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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X700

CD receiver

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The KDC-X700 CD receiver follows in the Kenwood Excelon tradition by including features like Bluetooth with...

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About the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X700

The strong and not-so-silent type

The KDC-X700 CD receiver follows in the Kenwood Excelon tradition by including features like Bluetooth with aptX®, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, and a USB port that works with a flash drives, iPhone®, or Android™ smartphone. Serious sonic tools let you refine your sound once your music's playing, and Kenwood backs up this feature-packed receiver with a 2-year warranty.

The strong and not-so-silent type

The KDC-X700 CD receiver follows in the Kenwood Excelon tradition by including features like Bluetooth with aptX®, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, and a USB port that works with a flash drives, iPhone®, or Android™ smartphone. Serious sonic tools let you refine your sound once your music's playing, and Kenwood backs up this feature-packed receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Enhanced Bluetooth® clarity

In addition to hands-free calling with Bluetooth, you can pair your phone with this Kenwood for wireless audio streaming. If your Android™ is Bluetooth aptX-compatible or your iPhone® includes AAC files, you'll enjoy clear, CD-quality music streaming. To get Bluetooth running quickly, simply plug your Android or iPhone into the USB port and the receiver will pair automatically.

Use two phones

You can switch between two paired phones without having to go into confusing menus — handy for vehicles with more than one driver. You'll even get voice control when pairing an iPhone that offers Siri.

Radio for short jaunts or long hauls

HD Radio

The KDC-X700 lets you enjoy HD Radio from participating stations. When you're tuned in, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And if you're not in an area with HD Radio stations, don't worry — this Kenwood's sensitive radio tuner will pick up local analog stations, too.

Using the controls on the receiver, you can access your favorite Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet Radio stations from your iPhone or Android. You can also check out the incredibly deep programming and nationwide coverage offered by satellite radio by adding a SiriusXM tuner.

Even more music

In addition to playing CDs, you can connect a portable music player to the front aux input, and the USB port can handle a thumb drive loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, or FLAC music files. You can also play, control, and charge select Android phones, an iPod®, or an iPhone that's plugged into the front-panel USB port. 

Tone up your sound

Use the 13-band equalizer to adjust your music to sound its best in your vehicle. Kenwood's Drive EQ boosts specific frequencies to help overcome road noise that can drown out your music. The three pairs of RCA preamp outputs send a clean, high-voltage signal to any outboard amps in your system, and you can adjust the audio levels and crossover points for these outputs.

Want to keep your steering wheel 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 articles about Bluetooth profiles and streaming music using Bluetooth with aptX.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit display plus 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
      • automatic iPhone and Android pairing using USB port
      • dual phone connection
      • rear wired Bluetooth microphone included
    • 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 control with iPhone and Android
    • Siri Eyes Free control capability with compatible iPhones
    Audio Features:
    • 13-band EQ with Drive EQ
    • Bass Boost and loudness controls
    • low-pass and high-pass filters with subwoofer level control
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of files encoded at lower bit rates
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and front USB port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    • select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    Other Features and Specs:
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    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

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    Best head unit for the money!

    Joe from Pittsburgh, Pa on 10/30/2018

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    Excellent product! Easy to install, easy to use, and has the most features for the money.

    Pros: Tons of features Easy to use Easy to install Versatile Great sound

    Cons: None

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    Guest from Berryville, VA on 5/5/2018

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    Easy install, great sound

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    Great HU

    Ryan from Houston, TX on 2/10/2017

    1990 Chevrolet Blazer

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    I really like this HU. Great for the $$. I don't notice the display not being bright enough, but I put it in an old square body Chevy, so it's down low out of the light. There are a ton of different color selections for the display. Love the HD radio tuner, Bluetooth and hands free calling. I added Infinity Reference dash speakers and Memphis Audio rear panel speakers in my K5 at the same time and they sound awesome compared to the 27 year old factory stuff. Hoping to add a sub next. The best part was Crutchfield's service. I called with a questions on Saturday afternoon and a real person answered quickly and was very helpful. Thank you Crutchfield!

