1.888.955.6000
crutchfield.com
Crutchfield

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

CD receiver (New Stock)

Watch video
Zoom
  • Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Front

  • Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Back

  • Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

  • Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Remote

Item #: 113KDCX595
 

Review Summary

DISCONTINUED
 
This item is no longer available to purchase.
 
Contact us for other options
 
Call   Email  
 
 
 
 
 

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

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.

If you're into your iPod® or iPhone®, the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 CD receiver hits all the right notes. When you plug in your iPod, you'll enjoy easy control from the receiver, with dedicated Search and Return buttons that make it easy to find just the right song when you're behind the wheel. And with the receiver's dedicated iPod button, you're only one touch away from switching to your player, no matter what other source you were listening to. You can also plug a thumb drive full of your favorite tunes into the USB input to enjoy all the music you want.

KDC-X595

Read more

Variable color display

Whatever you're listening to, you'll see your artist and song info on the big 3-line display, or you can switch to a large font, 2-line mode if your eyes aren't what they used to be. You can also adjust the variable-color display so the receiver matches the illumination in virtually any car interior.

Sound that'll please your ears

The internal circuits of the KDC-X595 do an outstanding job of turning the digital content of your discs or files into smooth, realistic sound, while the powerful internal amp has a lot more kick than most "premium" factory systems. And Kenwood gives you a suite of sound-shaping tools that'll get your music sounding right in your car.

Expand your system

rear panel

If you want to build a system with external amps, the three sets of preamp outputs send out a strong 4-volt signal for superior sound quality and low noise levels. For more entertainment options, connect an optional satellite radio or HD Radio™ tuner.

Kenwood's optional Bluetooth® adapter allows you to make hands-free calls with your compatible phone. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music so you can converse over the car speakers, so you can keep your attention on the road.

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

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

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files
    • detachable face with 3-line display and variable illumination
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional Kenwood Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Rear
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready XM
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

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

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Bluetooth/Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-595 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 25 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (1-24: 0-9). The display, button illumination, and USB/Auxiliary input can be set to the same color or set independently.

    Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.

    Display Types: The KDC-X595 offers five different display types:

    • Type A: Displays 3 lines of text.
    • Type B: Display 2 lines of text.
    • Type C: Displays only the 12-hour clock and date.
    • Type D: Displays the spectrum analyzer.
    • Type E: Display is turned off.

    Note: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

    • Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.

    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. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display. You can even set times for two different cities (dual clock display).

    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.

    Log Function: This unit automatically memorizes previously used functions and function settings, which can then be easily recalled from a list. A maximum of 15 recently used functions are logged automatically. When this limit is reached, the memorized functions are deleted from the oldest to newest. You can select which functions are logged from the following list - Tuner, CD, iPod, USB, Phone, Settings.

    Note: You can lock the memory log function to prevent memorized functions from being deleted from the list.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-X595 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-way 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 Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA, and AAC 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.

    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).

    System Q Sound Control: Eight 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 (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Detail Audio Control: The Excelon KDC-X595 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control when the System Q Sound Control is in User mode. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    3-Band EQ Detailed Audio Settings
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV1, LV2 or Off.

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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X595 features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-X595's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X595 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. 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.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 provides the following subwoofer preamp output controls.

    • Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. 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 Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Audio Preset: You can register a single Audio Preset into the head unit's memory to be recalled at any time for all sources. The Audio Preset memory can save Bass, Treble, Midrange, Subwoofer, and High-Pass/Low-Pass Crossover settings.

    Note: When you recall the saved Audio Preset, all the sources will be the setting value which is registered.

    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. You can adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels (0-35).

    Tel Mute: The Excelon KDC-X595 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.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Tuner Presets: The Excelon KDC-X595's tuner provides two ways to store your favorite radio stations.

    • Normal Presets: You can store up to 18 FM presets (01-18) and 6 AM presets (01-06).
    • Mixed Presets: In this mode, different bands and turner sources can be saved in the same preset layer, which allows you to recall the desired stations without switching the bands or tuner sources. You can store a mixture of 6 AM/FM, HD Radio, and Satellite Radio presets of any combination.

    Note: This unit does not offer direct preset buttons. Instead, you will need to access the unit's presets using the Control Knob.

    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 AM/FM stations with good reception into memory automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner  and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, no longer available); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, no longer available), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).

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

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), 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. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Excelon KDC-X595 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC  playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The Excelon KDC-X595 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    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 Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD, CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Insert: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Changer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 offers connection and control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719, sold separately).

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 features a front-panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x)  information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters. The KDC-X595 will also charge your connected USB device's battery, when the head unit is powered up.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Excelon KDC-X595's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X595.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can then search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Related Search: You can browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played. You can select between the following Related Search modes.
      • Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
      • Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
      • Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
      • Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (all/folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Excelon KDC-X595 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X595 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Excelon KDC-X595 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, 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 (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect an optional HD/Satellite Radio tuner to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300, no longer available). The Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter allows you to make and receive calls on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone, including the Apple iPhone, through the Kenwood Excelon in-dash head unit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the head unit. You can also stream music from a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300 adapter.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be compatible with this unit. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: The Excelon KDC-X595 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately);  or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
     
    Review this product
    Great Gear Giveaway rewards card

    Submit a review and then enter to win a $500 rewards card

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    65 people say:

    Review this product:

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about this product. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product itself. Read our Review Guidelines for more information.

