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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589

CD receiver with MP3 / WMA / AAC playback (New Stock)

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by Matt Freeman
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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.

Superb audio performance meets outstanding playback variety! Not only does the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589 CD receiver deliver lots of power and sound-control options, it'll play just about everything, from your standard CDs to your MP3, WMA, and even the CD tracks you've converted to AAC files. Its motorized, detachable face has star quality, too, looking great in any dash.

To help you navigate through your digital music files and folders, the KDC-X589 comes with Kenwood's impressive AC Drive with Voice Index on Tap feature. A voice guide in the system will actually tell you the names of your files as you scroll through them — you'll be able to find your favorite songs and keep your eyes on the road at the same time! The included software lets you encode your files on your computer to make them compatible with the AC Drive system.

Mighty MOSFET power (22 watts x 4 RMS) builds up your tunes with iron-pumping muscle. System Q EX lets you tone those sonic biceps with its six preset curves and an adjustable 3-band parametric EQ. And the sound is spectacular, thanks to the faithful reproduction provided by the KDC-X589's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

For even more strength, you can use this receiver as the commander of your full audio system by connecting external amps to the three sets of preamp outputs. The System E's+ crossover system ensures that the right frequencies go the the right places for optimum performance.

Now, with all your digital music formats available for playback, you've got enough to keep you occupied, right? Of course not! That's why the KDC-X589 also features built-in satellite radio controls, so you can add a compatible SIRIUS or XM tuner (plus antenna and subscription), and enjoy over 120 channels of premium music, news, sports, and entertainment. And this receiver's HD Radio-ready, too. Connect a Kenwood tuner, and you'll hear everything that HD Radio broadcasts (where available) have to offer.

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Highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • motorized, fold-down, detachable face with two-color display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
  • Advanced Codec (AC) Drive with Voice Index on Tap gives verbal confirmation of digital music folders and files
  • System Q EX Sound Control (with 3-band parametric equalizer)
  • System E's+ Advanced Crossover system
  • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • satellite radio controls (SIRIUS or XM subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • HD Radio-ready (will control Kenwood's HD Radio tuner)
  • CD changer controls
  • dual zone audio control
  • 3 sets of 4-volt preamp outputs
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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No
RMS Power Output
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22 watts
Peak Output
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50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
Preamp Voltage
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4 volts
Display Color
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Lt & Drk Blue
Key Button Color
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Red or Green
EQ Bands
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3
Wireless Remote
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Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Expandability
AUX Input
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Optional
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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Both
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
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9.3 dBf
European Tuning
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Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw with flat washer
  • Kenwood Advanced Codec Drive CD-ROM Ver3.30 Type A
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Media Manager Installation Manual (6 languages)
  • "Register Online" card
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

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Features
Changer Controls

Minimum Computer Requirements

Features

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive: The KDC-X589 features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software on your computer).

Motorized Angled Faceplate: When inserting or ejecting a disc, the motorized faceplate automatically slides down and out to expose the disc slot. Furthermore, you can set the faceplate at one of three angles for best visibility of the display, in addition to the fully closed position.

24-Bit Burr-Brown D-A Converter: The KDC-X589 features an audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter for superb CD sound. The Burr-Brown D-A converter maximizes the musical resolution of CDs, CD-R/Ws, and AAC/MP3/WMA-encoded discs.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X589 in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1). In addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).

Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.

Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers). Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q EX presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music: Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Natural. In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass Q factor, bass extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle Q factor, treble center frequency, and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120 or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.

Subwoofer Preamp Output: The KDC-X589 is equipped with a pair of subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer outputs can easily be turned on/off. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can adjust the volume (-15 to +15 in increments of 2), set the low pass filter cutoff (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or thru), and the phase (normal, reverse).

System E's+: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-X589 features the System E's+ crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:

  • Front High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, or Thru (no filter)
  • Rear High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter)
  • Low Pass Filter: 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter)

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).

Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

Dual Zone System: The KDC-X589's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player or tuner while the sub source is a device connected to the optional auxiliary input adapter (CA-C1AX). You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

Disc/Station Naming: You can enter and store names of up to 8 characters for CDs and radio stations. Characters can include upper case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent characters. The memory can store names for up to 30 stations and 10 discs in the internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD changer depends upon the capability of the changer.

Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.

