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CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

by Ken Nail

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.

You spend a lot of time in your car, so why settle for less when you're buying a car stereo? The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 CD receiver offers a stunning display with variable color selection, Bluetooth® hands-free calling, and built-in HD Radio™ reception. Factor in PANDORA® Internet radio connectivity and a 2-year warranty, and there's a lot to like.

KDC-X995

Plug into PANDORA®

This Kenwood Excelon receiver keeps you hooked up to your PANDORA® stations. Connect your iPhone to the receiver's USB port, and use the receiver's controls to navigate your way through your favorite stations. You'll enjoy outstanding control, including displays of artist, album, and song information on the receiver's screen, along with the ability to give your songs a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down."

Easy iPod controls

You can use the receiver's direct iPod controls to access your playlists and albums, while the multi-line display shows off your artist and song info in clear detail. Grab the big jog dial and skip through your files in 10% jumps, or search alphabetically — either way, you'll get there fast. Plus, your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

Bluetooth lets you focus on the road

Distracted driving is a safety hazard. When a call comes in to your mobile phone, the KDC-X995 will mute the music and allow you to take the call without taking your hands off the wheel — it's a safer, more convenient way to stay in touch on the highway.

Superior radio sound

HD Radio stations offer superior sound quality on their AM/FM broadcasts and additional programming on secondary channels. The KDC-X995's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you access that improved sound and extra programming, as well as tag tunes for future purchase at the iTunes® store.

Beautiful, realistic sound

Kenwood's Sound Excellence feature offers audio enhancements designed to give you the best possible listening experience in your vehicle. Highway Sound optimizes your music so you can hear more of the details over the road noise, while the Supreme+ feature enhances the frequencies in your digital files that get lost during compression. You can adjust the timing of your front and rear speakers so it strengthens your music's focus.

You can use the Digital E's crossover feature to trim some of the lows out of your front and rear speakers, and adjust the low frequencies going to a sub, so your system plays more efficiently. The three sets of preamp outputs send a strong 4-volt signal to your amps for superior sound quality and lower noise levels.

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 the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player 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 files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes Tagging
    • PANDORA® Internet radio connectivity
    • fold-down, detachable face with 5-line LCD display
    • variable-color illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Sound Excellence DSP (5-band equalizer, iPod EQ, Highway Sound, time alignment, Digital E's crossover)
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • receiver bypasses your iPod's digital-to-analog converter for superior sound quality
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connection cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio and CD changer
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (and attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Face pouch
    • USB connector mounting adapter
    • 2 Wire ties
    • Two 1/2" Self-tapping screws
    • Two 2mm x 6mm mounting screws
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2.5mm x 10mm machine screw
    • Face-fixing screw
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Overview: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, and three pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The Excelon KDC-X995 offers MP3/WMA/AAC playback via CD-R/RW audio discs, as well as connected USB flash memory devices. The Kenwood CD receiver's USB port also supports direct connection of your compatible iPod or iPhone. In addition, The KDC-X995 features built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free communication. The head unit also features a built-in HD Radio tuner and is Satellite Radio-ready (via optional Sirius tuner). For added convenience, the Kenwood KDC-X995 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the head unit and supports OEM steering wheel controls (via optional adapter). The CD receiver's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 features a fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.  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.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 25 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (1-24: 0-9). The display and button illumination can be set to the same color or set independently.

    Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.

    Display Types: The KDC-X995 offers five different display types:

    • 3-Line Display Mode: Displays up to 3 lines of text.
    • 5-Line Display Mode: Displays up to 5 lines of text with spectrum analyzer and clock.
    • iPod-Like Display mode: Displays iPod/iPhone source information only.
    • Spectrum Analyzer: Displays up to 1 line of text with a spectrum analyzer
    • Clock Display: Display a 12-hour clock with date (M/D/Y). You can even set times for two different cities (dual clock display).

    Note: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

    • Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. 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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 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-X995 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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X995 features front, rear and subwoofer 4-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.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-X995's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X995 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", 30, 40, 60, 80, 90 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz. 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. You can also select the high-pass crossover slope ( for the front & rear channels.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 provides the following subwoofer preamp output controls.

    • Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 30, 50, 60, 90, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 250Hz, or "Through". The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-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.

    Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA, and AAC 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.

    Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Car Type: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or Off
    • Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the position and size of each speaker are select from the following items.
      • Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under Dash); Size: (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"); Tweeter (None or Use)
      • Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row; Size (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5")
      • Subwoofer: Size (15", 12", 10", 6-1/2", 8", or None)
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers, and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over: The Kenwood Excelon head unit provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); or you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); Phase (Normal/Reverse); or you can also select full-range

    Note: The DSP function can be bypassed.

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings using the 5-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
    • 5-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to adjust the following 5-Band EQ (62.5Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, 16kHz) settings.
      • Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
      • Bass Effect: Enhances the bass response of Band 1 (62.5Hz).

    Note: You can store equalizer settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, USB, and iPod/iPHone).

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,  Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can select between 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, Left Subwoofer and/or Right Subwoofer.

    Audio Preset: You can register two audio settings into the unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting, Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear. You can adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels (0-35).

