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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X898

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Kenwood Excelon receivers are born to deliver great performance, with hot 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and an impressive array of sound-sculpting tools. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X898 CD receiver features Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming your favorite music. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Kenwood Excelon quality

Kenwood Excelon receivers are born to deliver great performance, with hot 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and an impressive array of sound-sculpting tools. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X898 CD receiver features Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming your favorite music. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Bluetooth lets you concentrate on driving

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an Android® user who's grown tired of your old radio's complicated Bluetooth pairing issues, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology. If you're an iPhone® aficionado, the KDC-X898 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones.

Pair your compatible phone to the KDC-X898 and you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. An external Bluetooth microphone can be placed in an optimal location within the vehicle for improved hands-free communication.

Stream radio from your phone

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry®, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora®, iHeart Radio®, and Aha™ radio on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

Two versatile USB ports

The receiver's front and rear USB ports allow you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio® and Pandora® Internet radio stations. And if you have MP3, WMA, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB ports can handle those too. Here's a cool feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Kenwood KDC-X898 CD receiver

This Kenwood's multi-line display shows you all your song information.

Multi-line display

The KDC-X898's text display gives you all the info you want, plus you can select display and illumination colors that match your car's dash or your mood -- your choice. The 3-line display can be switched to a 2-line format with a larger font that makes it easier to read phone numbers, song titles, and source data. Or, you can tone it down to just show the clock or a blank display.

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

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

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

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri Eyes Free control capability
    • detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line variable-color display
    • AM/FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • EQ Pro with 3-band parametric equalizer
    • Sound Reconstruction to enhance the sound of compressed audio files
    • 3-level bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora, iHeart Radio, and Aha control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB ports
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    • front and rear USB ports compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    Other features and specs:

    Very nice stereo, simple appearance with lots of features. The sound quality is superior to the factory radio. I have steering wheel control issues, however I suspect it's due to the adapter, not the stereo.

    Matt, Tolleson, AZ

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X898 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (27 Reviews)

    Decent Deck

    Kenny from New Haven, IN on 11/4/2017

    2003 Ford Taurus SES
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Firstly, I have had at least 5 Kenwood head units through the years, so I am very familiar with them. You can tweak these decks to get some incredible sound quality for your system. It powers your amps very well. Sadly, with this unit, and all other Kenwood units I have had, the unit is prone to restarting, freezing, etc. The problem which exists is that the face plate and the unit itself do not snap together very securely, and the contacts between the unit and the face plate are very touchy. If you press a button just slightly too hard, it disrupts the contacts and the face plate will turn off, or restart, or sometimes cause the unit to completely freeze up. With this unit, it was happening for me by simply driving over bumps causing the unit to jostle around ever so slightly. What I did was to fold a piece of paper about 4 times so it was a few millimeters thick, and taped it in between the unit and the face plate. This made them fit together more securely and now the contacts are not disrupted and the unit operates as it should. A simple little plastic protrusion on the back of the face plate would cause this problem to be eliminated, but Kenwood has not yet done this. Again, I have had several Kenwood decks, and this has been an issue on all of them. If those of you who own this deck don't believe me, push harder on any button than you normally would and you will see.

    Pros: Great Sound Quality, Looks Are Good, Good Color Controls for Customization.

    Cons: Major Engineering Flaw Kenwood Refuses to Address.

    Great Sound, Easy Use

    Ty from Bisbee, AZ on 5/15/2017

    1994 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the simplicity of the button layout. With only a few easy to find buttons it's simple to control, even when bouncing around in a Jeep Wrangler. The easily detachable faceplate is handy since I can quickly remove it and lock it in the center console when I'm parked in town with the rag-top left at home and the rear USB means that I don't have to take the iPhone cord off of the unit.

    Pros: Great sound, simple button layout

    Cons: Can be tough to see if the sun is shining on the display

    Clean looking stereo

    Matt from Tolleson, AZ on 4/19/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice stereo, simple appearance with lots of features. The sound quality is superior to the factory radio. I have steering wheel control issues, however I suspect it's due to the adapter, not the stereo.

    Pros: Loudness, time correction, crossover built in


    Stay Away.

    Ryan from Perrysburg, OH on 6/12/2016

    2004 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit stopped working after 1 year- Kenwood support is unacceptable. Crutchfield has been great as usual- Will be ordering a different brand unit to replace this junker.