    Your email won't be visible. Please use the email address that is associated with your order.
    (e.g., JohnD) Your review will be signed using the display name and location
    (e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

    Click on a star to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
    Rate the following specific attributes
      Value
     Sound Quality
     Ease of Use
     "Coolness Factor"
     Build Quality
    1500 characters left
    Attach a YouTube Review
    Crutchfield Video Review Guidelines
    • Only submit videos that you made or are authorized to use.
    • Do not submit videos that contain music, video or visuals that are copyrighted and belong to someone else.
    • Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.
    500 characters left
    500 characters left
    Filter by rating:
    2 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By James J., Fredneck, VA on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This unit was great for about the first 3 months, I had learned to navigate some of the features fairly easily. The sound quality wasn't what I had expected but I had adjusted it enough that it sounded ok. About 3 months into using it I noticed that the front panel would go blank and shut off the unit randomly. Now, the unit will barely stay on for two minutes of a 40 minute commute. If I push up and to the right firmly on the faceplate it comes back on but as soon as I let go it shuts back off. The unit would freeze when a USB drive was used with more than a couple hundred songs on it. It was a great idea for a unit but I am glad to see that it has been discontinued.
    Pros:
    Nice design, lots of adjustments
    Cons:
    Unit shuts off constantly and randomly. Very hard to see screen during daylight, trouble reading USB drive files
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    2 out of 5

    Nice features, lower quality

    Written By TL, Tustin, CA on Friday, January 11, 2013
     
    First, I bought a refurbished unit, but this was the only place to review. While the unit functionally was excellent for the 5 months installed, both the CD Drive and USB port stopped working after that time. The menu navigation is not great, I think other manufacturers make better feature designed products. I sure miss the Kenwood MASK radios (all bought at Crutchfield) and the better Kenwood products from the late 90s and early 2000's. Learned my lesson on this one for sure.
    Pros:
    Great sound, nice features, versatile unit
    Cons:
    Low quality
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    1 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon Quality Stinks

    Written By Forrest, Randolph, VT on Sunday, December 30, 2012
     
    Apparently Kenwood uses this radio series to train it's new programmers. Anyone who has spent more than a few months writing firmware could do a better job. The amount of effort that went into making the display rotate through its color choices might have been better spent on functionality. It is sluggish, has complex operational strategies that have made it impossible for me to use presets even though I have operated the radio for more than a year. Recently, overnight it just quit recognizing anything in the USB port, though the rest of this piece of crap still works. I bought it exclusively for its iPad/iPod operation, which now does not work. I will never buy another one of these things and I urge you to visit a brick and mortar store to test units before you do. Kenwood is a former good name in audio, now gone bad. What a shame. Junk, pure and simple.
    Pros:
    Cheap. (... for a reason, apparently.) Has a lot of features, but they are difficult to access and slow.
    Cons:
    Firmware running this radio is crap. Slow beyond belief. Takes a good 10 seconds to wake up.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    1 out of 5

    Based on MY unit.

    Written By BobbyT, Las Vegas on Friday, August 24, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Wanted a good deck for my back and forth truck. went with Kenwood as they have always been great for me. it works well when it works but drives me crazy when you go to turn it off or down to order food or talk and it freezes and you have to pull the face. This is what mine does. i'm sure the others are fine. if this did not happen I would love the deck.
    Pros:
    EQ, mute button, color matching for your gauges.
    Cons:
    not a lot of options that are ready at your touch, must go into setting for most. My unit turns off/ freezes daily and restarts when knob is pushed or touched.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    1 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Anonymous, Ten Mile, Tn. on Friday, February 24, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    VERY hard to use. Would not buy another one just for that reason.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Loving it

    Written By lesc1, springdale on Monday, February 20, 2012
     
    After getting this system and reading on how to install i was amazed and all the info given to help you out for the type of car own. One bad part is that my cars male plug was gone and wires solderd to old system and it also had an amp just to be able to drive the rear speakers.(300 WATT ITS HOW THE CAR CAME WHEN I BOUGHT IT) but with a little thinking and the car wireing manual and the old radio book and this new one it went to geather pretty quick. once installed and battery hooked up .. it worked as it should and light up in awesome colors. This reciver works far better then the old one. ( I also replaced old antenna as it was in bad shape) One thing to do is once you get to the set up of the unit take the time to really read each step you want to set up. i started with intial setup and tweeked it more in settings on the tuner. and there are settings for cd, standby, aux in, usb and depending on any extras like blutooth and hd ..there are set ups for that too but once saved its there.... with any new pc car stero or tv or phone it takes a bit to get use to how it works but once you do your in listening heaven.
    Pros:
    the reception on the tuner 200% better then the old one...playing cds is a pleasure again and listening to tuner as well. .. this is a great unit and well worth the money spent at a great price. the support also helped and is free any time. ..I love the light effects and now all i need to do is get some better front speakers .. but i'm very pleased with this unit from crutchfield. once you set up the tuner properly ( i have it on auto 2) which memorizes all stations it can pick up in order .
    Cons:
    un able to use the trim ring as it wouldent clip into the din after it was installed..,One fall back is the quick start guide does not tell you how to set up radio very well However, going to the kenwood web site i was able to download the operators manual and it answered all my conserns.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    2 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-X595

    Written By JW, Richmond, VA on Monday, February 20, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    If you are not really into stereos and technical with them then this is not for you. First off I'm not a big fan of all the colors changing on it I found it distracting and annoying (this feature can be turned off). Second it doesn't have preset buttons which is a hassle flipping through channels while driving. Finally the interface is a bit complicated to navigate through and I hate how the lights go out while you move through each feature.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality with alot of options for a system
    Cons:
    Difficult menu navigation, annoying lights, no preset buttons.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Great Stereo. Feature packed for the money. Excelon quality is second

    Written By JJ, Souhtold, NY on Sunday, February 19, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This is a great stereo for what I bought it for which is streaming pandora through my iPhone. This must be new for the latest revision of the Pandora iPhone app but the display shows the song info from pandora. I chose this model because I could set the display color to anything I wanted. I have the dimmer settings all the way down because I don't like the bright lights when night driving and don't need them to get brighter in the daylight.

