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Add Bluetooth® and Excelon quality to your ride
If you're looking for a car stereo with Bluetooth functionality plus awesome Kenwood Excelon sound quality and features, take a look at the KDC-X696 CD receiver. This receiver's built-in Bluetooth helps keep you focused on the road — you'll talk hands-free when you answer a call, just like talking to someone who's sitting next to you. A dedicated "phone" button on the receiver's face makes it easy to connect when a call comes in.

Add Bluetooth® and Excelon quality to your ride
If you're looking for a car stereo with Bluetooth functionality plus awesome Kenwood Excelon sound quality and features, take a look at the KDC-X696 CD receiver. This receiver's built-in Bluetooth helps keep you focused on the road — you'll talk hands-free when you answer a call, just like talking to someone who's sitting next to you. A dedicated "phone" button on the receiver's face makes it easy to connect when a call comes in.

Kenwood KDC-X696

You'll be able to use voice dialing once you've sync'd the receiver up properly. On top of that, Bluetooth audio streaming connects this receiver to the music library on any device that supports the Bluetooth A2DP profile — no cables needed. And you'll even have some control over most players, too.

Ready for your digital world
Kenwood's Excelon receivers are well-equipped to integrate with all your gear. Connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you're ready to access your playlists. 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.

Pandora® Internet radio
Pandora users will appreciate this receiver's excellent built-in controls — you can scroll through your stations and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

What about Android, you ask? If you store your music on an Android device, download Kenwood's free Music Control app and you can enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged in via the front-panel USB.

Need more?
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.

The Excelon difference
Not only are Kenwood's Excelon receivers built for sound quality, they feature 4-volt preamp outputs to send a powerful signal to your amps. And you'll enjoy a 2-year warranty to go along with the great sound.

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

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 or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 1-line display and blue illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (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
    • bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

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

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    worked pretty well for the 2 years I have had it. Hooked up to an old Phoenix Gold QX4150, sounds good lots of level and frequency adjustments for fine tuning sound, had all the features I wanted at a good cost.

    Morgan, Phoenix, AZ


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 Reviews

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    (111 Reviews)

    good headunit

    Morgan from Phoenix, AZ on 11/10/2013

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

    worked pretty well for the 2 years I have had it. Hooked up to an old Phoenix Gold QX4150, sounds good lots of level and frequency adjustments for fine tuning sound, had all the features I wanted at a good cost.

    Pros: USB, AUX, 3 preamp outs, bluetooth music and phone, CD, detachable face, good durability.

    Cons: every three months or so one of the inputs(AUX USB CD Bluetooth) would quit working or the whole thing will go dead. Remove fuse or battery and back to life. ?

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    mjswans from Canby, OR on 6/22/2013

    1996 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound at a great price.

    Pros: Bluetooth audio is great, not fumbling with a cable.

    Cons: Bluetooth pairing took a little longer than expected.

    Kenwood Excelon

    Gregg from Sarasota, FL on 6/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit for my son's Toyota pickup. Easy to use, plenty of power for a kid who wants a lot of sound and like the IPOD control. Just a great unit at a great price!

    Pros: Power, IPOD control, ease of install and outputs for subs, etc.

    Cons: Remote is not much outside the truck.

    Super Product!

    Jocquett from Houston, TX on 3/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for the price

    Pros: Very enjoyable

    Cons: None

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    EddyR from Corryton, TN on 3/25/2013

    1996 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product! Great value and works perfectly..

    Pros: Bluetooth works very well. The product is so versatile.

    Cons: Illumination is only one color but it matches my vehicles' lighting fine.


    Isaac from Kingsport on 3/22/2013

    1993 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great looks good sound. Tip you must adjust subwoofer volume before it will work

    Pros: Looks and sound good

    Cons: Bad Bluetooth people on the other line can't hear you good


    Cameron Cook from Martinsville, IN on 3/22/2013

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

    Excellent product, the price is right, and with Crutchfield you know you get the free installation gear with the kit. This makes everything super easy to install, had it in and playing in just under an hour, and I even took the time to solder the wiring harness.

    Pros: Subwoofer pre amp output jacks, fully controllable eq, all the good options, wasn't missing any of the important features.

    Cons: No dimmer I guess?, big deal...

    Very cool

    BKD from Lawrence, KS on 3/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought to replace a dead Sony Xplod BT3800U. . .purchased a scratch and dent model and can't tell at all. Much better quality than the Sony, much easier to operate while driving. Installation went without a hitch. . .too cold in the garage to fool around with the bluetooth microphone, but can't wait until it gets warmer to tear everything out and install it again with it.

    Pros: Great value, AWESOME product

    Cons: Don't like that there isn't a built-in bluetooth microphone in the faceplate like the Sony, but people I'm calling will probably appreciate the lack of noise using the external microphone.

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    Anonymous from Heyburn Id 83350 on 3/19/2013

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

    Excellent player replace an old ken wood for USB and Bluetooth very happy!

    Pros: USB, Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    My Kia rocks.

    mahina from Maui, HI on 3/19/2013

    2010 Kia Forte
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wasn't sure how an aftermarket deck would work out in my Kia Forte so I got a less expensive Kenwood. Crutchfield provides al the right adapters and instructions for a clean install. Saw this as reconditioned and couldn't pass it up. Mated with a Kenwood 5 channel and Kicker speakers my Kia definitely rocks.



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    drrogerb1 from Roseburg, OR on 3/14/2013

    1981 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a replacement for an older Clarion (difficult to see panel, mediocre sound). Easy to install in an old 911SC, good setup instructions, much better sound, bluetooth easy to setup, both for phone and music; USB port a nice feature. Display easy to read.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality very adjustable, good FM reception

    Cons: none so far.

    Great Stereo/Setup Takes Time

    Carter from Pensacola, FL on 3/12/2013

    2005 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace the factory HU in a Jeep Liberty, along with a pair of Polk audio 6.5s front and rear. I've had a few Kenwoods over the years and they've all been pretty straight forward...wire, mount, set the clock. This one had preset speaker size settings in the Initial Setup section that I missed. I was about to send the Polks back when I saw what I missed. All working pretty well now. Sound is great, controls are still taking some getting used to, and the BT is hit and miss with my wife's iPhone. However, it connects every time with mine.

    Pros: Good price on an Excelon, great sound (after initial setup), lots of options for expanding the system.

    Cons: Speaker setup took a while. System Q and custom EQ takes a little time to adjust correctly for each input.

    No-brainer bluetooth solution

    BurlingameDad from Burlingame, CA on 3/11/2013

    1999 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this Kenwood to replace the stock deck in my 1999 Suburban. I am amazed at the value. 1) It sounds better, and has better Bluetooth functionality and quality than two expensive aftermarket kits I put in my other vehicles (Parrot unit, and the Mediabridge). 2) Ease of installation. The Crutchfield instructions were easy to follow, though I recommend watching some YouTube videos to understand how to remove the dash bezel. 3) Sound quality: this deck sounds far better than the stock unit, and streaming bluetooth audio sounds excellent -- again, better than the Parrot and AudioVox devices I've used in other vehicles) 4) Value. You can't beat it. I am amazed in the value you get for the price.

    Pros: Incredible value for the money. Great sound quality. Straightforward to install. Great bluetooth performance.

