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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

by Dave Delamere
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.

Sleek, simple, and solid

Kenwood Excelon receivers deliver great performance by infusing extensive sound-sculpting tools and intuitive controls with the latest car stereo technology. The KDC-X798 CD receiver includes Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming your favorite music, built-in HD Radio™ for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, dual USB ports, and ultra-clean 4-volt preamp outputs for your amplifiers. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 CD receiver

Advantage: Bluetooth

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an iPhone® addict, the KDC-X798 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones. If you're an Android® user, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology.

Once you're paired up, you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. And the receiver can alert you when you receive text messages, which you can read when you're out of the car. You can install the external Bluetooth microphone in a good spot inside your vehicle for superior hands-free communication.

HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X798, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

Even more radio

If you listen to Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you can use this receiver's controls to play music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet radio. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. And speaking of radio, you can add a satellite radio tuner to this Kenwood, and get into the in-depth music and entertainment programming provided by SiriusXM.

Tweak and display your tunes

The KDC-X798's 3-band parametric equalizer lets you adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls. You can use the low-pass frequency filter and phase control to tune the bass going to your subwoofer — then you can set the high-pass filter for your other speakers so they'll play more efficiently. You can adjust the variable-color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the CD slot, aux input, and front-panel USB port.

Dual USB ports

The receiver's front and rear USB ports allow you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. And the ports can handle MP3, WMA, AAC, or WAV music files on a thumb drive too. Here's a nice feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB inputs and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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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 and iHeartRadio Internet 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 variable-color button illumination
    • Siri Eyes Free control with select iPhones
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q-EX (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of compressed audio files
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary, front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Video Screen
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    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front/Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    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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    Mini
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    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 (10A fuse)
    • 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
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X798 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), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X798 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X798 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-X798 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 + Sub Control: The KDC-X798 features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The KDC-X798 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.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X798 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.

    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-X798 is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. 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, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    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).
    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction 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 Sound Reconstruction 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 KDC-X798 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 KDC-X798. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X798 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time). You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X798 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 1-30 seconds. The KDC-X798 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-X798, 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-X798. 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.

    Note: 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).

    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-X798 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X798 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-X798 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 Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT858 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-X798 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 KDC-X798; 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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio 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.

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood KDC-X798 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 38" cable. The USB ports enable connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumb drives. The USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & AAC 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 ports (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-X798 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 files (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-X798 will display MP3/WMA/AAC 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 + Direct Search: The Kenwood  CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    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 + Auto Reload: 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. 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 KDC-X798 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive 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 (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website 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)
    • Windows 8
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X798's front- or rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-X798 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X798.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X798.

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

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps 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 stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Control: 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 (A-Z) 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. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-AR755 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/App Mode: The iPod/App Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X798 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/4/2014):

    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 Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 7.0.64 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    4 7.0.64 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    air 7.0.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    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 (2.2+). 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.

    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 head unit 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 three aux input modes.

    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 (75 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.

    • Receive Mode: You can setup the KDC-X798 to receive both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog).
    • Seek + Direct Tuning: 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. You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • Tuner Presets: The KDC-X798'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-X798 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.
    • Station Text + Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.  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 KDC-X798 allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X798 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 KDC-X798. 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 KDC-X798 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X798 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 5 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 KDC-X798 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-X798 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.
    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 KDC-X798 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 w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories. In addition, you can register channels you want to skip.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be stored. You can also tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You can also store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.

    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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X798 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X798 also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face-case is provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X798 features variable color display and 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.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo does not dim.

    12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. 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-X798 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.

    Note: The KDC-X798 is not compatible with PAC's SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface.
     
