Big display, big performance
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 CD receiver is a great choice if you don't want (or need) a double-DIN (4") receiver in your car. You can adjust the color of the button illumination to suit your tastes, and you can switch its three-line, full-dot display over to an easy-to-read two-line configuration with larger font size.
The KDC-X697 is more than just another pretty faceplate, though. This versatile receiver also gives you great performance with multiple entertainment options, plus the security of Kenwood Excelon's remarkable 2-year warranty. .
Play it your way
Kenwood designed this receiver to integrate with all your gear.
Connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you'll blaze through 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 and iHeart Radio 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.
What about Android, you ask? If you store your music on an Android device, download Kenwood's free Music Control app and enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB.
If you're in the mood to kick it old-school, slip in a CD and take full advantage of this receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. It converts the raw data on your disc, including MP3, WMA, and AAC files, to smooth, lifelike sound. (It'll make a big difference in the music on your iPod or thumb drive, too.)
For satellite radio subscribers (or those who plan to be), the KDC-X697 works with SiriusXM's outboard tuner (not included), so you can enjoy coast-to-coast reception of your favorite talk, sports, and music programming.
Dual front and rear USB ports give you extra expandability options.
Shape your sound
Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X697's 3-band parametric equalizer, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you adjust for your car's speaker setup.
And don't forget another Excelon sound advantage. If you're building a car audio system, one of the keys to the getting the most out of your amplifiers is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that will give your amps the strong signal they need for top performance.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.