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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993

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Kenwood makes it easy to use your iPod® in your vehicle. Its direct iPod connection lets you control your playlists and albums with the receiver's controls, while the multi-line display shows off your artist and song info in clear detail. Grab the big jog dial and skip through your files in 10% jumps, or search alphabetically — the choice is yours. Plus, your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

Built-in Bluetooth® and much more

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993 CD receiver features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling in your vehicle with a compatible phone. When a call comes in, the KDC-X993 mutes your music so you can hear your caller over the vehicle's speakers. Position the included noise-canceling microphone in a convenient place, and they'll hear you loud and clear.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993 CD receiver

Easy iPod® controls

Kenwood makes it easy to use your iPod® in your vehicle. Its direct iPod connection lets you control your playlists and albums with the receiver's controls, while the multi-line display shows off your artist and song info in clear detail. Grab the big jog dial and skip through your files in 10% jumps, or search alphabetically — the choice is yours. Plus, your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

Hook your iPod to the receiver's USB input, and you'll bypass your iPod's digital-to-analog converter, allowing Kenwood's superior 24-bit DAC to make your files sound their best. If you're not using an iPod, you can load up a thumb drive with MP3, WMA, and AAC files and connect it to the rear USB input. You'll also find a rear auxiliary input for MP3 players and other audio sources.

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Digital enhancements for beautiful sound

Kenwood's Sound Excellence signal processor offers digital sound enhancements designed to give you the best possible sound in your vehicle. Highway Sound optimizes your music so it can be better heard over the road noise, while the Supreme + feature improves sound quality by enhancing the frequencies in your digital files that get lost during compression.

The Digital E's crossover feature allows you to trim some of the lows out of your front and rear speakers and adjust the low frequencies going to a sub, so your equipment plays more efficiently. If you're building a full system, the three sets of preamp outputs send a strong 4-volt signal to your amps for superior sound quality and lower noise levels.

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Connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-X993, 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. Kenwood includes a full-function remote control so you and your passengers can change sources, search through music files, and access the awesome audio adjustment capability built into this receiver.

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

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with 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 files
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Sound Excellence DSP (5-band equalizer, iPod EQ, Highway Sound, Digital E's crossover)
    • 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
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connection cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio, CD changer, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-547 Wireless remote
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • External microphone
    • Soft fabric face case
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Face-fixing screws
    • Machine screw
    • Philips-head mounting screw
    • Kenwood Music Editor CD-ROM (ver.2.1.0)
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card
    • "Attention" sheet (taped to unit)
    • Music Editor note

    deck is sick, easy to use, installed it within 15 minutes. The bluetooth audio streaming is nice, & my friends say I sound great while using the bluetooth calling.

    MF, Cape Cod, MA


    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (37 Reviews)

    Feature packed but very hoaky interface. Don't recommend.

    Sad Kenwood owner from Atlanta, GA on 9/4/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My focus was a receiver with built in bluetooth so I can travel down the road handsfree to drive. What I received is a unit that ties my hands up trying to figure out the interface instead of listening to music just listening to music and driving. I don't understand why Kennwood engineers continue to design items that only they can operate. What I joke. I have since taken the unit out of my vehicle and its now in my boat. I hope the unit sinks cause it stinks. Do not purchase. Go with and Alpine unit. I did and love it!



    Bluetooth has lots of problems

    ronr255 from Denver, CO on 9/12/2010

    The receiver lights up nice and has some cool display features, but the bluetooth never has worked with my iphone correctly. Now that I have the iphone 4, it doesn't work at all. Not even 6 months old, and it doesn't work. Way to go, Kenwood... The navigation isn't very hard to figure out, but to get around the menus, or even change the channel while driving with the joystick type push direction wheel is really awkward. I spent too much on this receiver for it to already be obsolete. I don't know what else is out there, but I'd keep looking if I had the chance, again...



    Crutchfield is the BEST! Kenwood, not so much

    Anonymous from Minneapolis, MN on 3/13/2010

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for a couple of weeks, and I am still learning how to work it. I agree wholeheartedly with other reviewers about the interface: it is horrid. I fully understand that this unit has an amazing amount of capabilities, but it is as if the engineers at Kenwood held meetings to come up with the most complicated design ever. It sounds great, and the ability to read music files off a thumb drive parked in the glove compartment is a hoot. It also works perfectly with my iPhone 3GS, and people tell me that they can hear me as well as if I was talking directly into the phone. I still can't figure out how to get the stereo to set up and use voice dialing tags, but I am already tired of carrying the instruction manual around with me at all times. And if you can get the Control button to do what you want the first time (especially pushing it in), you are probably parked, 'cuz it requires too much concentration and careful handwork to keep from launching it off in an unwanted direction. The animation after every action is very cheesy, but I do have to admit that choosing red for the dials/surround and blue for the display nearly completely matches the dash colors of my New Beetle. C'mon Kenwood----fix the controls, and this would be the best ever! Crutchfield's service is, of course, the best by far of any mail order/Internet company on the planet.