    Radio Functions

    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: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-X995's tuner lets you store up to 24 AM/FM stations (18 FM, 6 AM). The Kenwood Excelon head unit does not offer front-panel preset buttons. You will need to access the unit's presets through its menu system.

    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.

    Tuning Modes: You can choose one of three tuning 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-X995 to search only HD Radio stations.

    Direct Tuning: You can tune in a desired AM/FM radio station directly by entering the frequency number using the included remote control

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner  and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    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 Excelon KDC-X995 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC  playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The Excelon KDC-X995 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) 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.

    High Speed Search: This function allows you to continuously scroll up or down your disc's track list at high speed.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 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, 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 Insert: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Changer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 offers connection and control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719, sold separately).

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 features a rear-panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is attached to unit's rear-chassis via a 34" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x)  information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters. The KDC-X995 will also charge your connected USB device's battery, when the head unit is powered up.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Excelon KDC-X995's rear-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-X995.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: 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.

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

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can then search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • High Speed Search: This function lets you scroll a group of tracks from the selected categories track list quickly.
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Related Search: You can browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played. You can select between the following Related Search modes.
      • Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
      • Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
      • Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
      • Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (all/folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Excelon KDC-X995 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-X995 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iTunes Tagging: Using the head unit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music while listening to the radio with your iPod/iPhone connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the head unit's "HD" button" and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod/iPhone. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store. This unit can store up to 50 Tags.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X995 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-X995 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can search for new Pandora stations, select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X995 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of January 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Pandora App Charge
    Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist 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 Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N 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 Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
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    4th 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

    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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a rear-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 Excelon KDC-X995 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. 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.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a rear-panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect the optional Sirius Satellite Radio tuner to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls wirelessly from your mobile phone, using the Kenwood in-dash CD receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) powered by Parrot. The KDC-X995 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication. The KDC-X995 supports the following Bluetooth profiles:

    • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
    • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • SPP (Serial Port Profile): SPP defines how to set up virtual serial ports and connect two Bluetooth enabled devices.
    • SYNC (Synchronization Profile): The SYNC profile enables synchronization of data information between Bluetooth-enabled devices.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth audio music streaming.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X995 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KDC-X995 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood Excelon head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Auto Answer: The KDC-X995 can be setup to automatically answer an incoming call. You can have the head unit automatically answer a call immediately or after 1-99 seconds.

    Dialing: Using the KDC-X995, 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 25 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-X995. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 25 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.

    Call Waiting: The KDC-X995 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.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 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 0.515" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

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

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X995 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 and caller's voice 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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Excelon KDC-X995 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB 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) 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)
     
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    3 out of 5

    Was Ok While Lasted

    Written By WallyHojo, Seattle, WA on Monday, December 30, 2013
     
    Lasted just over two years, how convenient for me. During its last legs, first the receiver wouldn't eject the CD. Second it kept randomly shutting itself off. Lastly it came to the point where the receiver didn't even turn on. The wiring was fine, no blown fuses. Might have had something to do with the cold.
    Pros:
    Sound quality options
    Cons:
    Display screen sucked in the sun.
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointed

    Written By George, Plymouth Meeting, PA on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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    Sound quality was pretty good, but that's about it. Worked fine until it got cold outside. The radio tuner would load up and you could switch between presets, but no sound was output. You had to wait until the unit warmed up and then shut off the car and restart it to get it to work, simply powering the unit off and back on with the power button would not work. Sent in to get the unit repaired, and the issue was still there. They claimed that they "repaired connections" in faceplate. The unit also developed poor connection between faceplate and rear of unit, where the screen would turn off and reset when using the controls on the front of the unit.
    Pros:
    Sound quality.
    Cons:
    Reliability, menu structure is idiotic, and display is not bright enough for daytime use. Washes out very easily.
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    5 out of 5

    nice but expensive

    Written By Boris, White Plains, NY on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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    This is a great receiver that is packed with features. It was very easy to install and set up. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase. It's a bit expensive but I got a refurbished one for cheaper.

    I love the Amp section and the DSP features a very handy but one thing I don't understand is how come you may have just one or the other. If you want DSP crossover you need to bypass the amps. If you want to amps you can't use the onboard DSP. It seems this "feature" is shared across all car receives so it's not just singling out this unit.
    Pros:
    - The sound quality is superb. - Lots of features. - useful DSP
    Cons:
    - Navigating the unit is really throwing me off. For example if you want to recall a radio station you have to go to Menu/Stored Radios, then select from a list that has the radio Name but not the Frequency. On my stock radio I used to press button 1-6. - I don't think this receiver can play FLAC music files (WAV works I think) and it doesn't recognize a second USB device if you have 2 plugged in but that's not really a problem. - the screen can be hard to read in very bright sun - pricey
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    1 out of 5

    piece of garbage

    Written By tony, quenns ,ny on Monday, July 23, 2012
     
    Horrible radio that broke quickly, than the real fun came in getting a in warranty repair,a real nightmare that's going to be a three week repair time.& 0 sympathy from kenwood, that has 1 repair center for the NYC area that is a real dump.Also the lighting factor on there radios are terrible, you can not see the display at all in the daytime. I would definitely never buy a Kenwood product again!!
    Pros:
    none
    Cons:
    Bad screen display in the daytime, front removable panel not reliable had to be replaced in a year, unsympathetic cust. svce.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice upgrade for 2003 Honda Pilot

    Written By Michael, Bossier City, LA on Sunday, June 17, 2012
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    I replaced my OEM radio with this system more than six months ago, including satellite radio and Bluetooth. The main things I was looking for were: add inputs like HD radio; upgrade existing inputs (OEM CD player would not recognize CDs burned with mp3 files); and to be able to have easy control over the different types of inputs. Anything else would be a bonus.

