Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
This one of the best head unit i had it sound very crisp clear
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Whether you're listening to your favorite music or enjoying an audiobook, you'll be impressed by the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver's combination of performance and features. You can customize the illumination color to match your vehicle's lighting. Pair up your phone with this Kenwood, and you'll be able to take calls in your car with a touch of a button. Best of all, you also get the security of Kenwood Excelon's remarkable 2-year warranty.
Once you drive with a Bluetooth receiver, you'll wonder how you ever drove without one. Just plug your iPhone® into this receiver's USB port, and the receiver does the rest – one-button pairing means no more confusing menus to wade through. If your iPhone has Siri, you'll be able to talk to her through the external mic and hear her instructions through your car's speakers. You can also use your Bluetooth connection to stream audio to the receiver from just about any Bluetooth-equipped device.
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular 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.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
This one of the best head unit i had it sound very crisp clear
Anonymous, Grand Rapids, MI
Average Customer Review(s):
This one of the best head unit i had it sound very crisp clear
I've had this radio for a couple of years now, and I love it. I mainly listen to my iPod through USB. I sometimes listen to my phone through bluetooth. I've never had any problems with this whatsoever. I love it!
I love this radio, best radio for the money I ever purchased from Crutchfield. Hard to find other radio's with these options for this price. I have 1 issue Im hoping others who have this have seen and fixed. After more then a year of being sync to my everyday car my iPhone 5 can connect but then drops from the radio. Its not a iPhone 5 issue as the phone syncs with other cars in the house hold fine. I need to see if my wifes phone will pair ok, that is my next test. I have remove the radio from my iPhone list and started over fresh, the iPhone does see it, can connect, them drops with in 30 seconds All the other custom presets I have on the radio are fine. The loss of BT with my iPhone 5 kills me, I loved this option. Anyone have any thoughts? Looks like the KDC-X598 replaces this discontinued model now.
Pros: Love it!
Cons: Loss my bluetooth :(
Works great, had an issue with Bluetooth using only front speakers....which caused a issue at first but just a simple setting to fix. Other than that, it's great.
Pros: Price , features
Cons: Bluetooth default setting to front speakers only
Great stereo for the price.
Easy to install with good quality allso great features .
Good stereo for the money, simple to install with the help of tech data sheets.
Pros: So far so good.
Cons: not yet
my daughter loves this radio and it was easy for me to install.
Great product! Had it installed in under half an hour. Sounds great. Customer service at this company is some of the best I have ever seen. To bad more company's don't follow there example.
Pros: I like everything about it. Looks really good at night.
Cons: Hard to see the display in bright sunlight .If I could change one thing about this unit it would be to be able to see the display better in the daytime.
Pros: Like everything about the product
I am very happy with this purchase. Lots of functionality for a low price.
Pros: Bluetooth phone and steaming work nice and are easy to use. Excellent sound quality. Easy installation.
Cons: Does not have a one touch scan button.
Very hard to use the features and you can only view one display at a time. My wife and I are seniors and we don;t understand how to use alot of what this unit offers
Pros: Great sound and looks
Cons: Very hard to program and understand. Can't have more than one display at a time.
Great head unit. Love being able to change colors. Sound quality is great, volume is great, easy to use.
Had this unit installed and everything worked for one day. The next day my thumb drive did not work in the unit. I tried another thumb drive just to make sure it was not my thumb drive that was not working and still nothing. I tried to do a reset and still the same problem. Decided to return the unit for a refund.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Failure of unit after short use. Display lighting hard to see in bright sunlight.
This is a great unit with great sound and endless sound adjustment! The perfect unit to start building you a killer system!
This is an excellent radio for the money. Can't beat the price to have Bluetooth. As usual instructions and installation were a breeze.
Great product matched with a great audio marketplace highly recommended to anyone who is looking for an awesome audio setup and friendly service.
Pros: Awesome product. Easy of use. Makes my speakers louder.
I'd give it a 5 but I haven't owned that long. Other than that its a great overall system. Does what I want with the iPod and bluetooth and sounds great. Plus there are the Sirius and Pandora options.
Pros: Great sound,wasn't too hard to install, works nice with the iPod and I could change the background lighting to match the vehicle.
The kenwood was a great purchase. So much for so little$
Pros: Easy to use
This unit is a great value for the money. It has most of the same features a more expensive unit would have. I have had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity or playback. This receiver dramatically increased the sound and clarity in my 95 s10. Calling through Bluetooth is very clear. Crutchfield makes this an even better deal by including all of the installation gear and detailed instructions.
Pros: Bluetooth, Stylish, Customization, Great Sound, Easy to Use, Hands-Free Calling
Cons: As with any screen it's hard to see in bright light
Found this one after all of the raving reviews here at Crutchfield and when I saw it was on sale, I pulled the trigger. I needed a rcvr for my 5 spd Mustang that had bluetooth so I could talk on the phone while driving and shifting gears. I also wanted something that gave me the freedom to listen to all of my music media, whether it be via Pandora, USB drive, or streamed from Google Music. This Kenwood deck does it and does it well. It has a coolness factor to customize the display lighting to any color you can imagine. Of course Crutchfield provided the dash install kit and harnesses needed to keep from cutting/splicing my car's wiring so the install was easy and clean! I notice now that I am back to leave my review that this offering has been discontinued by Crutchfield. I'm not sure why, but I sure am glad I got lucky and got this one a week before they quit selling it.
Pros: Features, flexibility, sound quality, looks
Cons: none that I can think of
this is awesome.
This Kenwood product looks good and sounds great for the money you pay. You won't get much better than this for the money.
Pros: Looks and sounds amazing
Cons: Bluetooth and radio are a little rough, not a great connection there.
Excellent receiver. Works we'll with iPod and iPhone great sound
Pros: Sound, fit, appearance, works with cd, mp3' iPod, iPhone etc. FRONT USB port connects iPod and iPhone for access plus charges device
Cons: Wish the front controls were not so small. Too easy to hit wrong button. Wish there were more direct controls on front to supplement the single button that serves multipurpose a. Which is hard to use while driving.
This radio does everything I want and then some! Super easy to install. Had some wiring issues on my truck but tech support was there to help all the way.
This radio is a great addition to my car. With the great instructions that the Crutchfield staff added, installation was a snap. Literally had it installed and working in fifteen minutes.
Excellent radio for the price. Just updated from the stock radio that came with my 2001 Ford Escape and I couldn't believe the sound difference. Also with all the features such as Bluetooth, Sirius Radio support, an audio jack, and Pandora support,you honestly can't go wrong! Easy installation as long as you have all the parts (with Crutchfield they make that a breeze). Easily the best purchase I've made in awhile. It makes my hour long work commutes much more enjoyable.
Pros: Easy to use Tons of features Great sound quality Great price Cool color changes
Cons: Only con is I wish there was a setting where the artist and song were displayed on the same line instead of having to change the info display. Not sure if this is the radio or the Sirius radio tuner issue however.
I bought it for the handsfree phone feature, which works great by the way. Yet I really was surprised by how clear it remains at the higher volumes, even through my factory speakers. I have not had to read the manual to operate this stereo at all. Did I mention the hands free option works fantastic? I am not disappointed at all.
Pros: Great sound quality, hands free phone conversations, easy to use.
Cons: Clock display can be hard to see in direct sunlight.
estuve buscando un radio que llenaras todas mis espestativas y este radio estas super escelente buen sonido buena calidad de audio para hablal trae microfono y no tienes que hablal con tu delefono en mano ya que es mano libre lo recomiendo 100/% no me arepiento y precio bale todo lo que trae. I've been looking for a radio that fulfills all my expectations and this radio is super excellent, good sound and quality of audio to talk through the microphone and you don't have to talk with your phone at hand since it is a hands free unit. I 100% recommend it and I don't have any remorse, it is worth the cost.
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A great product for the Jeep Wrangler. Instantly added Bluetooth, audio input for our iphones and works great with Pandora and itunes.
Pros: Easy install with all the installation pieces that you receive for free. Easy to use, once you figure out all the buttons and how they work. Great sound settings.
Cons: When using Bluetooth and the iphone itunes app, the sound only plays thru one channel. Not sure if it's a settings thing, but should work out of the box.
This was not the unit I had originally intended to buy. I asked the Crutchfield rep for recommendations based on my needs. He suggested this one. It has a better warranty, and the sound is far and away better than the OEM unit in my Mercedes. in fact, it's connected to the stock speakers without any modifications. The color changing face feature I thought was a little gimmicky, but I rather enjoy it now. It's not too distracting, just interesting. I doubt any stereo can have intuitive controls other than a rotary volume. This one has a solid-feeling volume knob; the other controls are as one would expect when you have to cram 150 functions into just a few buttons. The sound is great right out of the box. The Bluetooth works well--it takes about 15 seconds to reacquire the phone when started. The phone works as expected--microphone works in a convertible with the top down and filters out the echo as well. I'm very pleased with this, and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. I trusted the rep's advice, and it has paid off.
Pros: Great sound, Bluetooth phone
Cons: Nothing yet
Excellent sound, great price
This stereo was an excellent choice for the price. Although only the front speakers work with the Bluetooth it still sounds good with the other connections.
Crutchfield was solid on the price, delivery, and follow-up. I even called the tech support team at 10:30pm while troubleshooting my install, and they diagnosed my problem and gave me solutions. Excellent service! In short, this receiver is a great buy that shines with its Bluetooth functionality. The menus are not difficult to navigate (except perhaps starting out), and the sound EQ and dynamic color options really cater to a personalized experience. Also, having Siri available through my receiver has turned out to be the most appreciable function. I can listen to my music library, make and receive calls, send and read text messages - all while my phone stays in my pocket! It really pulls my '98 'stang out of the 20th century.
Very nice head unit with overall great system connection functionality. Combining the 3 sets of pre-outs, the HPF and LPF settings with the settings of my amp make for simple system tuning without the need of an eq or other active crossover. Good subwoofer adjustability. The Bluetooth is a great feature, not sure what I was doing without one all this time.
Pros: Simple, cool looks, like the adjustable colors to either match vehicle interior lighting or set-up a custom look. Good cross-over features and subwoofer adjustability. Bluetooth works great.
Cons: None to speak of yet.
Love this unit! Easy install and set up.
Nice upgrade for factory radio with nice features with android. Great radio for the price.
Pros: Works well with android. Good sounds
Cons: None for the price
Overall great product
Pros: Great price and features
Cons: Wish it had rear auxiliary and rear USB ports
I was looking for a Bluetooth receiver that wouldn't break the bank. This receiver delivers! I installed this on a 2002 Chevy Tahoe. I had replaced the door speakers and sub last Christmas. These speakers now sound excellent compared to the factory receiver.
Pros: Easy on the budget. Easy to install. Sounds awesome. Bluetooth syncs up every time.
Cons: Have to change to the mode you want after the car automatically syncs to the Bluetooth device. Wish the device remembered what you were originally hooked up to and would stay there and still sync to the Bluetooth device.
Stereo looks great and works well with my phone! Being able to change the face display colors is a nice touch!
So far so great! Bought this as a replacement for the stock radio in a 99 Ranger, and the improvement is significant. Sound quality is great, even with stock speakers. This is the first head unit I've bought that has Bluetooth, and it is great...no more wires running from my phone to the dash. Tuner picks up everything I'd expect it to. CD player works flawlessly. I had no problem getting the unit up and running, but if you're not technically adept, you may struggle a bit. I had a small issue installing, but a quick call to Crutchfield, and the problem was solved in no time flat. I'm very happy with this purchase, and as usual, with Crutchfield.
Pros: Bluetooth is awesome, and install kit w/ Crutchfield support made installation a breeze.
Cons: None so far
Loving my new car stereo. Easy to read, easy to operate. Amazing sound comes out of the USB, this was the main reason I got it. No more needing CD's. I just threw some music files on a mini USB stick 16GB that I bought cheap online, and stuck it in and it plays perfect sound. I'm not technical or an IT person so something simple and easy to operate is great for me. Received the item fast. Will purchase through Crutchfield again.
Pros: Cool lights Ease of use Clear booklet with instructions USB port Blue tooth for phone
Cons: none so far
Loved it. In expensive. Does everything i need!
The radio is very good, cool back light that changes. The quality of the sound is good with some effort to customize it to your liking. The Blue Tooth is a little cumbersome to access and the music player doesn't work well, easier to use the cable. The onboard amp has good power, plenty loud enough for a standard cab truck. Very pleased over all.
Pros: Great power and quality of sound.
Cons: Blue Tooth cumbersome to use.
I bought this for my Toyota Tacoma mainly for hands-free phone use with Bluetooth, but found it offered other improvements to my car stereo. It fully integrated with my iPhone and iPod through the USB port, which also charges both devices. Sound seems slightly better. I appreciate the ability to control the colors and brightness. My only complaint is the smallness of the controls and no knurling on the volume knob. Overall excellent value for a solid unit.
Radio is of good quality, service/assistance was excellent and installation was easy.
Pros: Good quality for the money
Cons: I personally don't like the function button integrated with the power button.
KDC-x597 is better then some of the more expensive ones out there.
Pros: sound , quality , installation all good.
Have always trusted Kenwood products and this didn't disapoint. Easy install thanks to the included kit, and the sound quality is excellent. Bluetooth was clear and easy to use, and setup was very straight forward. If your looking for a product to do EXACTLY what it claims, definately look no further. You can't go wrong.
Pros: Sound quality, bright clear display, ease of use, bluetooth quality
My work truck radio just didn't have the humph anymore, would not play CD's, so I needed to upgrade, with the Salesman's help, after telling him what I wanted, I got this radio, all the stuff I needed was Included. It was a snap to put in, hookups were easy, the adapter worked, the kit worked, called tech for a problem and 5sec It was resolved and I was very happy. The Radio has great power stock, great bass, plenty to go more. the features, that this radio has is Mind boggling. It came with a remote Mike, plenty of cord, and sounds great, the MP3 hook up is Great, the USB works too, I'm sooo happy! Thanks guys! You all rock!
Pros: Plenty of Bass for stock radio, Remote Mike, plenty of cord, Can expand, amp, Sirius radio, auto antenna, Steering Wheel remote hook up, Re-moveable Front face with Case. just love this radio for the price.
Cons: None yet.
