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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

CD receiver

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Item #: 113KDCX798

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Original Price: $199.99

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

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.

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.

This is the best radio I've ever had. Does everything you want it to. Bluetooth radio xm is a breeze to use. Sounds great and easy to use.

Tundra Dude, Baker, FL

What's in the Box:

  • 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

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 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:
    • compatible 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:
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    84 Reviews

    Really Great Radio

    Written by: GaryW from New York on March 25, 2015

    2004 Chevrolet Astro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    WOW, I was looking at radios for about a year. I wanted a radio that had everything. About 6 months ago I decided on a Kenwood with everything after reading all the reviews, comments, etc. about them. After procrastinating for another 6 months, I bought it. I'm 63 years old and cant find anything wrong with this as far as use, button size, etc. I also bought the SirusXM addition which works great. This unit sounds so much better even with my stock speakers. HD radio, WOW what a difference in sound. The bluetooth works like a charm with my phone. I'm sold on Kenwood and really sold on Crutchfield. They were great to deal with, have a knowledgeable staff that helped with my choice. Received the whole package in a few days. Installation was a piece of cake with their included brackets and connectors. Why the heck didn't I do this a year ago!

    Pros: I learned how to use all the features of the radio in a few minutes. No need for even looking at the manual.

    Cons: None

    Best Radio Yet

    Written by: Tundra Dude from Baker, FL on March 10, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is the best radio I've ever had. Does everything you want it to. Bluetooth radio xm is a breeze to use. Sounds great and easy to use.

    Pros: Easy to use. Crutchfield lifetime support. You can't go wrong.

    Cons: None that I know of.

    Versatile Receiver

    Written by: Paul from Michigan on February 25, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Purchased this model for a classic Lincoln. Very easy to install, very descriptive manual. Color of face changes to match dash on car looking like factory radio. Bluetooth is very clear and not "echo" sounding on the other end. Many options with USB. Very happy with this unit for the price. Great value.

    Pros: Face changes color to match your dash display. USB cable is good for plugging in your drive and not having it stick out from the dash. Radio is very sensitive and pulls channels well. Sound quality very good for the price.

    Cons: None yet!!

    Great sound for the money

    Written by: CFunston from Missouri on February 18, 2015

    2001 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Unit was super easy to install with the Crutchfield cut sheets and included wiring harnesses. So far I have only replaced the factory head unit and speakers, but it sounds great. Can't wait to see how much more it improves once an amp and subwoofer is installed.

    Pros: Great value, Excellent sound, Plenty of input options, Phone interface and call quality is great, IHeart and Pandora app interfaces are solid

    Cons: Few too many button pushes required to switch between inputs or to search and change channels in Pandora and IHeart,

    Great System

    Written by: Joshua from Minnesota on February 17, 2015

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

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

    You can never go wrong with Kenwood decks. I have had this for only a week but loving all the features, especially the Pandora feature. The installation for the deck itself went great and quick which is always a plus. would definitely suggest to others.

    Pros: -Bluetooth -Pandora -Hands free calling -Great sound quality

    Cons: None so far for the deck itself, just issues with the car it's in.

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    Written by: Brian from Austin, MN on February 15, 2015

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

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

    Installed easy, looks and sounds great!

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, ipod

    Cons: None

    Great radio great price

    Written by: Anonymous from Belen NM 87002 on February 14, 2015

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This product was everything it said it was great

    Pros: Looked good easy install

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: Jeff from Phoenix, AZ on February 10, 2015

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm really liking this unit. I replaced the factory unit in my 07' Tacoma with this unit along with Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675-S speakers in the front doors and Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675X2 in the rear doors. Really clean sound. As most have said it is a little difficult to see the display in the day. Other thing thats I would like it to do is scroll the info when listening to the radio. Right now it just runs ones and just shows the station. Unlike the Kenwood I have in my other truck where I can look any time a song is playing and see whho the artist is and the name of the song. Other that that The unit is great

    Pros: Bluetooth works great and the operation of the unit is prety easy in my opinion

    Cons: Display hard to see and lack of info scrolling

    Bluetooth trouble, but otherwise great!