    Overall, I am very happy with it, as it gave me what I was looking for and more. The sound quality is very good - excellent if the input is an iPod. Navigating menus can be a bit frustrating, however, and it would be nice if there were actual preset buttons to quickly change channels - kinda important when you have satellite radio with dozens of channels.

    Hands free Bluetooth calling is great, as it works with my phone and turns down the volume of the other inputs without me having to do anything - important safety feature.
    Pros:
    Sound quality; ability to control separate inputs with one unit; hands free calling w/Bluetooth; works with steering column controls w/adapter
    Cons:
    Display is (only occasionally) washed out by glare; mode controller on steering column only works in one direction (have to click repeatedly to get where you want rather than using two up/down buttons - but that's not the radios feature, just what is on the steering column); display "went dark" a few times for no apparent reason (but did not "lock up"); navigating the menus can be frustrating.
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    5 out of 5

    kdc-x995

    Written By john, denver on Saturday, March 31, 2012
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    just purchased a refurb unit and had it installed. The sound is increadible,compared to the pioneer we removed. Also added infinity kappas front and rear, and a powered sub under the rear seat of my 97 F-150. The kenwood paired easily with my cell and hands free calling is very good and easy to use. My first experience with HD radio is the sound quality is better than FM but not quite as good as CD or ipod/usb input. The ipod and usb music quality is excellent, Ive used both ipod and flash drive and the menues are easy to follow and make sence. The quality of the music with this system is crisp and clear, it will not rattle the car next to you but that is not what i am after. the sound is rich and satisfying.
    Pros:
    sound quality, number of "built ins", bluetooth and HD built in
    Cons:
    none so far...
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    3 out of 5

    Nice unit, poor visibility.

    Written By DD, US on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
     
    I bought this for my 2011 F150XL to replace the factory radio since that's all it came with. I liked the Bluetooth, and the usb cable so I could use my flash drive. Sound quality was great with the 4 factory speakers. I ended up sending this back because the display was not bright enough during the day, I couldn't see any readout weather it was sunny or cloudy. I tried everything for almost 60 days, finally I called and asked if I could send this back for a different unit. This is a single din so I went for a double din of a different brand. The Kenwood is a good unit, my truck has lots of big windows so it may have added to the issue, it might would have worked in a vehicle with smaller or tinted windows if I still had one, but I don't care for tinting right now.
    Pros:
    Easy installation, good sounds, works with many different phones
    Cons:
    The display is not bright enough or big enough.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By Cookie, Waco, TX on Friday, March 09, 2012
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    Installed in 02 ChevyHD1500. Installation was a snap. I am still trying to figure alt whine. Running 3 MTX amps. No whine with factory stereo but do have with this unit. Was looking for rear USB only and this fit the bill. Iphone 4 & 4S work fine.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Nice sound tuning. Phone sounds good with external mic
    Cons:
    No presets. Slight problem with glare on a sunny day. Pain moving through menus. No bluetooth streaming
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    3 out of 5

    Not Very Happy

    Written By BillD, Kernersville, NC on Thursday, February 16, 2012
     
    I have had this unit installed now for 2 months. I did a lot of research to find a radio that would give me all the bells and whistles and work seamlessly with my IPhone 4 which it has and it does! PROBLEM(S).. Like I've read about the previous model (the 994) it locks up sometimes. And what I mean by it "locks up" it freezes. If you're cruising down the road at any unknown, no warning you lose ALL control of the radio. Whatever volume level your at, whatever you're listening to (Radio, Ipod, Pandora etc) no buttons work. You can't even turn it off!! Only option is to either shut the vehicle off or flip down the face and reset it with a pin or paper clip. The of course you lose all your settings. It doesn't happen often, but it's a pain!! The "2 year warranty".. Well, you have to send it in to a authorized repair facility at your expense. This means you have to uninstall it and go with out a radio for however long it takes them to repair or replace it. I'm sure other companies are the same but still..
    Pros:
    All the features I think you could possibly want and sounds great (At least I think so).
    Cons:
    As mentioned above plus hard to get used to having to navigate the menus. Once you get used to it, you can use the remote and not have to look at the screen too often. I haven't had a glare issue others have mentioned. It's installed in a full size GMC Yukon.
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    5 out of 5

    Its a jeep thing......

