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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Kenwood Excelon quality in your dash

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994 CD receiver is ready to take on a starring role in your car's dashboard. The 5-line LCD display makes it easy to find tracks in your digital music library, while the iPod® click wheel-style interface lets you fly through menu options with ease. Built-in Bluetooth®, powered by industry leader Parrot, offers the extra convenience of hands-free calling and audio streaming when paired with compatible devices.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994 CD receiver

Digital enhancements for beautiful sound

Kenwood's Sound Excellence feature offers audio enhancements designed to give you the best possible sound in your vehicle. Highway Sound optimizes your music so it can be better heard over the road noise, while the Supreme+ feature improves sound quality by enhancing the frequencies in your digital files that get lost during compression.

KDC-X994 rear panel

The Digital E's crossover feature allows you to trim some of the lows out of your front and rear speakers, and adjust the low frequencies going to a sub, so your equipment plays more efficiently. If you're building a full system, the three sets of preamp outputs send a strong 4-volt signal to your amps for superior sound quality and lower noise levels.


Easy iPod controls

Built-in iPod controls

Kenwood makes it easy to use your iPod in your vehicle. You can control your playlists and albums with the receiver's direct iPod controls, while the multi-line display shows off your artist and song info in clear detail. Grab the big jog dial and skip through your files in 10% jumps, or search alphabetically — the choice is yours. Plus, your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

Hook your iPod to the receiver's USB input, and you'll bypass your iPod's digital-to-analog converter, allowing Kenwood's superior 24-bit DAC to make your files sound their best. If you're not using an iPod, you can load up a thumb drive with MP3, WMA, and AAC files and connect it to the rear USB input. You'll also find a rear auxiliary input for MP3 players and other audio sources.

Add even more options

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Connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X994, and enjoy the mix of news, sports, entertainment, and commercial-free music. Kenwood's HD Radio™ tuner lets you access the superior fidelity and extra programming offered by participating stations in your area.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • fold-down, detachable face with 5-line LCD display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Sound Excellence DSP (5-band equalizer, iPod EQ, Highway Sound, time alignment, Digital E's crossover)
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connection cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio, CD changer, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    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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    No
    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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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    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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    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    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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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote (with installed CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery)
    • External microphone (with attached 10' cable terminated by a male right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Soft fabric face case
    • USB connector bracket
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Two 0.25" mounting screws
    • Two 0.5" self-tapping screws
    • One 0.5" machine screw
    • 2 Wire-ties
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM (ver.1.0)
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • 3 Correction notes
    • Warranty Card (US/Canada)

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Overview: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs, built-in iPod operation, Satellite and HD Radio controls (with optional tuner), CD-changer controls (with optional CD-changer), as well as AAC/MP3/WMA playback. The unit also features built-in Bluetooth communication for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone. In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc.

    Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD Display: The eXcelon KDC-X994 features a full-dot, multi-line LCD display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable contrast (0-12). The KDC-X994 offers the following display modes.

    • 5-Line: Display 4 to 5 lines of text.
    • 3-Line: Displays 2 to 3 lines of text.
    • iPod-Like: Displays iPod source information only.
    • Spectrum Analyzer: Display a line of text and the spectrum analyzer.
    • Clock Display: Displays only the 12-hour clock.

    Variable Illumination: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 features variable display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 10 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 10 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (Red, Green, or Blue: 0-9). The display and button illumination can be set to the same color or set independently.

    Illumination Effect: This function sets whether the headunit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key operation and volume level.

    Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Text/Title Scroll: The eXcelon KDC-X994 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a "Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio or HD tuner (both sold separately), a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using the optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately), or an audio setting. This allows you to have instant access of your favorite Radio station, telephone number, iPod playlist, or audio setting from one list on the headunit's display.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Display Off: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off".

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 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-X994 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    3-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X994 features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).

    Amp Off: You can turn the KDC-X994's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the headunit's preamp outputs.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 6-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or Off
    • Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the position and size of each speaker are select from the following items.
      • Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under Dash); Size: (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"); Tweeter (None or Use)
      • Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row; Size (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5")
      • Subwoofer: Size(10", 12", 15", None, 6-1/2" or 8")
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers, and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over: The Kenwood eXcelon headunit provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); or you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); Phase (Normal/Reverse); or you can also select full-range

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings using the 5-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
    • 5-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to adjust the following 5-Band EQ (62.5Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, 16kHz) settings.
      • Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
      • Bass Effect: Enhances the bass response of Band 1 (62.5Hz).

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,  Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can select between 0.00 to 5.58 feet for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, Left Subwoofer and/or Right Subwoofer.

    Audio Preset: You can register six audio settings into the unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting, Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    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.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, USB, and connected External Device).

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X994 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Tuner Presets: The eXcelon KDC-X994's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name. RDS features an emergency transmission function that interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you are not listening to the radio.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner  and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2, sold separately).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    Satellite + HD Radio Note: You will need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching Unit (113KCAS220, sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD Radio Tuner to this headunit.

    Disc Playback

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The eXcelon KDC-X994 can play AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters.

    Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme+ Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme+ Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood eXcelon KDCX-994 features Scan (track/file), Random (folder/disc), and Repeat (track/file/folder) playback modes for your CD and music files.

    Music Search: The Kenwood eXcelon AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your AAC/MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the headunit's rotary knob.

    High Speed Search: This function allows you to continuously scroll up or down your track list at high speed.

    Direct Music Search: You can search music tracks and files directly by entering the track/file number using the include wireless remote control.

    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 Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    Off Eject: The eXcelon KDC-X994 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    USB Port: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port on a 39" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. The KDC-X994 provides Scan (file), Random (folder) and Repeat (file/folder) playback modes, as well as Folder, Track, High Speed, and Direct Music (via remote control) search modes. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-X994 is powered on.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: The KDC-X994's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X994.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to the KDC-X994, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.  If you select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-X994, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's clickwheel/touchscreen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played (Related Search). In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.
    • Information Display: The KDC-X994 will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X994 will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display iPod MODE).
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X994 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    AUX Input: The eXcelon KDC-X994 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KDC-X994 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.1+EDR) and is compatible with Bluetooth hands-free calling, as well as Bluetooth wireless music streaming. The KDC-X994 supports the following Bluetooth profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), SYNC (Synchronization Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile). Your Bluetooth enabled device must be paired with the KDC-X994 before hands-free operation or music steaming. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the Kenwood eXcelon headunit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    • Bluetooth Hands-free Communication: The headunit supports Bluetooth's Hands-Free Profile  communication. The controls of the KDC-X994 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The KDC-X994 can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with visor/pillar mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. Using the KDC-X994, 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 25 digits.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X994. Up to 1000 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. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
        • Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
        • Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
        • Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
      • Call Waiting: You can answer another incoming call with the current call suspended.
    • Bluetooth Audio Players: The headunit also supports Bluetooth's wireless Audio Streaming Profile  and Bluetooth's Audio Control Profile. These features allow you to wirelessly transmit music from your Bluetooth compatible cell-phone or portable audio player to the KDC-X994 so you can listen to and control your stored music files through your vehicle's audio system.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit Kenwood's web site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: The eXcelon KDC-X994 comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, and external device functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    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 unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X994 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.

    Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with Windows Vista.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent head unit

    Written By Woody, Duluth, MN on Thursday, November 03, 2011
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    Great head unit overall. The minor issue of the radio presets and deeper menu structure for some features is heavily offset by the overall quality and features of this system. I loved it so much I was going to order a second one for the Mustang I just picked up, but Crutchfield doesn't carry it anymore, so I had to buy the one step lower model with only a 3 band EQ vs the 5 band EQ on this unit.
    Pros:
    The built in Bluetooth is very handy. I hate driving with my phone in my hand, and often skip calls due to this. Having the Kenwood with built in Bluetooth has made it where I can take the occasional call while I drive, without ever taking my hands off the wheel. The sound quality is also excellent. I installed it with four Kenwood 6x8" 3 way speakers and no external amp. Sounds great in my Crown Victoria!
    Cons:
    Some features require digging deep into the menu structure. While the one Ipod like jog wheel is handy for navigation of songs, doing something simple like changing radio presets is complicated, and quite honestly, if there is a way to switch between presets without using the remote I haven't found it yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By Julian, Bryant, AR on Friday, May 13, 2011
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    Bought this expecting a small difference in sound but I can't believe the what
    comes out of my stock speakers... They sound awesome!!! I am very
    impressed with the sound and more impressed with tech support. I was
    getting a popping sound out of the speakers when I switched sources and was
    informed that I had a ground problem and was sent some noise isolators and
    now everything is A-OK. Bluetooth works excellent and I love the autoconnect
    feature, you don't have to yell and sound quality is very good.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Works as advertised!

    Written By rayesc, Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
     
    I bought this unit for the built-in bluetooth capabilities for, obviously taking calls, but even more importantly, streaming music from my Droid. Here is my review:

    Pros:
    - Pairing and connecting was quick and effortless.
    - Had music playing from phone within a minute
    - Call volume (both ways) is good.
    - Tuning out echo was easy.
    - Long mic cable for placement as desired
    - Display color customization with sliders

    Cons:
    - USB cable is kind of short, would have loved to mount it near light switch on left side of steering wheel.
    - After pairing with a friend's phone the HU "lost" my phone's pairing and had to remove all devices from HU and restart Bluetooth on my phone. I'm not sure if this is the HU's fault or the phone's. Either way, it's an annoyance that I rarely have to worry about.
    - Display color is not quite right. I would have thought that through testing Kenwood would have found the right shade of the BMW amber display, but the HU color is too orange too match. However, you can tweak the colors manually and after a while was able to match it. Would have been cool to match out of the box.

    I recommend the HU for anyone looking to stream music from their phone or to use a USB source.
    4 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    second excelion purchaced in 12yrs.

    Written By timetronix, nw PA on Monday, March 07, 2011
     
    Great one piece does it all head unit. Only reciever brand with a crossover and makes anything sound 1000 times better. Expandability and compatability with no restraints. A true audiophiles dream. The dual illumination setup; buttons and diplay independent, and light show to music make this very simple looking reciever the best excelion by kenwood ever. :)
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By rcweb, owatonna mn on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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    wonderful great sound easy controls was told it wouldent fit in my car but it slid right in no problem.love kenwood
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome Unit

    Written By Raymond, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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    As many have said... this unit has one heck of a learning curve. Once you get the hang of it, it's super versatile.

    Sound quality is excellent and the DSP setup is very cool. Highly customizable.

    Bluetooth works with my Samsung Epic 4G Android phone flawlessly: hand free calls, contacts, MP3 streaming, internet audio, Pandora, etc.

    The display is nice, but a little hard to see during the day due to reflections.

    Overall though, this unit has exceeded my expectations.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the price

    Written By Ol' Beaks, Raleigh NC on Monday, February 21, 2011
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    I shopped for quite a while to find a stereo that was under $250, had built-in bluetooth, and good ipod/iphone interaction. This stereo hasn't disappointed me in the least, and I'm enjoying learning new features each day I use it.

    The good:
    The unit has tons of great features; the customization options of the display is good; the colors can be changed to match your interior, and the LCD screen can be positive (text glows) or negative (background glows, text is dark). The built quality seems very high, and the rotary dial has a nice, quality, click feel to it.
    Phone integration is great. It doesn't have a problem with my iPhone 4 over bluetooth, and the phonebook integration is good; incoming calls that match an iPhone contact show up on the screen. The ipod functionality is very good, and it charges an iPhone4 (but not enough voltage for an iPad). Streaming bluetooth works find via A2DP, and next/previous tracks work like you would expect. The audio customization options are incredible, and I have no idea how to tune the different options, so for the moment I'm keeping things flat and un-modified.

    The bad:
    Several reviews indicated problems viewing the screen during bright daylight, and I found this to be somewhat true, but by modifying the color of the LCD it is tolerable. This isn't a deal breaker for me at all. This is the only negative that I can think of for this product.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST!!!!

    Written By ChrisP, Land O Lakes, FL on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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    I bought this not only for all the great features, but how nicely it seemed to work with my iPhone. I not only purchased the head unit but I wanted to install XM and HD Radio, but the product you need to connect both is discontinued and out of stock. Customer Service has been great throughout the whole process, however it would have been nice if they told me this very, important to me, bit of information.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood

    Written By David, St, Louis Mo. on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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    Very cool, lots of extra features that we will have to learn but over all the sound and the quality of this Kenwood stereo is exceptional.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood 994

    Written By superjohn, woodbury,mn on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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    No glare issues if u change print letters to black and the fun colors to the fill in colors. Sound is great, Once u figure out the buttons its perfect. I would recommend this unit. blue tooth works well.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Understated, professional design

    Written By db, Iowa on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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    I wanted an aftermarket head unit for playing music off of a USB drive, but I HATE the look of most aftermarket units with their childish "flashiness." I wanted one that was as close to factory-looking as possible, which also meant it had to have color-matching lights.
    This model satisfied both of my criteria.
    The USB and minijack inputs are on the back of the unit so you can hide them in out-of-sight places (I rigged mine in my glove-box [minijack not included]).
    The sound quality is excellent as far as I can compare, and it has an impressive variety of parameters to match your vehicle's acoustics as best you can.
    Complaints:
    1) You can't sort music by genre when playing off of USB. Thus, I divided them into folders. You CAN NOT enable folder-random and folder-repeat at the same time.
    2) My poor car has to start in temperatures as low as -15F. At these temperatures, the display lags badly. When it scrolls, it's just a blur, no character distinguishable until it warms up. I don't fault this unit because I imagine most aftermarkets are like this. I guess they're just not built as well as factory head units.
    3) Speaking of scrolling, there is a setting to disable auto scrolling. I disabled it because I think constant scrolling looks cheap. I have it set to manual, but it still insists on scrolling all of the time.
    I still recommend this unit.
    1999 Chrysler 300M.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    new & improved

    Written By Mel R., Santa Monica CA on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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    I have a vintage car & for the last nine years it had a Kenwood AM/FM/cd player with a motorized faceplate. Last month, due to a fatal moment of absent-mindedness on my part, I shut off the ignition key while the ejected cd was still protruding from the unit. The motorized face plate began to close, I saw with horror what was occurring and quickly pulled the cd out as the face plate closed. Unfortunately, I was too late, the face plate would never open again. I didn't feel like spending $$$ having a ten year old unit repaired, so I gave Crutchfield a call once again, as I had purchased from them before.
    Elvis , who obviously hadn't left the building, was very helpful navigating through my choices for a replacement unit which would fit in the space I already had for the old unit in the car AND feature a matching plug for the already installed wiring harness. I was disappointed that Kenwood no longer offered a model with a motorized faceplate, but this was more than made up for by the much improved audio settings on the new Kenwood unit. Being able to even adjust the advanced audio settings to make note of the five inch speakers in the front door panels and the four inch speakers on the rear parcel shelf improved the sound quality in the car tremendously. The audio in this car has never sounded so good as it does now. It was a bit of a chore getting the 'user' settings to ultimately obtain the background color on the display panel, and it could use more brightness.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice!

