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Kenwood KDC-X998

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Kenwood KDC-X998

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Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP – Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools.

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Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP – Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools.

HD Radio

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, you pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X998, 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-X998 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones.

Pair your compatible phone to the KDC-X998 and you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. An external Bluetooth microphone can be placed in an optimal location within the vehicle for improved hands-free communication.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 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.

Two versatile USB ports

The receiver's front and rear USB ports also allow you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio and Pandora Internet radio stations. And if you have MP3, WMA, AAC, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB ports can handle those too.

Multi-line display

The KDC-X998'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 mood -- 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. You can jazz it up with the bouncing graphics of the spectrum analyzer, or tone it down to just show the clock or a blank display. Dust covers conceal and protect the CD slot, aux input, and front USB port.

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.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

So far, I'm loving my radio. I wish there was a little better functionality with the Sirius receiver. I can't just type in the channel I want, but you can use presets.

Gary G, Seattle, WA

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (10A fuse)
  • 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
  • Face-fixing screw
  • 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 Eyes Free control capability
    • detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line display, plus variable color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 13-band equalizer and bass management
    • Sound Excellence DSP
      • speaker size and car type settings
      • high- and low-pass crossovers
      • digital time alignment
      • 3-level bass boost
    • subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora, iHeart Radio and Aha control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB ports
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    • front and rear USB ports compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-X998 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    155 Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-X998 Review

    Written by: srb0829 from Westford, MA on July 28, 2016

    2003 Toyota 4Runner

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

    The unit is fantastic, the Crutchfield team was VERY helpful when I had small issues along the way - they are THE only place to buy from because of their very helpful support, ease of purchase, great prices, and excellent product delivery! I wish all companies dealt with customer support the way Crutchfield does.

    Pros: Many...!

    Cons: None

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    Written by: Ed from Hartville Ohio on June 10, 2016

    2006 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Stereo sounds an works great. However the installation was a little tricky. The Manuel is useless. The tech support from Crutchfield was awsome . He stayed on till my iPhone was paired an the screen was working . Thank you so much for your help. The stereo is not user friendly but once you learn your way around the controls , the sound is great

    Pros: -Great sound -On screen iPhone controls -Pandora built in

    Cons: -Not user friendly -Hard to set up first time

    After 2 years, still a great deck

    Written by: Darrell E. from Bronx, NY on June 9, 2016

    2001 Honda Civic LX

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

    After 2 years, still a solid deck. I can turn off the sources I don't use, if sunlight is a problem I can invert the display to help, and it sounds great still. One thing that needsimprovement is Bluetooth with Android devices. Other than that, I can dial in my crossovers, set up my frequency points with the EQ, and it sounds great doing so. I run my music off of my iPod and iPhone with Apple Music. If your looking for a great stereo without spending a lot of money, this is still your best bet.

    Pros: Great SQ. Display changes colors. Multiple sources.

    Cons: Bluetooth with Android devices.

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    Written by: Walter Mc from Hilmar, CA on May 31, 2016

    2004 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    As expected from kenwood another solid head unit. If you have any experience with their platform this is probably not an issue, but the operations manual is a down load only just visit their website easy stuff. The unit comes with the very basic menu and start up. Wiring diagram is very good overall feel is excellent. I like the ability to change colors for both the buttons and display, also like the ability to set up the display how I want to view it. But need the operational manual for that. value added unit for the price.

    Pros: Excellent display and adjustability.

    Cons: Need to down load the operational manual to set up some of the more advanced features. More of a nuisance really and saving on paper.

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    Written by: kevin from Ft Worth, TX on May 26, 2016

    2008 Mazda 3

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

    Kenwood has always built some of the best headunits from my experience, i find the way they change what feature assortment is available on different tiers of excelon units year to year. i finally settled on this unit after trying the kdc-x500 and finding that kenwood had dropped the support for kenwood music editor/lite and the flash drive had no way to be searched by song title and/or artist just file names which make no real sense and are not sorted in any real order. then i tried the kdc-x599 and while it had the ability to search usb drives by title etc. it had no sound adjust-ability in it. i could not fine tune my stereo the way the old kdc-x596 i broke, through my own fault, did. so i came across this one HD radio, usb features i wanted and adjust-ability for fine tuning sound. overall very happy with the unit. wish it had a play/pause button but nothing else really bad about it other than having to pay more than i would have liked to get what i had for much less with the older excelon. great sound quality as usual with excelon units. buy this unit if your thinking about it.

    Pros: 13 band parametric EQ. , sound enhancement features, usb functionality

    Cons: price, lack of play/pause button on face

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    Written by: Chris from Harrodsburg, KY on May 20, 2016

    1997 Buick Skylark

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

    I have owned this head unit for quite awhile. I have Infinity Kappa 4 x 6 in the door and factory 6 x 9's in the rear deck. The output of this deck is way over 22 watts per channel. But I'm not complaining. It is extremely powerful. The bass, midrange, highs are all crystal clear considering the speakers I am using. I have a set of Hybrid Audio Legatia 4 and 6" speakers but I am not going to put them in this vehicle. I am saving those for a competition vehicle that I am intending on developing. Of which I will probably by another unit as base to build around. This deck is a great and solid deck for the amount of money you spend and I would highly recommend it. The controls can be somewhat confusing, but I owned an earlier version of a Kenwood Excelon receiver and I figured it was pretty much the same which it was. Once you figure out how to navigate the system its a cake walk. DO NOT TRY TO FIGURE OUT THE CONTROLS WHILE DRIVING. The owner's manual said that the Bluetooth was not compatible with my S6 Edge but I decided to try it anyways. At first it didn't work, my fiancée went into the settings of the phone and the deck picked it up immediately. The Bluetooth functions are fantastic. I am not that fond of the rear USB port. It seems that the front USB and 3.5mm jack are enough. Get rid of the Rear USB and focus on making the DSP stronger. The sound stage is near perfect considering where the door speaker are located.

    Pros: If you are into time alignment and such this is great deck to begin with. The Bluetooth works perfectly with my S6 Edge, which the Owner's Manual said it did not support. The DSP can raise the sound stage a great deal. Even though the factory placement of the speakers within the doors are near the bottom, it is almost in between the rear view mirror and the dash. Not bad without having to use an external DSP unit. I haven't played with the EQ yet. And don't plan to.

    Cons: Brightness seems to be a problem but this also seems to be a common con. I wished the time alignment would be in mm instead of inches and feet. Much better accuracy in metric. I have to use Alpine's conversion charts to get it right. I really don't care for the rear USB port and find it unnecessary. I also wish the EQ was in 1/3 octave settings. I would use it then. Overall this is a great head unit and Kenwood did a good job of designing for the money. I would recommend this deck to someone.

    Mostly Great

    Written by: Richard L from Norfolk, VA on May 16, 2016

    2004 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm very happy with this purchase. It's clearly designed as a media player with the FM included as more of an after thought. The install was easy and it all works perfectly. There are a couple small things that irk me.. I do miss having station buttons, and it's very hard to read in the day time. Otherwise great product, especially if you're going to be playing from USB or your phone.

    Pros: Several audio sources to choose from Pandora integration is pretty flawless Settings to configure to your car's size and set up

    Cons: VERY hard to read in the day time with any sunlight on the display Takes a little longer than I'd like to sync up with bluetooth on my android phone, though that could be the phone Interrupts your music every time you get a text message. Programing radio stations is awkward.

