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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Item #: 113KDCX797

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Original Price: $189.99

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

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.

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.

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 )

Gonzalo, San Leandro, CA

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What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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:
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 Reviews

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    109 Reviews

    X797

    Written by: Poriab from South Carolina on January 21, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Not any better than the versions half as much

    Pros: Good preset equalizers

    Cons: Very bad radio reception. Also keeps freezing and has to be reset.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: Anonymous from 60085 on August 11, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Poor sound for a kenwood product& no new support for apps

    Pros: cheap

    Cons:

    Best present for my daughter

    Written by: Gonzalo from San Leandro, CA on July 23, 2014

    2001 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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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

    Big fan of Kenwood

    Written by: Anonymous from Louisville KY on May 11, 2014

    1980 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Dunk from Lincoln, NE on March 29, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    awesome radio

    Written by: ashley from Birmingham, Al on March 25, 2014

    1999 GMC Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    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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    Written by: Steve from Valatie,New York on March 22, 2014

    1998 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio, very good value. Wonderful service. When a late Winter storm delayed the shipment, Crutchfield upgraded the service to UPS NextDayAir. Thanks.

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    Pretty good unit

    Written by: Alan from Colorful Colorado on February 26, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: MickM from Boston,Ma. on February 13, 2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Great Stereo

    Written by: Chris from Toney, AL on February 11, 2014

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X79

    Written by: JoeB from Norcross, GA on February 10, 2014

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    pretty good

    Written by: brick8 from Minneapolis, MN on February 9, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Nice unit until it dies.

    Written by: waterfront from West Jordan, UT on February 4, 2014

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    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.

    Bluetooth Radio

    Written by: Ramon B from Zebulon, NC on February 1, 2014

    1995 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Darrens from phoenix AZ on January 30, 2014

    2005 Mercury Mariner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Kenwood excelon kdc-x797

    Written by: robp7 from Wilmington, DE on January 29, 2014

    2001 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Great!!

    Written by: Ja from indiana on January 28, 2014

    2003 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Quirkier than expected for a flagship product

    Written by: BrianP from Metro Atlanta, GA on January 22, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

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    Written by: Allen from Cumming,Ga on January 20, 2014

    2007 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Tosh from Rochester, NY on January 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Kenwood head unit

    Written by: mzootie from wilmington, de on January 17, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Unit does not turn on sometimes.

    Written by: KenY. from Deltona FL. on January 14, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Most Bang for your buck

    Written by: John M from Lake Jackson, TX on January 14, 2014

    2003 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    could be better!

    Written by: JeffC from Ohio on January 7, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Anonymous from vashon, wa on January 3, 2014

    2008 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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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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    Written by: Tim from Jeffersonville on January 2, 2014

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Max from San Antonio on January 2, 2014

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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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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    Written by: Maggs from Dearborn, MI on December 30, 2013

    2005 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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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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    Written by: AJD from Lakewood WA on December 28, 2013

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Great features for the $$.

    Pros: Price and Features

    Cons: None so far.

    WOW!

    Written by: Jeff from Georgetown, TX on December 26, 2013

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great Product. Great Value. Easy Installation.

    Pros: Works perfectly as advertised in all functions

    Cons: None so far

    Loved it till it Started messing up

    Written by: Josh P from Branson, MO on December 25, 2013

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    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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    Written by: Keith Mc from Utah on December 20, 2013

    2002 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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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

    Great Radio

    Written by: Anonymous from Parrish, fl on December 15, 2013

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Great radio with XM and HD Radio. Sounds great.

    Pros: Easy to use and setup. Great sound and options

    Cons: Small control buttons

    Great Features For The Price

    Written by: Aaron R. from Chicagoland on December 15, 2013

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Why I am not giving a five star review is because the settings are customizable, so numerous, yet difficult to find on the owner's manual. They're like pages buried under three chapters. Using the system will help with more routine settings options, but more obscure ones will possibly require another phone call. Like a couple of other reviewers mentioned, I only had sound from my front speakers using BT audio. Buried in the unit's "settings" menu was the answer. One quick call to a Crutchfield Advisor solved that problem. Setting the clock time as the default info on the unit was more of a challenge than it should've been. I would recommend purchasing this system because of all the input options for music for the price point. Aldo, don't forget about the tech support included with the purchase!

