You spend a lot of time in your car, so why settle for less when you're buying a car stereo? The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 CD receiver offers a stunning display with variable color selection, Bluetooth® hands-free calling, and built-in HD Radio™ reception. Factor in PANDORA® Internet radio connectivity and a 2-year warranty, and there's a lot to like.

KDC-X995

Plug into PANDORA®

This Kenwood Excelon receiver keeps you hooked up to your PANDORA® stations. Connect your iPhone to the receiver's USB port, and use the receiver's controls to navigate your way through your favorite stations. You'll enjoy outstanding control, including displays of artist, album, and song information on the receiver's screen, along with the ability to give your songs a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down."

Easy iPod controls

You can use the receiver's direct iPod controls to access your playlists and albums, 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 — either way, you'll get there fast. Plus, your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

Bluetooth lets you focus on the road

Distracted driving is a safety hazard. When a call comes in to your mobile phone, the KDC-X995 will mute the music and allow you to take the call without taking your hands off the wheel — it's a safer, more convenient way to stay in touch on the highway.

Superior radio sound

HD Radio stations offer superior sound quality on their AM/FM broadcasts and additional programming on secondary channels. The KDC-X995's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you access that improved sound and extra programming, as well as tag tunes for future purchase at the iTunes® store.

Beautiful, realistic sound

Kenwood's Sound Excellence feature offers audio enhancements designed to give you the best possible listening experience in your vehicle. Highway Sound optimizes your music so you can hear more of the details over the road noise, while the Supreme+ feature enhances the frequencies in your digital files that get lost during compression. You can adjust the timing of your front and rear speakers so it strengthens your music's focus.

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

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an 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.

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes Tagging
    • PANDORA® Internet radio connectivity
    • fold-down, detachable face with 5-line LCD display
    • variable-color illumination
    • 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)
    • receiver bypasses your iPod's digital-to-analog converter for superior sound quality
    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 and CD changer
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

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    Was Ok While Lasted

    Written By WallyHojo, Seattle, WA on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    Lasted just over two years, how convenient for me. During its last legs, first the receiver wouldn't eject the CD. Second it kept randomly shutting itself off. Lastly it came to the point where the receiver didn't even turn on. The wiring was fine, no blown fuses. Might have had something to do with the cold.

    Pros: Sound quality options

    Cons: Display screen sucked in the sun.

    Disappointed

    Written By George, Plymouth Meeting, PA on Thursday, November 21, 2013

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    Sound quality was pretty good, but that's about it. Worked fine until it got cold outside. The radio tuner would load up and you could switch between presets, but no sound was output. You had to wait until the unit warmed up and then shut off the car and restart it to get it to work, simply powering the unit off and back on with the power button would not work. Sent in to get the unit repaired, and the issue was still there. They claimed that they "repaired connections" in faceplate. The unit also developed poor connection between faceplate and rear of unit, where the screen would turn off and reset when using the controls on the front of the unit.

    Pros: Sound quality.

    Cons: Reliability, menu structure is idiotic, and display is not bright enough for daytime use. Washes out very easily.

    nice but expensive

    Written By Boris, White Plains, NY on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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    This is a great receiver that is packed with features. It was very easy to install and set up. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase. It's a bit expensive but I got a refurbished one for cheaper.

    I love the Amp section and the DSP features a very handy but one thing I don't understand is how come you may have just one or the other. If you want DSP crossover you need to bypass the amps. If you want to amps you can't use the onboard DSP. It seems this "feature" is shared across all car receives so it's not just singling out this unit.

    Pros: - The sound quality is superb. - Lots of features. - useful DSP

    Cons: - Navigating the unit is really throwing me off. For example if you want to recall a radio station you have to go to Menu/Stored Radios, then select from a list that has the radio Name but not the Frequency. On my stock radio I used to press button 1-6. - I don't think this receiver can play FLAC music files (WAV works I think) and it doesn't recognize a second USB device if you have 2 plugged in but that's not really a problem. - the screen can be hard to read in very bright sun - pricey

    piece of garbage

    Written By tony, quenns ,ny on Monday, July 23, 2012

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    Horrible radio that broke quickly, than the real fun came in getting a in warranty repair,a real nightmare that's going to be a three week repair time.& 0 sympathy from kenwood, that has 1 repair center for the NYC area that is a real dump.Also the lighting factor on there radios are terrible, you can not see the display at all in the daytime. I would definitely never buy a Kenwood product again!!

    Pros: none

    Cons: Bad screen display in the daytime, front removable panel not reliable had to be replaced in a year, unsympathetic cust. svce.

    Nice upgrade for 2003 Honda Pilot

    Written By Michael, Bossier City, LA on Sunday, June 17, 2012

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    I replaced my OEM radio with this system more than six months ago, including satellite radio and Bluetooth. The main things I was looking for were: add inputs like HD radio; upgrade existing inputs (OEM CD player would not recognize CDs burned with mp3 files); and to be able to have easy control over the different types of inputs. Anything else would be a bonus.

