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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Item #: 613KDCX597

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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

Ready for your road trip

Whether you're listening to your favorite music or enjoying an audiobook, you'll be impressed by the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver's combination of performance and features. You can customize the illumination color to match your vehicle's lighting. Pair up your phone with this Kenwood, and you'll be able to take calls in your car with a touch of a button. Best of all, you also get the security of Kenwood Excelon's remarkable 2-year warranty.

Built-in Bluetooth®

Once you drive with a Bluetooth receiver, you'll wonder how you ever drove without one. Just plug your iPhone® into this receiver's USB port, and the receiver does the rest – one-button pairing means no more confusing menus to wade through. If your iPhone has Siri, you'll be able to talk to her through the external mic and hear her instructions through your car's speakers. You can also use your Bluetooth connection to stream audio to the receiver from just about any Bluetooth-equipped device.

Plenty of entertainment options

  • The convenient front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs give you access to plenty of other listening options. When you plug in your iPod® or iPhone®, you'll enjoy quick navigation of your playlists and albums. Plus, if you listen to Pandora® Internet radio with your iPhone, you won't miss a beat when you plug it into this Kenwood with its dedicated Pandora controls. Android and Blackberry owners can enjoy listening to and controlling Pandora using their Bluetooth connection to the receiver.
  • When you're not listening to 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, WMA, and AAC files, to smooth, lifelike sound, and it'll make a big difference in the music on your iPod or thumb drive, too.
  • If you store your music on an Android device, download the free Kenwood Music Control app and enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB.
  • For satellite radio subscribers (or those who plan to be), the KDC-X597 works with SiriusXM's outboard tuner (not included), so you can enjoy coast-to-coast reception of your favorite talk, sports, and music programming.

Shape your sound

Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X597's 3-band parametric equalizer, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you adjust for your car's speaker setup. 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 amplifiers is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that will give your amps 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 (not included) 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.

 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.

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

Works great, had an issue with Bluetooth using only front speakers....which caused a issue at first but just a simple setting to fix. Other than that, it's great.

twiztedlemon, Aiken, SC

What's in the Box:

  • Refurbished CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • 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
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Cloth pouch
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • one-button Bluetooth pairing with iPhone
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with AAC, MP3, and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 11-digit display and variable-color button illumination
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ Pro (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase 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
    • Kenwood Music Control app enables playback of music files over USB from Android devices
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 Reviews

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    451 Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 Reviews

    Written by: John from Albany, NY on December 25, 2014

    1998 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love this radio, best radio for the money I ever purchased from Crutchfield. Hard to find other radio's with these options for this price. I have 1 issue Im hoping others who have this have seen and fixed. After more then a year of being sync to my everyday car my iPhone 5 can connect but then drops from the radio. Its not a iPhone 5 issue as the phone syncs with other cars in the house hold fine. I need to see if my wifes phone will pair ok, that is my next test. I have remove the radio from my iPhone list and started over fresh, the iPhone does see it, can connect, them drops with in 30 seconds All the other custom presets I have on the radio are fine. The loss of BT with my iPhone 5 kills me, I loved this option. Anyone have any thoughts? Looks like the KDC-X598 replaces this discontinued model now.

    Pros: Love it!

    Cons: Loss my bluetooth :(

    works great

    Written by: twiztedlemon from Aiken, SC on October 9, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Works great, had an issue with Bluetooth using only front speakers....which caused a issue at first but just a simple setting to fix. Other than that, it's great.

    Pros: Price , features

    Cons: Bluetooth default setting to front speakers only

    radio

    Written by: N/a from Tampa on September 8, 2014

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    good

    Pros: bluetooth

    Cons: n/a

    good stereo

    Written by: lenard from Eugene, OR on September 4, 2014

    2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great stereo for the price.

    Pros:

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    Written by: James B from Schriever La. on September 3, 2014

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

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

    Easy to install with good quality allso great features .

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    Written by: Anonymous from Kansas City on September 2, 2014

    2011 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good stereo for the money, simple to install with the help of tech data sheets.

    Pros: So far so good.

    Cons: not yet

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    Written by: Anonymous from Broussard Louisiana on September 1, 2014

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    my daughter loves this radio and it was easy for me to install.

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    Written by: Randall from Kingsport, TN on August 31, 2014

    1994 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product! Had it installed in under half an hour. Sounds great. Customer service at this company is some of the best I have ever seen. To bad more company's don't follow there example.

    Pros: I like everything about it. Looks really good at night.

    Cons: Hard to see the display in bright sunlight .If I could change one thing about this unit it would be to be able to see the display better in the daytime.

    Excellent product

    Written by: Paul from Johnson City, TN on August 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent product

    Pros: Like everything about the product

    Cons: None

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    Written by: MRN from Phoenix, AZ on August 29, 2014

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product!

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    Very nice unit

    Written by: John from Florida on August 29, 2014

    1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I am very happy with this purchase. Lots of functionality for a low price.

