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Ready for your road trip

Whether you're listening to your favorite music or enjoying an audiobook, you'll be impressed by the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver's combination of performance and features. You can customize the illumination color to match your vehicle's lighting. Pair up your phone with this Kenwood, and you'll be able to take calls in your car with a touch of a button. Best of all, you also get the security of Kenwood Excelon's remarkable 2-year warranty.

Built-in Bluetooth®

Once you drive with a Bluetooth receiver, you'll wonder how you ever drove without one. Just plug your iPhone® into this receiver's USB port, and the receiver does the rest – one-button pairing means no more confusing menus to wade through. If your iPhone has Siri, you'll be able to talk to her through the external mic and hear her instructions through your car's speakers. You can also use your Bluetooth connection to stream audio to the receiver from just about any Bluetooth-equipped device.

Plenty of entertainment options

  • The convenient front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs give you access to plenty of other listening options. When you plug in your iPod® or iPhone®, you'll enjoy quick navigation of your playlists and albums. Plus, if you listen to Pandora® Internet radio with your iPhone, you won't miss a beat when you plug it into this Kenwood with its dedicated Pandora controls. Android and Blackberry owners can enjoy listening to and controlling Pandora using their Bluetooth connection to the receiver.
  • When you're not listening to 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, WMA, and AAC files, to smooth, lifelike sound, and it'll make a big difference in the music on your iPod or thumb drive, too.
  • If you store your music on an Android device, download the free Kenwood Music Control app and enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB.
  • For satellite radio subscribers (or those who plan to be), the KDC-X597 works with SiriusXM's outboard tuner (not included), so you can enjoy coast-to-coast reception of your favorite talk, sports, and music programming.

Shape your sound

Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X597's 3-band parametric equalizer, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you adjust for your car's speaker setup. 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 amplifiers is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that will give your amps 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 (not included) 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.

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

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

This one of the best head unit i had it sound very crisp clear

Anonymous, Grand Rapids, MI

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
  • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
  • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Cloth pouch
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • one-button Bluetooth pairing with iPhone
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with AAC, MP3, and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 11-digit display and variable-color button illumination
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ Pro (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • 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
    • Kenwood Music Control app enables playback of music files over USB from select Android devices
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    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
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Audio Section
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/Android/AUX Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X597 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-X597 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 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-X597 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X597 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.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X597  features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.

    • 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.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio 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).

    EQ Pro: The KDC-X597 is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    EQ Pro
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -8 to +8 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -8 to +8 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -8 to +8 Fixed
    Note: You can store EQ Pro bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

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

    • Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • 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.

    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).

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two Bluetooth-enabled phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used at a time. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X597 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. The KDC-X597 also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X597, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X597. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long.  Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth , the Kenwood KDC-X597 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, and more can be done through the KDC-X597 and its microphone.

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

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-X597 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X597 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X597 also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X597 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Echo Level: You adjust the echo cancellation delay time until the least echo is being heard during a phone conversation.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-X597's front-panel USB port 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 5/5C/5S; use the Lightning-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-X597.

    • DAC Bypass: This 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.
    • Music 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 also 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, Last.fm, 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. 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.
    • Information Display: The KDC-X597 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-X597 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
    • Battery 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. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread. 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 8-/16-bit n/a

    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 KDC-X597 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has 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.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-X597 features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), Manual Tune, or Direct Access (via remote). The KDC-X597's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-X597 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.
    Note: 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Connection Type: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 provides Pandora App access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Kenwood head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or Blackberry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Station Control: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone. 
      • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
      • Presets: You can save 3 Pandora stations as presets.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
      • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    • Information Display: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Direct Tuning via included remote
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Disc & USB 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. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & AAC audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 50 folders/512 files (255 files per folder) 255 folders/65,025 (255 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X597 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-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 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.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 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/AAC music files to your USB (MSC) device 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. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com 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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 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. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 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: You can manually dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    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-X597 comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

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

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    Quick Bluetooth pairing

    Written by Matt Freeman, Staff Writer - Creative, on 10/10/2013 2:36:00 PM
    Not too long ago, we helped a teen install his very first car stereo (he loved the experience, and was blown away by the result). The KDC-X597 was right in his wheelhouse: not too expensive, yet packed with cool features. It was the first time I'd gotten to play with one of these models, and I have to say, more than anything else, I was blown away by the quickness of the Bluetooth® phone pairing. Some older stereos make you jump through the hoops of multiple menus to pair your phone. Not so this one. All he had to do was press one button, and boom — the stereo found his iPhone 4S and set the verification code. One tap on the phone's screen and that was it. In just a few seconds, he was talking. Simplicity like this is great to find, because less time setting up means more time having fun.
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    Customer Q&A

    43 questions already asked

    It must be hooked up through the USB or Bluetooth for the head unit to be able to change the tracks. If it still does not work then this head unit probably does not support your device then. You can change the tracks from your phone, or put your songs onto a flash drive and play them off the flash drive. [ EVAN  Oct 25, 2014 ]
    If you will just tap the third button from the left (it's the bar symbol) you can scroll through the display choices. It is immediately under the Bluetooth label [ PHIL  Aug 17, 2014 ]
    Press the button to the left of preset button #1 and you can change the display to show the clock. [ JOHN  Aug 17, 2014 ]
    As long as the clock time is set using clock adjust you will be able to see the clock when you choose it using the display button. [ EDWIN  Aug 17, 2014 ]
    I do not have any idea [ BARBARA  Aug 15, 2014 ]
    I think it would, I connect my Ipod and Ipod Touch to it with the USB. [ MONIQUE  Aug 14, 2014 ]
    Yes. Using Bluetooth/USB/aux. [ WILLIAM  Aug 14, 2014 ]
    That's a question beyond my abilities. Probably better get a tech involved. [ GREGORY A  Aug 06, 2014 ]
    The 445U is a universal unit so yes it will. The 445U will accept either line level or speaker level inputs. However it gets its own power supply and is not powered from the head unit. [ Richard  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    when using this with my apple I pod or I phone I control the songs I want to hear via usb thgough the pod or phone NOT the deck. However, when in Pandora, the function controls are limited and you need to have the genre/Pandora station already selected on the ipod or phone. only with Pandora do I have to disconnect the usb, change Pandora station and then reconnect. Perhaps I don't know how to use Pandora. but to answer your original question, regular I tunes and music on the pod you use the pod to control what you will listen to-not the deck. [ RYAN J  Jul 26, 2014 ]
    To the best of my knowledge, you cannot control the ipod directly when it's connected to the deck. You'll have to navigate the menus via the Kenwood controls. [ ANTHONY  Jul 25, 2014 ]
    Yup. Can control your music through your iPod [ SETH  Jul 25, 2014 ]
    Yes, I can use google maps via blu tooth on my Galaxy s5. [ TODD D  Jul 25, 2014 ]
    I'm taking it that you are talking about navigation yes it will play though your car speakers as you drive. [ CHRIS  Jul 23, 2014 ]
    Not installed yet [ DONALD W  Jul 23, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your phone. They will be able to pull up your Galaxy 3 and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Greg  Jul 23, 2014 ]  Staff
    No this radio does not include Sirius XM Radio. The system is easy to use once you get familiar with it. I recommend this to anyone. Fits great in my 97 Jeep Cherokee. [ TODD D  Jul 25, 2014 ]
    You have to buy the siriusXm tuner separate. It just plugs directly into the back of the radio. Yes its very easy to use while driving as long as you use the presets for stations. I find it a bit hard to search for a station unless I'm stopped somewhere. Overall a great unit and menus are easy to navigate. [ GEORGE  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    yes and yes , you'll need an extra antenna that i'm sure crutchfield would be glad to sell you then it's just like a radio when you chose the option. [ PETER B  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    It is sirius xm ready which means you have to purchase the separate sirius xm module in order to receive it [ DAVE  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    The radio comes Sirius/XM ready, you will have to seperately purchase the satellite radio adapter which can be found on the accessories tab of the product page. [ JOSH  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    if you are in radio mode, they are for station presets. if you are in (for example) CD mode and you push number 6 it will pause the CD. I think it's number 6. [ MICHAEL  Jul 30, 2014 ]
    The buttons are for tuning in preset stations. It's a good unit and I'm happy with it. [ VINCE  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    Glenn, Yes, you can store favorite radio stations (frequencies), assign them numbers and call them up using the 6 numbered buttons. Google "Kenwood KDC-X597 Manual" and you will be able to read the manual in "pdf" format. [ Keith  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    Yes when ur radio is in am/fm. Mode those buttons are for pre selected stations HOWEVER there r some 5/6 other modes ur radio can b in where those same buttons perform entirely different functions!!! This is NOT ur fathers radio!it really great to work with ,,, multi multi functions features n options ... [ PETER R  Jul 21, 2014 ]
    to the left of the volume is a search button, when in radio source this button switches you between fm1, fm2, fm3, and am then yes the six buttons across the bottom are programmable to select preset stations. they also provide the play/pause forward rewind.... functions while in other sources like cd or pandora. [ Thomas  Jul 21, 2014 ]
    this is all prefrance realy but you may want to start with the loadness option. i do flat and the do a little boost to the bass. maybe turn down the mid 1 or 2. then crank it up. If i can recall this headunit started to distort at about vol25 without an amp. but i put in a small self powered sub and that makes all the difference in the world. i have sence then put in a small 4 channel amp (50Wx4) and the preamp outputs are realy clean even at 35max volume. hope this helps a little [ Thomas  Jul 21, 2014 ]
    Peter, that is a loaded question for people. My hearing is not the best, so what we hear will differ greatly. At best my settings are 3/4 of the range off center. People overload bass settings to me, but again me! Set it to mid range and play all kinds of different songs as you adjust each freq. If you use one type of music to adjust, then when another with different range is played it will sound bad. Classicals, piano, and brass band type will cover all the freq. Good speakers and high freq. adjusted, can really bring out tones u never paid attention to. If u play an instrument, tones have a different interest also. Best of luck. [ JOHN  Jul 20, 2014 ]
    That's a very good question. I do not have a straight forward unfortunately. I wish I did. I play with the EQ settings all the time. I seems futile, because different genres, even different songs, really benefit from different settings. I am insatiable with EQ settings. Also, I am dissatisfied with my front speakers. My settings a kind of a band-aid for my mediocre front speakers. You have to make sure you have high quality speakers throughout the system before you even begin to experiment with the EQ settings, otherwise you will find it is too challenging to find proper settings... I hope this helps. [ DANIEL P  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    my settings might not be what you like...I like to hear the ground pound in rock and since I listen to very little else I turn the bass up I run the middle flat and the treble low.....you have to experiment with the settings to find what works for you...I can tell you this that this unit despite it's meager price will satisfy just about anything you throw at it....one hint though is if your running factory speakers it would be to your advantage to upgrade them to a speaker that would offer less distortion....Kenwood has a few real fine choices and then there is Infinity...but do upgrade your speakers and you'll get the best out of this very good system. [ MICHAEL  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Jul 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Jul 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Jul 06, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes. Crutchfield includes the wiring harness and mounting brackets. Be sure to safe the screw you use to take out your factory stereo. [ WILLIAM  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    Yes, everything you will need to install the radio comes with it. If you have any problems a Crutchfield representative is there to help you. They are very friendly. [ DAVID R  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    No, you need to customize your order for your type of vehicle and system it is replacing. [ KURT  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    If all your doing is replacing the head unit. Yes, everything comes as part of the package. [ WILLIAM  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    If it states that installation gear is included, it should come with everything to install except wire connectors. Has dash kit, stereo adaptor and antenna connector. [ DRAKE  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    You are going to need a wiring harness and a dash kit for your car [ MONIQUE  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    This is a fantastic radio. I bought this to put a system together and it sounds so good I only bought an amp for my sub in the trunk. Controls are a breeze with or without the remote while driving. If you have steering wheel controls you can get the adaptor. I didn't the remote is so easy to memorize. I fiddle away with ease. As for siri, couldn't help I'm an Android guy. The bluetooth is fantastic and kenwood even released an update that only made it better. I could easily go on and on about how much I love this thing. There is nobody I know that regrets this purchase. [ MICAH M  Jun 10, 2014 ]
    Don't know I don't have iPhone. Radio is ok wish I would have gotten bluetooth [ JEFF  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    Terrific stereo. I installed it in my 1985 MB 380SL with no problems, and the sound (with the top down) is very clear. The unit has many options for tailoring the sound, and the only (minor) issue I have with it is the main knob isn't rubberized. That's a tiny complaint, really. Not sure about SIRI use, but it pairs easily with my iPhone 5s and all other BT functions are normal. In a convertible I just don't use SIRI that much...or the phone, for that matter unless I'm in slow traffic. For the money, this head unit beats the BOSE tuner I have in my E320 wagon. [ ANTHONY  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  May 26, 2014 ]  Staff
    Sorry dont have droid razor apple products work fine with it [ EDWARD  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    Not sure. Works great with samsung galaxy 2 3 and 4 [ JOSHUA S  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Apr 21, 2014 ]  Staff
    Tim, I'm not sure about the Windows OS, I have a Samsung with Android. It works beautifully with my Samsung as far as bluetooth goes. I have had no issues, whether listening to Pandora or using the phone for calls. Hope this helps. I am very pleased with this Kenwood. [ RALPH  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    Yes,no problem,this radio is awesome [ DANIEL  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    Yes it will. Any blue tooth phone should be able to connect and work with it. My last phone was a Nokia Windows Phone it worked perfectly. Except every Motorola phone I've tried to use with it always seems to disconnect quite a few times while listening to Pandora or even making a quick call. [ ALEX  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    Don't know, but I am extremely disappointed in this radio's Bluetooth connection with the two cell phones I have had. It continuously loses connectivity between the phone and/or hands free connection. I have tried everything from eliminating the phone and reinstalling it (even pulling the battery) to deleting the phone from the radio and trying again from scratch (which I was told from a dealer should work). I don't know if I would by a Kenwood again just for this single reason. [ PALMER  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    I can't confirm on your specific model, but I know BT streaming works on Samsung Galaxy 3, iPhone 4s and 5, and Nokia Lumia Windows Phone. It's fairly safe to assume it will work with your device. [ SOHEEL  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    I have not tried to run Pandora from my phone by the bluetooth. I have a Samsung note II, but I have music downloaded on my phone and bluetooth that through the radio just fine. [ PAMELA  Apr 07, 2014 ]
    Thanks Jeff. [ Isabella  Apr 02, 2014 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Jeff  Apr 02, 2014 ]  Staff
    All happens from the front. Crutchfield can show you how and what tools you will need. [ TROY L  Apr 06, 2014 ]
    i installed this in a 2012 ram...i had to buy the harnes for my vehicle, then i simply soldered the harnes to the stereo (all color coded) and it was plug and play. I did all mine through the dash. i did have to cut the inner dash because this is a double din, and stock was a single din. took about two hours [ ROBERT J  Mar 31, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Mar 28, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Mar 26, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes just go to the display settings and turn it to red. I've done it on mines [ LINDELL  Mar 28, 2014 ]
    The text is only white like in the picture. Only the lights shown in the picture can change color. [ Zachary  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    Colors are challenging on new stereos - read your manual [ Erik  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    It powers the iphone 5 that I have - so convenient!!! [ JAYESH  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    Unfortunately, I sold the Kenwood with the project truck prior to its installation. Sorry. [ LESTER V  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    The USB port provides power to the iPod i use. [ DANIEL A  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    A problem I have noticed with many of the new CD players is that they just don't put enough power through the USB port. I can plug the phone in and it will give it enough juice to keep running (even with pandora streaming and the GPS running, draining the power); but when I get to my destination, the phone has the same power as when I plugged it in. The only real way to get it to charge is to power direct via the cigarette lighter or put the phone in airplane mode and charge it via the USB unit. [ IMPORTS  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    It's powered. It charges our iPhones with no problems. Pandora works great through the port with iPhone as well. [ BRIAN K  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Hi Matt, Sorry that I cannot help at this time for I have not installed my unit yet. Dwight [ DWIGHT A  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    when I do not have my charger for my smartphone I plug it into my Kenwood with a USB port and a USB Micro and plug it into my phone and it does charge it it will not play music at the time but it will charge it its an Android and it does charge my phone as long as I keep it plugged in there it will charge my phone [ BARBARA  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    it does provide power, however it is a very low amount. When i had an android phone, it hardly provided enough power to turn the phone on. However, i now have an iphone with a lightning cable charger and the stereo actually charges the phone pretty efficiently [ MATTHEW E  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    I know it provides power to my iphone4 and my sons iphone5. I don't know about other types but I would imagine it does. [ SHAUN P  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Its passive [ MATT  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    It does slightly when the car is on. Keeps it from draining too quick while using it to play music. I tried to charge it while at work and it didnt work while the car was off. [ TREY  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Matt, I own the unit and am happy with it. To answer your question I do not believe that the USB provides power. It may by specification provide power, however, practically it cannot charge my Nexus phone. Most modern cell phones require 5 watts and it does not provide that. [ JOHN  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Yes it does provide power, it charges my Ipod [ MONIQUE  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    You can use the intelligent systems through the phones, but I am not a fan of siri. She seems to get confused when you factor in microphone garble. I prefer the google maps microphone when talking to the phone, but I haven't had much luck with anything else. [ IMPORTS  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    I don't know [ DARRELL  Mar 13, 2014 ]
    Yes you can. Works well. [ NATHANIEL  Mar 12, 2014 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Mar 02, 2014 ]  Staff
    The button between the right arrow key and the number 1 key at the bottom of the unit. Just keep pressing the button until it says clock. It should say title /artist, then artist/album or something like that, and then it says clock. Hope this helps [ MEREA  Feb 23, 2014 ]
    This was a question that I had also since it was important to me but not addressed in the owners manual. Pushing buttons, I found a small button just to the left of the number 1 preset button. It is the holy grail button! It allows you to scroll through the different fasces displays and lo and behold there is one that displays the time! To much technology? A small price toy pay for such an awesome stereo! [ ALLEN J  Feb 23, 2014 ]
    Hi, The Display button is located between the track up/track down button and the Number 1 button. Just push the display button until the Clock shows up, and it will always revert back to displaying the clock until you change the display. Have a Great day! [ CHRISTOPHER J  Feb 21, 2014 ]
    To display while the unit is on press the display button till the clock appears. If you turn the unit to stand by the unit should automatically display the clock. [ TODD M  Feb 21, 2014 ]
    There is a botton near the bottom left of the faceplate that cycles threw display options. basically it scrolls threw different messages being broadcast by the radiostation (song name/ artist) push it a few times and it cycles to clock. [ Zachary  Feb 21, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Feb 21, 2014 ]  Staff
    The Menu is located bu pushing in on your volume knob, then go to settings and then display settings then dimmer setting. [ CHRISTOPHER J  Feb 21, 2014 ]
    Yes. You must go through the menu to do so [ BRIAN K  Feb 12, 2014 ]
    Yes [ DOYLE  Feb 12, 2014 ]
    This unit comes with a mic that is connected to the rear off the unit. [ EDWIN  Jan 29, 2014 ]
    The unit comes with it's own mic that plugs directly in. You can put it almost anywhere. [ DAVID W  Jan 29, 2014 ]
    It comes with 1 that you plug into the back and place where you want it [ DARRELL  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    No. It comes with an external mic that you plug in and place where you like [ DWIGHT  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    No, you do not need a pre-existing mic in your car. It actually comes with a wired mic that allows you to put the mic in a location to you as the speaker. The wire with the mic is very thin in diameter and is quite long which makes it easy to route. [ JAMES R  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    There's a little microphone that comes with unit that you can mount where you think works best for you. [ RAFAEL  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    It comes with a mic that can be mounted anywhere, visor works best [ MICHAEL  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    it comes with a microphone you connect and route out to the visor or some other location for optimal pickup [ MARK  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    It comes with an external one you have to mount inside your car. [ ANON  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    This head unit comes with a microphone. Just have to plug it in the unit and find a good place for the mic. [ WILLIAM  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    The head unit comes with its own mic...and a length of wire to give you some freedom as to where you place the mic. So, the mic is included. [ ANTHONY  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    It comes with one but it's not built into the radio. It's on a separate cord and you install it with the radio [ GRANT E  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    Do I need an external Sirius XM receiver (ie: Onyx plus) or other item to play Sirius xm through the radio? Or is it built in? I already have a subscription. Thanks [ Alexis  Apr 18, 2014 ]
    They are adjustable, 85-160,or through on lpf. "Through" setting goes into dsp , also sub phase is reversible . Depends on what your running, and what you want you wanna make them do"stealth ohm". [ D  Feb 06, 2014 ]
    I'm sorry, I don't know. [ DARRELL  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    Yes they are both adjustable. They are increments of 20. They go from 80 to 120 I believe. If you go to kenwoods website you can download the owners manual and it will be in there. Awesome receiver by the way. Amazing at how tunable it is with the eq pro built in. [ TOM  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    Sorry, haven't got around to installing it yet. Dealing with a speaker issue & it's too dang cold in these mountains right now for installing [ DONALD W  Jan 25, 2014 ]
    never noticed but try plugging the phone in via the usb port + you'll get a charge [ PETER B  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    Hi, Josh, I had the same problem in my Chrysler on installation, using my iPhone. I called in to Crutchfield support twice (I forgot to write it down), and two different guys told me how, and this is what worked perfectly: From standard position (with song showing on screen, and power on), push the volume/control knob/button on the left: Next, turn it til you see "Settings", push again; Turn til you see "Detailed Set", push again; Turn to "BT HF/Audio", push again; Then you'll be in the right window which will probably say "Front". Turn the knob to "All" (may have to turn counter clockwise). That is to have BT (bluetooth) play through ALL speakers. For navigating, it's also good to know that you use the little, tiny button bottom left (it's lit up, with what looks like an oblong path with an arrow on the top part, pointing to the left), that will take you back one step when you screw up. Think of that as your "Back" button. Try not to push the big plastic button right under it, or you'll detach the face of your Kenwood, and have to start all over. Good luck, Josh, should work OK. If not, call back in to support and find those guys who know exactly how to do it. They're there, I'm sure. Cheers. [ ANTHONY  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    When connected push the volume knob and it will give you options. One of the options will give you the ability to use all of your speakers. [ THOMAS  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    I am assuming the bluetooth sound comes only from front speakers for everything related to bluetooth. In that case press your phone button to go into BT mode then go into settings and from there find the audio or sound setting, go into that and roll the volume button to pick between front rear or all. Once you are in the BT settings you may have to click into a couple of the setting strings before you find the right one. I initially had the same problem and this solved it. [ JOSH  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    Hey Cory, I dont understand it either why it says that, but u dont have to have it plugged in to ur usb to use Bluetooth. The radio is great i found nothing wrong wit it for the 2 months i had it:-) after awhile i just had to install a better radio, meaning a radio wit DVD/navigation, but for the months i had it i loved the radio. Hope this helps. [ MICHAEL  Jan 22, 2014 ]
    I have a Samsung Note I I but I operate it through the radio by blue tooth for my music and my calls. It is not necessary to plug your phone in to the auxiliary jack that I am aware of. Once you sync your phone by blue tooth you should be able to operate it hands free. Hope this helps. [ PAMELA  Jan 17, 2014 ]
    You don't have to plug it in. That's what steered me away from this deck at first. You can use android and iPhone/iPod/iPad simultaneously through Bluetooth. Its an amazing deck and I would recommend it to anyone. The only bad thing I've come a crossed is that sometimes you have to restart your deck because you phone won't recognize the device. But imo, it isn't a big deal at all. It also synchronizes all your contacts to your deck so it makes it truly hands free calling. Hope this helps! [ ALEX  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    Looks like having to plug in the phone is all about controls and one touch pairing. [ WILLIAM  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    I don't have an iPhone, but the Android phone i have works through Bluetooth with no problem. I did not have to connect with the cable. I usually keep a cord in the car anyway just to keep it charged and the port on the front works well for that purpos. Also, my iPod nano with bt connects ok, so i don't see why the iphone have any trouble. [ WILLIAM  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    I have this in my car and bluetooth is wireless and I use droid,but will pickup iphone too [ DANIEL  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    iPhone pairs easily with this deck though Bluetooth, no cord is required. [ FREDRICK  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    You so not have to plug in your iPhone in order to operate Bluetooth. I am very pleased with radio. [ DILLON A  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    Clock Display: Yes However, no clock is displayed with the power off. [ FREDRICK  Jan 14, 2014 ]
    It does have a clock function but it does not display when powered off [ Zachary  Jan 07, 2014 ]
    It does have a clock but it doesn't display when the unit is in standby. [ TODD M  Jan 05, 2014 ]
    Yes clock display, no it does not stay on when powered off [ NICK M  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    It will work fine. Your have two options. You can start the call on your phone and the headunit will pick it up or you can hold the phone button and it will start the voice commands feature on your GSIII. The USB music should also work fine on this unit. Hope this helps! [ TAYLOR M  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    the bluetooth works with any device that has bluetooth capabilities. i happen to have the exact same phone and it works perfectly [ MATTHEW E  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    Awesome! Thanks for all of the great feedback. [ Honda  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    It will work with your Android, too. I have an iphone, but I also pair up my wife's Android with it. A very cool feature of this deck is the "bluetooth audio" feature, too. I can pair either phone with the deck, and listen to the tunes on my phone without hooking up to the Aux input. [ Neil  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    Yes it works fine. I have the same phone. [ GORDON  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    It works great with Android...I use it all the time, just pair your phone and make sure Bluetooth is on. If someone calls it will ring over the speakers, just press the telephone button ( lights up green ) to answer or hang up (lights up red during call). Also, u can make calls from your phone, press send and put the phone down, and you are hands free. I installed the included microphone up near the visor area. As a side note, I use Bluetooth for Pandora streaming, just make sure that the Kenwood is in "Pandora" mode not BT Audio, or you will not get full audio, read BASS (subwoofer). The Bluetooth works great and is the best feature of this receiver. Now I keep the stereo in Pandora mode, walk to my car with Bluetooth on and witbin 10 seconds, Pandora will auto play. Also, the stereo will pause and auto resume streaming for an incoming call. Hope this helps!!! MATT [ KRYSTA K  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    I have a simple motorola flip phone and it works great with it. My car is a 2003 honda accord. Good Luck! [ RICHARD  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    i ONLY HAVE cheap phones, one verizon worked well,other cannot connect automatically, but connecting works if I manual open phone. Think it is a fair chance of working, since my phones are just old flips. [ JOHN  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    I believe it is any phone with Bluetooth. It synced up with all if my phones. [ JEFF A  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    I have an android based samsung and it works with the bluetooth hands free phone and audio features. I have not used pandora, but I heart radio as well as google play. [ MATTHEW  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    All the Bluetooth features work with my Android phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.3 I have noticed if the phone is connected via Bluetooth and playing Pandora or any other music app, and is interrupted by a phone call, after the call ends the Bluetooth connection is occasionally disconnected and you have to wait for it to reconnect in silence. Not sure if it is my phone (it is the same gen as GS3) or the head unit to blame. [ CARLYLE  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    Honda, As far as I know, Bluetooth is Bluetooth. My wife and I each have iPhones. I should work regardless for calls. As for other functions involving the Bluetooth (playing music) I am not 100% sure, but again it is all Bluetooth. The front jack is for iPod/iPhone only though. But it does have an aux jack for plugging in any other MP3 player but you will need another way to charge your phone. I hope this helps. Shaun. [ SHAUN P  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    It works with the Android as well. My husband has S3 and I have S4, it works with both [ MONIQUE  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    you should be able to with bluetooth connectivity or with the earphone input, but not sure about controlling Pandora via the unit, probably have to do that with the phone [ MARK  Jan 01, 2014 ]
    Eric If you have a USB output from your fone, you will be able to listen to Pandora. I have an I-fone4, and it plays beautifully thru my car system. You can also receive fone calls the same way. Its a GREAT unit!!! Unbelievable price for all that it offers! PEACE DOC [ GEORGE H  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    I don't know. We only use it as a radio. Has great sound [ DARRELL  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    Yes you will. Just hook the phone up to the head unit with the USB cable, switch the source to Pandora, and the head unit does the rest! [ DAVID W  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    I use my iPhone 4S and listen to Pandora commercial-free on my Kenwood. I would think that if you can connect your phone to the USB port you should be ok . You don't control Pandira with your phone when connected to the Kenwood unit. All control is performed through the receiver either with the remote or on the receiver itself. I love my KDC-X597 and listen to Pandora almost exclusively. Also really like the hands-free phone operation. [ JOHN  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    I hadd Samsung s3 running same jellybean operating system as the s4 with no issues. I didn't even have to update Pandora to do this. [ RAFAEL  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    Yes you will be able to listen to Pandora as long as you have the blue tooth connected [ BENJAMIN  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    I do not know since I have never listened to Pandora. I just use Bluetooth for phone through the radio when driving along with Sirius XM [ PHIL  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Dec 21, 2013 ]  Staff
    For fit questions please contact an Advisor by phone or chat. They can help ensure that you are aware of all the options for your vehicle and get you set up with the gear you will need. [ Jeff  Dec 03, 2013 ]  Staff
    Yes. [ GORDON G  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    Yes it will. [ ZACH  Nov 19, 2013 ]
    Yes, charge mine everyday streaming audio through it. [ MICAH J  Nov 18, 2013 ]
    I don't know if you can charge an iPhone because I have an android [ BARBARA  Nov 18, 2013 ]
    Thanks for your question Cameron. Both the KDC-148 and KDC-X597 are standard DIN receivers, so they should mount the same way in the vehicle. However, you will likely need to replace the wiring harness for the new receiver to work. Feel free to call or chat with an Advisor for full details on what you would need for the install. [ Jeff  Nov 15, 2013 ]  Staff
    Jerry, it's the coolest thing ever: as you're driving, the system will lower the volume, say, "Turn left in one half mile onto Broward Street", then the volume will go right back to where you had it. And when you get to the turn, it'll go down again, and the system will say, "Turn left at Broward Street", and lower and raise you volume the same way. If you screw up, it'll figure it out when you make a U-turn, and it'll just say, "turn RIGHT onto Broward Street", and put your music right back where you had it. Love it. (with my iphone, anyway) [ ANTHONY  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    I am sorry to say but I have not used that feature. What I can say is that when using the telephone, the music is muted and the voice is loud and clear. Mind you that my stereo is on a motorcycle traveling 70 plus miles an hour. Hope this helps at least to the clarity of the voice prompt. good luck [ RENE  Nov 19, 2013 ]
    When listening to music from my iPhone, navigation voice prompts come over the car speakers and temporarily lower the volume of the music quite a bit. [ MATT  Nov 17, 2013 ]
    yes [ PAUL  Nov 15, 2013 ]
    It mutes the music while the navigation is talking and then resumes the music after it's done. [ GRANT E  Nov 15, 2013 ]
    Tho not specific to your question about navigation prompts, I can say that while using bluetooth w/samsung phone along with the external mic, the sound is muted when I place a call or recieve a call. Hope this helps. [ JEFF C  Nov 14, 2013 ]
    When you have music on, if your navigation is giving instructions, it will lower the music so that you can hear, than bring it back up to regular volume. I found this to be true both when my phone was connected via USB or playing via Bluetooth. If you get calls, the music will be muted. If you get text messages, the music will be lowered just like in navigation. Hope that helps... [ RAFAEL  Nov 14, 2013 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on selecting subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Aug 30, 2014 ]  Staff
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