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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

CD receiver (New Stock)

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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.

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
    • 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:

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

    Anonymous, Grand Rapids, MI

    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

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 Reviews

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    Anonymous from Grand Rapids, MI on 1/6/2017

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



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    Jordy from Saint Cloud, MN on 1/4/2017

    2004 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this radio for a couple of years now, and I love it. I mainly listen to my iPod through USB. I sometimes listen to my phone through bluetooth. I've never had any problems with this whatsoever. I love it!



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    John from Albany, NY on 12/25/2014

    1998 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this radio, best radio for the money I ever purchased from Crutchfield. Hard to find other radio's with these options for this price. I have 1 issue Im hoping others who have this have seen and fixed. After more then a year of being sync to my everyday car my iPhone 5 can connect but then drops from the radio. Its not a iPhone 5 issue as the phone syncs with other cars in the house hold fine. I need to see if my wifes phone will pair ok, that is my next test. I have remove the radio from my iPhone list and started over fresh, the iPhone does see it, can connect, them drops with in 30 seconds All the other custom presets I have on the radio are fine. The loss of BT with my iPhone 5 kills me, I loved this option. Anyone have any thoughts? Looks like the KDC-X598 replaces this discontinued model now.

    Pros: Love it!

    Cons: Loss my bluetooth :(

    works great

    twiztedlemon from Aiken, SC on 10/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great, had an issue with Bluetooth using only front speakers....which caused a issue at first but just a simple setting to fix. Other than that, it's great.

    Pros: Price , features

    Cons: Bluetooth default setting to front speakers only


    N/a from Tampa on 9/8/2014

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)


    Pros: bluetooth

    Cons: n/a

    good stereo

    lenard from Eugene, OR on 9/4/2014

    2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price.




    James B from Schriever La. on 9/3/2014

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install with good quality allso great features .



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    Anonymous from Kansas City on 9/2/2014

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

    Good stereo for the money, simple to install with the help of tech data sheets.

    Pros: So far so good.

    Cons: not yet

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    Anonymous from Broussard Louisiana on 9/1/2014

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

    my daughter loves this radio and it was easy for me to install.



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    Randall from Kingsport, TN on 8/31/2014

    1994 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product! Had it installed in under half an hour. Sounds great. Customer service at this company is some of the best I have ever seen. To bad more company's don't follow there example.

    Pros: I like everything about it. Looks really good at night.

    Cons: Hard to see the display in bright sunlight .If I could change one thing about this unit it would be to be able to see the display better in the daytime.

    Excellent product

    Paul from Johnson City, TN on 8/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product

    Pros: Like everything about the product

    Cons: None

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    MRN from Phoenix, AZ on 8/29/2014

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product!



    Very nice unit

    John from Florida on 8/29/2014

    1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with this purchase. Lots of functionality for a low price.

    Pros: Bluetooth phone and steaming work nice and are easy to use. Excellent sound quality. Easy installation.

    Cons: Does not have a one touch scan button.


    jim from Portsmouth, Va on 8/28/2014

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

    Very hard to use the features and you can only view one display at a time. My wife and I are seniors and we don;t understand how to use alot of what this unit offers

    Pros: Great sound and looks

    Cons: Very hard to program and understand. Can't have more than one display at a time.

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    titan up from windsor, mo. on 8/27/2014

    2007 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. Love being able to change colors. Sound quality is great, volume is great, easy to use.



    Item looked nice, but did not work

    Anonymous from Florida on 8/26/2014

    1990 Toyota Supra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had this unit installed and everything worked for one day. The next day my thumb drive did not work in the unit. I tried another thumb drive just to make sure it was not my thumb drive that was not working and still nothing. I tried to do a reset and still the same problem. Decided to return the unit for a refund.

    Pros: Looks nice.

    Cons: Failure of unit after short use. Display lighting hard to see in bright sunlight.

    What a great buy!!!

    Erik in NY from Oceanside, NY on 8/26/2014

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

    This is a great unit with great sound and endless sound adjustment! The perfect unit to start building you a killer system!



    Awesome Head Unit

    Dan from Falconer, NY on 8/26/2014

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent radio for the money. Can't beat the price to have Bluetooth. As usual instructions and installation were a breeze.



    Great Product, Great Seller

    Hunter F. from Gadsden, AL 35903 on 8/24/2014

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product matched with a great audio marketplace highly recommended to anyone who is looking for an awesome audio setup and friendly service.

    Pros: Awesome product. Easy of use. Makes my speakers louder.

    Cons: None

    What I wanted.

    Anonymous from Lancaster, PA on 8/24/2014

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'd give it a 5 but I haven't owned that long. Other than that its a great overall system. Does what I want with the iPod and bluetooth and sounds great. Plus there are the Sirius and Pandora options.

    Pros: Great sound,wasn't too hard to install, works nice with the iPod and I could change the background lighting to match the vehicle.

    Cons: None.

    Sweet deck

    Travis c from Scottsville, Va on 8/23/2014

    The kenwood was a great purchase. So much for so little$

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None

    Great Receiver

    Jared from Georgia on 8/22/2014

    1995 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is a great value for the money. It has most of the same features a more expensive unit would have. I have had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity or playback. This receiver dramatically increased the sound and clarity in my 95 s10. Calling through Bluetooth is very clear. Crutchfield makes this an even better deal by including all of the installation gear and detailed instructions.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Stylish, Customization, Great Sound, Easy to Use, Hands-Free Calling

    Cons: As with any screen it's hard to see in bright light

    Great bang for your buck

    LG from Ft. Rucker, AL on 8/22/2014

    1988 Ford Mustang

    Found this one after all of the raving reviews here at Crutchfield and when I saw it was on sale, I pulled the trigger. I needed a rcvr for my 5 spd Mustang that had bluetooth so I could talk on the phone while driving and shifting gears. I also wanted something that gave me the freedom to listen to all of my music media, whether it be via Pandora, USB drive, or streamed from Google Music. This Kenwood deck does it and does it well. It has a coolness factor to customize the display lighting to any color you can imagine. Of course Crutchfield provided the dash install kit and harnesses needed to keep from cutting/splicing my car's wiring so the install was easy and clean! I notice now that I am back to leave my review that this offering has been discontinued by Crutchfield. I'm not sure why, but I sure am glad I got lucky and got this one a week before they quit selling it.

    Pros: Features, flexibility, sound quality, looks

    Cons: none that I can think of

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    Anonymous from Cookson, OK on 8/20/2014

    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is awesome.



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    HUNTER from Pelham, Alabama on 8/20/2014

    1997 Ford Taurus GL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Kenwood product looks good and sounds great for the money you pay. You won't get much better than this for the money.

    Pros: Looks and sounds amazing

    Cons: Bluetooth and radio are a little rough, not a great connection there.

    Great replacement receiver in VW Jetta

    Louis T from Bayside, Ny on 8/20/2014

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver. Works we'll with iPod and iPhone great sound

    Pros: Sound, fit, appearance, works with cd, mp3' iPod, iPhone etc. FRONT USB port connects iPod and iPhone for access plus charges device

    Cons: Wish the front controls were not so small. Too easy to hit wrong button. Wish there were more direct controls on front to supplement the single button that serves multipurpose a. Which is hard to use while driving.

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    Troy S from San Antonio on 8/20/2014

    1998 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio does everything I want and then some! Super easy to install. Had some wiring issues on my truck but tech support was there to help all the way.



    Great Product, Better Service

    WYOBen from Jackson, Wy. on 8/18/2014

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is a great addition to my car. With the great instructions that the Crutchfield staff added, installation was a snap. Literally had it installed and working in fifteen minutes.



    Great Affordable Quality Radio

    Joey D from Boston, Ma on 8/16/2014

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio for the price. Just updated from the stock radio that came with my 2001 Ford Escape and I couldn't believe the sound difference. Also with all the features such as Bluetooth, Sirius Radio support, an audio jack, and Pandora support,you honestly can't go wrong! Easy installation as long as you have all the parts (with Crutchfield they make that a breeze). Easily the best purchase I've made in awhile. It makes my hour long work commutes much more enjoyable.

    Pros: Easy to use Tons of features Great sound quality Great price Cool color changes

    Cons: Only con is I wish there was a setting where the artist and song were displayed on the same line instead of having to change the info display. Not sure if this is the radio or the Sirius radio tuner issue however.

    No disapointments.

    Shadow from Elkhart, KS on 8/16/2014

    2001 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought it for the handsfree phone feature, which works great by the way. Yet I really was surprised by how clear it remains at the higher volumes, even through my factory speakers. I have not had to read the manual to operate this stereo at all. Did I mention the hands free option works fantastic? I am not disappointed at all.

    Pros: Great sound quality, hands free phone conversations, easy to use.

