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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD receiver will expand your sonic boundaries with a nice blend of audio features and sophisticated styling. Thanks to its selectable color feature, you can pick a button color that matches your vehicle's illumination so the receiver will look perfect in your dash. 

Step into Kenwood's Excelon lineup

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD receiver will expand your sonic boundaries with a nice blend of audio features and sophisticated styling. Thanks to its selectable color feature, you can pick a button color that matches your vehicle's illumination so the receiver will look perfect in your dash. 

Better sound from more sources

iPod® or iPhone® users can plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and enjoy outstanding control right from the receiver. When you're connected via USB, the KDC-X397 bypasses your iPod's internal circuitry, sending the digital data to the Kenwood's superior 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. Your favorite songs will sound better than ever. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you can even pick from your favorite stations when your iPhone's connected.

  • If you store your music on an Android device, Kenwood's free Music Control app allows you to enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged in via the front-panel USB.
  • If you're a satellite radio subscriber (or plan to be), the KDC-X397 works with SiriusXM's outboard tuner (not included), giving you coast-to-coast reception of your favorite talk, sports, and music programming.
  • You can liven up your drive by jacking another device into the front-panel aux input, or by loading in a CD or a recordable disc full of music files.
Kenwood KDC-X397 CD receiver

You can pick a button color that matches your dash illumination, so this Kenwood will look right at home.

Kenwood Excelon sound quality

If you're building a car audio system, this receiver features 4-volt preamp outputs that'll provide your amps with the strong signal they need for the best possible performance. And you'll find an impressive array of sound-sculpting tools built into this receiver. You can use the 3-band parametric equalizer to adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls, while the frequency filters trim unwanted low bass out of your full-range speakers and adjust the bass going to your subwoofer.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) 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 to see all 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.

This is a great radio for the money. It installed very easily and has a great sound.

mb, Arizona

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
  • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Cloth pouch
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • 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 13-digit display and variable-color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ Pro (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer) speaker size settings
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level and phase controls
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • Music Control app enables limited control over select Android devices
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    111 Reviews

    Nice!

    mb from Arizona on 9/25/2014

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

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

    This is a great radio for the money. It installed very easily and has a great sound.

    Pros: Easy to operate. Good sound.

    Cons: Cycling colors are annoying.

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    Grace from Lewiston, NE on 9/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    EZ install, EZ set up, Excellent radio!

    Pros: EZ all radio

    Cons: None yet!

    Very good unit for the price

    Matt from Pa on 9/20/2014

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    At first when i ordered i got an email telling me that it was on back-order and it would be shipped in a week, this kind of bummed me out. I was very surprised and excited to receive an email two days later telling me that my item has shipped and even more surprised when i received my package only two days after that. Me and my father got the old unit out and installed the new one in about 2 hours. It worked perfect i am very pleased with my purchase.

    Pros: -Tons of settings -The constant color changing is cool if you enjoy something a little different -works great with my ipod (the whole reason i replaced stock unit) -cant even tell its a factory refurb -improved sound quality -picks up alot more radio stations then my stock unit -im not sure why one would need a remote for a car stereo, but it comes with one and it works great -good price

    Cons: -might be a little confusing changing settings for some but the manual explains everything -sound quality is improved although gets distorted at high volumes (this is certainly caused by inferior stock speakers but i was anticipating this before i even bought the unit)

    Regret buying

    NESkier from Boston, MA on 7/1/2014

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this to get integrated Sirius and iPod functionality in my car but I regret it. The sound quality is terrible, (tinny) worse than my stock receiver. The unit is slow to steering wheel controls (2-3 second delay). The scrolling info display is inadequate for quickly finding a good Sirius station. i regret moving away from the standalone Sirius receivers for this reason alone. The buttons are cheap and flimsy and the dial feels like it will be broken after a few years, if I can stand it for that long. Overall, I regret buying this and paying to have it installed in my car.

    Pros: Connectability

    Cons: Sound quality, info display (Sirius), response time from steering wheel controls

    nice!

    Miguel MTZ from Amarillo, TX on 3/22/2014

    1998 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good for the price. I checked online at other places nothing can compare. Yet people were still asking top dollar for dated products. More bang for your buck.

    Pros: Price for all the features. Slick look.

    Cons: Would have liked a Bluetooth feature.

    great price

    tom from pittsburgh pa on 3/19/2014

    2002 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    this was a factory refurbished model at a great price. it is a little difficult to change settings and adjust audio levels in the menu on the fly. there are so many different options in the menu. but it sounds n works good so I am happy with it. with the dash panel and wire harness from Crutchfield always easy installation.

    Pros:

    Cons: just the settings are a little tough to change on the fly.

    piece of cake

    Anonymous from cleburne, Tx. on 1/24/2014

    1997 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed it myself with no problems at all. Love the sound and the looks.

