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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589

CD receiver with MP3 / WMA / AAC playback (New Stock)

Item # 113KDCX589

Superb audio performance meets outstanding playback variety! Not only does the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589 CD receiver...

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About the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589

Superb audio performance meets outstanding playback variety! Not only does the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589 CD receiver deliver lots of power and sound-control options, it'll play just about everything, from your standard CDs to your MP3, WMA, and even the CD tracks you've converted to AAC files. Its motorized, detachable face has star quality, too, looking great in any dash.

Superb audio performance meets outstanding playback variety! Not only does the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589 CD receiver deliver lots of power and sound-control options, it'll play just about everything, from your standard CDs to your MP3, WMA, and even the CD tracks you've converted to AAC files. Its motorized, detachable face has star quality, too, looking great in any dash.

To help you navigate through your digital music files and folders, the KDC-X589 comes with Kenwood's impressive AC Drive with Voice Index on Tap feature. A voice guide in the system will actually tell you the names of your files as you scroll through them — you'll be able to find your favorite songs and keep your eyes on the road at the same time! The included software lets you encode your files on your computer to make them compatible with the AC Drive system.

Mighty MOSFET power (22 watts x 4 RMS) builds up your tunes with iron-pumping muscle. System Q EX lets you tone those sonic biceps with its six preset curves and an adjustable 3-band parametric EQ. And the sound is spectacular, thanks to the faithful reproduction provided by the KDC-X589's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

For even more strength, you can use this receiver as the commander of your full audio system by connecting external amps to the three sets of preamp outputs. The System E's+ crossover system ensures that the right frequencies go the the right places for optimum performance.

Now, with all your digital music formats available for playback, you've got enough to keep you occupied, right? Of course not! That's why the KDC-X589 also features built-in satellite radio controls, so you can add a compatible SIRIUS or XM tuner (plus antenna and subscription), and enjoy over 120 channels of premium music, news, sports, and entertainment. And this receiver's HD Radio-ready, too. Connect a Kenwood tuner, and you'll hear everything that HD Radio broadcasts (where available) have to offer.

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Product highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • motorized, fold-down, detachable face with two-color display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
  • Advanced Codec (AC) Drive with Voice Index on Tap gives verbal confirmation of digital music folders and files
  • System Q EX Sound Control (with 3-band parametric equalizer)
  • System E's+ Advanced Crossover system
  • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • satellite radio controls (SIRIUS or XM subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • HD Radio-ready (will control Kenwood's HD Radio tuner)
  • CD changer controls
  • dual zone audio control
  • 3 sets of 4-volt preamp outputs
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # KDC-X589

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw with flat washer
  • Kenwood Advanced Codec Drive CD-ROM Ver3.30 Type A
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Media Manager Installation Manual (6 languages)
  • "Register Online" card
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

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Features & specs

Expandability
AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Both
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
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 Lt & Drk Blue
Key Button Color Red or Green
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback
High-res Playback
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X589 replaces these items:

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Minimum Computer Requirements

Features

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive: The KDC-X589 features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software on your computer).

Motorized Angled Faceplate: When inserting or ejecting a disc, the motorized faceplate automatically slides down and out to expose the disc slot. Furthermore, you can set the faceplate at one of three angles for best visibility of the display, in addition to the fully closed position.

24-Bit Burr-Brown D-A Converter: The KDC-X589 features an audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter for superb CD sound. The Burr-Brown D-A converter maximizes the musical resolution of CDs, CD-R/Ws, and AAC/MP3/WMA-encoded discs.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X589 in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1). In addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).

Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.

Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers). Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q EX presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music: Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Natural. In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass Q factor, bass extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle Q factor, treble center frequency, and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120 or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.

Subwoofer Preamp Output: The KDC-X589 is equipped with a pair of subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer outputs can easily be turned on/off. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can adjust the volume (-15 to +15 in increments of 2), set the low pass filter cutoff (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or thru), and the phase (normal, reverse).

System E's+: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-X589 features the System E's+ crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:

  • Front High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, or Thru (no filter)
  • Rear High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter)
  • Low Pass Filter: 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter)

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).

Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

Dual Zone System: The KDC-X589's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player or tuner while the sub source is a device connected to the optional auxiliary input adapter (CA-C1AX). You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

Disc/Station Naming: You can enter and store names of up to 8 characters for CDs and radio stations. Characters can include upper case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent characters. The memory can store names for up to 30 stations and 10 discs in the internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD changer depends upon the capability of the changer.

Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.

Bass Management System (B.M.S.): You can remotely adjust the bass boost of a compatible Kenwood amplifier with the Bass Management System (B.M.S.). When properly connected, you can set the bass boost to Flat, +6dB, +12dB, and if the amplifier is capable, +18dB. In addition, you can set the B.M.S. frequency offset to "Normal" or "Low". The "Low" setting drops the bass boost normal center frequency by 20%. Note: The pink/black lead on the receiver's wiring harness should be connected to the amp's B.M.S. terminal.

Remote Control: The KDC-X589 comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".

Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed". In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed". Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. If you have a Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord (113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S210A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS210) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.

CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

Minimum Computer Requirements

PhatNoise Media Manager Software: To use Media Manager software, the following software and hardware are required:

  • Software: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Hardware:
    • Personal computer (main unit, display, and peripheral units) incorporating a 500MHz or better Pentium II processor (or the equivalent) on which the above OS can run normally
    • 128MB RAM or more
    • Hard disc with 200MB free space
    • CD-R/CD-RW drive
  • Others: Internet connection environment
  • Note: Administrator authority is required when installing Media Manager in Windows 2000 or XP

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