    Written by: Andrew from Austin, TX on January 17, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    All of the functions I've explored so far have been great except the Bluetooth connectivity. I have an iPhone 6 that works flawlessly elsewhere, and my friend's iPhone 5 paired perfectly with this unit. There seems to be a compatibility issue between this and the iPhone 6. I'm assuming it's a firmware issue that will be remedied....

    Pros: Sounds great. Has pretty much every feature you could ask for in a single DIN unit.

    Cons: iPhone 6 compatibility

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    Written by: Anonymous from buffalo, New York on December 31, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Friend had this in his truck with stock speakers and it sounded amazing. So I had to get one to replace the crappy head unit in my mustang.

    Pros:

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    Upgrade to 98 BMW Z3

    Written by: SoCalZ3Owner from California on December 26, 2014

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

    Needed a quality upgrade to the notoriously awful Z3 stereo without spending a ton and keeping the clean interior look. Chose this unit and after installation - which was straightforward and made easy by Crutchfield included model specific instructions and BMW adapters have been enjoying the clean sound..... Even in a roadster.

    Pros: Ease of installation, sound quality, blue tooth, HD, Sirius, and adjustable color.

    Cons: none yet....

    Awesome radio

    Written by: David from Goodyear, Arizona on December 18, 2014

    2008 Suzuki XL-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This head unit dramatically changed my sound quality in my Suzuki XL7. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes listening to music in their car. Very easy to install and use. Five star product

    Pros: Great radio for the money.Great sounding unit. Love the HD radio and Easy install.

    Cons: Hard to see face in bright sun.

    Kenwood = Awesome

    Written by: Anonymous from Allen, Ok. on December 17, 2014

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

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

    I bought this to replace an older Kenwood HU. I loved the sound of the old unit but changing stations and navigating the menu was too difficult to do while driving. Not to mention dangerous. I also wanted to upgrade to bluetooth hands free calling and HD Radio. I like that I have radio preset BUTTONS now and don't have to use the touchy toggle on my old Kenwood. Other than running the hands free microphone, installation took less than 5 minutes due to my previous unit being a Kenwood purchased from Crutchfield and all the connectors were the same.

    Pros: Bluetooth hands free calling, HD Radio, Front and Rear USB, 4 volt output to amps, too many to list all.

    Cons: It wasn't free?

    Awesome radio

    Written by: Rob from Belmont, MS on December 13, 2014

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

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

    I installed this head unit in my 2006 tacoma . It looks awesome and sounds great the Bluetooth is fantastic too.

    Pros: Quality product with great looks.

    Cons: Hard to see face in bright sun.

    2004 Accord

    Written by: Adam K from Bethesda, MD on December 8, 2014

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

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

    Needed to update the factory system with BT. Little did I know the challenge of doing this on a 2004 Accord. I chose to leave the factory Radio / HVAC system in place rather than go with the more expensive replacement dash piece. The Kenwood part was fairly straight forward. The Maestro part was another story. The instructions there were kind of backwards, misleading me into cutting the wrong wires. The support team at Crutchfield was amazing. I probably called 15 times over the period of a month (I had to wait for nice days where I could work outside). Ultimately, with some good guidance from support, I was able to barely correct the mistakes I made and get everything working.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: Rob from Virginia on November 22, 2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy install into a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. Great sound and features.

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    Kenwood Excelon X798

    Written by: David JS from Bevlery, MA on November 6, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this to replace a 5 yr old Jensen head unit that did not have Bluetooth. I spend a lot of time on the phone in my car for my work. The install was straight forward and simply fit into the DIN mount from my previous unit. Right away I noticed better sound quality than my Jensen unit. This sounds great! It was fairly easy to figure out the controls. The biggest disappointment (mentioned in other reviews) is that the display washes out in bright sunlight. At night and on overcast days the changeable color display looks great but if the sun is out the display disappears during the day. The Bluetooth took a bit to get to pair but once I paired the first device and realized to ignore the pairing number and just accept it, it paired fine. One other minor disappointment is that my previous head unit had a startup volume setting so you wouldn't forget to turn the volume down when you parked the car and blow your head off next time you startup. This unit does not. The unit also has front and rear USB ports and an AUX input. With the Bluetooth audio I do not use the USB or AUX. You can disable the Aux but not the USB on the display so you have to scroll through the USB each time you change the function. Overall, this is a great unit, easy to use with fabulous sound quality but with a few minor disappointment.

