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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

CD receiver (New Stock)

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The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver offers some of the latest smartphone integration features for your car, plus the security of a remarkable 2-year warranty. If you love local radio, you'll be knocked out by the improved reception provided by the built-in HD Radio tuner. Participating stations deliver FM that sounds more like a CD, while AM stations sound sharp and clear like analog FM. And it makes a pretty strong impression with its looks too — you can adjust the color of the button illumination to suit your tastes, while the 11-digit bright white display is easy to read in almost any lighting situation.

Excelon performance and plenty of options

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver offers some of the latest smartphone integration features for your car, plus the security of a remarkable 2-year warranty. If you love local radio, you'll be knocked out by the improved reception provided by the built-in HD Radio tuner. Participating stations deliver FM that sounds more like a CD, while AM stations sound sharp and clear like analog FM. And it makes a pretty strong impression with its looks too — you can adjust the color of the button illumination to suit your tastes, while the 11-digit bright white display is easy to read in almost any lighting situation.

The advantage of Bluetooth®

This Kenwood's built-in Bluetooth frees up your hands and keeps your attention on the road when you take a call. Simple Secure Pairing makes pairing your phones easier and faster than ever. Pair up an iPhone equipped with Siri to the receiver, and you can use voice commands to look up and dial numbers without lifting a finger. Plus, you can stream audio from any smartphone source to the receiver without the clutter of wires.

More options, more music, more media

Kenwood designed the KDC-X797 to integrate with your up-to-date digital world.

  • Connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you'll blaze through 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, Aha Radio, and iHeart Radio 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. And you can enjoy them with your iPhone or Android.
  • If you store your music on an Android device, download Kenwood's free Music Control app and enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB. 
  • If you're in the mood to kick it old-school, slip in a CD and take full advantage of this receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. It converts the raw data on your disc, including MP3, WMA, and AAC files, to smooth, lifelike sound.
  • For satellite radio subscribers (or those who plan to be), the KDC-X797 works with SiriusXM's outboard tuner (not included), so you can enjoy coast-to-coast reception of your favorite talk, sports, and music programming.

Sound shaping controls

Wimpy bass and treble controls can't compare with the KDC-X797's 3-band parametric equalizer, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you adjust for your car's speaker setup. And if you're building a car audio system, one of the keys to the getting the most out of your amplifiers is a clean, powerful signal from your preamp outputs. All Kenwood Excelon receivers feature 4-volt preamp outputs that will give your amps the strong signal they need for top performance.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with AAC, MP3, and WMA music files
    • Pandora, iHeartRadio, Aha radio control with iPhone and Android
    • works with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android devices
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • detachable face with white display and variable-color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ Pro (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    • works with SiriusXM tuner (subscription required)
    • 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
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Cloth pouch
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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    This was a present for my daughter and she loved it !(I also installed it for her) she couldn't believe how much more clear the sound was coming out of the stacked speakers (all I did was to replace the stereo )

    Gonzalo, San Leandro, CA


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (109 Reviews)


    Poriab from South Carolina on 1/21/2015

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

    Not any better than the versions half as much

    Pros: Good preset equalizers

    Cons: Very bad radio reception. Also keeps freezing and has to be reset.

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    Anonymous from 60085 on 8/11/2014

    1994 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Poor sound for a kenwood product& no new support for apps

    Pros: cheap


    Best present for my daughter

    Gonzalo from San Leandro, CA on 7/23/2014

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

    This was a present for my daughter and she loved it !(I also installed it for her) she couldn't believe how much more clear the sound was coming out of the stacked speakers (all I did was to replace the stereo )

    Pros: best value for the money !

    Cons: none

    Big fan of Kenwood

    Anonymous from Louisville KY on 5/11/2014

    1980 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sub menus take a little to get used to but it keeps the face clean and easier than having to learn the location of other buttons for specific features. Love the USB and iPod and all other features. Great product would recommend

    Pros: Features, colors, and ease of installation.

    Cons: None

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    Dunk from Lincoln, NE on 3/29/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this to replace my 12 year old radio in my 2002 Silverado. The kit included to install was perfect and made the install easy. The HD radio is great, only wish we had more stations in the area. The radio is easy to navigate, even for an old guy. I love the Blue Tooth connection with my cell phone as this is new to me and the hands free talking while driving is awsome. This is truly a great radio with all the features I will ever need, installation was quick and easy. The sound is awsome. Crutchfield has the best customer service I have dealt with in years.

    Pros: Great features. NIce appearance, and quality sound. High Def radio is really great.

    Cons: None that I have found.

    awesome radio

    ashley from Birmingham, Al on 3/25/2014

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

    Very good radio. Everything is really good quality.I enjoy it very much.everything they sent to install it was really easy to install it took me like 10 minutes and i was done



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    Steve from Valatie,New York on 3/22/2014

    1998 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, very good value. Wonderful service. When a late Winter storm delayed the shipment, Crutchfield upgraded the service to UPS NextDayAir. Thanks.



    Pretty good unit

    Alan from Colorful Colorado on 2/26/2014

    I replaced the factory unit in my 1999 GMC Yukon with this unit based on a discussion with an advisor. I should say that this was the advisor's second option, with the first being a JVC unit as I recall. I like the Kenwood brand, so I went with them. The good: the sound quality and features are great. It's pretty easy to switch between sources and adjust the sound quality. The sound does cut out when you change the EQ presets between types. Not for long, but annoying if you're listening to songs. The Bluetooth connection to my iPhone 5C is very fast at startup and it's easy to change songs and place phone calls. You can disable the sources that you won't be using (Pandora, Aha in my case). This makes switching between sources faster. The bad: you can't set the display to cycle between the clock (my truck doesn't have one) and the frequency or song title. When making a phone call, the callers name is displayed but sometimes the display will continue to show other things mixed in. For instance, I think it shows the clock intermixed with the current contact from the phone. I wish it had a dedicated EQ button. Overall a great unit. Maybe a firmware update will fix the display issue. I'd recommend it regardless.




    MickM from Boston,Ma. on 2/13/2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to be able to play my iPod without an adapter. I got so much more than I was expecting. Easy to install and came with everything I needed. The Bluetooth is great to have also. No more missed calls from cranking up the favorites. Good sound for the price. Overall a great deal.

    Pros: You get a lot for your money. Happy customer so far.

    Cons: Could pump out a little more volume but wasn't expecting more for the price.

    Great Stereo

    Chris from Toney, AL on 2/11/2014

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

    Easy install with everything supplied by Crutchfield, great sound, great look, love the features of Bluetooth, Sirius Radio, and HD Radio. Major improvement over OEM radio.

    Pros: Installation


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    JoeB from Norcross, GA on 2/10/2014

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is very nice and has a lot of pluses. I did find the manual lacking a bit trying to do some of the setups. It keep referring to the Operation manual, which is what I thought I had. I Will pursue to find a full manual. The install kit (plastic face plate) seems to be angled the wrong way. The radio appears to be facing upward and the trim exaggerates that even more. I tried the one that came with the kit and it did not make it any better. I took the radio out to see if it was all flush and it was. Using the remote is difficult due to the angle. The one from the radio seems 180 out to make it seem flat in the mounting. The BT is nice as when you get in the car, start the car and do nothing to have the BT running within about 30-45 seconds. SOOOO nice not have a cable connection.

    Pros: Great sound, easy BT setup, A high degree of detailed setups to really fine tune the sound.

    Cons: The Operation Manual Trim

    pretty good

    brick8 from Minneapolis, MN on 2/9/2014

    2004 Volvo XC70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this last weekend in my volvo xc70. It has nice sound but several ergonomic shortcomings. To change modes (radio to cd, for example), You have to repeatedly hit the power button, which is tiny and hard to find when driving. Can't figure out how to make outgoing calls using voice control. The manual that comes with the radio is almost useless. I can't get some of the apps to work but that could be user error. Also, as far as I can tell (I guess I should have checked but never even thought it possible) there doesn't appear to be an AM radio.