    Pros:

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    Great Sounding, Nice looking And All At A Affordable Price

    Joe from Louisville, KY on 1/13/2014

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Sounds MUCH BETTER than my old stock radio that came in my 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ and I feel I made the right choice buying this radio / cd player for my needs, plus it has some extra features that I don't currently use but if I decide I want to then they are literally at my fingertips, plenty of power and with my Alpine SPS510 speakers I installed I get a sound quality that I enjoy a lot. I told the person at Crutchfield what I was wanting in a car stereo and gave a few options to choose from that would do as I wanted ( Thank You Ringo )

    Pros: Sound Quality Plenty of features 2 Year Warranty Came with everything that I needed to install my radio at No Extra Cost ( and the install kit looks nice even though my original radio was a 1.5 DIN in size. Affordable I thought personally that figuring out the settings and such was fairly easy even though I'm from a time when radios had 2 knobs, maybe a couple of preset buttons and a single speaker.

    Cons: Can't think of any at all.

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    Lorna from Hampton Cove, AL on 1/9/2014

    2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this Sirius car radio for my husband for Christmas. He absolutely loves it!!

    Pros: It's awesome.

    Cons: None

    great unit

    Buddy D. from Willow Springs NC on 1/9/2014

    2001 Chevrolet Lumina
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is my second 397, I have one in another vehicle, It does everything well at a great price.

    Pros: great sound, adjustability, and price

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon Car Stereo - Great Product

    BigCRC from Philadelphia, PA on 1/7/2014

    2002 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I replaced a Pioneer unit that I purchased from Crutchfield awhile ago with this Kenwood, not because of the sound quality, which was fantastic, but because of the overall operation of the unit. Other than a slightly better sound from the Pioneer, the Kenwood is much easier to operate, has numbered presets, a big display, and a really good remote, with numbers, which the Pioneer didn't have. I have a similar Kenwood unit in another car, and am very happy with their products and features. I installed their products into a 2001 Saab 93 4 door hatchback and a 2002 Saab 93 convertible, and everything I needed to make a clean and easy installation was included from Crutchfield. Very happy with this recent purchase and the ease of installation.

    Pros: Easy to use, looks good, and has good sound quality.

    Cons: The Pioneer I replaced with this Kenwood unit had richer sound, but that is the only downside that I have noticed.

    Great radio in this price range!

    Todd from SC on 1/7/2014

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

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

    This is a great radio for the price. Easy to install and it sounds so much better than the stock radio (still using the factory speakers). The lights are a really nice touch for teenagers. Set with one color or have them change. If you're not a crazy audiophile, it's a great bargain for someone who just wants a better sound and an accessible USB.

    Pros: Noticeable improvement in sound quality over the factory radio.

    Cons: Learning the interface will take some reading.

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    Kyle from Little Rock, AR on 1/2/2014

    2005 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is the first aftermarket car stereo I have ever installed myself. With Kenwood's and Crutchfield's instructions provided, it was a piece of cake to install. I've always been a fan of Kenwood for their quality and this unit reassures me why. The sound quality is definitely better than the stock unit that was in the vehicle. The only thing I don't like (but I don't know if this is the standard with aftermarket stereos) is that you have to adjust the audio equalizer settings for every input. I wish the settings picked would carry over to all the inputs.

    Pros: USB on the front, xm capable, price, easy installation, easy to use

    Cons: settings button is the volume control also, so it's easy to accidentally change settings

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    Anonymous from Conway, AR on 1/1/2014

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

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

    Great unit for price. Many features and easy install.

    Pros:

    Cons:

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    ScottJ from Santa Clarita, CA on 12/26/2013

    2000 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to install with vehicle specific instructions provided, looks factory only better.

    Pros: Variable lighting, USB, Aux jack and ease of use.

    Cons:

    Awesome upgrade over OEM

    Sam from Corinth VT on 12/23/2013

    1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Put this in my 1997 f250 after the stock radio quit working. This is soooo much better the sound quality is way better. Its incredibly easy to use. Installation was extremely easy it took me almost no time and i dont have any previous experience the supplied instructions are great.

    Pros: Ease of use Sound quality Easy to install

    Cons: none

    Excellent for the price

    LesS from Hilo, HI on 12/20/2013

    1996 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 is a very excellent unit for the price. The faceplate lights is a great feature and the first thing I noticed because it's like a light show. I've just started to adjust the unit but haven't gotten the sound down just right yet. It's a little complicated and it takes constantly using the unit to learn all the functions and adjustments. What I can tell about the sound is that it has enough power for what I need, I just have to fine tune the unit. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 is an excellent buy for this price.

    Pros: Faceplate light show, ease of installation

    Cons: It's a little complicated to figure out all the functions and to adjust the sound of this unit.

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    Brian from Dallas on 12/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Crutchfield Support picked this unit for me as my vehicle, steering wheel, and connection- best for my money. All the accessories and sides to get XM, chimes, and remote working wonderfully. Tech support sat me down at my kitchen table and connected everything. Went to the car and had unit installed and operational in 24 mins!!!!

    Pros: Crutchfield, Kenwood, and all the needed cables. Tech support is 6 stars! Unit runs great!!!