    Cons: The wiring harness required crimping or soldering -- fine for me, but might be complicated for others.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    mobin from washington d.c on 3/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good for price



    great product, great support

    Ryan from st.louis, mo on 3/7/2013

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

    This product is great. Streaming phone calls, music, Pandora, internet radio all from my Lumina 920 has been awesome. Even better is the support team from Crutchfield. I've never installed a car stereo before or done any automotive maintenance for that matter. The tech support quickly responded to my countless number of emails and phone calls and I couldn't be happier with the end result.



    Great product

    Anonymous from bellingham wa on 3/6/2013

    2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit sounds great and super easy set up for bluetooth use. Really need upgraded speakers over power the stock ones.



    Awesome stereo

    Greg from Pomona ca on 3/5/2013

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

    Awesome stereo for the price, considering all the audio streaming stereos I've owned all had static but this stereo was crystal clear and worked like it should!

    Pros: Everything works like it should, great audio stream, great USB hook up(iphone5) no problem at all with the Bluetooth calling sounds clear on both ends, awesome remote signal, great audio adjustments including subwoofer, no popping noise when turning radio on.

    Cons: Two problems with this stereo is that if your dash gets a lot of sunlight it makes it a little hard to see the display, and the radio reception isn't the best but i don't listen to the radio with it, other than that it's a great buy

    Unbeatable head unit for the price!

    JasonP from Hillsborough, NJ on 3/2/2013

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to update the aftermarket head-unit that the previous owner of my car installed.]. My main reason for this particular unit [besides Crutchfield chat's awesome recommendation] was the CD, AUX, and Bluetooth capabilities - and yet maintaining a fair price. Installed and instantly BT'd my phone to the unit - it synched all my contacts and I was rocking to Pandora within a few brief minutes. Really love this head unit and the things that can be done with it!

    Pros: Bluetooth, Aux/USB Port on front, Price

    Cons: A little tricky when getting started

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    E.Briggs from Brenham,TX. on 1/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product,great price,and great support!



    Great stereo with nice feature set.

    Bill D from Sacramento, CA on 1/28/2013

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

    Went in really easy. I like the relatively simple interface - not too many buttons. Bluetooth works great with my Galaxy Nexus (android). USB on front serves as a nice extra charger for my phone. Love it!



    KDC - 696

    Dino from Long Island, New York on 1/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this in my daughters car and she loves it. Great sound on initial set-up.I didn't have time to set it completely up before she went back to school, but she was able to handle what I couldn't do. She's happy and I'm happy..

    Pros: Easy install. Sounds great and the kid loves it. She loves the fact that her iphone and ipod music is easy accessable. Also happy with the Bluetooth.

    Cons: None

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    Kevin from Honolulu, HI on 1/24/2013

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

    Great sound and features for the price.



    awesome stereo

    Joet from Ma on 1/20/2013

    1996 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this stereo now for about 4 months and have had it in 2 cars already. The interface is very easy to use and has some features for fine tuning sound i have yet to dare messing with, seeing as I have it dialed in to a way that I'm quite pleased with. Bluetooth was a little bit of a learning curve, but once you pick it up it is pretty simple. My only gripe about it would be that sometimes the bluetooth gets a little bit funky; sometimes once in a while it won't sync up with my phone (iphone 4) although bluetooth is always turned on with the phone, and if I'm on the phone when I start the car and bluetooth syncs up the person on the other line can't hear me unless I either turn the radio off or change the source for the call. Sound quality is great via am/fm, ipod, usb flash drive, and I can't recall putting a cd in. Bluetooth audio streaming is another fantastic feature I was surprised by, great for if I want my music without fumbling to plug the phone in. All in all I have recommended this stereo to friends as well as the Kenwood brand in general, this is my second stereo I've purchased with the last one being a Kenwood, I have had nothing but great luck with their products and can't see myself purchasing anything else for a stereo anytime soon (especially since I love this one so much).

    Pros: Easy ipod interface, looks good, easy to use in general, good amount of features for the money, 2 year warranty, remote easy to use

    Cons: Occasionally buggy bluetooth (could be a fluke with my stereo or phone in all fairness), would like variable color even if just for buttons

    Great Radio (at first)

    Trevor D from Warren, MI on 1/18/2013

    This radio worked phenomenally for about 4 months. Recently, I've been trying to connect via bluetooth and it's been extremely choppy. I can't listen to 40 seconds of bluetooth without the connection being interrupted. The sound quality this radio puts out is awesome. I haven't heard a cleaner one at this price.

    Pros: Great sound quality, easy-to-use interface,

    Cons: Components MAY OR MAY NOT fail after several months of use, cannot change color of faceplate,

    Great Sound - Complicated Instructions

    SET from St. Louis, MO on 1/17/2013

    2001 Acura MDX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The instructions for this unit leave much to be desired. My Bride reports that once she had extensively read and re-read the instructions and watched a couple of UTube vids, she finally had an eureka moment while sitting with our sons at the bus stop. Now everything works, including Blue Tooth; she is now happy with her stereo and all is right with the world.

    Pros: Blue Tooth and iPhone connectivity

    Cons: Wow, Kenwood, get someone else to write your instruction manuals! Seriously....

    Too Bright/Weak Display Features

    KenP from Billings, MT on 1/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Primary reason for purchase was to have a clock display in the vehicle, secondary to have USB and auxiliary input on front of unit. After much button pushing, finally figured out how to make the clock display all the time. Unfortunately, the display can only display one thing at a time, i.e. clock, radio station, or CD track. There is more than adequate room on the display. Too bad Kenwood didn't take advantage of it to show more than one piece of information at a time. Even though the display has a dimmer function, the back lights on the buttons on the left and right of the unit are extremely bright and cannot be dimmed

    Pros: USB, auxiliary, Bluetooth inputs

    Cons: Extremely bright, non-dimmable buttons; poor display capability

    Works Well!

    Matthew from Santee, CA on 12/20/2012

    2003 Jaguar X-Type
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is a great value, the price is very acceptable for bluetooth streaming and the seperate mic is a plus. I like the clear cover over the USB and audio ports to keep the dust out. The 4V preouts are a great addition and the factor amp is strong at 22RMS per channel which is fantastic. The only issue I had when figuring out the bluetooth was the audio streaming. It was initially setup as the front speakers were working so I thought I installed the wiring harness incorrectly but come to find out there is a setting under bluetooth streaming to change it to full audio so all speakers work...why that setting is there I will never know but just as an FYI to all the others out there.

    Pros: Great features, Bank for Buck, 22W RMS, 4V Pre-Outs

    Cons: Continues to Download Phonebook every time my phone connects

    2003 Volvo S40

    ChrisW from Midwest on 12/14/2012

    2003 Volvo S40
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for great price! High quality sound and and bluetooth.

    Pros: Really high quality sound, Bluetooth, iPod controls and aux input. Great price.

    Cons: None so far.

    03 Toyota Tundra

    L. hill from Ashtabula Oh on 12/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased with my new stereo.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 in a Tacoma

    Den from Newmarket Ont. on 11/30/2012

    Great Deck, sound is excellent and Bluetooth works well for me.

    Pros: I like the ease of use with the bluetooth. Was a decent price up here in the Great White North.