I'm always a little apprehensive when it comes to tearing into the interior of my vehicles. it seems way too easy to break a clip or snap something so that it is never again the same. I did my research, and what sold me on Crutchfield was their MasterSheet for installation. I figured I would have the best chance for a smooth install if I had a good instruction document. I ordered this Kenwood as an anniversary gift to my wife for her 2007 KIA Rondo. She really likes Pandora and needed a hands free Bluetooth for making and receiving calls. After downloading the master sheet, I studied it for about 2 minutes and after a short sojourn to my local auto parts store for a panel removing tool, connectors, and a crimping tool, I went right to work. It took me 90 minutes to install the unit, and was really easy, I think anyone with very little mechanical aptitude would be able to do this. Here are a few pointers that I will offer: 1. Don't get a panel removal tool, but use a stiff putty knife and wrap the blade with electrical tape. The plastic panel removal tools came in a set of three but were much too soft, and were difficult to insert and pry. 2. test the unit before you wrap everything up, just to make sure everything is working. The unit itself is fantastic, I couldn't believe the sound quality compared to the stock unit, and we didn't replace our speakers! I dinged it 1 star for the microphone, it could use a more amplification, but it does get the job done.
Pros: Excellent Sound, easy paring with Bluetooth, works great with iPhone and Pandora
Cons: Phone speaker is weak
Just bought a Z3 and wanted to update the factory radio for Bluetooth and iPhone, but this radio had all the features I needed, at a lower cost than modifying the old one! Was able to 'color match' the look, and install was simple with included harness.
Pros: Inexpensive, great (and simple) iPhone connection, easy install
Cons: nothing serious -- would prefer to be able to modify the display text color vs the standard blue LED.
A very good head unit that I used to replace the factory unit in my Toyota Tundra (2001). Sounds good, and is great for all media types. mp3 on CD's, iPhone, etc...
Pros: Easy to Use, Sounds Good, Looks Good
Cons: A bit of a pain to install. Crutchfield tech support is AMAZING!
I replaced my non-functioning Saturn factory radio with this unit and I couldn't be happier! The installation was a breeze with the included harness and mounting kit. This stereo has everything I need and more. The bluetooth connection works great with my android phone and ipod. I may have to get more of these units to replace the rest of my families radios.
Pros: Great sound quality Easy installation Bluetooth Front aux and USB ports
Installed this in my 1999 Ranger, then moved it to my 2006 Ranger. Easy install. Really just plug and play. Sound is really good. Still haven't figured out how to stick on one color. Bluetooth calls are really easy.
Pros: Easy install. Great sound. Looks really nice.
Cons: Poor unit instruction.
Good for the price. Only complaint is after a week the Bluetooth stopped connecting to my iPhone
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Bluetooth connectivity issues.
This stereo is exactly what we were looking for when we wanted to upgrade our 2006 standard CD player. We now have blue tooth, USB and aux capabilities of playing from smartphones and ipods.
Pros: USB charges Iphone 5
Cons: Buyer beware, I am quite handy, but I was still caught off guard that I would have to do wiring with the converter in order to install my stereo by myself. I was able to complete this task in about an hour, so not too big of deal.
What a great piece of equipment, Kenwood nailed it with this beautiful head unit
For the money...I can't imagine a better unit...has and does everything. It's in a 1997 "daughter's first car" with factory speakers and they sound amazing. Handsfree mobile via Bluetooth is very nice for parents worried about distracted talking while driving.
Pros: Very cool look , fit in the vehicle was perfect and the install was straightforward...almost easy.
Cons: None yet.
I was debating on wether to review this fine HU or nor as there are already over 380 reviews. I figured,who the heck will read it, but as I read all 380 reviews I figured "why not!". This Kenwood is a great unit. I already had an older Kenwood in my little Aveo, but with the recent purchase of a smartphone wanted to upgrade my car stereo to take advantage of the Blue Tooth and Pandora features. Install was a piece of cake,or "easy peasy" as one reviewer put it. I was actuallully able to use the same wiring harness from the older Kenwood . Idid have to use the new units slip case to get it to lock in, but after talking to a Crutchfield rep, I was told the old wire harness should plug right in to the new unit and all tthe controls would work fine. Yes! They do. The unit it self sounds great. Blue Tooth with the external mic work great. Calls are easy both making and receiving. I read the manual and sound comes thru all 4 speakers.I even set up speed dailing o tthe unit with the presets. A nice feature. All in all for the price I love this baby. Highly recommended!
Pros: Easy install. Great sound.Easy use after becoming familiar with manual.
Great sounding unit for my jeep. Easy install! Even the cell phone hook up was a breeze!!!
Pros: Great unit for price, easy install. Easy set up. Detachable face.
Easy to install and programming is done within minutes
Pros: Directions very straight forward
It's an amazing unit for the price. Definitely an upgrade to the sound system. everything sound much cleaner and the stock speakers don't distort as much when the volume is cranked up. Excellent service from Crutchfield. I payed little with free ship pin and received the unit in 2 days.
Pros: Bluetooth, usb, aux, pandora control.
Never owned a Kenwood radio before. Like this one so far. I'm sure it will sound a lot better once I get better speakers. Very cool lights on it.
Pros: Good quality. Not too hard to install. Very cool lights...oh, already said that.
Cons: Can't think of anything.
Great headunit! All the features of a $500 radio. Hd quality music with the 24 bit digital-analog converter. What else could you ask for? Love it!
It's been installed in my 1995 Dodge RV for less than a week so I don't have a whole lot of experience with it. I'm still learning, but it plays FM, AM, CDs and CiriusXM. Which is exactly why I changed the old radio out.
Pros: AM, FM, CD, CiriusXM--great flexibility. I also like the fact that the CiriusXM is built into the radio--just attach the antenna and CiriusXM controller in the rear before installation. Clean lines, no external parts, etc.
Cons: With so many feautres, it'll taske some time to get it all digested.
The head unit was easy to install, took maybe 30 minutes. Crutchfield provided me with all the necessary items to do the install myself. This was my first install ever on a 2001 GMC Jimmy. Crutchfield made it easy. The head unit itself is great, the Bluetooth works very well with my phone and picks it up immediately. I can make calls by pressing a few buttons on the HU, and stream pandora over bluetooth just the same. I am very happy with this product, and was a great buy for the price.
Pros: -Price -Quality -BlueTooth -Pandora -Easy Installation
Cons: Haven't found one yet.
I put this in my daughters car as a surprise. She loves it! The color changes, the way you can fine tune the sound, Bluetooth and aux input. It was a very easy install thanks to the complete install kit. Those wire connectors are great! I would recommend this unit to anyone. No fear--the Crutchfield team is there if you have any questions and happily help you and do not try to rush you off the phone.
Pros: Inexpensive with a lot of features. Looks great (especially the color changes at night).
Cons: None yet. My daughter plays it more than me and she loves it.
Its a kenwood deck with bluetooth and comes with Nic.
Pros: Easy to use/install/tune
I used this to switch out from the factory receiver in my 04 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This was my first time replacing car audio on my own and Crutchfield couldn't have made it easier. I had a minor issue getting the receiver to fit in the housing i purchased but only because i didn't pay attention to sizing, a little dremel worked fixed it all up though. I also replaced my factory speakers with Kenwood KFC-1065S and Kenwood KFC-1365S. A few hours later and I had a much better sound system i did myself with virtually no issues at all. Plus now I can use my iphone and stream music through bluetooth with the receiver and run pandora and everything. Much improved over the factory install.
Pros: Very sleek, cool design great features bluetooth capabilites usb plug to stream music and charge my phone
Cons: bluetooth only plays out of the front speakers (better for phone calls i suppose), unless i wired it wrong but everything else is a dream
Bought this deck for my son's truck. 2001 Silverado. Replaced a Pioneer deck that was in it when we bought it that was awful. This deck had everything he wanted, high power, front, rear and sub pre outs, bluetooth, USB, and Aux input. It was a breeze to install with the Metra GM kit and wire harness adaptor, and the wiring couldn't have been any easier. My only complaint with the deck would be the sound quality of the tuner. It is more sensitive and picks up more stations, but I think at the expense of some dynamic range and separation. Admittiedly, it's a minor quibble, as he listens to very little radio, mostly apps like Pandora, music from his Iphone. It has a unique way of pairing with the Iphone that allows it to very easily access the features of the phone from the deck, and it was a breeze to do.
Pros: Fantastic flexibility, hooks up to anything, and plenty of room to grow the system.
Cons: As I said above, the sound quality of the tuner, but it keeps the station locked in, so it's a decent trade off.
Just had this installed so still learning how to use it. So far, great quality for the money. Excellent sound and thus far easy to use. Definitely recommend it! Can't go wrong for the $ value.
Love this stereo. Had it installed in just a couple hours. Now the boyfriend wants one! Now I just need new speakers to complete it.
Having no particular preference, I emailed Crutchfield and asked them to recommend an inexpensive unit that is iPod/mp3 compatible. This is the unit they recommended, so this is what I ordered. I installed the unit a few weeks prior to writing this review, so I can only speak of it in short term usage, but nonetheless: Price: not having to spend more than $130 is nice for someone looking to have a basic but fully functional stereo. Installation: I quickly flipped open the manual to double check that my wire connections were correct, though the color coding of wires is basically self explanatory. Pretty easy. Set up and operation: I would definitely describe myself as not being electronically intuitive, but I've been able to set up this head unit to the settings I want and hook up my iPhone via Bluetooth without even having to crack open the manual. The buttons so far make sense, though I have some more exploring to do. Aesthetics: very stylish! This unit's buttons are all lit up with LEDs that change to 24 different colors! It's pretty cool to keep it on default as it slowly transitions through all the colors, but you can also set it to only one color, which is what I eventually did to match it with my dash's color scheme---makes the stereo look more stock.
Pros: See review.
Cons: Perhaps more variety of stock EQ settings? To be fair, there is always custom EQ, so one can always just put the time in and create their own EQ.
This is a gift I bought for father's day. I installed it in my dad's car and he can't be happier. The best feature for him is the bluethooth connection. In Puerto Rico is against the law to use the cell phone while driving so having the bluethooth is absolutely neccesary. For me the menus are easy to use but it's because this is the third Kenwood receiver I have used, but for my dad he is still learning about the functions. Anyway for the money spend is a Great Receiver.
Pros: Bluetooth, Display Color selection, Sound
The install of the KDC-X597 was very easy thanks to the included harness and install kit. It looks great, love the cycling colors. Pairing my Galaxy S3 was so much simpler than in my other car. Sound quality is really good even though it is playing through the factory speaker. Ipod plays cleanly and I had to install the Kenwood app on my phone to get it to play the mp3's on it.I really recommend this unit whole heartedly.
Pros: Comes with the wiring harness and install kit.
Cons: None really.
As usual the Crutchfield team was 2nd to None. The system came with very detailed instructions, all the adapters for my vehicle, and free shipping included in the price. The installation was a breeze. It was plug and play event once I attached the adapter to the stereo harness which I did at my desk before the install. The sound is phenomenal and I am using the original speakers! Kudos
Pros: Outstanding sound, beautiful display with many bright colors, easy to plug-in your I-phone or I-pod, easy to program the radio stations. Overall it is a steal for the price.
Cons: The settings are not intuitive so you have to read the operations manual to do it. I believe it could have better radio reception.
This stereo is GREAT it has plenty of different features. Had a few questions about using the Bluetooth and the subwoofer at the same time and the adviser helped me out right away and very easy to do.
Pros: color choice, easy to use, it is awesome
Radio was easy to install and setup was a breeze. Well worth the price.
Pros: Easy to use & program. Awesome sound quality. Bluetooth works great and so does pandro.
Let me say first off, this reciever looks and feels great. The features are awesome and functionality is awesome. Also, the hookup is extremely easy (This was my first install, did it without 1 issue) The reason I dinged this reciever 2 stars is for its Bluetooth. It basically doesnt work, Im using an Iphone 4s and iphone 5 with it. Pairing it is easy, keeping it connected isnt. I can usually get about 10-15 minutes of bluetooth connection before it loses it and it takes about 5 minutes of power cycling before it can find the phone again. This issue has been posted all over blogs and is a known issue. We just use the usb cord if we want to access the iphone now.
Pros: Looks great, great functionality (minus the bluetooth), great features (minus bluetooth), very easy to hookup
Cons: Bluetooth is useless
This is not my first Kenwood product and they have always worked and performed exactly as I wanted them to. It looks great, lots of great options to customize the look and sound to your specific tastes. It went into my wife's car and she is really enjoying it. Quite a good unit especially for the basically low price!
Cons: None found so far.
I wasn't sure what I was getting for the money but am very pleased with what I got. The salesperson was very helpful and listened to my what I had to say and offer suggestions. Very thankful he didn't try to sell me more than what I needed and make a few extra dollars!
Pros: No unnecessary buttons and features. Operation is pretty simple and straight forward. Easy to use!!
Cons: None at this time.
Great for the price
Pros: Price 6 channels Bluetooth works great Easy to mount Easy to wire Colors variable Vrightness variable
Cons: RCA connections not powered
Easy to install,easy to operate.easy on the wallet & sounds great with the right speakers & subwoofer. Love it!
Pros: For the price why buy expensive unit.this one thumbs up! ;-)
Love this receiver. I can sync my android phone with bluetooth and listen to all my music and make phone call using the remote control that comes with it. Also had the high power preamp output I needed to add all my kenwood amps.
Pros: Powerful, crystal clear sound, three sets of preamp outputs, bluetooth works flawlessly
Cons: Screen hard to see in direct sunlight.
This is probably the easiest Bluetooth receiver I have ever used. A lot of my music is stored on my iPhone so it is my primary source for tunes. You only have to connect it once and after that it will automatically connect when you get into your car/truck every time. Phone feature works perfectly. I ordered mine with XM adapter so I don't have to worry about taking the receiver back out and installing it later. As far as sound goes this is a huge upgrade from my factory. I think the 22 watts really helped with that. Overall I rate this receiver very highly! The price, quality, functions, and sound are all 5 star. Enjoy!
Pros: Bluetooth versatility, Sound, looks, price, quality, functions and capabilities
Pros: Sound, look, quality.
Cons: Power output
This HU is gorgeous. Good value with the free harnesses and adapters and whatnot. Not enough power output per channel for my taste. (22 watts). Love the USB.
Pros: Lots of options. Customization, look, quality.
Cons: Not really anything other than Low output.