    Written By point, California on Friday, February 11, 2011
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    Wow! looks great- easy install into my Tacoma using the kit & harness supplied by Crutchfield. Bluetooth hook up was too easy - no glitches - connects every time - if for some reason you turn your phone off the kenwood will start to flash and tell you the connection was broken - music streaming is seamless - sound is great! -- you can tailor the sound to your liking - 5 band EQ - built in x-over- under the Detail set up you get to specify what type of vehicle you have - kinda like your home reciever set up- you can specify what type of speaker size and the placement in your vehicle - the 22w rms makes the stock speakers sound better then I ever imagined they could. buy it! buy it now! you won't regret it -
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    4 out of 5

    nice

    Written By Par, Michigan on Friday, February 11, 2011
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    Installed this head unit in place of my Pioneer deh 4900ib. Looks and works great. user interface takes some getting used to, but is easy to operate after a couple days of use. Everything operated superbly. sound quality is excellent. Blue tooth audio quality could be better. uses the ancient fat32 file system for the USB but that's alright. All things considered this was a good buy for an upgrade.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome upgrade

    Written By HappyCamper, Montgomery, AL on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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    Easy install; Crutchfield provided great install hardware, support, and instructions. Sound is plenty loud and crisp through my premium stock system. Bluetooth is flawless for phone or music streaming through my iPhone 4. Bluetooth mic works loud and clear.

    Navigation through the menus is easy to learn; intuitive.

    One month of use and going strong; no complaints so far.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    KDC-x994 - Great product, but not without its flaws

    Written By CurtC, GA on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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    I purchased this Head Unit to replace my factory stereo in my 98 F150. The features that sold me where the ability to match colors to my dash and USB playback. I never intended to use the built-in CD player. The optimization controls available result in an exceptional sound, which makes its few flaws bearable. Those flaws include...USB playback isn't nearly as feature rich as when using an iPod. Searching through folders is limited to two tiers and the random playback (Shuffle) works only within the current folder being used. There is no random playback for all loaded music files loaded on the USB drive. So if you have thousands of songs as I do it makes "shuffle" mode almost useless. The display is slow to respond as well making browsing a real tedious task. There is no ability to skip letters of the alphabet to make searching more user friendly. I've tried using "Kenwood Music Editor" (down-loadable on Kenwood's web page) with no luck. It simply does not work for me. Another setback is the display is easily washed out in a bright environment. It doesn't have to be "direct" sunlight to make it VERY hard to read the display. Any bright day will cause me to strain to view ANYTHING on the display. I miss direct presets too, although direct presets are available on the included remote. If it were not for the highly configurable sound options resulting in terrific sound, I would have sought another Head Unit.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good but not great

    Written By Bob, Honolulu, HI. on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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    Excellent sound - operationally for family members not good.
    Changing radio stations is a multi-step process and one that could get you in an accident if not paying attention.

    BT phone contacts directory -- Having to press and hold the button to get the alphabet, then scroll through each letter for the list of contacts, is painstaking. If you forget to hold the button down for a couple of seconds, the unit takes you to a different menu and you have to start over.

    Software does not allow you to move line by line through the contacts alphabet as stated in the instructions - software bug.

    Simply too many steps and menus - menus are convoluted but something you can eventually get used to. Most non-sophisticated users will not like the way the radio is missing preset buttons for selecting radio stations etc.

    BT audio for phone calls seems good, and the IPod interface is nice, although at times you must re-connect your BT audio devices especially if one device is used for audio and another for phone. For some reason the unit does not save the settings correctly ex: BT audio will show the proper device but you must "reconnect" it via the menus.

    As others have stated, the face has a high amount of glare and the daytime brightness of the display could be much better.

    Audio performance is excellent even with stock speakers.

    Will need to consider keeping or backing down to a more standard, simpler unit.

    Crutchfield sales and support has been excellent !!
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy

    Written By Vic, Chicago IL on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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    I bought the x994 to replace the pioneer Radio that was in my 89 Blazer, So far I Love it,
    Everything works Great, and it sounds loud and clear!!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    The Best Bang for your Buck!!!

    Written By J.C., Jacksonville, NC on Friday, February 04, 2011
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    Overall, this is an great stereo with excellent capabilities. I purchased this
    stereo to replace the aging 6-disc stereo in my 2005 F-150. This was the best
    priced unit with the features I wanted: Bluetooth, iPod controls, 6-channel
    preamp outputs ( 2-volt front, rear, and sub), and Sirius/XM hook-ups.

    The controls are somewhat tricky to learn and some phones don't like to sync
    with it via Bluetooth (DroidX), which led me to rate this at 4/5 stars.
    Otherwise, the Bluetooth phone reception is crystal clear, the iPod controls are
    great, and the satellite radio works like a charm.

    Sound quality seems great to me, although to be fair, I replaced the factory
    speakers with Kenwood 5x7's during the same purchase.

    I will probably end up buying an identical unit to put in wife's Subaru Forester.
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    4 out of 5

    Good head unit, some fancy features, but lacking for today's digital m

    Written By mmark27, Madison, WI on Friday, February 04, 2011
     
    This head unit is very nice, the A2DP bluetooth streaming works very well, the bluetooth call quality is awesome. There are so many options in this head unit, its really nice and confusing at the same time. Be ready to spend some quality time with it to get it sounding just right. The adjustable colors are awesome and you can easily find a version that matches your interior.
    Problem 1: The address book is limited to 1000 contacts that it can download. if you have any sort of new phone like an Android Evo4G, you most likely have well over 1000 contacts. If you do have over 1000 contacts, it doesn't download the first 1000, it just stops and you get sporadic contacts downloaded. LAME
    Problem 2: The USB playback works best with FAT32 formatted flash drives AND, this is very important, it is limited to only 255 folders total and 4 levels of directories. That means if you have 60 GB of music, you have to jumble them all together in similar folders, etc. I like to have all my music readily available, and I'd like to have it all in their proper folders, but alas you can NOT with this head unit. Kenwood should really release an update for this to expand the number of folders. DOUBLE LAME
    Problem 3: presets are impossible to recognize with the proper names and can't be changed.
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    4 out of 5

    Fantastic unit with a few minor flaws

    Written By Paul, Northern, NJ on Friday, February 04, 2011
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    The first one I got was DOA, but Crutchfield was quick to get a new one out to me. I installed it in a 2003 Jeep Liberty.

