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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

Connect your player to the receiver's front-panel USB input, then press the "iPod" button to the right of the main control knob to access your player. Kenwood makes it so easy to navigate your tracks and playlists — dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys limit the need to work through menus when you're looking for a specific song.

Kenwood Excelon car stereos offer strong performance with the assurance of a 2-year warranty. The KDC-X395 CD receiver is the junior member of the Excelon lineup, but it includes features and functionality designed for avid car audio fans, including a front-panel USB input, high-voltage preamp outputs, and other options for system expansion.

KDC-X395

Ready to go with your iPod®

Connect your player to the receiver's front-panel USB input, then press the "iPod" button to the right of the main control knob to access your player. Kenwood makes it so easy to navigate your tracks and playlists — dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys limit the need to work through menus when you're looking for a specific song.

You can also switch quickly to "passenger mode" to control your iPod or iPhone® from the device, useful if you're listening to streaming content like Internet radio stations. Once your iPod's connected, this Kenwood uses its own digital-to-analog converter to turn digital files into music, so you'll hear cleaner sound with less noise.

Plenty of entertainment options

The front-panel auxiliary input offers an instant connection for a satellite radio or another sound source. You can play all kinds of CDs, even discs that you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can add a Kenwood HD Radio™ tuner or satellite radio to experience the best in radio. Kenwood's optional Bluetooth® adapter gives you the added safety of hands-free calling with compatible phones — just touch a button to answer a call and keep your hands on the wheel while you talk.

System building

rear panel

If you're adding outboard amps, you'll appreciate the clean signal from the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs. The System E's crossover offers high- and low-pass filters, so you can trim low bass out of your speakers and adjust the character of your bass.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Great Head unit for the money.

Anonymous, Clayton, NC

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What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
  • Face pouch
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with blue illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • high- and low-pass filters for speaker and preamp outputs
    • subwoofer level controls
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395 Reviews

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    341 Reviews

    great value!

    PhilO from Cincinnati OH on 4/24/2014

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Got this on a close out. Cant beat Kenwood quality and the 2 yr warranty on the Excelon models. Very easy to install in my 1998 Honda Accord, had it done in a couple hours with the wiring matching up perfectly. Great sound! The Aux input works great with an Android phone for music and so does the USB input. Definantly recommend this unit.

    Pros: 2 yr warranty, USB and Front AUX input. 3 RCA's 1 sub and 2 standard.

    Cons: No switchable illumination

    Great.... At first..... Then quit

    Vince from Wentzville, MO on 8/29/2013

    2007 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The head unit looks nice, feels nice, and worked great for a few months. Then, the other day, it randomly shut off and won't turn on. It isn't the fuses because they weren't blown (changed them to be safe), checked all of my wiring, and it still won't work.

    Pros: Cheap, works ok

    Cons: Broke in 6 months.

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    Anonymous from Clayton, NC on 3/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great Head unit for the money.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    jenna from breckenridge texas on 3/22/2013

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    This CD player is great if you don't want a lot of bass! It really is what you get for your Price! Hope everyone has a good experience!

    Pros: USB and aux cord.

    Cons: Not very loud.

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    sterling from waleska, georgia on 3/15/2013

    1995 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was an awesome head unit except it had trouble reading the USB. Finally, today, it couldn't read the USB and when I reset it, it won't turn back on.. so no music... very very bad! My buddy has a brand new kenwood that's not working also.. I think I'm going to find a different brand..

    Pros: Great sound and easy to use

    Cons: Only had it for a couple months and its broken..

    Great Stereo

    ND from Berryville, VA on 3/14/2013

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My only complaint is that the power button is too small and in an awkward location.

    Pros: Great unit for the price.

    Cons: My only complaint is that the power button is too small and in an awkward location.

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    Corey from Walker, La. on 2/22/2013

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Great Radio for the money.

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    My New Stereo

    Fred A from Springfield IL on 2/21/2013

    1996 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Love the product and it was at the right price.

    Pros: Everything I need for my truck!

    Cons: Wiring harness was incorrect, had to go buy one that met my trucks specs. Now stuck with a wiring harness for a Ford F-150 that has a factory amp installed,

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    MattB from memphis, tn on 2/21/2013

    1990 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    was a great price, great sound I do not like it controls. if I bump volume when trying to turn it up it mutes.

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    Awesome stereo

    David from Phoenix on 2/18/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bought this as a scratch and dent item for my 2000 trail blazer. The item came in mint condition, I saw nothing wrong with it and was a great value. Definitely looks nice and is easy to use.

    Pros: Has spot for ipod and usb drive.

    Cons: Cannot play all my mp3 on it, but this is more than likely the same issue with all stereos and the way some of my mp3 might be formatted, still looking into it.

    Can't beat it for the money!

    Bob from Erie,PA on 2/16/2013

    1995 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great head-unit, has plenty of power to drive mids and highs, plenty of pre-outs for amps. Lots of setting to tailor bass output to your liking. Has crossover for front and rear speakers, subwoofer level control. Way more features than can be mentioned here. I am definitely impressed with this receiver, especially at this price point. Worth checking out for your daily driver.

    Pros: Many settings to tailor your sound, plenty of built in power for most mids and highs, great for the money

    Cons: so far no cons,

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Michael from Petaluma, CA on 2/12/2013

    2001 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    So far so good---only been used for a week. For the price an excellent value. Offers more than I thought I was getting, for example Satellite Radio access.

