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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

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.

Kenwood quality

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.

HD Radio

HD Radio™ for awesome sound

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® lets you concentrate on driving

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

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver

Use this Kenwood's controls to play your favorite Internet radio stations.

Stream radio from your phone

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

Two versatile USB ports

The receiver's front and rear USB ports 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.

Multi-line display

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.

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

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

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri Eyes Free control capability
    • detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line display, plus variable color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 13-band equalizer and bass management
    • Sound Excellence DSP
      • speaker size and car type settings
      • high- and low-pass crossovers
      • digital time alignment
      • 3-level bass boost
    • subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Pandora, iHeart Radio and Aha control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB ports
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    • front and rear USB ports compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files
    Other features and specs:

    Replaced the x701 with this as the x701 didn't want to cooperate well with my HTC 10 when it came to bluetooth streaming, constant skips. It's predecessor BT515HD and now the replacement X998, I once again have perfect bluetooth streaming. This deck is great, many sound tuning features available.

    Felix, San Antonio, TX

    What's in the Box:

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

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    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 Reviews

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    (193 Reviews)

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Jerry from Frankfort, IL on 9/4/2017

    1999 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installalation was a snap, programming is a crap shoot. The included manual is just about worthless. The unit works perfectly.

    Pros: Ease of insallation! Functions as it should.

    Cons: Instruction manual is nearly worthless.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Bruce from Fairbanks, AK on 8/24/2017

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Although this unit is a decent upgrade, sounds good, and the install was a breeze, the display is the deal breaker and the reason for the one star rating. Some other reviewers have been much too kind in calling it 'mediocre'. The fact is, it's absolutely horrible. Frustratingly useless. Completely indecipherable in anything but darkness. Simple fact is, you will not be able to see it during any daylight driving, no matter how you tweak it. If you only drive at night, this is the unit for you. Otherwise, best to keep looking.

    Pros: Easy install, better than factory unit

    Cons: Absolutely horrible display. Completely useless in any sort of light.

    Bad A@#!

    Felix from San Antonio, TX on 7/29/2017

    2013 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the x701 with this as the x701 didn't want to cooperate well with my HTC 10 when it came to bluetooth streaming, constant skips. It's predecessor BT515HD and now the replacement X998, I once again have perfect bluetooth streaming. This deck is great, many sound tuning features available.

    Pros: Everything, especially all the audio tuning features.

    Cons: Display, hard to read when direct light is hitting it. Even with the inverting of the color on the display.

    badass unit

    johnny from woodbridge, va on 6/20/2017

    2002 GMC Sierra 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it, Couldnt be happier with this Kenwood excelon kdc-x998. Read some reviews stating was to dim in the daylight etc and my first thoughts were the same upon installing but since i figured out the adjustments i adjusted the contrast, color and dim setting & problem solved, nice, bright and crystal clear day or night , even in sunlight This unit is worth the cost in my opinion! Just badass. Cant wait to get better speakers , amp and sub-box so i can drop the base in your face...LOL Uf your on the fence, dont be; get it, you'l be happy with it, so many fuctions and 2 usb, i ran the rear through the back streight to glove box. L9ve all the color options and how you can have 2 different on the display. Set your HD radio setting for auto and not digital or analog so your always in tune with stations, digital will have distributions and fustrate you, auto is what you want to get all stations available in your area , nice and clear. 5 stars, badass unit!

    Pros: Easy installation, easy to mess with, fuctions work for me, love all the colors and choice of displays and its a Kenwood, unit kicks ass.

    Cons: Price, was just slightly over what i wanted to spen but i dont regret getting it at all.

    Even I can install this....

    Anonymous from Chimacum, WA on 6/20/2017

    2001 Audi TT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in my 2001 Audi TT Roadster. The amazing part is I INSTALLED IT. Not the most mechanical savvy guy, but Crutchfield made it easy. Sold me the perfect wiring harness that fit with the factory wiring (no wires to cut) and their tech support answered my questions quickly. The unit sounds great and has enough color and text options to fit in with most factory dashes. A baseball fan, I am especially thankful for a decent AM tuner.

    Pros: Good sound Plenty of features EZ install

    Cons: Like most modern headunits, the vast number of options and settings means you need to be patient to program the ideal visual and audio configuration.

    Mediocre display ruins it. And I mean mediocre.

    Chuck from Sunny Ohio on 5/31/2017

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

    First off. The folks on here saying you can't read the display are correct. If the sun is shining you may as well forget it even has one. It's horrible really. If the box hadn't been accidentally tossed this garbage would be going back to Crutchfield. It also has enough doodads and gewgaws to keep your "audiophile" friend interested on a road trip. But only if it's a cloudy day since even the passenger can't see the display.

    Pros: Has stuff

    Cons: Display is terrible.

    Great Unit- one flaw

    Spencer from Baton Rouge, LA on 5/7/2017

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome unit. Works well, sounds better. However after a few uses with the aux input the ipod stopped showing which song is playing, which is a minor detail for me. One slightly larger downside, however, is how dim the display is in direct sunlight (my jeep is topless as much as possible) and I've changed the settings but it just isn't bright enough.

    Pros: Simple install, better sound

    Cons: Hard to see in direct sunlight or bright light

    Not the best Kenwood

    D from Kona, HI on 5/5/2017

    2000 Toyota Tundra

    I've owned three different excelon models and was throughly unhappy with this one. It lacks some vital basic functions, mainly the 1-6 presets, which I like for one touch dialing, and to change stations on Pandora or radio. Without the presets you have to push and scroll through multiple menus to make make a call which is such a pain you're much better off just using the phone its self. Same with the radio, except when you're connected through blue tooth you can't control Pandora externally. So, as crazy as it sounds, it's easier to turn off the BT on the phone, change stations, then reconnect. I did like having three lines of information displayed, but even that I didn't think they did a very good job with considering the potential. You actually get more info from the two lines and and a few permanent LCD lights on the x-599. Oh, another MAJOR flaw with the 998 is changing sources. To go from one source to another you have to press the volume knob and scroll through the list (USB, CD, Radio) which makes you take your eyes off the road. With other models you press the power button repeatedly to change sources. Much easier, and eyes free once you know how many clicks it takes. I've owned Alpine units as well and prefer Kenwood for two main reasons, compatibility with android, and I think Alpine's quality has deteriorated over the years. My recommendation if you're looking for a quality Kenwood is to check out the 701.

    Pros: Extra rear usb

    Cons: Difficult interface, doesn't live up to potential. No presets buttons, major fail! Overpriced for what you get.

    Junk Kenwood KDC-X998

    Jeremy from McKinney, TX on 4/26/2017

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my own fault for not trying the unit out when I received it 3 yrs ago. I just took for granted it's Kenwood and it would work. I bought this for a project I've been working on and time has just gotten away from me. When I received my order I put it in a tote and put it in my closet. The unit is very nice looking. I bought it for all the features it has. Mainly for the HD Radio, Bluetooth, Sirus and 2 USB ports. I just installed it last night and right out the box when I press on the left side of the face the display goes dark like I turned off the unit completely then It will come back on in a few seconds. It like the face isn't making contact all the way. The screen will flicker also like poor contact sometimes. Crutchfield says there is nothing they can do for me. Upon reading the reviews on this unit last night it seems my problem is a common problem with this particular model. I kinda expected some help from Crutchfield since there is multiple reviews describing the same issue. So I have a head unit that works like crap and I bought the Sirus controller with this unit also. An expensive paperweight.

    Pros: Pretty shelf decoration

    Cons: Screen goes dark when pressing on left side of the face right out of the box.

    This Is An Amazing Unit

    David from Chicago Heights, IL on 4/22/2017

    1999 Chrysler Sebring JX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My Goal: The goal for this unit was to upgrade the audio in my '99 Sebring convertible. I installed 4 Alpine 6.5" speakers (doors and rear seat side panels) but they just made the factory Infinity radio sound even weaker. So it was time for a new radio. I chose this Kenwood over a similar Alpine - I liked the specs & features better. Installation: This is the easiest car radio install I have ever done. The factory beast came out smoothly. The included Metra wiring harness matched wire-for-wire. The mounting face is a perfect fit. This seemed almost too easy - like I was forgetting something important. But once I had all the wires connected and turned on the car, I had so much better sound than the factory setup could ever produce. I do have one complaint: This is a very sophisticated radio. The manual that is included will get the unit installed and working but set up and use are barely touched upon. To get the most out of this radio you need the full user manual from Kenwood available. I'm looking forward to tweaking all the settings and turning this baby up to 11!

    Pros: Easy installation, tons of adjustments

    Cons: You need the full owners manual from the Kenwood web site to really understand this unit.

    The best Kenwood H/U so far.

    Brad M from Rosamond, CA on 4/18/2017

    1986 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did a lot of home work for this H/U, I'm a die hard Kenwood guy ! This H/U, is full of optional settings and features You'll love in a DIN unit. Installed well, looks great and sounds the best for My vintage Camaro. I'm extremely happy that I purchased this H/U from Crutchfield, these folks really helped with all the goodies to install My H/U. They shipped fast, and for the money they are the best.

    Pros: Lots of optional settings, features the best Kenwood stuff.

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 4/17/2017

    2006 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent sounding stereo and easy to use

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from NH on 4/13/2017

    2004 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver! no issues works great, high quality product, after receiving two defective units from a competitor I switched back to kenwood and glad I did it works perfectly!