    Pros: Easy install, great sound.

    Cons: Terrible ergonomics. Useless manual.

    Nice unit until it dies.

    waterfront from West Jordan, UT on 2/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased last spring. Worked great for about 6 months. Then started displaying "HF Error 68" on the display screen and blue tooth wouldn't function. Nothing worked to correct the problem. Became unusable because it would only display the error. Contacted technical support. They would not send out a new unit but referred me to a service center. My unit has been in the service center for 3 weeks while waiting for a part to arrive. I am not happy.

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: Poor quality and dependability.

    Bluetooth Radio

    Ramon B from Zebulon, NC on 2/1/2014

    1995 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm really impress with this radio it was an easy install with the kit that Crutchfield provide for free and the cool colors, easy to set up bluetooth, settings, etc. Will recommend this product to anyone that have an old car without the bluetooth feature.

    Pros: Quality and easy to use.

    Cons: None!

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    Darrens from phoenix AZ on 1/30/2014

    2005 Mercury Mariner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and features. big improvement over stock. Added the kenwood speakers to match after the deck worked out so well.

    Pros: Sounds awesome and has some great sound tuning features. Can select Q factor, frequency adjustment for bass treble, and mid adjustment. Remote is cool and the wife loves it.

    Cons: Block like lettering on display, and in direct sun, the display washes to purple.

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    robp7 from Wilmington, DE on 1/29/2014

    2001 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome starter upgrade with the capabilities to add on amps and it gives you total control of the sound. The Bluetooth feature is awesome for music and talking.

    Pros: Ease of use Bluetooth Sound quality

    Cons: No built in wifi


    Ja from indiana on 1/28/2014

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

    Everything installed great into the 2003 mitsu outlander.. The only thing that was not working was while using the streaming blue tooth only the front speakers work.. there is a setting to turn on all speakers.. Other than that awesome sounding radio with the factory stuff..

    Pros: Works with android phones..

    Cons: The manual

    Quirkier than expected for a flagship product

    BrianP from Metro Atlanta, GA on 1/22/2014

    The Excelon KDC-X797 is extremely capable and configurable, sometimes at the expense of ease of use. It doesn't *look* special which may make it less attractive to thieves. It sounds great, which is of greatest importance to me, and with that, I can forgive its shortcomings, and the many hours I spent parked, learning to use and personalize this beast.

    Pros: Good sound quality with almost infinite adjustment possibilities and support for most media & formats. HD Radio works extremely well. Complicated menu structure is logically arranged, shortening the learning curve.

    Cons: Difficult to read display in daylight, and insufficiently dimmed at night. Mediocre quality - first unit had a DOA remote. Unit gets wanky -- does not respond to controls -- in cold temperatures below 20F. CD player has problems with burned CDs that work fine in other devices. Minimal number of panel controls means that some frequently used operations (like radio presets) are buried in sub-menus. Display updates are sometimes delayed. Documentation, even on-line, leaves much to be desired.

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    Allen from Cumming,Ga on 1/20/2014

    2007 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A lot of Bang for the Buck!

    Pros: Easy to use, sounds great, cool looking, with more options than I will ever use!

    Cons: None


    Tosh from Rochester, NY on 1/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All in All a good head unit. Easy to use and set-up.

    Pros: Many Display Color options. Remote, Bluetooth Audio and Control, Sirius and HD Radio. Front USB and Aux in.

    Cons: Sometimes will not turn on, and Needs to be reset and user setup is lost.

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    mzootie from wilmington, de on 1/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best car stereo I've ever owned. It has all the bells and whistles you'll ever need. Great sound and power even with out an amp and almost didn't buy one. I just wanted just a little extra. The reception HD radio isn't as good as I thought it should be but have not played with it enough to know if there is something that i have not set up right. Good buy for the money.

    Pros: All the fuctionality

    Cons: Manual you get in box is a quick start guide. You need to download the full manual to fully understand how to set up the unit

    Unit does not turn on sometimes.

    KenY. from Deltona FL. on 1/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit needed software update in less than 90 days .Crutchfield did not know or did not want to know it needed it.Tech had me take it out of truck check pwr. ok but would not replace,this is the third time not first.He said I have to call Kenwood now. He said our replace is 60 days. I said the cheapest people in the world has 90 days so why should I buy it from you. Did the update, WAITING TO SEE.

    Pros: Good sound Like the HD radio a lot

    Cons: Need to make system easier to use. No one knows everything but they should have Kenwood said it was a problem on this radio.

    Most Bang for your buck

    John M from Lake Jackson, TX on 1/14/2014

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

    This Kenwood product was bought for my daughters car. She absolutely loves it. The sound quality is great and installation was a breeze.

    Pros: Great Sound, Color Change Options

    Cons: none

    could be better!

    JeffC from Ohio on 1/7/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit. I'd buy again, but I wish I could have bought something with simpler buttons. There is too much navigating around to switch from CD to radio to whatever.

    Pros: Sounds good, but has trouble reading dirty or marred CD's.

    Cons: Needs to be simplified. It was purchased for my son and takes to much attention to use which is time with eyes off the road.

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    Anonymous from vashon, wa on 1/3/2014

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

    Nice unit - clear installation - the BT connection works great with my Android, streaming music and making calls - although it does take a minute or so to gain the connection and begin playing music when I first enter the car. Another nice feature is the fully controllable RGB display - I was able to match the display color to my GTI's color scheme with ease.



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    Tim from Jeffersonville on 1/2/2014

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

    Great stereo, crutchfield made install simple with instructions and all necessary hardware. I will not buy electronics anywhere else from now on.

    Pros: Great shopping expierience.

    Cons: None

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    Max from San Antonio on 1/2/2014

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

    Decent receiver. I bought this for my girlfriend for christmas and don't get me wrong, it's much better than her factory stereo, but it's lacking. I bought the Kenwood X9 for my car and it's much easier to use. The volume knob has a nice rubber "grip" for easy tuning while driving. The X7 does not. Scrolling the X7 for audio control and settings is a pain. The bluetooth streaming works well though, and that's why I bought it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to stream bluetooth from your phone to your receiver.

    Pros: Bluetooth streaming, hands free phone

    Cons: No grip on the volume knob, the menu is a pain to adjust settings and audio

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    Maggs from Dearborn, MI on 12/30/2013

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

    Excellent quality, looks cool. Looks difficult and intimidating to use, but very easy, and great features.

    Pros: Looks great 16 preset FM stations Bluetooth Easy to use

    Cons: None

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    AJD from Lakewood WA on 12/28/2013

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

    Great features for the $$.

    Pros: Price and Features

    Cons: None so far.


    Jeff from Georgetown, TX on 12/26/2013

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

    Great Product. Great Value. Easy Installation.

    Pros: Works perfectly as advertised in all functions

    Cons: None so far

    Loved it till it Started messing up

    Josh P from Branson, MO on 12/25/2013

    I love this radio, It took a little to get it set up the way I like it. The bluetooth works great both for calling and for streaming pandora. I travel 8hrs a weekend and I'll listen to pandora the whole way. It took me 3 weeks to figure out that the reason it only puts music threw the front speakers is a setting and you can change it to all speakers.

    Pros: Sound Quality Coolness factor Value Bluetooth

    Cons: It will not turn on sometimes, I have to disconnect the battery to get it to turn on. I've read that if you don't let it warm up in the morning before you turn the vehicle on it will do this. I am going to contact Crutchfield in the morning and see if they can fix this.

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    Keith Mc from Utah on 12/20/2013

    2002 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this in my wifes Rav4. So easy for her to use. She loves the hands free feature for the phone.

