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Kenwood Excelon receivers deliver great performance by infusing extensive sound-sculpting tools and intuitive controls with the latest car stereo technology. The KDC-X798 CD receiver includes Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming your favorite music, built-in HD Radio™ for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, dual USB ports, and ultra-clean 4-volt preamp outputs for your amplifiers. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Sleek, simple, and solid

Kenwood Excelon receivers deliver great performance by infusing extensive sound-sculpting tools and intuitive controls with the latest car stereo technology. The KDC-X798 CD receiver includes Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming your favorite music, built-in HD Radio™ for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, dual USB ports, and ultra-clean 4-volt preamp outputs for your amplifiers. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 CD receiver

Advantage: Bluetooth

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an iPhone® addict, the KDC-X798 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones. If you're an Android® user, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology.

Once you're paired up, you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. And the receiver can alert you when you receive text messages, which you can read when you're out of the car. You can install the external Bluetooth microphone in a good spot inside your vehicle for superior hands-free communication.

HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X798, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

Even more radio

If you listen to Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you can use this receiver's controls to play music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet radio. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. And speaking of radio, you can add a satellite radio tuner to this Kenwood, and get into the in-depth music and entertainment programming provided by SiriusXM.

Tweak and display your tunes

The KDC-X798's 3-band parametric equalizer lets you adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls. You can use the low-pass frequency filter and phase control to tune the bass going to your subwoofer — then you can set the high-pass filter for your other speakers so they'll play more efficiently. You can adjust the variable-color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the CD slot, aux input, and front-panel USB port.

Dual USB ports

The receiver's front and rear USB ports allow you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. And the ports can handle MP3, WMA, AAC, or WAV music files on a thumb drive too. Here's a nice feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB inputs and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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 and iHeartRadio Internet 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 variable-color button illumination
    • Siri Eyes Free control with select iPhones
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q-EX (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of compressed audio files
    • 3-level bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary, front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    This is the best radio I've ever had. Does everything you want it to. Bluetooth radio xm is a breeze to use. Sounds great and easy to use.

    Tundra Dude, Baker, FL

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • 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
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (84 Reviews)

    Really Great Radio

    GaryW from New York on 3/25/2015

    2004 Chevrolet Astro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW, I was looking at radios for about a year. I wanted a radio that had everything. About 6 months ago I decided on a Kenwood with everything after reading all the reviews, comments, etc. about them. After procrastinating for another 6 months, I bought it. I'm 63 years old and cant find anything wrong with this as far as use, button size, etc. I also bought the SirusXM addition which works great. This unit sounds so much better even with my stock speakers. HD radio, WOW what a difference in sound. The bluetooth works like a charm with my phone. I'm sold on Kenwood and really sold on Crutchfield. They were great to deal with, have a knowledgeable staff that helped with my choice. Received the whole package in a few days. Installation was a piece of cake with their included brackets and connectors. Why the heck didn't I do this a year ago!

    Pros: I learned how to use all the features of the radio in a few minutes. No need for even looking at the manual.

    Cons: None

    Best Radio Yet

    Tundra Dude from Baker, FL on 3/10/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the best radio I've ever had. Does everything you want it to. Bluetooth radio xm is a breeze to use. Sounds great and easy to use.

    Pros: Easy to use. Crutchfield lifetime support. You can't go wrong.

    Cons: None that I know of.

    Versatile Receiver

    Paul from Michigan on 2/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this model for a classic Lincoln. Very easy to install, very descriptive manual. Color of face changes to match dash on car looking like factory radio. Bluetooth is very clear and not "echo" sounding on the other end. Many options with USB. Very happy with this unit for the price. Great value.

    Pros: Face changes color to match your dash display. USB cable is good for plugging in your drive and not having it stick out from the dash. Radio is very sensitive and pulls channels well. Sound quality very good for the price.

    Cons: None yet!!

    Great sound for the money

    CFunston from Missouri on 2/18/2015

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

    Unit was super easy to install with the Crutchfield cut sheets and included wiring harnesses. So far I have only replaced the factory head unit and speakers, but it sounds great. Can't wait to see how much more it improves once an amp and subwoofer is installed.

    Pros: Great value, Excellent sound, Plenty of input options, Phone interface and call quality is great, IHeart and Pandora app interfaces are solid

    Cons: Few too many button pushes required to switch between inputs or to search and change channels in Pandora and IHeart,

    Great System

    Joshua from Minnesota on 2/17/2015

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

    You can never go wrong with Kenwood decks. I have had this for only a week but loving all the features, especially the Pandora feature. The installation for the deck itself went great and quick which is always a plus. would definitely suggest to others.

    Pros: -Bluetooth -Pandora -Hands free calling -Great sound quality

    Cons: None so far for the deck itself, just issues with the car it's in.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Brian from Austin, MN on 2/15/2015

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

    Installed easy, looks and sounds great!

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, ipod

    Cons: None

    Great radio great price

    Anonymous from Belen NM 87002 on 2/14/2015

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product was everything it said it was great

    Pros: Looked good easy install

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Jeff from Phoenix, AZ on 2/10/2015

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

    I'm really liking this unit. I replaced the factory unit in my 07' Tacoma with this unit along with Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675-S speakers in the front doors and Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675X2 in the rear doors. Really clean sound. As most have said it is a little difficult to see the display in the day. Other thing thats I would like it to do is scroll the info when listening to the radio. Right now it just runs ones and just shows the station. Unlike the Kenwood I have in my other truck where I can look any time a song is playing and see whho the artist is and the name of the song. Other that that The unit is great

    Pros: Bluetooth works great and the operation of the unit is prety easy in my opinion

    Cons: Display hard to see and lack of info scrolling

    Bluetooth trouble, but otherwise great!

    Andrew from Austin, TX on 1/17/2015

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

    All of the functions I've explored so far have been great except the Bluetooth connectivity. I have an iPhone 6 that works flawlessly elsewhere, and my friend's iPhone 5 paired perfectly with this unit. There seems to be a compatibility issue between this and the iPhone 6. I'm assuming it's a firmware issue that will be remedied....

    Pros: Sounds great. Has pretty much every feature you could ask for in a single DIN unit.

    Cons: iPhone 6 compatibility


    Anonymous from buffalo, New York on 12/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Friend had this in his truck with stock speakers and it sounded amazing. So I had to get one to replace the crappy head unit in my mustang.



    Upgrade to 98 BMW Z3

    SoCalZ3Owner from California on 12/26/2014

    Needed a quality upgrade to the notoriously awful Z3 stereo without spending a ton and keeping the clean interior look. Chose this unit and after installation - which was straightforward and made easy by Crutchfield included model specific instructions and BMW adapters have been enjoying the clean sound..... Even in a roadster.