    Needs more buttons!

    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 3/10/2010

    2004 Audi A6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in: 2004 Audi A6, replacing Bose Symphony head unit. Kenwood trys too hard to pack a bunch of functions into too few surface buttons and TOO MANY jog wheel functions. It's darn near impossible to figure out something as simple as the tuner programming. I don't even think you can use the tuner without the remote, which is ridiculous. (I need to read the manual closer, but that itself is very cumbersome). Aside from the buried functions and cumbersome manipulation of the controls to access some very basic items, overall the sound is a solid upgrade from my factory Bose system (note to car makers: slapping "Bose" on a radio doesn't make it awesome, Bose themselves should be ashamed of the sound quality in this radio I replaced, I doubt they even did any of the acoustical matching and probably took Audi's word for it). The 993 brings out frequencies that the factory speakers are capable of replicating that the Bose head unit never output to them. I would recommend anyone looking to upgrade a factory sound system to start with the head unit because I found I don't need to replace the speakers at all. The EQ on this thing (once you find it) is pretty killer at getting the right tones. Overall, there is a lot of great functionality in this radio, it works pretty well with the iPhone (doesn't give the "airplane mode" annoying warning) and Crutchfield has been pretty helpful. Installed myself with their help.



    Nice features, poor execution and a little buggy

    Brian from Greenville, IL on 3/9/2010

    2000 Toyota Celica GTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit despite some negative comments regarding ease of use. Loved the features, but it was so terribly difficult to use, that I ended up returning it. Pros: 1. Decent feature set 2. Sounds great 3. Worked with my iPod 3Gs (most of the time) 4. Bluetooth, including A2DP streaming was good Cons: 1. Aweful usability. Even changing stations was a challenge. The manual provided some clues, but basic functionality was non-intuitive 2. Control knob difficult to use. Took 2-3 tries to actually push the button. Would more often register as a click UP or DOWN. 3. iPhone functionality buggy. Frequent "ipod error" and required multiple attempts to connect. 4. Random BT disconnet. - not too often, but often enough to irritate me. Had to restart unit to get it to reconnect. 5. Sound quality was excellent, but not out of the box. There are way too many sound options to have to fiddle with. The EQ presets didn't sound good - had to dial in each frequency manually. 6. Cheesy animations. Wanna change settings? Be prepared for some lag while the animation completes. Irritating, and not very cool, even. I could have lived with this unit if I didn't have a choice, but since Crutchfield has such a great return policy, I opted to return this and go with a more minimalistic Alpine unit (the CDE-103BT). I'm MUCH happier with this unit. It just works, still sounds great, and has all the features I need.



    Fantastic unit - with the worst interface ever

    Scott from Chicago on 3/8/2010

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

    On paper, this radio looks perfect - Bluetooth, AUX, hands-free with mic, USB and a good display. Installation was a breeze, and the radio does live up to its promise. Audio is fantastic, plenty of features and a reliable Bluetooth. Sadly, it suffers from the worst possible user interface ever developed. Features are hidden, some options are only available when the unit is in standby (you can set the clock when it is on, but date is only available in standby). Some menu options require a single click, some a click to the right, and some a long click. Someone must have put effort into making this thing as difficult as possible to use. That said, you do get used to it, and the reliability and sound quality make up for its shortcomings.



    Great Reciever!!

    Jonathan from Ohio on 3/5/2010

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

    For the most part this is a great reciever. The sound is awsome. However if you are not techy then don't try it. It really does take some getting used to. I have a Iphone 3gs and you have to wait for it to download every time you start the car before plugging in the iphone or it wont work and you will have to unplug it and plug it back in. That, the techyness of it, and the fact that it is a little hard to see during the day are its only drawbacks. My fav part is the bluetooth...i love not having to mess with the phone while driving. Overall im very impressed and would definately buy it again...the wife says she wants on in her car now!!




    keith from Raleigh,NC on 2/25/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, I have been a loyal Crutchfield customer for the past 20 years. I have been very satisfied with their products and service. I have purchased and installed many head units over the years. I have to say that the KDC-X993 indash is at the top of the class. It's features, functionalty, and overall sound quality, makes it and excellent value in the market place. I have been listening to this unit now for the last 3 weeks and have not been dissapointed with it's performance. As with most head units there is a learning curve in adapting to it's functions. I have been going through the motions and have not encountered any glitches in the menu functions(so far). The display graphics are eye candy and can be altered to suit your taste. However,(as mentioned in other reviews) direct sunlight washes out the text. Kenwood should have bio light option as an alternate. Also, Kenwood is one of the few that does not have a pass through to operate both HD radio and Sat. Kenwood should take note for future models. My Alpine 100x4 amp delivers clean dynamic sound from this units 4V preouts. The KDC-X993 delivers the goods.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993

