Overview: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 AM/FM CD receiver
features a detachable fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three
pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs, built-in iPod operation, Satellite and HD Radio
controls (with optional tuner), CD-changer controls (with optional CD-changer),
as well as AAC/MP3/WMA playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth communication
for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone (via optional Bluetooth module).
In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's
amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.
Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down,
detachable face to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash
on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can
turn this flashing LED on or off. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black
fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off
the chassis. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a
Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face
non-detachable, if desired.
LCD Display: The eXcelon KDC-X794
features a full-dot, multi-line LCD display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable
contrast (0-12). The KDC-X794 offers the following display modes.
- 5-Line: Display 4 to 5 lines of text.
- 3-Line: Displays 2 to 3 lines of text.
- iPod-Like: Displays iPod source information only.
- Spectrum Analyzer: Display a line of text and the spectrum
- Clock Display: Displays only the 12-hour clock.
Illumination Effect: This function sets whether the
headunit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with key-button
Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 offers
English, French, and Spanish menu text.
Text/Title Scroll: The eXcelon KDC-X794 will display CD
text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the
scrolling feature on to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control
feature allows you to save six Favorites for easy access. You can select a
Favorite playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from
the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio or HD tuner (both
sold separately), a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using the
optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately), or an audio setting. This
allows you to have instant access of your favorite Radio station, telephone
number, iPod playlist, or audio setting from one list on the headunit's display.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in
Standby mode, the face/button illumination is keyed. In addition, while the
unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the
Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display
is also keyed. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off
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 Off: This function turns off the display when have
not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are
driving at night.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned
on or off.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 utilizes
a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 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-X794 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-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X794 features front, rear,
and subwoofer 4.0V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are
balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The
subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).
Amp Off: You can turn the KDC-X794's built-in amplifier off to improve
the quality of the sound from the headunit's preamp outputs.
Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 6-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 Bass, 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.
Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the
sound quality, you can use the Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of
vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP
settings include the following:
- Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full
Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or
- Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is
automatically set when the position and size of each speaker
are select from the following items:
- Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under
Dash); Size: (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6",
5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10",
OEM, 4", or 5"); Tweeter (None or Use)
- Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row
or 3rd Row; Size (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6",
5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10",
OEM, 4", or 5")
- Subwoofer: Size(10", 12", 15",
None, 6-1/2" or 8")
- Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44
feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers, and Subwoofer
distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning
and the locations of the particular speakers.
- X'Over: The Kenwood eXcelon headunit
provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's
front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer
- Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (30,
40, 50, 60, 70, 80,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz);
Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); or you can also
- Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (30,
40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz);
Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); you can also select
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency
(30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or
250 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); Phase
(Normal/Reverse); or you can also select full-range
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of
the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings using the 5-band Equalizer.
The EQ adjustments are as follows:
- Preset EQ: You can select from Natural,
Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select
from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
- 5-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to
adjust the following 5-Band EQ (62.5Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz,
- Band Levels: Independent
front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
- Bass Effect: Enhances the
bass response of Band 1 (62.5Hz).
Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select
your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front
Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by
selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to
your listening position. You can select between 0.00 to 5.58 feet for the Left
Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, Left
Subwoofer and/or Right Subwoofer.
Audio Preset: You can register six audio settings into the
unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can
save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting,
Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.
Bass Boost: The Kenwood
eXcelon KDC-X794 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.
Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or
bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set
the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.
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.
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System
Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, USB, and
connected External Device).
Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode
allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the
front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in
the front or the rear.
Tel Mute: The KDC-X794
features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) 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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 features a
built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek
tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations
only with each button press), or Manual.
Tuner Presets: The eXcelon KDC-X794's tuner features 3 FM
banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for
each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
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
Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a
stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).
Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS
(Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit
data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received,
you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking
at the program service name. RDS features an emergency transmission function
that interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such
as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information
function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast,
even when you are not listening to the radio.
Note: If the HD Radio tuner is added to
the system, the RDS Traffic Information feature is lost.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite
Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner and the
optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package item number
700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius
Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package item number
700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock &
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the
optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number
700XMKEN2, sold separately).
Note: A subscription is also required
to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood
HD Radio tuner
(113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner is also
capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song
(up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is
connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase
them from the iTunes Store.
Note: Right now there are about 2,000
radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology
in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit
the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com). If the HD Radio tuner
is added to the system, the RDS Traffic Information feature
Satellite + HD Radio Note: You will
need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching Unit
(113KCAS220, sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD
Radio Tuner to this headunit.
AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The eXcelon KDC-X794 can play AAC (8-320
kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA
(32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a
maximum of 512 files and folders. During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays
any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 60
Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC files encoded at a
low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme+ Setting
function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files
encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format
and the bit rate used. When the Supreme+ Setting is Off, the unit plays the original
sound stored in the audio file.
Playback Modes: The Kenwood eXcelon KDCX-794 features Scan
(track/file), Random (folder/disc), and Repeat (track/file/folder) playback
modes for your CD and music files.
Music Search: The Kenwood eXcelon AM/FM CD receiver features a Music
Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your AAC/MP3/WMA music
folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using
the headunit's rotary knob.
High Speed Search: This function allows you to continuously scroll up
or down your track list at high speed.
Direct Music Search: You can search music tracks and files
directly by entering the track/file number using the include wireless remote
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 Force: When there is a
problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by
force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.
Off Eject: The eXcelon KDC-X794 allows you to eject your disc
for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.
USB Port: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X794 features a rear-panel 2.0
USB type-A port on a 39" pigtail. The USB port enables
connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC
(8-320 kbps), MP3
(8-320 kbps), and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with
all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders,
and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. The
KDC-X794 provides Scan (file), Random (folder) and Repeat (file/folder) playback
modes, as well as Folder, Track, High Speed, and Direct Music (via remote
control) search modes. When your
USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the
KDC-X794 is powered on.
Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
iPod Direct: The KDC-X794's rear-panel USB port also acts
as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional
Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101,
sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using
either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and
charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X794.
- USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's
large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound
quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter,
allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
- Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio
playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
- Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to
the KDC-X794, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood
headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. If you
select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-X794, the Kenwood headunit
will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artists,
Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's clickwheel/touchscreen
will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically
or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also browse for
music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played (Related
Search). In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10
songs) from the headunit.
- Information Display: The KDC-X794 will also display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod
or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected
iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X794 will
not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X794 is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of Feb. 2010):
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation ||Media Type || Control
Type || Charge |
|Audio ||Video ||Headunit ||iPod/iPhone ||Song/Artist
Info ||Track Info |
dock-connector ||3rd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|4th || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|mini ||1st ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
|2nd ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
||5th || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic ||80GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|120GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|160GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano ||1st || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|3rd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|4th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|5th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|6th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone ||2G || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality.
If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software
version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not
compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).
AUX Input: The
eXcelon KDC-X794 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for
connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The
KDC-X794 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the
auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.
Rear Auxiliary Input Ready: The unit already
features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input,
one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this
unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter
(113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the
head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on
the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch
(113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an
auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is
connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD,
Portable, Game, Video or TV.
Bluetooth Ready: The Kenwood headunit is Bluetooth
compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter
(113BT300, sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone
calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information
from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. The optional KCA-BT300 is also
supports Bluetooth audio players that have A2DP or AVRCP profiles. Playback
functions include: Play/Pause, Skip Back/Forward, Fast Forward/Reverse, and
Stop. You are able to register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices when using
the KCA-BT300 adapter (only one can be used at a time).
Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be
compatible with this unit. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Wireless Remote Control: The eXcelon KDC-X794 comes with the
RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote
will control Audio, CD, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, and external device functions.
The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in
a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM
radio stations. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X794 supports the
PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music
Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC,
MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback
audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor
Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or
artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.
Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded
for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible
with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with