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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695

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Driving can be dangerous when your attention is distracted from the road. Built-in Bluetooth helps — when you answer a call, it's just like talking to someone who's sitting next to you. You can keep your hands on the wheel and leave your phone in your pocket. A dedicated "phone" button on the receiver's face makes it easy to connect when a call comes in.

If you're looking for a car stereo with Bluetooth® functionality and awesome iPod® controls, the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 CD receiver fits the bill. Plus, this receiver's protected by the Excelon 2-year warranty.


Bluetooth for hands-free calling

Driving can be dangerous when your attention is distracted from the road. Built-in Bluetooth helps — when you answer a call, it's just like talking to someone who's sitting next to you. You can keep your hands on the wheel and leave your phone in your pocket. A dedicated "phone" button on the receiver's face makes it easy to connect when a call comes in.

Ready to roll with your iPod®

Connect your player to the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you're ready to access your playlists, just like that. Kenwood makes it so easy to navigate your tracks and playlists, as dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys cut down on the need to work through menus when you're looking for a specific song. "Passenger Mode" lets you control your iPod or iPhone® from the device itself, a useful feature if you're listening to streaming content like Internet radio stations over your iPhone.

And more entertainment options

rear panel

The front-panel auxiliary input offers an instant connection for a portable satellite radio or another sound source. You can play all kinds of CDs, even discs that you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. For the best in radio, add a Kenwood HD Radio™ tuner or satellite radio.

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

Note: Bluetooth compatibility with this receiver may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • detachable face with 13-character fluorescent display
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q sound control (3-band parametric equalizer and 8 preset EQ curves)
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter and subwoofer level control (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of low-bitrate music files
    • 24-bit DAC
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optionalconnecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional satellite radio and HD Radio™ tuners
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    I love it!! The BT gives excellent sound quality. I have not played a CD since I have the USB option=>I use a flash drive for my music.

    Charles, Norfolk, Va

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (and attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (67 Reviews)

    Leaves a lot to be desired

    Butch from Yukon,OK on 1/2/2013

    I bought this unit in spring of 2012 and finally found the time to install it on New Year's day 2012. I wish I hadn't wasted my time. The first thing you notice when you lift it from its box is how cheap it feels. Upon installation, the first thing you want to do is turn off all the lights emanating from it, flooding your car's interior. Unfortunately, all you can do is change the settings from floodlight bright to an annoying glare that overpowers every light on your dash. It's hard to review something that is so hard to use. I can't even find how to turn it off!! I put some Velcro above it from which hangs a blackout curtain. This thing is what the news is talking about when they report 'distracted driving' accidents. There are no straightforward controls. Everything requires numerous button pushing and dial turning. I spent hours trying to find equalizer settings that would make music sound natural. It simply isn't possible with this unit. I think the problem is either cheap DAC's or poor implementation of them or both. This is regrettable, especially given that I spoke to Crutchfield's tech support about finding a receiver with emphasis on audio quality over useless bells and whistles. This was the unit he recommended based on my requirements. After listening to its disappointing built-in amps, I paired it with a Blaupunkt 4-channel amp and Infinity Kappa component speakers which sounded silky smooth in my previous setup. It plays louder now, but still sounds lifeless.

    Pros: It has pre-outs for front, rear, & Sub. Good thing too, because you cannot listen to the built in amps without wanting to rip it out of the dash. I wish I could find something good to say about this thing, but I'm finding it difficult to come up with something. I guess if you like bright lights glaring at you ALL the time, you may like it. There is one thing; You don't have to turn it on. Its always on. Which is a good thing because eventually some of those annoying lights will burn out!

    Cons: The unit does not lock into the provided cage except when it is left hanging a 1/2" out of the dash. I can't seem to by-pass the audio controls and send unaltered audio directly to the pre-outs. This is not the unit to buy if you're accustom to using outboard crossover networks. There is no dial to turn in order to quickly select tuner channels. I wish I could figure out how to turn the thing off! I've read the instruction manual from cover to cover and not one word about how this is done. Weird

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    jpbeaudry from Spokane,Wa on 5/22/2012

    2000 Ford F-150

    Thsi was a great value And the sound quality is very good but after a feew months the bluetooth began having trouble often the calling party cannot hear you or can barely hear you even though you can hear them just fine

    Pros: Price And features

    Cons: a little complicated to use the more advanced features and poor bluetooth reliabilty

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    Linda from Tennessee on 2/23/2012

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very unhappy with this product. The blue tooth "hands-free" phone connection is NOT HANDS-FREE. Making a call requires touching the stereo unit or remote several times. There is no "off" state for the unit. The "program" to create a USB drive capable of playing music has NO documentation or instructions for use. I haven't been able to create a useable USB drive after numerous attempts. I can see why it has been discontinued.

    Pros: it looks good and the radio plays well

    Cons: Everything except the radio has problems

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    Mark C from Maitland, Fl on 2/11/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Having had a Sony radio that was much similar from 3 years ago I was very familiar with a radio with similar capabilities. I find the Kenwood sounds great and has much more flexibility in the sound settings-far beyond the Sony. The user interface is much less intuitive with the Kenwood. It has as many features but accesses the setting of an IPOD or USB device is much more cryptic. I still can only search a usb file structure by folder 1, folder 2 etc. Not as easy as the Sony. All functions sound great so it is a great value for features but back in time in user friendliness

    Pros: Great Sound, Flexible EQ and sound settings. Bluetooth, iPOD, expandable to XM or HD radio with only one plug. Great value for the features.

