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Kenwood Excelon KDC-CX89

10-disc CD/MP3 Changer

Item #: 113KDCCX89

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You'll enjoy breathtaking performance when you add the Kenwood Excelon KDC-CX89 10-disc CD changer to your changer-controlling Kenwood receiver. This changer plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs of your home mixes, so bring 'em along. You can even make up your own disc names for up to 100 discs and display them on a compatible Kenwood receiver.

The KDC-CX89 will play MP3-encoded CD-Rs or CD-RWs, too, so it holds up to 10 times more music than a standard CD changer! And you'll appreciate this changer's sonic excellence, thanks to the zero-bit mute circuit and Quad 1-bit D/A converter. Not much space in the cab of your vehicle? With three possible mounting angles (0, 45, or 90 degrees), and a small footprint (less than 10" wide), you can install the KDC-CX89 in a location that's out of the way.

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • disc titling for up to 100 discs (with a compatible receiver)
  • plays MP3 files on CD-R and CD-RW (ISO 9660 Level 1, ISO 9660 Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats)
  • file & folder search (files and folders accessed in the order they were written by the CD writer)
  • three mounting angles (0, 45, and 90 degrees)
  • zero-bit mute — shuts down changer output when no signal is present (between tracks, for example)
  • Quad 1-bit D/A converter
  • frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio 100 dB
  • 16' connection cable included
  • dimensions: 9-7/8"W (12" with bracket) x 3-3/16"H x 7-3/16"D
  • 2-year warranty

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  • 10-Disc Changer with 3 transport screws and attached transport caution note
  • 1 KCA-M112 10-Disc magazine
  • 16' Changer control cable (13-pin male connector on each end)
  • 2 Plastic mounting brackets
  • Four 7/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Four 3/8" Machine screws
  • "Register Online" card
  • "Caution" sheet
  • Warranty card
  • Instruction manual

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Digital Optimum Servo Control (DOSC): This circuitry enables the CD changer to determine each disc's reflection rate and the modulation rate of its pits, enabling the changer to set the ideal servo gain for each disc. DOSC also adjusts servo gain and balance when it encounters vibration, scratches, dust, or fingerprints, reducing mis-tracking and skipping.

Precision Digital Timing (DPAC): A high-precision master clock circuit that is isolated from signal-processing circuits to eliminate interference. This ensures that digital information is processed at exactly the same rate as it was recorded, eliminating jitter (time-based errors that make music sound harsh).

Integrated Quad 1-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converter: Four digital-to-analog converters, two for each channel, improve playback sound quality, including musical detail and resolution. Using two converters for each channel reduces distortion by half.

Anti-Vibration Disc Transport: The disc transport mechanism uses soft butyl rubber insulators for exceptional shock resistance, along with ceramic-injected silicon oil that absorbs jarring vibrations even at extreme temperatures, reducing skipping and mis-tracking.

0-Bit Mute: This feature shuts off the digital-to-analog converter output during silent passages, yielding absolute silence between songs.

CD Compatibility: This unit will play prerecorded CDs, finalized CD-R discs, and finalized CD-RW discs.

MP3 Playback: This unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. In order for this changer to play files, each disc should not have more than 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder. Files and folders are accessed in the order in which they were written by the CD writer.

Disc Naming: When used with a compatible head unit, the changer allows Disc Naming for 100 discs.

Mounting Angles: You can install this changer at a 0-5 degree, 40-50 degree, or 85-90 degree angle. There are angle switching dials on both sides of the unit that must be set to agree with the mounting angle of the unit.

O-N switch: There is an O-N switch located behind the magazine door. When used with the 113KCAS200 adapter or older head units, it must be set to the O position which disables CD text. When set to the N position it will display CD text when used with a compatible head unit.


Warranty Note: Some units were incorrectly packaged with a 1 year warranty card. Per Kenwood, the actual warranty period is 2 years, parts and labor.

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