    Written By Branden P, York, PA on Monday, February 13, 2012
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    I bought this deck to go with the polk audion door speakers I bought here also.....the pair make unbelievable sound!!! You wont get disappointed with the deck or the speakers!!
    Pros:
    Coolness factor is amazing....17 different colors!!
    Cons:
    I should've bought it along time ago!!
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice

    Written By DericB, Central Florida on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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    Just cannot beat the Crutchfield Install Kit, makes installing Soooooo much easier. The Kenwood works great, much cleaner look than my last radio(Jensen), & so far it hasn't flubbed any. I'll never get a Optional "anything" ever again only built-ins from now on. Great Sound. Not nearly as glarey as previous review said.
    Pros:
    Great Sound, Easy Install, Smart Display Arrangement
    Cons:
    Menus are endless but not overwhelming
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By ScottS, Jefferson City, TN on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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    Nice product. Fits my Z3 nicely.
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    5 out of 5

    very nice high quality receiver

    Written By Josh M, McMinnville, Tn on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    This thing does it all. I couldn't be any happier. The display is great. I like the usb and auxiliary ports being in back because it looks alot cleaner not having cords running out of the front of the hu. I didn't think that I would use the blue tooth very much but it really is nice to have. You just can't go wrong with Kenwood and Crutchfield
    Pros:
    High quality with a two year warranty. Rear usb and auxiliary ports. Variable color five line display looks goooooood. More features than you know what to do with.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Good Receiver

    Written By AA, Winter Park, FL on Friday, February 03, 2012
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    Nice unit, but I wouldn't give it a great. Without the remote it is difficult to operate. Bluetooth is great. Had issues setting up the XM module. Once working it works well, but again without the remote it is very difficult to operate. I haven't got Pandora to work yet. I just use the USB option to play Pandora. Sound quality is very good and can be tweaked to your liking.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, remote, sound quality
    Cons:
    Hard to operate without the remote.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By A Stack, Georgetown De. on Friday, February 03, 2012
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    My wife's x-mas present she's very happy which means I'm very happy
    Pros:
    Great Quality,Sound and the blue tooth is wonderful
    Cons:
    Time consuming to set up
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice, but some reservations

    Written By DWhite, Ocoee, FL on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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    I like the radio, audio quality is very good and the features for the price are good. Pairing with a phone is easy and call quality is great. Within seconds of starting my truck, it pairs with my phone every time. It plays MP3's from a memory stick just fine. HD radio is great; I hope that format sticks around. I'm not an IPhone person, so I wish it had Android connectivity. I'm sure I can plug my phone into the USB and let it play my music files like it does from the memory stick, but I don't have the right cable and since it doesn't have Android controls like it does IPod, I probably won't bother. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't have radio preset buttons. It has radio presets, but you have to dig down through menus to get to them. You can get to the presets with the remote control, but that isn't quite as convenient as having buttons on the radio itself. This radio only has Bluetooth phone connection, it will not allow music streaming.
    Pros:
    Lots of features, sound quality
    Cons:
    No preset buttons
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By wayne c, sacramento, ca on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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    I've been a Kenwood fan for many years, this is by far the best deck they have produced!!! I've seen reviews complaining of no pre-set buttons, but I happen to like the uncluttered look of the faceplate. If you take the time to download the owners manual from Kenwood, it's easier to understand everything much better than the quick guide that is supplied. Most items are set and forget, but you would be better served by sitting in your driveway and geting familiar with all that this deck offers!!!
    Pros:
    HD radio sounds incredible, BT works very well, easy hook up and use of an i-pod.
    Cons:
    remote is very small, sometimes has trouble downloading phonebook
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    5 out of 5

    Got this for my wife's car

    Written By as, Poughkeepsie, NY on Monday, January 30, 2012
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    Overall I'm very happy with this head unit. Bluetoooth works great and sound quality is excellent.
    Pros:
    - Ipod controls - bluetooth - great sound
    Cons:
    Preset stations are hard to get to without using the remote... There are a lot of menu options to navigate... Glare can be a problem, but through trial and error with the MANY different color options I was able to find something that worked for her.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product at an Amazing Price

    Written By Jim, Williamsburg, VA on Monday, January 30, 2012
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    Unit was incredibly easy to install, and works perfectly. Thanks to Crutchfield for the very clear instructions and accessories. Bought this unit specifically for the rear USB input and pandora streaming. iPod integration works wonderfully, as does bluetooth phone audio. Only drawbacks are the inability to switch between iPod and pandora without touching your iPhone, and lack of support for bluetooth text messaging. Overall, a great unit that I would buy again.
    Pros:
    REAR usb support, bluetooth phone support with external microphone, fading color display is a fun touch.
    Cons:
    doesn't read text messages out loud. Have to handle phone directly to switch between Pandora and iPod mode.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-995 receiver

    Written By Doug H., Westminster, Co. on Monday, January 30, 2012
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    This is a great looking and performing unit. I haven't had time to use or learn all of the features yet but look forward to getting more familiar with it. I am more than happy so far with the purchase.
    Pros:
    Large variety of color settings and graphic settings. Removable face plate. Remote control. Great sound & looks.
    Cons:
    All my previous auto receivers have had separate bass & treble adjustments. I am still trying to get use to the graphic equalizer. Might like it better when I get the feel for it.
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    4 out of 5