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    Great head unit

    Anonymous from Oakland, Ca on 4/10/2017

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love all of the options and customizable levels that this head unit offers

    Pros: Having Bluetooth

    Cons:

    Just OK - otherwise lame implement of mobile

    Jeffrey from Tenafly, NJ on 4/3/2017

    2002 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have two of these installed - one in a 2001 Jeep Wrangler and the other in a 2002 Porsche Boxster. On the whole the receiver is OK - much better than what I had previously. I have four complaints. First, the display is much too dim - almost useless in the daytime especially if there's any sunlight coming into the car. Contrast control doesn't help at all. Second, there is a clock but it's useless because there is no display mode that combines the clock with your music stations/selections. It would seem to be a trivial programming task to add the time-date. Third, bluetooth music streaming does not handle stereo very well. To get decent music off my iPhone I need to use the USB connection which takes me to number four. Four, when you connect a USB cable to your iPhone the receiver takes over, immobilizes the phone and you have to use the receiver functions to change stations, albums, apps, etc. Good luck trying to switch from NPR One app to the Pandora app to your playlists using receiver functions.

    Pros: Good Sirius XM Plays from USB stick

    Cons: Poorly lit display Lame bluetooth implementation Worthless clock

    Treat yourself to the GOLD STANDARD~

    Allan from Puyallup, WA on 3/19/2017

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 is an absolutely outstanding unit. If you are thinking of upgrading your stock radio and/or an older unit, this clearly is the one you want to consider. The features and quality of build are second to none for the price point. Celebrate music and life! Choose the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998. You will NOT regret it!

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    High end?

    Steven from Kent city, MI on 3/9/2017

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

    Sounds great with a lot of audio adjustments. The screen you can not see in daylight! The Bluetooth disconnect when it feels like and my phone has to be close to the dash to work most of the time. Stopped at a few car audio shops to do demos(they sell this also) and they had the same problems with the 998. I'll be sticking to pioneer,Alpine and Clarion. I see way bassheads stick to pioneer as should I have!

    Pros: Adjustments for audio

    Cons: Bluetooth Screen Does not keep settings all the time

    Good radio

    John from Roanoke, VA on 3/1/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the unit two weeks ago and so far is good. Nice sound and up to date with technology. Woke up my Infinity references.

    Pros: Like the rear USB

    Cons: When I'm on the phone then get in my car, the Bluetooth connects but stays on private. Can't figure it out. Oh well.

    Crutchfield response on 3/6/2017 John, we're sorry you're having issues with your bluetooth. If the problem continues, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get the radio working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.

    Great sysyem

    John from Annapolis, MD on 2/22/2017

    1997 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Hampton, VA on 1/31/2017

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

    Great product. Outstanding service from Crutchfield. Will buy from them again.

    Pros: Outstanding !

    Cons: None

    Great unit loaded with features

    Kenneth from Henderson, KY on 1/16/2017

    2011 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Brandon from Plano , IL on 1/6/2017

    2006 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better than I thought it would be.

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on 12/23/2016

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a beautiful stereo. Install was easy, connecting to BT is fast and reliable. Would definitely recommend.

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    Amazing product

    Jim from Duncan,SC on 12/19/2016

    2000 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Extremely easy to install and set up.

    Pros: Has all the features I wanted.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Andy from Minnesota on 12/14/2016

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Michael from North Carolina on 12/6/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    One word. Workhorse!!!

    Pros: Everything about it

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Ray from Wichita, KS on 11/30/2016

    2010 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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...

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Wheaton, IL on 11/20/2016

    2000 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

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    Great sound, bad display

    Alex from Raleigh, NC on 11/15/2016

    2001 Toyota Camry

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Scott from Ohio on 10/18/2016

    1998 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Somewhat of a Disappointing Purchase

    jjk from Las Cruces, NM on 10/6/2016

    2010 BMW X3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Excellent Radio

    jkruger from Grand Junction, MI on 10/6/2016

    1997 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!!

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    The pinacle of Kenwood single DIN units! Incredible sound and imaging!

    Jay from Warner Robins, GA on 9/29/2016

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Mark from Kittery ME on 9/16/2016

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Kenwood does It again.

    Mark from Macomb, MI on 9/13/2016

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great product!

    Jimmy from Cary, NC on 8/30/2016

    2000 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    I'm happy so far

    Walkingupstream from Virginia on 8/28/2016

    2006 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Piece of crap

    F.L. from Littleton, CO on 8/5/2016

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

    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 unit

    Crutchfield response on 8/8/2016 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.

    Kenwood KDC-X998 Review

    srb0829 from Westford, MA on 7/28/2016

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

    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.

    Pros: Many...!

    Cons: None

    Kenwood998 excelon

    Ed from Hartville Ohio on 6/10/2016

    2006 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 great deck

    Darrell E. from Bronx, NY on 6/9/2016

    2001 Honda Civic LX

    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.

    Kenwood 998

    Walter Mc from Hilmar, CA on 5/31/2016

    2004 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 kdc-x998

    kevin from Ft Worth, TX on 5/26/2016

    2008 Mazda 3

    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

    Kenwood KDC-x998

    Chris from Harrodsburg, KY on 5/20/2016

    1997 Buick Skylark

    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.

    Mostly Great

    Richard L from Norfolk, VA on 5/16/2016

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

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Scott from Denver, CO on 5/16/2016

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    Pros: None

    Cons: BT works when it feels like it, need to power cycle regularly to get the thing to work!

    Crutchfield response on 5/17/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Kenwood Is Great!

    Gary G from Seattle, WA on 5/11/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    fantastic!

    john p. from red hill,pa on 5/7/2016

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

    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

    Disappointing

    Jeremy A from Raleigh, NC on 5/2/2016

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Kenwood

    Dan from Turlock,ca on 4/30/2016

    1996 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great Receiver

    Ray from rockford, IL on 3/20/2016

    2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Sounds great. Even nice to look at, if you live in a BatCave!

    RBX from san mateo, CA on 3/17/2016

    1989 BMW 325I

    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)

    Awesome

    Anonymous from newport news, VA on 2/24/2016

    2003 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Tough install for e46 but such a great product.

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    Great Stereo

    Ray from Ft Collins, CO on 2/14/2016

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on 2/14/2016

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Kenwood KDC=X998

    JCR from Ohio on 1/2/2016

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

    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

    PeterM from New Jersey on 12/1/2015

    2002 Lexus ES300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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..

    good sound, few quirks

    Clay from Pennsylvania on 11/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Excellent

    MTB from New Jersey on 11/16/2015

    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

    Not Exceptional, but fully functioning

    K4CEO on 11/15/2015

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Colorado on 11/4/2015

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Great quality at a very reasonable price.

    Pros: Easy deinstallation of old receiver and easier installation on new Kenwood

    Cons:

    Great Product

    PaulS from North Carolina on 9/3/2015

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

    It is a very functional deck with great sound and control

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    Bang for your buck

    Anonymous from Illinois on 8/31/2015

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

    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.

    Not the brightest radio on the market

    Jeff S from Florida on 8/31/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Alpine replacement

    Anonymous from Illinois on 8/18/2015

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

    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.

    Manual is a must read

    Vern from Washington on 8/11/2015

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

    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.

    Nice unit!

    Anonymous from Alabama on 7/28/2015

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

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Holymackeral from Virginia on 7/20/2015

    1996 Honda Del Sol
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    wonderful

    sennaman from Indiana on 7/19/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Cons: none

    Great Product

    Dylan19 from Illinois on 6/29/2015

    1998 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Expectations met, yet again!

    brushforhire from Pennsylvania on 6/29/2015

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

    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.

    Cons: none

    Awesome

    Dave from Mercer me. on 6/29/2015

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

    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

    Excellent upgrade

    Hassi from California on 6/24/2015

    2003 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Love it

    MattyJo from Oregon on 6/17/2015

    2006 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 :)

    Really like it!

    Jonas from Columbus ohio on 6/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Not very well designed

    Lingam from Los Gatos, CA on 6/2/2015

    2011 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Not bad, but not great

    Ethan P from Virginia on 6/2/2015

    1988 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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)

    Great SQ and functions, bad everything else

    TB from Indiana on 5/22/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 want to love it......

    Mike from Collinsville IL on 5/20/2015

    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

    Great head unit, with a few exceptions

    JCinSeattle from Seattle, WA on 5/19/2015

    2011 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 5/25/2015 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.

    kenwood

    nz from maquoketa iowa on 5/17/2015

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

    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

    Worth the money

    AllenK from Nebraska on 5/13/2015

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Solid unit...with quirks

    jeff from ct on 5/10/2015

    2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Cool Dad!

    chris from Round Rock, Texas on 5/7/2015

    2000 Chevrolet Suburban
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    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

    One of the worst...

    JK from Kentucky on 5/5/2015

    2006 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Awesome

    dboyrusky from Seattle, Washington on 5/5/2015

    2004 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good stereo the only thing I am having trouble with is saving radio station to a preset.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    2004 Corvette HU upgrade

    Ace from Ohio on 4/27/2015

    2004 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Good Upgrade for my Harley

    Eddie from Nashville, Tennessee on 4/22/2015

    2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Njlcane from Florida on 4/19/2015

    2006 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    2015 Jeep wrangler Unlimited

    2015 jeep from Colorado on 4/13/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    decent deck.

    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.

    KDC X998

    Mike S from New York on 4/10/2015

    1998 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pretty good product

    DW from Woodstock, GA on 4/9/2015

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Quality you expect

    Ted from Pennsylvania on 4/7/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great buy for the price!

    Pros: Good sound Ease of use Phone sound quality is clear Easy to install

    Cons: None so far

    Replaced Factory Radio

    Carson from Nevada on 4/5/2015

    2004 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Satisfied

    _level_ from OKC on 4/2/2015

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Awesome deck!

