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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303

CD receiver

Item # 113KDCX303

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About the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303

Simplicity paired with Excelon quality

Bluetooth® is a thing these days! And the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303 CD receiver provides two big direct-access buttons that let you wirelessly stream music and make hands-free calls quickly and easily. Kenwood also added a variable-color display, Internet radio controls, and a USB port for high-res music playback. And because it's part of the Excelon family, you'll have deep tone controls, plenty of options for system expansion, and a 2-year warranty.

Simplicity paired with Excelon quality

Bluetooth® is a thing these days! And the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303 CD receiver provides two big direct-access buttons that let you wirelessly stream music and make hands-free calls quickly and easily. Kenwood also added a variable-color display, Internet radio controls, and a USB port for high-res music playback. And because it's part of the Excelon family, you'll have deep tone controls, plenty of options for system expansion, and a 2-year warranty.

The goodness that is Bluetooth

In addition to wireless access to music and calls, the KDC-X303 enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling. And when you're streaming audio, the Music Mix feature lets you pair five phones so everybody in the car can take turns picking the tunes. You can also control this stereo directly from your iPhone® or Android™ phone using Kenwood's free Remote app, which comes in handy if your stereo is hidden away or in a custom location. It's okay to think outside the box.

The sources you want

With controls for Spotify®, iHeartRadio®, Pandora®, SiriusXM (optional tuner and subscription required), this Kenwood is ready for radio. Its front-panel USB port also lets you plug in and play music from your iPhone® or Android™, or you can play your own digital music stored on a USB drive including high-res FLAC files (up to 24-bit/96kHz). And if that isn't enough music for you, you can also satisfy your music fix using the receiver's front aux input for a portable music player.

Tweak and add to your system

With its three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs, the KDC-X303 delivers a super-clean signal to amplifiers in your setup. Combine those with the built-in 13-band equalizer and digital time alignment, and you've got a serious audio hub for an ever-growing sound system. And just to make sure you have the right look in your vehicle, you get to pick the color for the receiver's 1.5-line display and control buttons.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • plays media loaded with MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, and FLAC music files (See Details tab for model compatibility)
    • detachable face with 13-digit LCD display and variable-color illumination
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming with dual phone connection
    • Android AOA 2.0: control and charging of select Android devices through USB connection
    • iPod, iPhone, and iPad control through USB (See Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio Internet radio control with iPhone and Android
    • Music Mix feature allows music streaming playback and control from up to five paired smartphones
    • control the stereo using Kenwood's free Remote app
    Audio Features:
    • 13-band graphic equalizer with digital time alignment
    • high-pass filter; low-pass filter, phase, and level controls
    • Sound Reconstruction: improves sound of compressed music files
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • optional wireless remote
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # KDC-X303

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Countersunk ISO-screws
    • 4 Pan-head ISO-screws
    • Pan-head screw (w/ lock-/flat-washer)
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Gude
    • Warranty Card

    Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,WAV,FLAC
    High-res Playback FLAC (96kHz)

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android & iPhone Integration
    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
    Disc/USB/Aux Playback
    Audio Section
    Remote Control
    Display Features

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Kenwood KDC-X303 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-X303. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SSP & USB Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X303 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    • Dual Phone Connection: Thanks to the Dual Phone Connection feature, two Bluetooth-enabled phones can remain connected to the Kenwood receiver. This means you can an answer an incoming call from either phone from the head unit. Also, both of your phone's contact lists are downloaded to the receiver. To make a call from one of the phones using the Kenwood receiver, you simply have to select Phone 1 or Phone 2 on the head unit's front-panel.
    • Music Mix: The new Music Mix feature allows five Bluetooth audio source devices to be connected to the Kenwood receiver at one time, so you can switch between Bluetooth playback sources a lot easier and quicker. While "BT Audio" source is selected on the head unit, you can simply press the music playback button on your connected Bluetooth source devices to switch between devices and begin music playback. However, you cannot stream audio from two different Bluetooth audio source devices at the same time or combine music libraries or playlists from two different connected devices.
    Note: You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X303 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KDC-X303 also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X303, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Enter Phone #: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Preset Dial: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's front-panel controls.
      • Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your mobile phone to the KDC-X303. You can then dial a contact within the phonebook from the head unit's front-panel controls. Contacts are categorized as Home, Office, Mobile, Other, or General.
      • Call History: The Call History 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.
    • External Mic: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, noise cancellation, and echo cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. 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.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood KDC-X303 supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood KDC-X303 for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KDC-X303 offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the KDC-X303 offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KDC-X303 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. Advanced music browsing is supported by Android 4.0+ smartphones and Apple iPhones 5.0+ (specific advanced functions vary by phone).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Kenwood KDC-X303 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KDC-X303 and its microphone. You even can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood KDC-X303; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0) Connectivity: The Kenwood KDC-X303's front-panel USB port lets you connect select Android OS (OS 4.1-7.1.2) smartphones that support AOA 2.0 for music playback. Kenwood does not guarantee operation with all Android devices, regardless of operating system. There are two Android AOA 2.0 modes to choose from based on what content you want to listen to and how you want to control it.
    • Hand Mode: The Kenwood KDC-X303 supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android (OS 4.1-7.1.2)  smartphone to the KDC-X303's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the Kenwood head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Hand Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • Browse Mode (via Kenwood Music Play App): Downloading the Kenwood Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1-7.1.2) smartphone with AOA 2.0 support not only allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through the Kenwood CD receiver connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically; you can even skip through the stored music files in specific increments (0.5/1/5/10%). You can also control Play/Pause and Previous/Next track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will display song/artist information. You can exit the Kenwood Music Play app to access other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while your stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.