    Pros: Great sound quality, fairly easy to master controls. Easy install

    Cons: Display that is very hard to see in sunlight. No startup volume control. It would be nice to be able to deconfigure USB and AUX to simplify the display.

    Solid radio

    Written by: StreetRacerMX5 from York, Pa on November 3, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great radio for the money.Bluetooth is a nice feature for hands free driving.

    Pros: Easy to use.Plenty of sources and features.

    Cons: Not sure of any.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Washougal on October 21, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Fits tundra well.

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    Great product

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on October 12, 2014

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

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

    This head unit dramatically changed my sound quality from my stock head unit. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes listening to music in their car. Very easy to install and use. Five star product

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    Only wish display was brighter

    Written by: Earl from Port St Lucie Florida on October 10, 2014

    2005 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sounding unit. Love the XM and the HD radio. There is a big difference between regular fm and HDFM. Was bluetooth compatible to my Nexus 7 pad and cell phone,( my cell phone is a flip phone that is older than MA BELL ), and they match up with no problem..

    Pros: Great sound, all the whistle and bells, looks good and following the Crutchfield support team I installed it like I was a captain on the " GEEK SQUAD ".....

    Cons: Wish display was brighter...

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    Written by: Dennis M from Healdsburg, Ca. on October 6, 2014

    2002 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great stereo, it has all the features that i needed to build my system. The mic works good for phone calls and phone commands. higher voltage rca outputs for the amps, large display for easy reading. the only thing that bothers me is that the clock display is so small. Other than that, this is the highest model that still has preset buttons on the front at a reasonable price.

    Pros: high volt rca clean look plenty of sound adjustment

    Cons: small clock display

    Great value!

    Written by: Dave from Fort Worth, Texas on October 2, 2014

    1997 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice looking stereo with all the features I wanted and more for a reasonable price.

    Pros: Cool faceplate. Colored lights make display easy to read except in bright sunlight. Two USB ports plus an aux input! Great installation instructions with exception noted below.

    Cons: It was a little difficult to shove the gigantic wiring harnesses back into the dash and still have room for the stereo. Wiring diagrams left out specific instructions for several wires.

    Rocking Topless

    Written by: Dave from Lynchburg, Va on September 29, 2014

    2000 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sound quality from a mid-priced unit. Good looks and is easy to operate. Reading the manual and practicing the features is a requirement. It does a lot so using it takes a little time and practice to learn but is worth it. Easy to understand song lyrics with the top car down. I replaced a 15 year old factory unit and removed a 6-disk CD changer to use this unit. It is a very worthwhile exchange.

    Pros: Easy installation, good looks, digital FM sounds great, analog FM is good too, CD and USB inputs both work well, 2 USB for easier use.

    Cons: FM receiver is less sensitive than the stock unit it replaced so some stations heard before are not able to be heard now. Display is too dim in my convertible with the top down.

    Manager

    Written by: Greg from Dalhart on September 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    easy, great

    Pros: Priced right for customer sales with the whole goods and it holds up well in Case IH tractors

    Cons: none so far

    Perfect fit into 82 Merc 380SL

    Written by: Gary from Tuscola, TX on September 25, 2014

    1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It's a perfit fit. Installation was easy with the printed instructions that Crutchfield is known for.

