Don't settle for a boring, uninformative stereo. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X791 CD receiver delivers the information you need on a 64-color, 3-line display, and the easy-to-read text renders your song and folder information brilliantly. When not viewing text, you can choose from a variety of energetic animations or calm backgrounds that won't distract while driving.

When you're ready to roll, fold down the faceplate, and insert a disc filled with MP3, WMA, or AAC music files. The Multi Control Wheel makes file and folder navigation simple. The strong amplifier and premium digital-to-analog converter create a forceful, yet warm sound that's full of the little details that lesser stereos miss.

High- and low-pass filters and speaker size matching features help you optimize speaker performance. Once you've set those, a 3-band parametric equalizer lets you zero in on specific areas of the treble, midrange, and bass, so you can shape the audio output to perfection.

This versatile receiver makes full use of its display capabilities, adding a unique feature that you won't find on most car stereos. Using an internal gyroscope, it can display vehicle performance specifications — like the G-force your car generates during turns and acceleration — with no special wiring or installation required.

If entertainment options rate high on your list, the KDC-X791 will control an optional Kenwood satellite radio or CD changer. You can also connect your portable music player to the stereo's rear auxiliary or USB inputs. Use those inputs to plug in an optional connecting cable for your iPod®, or add Kenwood's iPod adapter so you can save the USB and auxiliary connections for other gear.

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.

Product Highlights:

    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 Digital Rights-protected music files on disc)
    • detachable, fold-down face
    • 64-color fine dot fluorescent display
    • car performance computer
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • 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 allow you to tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • System E's+ high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • optional connecting cable gives you iPod control (uses both the USB and aux inputs)
    • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth® adapter
    • compatible with Kenwood's iPod control adapter (in case you want to use your USB or aux input for something else)
    • HD Radio™ ready with optional tuner
    • satellite radio-ready (XM or SIRIUS tuner, service subscription, and antenna required)
    • CD changer controls
    • three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    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/WAV/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
    • 2 Face fixing brackets and screws
    • Kenwood Music Editor Ver 1.0.0 CD-ROM
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spanish/French)
    • Kenwood Music Editor Installation Manual (English)
    • Kenwood Music Editor Installation Manual (Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport card
    • "Attention" note

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    Features
    CD Changer Controls
    Software

    Features

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-X791 AM/FM CD receiver features a fold-down-detachable face, rear auxiliary input, 3 sets of 4-volt preamp outputs, CD changer and Satellite radio controls, Bluetooth and iPod ready functions, as well as a rear panel USB connector, plus AAC/MP3/WMA/WAV playback. The CD player comes with a soft face case and an IR wireless remote control. The unit's Mos-Fet 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. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. 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.

    64-Color FL Display With Graphics: The unit utilizes a large 64-Color Fluorescent display that features still and motion graphics. You can choose from six display layouts as well as between two motion clips, six wallpaper images and a wallpaper scan mode.

    • Display Layouts:
      • A: consists of status display and graphic display
      • B: consists of status display, graphic display and text display
      • C: consists of status display, upper, lower and middle text displays and text icons
      • D: consists of status display, upper, lower and middle text displays and source icon display
      • E: consists of status display, text display, and graphic display
      • F: consists of G-Analyzer display
    • Motion Clips:
      • 1: underwater dolphin scene
      • 2: two racecars with deer watching
    • Wallpaper Images:
      • 1: butterfly
      • 2: racecar
      • 3: beach
      • 4: birds
      • 5: elephants
      • 6: dolphins
    • Wallpaper Scan: scans through all the wallpaper images in 5 second intervals

    Graphic Motion 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 Graphic Motion Analyzer offers you 5 graphic displays to choose from: G-Graphic, G-Meter, G-Counter and Stop Watch, along with a HorsePower function that measures and records the max horse-power of your car. You can specify what type of vehicle you are driving to calibrate the G-Analyzer by selecting from the following choices - Mid Size, Full Size, SUV, Van, Pickup Truck, Sporty or Compact. The GMA's information can be viewed as numerical data or enhanced graphics on the head unit's display.

    Note: The HP or G value measured by this unit may not be completely accurate due to its simplified method of measurement. The G-Analyzer is only for reference and should not be used to confirm the horsepower specifications of your vehicle.

    AAC/MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The KDC-X791 can play MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC files with ID3 tag information recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X791 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA 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-X791 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. The receiver allows you to turn the Auxiliary input On our Off so you don't have to scroll through that source if you are not using it.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X791 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-X791 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. All the preamp outputs are attached to the chassis by a 7.5" pigtail.

    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-X791 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels. 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).

    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 strong>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.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-X791 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db.

    Detail Audio Control: The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid levels.

    • Bass Level:
      • 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%)
    • Mid Level:
      • Frequency: 0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0 kHz
      • Q-Factor: 1.0/2.0
    • Treble Level:
      • Frequency: 1.0/12.5/15.0/17.5 kHz

    Bass Management System (B.M.S.): This unit is equipped with an interface (pink/black wire in the wiring harness) which controls certain special features of B.M.S.-equipped Kenwood eXcelon amplifiers. This unit, when properly connected, can remotely activate and adjust the amount of bass boost in the amplifier. You can choose between +6dB, +12dB, or +18dB bass boost, or flat (no boost). In addition, you can lower the bass boost center frequency by 20%, switching between "Normal" and "Low".

    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.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 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.

    Multi-Control Wheel: The Kenwood receiver also features a Multi-Control Wheel, that when used with an iPod, lets you control all operations via a single control knob just as smoothly as the iPod's scroll wheel.

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of one button.

    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).

    Station/Disc Naming: The unit allows you to attach an 8-character title to a radio station or a CD. The unit can memorize up to 30 FM/AM station names and 10 CD names.

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-X791 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-X791 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.

    Beep Tone: The CD player features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the unit. You can turn the beep tone 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.

    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.

    Date Adjustment: You can enter the current date into the head unit's memory to help you keep up with what day it is while you are on the road.

    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-X791 comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite, HD 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".

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KDC-X791 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-X791 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables connection to portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and audio control of MP3 player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system.  A single or multi-slot card reader can also be connected the USB port, allowing your music to be put neatly into different types of memory cards.

    iPod High-Speed Connection: The USB port and AUX input are also compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP200 adapter (part number 113IP200, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP200 (2-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses two connectors that plug into the back of the headunit. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music files using the headunit's controls and view song info on it display. The 3.5mm miniplug connector portion of the cable plugs into the Auxiliary 3.5mm input on the receiver and transfers the music from your iPod to your Kenwood CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the KDC-X791 are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP200 and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.

    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.

    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: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50).
    • Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
    • 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 (adapter may be required).

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

    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.

    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.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready":  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-X791 comes supplied with the Kenwood Music Editor Version 1.0.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer music files to your USB devices from your PC. Automatic Playlist Generation is another function of this software which analyzes each song based on the tempo/spectrum distribution and categorizes them into familiar genres such as POP, Rock, Ballad, etc.

    System Requirements:

    • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
      • Microsoft Windows Home Edition SP2 or later
    • Other Programs:
      • Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
      • QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
      • Windows Media Player 10
    • Hardware:
      • PC (with display and other peripherals) with Pentium III 800MHz or above (or equivalent) CPU an can run the above OS
      • 256MB or more RAM
      • 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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    Fantastic sounding unit!

    Written By Jeff, Menifee, CA on Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    I purchased this unit for its expandable features (iPod, USB, etc.). It sounds absolutely amazing! Crisp, clear, and accurate. The Digital to analog converter in this unit is incredible, and processes digital media very well. My wife gave me an iPod, but I was hesitant to use it for music, as I was convinced that mp3/ AAC sound quality was sub-standard. I was quite surprised. Kenwood has done their homework on compressed music reproduction (superior digital to analog converter). This sounds so good I am in the process of transferring all my CDs to my iPod. I know that mathematically there is a difference in the signal, but my human ear cannot tell the difference. The KDCX791 is high quality, and does not disappoint. I spent lots of time playing a particularly well recorded song on CD, then on iPod, and was not able to detect any real differences. This unit sounds great all around. The only reason I will not give it 5 stars is the cumbersome time it takes to scroll to a group/ song/ album at the end of the alphabet. It would have been nice for Kenwood to program the scroll to work like the iPod, scanning quickly through the alphabet when the dial is turned fast. I have something like 20 gigs of music on my iPod, and it can be a real pain getting to ZZ top (as stated by another reviewer). Also have to agree that the manual was fairly difficult to navigate through, and the Kenwood music software was absolutely useless. For what I use it for, I love it.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X791

    Written By Wayne, sacramento, ca on Saturday, June 14, 2008

    I couldn't be happier with this deck. I have owned kenwoods for most of my aduly life. The only problem I had was using the music editor software, its just doesn't work. I just used Windows Media Player to rip and sync to a flash drive and it works very well.

    I just set up the basic menus and let it alone, the display is very clear except in direct sunlight, but thats the norm for most decks. The sound is much cleaner, thanks to the 4v pre-outs.

    The crossovers and sub level control allow you to tailor the sound to your taste and vehicle.

