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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

CD receiver (New Stock)

141 Reviews | 4 questions - 18 answers

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Item #: 113KDCX997

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Original Price: $224.99

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 lets you enjoy the latest in car audio entertainment. Built-in HD Radio™ is just one highlight of this top-of-the-line CD receiver, which also plays music from your iPod® and features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Audiophiles will appreciate added features like digital time alignment, a 13-band equalizer, and a full complement of 4-volt preamp outputs, complete with onboard high-pass and low-pass filtering. 

The top of the food chain

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 lets you enjoy the latest in car audio entertainment. Built-in HD Radio™ is just one highlight of this top-of-the-line CD receiver, which also plays music from your iPod® and features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Audiophiles will appreciate added features like digital time alignment, a 13-band equalizer, and a full complement of 4-volt preamp outputs, complete with onboard high-pass and low-pass filtering. 

HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static free. And unlike satellite services, there are no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X997, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

Bluetooth lets you concentrate on driving

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an Android user who's grown tired of your old radio's complicated Bluetooth pairing issues, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology. If you're an iPhone aficionado, the KDC-X997 automatically pairs with your iPhone via USB and gives you full Siri control.

Pair your compatible phone to the KDC-X997 and you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. And the receiver can reply automatically to text messages to let your contacts know that you're busy driving. An external Bluetooth microphone can be placed in an optimal location within the vehicle for improved hands-free communication.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 CD receiver

Use this Kenwood's controls to play your favorite Internet radio stations.

Stream radio from your phone

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora®, iHeart Radio, and Aha™ radio on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

Play (almost) anything

This Kenwood receiver is ready for your iPod, iPhone®, or Android. Once you connect your iPod or iPhone to one of the front-panel USB inputs, you can use the receiver's controls to search through your albums, artists, and playlists. If you store your music on an Android device, you can download Kenwood's free Music Control app from the Android market to enjoy a variety of search and playback features. If your music is on another device, just plug it into the handy front-panel auxiliary input.

You can also enjoy music from your local AM/FM stations or your CD collection. If you're a satellite radio fan, the KDC-X997 is SiriusXM-ready. All you need is a tuner and a subscription to enjoy stations that never fade away.

Multi-line display

The KDC-X997's text display gives you all the info you want, plus you can select display and illumination colors that match your car's dash or your moodt -- your choice. The 3-line display can be switched to a 2-line format with a larger font that makes it easier to read phone numbers, song titles, and source data.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

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

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

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.

Why take away the optional 5 - line display from the 996? I upgraded because of the Android control, but now I feel like I'm looking at a large - print book. I'm 40. This display's text is ridiculously large. Annoying.

dmoynehan, Albany, NY

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
  • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
  • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Cloth pouch
  • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • 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 music files
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri control capability
    • detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line display, plus variable display and control colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 13-band equalizer
    • Sound Excellence DSP with speaker size settings, plus high- and low-pass crossovers
    • digital time alignment
    • 3-level bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora, iHeart Radio and Aha control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB ports
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    141 Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Marc retana from Denver, CO on October 15, 2014

    1996 Mercury Cougar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was absolutely happy with the receiver. I love that it has aux, cd, bluetooth, hd radio, and dual usb...what else could you ask for? While the menus are a little complicated at first, their easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. I'm a musician and audiophile and the pro audio options are just mind blowing. The unit will adjust the sound based on your input on car type, speaker sizes, and speaker location. After you get done tuning that, you can move onto the gain, Q factor, and 13 band parametric equalizer.

    Pros: 13 band equalizer, pro audio setup, dual usb, 3 line display. 6 preouts to run amps for front, rear, AND sub channels

    Cons: I wish the rear usb cable had been a little longer since I had to wire it from behind the receiver to my center console. Ran outta usb cable and had to buy an extension.

    Give some, take some

    Written by: dmoynehan from Albany, NY on July 14, 2014

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

    Why take away the optional 5 - line display from the 996? I upgraded because of the Android control, but now I feel like I'm looking at a large - print book. I'm 40. This display's text is ridiculously large. Annoying.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Quality receiver, tough to read display

    Written by: Dbones from Philly, PA on July 14, 2014

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

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

    Quality receiver with good sound. installed easy and easy to understand how to operate and fine tune. HD radio and Bluetooth work great. It controls my iPod through USB but won't control my Samsung galaxy s5 through usb. My advice would be to check the manufacturer site to see if it is compatible with your phone before purchase. My biggest gripe is that the screen can't be read in direct sunlight. This is helped slightly by adjusting the color and contrast and also by switching the display from negative to positive which inverses which LEDs light up.

    Pros: good sound. fairly easy to use.

    Cons: Can't read the display in direct sunlight. Couldn't control my phone through USB.

    Whole heartedly recommend

    Written by: Phil R. from Mandeville, LA on July 8, 2014

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

    I'll start off by saying that with few exceptions, I'm a serial Kenwood Excelon buyer. This KDC-X997 marks my fourth head unit installed in my fourth vehicle. I have also had brief flings with Pioneer, JVC, and a few other brands but I keep coming back to Kenwood for their rock solid build quality, great sound, and value. The X997 isn't one I'd recommend for the casual listener, as the shear options available can be overwhelming for the average person that just wants to pop in a CD and go, but if you're looking for a single din that has the goods and you have a discerning ear, this one's for you. Having correctly set the gain, crossovers, set the time alignment with a tape measure (yes, I'm that picky about it), and used an RTA to set the manual eq, this unit has brought what was originally a decent audio system hamstrung by a cheap head unit screaming to it's full potential.

    Pros: Build quality, sound, options (13 band eq, crossovers, digital time alignment), the only thing this unit won't do is make you breakfast.

    Cons: single din, not much to look at, setup for an audiophile grade head unit can be daunting if you take full manual control.

    Great head unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Elkhart, IN on May 10, 2014

    2000 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I usually buy JVC but I did some reviews for the best stereo for the price . Kenwood got the best rating .

    Pros: Looks, easy to use

    Cons: None yet

    Fantastic Car Stereo

    Written by: WA from Clearwater, FL on March 23, 2014

    2002 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    An incredible value for a car stereo with HD radio, two powered USB connections, BlueTooth audio and a very well-done hands-free BT phone connection. Ideal for an technically sophisticated audiophile with access to the "Pro" setup. I was able to use the 13-band manual equalizer with my CD of test tones and SPL meter to tame a nasty +8dB spike at 6.3KHz that my speakers have and bring up a -7dB dropout at 400Hz and generally shape the sound response. Suddenly my car became a wonderfully listening environment!

    Pros: HD radio, lots of input, clean look, Pro setup features, excellent BT hands-free, good Android support.

    Cons: Display text selection is a bit limited. When listening to the radio I can't get both the frequency and clock as well as the artist and title. The only option to get the clock also has an annoying "frequency graph" that I don't care about. It is a bit too dim in full sunlight and too bright at night.

    Meh

    Written by: Andrew from near Charlotte NC on March 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have had several Kenwood decks in the past, and this one should blow them all away...but it falls flat. The unit keeps freezing up, and it doesn't respond to any of the buttons...even taking the faceplate off doesn't help, only hitting the reset button. Which means that you have to reset everything like you just installed it....which wouldn't be so bad if I had not had to do this 10-15 times in the last 2-3 months....I'm really wishing I had picked up a Pioneer at this point. Also, while using the USB input for my ipod, it loses sound every 30 secs or so...like it drops the signal or something...Anyway, I hope this helps anyone considering the purchase of this unit. P.S. All my wires are soldered to the harness, not crimped, so I know they are solid.

    Pros: Amazing features for the money

    Cons: Execution lacks quality Kenwood is known for

    Works great

    Written by: Car from Los Angeles on February 16, 2014

    1997 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installation was straight forward. I really like the sound and features. Get all the Crutchfield harnesses for sure. A couple of things I don't like.

