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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

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.

5-line display and click-wheel control

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794 CD receiver makes it easy to find the songs you want to hear with its click wheel-style interface and 5-line LCD display. And it'll be a joy to listen to them, thanks to a suite of sophisticated sound-shaping tools.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794 CD receiver

Command and control

Connect your iPod®, plug in a thumb drive, or slide in a CD loaded with music files — whatever you do, Kenwood makes it easy to find what you want to hear. Grab the prominent control dial and skip through your files in 10% jumps, or search alphabetically — the choice is yours. The multi-line display shows off your artist and song info in clear detail. You can control your playlists and albums with the receiver's direct iPod controls, or your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

Plus, you'll enjoy superior sound quality when you listen to your iPod. When it's connected to the USB input, you'll bypass the iPod's digital-to-analog converter, allowing Kenwood's superior 24-bit DAC to make your files sound their best.

Digital enhancements for beautiful sound

remote control included

Kenwood's Sound Excellence feature offers audio enhancements that'll tailor the receiver's sound output to your vehicle, with settings for cabin size, speaker size, plus digital time alignment tools that sharpen your stereo sweet spot. Highway Sound optimizes your music so it can be better heard over the road noise, while the Supreme+ feature improves sound quality by enhancing the frequencies in your digital files that get lost during compression.

The Digital E's crossover feature allows you to trim some of the lows out of your front and rear speakers, and adjust the low frequencies going to a sub, so your equipment plays more efficiently. If you're building a full system, the three sets of preamp outputs send a strong 4-volt signal to your amps for superior sound quality and lower noise levels.

Add even more options

Connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X794, and enjoy the mix of news, sports, entertainment, and commercial-free music. Kenwood's HD Radio™ tuner lets you access the superior fidelity and extra programming offered by participating stations in your area. An optional Bluetooth® adapter brings the convenience of hands-free calling to your drive time. You'll also find a rear auxiliary input for MP3 players and other audio sources.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this 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 the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.


iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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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
    • fold-down, detachable face with 5-line LCD display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Sound Excellence DSP (5-band equalizer, iPod EQ, Highway Sound, time alignment, Digital E's crossover)
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connection cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, CD changer, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote (with installed CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery)
    • Soft fabric face case
    • USB connector bracket
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Mounting screws
    • Machine screw
    • 2 Wire-ties
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM (ver.1.0)
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card (US/Canada)

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Overview: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs, built-in iPod operation, Satellite and HD Radio controls (with optional tuner), CD-changer controls (with optional CD-changer), as well as AAC/MP3/WMA playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth communication for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone (via optional Bluetooth module). 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.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/iPod/USB Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down, detachable face 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 manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc.

    Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD Display: The eXcelon KDC-X794 features a full-dot, multi-line LCD display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable contrast (0-12). The KDC-X794 offers the following display modes.

    • 5-Line: Display 4 to 5 lines of text.
    • 3-Line: Displays 2 to 3 lines of text.
    • iPod-Like: Displays iPod source information only.
    • Spectrum Analyzer: Display a line of text and the spectrum analyzer.
    • Clock Display: Displays only the 12-hour clock.

    Illumination Effect: This function sets whether the headunit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with key-button operation.

    Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Text/Title Scroll: The eXcelon KDC-X794 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.

    Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control feature allows you to save six Favorites for easy access. You can select a Favorite playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio or HD tuner (both sold separately), a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using the optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately), or an audio setting. This allows you to have instant access of your favorite Radio station, telephone number, iPod playlist, or audio setting from one list on the headunit's 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.

    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. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Display Off: 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.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned on or off.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-X794 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    3-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X794 features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).

    Amp Off: You can turn the KDC-X794's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the headunit's preamp outputs.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 6-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. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or Off
    • Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the position and size of each speaker are select from the following items:
      • Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under Dash); Size: (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"); Tweeter (None or Use)
      • Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row; Size (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5")
      • Subwoofer: Size(10", 12", 15", None, 6-1/2" or 8")
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers, and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over: The Kenwood eXcelon headunit provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); or you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); Phase (Normal/Reverse); or you can also select full-range

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings using the 5-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
    • 5-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to adjust the following 5-Band EQ (62.5Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, 16kHz) settings.
      • Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
      • Bass Effect: Enhances the bass response of Band 1 (62.5Hz).

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can select between 0.00 to 5.58 feet for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, Left Subwoofer and/or Right Subwoofer.

    Audio Preset: You can register six audio settings into the unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting, Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    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, Tuner, Aux, USB, and connected External Device).

    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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X794 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

    Tuner Presets: The eXcelon KDC-X794's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    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.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    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. RDS features an emergency transmission function that 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 are not listening to the radio.

    Note: If the HD Radio tuner is added to the system, the RDS Traffic Information feature is lost.

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

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package item number 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package item number 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2, sold separately).

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

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), 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. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com). If the HD Radio tuner is added to the system, the RDS Traffic Information feature is lost.

    Satellite + HD Radio Note: You will need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching Unit (113KCAS220, sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD Radio Tuner to this headunit.

    Disc Playback

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The eXcelon KDC-X794 can play AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, 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, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters.

    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.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood eXcelon KDCX-794 features Scan (track/file), Random (folder/disc), and Repeat (track/file/folder) playback modes for your CD and music files.

    Music Search: The Kenwood eXcelon AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your AAC/MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the headunit's rotary knob.

    High Speed Search: This function allows you to continuously scroll up or down your track list at high speed.

    Direct Music Search: You can search music tracks and files directly by entering the track/file number using the include wireless remote control.

    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.

    Off Eject: The eXcelon KDC-X794 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    USB Port: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port on a 39" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. 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. The KDC-X794 provides Scan (file), Random (folder) and Repeat (file/folder) playback modes, as well as Folder, Track, High Speed, and Direct Music (via remote control) search modes. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-X794 is powered on.

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

    iPod Direct: The KDC-X794's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X794.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to the KDC-X794, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.  If you select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-X794, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's clickwheel/touchscreen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played (Related Search). In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.
    • Information Display: The KDC-X794 will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X794 will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display iPod MODE).
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X794 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    AUX Input: The eXcelon KDC-X794 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KDC-X794 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Rear Auxiliary Input Ready: The unit already features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, 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 (113CAC1AX, sold separately) 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 (113KCAS220, sold separately) 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, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The Kenwood headunit is Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300, sold separately). 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. The optional KCA-BT300 is also supports Bluetooth audio players that have A2DP or AVRCP profiles. Playback functions include: Play/Pause, Skip Back/Forward, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Stop. You are able to register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices when using the KCA-BT300 adapter (only one can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be compatible with this unit. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: The eXcelon KDC-X794 comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, and external device functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X794 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.

    Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with Windows Vista.

     
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME!!

    Written By Brian, Tucson, Az on Tuesday, July 05, 2011
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    This deck is amazing! It has all the adjustments any audiophile could want. Plenty of amp hookups. IT just sucks that Kenwood no longer makes it. It is not hard to navigate, you just have to get used to it. Don't let all the people who say that scare you.
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    5 out of 5

    Great HU

    Written By roughneck, Arkansas on Wednesday, May 25, 2011
     
    This is a great head unit. It is refurbished, but so far there have been no problems. It has tons of features and it looks great. Best Kenwood I've owned yet.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Defective refurb, otherwise great..