    Pros: Lots of features, display colors are cool, good sound.

    Cons: It takes a while to cycle through the huge source list to get to what you want. Wish there was a was to eliminate the ones that won't be used, or to pick favorites.

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    Crutchfield customer from Edwardsville, IL on 1/28/2017

    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

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    Looks good, sounds great! Install was a cinch. Two thumbs up.

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    william from Ringgold, GA on 1/26/2017

    2002 Dodge Durango

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    I love this kenwood and thinks it's the best one I ever had .. The display is beautiful and the color matches that of my dodge perfect..

    Pros: 13 band EQ is awesome, power , power power it jams HD radio, Siri eyes free works great with Apple Music

    Cons: If you own an apple iPhone this is not a good unit .. it does have Siri eyes free but apple has messed it up for everyone.. if you are playing hd radio your iPhone will not sound off when you get a text message.. All apple phone now switch to vibrate if your are play fm or hd radio.. it's not just kenwood as my wife's 2013 Nissan does as well ..

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    Great, well-priced CD Receiver!

    Bob from California on 1/22/2017

    2002 GMC Sierra 2500

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    Excellent choice for a CD receiver!

    Pros: Exactly what to expect from Kenwood. Feature rich at a great price.

    Cons: None, so far...

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    Joseph from Franklinville, NJ on 1/21/2017

    1998 Dodge Ram

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    Awesome stereo!! I've had Kenwoods in the past, this is by far the best radio system!! The staff was very knowledgeable about how to connect the wiring on my vehicle, very helpful staff!! Fast delivery as well!! Thanks guys!!

    Pros: Many awesome features

    Cons: Screen can only show some information at a time. But, you can push the display button to see all information one at a time. Example, you can only see the time and date on one screen, or station on another, etc.

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    Crutchfield customer from Deltona, FL on 1/13/2017

    2002 Honda Civic LX

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    Sounds great! Use of features learning curve was relatively quick.

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    Easy to set up Sounds beautiful with matching speakers.

    Anthony from Ardsley, NY on 12/2/2016

    2009 Jeep Wrangler

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    Easy install, had problem with unit shutting down the audio. After calling tech support I was able to diagnose a fault in my wiring in a existing sub woofer in my Jeep. The tech crew was beyond helpful and did not rush me off the phone till they were confident that the issue was corrected. I was on the phone with tech support for about one hour while the team picked each others brain to find this unusual problem. This is my fourth install in as many vehicles and will do business again with Crutchfield again. Very happy with radio plays beautifully, easy to use just waiting for the top to go down during the summer to see if the display disappears like other reviews claimed.

    Pros: Easy to use and set up, HD Radio sounds awesome, Hands free phone works nicely with microphone set up on visor in front of you. Has just enough power to run middle of the road speakers makes them sound great.

    Cons: None

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    Great sound and looks

    Walter from Reedley, CA on 11/25/2016

    2006 Chrysler Town and Country

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    Great looks and sound. Pandora radio title does not work in that function, but works great on Bluetooth.

    Pros: Easy to use equipment and functions.

    Cons: Pandora function doesn't read title info from my galaxy s6.

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    Crutchfield customer from Pleasanton, CA on 11/9/2016

    2005 Toyota Sienna

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    Excellent improvement over stock radio, with HD, Bluetooth, and USB functionality. I like the ability to recover the tape cassette DIN to convert to storage cubby hole. Install was very straightforward.

    Pros: Cost, features, sound, installation.

    Cons: It is not a nav unit, nor does it have a fancy touch screen.

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    David from Bloomington, IL on 11/8/2016

    1998 BMW Z3

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    Better in my BMW Z3 than the oem Harmon Karden head unit. Easy to install. The hardest part was pigtailing the supplied harness plug-ins together. Would be nice if they provided the rubber covered screw on the rear used to stabilize the unit in place. There's a place for it. I put a 1" metric screw in and cut off the head and reused the rubber cover from the factory unit. It's solid now.