    Mike from Lakeville mn on 4/1/2015

    1995 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    J. D. from USA on 3/29/2015

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Meh

    TheOldDude from New York on 3/28/2015

    2001 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    IT'S JUST OK BUT SQ IS PERFECT

    Jrhaat from New York on 3/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 nice unit!

    Dat Kustom Bronco from West Jordan, utah on 3/19/2015

    1997 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 head unit

    Zac from Nebraska on 3/17/2015

    1986 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from san antonio on 2/19/2015

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Nice!

    JohnS from Fremont, NE on 2/19/2015

    2005 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Nice equipment

    LC from SJ, PR on 2/15/2015

    2000 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Wonderful unit, but a few quirks

    Louieography from Colorado on 1/28/2015

    2006 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Love it, but having issues

    Adam T. from Butler, PA on 12/27/2014

    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

    Perfect

    Anonymous from Naples, FL on 12/26/2014

    2001 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Crutchfield Customer from Guam on 12/23/2014

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
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    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!

    Cons: None

    Great Replacement Deck

    Radtekus from Colorado on 12/21/2014

    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 Clean Deck

    Darrell E. from Elmsford, NY on 12/15/2014

    2001 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 product

    Anonymous from Oregon city, Oregon, 97045 on 12/14/2014

    2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Buy This Top of the Line Model

    MacW. from California on 12/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Cons: None

    Easy to use with a clean look

    Anonymous from Marietta, Georgia on 12/4/2014

    1996 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Buy It For Sound, Not Looks

    Ian S from Housatonic, MA on 11/23/2014

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

    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

    Excellent replacement of factory system

    DC from Cleveland, OH on 11/6/2014

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

    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

    Kenwood KDC X998

    Mike R from Arlington, WA on 10/21/2014

    2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    Cons: None.

    may not be the best choise for older people

    Anonymous from san mateo ca. on 10/20/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Better than factory!

    Anonymous from St. Louis, MO on 10/15/2014

    2006 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Steve from Michigan on 10/11/2014

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit, would be even better if it had direct button tuning.

    Pros: Features

    Cons: No direct access tuning

    Good unit

    Patrick from Arizona on 10/6/2014

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

    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.

    Nice Unit

    pushrod140 from Portland, Oregon on 10/6/2014

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Pretty cool.

    Seiji R from Colorado on 9/28/2014

    2001 Ford Taurus SES
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Not great

    RafA from Lawrenceville, NJ on 9/23/2014

    2014 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    MikefromMass from MA on 9/2/2014

    2001 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Mr sparkie from Denver, Co on 8/27/2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 9/2/2014 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.

    Really Nice

    BigBrutal64 from Huntington Beach, Ca. on 8/25/2014

    1990 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Merle from Ellis, KS on 8/11/2014

    2008 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pretty nice head unit

    KenM from Wilmington, IL on 8/10/2014

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

    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.

    Almost Exchanged It, Should Have

    AdamH. from Washington, DC on 7/30/2014

    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 product

    JamesM from Logan, OH on 7/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great Product

    lindsnetta from Audubon, PA on 7/13/2014

    2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    A great product!

    SeanR from Wappingers Falls, NY on 7/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great Unit

    Robert from Leesburg, VA on 7/11/2014

    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.

    Complicated but worth every minute

    Clean Sweep from River Edge, NJ on 7/8/2014

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

    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.

    Cons: None

    Excellent upgrade from Stock Receiver

    MikeJ from Jackson, TN on 7/7/2014

    2000 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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'.

    A Lot of Receiver for Not a Lot of Money

    christer from Salt Lake City on 7/3/2014

    2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    BA from Loveland CO on 6/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    walt md. from Clarksburg, MD on 6/26/2014

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 controls

    Crutchfield response on 6/30/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Tristan1172 from United States on 6/25/2014

    Heck yea nice receiver.. looks really nice. Sound quality excellent I have nothing negative to say. All good here!

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    Great unit

    Richard from sacramento, ca on 6/25/2014

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Brian from Collegeville, PA on 6/23/2014

    1988 Mercedes-Benz 300E
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have only been using it a week and love it! sound quality is excellent

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    Nice Head Unt

    FJG from Hamburg,Mi. on 6/10/2014

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

    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.

    great unit at a better price.

    Anonymous from Kiel, Wisconsin on 6/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Fantastic Head Unit

    SteveG from Marietta, GA on 6/9/2014

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

    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.

    Great

    Evan from Oshkosh,wi on 6/8/2014

    1998 Volvo S70 GLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    exceeded expectaions

    Leonbones from Columbus, oh on 6/7/2014

    2005 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Faithful

    c. hendo from El segundo, CA on 6/6/2014

    1998 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Great Head Unit!

    DanH from Anaheim, CA on 6/5/2014

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

    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.

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    whynot136 from Conyngham, PA on 6/3/2014

    2005 Jaguar S-Type
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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....

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Evansville, In on 6/1/2014

    2008 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Jeff N from Smithtown New York on 5/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    kenwood kdc-x998

    shaun from price on 5/25/2014

    2013 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 receiver!!!

    David F.H. from Bowie, MD on 5/20/2014

    2001 Mitsubishi Montero
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    It's ok

    Doug from Nashville TN on 5/16/2014

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Best Deck I've Ever Owned

    PDW from 33477 on 5/16/2014

    2007 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Works great

    Cole from Spokane Washington on 5/16/2014

    2002 Cadillac Escalade
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Cons: Nothing

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    JonD from Marion, IA on 5/14/2014

    2005 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    beauty and beast

    Anonymous from round lake, IL on 5/10/2014

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

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    JimmyC from Memphis,Tenn. on 5/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Luis from Menifee Ca on 5/7/2014

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Deck works great

    Pros: Easy to work

    Cons: none

    What I was looking for

    John from SLC, UT on 5/7/2014

    2006 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    This Kenwood changed my mind!

    studio steve from long Island NY on 5/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    the amazing Kenwwod KDC-X998

    TMACK from Dayton, Ohio on 5/1/2014

    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

    Cons: none

    Good radio, but...

    Richard from San Diego, CA on 4/30/2014

    2009 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    Very nice

    Geno C. from Atlanta,Ga. on 4/24/2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    CABT from New York, NY on 4/23/2014

    2002 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from 18951 on 4/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great Head Unit!

    Mark from King George, VA on 4/17/2014

    2009 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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).

    would buy again

    DON D from FLORIDA on 4/16/2014

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

    The stereo works great, sounds great and interfaces with the I phone. The only complaint is FM presets are a pain, call me old but I like the little buttons to select them.

    Pros: I phone interface, sound quality and lighting

    Cons: FM presets and adjustment take a lot of steps

    Great Radio / CD / Bluetooth

    Anonymous from Niagara Falls, NY on 4/11/2014

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield sent everything I needed, including detailed instructions to install this Kenwood unit into my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This unit sounds good even with my factory speakers. Quality is just as expected from Kenwood.

    Pros: Great sound. Easy Bluetooth hook up to my iPhone 5s. Great look.

    Cons: Seriously, does Kenwood have to make it so difficult to preset stations.

    Pretty good.

    RockyChicago from Chicago IL on 4/10/2014

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

    Pretty nice unit, I bought this after a comparable Alpine tuner in my last van. I can't say this one is better, but it does come with more inputs, HD radio, etc that the Alpine didn't have. Sound is really good and the changeable display seems nice. The only issue is it seems to use 3 leds to produce the colors and out of the corner of your eye you can see the different colors which is annoying (think dlp TV when you look away from it). However choosing a primary color fixes this. An almost complete lack of buttons means constant menu searching. Which is a pain. It's not even easy to change a station. Speaker phone is great, way better than the Alpine. Rear USB is nice for leaving the old ipod in the glove compartment out of view. Overall a decent unit. I'm still adjusting to it, but I do like it.

    Pros: Sound and all the inputs / tuners. Also the presets which serve all tuners at once is cool. Speaker phone is great quality.

    Cons: Display is hard to read in some lighting conditions. Lack of buttons means constant menu searching.

    Kenwood-Excelon-KDC-X998, another good Kenwood value.

    Pete from Marietta, NY on 4/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been a loyal Kenwood customer for over 25 years, and have never been disappointed with any of their products. The sound quality is good through Ford OEM speakers with no peripheral audio equipment (subs, tweeters, amps, etc.) but I've had them all hooked up in the past with some dynamite results. Check the specs, they're as good as units costing twice as much. I've always considered Kenwood products to be a good "sound investment". Pun fully intended!

    Pros: You can't beat the features and performance versus the cost of the unit. The installation was easy, and well explained by both the operators manual, and the Crutchfield tech support.

    Cons: Kenwood has historically been a little more complicated in getting everything set up, and adjusted to personal satisfaction, and the 998 is no different. You may have to read the manual a couple times, experiment with adjustments, and even call tech support, but once you've got it...you've got it.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Ron from Los Angeles, CA on 4/7/2014

    My 1993 Lincoln Town Car needed a new radio. The original died and is no longer made. I tried a Sony, then a Pioneer and finally had the Kenwood Excelon X-998 installed. I with I had just installed it first. It is superior in everyday to the first two, but most importantly the sound is superior. I have the original 20 year old speakers, but they just sound so much better with the Kenwood. I was planning to buy new speakers thinking they weren't that good, but the Kenwood makes the car's original JBL sound system and subwoofer sound awesome. It is hands down the best after market car radio I have ever had in over 50 years of driving and I still play them loud and hard Rock and Roll style. For classical and chamber music all of the subtle nuances of tone are captured and beautifully produced. The blue tooth for telephone works better than my new BMW. This is a superb piece of equipment.