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    Better than most

    Jay $ from Chicago, IL on 2/10/2013

    1995 GMC Safari
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I've installed Alpines and Sonys for the same price and the Kenwood beats them hands down. The RMS power is slightly higher and the peak is slightly lower. For those of you that don't know what that means, in simple terms, RMS is average loudness and peak is little spikes in volume. Personally, I'd rather have higher average loudness for overall fullness. The EQ options on this unit are much more customizable than the equivalent competition as well. No presets, which is a good thing, cuz every sound situation is different and needs to be dialed in by you to your liking.The illuminated aux and usb ports is key for night time patching. Also, the little door over the inputs is way better than the rubber plugs that competitors offer. Pretty well built, not the strongest feeling buttons, but I don't suspect any issues. If you're spending $100 on a unit, I'd highly recommend the kenwood.

    Pros: Illuminated USB and AUX ports. Swivel door on inputs. Easy to use

    Cons: No hard-case for faceplate. Dimming within unit only, no wire to hook up to car. Buttons could be stronger, but they aren't weak.

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    Abw3 from Owasso, OK on 2/7/2013

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit for the price. About an hour to install it.

    Pros: Price is right.

    Cons: Knobs need more of a grip. Slick feeling.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Amy from Clark,CO on 2/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The mode button and on off button is very small. Difficult to use. Difficult to change FM scan mode to manual, escecially when driving.

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons:

    KENWOOD KDC-395

    MIKE C from DERRY,PA on 2/3/2013

    1980 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    GREAT STEREO FOR A BUDGET GOOD POWER AND SOUND

    Pros: PRICE

    Cons: NONE

    Great stereo for a great price

    Mike from Oxford, MS on 1/30/2013

    1991 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this stereo to replace the factory original in my 21 year old Miata. I'm upset that I waited this long to upgrade! Over 300 people have rated this product. You won't find a better stereo at this price. Buy it.

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    Awesome Kenwood

    Nelson from Florida on 1/30/2013

    1990 Volvo 240 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very good radio for the price and all the quality expected of a Kenwood product, fast shipping and no disappointments. All was easy to install

    Pros: Very nice for the price, Good sound and quality

    Cons: Using an iPod or iPhone does not allow you to use the device to choose the song, you need to find the song through the menu of the radio which takes a bit to get used to

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    Ted C from Lynchburg, VA on 1/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is the third Kenwood I have purchased from Crutchfield and it is of the same good quaility as the first two and the guys at Crutchfield are very helpful in every way.

    Pros: Ease of installation

    Cons: Difficult to learn how to operate all of the features

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395 terrible sound

    ryank from wilkes-barre, PA on 1/26/2013

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    Biggest waste of my time. I did everything exactly how the instructions said and had no power or sound. Installing this was way harder then it should have been. All the mounting pieces barely fit and i had to do things differently than the instructions said just to get it to mount properly. I then had a guy who puts stereos in cars for a living check it out. He said everything was good and should work. I tried again by powering it from the ignition wire of my car since this was the only way i could get it to come on. After everything was working i tried playing a CD and the radio, and it had terrible sound. I called customer service and they told me to adjust the GMOS. So i did. Again the sound quality was terrible no matter what volume i had it on. I then tried customer service again and ran through everything to make sure i did everything right. (customer service also had me do a few things that were completely opposite of the directions). With my third try the sound was still terrible. (My factory stereo had amazing sound quality). So I'm returning this and buying a better stereo for the same price. I'm also not surprised that the Kenwood KDC X595 is discontinued and also how many people have already returned this stereo.

    Pros: NOTHING.

    Cons: Everything about it. Extremely small buttons too. Not worth the price

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    Anonymous from Topeka, KS on 1/25/2013

    2000 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Will not work with Sansa MP3 player other than in Aux mode, usb mode it states "No Music". Good sound, poor bass, but Kicker speakers bought had similar comments (6.5"). Great value, Crutchfield accessories made it all go together without a hitch.

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    Nice unit

    Keith from Georgia on 1/22/2013

    2000 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Got this at a discount because of the speaker deal. Happy with this unit. iPod control is awkward through the head unit, but can be switched to control from iPod, so no big deal.

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    Kenwood Excelon

    Dumplin from Okeechobee,Fl on 1/22/2013

    1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Couldn't have a better system for my 1989 Z-24 caviler. It fits like it was factory installed. Easy to install and use.

    Pros: Even a caveman or an old man like me can install.

    Cons: Got the wrong hook up for the stereo to the car,but you guys really helped me out and sent the correct one.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Mark b from North Port Florida on 1/20/2013

    1998 GMC G Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I love the kenwood products, this is probably the 5th head unit I have purchased from Crutchfield, You can't beat the price and installation accessories make it easy to install with simple hand tools. The installation sheet makes it easy (a factory manual helps)

    Pros: I thought the single knob would make it difficult but its so easy to tune and adjust the settings the way you want.

    Cons: only wish it had a dimmer feature to attach to the factory wiring but it's not excessively bright or distracting at night.

    Even An Old Guy Can Install this Unit!

    KEITH on 1/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I finished the install of this unit this afternoon and was blown away by the fact that it not only worked but worked great! I installed 8 track deck units and speakers in my dad's business in the 70's. I haven't done one since and was completely sure I would blow up my factory Bose system in my 2003 Suburban. Now the truck is ready to be put to pasture as a work truck around my gentleman's horse ranch on the weekends so I figured what the heck, I don't need a radio to pick up lumber from Home Depot! So the unit came in last night along with the Crux module. I opened it up and read the instructions. Now for a young guy all this stuff may have seemed simple but for an old coot it looked pretty daunting. And the instructions from the Crux box required taking off the reading glasses and putting the eye ball on the sheet. But I made it through (my wife brought me her sewing magnifying glass) and I wired that harness up. Struggled a little getting the old unit out simply because I forgot about reaching in behind the unit and stretching the wires up so I could get to the leads. A little more hand strength would have come in handy. Anyway, got it out, hooked up the harness and put the negative cable back on the battery. Turned the key and the darn thing worked! Not only did it work it sounded awesome while it was still hanging out of the dash! Buttoned it all up and took it for a spin. 100x better sound than the old unit. Not bad being 40 years out of practice! Buy it!

