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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

CD receiver

Item #: 113KDCX598

198 Reviews | 9 questions - 41 answers

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Original Price: $139.99

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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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    198 Reviews

    Awesome Car stereo

    Written by: Gino from Fort Myers, FL on March 8, 2015

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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    Truly Horrible Unit!

    Written by: Won't stay connected to bluetooth, truly horrible from Florida on 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!

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    Another excellent excelon

    Written by: KFisch from Wisconsin on February 2, 2015

    2000 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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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 from Coeur D Alene, ID on January 29, 2015

    1998 Subaru 2.5GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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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 from Louisville Ky on January 27, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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 from Ft Collins co on January 26, 2015

    2002 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    It's about exactly what I expected. Wish the rms was a little higher.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Tim from Texas on January 25, 2015

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Easy to install, Not as much bass, button too small and hard to read lables

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: not enough base, button too small and hard to read lables

    Nice Receiver

    Written by: biggej88 from Pauline, SC on January 20, 2015

    2003 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I've always been a Kenwood fan. This one hasn't let me down yet. It's a good value for the price. The Blue Tooth works better than the factory Blue Tooth in our Ford Escape.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Dalton from Mountain Home on January 17, 2015

    2006 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I bought this receiver to replace the factory stereo in my Ford Fusion mostly to add an amplifier without tapping into the factory wires. This is the best cd player i have ever owned. It made the factory speakers sound so much better than they did before. I had planned on replacing the speakers as well but after a little adjusting i may not need to. The best part of it is probably the Bluetooth. It has worked flawlessly. If i have one complaint it is probably the display isn't very easy to read in the daylight but it isn't as bad as i was expecting based on other reviews i read. All in all its a great cd player. I don't think i could have made a better decision purchasing it. If you're thinking about purchasing it just do it. You won't be disappointed.

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    Kenwood

    Written by: Adam G. from Lake St Louis, MO on January 15, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Very functional and updated

    Pros: Usb port and bluetooth

    Cons: Small display

    Great sound - buttons tiny and challenging

    Written by: ShenValley from Virginia on January 12, 2015

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    Whoever designed this did not have the "average" person in mind....the buttons are so tiny and jammed together that it's really hard to use, especially when driving. I have to keep the manual right next to the unit and refer to it all the time just to figure out how it works. This was obviously designed by and for the tech savvy person who loves to play with equipment. I love to play and listen to my radio - not just get frustrated by too many tiny buttons! It was also a real downer to have to purchase something else and pay for more installation to be able to use my steering wheel controls. But the sound is excellent and that kinda makes up for some the things I do not like about this stereo.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality; aesthetically pleasing (except for the small size of the unit); quick installation at Crutchfield with super warranty

    Cons: Buttons are tiny and jammed together; simply cannot read stereo during daylight hours unless it's cloudy and I'm not wearing sunglasses; stereo itself is so small - why not make it larger to fit where my original stereo used to be, instead of making me purchase a "filler" box to use up the rest of the space??

    Great upgrade!

    Written by: Thomas from Washington on January 12, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    This stereo is a great upgrade giving Bluetooth, usb and an aux input for android, i pod/phone etc. This stereo has alot of functions if you are adding a sub and an amp. My son has the same one thus why I bought it. I am only using the stock Toyota amp and speakers for now. It sounds great. No more cassette tape adapter needed for listening to Pandora or ???

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB and AUX input. Great power output.

    Cons: Alot of settings that are great for someone with an aftermarket sub and amp but maybe too much for some without the need or the knowledge of such settings!

    Kenwood Excelon

    Written by: Ron from gilbert az on January 11, 2015

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Fast delivery, great price, easy install, sounds good with stock 6 spot in 2001 Cherokee

    Pros: Everything I stated, Bluetooth works nice, easy operation

    Cons: None yet...

    Happy with my Kenwood

    Written by: M from East Longmeadow on January 11, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Just installed and began using it, appears structurally sound, looks cool and has good sound. Crutchfield rep helped me pick out this stereo based on my wants.

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    Excelent Choice

    Written by: Nick O. from California on January 10, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Look no further, this is a great radio. I replaced a previous replacement radio with this one and I am happy I did. The sound is clear, crisp and clean without needing a lot of boost. I believe to be an excelent unit.

