Bluetooth® and HD Radio™ built in
Kenwood's KDC-X796 CD receiver looks great in your dash, with adjustable button lighting to match your dash colors. But it's more than just a good looker — this well-equipped receiver also features built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, along with an HD Radio tuner for better AM/FM sound quality. Plus, you get the reassuring Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty.

Kenwood KDC-X796

Hands-free calls and audio streaming
Put your phone away. Just touch the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in and talk hands-free. Text messages? No worries, the receiver will even auto-reply to text messages to let your friends know that you're busy driving. Bluetooth audio streaming lets you play the tunes stored on your mobile device without wires cluttering up your dash and console.

Experience HD Radio™
FM that's near CD-quality and AM that comes through clean and static-free. That's the advantage of HD Radio — just tune into your participating local stations and enjoy the programming with no subscription fee.

Enjoy your music
Your iPod® or iPhone® is at your command. Just plug into the receiver's front-panel USB input and start searching through your albums, artists, and playlists with the easy-to-use controls. If you're an Android user, head over the Android market and download Kenwood's free Music Control app. You'll enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB port.

Pandora® from your iPhone®, Android, or Blackberry
The built-in Pandora® controls let you scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. If you need more entertainment options, you can plug most audio sources into the front-panel auxiliary input, plus you can play all kinds of CDs, even discs that you've loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files.

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.

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 or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • detachable face with adjustable button colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters
    • 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, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and sub)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

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    What's in the box?

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    • 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)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 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
    • Correction note

    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 Built-in
    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 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X796 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, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 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-X796 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-X796 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 System Q bass, middle and 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-X796 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-X796 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-X796 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-X796 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot) 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. Bluetooth Technology is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit per second.

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KDC-X796 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: 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-X796. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X796 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features 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 Mode. 

    • 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-X796 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 feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X796, 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-X796. 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.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.  You can register up to 35 voice tags.

    SMS (Short Message Service): You can wirelessly download a SMS arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Up to 149 already read and unread short messages can be downloaded. You can reply to a SMS by using the head unit's front-panel rotary knob or remote control to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of text that can be downloaded or entered. Your cell-phone must support SMS via Bluetooth for this feature to function.

    Note: Do not read incoming SMS or reply to SMS while driving.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood KDC-X796 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X796 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X796 also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker), but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X796 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep/caller's voice and streaming audio is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone from -3 to +3.
    • NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be set to -2 or +2.
    • EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from -2 to +2.

    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-X796's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 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-X796 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-X796 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-X796 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 Excelon KDC-X796 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 Excelon KDC-X796 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 Excelon KDC-X796 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-X796 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-X796'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-X796.

    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 Internet Radio Control: The Kenwood KDC-X796 CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. While providing control over the Pandora music service, the KDC-X796 also displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood KDC-X796 lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from the 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.
    • Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The Kenwood KDC-X796 also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active 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 or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod/ Display: The KDC-X796 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-X796 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 Excelon KDC-X796 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 Excelon KDC-X796 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-X796 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-X796 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, Bluetooth, 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. You can also dial a phone number using the remote's numeric keypad.
    • 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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    Good Features - Lousy UI

    Written By Anonymous, Rochester, NY on Saturday, March 15, 2014

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    I bought this radio about 18 months ago. It has all of the features I wanted and functions well. The downside is its appallingly bad user interface. It is so bad that my wife gets so frustrated that she gives me grief for buying it. Simple things are hidden deep into a cryptic menu system. For example it takes no fewer than 6 user actions to simply get to the fader controls. The buttons operate differently when using Bluetooth for calls than during other operations. The button for changing radio bands is marked with an icon that looks like a magnifying glass (no text). Music on USB is listed only by folder number assigned by the radio. So if you labeled the folder to indicate the music it contains you will never see the text. The device is full of bad User Interface issues. However, I have to admit that once you have learned how to use it, it works well.

    Pros: It works well. Some nice features like it remembers the last volume level for each input device and automatically switches (e.g. the radio and bluetooth phone calls may have different levels).

    Cons: The product designers will never be employed by Apple.

    Nice Stereo

    Written By Troy, Lady Lake, FL on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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    Sounds and works great. A slight learning curve, but once you understand how to navigate, it's easy.

    Pros: Looks and sounds great.

    Cons: Need to read manual, not the easiest to navigate...at first.

    Good sound, bad UI and BlueTooth

    Written By AndyFi, Mountain View, CA on Sunday, October 13, 2013

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    Overall this is a half-baked product that I find infuriates me more often than I find I enjoy using it. Kenwood clearly is adding technology without adding usability.