    Pros: Slick display. Multiple color options. Front aux and USB ports. Eazy EQ adjustments

    Cons: Display hard to read in daylight with top down but acceptable considering

    Much better than factory

    Written by: Paul from Hudson NH on September 19, 2014

    2010 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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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    Written by: Wayne from San Leandro, ca on September 18, 2014

    2003 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    i love it, works & sounds great

    Pros: works as advertised

    Cons: nothing negative

    market competitive

    Written by: Scott from Asheville, NC on September 14, 2014

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

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-X798: Perfect price/value point

    Written by: Jim from Shreveport, LS on September 8, 2014

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

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

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: JanH from Simsbury, CT on September 2, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Great deal

    Written by: Anonymous from Cottleville, MO on August 31, 2014

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Could not have been easier to install.

    Pros: Does everything I need

    Cons:

    Great unit

    Written by: Nate from Muse, PA on August 28, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Good Buy

    Written by: DennisF from Harrisburg, Pa on August 20, 2014

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

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

    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.

    Huge Upgrade

    Written by: BosoxNelly from Phoenix, AZ on August 20, 2014

    2007 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    good Bluetooth and hd radio

    Written by: Steve from san francisco on August 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Review

    Written by: AdamB from Spring, TX on August 12, 2014

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

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

    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!!).

    Great System

    Written by: Scott from Roseville, CA on August 8, 2014

    2002 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: Anonymous from Dallas, TX on August 5, 2014

    2004 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    KENWOOD EXCELON KDC-X798

    Written by: LORD from EASTON ,MD.21601 on July 22, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Great receiver and more!

    Written by: GeorgeP from Evanston, IL on July 21, 2014

    2003 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Great Unit

    Written by: Joe from Longmont, CO on July 17, 2014

    2005 Volvo XC70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great radio straight forward install with Cruthfield kit and information.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Well worth the extra money

    Written by: Matt from St. Louis on July 11, 2014

    1999 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: Roy from Boston, MA on July 8, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Great car tunes

    Written by: BillP from Salem, VA on July 5, 2014

    1998 Volvo V70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Amazing

    Written by: Sean from Albuquerque, NM on July 3, 2014

    2007 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Cons:

    great

    Written by: omar from Southlake, TX on July 2, 2014

    1993 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm very comfortable with this buy

    Pros: Highly recommended

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X789

    Written by: Rocky from Seattle, WA on July 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Almost complete install instructions

    Written by: MWM from Concord, MA on June 30, 2014

    2007 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Ok unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Arizona on June 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Crutchfield response on July 1, 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.

    Kenwood Excelon X798

    Written by: Joseph R from Wilson,NC on June 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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!

    Great product

    Written by: Anonymous from Salem, VA on June 17, 2014

    1994 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Works good like the hands free calling

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Review

    Written by: BSNorris from Port Orange, FL on June 12, 2014

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Great Bang For Your Buck!!!

    Written by: Hawk from Norman, OK on June 9, 2014

    1998 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Cons:

    Great unit but.....

    Written by: m from Spartanburg, South Carolina on June 9, 2014

    1997 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC -x798

    Written by: Iceman73 from Oklahoma on June 3, 2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Above Expectations

    Written by: LN from Sacramento, CA on May 29, 2014

    2001 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Very nice new stereo for Kenwood, could use some enhancements

    Written by: BrettW from Michigan on May 27, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Great radio, poor install instructions

    Written by: JohnS from Leesburg, VA on May 26, 2014

    2007 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Nice product but could be improved

    Written by: Kris from Portland, OR on May 26, 2014

    2003 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

    Very Versitle

    Written by: Some Guy from Philadelphia, PA on May 22, 2014

    2007 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

    Functionality with Simplicity

    Written by: SgM from Islip, NY on May 21, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Crutchfield delivered the unit as promised. Tech support was superior. The unit functions well and the learning curve is not difficult. It's a matter of reading the manual. The free installation kit included everything that was necessary for the installation. I opted for the prepaid installation, which was a blessing in disguise. This was one job that I felt should have been left to the experts. I am not in anyway disappointed.

    Pros: I had a similar model installed in a different vehicle, and was happy with that unit. This model is a step up and has all the bells and whistle expected, unless you are a real professional audiophile. The controls are ample, and the sound quality is good. It has the requisite amount of power to run the premium factory installed system without hesitation. Great Unit.

