Kenwood Excelon quality

If you're into sound quality in your car, Kenwood Excelon receivers feature hot 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and an impressive array of sound-sculpting tools. This Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 CD receiver uses built-in Bluetooth® to bring hands-free calling and audio streaming to your vehicle. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Bluetooth lets you concentrate on driving

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an Android® user who's grown tired of your old radio's complicated Bluetooth pairing issues, this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology will make your life easier. If you're an iPhone® aficionado, the KDC-X598 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible iPhones.

Once you're paired up, you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. And the receiver can alert you when you receive text messages, which you can read when you're out of the car. You can install the external Bluetooth microphone in a good spot inside your vehicle for superior hands-free communication.

Kenwood KDC-X598 CD receiver

Stream radio from your phone

If you listen to Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you can use this receiver's controls to play music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet radio. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. And speaking of radio, you can add a satellite radio tuner to this Kenwood, and get into the in-depth music and entertainment programming provided by SiriusXM.

The sound and the display

The KDC-X598's 3-band parametric equalizer lets you adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls. You can use the low-pass frequency filter and phase control to tune the bass going to your subwoofer. You can also adjust the variable-color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the CD slot, aux input, and USB port.

One versatile USB port

The receiver's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. And the port can handle MP3, WMA, or WAV music files on a thumb drive too. Here's a nice feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood Excelon stereo. Connect a few wires, program the adapter for your car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • one-button Bluetooth pairing with iPhone
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet radio control with iPhone and Android
    • 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 illumination
    • Siri Eyes Free control with select iPhones
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q-EX (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of compressed audio files
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Kenwood Music Control app enables playback of music files over USB from select Android devices
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • 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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    Awesome Car stereo

    Written By Gino, Fort Myers, FL on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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    Awesome quality and the Crutchfield customer service neat , they help me to pair mi iPhone 6

    Truly Horrible Unit!

    Written By Won't stay connected to bluetooth, truly horrible, Florida on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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    Well this sounds good enough, but no matter what I do it will not stay connected to bluetooth. It connects and then almost immediately I get a message that says"Connection Unsuccessful make sure that kenwood KDC-X5** is in range". I have paired this many times. I was told to reset the head unit which I did and it still does not work. Do not waste your money on a kenwood!

    Another excellent excelon

    Written By KFisch, Wisconsin on Monday, February 02, 2015

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    I have always bought Kenwood receivers and this is another great one. I was mainly looking for something that would connect and work well with my phone. This receiver has done just that. It will also allow me to expand later when I want to add a sub and maybe satellite radio. The only thing I don't like is that you have to scroll through too many sources...maybe I just haven't figured out how to turn off the options I don't use.

    Pros: Great value for features

    Cons: LCD screen doesn't display when cold. (Comes back as vehicle/radio warms up) Remote pointless - too small to hold and use with one hand

    Awesome Product

    Written By D, Coeur D Alene, ID on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    Awesome deck. Lots of features but not too many to confuse you. I love the low and high pass filter settings! Sound quality is twice as good now! 50x4 channel amplifier built in to the deck! For the price it's an awesome buy! To get just a 50x4 amp for the price. Don't hesitate to buy!

    Pros: Settings, built in 4 channel amp, sound quality, color changing face...

    Cons: Thing around the faceplate was too big and I had to change a setting to get my rear speakers to work with Bluetooth

    AWESOME

    Written By Tim C, Louisville Ky on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    Just an awesome product... been a Kenwood fan for years and it is hard to beat the EXCELON line!

    Pros: EVERYTHING

    Cons: Display is tempermental in cold weather, but still is awesome

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written By Anonymous, Ft Collins co on Monday, January 26, 2015

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