    Overall, I am very happy with it, as it gave me what I was looking for and more. The sound quality is very good - excellent if the input is an iPod. Navigating menus can be a bit frustrating, however, and it would be nice if there were actual preset buttons to quickly change channels - kinda important when you have satellite radio with dozens of channels.

    Hands free Bluetooth calling is great, as it works with my phone and turns down the volume of the other inputs without me having to do anything - important safety feature.

    Pros: Sound quality; ability to control separate inputs with one unit; hands free calling w/Bluetooth; works with steering column controls w/adapter

    Cons: Display is (only occasionally) washed out by glare; mode controller on steering column only works in one direction (have to click repeatedly to get where you want rather than using two up/down buttons - but that's not the radios feature, just what is on the steering column); display "went dark" a few times for no apparent reason (but did not "lock up"); navigating the menus can be frustrating.

    kdc-x995

    Written By john, denver on Saturday, March 31, 2012

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    just purchased a refurb unit and had it installed. The sound is increadible,compared to the pioneer we removed. Also added infinity kappas front and rear, and a powered sub under the rear seat of my 97 F-150. The kenwood paired easily with my cell and hands free calling is very good and easy to use. My first experience with HD radio is the sound quality is better than FM but not quite as good as CD or ipod/usb input. The ipod and usb music quality is excellent, Ive used both ipod and flash drive and the menues are easy to follow and make sence. The quality of the music with this system is crisp and clear, it will not rattle the car next to you but that is not what i am after. the sound is rich and satisfying.

    Pros: sound quality, number of "built ins", bluetooth and HD built in

    Cons: none so far...

    Nice unit, poor visibility.

    Written By DD, US on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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    I bought this for my 2011 F150XL to replace the factory radio since that's all it came with. I liked the Bluetooth, and the usb cable so I could use my flash drive. Sound quality was great with the 4 factory speakers. I ended up sending this back because the display was not bright enough during the day, I couldn't see any readout weather it was sunny or cloudy. I tried everything for almost 60 days, finally I called and asked if I could send this back for a different unit. This is a single din so I went for a double din of a different brand. The Kenwood is a good unit, my truck has lots of big windows so it may have added to the issue, it might would have worked in a vehicle with smaller or tinted windows if I still had one, but I don't care for tinting right now.

    Pros: Easy installation, good sounds, works with many different phones

    Cons: The display is not bright enough or big enough.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By Cookie, Waco, TX on Friday, March 09, 2012

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    Installed in 02 ChevyHD1500. Installation was a snap. I am still trying to figure alt whine. Running 3 MTX amps. No whine with factory stereo but do have with this unit. Was looking for rear USB only and this fit the bill. Iphone 4 & 4S work fine.

    Pros: Easy install. Nice sound tuning. Phone sounds good with external mic

    Cons: No presets. Slight problem with glare on a sunny day. Pain moving through menus. No bluetooth streaming

    Not Very Happy

    Written By BillD, Kernersville, NC on Thursday, February 16, 2012

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    I have had this unit installed now for 2 months. I did a lot of research to find a radio that would give me all the bells and whistles and work seamlessly with my IPhone 4 which it has and it does! PROBLEM(S).. Like I've read about the previous model (the 994) it locks up sometimes. And what I mean by it "locks up" it freezes. If you're cruising down the road at any unknown, no warning you lose ALL control of the radio. Whatever volume level your at, whatever you're listening to (Radio, Ipod, Pandora etc) no buttons work. You can't even turn it off!! Only option is to either shut the vehicle off or flip down the face and reset it with a pin or paper clip. The of course you lose all your settings. It doesn't happen often, but it's a pain!! The "2 year warranty".. Well, you have to send it in to a authorized repair facility at your expense. This means you have to uninstall it and go with out a radio for however long it takes them to repair or replace it. I'm sure other companies are the same but still..

    Pros: All the features I think you could possibly want and sounds great (At least I think so).

    Cons: As mentioned above plus hard to get used to having to navigate the menus. Once you get used to it, you can use the remote and not have to look at the screen too often. I haven't had a glare issue others have mentioned. It's installed in a full size GMC Yukon.

    Its a jeep thing......

    Written By Branden P, York, PA on Monday, February 13, 2012

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    I bought this deck to go with the polk audion door speakers I bought here also.....the pair make unbelievable sound!!! You wont get disappointed with the deck or the speakers!!

    Pros: Coolness factor is amazing....17 different colors!!

    Cons: I should've bought it along time ago!!

    Very nice

    Written By DericB, Central Florida on Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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    Just cannot beat the Crutchfield Install Kit, makes installing Soooooo much easier. The Kenwood works great, much cleaner look than my last radio(Jensen), & so far it hasn't flubbed any. I'll never get a Optional "anything" ever again only built-ins from now on. Great Sound. Not nearly as glarey as previous review said.

