Kenwood Excelon quality

Kenwood Excelon receivers are built for great sound, with hot 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and an impressive array of sound-sculpting tools. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that allows you to haul in local participating stations with dramatically improved sound quality. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, there are no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X498, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

One versatile USB port

The receiver's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone® or Android® phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio® and Pandora® Internet radio stations. And if you have MP3, WMA, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB port can handle those too. Here's a unique feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader with multiple cards to the Kenwood's USB input, and select music from up to five cards.

Kenwood KDC-X498 CD receiver

The sleek design and variable display illumination let the KDC-X498 look great in your dash.

The sound and the display

You can use the 3-band parametric equalizer to adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls. The low-pass frequency filter and phase control adjusts the bass going to your subwoofer. You can also adjust the variable color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the CD slot, aux input, and USB port.

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 a selection of compatible adapters.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio 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 LCD display and variable color illumination
    • dust covers for CD slot, auxiliary input, and USB port
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q-EX Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of files encoded at lower bit rates
    • bass boost
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora and iHeart Radio control with iPhone
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for select Android phones
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple memory cards in a card reader connected to the USB port
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498

    Written By Anonymous, Rockwood tn.37854 on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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    Great,will buy more from u guys !.

    EASY INSTALL 2009 Altima

    Written By Robert in DFW, Texas on Friday, January 02, 2015

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    This product was a 2014 Christmas gift for my son and we installed it this way. First, put the dash kit, Receiver and wiring harness together. About 20 minutes.Then 10 minutes to take out stock receiver and had the new receiver installed in another 10 minutes. Very easy install. Nothing hard. It does help to watch an online video on taking out or installing a receiver on your make and model.

    Pros: Easy to navigate to all functions. Great price, sound, features and more....

    Cons: None yet

    Happy with the install & operation

    Written By Steve, Texas on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    Upgraded wife's truck in addition to mine. Not wanting to learn (2) different operating processes, I got us both the same model. The install in my wife's Toyota Tacoma was easy & fast. Surprisingly, the fit was much tighter in my GMC Sierra. She was ecstatic with the features and listening choices. There were several reviews that complained of display brightness (or lack thereof) - and we can confirm this issue. However, neither of us consider this a show-stopper and we've been happy with all other aspects. I opted for the additional Kenwood XR400-4 amp, and the difference in audio quality is significant. This combo may not offer the ear pounding loudness kids aspire, but it does deliver a good, clean sound that overcomes road noise. Though she didn't want the add-on in her truck, she's now reconsidering. Both systems are using the factory speakers - and for now, all's good. Mine being an older truck, I would have to isolate and fix various cabin squeak/vibration sources before investing in upgraded speakers.

    Pros: good audio; good selection of inputs, works well with Apple products.

    Cons: reading the display in daytime - sunlight easily overwhelms it. Less integration with Android-based portables.

    Kenwood

    Written By ChipG, Massachusetts on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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    I am pleased with this unit, it performs much better then I expected. I am also happy with the controls, easy to learn and easy to operate. Why only 4 stars in many areas? I am a tough rater.

    Cons: I would prefer a clock display that was larger.

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    Written By Anonymous, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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    Great basic stereo. Simple. All the features you want and need without all the complicated nonsense that can make some headunits hard to use and tune.

    Great sound system!

    Written By Shirley, Southern NH on Friday, December 26, 2014

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    very good sound quality, easy to use, installation was a breeze! we put this in our son's 2001 Toyota.

    Pros: see above

    Cons: none!

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    Written By Al, Illinois on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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    Awesome stereo for the money, I would definitely buy this again.

    kenwood kdc-x 498

    Written By Brian O, North Carolina on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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    Very nice.This thing sounds awesome and look's as good as it sound's.

    Cons: hard to see display in the daytime.

    Awesome

    Written By Shay, Port angeles wa on Friday, November 21, 2014

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    Really enjoy the sound and the quality.