    Pros: Bluetooth phone and steaming work nice and are easy to use. Excellent sound quality. Easy installation.

    Cons: Does not have a one touch scan button.

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    Written by: jim from Portsmouth, Va on August 28, 2014

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

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

    Very hard to use the features and you can only view one display at a time. My wife and I are seniors and we don;t understand how to use alot of what this unit offers

    Pros: Great sound and looks

    Cons: Very hard to program and understand. Can't have more than one display at a time.

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    Written by: titan up from windsor, mo. on August 27, 2014

    2007 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great head unit. Love being able to change colors. Sound quality is great, volume is great, easy to use.

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    Cons:

    Item looked nice, but did not work

    Written by: Anonymous from Florida on August 26, 2014

    1990 Toyota Supra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Had this unit installed and everything worked for one day. The next day my thumb drive did not work in the unit. I tried another thumb drive just to make sure it was not my thumb drive that was not working and still nothing. I tried to do a reset and still the same problem. Decided to return the unit for a refund.

    Pros: Looks nice.

    Cons: Failure of unit after short use. Display lighting hard to see in bright sunlight.

    What a great buy!!!

    Written by: Erik in NY from Oceanside, NY on August 26, 2014

    2004 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great unit with great sound and endless sound adjustment! The perfect unit to start building you a killer system!

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    Awesome Head Unit

    Written by: Dan from Falconer, NY on August 26, 2014

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

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

    This is an excellent radio for the money. Can't beat the price to have Bluetooth. As usual instructions and installation were a breeze.

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    Great Product, Great Seller

    Written by: Hunter F. from Gadsden, AL 35903 on August 24, 2014

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

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

    Great product matched with a great audio marketplace highly recommended to anyone who is looking for an awesome audio setup and friendly service.

    Pros: Awesome product. Easy of use. Makes my speakers louder.

    Cons: None

    What I wanted.

    Written by: Anonymous from Lancaster, PA on August 24, 2014

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'd give it a 5 but I haven't owned that long. Other than that its a great overall system. Does what I want with the iPod and bluetooth and sounds great. Plus there are the Sirius and Pandora options.

    Pros: Great sound,wasn't too hard to install, works nice with the iPod and I could change the background lighting to match the vehicle.

    Cons: None.

    Sweet deck

    Written by: Travis c from Scottsville, Va on August 23, 2014

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

    The kenwood was a great purchase. So much for so little$

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None

    Great Receiver

    Written by: Jared from Georgia on August 22, 2014

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

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

    This unit is a great value for the money. It has most of the same features a more expensive unit would have. I have had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity or playback. This receiver dramatically increased the sound and clarity in my 95 s10. Calling through Bluetooth is very clear. Crutchfield makes this an even better deal by including all of the installation gear and detailed instructions.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Stylish, Customization, Great Sound, Easy to Use, Hands-Free Calling

    Cons: As with any screen it's hard to see in bright light

    Great bang for your buck

    Written by: LG from Ft. Rucker, AL on August 22, 2014

    1988 Ford Mustang

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

    Found this one after all of the raving reviews here at Crutchfield and when I saw it was on sale, I pulled the trigger. I needed a rcvr for my 5 spd Mustang that had bluetooth so I could talk on the phone while driving and shifting gears. I also wanted something that gave me the freedom to listen to all of my music media, whether it be via Pandora, USB drive, or streamed from Google Music. This Kenwood deck does it and does it well. It has a coolness factor to customize the display lighting to any color you can imagine. Of course Crutchfield provided the dash install kit and harnesses needed to keep from cutting/splicing my car's wiring so the install was easy and clean! I notice now that I am back to leave my review that this offering has been discontinued by Crutchfield. I'm not sure why, but I sure am glad I got lucky and got this one a week before they quit selling it.

    Pros: Features, flexibility, sound quality, looks

    Cons: none that I can think of

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    Written by: Anonymous from Cookson, OK on August 20, 2014

    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    this is awesome.

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    Written by: HUNTER from Pelham, Alabama on August 20, 2014

    1997 Ford Taurus GL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This Kenwood product looks good and sounds great for the money you pay. You won't get much better than this for the money.

    Pros: Looks and sounds amazing

    Cons: Bluetooth and radio are a little rough, not a great connection there.

    Great replacement receiver in VW Jetta

    Written by: Louis T from Bayside, Ny on August 20, 2014

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Excellent receiver. Works we'll with iPod and iPhone great sound

    Pros: Sound, fit, appearance, works with cd, mp3' iPod, iPhone etc. FRONT USB port connects iPod and iPhone for access plus charges device

    Cons: Wish the front controls were not so small. Too easy to hit wrong button. Wish there were more direct controls on front to supplement the single button that serves multipurpose a. Which is hard to use while driving.

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    Written by: Troy S from San Antonio on August 20, 2014

    1998 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    This radio does everything I want and then some! Super easy to install. Had some wiring issues on my truck but tech support was there to help all the way.