    Written By Aaron, Florida on Monday, April 11, 2011
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    Deck was great, sounded wonderful, easy to use, EQs were quick and convenient.
    Bought it refurbed and ended up returning it because it would power off when
    using it at high volumes (around 24 for an iPod or CD). Bummer, I liked the
    deck but couldn't live with that issue.
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    5 out of 5

    pleasant surprise

    Written By Laubster, Boulder, CO on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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    Bummer it's discontinued. My first non-OEM unit; 2004 Subaru Forester; exclusively play ipod nano 3g:

    PROS:
    - when powered up or the ipod is connected, the unit detects where the ipod left off; conversely, when powered down or the ipod is disconnected, the ipod remembers where the unit left off. This means I can listen to half an album on the drive to work, then listen to the rest at my desk (or vice versa). Very nice.

    - no disconnect step is needed: just unplug it, even if the unit is still playing

    - i shut off my vehicle at long traffic lights; the 5 second reboot time after I restart my car is livable.

    - 1 of the 5 different display modes is very familiar to an ipod user (title, artist, elapsed time, remaining time, progress bar) - but, lacks album, track#, & total tracks in this mode

    - provides adequate bass; i was concerned when i found it would not support my OEM subwoofer, which now is dormant

    - a quick test shows a usb thumb drive behaves similarly: it remembers where it was when last played - nice to know if ipod ever dies

    - rear plugs means no annoying wire off the front - cable is routed into glove box - no drilling.

    CONS:
    - only way to tell how many tracks there are on an album is to play the last track and remember its track#.

    - forces ipod into "repeat all" mode when it connects, and left in that mode when ipod is disconnected. I prefer usual ipod's non-repeat mode: play an album, then wait for another selection.


    Overall, I'm very pleased.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Zoli, Sterling, MA on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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    Very nice radio, great features. It has a sharp display and the audio sounds good. Easy install. This is the first Kenwood I own, but probably not the last. I've installed the stereo into an old (1998) Subaru Forester with factory speakers and there's a reasonable improvement in sound quality. The stero works flawlessly with the iPod, no crazy hickups like some of my former radios with iPod control did. Too bad, this item is discontinued.
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds Great! Just what I was looking for

    Written By Greg, PA on Thursday, January 20, 2011
     
    This deck is really great. I installed it by myself this past summer with no problems. The sound quality is night and day compared to my stock unit. There are also a good amount of sound adjustments available such as bass boost, equalizers, crossovers, and more. This is my first aftermarket deck, but I am amazed by the sound quality.

    As for the previous review that said there was no easy way to go to the presets, you can put presets on the included remote which would make easy to switch between presets, with just one button click.

    As an aside Crutchfield's directions and parts made this a breeze to install, the included wiring harness was awesome.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    disappointed

    Written By ProMultis, Springfield, VA on Thursday, January 20, 2011
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    I am very disappointed with this selection. The radio has been installed in my car for about 6 months.
    - My biggest concern is the design itself. Many states have laws banning cell phones, and texting specifically, because the motorist takes his eyes off the road. Scrolling through the ipod-like dial is equally risky. Simply changing radio stations is potentially dangerous because the user has to step through several nested menus items. The remote mitigates this to some extent...but what if you misplace the remote? Kenwood: very poor design!
    - My second complaint is the user manual. The manual appears to have been written by either a barely-graduated high school student, or is a poor translation into English. In addition, the text is entirely too small when printed.
    Several routine receiver controls require the user to refer to the manual. Really? Any receiver that requires consulting a manual to perform basic operations is not well-designed.
    Finally, a strange bug has occurred several times with this model since its installation. For some unknown reason, the receiver will simply shutdown, and revert to "standby". The only way to bring the unit back up is to hit the 'reset' button...but then I need to reprogram all my radio selections.

    I could not possible recommend this unit to anyone. The biggest flaw is the design itself, and the nested menu-scrolling necessary.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Great sound but presets stations hard to access

    Written By Alan S, St Charles, MO. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
     
    This is the best sounding head unit I have ever had so far. But I am sending it back. it is very difficult to move around in your preset radio stations while driving, I would never let a young driver have this unit. The purpose of the preset stations is to be able to jump around at will to the different stations you listen to. On this unit it takes 4 moves to change station and it is not quick. It takes 15-20 seconds of looking at the radio while driving to change the station. I would rather send a text message, at least I can look up and see where I am going. Kenwood is not the only manufacturer making this style.
    I will say however, that I am running this with 2 amps, 2 subs and 4 Kappa door speakers and it sounds tremendous, the cross overs work great. I will be shipping it back this weekend for an Alpine with preset buttons. As usual, Crutchfield tech support and customer service is A#1. If I had bought this elswhere I may have been stuck with it and my wife is about to remove it from the car with a hammer.
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    5 out of 5

    Better Than Expected

    Written By JeffS, Somerset, MA on Friday, January 14, 2011
     
    First of all I purchased this as an "open box" item and was very skeptical, but I was very pleased when it arrived. Although the box had a slight rip and the wiring harness was trimmed back a bit, the unit was in brand new condition and everything that should be in the box was there!

    I was happy with my stock system in my 2006 Corolla and I didn't think a new head unit would improve sound, but I needed something to hook up my iPhone and satellite receiver. Wow, was I surprised! Even with no amplifiers this receiver puts out some quality sound, tight and accurate. Very pleased!

    This is the third receiver I've purchased from Crutchfield in the past 15 or 20 years and as always I'm thrilled with the service and support. It also doesn't hurt to get the wiring and installation kits too!
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    5 out of 5

    Great HU

    Written By Nate, Schenectady, NY on Thursday, January 13, 2011
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    I recently purchased this HU from Crutchfield and installed it in my 2003 Nissan Maxima. Crutchfield gives you everything you need to make installation a breeze! The sound from this radio is fantastic! The adjustments are a little complicated but they allow you to control so much! From the 5 band EQ to the crossover settings, car type, and a host of other adjustments it allows you to tailor the sound to best match your car. I really like it. The customer service at Crutchfield is unsurpassed and the shipping time is so fast! They even automatically issued me a refund when they dropped the price a few weeks after I purchased it!
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    4 out of 5

    KDC-X794

    Written By Ronnie, Cocoa, FL on Friday, January 07, 2011
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    This is a great head unit. It has more features than units twice its price. However, more features means more stuff to learn to use. While my product was shipping, I downloaded the manual and briefed myself on all the functions prior to its arrival. The EQ controls are great. I turned off my amps crossovers and control it all from the head unit for easy, on the fly adjustments. I didn't give it five stars because it wasn't compatible with my 120 GIG MP3 player.
    Other than that, I highly recommend it.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    great deck all around

    Written By CJ, South Florida on Monday, January 03, 2011
     
    I bought this head unit from Crutchfield a few weeks ago for my 2006 GMC Sierra. I had it installed today, along with 4 Infinity Kappa speakers. I've yet to install a 4-channel amp, but even without one this combo is simply amazing. It sounds like a perfectly tuned, much more expensive system. I have always used Kenwood decks, and I always will. They're sound quality is outstanding, the faceplates are very durable, most of them have user friendly interfaces, and they're relatively inexpensive for the features they're packed with. Plus, another unique thing about this deck, it has an "iPod by Hand" mode which allows the passenger to select the songs directly from the iPod, rather than fiddle with your nice new stereo. Bottom line, buy it.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    OUTSTANDING Head Unit!