    Pros: Great Sound, Easy Install, Smart Display Arrangement

    Cons: Menus are endless but not overwhelming

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By ScottS, Jefferson City, TN on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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    Nice product. Fits my Z3 nicely.

    very nice high quality receiver

    Written By Josh M, McMinnville, Tn on Monday, February 06, 2012

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    This thing does it all. I couldn't be any happier. The display is great. I like the usb and auxiliary ports being in back because it looks alot cleaner not having cords running out of the front of the hu. I didn't think that I would use the blue tooth very much but it really is nice to have. You just can't go wrong with Kenwood and Crutchfield

    Pros: High quality with a two year warranty. Rear usb and auxiliary ports. Variable color five line display looks goooooood. More features than you know what to do with.

    Cons: None

    Good Receiver

    Written By AA, Winter Park, FL on Friday, February 03, 2012

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    Nice unit, but I wouldn't give it a great. Without the remote it is difficult to operate. Bluetooth is great. Had issues setting up the XM module. Once working it works well, but again without the remote it is very difficult to operate. I haven't got Pandora to work yet. I just use the USB option to play Pandora. Sound quality is very good and can be tweaked to your liking.

    Pros: Bluetooth, remote, sound quality

    Cons: Hard to operate without the remote.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By A Stack, Georgetown De. on Friday, February 03, 2012

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    My wife's x-mas present she's very happy which means I'm very happy

    Pros: Great Quality,Sound and the blue tooth is wonderful

    Cons: Time consuming to set up

    Very nice, but some reservations

    Written By DWhite, Ocoee, FL on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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    I like the radio, audio quality is very good and the features for the price are good. Pairing with a phone is easy and call quality is great. Within seconds of starting my truck, it pairs with my phone every time. It plays MP3's from a memory stick just fine. HD radio is great; I hope that format sticks around. I'm not an IPhone person, so I wish it had Android connectivity. I'm sure I can plug my phone into the USB and let it play my music files like it does from the memory stick, but I don't have the right cable and since it doesn't have Android controls like it does IPod, I probably won't bother. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't have radio preset buttons. It has radio presets, but you have to dig down through menus to get to them. You can get to the presets with the remote control, but that isn't quite as convenient as having buttons on the radio itself. This radio only has Bluetooth phone connection, it will not allow music streaming.

    Pros: Lots of features, sound quality

    Cons: No preset buttons

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By wayne c, sacramento, ca on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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    I've been a Kenwood fan for many years, this is by far the best deck they have produced!!! I've seen reviews complaining of no pre-set buttons, but I happen to like the uncluttered look of the faceplate. If you take the time to download the owners manual from Kenwood, it's easier to understand everything much better than the quick guide that is supplied. Most items are set and forget, but you would be better served by sitting in your driveway and geting familiar with all that this deck offers!!!

    Pros: HD radio sounds incredible, BT works very well, easy hook up and use of an i-pod.

    Cons: remote is very small, sometimes has trouble downloading phonebook

    Got this for my wife's car

    Written By as, Poughkeepsie, NY on Monday, January 30, 2012

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    Overall I'm very happy with this head unit. Bluetoooth works great and sound quality is excellent.

    Pros: - Ipod controls - bluetooth - great sound

    Cons: Preset stations are hard to get to without using the remote... There are a lot of menu options to navigate... Glare can be a problem, but through trial and error with the MANY different color options I was able to find something that worked for her.

    Great Product at an Amazing Price

    Written By Jim, Williamsburg, VA on Monday, January 30, 2012

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    Unit was incredibly easy to install, and works perfectly. Thanks to Crutchfield for the very clear instructions and accessories. Bought this unit specifically for the rear USB input and pandora streaming. iPod integration works wonderfully, as does bluetooth phone audio. Only drawbacks are the inability to switch between iPod and pandora without touching your iPhone, and lack of support for bluetooth text messaging. Overall, a great unit that I would buy again.

    Pros: REAR usb support, bluetooth phone support with external microphone, fading color display is a fun touch.

    Cons: doesn't read text messages out loud. Have to handle phone directly to switch between Pandora and iPod mode.

    Kenwood KDC-995 receiver

    Written By Doug H., Westminster, Co. on Monday, January 30, 2012

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    This is a great looking and performing unit. I haven't had time to use or learn all of the features yet but look forward to getting more familiar with it. I am more than happy so far with the purchase.

    Pros: Large variety of color settings and graphic settings. Removable face plate. Remote control. Great sound & looks.

    Cons: All my previous auto receivers have had separate bass & treble adjustments. I am still trying to get use to the graphic equalizer. Might like it better when I get the feel for it.

