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Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 Marine digital media receiver with built-in Bluetooth® (does not play CDs)

Item # 113XM500

This IPX6-rated receiver will be a great addition to your boat, side-by-side, or golf cart.

This IPX6-rated receiver will be a great addition to your boat, side-by-side, or golf cart.

Item # 113XM500

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About the Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500

Jon Paul

Ready to rock the outdoors

Kenwood's KMR-XM500 packs a lot of cool features into a compact package that fits a standard 3” gauge opening. With a 2.7” color display, built-in Bluetooth streaming, a 45-watt RMS amp, plus inputs and outputs for expanding your system, this IPX6-rated digital media receiver will be a great addition to your boat, side-by-side, or golf cart.

Ready to rock the outdoors

Kenwood's KMR-XM500 packs a lot of cool features into a compact package that fits a standard 3” gauge opening. With a 2.7” color display, built-in Bluetooth streaming, a 45-watt RMS amp, plus inputs and outputs for expanding your system, this IPX6-rated digital media receiver will be a great addition to your boat, side-by-side, or golf cart.

Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500

Multiple ways to play your music

Lots of ways to play

You can use the built-in Bluetooth to stream music from your smartphone, or you can use the rear charging USB input to enjoy tunes stored on a music player. You'll also be able to enjoy your favorite radio stations and get weather updates with the AM/FM/Weather Band tuner.

If you want to enjoy satellite radio programming when you're out on the water, this Kenwood is SiriusXM Ready®, so all you need is a tuner (sold separately) and a subscription. There's also a rear-view camera input if you want to make docking a little easier.

Add a remote

This receiver also works with Kenwood's KCA-RC35MR wired remote (sold separately), so you and your passengers can control the entertainment from wherever you like.

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

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


Product highlights:

  • marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
  • compact design fits into standard gauge openings
  • 2.7" full-color display
  • variable color illumination
  • built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS x 4 channels)
  • built-in Bluetooth for music streaming
  • AM/FM/Weather tuner
  • compatible with SiriusXM's aftermarket satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
  • inputs: rear USB input, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: three 5-volt preamp outputs
  • subwoofer level control
  • IPX6 rated to resist water and heavy spray
  • works with Kenwood wired remote (sold separately)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # KMR-XM500

What's in the box:

  • Marine digital media receiver (20A fuse)
  • Wiring harness
  • Trim-ring
  • Mounting bracket
  • Mounting plate
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 2 Bolts
  • 8 Nuts
  • Trim-ring tool
  • Instrution Manual
  • Warranty Card

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More details on the Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500

Stacey B.

Features & specs

AUX Input RCA (rear)
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Rear
USB Port Power 1.5A
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Alexa Voice Control N
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size N/A
Nano N/A
Touch N/A
iPhone 6 and newer
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) 19 watts
Peak Output 34 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 5 volts
Screen Size 2.7
Screen Type N/A
Display Color Full Color
Key Button Color Variable
EQ Bands 13
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
FM Sensitivity ---
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes
File Playback
Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC
High-res Playback N

Product Research

Marine, Display, & Remote Features
Bluetooth & iPhone Integration
AM/FM/WB + SiriusXM-Ready
USB/Aux/Camera Connectivity
Audio & Amplifier Section

Marine, Display, & Remote Features

Marine Certified: The Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 marine digital media receiver features a water-proof & dust-tight front-panel that is IP66-rated, as well as an IPX4-rated chassis. The IP66 rating means the units' front-panel is protected against dust intrusion and strong jets of water, while the chassis' IPX4 rating means it can withstand only light water spray (not heavy water jets and not dust-tight). The KMR-XM500 is also salt-spray proof, UV protected, and vibration resistant. In addition, the use of conformal coating improves moisture resistance of the circuit boards to prevent corrosion.

  • Salt Spray-Proof: ASTM B117 salt spray (or salt fog) corrosion test simulates harsh conditions in a salt water environment to ensure the product does not corrode or fail in these harsh conditions.
  • UV Protection: The unit is also ASTM D4329 UV resistant tested to make sure it is protected against harmful UV rays.
  • Vibration Resistant: In addition, the receiver is 3-axis multi-freqeuncy vibration tested to make sure it can withstand damaging shocks from boating and off-roading.

Note: Even though this unit is marine certified and water-proof, it should never be submerged directly into water.

Gauge-Style Mounting: The Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 can be installed in your boat, ATV/UTV, or golf-cart. It can be mounted in an existing 3.0" gauge opening. If a gauge opening is not already present, you'll need to make a circular 3.0" cutout opening to mount the marine head unit. The receiver secures in the opening use the included mounting bracket or mounting plate and the included hardware.