    Pros: Value, customizable, music inputs

    Cons: Menu interface is not intuitive, buttons are small

    Good Unit...would buy again

    Written by: Calvin from North East, PA on December 12, 2013

    2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I've only had the unit installed for a week but so far so good, with one small hiccup. Playing music from my Ipod caused a "skip " every 20-30 seconds. Crutchfield recommended a firmware update...problem solved. The unit has great sound, and clarity. I'm not a head banger, but wanted good clear sound ad moderate volume. I could not be happier!

    Pros: Easy Install, Great Sound, Good Price, Crutchfield support

    Cons: Needs another 12v switched power out wire.

    Super!

    Written by: Bill from Colonia NJ on December 11, 2013

    1997 Ford F-250 Light Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    perfect fit for my Ford truck

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    B+ Product!

    Written by: x5i5Mjx8q from Portland, Oregon on December 11, 2013

    2010 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My review may be a little harsh, but I expect a top notch product for $200. Crutchfield as always is amazing, when it comes to value and overall cost! Installation in my 2010 Toyota Corolla was pretty easy. I would say the most obnoxious part was the cheap plastic shroud to support the unit. Nevertheless it does the job. The unit itself is pretty good! I love that you can actually preset HD2/3 stations! My wife's car has a Sony hd radio that I also got through Crutchfield and it refuses to preset any HD2/3 stations. Pandora control is pretty good! The stereo seems able to get the app to start about 75% of the time, the rest of the time I have to manually open it on the phone. USB function works great! I tried to get iHeartRadio to work, and it will play through bluetooth like Pandora but I cannot control it from the head unit... although I suspect it's a lack of compatibility between my 4.4.1 kitkat android phone and the head unit. Anyway, Pandora seems to have less ads/commercials. Never tried "aHa" The bluetooth phone calling function works almost flawlessly! I'd give that an A- Decent microphone included with the unit for that purpose. Like others have also said, the menus leave something to be desired, for the average consumer I can see how they would be pretty confusing at first, I was ever surprised some, and I am always the family tech go to guy. After a few days of fiddling with it I got most of it down! My little great nephew just loves to stare at all the colors!

    Pros: Lots of features! what else can you want? Unless you want navigation I suppose.

    Cons: A little pricey, could be constructed a little better! Very confusing menus at first.

    My VW GTI Loves the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: petvet from Hickory Hills, IL on December 9, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this as a replacement for my JVC which died after only 2 years. So far so good. The build quality is definitely a step up and so are the features. The first one I bought was reconditioned but later returned after it was found to be defective. Crutchfield generously replaced it with a new one with a factory 2 yr. warranty after paying the cost difference.

    Pros: Great 2 yr. warranty, great build quality, great features, plug n' play, excellent price and value

    Cons: nothing so far

    Great Radio for a Good Price

    Written by: DavidL from Edwardsville, IL on December 5, 2013

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The radio does the job. I don't need a high end radio to accomplish what I wanted. The Bluetooth connection is great.

    Pros: Does what it is designed to do.

    Cons: None so far.

    Great radio but one concern

    Written by: Anonymous from Erie, Pa. on November 28, 2013

    2006 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Overall great radio. Excellent sound for the price. Easy installation. Only problem is I've had it for only a couple weeks and I've already had to reset it once. Not sure why but it totally shut down and wouldn't power up until I reset.

    Pros: Price. Color selection. Easy Bluetooth connection.

    Cons: Other than small glitch so far, none.

    This reciever does it all

    Written by: howser51 from western ny on November 19, 2013

    2011 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I wanted an after market car stereo that would be HD and Sirius ready. The Crutchfield instructions were easy to follow and everything came with it that I needed for installation with one exception. The wrong wire harness adapter came with it, but that was my fault for giving the wrong vehicle model. I was sent the correct adapter at no cost and that arrived a couple days later. Once hooked up the unit sounds great and I have many listening options. I wish the clock worked worked even if you had the artists displayed. I also wish that the songs as well as artists would be listed like my old Sirius receiver did. Those are minor issues and I am very happy I purchased this. Crutchfield is the only place to purchase a car stereo. You might save a few bucks at other retailers but when you add up the free items you need for installation and the support team it just makes sense to do business with Crutchfield.