    Overall this is the best deck I have ever owned!!!

    Kenwood has made me a believer

    Written By Kyle, Texas on Thursday, March 20, 2008

    This is without a doubt one of the best head units I've ever owned or used. The sound quality is awesome, thanks to its wealth of sound options such as a 3-band parametric equalizer and separate high-pass filters for the front and rear speakers. Compared to Pioneers I've owned in the past, the internal amp has very little distortion and noise.

    The Kenwood is also very easy to use when driving, almost all of the basic functions can be performed without looking and with less than a few button pushes. Navigating through your USB drive and MP3-CDs is also very easy thanks to the rotating knob on the right, which works similar to an iPod. One thing I've noticed about the Kenwood is that it sorts the files in alphabetical order, unlike many other USB receivers I've tried. Unfortunately, there is no way to quickly change the display (Title, Artist, Clock etc.) without entering the menu where the more advanced features are. At least the menu is rather easy to navigate compared to some other head units I've used, but it does require you to take your eyes off the road.

    The KDC-X791's tuner picks up weak and distant stations just as well as the Pioneers I've owned before, but it doesn't seem to "hold on" to them as well while driving.

    Some of the KDC-X791's cool features are Dual-Zone Audio and the G-Analyzer. The Dual-Zone Audio, which allows to listen to the auxiliary input over one pair of speakers while you listen to another source over another pair, is really useful if you often have backseat drivers that want to listen to something else. The G-Analyzer, which tells you how aggressively you are cornering, braking, and accelerating, isn't really useful for most people, but is great for impressing friends.

    The head unit looks great in my dash day and night, believe me, the pictures here don't do the KDC-X791 any justice. The only thing I don't like about this head unit is the display, it is very bland and is hard to read in sunlight. It also would've been nice if "HD Radio" hadn't been printed over the display as well.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X791

    Written By john, Omaha, NE on Monday, March 17, 2008

    This is a great receiver!!! But one thing i'm not crazy about is that when it's cold out and you first start it, it takes a few seconds to worm up and you just get static when it's on tuner mode. But other than that, I really like it alot!!!

    sounds good - hard to learn

    Written By Kevin, Ellngton, CT on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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    The unit is easy to install & sounds good - after you get through the confusing manula. Kenwood di a terrible job stting upo the supprt documents on this model. The menu system is also a bit confusing - once you get the hang of it it works well.
    I wish it had an HD radio mdule.

    The redout for my sansa MP3 works great 0- but like everyone else - I ended up throwing away the very confusing Kenwood software.

    Love It!

    Written By Ken, Naperville, IL on Friday, February 08, 2008

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    I have owned this model for 1 month.

    I bought this stereo to replcae an older KDC-X789, it's a better model but one drawback for me was the stereo face is not motarized. The X789's faceplate could tilt to 3 different positions, which is beneficial to me coz my stereo car loation is low and it help me read the faceplate.

    Other than the above, i love that i can connect my ipod, phone and XM to it.

    Bottom line i love this stereo and have been a kenwood for over 9 years. I would buy another kenwood stereo but i would have to make sure it had a motarized faceplate before purchasing it.

    Good Stereo

    Written By Roy, St Louis,MO on Thursday, January 17, 2008

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    Great sound. The readout is a little far back from the front and makes it difficult to read if your stereo is placed down low. Easy to setup and the usb harddrive works great. Ipod was also easy to use with the usb connection. I don't like that the remote does not shut off or turn on the Stereo.

    My Kenwood X791

    Written By Steve, New Market, MD on Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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    Overall a good receiver with lots of features. The manual is a little weird, it has reference to other sections instead of explaining how to do something in one spot you have to go to several different sections. The other thing that is annoying, the removeable face plate is easy to remove but really HARD to reinstall. Overall I'm happy with the unit and would buy another Kenwood. I do love all the extra input devices you can use with the Kenwood