    David from Derby, KS on 2/8/2010

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am a devoted Alpine Fan but due to price versus features I decided to try the Kenwood. I wish my alpine sounded this good.... Anyways after months of deliberation I finally ordered with the HD converter. My 20 year old hooked this up for me within an hours worth of time. the clarity of the HD system is Cd quality, bluetooh was a breeze to setup on my Palm PRE and was able to stream music with no additional work. If you have apps like pandora you can stream easily to this unit with no extra effort. I can charge my phone through the USB connection. I had read in other blogs that this unit even sounds great on stock speakers and it is true. Cant wait to install some aftermarket speakers.... Nothing else compares to the Quality, price and features of this unit.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993

    Curt from St. Louis, MO on 2/4/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: -Pretty display -Can control iPhone through receiver or on iPhone -Locatable Mic for Bluetooth -Sound quality Cons: The reciever had a lot of trouble with the Bluetooth audio streaming. The streaming audio would stutter constantly. I tried multiple iPhones, and both iPhones exhibited the same problem with the receiver. In addition, both phones work perfect when streaming Bluetooth audio in my vehicle (Mazda3 w/ factory equipment). The KDC-X993 also has user interface issues. Many of these issues can be mitigated if you like to use the remote (my wife did not like using the remote though). Simple actions like changing the source or favorite stations take multiple presses of the right joystick and distract the driver too much. While none of the controls are unlearnable, they are not user friendly. As others have noted, the right joystick has too much resistance to press in, and not enough resistance for up/down/left/right. If you didn't need to use the right joystick a lot, then this would not be a problem. Almost every command goes through the right joystick though. No matter how careful you try, you will mess up and hit the joystick incorrectly. Lastly, the phone button is too small, hard, and you must hold it down to answer the phone or hang up. The KDC-X993 is a good unit, if you can overlook it's various issues. I could not, so I rated it 2 stars. A double din unit by Kenwood with similar features/price and more buttons would be a much better receiver.



    Not intuative

    Rafael from Tampa, FL on 2/1/2010

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

    The radio works great but it seems to not be as intuative as other kenwood radios i've had before. I would have prefered for the second knob to change the stations when you turn it. Instead you have to push left or right. The turning is for favorites that don't seem to bookmark when there is a secondary HD channel. Also to pick up the phone it would have been nice if it answered on any button. Otherwise great radio.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993

    MF from Cape Cod, MA on 2/1/2010

    deck is sick, easy to use, installed it within 15 minutes. The bluetooth audio streaming is nice, & my friends say I sound great while using the bluetooth calling.



    Great Sound and Options!

    Jack from Colorado Springs, CO on 1/27/2010

    1998 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After reading all of the reviews about the user interface on this radio I was a little afraid to order it. The unit has great features, and with a little time reviewing the manual it isnt that difficult to operate. The sound options such as the bass boost on the unit are great, and the clarity is wonderful. The biggest issues I have are the difficultly selecting tuner presets and selecting the source (e.g., tuner, Ipod, CD etc); both are a two step process. However, with the sound quality and options this deck have I would still highly recommend this radio! This it the first time I've ordered through Crutchfield, and they have won my future business with their outstanding Tech Support!




    eric from Bakersfield, CA on 1/23/2010

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the KDC-x993 in my 2005 Dodge Ram. I chose this model over a few Alpine models because of features that were included with the Kenwood which the Alpines did not (like a bypass iPod DAC & Bluetooth together in one head unit, plus CDs). Installation was a breeze, the Bluetooth worked easily with my blackberry 9700. No problem with my 2nd Gen Touch or Nano. USB works great too. The controls were a little cumbersome at first, but after a little use, it works great. Everything included from crutchfield worked great. Now my wife wants one too, but I bought her an alpine ;-)



    Haters, take a pill.

    Anonymous from Kenowhere, IL on 1/22/2010

    2004 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simply put this HU is awesome for the money. I went whole hog, bought an HD tuner, found a refurbed satellite unit, and a steering wheel controller. After hooking it all up (subs to come soon), I was floored. PROS: 4 line display with color choice and RDS is beautiful HU seemlessly connected to HD radio, Sirius, and Bluetooth User interface offers so many customizable settings- make it your own! Bluetooth! Music cuts off when call comes in, remembers where song left off, and also streams music. Dual zone control. Play music in the front while my kids listen to dvd feed through the back. CONS: True, the interface is confusing. That right button is fickle. Tap it in, push it sideways, twist it, did I do it right??? I'm still trying to figure out which thing it wants me to do and when. Surfing through presets, especially with 140 satellite stations is annoying. That's it! Otherwise, the HU is simply amazing. I can't wait to go on another week long road trip with the minivan full just to see how we can push this system to the max! I am the kind of guy to ask a lot of what I buy, and Kenwood has never let me down in 20 years. If you're not afraid to have a relationship with your stereo, this HU is amazing. You won't regret it.



    Can't go wrong!!!

