Minimum Computer Requirements
Display Modes: The Kenwood
KDC-X789 features a large, bright, 64-color fluorescent display with 5 selectable
- Graphic Display (Display Type
A): You can choose between 3 "movies" or a slideshow of 6 still images. Text information is displayed
briefly for tuner and CD functions before graphic reappears.
- Graphic + Text Display
(Display Type B): The same Graphic Display is shown, plus one
line of text is displayed. Selectable text information is available for each
- 3-line, 2-column Text Display
(Display Type C):
Three lines of text information are displayed, each with a text label icon
and the text display. You can choose what information to display for each
line (clock, frequency, playback time, CD text, ID3 tags, etc.), plus choose
a text display color between white, yellow, or blue.
- Text + Source Icon Display
(Display Type D):
Two lines of text information are displayed (selectable information and
colors). On the right end of the display is an icon to indicate the
currently selected source. The bottom line features function labels for the
multi-function keys located directly below.
- G-Analyzer Display (Display
Type E): Measurements of G-forces (gravity) on the vehicle are
displayed. You can select between "G-Graphic", G-Meter (Graphic), G-Meter
(Text), or G-Counter display.
Picture Downloading: You can
download one movie and one wallpaper image from a special Kenwood website for
use in the above Graphic Displays. New images can be recorded onto a CD-R or
CD-RW disc, and loaded into the receiver.
G-Analyzer: This unit is
equipped with a sensor that measures the forces of gravity on the vehicle. This
sensor enables the receiver to calculate G-forces during acceleration, braking,
and cornering. The G-Analyzer also has a stop watch that can be automatically
started when forward or reverse G-forces are detected. Setup and calibration for
acceleration and braking must be performed before using the G-Analyzer.
The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW
discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should
have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 4096 files per folder.
During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded
ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.
Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive:
The KDC-X789 features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your
digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise
Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio
files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice
Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is
played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as
AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to
download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the
receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software
on your computer).
Motorized Angled Faceplate:
When inserting or ejecting a disc, the motorized faceplate automatically slides
down and out to expose the disc slot. Furthermore, you can set the faceplate at
one of three angles for best visibility of the display, in addition to the fully
Burr-Brown D-A Converter:
The KDC-X789 features an audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog
converter for superb CD sound. The Burr-Brown D-A converter maximizes the
musical resolution of CDs, CD-R/Ws, and AAC/MP3/WMA-encoded discs.
Satellite Radio Ready: You can
connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X789 in a number of ways. The unit is
directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item #
607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal
XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the
head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1). In
addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such
as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the
optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).
Note: In addition to
the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and
a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.
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 EX presets. The speaker
setting should be selected first.
System Q-EX Sound Control:
curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve
for different types of music: Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Natural. In
addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each
preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass Q factor, bass
extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle Q factor, treble center
frequency, and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass center frequency
(40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120 or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor
(1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency
(0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or
2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level
(-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to
adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.
Subwoofer Preamp Output: The
KDC-X789 is equipped with a pair of subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer
outputs can easily be turned on/off. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you
can adjust the volume (-15 to +15 in increments of 2), set the low pass filter
cutoff (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Through), and the phase (normal, reverse).
System E's+: In
addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-X789 features the System E's+ crossover system
for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:
- Front High Pass Filter:
100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, or Through (no filter)
- Rear High Pass Filter:
100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz or Through (no filter)
- Low Pass Filter:
60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Through (no filter)
Tone Memory: This
feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each
source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).
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.
Built-in Amp Switch: If the
audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal
amplifier to improve audio quality.
Dual Zone System: The
KDC-X789's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front preamp outputs and another source to the rear preamp outputs. The main source can be the
internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer
input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You
can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual
Zone System is activated, the volume of the front outputs is controlled by the
volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio
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.
HD Radio Ready: With an
optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), 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.
Radio Data System (RDS):
The unit's tuner
features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations
to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station
is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted
by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the
frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts
regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or
severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which
will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when
you're not listening to the radio.
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.
Disc/Station Naming: You can
enter and store names of up to 8 characters for CDs and radio stations.
Characters can include upper case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent
characters. The memory can store names for up to 30 stations and 10 discs in the
internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD
changer depends upon the capability of the changer.
red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning
potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.
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. The security code may be disabled if desired.
Bass Management System (B.M.S.):
You can remotely adjust the bass boost of a compatible Kenwood amplifier with
the Bass Management System (B.M.S.). When properly connected, you can set the
bass boost to Flat, +6dB, +12dB, and if the amplifier is capable, +18dB. In
addition, you can set the B.M.S. frequency offset to "Normal" or "Low". The
"Low" setting drops the bass boost normal center frequency by 20%. Note:
The pink/black lead on the receiver's wiring harness should be connected to the
amp's B.M.S. terminal.
Remote Control: The KDC-X789
comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The
remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating
in the Dual Zone mode. It is
powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are:
L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".
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 Dimmer: When the dimmer
control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights
are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order
for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied
wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.
Auxiliary Input: The
KDC-X789 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo
RCA jacks on a 12-inch pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an
external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through
the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source:
Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not
appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210), you
can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.
Compatibility: 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. If you have a
Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching
adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord
(113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.
Changer Controls: 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 all disc random.
CD Text/MD Display: 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.
Minimum Computer Requirements
PhatNoise Media Manager Software: To use Media Manager software, the
following software and hardware are required:
- Software: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
- Personal computer (main unit, display, and peripheral units)
incorporating a 500MHz or better Pentium II processor (or the
equivalent) on which the above OS can run normally
- 128MB RAM or more
- Hard disc with 200MB free space
- CD-R/CD-RW drive
- Others: Internet connection environment
- Note: Administrator authority is required when installing Media
Manager in Windows 2000 or XP