    iPhone Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X303's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning Apple device or 30-pin iPhone 4S to the head unit. The USB connection allows for playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone through Kenwood receiver. If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X303. If you have an iPhone 4S with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device or a 3rd party "Made for iPod/iPhone" certified dock-to-USB cable (sold separately) to connect your iPhone 4S to the KDC-X303.

    • Head Unit Control: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically; you can even skip through the stored music files in specific increments (0.5/1/5/10%). The KDC-X303 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of stored music on your iPod/iPhone. In addition, you'll be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from stored music and select music apps streamed to your iPhone. You can also choose to control your compatible Apple iPhone or touch from its own touchscreen, instead of the head unit.
    • Song/Artist Info Display: The KDC-X303 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title.

    Smartphone Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected Apple iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X303 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/18/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Music Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Remote App Pandora Spotify iHeart Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6/+6S/6S+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y N N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y N N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y N Y N 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

     Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-X303 allows you to access Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected or Bluetooth-connected iPhone, or Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X303 via the Kenwood KCA-iP103 cable (sold separately), the cable supplied with your iPhone, or through Bluetooth. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-X303. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    • Pandora App: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X303 using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X303 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down, as well as bookmark song information. An active Pandora account is required.
    • Spotify: The KDC-X303 has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. You can play, pause and skip tracks, browse playlists, albums and radio stations through the Kenwood receiver's front-panel controls. You can even create your stations by entering a track, artist,  or playlist. You also get song/artist information on the unit's LCD touchscreen. If you are a Spotify Premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music even when there is no internet connection.
    • iHeartAuto: The free iHeartAuto app for Kenwood (for Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-X303 using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-X303 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically. You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
    • Song/Artist Info: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • SmartFavorite Presets: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. These 18 SiriusXM presets are automatically identified as SmartFavorites for advanced features such as Replay, TuneStart & TuneScan (see below).
      • Replay: When you select a SmartFavorite preset you can rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of any of the missed news, talk, sports or music content.
      • TuneStart: With the TuneStart enabled, playback will automatically start from the beginning of a song when you tune to a SmartFavorite preset channel.
      • TuneScan: TuneScan gives you a short preview of the songs that you have missed on each of your Smart Favorite Preset music channels or currently tuned music channel.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-X303 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    • Presets: The KDC-X303's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. 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. The Kenwood KDC-X303 offers two preset modes.
      • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
      • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Disc/USB/Aux Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    • CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes - CD1 (automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc) or CD2 (when unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing; some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode).
    • Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.
    • Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.
    Note: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB Mass Storage Devices: The Kenwood KDC-X303 features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices like USB thumbdrives, USB card readers, or portable digital audio players. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback, control, and song/artist display of a variety of music files.

    • Drive Change: The Drive Change feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 4) in a USB multi-card reader. When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible portable digital audio player is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select between the device's internal memory or external memory (such as a microSD card) for stored music playback.
    • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: Not compatible with USB hubs.

    Compatible Music Files: The Kenwood KDC-X303 supports the following types of music files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs or loaded onto USB mass storage class devices.

    Media Type CD (-R/RW) USB  (MSC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
     
     MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV:
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 44.1kHz
    FLAC:
      bit depth of 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 96kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, AAC tag, FLAC tag, WAV tag

    Playback & Search Functions: The Kenwood KDC-X303 offers a variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music on disc and USB.

    • Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.
    • Repeat & Random: You can repeat the playback of a music file or folder on a CD or USB device. You can also randomly play back all files on a disc or within a folder of a USB device.
    • Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD or USB is playing, the next time CD or USB is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function.

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X303 CD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (5V), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X303 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X303 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-X303 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/5V Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The KDC-X303 is fitted with front, rear and subwoofer 5-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and features independent level control (-50 to +10).

    Vehicle Settings: In order to optimize the sound quality in your vehicle, you can indentify the type of vehicle you have, select speaker sizes & locations, as well as configure listening distances.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the delay time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off
    • Speaker Size: You can select which size speakers are in your vehicle - Tweeter (Small, Medium, Large, or None), Front & Rear (3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None), and Sub (6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or Over, None).
    • Rear Speaker Location: You can indicate the location of your vehicle's Rear speakers. Choose from Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.
    • DTA (Digital Time Alignment): 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, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.

    High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: You are able to select independent high pass crossovers for your tweeters, front speakers, and rear speakers; as well as a low pass crossover for the head unit's sub output.

    • Tweeter: Set high pass filter (HPF) for tweeters.
      • Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
      • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • Front & Rear: Independently set high pass filter (HPF) for front & rear speakers.
      • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
      • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
      • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • Sub: Set low pass filter (LPF) for the sub output.
      • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
      • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
      • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
      • Gain: -8 to 0 dB

    Equalizer: The Kenwood KDC-X303 offers 8 EQ Presets for easy adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise, and a Stage EQ for better imaging. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.

    • Preset EQ: The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice.
    • 13-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 13-band EQ (62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency's gain level can be adjusted from -9dB to +9 dB, while the Q-factor can be adjusted to 1.35, 1.5, or 2.0
    • Drive EQ: The Drive EQ mode helps you hear your music over road noise. It boosts certain frequency ranges that become hard to hear due to road noise.
    • Stage EQ: Stage EQ virtually lifts the sound up to ear-level for better imaging inside your vehicle.

    Audio Settings: The Kenwood KDC-X303 offers a variety of audio settings to further enhance your music listening experience.

    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3, WMA, AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction 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 Sound Reconstruction is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
    • Space Enhancer & Sound Realizer: The Spacer Enhancer widens the soundstage inside your vehicle, while the Sound Realizer makes your music sound more realistic.
    • Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output at extremely low frequencies.
    • 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 -15 to +6.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Remote Control

    Remote App (for Apple iOS): The Kenwood Remote App (for Apple iOS 8.0+) operates the Kenwood receiver like a wireless remote control from your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iOS device. The Kenwood Remote App provides traditional touchscreen control, as well as directional and freeform gesture control from your compatible mobile device.

    • Source Selection: The Kenwood Remote App provides list of the receiver's built-in sources and connected sources (CD, Aux, AM/FM, USB, Bluetooth); so you can select which source you want to listen to from the app on your mobile device. 
    • Playback Control: The application lets you control CD, USB, and Bluetooth audio playback. You have control of Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. From the app you can also select AM/FM bands, select preset stations, and seek AM/FM stations.
    • Display Information: The app also displays source information such as station number, track number & playback time, as well as song/artist/album information (when applicable)
    • Audio Settings: From the application on your mobile device, you can adjust the receiver's volume up or down. In addition, audio settings such as EQ, Crossover, DTA, and other audio adjustments can be easily set using the Kenwood Remote application.
    Notes:
    • When using the Kenwood Remote App with your compatible Apple iOS device, the application and device must be connected to the receiver via Bluetooth (not USB) for playback of Bluetooth audio. For playback of a USB-direct connection from an Apple iOS device, the device and application must be connected to the head unit via USB (not Bluetooth).
    • The Remote App is no longer compatible with any model Android OS device (as of 1/1/2019).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit 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 an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

    Optional IR Remote: The KDC-X303 is compatible with Kenwood's IR remote control (RC-406, sold separately) for wireless operation of the receiver.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-X303 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is no protective face case included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    1.5 Line Display: The KDC-X303 is equipped with a 13-digit, 1.5-line LCD screen which allows you to view source information along with the clock (the time will be in a smaller text). You can select between English or Spanish text.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons, or you can choose a different color for Zone 1 and Zone 2 (see owner's manual illustration). The Kenwood logo remains red.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X303 will display song/artist information text from CD, USB, Bluetooth, iPod, and Android. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the LCD and button illumination independently or together (from 0-31). You can also dim (on or off) the display and button illumination. You can even set a specific time for the "Off" and "On" dimmer setting to be activated.

