The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591 CD receiver brings outstanding audio performance and near-endless playback variety to your car. It'll play discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files, and offers the convenience of both auxiliary and USB inputs. Add Kenwood's optional connecting cable, and you can use the USB and auxiliary inputs to control your iPod®.

Kenwood teams up a powerful amplifier with a premium digital-to-analog converter, so you'll enjoy warm, detailed sound with plenty of punch. Take control of the audio with six preset tone curves, then make fine adjustments with the 3-band parametric equalizer. Kenwood's Supreme audio feature adds extra zing to your compressed music files, while the fold-down face offers a large display for your song info.

If you have a larger system in mind, three sets of preamp outputs make it easier to connect your external amps and subs. You can manage your bass settings with the built-in subwoofer controls, and you can adjust the frequencies going to your various speakers with the high- and low-pass filters.

The KDC-X591 works with a Kenwood CD changer or satellite radio for more music options while you're on the road. Add Kenwood's Bluetooth® adapter for hands-free calling with your Bluetooth cell phone — the receiver mutes automatically for incoming calls, and you converse with both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with 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, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files on disc)
    • detachable, fold-down face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • System Q EX Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed music files
    • speaker settings that allow you to tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • System E's+ high- and low-pass filters
    • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter and satellite radio
    • optional connecting cable gives you iPod control (uses both the USB and aux inputs)
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    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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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/USB receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-547 Wireless remote
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Soft fabric face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Face fixing brackets and screws
    • Kenwood Music Editor Ver 1.0.0 CD-ROM
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spanish/French)
    • Kenwood Music Editor Installation Manual (English)
    • Kenwood Music Editor Installation Manual (Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport card
    • "Attention" note

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    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-X591 AM/FM CD receiver features a fold-down-detachable face, rear auxiliary input, 3 sets of 4-volt preamp outputs, CD changer and Satellite radio controls, Bluetooth and iPod ready functions, as well as a rear panel USB connector, plus AAC/MP3/WMA/WAV playback. The CD player comes with a soft face case and an IR wireless remote control. The unit's Mos-Fet amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Fold-down Detachable Face: The unit features a fold-down face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. You must fold the face down before inserting or eject a disc.

    AAC/MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The KDC-X591 can play MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC files with ID3 tag information recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X591 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    AUX Input: The KDC-X591 is equipped with a rear panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman. The receiver allows you to turn the Auxiliary input On our Off so you don't have to scroll through that source if you are not using it. The 3.5mm female minijack connector is attached to a 7.5" pigtail.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X591 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear.

    3-Sets of Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X591 features front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs. The Subwoofer preamp output can be turned On or Off and adjusted independently. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front and rear preamp outputs are fixed to the chassis, while the subwoofer output is  on 7.5" pigtail lead.

    Front and Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X591 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from through, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, or 180, 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the Subwoofer Output is "on". You can select from 50, 60, 80, 100,120Hz or Through. The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.

    Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the Subwoofer Output to "on" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings.

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of one button.

    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 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. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

    • Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
    • Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
    • Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
    • Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
    • Jazz: Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
    • Natural (Flat): Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

    Note: The above values reflect the System Q settings when the Speaker Setting function is turned off. When the Speaker Settings are selected, the System Q level settings are different.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-X591 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db.

    Detail Audio Control: The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid levels.

    • Bass Level:
      • Frequency: 40/50/60/70/80/100/120/150 Hz
      • Q-Factor: 1.00/1.25/1.50/2.00
      • Bass Extend: On/Off (when this feature is set to "On", the low frequency response is extended by 20%)
    • Mid Level:
      • Frequency: 0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0 kHz
      • Q-Factor: 1.0/2.0
    • Treble Level:
      • Frequency: 1.0/12.5/15.0/17.5 kHz

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

    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.

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

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-X591 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    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.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X591 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Beep Tone: The CD player features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the unit. You can turn the beep tone 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.

    FL Display: The unit features a large 14-segment Fluorescent display that uses a black background and blue characters that are easy to read.

    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 Illumination Control: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player.

    Remote Control: The KDC-X591 comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite, HD radio and Dual Zone functions. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.362", W = 1.962", D = 1.115".

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KDC-X591 has a "steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    External Device Controls

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN1).
    • SIRIUS: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50).
    • Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input (adapter may be required).

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter. Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter.

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-X591 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables connection to portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and audio control of MP3 player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system.  A single or multi-slot card reader can also be connected the USB port, allowing your music to be put neatly into different types of memory cards.

    iPod High-Speed Connection: The USB port and AUX input are also compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP200 adapter (part number 113IP200, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP200 (2-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses two connectors that plug into the back of the headunit. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music files using the headunit's controls and view song info on it display. The 3.5mm miniplug connector portion of the cable plugs into the Auxiliary 3.5mm input on the receiver and transfers the music from your iPod to your Kenwood CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the KDC-X591 are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP200 and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.

    Changer Controls: 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. 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 magazine disc random. 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.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready":  The unit already features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, another one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear 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-S220A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS220) 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.


    Supplied Software: The KDC-X591 comes supplied with the Kenwood Music Editor Version 1.0.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer music files to your USB devices from your PC. Automatic Playlist Generation is another function of this software which analyzes each song based on the tempo/spectrum distribution and categorizes them into familiar genres such as POP, Rock, Ballad, etc.

    System Requirements:

    • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
      • Microsoft Windows Home Edition SP2 or later
    • Other Programs:
      • Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
      • QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
      • Windows Media Player 10
    • Hardware:
      • PC (with display and other peripherals) with Pentium III 800MHz or above (or equivalent) CPU an can run the above OS
      • 256MB or more RAM
      • Hard disk with at leas 100MB free space
      • CD-ROM drive (CD-R/RW drive when writing to CD-R/RW)
      • USB interface (2.0/1.1)

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    #1 fave deck of all times

    Written By Logan C., Greeley,Co on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Awesome deck. My uncle gave me my first Kenwood KDC-X591 unfortchently it was stolen. But now I have another one and boy let me tell you, I have had 3 of the KDC-X591 and the deck sounds amazing no mater what car it is in! I've had it in a 1990 Isuzu Single Cab Pickup, a 1988 Toyota Camry and have one currently in a 2003 Nissan Xterra it is a mind blowing deck to have I've had aftermarket speakers systems from plye to supersonic to pioneer to Sony to scorche, and it is great with a lot of speakers. It kicks my supersonic speaker system and is very clear I love the Fact that AUX and USB comes from the rear (I've done a custom mounting for the USB and AUX to fit convenitly in the dash) also love all of the features! This is my #1 fave radio this radio blows away my second fave radio which is a Dual Electronics radio. I love this radio and will use it til it is completely fried up.