    Can't have everything, this was close

    Written By JJR, Houstion on Sunday, January 29, 2012

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    I started my weeks of research wanting a professional looking non-dvd headunit that didn't look like Vegas on my dash.  Unfortunately that is not an option without sacrificing technology (BT, HD, IPod, etc.) or spending $$$$.  I really wanted to go with an Alpine or Pioneer either digital media or cd player.  However Alpine doesn't have amber illumination to match my interior and while others offer various color illumination.  After exhaustively looking I narrowed it down to Pioneer's Media Receiver (7300 or 8300BT) and Kenwood's CD receiver (X995) with sound quality, technology, preamp sub control and under $500 being priorities.  In the end I chose the kenwood bc it has a 2yr warranty, more wattage, built-in HD, built-in BT, rear USB input for stealth bulkhead install in my center console and a CD player to boot.  It was close bc the Pioneer had 8 EQ bands (vs 5 with the Kenwood) and I really like Pioneer.  But I couldnt resist the x995 bc it was a very technolgy-packed headunit for the price.  In addition I don't have room in my coupe for all the additional modules and wire-routing required to add 'optional' technologies.

    Pros: Despite the listed Cons, they are trivial to me given I now have hands free phone, HD radio,  great preamp sub signal and 5 band EQ with many fine adjustments..well under my planned budget.  Install was easy and sound was significantly better than expected. BT was easy to pair w iPhone4.  Callers have no issues hearing me (no gain adjust needed). Callers impressed with lack of bckgnd noise heard while driving. Microphone is located on the headliner edge above the rear view mirror

    Cons: Face plate giggles upon pressing the knob/buttons. Color settings allow keys/buttons to match my BMW amber interior, display amber too light. Dislike the glossy face, glare is significant. Best option was setting (POS1) display to show full screen lit with txt black during day and when my lights are activated it displays opposite. Presets could be easier to access. Best method I found was to set seek mode to scroll through ur 18 presets using >> key/button on face

    Kenwood KDC-X995 in Dodge

    Written By Dave P., Arizona on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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    Easy Installation, Nice Radio, full featured if the ad-ons are used for sat-radio.

    Pros: Menus allow full customization and preferences. Well done.

    Cons: Memory presets are ackward, and take to many steps to get to other selections. Have to take your eyes off the road to change selections.

    X995

    Written By Dave, Dover, De on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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    Overall tis is a nice head unit, it has a stronger and tighter bass because of the 4V amp output. The FM reception is of good quality and much better than my old alpine 9855 unit, the CD is not as clean but it is close. It is a must that you read than reread the owners manual to take advantage of all the nice features this unit has to offer. The display is sometime hard to read in sunlight but there are several display adjustment to help reduce the glare. The USB playback is also a nice touch. Overall I say this is a good product to buy.

    Pros: Stong and tight bass, solid feature bundle (Bluetooth,HD radio and USB listening)

    Cons: Sunkight Glare

    Great Replacement Radio

    Written By WoodGuy, Spotsylvania, Va on Monday, January 23, 2012

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    A Lot of features for the price, an excellent warranty and terrific customer service. If you have any doubts about whether you Explorer has a factory subwoofer, call tech support BEFORE ordering so you get the correct cables.

    Pros: Lots of features. Looks great.

    Cons: Could use more than the 'quick start guide' for documentation.

    Radio

    Written By Rich, Texas on Thursday, January 19, 2012

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    Radio works well. Sounds great. Only complaint is I can't see the display in bright day light

    So Far So Good

    Written By SwissFreek, Olympia, WA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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    This stereo has everything I need. Works great with my iPhone. Being able to control Pandora from the unit instead of screwing with the phone is nice. The search function works really well, too. Others have had issues with glare. I do not. This is probably largely dependent on what you drive. I have an '07 Xterra, so the stereo is mounted pretty close to vertical, fairly high in the dash. I'm a tall guy so the angles probably just work out right. I set my display to orange so it matches the dash of my truck, and I think that helps, too, since it's one of the more visible color settings. I also saw it on one of the reviews somewhere that Pandora won't run off an iPad. Maybe that was under iOS 4.x or something, but I can confirm that this unit DOES in fact work just fine with an iPad. All the functions including Pandora, iTunes, Netflix, etc. work. Obviously since this unit doesn't have a screen you'd need to switch to "iPod by Hand" mode to get video to work, but that's a minor annoyance. Charges the iPad, too! Also, others have said that Bluetooth does not turn off when the radio does. In my experience it takes about 10 seconds after the stereo turns off for the BT to disconnect from my iPhone, but it does in fact do it. Perfect device would be this head unit with HD radio and DAC bypass, but combined with the display of the KIV-BT901.

    Pros: Lots of functions Great price for the features Works great with all iDevices Color match to your dash HD radio sounds good BT sounds good and others tell me it just sounds like I'm on a headset

    Cons: Sometimes quirky when you start it back up (either says "Check Device" or loads in "iPod" mode even though Pandora is playing). Easy to fix, just turn on the phone and open Pandora and it kicks back in properly. This is probably the fault of the iPhone closing Pandora in the background, and only a minor annoyance. Occasionally crashes completely and restarts (have seen it a few times when switching between two different iOS devices). Again, only a minor annoyance.