    Can't have everything, this was close

    Written By JJR, Houstion on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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    I started my weeks of research wanting a professional looking non-dvd headunit that didn't look like Vegas on my dash.  Unfortunately that is not an option without sacrificing technology (BT, HD, IPod, etc.) or spending $$$$.  I really wanted to go with an Alpine or Pioneer either digital media or cd player.  However Alpine doesn't have amber illumination to match my interior and while others offer various color illumination.  After exhaustively looking I narrowed it down to Pioneer's Media Receiver (7300 or 8300BT) and Kenwood's CD receiver (X995) with sound quality, technology, preamp sub control and under $500 being priorities.  In the end I chose the kenwood bc it has a 2yr warranty, more wattage, built-in HD, built-in BT, rear USB input for stealth bulkhead install in my center console and a CD player to boot.  It was close bc the Pioneer had 8 EQ bands (vs 5 with the Kenwood) and I really like Pioneer.  But I couldnt resist the x995 bc it was a very technolgy-packed headunit for the price.  In addition I don't have room in my coupe for all the additional modules and wire-routing required to add 'optional' technologies.
    Pros:
    Despite the listed Cons, they are trivial to me given I now have hands free phone, HD radio,  great preamp sub signal and 5 band EQ with many fine adjustments..well under my planned budget.  Install was easy and sound was significantly better than expected. BT was easy to pair w iPhone4.  Callers have no issues hearing me (no gain adjust needed). Callers impressed with lack of bckgnd noise heard while driving. Microphone is located on the headliner edge above the rear view mirror
    Cons:
    Face plate giggles upon pressing the knob/buttons. Color settings allow keys/buttons to match my BMW amber interior, display amber too light. Dislike the glossy face, glare is significant. Best option was setting (POS1) display to show full screen lit with txt black during day and when my lights are activated it displays opposite. Presets could be easier to access. Best method I found was to set seek mode to scroll through ur 18 presets using >> key/button on face
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-X995 in Dodge

    Written By Dave P., Arizona on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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    Easy Installation, Nice Radio, full featured if the ad-ons are used for sat-radio.
    Pros:
    Menus allow full customization and preferences. Well done.
    Cons:
    Memory presets are ackward, and take to many steps to get to other selections. Have to take your eyes off the road to change selections.
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    X995

    Written By Dave, Dover, De on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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    Overall tis is a nice head unit, it has a stronger and tighter bass because of the 4V amp output. The FM reception is of good quality and much better than my old alpine 9855 unit, the CD is not as clean but it is close. It is a must that you read than reread the owners manual to take advantage of all the nice features this unit has to offer. The display is sometime hard to read in sunlight but there are several display adjustment to help reduce the glare. The USB playback is also a nice touch. Overall I say this is a good product to buy.
    Pros:
    Stong and tight bass, solid feature bundle (Bluetooth,HD radio and USB listening)
    Cons:
    Sunkight Glare
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    4 out of 5

    Great Replacement Radio

    Written By WoodGuy, Spotsylvania, Va on Monday, January 23, 2012
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    A Lot of features for the price, an excellent warranty and terrific customer service. If you have any doubts about whether you Explorer has a factory subwoofer, call tech support BEFORE ordering so you get the correct cables.
    Pros:
    Lots of features. Looks great.
    Cons:
    Could use more than the 'quick start guide' for documentation.
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    4 out of 5

    Radio

    Written By Rich, Texas on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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    Radio works well. Sounds great. Only complaint is I can't see the display in bright day light
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    5 out of 5

    So Far So Good

    Written By SwissFreek, Olympia, WA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
     
    This stereo has everything I need. Works great with my iPhone. Being able to control Pandora from the unit instead of screwing with the phone is nice. The search function works really well, too. Others have had issues with glare. I do not. This is probably largely dependent on what you drive. I have an '07 Xterra, so the stereo is mounted pretty close to vertical, fairly high in the dash. I'm a tall guy so the angles probably just work out right. I set my display to orange so it matches the dash of my truck, and I think that helps, too, since it's one of the more visible color settings. I also saw it on one of the reviews somewhere that Pandora won't run off an iPad. Maybe that was under iOS 4.x or something, but I can confirm that this unit DOES in fact work just fine with an iPad. All the functions including Pandora, iTunes, Netflix, etc. work. Obviously since this unit doesn't have a screen you'd need to switch to "iPod by Hand" mode to get video to work, but that's a minor annoyance. Charges the iPad, too! Also, others have said that Bluetooth does not turn off when the radio does. In my experience it takes about 10 seconds after the stereo turns off for the BT to disconnect from my iPhone, but it does in fact do it. Perfect device would be this head unit with HD radio and DAC bypass, but combined with the display of the KIV-BT901.
    Pros:
    Lots of functions Great price for the features Works great with all iDevices Color match to your dash HD radio sounds good BT sounds good and others tell me it just sounds like I'm on a headset
    Cons:
    Sometimes quirky when you start it back up (either says "Check Device" or loads in "iPod" mode even though Pandora is playing). Easy to fix, just turn on the phone and open Pandora and it kicks back in properly. This is probably the fault of the iPhone closing Pandora in the background, and only a minor annoyance. Occasionally crashes completely and restarts (have seen it a few times when switching between two different iOS devices). Again, only a minor annoyance.
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    4 out of 5

    Solid Stereo... Could use some tweaks...

