Tune into the digital revolution
Enjoy the best sound in radio, hands down, with HD Radio™. Broadcasts are available almost everywhere across the country, offering outstanding digital sound quality free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 CD receiver has everything you need to listen in — just tune into local HD Radio stations and enjoy the difference.

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Plenty of other entertainment options, too
When you're not enjoying your drive-time radio, slip in a CD to take advantage of this receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. It converts the raw data on your disc, including MP3 and WMA files, to smooth life-like sound. And convenient front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs give you access to plenty of other listening options.

Once you plug in your iPod® or iPhone®, you'll enjoy quick navigation of your playlists and albums. Plus, if you groove to Pandora® Internet radio with your iPhone, you won't miss a beat when you plug it into KDC-X596 with its built-in Pandora® controls. And you Android fans can take advantage of the Music Link app, which provides a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB input.

Sound-shaping tools
Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X596's 3-band EQ, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you customize the output to fit your car's speaker setup. And, speaking of customizing, you can adjust the illumination color on this Kenwood to match your vehicle's lighting.

And don't forget another Excelon sound advantage. If you're building a car audio system, one of the keys to the getting the most out of your system is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that'll provide your amps with the strong signal they need for top performance.

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 or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit display and variable-color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Music Link app for Android devices
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    radio

    Written By Bob, Pittsburgh on Monday, September 02, 2013

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    goog radio

    poor stereo

    Written By Anonymous, idahi on Friday, July 19, 2013

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    Radio won't Pick Up stations, Cd's started Skipping After 2 Months. Contracted crutchfield and They Made Us Go Through KenwooD. Kenwood Wouldn't warranty The Stereo.

    Pros: none

    Cons: Cd Player Skips, No Radio Stations Pick up

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    Written By Johnny, Southeast on Thursday, July 11, 2013

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    Didn't work with iPod. Didn't work with iPhone. Didn't work with thumb drive. Instructions for mount were wrong. Didn't come with all the necessary hardware.

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    Written By Kelvin, Madison ga on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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    Great product

    Pros: Price and quality

    Cons: None

    KDC-X596

    Written By 4budz, Saint Louis on Sunday, June 09, 2013

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    Why this one has been Discontinued is their loss and your gain (on Sale). Everything on this unit fit the bill for me.

    Pros: **Change the Color of the lights to match the car's dash AND able to Dim for night driving. **HD Radio. **iPod. **High Voltage Pre-Outs for much better sound. **2 Yr. Warranty. **Crutchfield's Great Service.

    Cons: Discontinued

    great unit

    Written By Anonymous, Tacoma WA on Saturday, May 25, 2013

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    easy to install, great sound quality nice features. able to adjust subs from control panel. HD radio kicks a$$.. Great value

    Cons: none

    Great stereo for the price

    Written By Devin, Denton, TX on Sunday, May 05, 2013

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    This stereo was fairly easy to install in my '95 Accord, the instructions included were slightly vague but I figured it out. The only problem was that I wired the harness up color for color and found that I had almost zero radio reception. Well I called Crutchfield and spoke to an employee who said that I needed to wire the blue wire from the harness to the blue/white wire on the stereo. That fixed the issue and I haven't had any problems since! It made my Alpine speakers sound amazing compared to the stock unit. I definitely recommend this one.

    Pros: Easy to install, simple controls, good price

    Cons: Wiring harness can be a little tricky, was difficult to mount flush with my console

    Radio

    Written By Tmarcus, New Orleans , LA. on Friday, April 19, 2013

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    Radio was easy to install , great product!

    Kenwood hit the mark

    Written By GaryV, DeFuniak Springs, Fl on Thursday, April 18, 2013

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    I called Crutchfield to order a different stereo. The guys at Crutchfield helped me choose a better integrated system; included the wire harness, dash kit, and free tech support. I am pleased with the sound, the looks, and the set up was straitforward. I think I saved some money to boot. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: Well built system and loaded with features. The USB and HD Radio tuner is a big plus.

    Cons: No cons.

    Awesome

    Written By Michaeli, St Louis, MO on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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    Can't imagine a better head unit any any price. Installed in an 04 Infiniti G35 with Bose system. Sound is MUCH better than the factory unit, same speakers and amp. HD radio is awesome, reception is very good. AAA+++ Crutchfield tech support is the BEST. First unit ever installed and no problems with a little help from tech. Not the easiest car to work on as the climate control and radio is all one unit.

    Pros: Sound, features, price

    Cons: None to date.

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    Written By Anonymous, Chester, IL on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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    This unit is probably the best I've ever used.

    Pros: The USB port charges the iPhone, you can match colors to other lighting inside car, sound quality

    Cons: None!

    Great Receiver for the money

    Written By Rob K., Kingsport, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013

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    this is the first Kenwood I've had in about 20 years, and it is awesome.

    Pros: Was a great buy for the price.

    Cons: The placement of buttons could have been better, the ones you dont use alot are the big ones and the ones you do use alot sre small, maybe Im just still use to my old pioneer.