    Cons: Unable to turn of the RDS function! I love and hate RDS. Reason being it's a pain when you are just trying to figure out what station you are listening to. If they had the feature to turn it off I would rated it even higher. If I knew what RDS was before I bought the deck I would have likely did a little more reviews before buying.

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    A from Albuquerque, NM on 11/28/2012

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice deck. I installed it into our 99 Jeep Wrangler. Looks great, sounds great and I would purchase again!

    Pros: Easy install, easy to use, sounds great and great price!

    Cons: None so far.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 in 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500

    Ron M from Boca Raton, Florida on 11/19/2012

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

    This unit does all that it is advertised to be. Good sound quality.....looks great, sounds great. Operation instructions seem a little difficult to understand. Not being a true techy audiophile, I found it difficult to understand the various settings in the instruction manual. It would have been helpful to have an explanation as to what the variious settings would do to the performance and sound quality. Installation instructions, however, were accurate and no major installation issues were noted, except that it needs to be clear that the stock unit for the Yukon has two connectors going into the back of it.....the Kenwood unit only accomodates one connector. Presumably the additional connector on the stock unit is for the operation of the cassette deck that came with the vehicle in 2001. No big deal to disable the cassette deck, since I doubt if anyone will want to still play these antiquated cassettes anyway. I do however, have two issues. It seems when the car is running, but the head unit is turned off, the clock does not display the time unless the unit is turned on. I am so used to seeing the clock display all the time that this will take some getting used to. Additionally, when turning the unit off, unless you hold the power button in, you will scroll thru all the functions such as "Tuner, Aux, CD" etc. It probably would be better to have a separate power on/off button.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Great sound.

    Cons: Operating instructions should be made easier to understand. Clock only displays when the unit it turned on.

    Great quality & price

    Anonymous from Crestline, CA on 11/18/2012

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

    Bought two of these (1 for each car) and they both have great sound and all the options I needed.



    Great Product

    Selwyn Boom from Virgin Islands on 11/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am enjoying this Head unit so far. It has great sound quality and lives up to my expectation.

    Pros: Great features

    Cons: None

    Excellent deck!!

    Frank from San Diego, CA on 11/9/2012

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

    Considering the fact that it was refurbished.... I have no gripes other that the remote not working. Not sure if something wasn't plugged in correctly or.if the battery is out but other than that, this deck surpassed my expectations.



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    Jerrod from Gap, Pa on 11/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced an aftermarket head unit for a friend in a 99 Camry. The install was quick and easy and everything worked the way it should.

    Pros: Like the Bluetooth feature, connecting was easy and using Bluetooth Audio was nice too.

    Cons: Non as of now.

    Expected What I got

    SteveV from Portland, OR on 10/25/2012

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

    Not my first Kenwood and probably not my last. I'm replacing them now just to get newer features, not because they are breaking. This Kenwood is operating just as I would expect it to.

    Pros: Its a Kenwood Simple to use Great Features Expert features at discount price


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    jim from aledo,tx on 10/14/2012

    2010 Dodge Challenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy install



    Good Investment

    Chuck from O'Fallon, IL on 10/12/2012

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

    I bought this unit to replace the factory unit in a 2003 Taurus. Installation was, as usual for a Kenwood unit purchased from Crutchfield, easy to do.

    Pros: Included Bluetooth for both cellular calls and streaming audio. USB port works with standard USB drives.

    Cons: None so far.

    cant beat it for the money

    Brandon from United States on 10/8/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio has it all. I don't listen to the radio much so hd radio wasn't necessary. Bluetooth works great Bluetooth audio sounds great. Design is simplistic but nice. Been in the dash for a week now and have had many comments about it. The sound quality is amazing. It sends a clean signal to all my amps an I have a true sound quality set up I've always wanted. I can't get enough. Thanks cruchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth. Clean design. Sound quality.

    Cons: Can't change the display colors on this model

    a nice upgrade

    BillW from Las Vegas, NV on 9/29/2012

    2010 Dodge Challenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    upgraded from a lower level Kenwood, this model is great, excellent sound, the hands free phone is better than the iphone speaker phone but still could be improved. Fidelity of outbound calls not as good as I had hoped.

    Pros: easy install, decent manual.

    Cons: menu system is ok but could use an UI upgrade, lots of presses to make outbound calls.

    Great upgrade for the price

    Andy from Cramerton, NC on 9/13/2012

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

    Great sound, tremendous improvement from stock stereo. Bluetooth works flawlessly. Installed in my 06 Tacoma without any issues. The steering wheel adaptor install was a bit tricky but works fine.

    Pros: sound, features, bluetooth, iphone connectivity

    Cons: none yet

    Love It!

    Spike from Seattle on 9/12/2012

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

    Very easy to install and works great.


    Cons: Haven't seen any.

    Very good quality

    Anonymous from 27534 on 9/11/2012

    2002 Saturn L200
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice!! Slick design. bit confusing to use at first til you understand the setup, so i gave it a 4 out of five for ease of use. The quality build feels durable and sturdy for the not so nimble fingers out there. Thumbs up; I'd buy it again.

    Pros: Quality build feels durable, wade range for sound preset preferences,

    Cons: Difficult to use at first until you understand the setup.

    The right choice...a great price!!

    Mike from East Palatka, Fl. on 9/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very familiar with Kenwood products...both home and auto. This unit went in my wifes 05 Jeep GC. Install was about 45 minutes total. Bluetooth works flawlessly. I installed the mic at the top of the A pillar in 10 minutes with the mic pointed right in the path of the driver. And once again, Crutchfield makes it a breeze.

    Pros: The whole unit

    Cons: NONE!

    Kenwood 696

    Poncho from Clarkston, MI on 8/30/2012

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

    The installation was a breeze, it took only 45 minutes to install. After that, it took about 15 minutes to learn the menu system of the unit. I soon found out that the speakers I thought were bad were still responding nicely. Some minor tweaks, and I was in sound heaven. Great coolness factor.

    Pros: Sound quality, ease of use, looks great. The GM adapter made the install a snap, well worth the $39.

    Cons: Backlight is weak in sunlight. The clock function stays up and does not allow you to see the next song title on the radio.


    Jon from Ny on 8/27/2012

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

    The radio sound is great with stack 1998 speakers. The blue tooth is mic is not great

    Pros: Radio stereo sound

    Cons: Bluetooth mic is not good

    Bluetooth and reception need help

    Blackhawk from Fairlawn, VA on 8/27/2012

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this model for the bluetooth features. The bluetooth connection setup was ease. The person that I was speaking was clear through the car speakers. The problem was the quality of my voice. The person on the other end could barely understand me after I repeated myself two to three times. It sounded like a hide a bad sore throat and was talking inside a steel barrell. Crutchfield sent me another unit to try. I switched out microphones, cell phones, and the head unit, but nothing changed. I had to finally return this unit for a Pioneer. The FM reception was also disappointing. My 1999 factory stereo actually had better reception.

    Pros: Good Instructions Display Voice dialing

    Cons: Bluetooth sound radio reception

    Satisfied customer

    Satisfied customer from OKC , OK on 8/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Instructions were excellent and made the installation go smoothly. Very pleased with the value for the sound quality even with the factory speakers .