    Pros: None.

    Cons: Stopped working after 1 year. Kenwood support is Worthless.

    Great sound and easier to navigate than older models

    Raz from Littleton, CO on 4/17/2016

    2000 Dodge Ram

    I have an older Excelon model in my BMW that has a few "bugs" in it but still sounds and works fine so when I needed to replace the stock system in my Ram truck I went with the X998 Excelon. The ability to set up the perfect sound is really nice and downloading the manual helps to get a better understanding of how to set up the system. I had a Tweeter wire from the oem pillar that was grounding out at times and caused some strange issues and want to give a shout out to the techs and customer support Crutchfield gave me, GREAT to work with!

    Pros: Great radio with clear sound and lots of room to customize the sound.

    Cons: None so far, download the manual, it will help learn the radio.

    Great receiver

    Bart from California on 12/1/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a good sounding unit that was easy to navigate the various set up menus and user menus. I feel that this is the best of both worlds. A tremendous sound quality and easy to use. I am very happy that I have purchased this unit.

    Pros: Easy to set up and use. Great sound.

    Cons: If one were to disconnect the vehicle battery, all set up settings are gone and has to be re programmed when power is restored.

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    Anonymous from Zuni, NM on 5/26/2015

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds 10 times better than stock stereo



    Wish I had the Same Experience As Others

    Roadster from Virginia on 5/13/2015

    Wow - where to begin...This is not a unit for convertibles, as there is no combination of display colors that is effective in even moderate sunlight unless you can view it directly from the front. The unit had almost zero AM reception; if you venture more than a few miles from the transmitter, forget it. Last week, after having the 898 about a year, it died. Pulled the unit, verified connections and fuses, but no life. I reinstalled the stock radio with an optional AUX cable to satisfy original goal of iPhone/iPod connectivity.

    Pros: Good sound, Bluetooth. Crutchfield install kit matched the interior of my Mazda MX-5 perfectly and had great instructions.

    Cons: Poor display, terrible AM reception, completely died after about a year.

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    Guid from Tennessee on 4/21/2015

    1994 Volvo 940
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very, very pleased. I was looking for a high-quality head unit with a classy, simple look and a powerful, clean internal amplifier. I also particularly wanted the ability to customize frequencies on equalizer controls, which this unit has. The KDC-X898 has exceeded my expectations. Particularly pleased with the simplicity of controlling a hidden USB device using the rear USB input. I also like that this unit automatically resumes Bluetooth Audio playback from my iPhone when the car is restarted, even on apps other than the normal music player (like Downcast). Well worth the price, in my opinion.

    Pros: Classy, simple look; Internal amplifier quality; Customizable display; Rear USB input; Customizable frequencies on equalizer controls.

    Cons: As others have mentioned, the display can be a bit difficult to read in direct sunlight. Otherwise, none.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X898

    DEEBEE from North Carolina on 2/22/2015

    2001 Land Rover Discovery
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, does what it says in the specs and then some. I agree about the reflective screen and sunlight, wish there was a film available to overcome this. This product auto synchs with my iphone6 and continues to play where I left off, even with a 12 hour break inbetween. I am still playing with the oh so many settings, but definately a great improvement over my, now, 13 year old standard tuner, and the sound is fantastic

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: That screen


    john98888 from Washington on 2/17/2015

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

    Unit is very buggy and frequently freezes. Also the equalizer does not have nearly enough range.

    Pros: Ease of use

    Cons: Subpar sound

    Very Happy

    Chris M from PA on 2/17/2015

    2003 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very happy with this unit, looks great, works great. Easy to use but takes a little bit of learning. I wish the "source" select was a one button operation vs pressing the "src" button then turning the knob...maybe it is but I haven't figured it out yet.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, lots of options


    Love this deck!

    Anonymous from Pueblo West, Colorado on 1/29/2015

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is not an entry level deck. This is for an audiophile. Overall, I love this deck and am very happy with my purchase. The Crutchfield team and support was awesome. Had to call them a couple of times during the install and for a couple of technical questions.

    Pros: This deck looks awesome! Sleek with a multi color display that can be changed to match your dash lights out can continually cycle through the many colors. Higher power and high output voltage make your aftermarket speakers come alive. It easily connects to my LG G3 for blue tooth audio streaming and excellent speaker phone.

