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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702

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The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702 CD receiver offers just about everything for people who want to play music, including crystal-clear aptX® wireless music streaming, a built-in HD Radio tuner, flawless CD playback, Internet radio control, and a 13-band equalizer to sound-sculpt your tunes. The variable color illumination enhances this Kenwood's handsome looks, and gives you some personalization options. And, Kenwood backs up their Excelon receivers with a 2-year warranty.

Dedicated to the music lover

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702 CD receiver offers just about everything for people who want to play music, including crystal-clear aptX® wireless music streaming, a built-in HD Radio tuner, flawless CD playback, Internet radio control, and a 13-band equalizer to sound-sculpt your tunes. The variable color illumination enhances this Kenwood's handsome looks, and gives you some personalization options. And, Kenwood backs up their Excelon receivers with a 2-year warranty.

Let's talk wireless

In addition to hands-free calling with Bluetooth for two phones, you can pair up to five phones with this Kenwood for streaming your favorite playlists wirelessly. The receiver offers two options for clear, near-CD-quality music streaming: aptX® for Android phones and other compatible devices, or AAC files for your iPhone®. And if your passengers want control over this receiver from your smartphone, you can simply load Kenwood's free Remote app for them. 

HD Radio clarity

HD Radio

The KDC-X702 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.

More radio options

Using the controls on the receiver, you can access your favorite Pandora®, Spotify™, 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

Lots of connectivity

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

Tone controls and expansion

Use the 13-band equalizer and digital time alignment to adjust your music, so it sounds like you've always got the best seat in the house. 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 car's steering wheel audio controls?

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

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our articles about Bluetooth profiles and streaming music using Bluetooth with aptX.

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

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • built-in HD Radio tuner
  • plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and high-res FLAC music files
  • detachable face with 13-digit display plus variable-color illumination
Bluetooth Features:
  • Bluetooth with aptX for superior sound quality with compatible devices
  • hands-free calling and audio streaming with dual phone connection
  • Music Mix feature allows music streaming and control from up to five paired smartphones
  • control the stereo using Kenwood's free Remote app
Smartphone Features:
  • 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 (see Details tab for model compatibility)
  • Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio control with iPhone and Android
Audio Features:
  • 13-band EQ with eight presets and Drive EQ
  • digital time alignment
  • low-pass and high-pass filters with subwoofer level control
  • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of files encoded at lower bit rates
  • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
  • inputs: rear auxiliary input and dual rear USB ports
  • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
Other Features and Specs:
  • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
  • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (10A fuse)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Card

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I used the ready harness service so installation was easy. The stereo fits well and sounds great! So many options though I'm still trying to figure it out. 2006 Dodge ram

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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(26 Reviews)

Better than expected

T. Lang from Hiram, GA on 9/1/2018

2006 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used the ready harness service so installation was easy. The stereo fits well and sounds great! So many options though I'm still trying to figure it out. 2006 Dodge ram

Pros: Great sound. Easy install

Cons: None

Wholly Satisfied

Daniel from Phoenix, AZ on 8/26/2018

2001 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Meets all my expectations



Very nice!

William from St Petersburg, FL on 8/12/2018

2006 Jeep Liberty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far so good! This is an upgrade from an older Infinity system that was top of the line in 2006. Wow, what an improvement! This is a very nice versatile receiver with a two-year warranty. Considering the price, I think it's a bargain.



Good unit not so hot reception

N from NJ on 8/10/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The AM and FM radio reception is disappointing. I'd give it 2.5 stars. I listen to 2 FM stations and 1 AM station. I can get a decent signal about 40% of the time, mostly before lunch, later in the day it can't pull in the stations that well. I live in east coast suburbia. Reception with this unit is not as good as my stock Toyota JBL tuner was. Disappointing. Crutchfield said to try antenna amplifier but don't be too hopeful. Have not tried yet. Using my phone as source over Bluetooth sounds great. Glad I chose a radio with better blue tooth capabilities. In addition, the bluetooth connects with phone within a couple seconds after entering the car which is very convenient. Phone conversations are clear and easy. Blue tooth seems to slow my phone down but that is another issue. The controls are okay once you are familiar with them. Some people have complained about the "source" button and having to go through each choice serially to get to the one you want. It is what it is, but not a deal breaker. The faster you tap the button, the faster you get to what you want. Installation was very easy. I paid for the harness set up service and everything was plug and play. I had no power to the unit on initial power up. Called Crutchfield and they zeroed in on a blown fuse in the engine compartment. I was up and running within 5 minutes of calling.