Bass Management System (B.M.S.): You can remotely adjust the bass boost of a compatible Kenwood amplifier with the Bass Management System (B.M.S.). When properly connected, you can set the bass boost to Flat, +6dB, +12dB, and if the amplifier is capable, +18dB. In addition, you can set the B.M.S. frequency offset to "Normal" or "Low". The "Low" setting drops the bass boost normal center frequency by 20%. Note: The pink/black lead on the receiver's wiring harness should be connected to the amp's B.M.S. terminal.

Remote Control: The KDC-X589 comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".

Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed". In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed". Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. If you have a Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord (113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S210A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS210) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.

CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

Minimum Computer Requirements

PhatNoise Media Manager Software: To use Media Manager software, the following software and hardware are required:

  • Software: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Hardware:
    • Personal computer (main unit, display, and peripheral units) incorporating a 500MHz or better Pentium II processor (or the equivalent) on which the above OS can run normally
    • 128MB RAM or more
    • Hard disc with 200MB free space
    • CD-R/CD-RW drive
  • Others: Internet connection environment
  • Note: Administrator authority is required when installing Media Manager in Windows 2000 or XP
 
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4 out of 5

Nice

Written By Brew, Oceanside, CA on Friday, April 07, 2006
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This head unit makes my stock speakers sound awesome. I don't have an amp or subs but the sound is crisp and clear. Installation was a snap but take your time with the wiring harness, I soldered my wires together and used heat shrink tubing then zip tied them together. I will have to read the instruction manual to learn all the features. Very happy with this purchase.
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5 out of 5

Kicks!!!!

Written By Ray, GA on Tuesday, March 21, 2006
 
I consider myself to be a border-line audiophile.
When I was shopping for a new head-unit for my Jeep Grand Cherokee, I was looking for something that really could bring the stock Infinity speakers to their full potential.

The stock head unit had too much bass for me. The front 6X9s wouldnt distort, but there was WAY too much mid-bass boom. That was what really made me want to go for this Kenwood receiver. I wanted a good eq to shape the sound to make it more punchy and less boomy.

In the past I have owned a lower-class Kenwood reciver. I love the fact that their recievers restore clarity to music without really straining your ears (if you know what your doing), but because you can only adjust JUST 3 frequencies....100hz 1kz and 10kz....there is not much you can do to really boost the lows and restore your factory unit's bass.

But the EQ on this Kenwood is exactly what my stock speakers needed. The selectible frequencies on the bass mid and treble controls are awesome! I can yank this unit out and put it in any other car I might purchase and get it to sound just how I like it. Everything now sounds crisp and punchy in my Jeep, not loud and boomy. (If you catch my drift)

This unit is amazing. The slide-down face is cool and the way it is lit at night, it is almost invisible. I just see the lit knobs and the text "float" in my dash at night.

If you want to improve your high mids and high frequencies in you car w/o sacraficing bass that your stock head unit produced, get this unit!!!

Just read the manual SLOWLY....everything is there to make your system shine....now if you dont know what an EQ and frequencies are...you might
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5 out of 5

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589

Written By James, Eight Mile, Al. on Friday, March 17, 2006
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This is my fourth install. Three Kenwood Excelon series, and one Pioneer DEH-P8400MP. The Pioneer was bought from another competing on line store. By far, the expertise and all the extras that went with the HU make Crutchfield my only choice for stereo equipment. The installation of this HU was simple and quick. Some of the instructions are a little vague as to the total operation of the unit, but I have found it is pretty much the same with most of the major brands. A little time spent playing with all the controls, and I realized it is fairly easy to figure out. Love the sound quality and the looks. Wish I had put a Kenwood in my truck instead of the Pioneer. The other two Kenwoods I installed were in my Mom's truck and my Daughter's car. Both were very happy as well. Thanks again Crutchfield for all your support.
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5 out of 5

KENWOOD ROCKS

Written By IBN, NEWARK, NJ on Tuesday, March 07, 2006
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RADIO ROCKS...TUNS OF FEATURES AND EASY TO USE.....AND DID I MENTION POWERFUL....ITS DEFINITELY A GOOD BUY.
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5 out of 5

2006 Focus Install

Written By John@albuquerque, Albuquerque NM on Saturday, February 04, 2006
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Great unit! Other comments about the Kenwood manual being a bit hard to understand is true, but not a big deal. Sound quality is great, even with factory speakers! Installation in a 06 Focus was easy, two things; trim ring that crutchfield supplies should be discarded. Also, unit would not fit immediately, focus mounting bracket (left side) was hitting the DIN unit. It was easy to move out of the way by inserting a screwdriver in the mounting hole and pulling to the left while you insert the unit. I'm in my mid 40's so I wanted great sound quality without a cartoon playing across my dash. This unit was perfect on both counts.
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4 out of 5

24Bit DA Converter!