    Cons: Outdated user interface for iPOD and USB features. Complicated and long menu systems for changes. Limited display data in only one line.

    After about one two months

    Charles from Norfolk, Va on 2/11/2012

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love it!! The BT gives excellent sound quality. I have not played a CD since I have the USB option=>I use a flash drive for my music.

    Pros: The remote is a nice feature. I questioned its worth at first, now its all I use. Excellent sound. Easy installation.

    Cons: The installed unit is not as sung as my old unit. When I press a button in the corner of the unit you can see it move. Also the double back tape supplied for mounting the BT microphone does not do a good job. the mike has come down three times in the last three weeks. I will have to find a better mounting option.

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    Doug in Illinois from Elmhurst,il on 2/8/2012

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

    The only thing that could improve this would be a knob that is not so smooth, or a little taller . The remote control is great, and the Ipod controls work like they should.



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    Anonymous from Muscle Shoals, AL on 2/7/2012

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

    Was easy to install. Bluetooth works perfectly. Glad I purchased from Crutchfield because they sent everything that I needed to install it in the car.



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    steveh from lake havasu ,az. on 2/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    still very new to me but so far it seems great



    Great assistance

    Michael B from Post Falls ID on 2/5/2012

    2000 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Saving the cost of installation and half the box stores wire harness price allowed me to buy this with blue tooth on board as a gift for my wife whereas it otherwise would have been out of our budget. My co-worker bought a lower model Kenwood without Bluetooth from a local installer for his wife and it cost the same money. He wished I would have done the same for him. I had to buy some crimp terminal caps, everything else was in the kit. Elsewhere people complained that you could set the clock but that they found no provision to see it displayed. At first we thought that was too silly to be true. Then we began to believe it for a couple of days till we found the button over on the right. My friend hasn't found the button on his yet. The hardest part of the installation was a modification in our 2000 protege to remove some metal bracket that supported the back of the old reciever. There was no illustration of how to do the modification so I was hesitant because it would be irreversible damage. The customer support was terrific and gave me confidence since it had been done before. My wife is still impressed that I did it, and that it works and nothing is broken. THANK YOU CRUTCHFIELD!

    Pros: Great support. I got through the wiring instructions without needing help.

    Cons: On the down side we are still in the stone age and had hoped to be able to still use the old cassette player with the new reciever but it won't accept it, and there are no aftermarket solutions. The blue tooth recieves well but on the other end our noisy protege makes it inconsistent to be heard while driving.

    Awesome Radio

    R.R. from RGV,TX on 1/30/2012

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

    Great Radio for the price.

    Pros: It does what Kenwood advertises.

    Cons: Wish it was easier to adapt the steering wheel controls to the radio without having to purchase a separate device.

    Love the Features and Value

    Scott J from Livermore, CA on 1/29/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to replace the stock head unit in my Chrysler Crossfire. The Kenwood was very easy to install, partially thanks to the Crutchfield expert who stayed on the phone with me while I installed it. Once I connected my USB cable to it on my Android, it read the drive and started playing the first song. The controls on the head unit are okay if your files are in folders labeled with the album, then artist. But it will not recognize playlists that you have on your phone. The bluetooth works flawlessly, while driving listening to radio or music, sound stops, phone rings, push one button and you are talking through the radio. The feedback from people I talk to say that it sounds good on their end too. The microphone can be placed anywhere, I put mine down low because I have a convertible, although haven't talked with the top down yet, too cold out. The phonebook downloads and allows you to call someone from the head unit instead of the phone. The sound quality for listening to music is excellent as usual with the Kenwood equipment. When reading from the drive the only thing I would like to see better is volume equalization. Digital files recorded at different volumes are very noticeable on this unit. One negative is the display, if there is any light on it, you cannot see it, with a convertible, I can already see this is going to be a problem even though I haven't even used it witht he top down.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Bluetooth, USB drive on the front

    Cons: Music Navigation for Android a little clunky, cannot see the display if too much light it there, would not recommend for convertible.

    Great unit for the price

    Bob G. from York, PA on 1/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased for my daughter for Christmas. When I asked her to comment for the review, she smiled & said, "I like it". I guess that covers it.

    Pros: The built in Bluetooth is great, no problem hearing her when I call.

    Cons: Not sure there are any

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    Anonymous from Seattle, WA on 1/28/2012

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

    My daughter loves it



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    Anonymous from new jersey on 1/22/2012

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

    looks and sounds great, so easy to get it all together



    First Kenwood experience

    Roadnuts from CT on 1/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Kenwood X695 after reading many reviews of similarly priced competitors. It seemed like all the choices in this catgory had some sort of downside, except this Kenwood. I'm very happy with my decision, having it installed for the past week. The controls are very simple and easy to follow, even without the manual. The sound is great, even though I'm only running 4" front coaxials, and 5"rear coaxials in my old Volvo 240. I also installed an MTX Thunderform powered sub using the rear subwoofer inputs on the Kenwood. I listen to a wide variety of music, and the radio is able to keep up with only the built-in amp. It plays plenty loud enough to blast your eardrums, but the sound stays clear and undistorted. I also installed the included Blue Tooth microphone on my steering column. The phone controls are very easy to use, and the sound quality is great on both ends. Overall, I'm very pleased with this unit and would definitely buy another one or recommend it to friends/family.