    12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). The day and time can be displayed by itself, or the time (not day) can be displayed along with source information. The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the "accessory" or "on" position).

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    It had all the features I was looking for at a good price. [ SCOT  Jun 19, 2019 ]
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    Android and Pandora control features, 2 year warranty vs 1 year for most other units [ Jim  Jun 02, 2019 ]
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    I have a kenwood excelon kdc - x997 which I love in my other car This is the comparable one that find this vehicle [ Jesus  May 21, 2019 ]
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    I've had kenwood products for years home and car audio it's the best. [ Phillip  May 19, 2019 ]
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    Liked this Unit [ Donald  May 16, 2019 ]
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    It's a kenwood. Need I say more.?..... [ Sara  Mar 13, 2019 ]
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    High preamp output and 6 pre-amp outputs. Also has customization colors and 13 level EQ. [ Brendan  Mar 12, 2019 ]
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    Features, price, reliability, BlueTooth, Customer Ratings. [ James  Feb 21, 2019 ]
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    Very good price [ Jeffrey  Feb 15, 2019 ]
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    I have been installing Kenwood receivers in my vehicles for many years. I've put them in My cars, jeeps, trucks, boat and Harley. The units I have installed in the many jeeps I have owned over the years have held up in some of the harshest conditions including mud and water. That being said. This unit is going in my wife's car that hopefully won't see any mud or water. In my opinion you cannot get a better receiver with all the features for the money. "Kenwood Rocks" [ JAMES  Feb 14, 2019 ]
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    m a friend has this model and I liked the features and it has great reviews. [ timothy  Feb 14, 2019 ]
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    previous customer reviews, full feature and 2yr warranty [ Don  Feb 13, 2019 ]
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    I like the quality of Kenwood radios. I have them in all my vehicles [ John  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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    All the features [ Andy  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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    excellent product for the price [ Darryl  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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    My brother just got an old Honda for his birthday and the Kenwood Excelon looks like a reasonably priced upgrade to his factory radio. [ Bronson  Feb 10, 2019 ]
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    Kenwood has excellent sound quality [ Carl  Feb 08, 2019 ]
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    The features of this unit fit my needs.The old style volume knob was the selling point for me plus the Kenwood name, removable face and features of the unit. it even comes with a 2 year unconditional warranty? Marisa really listened to my wants and feature request. Unbeatable anywhere. [ Gary C.   Feb 02, 2019 ]
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    Good reviews like the look of it and features,and a step up from the KDC-BT350U I saw at Walmart. [ David  Dec 17, 2018 ]
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    Hard decision.--Just wanted a basic radio. Both the Alpine CDE-170 and Kenwood KDC-X303 met this need. Bottom line the Kenwood offered more bang for the buck. [ Craig  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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    I chose this Kenwood CD receiver for my teenage daughter, because the factory system in her 2001 Infiniti QX4 did not provide any way for her to play music from her iPhone or answer phone calls hands-free. I really liked the layout and easy access of the buttons for answering calls and choosing the music source. This receiver has Bluetooth connectivity for both phone calls and wireless music streaming, plus offers front USB and AUX inputs. I think this will be a great replacement stereo. [ STEFAN  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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    Quality and simple. [ Kevin  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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    Had everything I needed [ David  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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    I just had good times with kenwood excelon units. [ DEREK  Nov 21, 2018 ]
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    This stereo was recommended by support staff at crutchfield. It had great reviews [ Laura  Nov 17, 2018 ]
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    Seemed like an excellent thing to do at the time! [ Maikai  Nov 15, 2018 ]
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    Newest model replacing an old Kenwood KRC-509S in our motorhome. Android and another Iphone can control the unit. [ Sheri  Nov 08, 2018 ]
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    Meets our needs [ Jiggs  Nov 08, 2018 ]
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    A quality brand, with the most quality performance for the dollar, what more could one ask for! [ Jason  Nov 07, 2018 ]
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    Pricier than competing products with similar features, but came recommended by an audio-phile friend as having good power output. [ Dave  Oct 30, 2018 ]
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    For years, I've always been a fan of the Excelon series Kenwood units. When it was time for a head unit in a vehicle of mine, it went straight to the Excelon series and chose the best one for my use of this vehicle. Thank you Kenwood! [ Erik  Oct 23, 2018 ]
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    I've had a Ken wood stereo in the past and really liked it and I did my reasearch and this stereo is the best bang for your buck [ Mason  Oct 15, 2018 ]
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    8 questions already asked