    *PROS*
    -USB Player- Threw music on an thumb drive I had lying around. It's like having an mp3 player built in. I recently just ran the Kenwood Music Editor to create a database of music and that just adds more functionality. It makes CDs obsolete.
    -BT Calls- Just ran the wire through the dash and around my windshield up to the rear view mirror. I can hear the person on the other end fine and they say they can hear me clearly.
    -BT Audio- I was surprised to find my android phone (HTC G2) could play audio through the bluetooth connection.
    -You can really customize the look by changing the colors of the display and buttons individually.

    *CONS*
    -Display in direct sunlight is really hard to see.
    -The bluetooth menu has a way to go through your phone book or dial, but it's slow and takes more attention than just dialing on the phone. The included remote is better because it has numbers.
    -I would have liked to have quicker access to the random/repeat functions for the USB player.
    -AM/FM Radio would be better if the favorites were easier to get to.
    -Radio reception left some to be desired. I got static more consistently with this unit.

    *OVERALL*
    This radio was what I expected. I didn't want to spend this much for a radio, but wanted the built in bluetooth. It's exapandable to work with my wheel controls and satelite radio so it's a work in progress.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Wicked nice deal...

    Written By John, Boston, MA on Thursday, February 03, 2011
     
    like the setup, like the detailed adjustments, my speakers sound way better now, wish the color matched my BMW interior lighting better- the orange color is a bit off from the signature BMW interior lighting, can't wait to setup my subs and amp next...its gunna pound
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    5 out of 5

    It's B! E! A! UTIFUL!

    Written By JR, Florida on Thursday, February 03, 2011
     
    i should've bought this sooner! The sound is so clean and it bumps my KCF-W3012s PERFECT!!!! It looks beautiful, it sounds beautiful, ITS BEAUTIFUL!! I had to change my pants the first time i heard it.... its that good. buy it! thanks crutchfield for the free install kit, good price, and fast shipping too! you da bomb!!
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Satisfied

    Written By FrankB, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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    Great price for a unit with Bluetooth and Ipod functionality built in. Love the variable color display, however it is hard to see during the day time. No buttons for your FM presets so that requires a couple clicks to get where you want to go.....still haven't figured that out yet. Ipod mysteriously comes on while listening to the radio and i have to hit the source button to go back to the radio. I think my battery is dieing in my Ipod. Otherwise, it is a great stereo with plenty of power and the small remote is easier to use than the head unit itself.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By Tex, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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    Excellent radio. I got the package right on time and with everything I needed to install. With the included instructions, install was a breeze.

    Pros: Sound quality is Excellent, Colors are really cool, unit is very customizeable, Remote control makes up for lack of any buttons on the HU.

    Cons: BT doesnt work well with my phone, an HTC EVO, Menu's can be cumbersome and you can get lost easily, Faceplate is a bit difficult to reinstall, but I'm sure it will get better as my "feel" for it improves, for some reason I thought this had HD, but that needs another adapter.

    Overall: fantastic unit, would do it again.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Buy... I bought two

    Written By DL and PS, Miami, FL on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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    I initially purchased this x994 as a christmas present for my girlfriend because her Eclipse's factory radio did not feature bluetooth hands free nor A2DP streaming. She drives a convertible, so we and placed the microphone on the steering wheel column. All I can say is.. when she's driving at 60mph and has the top retracted on her car, windows down, I can hear her via bluetooth just fine.
    The audio quality for music and A2DP streaming is miles better than the factory Rockford Fosgate system. We used the SWI-JACK as one of the crutchfield advisors recommended so she was able to retain her steering wheel controls to use with the x994.
    I was so impressed that I bought one for my new truck. No regrets.
    There are tons of features in this unit, and we love its minimalist look. We had some issues with the wiring of some parts, but Crutchfield tech support walked us through the tough parts. The face plates look like OEM. Best of all, those things were free when we ordered our radios. Can't beat this radio or crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Works great with Droid Incredible

    Written By EricC, Oklahoma City OK on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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    I was a bit nervous after ordering this because I read about some Bluetooth compatability problems. I'm happy to say everything works perfectly for me right out of the box. I didn't have to update the BT firmware or anything. I purchased this with a Sirius connect package and the Kenwood translator unit. Easy to install. The included wiring harness was perfect for my 07 Corolla. Just match up the wires. Each wire on the harness was color coded exactly the same as the included Kenwood harness. Finally, the dimmer doesn't seem to work properly although it is wired as per the instructions. This doesn't mother me enough to deduct a star - you can still manually dim the unit. I spend a lot of time in my car and I can't believe I waited this long to get BT connectivity for my phone. I'm no audiophile but the unit still sounds great to me thru the stock speakers.
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    4 out of 5

    Quite Pleased

    Written By Rdub18, Houston, TX on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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    I purchased this deck to put in my 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The style and
    tunable color palette fit seamlessly with my interior.

    Pros: Install was a piece of cake, you can absolutely do it yourself!
    Functionality is very good with many, many adjustments you can make to your
    sound field. The internal amp puts out enough power for 6.5" speakers or smaller
    and the deck allows you to customize a crossover, to use the tweeter or not, car
    type, placement and spacing of speakers, speaker size, etc....You can do most
    any type of sound changes with its many options. Some complain about not being
    able to see in direct sunlight but I've not had that problem.

    Cons: Probably has too many options to tweak and a non-audiophile can get lost
    as to whether the 10 things you just changed made the sound any better, worse or
    still the same. Backing up 7 steps out of the menu to change the volume in order
    to assess your changes often ends up in you forgetting what (or where) was
    changed in the first place. Also don't like how the faceplate has no preset
    buttons to just hit '1' and go to your fave radio station.

    Overall: very please with the deck. I have it piloting my four 6.5's and a RF
    amp with a RF 10in sub and I love my stereo. I hope this helps.
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    4 out of 5

    WOW!!!

    Written By Clorox73, Seattle, Wa on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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    Great product! I wanted quality bluetooth audio and iPod control and thats what I got! I would
    have given the X994 5 stars but the unit wouldn't connect via USB to my Droid X sd card. It
    works via bluetooth but sound quality is comprimised though it still sounds great. My Ipod
    sounds incredible, the 24-bit DAC on the Kenwood makes a big difference. I hope they fix
    the Droid X bug!
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    4 out of 5

    Easy installation, Works with all my devices, sounds great!

    Written By Melissa C, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
     
    Pros:
    *Bluetooth audio sounds great and connected to my Droid X easily. My music starts up just a few moments after I get in the car with my phone.
    Play/next/prev works perfectly with default music app, pandora and other music apps.
    *Easy to answer/end calls with the interface. Bluetooth mic sounds great on the other end
    *USB stick reads track names and folders, lets you navigate easily
    * Boyfriend's Ipod touch connected instantly, easy to navigate the albums
    * multi-color display can match just about any interior light or play cool rainbow effect
    * thoroughly customizable displays - can be separately configured for each input

    Cons:
    *Bluetooth connection requires resetting occasionally. re-set always fixes the problem but requires that I re-configure my display settings.
    *Bluetooth does not always show the track names accurately (with my Droid X).
    does not affect music playback.
    *If you like to jump around between your favorite radio channels often, it takes 2 clicks plus scrolling to choose a favorite station.
    * By default, bluetooth audio only goes to the front speakers, this is easily fixed by going into the advanced bluetooth settings.

