Disc & USB Playback
Excelon Series: The KDC-X597 CD receiver is part of
Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest
technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced
audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, and high-voltage
preouts (4V) - Kenwood Excelon represents
exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 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-X597 are
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels
(at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X597 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-X597
features a 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.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's
subwoofer preamp output.
- 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
- 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.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function
tailors the head unit's audio 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).
EQ Pro: The KDC-X597 is equipped with Kenwood's EQ
Pro. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Natural,
Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, and User) suitable for the
music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust
the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).
||60, 80, 100,
||-8 to +8
0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz
-8 to +8
0.75, 1.0, 1.25
10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz
Note: You can store EQ Pro bass, middle and treble
tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod,
Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further
sound enhancements for your car audio system.
- Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a
Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1,
BB2, BB3, or Off).
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3
levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
- 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.
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).
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible
beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to
make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as
stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.
In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must
also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles.
This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free
Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio
Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple
Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the
Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 without having to enter pin codes or go through
complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close
proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically
pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled
devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two Bluetooth-enabled
phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used at a time.
Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled
devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all
features when used with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597. Visit
Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit
supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled
mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X597 can be used to dial a number,
answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an
external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on
your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your
vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the
Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a
ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the
caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the
call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head
unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after
1-99 seconds. The KDC-X597 also supports the Call Waiting function,
so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current
call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this
- Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X597, you can
dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to
directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head
unit's control knob or remote control.
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to
register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset
numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the
downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from
your cell phone to the KDC-X597. Up to 600 numbers can be stored
for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32
digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long.
Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home,
Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the
phone book in alphabetical order.