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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

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.

Excelon performance and plenty of options

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver offers some of the latest smartphone integration features for your car, plus the security of a remarkable 2-year warranty. If you love local radio, you'll be knocked out by the improved reception provided by the built-in HD Radio tuner. Participating stations deliver FM that sounds more like a CD, while AM stations sound sharp and clear like analog FM. And it makes a pretty strong impression with its looks too — you can adjust the color of the button illumination to suit your tastes, while the 11-digit bright white display is easy to read in almost any lighting situation.

The advantage of Bluetooth®

This Kenwood's built-in Bluetooth frees up your hands and keeps your attention on the road when you take a call. Simple Secure Pairing makes pairing your phones easier and faster than ever. Pair up an iPhone equipped with Siri to the receiver, and you can use voice commands to look up and dial numbers without lifting a finger. Plus, you can stream audio from any smartphone source to the receiver without the clutter of wires.

More options, more music, more media

Kenwood designed the KDC-X797 to integrate with your up-to-date digital world.

  • Connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you'll blaze through your tracks and playlists, as dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys cut down on the need to work through menus when you're looking for a specific song.
  • Pandora Internet Radio, Aha Radio, and iHeart Radio users will appreciate this receiver's excellent built-in controls — you can scroll through your stations and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. And you can enjoy them with your iPhone or Android.
  • If you store your music on an Android device, download Kenwood's free Music Control app and enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB. 
  • If you're in the mood to kick it old-school, slip in a CD and take full advantage of this receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. It converts the raw data on your disc, including MP3, WMA, and AAC files, to smooth, lifelike sound.
  • For satellite radio subscribers (or those who plan to be), the KDC-X797 works with SiriusXM's outboard tuner (not included), so you can enjoy coast-to-coast reception of your favorite talk, sports, and music programming.

Sound shaping controls

Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X797's 3-band parametric equalizer, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you adjust for your car's speaker setup. And if you're building a car audio system, one of the keys to the getting the most out of your amplifiers is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that will give your amps the strong signal they need for top performance.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with AAC, MP3, and WMA music files
    • Pandora, iHeartRadio, Aha radio control with iPhone and Android
    • works with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android devices
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • detachable face with white display and variable-color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ Pro (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • works with SiriusXM tuner (subscription required)
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and 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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    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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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Bluish white
    Key Button Color
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    EQ Bands
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    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    Tuner
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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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    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Cloth pouch
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

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    Audio Section
    Built-in Bluetooth
    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio
    iPod/Android/AUX Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X797 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 long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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-X797 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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X797 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 head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X797 features a 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.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using 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.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio 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).

    EQ Pro: The KDC-X797 is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    EQ Pro
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -8 to +8 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -8 to +8 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -8 to +8 Fixed
    Note: You can store EQ Pro bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • 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.

    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 source).

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) 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. 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 Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    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-X797. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two Bluetooth-enabled phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used at a time.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X797 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes 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-X797 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-X797, 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 control.
      • 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-X797. 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 alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History 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. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. 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 1.505" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-X797 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X797 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, 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-X797 also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT55U has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KDC-X797 and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X797 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Bluetooth Audio: You can allow Bluetooth audio to be heard from only the front-speakers or all the speakers in your vehicle.
    • 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.
    • Echo Level: You adjust the echo cancellation delay time until the least echo is being heard during a phone conversation.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.

    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    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 as well.

    • Tuning Methods: You can setup the KDC-X797 to tune both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog). The CD receiver offers a variety of tuning options; including Seek, Presets, and Direct Access.
      • 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.
      • Tuner Presets: The unit's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The Kenwood KDC-BT952HD offers two preset modes.
        • 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.
      • Direct Access: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • 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 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    • 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 (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    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.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 allows you to access Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Aha Radio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X797 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also save 3 Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-X797 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    • Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+); available from iTunes Apps or Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Direct Tuning via included remote
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-X797's front-panel USB port 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 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X797. 

    • DAC Bypass: This 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.
    • Music 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 also 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 SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & 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 Mode. 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.
    • Information Display: The KDC-X797 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-X797 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
    • Battery 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 the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Aha Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
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    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav 8-/16-bit n/a

    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 KDC-X797 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. 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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. .

