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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

Item # 613KDCX998

Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and...

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About the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

Kenwood quality

Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP – Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools.

Kenwood quality

Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP – Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools.

HD Radio

HD Radio™ for awesome sound

When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X998, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

Bluetooth® lets you concentrate on driving

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an Android® user who's grown tired of your old radio's complicated Bluetooth pairing issues, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology. If you're an iPhone® aficionado, the KDC-X998 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones.

Pair your compatible phone to the KDC-X998 and you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. An external Bluetooth microphone can be placed in an optimal location within the vehicle for improved hands-free communication.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver

Use this Kenwood's controls to play your favorite Internet radio stations.

Stream radio from your phone

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry®, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora®, iHeart Radio®, and Aha™ radio on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

Two versatile USB ports

The receiver's front and rear USB ports also allow you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio and Pandora Internet radio stations. And if you have MP3, WMA, AAC, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB ports can handle those too.

Multi-line display

The KDC-X998's text display gives you all the info you want, plus you can select display and illumination colors that match your car's dash or your mood -- your choice. The 3-line display can be switched to a 2-line format with a larger font that makes it easier to read phone numbers, song titles, and source data. You can jazz it up with the bouncing graphics of the spectrum analyzer, or tone it down to just show the clock or a blank display. Dust covers conceal and protect the CD slot, aux input, and front USB port.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood Excelon stereo. Connect a few wires, program the adapter for your car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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

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Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri Eyes Free control capability
    • detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line display, plus variable color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 13-band equalizer and bass management
    • Sound Excellence DSP
      • speaker size and car type settings
      • high- and low-pass crossovers
      • digital time alignment
      • 3-level bass boost
    • subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora, iHeart Radio and Aha control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB ports
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    • front and rear USB ports compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • Refurbished CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
    High-res Playback N

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

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X998 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, and high-voltage preouts (4V) - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X998 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X998 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-X998 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 Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X998 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-X998's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • 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 , Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position: 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 by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20' (0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
      • Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
      • Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front & Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
      • Front: Small, Medium, or Large
      • Tweeter: None, Small, Middle or Large
      • Rear: None, Small, Medium, or Large
      • Subwoofer: None, Small, or Large
    • X'Overs: The head unit features independent Front, Rear, & tweeter high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
      • Rear High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
      • Tweeter High Pass Filter: 1, 1.6, 2.5, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or Select Full-Range)
    • Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level (0 to -8dB) of the Front, Rear, Tweeter, and Subwoofer channels independently.
    • Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal (0°) or Reverse  (180°)

    Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ).
    • 13-Band EQ: 13-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB) for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz, 10kHz, & 16kHz.
    Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Bass Management: The KDC-X998 offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.

    • Bass Boost: The unit features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
    • Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting 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 the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
    • Drive EQ: You can boost a certain range of sound that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.
    • 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.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-X998 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (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-X998. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X998 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time). You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    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-X998 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-X998 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-X998, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X998. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • 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.

    Note: 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 and noise 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. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-X998 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X998 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X998 also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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 with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT958 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-X998 and its microphone. 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-X998; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You 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 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit.

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood KDC-X998 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 38" cable. The USB ports enable connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & AAC audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-X998 supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
     MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder) 999 folders/20,480 (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X998 will display MP3/WMA/AAC audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search + Direct Search: The Kenwood  CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    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.
    • 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 + Auto Reload: 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. 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.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X998 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 8
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X998's front-or rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-X998 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X998.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X998.

    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone 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).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z) or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-AR755 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/App Mode: The iPod/App Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X998 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/30/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Aha Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    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.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The head unit allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.

    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: 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.

    • Receive Mode: You can setup the KDC-X998 to receive both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog).
    • Seek + Direct 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 directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • Tuner Presets: The KDC-X998's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. 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. The Kenwood KDC-X998 offers two preset modes.
      • Normal: 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).
      • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
    • Station Text + Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.  In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-X998 allows you to access Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Aha Radio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X998 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-X998. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X998 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X998 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 (A-Z). 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. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-X998 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-X998 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    • Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+); available from iTunes Apps or Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio 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/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-X998 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 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. In addition, you can register channels you want to skip.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be stored. You can also tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You can also store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • Tune Start & Alerts: Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. 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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X998 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X998 also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face-case is 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.

    Multi-Line Text Display: The 3-line full dot LCD makes it easy to navigate through your disc's music, radio presets, iPod music library, USB content, Bluetooth audio, or phonebook contacts. The KDC-X998 offers 5 different display types:

    • 3-line display mode with 3 lines of text (which can include song/artist information, plus clock & date).
    • 2-line display mode with 2 lines of text (which can include song/artist information, plus clock).
    • Spectrum Analyzer display (no song/artist information or clock).
    • Clock display mode with clock & date (no song/artist information).
    • Display off mode which turns off the display and button illumination.

    Note: The Kenwood KDC-X998 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X998 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. 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 Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KDC-X998 offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

    • Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.

    Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X998 comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

