Breathe some life into your music with a high-performance Kenwood Excelon car stereo. The KDC-X692 CD receiver uses a premium digital-to-analog converter and Kenwood's most powerful built-in amplifier to bring plenty of punch to your tunes. You'll have no problem dialing in the sound, thanks to a 3-band parametric equalizer and a host of other audio enhancers. You can also use the high- and low-pass filters to adjust the frequencies going to your various speakers for optimum performance.

The KDC-X692 plays all your CDs, even discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. Just connect your iPod® to the rear USB input, and enjoy full access to your music with the KDC-X692's controls. The "Supreme" audio processing feature adds a little life back into music files dulled by compression. An auxiliary input allows you to plug in an MP3 player or any other audio source.

Ease of use
The high-gloss black finish complements the bright dot matrix display, and you can count on four lines of text information to keep you well-informed. You can make adjustments on the fly with the two large knobs and the simple control layout, and Kenwood includes an easy-to-use remote for your passengers.

System options
This versatile receiver will control all of Kenwood's outboard gear, including satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer, and Bluetooth® kit. And, if you're building a full system, you can connect and control your outboard amps with the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play rights-protected music files on disc)
    • high-gloss black detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q EX Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed music files
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio, CD changer, Bluetooth adapter, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel, 4-volt preamp outputs (front, rear, 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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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/AAC/USB receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-547 Wireless remote
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Soft fabric face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 1 Small black philips-head screw
    • 2 Medium silver phillips-head screws
    • 1 Large black phillips-head screw
    • USB mounting bracket
    • 2 Mounting screws for USB bracket
    • USB protective cap
    • 2 Zip-ties
    • Kenwood Music Editor CD-ROM
    • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport card
    • "Attention" note

    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 Black/White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear and Optional Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Features
    External Device Controls
    Software

    Features

    Overview: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X692 AM/FM CD receiver features a fold-down detachable face, rear auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs, CD changer and Satellite radio controls and built-in iPod operation, as well as MP3/WMA/ACC playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter sold separately. In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Fold-down Detachable Face: The unit features a fold-down face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. You must fold the face down before inserting or eject a disc.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-X692 can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files with ID3 tag information recorded on 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 255 files per folder and 512 files/folder combination. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1 or 2) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X692 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA or 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.

    AUX Input: The KDC-X692 is equipped with a rear panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X692 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

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

    3-Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X692 features front, rear and subwoofer 4V preamp outputs. The Subwoofer preamp output can be turned On or Off and adjusted independently. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the headunit.

    Built-In Amp Setting: If you are using external amplifiers to power all of your vehicle's speakers you can turn the unit's built-in amplifier off to enhance the player's preamp output quality.

    Front and Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X692 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels when your front and rear speakers are connected to 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.

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

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

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

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-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 Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

    System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

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

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

    Detail Audio Control: The KDC-X692 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    • Bass:
      • Frequency: 40/50/60/70/80/100/120/150 Hz
      • Q-Factor: 1.00/1.25/1.50/2.00
      • Bass Extend: On/Off (when this feature is set to "On", the low frequency response is extended by 20%)
      • Level: -8 to +8
    • Mid:
      • Frequency: 0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0 kHz
      • Q-Factor: 1.0/2.0
      • Level: - 8 to +8
    • Treble:
      • Frequency: 10/12.5/15.0/17.5 kHz
      • Level: -8 to +8

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

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

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

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-X692 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

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

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

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

    Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

    Tel Mute:The KDC-X692 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.

    Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational.

    FL Motion Display: The unit features a large 4-tone Fluorescent full-dot motion 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.

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

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

    Remote Control: The KDC-X692 comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite Radio, and Dual Zone functions. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.362", W = 1.962", D = 1.115".

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the headunit as well as the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KDC-X692 has a "steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    External Device Controls

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-X692 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the headunit's chassis by a 39" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device. 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. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-X692 is powered on. The KDC-X692 comes supplied with a mounting bracket for the unit's USB port so you permanently mount it in your vehicle. The unit also comes supplied with a USB cap to place over the USB when not in use.