  • Front-Panel Dimensions: 4.5625" (width) x 4.1875" (height) x 1.4375" (depth)
  • Cutout Dimensions: 3.0" (diameter) x 3.4375" (depth) x 3.125" (depth)
  • Screw Hole Spacing (4): 4.0" (width) x 3.5" (height) x 1.0" (depth)

2.7" LCD Screen: The KMR-XM500's 2.7" TFT LCD screen with LED backlight offers high visibility even under direct sunlight and daytime conditions with a Daytime and Nighttime mode. The 2.7" LCD screen will display menu settings, song/artist/album information (including album art from a USB source), station identification, and video from the camera input. It also features an on-screen voltage gauge that displays the supplied voltage to the head unit. You can choose between English or Spanish on-screen menu text.

Variable Color Button Illumination: The KMR-XM500 offers variable color illumination for its front-panel 3-way rotary knob and push-button controls. The head unit offers a variety of preset color options, as well as lets you create your own custom color.

Optional Wired Remote Control: The KMR-XM500 supports Kenwood's KCA-RC35M marine wired remote control (sold separately) through its blue/yellow remote wire. The KCA-RC35MR wired remote control features an IPX7 waterproof design to help it withstand the harsh marine environment. Up to 6 of these remotes can be connected and daisy-chained to a KMR-XM500 marine receiver.

  • Backlit Controls: The KCA-RC35MR features source selection, music search, volume up/down, and mute control buttons. The KCA-RC35MR provides backlit illumination so it is easy to see at night.
  • Mounting: The KCA-RC35MR is designed to be surface-mounted using the supplied mounting bracket and hardware. The wired remote requires a cutout diameter of 0.75" to run its wiring through.
  • Wiring: The KCA-RC35MR offers a 4-wire installation; Ignition (red), Remote (blue/yellow), Illumination (orange), and Ground (black). The attached 4-wire harness is only 8" long and may require the purchase of additional lengths of wire (sold separately).

Note: The KMR-XM500 is not compatible with Kenwood's KCA-RC55MR wired remote control and other Kenwood's wired remotes that feature a proprietary 8-pin DIN connector.

Bluetooth & iPhone Integration

Built-In Bluetooth 5.0: The Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 features built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP), playback controls (AVRCP), and secure simple pair (SSP). You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the marine receiver, but only one device can be connected and used for playback at a time. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. The marine head unit has a Bluetooth wireless range of approximately 32.8'.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music libraries, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled source devices (such as your smartphone or tablet) to the KMR-XM500 marine digital media receiver. In addition to supporting Bluetooth's standard SBC codec, the KMR-XM500 also supports Apple's AAC codec. By supporting AAC, the KMR-XM500 offers better audio performance from your Apple devices.
  • Advanced Control: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind,, Random/Repeat), the KMR-XM500 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. Advanced music browsing is supported by Android 4.0+ smartphones and Apple iPhones 5.0+ (specific advanced functions vary by phone).
  • Song/Artist/Album Display: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps). Album art is not supported.

Note: The KMR-XM500 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP) for making and answering phone calls.

iPhone Direct: The KMR-XM500 allows you to connect select iPhone models with Lightning connector (iPhone 6 and newer) through its rear-panel USB-A 2.0 port for music playback, control functions, song/artist/album display, and charging. You'll be able to playback your music library, music apps, and other audio content on your compatible iPhone through the KMR-XM500 receiver. You'll also be able to search your stored music library by category (playlist/song/artist/etc.), as well as operate playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat from the head unit's front-panel controls. In addition, the receiver's front-panel LCD screen will display song/artist/album text information, plus album art. Your compatible iPhone device will also charge while connected to the USB-A 2.0 port (5V/1.5A).

  • Compatible iPhone Models: Compatible iPhone models with Lightning connector include iPhone 6 and newer models (running iOS 12.0 or higher).
  • Non-Compatible iPod/iPhone Models: Not compatible with iPhones featuring a Lightning connector that are older than iPhone 6. Not compatible with iPod touch or iPod nano. Not compatible with any older iPod or iPhone models with a 30-pin connector.

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available

 AM/FM/WB + SiriusXM-Ready

AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The unit offers 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks, allowing you to store 6 presets in each bank for a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets. The unit does not offer discrete preset buttons. You'll have to access the presets through the head unit's menu system.

  • RDS (Radio Data System): The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
  • Region Tuning: You can select between North American, South America, Europe/Russia/Asia, Japan, Middle East, Australia tuning.