    Pros: Ability to turn-off demo mode (2nd option after language selection)

    Cons: CD door flap - it just gets in the way. Don;t really need the removable faceplate. Is there really that much car stereo theft anymore? Now it is more likely that someone will swipe the faceplate.

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    Crutchfield customer from Lynchburg, VA on 10/24/2016

    2006 Pontiac Grand Prix

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    Great sound and install wasn't to bad .

    Pros: Like the sound and how it connects to blue tooth for phone calls hands free

    Cons: Little hard to setup until you learn Controls.

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    Lot of features, but you get what you pay for

    Dominick from Centreville, VA on 10/8/2016

    1994 Chevrolet Suburban

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    This radio gives you a lot of nice features for the price (e.g., the Sony MEX-GS810BH has a very similar feature set but costs $60 more). All these features generally work very well (with one exception--more on that later). But there are little things that grate on your nerves while you use it. The display on this radio leaves a lot to be desired, and this can get annoying. Other reviewers mention the dim backlight, and they are right; this is one of the most frustrating issues with this radio. It's next to impossible to see during the day. If you don't set the backlight to white, forget it. The programming for the display is poor, as well. You end up cycling through the display modes regularly, even just to see the clock. Luckily, there is a dedicated button for this. It can't display song titles for a USB connected iPhone at all (Bluetooth does show them, but see below). Next annoyance: the controls don't always do what you expect. E.g. in radio mode, you expect to press the skip buttons to scan, and hold them to tune manually. In reality, to tune manually, you have to press the down button to change tuning mode. Huh? There is one big issue, and this is the one thing that doesn't work as advertised: Bluetooth. Pairing takes several attempts, and the audio constantly skips. This happened with three phones, so it's definitely the radio. Is it a bad radio? Well, it is still a huge upgrade over stock with all its features. That said, I'd go with the

    Pros: Lot of features Good sound quality Low price for what you get

    Cons: Display is lacking in many ways Controls are not always intuitive Bluetooth is spotty Doesn't show song title for USB connected iPhone Always starts playing music after phone calls on Bluetooth with no apparent way to disable

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    Easy installation

    Buck from Silverdale, WA on 9/15/2016

    1999 Volvo S70

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    Easy installation. Looks great and sounds great. The blue tooth works well with IPhone.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Display is dim, hard to see during the day.

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    All around winner

    Patrick from Eugene, OR on 9/11/2016

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle

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    I got exactly what I wanred with this unit. It has great features, looks good, and sounds even better.

    Pros: High end manufacturing Looks great Sound is crisp and clear

    Cons: Display is dim in bright sunlight

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    Needs new display

    Glenn from Lakeville, MN on 9/7/2016

    2000 Ford Ranger

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    While the receiver sounds and functions great I cannot see the display during daylight. I have tried every color and brightness setting but I cannot make the display readable in daylight. I have an older Kenwood KDCX 598 in my other car it also has the multi color display but I can see it just fine.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: cannot see display during the day

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    Happy Wife

    Steve from Denver, CO on 8/30/2016

    2007 Mazda 6

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    Anything to make the little woman happy. A great value and easy to install. Excellent quality.

    Pros: Easy to install, great quality for the money

    Cons: Like so many other radios, the illumination isn't really that bright. You can pick just about every color in the rainbow, but you can't make it bright enough to seed during daylight hours.

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    Matthew from WY on 8/13/2016

    2000 Volkswagen Eurovan

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    Amazing receiver! Only down side is that it's next to impossible to see the display during the daytime because of the glossy plastic display screen :/

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    Great choice

    Charles W from New Braunfels, TX on 8/7/2016

    2010 Jeep Wrangler

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    I tried a different head unit first and reconsidered - choosing the Kenwood instead. Fit perfect and plays great - I like being able to select the display color, XM addition works perfect, HD radio is awesome.

    Pros: Great quality for a reasonable price point.

    Cons:

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    Kenwood KDC-X700 -The Real Deal!!