    Pros: Color changing LEDs are great, sound quality is solid, radio reception is good, easy to access USB and Aux ins

    Cons: HDRadio broke, BlueTooth phone sound quality is often awful, BlueTooth often drops or won't detect phone, the display sucks - there is no reason to use a modern display, no internal battery to save custom settings, and user Interface is terrible, particularly for USB stick (FF and REW are about 3x normal play which sucks for DJ sets, doesn't handle many normal MP3 files / tagging, doesn't recognise folder names, basically USB stick support is a prototype).

    Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By Kodiak, CIncinnati on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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    Fantastic Head Unit. Only had it installed a couple weeks now. Great sound, great options. Still trying to figure out all the functions, which always takes time with something so options loaded. This was a scratch and dent buy, only thing missing was the microphone for the bluetooth, which Crutchfield sent out to me within 2 days.

    Pros: great value, exactly what I wanted. the Kit was the easiest, most perfect fitting kit I have ever used.

    Cons: none yet.

    Feature-rich headunit

    Written By LORKesq, South Ozone Park, NY on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    I picked up this headunit for an 02 VW Passat w/ monsoon system. The stock HU had CD/AM/FM radio, and a cassette player. I wanted to upgrade to something with an Aux input and HD radio, maintain steering wheel controls, and possibly some bluetooth integration. This fit the bill, and it was priced well because it was refurbished. This was my first HU install, and looking back, it's not complicated at all. So far, the HU works properly, and I believe sound is a little richer than the stock setup. Bluetooth is awesome, and it registers devices pretty quickly. There are 24 colors for buttons, so this unit would probably look good inside of most cars. A couple of disappointments: 1) radio stations go in and out - I get that HD technology is still evolving, but stations tend to go in and out. I purchased a longer antenna mast, so hopefully that helps. 2) microphone isn't built-in - the microphone that comes with this system isn't built into the unit, but has to be fixed somewhere in the car. It's not the biggest problem, but I didn't want to have a wire routed my dashboard. I ended up affixing the mic inside the dash kit.

    amazing

    Written By trey, watson la on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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    Great radio got it for my dad the sound is amazing the unit looks good the Bluetooth sounds good on both ends

    Pros: All of its features Works with android

    Cons: Have not found any

    Very Solid Deck with great head unit power

    Written By PaulT, Danbury CT on Thursday, March 07, 2013

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    Overall I think this is a great head unit that has very nice power. I have it running a few of my mids and highs while my app handles the larger speakers in the rear. The display is clean and I am happy with the color options - was able to get it pretty close to my factory lighting. The menus give you lots of options for adjustments but they can be a little confusing at first - I guess I should have at least looked at the instructions ; ) My biggest complaint with the menus is the inability to adjust volume while in a menu. you have to back out of the section you are in until you get to the main setting to lower the sound. I bought this mostly to work with my Ipod playlists and Pandora - both work very well and I love how you can change Pandora stations from this unit. Only other complaint is that my radio reception has been poor since my install. havent figured out whether its the car or the kenwood because honestly I use the ipod and pandora options so much the radio issue hasnt been that much of a factor for me.

    Pros: Nice clean design pandora and ipod controls blue tooth function amount of adjustment options with color display and audio settings

    Cons: menus can be confusing poor reception

    LOVE Kenwood

    Written By babyduf, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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    I am very happy with this product. I upgraded from the Kenwood X395 because I wanted bluetooth capability. It is a great product and very affordable.

    Love this HU

    Written By Eddie, Knoxville, Iowa on Monday, March 04, 2013

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    Put this in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and couldn't be happier.. It's just as advertised. Made my OEM speakers sound much better.. Waiting for decent weather to finish my system. Love the USB front port as that's all I use for music. The search is great when used with the Kenwood music editor 1.1 .. HD radio is great,, You can really tell a difference between std. and HD radio.. Settings are fairly to use.. Don't use the phone or Apple products so I Can't comment on them.. Great unit.. I highly recommend it!!

    Pros: USB front port. Super music search.. HD radio.. Easy to install with Crutchfield supplied adapters.

