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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

CD receiver (Factory refurbished)

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Tune into the digital revolution
Enjoy the best sound in radio, hands down, with HD Radio™. Broadcasts are available almost everywhere across the country, offering outstanding digital sound quality free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 CD receiver has everything you need to listen in — just tune into local HD Radio stations and enjoy the difference.

Kenwood KDC-X596

Plenty of other entertainment options, too
When you're not enjoying your drive-time radio, slip in a CD to take advantage of this receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. It converts the raw data on your disc, including MP3 and WMA files, to smooth life-like sound. And convenient front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs give you access to plenty of other listening options.

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Once you plug in your iPod® or iPhone®, you'll enjoy quick navigation of your playlists and albums. Plus, if you groove to Pandora® Internet radio with your iPhone, you won't miss a beat when you plug it into KDC-X596 with its built-in Pandora® controls. And you Android fans can take advantage of the Music Link app, which provides a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB input.

Sound-shaping tools
Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X596's 3-band EQ, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you customize the output to fit your car's speaker setup. And, speaking of customizing, you can adjust the illumination color on this Kenwood to match your vehicle's lighting.

And don't forget another Excelon sound advantage. If you're building a car audio system, one of the keys to the getting the most out of your system is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that'll provide your amps with the strong signal they need for top performance.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit display and variable-color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Music Link app for Android devices
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    • Refurbished AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-405)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Cloth face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Audio Section
    HD Radio
    Disc Playback
    USB/Aux Inputs
    iPod/Android Control
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 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-X596 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

    3-Way Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    EQ Pro: The Excelon KDC-X596 features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 60, 80, 100, or 200 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.5k Hz 0.75, 1.00, or 1.25 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Bass Boost: In addition, the Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2 or Off).

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer at lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store Preset EQ and EQ Pro bass/midrange/treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA 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.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X596 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 head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X596 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X596 features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    HD Radio

    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 as well.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog).

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-X596's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-X596 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 24).
    • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Note: You can also setup the KDC-X596 to search only HD Radio stations.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-X596 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X596 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-X596 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    USB/Aux Inputs

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-X596 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X596 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X596 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    iPod/Android Control

    iPod Direct Connection: The KDC-X596's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X596.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.

    iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit 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 iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X596 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-X596 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). You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod Display: The KDC-X596 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-X596 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").

    iPod 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.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X596 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/3/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Android Market place. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.

    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav n/a n/a

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-X596 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 13-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Button Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 features variable color button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Illumination Dimmer: The head unit's fluorescent display has two dimmers settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can switch the display dimmer setting On or Off. The head unit's button illumination has an independent dimmer setting from the display which lets you set the button illumination dimmer to LVL1, LVL2, or Off. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X596 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately);  or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    Written By Bob, Pittsburgh on Monday, September 02, 2013
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    goog radio
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    1 out of 5

    poor stereo

    Written By Anonymous, idahi on Friday, July 19, 2013
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    Radio won't Pick Up stations, Cd's started Skipping After 2 Months. Contracted crutchfield and They Made Us Go Through KenwooD. Kenwood Wouldn't warranty The Stereo.
    Pros:
    none
    Cons:
    Cd Player Skips, No Radio Stations Pick up
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    1 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By Johnny, Southeast on Thursday, July 11, 2013
     
    Didn't work with iPod. Didn't work with iPhone. Didn't work with thumb drive. Instructions for mount were wrong. Didn't come with all the necessary hardware.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By Kelvin, Madison ga on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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    Great product
    Pros:
    Price and quality
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    KDC-X596

    Written By 4budz, Saint Louis on Sunday, June 09, 2013
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    Why this one has been Discontinued is their loss and your gain (on Sale). Everything on this unit fit the bill for me.
    Pros:
    **Change the Color of the lights to match the car's dash AND able to Dim for night driving. **HD Radio. **iPod. **High Voltage Pre-Outs for much better sound. **2 Yr. Warranty. **Crutchfield's Great Service.
    Cons:
    Discontinued
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    5 out of 5

    great unit

    Written By Anonymous, Tacoma WA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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    easy to install, great sound quality nice features. able to adjust subs from control panel. HD radio kicks a$$.. Great value
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great stereo for the price

    Written By Devin, Denton, TX on Sunday, May 05, 2013
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    This stereo was fairly easy to install in my '95 Accord, the instructions included were slightly vague but I figured it out. The only problem was that I wired the harness up color for color and found that I had almost zero radio reception. Well I called Crutchfield and spoke to an employee who said that I needed to wire the blue wire from the harness to the blue/white wire on the stereo. That fixed the issue and I haven't had any problems since! It made my Alpine speakers sound amazing compared to the stock unit. I definitely recommend this one.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, simple controls, good price
    Cons:
    Wiring harness can be a little tricky, was difficult to mount flush with my console
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    5 out of 5

