Disc & USB Playback
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
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
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound
enhancements for your car audio system.
- Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass
Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels
(LV1, LV2, or Off).
- 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
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP
1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access
- 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
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
- 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"
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
| Playable File Types || MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of
AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of
AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||500 folders/500 files
(500 files per folder) ||999 folders/20,480
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
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
- Song Information Display: Song information such as
Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected
Kenwood CD receiver.
- Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying
songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified
into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core),
Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid),
- Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and
listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first
downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we
suggest doing this overnight.
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.
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
- 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 HDRadio.com 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
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.