    Pros: It's sound. Either band or inputs sounds good.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 CD receiver in 98 chevy express van

    Written by: Eddie from South Carolina on January 9, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Easy install using the Crutchfield MasterSheet and the free Dash Kit and wiring adapter, Love all the Features, sounds and looks Great. The connections were made easy with the Posi-ProductsT Car Stereo Connectors. Very satisfied with price and product

    Pros: Crutchfield

    Cons: none

    Great Stereo!

    Written by: Tony from Ruckersville, VA on January 5, 2015

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    You can never go wrong with Kenwood stereos!

    Pros: Cool new color displays, easy set up for Bluetooth!

    Cons: None!

    Great Product

    Written by: BradenB from Lexington, KY on January 5, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great product, it runs great and looks great. The Bluetooth functions great and I love how all the ports are covered to prevent dust from entering the radio. The tuner works great and the radio was very easy to install in my car. I'm very pleased

    Pros: Audio quality Ease of use The backlight color changes over time!

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: 99 Jeep from Missouri on January 5, 2015

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I replaced my stock head unit with this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598, What a perfect upgrade,it has really brought out the sounds.

    Pros: Perfect upgrade from the original, and the Crutchfield's installation kit made me it easy to install. It was everything I needed. Now I need to up grade my speakers.

    Cons: I have non at this time..

    Great system!

    Written by: Anonymous from Montrose, MN on January 3, 2015

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I got this system for Christmas and am enjoying it thoroughly! I have no experience in installing a radio however, the directions were fantastic as it was easy to install in no time. I am still learning the capabilities of the radio but so far I love it!

    Pros: Very easy installation and great sound!

    Cons: Nothing yet

    Fits great in early 2000's GMC, Chevy

    Written by: Tim from Phoenix, AZ on January 1, 2015

    2001 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Bought this on sale from Crutchfield for my son for xmas. Came with all the extra installation stuff, which is very nice. We just installed it in our 2001 GMC Yukon XL (same as Chevy Suburban) and the install went perfectly. Good instructions from Crutchfield and great phone support. However, neither Crutchfield nor Kenwood manual seemed to discuss the connection of the factory subwoofer. A call to Crutchfield cleared it up; the subwoofer gets its signals from the speaker outputs. No need to connect the subwoofer output RCA jacks on back of the Kenwood. However, we were informed that we must connect the power control output wire that signals the external subwoofer amp to turn on. Once all that done, a test turn on before final install showed that everything worked first time! We completed the install into the dash very quickly and easily and my son started to enjoy his new stereo. Huge Difference!! If you are in doubt of buying a new stereo, even a relatively inexpensive one, then don't hesitate!

    Pros: Ease of installation, great Crutchfield customer service, loud sound volume, great sound quality, matches well with the Sony door speakers and subwoofer that we bought last year from Crutchfield.

    Cons: Directions regarding subwoofer needs improvement.

    great buy for the price

    Written by: Anonymous from Guaynabo, PR on December 31, 2014

    2005 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great sound, many features for then money, easy to install.

    Pros: A lot for the money

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: carey from South Carolina on December 31, 2014

    2006 Kia Sorento LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Just installed into my 2006 Kia Sorento. Looks factory installed with the included install kit and the wiring harness matched exactly so it was a complete "plug and play"!

    Pros: Great value. Kenwood is highly recommeded.

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: gah212 from wadsworth, ohio on December 31, 2014

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    CD player quit ejecting after 1st day. ....

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    Kenwood

    Written by: shoppell from Michigan on December 31, 2014

    1998 Ford Escort
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Bought the tunes for son to keep him hands free and got so much more. Easy to install and easy to use. Not hard for even me that is not that familiar with technology.

    Pros: Great sound. Easy operation . Cool color changing display.

    Cons: My son cranks it up when his mom is riding with him.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Anonymous from Ronkonkoma ny 11779 on December 29, 2014

    1994 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Love all kenwood products. ..they always just get better and better

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    Great unit!

    Written by: Scott from Georgia on December 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Really great unit for my sons truck. Easy instal and works perfectly! Crutchfield guys that helped me on the phone were great and sent me everything I needed! Install was really a breeze!

    Pros: Great looks and function

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: jeremyj from Michigan on December 29, 2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    this is a great radio

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    Excellent receiver

    Written by: Bob K. from Washington on December 29, 2014

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I really like Kenwood products. Their products are built tough. During my 4 million miles plus of trucking, Kenwood products outlasted the other brands I have tried. I installed this unit in my wife's car and it looks and works great. The owner's manual can be a little overwhelming for some old brains like mine but I figured it out. One gripe I have is that the remote control is ridiculously small. There is no good reason to make the remote so small since it will spend its life in the car or truck. It's made for a 5-year old child's hands. This unit is still a great buy and I would buy another if I needed one.