    Solid Stereo... Could use some tweaks...

    Written By ChrisH, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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    Installed this in an 2001 MB SLK. Handled the install myself using the supplied Crutchfield sheet and harness. Worked great except for pops in between tracks on the USB stick or iPod. Crutchfield quickly sent out a ground loop isolator which solved the problem. Kept the factory Bose amp and speakers.

    The good - Sounds great! Much better than the factory system, HD Radio is a plus as well as iPod integration. Hands free BT works well from an audio quality standpoint. Another plus was being able to adjust the color to match the rest of the dash illumination.

    The not so good- Menu's are frustrating to navigate at times in part because there are a lot of options, but not laid out well. I'm a technology consultant and frequently test products ranging from TV's to Stereos and PC's and many Smartphones. I generally can navigate most new devices very easily and quickly but even after a few months I still find myself referring to the manual on this guy.

    The other irritating feature is the BT sync to the phone. It goes through this "downloading"procedure every time you start the car and it can take several minutes sometimes. During this time you have limited access to things. I understand that once in a while it will need to refresh the phone logs and address book between the stereo and phone, but when you are in and out of the car 20 times a day it is frustrating beyond belief. Once a day would be fine or find a way to make it faster.

    Pros: Great sound, easy install

    Cons: BT phone sync needs work, confusing menus for audio controls

    Remarkable Radio

    Written By Richard B, Davie, Fl. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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    The KDC-X995 is a remarkable radio. I am a big fan of Kenwood products and this one is no exception. It has everything I wanted in a radio. I am thinking about trading my car in this summer on a new one and the radio is staying with me.

    Pros: It does everything that Kenwood advertises and it does it well. Easy to program and navigate to options and menus.

    Cons: Had a minor problem with the bluetooth when first using it. It would recognize my phone but would not pair with it. I tried an older phone and it finally paired with it and when I tried my original phone it paired with it also. Kenwoods tech support gets a two out of a one to ten rating.

    Very dissapointed

    Written By Richard, Cherry Hill, NJ on Saturday, January 14, 2012

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    Searched and reviewed receivers for weeks before deciding on this unit. It had all the features I wanted at a fair price. Reading the reviews I was concerned about a couple of things. People complained about the unit playing the same songs over and over on "random all" play mode and about no physical preset buttons for the radio and about a cumbersome menu structure. I decided they probably didn't read the manual (which you have to download online - Booo!) and weren't using the unit correctly. Well, turns out they were right. Menu is near impossible to use while driving - very dangerous. Out of 100 folders on one level, each with 5-30 files loaded onto a flash drive the receiver will pick out about 20 or so songs and play them over and over and over and over and over -- every now and again picking a different one just to make you think it's starting to work correctly. I rearranged the order of the folders and files and it still did the same thing. This is the exact same thumb drive with the exact same files that I use in a Sony unit and it will play for days w/o hearing a repeat song. I've been buying from Crutchfield for over 20 years and this is the first time I can remember ever sending something back. But, I've had enough of this unit and good riddance.

    Pros: Most features worked very well. Sounded great. Good build quality.

    Cons: Random play - which is my default listening mode - simply doesn't work. Convoluted and unintuitive menu structure. Lack of physical buttons. Just a pain to use.

    Excellent Deck!!!

    Written By Luke Olson, Eagan, MN on Thursday, January 12, 2012

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    I used this in conjunction with the GMOS-1 and the ASWC for my 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. Sound quality improved dramatically! This deck is my third Kenwood the iPod control is intuitive and works just like an iPod. The HD radio is GREAT. I do not use the Bluetooth as my truck already has it installed. EQ is awesome and the crossover is great (I have subs installed).

    Pros: High quality, great ipod interface, color choice is a plus, crossover works great.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By Tom S, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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    This car stereo revives my love of driving and taking the long way home. The power it has is amazing. I never knew the stock speakers sounded so good. The clarity of the HD radio and seeing the name of the artist and song is pretty cool. I only wish it had presets as it is a little inconvenient to change radio stations. You do get used to it, it just takes time. Glad I chose this car stereo. Crutchfield is everything they say and more. I have been a long time customer and will continue for many more to come.

    Pros: The power it has is just amazing. Seeing the name of the song and the artist. I also like the ability to change the display color.

    Cons: Lack of presets make it inconvenient to change radio stations.

    Good HU

    Written By Danb, Hazel Green AL on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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    The HU has a ton of features. You can EQ a great sound from the unit. I will admit it though, it doesn't seem to have a "natural" sound. That's the best way I can describe it. It has more of a digital processed sound, that to me, seems to lack some mid range frequencies (yes, I've tried different speakers). I seem to be EQing bass heavy or tinny treble out of every song. You can turn off the "DSP" (digital processor) but then it takes away the EQ option. It still does sound better than most HU's I've heard. I love the built in crossovers, sub level,5 band EQ, etc. I don't like the number of menu options you have to scroll through to get to some features. AT best they should have put more direct buttons on the remote to access commonly used features with one button press. You can however memorize the number of button/knob presses/turns and key them in fast and it will recognize it. Being so feature rich, there are several proprietary options that I have no clue as to what they do. The owners manual doesn't tell you either. It just tells you how to access them and turn them off/on. If it bugs me too much, I know that one call to Crutchfield will clear it up. I did have an issue with the X995. The remote wire to turn on an outboard amp just quit working. I just wired the remote feed to the 12v switched power supply.