    Overall this is a fantastic HU! I am glad I chose this model over the model without BT, because The USB connection will not work with my phone, but the BT connected perfectly. I have combined this with the Motorola Droid Car dock for hands-free, convenient music, navigation and calling.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome Deck-Love the ipod and Bluetooth

    Written By Ray, Bakersfield, Ca. on Sunday, January 23, 2011
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    I purchased the KDC-X994 to replace a tired Alpine that was ten years old. Installed it into a 2005 Ford Ranger. Overall it's an awesome deck. The blue tooth hands free calling works very nice. I also replace the four factory speakers with Kenwood KFC-C6893PS 6"x8" 3-way Speakers and used the Boom Mats.

    I expected a little more bass but overall it really sounds good and I' am pleased with the sound. I tried it with and without the boom mats in one door, with the boom mats it seemed to have a little more base and response, besides with the BM's installed it will help protect the speakers from the elements.

    The KDC-X 994 has plenty of volume, just lacks a little base. A healthy amplifier would help. The ipod function is really cool, changing songs is really fast and it displays the title and artist. I tweaked the audio settings to my ear and it sounds really good, so take time and play with all of the audio settings. There have been a few comments on here about the display washing out and being hard to see in sunlight. I have noticed this while driving at different times.

    My first time shopping and buying experience from Crutchfield was very pleasant. Shipping was four days from VA to Ca. and it was packed very nicely. Everything was included for the installation and documentation was great. I will definitely buy again from Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Bang for the buck!

    Written By Richard L, Rockford, IL on Friday, January 21, 2011
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    Crutchfield is top notch as always... customer service is the best in the industry.

    I installed the kdc-x994 in my Mercedes to replace the factory stereo and it looks, sounds, functions and performs excellent. First off, I would like to say Mercedes are one of the more difficult cars to install a stereo in. Thanks to Crutchfield's knowledgeable staff, my stereo arrived with all the additional equip needed to remove the factory stereo (Including removal keys) and install my new one.

    Total installation took 3 hours only because I am very particular about every little detail, like soldering the wire harness together, hiding all the wires the CORRECT way and so on.... over all the installation went smooth and fast.

    Everything is very easy to operate. Some people complained about the Bluetooth set-up with an iPhone. This took all of 3 min to set-up my 3GS iPhone. If you are an avid iPod user, the controls are very simple. Works like an iPod. Settings are like an iPod...etc.

    I am very satisfied with this purchase and stereo! I highly recommend it if you want iPod controls/Bluetooth/CD/Tuner all in one stereo. Everything sounds great on my MB Bose system.

    No Cons :)
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    2 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By DanielC, Columbia, SC on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
     
    I bought this HU because it had the built in Bluetooth with audio streaming. I have to say I was less than impressed. For being Kenwood's top of the line receiver it had less customization then my older Kenwood HU. I was able to get the HU to stream Pandora via my cell phone but it work intermittently. The worst part was I could never fully pair the HU to my phone to take advantage of the Bluetooth Calling. You would think having one of the most popular cellphones currently made (HTC Droid Incredible) that the unit would play nice with my phone. It doesn't. After sitting in my car for 3 hours waiting on the stupid phone book to sync and still no luck I started calling for support. Kenwood support was nice but they couldn't help me resolve my issue and I had to return this head unit. If you use a smart phone that runs Android be on the lookout cause it is a major PAIN to get it to work...if it works at all. Decent head unit but not worth the hassle to fight with it to get it to work.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Receiver!

    Written By Ryan, Erie, PA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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    I bought this receiver for a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the factory premium system still installed. I keep the factory Infinity speakers and with this receiver they sound amazing! The iPod controls are great and the built in DAC really brings out great sound. The sound controls for car and speaker size were a huge help and made it sound even better, plus i was able to keep my steering wheel controls with an adapter. Overall, this receiver sounds fantastic and I would definitely recommend it!
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    4 out of 5

    Some limitations - overall high quality

    Written By PeteK, Cary, NC on Sunday, January 16, 2011
     
    I purchased two of these and installed them in my 2001 F150 and 98 Volvo S70. I downloaded the manual from the Crutchfield site. This was indespensible in learning how to program the units 18 FM memory stations, BT, and learning to use the iPod functions. In the F-150 the unit is mounted near the top of the dash and the display gets washed out a bit. You can adjust the light intensity and color (I found color 6 to work best).

    At night the brightness needs to be reduced. in the S70 the unit is mounted in the middle of the dash and glare / sun wash out isn't a problem. Overall sound quality is excellent. Using the remote allows easier navigation than using the on screen dial method.I am overally very happy with my purchase of this unit for both cars. On a side note I installed a Pro-Fit vehicle specific mount purchased through Crutchfield. It holds my iPhone securely on the dash.
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    4 out of 5

    Good all around

    Written By Josh, MA on Sunday, January 02, 2011
     
    Good package. Simple to install with the great gear from Crutchfield. The features packed into this head unit are amazing. The design is sleek and looks good in my WRX. Navigating all the menus takes some time to get used to. Having had multiple iPods, however, the interface was pretty straightforward to understand. I still haven't set tweaked all the settings, but the factory settings work well. Bluetooth took a bit to get connected to my iPhone, but I am not one to read manuals so I may have missed a step or two when I first tried to pair. Overall, great for the price.
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    2 out of 5

    Beware the Glare!

    Written By Jon, Nashville, TN on Friday, December 31, 2010
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    Great radio but the glare is beyond awful! Too bad too 'cause I really like the features of the radio. During the day, and maybe it's just my car (a Pontiac Vibe), I can't see the display at all--even after messing around with all the display settings. I even tried an anti-glare protector from my smartphone--still no good. At night it's really sweet. But I'm just about to rip it out and send it back for the KIV-BT900 or the lower-end model, KDS-X794.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Vastly improved iPod control!

    Written By Mad Mac, Moorpark, CA on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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    Hed a BT-838 for a couple of years after being a long-time Pioneer user, and had been
    very disappointed in Kenwood's iPod (lack of) control to the extent that I went over to
    using the AUX input and operating the iPod directly. I saw this unit and decided to try it -
    MUCH better. The iPod can be directly controlled from the remote and is very easy to
    navigate. Add in the improved Bluetooth fine-tuning options, versatile display, and this is
    an all-round top-class unit. Installation was 'plug and play' as I was replacing another
    Kenwood. Kenwood has now got it right.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome HU!!!!

    Written By Tommy C, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, December 16, 2010
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    If you're someone like me, who likes to tinker with your electronics and get them just the way you want them to be, then this is perfect for you as it is extremely customizable. Display options, sound settings, pretty much anything you could possibly wish to change, are there. My favorite though is probably the ability to change the color of the display and keys. I wanted a HU that would look like it belonged in my car, and I found it here! I was able to customize the display and keys separately to perfectly match the amber dash lights of my Honda Prelude.