    Pros: sounds great, has many options, easy to install and pretty easy to program

    Cons: I wish the clock would show when you have the station or artist listed. I also wish it would list the song as well as the artist.

    Great Value

    Written by: Tim S. from Ventura CA on November 12, 2013

    2000 Ford F-250 Light Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this to replace the factory stereo in a 13 yr old work truck. Primary attraction was iPhone integration and hands free calling. I have to say that i am pleasantly surprised at the audio quality. I combined with two kicker 5x7 coaxials, and together make my time in the truck way more enjoyable. not a monster "system" but for under $350.00 total i am very pleaSED WITH THE VALUE

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    Happy Customer

    Written by: Nate H from Tulsa, OK on November 8, 2013

    2003 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    First of all this is the first time I've utilized Crutchfield online. Customer service is superb. It's been 25 years since I've installed a car stereo system. The wiring harness/mounting accessories/steering wheel controls provided were exact for my model of car and the instructions made the install a breeze. As for the customer service I mentioned, I had an issue where my rear speakers didn't work when in BT/iPhone mode. Called customer support (great hours of operation) and they walked me through the stereo settings in less than a minute to resolve. Will be purchasing again from Crutchfield again for my wife a Christmas present for her Suburban. Now for the stereo (keep in mind I'm just a normal Joe and in no way an expert on stereo specs or a sound enthusiast). Kenwood is still producing an excellent product. Just changing out my OEM head unit improved my system 100%. Lots of nice options/settings, and sound is great with my OEM speakers. My next step will be to add some aftermarket speakers; which I presume will boost my enjoyment by another 100%. If you're on the fence like I was don't hesitate to buy this stereo and I will always come back to Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great Sound Easy BT pairing Cool colors where you can match current dash lights or have it alternate between colors BT to iPhone/iPod or use the USB connection to charge your device while playing songs

    Cons: Buttons on the unit are on the small side. Not a huge deal for me because I purchased the steering wheel control kit so I can easily use those controls while driving. Hands free phone works fine but sounds like you are in a tunnel. Not a huge deal breaker and first time I've had hands free phone so that may be normal.

    Game Changing Product

    Written by: DMcTrumpet from Raleigh, NC on November 6, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This install has changed everything about how I spend time in the car. Bluetooth, Music, Comedy, Sports, iPhone, iPod Nano. Hard to believe it was so easy. Upgraded to a KMM100UU in an older car out of necessity and due to the quality, tech support and ease of install, took the plunge. As a performing professional musician, and administrator, this Kenwood products make my time in the car productive in every way - listening, music study, texts and calls on the fly.

    Pros: It does it all. I enjoy changing the overall color scheme to match the car. The Bluetooth engages the second I get in the car. Make the call and the music kicks back in. Great sound across the musical spectrum. USB sound really beats the aux type connection I used to live with. Bluetooth connection easy for around town. OEM speakers NEVER sounded better. OR code takes you right to the manual - What?

    Cons: I need one for my wife's car. No unit perfect, this is awfully close. Paper manual is a tree saver, but hey, who reads directions - I do.

    Awesome Product!

    Written by: Pete K from Tampa Bay, FL on November 6, 2013

    1995 Ford Mustang
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am extremely satisfied with this unit. It was very easy to install and operate. I love all the features it has and the ease of linking with my Samsung Galaxy 4 applications.

    Pros: Many features, crisp sound with the right accessories

    Cons: Take a while to learn all the features, but worth the time to figure them out!

    Great Stereo for a good price

    Written by: ChuckC from Atlanta, GA on November 5, 2013

    2004 Nissan Pathfinder SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Upgraded to this Kenwood Excelon from an older Kenwood Excelon. Nice to get Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM, USB/iPhone, and AUX connectivity in one unit. Sound quality is great too. Takes a few minutes to learn how to configure it, but after taking a moment to read the manual, I was able to get more sound than I thought was possible out of my simple setup (but I do have a sub and amp using the SW RCA jacks). I must say the Support from Crutchfield is so good, they've made me a loyal repeat customer.