    Pros: Easy to use for a non tech type!

    Cons: None

    Great Radio

    Anonymous from Parrish, fl on 12/15/2013

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

    Great radio with XM and HD Radio. Sounds great.

    Pros: Easy to use and setup. Great sound and options

    Cons: Small control buttons

    Great Features For The Price

    Aaron R. from Chicagoland on 12/15/2013

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

    Why I am not giving a five star review is because the settings are customizable, so numerous, yet difficult to find on the owner's manual. They're like pages buried under three chapters. Using the system will help with more routine settings options, but more obscure ones will possibly require another phone call. Like a couple of other reviewers mentioned, I only had sound from my front speakers using BT audio. Buried in the unit's "settings" menu was the answer. One quick call to a Crutchfield Advisor solved that problem. Setting the clock time as the default info on the unit was more of a challenge than it should've been. I would recommend purchasing this system because of all the input options for music for the price point. Aldo, don't forget about the tech support included with the purchase!

    Pros: Value, customizable, music inputs

    Cons: Menu interface is not intuitive, buttons are small

    Good Unit...would buy again

    Calvin from North East, PA on 12/12/2013

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

    I've only had the unit installed for a week but so far so good, with one small hiccup. Playing music from my Ipod caused a "skip " every 20-30 seconds. Crutchfield recommended a firmware update...problem solved. The unit has great sound, and clarity. I'm not a head banger, but wanted good clear sound ad moderate volume. I could not be happier!

    Pros: Easy Install, Great Sound, Good Price, Crutchfield support

    Cons: Needs another 12v switched power out wire.


    Bill from Colonia NJ on 12/11/2013

    1997 Ford F-250 Light Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    perfect fit for my Ford truck



    B+ Product!

    x5i5Mjx8q from Portland, Oregon on 12/11/2013

    2010 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My review may be a little harsh, but I expect a top notch product for $200. Crutchfield as always is amazing, when it comes to value and overall cost! Installation in my 2010 Toyota Corolla was pretty easy. I would say the most obnoxious part was the cheap plastic shroud to support the unit. Nevertheless it does the job. The unit itself is pretty good! I love that you can actually preset HD2/3 stations! My wife's car has a Sony hd radio that I also got through Crutchfield and it refuses to preset any HD2/3 stations. Pandora control is pretty good! The stereo seems able to get the app to start about 75% of the time, the rest of the time I have to manually open it on the phone. USB function works great! I tried to get iHeartRadio to work, and it will play through bluetooth like Pandora but I cannot control it from the head unit... although I suspect it's a lack of compatibility between my 4.4.1 kitkat android phone and the head unit. Anyway, Pandora seems to have less ads/commercials. Never tried "aHa" The bluetooth phone calling function works almost flawlessly! I'd give that an A- Decent microphone included with the unit for that purpose. Like others have also said, the menus leave something to be desired, for the average consumer I can see how they would be pretty confusing at first, I was ever surprised some, and I am always the family tech go to guy. After a few days of fiddling with it I got most of it down! My little great nephew just loves to stare at all the colors!

    Pros: Lots of features! what else can you want? Unless you want navigation I suppose.

    Cons: A little pricey, could be constructed a little better! Very confusing menus at first.

    My VW GTI Loves the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    petvet from Hickory Hills, IL on 12/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this as a replacement for my JVC which died after only 2 years. So far so good. The build quality is definitely a step up and so are the features. The first one I bought was reconditioned but later returned after it was found to be defective. Crutchfield generously replaced it with a new one with a factory 2 yr. warranty after paying the cost difference.

    Pros: Great 2 yr. warranty, great build quality, great features, plug n' play, excellent price and value

    Cons: nothing so far

    Great Radio for a Good Price

    DavidL from Edwardsville, IL on 12/5/2013

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio does the job. I don't need a high end radio to accomplish what I wanted. The Bluetooth connection is great.

    Pros: Does what it is designed to do.

    Cons: None so far.

    Great radio but one concern

    Anonymous from Erie, Pa. on 11/28/2013

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

    Overall great radio. Excellent sound for the price. Easy installation. Only problem is I've had it for only a couple weeks and I've already had to reset it once. Not sure why but it totally shut down and wouldn't power up until I reset.

    Pros: Price. Color selection. Easy Bluetooth connection.

    Cons: Other than small glitch so far, none.

    This reciever does it all

    howser51 from western ny on 11/19/2013

    2011 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted an after market car stereo that would be HD and Sirius ready. The Crutchfield instructions were easy to follow and everything came with it that I needed for installation with one exception. The wrong wire harness adapter came with it, but that was my fault for giving the wrong vehicle model. I was sent the correct adapter at no cost and that arrived a couple days later. Once hooked up the unit sounds great and I have many listening options. I wish the clock worked worked even if you had the artists displayed. I also wish that the songs as well as artists would be listed like my old Sirius receiver did. Those are minor issues and I am very happy I purchased this. Crutchfield is the only place to purchase a car stereo. You might save a few bucks at other retailers but when you add up the free items you need for installation and the support team it just makes sense to do business with Crutchfield.

    Pros: sounds great, has many options, easy to install and pretty easy to program

    Cons: I wish the clock would show when you have the station or artist listed. I also wish it would list the song as well as the artist.

    Great Value

    Tim S. from Ventura CA on 11/12/2013

    2000 Ford F-250 Light Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the factory stereo in a 13 yr old work truck. Primary attraction was iPhone integration and hands free calling. I have to say that i am pleasantly surprised at the audio quality. I combined with two kicker 5x7 coaxials, and together make my time in the truck way more enjoyable. not a monster "system" but for under $350.00 total i am very pleaSED WITH THE VALUE



    Happy Customer

    Nate H from Tulsa, OK on 11/8/2013

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

    First of all this is the first time I've utilized Crutchfield online. Customer service is superb. It's been 25 years since I've installed a car stereo system. The wiring harness/mounting accessories/steering wheel controls provided were exact for my model of car and the instructions made the install a breeze. As for the customer service I mentioned, I had an issue where my rear speakers didn't work when in BT/iPhone mode. Called customer support (great hours of operation) and they walked me through the stereo settings in less than a minute to resolve. Will be purchasing again from Crutchfield again for my wife a Christmas present for her Suburban. Now for the stereo (keep in mind I'm just a normal Joe and in no way an expert on stereo specs or a sound enthusiast). Kenwood is still producing an excellent product. Just changing out my OEM head unit improved my system 100%. Lots of nice options/settings, and sound is great with my OEM speakers. My next step will be to add some aftermarket speakers; which I presume will boost my enjoyment by another 100%. If you're on the fence like I was don't hesitate to buy this stereo and I will always come back to Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great Sound Easy BT pairing Cool colors where you can match current dash lights or have it alternate between colors BT to iPhone/iPod or use the USB connection to charge your device while playing songs

    Cons: Buttons on the unit are on the small side. Not a huge deal for me because I purchased the steering wheel control kit so I can easily use those controls while driving. Hands free phone works fine but sounds like you are in a tunnel. Not a huge deal breaker and first time I've had hands free phone so that may be normal.

    Game Changing Product

    DMcTrumpet from Raleigh, NC on 11/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This install has changed everything about how I spend time in the car. Bluetooth, Music, Comedy, Sports, iPhone, iPod Nano. Hard to believe it was so easy. Upgraded to a KMM100UU in an older car out of necessity and due to the quality, tech support and ease of install, took the plunge. As a performing professional musician, and administrator, this Kenwood products make my time in the car productive in every way - listening, music study, texts and calls on the fly.

    Pros: It does it all. I enjoy changing the overall color scheme to match the car. The Bluetooth engages the second I get in the car. Make the call and the music kicks back in. Great sound across the musical spectrum. USB sound really beats the aux type connection I used to live with. Bluetooth connection easy for around town. OEM speakers NEVER sounded better. OR code takes you right to the manual - What?