    MOJOMAN from El Paso, Texas on 1/21/2010

    I bought this unit for my 2002 911 carerra. This unit is awesome. The Blue Tooth is a convenience masterpiece, and the sound over the stock unit is incredible. You can create your own color display to match your cluster lights. This deck looks factory in my car. The unit makes my Bose speakers put out the most awesome sound. The features are wonderful. did I mention IPOD control. I love the random feature on the unit. It will shuffle your songs for you, and keep your IPOD charged. The best investment I have made in a long time.



    Maybe too many bells and whistles?!?!

    Tom from High Point, NC on 1/16/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm no stereo expert but this Kenwood makes the 6th aftermarket deck I've installed in a vehicle. I'm not crazy about it. I had already ordered another stereo to replace it when Crutchfield dropped the price of the Kenwood. Now, I'll probably keep it just for the savings. If Kenwood was trying to create a completely different user interface than all other stereos on the market, congrats to them. Keep your manual close by, you're going to need it. The primary button used for most everything, the right knob which is called the control knob, is finicky. If you don't push it directly in the center you're off to another menu you don't want or need. Voice Command works but not what I would call "hands free". To access it, you push the function button, then the control knob to the left, the control knob down three times, push the control knob in to access voice recog., then you have to push the knob again before you speak the name you want to dial. When you speak the name, it displays it on the screen then you have to hold the control knob in for 1 second to initiate dialing. Try doing all that while keeping your eyes on the road. The sound isn't riveting but I imagine with the many available sound options and tuning, I have to do some tweaking. For the price and options, I guess it's a decent stereo but it's going to take some getting used to for sure.



    excellent radio

    mvp17 from Racine Wisconsin on 1/8/2010

    I purchased this radio after my other kenwood head unit was stolen out of my car. This radio is really not that hard to program or work. If you read the manual, the head unit is fairly easy to use, or program. This head unit is outstanding. The expansive menu and settings make my system sounds great!!! I have 1" infinity dome tweeters, pioneer 3 way 4x6, pioneer 5 way 6x9, two 10 " rockford fosgate subwoofers. I have 1 500 watt punch series running the subs and a 250 watt punch series running the 6x9s. I have installed the KTC-HR200 HD radio tuner , the SC-C1 SIRIUS radio tunner with the KCA-SR50 SIRIUS adapter. The USB connection for my i-pod is wonderfull. The female plug adapter makes installation real easy. All of my components work seamlessly together. Plus with Crutchfields advice and tech support everything was easy to install if you have some knowledge in this area.I will be a customer for life. Thanks Crutchfied for all your help and assistance.




    Eric from Columbus, Ohio on 12/16/2009

    1996 Volvo 850 GLT

    I installed this as my first ever car mod and crutchfield made everything sooo simple. Step by step instrustions made me a repeat customer. Now i have this head unit, 2 rockford fosgate subs, and a kicker amp. great stuff. Overall this is an excellent headunit. Everything works so well. The only compliant i have is that since the screen is plastic, if the sun is directed at it, it's a little hard to read. Other than that, everything is soo crisp and amazing! Worth the money without a doubt!



    fantastic radio, service, experience, 2002 corvette

    mdpigroaster from Columbia, Md on 12/7/2009

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

    I bought this radio to replace the factory radio in my 2002 corvette. it had the features that i wanted: bluetooth, ipod, RDS, highway sound. The online experience was great, and everything stated was exactly correct. i did the installation and it was easy. The harness adapter from Metra connected properly but the LED light never came on. I contacted service and they immediately sent another out. This did not solve the problem, so it may be a harness things. They are looking into it. The radio sounds fantastic through the BOSE factory amp and speaker. The display is good and the controls are easy, once you get used to it, but it is no IPOD user interface. I am debating on whether to use the IPOD itouch control or to use the radio control. Bluetooth with my Samsung Omnia was easy. It easily connected and downloaded the phone book. The sound, calling friends, was very good, but I was not driving the car at the time. The car itself is very noisy, lot's of road noise, so we will see. I like this radio so much, I bought another as a xmas present.



    great stereo

    Thomas from Eutaw, Al on 10/25/2009

    As all Kenwood head units I have owned over the years this is one great head unit. The controls are a little complicated but they only take getting used to. I love all of the features and the quality is A#1. If you are serious about your equipment and want the best this is it. The fact is the unit is only topped by Crutchfields people and service. They get all of my business and I have been buying from them since 1978.