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

    Warranty Note

    Warranty Note: This refurbished Kenwood product carries a 90-day warranty when purchased from Crutchfield. Kenwood offers Crutchfield customers an extra 60 days extended warranty beyond the 30-day Kenwood Limited Warranty for Refurbished Product that comes in the box.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Excellent features... [ JEFF  Sep 27, 2019 ]
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    owned kenwood all my life [ Tim  Aug 23, 2019 ]
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    Kenwood man really enjoy there products [ STEVEN T  May 29, 2019 ]
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    Kenwood quality,, HD radio, CD, 13 band graphic equalizer, all past Kenwood products I bought are still working flawlessly [ CHARLES  Dec 02, 2018 ]
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    Have bought excelon for 20 years and love it [ Trent  Oct 28, 2018 ]
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    I liked the features [ Bob  Jul 06, 2018 ]
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    This will be the second one I've purchased. Had it in another vehicle but sold it with it in there. The best sounding receiver out there. So many options to adjust and find the perfect sound for your liking. [ ELMON  Jul 03, 2018 ]
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    I've always used Kenwood decks and always liked them. [ Jay  May 15, 2018 ]
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    price [ John  Nov 28, 2017 ]
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    have purchased before - good unit [ Kevin Paul  Nov 26, 2017 ]
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    Bluetooth operation paired with my HTC 10 not operating as it should on the more recently released Kenwood receivers, Bluetooth works for flawlessly on the BT515HD, 2017 models KDC-x701 and BT518HD, I get Bluetooth streaming issues. [ Felix  Aug 22, 2017 ]
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    Excellent features and supports easy expansion to upgrades such as amps and subs later. [ Greg  Aug 15, 2017 ]
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    most like my last kenwood, it worked great hope this one does too [ E  Aug 12, 2017 ]
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    I chose this receiver for the dual-USB ports and Bluetooth support. I wish Kenwood updated the software from time-to-time. If I had to do over, I might select a different brand. When the temps start dropping in MN, the unit flakes out. Had the original unit swapped for a new replacement within warranty, and the replacement does the same thing. Now I have a stereo that won't work reliably below 40 F degrees. [ Dan  Jul 31, 2017 ]
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    Because I hate the alarm clock lookalike font on 99% of car receivers. This was the only product line Crutchfield listed to match my car and didn't have hideous text. [ Michael  Jul 11, 2017 ]
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    Kenwood is and excellent brand, and this suited my style the best!! [ Will  Jul 06, 2017 ]
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    It has good reviews and all of the features that i wanted in it. To me its a well packed unit. [ Shawn  Jun 21, 2017 ]
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    This radio was purchased for the equalizer settings. [ Carla  Jun 09, 2017 ]
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    Features, looks and price [ MARK B  May 15, 2017 ]
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    Research and the advise of the advisor I spoke with helped me settle on this unit. [ Patrick  Apr 18, 2017 ]
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    Tired of the OEM radio sound. [ Kenneth  Mar 04, 2017 ]
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    It fit the truck and had all the features I wanted at a decent price point [ David  Jan 27, 2017 ]
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    Used this receiver before in a 78 Trans am. Love being able to adjust crossover points between the sub and speakers from the head unit. This one is going in a 76 Corvette! [ ADAM  Jan 19, 2017 ]
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    I have had a Kenwood KDC-X998 in one of my other cars for better than a year and love the feature set and sound quality. With the deep discount currently offered in the scratch and dent store- buying a second unit for one of my other cars was a no-brainer. Especially considering Crutchfield's policy of standing 100% behind what they sell.. Thanks Again! [ Dan  Jan 11, 2017 ]
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    Good reviews, good features, I've gone with Kenwood in the past [ Thomas  Jan 07, 2017 ]
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    Great item. Many features, quality all around. [ P  Dec 16, 2016 ]
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    I love it price and brand [ pawel  Nov 26, 2016 ]
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    2003 jeep wrangler. Works good, doesn't skip and stays put. [ Todd O.  Oct 28, 2016 ]
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    Good item [ rafael  Oct 07, 2016 ]
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    This radio had the most features at the time. I like it, but the controls take some getting used to. I wish it had preset buttons for the first six presets... [ Jonathan  Jul 15, 2016 ]
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    i reviewed several sites that reviewed this product and this was in the top 5 on most of the reviews. [ Walter  May 18, 2016 ]
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    I wanted a top of the line head unit, with accurate sound reproduction, lots of input options, 6 channel preamp output and 4v or greater per output channel. I wanted to know that if I played a tone through my head unit and I had tuned amps and tuned enclosures and good speakers, I would get that time out. This head unit does that for a more than fair price. Thinking about buying a second for my Honda. [ Jacob  Apr 30, 2016 ]
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    the audio processing features sound like fun! the ability to set my amp levels & then start tuning from the comfort of my seat...I'm IN! plus, i've had kenwood headunits for 20+ years & have been very happy. no reason to expect any less. [ JOHN  Mar 26, 2016 ]
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    reviews, features, brand [ Army vet  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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    Has all the features that I will need now as well as for future possible upgrades [ Patricia  Mar 06, 2016 ]
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    Has the HD radio, equalizer controls and display colors I wanted, plus a lot more [ Chad  Mar 03, 2016 ]
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    I love kenwood stuff. I have enjoyed it so far. [ G E  Feb 18, 2016 ]
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    It just looks like an awesome radio [ Jason  Jan 15, 2016 ]
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    Recommended by a pro [ STEVEN R  Dec 28, 2015 ]
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    good reviews and supposed audiophile sound quality. repaclacing pioneer unit that squeaks in speakers. plus 3 rca front and rear for my amp [ B  Dec 23, 2015 ]
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    Crutchfield advisor said was a good choice. Blue tooth is near idiot proof. HD Radio is good. Better sound. Plenty of power. Satellite Radio ready. [ Brad  Dec 18, 2015 ]
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    Best features that will fit my vehicle. [ Michael  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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    All these great advisors Larry, Chance, Paul and David helped me choose this kenwood. [ ERIC M  Dec 05, 2015 ]
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    Features and extras. Good experience with Kenwood [ Felix  Dec 03, 2015 ]
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    Wanted a quality new receiver to replace an outdated one. [ anthony  Sep 03, 2018 ]
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    Superb features, refurbished price = win. [ Stuart  May 03, 2018 ]
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    Crutchfield has variety. And I like the products they carrier. The reason I bought the Kenwood KDC-X998 is I have not had any problems from Kenwood. And if you're going to do anything might as well do it right. And the Excelon series, you cannot go wrong. [ John  Feb 16, 2017 ]
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    Replacing a refurbished KDC-X998 I purchased 3 years ago that has stopped working. [ Chris  Feb 10, 2017 ]
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    Great reviews and most Kenwood units sound great compared to others. The color of the sound output at the speakers is a combination that starts with the initial source material, through all cables, through head-unit, through more cables, to the amp, more cables and then your speakers sound profile add the finishing touches on the final sound color heard. [ Bradley  Jul 13, 2016 ]
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    kenwood excelon head units are known for excellent SQ. I have an x799, can't see the screen during the day and it doesn't support factory steering wheel control adaptors. So I needed an upgrade and saw they had a refurbished head unit and grabbed it quick. My x799 sounded great, can't wait to hear this one. [ Manuel  Apr 10, 2016 ]
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    33 questions already asked