    Pros: Most everything

    Cons: Still learning how to use it, but I think it could use pre-set buttons. They are easier to use than going into to List Menu and selecting a station. It is impossible to do while driving safely.

    Great product

    LJ from Grand Rapids, MI on 4/7/2014

    2011 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very pleased with my purchase of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998. The sound quality is top notch and I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of use. It usually takes me a while to learn the "tricks" and options of electronics; however, I have had no difficulty programing this stereo and using all the amenities it has to offer. I would recommend this stereo as well as the services of Crutchfield! I will be ordering more products for my vehicle in the near future!

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    No FLAC support

    DK from Los Angeles on 4/7/2014

    2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Never got it installed, so I can't comment on all of it... because after opening everything and reading the owners manual I found out it won't playback FLAC audio. Very disappointing. Apparently Kenwood has ONE single DIN unit that supports FLAC? And it's the bottom barrel sub $100 unit with no features.. I'm not going to transcode my entire FLAC library to MP3 just because these designers are 12 years behind the times. Hello, Kenwood, it's open software! Why are you not using it? This had most everything I wanted in a modern head unit, except the unneeded antiquated CD player.. Who still uses CDs??? Yeesh. And they are still tring to tout Microsoft's WMA as a valued decode option? Wow... 1998 called. I need a head unit with most everything this had... multiple assignable higher voltage preamp outputs, USB hard drive support, Pandora control, bluetooth streaming, HD radio tuner built in, more than a cheap 3 band EQ, a display that can be changed (negative and color changes), etc.. etc.. this has most of it. Just no FLAC.

    Pros: Lots of options for the high end enthusiast.

    Cons: Antiquated audio support. WMA files? CD player No FLAC support!

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Gary from Indiana on 4/2/2014

    1997 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice well built stereo with great sound quality at an affordable price.

    Pros: Easy to access usb port. It is nice to have adjustments built in for speaker locations.

    Cons: Don't know of any at this time

    KDC-X998

    Majic from Canfield, Oh on 3/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome unit. Another great product from Kenwood. A huge number of features.

    Pros: A lot of adjustments that allow you to fine tune the sound quality to match your style of music.

    Cons: The owners manual is rather large at 122 pages.

    Very nice unit

    Mikek from 45015 on 3/30/2014

    2004 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good radio i was looking for iphone 5 compatability and this radio works awesome in unison with phone the only drawback is the face is sparce of buttons so controls r sometimes 2 button sequences to do something ,i.e,i still havent chose to figure out preset radio stations and the manual is all but useless they send u to internet for detailed uses ,ok now the good bluetooth phone and audio is flawless siri works good after u open with ur phone ,overall id totally reccomend this unit

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    Kenwood KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Franktown, CO on 3/29/2014

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

    Seems like a well built unit. 1st kenwood I've owned, so far I like it.

    Pros: Easy install, clear easily readable display, detachable face plate, Bluetooth, covered CD, USB, Aux openings

    Cons: Takes a little bit of time to get stations set and get sound adjusted properly.

    So far so good!

    Dan Girt from Carleton, MI on 3/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seems to be good! This is our 3rd Excelon inside of a year, 996 in my truck, 997 in my son's car and now the 998 in my car. There are some aesthetic differences and I gave it a 3 on ease of use since I already have the knowledge of how to use the Excelon radios. I still struggle with muddling through multiple menus to find just what I'm looking for but when I finally find it and get the setting I want, it makes it worth the trip. I've yet to retry my 996 after repair since it goes in my truck which won't get driven for another month. It would shutdown and lose all the presets. If it happens here I'm swearing off Kenwood!

    Pros: Similar functional menus as my 2 previous KDC's

    Cons: Learning how to navigate the menus mentioned above.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    schmoid from Albuquerque, NM on 3/23/2014

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

    After a day of research, I stumbled on online review. as a replacement for the factory headunit in my 2008 Passat and decided to jump on the Kenwood. The installation was easy enough and the recommended kit and adapters, including the CRUX integration adapter, took an hour and everything worked right out of the box. I then spent a week tuning in the head unit. I really like the simplicity of the controls and access to the menus. The DSP adds a lot to the experience, dialing in the soundstage to just behind the steering wheel and adding a touch of depth. I did not play much with the EQ as I don't have a signal analyzer to play with the parametric settings. As an added plus, the lighting was adjustable to match the rest of my dash. My only real complaint is in accessing different sources. There is no direct access to sources; instead you must scroll through all of them (and there are a lot) if you want to switch. I only use the bluetooth pairing and FM for news and have to press the source button a half-dozen times to switch between them. I don't use iHeart radio, aha radio or Pandora (poor cell signal where I drive) and would like to turn them off. Finally, there is not pause button that works with the bluetooth. I can skip forward and back using both the remote and headunit buttons, but the pause button on the remote does nothing.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use menus, adaptable DSP.

    Cons: No direct source access, no bluetooth pause.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Len from Monroe, la on 3/23/2014

    1994 BMW 325I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit many neet features more options than I expected

    Pros: great color display

    Cons: channel selection is a little difficult to understand

    Amazing

    Aszlapka from Madison wi on 3/21/2014

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Holy cow this thing rocks! Sooo many features. Excellent sound quality! I have a factory boston accoustics system in my 05 jeep and this thing really brings it to life. You change change the way the sound comes at you. Up high mid or down low. Also the equalizer is a great feature instead of the normal 3 band eq. Great sound quality. My only gripe is that sometimes is will disconnect the Bluetooth and not find it again unless I restart the car.

    Pros: Just about everything

    Cons: Looses Bluetooth signal

    Lots of Options, excelent sound quality, but Dim Display

    Jopari from California on 3/18/2014

    1999 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed a single-din stereo for my 99 dodge dakota that can do bluetooth audio and phone. I also liked that an HD radio was built in. I'm not much of an audiophile but i wanted the options in case i wanted to fine-tune the sound. I also wanted SIRI integration, so i could just push the talk button on the stereo and have it find directions or read text messages. I have this paired with an Alpine PDX-V9 amplifier and a set of Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" component speakers.

    Pros: 18 Band equalizer and crazy DSP options. Able to make any song sound ok. Talking on the phone through bluetooth is clear, Included Mic is good. Streaming audio song names etc. show up on the display.

    Cons: Display is hard to see when it is bright outside. SIRI Eyes Free needs work. SIRI voice cuts out while talking to you. Texts messages or a Notification did NOT appear on the display like I thought they would. The Knob on the removable face got scuffed up very easily DSP and Equalizer settings have to be set for each audio input type (would like an option to turn on global settings)

    Great Radio

    Carl S from Sandwich, MA on 3/17/2014

    1997 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    a great radio. made my kenwood speakers sound much better than my sony. also made my sub sound better in my rav4.

    Pros: great sound, good looks, great features, DSP built in.

    Cons: no matter the dimness of light there is always a bad glare (more my rav4 dash fault), took a while to be able to figure out how to set radio preset stations.

    Kenwood KDC-X998 as recomended by Crutchfield.

    AMWKS1 from Wichita, Kansas on 3/13/2014

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Very surprised and pleased with the sound clarity. Also used Axxess ASWC-1 with firm ware update 3.19 and it connected without using the 12K ohm resistor. All steering wheel controls functions as intended.

    Pros: Sound clarity and depth of settings. I searched this issue extensively and this is the ultimate answer to my 2000 Jeep WJ upgrade without hacking the dash apart to fit a 2 din unit. My first Kenwood and I'm very pleased.

    Cons: Some of the settings are deep in menus and the face plate lacks dumb buttons for legacy users. Microphone settings are yet to be refined on my part.

    eXcelon KDC-X998

    J Stoddard from 71101 on 3/12/2014

    Let me preface this review by saying my purchasing this unit was a result of being a die-hard, loyal fan of Kenwood's headunits dating back to the days of dual-shaft chassis cassette receivers. Suffice it to say my opinion isn't entirely... unbiased. The X998 is a great value. Chock-full of more available sonic adjustments than the average owner would ever have need for: built-in LP & HP crossovers with adjustable slopes and variable Q factors, 13-band graphic EQ, 2-stage bass boost and loudness settings, 3 sets of four-volt preouts, the feature list runs on. The hands-free phone feature (w/ microphone) works fantastic. It has two separate USB inputs. It has a 3.5mm stereo miniplug input. It has a built-in HD Radio tuner and is SiriusXM-ready. The CD player will decode .mp3, .wma, and .aac files burnt to CD-R/RW. It offers direct iPod/iPhone control via USB. Bluetooth connectivity allows pairing of your Android smartphone directly to the unit and can control your installed Pandora, iHeart, and aha internet radio apps. Certain smartphones also allow control of the phone's default media player to listen to music loaded onto the phone. Your listening source choices are virtually endless. A solid upgrade whether using factory-installed speakers or wanting it to head up a full-blown aftermarket monster system.

    Pros: Multiple sound adjustments let you tweak the output just right, strong (4v) preamp outputs allow for clean signal transmission when using outboard amps, endless connectivity options, 2 yr warranty

    Cons: Menu system, while fairly intuitive, is more than a bit cumbersome so makes for a drawn-out learning curve. Plastic dustcover over the CD slot feels like a cheap afterthought. "Quick-Start Guide" has limited information on how to operate the unit and is the only instructional literature included

    Awesome

    Anonymous from Lyles TN on 3/6/2014

    1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome great sound

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    Great hi

    Jeremy from Midland, TX on 3/2/2014

    1999 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Deck looks really clean out of box. Very few buttons. Menus operate most everything. Lots of equalizer settings... Almost too many. Bluetooth calling works great. Lots of color and display settings. Appreciate rear and front USB. Overall a favorable review.

