HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready
Excelon Series: The KDC-X996 CD receiver is part of
Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and
delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities,
crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year
warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 utilizes a
24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 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-X996 are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X996 features front, rear
and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs
are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The
front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the
Note: You can turn the KDC-X996's built-in amplifier
off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.
Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order
to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to
set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP
settings include the following:
- Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the
Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each
channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size
Car, Wagon, Mini Van , Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
- Listening Position: 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.
- Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20'
(0.07' steps) 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.
- Speaker Location: You can set the location of your
vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
- Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
- Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
- Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your
Front & Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
- Front: Small, Medium, or Large
- Tweeter: None, Small, Middle or Large
- Rear: None, Small, Medium, or Large
- Subwoofer: None, Small, or Large
- X'Over: The head unit features independent Front, Rear,
& tweeter high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
- Front High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120,
150, 180, or 220 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per
octave (or select Full-Range)
- Rear High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80,
100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per
octave (or select Full-Range)
- Tweeter High Pass Filter: 1, 1.6, 2.5, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180,
or 220 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB
per octave (or Select Full-Range)
- Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level (0 to
-8dB) of the Front, Rear, Tweeter, and Subwoofer channels independently.
- Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal (0°)
or Reverse (180°)
- Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound
enhancements for your car audio system.
- Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA, and 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
- Elevation Level: You can virtually raise the sound
position heard from your speakers; the Elevation Level can be set to High,
Low, or Off
- Space Enhancer: You can set the Space Enhancer to
Small, Large, or Off each setting value indicates the soundscape level
- Sound Realizer: Virtually makes the sound more
realistic using the DSP; can bet se to LVL1, LVL2, LVL3, or Off
- Highway Sound: You can boost a certain range of sound that
becomes hard to hear due to road noise; the Highway Sound level can be set to
High, Low, or Off
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one
of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back
speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:
- EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock,
Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within
your iPod), or User (customized 7-band EQ).
- 13-Band EQ: 7-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB)
for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz,
100kHz, 160Hz, 250kHz, 400Hz, 630kHz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz,
10kHz, and 16kHz.
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store EQ and
tone settings for each source (Disc, AM/FM, USB, iPod, Bluetooth
Audio, and Pandora).
Bass Boost: The KDC-X996 features a four-step Bass Boost
(Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to
make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently
adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one
source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux
Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main
source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front & rear channels. You can
select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear. You can
adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels
(0-35). The head unit's audio settings have no effect on the second zone.
Key Beep: The in-dash navigation-multimedia head unit
provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be
turned On or Off.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 is equipped
with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot) allowing you to make and
receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music
wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. Bluetooth Technology is a
short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable
replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates
in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1
megabit per second.
Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP
(Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired
with the KDC-X996 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five
Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone
can be used at a time).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology,
some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or
may not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996. See
Bluetooth Compatibility List for the latest mobile device compatibility.
External Microphone: The Kenwood KDC-X996
includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation
and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio
quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy
traffic and road noise. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable
terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on
the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting
bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.
The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the KDC-X996 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. The unit also includes and external microphone (featuring
adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while
listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can
switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the
Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard
through your vehicle's speaker and the
caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call
from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to
automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. The KDC-X996 also supports the Call Waiting
function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current
call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
- Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X996, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a
phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6
phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the
head unit's Control Knob.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone
book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
KDC-X996. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50
characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home,
Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in
- 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.
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the
included microphone. You can register up to 35 voice tags.
SMS (Short Message Service): You can wirelessly download a
SMS arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth connected
Kenwood head unit. Up to 149 already read and unread short messages can be
downloaded. You can reply to a SMS by using the head unit's front-panel rotary
knob or remote control to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of
text that can be downloaded or entered. Your cell-phone must support SMS via
Bluetooth for this feature to function.
Note: Do not read incoming SMS or reply to SMS while
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 also
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X996 will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as
Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Random/Repeat. The
head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X996 also supports audio streaming of
music apps (such as
Slacker), but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your
Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.