    Pros: Works great easy to instal.

    Cons: Took a bit to figure out how to set it up.

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    Written By dav, Wisconsin on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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    The value is the best I can find. The watts per channel are more than enough to run a good system. If I had more power, I probably would blow my speakers. The ease of use is easy. The different levels of functions are easy to return one level and the previous level is always visible in the lower of two display lines on the front of the radio. The colors are cool and the installation was fast.

    Pros: Great value

    Cons: nothing

    works great

    Written By h, Oregon on Monday, November 17, 2014

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    easy install works great . stations come in real clear , lots of power .

    Pros: install easy took about 5 min. very clear sound .

    Cons: none

    Great Product

    Written By KX27, Dayton TN on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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    This is a great product. It offers easy access to every type of music playing formats desired, great sleek design, and easy install.

    Pros: Great looking. Quality piece and quality sound. Easy play of most all music formats.

    Cons: Doesn't interface well through USB for Android.

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    Written By Don, Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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    This receiver does everything I want: Digital Media either on CD or USB. and HD Radiio Tuner. For those who want to link with Pandora or I Heart Radio via I phone or Android. It supposedly will do that. But I'll never use that.

    Pros: Excellent Strong HD Radio Tuner. I pick up some HD Radio stations from 60 miles away.

    Cons: None yet. I suppose the clock display may be too small. But oh well.

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    Written By Doug, Lucasville, Oh on Sunday, November 09, 2014

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    Replaced an old Kenwood, so installation was a snap. Has very good sound quality. Easy to set sound system. Hard to read time in daylight.

    Pros: easy to install; not hard to set sound for your taste;

    Cons: time is too small to read during daytime

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    Written By Bill H, Hurricane, Utah on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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    Overall, it is a fine unit.

    Pros: 1. Excellent sound

    Cons: 1. This configuration is packed with so many features it is difficult to work with them 2. Simply too much packed into a very small package.

    User friendly radio!

    Written By Xoxo_Jeepbabe, Port Saint Lucie, Florida on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    I was looking for a radio that has the iPod connect on the face of the radio and something more user friendly. This is a great radio and is great for the price. I highly recommend this radio! Fit great in my Jeep.

    Pros: Price Shipping User friendly Looks nice Tons of functions

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    Written By JohnZ, Pittsburgh on Sunday, November 02, 2014

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    great receiver for the money, 4v preamp, hooked up 4 speakers and sub, sounds great, plus hd radio. I installed this in a '93 jeep wrangler, fit perfectly, no modifications whatsoever

    Pros: like the hd radio, crystal clear reception

    Cons: I wish Kenwood would of included a faceplate case

    Fair

    Written By SamP, Jacksonville, FL on Monday, October 27, 2014

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    Good sound but the display is very dim, the buttons are very small and the display colors are not all that great.

    Pros: good sound

    Cons: small buttons, bad display

    Awesome head unit

    Written By Johnboy, Fort Worth, Tx on Friday, October 24, 2014

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    I was looking around for a new head unit to replace my factory stereo in my 01 Hyundai Accent. This head unit has been really good to me and was easy to setup once you read directions a little for the more in depth options. Required an app download from the Apple Store so I can use my iPad Air to it for use with the Pandora, iheart radio and other audio stuff. Found out that it allows you to play any audio source from your apple device through the stereo, including watching YouTube from the web browser and personal videos taken from your device.

    Though if you're playing a song or what not from your apple device and you get a call, it will mute the song your playing and take the call as priority for some reason. Also if you get an email, that sound my iPad plays for the notification will play through the stereo too. So check your setting s if you're gonna have it up loud. You don't want a DING!!!! Coming through the speakers when jamming out. Ha ha ha. Other then that, it's a really awesome unit to own. Also has 24 different display colors to chose from or have them all change on their own which is cool if that's what you like.

    Pros: pandora, Iheart radio, USB, aux, hd radio connectivity. Can search for a song on the cd or radio station without changing the current song or radio station.