    Pros: Great Product

    Cons: Remote control is too tiny.

    Repeat purchaser

    Written by: MattC from Wilton, CA on December 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great stereos, and a good value

    Pros: I've has Kenwood Stereos for years and they've always used the same harness plug. I've taken a fifteen year old Kenwood stereo out and plugged a brand new unit into the same harness.

    Cons: Would like more explanation in the manual on what some of the features and adjustments actually do.

    works great

    Written by: Bigworm from KCMO on December 27, 2014

    2003 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Maybe too many features

    Pros: Looks good. Sounds great.

    Cons: Too many options.

    awsome reciever

    Written by: Anonymous from angels camp ca on December 27, 2014

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Replaced a old kenwood with this and it does not dissapoint!

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    Nice sound

    Written by: EricA from Florida on December 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product came with other needed to install along with directions. Product came with a remote which was an unexpected bonus.

    Pros: Remote came with

    Cons: None noticed - brand new to product have not been able to use yet.

    Great head unit!

    Written by: Cody from Georgia on December 23, 2014

    1999 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Looks amazing, sounds great, and for the price you CANT beat it!

    Pros: Looks Price Sound quality

    Cons: None

    Good deck fair price

    Written by: Anonymous from Tucson, AZ on December 22, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I bought this for the Bluetooth and XM. when I bought the deck the xm tuner was just $10 more. The sound is much better than the stock unit this replaced. The menu and setup are a bit complex but with all the features this shouldn't be a surprise. if you are concerned about the install don't be. with the wiring kit and instructions and the sales advice from Crutchfield I was able to get this deck installed in about two hours. the hardest part was running the XM antenna through my dashboard.

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    Liking it

    Written by: Helen from Virginia on December 21, 2014

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    I'd purchased an older version of this product, and was so happy with it that when my second car needed a replacement, I purchased the newest version...love it!

    Pros: Easy to use; love the blue tooth, sync, and sound.

    Cons: none yet!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Anonymous from New York, NY on December 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Nice radio. Installation was simple and setup was pretty straight forward with one caveat. The default audio setup for Bluetooth is to play only through the front speakers. It took a bit of digging to find out that you need to enable it for all speakers by going to functions -> bt mode -> bt hf/audio and change it to "all". Why it's not set to all by default defies all logic. Another small issue from the user experience standpoint is that scrolling through sources takes you from tuner -> Pandora -> iHeart radio -> BT Audio. So if you want to go from tuner to BT Audio, the "Kenwood Music Control" app will start both Pandora and iHeart radio on the phone whether you like it or not.

    The BT audio issue, dismal "Kenwood Music Control" app, poor Android integration and firmware updates that are impossible to find led to the three start rating.

    If you have an iPhone that you're hooking up via USB you can disregard this review. That works fantastically.

    Why manufacturers pander to a phone that has half the market share of Android is a mystery, but I digress. Kenwood are certainly not alone in doing so.

    Pros: Nice radio. Installation was simple and setup were easy. Good manual

    Cons: Poor support for Android. Call audio quality is mediocre.

    Awesome Unit.

    Written by: Brian from Tatamy, PA on December 15, 2014

    2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This is one of the best head unit I ever had. I Always had been a fan with keenwood headunit recievers. I noticed it had a big change of sound coming out of my speakers so loud and clear after switched out the pioneer unit.

    Number one reason I brought this unit because i was looking for something with 6 pre-amp outputs that i intend to use in the future. Second reason for blutooth which connects perfect everytime I use it. The phone I have is the Galaxy s5. As soon the radio turns on will get notification on the phone asking if want to connect the blutooth. Can also hook up 2 devices and 1 audio streaming to blutooth.

    This unit has many different colors to change the display. Display is very clear even in the daylight time without putting brightness to its max. The pioneer unit I had before I couldn't see the display during the day and I hated that!

    This is a great head unit. I'm very satisfied with Crutchfield they have many choices and explains everything in detail and they have better quality units than would have got something at the big box store or the discount store. Seems like they sell outdated stuff compare what Crutchfield have in stock.

    Pros: 6 pre-amps outputs(4-volts). Blutooth, colors display options. EQ-pro.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598... Blown away!