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

    iPod High-Speed Connection: The KDC-X692's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. Using either cable allows you to connect, control, and charge the following iPod models with the KDC-X692: iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod video (5th generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), and iPhone/iPhone3G. You should update your iPod with the latest software version from Apple's website before connecting it to the KDC-X692. When your iPod is connected to the KDC-X692, the iPod's controls will be disabled and you will need to operate your iPod through the KDC-X692's controls.

    Note: All other iPod models not mentioned above are not compatible with this unit.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113KCASR50).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or a Kenwood Auxiliary Input Adapter, such as the CA-C1AX, CA-C2AX, or KCA-S220A.

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

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113KTCHR20), 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.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter. Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    Additional/Optional Rear Auxiliary Input: The unit already features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, another one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS220) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.

    Software

    Supplied Software: The KDC-X692 comes supplied with the Kenwood Music Editor Version 2.0.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer music files to your USB devices from your PC.

    System Requirements:

    • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit version)
      • Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit version)
        • Operation on Windows XP/Vista (64-bit version) is not guaranteed.
    • Other Programs:
      • Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
      • QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
      • Windows Media Player 10/11
    • Hardware:
      • Hard disk with at leas 100MB free space
      • CD-ROM drive (CD-R/RW drive when writing to CD-R/RW)
      • USB interface (2.0/1.1)

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    Sounds Great

    Written By messengerr, Southern calif on Saturday, November 07, 2009

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    I paired this head unit with 4 Boston Accoustics RM6's in the doors and I get deep clean bass w/o a sub, crisp high's, and very smooth full mid's all in all it's the best sound I've ever experienced from car audio...If you never experienced Boston accoustics speakers before...you really don't know what your missing...but the kenwood is really great also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By broberts001, Lake Jackson, TX on Thursday, April 09, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this headunit for my 2000 Jeep Wrangler - open topped. I have the DDX-7019 in my 2005 and loved the sound quality and total control over the sound, along with the crossover controls and wanted the same for my Jeep. I also use a MTX Thunderform with 2 10" behind the backseat. With this new headunit, I am able to control the subs crossover points, reduce the gain on the amp and adjust the output depending on the music at the moment.

    I purchased this headunit to replace my JVC kd-pdr50 which a local dealer install and assured me it was a good headunit. What a joke. The sound was horrible and the subs sounded terrible.

    Now, with my new Kenwood, I am able to clearly hear my music at 50mph with no top - along with the base. I highly recommend this headunit, especially if you have a open top Jeep.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Amy, Redford, MI on Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely great! Sounds great. Looks great. Relatively easy to use. Needed a little help from the instructions, but that was for more detailed usage. It hooked right up. Even made the stock speaker sound great. I still want new speakers, but they can wait a little while now. Want to upgrade from 4-speaker to 6 or 8 speakers to do this receiver some justice.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Nick, Upstate NY on Saturday, February 14, 2009

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    I'm very pleased with this deck. For the money, you can't go wrong; the features are absolutely great when you consider how much $$ this would have cost a few years ago. The USB input is my favorite feature: I have a 32 GB thumb drive that I remotely mounted in the center console which has over 217 albums on it right now. I was never a believer in the Ipod movement, so this is great for me. There is a slight delay in the reading of the drive (when scrolling through artists), but I suspect this is more a limitation of the storage media, not the receiver.

    Sound is great, although very comparable to my KDC-X679 (a good thing). Cross-overs are useful and the simplistic EQ fits the bill. Other perks are the multi-line display which finally allows me to display Artist/Song/Channel/Clock on the same screen (great for Sirius) - something my old deck couldn't do with only 2 lines of display. Also, the volume knob is nicely sized and feels nice, even while wearing gloves.

    Cons: control knob is a bit sensitive and doesn't always do what you want, especially if you hit a bump in the road. Also, I preferred how my old deck attenuated the sound with a press of the volume knob. The 692 uses a smallish button to the right of the knob. Not an issue per se, just something to re-learn. Oh, and about the controls: the blue lights are a bit too bright at night and I'd prefer to be able to change colors to match my interior. But all in all, a very nice unit for the money!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By tkp, ripon,wi. on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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    nice sound,nice to look at, no complaints.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Doug, Washington coast on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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    i have used kenwood in my autos for almost 20 years now. thanks to crutchfield i was able to send back the more costly kenwood unit for this one. thank you crutchfield. your the best. this is a good unit with good sound at a great price. i think kenwood is trying to improve on near perfection and may need to get back to the basics were controls are concerned. my older unit in the truck is so much easier to adjust i have thought of switching. i have almost gotten used to the adjustment procedures and every time i play with them it sounds better. i am of coarse a typical man so reading the directions are the last resort. not as bright as the returned unit (acceptable) but still could use a dimmer for the rings on the dials. overall its a good unit with great potential.