    Cons: Display is a little dim and sometimes hard to see when it's really bright outside. And the system settings can only be set from the very beginning either after you reset the whole stereo by pressing the little reset button behind the face plate or when you initially turn it on for the first time. If you have to go back and change a setting, like speaker size or cd or radio settings, you have to reset the whole stereo all over again and lose all your settings to get to them.

    Excellent Radio!

    Written By ram_man, SA, TX on Saturday, October 18, 2014

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    This is the 2nd of this series I have purchased. I had one in my old truck, and when I went to replace the head unit in this truck, it wasn't even a second though. I perused a few other brands, but features for the price, this is pretty hard to beat. This thing has 3 differ bet pre am outputs, planets of EQ, display, and playback options to boot...it even upped my sound quality a tiny bit in my sticker speakers. This is step one of a stereo build, next is a 4 way amp and door speakers, then subs. Very happy, very good product.

    Pros: looks good, detachable face, a bazillion colors for the display, lots of per amp outputs

    Cons: The only thing I can say is I wish it had a dinner witch option.

    Great deck for the price!

    Written By BrianF, Maine on Thursday, October 09, 2014

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    Needed to replace the factory deck in my work truck and didn't want to spend a lot of money. Less than $120 shipped with the harness and wiring kit - I don't know how Crutchfield does it. Great little deck with a lot of features, I had a couple of questions during the install, two quick calls and my questions were answered in less than two minutes! Third buying experience with Crutchfield and will buy again.

    Pros: Great quality, great sound, even better value, easy to use features

    Cons: None

    Good Buy

    Written By Frank Q, Chaska, MN on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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    I had a minor problem with the installation in which the antenna control did not work. A quick call to the Crutchfield tech support and I got the help I needed to successfully complete the installation.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Printed instructions didn't adequately cover antenna hookup

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    Written By Ed, Ossining, ny on Friday, September 26, 2014

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    Installation was painless. Operation takes some getting used to but eventually it delivers as described. i am using it in a convertible so the display is generally not visible on a sunny day--likely the case with any ratio. I like it and would unconditionally recommend it.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Great with my iPhone

    Cons: Display could be brighter but does not take it out of the 5 star category.

    nice product

    Written By fullmonte60, maryland on Saturday, September 13, 2014

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    sounds great with many useful features.

    awesome cd player

    Written By drm3636, Madison ga on Monday, September 01, 2014

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    Awesome cd player! First ever ordering from crutchfield, and I was very pleased with the products as well as the shipping time. Will definitely use again.

    you get more than what you pay for

    Written By browntortoise, pasadena c.a on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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    sound quality is great. the eq is easy to use, and gets you very clear full sound. Yes the function lighting isnt the best in the daylight. but it is about the sound quality with the head unit for me. you get great sound quality and functional eq controls. it does what it should, and thats good enough for me.

    Pros: it hits all the important targets im after in a head unit at a great price point. ( great sound quality, 6 outputs, high volt outputs, quality & easy to use eq, etc... )

    Cons: the dimmer is difficult to see in the daylight.

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    Written By AlexH, Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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    It is a very good for loud vehicles.

    Pros: Sounds Great

    everything but time......

    Written By Jason, Atlanta on Friday, August 22, 2014

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    This unit is almost everything I wanted it to be....I like the fact the the preamps are a little beefier than most.......My real complaint is this....I use the USB to run my IPOD for the most part...Kenwood will let you control it from the unit or from the IPod....I always choose IPod because its easier to look through 100 GB of music that way when you know where its at.........so, when you opt to control from the device the unit displays APPS/IPOD CONTROL (or something to that effect) on the face......you can't change it to just display the clock.....or the band that is playing......song title.....anything......and that is lame. Generally the clock only displays as the secondary on the face.....really small.....Fix that Kenwood......or tell me how, no one I've talked to seems to know.