    Pros: Ease of installation, sound quality, blue tooth, HD, Sirius, and adjustable color.

    Cons: none yet....

    Awesome radio

    David from Goodyear, Arizona on 12/18/2014

    2008 Suzuki XL-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit dramatically changed my sound quality in my Suzuki XL7. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes listening to music in their car. Very easy to install and use. Five star product

    Pros: Great radio for the money.Great sounding unit. Love the HD radio and Easy install.

    Cons: Hard to see face in bright sun.

    Kenwood = Awesome

    Anonymous from Allen, Ok. on 12/17/2014

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

    I bought this to replace an older Kenwood HU. I loved the sound of the old unit but changing stations and navigating the menu was too difficult to do while driving. Not to mention dangerous. I also wanted to upgrade to bluetooth hands free calling and HD Radio. I like that I have radio preset BUTTONS now and don't have to use the touchy toggle on my old Kenwood. Other than running the hands free microphone, installation took less than 5 minutes due to my previous unit being a Kenwood purchased from Crutchfield and all the connectors were the same.

    Pros: Bluetooth hands free calling, HD Radio, Front and Rear USB, 4 volt output to amps, too many to list all.

    Cons: It wasn't free?

    Awesome radio

    Rob from Belmont, MS on 12/13/2014

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

    I installed this head unit in my 2006 tacoma . It looks awesome and sounds great the Bluetooth is fantastic too.

    Pros: Quality product with great looks.

    Cons: Hard to see face in bright sun.

    2004 Accord

    Adam K from Bethesda, MD on 12/8/2014

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

    Needed to update the factory system with BT. Little did I know the challenge of doing this on a 2004 Accord. I chose to leave the factory Radio / HVAC system in place rather than go with the more expensive replacement dash piece. The Kenwood part was fairly straight forward. The Maestro part was another story. The instructions there were kind of backwards, misleading me into cutting the wrong wires. The support team at Crutchfield was amazing. I probably called 15 times over the period of a month (I had to wait for nice days where I could work outside). Ultimately, with some good guidance from support, I was able to barely correct the mistakes I made and get everything working.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Rob from Virginia on 11/22/2014

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

    Easy install into a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. Great sound and features.



    Kenwood Excelon X798

    David JS from Bevlery, MA on 11/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace a 5 yr old Jensen head unit that did not have Bluetooth. I spend a lot of time on the phone in my car for my work. The install was straight forward and simply fit into the DIN mount from my previous unit. Right away I noticed better sound quality than my Jensen unit. This sounds great! It was fairly easy to figure out the controls. The biggest disappointment (mentioned in other reviews) is that the display washes out in bright sunlight. At night and on overcast days the changeable color display looks great but if the sun is out the display disappears during the day. The Bluetooth took a bit to get to pair but once I paired the first device and realized to ignore the pairing number and just accept it, it paired fine. One other minor disappointment is that my previous head unit had a startup volume setting so you wouldn't forget to turn the volume down when you parked the car and blow your head off next time you startup. This unit does not. The unit also has front and rear USB ports and an AUX input. With the Bluetooth audio I do not use the USB or AUX. You can disable the Aux but not the USB on the display so you have to scroll through the USB each time you change the function. Overall, this is a great unit, easy to use with fabulous sound quality but with a few minor disappointment.

    Pros: Great sound quality, fairly easy to master controls. Easy install

    Cons: Display that is very hard to see in sunlight. No startup volume control. It would be nice to be able to deconfigure USB and AUX to simplify the display.

    Solid radio

    StreetRacerMX5 from York, Pa on 11/3/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the money.Bluetooth is a nice feature for hands free driving.

    Pros: Easy to use.Plenty of sources and features.

    Cons: Not sure of any.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Anonymous from Washougal on 10/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits tundra well.



    Great product

    Anonymous from Illinois on 10/12/2014

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

    This head unit dramatically changed my sound quality from my stock head unit. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes listening to music in their car. Very easy to install and use. Five star product



    Only wish display was brighter

    Earl from Port St Lucie Florida on 10/10/2014

    2005 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding unit. Love the XM and the HD radio. There is a big difference between regular fm and HDFM. Was bluetooth compatible to my Nexus 7 pad and cell phone,( my cell phone is a flip phone that is older than MA BELL ), and they match up with no problem..

    Pros: Great sound, all the whistle and bells, looks good and following the Crutchfield support team I installed it like I was a captain on the " GEEK SQUAD ".....

    Cons: Wish display was brighter...

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Dennis M from Healdsburg, Ca. on 10/6/2014

    2002 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo, it has all the features that i needed to build my system. The mic works good for phone calls and phone commands. higher voltage rca outputs for the amps, large display for easy reading. the only thing that bothers me is that the clock display is so small. Other than that, this is the highest model that still has preset buttons on the front at a reasonable price.

    Pros: high volt rca clean look plenty of sound adjustment

    Cons: small clock display

    Great value!

    Dave from Fort Worth, Texas on 10/2/2014

    1997 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice looking stereo with all the features I wanted and more for a reasonable price.

    Pros: Cool faceplate. Colored lights make display easy to read except in bright sunlight. Two USB ports plus an aux input! Great installation instructions with exception noted below.

    Cons: It was a little difficult to shove the gigantic wiring harnesses back into the dash and still have room for the stereo. Wiring diagrams left out specific instructions for several wires.

    Rocking Topless

    Dave from Lynchburg, Va on 9/29/2014

    2000 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality from a mid-priced unit. Good looks and is easy to operate. Reading the manual and practicing the features is a requirement. It does a lot so using it takes a little time and practice to learn but is worth it. Easy to understand song lyrics with the top car down. I replaced a 15 year old factory unit and removed a 6-disk CD changer to use this unit. It is a very worthwhile exchange.

    Pros: Easy installation, good looks, digital FM sounds great, analog FM is good too, CD and USB inputs both work well, 2 USB for easier use.

    Cons: FM receiver is less sensitive than the stock unit it replaced so some stations heard before are not able to be heard now. Display is too dim in my convertible with the top down.


    Greg from Dalhart on 9/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy, great

    Pros: Priced right for customer sales with the whole goods and it holds up well in Case IH tractors

    Cons: none so far

    Perfect fit into 82 Merc 380SL

    Gary from Tuscola, TX on 9/25/2014

    1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a perfit fit. Installation was easy with the printed instructions that Crutchfield is known for.