    Written By ChrisH, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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    Installed this in an 2001 MB SLK. Handled the install myself using the supplied Crutchfield sheet and harness. Worked great except for pops in between tracks on the USB stick or iPod. Crutchfield quickly sent out a ground loop isolator which solved the problem. Kept the factory Bose amp and speakers.

    The good - Sounds great! Much better than the factory system, HD Radio is a plus as well as iPod integration. Hands free BT works well from an audio quality standpoint. Another plus was being able to adjust the color to match the rest of the dash illumination.

    The not so good- Menu's are frustrating to navigate at times in part because there are a lot of options, but not laid out well. I'm a technology consultant and frequently test products ranging from TV's to Stereos and PC's and many Smartphones. I generally can navigate most new devices very easily and quickly but even after a few months I still find myself referring to the manual on this guy.

    The other irritating feature is the BT sync to the phone. It goes through this "downloading"procedure every time you start the car and it can take several minutes sometimes. During this time you have limited access to things. I understand that once in a while it will need to refresh the phone logs and address book between the stereo and phone, but when you are in and out of the car 20 times a day it is frustrating beyond belief. Once a day would be fine or find a way to make it faster.
    Pros:
    Great sound, easy install
    Cons:
    BT phone sync needs work, confusing menus for audio controls
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    5 out of 5

    Remarkable Radio

    Written By Richard B, Davie, Fl. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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    The KDC-X995 is a remarkable radio. I am a big fan of Kenwood products and this one is no exception. It has everything I wanted in a radio. I am thinking about trading my car in this summer on a new one and the radio is staying with me.
    Pros:
    It does everything that Kenwood advertises and it does it well. Easy to program and navigate to options and menus.
    Cons:
    Had a minor problem with the bluetooth when first using it. It would recognize my phone but would not pair with it. I tried an older phone and it finally paired with it and when I tried my original phone it paired with it also. Kenwoods tech support gets a two out of a one to ten rating.
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    2 out of 5

    Very dissapointed

    Written By Richard, Cherry Hill, NJ on Saturday, January 14, 2012
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    Searched and reviewed receivers for weeks before deciding on this unit. It had all the features I wanted at a fair price. Reading the reviews I was concerned about a couple of things. People complained about the unit playing the same songs over and over on "random all" play mode and about no physical preset buttons for the radio and about a cumbersome menu structure. I decided they probably didn't read the manual (which you have to download online - Booo!) and weren't using the unit correctly. Well, turns out they were right. Menu is near impossible to use while driving - very dangerous. Out of 100 folders on one level, each with 5-30 files loaded onto a flash drive the receiver will pick out about 20 or so songs and play them over and over and over and over and over -- every now and again picking a different one just to make you think it's starting to work correctly. I rearranged the order of the folders and files and it still did the same thing. This is the exact same thumb drive with the exact same files that I use in a Sony unit and it will play for days w/o hearing a repeat song. I've been buying from Crutchfield for over 20 years and this is the first time I can remember ever sending something back. But, I've had enough of this unit and good riddance.
    Pros:
    Most features worked very well. Sounded great. Good build quality.
    Cons:
    Random play - which is my default listening mode - simply doesn't work. Convoluted and unintuitive menu structure. Lack of physical buttons. Just a pain to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Deck!!!

    Written By Luke Olson, Eagan, MN on Thursday, January 12, 2012
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    I used this in conjunction with the GMOS-1 and the ASWC for my 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. Sound quality improved dramatically! This deck is my third Kenwood the iPod control is intuitive and works just like an iPod. The HD radio is GREAT. I do not use the Bluetooth as my truck already has it installed. EQ is awesome and the crossover is great (I have subs installed).
    Pros:
    High quality, great ipod interface, color choice is a plus, crossover works great.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By Tom S, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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    This car stereo revives my love of driving and taking the long way home. The power it has is amazing. I never knew the stock speakers sounded so good. The clarity of the HD radio and seeing the name of the artist and song is pretty cool. I only wish it had presets as it is a little inconvenient to change radio stations. You do get used to it, it just takes time. Glad I chose this car stereo. Crutchfield is everything they say and more. I have been a long time customer and will continue for many more to come.
    Pros:
    The power it has is just amazing. Seeing the name of the song and the artist. I also like the ability to change the display color.
    Cons:
    Lack of presets make it inconvenient to change radio stations.
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    4 out of 5

    Good HU

    Written By Danb, Hazel Green AL on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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    The HU has a ton of features. You can EQ a great sound from the unit. I will admit it though, it doesn't seem to have a "natural" sound. That's the best way I can describe it. It has more of a digital processed sound, that to me, seems to lack some mid range frequencies (yes, I've tried different speakers). I seem to be EQing bass heavy or tinny treble out of every song. You can turn off the "DSP" (digital processor) but then it takes away the EQ option. It still does sound better than most HU's I've heard. I love the built in crossovers, sub level,5 band EQ, etc. I don't like the number of menu options you have to scroll through to get to some features. AT best they should have put more direct buttons on the remote to access commonly used features with one button press. You can however memorize the number of button/knob presses/turns and key them in fast and it will recognize it. Being so feature rich, there are several proprietary options that I have no clue as to what they do. The owners manual doesn't tell you either. It just tells you how to access them and turn them off/on. If it bugs me too much, I know that one call to Crutchfield will clear it up. I did have an issue with the X995. The remote wire to turn on an outboard amp just quit working. I just wired the remote feed to the 12v switched power supply.