    Written by: Chris from San Antonio, Texas on December 15, 2014

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I needed a new head unit for my 3rd gen 4Runner that wouldn't cost too much. The installation was easy and the extra power makes my stock speakers sound a lot better. I don't even want to upgrade them for a while. The unit is incredibly easy to use and set up. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a single-din head unit, it's well worth the extra $20 that you would spend on most of the other ones.

    Pros: Easy installation. Variable color to match your vehicle. Very stylish design. Great power output.

    Cons: Haven't actually come across any yet. You really get what you pay for though.

    Nice

    Written by: PL from Illinois on December 14, 2014

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Easy to wire up. Still haven't played with all the setting yet but so far it is great.

    Pros: Easy to change settings and figure out options. Good sound quality

    Cons: Remote stinks. Need to really press down buttons to get them to change channels, etc... and need to line up the remote sensor perfectly to get it to work.

    on time as always

    Written by: Crutchfield fan from Fort Mohave, AZ on December 14, 2014

    2003 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Value

    Great service from Crutchfield as usual, its like they want you to come back for all your electronic needs! Kenwood stereo is exactly what I wanted and the price I liked. Performs flawless, read tons of reviews since they are very helpful. Also all the free hardware for install was spot on, looks and sounds great!

    Pros: Professional looking results, great sound over stock head unit. Fast free shipping.

    Cons: No cons from anything from Crutchfield ever.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: tfoster from Oregon on December 13, 2014

    1997 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great unit. My husband bought it for me for our anniversary. Easy to install, nice sound, even blue tooths to me old dumb phone.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Anonymous from Rhode Island on December 12, 2014

    1994 Ford Escort LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    so far so good its a good unit

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    Cons:

    Great Radio

    Written by: Mike from North Carolina on December 11, 2014

    1999 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy install, looks great with colors to match my dash lights. Monster improvement over the stock Ford Mach radio system, which is the factory upgraded radio!

    Pros: Bluetooth works great! Very happy with this radio.

    Cons: Illumination could be a little brighter in sunlight.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Anonymous from Wilmington, NC on December 8, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent value for the money. Has a great sound and features. Easy to install with the master sheet, wiring harness and trim kit provided by Crutchfield

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    I love crutchfield

    Written by: Franco from Long Island ny on December 7, 2014

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great service great products no brainer to order from crutchfield

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    Cons:

    kenwood

    Written by: jim from cheyenne wy on December 7, 2014

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy installation and configuration. A large retailer sells Kenwood now so that takes the coolness factor way down would have bought an alpine but 1 year warranty and couldn't adjust color

    Pros: price kit was awesome

    Cons:

    Great Stereo

    Written by: Daryl R from Little Rock, AR on December 2, 2014

    1999 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great Stereo. This was going in a 1999 Ford Taurus, and required a minor dashboard modification, but the Scosche kit that came with the unit worked like a charm.

    Pros: Good sound....Bluetooth works fine. Great sounding stereo with all the features I need.

    Cons: None

    Great head unit

    Written by: creellimit from Hemingway, SC on November 30, 2014

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great head unit with a lot of features. I put this in an older F150 with Ford's "premium" sound system with built in amp. I had already upgraded the factory speakers to Polk DB570's. I bypassed the built in Ford amp when I installed this receiver and I am glad I did. The sound quality is awesome. It will push the speakers MUCH higher than the factory head unit and with much more clarity. This is a very modern and attractive unit as well. The bright color display looks very good at night, but as with all aftermarket units I have seen, it can be hard to see in the daytime. Bluetooth connection is relatively fast and very stable. Calls are very clear and no one I have talked to can tell I am talking to them on bluetooth. Being able to connect multiple bluetooth devices at once is one of the things I have been impressed with most. Switching between those devices to play bluetooth audio is the one area that I will take a point off though. To do this, you have to go down about 3 to 4 levels in the settings, deselect the current device, then select the desired device. You can not safely do this while driving, especially in the daytime fighting glare. With a head unit this advanced, there should be an easier way to do this.

    Pros: Tons of features, very clear mic reception for bluetooth calls

    Cons: Need an easier way to switch between connected bluetooth audio devices.

    Impressive

    Written by: Pat L from New Jersey on November 30, 2014

    2001 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    A ton of features packed in to an affordable unit. The only reason for dropping a star is that the CD door is flimsy (I already broke it).

    Pros: Features. Price.

    Cons: Delicate CD door.

    Very nice looking deck!