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    Great Product, Better Service

    Written by: WYOBen from Jackson, Wy. on August 18, 2014

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This radio is a great addition to my car. With the great instructions that the Crutchfield staff added, installation was a snap. Literally had it installed and working in fifteen minutes.

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    Great Affordable Quality Radio

    Written by: Joey D from Boston, Ma on August 16, 2014

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent radio for the price. Just updated from the stock radio that came with my 2001 Ford Escape and I couldn't believe the sound difference. Also with all the features such as Bluetooth, Sirius Radio support, an audio jack, and Pandora support,you honestly can't go wrong! Easy installation as long as you have all the parts (with Crutchfield they make that a breeze). Easily the best purchase I've made in awhile. It makes my hour long work commutes much more enjoyable.

    Pros: Easy to use Tons of features Great sound quality Great price Cool color changes

    Cons: Only con is I wish there was a setting where the artist and song were displayed on the same line instead of having to change the info display. Not sure if this is the radio or the Sirius radio tuner issue however.

    No disapointments.

    Written by: Shadow from Elkhart, KS on August 16, 2014

    2001 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought it for the handsfree phone feature, which works great by the way. Yet I really was surprised by how clear it remains at the higher volumes, even through my factory speakers. I have not had to read the manual to operate this stereo at all. Did I mention the hands free option works fantastic? I am not disappointed at all.

    Pros: Great sound quality, hands free phone conversations, easy to use.

    Cons: Clock display can be hard to see in direct sunlight.

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    Written by: juanchito from juncos pr on August 11, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    estuve buscando un radio que llenaras todas mis espestativas y este radio estas super escelente buen sonido buena calidad de audio para hablal trae microfono y no tienes que hablal con tu delefono en mano ya que es mano libre lo recomiendo 100/% no me arepiento y precio bale todo lo que trae. I've been looking for a radio that fulfills all my expectations and this radio is super excellent, good sound and quality of audio to talk through the microphone and you don't have to talk with your phone at hand since it is a hands free unit. I 100% recommend it and I don't have any remorse, it is worth the cost.

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    Crutchfield response on August 13, 2014 Translation provided by Crutchfield's Spanish Sales & Support team. Visit our new Spanish-language site at www.crutchfieldenespanol.com.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 install in 2000 Jeep Wrangler

    Written by: bluetricycle from Minnesota on August 11, 2014

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A great product for the Jeep Wrangler. Instantly added Bluetooth, audio input for our iphones and works great with Pandora and itunes.

    Pros: Easy install with all the installation pieces that you receive for free. Easy to use, once you figure out all the buttons and how they work. Great sound settings.

    Cons: When using Bluetooth and the iphone itunes app, the sound only plays thru one channel. Not sure if it's a settings thing, but should work out of the box.

    absolutely worth it

    Written by: Marco from Honolulu, HI on August 10, 2014

    1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This was not the unit I had originally intended to buy. I asked the Crutchfield rep for recommendations based on my needs. He suggested this one. It has a better warranty, and the sound is far and away better than the OEM unit in my Mercedes. in fact, it's connected to the stock speakers without any modifications. The color changing face feature I thought was a little gimmicky, but I rather enjoy it now. It's not too distracting, just interesting. I doubt any stereo can have intuitive controls other than a rotary volume. This one has a solid-feeling volume knob; the other controls are as one would expect when you have to cram 150 functions into just a few buttons. The sound is great right out of the box. The Bluetooth works well--it takes about 15 seconds to reacquire the phone when started. The phone works as expected--microphone works in a convertible with the top down and filters out the echo as well. I'm very pleased with this, and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. I trusted the rep's advice, and it has paid off.

    Pros: Great sound, Bluetooth phone

    Cons: Nothing yet

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    Written by: Anonymous from Ragley, La on August 10, 2014

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent sound, great price

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    Written by: Andy from California on August 9, 2014

    2001 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This stereo was an excellent choice for the price. Although only the front speakers work with the Bluetooth it still sounds good with the other connections.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Houston, TX on August 7, 2014

    1998 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Crutchfield was solid on the price, delivery, and follow-up. I even called the tech support team at 10:30pm while troubleshooting my install, and they diagnosed my problem and gave me solutions. Excellent service! In short, this receiver is a great buy that shines with its Bluetooth functionality. The menus are not difficult to navigate (except perhaps starting out), and the sound EQ and dynamic color options really cater to a personalized experience. Also, having Siri available through my receiver has turned out to be the most appreciable function. I can listen to my music library, make and receive calls, send and read text messages - all while my phone stays in my pocket! It really pulls my '98 'stang out of the 20th century.

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    Written by: Charles M from Albuquerque, NM on August 7, 2014

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Very nice head unit with overall great system connection functionality. Combining the 3 sets of pre-outs, the HPF and LPF settings with the settings of my amp make for simple system tuning without the need of an eq or other active crossover. Good subwoofer adjustability. The Bluetooth is a great feature, not sure what I was doing without one all this time.