    Cons: Clock display can be hard to see in direct sunlight.

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    juanchito from juncos pr on 8/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    estuve buscando un radio que llenaras todas mis espestativas y este radio estas super escelente buen sonido buena calidad de audio para hablal trae microfono y no tienes que hablal con tu delefono en mano ya que es mano libre lo recomiendo 100/% no me arepiento y precio bale todo lo que trae. I've been looking for a radio that fulfills all my expectations and this radio is super excellent, good sound and quality of audio to talk through the microphone and you don't have to talk with your phone at hand since it is a hands free unit. I 100% recommend it and I don't have any remorse, it is worth the cost.



    Crutchfield response on 8/13/2014 Translation provided by Crutchfield's Spanish Sales & Support team. Visit our new Spanish-language site at

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 install in 2000 Jeep Wrangler

    bluetricycle from Minnesota on 8/11/2014

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great product for the Jeep Wrangler. Instantly added Bluetooth, audio input for our iphones and works great with Pandora and itunes.

    Pros: Easy install with all the installation pieces that you receive for free. Easy to use, once you figure out all the buttons and how they work. Great sound settings.

    Cons: When using Bluetooth and the iphone itunes app, the sound only plays thru one channel. Not sure if it's a settings thing, but should work out of the box.

    absolutely worth it

    Marco from Honolulu, HI on 8/10/2014

    1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was not the unit I had originally intended to buy. I asked the Crutchfield rep for recommendations based on my needs. He suggested this one. It has a better warranty, and the sound is far and away better than the OEM unit in my Mercedes. in fact, it's connected to the stock speakers without any modifications. The color changing face feature I thought was a little gimmicky, but I rather enjoy it now. It's not too distracting, just interesting. I doubt any stereo can have intuitive controls other than a rotary volume. This one has a solid-feeling volume knob; the other controls are as one would expect when you have to cram 150 functions into just a few buttons. The sound is great right out of the box. The Bluetooth works well--it takes about 15 seconds to reacquire the phone when started. The phone works as expected--microphone works in a convertible with the top down and filters out the echo as well. I'm very pleased with this, and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. I trusted the rep's advice, and it has paid off.

    Pros: Great sound, Bluetooth phone

    Cons: Nothing yet

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    Anonymous from Ragley, La on 8/10/2014

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

    Excellent sound, great price



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    Andy from California on 8/9/2014

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

    This stereo was an excellent choice for the price. Although only the front speakers work with the Bluetooth it still sounds good with the other connections.



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    Anonymous from Houston, TX on 8/7/2014

    1998 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield was solid on the price, delivery, and follow-up. I even called the tech support team at 10:30pm while troubleshooting my install, and they diagnosed my problem and gave me solutions. Excellent service! In short, this receiver is a great buy that shines with its Bluetooth functionality. The menus are not difficult to navigate (except perhaps starting out), and the sound EQ and dynamic color options really cater to a personalized experience. Also, having Siri available through my receiver has turned out to be the most appreciable function. I can listen to my music library, make and receive calls, send and read text messages - all while my phone stays in my pocket! It really pulls my '98 'stang out of the 20th century.



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    Charles M from Albuquerque, NM on 8/7/2014

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit with overall great system connection functionality. Combining the 3 sets of pre-outs, the HPF and LPF settings with the settings of my amp make for simple system tuning without the need of an eq or other active crossover. Good subwoofer adjustability. The Bluetooth is a great feature, not sure what I was doing without one all this time.

    Pros: Simple, cool looks, like the adjustable colors to either match vehicle interior lighting or set-up a custom look. Good cross-over features and subwoofer adjustability. Bluetooth works great.

    Cons: None to speak of yet.


    Thomas from Hattiesburg, MS on 8/7/2014

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

    Love this unit! Easy install and set up.



    Nice Radio

    kubos from Portland Or on 8/6/2014

    2004 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice upgrade for factory radio with nice features with android. Great radio for the price.

    Pros: Works well with android. Good sounds

    Cons: None for the price

    Great radio!!

    Jason from Culpeper Va. on 8/6/2014

    Overall great product

    Pros: Great price and features

    Cons: Wish it had rear auxiliary and rear USB ports

    Quality Receiver

    Darron from Oklahoma City on 8/2/2014

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

    I was looking for a Bluetooth receiver that wouldn't break the bank. This receiver delivers! I installed this on a 2002 Chevy Tahoe. I had replaced the door speakers and sub last Christmas. These speakers now sound excellent compared to the factory receiver.

    Pros: Easy on the budget. Easy to install. Sounds awesome. Bluetooth syncs up every time.

    Cons: Have to change to the mode you want after the car automatically syncs to the Bluetooth device. Wish the device remembered what you were originally hooked up to and would stay there and still sync to the Bluetooth device.

    Great Stereo!

    HP from Wasilla, AK on 8/2/2014

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

    Stereo looks great and works well with my phone! Being able to change the face display colors is a nice touch!

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: None

    Great unit!

    Mark from Pascoag, RI on 8/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so great! Bought this as a replacement for the stock radio in a 99 Ranger, and the improvement is significant. Sound quality is great, even with stock speakers. This is the first head unit I've bought that has Bluetooth, and it is more wires running from my phone to the dash. Tuner picks up everything I'd expect it to. CD player works flawlessly. I had no problem getting the unit up and running, but if you're not technically adept, you may struggle a bit. I had a small issue installing, but a quick call to Crutchfield, and the problem was solved in no time flat. I'm very happy with this purchase, and as usual, with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth is awesome, and install kit w/ Crutchfield support made installation a breeze.

    Cons: None so far

    Love it

    Maggie from West Palm Beach on 8/1/2014

    2007 Jeep Compass
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loving my new car stereo. Easy to read, easy to operate. Amazing sound comes out of the USB, this was the main reason I got it. No more needing CD's. I just threw some music files on a mini USB stick 16GB that I bought cheap online, and stuck it in and it plays perfect sound. I'm not technical or an IT person so something simple and easy to operate is great for me. Received the item fast. Will purchase through Crutchfield again.

    Pros: Cool lights Ease of use Clear booklet with instructions USB port Blue tooth for phone

    Cons: none so far

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    Anonymous from Georgia on 7/31/2014

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loved it. In expensive. Does everything i need!



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    Rick from JAX, FL on 7/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio is very good, cool back light that changes. The quality of the sound is good with some effort to customize it to your liking. The Blue Tooth is a little cumbersome to access and the music player doesn't work well, easier to use the cable. The onboard amp has good power, plenty loud enough for a standard cab truck. Very pleased over all.

    Pros: Great power and quality of sound.

    Cons: Blue Tooth cumbersome to use.

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    Anonymous from West Topsham, Vermont on 7/31/2014

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

    I bought this for my Toyota Tacoma mainly for hands-free phone use with Bluetooth, but found it offered other improvements to my car stereo. It fully integrated with my iPhone and iPod through the USB port, which also charges both devices. Sound seems slightly better. I appreciate the ability to control the colors and brightness. My only complaint is the smallness of the controls and no knurling on the volume knob. Overall excellent value for a solid unit.




    Rick from Cincinnati, Ohio on 7/30/2014

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

    Radio is of good quality, service/assistance was excellent and installation was easy.

    Pros: Good quality for the money

    Cons: I personally don't like the function button integrated with the power button.

    Great unit

    Darren from MA. on 7/29/2014

    1997 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    KDC-x597 is better then some of the more expensive ones out there.

    Pros: sound , quality , installation all good.

    Cons: none

    Incredible sound!

    Jadkins from OREGON on 7/29/2014

    1999 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have always trusted Kenwood products and this didn't disapoint. Easy install thanks to the included kit, and the sound quality is excellent. Bluetooth was clear and easy to use, and setup was very straight forward. If your looking for a product to do EXACTLY what it claims, definately look no further. You can't go wrong.

    Pros: Sound quality, bright clear display, ease of use, bluetooth quality

    Cons: None


    Matthew from Quincy FLorida on 7/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My work truck radio just didn't have the humph anymore, would not play CD's, so I needed to upgrade, with the Salesman's help, after telling him what I wanted, I got this radio, all the stuff I needed was Included. It was a snap to put in, hookups were easy, the adapter worked, the kit worked, called tech for a problem and 5sec It was resolved and I was very happy. The Radio has great power stock, great bass, plenty to go more. the features, that this radio has is Mind boggling. It came with a remote Mike, plenty of cord, and sounds great, the MP3 hook up is Great, the USB works too, I'm sooo happy! Thanks guys! You all rock!

    Pros: Plenty of Bass for stock radio, Remote Mike, plenty of cord, Can expand, amp, Sirius radio, auto antenna, Steering Wheel remote hook up, Re-moveable Front face with Case. just love this radio for the price.

