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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500

CD receiver

Item # 113KDCX500

Kenwood's KDC-X500 CD receiver combines the Excelon legacy of robust sound-shaping tools and solid build quality...

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Kenwood's KDC-X500 CD receiver combines the Excelon legacy of robust sound-shaping tools and solid build quality...

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Item # 113KDCX500

About the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500

Enjoy some musical upgrades

Kenwood's KDC-X500 CD receiver combines the Excelon legacy of robust sound-shaping tools and solid build quality with several features that'll appeal to any music lover. I love hopping in the car and streaming my music wirelessly from my phone to my radio, and Kenwood takes it a step further by also incorporating Bluetooth® with aptX® for crystal-clear audio from select phones. Kenwood also included controls for select Internet radio services, an optional satellite radio tuner, and a USB port for lots of ways to get your music pumping in your car. And, Kenwood backs up their Excelon receivers with a 2-year warranty. 

Enjoy some musical upgrades

Kenwood's KDC-X500 CD receiver combines the Excelon legacy of robust sound-shaping tools and solid build quality with several features that'll appeal to any music lover. I love hopping in the car and streaming my music wirelessly from my phone to my radio, and Kenwood takes it a step further by also incorporating Bluetooth® with aptX® for crystal-clear audio from select phones. Kenwood also included controls for select Internet radio services, an optional satellite radio tuner, and a USB port for lots of ways to get your music pumping in your car. And, Kenwood backs up their Excelon receivers with a 2-year warranty. 

Get your phones involved

When you have to share the ride, the KDC-X500 enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling and audio streaming. So, don't worry about digging into tedious menu settings to wirelessly connect both phones. The front panel display lets you know which phone is active.

You can also plug into the front-panel USB port for direct control over a connected iPod® or iPhone® and select Android™ phones. You can enjoy your favorite Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet Radio stations from your iPhone via USB or from your Android using Bluetooth.

Some more music

You don't have to burn through your phone's data plan to get your favorite music going. The KDC-X500 includes a sensitive AM/FM radio, CD player, and front aux input for a portable music player, like a high-res audio player. And if you have MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, or FLAC music files on a thumb drive, the USB port can handle those too. You can also check out the incredibly deep programming offered by satellite radio by adding a SiriusXM tuner to this Kenwood. There's nothing better than finding a great SiriusXM station, then listening to it for the duration of your trip.

Set it up the way you want

With this Kenwood's impressive amplification, so you'll notice an improvement in the sound of your factory or aftermarket speakers. You can use the dynamic 13-band graphic equalizer to adjust the tone for your separate sources. The KDC-X500 also provides three pairs of hot 4-volt RCA preamp outputs, providing an ultra-clean signal when it's time to add amplifiers to your system. With its variable color adjustment, you get to pick the color for the receiver's single-line display for just the right look in your dash.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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.

This car stereo initially had a problem with Bluetooth, an issue that's mentioned in some reviews. Kenwood has solved this problem with a software update on all units in our warehouse, effective 3/09/2016.

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
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays media loaded with MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, and FLAC music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit LCD display and variable-color illumination
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
      • aptX® audio coding technology for near-CD-quality sound with compatible Bluetooth devices
      • dual phone connection enables simultaneous pairing of two phones
    • built-in Android AOA control and charging of select Android devices (Android version 4.1 and higher) using the USB connection
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet radio control with iPhone and Android
    Audio Features:
    • 13-band graphic equalizer with Drive EQ
    • bass boost and loudness controls
    • subwoofer low-pass filter, phase, and level controls
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port with sliding covers
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (RC-406)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 4 Pan-head screws
    • 4 Counter-sunk screws
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card
    • Reset Procedure note

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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
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    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 N
    The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 replaces these items:

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR/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 compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push 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 Excelon KDC-X500. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (via USB): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) or Android smartphone (running Kenwood Music Play App) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit, with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio device connected at one time, making it easier to switch between devices.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X500 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-X500 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-X500, 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-X500. 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 (w/ aptX): The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for aptX music streaming.

    • Stored Music & Music Apps: 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 Excelon KDC-X500 for playback.
    • AAC & aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KDC-X500 offers support for AAC and aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android devices. By supporting AAC, the KDC-X500 offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KDC-X500 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4+ phones only).
    • 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 Excelon KDC-X500 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-X500 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 Excelon KDC-X500; 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 Excelon KDC-X500's front-panel USB port lets you connect select Android smartphones that support AOA 2.0 for music playback. Kenwood does not guarantee operation with all Android devices. Click here for the most current list of compatible Android smartphones. 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 Excelon KDC-X500 supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1+) to the KDC-X500'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.
    • Kenwood Music Play: Downloading the Kenwood Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1+) 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. 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 Excelon KDC-X500's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-X500 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Lightning Connector: 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-X500.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X500.

    iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, music apps, and podcasts on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-X500 provides music control and song/artist information display. You can choose between two operating modes.