    Pros: Simple display Bright LED display Rear AUX and USB Bluetooth Easy installing A lot of features A lot of boom boom power

    Cons: No Cons as of right now

    Minor issues

    Written By Peter, Jacksonville, Fl on Monday, April 07, 2008

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    I like this unit, but have some issues with it. The features are great, but could be tweaked. I'm using a 4 gig thumb drive as my main source for music and when I first insert the USB drive, all the songs play in order. After the first use and not having added any other music, the songs do not play one after the other. I have to forward to the next song, or the one song will play over and over (like in repeat mode) the only way to stop this is remove all the music from the thumb drive and add it again. The other issue is the lighting....its way too bright and why couldn't they provide green as an option. My cars lighting is a mellow green and my old clarion matched it wonderfully. The blue stands out way to much and is distracting. I don't care about bright flashing neon lights. I only care about great music. I'm going to use a black marker to cover over the right blud light. The sound quality of the unit is great and the sound shaping options are also very helpful. I'm hoping the USB issue will be resolved once I review the owner's manual fully. I just want to keep the USB thumb drive connected and ready when I get into my car. fyi I tried connecting a USB external HD, but the USB connection does not supply enough power. You will need to use a power adapter from your cars cigarette lighter.
    Crutchfield is great. I've never had any problems with them or their level of customer service. Top notch all the way. The included cable made installation a snap. I still have a blud crutchfield amp I bought from them in the 1980's.

    Sounds good, but...

    Written By scott, LA, CA on Sunday, March 30, 2008

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    I bought this one to replace the Pioneer DEH-P3800MP CD player that was
    stolen from my truck. I was happy with the Pioneer, but it was discontinued. I
    was ready to go for the Pioneer DEH-3000IB (the newer version), but the sales
    guy was more impressed with the Kenwood KDC. Being the same price, I went
    with his suggestion.
    The sound quality is fine - I don't have an issue with that. What I don't like is
    the pivoting face plate that is awkward to attach/detach. I was stupid enough to
    leave the face plate on the Pioneer unit and it was stolen. It was easy to pop on
    and off. If it's not easy to do, how much more likely am I going to be to leave it
    Like others have mentioned above, the controls are not intuitive and the ipod
    cable is pretty long. I've never had much use for a remote but I suppose some
    people like them.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591

    Written By Ivan, APO, AE on Sunday, March 23, 2008

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    This is a great receiver, easily upgraded a factory stereo system. I put one
    of these in my 1996 Jeep and it sounds great. Do not like the fact that the
    USB connector and the Aux connector just hang.. I think it would be better
    if it were more like the KDC-X492 CD receiver. I would have like the remote
    to connect to the steering wheel. Not sure why you are even given a


    Written By Steve, Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 01, 2008

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    This unit sounds great! My only complaint is the interface is too complicated, but I'm figuring it out! I also highly recommend the Ipod adapter Awesome

    Adequate, but with a couple of small improvements...

    Written By Trevor, Callaway, VA on Monday, February 25, 2008

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    I go the KCA-IP500 with this so I use the ipod, the usb, and the auxliary inputs. I can't say I'm impressed with the ipod interrface but I may well be expecting stuff from it that it cannot do. The USB works great and I will be adding a portable hard drive in the near term future to take good use of this. The aux is great and works perfectly with my Sirius sportster 5. The CD plays well and the tuner picks up almost to many stations. All good. The most significant problem though is the brightness of the lighting around the righthand knob. I have had to adjust my driving position so my arm will block it at night. I've looked at other kenwood models and all appear to suffer from this problem. Ultimately, I will make a frosted piece of plastic to cover the light and thoat should make it acceptable. I have a really hard time with this product knowing that Kenwood did not make that light level adjustable - and worse yet, set it at such a blindingly bright level.

    Best Value

    Written By Travis, APO, Germany on Sunday, February 24, 2008

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    You will not find a unit with more features for the price! Huge improvement over stock Ford MACH audio "premium" system. Recommended!

    Definitely Worth The Money

    Written By Morgan, Macon, GA on Friday, February 15, 2008

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    Just installed this in my 05 wrangler. The unit is very good looking and sounds great. Nothing really to gripe about. It takes a little while to figure out how to do all of the settings and what not. I used to the ipod cable that Crutchfield sent with the unit so that was easy. I prefer to control the ipod itself instead of using the unit but I don't think its possible. If anyone knows how let me know!


    Written By mike, Baton Rouge, LA on Monday, February 11, 2008

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    I've owned Alpine recievers for 10 years +. Never again. Not to take away from the quality of Alpine, But my new Kenwood blows them all away. The display's a little basic, but the sound quality makes that obsolete. The usb was not really a consideration when purchasing my new unit, but i wouldn't own one without it now. Who needs cd's when you have Gigs of music a plug-in away. Money well spent. Don't think twice!


    Written By George, York, PA on Monday, February 11, 2008

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    Easy to install. Easy to navigate. USB thumb drive with mp3's works great.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591

    Written By Greg, Lafayette, LA on Sunday, February 10, 2008

    I purchased this radio as a replacement for a KDC-X590 which died after a little over a year of service. I thoroughly loved that radio until it died so I thought it was a excellent choice to replace it with the newer model. Radio controls are very nice. The new knobs feel slightly better than the prior model.

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Paul, Norfolk, VA on Wednesday, February 06, 2008

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    I bought this unit to replace an AIWA CDC-MP3 head unit. I wanted something under 250-275 dollars that had a USB port. I compared this unit with 5 others on this site, and none of them offered as many features for the price as this one. Let's look at the Pros:

    1. Price

    2. Features: No other head unit in the sub $200 price class has as many features as this one.

    3. 3 sets of 4 volt preamp outs. This was one of the major reasons why I got this head unit, and the high voltage outs make a big difference.

    4. USB port that operates USB thumb drives, multi-card readers, and MP3 players that are USB compatible.

    5. Remote control. This is the best remote I've ever seen for a car stereo, and it has everything I need so I never have to take my eyes off the road. More than I wished for.

    The Cons:

    1. Features. Yes, I know I listed this as a Pro, but it almost has too many features. Other reviewers are correct in that it takes quite some time to learn the menus and sort thru them, and keeping the instruction manual handy is a must. However, the instruction manual is not very well laid out. Not too big of a deal, once I got everything adjusted the way I want it, I leave it alone.