    Kenwood best sound

    Written By Jose A., Ponce,PR on Thursday, April 11, 2013

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    this is my 2nd kenwood.first was installed on a toyota tacoma, 2nd on a mazda protege.excelent sound,features and performance.AAAA+++++11111111 RECEIVER

    Pros: versatilty,connectivity,about 20 colors display to choose,strong preamp out signal to connect amps,lot of tuneability

    Cons: no cons for me

    Superb Sound

    Written By Bobby L, Peekskill, NY on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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    First off let me say that Crutchfield are always a pleasure to order electronics from and their customer service is the best in the industry. A close friend of mine who has his own Car Installation company installed this in 25 minutes for me, as soon as I hooked up my USB Flashdrive to it and turned in the unit I could hear the difference in quality compared to my old stock Toyota receiver. The learning curve for operating the unit is pretty easy, I set up everything in a few minutes to the way I liked. As of now I still have the stock speakers in my car, but the sound is so much cleaner and clearer. I'm very happy also the wire harness and fit kit was included free, plus free shipping! The local big box store wanted to charge me over $59.00 for the Kit and Harness plus $70 for install, im glad i went with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use , remote control

    Cons: None

    Good Value

    Written By MikeB, NWF on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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    I went with the Kenwood because it had all the features I needed at a good price. It has good sound and the menus are easy to figure out.

    Pros: Easy to use and sounds good.

    Cons: None

    Sure sounds good

    Written By Anonymous, Miami, Fl. on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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    I replaced the factory radio with this... A real difference.

    Pros: Looks nice

    Great deal

    Written By Jim K., Blues Bros. Hometown on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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    Got this on sale. Way cool with changing color lights. Lots of tuning options. The kid loves it!

    Pros: Easy set-up

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    Written By TA, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 01, 2013

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    Good sound and options at a great value. Only operation item i dont like is it always defaults to iphone when you connect it and if you are listening to the radio you have to scroll back through the sources to get back to it.

    Pros: value, pandora, ipod, charging phone

    Cons: operational quirks not necessarily logical.

    Great valu

    Written By RickAG, Erie, PA on Monday, April 01, 2013

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    Great sound for the money. I installed it in my 2006 Town and Country that did not have a USB or AUX port. I liked the sound and ease of installation that I got another Kenwood for my 2004 silverado

    Pros: Good sound easy install. Nice to have the SUB and AUX ports and not have to deal with the Cassette adapter. Now I can play my music off the $10 jump drive.

    Cons: Small buttons, my wife has a hard time reading them. Takes some time to learn how to use all the functions.

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    Written By JIMD, Tampa Bay on Sunday, March 31, 2013

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    Easy to use and install, and I even bypassed my factory amp! Running the wires back wasn't as hard as some have stated, but I had all the tools I needed to do the job right the first time. The HD radio sounds great, and now I just need to upgrade my speakers next.

    Pros: Easy to use, the programmable color gave the edge to this unit over an Alpine. Very impressed with the HD Radio!

    Cons: None

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    Written By jim, west salem, oh on Saturday, March 30, 2013

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    easy to program with the easy presets hold and let go, not as many bells and whistles, I dont use them anyway, I am just an old man that wants to listen to cds, am, fm and podcast loaded onto a thumbdrive

    Pros: easy to install, less wires to hook up than a loaded unit

    Cons: haven't found any yet

    Good Value with Excellent Performance

    Written By JohnM, New Tripoli, PA on Friday, March 29, 2013

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    I have always had great luck with Kenwood products. This has many more features and outputs than I will ever use. It was great having the installation kit available since I needed to remove the stock bracket and use the installation kit bracket to get a better faceplate fit. Using the stock bracket made the radio face plate stick out too far. Having virtually a plug and play wiring harness adapter permitted me to match up the colors and functions perfectly before attempting to install the radio. Using the supplied instructions, the dash panels came out without too much of a challenge. Because of the ample length of the supplied wiring adapter I was able to plug in and test the radio before mounting it to the brackets.

    Pros: Attractive face plate, HD sound capability, ease of installation, excellent written instructions.

    Cons: Perhaps a little complicated operation for those of us old timers who still have 12:00 blinking on our VCR's.

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    Written By mikey, fort worth texas on Thursday, March 28, 2013

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    easy to install great value Crutchfield was great, they sent all wiring harnesses and brackets free of charge

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By Chuck H, Bethesda MD on Sunday, March 24, 2013

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    Easy to install...directions were very clear and the photo instructions were simply invaluable.

    Pros: Easy installation and iPhone connectivity

    Excellent!

    Written By S. Wale, Salisbury, NC on Sunday, March 24, 2013

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    My sixteen year old daughter and I installed this system in a 2005 Ford Escape with so much ease, everyone was shocked! The directions were perfect and point on. I'll definitely come to Crutchfield for my next purchase.

    Pros: Easy installation directions Quick shipping Excellent customer service

    kenwood reciever/cd

    Written By terry, kennewick,wa on Saturday, March 23, 2013

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    radio is great. however the receiver was too small for the radio.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By jay c., buena vista va. on Friday, March 22, 2013

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    good system for the money very pleased...

    Pros: great sound quality

    Cons: takes a while to figure out all the settings

    Excellent!!

    Written By Jose, Oakfield, Wi on Friday, March 22, 2013

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    All 5/5s the product looks really nice and it's easy to use! It allows you to change a lot of audio settings so you can pick they way you want your music to sound! I recommend this to anyone who is questioning buying them!

    Pros: iPod USB port, auxiliary port, color change, HD radio, functions with Pandora Radio. A+++

    Cons: None for me!!

    Good deck

    Written By Mitch C, Lincoln, CA on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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