    Written by: Tom from new meadows, ID on November 27, 2014

    1995 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The variable color display is fun at night & the unit sounds good. I'm happy with the eq but it would be nice to have a broader selection than bass, mids, & treble... The design is nice to, it looks very clean on my dash and when the led's turn red it matches my interior very nicely.

    Pros: I haven't found anything i'm not happy with

    Cons:

    Couldn't have made it any easier !!!

    Written by: Gary from Warner Robins, GA on November 25, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    After several months of "investigative research", I finally narrowed my choices down to two head units, then finally picked the Kenwood, and I'm glad I did. The installation was way too easy and the fit and finish has resulted in a flawless and seamless installation. Looks absolutely professional. No problems at all and tweeking all the settings just took a little time. No effort at all. My only issue is I always find it a little frustrating when I purchase and item, then two weeks later it goes on sale. Oh well, still got a super deck for a great price.

    Pros: Easy installation, even with the Sirius Tuner and microphone. Easy to program and customize to your particular ear and desires. Looks awesome at night with the different color schemes. Remote is kinda nice, keeps you from looking down at the deck but I really won't use it a lot.

    Cons: Haven't really found any yet, and probably won't. I'm super satisfied with this unit and the finished outcome.

    Great head unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Gainesville fl on November 23, 2014

    1985 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great value stereo. Kenwood wins again.

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    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Jake h from Gainesville, tx on November 20, 2014

    1991 Dodge D Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Replaced an x395 so easy install. Unplug old, plug in new and done. Great features and sound

    Pros: Easy installation, easy to navigate

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Anonymous from APO AE on November 17, 2014

    2009 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    Really easy to use and even easier to install. So far I really like it and notice a huge difference in sound quality compared to the factory stereo. Can't wait till my new speakers and tweeters for my dash and roll bar get here!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Ian from Texas on November 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Love the stereo... do have to agree with the majority of the reviews that state that the display is hard to read in direct sunlight... its darn near impossible and I have tried numerous color settings.. Bluetooth takes awhile to connect but once it does no issues staying connected, have never had a disconnection yet.. One thing I don't like and I am not sure if its the stereo or my phone that is doing it but when running Pandora all the phone displays is the Kenwood connection screen, would love to have the Pandora window open showing the artist etc.. Artist and title do show on screen.. but as already stated display is really hard to see.. Definitely recommend and would buy again..

    Pros: Plenty of connections for after market amplifier, plenty of choices for music whether it be Pandora, USB or tuner.

    Cons: Display hard to read in direct sunlight, bluetooth slow to connect,

    ddlew

    Written by: ddlew from United States on November 14, 2014

    2005 Ford Five Hundred
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Not Rated
      Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    Was easy to install and the install kit worked great. The sound of the X598 is one of the best at $150 price range.

    Pros: Great sound easy controls

    Cons: Small control knobs.

    JT

    Written by: JT from Morristown, TN on November 14, 2014

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Not Rated
      Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    Really good sound easy to follow instructions for set up and install. Easy to use and great sound. Looks great. Would have been a 5 star but the buttons are a little small for me personally

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    Great Deal

    Written by: MJ from NC on November 12, 2014

    1986 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great Blue Tooth radio for the price; along with Easy install, sleek design, and customizable controls. It has all that is needed, and a few you might not use. Little tough to read with glare during daylight hours.

    Pros: Blue tooth, Easy install, sleek design, and customizable controls

    Cons: Hard to read sometimes during daytime

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: M.S.R. from Lake Elsinore, Ca on November 12, 2014

    2003 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product. Love that it has phone and Bluetooth capabilities. For my car it was very easy to install. Everything works as advertised.

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    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: JT from Gaffney, SC on November 11, 2014

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bought this to replace a 4 yr old Kenwood with a bad aux. input jack. Love the Bluetooth feature, no more cables. Microphone works well for hands free calls. Wiring/installation was a breeze, plugged right into the connectors from my old unit. The sound seems cleaner/louder than the previous one as well. Very satisfied with this purchase, good job Crutchfield!

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora/IHeartRadio compatibility, display

    Cons: None so far

    Great Deck!!!

    Written by: Adrienne from Spokane, WA on November 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I just installed my deck myself, and with the install kit from Crutchfield, made it so easy. Love the deck, and loved the price. I would recommend buying this to a friend. Quality product expecially for the price.