    Pros: Cost is great for features you get. Only takes up one DIN slot.

    Cons: You have to manually open the CD door. Input select using remote works differently from unit. Some colors are hard to see in sunlight. Reverse display works better here. If you are using your smartphone as a navigation you can only hear the voice navigation when in Bluetooth mode. This means you can't hear it while listening to music. I guess it you want this feature you have to spend $500 more on a deck with built in navigation .

    First ever Kenwood. Always Pioneer but not anymore!

    Written by: kyle m from GA on February 8, 2014

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I researched head units for about a month. This was hands down the best sounding head unit I've heard. I even compared this to many Alpine andn Pioneer units at another retailer and this crushed them. And the price was outstanding.

    Pros: 13 band EQ, 6V preouts, front and rear usb

    Cons: Too many color combinations.

    Great product, useless review since it's discontinued

    Written by: EricW from Upland, CA on February 7, 2014

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I must have purchased the last one. It sounds great and has a bunch of sound adjustments I'm too lazy to figure out. I set the vehicle type to SUV and speaker sizes and adjusted the EQ, which seems to work great. I'm currently running the internal amp on 6X8 Infinity Kappas and the factory ('02 Explore Sport) subwoofer amp and enclosure with a replacement woofer (Kicker 8" shallow mount), but plan to switch over to my ancient MTX Thunder amps (4300X & 2150X) as soon as I'm finished wiring. This unit pushes the factory sub amp way better than the factory radio did, I'm assuming because of the 4v pre-outs. It's making me contemplate just using it instead of the MTX amp with old JL Audio Pro-wedge dual 10" box, although the 8" doesn't have very good low notes. This radio seems to adequately power the Infinity Kappa's, which makes me not want to hassle with the amps at all, but the speakers are 2-ohms, so I'll go through with it so the internal amp doesn't fry. My main reason for the upgrade was for the bluetooth audio and hands free. It's works pretty good so far, but the USB connection seems to allow more flexibility when playing audio from the iPhone 4S. HD radio sounds great if you have good reception. Not good near the foothills. I would have preferred separate buttons for the presets, but that's only available on lower-end units or expensive 2-din units (with my required features). The one button method isn't so bad. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this unit.

    Pros: Sounds way better than factory radio. Way more audio adjustments than I'll ever use and all the features I was looking for (bluetooth audio & handsfree, three sets of 4V preouts, HD Radio). Made the factory sub/amp (with replacement woofer) sound better. Wireless remote saves a couple menu steps for certain functions.

    Cons: I don't know if it's my phone's problem, but sometimes, if I switch to the next track in bluetooth audio mode, the next song is displayed on the screen, but doesn't start playing. Also, takes a while to link to the phone when powered up. Best to be parked to make any audio adjustments due to how deep they are in the menu and 13 bands of eq condensed into small screen. I wish you could display the clock and something other than the spectrum analyzer on the top line.

    OK head unit

    Written by: BenS from Denver on February 3, 2014

    2004 Volvo XC70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Feels cheap to the touch. Complicated use. However, far better sound than I was getting from the factory unit.

    Pros:

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    KDC-X997

    Written by: Ralph L. from Hawaii on January 18, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this one for the crossovers. It has all kinds of customization capacity. The display options are cool. I use CDs still and like the manual style eject button better than my old one.

    Pros: This HU takes my car audio where I've wanted. I'm real happy.

    Cons: owners manual is online only. does have "quick start" guide booklet.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: DJ from Amarillo, TX on January 18, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this radio after searching through a number of different brands. Settled on this unit after reading about all the options it has. Installed it yesterday to replace my factory unit. It was very easy and the sound is great with my Infinity so speakers. Very easy to setup. I thought it was very intuitive in the use of the controls. Didn't need to look at the manual. This is a great choice f.

    Pros: If you want streaming, multiple USB ports, iHeart radio, Pandora, He radio and blue tooth, this your radio.

    Cons: Can think of any

    So Far So Good

    Written by: Daniel G. from Carleton, MI on January 13, 2014

    2007 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Holding out on a 5 star rating so as not to jump the gun. SEEMS, light years better than its 996 predecessor. We see how the build quality is!

    Pros: Stable functionality

    Cons: None yet.

    Excellent Stereo

    Written by: GregL from Katy, TX on January 12, 2014

    2004 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice sounding head unit with plenty of ports on back for later expansion. I had the bluetooth synced to my iPhone 5 in a matter of just a few minutes - very easy to do. Now once I'm in my car I can make phone calls and receive phone calls hands free. Very nice feature. Head unit has great sound and looks good. Only knock I can give this unit is you'll have to take some time and figure out all of the multiple features this unit offers. Of course, that isn't any different than what you would have to do with any other new electronic you purchase that has multiple features. Buy this and you'll be glad you did once you have it installed.

    Pros: Looks Good, sounds good, lots of cool features

    Cons: Some features not very intuitive to use

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Chris E. from Margaret, AL on January 11, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a very nice receiver from Kenwood. Cool features using Bluetooth. Works great with iPhone 5. Sound quality is good, but fine tuning is a little complicating. So many eq curves and different ways to adjust the sound, it's a bit overwhelming. I will add that I've only had this radio 2 weeks. So, I'm slowly figuring it out. With all that said, for the money, it's a good radio to put in your vehicle.

    Pros: Bluetooth features are awesome! Sleek design as well.

    Cons: I'd say the biggest con is display isn't easy to read in daylight. And maybe a little to many sound adjustments.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Chris from Maryland on January 10, 2014

    1995 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall this head unit was a great purchase and I love driving around just to use it.

    Pros:

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on January 9, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Well priced, easy operation, cool features

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    I would buy it again

    Written by: Brian from Pasco, WA on January 8, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a feature packed head unit as far as single din ones go. Im a month into using it now, an I'm very happy with it still. To get to the presets is a little weird but it works. My iPhone paired up using BT very easily. I can stream pandora and slacker with no problems, and receive or make calls. I haven't found any glitches yet unless you count being slow to reconnect the BT when I get in the car sometimes. But it's very good by my standards. I had a Panasonic that I thought was good this blows it out of the water. The screen is the Achilles heel ( it can be hard to read in direct sunlight) but it's better than most single din units I have seen.

    Pros: Lots of features, It looks good, Works great, Sounds awesome

    Cons: The screen can be hard to read in direct sunlight

    Kenwood X997

    Written by: Mike H from the 4th dimension on January 7, 2014

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

    The ULTIMATE single din head unit......PERIOD (for the $ of coarse).This one has more features THAN you will ever need and ALL of the features you could want.13 band EQ and infinite sound tweaking capabilities.I really like the fact that when I unplug my thumbdrive from the rear port to play from another device and then plug it back into the Kenwood it starts playing the track it was playing when I unplugged it.This HU should be selling for $200.00 more.

    Pros: This rules.

    Cons: 0.0

    Nice Stereo, but don't lose the control!

    Written by: LH from Sioux Falls, SD on January 6, 2014

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall this seems to be a really nice stereo. One of the main things I was looking for was ease of use with audio Bluetooth with my Android phone. That works like a dream and I couldn't be happier with that. Beyond that the controls are hard to use while driving and it takes quite a while to get it set up how you want it.

    Pros: Great Bluetooth streaming. Front and rear USB connections. Large Multicolored screen.

    Cons: Difficult to configure and set up the first time.

    great head unit

    Written by: Ryan from somerville Ma on January 6, 2014

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

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

    great product especially for the price

    Pros: ease of use and sound quality great

    Cons:

    Great Head Unit!