    BDG

    Written By Brett, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Ordered with free
    installation kit.
    Took a total of 20
    minutes from box
    into chev 1500 dash.
    Deck has good sound
    and i love the
    variable crossovers
    for all channels
    including low pass
    for sub out. This is
    my 5th kenwood deck
    and all have
    performed with out
    complaint. My last
    deck worked for 7
    years before it
    finally died on me.

    Step Up To An Excelon

    Written By Jesse, Rochester NY on Friday, January 30, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are considering purchasing a Kenwood reciever then you should upgrade to the Excelon models. Better components used in the manufacuring mean you get a two year parts and labor warranty not to mention the better overall sound quality.

    This reciever sounds great with aftermarket speakers. There are more possibilities for sound adjustment than other units in this price range. I like the relatively simple face, also this model retains the preset buttons that are small but not lit up like blinding runway lights. The background graphics are rediculous looking but easy to turn off. The three line text display makes a huge difference because you don't have to have your eyes glued to the unit while selecting songs or artists from an ipod (very usefull while driving).

    My only negative would be the hinge where the faceplate folds down/seperates. It is cheap and flimsy and makes me not want to remove the faceplate for fear of breaking the plastic hinge. 4/5 because nothings perfect. With Crutchfield's recent price drop you really can't beat this unit so grab one while you still can.

    great product/disappointed in price change

    Written By BRAD, tucson,az on Thursday, January 29, 2009

    very happy with the product. i was looking forward to not dragging around cd's. sound is excellent. after you figure out how to access the ipod controls things become easy.

    Solid unit, great support, MP3 is way cool

    Written By David, MA on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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    I bought this to replace a dead Monsoon D DIN in my Jetta (Generic failure VW never acknowledged). Could have gone used for about $100 but risked the same failure and I was never that pleased w/ the sound.
    The Crutchfield kit was great and complete. DIN pocket is a little chintzy and once installed, cannot be removed w/o breaking it (I did bust a tab on the bezel"test fitting").
    For an OBDII MkIV Golf/ Jetta, Fuse 10 is the Retained Accessory Power (RAP). Not in Crutchfield's instructions and took a while to find.
    Now the unit- Once I got out of the frustrating "demo mode" (20 min LOL!), I was able to figure out the unit navigation. Not as bad as some I've read about but way more complex than needed (Why do mfg's think this is cool?). Set up a user EQ (No Bass/ Treble/ Mid knobs) and the sound was much improved over my OEM HU using the factory amp. Very impressed w/ the sound and FM sensitivity. CD operation is smooth and quiet (why it's hidden behind the faceplate, I don't get). Seems very bump resistant. The BEST part is MP3's from a USB stick. These sound great (when ripped right) and are so convenient. I bought an 8 Gig stick, filled it and it stays in the car. It's awesome and easy to navigate once you get used to the hypersensitive buttons (not so great while driving).
    All and all, great sound, apparently good build quality & rich features but a bit gaudy and overly complex. Get over that part in favor of the good and you'll be happy w/ this one.

    Kenwood = top quality

    Written By mike, Owosso, Mi on Saturday, January 24, 2009

    I bought this for my wife in December and installed it Christmas morning. My crutchfield advisor (Blake) made all of x692 options easy to understand. It took about 20 minutes to install and it was so easy. Take some time to play with the radio to learn all the things you can do with it because the book dosn't really help much.
    My wife and I couldn't belive how much better her factory speakers sounded, the added power and Kenwood quality made a HUGE differance in highs and mids. (I had to set the low pass filter because she cranks it so much lounder now!) Later we are going to add a 5 channel amp, component speakers and a sub with confidence knowing the head unit will send "clean" sound to all the right places.
    I mounted the USB plug in the face of the "fit kit" for her MP3 player and now she dosn't even take her CDs any more. The music editor CD makes her MP3s sound just as good if not better than CDs, no more FM modulator.
    I would recomend this radio to anyone on a budget who wants the most for there money, in my opinion you get more than you pay for with the x692!

