z-N956. For this purpose, depending on the vehicle brand, model and model year, a vehicle-specific CAN/Stalk interface and a connecting wire to device (ZENEC ZEY-ZENECLEAD) needs to be purchased separately.

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AW: “ALT” is an abbreviation for “Alternative” and refers to a configurable function key, (see device manual under “Misc Setup” p.58) where a specific function can be assigned via the Setup menu. The Z-N956 unit features an ALT button in the HMI. The following direct function assignments are possible, for the “ALT” button: CAM/NAVI/EQ/Setup/BT-Music/BT/DISP/iPod/USB/HDMI//GAA/AV-IN/FM/DAB.

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AW: An important feature for motor caravans is the allocation of the CAM key to the rear view camera (if installed), which allows, during normal driving, to invoke the rear view camera picture with the keystroke of the CAM button at any time (e.g. use of the cam as “digital rear view mirror”).

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AW: During the development of the Z-N956, direct comparisons between matte (etched) glass and the high-gloss surface version have been conducted. The side-by-side comparison clearly puts the glossy version in front of the matte panel. The benefit of the glossy version is the higher contrast level with improved readability of text fonts, also under direct sunlight.

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AW: Mainly to give the customer a choice, depending on his personal preferences of use. Depending on personal requirements and frequency of use, it may be sufficient to use the smartphone’s own map App like “Google Maps” via Android Auto. The smartphone App may offer a route guidance with acceptable comfort to cover sporadic use. For customers seeking a full navigation system with class typical comfort functions, the Z-EMAP56 (for passenger cars) or Z-EMAP56-MH (for motorhome vehicles) may be a better choice, since those packages are specifically developed for the Z-N956 device.

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AW: The Z-N956 has in the device settings menu, two selectable control options for the automatic TFT display brightness adjustment. At the device, go to: Setup > TFT > TFT Control > “Car” or “Navi”.
As factory default setting, “Car” is enabled which means that the device dims the screen when low or high beam is activated. For the “Car” based TFT screen brightness control, the “Illu signal” at the ISO-connector is used. Daytime Running Lights with TFT Control set to “Car” mode will therefore cause dimmed screen.
Users driving with daytime running lights should set the TFT Control to “Navi”, so that the day/night time zone data is used to control TFT screen brightness. Note: The “Navi” setting will cause the device to start up in night mode until an actual GPS time signal for device master clock is obtained via GPS downstream. This may take up to 30 seconds.

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AW: Google Android Auto is not (yet) available in many countries. Google itself does not publish any availability data for Android Auto. You can, however, register at www.android.com/intl/auto with your email address to be notified of the Android Auto availability in your country.

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AW: To use Android Auto with your Android Smartphone, at least Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or a higher version of the Android operation system must be installed on your smartphone.

To use Android Auto on your ZENEC device, you have to adjust time and date on your ZENEC device correctly. Please pay attention to chapter „Setup Operations → System → Clock & Date Setup“ described on p.75 in the main device manual of the Z-N956.

For more detailed information about Android Auto, please visit

https://www.android.com/auto/ and https://support.google.com/androidauto#topic=6348027

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AW: Yes.

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AW: No, but there is an optionally available accessory item called “GBA-HDMIBOX” (1 x HDMI, 2 x USB) which works with the Z-N956.

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AW: During the navigation announcement, the volume of the voice announcement can be adjusted by the volume sensor buttons on the device front or via the horizontal volume bar pop-up of the Z-N956. Simply increase or decrease the volume via sensor buttons, or touch and move the VOL slider during the navigation announcement to adjust voice guidance to the desired volume. The last VOL level is retained.

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AW: In a few cases, the combination of the Dometic CAM44 with the Z-N956 creates an unstable sync of the video signal. This leads to image interference (stripes in the picture or even complete loss of image). A simple technical remedy does not exist. Conclusion: The Dometic CAM44 is not compatible with the ZENEC Z-N956. If you are affected by the observed picture interference, you should replace the ZENEC control unit or the camera with another model.

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AW: In order to keep the map content of your Navigation micro-SD card up to date, it is possible to update map database with a PC tool called “Toolbox” via the Naviextras online update portal. On Naviextras you have access to free and pay type updates as well as other add-on’s. The navigation package for the Z-N956 comes with a 3-year map update subscription included, allowing you to update the map content for the period of three years after first (GPS) activation at no cost. Within the given 12 month time frame, TomTom (map provider) usually releases two to three content updates (3rd party offer, without guarantee for update cadence).

Navigation software updates, Add-On content und map updates are available here: https://zenec.naviextras.com

Disclaimer: The card update subscription duration can only be guaranteed in its entirety in conjunction with a new device which is put into service together with a new navigation card. For used devices with navigation packages purchased later, limitations apply because the date of the first use of device is crucial. Naviextras places a time stamp point on the device once first sat connection is established.

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AW: Please note that ZENEC, for west and east Europe map coverage of your motor home navigation package deploys digital map data provided by TomTom (formerly known as “Tele Atlas”). Even if you have recently updated the navigation map content it is still possible, that digital map data content is imprecise or faulty in areas such as intersections, new roads and other places recently added. In such cases device may provide you with incorrect routing instructions. Please use the respective TomTom tool to report errors to TomTom map share service directly: http://www.tomtom.com/mapshare/tools/

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AW: The map data on the navigation microSD card covers 47 countries, as follows:

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City

Note: The country Cyprus is missing, due to the ongoing strategic and military souveignity conflicts with Turkey.

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AW: An up-to-date CampingSchaf POI package (multilanguage version for Z-N956) can be purchased and downloaded as an add-on via Naviextras portal. This package is renewed each year in January: https://zenec.naviextras.com/shop/portal

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AW: The microSD card reader on the right side of the Z-N956 is dedicated to the GPS navigation function only. Avoid removing the microSD card during active route guidance or/and when device is in navigation mode. Use of the microSD card reader for music or video file playback is not possible.