This is a tricky one. I love this stereo it's easy to use! It works great with my keenwood speakers and sound ordinance amplifier after I got it figured out. I had to run 2 channel to the amp on the left side. For some reason the bluetooth only played on the left side so I ran one of the right channels to the other left. Then I had the right speaker's buzzing.. so I figured out I had to ground the right channel output.. I don't know why but it worked. If you are installing this (without) an amplifier for your speakers you will have no problem. But if you are only installing a subwoofer amplifier you won't have a problem... if not I would look an another one. It was a pain but after it all It sounds unbelievably great. If any of this helps I installed this system with keenwood speakers hooked up to a sound ordinance amplifier with alpine subwoofer and amp. My phone is a Galaxy s4
Pros: Bluetooth phone and audio is convenient, looks awesome, sounds great
Cons: Bluetooth was a pain to figure out, feedback till I fixed it
Installed into my 2000 Trans-AM. The kit provided was dead simple, just pop it into the radio's included sleeve. I had a question about the power antenna and tech support sorted that out quickly. Just us the AMP power lead for that. The included power antenna lead doesn't do anything, This was actually my third radio, I bought the Kenwood APP radio version and didn't realize it lacked bluetooth. Crutchfield took it back no questions. In my travels I picked up another Kenwood at a local retail store, but it's internal microphone created an echo that was horrible for the receiver of the call. Plus it was more expensive. I finally settled on this model after reading the great reviews. I had a HD radio in the past and found it to be a pain, I read the reviews of the current radios and it looks as if you can turn off the feature but there was some sort of an issue with presets.. I'm happy with the current setup.
Pros: After I installed the radio, I made a test call and the receiver said the call was clear and as good as talking on my iPhone 5. Now my car is loud, lots a rattles / squeaks, I was expecting a So/So statement from the receiver of the call. It charges my phone too, even when just listening to the radio or if its in standby mode. I matched the colors of the radio to the red color of my dash. I liked the scrolling colors feature too. Streaming/BT worked perfectly on ALL three radio's!
Cons: There should be a dimmer lead, you can select it within the radios settings but my original radio was dimmable, Not really a deal breaker.. Not related the radio, but the axxess aswc-1 has a problem with the steering wheel controls on the firebird. The tech support from Axxess doesn't seem to care when you call them, he wanted to give up after a few tries (10). I had to call them twice and it was a unpleasant experience. They could learn a thing or two from Crutchfield. Manual states a problem w/ Kenwood.
could not beat the price fast shipping
Pros: great easy to use
for the price this unit can not be beat, free install kit from crutchfield can not beat it, i got the additional car control and xm reciver def a plus. The stock system in my jk wrangler was garbage speakers blew on 2nd week i had while driving on thruway so i could hear music i had to turn up with soft top down blew and that was it... kicker speakers and kenwood deck and all good!
Cons: none yet
This is an amazing head unit! It pairs to my iPhone easily and works with Siri for complete hands free use. The microphone it comes with is great! I have it connected to an external EQ so I haven't really messed with the built in tuning much but it does have a lot of great fine tuning options.
Pros: Complete hands free calling and text with my iPhone 3 sets of 4v preamps Crisp display settings
So far it has been a reliable receiver. The display is easily visible, even in direct sunlight. The Bluetooth call quality is a bit mediocre over the car speakers, but the people receiving calls claim not to be able to tell the difference between talking over the receiver vs directly on the phone. Bluetooth quality for Pandora is decent. The USB input isn't constant power, so you can't charge devices such as your phone unless you are using the USB source input. The USB function doesn't recognize my Android phone, so I am left using a car charger still. The only additional issue I may mention is that the volume knob is too smooth to casually turn easily. A bit of force needs to be applied to get a good grip. With the way the knob is designed I am a bit wary it may break over time from the extra force. (It wouldn't have been too hard for them to but some grooves around the outside for better grip. Overall, it is a good receiver for the price, despite a couple of missteps.
Pros: - Bluetooth mic is quality - Good value - Easily visible display
Cons: - People calling in over Bluetooth are a bit garbled - USB port does not have the power to charge your phone when not on the USB source input - USB input doesn't recognize my phone - Volume knob is slick
Loved unit but remote quit functioning after less than 6 months and yes tried three cr2025 without success.
Pros: Unit sounds and functions well
Cons: Remote control stopped working after less than six months...sure hope a replacement works or unit needs $$$work or replacement
This is one awesome unit, I would recommend it to anyone looking for value systems.
Great deck easy to use interface and lots of expandability .
Pros: easy to use
Replaced a JVC deck so I was able to use the existing cabling. Easy install and great sound.
Pros: Bluetooth phone with preset dialing.
Cons: None that I can think of....
Great unit for son's high school graduation. He was able to install himself with the thorough instructions and Youtube video.
Works good improved sound quality a lot. Had a little trouble with the install but that was my vehicle not the radio
I bought this for the sole purpose of using my HTC One to play Pandora radio while driving. The bluetooth connection seems weak because the signal will cut in and out quickly every now and then, but it's a fairly rare occurrence. I'm not sure if it's an issue with my phone or the receiver but I would guess that it's the receiver giving me the issue. If you walk out of the car with the radio still syncing to your phone's bluetooth, the connection will cut out for sure. For the record though, once you get the hang of things, playing Pandora off your phone is a nice feature that works relatively well. The only other criticism I have is that getting Pandora to play when you get ready to drive someplace can be a little tricky because you'll find yourself on the edge of whatever wifi network you've been using and your phone will most likely find it difficult to load everything properly since it'll default to the wifi first unless you turn it off everytime. Once you start driving, you'll be completely out of range of your wifi, so the app sometimes will glitch between the transition to 4g or whatever data network is around. If you drive through rural areas often I'd also be cautious only because you need at least a decent 2g connection to be able to skip to the next track and give a thumbs down to any you will inevitable dislike.
Pros: Android capable control of Pandora, Sound quality, ease of install, and look/customization of screen color.
Cons: Bluetooth seems weak, Steering wheel controls will be lost without an adapter which'll run maybe 60-80 dollars on top of what you pay for the receiver.
Get radio system just installed it not to long ago and still going strong.
Pros: Get system very clean and entertaining
Cons: Subwoofers don't work when streaming music through bluetooth
Nice radio, Crutchfield Advisor recommended this with the Polk speakers that were already installed in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler. Great price and especially that it came with ALL the installation hardwa. Made it a breeze to install.
Pros: Nice clean install, great sound and powers my Polk speakers just fine
This deck is exactly what I was looking for. All of the new features, bluetooth and Pandora capability, USB and auxilary inputs on the front. Hands free phone calling, and adequate power. The rotating colors are a really neat feature as well. The Crutchfield instructions were clear and I got it almost right the first time. When I got the blue wires crossed, Crutchfield's experts responded by email within 24 hrs and fixed the problem sight unseen. I couldn't be happier. Now if I can just get the new subwoofer to work as smoothly. Fingers crossed.
Pros: bluetooth and Pandora capability, USB and auxilary inputs on the front. Hands free phone calling, and adequate power. The rotating colors are a really neat feature as well.
Cons: The blue and blue and white wires.
I replaced the factory radio with this and the sound difference is amazing. The Bluetooth works flawlessly. Crutchfield supplied everything I needed to install it I paired it with 4 kenwood speakers and I am not disappointed.
As an longtime alpine fan, I decided to give kenwood a shot in my wifes car, I gotta say I am impressed! Crutchfield's price was unbeatable. I saved 100 bucks over local on the install gear. They kicked all the big box stores. I wont even mention the local stero shops. Great price, great service, I just bought another pickup, and I will build my system in it with Crutchfield, and maybe another kenwood.
Pros: Bluetooth works great. Everything works great. But the bluetooth really impressed me. I did not think it would work near as well as it does.
Cons: Now I want one for my other vehicles!!!!!!!
I installed this stereo into my car a couple of weeks ago. Crutchfield made it incredibly easy, and I have loved it ever since! Great stereo, looks good, sounds good, easy to use.
Pros: Great features, easy to use, looks good
Cons: None so far
Sound just like they should for mid range speaker set
Great value, easy install, great purchase. Also getting more out of my 2001 factory speakers than ever before.
Well worth the money spent. If you ever considered the Excelon series units for purchase, just get it. Find one that matches your price point, and buy it. Extremely minimal noise in the sound system and it's the best informed decision I've made. I did my research and decided on this and I couldn't be happier.
I'm very pleased with this purchase. I needed to do something since the factory stereo in my honda accord quit playing cds. Now I have several options and my MP3 player seems to be my favorite choice for now.
I bought this radio to replace my kenwood x696 which stop playing right after the two year warranty was up.. anyway the KDC-x597 is much better , the Bluetooth is a major upgrade ,I have mines hooked up in a big truck and callers say they can even tell I'm driving ... the color variable is awesome nice how it change twenty different colors .. all in all I'm very happy with the unit...
Pros: two thumbs up across the board
Cons: I should have upgraded sooner
Kenwood has always been considered tier 1 manufacturer as far back as i can remember but i could not afford the quality until the prices came down and the amount of quality and feature set far outweighs the cost. Incredible bargain for the eXcelon series CD/Receiver with Bluetooth AND satellite radio compatible, the decision to purchase the KDC-597 was a no-brainer for me to be perfectly honest with you. All i have to do is think about the SQ from that stereo and i am blown away, from zero - WOW with a twist of the volume knob. I designed my entire car audio system and i am very critical of the sound quality and one of the biggest features that sold me was the 4V preamp, no need for a line-driver to wake up the 5-channel 1100W amplifier. With 6 channels of RCA line-out on the backside it's perfect for the serious audiophile, like me. I would have to sit here all day to brag about all the details i like about this stereo. My goal when i designed this system was to have a head-unit that did everything and i made the perfect decision, compare the KDC-597 qiality and feature set with any car stereo on the market AND in this price range it should be really easy for you to hit the purchase button.
Pros: Hmm, Bluetooth, Sirius/XM, Remote control, 4V preamp is right there at the top of the list along with sound quality, dependability, looks and coolness factor, easy to navigate menu that i learned rather quickly. Much much more to list but i don't know what else i can say that would convince you to buy the Kenwood eXcelon KDC-597.
Cons: Why did i wait so long to get this radio, seriously.
Just installed the system, easy to install and setup was a snap
Pros: Easy peasy to install, setup a breeze
Cons: None at this time
Great product. Great sound even with the factory speakers.
Pros: Sounds great. The Bluetooth is great. Pandora connectivity is easy. It looks great too. And the price is right.
Cons: A little difficult to navigate but no biggie.
Easy to install and no issues car 2000 Nissan Maxima.
Pros: Support by Crutchfield Works like charm.Every thing just perfect.
Excellent stereo that does everything I want it to do.
Peace and Quiet! With the remote for the teenager in the back seat, no more asking to changing channels every five seconds, so worth it!
Pros: cool auto changing colors, music digital display
Cons: blue tooth fades in & out occasionally, still not bad
Great upgrade from factory unit. Price is very reasonable. simple setup, simple interface...simple, but great quality.
Pros: easy setup, Pandora controls are good.
Cons: a little tricky when setting up quick-dials for Bluetooth feature for phone
I like it
I had installed two lesser value Kenwood receivers and was very impressed, but this one blows me away! The Crutchfield supplied harness made it easy-peasy to put in, and I have to fight to not be distracted from my driving by this unit's beautiful display. I haven't picked a steady color yet, instead preferring to watch it put on a show. I especially like how easy Kenwood's made it to move through the folders on my USB drive.
Pros: Price, appearance, capability, sound control, easy controls, bluetooth
Cons: Won't recognize my Sansa Clip+, but that's not a big deal to me.
I needed a head unit for my new ride and was told by my buddy who will build out my system to look for specific things. This is a very high end yet affordable choice. It has many more features than the average joe will need as well as some little things that you didn't know you needed. For example, each output has it's own EQ settings that are remembered. So when I use my Android phone in the AUX cord, I have to have my bass up much higher than when I play a CD. Each output has it's own saved settings so I don't have to adjsut it each time. Also, installing is a breeze. It was very straight forward, nothing crazy about wires matching up or anything like that.
Pros: Depth of Features Sound Colorful Display
Cons: Wish it had a pad volume instead of a knob...but that's minor
Illinois went Cellular handsfree so I needed an new radio. This one fit the bill perfectly.
Pros: Unbelievable quick shipment Looks great in my Dodge Ram Very easy to install and setup
Cons: Can't figure out how to have the clock display while the other info is on the screen.
I purchased this Kenwood unit from Crutchfield about a week ago easy to install. Crutchfield help with all the insulation needs. Bluetooth hooked up well and works well. Can would make the best head units for the money.
Pros: install easy in vehicle,great sound, bluetooth works and connects easy. Love using the 4 amp output.easy to connect by USB or auxiliary input.
Cons: I have on the head unit for 2 weeks now.and feel I will love the Kenwood head unit for years to come.
Such a great deck, and the bluetooth features are amazing! The mic was super easy to wire up and it basically turns your whole car into a phone. Call comes in, music lowers and a green phone button illuminates, you push it once to answer and then just talk normally (no telephone voice needed). You can even call out through the deck to 6 preset numbers with like 2 clicks. Stream pandora from your phone wirelessly, it knows the artist and title, it even does this with the radio through some sorcery I'm not familiar with. For my old car it's the stereo of the future and I freaking love it!
Pros: Bluetooth: pairs simply, works excellently, well thought out menus Lighting: the colors are pretty cool and you can set them up how you want BACK BUTTON - what a good idea, you don't have to go through a whole menu if you get into one, simply back out.
Cons: My wife thinks the buttons are too small and is constantly clicking the volume wheel when she means to turn it. I don't have these problems but i think it's fair to include them in the review
This new head unite is so much better in every way than my stock pioneer radio. The sound is incredible even without an amp. Makes my digital music sound so rich.(thumb drive) BT is new to me but even I make it work. Operation is fairly easy after reading the owners manual, even for an old guy. cant believe I waited so long to get one,If I had only known how great it could sound.
Pros: BT, sound quality, Looks, digital sound improvements, Color settings are cool, FM reception is much improved.
looks great, easy install, works great, a little difficult to navigate at first. bluetooth easy hookup.
I got the radio two weeks ago and after going over the installation directions I spent the time soldering the wires together I removed my dead radio and installed this one. Love how easy it was to install the radio. Sounds great too.
Pros: Complete replacement. Everything was included including instruction. After connecting together the wiring harnesses the installation went very smoothly.
Cons: Nothing yet.
This was my first try at replacing a receiver but since I'm kind of handy at other similar projects, I decided to give it a try and it wasn't too bad. The toughest challenge was disassembling the dash panel without damaging anything. Once that was accomplished, everything else went fairly smoothly although I did need to contact Crutchfield when my AM reception wasn't very good. Turns out I screwed up the antenna adapter wiring. Having wired all of the "same color" speaker wires together , I just went ahead and wired the blue antenna adapter wire to the solid blue receiver wire marked "Ant Cont" without thinking too much about it. The instructions said that the appropriate wire would be Blue or Blue/White so I went with the Blue choice especially since it was marked "Ant Cont". Wrong answer. It's actually the Blue/White "P. Cont" wire which supplies the necessary power to the powered antenna in my CR-V. Once that was corrected, AM and FM reception was great. I also really like the BT Audio and Pandora features which make phone connections wireless.
Pros: Great sound and features especially for the price.
Cons: The large volume control knob doesn't control the power on/off which takes a while to get used to. It's easy to accidentally press the face release button which is directly below the "return" button which is small as are other buttons so it's easy to press the wrong button if you're not careful.
This stereo has everything that I wanted in a new system. I replaced my factory stereo in my 1996 Chrysler Seabring JX Convertible. The blue tooth pairing with my phone is perfect! I can now take and recieve calls, even when the top is down. That is a DEFINITE plus living in sunny South West Florida! I've only had to refer to the manual once since the install, to figure out how anything works. Thank you Kenwood for making a great car stereo, and THANK YOU Crutchfield for selling it with everything I needed to install it in my car, and for including everything that I needed to make it work. I'll be installing the new Kenwood KFC 1665S speakers to get the best sound out of the stereo!
Sounds great combined with Kenwood 6x9 4 ways and 6.5" 3 ways in Dodge Quad Cab. Was surprised at the high sound quality and features vs. the low cost. The phone app quality exceeded my expectations. Mic pick-up and sound quality is excellant on my end as well as the callers. The knob is quite slippery as others mentioned and I will look for a rubber band to put around it for grip. Wish the preset buttons were larger and easier to use and wish the remote control buttons were easier to use - life is too short to listen to DJ's that think they are funny so soon as a song is over and there is talking I channel surf. Installation of radio was very simple, especially with the free adapters. All and all considering the price and quality I give it 5 stars. Now my wife wants one for her SUV. I highly recommend it.
Pros: Powerfull, clear sound without an amp. Looks cool. Front USB and Input. Phone feature is great.
Cons: slippery knob, hard to hit presets on receiver and remote. Wish you could stream station info AND keep the clock on.
This after market sound system is excellent for a mid stream conservative or a spirited minded tech-oriented "young-gun" It delivers on all points and the built in amp. really got some punch. In my opinion, you get a lot of bang for your buck !
Pros: it comes with everything required to get' the baby' up and running and ease of installation
Cons: I've had system up and running for nearly 2 mos. don't have any complaints
It took me a while to figure out all of the controls. Note that I have set it to my specifications. I really do like this unit. This one is my second after market stereo and they have come a long way.
This is an excellent, high-quality unit. This is actually the second one I've purchased. My last one died when an iPod plugged into the unit by USB cable accidentally fell on speaker terminals just right (or wrong) and ZAPP! However, I love this stereo so much, I ordered the exact same model. I simply removed the bad unit and replaced it with the new one, leaving wiring harness and everything else from the old one. It works great! Lesson learned.
Pros: Great quality, great sound,
I've never installed an after market radio into my car until recently, I must say not only was it fun but it was "easy" Crutchfield sent me everything I needed to install this radio into my car & it was basically plug & play. Only thing that took a while was stripping some wires and tapping them together but that's all color coordinated. This kenwood radio made my factory speakers sound way better, I'm completely happy with it, my future radio I would definitely see what kenwood models crutchfield has in stock.
Pros: Bluetooth, USB, Aux, Microphone, Cd-Mp3
Cons: Wish the microphone was built- in.
The radio is made of like some cheap shiny plastic, feels delicate. It scratches easier than i would feel comfortable with. But the radio sounds good with my stock mach460 audio system. The bluetooth works perfectly! everything about it is just AWE. Its an awesome head unit.
Pros: Sounds good, easy to operate, has all the features you need
Cons: cheaply made
For the money it's not bad. I would have rather put a little extra money towards a unit that would have given me automatic display dimming and automatic speed controlled volume.
Pros: good value for the money
Cons: does not have the above mentioned features that I would have liked to have had.
Great product, even better tan I expected. Thing about getting it for my other vehicle.
Pros: Nothing negative to say.
Cons: All is good.
Bought this to replace a bad radio in a vehicle I just purchased. I had a kenwood in my SUV and worked great and knew I should stick with Kenwood. I was not disappointed! It has lots of features and a decent sound. I like the radio display of station/song info. I wish there was a way to add the time to the radio scroll, but that's fairly a petty issue. The unit works great with my bluetooth devices. It even comes with a microphrone to mount for the phone. Great stereo infor the money!
Pros: A lot of features for the money. Bluetooth works well with all my Apple devices. Kenwood makes a solid unit.
Cons: Wish the clock would display along with station/song information. Not a big deal, though.
Great products @ good prices
Pros: All good
I installed it for my 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK. Crutchfield Technical support is great. I called them to provide me with direction how to do the installation. Almost no waiting on the phone, the technical support person was great, took me through the installation steps in very easy manner. They already send me the installation kit.
Pros: All futures are great
I have been allured in the past with thinking spending a lot of money will get you good sound. This receiver puts out some really good sound, with lots of room for expansion. So what if its last years model, I don't see this quality of sound getting any better. I'll be back for a double din for my 13 Gen coupe.
I have nothing to complain for such a feature rich product at USD130. The free kits (faceplate, mounts, cables) from Crutchfield made installation a breeze. There's a little quirk that, when music streaming from my Android phone, sound is routed only to my front speakers. Google results suggest that there might be an obscure setting to fix that. Will look for that setting tomorrow.
Pros: As advertised.
Cons: Routing the microphone requires some creativity but I'm just nitpicking.
This is a very nice head for the price and feature level. The Bluetooth is flawless. Only drawback is with using the iPhone it only plays off two speakers rather than four
Pros: Lots of features for the price. Super easy pairing of the iPhone
Cons: Limited Bluetooth sound
Outstanding! All the bells and whistles. looks great & sounds great! Highly recommend! Cannot go wrong with this stereo.
Just put this Kenwood in my 96 Camaro ! Love it !!!! The bluetooth is amazing !!!! Still learning all the options , but highly recomend this unit !
Pros: Bluetooth , USB , and color selections !!!
Cons: Easier setup of EQ would be nice .
The bluetooth in my Pioneer deck never worked quite right (the phone would always connect, but half the time when a call came in or I placed a call, the deck would show "error"), and it was getting worse, so I decided to look for a new deck. I didn't want to break the bank so I saw this highly rated Kendwood for a cheap price and gave it a try. WHAT A DEAL! I can't believe how happy I am with it. It's really intuitive and produces crisp, powerful, clear sound. I'm no audiophile and I always hated the audio adjustments (like on my Pioneer) that force you to mess with an equalizer as opposed to just changing "bass" or "treble." Well, this Kenwood unit is incredibly intuitive and easy to adjust, yet it gives you tons of options to change the sound down to the nitty-gritty details. There is almost no distortion from my little 6" bazooka sub like there used to be, even at high volumes. The bluetooth works great as well. I've spoken with quite a few people over bluetooth and they all hear me crystal clear. It's super easy to pair a phone, and it always connects instantly when I get in, plus it downloads my phonebook and call history. It makes it very easy to call the people I speak to the most without even touching my phone. The display shows the track names when I stream music over bluetooth (which also sounds ultra-clear) and I can skip/pause/fast forward with the keys on the front. Overall, I love this deck!
Pros: -Incredibly intuitive and easy to use -Bluetooth phone and streaming work flawlessly (note to owners: the default mode for streaming bluetooth is for audio to only come out of the front speakers. You have to go into a sub-menu and change it to come out of all speakers, then it'll sound great) -Audio adjustments are easy and make a big difference. -Audio clarity is great - my sub doesn't distort or bottom out -Colorful faceplate actually looks really classy -Song info shows for Bluetooth & R
Cons: I really can't think of any. This Kenwood receiver is so easy to use that I'm constantly reminded of how difficult my old Pioneer was in comparison. Everything just works right and how I would want it to.
Overall I'm rather happy with it, took a little fiddling to get it to cooperate, but the install was easy enough.
Pros: Works very well, color change is cool, features are all working fantastically.
Cons: Wish I could change the text colors, but that's a minor thing.
Great Unit thanks for the suggestion
Great price, and features defiantly would recommend
Looks great and display colors match my dash perfectly.
This radio is a GREAT value ! I chose this radio cause I wanted lots of audio features and a detachable face. Im always tinkering with EQ settings LOL. With 8 EQ presets, 3 levels of bass boost ( which i love ) & speaker settings, it really blows all the others away just with that alone. I wanted some extra bass at lower volumes without having to install a sub & this unit provides more than enough for me on the bass level 2. I dont blast the radio all the time cause my right ear starts to hurt when I do. Too many years of loud music LOL. This unit REALLY makes my Polk DB 651s shine. With my stock HU they sounded pretty darn good...but now it sounds awesome. Imaging sounds amazing and sounds like a high end system ( to me ) & trust me I can be very picky with my sound. Clear highs without peircing your ears. The bluetooth was super simple & very clear. I had my wife call me when she was on the road & it sounds VERY clear. I have a 03 Pontiac Vibe & it is VERY noisy on the road even with all my doors sound deadened. If your concerned about bluetooth quality dont be. Doesnt sound like im on speakerphone either. Very nice to be able to match the display to your vehicle & the the variable display is fun to look at night. It doesnt have the modern look of say a double din but if you are looking for lots of audio features this may be your unit. This is my first Kenwood unit & im more than pleased for 130 bucks !
Pros: Audio options, audio options, audio options......This was the ONLY unit that had that many options in this price range. Especially the 3 levels of bass boost. Me likes ! Bluetooth quality & its ease of setup.
Cons: Little cumbersome to flip through settings for me but once I figured it out it was fine. The ONLY con is the slippery volume knob....it is absolutely horrendous ! Im still looking for small rubber band that wont slip off of it. They should have at LEAST knurled the outside edges....with everything so well thought out on this unit, they definitely overlooked something that simple LOL.
Great player for the money.
Pros: Loaded with features
I really like this car stereo. Easy to install with great sound
Pros: Easy to use and great sound
Cons: I have a KDC-595 and the 3 bar color display is cooler looking
Radio works great. I previously had a a JVC with tape deck so this was a nice upgrade in my system.
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Would like wiring harness to be longer due to fitting it into non traditional location.
Bought this because my factory radio didn't play burned cd's. I like all the features this unit offers at a very reasonable price. I noticed a big difference in sound quality right away, great product!
Pros: Looks great, good sound quality, plenty of music source options, easy bluetooth pairing
Cons: almost too many sources to cycle through to get to your desired source... not really a big deal.
Easy to install. Easy to use. Love the bluetooth capability with the external microphone. Easy to pair phones. I love the ipod connectivity. My old Roady XT works with this as well.
Pros: Easy to install in the truck. Instructions were good. All the components, to include the trim tools made the job easy.
Cons: I have none at this time.
This head unit not only sounds great.. I love its features and its overall build quality
Great sound,great price easy set up
Pros: The price its right ,great sound and LED colors
Cons: The volume nab real fragile
I always buy the middle of the road product. this is a top of the line product, more feature than i'll ever use but a great unit and I did actually set up the blue tooth and its great. This went into a 1989 Camaro IROC and I really didn't need all this but I'm glad I bought it all.
Pros: clean modern look I liked the three pairs of outputs and it is performing great
Cons: too many feature but a great unit all the same
So far a good buy especially because it was on sale. Smooth install with given kits. relatively easy to learn and begin using. Sound is missing some bass and solid mid but could be the speakers too.
Pros: Good buy with nice features.
Cons: possible punch for mids and bass but again could be the speakers.
I got this because the factory stereo in my Escape can't play digital music. All my music is on my phone, and with the USB plug I thought I would be able to plug my phone into the radio and have in play my music, as well as pandora. However, this only works for IPhones, kind of a crappy design-not everyone has an IPhone. I can use a USB that holds my music and the receiver does fine with that but its not how I would prefer it. Crutchfield was great, they included all the necessary parts for an install, answered the only question I had during the install right away, and I had it all hooked up in less than an hour, and this was my first time installing a car stereo.
Pros: Easy to install, easy to setup, works great, sounds great
Cons: Only interfaces with IPhones.
I bought this unit wanting to upgrade from a stock unit that didn't even have a cd player. I ask a Crutchfield advisor for a unit that has a cd player and a usb port for my Ipod. While I was waiting for the unit to arrive I went online and watched a few videos on how to replace a stock unit. I found that very helpful also.Received my unit in a few days and begin installing it in my Sonoma. I only had to call a couple of times for tech service but with the reference number on the install sheet it all went very well. Just take your time, follow directions, call if you get stumped. Crutchfield has massed a great library of knowledge and expertise when it comes to installation. Now after it's installed I just have get more familiar with all the features of the unit itself. Being an older person I kinda wish the presets were bigger and easier to find. I do have to say though, I really like the remote control because I can see the buttons better by bringing it closer to my face. All in all, I rate it a 7 out of 10 overall .Crutchfield doesn't build em, but they sure know how to install em!
Pros: Decent sound quality Nice looking install Great value
Cons: An older person or a person with vision problems might want to look for a unit with larger preset buttons.
Great product. After an extensive search this met my requirements perfectly. I had some issues during the install. The guys at Crutchfield could not have been better. It took 2 minutes and they answered my questions. I'm so happy I didn't buy this somewhere else. These guys get it!!
Pros: Crutchfield service
I really like this Kenwood stereo a lot. I installed it myself which was my first time doing a car stereo install. This unit replaced the factory stereo/cassette player in my 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad cab truck. I really like the CD player and bluetooth as well as the radio. And the fact that I can change the display color is awesome.(mine set blue) This stereo came with everything I needed to install it from Crutchfield and I'm very satisfied and happy that I bought this from Crutchfield and not from a big box store.
Pros: Everything I wanted in a car stereo.
This is my second kenwood deck in a year. The first one was the same model but it wasn't the excelon version. The extra features don't especially make a difference for me as of now but in the future I will fully tune my system and I'm sure they will make a noticeable sound difference. I've always used kenwoods in the past and they are always a solid value and sound awesome. The bluetooth works flawlessly and the 3 sets of preamps are always a welcome standard option.
Pros: Bluetooth ease, sound tuning ability, clear display, vibrant colors, infinite options for media sources
Cons: Tiny remote-a bit more weight to it would be nice.
Great product and does everything I want it too. Looks sick and the user interface is sweet. However i was definitely expecting a louder volume due to the increased wattage but it is not that loud. Unhappy on that.
Pros: Good Looking
Cons: Not the loudest.
Really nice Radio for the price, my wifes Saturns radio died. Crutchfield and thier staff suggested this Radio and Speakers . Could not be anymore happy with the radio and the GREAT service. Easy cheese Bo
Replaced an OEM unit and gave me hands free Bluetooth capability for my phone! Love it and still learning to use it.
Pros: PRICE, great features for a great value! Bluetooth, satellite capable gives me future options! All components for installation supplied.
Cons: None at this time.
Awesome radio, easy to use with lots of options that will ensure you enjoy your music
Pros: easy set up, great options and great sound
Great system for the money. Super easy to install with the Crutchfield provided wiring harness and posi tab connectors. Very happy with all the features.
Pros: Easy to install and easy to configure all the settings.
This Cd receiver is excellent. Thanks to Crutchfield customer service, i can installed this CD receiver easily into my old 1995 BMW. I wish i could have purchased the speakers that pair with this great receiver.
Pros: easy to install and operate. you can set to 24 different colors for your display. the name of the song and artist being displayed on the radio mode.
Cons: i wish this product can pair up with the Samsung Galaxy product. it only can pair up with APPle.
Easy to install & worked the 1st time. Display color options are fantastic
Pros: Colors, USB & Bluetooth, remote
Cons: I haven't found a con yet
This is one great stereo. One weird setting that came on it was when using Bluetooth it automatically only uses the front speakers which I thought was odd, but it was a easy setting change. That's the only con I found with this. It has very cool color setting and many to choose from. Also has great sound, easy to hook up Bluetooth devices, and very easy to use once you play with it a bit. In all this is a great product and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Cool looking Great sound Easy to use after a day or two
Cons: One weird factory setting
Nice stereo receiver love the displays has all the bells and whistles Crutchfield support very helpful plus all the hardware require included saved a lot when factory stereo went
Pros: Bluetooth, light display, title, artist display very cool
Cons: microphone not built in to radio on a cord need to mount
This receiver is the ONE! It looks cool and it's very easy to install as well as easy to use. Anyone looking for a receiver get one from crutchfield ASAP!
Pros: Everything is great!
Great value for the money.
Pros: Like the way you can choose from different colors. The Bluetooth works great.
Cons: Wish scrolling thru settings was easier.
Used with Sirius receiver. Great unit in my Tundra
I love the bluetooth feature. It is a very powerful head unit. and it sounds awesome in my suburban. I am pushing an 8"polk DB8DVC with a five channel V-12, with kenwood mids all throughout. Also when I feel like a bass arsenal, I throw in a couple of 10s in a sealed box. It also has built in sub channel shut off, so if you are riding dirty, the cops wont bother you. Good option package too makes it a good bump for the buck. I wouldnt expect anything less from Kenwood!!
Pros: Bluetooth hands free built in, so you can listen to music and control it without touching your phone, or even your head unit if you get the remote out. Subwoofer channel volume control and switch off/on feature. 4 volts at all preouts can make a good amp sound awesome with the extra punch. It even has a crossover built in incase you dont want to spend a couple of extra bucks on a crossover.
Cons: Nothing bad to say at all.
I got this X597 to replace an old X395 it worked for years and this new model have the same function and more features but more friendly user so far I love this unit. Great sound works with my iPod touch and usb thump drives. I'm a big fan of Kenwood products.
Pros: Friendly user, You can change the display light colors to your preference,
This has to be the best Kenwood Product I have owed.
Pros: Every thing about this product is awesome.
Cons: Nothing bad.
This head unit sounds lots better that the factory unit. Even through the stock infinity speakers. Woulda been great to know I needed ANOTHER adapter for the steering wheel radio controls.
Pros: Sound, ease of installation, button color selectable, easy-ish to program.
Cons: Small buttons, the display is either/or as far as the time display: either the clock, or music/station info. Sucks.
Perfect fit in my Hyundai Accent 08. Perfect match with my MOTO X. Bluetooth audio full control. Pandora full control on receiver and remote control. Voice commands perfectly working. Receiver loads your Phonebook and call history. AWESOME. Sound is awesome even with my stock speakers. I'm very happy with it and with the Crutchfield fast shipping. All were shipped well protected.
Pros: No more cables between my phone and the receiver...
Great value for the money. It was recommended by a Crutchfield Advisor. I was primarily concerned about the Bluetooth sound quality, which others on the end of the phone have told me is very good. It's streaming bluetooth works well and the radio is simple to operate.
As with all Kenwood products, the quality is a given. The Bluetooth works very well, sound and hookups were easy as well. I got what I expected out of Kenwood.
Pros: ease of install, Bluetooth, ease of use.
Cons: None as yet.
The stereo performs as expected.
Great upgrade from the older aftermarket radio I already had. Lots of features. Sounds much better.
I looked every where for a stereo that could give me bluetooth and sirius XM radio at a great price. The online guys really hit one out of the park when they recommended this one to me. It has everything I was looking for, its not too big or bulky, it has amazing sound quality, and best of all it is a really good price. It truly is the PERFECT stereo.
Pros: Bluetooth, Sirius XM, Price, Sound Quality, Display, looks very professional not too "ghetto".
Cons: The only thing that I didn't like isn't even the manufacturers fault or crutchfields fault it is Sirius XMs fault, and will happen with any after market stereo, you have to start a brand new stereo on your account with XM because they will not allow you to transfer a factory radio account to the after market so you end up paying for a new subscription.
Great product! Best bang for the buck. Works great!
I love this radio. Crutchfield tech support stayed on the line with me for hours while I installed it, and even my beloved un-tech savvy mom has figured it out!
The price is very reasonable for such crisp and clean sound produced by this receiver let alone the fact that it carried every single output and input source that I needed for a high end custom stereo that is show quality.
This replaced an 8 year old KDC X590. Very similar in operation and sound control setup but the added Bluetooth phone feature is great, works very well with good sound and a good mic. I also like that I can change the colors.
Pros: Great sound quality, Bluetooth is great for hands free phone use.
Cons: None for me.
This unit has it all for a bargain price yet no penalty in quality of build, function, or sound.
Pros: Looks, loads of options musically
I really like this head unit it wasn't easy install in my crown vic so much so that I bought a second unit to put in another Crown Vic the interface with the Kenwood app to play your music bluetooth is phenomenal as well as the sound quality of the telephone conversations I would recommend this to anyone as I have bought two already
This radio is a very nice upgrade to any vehicle. Hands free Bluetooth works great. Syncs to my android phones very easy. Many colors to choose from on the backlight. Also displays song title and artist info. Bought 2nd one for my other truck. Installed in a 96 Tahoe and a 99 Silverado perfect.
Pros: Many useful features. Easy setup. Song and artist display. Great sound
Can't comment on long-term quality as I've just installed, but first impression is great. Install was easy and straight-forward . Once I learned how to get rid of all the brightly-colored, blinky buttons and scrolling text, it is also aesthetically pleasing.
Pros: Simple, straight-forward install and use.
Cons: Double-sided tape on microphone is worthless. Had to replace with real automotive-quality double-faced tape.
I needed a head unit that would support BT audio and hands free calling. For that this deck does well, not stellar but well. I have only had it installed for a few months so I cannot give an accurate reliability rating. I do not like the "feel" of the buttons on the unit tho. The numbers 1-6 feel cheap, like I expect them to fall off or break in the near future. The other problem with the design is the volume knob. My goodness it has to be the slickest know I have ever used on a deck. It can be difficult to get ahold of sometimes, so you must use a precise death grip on it. The other thing is while holding on to the knob for your life you are blocking the view of the display. This is my first Kenwood and I have to say it leaves me desiring more.
Pros: Easy to use BT audio and hands free calling multiple color options for display
Cons: Feels CHEAP knob placement/ Better options out there for the price
This deck is perfect. And such a great deal. It has everything i needed and more. 6 pre amp outputs, usb, andriod conectivity,.and so easy to install. I couldn't be happier
Pros: Number of pre amp outputs, bluetooth, andriod conectivity, remote, usb and aux plug ins, as well as cost
Cons: A little hard to adjust settings while driving (probably shouldn't be doing this anyway though)
I bought this to replace the factory unit in my 2002 Silverado 2500HD. I have after market speakers is about all. I installed it myself in just under 2 hours. I was rather surprised at how easy everything went together. I used the online service from Crutchfield to originally order my parts. Originally a local car stereo facility recommended a double din radio for my truck. After chatting with the online rep from Crutchfield did I find out I would need extensive customizing to my dash to get a double din in it. I told he the features I was after for a radio, bluetooth, pandora and satellite. Not only did he recommend something cheaper than what I was planning but he created a basket with every part I would need to install it (FYI, half of them they did not charge me for.). As I said before installation was relatively easy. I routed the microphone up into visor and the satellite antenna above the windshield. I called up Sirius, added my new radio to my existing plan and I was set, pairing for bluetooth and pandora was a breeze. Call quality is great on the bluetooth side.
Pros: Very affordable and functional. Set up was straight forward and easy to understand. Very satisfied with purchase and installation.
Cons: The buttons on the front are a tad small. I have a 3/4 ton suspension and its a rough ride. I have to use the remote of the radio because I cant hold my hand still enough to change presets, lol.
Great stereo at a great price.
Pros: This stereo has an abundance of features that work almost seamlessly with most smart phones.
Cons: The controls on the unit are hard to navigate while trying to drive.
Mainly for this for bluetooth feature. However, rear speakers don't work when connected with bluetooth. USB also works doesn't play any music. So only AUX will play, and AUX is very common way in every common deck. So why I had to pay more for this?
Pros: Looks good, plays good. 8 out of 10.
Cons: Bluetooth is useless for music. But can make phone calls. 4 out of 10.
Blue tooth and hands free phone answering works great and sounds great on both ends of phone calls. Navigation through iPhone or iPod is easy, I have no complaints about this radio
Pros: Comes with a 2 year warranty, a lot of great features for a low price.
Cons: No HD radio. I would rather have HD radio and no satellite radio at this price.
For the price you can't beat this head unit. Bluetooth, 4v RCA output, 6ch separate sub outputs, ect ect...
Cons: No dimmer control......
I liked this deck so much after I installed it I bought a second one for my other vehicle. Easy to use menus with tons of options. Synced with my BlackBerry easily. Great sound and nice to look at. The most important part, easy to install when you buy from a place that gives you everything needed to install it. No surprises!
Pros: Sound Ease of use Looks Install
Cons: It wasn't free!
Looks cool, nice colors.. lots of sound adjusting options, bluetooth and usb work great.
Pros: lots of customization options, good price
Awesome radio! Very easy to install in a 99 Yukon. The bluetooth works flawlessly with my HTC One. I haven't tested the aux or USB because the bluetooth works so well and I love not having wires everywhere but I'm sure they work fine. Got a phone call immediately after installation while I was enjoying the music and call quality was great. I had no trouble running the bluetooth mic and the wire and clip fit right up under the front of the headliner snugly. Would recommend this radio over and over again to anyone! Battled with buying this or one in the 70-90$ range but I figured I'd get all that installation stuff free if I bought this one(that's how they get ya!) and boy am I glad I spent the extra money on the more powerful radio with bluetooth. No amp! About to install aftermarket speakers but this radio makes even my stock speakers come alive. I can't wait to see what the aftermarket speakers sound like. The screen is good, radio data info is great and get's the station names and song info quickly. Setup is good and messing with options and settings is intuitive and easy to figure out. The remote control is VERY handy and with it I can skip forward and backwards through songs on my android during bluetooth music after I pick a playlist.
Pros: Bluetooth is great. VERY simple setup face is detachable and comes with sleeve! easy to use
nice, be sure to know all connections. Professional installation is advised with expansive SUV, otherwise, Honda and US made cars can be done by owners
I bought this stereo for my wife's truck (1997 chevy). She loves it. It is a great value and a great upgrade over the factory unit.
Pros: Sounds great, looks cool, and easy install.
Perfect recommendation from the sales associate, this Kenwood system more than satisfied, actually exceeded my expectations of it's over all performance, power, and sound quality with the top down and the doors removed from the jeep!
Pros: Just as easy as paint by number, everything that was needed was there, including tech support for 1 minor question i had, fits perfectly, the microphone is well designed for the bluetooth ( clarity ) and the satellite receiver works perfectly, felt like i stole it from Crutchfield, what a bargain!!
Cons: None, zero!!
Crutchfield delivered my stereo in 3 days. The best part was that it came with everything required to install it, plus free shipping. The kit went in like butter in 10 minutes (even a novice can follow this recipe). The stereo sounds 150% better than my stock unit. The sub bumps, the crossover filters work great and there are a few "advanced" settings to fine tune your sound. the hands free function is superb. The Bluetooth connection works flawlessly (I phone connected almost by itself and you can control almost everything with the remote). It was definitely worth $130....
Pros: Ease of install, clear highs, hard hitting kids and lows, 3 sets of pre-amp outputs, external mic for hands free, Bluetooth, remote, access to pandora and Iheart. The Pandora app is awesome.
Cons: Bluetooth music playback quality is a bit muffled sounding.
This is a great BT head unit. The price is unbeatable and the quality is exceptional. I bought this unit to go into my 2004 VW Jetta so I also added the VW adapter, which I would recommend to anyone. Yes, it is $75 but the ease of installation and still being able to use my Monsoon factory amp was well worth it. I wired everything up at my kitchen table with butt connectors and litterally just plugged in a few plugs when I was in the car. Easiest car head unit installation I have ever done. Only tip I have is to read the manual on how to ensure you have BT streaming audio playing out of all four speakers. The factory default is just the front and the setting is in the BT Phone settings.
Pros: Quality, sound, price
Overall, this head unit is very well put together and has the essentials. For a non-touchscreen unit, it is very nice. The front aux and front usb plug in is very convenient. The interchangeable color display is pretty astonishing in regards to the extremely wide variety of color selections which can match most of the current "in" colors. The back button is a great option compared to other models and years that you must wait a few seconds for it to go back. Sound quality is AMAZING! I never thought that my 03 350z could actually sound this much better with just an updated head unit. To make things even better about product, it cost UNDER $150, which i great considering it is compatiable with iPhones 1-5(Not 5S), it have Bluetooth streaming with either iPhones or Android systems, and Pandora Controls on the face of the unit makes changing the song even easier than having to taking your eyes off the road just change the station or go to the next song. There is Bluetooth calling is also another plus for a non-touchscreen
Pros: Bluetooth Streaming, Pandora controls, Bluetooth calling/answering, front aux input, front USB plug-in. Color changing variety. Audio controls for every aspect of sound. Bass control to every extent. Easy installation. Physical "back" button.
Cons: Ground wire would be longer. Mic wire is a pain in the butt to put in place. The station scan option skips a few key stations in the area. If the "Play" buttons and other non-lit buttons should be back-lit.
Nice replacement for my factory unit. Ill buy higher end speakers next time around but quite happy overall.
Pros: Great features for price
Cons: A little complicated to setup at first but keep manual handy
I was going to purchase a pioneer radio for my truck, but when I called to speak to a representative he told me that had this Kenwood on sale for $30 off the price. It does everything it list and now I have to upgrade my speakers!!! Great sound quality and bass thump being pushed through the ole factories speakers from this radio!! The color schemes are awesome!! I set my to various with cycles through all 23 possibilities for color. My iPhone Bluetooth syncs right up every time I get in my truck. Pandora rocks the new jukebox!!!
Pros: Love it all!!!
Cons: Needs a better guide to explain the features in detail. Basic is great, but the internet has become a second information source.
High feature content for price, easy install, good warranty, great sound even w factory speakers
Pros: See above
Bought this stereo for a daughter's car. It was complicated by the need to keep the old stereo wired in for the electronic door locks. Crutchfield has this wired! Great instructions and technical support. The stereo itself has more than enough bells and whistles to be appreciated. The changing colors are a real hit, as well as the bluetooth, hands-free features. Great sound.
Pros: Great sound. Bluetooth features. Ease of use. Great technical support.
Cons: Can't think of any.
thanks for the answers to some install questions it was very helpful & simple
It has a ton of features for $129. Most other brands are more expensive with the same features.
Pros: Variety of colors to match your factory dash lighting. Looks nice. Sounds great. The remote. The amount of settings/options to to fine tune your audio to fit your preferences. Display and button dimmer.
Cons: How the Sirius xm tuner plugs in(upside down. It puts the cable in the way). The volume knob needs something other other than smooth plastic.
This headunit will NOT read the galaxy s4 in usb mode..so you can charge AND listen to your music without the degraded sound quality of bluetooth (NO BASS, AT ALL.) The only way to make it work with the usb is in "Pandora" mode which will bring up a black screen that disallows access to the pandora app via your phone and ONLY on the HU itself. Great quality sound.... and amp outputs... but for another $50 you can get a double DIN DVD Player with rear and front USB/AUX access and ON-SCREEN pandora.
Pros: Sound quality.
Cons: Incompatible, junk, software.
The best thing about this purchase was Crutchfield's excellent customer service and super fast shipping. The head unit does everything it says it does. Its a nice upgrade from the factory stereo in my wife's 06 Durango.
Pros: Bluetooth Pandora and iTunes controls on the head unit Adjustable color
Cons: You have to scroll through to see the clock instead of defaulting to clock display
Kenwood has done it again! Great power in sound and clarity with no feedback/distortion, Subwoofer controls. easy to use, multifunction applications for my Ipod and easy to Pair and use Bluetooth options and sound...NO MORE complaints about using a cheap Bluetooth sound. The look is simple, yet slick. Simply awesome!!!
I was originally looking just for a way to add an AUX port to my factory head unit, and in searches for an adapter stumbled upon the X597. Turned out to be a very happy accident, as this receiver is packed with features for the price. Bluetooth and USB control work flawlessly with my iPhone 5, hands-free calling at a button press, the lighting matches my factory dash, and it drives my RF amplifier/speakers way better than the stock head. I'm not an audiophile and I don't tune my equipment with "pink noise" or any of that, I just like what sounds good to my ear and this receiver sounds great even at no-kids-in-the-truck volumes. Menu interface is intuitive - once installed, I tweaked my settings without having to reference the manual. (To the guy who only hears his Bluetooth audio through the front speakers, that's a menu setting. You can select "Front" or "All" for Bluetooth, and the default is "Front". Change that setting and rock out wirelessly, my friend.) Easy install with the harness/trim and instructions, and follow-up customer service was fantastic. They answered my amplifier grounding question the first time I called, and the 2nd time they shipped me 2 free ground loop isolators when I was experiencing a "pop" through the speakers when changing inputs, which eliminated the noise with no sound degradation. Great product, great experience - thank you, Crutchfield. I'll be back when the warranty expires on my wife's car!
Pros: Great sound Bluetooth audio from your phone and hands-free calling 4V RCA outputs - front, rear and sub iPod/iPhone control and charging
Cons: AM/FM radio reception not great, but about the same as stock unit, so that's probably my truck's fault Grounding "pop" when changing sources/songs - fixed with an isolator from customer service
I bought this so I'd have USB and Bluetooth connectivity with my iPhone. It's a simple unit that does not disappoint. The Bluetooth works well, connectivity is simple, and there are no compatibility issues. I like that the display can be dimmed and the button colors can be changed, although it would be awesome if the display text color could be changed too. As it is, it matches the orange-ish interior display of my Corolla and it doesn't blind me at night.
Pros: Color and dimming options, iPhone/Bluetooth connectivity, ease of use.
I bought this receiver because I was looking for something to replace my factory stereo with its burned-out FL display and non-functioning tape player (which I used with a tape adapter to play my iPhone through it). This is one decision I won't regret. I was looking at the outlet deals on the Crutchfield site for this model but because none of them priced over ~$115, the installation gear was going to push the unit over the price of getting it new, so I sprung for the new unit. Installation was easy-peasy, thanks to the free accessories and clear documentation (along with matching colors on the harness adaptor). The hardest part was routing the cable for the microphone but I now have it mounted right where I want it, thanks to fish tape. At first I thought the unit or wiring adapter was defective because I wasn't getting audio out of the rear speakers (BT Audio mode) but found the advanced setting to enable all four, thanks to one of the other reviewers of this product. I love the FL display and can't wait to bolt on some amps and a sub to get some extra warmth and range out of my music! The only thing the OEMs do better is to make the Bass/Treble, Fader/Balance controls more accessible for quick adjustments. So far, no issues with iPhone 5 on iOS 7.0.6.
Pros: FL Display, Bluetooth audio, high quality sound, expandable via 3 sets of 4V preamp outputs
Cons: loudness and audio controls take wading through menus
Great receiver. Makes a world of difference on my factory speakers. Would buy again and would recommend.
Pros: Price. Sound quality. Looks cool. Bluetooth. Cool settings.
This is a great receiver at a great price. I have several Kenwood systems & I wanted this one with Bluetooth for use with my iPhone. I am now hooked on hands free calling in my truck. As usual Crutchfield site led me to the perfect purchase.
Pros: Works great with my iPod. Bluetooth pairing with iPhone 5s was seamless. Calling with Bluetooth was easy & sound was good. Color choices for background was a nice touch.
I installed this unit on an 06 mustang to replace the stock 500W Shaker unit. I wanted to be able to play audio from my phone and to answer calls without actually touching my phone while driving. Unfortunately, I can't do either as is explained in the cons section. The install was pretty straight forward. Only issue is that there is a metal plate in my mustang that interferes with the RCA cable plugged into the pre amp outputs. This means the unit is not entirely secure and it sticks out a little. Not two big of a deal though, I might try to get some RCA cables with a 90 degree bend in them to solve this issue.
Pros: aux in works fine, so I can still do most of what I wanted with this device, except I still have to interface with my phone while driving. Besides what is listed in the cons section, it does everything as expected
Cons: -doesn't recognize a nexus 4 when plugged into the usb input. -there is nothing output to my subwoofers, when playing audio from my phone over a bluetooth connection, so I always just use the auxilary input instead. This makes the bluetooth and pandora interface pretty worthless. -The microphone supplied with the unit has to be within a couple inches of my mouth for the person on the other end of the line to hear me. The mic is clipped to my sunvisor now, but is ineffective there.
A great stereo with good sound. Don't let any of my cons talk you out of it. I like it better than the Pioneer deck I had with HD radio. I replaced the factory deck in a 2003 F150, and I had to replace the speakers. Since doing that, it sounds great. The menu system isn't complicated, which is welcome after using a Pioneer deck in another car.
Pros: Bluetooth Mic pickup. Sound quality (once I replaced the factory speakers) Key color selection (not as good as the Pioneer but I was able to find a close match the the color and intensity of the other factory buttons). Ease of menu operation except as noted in Cons. Ease of connecting a bluetooth device. Other decks are much more complicated, and are so much so that once you figure out how, you think "Why isn't it always this easy?"
Cons: No illumination lead. You have to either manually dim the buttons each time or settle for a dimness that is bright enough for day and dark enough for night. I was actually able to find a perfect balance, but I shouldn't have had to. No variable text colors. Crutchfield lists the color as white, but it's that 'blue' white of modern LEDs. It's attractive, but I'd prefer to be able to set it. Some menu items are hidden, and the deck has to be put into standby mode to access them. No HD radio
great unit for the price, installation was a breeze and the fit looks very nice in the car. Sound quality is excellent when using any of the input methods.
This deck is amazing. I installed it today and i love it. It put the juice to my speakers. The sound quality is outstanding. Best thing i bought all year
Exactly as advertized... Works great.
Pros: Gets me all the modern technology I need at a reasonable price
Cons: AM reception is not good at all
Kenwood great as always. Replacement for my Kenwood that was stolen.
Easy to use. I love it and am thoroughly enjoying it. Took no time at all to install it. Really big fan of the Blu-tooth feature.
This head unit is a steal for the price. The functionality is on par with today's units. The price is fair. The installation was a breeze. I could not have asked for more.
Pros: Functionality. Sound. Ease of use/installation.
Cons: It doesn't cook pizzas while you drive.
Great radio. Fit right into hole where I had my old radio. Crutchfield tech support made it easy. Bluetooth works well also. Happy! Thank you...
I have only praise for this stereo and my Crutchfield experience! Soon after purchasing the KDC-X597 I received an email with installation instructions that clearly detailed how to remove the console panels and install it. Super easy to follow. The most time consuming part was matching up the various wires for the wiring harness, but in 15 minutes or less it was ready to go. The KDC-X597 sounds excellent! I bought this unit for 3 primary reasons: 1. iPod support 2. Bluetooth phone 3. Radio 4. CD player. OK, I really required a CD player it wasn't one of the top 3 reasons. iPod support is the reason I give the unit 4 stars instead of 5. Plug the iPod into the front panel and it immediately goes into Kenwood mode, and the iPod is now controlled from the head unit. Finding what I want to listen to on the front panel is tedious and almost impossible whilst driving. It works fine for music, but I enjoy listening to podcasts and it is a chore to find the programs I am interested in. Doing this on the iPod itself is really easy, but control is all done by the Kenwood once it is connected. Phone support is awesome for my Motorola dumb phone. The microphone is very good and delivers clear sound. And I can hear the conversation really well. Navigation takes a little getting used to, but it works well. My Crutchfield advisor told me the radio is the weak spot on most modern head units, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. Very pleased with my purchase!
Pros: Bluetooth support, sound quality, ease of installation.
Cons: iPod navigation
Great value sound system. Excellent Bluetooth capability. Wish it was just a little easier to access EQ functions. FYI. I have a 2004 GMC so I had to buy the gms04 chime/ onstar adaptor which made installation just a little more complicated. Just follow the directions. Didn't think to check for a dimmer wire so the stereo can dim with the rest of the interior lighting. Much better sound than the factory stereo and that's using the same speakers.
Pros: Great value. Bluetooth advises of incoming messages as well
Cons: No dimmer wiring.
looks and sounds great Bluetooth feature a big plus
Overrall, very happy with this product. Install was a breeze, and it sounds great. Use the USB or Bluetooth connection if using a digital audio source, the 1/8 inch port quality is rather poor.
Pros: Good Value Includes Mounting Accessory Sounds excellent 6 pre-amp Outs
Cons: Instruction booklet doesn't offer enough details on some of the detailed audio settings 1/8 inch aux jack quality is meh.
Very pleased with this stereo. Install was very easy. System works great.
Awesome radio, easy to install and tons of features.
Pros: Good sound Plenty of features
Cons: Does not work with my Galaxy S4 even with app
Plenty of power to drive my (2) 6-1/2" and (2) 5-1/4" Rockford Fosgates. Also pre-amped to my Autotek At1000 pushing two 12' Xplods and there just isn't enough room for me in the cab ;-). Beautiful sound and ease of set-up are also great. Crutch's support and installation kit makes it all even better! My new "old" T100 extra cab has definitely been upgraded
Pros: Looks, sounds, power and versatility.
Cons: Not a one.
Quality unit with a great price. Great improvement over factory stock equipment.
Pros: USB input, AUX input, Bluetooth capable, sub woofer and audio channel outputs.
Cons: Limited display information.
This is an excellent product that fulfills all the requirements my daughter had, and she is picky
The stereo is great. I get to use the bluetooth on my iPhone 5 to listen to music and to make calls.
Pros: Built in Bluetooth, Front USB & Aux inputs, Subwoofer outputs. Cost
Cons: More complicated wiring, compared to previous stereos, Limited display for titles
It is a very good product easy to handle, and especially beautiful ..
Pros: In my case I really like
Cons: I recommend it, its good quality
This is a very nice car stereo. The controls are easy to learn and it sounds great.
Pros: Great value, easy to use, nice features.
I got this unit to replace my older Kenwood stereo. I wanted one with bluetooth capability. I was not disappointed. I did notice that if i connect to my phone to play my music and I push play on the stereo it doesn't diplay the correct song title. However if I push play on my phone first then control with the stereo it displays correctly. For some reason if i use the remote to skip back and forward in my play list it quickly starts jumping around. Skipping forward only with the remote works very well. All in all, i love this unit and since my last stereo was a Kenwood it plugged right in...awesome.
Pros: Bluetooth music, bluetooth phone calls, contact list loaded on stereo unit, front usb for massive music storage
Cons: Small issue with remote, when synced with phone it saves your ENTIRE contact list automaticly
This is a great radio. I had originally ordered a different radio. When I found out this Bluetooth radio was available for the same price I jumped on it. Crutchfield graciously allowed me to switch. The Bluetooth sets up easily and quickly for both phone and music. The many options with cds, radio and usb in addition to Bluetooth make this a versatile unit. Kenwood quality and cr utchfield expertise are hard to beat!
Pros: Easy to use and set up
First of all, I researched and researched before purchasing this unit. I at least wanted Bluetooth &SiriusXM capabilities. At first I was hesitant on picking this model because of reviews about the knob having no rubber or grip when turning & and the time not being able to be displayed. The time factor was a issue for me as I'd like to read the time and not just other display read outs. So with the unit being on sale, I purchased this Kendwood unit and to this day, I'm a satisfied customer. Awesome head unit with a lot of features. Bluetooth pairing was quick and easy. Audio steaming and phone calls are outstanding. Like the fact I can match the color display with my dodge OEM green cluster. USB reads flawlessly. Have not had experience yet with SiriusXm as I have not purchased the separate tuner. About the time ordeal, you can set what you want to be displayed by settings and the display button. Overall great unit!
Pros: -Bluetooth -USB -numerous color display options -sound quality
Cons: -Decrease in local FM signal -Almost no AM reception -Sound quality is so good, makes you want to upgrade your whole setup $$
Just installed this Kenwood KDC-X597 in my daughters 2002 Nissan Exterra. It came with the universal dash mount, wire harness and I ordered the wire connectors. It went in better than I anticipated! 1.5hrs. It sounds great! Bluetooth is awesome for hands free driving.
Pros: Sound, Bluetooth with microphone
Cons: None yet....
I have owned and installed several aftermarket stereos. Of the Different Sony and JVC stereos that I have used, this Kenwood is my favorite. The user interface is fairly simple compared to other radios. My favorite feature is how the Bluetooth hands free calling works. The stereo keeps your five favorite numbers and makes it very easy to dial them with minimal button pushing. On a similar note, I couldn't get Siri (iOS7/iPhone 5S) to work with this radio in the store but it works great once installed in my car. It takes about 15 seconds to connect with your phone via blue tooth from the time that the unit turns on after starting your car. My biggest complaint about this stereo is pretty much the same one that I have with all after market stereos: How about making the pause/play button and other buttons larger than two grains of rice? You would think that someone in the design world would be able to make this happen. Overall, this is a solid piece of equipment.
Pros: Ease of use and reliable blue tooth connectivity.
Cons: Buttons are way too small.
Good sound. Easy to install with harnesses. Menu is cumbersome. So many steps when all I want to do is adjust the balance. Haven't figure out Bluetooth yet. Can't get it to stop answering my phone. Instructions are minimal.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 2/11/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Looks and sounds great. I have never installed a radio before. Crutchfield makes it easy.
Installed this in my 05 Chevy Colorado to replace the factory unit. Went in easy and looks good. The sound is very good, much better than the factory unit even through the factory speakers. Overall a good change and well worth the price
Pros: Looks good and fits easily with the included Metra adapter. Easy installation, took me about 20 minutes in 25 degree weather Easy bluetooth pairing with both my and my wife's Android phones
Cons: Controls have a bit of a learning curve and would like an adapter with a storage slot to use the space below the head unit when installed.
Was very easy to install even without color code for wiring. Very nice deck although the volume knob is very slick makes it difficult to turn at times, and the USB does not seem to recognize my 2.3.4 android phone. Bluetooth works great so far though
Pros: Easy install. Nice looking deck. Color selection. Bluetooth with the phone button easy to find no need for another device in the vehicle to operate cell phone
Cons: can not use the usb to charge phone. Volume knob needs a rubber around knob to make adjustments easier
Great Overall System
Pros: Bluetooth great for my hands free phone, installation kit and all the hook-ups for my truck worked excellent
Cons: Do Not Have Any
This product blew away the sound quality of the stock system in my 1999 Chevy Silverado. The reception is a lot stronger pulling in FM radio stations and I live in the Sierra Foothills. The only thing I don't like is that when streaming Pandora from my IPhone 4 it will only display the station I am listening to and not the artist's name and song. The installation kit was straight forward and the directions were concise.
Pros: Good sound quality and reception.
Cons: Pandora display doesn't show artist name or song name.
An excellent replacement for my old factory car audio, good sound, did not have to use the manual for most of the programing. And of course all the included wires and connectors made the installation a "trip in the park". Thanks Crutchfield
Pros: Easy of use, looks great, good quality sound, capacity for expand your system.
Cons: Face plate could not be installed, but not a big deal, no visual difference.
I replace the stock radio in my 2004 ford focus because the volume control was messing up. The kenwood kdc-x597 is a really good replacement. The Bluetooth capability works well and is handy while driving. I have streamed pandora and music stored in my iPhone 4S and it works great! The Siri integration also works well. I plugged in a USB flash drive loaded with music loaded by artist and album. I found online a program called "Kenwood music editor light" that will analyze the files on your flash drive and create a folder on the main directory. By doing that, the x597 can quickly read and find your music files. It works awesome. Overall I am really happy with my purchase from crutchfield. It is a great addition to my car.
Pros: Sound quality, features, warranty.
I have owned Kenwood products in the past. With one exception I have always been pleased with the quality. This purchase is no exception. I like this car receiver better than the last.
Pros: This product has a more user friendly interface, better sound and the volume control is more precise than the previous version.
Cons: I haven't had time to learn about every feature yet but the bluetooth pairing is different than previous versions and was not easy to understand.
Excellent quality and awesome performance at a great price.
Pros: Has just the features I need
I have always been a fan of Kenwood products I have been a loyal customer since 1993 and I have never been disappointed . This is a quality unit easy setup great sound as I have come to expect from Kenwood .
Pros: Solid Build , Loaded with Features, Excellent Quality and Sound
Cons: None - I ordered the wrong adapter My own mistake- less than a minute on the phone with Crutchfield support and they had the correct one shipped out within minutes of the call . Honestly the best customer support I have ever experienced .
Good Radio, like the ease of install. The hands free phone is great. The Crutchfield team did a supreb job in everyway. Wiil buy again from Crutchfield.
Pros: All pros
Cons: No cons
Easy to install Great instructions Better than expected sound quality
Pros: Just a great product
Cons: none to speak of
Great price for lots of function.
Pros: Bluetooth, color match existing dash., decent EQ options.
Cons: Nothing major at this price point.
This unit is totally amazing. Easy install, fired right up and worked. The build quality is surprisingly great for the price range. I got this on sale and i think it was a total steal for what i paid. The features and overall sound quality is total amazing and is a definite upgrade from my previous aftermarket pioneer unit. Very happy to call Kenwood one of my favorite brands!
Pros: Good features Good quality Amazing Sound Quality Can't beat the price!
Cons: Nothing, for a headunit of this price range, you won't find a better unit elsewhere
I purchased this to replace an older Kenwood model and I am thoroughly impressed. Installation was breeze with the included harness / mounting kit. Sounds great and the BT sync is an breeze. my iPhone works wonderfully with this unit and making and receiving calls is very simple and the calls are very clear. Pandora / Sirius / and iHeart Radio work flawlessly.
Pros: Value / Performance / Easy to Sync / detachable faceplate for security / great sound
Cons: Nothing I can really think of. Just a great unit.
It just works! Install was a easy. Everything fit just right - no cutting or filing. Price was the same I paid for stereo/tape system in the 80s. Sound quality is superb, even with the factory speakers. BTW I put it in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Infinity system. I lost the steering wheel controls, but the remote makes up for it. The original CD changer in the back died a few years ago and I have been living with SD card to FM modulator for entertainment until I installed this Kenwood unit. The MP3onCD player ensures that I never have to listen to a commercial again.
Pros: Price. Sound. Flexibility. Quick delivery. Looks good in the dash with the included mounting bezel.
Cons: Screen washes out in moderate sunlight. Clock is hard to read. KW should make it bigger. Inclusion of crimp-splices or wire nuts for the wiring harness would have been a nice touch. The soldering and electrical tape connections recommended are messy. Electrical tape gets crummy and gooey in a hot dash here in Texas.
This is a great HU. It looks sleek and has a lot of cool features! It was also really easy to install. The sound quality is just what I was looking for an was within my price range. The navigation is a little tricky at first, but once you get it all figured out it's not to bad. I am super happy with it.
Pros: Easy to install Sounds Great tons of features good price for great value
Cons: hard to figure out settings and navigation at first
Awesome stereo, easy install at a great price. Perfect for the teen driver as it offers hands free and bluetooth.
Pros: Great sound, easy to install, good looking head unit.
Cons: None so far...
Great product. First time I have owned a Kenwood. Only reason I gave 4 stars to Ease of Use was because I am unfamiliar with the operations, since I have owned Sonys for a long time. Nothing related to Kenwood. I'll get the hang of it.
Pros: Installed in no time.
Cons: I should have installed long before now.
One of the best and most easy to use radios I've owned. Simple to install and a great value
I LOVE this head unit! I have always been hesitant to put in aftermarket sound system, afraid I would screw something up. My buddy told me about Crutchfield. I couldn't believe how EASY they made it to install this thing! The sound is Amazing! I put speakers in first so I can see if there was a big difference. WOW its night and day. Set the EQ to your preferences and turn it up! Blue tooth was a breeze to hook up and use for phone and audio. I use Pandora and the sound quality isn't as good as a CD but all you gotta do is crank it up. I used Pioneer speakers front and back. Sounds great! Bottom line....ditch the stock sound system! Don't be scared to install yourself. I listened to the rear speakers for 2 years in my truck because the junk stock front speakers blew out.
Pros: Looks cool Easy to use Sounds AWESOME Blue tooth is great
Cons: No time display. At least I can't find how to set it to display in the manual. You can set it but can't see it.
I like playing music from my USB storage device. Its easy to change folders and find what you are looking for.
Pros: Automaticlly starts where you left off when switching back and forth from CD player to USB mass storage device.
I have had this for about a month now and I think that I have played with it enough to give it a review. As of right now, I love this unit. It was really easy to set up and to use. I am not the most tech savvy person but I set it up and can navigate the settings and features with ease. I never opened the instruction manual for setup. I am using factory speakers and this unit really brought them to life. I was going to change them but after this addition, I will be sticking with the car's factory speaker setup. The Pandora bluetooth is great. I just turn it to pandora and it does the rest. I love the fact that it works with an Android, especially my Samsung Galaxy S4. I use the bluetooth audio setting to listen to class lectures while I am driving, no usb cable needed. I would buy this unit again and I would certainly recommend it.
Pros: Easy to use. Additional power really helps my factory speakers. Bluetooth Pandora. Bluetooth audio.
Up in Northeast Ohio and one of the coldest days I feared what I might get into when the package arrived at 4:30. Crutchfield install help and all the tools made the job extremely easy. I soldered all connections from harness to radio harness so that took some time, but even doing that the entire install took less than 2 hrs. No doubt next system will be ordered from Crutchfield. Looking forward to adding Amp and Speakers next.
Pros: Ease of install with directions made for my car. The value for the money and recommendation from tech was excellent.
Cons: Had to go get (1) small $.50 bolt from hardware store to fit the back bracket of radio for support.
Purchased for my 16 year old son's 2000 Ram Pick up...Easy to install (all connecting harnesses were included, made this step a SNAP!!!)...Good sound, easy sync to iPhone 5...
Pros: Good look, perfect fit, bluetooth easy to sync to devices
I recently purchased my Kenwood excelon radio for my 99 Porsche boxster. The radio was very easy to install with the tools and things that Crutchfield sent at no charge with my order. The radio looks and works great! I love the color display and the functionality of the radio. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: Very easy install
Cons: Bluetooth takes some getting used to
Installed the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 in my Tundra last week. So far I'm happy with the sound improvement over the stock head unit. I like the looks, sound quality and functionality of this head unit.
Pros: Looks good, sounds good. I like all the custom settings.
Cons: Volume/function knob is slick, it has no serrations or rubber on it which makes usability a little difficult.
Shopped around local stereo shops, including Car Toys and several other stereo "city's/Kings"... etc. Why does it cost $400/$500 to install a $150 stereo? Decided to try it myself with a purchase from Crutchfield. I'm super pleased with site and the flawless approach to matching up all the parts I needed to complete the install on my specific vehicle. The parts matching and the master data sheet installation for my specific car gave me the confidence to make the purchase for my DIY installation; and the total price was half of what I had been finding. The X597 is a great unit; looks great, sounds great, and loaded with features. The 22 watt RMS pumps out more power than most other units. The bluetooth pairing to my phone (BlackBerry Z10) was painless and took only seconds. Loving the BT call/answer abilities. I even have the android Pandora app installed on my BlackBerry (leaked OS 1925) and I flipped when I selected Pandora as a source on the X597 it started Pandora on my Blackberry and started playing; awesome!!! I'm a CrutchField fan; coming back here for my next purchase.
Pros: Great unit; looks great, sounds great, and loaded with features; Bluetooth works flawlessly.
Cons: Nothing to complain about; missing the screen real estate of a double DIN.
I purchased this to replace the factory radio in my 1994 vehicle. I already had a Sirius receiver and love that this has an auxiliary input to bypass the FM channel that gives it a much cleaner sound. I also love the USB port so I can plug in my phone to charge and use the Pandora app. It is also very handy to be able to make and recieve calls with the phone connected via bluetooth. All in all, this is a major upgrade from the factory radio!
Pros: USB and auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth connection.
Cons: Had to lose the controls and the back seat DVD player, but the kids are older and it had not been turned on in quite some time.
I bought this to replace the cheap factory stereo in my Nissan Frontier truck. Wow what a difference in sound quality. The installation was straightforward and relatively easy. The mounting bracket that came free from Crutchfield was not the best quality but it still worked. The instructions were very clear and specific to my vehicle. I have a Nokia windows phone and was a little nervous about it pairing up with unit but everything worked perfectly. My phone paired up the first try and Pandora works flawlessly over the wireless bluetooth connection. I also love that my text messages can be read to me and I can respond without having to fiddle with my phone while driving. I would highly recommend this Kenwood unit if you are looking to upgrade or replace a factory stereo.
Pros: Great sound quality, looks cool, easy installation, bluetooth connects perfectly
Cons: Controls take a little getting used to but not that difficult.