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    Will this stereo operate my electric motorized antenna?
    [ Brian  Sep 18, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes this radio have antena power remote
    [ luis  Sep 19, 2019 ]
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    Yes, this head unit has a blue lead wire with a white stripe and also a solid blue wire on the back of the harness. The solid blue wire is the antenna power on Palma the blue wire with the white stripe is here amplifier power on or remote wire. Using either one of those as leads to your power antenna will automatically extend your antenna when your stereo turns on.
    [ John  Sep 18, 2019 ]
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    Why can't I get the radio to stop on a certain station instead of searching?
    [ Tangela  Jul 10, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Sounds like your stereo is set to seek instead of tune. On the seek setting it'll keep going from Station to Station looking for perfect stereo but only gives you kind of a sample listening. I can't remember exactly how to switch it but I know you just press and hold one key for 2 seconds. If you have your user manual you should be able to find auto-tune or seek and manual tuner
    [ John  Sep 18, 2019 ]
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    May e your car antena have problem with the receving signal. Check in your radio the tuner section and change the recieving signal to mono and verified again with searh if the sistem stop
    [ luis  Jul 11, 2019 ]
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    will this play CD-R recordings?
    [ steven  May 13, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ Tyler  May 13, 2019 ]
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    I dont know because not use the cd , only the bluetooth and usb
    [ luis  May 13, 2019 ]
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    Yes in many formats.
    [ John  May 13, 2019 ]
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    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes - CD1 (automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc) or 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).
    [ Chris  May 13, 2019 ]
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    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes - CD1 (automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc) or 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).
    [ Chris  May 13, 2019 ]
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    will this unit play any flash drives ?
    [ darrell  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Yes. My limited experience is that the drive must only have audio files, no folders. It could be smarter than that, but so long as I just have audio files, I simply plug it in to the USB input and the receiver automatically loads and starts playing. I haven't used the feature much, but it works!
    [ Kyle  Apr 09, 2019 ]
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    Yes as long as they are formatted properly before the songs are added. They need to be formatted FAT32.
    [ Greyson  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ JIM  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ Jason Lee  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    The unit is in car,i would like a manual for the unit.Can i download the app?
    [ Roney  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    There is a PDF file of the owner's manual on Kenwood's website. I cannot include a link to it in my response, but searching "Kenwood Excelon KDC-X303 Manual" works
    [ Taylor  Feb 03, 2019 ]
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    None of that helped me ultimately what worked was crutchfields tech guys
    [ Laura  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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    Can i download the app?
    [ Roney  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    should
    [ Billy  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    Yes i download from apple store in my cell and is very easy to use. at first one you can practice about 20 minute but most later you can convert an expert.
    [ luis  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ Dante  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ JIM  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    As long as you have and android or iPhone smartphone you can download the app to your device and control your reciever. Search for a link for Kenwood apps and it pulls up their site. I can't paste it here because its not allowed in responses.
    [ John  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    Yes I have it downloaded on my iPhone
    [ Ethan  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    How do you get the wireless remote?
    [ Rick  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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    Download the remote app on your phone to use via Bluetooth. Have not tried other Kenwood remotes with this headunit to see if they work.
    [ Greyson  Nov 13, 2018 ]
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    You have to install the app in the App Store
    [ Scott  Nov 13, 2018 ]
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    I think u have to purchase seperate. Mine did not come with one
    [ Billy  Nov 13, 2018 ]
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    I was wondering the same thing. The manual talks a lot about it, and doesn't suggest that it's optional. But no remote was in the box. There is, however, an app on the iOS App Store, so perhaps that's what they're referring to. Haven't tried it yet.
    [ Dave  Nov 12, 2018 ]
    Q
    I have a Kenwood radio in my camper and the radio is on all the time. Where is the power switch to turn the radio off?
    [ Bob  Oct 17, 2018 ]
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    Press the src button until it reads standby.
    [ Chris  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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    hold the src button for three to four seconds
    [ Barrick  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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    It is the source button. Push it until it goes to standby. Or hold it down to turn off power.
    [ Jason Lee  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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    Press and hold the source button for 3 seconds or till it says standby. Middle button ,far left side.
    [ John  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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