    Very good head unit for the price

    Anonymous from Blacklick, Ohio on 8/16/2012

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

    Overall I'm extremely happy with the head unit. I bought one for my Jeep Wrangler and was pleased enough to buy the same thing for my F-150. Very cool looking head unit and the two things I like the most are the extra rca's in the back and the fact that they're higher amperage so they give you an audible boost if you're running an external amp. About the only negative I can think of is the bluetooth functionality is a bit frustrating at times...sometimes it works perfectly, but other times depending on how I shut the unit off or whatever it doesn't want to connect to my phone...seems very touchy.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, lots of options for a reasonable price

    Cons: bluetooth capability seems a bit touchy at times.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    john d from Bowling Green, Ky on 8/15/2012

    Bought this to go in my corvette z06 untill i modify dash for double din, very impressed with all the adjustments it has. the reason for this model have to have blue tooth and usb all seem to work perfect...

    Pros: easy install, works great with iphone and usb

    Cons: have not found any !!!!

    Kenwood KDC-X696

    Bob from Poland, OH on 7/31/2012

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

    I chose this unit primarily because it is one of the few that offered the higher voltage pre-outs (4 volts instead of 2.5). I installed this in an older Nissan with Bose factory sound, and word on the street was that the lower voltage pre-outs were not enough for the bose amplifier. Removing the amplifier means also replacing the speakers, because they are some odd impedance. Anyway, the output was still short of good, as I had to maxout all bass controls to get any decent bass output. Crutchfield came to the rescue, and provided me with a different interface kit that allowed me to use the speaker outputs to drive the amp. The sound was better, but not as good as the Pioneer that I have driving stock speakers in my Dodge. To be fair, the problem may be the Bose amp. The Kenwood offers alot of 'tweak' tools, and very intuitive tools to get to them. The settings menus are organized well, and took no time to get accustomed to. Bluetooth works as I expected it to, flawlessly. One caller actually complained that I was too loud when speaking with a subdued voice; The Kenwood provides Mic Gain to fix that problem. Although I am a Pioneer Fan, I am very happy with this unit, and would recommend it.

    Pros: Intuitive controls, tools to tweak the sound to your liking

    Cons: the display, composed of multi-segment characters; would rather have had the dot matrix characters

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    BrianP from Elmwood Park, NJ on 7/30/2012

    1997 BMW 328IS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced a stock radio on a bmw 328is with this unit. The install was fine. I did call the support to match up all the wires correctly. There are a few you don't use and the support team was great. After everything was connected the hardest part was putting the new unit back in the dash. Sounds good, everything I needed was supplied. I ordered it on a Thursday and it was at my house when I got home on Monday. The features are great. I love the speed dial/ preset on the radio and the hands free calling. Pandora and the ability to play my iPod/ iPone with this Kenwood is great.

    Pros: Hands free. Pandora iPod/ iPhone

    Cons: Not all the wires are used and is a little confusing and the blue goes to the blue/ white wire.

    Awesome Unit

    Johnathan Benson from Hattiesburg, MS on 7/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Unit. Easy to install on my 2004 impala. Bluetooth was a breeze and the controls are clear and easy to understand. No major complaints after 48 hours.

    Pros: Great Sound and extremely easy to set up.

    Cons: I wish the remote was a little bigger. But I have rather large hands.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Keith A. from Savannah, GA on 7/18/2012

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

    Very good head unit. Installed in an 02' Ford Taurus. Big improvement over the factory head unit. Sounds great! So good that I don't need to add a amp or subwoofer like I thought I would for the results that I expected and wanted. The clarity of the phone in the car is excellent, both outgoing and receiving. Crutchfield's support is great! Just call and ask them what you need.

    Pros: Bluetooth audio streaming with Pandora on my IPhone 4S. Hands free phone use with the included mike.

    Cons: Installation in the Taurus is a pain because you have to run all of the wiring from the head unit all the eay to the left side of the trunk.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Bobby from Bronx. New York on 7/11/2012

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

    Great easy to install sounds great ,blue tooth works beautiful. So far it's working great. In a chev malibu 2000



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Skougor from Denver, CO on 7/11/2012

    2003 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced a factory VW Monsoon head unit. The install was pretty simple. I did have to call in to tech support for a wiring question, but I was helped quickly and expertly. The unit is solid and about 35% louder (not scientifically verified) than the factory unit. The faceplate is catchy though. It doesn't always come off easily on the first try. Maybe, with time, it will get easier. The bluetooth directions, like other reviews have stated, are the worst part of the instructions.

    Pros: Bluetooth Audio, good tonal range, affordable, lights match my dash,

    Cons: Hands Free is very muffled and noisy, but it works. Sticky faceplate removal BT set up is confusing and tricky.

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    Larry from Blaine Wa. on 7/9/2012

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

    Installed in 1996 Ford F -150 that was completly stock with 32,000 miles on it. upon instalation it would play for 10 or 15 minutes and go into protact mode, pulled it out 10 or 12 times checking the wiring and all checked good, checked all original speaker wiring from factory and all was good. soldered all connactions 2 or 3 times and it would play for 10 minutes and go into protect mode. called Crutchfield and explained problem and they sent me replacement no problem. Installed kenwood number 2 and it did the same thing. pulled again and rechecked all wiring including speakers and all checked good. reinstalled original ford unit and checked all 4 speakers and all worked fine. returning both kenwoods as they are useless and not worth the time i have spent working on them. I dont know what the problem was but i well not be using kenwoods again

    Pros: none

    Cons: useless

    extremely pleased

    seand from tennessee on 7/6/2012

    wow!! you are getting a lot for very little with this reciever. I had mine professionally installed(65.00 bucks) which included running the bluetooth mic right near my dome light; no wires showing at all(worth the price just for that) love the hands free calling and the fact that I can bring all my music that is in my Iphone to my car without CD's is sweet!!

    Pros: cool factor big time, clean ice blue display looks great at night!


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Anonymous from phoenix, az on 7/4/2012

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

    2005 dodge ram truck. This was the easiest and most bang for the buck of any stereo install I have ever completed. I replaced the stock head unit with this Kenwood unit and it unleashed the sound of the factory speakers. Very nice!



    Perfect Unit

    Steve from Jackson, MS on 7/4/2012

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

    I purchased this unit to replace a Bose CD changer in my wifes 2003 Altima. The install kit (for the Altima) made everything look as if it were a factory unit. I purchased this model because it has handsfree bluetooth for connecting to the iPhone which works perfectly. It took me a few minutes to figure out the setup, but after that no problems at all. Once the phone is setup, all my wife has to do is get in the car and the phone connects automatically. It also has the ability to setup 5 different phones. The system also sounds as good or better than the Bose unit that was in the car from the factory. Great buy, perfect solution for my wife.

    Pros: Easy install, looks great in the car, has bluetooth handsfree and works perfectly with the iPhone. I read some reviews before purchasing this unit and they complained about the handsfree, saying they could not hear the caller over the speakers in the car. I haven't had this problem. My rating on the handsfree is 5 stars!

    Cons: Instruction manual leaves much to your imagination when it comes to setup. If you are the type that can tinker until you figure it out, you won't have any issues. I did the setup and didn't have to call the help line. However, I hear Crutchfield has a great help line so you can call them if you need direction.