    I gave the receiver a 4 because the FM tuner controls seem like an afterthought. The head unit has minimal buttons and looks good because of it but it makes skipping through presets or even seeking through stations a bit of a nuisance. But like I said, I bought this unit to plug my phone into, not listen to FM radio so I son't mind. I can't wait to get the bluetooth adapter and have the option of using bluetooth audio streaming.
    Pros:
    Works great with my iPhone, sounds great on the built in amps and some cheapo sony 6x9's.
    Cons:
    The display looks a little dated with LCD vs. vacuum florescent. But I am assuming that keeps the cost down because otherwise this is an awesome basic head unit.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    1 out of 5

    Hate it

    Written By Anonymous, Portland ME on Thursday, February 16, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I bought this receiver as an upgrade for my car from the Kenwood 395 in my wife's car and I regret it. most of the features work as they should and it is a quality unit but if you are a channel surfer like me you will hate it too. It is no lie, a three step process to change the station in you're preset list and almost impossible to do when the sun is shinning on the screen because you can't see it. So I tried the remote, you can't scroll thru presets with it. The ipod control doesn't work like it's supposed to you can't pick songs from the ipod only the radio. There is a reason that the day after I received this radio it was discontinued (thanks for the heads up on that) If the box didn't go out in the recycling the day I installed it I would sent have sent it back. Save you're money and buy the 395 stick with buttons on the face.
    Cons:
    Impossible to change the preset radio station while driving
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Anonymous, manitowoc wi on Sunday, February 12, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    good deal
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-X595

    Written By Subarual, Lancaster Pa. on Saturday, February 11, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Overall good unit for the money! Have owned multiple Kenwood products over the years and have had good luck with all. If you use the radio much rethink this unit. CD and USB great but radio requires too much attention to adjust while driving. Needs some old fashion preset buttons. Unit would be 5 star with them.
    Pros:
    USB+CD !!! Multiple color display to match dash. Crutchfield hotline to explain how to preset the radio stations.
    Cons:
    No radio preset buttons!!! Too distracting going into the preset list and scrolling through. Have to download instruction manual which you will need it to operate this unit! Basic book should be included.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Michael, Arkansas on Thursday, February 09, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I love this radio! It sounds great and has worked flawlessly. As a 60 year old ham radio operator who has used Kenwood transceivers for 35 years without a single failure, I am very familiar with Kenwood quality. It was easy to install and I found the controls and menus to be fairly intuitive. I was not Impressed with the owner's manual so I just played with the controls and menus for 30 minutes and figured it all out. I think it is easy to use. Although the tuner is easy enough to use, I will seldom use it. I loaded 2000 songs on a 16 GB Sandisk Cruzer Fit mini flash drive plugged it in and set the play mode to random. Other than for sports broadcasts, I don't expect to listen to the radio. You can just set the source to USB and listen to your music without interruption. It works great with my iPod Touch too. I was able to match the display color to my dash lights perfectly. I think this radio is a tremendous value.
    Pros:
    This is a great radio at a great price. Installation was a breeze. It is easy to use.
    Cons:
    A quick start guide is all you get. No hardcopy of the instruction manual is included. You have to down the PDF and either print it or use it on your iPad. The manual is not especially well written.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    3 out of 5

    Great Headunit....But...

    Written By Dean, Waldorf, MD on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Really a great headunit. I like that it has 4 volt preamp outs (i think it does o.O) I fell in love with the USB as well. The remote control is a great feature makes it so much easier to browse your music comfortable while driving. I got it mainly though because of the variable display. it lets you choose all the colors of everything. very customizable. I may be the only one because of the my car but it easily overheats and shutdown. i was told all kenwoods have this problem which is disappointing because i have been a kenwood fan for a while. but after this. i can say ill never buy a kenwood again. :/ Despite that i loved this thing so much i desperately tried to solve the overheating problem. spent a lot of time and money...but it was pointless nothing worked. If you live in a cool environment you'll be fine. but if your car runs hot ( turbo, diesel, or both like mine.) you may have problems.
    Pros:
    USB, Remote Control, 4V preamp outs, Variable illumination display, Very nice look to it.
    Cons:
    Saftey shutdown. Heat sensitivity.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    excellent sound, mediocre display

    Written By bricktx, Longview, TX on Sunday, February 05, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I installed this Kenwood in my 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis after having upgraded the factory speakers with Pioneer 6 x 8 s. Upgrading the speakers alone made a tremendous improvement. Upgrading with this Kenwood made almost that much more of an improvement. I don't believe you can get better sound from any other brand in this price range. The only thing I'm a little disappointed in is the appearance of the display. It's OK...very legible, bright, and informative but after seeing a friends Alpine, my Kenwood looks very coarse and cheap. The build quality of the unit itself seems very high, it's just the appearance of the display. If the appearance of the display isn't problem for you then you should be extremely happy with this unit. I would still buy it again.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, ease of use, FM reception
    Cons:
    Coarse display, a little cheezee
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Jae, Orange County, CA on Friday, February 03, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This is a great unit, it really helped me boost my whole system to the next level. If your looking for great sound quality and don't want to spend a couple hundred then I would highly recommend this to you.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Nice radio , hard to use

    Written By Greg O, Patchogue N.Y. on Monday, January 30, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Nice radio,good sound,cool effects,but hard to change stations and source when driving.It's easy to set up after install when you can concentrate and look at what your doing but a P.I.T.A. when you just want to change stations.
    Pros:
    Good sound, lots of power
    Cons:
    Hard to hit pre-sets and small buttons
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Excellent Value

    Written By AmadoV, Rochester, NY on Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Crutchfield made the installation extremely easy. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    2 out of 5