    Great Head Unit

    Yao from Philadelphia, PA on 10/22/2009

    i have a Corolla, and initially had the factory JBL system, plus a 12" Boston sub in a sealed box, and a Kenwood mono amp. To me, it sounded okay, nothing special. So, i decided to upgrade it to make it sound better. So, i went ahead and bought this headunit, along with the steering-wheel interface, and the headunit-to-factory amp adapter. i also kept the factory speakers and the factory speaker-amp (for now). Let me tell you something: This head unit put the factory JBL headunit to shame. i never thought that the factory JBL speakers can sound so much better. The tweeters, mid bass, and mid range all sound cleaner and more resounding now than ever before, and even the sub sounds deeper and cleaner. Sure, the controls take a while to get used to, but if you spend a little time tweaking them, you can make your whole stereo system sound, oh, so good ! This is because of the 5-band EQ setting on this baby that you can play with. You would never get that option with the JBL factory unit, regardless of all the hype they try to sell you about their "awesome" JBL system. My advice to the consumers out there is this: DO NOT buy a car with an over-hyped "brand-name" factory sound system, REGARDLESS of what "expert" reviewers say. Instead, buy a good, dependable car with a regular 6-speaker system, AND THEN upgrade from there. You would save hundreds of dollars, AND get a much better sound system that you can actually enjoy while you drive.




    knufinke from Denver, CO on 10/12/2009

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What an amazing product! Such good sound and functionality packaged with the worlds worst interface. Really fails on the usability side. Turn the right knob and nothing happens (you have to go through some mystery programming). If you want to press the right controller for a second you better not be moving, otherwise your hand may bounce up / down. With all the energy put into a flashy display, you would think it would be a little and at the very least they would use the space available. Annoying graphics prevent you from using the interface quickly. No buttons for presets? Why are all the functions located on the way too overloaded right side knob? Wow, just wow.



    Excellent Receiver

    John from Southern CA on 9/27/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I first started getting into car audio after a cassette melted in my Accent's factory deck. I replaced it in 2007 with a Sony CDX-GT510 along with a direct connect iPod adapter. The interface of browsing and selecting songs off the iPod through the deck was tedious and extremely slow. This receiver beats the heck out my previous Sony unit. The x993's 5-line display is amazing for scrolling through my 6000+ iPod library. I can search by letter and skip by percentages while scrolling. Since there are 5 lines of display, I view all the information for the song playing. In the past it was only a 14-digit display, and you would have to wait for the entire song, artist, album name to scroll. Not any more. The display's custom color ability works great with matching with you car's dash. And one of the most welcomed features is the remembrance of the song I was last playing when I turned the car off. The blue-tooth has performed great with my Samsung Access. It displays my battery and signal. And has stopped me from worrying about a headset while driving. No tickets for me. The rear USB and 3.5 mm port are great because it leaves the deck looking clean. I can just route the cables into my glove box for easy access. The sound settings are extensive, and if you take the time to fine-tune them for your car, it pays off. I have dual 12 kicker comp subs with four 5.25 Kicker speakers (with the entire car dampened). It all comes together well for my tiny Accent.



    Powerful audio technology for low low price

    Ben from Madison, WI on 8/25/2009

    Bad: it is practically unreadable in mid-day daylight. Usually I'm not driving around noon much. The knob controller is practically useless. Pushing in has too much resistance, and there is no sideways resistance at all - but luckily there is a far more effective way to use this unit: the remote. USE THE REMOTE. It will totally change the way you feel about their controls. Speaker distance and EQ have allowed me to get the best in-car response that I have ever had. The 5-band EQ - if you take the time to apply it to your biggest peaks you can end up with a respectable FR for a car. Everyone who has sat in my car has made mention of how good it sounds. They think I have paid thousands upon thousands of dollars for it. The bluetooth was a pain to get set up, but once connected is a complete no-brainer. I had issues with the Mic Gain and N/R - when turned up people had trouble hearing me clearly. Once lowered, it is very decent quality. Bluetooth music streaming from my iPhone sounds horrific. I am not sure if this is the Bluetooth spec, my phone, or what - but I have little use for it anyway so I don't use it. I just plug it into the USB port and charge/play at the same time. I ran into an issue with over 255 folders because I had artist folders and then each album in a separate folder. I ditched the album folders (easy enough with my uniform ID3 tags) and that solved it. I really am highly impressed with the sound quality.



    Awesome sound, Incredible bluetooth

    James from Orange County, California on 8/8/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is simply amazing, it does take some time to get used to it since there are definitely a lot of features. I upgraded from a Sony deck I bought a couple years ago; I wanted to ad a four channel amp but the head unit I had only had a pre amp output for a sub. The bluetooth on this unit is simply amazing, everyone I have spoken too can't tell that it's not the regular phone, I can hear other people loud and clear and they can hear me, no problems on the freeway either. I recommend this unit to anyone who doesn't mind learning the interface, you will love all the setting's it's packed with, and the sound quality is crystal clear.



    "Steer" clear of this unit...