    Pros: I had to call Customer Service (AJ) and ask him why I didn't have a matching orange wire on my Kenwood harness. He didn't even try to make me feel stupid! He listened to my other dumb questions and patiently answered them. After I talked to AJ I felt empowered to finish the harness and finish the install. Thanks AJ!

    Cons: I have not figured out why my Galaxy will not play Pandora through the USB port. My iPhone works great. Probably operator error. No other issues!

    Best bang for the buck!

    JoeF from Columbia, MO on 1/18/2013

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is the 3rd Kenwood reciever that I have owned and the second KDC-X395. The most recent application i installed was in my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the upgraded factory Infinity system. Install was easy on this, but previous installed one in my 2000 Cadillac Escalade, and the install sheet help ALOT!. Unlike the Escalade with the Bose setup, the Jeep did not required bypassing the amp or using an interface, so it bolted right in. With the factory speakers and amp in place, the sound already was much better! I like the 3 amp outputs there which really help build my system. I didnt get too crazy with the most recent one in the Jeep only adding a single 12" sub with a 750w amp. The sub combined with the factory amp and speakers sounds AMAZING! this is the best sounding system ive had in a vehicle... not the loudest, but the best sounding. I had a much bigger setup in the 2000 Escalade which i used an interface (bought through Crutchfield) with 2 12" subs pushed by a 1200w amp and 2 additional 6x9's puched by a 250 watt amp, with still an additional output for another amp! Comparable to the other Kenwood reciever i had, this one is much more user friendly, and the Ipod interface works great! I love this headunit, which is why i bought it twice for 2 different vehicles and have recommended it to friends looking for great sound on a budget. For the price and the additional stuff Crutchfield provides, its the best deal out there!

    Pros: Great value for the price. User friendly with great Ipod interface. 3 amp outputs.

    Cons: Not as "flashy" as others (single color display).

    It's good

    Brad from Windsor California on 1/14/2013

    2002 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    It's wasn't really hard to install it hooked up to my amp and sub and speakers and controls them very nicely. Looks nice but I wish I had got one with more than one color. And the instal kit it comes with looks very nice and fits perfectly.

    Pros: Sounds great, has plenty of sound features, plays from iPhone while charging, you can use music app while plugged in or you can use the decks controls. I never installed a deck or radio and I did this by myself just fine.

    Cons: Only lights up blue, the text could be easier to read

    Excellent~Perfect~Easy

    Ben from Wisconsin on 1/12/2013

    2001 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    The cd changer in my original radio of my 2001 Nissan Xterra decided to stop working so I decided to replace it. I wasn't looking for anything special and have heard all good things about Crutchfield so I decided to give it a shot. I haven't installed a radio for 15 plus years but the kit and instructions that Crutchfield supplied were top notch. The radio itself was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a radio with a cd player, but having the usb and aux in on this radio has made the deal all that much better. I'm not a huge audio guy but like to crank the tunes once in a while. This Kenwood puts out some decent sound through my factory speakers. I based my purchase on previous reviews of this radio and so far I've been extremely satisfied. I would definately recommend and purchase from Crutchfield again if the need arises. The install went smooth, the fit and finish of the radio looks extremely clean. Overall between the service and selection from Crutchfield, the radio, and the installation process I am extremely satisfied. I normally do not do reviews for products I purchase online but felt this experience should be noted!

    Pros: USB and ipod connectivity. Excellent power and sound. Clean nice looking finished installation. Radio has the features I was looking for at a very good price.

    Cons: None thus far. I'm completely satisfied!

    Great Unit!

    TimG from Hailey, ID on 1/11/2013

    1995 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I ordinarily lack the patience, skill, and mindset to take on do it yourself jobs, but I can honestly say that Crutchfield made this experience simple and fun. Installing the receiver, and 4 speakers took me 2.5 hours and would've been much faster had I not been working outside in the dark in the dead of winter! Everything sounds fantastic. I have the EQ set to one of the automatic settings and it suits my needs perfectly. I really like this receiver, and it works well with my IPhone. Navigating music on the IPhone through the receiver is a chore, but there is a setting where you navigate through the phone itself. The buttons on the receiver are a little small and it is a bit complicated to navigate, but with time, I will get it.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Great sound.

    Cons: Buttons are small. Confusing navigation.

    I love it and I love Crutchfield!

    Nathan from Belton, TX on 1/10/2013

    2004 Kia Sorento LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Easy to install. Looks good. I mainly use it with my iPod in "Hands On" mode. Just the deck itself made my components sound so much better. My bass is on the second to lowest setting and it still hits. My Alpine Type R SWR-12D4 just came in and now I'm waiting on my MRX-M110 amp and I'll be set!!