    Radio

    Written By Tmarcus, New Orleans , LA. on Friday, April 19, 2013
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    Radio was easy to install , great product!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood hit the mark

    Written By GaryV, DeFuniak Springs, Fl on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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    I called Crutchfield to order a different stereo. The guys at Crutchfield helped me choose a better integrated system; included the wire harness, dash kit, and free tech support. I am pleased with the sound, the looks, and the set up was straitforward. I think I saved some money to boot. Thanks Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Well built system and loaded with features. The USB and HD Radio tuner is a big plus.
    Cons:
    No cons.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Michaeli, St Louis, MO on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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    Can't imagine a better head unit any any price. Installed in an 04 Infiniti G35 with Bose system. Sound is MUCH better than the factory unit, same speakers and amp. HD radio is awesome, reception is very good. AAA+++ Crutchfield tech support is the BEST. First unit ever installed and no problems with a little help from tech. Not the easiest car to work on as the climate control and radio is all one unit.
    Pros:
    Sound, features, price
    Cons:
    None to date.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By Anonymous, Chester, IL on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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    This unit is probably the best I've ever used.
    Pros:
    The USB port charges the iPhone, you can match colors to other lighting inside car, sound quality
    Cons:
    None!
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    4 out of 5

    Great Receiver for the money

    Written By Rob K., Kingsport, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013
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    this is the first Kenwood I've had in about 20 years, and it is awesome.
    Pros:
    Was a great buy for the price.
    Cons:
    The placement of buttons could have been better, the ones you dont use alot are the big ones and the ones you do use alot sre small, maybe Im just still use to my old pioneer.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood best sound

    Written By Jose A., Ponce,PR on Thursday, April 11, 2013
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    this is my 2nd kenwood.first was installed on a toyota tacoma, 2nd on a mazda protege.excelent sound,features and performance.AAAA+++++11111111 RECEIVER
    Pros:
    versatilty,connectivity,about 20 colors display to choose,strong preamp out signal to connect amps,lot of tuneability
    Cons:
    no cons for me
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    5 out of 5

    Superb Sound

    Written By Bobby L, Peekskill, NY on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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    First off let me say that Crutchfield are always a pleasure to order electronics from and their customer service is the best in the industry. A close friend of mine who has his own Car Installation company installed this in 25 minutes for me, as soon as I hooked up my USB Flashdrive to it and turned in the unit I could hear the difference in quality compared to my old stock Toyota receiver. The learning curve for operating the unit is pretty easy, I set up everything in a few minutes to the way I liked. As of now I still have the stock speakers in my car, but the sound is so much cleaner and clearer. I'm very happy also the wire harness and fit kit was included free, plus free shipping! The local big box store wanted to charge me over $59.00 for the Kit and Harness plus $70 for install, im glad i went with Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Great sound, easy to use , remote control
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Good Value

    Written By MikeB, NWF on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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    I went with the Kenwood because it had all the features I needed at a good price. It has good sound and the menus are easy to figure out.
    Pros:
    Easy to use and sounds good.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sure sounds good

    Written By Anonymous, Miami, Fl. on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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    I replaced the factory radio with this... A real difference.
    Pros:
    Looks nice
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    5 out of 5

    Great deal

    Written By Jim K., Blues Bros. Hometown on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    Got this on sale. Way cool with changing color lights. Lots of tuning options. The kid loves it!
    Pros:
    Easy set-up
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By TA, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 01, 2013
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    Good sound and options at a great value. Only operation item i dont like is it always defaults to iphone when you connect it and if you are listening to the radio you have to scroll back through the sources to get back to it.
    Pros:
    value, pandora, ipod, charging phone
    Cons:
    operational quirks not necessarily logical.
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    5 out of 5

    Great valu

    Written By RickAG, Erie, PA on Monday, April 01, 2013
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    Great sound for the money. I installed it in my 2006 Town and Country that did not have a USB or AUX port. I liked the sound and ease of installation that I got another Kenwood for my 2004 silverado
    Pros:
    Good sound easy install. Nice to have the SUB and AUX ports and not have to deal with the Cassette adapter. Now I can play my music off the $10 jump drive.
    Cons:
    Small buttons, my wife has a hard time reading them. Takes some time to learn how to use all the functions.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By JIMD, Tampa Bay on Sunday, March 31, 2013
     
