Overview: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable
face, front auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs, CD
changer and Satellite radio controls, and built-in iPod operation, as well as
MP3/WMA playback via CD-R/RW or USB. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter
sold separately. In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote
control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts
x 4 channel peak.
Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis
to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw
string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the
LCD Display: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 is equipped with a
dot-matrix LCD display with white backlit text and a black background.
Display Patterns: The
Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 offers 5 display patterns. You can choose from a single
line of text, 2 lines of text, source status, clock display, or a spectrum
Illumination Effect: This
function sets whether the headunit's key illumination color is changed in
conjunction with the key operation and volume level.
Text/Title Scroll: The eXcelon KDC-X494 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio
text. You can turn the
scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination
is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the
clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in
Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source
button turns the unit off completely.
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.
Display Off: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5
seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.
Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control
feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a
"Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from
the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio or HD tuner (both
sold separately), a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using
the optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately), or an audio setting. This allows you to
have instant access of your favorite Radio station, telephone number, iPod
playlist, or audio setting from one list on the headunit's display.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be
turned "on" or "off" within the menu.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The
Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 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-X494 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
Rotary Volume Control: The CD
receiver uses a 6-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of
the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such
as Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you
to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is
Speaker Settings: The Speaker
Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the
type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off"
(flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with
6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
System Q Sound Control: Seven EQ curves are preset into
memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of
music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz),
and treble (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock,
Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.
Detail Audio Control: The
eXcelon KDC-X494 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control when the System
Q Sound Control is in User mode. The Detail
Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble
and Mid frequency levels.
- Frequency: 40/50/60/70/80/100/120/150 Hz
- Q-Factor: 1.00/1.25/1.50/2.00
- Bass Extend: On/Off
(when this feature is set to "On", the low frequency response is
extended by 20%)
- Level: -8 to +8
- Frequency: 0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0 kHz
- Q-Factor: 1.0/2.0
- Level: - 8 to +8
- Level: -8 to +8
Bass Boost: The Kenwood eXcelon CD receiver also features a Bass
Boost control that can be set to the following levels - BB1, BB2 or Off.
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.
Source Tone Memory:
This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings
for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and USB).
3-Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X494 features front, rear and
subwoofer 4V 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
Front and Rear High-Pass Filter:
The KDC-X494 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear
channels when your front and rear speakers are connected by the unit's
speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from
"Through", 40, 60, 80, 100, 120,
150, or 180, 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is
very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type
speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.
Low-Pass Filter: The receiver
features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp
output. You can select from 50, 60, 80, 100,120Hz or "Through".
The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do
all the filtering for your subwoofer.
You can independently control the
subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between
-15 to +15.
Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer
output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
Audio Preset: You can register one audio setting into the unit's
preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory saves bass,
midrange, treble, subwoofer, and high-pass filter settings.
Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode
allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the
front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in
the front or the rear.
Tel Mute: The eXcelon KDC-X494
features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to
your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio
signal when a call comes in.
AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 features a
built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek
tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations
only with each button press), or Manual.
Tuner Presets: The KDC-X494's tuner features 3 FM banks (1,
2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM
bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
Auto Memory Tuning: 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.
Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by
entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo
broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional
Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also
capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song
(up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is
connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase
them from the iTunes Store.
Note: You will need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching
sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD Radio Tuner
to this headunit.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-X494 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and
WMA (32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a
maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any
recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 60
Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA 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.
Music Search: The Kenwood eXcelon AM/FM 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 headunit's rotary knob.
Direct Music Search: You can search music tracks and files directly by
entering the track/file number using the include wireless remote control.
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.
Off Eject: The KDC-X494 allows you to eject your disc for 10
minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.
CD Force: When there is a
problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by
force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.
USB Port: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 features a front panel 2.0
USB type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables
connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3
(8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with
all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders,
and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. When your
USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the
KDC-X494 is powered on.
Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
iPod Direct: The KDC-X494's front-panel USB port also acts
as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional
Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101,
sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using
either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and
charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X494.
- USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's
large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound
quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter,
allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
- Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio
playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
- Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to
the KDC-X494, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood
headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. If you
select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-X494, the Kenwood headunit
will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album,
Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will
be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or
using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also browse for music
of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played (Related
Search). In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10
songs) from the headunit.
- Information Display: The KDC-X494 will also display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod
or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected
iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X494 will
not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X494 is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of Feb. 2010):
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation ||Media Type || Control
Type || Charge |
|Audio ||Video ||Headunit ||iPod/iPhone ||Song/Artist
Info ||Track Info |
dock-connector ||3rd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|clickwheel/color-display ||4th || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|mini ||1st ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
|2nd ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
||5th || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic ||80GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|120GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|160GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano ||1st || Y || N ||
Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|3rd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|4th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|5th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|6th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone ||2G || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality.
If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software
version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not
compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).
AUX Input: The
KDC-X494 is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for
connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The
KDC-X494 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the
auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.
Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a
front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can
be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit
can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX,
sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit
because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head
unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220,
sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio
source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can
choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using
the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter
(113BT300, sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer
phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook
information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to
register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300
Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be
compatible with this unit. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X494 comes with the RC-405
IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will
control Audio, CD, Tuner, USB, and external device functions. The remote control
allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected
CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations.
It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X494 supports the
PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music
Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or
artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.
Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded
for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible
with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with