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    Design could have been better

    malewizard from USA on 1/9/2013

    2003 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    While I think Kenwood has always been a top notch audio company,I believe in my opinion this design could have been more user friendly. That being siad I picked it,so I'm to blame for any "flaws" I did not foresee. I'm speaking ONLY of the size of the buttons that are cramped on the far left side. They are extremely small and hard to use while driving. If I have to take my eyes off the road to look for more than a second or two,then its too long.A second "knob" type utility like the Volume/function knob would have been easier to use,and keep your fingers on to select useage. Overall the unit looks great! The sound is great considering the Max power and RMS ratings. I put this headunit in a 2003 Ranger Edge,and it fit perfectly THANKS to CRUTCHFIELD! Dont judge your purchase on my one "gripe". Just being honest,but for the buck its a good buy.

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    E. K. Takemoto from Delano, CA> on 1/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    good sound, easy to use, had a pro install, he said good product & sound

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    Easy Install

    Bruce from Troutdale, Oregon on 1/5/2013

    1999 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Easy install. Had one question that was quickly answered by Crutchfield. Excellent value for features. Can't get much bass.

    Pros: Excellent Value

    Cons: Less bass response than my factory deck

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Tommy from Raleigh, N.C. on 1/5/2013

    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Looks and sounds awesome, easy to install.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    bob h from middletown, new york on 1/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    purchased this item for a christmas present for my son, installed the next day. All the connection sent were correct and the installation took minutes... Took longer to take off vehicle trim then to install.. I was satisified with all the equiptment supplied. Had purchased an Alpine xd-305s previous and installed that with in minutes.. very happy with Crutchfield sales and service..

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    Great little headunit - packed with options

    Steve from Atlanta, GA. on 1/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great head unit ... way more features than I was expecting for the money.

    Pros: IPod and headphone jack in the front! Remote control! Easy Ipod controls!

    Cons: Wish they had a USB in the back ... to hide the cord. Ability to change the "blue" colors to green or red would be nice.

    Great sound

    Anonymous from Oro Valley, AZ on 1/3/2013

    1997 Ford Explorer
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    It's a great product awesome sound. And for the price, can't beat it. I installed in my boys' explorer and they love it.

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    Amazing product

    john from Waterville, ME on 1/2/2013

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Just put this radio into an 04 ford explorer. Bought this unit the day after Christmas and was delivered to my door the next afternoon. All of the directions were to the point and very easy to read. The unit does everything that you would expect and more. I now have a Kenwood amp and 2 12" subs in a box in the trunk connected to this radio. Installation was a breeze. I think i spent more time fixing the fuse holder attached to the amp then installing the radio. Splicing existing wires with the new radio didn't take 15 minutes. Not a bad thing to say about the radio, the subs, or the amp. Everything went perfectly!! I would recommend this radio to anyone. My favorite part about Crutchfield products is the directions and assistance they give all their customers from the get-go. I love this radio!!

    Pros: Easy installation, excellent directions, looks BA, louder than anticipated, 6 channel was a perfect fit for my system.

    Cons: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

    Works great!

    MikeN from Hudson, Wi on 1/1/2013

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice cheap CD player! Like being able to search through the iPhone music right on the screen. I'm coming from a really cheap DVD player that was pure crap, so this thing is gold to me! Lots of adjustment with sound. 3 pairs of pre-outs. Works great!

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    This is It!

    J.Dug from Heath, Ohio on 12/31/2012

    2001 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Ahhhh..., the 17 year old daughter with an i-phone and an outdated factory car audio system. Tragic to her and a constant reminder for me. Crutchfield offered the perfect solution that met every criteria my daughter had for her perfect car audio system. The Excelon KDC-X395 has Bluetooth, USB interface for the i-phone, CD player and digital FM/AM reciever. Fantastic price for all the features.

    Pros: Great price! Great Name! Packed with so many features and capabilities, as with any new technology take the time to read the manual and get to know all the features

    Cons:

    Best deal you'll find

    digitaljanitor from Seattle, WA on 12/29/2012

    1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is an amazing deal, with 6 channel high voltage rca outs, remote control, full ipod control, and complete high pass control of speakers, and low pass for sub what more could you ask for?

    Pros: Simple to use and install, 6 high volt preout, remote control, good high pass and low pass for all channels, Xcelon series with good sound quality. Front USB, AND old school 1/8th in aux jack.

    Cons: No hd radio, no sat radio, no bluetooth, no handsfree phone support. But come-on, it's cheap

    Awesome Head Unit

    AustinC from Chattanooga, TN on 12/26/2012

    1993 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great Head Unit. I have bought 2 of them for 2 different cars, one for me and one for my dad's car after I saw how well it worked in my car. I was attracted to it because of its capabilities for building a system. I started off by just adding the head unit, but I still had factory speakers, then I added Rockford Fosgate Speakers later on. After that I got a 4 channel alpine amp for the speakers and a 2 channel alpine amp for my alpine sub. It sounds great now. Very impressed. But it sounded great even with my factory speakers. It was a huge difference in sound quality, as should be expected when adding any aftermarket head unit. After I saw how good the Head Unit was, I put one in my dad's car with Polk Audio speakers. It sounds excellent as well. I really like the fact that it has 4v preamp outputs, and that it has 3 of them. I also like how you can tailor it to your specific setup with the equalizers and everything. Most of the other head units in this price range do not feature this, they just have preset equalization options. For the price it can't be beat. Best entry-level head unit on the market. Definitely recommend for someone who is on a budget, but needs a head unit that can grow with your system.

    Pros: 3 4-volt Preamp Outputs, equalizers, sound quality, easy to use, price

    Cons: I wish it could change colors like a lot of the other head units. Small complaint, definitely not a deal breaker. Buy it now.