    • Head Unit Mode + Song/Artist Info: 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-X500 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. During Head Unit Mode, the KDC-X500 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    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 Excelon KDC-X500 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/20/2016):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6+/6/6S/6S+ 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N 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 (for iPhone & Android): The Kenwood KDC-X500 allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android y smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X500 via the Kenwood KCA-iP103 cable (sold separately), Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500. 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 (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 7.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 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.
    • iHeartRadio Link: The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). 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-X500 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link 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 KDC-X500 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 TuneStart & TuneScan (see below).
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of any of the missed news, talk, sports, or music content on any of your SmartFavorite Presets. 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 Excelon KDC-X500 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), Manual, or Direct (via remote).

    • Presets: The KDC-X500'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-X500 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 Excelon KDC-X500 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 hubs, and USB card readers; as well as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only). 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.

    • Music Drive: The Music Drive feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub. When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone (like Android with Froyo/Gingerbread OS) is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD 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.

    Compatible Music Files: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 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
    AAC: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
     
     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 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    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

    Playback & Search Functions: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 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.
    • Direct Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number for discs and USB.
    • 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 al disc or within in 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. The KDC-X500 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X500 CD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 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-X500 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 Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The KDC-X500 is fitted with front, rear and subwoofer 4V 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).

    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 greater, None).

    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 Excelon KDC-X500 offers 8 EQ Presets for east 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 frequencies ranges that becomes 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 Excelon KDC-X500 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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X500 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X500 also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case provided). 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.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X500 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-X500 will display song/artist information text from CD, USB, 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 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 clock is only displayed when selected and does not displayed simultaneously with song/artist or station 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 start position).

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X500 comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, iPod/iPhone, Android, Bluetooth, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • 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 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).

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    Customer Q&A

    7 questions already asked

    Q
    what is maximum size usb drive this device will detect?
    [ GABRIEL  Mar 09, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    The capacity of the drive is not a limitation but the number of files it contains will be. The Kenwood will recognize up to 999 folders and a maximum of 20,480 files (max of 999 files per folder). You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Mar 17, 2017 ]  Staff
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    Dose this unit have Siri eyes free ?
    [ Billy  Jan 07, 2017 ]
    2 answers
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    No I don't believe it does
    [ Tyler  Jan 09, 2017 ]
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    nope. Note that we had trouble with bluetooth quitting afer about 6 months. Have to remove power to get it to work for a week or two
    [ Robf  Jan 09, 2017 ]
    Q
    I have a kenwood stereo that was installed in 2006. Will I need a new installation kit for this stereo?
    [ Brian  Nov 07, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation.
    [ Kenny  Nov 07, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    just purchased this system and it keep cutting out,place that installed it says I need an amplifier to stop this,is this true ?
    [ Mags123  Apr 23, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Kenny  Apr 23, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Is there an internal microphone in the unit (i.e. can you use Bluetooth calling without the external corded microphone provided with the unit)?
    [ Bryan  Mar 10, 2016 ]
    7 answers
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    No internal microphone. The microphone that comes with the unit is very good quality and works well. And, the wire for microphone is thin & easy to route through trim panels in vehicle.
    [ derek  Mar 12, 2016 ]
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    not that i am aware of , you will need to use the external mic for bluetooth
    [ kevin  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    No
    [ Randy  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    I don't believe so. I'm pretty sure you have to use the microphone that comes with it
    [ Tyler  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    There is an external microphone that is by my dash board that I actually just noticed and used for the first time to talk on my phone in the car hands free. Worked great!!!! Love my new stereo!!
    [ Taylor  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    Yes
    [ Ruth  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    no but I guess you could mount the microphone next to the head unit
    [ Matt  Mar 11, 2016 ]
    Q
    How do you switch between two active bluetooth connections for audio/media? Is there a shortcut of some sort?
    [ Anthony  Jan 28, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    I am still learning as you the only thing I found was just to push the SRC button by the volume sorry I'm not much help
    [ David  Jan 29, 2016 ]
    Q
    Does this radio play from a cell phone using a USB cord?
    [ Tammy  Jan 12, 2016 ]
    8 answers
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    Yes...you can use USB, AUX or Bluetooth.
    [ NATASHA  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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    The radio is definitely able to play from a cellphone, using USB.I have only seen it from an Apple device, but I imagine it will connect to an Android-based phone no problem
    [ Christopher  Jan 14, 2016 ]
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    yes, it will also play using bluetooth wireless connection, and a aux cable too. 3 ways to connect to your phone.
    [ kevin  Jan 13, 2016 ]
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    Yes I believe it can, I just Bluetooth through it though. Works well wil android and IOS
    [ Tyler  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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    My daughter primarily uses the bluetooth function to connect her phone to the radio. It does have a usb port on the front, so I would guess that it would work that way as well. I will say my daughter loves it, especially since you can change the background light color.
    [ chuck  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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    I play music from my iPhone using Apple Music and Spotify using a cable in the sub port.
    [ Matt  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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    USB cord or Bluetooth (wireless)
    [ Randy  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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    This stereo has a ton of features. Yes via the cable or bluetooth.
    [ ANTHONY T  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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