    Cons: None

    nice radio

    Written By G D., michigan on Monday, February 25, 2013

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    I like the color skeem,very easy to operate,the blue tooth is grate.the sound is suprub with stock speakers.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By Don, Rome,GA on Sunday, February 10, 2013

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    I find this unit to be a great mid-level HU! The ability to custom tailor the sound profile for each source, really makes this model shine. No longer do I have to adjust the EQ for each individual source. Also, it has the capability to remove unused sources from the source selection menu, a plus, since I don't use the Aux, CD, or Pandora function. Nice tight sound with Polk Audio speakers and Sony X-plod sub and amp. Settings and audio controls, once learned, become intuitive. And, of course kudos to Crutchfield for super fast shipping and great support!

    Pros: BT streaming audio works flawlessly, remote mic for BT, Great Pro EQ settings.

    Cons: Some control buttons could use back lighting.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By Scott, Henderson, KY on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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    bought for '03 F150, fit was good, directions were right on, like the blue tooth, sound is clear with the Polk speakers, does take some time to get it setup using the controls, but once done is very nice

    RDS Easter Egg - Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By Randy, Morehead City, NC on Thursday, January 31, 2013

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    I purchased this stereo as an exchange for the first one that had many Bluetooth issues with my Droid 3. I can't say anything about the Bluetooth on this stereo other than it is infallible. After some research, I found that the Parrot BT system appeared to be the leader in the BT industry and getting this in my next stereo became a priority. This stereo has the Parrot V3 Bluetooth which I believe is what makes this stereo so great with my Droid 3. The Bluetooth always connects. It is so nice to listen to Pandora, turn the car off, turn the car on and Pandora starts up on its own right where it left off. I really wanted RDS but it was hard to find in combination with the Parrot BT as one of my top priorities. This stereo came with HD radio which is little use to me due to where I live. One discovery I found is that this stereo DOES HAVE RDS! I am not talking about station/song information on HD but on the other regular FM stereo channels, I can select station name, artist/song name and it all works, again I am not confusing regular FM and HD FM!

    Pros: Pros: Sound is excellent, Bluetooth always connects and every BT protocol on my phone work with this stereo (hands free, phonebook etc.). Despite what Kenwood says in its specs, this stereo does have RDS and I could not believe it when I saw it! check it out yourself, it's there and it works!!!

    Cons: Cons: I wish the display characters were a little bolder or brighter. Due to the location of the stereo in my Pathfinder, it suffers a lot of reflections since it is so low on the dash. This stereo is the third stereo and it has one of the best displays so far so I am very happy with it. If I had to pick something bad about this stereo, it would be the menu system but I believe every stereo of this type have similar menu issues. With so many features there really isn't a good way to make ge

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By BKC, Peoria, AZ on Saturday, January 19, 2013

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    Very nice unit. The sound quality is typical Kenwood even with the factory speakers which is a stretch in a Wrangler with the top off. Bought this mostly for the blue tooth connection to the phone and it works very well. With the microphone mounted on the steering column, no one can tell I'm in the Jeep driving to work. The wife likes the different colors you can change the unit.

    Pros: Blue tooth audio with the phone and ipod is nice feature, no annoying wires to deal with. Hadn't used HD radio before this unit and is a pleasant surprise. The sound quality is very good even with the factory speakers. The front USB is nice to connect music sources to, usually a portable hard drive with all my music.

    Cons: The USB doesn't pick up the music on the Android phone. Really not a big deal. Sometimes won't connect to the phone and download the phone book.

    not what i expected

    Written By SteveB, Socorro NM on Monday, January 14, 2013

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    Basically, this unit is awesome. does everything it says it can do. great price for an awesome unit and Crutchfield service was immense. there are so many different ways to tweak the sound, I cant even begin to figure it all out.....the Bluetooth works great and I love the external mike.....HD radio is pretty cool but not what I thought it was gonna be..... the reception is stellar....if I can get it....no hd in Socorro of course....and analog is not as good as factory radio was. not really the radios fault but wish I had better reception to really hear it sing....now for the bummer.....my new galaxy tab 7.0 plus does not work as a usb mass storage device on this unit like smartphones do. it has MTP protocol which is not the same and I cant choose to change it to mass USB storage...really bummed about this cuz all my music is in the tablet which is fine on Bluetooth... I can push all the music I want but I cant make calls with my tab and this unit only allows use of 1 Bluetooth device at a time. so that means no phone if I want music or no music if I want phone.. really sux unless of course u have an IPAD....not. so I had to move all the music to my phone so I can have a phone and music without sacrifice..cept I really wanted the tab to be my main entertainment center in my truck. I should've researched cuz it does show this info on the product page at Crutchfield but honestly thought that since these products were new that they could communicate by USB.