    Cons: None yet.

    Beautiful Unit, Easy Installation

    Erick S. from Santa Clara, CA on 7/28/2014

    2007 Kia Rondo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm always a little apprehensive when it comes to tearing into the interior of my vehicles. it seems way too easy to break a clip or snap something so that it is never again the same. I did my research, and what sold me on Crutchfield was their MasterSheet for installation. I figured I would have the best chance for a smooth install if I had a good instruction document. I ordered this Kenwood as an anniversary gift to my wife for her 2007 KIA Rondo. She really likes Pandora and needed a hands free Bluetooth for making and receiving calls. After downloading the master sheet, I studied it for about 2 minutes and after a short sojourn to my local auto parts store for a panel removing tool, connectors, and a crimping tool, I went right to work. It took me 90 minutes to install the unit, and was really easy, I think anyone with very little mechanical aptitude would be able to do this. Here are a few pointers that I will offer: 1. Don't get a panel removal tool, but use a stiff putty knife and wrap the blade with electrical tape. The plastic panel removal tools came in a set of three but were much too soft, and were difficult to insert and pry. 2. test the unit before you wrap everything up, just to make sure everything is working. The unit itself is fantastic, I couldn't believe the sound quality compared to the stock unit, and we didn't replace our speakers! I dinged it 1 star for the microphone, it could use a more amplification, but it does get the job done.

    Pros: Excellent Sound, easy paring with Bluetooth, works great with iPhone and Pandora

    Cons: Phone speaker is weak

    KDC-X597 Great Value

    MSGolf from Medford, NJ on 7/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just bought a Z3 and wanted to update the factory radio for Bluetooth and iPhone, but this radio had all the features I needed, at a lower cost than modifying the old one! Was able to 'color match' the look, and install was simple with included harness.

    Pros: Inexpensive, great (and simple) iPhone connection, easy install

    Cons: nothing serious -- would prefer to be able to modify the display text color vs the standard blue LED.

    Very Good Head Unit - Easy and Great Sound

    cdyshack14 from Geneva, NY on 7/27/2014

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

    A very good head unit that I used to replace the factory unit in my Toyota Tundra (2001). Sounds good, and is great for all media types. mp3 on CD's, iPhone, etc...

    Pros: Easy to Use, Sounds Good, Looks Good

    Cons: A bit of a pain to install. Crutchfield tech support is AMAZING!

    Great stereo

    Gary from New Jersey on 7/26/2014

    2005 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my non-functioning Saturn factory radio with this unit and I couldn't be happier! The installation was a breeze with the included harness and mounting kit. This stereo has everything I need and more. The bluetooth connection works great with my android phone and ipod. I may have to get more of these units to replace the rest of my families radios.

    Pros: Great sound quality Easy installation Bluetooth Front aux and USB ports

    Cons: None

    Nice unit!

    Firecatt007 from Tampabay, FL on 7/24/2014

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my 1999 Ranger, then moved it to my 2006 Ranger. Easy install. Really just plug and play. Sound is really good. Still haven't figured out how to stick on one color. Bluetooth calls are really easy.

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Looks really nice.

    Cons: Poor unit instruction.

    Good for the $

    D from Tallahassee fl on 7/24/2014

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good for the price. Only complaint is after a week the Bluetooth stopped connecting to my iPhone

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: Bluetooth connectivity issues.

    Jeep Liberty installation

    Derek from Denver on 7/23/2014

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

    This stereo is exactly what we were looking for when we wanted to upgrade our 2006 standard CD player. We now have blue tooth, USB and aux capabilities of playing from smartphones and ipods.

    Pros: USB charges Iphone 5

    Cons: Buyer beware, I am quite handy, but I was still caught off guard that I would have to do wiring with the converter in order to install my stereo by myself. I was able to complete this task in about an hour, so not too big of deal.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Highland , IL on 7/22/2014

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

    What a great piece of equipment, Kenwood nailed it with this beautiful head unit



    REALLY nice product!

    Caro from Easton,PA on 7/21/2014

    1997 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money...I can't imagine a better unit...has and does everything. It's in a 1997 "daughter's first car" with factory speakers and they sound amazing. Handsfree mobile via Bluetooth is very nice for parents worried about distracted talking while driving.

    Pros: Very cool look , fit in the vehicle was perfect and the install was straightforward...almost easy.

    Cons: None yet.

    Excellent Product and Service!

    Steve B from Pottstown,PA on 7/21/2014

    2007 Chevrolet Aveo5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was debating on wether to review this fine HU or nor as there are already over 380 reviews. I figured,who the heck will read it, but as I read all 380 reviews I figured "why not!". This Kenwood is a great unit. I already had an older Kenwood in my little Aveo, but with the recent purchase of a smartphone wanted to upgrade my car stereo to take advantage of the Blue Tooth and Pandora features. Install was a piece of cake,or "easy peasy" as one reviewer put it. I was actuallully able to use the same wiring harness from the older Kenwood . Idid have to use the new units slip case to get it to lock in, but after talking to a Crutchfield rep, I was told the old wire harness should plug right in to the new unit and all tthe controls would work fine. Yes! They do. The unit it self sounds great. Blue Tooth with the external mic work great. Calls are easy both making and receiving. I read the manual and sound comes thru all 4 speakers.I even set up speed dailing o tthe unit with the presets. A nice feature. All in all for the price I love this baby. Highly recommended!

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound.Easy use after becoming familiar with manual.

    Cons: None!

    Ken wood stereo KDC-X597

    Daanbc from Wellington Florida on 7/19/2014

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding unit for my jeep. Easy install! Even the cell phone hook up was a breeze!!!

    Pros: Great unit for price, easy install. Easy set up. Detachable face.

    Cons: None.

    Car Stereo

    C from Novato, California. on 7/19/2014

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and programming is done within minutes

    Pros: Directions very straight forward


    Amazing products

    Mitch from Supply, NC on 7/18/2014

    It's an amazing unit for the price. Definitely an upgrade to the sound system. everything sound much cleaner and the stock speakers don't distort as much when the volume is cranked up. Excellent service from Crutchfield. I payed little with free ship pin and received the unit in 2 days.

    Pros: Bluetooth, usb, aux, pandora control.

    Cons: none

    My first Kenwood radio

    JerryD from Sharpsburg, Ga. on 7/16/2014

    2001 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Never owned a Kenwood radio before. Like this one so far. I'm sure it will sound a lot better once I get better speakers. Very cool lights on it.

    Pros: Good quality. Not too hard to install. Very cool lights...oh, already said that.

    Cons: Can't think of anything.

    Kenwood excelon kdc-x597

    Larry Zidek from morris, IL on 7/14/2014

    2008 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great headunit! All the features of a $500 radio. Hd quality music with the 24 bit digital-analog converter. What else could you ask for? Love it!



    Kenwood Excelon DKC-X597

    Dick from Thermopolis, Wyoming. on 7/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's been installed in my 1995 Dodge RV for less than a week so I don't have a whole lot of experience with it. I'm still learning, but it plays FM, AM, CDs and CiriusXM. Which is exactly why I changed the old radio out.

    Pros: AM, FM, CD, CiriusXM--great flexibility. I also like the fact that the CiriusXM is built into the radio--just attach the antenna and CiriusXM controller in the rear before installation. Clean lines, no external parts, etc.

    Cons: With so many feautres, it'll taske some time to get it all digested.

    My 1st of many more Kenwood to come

    ErickA - Houston, TX from Houston, TX on 7/11/2014

    2001 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The head unit was easy to install, took maybe 30 minutes. Crutchfield provided me with all the necessary items to do the install myself. This was my first install ever on a 2001 GMC Jimmy. Crutchfield made it easy. The head unit itself is great, the Bluetooth works very well with my phone and picks it up immediately. I can make calls by pressing a few buttons on the HU, and stream pandora over bluetooth just the same. I am very happy with this product, and was a great buy for the price.

    Pros: -Price -Quality -BlueTooth -Pandora -Easy Installation

    Cons: Haven't found one yet.

    Great value for the money!

    Chip from LaVale, MD on 7/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this in my daughters car as a surprise. She loves it! The color changes, the way you can fine tune the sound, Bluetooth and aux input. It was a very easy install thanks to the complete install kit. Those wire connectors are great! I would recommend this unit to anyone. No fear--the Crutchfield team is there if you have any questions and happily help you and do not try to rush you off the phone.

    Pros: Inexpensive with a lot of features. Looks great (especially the color changes at night).

    Cons: None yet. My daughter plays it more than me and she loves it.

    Great Buy

    Anonymous from Seattle,wa on 7/9/2014

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

    Its a kenwood deck with bluetooth and comes with Nic.