Written By Matt, Honolulu,Hawaii on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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I'v been a Kenwood and Alpine fan since the 2 knob tape deck days and also tried other manufactures such as Eclipse, Clarion even Nakamichi over the years. There all good but, I still feel that Kenwood has the best Sounding(s.q.) deck.
KDC-X589 is a great sounding deck! It's all about the 24Bit DA Converter. Alot of features like system-Qex, 4.0volt preouts, able to turn off onboard amp for even better sound quality and much more.
Might have to keep the manual with you till you get to know the unit. So many features you dont know where to start. Very dissapointed using the iPod-500 conector with this deck. The menu of the ipod does not display on the LCD. Such as artist,genres etc. So, you have to organize everything into a playlists. Although using the iPod-500 conector keeps the S.Q..
All in all it's a AWSOME sounding deck! Because of the iPod function though I have to give it 4.5 Stars.Worth the $$ if your looking for S.Q.! Aloha!
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5 out of 5

Best Value under $250

Written By illnacord, San Francisco EAST BAY Area, CA on Thursday, September 15, 2005
 
I built up a modest stereo consisting of 8 speakers. I didnt care about an on-board amp (there is a switch in the menu to turn off the on board amp for cleaner sound A+++) as I have a 5 ch. Alpine V12 amp taking care of the power. So I wanted 3-pair of 4V outputs, a clean output such as the 24 bit converter, and MP3 playback standard. The looks came in last priority. The KDC-X589 fit the bill, looks clean, has every feature for a modest system build, and for the price I got it for ($150 shipped), I give it an 8 out of 10.

I will tell you what I dislike and think the next generation can improve even more to get a 10 out of 10.

Change:

The LCD is poor - the reason as to any time the sun hits the screen (any angle), the LCD is rendered useless as you see every LCD blanked out slot. For those who want flashy animations and graphics, you wont get that, its only bare bone information.

The remote - I do not use half the remote so its too big. All you really need is the volume, ATT button, fwd and prev. track buttons (it needs SEEK, not just skip to the next and previous track - this remote does not seek - bad call.)

The Sub, Bass, Treble, Bal, Fader are all on the same AUDIO menu and its a tedious task to have to rifle through the menu. I prefer two analog sliders for BASS and TREBLE - that would be AWESOME. Its so much more simple, more quick, no eyes needed.

I would suggest that Kenwood incorporates an ASC type system where the head unit automatically raises and lowers the volume to match the speed and consequential noise of the car. My factory head unit had it and it makes a big difference!!!

Thank you Cruthfield, the best CAR
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Excellent but complicated

Written By Judd the Studd, Frederick, MD on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
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I love having all these nice features on the head unit but it takes a long time to learn how to use all of them. I spent about an hour going through the manual and I almost have a grasp as to how to work the head unit properly. I forget most of them now but it wont take long until I can work the entire thing smoothly. Overall though its a very nice head unit with TONS of very nice features whether you have a completely nice system with amplifiers or if you just have a factory system in your car. It makes the most out of any system.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Technical powerhouse with some quirks

Written By Lee, Boston, MA on Tuesday, August 23, 2005
 
This is a great unit if your main concerns are good looks, sound quality and adjustability. It has a 3 band equalizer that you can set the requencies of, low pass/hi pass cross overs built in, and subwoofer pre-out controlls that works really well. It sounds great, provides plenty of power and I think it looks pretty cool. The price is hard to beat as well.
The drawbacks are that it's not very intuitive to use, so you have to read the manual to get the most out of it. Plan on keeping it w/you in the glove box. The iPod controller only randomizes songs- not album, artists, etc. And I really hate the "joystick" on the right of the unit that ff/rew, selects FM bands, etc. Hit a bump while going to the next song or station and you could end up in another folder, playlist, or radio band. Also, the remote is huge. It does alot, but should be smaller.
It's positives outweight the negatives by a ton, so if you're considering this unit, it should be a very strong contender.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

good on a rainy day

Written By christopher, OC on Friday, August 12, 2005
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Well this unit is fuctionally great, great sound, easy navigation, good power, nice features, really easy to install. I have one rather large gripe with this unit. the display is horrible, in any sunlight you gotta guess whats on the screen because u can't see it, well try to use the angle change feature you say....still it doesn't help just angles it into the sun more. I have always been a huge fan of kenwood their quality, and superiority over the competetion. their electronics are second to none...I am rather dissapointed with this unit for somting as simple as the diplay..but in sunny socal it really is an inconvience for me.. this one bad experience will not suade my confidence in kenwood, i will just be a bit more careful when choosing an item, somthing as simple as the display could ruin for ya.
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589

Written By Keith, Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, July 20, 2005
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I've always been partial to Kenwood quality in electronics, owning a surround receiver and a shortwave radio over the years, among other things, and this car head unit is turning out to be no exception. I'm amazed at the improvement in sound quality over the factory unit and the ability to turn it up to very high volume levels with no distortion. It looks very nice in the dash of my 2002 Mazda Protege 5, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to make use of its many, many features. Believe me, you can't go wrong choosing the X589.

And the Crutchfield instructions are fantastic. I never would have imagined that I could remove my OEM stereo and put in a new aftermarket one with my own hands, but Crutchfield made the impossible possible.
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4 out of 5

Great product overall

Written By dk, MA on Friday, July 01, 2005
 
Pros:
-Clean sound
-Nice sleek look
-Good value
-Lots of features/customization
-remote is well layed out

Cons:
-display hard to see in direct sunlight
-interface takes some time to get used to
-can't display clock and track info at the same time and takes a few button pushes to switch display modes

Using the ipod adapter:
The screen is limited to 8 characters which makes browsing tough since the first 4 characters are how you are browsing (ex: "PLY:" for playlist). Also, you can't narrow down a search. for example if I choose the genre "classic rock", i can't choose a classic rock artist, instead it just starts playing all classic rock songs. That being said, you shouldn't expect your ipod to work the same through a headunit with different controls and different display. I bet using a kenwood unit with a multi-line display will be a much better experience though. The interface works really well for playing custom playlists or in shuffle mode. While it's not perfect, it is definitly better than changing cd's.

Overall this Headunit is really nice. a couple minor flaws but this unit is excelent in the important areas such as sound quality, features, and price.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Awesome BUY!!!!

Written By JC, Stratford, CT on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
 
Bought this unit about a week and a half ago and put it into my '00 durango with the factory infinty speakers and I have been extremely impressed. The overall sound of the unit is very clean and precise. Even with the factory speakers it still puts out good low end, I could only imagine the sound with better speakers. I just installed XM yesterday and it sound amazing. I am Looking forward to adding a sub just to fill in that missing low end punch and thump!

My only complaint is that there needs to be more features on the remote! Other than that I LOVE IT!
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5 out of 5

Exceptional Value

Written By mlcroy20, Orlando, FL on Monday, May 16, 2005
 
Just installed the Kenwood Excelon 589 and wow am I impressed. It has tons of features to let you truly customize the sound! I'm looking forward to adding a sub and sirius radio in the near future!! If you are looking for sound from your radio and not just a flashy display get this radio.. you will not be disappointed!
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4 out of 5

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589

Written By dan, piedmont alabama on Wednesday, April 20, 2005
 
REALLY GOOD RADIO. A LITTLE COMPLICATED AT FIRST. THE REMOTE NEEDS MORE OPTIONS. DISAPOINTED IN SOFTWARE THAT COMES WITH IT. REMOTE NEEDS MORE OPTIONS.BUT SOUND QUALITY IS AMZING.
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5 out of 5

OMG!

Written By BayouRat, S.W. Lousiana on Sunday, April 17, 2005
 
I just replaced factory system in my 04 Honda CRV with the X589, Kennwood 8452 amp & 4 Polk 6.5 speakers. I already had a 12" sub in a Pro box.
Now, I've had some sweet sounding systems in the past but, I didn't expect this kind of sound from this simple setup!
I'm blown away!
The deck is a dream to operate once you play with it for a few minutes. READ THE MANUEL... I burned a sample disc with about 160 mp3's on it and figured the sound quality might suffer from the compression. I was amazed at the clarity and separation. I'm still fiddling with the filters and such to get it to my liking. The remote is really nice too... very easy to operate and the button layout is already second nature!
I haven't found any negatives to niggle about... yet. I can't imagine another deck in this price range sounding better than the X589 or being easier to use. I didn't care for some of the bells & whistles the other decks in this price range had... and adjusting the basic sound settings seemed so complicated to get to.
I highly recommend this deck to anyone shopping for sound over extra features.(graphic displays etc.)