    Also, sound Q is excellent! It has a substantial amount of power from a HU, and there are tons of EQ settings that I really haven't ventured into yet, but I'm sure I'll get there. Right now I'm satisfied with the "rock" preset EQ setting though. Bass is clear and deep through my Infinity speakers, and the mids and highs are very crisp and clean. 200 times better SQ then when i was powering them with my factory HU.

    Bluetooth call quality is great too, and I haven't even changed the settings for that (mic gain, NR level, and echo cancellation). No complaints from anyone on the other end, even when driving with the windows down at moderate speeds (up to 60mph or so).

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS HEAD UNIT!!! If you're like me and like options, and matching your car is a must, then look no further!!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Kicks

    Written By Pitman, Dixon, IL on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
     
    I am really pleased with this unit and the directions from Crutchfield were top notch. It's easy to use and sounds great with my Kicker door speakers and Sound Ordnance sub. Bluetooth works perfect with no complaints from anybody on the other end about echo or distortion. It looks good and the different color lights are a nice touch, but I ended up with green. Even my talk radio on the AM band sounds great!!
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    2 out of 5

    5-sided wheel comes with kitchen sink

    Written By Angry Llama, Cheddarville, WI on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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    Bad unit. Completely NOT user-friendly.

    GOOD: *Excellent* CD sound! Bluetooth connectivity, sound quality (according to people I talk to), and process of answering a call is very nice.

    BAD: *Every single action requires minimum: push button, wait for slow interface, turn dial to find selection, push button, wait 3-4 seconds, selection activates. Operating this unit while driving is akin to texting while driving. Both saving & using preset is distracting. Menus are labyrinth-like. Some options are found in both "main" menus and learning them is difficult & non-intuitive. Scrolling feature that displays artist, radio station, etc. is *barely* readable and cannot be considered a "feature".

    UGLY: HD Radio is all hype. The cost to add HD radio is a complete bust. AM talk radio sounds awesome but FM music stations sound bad- *huge* disappointment. SMS is an abomination on this unit. Searching directory does not work. You'll have to scroll through 200 names to get to "#Tom" or "#Tracy". When a message arrives on your phone, the unit flashes "SMS RECEIVED" until you push the button. When you push the button, it should take you to new SMS text received, right? Wrong. You must proceed through a corn maze to get to that message.

    VERDICT: This design is a train wreck. The bad overpowers the good. This model/lineup is Kenwood's attempt to reinvent the wheel. Unfortunately, a wheel doesn't have 5 sides and a kitchen sink attached to it.
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    4 out of 5

    Frustrating install but worthwhile

    Written By Bob, MD on Sunday, December 12, 2010
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    Installing this product in a '03 VW Passat was a challenging first installation. The PAC instructions/unit were confusing. The PAC VW2 unit has bundled wires for Nav, Steering Remote which made the installation confusing since I needed to pull a Red wire from the Bundle to connect to the Red in the radio harness. This became obvious only after a Sunday call to Crutchfield: thanks guys! All told, this probably took about 8 total hours to install between the wiring harness, and confusing pocket instructions. Suggestion: don't mount anything until the radio works (call Crutchfield Support if all seems hopeless). The Kenwood manual needs better instructions about how to set-up the radio. Once installed, the products is Great; especially after setting the Source changes not to Beep.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound, a few minuses

    Written By RP, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, December 07, 2010
     
    Great sound quality and adjustments for just about everything. Spend a little extra on good quality speakers, take the time play with the audio settings, and you won't be disappointed. The remote is very convenient. Blue-tooth call quality is great once you find the right location for the mic and complete the adjustments. Just experiment a bit. Being able to stream audio from your phone via your own files or a service like Pandora is great. No wires required. In the not so great category is the lack of voice dialing - the on-board phone book is cumbersome, but you can dial from your phone and the receiver will automatically connect when you make a call. I do not like the high gloss display. It is impossible to see at times of the day. Kenwood could have done much better on the display. Consider the KIV-BT900 multimedia version of this unit without the built in CD player if you won't play CDs in the vehicle.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice unit, supports my iphone 3gs well

    Written By Dan G, OH on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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    Installed this in my Toyota Camry XLE using the harness to utilize the factory
    AMP and also bought the HD tuner.

    Total installation took just over 2 hours (taking care to hide cables to the HD
    tuner/mic for cellphone usage etc).

    Overall, v happy with it.

    iPhone Compatibility:
    I had some problems initially with the USB connector and my Iphone 3gs that was
    on OS 4.0.1. The recent ios update (4.21) works great, however. I love the
    direct control feature (finding songs from the unit interface is painful).
    Streaming internet music is great.

    Bluetooth audio streaming is a great backup if USB fails.

    Bluetooth calls work fine.


    Interface:
    Still not a huge fan of the interface/rotary control... but within 2-3 weeks
    you'll be used to it. Radio tuning is awkward, seems poorly thought out.
    Initiating calls from the H/U address book is also awkward.

    Display is kind of boring and I wish it would keep displaying the "what's
    playing" info when you change volume instead of showing volume as a big number
    then taking a while to change back.


    HD tuning:
    A let down, probably because my Camry's diversity antenna can't be used... AM
    reception is poor now (reduced range), FM is just ok.


    I wanted a unit that worked well with my iphone that I could control directly
    while being able to charge it, it met that need so I'll give it 5 stars. The HD
    radio was a last minute purchase, it works, just not that well.
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By Brad, Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, November 06, 2010
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    I'm disappointed in this unit and considering returning it. Primarily I bought it for the strong preamp outputs and my happiness with a previous Excelon head unit. Overall it's fine, but my two major problems with it are:
    1) I don't have the level of control over tailoring the sound as I did in my previous Kenwood unit.
    2) When playing music off a USB drive, there is no "random all" feature! There is a "random folder" mode, so if you want to be able to randomize the entire drive you have to put everything in one folder (which defeats the purpose of folders). This is a deal killer for me! (You can do "random all" in iPod mode, but I don't use an iPod.)
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    4 out of 5

    A few shortcomings, but very much a great deck

    Written By TalonDarkfire, Flowood, MS on Friday, November 05, 2010
     
    I actually liked the look of this deck before I even started researching its capabilities. I found it has one of the highest RMS Power Outputs (22 Watts) of decks its price and even most of those more expensive, to which Crutchfield says that's what you look for, so I resort to their advice. iPod sound quality is incredible - I didn't think I could get iPod sound that good but it certainly plays it quite well. Just make sure that when you import your CDs to your iPod that you use a high quality format. The color change display is awesome. I had intended to match my car at first, but the default is a variable color that cycles through all the colors and have found that I really like it. The equalizer and sound quality control is quite deep, so take some time and patience to adjust the manual equalizer or go on the fly with some of the good equalizer presets (Rock for good full sound, Game for rich bass). Cell phone Bluetooth is easy to use and sounds great - do follow the advice listed in the instructions and place the mic on the steering wheel column for the best reception. I do however wish the X994 had voice dialing.