Pros: -Great sound from all sources -Excellent sound via Bluetooth, connects easily -Good controls, works well with Android based phone -Phone conversations easy and clear sounding -Good display -Very easy installation

Cons: AM/FM reception is disappointing. Stock radio was better.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702

Clayton from Toccoa, GA on 8/5/2018

2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Radio works great, the music quality is awesome. Would definitely buy again.



Over all best bang for your buck

Daniel from Jefferson City, MO on 8/3/2018

1998 Honda Civic
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was hesitation to buy this unit based on it low price I had picked out a much more expensive unit but after talking to crutchfields amazing tech support staff this unit was a better bang for my buck after the initial installation I was very impressed with the unit love the using my phone as a remote control for the head unit.

Pros: Using your smartphone as a remote controller

Cons: Non

Doesn't play mp3 cds sometimes issues with reading folders

Michael from Chicago Heights, IL on 8/1/2018

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice except with playing mp3s

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Problems with mp3 cds

Crutchfield response on 8/7/2018 Michael contacted our Tech Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

Superb Features all in one

Danny from Stockton, CA on 7/18/2018

2000 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent deck. i haven't owned a Kenwood Deck Since the late 90's and boy have i been missing out. i was going to go with an indash dvd receiver but opted for this instead and do not regret it for a minute. as always Crutchfield's support team is one of a kind! answered all my questions for this product and made my decision easier Although i have to admit getting this tuned right is a challenge. I installed it a week ago and am still trying to fine tune all the settings for my set-up..

Pros: excellent features,

Cons: no remote or option to buy on Crutchfield. had to buy elsewhere.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702

Crutchfield customer from Holland, MI on 7/8/2018

1983 Mercury Capri
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looks great sounds great I'll little bit of an upgrade from my 18-year-old pioneer cd player.



Great system

Joe from Roseville, CA on 7/5/2018

2001 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Kenwood deck does everything I need and sounds great. I called Artie at Crutchfield and he was very helpful selecting a deck that suited my needs amongst the multiple options available. Installation was a breeze with the pre made wiring harness also purchased. Well done Crutchfield!!

Pros: Great sound, easy install, fantastic customer support and follow up!

Cons: None

Great sound, buttons not designed for safe operation while driving.

Vince from Cartersville, GA on 6/17/2018

2006 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this in my 2006 Honda S2000. Sound quality is great, and phone calls are very clear on both ends even with the convertible top down at in town speeds. Definitely should have upgraded the door speakers at the same time, but that will be next on my list. The head unit itself barely fit in the stock stereo location, and the stock stereo door closes but it is a very tight fit. One complaint is the size of the buttons on the face. They are extremely small due to all the writing on the face. All the writing is for the features of the stereo like it's some kind of nascar ad. Due to the small buttons i have to take my eyes off the road for a quick glance which is unacceptable. All single din stereos appear to all have this issue. My second complaint is I wish it had voice dialing so again I don't have to take my eyes off the road to make a call.

Pros: Great sound and call quality.

Cons: Buttons not designed for safe usage while driving.

Great sound, poor interface

Daniel from Albuquerque, NM on 6/7/2018

2000 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The stereo delivered on everything that was advertised and was a huge step up from the 18 year-old stock system in my 4Runner. The old system was definitely the weak link because now the stock speakers and sub sound fantastic. There are a lot of settings that you can tweak to get the sound just right. For instance, the system doesn't stop at just fading and balancing the speakers, you can adjust for the type of vehicle you have and the amount of speakers. That being said I'm knocking off two stars: The menu system is not intuitive by any stretch of the imagination. You'll definitely need to refer to the manual and just play with it for a while. Also, the lighting for the keys directly under the display is terrible. No two ways about it. So much so that it is problematic at night. If you listen to the radio a lot and use those preset buttons you're going to have a bad time. I'll be keeping this because the cons of the system don't really apply to me, but I wouldn't get it for my parents.

Pros: awesome sound and tune-abilty. For those that are willing and want to dig into sound optimization, this is fantastic, if a bit cumbersome. Many input option: bluetooth, aux jack, usb.

Cons: absolutely terrible user interface. face buttons are extremely small and poorly lit.

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Crutchfield customer from Elgin, TX on 5/29/2018

2005 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent stereo. Very clear sound.



I just put my review in.. the website took it away

Chris from Lebanon, TN on 5/6/2018

2008 Chevrolet Impala
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Deal breaker was u cant listen to your music thru your usb interface like sony's rsx (i called kenwood personality)

Pros: 5volt its a good player but sony rsx can play thru your usb cord

Cons: You cant play the sound thru your usb interface like sony rsx

Great sound but defective support and receiver.

Jesse from Salem, OR on 4/8/2018

2010 Ford Crown Victoria
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Would be a great receiver, if it worked. Bluetooth and USB are DOA. Bluetooth gives HF error 68 and "please wait" when trying to access menu. Kenwood support is the worst, no empathy and no answers other than take it to some dudes house they call a service center. They do not even have these units on the floor in their call center to test customer issues. Everything they do is from a knowledge base. The sound is amazing and Iphone audio is super crisp when using USB. Crutchfield as usual is awesome and I will get my replacement and update my review. Aside from the unit not working the only other gripe I have is that the backlight key colors change when you enter the menu. You can turn off this function for everything except for the keys. Why?????

Pros: Looks nice. Sounds great.

Cons: HF error and unreaponsive device on port 2 right out of box. Wasted time to install it so tight and perfect.

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Crutchfield customer from Lancaster, CA on 4/2/2018

1999 Ford Crown Victoria
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound and functionality

Pros: The display is good.

Cons: No Remote

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X702

Gilbert from Surry, VA on 3/25/2018

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced another Kenwood unit in my camping trailer. Wanted a Bluetooth unit that would connect to more than one source plus got an HD radio. Sound quality is world class (JBL, not Kenwood speakers but Kenwood subwoofer). All from Crutchfield (don't even look anywhere else). Gil Frey Surry, VA



Worthy upgrade

Thomas from Johns Creek, GA on 3/17/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This KDC-X702 system was purchased as an upgrade to an older Kenwood KDC-BT852HD from 2013, installed in a 2007 Kenworth T600 semi truck. I believe the predecessor was actually introduced in 2011, so already a little behind when I got it. The main reason for upgrading was bluetooth streaming had gotten sketchy. Not seeing a whole lot of clues from the internet brain trust, I decided to swap in newer tech in hopes of curing bluetooth problems. I mainly listen to a 50/50 split of SiriusXM and bluetooth streaming (Spotify and some other apps). I am also a fan of HD radio and use it from time to time when I'm in an area with broadcast stations I like. I have it paired to a Samsung S8+ Android phone. My summary review is this: If you're a tech geek and/or audiophile, the 702 is a worthy upgrade. The audio quality and features just work that much better than even Kenwood's predecessor or lesser models. If you're just an ordinary end user that likes to tune in and make phone calls while driving, and doesn't care much about the advanced features, this unit will probably frustrate you and cause buyer remorse. This is a 5 star system with a 1 star user interface, resulting in a 3 star rating from me.

Pros: 1. Overall sound quality is better. The 702 has more sound shaping controls than the law allows. If you can't get this thing to sound right, you're not trying hard enough. 2. Apt-x streaming brings bluetooth source audio to a whole new level. Subscription Spotify and high bitrate MP3 content is amazing. 3. FM radio reception is substantially better on the 702 than it's predecessor. 4. Secondary controls are a tiny bit more intuitive, not requiring as many return trips to the

Cons: 1. I want my 3 line display and large size clock back! The 1.5 line display on the 702 disappoints on this feature laden unit. 2. Obviously the reason for the crappy 1.5 line display is to make room for all the extra buttons (presets). 3. Hopefully some day before I get old and die, some company will produce a bluetooth/networked device that is not created on the premise that it is the center of your bluetooth universe. 4. The remote control app is terrible. Half the control

Great head unit

steven from Black Creek, WI on 3/11/2018

2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great head unit, nice big bright display, 3 5 volt preouts, Spotify on Bluetooth works great. I had the 302x, now that's in my gf's car and I got this 702x. I like the clean look without the USB on the front and cd slot cover. I've always loved kenwood's head units.

Pros: Big bright easy to read display, 3 5volt preouts, Bluetooth, supports Spotify, many sound tuning options.

Cons: None that I found.

Excellent Radio

pier2pier from Eastpointe, MI on 3/8/2018

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This radio sounds great. I have been in serious need of a new radio for my truck. I was running my phone through the tape deck with an adapter (yeah, I know...) AND there has been a CD stuck in the unit for about 2 + years. I really started to suffer when the tape deck started failing. Anyway I knew I had to make the move so I looked into it for long time and decided to get the KDC-X702. I haven't put a radio in a vehicle for close to 16 years, so I was wondering how things have changed. I was happy to find out that Crutchfield still has great customer service and following a couple calls set me up for success. I really enjoy the hands free calling and Blue Tooth. The HD radio has great clarity and the extra stations are getting more play than I thought I'd give them. I rescued my CD from the factory unit and gave it a run in the new stereo.. Sounded perfect. All in all I'm very happy.

Pros: Easy to install. BT, HD radio, very bright screen.

Cons: There are a lot of small buttons.

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Crutchfield customer from Rathdrum, ID on 3/5/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome head unit lots of options for customizing your ride. I was going to get the clarion but the radio sensitivity pre ch out puts and 13 band equalizer was all better than the equivalent clarion for less money.




Michael from New York on 2/24/2018

2004 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love this radio, its looks and its features are excellent for the price (and I am a long time Pioneer fan). BUT! I noticed at mid to high volumes (23+) the audio becomes terrible and garbled and it begins to sound as if the speakers are blown. I have determined that this is an overheating issue with this radio's internal amplifier. The stock heat sink gets wicked hot to the touch (will burn you in an instant). I have added a much larger finned heat sink on top of the stock one with some arctic silver thermal paste in between. This has stopped this radio from overheating and the aforementioned audio problems no longer happen. This is mod is a MUST if you are going to keep this radio and listen to BT Audio, USB, or other high quality sources at mid to high volumes for 15 minutes or more. It doesn't happen with FM/AM radio sources. The only other alternative fix is going to be using an external amplifier with this radio.

Pros: Excellent features, very nice looking radio, easily readable display, great sound (when its not overheating).

Cons: Radio reception seems worse then my old Pioneer and this radios internal amplifier runs extremely hot. The factory heat sink/cooling is lacking, this radio can be driven to the point of overheating. Must add additional cooling or use an external amplifier.

They're Grrrrrrreeaaattt!!

Mike from waseca, MN on 2/15/2018

2007 Dodge Ram 3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice unit. Lots of features and great sound. With the all the tuning features and settings its easy to get a sound system dialed in. Installed in a customer car and he was very pleased, what blew him away was how good we made the screen color match his cars interior.

Pros: Nice Display, Great Sound, Lots of tuning options


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Crutchfield customer from Tewksbury, MA on 2/9/2018

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unfortunately there were multiple issues with this unit. (1) The initial sound levels upon start up produce way to much bass when using sub woofers. I had to turn the bass down to -15 before you could clearly hear the lyrics. (2) The sound level adjustments are very UN-user friendly. They reference #'s which at first it seamed like frequency numbers but they go from 60, 80, 100 to odd ball #'s like 1.4. (3) The color options for the screen are nice but it is not as simple as just picking a color. Even though I chose red when you enter a menu the screen turns bright white. Apparently you need to go into other setting to change that. Things like this become a nuisance in the case you have work done on your vehicle and the battery gets disconnected. Way to many things to reset. (4) While trying to get the sound adjusted it suddenly sounded like my door speakers were blown. Which the door speakers are 2 year old Polk audio speakers and sounded great prior to this receiver. At a decent volume I tried different modes like CD, Radio ect. The same held true for all of them. What I did figure out was if I shut the truck off and restarted it I could play the music at volume for a minute or two then the sound would fall apart. I was already frustrated with this unit by now but this sealed the deal that there was something wrong with it and it had to go. I have never been a fan of Kenwood and this confirms it for me.



Fantastic Headunit

Michael from Redlands, CA on 2/5/2018

2004 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Kenwood KDC-X702is the fourth head unit I've purchased from Crutchfield in the past twelve years and as always, the purchase experience and the customer serverice was great. The first three units I purchased were Alpines and they were all great receivers. When it was time to upgrade the receiver in my commuter I automatically set the search filter to only include Alpine. My needs were simple, I wanted to be able to be able to easily connect my IPone with Bluetooth or USB I wanted to access music files and Pandora as simply as possible. I wanted to make nice clear, hands free calls with little effort. Lastly, I wanted my USB connections at the rear of the unit. I really don't like having wires strung all over my dashboard, so I find having the USB connection in the rear is the best option for me. I then typically replace the old 12v or cigarette lighter with a USB port for a nice clean factory look. I wasn't having any luck finding an Alpine that had the rear USB feature anymore. I decided to widen my search to include Kenwood and Pioneer. I immediately came across the KDC-X702 along with another Kenwood that seemed to have everything I was looking for and much more. I received my order along with the wiring harness and receiver den adapter provide by Crutchfield within the three day as promised. I had the unit and USB port installed in under two hours and could not be happier with my purchase.

Pros: Overall nicely put together unit, packed with features. 2 year warranty.

Cons: Haven't really found anything yet.

Love Kenwood

Jorge from Edinburg, TX on 1/23/2018

2003 Ford Ranger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works via blue tooth with Note 8. Looks and sounds great. This is my second Kenwood purchase and this new release is a great choice. Have not been disappointed of this purchase and recommend this unit. Affordable price with many great features.

Pros: Blue tooth workes great woth note 8. Looks great. Sounds great at an affordable price. Definitely recommend

Cons: Non at this time


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Features and Specs

AUX Input Rear
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Rear (2)
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 No
Nano 7
Touch 6/5
iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
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 5 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color Variable
Key Button Color Variable
EQ Bands 13
Wireless Remote Optional
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes
High-res Playback FLAC (96kHz)

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Disc/USB/Aux Playback
Audio Section
Remote Control
Display Features

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth 3.0: The Kenwood KDC-X702 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

  • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
  • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-X702. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

SSP/USB/NFC Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X702 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) or Android smartphone (running Kenwood Music Play App) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. 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.

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

Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X702 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-X702 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-X702, 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-X702. You can then dial a contact within the phonebook from the head unit's front-panel controls. Contacts are categorized as Home, Office, Mobile, Other, or General.
    • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
    • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.

External Mic: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, noise cancellation, and echo cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood KDC-X702 supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood KDC-X702 for playback.

  • AAC & aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KDC-X702 offers support for AAC and aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android devices. By supporting AAC, the KDC-X702 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 Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KDC-X702 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
  • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Kenwood KDC-X702 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-X702 and its microphone. You even can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

Note: The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood KDC-X702; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

Android & iPhone Integration

Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0) Connectivity: The Kenwood KDC-X702's rear-panel USB ports let you connect select Android (OS 4.1-7.1.2) smartphones that support AOA 2.0 for music playback. Kenwood does not guarantee operation with all Android devices, regardless of operating system. There are two Android AOA 2.0 modes to choose from based on what content you want to listen to and how you want to control it.
  • Hand Mode: The Kenwood KDC-X702 supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the KDC-X702's rear-panel USB ports and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the Kenwood head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Hand Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
  • Browse Mode (via Kenwood Music Play App): Downloading the Kenwood Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1-7.1.2) smartphone with AOA 2.0 support not only allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through the Kenwood CD receiver connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically; you can even skip through the stored music files in specific increments (0.5/1/5/10%). You can also control Play/Pause and Previous/Next track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will display song/artist information. You can exit the Kenwood Music Play app to access other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while your stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.

iPhone Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X702's rear-panel USB ports can be used to connect your Lightning Apple device or 30-pin iPhone 4S to the head unit. The USB connection allows for playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone through Kenwood receiver. If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X702. If you have an iPhone 4S with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device or a 3rd party "Made for iPod/iPhone" certified dock-to-USB cable (sold separately) to connect your iPhone 4S to the KDC-X702.

  • Head Unit Control: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically; you can even skip through the stored music files in specific increments (0.5/1/5/10%). The KDC-X702 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of stored music on your iPod/iPhone. In addition, you'll be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from stored music and select music apps streamed to your iPhone. You can also choose to control your Apple device from its own touchscreen, instead of the head unit.
  • Song/Artist Info Display: The KDC-X702 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title.

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

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X702 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 11/28/2017):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Music Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Remote App Pandora Spotify iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
SE 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6/6/+6S/6S+ 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
7/7+ 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
8/8+ 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
X 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 11.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y N Y N Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-X702 allows you to access Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected or Bluetooth-connected iPhone, or Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X702 via the Kenwood KCA-iP103 cable (sold separately), the cable supplied with your iPhone, or through Bluetooth. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-X702. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

  • Pandora App: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X702 using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X702 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down, as well as bookmark song information. An active Pandora account is required.
  • Spotify: The KDC-X702 has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. You can play, pause and skip tracks, browse playlists, albums and radio stations through the Kenwood receiver's front-panel controls. You can even create your stations by entering a track, artist, or playlist. You also get song/artist information on the unit's LCD touchscreen. If you are a Spotify Premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music even when there is no internet connection.
  • iHeartAuto: The free iHeartAuto app for Kenwood (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-X702 using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-X702 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically. You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood KDC-X702 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

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

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 (70dB 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-X702 to search only HD Radio stations, Analog AM/FM stations, or both.
  • Tuner Presets: The KDC-X702'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, & Emergency Alerts: 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). You can even receive an emergency alert message while listening to another source or while in Standby mode, via HD Radio Broadcast.
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 to check for HD.

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.

Dual USB Ports for MSC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-X702 features two rear-panel USB (type-A) porta that are attached to the rear-chassis via 39" cables. The USB ports enable connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices like USB thumbdrives, USB card readers, or portable digital audio players. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback, control, and song/artist display of a variety of music files.

  • Drive Change: The Drive Change feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 4) in a USB multi-card reader. When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible compatible portable digital audio player is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select between the device's internal memory or external memory (such as a microSD card) for stored music playback.
  • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

Note: Not compatible with USB hubs.

Compatible Music Files: The Kenwood KDC-X702 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
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
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
bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 44.1kHz
bit depth of 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 96kHz
Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, AAC tag, FLAC tag, WAV tag

Playback & Search Functions: The Kenwood KDC-X702 offers a variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music on disc and USB.

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

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

Audio Section

Excelon Series: The KDC-X702 CD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (5V), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X702 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X702 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-X702 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-X702 is fitted with front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and features independent level control (-50 to +10).

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

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

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

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

Equalizer: The Kenwood KDC-X702 offers 8 EQ Presets for easy adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise, and a Stage EQ for better imaging. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.

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

Audio Settings: The Kenwood KDC-X702 offers a variety of audio settings to further enhance your music listening experience.

  • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3, WMA, AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When Sound Reconstruction is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
  • Space Enhancer & Sound Realizer: The Spacer Enhancer widens the soundstage inside your vehicle, while the Sound Realizer makes your music sound more realistic.
  • Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output at extremely low frequencies.
  • Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -15 to +6.

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

Remote Control

Remote App (for iOS & Android): The Kenwood Remote App is an application for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.4+ that controls the Kenwood receiver like a wireless remote control from your compatible Apple iOS device (via Bluetooth or USB) or Android device (via Bluetooth only). The Kenwood Remote App provides traditional touchscreen control, as well as directional and freeform gesture control from your compatible mobile device.

  • Source Information & Control: The Kenwood Remote App provides a Source Control screen with a list of the receiver's built-in sources and connected sources to choose from, so you can change the head unit's source from your mobile device. Once an input is selected, the app displays source information such as station number, track number & playback time, as well as song/artist information (when applicable). From the the app, you can also seek stations and tracks, as well as Play and Pause your music.
  • Audio Settings: From the application on your mobile device, you can adjust the receiver's volume up or down. In addition, audio settings such as EQ, Crossover, DTA, and other audio adjustments can be easily set using the Kenwood Remote application.
  • Media Player: The application's Media Player screen lets you playback your device's stored music library through the Kenwood receiver. From the app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you can control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random. The Android version of the app even lets you browse your music library by category (Song/Album/Artist/Playlist/Mood). Song, artist, and album information (along with Album Art) will displayed on your Apple iOS or Android device's touchscreen.
  • App Launcher (Android only): The App Launcher feature of the Android version of the Kenwood Remote app lets you access 3rd party applications within the Kenwood Remote app's user interface. The App Launcher can contain up to 24 of your favorite apps for quick access.
  • You will need to indicate within the head unit's menu what type of device (Apple iOS or Android) you'll be using the Kenwood Remote App on before the application will connect and function with the receiver.
  • When using the Kenwood Remote App with your compatible Apple iOS device, the application and device must be connected to the receiver via Bluetooth (not USB) for playback of Bluetooth audio. For playback of a USB-direct connection from an Apple iOS device, the device and application must be connected to the head unit via USB (not Bluetooth).

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

Optional IR Remote: The KDC-X702 is compatible with Kenwood's IR remote control (RC-406, sold separately) for wireless operation of the receiver.

Display Features

Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X702 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X702 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.

1.5 Line Display: The KDC-X702 is equipped with a 16 digit 1.5 line LCD screen. You can select between English or Spanish text.

Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X702 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 can be applied to both the LCD and buttons, or you can choose a different color for the LCD and button illumination. The Kenwood logo remains red.

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

Text Scroll: The KDC-X702 will display song/artist information text from CD, USB, Bluetooth, iPhone, and Android. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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.

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Satisfaction with previous Kenwood Card Audio Products [ Craig  Oct 07, 2018 ]
This unit looked like it would serve my purpose. [ Robert  Sep 30, 2018 ]
After doing much research i decided this would be the best receiver to suit my needs. I was going to get the double din DVD player but after much consideration i went with this unit. Thanks Adam from Crutchfield for helping answer all my questions! [ Danny  Jun 28, 2018 ]
This radio was one of the few that offer HD radio as a standard tuner. This is the first Kenwood radio I have ever purchased. I have been buying and installing JVC radios since the early 90s and it is sad to see they don't have a radio with HD built in. [ Dennis J.  Jun 28, 2018 ]
best for my needs with the newest technology that i want [ Mrs Annelle  Jun 23, 2018 ]
Great deal and features [ james  Jun 22, 2018 ]
High RMS wattage to take more advantage of the speakers, and HD radio. [ Justin  Jun 19, 2018 ]
I have always bought Kenwood Radios, never had any problems, just wear'm out. [ Joseph  Mar 18, 2018 ]
I commute over two hours daily. The Kenwood provides the features which would allow flexibility to listen to variety of media (Bluetooth, CD, USB) and varied formats. It supports my iPhone model and furthermore, Kenwood's reputation for quality. The two-year warranty further helped in making my decision. [ Raul  Mar 08, 2018 ]
I chose this for the spotify controls and I already have the x302 in one of my cars and it is great. [ Steve  Feb 24, 2018 ]
Great product for the price. Bluetooth, HD Radio, compatible with iPhone 8. [ Jeffrey  Feb 19, 2018 ]
Always been a Kenwood fan. The KDC-X702 has all the features I'm looking for at a reasonable price. [ Mark  Feb 18, 2018 ]
Because it has Bluetooth and USB ports. I have had Kenwood products for years. [ Mark  Feb 04, 2018 ]
Known for it's quality [ John  Jan 14, 2018 ]
This is a gift for my brother. He does a lot of traveling in his van. Bluetooth and other connectivity features were major reasons for my decision. Being able to connect more than one phone at a time will be one of his and his fiancée favorite features. Sound quality is also a big factor. Between customer reviews and comparison of similar Pioneer, Kenwood, and Alpine units, I felt this would be the best fit for my brothers needs. Alpine is usually our go to. [ Chris  Dec 25, 2017 ]

2 questions already asked

I been running the X702 in my truck with 2'amps, a 12" sun and kenwood x1800p components and I would say I noticed a huge difference from my 4v x300 and this deck, so I have no doubts this is a 5v output because these amps are running a new level of output they never previously had [ Preston  Jul 22, 2018 ]
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  Dec 27, 2017 ]  Staff