    Pros: Ease of use, simple intuitive controls, great sound, nice features, blue tooth works great, nice looks/fit/finish.

    Cons: The only thing I have a gripe with is the blue tooth. When you start-up the radio and don't have your paired device with you it constantly searches for it, and only displays that it's disconnected. No other problems so far.

    Great Unit, Good Value

    Busmonkey from SoMD on 1/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was pleasantly surprised by this head unit. All of the functions work well, and are very intuitive. You don't need the manual to get the basics. I was able to pair my phone and search my phonebook without it, and my wife was able to connect her iPhone without any instruction. The system is very flexible with lots of settings to play with (ex: low, mid, and treble setting have not only selectable levels, but also selectable center frequency), but the default settings also all seem to make sense. The RDS compatibility is nice. 2-yr warranty is reassuring, and the Kenwood name doesn't hurt. Sound quality is good, but you're in a car... I'm not one to nitpick sound quality when it overlays a background of road noise and traffic. Of course, buying from Crutchfield is always a dream. This is the first time I called (my install was an '02 Focus with the Ford Mach Audio system--the website warned my stock subwoofer would not work with the unit), and although it was nearly 9pm, somebody picked up immediately and was able to help with my order. The unit showed up two days later, and because of all the freebies I had it installed within an hour. It took another couple of hours to figure out exactly how to get the stock subwoofer to work, but eventually it did. Finally, the price of this system is a gift. Bluetooth, USB, Aux jack, RDS, in a sub-$200 quality unit is amazing. Thanks, Crutchfield.

    Pros: See above. Lots of features, quality unit, great price.

    Cons: None yet--only owned 2 days.

    Nice upgrade from factory unit!

    Alan from Colorado Springs, CO on 1/8/2012

    2005 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recommend this unit without hesitation. Easy controls, easy bluetooth setup (up to 5 devices); sound is great, no echoing or white noise in microphone/hands free talking. Looks great and installed quickly!

    Pros: Easy install! Easy setup! Installed in a 2005 Hyundai Tuscon with factory speakers. Sound is great! Bluetooth worked perfectly first time! Paired up to iPhone with no glitches! Downloaded the phonebook automtically! This for the wife's car and it had to be easy.. It was! Controls are easy, buttons are just the right size...

    Cons: No complaints!!!!!

    Nice Upgrade

    GeorgeB from New Hampshirre on 12/27/2011

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

    Excellent value and loaded with features. Purchased this to replace a Monsoon unit in a 2002 Jetta. PAC interface installation instructions are so bad that I had to call Crutchfield support to verify wire connections. Some wires are not used and others cross harnesses (with no instructions) But the blue/white to solid blue I did not figure out. Called Crutchfield support at 5 minutes before midnight and got a live person and answers.

    Pros: Far more features than OEM and good sound quality. Setup was simple. Having BT in a 2002 car is a plus.

    Cons: Jetta installation requires a PAC Interface. Shipped with two removal tools and the Monsoon radio requires four.

    No Better Value!

    NS from Boise, ID on 12/22/2011

    2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck has it all! BT hands free works great, took me literally 10 seconds to pair my phone. Controls are very intuitive, I haven't even read the manual yet (except for to pair my phone). Ipod controls/menu's are excellent. I love that I can control my ipod from the deck or the ipod..which allows me to use pandora, or play videos's and stream the sound through my deck (best feature IMO)! I have (in the past) always been a faithful Alpine user. However, their lineup of decks was very odd this year (in this price range) in, you could get a deck with BT, but not with sirius..or vice-versa (not to mention, their adapter uses XM..i know, same company, but it makes a difference if you have a sirius subscription and try to add an "xm" receiver to the account, cant be done). The sound is excellent, a great improvement over OEM..The Kenwood has a "warm" sound compared to Alpine's very "crisp" sound. It's not a big difference, and both types of sound have their advantages.

    Pros: -Bluetooth, USB, Aux, and Sirius availability in one unit -Blue lighting -Price

    Cons: Cant think of anything I dont like

    Score bonus points with your boyfriend ladies!

    TazyNTank from San Antonio, TX on 12/17/2011

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After doing what I thought was a good amount of research on single DIN units, I chose the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695. It gave me a good number of options as the pricier double DIN units offered. It was pretty fast easy install. It only took him a few hours and one hiccup. He had some issues with the connection of his subwoofer in his F150. We called Crutchfield on a Saturday afternoon and within minutes the issue was addressed and the problem solved. They are great! Buying from Crutchfield, I knew I was in good hands but had no idea. Providing me with the kit specific to his car made it so simple. The sound quality on the calls is very impressive on both ends. The audio sound quality while streaming music or movies (I hooked up an Ipad mount so we can stream movies while taking long trips) is suburb. I think this gives it a one up on the fancier Dual Din units b/c you can only watch movies while in park (unless you do some sketchy hack with the wiring). Fast shipment, competitive prices and terrific support and service. I couldn't be more pleased Thanks Crutchfield for scoring me bonus points with my boyfriend!

    Pros: I didn't have to install it. He did. It's that easy!

    Cons: This isn't even a complaint, it's more like a discovery. When I purchased it I thought it would stream music apps through bluetooth from my Iphone. It turns out, you can only stream phone calls through bluetooth. Which is crystal clear and perfect on both ends. I discovered you have to use a USB for your Iphone to stream music which turns out to be great because you get the best digital quality and charge your device at the same time!