    Cons: Poorly lit display, and poor display angle.

    Love it

    Written by: chicagoblackhawkgirl21 from Windy City on May 19, 2014

    2001 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I cant tell you how much I love this stereo. It so awesome i'm able to call and talk to people threw blue tooth. There an USB port i can hook my iPod and listen to my music. The colors on my faceplate changes its pretty wicked when its dark inside my car.

    Pros: everything i needed and wanted and then some .

    Cons: I cant get notifications that i'm getting a text message nor can i send them out threw Bluetooth other then that nothing really to complain about.

    Kenwood review

    Written by: Anonymous from Ga on May 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love this receiver. I think it's the best one out there right now.its got the outputs and the wattage I needed. The bluetooth control is great.

    Pros: Wattage outputs bluetooth control

    Cons: Unable to select songs when iPhone or Walkman is plugged into USB

    Great aftermarket unit

    Written by: Eric from Hoston, TX on May 17, 2014

    1988 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit had everything that I was looking for in a moderately priced product. The built in Bluetooth and HD Radio alone are worth the price. Factor in the two USB ports and the front auxiliary plug along with the rear RCA pre-outs and it adds to the bargain even more. The sound quality is very great, once you pair it up with good speakers and a sub to help maximize its features. Getting all of the EQ settings dialed in can be a bit tedious, especially if you don't understand what does what, only because there are several options for each sound range. But overall the stereo puts out great sound all around. The display settings are straight forward and don't give a bunch of useless information. The fact that the name and artist of the song are displayed when using the HD function, as well as the album title depending on the station, is very cool to me as well as helpful in identifying new artists. The Pandora connectivity is awesome and easy once you get the Bluetooth configured. My only real gripe about the unit, and this may not matter much to most people, is that there is not an included case for the faceplate. I have purchased units that are half the price and received a case for the faceplate. Aside from this, I am thoroughly enjoying this unit and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get the most out of their car stereo experience without breaking the bank. as long as you're patient with the setup and fine tuning of the audio features, it is a great unit!

    Pros: Ease of use and installation. Multitude of tuning features. Connectivity and expandability options. Full function, compact remote control.

    Cons: No faceplate case. Angle of screen and display brightness easily washed out by moderate direct and indirect external light sources. Learning curve for features, even with help of manual.

    Great unit

    Written by: Juan from Santa Ana, CA on May 17, 2014

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

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

    Replace the factory stereo in my Tahoe. Wow what a difference in sound quality. Lots of features still adjusting to get the sound just right.

    Pros: Quality sound, 4V amp outputs, packed with features

    Cons: Adjusting bass/treble takes abit as you have to scroll through to get to what you want to change

    Nice Equipment

    Written by: Ryan from SALINA KS on May 15, 2014

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    THIS IS A FEATURE PACKED DECK FOR THE MONEY. IT HAS ALL THE CONTROLS TO TUNE IT JUST THE WAY YOU NEED IT.

    Pros: PRICE AND FEATURES

    Cons: MENU NAVIGATION IT COULD USE 1 MORE BUTTON

    Very Good CD Receiver

    Written by: Russ from Vancouver Island, Canada on May 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A very good car stereo, high end but with push-buttons for the radio which is much better than having to read a scroll menu while trying to drive. The station push-buttons are too close together though making it hard to feel which one you are pressing. My other complaint about this model compared to an older Kenwood I have is that the older model allowed adjustment of the bass (0-1-2) with one touch of the volume knob, the X798 makes you press several times to the get to the bass adjustment which in my opinion is the most important adjustment needed while driving, the most common problem with music is that the bass is either too strong or too weak. I am a professional driver and spend a great deal of time listening to a wide variety of mostly virtuoso musicians from classical to jazz to classic rock, electronic etc. Some more expensive models from Kenwood, Pioneer (the most expensive out there) and others have more graphic equalizer bands and the Pioneer even has active feedback through its microphone to keep adjusting the equalization to your taste - obviously this is the best but it costs about $1500, I find the X798 works quite well with its built in equalization programs and just using the basic bass, mid and treble adjustments or even the sub-bass adjustment if you want. I also think the appearance of these Excelon units is the cleanest and most stylish of any of the manufacturers. Overall a great unit, this Excelon is Excellent.