    Pros: Love the scroll wheel. Works just like iPod. Operations are intuitive. Allows for many color options. Color options are great at night. Looks really cool. Like having the remote too.

    Cons: Big time glare in my car... 99 firebird. Wished it had tilt function to minimize glare. Didn't come with faceplate case. Wished some of the audio adjustments weren't so buried in the menus. Saved audio settings should be a dedicated button in my opinion.

    Love it!

    Anonymous from Corvallis, OR on 2/28/2014

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

    I bought this to replace my old Kenwood deck that I had for a few years. I love it, it looks clean & the settings options are vast. I would highly recommend this deck to anyone looking for a high quality deck without having to sell a kidney.

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    Love this stereo

    Douglas from Highland Maryland on 2/26/2014

    1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent unit - smart design and perfect for my needs

    Pros: Love the quick blue tooth pickup, the ease in scrolling the features, and the great look of the unit

    Cons: None

    Impressive!! Will not disappoint!!

    Adam Pristel from Green Bay, WI on 2/24/2014

    1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very Solid! Ton's of features to get your sound tweaked just the way you want it. With all the crossover and EQ settings you will be able to get your system dialed in just right. It is very nice to set a bass cut off for certain speakers so you can get max. volume without distortion. Bluetooth calling is great with the included microphone. Bluetooth Audio streaming (I've used Galaxy S4, Note II and Note 10.1 tablet) is excellent. Being able to push a button to use Google Voice search is a nice unexpected feature. The deck had no problem pulling my contacts from either phone and was able to display them in a menu for really easy calling. My car '98 Grand Prix GTP had a factory amp for the 6x9's in the rear deck. This Head Unit pushed them harder than the stock amp so I was able to eliminate that from the mix. Although, I do plan on adding an amp for the 6x9's when the weather permits. This is my second Kenwood Excelon deck and I am glad I went with Kenwood again. I've had pretty much every brand out there and these never disappoint. Crutchfield makes everything easy too by providing the correct harnesses for FREE with my purchase! I soldered all my connections and just went and plugged it in. Took about 15 minutes total from opening my dash up to playing my tunes. I am glad to once again enjoy time riding in my car.. I now take the long way home on purpose!!

    Pros: Multicolor display, on screen spectrum analyzer!! Great sound with time alignment features. Dual USB hookup's, was able to route the rear cable into my glove box.

    Cons: None that I can think of yet.

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998

    Anonymous from Ohio on 2/22/2014

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome unit with entry of powers and features.

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

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

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The KDC-X998 CD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X998 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-X998 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-X998 are as follows:

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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X998 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-X998's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van , Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20' (0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
      • Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
      • Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front & Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
      • Front: Small, Medium, or Large
      • Tweeter: None, Small, Middle or Large
      • Rear: None, Small, Medium, or Large
      • Subwoofer: None, Small, or Large
    • X'Overs: The head unit features independent Front, Rear, & tweeter high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
      • Rear High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
      • Tweeter High Pass Filter: 1, 1.6, 2.5, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or Select Full-Range)
    • Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level (0 to -8dB) of the Front, Rear, Tweeter, and Subwoofer channels independently.
    • Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal (0°) or Reverse  (180°)

    Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ).
    • 13-Band EQ: 13-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB) for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz, 10kHz, & 16kHz.
    Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Bass Management: The KDC-X998 offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.

    • Bass Boost: The unit features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
    • Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

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

    • Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
    • Drive EQ: You can boost a certain range of sound that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.
    • Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-X998 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-X998. VisitKenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-X998 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time). You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-X998 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KDC-X998 also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-X998, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-X998. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.

    Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

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

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-X998 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-X998 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-X998 also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT958 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KDC-X998 and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood KDC-X998; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit.

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood KDC-X998 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 38" cable. The USB ports enable connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & AAC audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-X998 supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RWUSB Storage Device
    File SystemISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
     MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder)999 folders/20,480 (999 files per folder)
    TagsID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-X998 will display MP3/WMA/AAC audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

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

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

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

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

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-X998 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

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

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-X998's front-or rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-X998 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X998.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-X998.

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

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

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-X998 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 8/30/2016):

    Apple DeviceGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeSpecific AppsDisplay TypeBluetoothiTunes TaggingCharge
    AudioVideoHead UnitiPod/AppPandora appiHeart LinkAha RadioArtist/Song TextTrack Info PhoneAudioSiri
    iPhone2G3.1.3YNYYNNNYYYNNYY
    3G4.2.1YNYYNNNYYYYNYY
    3GS5.1.1YNYYYYYYYYYNYY
    47.1.2YNYYYYYYYYYNYY
    4S9.3.5YNYYYYYYYYYYYY
    5/5C/5S9.3.5YNYYYYYYYYYYYY
    6/6+6S/6S+9.3.5YNYYYYYYYYYYYY
    touch1st2.2.1YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    2nd4.2.1YNYYNNNYYNYNYY
    3rd5.1.1YNYYNNNYYNYNYY
    4th6.1.2YNYYNNNYYNYNYY
    5th/6th9.3.5YNYYNNNYYNYNYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNNNNYYNNNNY
    2nd1.1.3YNYYNNNYYNNNNY
    3rd1.1.3YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    4th1.0.4YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    5th1.0.2YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    6th1.2 PCYNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    7th1.02 PCYNYYNNNYYNYNYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    120GB2.0.1YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    160GB2.0.4YNYYNNNYYNNNYY
    video 5th1.3YNYNNNNYYNNNNY
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

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

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

    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (75 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Receive Mode: You can setup the KDC-X998 to receive both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog).
    • Seek + Direct Tuning: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • Tuner Presets: The KDC-X998's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The Kenwood KDC-X998 offers two preset modes.
      • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
      • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
    • Station Text + Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.  In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-X998 allows you to access Pandora, iHeartRadio, andAha Radio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-X998 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-X998. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-X998 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-X998 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either fromiTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-X998 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-X998 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). TheLocal selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    • Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+); available fromiTunes Apps or Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-X998 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). VisitSiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

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

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-X998 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in thefront-panel of the head unit. The KDC-X998 also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face-case is provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Multi-Line Text Display: The 3-line full dot LCD makes it easy to navigate through your disc's music, radio presets, iPod music library, USB content, Bluetooth audio, or phonebook contacts. The KDC-X998 offers 5 different display types:

    • 3-line display mode with 3 lines of text (which can include song/artist information, plus clock & date).
    • 2-line display mode with 2 lines of text (which can include song/artist information, plus clock).
    • Spectrum Analyzer display (no song/artist information or clock).
    • Clock display mode with clock & date (no song/artist information).
    • Display off mode which turns off the display and button illumination.

    Note: The Kenwood KDC-X998 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-X998 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

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

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KDC-X998 offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

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

    Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

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

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-X998 comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

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

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    Single-DIN done right

    Written by Alexander Hrabe, Copywriter, on 3/27/2014 1:25:00 PM

    The first thing that struck me about the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 was how good it looked. It's sleek while being understated. In a market where there's a lot of energy devoted to flashing lights, it's nice that there are still options for us simple folk who don't want a neon marquee blinking in our dash (although if you want this one to go strobe-crazy, it will do it). The Kenwood's button layout is straightforward, and the menus are easy to navigate thanks to a 3-line display. I also really liked the flip-down dust cover for the CD slot. It's a practical perk, and it enhances the overall look of the stereo too.

    Pairing via Bluetooth was quick and harmless, and it gave me simple scroll-through access to all my phone's contacts for hands-free calling. While my phone didn't transmit any metadata using Bluetooth Audio, I got everything but artwork when I used the Pandora, Aha, and IHeartRadio interfaces on the receiver. With CD, a USB iPod connection, and SiriusXM compatibility, I could probably live without a little track info that's already displayed on my phone.

    Overall, the KDC-X998's stylish look and clean function should make it a strong consideration for discerning drivers that want to maintain the understated appearance of their interior.

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    Why did you buy this?

    Bluetooth operation paired with my HTC 10 not operating as it should on the more recently released Kenwood receivers, Bluetooth works for flawlessly on the BT515HD, 2017 models KDC-x701 and BT518HD, I get Bluetooth streaming issues.[ Felix  Aug 22, 2017 ]
    Excellent features and supports easy expansion to upgrades such as amps and subs later.[ Greg  Aug 15, 2017 ]
    most like my last kenwood, it worked great hope this one does too[ E  Aug 12, 2017 ]
    I chose this receiver for the dual-USB ports and Bluetooth support. I wish Kenwood updated the software from time-to-time. If I had to do over, I might select a different brand. When the temps start dropping in MN, the unit flakes out. Had the original unit swapped for a new replacement within warranty, and the replacement does the same thing. Now I have a stereo that won't work reliably below 40 F degrees.[ Dan  Jul 31, 2017 ]
    Because I hate the alarm clock lookalike font on 99% of car receivers. This was the only product line Crutchfield listed to match my car and didn't have hideous text.[ Michael  Jul 11, 2017 ]
    Kenwood is and excellent brand, and this suited my style the best!! [ Will  Jul 06, 2017 ]
    It has good reviews and all of the features that i wanted in it. To me its a well packed unit.[ Shawn  Jun 21, 2017 ]
    This radio was purchased for the equalizer settings.[ Carla  Jun 09, 2017 ]
    Features, looks and price[ MARK B  May 15, 2017 ]
    Research and the advise of the advisor I spoke with helped me settle on this unit.[ Patrick  Apr 18, 2017 ]
    Tired of the OEM radio sound.[ Kenneth  Mar 04, 2017 ]
    It fit the truck and had all the features I wanted at a decent price point[ David  Jan 27, 2017 ]
    Used this receiver before in a 78 Trans am. Love being able to adjust crossover points between the sub and speakers from the head unit. This one is going in a 76 Corvette![ ADAM  Jan 19, 2017 ]
    I have had a Kenwood KDC-X998 in one of my other cars for better than a year and love the feature set and sound quality. With the deep discount currently offered in the scratch and dent store- buying a second unit for one of my other cars was a no-brainer. Especially considering Crutchfield's policy of standing 100% behind what they sell.. Thanks Again![ Dan  Jan 11, 2017 ]
    Good reviews, good features, I've gone with Kenwood in the past[ Thomas  Jan 07, 2017 ]
    Great item. Many features, quality all around.[ P  Dec 16, 2016 ]
    I love it price and brand[ pawel  Nov 26, 2016 ]
    2003 jeep wrangler. Works good, doesn't skip and stays put.[ Todd O.  Oct 28, 2016 ]
    Good item[ rafael  Oct 07, 2016 ]
    This radio had the most features at the time. I like it, but the controls take some getting used to. I wish it had preset buttons for the first six presets...[ Jonathan  Jul 15, 2016 ]
    i reviewed several sites that reviewed this product and this was in the top 5 on most of the reviews.[ Walter  May 18, 2016 ]
    I wanted a top of the line head unit, with accurate sound reproduction, lots of input options, 6 channel preamp output and 4v or greater per output channel. I wanted to know that if I played a tone through my head unit and I had tuned amps and tuned enclosures and good speakers, I would get that time out. This head unit does that for a more than fair price. Thinking about buying a second for my Honda.[ Jacob  Apr 30, 2016 ]
    the audio processing features sound like fun! the ability to set my amp levels & then start tuning from the comfort of my seat...I'm IN! plus, i've had kenwood headunits for 20+ years & have been very happy. no reason to expect any less.[ JOHN  Mar 26, 2016 ]
    reviews, features, brand[ Army vet  Mar 15, 2016 ]
    Has all the features that I will need now as well as for future possible upgrades[ Patricia  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    Has the HD radio, equalizer controls and display colors I wanted, plus a lot more[ Chad  Mar 03, 2016 ]
    I love kenwood stuff. I have enjoyed it so far.[ G E  Feb 18, 2016 ]
    It just looks like an awesome radio[ Jason  Jan 15, 2016 ]
    Recommended by a pro[ STEVEN R  Dec 28, 2015 ]
    good reviews and supposed audiophile sound quality. repaclacing pioneer unit that squeaks in speakers. plus 3 rca front and rear for my amp[ B  Dec 23, 2015 ]
    Crutchfield advisor said was a good choice. Blue tooth is near idiot proof. HD Radio is good. Better sound. Plenty of power. Satellite Radio ready.[ Barry  Dec 18, 2015 ]
    Best features that will fit my vehicle.[ Michael  Dec 15, 2015 ]
    All these great advisors Larry, Chance, Paul and David helped me choose this kenwood.[ ERIC M  Dec 05, 2015 ]
    Features and extras. Good experience with Kenwood[ Felix  Dec 03, 2015 ]
    Crutchfield has variety. And I like the products they carrier. The reason I bought the Kenwood KDC-X998 is I have not had any problems from Kenwood. And if you're going to do anything might as well do it right. And the Excelon series, you cannot go wrong.[ John  Feb 16, 2017 ]
    Replacing a refurbished KDC-X998 I purchased 3 years ago that has stopped working.[ Chris  Feb 10, 2017 ]
    Great reviews and most Kenwood units sound great compared to others. The color of the sound output at the speakers is a combination that starts with the initial source material, through all cables, through head-unit, through more cables, to the amp, more cables and then your speakers sound profile add the finishing touches on the final sound color heard.[ Bradley  Jul 13, 2016 ]
    kenwood excelon head units are known for excellent SQ. I have an x799, can't see the screen during the day and it doesn't support factory steering wheel control adaptors. So I needed an upgrade and saw they had a refurbished head unit and grabbed it quick. My x799 sounded great, can't wait to hear this one.[ Manuel  Apr 10, 2016 ]

    29 questions already asked

    Yes, you will be fine. I have the built in amp turned off. I have a Crescendo 4 channel and a 4.5k hooked up and the DSP does still work. This is a great deck.[ ARIC  Sep 13, 2016 ]
    I run external amps through the pre-outs and all DSP functions work.[ apwhite  Sep 13, 2016 ]
    It has an aux input that is headphone jack sized right below the USB port on the front.[ James  Jul 10, 2016 ]
    Both![ D  Jul 09, 2016 ]
    Sure. Will not have a problem.[ KENNETH  Jul 06, 2016 ]
    Loudspeaker have a sensitivity specification Example: 88 DB. This sound level is for one watt of power. In automotive, this is based on 4 ohms impedance for the speaker. each time the power is doubled you increase the output. For example: 1,2,4,8, 16 and 32 Watts. The speaker responds in 3 dB for each doubling, as follows 88, 91, 94, 97 and 100 dB. Use the amplifier specification to determine the outcome. How loud would you like the sound to be? Note the dB measurements of the amplifier are based on a distance of 1 meter: To give you a specific answer I would need to know the specification for all three. In my car I have 7 in speakers and do fine. If I increase the volume to much, The door panel vibrates. Donald L.[ Donald L.  Jul 06, 2016 ]
    Yes, but depending on the rms of the speakers I would suggest you get an amount that matches the rms power of the speakers. In my opinion the speakers will always sound better with an amplifier[ ARIC  Jul 06, 2016 ]
    It depends on the type of music you listen to but unless the speakers are very inefficient you should not have any issue. The only issue that I've had is the bluetooth can be a little unreliable and I wish there had been preset buttons to select channels/radio stations[ George  Jul 06, 2016 ]
    I have had no problem with head unit FM reception except when I installed a shorter (6 inch) FM antenna on my truck. That was remedied by installing a longer (13 inch) antenna. Other than that no FM issues.[ EUGENE  Mar 29, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Mar 29, 2016 ]  Staff
    I had a similar situation. I removed the radio then discovereted that the red power wire had worked itself loose. I suggest you check the connector especially the yellow standby power wire, the red full power or the black ground wire. Once all three of those are secure, you should be able to get full operation back.Rich R[ Richard  Sep 07, 2015 ]
    Do not power it off. Select the stand by option and it cuts off all outputs (including any signal) but leaves the display on[ James  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    I don't think its possible with the unit off. However, you can have a clock display when the unit is on the "Standby" source. This also allows for your phone to remain linked. Switch the unit to Standby and enter the menus for DISP&ILLUMI for the various display options.[ Richard  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    It Won`t Sorry....[ DARYL  Sep 04, 2015 ]
    When you are in the clock setting mode, press the volume knob until the "hours" numbers flash. Rotate the volume knob to the desired hour. If the hour is showing "am", and you want "pm", simply advance the hours forward by 12 hours - this will change the am/pm setting.[ Andrew P.  May 29, 2015 ]
    click volume button>settings>clock &date>clock adjust>keep scrolling on the hours and it will eventually switch to pm[ Dylan  May 26, 2015 ]
    You can use bluetooth to connect to the deck also and play from whichever app you would like.[ ARIC  Sep 13, 2016 ]
    Not sure. But you can use an auxiliary cord to plug in to the deck.[ CHANCE  May 24, 2015 ]
    The latest iPhone listed in the Kenwood KDC-X998 owners manual is the iPhone 5. You are also correct about what the Kenwood website says. It says the iPhone 6 cannot be used as a source. I am not sure if this means you cannot play music through the Kenwood head unit from your iPhone 6, but still would be able to use the Bluetooth functions of the Kenwood with an iPhone 6. I suppose it all depends on how you define the word "connect".[ STEVEN D  May 12, 2015 ]
    You should be able to connect using bluetooth. As far as through the usb, I have no idea.[ Brian  May 12, 2015 ]
    Yes, I have an iPhone 6 and it connects just fine. On occasion I have to manually connect through my phone Bluetooth, but it usually connects on it's own. It also saves on my Bluetooth memory so the connecting process is quick when you do it manually.[ RYAN  May 12, 2015 ]
    Hey David, I have one of the head units and can connect my iPhone 6 via Bluetooth with no problem.[ Brett  May 12, 2015 ]
    You have to go into your bluetooth settings. For some reason, by default it only plays BT audio out the front two speakers. But you can set it to use all four in the options.[ Travis  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    I have the same problem with this unit, and have not been able to fix it. maybe the techs @ Crutchfield can figure it out![ Luis  May 06, 2015 ]
    First I would check my physical connections to the head unit in question.Then I would check the configuration or setup so that it accomodates front and rear speakers playback. If that doesn't work I would then think it maybe a head unit issue. Let me know how that turns out.[ EUGENE  May 05, 2015 ]
    It is a setting in the menu for Bluetooth. It is the only setting that requires this to be changed. Plays through front until until changed until you set it to "all".[ TODD  May 04, 2015 ]
    I haven't had a problem connecting an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 to this deck. However, when connected through bluetooth only my front speakers work! I don't know if this is an issue with my wiring (although I can't imagine it is) but it seems strange that the rear speakers give me nothing.[ JON  May 04, 2015 ]
    I have the Galaxy s5 and yes it is compatible. It does aha radio, pandora, and several other apps. Ken wood had an app you can get in the play store that combines them all into one app. Hope this helps.[ JONATHAN  May 04, 2015 ]
    I don't know.. but overall, I wasn't thrilled with this unit. It definitely has issues syncing with iphones.[ JENNIFER  May 03, 2015 ]
    I Think so it has some crazy options!! ! Love this unit.[ ADDAM  May 03, 2015 ]
    Works with an S4, and Bluetooth hasn't changed so I would think so. It's a great radio.[ CHRISTOPHER M  May 03, 2015 ]
    First try the preset equalizer options. If you do not like the sound from any of them then go to the manual EQ setting. I set my EQ up to what I like and it turned out to look like a "soft Y" i.e. the middle was at the mid point and both sides went in upward direction. Put on your favorite song or music and start adjusting each one while listening closely to the changes in tone and pitch. The adjustments on the left side are for lower tones and bass tones. The bars on the right are higher pitch and treble tones. My Custom EQ bars are higher on either side and lowest in the middle. Also, Google "Custom EQ Bar Settings" and you will get a ton of info on the subject. Hope this helps.[ Ryan  Jun 30, 2015 ]
    The equalizer reads from the left side bass or lower frequency to mid frequency in the middle to treble frequency on the right side third of the settings. When you see 3k, 10k and such it means 3000 and 10,000 Hz. As a reference the spectrum of human voice is about 300Hz to 3000Hz.[ BASIL  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    50hz is bass 1khz is mid 16khz would Be treble. Go left to right, bass to treble. I don't have the specific increments because I'm not in my car right now but that's the basics and should get you what you need![ ERIC  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Apr 10, 2015 ]  Staff
    The radio must be removed. On the left side of the radio about half way to the bottom and very close to the front of the radio, is the hole for this screw. It does prevent the face plate from being removed by not allowing the removal button to be pushed. hope this helps.[ DOUGLAS  Jul 18, 2015 ]
    I'm not sure about the face fixing screw. I would not screw the face plate to the unit anyway because occasionally it will freeze up like any computer, and to re set it you remove the face plate for a few seconds, then put it back on and it is re set and ready to go. This happens in the Bluetooth mode when it does occur. No screw on faceplate ; ) [ Ryan  Feb 11, 2015 ]
    Dave I can't answer the question about the fixed face plate because I didn't install it. I installed mine slightly recessed and built a dummy factory face plate that attaches with small black Velcro when I leave the car. The best deterrent is to not see what's there. I can say, after getting used to the steering wheel controls and the functionality it is hands down the best sounding with the most options I could imagine.[ Allen  Feb 03, 2015 ]
    I don't even remember seeing that screw when I installed mine. Maybe in through the side somehow? Sorry; not much help.[ Tom  Feb 02, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Krissy  Jan 30, 2015 ]  Staff
    Ben,Crutchfield gives installation instructions and included the wiring harness to adapt the radio the the factory wiring harness. As far as tools and supplies you need to supply your tools, and follow instructions. The supplies are really dependant as to whether you are adding anything besides Kenwood radio, i.e.. AMP, in that case Preamp cables not included.[ TODD  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    Hi, this came with a wiring harness that you splice into your old leads, i.e. the wires that went to your stock system. Please note that this was with my 97 gmc Suburban, your later model Toyota may have a harness-to-harness adapter so you wouldn't have to splice at all, may wishful thinking but worth looking into. Crutchfield sent a mounting bracket thing included with the purchase of the deck. The splicing takes about 15-20 minutes, you want to buy some sleeves at the hardware store, being in the harness and show them the wire size. A wire tool is handy as well, guessing you already know this and already have this but just covering that to completely answer the question. As far as the deck goes, I like it but there is no control for bluetooth, meaning you can fast forward or pause from the deck. The other thing is there is no pause button on the deck. There is one on the remote, I Irish rigged the remote to my armrest for this feature and volume, etc. The phone bluetooth works very well, and you can set the deck however you want it to answer, number of rings, phone button function, etc., I didn't know that and got all pissed off...then read the manual. Everything is menu based. Alpines are better if you don't like the menu based lifestyle. I have both. Once the Kenwood is set up it's hassle free, the Alpine is a little funky with phone stuff.I know thats more than you asked for, but figured I tell you anyway, take care[ Samuel  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    Yes you will need to solder the supplied to the new harness that comes with the radio[ JOHN  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    Yes you will need to solder the supplied to the new harness that comes with the radio[ JOHN  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    I installed my radio in a 2013 Honda Fit and it came with all the wires to install in my vehicle. Crutchfield provide a new wiring harness and all the instruction to install the new radio[ DAVID  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    Don't know exactly about the tools but the wire harnesses and mounting necessities such as the brackets and frame usually fit perfectly. Everything I needed came with mine. It's a fantastic radio. Crutchfield is hard to beat.[ JOE  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    No, crutchfield gives you the mounting and wiring kit but you're on your own for removal.[ ERIC  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Sorry, Walt but mine is still in the box. I deiced to do a frame off on my '65 c10. So I won't have the inside of the cab finished until summer. Dave[ DAVID PAUL  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    So it's ready BUT NOT REALLY what a gimmick. thanks for all the responses[ WALT  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Yes, it is ready for satellite but will need the optional SiriusXM-Connect vehicle tuner which is sold separately and subscription to the service. This kit will contain the tuner, the antenna and the data cable to go to the head unit.[ CHRIS  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    I haven't seen any aftermarket decks that have a built-in satellite tuner. This deck, like all of the others I've seen, require an additional receiver (like the SXV200V1 sold here and elsewhere). It plugs in to the back of the KDC-X998 behind the dash where it cannot be seen. The satellite receiver has a cable that plugs into the back of the head unit and an antenna that you route out to mount externally (or on the dash if you wish - mine is routed back to the trunk where it is mounted). It also has its own onboard memory for storing up to an hour of buffered music on your first six preset stations.The head unit (like the X998) has all of the satellite controls. When I bought mine (for about $50) it came with three months of free service which effectively makes the additional receiver free.[ DANIEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    When you subscribe to XM Sirius. You get what you need to plug into this unit.[ REV. RON L  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    I believe you will need to buy an adapter like the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner SXV300. Hope this helps.[ NEW AGE  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    No. You cannot store music on this unit. The satellite receiver I own has onboard storage, but that's only for temporary buffering (it will buffer around an hour of music on your first six presets and will also allow you to skip back on the current station), but once power is cut, the memory is lost. Otherwise, you cannot save music for later playback.[ DANIEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    THANK YOU THE REASON I ASK IS ON THE TYPICAL UNIT FOR SATELLITE RADIO YOU CAN GENERALLY SAVE CONTENT ON THE UNIT ITSELF.[ brent williams  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    I am not aware of any way to do that on this unit.[ Tom  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    Sorry never tried that but I also did not see anything in manual about storing XM related material[ DARYL  Dec 10, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Nov 30, 2014 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss the wiring harness. They may be able to pull up your receiver and see if there is a receiver that would work. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.[ Jeff  Nov 03, 2014 ]  Staff
    Section 11 - Page 55 of the manual1. Tune to a channel you want to save 2. Press the back/search button located in between the source and call buttons. 3. Select a memory channel number by rotating the control knob 4. Press and hold the control knob to save. As a note, if you press the back/search button twice while locking for presets, the second press takes you to a mixed station preset mode. This allows you to save multiple tuner sources (fm,am, xm, hd etc.) in the same location. Hope this helps.[ ALLAN CHACKO  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    Tune radio to station to be saved. Press the button between the src & telephone, this should bring up the preset list. Select preset number the press & hold volume[ ROYCE  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    Hate to say it but read the online manual its tricky but not to badget your station then push the button to the left of round knob from there you can set the stations but read the manual .... I actually had to , and I never read the darn things..... but had to on this one good luck......[ DARYL  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    To the best of my knowledge, no. There is no documentation supporting that and no settings or switches in the unit itself that would support bridging.[ Richard  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    I honestly don't know, but usually it's not a good idea on a head unit, usually a minimal class D amp these days. Not sure what's in this though. I do know that the sound quality on this deck is superb and you can fine tune it with the built in EQ. I like the alpine better for user freindliness, but the bluetooth is better in the Kenwood, never had a problem synching up or pairing. Be sure to adjust the ringer volume to low or med if you have an amp. This needs an amp to sound right.For the user friendly enhancement, I vecroed the remote to my armrest, kind of redneck but it works and you can pause tracks and skip to tracks in larger folders much more quickly[ Samuel  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    Great question, I would call Kenwood Direct and they will route you to a "Higher Level" tech to get that questioned answered. Here is a link directly to the Kenwood Car Stereo Customer Support. It has both e-mail and phone number you can use. Just add the dots etc b/c this platform doesn't allow me to share links. www kenwoodusa com/Contact/[ Ryan  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    No it can not be bridged.[ MALCOLM  Aug 04, 2014 ]
    This deck is especially finicky with metadata. I have attempted with four different major Android phones and the deck did not display metadata for any of them (despite flawless playback). This issue has also been documented in another review by Crutchfield ("Testing the bluetooth features of six car receivers", links not allowed). I have contacted Kenwood support multiple times and they always defer to my phones not having the correct bluetooth profiles, even though all of them have included the necessary profiles. And no firmware updates for this unit, either.[ Travis  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    I can't speak for a USB connection. However with BT it does as long as the media player in use sends the data.[ Richard  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    I have no idea. I don't have Android.[ DANIEL S  Aug 03, 2014 ]
    I dont know because the screen is so hard to see.Really though, it only works with android over BT. And i havnt noticed if it displays that info. I will look and write again.[ SEAN  Aug 03, 2014 ]
    I have an iPhone and the info is displayed. The instruction manual does not differentiate between devices so I suspect no problem with android. The manual is available on the me wood website if you want to investigate.[ JOSEPH C  Aug 02, 2014 ]
    Yes. You have to change the mode on the deck, but when you are listening to a USB source, just click the control knob twice and it will put it in "App/iPod Mode" which turns control over to the source device. You no longer get track information displayed on the head unit, but it is *far* easier to select tracks from your iPod/iPhone. This is also the mode you must use when listening to unsupported apps (like Spotify).[ DANIEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    I haven't done it with an iPod but I have done it with my galaxy s4 phone and it works fine.[ IMRAAN  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    I haven't done it with an iPod but I have done it with my galaxy s4 phone and it works fine.[ IMRAAN  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    Yes, you can control from the radio or directly from the ipod[ GLENN D  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    I have not tried my iPod but my iPhone5s can navigate through my music just fine. It's much faster then searching through the receiver anyway.[ JOSHUA  Jul 03, 2014 ]
    The Kenwood KDC-X998 will control an ipod as well as a iphone. I have used both devices with my Kenwood receiver.[ ALFRED  Jun 28, 2014 ]
    Jennifer, I'm not sure on the I pod. I use a android smart phone and it's worked very well. I think all things "I" should work equally as well. I did add a second USB specifically for music and routed to the center console with 32 gig nano USB. The big gain I seen included adding a cell phone amp with fixed external antenna. Now I stream any and all music from a private 1 TB cloud. Have never lost and signal. Great sound quality and phone adjustments worked great. Allen[ Allen  Jun 26, 2014 ]
    One of my children have the x998 with an Iphone 5 and it works great! The other has a x997 with an Ipod 4th generation and it works equally well. They both charge and control each device.[ BASIL  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Yes my ipod works just fine in the USB.[ JOHN  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    I think u can. I haven't tried it yet.[ JAMES C  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    I've not used it with either, but according to the owner's manual it supports pretty much all of them to some degree. The Kenwood site provides a listing of any limitations for a particular model. I can't post a link to it, but the web address is in the manual. You can find the manual on the Kenwood site or here in the "What's in the box" section. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KDCX998/Kenwood-Excelon-KDC-X998.html?showAll=N&search=x998&skipvs=T [ Richard  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Your iPod can definitely be controlled through the deck by plugging it into either USB port. It also keeps enough of a charge so your iPod won't die on you while plugged in. It doesn't charge enough to get an iPod running if it's dead, however. It's a fantastic deck! You won't regret the purchase! Sound quality is great and the amount of tweaking you can do is phenomenal.[ JOSEPH  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    I am not sure. I have yet to install my unit and will be using Android based devices. Sorry I couldn't help.[ CHRISTOPHER  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Sorry correction it also controls the nano.[ Marcos  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Yes it will. It controls almost every single model the only one that it doesn't is the iPod nano but other than that you are good to go hope this helps..good luck is a great unit and crutchfield is the place to get it.[ Marcos  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Yes it will control your iPod. I keep an older iPod (I think 3rd Gen) loaded with music connected all the time to my KDC-X998 thru the rear usb port.[ PHILLIP  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Yes It`s iPod ready on either front or rear USB PortsGreat Unit !!!!!Lots of options to configure.[ DARYL  Jun 25, 2014 ]
    Good Question about the Kenwood 998. There are multiple colors to choose from, some are dimmer than others. I have gone through all of the options and have not found a "dimmer mode" I can tell you that during the day the display is soo dim I can barely see it. This model is known for that and I knew that before I purchased it. The sound quality and features were just too good to pass up so I sacrificed the ability to easily read the display during the day. You really have to focus on it to read. And as you said It seems to be VERY bright at night, especially the Blue selections. I would try scrolling through some of the dimmer colors. Otherwise, cover it with something at night ? Hope this helps[ Ryan  Jun 06, 2014 ]
    Yes it has 2 dimmers. One for key illumination and one for the display screen. Each have 4 levels: No dimming, Auto (works with dash illumination dimmer I suppose), Manual 1 and manual 2. I can't try auto so don't know how well it works. Manual seems to cut light levels quite a bit. I can't tell you if it is enough for your eyes. It does have multiple colors, so there may be a darker color that could help as well.[ Darren  Jun 06, 2014 ]
    The radio does not dim that much, but with all of the color choices and contrast settings we have found a couple of night friendly settings. The only color that works well during the is the Blue/Cyan[ JOHN  Jun 05, 2014 ]
    Display is dificult to see in daytime on brightest color with dimer off. Has two diming levels,contrast,and darker colorsalong with negative and positive display to switch background with letters colors. This unit is excellent for nighttime vewing[ JEFFREY  Jun 05, 2014 ]
    The manual says you can adjust for 2 fixed illuminations and one that dims with the lights of the vehicle. I have not found this to work on my radio (dimmer) and the difference between the 2 manual settings is negligible. There is another feature which I believe will allow the display to be viewed but after no activity on the head unit, the display shuts off.And excerpt from the manual: "DISP ILLUMI OFF" When "Type E" (Display off) is selected in (page 58), sets whether to turn off the display only or both the display and key illumination. "DISP&ILLUMI" / "DISP" "Display Dimmer" Dims the display part in conjunction with the Light switch of the vehicle. "Auto": Dims the display in conjunction with the Light switch of the vehicle. "Manual1": Dims the display constantly. "Manual2": Dims the display darker than that in the Manual1 mode. "OFF": Does not dim the display.[ DANIEL S  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    Go to the Crutchfield site and the page showing all the product info for your unit (the one from which you "put it in your cart"). Click on the "details" tab. Scroll down to the "What's in the box" square on the right side of the screen. Download the owners manual. Go to section 13-6. Here it tells about the illumination dimmer control. It might also be helpful to play with the positive and negative display modes(also on page 13-6) to see what works best for you.[ STEVEN D  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    Yes and is adjustable not to bright[ MARC  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    You can get this this unit fairly dim, moreso than an Alpine. unfortunately I don't have much to compare it to. I don't drive a lot at night but when I do I don't want the unit blairing out from the dash, so that was a consideration with this deck as I put it in an SUV that gets used mostly for long trips and excursions that involve late night runs.You can adjust the color and contrast to soften the "visual attack" and there are many options. Changing the color close to the dash colors and taking it down makes it unnoticeable.The things I don't like on the KDC-X998, I know you didn't ask but you might want to know, is the not-so user friendly interface. There is no pause button, basic sound control requires a lot of menu jumping as does everything else. The alpines are much easier to get where you want on the menu.Sound quality on this deck is good, you can get it to sound anyway you want with the built in graphic EQ and other fine adjustments. The dual USB is nice. The bluetooth pairing is near perfect compared to other decks I've used (alpine, pioneer) [ Samuel  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    Display is dificult to see in daytime on brightest color with dimer off. Has two diming levels,contrast,and darker colorsalong with negative and positive display to switch background with letters colors. This unit is excellent for nighttime vewing[ JEFFREY  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    This unit does have a dimmer (Orange wire in harness) and it is adjustable. If you really want to turn the display off you may want to consider one of the Pioneer 2 DIN (or single flip out) touch screen radios. I think they will have fewer audio options at this price point but I know on my AVH-X4500BT I can press 1 button on the face and the display turns off entirely.[ JOHN  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    I would say it has 3 choices not including the auto brightness. It gets low enough where when it's sunny outside you can hardly see the display. At least for me it's like that. If you do get it. Choose a swarm color and lower it all the way down. It is not bright at all. Your phone screen might be brighter.[ NICOLAS  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    It does have a dimming option as well as a display completely off option. I have never used the dimming feature so I can't speak to how dim it gets though.[ James  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    I have the 996 , 997 , 998 and no difference between them at all\ the only thing I hate is the volume level only goes to 35 and that's it Pioneer at least goes to 62but kw has a lot mre features .......almost too many features .... If I needed all those I would buy a processor .....[ DARYL  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    For some when I plug my Samsung Galaxy note2 into either usb port I can not play the music from my phone via that option.[ Nitesh  Mar 12, 2014 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.[ Krissy  Mar 10, 2014 ]  Staff
    yes but its a slow trickle charge .....[ DARYL  Aug 19, 2014 ]
    Yes, this desk will charge any device that attaches via USB ports.[ JOHN  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    Through USB it will charge a connected device.[ WALTER  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    It charges my iPhone 4 just fine.[ James  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    It charges my iPod, so I assume that it would charge your phone also. David. [ David  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Yes, I have an IPhone 5 and it charges it just fine. Either from the front USB or the Rear USB, both work to charge.[ ADAM  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Yes it will charge the phone connected with the regular charging cable[ THOMAS L  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Yes if it's plugged in by usb[ DERRICK  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Yes this deck charges my I pad or IPhone great,love this deck![ Robin  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Yes. As far as I know it can through the usb. Not aux connection. I charged a friend's phone through usb whil I played music through aux. It worked fine.[ NICOLAS  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    If I connect my LG G2 to it, it will charge but only in slow charging mode. This implies that charging is limited to standard USB current supply. The manual indicates a 1 A limit.[ Richard  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    Yep....charges my iPhone while connected to the rear USB.[ STEPHEN F  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    If your phone is connected with a USB cable, whether front or back, yes, it will charge the phone while it's connected.[ James  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    It seems to keep my iPod charged.[ greg  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: We are unable to determine which version of firmware is on the refurbished Kenwood products. Kenwood inspects their refurbished products to ensure they meet original operation specifications. Some refurbished products may no longer contain face cases, cleaning clothes, or other non-essential Accessories. The Box may also be generic. Crutchfield customers who purchase Kenwood refurbished products have a 90-day warranty, along with our 60-day satisfaction guarantee period. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy  Sep 02, 2015 ]  Staff
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