    Cons: I have to take the face plate off so someone will not break into my car! Guess I could sit and listen with my Glock!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Brandon from Shreveport, LA on 12/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This Kenwood CD player has been the best radio I have ever purchased. The sound is outstanding, so many functions for your system, its like your practicing to be a d.j. The changing of colors constantly gives you a different look.

    Pros: A full list of choices for everyone's acquired taste of sound.

    Cons: Patients will be needed to learn about all functions this deck has to offer.

    Great receiver

    Oscar from Bethesda, MD on 12/18/2013

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

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

    Excellent sound and overall quality. iPhone 5 works great with Pandora and charge it at the same time.

    Pros: sound, look and feel, usb, aux

    Cons: none

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    Ted from Roanoke, VA on 12/16/2013

    2004 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very easy to use. Easy to learn all the functions. All of the features I wanted in 1 unit and the capabilities to expand later, if I wanted to!!

    Pros: Amazingly easy to set up and use and ALL of the features I wanted in 1 receiver!!

    Cons:

    Great Stereo

    Anonymous from Spartanburg, SC on 12/7/2013

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

    I've read many reviews on this stereo and wanted to throw in my 2 cents since I'm a serious review reader before purchasing and hope this helps someone down the road. First off, I don't like a lot of fluff, this stereo had exactly what I wanted at a very affordable price with tons of features. It looks good without being TOO much. Many users have complained about the learning curve associated with this stereo, however, I feel this is one of the easiest to learn. All the functions are built into the main knob. You click the knob, and turn it to the setting. Once you find the setting you want to change, you click the knob and rotate it to your preference. It's always a click rotate pattern, much like how you would use a mouse on a computer.

    Pros: The sound is STUPID good! I replaced an older Alpine system, and this one blows it away.

    Cons: only con is it's about an 1/8 inch taller than my old system, so the face plate doesn't fit. No biggy, still looks good, and if I ever want to modify my dash, it won't be difficult.

    Great Headunit!

    Anonymous from west chester, pa on 12/4/2013

    2009 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This headunit replaced my factory 2009 Toyota Corolla S with no issues at all. It made the acoustics in my car sound so much better! I plan to get an amp and a subwoofer added to my car's stereo system in the near future! But this is easy enough to install with the included instructions and manual!

    Pros:

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    Great value, features, sound

    Ken B. from Texas on 11/25/2013

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

    I purchased and installed this unit to replace a similar Sony unit that failed partially after 3 years. The KDC-X397 is a fantastic value and I would not hesitate to buy it again.

    Pros: Great value, attractive design. I love the 24 color illumination either user selectable, or the unit will slowly scroll through all the colors. I like the 3 built-in pairs of RCA jacks. I love the parametric EQ and the multitude of settings for crossover and subwoofer. The removable faceplate design is easier to put on than Sony's. For the price, this is a fantastic unit. The unit plays flawlessly from a USB flash drive, which is my main source of music while driving. AM/FM reception are great!

    Cons: I have only minor complaints: The user interface takes some time to get used to, especially going through the settings, but it's nothing that you can't learn. The remote control is too small and the volume buttons on it are really too small. The high pass and low pass crossovers need to offer a couple of additional frequencies, however I doubt that most users will care about this. The volume knob could use a rubbery grippy perimeter rather than the smooth plastic that it has.

    Excellent Head Unit

    1NT3GR4 from San Antonio, TX on 11/19/2013

    1996 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed this KDC-X397 today with some kicker speakers and WOW! My car has life again. This has amazing sound quality and is worth every penny. Very easy install with instructions. My old deck I would turn the volume all the way up and it still wasn't loud and sounded like my speakers were broke or something, when I removed my old speakers I could believe the cheapness of them. Anyway, if you owned the x396 you will like the more detailed equalizer in this one. Overall 4.5/5

    Pros: Everything

    Cons:

    Impressed still

    Brian J from Decorah,Ia on 11/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Been buying kenwood products for years. Not going to stop now! Should have bought this sooner!

    Pros: Great value! All the connections I needed for multiple amp system.

    Cons: Didn't have ATT button on head unit to to reduce volume like my previous kenwood.

    Great Stereo

    JesseS from Idaho on 11/17/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love the stereo. Easy to use. Great price for a five star product.

    Pros: Many different color options. Separate setting for base of speakers and subwoofer setting.

    Cons: None

    Great Stereo!

    JohnM from Port Richey, Fl. on 11/15/2013

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit and easy to install. I love that I can plug in my iPod and control it from the head unit. Music sounds so much better than the stock unit and I haven't even changed out the speakers yet.

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    Great head unit

    Hunter from Baton Rouge, LA on 11/10/2013

    2005 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is my second 300 series from Kenwood. Very easy to install with the included kit/wiring harness. Feature-packed, and aesthetically pleasing. Enslaves my iPhone for iPod playback and charges the phone while I'm driving...love this feature! The color-changing buttons are a little much for my tastes, but my 12 year old niece thinks they're "neat". Would definitely buy again and recommend to anyone who wants features at a great price.