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AW: It may happen that the file system of the memory stick got damaged, or that the file allocation table of the data carrier is defect due to erroneous write cycles. There may be different reason for this to happen, such as usage or storage of data carriers and problems occurring at the initial format process.

In such cases, you must perform a full format with your PC or notebook, to make it work correctly again.

Info: If the data carrier after formatting is still not recognized by the device, it may be due to an incompatibility of the disk controller chip itself. In such a case, you should use a different USB data carrier of another brand or manufacturer.

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Answer: Make sure your USB data carrier has been formatted in FAT32 – prior to use. Zenec recommends the use of high quality USB sticks only. Study the corresponding key features of the ZENEC device, for supported USB flash memory data carriers. Note that both USB 2.0 connectors on the backside of the device are limited to 1000 mA maximum current. Since many external hard disk models will easily consume higher operating currents, Zenec does not endorse the use of such products. Additional info for troubleshooting of USB flash memory devices and MP3 playback:

USB – Troubleshooting audio playback

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AW: Long press of the HOME sensor button invokes the audio quick-adjustment menu. (See main device manual p.62 ).

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AW: This device allows to pair up to seven smart phones, whereas only one can be connected to the device. The auto connect function is available for the last smartphone connected to device only.

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AW: The password function must be set to ON under “Setup” > “System” > “Password Function”. See p.77 in the main device manual of the Z-N956. The default code – 12345 – must be entered once. After this step is completed, device will accept any other individual code combination.

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AW: Zenec devices include under-voltage protection sensor circuitry to avoid low voltage boot process to safeguard the unit that may not work as intended without stable supply voltage. The root cause of device reboot issues can usually be attributed to the on-board batteries or power supply network cables and connections, causing the voltage to drop below 10.5 volts during engine start-up.
In case of frequent device reboots after engine starts, please consult your vehicle service point or the motor home dealer to review your car´s starter or second battery and the wiring.

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AW: Your smartphone contacts need to be re-synced manually.

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AW: No, it is not possible to edit Favourite contact entries on the device. You need to delete the Favourite and re-sync the phonebook on your Zenec device. Then save a contact as Favourite again.

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AW: There are several causes that may lead to such behaviour. Please check the place and position of your GPS-receiver which is usually behind the windscreen on the dashboard. The fixation of the GPS-receiver may have suffered due to vibrations and bumpy roads. Another reason can be your park position or parking time (extended period, metal constructions or concrete walls may cause interferences such as reflections and shield your receiver from GPS satellites).
Please note that the device should establish a stable GPS signal before you start to drive around. Otherwise the system could be busy to complete the sat-fix process, which may impact the route guidance accuracy until completed.

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AW: Updates can be downloaded in the download area of the ZENEC homepage under> Support> Software updates.

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AW: Most problems originate from cables not officially licensed by Apple. Therefore make sure, that either an original cable, or else at least a licensed Apple Lightning cable is used.

Otherwise, perhaps this little trick can help:
Power off the iPhone – Power off the ZENEC device.
Switch on the ZENEC device – switch on the iPhone and pair it. Unplug the Lightning cable, reconnect it – then everything should function normally.

Make sure, the iOS version the iOS version of your Apple iPhone is always up to date.

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Optional Navigation Software bundles for Z-N956


Z-EMAP56 for cars

3D navigation software with map coverage of 47 countries: Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (on 16 GB microSDHC card)*
European Premium POI package with over 6.5 million special destinations

Realistic 3D rendering of terrain, landmarks, city centers and highway exits
Navi Splitscreen for audio playback sources with display of street names and house numbers, as well as turn-by-turn info with distance to next turn
Lane assistance, Tunnel mode, 3D auto-zoom for crossings and roundabouts, intelligent alternative route calculation, etc.
TTS voice guidance
Free TPEG traffic service data via DAB+ (country-specific coverage)
TMC traffic information
3 year map update subscription
* The navigation bundle is are not part of the set content of the Z-N956 device.

Navigation

Navigation

Three years of free map updates

Three years of free map updates

47 countries map coverage

47 countries map coverage

Navi split screen mode

Navi split screen mode

3D zoom function

3D zoom function

TTS voice navigation

TTS voice navigation

TMC / TPEG

TMC / TPEG

Z-EMAP56-MH for Motor Homes

3D motor caravan navigation software with map coverage of 47 countries: Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (on 16 GB microSDHC card)*
Pre-configured motor caravan vehicle profiles with additional configuration of height, width, length, weight and trailer data
Camping POI package with approximately 20,000 campsite and motorhome stopover sites in Europe (multilingual: in DE / EN / NL / IT / FR)
European Premium POI package with over 6.5 million special destinations
Realistic 3D rendering of terrain, landmarks, city centers and highway exits
Navi Splitscreen in audio sources with street names and house numbers, as well as turn-by-turn info with distance to next turn
Lane assistance, Tunnel mode, 3D auto-zoom for crossings and roundabouts, intelligent alternative route calculation, etc.
TTS voice guidance
Free TPEG traffic service data via DAB+ (country-specific coverage)
TMC traffic information
3 year map update subscription
* The navigation bundle is are not part of the set content of the Z-N956 device.

Navigation

Navigation

Three years of free map updates

Three years of free map updates

Preconfigured vehicle profiles (MH)

Preconfigured vehicle profiles (MH)

Camping POI package (MH)

Camping POI package (MH)

47 countries map coverage

47 countries map coverage

Navi split screen mode

Navi split screen mode

3D zoom function

3D zoom function

TTS voice navigation

TTS voice navigation

TMC / TPEG

TMC / TPEG