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    5 out of 5

    Much better than factory

    Written By Paul, Hudson NH on Friday, September 19, 2014
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    Excellent reception and sound quality. EQ Pro settings are versatile, still learning what sounds the best. My Honda Civic has a nasty high bass hump in the 150-200 Hz region which drowns out the real bass. The EQ Pro is able to reduce it via the Bass Level, Center Freq and Q-Factor, while using the Bass Boost and Loudness to recover the lower bass. It would be easy to add a subwoofer later on. The Audio Functions are stored for each source: I can kick up the highs for AM, store the setting and not have to readjust when I go to a different band or source. Bought the Kenwood speakers as well: 20% sound improvement is from the speakers and 80% is from the KDC-X798. The component tweeters were fit in the Honda tweeter grilles in the front of the dash with hot melt glue: no easy adapters were furnished as they were for the door and rear deck units. Th tweeters are too efficient! I need to put in rheostats to reduce their output, but they are real detailed in their sound. I called Kenwood to send more explanation for Bass Boost and Bass Extend. Gimme graphs to read! No response from Kenwood. No AM at first. Called Crutchfield to find out how to hook up the active antenna, this wasn't in their directions. AM is good now. The wife says the radio and dash replacement are ugly, and She's right. Honda really designed their dash boards with style, and the Kenwood and Scoche dash don't come close in appearance. My dash says aftermarket!
    Pros:
    Versatile tone controls, great sound. I can hear the valves clicking on a clarinet. The optional steering wheel interface is worth the extra $.
    Cons:
    Tiny station buttons that are hard to read in sunlight. The display is awful with the sun shining on the dash or in front, but amazingly the sun illuminates the LCD display nicely when the sun is shining directly on it. The Scoshe internal parts are plastic and the Honda parts are really sturdy metal. Crutchfield doesn't supply all the weird metric screws needed. It took 2 trips to the hardware store to get it right. No anti-theft code.
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood KDC-X798

    Written By Wayne, San Leandro, ca on Thursday, September 18, 2014
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    i love it, works & sounds great
    Pros:
    works as advertised
    Cons:
    nothing negative
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    4 out of 5

    market competitive

    Written By Scott, Asheville, NC on Sunday, September 14, 2014
     
    Installed to replace 10yo pioneer w/oled display in 92 corvette. Easy install, instructions clear, unobtrusive look. Sound reproduced is first rate through existing sony coaxials, original problem ridden bose system long gone. Adjustability of settings for loudness, speakers installed, mic for bluetooth, eq, is epic, can't think of anything missed. Display color can be matched to existing dash, mine is an odd orange. The bluetooth links everytime, and conversations are clear, even over a noisy cabin. I have the remote usb in the console for a memory stick, nice to have it out of sight. Love the HD tuner, not great if signals are weak, but many are strong here and each has 2 more sub stations available. Am not a fan of thin, smooth knob and the preset buttons are minute, I don't know why most brands do both. The led display is large, clear and the disco light show can be turned off, thank heaven.
    Pros:
    Clear display, adjustability bluetooth to vehicle and preferences, front and rear usb, HD radio, power antenna lead, simplicity.
    Cons:
    Function knob is thin not easy to grasp. Miniscule preset buttons. Extra cost adapter needed for sirius/xm activation.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-X798: Perfect price/value point

    Written By Jim, Shreveport, LS on Monday, September 08, 2014
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    This is the perfect radio for what I want and pice. HD radio, front and back USB, remote control (more convenient than I thought, keep your eyes on the road), non-disco display mode, etc. I got if for the wife and she enjoys it. It's easy enough to use, though if your into techno-bells and whistles, it has them as well. Bluetooth function is perfect. I wanted something that would be nice and would work for whatever smart phone I get next. I looked at a lot of radios, I'm glad I got this one.
    Pros:
    The wiring instructions are perfect. Don't be intimidated, it looks like a lot of wires, but you can do this. Hooking it up to the adapter harness kit takes a few minutes, but it's quite doable. You got this!
    Cons:
    The display could be a little brighter for my likes, but my wife hasn't complained.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written By JanH, Simsbury, CT on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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    This replaced a double din Bose Head unit in a 1998 Infiniti. I also bought the sirusxm reciever to go with it. I almost have too many choices, but it is great to be able to listen to what I want, using the medium I want. I usually listen to a local jazz station that is HD, but sirusxm also has some jazz selection that I am enjoying. The country and Christian stations are my other favorites. I previously had a similar kenwood radio in another car, but it did not have preset stations, and that is why I chose this model. The presets make it much easier to pick your stations while driving. Since the face is hard to see in the sunlight,,,,you learn quickly which presets are which stations without looking. Good value....but it was hard to install. Crutchfield provided everything one needs to install. Had to make a few calls to the tech,,,,but reached them right away. The head unit works great.
    Pros:
    great features, Sirusxm, HD radio, 2 USB ports, and the presets.
    Cons:
    Hard to see in the daylight, and it was hard to install in the infinity. Previous install in another car was much easier.
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    5 out of 5

    Great deal

    Written By Anonymous, Cottleville, MO on Sunday, August 31, 2014
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    Could not have been easier to install.
    Pros:
    Does everything I need
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By Nate, Muse, PA on Thursday, August 28, 2014
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    Great sound. Easy to install for beginner. Way better than my factory unit. 1500 silverado crew cab.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth is clear for calls. Works great with my iPhone. Hd radio is crystal clear. Powerful sound. Lots of source options.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Good Buy

    Written By DennisF, Harrisburg, Pa on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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    Blue tooth is easy to use. Satellite, Pandora, IHeart and USB inputs makes it versatile.
    Pros:
    Multiple color display, makes it easy to match dash colors. Blue tooth. HD sound, when stations are within range.
    Cons:
    A little hard to learn how to use.
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    4 out of 5

    Huge Upgrade

    Written By BosoxNelly, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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    Coming from a factory setup, this has proven to be a huge upgrade in sound quality and functionality. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I'm still finding it a little clunky when toggling between functions; this may just be the learning curve. In addition, I can't say enough about Crutchfield in terms of their support. There were many times when I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew during the full installation (amp + speakers as well) but anytime I ran into a brick wall Crutchfield support was there to help. Everything works as advertised.
    Pros:
    Great upgrade, good price, great support
    Cons:
    A little clunky functionality wise, but not a big deal
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    4 out of 5

    good Bluetooth and hd radio

    Written By Steve, san francisco on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    Good stero, fits in my 2003 F150 really clean. I like HD Radio option.
    Pros:
    Good sound Bluetooth works great my Samsung phone.
    Cons:
    Small buttons small display hard to read the clock.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Review

    Written By AdamB, Spring, TX on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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    Great stereo with tons of features. Love the ability to get HD channels and play Pandora from my phone. Hate that local radio reception seems to be a bit weaker than my factory radio. Several favorite stations now are hit and miss on whether or not they will come in clear enough to enjoy.
    Pros:
    HD tuner, Pandora, button layout, and a volume knob!
    Cons:
    Weak FM station reception, some HD channels have weak reception as well (the HD2 OFF message is getting very annoying!!).
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    5 out of 5

    Great System

    Written By Scott, Roseville, CA on Friday, August 08, 2014
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    This is a solid unit! Full of features and surprises. I can use Bluetooth for phone and Kindle audio books.. I am able to use a mini USB to listen to 32 GB of music and connect my ipod.
    Pros:
    2XUSB - one is front other can reach in glove box. Very bright display. HD radio is impressive. This is loaded.
    Cons:
    No case to carry removable face plate. Does not support multi-CD changer
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written By Anonymous, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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    Overall very pleased with the stereo and love the Bluetooth capabilities. Callers have commented the sound quality is very good when calling from/to Bluetooth. A bit disappointed with radio station reception, especially AM however have heard that is typical for an aftermarket car stereo.
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    4 out of 5

    KENWOOD EXCELON KDC-X798

    Written By LORD, EASTON ,MD.21601 on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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    A GOOD PRODUCT, NICE SERVES FROM CRUTCHFIELD TEAM ,VERY HELPFUL ON THE PHONE. EASY TO LOOK AT THE ITEMS ON THE SCREEN ,THE SALES PERSON WAS VERY BUSINESS AND WAS VERY HELPFUL..THE TEAM IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP YOU WITH GREAT PATIANCE WITH PRIDE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTUONS FOR YOU. I AM PROUD TO SEND ANY OF MY FRIENDS TO THEM FOR HELP TO PURCHASE THE FINER ITEMS FROM THEM.
    Pros:
    A GREAT PRODUCT ,WOULD RECOMEND THEM TO ANY ONE, LIKE I HAVE DONE IN THE PASS.
    Cons:
    NONE
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver and more!

    Written By GeorgeP, Evanston, IL on Monday, July 21, 2014
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    Although the advisor at Crutchfield actually recommended a more basic product, the KDC-X598, I opted to add the HD Radio function after reading a bit more about it. And boy, I'm glad I did! The HD radio part is great. I live in a large urban area (Chicago) and there are plenty of stations that offer it and often the second HD channel is commercial free. Overall, I've been very happy with this receiver. The sound quality has been excellent and is a marked improvement over the stock radio I had. I also got the Bluetooth option, something my wife had bugged me to add and that has also been great. I installed the mic near the rearview mirror and it's worked out fine. Although I wondered if the audio quality of phone calls would suffer because of the mic that was included, it's been very good and nobody has made any negative comments about our call quality. Crutchfield has also been excellent. Easy to follow installation instructions and all necessary parts. I'm real happy. Oh yea, they include real flashy variable lights that matter to some. It's not been important to me but I have to say that I've grown fond of them.
    Pros:
    - Sound quality is excellent. HD Radio has been fantastic. Bluetooth works great and the call quality has been very good. No complaints. And I use the Pandora function as much as anything. It's really nice to have so many music options now. Easy to install. Lot's of functions and everything has worked well for me.
    Cons:
    Probably the worst thing I can say is that you have to push a single source button to cycle through all the different options - radio, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth audio, etc. It would be a bit nicer to have direct access buttons to do so but the front panel is already full of buttons so I'm not sure where they would go.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Joe, Longmont, CO on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Great radio straight forward install with Cruthfield kit and information.
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    5 out of 5

    Well worth the extra money

    Written By Matt, St. Louis on Friday, July 11, 2014
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    Looks very slick right out of the box, and the installation was very simple. The extra sound filters took a while for me to understand, such as the "q-factor" but after much research and adjusting, the speakers sounded better than ever before. The best thing about the stereo is the extra power it supplies to your component speakers if you don't already have an amp for them.
    Pros:
    Power from stereo, filters, color selection
    Cons:
    Instructions don't explain q-factors and center frequency. Only front speakers play while using the blue tooth filter
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written By Roy, Boston, MA on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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    First tried another brand of car stereo, was not satisfied with the sound, and switched to the Kenwood. Glad I did. Sound quality is far superior to the other brand. Support and service by Crutchfield was professional, competent and a level of service that is difficult to find today. Will buy from Crutchfield again. The product gets 5 stars and Crutchfield 6 stars.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound quality Good Bluetooth connectivity 1.5 line display shows song and artist looks good
    Cons:
    The display can be difficult to read at times but not a big deal
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    4 out of 5

    Great car tunes

    Written By BillP, Salem, VA on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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    Great sound. Lot's of control over the sound too. Not as easy to use as old school knobs but so much more control. Bluetooth works great and is easy to set up. Phone feature works great. Can also plug in about anything you want from the front or back of the unit.
    Pros:
    Sound, versatility, and funtion.
    Cons:
    Hard to see the display when the sun is shining. Fine at night but not so good during the day.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing

    Written By Sean, Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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    Very nice deck. I like the clean and sleek look and feel. When I first installed it into my passat it was a little tricky to navigate. Everytime I would change source it was a little slow because it was wanting to search for the connection. After running it for a fee weeks it's a lot quicker switching between sources. It's really nice how when I change to BT audio it automatically turns on my music player on my phone. The bt phone is very clear. The mic has great noise cancelling qualities.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality and sleek look. Easy installation
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    5 out of 5

    great

    Written By omar, Southlake, TX on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    I'm very comfortable with this buy
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    Highly recommended
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X789

    Written By Rocky, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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    Hate the display. Can't see it most days. Have the display brightness all the way up.
    Pros:
    Great sound! Plenty of power
    Cons:
    Can't see the display if it is sunny or a bright cloudy day.
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    4 out of 5

    Almost complete install instructions

    Written By MWM, Concord, MA on Monday, June 30, 2014
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    Initial install went well but very limited radio stations available. Sound is good. Functions are fine after some study. Big thanks to John S. who noted that the antenna needs power. My '07 Camry needed one more wire splice than the instructions called for. All night internet investigation led me to which wires to splice
    Pros:
    Good at every aspect intended after some study.
    Cons:
    Can't read the illuminated readouts in even modest sunlight. Harness Install instructions were one wire short of complete. The screws included in the install kit package were not, in any way appropriate to my head unit.
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    3 out of 5

    Ok unit

    Written By Anonymous, Arizona on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    Had a lot of nice features but did not work with me steering controls and looking at some tech notes on it this is a known issue.
    Crutchfield response on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Select new Kenwood stereos are not compatible with the SWI-RC and require the new SWI-CP5 instead. This has been corrected in our database, but you can always confirm by checking the stereo's listed accessories or the Details tab on our website. And if there's ever a question, contact our advisors via phone, email, or chat.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon X798

    Written By Joseph R, Wilson,NC on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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    Purchased this radio and installed head unit on my 90 Harley Tour Glide.Most difficult part of installation was removal of bike faring.I am old school and not up on the technology in electronics but, had no problems with installation of device. I rode bike for couple hours June 19th and radio performed well.I am impaired and remove aids when riding to prevent further hearing lose.Furthermore; I wear a full-face helmet and still heard my music! I highly recommend product.
    Pros:
    Performed better than expected with my four inch speakers.Volume is excellent considering speaker size without using amp hardware.Many nice features for those who have the skills to setup. The price I paid was a very go buy through Cruthfield.
    Cons:
    Build quality.All products are not made by our AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN! I have worked almost fifty years in manufacturing and it so sad to see our skill-trades disappearing!
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, Salem, VA on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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    Works good like the hands free calling
    Pros:
    Bluetooth
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Review

    Written By BSNorris, Port Orange, FL on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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    I have only had this unit in my Tacoma for a couple of weeks. The installation kit was pretty straightforward as they usually are, the only hiccup was removing the environmental controls from the old bezel, the instructions didn't cover it at all. The unit itself is fantastic, but like everyone else has said, the display brightness is TERRIBLE. In daylight, you almost cannot read it. I wish that you could select the "white" display color that appears when you select the function knob to change settings. The various colors just don't cut it. In addition, the bluetooth is pretty hit or miss when I get back in the truck. Sometimes it connects automatically, sometime it doesn't. Its frustrating. Overall I like the unit and maybe part of the problem is operator error.
    Pros:
    Great sound and features
    Cons:
    - Display is very hard to see in daylight - Bluetooth doesn't always reconnect automatically
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    5 out of 5

    Great Bang For Your Buck!!!

    Written By Hawk, Norman, OK on Monday, June 09, 2014
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    I found this unit to be easy to install and use. Very satisfied with everything about this purchase!!!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, Pandora syncing
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit but.....

    Written By m, Spartanburg, South Carolina on Monday, June 09, 2014
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    This unit has all the bells and whistles. Love the HD and the Bluetooth works great! Even Siri works with sending and receiving texts. Having a minor issue getting the Bluetooth on my Ipod and Iphone to play music but that will be figured out in time. My major complaints are the display is too dim during the daytime, the clock too small and the AM tuner is useless. If you listen to AM and are more than a few miles from the transmitter don't bother trying.
    Pros:
    Cool, does nearly everything
    Cons:
    Display brightness, clock size, AM tuner is useless
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC -x798

    Written By Iceman73, Oklahoma on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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    I bought this radio to upgrade my aftermarket radio I already had, it was cheap and didn't work to well, so I decided to get this one from other reviews I had seen. It makes my overall system sound so much better than before. I think it's pretty simple to use, you probably shouldn't be driving and trying to change the setting but like changing stations and that sort of thing it's fairly simple. I really like the overall look of the receiver also, it's very high end looking.
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    4 out of 5