    Pros: all the settings and controls for your soundscapes are there and take a little time to learn but once u do then its all good sonically. Bluetooth works like an expensive cars dash nav units . HD radio is awesome if I can get reception. all about location I guess in rural NM. the color changing face is a nice touch and Crutchfield made sure I had all I needed to install this unit in just under an hour and a half..no cutting no spicing... just perfect fit in my dash.. really nice and clean.

    Cons: USB will not work with any android system...at least not a Samsung galaxy tab with 4.1 ICS which is stupid since this tablet is a year old and my Droid X2 with android 3.2 Gingerbread is a 4 year old system. I wonder if a hardware update for this kenwood is coming to fix this...if it is as simple as an update..mass storage and Media transfer protocol are not the same but seems like a software update could fix this....what do I know?

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By John, Gaithersburg, MD on Sunday, January 06, 2013

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    The quality has been OK so far. But the radio is very difficult to use and enjoy. Buttons are small, poorly labeled, and require constant adjustment to get the station and sound quality you want. Would not recommend this radio to most people. Price does not meet expectations.

    Pros: Has Pandora and fits the dash!

    Cons: Tiny buttons and requires pushing and turning multiple times to make required adjustments all the time. Each button ha multiple functions which makes it difficult to use while driving!

    Great Car CD Radio

    Written By Mr. Big, Columbus, OH on Saturday, December 22, 2012

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    This Kenwood have a very nice warm natural sound at flat equalization. Has lots of adjustments available but as my opening remarks stated, I didn't need to make many adjustments. Plays nicely with the Iphone 5. Has bluetooth and HD radio. I give this radio high marks.

    Pros: Overall a very nice radio. Great sound with lots of features!

    Cons: None.

    Easy to install with crutchfield instructions

    Written By FZ1, Liverpool Tx. on Saturday, December 22, 2012

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    Very nice radio for the price i will buy another one from crutchfield they had gret tech support since my in ternal amp fro the factory was blowing the fuse to the radio and i had no clue where the amp was and how to bypass the amp they told me now it has no problems working.

    Pros: Everthing so far

    Cons: None

    Lots of features for the money

    Written By theflints01, Ravensdale, WA on Friday, December 21, 2012

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    This radio does what I wanted- no more commercials! As a bonus, the sound is much better through the stock speakers than with the Ford deck. My only complaint is that the radio reception isn't as good as the stock one which is confusing since I thought HD radio would be better. But, like I said before, I the reason I bought it was so I didn't have to listen to the endless stream of terrible commercials on the radio. Got pandora through my iphone onto the bluetooth audio feature and its crystal clear music all the time.

    Pros: Lots of features for the money Great sound quality

    Cons: AM FM reception not as good as stock

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By Mike D, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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    Very nice HD receiver with CD player, Bluetooth, and Android Pandora. I selected this over the Kenwood KDC-BT752HD for two reasons: a two year v. one year warranty, and it included a remote microphone. The Crutchfield Car Selector helped narrow down the choices. Tech support answered my questions. I was going to replace the factory speakers, too, but it sounds great now. Maybe next month.

    Pros: Good sound, great features, nice fit.

    Cons: None.

    Great stereo and the best customer service ever

    Written By JustinP, Fort Mill, SC on Thursday, December 06, 2012

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    I ordered this stereo from Crutchfield and received my shipment very quickly. After reading through the instruction packet sent by Crutchfield, reading the stereo manual, and doing some Internet searches on how to install into a Mustang with the Mach 460 sound system, I still had a lingering question. So, at 10pm at night I thought I would try Crutchfield tech support even though I figured they wouldn't be answering at this time of the night. I was wrong and quickly got through to an excellent tech support person who quickly and matter of factly answered my question. I will be making Crutchfield my sole source of stereo equipment.

    As for the stereo itself, it fits great, looks great and sounds great.

    Pros: Good fitment. Works as advertised. Great sound clarity.

    Cons: Bass is lacking compared to my OEM stereo but I may be able to fix this with the EQ. A bit of a learning curve for some of the cooler features like streaming audio over USB.

    Impressive

    Written By MarkZ, Staten Island NY. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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    Think it's a wonderful! As usual The Crutchfield team has your back with installation. I'm quite impressed for all the features you get for your money here. It's almost to good to be true.

    Pros: Mega Features for IPod and Blootooth devices. Amazing powerful crisp sound.