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    Great stereo

    Written by: Mike M from Moorestown, NJ on October 29, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I wanted to upgrade the radio in an older Ford Escape in order to play my iPod and I wanted Bluetooth for the phone. I didn't want to have to modify the dash or change out the factory speakers or the subwoofer and I didn't want to spend a lot because of the age of the vehicle. The Crutchfield advisor recommended this unit. It came with everything I needed to do the install (except for crimps that I added to the order). The install was fast, relatively simple, and the unit looks and sounds awesome. What an upgrade! The price was very reasonable with fast and free shipping. I'm very pleased with the stereo and the advice I got from Crutchfied.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: For the price, nothing

    Great stereo at good price!

    Written by: Anonymous from Amarillo, TX on October 28, 2014

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I love all the features at this price point. The Bluetooth works great. But it does take about 30 Sec to auto connect when I turn on stereo. Wish it was faster at connecting. I love that it has plenty of EQ settings to choose from but wish they were easier to access. Sound quality seems good but I need to replace the factory speakers. Doing that next month. Looks great in my dash! Would definitely buy another Kenwood like this one!

    Pros: Build Quality, display colors, great Bluetooth, 2 year warranty

    Cons: Wish it had a dedicated Bluetooth button, AM reception is bad, EQ settings could be easier to access

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Frank G from Philadelphia on October 28, 2014

    2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio , was suggested from the Crutchfield Team when I was researching, great support

    Pros: everything

    Cons: was a little hard to wire and set up bluetooth, however support team walked me through in miniutes

    Good

    Written by: Canito from San Lorenzo, PR on October 27, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good sound good looks quality product

    Pros:

    Cons:

    kenwood radio

    Written by: Johnnyp from Jackson TN on October 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    SUPPORT WAS GREAT,EASY INSTALL,PRICE BEST OF ALL

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    Cons:

    Not a good choice

    Written by: Doug G. from Charlottesville, VA on October 20, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I was upgrading from a factory radio, and was kind of amazed how bad this was - I know Kenwood has a good reputation and this was recommended for me. The sound overall remained tinny and harsh, no matter how much I fooled with the equalizing options - and I fooled with that a lot. It was considerably worse than my factory radio, and by the way I have good speakers - I upgraded from my factory speakers a while ago. The controls were awkward to use, and the terrestrial radio tuner was just amazingly bad. The FM was just bad, with more static than my factory radio, and the AM radio literally sounded like there was no antenna attached. Even strong local stations I could just barely hear. I even took out the unit to check if my antenna cable was securely connected, and it was. I returned this an bought an Alpine for around the same price, and the Alpine is great - night and day difference.

    Pros: Looks okay.

    Cons: Pretty much everything else.

    Great Receiver

    Written by: Mike T from Murray,Kentucky on October 19, 2014

    2003 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Lives up to its name, and is well equip for the price.. You won't be disappointed with this unit!!!!!!!

    Pros: easy install,ipod interface great features

    Cons: none

    Great Unit

    Written by: Marc from Valdosta, GA on October 17, 2014

    1982 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great unit, its easy to install, easy to set up, and the sound quality is very good. Having three sets of preamp outs makes adding multiple amplifiers a breeze. The tools provided to tailor the sound are great as well. My iPhone paired up easily and works well with the unit as well. Get one, you won't be disappointed.

    Pros: Easy to read display, great sound, easy set up

    Cons: None that I know of.

    Excellent Car Receiver

    Written by: VS from Albuquerque, NM on October 17, 2014

    1997 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver exceeded my expectations. It was easy to install with Crutchfield's supplied cables and instructions and a bit of technical know-how. I installed it in a 1997 vehicle in order to get up-to-date features in the car radio and electronics, but did not obtain the optional Pandora receiver. Car radio instructions are fairly clear and controls fairly easy to operate -- but complex enough that you'll have to read the manual. I am able to play audio from a small 8 GB USB drive, which is awesome because of how many songs can fit on it. You can access folders and files fairly quickly with the controls -- so make sure to store songs in folders that represent albums or groupings that are important to you. CD player works fine. I was able to link my android pad to the unit to play music via Bluetooth. This was done easily and had great sound quality. I installed the car microphone through the dashboard, up the window column and placed it on the ceiling above the car mirror. It linked easily via Bluetooth to my iPhone and audio quality of phone calls is great for those on both sides of the conversation. The receiver includes control of microphone gain, echo, and another parameter, but the defaults seemed to work best for me. Of course, incoming calls mute and pause existing audio. The receiver automatically downloads your contact list, recent contacts, and some other information so that you can make calls directly from the receiver controls.