    Best for the money

    J Wizzle from Corpus Christi Tx. on 12/26/2012

    2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For $100 this is hands down best head unit you can buy.

    Pros: Sound quality Powerful Ease of use Internal crossover for front, rear and sub USB for iPod Port for MP3

    Cons: N/A

    If i had 2 vehicles iI would install this unit in both

    Ben from St Pete, FL on 12/26/2012

    1997 Toyota T100
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit

    Pros: Well lit. Controls are easy to use. Sounds great.

    Cons: Button that changes sources could be easier to use when keeping your eyes on the road.

    So Far Its Amazing!!!

    Jacob P from Crossville, TN on 12/20/2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    So far this radio is amazing The sound quality is better than the stock one on my 01 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab. With the new stereo I'm able to pick up stations i could barely hear with my old one like they are down the street. It was about what I expected when installing because i had to do things like solder wires and install the brackets for it. Currently i'm only really using 2 Rockford Fosgate prime speakers in my front doors because the back 2 are busted and make bad rattling sounds but the front sounds amazing. I just cant wait to install the rear ones. Anyways I would highly reccomend this head unit to anyone wanting to build their own audio system.

    Pros: Looks good Sounds good Picks up radio great Can be hidden easily with detachable faceplate works good with an ipod

    Cons: Not super easy to install but probably average a little difficult to navigate through songs and stations

    Great as usual !

    Big Gunz! from Southern Cali, on 12/20/2012

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    By far Kenwood Excelon has been the best product's Even tho i purchase this deck for my son car for this price it was well worth it, alway's been a Kenwood Excelon fan has RDS build-in it charge's your cell or Ipod with the Usb plug in

    Pros: Thank you Crutchfield all the accessories fit well, plus u get them for free can't go wrong with this buy......

    Cons: none

    A good value receiver

    Jimmy from Lowell, MA on 12/18/2012

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My last kenwood just died (mechanical failure of the auto-flipping faceplate) at 7 years old. I wanted another kenwood that would work with my existing Sirius module and the X395 does. I try to keep in mind what i paid for this (not much) but this is not a great receiver. It's good enough though. Remember, if you're going to spend an afternoon ripping apart your dashboard, crimping wires etc, plus using the device everyday it may be worth it to you to spend a little more for something nicer. The single-line display looks like an 80s calculator. Sound quality is just OK but i don't have great speakers. It doesn't have a dimmer lead and is very bright at night. The display text can be dimmed 1 level but it's buried in the menu. The menu controls are not intuitive at all. THERE'S ONE GLOBAL EQ (bass/mid/treb) SETTING ACROSS ALL INPUTS. Every source sounds different so who wants the same bass level across tuner/ipod/aux/sirius/cd?? Ridiculous when you think it really doesn't cost to add that. Plus just getting to the sound settings is 6 button presses winding through the menu structure. HUH? Oh, and after trying 5 different ipod cables i still get kicked out of ipod mode because the loose usb jack. This sounds like a bad review but i think this is a decent product for someone who just wants a basic receiver and doesn't need to get into the menu much. Someone who likes to use all of the various input sources might be disappointed.

    Pros: the remote is nice. Sounds OK, Cheap.

    Cons: bad menu structure, no separate EQ settings for each input, unreliable USB jack, very cheap-looking text display and is completely washed out in sunlight.

    not to bad for the price

    Anonymous from bowling green ohio on 12/17/2012

    2003 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this unit bout a week ago and i have to say im very pleased with the unit.......crutchfield did a great job with shipping it arrived a day early which was a plus it was easy to install and easy to figure out all the options. If ur looking for something simple for the right price this unit is a great buy

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Awesome car reciever

    BobS from San Juan Capistrano, CA on 12/14/2012

    1993 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This Kenwood receiver is a great upgrade to my previous Kenwood unit, which was just a standard CD player and radio. I love that this unit is Ipod compatible and comes with an AUX input and USB input.

    Pros: USB and AUX input. Looks cool at night. Sleek. Comes with a soft pouch to store the receiver when not in use. Ipod control.

    Cons: Lots of features that most users will probably never use. No mute button.

    Kenwood Review

    F. Turner from Carrollton, GA on 12/14/2012

    2003 Isuzu Rodeo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this receiver for my daughter's 16th birthday and installed it in her first vehicle. She is very pleased with the performance and I'm now considering one for myself.

    Pros: Great value. Lots of performance for the money.

    Cons:

    Best Stereo for the Money

    Mike G from Tucson, AZ on 12/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a super stereo. Installed last night in 2 hours. I'm a complete novice. This was my first attempt. Crutchfield convinced me I could to do it myself. The dash kit was easy to assemble, and the wiring harness went like clock work. The challenge for me was figuring out how the stereo connected (fit) into the dash kit. After reading the sketchy dash kit instructions, I kind of figured it out on my own. The posi-connectors suggested by my rep were a plus as I do not solder (an extra $8). Listening to music today after almost 2 months without a car stereo. Wish I had ordered from Crutchfield sooner. Super easy. And everything I needed came with the stereo and for free! And this Kenwood, the rep recommended, "best stereo on the market for the price." I have no complaints and my kids even think it looks like something out of Batman's headquarters (I guess that ranks as a coolness factor). Order from Crutchfield. You'll pay as much elsewhere and you won't get the dash kit, wiring harness, and the free tech support to back it up! A++++ to Crutchfield.

    Pros: Nice interface. Good looking stereo. After install, easy to use without reading the manual. Like the built-in USB and AUX inputs. Comes with a 2 year warranty; most of the others I looked at only have 1 year warranty.