    Pros: CD, SiriusXM, HD Radio, USB, iPhone, AUX jack, Bluetooth capability with great sound for a really decent price. Being able to answer calls on my phone via bluetooth is awesome too!

    Cons: One line display is not my favorite, my old unit had 4 lines of display which is nice for Sirius info. However, I now have Bluetooth so it was an easy trade.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-Z797

    Written by: John D from Roy,WA on November 4, 2013

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver does everything I wanted it to do. Great radio reception, Phone bluetooth & microphone very good. Wanted to play my favorite internet radio stations from my iphone which this does & wanted preset radio option also. installed radio myself with no problems.

    Pros: Pick up lots of HD radio stations here from Seattle. Like to get phone calls thru car speakers.

    Cons: Manual not that good but downloaded full manual from website as I am slow to figure out some of this high tech stuff sometimes. Like to have paper in my hands to look at.

    Great value for money

    Written by: KCMaestro from Kansas City, MO on October 26, 2013

    2007 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bluetooth mic works great, excellent fine tuning in settings. Great sound quality. Pleased with the purchase. Crutchfield always has the best units and price!

    Pros: Several features, low price

    Cons: Not the most intuitive setup or button layout.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 - A Real Winner!

    Written by: AndyB from San Pedro, CA on October 23, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is the first new head unit I have purchased in over 10 years. The Kenwood replaced an Alpine 7998, a very expensive, very nice quality high-end audiophile grade head unit. These days, finding the right mix of SQ features without all the wasted bling is getting harder and harder, but Kenwood nailed it with this head. All the right features, HD Radio, Sat Ready, iPod control, 6 4v outs, and Bluetooth! Without all the bass boosting, animated crap that's become a trend of recent years. If it sounds bad, lets add lights to it and take away the 4v outs... worse yet, no sub out! This head has all of that and for a price that can't be beat. In pure SQ so far, I cannot tell a difference between this and an Alpine I replaced - if anything, thanks the HD radio, the FM is far better. But at the same time, the output section must be able to translate that to good sound, and it does. In short, it is amazing what technology has brought to the masses. It is nearly impossible to compare this unit to the Alpine, because of the tech advancements and integration - but at the same time, it does sounds better. I call that a win. Easy to use, excellent sound. What more can we ask for? Top that off with excellent customer assistance from Norm, I couldn't be happier. I have shopped Crutchfield in the past, and will continue to do so.

    Pros: Features and ease of use.

    Cons: I will let you know when I find one... seriously. I haven't found any yet.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: Anonymous from Goleta CA on October 18, 2013

    1996 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent Buy

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: Anonymous from Denver, CO on October 14, 2013

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Listening to predominately 2 stations that provide digital broadcasting, one (jazz) station is nicer on HD than analog while the other (classical) station I listen to sounds horrible on HD compared to analog, which is more likely a transmission issue than inherent to HD. Never used (to use) an equalizer but after speaking to a Crutchfield tech on whether my vehicle's tweeters are being used with this unit, I went into the EQ Pro settings and noticed that adjustments made a huge difference in my car audio experience. Still, certain MP3s exhibit anomalous listening where otherwise distinct vocals become distant regardless of the EQ settings. Pulled the microphone through my dash, along the A pillar up behind the ceiling trim and mounted the mic on the visor right next to the rear view mirror. Then noticed that the instructions advise to mount the mic on the steering column. Not sure whether that's because it's easier or sounds better on the steering column. Anyhow, had a Skype conversation with someone in Europe from my phone over Bluetooth with the unit. European party stated that although it was obvious that echo cancellation was taking place and my voice sounded digitized, the clarity of my voice and the ability to converse was good. Compared to my stock Subaru radio (made by Clarion), this one produces music more distinctly with a noticeably greater range of frequencies allowing for listening at noisier driving speeds.