Note: Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ support Bluetooth audio streaming,
without control or metadata display.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X996 offers the
following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit
- Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your
vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
- Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep/caller's voice
and streaming audio is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
- Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone
from -3 to +3.
- NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the
surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be
set to -2 or +2.
- EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from
-2 to +2.
Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can
receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio
significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound.
AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM
digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and
clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data
such as artist names and song titles.
Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with
HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs
(HD1 to HD3, and analog).
iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's
information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct
connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in
iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the
songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.
Tuner Presets: The KDC-X996's tuner features 3 FM banks (1,
2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 offers two preset
- Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank
giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
- Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to
the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you
recall a preset station without switching between bands.
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.
Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1
(seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset
stations only with each button press), or Manual.
Note: You can also setup the KDC-X996 to search only
HD Radio stations.
Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM
station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 comes ready for SiriusXM
programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its
proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). Visit
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features
of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel list displays a list of all available channels
- Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
- Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title
can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Direct Tuning via included remote
- Song/Artist Alert with visual notification of your favorite songs or
- Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind,
and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
- iTunes Tagging for connected iPod/iPhone
- Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription
is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius
Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted
second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you
can add this unit as a discounted second unit.
The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized
CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-X996 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps),
and AAC (8-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum
number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any
recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.
Text Scroll: The KDC-X996 will display CD text or Audio file
text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto,
Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music
Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music
folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using
the head unit's rotary knob.
Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control
(RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.
Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 features the following Repeat,
Random, and Scan playback modes.
- Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
- Random Play: Disc or Folder
- Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each
music track on a disc or music file in a folder)
Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to
the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the
source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.
CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD
disc. You can choose between two modes.
- CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file
disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
- CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set
this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD discs may be
unplayable even when set to this mode.
Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback.
Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15
seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to
protect it from dust.
USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 features a rear panel
USB (type-A) port that is attached to the unit's rear-chassis via a 35" pigtail. The USB port
enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device
with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is
compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or
FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder
layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files
and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be
charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition
switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996 supports the
PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite
is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer
MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) devices from your PC. When you playback
audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music
Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist
name using the head unit's Music Search function.
System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light
(ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from
Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with
the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
- Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
- Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune,
Aux In: The unit is equipped with a rear panel 3.5mm
minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio
source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The
unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.
- On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected
to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
- On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on
the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when
no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator
function when listening to output from an external unit.
- Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.
Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X996 allows you to select the
source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX,
DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.
iPod Direct Connection: The KDC-X996'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 (113KCIP102,
sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you
have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the
Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head
either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and
charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X996.
iPod DAC Bypass: The USB
connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded
instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the
head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to
110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts
stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
iPod Control: You can choose
to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's
clickwheel or touchscreen.
- Head Unit: The Kenwood
head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists,
Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories
alphabetically (A-Z) or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). In
addition, the head unit offers Related Search, which allows you to
play songs related to the currently playing song. Related Search lets
the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song
list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing
genre, or a album list of currently playing composer. The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of
your connected iPod/iPhone.
- iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the
stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can
also listen to your favorite music apps (such as
Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit
and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's
touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
Pandora Internet Radio Control: The Kenwood KDC-X996 CD
receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service
that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry.
While providing control over the Pandora music service, the KDC-X996 also
displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations
from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically
(A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also
give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists.
- Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood KDC-X996 lets you
playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected
Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold
separately) or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone.
To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the
latest version of the
from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan
account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also
need a Pandora music service account.
- Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The Kenwood KDC-X996
also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your
Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection
required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest
version of the Pandora App from the
Android Market or the
BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be
Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and will need an active Data Plan account
with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will
need an active Pandora music service account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in
Canada and only available in the United States.
iPod/ Display: The KDC-X996
will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are
controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will
display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album
label. If you choose to
operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls,
the KDC-X996 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will