1997 Buick Skylark
Ease of Use
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.