    Flawed but worth it

    Written By Dionisio, Philly, PA on Thursday, September 27, 2007

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    Let me start by saying I am IPOD hater (DRM infested PCB). I prefer to be able to transfer my MP3s to and from any media without worrying if the piece of electronics will play them.
    I give the KDC-X791 a 5 for features, 5 for sound quality, 3 for the interface and 1 for the Music Editor. DO NOT use the music editor to load music on a USB Flash drives. You are better off setting up your own folder structure and using Windows Explorer to copy your music onto the drive.
    I just sold my last car with the Kenwood Music Keg hard drive system in it. I was looking to upgrade the factory head unit in my new car to one with a USB interface for Flash drives and Bluetooth ready. I am a little disappointed with the change Kenwood made with the folder selection interface. The remote for my old head unit with the Music Keg allowed me to go directly from folder #5 to folder #44 by pressing "44" then folder up "+" or folder minus "- " buttons. A grand total of 3 button presses. They removed that function with the USB drive. Now I have to press the folder up "+" 39 times to get from 5 to 44. Not useful when I'm driving.
    The whole menu system is NOT intuitive at all. Things that are useful are buried 6 or more button presses. Again not useful while driving.
    I also installed the Kenwood Bluetooth Adapter with the HU. It's a huge improvement over using an ear piece (which I still use when I get out of the car).
    One issue I have is with the number of speed dials. Kenwood allows for 3 speed dials. Most head units have 6 radio preset buttons. I don't know why the limit it to just 3.
    It is a painful process of registering more than one phone. It can have 5 phones registered but only one can be active. The process of registering the first one is easy. The following phones are a pain. You also have to remember to change the default phone when you get the car. This is a little harder for my wife to do than for me. This goes back to the menu system. Overall the BT100 is a little pricey of an upgrade over headsets but the sound quality and convenience is worth it for me.

    I don't know what the problem was with the display mentioned in other reviews. I set it up to tell me what I want to know on one screen. While playing my MP3s it has Folder number, Track number, Track time, Title of Track, Artist, and Time of Day on one screen.
    I have friends with similar units from other manufactures. Kenwood is not alone with some of these flaws. The fact that X791 is still capable of inputs from SIRIUS, HD radio, and Aux (mini-jack) make it an excellent choice for future expansion.

    Comparing sound quality, price, and features I am happy with this purchase. I would actually give 3.5 out of 5. Crutchfield did make the whole experience an excellent one.

    Kenwood fan for 4 years now

    Written By Domenic, Crum Lynne, PA on Wednesday, September 05, 2007

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    I've been into car electronics for 4 years now and i have seen and/or installed them all somewhere along the line. Of all the brands, kenwood is the best quality. Easy to use, affordable, great features, and excellent sound quality.

    Lots of features at a good price

    Written By Milad, Orlando, FL on Monday, September 03, 2007

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    When I began to look for a new deck I first considered Alpine as they have an excellent rep and great sound quality, but are costly and don't have many features in any given price range when compared to other brands. I ran into this head unit at a local audio shop and compared the sound quality to other brands, This unit is amazing. The sound quality is first rate and the amount of features you get for the price is great. This unit allow fine tuning of the audio in many respects and makes it easy. The display is large and easy to read although the screen savers are quite cheesy, but I purchased it for sound quality not the display. This unit also has a usb port that was placed in my glove box. I never again have to change a cd as I have all my favorite songs on one device. FYI, you can make different folder for your music but when accessing them thru the head unit it does not show the name of the folders, but rather show folder 1,2,3....

    In all this is a great deck with impressive sound quality and features. Tahnk you crutchfield, They have the best support and thats why I pay a few bucks more. You get what you pay for.

    iPod/BlueTooth Interface Needs Work

    Written By Stash, Chandler, AZ on Saturday, August 18, 2007

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    Never owned a Kenwood before, and I was looking to upgrade my deck to a iPod-ready, BlueTooth-ready in-dash receiver. So this is the unit I chose.

    Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed in the iPod interface. First, when the unit turns on, it takes quite a bit of time for the unit to communicate with the iPod before you hear any music. Sometimes 30 seconds up to a minute. Second, Kenwood provides a means of browsing through artists and selecting songs from a particular artist. Artists are arranged alphabetically and the scrolling capability from A-Z is way too slow... I find myself cranking away on the knob just to locate a song by "ZZ Top". Third, I was under the impression before I bought the unit that I would have access to my playlists from the receiver unit. Not the case. Fourth, I still have not found out how to re-sync the song catalog on the unit with my iPod. For example, if I add a new song to my iPod, it's not available in the song catalog on the kdc-x791.

    Also, perhaps the BlueTooth kit may work better on other phones, but with my RIM Blackberry the $200 BlueTooth kit is worthless. It pairs with the phone just fine, but disconnects after 20 or 30 seconds or so. Then re-connects again. It keeps connecting, disconnecting, and re-connecting over and over. I even tested it by placing my phone right next the BlueTooth receiver unit. Same behavior.

    Otherwise, if not interested in the iPod or BlueTooth interfaces, it's not a bad unit. If interested in iPod and BlueTooth capability, there are other solutions out there to try.

    Worth Every Dollar!!