    TOO COMPLICATED

    Written By Peted, Minnesota on Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    What I wanted was a basic CD reciever with a good amp and sound quality. I got that, but I also got a reciever that's cumbersome to use, with confusing controls, and takes far too many button pushes to do something simple like change the radio station. It's easy enough to operate sitting in the garage, but way too difficult to use on the road, especially in a car with a manual transmission.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, power and adjustable crossovers for front, back and sub.
    Cons:
    Too difficult to perform common functions. Display is too bright at night, even with the dimmer setting on the lowest intensity and the button/display color changed to red. The round knob has joystick functionality that is not erogonomically friendly. I want the simplified controls from my 20 year old Sony pull out cassette/reciever back!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Very nice product

    Written By RickA, Belvidere, IL on Monday, January 23, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Great product, great sound, many feature and add-ons.
    Pros:
    Kenwood reputation, power, sound quality, USB input
    Cons:
    cant think of any
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    almost

    Written By RSF, Longmont,Co on Sunday, January 22, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Only con is that the unit will not recognize large size audio files through the usb connection. it will do so through with cd player ... ie flac files ...
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Awesome Head Unit!!!

    Written By Gina&Rich, Melbourne, FL on Friday, January 20, 2012
     
    Extremely impressed with this unit in every way. VERY adjustable! Great sound quality! Still on have stock door speakers, will upgrade soon, but they sound great with this. Cheap aftermarket rear 6 by 9s sound better than before too. Those also will be replaced soon. Running a Hifonics BRZ1200.1D to a Fosgate T1D412 and that sounds AMAZING! Great sub adjustablity from the deck, really impressed with that! The built in filters to all speakers are awesome and a fantastic feature also! Would 110% buy again and reccomend to anyone that doesn't care about bluetooth and pandora, but you can always upgrade with add-ons which is another really nice feature about it.
    Pros:
    Adjustablity Add-on possibilites Filters front, rear and sub!
    Cons:
    Haven't found 1
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Nate D., Columbus, GA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    To be honest, I bought this mainly for the ability to play my iPod (without having to use a dang FM modulator) and to have RDS capabilities. Years ago I replaced the stock radio with a Pioneer, so I wasn't expecting a major change in the sound quality. Boy was I wrong! I have this head unit pushing a stock Mach 460 setup in my Mustang and it sounds superb. It took my a few minutes to get the high and low-pass filters set up where I wanted them, and a few more minutes to set up my display preferences and such, but now I'm loving it! My commute is 200 miles (round trip) and I'm actually looking forward to it so that I can crank the music up without upsetting the neighbors :-) Overall great product that I would highly recommend! As always, the accessories and instructions provided by Crutchfield made installation easy; time from opening the boxes to playing tunes with it in the car was roughly one hour. Can't wait to upgrade to more modern component speakers, subs, and amps!
    Pros:
    - Economical option for users with not a lot of cash but who want top-of-the-line features. - User-selectable colors made it easy to match my stock dash lighting. - Very granular control of the sound (high and low-pass filters, subwoofer-specific settings, etc) - RDS with automatic clock setting was a nice added bonus
    Cons:
    - I imagine the display might be a tad hard to read if the sun is hitting it directly, but then again so was the stock radio and the Pioneer I used previously, so not sure I'd consider that a con. - Only reason I rated "ease of use" a 4 and not a 5 is due to the number of settings you have access to; Kenwood did a pretty good job organizing the menus though. - I rated "coolness" a 4 only because I consider the newer full-color touchscreen units to be "5"-level.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Paul, Miami, FL on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Awesome little radio, great sound, great value, I am on the road alot so I don't need presets. So many different color choices to match your dash. The dial is the control and once you connect your ipod you control everything from the head unit and from the remote for even better controls. Next step is to replace the factory speakers and add the sirius sat.
    Pros:
    Great sound, value, very cool features and controls.
    Cons:
    No presets but I am on the road all the time that I don't need it.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Tommy, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, December 29, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Best bang for the buck! Refurb quality is like new quality. Kenwood is legit!
    Pros:
    Very clean and crisp sound. Very personizable! Lots of color options for buttons, display, and USB port... AND you can set them all to different colors at same time. Very nice click wheel that's IS NOT annoying with iPod controls. Clean and professional look. Not "FLASHY" Doesn't stand out when car is off.
    Cons:
    Need to read instruction manual to learn full functionality of stereo!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Sounds amazing

    Written By Hal Jordan, Port Saint Lucie FL on Monday, December 26, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Absolutely a steal for the money. I installed in a BMW 330XI (2006) and it was perfect! A TON of features (needed the front, rear and sub pre-outs) which were key purchase needs as well as the color matching ability and direct XM integration. The 595 is a steal and when you combine the 192 DAC's she looks and sounds mean as hell. Awesome!
    Pros:
    Easy to install, no noise and sounds insane.
    Cons:
    no direct presets on front of unit
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Couldnt get better

    Written By Ryan P, Dothan, Al on Saturday, December 24, 2011
     
    Awesome stereo. Dont think twice about buying this item. 5 stars from me!
    Pros:
    Super easy to use!! Changes colors and sound quality is awesome
    Cons:
    Nothing at all..
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Fantastic Purchase

    Written By Dan, NA on Friday, December 02, 2011
     
    Fantastic value. Ran into a couple of snags on the installation (had blown fuses, bad wiring diagram from different source). I called tech support at midnight and they talked me through it. Don't buy this from anywhere else.
    Pros:
    Everything. Iphone charges when connected to USB
    Cons:
    NA
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By FT, Rising Sun, MD on Friday, December 02, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I was a little skeptical about buying a Kenwood, I have always had Eclipse Head units... So I decided to go with the Excelon Line for the "higher end" of Kenwood. So Far I am pleased with the unit, it performs well for the price.
    Pros:
    Ease of use after you get used to it. The 3 line text display is nice to have.
    Cons:
    Takes awhile to get used to the joystick and controls, but all good after that. Text display for Radio information could be a little more flexible on which lines to display selected information. No Radio Station pre-sets
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    4 out of 5