    Pros: Many features (radio, USB music, Bluetooth music, Pandora, iHeart, CD, etc.). Looks great. Fairly easy to use, good audio quality with many equalizer adjustment options.

    Cons: In some intermediate lighting conditions, I noticed the display could be harder to see, but I may not have figured it out yet. Great in the dark. Great in bright light.

    Great user friendly Bluetooth Deck!

    Written by: Mike T. from Lodi, CA on October 14, 2014

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great deck for usb devices, bluetooth, even a cd player... My android phone paired with this deck by simply plugging it into the usb. Phone calls are very clear and easy to operate (answer & Hang up). Sound quality is great, couldn't ask for more in a car stereo. Purchased a second one for my girlfriends car!

    Pros: user friendly

    Cons: none so far

    Works like a champ!

    Written by: Anonymous from Leeton, MO on October 12, 2014

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great receiver to replace factory radio/CD in 2005 Altima. The stock speakers sound much better with the Kenwood. Bluetooth through the Android phone works great as does the ability to shuffle music from Android.

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Much smaller footprint than stock radio.

    Cons: Display hard to read in direct sunlight.

    Good Value

    Written by: Anonymous from DeLand, FL on October 11, 2014

    2000 Saturn LS2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit for the price. Sound is very good and versatility is great. .

    Pros: Wattage is higher than most units I looked at for the same price. Good looking unit. I also likes the ability to play music from iphone and thumb drives (flash). Good value as well for the features offered.

    Cons: None that I can tell at this point.

    Wonderful product but more thought needed to be put in it.

    Written by: seaside from Myrtle Beach, SC on October 6, 2014

    2000 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The radio sounds great and I love being able to integrate my phone for car use. Probably the one thing that I don't understand is the way the clock displays or not. When you are driving down the road I doubt that you would care what the name of the song is playing from my IPOD or what track it was. But I almost always want to know what time it is. The clock should be the primary display or at least the option to choose that. It comes with a remote hand unit which If I'm driving down the road I don't know what I would do with that. If they would have taken the money needed to develop a hand unit and fixed the clock display it would be a top rated radio. Quality is top notch no question. I don't think for the price that it's to much to pay for this but I will have to purchase an additional clock to tell time with.

    Pros: Great sounding radio for the price. Easy to install, Bluetooth connected right up to my 3gs iphone

    Cons: If you want to know the time don't buy this

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Alexander from Midlothian Virginia on October 6, 2014

    1993 Honda Accord 10th Anniversary
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Just received the radio and not had the chance to install it yet in my 1993 Honda Accord, but I have seen and heard it on a few vehicles. I had to upgrade my KDC X-917 due to the fact that it has USB, cell phone and Bluetooth capabilities. The sound is outstanding and the display is awesome, the connections are very simple and the mounting is perfect with all the accessories sent with the order. I hope to install it very soon so I can update the review.

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: None

    Not 1, not 2, but I bought 3 of these

    Written by: Anonymous from Vernon, CT on October 2, 2014

    1998 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Liked this radio so much I ended up buying 3 and now all the cars at my house have this radio. Between all the features and capabilities it has I'm more than impressed with it. Theres only one car left at my house that does't have this installed and ill be ordering it soon.

    Pros: Does everything I need and then some.

    Cons: Cant read my mind yet.

    The blue tooth doesn't always work and I have to try multiple times

    Written by: Anonymous from Henderson NC on September 30, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Over all a good product

    Pros: Nice sound

    Cons: Blue tooth doesn't always work

    Reivew of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Nemra from Williamsburg, Va on September 30, 2014

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This product was very easy to install with the addition of "Metra 70-7001 Receiver Wiring Harness". Fit snugly in my car radio slot as intended and functions great. For those that don't use iHeartRadio or Pandora (like me) the sources can be disabled. I primarily got this unit for its bluetooth playback feature and hands free calling. Both work great, I can stream music to the radio via bluetooth as well as answer calls while driving without using my hands.

    Pros: -easy installation -easy to use (comes with a manual in-case you're unsure about something) -nice display (variable colors or preset by user) -I'd say good sound quality but that is more determined by the speakers. Offers a nice range of audio tuning (equalizer etc...) -good array of external inputs (auxiliary and USB as well as bluetooth)

    Cons: -My only gripe is the microphone isn't built into the radio unit itself. It's a long wire that connects to the back of the unit so you must run the wire somehow to the front panel (meaning the mic is behind the radio which is behind all of your car's paneling). My car happens to have plenty of holes through which the mic can be brought to the front, but I don't know about others. The microphone works so well that there really was no reason not to have it embedded in the unit itself.

    good radio

    Written by: tl from Hobbs, NM on September 30, 2014

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very nice radio for the price. Nice features.