    Pros: Value, features, function, easy install

    Cons: None

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    James T from fortcollins, co on 11/8/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love it. The color illumination is awesome and sound is great just from own power.

    Pros: Color. Power

    Cons: Doesn't work with my android phone

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    M. F from West Jefferson, NC on 11/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Realy great cd player for the money!

    Pros: Alot of features, remote, and built in amp power.

    Cons: None

    Very satisified

    KevinK from St. Michaels, AZ on 11/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I took a step back and evaluated what I needed out of a player. I didn't want to spend too much money. I don't need bluetooth calling. Satellite radio isn't necessary, my past experience with it: during a 4 hour drive I'd only hear a few songs I actually like and I don't want to pay a subscription, plus all Kenwood Excelon units require an addition tuner plug in $50-$70 so I said forget satellite radio. Mainly I load music into my ipod touch and this unit runs my ipod well. I have an android phone (GSIII) but I don't plan on using Pandora on this player. My phone is my phone for calling and navigation. My ipod is my music player. This is a great player for the budget minded real world reasonable person that isn't interested in paying extra for added features that they are not planning to use. I'm very happy with this player!

    Pros: Cost, power, rca preouts, easy to install. Also installed 2 amplifiers, wiring, component speakers and subwoofers/box. Sounds kickass and player looks cool! :D

    Cons: Built in satellite radio would have been cool or a free tuner as an option. But in the end I'm still not going to pay a subscription for satellite radio. I don't drive enough to justify the cost. And I drive everyday lol.

    Great Value - Crutchfield's Website is a Great Place to Buy Car Stereo

    Mansur from Baltimore, MD on 11/5/2013

    2006 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    When my factory CD changer started acting up, I decided to install a radio with SiriusXM capability. This unit was very reasonably priced and the Cruthfield web-site allowed me to select all the parts I needed to make sure I had the right wiring kit and the frame/bezel kit to fit my cars. I was so impressed with the first one I installed, that I ordered a second one for my older car. Both work beautifully with a separate SiriusXM tuner that I bought (also from Crutchfield). All the wires in the kit were color-coded and the instructions were easy to read. So I had no problem installing the radios in both cars. It took a while to figure out how to route the antenna wire for the satellite tuner - my recommendation is to run the wire first and then connect to the tuner as the last step. Crutchfield customer service was great since they shipped the unit out right away. The web-site had made a small error in my second order by not including the free car wiring kit - a call to Crutchfield fixed this right away and everything arrived together.

    Pros: Great value for all the functions you get. I like the changing colors. Several pages of stored stations possible on this unit.

    Cons: The display button in the front is hard to find and it took me a while to figure out that this is what I needed to press to see the Artist and Song Title. The button for removing the face plate can be accidentally pressed - not a big deal though. On/off button is also very small.

    Stellar CD Performance

    Steve from Eureka, CA on 11/3/2013

    1996 Mercury Villager
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchased the Kenwood Excelon KCD-X397 to replace an older Kenwood player that quit working. I must say upfront that the sound quality of the CD player in this unit is excellent, and approaches audiophile-grade quality. The Excelon series is clearly a step above the regular Kenwood line when it comes to CD performance. The FM tuner in this deck is about average. It pulls in stations relatively well, but the overall fidelity is not outstanding. Another must have feature on this deck if you have a multiple-amplifier system in your car, is the three sets of 4-volt RCA outputs. It's awesome to be able to control front to back fading, as well as setting the crossover frequency and volume of the sub, without having to leave the driver seat. The four-volt RCA outputs really send some punch to the Sound Ordnace amps I am using. All in all, this Kenwood is an absolute bargain. I do not listen to MP3 or any of the other low-quality audio formats, so I cannot comment on how well this deck works in conjunction with an IPOD or external MP3 player. I bought it strictly for high quality CD playback, and Doug, I cannot thank you enough for recommending this player to me.

    Pros: Stellar CD playback that approaches audiophile grade. Three sets of 4-volt RCA outs send solid punch to a multiple-amplifier system.

    Cons: A little to much glitter for my taste with all the color and display settings. FM sound quality is not outstanding. The deck has almost too many features, so expect a learning curve when you first start out with it.

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    don from michigan on 10/28/2013

    2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great customer service easy install cool display color change

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Chris from Oak Island NC 28465 on 10/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Arrived on time / easy to install / sounds great / came with everything needed

    Pros: ease on installation and use

    Cons: none

    Buy This!

    Sean from Seneca, SC on 10/19/2013

    2012 Dodge Avenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is one of the greatest units you can buy for the price! Installed easily and quickly. Make sure you buy whatever adapter it is that Crutchfield says is required. This stereo unit works great with iPhone 5 and Pandora. It is Siruis ready (which we will installed in a few months) and is all ready for a subwoofer expansion as well. The detatchable face, variable color display, and remote control adds major coolness factor. The 22W RMS kicks out more power than the average user really needs. If you're in the market for a quality multi-function unit with a built in amp and room for growth, this is the unit for you. I will be buying one for each of my other 3 vehicles.