    Pros: Good radio tuner, I can pull in some HD radio stations from Seattle in the town of Duncan, British Columbia which is about 150 miles away! Strong clean sound and beautiful design. Bluetooth for smart phone both music and phone works perfectly.

    Cons: Radio preset buttons are too close together making it hard to 'feel' which one you are on. Have to drill down into the menu to much to adjust the bass compared to my old Kenwood which just required pushing the volume knob once. Engineers don't seem to understand that it is dangerous when driving to have to stare at menus!

    Love it

    Written by: Howard from Avondale AZ on May 12, 2014

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great unit. It does a lot and sounds great.

    Pros: Love all the features and customization available of the colors

    Cons: The unit does so many things that it takes alittle bit to figure out how to operate everything correctly.

    Top flight Kenwood head unit

    Written by: meyerhere from Los Angeles, CA on May 9, 2014

    1972 Datsun 240Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great unit and I'm very pleased with it. Not the easiest to learn but once time is vested into use it gets way better. Still challenged with finding the proper way to use the front and back usb drives but that too will work it's way out. This powers my 1700 w 4.2 system perfectly in a classic Z. Highly recommend this !

    Pros: Remote control, detachable faceplace, presets, 4 amp output, clear controls once familiar, hugely flexible sound and amp control.

    Cons: Syncing bluetooth and Pandora took time as is the formatting and file config for the usb drive inputs.

    KDC-X798

    Written by: Luis from vineland, nj on May 8, 2014

    1987 Mazda RX7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    AWESOME CAR STEREO sounds very clear and does what its supossed to do

    Pros: looks great on my car, had alot of colors to choose from and great EQ features

    Cons: the volume is only up to 35

    Good basic do-all unit

    Written by: Carytown from Richmond VA on May 8, 2014

    2003 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good basic unit if you want HD radio, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity. Great add-on to bring an older car up-to-date.

    Pros: All-in-one package. Good value. Siri hands-free compatibility is a great plus. Display color can be customized to dash lighting.

    Cons: Connectivity to iPhone music library and Bluetooth can be a little buggy. Faint digital noise in background, but inaudible in car environment. Display washes out in bright sun.

    Great Bluetooth!

    Written by: Scorpion8 from SouthEast Alaska on May 6, 2014

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

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

    Bought this unit to replace a finicky Pioneer unit that would not connect to my iPhone reliably. This Kenwood does so without any user action every time I get into the car. One touch setup is really great. Sound quality is excellent and the tuner seems to pull in more stations than the previous unit.

    Pros: Easy to install and hook up, and quickly makes Bluetooth connections. Easy to configure, and love both front and back USB inputs (gives you many, many options).

    Cons: Clock is tiny and useless. Display is usually too dim even on the brightest setting during daylight. Clock does not display while unit is OFF, so you have to leave it in Standby.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: Eric R from St Louis MO on April 29, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Its everything I hoped it would be. Love the blue tooth and Ipod and apple products connectivity

    Pros: easy to install and connect to other devices

    Cons: had to study the manual a little to figure everything out but to most people it would probably be easy.

    Wonderful Product

    Written by: Matt from Beckley, WV on April 27, 2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This stereo is great quality and was easy to install. The sound is awesome and all the features are very useful. This is a steal at the price.

    Pros: Easy to install. Great quality. A lot of awesome features

    Cons: None

    Excellent sound

    Written by: Jenn from Las Cruces, NM on April 25, 2014

    2013 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Sounds great. Digital radio.

    Pros: Powerfull

    Cons: Cant be set to automatically switch to digital when available.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: Mzbankz from Las Vegas on April 21, 2014

    2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Had it installed a week ago and so far so good, had no problems connecting it to my satellite radio and cd changer.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Excellent!!