    All in all a great feature rich, good sounding HU. I don't think there is anything out there in this price range that will match it.
    Pros:
    More features than other HU's in it's price range.
    Cons:
    Too many steps to access some features. No clear description of features in owners manual
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    5 out of 5

    My iPhone works with my car now!

    Written By SkipSax, NJ on Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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    I just installed this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 CD receiver in my 2003 Jeep Liberty. Never having installed a car radio before, I found the Crutchfield people to be VERY helpful when I ran into a couple roadblocks. Everything was easily resolved.

    Although it took me a couple hours to install, it would take me about 30 minutes now that I've done one.

    HD radio is amazing, as is the ability to interface with my iPhone. The hands free calling is clear on both ends - absolutely awesome!

    This unit is great but Crutchfield as a company - even better. I ordered the stuff on Friday just before Christmas and received it the following Monday! There was even an error (my fault) which they correceted by sending a second package. Even that package arrived Monday. Just great.
    Pros:
    Great Sound. Tons of functions, especially paired with the iPhone.
    Cons:
    Lots of menus to scroll through rather than individual buttons.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome sound quality

    Written By ShawnJ, West Palm Beach, FL on Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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    The fullness of Excelon sound cannot be duplicated at this price. I returned an Alpine 124 to get this unit and do not regret the decision. I can navigate the contents of my Ipod while listening to Pandora, no issues finding artists or songs except you need to look at the screen while searching - kind of dangerous when driving depending upon placement within the car.
    Pros:
    Kenwood Excelon sound quality, impressive amount of control over sound once you find the menus
    Cons:
    over simplified menu system, adjustments to sound quality not covered in enclosed printed manual.
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    5 out of 5

    Loaded with features, and a good price

    Written By david, Southwestern MI. on Friday, December 09, 2011
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    GREAT sound quality, for the most part easy to use. I'm color blind, and have had issues installing stereos in the past. With the install guide from CRUTCHFIELD everything was clearly marked, and had no issues at all. With the features this unit has, and the price you can't go wrong. And with 3 sets of pre-outs it leaves you room to expand later. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.
    Pros:
    HD Radio, Bluetooth, Decent power, 4 volt pre-outs for future upgrading. With the included wiring adapters installation was a breeze.
    Cons:
    Would be nice to have an actual user guide (CD-Rom guide doesn't help in the car!)
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    5 out of 5

    Purchased in Nov 2011 for a Toyota MR2

    Written By Scar007, Washington State on Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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    Environment: iPhone and 1991 Toyota MR2 - 2 seater, with T-tops and the engine directly behind the passengers (mid-engine). I say this as in an MR2 there is lots of glass and light coming in so it can be difficult in the day to deal with glare. In addition with the engine behind the passengers it can be a little noisy.

    About me: I'm a tech head and love electronics, but when driving I want something easy to use.

    Prior to installing this I had a Panasonic deck and aftermarket speakers, along with a Jabra Cruiser 2 Speakerphone mounted to the visor. The Panasonic was basic and did not have the clarity I would have liked, the same could be said for the Jabra. So when the Panasonic started having issues I thought it was time to spend a little more and get something that could replace both items.

    The primary features I was searching for were Bluetooth and iPhone/iPod compatibility. I didn't want to spend more than $350-$400 and most of the decks seemed to be iPhone/iPod "compatible" with an extra $100 accessory...

    This deck had it all, PLUS HD radio, I did not know what I was missing, but HD radio in Seattle is great!! Some stations even broadcast additional channels that don't have ads, etc. and are in CD quality clarity.

    This is a quality product and I'm now contemplating getting another to replace my factory deck in my Volvo.
    Pros:
    ***Crystal clear sound for ALL features*** *Bluetooth *iPhone/iPod compatible *USB player *HD Radio *Display info is easy to read/change
    Cons:
    *The glare took a bit of getting used to, however once I settled on the right display color, it was no longer an issue. Additionally, I could get anti-glare film to put on the display if I wanted to use a different display color.
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    4 out of 5

    Solid choice for my Elantra

    Written By PhilV, Tampa Bay, FL on Sunday, October 30, 2011
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    Good, solid, after-market receiver. Installation instructions were concise and clear. Called Crutchfield's Tech Sup on a Sunday Morning, and got answered on first ring to help answer a minor general question (about airbags). I've bought many items from Crutchfield over the years, and have always been very satisfied.
    Pros:
    Instructions were nearly perfect (one pair of wires were orange and orange/black, a little confusing). Bought the unit mainly for HD Radio and it's great! Took about 2 hours to put into a 2008 Hyundai Elantra, and Crutchfield's attachments fit like a glove. Finished product looks great!
    Cons:
    The controls take getting used to. I miss not having pre-set buttons (there are pre-sets, but you have to scroll through Menu). Instruction manual missing from box: I downloaded it from Crutchfield/Kenwood's website.
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    4 out of 5

