1997 Lincoln Town Car
This stereo and the installation went in quickly, sounds awesome. The directions are a little confusing, but I'm overall very hapoy
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Item # 113KDCX998 | MFR # KDC-X998
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Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP – Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools.
When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the KDC-X998, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.
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-X998 gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones.
Pair your compatible phone to the KDC-X998 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.
Use this Kenwood's controls to play your favorite Internet radio stations.
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.
The receiver's front and rear USB ports also 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, AAC, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB ports can handle those too.
The KDC-X998'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. You can jazz it up with the bouncing graphics of the spectrum analyzer, or tone it down to just show the clock or a blank display. Dust covers conceal and protect the CD slot, aux input, and front USB port.
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.
This stereo and the installation went in quickly, sounds awesome. The directions are a little confusing, but I'm overall very hapoy
John, Annapolis, MD
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This stereo and the installation went in quickly, sounds awesome. The directions are a little confusing, but I'm overall very hapoy
Great product. Outstanding service from Crutchfield. Will buy from them again.
Pros: Outstanding !
You will need to download the user manual from Kenwood to help you navigate all the set-ups and features available on this unit. It's worth the effort as the settings will allow you to really fine tune the sound to your taste. I have had it in about a week now and I am still fiddling with things just to explore that I haven't missed something and it would be better still! I have an old phone you slide open for a keyboard to text with and it paired up on the Bluetooth with it and the hands free phone portion works great. It is a bit picky on mic placement so experiment a bit for best results
Pros: I'm 60 years old and I can figure it out!
Cons: None that I have found yet.
Better than I thought it would be.
What a beautiful stereo. Install was easy, connecting to BT is fast and reliable. Would definitely recommend.
This is exactly what I was looking for. Extremely easy to install and set up.
Pros: Has all the features I wanted.
I bought this deck because it was one of the few out there that had all of the features I was looking for, mainly a multi line display, HD radio, and bluetooth. I originally bought the Pioneer DEH-X8700BH but returned it because it made my speakers sound too bright, the KDC-X998 had way more audio adjustments which helped but didn't totally fix the problem. I ended up getting new front speakers which made everything better. Overall this is a decent stereo but it comes with some problems. First, it completely locked up on me a couple times, I had to press the reset button which wiped half of my settings. The second problem I had was that the screen would black out on me when I pressed buttons in the bottom left corner. After playing around with this I think I figured out that the problem happens when the face of the deck is pressed too far into the area where it plugs into the rest of the stereo. I believe this is a design flaw, I ended up putting a couple of thin flat drops of hot glue on the back of the face about a half inch from where the face plugs in, I let the glue dry and then put the face back on. This seemed to solve my problem, the drops of glue took up some extra space and stopped the face from being pushed in too far. As far as the locking up goes, I think it might be caused by the CD player, I quit using it and removed the CD from the slot and haven't had a problem since.
Pros: Tons of features Multi line display Nice remote Good Ipod Navigation
Cons: Freezes up Screen sometime blacks out Screen is was too dim in the sunlight
One word. Workhorse!!!
Pros: Everything about it
This is the second Kenwood Excelon I have owned. Overall it's a nice unit with many features. The only complaint I have with this and the previous Excelon's is the display will completely wash out in daylight. Why doesn't Kenwood do something to resolve this. There are many complaints here regarding the display. However In low sunlight or at night it's no problem. Bluetooth hands free operation is awesome. But again, when scrolling through contact list for a phone number difficult to see in daylight. I currently have this deck feeding a Kenwood X-301-4, four channel amp with preamp output into four Kenwood KFC-C6895PS speakers. It sounds very nice. The amp gives it more power in the mid range volume. It will blast you out. Considering a subwoofer...
Pros: Nice looking, many features, nice sound.
Cons: Display washes out in daylight, difficult to see...Night operation it has a great display...
Absolutely best head I have had in a car, I have had no issue with it in the day light and sounds amazing once tuned and setup completely, the noise floor on Bluetooth couldn't be better, sounds amazing and have really liked my USB connector being in the center council and not on the face of the unit
First off, I'd like to thank Crutchfield for selling me a factory refurb unit at a huge discount. I never thought I'd be able to afford a high end unit like this :) There are two things which define the X998; massive amounts of sound processing options and a display you can't see in bright sunlight. The signal processing wizardry in this unit is quite impressive. Features like the "Drive Equalizer" which cuts out road noise, and the "Sound Realizer" that makes live-recordings sound more natural, have proved to be more than mere marketing gimmicks. Also appreciated are the 4V RCA outputs, and idiot-proof directions on how to wire it. The unit has two major flaws. One is the aforementioned brightness issue. It is genuinely unreadable when hit directly by sunlight. This wouldn't be THAT big of a deal, if the unit had better ergonomics. The volume/navigation knob is undersize, and doesn't have a strong "click index" to let you know when you've gone one entry up or down in the menu. That means if you're ADD like me, and constantly switching inputs, you have to see the screen to really know which one you're selecting.
Pros: Tremendous clarity. Front and Rear USB 6 channel RCA x 4V
Cons: Can't see display in bright sunlight. Flawed ergonomics.
Great radio for the price. Definitely recommend this radio.
Pros: Great radio for the price. Overall very pleased with the radio. Easy functions once you get familiar with them. Sound is good. Definitely would recommend this radio. I plan on installing one in my son's car as well
Cons: I wish the display was better. I have kenwood's' 25th anniversary radio in my other car that display is awesome. Overall still Very pleased with radio. Definitely recommend it.
I must say that this purchase was a compromise, that is to either purchase an add-on SiriusXM radio tuner for my OE Business CD tuner that would hang about on the dash board, or to purchase a new head unit with SiriusXM tuner that would be hidden within the dash board cavity. A new head unit would also provide upgraded down loading capability, blue tooth, etc. Though I was told that there was no interface kit for the X3, and that much wire splicing would be required with no real guidance, I decided to go with the Kenwood having a Kenwood DNX890HD in another vehicle, and had dealt with wiring issues in its installation. Outside of the speaker wires, and the main power and ground wires, the myriad of wires left over were painful to sort out, and I'm not quite done. The head unit is operating, but the ignition power wire is not correct as the radio remains on after I've left the vehicle. So I must manually turn it on and off as needed. The maximum illumination of the face of the head unit is not on a sunny day sufficient to see the display clearly, and this vehicle's window tinting is maximum. But, the greatest disappointment is that FM HD radio reception is much reduced over the OE radio. Reception is often with static, sometimes sufficiently so that the broad cast cannot be heard, And, the reception distance has been reduced as measured where now I loose my regular station compared to where I used to loose reception with the OE radio. Approximate distance 10 miles.
Pros: Good looking radio. Sound quality with OE speakers very good. Easily and quickly pairs with the I Phone and phone operation is very good. CD operation good, SiriusXM operation easy.
Cons: Poor FM HD radio reception, for my BMW X3 no interface kit nor helpful guidance as to wiring up this head unit.
This radio is awesome! All the options work perfectly! The Infinity system sounds 100x better than it did with the stock head(kinda glad the volume knob took a dump). Definitely worth the money for the refurb model!!
I bought this to replace an Excelon 494 head unit. Wow! What a difference in sound quality and detail. This unit is full of features that can easily overwhelm you at first. Install and initial set-up (Sirius, bluetooth, HD radio presets, etc...) was a cake walk. Even before tweaking the audio settings, my wife commented on the improved sound. (same speakers and amp). If you want to get the max out of this, download and print out the manual and read through the DSP and audio settings sections. Took me about 20 minutes to get all the DSP settings dialed in. After that, the sound only improved. If you're running an exterior amp, turn off the amp in the head unit for an even cleaner sound. Now, about the display... It is better than some of the lower series Kenwood units. Play with it in the driveway with daylight and you'll find a color/contrast combo that works. Besides, I bought this unit to listen to it.. not look at it.
Pros: Sound quality, easy to install and set-up, variety of audio sources, clean lines, and lots of parameters to adjust sound to your vehicle and personal preferences.
Cons: As others have said, the display could be improved just a bit. However, I give that a pass because I was able to find a combination that was visible in bright sun and all other light conditions. And, as I said above, I bought this for listening to music in highest quality sound.. not to look at.
I thought this was difficult to use, difficult to see during the day, just plain difficult
Pros: Great Kenwood sound, easy to install
Cons: Difficult to adjust and use
I have owned this head unit for over a year now. And I have to admit it has been flawless. I have had not one issue since I put it in. I assembled the wiring harness and solder. I started the review like this because many people had issues. The only issue I can see with this receiver is no preset buttons for your radio stations. It has all the necessary Equalization, cross overs, timing alignments and everything else you could want. The display is OK, I think they could do better. This is 2016 with 2k screens on our phones. I in mean come on, this is you're flagship single din receiver. But it does make up for it in sound quality. I am not using internal power, have it turn off, can't comment on its wattage. I also have my steering wheel controls hooked up. I believe using a vehicle without them would be a nightmare. Unless you get good with the remote, something else I have not touched. Phone quality is ok at best but books up easily. Beats holding your phone, and I use it all the time. HD Radio rocks. Bluetooth sound quality for music is great. Works great with Android. And to tell you the truth, four the money the amount of features in this thing to produce the sound you get is fantastic. And that's coming from a 48 year old that's only used extremely high end equipment. (Premier dex m88, eclipse 8000 series flagships, zed amps, you know) what I can say is if this thing fits your ergonomic demands, then I'm certain it will fulfill your audio demands.
Pros: Sound quality and control of the sound. Features and Android compatability. Looks, this thing just looks elegant in the dash. Love hd radio. And Bluetooth music USB music works great.
Cons: You almost need steering wheel controls, display is weak for a flagship device. Build quality could be better, and I'm talking about the faceplate.
Excellent sound quality. The FM reception could be a little bit better. The refurbished unit was a lot of bang for the buck! Crutchfield is excellent to deal with!
Incredible sound improvement over the Dual I had. Incredible customization possibilities. Takes control of my Android and launches Pandora as soon as I turn it on. I can't really complain for a good price on a referbished unit with quality mounting extras thrown in free.
For what this deck costs it should work all the time, I must remove the head and reinstall it because it "locks up" can't adjust volume or make a call or change settings
Pros: Bluetooth works most of the time
Cons: Head unitCrutchfield response on August 8, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team to follow-up with F.L.. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
The unit is fantastic, the Crutchfield team was VERY helpful when I had small issues along the way - they are THE only place to buy from because of their very helpful support, ease of purchase, great prices, and excellent product delivery! I wish all companies dealt with customer support the way Crutchfield does.