    Written By Rob F., Pensacola, Florida on Friday, December 31, 2010
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    WOW. One simple word sums up this head unit! It looks both high-tech and classy...not "overdone" with too many lights and overengineered buttons. The display face is simple. It is even easy to see in bright sunlight with the convertible top down! What a leap forward from the stock Honda head unit! The sound coming from this radio is very impressive, and the 50 watts X 4 gives the music a little kick! It seems to have VERY good frequency response ability, hitting all but the lowest lows and highs so bright your ears could bleed! It is all very user tunable through the unit's audio settings. Navigating the IPod menu takes a little getting used to.

    With high and low-pass filters, a subwoofer out, 4 volt pre-outs, digital sound processing "highway sound" features (good for convertibles!) and TONS of audio settings make this head unit the most bang for my buck I've seen in years! I got him this headunit so he can start building his dream system. This head unit is the perfect cornerstone for just such a system.

    I bought this as a Christmas gift for my 19 year old son. The day after Christmas, he and I installed it in his 2002 Honda S2000 Roadster. Everything we needed was included, and Crutchfield's Master Sheet instructions are very detailed and helpful. The entire Crutchfield "package deal" with instructions, wiring harness, and tech support make buying from them a no-brainer!

    THANK YOU AGAIN, CRUTCHFIELD! I REMAIN A LOYAL AND HAPPY CUSTOMER!
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    5 out of 5

    So much better than stock

    Written By pirates712, Upstate NY on Saturday, December 25, 2010
     
    This HU replaced a 11-year old stock head unit in a Toyota Tundra. The difference in sound quality is amazing, even with stock speakers. Install went very smoothly, the wire colors on the adapters matched the stereo harness exactly, making it very easy. Interface is intuitive to anyone who uses an iPod. I highly recommend this!
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Headunit

    Written By tohuntspys, Carlisle, PA on Friday, December 24, 2010
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    Amazing sound quality upgrade WITH all my stock speakers, it sounds amazing! this unit is very simplistic, but very useful, it is quite fast, but is not lightning, but the normal wait. I also am using an iPhone 3g with 4.1 software and it plays music and charges fine. This unit is amazing! go kenwood!
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Best Head-Unit I've ever had.

    Written By Lee, Kentucky on Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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    For those of you having problems with Apple products and this head unit:
    1.) Press both the Power Button and the Button with the square on it and hold until the phone prompts you to restart or does automatically.
    2.) Turn back on device.
    3.) Connect like you have been trying to do.

    You will only have problems in the future after syncing you phone with your computer, and even then, it isn't after you sync your phone every time. Apple's new protocol that allows your phone to quick connect to your computer interferes with the installed controls on the head unit. Perform a soft reboot and it will work again.

    Also allows for control of the music from the device instead of from the head unit, useful for people who don't know how to operate your head unit and want to control the music.

    - Great controls
    - Informative, easily customizable, aesthetically pleasing display
    - Nice sound quality

    Menus could be less animated, but after you get to know the options, you can go ahead and utilize the rotary controls while the animation is playing.

    Remote control is useful.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Great, until you update your iPhone

    Written By Ken, West Orange, NJ on Sunday, December 12, 2010
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    I loved loved loved this, until I updated my iPhone 3G to IOS 4. Now, inexplicably, it can't play anything from the iPhone. Luckily, I mostly play music from the old iPod I keep in the car (or just listen to Sirius), but it's a hassle if I want to charge my phone and listen to music at the same time. The incompatibility is mentioned in the hands-on review section, under the compatibility chart, as a little asterisk note, but I thought I'd point it out here, too. Kenwood's site has some firmware updates on it, but none for this radio, and I wouldn't expect to see a fix from Apple, either. (Just updated to 4.2.1 jb, and still no luck.)

    If not for this -- or even if I could find a clear statement somewhere from Kenwood that they're working on it -- I'd give this five stars for sure.
    6 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Evan, Upstate NY on Sunday, December 05, 2010
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    Installation went fine. Easy to use controls. Great sound. Adjustable everything.
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Alex, MN on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
     
    Good radio for the price. The visual equalizer is a cool feature. Sound quality greatly improved in my 02 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Only complaint...when you control the ipod from the ipod all the radio says is "ipod hand control" But still worth it.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    I think I just got a lemon....

    Written By Chris, Little Rock, AR on Sunday, November 21, 2010
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    I love Kenwood car stereos, so when I wanted to replace the factory stereo in my 2006 F- 150 I started my search with Kenwood head units. I originally decided on the Excelon KDC-X494 because of the front AUX and USB jacks as well as the two line display. A good friend of mine had just installed the KIV-700 in his Grand Cherokee and the combination of the multi-line display and the clean appearance due to the lack of inputs on the face of the unit made me rethink my decision. Eventually I settled on the KDC- X794 because it was a balance of features and value.

    Installation was a breeze, I installed the head unit and 4 speakers in about 2 hours and it worked perfectly the first time. The system sounds fantastic, but I am having issues connecting my I-Phone. About every other time I connect the phone, the stereo says "Reading" and will sit there indefinitely. On a number of occasions, the music has randomly stopped playing. It seems almost like it locks up when the phone receives any sort of notification or new email message. I will probably end up exchanging the unit for a new one, I am am thinking I just happened to get a lemon.

    Minus the few glitches I am having with respect to connecting my phone, the unit is excellent. The sound quality is fantastic, the equalizer presets are great and the other customizable features really make it a great value.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    An amazing reciever!

    Written By Alex, Roanoke, VA on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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    It was very easy to install. Make sure you buy some wire nuts prior to installing it. But crutchfield gives great instructions! Deffinately an amazing buy.
    5 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Good to Excellent CD-Receiver

    Written By FrankC, New Jersey on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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    Although not perfect, this CD-Receiver is a wise choice, especially for the price. I've recently used Pioneer and Alpine head units and I like this Kenwood box the best. The sound is great as expected, although not that much different than the Alpine unit I had previously. IPOD Sound will never sound as good as a CD as the audio files are compressed to reduce the size of the files. I haven't tried any lossless (FLAC) files yet to critique, but I'm sure they sound near CD quality. The Kenwood gives me more choices for customization with it's built-in equalizer functionality as well as it's unique sound shaping options that it offers. I like the built-in rear Aux capability to connect my Android phone, something the Alpine didn't offer standard on the box I had. IPOD control is simple enough for me, plus I have the option now to control from the IPOD itself, didn't have that before either. The only negatives I have from my perspective are: 1) Lack of illumination color changes (other than contrast). Go for the KDC-994 for that option. 2) Screen although informative with 5 lines of text capable, is pretty boring, no color or font choices (other than size).

    All-in-all I would recommend buying this receiver.
    21 out of 23 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By rc, spencer,wv on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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    if your planning to replace your factory headunit this is the only way to go.
    1 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Mark, EC, WI on Monday, November 08, 2010
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    This head unit is awesome! I installed it in my wife's 2002 Honda Odyssey so she could play her iPod when she carts the kids around. There are so many configuration options and you can customize the setup to your exact vehicle type so the sound is optimal throughout. I still have the factory speakers with it, but this h/u makes a heck of a difference. With the rear USB port, I was able to hide all the connections in the glove compartment for a professional appearance. Kenwood rocks!
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Headunit!

