Excelon Series: The KDC-X796 CD receiver is part of
Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and
delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities,
crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year
warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 utilizes
a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 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-X796 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-Way Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-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 Balance,
Fader, Bass, Mid, 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.
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 (-8 to +8 for Aux
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the
System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your
vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for
OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9"
speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing
you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset
has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble
(12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops,
Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.
EQ Pro: The Excelon KDC-X796 features independent Bass,
Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows
you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency
||60, 80, 100, or 200 Hz
||1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00
||-8 to +8
||0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.5k Hz
||0.75, 1.00, or 1.25
||10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k Hz
Bass Boost: In addition, the Kenwood CD receiver features a
Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2 or Off).
Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to
make the sound clearer at lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System
Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB,
iPod, and Pandora).
Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit
rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function
restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded
at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and
the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original
sound stored in the audio file.
6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X796 features front, rear and
subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are
balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The
front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X796 features an
independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front &
rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You
can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The
"Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when
you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed
in the rear of the vehicle.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 offers the
following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output
- Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to
Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
- Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is
activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level
(-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.
Tel Mute: The KDC-X796 features a cell-phone mute wire (tan)
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.
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 is equipped
with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot) allowing you to make and
receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music
wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. Bluetooth Technology is a
short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable
replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates
in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1
megabit per second.
Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP
(Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired
with the KDC-X796 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five
Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone
can be used at a time).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology,
some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or
may not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796. Visit
http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 includes
an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and
voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio
quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy
traffic and road noise. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable
terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on
the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting
bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.
The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the KDC-X796 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring
adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while
listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can
switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the
Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard
through your vehicle's speaker and the
caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call
from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to
automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. The KDC-X796 also supports the Call Waiting
function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current
call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
- Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X796, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a
phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6
phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the
head unit's Control Knob.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone
book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
KDC-X796. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50
characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home,
Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in
- Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have
originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can
select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the
included microphone. You can register up to 35 voice tags.
SMS (Short Message Service): You can wirelessly download a
SMS arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth connected
Kenwood head unit. Up to 149 already read and unread short messages can be
downloaded. You can reply to a SMS by using the head unit's front-panel rotary
knob or remote control to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of
text that can be downloaded or entered. Your cell-phone must support SMS via
Bluetooth for this feature to function.
Note: Do not read incoming SMS or reply to SMS while
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood KDC-X796 also supports
wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio
player or smartphone. The KDC-X796 will be able to control basic playback
functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause,
Next/Previous Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Random/Repeat. The head unit will
also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and
Song/Album title. The KDC-X796 also supports audio streaming of music apps (such
Slacker), but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your
Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in
progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming
music will resume.
Note: The iPhone 5 only offers Bluetooth audio streaming
without control or metadata display.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X796 offers the
following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit
- Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your
vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
- Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep/caller's voice
and streaming audio is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
- Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone
from -3 to +3.
- NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the
surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be
set to -2 or +2.
- EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from
-2 to +2.
Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can
receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio
significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound.
AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM
digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and
clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data
such as artist names and song titles.
Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with
HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs
(HD1 to HD3, and analog).
iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's
information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct
connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in
iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the
songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.
Tuner Presets: The KDC-X796's tuner features 3 FM banks (1,
2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 offers two preset
- Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank
giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
- Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to
the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you
recall a preset station without switching between bands.
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.
Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1
(seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset
stations only with each button press), or Manual.
Note: You can also setup the KDC-X796 to search only
HD Radio stations.
Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM
station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote
The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized
CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-X796 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps),
and AAC (8-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum
number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any
recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.
Text Scroll: The KDC-X796 will display CD text or Audio file
text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto,
Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music
Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music
folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using
the head unit's rotary knob.
Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control
(RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.
Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 features the following Repeat,
Random, and Scan playback modes.
- Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
- Random Play: Disc or Folder
- Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each
music track on a disc or music file in a folder)
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 Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD
disc. You can choose between two modes.
- CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file
disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
- CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set
this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD discs may be
unplayable even when set to this mode.
Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback.
Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15
seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to
protect it from dust.
USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 features a front panel
USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port
enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device
with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is
compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or
FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder
layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files
and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be
charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition
switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 supports the
PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite
is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer
MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) devices from your PC. When you playback
audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music
Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist
name using the head unit's Music Search function.
System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light
(ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from
Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with
the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
- Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
- Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune,
Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm
minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio
source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The
unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.
- On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected
to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
- On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on
the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when
no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator
function when listening to output from an external unit.
- Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.
Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X796 allows you to select the
source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX,
DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.
iPod Direct Connection: The KDC-X796's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct
connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102,
sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you
have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the
Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head
either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and
charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X796.
iPod DAC Bypass: The USB
connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded
instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the
head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to
110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts
stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
iPod Control: You can choose
to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's
clickwheel or touchscreen.
- Head Unit: The Kenwood
head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists,
Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories
alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of
your connected iPod/iPhone.
- iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the
stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can
also listen to your favorite music apps (such as
Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit
and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's
touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
Pandora Internet Radio Control: The Kenwood KDC-X796 CD
receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service
that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry.
While providing control over the Pandora music service, the KDC-X796 also
displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations
from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically
(A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also
give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists.
- Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood KDC-X796 lets you
playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected Apple
iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately)
or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must
have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the
from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan
account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also
need a Pandora music service account.
- Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The Kenwood KDC-X796
also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your
Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection
required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest
version of the Pandora App from the
Android Market or the
BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be
Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and will need an active Data Plan account
with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will
need an active Pandora music service account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in
Canada and only available in the United States.
iPod/ Display: The KDC-X796
will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are
controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will
display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album
label. If you choose to
operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls,
the KDC-X796 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will
instead display "APP/iPod").
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart:
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the
following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):