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. 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. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
     MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder) 999 folders/20,480 (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X797 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-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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/AAC music files to your USB (MSC) device 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. 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, or Android

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-X797  features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X797 also features a detachable face to deter theft (cloth pouch for storing the face-plate included). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 features variable color button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Illumination Dimmer: You can manually dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." 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.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X797 comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    5 out of 5

    Best present for my daughter

    Written By Gonzalo, San Leandro, CA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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    This was a present for my daughter and she loved it !(I also installed it for her) she couldn't believe how much more clear the sound was coming out of the stacked speakers (all I did was to replace the stereo )
    Pros:
    best value for the money !
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Big fan of Kenwood

    Written By Anonymous, Louisville KY on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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    Sub menus take a little to get used to but it keeps the face clean and easier than having to learn the location of other buttons for specific features.

    Love the USB and iPod and all other features.

    Great product would recommend
    Pros:
    Features, colors, and ease of installation.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By Dunk, Lincoln, NE on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    I ordered this to replace my 12 year old radio in my 2002 Silverado. The kit included to install was perfect and made the install easy. The HD radio is great, only wish we had more stations in the area. The radio is easy to navigate, even for an old guy. I love the Blue Tooth connection with my cell phone as this is new to me and the hands free talking while driving is awsome. This is truly a great radio with all the features I will ever need, installation was quick and easy. The sound is awsome. Crutchfield has the best customer service I have dealt with in years.
    Pros:
    Great features. NIce appearance, and quality sound. High Def radio is really great.
    Cons:
    None that I have found.
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    5 out of 5

    awesome radio

    Written By ashley, Birmingham, Al on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    Very good radio. Everything is really good quality.I enjoy it very much.everything they sent to install it was really easy to install it took me like 10 minutes and i was done
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By Steve, Valatie,New York on Saturday, March 22, 2014
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    Great radio, very good value. Wonderful service. When a late Winter storm delayed the shipment, Crutchfield upgraded the service to UPS NextDayAir. Thanks.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty good unit

    Written By Alan, Colorful Colorado on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
     
    I replaced the factory unit in my 1999 GMC Yukon with this unit based on a discussion with an advisor. I should say that this was the advisor's second option, with the first being a JVC unit as I recall. I like the Kenwood brand, so I went with them.

    The good: the sound quality and features are great. It's pretty easy to switch between sources and adjust the sound quality. The sound does cut out when you change the EQ presets between types. Not for long, but annoying if you're listening to songs. The Bluetooth connection to my iPhone 5C is very fast at startup and it's easy to change songs and place phone calls. You can disable the sources that you won't be using (Pandora, Aha in my case). This makes switching between sources faster.

    The bad: you can't set the display to cycle between the clock (my truck doesn't have one) and the frequency or song title. When making a phone call, the callers name is displayed but sometimes the display will continue to show other things mixed in. For instance, I think it shows the clock intermixed with the current contact from the phone. I wish it had a dedicated EQ button.

    Overall a great unit. Maybe a firmware update will fix the display issue. I'd recommend it regardless.
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    4 out of 5

    KDC-X797

    Written By MickM, Boston,Ma. on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    I bought this receiver to be able to play my iPod without an adapter. I got so much more than I was expecting. Easy to install and came with everything I needed. The Bluetooth is great to have also. No more missed calls from cranking up the favorites. Good sound for the price. Overall a great deal.
    Pros:
    You get a lot for your money. Happy customer so far.
    Cons:
    Could pump out a little more volume but wasn't expecting more for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Chris, Toney, AL on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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    Easy install with everything supplied by Crutchfield, great sound, great look, love the features of Bluetooth, Sirius Radio, and HD Radio. Major improvement over OEM radio.
    Pros:
    Installation
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X79

    Written By JoeB, Norcross, GA on Monday, February 10, 2014
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    The unit is very nice and has a lot of pluses. I did find the manual lacking a bit trying to do some of the setups. It keep referring to the Operation manual, which is what I thought I had. I Will pursue to find a full manual. The install kit (plastic face plate) seems to be angled the wrong way. The radio appears to be facing upward and the trim exaggerates that even more. I tried the one that came with the kit and it did not make it any better. I took the radio out to see if it was all flush and it was. Using the remote is difficult due to the angle. The one from the radio seems 180 out to make it seem flat in the mounting.

    The BT is nice as when you get in the car, start the car and do nothing to have the BT running within about 30-45 seconds. SOOOO nice not have a cable connection.
    Pros:
    Great sound, easy BT setup, A high degree of detailed setups to really fine tune the sound.
    Cons:
    The Operation Manual Trim
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    4 out of 5

    pretty good

    Written By brick8, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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    Installed this last weekend in my volvo xc70. It has nice sound but several ergonomic shortcomings. To change modes (radio to cd, for example), You have to repeatedly hit the power button, which is tiny and hard to find when driving. Can't figure out how to make outgoing calls using voice control. The manual that comes with the radio is almost useless. I can't get some of the apps to work but that could be user error. Also, as far as I can tell (I guess I should have checked but never even thought it possible) there doesn't appear to be an AM radio.
    Pros:
    Easy install, great sound.
    Cons:
    Terrible ergonomics. Useless manual.
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    1 out of 5

    Nice unit until it dies.

    Written By waterfront, West Jordan, UT on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
     
    Purchased last spring. Worked great for about 6 months. Then started displaying "HF Error 68" on the display screen and blue tooth wouldn't function. Nothing worked to correct the problem. Became unusable because it would only display the error. Contacted technical support. They would not send out a new unit but referred me to a service center. My unit has been in the service center for 3 weeks while waiting for a part to arrive. I am not happy.
    Pros:
    Great sound.
    Cons:
    Poor quality and dependability.
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    5 out of 5

    Bluetooth Radio

    Written By Ramon B, Zebulon, NC on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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    I'm really impress with this radio it was an easy install with the kit that Crutchfield provide for free and the cool colors, easy to set up bluetooth, settings, etc. Will recommend this product to anyone that have an old car without the bluetooth feature.
    Pros:
    Quality and easy to use.
    Cons:
    None!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By Darrens, phoenix AZ on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    Great sound and features. big improvement over stock. Added the kenwood speakers to match after the deck worked out so well.
    Pros:
    Sounds awesome and has some great sound tuning features. Can select Q factor, frequency adjustment for bass treble, and mid adjustment. Remote is cool and the wife loves it.
    Cons:
    Block like lettering on display, and in direct sun, the display washes to purple.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood excelon kdc-x797

    Written By robp7, Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    This is an awesome starter upgrade with the capabilities to add on amps and it gives you total control of the sound. The Bluetooth feature is awesome for music and talking.
    Pros:
    Ease of use Bluetooth Sound quality
    Cons:
    No built in wifi
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    5 out of 5

    Great!!

    Written By Ja, indiana on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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    Everything installed great into the 2003 mitsu outlander.. The only thing that was not working was while using the streaming blue tooth only the front speakers work.. there is a setting to turn on all speakers.. Other than that awesome sounding radio with the factory stuff..
    Pros:
    Works with android phones..
    Cons:
    The manual
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    3 out of 5

    Quirkier than expected for a flagship product

    Written By BrianP, Metro Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
     
    The Excelon KDC-X797 is extremely capable and configurable, sometimes at the expense of ease of use. It doesn't *look* special which may make it less attractive to thieves. It sounds great, which is of greatest importance to me, and with that, I can forgive its shortcomings, and the many hours I spent parked, learning to use and personalize this beast.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality with almost infinite adjustment possibilities and support for most media & formats. HD Radio works extremely well. Complicated menu structure is logically arranged, shortening the learning curve.
    Cons:
    Difficult to read display in daylight, and insufficiently dimmed at night. Mediocre quality - first unit had a DOA remote. Unit gets wanky -- does not respond to controls -- in cold temperatures below 20F. CD player has problems with burned CDs that work fine in other devices. Minimal number of panel controls means that some frequently used operations (like radio presets) are buried in sub-menus. Display updates are sometimes delayed. Documentation, even on-line, leaves much to be desired.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-X797

    Written By Allen, Cumming,Ga on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    A lot of Bang for the Buck!
    Pros:
    Easy to use, sounds great, cool looking, with more options than I will ever use!
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    KDC-X797

    Written By Tosh, Rochester, NY on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    All in All a good head unit. Easy to use and set-up.
    Pros:
    Many Display Color options. Remote, Bluetooth Audio and Control, Sirius and HD Radio. Front USB and Aux in.
    Cons:
    Sometimes will not turn on, and Needs to be reset and user setup is lost.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood head unit

    Written By mzootie, wilmington, de on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    Best car stereo I've ever owned. It has all the bells and whistles you'll ever need. Great sound and power even with out an amp and almost didn't buy one. I just wanted just a little extra. The reception HD radio isn't as good as I thought it should be but have not played with it enough to know if there is something that i have not set up right. Good buy for the money.
    Pros:
    All the fuctionality
    Cons:
    Manual you get in box is a quick start guide. You need to download the full manual to fully understand how to set up the unit
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    4 out of 5

    Unit does not turn on sometimes.

    Written By KenY., Deltona FL. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    Unit needed software update in less than 90 days .Crutchfield did not know or did not want to know it needed it.Tech had me take it out of truck check pwr. ok but would not replace,this is the third time not first.He said I have to call Kenwood now. He said our replace is 60 days. I said the cheapest people in the world has 90 days so why should I buy it from you. Did the update, WAITING TO SEE.
    Pros:
    Good sound Like the HD radio a lot
    Cons:
    Need to make system easier to use. No one knows everything but they should have Kenwood said it was a problem on this radio.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Most Bang for your buck

    Written By John M, Lake Jackson, TX on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    This Kenwood product was bought for my daughters car. She absolutely loves it. The sound quality is great and installation was a breeze.
    Pros:
    Great Sound, Color Change Options
    Cons:
    none
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    3 out of 5

    could be better!

    Written By JeffC, Ohio on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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    Good unit. I'd buy again, but I wish I could have bought something with simpler buttons. There is too much navigating around to switch from CD to radio to whatever.
    Pros:
    Sounds good, but has trouble reading dirty or marred CD's.
    Cons:
    Needs to be simplified. It was purchased for my son and takes to much attention to use which is time with eyes off the road.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By Anonymous, vashon, wa on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    Nice unit - clear installation - the BT connection works great with my Android, streaming music and making calls - although it does take a minute or so to gain the connection and begin playing music when I first enter the car. Another nice feature is the fully controllable RGB display - I was able to match the display color to my GTI's color scheme with ease.
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    5 out of 5

    Ken wood stereo

    Written By Tim, Jeffersonville on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Great stereo, crutchfield made install simple with instructions and all necessary hardware. I will not buy electronics anywhere else from now on.
    Pros:
    Great shopping expierience.
    Cons:
    None
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By Max, San Antonio on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Decent receiver. I bought this for my girlfriend for christmas and don't get me wrong, it's much better than her factory stereo, but it's lacking. I bought the Kenwood X9 for my car and it's much easier to use. The volume knob has a nice rubber "grip" for easy tuning while driving. The X7 does not. Scrolling the X7 for audio control and settings is a pain. The bluetooth streaming works well though, and that's why I bought it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to stream bluetooth from your phone to your receiver.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth streaming, hands free phone
    Cons:
    No grip on the volume knob, the menu is a pain to adjust settings and audio
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDCX797

    Written By Maggs, Dearborn, MI on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    Excellent quality, looks cool. Looks difficult and intimidating to use, but very easy, and great features.
    Pros:
    Looks great 16 preset FM stations Bluetooth Easy to use
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By AJD, Lakewood WA on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Great features for the $$.
    Pros:
    Price and Features
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By Jeff, Georgetown, TX on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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    Great Product. Great Value. Easy Installation.
    Pros:
    Works perfectly as advertised in all functions
    Cons:
    None so far
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    2 out of 5

    Loved it till it Started messing up

    Written By Josh P, Branson, MO on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
     
    I love this radio, It took a little to get it set up the way I like it. The bluetooth works great both for calling and for streaming pandora. I travel 8hrs a weekend and I'll listen to pandora the whole way. It took me 3 weeks to figure out that the reason it only puts music threw the front speakers is a setting and you can change it to all speakers.
    Pros:
    Sound Quality Coolness factor Value Bluetooth
    Cons:
    It will not turn on sometimes, I have to disconnect the battery to get it to turn on. I've read that if you don't let it warm up in the morning before you turn the vehicle on it will do this. I am going to contact Crutchfield in the morning and see if they can fix this.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written By Keith Mc, Utah on Friday, December 20, 2013
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    Put this in my wifes Rav4. So easy for her to use. She loves the hands free feature for the phone.
    Pros:
    Easy to use for a non tech type!
    Cons:
    None
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