    Written By Erik C, Olney, IL on Friday, November 05, 2010
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    The headunit itself is very nice. I purchased it mainly due to the fact that the usb input is coming from the rear of the player (no wires plugged into the face of the unit). I also like the layout of the buttons and display. Overall I'm extremely pleased with this unit. One thing that I'm not totally happy with is the playback from an iPod (regarding the sound quality). I've adjusted everything that I know how and for some reason the music from the iPod isn't as clear as the same song from a CD (both 320 kbps quality). It sounds good, don't get me wrong, but not as good as from a CD. Don't let that deter you from purchasing this HU.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    So Nearly Perfect

    Written By Adam, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, October 31, 2010
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    I have put off getting an iPod-controlling head unit for many years now, because I never found one that was fast enough to scroll through 20 GB of music. A friend has a recent Alpine, that has an interesting take on how to do that. Each of the 6 radio preset buttons jumps to 1/6 of the way through your library, whatever list you are currently on. This Kenwood has a user selectable skip search percent (0.5, 1, 5, 10). While this is awesome, the only problem with it is that it is not the default, so it requires (in my opinion) excessive button pushes. That's a general theme with this unit; it can do a lot, but you are going to have to push a lot of buttons to get there. Everything is buried within menus and submenus. I accept this 'con' for the great 'pro' of being able to customize everything. That being said, my most frequent 'operation' on this unit is to hit Menu>Music>Artists>Search>Skip Search, then scroll through the hundreds and hundreds of artists I have.

    Perhaps most importantly, the sound quality is amazing. I've always had aftermarket stereos in all my cars, my last was a Panasonic, before that a Pioneer. Anyway, this unit blows those away, it sounds unbelievable. My father has a Nissan with a factory Bose unit that I have always compared mine too, and this is finally getting close in terms of sound quality.

    Pros: Customization, fast ipod control, sound quality
    Cons: Too many button pushes required, display too dim and glarey in daylight.
    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    kenwood headunit

    Written By vince, oxnard on Saturday, October 30, 2010
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    good value headunit. Did not run my usb harddrive like my previous jvc headunit but worked ok with my 8gB usb flashdrive. digital time alignment pretty cool, can adjust distance for every speaker i have, maybe some day they will also come out with level adjustments per speaker. MP3's sound better than thru my previous eclipse headunit. i have the supreme+ algorithm decompression turned off, sounds better without it, may sound better with stock speakers, i have custom ones. Unit sounds really good. received shipping box from crutchfield with only packing peanuts on the sides of the kenwood box not the top and bottom but so far no problem. song list display scolls alittle slow but manageable. changing FM stations ok using remote but needs 3 steps thru headunit buttons, but ok since i rarely listen to FM. FM reception is ok for me, better than my eclipse and JVC. kenwoods seem have a better bass response than other units.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Written By Jeremy, Orangeburg, SC on Saturday, October 30, 2010
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    This radio is perfection
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Lee3333, Queens, NY on Friday, October 29, 2010
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    This radio is replacing my 4-year-old Pioneer unit which had electrical problems. I have it connected to Sirius via external receiver and a Kenwood interconnect box so the display reads on the radio and I can still move the Stratus 6 to my other car or home. The 5-line display is functional but not fancy. It is black and white (like the old DOS computer screen) with no pictures or animations. The only downside to this unit is that you can either set the left/right buttons to go through the memory preset stations or all of the channels. If I am using the preset setting and I want to listen to a station not programmed into the memory, I have to go through the menu option and reset the settings. Kenwood wanted to keep the number of buttons on the faceplate down, but I wish they had included one extra button for switching the bands (each band holds 6 stations, and there are 3 for FM and 4 for satellite). I am still playing around with the unit to see if there is a way around it.
    The USB feature is FANTASTIC!!! I flush-mounted the plug in the panel under the radio, which looks great. USB is much better for me than CD's since you can keep change the music, and my 4-gig drive will hold well over a thousand songs.
    Overall I am very pleased with this unit. The sound is great, and there are many adjustments including speaker size and location, as well as an equalizer, crossover settings, etc. Plus there are some very advanced controls I still have to figure out.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Best radio I've ever bought

    Written By Clemsonu88, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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    I'm a cheapskate by nature; so to get a radio this affordable with so many bells & whistles was phenomenal. It sounds great; and as soon as I turned it on, doing things like setting the clock, changing the display template, searching for songs on my iPod, & changing the speaker balance was very simple.

    It's extremely intuitive. Kenwood has figured out how to make all the cool options easily understandable, accessible, & changeable. You really don't need the manual except to learn about options you may not realize you have.

    It's interaction w/ the iPod is superior to the other 2 radios I've owned w/ iPod controls (I returned the Clarion CZ-500, because the iPod controls were limited & clunky). I also love that it has 5 lines of display (or less if you want) to show the song, artist, album, AND the time.

    The only drawback is that it doesn't have 6 preset buttons, but apparently those are becoming a thing of the past.

    I realize I sound like a salesman (but I'm not); but it really is a great deal for the money; and it's hard for me (as a cheapskate) not to tell others when they can get an affordably priced & functionally superior radio. I had only planned to spend $150 but am thrilled I spent the extra $ and got this instead!!
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Alex, Clearwater, FL on Saturday, October 23, 2010
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    Simply put, this a great radio with options on top of options.

    If you can read, you can install this radio. I've recieved nothing but compliments on everything from it's looks to it's performance. Takes a little while to get to the know all the features and options - other than that can't say anything negative. Very happy with my purchase.



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    5 out of 5

    the best that I have!

    Written By Kke P.R., Vega Baja, Puerto Rico on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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    This receiver is the best you can buy for that price.Some of the features that I like are: have a 22 RMS watts built-in amplifier so you dint need any amp to heard a load sound in your car, (compare all the other models of any brand) auxiliary input, USB input, a great 5 band equalizer, a crossover so you can set the frecuency and the decibels individually for your front speakers, rear and sub.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    SUHWEET!

    Written By John Doe, America on Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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    So i had a JVC KD-G820 in my jeep with stock speakers and 2 12" subs for the last four years. I thought what the heck ill get a new cd player and new speakers for the rear (they were about shot). So i came here and got this cd player and rockford fosgate prime 5 1/2" speakers......and omg this cd player bumps my subs! I thought with that last cd player they were as loud as they could go.....NOPE! I love the settings so you pick what size speakers you have and how far away they are and i also love the white led lighting on this thing. The remote control fits comfortably in your hand and the buttons have a nice press firmness. My first ever aftermarket cd player was a kenwood and i never should have left them, now im glad i came back. Hands down best head unit ive ever owned.
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    5 out of 5

    Wow

    Written By Micah H., Iuka, MS on Friday, October 15, 2010
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    Installed last night, and it is more than I could have hoped for out of a unit at this price. Out of the box the sound was pretty good, and once you sit down and get your audio adjusted, it sounds awesome (4x6 Xplodes in front doors, 6x9 Kickers in rear deck). Getting everything set right can be a little fiddly and there are some features only comprehensible to those at or above the level of minor god, but I love it.

    Sound quality: 5/5
    Features: 5/5
    Ease of installation: 5/5
    Ease of use: 4/5
    Aesthetics: 5/5
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    5 out of 5

    If you like reviews, check this out!