    Pros: Lots of features (Bluetooth, HD radio, ...) Noticeably clearer sound than stock head unit Acceptable microphone quality for (phone) conversation purposes Extra USB charger port

    Cons: Puzzling (occasional) sound anomalies, possibly related to the DA converter No coupling with vehicle's dashboard dimmer HD radio surcharge is disproportionate to costs of other features

    Love it in my Jeep.

    Written by: Deggy from Deforest, WI on October 6, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am really enjoying this new head unit in my 2005 Jeep Wangler. It makes the stock speakers sound better. I can wait to get new speakers too. The stock (6") subwoofer seems to hit harder too, for what it is. I enjoy the BlueTooth. In the Jeep with the top and doors off, the Mic gets a lot of wind noise, but I expected that. Yes, it plays out of all 4 speakers. I like the voice control...Press the button, and say 'Call My Wife' and it does. I tried 'Call my jealous brother-in-law cuz I'm in a jeep with the top off and he's in a wagon' but it didn't catch all that :) The Kenwood Music Control app works fine with my Galaxy s3 (even though some reviews of the app itself says it doesn't work.) It will automatically connect and start playing my music collection on my phone. It will even start back up where it left off, even mid song. I use a USB thumb drive to play music from as well. The HD radio is cool. My first experience with it. We only have a couple local channels that have digital signal, but I notice a difference in quality and clarity. The interface seemed a little clunky, especially after using my touch screen in my other vehicle. I had to get used to when to turn the nob, when to push the nob, and when to push the back button. Like anything, now that I'm used to it, it's easier. Now that I have all of my preferences set, I only make adjustments periodically so it doesn't bother me.

    Pros: Lots of features. Good sound. Good power. BT, USB, HD Radio,

    Cons: Somewhat clunky interface.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: Ron H. from Taylorsville,Ky. on October 3, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver was a little intimidating when I first started using it, but after a couple of days I was very comfortable with all the controls. For an old geezer of 58 thats saying a lot. The price was very competitive with other stereos that had the same features, and the Kenwood name sealed the deal for me. I don't think you can go wrong with this deal!

    Pros: very easy to figure out the controls, liked being able to choose the color to match the dash lights. Ample power for all speakers. Very nice system.

    Cons: Hd radio a little disappointing, or lack of stations thereof.

    Kenwood KDC-X797 - Great radio

    Written by: MarkR from Harvey's Lake, PA on September 17, 2013

    2002 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It was really easy to install and set up. I haven't had any issues with it since I figured out how to work it. The Bluetooth is really good too.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: don from middletown de on September 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Crutchfield was great. I had a problem with the cd player and i had a new unit the next day. super to deal with

    Pros: sounds great

    Cons: read the book

    So many functions

    Written by: Paul from Nr Detroit, MI on September 15, 2013

    2005 MINI Cooper
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    So many features and it all works perfectly. Nice having a real Bluetooth system so can get directions, calls and MP3's with no wires all over the dash

    Pros: great Bluetooth, options to fine tune sound, color adjust to fit the rest of the panel light

    Cons: Would be nice to change the display color too - OK, so it's a minor point!

    Amazing!

    Written by: Jason from Camden, SC on September 8, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bluetooth works great with my S3 and the sound quality is lots better than factory stereo!

    Pros: Bluetooth calling and audio Sound quality Multiple inputs Easy installation Works with factory steering wheel controls

    Cons: Radio reception is not strong enough

    kenwood kdc-x797

    Written by: doylejr from shelton, wa state on September 7, 2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
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    very good receiver, out performs factory Chrysler radio !

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    Love this stereo!

    Written by: Pat from Boston, MA on September 2, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Love the sound of this one; easy to use; I have my music back! So easy to install as well!

    Pros: Great sound, easy to install

    Cons: Would like a scanning function

    Great Stereo

    Written by: BenM from Los Alamos, Ca. on August 31, 2013

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This stereo sounds great and has a ton of good features for the price, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have never owned a Kenwood product before and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    Pros: Great features, Great sound, Good Price.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood IS The Best To Me!

    Written by: ChrisR from Troutdale, OR on August 29, 2013

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in my 1999 Ford Expedition Today. LOVE the Bluetooth and the HD Radio!

    Pros: It's A Kenwood, Everything's Good On Kenwoods!

    Cons: None

    Want Vett to Sounds as Good As it Runs

    Written by: Ricky from Cumming, GA on August 25, 2013

    1971 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Going with a Kenwood, always reliable. This has a lot of bang for the buck. I love all the features. I would definitely recommend for anyone

    Pros: Great price for having everything I was looking for.

    Cons: None

    Cobra Mustang Install

    Written by: BobbyC from New Castle, PA on August 24, 2013

    1999 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I hadn't installed a car stereo in over 20 years. The install was in a classic 1999 Cobra, so I wanted to be careful in the removal & install and not damage anything. Everything that I received from Crutchfield made ii a breeze! I was excited to find a resource like Crutchfield vs. paying another retailer mucho dollars to do it. The wiring harness was very easy & kept original vehicle wiring intact. My original set-up was an AM/FM Cassette and separate CD player. Since the Kenwood was a single din unit with an integrated CD player, the extra space was filled nicely with a pocket that looks like stock. Professional install by an Amateur! The head unit itself sounds great. Very high quality sound - brought out sound in music I hadn't heard before. Bluetooth works great. As other reviewers have said, you must change setting to "all" in the Bluetooth menu to get the sound to play in all your speakers. The HD radio sounds very good, although I am outside metro areas so reception isn't always ideal. Still trying to figure out settings on that a bit. Super, high quality radio. Having the Pandora, iheart radio and aha apps available to navigate through the head unit is a big plus for me. The only cons are that the menus are somewhat complex to navigate (contact Kenwood and they will e-mail you the detailed manual), and also I have a convertible so the display is unreadable in the sunlight. Otherwise, very happy!

    Pros: Very High quality Lots of features Navigate apps through the head unit

    Cons: Complex menus Display unreadable in sunlight

    Exceeds Expectations ...

    Written by: toma from New Ringgold, PA on August 22, 2013

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I installed the unit in a 2003 Dodge Ram with no issue at all - very simple (even with the satellite radio receiver). Pairing a device was simple, and browsing through your phone (Contacts or Songs) is relatively intuitive. This is EXACTLY the facelift that my 10-year old truck needed!

    Pros: The lights and looks are fantastic, the face is easily detachable, the sound quality is superb, and I get no complaints about the Bluetooth quality using an iPhone5.

    Cons: It doesn't make me coffee.

    Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: imnee from Ky on August 20, 2013

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have enjoyed the head unit. I using it to driving two amplifiers. It does a great job and there are plenty features for adjusting the sound to your liking. I primarily play the HD Radio or linten from a USB drive.

    Pros: Kenwood has an app that scans your USB drive and creates a library so you can search your library from the head unitl.

    Cons: The Kendoow lite app does not work well. Support cannot help at all. There is a third party app in th eforums that works great so I am using it.

    Great product

    Written by: KatieG from Newport News, VA on August 10, 2013

    2000 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    We bought this radio for our 22 year old daughter. She really loves it, especially the bluetooth feature. She also likes being able to use it with the music she has downloaded on her phone. We are very happy with this purchase.

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    Awesome product and easy to install

    Written by: Mike from Oklahoma on August 5, 2013

    2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver has been great. Sound is a improvement to the factor speakers in my 2007 Jeep Wrangler. My kids love the color changing buttons.

    Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth phone hook up was easy.

    Cons: None so far.

    features

    Written by: microgenesis from Illinois on August 1, 2013

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    Packed with features.

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    very good BT system

    Written by: Don from Agawam, MA on July 31, 2013

    2004 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good HD, BT and functionality

    Pros: BT, HD radio, display colors, functionality

    Cons: Clock display only available as clock only

    Better than expected

    Written by: Anonymous from Chico, Ca on July 30, 2013

    2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Put it in an 06 Chevy Trailblazer with new speakers and my sub from my 4runner, sounds great. It is worth every penny. Also do the firmware update.