Stereo sounds an works great. However the installation was a little tricky. The Manuel is useless. The tech support from Crutchfield was awsome . He stayed on till my iPhone was paired an the screen was working . Thank you so much for your help. The stereo is not user friendly but once you learn your way around the controls , the sound is great
Pros: -Great sound -On screen iPhone controls -Pandora built in
Cons: -Not user friendly -Hard to set up first time
After 2 years, still a solid deck. I can turn off the sources I don't use, if sunlight is a problem I can invert the display to help, and it sounds great still. One thing that needsimprovement is Bluetooth with Android devices. Other than that, I can dial in my crossovers, set up my frequency points with the EQ, and it sounds great doing so. I run my music off of my iPod and iPhone with Apple Music. If your looking for a great stereo without spending a lot of money, this is still your best bet.
Pros: Great SQ. Display changes colors. Multiple sources.
Cons: Bluetooth with Android devices.
As expected from kenwood another solid head unit. If you have any experience with their platform this is probably not an issue, but the operations manual is a down load only just visit their website easy stuff. The unit comes with the very basic menu and start up. Wiring diagram is very good overall feel is excellent. I like the ability to change colors for both the buttons and display, also like the ability to set up the display how I want to view it. But need the operational manual for that. value added unit for the price.
Pros: Excellent display and adjustability.
Cons: Need to down load the operational manual to set up some of the more advanced features. More of a nuisance really and saving on paper.
Kenwood has always built some of the best headunits from my experience, i find the way they change what feature assortment is available on different tiers of excelon units year to year. i finally settled on this unit after trying the kdc-x500 and finding that kenwood had dropped the support for kenwood music editor/lite and the flash drive had no way to be searched by song title and/or artist just file names which make no real sense and are not sorted in any real order. then i tried the kdc-x599 and while it had the ability to search usb drives by title etc. it had no sound adjust-ability in it. i could not fine tune my stereo the way the old kdc-x596 i broke, through my own fault, did. so i came across this one HD radio, usb features i wanted and adjust-ability for fine tuning sound. overall very happy with the unit. wish it had a play/pause button but nothing else really bad about it other than having to pay more than i would have liked to get what i had for much less with the older excelon. great sound quality as usual with excelon units. buy this unit if your thinking about it.
Pros: 13 band parametric EQ. , sound enhancement features, usb functionality
Cons: price, lack of play/pause button on face
I have owned this head unit for quite awhile. I have Infinity Kappa 4 x 6 in the door and factory 6 x 9's in the rear deck. The output of this deck is way over 22 watts per channel. But I'm not complaining. It is extremely powerful. The bass, midrange, highs are all crystal clear considering the speakers I am using. I have a set of Hybrid Audio Legatia 4 and 6" speakers but I am not going to put them in this vehicle. I am saving those for a competition vehicle that I am intending on developing. Of which I will probably by another unit as base to build around. This deck is a great and solid deck for the amount of money you spend and I would highly recommend it. The controls can be somewhat confusing, but I owned an earlier version of a Kenwood Excelon receiver and I figured it was pretty much the same which it was. Once you figure out how to navigate the system its a cake walk. DO NOT TRY TO FIGURE OUT THE CONTROLS WHILE DRIVING. The owner's manual said that the Bluetooth was not compatible with my S6 Edge but I decided to try it anyways. At first it didn't work, my fiancée went into the settings of the phone and the deck picked it up immediately. The Bluetooth functions are fantastic. I am not that fond of the rear USB port. It seems that the front USB and 3.5mm jack are enough. Get rid of the Rear USB and focus on making the DSP stronger. The sound stage is near perfect considering where the door speaker are located.
Pros: If you are into time alignment and such this is great deck to begin with. The Bluetooth works perfectly with my S6 Edge, which the Owner's Manual said it did not support. The DSP can raise the sound stage a great deal. Even though the factory placement of the speakers within the doors are near the bottom, it is almost in between the rear view mirror and the dash. Not bad without having to use an external DSP unit. I haven't played with the EQ yet. And don't plan to.
Cons: Brightness seems to be a problem but this also seems to be a common con. I wished the time alignment would be in mm instead of inches and feet. Much better accuracy in metric. I have to use Alpine's conversion charts to get it right. I really don't care for the rear USB port and find it unnecessary. I also wish the EQ was in 1/3 octave settings. I would use it then. Overall this is a great head unit and Kenwood did a good job of designing for the money. I would recommend this deck to someone.
I'm very happy with this purchase. It's clearly designed as a media player with the FM included as more of an after thought. The install was easy and it all works perfectly. There are a couple small things that irk me.. I do miss having station buttons, and it's very hard to read in the day time. Otherwise great product, especially if you're going to be playing from USB or your phone.
Pros: Several audio sources to choose from Pandora integration is pretty flawless Settings to configure to your car's size and set up
Cons: VERY hard to read in the day time with any sunlight on the display Takes a little longer than I'd like to sync up with bluetooth on my android phone, though that could be the phone Interrupts your music every time you get a text message. Programing radio stations is awkward.
Very unhappy with Kenwood, BT works when it feels like, had purchased Kenwood in the past and had a great experience not with this model!
Cons: BT works when it feels like it, need to power cycle regularly to get the thing to work!Crutchfield response on May 17, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
So far, I'm loving my radio. I wish there was a little better functionality with the Sirius receiver. I can't just type in the channel I want, but you can use presets.
This stereo is a kinda complicated,quirky,fun,annoying pain in the butt, killer unit! I've had it for a few weeks now & just starting to get used to it enough to really get to dialing it in to my system/truck. The audio section is flat out cool! the ability to set my amp gains & have full control over x-over points, sub level.....AND NEVER LEAVE my seat!? how awesome is that?! ok,so the display is weak on certain colors. I found orange is just fine. And trying to use the radio presets is tricky. And the bluetooth can be finicky(sure wish Android would get a better plan so you could use USB. audio over BT is seriously lacking in quality. I use the AUX for phone audio). The phone part works well enough for me. I didn't buy a car stereo to talk on the phone! I bought it to take my system to the next level. It has done that & then some. One word of caution:before you go for your first test drive with this unit, sit in your car & mess with it until you get somewhat familiar with how it works. Then,ENJOY!
Pros: incredibly awesome audio section, "stealth" look
Cons: display can be slow to react to changes(vol,track,station...) tedious to setup & navigate
I've had a Kenwood KDC-X998 for almost exactly a year. It was easy to install and Crutchfield tech support has been top-notch! I love the seamless (but somewhat slow to pair) bluetooth interface. It always finds my iPhone 6 but takes about 90 seconds to connect. That said, the unit is impossible to use while the vehicle is in motion. The volume knob is too sensitive and all of the other buttons are too small to press in a moving vehicle. Using the remote helps though. The display goes dark a lot - not sure why. Sometimes the unit just goes completely dead. It comes back when the vehicle is turned off then back on (my OEM unit did this occasionally too but, not as frequently). When the display starts going dark when a button on the face is pressed, then I know it's time to clean the faceplate connector contacts again (so far about 4 times a year - more frequently in the winter). A lot of the time pressing the > button quickly (skip track) gets the press-and-hold button feature (fast forward), which is super annoying. It does this from the face buttons and from the remote too.
Pros: Easy to install, Looks great, Seamless bluetooth, Customizable display
Cons: Impossible to use while the vehicle is in motion, Faceplate contacts require frequent cleaning, Display frequently goes out, Unit needs to be reset frequently, Button functions are ambiguous, Volume knob bounces - try to turn the volume down quick and the volume goes up or to some random level
Receiver made a nite and day difference from what was replaced. My system sounds better and bass hits harder! HD radio helps pick up radio stations other receiver couldn't. I did have to adjust antenna adapter when placing receiver back into its housing to get better reception. Like very thing else it's sounds better when phone hooked up via usb. But even with Bluetooth its sound good. I haven't had any issues with glare.
Pros: Great sound! HD better reception.
Cons: none so far.
I Bought this as an upgrade over my old Pioneer receiver and it is. I have it installed with new RF Punch 6X8's and a RF Punch 8'' Sub and RF amp and the sound is a huge improvement in my Explorer. I really like the simplistic and clean look to the face but I gave it a 4 star rating in build quality only because I personally would like to see some materials other than plastic used, that said I would still highly recommend this receiver.
Pros: Clean look lots of sound tailoring options Bluetooth
Cons: Can't control Pandora on Bluetooth
After upgrading to this after my Sony nightmare [1* Review: "What a nightmare!!")], and assurances from product advice @ Crutchfield, I had high hopes. Installs like any other HU. Using the DL'd PDF manual, I got the audio set up. Lots of configurability for fine-tweaking. IMO, the audio on this HU is Very good. But, you quickly begin to get really annoyed with the chintzy feel of the controls & faceplate -- you just Know these won't last. The shiny (!?) plastic does a Great job of preserving fingerprints ( might be a security feature :-/ ). But you stick with it, get it set up, and pull the car out of the garage. And the display Completely vanishes. All I see is reflection & glare. Well, ok - Not completely. If I lean sideways, and drop my head into the passenger-side footwell, and look Up at the unit, I can tell it's On. So change the contrast options. Um, That does a find job of making it worse! Lay some anti-glare sheet on it. No help !? Bottom line -- there is No daylight condition in which I can actually see the display. Hey, Crutchfield -- when you told me that, in your opinion, the display is quite readable, you meant ... What ?!? This is pretty frustrating! My ages-old Blaupunkt Toronto was SO much better built that these 'high-end' units these days. So, rip it out, pack it up, ship it back. One last, college try -- upgrading to the Alpine CDE-HD149BT_EN. Fingers-crossed for the Alpine. Stay tuned.
Pros: Good audio section -- controls & sound. Front & back USB is handy.
Cons: Feels rickety. And the display's only usable in "dark places" ... (Garage, Norway in the winter, Shipping containers, etc etc)
Tough install for e46 but such a great product.
This is a great upgrade to the factory Bose system in a 2003 Pathfinder. The sound quality was great on the HD radio and all the bluetooth streaming and calling features work flawlessly. Plus the multi color display is super sweet!
Replaced factory unit that showed intermittent CD problems. My tastes did not require high output or connection to outboard amps. I do enjoy the blue tooth connection to my phone and the usb.
Pros: Straight forward installation.
Cons: Can't quite get the combination of display data I prefer. You can only get the time displayed in combination with a bar graph of the music. I just want a big clock to one side without controlling the other lines of data
The unit looks good, sounds good, but is overly complicated. It does not come with an instruction manual, you will really need this to get a great sound and figure out how to use all the features. Crutchfield's advisors were a great help, they quickly copied the manual and mailed it to me Fast. I called Kenwood to try and get a manual that was not an 8 1/2 x 11 download, they said they did not include instructions with their units I could download one from the internet. I won't be buying anymore Kenwood in the future but I will always buy from Crutchfield they understand how to take care of the customer.