    Written By Bundiesel, Fargo, ND on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
     
    I am a completely unbiased person and heres my proof. I have owned head units ranging from JVC, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood. I have enjoyed Pioneer, Bazooka, Rockford and Alpine aftermarket speakers and subs. Dealt with the simplicity of Pioneer, the quality of Alpine and Rockford along with the underestimates of JVC and Kenwood (lets be honest, they are). My biggest COMPLIMENT is what this reciever can do for your factory interiors!! First let me address the bluetooth epidemic. Bluetooth is overrated. Period! Lets be honest, connections are never guarenteed. If your like me and can deal with out this feature, there is one plus. Next is the issue of control. ITS NOT THAT BAD. Just like everything else, takes a week or two of getting used to. If not, USE THE REMOTE. I cant say this enough, its perfect, its small and its all around a pretty smart design. Only drawback, you cant fast foward when you hold down when connected to your ipod. Finally, glare. Seriously! Im tired of people complaining about glare! Its an aftemarket stereo, its supposed to be glossy and look nice. People, no matter what deck you buy, its almost inevitable to have glare on a nice looking deck. Most aftermarkets come with a glossy finish. Factory does not. Do the math. Depending on where you put this deck or any other one in your car and what type of vehicle it may be can affect this feature. All in all, honestly, im proud of every dime i spent on this stereo. By far the best I have owned at this price!
    5 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    I didn't think a head unit could be that bad

    Written By Erich, Lewisville, TX on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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    I was considering buying new speakers because I didn't think a head unit could be that bad. I took a chance on the "Staff Pick". KUDOS to the staff! This unit is awesome! My OEM speakers sound great now that I have a spectacular head unit. I may upgrade my speakers in the future, but the KDCX794 makes it sound like I have installed a complete new sound system. Unbelievable!

    Thanks guys! Crutchfield's guide and support made self installtion a breeze.
    5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Moto1320, winston-salem,nc on Saturday, October 09, 2010
     
    Great head unit! I installed this in my 3rd gen. 4runner to replace a 5 year old Alpine since I wanted Ipod controls. No head unit I have found at any price point has Ipod "like" controls in terms of speed. That being said, this comes close and I bought it for the ability to bypass the HU controls and control your Ipod from the Ipod, should I desire. Also, I was surprised at the improvement over the Alpine in the sound from my 16yr. old stock speakers! Boston's on the way should be even better.

    The head unit is not as intuitive as it could and should be which is what kept it from 5 stars, there are several steps for basic tasks. If you're like me though and play your ipod almost exclusively and control it from the ipod, you won't really notice the shortcomings. For the money and for what's out there this one is hard to beat though.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Jason, Raleigh,NC on Sunday, October 03, 2010
     
    This HU is a great value for the $, it replaces a much more expensive HU bought a few years ago and does everything as the old one but better. The Kenwood interface is as always very user friendly and the selectable display modes even transfer the information from you ipod/iphone, something older models don't do. I decided not to go with the Bluetooth model as I drive in city traffic and stay off the phone completely during my commute.
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    5 out of 5

    BEST DECK EVER BY FAR!!

    Written By Mehrl, Wooster on Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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    I have had some headunits before, they were even kenwoods. And i always have messed with alot more when ive been hooking up audio systems for friends of mine. But i bought this deck for myself because i have heard some good things about them and it was the best money ive ever spent by far when it comes to purchasing new head units. For the price you just cant beat it at all i dont care what anyone says this is the ultimate best head unit for your buck. It does so much i dont even know what to say. I am so happy i bought this head unit and it even comes with the faceplate and wiring harness for your car for free! If your looking for a head unit around this price this is the best one by far!
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Freddy M., Salinas, CA on Monday, September 27, 2010
     
    If you're on the lookout for a HU with some potential for a great sounding system then consider this Excelon!

    For this price, you get an HU that gives you the flexibility and options that normally come on higher-end players such as 5-band graphic EQ (as opposed to the presets), digital 2-way crossover, 4v preamp outputs for all channels and more importantly time alignment!

    Other features like USB input and full iPod controls are just a plus since I don't even own an ipod/iphone but who knows, I might add one down the road to this thing. The nice thing about adding an ipod is that this player will bypass the ipods low quality internal dac.

    Not sure what glare others have mentioned but I receive no glare whatsoever.

    Dollar for dollar this HU is great. Only problem I've had is my HU quit reading discs or anything via USB. Just had to reset it and everything works now however technical support says if I have that problem again and have to reset it that they'll cover me and replace my unit with a new one. I mention this because a few have some software bugs and unfortunately the firmware on this unit cannot be upgraded.

    If you're looking for a media-only head unit I'd highly suggest the KIV-700 or 900 (adds bluetooth).

    All in all a great product backed up by even greater customer service!
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    5 out of 5

    Best in Class

    Written By JJ, Horn Lake, MS on Sunday, September 26, 2010
     
    This is by far the best head unit I have used I have installed many different head units over the years and this is by far my favorite the amount of options for audio is great it allows you to tweak the sound to your liking I bought two and installed one in my cobalt and one in my friend's T-Bird. Though our setups are different, I'm have 6.5 2 way speakers in the door and rear deck and a 300 watt amp with 2 12 in subs a band pass box, and she's has the stock 6x8's they both sound awesome and I was able to tweak both to get the best sound even with different setups and cart types. I almost bought the Kenwood KIV-700 because I rarely use CD's or the radio just my iPod but I'm glad I went with this one for the money I couldn't find one that fitted our needs better. Navigating the menu takes a little getting used to due to the lack of buttons but the cleanness of it was the main reason I bought it. It blends in, and almost looks stock until you turn it on and the animations when navigating through the menus are a nice touch. Overall if you're looking for an clean attractive unit with lots of options without a bunch of unnecessary bells and whistles I would recommend this one over any in its price range and even some above.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Means Quality

    Written By Erik H., Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, September 25, 2010
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    This receiver looks clean and fits perfect in my 2006 Camry. The quality is top notch. I've had Kenwood receivers in the past and continue to own them since they continue to prove their quality is hard to beat. Overall I'm very pleased with this receiver and would recommend it to anyone that wants a nice looking and quality receiver to orchestrate their sound system.
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    1 out of 5

    Very Disappointed

    Written By Jareb, Providence, RI on Thursday, September 23, 2010
     
    I got this deck as a birthday gift, and was very excited to install it. All the reviews were positive, and the specs seemed too good to be true, and unfortunately, they are.

    While this deck does have an impressive ability to fine tune and tweak your listening experience, it has pretty severe flaws for being such a good unit.

    In anything other than dead night, the screen has such a horrible glare on it, that I have to ask my passengers where I am at when scrolling through my ipod. The white lettering is nice at night, but during the daytime is absolutely useless.

    As for the ipod scrolling, I have completely given it up, and control my ipod by hand, as the lag on the deck is almost unbearable. One of the main reasons I chose this deck was for it's stated ipod like controls.

    Sad to say, but I am completely let down by this product, and probably will not buy another Kenwood due to it.
    5 out of 13 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By blistex, yuma, AZ on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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    Amazing, if you are serious about your car audio this is what you need. Will control any aspect of your speakers. I have 2 Kicker L7's in my pontiac g6, this deck made my stock speakers sound so much better, and loud too. This unit brought everything together 5 STARS
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    5 out of 5

    Better than expected

    Written By Anonymous, Texas on Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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    First, The delivery was outstanding, fast is an understatement, I did get next day air, and I had it the next day when i woke up.So spend the extra money in my opinion. I had it installed with in the hour of getting it.

