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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895

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The KDC-X895's built-in Bluetooth® offers the safety and convenience of hands-free calling. No fumbling for a phone — when a call comes in, you can talk naturally and hear your caller over your speakers — like they're sitting next to you.

You want a stereo that blows away most others, a receiver that appeals to your discerning ear and your love of the latest technology. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 CD receiver will impress you with its superb sound quality, and it's chock-full of features that'll make driving safer and more entertaining. Plus, the Excelon extended warranty protects your investment for two full years.


Hands-free calling and more

The KDC-X895's built-in Bluetooth® offers the safety and convenience of hands-free calling. No fumbling for a phone — when a call comes in, you can talk naturally and hear your caller over your speakers — like they're sitting next to you.

Aux, USB, and iPod®

You can plug your iPod or iPhone® into the USB input and take charge from the receiver, scrolling through your albums, artists, playlists and more. Kenwood adds even more functionality with Direct Search — enter the first three letters of an artist, tune, or album to quickly narrow your search. Or jump into Alphabet Search to get close to what you're looking for right away. The front panel auxiliary input lets you plug in almost any audio device, and the front panel USB is perfect for thumbdrives loaded with music files.

Log it and remember

front view

Got some favorite songs, or radio stations? The Log Key stores the last 15 stations, phone numbers, songs, or functions you've visited — perfect for when you need to get right back to where you started or play that favorite song again and again.

It's all about the sound

Kenwood makes sure that there are no weak links in the audio chain. A 24-bit digital-to-analog converter translates your CDs and music files with unerring precision, so that the built-in amp can send a powerful, clean signal to your speakers. If you're the kind of person who lives for more power, the three sets of preamp outputs send a low-noise, high-voltage signal to your outboard amps. And you'll also find the audio tools you need to get things right in your car, including a 3-band parametric equalizer, built-in frequency filters, and more.

Even more options

rear panel

Connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X895, and enjoy the mix of news, sports, entertainment, and commercial-free music. Kenwood's HD Radio™ tuner lets you access the superior fidelity and extra programming offered by participating stations in your area.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • detachable face with 3-line variable-color LCD display
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer, plus 8 preset EQ curves
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    • 24-bit DAC
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with optional satellite radio and HD Radio tuners
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other info:

    for the price and all the features in this stereo, i am glad i purchased it. very pleased with the the build features, sound quality and power it has. works very well with all other products i have purchased from crutchfield. thanks for the great products and support you have always provided.

    andy g, corpus christi,texas

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (and attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (51 Reviews)

    Good Buy

    Gealii from Youngstown, Ohio on 8/10/2012

    2002 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product has met my expectations as of now. It is everything i expect from a kenwood receiver. This is the 3rd kenwood I have owned and this is the most expensive model yet, but it is the best. Over my last kenwood it added the display options, bluetooth calling, and subwoofer controls which is what I looked into. The installation was easy although all the negative reviews on the install, if you have basic knowledge of installation it is a simple install, but the master sheet that crutchfield gave had step by step installation which would make the install easy for anybody to do. So far great buy

    Pros: Bluetooth phone, aux and usb inputs, subwoofer controls, display options

    Cons: Different styled controls

    Looks Great

    Western from Corpus Christi, TX on 7/28/2012

    1995 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think this stereo looks and sounds great. Takes a little bit to get controls down, but after that you are good to go. I like how there are multiple different colors and I have it on red right now so that it matches the rest of the lights in my car. This was a lot cheaper than what I was going to go with at some other store and I think it looks better than the more expensive one I was looking at. It doesn't have the bluetooth streaming, but it isn't a big deal because I can hook up my Iphone and charge it while it plays my music!

    Pros: Great sound, choices of colors, sound it gives and bluetooth capability.

    Cons: Controls and not bluetooth streaming.

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    andy g from corpus christi,texas on 3/7/2012

    1989 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    for the price and all the features in this stereo, i am glad i purchased it. very pleased with the the build features, sound quality and power it has. works very well with all other products i have purchased from crutchfield. thanks for the great products and support you have always provided.



    Good lookin and very tweekable

    S from Astoria, ny on 2/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit. It provides good clarity and distinction between bass, mid and treble. The preamp is strong enough to push your mid and high end without an amp. The color adjustment for the display rocks. Great value for the sound you get.



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    KenS from Oakland,CA on 2/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit fit perfectly in my Crown Vic. The sound is much better than the premium sound system from the factory. However, the programming instructions are awful. They are not user friendly or intuitive. I called Crutchfield tech support for help and they were stumped. I emailed Kenwood and have not yet heard back from them after 7 days. I was able to get most of the basic functions to work, but not all. If I knew that I was going to have this much trouble with Kenwood I would have chosen a different manufacturer.

    Pros: Nice unit. Sounds great.

    Cons: Terrible programming instructions.

    Greta Stereo

    Daren from Oregon on 2/6/2012

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

    I agree with most of the "good" stuff on most of the reviews on here. I also agree with most of the "bad" about the units user-friendliness the instructions on how to go thru the menu system is crazy hard to understand. It could have been much, much better. Here is some info that I had trouble finding out so I will pass it on. I would think it would be in the description of the unit or at least in the instructions, but I never found it. When playing from the CD or the USB the unit will continue where it left off after turning ignition key off and then back on. This is just what I hoped for. Also I had and still have trouble understanding how to make the unit see the playlists on the usb. Sometimes it sees them as one file of hundreds of songs, but if you do the music search and drill down into one song then it sees each album as a file and you can click thru files by clicking up and down and then thru the songs with left and right clicks. That is how I prefer it, but I could not find a "how to" for this anywhere in the instructions. The Kenwood Music Editor Lite also has no instructions and is hit or miss with the playlists. That could be way way better with a little effort on Kenwoods part. Overall I am happy with the unit, but disappointed in the instructions/description.

    Pros: Very cool and good sound.

    Cons: Instructions should be re-written by someone with a good grasp of the English language in a better format so the average person can get thru the extensive menu system.

    great so far

    Allen from SC on 2/5/2012

    1997 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the KDC-X895 for over a month now and have been very pleased. The most used feature for me has to be the direct USB iPod connection. It's nice being able to browse my music on the stereo's display. The bluetooth feature is cool too and from what I've been told I can be heard on the other end fairly clear. I don't talk in the car too much but its neat to have, and I like knowing when I'm getting a call when the music is loud.

    Pros: A lot of features, nice display, iPod browsing, Bluetooth

    Cons: None for me

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    Nick G from Middletown, Ohio on 2/4/2012

    2003 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install was very difficult alone, but, Crutchfield helped immensely. They knew very quickly how to hook up all of the wires, still not sure why premade harnesses couldn't be made for quicker install. It won't work correctly with my steering wheel controls, despite the programming box. There are areas that I drive where this radio looses signals. Programming channels, switching channels, turning on phone are super slow, would rather have 6 dedicated presets for one step operation. Overall, this unit will "have to do" vs. taking me to a level equivalent to the BOSE unit that came with the car. I would look for an upgrade with similar features that work faster.

    Pros: Cost of replacement, Bluetooth is okay

    Cons: Slow reaction from the buttons, no way to switch stations or use the phone fast. manual is horrible.


    Kent B from Louisville KY on 2/3/2012

    1996 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    NIce piece of equipment. This unit has met all my expectations for the price

    Pros: Hands free phone operation. The sound quality with factory speakers was good.

    Cons: Their is a learning curve. The owners manual is very poorly written.

    2006 toyota tacoma

    chris g from union city ca. on 1/31/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think Kenwood has some of the best car stereos. I've bought and used other brands and I have to say Kenwood just works for me.

    Pros: sounds great easy to use

    Cons: programing the radio stations could be a little more simple.

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    Anonymous from Radford, VA on 1/31/2012

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

    Excellent product, easy to install.



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    GW from Houston, TX on 1/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I like, but I am disappointed that the bluetooth feature does not work with the CD or USB functions. Works only with the tuner.



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    Anonymous from Knoxville, TN on 1/29/2012

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

    Great head unit for the money!!

    Pros: Sounds great! Lots of features.

    Cons: Almost too many options/settings and it's not the most intuitive device I've ever used.

    Last Kenwood Referb

    Paul from Thornville, OH on 1/29/2012

    1998 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second and last Kenwood referb product I have purchased. The first would not even turn on and this one lasted about 3 weeks before it would not turn on.

    Pros: looks cool when it works


    Excellent Bluetooth.

    MikeT from middle of nowhere, take a left. on 1/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased a lower model that was one color only and needed a BT adapter. Was very unsatisfied. Crutchfield was very good to help with return process and upgrade. This unit is FAR,FAR better. Love the built in Bluetooth with the included microphone. Phone conversation quality is excellent and it is in a 97 Jeep Cherokee that is lifted with mud tires and lockers in the differentials (all that to mean "noisy"). I can hear everyone clearly and they can hear me or any passenger speaking in normal tones. Wish it had preset buttons for stations as the dial is a little annoying. You can pick from a multitude of colors but default is a random scroll of the colors which I like. The front USB and 1/8" jack are nice as well. Use the USB to listen to my own playlist. The screen allows for user determined views and is easy to change on the fly. The large clock display works for me and I like how the numbers "spin" like an old school odometer. I personally leave the remote in the glove box. Haven't used it.

    Pros: BT with included microphone is awesome. Colors and display options. Front USB and 1/8". A lot of options with just about everything.

    Cons: no preset buttons for radio stations but you do get use the dial. learning curve.

    Updating my previous review...

    Lynn W. from Newport Beach, CA on 12/27/2011

    I'm updating this eval after using the unit for 3 months. I can now do pretty much all it has to offer. I've been informed that the "up-back-pick-from-a-list" is the way an iPod "wheel" works and since I've never owned one, I was VERY confused. But now that I see the logic behind it and know what to press and HOW LONG !!! to press it, I can pretty much go thru all the settings without the manual handy. (There are TWO manuals available - the Quick Install and the Full manual. GET AND READ BOTH!!!) Still not as easy as preset buttons, but my old JVC had those and the other functions were also pretty hard to access. All in all, I love the unit and give it 5 stars overall. Your old pushbutton radio it's not, but just sit in the car with the manual and spend some time using the controls ... once you get the hang of it, you will NOT be disappointed with this unit.

    Pros: Power, clarity of sound, easy install, looks, USB and AUX input

    Cons: Difficult learning curve ... manuals could be a bit clearer.

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    Luis Vigo from San Sebastian, PR on 12/16/2011

    I've owned Kenwood stereos before and had good experiences so it was an easy choice for me and this one had all the features I was looking for, specially the Bluetooth. Overall quality appears to be what I expected. The hookup was a breeze. I highly recommended.

    Pros: So far so good, the best Kenwood I ever bought. Copared with the old (90's)Kenwood this is an excellent choice. I like it so much that a bought two one for me and one for my son as his Christmas gift and he love it. It is a very friendly user. The sound the Bluetooth and everything else is great. I highly recommend this receiver.


    Stepping into the 21st Century

    Peter B from Greensboro, NC on 11/18/2011

    1994 Mazda RX7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow. Years ago, I spent hundreds on car audio stuff and did all of the complicated installation work. I made do with the factory stereos in all the cars I owned since. The stereo in my old '94 RX-7 failed, and this appeared to be a cheap, easy way to solve the problem an add bluetooth, USB and Aux input. All needed adapters were included, the instructions were clear. Solder, solder, solder, click, click, test, drop in and push. Everything including the power antenna control worked perfectly. I am delighted.

    Pros: Straightforward installation with zero hitches. Myriad of capabilities for a low price. Scratch and dent, eh? Where?

    Cons: I still have not figured out whether it is easy to use all these capabilities day-to-day.

    Sounds great, not so easy to use.

    rick from Reston VA on 11/8/2011

    I've had this unit for 9 months now and decided to see what others have experienced. I'll have to agree with those who said this unit is not very intuitive, and some features seem to be more difficult to use than they should. One of the biggest misses with this unit is the iPOD controls. I find myself usually just giving up and using the AUX port and controlling playback directly on the iPOD. I'm missing having preset buttons. Sounds like a minor gripe, but having to select 'presets' then scroll to your station, then try to select with the somewhat touchy control knob is no fun...especially when in beltway traffic, or at night, or both. Luckily I only have to do this once or twice a day when switching between my portable satellite player's FM frequency preset and the local news/weather/traffic FM station. If you often listen to FM and like to flip through the stations a lot, DO NOT GET THIS will drive you insane. Bottom line, I can live with this unit, but having this many features really requires a full touch screen display/controls to be truly functional. It's a bit too much to try and cram into a single DIN unit. I'm in the market for another HU for my secondary vehicle and will probably purchase another Kenwood. This time, however, I'm going with a much simpler unit with an AUX jack, preset buttons, and not much else. Same great sound, less than half the price, and and hopefully none of the frustration.

    Pros: Sounds great. Custom display colors to match your dash/other console controls looks nice. Bluetooth phone controls are passable.

    Cons: Not easy to navigate through features/settings. Added steps for simple functions (selecting presets)

    nice unit, good price

    Tim from Indianapolis, IN on 11/3/2011

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

    Haven't had the product long, but it works as described. Mounted the microphone on the top of steering wheel and have had no issues with callers hearing me. The changeable display is really nice as well and sound is very good.

    Pros: If you enjoy electronics, most of the important features can be figured out in 15 min with a little help from the included manual

    Cons: So far it meets expectations

    Great Head Unit, Nice Power, Cool Features

    JR from Jacksonville, FL on 10/23/2011

    This is a great, easy to use head unit with the backing, support, and warranty that you get out of the box from Kenwood, for an awesome price too. The interface is cool, fun, and easy to use, with lots of options. Without evan glancing at the manual I was able to do everyhing from set up my sub's crossover levels, low and high pass filters, and center frq to programing my presets for the tuner, and pairing my phone with the integrated bluetooth radio and making calls from my head unit using my phones phone book - Nice to have and Simple to use...Power and sound qualitiy are outstanding, with lots of background processes like Supreme Mode. Supreme Mode makes sure you get original quality from music stored on USB drives that may have been written at slower speeds. Also Kenwood has been nice enough to upload about seven help videos on thier site that go through just about all the setting and functions. The manual I have not yet read but will consult if I ever need to. Currently everthing has been so simple to use I have not needed to use the manual. Overall I would recomend this product to everyone who is on a budget and wants great quality. I installed it myself but got the head unit for about $170, from our local Car Audio shop. Being an audio freak I have been through many head units (this makes my 9th in the last 2 years) including high end touch screens and Alpines Navi Units for lots more $$$. This headunit from my experience is great and I would definately buy again if needed.



    Most Frustrating Interface Ever!

    Vali F from Mesa, AZ on 10/14/2011

    2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Today as I struggled yet again to figure out how to do what I wanted to do with this stereo, I came to the conclusion that I needed to create a review to protect others from falling into the trap of purchasing this equipment. Needless to say that I am very disappointed by the stereo. This is not to suggest that it does not work well. In some regards it "works" very well -- the problem is usability. My husband who is an engineer says that it is impossible to navigate. Simple features like enabling shuffle when playing my iPod or turning off the auto-answer feature for the phone. All of this is simply not intuitive. In fact it is downright obtuse. Additionally the microphone picks up all kinds of road noise making it really difficult for others to hear. The good news is that you can change the color to make it match your instrument panel. Personally I don't think it is worth it. If I had to re-choose I would definitely select another Pioneer rather than ever purchasing another Kenwood. My suggestion to Kenwood is to insert user testing (as opposed to technician testing) into the QA process.



    Lots of power, But ....

    Lynn W. from Newport Beach, CA on 10/11/2011

    1982 Fiat Spider 2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really want to like this unit ... I've had it for 3 weeks and bought it mainly for its power so I could hear my music with my convertible top down and so I could use a USB stick instead of dragging around CDs. It performs those functions very well. BUT... the online manual is arcane, the controls are hard to program once you figure out what to do and almost impossible to manipulate while driving. I like having the option to infinitely configure the color of the display but it's virtually unreadable in the sunlight no matter what color it is and whoever decided to put the ON button right next to the button that releases the detachable face should be fired! (Probably the same guy that wrote the manual.) The Music Editor Light software necessary to create a USB playlist is "light" indeed. Not very versatile. You can't simply put in presets for the tuner, you have to let it automatically search for 18 strong stations you don't want to listen to or do a "Direct Search" with the remote and create a "log" (good luck with that one.) , I've not found any way the remote can power off the unit and the Bluetooth doesn't support my phone. I could go on, but will just say that I'm keeping the unit for the 22 watts RMS, but would not purchase it again. All those great features Kenwood advertises are only good if you can easily control them. Maybe I'll feel differently after I figure out the manual but for now, I have my one FM station and my USB stick.



    Great Unit but....

    Eric M from Highlands Ranch, CO on 9/30/2011

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

    I think the Unit itself is amazing. Looks great, sounds amazing, and had the features I wanted. Like others, I have to admit the display does wash out in the sun, and I have noticed it is hard to read when looking at it, especially if it is scrolling text on the display. Blue Tooth is working extremely well, and like other units, where you put the microphone is key. I found that my Jetta had a place for a Bluetooth Microphone, that I then modified for the Kenwood Mic to fit in, and I have had no issues with call quality and the like. Sound is amazing, even with my stock speakers. Love the USB port, found out it will control my ipad (which is great for podcast listenting) and of course, the fact that it is on the front is great. My biggest complaints are as follows: 1) it isn't intuitive. I worked with just the quick start guide, and get lost trying to figure out what was where. Not exactly a fun experience, especially since the default random colors were actually pretty distracting at night 2) XM does show the channel information in preset mode. It only seems to show the channel number, so if you don't remember what channel is where, you might have some challenges. That being said, searching for channels does show the channel names, just not your presets (which you can have a whopping 24 of). All in all a good unit, and I really rate it 4.5 stars, with just a handful of gripes.



    Wish I'd looked harder

    Mark from Houston, TX on 9/29/2011

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

    I have had this unit in my '05 Tacoma for at least 6 months now, and am somewhat disappointed. As with previous reviewers, the display is very lacking during the day. 70 page manual, REALLY! I think it was written by some ex government employee. Very hard to read and make sense of. Having to figure out which button to push to get from function to another is confusing. I too miss having radio preset buttons. Having to pick a list and then scroll through it is hard to do during the day. This is my biggest complaint with this receiver. The pros: great sound. 1st time bluetooth user, and I love it. Front USB and aux plugs were the main reason I purchased this model along with Kenwoods reputation for affordable quality. Installation was easy and it looks great




    Jim from CT on 9/3/2011

    2001 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had the unit for 2 weeks. It works great, but I'm getting some skipping on the CD even when stopped. (could be the homemade CD's i use). There are so many features, I'll never use them all. The bluetooth works great, but i guess i didn't see that there is a remote microphone that needs to be installed. Not a big issue, but i was surprised. You have to download the manual. Set up is virtually impossible within them. Crutchfield states 2 year warranty, warranty with unit states 1 year?? i assume Crutchfield picks up the other year. <br> <b>[Editor's Note: All Kenwood Excelon units sold by Crutchfield come with a two year warranty.]</b>



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    Leslie from Leola, Pa on 7/31/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very pleased with my radio. It has everything I wanted and at an affordable price. It was also easily installed. Thank you.



    Almost all I wanted

    R.G. from Austin, Texas on 7/28/2011

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield's service and help with the few questions I had about installing this unit were great. The unit sounds wonderful, and I love the display of song and artist titles on the radio. Improved the sound from my factory speakers. I haven't decided yet on the variable colors. Some are hard to see in the daylight, but others are easy. I haven't done much night diving yet to decide on that end. I'm guessing I'll end up setting one color for the display that works best on both occasions. My biggest disappointment is the head unit will not shuffle a playlist on my iphone. You can only do that with the iphone/ipod in handheld mode, and then the song and artist names do not appear on the head unit. Or you can shuffle the entire i-device from the head unit and get the names, but if you have different playlists set up for moods, shuffling from the head unit will get your soothing mood music played when you want to rock out in the car. If it wasn't for this, I'd give the unit five stars. One other minor complaint, my unit came with a quick start guide from Kenwood that was inadequate at best -- told you how to set the date but not the clock. I had to download the full user manual off the Internet. And, like almost all modern electronics, the unit is complicated enough that I had to print out some of the key pages to take with me in the car. Getting used to it now, but there is a learning curve. This ain't your daddy's push-button radio. So techno-phobes might want to avoid it.



    Excellent Stereo at good price

    J from LA, CA on 7/28/2011

    1999 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this headunit for my 1999 4Runner. Absolutely love it, easy to install with the supplied master sheet, and has excellent sound quality. I still have OEM speakers, but the new head unit brings them alive and allows me to use a sub I have from a previous car. It has good call quality and works well with ipod touch. Great controls and visually appealing design that is not overpowering or gawdy. The variable color display is worth the $40 over the next lower model IMO because it allows me to have a more uniform appearnce on my dash and keepsthe dash appearance clean. As always Crutchfield is a dream to work with. Only complaint I have is the master sheet did not mention the external amp in my car so I had a little trouble figuring that out, but quickly resloved it. The radio is hard to see in direct light, but not a big enough problem to bother me due to the excellent over all quality and feature set.



    Couldn't be happier after returning a Pioneer

    Rege H from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/26/2011

    2008 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After running a Kenwood in my previous vehicle for the past 5 years, I decided to give Pioneer a shot on the new car and bought the DEH-P6200BT with some Kicker speakers. I immediately regretted this decision and called Crutchfield the next day to trade up for this unit. Although the Kenwood was a little more expensive, the combo deal with Kenwood speakers evened it out entirely. To make things easy, I'll highlight the pros and cons: Pros: Easy installation. excellent Bluetooth call quality, USB audio very easy to use, intuitive menu design, multi-color and line display is gorgeous and highly customizable, outstanding audio quality blows the Pioneer away, highly customizable equalizer options, 2-year warranty Cons: USB limit of 255 folders and 255 files per folder, USB folder and file browsing and Bluetooth phonebook browsing is slow, buttons on front face can be confusing and have a high learning curve, no ability to search on USB drive, kind of a pain to change playback options (repeat, shuffle, etc.) The cons of this device are minimal and tolerable compared to the many pros, and they are mostly inconveniences at worst. It's a huge upgrade from a Pioneer that didn't even have a clock built into it. Seriously, it's 2011, who the heck makes a radio without a clock?!?



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    rick from north jersey on 7/26/2011

    Excellent head unit ! Just got this to replace my 10 years old Alpine head unit. Everything work flawlessly. Bluetooth connection with my iPhone4 was a breeze, also the usb port is great. I can connect my iPhone or any usb flash drive and it would play the music right away. Overall, very happy with my purchase.



    Sounds Great; Colorful Too!

    IvoryDawg from Colo. Spgs., CO on 7/6/2011

    1995 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit was easy to install and fairly easy to learn to use. It sounds fantastic and the screen colors and display options are terrific! It is a very nice looking stereo in my dash. The USB port on the front is awesome and I use it all the time. I have nothing bad to say about this stereo. Thanks Crutchfield and Kenwood!




    txwalt from Texas on 7/2/2011

    I've owned Kenwood stereos before and had good experiances so it was an easy choice and this one had the features I was looking for. The only major issue has been the Bluetooth which I'm having a difficult time getting it to work. Overall quality appears to be what I expected. The hookup was a breeze. My advice: use the Integration Adapter and stereo wiring diagrams to match up the wires. The diagrams were easy to read. Stereo worked on the first try.



    Best Kenwood Purchase Yet

    JustinM from Dayton,OH on 7/2/2011

    2011 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    By far this is the best Kenwood I have purchased. Ever since I bought the 1st Kenwood back in the mid-90s, I have only bought one other brand, Alpine. But that stereo never met my requirements. All 3 of my vehicles have Kenwood Excelon stereos. And this one is amazing and the display is so beautiful. It does take a stereo expert to figure this one out. Since I have had experience with Kenwood, the operation is very similar to other ones. So if you want a good stereo at a decent cost, choose this one.



    Kenwood KDC-X895

    DaveM from RI on 6/13/2011

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

    Install was fairly easy, looks very good and it's solid in the dash. Had to trim the back support a little, no big deal though. Really like the stereo, big improvement over the stock system, now that I figured out how to use the many features. cons the directions for set up and use are vague. The blue tooth hands free has an echo the caller hears( I'll fix the that later). Overall, the sound is awesome And the price was good too!



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895

    Ryan from Georgia on 6/1/2011

    2004 Cadillac DeVille
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this receiver in a 2004 Cadillac Deville for my dad. A big A+ for the USB drive, Bluetooth and audio quality, and overall a great upgrade from factory. You definitely want to download the PDF on Kenwood's site. I highly recommend this receiver. For install in the Cadillac, the bracing in the back of the receiver pocket had to be ground/trimmed a bit for the receiver to sit correctly in the in-dash receiver kit.



    Kenwood is the best

    JamesC from Rougemont, NC on 5/29/2011

    2008 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Recently traded vehicles for a '08 Dodge Ram 2500 truck. It needed a better stereo so I went with this Kenwood because it had all the features I was looking for. I am always pleased with Kenwood sound and features. Only hitch during the installation was the adaptor that I had to purchase seperately but Crutchfield's technician got me straight and the stereo works fantasticly. The bluetooth works better than I expected and the sound is even better than the last Kenwood I bought two years ago from Crutchfield. Only negative was the mounting kit that Crutchfield provided. Was very difficult to use and mount the stereo. Fit is not as good as I expected, so I will probably swap out at later date with another brand. If I had not had experience installing stereos the kit would have been near impossible to use. Other vehicles may be a better fit and finish but on mine it was not that great. I always purchase my after-market stereos from Crutchfield. You can't go wrong with this Kenwood stereo and Crutchfield.



    Great head unit!

    Josh///M3 from Miami, FL on 5/29/2011

    1995 BMW M3

    Great head unit overall! The only reason I didn't give this unit 5 stars is the mediocre display. It really is hard to read with any light coming in through the windows, however that really is the only flaw. Bluetooth works great, the audio quality is EXCELLENT. I can't wait to hook up the 4 volt preouts to some amps and speakers for an even more amazing experience. The bluetooth really is amazing. I have a fairly loud car and the noise and echo cancellation in this unit far surpasses that of even a friends 2011 f150 with sync! I HIGHLY recommend this head unit if you can get over the display being a bit less than spectacular. It IS amazing at audio, communication, and everything else I've used it for!



    Better than expected

    James W from Front Royal, VA on 5/12/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had purchased the Kenwood 595 recently for my Explorer and was generally pleased with the unit, and i was looking for blue-tooth and ipod capable unit for my car. I have the Iphone 4 and was concerned about the ability to switch from music to calls seemlessly, NO PROBLEM!! was so happy with the overall sound, i bought new speakers! The support team at Crutchfield was fabulous, with my purchase i also purchased the module for steering wheel controls, i think from Axxess, i had a question about the wire hook-up and was told if i had read the web-page i would know, sorry but if i buy your product, i think i am entitled to at least one phone call. This was my only issue and was not Crutchfield support, they were great and even called me back when we were disconnected. Display is a little dim in the sunlight, but so was the factory unit, i wouldnt make a decision based entirely on the display, but then i normally look at the road when i am driving



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895

    BC from Marianna, FL on 5/10/2011

    2004 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    bought for my daughters birthday and installed in her grand am. Very easy to install with kit and plug adapter and she loves it!!



    Great Unit

    Dave from San Antonio, TX on 5/4/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The available colors out of the box are more than enough to match my other gear and dashboard, and the options of negative/positive, and separate colors for areas of the display lets you customize it just about any way you want it. The controls are easy to use, the 'back' button helps navigate quickly through the iPod albums and any of the layered menu options. My iPhone 3GS had trouble when using it with iOS 4.0, but a fast download to my phone to iOS 4.3.2 solved it. There are more features than I imagined, I printed parts of the manual from the Crutchfield site and discovered even more uses, a great unit. I have mine with a 9 band Kenwood EQ, Infinity 6ch amp, Inifinity Kappa speakers & sub, it sounds fantastic.



    So Far so Good

    OldDog from St. Paul, MN on 4/26/2011

    I got this radio for my birthday in March. I had an older model Kenwood that I liked, but I wanted the Blue Tooth and the USB port. Once I got it installed, I was and am very pleased with it. The USB port works great, picks up songs right where I left them unlike some I have seen that have to re-read the USB fob every time you plug it in or turn the radio off and on. The Blue Tooth connects right up with my HTC phone. Sounds good and works just as I had hoped. All in all, I would recommend this to anyone.



    Pretty good

    RyanD from Wellsville, KS on 4/16/2011

    2010 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this unit and have been fairly impressed by it's range of features. The manual leaves much to be desired, however. Maybe Kenwood has some better documentation on their site? I plan to upgrade from an Infinity BassLink to (2) 12" Rockford P3's and swap out my four factory speakers for some JL Audio aftermarkets. This unit should handle all that and then some.



    Performs as advertised - well worth it

    DM from OKC on 4/5/2011

    1994 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Does well with USB, CD, and MP3 CDs. Haven't had any issues with radio. Hands free bluetooth connection to cell works great with good fidelity, although I had to read the instructions to set it up. Speaking of which, you'll want to download the full PDF; included documentation is not very detailed and reads like bad stereo instructions (talking about Kenwood's docs, not Crutchfield's). Some display colors are harder to see in full sun than others; not a big issue as you can easily set whatever color you need.




    Sonya from Tulsa, OK on 4/3/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was excited to order this receiver but was rather disappointed after installing it. My must have features were 1. a great looking display, 2. front USB and auxiliary inputs and 3. Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calls. While the display looks great and is highly customizable with lots of color options, it still left a lot to be desired. I can't stress enough how incredibly hard to read the display is in sunlight. The USB and aux inputs are a handy feature to have. I removed a USB memory stick mid-song and the next time I connected it it picked up exactly where it left off. Very nice. Bluetooth worked okay. Call quality was clear on my end but friends complained about a lot of static/background noise. There are noise reducing settings but hard to find right combination of settings for optimum sound. I really missed the 1-6 buttons you often find across the bottom of many stereos. I was used to pressing buttons like this to access preset radio stations quickly. The most disappointing thing about this unit was overall ease of use. I don't like having to enter the Function Menu just to get to common settings like Random, Scan, Seek modes, etc. Having a minimal amount of buttons for a sleeker look may not be better. I would rather have buttons at my fingertips so I can keep my eyes on the road more than the Menus. I am sending this one back and exchanging it for the Pioneer 7300BT - which is cheaper and comparable.



    Not for a beginner in a Rav4 install Great features!

    JP from PA on 4/3/2011

    2007 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Found this install to be a bit of a challange, when installing it into our 2007 Rav4. This is due to having to install a interface unit in order to use factory sterring wheel controls. Had to solder in a resister inline between two other wires, while in the car. Could not be done prior to installing in car because it had to be wired to a car harness that went to the original radio. As for the radio if you do not have to deal with the steering wheel issue install is a since as most radio's are. Once install the radio has great sound and awesome features. The blue tooth is way cool and sounds good according to the person I called when using the included external microphone. It's really neat to be able to scrool through your phone book on the radio and call someone without picking up the phone, also has voice commands you can set up. So in all this radio has great features, great compared to a factory radio with no amp. But takes a bit of set up to use all features. *Note you will have to download or view the full manual online as the radio itself does not come with the full manual* as the Crutchfied team was able to help me with that. THANK GOODNESS FOR THE CRUTCHFIELD TEAM



    Still on the fence...but I give it a weak 3.5 / 4 of 5.

    Andy from Southampton, MA on 3/29/2011

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First and foremost...I like the receiver. I bought two of them, one for my kids 2002 Wrangler and one for my other kids 2004 Ford Ranger. The installation in both was very easy and the unit sounds nice in both. I do agree with one of the other reviewers that the display is poor during daylight hours with a lot of screen glare and very light illumination (even at its brightest setting). However, my major complaint is truly evident in both vehicles in which I installed this unit...that is, the FM reception if far worse than both factory receivers. Stations that were crystal clear are now fuzzy. Stations that were slightly fuzzy can no longer be listened to at all. The station, song, and artist readout on the three line display is often jumbled and confused on both units, displaying information on the wrong line or all in one line. This unit does not come with a factory manual, just a quick start guide. I printed the manual on my home printer (Like 70 pages) and it is not very good at describing what all the different attribues and settings do or mean - just how to adjust them. But this is really all for nothing because the singular most important reason I bought these is so that my sons can use the IPOD/IPhone applications, and they work great. It also has plenty of power - no need for an amp with this one, unless you're looking for a world class stereo. It is plenty loud and plenty clear.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895

    Dan W from South Carolina on 3/18/2011

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice unit, sounds great with my new Boston Acoustics speakers. Wish that you could select the display color instead of it cycling through about 4 colors repeatedly, and wish that it had a USB input on the back of the unit to better hide the cord.



    Great upgrade

    Scott from San Diego, CA on 3/15/2011

    1997 BMW 5 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to upgrade from the factory stereo on my '97 BMW 528i (e39). I love the variable illumination that allows me to match the amber light in my car. Sound quality is excellent. Bluetooth works well and is easy to use. The search function for iPod and XM makes finding the music you want very easy. The only problem I have with this deck is that daytime glare makes the display very difficult to read. It's too refelective. Kenwood needs to work on that. Otherwise, very happy with this purchase.



    Almost perfect

    Mesh from Tempe, AZ on 2/15/2011

    Fantastic deck loaded with features. Had almost everything I wanted in the x994 except for the individual speaker q settings and the pandora info display. Pandora plays fine however from my Iphone 4. Other than having to crank the subwoofer out to +15 to actually get 4 volts this deck is pretty easy to setup and looks and sounds fantastic. Glare in the middle of the day makes display very difficult to read however. Direct music search, random all, and having the ability for the controls to be on the iphone are also very handy features. Bluetooth works well and is clear. This deck pairs nicely with my boston acoustics and a 12 inch kenwood sub. Sound and independent low and high pass filter controls are really handy and make for fine-tuning. Overall really happy and the sound is stellar.



    Excellent Unit

    Matt from Idaho on 2/14/2011

    Great deck! I am not that knowledgeable about audio gear but I did a lot of research before choosing this deck and I just put it in yesterday. Install was easy since I had a Kenwood deck in there it was replacing. Sounds amazing! Lots of power for the speakers and controls for the subs. Couldn't get the iPad to work with bluetooth on it though, maybe a setting is wrong. Overall very happy! The LED's that change are awesome!




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    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 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-895 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 25 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (1-24: 0-9). The display, button illumination, and USB/Auxiliary input can be set to the same color or set independently.

    Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.

    Display Types: The KDC-X895 offers five different display types:

    • Type A: Displays 3 lines of text.
    • Type B: Display 2 lines of text.
    • Type C: Displays only the 12-hour clock and date.
    • Type D: Displays the spectrum analyzer.
    • Type E: Display is turned off.

    Note: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

    • Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display. You can even set times for two different cities (dual clock display).

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Log Function: This unit automatically memorizes previously used functions and function settings, which can then be easily recalled from a list. A maximum of 15 recently used functions are logged automatically. When this limit is reached, the memorized functions are deleted from the oldest to newest. You can select which functions are logged from the following list - Tuner, CD, iPod, USB, Phone, Settings.

    Note: You can lock the memory log function to prevent memorized functions from being deleted from the list.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 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-X895 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

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA, and AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "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).

    System Q Sound Control: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Detail Audio Control: The Excelon KDC-X895 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control when the System Q Sound Control is in User mode. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    3-Band EQ Detailed Audio Settings
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV1, LV2 or Off.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and USB).

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X895 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 front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-X895's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X895 features an independent 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", 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, or 180, 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 provides the following subwoofer preamp output controls.

    • Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 50, 60, 80, 100, 120Hz, or "Through". The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Audio Preset: You can register a single Audio Preset into the head unit's memory to be recalled at any time for all sources. The Audio Preset memory can save Bass, Treble, Midrange, Subwoofer, and High-Pass/Low-Pass Crossover settings.

    Note: When you recall the saved Audio Preset, all the sources will be the setting value which is registered.

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear. You can adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels (0-35).

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Tuner Presets: The Excelon KDC-X895's tuner provides two ways to store your favorite radio stations.

    • Normal Presets: You can store up to 18 FM presets (01-18) and 6 AM presets (01-06).
    • Mixed Presets: In this mode, different bands and turner sources can be saved in the same preset layer, which allows you to recall the desired stations without switching the bands or tuner sources. You can store a mixture of 6 AM/FM, HD Radio, and Satellite Radio presets of any combination.

    Note: This unit does not offer direct preset buttons. Instead, you will need to access the unit's presets using the Control Knob.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put AM/FM stations with good reception into memory automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner  and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Excelon KDC-X895 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC  playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The Excelon KDC-X895 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD, CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Insert: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Changer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 offers connection and control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719, sold separately).

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 features a front-panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x)  information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters. The KDC-X895 will also charge your connected USB device's battery, when the head unit is powered up.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Excelon KDC-X895's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-X895.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can then search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Related Search: You can browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played. You can select between the following Related Search modes.
      • Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
      • Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
      • Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
      • Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (all/folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Excelon KDC-X895 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-X895 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    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 Excelon KDC-X895 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 Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect an optional HD/Satellite Radio tuner to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls wirelessly from your mobile phone, using the Kenwood in-dash CD receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) powered by Parrot. The KDC-X895 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication. The KDC-X895 supports the following Bluetooth profiles:

    • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
    • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • SPP (Serial Port Profile): SPP defines how to set up virtual serial ports and connect two Bluetooth enabled devices.
    • SYNC (Synchronization Profile): The SYNC profile enables synchronization of data information between Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth audio music streaming.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X895 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KDC-X895 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood Excelon head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit Kenwood's website for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Auto Answer: The KDC-X895 can be setup to automatically answer an incoming call. You can have the head unit automatically answer a call immediately or after 1-99 seconds.

    Dialing: Using the KDC-X895, 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 25 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-X895. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 25 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 Log: The Call Log 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.  You can register up to 35 voice tags.

    Call Waiting: The KDC-X895 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.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. 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 0.515" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

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

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-X895 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep and caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone from -3 to +3.
    • NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be set to -2 or +2.
    • EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from -2 to +2.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Excelon KDC-X895 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) 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 also 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 the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately);  or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X895 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

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