    AndyB from San Pedro, CA on 8/6/2016

    1999 Chevrolet Suburban

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    This head unit scores a solid 9.9 out of 10. The only 0.1 ding is the display. The colours are not as bright as they could be. Unlike my older Kenwood 797, the actual digital display is not affected by the colour change; it stays bright white and the buttons go orange. In the case of the 700, the display goes the same colour as the buttons and are simply not bright enough. I had to set the display to white using the RGB option, which works very well. Overall, sound quality is excellent. Adjustability is great! If you are new to audio, read the instructions, there are a lot of audio settings that could really screw things up if one is not careful. Bluetooth connected just fine, and the SQ using the headphone jack (aux) is very good!

    Pros: Everything! Except...

    Cons: Display brightness when using a colour other than white.

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    Great deck - almost perfect for what I wanted.

    Joel G. from Rock City Falls, NY on 8/5/2016

    2004 Toyota Matrix

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    I'll start with what I wanted from this deck. Bluetooth for my phone and my iPod was first priority. HD radio was second. Third I wanted to still be able to play my CD's (both audio and mp3 discs). This deck has come through almost perfectly.... The sound quality is great even though I have an old (2004) Toyota Matrix which I purchased new and it still has the factory speakers. The HD radio is great. Even AM stations come in really good. (A note for other Matrix owners... there is a wire labeled "Power Antenna" which needs to be connected in the wiring of this deck. It does something to help the AM reception even if you don't have a power antenna. Thanks Crutchfield support for helping me with this! Now on to the not so awesome stuff. This deck seems to hang up or freeze when playing back mp3 CD's sometimes. It doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen and when it does, it's frustrating. When it comes to bluetooth, once a device is connected, it works flawlessly, however, I like to listen to my iPod for music and just use my phone for calls since I don't have enough storage on my phone. The problem is that the deck won't remember the iPod was the last connected device and so I have to manually connect it almost every time I shut off the car. This requires about 10 moves (button presses or knob twists) in the system to get it connected each time. I have found that if I wait a minute or so it will connect automatically - sometimes... Overall I'm very happy with this deck!

    Pros: Great sound quality. Great HD radio reception. Great bluetooth (once device is connected).

    Cons: bluetooth won't automatically connect to my iPod for audio every time. Mp3 CD's will freeze up on playback sometimes.

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    Overall a good deck

    John from Newport News, VA on 7/28/2016

    2005 MINI Cooper

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    This is a great and relatively inexpensive deck that has the features I was looking for, like: Bluetooth, Apps, iPhone USB, etc. . It was easy to install, adjust, and has enough headroom to drive the normal 6.5"/4-ohm speakers you'll find to a louder-than-comfortable volume. There're a lot of tweaks in the menu to find the right sound profile I was looking for and I couldn't be happier.

    Pros: Great connectivity features, config options, and it sounds awesome. I've had no issues with the overall quality or performance aside from the cons listed.

    Cons: I installed this in a convertible, and it's very hard to read the display when the sunlight is directly on the unit. The bluetooth pairing was a little finicky at first, but once it was paired I never had a problem.

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    display issues

    rob k from Boyertown, PA on 7/21/2016

    2013 Mazda 3

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    Everything was great except for the display. The display could barely be seen at all during daytime operation. It is just to dim of a display.

    Pros: great sound,plenty of options,good value

    Cons: display is hard to see during the daytime.

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    excellent value excellent performance

    Richard C. from Danville, VA on 7/11/2016

    1997 Mazda Miata

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    Excellent sound quality and easy to operate.

    Pros: Sound quality and ease of operation

    Cons: None so far.

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    Disappointed in radio

    E. Scott from Covington, KY on 6/17/2016

    2004 Ford F-150

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    I previously had the KDC-X799 and was happy with it. This time I went with the KDC-X700 and I am disappointed. I will be returning and looking for a different radio. No matter what adjustment I do I get a lot of static on the station I listen to most. I have verified the ant wire is snug. The clock does not stay on, as previous reviews mentioned you get the EQ bands "dancing" up and down and the date to show. I would rather see the time. No way to correct for this that I have found yet. Which brings me to the next issue. At the brightest setting you cannot see the display if the sun is shining. The last thing I noticed is the radio doesn't re-act as well to the remote as the KDC-X799.

    Pros: Install was easy, the Bluetooth connectivity and quality are good.

    Cons: -Display not bright enough -clock does not always display -poor reception of some stations

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    Phillip B. from Sylacauga, Al. on 6/16/2016

    1999 Ford Ranger

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    Great Radio,good controls. sound quality is excellent ! the only thing i don't like is the display. not bright enough! difficult to read in daytime.

    Pros: Good Features,excellent controls.

    Cons: Display sucks! not bright enough!

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    Crutchfield customer from Hilmar, CA on 5/16/2016

    1999 Mercury Grand Marquis

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    I really like the unit. It has lots of features that are east to navigate through. Adjustments are also easy, once you learn how to access them. Instruction manual was easy to follow. The only negative I have is the display isn't bright enough. I have no tint on my car and the display can be easily washed out by the sun, depending on the angle

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    USB needs a firmware patch

    G David from Gresham, OR on 5/9/2016

    2000 Toyota Tacoma

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    I was excited to see that this unit was coming out, I waited over 3 months for it to finally begin shipping. I've been using it for a month now and am returning it to go with an older KDC-X998 instead. Why? The USB feature. I have a Kenwood KDC-X993 in another vehicle and LOVE IT! I routinely use my 32gb USB drive in that car and never have an issue. My USB drive has music and other programs and files on it. On my older 993 and on the latest 998, you stick in the drive and music plays within a couple seconds. On the new KDC-X700 (and even a couple of the other newer models tested at a local dealer) the stereo will display "READING" for upwards of 4-5 minutes before it will pay anything. EVEN after it has started playing music from the drive, it will start the whole reading process and delay over again when you restart the vehicle or switch inputs. I have tested this with a different thumb drive with only music on it, and it is not an issue then. This is something new with the latest 2016 models. Unfortunately I do not want to have to have a dedicated thumb drive to keep in the car, so this is a bid deal breaker for me. Another couple annoyances are the lack of an automatic dimmer. The wiring harness does not have an illumination wire, so the only dimming you can get is from a manual button on the face plate. This is OK, but a pain. Next is the display, it's fair at best. One nice feature is the return of hard buttons for favorite preset

    Pros: LOVE the direct input buttons for my 6 favorite stations. Have missed this feature for the last many years!

    Cons: USB Audio issues, display is fair at best. No auto-dimming.

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    Consider something else if you value your display (and SQ).

    Crutchfield customer from Annapolis, MD on 4/28/2016

    2000 BMW M

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    Bottom Line: Worst HU display I've seen in 20+ years of dealing with car audio. Sound quality is disappointing considering the Excelon lineage. I've owned at least five Kenwood HUs since 1994; they've always proven reliable, feature-packed, and affordable. I bought this HU to replace a Pioneer DEH-PRS80 for a few user-interface reasons: the Pioneer lacks a pause button and number buttons for easy radio use. It didn't take long to decide that the Kenwood KDC-X700 was not the right solution to the Pioneer's shortcomings. I'll try to address all of the cons I've listed individually. CONS: -Miserable display visibility - In bright light, forget reading the text. I tried applying an anti-glare film (for a smartphone), and it didn't help at all. The display is just not bright enough, hands down. -Extremely poor use of display real-estate - There are only two 'lines' of text. The main line of the display is large text, and the characters are so large that artist or track names longer than 10 characters have to scroll. The secondary line uses very small pixel characters, and is only about 7 characters long. It's limited on the right side by a dancing EQ display. In this day and age, there is no reason why Kenwood couldn't have made the display show three full lines of text, using pixel-based characters (like the Pioneer). -Harsh sound - Play with the EQ all you like, sound will still be 'shouty' -Music mutes with EQ adjustments -USB port can't accept 64GB

    Pros: Organic HD Radio Variety of connection options Good looks Variable display colors Actual numbered buttons for the radio Great price and Crutchfield customer service

    Cons: Miserable display visibility Extremely poor use of display real-estate Harsh sound, despite 13-band EQ Music mutes with EQ adjustments USB port can't accept 64GB drive White noise accompanies music

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    Good sound, looks nice but one big problem!