    Pros: Slick display. Multiple color options. Front aux and USB ports. Eazy EQ adjustments

    Cons: Display hard to read in daylight with top down but acceptable considering

    Much better than factory

    Paul from Hudson NH on 9/19/2014

    2010 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent reception and sound quality. EQ Pro settings are versatile, still learning what sounds the best. My Honda Civic has a nasty high bass hump in the 150-200 Hz region which drowns out the real bass. The EQ Pro is able to reduce it via the Bass Level, Center Freq and Q-Factor, while using the Bass Boost and Loudness to recover the lower bass. It would be easy to add a subwoofer later on. The Audio Functions are stored for each source: I can kick up the highs for AM, store the setting and not have to readjust when I go to a different band or source. Bought the Kenwood speakers as well: 20% sound improvement is from the speakers and 80% is from the KDC-X798. The component tweeters were fit in the Honda tweeter grilles in the front of the dash with hot melt glue: no easy adapters were furnished as they were for the door and rear deck units. Th tweeters are too efficient! I need to put in rheostats to reduce their output, but they are real detailed in their sound. I called Kenwood to send more explanation for Bass Boost and Bass Extend. Gimme graphs to read! No response from Kenwood. No AM at first. Called Crutchfield to find out how to hook up the active antenna, this wasn't in their directions. AM is good now. The wife says the radio and dash replacement are ugly, and She's right. Honda really designed their dash boards with style, and the Kenwood and Scoche dash don't come close in appearance. My dash says aftermarket!

    Pros: Versatile tone controls, great sound. I can hear the valves clicking on a clarinet. The optional steering wheel interface is worth the extra $.

    Cons: Tiny station buttons that are hard to read in sunlight. The display is awful with the sun shining on the dash or in front, but amazingly the sun illuminates the LCD display nicely when the sun is shining directly on it. The Scoshe internal parts are plastic and the Honda parts are really sturdy metal. Crutchfield doesn't supply all the weird metric screws needed. It took 2 trips to the hardware store to get it right. No anti-theft code.

    kenwood KDC-X798

    Wayne from San Leandro, ca on 9/18/2014

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

    i love it, works & sounds great

    Pros: works as advertised

    Cons: nothing negative

    market competitive

    Scott from Asheville, NC on 9/14/2014

    Installed to replace 10yo pioneer w/oled display in 92 corvette. Easy install, instructions clear, unobtrusive look. Sound reproduced is first rate through existing sony coaxials, original problem ridden bose system long gone. Adjustability of settings for loudness, speakers installed, mic for bluetooth, eq, is epic, can't think of anything missed. Display color can be matched to existing dash, mine is an odd orange. The bluetooth links everytime, and conversations are clear, even over a noisy cabin. I have the remote usb in the console for a memory stick, nice to have it out of sight. Love the HD tuner, not great if signals are weak, but many are strong here and each has 2 more sub stations available. Am not a fan of thin, smooth knob and the preset buttons are minute, I don't know why most brands do both. The led display is large, clear and the disco light show can be turned off, thank heaven.

    Pros: Clear display, adjustability bluetooth to vehicle and preferences, front and rear usb, HD radio, power antenna lead, simplicity.

    Cons: Function knob is thin not easy to grasp. Miniscule preset buttons. Extra cost adapter needed for sirius/xm activation.

    Kenwood KDC-X798: Perfect price/value point

    Jim from Shreveport, LS on 9/8/2014

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

    This is the perfect radio for what I want and pice. HD radio, front and back USB, remote control (more convenient than I thought, keep your eyes on the road), non-disco display mode, etc. I got if for the wife and she enjoys it. It's easy enough to use, though if your into techno-bells and whistles, it has them as well. Bluetooth function is perfect. I wanted something that would be nice and would work for whatever smart phone I get next. I looked at a lot of radios, I'm glad I got this one.

    Pros: The wiring instructions are perfect. Don't be intimidated, it looks like a lot of wires, but you can do this. Hooking it up to the adapter harness kit takes a few minutes, but it's quite doable. You got this!

    Cons: The display could be a little brighter for my likes, but my wife hasn't complained.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    JanH from Simsbury, CT on 9/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This replaced a double din Bose Head unit in a 1998 Infiniti. I also bought the sirusxm reciever to go with it. I almost have too many choices, but it is great to be able to listen to what I want, using the medium I want. I usually listen to a local jazz station that is HD, but sirusxm also has some jazz selection that I am enjoying. The country and Christian stations are my other favorites. I previously had a similar kenwood radio in another car, but it did not have preset stations, and that is why I chose this model. The presets make it much easier to pick your stations while driving. Since the face is hard to see in the sunlight,,,,you learn quickly which presets are which stations without looking. Good value....but it was hard to install. Crutchfield provided everything one needs to install. Had to make a few calls to the tech,,,,but reached them right away. The head unit works great.

    Pros: great features, Sirusxm, HD radio, 2 USB ports, and the presets.

    Cons: Hard to see in the daylight, and it was hard to install in the infinity. Previous install in another car was much easier.

    Great deal

    Anonymous from Cottleville, MO on 8/31/2014

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Could not have been easier to install.

    Pros: Does everything I need


    Great unit

    Nate from Muse, PA on 8/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Easy to install for beginner. Way better than my factory unit. 1500 silverado crew cab.

    Pros: Bluetooth is clear for calls. Works great with my iPhone. Hd radio is crystal clear. Powerful sound. Lots of source options.

    Cons: None

    Good Buy

    DennisF from Harrisburg, Pa on 8/20/2014

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

    Blue tooth is easy to use. Satellite, Pandora, IHeart and USB inputs makes it versatile.

    Pros: Multiple color display, makes it easy to match dash colors. Blue tooth. HD sound, when stations are within range.

    Cons: A little hard to learn how to use.

    Huge Upgrade

    BosoxNelly from Phoenix, AZ on 8/20/2014

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

    Coming from a factory setup, this has proven to be a huge upgrade in sound quality and functionality. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I'm still finding it a little clunky when toggling between functions; this may just be the learning curve. In addition, I can't say enough about Crutchfield in terms of their support. There were many times when I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew during the full installation (amp + speakers as well) but anytime I ran into a brick wall Crutchfield support was there to help. Everything works as advertised.

    Pros: Great upgrade, good price, great support

    Cons: A little clunky functionality wise, but not a big deal

    good Bluetooth and hd radio

    Steve from san francisco on 8/13/2014

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

    Good stero, fits in my 2003 F150 really clean. I like HD Radio option.

    Pros: Good sound Bluetooth works great my Samsung phone.

    Cons: Small buttons small display hard to read the clock.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Review

    AdamB from Spring, TX on 8/12/2014

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

    Great stereo with tons of features. Love the ability to get HD channels and play Pandora from my phone. Hate that local radio reception seems to be a bit weaker than my factory radio. Several favorite stations now are hit and miss on whether or not they will come in clear enough to enjoy.

    Pros: HD tuner, Pandora, button layout, and a volume knob!