    Pros: Simple, cool looks, like the adjustable colors to either match vehicle interior lighting or set-up a custom look. Good cross-over features and subwoofer adjustability. Bluetooth works great.

    Cons: None to speak of yet.

    outstanding

    Written by: Thomas from Hattiesburg, MS on August 7, 2014

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Love this unit! Easy install and set up.

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    Nice Radio

    Written by: kubos from Portland Or on August 6, 2014

    2004 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice upgrade for factory radio with nice features with android. Great radio for the price.

    Pros: Works well with android. Good sounds

    Cons: None for the price

    Great radio!!

    Written by: Jason from Culpeper Va. on August 6, 2014

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    Overall great product

    Pros: Great price and features

    Cons: Wish it had rear auxiliary and rear USB ports

    Quality Receiver

    Written by: Darron from Oklahoma City on August 2, 2014

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

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

    I was looking for a Bluetooth receiver that wouldn't break the bank. This receiver delivers! I installed this on a 2002 Chevy Tahoe. I had replaced the door speakers and sub last Christmas. These speakers now sound excellent compared to the factory receiver.

    Pros: Easy on the budget. Easy to install. Sounds awesome. Bluetooth syncs up every time.

    Cons: Have to change to the mode you want after the car automatically syncs to the Bluetooth device. Wish the device remembered what you were originally hooked up to and would stay there and still sync to the Bluetooth device.

    Great Stereo!

    Written by: HP from Wasilla, AK on August 2, 2014

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Stereo looks great and works well with my phone! Being able to change the face display colors is a nice touch!

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: None

    Great unit!

    Written by: Mark from Pascoag, RI on August 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    So far so great! Bought this as a replacement for the stock radio in a 99 Ranger, and the improvement is significant. Sound quality is great, even with stock speakers. This is the first head unit I've bought that has Bluetooth, and it is great...no more wires running from my phone to the dash. Tuner picks up everything I'd expect it to. CD player works flawlessly. I had no problem getting the unit up and running, but if you're not technically adept, you may struggle a bit. I had a small issue installing, but a quick call to Crutchfield, and the problem was solved in no time flat. I'm very happy with this purchase, and as usual, with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth is awesome, and install kit w/ Crutchfield support made installation a breeze.

    Cons: None so far

    Love it

    Written by: Maggie from West Palm Beach on August 1, 2014

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

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

    Loving my new car stereo. Easy to read, easy to operate. Amazing sound comes out of the USB, this was the main reason I got it. No more needing CD's. I just threw some music files on a mini USB stick 16GB that I bought cheap online, and stuck it in and it plays perfect sound. I'm not technical or an IT person so something simple and easy to operate is great for me. Received the item fast. Will purchase through Crutchfield again.

    Pros: Cool lights Ease of use Clear booklet with instructions USB port Blue tooth for phone

    Cons: none so far

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Written by: Anonymous from Georgia on July 31, 2014

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Loved it. In expensive. Does everything i need!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Written by: Rick from JAX, FL on July 31, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The radio is very good, cool back light that changes. The quality of the sound is good with some effort to customize it to your liking. The Blue Tooth is a little cumbersome to access and the music player doesn't work well, easier to use the cable. The onboard amp has good power, plenty loud enough for a standard cab truck. Very pleased over all.

    Pros: Great power and quality of sound.

    Cons: Blue Tooth cumbersome to use.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Written by: Anonymous from West Topsham, Vermont on July 31, 2014

    2012 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this for my Toyota Tacoma mainly for hands-free phone use with Bluetooth, but found it offered other improvements to my car stereo. It fully integrated with my iPhone and iPod through the USB port, which also charges both devices. Sound seems slightly better. I appreciate the ability to control the colors and brightness. My only complaint is the smallness of the controls and no knurling on the volume knob. Overall excellent value for a solid unit.

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    Cons:

    Radio

    Written by: Rick from Cincinnati, Ohio on July 30, 2014

    2002 Ford Excursion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Radio is of good quality, service/assistance was excellent and installation was easy.

    Pros: Good quality for the money

    Cons: I personally don't like the function button integrated with the power button.

    Great unit

    Written by: Darren from MA. on July 29, 2014

    1997 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    KDC-x597 is better then some of the more expensive ones out there.

    Pros: sound , quality , installation all good.

    Cons: none

    Incredible sound!

    Written by: Jadkins from OREGON on July 29, 2014

    1999 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Have always trusted Kenwood products and this didn't disapoint. Easy install thanks to the included kit, and the sound quality is excellent. Bluetooth was clear and easy to use, and setup was very straight forward. If your looking for a product to do EXACTLY what it claims, definately look no further. You can't go wrong.