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    how do you access the presets for the radio stations and can they be selected randomly like physical push-buttons can?
    [ Russ  Oct 31, 2018 ]
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    Russ: The answer is a little complicated and would take a lot of space here. May I recommend that you go online and type in Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 manual and download the .pdf file. It's what I had to do to get the entire Owner's Manual. Good luck to you. It's a great radio.
    [ NMCajun  Nov 05, 2018 ]
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    Is there any difference in HD radio performance & sound quality built in to this unit vs. HD radio performance & sound quality of a Kenwood Excelon radio used with external Kenwood HD radio tuner?
    [ John  Apr 27, 2018 ]
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    Dont buy this unit the hd radio has never worked as it should
    [ JOHN H  May 14, 2018 ]
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    I would think that it would probably be the same. The only difference is one is inside the head unit and the other isn't. Plus then you have another antenna to place. There definitely is a difference in sound from HD and non HD signals.
    [ Shawn  May 13, 2018 ]
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    If there was would you be able to tell the difference? Just buy the radio, it's dope!
    [ JOHN  May 12, 2018 ]
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    Either way still requires an HD Sirius tuner. The Kenwood isn't an actual HD Sirius receiver. You can use it as a controller, but you would still have to have the receiver that goes under the dash. Either way you're still using the Kenwood amp so the sound would be the same. One way is just a little more convenient than the other.
    [ steve  May 11, 2018 ]
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    Have the dim display issues I've read about been corrected for this unit?
    [ Roger  Jan 25, 2018 ]
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    I have this exact unit. No issues being dim, etc.
    [ Waters Mill,  Feb 07, 2018 ]
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    When I had one about a year ago, they were still dim in direct sunlight. It's not terrible, but if that is a major concern for you then maybe look at others
    [ snowy  Jan 26, 2018 ]
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    I've had mine about 2 years I love mine but in full sun it can be hard to read. The colors for the display are adjustable as well as the contrast I've found a blue display works the best. I would buy this unit again!
    [ Richard  Jan 25, 2018 ]
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    Yes but it's still worth it.
    [ Matthew  Jan 25, 2018 ]
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    I don't know if they've been corrected. But.. it is very difficult to see the display when it is bright out no matter which color display you choose.
    [ MARY K  Jan 25, 2018 ]
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    Can the amplifier line outputs be adjusted for lower voltages to be compatible with older separate amps that only require 1-2 volts?
    [ John  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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    The Kenwood KDC-X998 receiver has fixed 4-volt (6-channel) preamp outputs; and I'm afraid they cannot be adjusted. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Jan 01, 2018 ]  Staff
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    Do the DSP features still work through the pre-amp outputs (especially if you turn off the built-in amp) and are running separate exterior amps? (right now I am running a 4 channel to drive the doors and I am going to add a mono amp and a stealth box sub at the same time I install this head unit)
    [ Jay  Sep 13, 2016 ]
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    Yes, you will be fine. I have the built in amp turned off. I have a Crescendo 4 channel and a 4.5k hooked up and the DSP does still work. This is a great deck.
    [ ARIC  Sep 13, 2016 ]
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    I run external amps through the pre-outs and all DSP functions work.
    [ apwhite  Sep 13, 2016 ]
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    Does this unit have the ability to take "line in" as well as "audio in" as an external source of music?
    [ Donald  Jul 09, 2016 ]
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    It has an aux input that is headphone jack sized right below the USB port on the front.
    [ James  Jul 10, 2016 ]
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    Both!
    [ D  Jul 09, 2016 ]
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    Is the internal amp sufficient enough to run a pair of Excelon 5.25 speakers?
    [ Lance  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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    Sure. Will not have a problem.
    [ KENNETH  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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    Loudspeaker have a sensitivity specification Example: 88 DB. This sound level is for one watt of power. In automotive, this is based on 4 ohms impedance for the speaker. each time the power is doubled you increase the output. For example: 1,2,4,8, 16 and 32 Watts. The speaker responds in 3 dB for each doubling, as follows 88, 91, 94, 97 and 100 dB. Use the amplifier specification to determine the outcome. How loud would you like the sound to be? Note the dB measurements of the amplifier are based on a distance of 1 meter: To give you a specific answer I would need to know the specification for all three. In my car I have 7 in speakers and do fine. If I increase the volume to much, The door panel vibrates. Donald L.
    [ Donald L.  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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    Yes, but depending on the rms of the speakers I would suggest you get an amount that matches the rms power of the speakers. In my opinion the speakers will always sound better with an amplifier
    [ ARIC  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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    It depends on the type of music you listen to but unless the speakers are very inefficient you should not have any issue. The only issue that I've had is the bluetooth can be a little unreliable and I wish there had been preset buttons to select channels/radio stations
    [ George  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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    Having trouble getting digital side channels for 106.9FM and 107.5FM in Houston metro to stay locked on. Is this usually a problem with the FM signal propagation or the radio unit?
    [ Jay  Mar 28, 2016 ]
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    I have had no problem with head unit FM reception except when I installed a shorter (6 inch) FM antenna on my truck. That was remedied by installing a longer (13 inch) antenna. Other than that no FM issues.
    [ EUGENE  Mar 29, 2016 ]
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    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Mar 29, 2016 ]  Staff
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    How do you set the clock to display when the unit is turned off? Mine is completely blank when it's off and I lost my clock along with the factory stereo.