    Cons: Weak FM station reception, some HD channels have weak reception as well (the HD2 OFF message is getting very annoying!!).

    Great System

    Scott from Roseville, CA on 8/8/2014

    2002 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a solid unit! Full of features and surprises. I can use Bluetooth for phone and Kindle audio books.. I am able to use a mini USB to listen to 32 GB of music and connect my ipod.

    Pros: 2XUSB - one is front other can reach in glove box. Very bright display. HD radio is impressive. This is loaded.

    Cons: No case to carry removable face plate. Does not support multi-CD changer

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Anonymous from Dallas, TX on 8/5/2014

    2004 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall very pleased with the stereo and love the Bluetooth capabilities. Callers have commented the sound quality is very good when calling from/to Bluetooth. A bit disappointed with radio station reception, especially AM however have heard that is typical for an aftermarket car stereo.




    LORD from EASTON ,MD.21601 on 7/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)



    Cons: NONE

    Great receiver and more!

    GeorgeP from Evanston, IL on 7/21/2014

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

    Although the advisor at Crutchfield actually recommended a more basic product, the KDC-X598, I opted to add the HD Radio function after reading a bit more about it. And boy, I'm glad I did! The HD radio part is great. I live in a large urban area (Chicago) and there are plenty of stations that offer it and often the second HD channel is commercial free. Overall, I've been very happy with this receiver. The sound quality has been excellent and is a marked improvement over the stock radio I had. I also got the Bluetooth option, something my wife had bugged me to add and that has also been great. I installed the mic near the rearview mirror and it's worked out fine. Although I wondered if the audio quality of phone calls would suffer because of the mic that was included, it's been very good and nobody has made any negative comments about our call quality. Crutchfield has also been excellent. Easy to follow installation instructions and all necessary parts. I'm real happy. Oh yea, they include real flashy variable lights that matter to some. It's not been important to me but I have to say that I've grown fond of them.

    Pros: - Sound quality is excellent. HD Radio has been fantastic. Bluetooth works great and the call quality has been very good. No complaints. And I use the Pandora function as much as anything. It's really nice to have so many music options now. Easy to install. Lot's of functions and everything has worked well for me.

    Cons: Probably the worst thing I can say is that you have to push a single source button to cycle through all the different options - radio, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth audio, etc. It would be a bit nicer to have direct access buttons to do so but the front panel is already full of buttons so I'm not sure where they would go.

    Great Unit

    Joe from Longmont, CO on 7/17/2014

    2005 Volvo XC70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio straight forward install with Cruthfield kit and information.



    Well worth the extra money

    Matt from St. Louis on 7/11/2014

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

    Looks very slick right out of the box, and the installation was very simple. The extra sound filters took a while for me to understand, such as the "q-factor" but after much research and adjusting, the speakers sounded better than ever before. The best thing about the stereo is the extra power it supplies to your component speakers if you don't already have an amp for them.

    Pros: Power from stereo, filters, color selection

    Cons: Instructions don't explain q-factors and center frequency. Only front speakers play while using the blue tooth filter

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Roy from Boston, MA on 7/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First tried another brand of car stereo, was not satisfied with the sound, and switched to the Kenwood. Glad I did. Sound quality is far superior to the other brand. Support and service by Crutchfield was professional, competent and a level of service that is difficult to find today. Will buy from Crutchfield again. The product gets 5 stars and Crutchfield 6 stars.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality Good Bluetooth connectivity 1.5 line display shows song and artist looks good

    Cons: The display can be difficult to read at times but not a big deal

    Great car tunes

    BillP from Salem, VA on 7/5/2014

    1998 Volvo V70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Lot's of control over the sound too. Not as easy to use as old school knobs but so much more control. Bluetooth works great and is easy to set up. Phone feature works great. Can also plug in about anything you want from the front or back of the unit.

    Pros: Sound, versatility, and funtion.

    Cons: Hard to see the display when the sun is shining. Fine at night but not so good during the day.


    Sean from Albuquerque, NM on 7/3/2014

    2007 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice deck. I like the clean and sleek look and feel. When I first installed it into my passat it was a little tricky to navigate. Everytime I would change source it was a little slow because it was wanting to search for the connection. After running it for a fee weeks it's a lot quicker switching between sources. It's really nice how when I change to BT audio it automatically turns on my music player on my phone. The bt phone is very clear. The mic has great noise cancelling qualities.

    Pros: Great sound quality and sleek look. Easy installation



    omar from Southlake, TX on 7/2/2014

    1993 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very comfortable with this buy

    Pros: Highly recommended


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X789

    Rocky from Seattle, WA on 7/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Hate the display. Can't see it most days. Have the display brightness all the way up.

    Pros: Great sound! Plenty of power

    Cons: Can't see the display if it is sunny or a bright cloudy day.

    Almost complete install instructions

    MWM from Concord, MA on 6/30/2014

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

    Initial install went well but very limited radio stations available. Sound is good. Functions are fine after some study. Big thanks to John S. who noted that the antenna needs power. My '07 Camry needed one more wire splice than the instructions called for. All night internet investigation led me to which wires to splice

    Pros: Good at every aspect intended after some study.

    Cons: Can't read the illuminated readouts in even modest sunlight. Harness Install instructions were one wire short of complete. The screws included in the install kit package were not, in any way appropriate to my head unit.

    Ok unit

    Anonymous from Arizona on 6/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had a lot of nice features but did not work with me steering controls and looking at some tech notes on it this is a known issue.



    Crutchfield response on 7/1/2014 Select new Kenwood stereos are not compatible with the SWI-RC and require the new SWI-CP5 instead. This has been corrected in our database, but you can always confirm by checking the stereo's listed accessories or the Details tab on our website. And if there's ever a question, contact our advisors via phone, email, or chat.

    Kenwood Excelon X798

    Joseph R from Wilson,NC on 6/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this radio and installed head unit on my 90 Harley Tour Glide.Most difficult part of installation was removal of bike faring.I am old school and not up on the technology in electronics but, had no problems with installation of device. I rode bike for couple hours June 19th and radio performed well.I am impaired and remove aids when riding to prevent further hearing lose.Furthermore; I wear a full-face helmet and still heard my music! I highly recommend product.

    Pros: Performed better than expected with my four inch speakers.Volume is excellent considering speaker size without using amp hardware.Many nice features for those who have the skills to setup. The price I paid was a very go buy through Cruthfield.

    Cons: Build quality.All products are not made by our AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN! I have worked almost fifty years in manufacturing and it so sad to see our skill-trades disappearing!

    Great product

    Anonymous from Salem, VA on 6/17/2014

    1994 Nissan Hardbody
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    Works good like the hands free calling

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 Review

    BSNorris from Port Orange, FL on 6/12/2014

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

    I have only had this unit in my Tacoma for a couple of weeks. The installation kit was pretty straightforward as they usually are, the only hiccup was removing the environmental controls from the old bezel, the instructions didn't cover it at all. The unit itself is fantastic, but like everyone else has said, the display brightness is TERRIBLE. In daylight, you almost cannot read it. I wish that you could select the "white" display color that appears when you select the function knob to change settings. The various colors just don't cut it. In addition, the bluetooth is pretty hit or miss when I get back in the truck. Sometimes it connects automatically, sometime it doesn't. Its frustrating. Overall I like the unit and maybe part of the problem is operator error.

    Pros: Great sound and features

    Cons: - Display is very hard to see in daylight - Bluetooth doesn't always reconnect automatically

    Great Bang For Your Buck!!!

    Hawk from Norman, OK on 6/9/2014

    1998 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I found this unit to be easy to install and use. Very satisfied with everything about this purchase!!!

    Pros: Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, Pandora syncing


    Great unit but.....

    m from Spartanburg, South Carolina on 6/9/2014

    1997 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has all the bells and whistles. Love the HD and the Bluetooth works great! Even Siri works with sending and receiving texts. Having a minor issue getting the Bluetooth on my Ipod and Iphone to play music but that will be figured out in time. My major complaints are the display is too dim during the daytime, the clock too small and the AM tuner is useless. If you listen to AM and are more than a few miles from the transmitter don't bother trying.

    Pros: Cool, does nearly everything

    Cons: Display brightness, clock size, AM tuner is useless

    Kenwood Excelon KDC -x798

    Iceman73 from Oklahoma on 6/3/2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
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    I bought this radio to upgrade my aftermarket radio I already had, it was cheap and didn't work to well, so I decided to get this one from other reviews I had seen. It makes my overall system sound so much better than before. I think it's pretty simple to use, you probably shouldn't be driving and trying to change the setting but like changing stations and that sort of thing it's fairly simple. I really like the overall look of the receiver also, it's very high end looking.



    Above Expectations

    LN from Sacramento, CA on 5/29/2014

    2001 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Needed a single DIN receiver that handled my multimedia needs. Liked this because of the ability to select a display color and make it stick. Wasn't expecting what I heard when I powered the unit up. Wow, even on my 12 year old factory speakers, the sound improvement was absolutely amazing!

    Pros: Sounds great, USB up front, selectable colors for display

    Cons: Does not recognize some MP3 and WMA files as audio...these same files play fine on my JVC system on another vehicle.

    Very nice new stereo for Kenwood, could use some enhancements

    BrettW from Michigan on 5/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield did an excellent job of making sure that I had all accessories that I would need for my installation. I love the new addition to my already flawless Pontiac Grand Prix. I will soon add new speakers and possibly some new subs in the trunk with a 5 channel amp. As another review stated, it was hard navigating between sources

    Pros: Bluetooth capability and HD Radio. Awesome radio for the money

    Cons: I wish that Kenwood had made the clock display bigger like the new 998 model. It is too small to see. I also find it hard to control volume settings between CD, phone hooked up by USB and Radio like bass or loudness settings, mainly when switching sources, i.e, CD, front USB, rear USB, HD Radio, AUX, etc.

    Great radio, poor install instructions

    JohnS from Leesburg, VA on 5/26/2014

    2007 Subaru Outback
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    I installed a KDC-BT758HD in my wife's 2000 Subaru Impreza, and liked it so much that I bought this KDC-X798 for my own 2007 Subaru Outback. No complaints about the radio, it's great. My beef, however, is with the supplied Master Sheet. After struggling and finally succeeding in locating the climate control cable behind the dash and releasing it, I discovered that that doing this did not make it possible to pull out the OEM radio/climate control assembly. It is also not advisable to release the climate control cable on the other end, because it's very difficult to pop it out and even more difficult to pop back in. Instead, you just release everything else and also take out the screws holding the climate control unit to the panel, and just wiggle the panel off with just the OEM radio attached. (There are youtube videos showing this.) And now for Beef Number Two: When I first hooked up the new radio, reception was horrible. After a little research, I discovered that my Subaru has a powered antenna which needs to be powered through the solid blue wire. Now, this radio has a blue "Antenna control wire" but the manual says "(Not used)" and indeed it doesn't do anything. So I needed instead to connect the Blue wire on the harness to the Blue/White "Power control wire" on the radio. After pulling the radio out and making that connection with the harness, reception was fine. So it would have saved me a lot of time if the Master Sheet had addressed both of these issues.

    Pros: Great radio, love the HD.

    Cons: Master Sheet install instructions were misleading, and should have pointed how to ensure that power gets to the antenna.

    Nice product but could be improved

    Kris from Portland, OR on 5/26/2014

    2003 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well built unit with tons of features. Basically any input source you want (and several you don't) are available. It's largely customizable for visual and audio settings. Was an amazing retrofit into my Boxster. Switching between input sources is clunky as you just keep pressing "Source" to scroll through a LONG list of options. Also, the display is basically unreadable in bright light and adjusting display settings/colors doesn't help.

    Pros: Quality build. Lots of settings to customize.

    Cons: Poor display brightness. Source switching is cumbersome.

    Very Versitle

    Some Guy from Philadelphia, PA on 5/22/2014

    2007 Subaru Outback
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    Crutchfield did a great job including everything I needed to install this unit (I own a 2005 Subaru Outback), even though the job was more complex than I had imagined. I'm very happy with the X798. It does exactly what was listed in specs, which is pretty much every feature you can ask for from a single-din unit, and does so at a great price.

    Pros: -High RMS output relative to most other units -Two USB ports, front and a cord from the rear -Pandora, IHeartRadio, HD radio, satellite ready, bluetooth calling -Long microphone and USB cords included -Many adjustable features to get more from your speakers

    Cons: -If you use a USB stick, this unit only shuffles songs by one folder level. If you have your library stored as artist/album/ you will only be able to shuffle through songs by one artist at a time without manually changing the artist directory -Doesn't appear to recognize FLAC files -Display appears dim in daylight

    Functionality with Simplicity

    SgM from Islip, NY on 5/21/2014

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    Crutchfield delivered the unit as promised. Tech support was superior. The unit functions well and the learning curve is not difficult. It's a matter of reading the manual. The free installation kit included everything that was necessary for the installation. I opted for the prepaid installation, which was a blessing in disguise. This was one job that I felt should have been left to the experts. I am not in anyway disappointed.

    Pros: I had a similar model installed in a different vehicle, and was happy with that unit. This model is a step up and has all the bells and whistle expected, unless you are a real professional audiophile. The controls are ample, and the sound quality is good. It has the requisite amount of power to run the premium factory installed system without hesitation. Great Unit.

    Cons: Poorly lit display, and poor display angle.

    Love it

    chicagoblackhawkgirl21 from Windy City on 5/19/2014

    2001 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I cant tell you how much I love this stereo. It so awesome i'm able to call and talk to people threw blue tooth. There an USB port i can hook my iPod and listen to my music. The colors on my faceplate changes its pretty wicked when its dark inside my car.

    Pros: everything i needed and wanted and then some .

    Cons: I cant get notifications that i'm getting a text message nor can i send them out threw Bluetooth other then that nothing really to complain about.

    Kenwood review

    Anonymous from Ga on 5/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this receiver. I think it's the best one out there right now.its got the outputs and the wattage I needed. The bluetooth control is great.

    Pros: Wattage outputs bluetooth control

    Cons: Unable to select songs when iPhone or Walkman is plugged into USB

    Great aftermarket unit

    Eric from Hoston, TX on 5/17/2014

    1988 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit had everything that I was looking for in a moderately priced product. The built in Bluetooth and HD Radio alone are worth the price. Factor in the two USB ports and the front auxiliary plug along with the rear RCA pre-outs and it adds to the bargain even more. The sound quality is very great, once you pair it up with good speakers and a sub to help maximize its features. Getting all of the EQ settings dialed in can be a bit tedious, especially if you don't understand what does what, only because there are several options for each sound range. But overall the stereo puts out great sound all around. The display settings are straight forward and don't give a bunch of useless information. The fact that the name and artist of the song are displayed when using the HD function, as well as the album title depending on the station, is very cool to me as well as helpful in identifying new artists. The Pandora connectivity is awesome and easy once you get the Bluetooth configured. My only real gripe about the unit, and this may not matter much to most people, is that there is not an included case for the faceplate. I have purchased units that are half the price and received a case for the faceplate. Aside from this, I am thoroughly enjoying this unit and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get the most out of their car stereo experience without breaking the bank. as long as you're patient with the setup and fine tuning of the audio features, it is a great unit!

    Pros: Ease of use and installation. Multitude of tuning features. Connectivity and expandability options. Full function, compact remote control.

    Cons: No faceplate case. Angle of screen and display brightness easily washed out by moderate direct and indirect external light sources. Learning curve for features, even with help of manual.

    Great unit

    Juan from Santa Ana, CA on 5/17/2014

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

    Replace the factory stereo in my Tahoe. Wow what a difference in sound quality. Lots of features still adjusting to get the sound just right.

    Pros: Quality sound, 4V amp outputs, packed with features

    Cons: Adjusting bass/treble takes abit as you have to scroll through to get to what you want to change

    Nice Equipment

    Ryan from SALINA KS on 5/15/2014

    2007 Ford F-150
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    Very Good CD Receiver

    Russ from Vancouver Island, Canada on 5/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A very good car stereo, high end but with push-buttons for the radio which is much better than having to read a scroll menu while trying to drive. The station push-buttons are too close together though making it hard to feel which one you are pressing. My other complaint about this model compared to an older Kenwood I have is that the older model allowed adjustment of the bass (0-1-2) with one touch of the volume knob, the X798 makes you press several times to the get to the bass adjustment which in my opinion is the most important adjustment needed while driving, the most common problem with music is that the bass is either too strong or too weak. I am a professional driver and spend a great deal of time listening to a wide variety of mostly virtuoso musicians from classical to jazz to classic rock, electronic etc. Some more expensive models from Kenwood, Pioneer (the most expensive out there) and others have more graphic equalizer bands and the Pioneer even has active feedback through its microphone to keep adjusting the equalization to your taste - obviously this is the best but it costs about $1500, I find the X798 works quite well with its built in equalization programs and just using the basic bass, mid and treble adjustments or even the sub-bass adjustment if you want. I also think the appearance of these Excelon units is the cleanest and most stylish of any of the manufacturers. Overall a great unit, this Excelon is Excellent.

    Pros: Good radio tuner, I can pull in some HD radio stations from Seattle in the town of Duncan, British Columbia which is about 150 miles away! Strong clean sound and beautiful design. Bluetooth for smart phone both music and phone works perfectly.

    Cons: Radio preset buttons are too close together making it hard to 'feel' which one you are on. Have to drill down into the menu to much to adjust the bass compared to my old Kenwood which just required pushing the volume knob once. Engineers don't seem to understand that it is dangerous when driving to have to stare at menus!

    Love it

    Howard from Avondale AZ on 5/12/2014

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

    This is a great unit. It does a lot and sounds great.

    Pros: Love all the features and customization available of the colors

    Cons: The unit does so many things that it takes alittle bit to figure out how to operate everything correctly.

    Top flight Kenwood head unit

    meyerhere from Los Angeles, CA on 5/9/2014

    1972 Datsun 240Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit and I'm very pleased with it. Not the easiest to learn but once time is vested into use it gets way better. Still challenged with finding the proper way to use the front and back usb drives but that too will work it's way out. This powers my 1700 w 4.2 system perfectly in a classic Z. Highly recommend this !

    Pros: Remote control, detachable faceplace, presets, 4 amp output, clear controls once familiar, hugely flexible sound and amp control.

    Cons: Syncing bluetooth and Pandora took time as is the formatting and file config for the usb drive inputs.


    Luis from vineland, nj on 5/8/2014

    1987 Mazda RX7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    AWESOME CAR STEREO sounds very clear and does what its supossed to do

    Pros: looks great on my car, had alot of colors to choose from and great EQ features

    Cons: the volume is only up to 35

    Good basic do-all unit

    Carytown from Richmond VA on 5/8/2014

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

    Good basic unit if you want HD radio, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity. Great add-on to bring an older car up-to-date.

    Pros: All-in-one package. Good value. Siri hands-free compatibility is a great plus. Display color can be customized to dash lighting.

    Cons: Connectivity to iPhone music library and Bluetooth can be a little buggy. Faint digital noise in background, but inaudible in car environment. Display washes out in bright sun.

    Great Bluetooth!

    Scorpion8 from SouthEast Alaska on 5/6/2014

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

    Bought this unit to replace a finicky Pioneer unit that would not connect to my iPhone reliably. This Kenwood does so without any user action every time I get into the car. One touch setup is really great. Sound quality is excellent and the tuner seems to pull in more stations than the previous unit.

    Pros: Easy to install and hook up, and quickly makes Bluetooth connections. Easy to configure, and love both front and back USB inputs (gives you many, many options).

    Cons: Clock is tiny and useless. Display is usually too dim even on the brightest setting during daylight. Clock does not display while unit is OFF, so you have to leave it in Standby.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Eric R from St Louis MO on 4/29/2014

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

    Its everything I hoped it would be. Love the blue tooth and Ipod and apple products connectivity

    Pros: easy to install and connect to other devices

    Cons: had to study the manual a little to figure everything out but to most people it would probably be easy.

    Wonderful Product

    Matt from Beckley, WV on 4/27/2014

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

    This stereo is great quality and was easy to install. The sound is awesome and all the features are very useful. This is a steal at the price.

    Pros: Easy to install. Great quality. A lot of awesome features

    Cons: None

    Excellent sound

    Jenn from Las Cruces, NM on 4/25/2014

    2013 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great. Digital radio.

    Pros: Powerfull

    Cons: Cant be set to automatically switch to digital when available.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    Mzbankz from Las Vegas on 4/21/2014

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

    Had it installed a week ago and so far so good, had no problems connecting it to my satellite radio and cd changer.




    silvabelz from Flushing, NY on 4/19/2014

    2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What can I say about this product that isn't already in the description? It's an awesome radio!! All the things I wanted in an aftermarket head unit, except the high price. The tuner grabs signal quickly, even the HD stations which sometimes take a little longer to tune in. Setting up the Bluetooth for my phone, and my wife's, was as easy as can be. Plenty of power to drive what I'm listening to, whether it be classical, metal, or something that needs a little more bass like hip-hop. I haven't even gotten into all the things that it's capable of, like playlist selection or streaming audio from iHeart Radio or Pandora. Can't wait to do those!! The rear USB connection is a real plus as it gives me an extra, dedicated input for my iPod while leaving the front for my wife and kids to plug their stuff into. All this and $50 cheaper than the most comparable radio with the same features. All in all, I love this unit and I've been a dedicated Kenwood user for at least 20 years. I would have considered going with a different brand if they offered the same things for close to this price...but they don't. Install was easy using the provided kit and instructions. Why pay for someone else to do what you can do if you know how to use a screwdriver and some electrical tape? The only problem I have is now I'll need new speakers to really make this system sparkle!! Thanks, Crutchfield for selling me a really great product!!

    Pros: Clear sound Many audio options and multiple USB inputs Bluetooth built in HD Radio built in Multicolor display to match your interior Simple to install

    Cons: Can't find any yet...don't think I will either!!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798

    f from Brewster, New York on 4/16/2014

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

    This Receiver was very easy to install, with Crutchfield's adapter kit for my Jeep GC. The deck has a lot of bells and whistles, and is very cool to use Bluetooth capability with my IPHONE (Calls, Music, etc).

    Pros: Ease of installation and use. Powerful full bodied sound quality

    Cons: None that I can think of ...

    easy to install - just as Crutchfied said it would be

    Chris S. from North Olmsted, OH on 4/7/2014

    2007 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a hearing loss, so don't expect me to say "the tweeters are like this" or "I now get great mid-tones." No - my simple reason for upgrading from my factory radio was Radio Hall-of-Famer John Lanigan retired at the end of March. Another station changed formats. So - my listening choices on my drive-time decreased. I like all kinds of music! My local radio palette is dull and does not deliver - there's too much pop and classic rock... and commercials. BT-paired with my iPhone 4S, my choices have increased. I have options - the built-in HD Radio, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Pandora - you gotta love it! This receiver maximizes my choices.

    Pros: Maximizes Listening Choices Fits your budget Increases storage (1 DIN only) Easy to install with Crutchfield kits - especially when following instructions Good value Changing colors in display

    Cons: Is it all things to all people all at once? Who cares - works for me.

    Good value

    JLM from Jackson NJ on 4/6/2014

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

    Nice unit. Has everything you could want and a few things more.

    Pros: Good features. Fairly intuirtve controls afetr a few reads and playing with it

    Cons: Tuner could be a little more sensitive, better but I realize all the radios use basically the same chipset. Often switched from stereo back and forth especially on AM.

    Great Bluetooth Connection

    Anonymous from Martinsburg Wv on 4/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bluetooth is easy to connect.



    Great stereo

    Jason from Portland, OR on 3/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo with all of the bells and whistles. Comes in at a nice price point with a good balance between function and fashion.

    Pros: Price Function Features

    Cons: The display is a little on the weak side and why i dinged the coolness factor for 1 star. Otherwise no cons.


    rj from SoCal on 3/9/2014

    1993 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow! Quite a CD receiver for the price. Not the most powerful output for its price range, but it has excellent separation, clear output, and enough EQ controls to tame most environments. Controls are very east to navigate and adjust. Dual USB inputs rock. The display is great. Not too much info or other useless garbage displayed. Won't drive you nuts when driving at night. The full specs can say it far better than I. This one is a keeper.

    Pros: Easy to control/adjust Very nice minimalist display (many display options) Good equalization controls Easy install Great stereo separation Nicely made (excellent fit and finish)

    Cons: Missing the kitchen sink


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    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 6+/6/5S/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 Variable
    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
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Android/Aux Integration
    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X798 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), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X798 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X798 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-X798 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 + Sub Control: The KDC-X798 features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The KDC-X798 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.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X798 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.

    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-X798 is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. 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, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    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).
    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction 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 Sound Reconstruction 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 KDC-X798 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 KDC-X798. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X798 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time). You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X798 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 1-30 seconds. The KDC-X798 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-X798, 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-X798. 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.

    Note: 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).

    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-X798 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X798 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-X798 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 Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT858 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-X798 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 KDC-X798; 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 with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio 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.

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood KDC-X798 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 38" cable. The USB ports enable connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumb drives. The USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & AAC audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-X798 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 files (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-X798 will display MP3/WMA/AAC 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 + Direct Search: The Kenwood  CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    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 + Auto Reload: 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. 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 KDC-X798 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive 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 (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website 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)
    • Windows 8
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X798's front- or rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-X798 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X798.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X798.

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

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps 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 stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Control: 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 (A-Z) 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. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-CX798 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/App Mode: The iPod/App Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X798 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/24/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora app iHeart Link Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N 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 (2.2+). 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.

    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 head unit 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 three aux input modes.

    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 (75 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.

    • Receive Mode: You can setup the KDC-X798 to receive both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog).
    • Seek + Direct Tuning: 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. You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • Tuner Presets: The KDC-X798'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-X798 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.
    • Station Text + Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.  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 KDC-X798 allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X798 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 KDC-X798. 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 KDC-X798 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X798 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 5 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 KDC-X798 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-X798 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.
    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 KDC-X798 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 w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories. In addition, you can register channels you want to skip.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be stored. You can also tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You can also store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.

    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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X798 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X798 also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face-case is provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X798 features variable color display and 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.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo does not dim.

    12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. 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-X798 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.

    Note: The KDC-X798 is not compatible with PAC's SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    10 questions already asked

    Brian I can't say. I use a original Samsung Galaxy Note I and it's great with it. [ Alan  Jan 31, 2015 ]
    The Bluetooth Audio should be fine. I don't know if the Kenwood app will run on your phone, but iHeart app should work ok. [ GREG  Jan 31, 2015 ]
    Yes you can lock one color from about 18 preprogrammed or you can program your own color. [ DANIEL  Feb 09, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can select any one of the color options as the static setting. For example, I've set my color to amber to match the rest of the controls in my vehicle. One note: When the unit first powers up, it will scroll through all the color options but then settles on the one you've selected. [ JOHN  Jan 30, 2015 ]
    Yes, I have mine red to match my dash lights. The instructions will tell you how to do it. When it first turns on the colors change, then it will end up on the color you set. It has a good selection of colors to choose from. I am happy with the radio, the blue tooth works well with my cell phone and the USB ports are great. Good luck....Emil [ EMIL  Jan 28, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can choose between 24 different colors. You can also select from 31 brightness levels. Overall, it's quite configurable. Nice unit. [ GARY  Jan 28, 2015 ]
    Once you see the manual, you'll see how easy it is to change colors on the display and to select what you want. Select Display then color then turn the volume control until the desired color is displayed and you are all set. [ RICHARD  Jan 28, 2015 ]
    Yeah you can easily set it to only one color. [ PILAR  Jan 27, 2015 ]
    Yes you can lock in a color. I have mine in a '94 Mark VIII and I was able to match the old school greenish blue of the rest of the dash almost perfectly. [ Rick  Jan 27, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can use just one color. [ BRYAN  Jan 27, 2015 ]
    I don't know exactly how man colors it supports but I think you can at least get the basic interior colors to match. I've got mine set to match my car's orange/amber color perfectly. [ CHRISTOPHER  Jan 27, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can have one color [ BRUCE  Jan 27, 2015 ]
    Yes, you have a decent selection of color options and can set it to stay on whichever you prefer. [ JEFF  Jan 27, 2015 ]
    I tried this with iPhone 5 and iPad on both the front and rear USB connections. The results were the same. Volume is controlled by Kenwood and I could only select songs by using the Apple devices directly. [ JOHN  Jan 02, 2015 ]
    You can do either. There's a button on the unit to change modes. [ E  Dec 29, 2014 ]
    You can choose on the reciever to play off the iPod or to use the kenwood controls. [ PILAR  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    I would suggest changing playlists while stopped. My only complaint with this receiver is that it's "readability" is low. The preset buttons are very small and the digital display washes out in daylight. I would probably pick a different receiver next time. [ GREG  Nov 19, 2014 ]
    Not once you learn all the buttons. The controls are rather easy. [ Jim  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    I don't use playlists I pretty much use the AM FM Radio or USB cable connected to my iPhone. I also don't use the iPhone or Pandora built in radio controls. I prefer the iPhone itself, In my car its really hard to see much of anything because of where the radio is mounted. I really like the sound quality, It plays with enough force to overcome the motor and road noise in my 1972 Mustang, Without having the volume cranked. My previous radio "Blaupunkt Bahamas MP46" had to have the volume high and I still couldn't hear it. Another great feature is the ability to update the software. That should keep it compatible with the latest iPhone software for years to come. [ DAVID  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    Good question and really it does require focus and I don't recommend it while driving until you have it down pat. For me i use the from and rear usb and my Pandora most and really when I'm in a ever changing mood I then use Pandora with my 100 stations! [ Alan  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    Not sure though Apple products will work more easily than Andriod products. I don't see why you couldn't use the Bluetooth radio to hook up the iPad and Kenwood [ PAUL  Nov 02, 2014 ]
    yes it works with the iPod so it should work with the iPad too. [ hugh  Nov 02, 2014 ]
    Yes [ PILAR  Nov 02, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Nov 03, 2014 ]  Staff
    bluetooth [ Robert  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    With this unit you can connect your phone with Blue Tooth, and the mike is for you to talk into when you get or make a call. Just mount it somewhere so it is about max 1.5 feet from your mouth. The person you are talking to will be heard from your car speakers. [ Louis  Jul 01, 2014 ]
    The microphone allows you to Blue Tooth with your phone. [ BERNARD C  Jun 30, 2014 ]
    The microphone is for the speakerphone functionality. [ ACEY  Jun 30, 2014 ]
    Duh!! I should have figured that out. Thanks, gentlemen. [ eespinosa  Jun 30, 2014 ]
    The microphone is for the voice operation of the bluetooth function of your phone [ Richard  Jun 29, 2014 ]
    It's used as the voice pickup if you decide to use it as a hands free device for talking on your phone. [ DAVID  Jun 29, 2014 ]
    For Telephone calls [ ROBERT W  Jun 29, 2014 ]
    Voice calling and recognition to control apps on a smart phone. [ BRYAN  Jun 29, 2014 ]
    To use with your Bluetooth capabilities of you phone. [ MICHAEL  Jun 29, 2014 ]
    It does charge my I phone while it is playing the music [ ANDY  Jun 01, 2014 ]
    Both USB ports have power output as long as the receiver is powered on, including in "Standby" mode (which is essentially off but allows for incoming call via Bluetooth) [ E  May 26, 2014 ]
    Yes the usb can charge an ipod or iphone while it is connected to the radio. [ ROBERT W  May 26, 2014 ]
    The power has to be on of course, but the unit can be in HS radio mode or playing a CD, no problem. Nice unit, sounds great. [ Rick  May 26, 2014 ]
    It will charge an iPhone as long as the deck is on. You can be listening to the radio and the phone will charge but if you turn the deck completely off (not just in Standby mode) charging will stop. [ CHRISTOPHER  May 26, 2014 ]
    Yes it can be used to charge an iphone when you aren't using the phone, with either the front USB or the rear USB [ PILAR  May 26, 2014 ]
    Thanks ! [ Brian  May 26, 2014 ]
    It charges my android phone. [ DOUGLAS  May 26, 2014 ]
    Yes, when using a different input you can plug a device into the USB (front or rear) and it will charge the device, used an iPhone 5. When you plug the device into the USB port, the head unit automatically switches to that port. [ BRYAN  May 26, 2014 ]
    I want to buy Kenwood Excelon KDC-X798 for my car , so my question is : What kind Steering wheel control adapter that work well with my SUV ( land rover discovery 2 2004 ) [ Baheej  Jun 19, 2014 ]
    How would one best connect and external speaker for tail gating? [ Jay w  May 28, 2014 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Jeff  May 01, 2014 ]  Staff