    Above Expectations

    Written By LN, Sacramento, CA on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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    Needed a single DIN receiver that handled my multimedia needs. Liked this because of the ability to select a display color and make it stick. Wasn't expecting what I heard when I powered the unit up. Wow, even on my 12 year old factory speakers, the sound improvement was absolutely amazing!
    Pros:
    Sounds great, USB up front, selectable colors for display
    Cons:
    Does not recognize some MP3 and WMA files as audio...these same files play fine on my JVC system on another vehicle.
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice new stereo for Kenwood, could use some enhancements

    Written By BrettW, Michigan on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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    Crutchfield did an excellent job of making sure that I had all accessories that I would need for my installation. I love the new addition to my already flawless Pontiac Grand Prix. I will soon add new speakers and possibly some new subs in the trunk with a 5 channel amp. As another review stated, it was hard navigating between sources
    Pros:
    Bluetooth capability and HD Radio. Awesome radio for the money
    Cons:
    I wish that Kenwood had made the clock display bigger like the new 998 model. It is too small to see. I also find it hard to control volume settings between CD, phone hooked up by USB and Radio like bass or loudness settings, mainly when switching sources, i.e, CD, front USB, rear USB, HD Radio, AUX, etc.
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio, poor install instructions

    Written By JohnS, Leesburg, VA on Monday, May 26, 2014
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    I installed a KDC-BT758HD in my wife's 2000 Subaru Impreza, and liked it so much that I bought this KDC-X798 for my own 2007 Subaru Outback. No complaints about the radio, it's great. My beef, however, is with the supplied Master Sheet. After struggling and finally succeeding in locating the climate control cable behind the dash and releasing it, I discovered that that doing this did not make it possible to pull out the OEM radio/climate control assembly. It is also not advisable to release the climate control cable on the other end, because it's very difficult to pop it out and even more difficult to pop back in. Instead, you just release everything else and also take out the screws holding the climate control unit to the panel, and just wiggle the panel off with just the OEM radio attached. (There are youtube videos showing this.) And now for Beef Number Two: When I first hooked up the new radio, reception was horrible. After a little research, I discovered that my Subaru has a powered antenna which needs to be powered through the solid blue wire. Now, this radio has a blue "Antenna control wire" but the manual says "(Not used)" and indeed it doesn't do anything. So I needed instead to connect the Blue wire on the harness to the Blue/White "Power control wire" on the radio. After pulling the radio out and making that connection with the harness, reception was fine. So it would have saved me a lot of time if the Master Sheet had addressed both of these issues.
    Pros:
    Great radio, love the HD.
    Cons:
    Master Sheet install instructions were misleading, and should have pointed how to ensure that power gets to the antenna.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice product but could be improved

    Written By Kris, Portland, OR on Monday, May 26, 2014
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    Well built unit with tons of features. Basically any input source you want (and several you don't) are available. It's largely customizable for visual and audio settings. Was an amazing retrofit into my Boxster. Switching between input sources is clunky as you just keep pressing "Source" to scroll through a LONG list of options. Also, the display is basically unreadable in bright light and adjusting display settings/colors doesn't help.
    Pros:
    Quality build. Lots of settings to customize.
    Cons:
    Poor display brightness. Source switching is cumbersome.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Versitle

    Written By Some Guy, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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    Crutchfield did a great job including everything I needed to install this unit (I own a 2005 Subaru Outback), even though the job was more complex than I had imagined. I'm very happy with the X798. It does exactly what was listed in specs, which is pretty much every feature you can ask for from a single-din unit, and does so at a great price.
    Pros:
    -High RMS output relative to most other units -Two USB ports, front and a cord from the rear -Pandora, IHeartRadio, HD radio, satellite ready, bluetooth calling -Long microphone and USB cords included -Many adjustable features to get more from your speakers
    Cons:
    -If you use a USB stick, this unit only shuffles songs by one folder level. If you have your library stored as artist/album/ you will only be able to shuffle through songs by one artist at a time without manually changing the artist directory -Doesn't appear to recognize FLAC files -Display appears dim in daylight
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