    Written by: Chris W from San Diego, CA on January 2, 2014

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

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

    Exactly what you would expect from Kenwood Exceleron product. Great sound and as long as you're familiar with the volume knob doubling as a control knob (Kenwood's standard) easy to use. The bluetooth worked perfectly both as a music player and making phone calls. Pandora through bluetooth is a great feature. Very happy with this product.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: jtmonroe from Meadowlakes, Texas on December 31, 2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The unit was easy to install with the adaptors provided by Crutchfield. It looks like it belongs in my 2005 RAM dash. With the ability to change screen and control colors I was able to match my dash light colors perfectly. It has a lot of features and plays several different types of media. Two usb ports and it is Sirus ready. I would buy it again.

    Pros: Looks original, multicolor display choices, great sound, easy to install. Good value for the money.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Malcolm Moss from Winter Park, Florida on December 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was comparing this unit with the Pioneer DEH-80PRS. Dollar for Dollar and Value for Value Kenwood Excelon won HANDS DOWN!

    Pros: Great sound quality! I love the 13 band EQ.

    Cons: I DO NOT like the way that you change the radio stations and it is not simple to change them with the remote.

    Kenwood Excelon Car Stereo as a Gift

    Written by: hoanjack from indianapolis, in on December 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this stereo for my boyfriend for Christmas. I needed an affordable, high-quality stereo compatible with iPhone or Android phones with 3 RCA outputs. This fits the bill perfectly. Took a little skill for him to install it, and the features are more than the basic so they're a little challenging to get used to but he loves it! He really enjoys the microphone that came with the stereo sohe can make hands-free calls.

    Pros: Sleek design, iPhone or Android compatible, microphone included

    Cons: A lot of features requires time to understand and get the maximum benefit of

    Excelon KDC-X997 - Major Miata-Bose Upgrade

    Written by: BWags from Narragansett, RI on December 29, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A few months ago I purchased a 2004 Mazda Miata. I loved everything about the car EXCEPT the Bose sound system. The system had plenty of power thanks to 2x100 watt amps, but the sound was totally flat. Thanks to Crutchfield and some other online sources I learned that I couldn't just throw in a head unit and speakers and patch into the existing wiring harness (and those Bose amps) like I had done in other cars because of the funky impedance of the Bose amp. However, Crutchfield said that with the proper adapter a new head unit could make a noticeable improvement in the existing amp and speakers. So I bought the Excelon head unit (single din to add some storage to my dash) and WOW - WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! That Bose head unit was truly a piece of junk that did no justice to the amp and speakers. My stock Bose speakers really sing now. No more muddy base, non-existent mids and flat highs, now the whole sound sparkles with definition.

    Pros: AWESOME sound with great definition and clarity. Incredible adjustability (more than I may ever use). BT works great for my iPhone for calls, music & streaming Pandora. Adjustable colors allow me to match my existing dash.

    Cons: While the cons outweigh the sound quality the following things could be better: As with most units now everything is buried in menus requiring some serious time to learn the unit BEFORE you hit the road (a few more buttons or a second knob would make things a lot easier). Why no radio station present buttons, there is room? No on/off button? Rear USB cable should be removed and replaced with a simple socket on the back of the unit so I can plug in what I want.

    KDC-X997

    Written by: Bill from Tucson, AZ on December 27, 2013

    1987 BMW 635CSI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Significant improvement over stock radio. Not all that intuitive to set up. Had to have technician re-wire and reconfigure to make stop the demo stage at every start up Would not delete as per instructions.

    Pros: Great sound and clarity

    Cons: Instruction manual could be a ton more user friendly. The radio itself could be much or intuitive.

    Good hardware, hit and miss interface.

    Written by: Anonymous from Dallas, TX on December 27, 2013

    2005 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    First, this is a replacement for a more elaborate setup. The sound quality is quite good if you forego the "sound enhancement" tech. Highway sound is at least good on the highway, but it needs to go away at the exits and it lives 4 menus deep. Time alignment and car setup aren't even close to the same league as the audyssey setup the car had before, and I didn't expect it, but it's closer to fisher price at times. The controls are limited, particularly with radio, and are generally unintuitive. One of the selling points is HD Radio and it is hard to navigate or set/use presets if driving. iOS7 phones start at the first song alphabetically every time the car starts even when on random. It will randomize after that or if you skip, but still it's annoying. I still can't see why single din units are stuck in this awful display tech. You can't see it in sun, you can't get the brightness to match the dash (though color selection is good), the dimmer doesn't do much. There isn't a great way to display the clock and you lose one of only 3 lines if you want it on screen. Gripes aside, the Bluetooth sounds really good sending and receiving if mic placement is done well. The 4v preouts are powerful and the signal is solid to all 6 channels of amp. You must turn off the internal amp or you get an annoying buzz/hiss across your preout signal. Fortunately that can be done. If you buy a standalone processor, the internal one can be bypassed as well. Can update firmware.

    Pros: Great 4v preouts x6, really good sounding hardware, can bypass the stuff you don't like. It has the features and sound down well, which is what matters at the end of the day. Firmware is upgradeable and makes a difference in response. This gives some hope for future phone updates. Charger works well front and back - can charge 2 phones at once.

    Cons: Strange choices in menu sequencing and awkward navigation of the menu in general. Interface is generally useless except for forward/back and volume while driving. Even changing source requires a look away from the road. Needs a firmware update out of the box to not flip out with an iOS7 iPhone for Bluetooth calling, but at least you can. This grade of display tech was cool in the 80s. Now stock systems are crushing the single din options. User interface is slow.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Tran from Anaheim from Anaheim, CA on December 27, 2013

    1999 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The sound is one of the best available with tons of custom settings.

    Pros: Sound quality, settings, internet radio interface

    Cons: Menu is complex

    KDC-X997

    Written by: Mark from Oklahoma on December 21, 2013

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A really good sounding receiver, that looks as good as it sounds.

    Pros: Great sound, sleek looks, great features.

    Cons: Operating instructions need more details.

    Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: TheyCallMeBruce from South Carolina on December 20, 2013

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall excellent unit!! Very please with the purchasing. The Crutchfield online sales staff were very knowledgable of the products, their differences, and benefits, and nailed it on the head for what i asked for! The shipping was very prompt. VERY EASY to install into my nissan versa. One word of caution... either disconnect the battery cable (as the instructions say lol) for at least 7 minutes or do not disconnect the passenger airbag connector from the front panel when you remove it. If you don't follow this, you will have a flashing red light on your dashboard and nissan gladly takes $90 of your hard earned money to reset for you after they see your new shiny radio in the dash! Superior sound quality once installed even on my factory speakers witch i have replaced.

    Pros: Excelent Value - lots of bells and whistles for the $$. Fantastic sound quality even with my factory speakers. Lots of audio tweaks to customize the sound to your liking. having 2 usb ports (the one advantage over the alpine unit) is very nice! Siri works thru the unit for phone calls as well as texting, and all other siri functions nicely and even reads back your text messages for accuracy before asking to send.

    Cons: BT features a bit buggy and included radio apps are wireless for android users but require you to connect your apple product. When you connect the apple product the unit switches to usb input automatically and interrupts your current channel / song. Display could be a little larger.

    Excelon = Excellent

    Written by: Dan from Gadsden, AL on December 19, 2013

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

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

    I purchased this for my 5 speed 88 Mustang GT. I wanted a single DIN unit with good sound quality, Bluetooth and a remote due to the radio location. I got all of that and more. The KDC-x997 is loaded with features. First, I was blown away by the sound quality. It was amazing.I really appreciated it having worked in a stereo shop for 8 years. Secondly, The setup was so simple. I didn't even look at the owners manual. It's menu is really user friendly, very intuitive in design. Thirdly, The features... Bluetooth audio and calls (works great with my iPhone). DSP allows you to select the type of vehicle and then the size and location of your speakers. The EQ allows you to select from various types of music or choose a user defined setting. I could go on and on about it... But in conclusion, this unit has thousands of dollars of features for the money. It is just absolutely incredible.