Pros: Many Features
Cons: No instructions
Great radio.. Was looking for something for my iphone to play through while also adding the convenience of bluetooth. The HD radio was the reason why I went with this model over a few of the cheaper units. I installed this into a 2002 lexus es300 and it couldn't have been any easier... Wiring kit Crutchfield supplies and the mounting kit were perfect. I must say I've never used anyone else for my stereo's and never will. Crutchfield has never let me down and has made installation a snap. When staring at your dashboard I know it seems a bit overwhelming but trust me it's alot easier when all the wiring and mounting hardware is shipped with your radio..
Pros: Easy play through of iphone for music and using google maps for directions. comes with a microphone and the ability to answer calls through the stereo. Shows titles of songs when using itunes radio as well.
Cons: little querky controls.. Its still new to me but changing the fm radio stations seems a bit more complicated then it needs to be..
Replaced a factory Delco radio with this one. I have 2 Alpine's in my other cars, but went with this one because of getting a break on the price (open box) and variable color display to match the Pontiac's red lighting. The unit sounds good, however there are so many customizations you can do, it may be too many. It has power...it ended up blowing out the factory speakers, so new ones are on order. There are a few quirks with this unit. 1) the display has a ton of glare in the daylight, it is very difficult to read and I had to reverse the colors in the day (black on red) so I can see it and depending on the light, that is tough. The single line Alpine isn't as good as this 3 line display, but I can read the Alpine all the time. At night however, this thing rocks. 2) some of the radio features didn't line up with my steering wheel controls, even with manual programming. the seek/search is not as intuitive as the Alpine 3) lack of preset buttons. it takes some getting used to. again, not intuitive to even the factory systems. 4) you get a little more manual control from the included remote, but not the easiest thing to use because the buttons are really small for my bigger hands. 5) the display options are good except for trying to keep a clock on the display. again, you can customize it, but how they have it setup is not intuitive to as the Alpine was. Don't get me wrong, it sounds great and has power, but you have to be used to the Kenwood way.
Pros: great sound TON of features and customizations 3 line display is easy to read at night 3 line display shows a lot of info for a single DIN unit. included remote HD radio built in works well with new XM unit for pause, rewind, etc...... works with iPhone 5s can pair multiple phones with this unit and put them in priority order you can customize a lot on it.......
Cons: *display has too much glare in the daylight. it is almost unreadable at times* I considered returning the unit because of this. too many features (yes, it can be a con...I am still trying to figure out some of them) Didn't make full use of my steering wheel radio controls Getting used to Kenwood's features, operations, etc.....not as intuitive as factory radios or the Alpine's I have
The Kenwood x998 is hands down the best single din head unit I have ever used. The settings are so detailed for audio control. You can get the perfect sounds you desire from this no doubt. In the Bluetooth settings,be sure to set speakers to all. I have this head unit paired with the sound ordnance compact sub. I was really subsided with how much bass that little guy will put out. Definitely a good addition to the stereo.
Pros: Features 4.2 channel audio Loud Bluetooth Hd radio
Cons: Display brightness
After installing and running the KDC-X998 in my Ford Explorer, I can say that it works as advertised but there are some things left unsaid. The display is very difficult to read in daylight, due to poor contrast and glare off the curved shiny finish on the display. The Hands-free Bluetooth functions, but does not switch back to the previous mode when you are finished giving voice commands to your Phone which requires taking your eyes off the road to find the button to switch back to your previous song\mode. The access method to your Radio Presets is very cumbersome and requires unnecessary steps and removing your eyes from the road for such a common function. When using Audio Books on the USB, the fast forward and rewind functions only scroll at 9 seconds at a time. This slow scrolling is very painful, when trying to move many minutes forward or backward.
Pros: Sound Quality Granular Selection of Display Types\Information\Text Included Rear USB Cable for putting Media in your Glove box\Console
Cons: Poor Display background\contrast Poor choice of materials in Display Finish causes glare in sunlight. Bluetooth does not resume playing, after call finish. Bluetooth does not revert to previous mode, after finishing Voice Command. Poor design for accessing AM\FM Radio Presets. Included Manual is insufficient (Must download full documentation) Fast-forward\Rewind on USB is only 9 seconds at a time, making scrolling Audio Books very painful.
Great sound. Great quality at a very reasonable price.
Pros: Easy deinstallation of old receiver and easier installation on new Kenwood
It is a very functional deck with great sound and control
This radio has been everything I wanted it to be and more. I bought this radio to hook up to my 4 channel and Monoblock amps and was blown away with the sound quality. Bass is punchy, mid pops with authority and treble is crispy. Well worth the cash.
Pros: Sound quality, great call quality, amazing in depth audio features
Cons: A little bit harder to see in the day light than my last deck, but I was able to fix it by turning the contrast up a bit.
I was replacing an Alpine and was disappointed. This unit is difficult to see in any sunlight. The sound quality was very good however lacks the different source levels. The lack of preset buttons means more time looking at the radio than the road.
Pros: Initial sound quality Seamless Bluetooth connectivity
Cons: Dim display Lack of separate source volume levels
I had a very nice Alpine but after 13 years it finally went. Wanted the new Alpine and was reluctant to switch. After installing this new unit I can say it meets my expectations. The best thing about this unit is the ability to talk clearly using your smart phone and Bluetooth. Sound is good, I think I just need to get it set properly and learn to make adjustments.
Pros: Very happy with the transaction Crutchfield has provided. Very nice website and very informative.
Cons: Wish they supplied a plug and play patch harness so there would be no need for soldering etc.
This is a replacement for an OEM radio and got great reviews from a discussion forum for my car. Don't listen much and just wanted basic features plus hands free calling. Unit works great, but the number of features are overwhelming. Can't figure out how to get rid of the annoying start up multi color displays. There is no dimmer setting with my car's installation, so I have to use the negative script display for night time driving.
Pros: Nice looking and a lot of features. Very good sound. Can disable some sound sources that I don't use such as Aha and Iheart. Phone section works very well.
Cons: More features than I want or need. Set up took several days and manual reading. Finding pre set stations takes a lot of button pushing. The downloadable manual is essential. Display is hard to see in daylight.
I had a older eXcelon 592 I believe and this unit has way more features! The multiband eq is nice to eliminate peaks. The DTA settings help get the sound to blend to your liking like you are sitting in the middle of the speakers and not off to one side. Another thing I noticed was that the bass seems tighter and punchier and still well rounded on the bottom end. The old unit in the highs seemed to be more pronounced in a certain area, but everywhere else this unit was a step-up! I got the refurb unit and have no complaints! Some say the display is too dim, well it for sure is a lot dimmer than my 592, but I ran it on dim all the time anyways. It is harder to see in the daytime than my previous, but it does not bother me or is not detrimental to daytime use or menu selection. I'm always adjusting stuff and drive during the daytime and works fine. I did choose a color around 14 I believe which is in the baby blue-ish and seemed the brightest. I have had pioneer and Kenwood units and I always end up with Kenwood in my stuff and so does my fam! (I upgrade audio in everything that I can find ;) haha) Great unit! Great service and help from Crutchfield on all purchases!
Pros: Sound quality, user friendly (use to Kenwoods menus), plenty of audio adjustments, BT, HD radio picks up nicely/nicer than other units, USB/ipod- works flawlessly.
Cons: Non really... could the display be a touch brighter?? yeah but I don't even really want to list it as a con even still.
Great single DIN radio. Very easy to install in my daughter's 1996 del sol. Sound quality is outstanding even through stock speakers. There are so many features that I still haven't tried yet. Very sleek design.
Pros: easy to install. Loaded with features. Great sound.
Cons: Not completely user friendly. Needed to download the manual to understand all of the features.
I just love this. I had a little trouble working it at first, but was well worth the trouble when I got done. WOW! it sounds great. I could not have a better sounding unit. As far as learning how to use it, Crutchfield has been great. They listened to all my questions, and then told me what to do. I am very happy.
Pros: sounds great
I really like how straight forward the installation for this unit is. The wiring kind of scared me at first but once I labeled all the wires, it was a breeze, and I was able to double check everything. Sound quality is great, and there are many settings to go through; most of which seem too advanced for my knowledge.
This is my fifth head unit from Kenwood over the years. The last three have all been eXcelon series. I have loved everything about them all. This unit drives my garbage factory speakers in a way I didn't realize was possible. The audio adjustments options are fantastic. The control from the crossovers, speaker placements, equalizers, etc are all perfect for me. I am going to be running just a front stage component setup with two 8" subs in the back and this is perfect for what I was looking for. This is a great unit for the price. Simple, and to the point. What I wanted in my pursuit of a audio player and not some random eye candy for the dash.
Pros: Sound quality, simplicity, looks, price, sturdiness.
5 stars all the way I love this radio
Pros: Ease of use features are great sound great
Cons: Couldn't find any so far
Haven't had it long, but I've been through all of the menus getting it dialed in. I've read reviews about the menu being difficult to navigate, I had no such issues, I found it simple and easy to use. I had already upgraded my factory speakers prior to this head unit install, and with this unit, the sound is noticeably better even before adjusting the outputs. Very quickly got the phone connected, station presets done with ease. Of course, as always, Crutchfield's installation kit worked flawlessly.
Pros: Ease of use, sound quality.
Cons: Difficult to read faceplate info in bright light
I've always bought alpine for the longest time but i liked the look of this kenwood. I still love alpine, but i'm happy with this deck. I upgraded the four 6x8 in my ford f-350 and liked that this deck ran 22 watts rms to each speaker. I didn't want to put an amp in and all that so I am very happy. Sounds better than my stock speakers but not the loudest thing in the world. I debated going all out with amp and component speakers but i like keeping my truck as stock as possible.
Pros: Bluetooth mic works great for my phone even in my diesel truck. Display is great( besides being dim in direct sunlight). Sounds great.
Cons: Display is hard to see when the sun is shining. It's not alpine :)
This is a great unit and that there's many options two and put music as a ring or USB front USB Pandora and Bluetooth streaming. It was difficult to figure out how to attach the sub woofer through the system because you had to reset the default setting which I had to call Crutchfield support who helped us out. All in all fantastic system. sound quality is great. Really like the display on the front. It tells who's calling along as well as the phone number. the HD radio works fantastic and when you have USB it tells what folder and what music playing and it's really nice.
Pros: Too many to list
Cons: The manual is virtually useless. If you are needing to preset or change defaults you need to just get in there and play around with unit. Or call crutchfield.
I took a lot of time browsing on Crutchfield.com to ultimately choose this unit and at first I was happy, but over time I have become frustrated and disappointed with this head unit. I would recommend that people consider other decks as even having this one a year I have not become comfortable with it. My stock radio got much better AM / FM reception too!
