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Kenwood XXV-01D

25th Anniversary CD player with MP3 / WMA / AAC playback

Item # 113XXV01D

The folks at Kenwood let out a resounding "happy 25th birthday to us" with the XXV-01D in-dash CD player.

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The folks at Kenwood let out a resounding "happy 25th birthday to us" with the XXV-01D in-dash CD player.

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Item # 113XXV01D

About the Kenwood XXV-01D

The folks at Kenwood let out a resounding "happy 25th birthday to us" with the XXV-01D in-dash CD player. A blend of striking looks and great performance, it offers a beautiful, motorized display, comprehensive sound features, and lots of useful extras.

The folks at Kenwood let out a resounding "happy 25th birthday to us" with the XXV-01D in-dash CD player. A blend of striking looks and great performance, it offers a beautiful, motorized display, comprehensive sound features, and lots of useful extras.

The display will brighten up any dash, with its entertaining 3-dimensional animations and excellent resolution. It's easy to see in all kinds of light, which means you can read its information with just a glance. You can also customize the display with your own images, for that personal touch.

Digital music is all the rage, and this stereo will play all of the files you have on disc: MP3s, WMAs, and even the AAC files you've ripped from CDs. For added convenience, Kenwood included its AC Drive software for encoding your MP3s and WMAs on your computer. As you play your files on the XXV-01D, a voice announces the name of the song and artist over your car's speakers. You can find your favorite tracks without taking your eyes off the road.

Sophisticated tone controls let you tailor the sonics to your vehicle. The highlight: SRS® WOW, which offers three settings to bring out the bass in your music and create a convincing, three-dimensional musical image. The stereo also features Installer Memory, which lets you restore your audio settings in an instant, should they get changed, or your battery get disconnected.

The Graphic Motion Analyzer spices up your drive by displaying performance specifications, such as the force your car generates during turns and acceleration, with no special wiring required. The analyzer's graphics look especially spectacular on the high-resolution display.

This stereo also allows for plenty of system expansion. With optional tuners, you can enjoy SIRIUS Satellite Radio or HD Radio. Three sets of preamp outputs send the cleanest signal possible to your external amplifiers for more pure power and the added performance of a subwoofer. You'll find an extra input for connecting another audio source. And you can control your iPod® directly with the XXV-01D, using Kenwood's iPod adapter.


Product highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • detachable, motorized, fold-down face with customizable graphics
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3s, WMAs, and AAC files (copy-protected AAC files bought through iTunes™ will not play)
  • AC Drive allows system to provide spoken announcement of MP3 and WMA file names (encoding software included)
  • Graphic Motion Analyzer displays vehicle performance specs
  • System Q EX sound controls
  • 4-band parametric EQ
  • SRS WOW with three settings for wide soundfield, enhanced bass, and soundstage focus
  • specially designed power supply capacitors for superior audio performance
  • high-quality oxygen-free copper cables on preamp outputs and auxiliary input
  • Installer Memory recalls audio settings
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (you can add satellite radio for under $100, plus subscription)
  • HD Radio-ready (offers improved AM/FM reception and sound quality, available in select areas)
  • compatible with Kenwood iPod control interface
  • CD changer controls
  • 5-volt, gold-plated front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • dual-zone audio control sends different signals to the front and rear speaker outputs
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # XXV-01D

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Face cleaning cloth
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw with flat washer
  • Kenwood Advanced Codec Drive CD-ROM Ver3.50 Type A
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Media Manager Installation Manual (6 languages)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)
  • 25th Anniversary card

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Features & specs

AUX Input Rear
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Alexa Voice Control
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 5 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color Organic EL
Key Button Color Red or Green
EQ Bands 4
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years*
Labor Warranty 2 Years*
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes
File Playback
Music File Playback
High-res Playback
Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

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Features Note

Changer Controls

Minimum Computer Requirements


25th Anniversary: The Kenwood eXcelon XXV-01D CD head unit is part of a special series of car stereo components to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Kenwood Car Electronics. These products are specially designed and tuned for superior audio performance. This receiver is equipped with specially developed power supply capacitors offering superior audio performance and high capacity. In addition, the receiver has high-quality OFC (oxygen-free copper) cables on its preamp outputs and auxiliary input.

Display Modes: The Kenwood XXV-01D features a large, bright, 4096-color OEL (organic electroluminescent) display with 5 selectable display modes:

  • Graphic Display (Display Type A): You can choose Movie 1 (motocross), Movie 2 (shark underwater) or both, 8 different spectrum analyzer modes, or a slideshow of 12 still images. Text information is displayed briefly for tuner and CD functions before the selected graphic reappears.
  • Graphic + Text Display (Display Type B): One line of text is displayed along with one of the graphics listed above; see Graphic Display (Display Type A), above, for list of available graphics. Selectable text information and up to 115 font colors are available.
  • Text Display (Display Type C): Up to 4 lines of text information can be displayed in your choice of colors.
  • Text + Source Icon Display (Display Type D): Up to 4 lines of text information can be displayed on the right 2/3 of the display, plus an icon display on the left 1/3.
  • G-Analyzer Display (Display Type E): Measurements of G-forces (gravity) on the vehicle are displayed. You can select between "G-Graphic", G-Meter (Graphic), G-Meter (Text), or G-Counter display.

Picture Downloading: You can download one movie and one wallpaper image from a special Kenwood website for use in the above Graphic Displays. New images can be recorded onto a CD-R or CD-RW disc, and loaded into the receiver.

G-Analyzer: This unit is equipped with a sensor that measures the forces of gravity on the vehicle. This sensor enables the receiver to calculate G-forces during acceleration, braking, and cornering. The G-Analyzer also has a stop watch that can be automatically started when forward or reverse G-forces are detected. Setup and calibration for acceleration and braking must be performed before using the G-Analyzer.

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 4096 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive: The XXV-01D features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software on your computer).

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

Offset Dual Differential: The XXV-01D's high quality sound is produced by the unit's Offset Dual Differential (ODD) Digital-to-Analog system. Dual D/A converters are used, and the digital processing is isolated and controlled separately for the front channels to improve channel separation.

24-Bit Burr-Brown D-A Converter: The XXV-01D features an audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter for superb CD sound. The Burr-Brown D-A converter maximizes the musical resolution of CDs, CD-R/Ws, and AAC/MP3/WMA-encoded discs.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the XXV-01D in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). Also, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).

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

Multi-Function System: The Multi-function System allows you to select various functions and settings in the Source Function display or the System Function display. The Source Function system in the tuner mode, you can choose any of the 6 preset stations for the currently tuned band (AM, FM1, FM2 or FM3). In the CD mode, you can select a playback mode (Scan, Random, or Repeat). If an MP3, WMA, or AAC disc is inserted, you can also choose Folder Select. In the System Function mode you can access the Sound Field Control, Sound Management System, EQ, SRS WOW, or the DSP Bypass.

Sound Field Control (S.F.C.): The unit's Sound Field Control features the following audio adjustments:

  • Crossover (XOver):
    • Front High Pass Filter:
      • Center Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (no filter)
      • Slope: 12dB/Oct, 18dB/Oct, or 24dB/Oct
    • Rear High Pass Filter:
      • Center Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (no filter)
      • Slope: 12dB/Oct, 18dB/Oct, or 24dB/Oct
    • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: (adjustable when Subwoofer is "On")
      • Center Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (no filter)
      • Slope: 12dB/Oct, 18dB/Oct, or 24dB/Oct
      • Phase: Normal or Reverse
  • Digital Time Alignment (DTA):
    • Front Speakers: 0 to 20.33 feet in 1/6' increments
    • Rear Speakers: 0 to 20.33 feet in 1/6' increments
    • Subwoofer: 0 to 20.33 feet in 1/6' increments
  • Seat Positions Settings: Choose between Front-Left, Front-Right, Front, or All
  • Preset Memory: Recall Mode 1 & 2 and Memory Mode 1 & 2

Sound Management System (S.M.S.): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Management System to set the vehicle and speaker sizes. The S.M.S. settings include the following:

  • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon 1, Wagon 2, Mini Van 1, Mini Van 2, SUV, Mini Van Long, or Off
  • Speaker Select Front: Choose from 4", 5", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 6" x 8", 6" x 9", 7" x 10", or O.E.M.
  • Speaker Select Rear: Choose from 4", 5", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 6" x 8", 6" x 9", 7" x 10", O.E.M or None.
  • Speaker Select Subwoofer: Choose from 6-1/2", 8", 10", 12", 15" or over, or None
  • Preset Memory: Call Mode 1 & 2 and Memory Mode 1 & 2

Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers independently, using the 4-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

  • System Q Setting: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, or User.
  • Equalizer Settings:
    • Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
    • Quality Setting: Independent front and rear Q setting of 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, or 2.00
    • Center Frequency: Independent front and rear frequency settings from these 4 bands:
      • Band 1: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or 200Hz
      • Band 2: 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, or 1kHz
      • Band 3: 1.25kHz, 1.6kHz, 2kHz, 2.5kHz, 3.15kHz, or 4kHz
      • Band 4: 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 16kHz
  • Preset Memory: Call Mode 1 & 2 and Memory Mode 1 & 2

SRS WOW: The XXV-01D is equipped with SRS WOW, a technology developed by SRS (Sound Retrieval Systems) Labs, which restores the loss that occurs to compressed audio delivered over the Internet and broadcast media, and reduces the hollow-sounding effects caused by smaller speakers. SRS WOW incorporates other SRS technologies such as TruBass, Focus, and SRS for improving the sound of CDs and radio:

  • TruBass: uses harmonics to enhance the bass frequencies
  • Focus: adjusts the vertical position of the front speaker and sound image by virtual adjustment
  • SRS 3D: creates a natural 3-dimensional sound field (not available for Tuner source)

WOW Control: You can select a WOW effect level (Low, Mid, High, or Through), each with a specific value for TruBass, Focus, and SRS 3D. You can also set your own values and store them under the WOW User memory:

  • Focus: 1-9 or Off
  • TruBass Front: 1-4 or Off
  • TruBass Rear: 1-4 or Off
  • SRS 3D: 1-4 or Off

DSP Bypass: You can bypass the unit's Digital Signal Processor (DSP) when you do not want the sound to be affected.

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

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

Dual Zone System: The XXV-01D's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

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

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

Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio. If activated, you can synchronize the head unit's clock with RDS station time data.

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

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

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

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

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

Remote Control: The XXV-01D comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".

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

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

Auxiliary Input: The XXV-01D is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 12-inch pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

Changer Controls

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

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

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

iPod Adapter Compatible: Using the KCA-iP500 iPod Control Interface, you can connect your Apple iPod digital music player to this receiver. The interface (item # 113IP500) plugs into the receiver's 13-pin CD changer input and controls the iPod through the receiver's controls, as well as displays the iPod's text information right on the receiver's OEL display.

Minimum Computer Requirements

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

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

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