    Cons: It can be difficult to use. Do yourself a favor and download the manual to your smart phone, you'll need it. The display can be difficult to see in direct sunlight. So far, I can't figure out how to show the clock and show the song/channel info at the same time. Bluetooth initially only plays on the front speakers but can be changed to play on all speakers.

    in need

    JD from Spokane Washington on 1/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a Kenwood before and this is better. It has a lot more features that applies to me. I like the Bluetooth and the easy of adjusting to my situation.

    Pros: I think it is easy going through the menus and picking what I want.

    Cons: The shiny display can be hard to see depending on the color you pick.

    Beauty and the Beast!!

    mrcb1274 from memphis, tn on 11/8/2014

    2003 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Gorgeous display, awesome sound, mad power

    Pros: Ability to really customize sound

    Cons: Limited control if remote is lost or damaged

    Excelon is Excellent

    Jacob W from Harrodsburg KY on 10/24/2014

    2013 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo is exactly what I wanted and lives up to its name. I use this mostly for Bluetooth from my Galaxy S5 and with Poweramp installed on my phone it works great auto play takes a minute but it does work and sounds great. I listen to allot of high quality mp3 and flac files and with the audio buffer turned on in Poweramp it plays with very very few skips. I don't use the radio at all since there isn't anything good on. The dual USB ports are nice I don't use them but they are nice. It has dust covers which is a big thumbs up. The only thing threw me off was that fact that by default it only plays Bluetooth audio through the front speakers not the back ones, but it's a simple setting under the Bluetooth settings.


    Cons: The display has good color selection but it can only dim it can't get brighter which is sad cause if the stereo is tilted upwards only slightly the glare from the sun makes it unreadable. Not a huge deal since I use my phone anyhow.

    Only okay

    Brian H from Simi Valley, CA on 9/8/2014

    Bluetooth didn't display music info on my android phone, or my girlfriend's iPhone. The display was pathetically dim and could only be read efficiently at night. The audio quality was sub par, and required an excessive amount of tweaking to get bass (had to use bass booster on amp). It has no heatsink on the back to dissipate heat when it gets hot (dangerous!), and the microphone provided was garbage. I returned it to Crutchfield and got myself a Pioneer instead.

    Pros: Good wiring harness. Built surprisingly well despite no real heatsink. Cool power-down feature with lights. Feature-rich remote control

    Cons: Audio controls are lacking for the price you end up paying for. Display is insanely dim and can only be slightly remedied by flipping from positive to negative in display settings. No bluetooth audio information. Maximum volume only 35..? Really?

    Great product

    Andrew from Minneapolis, mn on 9/2/2014

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

    Great product and well worth the money

    Pros: All around great receiver

    Cons: Have to upgrade from the stock speakers

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    Luc from Montréal on 8/11/2014

    2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio but the display can not be read in direct sunlight

    Pros: Lot of feature for the price

    Cons: Display cannot be read when it is sunny

    Kenwood KDC-X898

    Anonymous from Berea, KY on 7/17/2014

    2004 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this car stereo recently and it's a great sound device, very sleek, professional audio for my sports car. I wanted a quality stereo and I got that plus very professional service from Crutchfield! This was my first purchase from them and I'm very satisfied!!!!

    Pros: Sound quality and features to control all the various speakers, such as your low, mids,and bass speakers.

    Cons: The settings takes a little time to understand but not a big issue.

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    dhorst from Grants Pass, OR on 7/6/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood KDC-X898, has been a great deck, plenty of power to run my Kicker KS separates. Sound quality is great and many options to adjust with built in EQ and custom settings. It will be even better when I add a SUB


    Cons: have to reset all setting when battery was dead after a camping trip.

    Excellent head unit.