Pros: Good price, decent power, HD Radio included
Cons: No clock when the unit is powered off and during certain audio modes, system locks up occasionally and I have to manually eject and replace controls, no easy station save buttons, generally inconvenient to navigate the USB drive for music songs.
I have mixed feelings about the X998. It has a very rich feature set, supporting nearly every imaginable digital streaming media type over bluetooth. It's also among the least garish single-din systems on the market (although that doesn't say much, given that almost every manufacturer makes these horribly garish glossy devices, with curved face plates and chromed-plastic buttons). Still, the looks of the thing really bother me - so much that I plasti-dipped most of the face plate. Really, I can't stand that this has a list of the features and streaming media types that it supports printed in chrome letters on the face. Seriously, I already bought the thing - I know what it can do. Although it has a rich feature set, the streaming media support is actually only so-so. The Pandora app only seems to work with my Android phone if I go through a ritual of starting Pandora on the phone, then switching to Pandora on the head unit, and then painting my headliner with a blood of a goat while uttering a secret mantra. The hands-free bluetooth does not work as well as Pandora - there just isn't much noise cancelling, and nobody can ever hear me speak when the car is moving. As with most modern head-units, scrolling through a playlist is aggravatingly slow. Not only that, but when the screen scrolls through long text fields, it blurs the text. The worst part is the glossy curved screen, which cannot be read in direct sunlight. That being said, the audio quality is very good.
Pros: -Good sound quality -Rich feature set
Cons: -Glossy, curved display cannot be read in direct or indirect sunlight -Bluetooth phone - insufficient sound cancelling means that callers cannot hear me while the car is moving -Ugly design, glossy finish is not appropriate for my car (subjective, I know...but this is an industry design trend) -Chrome buttons (cheap look) -Poorly designed interface -Slow user interface -Text scrolling blurs text -Quality (mine randomly crashes when skipping to the next song on the rear USB stick)
I wanted 3 things in a stereo: sound quality, reliable bluetooth, and a bright display. This HU gave me good sound quality but none of the others. Bluetooth is slow to connect, it won't display artist/song in almost all of my music apps, and the screen is almost impossible to see with any daylight. SQ is great. I can get very clear audio just using the EQ and crossovers. The multi-line display and being able to see the full EQ band all at once makes those things a lot easier to set. The "elevation" sound enhancement and "bass boost" work pretty well, but most of the others make the sound worse. "Loudness" is the worst offender and makes the audio muddy even on the lowest setting. Bluetooth: Takes forever to connect. I'm usually a mile down the road before I start to hear anything. But usually I end up having to connect it manually in my phone's BT settings. Song/artist info won't display unless I'm using Pandora or Poweramp. I get nothing on the screen with Google Play Music or Amazon Prime Music. It usually drops the BT connection completely when ending a call. When connecting the first time, it defaults to only playing audio through front speakers. Have to go to Settings to change Bluetooth/HF Audio to "All". Screen: Way too dim. I've given up on trying to see it during the day. White and green are the only colors that are somewhat visible. But I guess that doesn't matter if the HU isn't displaying the song/artist in the first place.
Pros: Great sound quality Many audio tweaks Some good "Sound Enhancements" Easy EQ Multi-line display
Cons: - Screen not bright enough at all - Doesn't always go back to playing music after phone call - Can't adjust phone call alert volume - Most sound enhancements just make the sound very muddy - Takes a long time to connect to bluetooth after turning car on (~1 full minute or more) - Song information doesn't display for most audio players - EQ thins out at low volumes
I've owned this stereo for almost a year now, and we've developed a love/hate relationship. When this stereo works, it is one of the best I've owned, when it doesn't, not so much. The stereo has lots of audio options, which I like very much. It does take a bit of testing and tweaking, but once you get the sound where you like it, it sounds amazing. On the flip side, this thing has been the most finicky radio I've ever owned. The face occasionally stops responding or communicating with the rest of the radio. This results in either the face working like its supposed to without the radio responding ( when you change the station the numbers on the face show you're on a different one, but the music is still playing from your original) or the face locking up so no matter what you do nothing changes. Rebooting (turning the car off and on again) does fix it, but that gets very old very fast. The other thing is the usb ports are touchy. if I hit a moderate or major bump while driving often it stops reading from the usb device until you unplug it and plug it back in (which works most of the time, sometimes you need to "reboot"). The last point is the user interface. The radio looks cool only having a couple buttons and one knob, but it makes trivial tasks take up concentration and time, which is bad while driving. To navigate through a menu just to change stations is ridiculous. I had to buy a third party remote adapter for the steering wheel just to make using it practical.
Pros: Sound customization and quality
Cons: reliability and day to day operating tasks
Sound and feature wise, this is a great unit. Install was relatively easy. Tons of audio options if you like to tweak your sounds. Connecting Bluetooth devices is quite simple. I do have a few issues with it, however. In bright sunlight, I can barely see the display. I have tried several different colors, as well as switching between positive and negative. If the sunlight reflects off the display, I simply cannot see anything. Which leads me to my second issue. The lack of physical buttons. While it has a nice, clean look, I absolutely hate having to enter a menu, then scroll through a list just to go to my next preset radio station. Which is next to impossible when you cannot see the display. Also, I don't like that there seem to be few options for displaying the clock as well as song/station info. I lost my car's clock when I replaced the stereo, and would like to be able to see both the song info and the time on the same screen. Finally, it is NOT compatible with the iPhone 6 as Crutchfield states. It will stream Bluetooth from my phone, but will not recognize the phone if connected via USB.
Pros: Great sound, lots of audio tuning options, lots of features
Cons: Lack of iPhone 6 support, no buttons for station preset recall, display difficult to read in sunlight.Crutchfield response on May 25, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer reset his iPhone 6 so it'd work with this Kenwood. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Great unit dose everything I want it to
Pros: Plenty of functions, sound quality is great having the eq and x-over built in is a great money saver
Cons: Owners manual could be more detailed on how to use everything
The Kenwood KDC-X998 is a fantastic radio. It has a ton of bells and whisltes, short of a double din size face on it, has almost everything you could ever need. Installation was quick, clean and has so far operated as advertised. So far for me only one complaint in regards to the Bluetooth Audio - where BT Audio is only coming through on the front channel, and none of the rear at all. BUT - yet to find out if it is an issue with the deck itself, or due to the amount of options on the deck and it's an option that I just have not figured out how to adjust. Still working with Crutchfield to try and resolve. I would recommend this deck for anyone looking to get a lot of stereo for a decent price. This went into a 2004 Dodge Ram (4-Door) w/ Infinity System.
Pros: Great quality, Great Price, BT Phone and Microphone are SUPER clean and clear, amount of options are ridiculous.
Cons: A TON of options - and for the average user is extremely daunting to understand. BT Audio being one channel - but again - may not be a deck issue.
I purchased this unit to replace the stock stereo in my 2011 Jeep Wrangler. I read extensive reviews on multiple units before deciding on this one, and most were extremely accurate. The unit looks great...very sleek and packed with functionality I was looking for in a replacement. The sound, after a bit of tweaking, is great. Very powerful and crisp with little to no distortion through what I consider a comfortable listening volume. The cons in most reviews are also quite true...the display is nearly impossible to read on sunny days,especially with the top off. The tuner preset and scanning controls are buried to the point that if i didnt have steering wheel control i probably would have returned it. HD radio reception is quite nice though. I've also read sporadic reviews about the unit failing to deliver sound upon start up...this is happening frequently enough to be annoying with my unit. Quick fix is to detatch the face and reattach. ..corrects the issue every time. At this price point, this should not be an issue though. Overall its a solid unit, just not sure id buy it again knowing what I know now.
Pros: Sound quality, stock power per channel, looks
Cons: Apparent faceplate connection issues, not a user friendly UI
Installed in our 2000 Suburban that we use to transport many players on my son's baseball team to/from practice. The boys (and I) love it! Great sound and with the Pandora app and Bluetooth it is super easy to play the music you want. Installation was straightforward with the adapter kit and wiring harness Crutchfield included. Had it installed in ~1 hour. Wish I had upgraded the stock radio years ago now!
Pros: Great sound, features and functions for the price. Adapter kit made it super easy to install.
Cons: None at this time
Sound quality is the only thing this product has going for it. If you only drive on cloudy days or at night this radio will be fine. The display is almost impossible to see on a sunny day. After reading previous reviews that stated this was an issue I decided to give it a try. Exchanged it for the KDC-X799 within 14 days with high hopes that this updated model would not have this issue. (See my KDC-X799 review)
Pros: Sound quality.
Cons: Display is not visible on sunny days.
Good stereo the only thing I am having trouble with is saving radio station to a preset.
Have always been a fan of Kenwood and this unit doesn't disappoint. Got this because of it's rich feature set. I wanted connectivity to music players and digital music. Looks and sounds great. I'm using this with the existing Bose amps and speakers. Finally brought my system into the 21st century.
This unit is an upgrade to my Harman Kardon factory system on my 2013 Street Glide. I wanted something with Bluetooth capabilities and a bit more functionality than the factory unit. The Kenwood pairs great with my iPhone5s and works flawlessly with the handlebar control adapter I purchased separately from Crutchfield. the supplied Scosche installation kit and wiring harness work perfectly and installation made a breeze! The unit has many color and display options and looks great going down the road at night. During the day, however, it is very difficult to see the display. It cannot compete with the sun nearly as well as the stock unit. Also, you MUST deactivate the road noise equalizer or you will hear almost nothing out of the speakers at highway speeds. Also, the controls are ok but a little sluggish when trying to adjust settings like EQ and display options but only barely enough to mention. Overall, I am pleased with the upgrade and would recommend it.
Pros: Lots of features, works great with iPhone and iPods, sounds awesome
Cons: Display is not the best for motorcycle, marine, or convertible use. Ease of use could be a little better
A big upgrade in sound quality over the original Bose head unit on my 2006 MX-5, even with the original speakers. The display is difficult to read in the daylight with the top down. The menu system is a little tricky and cumbersome, but after the set up it's ok. Installation was smooth with the help of Crutchfield technical support to lean on for guidance.
Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth streaming and phone connection, iPod integration, rear and front usb ports. Display colors can be changed.
Cons: Display is difficult to read in bright daylight. Menu can be frustrating.
Pros: Usb port cover and huge bonus for jeepers is there is a flip down cover for the cd slot to keep the dust out! Works great with my Android phone.
Cons: A tad bit glitchy at times but the fix that works for me is turn radio off before shutting the jeep off.