    Pros: USB

    Cons: Clock display is always the secondary smaller text

    Awesome

    Written By Anonymous, Wentzville, Missouri on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    I hadn't bought a new head unit in years, I decided to update. I bought all new speakers an amp, but was missing something, this head unit. It really was the missing piece to the puzzle.

    Pros: Price, stylish, great functions, easy to install, can change to just about any color to match your interior

    Cons: A little dim

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    Written By Al, DC on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    I've previously had a very similar Kenwood KDC-HD548U that I was please with, so I came back to Kenwood. I assumed the "Excelon" prefix indicated it was a better but I guess I was wrong. I sent this back because: 1)- As other users noted, the display is dim. I use the iPod interface as my primary source of music and it is nearly impossible to navigate the menu if the sun is out. 2)- The iPod navigation only goes from the top of the alphabet down. So if you want to listen to ZZ Top, you have to scroll all the way through all your music. This is just annoying. The other model lets you go directly backwards from A. 3)- The knobs and buttons feel cheap. Not a huge problem, but translates to poor user experience and the impression that this unit won't be durable.

    Sound and radio reception were fine. If you don't know whether you want/need HD radio, I'll make it easy for you: yes, get it. I just recommend getting it in a different unit.

    Great Value

    Written By P, Springfield, Mo on Saturday, August 09, 2014

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    Time to upgrade my older Alpine. Wanted Aux in for mp3 players, and HD radio. I have had Great Kenwood Amps, Tuners, n Turntables in past. Always great sound! Really pleased with this radio.

    Pros: I chose the Excelon brand for the increased sound controls. Well worth it. Adjust Bass, Mid, and Treble. Custom and Pre defined EQ controls. I love how your sound adjustment modes stay on, so you can fine tune levels with out them reverting back to main display. HD radio gets some stations clearer. Very easy to add Amp and/or Subwoofer. Has HPF to help protect your speakers from distortion. Crisp Clear Sound.

    Cons: Only wish bass response greater, with out loudness controls on.

    super nice

    Written By jt, athens ga on Friday, August 08, 2014

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    very nice, easy to set up, simple operation from front. dust covers over cd and usb port nice, mounted in 4x4 that stays dirty.....

    Pros: simple and easy to see front panel

    Cons: still trying to get used to ipod control built within

    Good Value

    Written By BobB, Henderson, NV on Thursday, August 07, 2014

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    Good value

    Pros: Price

    Cons: Display not bright enough.

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    Written By Kevin, Orlando on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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    Sounds great, looks good, lots of features and set-up options. Excellent value

    Pros: quality, great sound, lots of features

    Cons: Display is hard to see in daylight

    Just what I was looking for

    Written By climberchick, Cambridge, MA on Monday, July 07, 2014

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    I like this unit quite a bit. I purchased it to modernize an 8-year-old car so that I could play music from portable devices on road trips. I chose this unit with HD Radio over a Bluetooth unit because I do not play or stream music from my battery-addled phone, and more often listen to broadcast radio. I like the look---it looks good and fits in with my 8-year-old interior without being too flashy. I also love how you can plug in a flash drive packed with MP3s and have a music library in your car.

    I find the controls pretty easy to use; the buttons are small but are textured enough for me to be able to push them, and the SRC and HD Radio buttons are large and easy (and satisfying!) to push. The knob feels a little "cheap," but it works fine and looks good. Settings are easy to access and intuitive enough; I've only had to look in the instruction manual once.

    My one wish is that you could display the song title, artist, AND clock, instead of just two out of three!

    I did the installation myself (first time I have installed a car stereo) using the Crutchfield MasterSheet and wire harness kit instructions and it was dead simple (if you know your way around a soldering iron). I also integrated it with my steering wheel controls, which was a little trickier, but not too bad. Thanks, Crutchfield!

    All in all, I am very pleased with the unit, especially for the features I got for the price.

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    Written By Damon S., Lutz, Fl on Saturday, July 05, 2014

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    This radio has a lot of feathers found on higher priced units. The 3 sets of outputs and the ability to fine tune the sound to your liking is amazing. I use a thumb drive mostly, but still like to have the radio for news, traffic and weather. I know that CDs are on their way out but I still have a lot, so I can throw one in when I want. On top of all that there still is an AUX input for mp3 or whatever. My only complaint is the display, has stated by several other reviewers. It is very dim and hard to see even though I have tinted windows. With that being the only down side I still think that this is an awesome unit and when you consider the price I will live with the display being so dim.

    Pros: Price, 3 sets of outputs, Diversity of radio, CD, USB, and AUX inputs.

    Cons: The display is to dim.

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    Written By B, Jefferson, Oh on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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    Kenwood head units are the best!! Great quality!! Absolutely no problems with this head unit and sounds amazing!

    Pros: Sound quality and easy to use

    Cons: none

    Amazing

    Written By KS, Arlington, Tx on Saturday, June 21, 2014

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    Amazing cd player. It was a huge upgrade from my other cd player, Can't go wrong with kenwood

    Pros: Sound Quality Value

    Cons: None

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    Written By Anonymous, newman, il on Monday, June 16, 2014

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    Sounds great and tons of options

    03 Civic LX CD/Radio upgrade

    Written By Tom B., Lawrence, KS on Saturday, June 14, 2014

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    Very Good Sound for the Price. Once I figured out the Menu, I found out how to shape the sound for my car. Excellent Sound control. Display is hard to see in Daylight. Clock is hard to see as well. Installation took an hour.

    Pros: Good Hi power 4 way CD/Radio. Sounds Much better than stock. Excellent value. Very Good Sound Control. Alot of features to let you tailor the sound to your car.

    Cons: Hard to see display/clock in Daylight. Adapter kit took a little Persuasion to line up some screw holes. luckily, the plastic is pliable enough to accommodate.

    KDC-X498

    Written By T33Z3R, Meadville, PA on Saturday, June 14, 2014

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    Overall a very nice deck for the money. 3 sets of 4volt preamp outputs, front, rear, and subwoofer. A 22x4 rms on-board amplifier. Low pass and high pass crossovers. All the tech stuff you can read for yourself on the product description. But from my perspective, here's some of what I think you should know. For one, this receiver has no dimmer wire to attach to your vehicle so the display is a bit hard to see in full daylight and a little too bright at night. Second, the interface isn't an incredibly intuitive design but if you're smarter than a parrot, you'll be able to figure out how to navigate all the features. Third, cd slot has a little cover over it so dust doesn't get in (which I think is a nice feature), but that would probably make the eject button awkward to push for someone with sausage fingers. I haven't had a problem with it, but I thought that was worth mentioning. The sound quality is very good for the price and the preamp outs deliver clean and strong signal to your aftermarket amps. I'd recommend this to anyone building a budget system if you're not worried about being able to see the display consistently.

    Pros: Good sound. High pass and low pass crossovers. 4 volt preamp outs. usb and aux inputs in front, Decent 22x4watts power. Nifty dust cover flaps for the inputs and cd slot. Variable color display. Nice aesthetic design.

    Cons: Hard to read display in daylight. Counter intuitive user interface.

    updated review

    Written By aaron, chesterton, in on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    I am updating a review from a few months ago. Really is a decent unit, but it's one glaring problem was enough for me to take it out of a vehicle I currently own, and put it in a vehicle I sold. The lack of a dimmer connection, or lack of a brighter display was just too frustrating. This thing was invisible in daylight.

    Pros: Everything is fine, except the lack of dimming capability or brighter display.

    Cons: Display is too dim to see during the day. No dimmer connection.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498

    Written By Bob K., West Seneca, NY on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    Bought this for my garage/patio. Set-up seemed complicated at first, but turned out simple. Operates just like a PC.. Folders to files and choose. Really nice campared to previous installments. A very modern look with good sound. Love it !

    Pros: Easy install and set-up

    Cons: Zero !