    Written by: silvabelz from Flushing, NY on April 19, 2014

    2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    What can I say about this product that isn't already in the description? It's an awesome radio!! All the things I wanted in an aftermarket head unit, except the high price. The tuner grabs signal quickly, even the HD stations which sometimes take a little longer to tune in. Setting up the Bluetooth for my phone, and my wife's, was as easy as can be. Plenty of power to drive what I'm listening to, whether it be classical, metal, or something that needs a little more bass like hip-hop. I haven't even gotten into all the things that it's capable of, like playlist selection or streaming audio from iHeart Radio or Pandora. Can't wait to do those!! The rear USB connection is a real plus as it gives me an extra, dedicated input for my iPod while leaving the front for my wife and kids to plug their stuff into. All this and $50 cheaper than the most comparable radio with the same features. All in all, I love this unit and I've been a dedicated Kenwood user for at least 20 years. I would have considered going with a different brand if they offered the same things for close to this price...but they don't. Install was easy using the provided kit and instructions. Why pay for someone else to do what you can do if you know how to use a screwdriver and some electrical tape? The only problem I have is now I'll need new speakers to really make this system sparkle!! Thanks, Crutchfield for selling me a really great product!!

    Pros: Clear sound Many audio options and multiple USB inputs Bluetooth built in HD Radio built in Multicolor display to match your interior Simple to install

    Cons: Can't find any yet...don't think I will either!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Written by: f from Brewster, New York on April 16, 2014

    2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This Receiver was very easy to install, with Crutchfield's adapter kit for my Jeep GC. The deck has a lot of bells and whistles, and is very cool to use Bluetooth capability with my IPHONE (Calls, Music, etc).

    Pros: Ease of installation and use. Powerful full bodied sound quality

    Cons: None that I can think of ...

    easy to install - just as Crutchfied said it would be

    Written by: Chris S. from North Olmsted, OH on April 7, 2014

    2007 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have a hearing loss, so don't expect me to say "the tweeters are like this" or "I now get great mid-tones." No - my simple reason for upgrading from my factory radio was Radio Hall-of-Famer John Lanigan retired at the end of March. Another station changed formats. So - my listening choices on my drive-time decreased. I like all kinds of music! My local radio palette is dull and does not deliver - there's too much pop and classic rock... and commercials. BT-paired with my iPhone 4S, my choices have increased. I have options - the built-in HD Radio, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Pandora - you gotta love it! This receiver maximizes my choices.

    Pros: Maximizes Listening Choices Fits your budget Increases storage (1 DIN only) Easy to install with Crutchfield kits - especially when following instructions Good value Changing colors in display

    Cons: Is it all things to all people all at once? Who cares - works for me.

    Good value

    Written by: JLM from Jackson NJ on April 6, 2014

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

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

    Nice unit. Has everything you could want and a few things more.

    Pros: Good features. Fairly intuirtve controls afetr a few reads and playing with it

    Cons: Tuner could be a little more sensitive, better but I realize all the radios use basically the same chipset. Often switched from stereo back and forth especially on AM.

    Great Bluetooth Connection

    Written by: Anonymous from Martinsburg Wv on April 6, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bluetooth is easy to connect.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great stereo

    Written by: Jason from Portland, OR on March 28, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great stereo with all of the bells and whistles. Comes in at a nice price point with a good balance between function and fashion.

    Pros: Price Function Features

    Cons: The display is a little on the weak side and why i dinged the coolness factor for 1 star. Otherwise no cons.

    KDC-X798

    Written by: rj from SoCal on March 9, 2014

    1993 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Wow! Quite a CD receiver for the price. Not the most powerful output for its price range, but it has excellent separation, clear output, and enough EQ controls to tame most environments. Controls are very east to navigate and adjust. Dual USB inputs rock. The display is great. Not too much info or other useless garbage displayed. Won't drive you nuts when driving at night. The full specs can say it far better than I. This one is a keeper.

    Pros: Easy to control/adjust Very nice minimalist display (many display options) Good equalization controls Easy install Great stereo separation Nicely made (excellent fit and finish)

    Cons: Missing the kitchen sink

    Details

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 manual

    • 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

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready