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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X459

CD Receiver with CD Changer Controls

Item #: 113KDCX459

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Your tunes will sound so good coming out of the Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X459 CD receiver, you may never want to get out of your car! The 22 watts of built-in 4-way high power give your music serious muscle. Then, System Q EX's 6 preset EQ curves and 3-band parametric equalizer offer extensive sonic adjustment, so you don't have to settle for "close enough."

Your tunes will sound so good coming out of the Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X459 CD receiver, you may never want to get out of your car! The 22 watts of built-in 4-way high power give your music serious muscle. Then, System Q EX's 6 preset EQ curves and 3-band parametric equalizer offer extensive sonic adjustment, so you don't have to settle for "close enough."

The KDC-X459 gives you a variety of entertainment options, too. It'll play all your prerecorded CDs, as well as your home-recorded audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs. If radio's your thing, you'll love how well the CR-2 tuner pulls in your favorite stations. You've also got the option to hook up a Kenwood CD changer, or incorporate a portable MP3, MiniDisc, or cassette player (optional input adapter required).

And if you're into the idea of satellite radio, you can control a Sirius Satellite Radio tuner with the KDC-X459. Just add the tuner, antenna, and Sirius subscription, and you're ready for up to 100 channels of music and entertainment. Want even more performance? Three sets of preamp outputs accommodate your plans for outboard amplifiers. Use the wireless remote to make on-the-go system adjustments without taking your eyes off the road.

Details:
  • detachable, fold-down face
  • multicolor display
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • station naming
  • Sirius Satellite Radio controls
  • System Q EX — 6 EQ presets, 3 speaker size matching settings, and a 3-band parametric equalizer
  • Mobile Presets adjust output for your speakers with three settings (factory speakers, larger aftermarket speakers, smaller aftermarket speakers)
  • front, rear, and non-fading preamp outputs
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • CD/MD changer controls
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 93 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
  • 2-year warranty

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • RC-410 Wireless remote
  • CR2025 lithium battery
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • 2 Face security screws
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card
  • Car Audio Passport card (required if face needs to be replaced)
  • Online registration card
  • Sirius Satellite Radio booklet
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Features and Specs

Expandability
AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
General
CEA-2006 Compliant ---
RMS Power Output 22 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 1.8 volts
Display Color Multicolor
Key Button Color Green
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

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Features
Changer Controls
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Features

Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4-digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

Display Dimming: This unit is equipped with a wire that Kenwood calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the illumination wire of this unit is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control.

Contrast Adjustment: The display contrast may be adjusted from "1" up to "10" for optimum readability.

Sirius Satellite Radio Controls: This unit can control the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner will allow you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio.

System Q EX Sound Control: 6 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Flat", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass Q factor, bass extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle Q factor, treble center frequency, and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass center frequency (60, 70, 80, 100, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8).

Mobile Preset: The Mobile Preset function tailors the System Q EX Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Mobile Preset setting of "SP OFF" (flat), "SP O.E.M." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6*9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM and Changer).

Volume Offset Control ("VOL 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.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception.

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

Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 32 FM stations and 16 AM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

CD Naming: The DNPS (Disc Name Preset) feature can be used to enter names, up to 8 characters long, into memory for up to 10 discs. When a CD changer with disc naming memory is connected, names may be entered for CDs in the changer. The number of names that may be entered for discs in a changer depends on the changer model. 

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.

Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter (KCA-S210A or CA-C1AX) or with the KDC-CX87 CD changer, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. This unit cannot accept input from an auxiliary source unless the appropriate adapter or CD changer is purchased and connected. When the CA-C1AX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the CA-C1AX plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

Weather Band Tuner Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Kenwood KTC-WB100 weather band tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner box allows you to tune in weather band radio stations. There are about 480 weather band radio stations in the United States, and this option allows you to tap into the information needed to prepare for outdoor activities such as sporting events, camping trips and days at the park. 

Heads-up Display Compatible: Kenwood's KPA-HD100 heads-up display (sold separately) may be connected to this receiver and placed on the dashboard, or overhead. The heads-up display can give a readout of the information from this receiver's display, allowing you to monitor the radio without the inconvenience and danger of taking your eyes from the road to look down at the radio location. 

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

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers that have an O-N switch. If you have an old Kenwood changer with a square plug, you will need the CA-DS100 converter cord and the KCA-S210A switching adapter. If you have a newer Kenwood changer with a round plug but no O-N switch, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. If you use a changer without an O-N switch, you will not have access to the following functions: DNPS, DNPP, Magazine Random Play and CD Text display.

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

Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.

Disc Name Preset Play (DNPP): Once a disc has been named, you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display the name of each disc for 5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears, you can press the OK button on the remote to select the disc for playback.

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

Note

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

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