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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X679

CD/MP3/WMA receiver (New Stock)

Item # 113KDCX679

You'll dig the luxury of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X679 CD receiver's motorized, detachable faceplate.

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You'll dig the luxury of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X679 CD receiver's motorized, detachable faceplate.

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About the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X679

You'll dig the luxury of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X679 CD receiver's motorized, detachable faceplate. It has three different positioning angles to give you the best view of your song titles on the multicolor high-resolution, 3-D dot matrix display.

You'll dig the luxury of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X679 CD receiver's motorized, detachable faceplate. It has three different positioning angles to give you the best view of your song titles on the multicolor high-resolution, 3-D dot matrix display.

Excellent sound quality is assured by a 24-bit Burr-Brown D/A converter and the fine-tuning controls of System Q EX (a 3-band parametric equalizer and six preset tone curves). You can use the high- and low-pass filters of the System E's+ Advanced Crossover to get more volume and clarity from all your vehicle's speakers, whether you're using the receiver's built-in amp or the 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs.

Hooking up one or more amplifers? If the amps are new Kenwood Excelon amplifiers, then you get the cool convenience of Amplifier Management System (AMS) controls — you can adjust the amplifier's bass/treble frequency and level, bass width, bass extension, and overall gain (level) setting — all right from the dash! And you can also monitor the amp's diagnostics (voltage, current, temperature, fan speed, and protection notices).

This handsome receiver plays all your discs flawlessly (even those loaded with MP3 and WMA files), and the CR-2 AM/FM tuner hauls in radio stations from near and far. And, if you're into having more listening options, you get controls for the Kenwood Music Keg or CD changer, or you can sign up with SIRIUS satellite radio (also requires SIRIUS tuner and antenna).

SIRIUS offers more than 120 channels of top-notch entertainment for just $12.95 per month. Check out 65 channels of totally commercial-free music, which feature an incredible variety of songs from a wide range of genres. You'll also get news, talk, sports, and entertainment, including round-the-clock traffic/weather updates for major metropolitan areas and broadcasts of NFL, NBA, and NHL games. (Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.) Subscribers can also take advantage of free online streaming of all SIRIUS music. The KDC-X679 also accepts XM satellite radio via the XMDirect tuner and adapter.

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Product highlights:

  • motorized, detachable face
  • multicolor dot-matrix display
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
  • System Q EX Sound Control
  • 3-band parametric equalizer
  • System E's+ crossover system
  • source tone memory
  • 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
  • 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • Amplifier Management System (AMS) controls
  • optional auxiliary input
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • 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-X679

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wireless remote control (RC-505)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws (red)
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws (red)
  • Face fixing screw (with flat washer)
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Manual correction sheet
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • eXcelon on-line registration card

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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
Alexa Voice Control
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 22 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 5 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color 4ToneFlorscnt
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-X679 replaces these items:

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Features

Motorized Slide-Down Faceplate: The KDC-X679 features a motorized slide-down faceplate with a large display (3-3/8" x 7/16") and a rotary volume control. When the eject button is pressed, the faceplate automatically slides down and forward to reveal the CD slot. After a disc is inserted, the faceplate slides back in place automatically. You can also select one of three faceplate angles to optimize visibility (the bottom of the faceplate slides progressively forward). For additional security, the faceplate is detachable.

High Resolution Display: The unit features a 3-D high resolution display with 4 tone gradations and fluorescent backlighting. Each end of the display has a multi-segment motion display. The larger center portion has a full dot matrix display featuring 1674 total pixels (18 dots high x 93 dots wide). This fine pitch dot matrix display is easy to read and offers large graphics.

Selectable Display Modes: The display is divided into 4 sections: Upper Text Display, Lower Text Display, and two Level Meter Displays (one on each end). The Upper Text Display and Lower Text Display have independently selectable information for each audio source. The Level Meter Display also has 6 types of patterns. There are three selectable display modes: Type A (with Upper and Lower Text Display and the Level Meter displays), Type B (like Type A, but without the Level Meters), and Type C (with the Level Meters, plus the Upper and Lower Text Displays are combined into a Demonstration mode).

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder. A total of up to 512 MP3/WMA files and folders can be played back by this unit. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

Sirius Satellite Radio Controls: This unit can control the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite tuner (item #113SR903). In addition to the Sirius tuner, you will need an antenna and subscription in order to receive Sirius Satellite Radio programming. The Kenwood Sirius radio tuner has a CD-changer pass-through, allowing the connection of an optional Kenwood CD changer in addition to the Sirius tuner with only one connection to the head unit.

24-Bit Burr-Brown D-A Converter: The KDC-X679 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 MP3/WMA-encoded discs.

System Q EX Sound Control: 6 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Flat", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass Q factor, bass extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle Q factor, treble center frequency, and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass center frequency (60, 70, 80, 100 or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.

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 O.E.M." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6*9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

Dual Zone Audio Control: When an external audio source is connected (CD changer, Sirius Radio, or Auxiliary Input source), the KDC-X679, with its Dual Zone Audio Control, allows you to play the external audio source in one zone, while at the same time play an internal audio source (CD or tuner) in another zone. When Zone 2 is switched on, the output of the front channels becomes different than the rear channel output. You can choose whether you want the external audio source to play through the front channels (sending the internal source to the rear channels), or through the rear channels (sending the internal source to the front channels). When operating in Dual Zone mode, audio adjustments can only be made to the internal source.

System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels, there is a 6dB/octave high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter). The non-fading preamp output, for use with subwoofer amplifiers, has a 12dB/octave low-pass filter, with a selectable cutoff frequency of 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter). You can also switch the phase of the NF output from normal to reverse, and adjust the level of the output from -15 to +15 in 2dB steps, or switch it off.

Built-in Amplifier Mute: If this unit's internal amplifier is not being used, it can be switched off to enhance the quality of the preamp output signal quality.

Zero-Bit Mute: This unit features independent left and right channel zero-bit mute circuits. During silent passages, the digital-to-analog converter is shut off, yielding absolute silence between songs.

Amplifier Management System (A.M.S.): This unit is equipped with an interface which controls certain special features of A.M.S.-equipped Kenwood eXcelon amplifiers. A 13-pin DIN cable (sold separately) is required to use the A.M.S. feature of this head unit; item 113E304138 or item 469KNWDIN can be used to make the connection between this unit and a A.M.S. compatble Kenwood amplifier. This unit, when properly connected, can remotely activate and adjust the amount of bass boost in the amplifier. You can choose between +6dB, +12dB, or +18dB bass boost, or flat (no boost). In addition, you can lower the bass boost center frequency by 20%, switching between "Normal" and "Low".

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

CR-2 Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner incorporates an Automatic Noise Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC), for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

HD Radio Ready: The KDC-X679 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113KTCHR10), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the 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 feature can be turned on or off.

Direct Access Tuning: When using the remote, you can directly access any radio station by entering the frequency on the numeric keypad.

Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 stations can be named. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

Disc Name Preset (DNPS): You may assign names to discs played in the internal CD player. Each disc name can be up to 8 characters long, and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to 10 discs. (See below for further DNPS features with CD changers.)

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

Attenuator With Smooth Volume Return: The attenuator immediately lowers the volume by a preset level. Smooth Volume Return gradually increases the volume to the original level when the ATT button is pressed a second time, eliminating a jarring change in volume.

CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA discs.

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 may program the unit with a 4-digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

Faceplate Finish: The faceplate and trim ring feature a glossy ebony finish.

Display Dimming: This unit is equipped with an orange/white wire that Kenwood calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the illumination wire of this unit is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control.

Remote Control: The KDC-X679 comes with the RC-505 wireless remote control, a 22-button full-function remote with a 10-key number pad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.488", W=1.75", D=1.115".

CD 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.

Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.

Disc Name Preset Play (DNPP): Once a disc has been named, you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display the name of each disc for 5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears, you can press the OK button on the remote to select the disc for playback.

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

Music Keg Compatible: The KDC-X679 is fully compatible with the Kenwood Music Keg Digital Music System (models KHD-C710 and KHD-CX910).

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 1, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD.

Note

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, the Clock Display can be turned on or off using the display control button (clock must be selected for lower text display). When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed". Pressing and holding the Source (SRC) button turns the unit off completely.

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