    Pros: Very easy to install when you get the recommended adapter. Easy to use. Great output!!!

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    richard from Clinton, IA on 10/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    What a great sounding deck love all the features very pleased

    Pros: great sound, easy to use,great features

    Cons: hard to see display in sunlight

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    JoeyW from Metter Ga on 10/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Just awesome and easy to operate, thanks CRUTCHFIELD adviser for the recommendation.

    Pros: all around great unit

    Cons: none

    Great Radio

    wjcjr from Altoona Pa on 10/16/2013

    2007 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great radio and installing it was breeze, always order the proper adapters required it is so much easier.

    Pros: Entire radio, ease of operation outputs for system expansion

    Cons: none

    So Far So Good!

    Neil C from Atlanta, GA on 10/16/2013

    2000 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've only had this product installed for about a week or so but so far so good. I installed in a 2000 Taurus Wagon. Pretty easy install. Per usual, running wires was the most time consuming. Love the frequency and eq adjustments on this one. For the price I'm not sure it could be beat. Also install the XM adapter with it. It definitely has a nice boost with levels and pretty lights to boot. Was happy to see it in an email from Crutchfield as the best rated thus far for the price.

    Pros: Good sound, Good EQ options for the price. Easy install. XM Ready. USB and Aux inputs.

    Cons: Slight learning curve but nothing that can't be figured out!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Frank A from Ravena NY on 10/16/2013

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've installed a number of stereos, but Crutchfield and Kenwood made this one laughingly simple! An ease to install, a pleasure to listen to, both FM and for the USB connection for my iPod. Great sound, and a great product all around.

    Pros: Ease of installation, great sound quality, versatile functions.

    Cons: None that I can see.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Anonymous from Elwin, IL on 10/6/2013

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

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

    I took a risk and bought my first Kenwood and I couldn't have asked for anything better

    Pros: Perfect

    Cons: None

    Good radio - Great Price

    Z-SDAD from Greenville, NC on 10/5/2013

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

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

    Very good sound quality at a great price.

    Pros: Quality and price.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X497

    Anonymous from Little Rock, AR on 10/3/2013

    2002 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Absolutely love this radio! Purchased it with 2 pairs of Infinity Reference 6832cf speakers for my 2002 Ford Focus and it sound great. Has all the audio adjustment options you could need. Take a little time to "dial it in" and enjoy

    Pros: Full range of inputs and Pandora and iPod, iPhone ready.

    Cons: Initial setup can be a bit much but lets you get the sound you want but will take a little time.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Tim from Ridley Park, PA on 9/30/2013

    2004 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Crutchfield recommended this model to replace the non-working OEM CD player in my 2004 Dakota. I found an excellent video on Utube that demonstrates exactly how to remove the dash panel and install the player. I used crimp connectors to attach the wiring harness--not too difficult. Everything was complete and fit perfectly. Everything was included from Crutchfield, no unpleasant surprises. One call was made to Crutchfield tech support about where the orange wire went--it isn't used on my install. Crutchfield's website is a very good source for comparison shopping and gave the sort of details I wanted about the products. People tell me Kenwood is a good brand. The sound quality is excellent, and if you can figure out the complex setup instructions and spend the time, you can fine tune and balance your vehicle's sound in great detail. I play a wide range of music on CD format. If the Kenwood was available without ipod or mp3, etc capability, I would still have bought it; I don't need those features. My criticism has to do with "ergonomics" in that I think the controls could be more intuitive to use. For example the OEM player had thin knobs that I could adjust for tone and balance without looking at them and while driving. I wouldn't even attempt to adjust anything on the Kenwood while driving. You have to look at the display to see what is going on. It takes some getting used to finding the on button in the dark--until the player is powered on, I can't find the

    Pros: Great sound, almost infinite adjustability of balance, tone. Easy to install, kit from Crutchfield is complete and everything fits.

    Cons: Once I accidently hit the lower left of the player trying to find the on button in the dark and the face came off. That is where the button to unlock the face is located. As mentioned, the controls being digital and complex, lack an intuitive feel and I think are not meant to be adjusted while driving (at least not by the person doing the driving) There is a small remote control with this player. I haven't messed with it yet; maybe that would help with adjustments but likely I will lose it

    Happy with my Kenwood

    Danonthebike from Des Moines, IA on 9/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought the product on the recommendation of the Crutchfield customer service agent. The car stereo was my first install, and it went relatively easily. I am more than satisified with the features, the performance, and the value. When I first tried it, the subwoofer didn't work. The fellow at customer support was very helpful when I called. The blue and white wire from the Kenwood got connected to the subwoofer power, and voila, it worked.

    Pros: The car stereo has good reception, plays my CDs, attaches easily with my iphone, and looks good.