    KDC X692

    Written By Marc, Arizona on Friday, January 23, 2009

    First off, I got the 692 over the 792 because the only difference is that the 792 has color.

    I like this unit, this is my second Kenwood and yet to be disappointed by this company. I really like the feature that you can tell it what kind of speakers you have it will adjust itself to those speakers. Controls are fairly easy. It looks very sleek and plenty of character spaces to see most song titles. Can see pretty well in direct sunlight (I'm in AZ, so I get plenty of it). Lots of equalizer settings, for those that are really good and like to have lots of control. Music is very clean from Cd's, ipod and radio.

    Only negative things would be, too many equalizer controls, I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, don't like having so much to change between genres. Also, one design flaw, my cd changer jack is right next to the subwoofer outputs, so I have to choose one or the other, until I can find a way around it.

    But I still give this thing a 5 star, very good unit, very happy with it.

    Exceptional!

    Written By mike, St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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    I got this produck back in December for my birthday. I couldn't have been more pleased with a receiver. I was able to install it within a few hours. I often drive to southern IL about 50 miles outside of STL and my HD picks up out there! The USB feature is really nice. It took some time to get used to the controls, so the remote comes in handy. I would highly recomend this receiver to anyone.

    Half Good, Half Bad...

    Written By Zac, VA on Sunday, January 18, 2009

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    Ok i ordered one of these recievers because it had alot of the options i wanted. Well i get the 1st one installed and it doesnt send a signal to turn on my amps (including my factory amps so i have NO sound), well i call Crutchfield and they ask a million questions about wiring it up and it was wired up properly so they sent me a new one, well guess what it is the same way. I call again, they tell me they are sending my 3rd one to be tested before sending it out so its perfect, i wait over a week, finally get the 3rd one, and you would never guess its the same as the other two. so finally we ended up hooking some stuff up different just to have an amp turn on, im anticipating it burning up and me having to buy another one this year. Ive had prob 10 Kenwood car and home audio items and they have all served me well, im assuming this was a bad batch or something. im not basing my opinion of Kenwood or Crutchfield on one experience. Also the display really sucks on this thing, it looks like 1980 graphics HAHA.. I wouldnt buy this one again but might would get one with a better display. Anyway this thing has good options but just didnt work right and had a lame display.

    Made for iPod

    Written By Dave, Mechanicsville, Virginia on Sunday, January 11, 2009

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    I'm very happy with my decision. I always use my iPod in my car stereo. Now I can finally see the album, artist and song clearly, day or night. I've always been happy with Kenwood products but this is the best sounding one yet. There are a lot of different settings to customize the display, sound and functions. They are easy to use and intuitive. If I had a complaint it would be that the bright blue light around the control knobs could have the ability to change color to match the color of my dashboard and switches. But this suggestion doesn't mean enough to me to not give this unit a 5 star rating.

    Should have started here.

    Written By Ernie, Orlando, FL on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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    I had an old Sony head unit in my attic. So, when I wanted to put an upgrade in my 2007 Matrix, I bought the dash kit and wiring harness and
    installed the Sony. I then bought an Alpine amp, polk audio speakers and a JL sub. It was loud, but I didn't like the way it sounded and the amp ran hot. My friend gave me an old Kenwood head unit with a 2v output and three level parametric eq. It sounded a lot better and the amp didn't run hot anymore. I decided to get the kdc-x692 because of all of the options and full speed ipod control. This unit has a 4v output (twice as much as Alpine I was looking at), and the sound is incredible. The only reason that I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars is that the right "joystick" knob takes a while to get used to. I should have started with this unit, Cruchfield gave me the free dash kit/wire harness. Would have saved $30. By starting with the old Sony from the attic gives credence to "garbage in/garbage out". From now on the first thing I will always start with is the head unit, then go from there.

    One more thing, I bought this unit for the options, not for the picture on Crutchfield. I must say that it looks a lot better in person than the picture does it credit.

