CD Changer Controls
3D MASK Pro: 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/ejected, the control panel
protrudes 3-1/4". 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) 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, other sub-menus are revealed. Preset 6 also doubles as a
"return" key, allowing you to go back to the main soft key menu.
Resolution Display: The
unit features a 3-D high resolution display with 8 tone gradations and
fluorescent backlighting. The front panel features a full dot matrix display
featuring 6912 total pixels (192 dots wide x 36 dots high). This fine pitch dot
matrix display is easy to read and offers large motion graphics.
Display Modes: The
unit's large display features a fine-pitch dot matrix readout with 4 display
modes to choose from, each with numerous graphics, fonts, wallpapers, and text
displays can include all CD Text and ID3 Tag info, station names and
frequencies, disc/track titles, track/file number, and track/file elapsed time,
and can be displayed along with the graphic display.
MP3/WMA Playback: This
unit can play MP3 and WMA 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. A total of
up to 512 MP3/WMA files and folders can be played back by this unit. During MP3/WMA
playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag
Sirius Satellite Radio Controls:
This unit can control the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite tuner (item #113SR903).
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.
Burr-Brown D-A Converter:
The KDC-X879 features an audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog
superb CD sound. The Burr-Brown D-A converter maximizes the musical resolution
of CDs, CD-R/Ws, and MP3/WMA-encoded discs.
System Q EX
7 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
"Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy",
"Top 40", "Jazz" and "SRS Wow" (see below). 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-X879 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 3D: 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.
The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound
Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You
may select a Speaker Setting of "SP OFF" (flat), "SP O.E.M."
(for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6*9/6" (for systems with
6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems
with 4" and 5" speakers).
Dual Zone Audio
an external audio source is connected (CD changer, Sirius Radio, or Auxiliary
Input source), the KDC-X879,
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.
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.
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.
Zero-Bit Mute: This
unit features independent left and right channel zero-bit mute circuits. During
silent passages, the digital-to-analog converter is shut off, yielding absolute
silence between songs.
Management System (A.M.S.):
This unit is equipped with an interface which controls certain special features of A.M.S.-equipped Kenwood eXcelon
amplifiers. A 13-pin DIN cable (sold separately) is required to use the A.M.S. feature of this head unit; item 113E304138 or item 469KNWDIN can be used to make the connection between this unit and a A.M.S. compatble Kenwood amplifier. 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
Tone Memory: This
feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each
source (CD, FM, AM).
This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal
strength for clear radio reception. The tuner incorporates an Automatic Noise
Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC),
for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. 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.
HD Radio Ready: The KDC-X879 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner
(item # 113KTCHR10), 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
Radio Data System (RDS): The
unit'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. The CRSC feature can be
turned on or off.
Tuning: When using the remote, you can directly access any radio station by
entering the frequency on the numeric keypad.
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.
Disc Name Preset
You may assign names to discs played in the internal CD player. Each disc name
can be up to 8 characters long, and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to
30 discs. (See below for further DNPS features with CD changers.)
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.
With Smooth Volume
Return: The attenuator
immediately lowers the volume by a preset level. Smooth Volume Return gradually
increases the volume to the original level when the ATT button is pressed a
second time, eliminating a jarring change in volume.
Setting: If there is a problem with the CD
player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read
setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1
is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA
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 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.
faceplate and trim ring feature a glossy ebony finish. The control panel, when
in the open position, reveals a silver finish.
unit is equipped with an orange/white wire that Kenwood calls an illumination
lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the
illumination wire of this unit is connected to the headlamp circuit of your
vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level.
The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control.
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",
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
(113CADS100) 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-X879 is fully compatible with the Kenwood Music Keg Digital Music System (models
KHD-C710 and KHD-CX910).
Input: The KDC-X879 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, 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.
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 display control button (clock must be selected for lower
text display). 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 (SRC) button turns the unit off completely.