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    Written by: Scott from Denver, CO on May 16, 2016

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very unhappy with Kenwood, BT works when it feels like, had purchased Kenwood in the past and had a great experience not with this model!

    Pros: None

    Cons: BT works when it feels like it, need to power cycle regularly to get the thing to work!

    Crutchfield response on May 17, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Kenwood Is Great!

    Written by: Gary G from Seattle, WA on May 11, 2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    So far, I'm loving my radio. I wish there was a little better functionality with the Sirius receiver. I can't just type in the channel I want, but you can use presets.

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    fantastic!

    Written by: john p. from red hill,pa on May 7, 2016

    2001 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This stereo is a kinda complicated,quirky,fun,annoying pain in the butt, killer unit! I've had it for a few weeks now & just starting to get used to it enough to really get to dialing it in to my system/truck. The audio section is flat out cool! the ability to set my amp gains & have full control over x-over points, sub level.....AND NEVER LEAVE my seat!? how awesome is that?! ok,so the display is weak on certain colors. I found orange is just fine. And trying to use the radio presets is tricky. And the bluetooth can be finicky(sure wish Android would get a better plan so you could use USB. audio over BT is seriously lacking in quality. I use the AUX for phone audio). The phone part works well enough for me. I didn't buy a car stereo to talk on the phone! I bought it to take my system to the next level. It has done that & then some. One word of caution:before you go for your first test drive with this unit, sit in your car & mess with it until you get somewhat familiar with how it works. Then,ENJOY!

    Pros: incredibly awesome audio section, "stealth" look

    Cons: display can be slow to react to changes(vol,track,station...) tedious to setup & navigate

    Disappointing

    Written by: Jeremy A from Raleigh, NC on May 2, 2016

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've had a Kenwood KDC-X998 for almost exactly a year. It was easy to install and Crutchfield tech support has been top-notch! I love the seamless (but somewhat slow to pair) bluetooth interface. It always finds my iPhone 6 but takes about 90 seconds to connect. That said, the unit is impossible to use while the vehicle is in motion. The volume knob is too sensitive and all of the other buttons are too small to press in a moving vehicle. Using the remote helps though. The display goes dark a lot - not sure why. Sometimes the unit just goes completely dead. It comes back when the vehicle is turned off then back on (my OEM unit did this occasionally too but, not as frequently). When the display starts going dark when a button on the face is pressed, then I know it's time to clean the faceplate connector contacts again (so far about 4 times a year - more frequently in the winter). A lot of the time pressing the > button quickly (skip track) gets the press-and-hold button feature (fast forward), which is super annoying. It does this from the face buttons and from the remote too.

    Pros: Easy to install, Looks great, Seamless bluetooth, Customizable display

    Cons: Impossible to use while the vehicle is in motion, Faceplate contacts require frequent cleaning, Display frequently goes out, Unit needs to be reset frequently, Button functions are ambiguous, Volume knob bounces - try to turn the volume down quick and the volume goes up or to some random level

    Kenwood

    Written by: Dan from Turlock,ca on April 30, 2016

    1996 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Receiver made a nite and day difference from what was replaced. My system sounds better and bass hits harder! HD radio helps pick up radio stations other receiver couldn't. I did have to adjust antenna adapter when placing receiver back into its housing to get better reception. Like very thing else it's sounds better when phone hooked up via usb. But even with Bluetooth its sound good. I haven't had any issues with glare.

    Pros: Great sound! HD better reception.

    Cons: none so far.

    Great Receiver

    Written by: Ray from rockford, IL on March 20, 2016

    2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I Bought this as an upgrade over my old Pioneer receiver and it is. I have it installed with new RF Punch 6X8's and a RF Punch 8'' Sub and RF amp and the sound is a huge improvement in my Explorer. I really like the simplistic and clean look to the face but I gave it a 4 star rating in build quality only because I personally would like to see some materials other than plastic used, that said I would still highly recommend this receiver.

    Pros: Clean look lots of sound tailoring options Bluetooth

    Cons: Can't control Pandora on Bluetooth

    Sounds great. Even nice to look at, if you live in a BatCave!

    Written by: RBX from san mateo, CA on March 17, 2016

    1989 BMW 325I

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

    After upgrading to this after my Sony nightmare [1* Review: "What a nightmare!!")], and assurances from product advice @ Crutchfield, I had high hopes. Installs like any other HU. Using the DL'd PDF manual, I got the audio set up. Lots of configurability for fine-tweaking. IMO, the audio on this HU is Very good. But, you quickly begin to get really annoyed with the chintzy feel of the controls & faceplate -- you just Know these won't last. The shiny (!?) plastic does a Great job of preserving fingerprints ( might be a security feature :-/ ). But you stick with it, get it set up, and pull the car out of the garage. And the display Completely vanishes. All I see is reflection & glare. Well, ok - Not completely. If I lean sideways, and drop my head into the passenger-side footwell, and look Up at the unit, I can tell it's On. So change the contrast options. Um, That does a find job of making it worse! Lay some anti-glare sheet on it. No help !? Bottom line -- there is No daylight condition in which I can actually see the display. Hey, Crutchfield -- when you told me that, in your opinion, the display is quite readable, you meant ... What ?!? This is pretty frustrating! My ages-old Blaupunkt Toronto was SO much better built that these 'high-end' units these days. So, rip it out, pack it up, ship it back. One last, college try -- upgrading to the Alpine CDE-HD149BT_EN. Fingers-crossed for the Alpine. Stay tuned.

    Pros: Good audio section -- controls & sound. Front & back USB is handy.

    Cons: Feels rickety. And the display's only usable in "dark places" ... (Garage, Norway in the winter, Shipping containers, etc etc)

    Awesome

    Written by: Anonymous from newport news, VA on February 24, 2016

    2003 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Tough install for e46 but such a great product.

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    Great Stereo

    Written by: Ray from Ft Collins, CO on February 14, 2016

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

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

    This is a great upgrade to the factory Bose system in a 2003 Pathfinder. The sound quality was great on the HD radio and all the bluetooth streaming and calling features work flawlessly. Plus the multi color display is super sweet!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on February 14, 2016

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

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

    Replaced factory unit that showed intermittent CD problems. My tastes did not require high output or connection to outboard amps. I do enjoy the blue tooth connection to my phone and the usb.

    Pros: Straight forward installation.

    Cons: Can't quite get the combination of display data I prefer. You can only get the time displayed in combination with a bar graph of the music. I just want a big clock to one side without controlling the other lines of data

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    Written by: JCR from Ohio on January 2, 2016

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

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

    The unit looks good, sounds good, but is overly complicated. It does not come with an instruction manual, you will really need this to get a great sound and figure out how to use all the features. Crutchfield's advisors were a great help, they quickly copied the manual and mailed it to me Fast. I called Kenwood to try and get a manual that was not an 8 1/2 x 11 download, they said they did not include instructions with their units I could download one from the internet. I won't be buying anymore Kenwood in the future but I will always buy from Crutchfield they understand how to take care of the customer.