BayouRat


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5 out of 5

Awesome Unit

Written By Anonymous, Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Sunday, April 17, 2005
 
My factory unit died. I was looking at replacing it and checked into getting a used one on eBay; The Chrysler Infinity's with a CD player were going for $189+ shipping, minimum. It did not take long to decide to go with a new one from Crutchfield, and this unit is so much better than the original! The features are great, especially being able to tweak the output for the speakers you have. I may just purchase another one for my other vehicle. This unit makes the factory speakers sound so clear, it's unbelievable.
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By Anonymous, Chicago on Sunday, April 17, 2005
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I rep OEM radio in 99 Ford Windstar. The KDC-x589 is great value for the money. I rep OEM spk w/ Ken 5708C, Profile HM700M and MTX 8" sub w/ homebuilt encl. The set-up blows me away; a serious upgrade. I like the X589 xcept the sml numerals for 60yr old eyes. Im not sure the face dims enough for me in rural night driving. The rcvr has great audio& reception, cd quality FM. I had problem w/ 1st unit; not enough volts to sw on amp. Tech support sent me nw unit quick and got it working. For the DIY installer u can't beat Crutchfield -- You can get lower price on some item but tech/customer service far outways saving a few bucks. Their support best in the consumer bussiness.
I'm totally satisfied w/ the equipment and service.
Ed-Calumet Park, IL.



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5 out of 5

Amazing!!

Written By Tatya T, Raleigh, NC on Friday, April 08, 2005
 
As a student (you all know how that is :)) all I had was a cassette player and was using a CD to tape converter to play CDs/MP3s. Then I got this unit and WOW!!. I was blown away. The sound quality is amazing. The remote is very user friendly and sleek. At high volumes my old speakes used to crack but this unit produces such a clean sound that I was thinking of buying new speakers and now I am sure I dont need them since this unit almost eliminates speaker distortion. I dont think I have ever heard a clear sound. Even on my home computer my NVidia Nforce unit does not produce such a sound. Thank to crutchfield sales rep for suggesting this unit my car has become a very nice musical place. If you are thinking about spending about $250 on a receiver unit I suggest you compare this once with other units. The RMS output may be low (22 Watts) but the sound quality is amazing..GO Kenwood!!
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5 out of 5

More Than I Expected

Written By Gary, Thornton, CO on Monday, March 28, 2005
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What a great deal. I bought the KDC-X589 to replace an older Kenwood model in my truck and what a surprise. The level of control it offers is amazing at this price. It looks and sounds great, I am glad I bought this unit.
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4 out of 5

Software Nightmare

Written By Rick, New York, NY on Sunday, March 27, 2005
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THE GOOD: I returned the 5028 model for this one. It wasn't bad, but I wanted more eq control over my 99 Accord OEM speakers, which are peaky in the mids. When I hooked up the new X589, I was instantly struck by how GREAT it sounded - warm and smooth, undoubtedly due to the 24 bit converter. (I have no experience with the 1 bit units, some of which may sound as good, but not better, I'd bet.) As for the extra controls, they did help, though I still find myself looking longingly at units with more precise controls - including time delay (my bro in law has an Audi with a Bose system - driver seems to be smack in the middle of the stereo image!), but those units are pricey. The AAC capability is cool, but if you have an iPod you don't need it, and hi-res mp3 is as good or better, and you still get a zillion tunes on a CD. Also, to get direct track-select for AAC files, you have to program the disk using the provided software - and therein lies the rub; because:
THE BAD: If you're interested in this unit because of the voice prompt capability, BE WARNED: The software necessary to program your disks for this function is just HORRIBLE. Its idiotic, counter-intuitive design will drive you into frustration-induced psychosis long before you get a usable disc out of it! As for the manual, and Kenwood support/web site, they're terrible. Conclusion: The touted extras are not ready for prime time, and Kenwood support is unacceptable. But the unit works well, and it really does sound great.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic!!

Written By Jason, A'ville, NC on Monday, February 28, 2005
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Let me start off by saying that I love this cd player!! The KDC-X589 is great!! The remote is set-up very well, the display is very easy to read, even during the brightest of days. The EQ options are endless, you are able to dial in the best sound possible for each set of speakers. The face is gorgeous, it looks great in dash of my 00 Cherokee!! Thanks Crutchfield for being one of the few retailers offering this high-end product!! With all the free stuff that Crutchfield sends you with the player, this is a deal you can't beat!!
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