    Easy to use and install, and I even bypassed my factory amp! Running the wires back wasn't as hard as some have stated, but I had all the tools I needed to do the job right the first time. The HD radio sounds great, and now I just need to upgrade my speakers next.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, the programmable color gave the edge to this unit over an Alpine. Very impressed with the HD Radio!
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By jim, west salem, oh on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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    easy to program with the easy presets hold and let go, not as many bells and whistles, I dont use them anyway, I am just an old man that wants to listen to cds, am, fm and podcast loaded onto a thumbdrive
    Pros:
    easy to install, less wires to hook up than a loaded unit
    Cons:
    haven't found any yet
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    5 out of 5

    Good Value with Excellent Performance

    Written By JohnM, New Tripoli, PA on Friday, March 29, 2013
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    I have always had great luck with Kenwood products. This has many more features and outputs than I will ever use. It was great having the installation kit available since I needed to remove the stock bracket and use the installation kit bracket to get a better faceplate fit. Using the stock bracket made the radio face plate stick out too far. Having virtually a plug and play wiring harness adapter permitted me to match up the colors and functions perfectly before attempting to install the radio. Using the supplied instructions, the dash panels came out without too much of a challenge. Because of the ample length of the supplied wiring adapter I was able to plug in and test the radio before mounting it to the brackets.
    Pros:
    Attractive face plate, HD sound capability, ease of installation, excellent written instructions.
    Cons:
    Perhaps a little complicated operation for those of us old timers who still have 12:00 blinking on our VCR's.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By mikey, fort worth texas on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    easy to install great value Crutchfield was great, they sent all wiring harnesses and brackets free of charge
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By Chuck H, Bethesda MD on Sunday, March 24, 2013
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    Easy to install...directions were very clear and the photo instructions were simply invaluable.
    Pros:
    Easy installation and iPhone connectivity
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent!

    Written By S. Wale, Salisbury, NC on Sunday, March 24, 2013
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    My sixteen year old daughter and I installed this system in a 2005 Ford Escape with so much ease, everyone was shocked! The directions were perfect and point on. I'll definitely come to Crutchfield for my next purchase.
    Pros:
    Easy installation directions Quick shipping Excellent customer service
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood reciever/cd

    Written By terry, kennewick,wa on Saturday, March 23, 2013
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    radio is great. however the receiver was too small for the radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By jay c., buena vista va. on Friday, March 22, 2013
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    good system for the money very pleased...
    Pros:
    great sound quality
    Cons:
    takes a while to figure out all the settings
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent!!

    Written By Jose, Oakfield, Wi on Friday, March 22, 2013
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    All 5/5s the product looks really nice and it's easy to use! It allows you to change a lot of audio settings so you can pick they way you want your music to sound! I recommend this to anyone who is questioning buying them!
    Pros:
    iPod USB port, auxiliary port, color change, HD radio, functions with Pandora Radio. A+++
    Cons:
    None for me!!
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    5 out of 5

    Good deck

    Written By Mitch C, Lincoln, CA on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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    Easy to use, sounds great. If you want a good quality deck with out the annoying bells and whistles, this is a good choice.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By oneforfun, Muskegon,Mi. on Sunday, March 03, 2013
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    Great stereo head unit easy to hookup and install!!!! I would purchase a Kenwood product again.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By Mark, Brunswick, GA on Friday, March 01, 2013
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    Bought this car reciever to replace my old Kenwood which lasted 17 yrs. and was half the price. Was very easy to install with supplied wiring hareness, fits was perfect, sound quality is outstanding,color display will match any interior,the only negitive to this unit is programing settings but if I spend about an !hr in my truck parked I should be able to figure it out
    Pros:
    looks great, sound is outstanding for the price, very easy to install
    Cons:
    programing settings is alittle difficult
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    5 out of 5

    nice radio easy to use

    Written By scott t, covington ga on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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    great radio, good value like all the features
    Pros:
    easy to use
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood and Crutchfield Rock!!!

    Written By JP, Apollo Beach, FL on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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    Great radio for the cost. My wife loves the color changing diplay! Sound is great in her little two seater convertible. Installation was simple, quick and looks good in place of the OEM radio. Still have to learn about all the controls but, that's half the fun!
    Pros:
    Display color show, multi info display, ease of install
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Tuner capabilities! Better than more expensive units

    Written By Anonymous, Aurora Il on Monday, February 25, 2013
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    This Head unit is amazing! I will tell you a brief history of why i chose this head unit. I went shopping and ended up up getting a pioneer 2013 unit. I installed it in my Mack R model semi truck and at first i noticed the pioneer Dim features were horrible and the colors were too bright. Secondly i noticed that the display was too dim unless you are at eye level. Well, i did research and decided i wanted THIS head unit. I saw it in a store and it was discontinued. That didn't stop me from ordering it though. I paired it the alpine internal amp to give it a better sound in my semi. Here is what is awesome about this head unit so far to me. The Dimmer features are well thought out.. Not only can you select the dimmer and hit yes or no, but you also have the option to change the colors and of the keys and the best option of them all is that they included a feature to give you two levels of dimmer on the keys on the right and left. How cool is that? The screen is perfect for me. It is a back lit type of screen so it can be seen from any angle.