    Written By TJ, Alamogordo, NM on Sunday, August 05, 2007

    If you want variety with sound and equalizing settings this is the unit to do it. I am personally a JVC fan but someone talked me into walking in he the Kenwood lifestyle and I am pleased and couldn't ask for anything better. This pushes everything in my car with no problem. The settings lets you control every bit of your sound. I would agree with on the reviews and say that the manual doesn't really explain all the features. If you are anyone is really considering buying a new head unit and like to control all the features of sound this unit is it. As far as graphics they are great, but just controlling what how and what you hear, that is the greatest.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X791

    Written By Eric, Royal Oak, MI on Thursday, August 02, 2007

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    Everyone seems to like this receiver, but I hated it. I bought it, installed it, and returned it.

    First of all, its display is horrible. The face sticks out of the dashboard way too far, and the display is too small and hard to read in comparison to the whole face. The graphics are pretty much pink and blue, and if you're older than 6 and aren't entertained by dancing dolphins and a mixed off-road/hunting scene displayed in pastels that are hard to see, you won't like this receiver.

    The knobs are hard to use. They're made of a strange, slippery rubber and they're small. If you accidentally press in on the volume knob (easy mistake to make), you're taken to a menu system that's hard to exit, and when you're USING that menu system you can't turn the volume down...so if you accidentally reach too fast for the vol - when you NEED the volume to go down - you may shoot yourself in the foot.

    The sound is fine, but hard to adjust. The controls to adjust it aren't intuitive. It's clean up to high volume, but NOT as clean as the JVC BT1 I got with Bluetooth. (BUY THE JVC! You'll love it!)

    Honestly, the display is so bad on this thing - I would rather give up listening to radio than be stuck with it for life. It is a really, really, really poor receiver.

    The face doesn't clip on well. It can easily be moved even when attached so it ends up hanging at a funny angle.

    This receiver is PERFECT for a 1987 S-10/first car for a young woman who likes pink and blue dolphins.

    KDC-X791 A great receiver

    Written By Theodore, Ludington, MI on Monday, June 25, 2007

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    I was sort of stuck with getting another Kenwood receiver if I still wanted to use my Kenwood CD changer. I also needed the Aux for my portable Sirius radio. After reading the extensive info Crutchfield has on equipment, I decided to purchase. I am happy I did. Plenty of "bells and whistles" for anyone that wants many options. Changing the layout of the display is great. It lets you set it up just the way you want it to look. Color changes add to this feature.
    Sound is very good with OEM speakers in my van. The removeable face plate comes off with out any problem, getting it back on takes some work. You must line up a small pin in a hole on the left side first and the same on the right side. It may become simple with time, but something that is difficult in low light conditions.
    The manual could be improved towards better explaining what they mean. I feel it was written by an expert with the unit. Getting it out of the demo mode took extensive reading and tech support to turn it off. That info was taped to my old unit this one replaced.
    Still having problems with the usb and getting it to read the files created with the included music program. I am sure that problem will be solved soon.
    I would have to take a few fractions of points off due to the problems listed, but am pleased with the purchase. I am also always pleased in the speed that crutchfield gets a product shipped fast. I would advise anyone that likes what they read about this unit to make a purchase. You also will like what you receive.

    Great Stereo

    Written By Joseph, Weaver, AL on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    I'm not really a Kenwood fan. I've had not so nice experiences with the brand. But, I took a leap into the great unknown and took a chance. Man, am I impressed! I still haven't learned all that I can with this stereo. I would strongly suggest a try on this unit. I've gone to the darkside! I am a reformed man. So many bells and whistles! Well worth the money.

    Great Sound on Factory Speakers

    Written By Andrew, Sheridan, IN on Thursday, March 08, 2007

    I was very anxious to get my hands on this new head unit. I have never owned a Kenwood before. I was looking for something for my 06' Grand Prix that could handle an iPod natively and could do HD radio (albeit with add-on module). I also needed steering wheel controls (also an extra module) so my choice was split between an Alpine CDA-9857 and this. I ended up with this when Crutchfield said the Alpine didn't fit my dash. I hadn’t owned either brand before so it wasn’t that big of deal.

    The sound quality on this guy is pretty amazing compared to the factory HU. With a flat EQ, I can hear everything in the song with a rich overall tone. I don’t feel I have to “crank” up the volume to get more from this HU.

    The interface is pretty good although I can't compare it to anything really. It does require the manual to understand most settings in depth. It has a pretty fast response time in the menus except with changing sources. Using the USB source with MP3's is very cool and switching between song files is as fast as the CD.

    I have future plans to add a 10' sub w/ amp. I can only imagine what it will sound like after such an improvement already.

    I give this 4.8 stars. -0.1 for taking up AUX and USB for iPod control and -0.1 for some convolution in the menus.

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