    All in all a great feature rich, good sounding HU. I don't think there is anything out there in this price range that will match it.

    Pros: More features than other HU's in it's price range.

    Cons: Too many steps to access some features. No clear description of features in owners manual

    My iPhone works with my car now!

    Written By SkipSax, NJ on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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    I just installed this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 CD receiver in my 2003 Jeep Liberty. Never having installed a car radio before, I found the Crutchfield people to be VERY helpful when I ran into a couple roadblocks. Everything was easily resolved.

    Although it took me a couple hours to install, it would take me about 30 minutes now that I've done one.

    HD radio is amazing, as is the ability to interface with my iPhone. The hands free calling is clear on both ends - absolutely awesome!

    This unit is great but Crutchfield as a company - even better. I ordered the stuff on Friday just before Christmas and received it the following Monday! There was even an error (my fault) which they correceted by sending a second package. Even that package arrived Monday. Just great.

    Pros: Great Sound. Tons of functions, especially paired with the iPhone.

    Cons: Lots of menus to scroll through rather than individual buttons.

    Awesome sound quality

    Written By ShawnJ, West Palm Beach, FL on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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    The fullness of Excelon sound cannot be duplicated at this price. I returned an Alpine 124 to get this unit and do not regret the decision. I can navigate the contents of my Ipod while listening to Pandora, no issues finding artists or songs except you need to look at the screen while searching - kind of dangerous when driving depending upon placement within the car.

    Pros: Kenwood Excelon sound quality, impressive amount of control over sound once you find the menus

    Cons: over simplified menu system, adjustments to sound quality not covered in enclosed printed manual.

    Loaded with features, and a good price

    Written By david, Southwestern MI. on Friday, December 09, 2011

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    GREAT sound quality, for the most part easy to use. I'm color blind, and have had issues installing stereos in the past. With the install guide from CRUTCHFIELD everything was clearly marked, and had no issues at all. With the features this unit has, and the price you can't go wrong. And with 3 sets of pre-outs it leaves you room to expand later. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth, Decent power, 4 volt pre-outs for future upgrading. With the included wiring adapters installation was a breeze.

    Cons: Would be nice to have an actual user guide (CD-Rom guide doesn't help in the car!)

    Purchased in Nov 2011 for a Toyota MR2

    Written By Scar007, Washington State on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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    Environment: iPhone and 1991 Toyota MR2 - 2 seater, with T-tops and the engine directly behind the passengers (mid-engine). I say this as in an MR2 there is lots of glass and light coming in so it can be difficult in the day to deal with glare. In addition with the engine behind the passengers it can be a little noisy.

    About me: I'm a tech head and love electronics, but when driving I want something easy to use.

    Prior to installing this I had a Panasonic deck and aftermarket speakers, along with a Jabra Cruiser 2 Speakerphone mounted to the visor. The Panasonic was basic and did not have the clarity I would have liked, the same could be said for the Jabra. So when the Panasonic started having issues I thought it was time to spend a little more and get something that could replace both items.

    The primary features I was searching for were Bluetooth and iPhone/iPod compatibility. I didn't want to spend more than $350-$400 and most of the decks seemed to be iPhone/iPod "compatible" with an extra $100 accessory...

    This deck had it all, PLUS HD radio, I did not know what I was missing, but HD radio in Seattle is great!! Some stations even broadcast additional channels that don't have ads, etc. and are in CD quality clarity.

    This is a quality product and I'm now contemplating getting another to replace my factory deck in my Volvo.

    Pros: ***Crystal clear sound for ALL features*** *Bluetooth *iPhone/iPod compatible *USB player *HD Radio *Display info is easy to read/change

    Cons: *The glare took a bit of getting used to, however once I settled on the right display color, it was no longer an issue. Additionally, I could get anti-glare film to put on the display if I wanted to use a different display color.

    Solid choice for my Elantra

    Written By PhilV, Tampa Bay, FL on Sunday, October 30, 2011

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    Good, solid, after-market receiver. Installation instructions were concise and clear. Called Crutchfield's Tech Sup on a Sunday Morning, and got answered on first ring to help answer a minor general question (about airbags). I've bought many items from Crutchfield over the years, and have always been very satisfied.

    Pros: Instructions were nearly perfect (one pair of wires were orange and orange/black, a little confusing). Bought the unit mainly for HD Radio and it's great! Took about 2 hours to put into a 2008 Hyundai Elantra, and Crutchfield's attachments fit like a glove. Finished product looks great!

    Cons: The controls take getting used to. I miss not having pre-set buttons (there are pre-sets, but you have to scroll through Menu). Instruction manual missing from box: I downloaded it from Crutchfield/Kenwood's website.

    Really surprised

    Written By Bobby, Chesapeake Oh on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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    I bought this for my 2006 Mustang and yes the flip down cd works with zero issues. Installed it today and the sound quality is nice. I replaced my Clarion CZ500 which in 10 months went out. My main concern was the sound quality with the microphone wile making a call. The person I tested with said it sounded like I was yelling. Nice thing that there are settings that allow you to change the mic gain, noise reduction, and echo control. I did notice that my infinity speakers and subs sounded better and is more responsive at lower volume.

    Only draw back is the cumbersome use of the settings. There are a lot of setting to navigate. Really wished this came with an instruction manual. Oh well can find that online.

    Good in all aspects but one...

    Written By Ryan, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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    I love this receiver in all aspects but one. I normally don't write reviews, but this one aspect has become so bothersome that I felt I needed to share it with others. When using a USB drive, and selecting the "Random All" setting, it frustratingly randomizes the song list. I know this is supposed to be random, but how on earth can the SAME song be selected 3 times in a row when I have 1400 songs on my thumb drive?!?! While not impossible, I bet the odds are astronomically improbable haha. Driving for 45 minutes I had the same song come on 5 times, and another song 4 times. After taking the drive out and looking at the folder structure it seems like it first selects a top level folder, and then a lower level folders, and so on (until there are no folders left, only songs), and then selects a song. So my issue was that I had a few top level folders with only 1 song in it...so they got played over and over and over again. After reorganizing my folders it seems to help, but then it goes to the next level, and if you have only 1 song in a folder in there you will get that one. It is really quite frustrating to be honest.

    On a positive note, they head unit sounds amazing, and has tons of adjustment options to perfectly fit your vehicle sonically. HD Radio sounds great, CD's sound great, Digital Media sounds great...I would suggest this to anyone with the caveat of making sure to organize your USB drive appropriately.

    Poor display, Slow processor, great sound.

    Written By SoundStream, Tampa FL on Monday, October 03, 2011

    First off I applaud Kenwood for "trying" to put as many features into a radio as possible. Sadly, it operates like a beta version. The display is Wayyyy to dim. I have this installed on my boat and I can't even view the display unless I shade it with my hand. Cycling through the menu is slow and NOT intuitive at all. Who at Kenwood apporved this menu logic tree?

    Maybe they will build a KDC-X996 that'll actually operate like an 'eXcelon' should.

    kenwood cdx995

    Written By rob f, northern virginia on Saturday, October 01, 2011

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    this unit is great! bluetooth, satellite ready, detatchable face, ready to plug in ipod...everything i wanted for a reasonable price. so happy with it. glare is not a big issue...i don't stare at this thing while i'm driving and 95 percent of the time i know who the artist is or what the song is. You have the option to turn the display off so nothing shows on the face (which is what i normally do) so glare issue?...resolved! It has alot of power so my speakers are def louder but it sounds like i need to upgrade from the factory. Overall great unit no issues with the install came with everything i needed.

    Awesome stereo-great price for features!

    Written By Howard L, Carmichael,CA on Thursday, September 29, 2011

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    Installation was easy (it was my first time installing my own stereo), but the only down side is you have to go through the menu options to find your radio pre-set stations and you get a slight glare coming from the face. Also, the instruction manual doesn't go into great detail about the settings. Other than that, the display is great and blue tooth accessability is really user frindly. One you have it all set up you are good to go and you will be so glad you got it!

    Awesome features but potentially dangerous

    Written By mikeI, philadelphia, PA on Thursday, September 08, 2011

    in terms of features for the price, quality of sound, etc. There is simply not a better buy out there. As most of the other reviews point out, this unit gives you a lot for the money. Not sure how other co mpanies are still getting away with making everything an add on module.

    So, why the 3 stars? Simple, really. ... No buttons.

    In my vehicle the radio is down low by the shifter, definitely not a great design. However, with most units you can rely on tactile feedback to select a station preset, switch modes, etc. On this unit you are forced to take your eyes off the road to.perform many basic functions. If your vehicle mounts the radio up high, the quick glance may be acceptable. If not, give some thought to the safety implications of no buttons.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By ed, Atlanta, GA on Monday, September 05, 2011

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    Puchased this receiver because it had everything I was looking for. Bluetooth, HD Radio, Ipod/pandora support, and time alignment. People looking to stream music through bluetooth (I have no iea why you would do this because of the poor quality) need to look elsewhere. The bluetooth synch with my phone is perfect. Very impressed with the time alignment and all of the other features. The only CON I can find with the unit is the glare off of the front. It doesnt bother me so much but I did notice it. This unit might also replace my beloved Alpine 9887 I have in my other car.

    WoW, Kenwood Surprised me....