    Quality Head Unit

    Written By Patrick, Groton, CT on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I got this head unit powering four Prime 1682 6x8s in my doors with a Prime 250-1 on two 12" R2 subs. I was concerned that 22 watts per channel would not be enough to keep the subs from drowning out the door speakers. This unit allows you to set HP and LP filters which dialed the sound right in. Once I downloaded the actual instructions manual from the Kenwood website, navigating the menu options and accessing my desired settings was quite easy. This is a very nice product for the price. The iPod controls and customizable color display is worth the extra few bucks over the X395.
    Pros:
    Price, Three Line Display, iPod Controls, 4v Pre-amps, and Tuning Options
    Cons:
    Navigation menu
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    Another great Kenwood product

    Written By metalhead52, Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday, November 08, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Another great stereo from Kenwood. Let me say, I have been a faithful Kenwood user for many years, from home stereo equiptment to car stereos. Purchased a new vehicle so it was time for a new Kenwood. This stereo has it all. More of a competion unit with all the audio inputs and sound adjustments. Looks awesome and sounds wonderful. I installed this myself about a month ago and was fairly easy with Crutchfield master sheet. I soldered all connections and shrink tubed everything. Also had to use a GM Lan adapter and blinker sound relay for my Chevrolet HHR. I had to grind down the upper corners of the Crutchfield monting bracket a little bit to get it to fit the properly through the dash opening but it was not a big deal. Now for the stereo. I really like the color possibilites. You can have it continually change color or you can set the buttons, dsisplay, and USB port independently. The buttons are pretty easy to use once you figure out what everything does. There are no preset buttons for the radio staions. You just hit the preset button and scroll through a list of your stations. This unit pulls in the stations better than my factory stereo did. It also reads info from the radio stations that have digital signals so the song that is playing scrolls across the screen. I really like the USB port. No more CDs. I can play everything I want in a simple 8G flash drive. I highly recommend the KDC-X595.
    Pros:
    The different lighting possibilities. USB port. Fully functional knob (in,up,down,left,right)
    Cons:
    No flashing red light on unit when face is removed.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    3 out of 5

    Decent

    Written By Heathen, Tennessee on Friday, October 21, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Decent head unit for the price I suppose. Decent functionality, but clearly room for improvement. I have been using this unit for about 2 months now and I still get pretty irritated when doing the simplest of tasks with this unit. I wanted to wait to write my review until I got enough use out of it.

    Using the USB input with a 16GB thumb drive. I have about 100 folders (each an album, about 2000 songs) however setting the random all folders and the unit will only cycle through about 30-40 of the songs. Totally not random as I can predict (after a few months of use) the next song after skipping several in a row. Same thing happens when hooking my Droid Thunderbolt via USB drive mode. Really disappointed in this. Also, the remote is pretty much mandatory to get full use of the head unit. Half the functions you can get to via remote, the other half you have to use the rotary knob. Total pain in the arse.

    Looked for a firmware update that might resolve the USB issues, but nothing appears to be available.

    If I could, I would probably return this unit for something else. I already miss my 8 year old Alpine. I took a gamble on this and lost.
    Pros:
    -display -front USB -front AUX
    Cons:
    -USB random function -radio presets impossible to navigate -dependent on remote for basic/ease of use -remote design is not that great
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    3 out of 5

    Not as good as a Sony xplode

    Written By jay, Orlando on Saturday, October 15, 2011
     
    The sound tailoring is not as flexible as I like. the separation of signals makes the music sound FLAT. The sony xplode I bought back in 02 sounded much better. I would rather have the xplode
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Amazing Value

    Written By Brian S, Cedar Knolls, NJ on Thursday, October 13, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Don't let the price fool you, this unit is one of the best radios I've purchased. It has many features that other radios 3 times the price dont have. The built in iPod/iPhone integration is amazing, you can control everything straight from the headunit. The built in amp gives enough power for some good crisp sounding music. I bought 6 3/4" Kicker coaxials for the front and rear doors in my 2001 Audi A6 and this radio allows the speakers to fill the car with crisp clean music. Having 6 pre-amp outputs makes it alot easier when hooking up an amp for a subwoofer, instead of having to deal with crossovers and bass blockers. Currently I'm running the speakers off of the head unit with a 500watt Rockford amp for my 10" Alpine Type-R sub and having the ability to choose the frequencies I want cutoff straight from the radio itself makes tuning the system alot easier. I would definatly recommend this radio to anyone whos looking for an amazing deal, trust me you wont be dissapointed. Being that its a Kenwood Excelon, youre getting one of kenwoods better radios. Crutchfield even sells it under their "Signature" series.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Simply Awesome!

    Written By Casey, Texas on Monday, October 10, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I felt obligated to post this review, after all, these reviews helped me make my decision. I personally researched cd head units for 2 months and eventually narrowed all the many choices from brand after brand down to two units. The Sony 650 and this Kenwood. I finally choose this Kenwood signature series over the Sony for a few reasons. The most important deciding factor for my choice is sound quality and this excelon signature series has 4 volt pre outs instead of two volts as well as 22 watts RMS instead of 17. The second factor that swayed my decision towards this unit was the display. I really like the 3 line display as well as the spectrum analyser. This Sony 650 also had a 3 line display, however the analyser is much smaller and the overall look of the display didn't look as vivid. Finally I decided on this because its a signatures series and has a two year warranty. Well I have had this HU for 3 days now and I very happy with my decision. The sound is absolutely outstanding. This display is very sweet. Iphone control is easy and works flawlessly. The remote does everything you would want it to do and is not dumbed down like some remotes. I am still learning about this HU, all the features, and ways you can customize it, but every day I love it more and more. I have put together car audio systems for 18 years and this is easily and by far the best sounding system I have ever had. Overall this Kenwood is simply Awesome!.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By dougcpa, Kansas City, MO on Saturday, October 08, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Replaced the factory stereo in our 2009 Mazda 6 with this head unit. Definitely made an improvement in sound quality even using the factory speakers at this time. The variable color display is nice and we were able to set it up so it matched perfectly the OEM colors on the rest of the instrumentation. The display is customizable and allowed us to set it up displaying exactly what we wanted to see. Its a little disappointing that you can't change the search mode on the fly other than by going into the search function set up. The manual on the Kenwood site doesn't cover everything about the unit which was also disappointing. It didn't even cover how to set radio presets. It briefly talked about it, but didn't describe the procedure. The only other quibble is that using the dial I can't see the display because my hand is in the way. But this would be a problem on just about every standard DIN radio. The iPod integration worked flawlessly and works better than the OEM iPod integration in our 2011 BMW.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    I am very Happy