    Pros: Sound quality, bright clear display, ease of use, bluetooth quality

    Cons: None

    WOW

    Written by: Matthew from Quincy FLorida on July 28, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My work truck radio just didn't have the humph anymore, would not play CD's, so I needed to upgrade, with the Salesman's help, after telling him what I wanted, I got this radio, all the stuff I needed was Included. It was a snap to put in, hookups were easy, the adapter worked, the kit worked, called tech for a problem and 5sec It was resolved and I was very happy. The Radio has great power stock, great bass, plenty to go more. the features, that this radio has is Mind boggling. It came with a remote Mike, plenty of cord, and sounds great, the MP3 hook up is Great, the USB works too, I'm sooo happy! Thanks guys! You all rock!

    Pros: Plenty of Bass for stock radio, Remote Mike, plenty of cord, Can expand, amp, Sirius radio, auto antenna, Steering Wheel remote hook up, Re-moveable Front face with Case. just love this radio for the price.

    Cons: None yet.

    Beautiful Unit, Easy Installation

    Written by: Erick S. from Santa Clara, CA on July 28, 2014

    2007 Kia Rondo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm always a little apprehensive when it comes to tearing into the interior of my vehicles. it seems way too easy to break a clip or snap something so that it is never again the same. I did my research, and what sold me on Crutchfield was their MasterSheet for installation. I figured I would have the best chance for a smooth install if I had a good instruction document. I ordered this Kenwood as an anniversary gift to my wife for her 2007 KIA Rondo. She really likes Pandora and needed a hands free Bluetooth for making and receiving calls. After downloading the master sheet, I studied it for about 2 minutes and after a short sojourn to my local auto parts store for a panel removing tool, connectors, and a crimping tool, I went right to work. It took me 90 minutes to install the unit, and was really easy, I think anyone with very little mechanical aptitude would be able to do this. Here are a few pointers that I will offer: 1. Don't get a panel removal tool, but use a stiff putty knife and wrap the blade with electrical tape. The plastic panel removal tools came in a set of three but were much too soft, and were difficult to insert and pry. 2. test the unit before you wrap everything up, just to make sure everything is working. The unit itself is fantastic, I couldn't believe the sound quality compared to the stock unit, and we didn't replace our speakers! I dinged it 1 star for the microphone, it could use a more amplification, but it does get the job done.

    Pros: Excellent Sound, easy paring with Bluetooth, works great with iPhone and Pandora

    Cons: Phone speaker is weak

    KDC-X597 Great Value

    Written by: MSGolf from Medford, NJ on July 28, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Just bought a Z3 and wanted to update the factory radio for Bluetooth and iPhone, but this radio had all the features I needed, at a lower cost than modifying the old one! Was able to 'color match' the look, and install was simple with included harness.

    Pros: Inexpensive, great (and simple) iPhone connection, easy install

    Cons: nothing serious -- would prefer to be able to modify the display text color vs the standard blue LED.

    Very Good Head Unit - Easy and Great Sound

    Written by: cdyshack14 from Geneva, NY on July 27, 2014

    2004 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A very good head unit that I used to replace the factory unit in my Toyota Tundra (2001). Sounds good, and is great for all media types. mp3 on CD's, iPhone, etc...

    Pros: Easy to Use, Sounds Good, Looks Good

    Cons: A bit of a pain to install. Crutchfield tech support is AMAZING!

    Great stereo

    Written by: Gary from New Jersey on July 26, 2014

    2005 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I replaced my non-functioning Saturn factory radio with this unit and I couldn't be happier! The installation was a breeze with the included harness and mounting kit. This stereo has everything I need and more. The bluetooth connection works great with my android phone and ipod. I may have to get more of these units to replace the rest of my families radios.

    Pros: Great sound quality Easy installation Bluetooth Front aux and USB ports

    Cons: None

    Nice unit!

    Written by: Firecatt007 from Tampabay, FL on July 24, 2014

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed this in my 1999 Ranger, then moved it to my 2006 Ranger. Easy install. Really just plug and play. Sound is really good. Still haven't figured out how to stick on one color. Bluetooth calls are really easy.

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Looks really nice.

    Cons: Poor unit instruction.

    Good for the $

    Written by: D from Tallahassee fl on July 24, 2014

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

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

    Good for the price. Only complaint is after a week the Bluetooth stopped connecting to my iPhone

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: Bluetooth connectivity issues.

    Jeep Liberty installation

    Written by: Derek from Denver on July 23, 2014

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

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

    This stereo is exactly what we were looking for when we wanted to upgrade our 2006 standard CD player. We now have blue tooth, USB and aux capabilities of playing from smartphones and ipods.

    Pros: USB charges Iphone 5

    Cons: Buyer beware, I am quite handy, but I was still caught off guard that I would have to do wiring with the converter in order to install my stereo by myself. I was able to complete this task in about an hour, so not too big of deal.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Written by: Anonymous from Highland , IL on July 22, 2014

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

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

    What a great piece of equipment, Kenwood nailed it with this beautiful head unit

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    REALLY nice product!