    Pros: Easy to use without having to consult the owners manual. Able to incrementally adjust the color of the display and buttons. Preset DSP accommodates for vehicle type and speaker size.

    Cons: Small remote. It needs to be a little larger.

    About as many features you can pack into single din

    Written by: Brando from Baton Rouge, LA on December 5, 2013

    2011 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall a great unit that allows for a complete custom setup

    Pros: USB in front and rear Ability to customize almost anything from visuals to very specifics of sound quality

    Cons: No easy way to change between preset stations on the radio. It takes multiple button pushes.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Anonymous from Aguanga, ca on December 2, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    All in all it's a solid unit and sounds great. Getting used to the controls was a bit of a challenge and the start up guide isn't supper informative (had no information about the remote control for instance), but once I go the users manual downloaded I was able to make a lot more sense of it. I really like that the there's not a lot of buttons on it so it gives a real clean look to the dashboard, consequently most of the buttons do multiple things and the learning curve was a little steep in figuring all that out.

    Pros: Stripped down look. Great sound quality. Not hard to use once you get used to the functions of the various controls

    Cons: not enough info in the box about controls, especially remote. kind of expensive, but not when compared to similar models

    you will not be sorry

    Written by: mike from minot,mn on December 2, 2013

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

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

    Overall a nice stereo.

    Pros: Lots of custom settings

    Cons: 50 X 4 watts max . its probely closer to 40x 4 max. But they all lie alittle. but its a good unit

    blown away. Kenwood Excelon 997

    Written by: jeff from London,Ohio on November 26, 2013

    2002 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this yesterday. I have just begun to scratch the surface on this head unit. In short, very pleased. My non-amped system (till next weekend) drives 6.5" Focal Access coaxials. The 22 watts output by the Kenwood and the myriad choices available to shape the sound almost make an amp an afterthought. (Well, almost!) The Focals must breath. I would recommend this unit without any qualms. It is that good. It took me 6 weeks to pull the trigger on this unit. Worth it.

    Pros: Plethora of sound shaping choices. An audiophile's dream that does not break your wallet. If you want choice, this is your baby. It will keep you entertained for hours on end just exploring. The Bluetooth is easy. Calls placed are clear through the provided mic. Required no adjusting of gain. Even though that is available. Quality speakers are rewarded. I will not tell you how to spend your money. That is up to you. The money I spent was money well invested. Peace, J

    Cons: Difficult to navigate the multiple levels of this system. There is no road map. Requires a high degree of patience. Worth the effort.

    Nice unit !!!

    Written by: Sam from Jacksonville, FL on November 24, 2013

    2000 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I really like this stereo. I mainly wanted it for the extra USB on the rear because I didn't the USB sticking out the front on my previous stereo, but I found that really like having both of them better. First I planned to leave ipod in the dash hooked to the rear USB because it's more functional than a flash drive but then I learned about the free Kenwood software that enables you to search the flash drive by "artist, album, song, genre or even playlists". Though the playlist option is limited. Even better , I like that I can use the Bluetooth feature to stream music wirelessly from my ipod and/or my android phone. Since fm radio is so bad in my city it's nice to have all these options and with a cd drive that plays mp3's it's almost like I have my own 4 radio stations (cd, usb front & rear and Bluetooth). Yes it is difficult to see the display in the daylight due to the glare on the screen but my previous unit was the same way, so it could use a non-reflective screen. I also am not crazy about the little door over the front USB/Aux, it just seems a little cheap, there is also one over the cd slot but I guess that's good for keeping dust out... The only thing I didn't like is that there are soooo many sound adjustments and no real information about them that it has been difficult getting the unit to sound good, not that it's not a quality sounding unit but it can take lot of effort for anyone who is really into their music.

    Pros: Dual USB combined with the Kenwood app for flash drives Streaming from wireless devices via Bluetooth Ability to change the text/info displayed on the screen

    Cons: If it's possible, there my actually be too many sound adjustments, tedious to get the sound I wanted. The remote doesn't seem to work half the time, probably just the angle from which I'm pointing it I guess. I would have just put both USB port on the back so the flash drives aren't sticking out so far.( Rear USB is on a cable that is easily ran to the glove compartment)

    kenwood excelon x997

    Written by: jays silvi from san diego ca on November 22, 2013

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    absolutely great, just the head unit made a huge difference in sound quality of my stock speakers.

    Pros: Everything about it

    Cons: Wish it had a tilt face like older excelons

    Kenwood KDC-X997

    Written by: PaulC from Bolingbrook, IL on November 21, 2013

    2004 Volvo XC70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sounding unit but don't plan to look at the display in sunlight. It's easier to use the remote for some features. I like the audio options.

    Pros: easy installation

    Cons: Display visibility in daylight is terrible.

    KDC-X997

    Written by: KenF from Idaho on November 20, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The Receiver works great, as typical on a car receiver, they put a lot of functions into one or two gadgets. Overall I really like this receiver, all I expected and more. Only complaint (not really complaining) is that it requires a study of the user manual (i'm used to a lot of computer/tablet things that are more intuitive) to be able to use the product. I love the "knob" on this unit, last Kenwood had up and down buttons, only wish it had that freewheeling aspect, spin the knob fast and the volume goes up fast. This unit doesn't seem to do that. And the other three main function buttons are located right where I try to stabilize my hand while I'm adjusting the "knob" and so I end up hitting one of those inadvertently first and now instead of increasing the volume I'm changing the station or source. It's really a small issue cause as I said I really like this unit, I have it hooked up with XM and I love it!

    Pros: Sounds great, tons of audio adjustment ability, XM ready, Bluetooth works perfect with my iPhone 5 for phone use and audio use, front usb and audio plug-ins, goes on and on.

    Cons: Volume knob doesn't have an accelerated curve. Display glare can be a problem, but they all have this problem.

    Awesome Head Unit

    Written by: LAHPQ from Charlotte, NC on November 20, 2013

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It performs well and has some high quality sound from the hd radio. It does not have radio preset buttons on the deck front so it lost a star on ease of use.

    Pros:

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    Kenwood

    Written by: R from Cedar Creek, TX on November 17, 2013

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

    I love this unit... purchased last night and I'm in love.I previously owned pioneers app radio 2, and it was nice but as far as customization, this one takes it. I see others with a glare is....solution.... window tint.... gotta love Kenwood...

    Pros: great

    Cons: not enough time in my day to play with all the settings and features

    great so far

    Written by: r from clay, al on November 13, 2013

    2012 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    SO far so good. Wish that the full manual had come with unit. Quick start was ok but just not enough info - i like to keep the full manual in the vehicle. I wish i had studied unit further to notice it didnt have preset buttons - guess i'm old school. Good sound which is main reason i bought, bluetooth works well, glad to have the bonus of HD.

    Pros: Good sound which is main reason i bought, bluetooth works well, glad to have the bonus of HD. Counting on the great Kenwood reputation for the quality of the unit.