    UNLIMITED OPTIONS

    Written By Carlos, Bronx, N.Y. on Thursday, November 27, 2008

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    Well, Kenwood has done it again. This unit seems to have no ending in
    options. from subwoofer control to ipod control to sound adjustment, its
    one of the best. I installed it in my 2005 pathfinder LE with the bose
    system, change the door speakers with Polk Audio's and anded 2 10"
    Polk/momo subs in a sealed box powered by a Polk Mono 500/1 on 2
    Ohms. And all i can say is WOW! By the way Crutchfield is the best don't
    bye anywhere else if you want EXCELLENT SERVICE!!!
    Thanks Crutchfield
    You did it again

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By brendon, Knoxville, TN on Saturday, November 15, 2008

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    To me the KDC-X692 is the best choice among USB direct ipod units which is definitely the way to go.

    I like that you can pause the music by pushing in the control button so I don't have to listen to the music I was listening to the day before while searching for music (the Pioneer DEHP4000UB does not have a pause button). The display is great because it shows many more characters than the Pioneer or Alpine units. At first I didn't like how the control knob is on the right, but I quickly got used to it and it gives you the advantage being able to select music from the passenger seat with ease. You cannot select music by using the remote.

    It does have a slight delay when displaying titles when scrolling (like the Pioneer) but it's not a big issue for me. Another thing that's not an issue for me is the speed of the scrolling. It's exactly as it should be for a knob and if it's too slow for you, you probably need to start using genre correctly.

    It froze my ipod when I accidentally plugged it in with hold on, but that's fine. Another quirky thing is that it automatically puts "repeat all" on and there's no way to turn it off through the unit. I don't know why manufacturers think we want to listen to an album over and over but I wish they would just let the album end. The pioneer also had a quirky thing with repeat.

    Overall it's not perfect but there's not many options for usb direct ipod units. I'm very happy with it.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By ToddO, Titusville, PA on Sunday, November 09, 2008

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    Love this unit. Has knobs that I can get ahold of easily. Has the Auxilary and iPod inputs. Multi line display and many choices of customizing the display. Love how you don't have to turn the volume knob forever to get the level increased. I only wish you did not have to flip down the front to put a cd in.

    best bang for your buck

    Written By dirtyjpb, kansas on Sunday, October 05, 2008

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    this is an awesome stereo with so many different options on what to listen to that is the only problem i have seen with ir trying to figure out wether to listen to my zune a cd or satellite radio or maybe the hd radio the sound on all of these by the way is incredible (although my wife thinks its too loud) but you can always adjust the sub to turn it down installation was a snap also (it only took a six pack) but seriously buy this you wont regret it i also bought the hd, siriyus and bluetooth adapters and strongly recommend them too

    Good radio but takes time!

    Written By Jim, Atlanta on Wednesday, October 01, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit for my wife's car 6 months ago and INITIALLY was disappointed. I spent many hours tweaking the sound through various menus and submenus(in the garage) and still find myself tweaking a little here and there. Out of the box my Alpine sounded better but after playing with the Kenwood it has much better low end kick when those bass frequencies and Q settings are adjusted along with the mid adjustments. Treble is only limited by her stock tweeters. If you take the time this radio with all the features will do well for you. USB as well as AUX input all through a 24-bit D/A converter at a really good price. I definitely agree about the display...way too bright but even that takes time to pick how you want it to look for each input. Never liked fancy displays but there are several ways to set up how it looks through menus. Can keep it simple yet informative. Built-in amp shines when tone adjustments are made correctly. Ipod control is really good but percentage search would make it great. Hard to beat for the price with decent remote.

    Worse than stock

    Written By Corey, Michigan on Friday, September 26, 2008

    This radio, on paper looks like a dream. Then you get it in your car.

    Firstly - the power rating is a joke. There's no way its putting out 50X4. If you think that it is, then you haven't heard an audiophile quality radio putting out 50X4. The headroom is completely different. THis radio has ZERO headroom. It sounds like an AMFM pocket radio.
    Muddy Dim highs, Low poor bass, and that classic Muffled sound as the older Delco radios had. I've tried this with stock speakers, kenwoods, clarions, and pioneers, and NO speakers sound good with this headunit.
    I've played with the settings, the filters, etc etc.... Nada. You cannot get this unit to produce quality sound.