    Written by: Caro from Easton,PA on July 21, 2014

    1997 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    For the money...I can't imagine a better unit...has and does everything. It's in a 1997 "daughter's first car" with factory speakers and they sound amazing. Handsfree mobile via Bluetooth is very nice for parents worried about distracted talking while driving.

    Pros: Very cool look , fit in the vehicle was perfect and the install was straightforward...almost easy.

    Cons: None yet.

    Excellent Product and Service!

    Written by: Steve B from Pottstown,PA on July 21, 2014

    2007 Chevrolet Aveo5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was debating on wether to review this fine HU or nor as there are already over 380 reviews. I figured,who the heck will read it, but as I read all 380 reviews I figured "why not!". This Kenwood is a great unit. I already had an older Kenwood in my little Aveo, but with the recent purchase of a smartphone wanted to upgrade my car stereo to take advantage of the Blue Tooth and Pandora features. Install was a piece of cake,or "easy peasy" as one reviewer put it. I was actuallully able to use the same wiring harness from the older Kenwood . Idid have to use the new units slip case to get it to lock in, but after talking to a Crutchfield rep, I was told the old wire harness should plug right in to the new unit and all tthe controls would work fine. Yes! They do. The unit it self sounds great. Blue Tooth with the external mic work great. Calls are easy both making and receiving. I read the manual and sound comes thru all 4 speakers.I even set up speed dailing o tthe unit with the presets. A nice feature. All in all for the price I love this baby. Highly recommended!

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound.Easy use after becoming familiar with manual.

    Cons: None!

    Ken wood stereo KDC-X597

    Written by: Daanbc from Wellington Florida on July 19, 2014

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sounding unit for my jeep. Easy install! Even the cell phone hook up was a breeze!!!

    Pros: Great unit for price, easy install. Easy set up. Detachable face.

    Cons: None.

    Car Stereo

    Written by: C from Novato, California. on July 19, 2014

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to install and programming is done within minutes

    Pros: Directions very straight forward

    Cons:

    Amazing products

    Written by: Mitch from Supply, NC on July 18, 2014

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

    It's an amazing unit for the price. Definitely an upgrade to the sound system. everything sound much cleaner and the stock speakers don't distort as much when the volume is cranked up. Excellent service from Crutchfield. I payed little with free ship pin and received the unit in 2 days.

    Pros: Bluetooth, usb, aux, pandora control.

    Cons: none

    My first Kenwood radio

    Written by: JerryD from Sharpsburg, Ga. on July 16, 2014

    2001 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Never owned a Kenwood radio before. Like this one so far. I'm sure it will sound a lot better once I get better speakers. Very cool lights on it.

    Pros: Good quality. Not too hard to install. Very cool lights...oh, already said that.

    Cons: Can't think of anything.

    Kenwood excelon kdc-x597

    Written by: Larry Zidek from morris, IL on July 14, 2014

    2008 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great headunit! All the features of a $500 radio. Hd quality music with the 24 bit digital-analog converter. What else could you ask for? Love it!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon DKC-X597

    Written by: Dick from Thermopolis, Wyoming. on July 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It's been installed in my 1995 Dodge RV for less than a week so I don't have a whole lot of experience with it. I'm still learning, but it plays FM, AM, CDs and CiriusXM. Which is exactly why I changed the old radio out.

    Pros: AM, FM, CD, CiriusXM--great flexibility. I also like the fact that the CiriusXM is built into the radio--just attach the antenna and CiriusXM controller in the rear before installation. Clean lines, no external parts, etc.

    Cons: With so many feautres, it'll taske some time to get it all digested.

    My 1st of many more Kenwood to come

    Written by: ErickA - Houston, TX from Houston, TX on July 11, 2014

    2001 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The head unit was easy to install, took maybe 30 minutes. Crutchfield provided me with all the necessary items to do the install myself. This was my first install ever on a 2001 GMC Jimmy. Crutchfield made it easy. The head unit itself is great, the Bluetooth works very well with my phone and picks it up immediately. I can make calls by pressing a few buttons on the HU, and stream pandora over bluetooth just the same. I am very happy with this product, and was a great buy for the price.

    Pros: -Price -Quality -BlueTooth -Pandora -Easy Installation

    Cons: Haven't found one yet.

    Great value for the money!

    Written by: Chip from LaVale, MD on July 9, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I put this in my daughters car as a surprise. She loves it! The color changes, the way you can fine tune the sound, Bluetooth and aux input. It was a very easy install thanks to the complete install kit. Those wire connectors are great! I would recommend this unit to anyone. No fear--the Crutchfield team is there if you have any questions and happily help you and do not try to rush you off the phone.

    Pros: Inexpensive with a lot of features. Looks great (especially the color changes at night).

    Cons: None yet. My daughter plays it more than me and she loves it.

    Great Buy

    Written by: Anonymous from Seattle,wa on July 9, 2014

    2001 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Its a kenwood deck with bluetooth and comes with Nic.