    Cons: It takes about 5 business days to get something on the West Coast from Virginia. Really have none.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Nick Pro from Blackwood NJ on 12/12/2012

    1995 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit easy to install. Worked my existing Kenwood CD changer.

    Pros: Worked my existing cd changer.

    Cons:

    Nice reciever

    Alan from St. Louis, Mo. on 12/6/2012

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice radio for the money. A little hard to make audio adjustments but it does sound very good once you get them where you like. The display is a little wierd, you either have the clock shown or scholling text, it is hard to tell what station number you are on, it only shows for a split second when you first tune to the station. I don't want to sound down on this because it is great value for the sound and options but the volume knob is a deal beaker, I would have sent it back but I had it to long before I installed it and found out. I have glued a rubberband around the knob, If you have rubber fingers you should be OK but I have never met anyone like that yet..

    Pros: Great value for the options and sound quality.

    Cons: Very small and super duper slippery volume knob. I can't stress this enough. You almost have to experiance it to believe it. The KDX396 has a rubber band?.?.?. Why not the KDX395??

    Just OK

    Mike from Aiken on 12/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I was looking for a receiver that would be best suited for playing iPod tunes. The hands off mode does not scroll the song that's playing, it just displays the first song title played and does not change. I've not spent a whole lot of time with it and it looks like I need to have the manual open to figure out if I have it set properly. Sound quality is a marked improvement over the factory radio. I will need to change the speakers to get it sounding any better.

    Pros: Very easy to install. The harness that was provided worked perfectly. Has both USB and aux port on the front.

    Cons: Buttons are really small and you kind of poke at the hoping your hitting the one you want. I have not decided if I'm going to keep it or not.

    The perfect Stereo

    Richard S from Greenville SC on 12/4/2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have a 2000 Cadillac STS with the Bose double-din stereo. It had a cassette player, a CD player, and controls for the 6-disc changer in the console. To say i needed to upgrade is an understatement. I had bought my wife a Kenwood last year for Christmas and I lusted deeply for that USB port. I opted for a single-din and gained a pocket for stuff. When I installed this thing, i was amazed. It has HD radio plus Pandora connectivity. But i love it for the wide array of adjustments i can make to the sound. I have an 8GB flash drive plugged in, and i could go for MONTHS without hearing the same song twice. Yes, HD radio is nice, but with my own music list chugging away, I choose to never hear another commercial while in my car. Awesome job Kenwood!!!!!!!!!

    Pros: 1.Front USB and audio jack ports. I despise sitting in my car listening to ads. NEVER. AGAIN. 2. HD and Pandora radio. I actually did pick up a few extra stations. 3. It gives name and artist for songs on my flash drive AND on radio stations( didn't know that part) 4. Great sound shaping options 5. Hundreds of color options to match your interior lighting 6. Tiny remote sits in my new pocket under the stereo. I lost my steering wheel controls when i switched so i keep my remote handy

    Cons: 1. It sounds so good I've blown 2 door speakers. OOPS 2. The GM adapter module i paid for was almost useless. i would say only buy it if you have onstar or other higher tech stuff you may lose. All i really retained from it is my door ding, and when my low fuel light comes on my stereo mutes for 2 seconds instead of me getting a ding. 3. wiring was very tight in my dash. But you always have to be prepared for a little drilling or cutting. 4. What will I do with all my cassettes???

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Greg C from Everett on 12/4/2012

    1997 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This head unit was simple to install. After soldering the wire harness adapter plug wires to the stereo, this was an easy 15 minute install. It even comes with a remote control. Great price for this great sounding stereo.

    Pros: Easy install. Sounds good. Great price.

    Cons: The display is a bit too bright even with Dim selected.

    kenwood excelon

    jphillips1988 from albany, oregon on 11/23/2012

    1988 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very good deck for the price, looks nice and clean in the car. Not to flashy and I get the 4v pre outs, 3 to be exact can't find another deck like it at this price

    Pros: 4v pre outs

    Cons: No blue tooth

    Refurb goodness.

    Ascendent Instruments from Potomac Ill on 11/15/2012

    2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Got this to replace a similar 5 yr old Kenwood. Nice to get a little more modern.

    Pros: Expanded Eq options compared to earlier models, nice Ipod controls that work well with my inexpensive Philips mp3 player.

    Cons: None

    SO-SO

    Anonymous from Monroe, La on 11/15/2012

    1999 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    IT just sucks when it comes to using your ipod unless there is a better way to find your songs

    Pros:

    Cons: How the bass adjust and all the usb and ipod features are very lacking

    Good

    salaamq from Bloomington, Il on 11/10/2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very Nice

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    Cons:

    Great sound, easy to use, but not good for a convertible

    3graces from Umatilla, Florida on 11/6/2012

    2007 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The stereo is great, easy to use and the sound is clear and deep. The only one problem...I have a convertible and when the roof is down, due to the sun, the face of the stereo is just one bright purple color and none of the readings can be seen, so there is a lot of "blind searching" being done while driving. Also, wish there were a separate display for the time...need to purchase a clock to put on the dashboard...actually, even if there were a clock, I doubt I'd be able to see it with the top down.

    Pros: easy to use, clear sound,

    Cons: Not suggested for use in a convertible

    Great stereo

    Mac from Illinois on 11/4/2012

    2002 Saturn L200
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Love the Kenwood sound and looks great. This unit has great power and clear sound.