    Written By Basilio, Sunland Park, NM on Friday, October 07, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This is the first radio I have installed and had no issues. Great sounding radio, mp3 player, just what I wanted. I really recommend it.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    3 out of 5

    Not a bad unit but....

    Written By LJS, Seattle,Wa on Thursday, September 29, 2011
     
    I've been using this unit for over a year now and I'm ready to switch to something else. It's not a bad unit particularly for the price but what has tired me of the unit is the control buttons, they are too small and feel cheap. The display is what takes up the space and ergonomically the buttons don't work for me. In addition the unit lately has had the habit of rebooting itself when you engage a button, any button, regardless of what function you're in. The other item that I have come to dislike is Kenwood's version of radio presets. I know I'm not the most technical savvy person out there but for the life of me I can't figure out how to easily delete or program a frequency. The manual does not do a good job explaining the function and quite frankly it just shouldn't be this hard. I also can't see the value of the "Log" button.

    On the plus side the ability to adjust the display colors works well, the display itself is superior to Pioneer's kiddy light show, the 4 volt pre-outs are great, folder navigation is straight forward and the sound quality is right up there with the more expensive head units.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Fantastic

    Written By Mike L., Stewartstown N.H. on Saturday, September 24, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    My boys installed this radio and could not believe the features and clearaty for the mony, and they have bought many of their own recievers.. If your having a hard time deciding which receiver to buy in the $150.00 price range spend the extra $20.bucks and buy this one you will not be sorry. Better then some in higher price range models. My unit was a my door in two days.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    3 out of 5

    Nice Unit...clunky radio interface

    Written By Mike, Washington, DC on Monday, September 19, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I love the sleek look of this HU right out of the box and everything worked flawlessly. The larger screen allows for two lines of text in addition to the current time and a cool little digital equalizer. However this comes at a price, a lack of face buttons. You can see from the picture that there are no presets for the radio stations or a quick "shuffle" or "repeat" button. All of these functions still exist but you have to navigate through the radio interface in order to actually use them. Now, this wouldn't be that bad if I could actually see the screen. At least 60% of the time I would say the sun is "too bright" thus making the screen completely unreadable. Overall it's a very nice sounding unit with lots of fine tuning adjustments that can be made to tailor fit the sound to your vehicle just the way you want it. I'd say it's worth getting if your radio is mounted lower in your console (I have a 2003 Cavalier and it's pretty close to the top of the dash) and the sun glare won't be an issue or if you just don't listen to the radio that much.

    I've had the unit for over a month and thanks to Crutchfield's awesome customer service they are doing an exchange and hopefully my new HD-548U will be better. I originally had a MP342U which I installed in another vehicle; I like this style with the smaller screen better since all of the features are easily accessible with the push of 1 button.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Fabulous!

    Written By JayBee, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, August 18, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I replaced the stock unit on my 04 Jeep Wrangler with this unit to get iPhone connectivity. The installation was a breeze. The step-by-step instructions left out one step, but the screen had given a warning on that extra task when buying so it was no problem. The unit looks great, I am amazed at how good the sound is through the crummy OEM speakers. I saw another review complaining about the sound quality -- just spend some more time with the audio settings and I'm confident that can be easily fixed. The unit does have a few quirks: If an iPhone (iPod) is attached the unit starts playing a random song on startup. Its sometimes charming to explore deep into your music portfolio, but its also sometimes odd. The display is smaller than I expected, and it doesn't display the radio station numeric identifier, only the call letters or logo. That can make search for a station a bit if a blind stab unless you key in the numbers through the remote. When travelling, the seek picks up only strong stations, so you do not find stations ahead on your line of travel until you are quite close, but then you keep them long after passing the tower as the unit has a fine receiver. I love the unit so much I'm seriously considering buying another one for my other car. Great value and fine performance.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    EXCELON

    Written By MattD, Mount Joy, PA on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I just received this yesturday after only 2 days. Shipping only took 1 Day, I was astounded. Installation was a breeze. Hooked up 1 wrong wire, but a quick call to tech support solved the problem. This thing is amazing. It added so much bass to my stock system. There are so many features to this receiver. I would highly recommend downloading the user manual It does come with a quick start guide. The iPod control is great and works flawlessly. If you are thinking about this stereo, BUY IT. I absolutley love it. Next step is to add an amp and some subs. Great job Kenwood.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Ryan U, Rochester, IN on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This head unit is a great upgrade from my factory ford head-unit. There are almost endless options for color, audio, and more. This is good, but can sometimes take a minute or 2 to find it. The only complaint i have is if you select ipod mode, you either have to use head-unit, or just ipod. My last head unit had 2 way control so i could find a song on ipod and song information would still play on screen. Great head-unit for the price. I will always use crutch-field for all my auto electronic needs.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Very Decent Unit

    Written By GaryS, San Luis Obispo, CA on Monday, August 08, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    The unit sounds great, no complaints there. I am not a huge fan of the display. The LCD is dated but for the price I am fine with it. The iPod controls with the remote are a bit laggy. All in all it is a good unit and I would recommend it for the price.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Another OUTSTANDING unit from Kenwood

    Written By Kevin, North Texas on Saturday, August 06, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Have not had this unit very long but long enough to know this is a great unit. The ability to change display colors is cool but overall performance is still the most important aspect of any receiver and this one is exceptional. The ability to shape the sound is a great feature and the 4 volt signal it sends to my amps is clean, clear and the sound and power coming out of my amps was improved by 10 fold. I also want to say THANKS to a very helpful advisor for answering ALL of my questions and making my change from an older Kenwood unit perfect and simple so "THANKS Jenny"
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Great head unit.