    I replaced because I was broke into. But this unit helped me get over it pretty fast. To say it has ipod control is an understatement. Plus if your looking for something that doesn't pick up the CDMA interference from your Iphone this is it. I put my phone right on the unit and nothing. I was even running pandora through the head unit with zero interference. The interference was something that really bothered me. I'm still getting used to the unit but so far so good. Another great deal from Crutchfield
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    4 out of 5

    Good product

    Written By Anonymous, Tampa on Monday, September 20, 2010
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    I've had this product for a few months now. The first one I got from Crutchfield was defective and it took me 2 months to figure out that it was causing the noise in my truck. I like the fact that it charges my Ipod when listening to it. Every once in a while, the head unit malfunctions and I have to reset my Ipod AND the unit itself back to default settings. That's an annoyance, but it still works after that. All in all, I'd say get this porduct if you want the use your mp3 device in your auto but don't want to pay a bunch of money for something that just looks cool.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Product.

    Written By Nate G, St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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    Replaced my '05 F-150 headunit with this Excelon so I could open my options for inputs. I normally like keeping my vehicles stock when it comes to this area so I wanted to headunit that was sleek. This unit looks very nice and isn't "flashy" at all. With the white lettering and one small red triangle, I fell that the looks fits the truck and isn't gaudy.

    As far as performance... I like the interface for the iPod controls. One thing that I would change is the radio presets. Just to access them on the radio you have to press a series of buttons. On the other hand, you can reach the different presets with one press of a button on the remote.

    All in all... Very impressed with the unit. Looks fantastic and seems powerful. The amount of options to "tune" your system is very nice. I love the unit so far and would recommend it to anyone. The only reason I gave it 4 stars, is that it seems some tasks are alittle more difficult due to Kenwood trying to make the face sleek without many buttons.
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    1 out of 5

    Not satisfied - replaced twice & still not working

    Written By Bob S., Knoxville TN on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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    I purchased this unit thinking it would be a great head unit for my '97 F150; it has turned out to be anything but. I installed unit one and within a month every time you pressed any button around the rotary dial the unit would shut down and restart, also you could not change the settings on the equalizer. Crutchfield stood behind it, sent a replacement, installed it Saturday and today (Tuesday) if you listen to any source over volume 13 the unit reduces sound level and adds static, like something gets hot. Running infinity speakers, no amp and not pushing this unit at all. Going to ask for money back or go to another manufacture, very dissatisfied with this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    upgraded from stock

    Written By jwqww3, Rolla, MO on Tuesday, September 07, 2010
     
    I bought this unit as a replacement for my stock radio. As soon as I plugged it in I noticed a difference in the sound quality. Almost all my music is played from my Ipod, and this headunit has an excellent interface for navigating your music.

    After installing the unit, I hooked up an amp to the door speakers. I already have a sub and amp. The 4V RCA outs are awesome and make wiring a cinch.

    I absolutely recommend this headunit to anyone wanting excellent sound quality, an easy to use Ipod interface, and a great looking unit.
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    3 out of 5

    Disappointed

    Written By charlesb, Muncie, IN on Monday, August 23, 2010
     
    The Kenwood unit's radio's FM station sensitivity is poor compared to that of the OEM Alpine head unit in my 2002 Acura TL. Kenwood's decision to sacrifice buttons for a toggle and menu system may make set-up and basic adjustements a little easier, but that design decision makes the unit very user-unfriendly for simple tasks.

    I purchased this unit on the basis of its identification as a Crutchfield "Signature" product. I have to assume that the "Signature" rating was based on ipod or bluetooth features, rather than radio and cd player capabilities.

    On a positive note, the free installation components that were provided by Crutchfield were pretty good. The speedclips provided with the Metra dash conversion kit for assembly of the new console panel to an existing component were too large to fit the OEM component, so I had to substitute machine screws and nuts to complete the installation. Crutchfield's instructions were a lot more useful than those that were provided with the Metra kit, and provided details about disassembly of the dash components that weren't included in my Acura Service Manual.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Product

    Written By JD, Baltimore, MD on Monday, August 23, 2010
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    Got the Unit and installed this weekend. Am impressed with the overall appearance and functionality. I had read many of the reviews on here and other sites, and was worried that it would be hard to use. It is not at all. Makes complete sense the way things are done. This is the first non Alpine deck I have ever purchased and I was timid, but have to say the product is by far of much higher quality and functionality than the Alpines I have owned in the past.

    Pros- Clean appearance, extremely rich in features, great preouts with strong volt signals, USB cable is nice and long allowing you to go all the way to the center console it my application. Shipping was free which is always great and the shipping time was crazy fast. Literally the next day it arrived. As always Crutchfield gives you many of the things you will need and includes them at no additional cost.

    Cons - I find it interesting that Crutchfield sends you a wire harness but no terminals or connecting hardware. My apline speakers came with no less than 50 pieces of hardware, none of which were even needed, but a deck doesn't come with terminals, just found it a bit odd.The other con is no full manual comes with the head unit. It comes with a CD, which isn't the most convenient for reading up on functionality and usability. I think 20 sheets of paper would be cheaper than making a CD. I understand these are smaller things, but it was not what was expected I guess.
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    5 out of 5

    I LOVE IT!!!

    Written By Bama Boy, tuscaloosa,al on Sunday, August 22, 2010
     
    This receiver was the first aftermarket stereo i have ever bought and i am very pleased by it :) i mainly got it for my ipod and i love it. if your looking for a great product and don`t want to break the bank BUY THIS!!!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent deck- especially for iPod/iPhone

    Written By TerryS, Lindale, TX on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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    I am an A/V professional and have very high standards when it comes to all things audio. I looked for a unit with good iphone integration and flexibility for control of an iphone. I was considering this unit along side an alpine unit that didnt have a cd player and was designed with digital media in mind. Overall, I didn't have real high expectations for any unit based on the amount of money I was willing to spend. But I was pleasantly surprised by this kenwood and I am VERY glad that I bought this and not the alpine given my budget.

    This unit has plenty of power and the remote is a nice plus. I'm not sure about the eq yet (my speakers are the stock ones that came with my car) but it appears to have plenty of capability. There is an issue with glare, but it is certainly not a deal breaker. The face seems a little loose and not as solid as the rest of the unit, but again, it is a very small issue. This is my first unit with a removable face so I am chalking it up to inherent design issue with all removable face units.

    The iPhone integration is about as good as you can expect from a unit at this price point and design constraints. It gives you the flexibility of control either from the unit itself or the iPhone and does so pretty easily. If you are an iPod addict like me then navigation is straightforward and fairly intuitive.

    I highly recommend this unit. For the price it is fantastic.
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    5 out of 5

    Can't be HAPPIER!!!