    Pros: Quality sound and install was excellent

    Cons: None

    Kenwood KDC-X395

    Y2kraidwr from Modesto Ca. on 11/3/2012

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to install. Only bad part was the factory wiring. I had the aftermarket amps and speakers already, so splitting the harness was a little tricky. I should have just contacted Crutchfield from the beginning to start with. The receiver is awesome, especially for the price. The sound is so much better the the factory.

    Pros: Easy to use. Awesome sound. Easy to install. I've always favored Kenwood, so maybe I'm a little biased.

    Cons: None on the stereo. The adaptor brackets though could be modular. I also have an aftermarket eq, but need to alter the bracket. Without the proper tools it will not be a clean job. I'll wait for another weekend.

    yea buddy

    Andrew from Corpus Christi Texas on 11/2/2012

    2006 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    remote makes life easy DON'T LOSE REMOTE very happy with power of unit

    Pros: KENWOOD kicks butt

    Cons: buttons are small use remote

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Anonymous from Clemson, SC on 10/31/2012

    1993 Volvo 850
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This unit sounds great. I did a lot of research before i bought it and am very happy with my purchase.

    Pros:

    Cons: The radio tuner doesn't pick up stations very well.

    Nice Radio But hard to use

    Will from Atlanta, GA on 10/29/2012

    2004 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice radio and lots of cool features. My only complaint is that it is difficult in using the radio and the controls.

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    Cons:

    Looks Great and Sounds Better

    RJG from Bordentown, NJ on 10/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I installed this unit in my 2000 GMC Sierra 4dr truck. I took sufficient time to review the owner's manual as the functionality is selected by pressing and turning the volume knob. After setting up my listening preferences, the unit sounded 1000% better than the OEM CD Receiver. The "STANDBY" function turns the unit off while maintaining the unit backlighting and clock. The installation kit provided by Crutchfield has everything necessary to install the unit. Just a couple of tips:  The antenna adapter fit loosely to the unit antenna input. I wrapped both ends with electrical tape to preclude becoming disconnected once installed and prevent metal to metal noise under driving conditions  The extra length of wiring from the unit and OEM adapters may need to be tie wrapped to existing wire bundles as you install the unit to move them out of the way and again preclude vibration during normal driving conditions.  I used the Posi-Products Car Stereo Connectors to connect the stereo adapters together. They were a breeze to use without using solder, tape, or crimps.  The in-dash receiver kit provided by Crutchfield was easy to figure out and the install looked professional once the dash was put back together Overall, very pleased with this product and Crutchfield support.

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    Disappointed

    Jim F from Cambridge, NY on 10/25/2012

    2007 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this unit almost for the sole purpose of usb functionality. I wanted to load all of my songs to a thumb drive or 2 & play my songs by artist, album or at random. This unit will play songs from a usb drive but the search capabilities, random play and overall reliability are sorely lacking. The documentation that came with the unit is almost non-existent. The search capability allows you to search by song, album or artist but is extremely flaky. Often while scrolling through your list to find the artist you'd like to play the unit will inexplicably stop & display "NA File" or "No device present" meaning you have to start your search all over again & hope that the unit doesn't go into the Twilight Zone again while you search for Elton John. Sometimes it happens just paging forward to the next song. The random function is hardly random. It seems that it builds a list of songs to play "randomly" and always uses that list to select the order. No matter what you do you will always have the same random order of songs! Kenwood has created a software program to build a database to supposedly improve functionality. It helps, but I am so disappointed with the unit, & I feel stuck with the unit. [$] for the player, [$] dollars for a conversion kit and 100 for an installation and I wish I had my old Sony back. It's a lot of money for what I received. Unfortunately, Crutchfield recommended the unit to me. I won't buy another Kenwood.

    Pros: The unit has good sound.

    Cons: Functionality is poor. Buttons are small and confusing. Documentation is very weak.

    Great unit, lots of features

    TonyB from Florida on 10/20/2012

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Have had it in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler for a couple of weeks now. It has been years since I installed a stereo on my own. I bought the Jeep for a toy and it had a broken Sony in it....this install was a snap with the install kit and instructions. The stereo has ample power for the Infinity speakers I bought and with the top off, no need for an amp or sub, plenty of power from the head unit. I really like the front access USB/AUX input for my IPhone or other item. All around, a great unit and for a really good price.

    Pros:

    Cons: none noted

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Anonymous from APO Germany on 10/20/2012

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great unit. Looks good in the dash, sounds great and is easy to use.

    Pros: Works well with stock speakers, awesome sound, many usable features

    Cons: buttons on the face of the unit are very small, but you can overcome this by learning to use the remote

    Gerrrr

    Ja from Murrieta, CA on 10/19/2012

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great sound. Always loved Kenwood car stereos. This has a much better bass sound with my sub than the Sony I replaced with this. The 4v pre outs are noticeably stronger than the 2v.

    Pros: Good sub bass. Strong 4v pre outs

    Cons: Would like the option to change the display colors.

    Nice for the Price

    Dan A from Hatboro, PA on 10/18/2012

    2005 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a pretty good system for the price. I replaced a factory radio with this unit and immediately heard a difference in sound quality. The one issue I have is that this unit has no bass. I installed an amp and subwoofer and the sound is now great.

    Pros: Great price, great value. Good sound.

    Cons: No bass No android support

    Excellent Receiver / Player

    Bert from Kansas on 10/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I talked with an advisor and he recommended this Kenwood as an upgrade for an outstanding value and sound quality for what I wanted and was he ever correct! It's an amazing Radio CD player plus for the price. I'm extremely satisfied with this Kenwood. The sound is incredible and the features are unbelievable.