    Written By Jason R., Limestone, ME on Sunday, July 31, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Great product, great price. If your on a budget and want the best, buy this head unit. This Excelon is loaded with options for sound and color. The other plus is that it's part of Crutchfield's Signature series products. You can't go wrong in my opinion.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    More than impressed.

    Written By Jmehl, Valparaiso, IN on Monday, July 25, 2011
     
    I wanted a new receiver for 2 reasons: to control my iPod, and to possibly, somewhat improve the famously awful sound of the stock Bose system in my RSX Type-S. I was prepared to eventually replace the amps and speakers as well, but, simply replacing the incredibly gaudy-looking stock head unit with this Kenwood has transformed my car into a legitimately good place to listen to music. There is actually depth, clarity, and bass coming from the stock speakers that I didn't think was possible. Truth is, I have no idea how to use 90% of the functions that this unit can perform, but even if I learn nothing more than how to plug my iPod into the USB, I'd still give it 5 stars on aesthetics and sound quality alone. I'm flat-out blown away by the improvement.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Still learning

    Written By Questioner77, WA on Sunday, July 24, 2011
     
    I just had this stereo installed to replace the factory model that doesn't play iPod. So far controls have been confusing, and the manual is horrible. The installer gave a quick tutorial, but I'm having problems going back through his instructions. However, it's nice to be able to listen to audiobooks without the interference of the FM transmitter. I might have a better review once I figure how to use to stereo. I wish it had actual buttons; it appears to that most of the stereos don't seem to have buttons.

    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    very nice radio

    Written By leo, college park maryland on Friday, July 22, 2011
     
    This radio is a replacement to a Five year old Eclipse radio. The difference is very noticeable between both radios; even though the Eclipse has five volt pre-out and this Kenwood is only Four volts pre-out, it is still sounds much better than the Eclipse. Plus, the I-Pod is very easy to navigate through the songs and/or Artist in the Menu. I am running on my 2005 Explorer two pairs of Infinity Cappas on the doors and two ten inch MTX in the Cargo area and one Alpine, Four by Fifty watts per channel running the door speakers and one twelve hundred watts California Profile Amp for the Sub-Woofers, and on high volume it sounds very clean. So, I do recommend this radio to someone who is interested in building a strong system in their vehicle.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Love It

    Written By collin, Wake Forest, NC on Thursday, July 14, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This receiver is exactly what i was looking for, a receiver with a usb port, 3 line display, and bluetooth compatible. Couldn't have asked for a better product.it packs a punch even without an amp. I have it hooked up to infinity kappa series speakers and they sound amazing. As always Crutchfield was extremely helpful and sent everything you could possibly need to install for free, and you can't beat free shipping, bought it on Tuesday and had it hooked up and running on Thursday. Overall great setup on Kenwood's part with all of the sound shaping tools you could ask for and like i said before plenty of power out of the box to back up those tools. I'm really liking the color options ( if you go to the video of this receiver they show you what you can do with it ) I think its a great idea because you can match the color of it to virtually any interior color. Looking forward to many years of listening to this receiver!
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    2 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By ScottK, MA on Friday, July 08, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Installation was easy and sound quality is a big improvement over the OEM radio in my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but that is where my positive review ends.

    What I don't like about this unit is the RDS functionality and display settings. To begin with when navigating the radio you can't tell what station you are on or which one you have switched to. You program the stations in the Presets, but the actual frequency number gets replaced with station info via RDS. Which means the display will show the preset number (FM-P02) and then the RDS info. You are unable to see the frequency like 104.1. If you seek to the next preset you get FM-P03 and the new RDS info. Makes it tough if you want to switch to 92.9 as you have no idea where you are or where you are going. If you hit the preset button your will see all of your presets (FM-P01, FM-P02, etc), but again next to it all you see is the RDS info instead of the station frequency. Makes it unsafe to navigate while driving. Sure, you can use the remote to punch in the frequency direct, but again, how safe is that while driving.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Great display, a little bright

    Written By Matt, NJ on Sunday, June 19, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Installation in a 2005 Toyota Corolla was a snap, couldn't be easier with the stuff Crutchfield provides. Shipping was fast, and the personalized thank you note for buying a signature product was an excellent touch. Took me a little over an hour, and that included soldering the wiring harness on.

    The unit itself, however, has a few minor flaws I couldn't have found without testing it out personally. They are:

    1. iPod controls aren't great. You have a choice between letting the head unit control the iPod, or controlling it via the iPod itself (my preferred method). However, if you switch the head unit to iPod control, NO information about the currently playing track is displayed on the screen, and you can't switch songs via either the iPod or the head unit - only the iPod. I bought a Sony unit from here about a year ago and it allowed me to use either the iPod or the head unit to control it. Would have been a nice feature here.

    2. Brightness at night. Although I haven't played extensively with the illumination settings, the display itself is very bright when driving at night, and sometimes too dim when driving during the day. The backlit display is much brighter than I would have thought in absolute darkness. I know there are still several options that I can adjust, and will still give that a try.