This is an excellent Head Unit for the money. The installation was very easy and quick. This receiver has a lot of bells and whistles on it. The built in equalizers do a great job of shaping the sound. This deck also features DSP which you wouldn't expect at this price. The sound quality is very high. Built in Blue Tooth and HD radio as well as having a CD player gives you all the options you will need.The included remote is more useful than expected in that it operates not only the choice of mode and the radio channels but also allows you to jump tracks from a smart phone hooked up by Blue Tooth. This deck also controls apps for Pandora, I Heart Radio and AHA. I-Tunes tagging is supported as is I Phone and I Pad control and it is Sirius Radio ready. Overall I am very satisfied with this unit and would definitely recommend this to others as a great balance of features vs. price.
Pros: Great value, Lots of useful features, Blue Tooth, HD Radio, I-Tunes Tagging, DSP and many others.Having a CD player as well as HD Radio is one of my favorite abilities. Almost everything about this is a pro, it would take too long to list every one so please just look at the all the abilities when you compare with other receivers.
Cons: My only con (and this is industry wide not just with this receiver) is that it only allows total control of Apple products. There are a lot of us Android users out there and more coming along all the time. We would really appreciate the same abilities with our digital music files that Apple gets.
This unit was the better looking unit that I could find. I did not want a unit that looked out of place but rather one that blended with the dash like a factory unit would. This one looks the best, have the best features I could find and simple to install.
Pros: looks good, iTunes plays through Bluetooth, excellent reception
Cons: difficult to program radio stations into the preset
Great buy for the price!
Pros: Good sound Ease of use Phone sound quality is clear Easy to install
Cons: None so far
Overall, this is a great choice for replacement or upgrade of a factory radio. Installation was easy, and the fit-up is an exact match. Using the guide for 'fits' is they way to go. Selection of this model was made to support installation of sat. radio capability. That was a great deal as it saved by buying the converter along with the radio. This is a great all purpose system with a number of features that make its application very flexible for whatever the installation may be. Recommended for the everyday car audio listener.
Pros: Flexibility of features, simplicity of uses - once you know how to use them, ease of installation, better than expected sound quality (matched with Kenwood speakers), no clutter and excessive glitz on the faceplate, remote is easier to use for functions/channel selections than the controls on the radio, clean and easy to read display, removeable faceplate
Cons: There is no protective sleeve or box for the faceplate when removed - not so great as it is the central element of the system, microphone and rear USB accessories seem to be after thoughts but are not well designed for easy fit-up (off my install list as they don't add to the radio performance), features are well more than expected and they do work, but the user has a lot to learn before they are all useful - SAFETY ISSUE: could cause loss of focus on the road while trying to use functions
I haven't purchased an aftermarket HU in 10 years or so. At that time I was accustom Pioneer. After some reviewing here, seemed this Kenwood was all around most featured and best bang for your buck at the price point. Installed this in a 2002 Sierra and using for roughly a week. Lots and lots of sound options, maybe too many, so takes time and learning. Menus and options are setup in tree/folder style. Easy to get lost or forget how to find a specific setting. Unit appears to have strong clarity and sound power. Some mentioned software issues which I have not experienced, however just recently I did notice while using the SXM, the sound randomly stopped. Powering the unit off and back on seemed to bring it to working order. Have not used the BT much, but seems has been connecting to the phone without issue. Just a few short calls over the system. Other party did mention sounded "far away" using external mic. Has gain adjustment which seemed to help. Truck dash is well protected from light. I haven't had an issue seeing or reading the display which, by the way, I'm not overly impressed with. Seems a little too "8bit" and archaic considering the times, but doesn't bother me by any means. Overall still learning how to use it effectively. At this point I think it was a fitting choice. Good power, simple to use at interfacing level (menus can be complicated), lots of source options and customization.
Pros: Seem well made with strong audio power and clarity, many source options, potential software updates, quick boot to sound time.
Cons: Menus can be confusing or difficult to access, overwhelming sound adjustment options. Remote response appears slow. Display has good info but GUI may leave one unimpressed.
One of the better decks ive had. Sound quality is awesome. And lots of great features.
Pros: All the pre outs and multiple USB ports is great.
This is a great head unit for the money. Lots of features, some I don't use, others I wouldn't live without from an after market deck. The 13 band EQ is my favorite feature. I was able to get a pretty flat output with the frequency bands of the equalizer. I didn't find the full manual in the box but a PDF of the manual can be found on Kenwood's web site. If you're looking for a single DIN head unit I would highly recommend this one. Get some speakers while your at it.
Pros: 13 band EQ 5V preouts WAV audio support Delay time control Digital crossovers Rear USB has a fairly long coord
Cons: No FLAC support There are no radio preset buttons. Setting and scrolling through your radio presets is a chore compared to other head units.
As several have already stated, the display is too dim in the daylight. I run the display inverted (white background with dark blue lettering) so that it can be seen in the daylight. Accessing the radio station presets is a tedious menu driven process which requires you to take your eyes off the road for way too long. I have a USB stick taped to the rear USB lead and the lead taped down behind the dash. Every 20 minutes of play from the rear USB results in 'no device' being displayed and no music. Switching sources to HD radio then back to the rear USB resumes play. That's a pain. I called Kenwood and they had no fix for the USB issue other than to suggest I use the front port instead. Imagine that. The other major issue I have with it though is lockups. The music keeps playing but none of the buttons respond to any action. Removing the faceplate and reinstalling seems to fix the problem. I've had the unit install about a week and it has locked up on me 6 times. Called Kenwood and they say that they have not had this problem reported but if you google it, this is common enough with this model. This has occurred while listening to the radio, playing off the USB, and while BT streaming. I'm guessing it's the connection between the faceplate and the rest of the HU. The audio quality is nice but I'm Really ready to send this thing back now. Too bad, I really likes all the features but I can't live with these issues.
Pros: Nice audio
Cons: Lockups Spotty USB connectivity Dim display Difficult to access radio presets
Since the objective was mainly SQ: I do not have any regrets whatsoever. How ever, I would say it's just ok. One would assume that all the features in this product actually contributed in the price tag and would also expect them to work just fine. It's easy to use, but easier if you synchronize it with your steering wheel control like I did for my 2011 Camry (About $50 more) for the accessories. I was able to match the display with my dash board's lights. I had no difficulties to see display in day light. The bluetooth will over ride any other process. This is semi-pro device. the FM sucks big time, the CD player only plays brand new discs lol But I like it overall. Just set your priorities before purchase.
Pros: Great sound quality and powerful output. I like the DPS mode option a lot, I don't even need to use the EQ.
Cons: Bad CD lecture, Bad FM tuner. HELLO KENWOOD!!!!!!
Very impressed with this unit, sounds amazing even threw stock speakers! The functions are great, having three auxs on it is great aswell!! Especially when you can decide what to listen to!!
Pros: Great unit, great sounds, very easy to learn.
Cons: My phone won't stream pandora threw Bluetooth:
Excellent, excellent head unit. Superb sound quality and controls of sound parameters. A bit complex to use at first but like anything, with a little more familiarity and use, it becomes easier to use. Excellent product at a good price point.
Pros: Excellent price point, excellent sound quality, precise sound level controls
Cons: None that I can think of
I would've liked to have seen more options for a custom feel. For example i personally listen to pandora or music on my phone. I have no need for aha, iheart radio, or even the am/fm tuner and would like to remove those from source menu.
Pros: Sounds great. Install was easy.
Cons: Pandora doesn't always work perfect. its a little difficult to fix something that goes wrong while driving.
Sounds great and it's easy to program. One thing that's a big downside is the display. At night the display looks great, but if the sun is out you can't read anything on the display. Overall it's a good stereo.
Pros: Sounds good and looks great at night.
Cons: Can't read anything on the display if it's a sunny day.
I put this in a 2000 Durango and install was smooth. The sound with this unit is fantastic. One drawback of the display is it gets washed out in bright sunlight and hard to see it.
I bought this unit and this is my first install. As a refurb unit it came with the quick start guide, but not the full manual so I had to download it. Not a big deal, but frustrated I had to do that. I put this in a 2006 4Runner and install was smooth for my first DIY install. Glad I did it. Save me a lot of money over going to Car Toys for this unit. The sound with this unit and my JBL system is fantastic. Much better than from the factory unit. I was able to adjust display color to match the lighting in the 4Runner perfectly. One drawback of the display is it gets washed out in bright sunlight and hard to see it. I wish it had more buttons. It's all from mostly a central control knob and it's frustrating to have to go through multiple menus when you want to change common functions, such as seek method (going from manual, to auto seek to seek by program button) and storing favorite channels, adjusting levels levels, etc. Overall I'm very happy with the unit! The reception and function is great! The price was great and love not having to pay Car Toys to install this. Bluetooth works great and overrides the stereo when call comes in or when GPS function needs to talk. I bought this so I could plug in an iOS and Android device as well. The front and rear USB is a nice feature. It will be perfect for using my Motion X Offroad Maps on my iPad Mini hooked into this unit for offroad TOPO maps. I highly recommend this unit.
Pros: Great Sound, full featured unit with USB, bluetooth, HD radio and optional Satellite capabilities. Love it has 18 channel FM memory capability. I can now store analog and digital channels. Hard to see display in bright sunlight.
Cons: Too many levels on some of the menus. No dedicated function buttons for changing sound range levels, storing stations and search functions need multiple steps.
Read the instructions first and foremost. You will save a ton of heartache in the long run. There is only 1 issue I am having with this. I loaded up a thumb drive full of music, and its not reading the drive. Im not sure if its because I formatted the drive NTFS or not. I redid it and am going to try using the FAT32 file system to try to get it to work. 1 thing that would be nice would be voice commands like Fords SYNC system.
Pros: Fairly easy to use. There is very rarely static. Good price.
Cons: Not voice activated
The instructions were pretty straight forward for using the head unit. Install portion was a little misleading. You start to understand it after you figured it out. All in all, was perfect.
Pros: Slim design, 2 USB ports, bluetooth, hd radio, and looks great in car.
Cons: So much to do with it.
For the price, installation/adapter kit and features. money well spent! Awesome sound quality, quick and easy Bluetooth connection. Extremely happy with product, thanks Crutchfield!!! Did I mention FREE shipping and fast delivery!
Pros: Too many, very happy!
I got this as a factory refurb and it was in perfect condition. Installed it in a 2007 Subaru Impreza in 15 minutes (after crimping the adapter to the harness, 10 min). Navigation of menus on the unit it very easy and intuitive.
Pros: Great deck for the price.
Cons: No faceplate case.
Nice solid deck. Didn't come with the usual velvet bag though, I had to buy a hard case from Kenwood USA for an extra $15. Not a big deal considering the features of this deck. iPod support is wonky at times when using App Mode when scrolling through using Cover Flow but I wouldn't use that feature while driving anyway.I've had it for the past 2 months and I'm very satisfied with this deck. I think for the amount of features (HD radio,24/db crossovers,9 band EQ,time alignment,bluetooth) for the $, you can't go wrong. Also you can disable the sources you don't use(go into settings while in Standby mode). You can also turn off the internal amp if you are running multiple amps for components.
Pros: 4 volt preouts HD radio built in 24/db slopes 9 band EQ Time alignment Bluetooth works great with Android/iPhone Included Mic
Cons: Didn't come with a protective case/bag for faceplate. Spectrum analyzer lags. Music stutters in App Mode using iPod.
Great system to replace the factory unit. Easy to use and produces great sound. Very easy to use and have not had any real complaints about it.
Pros: Great quality. Matches my dash lights color. Easy to use. Very in depth audio tuning.
Cons: The mic for Bluetooth phone and siri controls is not quite sensative enough. It doesn't pick up my voice to well. It works, but I just have to talk louder. But I am driving a jeep wrangler so that just might be road noise
This unit is worth every penny extra because of the DSP and the ability to control the sound so many different ways it's worth 5 times as much as the simpler units. This turned by 2002 Cadillac Deville into a crazy powerhouse stereo I haven't even replaced the speakers or the amp that came stock in the car. Just the head unit. The dual USB inputs lets you attach a cheap USB thumb drive and just leave it there with 10,000 songs on it you do not need a iPhone, iPod, mp3 player, Android or any player at all just the tunes on a flash drive. So if nothing else you have a back up in the car if you phone or iPod fails. There are so many controls that you input what size speakers, what kind, where there at and 100 other parameters to adjust yourself. It has a free band equalizer that you get to adjust not just the presets. It searched an iPhone for Playlists, Songs, Albums, Bands, just like iTunes. I may move into my car there's just little reason to be in the house. It has nice colors to choose from or none if you like a bland world. All I can tell you is if you like music spend the extra money that you will waste on something else in no time and boost your car stereo up 87 levels. The versatility is unmatched...Oh the built in Bluetooth for both phone calls and playing music, download you address book it just never ends with this thing. Get one now.
Pros: Total absolute tonal control in every way imaginable and not imaginable. Dual USB, Bluetooth for phone and playing music, Sound quality and everything I already said in the review
Easy to wire up and install. Clean look with nice display colors. Very few buttons on the face so it can be a little confusing to use at first. Sound Quality is excellent. I'm powering the components on the headunit alone for now. I'm impressed!
Pros: Excellent sound quality and a clean look. Bluetooth works flawlessly.
Cons: Very few buttons on the face plate. Makes it somewhat difficult to use, but with a little practice or the remote its very user friendly.
First of all, this unit sounds excellent, and after all that's the primary function of a head unit. That said, I've got a few gripes. Coming from the KDC-X990 the display looks like a 9 year jump backward rather than forward. Most colors other than green are barely visible in full daylight, the text is anything but smooth, and the analyzer lags so much as to not bear any resemblance to what's happening sonically. The UI also leaves something to be desired, with just a few buttons barely covering the typical functions you'd like to access. On the software side of things, it's a mostly positive report, with comprehensive EQ, crossover and delay settings, and the typical Kenwood cabin-type/speaker-size enhancements. The Drive EQ leaves something to be desired though, applying a static offset rather than using the included mic to compensate for cabin noise. Speaking of the included mic, call quality has been good and I've gotten no complaints from callers, most not even realizing I'm in the car. The display frequently shows incoming caller numbers as opposed to names, even if they're in my phone's address book. A few nice surprises were the ability to play music from one source (say rear USB) but pause and switch to bluetooth when a navigation app needed to give directions, and the ability to customize the info display per source. At the end of the day though, I'm thoroughly pleased with this head unit as the sound quality is excellent. After all, that's why I bought it
Pros: - Excellent sound quality - Automatically switches between USB and Bluetooth sources to play GPS announcements - Display can be customized by source - Comprehensive EQ, crossover, delay, cabin, and speaker settings - Very good call quality for incoming and outgoing audio - Wirelessly updates firmware (let's hope they capitalize on that ability!)
Cons: - Display barely visible in bright light unless color is set to green - Functions such as radio tuning, and play/pause are less than obvious from the front panel - Graphic analyzer and Drive EQ are all but useless - Aha, iHeartRadio, and Pandora integration, while functional, is mediocre
Bought this system with an adaptor kit. Most of the install time it took was on me as I was fairly careful to verify and re-verify the connections. Sound clarity is fabulous, the power is okay to good, closer to good. Bluetooth functionality and 2 USB connectors are really great to have.
Pros: easy install, affordable, great sound quality
Cons: I wish I could disable some of the sources I never use, but I do have to cycle through them
After installing an X998 in our car in July, my wife and I were so impressed by the sound quality, virtually infinate adjustability and easy to follow instructions that I'm now installing this second X998 in my truck.
Pros: Crutchfield's price along with the free shipping, installation gear and 'spot on' instructions make up a value that is next to impossible to beat!
I don't recommend this type of radio in a vehicle like a jeep because its difficult to adjust sound wile driving.
Pros: good sounding and adjustable sound.
Cons: display not very bright and a danger to adjust sound control wile driving. h d radio signal loss seems to lock up tuner and you need to switch radio off and back on to change channels again.
So far so good. Its just installed and works great. I can't even tell I have the refurbished version as there are no visible or performance defects. I started installing amps to go full active, but right now it has made the stock speakers sound much better. I may update the review once the full install and tuning is complete and I get the chance to really put it through its paces, but so far so good.
Very nice unit, would be even better if it had direct button tuning.
Cons: No direct access tuning
Have always been a fan of Kenwood Excelon but with this unit it's hard to see in daylight even with tinted windows and early morning hours. The sound is excellent once you figure out from the 5 tier menu of where to go. This unit features a pro setup which helps tuning your speakers.
Pros: 4 volt peamps, multitude of sound settings.
Cons: Dim display in light. Menu isn't simple to use.
I generally like this unit but there are some things I was a little frustrated with. I can't get the iHeart or Pandora to work. The receiver doesn't see it. Generally the unit is pretty slick and intuitive on how to change settings etc but it's tricky to figure out how to set any radio presets. I wish there were preset buttons on the faceplate. I was also hoping I could use iHeart and Pandora without having to plug in the ipod. I'm still learning how to use the unit but it's generally a nice piece but there is definitely a learning curve.
The interface is pretty simpllistic--lacking the numbered preset buttons on your typical head unit--but looks pretty nice. Some users seem to dislike the CD slot cover, but it think it's kind of nice to keep out dust and to hide that cosmetic feature, as I do not normally play CDs in my car anymore. Takes some time to get used to the features and how to quickly navigate all of the settings.
Pros: Cool design. Changable illumination colour(s). USB and aux input on front of unit. 13-band EQ.
Cons: Lacks numbered radio preset buttons. Navigating menus take some practice.
Bought this for my 2014 Wrangler to replace the factory unit. Not a bad unit, but I wish I bought a different one. Not 100% happy. The display is too dim. Although it has plenty of presets, cycling through them is a pain. Big volume swing going from SAT to HD Radio. Sound is quite good, but takes a while to get it right. Radio reception is also not great.
Pros: Good sound. BT audio and phone work well. A lot of presets.
Cons: Display too dim with top down. Cycling through presets is a hassle especially if you only needed a few. Big swing in volume when switching between HD radio and SAT. Radio reception not great.
Not much others haven't already said but I felt had to be confirmed for those who value present users' reviews when buying. For some reason, Kenwood has gone with the "less is more", minimalist angle on marketing this Excelon product. Unfortunately, this means very few buttons for a slick look but those buttons must serve multiple purposes or you have to navigate through menus for EVERYTHING! I mean, no station preset buttons?? On top of those buttons being preset radio stations, they could have also served other uses in other modes like iPod, USB, or Bluetooth operations. What a waste. Because of the menu overuse, your eyes are constantly taken off the road to see where you are in the menus. There are many times it took my eyes off the road for too long and became dangerous to the point I had to simply force myself to stop fiddling with the radio and wait until I came to a stop sign or red light to do what I needed to do. Not fun or safe! Making matters worse, when you ARE trying to look at the menus on the display, it is washed out by any daylight. I am doubly cursed by a convertible AND a light colored interior. Top down, forget it. The high gloss display badly needs a flatter finish to eliminate this. The display is unreadable by day. Also as stated by others, the volume level is not very linear. Single increments between 0-17 do very little, but from 18-26, it ramps up very quickly.
Pros: Great tuning and adjustment capabilities you expect from the Kenwood top-shelf head unit. Owned many in the past and I'd still use them but Bluetooth (for hands-free driving and streaming talk radio podcasts) and HD radio are a must for me, rendering the old ones obsolete. Good, clean, loud 4-speaker power from head unit (a must for convertible wind/road noise plus a V8 with performance exhaust) allowed me to keep the system wiring simple and only have to run wiring for a small sub and amp.
Cons: See above, but the biggies are: -washed out display in bright light -not enough buttons -menu-based radio tuning and iPod navigation -would have paid significantly more for voice-activated operations similar to the Microsoft SYNC system in my Ford truck (once you get used to it, SYNC really is THAT good!
A disclaimer needs to be inserted at the top of appropriate areas saying to check compatibility for your cell phone. I gave this product one star because I can't use it for it's "advertised" intended purchase. If manufacturers and retailers had this information up front, instead of being buried like contact information on some obscure web page, they could walk away at the end of the day maintaining their integrity.
Pros: It is worth buying if your phone is compatible, as it has many other nice features.
Cons:Crutchfield response on September 2, 2014 We're sorry to hear the stereo doesn't work as expected with your phone - it really IS a great stereo! Smartphone integration is one of the primary reasons to buy a new stereo these days. On every car receiver page, we remind customers that they should double-check the compatibility of the receiver and their phone on that page's "Details" tab. Of course, there's so much information to review, it's easy to miss any given detail. That's also why we have such a friendly, 60-day, no-hassle return policy. We know that some things just don't work out the way we all hope they will.
I just finished installing this little gem. Very Happy with the outcome. People talked about the ease of use. I found it fairly simple to figure out. Took a little time but now it is second nature to use. The supplied Remote is very useful and makes changes very simple and easy while driving. The sound is.....just great. The adjustablity for the sound thru the unit is easy and intuitive. Blue Tooth is easy and quick to pair with my HTC M8. HD FM is great and clean sounding. Pandora is simple and works good with Blue Tooth or USB. CD's sound great and work perfectly...even in my hard sprung truck. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to spend the money. Any questions, I will be happy to answer.
Pros: Great sound and very easy to use. I consider this unit a great deal at this price. Remote makes things easy to change while driving.
Cons: This has nothing to do with the Stereo itself....has to do with the install kit....mainly the wiring harness adapters supplied with the Kit. Both wiring adapters fit the stock wring plugs fine. The one for the speakers is color coded for my 1990 F150 WRONG. I've been installing Stereo's for years. This problem was not that bad for me, BUT, anyone with little knowledge of auto wiring would fine this issue a BIG problem. Be warned.
I've used Kenwood head units in the past and always liked them and this one is no exception. It sounds great, there are more adjustments and features than I can ever hope to use.
Pros: Too many to list
Cons: No FM preset buttons on the front panel.
Put this unit into a 2001 Malibu and it sounds WAY better than the factory radio. My intent was just to get the Bluetooth and USB connectivity and I was greatly pleased by how much better it sounds. The flexibility this head unit provides in tailoring the sound to the vehicle can be a bit intimidating at first but is definitely worth the effort. Even with the factory speakers, which are next on the replacement list. The rear USB cable was long enough to be easily routed into the glove box. The provided microphone has about 2 - 3 times the length of cable I needed and I can't see it being too short to route in any vehicle.With the included Crutchfield installation hardware and instructions, installing it was a breeze. I use this predominately with an iPhone connected either via Bluetooth or via USB. The USB connection sounds better but the Bluetooth is adequate for short trips wher plugging in the USB seems to be more effort that it's worth. The hands free phone works great, and works reasonably well with Siri. Have some issued using Voice control with the windows and sunroof open. Probably is to be expected and don't think I would blame it on the head unit. Like the large number of options in the display programming and that you can have different displays for different sources. As for the down sides, the display is not very bright. It's fine at night but is easily washed out on bright days. Also, if you need the complete owner's manual, you have to download it from Kenwood
Pros: Sounds great Extremely flexible sound tailoring to your vehicle / likes Reasonable price for all the features
Cons: Display not very bright Complete owner's manual not included (must download from Kenwood) The large number of configuration setting can be intimidating. Case for detachable face would have been nice.
I'll start off with the good, the sound quality is really fantastic. It has a plethora of features for those who want to add on external devices.The front and back USB ports are also extremely nice to have. Now the bad side. I don't like that apps like Spotify don't show the artist playing when connected via cable, only Bluetooth, with its very noticeably inferior sound quality. Speaking of Bluetooth, the included microphone is so terrible, I don't use it. No one can hear me, even with the mic placed right next to me. I've even tried talking into it to no avail. This could just be me, but the iPod artist menu resets every time you turn your car off, and that annoys me. I had an Alpine previously, and it would save your location if you turned the car off. Now for the major, every so often, usually once a week, sometimes twice, no sound emanates from the speakers. This is the case whether it's set on radio, iPod, CD, etc. The only fix is to turn it off and on again, which is quite frustrating. Tonight though, the radio never turned back on. At all. Once I get rid of this unit, I'm buying an Alpine and never looking back. I exchanged the unit the day after purchase, and I should have listened to my gut the first time around. Now I'm stuck without a radio until I get it fixed or a new one. Not a happy camper right now.
Pros: Sound Quality
Cons: Everything else.
Fantastic radio, checks every box for me. Love the look, the fact you can change the colors to match your dash, the rear usb cable was long enough to be routed into my glove compartment, over all a well thought out unit with awesome sound. Even from my stock speakers.
Pros: Clear multi line display, great sound, long rear usb cable, HD radio. Intuitiive controls. Comes with a free microphone speaker for your phone which works great. Very happy with this unit.
Cons: Does not come with a case but Crutchfield sell one for $10 with free shipping which looks way better than the nasty plastic ones you get so no big deal.
Purchased to replace stock radio in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Easy install overall. Definitely has the "cool factor" with the changing LED lights and it just looks nice. It doesn't come with instructions so I had to play with it a bit to figure out how to set pre-sets on the radio. It auto-connects to my iPhone 5s every time I get in the car so that is a plus, although it takes a minute to do so. Upgraded the sound quality a good bit, not factory speakers in the car though. Once you use it for about a week, you get the hang of it, I'm sure there are still features I haven't even attempted to use. Only downfall with my iPhone is that it doesn't show me what's playing if I use the Spotify app, only through Pandora does it show the track & Artist.
Pros: Good quality, Good sound, Looks nice, iPhone 5s pairing, price
Cons: No manual, doesn't connect with Spotify
Installed in my wifes SLK 230. A wonderful upgrade to get rid of the stock radio and be able to add Bluetooth and an Ipod hook up. Plugs into factory amps! Couldnt ask for anything more.
Pros: Quality, sound, functions and Price
Cons: Can be a little hard to see face when the top is down on a sunny day.
I purchased this a few weeks ago and installed into my 98 Lexus ES300. It made a significant difference even with the factory speakers. Three are a lot of options to customize the sound so it may take a little while to get the sound you prefer. Even with the improvement over the factory system (which BTW, the install kit was great), I knew I was going to want an aftermarket AMP and speakers incl. a sub. I acquired an all Rockford/Fosgate speaker and AMP system and installed it in a few hours. I had to re-run all new speaker wire to the doors because the stock AMP cannot be easily modified/reroutes to use the existing wires; a bit of a pain, but doable in an afternoon. All that said, I was having a hard time getting my music to sound the way I wanted it. After a lot of trial and error and getting close to where I wanted it, but still not quit there. I am an audio purest by nature so here is what I did and my system is now banging: I disabled the internal AMP under the (initial settings) when in Standby Mode I disabled the DSP "through" setting so no DSP is enabled. Note: this really limits any audio adjustments at the receiver, but since I purchased high-quality components, they should be able to re-create a high quality representation of the source (again, the audio purest in me speaking). Basically this leaves you; volume, balance and Fade controls at the Head Unit. I turned all the gains down on my RF amp and turned my volume up on the Kenwood to 26 (which is approx. ¾ max
Pros: High Quality head Unit with a lot of options t customize your sound
Cons: The display can be difficult to read if in bright light, but most after marked Single DIN units have that issue.
Installed in a 2003 Grand Marquis, works and sounds awesome. You MUST take the time to setup and learn how to use this head unit. Once setup up correctly you will not be dissappointed. If you are not willing to read the manual and learn how to set it up, buy a different head unit.
Pros: Incredible sound with tons of features. Could not have asked for more.
Got the receiver and put it in pretty darned quickly. I only needed a sharp blade to cut off 2 mounting ear tabs that weren't needed on the included adapter kit frame for my Expedition. Good sound, good quality. Excellent unit for the price. Sound is not too bad, but there are a lot of settings you can go in an customize to vastly improve it. Also, be sure to plug your iThingy in via USB to automatically setup bluetooth. With out it, it's kind of goofy to sync. Also found with the right display setting, it overcomes the issue of not being able to see it. I suggest you read the manual when setting up: 100 page operators manual can be found online.
Pros: Price, quality, sound
Cons: Display is kind of cagy Phone audio needs a little tweaking - sounds a little 'muffled'.
This receiver installed easily in my 2001 Mercedes-Benz E430. The supplied harness adapter made the install pain free. The sleeve for the chassis supplied by Kenwood slid easily into my existing factory's sleeve perfectly. A peculiarity of my car is that the 12V to the head unit is not switched - it is live all the time. Crutchfield supplied instructions for an alternate source of switched power . This took a little time as I had to disassemble the console a little to get to this source, but it wasn't difficult. Had I not had to do this extra step, the installation would have taken 10 minutes. In Kenwood's efforts to keep the look of the radio clean, there are very few buttons; power, source, a Back button (gets used a lot), Telephone (answer and hang up are one and the same), Thumbs up and down for Pandora, and a seek rocker. Notably, there are NO radio station presets. These and everything else is menu driven using the Volume/Control knob and the Back button. There are endless menus for adjusting things you never imagined. One of the more useful features is the flexibility in setting up the display. A dozen or more color schemes, 1,2.or 3 lines of information can be displayed. Varying types of information can be dealt up for the content you are listening to. Bluetooth works very well. Phone book is pulled across without any fuss. You can use different search criteria - menu driven. Unit sounds great. Even came with a remote.
Pros: Relatively low cost. High feature content. Ease of installation. Strong Bluetooth - both phone and audio. Pandora works great.
Cons: No radio preset buttons. When listening to the radio, you press the Back button and it launches the presets. Takes a second, you then scroll through using the Volume/Contro knob. Menus are a little overwhelming.
Sounds good. Set up is OK.
Pros: Good value for the price.
Cons: Set up takes time, and go be more user friendly.
Not the best. Put in my 2007 jeep liberty with an amp and new speakers. CANNOT see the display unless you are in a dark environment. At min volume poor quality sound even with an amp you have to crank it up to about 16 to have the sound great.
Pros: Ummm not yet
Cons: Bad display Weak sound Confusing controlsCrutchfield response on June 30, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Heck yea nice receiver.. looks really nice. Sound quality excellent I have nothing negative to say. All good here!
This is a great unit.easy to use and can customize visual and audio settings
Pros: 13 band equalizer, front and rear USB, dust covers for front USB and cd tray. Great sound.
Cons: Not as big as double din so little harder to read some things. Sometimes in bright light harder to see screen.
I have only been using it a week and love it! sound quality is excellent
Awesome sound, tons of features, well built. Install was a snap, thanks to Crutchfield. Owners manual is, as usual, very vague, but one call to Crutchfield solved all of my concerns. You'll be hard pressed to find a better quality unit for anywhere near this price.
Pros: Sound quality, build quality. Tons of features.
Cons: Manual is very vague on operation. There will be a learning curve, but it's worth it.
Everything is easy to use. Very nice cosmetics. Super nice controls and sound processing. Only downside is that if you have your iPod plugged into the rear and your phone in the front to charge it keeps flipping out of iPod mode. Not really a big deal. Just should use my 12v instead. Sounds amazing. Tons of controls. Great price. No Brainer.
This is a fantastic head unit. I purchased it to replace the stock radio in my Jeep Wrangler. The original stereo was under-powered and couldn't compete with the wind and road noise. The KDC-X998 is a huge step up in power and quality. The installation of this unit was a breeze. It'd been a while since I installed a car stereo so I was expecting a problem or two to pop up. Didn't happen. The radio dropped right in, and out-of-the-box without any configuration, the sound quality was a great improvement over the stock radio, driving the stock speakers. Configuring the audio setup further improved the sound quality. The options for configuring the audio setup are overwelming. There are so many, and, unless you're an audiophile it's difficult to grasp what the various settings do or how they alter sound. If you don't know what you're doing, stick with those options that you are familiar with and educate yourself on the others before attempting to adjust them. That's what I did - starting with things like the speaker sizes and positions; equalizer, x-over, etc. After a little research I dove deeper into the options. While the audio configuration may be overwelming, basic configuration (station presets, display, Bluetooth parings, etc.) is easy and day-to-day use of the stereo is straight-forward. I particularly like the HD radio and dual USB ports. I keep a thumbdrive with audio books connected to the rear port (cable runs into the glove box) and use the front one for my phone.