    [ Daniel  Sep 03, 2015 ]
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    I had a similar situation. I removed the radio then discovereted that the red power wire had worked itself loose. I suggest you check the connector especially the yellow standby power wire, the red full power or the black ground wire. Once all three of those are secure, you should be able to get full operation back. Rich R
    [ Richard  Sep 07, 2015 ]
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    Do not power it off. Select the stand by option and it cuts off all outputs (including any signal) but leaves the display on
    [ James  Sep 04, 2015 ]
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    I don't think its possible with the unit off. However, you can have a clock display when the unit is on the "Standby" source. This also allows for your phone to remain linked. Switch the unit to Standby and enter the menus for DISP&ILLUMI for the various display options.
    [ Richard  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    A
    It Won`t Sorry....
    [ DARYL  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    Q
    How do I set the clock from am to pm ?
    [ Char1les  May 26, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    A
    When you are in the clock setting mode, press the volume knob until the "hours" numbers flash. Rotate the volume knob to the desired hour. If the hour is showing "am", and you want "pm", simply advance the hours forward by 12 hours - this will change the am/pm setting.
    [ Andrew P.  May 29, 2015 ]
    A
    click volume button>settings>clock &date>clock adjust>keep scrolling on the hours and it will eventually switch to pm
    [ Dylan  May 26, 2015 ]
    Q
    Is this compatible with Zune HD?
    [ Marcus  May 21, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    A
    You can use bluetooth to connect to the deck also and play from whichever app you would like.
    [ ARIC  Sep 13, 2016 ]
    A
    Not sure. But you can use an auxiliary cord to plug in to the deck.
    [ CHANCE  May 24, 2015 ]
    Q
    Has anyone actually succeeded in connecting an iPhone 6 to this unit? I was searching for head units on the Crutchfield site, with one of my selection filters being iPhone 6 compatible, and this KDC-X998 was among the hits. But Kenwood's site says (sorry, the Q&A engine forbids me putting the exact link here) that you cannot use an iPhone 6.
    [ David  May 12, 2015 ]
    4 answers
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    The latest iPhone listed in the Kenwood KDC-X998 owners manual is the iPhone 5. You are also correct about what the Kenwood website says. It says the iPhone 6 cannot be used as a source. I am not sure if this means you cannot play music through the Kenwood head unit from your iPhone 6, but still would be able to use the Bluetooth functions of the Kenwood with an iPhone 6. I suppose it all depends on how you define the word "connect".
    [ STEVEN D  May 12, 2015 ]
    A
    You should be able to connect using bluetooth. As far as through the usb, I have no idea.
    [ Brian  May 12, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, I have an iPhone 6 and it connects just fine. On occasion I have to manually connect through my phone Bluetooth, but it usually connects on it's own. It also saves on my Bluetooth memory so the connecting process is quick when you do it manually.
    [ RYAN  May 12, 2015 ]
    A
    Hey David, I have one of the head units and can connect my iPhone 6 via Bluetooth with no problem.
    [ Brett  May 12, 2015 ]
    Q
    Why do I only get sound from the front speakers when playing music over bluetooth? I'm running a standard 4 speaker setup and using an iPhone 6 to connect (same behavior with iPhone 5 though). Is this a limitation of the bluetooth connection or a deficiency with the receiver?
    [ JON  May 04, 2015 ]
    4 answers
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    You have to go into your bluetooth settings. For some reason, by default it only plays BT audio out the front two speakers. But you can set it to use all four in the options.
    [ Travis  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    A
    I have the same problem with this unit, and have not been able to fix it. maybe the techs @ Crutchfield can figure it out!
    [ Luis  May 06, 2015 ]
    A
    First I would check my physical connections to the head unit in question.Then I would check the configuration or setup so that it accomodates front and rear speakers playback. If that doesn't work I would then think it maybe a head unit issue. Let me know how that turns out.
    [ EUGENE  May 05, 2015 ]
    A
    It is a setting in the menu for Bluetooth. It is the only setting that requires this to be changed. Plays through front until until changed until you set it to "all".
    [ TODD  May 04, 2015 ]
    Q
    Is the kenwood kdc-x998 bluetooth compatible with the galaxy s5 or s6?
    [ Richard B.  May 01, 2015 ]
    5 answers
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    I haven't had a problem connecting an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 to this deck. However, when connected through bluetooth only my front speakers work! I don't know if this is an issue with my wiring (although I can't imagine it is) but it seems strange that the rear speakers give me nothing.
    [ JON  May 04, 2015 ]
    A
    I have the Galaxy s5 and yes it is compatible. It does aha radio, pandora, and several other apps. Ken wood had an app you can get in the play store that combines them all into one app. Hope this helps.
    [ JONATHAN  May 04, 2015 ]
    A
    I don't know.. but overall, I wasn't thrilled with this unit. It definitely has issues syncing with iphones.
    [ JENNIFER  May 03, 2015 ]
    A
    I Think so it has some crazy options!! ! Love this unit.
    [ ADDAM  May 03, 2015 ]
    A
    Works with an S4, and Bluetooth hasn't changed so I would think so. It's a great radio.
    [ CHRISTOPHER M  May 03, 2015 ]
    Q
    How do you set the Bass, Mid, and Treble? Which Frequency is what on the 13 band Equalizer?
    [ Brad  Apr 13, 2015 ]
    3 answers
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    First try the preset equalizer options. If you do not like the sound from any of them then go to the manual EQ setting. I set my EQ up to what I like and it turned out to look like a "soft Y" i.e. the middle was at the mid point and both sides went in upward direction. Put on your favorite song or music and start adjusting each one while listening closely to the changes in tone and pitch. The adjustments on the left side are for lower tones and bass tones. The bars on the right are higher pitch and treble tones. My Custom EQ bars are higher on either side and lowest in the middle. Also, Google "Custom EQ Bar Settings" and you will get a ton of info on the subject. Hope this helps.
    [ Ryan  Jun 30, 2015 ]
    A
    The equalizer reads from the left side bass or lower frequency to mid frequency in the middle to treble frequency on the right side third of the settings. When you see 3k, 10k and such it means 3000 and 10,000 Hz. As a reference the spectrum of human voice is about 300Hz to 3000Hz.
    [ BASIL  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    A
    50hz is bass 1khz is mid 16khz would Be treble. Go left to right, bass to treble. I don't have the specific increments because I'm not in my car right now but that's the basics and should get you what you need!
    [ ERIC  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    Q
    How do I connect the KDC-X998 wiring harness to power up or turn off my separate sub-woofer amp? Other units I have installed used a wire that also controlled a powered antenna. The KDC-X998 is a little confusing. It has a Blue ("Antenna control wire") but it also has Blue/White ("Power control wire") which the manual describes as "When using the optional power amplifier, connect this wire to its power control terminal.") So which wire should I use to power up my subwoofer amp?
    [ Tom  Apr 10, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Apr 10, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    The KDC-X998 comes with a face-fixing screw. I assume that the purpose of this screw is to prevent the face plate from being removed. I can't seem to find any instructions on how to install the screw and cannot see any obvious places to install the screw in the faceplate. Is my assumption about the use of this screw correct and how does one install it?
    [ Dave H  Feb 02, 2015 ]
    4 answers
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    The radio must be removed. On the left side of the radio about half way to the bottom and very close to the front of the radio, is the hole for this screw. It does prevent the face plate from being removed by not allowing the removal button to be pushed. hope this helps.
    [ DOUGLAS  Jul 18, 2015 ]
    A
    I'm not sure about the face fixing screw. I would not screw the face plate to the unit anyway because occasionally it will freeze up like any computer, and to re set it you remove the face plate for a few seconds, then put it back on and it is re set and ready to go. This happens in the Bluetooth mode when it does occur. No screw on faceplate ; )
    [ Ryan  Feb 11, 2015 ]
    A
    Dave I can't answer the question about the fixed face plate because I didn't install it. I installed mine slightly recessed and built a dummy factory face plate that attaches with small black Velcro when I leave the car. The best deterrent is to not see what's there. I can say, after getting used to the steering wheel controls and the functionality it is hands down the best sounding with the most options I could imagine.
    [ Allen  Feb 03, 2015 ]
    A
    I don't even remember seeing that screw when I installed mine. Maybe in through the side somehow? Sorry; not much help.
    [ Tom  Feb 02, 2015 ]
    Q
    Will the old Metra ASWC work with this unit? I currently have one connected to my KDC-X895 and it's still handling all steering wheel controls flawlessly. I'd hate to have to get another steering wheel control box if the interface is still the same.
    [ Erich  Jan 30, 2015 ]
    1 answer
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    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jan 30, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does this stereo come with all the wires and supplies needed to remove the factory stereo in my 2005 Toyota corolla and then to install this new one?
    [ Ben  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    7 answers
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    Ben, Crutchfield gives installation instructions and included the wiring harness to adapt the radio the the factory wiring harness. As far as tools and supplies you need to supply your tools, and follow instructions. The supplies are really dependant as to whether you are adding anything besides Kenwood radio, i.e.. AMP, in that case Preamp cables not included.
    [ TODD  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    Hi, this came with a wiring harness that you splice into your old leads, i.e. the wires that went to your stock system. Please note that this was with my 97 gmc Suburban, your later model Toyota may have a harness-to-harness adapter so you wouldn't have to splice at all, may wishful thinking but worth looking into. Crutchfield sent a mounting bracket thing included with the purchase of the deck. The splicing takes about 15-20 minutes, you want to buy some sleeves at the hardware store, being in the harness and show them the wire size. A wire tool is handy as well, guessing you already know this and already have this but just covering that to completely answer the question. As far as the deck goes, I like it but there is no control for bluetooth, meaning you can fast forward or pause from the deck. The other thing is there is no pause button on the deck. There is one on the remote, I Irish rigged the remote to my armrest for this feature and volume, etc. The phone bluetooth works very well, and you can set the deck however you want it to answer, number of rings, phone button function, etc., I didn't know that and got all pissed off...then read the manual. Everything is menu based. Alpines are better if you don't like the menu based lifestyle. I have both. Once the Kenwood is set up it's hassle free, the Alpine is a little funky with phone stuff. I know thats more than you asked for, but figured I tell you anyway, take care
    [ Samuel  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes you will need to solder the supplied to the new harness that comes with the radio
    [ JOHN  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes you will need to solder the supplied to the new harness that comes with the radio
    [ JOHN  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    I installed my radio in a 2013 Honda Fit and it came with all the wires to install in my vehicle. Crutchfield provide a new wiring harness and all the instruction to install the new radio
    [ DAVID  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    Don't know exactly about the tools but the wire harnesses and mounting necessities such as the brackets and frame usually fit perfectly. Everything I needed came with mine. It's a fantastic radio. Crutchfield is hard to beat.
    [ JOE  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    No, crutchfield gives you the mounting and wiring kit but you're on your own for removal.
    [ ERIC  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Q
    Will this unit get xm satellite radio or do i to buy an adopter accessory.?
    [ WALT  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    6 answers
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    Sorry, Walt but mine is still in the box. I deiced to do a frame off on my '65 c10. So I won't have the inside of the cab finished until summer. Dave
    [ DAVID PAUL  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    So it's ready BUT NOT REALLY what a gimmick. thanks for all the responses
    [ WALT  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, it is ready for satellite but will need the optional SiriusXM-Connect vehicle tuner which is sold separately and subscription to the service. This kit will contain the tuner, the antenna and the data cable to go to the head unit.
    [ CHRIS  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    I haven't seen any aftermarket decks that have a built-in satellite tuner. This deck, like all of the others I've seen, require an additional receiver (like the SXV200V1 sold here and elsewhere). It plugs in to the back of the KDC-X998 behind the dash where it cannot be seen. The satellite receiver has a cable that plugs into the back of the head unit and an antenna that you route out to mount externally (or on the dash if you wish - mine is routed back to the trunk where it is mounted). It also has its own onboard memory for storing up to an hour of buffered music on your first six preset stations. The head unit (like the X998) has all of the satellite controls. When I bought mine (for about $50) it came with three months of free service which effectively makes the additional receiver free.
    [ DANIEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    When you subscribe to XM Sirius. You get what you need to plug into this unit.
    [ REV. RON L  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    I believe you will need to buy an adapter like the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner SXV300. Hope this helps.
    [ NEW AGE  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Q
    ARE YOU ABLE TO STORE SIRIUS XM SHOWS DIRECTLY ON THE UNIT OR MEMORY STICK?
    [ brent williams  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    4 answers
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    No. You cannot store music on this unit. The satellite receiver I own has onboard storage, but that's only for temporary buffering (it will buffer around an hour of music on your first six presets and will also allow you to skip back on the current station), but once power is cut, the memory is lost. Otherwise, you cannot save music for later playback.
    [ DANIEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    THANK YOU THE REASON I ASK IS ON THE TYPICAL UNIT FOR SATELLITE RADIO YOU CAN GENERALLY SAVE CONTENT ON THE UNIT ITSELF.
    [ brent williams  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    A
    I am not aware of any way to do that on this unit.
    [ Tom  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    A
    Sorry never tried that but I also did not see anything in manual about storing XM related material
    [ DARYL  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    Q
    I have a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD with factory Bose, OnStar, and XM. I purchased this unit along with the PAC RP5-GM11. I have 2 questions 1. The radio comes with an external microphone. My truck already has one for OnStar. Do I need to install the new one or will the PAC unit allow me to use the factory mic? 2. The KW harness has a brown mute wire. According to the PAC instructions, it says "if the aftermarket radio has a mute input cut this loop and connect the outer brown wire to the mute input." Not sure if I need to do this or not after doing some research. Can someone advise?
    [ Andrew  Nov 27, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Nov 30, 2014 ]  Staff
    Q
    I currently have Kenwood KDC-BT948HD CD receiver installed in my 2005 GMC ENVOY I want to upgrade to another kenwood unit that supports Bluetooth streaming, to make the install really really simple simple I'm looking for a unit that has the same wiring harness as KDC-BT948HD CD receiver?
    [ SCHELDON  Nov 02, 2014 ]
    1 answer
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    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss the wiring harness. They may be able to pull up your receiver and see if there is a receiver that would work. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Jeff  Nov 03, 2014 ]  Staff
    Q
    How do you set the stations on the kenwood excelon in dash reciever? (Kdc 896)
    [ wes  Aug 18, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    A
    Section 11 - Page 55 of the manual 1. Tune to a channel you want to save 2. Press the back/search button located in between the source and call buttons. 3. Select a memory channel number by rotating the control knob 4. Press and hold the control knob to save. As a note, if you press the back/search button twice while locking for presets, the second press takes you to a mixed station preset mode. This allows you to save multiple tuner sources (fm,am, xm, hd etc.) in the same location. Hope this helps.
    [ ALLAN CHACKO  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    A
    Tune radio to station to be saved. Press the button between the src & telephone, this should bring up the preset list. Select preset number the press & hold volume
    [ ROYCE  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    A
    Hate to say it but read the online manual its tricky but not to bad get your station then push the button to the left of round knob from there you can set the stations but read the manual .... I actually had to , and I never read the darn things..... but had to on this one good luck......
    [ DARYL  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    Q
    Can the speaker outputs be bridged for 2 channel operation, and if so, what is the output wattage?
    [ 444turbodiesel  Aug 04, 2014 ]
    4 answers
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    To the best of my knowledge, no. There is no documentation supporting that and no settings or switches in the unit itself that would support bridging.
    [ Richard  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    A
    I honestly don't know, but usually it's not a good idea on a head unit, usually a minimal class D amp these days. Not sure what's in this though. I do know that the sound quality on this deck is superb and you can fine tune it with the built in EQ. I like the alpine better for user freindliness, but the bluetooth is better in the Kenwood, never had a problem synching up or pairing. Be sure to adjust the ringer volume to low or med if you have an amp. This needs an amp to sound right. For the user friendly enhancement, I vecroed the remote to my armrest, kind of redneck but it works and you can pause tracks and skip to tracks in larger folders much more quickly
    [ Samuel  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    A
    Great question, I would call Kenwood Direct and they will route you to a "Higher Level" tech to get that questioned answered. Here is a link directly to the Kenwood Car Stereo Customer Support. It has both e-mail and phone number you can use. Just add the dots etc b/c this platform doesn't allow me to share links. www kenwoodusa com/Contact/
    [ Ryan  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    A
    No it can not be bridged.
    [ MALCOLM  Aug 04, 2014 ]
    Q
    Does it display song/artist data when connected to Android phones via BT or USB?
    [ nukon  Aug 02, 2014 ]
    5 answers
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    This deck is especially finicky with metadata. I have attempted with four different major Android phones and the deck did not display metadata for any of them (despite flawless playback). This issue has also been documented in another review by Crutchfield ("Testing the bluetooth features of six car receivers", links not allowed). I have contacted Kenwood support multiple times and they always defer to my phones not having the correct bluetooth profiles, even though all of them have included the necessary profiles. And no firmware updates for this unit, either.
    [ Travis  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    A
    I can't speak for a USB connection. However with BT it does as long as the media player in use sends the data.
    [ Richard  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    A
    I have no idea. I don't have Android.
    [ DANIEL S  Aug 03, 2014 ]
    A
    I dont know because the screen is so hard to see. Really though, it only works with android over BT. And i havnt noticed if it displays that info. I will look and write again.
    [ SEAN  Aug 03, 2014 ]
    A
    I have an iPhone and the info is displayed. The instruction manual does not differentiate between devices so I suspect no problem with android. The manual is available on the me wood website if you want to investigate.
    [ JOSEPH C  Aug 02, 2014 ]
    Q
    Question about ipods, can you also change song on the ipod itself, and navigate your music, in the same way you would with headphones, i would find it easier to do this and the Sony mex5050bt and pioneer top line do, anyone tried it?
    [ Myles  Jul 03, 2014 ]
    5 answers
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    Yes. You have to change the mode on the deck, but when you are listening to a USB source, just click the control knob twice and it will put it in "App/iPod Mode" which turns control over to the source device. You no longer get track information displayed on the head unit, but it is *far* easier to select tracks from your iPod/iPhone. This is also the mode you must use when listening to unsupported apps (like Spotify).
    [ DANIEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    A
    I haven't done it with an iPod but I have done it with my galaxy s4 phone and it works fine.
    [ IMRAAN  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    A
    I haven't done it with an iPod but I have done it with my galaxy s4 phone and it works fine.
    [ IMRAAN  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes, you can control from the radio or directly from the ipod
    [ GLENN D  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    A
    I have not tried my iPod but my iPhone5s can navigate through my music just fine. It's much faster then searching through the receiver anyway.
    [ Josh  Jul 03, 2014 ]
    Q
    Will this control my ipod if I plug it into the USB? I know it says iphone but I have to check before I buy this since I listen to my ipod most of the time - if I'm not listening to my SiriusXm.
    [ Jennifer B  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    12 answers
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    The Kenwood KDC-X998 will control an ipod as well as a iphone. I have used both devices with my Kenwood receiver.
    [ ALFRED  Jun 28, 2014 ]
    A
    Jennifer, I'm not sure on the I pod. I use a android smart phone and it's worked very well. I think all things "I" should work equally as well. I did add a second USB specifically for music and routed to the center console with 32 gig nano USB. The big gain I seen included adding a cell phone amp with fixed external antenna. Now I stream any and all music from a private 1 TB cloud. Have never lost and signal. Great sound quality and phone adjustments worked great. Allen
    [ Allen  Jun 26, 2014 ]
    A
    One of my children have the x998 with an Iphone 5 and it works great! The other has a x997 with an Ipod 4th generation and it works equally well. They both charge and control each device.
    [ BASIL  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes my ipod works just fine in the USB.
    [ JOHN  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    I think u can. I haven't tried it yet.
    [ JAMES C  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    I've not used it with either, but according to the owner's manual it supports pretty much all of them to some degree. The Kenwood site provides a listing of any limitations for a particular model. I can't post a link to it, but the web address is in the manual. You can find the manual on the Kenwood site or here in the "What's in the box" section. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KDCX998/Kenwood-Excelon-KDC-X998.html?showAll=N&search=x998&skipvs=T
    [ Richard  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    Your iPod can definitely be controlled through the deck by plugging it into either USB port. It also keeps enough of a charge so your iPod won't die on you while plugged in. It doesn't charge enough to get an iPod running if it's dead, however. It's a fantastic deck! You won't regret the purchase! Sound quality is great and the amount of tweaking you can do is phenomenal.
    [ JOSEPH  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    I am not sure. I have yet to install my unit and will be using Android based devices. Sorry I couldn't help.
    [ CHRISTOPHER  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    Sorry correction it also controls the nano.
    [ MARCOS S.  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes it will. It controls almost every single model the only one that it doesn't is the iPod nano but other than that you are good to go hope this helps..good luck is a great unit and crutchfield is the place to get it.
    [ MARCOS S.  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes it will control your iPod. I keep an older iPod (I think 3rd Gen) loaded with music connected all the time to my KDC-X998 thru the rear usb port.
    [ PHILLIP  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes It`s iPod ready on either front or rear USB Ports Great Unit !!!!! Lots of options to configure.
    [ DARYL  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Q
    Most radios display's are very bright. Some allow you to adjust the brightness but most I see even on their dimmest setting is still too bright. 75% of my driving is after hours so this is a sticking point for me. I wish I could actually turn the display off at times. Does this unit have a dimmer and if so... how dim?
    [ M.T.  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    12 answers
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    Good Question about the Kenwood 998. There are multiple colors to choose from, some are dimmer than others. I have gone through all of the options and have not found a "dimmer mode" I can tell you that during the day the display is soo dim I can barely see it. This model is known for that and I knew that before I purchased it. The sound quality and features were just too good to pass up so I sacrificed the ability to easily read the display during the day. You really have to focus on it to read. And as you said It seems to be VERY bright at night, especially the Blue selections. I would try scrolling through some of the dimmer colors. Otherwise, cover it with something at night ? Hope this helps
    [ Ryan  Jun 06, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes it has 2 dimmers. One for key illumination and one for the display screen. Each have 4 levels: No dimming, Auto (works with dash illumination dimmer I suppose), Manual 1 and manual 2. I can't try auto so don't know how well it works. Manual seems to cut light levels quite a bit. I can't tell you if it is enough for your eyes. It does have multiple colors, so there may be a darker color that could help as well.
    [ Darren  Jun 06, 2014 ]
    A
    The radio does not dim that much, but with all of the color choices and contrast settings we have found a couple of night friendly settings. The only color that works well during the is the Blue/Cyan
    [ JOHN  Jun 05, 2014 ]
    A
    Display is dificult to see in daytime on brightest color with dimer off. Has two diming levels,contrast,and darker colorsalong with negative and positive display to switch background with letters colors. This unit is excellent for nighttime vewing
    [ JEFFREY  Jun 05, 2014 ]
    A
    The manual says you can adjust for 2 fixed illuminations and one that dims with the lights of the vehicle. I have not found this to work on my radio (dimmer) and the difference between the 2 manual settings is negligible. There is another feature which I believe will allow the display to be viewed but after no activity on the head unit, the display shuts off. And excerpt from the manual: "DISP ILLUMI OFF" When "Type E" (Display off) is selected in (page 58), sets whether to turn off the display only or both the display and key illumination. "DISP&ILLUMI" / "DISP" "Display Dimmer" Dims the display part in conjunction with the Light switch of the vehicle. "Auto": Dims the display in conjunction with the Light switch of the vehicle. "Manual1": Dims the display constantly. "Manual2": Dims the display darker than that in the Manual1 mode. "OFF": Does not dim the display.