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    Brian from Little Rock, Arkansas on 11/24/2011

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

    It adds a really nice touch to my Wrangler TJ's dash. From what I can tell, it has solid build quality. The Bluetooth works great with my Blackberry Bold 9700. My Jeep is nowhere near quiet, but callers can hear my voice fine as the microphone filters out the wind and road noise even at high speeds. I really enjoy playing music from thumb drives as I always end up destroying CDs. The sound quality is great and allows for a lot of tuning to your satisfaction. The unit is easy to operate and configure. The radio data stream is also a cool bonus which also allows automatic update of the clock. The clock can be visible at all times, you just have to push the small button with the circle in it on the bottom left. The manuals provided by Kenwood and Crutchfield are clear and to the point. If you have any questions during the install, Crutchfield is quick to solve any issues. I think the radio could be a little more sensitive. The Pioneer unit before mine picked up the radio stations better than this unit. It still has good reception, but just not as good in some areas of town. I was aware of this before purchasing this unit. Secondly, the sound knob is really sensitive when using it to change settings. I found it a little difficult to do this on the move due to the bumpy ride of my Jeep. I would find myself passing the selection I was looking for forwards and backwards. But, I guess I shouldn't be doing that when driving huh? I would definitely buy this unit again.

    Pros: Bluetooth feature, Blue LED lights, Sound quality, USB input, AUX input, Easy access radio preset buttons, Clean look, Clear instructions

    Cons: Ok radio reception (11 dBf could be lower)


    Anonymous from Long Island NY on 11/15/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very good head unit the buttons are a bit small for my fat fingers, abut i got the adapter to use my steering wheel controls. That is a good feature. I also like the Bluetooth phone connection, everyone i talk to can hear me with no problems. I wish the music could play via blue tooth but i guess im asking to much for a deck in this price range.

    Pros: the Bluetooth, the sound quality

    Cons: The display washes out in the sun and could be a little better. would like to be able to have the clock, and the i pod info or the rds info at the same time.

    Great value!

    John G from Alexandria, VA on 11/10/2011

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

    Installed in 2005 Colorado using supplied free GM adapter kit (part 120992001 radio/blank) but adapter kit did not allow for proper fit (radio escutcheon (part B page 33 radio instr) would not fit under or over factory plastic trim leaving aluminum box showing), different adapter kit provided free by CF (part 142GM1583B radio/pocket) worked, installation was otherwise straightforward using specific vehicle instructions (provided free) once GM adapter cable (GMRC-01 -1/2 price with radio) and radio cable were soldered together. Radio connector cable comes with 15 loose end wires so it will have to be connected to the car through direct wiring-in or some adapter cable. Selector rotates through 'tuner/CD/USB/aux/stby'. Buttons are small and not intuitive 'button' shapes, but work. Frequency selection is through up/down buttons, no knob, 6 preset buttons get 4 selector modes (FM1-3, AM). There are no instructions on how to display clock (found that small 'scrl disp' button chooses display mode including clock). The removable faceplate is a good but not real firm fit (it wiggles a bit when pushed so it doesn't feel like it's really 'locked in' but it is). Bluetooth works with my iphone and HTC Ozone. Took a couple of tries to pair the phones, no big deal. Instruction covers use and installation, install begins on page 30. Comes with remote, really? How far is the reach to push a button, more or less than the reach to get the remote?

    Pros: New Kenwood radio at scratch-n-dent price!

    Cons: Not a plug-n-play fit for my truck.

    Bluetooth doesn't work

    Jason W from Denver CO on 11/2/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit for the Bluetooth functionality & because it's a Kenwood. Well, The Bluetooth doesn't work with the newer phones like the HTC Sensation & Samsung Galaxy S2. The phones pair just fine, but the callers get a terrible echo & white noise. Even after troubleshooting with Crutchfield & Kenwood, it simply doesn't work. Kenwood doesn't know when they'll release a firmware update, so beware! If you have an onlder model phone with Bluetooth 2, you'll probably be ok as I tried an older Nokia & Samsung and it sounded crystal clear on both ends. Sadly,Kenwood isn't up to date with technology. Beware!

    Pros: I loved Kenwood products. Always have until now. It integrates with my Satellite radio, all connections are great, sound quality is excellent.

    Cons: Bluetooth doesn't work for the newer phones.

    Perfect for my style!!

    Gregg from Frenchville,ME on 10/28/2011

    2007 GMC Sierra Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm sure that there is a better head out there but for the price this will be tough to beat. Crutchfield techs made me feel like an expert when I connected this thing!! All around i'm very happy with the setup and Crutchfield. Thanks

    Pros: It was easy to install, sounds great, perfect amount of power, looks great, and the inputs and outputs are really nice to have. My favorite part is the hands free bluetooth phone feature.

    Cons: I really wish it had a clock displayed all the time.

    Solid unit

    Mike O from Santa Fe, NM on 10/13/2011

    2006 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very good unit, does almost everything great. I like the hands free calling and the control over my Ipod is wonderful. My only complaint (minor) is that the tuner is kinda weak, the factory unit seem to pull in broadcast better. It's kinda remote where I am at, bet it would work better in a bigger city. I liked this unit enough that I am looking at purchasing another to put in my wife's buggy.