    Pros: Many Features

    Cons: No instructions

    Great radio

    Written by: PeterM from New Jersey on December 1, 2015

    2002 Lexus ES300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great radio.. Was looking for something for my iphone to play through while also adding the convenience of bluetooth. The HD radio was the reason why I went with this model over a few of the cheaper units. I installed this into a 2002 lexus es300 and it couldn't have been any easier... Wiring kit Crutchfield supplies and the mounting kit were perfect. I must say I've never used anyone else for my stereo's and never will. Crutchfield has never let me down and has made installation a snap. When staring at your dashboard I know it seems a bit overwhelming but trust me it's alot easier when all the wiring and mounting hardware is shipped with your radio..

    Pros: Easy play through of iphone for music and using google maps for directions. comes with a microphone and the ability to answer calls through the stereo. Shows titles of songs when using itunes radio as well.

    Cons: little querky controls.. Its still new to me but changing the fm radio stations seems a bit more complicated then it needs to be..

    good sound, few quirks

    Written by: Clay from Pennsylvania on November 30, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced a factory Delco radio with this one. I have 2 Alpine's in my other cars, but went with this one because of getting a break on the price (open box) and variable color display to match the Pontiac's red lighting. The unit sounds good, however there are so many customizations you can do, it may be too many. It has power...it ended up blowing out the factory speakers, so new ones are on order. There are a few quirks with this unit. 1) the display has a ton of glare in the daylight, it is very difficult to read and I had to reverse the colors in the day (black on red) so I can see it and depending on the light, that is tough. The single line Alpine isn't as good as this 3 line display, but I can read the Alpine all the time. At night however, this thing rocks. 2) some of the radio features didn't line up with my steering wheel controls, even with manual programming. the seek/search is not as intuitive as the Alpine 3) lack of preset buttons. it takes some getting used to. again, not intuitive to even the factory systems. 4) you get a little more manual control from the included remote, but not the easiest thing to use because the buttons are really small for my bigger hands. 5) the display options are good except for trying to keep a clock on the display. again, you can customize it, but how they have it setup is not intuitive to as the Alpine was. Don't get me wrong, it sounds great and has power, but you have to be used to the Kenwood way.

    Pros: great sound TON of features and customizations 3 line display is easy to read at night 3 line display shows a lot of info for a single DIN unit. included remote HD radio built in works well with new XM unit for pause, rewind, etc...... works with iPhone 5s can pair multiple phones with this unit and put them in priority order you can customize a lot on it.......

    Cons: *display has too much glare in the daylight. it is almost unreadable at times* I considered returning the unit because of this. too many features (yes, it can be a con...I am still trying to figure out some of them) Didn't make full use of my steering wheel radio controls Getting used to Kenwood's features, operations, etc.....not as intuitive as factory radios or the Alpine's I have

    Excellent

    Written by: MTB from New Jersey on November 16, 2015

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

    The Kenwood x998 is hands down the best single din head unit I have ever used. The settings are so detailed for audio control. You can get the perfect sounds you desire from this no doubt. In the Bluetooth settings,be sure to set speakers to all. I have this head unit paired with the sound ordnance compact sub. I was really subsided with how much bass that little guy will put out. Definitely a good addition to the stereo.

    Pros: Features 4.2 channel audio Loud Bluetooth Hd radio

    Cons: Display brightness

    Not Exceptional, but fully functioning

    Written by: K4CEO on November 15, 2015

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    After installing and running the KDC-X998 in my Ford Explorer, I can say that it works as advertised but there are some things left unsaid. The display is very difficult to read in daylight, due to poor contrast and glare off the curved shiny finish on the display. The Hands-free Bluetooth functions, but does not switch back to the previous mode when you are finished giving voice commands to your Phone which requires taking your eyes off the road to find the button to switch back to your previous song\mode. The access method to your Radio Presets is very cumbersome and requires unnecessary steps and removing your eyes from the road for such a common function. When using Audio Books on the USB, the fast forward and rewind functions only scroll at 9 seconds at a time. This slow scrolling is very painful, when trying to move many minutes forward or backward.

    Pros: Sound Quality Granular Selection of Display Types\Information\Text Included Rear USB Cable for putting Media in your Glove box\Console

    Cons: Poor Display background\contrast Poor choice of materials in Display Finish causes glare in sunlight. Bluetooth does not resume playing, after call finish. Bluetooth does not revert to previous mode, after finishing Voice Command. Poor design for accessing AM\FM Radio Presets. Included Manual is insufficient (Must download full documentation) Fast-forward\Rewind on USB is only 9 seconds at a time, making scrolling Audio Books very painful.

    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Written by: Anonymous from Colorado on November 4, 2015

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sound. Great quality at a very reasonable price.

    Pros: Easy deinstallation of old receiver and easier installation on new Kenwood

    Cons:

    Great Product

    Written by: PaulS from North Carolina on September 3, 2015

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It is a very functional deck with great sound and control

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    Bang for your buck

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on August 31, 2015

    1995 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This radio has been everything I wanted it to be and more. I bought this radio to hook up to my 4 channel and Monoblock amps and was blown away with the sound quality. Bass is punchy, mid pops with authority and treble is crispy. Well worth the cash.

    Pros: Sound quality, great call quality, amazing in depth audio features

    Cons: A little bit harder to see in the day light than my last deck, but I was able to fix it by turning the contrast up a bit.

    Not the brightest radio on the market

    Written by: Jeff S from Florida on August 31, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was replacing an Alpine and was disappointed. This unit is difficult to see in any sunlight. The sound quality was very good however lacks the different source levels. The lack of preset buttons means more time looking at the radio than the road.

    Pros: Initial sound quality Seamless Bluetooth connectivity

    Cons: Dim display Lack of separate source volume levels

    Alpine replacement

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on August 18, 2015

    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I had a very nice Alpine but after 13 years it finally went. Wanted the new Alpine and was reluctant to switch. After installing this new unit I can say it meets my expectations. The best thing about this unit is the ability to talk clearly using your smart phone and Bluetooth. Sound is good, I think I just need to get it set properly and learn to make adjustments.

    Pros: Very happy with the transaction Crutchfield has provided. Very nice website and very informative.

    Cons: Wish they supplied a plug and play patch harness so there would be no need for soldering etc.

    Manual is a must read

    Written by: Vern from Washington on August 11, 2015

    2004 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a replacement for an OEM radio and got great reviews from a discussion forum for my car. Don't listen much and just wanted basic features plus hands free calling. Unit works great, but the number of features are overwhelming. Can't figure out how to get rid of the annoying start up multi color displays. There is no dimmer setting with my car's installation, so I have to use the negative script display for night time driving.

    Pros: Nice looking and a lot of features. Very good sound. Can disable some sound sources that I don't use such as Aha and Iheart. Phone section works very well.

    Cons: More features than I want or need. Set up took several days and manual reading. Finding pre set stations takes a lot of button pushing. The downloadable manual is essential. Display is hard to see in daylight.

    Nice unit!

    Written by: Anonymous from Alabama on July 28, 2015

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I had a older eXcelon 592 I believe and this unit has way more features! The multiband eq is nice to eliminate peaks. The DTA settings help get the sound to blend to your liking like you are sitting in the middle of the speakers and not off to one side. Another thing I noticed was that the bass seems tighter and punchier and still well rounded on the bottom end. The old unit in the highs seemed to be more pronounced in a certain area, but everywhere else this unit was a step-up! I got the refurb unit and have no complaints! Some say the display is too dim, well it for sure is a lot dimmer than my 592, but I ran it on dim all the time anyways. It is harder to see in the daytime than my previous, but it does not bother me or is not detrimental to daytime use or menu selection. I'm always adjusting stuff and drive during the daytime and works fine. I did choose a color around 14 I believe which is in the baby blue-ish and seemed the brightest. I have had pioneer and Kenwood units and I always end up with Kenwood in my stuff and so does my fam! (I upgrade audio in everything that I can find ;) haha) Great unit! Great service and help from Crutchfield on all purchases!