    Functionality is great, operationality not so much

    Written By Ken, TX on Friday, June 06, 2014

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    Good, but hard to operate.

    Pros: Lots of functionaility for the money.

    Cons: Display is very hard to see in the daytime, even at maximum brightness. Control buttons are very small.

    Nice for the $$$

    Written By Chris, Danville Va. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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    overall nice product. really opened up my sound stage.

    Pros: Good value, nice features for the money

    Cons: small buttons, display hard to see during the day

    Great

    Written By Anonymous, Fountain Inn, SC on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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    Sounds great easy install as always with kenwood.

    Pros: It's a Kenwood!!!

    Cons: Ain't none. It's a Kenwood!!!

    Solid

    Written By CMG, Roanoke on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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    Solid for the price

    Pros: Cycles very well between multiple interfaces. Can control basic iTunes on an iPad with faceplate controls. Intuitive (better than a previous Kenwood I purchased for another vehicle

    Cons: Sound quality is decent but hardly earth-shattering (and that is using with Focal Speakers). Not a major critique. I find the remote control to be categorically ridiculous - Kenwood should spend the money elsewhere.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498

    Written By Mark W, N. Illinois on Friday, May 02, 2014

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    The tone shaping on this unit is very, very good. Sound quality is excellent, like you'd expect from Kenwood. Installation was a snap in my 2000 Cherokee.

    The unit seems to be built well, but I am a little underwhelmed by the flip-up door on the CD player. It feels a little flimsy and makes it harder to eject a CD due to the tiny eject button crammed into a small area under the flip-door. This is not a huge deal since the unit comes with a remote.

    My only other tiny gripe with this unit is the incredibly tiny clock display. It may as well not even be there. Other than the clock and flip-door, I am quite satisfied with this head-unit. The EQ section and sound quality far outweigh the few gripes I have.

    Pros: Excellent EQ/Tone Shaping Great sound quality

    Cons: Microscopic clock Display is hard to read in sunlight (making the clock 100% useless) CD player flip-door and tiny eject button are a little annoying

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498

    Written By gg, chicago on Saturday, April 26, 2014

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    very nice

    Pros: usb, iphone hookup upgraded sound and visual

    Cons: had to be installed in a cheap adapter kit

    Not worth the trouble

    Written By mh6474, springfield mo on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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    this is crazy hard to get this installed. There are so many ways to go wrong with the install. you will most likly break something important that may cost 100's to repair. (i broke my 4 way flasher switch) the install kit is really cheap as well and breaks easy. this is just a bad idea to try this type of install unless you are really experienced with this stuff. plus the finished result sounds worse than than the 1995 factory am and fm stereo. your customer service was helpful and good but still the day i installed this sterteo was a really bad day. Also no local shops will use the install kits that you get with this. They make you buy their stuff instead so, you can't save money by getting the free install kit and have a shop put it in for you either.

    Pros: some cool factor

    Cons: cheap, hard to install, you will damage your car, sound may suck, hard to use, waste of money, may create a break in target. just an all around bad idea.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498

    Written By JoeF, Massachusetts on Friday, April 04, 2014

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    Needed a new HU for 98 S&0 Volvo, this came with everything I needed and within 45 minutes I was listening to music!

    Pros: Great sound, interfaces for USB and AUX along with the usual sound formats....HD is great!

    Cons: None yet.....

    Great product, even better customer service.

    Written By Chet Z, Boston Ma on Monday, March 31, 2014

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    Bought this product to replace my factory unit in my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I was unsure about how I would like the HD radio, but I'm so glad I got it. Radio now sounds like CD quality. I'm very happy with this product, but I'm even happier with the customer service that Crutchfield has. I had to call twice during installation and wasn't on the phone more than 2 minutes each time before having my problem resolved. A+

    Pros: Best customer service by far!!

    Cons: Nada

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498

    Written By TexasFemale, Texas on Sunday, March 30, 2014

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