    2. The way in which the face plate is reattached is very tedious. Probably the worst design I've ever seen for a detachable face plate. Not that big of a deal for me, as I very rarely detach it.

    3. A lot of real estate is wasted on the display as others mentioned. Not that big of a deal to me..........the point is to keep your eyes on the road anyway, right?

    I could have listed a lot more pros. This is simply a fantastic receiver with an unbelievable price. You can spend hundreds more and the only thing you'll get is a fancier display, which is nothing but eye candy for your passengers, and distracts you from concentrating on driving. This is the first Kenwood head unit I've ever owned (I've owned Pioneer, Alpine, and JVC), and it's the best one I've had. I couldn't recommend it more, especially considering the bang for your buck.

    Very Helpful

    Written By MaClassic09, Indy, IN on Monday, February 04, 2008

    Buying this receiver from crutchfield was a great choice. It is a great product. It can plug into my iPod which is a nice feature so you dont have to use those cassette adapter things that are pretty cheap sounding. The rest of the features are great too. The support team was what i was most supprised about. Any time i had a question, i would call the number and someone was there to answer my question. They were kind and helpful. The only thing i dont like about this product is that the artist and song title is not displayed on the radio or when I have my iPod pluged in. That would be a nice feature to have or maybe it does but i havent figured how to turn the feature on. lol. over all a great product.

    Nice unit with only one reservation...

    Written By Paul, Dubuque, IA on Friday, February 01, 2008

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    I LOVE this stereo, almost, but as others have pointed out, the user interface could be better. I found myself constantly referring to the manual and I still haven't figured out a few things. Overall though, this is a GREAT value with excellent features. I really appreciate being able to connect my iPod directly with the USB cable interface. It couldn't have been easier to install, especially with all the FREE goodies provided by Crutchfield. I give 4 out 5 stars but ONLY because of the UI. I'm very happy with my purchase.

    Jeep never sounded better

    Written By mightypurdue22, Fort Wayne, IN on Monday, January 28, 2008

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    For the price, I don't think a better head unit exists. For this price, I received the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591 head unit, remote, ipod cord, usb cord, installation kit, harness, free shipping, 2 year warranty and lifetime support from Crutchfield. The unit arrived only 2 days after I ordered (and I ordered late in the day). It was very well packaged.

    The receiver has many options for tuning. The sound quality is excellent, even though I only have average aftermarket speakers, no amp or sub. Installation was easy. I soldered the wires for the harness, so it took a little longer. Receiver slid right into my 99 Jeep Cherokee's oversized DIN.

    With the FM reception, I am able to pickup stations that I didn't know existed before. And with great clarity. I mostly use the usb cord with my 6 GB flash drive. The cord runs from the back of the receiver beneath my dash and then is wrapped around my gear shift for easy access. It could also easily fit in my glove box. Getting through the flash drive is a bit cumbersome, but well worth it so I can listen to the music I want.

    The manual is not really much help. I tinkered with the receiver to find out most of the options, and only referred to the manual occassionally. The joystick is a little touchy when driving, but is a breeze to manuever at stop signals or signs. The remote is very handy when driving. The carrying "case" is merely a cloth bag. It won't protect your face if you drop it, but is small enough to slide into your coat pocket.

    Overall, I have enjoyed this receiver. The 8 digit display is very limited. 16 Digits would be nicer. My only real complaint is that the clock cannot be easily displayed. I have to either select the clock to be displayed or the music. But for the money, it's great. By the way, I would definitely buy from Crutchfield again.

    Great radio for the price

    Written By basshead6977, Bluffton, OH on Saturday, January 26, 2008

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    I bought this radio because i planned on getting an mp3 player for christmas. Those plans fell through, but i installed the radio anyway. I love the way it sounds in my '97 S-10. I replaced the factory speakers a couple of years ago when i had different HU and the truck didn't sound all that great, but now it is 100 times louder and the sound is more crisp than it ever was. The only downfall with the radio was that the controls were kind of hard to learn at first

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591

    Written By Michael, Dawson MN on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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    I really like this receiver. For the money it has a lot of bells & whistles. I read other reviews stating that the joystick is so sensitive. Well, I didn't find it to be so. These people just aren't used to operating joysticks. I drive a forklift at work that is operated by joysticks.

    I have it hooked up to the OEM speakers for now but I find it very crisp & clean. I am going to install 2 - sets of Bose AM-3's and an Infinity BASSLINK with sound card this spring. I can't wait till then. I also like the feature of the USB port. I've been loading my flash drives with tunes & it's a lot more manageable to tote them around rather than CD's.

    Overall, I rate this receiver a 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591

    Written By Paul, Charlseton on Monday, January 21, 2008

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    Great reciever! I dont know why people say the Ipod function is slow, it is no delay for me....also this reciever DOES have an input for steering wheel controls, you just have to also buy the box that crutchfield recomends by PAC. That by the way also has no delay that people were talking about, its instantaneous for me and I love my steering wheel controls! This reciever has every setting you could imagine and also the aux input is really nice. The only downside is that I think Pioneer's new recievers def. have this one beat in looks and quality of the screen. I bought this one and like it alot, but if it were now I may get a pioneer for the looks and screen. But the downside for those is only a 14 watt rms. oh well, Im happy with this one and am a Kenwood fan anyway, I still highly recomend.

    Crutchfield Service is Great and the Head Unit Wow!

    Written By Jerome, York, PA on Sunday, January 20, 2008

    First, the service from Crutchfield is like no other, Top Notch. Before purchasing this head unit I contacted an online Sales Rep (Jodi) about hooking up to factory sub. She knew the technicalities of the receiver Unit and wiring to my vehicle. Then the shipping was phenomenal, I order this Kenwood at approximately 4:15 PM EST, and it arrived next day, and the shipping was absolutely free. The IPOD connector, the wiring harness, and mounting hardware were also free.

    The installation could not have been made easier, with the Crutchfield Master Sheet for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. This made it very easy. Everything you need was in the installation kit or the radio box with the exception of the ground strap wire nut. Go to the hardware store and get a 4mm x 8 x .025 nut before installing. With all the parts handy, you can install the receiver in less then 2 hrs.

    Note: If you have a factory subwoofer, connect the blue/white wire from the receiver harness to the blue wire on the vehicle wiring harness. This will give your subwoofer the power you need no matter the source (Tuner, CD, CD changer, or IPOD).

    Now for the receiver Unit itself, I was amazed at how the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591 sounded after a few small adjustments. My factory Jeep system was no joke, 7 speakers and CD Changer but the sound did not compare to the Kenwood receiver. I can't wait to here the sound after I replace the 7 worn out factory speakers.