    Really surprised

    Written By Bobby, Chesapeake Oh on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
     
    I bought this for my 2006 Mustang and yes the flip down cd works with zero issues. Installed it today and the sound quality is nice. I replaced my Clarion CZ500 which in 10 months went out. My main concern was the sound quality with the microphone wile making a call. The person I tested with said it sounded like I was yelling. Nice thing that there are settings that allow you to change the mic gain, noise reduction, and echo control. I did notice that my infinity speakers and subs sounded better and is more responsive at lower volume.

    Only draw back is the cumbersome use of the settings. There are a lot of setting to navigate. Really wished this came with an instruction manual. Oh well can find that online.
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    4 out of 5

    Good in all aspects but one...

    Written By Ryan, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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    I love this receiver in all aspects but one. I normally don't write reviews, but this one aspect has become so bothersome that I felt I needed to share it with others. When using a USB drive, and selecting the "Random All" setting, it frustratingly randomizes the song list. I know this is supposed to be random, but how on earth can the SAME song be selected 3 times in a row when I have 1400 songs on my thumb drive?!?! While not impossible, I bet the odds are astronomically improbable haha. Driving for 45 minutes I had the same song come on 5 times, and another song 4 times. After taking the drive out and looking at the folder structure it seems like it first selects a top level folder, and then a lower level folders, and so on (until there are no folders left, only songs), and then selects a song. So my issue was that I had a few top level folders with only 1 song in it...so they got played over and over and over again. After reorganizing my folders it seems to help, but then it goes to the next level, and if you have only 1 song in a folder in there you will get that one. It is really quite frustrating to be honest.

    On a positive note, they head unit sounds amazing, and has tons of adjustment options to perfectly fit your vehicle sonically. HD Radio sounds great, CD's sound great, Digital Media sounds great...I would suggest this to anyone with the caveat of making sure to organize your USB drive appropriately.
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    2 out of 5

    Poor display, Slow processor, great sound.

    Written By SoundStream, Tampa FL on Monday, October 03, 2011
     
    First off I applaud Kenwood for "trying" to put as many features into a radio as possible. Sadly, it operates like a beta version. The display is Wayyyy to dim. I have this installed on my boat and I can't even view the display unless I shade it with my hand. Cycling through the menu is slow and NOT intuitive at all. Who at Kenwood apporved this menu logic tree?

    Maybe they will build a KDC-X996 that'll actually operate like an 'eXcelon' should.
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood cdx995

    Written By rob f, northern virginia on Saturday, October 01, 2011
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    this unit is great! bluetooth, satellite ready, detatchable face, ready to plug in ipod...everything i wanted for a reasonable price. so happy with it. glare is not a big issue...i don't stare at this thing while i'm driving and 95 percent of the time i know who the artist is or what the song is. You have the option to turn the display off so nothing shows on the face (which is what i normally do) so glare issue?...resolved! It has alot of power so my speakers are def louder but it sounds like i need to upgrade from the factory. Overall great unit no issues with the install came with everything i needed.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome stereo-great price for features!

    Written By Howard L, Carmichael,CA on Thursday, September 29, 2011
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    Installation was easy (it was my first time installing my own stereo), but the only down side is you have to go through the menu options to find your radio pre-set stations and you get a slight glare coming from the face. Also, the instruction manual doesn't go into great detail about the settings. Other than that, the display is great and blue tooth accessability is really user frindly. One you have it all set up you are good to go and you will be so glad you got it!
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    3 out of 5

    Awesome features but potentially dangerous

    Written By mikeI, philadelphia, PA on Thursday, September 08, 2011
     
    in terms of features for the price, quality of sound, etc. There is simply not a better buy out there. As most of the other reviews point out, this unit gives you a lot for the money. Not sure how other co mpanies are still getting away with making everything an add on module.

    So, why the 3 stars? Simple, really. ... No buttons.

    In my vehicle the radio is down low by the shifter, definitely not a great design. However, with most units you can rely on tactile feedback to select a station preset, switch modes, etc. On this unit you are forced to take your eyes off the road to.perform many basic functions. If your vehicle mounts the radio up high, the quick glance may be acceptable. If not, give some thought to the safety implications of no buttons.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995

    Written By ed, Atlanta, GA on Monday, September 05, 2011
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    Puchased this receiver because it had everything I was looking for. Bluetooth, HD Radio, Ipod/pandora support, and time alignment. People looking to stream music through bluetooth (I have no iea why you would do this because of the poor quality) need to look elsewhere. The bluetooth synch with my phone is perfect. Very impressed with the time alignment and all of the other features. The only CON I can find with the unit is the glare off of the front. It doesnt bother me so much but I did notice it. This unit might also replace my beloved Alpine 9887 I have in my other car.
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