    Anonymous from North Carolina on 8/2/2009

    The main reason I purchased this unit was because it was the only unit on the market that had an orange illumination to match my car dash illumination. So I succeeded in the goal, the unit looks great and I get ooh's and ahhs when the unit is turned on and off. That's where the positives end. You will need a physics degree to set this thing up. Programming this unit is a WAY bigger head ache than it's worth. Another reason I wanted a new HU in my car was to have SIRIUS. Yes, I'm hooked. However, as far as I can tell, this unit only has 6 station presets. BUYER BEWARE if your car has STEERING WHEEL volume and station controls. THIS UNIT WILL NOT WORK WITH THEM, and even though my installer said the unit would work with my steering wheel controls, they could not make it work after 2 days of trying. The next thing I have to say about this unit is that you CANNOT SEE the display. For some reason, the makers of this unit decided to shield their modern display behind a glossy piece of plastic that you CANNOT see through when the slightest outside light shines on it. Now to the main reason you would buy this unit...the sound. Yes this unit sounds nice, BUT it does not sound as full and rich as my BMW factory unit. Even though this unit has a good selection of sound settings including a manual equalizer setting, there is not a dimes worth of difference between all the settings. You won't be able to tell much difference between any of them.



    great for an audiophile on a budget

    Neil from Phoenix, AZ on 7/24/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all I must agree with the the other reviews in that this radio is very complicated and depending on the feature is also unintuitive. I've had this h/u for several months and still need to keep the manual in my car. However, if you understand the more technical aspects of what makes a good deck and or just want lots of adjustability then it's pretty good. The built in dsp has many of the features built into it that Alpine makes you buy the imprint module for, acoustical cabin correction and digital time alignment stuff. It does make a difference. Blue tooth sounds way better than Pioneers. You can adjust the mic gain and noise reduction. I've got mine tucked way down under the pull out ashtray and people can hear me just fine. What about the display? It's not as bright as I would like but you can increase the contrast and select blue/green mix for the display and it will remedy the problem. This head unit is Not intended for the not so technical. But if you are like me an like all the adjustments then go for it. Overall sound quality is better than Pioneer and close to Alpine in that it has a crisp, detailed sound. My biggest gripe is the 5-band eq. They load this h/u up with so many features yet give you a modest eq.



    Way too difficult to use

    prhode from Peoria, IL on 6/5/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit sounds good and and a very good bluetooth component, but it is the least intuitive receiver I have ever encountered. It took me half an hour and pages of reading just to figure out how to do even the most basic stuff. I put this in a convertible I drive part time, so I need to keep the owners manual in the car to re-learn everything whenever I use it. And forget about having a passenger find a song while you drive! Also, the control knob takes 2 or 3 tries to push straight down almost every time I use it. On top of that, the radio presets are a joke and the screen LED's are so dim they are invisible in a convertible. This is just the wrong unit for me.



    The Best and the Worst

    Frederick from VA on 5/28/2009

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

    Have to agree with the other reviews: great sound but the interface leaves much to be desired. Like who in their right mind would design such a disaster? First they "forgot" the 6 radio preset buttons. Instead you have to toggle the "control" knob to cycle thru your presets. Ooops. Only if you're in the right scan mode: first press another button for 2 seconds to put the scan mode into presets. Press the control knob sidesways to find your preset. Now if you want to find a station not in the preset memory, press the setup button 2 seconds again to put in manual scan mode or station scan mode. Useless. Also, appears when you reach the end of an mp3 folder, it won't advance to the next folder, you have to push the folder advance button. My old 991 (?) Excelon unit just moved on to the next file. Could be a setup option I've not found. The backlight on the display is very uneven: very bright on the left, dim on the right. Very distracting. Contrast settings affect both sides equally. May be defective - will call Crutchfield. Ipod interface works well. MP3 CDs load much faster than my old Excelon. File and folder advance is very fast. Sound quality is great and a lot of flexibility tho a maze of menus to set it all up is tiring and not something you want to do while driving. Kenwood should spend some time to redesign the UI and send us all a reworked faceplate, firmware update.



    Awesome Unit but you have to get used to it.

    Jorge from Phoenix, AZ on 5/27/2009

    1998 Audi A8
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is really an awesome unit.. It is feature packed, and it sounds terrific. Pros: * Great Sound. * Bluetooth integration is awesome. * Display color selection (I have an Audi with red illumination). * Hands free is clear for both calling parties. * IPOD integration is excellent, fast and easy to use. * Menu system is intuitive once you learn your way around. Cons: * Menu system is complicated initially. * Control button requires a bit of getting used to when atttempting to push IN. * Beautiful display, but it can be hard to see when the sun shines on it. (This depends on the angle of the sun, and the display color selection). Overall: Very happy with the unit. I have been using Alpine for a while now, and I'm very impressed with the quality, feature set and logics of Kenwood. PS. This unit is SMS capable (via bluetooth), but your phone has to be able to support it as well. So far, none of the phones I've tried has had this feature. (Blackberry Storm, Env2, and a couple of Windows Mobile devices).