    Pros: - Great price for having everything

    Cons: - The owners manual - There is a bit of a learning curve on understanding where all the settings are

    Impressed

    Written by: Jay from ABQ, NM on July 24, 2013

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in a 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab. Usually go with a Kenwood, always reliable. This has a lot of bang for the buck. I love all the features. I would definitely recommend for anyone.

    Pros: Tons of features Easy to setup Easy sync with iPhone

    Cons: When you plug in an iPod the system automatically jumps to it. Annoying when listening to something else. When my iPhone syncs to the head unit it works great. But they sync also means your calls go through it. Which is bad when you are on a call and then you turn off the vehicle - it disconnects your call. And it will automatically push your call to the head unit. So you have to keep switching it back to the phone or deal with disconnected calls.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: Anonymous from salisbury NC on July 18, 2013

    2007 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    replaced a 7 year old alpine so am impressed with the new technology. sounds great, paired with kenwood speakers

    Pros: great sound, HD < Blue tooth

    Cons: the display button is in between the station buttons and easy to hit the station buttons my mistake

    Amazing Headunit

    Written by: RobW from Southern Maryland on July 17, 2013

    1997 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I got this head unit for my 97 ranger as I still had the stock unit in my truck. It is a very good looking unit with tons of features, amazing clarity, and extremely easy to use and learn.

    Pros: I love the lights incorporated, along with the bluetooth, remote, and the compatibility with my ipod (works with spotify)

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    great investment

    Written by: hollywood6801 from Newark Ohio on July 17, 2013

    2002 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    great stereo with all the bells and whistles powerful and easy to use will get a lot of cruise time out of this

    Pros: easy to use and a great built in amp

    Cons: none yet

    Kenwood KDC-X797

    Written by: JimN from Norco, Ca on July 16, 2013

    1999 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    This unit replace an OEM Ford Cassette only radio. The KDC-x797 offers many more features than the OEM radio. It definitely sounds better at higher volume levels, probably due to the vast increase in power. It is amazing how many inputs you have available to you: USB, 3.5mm, Bluetooth, CD, and HD Radio. I live on the outskirts of LA, so HD radio tends to go in and out, which is not a biggie. For the most part, people say the hands fee Bluetooth works well. It's pretty cool that my iPhone 4 will pair right up with the Bluetooth and start playing a song, right where it left off. Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase.

    Pros: The unit has good power to drive OEM speakers and has lots of flexibility to customize the sound. You can make it bright, or bassy or middy, or whatever you want. It has many features, that you can spend many hours trying to make work well, such as the iheartradio, aha, or Pandora, or stream from you phone (I have an iPhone 4), or usb input or 3.5mm. Is there anything that this HU can't do? Not sure about that.

    Cons: Three items: 1. If you are on a call while, and you turn your car off, the call will be dropped, even if you have the phone to your ear or on speakerphone. 2. While I bought this unit because other reviews had said that people can you hear you clearly while you have have them on hands free call, I have had many people complain that they either hear an echo, or sound far away. 3. The display is sometimes confused, as it tries to display two things at one time (scrolling song info and time)

    Amazing HU at an Incredible Price!

    Written by: D from Caldwell ID on July 14, 2013

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    Flat out best HU ive owned to dated. Kenwood Excelons are bar far my fav. and ur get a bit more features in them for the price compared to say the Alpines IMO. The BT works great and picked up my phone first time and the mic on it is great and even with my top down i can hear ppl great and they hear me great! Lighting is wonderful to not to mention the slick look it has...

    Pros: Almost everything on it, still trying to use it to its full potential!

    Cons: User Manual Isnt the Greatest, but better then most and I got It Figured Out!

    Awesome!!

    Written by: Minoru808 from Kailua, HI on July 10, 2013

    1994 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I have always favored Alpine car audio. This is my first Kenwood and I am NOT disappointed. I love it!!

    Pros: easy install, great features!

    Cons: NONE

    Excellent Kenwood System

    Written by: Gerryd from Yelm, WA on July 10, 2013

    2006 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I purchased this radio as an add on replacing the factory radio in a 2006 Honda Accord. The quality and sound is great and installation was very simple. I would recommend this radio to anyone.