    Pros: Easy to use/install/tune

    Cons:

    Perfect

    Written by: AJ from Orlando, FL on July 9, 2014

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

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

    I used this to switch out from the factory receiver in my 04 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This was my first time replacing car audio on my own and Crutchfield couldn't have made it easier. I had a minor issue getting the receiver to fit in the housing i purchased but only because i didn't pay attention to sizing, a little dremel worked fixed it all up though. I also replaced my factory speakers with Kenwood KFC-1065S and Kenwood KFC-1365S. A few hours later and I had a much better sound system i did myself with virtually no issues at all. Plus now I can use my iphone and stream music through bluetooth with the receiver and run pandora and everything. Much improved over the factory install.

    Pros: Very sleek, cool design great features bluetooth capabilites usb plug to stream music and charge my phone

    Cons: bluetooth only plays out of the front speakers (better for phone calls i suppose), unless i wired it wrong but everything else is a dream

    Great value -tons of flexibility

    Written by: Jim from Knoxville, TN on July 8, 2014

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this deck for my son's truck. 2001 Silverado. Replaced a Pioneer deck that was in it when we bought it that was awful. This deck had everything he wanted, high power, front, rear and sub pre outs, bluetooth, USB, and Aux input. It was a breeze to install with the Metra GM kit and wire harness adaptor, and the wiring couldn't have been any easier. My only complaint with the deck would be the sound quality of the tuner. It is more sensitive and picks up more stations, but I think at the expense of some dynamic range and separation. Admittiedly, it's a minor quibble, as he listens to very little radio, mostly apps like Pandora, music from his Iphone. It has a unique way of pairing with the Iphone that allows it to very easily access the features of the phone from the deck, and it was a breeze to do.

    Pros: Fantastic flexibility, hooks up to anything, and plenty of room to grow the system.

    Cons: As I said above, the sound quality of the tuner, but it keeps the station locked in, so it's a decent trade off.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Written by: Anonymous from Lemont, IL. on July 8, 2014

    2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Just had this installed so still learning how to use it. So far, great quality for the money. Excellent sound and thus far easy to use. Definitely recommend it! Can't go wrong for the $ value.

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    Excellent buy

    Written by: T from Colorado on July 7, 2014

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

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

    Love this stereo. Had it installed in just a couple hours. Now the boyfriend wants one! Now I just need new speakers to complete it.

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    Excellent product so far!

    Written by: Pattywack from Pasadena, CA on July 6, 2014

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Having no particular preference, I emailed Crutchfield and asked them to recommend an inexpensive unit that is iPod/mp3 compatible. This is the unit they recommended, so this is what I ordered. I installed the unit a few weeks prior to writing this review, so I can only speak of it in short term usage, but nonetheless: Price: not having to spend more than $130 is nice for someone looking to have a basic but fully functional stereo. Installation: I quickly flipped open the manual to double check that my wire connections were correct, though the color coding of wires is basically self explanatory. Pretty easy. Set up and operation: I would definitely describe myself as not being electronically intuitive, but I've been able to set up this head unit to the settings I want and hook up my iPhone via Bluetooth without even having to crack open the manual. The buttons so far make sense, though I have some more exploring to do. Aesthetics: very stylish! This unit's buttons are all lit up with LEDs that change to 24 different colors! It's pretty cool to keep it on default as it slowly transitions through all the colors, but you can also set it to only one color, which is what I eventually did to match it with my dash's color scheme---makes the stereo look more stock.

    Pros: See review.

    Cons: Perhaps more variety of stock EQ settings? To be fair, there is always custom EQ, so one can always just put the time in and create their own EQ.

    Excelent Receiver!

    Written by: Justo L from Caguas, PR on July 4, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a gift I bought for father's day. I installed it in my dad's car and he can't be happier. The best feature for him is the bluethooth connection. In Puerto Rico is against the law to use the cell phone while driving so having the bluethooth is absolutely neccesary. For me the menus are easy to use but it's because this is the third Kenwood receiver I have used, but for my dad he is still learning about the functions. Anyway for the money spend is a Great Receiver.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Display Color selection, Sound

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 Review

    Written by: MarkL from Orlando, Fl on June 30, 2014

    2003 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The install of the KDC-X597 was very easy thanks to the included harness and install kit. It looks great, love the cycling colors. Pairing my Galaxy S3 was so much simpler than in my other car. Sound quality is really good even though it is playing through the factory speaker. Ipod plays cleanly and I had to install the Kenwood app on my phone to get it to play the mp3's on it.I really recommend this unit whole heartedly.

    Pros: Comes with the wiring harness and install kit.

    Cons: None really.

    Outstanding Audio Plus Crutchfield Service!