    Cons: To Access all the features while driving can be tricky.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By MikeB, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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    I like it, when into my Jeep just fine, three questions came up, all were in the manual, great support from Crutchfield. Just ordered the same head unit for my other car. (I only want to lean one system)

    Pros: It works well, good documents for install

    Cons: None

    Great deck for use with android phone

    Written By ph42, Lincoln, NE on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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    Wow! This unit works great with my Samsung Galaxy S3. I use the bluetooth connection and talk crystal clear using the included microphone and pump in my music and podcasts via the bluetooth when I am not talking on the phone. This head unit turns your phone into the media control center for your car. Plus it's cool.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: none

    Nice unit

    Written By Mark, West Covina, Ca on Saturday, November 10, 2012

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    Nice unit great sound

    Pros: Ease of use

    Cons: It does not have a obvious on/ off button

    Replacement head unit

    Written By Bob, Daytona Beach, FL on Sunday, November 04, 2012

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    I replaced a Dual head unit with this kenwood. I cannot believe the difference in sound quality, volume and versatility of sound adjustment. This is the best automotive stereo I have ever purchased. All I can say is spend a little more to get more enjoyment out of your stereo. I am sure glad that I did. PS, I would like to add that I do run aftermarket speakers and a Bazooka powered sub in my Silverado, but this Kenwood brought them all to life.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By Jon, NY on Thursday, October 18, 2012

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    Installed the radio a couple weeks ago and it is AWESOME!!!! 100 times better than the RetroSound Radio bought a few months ago and never worked beyond the first day. The sound is perfect and the color changing display is a GREAT feature!!! Easy to install in my 68 Mustang. Installed with 2 6X9 Kicker speakers. Very happy with appearance and performance. Easy to use too.

    Pros: Diplay, Sound, Colored Lights, User Friendly, Remote

    Cons: None-Can't wait to add more upgrades to make this sound system complete!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By ChrisN, Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, October 15, 2012

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    I like the Blue Tooth connection to my smart phone, but it can be frustrating at times. But, that could be the phone and its Pandora app. It would be nice if HD radio could be turned off or switched to only analog. My favorite local stations transmits in a hybrid mode; music analog and information digital. I get a lot of echo effects with it. Also, my reception for this station is not anywhere as good as it was with the OEM radio. I like the having the USB and auxiliary inputs and having a separate cover for those is cool. I love the Pandora, and Aux. modes for using my smart phone and ipod.

    Pros: Pandora, auxiliary, display modes for artist, album, etc. USB and auxiliary jacks.

    Cons: Would like an HD radio switch for going to analog only. (see review)

    Great Product

    Written By Anonymous, Chicago IL on Monday, October 08, 2012

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    This is a great head unit, love the HD/USB/Pandora options, going to make the drive to work every day much better.

    Rav 4 2010

    Written By Dave B, Northampton, MA on Thursday, October 04, 2012

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    Very happy with this product. Was looking at a lower priced Kenwood, but someone point me in this direction. The external microphone was recommended over the internal one and was very easy to install. Very pleased with the sound through the factory speakers. We upgraded the radio because the stock Toyota radio (not JBL) sounded awful and no one in the family liked it. Bluetooth does work great with the 3 iphones. Like the ability to changed the background color to match the other lights on the dash. My wife, who is very hesitant to new things, loves the radio.

    Pros: Bluetooth music and calls. Installation was very easy with all that Crutchfield provided. Set up was very easy. Great sound even with factory speakers. Was able to turn off "beep." Also was able to adjust brightness so it is not annoying at night.

    Cons: Phone address book must download each time you restart the car. Kind of a pain at times. Sometimes have to reconnect my iphone if someone else's was used previously. Just have to go into settings (on the phone) and touch the connection button. Gave on 4 stars because of the address book issue. Otherwise, it is a 5 star unit.

    Solid

    Written By Anonymous, ABQ, NM on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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    Great unit. Good interface with my iphone and quality seems great. No complaints

    Kenwood does not dissappoint here

    Written By J Reid, Toronto, On, Canada on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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    Great Kenwood quality, even from the factory refurbished models. There are audio settings and parameters for everything. Hi pass filters, Lo pass filter, presets... you name it, it has a setting for it. The HD radio sounds like you're listening to a CD The 796 is a great alternative to those who do not have a budget for the Excelon 996

    Pros: Great Excelon Sound quality, parameters on parameters, great Bluetooth, sound quality for voice and streaming.