    Pros: Easy to use/install/tune



    AJ from Orlando, FL on 7/9/2014

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

    I used this to switch out from the factory receiver in my 04 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This was my first time replacing car audio on my own and Crutchfield couldn't have made it easier. I had a minor issue getting the receiver to fit in the housing i purchased but only because i didn't pay attention to sizing, a little dremel worked fixed it all up though. I also replaced my factory speakers with Kenwood KFC-1065S and Kenwood KFC-1365S. A few hours later and I had a much better sound system i did myself with virtually no issues at all. Plus now I can use my iphone and stream music through bluetooth with the receiver and run pandora and everything. Much improved over the factory install.

    Pros: Very sleek, cool design great features bluetooth capabilites usb plug to stream music and charge my phone

    Cons: bluetooth only plays out of the front speakers (better for phone calls i suppose), unless i wired it wrong but everything else is a dream

    Great value -tons of flexibility

    Jim from Knoxville, TN on 7/8/2014

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this deck for my son's truck. 2001 Silverado. Replaced a Pioneer deck that was in it when we bought it that was awful. This deck had everything he wanted, high power, front, rear and sub pre outs, bluetooth, USB, and Aux input. It was a breeze to install with the Metra GM kit and wire harness adaptor, and the wiring couldn't have been any easier. My only complaint with the deck would be the sound quality of the tuner. It is more sensitive and picks up more stations, but I think at the expense of some dynamic range and separation. Admittiedly, it's a minor quibble, as he listens to very little radio, mostly apps like Pandora, music from his Iphone. It has a unique way of pairing with the Iphone that allows it to very easily access the features of the phone from the deck, and it was a breeze to do.

    Pros: Fantastic flexibility, hooks up to anything, and plenty of room to grow the system.

    Cons: As I said above, the sound quality of the tuner, but it keeps the station locked in, so it's a decent trade off.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Lemont, IL. on 7/8/2014

    2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just had this installed so still learning how to use it. So far, great quality for the money. Excellent sound and thus far easy to use. Definitely recommend it! Can't go wrong for the $ value.



    Excellent buy

    T from Colorado on 7/7/2014

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

    Love this stereo. Had it installed in just a couple hours. Now the boyfriend wants one! Now I just need new speakers to complete it.



    Excellent product so far!

    Pattywack from Pasadena, CA on 7/6/2014

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Having no particular preference, I emailed Crutchfield and asked them to recommend an inexpensive unit that is iPod/mp3 compatible. This is the unit they recommended, so this is what I ordered. I installed the unit a few weeks prior to writing this review, so I can only speak of it in short term usage, but nonetheless: Price: not having to spend more than $130 is nice for someone looking to have a basic but fully functional stereo. Installation: I quickly flipped open the manual to double check that my wire connections were correct, though the color coding of wires is basically self explanatory. Pretty easy. Set up and operation: I would definitely describe myself as not being electronically intuitive, but I've been able to set up this head unit to the settings I want and hook up my iPhone via Bluetooth without even having to crack open the manual. The buttons so far make sense, though I have some more exploring to do. Aesthetics: very stylish! This unit's buttons are all lit up with LEDs that change to 24 different colors! It's pretty cool to keep it on default as it slowly transitions through all the colors, but you can also set it to only one color, which is what I eventually did to match it with my dash's color scheme---makes the stereo look more stock.

    Pros: See review.

    Cons: Perhaps more variety of stock EQ settings? To be fair, there is always custom EQ, so one can always just put the time in and create their own EQ.

    Excelent Receiver!

    Justo L from Caguas, PR on 7/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a gift I bought for father's day. I installed it in my dad's car and he can't be happier. The best feature for him is the bluethooth connection. In Puerto Rico is against the law to use the cell phone while driving so having the bluethooth is absolutely neccesary. For me the menus are easy to use but it's because this is the third Kenwood receiver I have used, but for my dad he is still learning about the functions. Anyway for the money spend is a Great Receiver.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Display Color selection, Sound

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 Review

    MarkL from Orlando, Fl on 6/30/2014

    2003 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The install of the KDC-X597 was very easy thanks to the included harness and install kit. It looks great, love the cycling colors. Pairing my Galaxy S3 was so much simpler than in my other car. Sound quality is really good even though it is playing through the factory speaker. Ipod plays cleanly and I had to install the Kenwood app on my phone to get it to play the mp3's on it.I really recommend this unit whole heartedly.

    Pros: Comes with the wiring harness and install kit.

    Cons: None really.

    Outstanding Audio Plus Crutchfield Service!

    JoseV from Panama City, FL on 6/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As usual the Crutchfield team was 2nd to None. The system came with very detailed instructions, all the adapters for my vehicle, and free shipping included in the price. The installation was a breeze. It was plug and play event once I attached the adapter to the stereo harness which I did at my desk before the install. The sound is phenomenal and I am using the original speakers! Kudos

    Pros: Outstanding sound, beautiful display with many bright colors, easy to plug-in your I-phone or I-pod, easy to program the radio stations. Overall it is a steal for the price.

    Cons: The settings are not intuitive so you have to read the operations manual to do it. I believe it could have better radio reception.

    Awesome radio

    JoelL from Manitowoc WI on 6/28/2014

    2003 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is GREAT it has plenty of different features. Had a few questions about using the Bluetooth and the subwoofer at the same time and the adviser helped me out right away and very easy to do.

    Pros: color choice, easy to use, it is awesome

    Cons: Nothing

    Nothing less than the best

    DeWayne from Lumberton NC on 6/25/2014

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

    Radio was easy to install and setup was a breeze. Well worth the price.

    Pros: Easy to use & program. Awesome sound quality. Bluetooth works great and so does pandro.


    Excellent Reciever except for 1 thing

    evas1429 from Atlanta, GA on 6/24/2014

    2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me say first off, this reciever looks and feels great. The features are awesome and functionality is awesome. Also, the hookup is extremely easy (This was my first install, did it without 1 issue) The reason I dinged this reciever 2 stars is for its Bluetooth. It basically doesnt work, Im using an Iphone 4s and iphone 5 with it. Pairing it is easy, keeping it connected isnt. I can usually get about 10-15 minutes of bluetooth connection before it loses it and it takes about 5 minutes of power cycling before it can find the phone again. This issue has been posted all over blogs and is a known issue. We just use the usb cord if we want to access the iphone now.

    Pros: Looks great, great functionality (minus the bluetooth), great features (minus bluetooth), very easy to hookup

    Cons: Bluetooth is useless

    Good looking, lots of options, great sound.

    SWalsh from Roseville, CA on 6/23/2014

    2003 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is not my first Kenwood product and they have always worked and performed exactly as I wanted them to. It looks great, lots of great options to customize the look and sound to your specific tastes. It went into my wife's car and she is really enjoying it. Quite a good unit especially for the basically low price!


    Cons: None found so far.

    Not bad for the money,

    Mike from Charlottesville, VA on 6/23/2014

    I wasn't sure what I was getting for the money but am very pleased with what I got. The salesperson was very helpful and listened to my what I had to say and offer suggestions. Very thankful he didn't try to sell me more than what I needed and make a few extra dollars!

    Pros: No unnecessary buttons and features. Operation is pretty simple and straight forward. Easy to use!!

    Cons: None at this time.

    great stereo for the price

    murtiago from grass lake, mi on 6/23/2014

    1981 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great for the price

    Pros: Price 6 channels Bluetooth works great Easy to mount Easy to wire Colors variable Vrightness variable

    Cons: RCA connections not powered

    kenwood keep on rockin'

    cris f. from hamilton,oh on 6/22/2014

    Easy to install,easy to operate.easy on the wallet & sounds great with the right speakers & subwoofer. Love it!

    Pros: For the price why buy expensive unit.this one thumbs up! ;-)

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Marion, Louisiana on 6/22/2014

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this receiver. I can sync my android phone with bluetooth and listen to all my music and make phone call using the remote control that comes with it. Also had the high power preamp output I needed to add all my kenwood amps.

    Pros: Powerful, crystal clear sound, three sets of preamp outputs, bluetooth works flawlessly

    Cons: Screen hard to see in direct sunlight.

    Bluetooth Beast!

    Aaron from Austin, TX on 6/16/2014

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is probably the easiest Bluetooth receiver I have ever used. A lot of my music is stored on my iPhone so it is my primary source for tunes. You only have to connect it once and after that it will automatically connect when you get into your car/truck every time. Phone feature works perfectly. I ordered mine with XM adapter so I don't have to worry about taking the receiver back out and installing it later. As far as sound goes this is a huge upgrade from my factory. I think the 22 watts really helped with that. Overall I rate this receiver very highly! The price, quality, functions, and sound are all 5 star. Enjoy!