    Cons: Wish that the full manual had come with unit. Quick start was ok but just not enough info - i like to keep the full manual in the vehicle. I wish i had studied unit further to notice it didnt have preset buttons - guess i'm old school

    great headunit

    Written by: ignacio from tampa on November 11, 2013

    2012 Nissan Frontier SV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchase this Kenwood head unit from Crutchfield found it to be a great radio with great sound and easy to install Bluetooth and hd work good look good in my Nissan frontier thank Crutchfield

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: dnbreaks from Minnesota on November 8, 2013

    2006 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    For the most part I really like the stereo. The integration with Pandora works great, but wish there was a way to pause it without having to use the remote. Pairing my Android phone via bluetooth was a little bit of a pain as pairing is not an option in initial settings. Instead it's in another submenu that may not be so obvious to someone purchasing their first bluetooth stereo. When talking to someone on the provided microphone, they say I sound a bit muffled "but not bad". I haven't tried moving the mic so that may be the cause. I really like the auto scroll option on the 3 line display, but when it's scrolling it's kind of choppy and makes it hard to read. So I put it on scroll once only. The screen gets washed out pretty easily in sunlight. The ability to really fine tune the audio settings is nice but you probably need to have some experience with that to know what you're doing. I don't so I haven't messed with that too much. And it would be nice if there were two slots for user EQ settings. BTW - other reviews below say there are no radio presets... That's wrong. The presets are accessed by pressing the button just to the left of the volume knob. Press it once to get to either AM or FM stations depending on what you're listening to at the time. Press it again to access a combined AM/FM (3 for each) list. Really like this feature.

    Pros: Decent value Bluetooth connection works great Looks good Display can be setup for reverse colors when headlights off and normal colors when headlights on Lots of inputs Combined AM/FM preset list

    Cons: A little difficult to use at first Display could be better as far as washing out and scrolling USB and Aux inputs always in source list (i.e. still show up even if nothing is connected to them) Remote has to be pointed directly at unit to work

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Herbert from Bakersfield, CA on November 6, 2013

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good Radio.

    Pros: Good features for the price.

    Cons: Didn't like the set up for the radio stations

    KDC-X997

    Written by: Gearhead from Moscow Mills, MO on November 3, 2013

    2002 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Well thought out head unit. Lots of adjustments and features, especially for the tech guru. Nice clean look.

    Pros: Adjustability, many lighting colors, many functions, clean crisp looks.

    Cons: A slightly larger remote would be nice.

    EXCELLENT UNIT!!!

    Written by: Jonathan R. from Memphis, TN on October 31, 2013

    1997 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I previously had a Kenwood unit that bit the dust. I decided to try another one and I sure am glad I did. When you open this unit and get it installed. The first thing I would recommend is to tell if which type of vehicle you drive and your vehicles speaker size in the "Pro Setup" menu. After that, you are pretty much set to go unless you just really want to fine to the EQ. I just used "Powerful" with Loudness set to High. The High-way Sound feature is awesome from long road trips. I drive 3 hours every weekend, and the road noise in my SUV with the tires can get old fast. Just adjust the High-way Setting and the road noise just disappears. The radio through its settings covers the frequency you don't like and no road noise. My audio has never sounded so good, even with factory. I have the bass you crave, the mids you enjoy, and the highs that are sharp and clear. My system is all Kenwood with an amplifier and a total of 8 speakers, no sub. I would recommend this radio to anyone who is craving that high end sound in a premium luxury vehicle.

    Pros: Easy install, easy setup, easy menu to navigate with practice, love the display (simple, clean, yet informative)

    Cons: No preset buttons (personal preference) but it does have plenty of preset spots, instruction manual does not even tip the ice berg on this units abilities or provide the amount of knowledge to proper explain each feature and its purpose. Took me a couple of days to figure out how to get the clock on the display. Please dont think that my cons outway the pros. Just want to share what struck me as off with this unit.

    Pretty good with some flaws

    Written by: kl44 from boston, ma on October 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It's a fairly capable unit. I haven't even begun to exercise all of it's options. Install was easy with Crutchfield's supplied adapters and faceplate. My two main problems with it are 1) It doesn't do volume normalization when accessing the iPod over USB. I don't know if Apple is not supplying the normalization information or Kenwood doesn't ask or do anything with it. Either way it's annoying to have to fiddle with the volume on every track. I'll have to keep a separate iPod with pre-normalized music. The second major gripe is the display visibility. There's no point in all of the great colors it can display when none of them are visible in daylight. I have it set to as white as I can get it and it's still impossible to see in any moderate amount of light. The glare off of the display itself is a big part of the problem. I can't believe it's 2013 and manufacturers can't get something this simple. Do their engineers even use their products?

    Pros: a swiss-army knife of sources and features

    Cons: display is nearly impossible to see in daylight, menu system is a little clunky

    WOW!n

    Written by: NJ from Colorado on October 30, 2013

    2000 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I ordered this for my BMW Z3 convertible. It has fabulous clear sound.

    Pros: Very easy to install.

    Cons: Wish I didn't have to use a remote.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997:

    Written by: Craige from San Mateo, California 94401 on October 29, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Definite improvement in sound even without changing original speakers or adding sub woofer. However, having to push, turn & scroll through 'menus' for things such as channel selection, when something as simple as 'Scan' or 'Seek' would work easier, is cumbersome and unsafe while driving AND struggling to see (in bright light) what is on the screen/face! You almost have to pull-over to fully & safely make radio adjustments! Also, USB port will not charge phone unless vehicle AND radio are both turned on. Trying to cram in too many features reduces ease of functionality and makes this unit clumsy.

    Pros: Definite improvement in the sound of my stock, OEM BMW speakers. Read-out info. (when readable) is very neat feature, plus variety of adjustments allow for maximizing and personalizing sound quality from original speakers.

    Cons: Too much glare off faceplate in daytime without sufficient brightness adjustment, and reduced size of readout, make it very difficult to see/use/adjust during daylight. So many features make it cumbersome to tune, adjust and blend. Can I really hear the difference of 13-equalizer settings? Sometimes this unit will lock-up & not change/tune-in any stations or switch bands, needing to be turned-off for apparent reset. Also, this unit will sometimes not receive HD channels that are present.

    Great Receiver

    Written by: Gix from MD on October 27, 2013

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

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

    This is an excellent receiver. Not only does it look good and have a reserved yet modern appearance, you can also color coordinate it with your cars factory lighting. I much prefer this to some of the over the top bright flashy headsets that do nothing but stick out like a sore thumb in your dash. The controls are straight forward, the settings are straight forward and the features are great. My only complaint is that the face plate gathers light scratches too easily...

    Pros: Top of the line...I believe I will be buying more Kenwood products in the future.

    Cons: Face plate build quality could be better to resist light scratches...

    Works well but internet radio settings leave something to be desired

    Written by: John from Baltimore MD on October 16, 2013

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

    So I installed the radio last week and it is working well. My setup is this: I have a dedicated iPod Touch in the glovebox plugged into the back USB. I use an Android phone via Bluetooth or the front USB. I specifically chose this radio because it had a front and back USB. In retrospect I think I would have preferred a radio with 2 back USBs and just run the second cable to my floor console so that it is not sticking out the front of the radio. Here is my complaint. For all internet radio sources (Pandora, Aha, etc) the radio defaults to the iPod and will not allow me to select the Android phone. This is true even though the iPod is not an iPhone and so does not have an internet connection. They only was to get the radio to connect to the phone for Pandora is to unplug the iPod. This sucks as the point of the iPod was to never have to unplug it. This seems like a poor design choice and an arbitrary one at that. Spoke to the folks at Kenwood and they said "unplug the iPod". The other issue I have noticed is that the display is hard to read when I view it through my polarized sunglasses. I have to take them off to see portions of the display during the day. Otherwise it has been working well.

    Pros: two USBs

    Cons: Can't select Android Pandora over iPod even if iPod doesn't have internet Screen blurry using polarized sunglasses

    Old school audio guy

    Written by: BJazzman from New Haven, IN on October 14, 2013

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have used Kenwood head units since the mid 80's. I have never been disappointed. This is still true with this latest unit to my collection. With its wide array of audio selections and ability to play most any type of media. It is a nice addition to my vehicle.

    Pros: Multiple input sources, multi-display adjustments, great output with full control

    Cons: Menu scrolling little slow, display visibility in bright locations

    kenwood x997

    Written by: Anonymous from North Branch MN on October 11, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great deck!!! Does it all!!! Very pleased...