    What i love most about it this is the ease of how it is to get the sound just right. I set the bass all the way up, mid up +3, treble at +5 and then there is a bass booster and loudness feature too, when it becomes too much to handle your speakers might bottom out with too much bass going through, you simply go to detailed settings, select High pass filter and turn to 100hz. I LOVE this head unit
    Pros:
    Awesome and easy to use tuner, Dimmer capabilities(can dim key colors too) Easy to use and drive A+
    Cons:
    Discontinued
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    5 out of 5

    Great upgrade

    Written By lew, M on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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    This was a great upgrade over the factory unit in my '05 Lancer, especially considering the price (got it on sale). The install was easy enough, utilizing the Crutchfield instructions and wiring harness, as well as the factory stereo brackets. Good features at the price point. I was pleasantly surprised with the audio tuning features, EQ adjustments, etc. Sound is an improvement over the factory unit, even with factory speakers still (next to upgrade). I have yet to really unlock on the potential on this unit.
    Pros:
    Price, connections and capabilities for expansion, USB and front AUX input, Pandora, EQ and audio adjustments, HD tuner
    Cons:
    The only thing I can say is very poor AM reception for me. I don't listen to a lot of AM, but the one channel I did comes in very weak. Other than that, can't say anymore.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-X596 and Install

    Written By FrankR, Greenfield, WI on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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    The product is good looking and functional. I have not tried out all of the available features but the ones I have work well. My only complaint is that I'm having a hard time programming all three available FM station groups. I'll program FM 1 but then when I program FM 2 it wipes out FM 1. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong but it shouldn't be that hard. Also the install was problematic. The radio does not fit well in the dash with the accompanying install kit. The radio sticks out an inch, which is OK but I actually need at least another 1/2 inch, but that will be in my install review.
    Pros:
    Fair price for an attractive unit.
    Cons:
    Not the best fit for the dash.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product, price and company.

    Written By 7411111066, Austin, Tx on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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    This unit delivers on every promise it makes. I live in a digital radio (HD) rich environment so it is almost an essential feature here. The front aux and usb ports are also very useful. Reception is good, the transition from digital to analog is very smooth when I head out of town. I put one in my commuter car when the factory unit acted up and liked it so much I bought a second to replace an older Kenwood unit in my weekend toy. There is a slight learning curve when using a usb flash drive but spend a few seconds with it and your all set. The Kenwood software makes it simple. Installation was dead easy but that may depend on the specific vehicle. Having used Kenwood products for a while now I can't see using anything else. i also can't say enough good things about Crutchfield's customer service, absolutely top-notch.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy

    Written By Sonar626b, Annapolis, MD on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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    For the price it cannot be beat. I replaced the Harmen Karden deck in my 02 BMW 325i that refused to pull in AM stations and had no front aux inputs. The sound quality is spectacular and works great with the factory speakers and amp. Installation was very easy, less than an hour including the wiring of the harness adapter, and looks very clean. This is my first HD radio and I'm impressed.
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By Oliver, Texas on Sunday, February 10, 2013
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    This is a great unit bought it for my 08 crossfire. Super easy to install took about 20 mins from opening the box to playing my iPhone in my Car. Slick look and love that you can change the color to match the dash. Sounds great and the amount of options you have when it comes down to sound control are awesome, or you can use the presets which still sounds great.
    Pros:
    Sound amazing! Great price color match buttons charges phone
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Re-review