    Overall, great unit with a great sound. Lots of configuration options. The only thing missing, really, is better iPod control.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Tops off a great system

    Written By Pat, Wisconsin on Wednesday, May 25, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Replaced my outdated Aiwa in my "98 Bonneville with this unit. At the same time I ordered two Kenwood 5204 amps and a new set of Kenwood 3X9 rear deck replacement speakers. I already had replaced the front door speakers last summer and installed a Bazooka bass tube in the trunk. I finally completed the install and have dialed in the system. The difference is UNBELIEVABLE! Never dreamed my system could sound so good. Still learning how to use all the features on the head unit, but seems to be pretty user friendly. Only complaint is that you only get a quick start user manual, you have to download the complete user manual if you so desire, and you will want to do that if you want to take advantage of what this unit has to offer. The best part is the amps and speakers were on sale, hurry up and get yours while the offer stands.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Very nice receiver

    Written By Eric, Endwell, NY on Thursday, May 05, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Very nice receiver. My son really likes the fact that he can hook up his ipod and control it from the backseat with the remote. It would have been nicer if it allowed you to hit a button on the remote and advance to the next pre-programmed station instead of having to enter the number. Otherwise, I am very happy with it.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    2 out of 5

    weak bass, shrill highs, poorly designed controls

    Written By Eric, Albany, NY on Sunday, April 24, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I was excited about the options this model has to customize the display information and colors. You can even set the buttons to have a different backlight color than the main display, and it has something like 24 different color choices, including a very subdued black and white.

    Despite that, this one just isn't a winner. The sound is mediocre at best, almost as good as most OEM units. The bass is weak and muddy, the highs are shrill...

    On top of that, the controls are the most poorly designed I have ever seen. Some buttons have different functions in different play modes. For example, in CD mode the Repeat button pauses the CD.
    2 out of 12 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Nice upgrade if a heavy Ipod/Iphone user

    Written By Mike, Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, April 23, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I purchased the X595 because I'm a heavy Iphone/Ipod music user and I only had a factory unit in my Pontiac, with no audio inputs.
    The X595 is excellent for Iphone use! I love how I can switch between selecting from the music library using either the Kenwood head or directly from the IPhone. An unexpected bonus: all the apps with sound go directly though the Iphone USB cable into the Kenwood! I can stream music or or a movie, while parked of course.
    The display has selectable color and it defaults to a mode where the color changes every few seconds. I personally think this is really cool.
    There's not a lot of talk about RDS, the text information sent along with FM band signals, but the X595 can display the song title and artist and station identifier from the local FM stations that participate. This is a nice bonus.
    AM reception is important to me. The X595's tuner is a very powerful AM "DX" receiver. During proper conditions I can hear AM stations four states away.
    A couple of minor irritations: The bezel has some play. Also, removing the face is a bit tricky and requires some jiggling to get it off. Placing the face back on leaves me quessing. I'm never quite sure if it is in place as there is a bit of play when it's pressed into place.
    When attaching or re-attaching the Iphone the X595 begins its music search and immediately starts playing the first song in the music library.
    All-in-all, I'm really happy with the X595 and would buy it again.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By DanV, Roscoe,IL on Friday, April 22, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Many of the excelon (higher end) receiver line-up,satisfied my criteria,by having 6 channel;4 volt preamp outs ;and having the ability (feature) to turn off the internal amp.Customization heaven with the display, and audio options and adjustability.Aesthetically pleasing in my VW GTI.Couldn't be more pleased.Saved 10 % with an "open-box" model;can't beat that. Thanks Crutcfield
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Great deck

    Written By mgw, Covington,Va on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    this deck is very good. Works great with my iPhone 4. Sound quality through the iPhone is a little less than CD but it's more than likely the data from iTunes and not the deck...overall very good value!
    Oh, and Crutfield knocked it out of the park with their customer service and fast shipping.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Great Deck!

    Written By Travis, Michigan on Friday, April 15, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I love all the adjustments you can make on this deck. Originally purchased the JVC KD-R620 and returned it for the Kenwood. Much better sound quality. Love it!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    4 out of 5

    Solid sound and features

    Written By WelshVibe, Obelisk, PA on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Overall this is an outstanding-sounding, feature-packed car stereo. Programmable display colors make limitless combinations to match anything. The navigation wheel/knob takes some time to get used to, as does the Log feature which remembers your most recently visited stations on a scroll list (in lieu of preset station buttons). You get a lot for the price and I highly recommend it.
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Very nice

    Written By happy, Nebraska on Monday, April 04, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    This deck has a ton of features for the money. Easy installation, good sound and under 200 bucks......homerun!
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Very satisfied !

    Written By Allan C., North Augusta, SC on Monday, March 28, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    I'll keep this as " short and to the point " as possible....this is a fine head unit, especially for it's modest price. It outshines the factory head unit in every way even with the factory speakers in my Tacoma.....I have Kenwood separates that I have not installed yet with a Kenwood amp that I haven't purchased yet. Don't get discouraged with the quick set up guide, you can download the other manual online. I love the variable color display on this unit......you can set it up to match your factory dash lights. I am very happy with this unit to say the least :-)
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By bk, sherman oaks, ca on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
     
    Anyone looking for an upgrade from your factory, this should be on your wish
    list! If you're like me and need to research for your next stereo.. stop now and
    buy this! you will not regret it! i ordered mine about a week ago and just got
    it installed just a few hours ago.. this unit is amazing.. it's got color tuning
    so you can mix and match your interior.. front usb and aux.. and this definitely
    changed my sound quality over stock.. i've had a few pioneer unit, from the deh
    series to the avic n1.. but from the research i found this to be the best bang
    your buck on a budget.. i hope you this get this and enjoy it!!
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
     
    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X595

    Written By Mike F, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, March 16, 2011
    Crutchfield Customer Review