    James P from Irvine, CA on 4/18/2016

    2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    The head unit itself is fine for what it's designed to do. The sound quality is great, there's lots of adjustments you can make with the equalizer and it works very well with bluetooth calls. The biggest problem for me is that there is absolutely no clock on the display. Let me rephrase; there's no clock if a blue tooth phone is paired with the radio. When a phone is paired, in place of the date and time there is the battery information from the phone and the equalizer animation which occupies the clock display. For me, this is a deal breaker because it's pretty much the only clock in the vehicle. May not be a problem for others. I'm exchanging it for a double din model which I'm told by Crutchfield tech support, does display the clock thanks to it's larger screen size.

    Pros: Great sound, lots of adjustments.

    Cons: No clock. A LOT of adjustments! The menus could definitely use a user experience designer's touch.

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    Awesome

    George from West Chicago, IL on 4/16/2016

    2004 BMW M3

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    Great product, does exactly what is says it will do.

    Pros: sound quality, many nice features

    Cons: Screen not easily seen during the day

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    Zach from Muskegon, MI on 4/13/2016

    1996 Ford Bronco

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    Returned a Sony and bought this Kenwood. It is way better for only $80 more. Way more customization and blue tooth hooks up a lot quicker.

    Pros: Tons of options and dual display

    Cons: None so far

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    great stereo

    Karen from Perth Amboy, NJ on 4/10/2016

    2001 Jeep Cherokee

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    got it for the bluetooth and features. EQ works great and has a lot of different modes. A LOT of different options for sound so you can get it to sound the way you want. Takes a little while though. The speakerphone works great. Doesn't sound like a wind tunnel. I like it has a separate microphone you can position.

    Pros: Speakerphone, sound shaping EQ and modes

    Cons: Takes a while to get it to sound the way you want if the preset EQ doesn't work for you.

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    KDCX700

    Alex from Great Bend KS on 4/10/2016

    2008 Chevrolet Colorado

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    Very Nice head unit. Elegent looking as Kenwoods have always looked elegent to me. Fit perfectly in the factory radio slot with the installation kit Crutchfield supplied. A bunch a features for the money, and does everything well. I'm very happy I picked this deck.

    Pros: Very good RMS power at 22 Watts per channel. Elegent and classy looking deck. A lot of features for the money. Does everything well

    Cons: None right now.

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    Some improvements, but they lost old features in the new model.

    skool from San Fransisco, CA on 4/8/2016

    1969 Volkswagen Beetle

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    The 13 band equalizer and the new sound effects really help you get the sound you want, but playback function on USBs has been an overall downgrade. The system no longer puts the folders in Alphabetical order, and when using the file search you are limited to just Eight Characters!! While the eight character limit on the display for folder and file searching is something that you can deal with, the fact that the system doesn't organize things in alphabetical order is a pain in the butt. The order in which the drive organizes the folders is in order that they were placed on the USB drive. This means if you wanted to add a new folder you would need to rip everything off the USB and then put in back in to get the alphabetical order. The USB drives also take a lot longer to read than the older models. Older models used to read giant usb sticks in under 30 seconds, but the new model can sometimes take minutes(2-3). The screen is still hard to read during the day time. In conclusion while the new EQ is much more flexible, it looks like they gutted out USB playback.

    Pros: Great EQ settings All the colors of the rainbow to use on display Phones are very easy to pair Calls are crisp

    Cons: USB folder organization during playback has had most features gutted from it The screen is almost unreadable in the daytime still

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    More details on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X700

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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 Built-in
    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) 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
    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
    High-res Playback No

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X700 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-X700. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: 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. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X700 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (via USB): 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.
    • NFC Pairing (for Android): Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the NFC tag on the head unit's front-panel.