    Great System

    Marko from Montana on 10/9/2011

    1998 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I selected Kenwood because of their great reputation and product line. I selected the KDCX-695 because of the built in bluetooth for hands free calling. Relatively easy install and set-up. Great sound and looks.



    really bad sound sound system for the AM FM tuner poor reception

    Chris T. from New York on 9/30/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When I bought this stereo, I bought it because it still had CD changer controlls which is what i love and ipod/iphone controls, and an auxiliary input and USB input. On the first day after having it installed into my 30 year old Cadillac, the AM/FM reception is very poor. A factory radio sounds better than this one on tuner. It does not have a clock. When the radio is off, nothing lights up. The clock is not on when the radio is off. On my last stereo system which was a pioneer KEHP 4020 Cassette player and 12 Disc CD changer, the clock worked and stayed on when the radio was off. I think I'm gonna return the Kenwood Excelon 695 for something better! This radio just has poor AM/FM reception! Its awful! Unhappy with the purchase! I'm returning it! I wish they still had CD changers for the other brands!



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    DavidB from United States on 9/29/2011

    1994 Eagle Vision
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the deck. Easy to hook up with the instructions that came with it. Thanks Crutchfield for bringing great music back into my car.



    Happy with my purchase

    Kristen from Teaneck, NJ on 9/25/2011

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

    I used to have a Bluetooth receiver that I could plug into my cigarette lighter and I could play music with my phone using this. That died on my one day. And for the longest I have wanted an auxiliary jack in my stereo. I decided to go shopping for one, I came to this website and started looking. After some research I found this stereo. I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to many years of use with it.



    Great product

    kinukawa from Petersburg, VA on 9/23/2011

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck. Bluetooth was simple to set up. Works great in a 2005 Sierra w/ Bose using GMOS04 and PAC-SWI-JACK. Took approx 4 hours to install if you plan on taking your time.



    Thank you Crutchfield

    MDemp from OKC on 8/26/2011

    I received another radio in the mail that didn't really work, so I contacted Crutchfield and told them about it and without hesitation they sent me this one as a replacement. It went in with no issue and has been working great. It was easy enough to figure out how everything worked and it sounds much better than my factory unit. The only thing I do not like is the screens are not interchangeable meaning you can't see the clock and the name and the title of the song.




    StanD from South Louisiana on 8/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got it for the hands free bluetooth. That works well, The FM is strong, The serius works good. And a breeze to hook up. All and All well worth the money spent. I'd give 5 stars but unit is new and only time will tell.



    overall good stereo

    Alan from s/e WI on 8/11/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood KDC-X695 is a huge improvement over the stock radio that came in the truck. I purchased it with the hopes of using a usb thumb drive to store my music but soon found that to be problematic. Kenwood provides their own software to resolve issues when using thumb drives but the software is not MAC compatible. Never the less, I am happy with the stereo. I use my Iphone as the audio source and though the interface could be improved, it works. The sound is very good, the fine-tuning features are helpful and the bluetooth is nice.



    05 Tacoma Standard

    Paul from TX on 8/7/2011

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
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    Wow, read the reviews and jumped in. This Stereo with my OEM speakers sounds awesome. The Bluetooth works great, the installation was real easy especially after reading some tips in the reviews. Finally the support team at crutch was terriffic! sounds as good as my wife's Cars Bose.



    iPhone Use

    hypersonic09 from College Station, TX on 7/31/2011

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

    Installed this radio on a 06 Chevy Colorado. Haven't used the CD player or the AUX port so this review will be about using an iPhone with the radio. I think that this is a great radio for its capabilities and ease of use, but there are some annoyances. When connected by USB, the iPod controls are disabled. All navigation is done on the radio. If you have a small media collection, it won't be such a problem; I get around it by setting up a "driving" playlist so I choose that on the radio. The radio will automatically play whatever was last played in the iPod app. If you turn off or sync the iPhone, the app "resets" and the radio will play the first file from the beginning. It's quite annoying when I'm in the middle of a podcast when I leave the car and then turn off or sync my phone before my next drive. Probably an iOS issue, but I "start up" my playlist before I connect my phone and it works. Radio by default uses the iPod app so it won't use the Pandora app if that was the last audio app I used so there's an inconvenience of having to navigate to the app after connecting my phone. No radio control of Pandora. Bluetooth feature works well. It automatically connects to my phone and downloads the phonebook (every single time). I sometimes have an issue of names being out of order. The radio does not have a dimmer connection so it won't dim with the car's dimmer control. Even on the lower setting (there are only 2), the radio is much brighter than my dash lights at full.




    StevenH from Pensacola, FL on 7/26/2011

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

    '03 Avalanche, Installation took about 2 hours mostly due to new warning tone equipment and Blue Tooth external mic wire routing and mounting. Unit works like a champ and the BT is very cool. Great sound and bass/treb/mid control. The display can be dimmed in the "settings" page and my AM/FM tuner works better than the factory radio. Used Ipod via the mini input and the USB; both work great. Make sure you order the data bus/warning tone speaker, as that makes the wiring connection between the vehicle and the new radio extremely easy and allows you to continue to have the warning tones. I highly recommend this unit.