    Written By jiminkirkland, Kirkland, WA on Thursday, February 07, 2013
     
    I reviewed this item the other day (see below) and I want to amend that review. I called the Crutchfield Support line and explained my disappointment with the reception (I thought that maybe there was an antenna amplifier I could add to improve reception). The support person was quite helpful. Even though the installation instructions said to match up the wires by color (thus blue to blue, white to white, etc.) In fact, I needed to wire together a blue wire to a blue/white wire. He said that this would provide power to a built-in antenna amplifier that I didn't know that I had!!!!! At this time that seems to have worked on local stations. Of course, I have no idea if this will result in decent reception when driving across the wide open spaces of the west. I have a reasonable expectation that all will work out on that score as well.
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    3 out of 5

    mixed feelings

    Written By jiminkirkland, Kirkland, WA on Monday, February 04, 2013
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    I was interested in the X596 for 3 reasons--I wanted easy access to my iPhone music, I liked the idea of HD radio, and finally I was hoping for better reception on AM/FM as I drove around the western US. The unit does give access to iPhone/iPodTouch music (although I haven't found that it's easy to get to specific tunes or albums yet). On the subject of HD radio--I live in the Seattle metro area and there are many HD stations here so there are many choices. The radio keeps switching from digital to analog as I drive, and while this is reasonable and is done seamlessly the analog reception is not that good. My last desire (better "far off" reception) doesn't seem to be reachable. My sense is that, even locally, reception is nowhere near as good as the OEM radio. Even local AM stations are "fuzzy" which makes a difference for traffic/sports/news etc. Frankly, I don't have much hope that this radio will pull in stations of any kind when traveling the wide open spaces of WA, ID, OR, UT for instance.

    A few other comments. It took longer than expected to install because of confusing directions. Extra parts and pieces sent with the package make it more confusing (should I have used these parts? Why was the alternate antenna connection sent?). "Coolness" was the last thing I cared about thus the one star. A very obscure scheme for memorizing pre-set stations that was not explained anywhere but figured out by trial and error (a few hours).

    Update: 2.13.2013 - I had originally had serious reservations about the AM/FM reception on my new Kenwood X596. I had installed it according to the directions provided. This called for hooking up the wires same color to same color. That is, red to red, green-white to green-white, and so on. I installed the radio and was surprised to find quite poor AM/FM reception, even here in the Seattle metropolitan area, and I had little hope that I'd get any reception at all when driving across the open spaces of the US west.

    A few days later I called Crutchfield Support hoping that there might be an "antenna booster" of some kind that would solve the problem. What I found was that the instructions were not adequate to the task. A particular blue wire needed to be wired to a particular blue-white wire (to power a built-in antenna amplifier that I didn't know existed).

    Radio reception was improved dramatically. Although I can't yet speak of the reception on the open, lonely roads of the west I do have hopes that this will be at least as good as the OEM radio.

    So, what I learned was that Crutchfield Support is your best, first source of help if unsatisfied with a product. I also wonder how many folks are driving around with an unsatisfying sound because original instructions were incomplete or downright wrong!!
    Pros:
    iPhone music accessibility.
    Cons:
    AM/FM reception.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood excelon

    Written By KJ, Utah on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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    Great stereo! Very intuitive controls and excellent sound.
    Pros:
    Looks and sound.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Written By DBW, LYONS KS on Saturday, January 26, 2013
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    HAVE NOT HAD LONG ENOUGH TO GIVE FULL OPION. SO FAR ITS PERFORMED AS EXPECTED.
    Pros:
    VERY EAZY TO INSTALL. GREAT INSTRUCTIONS FROM CRUTCHFIELD AND EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR THE INSALLATION.
    Cons:
    NONE SO FAR
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By Matt R, Candia, NH on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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    I only buy my car stereos from Crutchfield, the installation kits and instructions make it sooo easy! Total time to install this unit in my 2006 Exterra was 30 minutes. And once it was hooked up, it was very easy to use. I have a factory installed HD radio in my other car, and it does not get reception in my driveway. The Kenwood Excelon got a number of HD stations that I cannot get... Love this radio, it is really cool and it sounds out of this world!
    Pros:
    HD radio, USB connection, iPod controls, the look!
    Cons:
    Haven't found any yet.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome sound, does not fit VW Bug as indicated

    Written By BW, Northeast on Saturday, December 29, 2012
     
    Only in for one day, but sound is awesome. Controls/options are endless but appears to be intuitive. Cannnot see readout in bright sun unfortunately, but this had been commented on previously. I would highly recommend this unit. However, I DO NOT agree with Crutchfields recommendation that this fits a VW New Beetle - this unit is too deep, fitting all the wiring behind the unit in the dash was nearly impossible and unbelievably frustrating. What should have taken 20 minutes took almost 2 hours. I really hope I do not have issues down the road since I had to muscle this unit in to fit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed everything continues to work. Crutchfield will hear from me if I have problems in the future.....
    Pros:
    All good here with the unit - highly recommend. Sound improvement is considerable and significant. Excellent!
    Cons:
    Does not fit the VW New Beetle as recommended. Unit is too deep and getting the wiring to fit behind it is nearly impossible.