    Pros: Sound quality is exceptional with the Alpine speakers 610C

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Written by: Jess from Hollister, CA on July 9, 2013

    2003 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    for the price is not bad. My daughter and son really like the stereo's in their cars

    Pros: cool color display

    Cons: I was looking for a built in microphone.

    kenwood kdc 797

    Written by: Anonymous from Boise, ID on July 9, 2013

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    This deck is well worth the price. the features works good. The phone works great in my diesel it blocks out background noise. This is a great upgrade

    Pros: Color choices Bluetooth features phone works great

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon Excellence

    Written by: Jim from Bridgeville DE on July 8, 2013

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    Great vehicle reciever! Quality unit; highly recommend.

    Pros: Ease of use; quality sound; highly recommend.

    Cons: None to note.

    Sleeper

    Written by: Chris from Nazareth, PA on July 4, 2013

    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Although very simple in appearance and design, Kenwood managed to incorporate some great features in this unit. The 3-band parametric EQ, high and low pass filters, and phase control are huge wins for me and the three sets of 4v pre's allows for easy expansion. It drove my OEM speakers quite well with the 22w and I was able to effortlessly dial in a nice sound. Bluetooth hookup was a breeze with an iPhone and I'm happy to report it synchs with the Spotify app too. Installation was easy in an 02 WRX thanks to Crutchfield's supplied accessories.

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    Excellent upgrade from OEM

    Written by: MW from Portland, OR on July 2, 2013

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
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    Has the features I wanted for now, and for future options. Using the OEM speakers in my 2006 Toyota Tacoma, there is a marked improvement in the sound quality. Also the reception seems better. I got an open box unit, which seems to be in perfect condition.

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    KDC-X797

    Written by: Daryle from Lincolnton, NC on June 30, 2013

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    Love the features. The buttons on the front make it easy to use. Much easier that trying to navigate through a menu to switch stations. Bluetooth connection is quick and easy. I like being able to listen to music on my iPod or phone. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield. They made sure I had everything I needed. Fantastic sound with plenty of power. I shopped a lot of brands at various places and I got a great product at a great price from the best source. Thank you Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound, plenty of power, easy to use, and looks great too.

    Cons: None at this time.

    Bought this

    Written by: KurtR from Dayton,OH on June 25, 2013

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    sounds great might have something to do with the original infinity gold speakers who knows easy to install with wire harness adapter.

    Pros: 2day free shipping,sounds goog

    Cons: owners manual sucks does not explain very well in detail of programming instructions. very disappointed and a little frustrated with that part otherwise it sounds great. maybe i'll give the Crutchfield Team a call sometime to figure out the rest. Those guys seam to have it together and have been very helpful from start i'm sure when i find the time to call them back they' ll walk walk me through it.and i'll end up saying Da!

    Great head unit with lots of features.

    Written by: neverendingmods from Wilmington, DE on June 25, 2013

    1998 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Kenwood always builds durable head units. Have a great sound and a good bass that sounds better and hits harder than sony and jvc . This x 797 excelon unit has 4v triple preamplifier outputs alongwith sub volume and crossovers for subs, highs and fullrange speakers with crossovers frequencies being adjustable too so a passive eq is built in making this unit perfect for big systems while remaining discreet being single Din. The Pandora bluetooth streaming.go from my phone works great and sounds really good. Make sure you know how to set up the units sound and your phone sound. Depending on phone and software may need an audio app for adjusting phone eq. My motorola Atrix 4G syncs flawlessly with this kenwood and was very easy to download phone contacts. Took ten minutes to 20 minutes to have everything dialed in. Couldn't be happier and I still ned to do firmware updates which atre said to improve streaming audio quality.

    Pros: Adjustability , ease of use, bt music streaming, bt wired mic, ability to control BIG system with this headunit. So much sound adjustment and control. Basically a passive EQ with built in high/low crossovers and full range adjustment.

    Cons: Just wish all lighting changed colors. Display color not adjustable, everything else the color changes . Small complaint because it is such a good unit.