    The display, even with the dim feature is WAY too bright. Plan on it lighting up your vehicle cabin at night with blinding blue LED's. Turning off the "Dim" feature, makes it even worse.
    It's not cool - its blinding and distracting, seriously.

    Sadly all of the radio manufacturers went to a "Clean" look with only one button or mabee two with all features in menus.
    How safe is it to have to Scroll through MENUS WHILE DRIVING???!!!
    Read the manual and study it well, as there are hidden menus that you'll never find while driving.
    Im all for a little bling...but this is just stupid. If I wanted disco lights in my car, I'd put them in.
    The only good that I can give this radio, is that it has USB.
    This unt cannot come anywhere close to my Pioneer DEH-P77DH in sound quality or ease of use. SAVE YOUR MONEY!

    Great head unit!!!

    Written By Anthony, Ishpeming, MI on Sunday, August 31, 2008

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    I installed this head unit into a 2003 Tundra and could not be happier!

    I used the pre outs to go to a 100 W/per channel amp into a set of Alpine 6.5" Components. I also installed an Infinity Basslink. It's a nice sounding setup. Granted it won't compete with the high watt/high dollar systems but I'm happpy.

    I have a MP3 player plugged into the usb cable and it sounds great through the Kenwood. This unit also controls the sansa and displays the song/artist info on the screen.

    For the price I couldn't be happier!!

    Great for the Money.

    Written By David, Northeast Connecticut on Friday, August 29, 2008

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    I purchased this for my wife, along with a satellite radio integrated setup. Works like a charm, sounds great.

    Turning off demo mode stinks as usual but other than this, its great.

    Super easy to install, labeling on wiring clear, you can't go wrong with a midrange kenwood.

    Best Receiver with USB Support

    Written By Charlie, Massapequa, NY on Sunday, August 17, 2008

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    I highly recommend this receiver for anyone who wants to carry all of there music with them and wants it to sound great. The USB Support is fantastic, I used Kenwood's supplied software to transfer my music to a USB Flash Drive and it organized all of my music into albums, artist, play lists, etc. The built in amp is very powerful for a head unit and it makes my stock speakers sound like after market.

    If you are looking for a head unit with a great subwoofer control, this is the one for you. With this unit, u can control your sub woofer volume separate from your other speakers and this allows me to turn down my subs when there giving me a head ache.

    A nice feature of this head unit is that it will allow you to change the display settings so it would list the album, artist, play time etc. The remote is very useful so that my passengers in the back seat can browse through my music library.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Eric, Stevens Point, WI on Wednesday, August 06, 2008

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    I think this headunit is amazing!!! it has so much power and my speakers hit harder and sound much clearer than before.... the only problem i have with this is that you have to scroll through all of your songs with the little scroll knob... it kinda takes a while but you get used to it.

    Very bad iPod controller!

    Written By Blake, Austin, TX on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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    This is a very decent unit for the price, as others have mentioned, but I am extremely disappointed in the iPod controller interface. I bought this unit specifically for the iPod control feature, but now realize I might have to forego the iPod contol feature and instead simply utilize the aux input for my iPod. At least this would allow me to find songs using my iPod without getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (!). A previous reviewer mentioned that it took them 20 turns of the controller knob to get thru their list of artists - 20 turns literally won't get me thru the B's in my alpha artist list - ! The controller offers no ability to jump ahead by letter in alphabetical listings of artists or songs, such as the iPod does, and since the unit pre-empts controlling the music directly from the iPod while connected, you are stuck spinning the unit's control knob for literally minutes on end to find any artist or song after the letter 'M'. My only recourse at this point is to spend the extra effort to 'strategize' my iPod playlists in a manner that makes it easier to access music thru this unit, which is totally unnecesary when using my iPod in any other scenario. It's a shame Kenwood would not mimic the iPod's ability to scroll more expediently thru alpha listings. If you want an in-dash iPod controller for your car, I do not recommend this unit.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Vern, Seaford, DE on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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    I have been using Kenwood head units for awhile now. I am always impressed w/ the sound quality and adjustment options. Also from my experience they are very dependable. I bought this unit particularly for the ipod controls, but I dont yet have one so I cant comment on that particular feature. But If you're looking for sound quality and ability to tweak almost every detail, then u wont be disappointed with this unit. The right knob takes some getting used though, but once your familiar with it, u shouldnt have any problems.

    Great CD performance

    Written By raceboy, Tampa Bay Area on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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    I bought this unit primarily for CD performance. I used to buy only Alpine headunits, but what they want to charge for a 24bit DA is ridiculous. I know everyone loves their Ipod, but why spend all that money on a nice car stereo only to have compressed audio (yes, even at the highest bit rate)?

    This unit is paired with 2 pairs of 6.5" Alpine Type S speakers running off the deck and crossed over at 80hz along with Alpine's LAT Subwoofer in the trunk of an '08 Civic. All I have to say is that I would put this system, sound quality wise, up against any system in the sub $1K price range.

    If it's CD sound quality you want and you hate the harsh metallic highs of the 1bit pulse DA decks, this is the deck for you at an amazing price.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Aaron, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, June 23, 2008

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    I bought this unit after returning the Sony CDX-GT820IP. I was primarily
    looking for a reciever with iPod control and sub preamp output with volume
    and low pass filter. I returned the Sony because of the iPod functionality
    and difficulty reading the display during the day (see my review of the
    Sony). After using the Kenwood for two weeks:

    Positives
    - EQ options. I don't have to tweak it much but the custom EQ is nice and
    the presets are usable (Sony presets were worthless)
    - Sub Output, level control and low pass filter are exactly what I wanted
    (using a single 12 inch sub)
    - Display. Very easy to read and many options.
    - iPod functionality. Even though there are some negatives, I like it (better
    than the Sony)
    - High and low pass filters on all speakers and preamp outs. Several
    options for the filter are nice.
    - iPod connection cable. I ran it to my glove box.

    Negatives:
    - iPod Artist search. It always starts alphabetically and requires 20 knob
    turns to get through the 200 artist in my list.
    - Control knob (located on right). I don't like this. I would rather have
    additional buttons instead of the "joystick' action of this.
    - Faceplate is a little loose.
    - iPod navigation speed. I think it is a little sluggish.
    - Remote. Big and not very useful.

    Overall, I am satisfied. If there was a way to fast forward through the iPod
    artist list and a better option to the control knob I would give it 5 stars.

    Almost 5 Stars - Best Choice!

    Written By Scott, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, May 15, 2008

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    I am very happy with this unit. It's an upgrade from a older Kenwood that used an aditional iPod adapter. That older unit was slow in searching and changing tracks. I also felt that there was always something missing from the sound quality.

    Forget all that! This unit connects to your iPod via a USB 2.0 interface (located in the rear) and searching and choosing tracks are much easier - and faster. The sound processing on this unit is also superb- I can't believe how much better this Kenwood sounds over the other.

    Display is fun- Kinda wish I got the color display now.

    Control wheel on right hand side is more "solid" than past designs.

    Plus- this purchase was the first one where I felt the need to discuss my options with a Crutchfield associate. I was very impressed with the knowledge and help of the sales staff.

    Thanks again Crutchfield.

    Excellent stereo

    Written By macjazzy, Annapolis,Md on Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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    I bought this stereo to replace the Kenwood unit that came factory installed in my boat. The stereo is mounted inside the cabin so I didn't need a marine stereo. It sounds great, the usb controls for my ipod work just like the ipod does. You scroll through albums, playlists, artists etc. I am very happy with it and would definatley recomend it to anyone, especially those using it to control an ipod.

    Also the black and white display is very easy to read, even in sunlight. I have not seen it but I am not sure the color display for the next model up would be worth the extra money.

    Kicks and best bang for the buck!

    Written By Justin, Air Force, wherever they send me. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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    This is a great unit and like always.....the excelon family never fails to deliver! Great sounds, great looks, what else is there. Easy conection of your USB interface is great and easy to control. I have always been a stereo guy....over 14 yrs......alpine used to be the best.....now in my opinion Kenwood is the brand to buy, and has been for the last 5 yrs at least. I highly recomend any Excelon, speakers, head units, amps....they are all quality!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X692

    Written By Robert, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, April 10, 2008

    This unit replaced my 2003 Panasonic. The sound quality is incredible. The controls do take a little while to get used to. For the money this is a great buy.

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