    Pros: Everything I wanted...

    Cons: no manual

    Great Unit!

    Written by: DavidG from Edinburg, TX on October 2, 2013

    2007 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Another Great Product from Kenwood. I upgraded from a KDC-X994 to this X997 and the addition of HD Radio and the new interface is nice. I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone.

    Pros: Sound, Quality, ease of use and interoperability with Android Phone (Galaxy SIII)

    Cons: Smaller screen then older units

    stereo

    Written by: David from Denver, CO on September 22, 2013

    1994 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This stereo is sweet

    Pros: Has all the oops I need

    Cons: N/a

    Absolutely Amazing

    Written by: AmanG from Central Valley, CA on September 18, 2013

    1994 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The KDC-X997 sounds incredible. I've had my experience with other head units, and none have the sound quality this unit does. It has a ton of functionality, being able to thumbs up and thumbs down from the deck itself on Pandora really catches peoples attention. There are alot of reviewers who have had bad experiences with going through presets, but all it takes is a little bit of time and memorization of what preset your on and how far down or up your next preset is. I have memorized it to the point where I can easily switch between presets within a matter of seconds without taking my eyes off the road or losing focus while driving. The display can be a tad difficult to see in direct sunlight but it's still readable. There's a lot of audio controls to fine tune your system, the biggest difference between when I first got the system running and after setting it up was extremely significant. Under the PRO SETUP menu be sure to set your speaker sizes for front and rear, and for the subwoofer. There is a ton of options for bass control on this unit to be sure you get the cleanest bass for whatever your running. The Manual Equalizer has 13 bands, and are saved to specific inputs, for example the EQ for Front USB vs HD Radio are separately adjustable to make up for differences in the inputs.

    Pros: Sound quality is amazing, very clear and HIGHLY adjustable EQ and Audio Settings so you can fine tune it to your desire. Build quality is great, the face plate is lightweight and easy to carry on you wherever you go in the included pouch. Front, Rear, Subwoofer RCA outputs, 2 usb ports, auxillary input, included microphone, bluetooth.

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-X997 Install in 1999 SLK230

    Written by: JC from New Mexico on September 15, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice replacement to the stock receiver in a 1999 Mercedes Benz SLK230 Sport. Installation gear provided by Crutcfield made the removal of the stock receiver and installation of the new receiver a cinch. Beware, however, that a pair of ground loop isolators are required to prevent popping sound when using the stock Bose amplifier. Make sure to upgrade to the latest firmware and Bluetooth by downloading software from kenwood.com and installing the upgrades via USB thumb drive.

    Pros: Excellent sound, clean design, and intuitive controls. I was able to match display colors to the SLK230's dashboard. USB thumb drive works great. I downloaded Kenwood Music Editor Lite, which is a small utility available from the kenwood.com website that create a nice catalog read by the receiver. CD and HD radio signals also sound excellent. Virtually Infinite options to set audio settings (perhaps too many).

    Cons: Had to spend an extra $ to purchase ground loop isolators, which delayed installation completion by a week. Microphone pickup not as clear as I would like when using Bluetooth-link phone hands-free capability. Have to buy a separate Kenwood cable to control IPOD (won't because the USB drive works just as well.)

    Excelon = Excellent

    Written by: Nate H. from Rotterdam, NY on September 12, 2013

    2003 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Top of the line stereo at a reasonable price. This unit is packed with lots of features that make it a tech geeks dream. Tons of adjustments and excellent sound quality. It paired up with my Galaxy phone without any issues and the sound quality is very good from what I have been told by the people I called . The front and rear USB ports gives me the ability to have my Ipod hooked up to the rear one and play a memory stick in the front one as well. No need to unplug the Ipod to listen to something else. The HD radio works well and the satellite radio sounds great as well. I was able to save my steering wheel controls with an adapter also supplied by Crutchfield I like that the new excelon radios give you the ability to preset stations and access them much easier than the old unit I had. Would I buy this again? You betcha!

    Pros: Excellent sound, lots of options for listening pleasure and tons of adjustments to tweak the sound to what you like best. Bluetooth for hands free calling rounds out the niceties of this unit and Crutchfield as always delivers great value for your money with super fast shipping. Multi color illumination is also a nice touch.

    Cons: The menus can be a little hard to get through but with some time and patience it can all be worked out. Radio presets buttons would be nice to have but are not a deal breaker.

    Kenwood head unit

    Written by: William from Charleston, SC on September 4, 2013

    2007 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Definitely and excellent receiver with usb and auxiliary inputs built in to front and rear of unit. Was easy to get wired in also, the instructions were very clear and concise. Also works very well with my ipod classic and now I can listen to all of the music in my itunes library. Receiver has a lot of adjustments that will help your system sound the way you want it to. This is a must buy.

    Pros: Overall sound adjust-ability, Easy to configure, Excellent display even in sunlight, Easy to install with provided accessories.

    Cons: The remote needs some work not that sensitive and a little on the small side.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Anonymous from Millerton, Pa on September 4, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Over all a really nice stereo with great sound. It was easy to install the hardest part was running the wire for the microphone. The hands free calls sound good and its easy to pair your phone.

    Pros: Great sound Love the bluetooth audio streaming and hands free calls

    Cons: Display is not bright enough in direct sunlight its hard to see Radio reception is not as good as old deck

    KDC-X997

    Written by: dmb from Navarre, FL on September 3, 2013

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Purchased to add the convenience of Bluetooth to my 06 F-150. Works great the Kenwood deck also adds clarity and more power at lower volumes then the factory stereo.

    Pros: Bluetooth, great sound, easy of installation

    Cons: non at this time

    Great radio

    Written by: jeepster from Indianapolis, IN on September 3, 2013

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great radio for the money. Bluetooth synced up no issues. All the app from my Samsung S2 synced and ran great. I can also use TuneIn radio using the BT Audio feature.

    Pros: Everything was great!

    Cons: Had to go on-line to get the manual

    Great unit, needs a few tweaks.

    Written by: MKH from Charles Town, WV. on August 30, 2013

    2010 Nissan Murano
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've had the unit installed in my 2010 Nissan Murano for a few weeks now, and I'm VERY happy with it. Installation was easy with the accy's supplied with the unit, and the instructions that came with it. The sound quality is EXCELLENT even using the stock Nissan speaker system. It's 100% improvement over the stock radio! It looks very cool and slick in the dash, and I'm very pleased with the fit and finish. Programming and set-up was not difficult, and while highly menu drived, was straight forward. On the negative side - The display is virtually impossible to see/read in daylight, no matter the display color you choose. Very Bad for trying to change modes/channels while driving! It REALLY needs preset buttons for the radio. the menu/scroll/select is OK in cars w/ dash displays, but is a pain in this format, especially when you cant read the display! Finally, and this is a personal choice, I would much rather have a 2nd, read aux input than the USB. I never would have a reason to use a rear USB, especially in a dash mounted unit, but definitely could use a rear aux input so I could permanently wire in an extra devive, and keep the wires hidden. Overall, I like the unit very much! It does everything a person could want, sounds great, and has any adjustment and customization a person could ask for! The biggest issue is the display readability, followed by the lack of preset buttons. However, neither of those issues would stop me from buying the unit.

    Pros: Great Sound, Very Customizeable, Super Feature Set

    Cons: Can't see display in sunlight No preset buttons for radio

    Great receiver

    Written by: MichaelG from Columbus, OH on August 27, 2013

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

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

    I bought two for two different cars; 2001 Honda S2000 and a 2003 Toyota RAV4. Both fit perfect an altered out audio listening pleasure 1000%. BT is finicky, but works just fine. The extra USB comes in handy.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: kevin from Washington dc on August 26, 2013

    2005 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    good power good thats it

    Pros:

    Cons: non

    Another Great Kenwood Product

    Written by: MC from Oklahoma City, OK on August 25, 2013

    2003 Ford Windstar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This receiver has it all. I am still learning all of the functions but everything I have done so far with it has been top notch.