    Written By Ned, Rockville MD on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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    Ever since I had a car, I have had premium or upgraded stereo. In my previous SUV I had so much put in, the system was worth twice as much as the truck, and it was not a bad truck... I was able to enter competitions and actually win (Thanks to crutchfield.com and some friends at the local audio store). My current car came stock with 14 speaker Bose system speakers but had old receiver which I really wanted to change. Since I am very particular about the quality on the stereo and I have always bought Pioneer in the past, so I was a little skeptical about Kenwood. I figured this unit has all the features and specifications to work with the Bose system and a 10" JL sub woofer(which I purchased from Crutchfield.com less than a year ago) why not give it a try? I installed it last week, and WOW. The sound is so clear and crisp, even at max level. Perfect set up. The bluetooth is very clear too. The microphone is behind my steering wheel, practically invisible and the quality of the calls are so clear that on the other side the person cannot tell I am using a hands free device. As an experienced car audio enthusiast I would recommend the purchase of ground loop isolators. They make a great difference. While you are spending 350 bucks on a nice radio, spend another $25. You will not regret it. (Crurchfield has them) It is an amazing product that has it all, and I definitely recommend it. it has more than enough features to adjust the sound and it actually looks good.

    No Buyers Remorse

    Written By Rhett S., Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    I've had this unit for about a month and I still get excited to drive my truck because of the stereo.

    Negatives: 1. No direct source selection, you have to cycle through them all in order. 2. No preset buttons, menu based presets, I don't even use them. 3. Factory speakers will not survive the power output, wiped out my 12 year old Dodge Infinity separates in two weeks. 4. I knew when I ordered this that there would be glare issues, but that only effects the unit for a short time in the evening.

    Positives: 1.Tons of features to personalize playback. 2. Can do anything with any form of media newer than cassettes. 3. EXCELLENT sound quality. I was going to give this 4 stars, but the sound quality is too good to rate less than a 5.

    Overall, an excellent head unit. Take the time to install everything well, it makes for a great experience. I Love this stereo!

    Outstanding Head Unit

    Written By Desert Fox, Colorado on Sunday, August 28, 2011

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    This is a great Head Unit. I had the prior year model in my Nissan and bought this one for my 4Runner. I plan to use the same model in my FJ. The functionality of the head unit is everything I use and need. The sound is great and it has various levels of adjustments depending how much you want to fine tune it.

    I wish it would have been a little cheaper but the price was the same everwhere I looked.

    Sorry, Pioneer

    Written By Michael, Dallas, Texas on Monday, July 25, 2011

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    I was at a quandry as to which head unit to select for my truck and went with the Pioneer DEH-6300UB first. I did it the hard way, you know (Local store, wire harness, mounting brackets). After a week I had to return the unit because it over-heated and just cut off.

    Before making my next selection I did some more research and discovered that this Kenwood compared to the Pioneer has 22 RMS vs 14 RMS. Big difference!

    The only thing that annoys me is the lack of station pre-set buttons. You must use the menu system to change radio preset. Quality and features more than make up for it though. HD radio quality is, well, I had no idea it could be so clear. Kenwood did a really good job on the display and the amount of information they included, song information, spectrum analyzer and clock on the same screen. The screen has some glare but also has a contrast setting. My windows are tinted so it doesn't bother me that much.

    Spend the extra $ to get this radio, you won't be disappointed. Crutchfield will send you the mounting bracket and wire harness and that will save you an extra $30. Tech support was great too, I had a questions about wire color coding, the guy had my answer about as quick as I finished my sentance.

    Excellent

    Written By PSC, Colombia on Saturday, July 16, 2011

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    Great sound, simple to set and use

    What more could you want

    Written By Anonymous, Broomfield, CO on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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    I dont offer too much feedback on products, but this one deserves the effort. Seriously, this head unit has everything the average consumer could want or need, and even satisfies the more savvy multi-media nerds. I've had Kenwood products for years and always been happy with the quality and durability. This unit is no different. Great funciton with user friendly controlls.

    A well known car audio store quoted me $50 more than crutchfield for the unit itself and some rediculous installation fee. Something about having to rewire the whole car and replacing the fiber optic Bose system in my wife's Benz SLK-320. I laughed as I walked out of the store. With the kit Crutchfield sent me, I installed it in less than 30 minutes and it was plug and play.

    IPod runs seamlessly with built-in controls. We have our entire music library with menus and sortability right at the head unit. In hindsight we probably didn't even need the CD player, but it is nice to have anyway. I was very skeptical about the sound quality and echo from the built-in bluetooth, but it is actually the function I am most impressed with. Even with the top down on the highway, I can't tell if my wife is using her handset or on the stereo's bluetooth. The controls are simple and the integrated phone book is very nice too. She is FINALLY hands free!

    Now I am just waiting for my stereo to wear out so I can buy this one for myself!

    Great Value

    Written By Adam W, Louisville, KY on Thursday, June 23, 2011<