    2000 Nissan Maxima - nice update

    Larry from Fremont, Ca on 7/16/2011

    2000 Nissan Maxima
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    I feel silly giving it 5 stars, since I have no experience with other units, but I am very happy with this radio. It replaced the factory unit and is a nice update, but I bought it for the bluetooth handsfree cell phone integration. My wife loves it and I do too. I really enjoy the handsfree bluetooth, but the radio data is very cool, seeing the song title scroll across the screen. It's a good update. The thing that made this exceptional was the kit that Crutchfield put together, boy did that make the installation a breeze. These guys think of almost everything. All that was missing was the installer!




    Decklover from Wyoming on 7/14/2011

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

    What can i say.... this deck enhanced the sound quality of my stock speakers. I still have yet too figure out my blue tooth setting to use my hands free phone calls but overall this kendwood stereo is an amazing deck i enjoy every minute of listening to songs on this deck hooked up to my subs. Crutchfields customer service was outstanding i even received a handwritten thank you from an advisor i spoke with on different choices of which decks would best fit my lifestyle and music choice! Great Service very IMPRESSED with my order and speed!!! Thank you crutchfield!!!!!



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    jomon from illinois on 7/6/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the best radio for Siruis Radio with a remote I have found for my boat. None of the other radios I have tried let you use the remote to change to your pre set stations. This radio does it all! JVC, Sony only let you go up or down one ch then jumps to other cat's This radio will let you go to any pre-set at any time with the remote.



    Great Upgrade to Bluetooth and USB

    cookincajun from Baton Rouge, LA on 7/3/2011

    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to upgrade an older car with low milage (Mercury Marquis) with new car technology. This Kenwood did all of that and more! Handsfree bluetooth operation for cell phone and ipod, great sound with intricate control over bass, mid-range and treble plus the option to upgrade to subwoofer and compenents in the future. Paired with new Kicker factory replacement rear speakers, it has all the thump I need for now. This system just looks great and updated the dash board and functionality of this aging "Millenium Falcon" cruiser to drive into the future. Installation was fairly painless with the enclosed instructions.



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    BobM from Lexington Park, MD on 6/21/2011

    2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
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    I bought this radio for my 2002 Tahoe. I bought it to upgrade my stock radio and provide myself with hands free (Bluetooth) capability. A very powerful and excellent radio! Great, clear, crisp sound and a huge improvement over the stock radio even with the stock speakers. I plan on replacing the stock speakers in the near future to get the full benefits of this radio. Bluetooth setup and use is relatively simple. Answering a call requires only the push of a single, easily located button. Conversations are easily conducted with the external microphone - even with my modified exhaust system. Highly recommend you purchase a radio with an external microphone. Installation was very simple and straight forward. Crutchfield's step by step installation instructions were dead on and easily understood. I only had difficulty with one wire (Sub-woofer power), but a single phone call to their support department on a Saturday pointed me in the right direction in less than five minutes. Total installation time, including the removal of the stock radio and connecting the supplied wiring harness, was just under 90 minutes. This radio looks great and sounds even better. Crutchfield's technical support was excellent - a very knowledgeable support staff. I will be utilizing Crutchfield's to purchase BT capable radios for my wife and daughter in the near future.



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    Kelton from Craig, Co on 6/19/2011

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

    Awesome sound and power over the factory sound system. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants that little extra boost over the factory set up. The features and options with the reciever is amazing and really adds to the overall performance.



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    Rob M from Moorestown,NJ on 6/18/2011

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

    I was blown away by how much more powerful this unit is than the stock one. I didn't think it would get any louder, since I still have the stock six speakers in my Matrix XRS. I used to turn the old one up all the way. I haven't gotten the Kenwood past 33. I don't even know how high it goes. If your car doesn't have Bluetooth going through the stereo, you have to get it. Like some of the reviews mentioned, the reception is poor at best.



    Awesome phone interface

    Jeepboy from Fort Worth Tx on 6/9/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit! The Bluetooth phone system is Amazing! The CD player rocks. The input for iPod and USB drives is wonderful! You guessed it, I'm new to all this cool stuff and Loving it! My only complaint is the weak radio reception. It's not a big deal because of all the other music options, but it really is the weakest tuner I have ever had. If you really care about excellent access and a solid performer, this is a great unit. If you need a good radio, buy a Pioneer Super Tuner.



    Great replacement unit!

    DeanD from Denver, Co on 6/8/2011

    2000 Chrysler Sebring
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    The unit installed very cleanly in my Sebring, with no trouble at all. I was replacing an existing Kenwood Deck, so I was pretty sure it would fit! I was specifically looking for a system with a Bluetooth connection for my phone, and "push-buttons" rather than a smart-knob. I listen to broadcast radio a lot, and have not been too excited about the iPod-like controls on many other radios. The unit paired with my phone easilly, and callers are very comfortable with the sound quality of the phone calls. Sound is great, still using the factory amp and speakers. I have had a couple of CD skips, but I think that has more to do with the CD upkeep than with the unit. Over all very pleased.



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    BG from Michigan on 6/7/2011

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

    Good value, the sound quality is very good. I don't use any ipod/bluetooth/ etc., but cds and radio sound great. The higher voltage outputs are worth having, this drives my 15s very well with lower amp settings. I do wish the faceplate didn't have any wiggle when installed.




    Clint from New Orleans on 5/19/2011

    I already had an amp, Focal speakers and a powered subwoofer and it all sounded really good with the factory head unit. After getting this installed the sound is top notch. Plenty of features, great sound shaping and it looks really good in the dash.



    Nice unit

    Jim from Ft. Lupton, CO on 5/17/2011

    2004 Honda Accord LX
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    This unit has all of the features you could want. It takes a little work to get everything set the way you want it because of the vast menu options, but once everything is set, its a great unit.



    Very Nice

    Mugabi from Austin, TX on 5/16/2011

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    Love it. This has given new life to my factory speakers (that I'll eventually replace). Options are great and easy to navigate through the settings. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this sounds with new speakers and sub. Very minor, but I do wish they offered display something other than blue.



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    Dao from Augusta, GA on 5/16/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this radio. It is very nice and i am looking forward every morning to work because of this HU. Especially, the BT is very convenient to answer the phone while you ' re driving. You can always had your eyes on the road while talking to some1 on the phone. I bought this HU for this and i am plane to get HD radio to install to this HU. thanks to Crutchfield for all instruction and the cut sheet that come along with it. I helped me alot..........




    Doug from Rural Valley, PA on 5/13/2011

    2007 Dodge Caliber
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    Having owned Excelon receivers in the past I have to say they just keep getting better. I installed this one in my girl friends car, she wanted a stereo with bluetooth this seemed like a good choice and it was. User controls are not too hard to understand and the bluetooth for the phone works well once you get on to it she loves it. Lots of options for expansion, sound good on her factoy speakers in her caliber. Might have to get one for my self.



    awesome SOUND

    Louis Q from Manassas Va on 5/8/2011

    2008 Kia Sportage
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    Makes the drive that much better. gave new sound to original speakers that never could sound so nice. The music sounded muddy and now it is vibrant. Thanks.



    This was a great purchase!

    BrianM from Elizabeth, WV on 5/5/2011

    1997 Chevrolet Suburban
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    I am extremely happy with this receiver. Installation was a breeze in my Chevy Suburban and when I couldn't get my rear door speakers to work, it took the tech support guy all of 20 seconds to explain the fix to me. The unit sounds amazing and I love the front USB port. The bluetooth phone feature is perfectly and sounds great. As usual, fast delivery and the best service from Crutchfield. Don't waste your time looking anywhere else for electronics!



    Well designed, many good features

    MikeN from Connecticut on 5/3/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this stereo with a pair of Polk db651 speakers for my 2006 Subaru Forester, replacing the standard factory radio and speakers. (I have been using it for about a month.) The improvement in sound was tremendous! FM reception was also notably improved. Bluetooth works flawlessly with my basic Nokia phone, allowing me to access my phone from the stereo and leave it in my pocket. It is just as easy to control my iPod Touch from the stereo controls. The RDS works great, one of the reasons I purchased this unit. FM reception is greatly improved. I like that I can add satellite radio and a subwoofer, which I plan to do later. Installation was easy, but I don't think I would have succeeded without the Mastersheets from Crutchfield. Also, Crutchfield phone tech support was excellent.



    Awesome Kenwood

    TerryL from Erwin,TN on 4/28/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this receiver to put into a 2010 jeep wrangler fits perfect, easy replacement, sounds great bluetooth work great to, makes my polk speakers sound awesome in the jeep. IPOD works awesome to great product.



    Works Great with my iPhone

    Colin from Anchorage, AK on 4/28/2011

    2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this mostly because I was looking for a stereo with blue tooth to work with my iPhone. Installation was fast and easy in my 2002 Subaru Impreza. I installed the microphone up in the corner of the A pillar. Works flawlessly with my iPhone, and sound is good with the hands free BT. I would definitely recommend this.



    My van rocks now!

    Ty from Northern Indiana on 4/24/2011

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

    A little bit about myself, I am 38 years old and have never installed a radio. I am not what you would call a radio guy as this is my first aftermarket radio since I was 16 years old. The reason I installed this radio was due to my son puking on the stock radio. I have to say the radio is pretty cool. The led looks much nicer than the one pictured on Crutchfield. The buttons are not overly small but I would not have wanted any smaller. The sound is very good and I liked the fact it had factory set options for the sound. The remote is pretty nifty. Don't know what I'm going to do with it but it's cool. I do have to point the r/c at the receiver to get it to work. Maybe batteries? The Ipod connection works great and you can navigate it from the receiver or the Ipod. Bluetooth setup was the most difficult thing for me to do. Keep in mind I'm a plumber and not all that savy with electronics. The mic works great and clarity is very good. Wiring the unit was overwhelming at first but I just read the Crutchfield directions and took it one step at a time. I used the Posi-twist connectors they sell here and I liked them. Installation was puzzling at first, but I got it and I feel pretty good about installing my own stereo. I am very pleased with the radio and the service I received from Crutchfield. I'll be buying more products here in the future.



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    Rick from San Dawg on 4/23/2011

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

    nice head unit had it for about a few hours I am a Kenwood person first excelon though, love it. Replace a 11 year old Alpine on my wifes 2000 accord. I also have an 11 year old kenwood head unit in my silverado that will be replacing it with the KDC-X895. Pro: Bluetooth , ipod control, Cons: none at this moment



    Sounds great, good value, easy to use, display bright enough to signal

    Eric from Albany, NY on 4/20/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has a balanced, natural sound, and is easy to install and use. The iPod controls took a little getting used to, but even without reading the manual, I was able to use the majority of the functions immediately. The downside to this model is the display. The dark red plastic lens turns the electronic display invisible in direct sunlight, and even in its dimmest mode it was easily 3 times as bright as anything else in the car, and the fluorescent blue display screams "steal me" to anyone who sees you go by on the street. If you're 17 and want to show off your new system, this is the way to go. If you're an adult and just want to listen to music, the display is poorly designed. It was too bright and distracting to use at night, so I ultimately returned it. If they'd included the ability to customize the output levels and colors the way you can on the KCD-X595, this would be a winner.



    Quite Nice

    pfdruz from Orchard Park, NY on 4/17/2011

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice stereo. Only complaint is that the controls are a bit small. Good sound though.




    Darren from St. Charles, MO on 4/16/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my 2000 toyota 4 runner. I'm amazed by the bluetooth. The microphone pics up better than my factory installed bluetooth in my new Chevy. Easy to install yourself. Easy to operate. Very fast shipping from Crutchfield! Two thumbs up for me.



    So Close to Perfect

    TomC from Boston, MA on 4/15/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Actually I'd give it 4 1/2 stars. Truly a great radio with excellent reception, iPod connectivity and hands-free Bluetooth WITH external microphone (Do not buy a Bluetooth radio without one). Only two small things I'd change. First, the volume knob has zero texture. Just because you have the ability to produce the smoothest plastic around doesn't mean you should. My plan is to dip it in that liquid/rubber stuff. Second, it could use a dimming function on the blue-accent-lights for night time driving. As always Crutchfield service was excellent.




    Miguel from Saint George, Ut on 3/14/2011

    2004 Volkswagen Jetta
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    I bought this stereo for my wife's car. I personally installed it and after I finished with everything I tested the awesome power of this incredible thing I am so glad I bought it........and the bluetooth works great with her cellphone....I totally recommend this product.........thank you.



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    rich from PA on 3/4/2011

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

    great radio but owner manual could be a lot better.



    Great receiver

    Dan from St. Louis, MO on 3/2/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver. Works great with my iPhone 4. Plays audio from the iPhone flawlessly and BT phone calls sound great as well. Installed very quickly into my 02 Avalanche. Considering buying another for the wife's car.



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    JoyRyder from Old Fort NC on 2/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm a truck driver and needed a system to hook my iphone as well as xm receiver into... I bought this unit snd love it!!!!!... Very good sound... easy to use... Crutchfield customer service was AWESOME!!!!!.... I will deal with them for all my sound system needs.. Thanks guys.... YOU ROCK N ROLL...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

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

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a 14-segement, 13-character bluish white backlit fluorescent display with blue button illumination.

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

    Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-X695 are as follows:

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

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA, and AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    System Q Sound Control: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Detail Audio Control: The Excelon KDC-X695 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control when the System Q Sound Control is in User mode. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    3-Band EQDetailed Audio Settings
    Center FrequencyQ-FactorBass ExtensionLevel
    Bass40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00On/Off-8 to +8
    Midrange0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz1.00 or 2.00N/A
    Treble10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k HzN/AN/A

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV1, LV2 or Off.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and USB).

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X695 features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X695 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, or 180, 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 provides the following subwoofer preamp output controls.

    • Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 50, 60, 80, 100, 120Hz, or "Through". The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Tuner Presets: The Excelon KDC-X695's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-X695 offers two preset modes.

    • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
    • Mix: A total of of 6 stations can be assigned to a total of 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band and connected Satellite Radio tuner. You can recall a preset station without switching between bands.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

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

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner  and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit.

    Disc Playback

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

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Excelon KDC-X695 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The Excelon KDC-X695 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

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

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

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

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD, CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Insert: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Changer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 offers connection and control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719, sold separately).

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 features a front-panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x)  information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters. The KDC-X695 will also charge your connected USB device's battery, when the head unit is powered up.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Excelon KDC-X695's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X695.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

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

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Excelon KDC-X695 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X695 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone ModelGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideohead unitiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist TextTrack Info
    dock connector3rdN/ANNNNNNN
    mini 1stN/ANNNNNNN
    video 5th1.3YNYNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYY
    6th1.1 PCYNYYYYY

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Excelon KDC-X695 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

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

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect an optional HD/Satellite Radio tuner to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls wirelessly from your mobile phone, using the Kenwood in-dash CD receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) powered by Parrot. The KDC-X695 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication. The KDC-X695 supports the following Bluetooth profiles:

    • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
    • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • SPP (Serial Port Profile): SPP defines how to set up virtual serial ports and connect two Bluetooth enabled devices.
    • SYNC (Synchronization Profile): The SYNC profile enables synchronization of data information between Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth audio music streaming.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X695 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KDC-X695 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood Excelon head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. See theKenwood Bluetooth Compatibility List for a complete latest compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Auto Answer: The KDC-X695 can be setup to automatically answer an incoming call. You can have the head unit automatically answer a call immediately or after 1-99 seconds.

    Dialing: Using the KDC-X695, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 25 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. These can be accessed from the head unit's preset buttons (1-6).
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X695. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 25 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long.  Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
    • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.  You can register up to 35 voice tags.

    Call Waiting: The KDC-X695 supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.515" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

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

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X695 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep and caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone from -3 to +3.
    • NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be set to -2 or +2.
    • EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from -2 to +2.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Excelon KDC-X695 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, Tuner, and Bluetooth functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately);  or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X695 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

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