    Pros: Great stereo head unit with a ton of features for a good price

    Cons: None that I can find

    Nice but not perfect

    Written by: Bill from Charlotte,NC on August 21, 2013

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

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

    Overall this is a nice receiver but it has some issues. The display can be hard to read in bright sunlight no matter what color is selected. Not terrible but occasionally annoying. The flexibility of the display options is really nice but they take some time to get accustomed to. I suggest you play with the settings while parked, it might be dangerous to navigate the menu system while driving. The light source behind all the lit up stuff sometimes blinks for no reason. The tuner controls are pretty bad. I'm a habitual station surfer, if I had time to try it out for a while before purchasing I might not have bought it. The next/back controls are small and you have to press a very tiny button to change the seek mode between manual/seek/preset seek. My old stock radio was much better in this regard. Also the tuner can be slow to respond. When going to the next preset there is sometimes a lag of up to a few seconds before the station actually changes. The radio also skips, yes skips. It gets stuck just like a cd might skip. It's only for a few seconds but it happens frequently enough to be annoying. The Ipod connectivity is nice but when in Ipod mode you have to select your music from the Ipod, not from the radio. Not a problem but I was not aware of this, I was expecting to see my playlists in the radio display. The cd player works pretty well, no issues there. Overall pretty nice but I was a little disappointed in how it actually works.

    Pros: Looks nice, flexible display options and colors is really nice.

    Cons: Quirky ergonomics. So few controls make the radio more difficult to use than it should be. Display flashes for no reason, radio skips. Display can be difficult to read in bright sunlight.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997

    Written by: Eric T from Peroia, IL on August 20, 2013

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The unit overall is very nice. great sound, easy to install in 2004 F150, adaptable to various inputs. if I could I would make the following changes; ability to adjust brightness, change source without paging thru all sources, and sync ipod thru Bluetooth (if that's even possible). otherwise I could figure everything out by just playing with it and look forward to playing with it some more

    Pros: sound, ease of use, ease of installation

    Cons: inability to adjust brightness, change source without paging thru all sources, and sync ipod thru Bluetooth (if that's even possible

    KDC-X997

    Written by: Raymond from Richmond, VA on August 16, 2013

    2003 Infiniti QX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Like many reviewers I agree this is the best radio at this price point or even within another $50-$100 more. I mainly use the bluetooth for audio streaming which connects very quickly and has a clear connection. Phone calls using the provided microphone was very clear. People did not realize I was using bluetooth. Audio quality has been reviewed many times and simply, the sound quality and adjustability is great. My only complaint is, just like others, is that it is impossible to see the display in seemingly any type of sunlight. My fix for this was to put an anti-glare film designed for cell phones on it coupled with adjusting the color, contrast, brightness, font size (2 lines), and also choosing the "positive" display option. The display is not as crisp, but at least I can now see it in the daytime. The radio is too "perfect," for me, to return it because of that problem.

    Pros: everything but the con

    Cons: impossible to see in the daytime

    Audio fan

    Written by: Ryman from Zionsville, IN on August 13, 2013

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

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

    I have owned multiple Kenwood receivers, and this is another addition that I am very pleased to own.

    Pros: sound quality adjustability features

    Cons: It takes a little while to get the settings sorted out, but worth the time to do it.

    Great sound and pretty easy to use

    Written by: Lee J from Boston, MA on August 9, 2013

    2006 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this to replace a JVC head unit that was giving me problems. The sound quality is excellent on it- there's a noticable difference between this and the JVC. I used this mainly with my ipod, and controlling it is fairly easy. Skips forward and backwards are fast, and you can do them right away just like on the ipod. (The JVC had a noticable delay) Searching isn't the easiest- especially if your play list is huge, but it's still fairly quick. I've found that making adjustments are pretty intuitive- everything works from pushing the volume knob. Then you take it from there. There are a ton of adjustments, though, and doing them while driving isn't the best idea. Best wait for a stop light to do those. The bluetooth function was easy to set up with my Android, and works great. I love being able to choose a contact right from the stereo. Sound quality with it is good, too. And some have complained about not being able to see the display. There is a contrast adjustment for the screen which makes it perfectly visible even in direct sunlight (I have a convertible). I turned the contrast to 16, and its 100% readable in the sun & at night. Overall I'm happy with this purchase- it has every feature I wanted and at a good price.

    Pros: All the features you really need, awesome music sound quality, bluetooth connectivity, pretty easy to use.

    Cons: Face plate is too light??

    Top Notch Radio

    Written by: David F from Strafford, Missouri on August 7, 2013

    1990 GMC K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall I think this is a great radio/cd player. It looks nice, sounds nice, and has nice features. It has so many features that it can be difficult trying to understand some of them. It has a lot more features than the Kenwood or Crutchfield web sites mentioned. One cool feature is the ability to program the radio for you particular size and location of the speakers. It will even auto adjust the speaker volumes for what ever position you want the center of the sound to be. You can even program the radio to sound as if the music is coming from below, above, or in front of you.

    Pros: 13 channel equalizer, top rated for sound quality, front USB port, detachable face plate, user selectable display color, sound enhancement programming, high power built-in amp, programmable cross-over settings

    Cons: display screen can be hard to read in daylight, blue tooth phone features are only compatible with smart phones, no pre-set radio station buttons

    Great Sound

    Written by: Bravo from PA on August 4, 2013

    1965 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Sound. The face plate could be a bit more solid- some of the buttons are a little loose with a sloppy clicking noise when pushed. I planned on needing an amp but I didn't need it. Great powerful sound with pioneer and kenwood speakers. Easy installation. I'm very happy with the product overall.

    Pros: great sound

    Cons: face plate/buttons could be better quality

    Great Receiver

    Written by: Phil D from Mission, TX on July 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this receiver for installation in a 2003 Kenworth T2000, replacing the Kenworth/Paccar OEM Panasonic HD unit. While Crutchfield has no information on the T2000 and can't help with the installation, it was very simple to install. All that I required was for it to play through the factory speakers (the T2000 has reasonably decent component speakers in the front), so all that was required was to splice the two factory Metri-Pack audio system connectors onto the Kenwood pigtail (eleven wires -- four speaker pairs and the switched power, battery power, and ground wires), then plug those connectors into the OEM harness. I may connect the lighting control wire at some point, but I seldom drive this truck much after dark (the truck isn't a "working" truck any more, it just pulls our RV). The receiver works well and sounds great. To date I've tried the FM and HD tuner, rear USB, and Bluetooth inputs. All work well. Bluetooth pairing with my BlackBerry Z10 was simple and works flawlessly. The outgoing audio quality of hands-free calls is outstanding. Even my mother -- historically a notorious critic of "hands-free" cell phone calls -- approved. Even though it's an undocumented feature (Kenwood only claims that it works with the Android app), I was pleasantly surprised to find that the receiver was able to receive iHeart Radio broadcasts through the receiver when paired to my Z10 via the new iHeart Radio for BlackBerry 10 app, as it's advertised to do via Android.

    Pros: Everything that I've tried so far has worked flawlessly.

    Cons: As noted by other reviewers the display may be hard to read in direct sunlight, but the T2000 cab does a good job of keeping the radio/CB panel shaded. Some colors are indeed better than others. I thought that the receiver would come with free DIN removal tools, but because Crutchfield has no install info for my truck, they didn't. If you're installing this in a T2000 (or its corporate twin, the Peterbilt 387) REQUEST THEM, you'll need them (four brads worked in their place, if you forget)

    Finally upgraded factory unit

    Written by: BarryS from Ca on July 29, 2013

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

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

    Received unit last friday for my 2006 Tacome. Installed in about an hour. Instructions were very good except for how to remove the flasher/clock unit from existing faceplate. Had to get on the web for that. The install kit/faceplate matches well and fit securely. I must agree with other comments that the manual that comes with unit is severly lacking (it's a quickstart manual only). But that seems to be the case with most products these days. Just go to Kenwood website and download the full manual. Also, as others have stated, the display is very difficult to see in sunlight, even when adjusted to other colors. The sound quality is excellent ( a definaite upgrade from the factory unit) and there are many adjustable settings. Getting it completely dialed in will take me a while. I highly recommend this product.

    Pros: Solid unit. Sounds great.

    Cons: Display difficult to see in sunlight.

    Good head unit

    Written by: gokart04 from Mesa, AZ on July 29, 2013

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

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

    Good overall unit. I have had it in my truck for only about 2 weeks. WAY better than my last Kenwood KDC-X693. Sounds better with better lows! The controls are more solid and seem to work better. So far it doesn't just reboot or shut off like the X693 did. I did find out that the audio set up controls are per input device. You have to set them up for each input source, not just once. That is a pain but also allows you to better control your sound settings per input. Did not turn of internal amp yet as I have read that turns off the device and causes issues getting it to work again. I may just leave this on as I have an external amp and use the 3 sets of RCA outs (nice touch to have front and rear RCA's + an extra set of RCA's for the sub). If I remember I will try to post later after I have used it for a few months. As I recall the X693 worked well for a few moths then went wacky.

    Pros: The ability to set audio controls per each input. The display is a bit larger and easier to read than the X693 was. Sound quality! Better lows than the X693. Controls work better and are more solid. NO JOY STICK type of controls that are hard to manipulate when off road in a 4X4. The face plate is easy to remove and put on. Latch catches face plate so you dont drop it when unlatched. Love the front and REAR USB. I use mostly the rear one, but the front one is nice. HD radio. Nice touc

    Cons: Directions are not very well done making it hard to figure out how to use and set up. Once you figure it out it is not too hard after that. Display has lots of glare and is hard to read in bright sunlight. Brighter would be nicer. Couldn't get the rear AUX input to work with either a Zune or iPod. But the front one works. Kenwood should include a better face plate protector/holder than just a bag. I thought high end Kenwood would do better than that.

    Please read and "Just Buy It"

    Written by: DR from Winston-Salem, NC on July 21, 2013

    2002 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Upgrading my factory system in my Dodge Dakota Quad cab and while I didn't want to break the bank, cost was not a consideration; I wanted quality sound PERIOD... I'm in my 40's and I have had many systems over the years mostly Alpine and most recently Kenwood. Read all the reviews and picked this unit. I wanted HD radio, Bluetooth, rear USB and the ability to play a cd. Also wanted low level outputs since I planned on using an amp. a equalizer and sound control. This unit has them all and won't disappoint you. An amp is not a must but makes a big difference, Just make sure and use a class a/b amp to power your speakers. At first I bought and installed the Clarion XC1410 because of the size. Big mistake I was not happy with the sound clarity and range. I considered sending the whole system back thinking it wasn't capable of producing the quality of sound I wanted. Instead I bought the Kenwood KAC-8405 amp and glad I did. It fits under the seat has more power, lots of adjustment, cooling fans and yes awesome sound!! I can't even explain the difference in sound quality. It's is amazing. If this is what you are looking for I hope this review helps. I don't normally leave them I just read them. Here is my system: Kenwood KDC-X997, Polk Audio db5251, component speaker system, Kenwood KAC-8405 amp. Sound Ordnance B-8PTD Subwoofer and the steering wheel control module. Re-wired the entire system (speakers, power, remote on) total install took about 10 hours but it's nice and clean.

    Pros: Sound quality is awesome, adjustments (there are many), listening options (HD radio, bluetooth, pandora, USB inputs, low level outputs), I could keep going.

    Cons: Just like everyone else says "The Manual" come on Kenwood!! Don't worry Crutchfield will help you.

    Great car reciever.

    Written by: JiriS from Manassas, Va on July 18, 2013

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

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

    I installed this reciever into my Chevy malibu maxx 2004 by myself and thanks to Crutchfield i had all stuff that i need and with all documentation was smooth process. I also purchased Metra assembly 99-3303 and connection was without any issues. I still did not discover all the potentials of this radio, but sound is amazing even with my factory speakers. Select Radio staion from memory is little weird to me, but i listen mostly music from usb or ipod, which works awesome. For wire connections i used bullet terminals, which give me option to reconnect if i need. I did not try any Pandora or iHeart radio but Hd radio sound very well. I will have more info after i will spend more time with. So far, very happy, which i never thought i will buy a Kenwood. Always been with Sony, JVC or Pioneer. I paired my old phone Nokia with bluetooth and work fine, person who called me says it is sound like i am calling from a cave, but she understood me normal. This unit do all that i need for today!

    Pros: Sound, backlight, 3 rows of text, connections,

    Cons: Radio presets, not able to change volume while searching for song, user interface

    Nice unit for the money!

    Written by: Travis from San Diego, Ca on July 7, 2013

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

    Before reading this review keep in mind that I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so when I discuss some issues I had, please keep in mind it may be the phone. The face plate can be seen in sunlight, you just have to deal with changing the colors to something you can see in your car (you may not like the color that works best). I have been playing with the stereo four about 4 days now and i'm pretty persistent in figuring things out that don't work as advertised. I have outboard amps (installed w/RCA installed correctly) so the first hing I did was turn off the internal amp, all was working well until I turned the car off and back on again and had no sound, I turned the internal amp back on again and all worked normally (Don't know where the error lies there). I don' t understand stereo designers today, I would have liked to have access to at least 6 F.M. presets on the front of the unit and a Bass and Treble setting, you can adjust these settings but it takes a few buttons to be pressed in the settings menu to do this (not while driving). Blue tooth for phone calls worked great but Bluetooth for Aha radio and Iheart radio only worked when Bluetooth Audio was selected to to listen to those apps, this setting gives no control of the app from the head unit, just phone. Neither the IHeart radio or Aha worked when they were selected on the head unit (Yes I also tried using the Kenwood Iheart app). Voice control did not work at all. Continued on Pros and Cons

    Pros: The unit sounds great, it has more adjustments than any other head unit for sound control that I have ever had, if you can deal with that and understand how to adjust crossover networks, gain and slope, go for it. I set the crossovers on my amps to off and used the head units crossovers. You will need to do some research and take the time so set this unit up right. The EQ is straight forward however again it takes a lot of time and listening to get the sound just right.

    Cons: The manual is on-line and extensive, I suggest you print it out, find a shady spot to sit in your car and go through all the settings an controls while listening to some quality music. That being said. I love the unit, maybe Aha and Iheart will work better with future updates. I would recommend it to the above average listener due to the units complexity but not to the casual user. I hope this helps in making your decision.

    Golden Reciever

    Written by: cuznsteve from Oakland Gardens NY on July 7, 2013

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

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

    In absence of really detailed owners manual , I keep finding things I am glad are there ! Included is awhole host of controls and menu on top menu, deeper , and even too deep . I mean , measure the distance from subwoofer and speakers from center near receiver ? Delayed reaction? Can sound in fact be delayed in such close proximity ? Only the Technicians know for sure, I just use the other DSP sound controls, and it is full of them . The enhancements really work , Pro-Setup is a dream . You will love this CD etc. receiver.

    Pros: Eventually can figure it out , its , well, kindof intuitive , once you play around and make discoveries.

    Cons: Reflects sunshine like you wouldn't believe.

    Really plug and play SLK320

    Written by: Jpass from Bellingham, WA on July 4, 2013

    2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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