    Amazing! Dodge Grand Caravan installation

    Ted from Chicago on 7/1/2012

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

    I am truly amazed at how simple the installation was in my 07 Dodge Grand Caravan and well all the features of this unit works. I also installed the Metra ASWC for the steering wheel control. I just had a couple of calls to Crutchfield's to clarify a few things and every time I called there was no wait and my questions were answered and I finished the installation in a few hours. Sound is 100% better than the stock unit. The iPhone hook up and bluetooth work beautifully and if you press the iPod/iPhone button on the unit you can control the music from the phone which is a big plus. Navigating through the radio takes too long. I had an Alpine unit on my old van and that was the only way to control the iPod and it was a real pain to use. I haven't tried the Pandora feature yet. I purchased a 16 gig USB drive that is the size of a finger tip. How they make them so small is mind boggling. Anyhow I loaded it up with music from my Mac. I don't think I did it correctly because although the music plays all the folders have numbers instead the the folder names. I'll have to play with this more. Don't hesitate to buy this unit. Great value and makes the OEM speakers sound fanatic.

    Pros: Great customer service, great value, easy instillation, hands free phone feature is worth the money.

    Cons: None.

    Very good 04 Camry renovation!

    Lee from Alabama on 6/26/2012

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

    Well, my wife has stolen the Camry since I installed this unit, so I'm may not have all the facts yet. ;-) This unit, when plugged into the car's amp and JBL speaker system really performed......excellent! I've had Kenwoods before, home, car and boat and have always been pleased with not only the syle and functionality but, more importantly, the fidelity. Kenwood delivers on all fronts! I don't think it is that hard to operate. Like any new piece of equipment, you have to get familiar with it. I think we are less patient these days for that but most of the functions work similar to other compatable equipment. Just playing with it is all it takes, really. I was disapointed with the dash kit for my car, It did not fit as cleanly as I would have liked but it was "free" with the unit.....can't complain. Doing this in a Camry takes time and patience and the instructions on the kit part were not as informative as other advice I found on the web for dismanteling the console and dash. The tuner part was easy. Crutchfield did and excellent job of packaging all I needed for the job, including wiring harnes conversion and suggestions for steering wheel control interface, though my car did not have any. Did it all without an advisor rite on the web site.....just filled out the form for car and make. Got excellent support with a few minor installation questions. Not knocking the advisors, they have helped me before, very good, especially Norm.

    Pros: The fidelity....excellent in this vehicle! If you have a Camry with the JBL's, you will not be disapointed. Really like the ipod interface, very easy! I prefer usb up front hook up. Very good value! My wife uses the blue tooth play back more than I but have had no complaints. Very good Fidelity. The heck with the "coolness", though that is always a plus and you get it with this unit, what does it sound like?!! GREAT!

    Cons: The blue tooth mic was a bit of an inconvenience but not a big problem.

    Nice Unit

    GregH from Largo,FL on 6/26/2012

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit to replace factory Dodge Ram 1500 radio/cd player that crapped out. Fit great with the included install kit, easy to install. Instructions were a little "basic" as far as dash removal. But nothing that a little search on you tube couldn't fix. Bluetooth works great, sound and mic were flawless. Controls and settings were fairly easy to use with a little time playing with them. Sounds a heck of a lot better than my factory unit!!

    Pros: Nothing fancy, Easy to use/install. Functions are basic, decent price. All around good unit for my taste and quality.

    Cons: The antenna adapter that came with the install kit was bad, couldn't get in FM radio stations that I know have a strong signal......but just called Crutchfield and they sent me a new one, all is good now!!

    Good Purchase

    Albjuan from Albuquerque, NM on 6/23/2012

    2011 Honda Element LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was really nervous about installing a stereo. Called both Audio Express and Best Buy and both said there wasn't a kit for my car. Crutchfield said there was. Received the stereo and kit, and was able to install the system very easily. That was a very pleasant surprise. Then after using the stereo for the last few weeks, I couldn't be happier. Love the bluetooth audio. Get in the car, and the bluetooth connects to the stereo, and I click play. I have no problem with it resetting the bluetooth. Like the way the buttons are set and the scrolling of song titles on the screen. Very happy with the capabilities and the price of this stereo.



    Great radio

    Peter from Edgewood, MD on 6/20/2012

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

    Very satisfied with my purchase. My wife got a new car w/ handsfree calling and an iPod connection, and I guess I got jealous! I had never installed a car stereo before but it went fairly smoothly. The manual could have been a little clearer in how to install the support brackets, but I figured it out eventually. The wiring diagram was a little confusing. Not all of the wire labels matched up exactly to their counterparts on the adapter, but I got it correct without too much trouble. Handsfree works great and the sound is excellent. The only issue I have is sometimes I plug in my iPod and no sound comes out in USB mode. It seems like there might be some issue with the bluetooth and the USB running at the same time. But if I hit 'play' on the iPod, it works. Still trying to figure out what the issue is (maybe it's user error). Also, when playing bluetooth audio, sound only comes out of the front speakers. But maybe that's how it's supposed to work, since all speakers work in other modes.

    Pros: Great sound, handsfree calling works great

    Cons: Installation manual could have been better

    Great headunit for 97 S10

    DanB from Atoka, TN on 6/20/2012

    1996 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great replacement headunit for my daughter's pickup. The sound is a big step up from the stock AM/FM Cassette player. I got this one for the price to features ratio. I wanted one with hands-free calling so that she had the option of taking a call without having to use the phone. The fact that it had streaming media was important, too. This keeps me from having to get her a satellite radio subscription and she has more control of what she listens to.

    Pros: A lot of features packed into an excellent sounding unit at a great price.

    Cons: The controls aren't as intuitive as I would like, but she's getting used to it.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Anonymous from Bolingbrook, IL on 6/18/2012

    1990 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've always been a fan of the kenwood excelon radio. I had one in my 1990 mustang for well over 15 years, which back then cost substantially more money. I decided to upgrade to bring the radio up to date with the built in blue tooth, usb, and I-phone compatibility. Cannot beat the price for what this radio has not only in features but 3 pre-amp outputs!.

    Pros: I didn't even have to crack open the instruction booklet to learn how to use the radio. Took abut 20min to learn how to browse through the various menus. Seeing that my previous radio was a kenwood excelon the wiring harness plug-in remained the same. I just pulled the old radio out and plugged the new radio in!

    Cons: I didin't realize this model didn't have the HD Radio feature which only costs about $10 more. However, this is a feature that is unimportant to me.

    Frustrating Manual

    Max from Mims, FL on 6/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I found the bluetooth section of the KDC-x696 counter-intuitive. The manual is obviously written by an individual for whom 1) English is a second (distant second) language, and 2) the grouping of catagories is a foreign concept. The owners manual is poorly conceived and poorly executed. Some sections of the unit are easily understood and easily navigated, while others(bluetooth) are ungainly and frustrating. Once set up, the unit performs well, with decent sound quality and plenty of power to drive the four 6 1/2" speakers (JBL) I have hooked up to it.

    Pros: Sound quality, ability to power 4 speakers to high levels with good bass

    Cons: Bluetooth navigation and manual

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    mel B from greenbelt MD on 6/13/2012

    2007 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent product

    Pros: great features,easy to install with very knowledgeable support team.

    Cons: No issues encountered, so I have no cons

    Had to return

    mks50 from Detroit, MI on 6/9/2012

    2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had to return. Radio does not catch most of the FM channels which were available on old factory installed 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It did not catch any AM channels.

    Pros: Good sound. Works great with bluetooth iPhone. Received and called using bluetooth. Pandora was great.

    Cons: No AM channels Very few FM channels Does not dim when headlights are switched on.

    Kenwood excelon KDC X696

    Anonymous from Kirkland, WA on 6/7/2012

    1990 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, everything worked the way it's supposed to



    Best Bang for the Buck

    Rob L. from Wilder, Ky on 6/6/2012

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

    Got this as a replacement for my 2001 Mercedes E320 head unit. This thing took me all of 45 minutes to install thanks to the detailed install sheet and ALL neccessary wiring and tools. After using it for a couple of weeks now and having tweaked the EQ settings I must say that it blows away the factory unit. It has plenty of power to make my Bose equipped car sound crisp and clear with just the right amount of bump. Add to that the fact that I can play my music library through my IPhone4s wirelessly or wired if I need a charge,as well as streaming Pandora, and I am truly a happy camper. It downloads my phone contacts and the voice dialing is incredible. After adjusting the mic gain both ends of phone conversations are also clear and distortion free. This unit is a great buy and shipping was super fast. Not my first Crutchfield purchase and definitely not my last.

    Pros: Sounds awesome, great fit, easy install, easy to navigate.

    Cons: None so far.

    Really nice head unit

    BillyJ from Alpine, TX on 6/4/2012

    1997 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this unit to replace the factory stereo, as I needed built-in bluetooth to use my phone hands free. Right away I could tell that the unit was built solidly. The installation instructions were bomb proof and I had the old unit out and the new one installed in about 30 minutes. Like other reviews I had read the unit takes some getting used to and takes some real time to learn the functions. The bluetooth worked easily and flawlessly and made and received calls with no problem. I was able to easily stream my music from the phone with no problems either. I gave the unit a four star overall due to the time it takes to master the unit. It does make my factory speakers sound much better.

    Pros: Easy installation and flawless bluetooth use.

    Cons: Hard to learn the functions properly

    Good system for the money!

    InnrGeek from Arnold, MD on 6/4/2012

    2011 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system. My only complaint was when I attached my ipod/iphone to the system I thought I HAD to use the radio to search/find/start/stop the audio. Once i realized I could hit the "ipod" button and control it through my phone I was ecstatic. :-)

    Pros: All, good solid system.

    Cons: none as of now

    The Best

    Liduvino from Killeen TX on 6/4/2012

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

    I'm so glad to replace my factory radio, the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 is excellent.

    Pros: Bluetooth features, iPod connection

    Cons: none

    Not as Advertised & Tech Support poor

    fjpor from Silver Springs, FL on 6/3/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all, instruction manual is useless! Totally! Installation easy and my husband had no problem with that (his background was USN and DOD wiring F-14s, etc) - the first time! Got it all together and found sound to be less than that of the stock factory installed radio in my Nissan Versa. Tech advisors said it "must be because wiring for antenna was improper" - WRONG! Anyhow he took radio out and reinstalled it next morning. Same problem - still does not beat our old radio. As for bluetooth, that is another really sore point. Two days and several hours of on the phone tech support were NO HELP in getting my cell phone paired and operating - except for once. First 2 techs told me that my phone was not compatable. Not according to the compatibility guide! Too much $$ for a product that will not allow bluetooth use. My husband does not want to take it back out and put in another one as advised by Tech - every time you do you risk screwing up air bag connection. That was final solution offered by tech advisors - send it back and we will send you another one. Don't buy this if you are not willing to spend HOURS on phone and HOPE you get results - you may or may not.

    Pros: Easy installation

    Cons: Poor reception, NO bluetooth to my phone, instruction manual a total waste of time. Too much money for far too much time spent with tech and for quality not as advertised.

    Not what I expected

    kcminer from Salt Lake City UT on 6/2/2012

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this unit purely because of the bluetooth capability. I wanted hands-free calls and bluetooth audio. The hands-free feature works fine. The microphone seems to pick up sound well. My beef is with the bluetooth audio. The radio starts out in the last mode that was active when turned off. When it's bluetooth mode, it starts and says the audio is disconnected or disconnecting, and proceeds to download whatever it's downloading. Afterwards, it doesn't start playing anything until I push the play button. Pushing the play button before I start driving doesn't seem to do anything. So I have to take my eyes off the road and push the darn button EVERY TIME! And then the random play mode resets each time the radio is turned on. I have to push the randomize button EVERY TIME! I already have my music randomized on my iPhone. Why can't the radio just play the music coming out of the iPhone? On top of that, when the inside of the car is hot in the afternoon, or seemingly randomly, the bluetooth audio play button doesn't respond. I have to change the mode back to something else and then back to bluetooth before the play button will respond. Absolutely drives me crazy, especially when I'm trying to merge into highway traffic! My other car has a factory radio with bluetooth audio. It will resume bluetooth audio operation as soon as the engine is started. I was expecting that kind of operation from this radio and am sorely disappointed. Returning the unit. Definitely.

    Pros: Reasonable price. Nice front panel. Good sound. Good hands-free phone operation.

    Cons: Awful, awful bluetooth audio interface and operation. I give 2 stars for build quality since some buttons seem to have temperature issues.

    Great Value

    Vito from Saratoga Springs, NY on 5/25/2012

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

    I have a 2007 Honda Pilot with Satellite Radio (no Nav system). The sound quality was poor. This product is a good buy and a real upgrade for me. The installation instructions were phenomenol! Everything worked smoothly and I am very satisfied.

    Pros: Reception of receiver. Installation instructions.

    Cons: A little disappointed in sound clarity.

    Great Unit

    BobHG from Crystal Lake, IL on 5/23/2012

    1999 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed just before a couple of road trips - works great.

    Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use controls.

    Cons: Crutchfield instructions did not account for the standard pre-amp in my 2009 Sienna.

    Great Value

    DuaneS from Chicopee, MA on 5/22/2012

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

    Bought this unit to replace the stock head unit in my family's 2007 Toyota Corolla. Installation was easy, and the improvement over the unit it replaced is astounding! Everything sounds so clear and crisp in the car compared to previously. I recommend this to anyone looking for a single-DIN head unit under $200.



    Kenwood Excelon

    Gary from St. Leonard, MD on 5/20/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently bought a used vehicle, and the radio in it had already been upgraded; however It did not have Bluetooth or a USB port available. I saw the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 on Crutchfield's web site. I checked the price against some other suppliers, but the Crutchfield price was better, the shipping was free, and as a returning customer, I knew the service would be great. The radio came with the adapter kit and wiring harness included, also for free, and following the directions was simple; whole job less than 30 minutes. The radio sounds great.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, foolproof install kit, looks great in the dash, Bluetooth and USB allows a variety of inputs. Remote is a nice feature.

    Cons: None really. My new Android phone had some flaky applications which interfered with the Bluetooth phone access at first.

    Good Value

    RobM from Burlington,VT on 5/16/2012

    2004 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good features for the money.



    Heck Yeah

    Mike C from Joliet, IL on 5/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I truly am a novis when it comes to car stereo equip. But the ease of use, the quality of sound my 2003 Dodge ram produces is night and day. Along with the bluetooth which works awesome and is clear as could be. Then it hits you with the usb conection for other devices. All around a great unit and experience with the product and Crutchfield.

    Pros: Sound, bluetooth, price, usb connection.

    Cons: Directions could be better but Crutchfield customer service makes up for it

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on 5/14/2012

    1994 Honda Del Sol
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    installed this in a Del Sol, it made the kappa's sound great, and along with a 1000w mono block and jl stealthbox, made a complete soundsystem. Bluetooth functionality works great even with convertible top down & on freeway, controls are intuitive (mostly)

    Pros: great value, great functionality

    Cons: switching between input sources is awkward, must remember to hit the back button after adjusting eq settings.. or next time you lower volume it will lower whatever eq stat you were on.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-696

    Joe Schaible from Ocean, NJ on 5/11/2012

    1997 Plymouth Voyager
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When my 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager was in the shop for accident repairs, I had a new 2012 Town and Country. The one thing I liked in that car was the hands free radio headset. I did some research and picked this unit. My LG Vortex phone works in all modes. Voice dialing and while it is plugged in by an USB cable all the music is available. It also works with the Bluetooth audio streaming. Last year I upgraded all 6 speakers with Sony Xplod units. Everything sounds great together.

    Pros: Ease of installation. Definite improvement and clarity and volume.

    Cons: None so far.

    Everything I wanted

    Anthony D from Las Vegas, NV on 5/7/2012

    2006 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I usually buy Alpine - always have - but doing a side by side comparison of this deck vs. a comparable Alpine, this deck had more features and cost about $50 less. I mainly bought this because of the hands free laws for cell phones that went in to effect earlier this year - and the blue tooth connectivity works flawlessly. People can't even tell that I am talking to them through the microphone that was sent with the unit. The sound quality is amazing, way better than the factory radio in my 2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S. There are little things I could nit pick about this unit, but they are all just personal preferences. Great deck at a great price. Thanks again, Crutchfield.

    Pros: Sound quality, bluetooth connectivity, look.


    Good Experience

    Anonymous from Lakeland, Florida on 5/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this unit as a birthday gift for my son's 2005 Hyundai. It was a wonderful choice! I had very little knowledge about stero systems and Dallas the representative at Crutchfield helped to guide me to this unit after I explained to him what I was looking for concerning price point and features. My son is in love with this system and now I am one of the coolest dad's on the planet. Thanks Dallas!

    Pros: Easy Installation and Extremely Cool Features

    Cons: None


    twixter08 from Denison, Tx on 5/6/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this in and it is pretty nice head unit not to bad. Bluetooth is alright, cuts in and out playing music just like my previous head unit but what can u expect its wireless just like dropped calls i guess no big deal really just like a cd skipping and comes right back with audio. sound quality its pretty good but it dont go as loud as i would of liked it stops at 35vol level so with in the 25-35 it jumps in volume crazy which meaning, its loud or its not loud enough (no sweet spots). after level 30 it gets pretty distorted lol but as long as you aint trying to show off and make you neighbors 2-3 houses down listen to your music this ain't to bad of a unit. depends on what your doing with it. i got two focals in the back for rear speakers and stock pos door speakers and this head unit does the job on them the sound quality is way better than my sony mex3800bt head unit for around the same price range and kenwood blows it away. as long as you dont go over 28-30 in volume its a very good very good head unit. country music rocks on this head unit!!! techno also!!! uhm lets see here oh yea THUMBS UP TO CRUTCHFIELD! fast shipping and great products. GO AHEAD AND BUY THIS UNIT FOR THE PRICE YOU WONT REGRET IT.

    Pros: Not to flashy so don't worry bout it getting stolen, sound quality, remote and bluetooth works good, price.

    Cons: distored after vol level 30 and that is it!

    Sounds good

    BillF from Los Angeles, CA on 5/5/2012

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

    This unit sounds good. It installed just as it was supposed to. Was able to tinker with settings to get it to sound right. FM reception is good. iPod connection, phone, bluetooth audio and Pandora work well and are pretty easy to use. I find the menu structure to be easy to use. A couple of features such as arcane equalizer settings are not well documented. I would recommend this unit as good mid-level.

    Pros: Solid sound, good reception.

    Cons: Some settings not well documented.

    Wonderful Upgrade

    RMA from Washington State on 5/4/2012

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

    Bought this for my Hyundai Sonata because my clock stopped working so obviously I needed a new radio. Blue tooth and USB were the selling points on this unit for me. I never needed to call for assistance on installing, the attached instructions were that good! Rigged the included harness before ever taking the old radio out; whole process took less than an hour. This was the first time I have ever swapped a radio in a car and I couldn't be happier with the results.

    Pros: Having the hands free option for the phone is fantastic. Sound is great. A 16gig flash drive gives me thousands of songs without ever having to swap a cd.

    Cons: Sometimes the blue tooth doesn't always sync right away. Probably some setting that I could fix if I had an 8 yr old to explain the technology to me.....

    Great replacement for stock

    Anonymous from Maui, Hawaii on 5/1/2012

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

    Has everything I wanted - blue tooth and front usb that charges my iphone. Crutchfield shipped faster than advertised and they had the best price. Especially with free install kit.

    Pros: Bluetooth, front usb, easy install.

    Cons: Could have gotten a dual din, but would have cost more. I think the single din is not as cool as the dual din. Menu system not the greatest, but manageable.

    Great Fit, Toyota Matrix 03

    JayB from Freehold, NJ on 4/30/2012

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

    I really liked the system. It sounds better then the JBL that came with the toyota.

    Pros: USB, Bluetooth

    Cons: Wish clock would show all the time.

    Head unit

    Michael from Denver, CO on 4/29/2012

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

    Exactly as described, works great and the BT audio streaming is great.


    Cons: Phone speaker for hands free

    Rather happy with my decision

    ZOOL from Chicago, IL on 4/28/2012

    1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Out side of the menu system this is a GREAT system

    Pros: great sound, love the blue tooth.

    Cons: menu system

    05 PT Cruiser. Awesome unit.

    Anonymous from Hope Mills, NC on 4/25/2012

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Thank you crutchfield. Great value. Fast Shipping. Easy installation with free install kit.



    2007 silverado classic

    Anonymous from North TX on 4/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for money still learning how to use functions and remote is a little tricky bluetooh will take complete control over your phone and radio where you cannot do anything with either hate hate it, bad feed back on other end cannot change over to the ear piece without hanging up and turning off everything and restarting 10min later you can make a call maybe im not used to it or know how to use.

    Pros: functions

    Cons: Bluetooth

    Bad Customer SERVICE

    josephg from Redlands,CA on 4/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought from this company because they are rate #1 in their business. The box was damage before it was ship out.I called them,but customer service said they could not do a thing for me. She told me I hope it work, if not sent it back. I would understand if I order a damage box for discount. but I order the radio at full price. . What happen to your customer service? I called three times,no help!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4/27/2012 Update: Pleas edit my review to all 5 stars . That is how customer service should work. I sent you the pictures of the box.



    96 Acura Integra: Running flawlessly

    Eric O. from Santa Clarita, CA on 4/23/2012

    1996 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo works great! One thing I might add though: Kenwood makes a useless solid blue wire and still connects it to the head unit harness. I initially connected both the solid blue wire from the head unit harness to the factory wire harness adapter that crutchfield provided, but my power antenna wouldn't power to the up position. I found that you had to connect the blue/white wire from the Kenwood head unit harness to the factory wire harness adapter for the power antenna to work. Other than that, the stereo hooked up to my iPhone via Bluetooth with no problems, and the microphone has the same level of sound output no matter how close or far your mouth is from the mic! Great value for the price! Thanks Crutchfield for helping upgrade to a better head unit!



    Foolproof replacement

    Gabe N from Naperville, IL on 4/19/2012

    1997 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought the unit as a replacement for the classily poor stock unit in my wife's BMW Z3. Directions were beyond foolproof, got to practice my soldering techniques, and the total install was about 25 minutes. Rated the controls a "3" simply because I've got chubby fingers and the controls are rather small. The remote helps tremendously. For those that say radio reception is weak, check your connections. Had a bit of corrosion on mine.

    Pros: Ease of installation and very slick looks. Definite improvement and clarity and volume.

    Cons: Controls are a bit tiny, but the remote helps.

    Great upgrade!

    ShaneR from Aberdeen ID on 4/17/2012

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its been awhile since I installed a stereo myself. Was shocked at the ease of this one! Operation is a breeze, sound is great. Bluetooth works flawlessly, did have to play with the location of the mic, but big whoop! I am extreamly satisfied with this receiver.

    Pros: Simplicity, bluetooth, sound and the eq pro is a great function

    Cons: Unless I shoot it and its not bulletproof cant come up with one!

    Kenwood KDC-X696

    Chuckl from Miami, FL on 4/15/2012

    1996 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased the Kenwood KDC-X696 as a replacement for the failed original equipment radio i my vehicle. I drive a pick-up truck, so I don't need the "biggest, best-est, cool-est" radio, I just need adequate music. Contacted a Crutchfield advisor with details of what I had and what I wanted and asked them to advise an appropriate replacement radio. They suggested the Kenwood KDC-X696. Price was lower than I expected for a replacement. Did not require the built in Bluetooth function but now very glad that I have it. Paired in dash radio with my cell phone and telephones and navigation audio now comes through vehicle speakers. I can finally hear the GPS "navigation lady" speaking to me! Crutchfield supplied all necessary fitting, wire harnesses and instructions. Installation was very easy. "Japanese-engrish" in Kenwood manual missed a couple of operating points of radio (like how to get clock to display). Searched web for answers, checked Kenwood site and a couple of "help" sites. All it took was one call to Crutchfield Tech Support and I had the answer.

    Pros: Lots of features at a low price. Easy to install. Good appearance.

    Cons: Poorly written factory manual.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-696

    Bob H. from Oswego n.y. on 4/11/2012

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my second kenwood hu. I had the excelon 591 but bought new ram which required a pac module that was 124.00 or 64.00 with purchase of new hu. Love them both but bluetooth option on this one is real neat. Cant go wrong with Kenwood or Crutchfield.

    Pros: everything

    Cons: nothing

    kenwood bluetooth headunit

    joe f from killeen tx on 4/9/2012

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

    I believe that this is one of tye best headunits that i have owned. It came with everything that i needed. Now just time to work on my project of encorporating my new tablet into the mix.

    Pros: Bluetooth, 4 volt preamp inputs. Definitely needed for my 08 toyota tacoma. Worked flawlessly with my jbl system with the paco adapter.

    Cons: Found that when I connect my phone through bluetooth it wont play my songs automatically. Simply pressing play or next fixes the problem.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Edwin A from Saugus,Ma. on 4/7/2012

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is user friendly. The sound is pretty good until you reach level 30 from there on distortion is heard and no matter how many times I changed the settings the distortion still remaimed the same. In the units defenceI will have to mention that my Nissian Pathfinder sound system was build with a sound control which will not allow the user to go higher than the law permitts. This may be the cause. The blue tooth features on this unit are great. To be lto make calls completely hands free is a plus.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Michael F from Trumbull, CT on 4/2/2012

    2003 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood Excelon is terrific! Enjoying great sound. Pandora, iPhone/ iPod and Bluetooth functions are tremendous. Great value for the price. No problems with installation. Installed into my 2003 Subaru Legacy - feels like a new car now! Also a very convenient purchase experience with Crutchfield.

    Pros: It's all good.

    Cons: As with any new multi-function device, it will take a while to become familiar with the various controls and settings. A bit difficult to manipulate while driving.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    DavidM from Hilo,Hi on 4/1/2012

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

    Overall awesome stereo



    Awesome receiver for the price!

    SteveD from Vancouver, WA. on 3/27/2012

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an amazing receiver for the price and the sound quality is amazing! The bluetooth functions work perfectly and the product exceeded my expectations. The integration with my iPhone is wonderful and my user experience is wonderful. Also forgot to mention that I had an ease of use with the installation of this product.

    Pros: Excellent value for the money, easy installation, feature rich product for the price, and sweet integration with my iPhone.

    Cons: Can't think of any.

    Kenwood KDC x696

    midcoast maine from topsham, maine on 3/26/2012

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

    Blue tooth works well. The ipod connection is great. The FM reception is very weak and pulls in half of the stations the OEM radio picked up. It was fairly easy to install and the instructions were good.

    Pros: blue tooth and ipod

    Cons: fm reception is very weak. No dimmer connection.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696

    Anonymous from Media, PA on 3/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price. Easy installation in my 2000 Passat.

    Pros: Great sound. Remote is a plus. Bluetooth works well with my LG Rumor Touch.

    Cons: None so far.

    x696 very good radio

    ts from gray,ga on 3/9/2012

    my 3rd kenwood receiver and the best one so for..bought the x696 for my big truck , the sound quality is good after some teaking it sound even better, the bluetooth paired with my iphone without any problems, even while riding down the highway , people dont hear any noise, remote is just a plus while using radio from the sleeper..

    Pros: everything good so far

    Cons: none


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color 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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    Audio Section
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc Playback
    USB/Aux Inputs
    iPod/Android Control
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X696 CD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 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-X696 are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

    EQ Pro: The Excelon KDC-X696 features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

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

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

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

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

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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X696 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X696 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", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. 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-X696 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

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

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X696 features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. Bluetooth Technology is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit per second.

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

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

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KDC-X696 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696. Visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 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 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

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

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X696 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. The KDC-X696 also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X696, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X696. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long.  Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call 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. 

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood KDC-X696 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X696 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X696 also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM,, Rhapsody, & Slacker), but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X696 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/caller's voice and streaming audio is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.

    Disc Playback

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

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-X696 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X696 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

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

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

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

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

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

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

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

    Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    USB/Aux Inputs

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

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

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

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

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

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

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

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X696 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    iPod/Android Control

    iPod Direct Connection: The KDC-X696's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X696.

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

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

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

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

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-X696 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod/ Display: The KDC-X696 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-X696 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Android Market place. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.

    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), Manual Tune, or Direct Access (via remote).

    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 KDC-X696's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 offers two preset modes.

    • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
    • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.

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

    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: The Mono mode improves the radio's FM reception, but the stereo effect will be lost.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

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

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

    Illumination Dimmer: The head unit's fluorescent display has two dimmers settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can switch the display dimmer setting On or Off.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X696 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

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

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