    Pros: Features, cost

    Cons:

    No regrets

    Written by: Greg from Santa Maria CA on September 28, 2014

    1992 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 is exactly what I needed to update my '92 Mazda Miata. I was looking for Bluetooth connectivity with the iPhone and a CD deck/tuner. So far, this has been a great choice. It's easy to use and connects quickly via Bluetooth or USB. Like others have said, the BT does not play through the fader but USB does. Yea the buttons are small and have tine braille markers but the abundance of features really make up for it. Crutchfield's website made this purchase easy and well informed. No extra charge for installation extras and installation was fairly easy. Great store, great deal. No regrets!

    Pros: Great price Lots of features Good sound

    Cons: Tiny < > button markers Bluetooth doesn't play through fader

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Josh from Boarman OR on September 28, 2014

    2008 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This has to be one of my favorite Stereo's I have bought in a long while. It has so many Options from CD, USB to Bluetooth, and with Pandora and I heart radio controls you will never run out of Music.

    Pros: Lots of music options. Bluetooth with out have to buy an adapter. Pandora and I heart radio. lots of color to choose from to match you dash. USB for playing from a flash drive or your cell phone and it will charge it at the same time.

    Cons: Display is hard to read in day light.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 Review

    Written by: beat2def from kansas city, mo on September 27, 2014

    2003 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    READ THE MANUAL. This is not an out of the box easy unit. For the money it is great though. Nice features and 4-volt out is nice.

    Pros: 4-volt out 22 rms bluetooth price

    Cons: not easy to use unless you read the manual

    Great except bluetooth

    Written by: Js from Salem Or on September 26, 2014

    1994 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Everything about this unit is fantastic except for if you are trying to get good sound quality out of bluetooth. Its running old bluetooth technology. Version 2.1(new phones are on 4.0), Bluetooth as a software compresses your audio and cuts off the high and low end so your subwoofers and tweeters sound absolutely terrible.

    Ipod hook up sound is fantastic though. Makes the system sound fantastic. Just a heads up on the bluetooth

    Pros: great for everything

    Cons: except bluetooth

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Anonymous from Fort Wayne, IN on September 24, 2014

    1998 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    deck is great for the price features are outstanding and sound quality is great, features were exactly what I was looking for Bluetooth works great even with Samsung galaxy s5 even though kenwood said it was not compatible and rds compatible even though it is not listed in the features

    Pros: easy to use features are great

    Cons: haven't found one yet

    good deck

    Written by: Anonymous from minneapolis on September 23, 2014

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very good quality and performance. The only reason I give 4 stars is the wiring harness didn't come pre connected as I was told. So, I had to go out any but wiring cap connectors when I was told I was buying everything I needed. Product works great though.

    Pros: Sound and quality

    Cons: Install parts

    Typical Kenwood

    Written by: Joe from Myrtle Beach SC on September 22, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sounds great. Of course it's a kenwood

    Pros: Sound, options, ease of use

    Cons: Display. Hard to see in any ambient light.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598

    Written by: Dale from Rochester MN on September 20, 2014

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    Overall a great product and great value. I would recommend. I searched several options for hands-free phone/bluetooth stereos. This was the best value and had all the features I wanted. Rated high by users.

    Pros: Easy to use, many features, compatible with Siri for voice commands. Phone quality/voice is good.

    Cons: Initially was hard to pair with iPhone 4S but no problems after. Clock is small and hard to read and it does not keep the time accurately. Haven't looked into why that is yet though.

    Crutchfield response on September 22, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great unit for the price

    Written by: Erico from Milton, NH on September 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Received this unit after an identical refurb unit failed. This new stereo so far is working great and sound quality is so much better than the factory unit it replaced. Still getting used to smaller buttons but not a big issue. There is a glare as mentioned in other reviews but not a big issue since I do not spend a great deal of time fiddling with it when driving .Bluetooth setup is quick and so far no connection issues. control over Pandora service is a nice feature as is the hands free phone feature. Nice that Crutchfield includes everything needed for a neat and easy install.

    Pros: Price, Bluetooth connections, sound quality