Disc & USB Playback
Excelon Series: The KDC-X997 CD receiver is part of
Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and
delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities,
crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year
warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 utilizes a
24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 is equipped with a
MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET
amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased
power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More
power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not
pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the
KDC-X997 are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X997 features front, rear
and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs
are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The
front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the
Note: You can turn the KDC-X997's built-in amplifier
off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.
Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order
to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to
set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP
settings include the following:
- Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the
Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each
channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size
Car, Wagon, Mini Van , Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
- Listening Position: For a better sound-stage you can
select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,
Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound
stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle
compared to your listening position.
- Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20'
(0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and
Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening
positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
- Speaker Location: You can set the location of your
vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
- Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
- Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
- Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your
Front & Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
- Front: Small, Medium, or Large
- Tweeter: None, Small, Middle or Large
- Rear: None, Small, Medium, or Large
- Subwoofer: None, Small, or Large
- X'Overs: The head unit features independent Front, Rear,
& tweeter high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
- Front High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120,
150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
- Rear High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120,
150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
- Tweeter High Pass Filter: 1, 1.6, 2.5, 4, 5, 6.3,
8, 10, or 12.5 kHz
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100,
120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or Select Full-Range)
- Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level (0 to
-8dB) of the Front, Rear, Tweeter, and Subwoofer channels independently.
- Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal (0°) or Reverse
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one
of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back
speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:
- EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock,
Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve
types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ).
- 13-Band EQ: 13-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB)
for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz,
100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz,
Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source
(Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Bass Management: The KDC-X997 offers Bass Boost, Bass
DC Extension, and Loudness.
- Bass Boost: The unit features a four-step Bass Boost
(Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
- Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower
than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 13-Band EQ 62.5 Hz
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further
sound enhancements for your car audio system.
- Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low
bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting
function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to
files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the
compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off,
the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
- Highway Sound: You can boost a certain range of
sound that becomes hard to hear due to road noise; the Highway Sound
level can be set to High, Low, or Off
Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently
adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one
source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.
Key Beep: The in-dash navigation-multimedia head unit
provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be
turned On or Off.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 is equipped
with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone
calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from
your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP
1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997. Visit
Support Site for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997
without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a
registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto
connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to
five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two
Bluetooth-enabled phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used
at a time.
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the KDC-X997 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call,
or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring
adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while
listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation,
you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone)
and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone
will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone
number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's
front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the
incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. The KDC-X997 also
supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call
while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone
must also support this feature.
- Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X997, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly
dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed
from the head unit's Control Knob.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded
phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
KDC-X997. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell
phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up
to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by
General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of
the phone book in alphabetical order.
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have
originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You
can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into
the included microphone.
External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 includes an
external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice
command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality
versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic
and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the
microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features
an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs
into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an
integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or
taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505"
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated
SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible
with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a
message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message.
You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood
KDC-X997 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X997 will be able to
control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such
as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The
head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X997 also supports audio streaming of music
apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control.
Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in
progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming
music will resume.
Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected
with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT55U has the
ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone.
Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and
use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard
through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free
calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation,
and more can be done through the KDC-X997 and its microphone. The head unit's
display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information
(all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997;
visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The
head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X997 offers the
following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit
- Bluetooth Audio: You can allow Bluetooth audio to be
heard from only the front-speakers or all the speakers in your vehicle.
- Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your
vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
- Echo Level: You adjust the echo cancellation delay time
until the least echo is being heard during a phone conversation.
- Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external
Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can
receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio
significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound.
AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM
digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and
clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning
- Tuning Methods: You can setup the KDC-X997 to tune both
analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or
only analog radio stations (Analog). The CD receiver offers a variety of tuning
options; including Seek, Presets, and Direct Access.
- Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1
(seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset
stations only with each button press), or Manual.
- Tuner Presets: The unit's tuner features 3 FM banks
(1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. Not only does the CD receiver's
tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have
the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks
automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The Kenwood KDC-BT952HD
offers two preset modes.
- Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM
bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of
- Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be
assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM
band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching
- Direct Access: You can directly access an AM/FM
station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote
- Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data
such as artist names and song titles.
- Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with
HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs
(HD1 to HD8).
- iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's
information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct
connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in
iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can
directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone
must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs.
You can "tag" up to 50 songs.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 allows you to
Aha Radio online music
services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected
Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the
KDC-X997 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied
with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/
AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997. Your
iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan
account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free
Pandora App (either from
Google Play, or
BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service
through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+)
or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997
provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album,
and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list
and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created
based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also save 3 Pandora
stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can
even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is
- iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from
iTunes Apps or
Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service
through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS
5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music
service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from
coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The
KDC-X997 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as
display station identification and song/artist information. From the head
unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the
following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The
Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local
listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from
(including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right
radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by
City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store
your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An
active iHeartRadio account is required.
- Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD
receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your
USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone
(2.2+); available from
Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made
available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD
screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends.
Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and
audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations
personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio
account is required.
Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend
on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of
allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the
Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 comes ready for
SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations.
Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "
All Access" package (subscription required). Visit
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional
features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel list displays a list of all available channels
- Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
- Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title
can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Direct Tuning via included remote
- Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the
beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel.
- Song/Artist Alert with visual notification of your favorite songs or
- Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind,
and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
- iTunes Tagging for connected iPod/iPhone
- Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is
required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-X997's front-panel USB port
or rear-panel USB port can act as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct
connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable
sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod
nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lightning-to-USB cable
that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable
allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of
select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X997.
- DAC Bypass: This USB
connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded
instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the
head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to
105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts
stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
- Music Control: You can choose
to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's
clickwheel or touchscreen.
- Head Unit: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate
your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or
Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a
percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat
(file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
- iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the
stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can
also listen to your favorite music apps (such as
from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+)
through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue
to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be
compatible with App Mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
- Information Display: The KDC-X997
will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are
controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will
display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album
label. If you choose to
operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls,
the KDC-X997 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will
instead display "APP/iPod").
- Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge
the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart:
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the
following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):