    Cons: You can only pair one Bluetooth device at time, steep learning curve to use the call feature.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By mikem, TX on Saturday, September 08, 2012

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    A lot of features for the money. The Bluetooth and HD radio features are cool. Fairly easy to use given that there's many multifunction buttons. The multi-color backlighting is not uniform across the unit. button backlighting could be clearer. The biggest disappointment is that the advertised bluetooth phone connection for SMS texting does not work with my phone (Samsung S2 Skyrocket). The features should better describe the limitations of this feature. The HD radio tuning has a delay before the HD multi-station tunes in.

    Pros: Bluetooth, HD features.

    Cons: BT limitation, HD radio tuning delay.

    Love it!

    Written By Texan4Life, Texas on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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    Great unit. The included microphone seems to be high quality since people think I'm on my cell phone instead of using hands free and have no problem hearing me clearly. No problems at all using bluetooth with my iphone 4s, didn't even need to read the manual. Just turn it on and selected it on my phone. It now connects and syncs automatically ready to play pandora or send/receive phone calls everytime i get in my truck. Whats cool is if you want the hand free phone calling, but dont feel like listening to music the stereo has a "standby" mode. This keeps the stereo on, thus allowing it to make a bluetooth connection with your phone.

    Since the bluetooth works so well I have yet to try the usb and aux ports, but I suspect they work just fine.

    Sounds great and unit puts out nice power even for upgraded speakers.

    Pros: High quality hands-free, good power output for non-amped systems, good quality all around

    Cons: navigation of the menus is a little clunky, but what stereo isnt

    nice reciever

    Written By pat c., bronx ny on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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    just got it today,and had to run to autozone for the right ant. adapter.other wise it was an easy install. just thing for ny phone connected on the first try. i was streaming my music in seconds.i needed a new stereo for my 99 blazer this was a perfect choice for the truck.

    Pros: easy to set up

    Cons: none so far

    Just fine

    Written By Anonymous, Madison, WI on Sunday, August 05, 2012

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    The radio works well, sounds nice, and relatively clean look. There is more screwing down into menues than I like.

    Pros: Clean look Easy to find buttons by touch Good sound

    Cons: Screen hard to see in sun light Amount of menue use Can't have clock and station displayedbat same time. Does not recognize Flac

    Love the sound KDC-X796

    Written By TXLeeVee, San Antonio, TX on Monday, July 30, 2012

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    The HD radio sounds great. I live in a fringe area though, and it would be very nice if there were a dedicated button for enabling and disabling the HD. Instead, you have to muddle through the less than mediocre navigation to turn it on or off. As I already own an older Kenwood receiver (KDC-X492), minus the Bluetooth and HD Radio, I was already aware of the poor menu navigation. Reception is pretty good, but that was one reason why I picked this unit. Reception improves when HD Radio is turned off. The CD sounds great with both CD audio and compressed file audio. The compressed file audio decoders are pretty good. Compressed files sound very good on USB, also. The Bluetooth is a little clunky, but works well overall. Have had some minor connection issues, but once properly connected, it stays connected and sounds good. Have had a couple of times when after using Pandora, the last song played, got stuck in memory for several days. It would show up continuously on any Bluetooth media connection as the song being played. As I had everything set up like I wanted I waited instead of doing a reset. Finally, I deleted all Bluetooth devices from the units memory and later reconnected them and that seemed to fix the problem.

    Pros: HD Radio. Great CD audio sound. Very good compressed file sound both on CD and USB. Fairly current Bluetooth firmware. High line out voltage for connecting to an amp. Kenwood got rid off the big knob joy stick.

    Cons: No dedicated HD Radio on/off button. Menu navigation is not intuitive. When listening to a jukebox CD, the unit remembers what song it was on, but frequently does not remember that random was selected. Occasionally, it will remember. As is often the case, random doesn't seem very random.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By JoshD, florida on Monday, July 16, 2012

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    I like all the features that it has on it. the blue tooth is awesome. over all this is a wonderful unit.

    KDC-X796

    Written By cliff, port huron mi on Sunday, July 15, 2012

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    If you have not upgraded lately you should, the KDC-X796 is amazing the blue tooth is quite excellent, the pandora is outstanding, I have a android incredible and the phone sinks effortlessly for hands free phone and the pandora. Installed myself but am a former installer for years be careful if you decide to install yourself. They provided addiquite hardware for job.

    Pros: lots of options for sound quality quite over wellming, but just follow directions and it works great. Had OEM than a dual unit this unit far exceed both formers.

    Cons: to many amazing features to crtitze I wish it was easier to update firmware have not done it yet but have down loaded the files you have to burn to CD.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796

    Written By jt, Arkansas on Thursday, June 28, 2012

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