Disc & USB Playback
Excelon Series: The KDC-X697 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
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 utilizes
a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 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-X697 are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X697 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
Note: You can turn the head unit's built-in amplifier
off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X697 features a
High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear
speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can
adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The
"Through" selection is a full-range setting.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 offers the
following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.
- Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to
Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
- Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is
activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level
(-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the
head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle.
You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM
factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers),
or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
EQ Pro: The KDC-X697 is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The
integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top
40, Jazz, Powerful, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The
User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ
(Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).
|Bass||60, 80, 100, 200 Hz||-8 to +8||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0|
|Midrange||0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz||-8 to +8||0.75, 1.0, 1.25|
12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz||-8 to +8||Fixed|
Note: You can store EQ Pro bass, middle and treble tone
settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound
enhancements for your car audio system.
- Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass
Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels
(LV1, LV2, or Off).
- Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low
bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting
function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to
files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the
compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off,
the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently
adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one
source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-X697's front-
or rear-panel USB port acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct
connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102,
sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod
nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lightning-to-USB cable
that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable
allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of
select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X697.
- DAC Bypass: This USB
connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded
instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the
head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to
110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts
stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
- Music Control: You can choose
to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's
clickwheel or touchscreen.
- Head Unit: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate
your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or
Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a
percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat
(file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
- iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the
stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can
also listen to your favorite music apps (such asiHeartRadio,
Rhapsody, &Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+)
through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue
to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be
compatible with App Mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
- Information Display: The KDC-X697
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-X697 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will
instead display "APP/iPod").
- Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge
the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart:
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports
the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Specific Apps||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App||Pandora app||iHeart Link||Artist/Song Text||Track Info |
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
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
freeKenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android
smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be
running Android OS 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
- 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),
- 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|
Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm
minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio
source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The KDC-X697 allows you to select the
source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX,
DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The
unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.
- On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected
to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
- On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on
the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when
no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator
function when listening to output from an external unit.
- Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-X697 features a built-in
RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast
information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible
AM/FM stations. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning),
Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with
each button press), Manual Tune, or Direct Access (via remote). The KDC-X697's
tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The
Kenwood KDC-X697 offers two preset modes.
- Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank
giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
- Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to
the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you
recall a preset station without switching between bands.
Note: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you
manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit
automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks
automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The Kenwood KDC-X697 allows you to
access Pandora &iHeartRadio online music
services through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the
KDC-X697 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable
supplied with your iPhone.
Your iPhone device will need an active Data
Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora App: The free
Pandora App from
iTunes Apps lets you play music from the Pandora music service
through the Kenwood KDC-X697 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone
(iOS3+). The Kenwood
KDC-X697 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). New
stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You
can also save 3 Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks
within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An
active Pandora account is required.
- iHeartRadio Link: The free
iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood from
iTunes Apps lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service
through the Kenwood KDC-X697 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS
5.0+). The iHeartRadio music
service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from
coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The
KDC-X697 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as
display station identification and song/artist information. From the head
unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the
following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). TheLocal selection provides a list of radio stations in your local
listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from
(including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right
radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by
City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store
your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An
active iHeartRadio account is required.
Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend
on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of
allowing your iPhone to connect to the
Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 comes ready for
SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations.
Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). VisitSiriusXM.com
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional
features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel list displays a list of all available channels
- Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
- Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title
can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Direct Tuning via included remote
- Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the
beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel.
- Song/Artist Alert with visual notification of your favorite songs or
- Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind,
and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
- iTunes Tagging for connected iPod/iPhone
- Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription
is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
Disc & USB Playback
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The
unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW
Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 features a
front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover and a
rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 38" cable. The
USB ports enable connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device;
such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB
thumbdrive. The USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & AAC audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB
portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged
into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is
set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card
Reader to this unit.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 supports the
following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto
a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type ||CD-R/RW||USB Storage Device|
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name ||FAT
|Playable File Types|| MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz|
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of
AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz|
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of
AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||500 folders/500 files
(500 files per folder)||999 folders/20,480
(999 files per folder)|
(ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags|
Text Scroll: The KDC-X697 will display CD text or Audio
file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes
(Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music
Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC
music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks
using the head unit's rotary knob.
Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control
(RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.
Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 features the
following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.
- Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
- Random Play: Disc or Folder
- Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of
each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)
Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to
the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the
source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.
CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD
disc. You can choose between two modes.
- CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file
disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
- CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set
this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD discs may be
unplayable even when set to this mode.
Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback.
Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15
seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to
protect it from dust.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 supports the
PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite
is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer
MP3/WMA/AAC music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback
audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music
Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist
name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light
(ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from
Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with
the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
- Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
- Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or
Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X697
features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the
front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X697 also features a detachable face to
deter theft (cloth pouch for storing the face-plate included). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X,
sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied
for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Multi-Line Text Display: The 3-line full dot LCD makes it
easy to navigate through your disc's music, radio presets, iPod music library, and
USB content. The KDC-X697 offers 5
different display types:
- 3-line display mode with 3 lines of text.
- 2-line display mode with 2 lines of text.
- Spectrum analyzer display mode with 1 line of text and spectrum
- Clock display mode with clock & date.
- Display off mode which turns off the display and button illumination.
Note: The Kenwood KDC-X697 offers English, French,
and Spanish menu text.
Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X697
features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose to use
the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate
color for each one. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit
scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color
(RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity
of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior
lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.
Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display
between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's
contrast from 1-30.
Illumination Effect: This function sets whether the head
unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display
automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect
orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the
display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.
Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a
12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display.
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X697 comes with an IR
remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will
control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V
lithium-cell battery (supplied).
- Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a
numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks &
files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
- Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on
the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one
touch of the button.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness
that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.