    Pros: Great sound and incredible features especially for the price. And it's a very cool looking/sounding unit. I'm very very impressed.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet.

    Good features!

    Matt from OKC, OK on 10/10/2012

    2001 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sound quality is good., and I've never had a problem with a Kenwood, so I'm not worried about it. I've had the unit for two weeks. Easy install with Crutchfield's kit. Flash drive works without the optional adapter cable, so I'm very pleased with that. My only complaint is that the USB can only have a max of 255 folders, with a max of 255 songs each. If a maximum number of gigabytes of music were allowed instead of the max number of files system, I would not have had to pool all of my songs from each artist into one folder per artist so that I can have more room. So that is a bit of a pain, although you can fit tons of music on there if you do it that way.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Can't see display in sunlight

    blitzur from Minnesota on 10/10/2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit - with only one flaw... You can't see the display in any bight situation - i.e. sunlight.. It gets totally washed out!

    Pros: Price / remote

    Cons: Display not readable in sunlight.

    Awesome Headunit

    dagurule from Colorado on 10/10/2012

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have had this Unit for about 2 months now in my Tahoe and install was easy, good sound, great base for building a system as I have and looks great even with all the other stuff that I have installed.

    Pros: Easy to use, and great base for a system builid

    Cons: Super bright at night

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    Darren from Wilmington, NC on 10/6/2012

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I just installed this new head unit in my 2008 Dodge Ram. It is definitely an upgrade over the factory stereo, and the factory stereo sounded pretty good. The new unit has a lot more power and is easily upgradable add (subwoofer, amp, etc.). Ordering from Crutchfield was definitely a big advantage since they ensured that I had everything I needed to do the install, from the correct wiring harness to the right face plate. Once installed the system looks professionally installed and sounds great.

    Pros: Easy to install, upgradable, nice power (22 watts RMS)

    Cons: It takes a while to learn how to use all of the controls , such as how to search for for songs, etc. The unit allows you to do a lot but it could be simpler. Kenwood should talk to Apple about simplifying the process a little bit.

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    BUDDIE from AIGUSTA GEORGIA on 9/29/2012

    2000 Mercury Grand Marquis
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    THIS IS A QUALITY RADIO ITS HAS ALL OF THE REATURES THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR MAN I LOVE IT

    Pros: BUY IT

    Cons:

    best bang for yhe buck

    Pete S from Conn. on 9/26/2012

    1997 Saab 9000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is the second Kenwood I've installed in a vehicle and both were quality products for a super price. Not everyone needs or wants a 500 watt blaster. These economy sets fill a real need for most folks.

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    carmine B. from Raleigh North Carolina on 9/25/2012

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very happy Very good product

    Pros: Looks good and is cool

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    ReggieW from Fort Wayne, IN on 9/20/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The more I learn about this unit the better I like it. I have enjoyed fine tuning this unit to my listening pleasures. It's been fun.

    Pros: Good sound quality for the price. Looks nice in my 3000gt. Easy to use. Installation to the factory amp was simple. I did check with Customer service just to check behine myself. A 4 minute conversation and I felt cool.

    Cons: The face plate was a little too wide in the 4" opening. I can live with it. I think the standby is the off mode.

    New Sounds

    Stephen from Fair Oaks,Ca on 9/20/2012

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great in my Dodge 1500

    Pros: Great Sound,So easy to install

    Cons: Can't seem to get the clock display.Nothing about it in the instructions.

    Replacement Radio

    Jim D from Midlothian on 9/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Needed a replacement for a 02 Toyota Avalon with factory installed JBL system. Installion kit and instructions were simple and easy to follow. Basically plug & play. Ran into a problem with delayed sound volume which seemed to require a few seconds to fully ramp up. Did contact Crutchfield Tec advisor for assistance. Got several possible suggestions, but problem did not go away. Car has been sold and new owner was not bothered by delayed volume.

    Pros: Price & easy installation

    Cons: delayed sound volume when turned on

    Very pure sound

    Fuzzmo70 from Lexington, KY on 9/17/2012

    2003 Mazda 6
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I love this unit. Easy to install, sound is amazing and crisp, it's easy to use and built to last. Like most Kenwood products, it's top notch. I love this unit.

    Pros: Sound clarity, ease of use, ease of install, looks amazing in my dash.

    Cons: I can't think of any!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395

    John M. from Bessemer, MI on 9/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I purchased this receiver to replace a Dual Receiver sent by Crutchfield. Their satisfaction guaranteed policy is definitely superb. I wasn't happy with my first choice and Crutchfield took care of my concerns immediately and recommended this new Kenwood receiver. The Dual's display was very dim and you could not read it when the sun was out. This Kenwood receiver's display is very bright. It was super easy to install and it sounds wonderful. I purchase a Kenwood Special Cable to connect my stand-alone satellite radio to the unit in the back versus the AUX Port on the front. The satellite radio is available when you select the CD changer; however, this is no problem to operate. The Dual just had a Bass and Treble adjustments only. This receiver has many sound and equalization choices. I'm going to have to give the manual a good read and practice to get things right. When things are right; however, it sounds wonderful and has a lot of power for my little car. You have the option of adding a bunch of separate amplifies to this unit, including a sub-woofer. I am saving those options for the future; but I think it sounds wonderful enough right now. A very, very good receiver for the money!

    Pros: Great Sound. Ability to attach up to five additional amplifiers. Bright and readable display

    Cons: Sound frequency adjustment is somewhat complex. A good read of the manual is required.

    Had to get one for myself!!!

    Matt from Albany, OR on 9/14/2012

    2004 Ford F-150
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality