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Kenwood XXV-01D

25th Anniversary CD player with MP3 / WMA / AAC playback

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The folks at Kenwood let out a resounding "happy 25th birthday to us" with the XXV-01D in-dash CD player. A blend of striking looks and great performance, it offers a beautiful, motorized display, comprehensive sound features, and lots of useful extras.

The folks at Kenwood let out a resounding "happy 25th birthday to us" with the XXV-01D in-dash CD player. A blend of striking looks and great performance, it offers a beautiful, motorized display, comprehensive sound features, and lots of useful extras.

The display will brighten up any dash, with its entertaining 3-dimensional animations and excellent resolution. It's easy to see in all kinds of light, which means you can read its information with just a glance. You can also customize the display with your own images, for that personal touch.

Digital music is all the rage, and this stereo will play all of the files you have on disc: MP3s, WMAs, and even the AAC files you've ripped from CDs. For added convenience, Kenwood included its AC Drive software for encoding your MP3s and WMAs on your computer. As you play your files on the XXV-01D, a voice announces the name of the song and artist over your car's speakers. You can find your favorite tracks without taking your eyes off the road.

Sophisticated tone controls let you tailor the sonics to your vehicle. The highlight: SRS® WOW, which offers three settings to bring out the bass in your music and create a convincing, three-dimensional musical image. The stereo also features Installer Memory, which lets you restore your audio settings in an instant, should they get changed, or your battery get disconnected.

The Graphic Motion Analyzer spices up your drive by displaying performance specifications, such as the force your car generates during turns and acceleration, with no special wiring required. The analyzer's graphics look especially spectacular on the high-resolution display.

This stereo also allows for plenty of system expansion. With optional tuners, you can enjoy SIRIUS Satellite Radio or HD Radio. Three sets of preamp outputs send the cleanest signal possible to your external amplifiers for more pure power and the added performance of a subwoofer. You'll find an extra input for connecting another audio source. And you can control your iPod® directly with the XXV-01D, using Kenwood's iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • detachable, motorized, fold-down face with customizable graphics
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3s, WMAs, and AAC files (copy-protected AAC files bought through iTunes™ will not play)
  • AC Drive allows system to provide spoken announcement of MP3 and WMA file names (encoding software included)
  • Graphic Motion Analyzer displays vehicle performance specs
  • System Q EX sound controls
  • 4-band parametric EQ
  • SRS WOW with three settings for wide soundfield, enhanced bass, and soundstage focus
  • specially designed power supply capacitors for superior audio performance
  • high-quality oxygen-free copper cables on preamp outputs and auxiliary input
  • Installer Memory recalls audio settings
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (you can add satellite radio for under $100, plus subscription)
  • HD Radio-ready (offers improved AM/FM reception and sound quality, available in select areas)
  • compatible with Kenwood iPod control interface
  • CD changer controls
  • 5-volt, gold-plated front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • dual-zone audio control sends different signals to the front and rear speaker outputs
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Face cleaning cloth
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw with flat washer
  • Kenwood Advanced Codec Drive CD-ROM Ver3.50 Type A
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Media Manager Installation Manual (6 languages)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)
  • 25th Anniversary card

Kenwood XXV-01D Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(20 Reviews)

5 years later! 7/28/11

josh d from bradenton FL on 7/28/2011

I have had this unit now for 5+ years. It has been an absolute champ. I heard about this piece back at the spring break nationals in 06'. I did my homework for my system when I was choosing my head unit back then and I am very glad I chose this piece. Kenwood cut no corners for the quality of components inside this unit and It is still running strong and still sounds great. I am moving on to a different car and I am taking this head unit with me. this might have not been the best interfacing for ipod's but it does its job well enough. In the future if I have to replace this unit. Kenwood will be one of my first considerations



Great unit

rubens from Pocono's PA on 4/1/2006

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

First I like to say that I got this kenwood on sale for a really great price of 399. Thanks Crutchfield. Nice easy install and beautiful looking unit. Like how there's a security light when you take off detachable face. As far as sound quality goes it is great. Seting up sound quality settings on unit is awsome for car audio guys, but maybe nightmare for someone who doesn't know anything about car audio. Great for me. Love how you can choose from 30hz to 250hz for each different speaker zones and how you tell unit if you have a large/small car, Suv or minivan so it makes sound in cabin sound the best. Also for sound quality unit asks for what kind of speaker size you have in various parts of car...pretty cool. Nice extra is how unit measures G-forces in turns and acceleration. Two digital gauges on display. Nice addition to all my other gauges in car. Great for sports car people who want to get an idea on how their cars are doing in corners. Also can see how mods have improved your car. All in All, great unit. Especially for 399.



Looks nice, But go with something else.

Darren from Northern, NJ on 3/29/2006

looks great, BUT auxillary input had hissing noise when attached to Roady XT, as did the Kenwood ipod adapter. This hissing was so bad, it made the music unlistenable. Also, the unit's sound is sooo difficult to tweek with all the options, menus, submenues, etc...The owner's manual is poorly done, with no explanation of 'Q factors, Octave slopes, db levels, etc...' Lastly, difficult to get to the actual munues b/c of the extra small joystick on the right side of the unit made for hands the size of Keebler elves. Had to return unit.



Kenwood Continues to Make The Best

Dino from Philadelphia, Pa on 3/22/2006

I've read every available review on this product. I see what folks are dealing with when it comes to adjustments. Stick with it!! You'll get it. Once you do, you will be greatly rewarded. I'm hooked up to Infinity Kappas in the rear and Diamond Audio up front running thru Excelon amps. I won't go into what everyone else has already mentioned but I will say this: I've owned dozens of Kenwood car products and this is clearly the best one yet. Most gratifying is the sound stage focus. My system sounds like I have head phones on. I can't even describe it. People get in my car and don't want to leave.<BR><BR>If you have the patience to work this thing (home theater experience is very helpful) you will find this to be an amazing product with an incredible amount of versatility. I give this unit 5 stars for the sound and really, isn't that what you are looking for when you buy an after market stereo.



The Lady Likes Her Kenwood!

ronnie771 from Washington, DC on 3/14/2006

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

I had a pretty good sound system in my car (JBL with 6 speakers -- factory), but I knew I wanted something a little more. My factory cd player couldn't read my MP3 cds. Little did I know what I was in for. Crutchfield lowered the price & made it a better buy. I've owned this for about a month now & this HU is wonderful. More powerful than I imagined. The display is bright & clear in any light. You can choose between the included displays or download your own. Now I can put dozens of songs on a single cd & the title will show up on the display! It took some time to tweak the sound to the way I like -- a LOT of bass w/o a sub, but it sounds verrrrry nice. I own a 2005 Toyota Camry & when I replaced the HU, I had to replace the speakers with Pioneer 420-watt in the front & 460-watt speakers in the rear (what was Toyota THINKING putting 6x9 speakers throughout the car?!) & bypass the factory amp, but the built-in amp works nicely for me for now. I practically live in my car now! I've owned Kenwood before, & they continue to make excellent products.



Excellent HU!

Bruce from Julian, PA on 3/5/2006

First of all guys Ive had this unit for about 4 months now! I have to say it is one of the best cd based units that Ive owned. Im running two 5 1/4" infinity Kappa components up front and two 6 x 9 infinity kappa 3 way speakers in the back. Also I have a 12" kicker solo-baric L7 sub hooked into this system. It really sounds clean and the bass hits hard and loud!<BR><BR>I see that a lot of other people have been having trouble tunning there EQ to their desired listening. Those of you that are having trouble with distortion to your speakers or subs, the problem probably is that you do not have the built in amp on the HU turned off. Kenwood specifically says to turn this off if your running any kind of external amp. Also make sure your using a good capacitor if your running a lot of wattage too. Some people say that their tweeters or fronts sound tiny and flat. The DSP function if turned off will cause this. Ive tried tunning my system with it turned off but doesnt seem to sound right no matter how I tune it, so I just leave it on at all times. Plus if you shut the DSP function off it disables other feature too.<BR> <BR>Theres a couple of features on the HU that take time to set up like the type of cabin your vehicle is and distance between speakers! You should literally take a measuring tape and measure the distance between speakers to get the full experience your looking for. The rest of the settings are all preference to the user. If your system doesnt sound good then it's the users fault not the HU. This unit definitely isnt for the novice user but for the sound buff that wants perfection from his or her system.



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crochestert from rochestert,ny on 3/4/2006




Kenwood rocks!!

Lee from Chicago, IL on 3/4/2006

1996 Acura Integra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I almost didn't buy this unit after reading some reviews - that would have been a bad call. I think some of the people who had Kenwoods before this and still couldn't figure it out must have missed a few days of school. I had an Excelon KDC-PS809 previously, so I was already familiar. If you haven't had a Kenwood before, this HU could take longer to figure out. This unit had intense sound out of the box - with just minor tweaks(basic setup options). Anyone who said they couldn't get bass or had flat sound should look at the rest of their gear - I'm willing to bet they have a weak system that can't use the potential this unit has. I have an Integra SE coupe running 6.5 JL Audio speakers all around and a 10" JL Audio sub in the hatch with dual Alpine amps strapped in for boost. I realized after the installation that my old Kenwood wasn't taking care of business. I can only run my sub at 0 or +1 now, b/c the bass is too much. I can run my speakers all the way up now with the extra punch, and the sound is crystal clear even when it's at migraine levels. This HU is like a computer - experimenting and trying things is the best way to learn, but I thought the manual was OK, unlike a lot of other reviews. Even if there's something you can't figure out, call Crutchfield and they'll talk you through it. They were very helpful when I was choosing this unit, by the way. I would make one suggestion, though - don't buy this HU if you have crappy speakers and no sub, b/c you won't appreciate what it can do. If you have the bank to spend on this HU as the main component of your system, do it right and upgrade your speakers and add a good sub with amps for both.



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Miguel from Las Cruces,NM on 2/26/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have to agree with some of the reviews for this headunit.It does have an excellent display (I like the customizable wallpaper feature), sound is very good. However just as some other people have reviewed I have to agree, the equalizer, s.m.s and s.f.c controls make it very difficult to get the speakers to sound right. I have been trying to make the adjustments using the cabing size,speaker size,etc and for some reason it does not sound all that well. My biggest problem is getting my sub to put out the bass it used to on my previous headunit (an excelon x879) but even with the sub at +15 the bass is lacking a lot, if anyone knows how to fix this problem please let me know, I wish I did so I can get the boom back in my system. I have always used excelon cd players and as others have said this equalizer is harder to adjust than on previous models.Still a great cd player but must learn how to adjust properly.



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TINA from Lafayette, IN on 2/12/2006

1995 Saturn SL2
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well folks, the first thing i have to tell you is the display is great. The build quality of this unit is first rate. Now lets get to the other stuff. I have owned about 10 Kenwood receivers through the years and they were always the flagship unit they offered at that time. So, i have alot of years into Kenwood decks. I will tell you this headunit is the most difficult one i have ever seen. It has taken me 2 weeks to get the sound that i like. The onboard eq is the reason. I can't imagine why Kenwood made the eq so hard to understand. I regret buying this headunit because of the eq alone, that how bad it is. Also, the sub channel has alot of noise. I will keep the Kenwood XXV-01D because of its other features and graphics and hope i never have to change my eq settings.



A very well built unit.

rocketolds from Concordia, KS on 2/10/2006

Hello everyone. I am not going to have you sit there and just listen to me brag or down this item. I had a Kenwood excelon x-579 reviever and loved it but I wanted more so I reserched and found this to be a very nicely equiped unit. I just installed it about an hour ago and I am impressed. I have read some of the other reviews and hearing is believing. I have a 1990 Cougar. Alpine 5x7's for mids (4of them) with an alpine 4 channel amp for power. 2 infinity 12"perfect's in the trunk with an MTX 801d for the juice. My 5x7's haven't ever sounded so good and the subs sound alot cleaner too. Could be from the 5 volt preamp signal or just the mind boggling choices of tunning that you have to choose from. Yes it takes a little bit to figure out the menues and a few of them can be confusing at first. My advise would be to take an afternoon and play with it. If you want great sound this is your unit and for someone who wants that great sound they will spend the time it takes to get it. If you want plug and play sound get something like the x579 and you will be fine. I am planning on spending alot of time tuning my system so I can have the perfect sound. Having this receiver changed my mind on getting different subs and amp. I loved my x579 but this unit is above and beyond it. Bottom line if you want great sound get this unit. If you want good sound get something else. I want GREAT sound.



Awesome Head Unit

Alan & Brandy from Lexington, NC on 1/17/2006

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

This has to be the hottest HU that I have ever saw. This HU has the best graphics of any that I have been looking at buying. This HU has many features and adjustments that you can use to fine tune any system. This HU for the price is a great buy and with the ease of purchasing through Crutchfield you can't go wrong.<BR><BR>Alan




g8rforester from Florida on 1/5/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this unit in the summer when it cost $580, and it was still a great buy! The sound quality is the equal of anything out there, and the display is beautiful. I can't say enough good things about this unit! <BR><BR>This deck replaced an Excelon KDC-x969, which replaced a Excelon KDC-x711. For the past 8 years and 3 vehicles I've used Excelons, and I think they are some of the best head units made!<BR><BR>Buy it, you won't be sorry!!<BR><BR>My system: XXV-01D, MTX Thunder amps, JL Audio XR650-CSi, JL Audio VR690-CXi, JL Audio 12W6v2



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Howard from Atlanta, Ga. on 12/27/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First of all the manual is less than desirable and is much too confusing for most people. I found that by simply reading over the manual, then spending a couple of hours getting deep into the menu and functions of this receiver works better. That said, this HU is by far the very best that I have ever heard. Much better that even the high priced Eclipse receivers. It is not a radio that is easy to use without experimentation. However after a short learning curve, it becomes a very versatile HU that really does sound fantastic. It has many settings that will intimidate some people; and some may never quite "get it". But for those who do not mind the learning curve....WOW! I installed this unit in a Pontiac Firebird with the factory Monsoon sound system. I used the harness furnished with the unit and ran the outputs through the factory amps. Topped it of with a 150Watt RMS amplified subwoofer and it ROCKS! Too bad I can't rate it higher than the 5! Also the display is very visible in direct sunlight. Buy this HU, you will not regret it. (Unless of course you are one of those that just does not quite get it!)



Great unit, wretched manual

Jason from Saline, MI on 11/30/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit has a beautiful display, scads of configuration options, and a manual that lists all of those options but provides next to no explanation as to what they are or how best to set them. Of course one can always just step through various values for a specific option and see which one sounds best, but since the options can affect one another, it would take about a month of constant tweaking to try them all. Plain English explanations for each menu option would make a big difference. That said, trial and error has gotten me to a sound I really like, so I'm happy to give the unit four stars. With a better manual it would get five.



Great Head Unit, Except Not Easy to Fine Tune

Peter from New Jersey on 11/3/2005

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

The graphics on this unit are great. It is clearly visible in ALL light conditions, even direct sun. A big plus for a head unit. While I know this thing is capable of fantastic sound, I have been having trouble adjusting it to get the sound I want. The mids sound tinny and distant and sometimes fuzzy. I've been tinkering for over a week now and it's getting better, but it is much too difficult to get great sound out of this. I am using Kenwood Excelon 6 1/2's in all 4 doors and a Bazooka 8" powered sub in the rear of my SUV. The bass is fabulous. This unit replaced an Excelon x579 which sounded fantastic in my vehicle. Now if I could figure out how to get this new head unit to sound as good as the cheaper model, I'd be all set. However, the display sells me on this unit.



Best HU I've ever Owned

Bruce from California on 8/11/2005

2004 Acura RSX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Owned many Alpine HU's before including this years Alpine 9855, but this Kenwood puts them all to shame. I've never been a fan of fancy displays or moving images on my stereo, I just want my HU to deliver the best sound quality possible on my cd's and mp3's. And the sound on this Kenwood is incredible. I have absolutely no regrets on this purchase. Kenwood has a winner here.



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paul from Las Vegas, NV on 8/8/2005

i think that this is an awesome cd player the quality is superb. although i wouldn't have minded if they were to put some more visual effects in there. the installation took about 30 minutes. it wasnt that hard either. you can really make any speakers sound pretty amazing with this unit. you have alot of features to tweak your speakers to whatever you want them to sound like. this is a good buy.



I like to drive

Player 16 from Newcastle, NSW on 8/1/2005

Yes it LOOKS good. Not bad when just sitting in my ride doing nothing. If I want a video I'll get a telly. Touch-n-Go is what I prefer. <BR><BR>'Keep your eyes on the road, your hands up on the wheel'!



Great HU

Ian from Indiana on 7/11/2005

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

I just purchased this unit last week (7/7/05). I did the install myself in about 15 minutes. Installation was easy and the unit looks great. The display is very bright and the colors look great. The unit has TONS of options and after a few minutes of messing around with it you can figure out most of the functions, I only had to refer to the manual for a few things.<BR><BR>The only disappointing thing for me so far is that my system sounds very flat and "tinny" after installing this HU. I think the biggest reason for this though is I'm still running the factory speakers. I have a Dodge with the Infinity sound system and from what I've read elsewhere they apparently preset an EQ curve in their amp to offset crappy OEM speaker. I'm still tinkering with the HUs EQ curves and am slowly getting it to sound better, but since I'm new to messing with EQ settings its taking me a bit.




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Features and Specs

AUX Input Rear
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 5 volts
Display Color Organic EL
Key Button Color Red or Green
EQ Bands 4
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years*
Labor Warranty 2 Years*
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes

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25th Anniversary: The Kenwood eXcelon XXV-01D CD head unit is part of a special series of car stereo components to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Kenwood Car Electronics. These products are specially designed and tuned for superior audio performance. This receiver is equipped with specially developed power supply capacitors offering superior audio performance and high capacity. In addition, the receiver has high-quality OFC (oxygen-free copper) cables on its preamp outputs and auxiliary input.

Display Modes: The Kenwood XXV-01D features a large, bright, 4096-color OEL (organic electroluminescent) display with 5 selectable display modes:

  • Graphic Display (Display Type A): You can choose Movie 1 (motocross), Movie 2 (shark underwater) or both, 8 different spectrum analyzer modes, or a slideshow of 12 still images. Text information is displayed briefly for tuner and CD functions before the selected graphic reappears.
  • Graphic + Text Display (Display Type B): One line of text is displayed along with one of the graphics listed above; see Graphic Display (Display Type A), above, for list of available graphics. Selectable text information and up to 115 font colors are available.
  • Text Display (Display Type C): Up to 4 lines of text information can be displayed in your choice of colors.
  • Text + Source Icon Display (Display Type D): Up to 4 lines of text information can be displayed on the right 2/3 of the display, plus an icon display on the left 1/3.
  • G-Analyzer Display (Display Type E): Measurements of G-forces (gravity) on the vehicle are displayed. You can select between "G-Graphic", G-Meter (Graphic), G-Meter (Text), or G-Counter display.

Picture Downloading: You can download one movie and one wallpaper image from a special Kenwood website for use in the above Graphic Displays. New images can be recorded onto a CD-R or CD-RW disc, and loaded into the receiver.

G-Analyzer: This unit is equipped with a sensor that measures the forces of gravity on the vehicle. This sensor enables the receiver to calculate G-forces during acceleration, braking, and cornering. The G-Analyzer also has a stop watch that can be automatically started when forward or reverse G-forces are detected. Setup and calibration for acceleration and braking must be performed before using the G-Analyzer.

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 4096 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive: The XXV-01D features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software on your computer).

Motorized Angled Faceplate: When inserting or ejecting a disc, the motorized faceplate automatically slides down and out to expose the disc slot. Furthermore, you can set the faceplate at one of three angles for best visibility of the display, in addition to the fully closed position.

Offset Dual Differential: The XXV-01D's high quality sound is produced by the unit's Offset Dual Differential (ODD) Digital-to-Analog system. Dual D/A converters are used, and the digital processing is isolated and controlled separately for the front channels to improve channel separation.

24-Bit Burr-Brown D-A Converter: The XXV-01D features an audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter for superb CD sound. The Burr-Brown D-A converter maximizes the musical resolution of CDs, CD-R/Ws, and AAC/MP3/WMA-encoded discs.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the XXV-01D in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). Also, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).

Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.

Multi-Function System: The Multi-function System allows you to select various functions and settings in the Source Function display or the System Function display. The Source Function system in the tuner mode, you can choose any of the 6 preset stations for the currently tuned band (AM, FM1, FM2 or FM3). In the CD mode, you can select a playback mode (Scan, Random, or Repeat). If an MP3, WMA, or AAC disc is inserted, you can also choose Folder Select. In the System Function mode you can access the Sound Field Control, Sound Management System, EQ, SRS WOW, or the DSP Bypass.

Sound Field Control (S.F.C.): The unit's Sound Field Control features the following audio adjustments:

  • Crossover (XOver):
    • Front High Pass Filter:
      • Center Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (no filter)
      • Slope: 12dB/Oct, 18dB/Oct, or 24dB/Oct
    • Rear High Pass Filter:
      • Center Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (no filter)
      • Slope: 12dB/Oct, 18dB/Oct, or 24dB/Oct
    • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: (adjustable when Subwoofer is "On")
      • Center Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (no filter)
      • Slope: 12dB/Oct, 18dB/Oct, or 24dB/Oct
      • Phase: Normal or Reverse
  • Digital Time Alignment (DTA):
    • Front Speakers: 0 to 20.33 feet in 1/6' increments
    • Rear Speakers: 0 to 20.33 feet in 1/6' increments
    • Subwoofer: 0 to 20.33 feet in 1/6' increments
  • Seat Positions Settings: Choose between Front-Left, Front-Right, Front, or All
  • Preset Memory: Recall Mode 1 & 2 and Memory Mode 1 & 2