    Written By Brian, Lake Hopatcong, NJ on Friday, August 13, 2010
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    This receiver KDC-X794 replaces my DPX503 which wasn't iphone compatible. Love the options the KDC has and working with the remote (recommend you use it for everything after turning the unit on) made it a breeze. Used tech support once and the problem was cleared up in a minute. Also, no rewiring!!!!
    Everything from the previous Kenwood hooked right up to this model, loved that!!!
    Definite benefit staying with Kenwood.... Music is crystal clear from Sirius/CDs/iPod/iPhone.... Again, "Can't be HAPPIER!!!"
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By S.Craig06, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, August 05, 2010
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    Just bought this head unit. It is everything I expected it to be. If you are looking for a head unit that doesn't cost $1,000.00, but has tuning options, this is a good head unit to look at. Also, hooking up the swi-jack for my steering wheel controls was a breeze. It has many options available. The USB is attached to the back of the head unit with a three foot cord, and comes with a small plastic mount.
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    5 out of 5

    Best H.U. I've ever purchased

    Written By Anonymous, Collins, MS on Wednesday, August 04, 2010
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    I'm and Electrical Engineer and DJ on the side, so when I was looking for a new head unit to go in my 2005 Explorer I was looking for something that would give me many options to adjust the sound and expand my system in the future. I love the manual 5 band EQ and multiple amp outputs. This unit transformed the sound of my factory system in ways I didn't know were possible with stock speakers. For those saying this unit is hard to navigate, use the remote, I've had no issues navigating at all.
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    3 out of 5

    Poor Usability

    Written By Randy, Haleiwa, HI on Sunday, August 01, 2010
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    I see most have rated this unit very high and I would too based on it's features for it's price alone. I think in an effort to make this unit look clean with a streamlined face, they sacrificed practicality. This unit is not very user friendly and requires way too many steps just to do basic functions. Just as an example, because there are very few buttons you have to hit a button, turn the dial, and select another button just to change the radio station. Most functions require you to perform at least three steps, which is quite dangerous while you're driving.

    Lastly, the iPod interface is way too slow. The screen really lags and can not keep up as your wheeling through your lists even at a very slow speed of advance. Also, it doesn't remember where you are in your iPod list. For example; if you're listening to a song from one of a many albums of an artist, and you select the menu button, it will not back up to the same artist. Instead, it goes back to the first artist in your list alphabetically.

    If I had one word to describe this unit, it would be "cumbersome". It looks really nice and has lots of good features, I just feel like one day it'll cause me to side swipe another car next to me.
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    5 out of 5

    Best receiver i've ever owned

    Written By larbeeze, Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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    This receiver is phenomenal. I've owned many Alpine stereo's because of the good name and IPOD read decks. This kenwood deck is very easy to use and has the best IPOD feature I have used. It looks very slick in any car, black and silver with the text of every song. Some reviews complain about the glare, If the slight glare bothers you, you can change the contrast so that the background color is white and the text is black. Every stereo I've owned has had a slight glare. ALSO, When I put in my vehicle information it said this stereo may not fit my car. I have a 2007 Ford Fusion and it fits perfectly and folds down without touching anything. The sound quality in my car has definetly improved, I'm very happy with this purchase!
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    5 out of 5

    As Good As Advertised

    Written By Reeveman, Millbrook, Al. on Monday, July 19, 2010
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    I replaced the "Skipper 500" system in my '06 Mustang GT with this unit and haven't been disappointed. I did a lot of research before buying and found the most common complaint was the interface but fact is, once you root around a couple of times it becomes second nature. The display is bright and easy to read and even has a few options to choose from. I love the USB option and, in fact, its what I use primarily.

    Now on to Crutchfield. Each time I called with questions they were very helpful and professional. From the initial call to ask about the receiver to the call for assistance when installing it they were there all along the way. Crutchfield operates like companies did way back when customer service meant something and doing what you say you're going to do was mission one.
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    5 out of 5

    Thank you Crutchfield, I am finally satisfied

    Written By TJ, Houston, TX on Wednesday, July 14, 2010
     
    I bought this head unit one morning after spending months thinking of buying a completely different unit. I must say that I am satisfied in every single way. I live in Houston TX, there is sun, and lots of it. And the glare is easily manageable! Don't let a minor inconvenience stop you from buying this. It has every kind of search imaginable for large music libraries like mine!! Alphabetical, Direct search, Page jumps, and the 5 line display makes it a must.
    3 pairs of preamp outputs.
    The equalizer can easily be made a favorite for quick changes between music genre.
    Everything I need.
    Please buy this head unit.
    Did I mention it looks wonderful?
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    5 out of 5

    1998 Subaru Legacy Outback & iPod Touch iOS4

    Written By rkirkpatnet, Boulder, CO on Sunday, July 11, 2010
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    Installed this receiver in my Subaru this weekend and I am quite happy with it. Connected it to my iPod Touch 2nd Generation running iOS4 and it worked on the first try, no problems at all. I was able to browse all the music and playlists from the receiver just fine, and plays both music and podcasts without complaint. The controls are simple and the interface is intuitive (if you know how to use an iPod, you know how to use the receiver).
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    5 out of 5

    Interface is True to iPod

    Written By Maydayok, Penn Yan, NY on Sunday, July 11, 2010
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    I sifted through many of the reviews before settling on this unit and was a bit thrown by reviews that complained about the interface. This unit faithfully follows the navigation rules of the iPod, so if that's what you're after (I was), you'll be happy with it. I don't want a clutter of single use buttons, and I find navigating between modes, stations, artists, whatever, to be very straightforward using the unit's clickwheel. My only complaint, voiced elsewhere, is the glare issue, which can be a problem in direct sun conditions. But that is a minor quibble. Great unit, and excellent service from Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    2004 Jetta

    Written By thejuggler1, Knoxville, TN on Saturday, July 03, 2010
     
    Research numerous units and chose to take the suggestion of Crutchfield and purchased this one. This is an AMAZING unit! I would highly suggest this to anyone who has an OEM receiver. The iPod controls are perfect. Everything I want is displayed and controlled through the head unit. If I prefer to use the iPod, it just takes the push of a button to make the switch. There are so many options and customizations on this unit that I am constantly playing around with to change the sound...just for fun. If you have a powered sub (I have an Infinity Basslink II...outrageous sub), this unit work perfectly. I would highly suggest this unit to iPod lovers and those who want a quality product with all the functions you could ask for. And don't forget about Crutchfield's customer service. I accidentally told them the wrong model year and was sent the wrong wiring harness and antenna conversion. They immediately sent me a new antenna cable, but unfortunately the wiring harness for my car was not free. Worked perfectly. Buy this unit from Crutchfield and you won't regret it...trust me.
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    2 out of 5

    Looks and sounds nice, but terrible interface

    Written By Ben, Redmond, WA on Friday, June 25, 2010
     
    This unit does look nice. The 4-5 line display is pretty cool, and I love the RDS information it pulls down for FM stations. It has a lot of different settings you can configure for the display, equalizer, speaker placement, etc. And, it does sound great, I will give it that.

    However, where this unit falls apart is in the user interface department. While some of the operations have actual buttons, very few of them do and you are forced to use their menu system for some pretty basic operations. There are no preset buttons, so you have to use the left and right buttons (OK), or you have to press the menu button, then turn the volume knob to choose your preset, then press the volume knob to select it! You have to do the same click/turn/click operation to even change the radio band from FM1, FM2, AM, etc.! This is inexcusable, especially when there is plenty of room on the front of the unit for a "band" button. Also, the menu button is awkward to press and the display uses a lot of animations for button presses that are more ugly than helpful, and slow down the unit's responsiveness.

    Sorry, Kenwood, I wanted to like this stereo but could not get past the interface design flaws.

    Another minor issue, as another reviewer noted - the display is very hard to see in direct sunlight. Even with it switched to dark text on a white background, the screen is just too glossy and reflects glare.
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    5 out of 5

    No regrets at all

    Written By Jeff, Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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    This radio has been a real pleasure to own so far. I have only listened to the tuner a very little, because I have all of my music available from the 30G ipod in the glovebox, so it's like my own personal commercial free radio! The cable is long enough that a passenger can pull the cable out of the glovebox, unplug my iPod, and plug theirs in if we want to listen to something they have that I don't. Menu navigation is a piece of cake, very fast response to all controls, and after about a week of tinkering (not bothering with the manual), I could go directly to any setting I wanted to change. Being able to quickly jump from playlist to playlist, or choose a certain artist is fantastic, and the related search is pretty cool too. No album art, but I don't care. The display is great, easy to read, and not all "in your face flashy" like some of the radios I've seen. Words can't describe how much this unit improved the sound in my 06 Tundra doublecab. I figured I'd need new speakers, but to be honest, I'm plenty happy with how good it sounds with the factory speakers. Install was extremely easy as well. If you want to access the music on your iPod in your car, quit shopping and order this radio. You will have no regrets at all...
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    4 out of 5

    Best Headunit I have had

    Written By Ciscojr, Houston, TX on Thursday, June 17, 2010
     
    Installed Ford F-150 '94
    -I have had this headunit for a month and have to say its one of the best headunits i have ever bought . The options are incredible and endless . once you learn how to get to the options the possibilities are endless . you can customize for all inputs (Ipod, Usb , Radio , CD) .
    -WORKS with my Iphone 3GS, fw3.1.2 .
    -REMOTE is the best thing ever . tried 15-20 ft away
    -a small glare but READABLE .
    -No problems at ALL .
    -The Kenwood support team is great with ANY issue if needed . answered my simple questions
    -Adds ton of sound , and clarity , . . 2 12" Rockford Fosgate P2
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Anonymous, IL on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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    This is a great sounding unit. I have it hooked up to amplified infinity kappa 6.1 in the front and Infinity reference 6X9's. All sound extremely clean. I have a kicker solobaric L5 12" in the trunk. Having a fully amplified system made the 4 volt preamp outputs key for me. You can bypass the internal DSP which is a feature usually reserved for high end units. I give it 4 stars because it is a bit difficult to navigate through the menus and to customize your sound and such, but I'm sure that gets easier with time. It has no bluetooth, which was not a big deal for me, especially considering that the next model up is almost double the price for that and a color screen. I actually prefer the low-key white and red look for the interior of my Grand Prix. For the sound quality and features at this price, this unit simply cannot be beat.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Surpasses my expectations!

    Written By Ariel, Puerto Rico on Monday, June 14, 2010
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    This receiver was much more than what I expected. Coming from a factory receiver with only a radio working, now with this one I have even full iPod music capabilities. And when I say full, it is full: you can select from the different music groups (e.g. Playlist, Artist, Album, Genre, and more...), change the shuffle, repeat, and even select the iPod Equalizer presets as the receiver equalizer (when playing iPod). I can even connect my computer via the Aux input, to hear playing movies or games.

    Amazing sound, great product! Please consider this product seriously!
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    1 out of 5

    Glare City

    Written By Quadcammer, NJ on Sunday, June 13, 2010
     
    Holy cow does this unit have miserable glare. Can't see anything if you don't look at it dead center.

    Volume goes to 35? How arbitrary. Could be my setup but even at 30+ you can barely hear anything.

    No radio preset buttons make going through presets a chore.

    I'm trying to fight through these issues cause I like the looks, but really not impressed at all.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice product

    Written By mikecadreamer, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, June 09, 2010
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    I've had this product for a few months and am enjoying the kenwood quality I was expecting. I played it safe and had a professional install since the size I was pulling out was different from the size I was putting in, so glad I didn't try to install myself. Other than that I don't have any regrets and plan to buy another stereo for my second car from crutchfield.
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    3 out of 5

    Fantastic styling - Just fine performance

    Written By Anonymous, Portland, OR on Sunday, June 06, 2010
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    I really like the look of the new Kenwood line. Wonderfully simple design with the single knob allowing for a large screen space and ease of operation. Sound clarity is excellent, sound fullness is lacking. The base model Alpine this deck replaced had more full range sound. Not sure why Kenwood is lacking in bass so much. I found the treble adjustment inadequate as well, too much or too little. The 5-range EQ adjustment sounds great but actual adjustment capacity isn't great. I did not use any of the optional equipment so no opinion on their functionality.

    I assume this to be a random factory defect, but a few days shy of 2 months and my faceplate connection is going out. Push a button on the deck and the faceplate goes blank acting like you just plugged it in. Curious if this is the first incident of this.

    Over all- really like the look/design. Lots of options for the price. Sound quality is fine but not great. Especially with the faceplate defect, this unit is getting replaced with an Alpine 9887 (which I should have bought in the first place).
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By Keith, Bloomfield NJ on Thursday, June 03, 2010
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    This was purchased for upgrade to Kenwood KDC-419. This is a very nice radio. I really wanted this because it has a subwoofer output, 4 volts, rear USB port & Aux, and ipod control. With 5 1/4 speakers in the front kick panels, 6 1/2 speakers rear deck, (2) 10 inch Boston G2 subs and three amps it's Louder and Clearer. There are so many adjustments that you can do with this radio. It's like I pimped my Sound.

    Thanks Crutchfield
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    5 out of 5

    Works Great for my C5 Corvette

    Written By Shawn, Austin, TX on Friday, May 21, 2010
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    In a nutshell, I think that this head unit out-performs the stock C5 head unit in every way. There are tons of examples, but here are a few:

    It has iPod integration!

    The speakers sound better than they ever did with the stock HU - especially at higher volume. Note: If you're buying this for a C5 corvette and will be using the stock speakers, be sure to get the XSVI-2004 with the head unit so that you can retain use of your door subs.

    I really like to fine-tune my sound systems and this HU lets me get things rockin'. The iPod equallizer presets are pretty nice too.

    Better FM radio reception and sound quality. Plus, I get to see the station ID, song title and artist name scrolling by.

    Some notes on installation:
    It wasn't too bad, but there are some things to note.
    There's not really much documentation as far as wiring goes. Fortunately, the XSVI-2004 comes with a wiring harness that plugs in to the factory one. All you have to do is connect the matching wires from the XSVI harness to the HU harness and then plug the XSVI harness in to the factory one. I suggest using molex connectors for all the wiring harness connections - it makes things much easier. Also, be sure to hook up the blue and white amplifier line from the HU harness. If you don't, then you won't have any subs and your other speakers won't sound any good.

    All-in-all, I highly recommend this head unit and have no regrets about purchasing it. I don't think that you would either.
    5 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X794

    Written By newby, Denver, CO on Tuesday, May 04, 2010
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    This head unit is awesome. Great sound shaping capabilities and the iPod control is very responsive and easy to find the song you are looking for with a variety of searches. Sound quality is fantastic. Buy this deck, you won't regret it.
    9 out of 14 people found this helpful
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