    The shortcomings come into the following: the display is high gloss and can be hard - if not impossible - to see at certain times of the day; the user interface can be quite tedious if you can't devote your full attention to it; and if you don't eject your iPod or USB before removing it, you'll likely have to reset the deck.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By mooseantlers, Lyman, NH on Thursday, November 04, 2010
     
    First off, ordering the until from Crutchfield was outstanding! I had the unit in 2 days.

    There were a couple of issues:

    A. Verifying that the wiring harness and the GMRC interface was simply to match the colors of the wiring & that was solved by a quick phone call to tech support.
    B. Relying on the basic user manual to help you out. USE THE ENCLOSED CD for the COMPLETE MANUAL. I have an outboard XM sat radio that works great except I couldn't tune the to any of the available frequencies. The complete manual tells you how to manual tune & how to set the preferred color scheme.

    Other than that, it sure seems like a great unit & now it needs to be 'fine tuned'.

    I am happy!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By James, ATL on Monday, October 25, 2010
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    Upgraded from an old Sony in my 1999 Mustang GT. Sound difference is AMAZING!

    Works well with iPhone 3gs over Bluetooth and Ipod connection.

    Here is a little trick. You can play your music streaming apps over the ipod connection by letting an ipod song start. Then pause. Then start your streaming app.

    Not able to view address book. I am able to see incoming and outgoing calls.

    Bluetooth hands free calling works perfectly!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Car Stereo

    Written By Snakeman, Virginia Beach on Monday, October 18, 2010
     
    I got this to replace the stock unit in my 1999 Grand Caravan w/Infinity Speakers. Installation was easy using the adapter wiring kit for my van. I also added Sirrius and HD radio receivers, which necessitated a Kenwood Source Selector module. The interesting part was figuring out where to mount these extras, and how to get the bloody dashboard apart. But all went well, and the system functions flawlessly, and sounds fantastic. The head unit sees and controls everything with no setup needed. Having my iPod plugged directly in is a BIG improvement over the worthless FM modulator I'd been using. The preprogrammed "Long Minivan" audio settings sound great. A custom programming system might technically sound better, but come on, when you are rolling along at 65 ;-) MPH, who REALLY needs symphony hall sound? And as usual, Crutchfield ordering service was fantastic.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By Dan, Lindenwold,NJ on Sunday, September 26, 2010
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    great radio for the price
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By DanJ, Morgantown, WV on Friday, September 24, 2010
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    Installed the kdc x994 to replace the stock unit in my 04 civic; while I've only had it for about a week so far I'm pretty impressed.

    The BT is great for streaming music and hands free calling. Although getting the hands free settings right is harder than necessary by not being able to adjust the settings while on a call.

    Audio quality is much better, and the audio settings are great with multiple EQs and sound stage settings. Although no doubt I'll be shopping for better speakers etc. now.

    Radio reception is pretty good, I can pick up a station I couldn't get with the stock reciever, but lost one as well. Other long range stations seem to have better reception.

    Oddly enough, the most important "feature" to me was the variable color buttons and screen as I hate lighting that hurts my night vision (such as the ever popular blue) this unit can no doubt satisfy anyone, with an extremely large array of color customization options; and matches my amber dash very well. It can be a bit hard to read in bright sunlight, but the negative display works well.

    Cons:
    I'd like a hard copy user manual.
    Takes a bit long to connect/sync BT.
    Faceplate opens a bit slow for my taste.

    Bottom line: I'm very happy with my purchase, and would certainly buy again.

    Crutchfield:
    My buying/shopping experience was great. First time DIY install and the instructions were detailed and easy to follow, and included everything I needed. Thanks for a pain free experience. I'll be back!
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    4 out of 5

    Recommended and I'm happy

    Written By Royce, Ewa Beach, HI on Friday, September 24, 2010
     
    I chose this to replace an Alpine CDE-9881 deck on recommendation of an audio rep in order to go blue tooth hands-free phoning. I'd say it was a good recommendation. I like the USB connection as opposed to an iPod ready cable because of its sheer flexibility. I probably need to work on tweaking the audio settings to get more high end out of it, but it drives the low end just fine.

    One thing not specifically stated in compatibility is that it will not work with older iPods such as the iPod Mini. However, I suppose that relevation was just what I needed to also upgrade my iPod!
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointed

    Written By Mike, New Hampshire on Monday, September 20, 2010
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    I've had this unit for two full months, and I am less than thrilled. I installed it in my 2002 Audi TT Convertible. The installation was straightfoward, without any problem. The sound quality is fantastic through the Audi's factory Bose system.

    The three issues that displease me the most are:

    1) The loud "pop" that comes through the speakers when changing tracks in USB mode. I've been told there is nothing to stop this. Oh well.

    2) The non-intuitive and clumsy method to search for radio stations. You must go through a myriad of search options and choices before you can actually scan for radio stations. HIGHLY annoying.

    3) Absolutely no AM radio reception. Zero, zip, nada, nyet, nein. I'm a talk radio fan, and I would have never purchased an aftermarket system had I known. Again.....oh well.

    Kenwood had one chance to impress me........I'm not impressed.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By Ken, CT on Saturday, September 18, 2010
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    I got this to replace a Panasonic deck that I put in roughly 3 years ago. I really didnt realize how under powered the door speakers sounded before. The sound controls that are built in are very useful, not just the dumb rock/pop/jazz/etc option. The clean preamp outs for the 2 12" subs and the low pass filter got the bass much tighter, removing the boomy sounds.

    The BT works well enough. As other people have said in their reviews, BT only plays through the front speakers by default. There IS a setting for getting it to play though all speakers, although it is not the easiest to find. I recommend searching the PDF manual. I mainly use the stereo to play music off a hard drive. The USB port on this unit is rated for 500mA. The 120gb portable hard drive I bought for it was supposed to only require 500mA to run (it uses the USB to power the hd). For some reason, the hard drive didn't get enough power from the stereo alone and I had to get creative -wiring in a USB car charger to give it the extra power. Once this was done, it works quite well and sounds great.

    A tip for starting the car if you are using the USB input though: don't pause when the key is set to accessory unless you wait until the music starts playing. If you interrupt the stereo's startup sequence, it will start playing the album this is alphabetically listed first after it finishes the current track. You probably want the Kenwood music editor. It's silly to need it, but it's quick and painless. Format FAT32!
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit replacement for old krc-807

    Written By Hawkeye, Discovery Bay, CA. on Wednesday, September 08, 2010
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    Just what the Dr. ordered read reviews made up my mind and replaced old washed out krc-807. Kdc-x994 worked great out of the box and the install went great. Just the manual should be included as well the cd because now, i well have to print it out on 8x11 paper in large font so this old man can read it! Hooligans rock long live rock!!!!!!!! So don't get fooled again, it plays great and i am probable not going to use the blue-tooth or the hands free phone stuff it's just filler!
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    4 out of 5

    Rate It

    Written By Oklahoma N8V, Seminole OK on Friday, August 27, 2010
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    I purchased online after speaking with Crutch Rep, felt comfortable after getting the low down. Service was exemplary, took a little while with flat shipping but worth the wait.