    Pros: Sound quality, user friendly (use to Kenwoods menus), plenty of audio adjustments, BT, HD radio picks up nicely/nicer than other units, USB/ipod- works flawlessly.

    Cons: Non really... could the display be a touch brighter?? yeah but I don't even really want to list it as a con even still.

    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Written by: Holymackeral from Virginia on July 20, 2015

    1996 Honda Del Sol
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great single DIN radio. Very easy to install in my daughter's 1996 del sol. Sound quality is outstanding even through stock speakers. There are so many features that I still haven't tried yet. Very sleek design.

    Pros: easy to install. Loaded with features. Great sound.

    Cons: Not completely user friendly. Needed to download the manual to understand all of the features.

    wonderful

    Written by: sennaman from Indiana on July 19, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I just love this. I had a little trouble working it at first, but was well worth the trouble when I got done. WOW! it sounds great. I could not have a better sounding unit. As far as learning how to use it, Crutchfield has been great. They listened to all my questions, and then told me what to do. I am very happy.

    Pros: sounds great

    Cons: none

    Great Product

    Written by: Dylan19 from Illinois on June 29, 2015

    1998 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I really like how straight forward the installation for this unit is. The wiring kind of scared me at first but once I labeled all the wires, it was a breeze, and I was able to double check everything. Sound quality is great, and there are many settings to go through; most of which seem too advanced for my knowledge.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Expectations met, yet again!

    Written by: brushforhire from Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015

    2007 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is my fifth head unit from Kenwood over the years. The last three have all been eXcelon series. I have loved everything about them all. This unit drives my garbage factory speakers in a way I didn't realize was possible. The audio adjustments options are fantastic. The control from the crossovers, speaker placements, equalizers, etc are all perfect for me. I am going to be running just a front stage component setup with two 8" subs in the back and this is perfect for what I was looking for. This is a great unit for the price. Simple, and to the point. What I wanted in my pursuit of a audio player and not some random eye candy for the dash.

    Pros: Sound quality, simplicity, looks, price, sturdiness.

    Cons: none

    Awesome

    Written by: Dave from Mercer me. on June 29, 2015

    1994 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    5 stars all the way I love this radio

    Pros: Ease of use features are great sound great

    Cons: Couldn't find any so far

    Excellent upgrade

    Written by: Hassi from California on June 24, 2015

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

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

    Haven't had it long, but I've been through all of the menus getting it dialed in. I've read reviews about the menu being difficult to navigate, I had no such issues, I found it simple and easy to use. I had already upgraded my factory speakers prior to this head unit install, and with this unit, the sound is noticeably better even before adjusting the outputs. Very quickly got the phone connected, station presets done with ease. Of course, as always, Crutchfield's installation kit worked flawlessly.

    Pros: Ease of use, sound quality.

    Cons: Difficult to read faceplate info in bright light

    Love it

    Written by: MattyJo from Oregon on June 17, 2015

    2006 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've always bought alpine for the longest time but i liked the look of this kenwood. I still love alpine, but i'm happy with this deck. I upgraded the four 6x8 in my ford f-350 and liked that this deck ran 22 watts rms to each speaker. I didn't want to put an amp in and all that so I am very happy. Sounds better than my stock speakers but not the loudest thing in the world. I debated going all out with amp and component speakers but i like keeping my truck as stock as possible.

    Pros: Bluetooth mic works great for my phone even in my diesel truck. Display is great( besides being dim in direct sunlight). Sounds great.

    Cons: Display is hard to see when the sun is shining. It's not alpine :)

    Really like it!

    Written by: Jonas from Columbus ohio on June 8, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great unit and that there's many options two and put music as a ring or USB front USB Pandora and Bluetooth streaming. It was difficult to figure out how to attach the sub woofer through the system because you had to reset the default setting which I had to call Crutchfield support who helped us out. All in all fantastic system. sound quality is great. Really like the display on the front. It tells who's calling along as well as the phone number. the HD radio works fantastic and when you have USB it tells what folder and what music playing and it's really nice.

    Pros: Too many to list

    Cons: The manual is virtually useless. If you are needing to preset or change defaults you need to just get in there and play around with unit. Or call crutchfield.

    Not very well designed

    Written by: Lingam from Los Gatos, CA on June 2, 2015

    2011 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I took a lot of time browsing on Crutchfield.com to ultimately choose this unit and at first I was happy, but over time I have become frustrated and disappointed with this head unit. I would recommend that people consider other decks as even having this one a year I have not become comfortable with it. My stock radio got much better AM / FM reception too!

    Pros: Good price, decent power, HD Radio included

    Cons: No clock when the unit is powered off and during certain audio modes, system locks up occasionally and I have to manually eject and replace controls, no easy station save buttons, generally inconvenient to navigate the USB drive for music songs.

    Not bad, but not great

    Written by: Ethan P from Virginia on June 2, 2015

    1988 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have mixed feelings about the X998. It has a very rich feature set, supporting nearly every imaginable digital streaming media type over bluetooth. It's also among the least garish single-din systems on the market (although that doesn't say much, given that almost every manufacturer makes these horribly garish glossy devices, with curved face plates and chromed-plastic buttons). Still, the looks of the thing really bother me - so much that I plasti-dipped most of the face plate. Really, I can't stand that this has a list of the features and streaming media types that it supports printed in chrome letters on the face. Seriously, I already bought the thing - I know what it can do. Although it has a rich feature set, the streaming media support is actually only so-so. The Pandora app only seems to work with my Android phone if I go through a ritual of starting Pandora on the phone, then switching to Pandora on the head unit, and then painting my headliner with a blood of a goat while uttering a secret mantra. The hands-free bluetooth does not work as well as Pandora - there just isn't much noise cancelling, and nobody can ever hear me speak when the car is moving. As with most modern head-units, scrolling through a playlist is aggravatingly slow. Not only that, but when the screen scrolls through long text fields, it blurs the text. The worst part is the glossy curved screen, which cannot be read in direct sunlight. That being said, the audio quality is very good.

    Pros: -Good sound quality -Rich feature set

    Cons: -Glossy, curved display cannot be read in direct or indirect sunlight -Bluetooth phone - insufficient sound cancelling means that callers cannot hear me while the car is moving -Ugly design, glossy finish is not appropriate for my car (subjective, I know...but this is an industry design trend) -Chrome buttons (cheap look) -Poorly designed interface -Slow user interface -Text scrolling blurs text -Quality (mine randomly crashes when skipping to the next song on the rear USB stick)

    Great SQ and functions, bad everything else

    Written by: TB from Indiana on May 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I wanted 3 things in a stereo: sound quality, reliable bluetooth, and a bright display. This HU gave me good sound quality but none of the others. Bluetooth is slow to connect, it won't display artist/song in almost all of my music apps, and the screen is almost impossible to see with any daylight. SQ is great. I can get very clear audio just using the EQ and crossovers. The multi-line display and being able to see the full EQ band all at once makes those things a lot easier to set. The "elevation" sound enhancement and "bass boost" work pretty well, but most of the others make the sound worse. "Loudness" is the worst offender and makes the audio muddy even on the lowest setting. Bluetooth: Takes forever to connect. I'm usually a mile down the road before I start to hear anything. But usually I end up having to connect it manually in my phone's BT settings. Song/artist info won't display unless I'm using Pandora or Poweramp. I get nothing on the screen with Google Play Music or Amazon Prime Music. It usually drops the BT connection completely when ending a call. When connecting the first time, it defaults to only playing audio through front speakers. Have to go to Settings to change Bluetooth/HF Audio to "All". Screen: Way too dim. I've given up on trying to see it during the day. White and green are the only colors that are somewhat visible. But I guess that doesn't matter if the HU isn't displaying the song/artist in the first place.

    Pros: Great sound quality Many audio tweaks Some good "Sound Enhancements" Easy EQ Multi-line display

    Cons: - Screen not bright enough at all - Doesn't always go back to playing music after phone call - Can't adjust phone call alert volume - Most sound enhancements just make the sound very muddy - Takes a long time to connect to bluetooth after turning car on (~1 full minute or more) - Song information doesn't display for most audio players - EQ thins out at low volumes

    I want to love it......

    Written by: Mike from Collinsville IL on May 20, 2015

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

    I've owned this stereo for almost a year now, and we've developed a love/hate relationship. When this stereo works, it is one of the best I've owned, when it doesn't, not so much. The stereo has lots of audio options, which I like very much. It does take a bit of testing and tweaking, but once you get the sound where you like it, it sounds amazing. On the flip side, this thing has been the most finicky radio I've ever owned. The face occasionally stops responding or communicating with the rest of the radio. This results in either the face working like its supposed to without the radio responding ( when you change the station the numbers on the face show you're on a different one, but the music is still playing from your original) or the face locking up so no matter what you do nothing changes. Rebooting (turning the car off and on again) does fix it, but that gets very old very fast. The other thing is the usb ports are touchy. if I hit a moderate or major bump while driving often it stops reading from the usb device until you unplug it and plug it back in (which works most of the time, sometimes you need to "reboot"). The last point is the user interface. The radio looks cool only having a couple buttons and one knob, but it makes trivial tasks take up concentration and time, which is bad while driving. To navigate through a menu just to change stations is ridiculous. I had to buy a third party remote adapter for the steering wheel just to make using it practical.

    Pros: Sound customization and quality

    Cons: reliability and day to day operating tasks

    Great head unit, with a few exceptions

    Written by: JCinSeattle from Seattle, WA on May 19, 2015

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

    Sound and feature wise, this is a great unit. Install was relatively easy. Tons of audio options if you like to tweak your sounds. Connecting Bluetooth devices is quite simple. I do have a few issues with it, however. In bright sunlight, I can barely see the display. I have tried several different colors, as well as switching between positive and negative. If the sunlight reflects off the display, I simply cannot see anything. Which leads me to my second issue. The lack of physical buttons. While it has a nice, clean look, I absolutely hate having to enter a menu, then scroll through a list just to go to my next preset radio station. Which is next to impossible when you cannot see the display. Also, I don't like that there seem to be few options for displaying the clock as well as song/station info. I lost my car's clock when I replaced the stereo, and would like to be able to see both the song info and the time on the same screen. Finally, it is NOT compatible with the iPhone 6 as Crutchfield states. It will stream Bluetooth from my phone, but will not recognize the phone if connected via USB.

    Pros: Great sound, lots of audio tuning options, lots of features

    Cons: Lack of iPhone 6 support, no buttons for station preset recall, display difficult to read in sunlight.

    Crutchfield response on May 25, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer reset his iPhone 6 so it'd work with this Kenwood. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

    kenwood

    Written by: nz from maquoketa iowa on May 17, 2015

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit dose everything I want it to

    Pros: Plenty of functions, sound quality is great having the eq and x-over built in is a great money saver

    Cons: Owners manual could be more detailed on how to use everything

    Worth the money

    Written by: AllenK from Nebraska on May 13, 2015

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

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

    The Kenwood KDC-X998 is a fantastic radio. It has a ton of bells and whisltes, short of a double din size face on it, has almost everything you could ever need. Installation was quick, clean and has so far operated as advertised. So far for me only one complaint in regards to the Bluetooth Audio - where BT Audio is only coming through on the front channel, and none of the rear at all. BUT - yet to find out if it is an issue with the deck itself, or due to the amount of options on the deck and it's an option that I just have not figured out how to adjust. Still working with Crutchfield to try and resolve. I would recommend this deck for anyone looking to get a lot of stereo for a decent price. This went into a 2004 Dodge Ram (4-Door) w/ Infinity System.

    Pros: Great quality, Great Price, BT Phone and Microphone are SUPER clean and clear, amount of options are ridiculous.

    Cons: A TON of options - and for the average user is extremely daunting to understand. BT Audio being one channel - but again - may not be a deck issue.

    Solid unit...with quirks

    Written by: jeff from ct on May 10, 2015

    2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchased this unit to replace the stock stereo in my 2011 Jeep Wrangler. I read extensive reviews on multiple units before deciding on this one, and most were extremely accurate. The unit looks great...very sleek and packed with functionality I was looking for in a replacement. The sound, after a bit of tweaking, is great. Very powerful and crisp with little to no distortion through what I consider a comfortable listening volume. The cons in most reviews are also quite true...the display is nearly impossible to read on sunny days,especially with the top off. The tuner preset and scanning controls are buried to the point that if i didnt have steering wheel control i probably would have returned it. HD radio reception is quite nice though. I've also read sporadic reviews about the unit failing to deliver sound upon start up...this is happening frequently enough to be annoying with my unit. Quick fix is to detatch the face and reattach. ..corrects the issue every time. At this price point, this should not be an issue though. Overall its a solid unit, just not sure id buy it again knowing what I know now.

    Pros: Sound quality, stock power per channel, looks

    Cons: Apparent faceplate connection issues, not a user friendly UI

    Cool Dad!

    Written by: chris from Round Rock, Texas on May 7, 2015

    2000 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed in our 2000 Suburban that we use to transport many players on my son's baseball team to/from practice. The boys (and I) love it! Great sound and with the Pandora app and Bluetooth it is super easy to play the music you want. Installation was straightforward with the adapter kit and wiring harness Crutchfield included. Had it installed in ~1 hour. Wish I had upgraded the stock radio years ago now!

    Pros: Great sound, features and functions for the price. Adapter kit made it super easy to install.

    Cons: None at this time

    One of the worst...

    Written by: JK from Kentucky on May 5, 2015

    2006 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Sound quality is the only thing this product has going for it. If you only drive on cloudy days or at night this radio will be fine. The display is almost impossible to see on a sunny day. After reading previous reviews that stated this was an issue I decided to give it a try. Exchanged it for the KDC-X799 within 14 days with high hopes that this updated model would not have this issue. (See my KDC-X799 review)

    Pros: Sound quality.

    Cons: Display is not visible on sunny days.

    Awesome

    Written by: dboyrusky from Seattle, Washington on May 5, 2015

    2004 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good stereo the only thing I am having trouble with is saving radio station to a preset.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    2004 Corvette HU upgrade

    Written by: Ace from Ohio on April 27, 2015

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

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

    Have always been a fan of Kenwood and this unit doesn't disappoint. Got this because of it's rich feature set. I wanted connectivity to music players and digital music. Looks and sounds great. I'm using this with the existing Bose amps and speakers. Finally brought my system into the 21st century.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Good Upgrade for my Harley

    Written by: Eddie from Nashville, Tennessee on April 22, 2015

    2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit is an upgrade to my Harman Kardon factory system on my 2013 Street Glide. I wanted something with Bluetooth capabilities and a bit more functionality than the factory unit. The Kenwood pairs great with my iPhone5s and works flawlessly with the handlebar control adapter I purchased separately from Crutchfield. the supplied Scosche installation kit and wiring harness work perfectly and installation made a breeze! The unit has many color and display options and looks great going down the road at night. During the day, however, it is very difficult to see the display. It cannot compete with the sun nearly as well as the stock unit. Also, you MUST deactivate the road noise equalizer or you will hear almost nothing out of the speakers at highway speeds. Also, the controls are ok but a little sluggish when trying to adjust settings like EQ and display options but only barely enough to mention. Overall, I am pleased with the upgrade and would recommend it.

    Pros: Lots of features, works great with iPhone and iPods, sounds awesome

    Cons: Display is not the best for motorcycle, marine, or convertible use. Ease of use could be a little better

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Written by: Njlcane from Florida on April 19, 2015

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

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

    A big upgrade in sound quality over the original Bose head unit on my 2006 MX-5, even with the original speakers. The display is difficult to read in the daylight with the top down. The menu system is a little tricky and cumbersome, but after the set up it's ok. Installation was smooth with the help of Crutchfield technical support to lean on for guidance.

    Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth streaming and phone connection, iPod integration, rear and front usb ports. Display colors can be changed.

    Cons: Display is difficult to read in bright daylight. Menu can be frustrating.

    2015 Jeep wrangler Unlimited

    Written by: 2015 jeep from Colorado on April 13, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    decent deck.

    Pros: Usb port cover and huge bonus for jeepers is there is a flip down cover for the cd slot to keep the dust out! Works great with my Android phone.

    Cons: A tad bit glitchy at times but the fix that works for me is turn radio off before shutting the jeep off.

    KDC X998

    Written by: Mike S from New York on April 10, 2015

    1998 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is an excellent Head Unit for the money. The installation was very easy and quick. This receiver has a lot of bells and whistles on it. The built in equalizers do a great job of shaping the sound. This deck also features DSP which you wouldn't expect at this price. The sound quality is very high. Built in Blue Tooth and HD radio as well as having a CD player gives you all the options you will need.The included remote is more useful than expected in that it operates not only the choice of mode and the radio channels but also allows you to jump tracks from a smart phone hooked up by Blue Tooth. This deck also controls apps for Pandora, I Heart Radio and AHA. I-Tunes tagging is supported as is I Phone and I Pad control and it is Sirius Radio ready. Overall I am very satisfied with this unit and would definitely recommend this to others as a great balance of features vs. price.

    Pros: Great value, Lots of useful features, Blue Tooth, HD Radio, I-Tunes Tagging, DSP and many others.Having a CD player as well as HD Radio is one of my favorite abilities. Almost everything about this is a pro, it would take too long to list every one so please just look at the all the abilities when you compare with other receivers.

    Cons: My only con (and this is industry wide not just with this receiver) is that it only allows total control of Apple products. There are a lot of us Android users out there and more coming along all the time. We would really appreciate the same abilities with our digital music files that Apple gets.

    Pretty good product

    Written by: DW from Woodstock, GA on April 9, 2015

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit was the better looking unit that I could find. I did not want a unit that looked out of place but rather one that blended with the dash like a factory unit would. This one looks the best, have the best features I could find and simple to install.

    Pros: looks good, iTunes plays through Bluetooth, excellent reception

    Cons: difficult to program radio stations into the preset

    Quality you expect

    Written by: Ted from Pennsylvania on April 7, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great buy for the price!

    Pros: Good sound Ease of use Phone sound quality is clear Easy to install

    Cons: None so far

    Replaced Factory Radio

    Written by: Carson from Nevada on April 5, 2015

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

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

    Overall, this is a great choice for replacement or upgrade of a factory radio. Installation was easy, and the fit-up is an exact match. Using the guide for 'fits' is they way to go. Selection of this model was made to support installation of sat. radio capability. That was a great deal as it saved by buying the converter along with the radio. This is a great all purpose system with a number of features that make its application very flexible for whatever the installation may be. Recommended for the everyday car audio listener.

    Pros: Flexibility of features, simplicity of uses - once you know how to use them, ease of installation, better than expected sound quality (matched with Kenwood speakers), no clutter and excessive glitz on the faceplate, remote is easier to use for functions/channel selections than the controls on the radio, clean and easy to read display, removeable faceplate

    Cons: There is no protective sleeve or box for the faceplate when removed - not so great as it is the central element of the system, microphone and rear USB accessories seem to be after thoughts but are not well designed for easy fit-up (off my install list as they don't add to the radio performance), features are well more than expected and they do work, but the user has a lot to learn before they are all useful - SAFETY ISSUE: could cause loss of focus on the road while trying to use functions

    Satisfied

    Written by: _level_ from OKC on April 2, 2015

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

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

    I haven't purchased an aftermarket HU in 10 years or so. At that time I was accustom Pioneer. After some reviewing here, seemed this Kenwood was all around most featured and best bang for your buck at the price point. Installed this in a 2002 Sierra and using for roughly a week. Lots and lots of sound options, maybe too many, so takes time and learning. Menus and options are setup in tree/folder style. Easy to get lost or forget how to find a specific setting. Unit appears to have strong clarity and sound power. Some mentioned software issues which I have not experienced, however just recently I did notice while using the SXM, the sound randomly stopped. Powering the unit off and back on seemed to bring it to working order. Have not used the BT much, but seems has been connecting to the phone without issue. Just a few short calls over the system. Other party did mention sounded "far away" using external mic. Has gain adjustment which seemed to help. Truck dash is well protected from light. I haven't had an issue seeing or reading the display which, by the way, I'm not overly impressed with. Seems a little too "8bit" and archaic considering the times, but doesn't bother me by any means. Overall still learning how to use it effectively. At this point I think it was a fitting choice. Good power, simple to use at interfacing level (menus can be complicated), lots of source options and customization.

    Pros: Seem well made with strong audio power and clarity, many source options, potential software updates, quick boot to sound time.

    Cons: Menus can be confusing or difficult to access, overwhelming sound adjustment options. Remote response appears slow. Display has good info but GUI may leave one unimpressed.

    Awesome deck!

    Written by: Mike from Lakeville mn on April 1, 2015

    1995 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    One of the better decks ive had. Sound quality is awesome. And lots of great features.

    Pros: All the pre outs and multiple USB ports is great.

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Written by: J. D. from USA on March 29, 2015

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great head unit for the money. Lots of features, some I don't use, others I wouldn't live without from an after market deck. The 13 band EQ is my favorite feature. I was able to get a pretty flat output with the frequency bands of the equalizer. I didn't find the full manual in the box but a PDF of the manual can be found on Kenwood's web site. If you're looking for a single DIN head unit I would highly recommend this one. Get some speakers while your at it.

    Pros: 13 band EQ 5V preouts WAV audio support Delay time control Digital crossovers Rear USB has a fairly long coord

    Cons: No FLAC support There are no radio preset buttons. Setting and scrolling through your radio presets is a chore compared to other head units.

    Meh

    Written by: TheOldDude from New York on March 28, 2015

    2001 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    As several have already stated, the display is too dim in the daylight. I run the display inverted (white background with dark blue lettering) so that it can be seen in the daylight. Accessing the radio station presets is a tedious menu driven process which requires you to take your eyes off the road for way too long. I have a USB stick taped to the rear USB lead and the lead taped down behind the dash. Every 20 minutes of play from the rear USB results in 'no device' being displayed and no music. Switching sources to HD radio then back to the rear USB resumes play. That's a pain. I called Kenwood and they had no fix for the USB issue other than to suggest I use the front port instead. Imagine that. The other major issue I have with it though is lockups. The music keeps playing but none of the buttons respond to any action. Removing the faceplate and reinstalling seems to fix the problem. I've had the unit install about a week and it has locked up on me 6 times. Called Kenwood and they say that they have not had this problem reported but if you google it, this is common enough with this model. This has occurred while listening to the radio, playing off the USB, and while BT streaming. I'm guessing it's the connection between the faceplate and the rest of the HU. The audio quality is nice but I'm Really ready to send this thing back now. Too bad, I really likes all the features but I can't live with these issues.

    Pros: Nice audio

    Cons: Lockups Spotty USB connectivity Dim display Difficult to access radio presets

    IT'S JUST OK BUT SQ IS PERFECT

    Written by: Jrhaat from New York on March 21, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Since the objective was mainly SQ: I do not have any regrets whatsoever. How ever, I would say it's just ok. One would assume that all the features in this product actually contributed in the price tag and would also expect them to work just fine. It's easy to use, but easier if you synchronize it with your steering wheel control like I did for my 2011 Camry (About $50 more) for the accessories. I was able to match the display with my dash board's lights. I had no difficulties to see display in day light. The bluetooth will over ride any other process. This is semi-pro device. the FM sucks big time, the CD player only plays brand new discs lol But I like it overall. Just set your priorities before purchase.

    Pros: Great sound quality and powerful output. I like the DPS mode option a lot, I don't even need to use the EQ.

    Cons: Bad CD lecture, Bad FM tuner. HELLO KENWOOD!!!!!!

    Very nice unit!

    Written by: Dat Kustom Bronco from West Jordan, utah on March 19, 2015

    1997 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very impressed with this unit, sounds amazing even threw stock speakers! The functions are great, having three auxs on it is great aswell!! Especially when you can decide what to listen to!!

    Pros: Great unit, great sounds, very easy to learn.

    Cons: My phone won't stream pandora threw Bluetooth:

    Excellent head unit

    Written by: Zac from Nebraska on March 17, 2015

    1986 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent, excellent head unit. Superb sound quality and controls of sound parameters. A bit complex to use at first but like anything, with a little more familiarity and use, it becomes easier to use. Excellent product at a good price point.

    Pros: Excellent price point, excellent sound quality, precise sound level controls

    Cons: None that I can think of

    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Written by: Anonymous from san antonio on February 19, 2015

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I would've liked to have seen more options for a custom feel. For example i personally listen to pandora or music on my phone. I have no need for aha, iheart radio, or even the am/fm tuner and would like to remove those from source menu.

    Pros: Sounds great. Install was easy.

    Cons: Pandora doesn't always work perfect. its a little difficult to fix something that goes wrong while driving.

    Nice!

    Written by: JohnS from Fremont, NE on February 19, 2015

    2005 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Sounds great and it's easy to program. One thing that's a big downside is the display. At night the display looks great, but if the sun is out you can't read anything on the display. Overall it's a good stereo.

    Pros: Sounds good and looks great at night.

    Cons: Can't read anything on the display if it's a sunny day.

    Nice equipment

    Written by: LC from SJ, PR on February 15, 2015

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

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

    I put this in a 2000 Durango and install was smooth. The sound with this unit is fantastic. One drawback of the display is it gets washed out in bright sunlight and hard to see it.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Wonderful unit, but a few quirks

    Written by: Louieography from Colorado on January 28, 2015

    2006 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this unit and this is my first install. As a refurb unit it came with the quick start guide, but not the full manual so I had to download it. Not a big deal, but frustrated I had to do that. I put this in a 2006 4Runner and install was smooth for my first DIY install. Glad I did it. Save me a lot of money over going to Car Toys for this unit. The sound with this unit and my JBL system is fantastic. Much better than from the factory unit. I was able to adjust display color to match the lighting in the 4Runner perfectly. One drawback of the display is it gets washed out in bright sunlight and hard to see it. I wish it had more buttons. It's all from mostly a central control knob and it's frustrating to have to go through multiple menus when you want to change common functions, such as seek method (going from manual, to auto seek to seek by program button) and storing favorite channels, adjusting levels levels, etc. Overall I'm very happy with the unit! The reception and function is great! The price was great and love not having to pay Car Toys to install this. Bluetooth works great and overrides the stereo when call comes in or when GPS function needs to talk. I bought this so I could plug in an iOS and Android device as well. The front and rear USB is a nice feature. It will be perfect for using my Motion X Offroad Maps on my iPad Mini hooked into this unit for offroad TOPO maps. I highly recommend this unit.

    Pros: Great Sound, full featured unit with USB, bluetooth, HD radio and optional Satellite capabilities. Love it has 18 channel FM memory capability. I can now store analog and digital channels. Hard to see display in bright sunlight.

    Cons: Too many levels on some of the menus. No dedicated function buttons for changing sound range levels, storing stations and search functions need multiple steps.

    Love it, but having issues

    Written by: Adam T. from Butler, PA on December 27, 2014

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

    Read the instructions first and foremost. You will save a ton of heartache in the long run. There is only 1 issue I am having with this. I loaded up a thumb drive full of music, and its not reading the drive. Im not sure if its because I formatted the drive NTFS or not. I redid it and am going to try using the FAT32 file system to try to get it to work. 1 thing that would be nice would be voice commands like Fords SYNC system.

    Pros: Fairly easy to use. There is very rarely static. Good price.

    Cons: Not voice activated

    Perfect

    Written by: Anonymous from Naples, FL on December 26, 2014

    2001 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The instructions were pretty straight forward for using the head unit. Install portion was a little misleading. You start to understand it after you figured it out. All in all, was perfect.

    Pros: Slim design, 2 USB ports, bluetooth, hd radio, and looks great in car.

    Cons: So much to do with it.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Written by: Crutchfield Customer from Guam on December 23, 2014

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    For the price, installation/adapter kit and features. money well spent! Awesome sound quality, quick and easy Bluetooth connection. Extremely happy with product, thanks Crutchfield!!! Did I mention FREE shipping and fast delivery!

    Pros: Too many, very happy!

    Cons: None

    Great Replacement Deck

    Written by: Radtekus from Colorado on December 21, 2014

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

    I got this as a factory refurb and it was in perfect condition. Installed it in a 2007 Subaru Impreza in 15 minutes (after crimping the adapter to the harness, 10 min). Navigation of menus on the unit it very easy and intuitive.

    Pros: Great deck for the price.

    Cons: No faceplate case.

    Nice Clean Deck

    Written by: Darrell E. from Elmsford, NY on December 15, 2014

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

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

    Nice solid deck. Didn't come with the usual velvet bag though, I had to buy a hard case from Kenwood USA for an extra $15. Not a big deal considering the features of this deck. iPod support is wonky at times when using App Mode when scrolling through using Cover Flow but I wouldn't use that feature while driving anyway.I've had it for the past 2 months and I'm very satisfied with this deck. I think for the amount of features (HD radio,24/db crossovers,9 band EQ,time alignment,bluetooth) for the $, you can't go wrong. Also you can disable the sources you don't use(go into settings while in Standby mode). You can also turn off the internal amp if you are running multiple amps for components.

    Pros: 4 volt preouts HD radio built in 24/db slopes 9 band EQ Time alignment Bluetooth works great with Android/iPhone Included Mic

    Cons: Didn't come with a protective case/bag for faceplate. Spectrum analyzer lags. Music stutters in App Mode using iPod.

    Great product

    Written by: Anonymous from Oregon city, Oregon, 97045 on December 14, 2014

    2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great system to replace the factory unit. Easy to use and produces great sound. Very easy to use and have not had any real complaints about it.

    Pros: Great quality. Matches my dash lights color. Easy to use. Very in depth audio tuning.

    Cons: The mic for Bluetooth phone and siri controls is not quite sensative enough. It doesn't pick up my voice to well. It works, but I just have to talk louder. But I am driving a jeep wrangler so that just might be road noise

    Buy This Top of the Line Model

    Written by: MacW. from California on December 12, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit is worth every penny extra because of the DSP and the ability to control the sound so many different ways it's worth 5 times as much as the simpler units. This turned by 2002 Cadillac Deville into a crazy powerhouse stereo I haven't even replaced the speakers or the amp that came stock in the car. Just the head unit. The dual USB inputs lets you attach a cheap USB thumb drive and just leave it there with 10,000 songs on it you do not need a iPhone, iPod, mp3 player, Android or any player at all just the tunes on a flash drive. So if nothing else you have a back up in the car if you phone or iPod fails. There are so many controls that you input what size speakers, what kind, where there at and 100 other parameters to adjust yourself. It has a free band equalizer that you get to adjust not just the presets. It searched an iPhone for Playlists, Songs, Albums, Bands, just like iTunes. I may move into my car there's just little reason to be in the house. It has nice colors to choose from or none if you like a bland world. All I can tell you is if you like music spend the extra money that you will waste on something else in no time and boost your car stereo up 87 levels. The versatility is unmatched...Oh the built in Bluetooth for both phone calls and playing music, download you address book it just never ends with this thing. Get one now.

    Pros: Total absolute tonal control in every way imaginable and not imaginable. Dual USB, Bluetooth for phone and playing music, Sound quality and everything I already said in the review

    Cons: None

    Easy to use with a clean look

    Written by: Anonymous from Marietta, Georgia on December 4, 2014

    1996 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to wire up and install. Clean look with nice display colors. Very few buttons on the face so it can be a little confusing to use at first. Sound Quality is excellent. I'm powering the components on the headunit alone for now. I'm impressed!

    Pros: Excellent sound quality and a clean look. Bluetooth works flawlessly.

    Cons: Very few buttons on the face plate. Makes it somewhat difficult to use, but with a little practice or the remote its very user friendly.

    Buy It For Sound, Not Looks

    Written by: Ian S from Housatonic, MA on November 23, 2014

    2004 Honda Civic SI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    First of all, this unit sounds excellent, and after all that's the primary function of a head unit. That said, I've got a few gripes. Coming from the KDC-X990 the display looks like a 9 year jump backward rather than forward. Most colors other than green are barely visible in full daylight, the text is anything but smooth, and the analyzer lags so much as to not bear any resemblance to what's happening sonically. The UI also leaves something to be desired, with just a few buttons barely covering the typical functions you'd like to access. On the software side of things, it's a mostly positive report, with comprehensive EQ, crossover and delay settings, and the typical Kenwood cabin-type/speaker-size enhancements. The Drive EQ leaves something to be desired though, applying a static offset rather than using the included mic to compensate for cabin noise. Speaking of the included mic, call quality has been good and I've gotten no complaints from callers, most not even realizing I'm in the car. The display frequently shows incoming caller numbers as opposed to names, even if they're in my phone's address book. A few nice surprises were the ability to play music from one source (say rear USB) but pause and switch to bluetooth when a navigation app needed to give directions, and the ability to customize the info display per source. At the end of the day though, I'm thoroughly pleased with this head unit as the sound quality is excellent. After all, that's why I bought it

    Pros: - Excellent sound quality - Automatically switches between USB and Bluetooth sources to play GPS announcements - Display can be customized by source - Comprehensive EQ, crossover, delay, cabin, and speaker settings - Very good call quality for incoming and outgoing audio - Wirelessly updates firmware (let's hope they capitalize on that ability!)

    Cons: - Display barely visible in bright light unless color is set to green - Functions such as radio tuning, and play/pause are less than obvious from the front panel - Graphic analyzer and Drive EQ are all but useless - Aha, iHeartRadio, and Pandora integration, while functional, is mediocre

    Excellent replacement of factory system

    Written by: DC from Cleveland, OH on November 6, 2014

    2006 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this system with an adaptor kit. Most of the install time it took was on me as I was fairly careful to verify and re-verify the connections. Sound clarity is fabulous, the power is okay to good, closer to good. Bluetooth functionality and 2 USB connectors are really great to have.

    Pros: easy install, affordable, great sound quality

    Cons: I wish I could disable some of the sources I never use, but I do have to cycle through them

    Kenwood KDC X998

    Written by: Mike R from Arlington, WA on October 21, 2014

    2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    After installing an X998 in our car in July, my wife and I were so impressed by the sound quality, virtually infinate adjustability and easy to follow instructions that I'm now installing this second X998 in my truck.

    Pros: Crutchfield's price along with the free shipping, installation gear and 'spot on' instructions make up a value that is next to impossible to beat!

    Cons: None.

    may not be the best choise for older people

    Written by: Anonymous from san mateo ca. on October 20, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I don't recommend this type of radio in a vehicle like a jeep because its difficult to adjust sound wile driving.

    Pros: good sounding and adjustable sound.

    Cons: display not very bright and a danger to adjust sound control wile driving. h d radio signal loss seems to lock up tuner and you need to switch radio off and back on to change channels again.

    Better than factory!

    Written by: Anonymous from St. Louis, MO on October 15, 2014

    2006 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    So far so good. Its just installed and works great. I can't even tell I have the refurbished version as there are no visible or performance defects. I started installing amps to go full active, but right now it has made the stock speakers sound much better. I may update the review once the full install and tuning is complete and I get the chance to really put it through its paces, but so far so good.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Written by: Steve from Michigan on October 11, 2014

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very nice unit, would be even better if it had direct button tuning.

    Pros: Features

    Cons: No direct access tuning

    Good unit

    Written by: Patrick from Arizona on October 6, 2014

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

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

    Have always been a fan of Kenwood Excelon but with this unit it's hard to see in daylight even with tinted windows and early morning hours. The sound is excellent once you figure out from the 5 tier menu of where to go. This unit features a pro setup which helps tuning your speakers.

    Pros: 4 volt peamps, multitude of sound settings.

    Cons: Dim display in light. Menu isn't simple to use.

    Nice Unit

    Written by: pushrod140 from Portland, Oregon on October 6, 2014

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality