Add Bluetooth® and Excelon quality to your ride
If you're looking for a car stereo with Bluetooth functionality plus awesome Kenwood Excelon sound quality and features, take a look at the KDC-X696 CD receiver. This receiver's built-in Bluetooth helps keep you focused on the road — you'll talk hands-free when you answer a call, just like talking to someone who's sitting next to you. A dedicated "phone" button on the receiver's face makes it easy to connect when a call comes in.

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You'll be able to use voice dialing once you've sync'd the receiver up properly. On top of that, Bluetooth audio streaming connects this receiver to the music library on any device that supports the Bluetooth A2DP profile — no cables needed. And you'll even have some control over most players, too.

Ready for your digital world
Kenwood's Excelon receivers are well-equipped to integrate with all your gear. Connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you're ready to access your playlists. Kenwood makes it so easy to navigate your tracks and playlists, as dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys cut down on the need to work through menus when you're looking for a specific song.

Pandora® Internet radio
Pandora users will appreciate this receiver's excellent built-in controls — you can scroll through your stations and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

Android
What about Android, you ask? If you store your music on an Android device, download Kenwood's free Music Control app and you can enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged in via the front-panel USB.

Need more?
The front-panel auxiliary input offers an instant connection for a portable satellite radio or another sound source. You can play all kinds of CDs, even discs that you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files.

The Excelon difference
Not only are Kenwood's Excelon receivers built for sound quality, they feature 4-volt preamp outputs to send a powerful signal to your amps. And you'll enjoy a 2-year warranty to go along with the great sound.

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

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.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 1-line display and blue illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    good headunit

    Written By Morgan, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, November 10, 2013

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    worked pretty well for the 2 years I have had it. Hooked up to an old Phoenix Gold QX4150, sounds good lots of level and frequency adjustments for fine tuning sound, had all the features I wanted at a good cost.

    Pros: USB, AUX, 3 preamp outs, bluetooth music and phone, CD, detachable face, good durability.

    Cons: every three months or so one of the inputs(AUX USB CD Bluetooth) would quit working or the whole thing will go dead. Remove fuse or battery and back to life. ?

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    Written By mjswans, Canby, OR on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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    Great sound at a great price.

    Pros: Bluetooth audio is great, not fumbling with a cable.

    Cons: Bluetooth pairing took a little longer than expected.

    Kenwood Excelon

    Written By Gregg, Sarasota, FL on Sunday, June 02, 2013

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    Bought this unit for my son's Toyota pickup. Easy to use, plenty of power for a kid who wants a lot of sound and like the IPOD control. Just a great unit at a great price!

    Pros: Power, IPOD control, ease of install and outputs for subs, etc.

    Cons: Remote is not much outside the truck.

    Super Product!

    Written By Jocquett, Houston, TX on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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    Great value for the price

    Pros: Very enjoyable

    Cons: None

    Excelon KDC-X696

    Written By EddyR, Corryton, TN on Monday, March 25, 2013

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    Excellent product! Great value and works perfectly..

    Pros: Bluetooth works very well. The product is so versatile.

    Cons: Illumination is only one color but it matches my vehicles' lighting fine.

    Good!

    Written By Isaac, Kingsport on Friday, March 22, 2013

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    Great looks good sound. Tip you must adjust subwoofer volume before it will work

    Pros: Looks and sound good

    Cons: Bad Bluetooth people on the other line can't hear you good

    Kenwood

    Written By Cameron Cook, Martinsville, IN on Friday, March 22, 2013

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    Excellent product, the price is right, and with Crutchfield you know you get the free installation gear with the kit. This makes everything super easy to install, had it in and playing in just under an hour, and I even took the time to solder the wiring harness.

    Pros: Subwoofer pre amp output jacks, fully controllable eq, all the good options, wasn't missing any of the important features.

    Cons: No dimmer I guess?, big deal...

    Very cool

    Written By BKD, Lawrence, KS on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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    Bought to replace a dead Sony Xplod BT3800U. . .purchased a scratch and dent model and can't tell at all. Much better quality than the Sony, much easier to operate while driving. Installation went without a hitch. . .too cold in the garage to fool around with the bluetooth microphone, but can't wait until it gets warmer to tear everything out and install it again with it.

    Pros: Great value, AWESOME product

    Cons: Don't like that there isn't a built-in bluetooth microphone in the faceplate like the Sony, but people I'm calling will probably appreciate the lack of noise using the external microphone.

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    Written By Anonymous, Heyburn Id 83350 on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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    Excellent player replace an old ken wood for USB and Bluetooth very happy!

    Pros: USB, Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    My Kia rocks.

    Written By mahina, Maui, HI on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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    I wasn't sure how an aftermarket deck would work out in my Kia Forte so I got a less expensive Kenwood. Crutchfield provides al the right adapters and instructions for a clean install. Saw this as reconditioned and couldn't pass it up. Mated with a Kenwood 5 channel and Kicker speakers my Kia definitely rocks.

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    Written By drrogerb1, Roseburg, OR on Thursday, March 14, 2013

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    This is a replacement for an older Clarion (difficult to see panel, mediocre sound). Easy to install in an old 911SC, good setup instructions, much better sound, bluetooth easy to setup, both for phone and music; USB port a nice feature. Display easy to read.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality very adjustable, good FM reception

    Cons: none so far.

    Great Stereo/Setup Takes Time

    Written By Carter, Pensacola, FL on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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    I bought this unit to replace the factory HU in a Jeep Liberty, along with a pair of Polk audio 6.5s front and rear. I've had a few Kenwoods over the years and they've all been pretty straight forward...wire, mount, set the clock. This one had preset speaker size settings in the Initial Setup section that I missed. I was about to send the Polks back when I saw what I missed. All working pretty well now. Sound is great, controls are still taking some getting used to, and the BT is hit and miss with my wife's iPhone. However, it connects every time with mine.

    Pros: Good price on an Excelon, great sound (after initial setup), lots of options for expanding the system.

    Cons: Speaker setup took a while. System Q and custom EQ takes a little time to adjust correctly for each input.

    No-brainer bluetooth solution

    Written By BurlingameDad, Burlingame, CA on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    I bought this Kenwood to replace the stock deck in my 1999 Suburban. I am amazed at the value. 1) It sounds better, and has better Bluetooth functionality and quality than two expensive aftermarket kits I put in my other vehicles (Parrot unit, and the Mediabridge). 2) Ease of installation. The Crutchfield instructions were easy to follow, though I recommend watching some YouTube videos to understand how to remove the dash bezel. 3) Sound quality: this deck sounds far better than the stock unit, and streaming bluetooth audio sounds excellent -- again, better than the Parrot and AudioVox devices I've used in other vehicles) 4) Value. You can't beat it. I am amazed in the value you get for the price.

    Pros: Incredible value for the money. Great sound quality. Straightforward to install. Great bluetooth performance.

    Cons: The wiring harness required crimping or soldering -- fine for me, but might be complicated for others.

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    Written By mobin, washington d.c on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    Very good for price

    great product, great support

    Written By Ryan, st.louis, mo on Thursday, March 07, 2013

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    This product is great. Streaming phone calls, music, Pandora, internet radio all from my Lumina 920 has been awesome. Even better is the support team from Crutchfield. I've never installed a car stereo before or done any automotive maintenance for that matter. The tech support quickly responded to my countless number of emails and phone calls and I couldn't be happier with the end result.

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, bellingham wa on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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    Great head unit sounds great and super easy set up for bluetooth use. Really need upgraded speakers over power the stock ones.

    Awesome stereo

    Written By Greg, Pomona ca on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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    Awesome stereo for the price, considering all the audio streaming stereos I've owned all had static but this stereo was crystal clear and worked like it should!

    Pros: Everything works like it should, great audio stream, great USB hook up(iphone5) no problem at all with the Bluetooth calling sounds clear on both ends, awesome remote signal, great audio adjustments including subwoofer, no popping noise when turning radio on.

    Cons: Two problems with this stereo is that if your dash gets a lot of sunlight it makes it a little hard to see the display, and the radio reception isn't the best but i don't listen to the radio with it, other than that it's a great buy

    Unbeatable head unit for the price!

    Written By JasonP, Hillsborough, NJ on Saturday, March 02, 2013

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    I purchased this unit to update the aftermarket head-unit that the previous owner of my car installed.]. My main reason for this particular unit [besides Crutchfield chat's awesome recommendation] was the CD, AUX, and Bluetooth capabilities - and yet maintaining a fair price. Installed and instantly BT'd my phone to the unit - it synched all my contacts and I was rocking to Pandora within a few brief minutes. Really love this head unit and the things that can be done with it!

    Pros: Bluetooth, Aux/USB Port on front, Price

    Cons: A little tricky when getting started

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    Written By E.Briggs, Brenham,TX. on Monday, January 28, 2013

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    Great product,great price,and great support!

    Great stereo with nice feature set.

    Written By Bill D, Sacramento, CA on Monday, January 28, 2013

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    Went in really easy. I like the relatively simple interface - not too many buttons. Bluetooth works great with my Galaxy Nexus (android). USB on front serves as a nice extra charger for my phone. Love it!

    KDC - 696

    Written By Dino, Long Island, New York on Sunday, January 27, 2013

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    Put this in my daughters car and she loves it. Great sound on initial set-up.I didn't have time to set it completely up before she went back to school, but she was able to handle what I couldn't do. She's happy and I'm happy..

    Pros: Easy install. Sounds great and the kid loves it. She loves the fact that her iphone and ipod music is easy accessable. Also happy with the Bluetooth.

    Cons: None

    KDC X696

    Written By Kevin, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, January 24, 2013

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    Great sound and features for the price.

    awesome stereo

    Written By Joet, Ma on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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    I've had this stereo now for about 4 months and have had it in 2 cars already. The interface is very easy to use and has some features for fine tuning sound i have yet to dare messing with, seeing as I have it dialed in to a way that I'm quite pleased with. Bluetooth was a little bit of a learning curve, but once you pick it up it is pretty simple. My only gripe about it would be that sometimes the bluetooth gets a little bit funky; sometimes once in a while it won't sync up with my phone (iphone 4) although bluetooth is always turned on with the phone, and if I'm on the phone when I start the car and bluetooth syncs up the person on the other line can't hear me unless I either turn the radio off or change the source for the call. Sound quality is great via am/fm, ipod, usb flash drive, and I can't recall putting a cd in. Bluetooth audio streaming is another fantastic feature I was surprised by, great for if I want my music without fumbling to plug the phone in. All in all I have recommended this stereo to friends as well as the Kenwood brand in general, this is my second stereo I've purchased with the last one being a Kenwood, I have had nothing but great luck with their products and can't see myself purchasing anything else for a stereo anytime soon (especially since I love this one so much).

    Pros: Easy ipod interface, looks good, easy to use in general, good amount of features for the money, 2 year warranty, remote easy to use

    Cons: Occasionally buggy bluetooth (could be a fluke with my stereo or phone in all fairness), would like variable color even if just for buttons

    Great Radio (at first)

    Written By Trevor D, Warren, MI on Friday, January 18, 2013

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    This radio worked phenomenally for about 4 months. Recently, I've been trying to connect via bluetooth and it's been extremely choppy. I can't listen to 40 seconds of bluetooth without the connection being interrupted. The sound quality this radio puts out is awesome. I haven't heard a cleaner one at this price.

    Pros: Great sound quality, easy-to-use interface,

    Cons: Components MAY OR MAY NOT fail after several months of use, cannot change color of faceplate,

    Great Sound - Complicated Instructions

    Written By SET, St. Louis, MO on Thursday, January 17, 2013

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    The instructions for this unit leave much to be desired. My Bride reports that once she had extensively read and re-read the instructions and watched a couple of UTube vids, she finally had an eureka moment while sitting with our sons at the bus stop. Now everything works, including Blue Tooth; she is now happy with her stereo and all is right with the world.

    Pros: Blue Tooth and iPhone connectivity

    Cons: Wow, Kenwood, get someone else to write your instruction manuals! Seriously....

    Too Bright/Weak Display Features

    Written By KenP, Billings, MT on Monday, January 07, 2013

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    Primary reason for purchase was to have a clock display in the vehicle, secondary to have USB and auxiliary input on front of unit. After much button pushing, finally figured out how to make the clock display all the time. Unfortunately, the display can only display one thing at a time, i.e. clock, radio station, or CD track. There is more than adequate room on the display. Too bad Kenwood didn't take advantage of it to show more than one piece of information at a time. Even though the display has a dimmer function, the back lights on the buttons on the left and right of the unit are extremely bright and cannot be dimmed

    Pros: USB, auxiliary, Bluetooth inputs

    Cons: Extremely bright, non-dimmable buttons; poor display capability

    Works Well!

    Written By Matthew, Santee, CA on Thursday, December 20, 2012

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    This head unit is a great value, the price is very acceptable for bluetooth streaming and the seperate mic is a plus. I like the clear cover over the USB and audio ports to keep the dust out. The 4V preouts are a great addition and the factor amp is strong at 22RMS per channel which is fantastic. The only issue I had when figuring out the bluetooth was the audio streaming. It was initially setup as the front speakers were working so I thought I installed the wiring harness incorrectly but come to find out there is a setting under bluetooth streaming to change it to full audio so all speakers work...why that setting is there I will never know but just as an FYI to all the others out there.

    Pros: Great features, Bank for Buck, 22W RMS, 4V Pre-Outs

    Cons: Continues to Download Phonebook every time my phone connects

    2003 Volvo S40

    Written By ChrisW, Midwest on Friday, December 14, 2012

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    Great unit for great price! High quality sound and and bluetooth.

    Pros: Really high quality sound, Bluetooth, iPod controls and aux input. Great price.

    Cons: None so far.

    03 Toyota Tundra

    Written By L. hill, Ashtabula Oh on Friday, December 07, 2012

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    Very pleased with my new stereo.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 in a Tacoma

    Written By Den, Newmarket Ont. on Friday, November 30, 2012

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    Great Deck, sound is excellent and Bluetooth works well for me.

    Pros: I like the ease of use with the bluetooth. Was a decent price up here in the Great White North.

    Cons: Unable to turn of the RDS function! I love and hate RDS. Reason being it's a pain when you are just trying to figure out what station you are listening to. If they had the feature to turn it off I would rated it even higher. If I knew what RDS was before I bought the deck I would have likely did a little more reviews before buying.

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    Written By A, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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    Nice deck. I installed it into our 99 Jeep Wrangler. Looks great, sounds great and I would purchase again!

    Pros: Easy install, easy to use, sounds great and great price!

    Cons: None so far.