If your looking to replace/get your first aftermarket radio, this is the product for you. This head unit has very simplistic controls and the navigation through the menus is a breeze. Anyone with a mild understanding of electronics can figure this thing out. *Side Note* Once connected through bluetooth, access the BT settings and find the label that adjusts the sound from Only Front, to All. The instructions manual is very user friendly. This Head unit exceeded my expectations.
Pros: The improved sound quality is a great plus, and the wide variety of visual display options are quite interesting.
Cons: will fit in a 2004 Buick Lesabre, requires cutting a hole in the plastic wall behind stock radio, and also trimming a small sliver off the main trim piece, not very noticeable, this isnt really a con either, more like a side note to the very few people who actually have this car, lol.
It sound great and the Bluetooth killer
Pros: Bluetooth is great
Cons: Hard to see screen when turnig the knob
This is my first Kenwood HU. I purchased it because it had all of the features I needed(no more cd's in my truck!). I already put some kicker 6x9 and Dynamat in my doors. But the factory stereo had no power. I put this in and Wow! what a difference. So much louder.And nice and clear. It looks really cool and has tons of features. Bluetooth syncing and calling work flawlessly. And the included dash kit and antenna adapter from crutchfield made it easy to install. I would definately purchase this again.
Pros: Lots of features.Bluetooth syncing.Usb input on the front. Looks amazing.
Cons: None that i can think of.
Purchased this receiver while on sale and wow! I am super happy with this product it was easy to install the sound is awesome and it is a cool looking radio with all the colors. The adjustments for sound are superior and build quality is excellent. Thanks to Crutchfield for carrying a great product and super fast shipping. Customer service is second to none from these guys!
Pros: Build, sound, coolness factor, value, easy to setup
Really easy install and operation. Installed in a daily driver Jeep Cherokee and achieved a much better sound and flexibility of operation. Bluetooth iPhone interface works great and sound quality for phone calls is great.
Pros: Bluetooth phone operation, overall sound, ease of install and quality of the radio.
Cons: none noted.
This head unit was recommended by a Crutchfield advisor and I went with her advice for a factory replacement in my 2002 Avalanche. Overall, I am happy with my purchase. Install went pretty well for a first time installer. Install wiring directions were spot on with the exception of having to patch into the secondary factory pigtail in order to power the factory amp that I didn't even know existed. 45 minutes of Googling and reading Avalanche forums got me back on track. 3.5 hours for an install of the radio and front door speakers counting the 45 minutes of research. See Pros and Cons below. The cons aren't deal breakers, but they are issues that I had to experiment with in order to use the features intuitively. There is a learning curve.
Pros: Bluetooth connection works great! One-button hands-free call answering works great and calls are clear. Remote mounted microphone works well. Contacts Import Sound Light and color display
Cons: Main volume and settings knob feels a little slick and doesn't have a good tactile feel and also feels a little fragile. Menus take some repetition to understand and figure out. Other buttons are rather tiny. One button/Hands-free calling is clunky when calling from the Phonebook or the History.
This unit for the price is more than I expected to get
Pros: Great Bluetooth. Will pick up all phones in the car
Cons: Time does not show when playing
I gave the KDC-X597 5 stars minus 1 star for ease of use. I love the display and sound quality. Mic sounds a little distorted when on Bluetooth phone. Overall well worth the money with lots of good features.
Pros: illumination, display and sound quality is great,,, well worth the money
Cons: Mic sounds a little distorted on Bluetooth phone.
Was an easy install, GREAT FEATURES for the price!
Pros: Remote control, easy Bluetooth, GREAT SOUND and Crutchfield Support(if necessary)
Pleasantly surprised with the ease of installation of this radio. Basically a "plug and play" install in my MB 380SL with the included adapters. No problems at all, quality product, good sound even with existing stock speakers. Love the Bluetooth phone app, and Pandora features. I am by no means technically inclined, but instructions are easily followed.
Pros: Simple installation, Bluetooth, Pandora
Cons: Users with fat fingers (me) might have problems with the small buttons on face.
The stereo works great and the blue tooth is very clear and easy to use.
Pros: Works great with iphone
I installed this into a 2001 Yukon XL and with the easy to follow instructions from Crutchfield it was a breeze. So far we are extremely happy with the product and is fairly easy to use. The features of this receiver are a great value for the money and with the Bluetooth capabilities the kids love it. I would recommend this to anyone and soon I will be talking with a Crutchfield rep to help me upgrade the speakers even though just having this receiver made the quality and sound improve over stock tremendously.
Pros: Great features for the price
Cons: I guess if I have a con it would be that the buttons on the receiver are a little small but I believe that is something that a person gets used to with use and familiarity.
Great system especially if you are using an Iphone with SIRI. From the setup to first use it was everything it was described.
Pros: Seamless and better than original equipment. Perfect fit and finish.
I totally love this. I am so happy to have found a good stereo for my 92 Maxima where I didn't have to change my perfectly good Bose speakers and amp. its pretty and sounds great
Pros: Detachable face, bluetooth, and pandora
Cons: instructions not clear.and easy to understand.
This unit is packed with features. It makes the best use of space with modern capabilities. Recommended by a Crutchfield adviser during a live chat, it made a perfect upgrade to the ailing Infinity factory head unit in our 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We retained the factory amp, speakers, and even the steering wheel controls by also incorporating the ASWC-1, which was easily installed. The Kenwood synchronized quickly to our Motorola and Samsung phones via Bluetooth, adding phone capability we didn't used to have with the factory unit.
Pros: Many media input options packed into one unit, phone and Bluetooth compatible. Accurate, relevant installation notes and reverse wire harness from Crutchfield made installation easy.
Cons: Separate steering wheel control adapter was necessary to retain factory control capability, but this is the case with all aftermarket head units.
Purchased this stereo as a gift. Love the ease of the website to match equipment to cars. Narrowed my search with features we wanted. Free installation instructions and wiring harness made this choice a no-brainer. This Kenwood has all the options and is modular for later upgrades. Bluetooth, satellite radio ready, all the pre-amp outputs.
Pros: Upgrade and expandability. Intuitive controls.
Cons: Instructions were sometimes generalized and vague.
Installed on a 2003 Volvo S-60. The removal and installation documents are where the real value reside. Kenwood makes a easy to learn and use unit. I was surprised at the quality of sound improvement over the old factory unit. The Crutchfield support was exactly what they advertised. An advisor assisted in selecting the best unit for my needs. The unit was shipped, tracked and delivered on time. The wiring harnesses and trim bezel worked without a hitch. I even called to verify wiring colors; in less than two minutes I got to an advisor and the answer I needed. Good product? Yes. Good customer service? YES!!
Pros: Crutchfield has researched and provided the correct wiring harnesses and dash bezels for the product purchased. Clear concise written instructions guide every step of the process and the vehicle doesn't look like a back alley installer did the work. In fact I find myself bragging that I did the work.
Cons: The only con, and I knew this at the time of purchase because the Crutchfield advisor told me; is that the steering wheel controls didn't have an intermediate module for my car so we lost the use of the steering wheel station and volumn control. Very small issue when weighed against the superior sound and Crutchfield service. If one comes alone in the future; it will be easy to install because car's wiring is not all jacked up. I never had to alter the existing vehicle wiring.
I am extremely pleased with this product. The install was quite easy and the look and bluetooth capability exceeded my expectations.
Pros: Easy to set up tuner, XM radio, and Pandora. Bluetooth calling and audio, perfect.
This is a great head unit for the price. Installation (with extras provided by Crutchfield) was a pice of cake to install. Only took a couple of hours to install unit, run wiring for mike and Sirius XM adapter, and it was up and running. Sound quality is probably above average for a unit in this price range.
Pros: Price Features Sound Quality
Cons: Takes a little while to learn how to control all the features; might want to keep manual in your vehicle :)
Very nice sound quality and features for the cost. Bluetooth connected easily to both the cellphone and the iPod.
Pros: All the major features needed.
Cons: iPod needed an app to be controlled by bluetooth. Voice command to the phone was crakled and hard to understand.
This radio if fantastic, the sound is great, the features and quality top notch, my 21 year old daughter is jealous and wants one for her vehicle now also
Got this stereo for my son's 2004 Dodge Ram sport and he installed it himself. So far so good. He loves the sound and the light display. I love that it has Bluetooth capability. He had no problem installing the stereo with the installation kit that came FREE with it. Thanks Crutchfield for making our purchases so easy and all the information provided online. It made ordering this Christmas present a breeze.
Pros: ease of installation, sound quality, value
looks cool and sounds good
Pros: alot of settings
Cons: hard to figure out how to use all the settings
Bought this a week ago, my first install. it took me two hours from removing the old HU and replacing it. Sound quality improved a lot and quality of the bluetooth call is awesome same as the audio streaming thru bluetooth . to all the users having issue on bluetooth audio only playing thru front speakers you can change it by: turn on unit > change source to bluetooth audio > settings > detailed set > bt hf/audio > change to ALL
Pros: hands free calling, bluetooth streaming , superb sound quality
Cons: none so far :)
Works, got to me fast, Crutchfield.com is awesome.
Pros: Price Colors change. Good sound
Cons: Said it had European tuning, seems thst it doesn't.
Great Head Unit For A Great Price. Made Our 2003 Ford F150 Sound Fantastic With Some New JBL 5x7's. Nice To Be Able To Have Both Of Our Phones Paired Up. Flawless Pairing On My IPhone 4 But Not As Great With The Wife's HTC Vivid Android, But It Makes And Receives Calls So She's Ok With That. Kenwood Has The Most RMS Power Out Put At 22 Watts By 4 Channels Over Other Brands Out There
Pros: Great Features And Higher RMS Power Output. I Phone Almost Set It Self Up When Pairing
Cons: Blue Tooth Pairing A Little Difficult With Our Android Phone
Sounds really good. Controls are a bit complicated. Super easy install.
Looks great, straight forward install
Pros: very cool, great quality sound
Cons: Only front speakers used with blue tooth music
Awesome unit so far, only had it installed for a few weeks
Cons: not user friendly in the menu process, seems like to many options for the novice
The remote control is NOT working. The remote is useless.
Pros: Nice features, and above average sound system
Cons: The Remote Control is useless, it does not work, even after replacing the 2025 battery.
I love this head unit! I used to buy and build high end stereo systems in my vehicles, but since this was just going in a vehicle being used for getting around for work, that wasn't necessary as I just wanted something I could happily listen to music. I mainly use it with my mp3 player plugged into the aux input. It works using the USB input as well, but need to read the book to figure that out more. This unit does everything I looked for it to do. The Bluetooth was easy to get going with my phone, and everyone I talk to through it says it's clear as can be. The stereo is easy to figure out and I love that the included remote controls pretty much every function unlike remotes from the past that just controlled the basic functions. I replaced the factory stereo as well as all speakers with some Kicker 40CS 2ways, and I'm extremely happy with the sound. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking to replace theirs. Installation kit provided from Crutchfield also made it VERY simple to install
Pros: Easy to use and figure out. Love the Bluetooth for phone calls, haven't used for other uses yet. The remote is great, I use it often. Love the multiple colors, I just leave it to change colors as i like them all. Aux and USB inputs are great to have
Cons: Thought I was going to have to return it on the first day. Plugged in to the aux input and started getting poor sound and static when adjusting the volume. Not sure if it was the cable or input, but it cleared up after the 1st day and haven't had any other issues. No complaints on this unit
I had a JVC DVD player in my 1996 Explorer but the Bluetooth was problematic on it. When making trips I used the DVD capability a lot but the truck is at an age where I just rent a vehicle now when I travel. I decided to get something a lot simpler that had Bluetooth capability and this was the head unit I settled on. Other than the DVD capability this has every function that my much more expensive JVC had. I'm very pleased with the purchase. The only thing I've noticed is that the bass is a bit heavy but I'm sure if I play around with the settings I'll be able to correct that.
Pros: An extensive list of features and the Bluetooth has worked great unlike the JVC I had previously.
Cons: Seems a bit heavy on bass when set to flat response.
got this about a month ago. Fantastic product no complaints aside from the bluetooth display not updating. Would reccomend to anyone who wants a top of the line reciever.
Pros: Everything else, good price, sound quality, easy installation, bluetooth, the whole shabang and of course its a kenwood so you know its a good reciever.
Cons: Bluetooth audio playback doesn't update the song name and artist on the display when the song changes.
I installed this unit into a gimble housing attached to 4 Polk Atrium 5's for use on a deck. The sound quality is excellent and enough power to drive the Polks without amplification. Bluetooth works great for both phone and audio from both iOS and Android. I didn't want to spend too much on a HU that would be spending it's life outdoors so I wasn't expecting too much, but I got way more than I expected. Great buy and would highly recommend.
Pros: Looks Sound Quality Power
Very nice stereo. Sound is good , but, not a lot better than stock stereo. Cool unit though.
Pros: Love the bluetooth
Cons: Wish sound was a lot better.
Really happy with this receiver. Removed the previous Kenwood and just plugged the connector into this one and everything worked perfectly. I have been listening to a lot of Podcasts lately and got tired of hooking a cable up to my phone every time I got into the car. Love the RDS which I missed on my old receiver.
Pros: Bluetooth works great, integrates nicely with my Windows Phone.
Cons: A little slow to make the bluetooth connection ( about 30 seconds ). May have been spoiled by my previous car kit.
Very good deal, everything works as it should.
Pros: Extremely adjustable sound output. Display is very user friendly and also very adjustable to suit your color and scrolling text needs.
I was looking for a new radio to help me on my long commute. I was looking for one that supported XM and bluetooth as well as good connectivity for my Galaxy S3. From my phone I wanted to be able to listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks, streaming, etc. What I didn't realize was that the only real connectivity for Android devices was through bluetooth, and I would have preferred a wired USB connection due to improved sound quality and ease of connection. I did try Kenwood's music control app for Android, which is TERRIBLE. Not only could I not get it to work, but it is only a solution for MP3s at best, AND you have to play music through their app. I really wanted to be able to play Audible audiobooks (from the audible app) and other audio from specific apps. As far as I can tell, this is impossible with this radio. At this point, I settled for connecting the phone through bluetooth. It works, but was not what I wanted. I feel that I settled.
the radio looks, and sounds great through my factory speakers. could not as for better sound. the blue tooth works great and the xm radio module was good also
Pros: looks, sound
Cons: I have big hands. (ring size 15) and found the controls very hared to use. would not even use them while driving
Good quality, and looks
Pros: Price, features , USB and iPod compatable
Cons: None yet