    Some of the reviews mention the difficulty of use, however, read the Owners Manual thoroughly and write down a few notes and you'll master all the settings within a few days. The IPOD controller is amazing; I can navigate the IPOD menus through the receiver. And the sound you get will beat any FM Transmitter by 1,000s not to mention the clumsiness of navigating through your IPOD when hooked up to those inferior FM Transmitters.

    I dare you to go to the other guys and get a unit of this quality at this price, with great Crutchfield service and easy installation.

    Very nice HU/Manual hmmm

    Written By Phil.P, Northern Calif. on Wednesday, January 09, 2008

    This head unit replaced my Pioneer deh 4600mp. Install was crazy easy with all the supplied materials. To start off I couldnt find how to disable "demo mode". I looked in the manual and did what it said but it didnt go to the right menu. I ended up finding on my own by searching through menus. The sound quality and clarity of this unit is leaps and bounds better than my pioneer. The radio actually picks up stations There are tons of adjustments, most I will never use but its nice that they are there incase I change my mind =) Buying from Crutchfield is easy and was a great experience. I highly reccomend this head unit to anyone. The manual is a bit poor in some respects hence my 4 stars. The knobs are not that sensitive as many have wrote so do not let that scare you away from a great HU!!!!

    So far not thrilled

    Written By John, Waterbury, Great State of Connecticut on Thursday, January 03, 2008

    Well, it's been in my Jeep Liberty since June and...
    FM side is no better than the factory installed unit.
    AM side is a bit worse. Turn signal indicator sound interference.

    Nice that I have more station presets.
    Disappointed in the way the title/artist info pauses, rather than a continuous scroll.
    The tuner knob is too sensitive as it sometimes goes into menu for balance,treb,bass, etc., as other reviewers have noted.
    Would not happen if controls were sliders instead of accessed by vol./tuner control.
    Button size not the problem other owners mention.
    Was a bit tricky leaning how to re-attach the face plate. Second nature now.
    Disappointing dimmer ablity...extremely slight lowering of. No way to link w/dash control according to prof. installer.
    Great sound w/factory six speakers. Great color scheme. Simple, elegant unit.
    Very disappointed in static display of user settings. Mfg could have put some LED's in motion at least for User settings. Would gladly trade the remote control for motion in settings and continuous scroll of track info.
    Yet to hook up an Ipod; same w/going satelite radio.
    Extremely satisfied w/Prof. Installation plan.


    Written By Jose, Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, December 22, 2007

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    Definitely one of the best receivers I have ever purchased. The difference in sound quality between this one and my old stock unit is like night and day and that's with the factory speakers still installed.

    The two main reasons I chose this receiver was for the USB port and the three 4v preamp outputs as I plan on expanding my sound system. As for the USB (which I routed to my glove box) I just copied and pasted my most listened to albums to a 4 gig thumb drive and the moment I hooked it up to the receive it has performed flawlessly.

    The only negatives: It is a little bit of a pain in the neck to reattach the HU face and you will definitely need to keep the manual handy as it does take a little getting used to the controls/settings/adjustments.

    Without a doubt it is worth every penny and I would recommend it to anyone. On a side note the chrome on the HU face fits in nicely with the chrome accents in my 06 Mustang.

    It's ok but could be much better

    Written By Cwaters, Atlanta,GA on Saturday, December 22, 2007

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    I use this unit with an external amplifier. The sound quality is good enough. I'm not one to be very picky with the car audio and there are way too many variables in a system like this to really peg a receiver as being great or just OK.
    I've had the unit for something like 8 months now. On balance, it mostly does what I need so it's not for sale or anything. There are a few things that bother me about this unit though:

    I listen to the radio almost every day. The pre-set buttons are too small. You have to look longer than you should just to be sure which one you're going to hit.

    The FM reception isn't as good as the factory BMW unit I replaced.

    The menu system isn't very intuitive. It took a long time for me to get the system set-up because of this menu architecture. The manual is very unclear on these points.

    I wish that the receiver would time-out when you're making adjustments to the EQ and go back to normal operation. I find that I'll change the EQ a bit and then drive a while but when you need to adjust the volume, you're still in the EQ mode.

    The multi-function joy stick on the right needs a more positive feel. It's too wiggly.

    The face could do without all the advertising of the receiver's functions. Why do I need to see that it had HD radio and Serious capability when I've already bought the thing?

    All the space used by that goofy and inaccurate "EQ" display on the right of the face could really have been used for something useful.

    It's probably an installation problem but my unit does not dim when I turn the headlights on so it's too bright at night.

    I wish that I could change the blue rings around the knobs to a amber.

    The attenuation button is so small that it's almost useless for its application. when you need it' you want a button you can just jab at without looking. this one isn't useful.

    When I'm playing MP3s from CD or the USB input, the titles that scroll are too slow. It's a car... I'm driving, I can't look at the screen for a half hour to see which song this is.

    I wonder why they couldn't have included the station/song information that I know is being broadcast here in Atlanta.

    The unit has a ton of features that I'll never use. I guess that's good but.. well I'll never use them.

    Good Eats

    Written By Breimann, Long Island, NY on Friday, December 21, 2007

    For the cost you can't get any better. This is easily the best or one of the best sounding head units I've installed. The high pass filters are great especially when you have a sub woofer.

    Some people say they can easily push the volume knob by mistake but I have yet to do it. You just need to be a little aware of that it can push in a bit easily when you adjust it thats all.

    The menu can be a bit confusing but with the manual I didn't have any real trouble.
    Once you play with it for a awhile you'll understand the menu system just fine.

    The way the face removes and installs is a bit tricky too, but just like the menu, if you play with it long enough you won't have any trouble, which is why it gets 5 stars.

    Great for 2001 VW Jetta

    Written By Darren, Oak Harbor, WA on Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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    I agree w/ the reviews posted earlier. Having a 2.0 USB input is awesome, can't beat that, very universal... plug anything and it works. That was the biggest thing I was looking for great product and it installing was a breeze, took me just over an hour in my 2001 VW Jetta.

    Great value for price

    Written By Ryan, Cleveland, SC on Monday, December 03, 2007

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    For the price, you get a LOT of radio. Many features and great sound, Kenwood quality, for an affordable price. 2 thumbs up.

    Very Good Head Unit

    Written By Art, Keyport, NJ on Monday, November 12, 2007

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    This is a very good unit for the price considering the included features: Front, Rear, and Subwoofer RCA outs, 3.5mm aux in, USB connection, 22W x4, and a iPod adapter. Plus detachable face security, remote control, and it reads CDs and CD-RWs and plays MP3s and WMAs.

    It's got some cool other features as well including factory EQ presets as well as user custom EQ settings. Futhermore, you can tweak the 3 band EQ and edit the Frequency and Q values. You can have different EQ settings for CDs and the tuner and it will remember them. It also has a "protect" mode in case your speaker wires accidentally become shorted, so it won't fry the internal amp. Also, it lets you turn off the internal amp if you are not using it and have all your speakers running off external power amps (as I will in the near future).

    The sound quality is good and it has adaquate power. I'm running a Polk dB-6500 component set in the front and Polk dB 6x9s in the rear of my Dodge SRT-4. I also have a Infinity Bass Link 200W powered sub in the trunk. I occasionally switch out the Bass Link and run my 2x10 bandpass box with Kicker subs and a 600W amp. I plan to add a 4 channel amp to power the Polks inside the car.

    Okay, here's the downside:

    1. The display sits at a weird angle and is easy enough to read but part of it gets "cut off". This will vary, of course, depending on your car and how high the radio is mounted.

    2. When I go to adjust the volume on the head-unit, it is too easily pushed inward which brings up a menu on the display and you end up adjusting the EQ. Because of this, it's easier to do everything using the remote.

    3. As another user stated, the face feels kinda flimsy, and attaching it after detaching takes some precision.

    4. You have to choose between having the clock constantly on or the track/title. It will not display both.

    5. Changing certain settings can become a cumbersome process and I had to consult the manual a few times. Not very user-friendly right off the bat, but you get used to it.

    6. The looks can be a little bit better, but on the other hand, it does have some killer features for the price.

    7. The remote is a bit big and clunky and it would be nice if the buttons lit up. Also, you cannot access certain menus with the remote.

    Bottom Line: Overall, it's a solid head-unit with lots of great features and it sounds great. It's nice to have the CD slot hidden behind the face plate, though it may become a chore to change CDs while driving. Despite it's flaws (most of them are relatively minor), it is still a good value for the price; $199 is not expensive considering the features.

    Installed in 2006 Xterra

    Written By Michael, Centex on Thursday, November 08, 2007

    Ran the USB/IPOD adapter into the glove box (Plenty !! of cable).Charges the IPOD, easy to nav through songs/ Polk db651's in front-Pioneer 5 1/4's in back. Good balance of sound IMO/ Like the size and shape of the remote- just right/ May add a small sub and amp in the back to balance it out. For the features and price, this unit seems hard to beat.

    great unit

    Written By Brendon, Boulder, CO on Monday, October 15, 2007

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    Got my unit exactly 3 weeks ago and have been very pleased. i was a little wary of the whole process at first. I have a toyota land cruiser, with the 9 speaker sound system and the factory amp. due to that, i had to have the amp by-passed and get that all rewired. i was not up to that task, so i forked out the extra money to get it done right. after the install (about 5 hours) i was eager to see how it would sound. since i went from 9 speakers, to 4. overall it sounds better than it ever has, the main differences are that it overall plays alot clearer, has better, louder bass response, and the highs are not piercing, or overly loud like they used to be. The unit itself is something else, you can super tune almost everything, the system q is really nice and makes everything sound amazing. the cons i ran into are, that it takes a while for it to read a CD sometimes, and other than that the only problem i have ran into is the ipod, i havent quite figured out how to do a quick search, like if i want an artist that starts with R, then i have to scroll through every artist until i get there. oh well, i will deal with it, my car sounds better now than it ever has and it is just running on a 4X6.5" system, i am very happy and crutchfield was here to help me the whole time.

    cheap face

    Written By Derrick, nebraska on Sunday, October 14, 2007

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    The radio sounds great and install was easy. I had big issues with taking the face off and on. I saw a lot of potential for fast wear and tear. Took some time getting used to how the face goes back on. The face practically hit me in the head once when I hit the removal button. The 719 has the same face plate mechanics. seems like 2 or 3 hundreds bucks should get you some better parts. I sent it back. I just dont know how long that face would last.

    Nice H/U

    Written By Kealii, Maui, Hawaii on Saturday, October 13, 2007

    Installed this HU in a 2007 CR-V LX with two sets of Alpine Type-S 6.5s and an Alpine PLT-5 powered sub. Install was pretty easy, but Crutchfield does not yet have a Master Install sheet for the CR-V. I used the instructions that came with the dash kit (a pretty flimsy, but workable piece) as well as some instructions I found on the Honda SUV forum.

    The HU itself is powerful with good adjustability. You can really tailor the sound to your liking. I also like the USB cord. That's actually why I bought this unit. I ran the USB cord into my glove compartment and have a 4 GB jump drive attached to it. I takes about 15 seconds to read the drive and then plays nicely. I did notice that the dynamics of the USB drive are less than the actual CDs - likely a product of the conversion to MP3 or WMA. Speaking of WMA, if you have WMA DRM songs, you won't be able to play them from the USB.

    I agree with others that the little joystick controller on the left side of the unit feels a bit flimsy. I end up using the remote control for most things.

    Overall, I am pleased with this HU. The colors match the CR-V lighting PERFECTLY. I recommend it. I also recommend Crutchfield.

    Happy listening!

    Great Sound!!

    Written By Justin, Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday, October 03, 2007

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    i put this receiver into a 1998 ford f-150, and have been very impressed. installation went smoothly as the wiring adapters and other installation items provided by crutchfield were excellent. the receiver looks and sounds great. the sound is very customizable. i have the stock speakers installed yet and was very impressed at how this unit cleaned up the sound versus the factory head unit. with the factory head unit the sound was very distorted, but with this receiver the sound is more crisp and clean. i love the look of the receiver. the blue buttons and shiny faceplate really blend good with my interior. looks great-especially at night. one problem is with the display. at night the display is a little bright for me, but its not so much of an issue anymore. the only other problem i have is w/ the clock not being shown. u can set it 2 display the clock but u cant have the clock shown w/ the track info. those are my only 2 problems w/ this unit. i highly recommend it! the usb works great w/ ipods and flash drives. i havent tried the kenwood music editor software yet. this receiver is great. the sound is very customizable, and overall the receiver is a great value!

    great value

    Written By John C, Charleston SC on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    This deck has worked out well. I don't have any problems with the the control knobs. In fact when you push the volume knob once you are taken right to the Sub Woffer pre amp outlet, which is really the only one you need to adjust from song to song. Then you push it again for the bass and treble, etc... no problem even if you did happen to push it and change something basic.

    The rest is easy to set up. You can easily set the clock to appear on the display. Press and hold the menu botton then scroll though your settings with the control knob.

    I also like the look of the display. I never liked the Alpine with the big buttons.

    I have a sat receiver hooked up.

    Then if I want to add an iPod I go though the CD hookup with another adapter that adds a audio input. (its the same on all the decks)

    Does a great job.

    Infinity 6x9 3 way Refernce in the back.
    Infinity 6 component in the front
    R Fosgate 50 x 4 pushing the speakers
    1 10" Alpine type E sub
    Mono Visionik V108xt sub amp.

    Kenwood 591

    This set up was lacking both low and midrange before he one sub and amp. Now it is just right, and adds a lot of depth to the other speakers as well as nice tight thump.

    I was worried about too much bass, as I wanted it to sound like a live concert and not a window ac or bull dozer.

    I closed the port on a type 2 Q logic.

    This in a 2006 passenger van.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591

    Written By Ted, Annapolis, MD on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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    I agree with the majority of the reviewers in that the sound of this unit is very good and highly customizeable. I also agree that you need to keep the manual (along with 5-10 minutes of your time) in the truck/car so that you can adjust it when you need to - lots of details and it's not the easiest manual to navigate.

    I wish aftermarket stereos would take some ergonomic cues from factory stereos like making the buttons easier to read, quick and easy switching between the different sources (insead of having to scroll through all of them like this Kenwood), and making simple functions readily available in the menus, like adjusting the clock. Which brings me to another issue - I wish the clock were permanently displayed regardless of the function.

    I too noticed that the iPod interface was not as iPod-like as the description claims. Plus the interface cable uses 2 of the inputs (USB and Aux), limiting the number of extras you can hook up to it. The multi-use button on the right does not feel as well built as the rest of the unit. Kenwood needs to spend the extra $.50 to make this fee comprable to the rest of the unit. I also find some difficulty with re-installing the faceplate - doesn't ever seem like it wants to reattach to the unit.

    Overall, I'm glad that I have it because of the sound and ability to have my iPod and XM in the truck. I guess for the price, you can't have everything, but it would be nice. Crutchfield is wonderful with their instructions and service, as always.

    Capable audio, fair price

    Written By Dan, Andover, MA on Friday, July 20, 2007

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    This head unit has many audio features that are on par with other much more expensive units, like: three sets of 4V pre-outs, internal amplifier can be turned off to reduce noise, and subwoofer level controls (on/off and -15db to 0db). The sound quality is fantastic.

    The iPod control feature is nice. It isnt easy to navigate an entire music library with thousands of songs, but it works just fine if you create playlists on the iPod. Selecting a playlist can be done pretty quickly using the Kenwoods controls.

    I also have a Sirius satellite radio tuner (KTC-SR902) connected and it works really well with this head unit. The control knob is surprisingly convenient for browsing channels when using the satellite radio.

    Its true that the controls (the volume knob in particular) can be a little sensitive. Its not too hard to accidentally depress the volume knob when all you meant to do was rotate it. However, Ive found that it has been easy to get used to and its pretty much a non-issue for me.

    The one area where this head unit is sorely lacking is the display. Quite frankly, its one-line display with room for only eight characters is a bit disappointing. Im also annoyed that in the satellite radio mode you only have the choice of having it display either the song name or the artists name, not both together. In iPod mode it shows both the song and artist, why not in satellite mode?

    But then, why do we buy car stereos? To look at them? No, we buy them so that we can LISTEN to them! And when it comes to solid audio, this Kenwood has it where it counts! That fact combined with the low price, and I can live with a less than ideal display.

    Great head unit for the price!

    Written By BlackEagle754, New Jersey on Monday, July 16, 2007

    I received this unit for my birthday, and so far I have been very impressed! I'm using the internal amp to drive four Infinity 6022s and the sound is just great! Aside from the sound, this unit is jam packed with features. My friend's got a few year old, high end Kenwood, and he was amazed at how many features this has that his doesn't! Thanks to Crutchfield for the easy install in my '05 Sentra. If you're looking for a new head unit in this price range, this is definitely one of the options you should consider.

    Very Nice!!

    Written By Karsten, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, July 09, 2007

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    I love this head unit! Once you learn how the head unit works, you will love it too. I have the iPod cable and it makes it like i am listening through earphones. You control the iPod through the head unit, which really isn't that bad. If you really need the remote, then you are way too lazy. I also have the steering wheel mounted controls and they work flawlessly with the head unit. I have no compliants what so ever with the head unit.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X591

    Written By Heath, Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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    I had an Alpine cde-9846 in my Jeep Liberty, sold it and bought this Kenwood unit. I don't regret it at all, this thing has SO many different ways to customize the sound for your specific application. The 4 volt preouts made my Infinity Basslink come alive, and the 22 watts rms made a huge difference over the 16 rms I was getting with the Alpine. The USB cable on the back is the coolest thing ever! I've got a 2.0 GB jump drive with about 200 songs on it. you can search by artist and go straight to the one you want instead of having to skip song by song. My advice: don't use the supplied Kenwood music editor software, after going through all of that, it wouldn't play my songs. So, just put the mp3's directly on the jump drive instead of going through the software...that's what I wound up doing and it works great! The only CON here is, as said before, the little joystick on the right is really hard to use while the vehicle is moving, it's easy to bump it and make it do something you don't want it to do. Other than that, it's a great HU and I would definately buy Kenwood again!

    Could be better.

    Written By Dave, Riverside, CA on Thursday, June 07, 2007

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    Ive been using this unit for around 6 weeks now and it could be better.
    Installation into my 2002 Ford Focus SVT was straight forward with a little splicing but easy enough for anyone with a bit of electrical repair knowledge.
    The interfaces supplied by Crutchfield were excellent.

    Sound from the unit is excellent through the factory amp and speakers. I had planned to upgrade the speakers but after hearing the quality I will leave them in.

    Using the Kenwood is a bit tricky. Some of the menus are not as intuitive as others I have used. However, I dont have a problem with the sensitivity of the controls that other users have reported.

    My main gripes with the unit are as follows:

    1. There is no clock on the display. You can set the display so you can see the clock but then you lose the title/artist info. You cant have both at the same time.

    2. I like to have my songs played randomly from whichever playlist I am in. You can push the random button on the face plate and the songs will play randomly but when you switch off it resets to playing alphabetically. It annoys me that I have to press the button every time I start the car. I feel that once you set an option it should stay set until you change it.

    3. The buttons along the bottom of the unit are a bit cheap and nasty in look and feel.

    4. My iPod has locked up requiring me to do a hard reset about 3 times now. I dont know for sure that the Kenwood caused this to happen but my Ipod has never locked up before and I used it for about 9 months with a Panasonic unit in my truck.

    Overall, this is a pretty good unit with great sound but I feel a bit more thou

    Great stereo

    Written By sdsuman96, Monrovia, CA on Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    Great stereo for the money, great options especially with the Ipod control, its not the fastest thing in the world but it does a very good job. My only real issue with the stere is that its incredibly sensative, the slightest touch and its off to the races. I also have Sirius radio and both integrate very well witht he idplay being sharp but surprisingly not too bright. Overall very good stereo for the price, it went into a 2007 toyo tacoma regular cab and the sound it produces is exceptional, very happy with Kenwood and Crutchfield.

    Lots of features for a great price

    Written By Steve, Austin, TX on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

    I installed this Kenwood head unit a couple of weeks ago and so far have been very impressed. Sound quality is great, even with my 20 year old factory speakers. In the next 6 months or so, I'm planning on adding an amp, sub, and new speakers, and I look forward to using all of the features that are availabe for a set up like this. The only downsides I have found are that the buttons are a bit touchy. It's hard to change the volume without accidentally entering the setting menu. also, there are a lot of settings that I don't understand, and can't tell a difference in the sound, but I think that is probably because of my speakers.

    Overall, I'm very happen with the unit. I have a CD changer added to it and the controls are simple and easy to understand. I'd say that this is easily the best unit you can buy for under $200.

    Not happy

    Written By Paul, Grassy Key ,FL on Friday, May 18, 2007

    Put your money into speakers and not this unit.My POLK MoMO's are just great.So are the two Rockfodfolsgate amps.
    The Kenwood one line read out for SIRIUS radio is a joke, and the button is so twichy that you are lucky if you don't go through 200 channels to find the one you just lost. Please don't have an accident trying to work this unit. Read the other reviews very carefully and you will see on fault after another. Don't make the $200+ mistake that I did.
    My only review, ever, so be warned.

    Nice Unit

    Written By Aric, NC on Friday, May 11, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the most part, this is a good unit. For the price, it is a great unit! Everything works as advertised, though I haven't tried the ipod connectivity yet. It uses the headphone out on the ipod with the aux in on the HU, so I'm sure it will sound good, but I can't speculate on the control.

    I connected a card reader and use a 2GB SD card for my music. It works great. The card reader makes for a nice, integrated look instead of just having a thumb drive sticking out somewhere. I've had mp3 players in my car for about 6 years now (Neo, Kenwood Music Keg, TomTom 910) and haven't swapped one CD in that time. The hardest part about that is getting music onto the mp3 player from any location. Using an SD card and since most PC's have card readers now, I can be anywhere, add a song or 50, and plug it in and play. I've also tested an 8GB card-sized hard drive (didn't require power) and it worked well also.

    The only complaint I have is the control buttons. The volume knob is very easy to push inadvertently while adjusting the volume and you end up adjusting the bass/treble/etc. I've never liked the right control knob on the new Kenwoods. It's way to sensative, though the one on this unit is better than the lower models.

    4 stars for the control knobs; otherwise, 5 stars.

    USB is the cats meow.

    Written By Oscar, Sonoma County, Ca. on Monday, April 23, 2007

    Got the KDC-X591 for my wife's birthday. Selected for it's USB capabilities we are not disappointed. While it's true it's slow navigating an mp3 player it is very fast using a plain 'ole thumb drive. We picked up a 4GB and my wife has all of the music she listens to the most on it and it is only half full.

    The controls take some getting used to but it's coming along. Overall we are quite pleased with our new Kenwood.

    Crutchfield made the install super easy by providing all the right items to simplify things. The instruction sheet was very clear with diagrams and drawings.

    Good Overall

    Written By Robert, Kalamazoo, MI on Monday, April 16, 2007

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    I returned a Pioneer DEH-P3900 for this unit. So far I'm relatively pleased with the Kenwood. The controls are generally pretty easy to use (more so than the Pioneer, IMO), but some settings require a quick glance at the manual to find. The control knob and directional button can be a bit touchy.

    The iPod interface is nice, but searching through a large music collection is cumbersome and way too slow. You need to have some good playlists handy if you don't want to spend half the day scrolling through your music. It is otherwise very convenient to stash your iPod (or whatever MP3 player you have) out of sight in the glove box. Might be kind of nice to have a USB/aux jack on the front panel as well, as the X491 does, though this unit is cleaner-looking without it.

    Sound quality is very good. It's not as warm-sounding to me as Pioneer units, but that might just mean it's more natural and less over-boosted (as Pioneer's "Super Bass" setting is, for example). It drives my Infinity 6012i's very nicely in my little Honda Insight.

    Overall, I'm happy with this setup and would have no problem recommending it to others.

    High quality sound with touchy control's.

    Written By James, Dorr, MI on Saturday, April 14, 2007

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    I purchased this deck to replace my factory unit in my 03 F-150. I also wanted a head unit that could not only play, but charge the battery on my Sansa MP3 player. And this deck does it. Not only is it a huge improvement over the factory unit, but the convenience of the USB port to connect to my Sansa was an essential part for ordering this deck. I am not disappointed.

    The tuner is not bad, but I do have some interference when listening to FM broadcasts. Not as good as I hoped, but how often do you listen to the radio?

    The USB input works great. It does take a few seconds for it to read all of the titles on my Sansa, but once it is going, the sound is very good, even with low bit rate downloads. There is a setting that does help to improve the sound quality of the MP3s.

    When playing cds, the sound is very good as well and I am happy to report that this is much better then the stock unit on sound quality and reproduction.

    The only two issues I have with this deck are as follows: 1) The manual can be a little tricky at times. You definitely need to read it in order to understand all of the features the unit has to offer. And it does have many features to satisfy the adjustment craving. 2) The control and volume knobs are very touchy. I end up using the remote more often then anticipated. When you are driving down the road listening to a source and want to adjust the volume, it is very easy to change the settings you have created (Bass, Mids, Highs). The slightest push in of the volume control can change your intentions from volume to sound adjustment. Overall: Great Unit!

    Great Receiver

    Written By Peter Dilts, St. Petersburg on Friday, April 06, 2007

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    Well I started out with the KDC-X491 with the add-on HD tuner because I wanted the HD radio and the USB port on the front. The Crutchfield site indicated it would work with the PAC SWI-ALP. Unfortunately that is not the case so I was upgraded to the X591. When I installed it the instructions for the PAC SWI-ALP indicated it would work but it didn't so I was sent a PAC SWI-Jack (which is really a PAC SWI-ALP with a different label) and finally tech support came through and told me how to hook everything up. Now that it works it is great. I can play CD/MP3/iPod/flash drive/ HD radio and regular radio. There are plenty of HD stations in the Tampa-St. Pete area. The steering wheel controls using the PAC SWI-Jack for my Miata work just like the stock installation.

    Good for the Money, but not for the IPOD

    Written By Trevor, Boise, ID on Tuesday, April 03, 2007

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    The x-591 is one of the top choices in it's price range. It outdoes the competition at the $200 mark in almost every aspect. Although for the iPod it is lacking, the user interface is slow, and i don't have thousands of songs. Again this can be fixed w/very good playlists. The joystick type button located on the right of the unit is loose, and many times you need to push and hold it to use different functions (you use this button specifically when using the ipod interface). The remote works fine....UNLESS you want it to control the ipod to change between artists, playlists, genres, etc. Personally not being able to use the remote to control the ipod made it not worth my time. Crutchfield was awesome enough to ship me a new one as kenwood thought the headunit had a bad processor of some sort. But after uninstalling/reinstalling a new unit, same problem. Finally someone with some knowledge at kenwood told me the truth that it won't and can't control the ipod.

    Great product in its price range, perfect if you dont care about ipods. But Not good for ipod use on the face and doesn't perform normal ipod functions (searching artists, playlists, genres, etc.) with the remote.

    Everything I hoped for

    Written By Joe, Buena Park, CA on Sunday, April 01, 2007

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    I read all of the reviews before I made the purchase and was a bit skeptical. BUT, after I installed everything (sirius, ipod I200 adapter) I was stoked. A lot of people were having trouble using the deck w/ the ipod, saying that it would only play shuffle mode, but if you press the file button, I believe it's button 5, you can scroll through the albums, files, artists, songs, etc.

    The volume and scan buttons are a bit sensitive, but the remote is a nice feature to combat that. Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase and would definitely recommend this unit.

    Great Receiver

    Written By rleppert888, Milwaukee, WI on Friday, March 30, 2007

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    This is a great receiver for anyone who wants to easily upgrade a factory stereo system. I put one of these in my 2002 grand prix and it sounds great. It has tons of features and the iPod connection is one of the best I have used. It is also much easier to use than some of the other radios I have used in friends' cars.

    Great Unit

    Written By Mike, North Carolina on Friday, March 30, 2007

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    I replaced an older Pioneer "Super Tuner" model, that was not so super. I wanted better AM/FM reception for fringe reception, and the USB features.
    Pros: The Kenwood has a better tuner than the Pioneer, and the original stock Dodge Dakota unit - less static and more range.
    The USB features are very good. Despite forum talk, the unit reads my 2G Cruzer quickly, and starts playing in a few seconds. The unit restarts where it left off, the next time you start the vehicle; even if you remove the flash drive, and re-insert it.
    Cons: The manual is cryptic. The unit's interface is not very intuitive, and takes a little time and practice, to get used to. The supplied software is slow, and does not seem woth the effort. I used some freeware tagging and re-naming tools, and the scrolling display shows the MP3 tag info pretty well.
    I'm happy with the unit, and glad I bought it.

    First class

    Written By Matthew, N.Y on Thursday, March 22, 2007

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    I put this stereo in my 04 Rav with polk audio speakers love it.I am buying one for my 02 Galant.Downloaded all my music in a 4GB usb flash card. You can connected it to the usb plug of the Kenwwod and get rid of your CD case .Did not use the Kenwood CD.DO NOT THROW OUT the manual you will not be able to set the radio.VERY HAPPY.

    Great product, awesome support!

    Written By Robert, Dallas on Monday, March 12, 2007

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    Installation in a Montero Sport was a little more than expected, but Crutchfield walked me through it perfectly. They were very informative and patient with my questions. The installation required me to grind away part of the Mitzubishi dash benzel to get it to fit over the Kenwood faceplate. The aftermarket faceplate that comes with the kit did not work with the stereo.

    Pros, it recognizes all of the music features of the ipod, and the interface is easier than many others that I've reviewed. 192kbps mp3s sound very close to cd quality without skipping over washboard roads. With a 2 gig jump drive, it can hold around 300 songs or more, so no fumbling over cds or getting them scratched. Playlists are very useful. The 2 zone function allows us to play the portable dvd player in the rear, but stereo in the front.

    Cons, Kenwood software only works with Media Player 10, if the user has MP 11, then it must be downgraded to MP 10. The stereo takes control of the iPod, so if the user isn't happy with the Kenwood interface, then this could be problematic. I was happy with it, but am new to iPod. The Kenwood software is rather weak, but Media Player or Itunes can supplement it. If the user has an Ipod, then the Kenwood software isn't an issue, because the software is only used for the jump drives (not for sure about cds).

    Overall this is an awesome upgrade from factory and I wish that I had more than 1700 characters to really get into the thick of it, but I would recommend this stereo to almost anyone, but especially if you get it from Crutchfield. Their prices are good, but their support for sales and instal

    Awesome unit

    Written By Jamie, Charleston, SC on Sunday, March 11, 2007

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    This unit replaced a 2002 Panasonic CQ-DP102U in my 94 Chevy truck. OMG, no comparison! The lure of a 2007 Kenwood unit with a USB/aux in accessory was hard to pass up. With the KCA-iP200 interface cable, my 8G iPad Nano works like a dream. The units displays the very same info my iPod does, with the expection of the album graphics. You can stick the iPod in the glove box or under the seat and manipulate everything from the unit faceplate or remote control. There are more bells and whistles with this unit than youll probably ever need.

    My truck has 4x6 Kenwood speakers in the dash and in the rear side panels. I also have a 200W bridged amp with a 8" Rockford Punch subwoofer. The Kenwood X591 has 4V subwoofer outputs compared to most units out there at 2 or 2.5 V. What a difference this makes! The sound from the Kenwood vs. my old Panasonic unit is like night and day. My 4 front/rear speakers and subwoofer sounds like new speakers now.

    Pros: Has hundreds of sound/speaker configurations
    Has great sound
    Really pushes my speakers like they were designed to be driven
    iPod interface is awesome
    Remote control
    Easy to hook up (directions are clear and consise)
    Has more options than you will ever use/need
    Beautiful cobalt blue backlit lights on knobs
    Option to scroll song/artist when using iPod interface cable

    Cons: Even though the unit has a dimmer for night time use, it is a little bright for my taste. I am getting used to it.
    Do not loose the manual or you will never figure out some of the steps to manipulate the unit
    When using Cds/iPod, will only diplay track number or song title.

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