    Pros: Bluetooth versatility, Sound, looks, price, quality, functions and capabilities

    Cons: None

    Not bad

    Fyrewyre from Coolidge AZ on 6/15/2014

    Good HU.

    Pros: Sound, look, quality.

    Cons: Power output

    Not bad

    Fyrewyre from Coolidge AZ on 6/15/2014

    This HU is gorgeous. Good value with the free harnesses and adapters and whatnot. Not enough power output per channel for my taste. (22 watts). Love the USB.

    Pros: Lots of options. Customization, look, quality.

    Cons: Not really anything other than Low output.

    Good for the money

    Ian from St Clairsvle, OH on 6/9/2014

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

    This is a tricky one. I love this stereo it's easy to use! It works great with my keenwood speakers and sound ordinance amplifier after I got it figured out. I had to run 2 channel to the amp on the left side. For some reason the bluetooth only played on the left side so I ran one of the right channels to the other left. Then I had the right speaker's buzzing.. so I figured out I had to ground the right channel output.. I don't know why but it worked. If you are installing this (without) an amplifier for your speakers you will have no problem. But if you are only installing a subwoofer amplifier you won't have a problem... if not I would look an another one. It was a pain but after it all It sounds unbelievably great. If any of this helps I installed this system with keenwood speakers hooked up to a sound ordinance amplifier with alpine subwoofer and amp. My phone is a Galaxy s4

    Pros: Bluetooth phone and audio is convenient, looks awesome, sounds great

    Cons: Bluetooth was a pain to figure out, feedback till I fixed it

    5 Star - Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 Review

    John B. from Philadelphia. PA on 5/30/2014

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

    Installed into my 2000 Trans-AM. The kit provided was dead simple, just pop it into the radio's included sleeve. I had a question about the power antenna and tech support sorted that out quickly. Just us the AMP power lead for that. The included power antenna lead doesn't do anything, This was actually my third radio, I bought the Kenwood APP radio version and didn't realize it lacked bluetooth. Crutchfield took it back no questions. In my travels I picked up another Kenwood at a local retail store, but it's internal microphone created an echo that was horrible for the receiver of the call. Plus it was more expensive. I finally settled on this model after reading the great reviews. I had a HD radio in the past and found it to be a pain, I read the reviews of the current radios and it looks as if you can turn off the feature but there was some sort of an issue with presets.. I'm happy with the current setup.

    Pros: After I installed the radio, I made a test call and the receiver said the call was clear and as good as talking on my iPhone 5. Now my car is loud, lots a rattles / squeaks, I was expecting a So/So statement from the receiver of the call. It charges my phone too, even when just listening to the radio or if its in standby mode. I matched the colors of the radio to the red color of my dash. I liked the scrolling colors feature too. Streaming/BT worked perfectly on ALL three radio's!

    Cons: There should be a dimmer lead, you can select it within the radios settings but my original radio was dimmable, Not really a deal breaker.. Not related the radio, but the axxess aswc-1 has a problem with the steering wheel controls on the firebird. The tech support from Axxess doesn't seem to care when you call them, he wanted to give up after a few tries (10). I had to call them twice and it was a unpleasant experience. They could learn a thing or two from Crutchfield. Manual states a problem w/ Kenwood.


    phil from darlington sc on 5/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    could not beat the price fast shipping

    Pros: great easy to use

    Cons: none

    kenwood rocks!!

    dnice from queens, ny on 5/21/2014

    2014 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    for the price this unit can not be beat, free install kit from crutchfield can not beat it, i got the additional car control and xm reciver def a plus. The stock system in my jk wrangler was garbage speakers blew on 2nd week i had while driving on thruway so i could hear music i had to turn up with soft top down blew and that was it... kicker speakers and kenwood deck and all good!

    Pros: deal

    Cons: none yet

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Arkansas on 5/19/2014

    1991 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an amazing head unit! It pairs to my iPhone easily and works with Siri for complete hands free use. The microphone it comes with is great! I have it connected to an external EQ so I haven't really messed with the built in tuning much but it does have a lot of great fine tuning options.

    Pros: Complete hands free calling and text with my iPhone 3 sets of 4v preamps Crisp display settings

    Cons: None

    Good Receiver For The Price

    Nate S from Denver, CO on 5/17/2014

    2003 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far it has been a reliable receiver. The display is easily visible, even in direct sunlight. The Bluetooth call quality is a bit mediocre over the car speakers, but the people receiving calls claim not to be able to tell the difference between talking over the receiver vs directly on the phone. Bluetooth quality for Pandora is decent. The USB input isn't constant power, so you can't charge devices such as your phone unless you are using the USB source input. The USB function doesn't recognize my Android phone, so I am left using a car charger still. The only additional issue I may mention is that the volume knob is too smooth to casually turn easily. A bit of force needs to be applied to get a good grip. With the way the knob is designed I am a bit wary it may break over time from the extra force. (It wouldn't have been too hard for them to but some grooves around the outside for better grip. Overall, it is a good receiver for the price, despite a couple of missteps.

    Pros: - Bluetooth mic is quality - Good value - Easily visible display

    Cons: - People calling in over Bluetooth are a bit garbled - USB port does not have the power to charge your phone when not on the USB source input - USB input doesn't recognize my phone - Volume knob is slick

    Remote control unit RC-406

    EllisG from Georgetown, TX on 5/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loved unit but remote quit functioning after less than 6 months and yes tried three cr2025 without success.

    Pros: Unit sounds and functions well

    Cons: Remote control stopped working after less than six months...sure hope a replacement works or unit needs $$$work or replacement

    Kenwood Stereo

    Slue from Greenville, SC on 5/14/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one awesome unit, I would recommend it to anyone looking for value systems.



    Great deck

    Maui Sounds from Hawaii on 5/14/2014

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

    Great deck easy to use interface and lots of expandability .

    Pros: easy to use

    Cons: none

    Good deck

    BigEd from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced a JVC deck so I was able to use the existing cabling. Easy install and great sound.

    Pros: Bluetooth phone with preset dialing.

    Cons: None that I can think of....

    Good Unit

    DJ from Tulsa, OK on 5/13/2014

    2005 Suzuki Forenza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for son's high school graduation. He was able to install himself with the thorough instructions and Youtube video.




    Dalton from Crosby, TX on 5/13/2014

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

    Works good improved sound quality a lot. Had a little trouble with the install but that was my vehicle not the radio



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    uraspaz88 from North Canton, OH on 5/12/2014

    2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for the sole purpose of using my HTC One to play Pandora radio while driving. The bluetooth connection seems weak because the signal will cut in and out quickly every now and then, but it's a fairly rare occurrence. I'm not sure if it's an issue with my phone or the receiver but I would guess that it's the receiver giving me the issue. If you walk out of the car with the radio still syncing to your phone's bluetooth, the connection will cut out for sure. For the record though, once you get the hang of things, playing Pandora off your phone is a nice feature that works relatively well. The only other criticism I have is that getting Pandora to play when you get ready to drive someplace can be a little tricky because you'll find yourself on the edge of whatever wifi network you've been using and your phone will most likely find it difficult to load everything properly since it'll default to the wifi first unless you turn it off everytime. Once you start driving, you'll be completely out of range of your wifi, so the app sometimes will glitch between the transition to 4g or whatever data network is around. If you drive through rural areas often I'd also be cautious only because you need at least a decent 2g connection to be able to skip to the next track and give a thumbs down to any you will inevitable dislike.

    Pros: Android capable control of Pandora, Sound quality, ease of install, and look/customization of screen color.

    Cons: Bluetooth seems weak, Steering wheel controls will be lost without an adapter which'll run maybe 60-80 dollars on top of what you pay for the receiver.

    Great system

    Joel from Massachusetts on 5/12/2014

    1999 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Get radio system just installed it not to long ago and still going strong.

    Pros: Get system very clean and entertaining

    Cons: Subwoofers don't work when streaming music through bluetooth

    Nice radio

    Jeff R from Staten island on 5/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio, Crutchfield Advisor recommended this with the Polk speakers that were already installed in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler. Great price and especially that it came with ALL the installation hardwa. Made it a breeze to install.

    Pros: Nice clean install, great sound and powers my Polk speakers just fine

    Cons: None

    Excellent purchase!

    RosscoeP from Enumclaw, WA on 5/11/2014

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

    This deck is exactly what I was looking for. All of the new features, bluetooth and Pandora capability, USB and auxilary inputs on the front. Hands free phone calling, and adequate power. The rotating colors are a really neat feature as well. The Crutchfield instructions were clear and I got it almost right the first time. When I got the blue wires crossed, Crutchfield's experts responded by email within 24 hrs and fixed the problem sight unseen. I couldn't be happier. Now if I can just get the new subwoofer to work as smoothly. Fingers crossed.

    Pros: bluetooth and Pandora capability, USB and auxilary inputs on the front. Hands free phone calling, and adequate power. The rotating colors are a really neat feature as well.

    Cons: The blue and blue and white wires.

    Awesome radio

    Justin from Griffin Georgia on 5/10/2014

    1998 Ford F-250 Light Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the factory radio with this and the sound difference is amazing. The Bluetooth works flawlessly. Crutchfield supplied everything I needed to install it I paired it with 4 kenwood speakers and I am not disappointed.



    Great head any price!

    Rob from bismarck nd on 5/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As an longtime alpine fan, I decided to give kenwood a shot in my wifes car, I gotta say I am impressed! Crutchfield's price was unbeatable. I saved 100 bucks over local on the install gear. They kicked all the big box stores. I wont even mention the local stero shops. Great price, great service, I just bought another pickup, and I will build my system in it with Crutchfield, and maybe another kenwood.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great. Everything works great. But the bluetooth really impressed me. I did not think it would work near as well as it does.

    Cons: Now I want one for my other vehicles!!!!!!!


    AndrewB from Grantsville, UT on 5/9/2014

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

    I installed this stereo into my car a couple of weeks ago. Crutchfield made it incredibly easy, and I have loved it ever since! Great stereo, looks good, sounds good, easy to use.

    Pros: Great features, easy to use, looks good

    Cons: None so far

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from satsuma, al on 5/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound just like they should for mid range speaker set



    Great buy

    J Money from Atlanta, GA on 5/6/2014

    2001 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value, easy install, great purchase. Also getting more out of my 2001 factory speakers than ever before.



    Incredible system. Well worth the buy.

    Anonymous from Petersburg, Virginia on 5/5/2014

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

    Well worth the money spent. If you ever considered the Excelon series units for purchase, just get it. Find one that matches your price point, and buy it. Extremely minimal noise in the sound system and it's the best informed decision I've made. I did my research and decided on this and I couldn't be happier.



    Very Happy

    Neal P from San Antonio, TX on 5/3/2014

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

    I'm very pleased with this purchase. I needed to do something since the factory stereo in my honda accord quit playing cds. Now I have several options and my MP3 player seems to be my favorite choice for now.




    Anonymous from georgia on 5/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio to replace my kenwood x696 which stop playing right after the two year warranty was up.. anyway the KDC-x597 is much better , the Bluetooth is a major upgrade ,I have mines hooked up in a big truck and callers say they can even tell I'm driving ... the color variable is awesome nice how it change twenty different colors .. all in all I'm very happy with the unit...

    Pros: two thumbs up across the board

    Cons: I should have upgraded sooner

    Kenwood eXcelon = Excellence.

    g stokes from Beaverton, Oregon on 5/2/2014

    1992 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Kenwood has always been considered tier 1 manufacturer as far back as i can remember but i could not afford the quality until the prices came down and the amount of quality and feature set far outweighs the cost. Incredible bargain for the eXcelon series CD/Receiver with Bluetooth AND satellite radio compatible, the decision to purchase the KDC-597 was a no-brainer for me to be perfectly honest with you. All i have to do is think about the SQ from that stereo and i am blown away, from zero - WOW with a twist of the volume knob. I designed my entire car audio system and i am very critical of the sound quality and one of the biggest features that sold me was the 4V preamp, no need for a line-driver to wake up the 5-channel 1100W amplifier. With 6 channels of RCA line-out on the backside it's perfect for the serious audiophile, like me. I would have to sit here all day to brag about all the details i like about this stereo. My goal when i designed this system was to have a head-unit that did everything and i made the perfect decision, compare the KDC-597 qiality and feature set with any car stereo on the market AND in this price range it should be really easy for you to hit the purchase button.

    Pros: Hmm, Bluetooth, Sirius/XM, Remote control, 4V preamp is right there at the top of the list along with sound quality, dependability, looks and coolness factor, easy to navigate menu that i learned rather quickly. Much much more to list but i don't know what else i can say that would convince you to buy the Kenwood eXcelon KDC-597.

    Cons: Why did i wait so long to get this radio, seriously.

    Kenwood kdc-x597

    Gr88 from Reno on 5/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the system, easy to install and setup was a snap

    Pros: Easy peasy to install, setup a breeze

    Cons: None at this time

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Wesley Chapel on 5/1/2014

    2003 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Great sound even with the factory speakers.

    Pros: Sounds great. The Bluetooth is great. Pandora connectivity is easy. It looks great too. And the price is right.

    Cons: A little difficult to navigate but no biggie.


    Raj from NJ on 5/1/2014

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and no issues car 2000 Nissan Maxima.

    Pros: Support by Crutchfield Works like charm.Every thing just perfect.

    Cons: None


    Derding from Minnesota on 5/1/2014

    2004 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent stereo that does everything I want it to do.




    gmoney from Hampton on 5/1/2014

    1999 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Peace and Quiet! With the remote for the teenager in the back seat, no more asking to changing channels every five seconds, so worth it!

    Pros: cool auto changing colors, music digital display

    Cons: blue tooth fades in & out occasionally, still not bad

    Awesome head unit for the price

    eugene.p from Guam, USA on 4/30/2014

    2009 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great upgrade from factory unit. Price is very reasonable. simple setup, simple interface...simple, but great quality.

    Pros: easy setup, Pandora controls are good.

    Cons: a little tricky when setting up quick-dials for Bluetooth feature for phone

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Ron from Rochester NY on 4/29/2014

    1999 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like it



    You will LOVE this receiver!

    Mankii from Baudette, MN on 4/29/2014

    1994 Ford Escort LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had installed two lesser value Kenwood receivers and was very impressed, but this one blows me away! The Crutchfield supplied harness made it easy-peasy to put in, and I have to fight to not be distracted from my driving by this unit's beautiful display. I haven't picked a steady color yet, instead preferring to watch it put on a show. I especially like how easy Kenwood's made it to move through the folders on my USB drive.

    Pros: Price, appearance, capability, sound control, easy controls, bluetooth

    Cons: Won't recognize my Sansa Clip+, but that's not a big deal to me.

    Affordable yet great!

    Saule from Austin on 4/29/2014

    1999 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed a head unit for my new ride and was told by my buddy who will build out my system to look for specific things. This is a very high end yet affordable choice. It has many more features than the average joe will need as well as some little things that you didn't know you needed. For example, each output has it's own EQ settings that are remembered. So when I use my Android phone in the AUX cord, I have to have my bass up much higher than when I play a CD. Each output has it's own saved settings so I don't have to adjsut it each time. Also, installing is a breeze. It was very straight forward, nothing crazy about wires matching up or anything like that.

    Pros: Depth of Features Sound Colorful Display

    Cons: Wish it had a pad volume instead of a knob...but that's minor

    Needed Bluetooth

    John A from Chicago Burbs on 4/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Illinois went Cellular handsfree so I needed an new radio. This one fit the bill perfectly.

    Pros: Unbelievable quick shipment Looks great in my Dodge Ram Very easy to install and setup

    Cons: Can't figure out how to have the clock display while the other info is on the screen.

    injoying my new purchase.great blue tooth head unit for the money

    kenwood excelon KDC-X597 from st cloud fl on 4/27/2014

    2005 Kia Sorento EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this Kenwood unit from Crutchfield about a week ago easy to install. Crutchfield help with all the insulation needs. Bluetooth hooked up well and works well. Can would make the best head units for the money.

    Pros: install easy in vehicle,great sound, bluetooth works and connects easy. Love using the 4 amp output.easy to connect by USB or auxiliary input.

    Cons: I have on the head unit for 2 weeks now.and feel I will love the Kenwood head unit for years to come.

    The future is here and it's cheap!

    Matt from San Diego, CA on 4/27/2014

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

    Such a great deck, and the bluetooth features are amazing! The mic was super easy to wire up and it basically turns your whole car into a phone. Call comes in, music lowers and a green phone button illuminates, you push it once to answer and then just talk normally (no telephone voice needed). You can even call out through the deck to 6 preset numbers with like 2 clicks. Stream pandora from your phone wirelessly, it knows the artist and title, it even does this with the radio through some sorcery I'm not familiar with. For my old car it's the stereo of the future and I freaking love it!

    Pros: Bluetooth: pairs simply, works excellently, well thought out menus Lighting: the colors are pretty cool and you can set them up how you want BACK BUTTON - what a good idea, you don't have to go through a whole menu if you get into one, simply back out.

    Cons: My wife thinks the buttons are too small and is constantly clicking the volume wheel when she means to turn it. I don't have these problems but i think it's fair to include them in the review

    Kenwood head unite

    Tom from Falconer, NY on 4/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This new head unite is so much better in every way than my stock pioneer radio. The sound is incredible even without an amp. Makes my digital music sound so rich.(thumb drive) BT is new to me but even I make it work. Operation is fairly easy after reading the owners manual, even for an old guy. cant believe I waited so long to get one,If I had only known how great it could sound.