    Jamie from Derry, NH on 6/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After shopping different head units and drilling down to specific NEEDS in features I came down to this unit and the next one down in the chain. The big selling feature for this particular unit was the expanded EQ capability and the ability to have user defined EQ presets. I listen to many types of music from metal to hip-hop to easy listening and I thought I'd be able to make use of that functionality and I was right. It's very nice to have the flexibility. Sound quality is excellent and the power section drives the Kicker CS series speakers very well. The settings adjustment is a little intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it you will be navigating and changing settings easily. Unfortunately the provided direction booklet flat out stinks and that makes it that much more intimidating. It only provides the end-user with the most basic of functions and installation instructions. Fortunately Kenwood provides a very detailed user's guide online but I think that it should be provided in hard copy form. It should also come with a case for the removable faceplate. Why make it removable and not provide a case? I have always received one in the past. More external buttons would be also be nice for the radio station presets. I also had the option of the next tier up unit that allows for speaker size selection and time delay. In retrospect I think I should have spent the extra $$$ but really, I'm still quite happy with the unit

    Pros: Sound, Flexibility, Music from a data source (memory stick in my case) sounds terrific, Excellent BT call quality.

    Cons: Rudimentary (and that's being kind) provided directions and no case for the faceplate. Fix these two things and it's a five star review all day long.

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    Lee C. from Fulshear, TX on 6/14/2014

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

    Very good unit with numerous add-ons. No issue with functionality, more of an issue trying to navigate to get to a function or setting. Unit appears to be designed more for a music / audio enthusiast or professional more so than your average user who wants the functionality without having to navigate through numerous menus - sub menus and sub - sub menus. The unit has great sound, but it took a while to set the basics up in order for it to operate at a novice level. A 100 page user manual should give the user an idea of what they are up against.

    Pros: Great sound and great functionality. Setup to accept almost every media source available.

    Cons: Sometimes confusing / frustrating trying to navigate to the appropriate set of menu selections and then the applicable sub menu(s). Navigation using the various selections is not very intuitive.

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    ErikW from Sicangu Nation, South Dakota on 5/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All around complete after market head unit. The sound quality is 10/10 with solid power producing built in amp handles efficiently. The style is sexy rather for a male or female the settings and accents makes it your own. Wiring is easy match the colors don't over think it. You will not be disappointed if you choose yo purchase this kenwood. I have it in an 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited no complaints just remember when it comes to the settings and adjusting sound, the settings are within settings.



    Great Sound

    2005 Corolla XRS from Florence, AL on 5/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this CD receiver for my 2005 corolla XRS. The install went smoothly(Thanks to Crutchfield's MasterSheet). Since I added the in dash Sirius XM tuner to this receiver the most time consuming part of the install was routing the antenna wire to the trunk lid. I put the mic at the top of the drivers side door pillar. Calls are clear the only complaint was that my audio was a little "echoey" which i would assume is simply from my voice echoing around the car. After reading some of the reviews I was a little concerned about the display being to dim in bright sunlight. At factory default settings it was hard to read. Someone that previously reviewed it suggested changing the color to orange (seemed red to me). That helped but the best improvement was changing the setting to when in daylight the unit automatically switches to negative( The text is not lit and everything else is lit). The receiver made my factory speakers sound 10 times better. I've owned two previous Kenwood receivers and I've never been disappointed in their sound. I've had this unit installed two weeks.

    Pros: Great sound. Great build quality. Crutchfield MasterSheet.

    Cons: Hard to read display in bright sunlight a factory default settings but made it acceptable by changing a couple of settings.

    Great Product

    Brandon from Denver, colorado on 5/11/2014

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

    Nothing bad can be said about this stereo. Even with factory speakers, the new din improved sound quality. Can't wait to upgrade speakers and hear this beautiful stereo!

    Pros: Multi-?light display

    Cons: Sometimes hard to see with sunglasses on

    Kenwood in a Jeep TJ

    Chris from Prescott, AZ on 3/6/2014

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

    Needed a mp3 playing head unit to replace the OE Jeep CD player. Since CDs are largely useless off-road this seemed like a likely choice. With Crutchfield's kit this was a very easy install. My only gripe is that the display is hard to read in the sun, particularly with polarized glasses on. This radio/CD/mp3 is a very nice replacement for the Wrangler's OE unit.

    Pros: Ease of installation, great sound, looks good in the center stack.

    Cons: Hard to read display with polarized glasses. Altering the color to orange helped.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X898 CD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X898 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X898 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-X898 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X898 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X898 features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-X898 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    EQ Pro: The KDC-X898 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, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When Sound Reconstruction is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-X898 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-X898. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X898 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-X898 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-X898 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-X898, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X898. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
    Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

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

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-X898 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X898 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-X898 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-X898 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-X898; 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-X898 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-X898 supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder) 999 folders/20,480 (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X898 will display MP3/WMA/AAC audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

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

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

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

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X898 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 8
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X898'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-X898 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X898.
    • 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-X898.

    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z) or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-AR755 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/App Mode: The iPod/App Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X898 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/30/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Aha Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y 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 Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The head unit allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.

    AM/FM+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-X898 features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual Tune. The KDC-X898's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-X898 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.
    Note: 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.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-X898 allows you to access Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Aha Radio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X898 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-X898. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X898 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X898 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 skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-X898 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-X898 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    • Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+); available from iTunes Apps or Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-X898 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories. In addition, you can register channels you want to skip.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be stored. You can also tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You can also store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • Tune Start & Alerts: Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X898 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X898 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.

    Multi-Line Text Display: The 3-line full dot LCD makes it easy to navigate through your disc's music, radio presets, iPod music library, USB content, Bluetooth audio, or phonebook contacts. The KDC-X898 offers 5 different display types:

    • 3-line display mode with 3 lines of text (which can include song/artist information, plus clock & date).
    • 2-line display mode with 2 lines of text (which can include song/artist information, plus clock).
    • Spectrum Analyzer display (no song/artist information or clock).
    • Clock display mode with clock & date (no song/artist information).
    • Display off mode which turns off the display and button illumination.
    Note: The Kenwood KDC-X898 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X898 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. 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.

    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.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KDC-X898 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.

    Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display. 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.

    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. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X898 comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    I have been using Kenwood head units for the last 20 yrs. and will keep doing so. They have some of the best products on the market and they seem to last forever. Their tech seems to always keep up with what is in and they always have a model that has the features that I want. KENWOOD for LIFE! I have always installed my own Car Audio products and Crutchfield makes this super easy. [ Alex  Apr 29, 2016 ]

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    I, too, have this problem, with two phones. A 2013 Droid Maxx and a 2015 Nexus 6. While Crutchfield support was extremely nice and very patient, we were unable to fix the problem. I even got Kenwood support involved and they were unable to help as well. We tried different apps too and no luck. When I asked Kenwood if they were going to issue a firmware update to fix this, they gave a very evasive answer which loosely translated to "no". It works fine with an older JVC radio, so the issue is definitely with the Kenwood radio and not the phone. If anyone has a solution, please share. [ Mike  Sep 01, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Aug 27, 2015 ]  Staff
    I have had this radio for about 1 1/2 years. I have used my 2 tb hard drive on it mp3 and mp4 files work perfectly. i used my old DROID Razr and HTC One on it and had no connection issues with it. The Pandora and IheartRadio apps that are built in are a little annoying to use but you can still play Pandora through your bluetooth connection. Other than that minor issue I have to say this is one of my favorite radios I've had. [ Mitchell  Jun 29, 2015 ]
    I Have a galaxy s5 and it works beautifully thru bluetooth. [ krista  Jun 28, 2015 ]
    1. Please check on Kenwood's website to determine which Android phones are compatible with this head unit. 2. The user's manual for this head unit doesn't specify what size flash drive can be used, it only lists what the maximum number of files that can be read from a thumb drive. I have been using a 32GB flash drive on this head unit without any issues. [ ANDRE  Jun 28, 2015 ]
    I believe that you will push the control knob, go to display settings, then go to nega display. There you will find nega/posi settings. I think that you would want a "posi" display scheme, but you can play around with different ones from there. Also, try different color settings. Hope that helps. [ JESSE  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    Thanks! I appreciate the reply [ drp643  Jun 11, 2014 ]
    It should be the setting for Negative and Positive Display to help you see the display in sunlight. Display & Illumination Settings for the KDC-X898 Press [Control] knob Select "Disp&Illumi" using the [Control] knob Select a Display & Illumination setting item using [Control] knob You would be looking for the option for "Disp Nega/Posi" and then set accordingly. [ ANDRE  Jun 11, 2014 ]
    The only setting I have found is to invert the contrast. Make the background the color and the font black. Even then it can be difficult to see. Hope it helps [ DAN  Jun 10, 2014 ]
    I would like to know very hard to see [ JON  Jun 10, 2014 ]
    Well the only differences is the x998 has hd radio which, in my experience, you wont use. The second is the x998 has 13 band eq and the x898 has 3. That's about it. [ Tyler  Sep 23, 2015 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Apr 22, 2014 ]  Staff