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Tune into the digital revolution
Enjoy the best sound in radio, hands down, with HD Radio™. Broadcasts are available almost everywhere across the country, offering outstanding digital sound quality free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 CD receiver has everything you need to listen in — just tune into local HD Radio stations and enjoy the difference.

Tune into the digital revolution
Enjoy the best sound in radio, hands down, with HD Radio™. Broadcasts are available almost everywhere across the country, offering outstanding digital sound quality free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 CD receiver has everything you need to listen in — just tune into local HD Radio stations and enjoy the difference.

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Plenty of other entertainment options, too
When you're not enjoying your drive-time radio, slip in a CD to take advantage of this receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. It converts the raw data on your disc, including MP3 and WMA files, to smooth life-like sound. And convenient front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs give you access to plenty of other listening options.

Once you plug in your iPod® or iPhone®, you'll enjoy quick navigation of your playlists and albums. Plus, if you groove to Pandora® Internet radio with your iPhone, you won't miss a beat when you plug it into KDC-X596 with its built-in Pandora® controls. And you Android fans can take advantage of the Music Link app, which provides a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB input.

Sound-shaping tools
Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X596's 3-band EQ, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you customize the output to fit your car's speaker setup. And, speaking of customizing, you can adjust the illumination color on this Kenwood to match your vehicle's lighting.

And don't forget another Excelon sound advantage. If you're building a car audio system, one of the keys to the getting the most out of your system is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that'll provide your amps with the strong signal they need for top performance.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit display and variable-color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Music Link app for Android devices
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-405)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Cloth face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 Reviews

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    (138 Reviews)


    Bob from Pittsburgh on 9/2/2013

    1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    goog radio



    poor stereo

    Anonymous from idahi on 7/19/2013

    2004 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio won't Pick Up stations, Cd's started Skipping After 2 Months. Contracted crutchfield and They Made Us Go Through KenwooD. Kenwood Wouldn't warranty The Stereo.

    Pros: none

    Cons: Cd Player Skips, No Radio Stations Pick up

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    Johnny from Southeast on 7/11/2013

    Didn't work with iPod. Didn't work with iPhone. Didn't work with thumb drive. Instructions for mount were wrong. Didn't come with all the necessary hardware.



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    Kelvin from Madison ga on 6/11/2013

    1988 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product

    Pros: Price and quality

    Cons: None


    4budz from Saint Louis on 6/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Why this one has been Discontinued is their loss and your gain (on Sale). Everything on this unit fit the bill for me.

    Pros: **Change the Color of the lights to match the car's dash AND able to Dim for night driving. **HD Radio. **iPod. **High Voltage Pre-Outs for much better sound. **2 Yr. Warranty. **Crutchfield's Great Service.

    Cons: Discontinued

    great unit

    Anonymous from Tacoma WA on 5/25/2013

    1996 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to install, great sound quality nice features. able to adjust subs from control panel. HD radio kicks a$$.. Great value


    Cons: none

    Great stereo for the price

    Devin from Denton, TX on 5/5/2013

    1995 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was fairly easy to install in my '95 Accord, the instructions included were slightly vague but I figured it out. The only problem was that I wired the harness up color for color and found that I had almost zero radio reception. Well I called Crutchfield and spoke to an employee who said that I needed to wire the blue wire from the harness to the blue/white wire on the stereo. That fixed the issue and I haven't had any problems since! It made my Alpine speakers sound amazing compared to the stock unit. I definitely recommend this one.

    Pros: Easy to install, simple controls, good price

    Cons: Wiring harness can be a little tricky, was difficult to mount flush with my console


    Tmarcus from New Orleans , LA. on 4/19/2013

    1996 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio was easy to install , great product!



    Kenwood hit the mark

    GaryV from DeFuniak Springs, Fl on 4/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I called Crutchfield to order a different stereo. The guys at Crutchfield helped me choose a better integrated system; included the wire harness, dash kit, and free tech support. I am pleased with the sound, the looks, and the set up was straitforward. I think I saved some money to boot. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: Well built system and loaded with features. The USB and HD Radio tuner is a big plus.

    Cons: No cons.


    Michaeli from St Louis, MO on 4/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can't imagine a better head unit any any price. Installed in an 04 Infiniti G35 with Bose system. Sound is MUCH better than the factory unit, same speakers and amp. HD radio is awesome, reception is very good. AAA+++ Crutchfield tech support is the BEST. First unit ever installed and no problems with a little help from tech. Not the easiest car to work on as the climate control and radio is all one unit.

    Pros: Sound, features, price

    Cons: None to date.

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    Anonymous from Chester, IL on 4/16/2013

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is probably the best I've ever used.

    Pros: The USB port charges the iPhone, you can match colors to other lighting inside car, sound quality

    Cons: None!

    Great Receiver for the money

    Rob K. from Kingsport, TN on 4/15/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is the first Kenwood I've had in about 20 years, and it is awesome.

    Pros: Was a great buy for the price.

    Cons: The placement of buttons could have been better, the ones you dont use alot are the big ones and the ones you do use alot sre small, maybe Im just still use to my old pioneer.

    Kenwood best sound

    Jose A. from Ponce,PR on 4/11/2013

    2002 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is my 2nd kenwood.first was installed on a toyota tacoma, 2nd on a mazda protege.excelent sound,features and performance.AAAA+++++11111111 RECEIVER

    Pros: versatilty,connectivity,about 20 colors display to choose,strong preamp out signal to connect amps,lot of tuneability

    Cons: no cons for me

    Superb Sound

    Bobby L from Peekskill, NY on 4/9/2013

    2006 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off let me say that Crutchfield are always a pleasure to order electronics from and their customer service is the best in the industry. A close friend of mine who has his own Car Installation company installed this in 25 minutes for me, as soon as I hooked up my USB Flashdrive to it and turned in the unit I could hear the difference in quality compared to my old stock Toyota receiver. The learning curve for operating the unit is pretty easy, I set up everything in a few minutes to the way I liked. As of now I still have the stock speakers in my car, but the sound is so much cleaner and clearer. I'm very happy also the wire harness and fit kit was included free, plus free shipping! The local big box store wanted to charge me over $59.00 for the Kit and Harness plus $70 for install, im glad i went with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use , remote control

    Cons: None

    Good Value

    MikeB from NWF on 4/9/2013

    2002 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I went with the Kenwood because it had all the features I needed at a good price. It has good sound and the menus are easy to figure out.

    Pros: Easy to use and sounds good.

    Cons: None

    Sure sounds good

    Anonymous from Miami, Fl. on 4/3/2013

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the factory radio with this... A real difference.

    Pros: Looks nice


    Great deal

    Jim K. from Blues Bros. Hometown on 4/2/2013

    2003 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this on sale. Way cool with changing color lights. Lots of tuning options. The kid loves it!

    Pros: Easy set-up


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    TA from Atlanta, GA on 4/1/2013

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound and options at a great value. Only operation item i dont like is it always defaults to iphone when you connect it and if you are listening to the radio you have to scroll back through the sources to get back to it.

    Pros: value, pandora, ipod, charging phone

    Cons: operational quirks not necessarily logical.

    Great valu

    RickAG from Erie, PA on 4/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound for the money. I installed it in my 2006 Town and Country that did not have a USB or AUX port. I liked the sound and ease of installation that I got another Kenwood for my 2004 silverado

    Pros: Good sound easy install. Nice to have the SUB and AUX ports and not have to deal with the Cassette adapter. Now I can play my music off the $10 jump drive.

    Cons: Small buttons, my wife has a hard time reading them. Takes some time to learn how to use all the functions.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    JIMD from Tampa Bay on 3/31/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use and install, and I even bypassed my factory amp! Running the wires back wasn't as hard as some have stated, but I had all the tools I needed to do the job right the first time. The HD radio sounds great, and now I just need to upgrade my speakers next.

    Pros: Easy to use, the programmable color gave the edge to this unit over an Alpine. Very impressed with the HD Radio!

    Cons: None

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    jim from west salem, oh on 3/30/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Malibu (Classic)
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to program with the easy presets hold and let go, not as many bells and whistles, I dont use them anyway, I am just an old man that wants to listen to cds, am, fm and podcast loaded onto a thumbdrive

    Pros: easy to install, less wires to hook up than a loaded unit

    Cons: haven't found any yet

    Good Value with Excellent Performance

    JohnM from New Tripoli, PA on 3/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have always had great luck with Kenwood products. This has many more features and outputs than I will ever use. It was great having the installation kit available since I needed to remove the stock bracket and use the installation kit bracket to get a better faceplate fit. Using the stock bracket made the radio face plate stick out too far. Having virtually a plug and play wiring harness adapter permitted me to match up the colors and functions perfectly before attempting to install the radio. Using the supplied instructions, the dash panels came out without too much of a challenge. Because of the ample length of the supplied wiring adapter I was able to plug in and test the radio before mounting it to the brackets.

    Pros: Attractive face plate, HD sound capability, ease of installation, excellent written instructions.

    Cons: Perhaps a little complicated operation for those of us old timers who still have 12:00 blinking on our VCR's.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    mikey from fort worth texas on 3/28/2013

    1993 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to install great value Crutchfield was great, they sent all wiring harnesses and brackets free of charge



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Chuck H from Bethesda MD on 3/24/2013

    2005 Subaru Baja
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install...directions were very clear and the photo instructions were simply invaluable.

    Pros: Easy installation and iPhone connectivity



    S. Wale from Salisbury, NC on 3/24/2013

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My sixteen year old daughter and I installed this system in a 2005 Ford Escape with so much ease, everyone was shocked! The directions were perfect and point on. I'll definitely come to Crutchfield for my next purchase.

    Pros: Easy installation directions Quick shipping Excellent customer service


    kenwood reciever/cd

    terry from kennewick,wa on 3/23/2013

    1997 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    radio is great. however the receiver was too small for the radio.



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    jay c. from buena vista va. on 3/22/2013

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    good system for the money very pleased...

    Pros: great sound quality

    Cons: takes a while to figure out all the settings


    Jose from Oakfield, Wi on 3/22/2013

    2000 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All 5/5s the product looks really nice and it's easy to use! It allows you to change a lot of audio settings so you can pick they way you want your music to sound! I recommend this to anyone who is questioning buying them!

    Pros: iPod USB port, auxiliary port, color change, HD radio, functions with Pandora Radio. A+++

    Cons: None for me!!

    Good deck

    Mitch C from Lincoln, CA on 3/19/2013

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use, sounds great. If you want a good quality deck with out the annoying bells and whistles, this is a good choice.



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    oneforfun from Muskegon,Mi. on 3/3/2013

    1985 Dodge D Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo head unit easy to hookup and install!!!! I would purchase a Kenwood product again.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Mark from Brunswick, GA on 3/1/2013

    1992 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this car reciever to replace my old Kenwood which lasted 17 yrs. and was half the price. Was very easy to install with supplied wiring hareness, fits was perfect, sound quality is outstanding,color display will match any interior,the only negitive to this unit is programing settings but if I spend about an !hr in my truck parked I should be able to figure it out

    Pros: looks great, sound is outstanding for the price, very easy to install

    Cons: programing settings is alittle difficult

    nice radio easy to use

    scott t from covington ga on 2/28/2013

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great radio, good value like all the features

    Pros: easy to use


    Kenwood and Crutchfield Rock!!!

    JP from Apollo Beach, FL on 2/28/2013

    2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the cost. My wife loves the color changing diplay! Sound is great in her little two seater convertible. Installation was simple, quick and looks good in place of the OEM radio. Still have to learn about all the controls but, that's half the fun!

    Pros: Display color show, multi info display, ease of install


    Awesome Tuner capabilities! Better than more expensive units

    Anonymous from Aurora Il on 2/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Head unit is amazing! I will tell you a brief history of why i chose this head unit. I went shopping and ended up up getting a pioneer 2013 unit. I installed it in my Mack R model semi truck and at first i noticed the pioneer Dim features were horrible and the colors were too bright. Secondly i noticed that the display was too dim unless you are at eye level. Well, i did research and decided i wanted THIS head unit. I saw it in a store and it was discontinued. That didn't stop me from ordering it though. I paired it the alpine internal amp to give it a better sound in my semi. Here is what is awesome about this head unit so far to me. The Dimmer features are well thought out.. Not only can you select the dimmer and hit yes or no, but you also have the option to change the colors and of the keys and the best option of them all is that they included a feature to give you two levels of dimmer on the keys on the right and left. How cool is that? The screen is perfect for me. It is a back lit type of screen so it can be seen from any angle. What i love most about it this is the ease of how it is to get the sound just right. I set the bass all the way up, mid up +3, treble at +5 and then there is a bass booster and loudness feature too, when it becomes too much to handle your speakers might bottom out with too much bass going through, you simply go to detailed settings, select High pass filter and turn to 100hz. I LOVE this head unit

    Pros: Awesome and easy to use tuner, Dimmer capabilities(can dim key colors too) Easy to use and drive A+

    Cons: Discontinued

    Great upgrade

    lew from M on 2/20/2013

    2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a great upgrade over the factory unit in my '05 Lancer, especially considering the price (got it on sale). The install was easy enough, utilizing the Crutchfield instructions and wiring harness, as well as the factory stereo brackets. Good features at the price point. I was pleasantly surprised with the audio tuning features, EQ adjustments, etc. Sound is an improvement over the factory unit, even with factory speakers still (next to upgrade). I have yet to really unlock on the potential on this unit.

    Pros: Price, connections and capabilities for expansion, USB and front AUX input, Pandora, EQ and audio adjustments, HD tuner

    Cons: The only thing I can say is very poor AM reception for me. I don't listen to a lot of AM, but the one channel I did comes in very weak. Other than that, can't say anymore.

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    FrankR from Greenfield, WI on 2/20/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The product is good looking and functional. I have not tried out all of the available features but the ones I have work well. My only complaint is that I'm having a hard time programming all three available FM station groups. I'll program FM 1 but then when I program FM 2 it wipes out FM 1. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong but it shouldn't be that hard. Also the install was problematic. The radio does not fit well in the dash with the accompanying install kit. The radio sticks out an inch, which is OK but I actually need at least another 1/2 inch, but that will be in my install review.

    Pros: Fair price for an attractive unit.

    Cons: Not the best fit for the dash.

    Great product, price and company.

    7411111066 from Austin, Tx on 2/14/2013

    1995 BMW 525I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit delivers on every promise it makes. I live in a digital radio (HD) rich environment so it is almost an essential feature here. The front aux and usb ports are also very useful. Reception is good, the transition from digital to analog is very smooth when I head out of town. I put one in my commuter car when the factory unit acted up and liked it so much I bought a second to replace an older Kenwood unit in my weekend toy. There is a slight learning curve when using a usb flash drive but spend a few seconds with it and your all set. The Kenwood software makes it simple. Installation was dead easy but that may depend on the specific vehicle. Having used Kenwood products for a while now I can't see using anything else. i also can't say enough good things about Crutchfield's customer service, absolutely top-notch.



    Very Happy

    Sonar626b from Annapolis, MD on 2/12/2013

    2002 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price it cannot be beat. I replaced the Harmen Karden deck in my 02 BMW 325i that refused to pull in AM stations and had no front aux inputs. The sound quality is spectacular and works great with the factory speakers and amp. Installation was very easy, less than an hour including the wiring of the harness adapter, and looks very clean. This is my first HD radio and I'm impressed.



    Great unit

    Oliver from Texas on 2/10/2013

    2008 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit bought it for my 08 crossfire. Super easy to install took about 20 mins from opening the box to playing my iPhone in my Car. Slick look and love that you can change the color to match the dash. Sounds great and the amount of options you have when it comes down to sound control are awesome, or you can use the presets which still sounds great.

    Pros: Sound amazing! Great price color match buttons charges phone

    Cons: None


    jiminkirkland from Kirkland, WA on 2/7/2013

    I reviewed this item the other day (see below) and I want to amend that review. I called the Crutchfield Support line and explained my disappointment with the reception (I thought that maybe there was an antenna amplifier I could add to improve reception). The support person was quite helpful. Even though the installation instructions said to match up the wires by color (thus blue to blue, white to white, etc.) In fact, I needed to wire together a blue wire to a blue/white wire. He said that this would provide power to a built-in antenna amplifier that I didn't know that I had!!!!! At this time that seems to have worked on local stations. Of course, I have no idea if this will result in decent reception when driving across the wide open spaces of the west. I have a reasonable expectation that all will work out on that score as well.



    mixed feelings

    jiminkirkland from Kirkland, WA on 2/4/2013

    2008 Honda Element LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was interested in the X596 for 3 reasons--I wanted easy access to my iPhone music, I liked the idea of HD radio, and finally I was hoping for better reception on AM/FM as I drove around the western US. The unit does give access to iPhone/iPodTouch music (although I haven't found that it's easy to get to specific tunes or albums yet). On the subject of HD radio--I live in the Seattle metro area and there are many HD stations here so there are many choices. The radio keeps switching from digital to analog as I drive, and while this is reasonable and is done seamlessly the analog reception is not that good. My last desire (better "far off" reception) doesn't seem to be reachable. My sense is that, even locally, reception is nowhere near as good as the OEM radio. Even local AM stations are "fuzzy" which makes a difference for traffic/sports/news etc. Frankly, I don't have much hope that this radio will pull in stations of any kind when traveling the wide open spaces of WA, ID, OR, UT for instance. A few other comments. It took longer than expected to install because of confusing directions. Extra parts and pieces sent with the package make it more confusing (should I have used these parts? Why was the alternate antenna connection sent?). "Coolness" was the last thing I cared about thus the one star. A very obscure scheme for memorizing pre-set stations that was not explained anywhere but figured out by trial and error (a few hours). Update: 2.13.2013 - I had originally had serious reservations about the AM/FM reception on my new Kenwood X596. I had installed it according to the directions provided. This called for hooking up the wires same color to same color. That is, red to red, green-white to green-white, and so on. I installed the radio and was surprised to find quite poor AM/FM reception, even here in the Seattle metropolitan area, and I had little hope that I'd get any reception at all when driving across the open spaces of the US west. A few days later I called Crutchfield Support hoping that there might be an "antenna booster" of some kind that would solve the problem. What I found was that the instructions were not adequate to the task. A particular blue wire needed to be wired to a particular blue-white wire (to power a built-in antenna amplifier that I didn't know existed). Radio reception was improved dramatically. Although I can't yet speak of the reception on the open, lonely roads of the west I do have hopes that this will be at least as good as the OEM radio. So, what I learned was that Crutchfield Support is your best, first source of help if unsatisfied with a product. I also wonder how many folks are driving around with an unsatisfying sound because original instructions were incomplete or downright wrong!!

    Pros: iPhone music accessibility.

    Cons: AM/FM reception.

    Kenwood excelon

    KJ from Utah on 1/27/2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo! Very intuitive controls and excellent sound.

    Pros: Looks and sound.


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    DBW from LYONS KS on 1/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)



    Cons: NONE SO FAR

    Great stereo

    Matt R from Candia, NH on 1/6/2013

    2005 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I only buy my car stereos from Crutchfield, the installation kits and instructions make it sooo easy! Total time to install this unit in my 2006 Exterra was 30 minutes. And once it was hooked up, it was very easy to use. I have a factory installed HD radio in my other car, and it does not get reception in my driveway. The Kenwood Excelon got a number of HD stations that I cannot get... Love this radio, it is really cool and it sounds out of this world!

    Pros: HD radio, USB connection, iPod controls, the look!

    Cons: Haven't found any yet.

    Awesome sound, does not fit VW Bug as indicated

    BW from Northeast on 12/29/2012

    2008 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Only in for one day, but sound is awesome. Controls/options are endless but appears to be intuitive. Cannnot see readout in bright sun unfortunately, but this had been commented on previously. I would highly recommend this unit. However, I DO NOT agree with Crutchfields recommendation that this fits a VW New Beetle - this unit is too deep, fitting all the wiring behind the unit in the dash was nearly impossible and unbelievably frustrating. What should have taken 20 minutes took almost 2 hours. I really hope I do not have issues down the road since I had to muscle this unit in to fit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed everything continues to work. Crutchfield will hear from me if I have problems in the future.....

    Pros: All good here with the unit - highly recommend. Sound improvement is considerable and significant. Excellent!

    Cons: Does not fit the VW New Beetle as recommended. Unit is too deep and getting the wiring to fit behind it is nearly impossible.

    Great toy

    heydelray from Alexandria, VA on 12/27/2012

    1989 Ford Probe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Manual written pretty well, though some of the receiver's funtionality needs a second or third read; remote control easy to use while driving based on feel only (though it doesn't work when it's very cold, first thing on a winter morning); wish there was an "off" button;

    Pros: Controls/options well organized; Excellent sound

    Cons: Manual could be written better. I give it a B+; Remote doesn't work first thing on a winter morning

    Good, Entry Level HD reciever, No Frills

    DanielM from Gilbert, AZ on 12/27/2012

    1996 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not bad for an entry level HD Radio. After I bought this and installed it, I was a bit disappointed at the lighting options (custom display colors only for surrounding buttons, not lower buttons or LED display.) The HD radio options are okay, I wanted to seek and store only the HD stations into memory and it was a lot of work. I'd suggest you compare the other models in the series, the KDC-X9xx series is much better, this model seems like it's a cripped/feature restricted version of the KDC-X9 series receiver.

    Pros: User based enhanced EQ Settings. Advanced Sub low pass filter options. High pass filter options. USB, AUX IN, Easy installation, clear sound and loud button does the job at lower volume levels.

    Cons: Lack of sort and play options for music via USB drive. Also the search feature is pretty bad when searching for music on the USB. I still haven't found any music i've been searching for on a 32GB thumbdrive that has 4,248 songs in one single folder. Attenuate feature is only available from the remote

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    Erich W from Maryville, TN on 12/16/2012

    2005 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system, and for the price you can't beat it.

    Pros: Directions were spot on installing in my 2005 Maxima. The free hardware special made it even easier to install.

    Cons: Dash plate was not quite the same color as the factory dash, but very close.

    Good Receiver

    Slick from White Haven, PA on 12/13/2012

    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It is near impossible to beat Kenwood Excelon. Features and sound quality along with price ... other brands simply cannot compete. Highly recomended.

    Pros: Sound, features, price

    Cons: None

    Great Stereo

    Ollie from Tanneersville, PA on 11/27/2012

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo/ CD player. Really cool! Had it installed in no time. Works great! A little difficult to navigate the controls. I'm still not sure how to do a simple "tuning"; or how to tune to HD.

    Pros: Price was right. Great sound.

    Cons: Difficult to navigate controls.

    Nice stereo

    bob from N. California on 11/27/2012

    1994 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Don't know how it sounds by it's self, I have it hooked up to a 900 watt amp, so it rocks out pretty good! I like the RCA plugs, makes it easy to connect to my 4 channel amp. Crutchfield help me with all the necessary adaptors and such at no charge, even included an instruction sheet for my particular vehicle.

    Pros: excellent stereo sound, all the inputs youll need ( iPod ,usb, HD radio,etc)

    Cons: the usual initial electronic functions to figure out

    Almost perfect

    Jeff from Upstate SC on 11/24/2012

    2004 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the features, price, and control. Seems a bit underpowered as I'm running it near max volume all the time. The aux can be adjusted +/- 8 and I had to go to +8. Unfortunately the iPod USB input is only adjustable -8 to 0, so it can't be boosted. This replaced a Bose 6 CD 7.1 system. Sound quality is great, I just want more oomph.

    Pros: Features, lighting is cool

    Cons: Needs more volume for my 7.1 speakers.

    Blank Faceplate

    Phil B. from Waldorf,Md on 11/20/2012

    Great unit,I've always loved Kenwood PROCUCTS.GREAT VALUE. GREAT SOUND

    Pros: features are very nice.

    Cons: Display went blank after 3 months of use

    Great head unit!

    Dave from CT on 11/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this to replace the stock system that was in my '03 Camry. Never realized how bad the factory sound had gotten until I put this in. Unbelievable how clear it is, especially when HD radio locks in! Seems to be pretty well built, but only time will tell. Overall, a great choice for what I was looking for, and Crutchfield service is incredible.

    Pros: Great sound! Nice array of input/listening options (AM/FM, HD radio, USB, iPod/iPhone, Aux, CD).

    Cons: AM radio reception isn't great. However, when it does lock in an AM station in HD, it sounds great. I realize now it'd nice to have a two-line display, but I knew what I was getting when I bought this so I can't complain too much.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    kenny from ky. on 11/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice system, works great for what i wanted.

    Pros: the install kit was not complete. i had to make a few parts.


    Excellent for the money

    JVC3 from Heber Springs, AR on 11/12/2012

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent head unit for the money. A couple of quirks potential buyers need to know: 1) Single line display. 2) You need to call up the clock to check the time. 3)Sound/EQ settings need to be set for each function(iPod, Pandora, Radio). While I like this feature, it is not explained in the limited manual. 4)The display color cannot be changed (only the buttons). 5) The controls/settings steps are not intuitive (study the manual and familiarize yourself with how it works and you will find that after 1 day you will be a pro).

    Pros: I wanted an inexpensive stereo for my Jeep Wrangler due to the potential theft issue. This stereo has surpassed all of my expectations. I paired this with the Polk DB series speakers with Polyfill stuffed behind them and in the soundbar and all I can say is Wow! Hooking up the factory center console subwoofer was as easy as wiring it into the solid blue wire on the included harness.

    Cons: ***See review. My next stereo will have 3 line display.

    Accord 06 Great receiver

    MikeA from Newburyport, MA on 11/12/2012

    2006 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver with USB and AUX inputs for IPOD, Flash Card, etc. Works like a charm, and the sound is good. Full featured audio controls. Easy install.

    Pros: Great performance, full-featured audio controls, good looks, has played every type of file (mp3, mp4, wav) that I have thrown at it. Drives my POLK speakers perfectly.

    Cons: The radio reception went to the dogs when I put this unit it to my Accord 2006, especially AM. A power boost antenna recovered the FM, but I can get almost no AM now. Not sure if this is the radio, but my guess it is. Be aware of this if you listen to AM much.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    TreverC from Battle Creek, MI on 11/11/2012

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this head unit in my girlfriend's 2003 Jetta and it sounds great! Easier to use compared to some of more expensive Kenwood Excelon radios but it still looks great and sounds amazing. Crutchfield delivered all the necessary components for a clean install.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy to use, HD Tuner, iPod/iPhone integration, Pandora, multi-color LEDs, easy install


    Exceeded Expectations !!

    Ian B from Estes Park, Colorado on 11/7/2012

    2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I absolutly love this receiver ! Installed in a 2007 Subaru Impreza after my stock unit ate a CD. This Kenwood pulls about ten times the FM signal that the factory unit did, even way up here in the mountains. Pandora on the iPhone is awesome as well as the iPod functions. This Kenwood makes my factory speakers sound waaaaaay better as well( I have factory premium sound with a tweeter kit). Crutchfield's included instructions and wiring harness made installation a walk in the park. I couldn't be happier !!!

    Pros: Great sound, FM signal, iPhone/iPod functions, Cool looks, Easy Installation, Great Value !!! Thanks Crutchfield !!!!!!

    Cons: I wish I would have put this receiver in a long time ago !!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Chuck G. from New Hampshire on 11/5/2012

    2000 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit,easy to navigate.4 stars for "build quality" only because it's not" time tested" yet.

    Pros: Features,button layout,color options for display,user presets for EQ.

    Cons: Could use a seperate button/knob for sub-woofer adjustment (as with most units available today)

    Kenwood Excelon KDC -X596

    Doug from Louisville, KY. on 11/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very satisfied with the performance and quality of this receiver. The one issue I have which is probably something you will find with all non-factory receivers, is the AM radio reception is lousy. I travel in my work and I like to listen to some talk radio on AM. This receiver loses signal about 30 miles from my home city. I am pleased with all other functions of this unit.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality and features.

    Cons: AM reception.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Anonymous from Mechanicsville, MD on 11/1/2012

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only negative is that the wiring harness didn't fully integrate with my car's wiring harness and i had to splice into the car audio wires.




    Zawamj from Florida on 10/26/2012

    2001 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome product. Installation was simple because Crutchfield supplied all the necessary adapters. Stereo is good looking, sound quality is amazing in comparison to the stock head unit, and the reception is exceptional. The buttons each take care of multiple functions which is the only reason I didn't give it a 5/5 on ease of use. I like stereos with more dedicated buttons versus having to look for which button would take care of what command. Once you find which ones control what functions it becomes very easy to navigate. Overall the unit is really good especially for the price. I highly recommend it.

    Pros: Great looking, great sound, easy to use, great tuner, HD works very smoothly, great price

    Cons: Would like to see more dedicated buttons but its not too big of a deal.

    Great sound, attractive appearance

    Doug from Coatesville, PA on 10/25/2012

    2000 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from my factory stereo to this one a few weeks ago, and am very pleased. The unit looks and sounds great! I love the constantly changing color of the LED trim. The HD radio is great. This unit transitions from analog to HD radio and back again seamlessly, which is important in my rural area. I knew the one-line display would be a limitation before I bought the unit, because the Crutchfield buying guide says two lines of text are much easier to work with when scrolling to find a podcast. It wasn't a deal breaker since I didn't listen to podcasts very often. Well, now I am surprised by how much I am listening to podcasts now that I have the ability. I wish I had bought a unit with a two-line display. I don't understand the way the unit scrolls through podcasts. Unfortunately, this unit scrolls through podcasts randomly. For example, I have a backlog of 40 podcasts from one producer I want to listen to. After I played the first podcast in the series I expected the stereo to go to the next one in the series. It does not. It goes to a different, seemingly random one. I haven't figured out how to modify this. And, as other reviewers have mentioned, It's unfortunate that you can't call up the clock to see what time it is.

    Pros: Sounds great. HD to Analog transitions are seamless. Color changing LED trim is attractive.

    Cons: Scrolling for content on my iPod using the one-line display is difficult. After one podcast is done the next one played is apparently random.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Dave from Ohio on 10/23/2012

    2003 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this reciever knowing with past knowledge, Kenwood has always put out a great straight forward product. This unit surpasses all my expectations. The internal amp has plenty of power, surprising in some respects with the proper speakers (Polk ) The display is clean,straight forward and easy to see. You can easily change the colors to your liking. There are several adjustments you can choose from to adjust the EQ, balance, Fader, Subwoofer Freq. and power. It also has 3 pair of RCA outputs so you can do whatever you want to do as far as adding more power to your stereo. Too many delightful things to list. In a word. BUY THIS RECIEVER!! You will LOVE it!

    Pros: Powerful amp, clean, straight forward display. Many useful Freq adjustments, Remote control!!

    Cons: none!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    2006GMC Sierra from Southern Michigan on 10/22/2012

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money this one is hard to beat. Good sound and easy to use,I didn't want all the bells and whistles for my truck just good sound and this unit works well for that I can adjust the Bass, Mid range and Treble just the way I want it to sound.To me the coolness factor is that I can plug a USB drive into it in addition to a a CD player

    Pros: It's easy to set up and use I haven't had any problems with it

    Cons: None

    Good Basic Unit

    Doc V from Southern New Jersey on 10/14/2012

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good basic unit. It is nothing fancy or complex. Just an HD radio and media player. Good value and low cost.

    Pros: Decent sound quality and options for playback.

    Cons: Overly complex menu system

    Kenwood X596

    sandy from milwaukee, WI on 10/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is decent, not the best I've heard. Third car stereo I've put in now. Remote is WAY TOO COMPLICATED for driving, small buttons and not safe to navigate while driving. Sony remotes are much better and easier to use. Had to read the instructions to figure out how to set up the stereo and the remote has no specific instructions. Have thought about swapping this one out for something more user friendly. I bought it for the front USB capability which is the best feature.

    Pros: USB infront

    Cons: complicated remote, a pain to do all of the initial setup, faceplate popped off while I was driving.

    Great radio!

    G from Texas on 10/9/2012

    1998 Lexus SC300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Does a excellent job of combining functionality and style. I don't have anything bad to say about this headunit.

    Pros: Everything!!

    Cons: N/A

    A very fine upgrade

    Dave G from Kankakee Il on 10/9/2012

    2001 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When my 6 disc changer died while on vacation I decided to upgrade the head unit in my 2001 Lincoln Town Car instead of getting a used changer. I chose the Kenwood KDC-X 596 based on customer reviews and the specifications. The Crutchfield adviser was a great help in assuring me the factory sub woofer will still function as it does with my factory Alpine unit. Everything worked out GREAT! Steering wheel control, wiring harness dash kit, right on the money. Looks great and sounds even better with no need to upgrade my factory speakers. Thanks Crutchfield for another great install experience.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, front USB, IPOD controls, HD Radio ease of install.

    Cons: NONE!

    Kenwood x596

    David Dee from Port Richey Fl on 9/30/2012

    1988 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well worht the money, fairly easy to use, wish the clock would stay on, happy so far.

    Pros: good unit great price

    Cons: clock access


    Rebtxn81 from San Antonio, TX on 9/30/2012

    1989 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it



    kenwood x596

    Mike T. from Palmyra, NJ on 9/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This hd cd usb radio has it all. Great price for a great piece of electronics. Hooked up to a M4100 Sound Ordnance amp with four 6x9 pioneer speakers. WOW! My system sounds better than many I hear rolling down the street. Loud and Clear and it looks cool too. Color match is awesome. My car has orange interior lights and it matches perfectly. Two day free shipping is the real deal.

    Pros: cheap, great sound and quality. remote a plus.

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    mg from Kansas City, MO on 9/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a terrific unit! It has great sound quality plus I have really enjoyed HD radio.

    Pros: Works as advertised

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Mike B from Enfield, Ct on 9/23/2012

    2004 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my OEM with this unit, I can find no differance with the sound quility other than the HD stations, the instruction book should be more detailed as to the functions of the radio, the time cannot be displayed on the unit,

    Pros: HD radio

    Cons: time display, instruction book, sound quality


    Alex from Massachusetts on 9/22/2012

    2003 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has everything i need for a low price, and don't forget the $50 worth of free installation gear. Has pandora, hd radio, usb spot, aux spot, ipod integration and a nice quality sound. Only replaced the stereo in my car, everything else was the same and as a result the bass increased, the loudness and the quality all increased. Installing it myself was also a unique experience!

    Pros: all the features and the quality

    Cons: nothing yet

    great system

    john from PA on 9/21/2012

    This system sounds really good but I may need a better speaker to handle the power output. It's really easy to install and the functionality are easy to use. Crutchfield is the best online shopping to buy all your electronics. Best of all free shipping are fast and customer service are excellent. Will do business with them again.

    Pros: Sound quality easy of use and functionality.

    Cons: None as of yet

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Kent from Crawfordsville, IN on 9/17/2012

    2002 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Couldn't be happier with the radio reception. Really like the Padndora, HD radio and Iphone functions. It will take awhile to figure out all of the features and how to access them all. Only wish some of the features were more accessible with one touch instead of several propmts to get to a desired feature. Crutchfield customer service is first rate.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    ZacharyC from Tampa, FL on 9/13/2012

    2003 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This CD receiver is well worth the money! My car previously had a Pioneer CD receiver installed and it's amazing how much a new receiver can change the sound quality of your speakers!

    Pros: Sound quality, color selection, USB and AUX on the front, price, and looks!

    Cons: My radio cover must be forced shut with this receiver, modification will be needed.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Larry from Omaha on 9/11/2012

    2002 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can not get the time to display

    Pros: Looks and sounds great

    Cons: Can not get the time to display

    Crutchfield response on 9/12/2012 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


    kennymc from Capitol Heights, MD on 9/9/2012

    2006 Chevrolet Equinox
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck is great. Just had mine installed and oh what a difference it makes. Sound is great, couldn't ask for more. Also has all the features I was looking for also. Crutchfield is the best.

    Pros: great features, nice sound

    Cons: none so far

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    StevenR from Sacramento, CA on 9/8/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Kenwood deck has every single feature that I wanted and then some. It's really easy to use especially if you read the manual. It sounds great and was an awesome value. The HD radio stations are really cool too.

    Pros: iPod/USB input, easy to use, great audio adjustments.

    Cons: None

    Love my Excelon

    Daren from Spokane WA on 9/5/2012

    2012 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love my Excelon. I listen to my USB memory stick almost exclusively. Tons of audio adjustments for better sound. Easy to operate. I wish more stations were in HD, so I could use the HD receiver more, but there are only a couple HD stations in this city

    Pros: USB input. Easy to operate.

    Cons: Nope

    kenwood excelon kdc-x596

    kenwood excelon kdc-x596 from tiverton,ri on 8/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to install. crutchfield supplies everything needed.



    Great Value

    Jeremy from Indianapolis, IN on 8/27/2012

    2007 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I thought this was a great purchase. This little guy has all the features I wanted and a reasonable price. Installation was easy, especially with the Crutchfield instructions, and I was up and running in no time. Some of my favorite features are how the HD Radio has three FM bands so you can program in 18 presets instead of so many that can only go up to 12. Another great feature is that, when you have an iPhone/iPod connected, you can switch between controlling the device with the deck's controls and the iPhone's own controls. The former is good for when you're driving and don't want to fumble around with you device while the second is good for when you're driving and your wife is tired of listening to what you picked so she decides to look to see what else you have in your music collection (or at least that's been my experience). I only have a few complaints. One is that the screen does not show up very well when the sun is shining on it. This isn't usually a big problem for me, but it is worth noting. Also, the interface isn't the most intuitive I've ever used. I highly recommend glancing at the user's guide so you know what all the different settings mean. Other than those two minor things I have loved every aspect of this product. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to replace a stock radio with something that can do a bit more.

    Pros: HD Radio, iPhone interface, Pandoa

    Cons: Screen Brightness, UI

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Michael B from Phoenixville, PA on 8/24/2012

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Big Improvement over factory unit, HD Radio, Ipod Controls and plenty of power without a separate amp.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    CCWT from California on 8/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fit right in the overhead console of my Kenworth from last deck and love the revolving colors. It has IPOD connection that I was looking for in a sterio. So far, so good. Like the sound.


    Cons: Nothing, yet

    Great radio

    EricR from Denver, CO on 8/24/2012

    2001 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It has all the features I wanted, and looks great and is easy to use. I wouldn't change anything about the radio.

    Pros: high-quality HD radio can control your iPod or let your iPod control through firewire

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Anonymous from Powhatan on 8/23/2012

    1997 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio. Just got it and put it in. Sounds great!




    Sum from NY on 8/23/2012

    2002 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from a factory head unit and it was a HUGE difference! The sound is amazing short of an external amplifier. The manual is not very thorough but this is not that big of a deal. You will learn the controls after playing around with the head unit. I like the variable colors you can choose.from. I believe this is a great product for someone looking to upgrade from a factory head unit to enjoy their music and looking for a smooth introduction into car audio. It's got everything you will need for hooking up subs and external amplifier later on. I would definitely recommend this.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 CD receiver

    Masi from Costa Mesa, CA on 8/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio works great as a replacement for my Bose radio on my Mercedes ML. The CD changer went kaput. I ripped the CD's to a Jump drive. I now have over 50 hours of media to listen to when traveling.

    Pros: I now have an unlimited amount of listening pleasure while traveling. There are numerous features on the radio which I am still trying to figure out. Multiple FM channels and one AM channel with the available presets. Tech support was very knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cons: none


    Rod from Ripon, WI on 8/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is the best! Exactly as advertised and more. It is everything that I needed, but the big surprise is the tuner, the stations I can receive surpasses any other unit I have ever owned. I used the online adviser chat and asked the questions I needed answered and they were answered promptly and provisionally. Crutchfield is my new favorite store for audio equipment! Good price, great service.

    Pros: The operation is simple and elegant, everything is where you expect it to be. Great design

    Cons: The display has dimming options, dim or not dimmed. I would like to see a variable dim control, at night on the unit is still a bit bright for my tastes, the multi-color display helps this, but asked for cons and it is the only one that I have:-)

    Beyond my comprehension

    Capt. Kirk from Tucson, AZ on 8/11/2012

    1990 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this deck compared to my old sony, even with the same speaker and subwoofer set-up it sounds so much better. The 4 volt preamp out is to thank, I have the bass turned way down and it still kicks butt compared to my old system. I love that the color variation is subtle over 30 different colors, not just the primary ones some others offer and the ability to let the deck just cycle through the colors really impresses people. My only complaint would be there are almost too many options and things to tweak, but that's dumb to complain about honestly and for more basic users such as myself it does have preset EQ's that are amazing. I do need to figure out how to have it not start pandora every time I turn it on, but other than my own lack of understanding this is an amazing deck, great buy and I highly recommend it.

    Pros: Sound quality, color variation, wide variety of options to play and tweak.

    Cons: It doesn't complement me when I'm sad.


    SD from Winchester, VA on 8/10/2012

    2010 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice simple head unit sounds good looks nice and I was able to tune the display color to match the dash lights in my 2010 GMC Sierra.

    Pros: HD radio


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Scott H. from Mesa,Az on 8/10/2012

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it !! Went into my 2002 1500 Silverado along with Sub, Amp,Kappa speakers SWEET !


    Cons: None yet

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    Mgutierrez13 from California on 8/1/2012

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo, I think is one of thest I own..

    Pros: Easy to control, great iPod control with pandora


    Good receiver

    Moseman from Galax,Va on 7/31/2012

    2006 Mercury Milan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great features for the price. Looks good, doesn't detract from car's appearance. Controls are a little confusing, but not nearly as frustrating as some units I've used.

    Pros: Sounds good, looks good, fairly easy to operate. Works great with I-Pod, which was the main reason to upgrade from factory unit.

    Cons: expensive to convert to use with steering wheel controls.

    Amazing value!

    LarryDawg from Arvada Colorado on 7/23/2012

    2005 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio looks and sounds fantastic! Best value for the price that I have found! I paired the radio with Kenwood Excelon speakers and it sounds amazing.

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Nothing!

    Great reciever for money

    peb from Littleton, Co on 7/16/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for money, especially after $15 price cut. Made my original speakers sound great. Kenwood light app worked well with Microsoft. I downloaded some CDs to computer with Rox.. and Kenwood light did not like. I had to rip those CDs using Microsoft then all was well.

    Pros: excellent sound with my original speakers

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    RD from TN on 7/14/2012

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product; oustanding Crutchfield support!

    Pros: Solid product. Did not need Blue Tooth or sattelite radio; this was the right choice!

    Cons: None

    Fantastic value

    CharlesA from Tampa FL on 7/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood Excelon KDC X-596 has so many features & options for the money spent it"s almost unbelieveable. Currently Crutchfield has it for $15 less than when I bought it from them which makes it an even better deal. It seems the only thing not on this unit is Bluetooth, but I did not want that feature anyway. The factory warranty on the Excelon product line is 2 years. I have had my unit a couple months now & intalled it myself. I am very pleased with the performance & value. Enough good things can't be said about the superior customer service and tech support of the Crutchfield team. They are seasoned, courteous professionals that are always ready to help, at least that is the experience I had with them. Other mail order companies would increase their business if they followed Crutchfield"s customer service model. I am looking forward to adding a subwoofer to round out the system and when I upgrade my mobile phone so I can stream Pandora.

    Pros: So many features & options

    Cons: So many features & options can make it complicated, but the owners manual is quite helpful but on top of that you get free tech support from Crutchfield if you need it.


    Steve M from Buena Park, CA on 7/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a very good system and eazy to use and excellence sound.



    nice product but instruction sheet is almost useless

    AlexW from Madison, WI on 6/14/2012

    2001 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The product itself is solid. i haven't used to for long to notice all the features or flaws. The Master instruction sheet crutchfield sent along the product is almost useless. It doesn't list out detailed instruction, only a 30000-ft high overview that is confusing if you don't deal with this often. Youtube is probably your best friend.



    Easy to read

    Hoyt from Marshall NC on 6/14/2012

    2008 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I picked this radio because the push buttons for the preset radio stations were the most visible that I could find. It has been very satisfactory in that respect. You don't have to take your eyes off the road very long with this one.

    Pros: Easy to use.

    Cons: None

    Great Upgrade over alpine CDE-121

    Dee1996 from Chicago, Illinois on 6/9/2012

    2003 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Head unit. With my old alpine, the sound was droned out and sounded bad. I could only crank the volume to 23 without distortion. Now I can blast my music at 28 with clear sound. Sounds are clear and sound quality is fantastic with this Kenwood Headunit ! Sounds as though my speakers are amped with only head unit power. Will definitely buy more Kenwood products!

    Pros: Sounds great. Easy to use. 22 Watt RMS Mosfet amp is great.

    Cons: None really.


    Anonymous from Overland Park, KS on 6/4/2012

    2003 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This has been a great replacement for the OEM stereo. i really like the feature that allows you to dim the panel lights independently of the button lights not to mention that there are a ton of colors to choose from for the button lights. i was able to perfectly match the color of the stereo lights to the cars dash and console lights making it look like it was made for the car. i did not have to look at the instructions to be able to program all the setting, because every button made sense and did what it looked like it should do. the sound is great, but i would like a little more control of the EQ. took some messing around to get the highs close to the way i like it. it could be fault of the location of the speakers in the car and would require a component set up to get it right. iPod control is very simple also. i was really impressed with the FM reception. i travel to south KS. twice a month and i would lose reception from my favorite station in Kansas City about 45 min out with the stock stereo. this one let me get about an hour and 20 min out before it lost it. i know it sounds stupid, but a few more extra tunes from my favorite station is just icing on the cake.

    Pros: Looks awesome, get alot for the money, multicolor display, Built in HD radio,

    Cons: none

    Great Product

    RFox from Foetville, IN on 6/4/2012

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Value, Fast shipping. Easy to Install.



    Lackluster FM reception

    Chucknlead from Frederick on 6/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first experiance with an HD receiver. It sounds incredible when you can lock in on a station but switches from HD to Stereo when the signal is a bit weak. It does NOT pull in FM stations like my non HD model. This is a bummer. Fortunuatly, I've never been a big fan of the radio because of the endless commercials. The four volt preamps make a huge difference with the signal to noise ratio when running a four channel amp. This six, four volt pre-outs were the selling point for me.

    Pros: Six, four volt pre-outs. Built in low and high pass filters and the EQ Pro. Multi color display to match you vehicle.

    Cons: Poor FM reception.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Dave from Florida on 5/30/2012

    2001 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to install,use,great sound! A+A+A+A+



    Great Value - Easy Install

    JimD from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/27/2012

    1996 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We purchased this radio to replace a failed factory Infinity radio. Actual installation in our van took about 10 minutes thanks to Crutchfields detailed instructions. I was able to have the wiring harness preconnected and all I had to do is take out the old radio and put the new one in. We travel long distances in our van and one of the best features of this system is the ability to use a USB thumb drive with it. This enables us to carry our entire music library with us anywhere we go on a single USB stick. No more carrying CDs! Use a USB drive coupled with the Kenwood Music Editor Lite and you can search the USB and create a playlist. Great job Kenwood! Sound seems better than the original Infinity system to me. And the price was right. We'd recommend this to anyone!

    Pros: Great sound. Easy install. Can color match the dials/buttons to your dash color.

    Cons: None


    Harold from Poway,CA on 5/23/2012

    1988 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Radio


    Cons: NONE

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Jim F from River Grove illinois on 5/21/2012

    2002 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Words would be hard to find to explain what a great product this radio is. And the support given by Crutchfield is AMAZING! Bought this for my son as a surprise for his older model jeep. Sounds GREAT!!!!!!! Easy to install, because everything you need is in the box. You would be foolish to go anywhere else. Very very pleased.

    Pros: Too many to mention. But in the end, this is a great sounding, looking radio. And the built in HD Tuner? Opened up another world of stations I would have never known about.

    Cons: none

    For the price!

    lsxtrkiller from Bakersfield, Ca on 5/19/2012

    2000 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price you cant ask for anything better... Always been partial to alpine however their more resent mid range decks seem to be lacking some pretty common features, also going back to a fixed color they went back in technology. Also im not sure what alpine doesnt get about throwing 4v preouts on their decks.... The 4v preouts and the ability to adjust color is really what drew me to this deck and i cant say im disappointed... have it hooked up to a 1800 watt mono block and a 700 watt 4ch with 4 alpine type R components and while this deck isnt the fanciest it does its job and does it well...

    Pros: color change, 4v preouts, customization.

    Cons: No Bluetooth, no rear usb connections, not the most user friendly menus.

    Fantastic System

    DavidP from Atlanta, GA on 5/14/2012

    2008 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW! I can't believe the difference between regular radio and HD radio. It is like going from the old rabbit ears on a TV with only a handful of stations to HD TV with hundreds of stations. The sound quality and additional station formats is far superior to any radio I've ever had. Forget about satellite. HD Radio is Free!! And I've discovering the secondary audio stations are without commericals. One thing about my installation - the radio was not plug and play. I did have to sort a number of wires making sure the proper ones were attached. The friendly tech support crew was patient with me on any questions I asked. They really were patient with me.

    Pros: Increased number of stations. Vastly improved audio quality. Easy to use remote control so I can keep my eyes on the road. Color coordinates with my car.

    Cons: I haven't found any yet.

    Pretty Nice

    vanion2 from Albuquerque, NM on 5/14/2012

    1993 Toyota MR2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace my wife's stereo so I wanted something easy to use, had iPod control, and a USB port for thumb drives. Needless to say this unit was perfect. It took me all of 20 minutes to swap everything out and it works great with her factory speakers. I plugged in her iPod and was selecting play lists without having to read the instructions. My wife was very happy with how everything looked and worked and I was happy at how affordable and clean it looks not being loaded up with a ton of features she will never bother to use. I like it so much I may get one for my truck.

    Pros: Simple to operate. Clean looks. Detachable face that is easy to remove/insert. USB port in the front. Built in iPod control. Good unit to build a full stereo system around. Colors are pretty sharp.

    Cons: Doesn't make coffee?

    Great Buy

    Jetboy from Atlanta, GA on 5/13/2012

    2006 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I swapped a Kenwood x396 for this radio and am I glad. Same basic features, except HD Radio. Here in Atlanta we have a bunch of HD radio stations and dose it sound good. The install was easy any I have found the user interface to be very user friendly. Also, this radio can crank out the tunes!!



    Love the in depth audio controls

    MR Breakdown from Plover, WI on 5/8/2012

    2002 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this along with matching Kenwood component's to replace the Monsoon system in my VW. I have to say I am very impressed, I didn't want to spend a lot of money but wanted the quality and features of a higher end unit. This unit delivers, you can tweak the sound parameters many different ways, which comes in very handy when using a component setup with a subwoofer system. Having the ability to adjust the two separately is great, and a feature I now will never want to give up. I would highly recommend this product for someone looking for lots of features but a reasonable price. I have to say best bang for your buck. The ability to change colors on the unit is an awesome little feature that all head units should have.

    Pros: Looks great, works great

    Cons: none

    Great receiver

    Dwight S from Clayton, NC on 5/8/2012

    2003 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great receiver for the money. Pulled out a factory stereo (Infinity) from a Dodge Dakota 2003. Stereo seemed ok, but 2 speakers had blown out. Replaced those first, and realized the factory stereo was not all that. This Kenwood receiver is quite amazing for the money. Kids think dad's old truck is the cool car now. Hooked up their iPod and were jammin'. Great features for the money. Thought it had Bluetooth, but I guess I got that confused with another receiver I looked at. But it's cool having the lil remote. It does all I need and with the new speakers I installed, it sure does make my commute a lot better. Loving it so far! As usual, Crutchfield gave the right cable adapters and mounting hardware. Installation was a breeze.

    Pros: Pretty much everything. Great sound. Nice iPod connectivity. HD Radio

    Cons: Just wish it had Bluetooth.

    Great product!

    Stimpy from Montgomery, AL on 5/4/2012

    1999 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very hefty product that packs a lot of punch. A friend and I quickly installed this in a matter of minutes. It drastically increased the sound quality in my car (along with the Kenwood 6 1/2" speakers I bought with it).

    Pros: Pretty colors and very good range of tones.

    Cons: It's a little more on the bass than anything else, but it has a great EQ for adjustments.

    Great head unit

    CJBeehler from Lima, OH on 5/3/2012

    2000 Chevrolet Tracker
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this head unit. It really makes my jl audio speakers come alive. Sound quality is awesome. The only thing is at first its confusing on how to figure out all the functions but after doing it a few time you figure it out pretty easily. Another thing that I thought was cool was that if you dont set a specific color for the head unit the color changes from color to color.

    Pros: Display color changes iPod/iPhone control from head unit


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    MIKE from ENID,OK on 5/1/2012

    1988 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this unit. Still learning all of the controls.



    First Car Stereo

    aT from Shelbyville, IN on 4/28/2012

    1992 Chevrolet Lumina
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was the start of my first car stereo install. I was looking for something that I could integrate my iPhone into. What do I get with this? Bypass DAC and Pandora support! This stereo also makes my factory speakers sounds extremely good, even though I'm buying new speakers. For the price, you can't go wrong with this great stereo. I'm a complete novice when it comes to car audio, but I can tell you this head unit is a definite recommendation to anyone looking for a great sounds, affordable head unit! Even though I have had this installed for less than a week, I can tell its great investment.

    Pros: Bypass DAC, Pandora app control, six 4-volt preamps

    Cons: None so far.


    MIKE from DETROIT,MI on 4/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first time in years that I bought a kenwood excelon stereo and all I can say is WOW. If you still listen to cds like I do there is no other stereo like it. It reminds me of the kenwood stereos in the late 1980s (QUALITY BUILT) The unit is easy to use the HDradio is a major plus and the bass quality is beyond my expatations. I give this unit a solid 100%. And I would like to also thank the excellent staff @crutchfield as well. A big thank-you goes out to Norm and Kay for your excelent service and outstanding patience.


    Cons: NONE!

    Purchased this unit for my son for his birthday

    R S from Fort Collins, CO on 4/19/2012

    2011 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit as a birthday present for my son to put in his Ford Ranger. Installation was easy and the sound quality is excellent. We did the installation work together which was also easy and he ad all the features working in no time. The unit integrates with his iPhone seamlessly. Great unit for the money.

    Pros: Easy to use - feature rich for the money - easy installation - excellent sound quality

    Cons: Can't think of any

    Love it!!

    Joe Y. from Mooresville, NC on 4/18/2012

    2008 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to put in my wife's Subaru Impreza. This is an awesome improvement over the OEM stereo. It sounds great and looks great. I replaced the factory speakers also, so that helps with the sound improvement also. My sister in-law wants one in her car now.

    Pros: Sounds great All the options you should need.

    Cons: None

    KDC-X596 CD

    KurtisLV from Las Vegas, NV on 4/16/2012

    2000 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio. I replaced my original Monsoon radio/CD player with the KDC-X596 CD unit and it is really nice. Great sound, easy installation and really nice look.

    Pros: Direct fit, easy installation, great sound, solid construction and awesome looking.

    Cons: None

    Good value

    Anonymous from Des Plaines on 4/11/2012

    2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    They dropped the build quality since the x595 , But it functions a lot better . I just returned the Alpine cde-hd138bt at 2 times the price and well i am dissapointed in the SQ , This has better low end but the Alpine does have better SQ . It's easier then the Alpine also . I'm not sure if i am going to keep this , Thinking of the top JVC hd radio or maybe the Pioneeer 8400 . For the money it's well worth it . I'm looking for something around $200 ,with 4volt pre-outs . The Alpine is over priced and lacked low end punch this kenwood has great low end but the highs are not all that great .

    Pros: Value Hd pre sets EQ More then one color

    Cons: Slippery volume control SQ Highs can not see display in bright light

    Worth the money

    Barry R. from Middle River MD on 4/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the Kenwood KDC-X596 in a 2002 Ford F-series, the Kenwood even made my 10 year old stock speakers sound good. It has all the features I wanted and was a good value for the money.

    Pros: Great sound. Good price. Love the HD.

    Cons: A larger volume knob would have been prefered, but not a big deal.

    Excellent value

    P-Dog from Waterbury,Ct on 4/1/2012

    1994 Toyota Tercel
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent stereo for those that are not into being heard a mile away. Although puts out a deafening amount of sound. Setting up the audio, is tricky untill you get used to it. The search feature isnt much of a feature, it should have more of a choice on how to search and input while searching can be maddening.

    Pros: Awe inspiring sound

    Cons: Lousy searchfor music.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 - Excellent upgrade

    99SAAB9-3 from Evergreen, CO on 3/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Straight forward install, excellent sound, relatively clear & easy to follow operation instructions. The reason for a 4 star rating on ease of use has more to do with the operator than the Kenwood. There are so many options (which is a good thing) that it's sometimes hard to hit the right button while driving.



    89 bronco 2

    basshead from griffin ga on 3/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    put this in my 89 bronco 2 with stock speakers and two 12s . crutchfield sent every thing i needed to modify my dash for a flawles fit. arrived 3 days after i ordered it. works great and the sq probably doubled. no complaints.

    Pros: plenty of power. ipod controls are pretty nice

    Cons: none

    Pretty Nice

    Anthony from IN on 3/14/2012

    2003 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This replaced another Kenwood unit that had the pre-amps go out. It's a nice upgrade with a little bit of a face lift over the older models. The sound is great. There's a lot of features, and the ability to make the face any color under the sun is nice as well. I think the radio is a bit weak however. My older model Kenwood picked up most stations around me without problems. This one seems to get more interference and annoyingly drops out of HD signals back to analog and back again. This constant changing in clarity is very annoying. The Pandora control is a nice feature but it's cumbersome to use when driving. Wish there was an easy on the fly way to switch back to iPod / iPhone interface for easy searching and radio switching.

    Pros: Feature Packed and sounds great.

    Cons: Radio reception is lacking and Pandora controls are clunky to use when driving.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596

    Tom from Chicago, Il on 3/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Plenty of EQ controls. iPod control is a bit annoying having to go thru music folders with one line of text on the receiver display.




    G.W. from Auburn,AL on 3/6/2012

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound quality is far superior to that of my old Blaupunkt, and my old Alpine

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none I can find

    Kenwood JVC

    mine from Chicago, IL on 3/5/2012

    1995 BMW 540I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really good overall. Provides great sound and power to factory amp in my E34.

    Pros: Good power and simple controls. Buttons feel great.

    Cons: Display a little hard to read in an E34. It's the angle, the height of the radio BMW placed it in.

    KDCX596 kenwood

    Tom P from Antioch Il on 3/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is top shelf,good display easy to setup,set your own color to your dash. Sounds good just wish I would have gotten rid of my stock radio long ago.

    Pros: The last radio I got from you couldn't see the display in sun light,this one is awesome

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon x596

    Im Drumming from Greenville SC on 2/29/2012

    It looks amazing, sounds amazing, I installed it myself and although it took me awhile im supremely happy with the outcome. I have 2 10in kicker CVR's and the quality with them improved by leaps and bounds (and i thought i they sounded amazing before). The HD radio is also a really nice feature.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Built in amp, The insane amount of options

    Cons: little hard to get to the functions like the presets, might be a little distracting on the road.

    Wow; so much for so little

    Longleader from Spring Hill, Florida on 2/9/2012

    1983 Porsche 928
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this radio in a 1983 Porsche 928s and it fits and looks great has good power and lots of options

    Pros: Controls Pandora Via iPhone, HD Radio, cost, looks

    Cons: None


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    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
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Audio Section
    HD Radio
    Disc Playback
    USB/Aux Inputs
    iPod/Android Control
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X596 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, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 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-X596 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

    3-Way Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-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 Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, 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 activated.

    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 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    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/off), '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).

    Preset EQ: Eight 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 (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    EQ Pro: The Excelon KDC-X596 features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 60, 80, 100, or 200 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.5k Hz 0.75, 1.00, or 1.25 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Bass Boost: In addition, the Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2 or Off).

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer at lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store Preset EQ and EQ Pro bass/midrange/treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    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.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X596 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.

    High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X596 features a High-Pass Filter (HPF) for the front and rear channels. You can set the HPF to "Through", or 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. The HPF affects both the speaker and preamp outputs.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X596 features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) 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.

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

    HD 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 (70 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.

    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 to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog).

    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 the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-X596's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-X596 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.

    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.

    Seek Modes: 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.

    Note: You can also setup the KDC-X596 to search only HD Radio stations.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-X596 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 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 can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X596 will display CD text or 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: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-X596 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    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: 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.

    Auto Reload: 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.

    USB/Aux Inputs

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-X596 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X596 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device 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.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from 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)

    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android.

    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 unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X596 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    iPod/Android Control

    iPod Direct Connection: The KDC-X596'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 (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X596.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries 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 music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.

    iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: 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 or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM,, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X596 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-X596 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). You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod Display: The KDC-X596 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X596 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").

    iPod Charging: 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. This unit does not charge the iPad.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X596 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y 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 Android Market place. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. 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.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav n/a n/a

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-X596 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 13-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Button Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 features variable color button illumination. 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.

    Illumination Dimmer: The head unit's fluorescent display has two dimmers settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can switch the display dimmer setting On or Off. The head unit's button illumination has an independent dimmer setting from the display which lets you set the button illumination dimmer to LVL1, LVL2, or Off. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." 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.

    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-X596 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) 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.

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