3D MASK: The
KDC-X869 features the 3D MASK 2-piece control and display system. It has a
motorized fold-out control panel, and an extra-large high-resolution color
display with dot-matrix graphics. The angle of the display panel and the control
panel can be adjusted for maximum visibility and convenience. The display panel
also includes Soft-Key controls for several menu functions. When accessory power
to the unit is turned off, the control panel folds up to reveal a plain black
panel. For additional security, the back part of the control panel is
detachable. Note: When a disc is being loaded/unloaded, the control panel
protrudes nearly 4". Please make sure you provide enough clearance in front
of the receiver for loading and unloading discs.
Key System: The radio
preset keys (2-5) also double as multi-function "soft key" controls.
The lower portion of the display shows the function of the soft key directly
below it. The main soft key functions include Audio, Display and Panel controls.
Once the main function is chosen, another set of functions is revealed. Preset 6
also doubles as a "return" key, allowing you to go back to the main
soft key menu.
unit's large display features a fine-pitch dot matrix readout with several
selectable backgrounds and 3 display modes to choose from. You can choose one of
9 combinations of text colors. You can also choose from several graphic
displays, including 4 spectrum analyzer displays, swimming penguins and floating
bubbles. Text displays include all CD Text and ID3 Tag info, plus station names
and frequency, disc/track titles, track/file number, and track/file elapsed
time, and can be displayed along with the graphic display.
Dimmer: If you
connect the wiring harness' dimmer wire (orange/white) to the vehicle's
circuit, the display will automatically dim when the vehicle's lights are turned
on. The dimmer function can also be switched off in the menu if display dimming is not
MP3 Playback: This
unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8
directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3 playback, the
unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.
Quad 1-bit D/A Converters:
This unit is
equipped with four Digital-to-Analog converters, two for each channel, which
improve playback sound quality, musical detail and resolution. Using two D/A
converters for each channel cuts distortion by half.
System E's +
Advanced Crossover System: The System E's +
Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable
crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels, there is a
6dB/octave high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz,
80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter).
The non-fading preamp output, for use with subwoofer amplifiers, has a
12dB/octave low-pass filter, with a selectable cutoff frequency of 50Hz, 80Hz,
120Hz or Thru (no filter). You can also switch the phase of the NF output from
normal to reverse, and adjust the level of the output from -15 to +15 in 2dB
steps, or switch it off.
EX Sound Control:
6 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ
curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named
"Flat", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy",
"Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own
settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own
bass center frequency, bass level, bass Q factor, bass extension, middle center
frequency, middle level, middle Q factor, treble center frequency, and treble
level settings. You may adjust the bass center frequency (60, 70, 80, 100 or
150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass
extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle
level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0,
12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be
turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble
SRS WOW: The
KDC-X869 is equipped with SRS WOW, a technology developed by SRS (Sound
Retrieval Systems) Labs, which restores the loss that occurs to compressed audio
delivered over the Internet and broadcast mediums, and reduces the
hollow-sounding effects caused by smaller speakers. SRS WOW incorporates other
SRS technologies such as TruBass, Focus, and SRS for improving the sound of CDs
- TruBass: uses
harmonics to enhance the bass frequencies (settings: on/off)
- Focus: adjusts
the sound image by changing the vertical position of the speakers virtually
- SRS: creates
a natural 3-dimensional sound field (settings: on/off)
SRS WOW can be
accessed through the Audio menu or the System Q EX menu. There are three settings
for SRS WOW: low, high and off. TruBass, Focus, and SRS can be independently
set, or are set according to preset values of SRS WOW.
Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors
the System Q EX Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your
vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of
"SP OFF" (flat), "SP O.E.M." (for OEM factory speaker
systems), "SP 6*9/6inch (for systems with 6" and 6"x9"
speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems with 4" and 5"
Management System (B.M.S.): This
unit is equipped with an interface which controls certain special features of
B.M.S.-equipped Kenwood amplifiers. This unit, when properly connected, can
remotely activate and adjust the amount of bass boost in the amplifier. You can
choose between +6dB, +12dB, or +18dB bass boost, or flat (no boost). In
addition, you can lower the bass boost center frequency by 20%, switching
between "Normal" and "Low".
Mute: If this
unit's internal amplifier is not being used, it can be switched off to enhance
the quality of the preamp output signal quality.
Sirius Satellite Radio Controls:
This unit can control the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite tuner (item
#113SR901). In addition to the Sirius tuner, you will need an antenna and
subscription in order to receive Sirius Satellite Radio programming. The Kenwood
Sirius radio tuner has a CD-changer pass-through, allowing the connection of an
optional Kenwood CD changer in addition to the Sirius tuner with only one
connection to the head unit.