Sound Management System (S.M.S.): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Management System to set the vehicle and speaker sizes. The S.M.S. settings include the following:

  • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon 1, Wagon 2, Mini Van 1, Mini Van 2, SUV, Mini Van Long, or Off
  • Speaker Select Front: Choose from 4", 5", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 6" x 8", 6" x 9", 7" x 10", or O.E.M.
  • Speaker Select Rear: Choose from 4", 5", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 6" x 8", 6" x 9", 7" x 10", O.E.M or None.
  • Speaker Select Subwoofer: Choose from 6-1/2", 8", 10", 12", 15" or over, or None
  • Preset Memory: Call Mode 1 & 2 and Memory Mode 1 & 2

Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers independently, using the 4-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

  • System Q Setting: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, or User.
  • Equalizer Settings:
    • Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
    • Quality Setting: Independent front and rear Q setting of 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, or 2.00
    • Center Frequency: Independent front and rear frequency settings from these 4 bands:
      • Band 1: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or 200Hz
      • Band 2: 250Hz, 315Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz, or 1kHz
      • Band 3: 1.25kHz, 1.6kHz, 2kHz, 2.5kHz, 3.15kHz, or 4kHz
      • Band 4: 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 16kHz
  • Preset Memory: Call Mode 1 & 2 and Memory Mode 1 & 2

SRS WOW: The XXV-01D is equipped with SRS WOW, a technology developed by SRS (Sound Retrieval Systems) Labs, which restores the loss that occurs to compressed audio delivered over the Internet and broadcast media, and reduces the hollow-sounding effects caused by smaller speakers. SRS WOW incorporates other SRS technologies such as TruBass, Focus, and SRS for improving the sound of CDs and radio:

  • TruBass: uses harmonics to enhance the bass frequencies
  • Focus: adjusts the vertical position of the front speaker and sound image by virtual adjustment
  • SRS 3D: creates a natural 3-dimensional sound field (not available for Tuner source)

WOW Control: You can select a WOW effect level (Low, Mid, High, or Through), each with a specific value for TruBass, Focus, and SRS 3D. You can also set your own values and store them under the WOW User memory:

  • Focus: 1-9 or Off
  • TruBass Front: 1-4 or Off
  • TruBass Rear: 1-4 or Off
  • SRS 3D: 1-4 or Off

DSP Bypass: You can bypass the unit's Digital Signal Processor (DSP) when you do not want the sound to be affected.

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.

Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

Dual Zone System: The XXV-01D's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

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

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

Disc/Station Naming: You can enter and store names of up to 8 characters for CDs and radio stations. Characters can include upper case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent characters. The memory can store names for up to 30 stations and 10 discs in the internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD changer depends upon the capability of the changer.

Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

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

Bass Management System (B.M.S.): You can remotely adjust the bass boost of a compatible Kenwood amplifier with the Bass Management System (B.M.S.). When properly connected, you can set the bass boost to Flat, +6dB, +12dB, and if the amplifier is capable, +18dB. In addition, you can set the B.M.S. frequency offset to "Normal" or "Low". The "Low" setting drops the bass boost normal center frequency by 20%. Note: The pink/black lead on the receiver's wiring harness should be connected to the amp's B.M.S. terminal.

Remote Control: The XXV-01D comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".

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

Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

Auxiliary Input: The XXV-01D is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 12-inch pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. If you have a Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord (113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

iPod Adapter Compatible: Using the KCA-iP500 iPod Control Interface, you can connect your Apple iPod digital music player to this receiver. The interface (item # 113IP500) plugs into the receiver's 13-pin CD changer input and controls the iPod through the receiver's controls, as well as displays the iPod's text information right on the receiver's OEL display.

Minimum Computer Requirements

PhatNoise Media Manager Software: To use Media Manager software, the following software and hardware are required:

  • Software: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Hardware:
    • Personal computer (main unit, display, and peripheral units) incorporating a 500MHz or better Pentium II processor (or the equivalent) on which the above OS can run normally
    • 128MB RAM or more
    • Hard disc with 200MB free space
    • CD-R/CD-RW drive
  • Others: Internet connection environment
  • Note: Administrator authority is required when installing Media Manager in Windows 2000 or XP

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