    Feels like a cheap brand

    Canfield from Indianapolis, IN on 5/20/2009

    I spent a little more money than I wanted on this unit because it had a very specific set of features I wanted (Bluetooth, Rear USB & Aux, HD Radio Option, RDS, etc) and it didn't look like some kind of "ricer" unit. Being a Kenwood, I really expected an amazing unit. I'm severely disappointed. As others have mentioned, the controls are ridiculously complicated. 3 days later I'm still having to refer to the manual to figure out how things work. Passengers in my vehicle don't stand a chance of figuring it out. The trim is such that if your dash doesn't hold the unit perfectly horizontal, you won't be able to read the bottom line of the display. Also, the display is so glossy that it's challenging to read during the day due to all of the glare. And so much for the clean look... when you do *anything* with the controls, you have to wait for some cheesy animation. This is both annoying and embarrassing. Also, when you turn the car off and on, the whole unit pulses through a rainbow of colors. It's just so cheesy. The manual is among the worst translations I've encountered. Its what you'd expect from a Chinese no-name. From a technical standpoint, it does what it says. The problems are really just issues of a bad interface and poor front-panel design. If this were any other product, I would expect a firmware update to fix it. As it is, I'm seriously reviewing the return policy.



    Poor controls flaky iPhone Integration

    John from Baltimore Maryland on 5/15/2009

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit sounds good, but the controls are unusable unless you are parked. You really must use the remote control to switch between preset stations since the multi function knob doesn't work in a predictable manner. The iPhone 3g integration works, when it works. I've had the unit only a week and in the past couple of days the receiver will not always recognize the iPhone for iPod use. It comes up with an error message. I end up disconnecting the iPhone and reconnecting it a few times to get it to work. Once the receiver finds the iPhone it works well. I use the Kenwood iPod cable. So far I am not very impressed with the Bluetooth system in the device. The sound quality coming out of the speakers is good. So far the sound quality from the microphone leaves something to be desired. I haven't had much time to play with all of the settings to optimize the microphone. Hopefully the microphone will sound better if I reconfigure it. The instruction manual is simply horrible. It is poorly structured and poorly written. Fortunately Crutchfield's telephone support people are great and were able to get me past some early configuration issues. If I had it to do again I would pass on this unit.



    Everything and more.....

    jbenwah12000 from Jefferson City, MO on 5/10/2009

    2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is top shelf. Absolutely everything I was looking for and a bit more. The controls are very nice, and the look is untouchable. The multiple color scheme makes it easy to match any color dash lights in any make of car. I should know I have an 05 Pontiac with those absolutely annoying red lights. Not very easy to find a receiver that can match those, but this one did. I was very happy about that. Looks aren't everything, but they do matter. I have this currently running them through the car factory Monsoon system, and will soon upgrade because this unit is begging me for more. The only downfall to this receiver and it isn't a big one is its a bit tricky to get the hang of initially, but once I had a couple of hours to play with it things got much simpler. I would definitely buy this unit again.



    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X993

    relaxed986 from Tampa, FL on 5/8/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent stereo with great features. However, the controls are overly complicated and difficult to use. There is a steep learing cuve with this unit, but other than that, it's a lot of stereo for the money.



    Good news - it sounds OK

    R from Honolulu on 5/4/2009

    Good: This receiver sounds ok after it's burned in a few hours. Bad: The 7-Way Control Knob seems more like an "out-of-control" knob. When you try and push it, it tends to go "left" instead of "in". This can require taking your eyes off the road, and spending time looking at the receiver instead of the road which I think is dangerous. Worse, the designers have a complicated menu structure, so to change between CD and Tuner for example, you have to press Source first, watch the menu selections, twist the knob and then press it in (and it will try to go left instead of in). It would be laughable but lack of concentration while driving isn't good. The setup functions require similar contortions, but can be done while not driving, so safer. The USB port, iPod jack, bluetooth mic jack and remote sensor are all on the back of the unit and require routing wires behind the dash. It does sound fine, but it seems unnecessarily complicated to operate, and a bit dangerous to manipulate in traffic. You may be tempted to think the knob is just me - you have been warned. ;)



    Best Bang For The Buck

    Ken from Saint Clair Shores, MI on 5/2/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pro's: Simply put, this head unit is amazing. It has more options than I know what to do with. You can't beat this unit for features and performance per dollar. At the price, it's a steal. Other manufactures are selling similar head units for more and have less options. I bought this for a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. This unit blows the stock unit out of the water. It has more power, and much cleaner sound. The main selling point for me was the fact you can match the color of the keys to the color of your existing light scheme. Also the built in Bluetooth is the coolest thing. I can make phone calls from the head unit by using voice commands. iPod works perfectly. I'm still blown away by all the features. Cons: At least in my truck, the display tends to get washed out easily by sunlight, but this is common with most aftermarket head units. Also there are a ton of menus. Trying to simply adjust the EQ is a chore. Navigating the menus does require a bit of a learning curve, but it doesn't take too get use to it. Before I bought this, I was considering an Alpine, but once I saw this one I was sold. It was the same price, and had way more features, plus the abiltiy to match key color. If your considering the KDC-X993, buy it, you won't be sorry.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    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 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-X993 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs, built-in iPod operation, Satellite and HD Radio controls (with optional tuner) and CD-changer controls, as well as AAC/MP3/WMA playback. The unit also features built-in Bluetooth communication for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Tuner
    CD Playback
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control


    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc.

    Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational.

    FL Display: The KDC-X993 features a full-dot, multi-line FL display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable contrast. The KDC-X993 offers the following display and button illumination settings.

    • Type Select: Allows you to choose between four display types.
      • Type A displays 4 to 5 lines of text (you can choose from 3 different layouts)
      • Type B displays a line of text and motion display
      • Type C display a line of text and the spectrum analyzer (you can choose between two spectrum analyzer patterns)
      • Type D display the clock
    • Text Select: Select which text information displays on the headunit. You can choose up to 5 lines of text between 7 selections: Station Name, Frequency, Album Artist, Title, Genre, Date, or Blank.
    • Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-X993 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.
    • Illumination Color: Allows you to set the the display and button illumination color to one of 10 color presets; or customize a red, green, or blue color range. You can also set the right and left side button illumination of the headunit to separate colors.
    • Illumination Effect: Sets whether the headunit's button illumination color is changed in conjunction with the button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: Sets whether the headunit's button illumination color is changed in conjunction with the sound volume.
    • 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.

    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.

    Dual Rotary Knobs: The KDC-X993 features two rotary control dials (one 3-way and one 7-way) to make playback and adjustment of your music as simple as possible.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X993 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    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.

    3-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X993 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0V 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 headunit.

    Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van , SUV, Mini Van Long, or Off
    • Speaker Setting:
      • Front Location: Choose either Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
      • Front Size: Choose from 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"
      • Tweeter Size: Select either None or Use
      • Rear Location: Choose between Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row
      • Rear Size: Choose from 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"
      • Subwoofer Size: Select from 10", 12", 15", None, 6-1/2" or 8"
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over:
      • Front High Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal or Reverse

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers independently, using the 5-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod, or User.
    • 5-Band EQ: You can adjust the following 5-Band EQ (62.5Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, 16kHz) settings.
      • Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
      • Bass Effect: Enhances the bass response of Band 1.

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,  Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can select between 0.00 to 5.58 feet for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, Left Subwoofer and/or Right Subwoofer.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood KDC-X993 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    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.

    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).

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X993 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    AM/FM Tuner

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. 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.

    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 stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name. RDS features an emergency transmission function that interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you are not listening to the radio.

    Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a "Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from the unit's AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio/HD tuner (both sold separately), or a favorite telephone number from your Bluetooth enabled mobile-phone This allows you to have instant access your favorite Radio station, telephone number, or iPod playlist from one list on the headunit's display. You can also name each Favorite for even easier access.

    CD Playback

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-X993 can play AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) 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 playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.

    Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA or 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.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM 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 headunit's rotary knob.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    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.

    Off Eject: The KDC-X993 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    External Device Connection

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood KDC-X993 CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) with a range of 32.8 ft and supports the following profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), and SYNC (Synchronization Profile). The controls of the KDC-X993 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The KDC-X993 can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The unit also features an external microphone with a visor-clip and adjustable gain so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Your cell phone must be paired with the KDC-X993 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones (only one paired phone can be used at a time). You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Using the KDC-X993, 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.
    • Speed Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X993. Up to 1000 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. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
    • Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
    • Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
    • Voice Dialing: If your phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. You can register up to 35 voice tags.

    Note: Visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-X993 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port on a 38" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (48-192 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. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-X993 is powered on.

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

    iPod High-Speed Connection: The KDC-X993's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod. Using either cable allows you to connect, control, and charge select iPod models with the KDC-X993. The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to105dB.When your iPod is connected to the KDC-X993, you can choose to operate your iPod via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen.  If you select to control your iPod from the KDC-X993, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also choose to listen to all songs stored on your iPod at random. The KDC-X993 will also display your iPod's music file information when in this mode. If you choose to operate your connected iPod via its click-wheel/touch-screen controls, the KDC-X993 will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display "iPodMODE") and the Kenwood headunit's controls will no longer operate your iPod. The Kenwood KDC-X993 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Not compatible with OS 4.0. Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod if you download a newer software version.

    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.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can also be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input.

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

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113KTCHR20 or 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.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    AUX Input: The KDC-X993 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KDC-X993 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    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 a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote Control: The KDC-X993 comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite Radio, and Dual Zone functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks, direct access to discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately) and direct access to AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied).

    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 KDC-X993 has a "steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.


    Supplied Software: The KDC-X993 comes supplied with the Kenwood Music Editor Version 2.1.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC.

    System Requirements:

    • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit version)
      • Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit version)
    • Other Programs:
      • Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
      • QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
      • Windows Media Player 10/11
    • Hardware:
      • Hard disk with at least 100MB free space
      • CD-ROM drive (CD-R/RW drive when writing to CD-R/RW)
      • USB interface (2.0/1.1)

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