SiriusXM-Ready: The KMR-XM500 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 or 220SXV300M; sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 140+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

  • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
  • Song/Artist Info: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
  • Preset & Direct Tuning: There are 3 SiriusXM banks, allowing you to store 6 presets in each bank for a total up to 18 SiriusXM station presets. You can also directly tune to a SiriusXM station or channel.
  • Instant Replay: When you select a preset you can rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of any of the missed news, talk, sports or music content.
  • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit pass-code to tune to the locked channels.
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

Weather Band Tuner: With the built-in weather band tuner, you'll always have the latest weather updates including automatic reception of emergency information to keep your voyage as smooth as possible. Weather bands include 162.400MHz to 162.550MHz (25kHz) for USA and Canada. You can store up to 6 WB presets for quick and easy access.

USB/Aux/Camera Connectivity

USB-A Port: The Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 is equipped with a rear-panel USB-A 2.0 port (5V/1.5A) that allows you to connect a USB MSC (mass storage class) device, such as a USB thumbdrive, for music playback. The USB thumbdrive must not be larger than 32GB and formated in FAT16, FaT32, or ExFAT. The USB-A port supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC audio files. From the head unit's front-panel you can search for folders/files, as well as operate Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat (One/All/Folder)/Random (Folder) functions. The unit will also display song/artist/album information (no album art).

Media Type USB (MSC) - up to 32GB
File System FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT
Playable File Types MP3: bit-rate of 32-384kbps / sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
WMA: bit-rate of 32-320kbps / sampling frequency of 32-48kHz
AAC: bit-rate of 16-320kbps / sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
FLAC: bit-depth of 16-24 bit / sampling frequency of 8-48kHz
Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 total folders / 999 total files (999 files per folder)
Metadata Tags Folder Names (24 characters), File Names (24 characters), Song/Artist/Album Info (30 characters)


  • The USB-A port is attached to rear chassis via a 5" cable. A marine-grade USB extenion cable is required and sold separately.
  • The USB-A port does not support media playback from Apple iOS or Android OS devices and USB hubs or card-readers.

Aux Input: The KMR-XM500 marine head unit is outfitted with a rear-panel Aux input that consists of a set of female stereo RCA jacks for connection of an external audio source device for playback. The Aux input is attached to rear chassis by a 6" cable.

Note: If you are connecting the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately), you'll lose the ability to connect an external audio source via the Aux input.

Camera Input: The KMR-XM500 is equipped with a rear-view camera input that consists of a female composite video RCA jack and a reverse trigger wire (violet/white). With an optional camera (sold separately) connected, you have increased safety while driving your boat, ATV/UTV, or golf-cart. The reverse trigger wire is provided to activate the camera when putting your vessel or vehicle in reverse. You can also select the camera input manually. The video of the connected camera will display on the head unit's 2.7" LCD screen.

Audio & Amplifier Section

2-Ohm Stable MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon KMR-XM500 is equipped with a 2-ohm stable MOSFET 4-channel amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

  • Continuous Power (RMS): 19 watts x 4 channels into 4-ohms or 28 watts x 4 channels into 2 ohms
  • Peak Power (Max): 34 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms or 50 watts x 4 channels into 2 ohms

Note: If you will be using external power amplifiers and not the head unit's built-in amplifier, you can turn the built-in amplifier off to reduce noise and improve sound quality.

6Ch/5V Preouts: The KMR-XM500 marine receiver is outfitted with 6ch/5V preamp outputs consisting of Front, Rear, and Sub preouts for connection of external power amplifiers. The Front and Rear preouts can be balanced and faded, while the Sub preouts are non-fading. The Sub preout has independent level control (0-20).

2-Way Crossover: You are able to select independent high-pass crossovers for the front speakers and rear speakers; as well as a low-pass crossover for the head unit's sub output.

  • High-Pass Filter: The front and rear speakers' high-pass crossover filter can be set to 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz,, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Through (Full-Range). The high-pass crossover slope can be set to -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB. The gain of the high-pass crossover can be adjusted from -8 to 0dB.
  • Low-Pass Filter: The subwoofer's low-pass crossover filter can be set to 40Hz, 60Hz, , 80Hz,, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Through (Full-Range). The low-pass crossover slope can be set to -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB. The gain of the low-pass crossover can be adjusted from -8 to 0dB.

Equalizer: The KMR-XM500 offers a variety of EQ presets and a 13-band EQ to tailer and fine-tune the sound to your listening preference and content. Choose from 8 EQ presets - Flat, Hard Rock, Classical, Pop, Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, or User. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 13-band EQ (62.5, 100, 160, 250, 400, 630, 1k, 1.6k, 2.5k, 4k, 6.3k, 10k, 16k Hz) from -9dB to 9dB for each frequency.

Loudness: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a lesser volume levels.

Source Gain: You can adjust the output level (-3 to + 3dB) of a particular source to minimize the difference in volume between different sources. Sources include FM, AM, WB, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM.

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