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Kenwood Excelon P-XR600-6DSP

6-channel car amplifier with digital signal processing and Maestro AR interface — 75 watts RMS x 6

Item # 113PXR6006

Adds a huge amount of power and tuning ability to your system while retaining all functions

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Adds a huge amount of power and tuning ability to your system while retaining all functions

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About the Kenwood Excelon P-XR600-6DSP

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Putting premium back on top

It's an increasingly common problem. You can't replace your vehicle's premium factory radio, but the premium factory amplifier isn't powerful enough for you. Furthermore, the factory amp gets digital information from the vehicle's databus and replacing the amp would mean you'd lose all audio control, like volume and balance, as well as other features like steering wheel controls, audible navigation alerts, warning chimes, and Bluetooth® connection. Replacing the factory amp with Kenwood's Excelon P-XR600-6DSP amplifier along with its included iDatalink Maestro amp replacement module adds a huge amount of power and tuning ability to your system while retaining all of the vehicle's audio and communication functions.

Putting premium back on top

It's an increasingly common problem. You can't replace your vehicle's premium factory radio, but the premium factory amplifier isn't powerful enough for you. Furthermore, the factory amp gets digital information from the vehicle's databus and replacing the amp would mean you'd lose all audio control, like volume and balance, as well as other features like steering wheel controls, audible navigation alerts, warning chimes, and Bluetooth® connection. Replacing the factory amp with Kenwood's Excelon P-XR600-6DSP amplifier along with its included iDatalink Maestro amp replacement module adds a huge amount of power and tuning ability to your system while retaining all of the vehicle's audio and communication functions.

The Maestro AR connection

The iDatalink Maestro AR module uses a vehicle-specific T-harness (not included) plugged into the factory radio harness to provide a clean audio signal for the P-XR600-6DSP amplifier. In addition, it supplies the specific control signals that retain your vehicle's factory audio functions and notifications. This method of connection results in a much cleaner output than the usual method of summing factory amplified signals together, processing and removing amp noise, and re-amplifying the signal for the speakers. 

Standard connection harness included

If you want to use the amp with an aftermarket receiver, the amplifier also comes with a universal input harness, so you can hook it up with standard RCA connections without using the Maestro AR interface.


This Kenwood Excelon amp will add clarity and punch to your audio, as it powers each speaker with up to 75 watts RMS. Or, in order to power a complete system, the amp can drive four speakers with Channels 1-4, while it sends 200 watts RMS to your subwoofer from channels 5-6 in bridged mode. Even better, the P-XR600-6DSP can be set up to actively power your front tweeters, front midrange drivers, rear full range speakers, and provide processed signals for a separate, more powerful subwoofer amplifier. The P-XR600-6DSP can fit in many different places in your car because of its incredibly low profile — it's only 2" tall.

Digital signal processing

You won't find any knobs or buttons on the P-XR600-6DSP as all the controls are software-based and accessible only by way of your iPhone or Android device. Kenwood's DSP control app lets you route signals to where you want them to go, apply and adjust high- and low-pass filters, and set the time-alignment of each speaker so the stereo image will sit centered on the driver seat. You can adjust the tone to perfection with the onboard 13-band graphic and 3-band parametric equalizers.

Two "tweak-ability" modes

Having so much control over so many audio parameters might get confusing, especially for someone who likes to adjust the sound while driving. Instead of risking the loss of a perfect tuning by touching the wrong control on your phone, you can put the P-XR600-6DSP in "User Mode" and limit the remote control to selecting EQ and time-alignment presets and adjusting the subwoofer volume.

Kenwood Excelon P-XR600-6DSP

Kenwood Excelon P-XR600-6DSP connection panel


Product highlights:

  • 6-channel car amplifier with digital signal processing
    • 75 watts RMS x 6 at 4 ohms
    • 100 watts RMS x 6 at 2 ohms
    • 200 watts RMS x 3 bridged at 4 ohms (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • CTA-2006 compliant
  • Class D amp technology
  • iDatalink Maestro AR amplifier replacement module included
Digital Signal Processing:
  • 10-channel 32-bit 192 KHz digital processor
  • all controls and adjustments made via Kenwood DSP Control App via your compatible Bluetooth device
  • selectable high- and low-pass filters (31-19,900 Hz) with selectable slopes (6, 12, 18, 24 dB/octave)
  • 13-band graphic and 3-band parametric equalizers
  • time delay/alignment
  • Installer Mode accesses all controls
  • User Mode limits functions to selecting EQ and time-alignment presets and subwoofer volume
More Info:
  • input options:
  • 4 processed preamp outputs
  • fan cooling
  • wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
    • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended
  • fuse rating: 40A x 2
  • dimensions: 12-5/8"W x 2"H x 7-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years for amp, 1 year for Maestro module
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # P-XR600-6DSP

What's in the box:

  • 6-Channel amplifier (2 x 40A fuses installed)
  • 13' ADS extension harness (18-pin connectors on each end)
  • 13' Braided extension harness (small 16-pin plugs on each end)
  • 9" Input adapter (18-pin plug on one end / L&R RCAs on other end)
  • 8" Remote-in harness (single wire on 18-pin plug)
  • iDatalink AR module 18" 4-pin data cable
  • 6.5" USB cable (Type-A to micro-B)
  • 2 Allen keys (4mm & 2.5mm)
  • Four 16mm screws
  • Instruction manual
  • Additional connection document
  • Warranty information
  • Maestro AR Quickstart guide

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Overview: The Kenwood Excelon XR600-6DSP is a special application 6-channel amplifier with a built-in 32-bit/192kHz DSP that is designed to replace the factory amplifier in vehicles with premium amplified audio systems. When combined with the included iDatalink ADS-AR interface module, the amplifier receives a true, clean stereo signal from the existing OEM radio, while the Maestro AR module translates all of the CAN-Bus communication from the radio to the amplifier. iDatalink T-harnesses (sold separately) are required for installation with a factory radio, enabling you to connect the amp and the Maestro AR to the factory radio without cutting wires. T-harnesses are currently available for many Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Lexus, Maserati, RAM, Subaru, and Toyota premium factory audio systems. Please check Crutchfield's Vehicle Guide for the right installation parts for your vehicle. An RCA input adapter is also included if installing the XR600-DSP with an aftermarket radio. Through the use of a dedicated application and your smartphone, you can set up and fine tune the vehicle's premium audio system with the amp and Maestro AR interface.

Note: The XR600-6DSP can only be used with the iDatalink Maestro ADS-AR interface.

Note: The Maestro ADS-AR interface requires vehicle-specific programming before installation. This must be downloaded and performed on a PC (Mac not supported) using the iDatalink Maestro Weblink Plugin found here.

Rated Output Power: The XR600-6DSP has the following power output specifications:

  • 75 watts x 6 channels at 4Ω (20 Hz-20 kHz, ≤1.0 % THD)
  • 100 watts x 6 channels at 2Ω (1 kHz, ≤1.0 % THD)
  • 200 watts x 3 channels (1&2, 3&4, 5&6) at 4Ω (1 kHz, ≤1.0 % THD, Bridged)

Digital Signal Processor (DSP): The built-in 32-bit/192 kHz DSP gives you the flexibility to independently set the function and equalization of the various speakers in your factory system. The 6-channel DSP offers a 13-band graphic equalizer with presets, a 3-band parametric equalizer, digital time alignment, and a digital crossover.

Kenwood DSP Control App: Using the Kenwood DSP Control App on your smartphone or tablet, you can connect to the amplifier via Bluetooth, and perform the initial audio setup. You can assign the six powered output channels and the four preamp output channels to the speakers in your vehicle, and to any optional amps or subwoofers you may have. Any pairs of channels can be designated for bridging through the app. The app lets you perform Digital Time Alignment (individually for 10 channels), set the Graphic EQ (for 5 stereo pairs) and Parametric EQ (10 channels), and the crossover (for 5 stereo pairs). The app also includes independent volume controls for all 10 channels. Once initial setup has been completed, the Kenwood DSP Control app features 2 modes for operation, User and Pro:

  • Pro Mode: Gives access to all parameters for adjustment.
  • User Mode: Designed for ease-of-use, User mode offers the 3 most commonly used features:
    • Position Setting: Lets you select a desired listening position in the vehicle.
    • Preset Equalizer: Includes 7 Preset EQ curves based off of music type: Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Powerful.
    • Woofer Level Control: Gives quick access to subwoofer level control.

App sound adjustments (Pro Mode) include the following:

  • Digital Time Alignment:
    • Listening Position Preset: All, Front Right, Front Left, Front All
    • Individual Settings for Channels 1 through 10:
      • Delay: 0 to 610 cm or 0 to 20.01 feet
      • Gain: 0 to -10dB (0.5dB increments)
  • 13-band Graphic Equalizer:
    • Bands: 62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4.0kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, 16kHz
    • Gain: +9.0dB to -9.0dB (0.5dB increments)
  • 3-band Parametric Equalizer:
    • Center Frequency: 44Hz to 19.9kHz
    • Q: 0.4, 0.8, 1.4, 2.0, 4.0, 8.0
    • Gain: -20.0dB to +6.0dB
  • Crossover (Ch 1/2, Ch 3/4, Ch 5/6, Ch 7/8, Ch 9/10):
    • Type: LPF (low-pass) / HPF (high-pass)
    • Center Frequency: 31Hz to 19.9kHz (1/6 octave increments), Through
    • Slope:
      • Butterworth: -6dB/oct, -12dB/oct, -18dB/oct, -24dB/oct
      • Linkwitz-Riley: -12dB/oct, -24dB/oct
    • Gain: 0dB to -8.0dB (0.5dB increments)
    • Phase: Normal / Reverse
    • Presets: Memory 1, Memory 2, Memory 3, Memory 4
  • Volume:
    • Inputs: Left channel / Right channel: 0% to 100%
    • Outputs: (independent for Channels 1 through 10): 0% to 100%

    Note: There are NO audio controls on the chassis of the amplifier. All configuration and settings must be done through the Kenwood DSP Control app using a Bluetooth connection.

Connections: The Kenwood Excelon XR600-6DSP's connections are all located on one side of the amplifier to give you a clean installation. The power and speaker set screw terminals are adjustable from the top of the amp, behind a removable plate. A 4mm Allen wrench is supplied for removing the plate, and a 2.5mm Allen wrench is supplied for tightening and loosening the power and speaker set screws. The amp has the following connections:

  • Fuses: Two 40A ATC fuses
  • Power (Batt.) / Ground: Set screw terminals are provided for the power and ground cables. The terminals will accept up to 4 AWG cable (recommended). A separate 80A fuse should be placed on the power cable approximately 18" from the battery.
    • Note: Because the XR600-6DSP is more powerful than the factory amp, a 4-gauge power wire should be run directly to the battery, and another 4-gauge wire used to ground the amp.
  • Speaker Outputs: Set screw terminals are provided for 6 speakers. The terminals will accept 16 AWG to 8 AWG speaker wire. Speaker wire will need to be run from the amp to each speaker location in the vehicle, or spliced to the factory speaker wiring at the output of the factory amplifier.
  • Line Outputs: The 4 gold-plated RCA line outputs (Ch 7, 8, 9, 10) allow you to connect additional amplifiers or powered subwoofers to your sound system. The gold-plated connectors are non-corrosive, and have a lower contact resistance, which results in better frequency response, lower distortion, wider dynamic range, and improved signal-to-noise.
  • iDatalink Cable: This proprietary 4-pin terminal is for connecting the data control cable from the iDatalink Maestro AR module. This terminal receives the volume, fader, and balance commands from the factory radio through the Maestro AR.
  • Universal Input Harness: The vehicle-specific Universal Input Harness, made by ADS (sold separately), plugs between the vehicle's factory wiring, the Maestro AR module, and the XR600-6DSP. The harness carries the audio and data signals from the factory radio, and plugs into the amplifier's 18-pin terminal. A 13' extension cable comes with the amplifier in case the Universal Input Harness cable is not long enough.
Note: The 13' braided extension cable included in the box plugs between the vehicle-specific ADS harness and the Maestro AR module, should the ADS harness not be long enough.

Rear Panel: There is a 2-way switch that allows you to select the Operation Mode (A or B). A Type A USB port on the back of the amplifier is for software updates only. It cannot play audio files or charge any device. In case the amplifier does not perform properly, you can reset the amplifier using a pointed object.

Fan Cooled: The Kenwood XR600-6DSP includes a thermally-activated fan on one side of the amp, with corresponding vents on the other side, providing through-chassis air flow.

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In my 2015 f-150 there are 7 speakers (2 front tweeters, 2 front door, 2 rear door, and 1 center dash), this amp only has 6 outputs. So would using this amp require losing the center dash speaker?
[ NICHOLAS  Dec 27, 2021 ]
5 answers
You could tie the center speaker into the front doors. But I wouldn't. With a DSP amp you input the distance from each speaker tou your ear, the dash speaker would be timed wrong because the distance would bewron with no wa to adjust. I would suggest eliminating the dash seaker and outting in a powered sub, whice can be tuned by the amp (it has non amplified sub out put) Its a 6 channel amp but seven channel controller, as long as the 7th channel (sub output) has its own amplifier.The sub would give way more benefit than the dash speaker IMHO.
[ STEVEN  Dec 28, 2021 ]
[ TOMMY  Dec 28, 2021 ]
You can wired the center channel to the front doors as a cheat. Otherwise, Get a second external amp to run your door speakers, and have everything else go directly from this amp. The 10 speaker systems force you to get a bit creative.
[ THOMAS  Dec 27, 2021 ]
I have the same setup what i ended up doing was running the front components in ch 1&2 at full mode rear coaxles in 3&4 full rear channel 5 at mid high and front center channel 6 mid high subs on the rca
[ brandon  Dec 27, 2021 ]
Yes. Only 6 channel. Also only assignable as left, right or combined. No true middle channel assignment.
[ DENO  Dec 27, 2021 ]
Can you run another non DSP amp off the rca outs or does it have to be another DSP amp. Also can you run another 4 channel amp of the RCA outs to run components or are the RCA outs on kenwood amp only for adding a subwoofer amp?
[ C  Jun 02, 2021 ]
1 answer
Yes, You can run a non DSP amp from the preouts. I have that setup in my truck. You should be ok running another 4 channel amp from there as well. You"ll likely just set up that preout channel for "full range" so the full signal gets passed through to the next amp.
[ BRAD  Jun 02, 2021 ]
Hi, I have the previous version of this amp that did not come with the universal RCA wiring option, and I would like to use this with an aftermarket HU. Would you be able to provide the pin locations for the RCA L &R channels going into the 18-pin amp connector? Also, the manual is a bit confusing regarding the remote-in harness, does this connect the the same 18- pin connection on the amp, or does this route to the maestro unit? If this can go directly to the amp, please provide the pin location as well. Thanks much!
[ Oslo  May 20, 2021 ]
1 answer
I cannot find the pin layout for the L&R RCA input adapter. We do not sell the adapter separately and recommend contacting Kenwood Parts by calling 800-776-2626 to check if yours will work with the adapter. For the help with the rest of the installation, I recommend contacting technical support for help. We send the toll free phone number to our technical support on the order invoice
[ JASON  Jun 05, 2021 ]  Staff
Maybe I'm a little confused, but Kenwood Excelon P-XR600-6DPS fits my 2021 Hyundai Palisade, but the included Datalink replacement module doesn't?
[ Palisade21  Mar 20, 2021 ]
1 answer
I installed this system. The iDatalink unit is the brain that talks with your radio. So if it doesn't fit your car it won't be able to pass sound to the Kenwood amp. I'd call iDatalink to double check. It may work but you'll need the harness from then to connect it up. Crutchfield sells the harness and make it easy to hook this up.
[ DAVID  Mar 20, 2021 ]
Is running a cable from the battery required if you're using your vehicles harness, or just recommend?
[ CHRISTIAN  Mar 01, 2021 ]
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[ ENRIQUE  Mar 17, 2021 ]
Yes it is required to run cable from the battery ro the amplifier
[ NAILAH  Mar 16, 2021 ]
I would say required unless you are going to barely use the amp as designed. If this is the case, pick a smaller amp. This unit puts out75 watts per channel for a total of 450 on a 4ohm speaker system. 600w if you use 2ohm speakers. It can be a little difficult at times, but running a larger wire is going to get you the results you want if you are spending the money on this amp. I used a 4 gauge as recommended.
[ WILLIAM  Mar 16, 2021 ]
You still need battery power and a ground line.
[ KEVIN  Mar 16, 2021 ]
Required. You need 12v and a ground in addition to the harnesses.
[ CODY  Mar 16, 2021 ]
Yes, you still need a power and ground cable ran.
[ MICHAEL  Mar 16, 2021 ]
Required; as is ground. no remote wire needed
[ LUIS  Mar 16, 2021 ]
I'd say required. You will want a clean 12v source directly to the amp/DSP, and generally want to avoid any additional devices on your power bus that could cause issues with the CANBUS. I've always err'd on the side of caution, especially with a device that's going to pull a sizable load.
[ THOMAS  Mar 02, 2021 ]
Will this amp fit under the front passenger seat on a 2011 Toyota Tacoma?
[ SCOTT C  Feb 12, 2021 ]
2 answers
I don't know how much space is under your seat, but it is a small amp especially for what it does. I am very plesed with mine, for what that's worth
[ STEVEN  Feb 12, 2021 ]
[ NAILAH  Feb 12, 2021 ]
Would the signal from the factory ram 8.4 still need a summing unit to make this work?
[ Cody  Dec 17, 2020 ]
5 answers
I am sorry have not put it in yet!
[ LAURIE  Dec 18, 2020 ]
No, that is what the maestro does. I was VERY unimpressed with both products however. The maestro had to be plugged in up by the stereo to do its "programming", a process that required temporarily powering the unit from an extra source, then moving it to the trunk via the add-on extension harness kit. The kenwood amp was very temperamental and I actually broke the ground lug inside simply by several times loosing and tightening it. It would still make connection most of the time but wiggling it slightly would cause it to loose connection. This setup also would "pop" when my wife answered her phone. At about 120db and then would stop working till car was restarted. I would Super highly recommend the Audiocontrol LC6i-1200. That thing can sum if you want, does all its own signal rectification and processing, and cleans up bass via accubase which can be turned off or on per channel sets. I highly recommend readings it's installation manual as well. Those are some funny guys up there in the PNW who designed it.
[ SCOTT  Dec 17, 2020 ]
No, it wouldn't so long as it is a "premium" system (Alpine, Beats, etc. The Maestro IDataLink module does all the legwork. It "talks" to the Can Bus and converts the six channels into line level outputs that are all "summed" by taking out the factory crossover points.
[ CODY  Dec 17, 2020 ]
Yes you will get the amp and maestro in a pkg and will have to order your vehicles required t harness
[ brandon  Dec 17, 2020 ]
No the maestro that comes with the amp is fed the signal from the canbus, you'll need a tee harness for your specific vehicle with the 8.4
[ MICHAEL  Dec 17, 2020 ]
Does this unit have standard RCA connections or just the maestro?
[ MICHAEL  Oct 29, 2020 ]
7 answers
Just the Maestro for input.
[ CODY  Oct 29, 2020 ]
Just the Maestro for input. Channels 7 and 8 are RCA output.
[ CODY  Oct 29, 2020 ]
RCA in and out
[ SCOTT  Oct 29, 2020 ]
Mine came with an adapter to connect via rca to head unit preouts.
[ LUIS  Oct 29, 2020 ]
Yes 2 sets of them.
[ Dustin  Oct 29, 2020 ]
There are nonstandard RCA connections on this amp.
[ MICHAEL  Oct 29, 2020 ]
Maestro input
[ brandon  Oct 29, 2020 ]
2012 ford focus with stock sony system, best way to connect speakers? both front door tweeters to one amp out put, both front door subs to amp out put, both rear tweeters to one amp out put and both rear door speakers to one amp out put. What I'm asking is, is it ok to connect two speakers to the same out put on the amp?
[ Mike  Oct 12, 2020 ]
2 answers
You could, but make sure you keep the gains very low so as to not blow the tweeters.
[ SCOTT  Dec 17, 2020 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Thomas  Nov 05, 2020 ]  Staff
Will this work with the Maestro RR I already installed for my DDX9906XR or is the Maestro a separate Interface?
[ Rundas  Jul 07, 2020 ]
1 answer
The Maestro RR module will not work with this amp. This amp comes with the Maestro AR module which needs an AR harness to be installed into a vehicle. That being said, you do have an aftermarket radio installed that I expect has preamp outputs for adding amps to power speakers/subs. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to discuss your setup and goals to get a personal recommendation
[ JASON  Jul 19, 2020 ]  Staff
do you need the idatalink harness for the maestro to work?
[ KOU  Jun 09, 2020 ]
2 answers
[ TOMMY  Dec 28, 2021 ]
AFAIK, yes - you will either need the appropriate harness for the idatalink, or you will have to build your own to connect the factory sound system to the PXR600.
[ THOMAS  Jun 10, 2020 ]
I am looking to replace my factory 2010 amp/dsp on my JBL Toyota Tacoma. Would this work for all 6 speakers + sub? or would I either need to combine and crossover my front mid/tweeters via component speakers, so I can utilize the extra output for my jbl 2 ohm sub? Would that even work? Or do I need to also buy another amp for subwoofer (8" mini pioneer)?
[ Shannon  May 22, 2020 ]
2 answers
If you are using the idatalink maestro, yes it would work and i would buy a mono amp for the sub, but still use the kenwood as a controller for the sub amp
[ ANDRE J  Jun 03, 2020 ]
This will work perfectly and I completely love this amplifier! So glad I bought it and was everything I needed for my Jeep!
[ Dustin  Jun 03, 2020 ]
can you use this amplifier without the idatalink ? if you are wiring directly to an aftermarket headunit ? or only for factory systems?
[ matt  Mar 24, 2020 ]
2 answers
It is only for use with the Maestro AR.
[ CODY  Oct 29, 2020 ]
The answer is in the product description in the overview tab. The Maestro AR Interface is to keep factory wiring without splicing. It is just an interface for specific vehicle wiring.
[ Phillip  Mar 26, 2020 ]

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