    Cons:

    Nice receive but lacking some functions

    RandyB from Morristown, TN on 9/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this as a replacement for my factory HU in an Audi A4. The sound quality is very good. Using the EQ and separate controls for the sub, I am able to dial in the sound that is best for the radio, iPod, or whatever function I am using at the time. The EQ has only 1 custom user setting. It could benefit by having at least two. Connecting and mounting the unit wasn't too difficult. There were several factory functions that did not work with this Kenwood HU. It doesn't have RDS, doesn't adjust the volume up/down with the speed of the vehicle, doesn't display information on the center console of the car, doesn't turn down the sound from the last time it was used, and does not have an accessory setting (my car does not have an ACC setting on the ignition switch). So in many ways my factory stereo from 1999 had A LOT of features this new one does not. But there is absolutely no comparison in sound quality. The Kenwood is far superior and that's was my main reason for purchasing. If I were buying again, I think I would want the USB connection on the back. Don't like having the wire sticking out of the front all the time. If you are looking for good sound and a reasonable amount of sound adjustments, this is a good choice and good price.

    Pros: Great sound and sound adjustments.

    Cons: Missing some features compared to factory stereo. Plastic surround provided doesn't really give a factory look and finish.

    Good Value

    BenL from Baton Rouge, LA on 9/25/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good value for a replacement head unit.

    Pros: Better than a stock radio head unit

    Cons:

    Awesome

    knight_1000 from south carolina on 9/25/2013

    1999 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    this was by far the easiest radio i have ever installed. I opened the box, crimped the wires together using the supplied wire adapter. I then took it to my truck plugged it in and everything worked great except the middle speakers, i called tech support and the guy told me to hook the blue and white stripped wire to the remote antenna wire and the middle speakers would work. I did and it worked great. I am surprised at the knowledge that this guy had. As soon as i told him my problem he told me the answer, right then and there and i was never put on hold or anything.

    Pros: Awesome . great color, sound and very ease of use

    Cons:

    Perfect

    Gabrielle C from Andover, NH on 9/21/2013

    2004 GMC Envoy XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love the color, the little door on the right side for the hidden plugs. Love the remote and detachable face plate and bag for the face plate. Easy to hook up. I little bit of a pain that cutting inside my dash had to be done, but that's the price you pay for a great stereo. I recommend Crutchfield to everyone. This is not my 1st time buying a stereo from them either. This is actually the 3rd one that I've bought. !st one went into a Chevy pick up, second was for my dad and went into a Durango. I love the easyness of buying online, picking what I want, have a guarantee and haveing tech support at the touch of a button. The price that you pay for there stereos is also a great deal. Packages come quickly after receiving an email saying that your package is on it's way. No damage to packaging either like from some other companies.

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    Cons:

    Great Job Kenwood

    SM.005 from overland park, KS on 9/18/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have always went with Kenwood, and once again they never fail me. The reason i had bought a new one is that the one i had in there was 3 years old and when it would get hot outside the buttons wouldnt work, soooo i got tired of it and bought this one. Better than that was i like the 4v preouts. makes me happy knowing im not running 2,5 anymore , and i can change COLORS!!! hahaha. ( like that really should matter to a guy ) but i have to keep the GF happy too. But overall it is the best kenwood ive owned or ever used. i like to stay in the $90-120 range and this one just met all my standards.. Thank you again Crutchfield for the great online service. this would be my third order from u guys. Keep up the good work.

    Pros: Changing Colors, 4 Volt Preouts, Great Sound, Easy to work with.

    Cons: Nothing at all

    Kenwood Stereo

    Brenna from Glendale, AZ on 9/17/2013

    1998 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    SUCH a good stereo for a great price. Tons of options, changes color, USB and aux cord, charges in USB as it plays. Easy to remove faceplate to prevent theft. Comes with wireless remote so it's easy for anyone in the car to change the song/station

    Pros: EVERYTHING

    Cons: Sometimes when my iPod is on shuffle in the USB plug, the name will display the first song played and get stuck and not change titles as the song changes, nothing big

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    bird from Lancaster, Pa. on 9/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great value for the money.

    Pros: User friendly, sounds great, easy to install with the Crutchfield supplied kit.

    Cons: None

    perfect!

    ed from northeast ohio on 9/15/2013

    1997 Cadillac Seville
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Perfect fit and upgrade for the factory Bose system in a 97 Seville STS. Sirius XM and flash drive as well as ipod compatible

    Pros: Price and look

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Anonymous from attleboro,ma. on 9/10/2013

    2004 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    nice receiver, very good looking,best price compare to other.

    Pros: easy to installation,

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    shadetree from SPFD MO. on 9/9/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought one for my daughter's car and she liked all the features it had especially the i phone hook up without a special cord and this one's for my sons's car because he liked hers so much.

    Pros: These are easy to install with all the free wires ,cables and adapters that come with the purchase. But they are very user friendly indashes love the remote and the way the face changes color.And the way you can adjust the sound but you can't forget the 4 volt output for the people(like me) who like alot of bass from they're subs.

    Cons: Havn't found any yet

    Premium audio for value price

    TomM from Lakeland, Fl on 9/8/2013

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

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

    My expectations were exceeded when my new Kenwood Excelon was installed. The performance in sound met and/or exceeded the original equipment. Learning to use all of the settings, etc. is a work in progress. I am very pleased with the product and extremely pleased with the Crutchfield customer service.

    Pros: Value and quality

    Cons: Ease of use. (Continuing to learn technology)

    Best unit for the price

    Nhum from Fredericksburg, VA on 8/29/2013

    2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have not purchase a head unit for over 10 years. This unit has a unique EQ feature. It let you adjust frequency for Bass, Mid, Treble and Sub. Basically, this unit make my factory speakers sound awesome. I attached a 64GB thumbdrive to the unit. I will never run out of music for any road trips.

    Pros: Audio adjustment. Color display from Amber, Green to Blue in various shades. Volume control, knob not push button.

    Cons: Operation manual is a little vague.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Anonymous from Irving, Texas on 8/27/2013

    1989 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love the sound from the new kenwood. I put it in my '89 chevy Silverado that I am in the middle of restoring. Easy install and fit with the kit. Great product for the money and sounds fantastic

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Radio

    Paul R. from St. Louis,MO on 8/27/2013

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

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

    i was looking for something quick and easy to install. Your recommendation was on the mark.

    Pros: easy of installation

    Cons: buttons are too small

    Great radio

    John from Greensboro, NC on 8/22/2013

    2005 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great radio at a great price! Was very easy to install and set up.

    Pros: Great price, easy to install and setup

    Cons:

    It's Wonderful

    HarryWL from New Orleans, LA on 8/21/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm having a ball discovering all the features of the radio. It's more then just a radio, it's mobile entertainment. The feature are wonderful. I have access to MP3's to play, Pandora, my XM-Sirius Radio sound just "Great". It's "Looks" are quite appealing and it dose sound superb. It has turned out to be a "Diamond in the rough". I Love It!!

    Pros: Wonderful value for the money and the Crutchfield Touch made the purchase very satisfying.

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Anonymous from Sparks, NV on 8/20/2013

    1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good inexpensive head unit, excellent sound quality and easy to use. I highly recommend this head unit.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Michael from Eugene, OR on 8/19/2013

    1992 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've never installed a stereo before and wasn't sure where to start. I found this stereo with the help of a Crutchfield advisor online and installed it in about 2 hours after it arrived. So easy, so nice, excellent service. Does everything I need it to do and fits in my old Chevy pickup.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    e36 (1996) BMW M3 install

    T Hill from Alexander City, AL on 8/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Older buyer (56) but tech support got me educated and set up FAST (and RIGHT!)

    Pros: Crutchfield support! (pricing, features and all included parts etc)

    Cons: Zip (except 2 day wait..but for essentially "free" parts to make install work, FINE BY ME!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    GARY A from MAUK,GA on 8/16/2013

    1987 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    GREAT RECIEVER

    Pros: EASY TO USE

    Cons: NONE

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    MSF_FJR from Bayard,NE on 8/15/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    System was easy to install and sounds great!

    Pros: USB connector

    Cons: Ease of adjustment

    KDC-X397

    mmti02 from Europe on 8/8/2013

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

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

    You would never know that this is Kenwood's entry level model into the Excelon line. Compared to my Honda's stock radio this unit rock's without any additions! For the price you'd be hard pressed to fine a finer unit.

    Pros: Easy install/sound quality/ease of use

    Cons: None

    Excellent Buying Experience

    holinessprchr from Florida on 8/6/2013

    2003 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    First I'd like to say that this is my first purchase from Crutchfield. This was by-far the best car electronics purchase experience I've ever had. I got a tracking number right away, I got it within 2 days, I was flooded with emails making sure my purchase was satisfactory, the installation kit was high quality, the wiring harness was perfect, instructions were very detailed and I installed the unit in about 35 mins. This will not be my last purchase. Product Rating Sound Quality: Turned my factory speakers into a sound studio, Amazing! Ease of Use: I didn't have much trouble figuring out the settings. A beginner may have to read instructions Functions/Options: This radio really impressed me. There's so many ways to adjust the sound that you can really fine tune the listening experience. Ive always been a "Pioneer and Sony" fan but not anymore. CD Player: If it starts to skip with a dirty disc, It doesn't do well with buffering forward, it usually gets stuck. USB: This Is the reason I purchased an aftermarket head unit. The one thing I don't like compared to my Sony, is this unit doesn't have a volume normalizer. So, I find myself turning the volume up and down a lot. Volume Knob: This is the one thing about this unit that I do NOT like. It has a slick finish unlike other comparable units. If your fingers are wet or greasy from eating french-fries etc its difficult to adjust. Directly after installing this unit I went on a 1,200 mile road trip and overall was VERY impressed.

    Pros: For the price, I couldn't find a better deal. I searched for about 2 months. Sound Quality and Adjustment Options are Extremely Good Unit is Solid, Feature Packed, Lighting is Perfect, not to dim or bright. Tons of color options. Powerful sound and Lots of Bass options. Had no trouble syncing with my iPhone 5.

    Cons: Volume Knob is Slick, Making it Difficult to Adjust especially when fingers are wet or greasy. USB doesn't normalize the volume from track to track which leaves you turning the volume up and down a lot. CD player doesn't re-buffer well when it hits a spot on the disc it tends to stick making you eject and reinsert. Would be nice to have an instant mute button.

    very nice system

    rlattea21 from Warsaw, in on 8/6/2013

    1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this for my girlfriend and she loves it!!!!! Thanks for helping me out

    Pros: Nice system fit with no prob and sounds awesome

    Cons: I haven't ran into any cons at this time very nice stereo.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Shawn from Stanardsville, va on 8/6/2013

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

    Needs an on/off button

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Not surprised

    Tom from Ellerbe NC on 8/5/2013

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Like true Kenwood fashion, they produced a great product at a fair price. I went to Best Buy for the same product, and they did not carry the same system. Plus they wanted to charge me an additional $40 for the install pack that Crutchfield included for free. The salesman had the balls to say to "Yes theirs is free, BUT you have your system in your hand today if you buy it from us and not have to wait two days for shipping!" Putz!

    Pros: Easily installed no hassles! Great power and sound. easy to maneuver through the many different applications.

    Cons: None so far.

    Excellent Basic Radio

    GeorgePK from Renton, WA on 8/1/2013

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This head unit is the way to go for upgrading any factory radio. Great sound and expandability make for an excellent value.

    Pros: Super simple installation and operation. USB works great.

    Cons: No auto dimmer, no quick mute on the unit.

    Great

    MichaelR from Indiana on 8/1/2013

    2002 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I got an older model Excelon about a year ago for my other car, so when it came time to upgrade my new car's head unit, it made sense to go with a model I already knew was excellent. This new model looks much better than the old one (no more cheap-looking fake chrome) and sounds just as good.

    Pros: Price Sound Quality Features

    Cons: None

    Like It

    Ed from Richmond, IL on 7/29/2013

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

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

    Works great. Simple to use with my IPOD. A real volume control. Installed easily in a 01 Ford Ranger. Had to replace the stock radio because the cassette player died. Price, IPOD compatibility, and ease of use were the requirements on the replacement radio.

    Pros: Like it. Easy to use. Sounds good.

    Cons: The display will not automatically dim when the headlights are turned on.

    Love my new Stereo

    Big D in AZ from Lake Havasu City, AZ on 7/24/2013

    1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great price,great stereo. Would buy it again for sure.

    Pros: Easy install, easy to use, sounds and works great

    Cons:

    Works Great

    Fire at Will from Flagstaff, AZ on 7/22/2013

    1994 Volvo 850
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    After about 14 hours, I'm digging the ipod control. I haven't bought a car stereo in years, they've come a long way. The only thing I'd like to see is more control over the dimmer for the back light. What do you want for the price? It's great and I may buy another one for another vehicle because I already know the controls.

    Pros: ipod

    Cons: Dimmer

    Terry Brandau

    Terry from Sparta Wi. on 7/20/2013

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

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

    YOU People were awesome,(ARTIE)I sure Thank you. Very easy after Your tech support helped with the wiring, I have what they call sometimers. Thanks again,Terry

    Pros: Very easy install

    Cons: None as of yet.

    excellent

    Anonymous from bronx new york on 7/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    excellent

    Pros: non

    Cons: excellent

    My Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397

    Bob from Albuquerque, NM on 7/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Unit seems high quality, good sound, great documentation

    Pros:

    Cons:

    excelon kdc-x397

    Louis from Arizona on 7/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
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    Great unit, its has everything I need except it will only support iPod, or Apple products for the Bluetooth/ Pandora. Other then that I love it

    Pros: Has front USB/aux. swoofer output, my daughter loves the color change screen,. has adjustable eq by freq, very nice for my system.

    Cons: Only supports Apple products.

    Kenwood x-397

    Elmer from Rochester , NY on 7/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this in my 2006 Silverado it was a breeze to install.This product is a huge upgrade over the OEM equipment. The sound quality is far superior even with the OEM speakers. I will be upgrading them soon.

    Pros: Sound quality, Ipod control and I think the color changing is just cool.The instructions from Cruthfield were great. I had this unit installed in less than an hour.

    Cons: The buttons are a little on the small side and it takes a while to get used to the functions. I suggest to familiarize your self with the unit in your driveway before you drive.

    I Love It!

    C from FPO, Spain on 7/16/2013

    1997 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
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    I'm impressed with this

    Pros: Good quality for the price

    Cons: It's a personal con, the guy that installed it for me hasn't hooked up all my speakers yet so I haven't been able to enjoy all the sound quality

    Kenwood KDC-X397

    Jason from Red Wing, MN on 7/9/2013

    1999 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Kenwood again doesn't disappoint. As usual easy clean layout!! Just wish lower costing models had rear USB, I don't like the cords hanging from the dash.