    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-X700 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-X700 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-X700, 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-X700. 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-X700 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-X700 for playback.
    • AAC & aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KDC-X700 offers support for AAC and aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android devices. By supporting AAC, the KDC-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700; 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-X700'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-X700 supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1+) to the KDC-X700'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-X700'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-X700 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-X700.
    • 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-X700.

    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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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+HD Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone & Android): The Kenwood KDC-X700 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-X700 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-X700. 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-X700 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 7.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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.

    HD Radio: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (75dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (75 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Seek Tuning: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can also setup the KDC-X700 to search only HD Radio stations, Analog AM/FM stations, or both.
    • Tuner Presets: The KDC-X700's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. 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). 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.
    • Station Info & Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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-X700 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

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    fit my needs and wants in a car stereo and didn't break the bank [ Michael  Jan 11, 2017 ]
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    i liked the way it looked and the fetures it has [ tom  Jan 11, 2017 ]
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    It was compatable with iPhone 7 [ ROBERT  Jan 09, 2017 ]
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    I had Kenwood stereos in the past and was very happy with their radios. [ Joseph  Dec 25, 2016 ]
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    Best in the BUSINESS [ ROBERT  Dec 15, 2016 ]
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    Has the options I liked [ Walter  Oct 30, 2016 ]
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    I was looking at the KDC-BT765HD but this one has 110db S/N ratio on the cd to the 765's 105db. Also I was told the X700 comes with a 2 year warranty to the 765's one. [ Jack  Oct 13, 2016 ]
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    Hands free. HD radio. Trust in Kenwood. Love Crutchfield. [ Christopher  Sep 22, 2016 ]
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    This was the best bang-for-buck option. The 22w RMS power was one of the biggest factors for me. [ Patrick  Aug 29, 2016 ]
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    Had all the features I wanted and able to use Bluetooth for two phones. [ Stephen  Aug 12, 2016 ]
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    Great value for a quality Harley Davidson compatible receiver. [ Mike  Jul 13, 2016 ]
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    quality [ J  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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    everything i want in a receiver: hd radio, usb + aux connections, aptx, 13 band eq, etc. [ Sean  Jun 28, 2016 ]
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    price was right [ matthew  Jun 06, 2016 ]
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    Had features I was looking for [ Robert  May 23, 2016 ]
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    Brand experience, price point and features wanted. [ Christopher  May 18, 2016 ]
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    Bluetooth, HD, and USB for a reasonable price. [ Grant  May 13, 2016 ]
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    aptX bluetooth [ C  May 09, 2016 ]
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    Fits my car and was the only radio with Siri control, HD Radio, and 22 Watts power. [ Steven  Apr 26, 2016 ]
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    I chose this receiver for two reasons. The first was because it has a 2 year manufacturer warranty. The second was because it had everything i needed. Such as HD radio, bluetooth, cd player, usb, aux, came with preamp plugs for a sub, and a mic. I would have gotten the other one that is exactly the same which is Kenwood BT765HD but it only had a one year warranty. [ Brandon  Apr 23, 2016 ]
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    HD Radio and Bluetooth aptX for better sound quality Front USB and AUX for convenience (USB smartphone charging) 4 Volt pre-outs for better signal to noise ratio (reduce chance of amp whine) Aesthetic design [ Matthew  Apr 16, 2016 ]
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    I love the Kenwood stereo sound and have always had good luck with them also it will be nice upgrade my car to be more up to date with all the features Bluetooth satellite radio and Pandora [ JOHN  Apr 12, 2016 ]
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    8 questions already asked

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    how to set clock?
    [ vinnie  Jan 16, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    Press volume knob turn volume knob to clock appears press volume knob turn volume knob to adjust time press volume knob to save
    [ Stephen  Jan 17, 2017 ]
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    Will this Kenwood receiver stream audio via Bluetooth from a Blackberry device?
    [ Nick  Nov 27, 2016 ]
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    I'm not sure about a blackberry but it streams music great from my iPhone!
    [ David  Nov 29, 2016 ]
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    it does it very well from an iphone5
    [ james  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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    Will this receiver stream BlueTooth audio from a Blackberry device?
    [ Nick  Nov 27, 2016 ]
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    I Think it will. I don't have a Blackberry, I have an IPHONE.I have streamed via Tunein radio to this device. Hope this helps.
    [ Vincent  Dec 04, 2016 ]
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    That I do not know sorry!
    [ JIM  Nov 30, 2016 ]
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    Yes it streams Bluetooth audio from multiple devices.
    [ Scott  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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    It should. Bluetooth is its own standard. It might sound weak... but should work. Is it a newer Blackberry?
    [ ANDREW  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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    Can you push the volume button to activate siri. I had the Sony GS deck and i loved that i could just touch the volume control and it would bring up siri and you could use it as if it was your phone. If not, then does this deck have that function anywhere in the unit?
    [ Ellamega  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    2 answers
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    I have an Android phone, but if I hold the phone button (large button next to the volume button) it activates voice control on my phone.
    [ Dominick  Nov 23, 2016 ]
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    You get this function by pressing and holding the phone button next to the volume knob. You may can also do this with the remote, but haven't tried that.
    [ Jeron  Nov 23, 2016 ]
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    WILL THE PHONE CONNECT AUTOMATICALLY WITH MY PHONE ONCE PAIRED?
    [ ANTHONY  Nov 17, 2016 ]
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    ya it will but I choose not to use feature so it doesn't answer call I don't want
    [ LLEWELLYN  Nov 20, 2016 ]
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    yes, it is designed to do this. i had trouble consistently connecting with ios 9 iphone but whe i updated my phone to ios 10 works great now
    [ Jeremy  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    Hello Anthony, The unit has a setting that allows you to select automatically connect to the device or not. Great unit!
    [ Robert  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    It should. it does for me. I have a Moto droid Turbo, and it pairs right up when my Bluetooth on my phone is on.
    [ ALEX J  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    Yes, if pair it with Bluetooth.
    [ JACOB  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    Yes
    [ Daniel  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    As long as you're Bluetooth is turned on, yes it will. My phone connects almost immediately after I start my car.
    [ Patrick  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    Can I advance to the next song on my iPod by touching a button on the receiver and not having to fiddle with my iPod?
    [ Marshall  Aug 14, 2016 ]
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    Yes , as long as its not on shuffle
    [ JACOB  Nov 18, 2016 ]
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    Yes. Pause and play and replay last song all from the head unit.
    [ Derek  Aug 14, 2016 ]
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    i have an android and i use spotify and yes it lets me
    [ JACOB  Aug 14, 2016 ]
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    Yes
    [ James  Aug 14, 2016 ]
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    Honestly I have not had any interaction with the Kenwood. I bought it for one of my commercial vehicles that I do not drive. Sorry. Hope you get your answer
    [ Dean  Aug 14, 2016 ]
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    Yes
    [ Matthew  Aug 14, 2016 ]
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    can you program the display with inverted colors?
    [ Kirks work  Jun 16, 2016 ]
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    not sure
    [ james  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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    Not really sure what you mean. But, you can make the bottom and the top two totally different colors.
    [ Derek  Jun 17, 2016 ]
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    Anyone Know If This Latest Head Unit display is easier to see in direct sunlight as compared to previous models?
    [ P  Apr 01, 2016 ]
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    I've had the KDC X700 in my 02 BMW for 3 days. Excellent sound and features. But the display is virtually unreadable in the daytime. The dimmer is deactivated and the brightness is set to max, but the display is barely visible, as compared to the car's readouts which are very bright and distinct. Based on this factor alone, I'll probably return the unit. It's a shame Kenwood produced such an otherwise fine unit, since this flaw makes it essentially inoperable in normal daytime light.
    [ John  Apr 04, 2016 ]
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    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Apr 01, 2016 ]  Staff
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