    [ DANIEL S  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    A
    Go to the Crutchfield site and the page showing all the product info for your unit (the one from which you "put it in your cart"). Click on the "details" tab. Scroll down to the "What's in the box" square on the right side of the screen. Download the owners manual. Go to section 13-6. Here it tells about the illumination dimmer control. It might also be helpful to play with the positive and negative display modes(also on page 13-6) to see what works best for you.
    [ STEVEN D  Jun 04, 2014 ]
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    Yes and is adjustable not to bright
    [ MARC  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    A
    You can get this this unit fairly dim, moreso than an Alpine. unfortunately I don't have much to compare it to. I don't drive a lot at night but when I do I don't want the unit blairing out from the dash, so that was a consideration with this deck as I put it in an SUV that gets used mostly for long trips and excursions that involve late night runs. You can adjust the color and contrast to soften the "visual attack" and there are many options. Changing the color close to the dash colors and taking it down makes it unnoticeable. The things I don't like on the KDC-X998, I know you didn't ask but you might want to know, is the not-so user friendly interface. There is no pause button, basic sound control requires a lot of menu jumping as does everything else. The alpines are much easier to get where you want on the menu. Sound quality on this deck is good, you can get it to sound anyway you want with the built in graphic EQ and other fine adjustments. The dual USB is nice. The bluetooth pairing is near perfect compared to other decks I've used (alpine, pioneer)
    [ Samuel  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    A
    Display is dificult to see in daytime on brightest color with dimer off. Has two diming levels,contrast,and darker colorsalong with negative and positive display to switch background with letters colors. This unit is excellent for nighttime vewing
    [ JEFFREY  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    A
    This unit does have a dimmer (Orange wire in harness) and it is adjustable. If you really want to turn the display off you may want to consider one of the Pioneer 2 DIN (or single flip out) touch screen radios. I think they will have fewer audio options at this price point but I know on my AVH-X4500BT I can press 1 button on the face and the display turns off entirely.
    [ JOHN  Jun 04, 2014 ]
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    I would say it has 3 choices not including the auto brightness. It gets low enough where when it's sunny outside you can hardly see the display. At least for me it's like that. If you do get it. Choose a swarm color and lower it all the way down. It is not bright at all. Your phone screen might be brighter.
    [ NICOLAS  Jun 04, 2014 ]
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    It does have a dimming option as well as a display completely off option. I have never used the dimming feature so I can't speak to how dim it gets though.
    [ James  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    Q
    What is the difference between this unit and last year's model, the KDC-X997? Any noteworthy changes, such as improved interface, screen brightness, or user manual?
    [ Aaron  Mar 09, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I have the 996 , 997 , 998 and no difference between them at all\ the only thing I hate is the volume level only goes to 35 and that's it Pioneer at least goes to 62 but kw has a lot mre features .......almost too many features .... If I needed all those I would buy a processor .....
    [ DARYL  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    A
    For some when I plug my Samsung Galaxy note2 into either usb port I can not play the music from my phone via that option.
    [ Nitesh  Mar 12, 2014 ]
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    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Mar 10, 2014 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can this deck charge my ohone while I'm connected to it?
    [ Duffy  Mar 01, 2014 ]
    14 answers
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    yes but its a slow trickle charge .....
    [ DARYL  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes, this desk will charge any device that attaches via USB ports.
    [ JOHN  Mar 05, 2014 ]
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    Through USB it will charge a connected device.
    [ WALTER  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    It charges my iPhone 4 just fine.
    [ James  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    It charges my iPod, so I assume that it would charge your phone also. David.
    [ David  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    Yes, I have an IPhone 5 and it charges it just fine. Either from the front USB or the Rear USB, both work to charge.
    [ ADAM  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    Yes it will charge the phone connected with the regular charging cable
    [ THOMAS L  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    Yes if it's plugged in by usb
    [ DERRICK  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    Yes this deck charges my I pad or IPhone great,love this deck!
    [ Robin  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes. As far as I know it can through the usb. Not aux connection. I charged a friend's phone through usb whil I played music through aux. It worked fine.
    [ NICOLAS  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    A
    If I connect my LG G2 to it, it will charge but only in slow charging mode. This implies that charging is limited to standard USB current supply. The manual indicates a 1 A limit.
    [ Richard  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    Yep....charges my iPhone while connected to the rear USB.
    [ STEPHEN F  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    If your phone is connected with a USB cable, whether front or back, yes, it will charge the phone while it's connected.
    [ James  Mar 02, 2014 ]
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    It seems to keep my iPod charged.
    [ greg  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Q
    Does the refurbished x998 have the latest firmware updates installed and does it have the original box and all of the factory hardware/literature included? Also, how much time is allowed to return a refurb item and does it have a full warranty like a factory new one?
    [ RetartedDwarf  Aug 30, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: We are unable to determine which version of firmware is on the refurbished Kenwood products. Kenwood inspects their refurbished products to ensure they meet original operation specifications. Some refurbished products may no longer contain face cases, cleaning clothes, or other non-essential Accessories. The Box may also be generic. Crutchfield customers who purchase Kenwood refurbished products have a 90-day warranty, along with our 60-day satisfaction guarantee period. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Krissy  Sep 02, 2015 ]  Staff
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