    Written by: JoseV from Panama City, FL on June 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    As usual the Crutchfield team was 2nd to None. The system came with very detailed instructions, all the adapters for my vehicle, and free shipping included in the price. The installation was a breeze. It was plug and play event once I attached the adapter to the stereo harness which I did at my desk before the install. The sound is phenomenal and I am using the original speakers! Kudos

    Pros: Outstanding sound, beautiful display with many bright colors, easy to plug-in your I-phone or I-pod, easy to program the radio stations. Overall it is a steal for the price.

    Cons: The settings are not intuitive so you have to read the operations manual to do it. I believe it could have better radio reception.

    Awesome radio

    Written by: JoelL from Manitowoc WI on June 28, 2014

    2003 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This stereo is GREAT it has plenty of different features. Had a few questions about using the Bluetooth and the subwoofer at the same time and the adviser helped me out right away and very easy to do.

    Pros: color choice, easy to use, it is awesome

    Cons: Nothing

    Nothing less than the best

    Written by: DeWayne from Lumberton NC on June 25, 2014

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

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

    Radio was easy to install and setup was a breeze. Well worth the price.

    Pros: Easy to use & program. Awesome sound quality. Bluetooth works great and so does pandro.

    Cons:

    Excellent Reciever except for 1 thing

    Written by: evas1429 from Atlanta, GA on June 24, 2014

    2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me say first off, this reciever looks and feels great. The features are awesome and functionality is awesome. Also, the hookup is extremely easy (This was my first install, did it without 1 issue) The reason I dinged this reciever 2 stars is for its Bluetooth. It basically doesnt work, Im using an Iphone 4s and iphone 5 with it. Pairing it is easy, keeping it connected isnt. I can usually get about 10-15 minutes of bluetooth connection before it loses it and it takes about 5 minutes of power cycling before it can find the phone again. This issue has been posted all over blogs and is a known issue. We just use the usb cord if we want to access the iphone now.

    Pros: Looks great, great functionality (minus the bluetooth), great features (minus bluetooth), very easy to hookup

    Cons: Bluetooth is useless

    Good looking, lots of options, great sound.

    Written by: SWalsh from Roseville, CA on June 23, 2014

    2003 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is not my first Kenwood product and they have always worked and performed exactly as I wanted them to. It looks great, lots of great options to customize the look and sound to your specific tastes. It went into my wife's car and she is really enjoying it. Quite a good unit especially for the basically low price!

    Pros:

    Cons: None found so far.

    Not bad for the money,

    Written by: Mike from Charlottesville, VA on June 23, 2014

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

    I wasn't sure what I was getting for the money but am very pleased with what I got. The salesperson was very helpful and listened to my what I had to say and offer suggestions. Very thankful he didn't try to sell me more than what I needed and make a few extra dollars!

    Pros: No unnecessary buttons and features. Operation is pretty simple and straight forward. Easy to use!!

    Cons: None at this time.

    great stereo for the price

    Written by: murtiago from grass lake, mi on June 23, 2014

    1981 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great for the price

    Pros: Price 6 channels Bluetooth works great Easy to mount Easy to wire Colors variable Vrightness variable

    Cons: RCA connections not powered

    kenwood keep on rockin'

    Written by: cris f. from hamilton,oh on June 22, 2014

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

    Easy to install,easy to operate.easy on the wallet & sounds great with the right speakers & subwoofer. Love it!

    Pros: For the price why buy expensive unit.this one thumbs up! ;-)

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Written by: Anonymous from Marion, Louisiana on June 22, 2014

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love this receiver. I can sync my android phone with bluetooth and listen to all my music and make phone call using the remote control that comes with it. Also had the high power preamp output I needed to add all my kenwood amps.

    Pros: Powerful, crystal clear sound, three sets of preamp outputs, bluetooth works flawlessly

    Cons: Screen hard to see in direct sunlight.

    Bluetooth Beast!

    Written by: Aaron from Austin, TX on June 16, 2014

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

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

    This is probably the easiest Bluetooth receiver I have ever used. A lot of my music is stored on my iPhone so it is my primary source for tunes. You only have to connect it once and after that it will automatically connect when you get into your car/truck every time. Phone feature works perfectly. I ordered mine with XM adapter so I don't have to worry about taking the receiver back out and installing it later. As far as sound goes this is a huge upgrade from my factory. I think the 22 watts really helped with that. Overall I rate this receiver very highly! The price, quality, functions, and sound are all 5 star. Enjoy!

    Pros: Bluetooth versatility, Sound, looks, price, quality, functions and capabilities

    Cons: None

    Not bad

    Written by: Fyrewyre from Coolidge AZ on June 15, 2014

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

    Good HU.

    Pros: Sound, look, quality.

    Cons: Power output

    Not bad

    Written by: Fyrewyre from Coolidge AZ on June 15, 2014

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

    This HU is gorgeous. Good value with the free harnesses and adapters and whatnot. Not enough power output per channel for my taste. (22 watts). Love the USB.

    Pros: Lots of options. Customization, look, quality.

    Cons: Not really anything other than Low output.

    Good for the money

    Written by: Ian from St Clairsvle, OH on June 9, 2014

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