    Installed myself with the tech support hotline (available till midnight). Took about 2 hours total R&R. Perfect fit and the system works flawless, the bluetooth is the kewlest thing about this system so far and of course the power it puts out, going to upgrade the factory speakers in my 02 TA convertible. The remote is a little weak inside and outside of the car but the hand controls are perfect reach with armrest and shifter. I'll try a new battery but shouldn't this one be new??

    Android incredible loves the kenwood and the color options were a deciding factor as pontiac dash colors are thoughout, the color option on the unit matches my interior gauges perfectly.

    factory speakers can't hold this unit if you like it loud, another upgrade coming soon. remote a little weak compared to another kenwood I had blutetooth, ipod, usb, external HDD options, syncs with the droid fast, hands free mic for cell phones!!

    haven't figured out how to hook up the kenwood keg yet but it should work

    Steering wheel kit is not working but it is a little tricky programing the unit.
    Lastly, Buy the $6 connectors from crutchefield, times have change from electric tape and shrink wrapping.

    Buy with confidence, is the upgrade to the next model worth the screen option only??
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    3 out of 5

    Good sound but disappointing BT and USB

    Written By dansx6, New Jersey on Sunday, August 22, 2010
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    I bought this unit to replace an old Pioneer in a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. I was looking for something that would sound decent (Wrangler acoustics are non-existent), could stream Pandora from my phone and would play music from a drive in the glove box without breaking the bank. The Excelon KDC-X994 seemed to fit the bill.

    First, the good points. The sound is better than I had hoped for. It is crisp and clear, even with the top down and the volume way up. The display can get a little washed out in the sun but it is better than the Pioneer was and the display adjustments are very good. I haven't had any problem figuring out the menus although I don't like the fact that the manual comes on a disk. I like to go through the manual while I am trying the options.

    I have two major bad points that have really made it difficult to give this component more than 3 stars. First, it seems that you can only use USB flash drives up to 32GB. It won't read my 500GB portable drive and the Kenwood tech guys just email me a link to the compatibility page, which I had checked before buying. They have no other explanation. Secondly, the bluetooth won't work with my phone (Droid Incredible). It isn't clear whether this is a problem with the Kenwood or the phone but it would have been nice to know before I bought the Kenwood. Again, Kenwood tech support wasn't any help.
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    5 out of 5

    such an improvement!

    Written By Ray, Indiana, Pa on Thursday, August 19, 2010
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    i have the x993 in my other car. the 994 is basically the same radio, but they fixed all the little problems the 993 had. the annoying knob on the 993 is gone. the 994 is really easy to navigate through now. easy to read display, easy setup, and kenwood basically went through the whole radio and made it extremely user friendly! the remote is a full function remote now, and so are the controls ON the radio. now if you lose the remote you're ok lol. i am extremely pleased with it thus far!
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic

    Written By Ham, Oregon on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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    Installed into my Mini cooper and the color scheme and layout almost match perfectly. Everything appears to work as it should. Bt audio streaming is a great touch when using Pandora. Its like have poor mans satellite radio. Mainly use stereo with my 1.8" external hardrive with my music in the glovebox and could not be happier with the quality.
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    2 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994

    Written By Jim C, Levittown, Pa on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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    I had the radio installed. I was very disappointed with its performance. My old Pioneer DEH-P5100UB made the Kenwood sound dead. I also do not like the lack of an easy way to change your preset stations without going through a menu. I don't know why all or most of the manufacturers have done away with push button presets for stations.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice !!!!!

    Written By Chris, Northern Virginia on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
     
    I bought this unit for the Bluetooth (streaming audio & phone) as well as the iPod controls. I installed it in my 2004 Grand Cherokee Limited with the factory Infinity stereo system and my phone is a Blackberry 9000 Bold.

    The HU downloads my contacts and streams Pandora without issue. Phone calls sound great on both ends. The options/adjustments are endless. I'm not going to list the Pros because I love everything about it. The only two complaints I can suggest would be the display. There is a bad glare during the day that makes the display a little difficult to read. It doesn't bother too much. The other had to do with wiring it up. I had an issue where I couldn't hear audio during a bluletooth phone call. It took several calls and a lot of researching to figure out that I had it wired wrong. Make sure you use the blue/white vs. the solid bllue. Once I changed that everything worked awesome.

    I llike it so much I'm going to buy a second one for my Sequoia!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product, Great Price

    Written By ShakeMandril, Farmington, NM on Sunday, August 01, 2010
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    I now own two of these units and have nothing but good things to say about them. Based on the options for the price, nothing compares. Sound quality is great, adjustability is excellent and ease of use is vastly improved over previous Kenwood units. You can't go wrong purchasing this unit!
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    4 out of 5

    Love the deck, but could use some adjustment

    Written By Harry, Southern Oregon on Friday, July 23, 2010
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    I just installed this head unit in my G35 and love it. The sound quality is fantastic with enough audio options to satisfy whatever tone you're searching for. At first I had it running through the stock Bose system and it left a lot to be desired. Worse than the stock HU, in fact. I ended up running through my GS8000 4 channel amp to Clarion SRU1720m components, with which I'm very pleased. The Hands-free calling feature is very easy to use and navigate. There are a ton of BT options including "MIC GAIN," NR LEVEL," and "ECHO CANCEL." The blue tooth streaming sound quality is severely lacking with music, though. It seems silly, but I love how fast the seek function works when listening to the radio. It's nearly instantaneous when bouncing from station to station. The display is great and matches my interior lights nearly perfectly. It is difficult to read in sunlight due to a glare, which isn't a big deal to me. This is only the 2nd Kenwood deck I've owned. I swore after the first one I bought a few years ago that I'd never own another Kenwood product. But they've come along way and I'd highly recommend this CD player to anyone.

    Crutchfield's customer service and technical support are unrivaled. I ran in to a couple problems along the way with the product and installation, and they were extremely helpful and expedient in getting matters resolved. Thanks Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Thumbs up!!!

    Written By greentrees, Killa Cali on Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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    I've only had the HU installed in my 04 Tacoma for about a week now. This is the 1st install I've ever attempted, with help from the mastersheet that Crutchfield provided; the install was a piece of cake.

    I found Bluetooth easy to set-up, and I've read some complaints about the BT audio only coming from the front 2 speakers but there is absolutely a setting change that enables all speakers.

    As far as the other review saying its not compatible with the 4.0 software for the iPhone, I'm currently running the 4.0 and my HU works fine.

    I've also seen the complaints about the display getting washed out in the sunlight. What I found is that if you change the display setting to a negative setting (meaning the lettering is black and the background is colored) it makes it a lot more visible in sunlight. The indiglo color scheme works best for me. This setting can only be done on standby mode under "diplay n/p" I think.

    Another issue I've read about is the HU having problems reading iPods and CDs even though it's read them before. I actually encountered this problem the first day I had it. It happened after I fiddled with a bunch of settings. I couldn't get any audio out of my iPhone. I think it has something to do with the Bluetooth syncing. So, now I let the BT complete the sync process before I plug my phone in and haven't had a problem since.
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    1 out of 5

    Iphone 3g & 2gs - Does NOT work now!!