    Pros: BT, sound quality, Looks, digital sound improvements, Color settings are cool, FM reception is much improved.

    Cons: NONE!!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from troutdale or on 4/24/2014

    1999 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    looks great, easy install, works great, a little difficult to navigate at first. bluetooth easy hookup.



    Great radio

    jfausmith from Fairbanks, AK on 4/23/2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got the radio two weeks ago and after going over the installation directions I spent the time soldering the wires together I removed my dead radio and installed this one. Love how easy it was to install the radio. Sounds great too.

    Pros: Complete replacement. Everything was included including instruction. After connecting together the wiring harnesses the installation went very smoothly.

    Cons: Nothing yet.

    2007 Honda CR-V EX

    Gordon from Ann Arbor, MI on 4/23/2014

    2007 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first try at replacing a receiver but since I'm kind of handy at other similar projects, I decided to give it a try and it wasn't too bad. The toughest challenge was disassembling the dash panel without damaging anything. Once that was accomplished, everything else went fairly smoothly although I did need to contact Crutchfield when my AM reception wasn't very good. Turns out I screwed up the antenna adapter wiring. Having wired all of the "same color" speaker wires together , I just went ahead and wired the blue antenna adapter wire to the solid blue receiver wire marked "Ant Cont" without thinking too much about it. The instructions said that the appropriate wire would be Blue or Blue/White so I went with the Blue choice especially since it was marked "Ant Cont". Wrong answer. It's actually the Blue/White "P. Cont" wire which supplies the necessary power to the powered antenna in my CR-V. Once that was corrected, AM and FM reception was great. I also really like the BT Audio and Pandora features which make phone connections wireless.

    Pros: Great sound and features especially for the price.

    Cons: The large volume control knob doesn't control the power on/off which takes a while to get used to. It's easy to accidentally press the face release button which is directly below the "return" button which is small as are other buttons so it's easy to press the wrong button if you're not careful.

    My Favorite Car Stereo To Date

    Tiffiney from Sarasota, FL 34231 on 4/21/2014

    1996 Chrysler Sebring JX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo has everything that I wanted in a new system. I replaced my factory stereo in my 1996 Chrysler Seabring JX Convertible. The blue tooth pairing with my phone is perfect! I can now take and recieve calls, even when the top is down. That is a DEFINITE plus living in sunny South West Florida! I've only had to refer to the manual once since the install, to figure out how anything works. Thank you Kenwood for making a great car stereo, and THANK YOU Crutchfield for selling it with everything I needed to install it in my car, and for including everything that I needed to make it work. I'll be installing the new Kenwood KFC 1665S speakers to get the best sound out of the stereo!



    Great Sound

    QualityNotLoudness from Houston,TX on 4/21/2014

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great combined with Kenwood 6x9 4 ways and 6.5" 3 ways in Dodge Quad Cab. Was surprised at the high sound quality and features vs. the low cost. The phone app quality exceeded my expectations. Mic pick-up and sound quality is excellant on my end as well as the callers. The knob is quite slippery as others mentioned and I will look for a rubber band to put around it for grip. Wish the preset buttons were larger and easier to use and wish the remote control buttons were easier to use - life is too short to listen to DJ's that think they are funny so soon as a song is over and there is talking I channel surf. Installation of radio was very simple, especially with the free adapters. All and all considering the price and quality I give it 5 stars. Now my wife wants one for her SUV. I highly recommend it.

    Pros: Powerfull, clear sound without an amp. Looks cool. Front USB and Input. Phone feature is great.

    Cons: slippery knob, hard to hit presets on receiver and remote. Wish you could stream station info AND keep the clock on.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Tariq from Winston-Salem, NC on 4/21/2014

    2002 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This after market sound system is excellent for a mid stream conservative or a spirited minded tech-oriented "young-gun" It delivers on all points and the built in amp. really got some punch. In my opinion, you get a lot of bang for your buck !

    Pros: it comes with everything required to get' the baby' up and running and ease of installation

    Cons: I've had system up and running for nearly 2 mos. don't have any complaints

    Kenwood stereo

    Duane from Tukwila WA on 4/21/2014

    2008 Dodge Caliber
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It took me a while to figure out all of the controls. Note that I have set it to my specifications. I really do like this unit. This one is my second after market stereo and they have come a long way.



    Excellent quality, great features!

    tree_trunker from Colorado City, TX on 4/19/2014

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent, high-quality unit. This is actually the second one I've purchased. My last one died when an iPod plugged into the unit by USB cable accidentally fell on speaker terminals just right (or wrong) and ZAPP! However, I love this stereo so much, I ordered the exact same model. I simply removed the bad unit and replaced it with the new one, leaving wiring harness and everything else from the old one. It works great! Lesson learned.

    Pros: Great quality, great sound,

    Cons: none

    2002 Honda Accord Lx

    Carlos J. from Bronx, NY on 4/19/2014

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've never installed an after market radio into my car until recently, I must say not only was it fun but it was "easy" Crutchfield sent me everything I needed to install this radio into my car & it was basically plug & play. Only thing that took a while was stripping some wires and tapping them together but that's all color coordinated. This kenwood radio made my factory speakers sound way better, I'm completely happy with it, my future radio I would definitely see what kenwood models crutchfield has in stock.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, Aux, Microphone, Cd-Mp3

    Cons: Wish the microphone was built- in.

    Sounds great!

    brandon from SoCal on 4/16/2014

    1994 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio is made of like some cheap shiny plastic, feels delicate. It scratches easier than i would feel comfortable with. But the radio sounds good with my stock mach460 audio system. The bluetooth works perfectly! everything about it is just AWE. Its an awesome head unit.

    Pros: Sounds good, easy to operate, has all the features you need

    Cons: cheaply made

    Joe DeLima

    Joe D. from Gilbert, AZ on 4/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money it's not bad. I would have rather put a little extra money towards a unit that would have given me automatic display dimming and automatic speed controlled volume.

    Pros: good value for the money

    Cons: does not have the above mentioned features that I would have liked to have had.


    Constance from Panama City FL on 4/16/2014

    1989 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, even better tan I expected. Thing about getting it for my other vehicle.

    Pros: Nothing negative to say.

    Cons: All is good.

    Lots of Options

    HeavyD from Charlottesville on 4/16/2014

    Bought this to replace a bad radio in a vehicle I just purchased. I had a kenwood in my SUV and worked great and knew I should stick with Kenwood. I was not disappointed! It has lots of features and a decent sound. I like the radio display of station/song info. I wish there was a way to add the time to the radio scroll, but that's fairly a petty issue. The unit works great with my bluetooth devices. It even comes with a microphrone to mount for the phone. Great stereo infor the money!

    Pros: A lot of features for the money. Bluetooth works well with all my Apple devices. Kenwood makes a solid unit.

    Cons: Wish the clock would display along with station/song information. Not a big deal, though.


    andrew from new york on 4/14/2014

    2011 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    not good



    Recient purchase

    G,.M. from IL USA on 4/14/2014

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

    Great products @ good prices

    Pros: All good

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    M Maki from Highland Park, IL on 4/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed it for my 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK. Crutchfield Technical support is great. I called them to provide me with direction how to do the installation. Almost no waiting on the phone, the technical support person was great, took me through the installation steps in very easy manner. They already send me the installation kit.

    Pros: All futures are great


    Wow !

    Walter from Jax.,Fl. on 4/13/2014

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been allured in the past with thinking spending a lot of money will get you good sound. This receiver puts out some really good sound, with lots of room for expansion. So what if its last years model, I don't see this quality of sound getting any better. I'll be back for a double din for my 13 Gen coupe.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    2000 Volvo S80

    StuartT from Hong Kong on 4/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have nothing to complain for such a feature rich product at USD130. The free kits (faceplate, mounts, cables) from Crutchfield made installation a breeze. There's a little quirk that, when music streaming from my Android phone, sound is routed only to my front speakers. Google results suggest that there might be an obscure setting to fix that. Will look for that setting tomorrow.

    Pros: As advertised.

    Cons: Routing the microphone requires some creativity but I'm just nitpicking.


    Anonymous from New mexico on 4/12/2014

    1994 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very nice head for the price and feature level. The Bluetooth is flawless. Only drawback is with using the iPhone it only plays off two speakers rather than four

    Pros: Lots of features for the price. Super easy pairing of the iPhone

    Cons: Limited Bluetooth sound

    Great stereo

    Kegger from Chicago on 4/12/2014

    2003 Acura MDX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outstanding! All the bells and whistles. looks great & sounds great! Highly recommend! Cannot go wrong with this stereo.



    Kenwood rocks

    Max from Croswell mi on 4/9/2014

    Just put this Kenwood in my 96 Camaro ! Love it !!!! The bluetooth is amazing !!!! Still learning all the options , but highly recomend this unit !

    Pros: Bluetooth , USB , and color selections !!!

    Cons: Easier setup of EQ would be nice .

    Awesome stereo, great bang for the buck!

    Aaron from Seattle, WA on 4/8/2014

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The bluetooth in my Pioneer deck never worked quite right (the phone would always connect, but half the time when a call came in or I placed a call, the deck would show "error"), and it was getting worse, so I decided to look for a new deck. I didn't want to break the bank so I saw this highly rated Kendwood for a cheap price and gave it a try. WHAT A DEAL! I can't believe how happy I am with it. It's really intuitive and produces crisp, powerful, clear sound. I'm no audiophile and I always hated the audio adjustments (like on my Pioneer) that force you to mess with an equalizer as opposed to just changing "bass" or "treble." Well, this Kenwood unit is incredibly intuitive and easy to adjust, yet it gives you tons of options to change the sound down to the nitty-gritty details. There is almost no distortion from my little 6" bazooka sub like there used to be, even at high volumes. The bluetooth works great as well. I've spoken with quite a few people over bluetooth and they all hear me crystal clear. It's super easy to pair a phone, and it always connects instantly when I get in, plus it downloads my phonebook and call history. It makes it very easy to call the people I speak to the most without even touching my phone. The display shows the track names when I stream music over bluetooth (which also sounds ultra-clear) and I can skip/pause/fast forward with the keys on the front. Overall, I love this deck!

    Pros: -Incredibly intuitive and easy to use -Bluetooth phone and streaming work flawlessly (note to owners: the default mode for streaming bluetooth is for audio to only come out of the front speakers. You have to go into a sub-menu and change it to come out of all speakers, then it'll sound great) -Audio adjustments are easy and make a big difference. -Audio clarity is great - my sub doesn't distort or bottom out -Colorful faceplate actually looks really classy -Song info shows for Bluetooth & R

    Cons: I really can't think of any. This Kenwood receiver is so easy to use that I'm constantly reminded of how difficult my old Pioneer was in comparison. Everything just works right and how I would want it to.

    Quite pleased!

    Lemados from Minnesota on 4/7/2014

    1999 Chrysler Cirrus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm rather happy with it, took a little fiddling to get it to cooperate, but the install was easy enough.

    Pros: Works very well, color change is cool, features are all working fantastically.

    Cons: Wish I could change the text colors, but that's a minor thing.

    Sounds great

    KBA from Huntsville,Al on 4/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Unit thanks for the suggestion



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Vienna il on 4/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price, and features defiantly would recommend



    Great sound quality and excellent appearance.

    Anonymous from al on 4/6/2014

    2007 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great and display colors match my dash perfectly.



    Awesome Sound Quality !

    Anonymous from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 4/5/2014

    2003 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is a GREAT value ! I chose this radio cause I wanted lots of audio features and a detachable face. Im always tinkering with EQ settings LOL. With 8 EQ presets, 3 levels of bass boost ( which i love ) & speaker settings, it really blows all the others away just with that alone. I wanted some extra bass at lower volumes without having to install a sub & this unit provides more than enough for me on the bass level 2. I dont blast the radio all the time cause my right ear starts to hurt when I do. Too many years of loud music LOL. This unit REALLY makes my Polk DB 651s shine. With my stock HU they sounded pretty darn good...but now it sounds awesome. Imaging sounds amazing and sounds like a high end system ( to me ) & trust me I can be very picky with my sound. Clear highs without peircing your ears. The bluetooth was super simple & very clear. I had my wife call me when she was on the road & it sounds VERY clear. I have a 03 Pontiac Vibe & it is VERY noisy on the road even with all my doors sound deadened. If your concerned about bluetooth quality dont be. Doesnt sound like im on speakerphone either. Very nice to be able to match the display to your vehicle & the the variable display is fun to look at night. It doesnt have the modern look of say a double din but if you are looking for lots of audio features this may be your unit. This is my first Kenwood unit & im more than pleased for 130 bucks !

    Pros: Audio options, audio options, audio options......This was the ONLY unit that had that many options in this price range. Especially the 3 levels of bass boost. Me likes ! Bluetooth quality & its ease of setup.

    Cons: Little cumbersome to flip through settings for me but once I figured it out it was fine. The ONLY con is the slippery volume is absolutely horrendous ! Im still looking for small rubber band that wont slip off of it. They should have at LEAST knurled the outside edges....with everything so well thought out on this unit, they definitely overlooked something that simple LOL.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Anonymous from Little rock, ar on 4/4/2014

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

    Great player for the money.

    Pros: Loaded with features

    Cons: None


    Steve from Enfield, CT on 4/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this car stereo. Easy to install with great sound

    Pros: Easy to use and great sound

    Cons: I have a KDC-595 and the 3 bar color display is cooler looking

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    TP from Glendale, KY on 4/4/2014

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

    Radio works great. I previously had a a JVC with tape deck so this was a nice upgrade in my system.

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: Would like wiring harness to be longer due to fitting it into non traditional location.

    excellent bang for the buck

    Howard from rochester, ny on 4/3/2014

    2002 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this because my factory radio didn't play burned cd's. I like all the features this unit offers at a very reasonable price. I noticed a big difference in sound quality right away, great product!

    Pros: Looks great, good sound quality, plenty of music source options, easy bluetooth pairing

    Cons: almost too many sources to cycle through to get to your desired source... not really a big deal.

    Nice addition to my RAM 1500

    SR from Paw Paw, WV on 4/2/2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Easy to use. Love the bluetooth capability with the external microphone. Easy to pair phones. I love the ipod connectivity. My old Roady XT works with this as well.

    Pros: Easy to install in the truck. Instructions were good. All the components, to include the trim tools made the job easy.

    Cons: I have none at this time.

    nice looking

    errors from Dauphin, PA on 4/1/2014

    2000 Mercury Mystique
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit not only sounds great.. I love its features and its overall build quality



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Leo from Murrieta Ca. on 3/30/2014

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

    Great sound,great price easy set up

    Pros: The price its right ,great sound and LED colors

    Cons: The volume nab real fragile

    Great unit

    Jeff from New Orleans on 3/29/2014

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

    I always buy the middle of the road product. this is a top of the line product, more feature than i'll ever use but a great unit and I did actually set up the blue tooth and its great. This went into a 1989 Camaro IROC and I really didn't need all this but I'm glad I bought it all.

    Pros: clean modern look I liked the three pairs of outputs and it is performing great

    Cons: too many feature but a great unit all the same

    kenwood excelon Kdc-597

    vatbauer from Staunton on 3/28/2014

    1999 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far a good buy especially because it was on sale. Smooth install with given kits. relatively easy to learn and begin using. Sound is missing some bass and solid mid but could be the speakers too.

    Pros: Good buy with nice features.

    Cons: possible punch for mids and bass but again could be the speakers.

    Nice, but can only read IPhones.

    JamesM from Battle Ground, WA on 3/28/2014

    2007 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this because the factory stereo in my Escape can't play digital music. All my music is on my phone, and with the USB plug I thought I would be able to plug my phone into the radio and have in play my music, as well as pandora. However, this only works for IPhones, kind of a crappy design-not everyone has an IPhone. I can use a USB that holds my music and the receiver does fine with that but its not how I would prefer it. Crutchfield was great, they included all the necessary parts for an install, answered the only question I had during the install right away, and I had it all hooked up in less than an hour, and this was my first time installing a car stereo.

    Pros: Easy to install, easy to setup, works great, sounds great

    Cons: Only interfaces with IPhones.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597

    Jerry M from Kentucky on 3/28/2014

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

    I bought this unit wanting to upgrade from a stock unit that didn't even have a cd player. I ask a Crutchfield advisor for a unit that has a cd player and a usb port for my Ipod. While I was waiting for the unit to arrive I went online and watched a few videos on how to replace a stock unit. I found that very helpful also.Received my unit in a few days and begin installing it in my Sonoma. I only had to call a couple of times for tech service but with the reference number on the install sheet it all went very well. Just take your time, follow directions, call if you get stumped. Crutchfield has massed a great library of knowledge and expertise when it comes to installation. Now after it's installed I just have get more familiar with all the features of the unit itself. Being an older person I kinda wish the presets were bigger and easier to find. I do have to say though, I really like the remote control because I can see the buttons better by bringing it closer to my face. All in all, I rate it a 7 out of 10 overall .Crutchfield doesn't build em, but they sure know how to install em!

    Pros: Decent sound quality Nice looking install Great value

    Cons: An older person or a person with vision problems might want to look for a unit with larger preset buttons.