HD Radio Ready: The KDC-X869
is HD Radio ready. With an optional HD Radio tuner (KTC-HR100, not yet
available), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local
stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio
quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and
song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. Note: As
of 3/1/03, HD Radio is to be introduced in the top 40 U.S. metropolitan markets
during the second quarter of the year.
KDC-X869 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo
RCA jacks on a 12-inch pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an
external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through
the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source:
Aux 1, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not
appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.
Audio Control: When an external audio source is
connected (CD changer, Sirius Radio, or Auxiliary Input source), the KDC-X869,
with its Dual Zone Audio Control, allows you to play the external audio source
in one zone, while at the same time play an internal audio source (CD or tuner)
in another zone. When Zone 2 is switched on, the output of the front channels
becomes different than the rear channel output. You can choose whether you want
the external audio source to play through the front channels (sending the
internal source to the rear channels), or through the rear channels (sending the
internal source to the front channels). When operating in Dual Zone mode, audio
adjustments can only be made to the internal source and SRS WOW is disabled.
Tone Memory: This feature allows you to
store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM and
With Smooth Volume Return: This
unit's attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by a preset
level with the press of a button. When the attenuator button is pressed again,
the Smooth Volume Return feature gradually increases the volume to the original
level, eliminating the jarring change in volume.
Control: 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.
Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced
tuner for clear radio reception. 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.
System: The KDC-X869's
tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio
stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS
station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being
transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display
after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which
interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a
tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information
function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast,
even when you're not listening to the radio.
The built-in clock can
be manually set or, through a tuned RDS station, automatically synchronized with
the station's time data. In addition to the clock, this unit can also display
the current date in one of seven modes.
Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This
circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo
separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving
reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. You can turn on/off this
feature in the menu.
Tuning: When in the Tuner mode, you can directly access a station on
the presently tuned band by pressing the Direct button on the remote control and
entering the frequency on the remote's number pad.
Name Preset (SNPS): This
feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 32 FM stations and
16 AM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.
Naming: The DNPS (Disc Name Preset)
feature can be used to enter names, up to 12 characters long, into memory for up
to 30 discs. When a CD changer with disc naming memory is connected, names may
be entered for CDs in the changer. The number of names that may be entered for
discs in a changer depends on the changer model.
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.
Detachable Panel: The rear portion of the control panel is detachable for
added security. The removable panel contains an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable
Programmable Read-Only Memory) chip that is coded specifically for the head
unit. If the detachable panel is lost or broken, a "blank" replacement
is available from Kenwood. When the replacement is attached to the unit, a
coding process takes place to code the panel to this head unit. A hard plastic
case is included with the unit for storing the detachable panel when removed.
Panel Off Wait Time: If
you plan on regularly detaching the rear panel, you can choose in the menu how
long you want the motorized faceplate to pause before folding completely closed.
You can select a pause of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 seconds to give you time to remove the panel. If you normally do not
detach the face, you can select 0 seconds pause, and the faceplate will not
pause when closing.
System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on
the unit after the back panel of the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature
can be turned On or Off.
Code: You may program
the unit with a 4-digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a
security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been
disconnected from power.
Control: The KDC-X869 comes with the RC-505
wireless remote control, a 22-button full-function remote with a 10-key number
pad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of
the remote are: L=5.488", W=1.75", D=1.115".
unit is compatible with the following Kenwood accessories:
Band Tuner: for
tuning in weather band stations (113WB100)
- Heads Up
Display: flip up
display for mounting on dash or visor (113HD100)
- Compass: connects
to Heads Up Display--8 or 16 point compass (113CP100)
Unit: connects to
Heads Up display--Temperature and voltage sensor (113SS100)
This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood
changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the
switch will need to be set to the "N" position. If you have a Kenwood
changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter.
Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord and the
KCA-S210A switching adapter.
Changer Controls: In addition
to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls:
direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote),
track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.
Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When
used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you
to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in
length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that
is connected to the head unit.
Preset Play (DNPP): Once
a disc has been named, you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display
the name of each disc for 5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears,
you can press the OK button on the remote to select the disc for playback.
CD Text/MD Display: When connected
to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and
track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text
information can be scrolled manually or automatically.
Music Keg Compatible: The KDC-X869
is fully compatible with the Kenwood Music Keg Digital Music System (models
KHD-C710 and KHD-CX910).
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, the Clock Display can be turned on
or off using the DISP soft key menu. 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 and the motorized