    Cons: I need one for my wife's car. No unit perfect, this is awfully close. Paper manual is a tree saver, but hey, who reads directions - I do.

    Awesome Product!

    Pete K from Tampa Bay, FL on 11/6/2013

    1995 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am extremely satisfied with this unit. It was very easy to install and operate. I love all the features it has and the ease of linking with my Samsung Galaxy 4 applications.

    Pros: Many features, crisp sound with the right accessories

    Cons: Take a while to learn all the features, but worth the time to figure them out!

    Great Stereo for a good price

    ChuckC from Atlanta, GA on 11/5/2013

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

    Upgraded to this Kenwood Excelon from an older Kenwood Excelon. Nice to get Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM, USB/iPhone, and AUX connectivity in one unit. Sound quality is great too. Takes a few minutes to learn how to configure it, but after taking a moment to read the manual, I was able to get more sound than I thought was possible out of my simple setup (but I do have a sub and amp using the SW RCA jacks). I must say the Support from Crutchfield is so good, they've made me a loyal repeat customer.

    Pros: CD, SiriusXM, HD Radio, USB, iPhone, AUX jack, Bluetooth capability with great sound for a really decent price. Being able to answer calls on my phone via bluetooth is awesome too!

    Cons: One line display is not my favorite, my old unit had 4 lines of display which is nice for Sirius info. However, I now have Bluetooth so it was an easy trade.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-Z797

    John D from Roy,WA on 11/4/2013

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

    This receiver does everything I wanted it to do. Great radio reception, Phone bluetooth & microphone very good. Wanted to play my favorite internet radio stations from my iphone which this does & wanted preset radio option also. installed radio myself with no problems.

    Pros: Pick up lots of HD radio stations here from Seattle. Like to get phone calls thru car speakers.

    Cons: Manual not that good but downloaded full manual from website as I am slow to figure out some of this high tech stuff sometimes. Like to have paper in my hands to look at.

    Great value for money

    KCMaestro from Kansas City, MO on 10/26/2013

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

    Bluetooth mic works great, excellent fine tuning in settings. Great sound quality. Pleased with the purchase. Crutchfield always has the best units and price!

    Pros: Several features, low price

    Cons: Not the most intuitive setup or button layout.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 - A Real Winner!

    AndyB from San Pedro, CA on 10/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first new head unit I have purchased in over 10 years. The Kenwood replaced an Alpine 7998, a very expensive, very nice quality high-end audiophile grade head unit. These days, finding the right mix of SQ features without all the wasted bling is getting harder and harder, but Kenwood nailed it with this head. All the right features, HD Radio, Sat Ready, iPod control, 6 4v outs, and Bluetooth! Without all the bass boosting, animated crap that's become a trend of recent years. If it sounds bad, lets add lights to it and take away the 4v outs... worse yet, no sub out! This head has all of that and for a price that can't be beat. In pure SQ so far, I cannot tell a difference between this and an Alpine I replaced - if anything, thanks the HD radio, the FM is far better. But at the same time, the output section must be able to translate that to good sound, and it does. In short, it is amazing what technology has brought to the masses. It is nearly impossible to compare this unit to the Alpine, because of the tech advancements and integration - but at the same time, it does sounds better. I call that a win. Easy to use, excellent sound. What more can we ask for? Top that off with excellent customer assistance from Norm, I couldn't be happier. I have shopped Crutchfield in the past, and will continue to do so.

    Pros: Features and ease of use.

    Cons: I will let you know when I find one... seriously. I haven't found any yet.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Anonymous from Goleta CA on 10/18/2013

    1996 Ford Crown Victoria
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    Excellent Buy



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 10/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Listening to predominately 2 stations that provide digital broadcasting, one (jazz) station is nicer on HD than analog while the other (classical) station I listen to sounds horrible on HD compared to analog, which is more likely a transmission issue than inherent to HD. Never used (to use) an equalizer but after speaking to a Crutchfield tech on whether my vehicle's tweeters are being used with this unit, I went into the EQ Pro settings and noticed that adjustments made a huge difference in my car audio experience. Still, certain MP3s exhibit anomalous listening where otherwise distinct vocals become distant regardless of the EQ settings. Pulled the microphone through my dash, along the A pillar up behind the ceiling trim and mounted the mic on the visor right next to the rear view mirror. Then noticed that the instructions advise to mount the mic on the steering column. Not sure whether that's because it's easier or sounds better on the steering column. Anyhow, had a Skype conversation with someone in Europe from my phone over Bluetooth with the unit. European party stated that although it was obvious that echo cancellation was taking place and my voice sounded digitized, the clarity of my voice and the ability to converse was good. Compared to my stock Subaru radio (made by Clarion), this one produces music more distinctly with a noticeably greater range of frequencies allowing for listening at noisier driving speeds.

    Pros: Lots of features (Bluetooth, HD radio, ...) Noticeably clearer sound than stock head unit Acceptable microphone quality for (phone) conversation purposes Extra USB charger port

    Cons: Puzzling (occasional) sound anomalies, possibly related to the DA converter No coupling with vehicle's dashboard dimmer HD radio surcharge is disproportionate to costs of other features

    Love it in my Jeep.

    Deggy from Deforest, WI on 10/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am really enjoying this new head unit in my 2005 Jeep Wangler. It makes the stock speakers sound better. I can wait to get new speakers too. The stock (6") subwoofer seems to hit harder too, for what it is. I enjoy the BlueTooth. In the Jeep with the top and doors off, the Mic gets a lot of wind noise, but I expected that. Yes, it plays out of all 4 speakers. I like the voice control...Press the button, and say 'Call My Wife' and it does. I tried 'Call my jealous brother-in-law cuz I'm in a jeep with the top off and he's in a wagon' but it didn't catch all that :) The Kenwood Music Control app works fine with my Galaxy s3 (even though some reviews of the app itself says it doesn't work.) It will automatically connect and start playing my music collection on my phone. It will even start back up where it left off, even mid song. I use a USB thumb drive to play music from as well. The HD radio is cool. My first experience with it. We only have a couple local channels that have digital signal, but I notice a difference in quality and clarity. The interface seemed a little clunky, especially after using my touch screen in my other vehicle. I had to get used to when to turn the nob, when to push the nob, and when to push the back button. Like anything, now that I'm used to it, it's easier. Now that I have all of my preferences set, I only make adjustments periodically so it doesn't bother me.

    Pros: Lots of features. Good sound. Good power. BT, USB, HD Radio,

    Cons: Somewhat clunky interface.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Ron H. from Taylorsville,Ky. on 10/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver was a little intimidating when I first started using it, but after a couple of days I was very comfortable with all the controls. For an old geezer of 58 thats saying a lot. The price was very competitive with other stereos that had the same features, and the Kenwood name sealed the deal for me. I don't think you can go wrong with this deal!

    Pros: very easy to figure out the controls, liked being able to choose the color to match the dash lights. Ample power for all speakers. Very nice system.

    Cons: Hd radio a little disappointing, or lack of stations thereof.

    Kenwood KDC-X797 - Great radio

    MarkR from Harvey's Lake, PA on 9/17/2013

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

    It was really easy to install and set up. I haven't had any issues with it since I figured out how to work it. The Bluetooth is really good too.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    don from middletown de on 9/17/2013

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    Crutchfield was great. I had a problem with the cd player and i had a new unit the next day. super to deal with

    Pros: sounds great

    Cons: read the book

    So many functions

    Paul from Nr Detroit, MI on 9/15/2013

    2005 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So many features and it all works perfectly. Nice having a real Bluetooth system so can get directions, calls and MP3's with no wires all over the dash

    Pros: great Bluetooth, options to fine tune sound, color adjust to fit the rest of the panel light

    Cons: Would be nice to change the display color too - OK, so it's a minor point!


    Jason from Camden, SC on 9/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bluetooth works great with my S3 and the sound quality is lots better than factory stereo!

    Pros: Bluetooth calling and audio Sound quality Multiple inputs Easy installation Works with factory steering wheel controls

    Cons: Radio reception is not strong enough

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    doylejr from shelton, wa state on 9/7/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very good receiver, out performs factory Chrysler radio !



    Love this stereo!

    Pat from Boston, MA on 9/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the sound of this one; easy to use; I have my music back! So easy to install as well!

    Pros: Great sound, easy to install

    Cons: Would like a scanning function

    Great Stereo

    BenM from Los Alamos, Ca. on 8/31/2013

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

    This stereo sounds great and has a ton of good features for the price, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have never owned a Kenwood product before and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    Pros: Great features, Great sound, Good Price.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood IS The Best To Me!

    ChrisR from Troutdale, OR on 8/29/2013

    Installed in my 1999 Ford Expedition Today. LOVE the Bluetooth and the HD Radio!

    Pros: It's A Kenwood, Everything's Good On Kenwoods!

    Cons: None

    Want Vett to Sounds as Good As it Runs

    Ricky from Cumming, GA on 8/25/2013

    1971 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Going with a Kenwood, always reliable. This has a lot of bang for the buck. I love all the features. I would definitely recommend for anyone

    Pros: Great price for having everything I was looking for.

    Cons: None

    Cobra Mustang Install

    BobbyC from New Castle, PA on 8/24/2013

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

    I hadn't installed a car stereo in over 20 years. The install was in a classic 1999 Cobra, so I wanted to be careful in the removal & install and not damage anything. Everything that I received from Crutchfield made ii a breeze! I was excited to find a resource like Crutchfield vs. paying another retailer mucho dollars to do it. The wiring harness was very easy & kept original vehicle wiring intact. My original set-up was an AM/FM Cassette and separate CD player. Since the Kenwood was a single din unit with an integrated CD player, the extra space was filled nicely with a pocket that looks like stock. Professional install by an Amateur! The head unit itself sounds great. Very high quality sound - brought out sound in music I hadn't heard before. Bluetooth works great. As other reviewers have said, you must change setting to "all" in the Bluetooth menu to get the sound to play in all your speakers. The HD radio sounds very good, although I am outside metro areas so reception isn't always ideal. Still trying to figure out settings on that a bit. Super, high quality radio. Having the Pandora, iheart radio and aha apps available to navigate through the head unit is a big plus for me. The only cons are that the menus are somewhat complex to navigate (contact Kenwood and they will e-mail you the detailed manual), and also I have a convertible so the display is unreadable in the sunlight. Otherwise, very happy!

    Pros: Very High quality Lots of features Navigate apps through the head unit

    Cons: Complex menus Display unreadable in sunlight

    Exceeds Expectations ...

    toma from New Ringgold, PA on 8/22/2013

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

    I installed the unit in a 2003 Dodge Ram with no issue at all - very simple (even with the satellite radio receiver). Pairing a device was simple, and browsing through your phone (Contacts or Songs) is relatively intuitive. This is EXACTLY the facelift that my 10-year old truck needed!

    Pros: The lights and looks are fantastic, the face is easily detachable, the sound quality is superb, and I get no complaints about the Bluetooth quality using an iPhone5.

    Cons: It doesn't make me coffee.

    Excelon KDC-X797

    imnee from Ky on 8/20/2013

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

    I have enjoyed the head unit. I using it to driving two amplifiers. It does a great job and there are plenty features for adjusting the sound to your liking. I primarily play the HD Radio or linten from a USB drive.

    Pros: Kenwood has an app that scans your USB drive and creates a library so you can search your library from the head unitl.

    Cons: The Kendoow lite app does not work well. Support cannot help at all. There is a third party app in th eforums that works great so I am using it.

    Great product

    KatieG from Newport News, VA on 8/10/2013

    2000 Chrysler Sebring
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    We bought this radio for our 22 year old daughter. She really loves it, especially the bluetooth feature. She also likes being able to use it with the music she has downloaded on her phone. We are very happy with this purchase.



    Awesome product and easy to install

    Mike from Oklahoma on 8/5/2013

    2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has been great. Sound is a improvement to the factor speakers in my 2007 Jeep Wrangler. My kids love the color changing buttons.

    Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth phone hook up was easy.

    Cons: None so far.


    microgenesis from Illinois on 8/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Packed with features.



    very good BT system

    Don from Agawam, MA on 7/31/2013

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

    Good HD, BT and functionality

    Pros: BT, HD radio, display colors, functionality

    Cons: Clock display only available as clock only

    Better than expected

    Anonymous from Chico, Ca on 7/30/2013

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

    Put it in an 06 Chevy Trailblazer with new speakers and my sub from my 4runner, sounds great. It is worth every penny. Also do the firmware update.

    Pros: - Great price for having everything

    Cons: - The owners manual - There is a bit of a learning curve on understanding where all the settings are


    Jay from ABQ, NM on 7/24/2013

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab. Usually go with a Kenwood, always reliable. This has a lot of bang for the buck. I love all the features. I would definitely recommend for anyone.

    Pros: Tons of features Easy to setup Easy sync with iPhone

    Cons: When you plug in an iPod the system automatically jumps to it. Annoying when listening to something else. When my iPhone syncs to the head unit it works great. But they sync also means your calls go through it. Which is bad when you are on a call and then you turn off the vehicle - it disconnects your call. And it will automatically push your call to the head unit. So you have to keep switching it back to the phone or deal with disconnected calls.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Anonymous from salisbury NC on 7/18/2013

    2007 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    replaced a 7 year old alpine so am impressed with the new technology. sounds great, paired with kenwood speakers

    Pros: great sound, HD < Blue tooth

    Cons: the display button is in between the station buttons and easy to hit the station buttons my mistake

    Amazing Headunit

    RobW from Southern Maryland on 7/17/2013

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

    I got this head unit for my 97 ranger as I still had the stock unit in my truck. It is a very good looking unit with tons of features, amazing clarity, and extremely easy to use and learn.

    Pros: I love the lights incorporated, along with the bluetooth, remote, and the compatibility with my ipod (works with spotify)


    great investment

    hollywood6801 from Newark Ohio on 7/17/2013

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

    great stereo with all the bells and whistles powerful and easy to use will get a lot of cruise time out of this

    Pros: easy to use and a great built in amp

    Cons: none yet

    Kenwood KDC-X797

    JimN from Norco, Ca on 7/16/2013

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

    This unit replace an OEM Ford Cassette only radio. The KDC-x797 offers many more features than the OEM radio. It definitely sounds better at higher volume levels, probably due to the vast increase in power. It is amazing how many inputs you have available to you: USB, 3.5mm, Bluetooth, CD, and HD Radio. I live on the outskirts of LA, so HD radio tends to go in and out, which is not a biggie. For the most part, people say the hands fee Bluetooth works well. It's pretty cool that my iPhone 4 will pair right up with the Bluetooth and start playing a song, right where it left off. Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase.

    Pros: The unit has good power to drive OEM speakers and has lots of flexibility to customize the sound. You can make it bright, or bassy or middy, or whatever you want. It has many features, that you can spend many hours trying to make work well, such as the iheartradio, aha, or Pandora, or stream from you phone (I have an iPhone 4), or usb input or 3.5mm. Is there anything that this HU can't do? Not sure about that.

    Cons: Three items: 1. If you are on a call while, and you turn your car off, the call will be dropped, even if you have the phone to your ear or on speakerphone. 2. While I bought this unit because other reviews had said that people can you hear you clearly while you have have them on hands free call, I have had many people complain that they either hear an echo, or sound far away. 3. The display is sometimes confused, as it tries to display two things at one time (scrolling song info and time)

    Amazing HU at an Incredible Price!

    D from Caldwell ID on 7/14/2013

    Flat out best HU ive owned to dated. Kenwood Excelons are bar far my fav. and ur get a bit more features in them for the price compared to say the Alpines IMO. The BT works great and picked up my phone first time and the mic on it is great and even with my top down i can hear ppl great and they hear me great! Lighting is wonderful to not to mention the slick look it has...

    Pros: Almost everything on it, still trying to use it to its full potential!

    Cons: User Manual Isnt the Greatest, but better then most and I got It Figured Out!


    Minoru808 from Kailua, HI on 7/10/2013

    1994 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have always favored Alpine car audio. This is my first Kenwood and I am NOT disappointed. I love it!!

    Pros: easy install, great features!

    Cons: NONE

    Excellent Kenwood System

    Gerryd from Yelm, WA on 7/10/2013

    2006 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this radio as an add on replacing the factory radio in a 2006 Honda Accord. The quality and sound is great and installation was very simple. I would recommend this radio to anyone.

    Pros: Sound quality is exceptional with the Alpine speakers 610C

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Jess from Hollister, CA on 7/9/2013

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

    for the price is not bad. My daughter and son really like the stereo's in their cars

    Pros: cool color display

    Cons: I was looking for a built in microphone.

    kenwood kdc 797

    Anonymous from Boise, ID on 7/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck is well worth the price. the features works good. The phone works great in my diesel it blocks out background noise. This is a great upgrade

    Pros: Color choices Bluetooth features phone works great

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon Excellence

    Jim from Bridgeville DE on 7/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great vehicle reciever! Quality unit; highly recommend.

    Pros: Ease of use; quality sound; highly recommend.

    Cons: None to note.


    Chris from Nazareth, PA on 7/4/2013

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

    Although very simple in appearance and design, Kenwood managed to incorporate some great features in this unit. The 3-band parametric EQ, high and low pass filters, and phase control are huge wins for me and the three sets of 4v pre's allows for easy expansion. It drove my OEM speakers quite well with the 22w and I was able to effortlessly dial in a nice sound. Bluetooth hookup was a breeze with an iPhone and I'm happy to report it synchs with the Spotify app too. Installation was easy in an 02 WRX thanks to Crutchfield's supplied accessories.



    Excellent upgrade from OEM

    MW from Portland, OR on 7/2/2013

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

    Has the features I wanted for now, and for future options. Using the OEM speakers in my 2006 Toyota Tacoma, there is a marked improvement in the sound quality. Also the reception seems better. I got an open box unit, which seems to be in perfect condition.




    Daryle from Lincolnton, NC on 6/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the features. The buttons on the front make it easy to use. Much easier that trying to navigate through a menu to switch stations. Bluetooth connection is quick and easy. I like being able to listen to music on my iPod or phone. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield. They made sure I had everything I needed. Fantastic sound with plenty of power. I shopped a lot of brands at various places and I got a great product at a great price from the best source. Thank you Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound, plenty of power, easy to use, and looks great too.

    Cons: None at this time.

    Bought this

    KurtR from Dayton,OH on 6/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    sounds great might have something to do with the original infinity gold speakers who knows easy to install with wire harness adapter.

    Pros: 2day free shipping,sounds goog

    Cons: owners manual sucks does not explain very well in detail of programming instructions. very disappointed and a little frustrated with that part otherwise it sounds great. maybe i'll give the Crutchfield Team a call sometime to figure out the rest. Those guys seam to have it together and have been very helpful from start i'm sure when i find the time to call them back they' ll walk walk me through it.and i'll end up saying Da!

    Great head unit with lots of features.

    neverendingmods from Wilmington, DE on 6/25/2013

    1998 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Kenwood always builds durable head units. Have a great sound and a good bass that sounds better and hits harder than sony and jvc . This x 797 excelon unit has 4v triple preamplifier outputs alongwith sub volume and crossovers for subs, highs and fullrange speakers with crossovers frequencies being adjustable too so a passive eq is built in making this unit perfect for big systems while remaining discreet being single Din. The Pandora bluetooth streaming.go from my phone works great and sounds really good. Make sure you know how to set up the units sound and your phone sound. Depending on phone and software may need an audio app for adjusting phone eq. My motorola Atrix 4G syncs flawlessly with this kenwood and was very easy to download phone contacts. Took ten minutes to 20 minutes to have everything dialed in. Couldn't be happier and I still ned to do firmware updates which atre said to improve streaming audio quality.

    Pros: Adjustability , ease of use, bt music streaming, bt wired mic, ability to control BIG system with this headunit. So much sound adjustment and control. Basically a passive EQ with built in high/low crossovers and full range adjustment.

    Cons: Just wish all lighting changed colors. Display color not adjustable, everything else the color changes . Small complaint because it is such a good unit.

    Very integrated Unit

    rrmtz from Albany, NY on 6/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Does what it says it will do. It's hard to get used to all the settings and make changes to the appropriate programs. Would prefer the default lighting pattern be a solid rather than a variable color.

    Pros: Integration with Blue Tooth, different radio programs, sound quality

    Cons: Tuning know fell off but easy to get back on. The complexity of setting all the programs can be a challenge.

    Sounds great but lacking in phone features

    Bart from Dallas on 6/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is in my boat and being able to stream music without having a cable to the aux port if very useful. The sound is great, much better than the unit I took out, which was a high end marine unit. The knock I have is if a call comes in, per Kenwood support "The only way to reject a call is to press the SRC button on the top left corner". If you don't hit the SRC button the call won't roll to voice mail and the unit is frozen until you crawl into the boat and hang up the call. Also the ring tone is very muted and there is no way to adust, per Kenwood support "When it comes to adjusting the ringer volume, none of our head units have the setting available. " To other comments about the BT only on the front speakers. That is the default and is easily changed from the menus.

    Pros: Sound is great, Streaming via blue tooth is very cool, ease of use

    Cons: Can't adjust ring , inbound phone calls won't automatically roll to voice mail.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Anonymous from Naperville il on 6/6/2013

    2004 GMC Savana
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound for the Money

    Pros: Many different audio adjustments

    Cons: Difficult to change back and forth between other sources

    Great Radio!

    charles d.` from Lowell, MA on 6/2/2013

    i love this radio! every option you could possibly imagine! i did have the same trouble as dennis at first, all you have to do was change the detailed set while in bluetooth mode to all. sounds amazing. made the kicker sub in my accent hit even harder.



    Incredible sound; surprisingly intuitive

    Paul C. from Seattle, WA on 6/2/2013

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

    This unit replaced the "premium" factory stereo in my Dodge Dakota R/T. The difference in sound quality was absolutely stunning (as expected for a quality unit such as this). What surprised me, though, is the straightforward and intuitive setup and operation. I have a higher-end Kenwood in my car (KDC-MP745U) and so many of the functions are buried in layers of menus. Without the directions, I'd never have figured out how to create radio presets. The interface is too sleek and designed as if the controls never would need to be used while actually driving. This unit was a surprising difference. And the sound ... oh, the sound!

    Pros: Simple, intuitive interface. Front-panel USB & Auxiliary. Three sets of pre-outs. Well functioning Bluetooth.

    Cons: Do I really need 20 choices for the display illumination color? Seriously, none yet.

    Great deck

    mahina from Kula, Maui, HI on 5/30/2013

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

    Love all the features and the price was good too. Installation was easy with the included adapters. Already installed the Ken 5 channel and door speakers. So much better than OEM.

    Pros: This was a Kenwood upgrade so swapping the deck took about 5 minutes. The programming was a little different but still no problem.

    Cons: ?

    kdc 797

    tony c from north carolina on 5/24/2013

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    Great value, easy installation, love the Bluetooth feature. Just everything about this product is great. Matches the six colors I can choose from in my 05 Mustang.

    Pros: Has all the features I could ever need in a radio. Easy in and looks great. Nice remote feature and hands free phone call answering functions.

    Cons: None

    Pretty good stereo

    Dennis L. from Wichita, KS on 5/14/2013

    2002 Ford F-150
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    I wanted to give this a higher rating, but I couldn't. The reason why is when I play music via Bluetooth, it only plays through the front speakers. Very disappointed. Also, it seems to be a pain in the ass to get the Bluetooth to connect and the menu can be a little cumbersome at first.



    Good Product Good Price

    Gar from Ks on 5/14/2013

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    Returned a defective refurbished 896 to get this one.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use

    Cons: Single line display

    Solara Convertable

    Jeff K from Atlanta, GA on 5/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased and installed the Kenwood to replace the factory radio, Installation was easy with one call to tech support for confirmation on connections. Overall the radio performs as advertised, this is my wife's car so teaching her to use all the option of this radio has was a challenge but ultimately she learned to use the features and likes them. Installation kit was perfect along with the storage box to go under the radio since the factory version was double size. The mounts fit like a clove and the installed radio looks perfect.

    Pros: variable color of the display, ability to add XM and Bluetooth connection.

    Cons: I wish it had a USB connection in both front and back.

    Good enough for a 5 but not perfect.

    Randy from Washington, UT on 5/9/2013

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

    I have been using this head unit for about two weeks so I won't be able to give a review on the unit's longevity. I am running a four channel amp for mids and highs and a mono for the subs. The head unit's speaker outputs are not being used. There is a bit of a learning curve going through all of the menus to get you what you want, and still some of the EQ functions that I have messed with I can hear no real change. An earlier review states that when playing audio over the bluetooth that you will only get front speakers, this is true only in that that is the default mode for phone calls and unfortunately for your music player too. However when surfing through the bluetooth settings you will find an option to use ALL speakers. Once I found that option and turned it on, my bluetooth experience when listening to music was much improved. YES, YOU CAN LISTEN TO ALL 4 SPEAKERS AND SUBWOOFER THROUGH BLUETOOTH AUDIO. As a side note make sure you go to Kenwood's website under Support and download the firmware updates. There is one there for Bluetooth. When the stereo was first installed it would repeatedly not start up when I started the car. had to do hard reset under the faceplate. I called Crutchfield about it and they let me know there were firmware updates and one update addressed this problem. I upgraded the firmware on the head unit per Kenwood's instructions and the problem has gone away. I have been very happy with the head unit and all of it's features.

    Pros: 4 volt RCA's, customizable colors, simple face plate design (not too showy), HD radio, Bluetooth, Auxiliary input, USB. There are a lot of features.

    Cons: Didn't know that I had to update firmware but once I learned it it was no problem. FM radio/HD radio fritzed out on me once one day but only had to turn it off and remove the face plate with no hard reset needed and hasn't done it again since.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    lyle from ellensburg wa. on 5/7/2013

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    awesome features works great love it

    Pros: connect easily to all ffeatures

    Cons: none

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797

    Anonymous from Frederick, Maryland on 5/7/2013

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit but I have not figured out if I can change the Bluetooth feature to play music in all of my speakers or will it only do the front 2 speakers. If you are looking to stream music wireless then this might not be for you but you should call tech support instead of taking my advise. It might just be a setting you can change on the menu.


    Cons: Only plays out of my front speakers when connected by Blue tooth

    sound quality mainiac

    Israel from Puerto Rico on 5/2/2013

    2001 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this unit on my mazda with two amps and one 12 inch sub. Great highs, mids and lows.

    Pros: great sound, performance & quality from advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer systems, bluetooth wireless technology works qreat too. easy to use

    Cons: have to reset 2 or 3 times a week because the radio won't turn on, don't know why, still looking. knob smooth and difficult to adjust volume.

    Kenwood excelon KDC-X797

    Anonymous from Bardstown ky on 5/1/2013

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

    Nice deck easy to use lots of features awesome love it

    Pros: Easy to use lots of controls

    Cons: None

    Kenwood KDC-X797

    Mark from Advance, NC on 4/30/2013

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

    I have this unit installed in my Nissan Titan along with new Fosgate speakers and an audiobahn 4 channel amp. The sound quality is amazing. I really enjoy the bluetooth capabilities. The handsfree system works well and phone calls are very clear and easy to understand. Very nice product.

    Pros: Has all features that i was looking for. Easy to navigste through menus.

    Cons: The operating manual is less than desirable. This is not a crutchfield issue.

    Great sound, lots of features

    Jerry S from Carlsbad, CA on 4/28/2013

    2003 Infiniti QX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in a 2003 infinity QX4 with Bose. I was a little concerned about fitting a new head unit to the Bose system as I know that Bose uses proprietary amplifiers and speaker impedences and Google found some guys posting bad experiences trying to fit a new head unit. Crutchfield helped me pick a unit and an adapter that too the amplified signal (not the pre-amp out) and adapted it to the proper input for the bose amplifiers. I also got the programmable adapter for the steering wheel controls, the Sirius/XM reciever, and Crutchfield provided the adapter plate and instructions for the in-dash installation. I put the harness together on the table in a couple of hours, taking care to double check and get it all right. After the harnesss is put together, it is just plug-and-play. Everything worked perfectly the first time. Sound quality was great. The vocals are clearest I've ever heard on a car stereo. I think this combination with the bose amps/speakers has turned out to be great. I have a 2012 Acura with the $4000 tech package in it that I have hardly driven since installing the stereo in the Infiniti. Digital FM sounds great. Pandora or anything else I play from my phone is super easy thgough bluetooth. One touch and Pandora starts. Pandora channel is controlled by the remote rather than using your phone, probably to keep you from getting a ticket.

    Pros: Great sound, lots of features.

    Cons: None really. Required a firmware update. Crutchfield sent me the link and I had it installed via usb thumbdrive in 10 minutes.

    A bit disappointed

    Willie from Olney, MD on 4/27/2013

    2012 Subaru Outback
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    Purchased this unit, along with a Sirius tuner, and had it professionally installed. Although it is an improvement over the stock unit, overall, I'm a bit disappointed. If I had to do it over, I'd select something else.

    Pros: 1. Crutchfield service was excellent as usual. After placing order, I got an email from Customer Service RE: some issues with the Install Card purchase. Got everything worked out. 2. Install Card was a bargain. Probably would have taken me all day to install the unit without the right tools. Took the installer an hour. 3. I like the 24 available pre-sets for Sirius.

    Cons: 1. The display is awful with Sirius service. Only displays one line at a time. Have to manually switch to see channel, artist, title, etc. Really need a 2-DIN unit for Sirius. 2. HD is overrated. Signal fades in-and-out. Limited available channels. 3. Sound is better than stock unit but probably need to upgrade speakers for real improvement. IOW, more $$$.

    Worth the price to upgrade Mustang Mach Audio

    TimG from Arlington, WA on 4/25/2013

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

    I was looking for a 2DIN CD receiver with BT, USB and AUX inputs to install in my '04 Mustang with Mach Audio. My Crutchfield advisor recommended a JVC HU. When I went to buy, the JVC was out of stock. I picked up this (and a SiriusXM receiver) instead. Crutchfield included the dash kit, and the necessary wiring harnesses to make the hook-up as simple as it could be. I was able to make match the Kenwood wires to the harnesses and connect them all at the dining room table & I did not have to cut the pony's factory wiring. The harness provided everything to power and use the factory amps. Kudos to Crutchfield for making the install easy (45 minutes, tops!) The KDC-X797 does everything I expected of it. It took about 30 seconds to pair with my Droid X2, another couple of minutes to download my phone book. On a call using the BT, I did have some drop-outs from the received end of the call, no complaints from the other end. Initiating a call from the HU seemed to take a long time. Sound quality from the sources I used (Sat, HD Radio, BT & USB from phone & USB stick) all worked as I expected with the Kenwood app on my phone. I was a little disappointed that artist, album & song titles did not appear from the USB thumb drive. The CD audio seemed to be a little muffled. Volume differences between sources can be adjusted to equalize, but even so, the HD Radio is much louder than the other sources. I did not try Pandora, A-ha or any web based media. Sirious XM hook-up was easy

    Pros: Plays almost all media. Easy BT Pairing. Each source is independantly adjustable for EQ and volume.

    Cons: Knob is smooth & difficult to adjust volume with a finger or 2 on the top of the knob. Menus can be difficult to wade through to get to what you are looking for. User manual has "see instruction manual" in several locations, but the instruction manual doesn't seem to exist. Display washes out in sunshine and does not have dimmer (can be dimmed through menus)

    KDC-x797 upgrade for 87 Toyota SR5 Pickup

    Drooler from Stillwater, MN on 4/24/2013

    1987 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I started by upgrading the front speakers to Alpine Type-s SPS-410 4 inch and rear to Polk Db501 5 inch rear speakers. I then upgraded the receiver after about a week of researching (used chat several times and called Kenwood) by ordering the KDCx797. I really like the way Crutchfield detailed the specifications on their website as compared to other on-line suppliers. The x797 had every function that I wanted. The HD radio is crystal clear. I may also install the optional package for satellite radio in the future. I really wanted the subwoofer outputs and decided to install a separate amplifier because the 4 and 5 inch speakers lacked bass and I did not want to cut new holes for larger speakers. I added an amp and two 10 inch woofers. Unbelievable difference. The free unit installation instructions were pretty vague and did not really help much. The original deck was 4 inches high so a free 2 inch pocket was provided for free. The pocket instructions did not match my unit at all, nor did screw holes line up with the original OEM brackets. The pocket did, however, snap into one location on the back of my OEM brackets but flopped up and down on the front. I almost called tech support to complain but decided first to install the unit with pocket to see if it would fit, thinking I would drill new holes. I found the truck dash pushes up against the pocket and stabilizes it perfectly. The Posi-Products Connector Kit really worked great to wire up the harnesses.

    Pros: Liked the ability to select speaker size settings for my truck. The subwoofer outputs and adjustments are great. I turned off all of the options on my woofer amp and just use the deck to set bass options from the head. The USB port works great with a flash drive. I have not yet tried the aux in. I was able to use BT to play music from my Kindle Fire. Like the external mic, 2 year warranty, and support for iHeart, Pandora, and Aha - none of which I have tested yet. Harness wiring is heavy gauge.

    Cons: The user manual is vague. I used Kenwood's site and found a wealth of information, including how to update the IOS as changes are released. My 2013 unit is one revision behind. I was concerned about Android phone support because of the many mixed reviews on Kenwood's Music Control app. I called Crutchfield and Kenwood support and they said it works fine. Kenwood said even the Android 4.1 IOS works. Also make sure your phone supports MSD. I still need to buy a phone to test internet streaming.

    Great Receiver!

    shadowgirl66 from Beaver Dam, WI on 4/22/2013

    2001 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has everything I was looking for. Great sound & features. Easy to install and use. I love the scrolling colors!



    Great deal on a great new Kenwood product.

    Anonymous from Blacksburg, VA on 4/16/2013

    2007 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is wonderful! It's got all the things I wanted in my new stereo at a very reasonable price. I had no trouble putting it in, except for some car-specific problems (my new Volvo had very little space behind the radio compartment, so it was a real trial to fit all the wires in). Every subsection of the receiver worked perfectly and the Pro EQ parametric filters did exactly what I needed them to do in order to straighten out some irritating peaks in the OEM car speakers. The auxiliary input gave me what I needed to listen to audio books with my Garmin GPS. FM (both digital and analog) and SiriusXM signals (using the $20 accessory) are strong and reliable. I pick up digital FM stations I thought were going to be too distant to be usable out here in the sticks. I put my favorite 70(!) albums on a USB memory stick the size of my thumbnail and now have them all available by just inserting the stick into the front panel connector. Even with all that, I still have 3/4 of the 32GB stick available for future use. I seriously couldn't be happier! It takes a while to learn how to get through all the menus, so don't try to figure them out while driving!!! Fortunately the menus are well designed so that you never need to get to the deeper levels in normal use -- just get that stuff set up right and then you can forget about it...though it does seem you lose the settings if you disconnect the car battery.

    Pros: The multitude of high quality features and modes of operation. Also love that you have seperate level and EQ controls for each operating mode (CD, USB, XM, FM, AM, Aux, Bluetooth, etc.)

    Cons: I wish the detailed setup parameters were stored in Flash RAM so that you didn't have to go through and restore them all after the car battery has been disconnected.


    Chris G from Northbrook, IL on 4/4/2013

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

    Easy installation in my 2001 Expedition. Sound is fantastic from the factory Mach speakers. Would purchase again. Only problem, which maybe I haven't figured out yet, is that it doesn't seem to play IHeart Radio or Aha correctly when connected via USB from my iphone 5. Pandora works flawlessly and these should work the same way.

    Pros: Sound Quality.

    Cons: IHeart Radio and Aha don't work properly via USB.


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    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 Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Audio Section
    Built-in Bluetooth
    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio
    iPod/Android/AUX Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X797 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-X797 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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-X797 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-X797 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-X797 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-X797 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-X797 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).

    EQ Pro
    Frequency Level Q
    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
    Treble 10.0, 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 Off).
    • 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 source).

    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-X797 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. 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 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    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-X797. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two Bluetooth-enabled phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used at a time.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X797 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes 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-X797 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-X797, 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-X797. 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 History: The Call History 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. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. 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 1.505" (depth).

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

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-X797 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X797 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, 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-X797 also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT55U has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KDC-X797 and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X797 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Bluetooth Audio: You can allow Bluetooth audio to be heard from only the front-speakers or all the speakers in your vehicle.
    • 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.
    • Echo Level: You adjust the echo cancellation delay time until the least echo is being heard during a phone conversation.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.

    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Tuning Methods: You can setup the KDC-X797 to tune both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog). The CD receiver offers a variety of tuning options; including Seek, Presets, and Direct Access.
      • Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek 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 unit's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. 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. The Kenwood KDC-BT952HD 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.
      • Direct Access: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 allows you to access Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Aha Radio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X797 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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 (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). 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-X797 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). The Local 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.
    • Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+); available from iTunes Apps or Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio 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 or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 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). Visit 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
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • 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 Discount Plan.

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-X797's front-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 5/5C/5S; 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-X797. 

    • 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 as 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. 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-X797 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-X797 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-X797 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Aha Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    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 Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread. 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 8-/16-bit n/a

    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-X797 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.

    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 discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. .

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV 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 port (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-X797 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
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    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 8-48 kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
     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 8-48 kHz
    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 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder) 999 folders/20,480 (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X797 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-X797 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-X797 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 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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-X797  features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X797 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.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 features variable color button illumination. 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.

    Illumination Dimmer: You can manually dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    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-X797 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 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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    tec support is always the way to go with your Qs&As they will walk you through just as easy as 1-2=3 hope that helps. [ KURT  Dec 21, 2013 ]
    It will use your phones data but that's it. No hidden fees. With the bluetooth audio you can play any audio from your phone through the hesd unit. [ ROGER  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    I bought this for my wife, who loves it, but I'm unable to answer the question beyond that. [ MARCEL  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    IHR has to be accessed through your phone mean that yes you'd be using your data plan. The button on your stereo just lets you listen to the feed coming from the phone. [ JOSE S  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    There isn't a separate fee. If you have IHR on your phone it should be ok to play on the radio. [ JIM  Dec 20, 2013 ]