Pros: HD Radio, detailed audio configuration, two USB ports.
Cons: Audio setup is overwelming; display brightness/contrast not great for top-down, daily convertible use.
It's a great sounding unit that has a lot of features. Fairly easy to navigate after getting use to but the direct find feature on my remote doesn't work for some reason.
Pros: Good sound with a lot of features. The pandora app works really well
Cons: Hard to read in sunlight, direct find feature on remote doesn't work
Great unit. Honestly just wanted to be able to use my iPod with my factory stereo, but paying $100 to just do that didn't make sense if I could get iPod, android, and pandora. Great sound also
Pros: connectivity, sound
Cons: learning curve to use, doesn't come with a faceplate case.
Absolutely love this stereo would recommend this to all audiophiles. Built in cross over and auto connect blue tooth is such a nice quality that this beautiful head unit offer.
Pros: Built in bluetooth Crossover Dta 2 USB plugs Smooth interface Best output of any single din to date (rms) 3 RCA outputs for mid, tweeters and subs. Hands free Built in mic for calls on the road which works beautifully might I add. Pandora app
Cons: Takes a while to figure out all the awesome features this stereo offers. Kenwood android control app could use an update
I haven't purchased an aftermarket head unit in quite some time so when I purchased this top of the line single DIN from Kenwood for around $250, I thought it was a steal! It comes with everything you need from a head unit and then some. There are so many features that it can be overwhelming and the instructions manual doesn't go into details on how to properly set up your system. Google and Youtube are your friends here. There might not be model specific instructions but you can get a good understanding on how to set it up from comparable models. All in all, you are purchasing a very good head unit with a lot of features. Do your research and set it up properly. Improperly using the audio settings can make your stereo sound worse but that's the price you pay for having a very capable head unit.
Pros: Quality, features, good value
Cons: None so far.
Connects to my LG G2 phone for Pandora every time....HD radio great!!! Custom sound and more then enough to power my Alpine speakers....Love it!!
Pros: Everything about it I love...Take your time and with the sound settings....
Great head unit, just wish it was easier to use. It won't recognize the music stored on my phone when connected to the usb.
Pros: Looks cool, sounds great, chicks dig it
Cons: Doesn't play nice with the music stored on my phone via usb connection, only works with bt connection.
Installed this receiver in 2000 Ford Explorer. What a difference from the factory radio. Very impressed with the service I received from Zac, who talked me through systems install and services available to me if more help was needed. Great company and personel to do business with.
Pros: Great sound and ease of installation for a novice.
Cons: Can't find any
Great product sounds great really brought the factory alpine system in my jeep alive. Wow what a difference
Pros: blue tooth
Cons: cant find any
I LOVE this unit! I matched it with my existing Infinity speakers and the performance is out of this world. Prior to this every place I had gotten estimates from said that my speakers were sub-standard compared to current offerings, but I've found that this Kenwood has brought out the best in them. I admit there is a learning curve to learn the menu structure, but once you get the hang of it this unit can be tailored to fit almost any needs, you can have different displays for the various modes etc. The radio is so sensitive I'm gettting stations I never knew were there. I also like that it has two USB ports I have music on the usb drive as well as my phone. I also love the 13 band EQ and the digital sound processor. I higly recommend this set-up.
Pros: Blue tooth XM ready FM HD front and rear USB inputs CD Highly customizable Great sound curve 13 band EQ Digital music processor
Cons: None at this time
The sound quality is not as good as I had hoped.
Pros: Very adjustable. 13 band eq, variable crossovers etc make it possible to tailor your sound, although it is not easy to do. The bluetooth work nicely.
Cons: The sounds gets distorted easily at low volumes. No radio preset buttons. Difficult to navigate all of the menus and sub menus. Makes me wish for a simple bass knob and treble knob.
Switched to this deck and was amazed by it quality, features, and sound output is crystal clear.
Pros: Bluetooth Music & Phone Calls
Cons: Haven't had time to tweak it yet but microphone isn't very loud when talking to people on phone
This head unit works flawlessly! The pro setup works wonders and is very easy to use. I would recommend this deck if you are willing to pay the price for all of the adjustment.
Pros: All of the settings and adjustments
I bought mine refurbished for around $80 less than the "new" price and am very pleased with the purchase. There are multiple inputs to get your music/podcasts to the reciever and each work well. Some may be bothered with the lack of buttons for radio presets, etc., but I prefer the clean look. Great value for all the options you get.
Pros: Sleek/Simple design Multiple EQ settings and customization 2 USB inputs Bluetooth works well for phone calls and music streaming
Cons: Screen can be hard to see on sunny days Navigating menus can be somewhat tedious
This stereo is very capable, it's possible to do a lot of adjustments to reach the very precise sound you want. Probably this potential in sound adjustments is its best Presentation card, but... I think is hard to find that point: the perfect sound you would like to hear; at least it was for me. This stereo has features as 2 usb inlets, aha, Pandora, 3.5 mm aux and Bluetooth. I'm a very addicted to spotify, so, unfortunately to me, there is not specific function in the stereo for use the like/unlike buttons with spotify. I use Bluetooth to reproduce music taking advantage of free hands calls, but! I have problems constantly when I return to my car and I try to connect my phone through the BT, it supposed their should connect betwen each other automatically but sometimes just don't happens. my cell phone is a Sony Xperia Z, I didn't have problems like this whith my other BT devices before. Finally, the stereo looks very simple and nice with few buttons, but that weird multi function button with shape of mushroom brakes with the beauty of this stereo.
Pros: All the capabilities for reproduce music: 2 usb inlets, hd radio, Pandora, aha radio, Bluetooth and even has a slot for CD's haha Design Features a wireless control Easy way to make and receive phone calls trough BT
Cons: That horrible button with mushroom shape
When I seen this head unit I had to have it I loved the way it looked and now I love the way it sounds with my new speakers still trying to find my favorite set-up there are many things to play with every thing you could won't is on this head unit if you buy you won't be sorry.
Pros: Sounds great plenty of features
Cons: none so far
Great Deck works great
Pros: Easy to work
This HU is the best I've ever used, and Ive had aftermarket HUs in all of my vehicles. It takes a while to adjust all of the settings, but that's only because it is so packed full of adjustments, which I like.
Pros: Feature packed. Looks decent
Cons: None so far
I bought this head unit after the stock radio in my very mundane 2005 Chrysler Town and Country finally gave up the ghost. I've spent my entire working career in a recording studio and have grown very accustomed to ultra high end high definition audio so, my expectations from a car radio were fairly low shall we say. Well this radio head unit whatever you call it, has transformed my way of thinking about car audio. The DSP functions alone would cost tens of thousands of dollars in a recording studio only 5 years ago and now we have it in our dashboard for under 300 bucks, remarkable! Take the time to learn the DSP functions and explore them, if I may recommend take a look at the elevation of the audio especially before you touch the high-frequency Eq it is a very powerful and useful tool I can't see ever using this radio with the DSP turned off. Thank you Kenwood I am a believer.
Pros: Superior sound, powerful DSP functions, clean, clear audio, real watts! Intuitive interface just wow overall.
Cons: After 1 week I haven't found any yet.
if your not getting the sound you want, like you need a center channel or its muddy! or your door speakers are too low? you can bring your system to life with this RADIO, it will change your entire system. before this purchase I bought a cheap PIONEER radio thinking a radio is just a radio, installed new components and it still didn't sound the way i wanted so, i was gonna get an audio control processor or something?i did some research on SQ car radios and found this KENWOOD model KDC-X998 radio.WOW what a difference this made! it's was what i have been looking for. BTW 1st kenwood product and happy
Pros: Awesome sound quality and 13 band eq for extreme flexibility changed my world
After I bought this radio I got it installed. It was working fine at first, but after 2 weeks along came the glitches! Sometime if freezes and won't let you select anything, and some time it won't turn off. The sound quality is superb, and I love all of the features! Just wish it wasn't so glitchy.
Pros: A lot of features and compatible with a lot of apps
Cons: Glitches galore! And they happen often!
This head unit is one of the best I've ever owned. Very intuitive ,clean and ahead of the curb with enhancements.
Pros: Great sound, enhancements and features.
Cons: None seen yet!
Great product and very easy installation, thanks to Crutchfield. Have been using them since 1992 and they never disappoint. The head unit is great and after some time spent figuring out the fairly unintuitive interface it works great. The manual is not the best, as others have said, you just need to spend some time fiddling with it to figure it all out.
Pros: Great sound, great power, great sound quality, grabs stations that other head units couldn't.
Cons: If you aren't an AV junky, this could be a bit cumbersome for you to figure out and use to the best of its potential.
Great unit! Great value for the price. Sound quality is awesome and it has a lot of settings to make your music sound great. I think the settings could have been a little simpler to navigate through to make adjustments. Other than that it's an awesome head unit. I would buy it again.
I purchased this radio for my 2009 Tacoma truck based on quite a bit of research and comparing different manufacturers and models. What I found out is Kenwood HD receivers will display the radio station info and song info without issue as compared to many brands which only show HD info (JVC). I had no problem installing the unit, it was straight forward using the simplified wiring diagram. I also installed the ASWC-1 Steering Wheel adapter unit with this head unit (HU) and the steering wheel controls worked without issue. Setting up the HU takes a bit of time but it does work right out of the box so you don't need to do anything but there are a plethora of settings/adjustments to fine tune this HU. There is an 13 band graphic EQ, Crossover settings, Speaker delays for different vehicle types, of course it handles iPhone/iPod stuff, even through BT so no cables needed. This is a fully loaded HU and does everything well. Some HU's have a minimalistic number of buttons/controls which make them hard to navigate and operate. The Kenwood KDC-X998 is also minimalistic however I had no problems navigating through the displays to get it working. Now imagine what I could do if I read the manual! (will soon). My coolness factor rating of 3 stars is because it's a nice looking HU, it's not a cool 10" LCD panel or anything but it does look good. Ease of use rating of 4 stars is because 5 stars to me means no minimalistic controls/buttons and everything is up front.
Pros: Easy to operate. Easy to install. Lots of features and settings like the EQ is terrific to ensure you get the best sound out of your unit. Reads FAT32 formatted USB drives with music files (many different formats) and plays them without issue. BT Microphone - Works very well.
Cons: User/Installation manual is tiny. Download the manual from Kenwood online so you can printout a readable copy. Display screen is not very bright. If my OEM unit can be bright, why can't an aftermarket unit be bright in the daylight. It's not unusable, just could be brighter. No carrying case provided for the removable faceplate. BT Microphone - Unsightly and is a pain to find a nice clean looking location for it (I like factory looking installs).