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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X792

CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote and iPod Direct Connection via USB

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote and USB + Aux Inputs for MP3 and iPod playback via USB connection
    • iPod USB direct connectivity via your standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
  • Detachable face
  • 64-color fluorescent display with still and motion graphics
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 2-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, AAC, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • System Q EX Sound Effects
  • 6 preset tone curves parametric equalizer

Expandability Options:

Product History:

Kenwood KDC-X792 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Kenwood KDC-X791 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X792)
Kenwood KDC-X790 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by ** CLOSEOUT! ** Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X791)
Kenwood KDC-X789 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X790)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Security Code
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
System Q-EX/E's -- 3 Bands Parametric w/ 6 Presets
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Dot-Matrix Text Display
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Multiple Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Blue
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
110 dB
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

No

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Rear
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Rear 3.5mm Audio Input
Optional

Monitor Screen Features

Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Optional
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
64%
4 Star
32%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.5
Features
4.7
Design
4.5
Usability
4.2
Malik

Jackson, NJ

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KDC-X792

August 14, 2009

Love this HU, Im a Kenwood man. Takes a bit of trial and error to get it right, once you figure out the settings you will love it, sounds much better than the KDC-5's that I had.

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Christopher

Norco, LA

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Good Quality w/Pleanty of Features

August 3, 2009

This is a great unit. Has alot of bells and whistles. Easy to install. sounds great ! Very detailed instruction book ( needs to be with all the features).

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Tyler

Morgantown, WV

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Nice, flashy, and does the job, but missing in the sq department.

August 14, 2009

Kenwood has always been my choice for quality sound on a budget, but beyond the bells and whistles this unit falls just short of what the users want. The jog button is hard to get used to but not unbearable, although not having a mechanical flip face is making me want to use the USB feature more and more everyday. My older MP828 was much more user friendly and hassle free.

Beyond those quirks it is a solid unit. Many manufacturers dumb things down and destroy quality to make units this inexpensive, but Kenwood has a magic touch with competing against big-box brands. The unit has been in my Jeep Cherokee for over five months now and still functions like the day it was installed.

Overall it is a good buy with much stronger features than most in its class. If you have the money then look elsewhere, otherwise buy one.

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Benjamin

church point, LA

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Great Product & Great Service!!!

July 30, 2009

I've owned this product for 6 months now! shipping was on time! Kenwood cd player is excellent!! would defintly buy from again!! Sound features are awesome on this deck!!

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Jose

Kansas City, KS

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best bang 4 your buck

July 6, 2009

i bout this kenwood head unit some months ago and this it the best stereo I've had its easy to use and has alot of auido regulation features so u can get it to sound the way u want it to. it sounds nice and clear with no distortion until the last 2 number but i blame my speakers that are 90w rms and the head unit is 22wx4 rms. over all is a hell of a bargain!!!!

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john

canyon lake,tx

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Great Deck At Good Price

April 23, 2009

The Faceplate has great color i think it has 64 colors on the graphics for the price you cant beat it, and good animations..... figuring out how to work everything was a little tricky but not hard.......both of my ipods work flawless with the usb port.....also sonicelectronix had it to me in about a week,and i sent the payment with a money order...... forget overpriced c*****field go with sonicelectronix they gave me all the tools i needed to install it in my vehicle......great unit at almost half price

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Kevin

West Chester, PA

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Performs as advertised

August 12, 2009

I can recommend this product wholeheartedly. I bought it for my son and installed it along with a subwoofer in the trunk. He loves the sound and the ability to put his iPOD in the glovebox and control it from the headunit. The one caution I would make - as a parent - is that scrolling through the iPOD does take your eyes off the road for too long. This isn't a criticism of this particular product, as they would all have the same issue. My compromise solution was to insist that he create playlists that are much smaller than his entire library and scroll through those rather than the entire iPOD. I took a point from ease of use because the controls are not as intuitive as they could be. That said, my son has no problems with them at all, so after a short learning curve, it's not an issue.

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garrett

topeka, kansas

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good buy

July 28, 2009

i bought this headunit and got it up and running easily. very customizeable display which is nice because i don't like all those graphics. the color of the faceplate doesn't match my car's interior and that bothers me but oh well. other than that it has a pretty crisp sound and a good amount of features. for the price it's a great deal imo.

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Anthony

Corrales, NM

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Great price

June 12, 2009

This has been a very good stereo. It was installed in a Sonata with JBL speakers. Once you have set everything up for the speakers, the sound is amazing, but you have to go through and set all the speaker settings in the stereo.

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Steveo

Phoenix, AZ

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decent head unit

February 22, 2009

Before I really understood parametric eq\'s I thought that it was bad to only be able to adjust one center frequency per band. However you will soon realize that you can much more precisely zero in on frequencies that you want to cut or boost even with just three bands because of the 4 Q- settings. Pioneers are the exact same way and Alpine is even worse with only 2 bands unless you shell out $450 for the cda-9887 or buy the imprint mod. So putting it in perspective to other brands I don't think it's half bad.

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zigs

long island city,new york

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very good radio

November 21, 2009

I put this radio above a lot of the others I wont mention .Lots of power and easy to configure

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Gary

Burnet, TX

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Great Deck!!

August 3, 2009

I Love This Deck!!! I would recomend anyone who is looking for a great well rounded radio that can do it all.. for a decent price.. THIS IS IT!!!
Compatible, Capable,and Ready. This Lil Deck has got you covered..

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Bob

Morrisville, NC

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Mixed feelings

February 2, 2009

I have mixed feelings about this unit. I bought this to replace the Shaker 500 head unit in my ’06 Mustang. Installation is easy. The features are pretty nice. The face is customizable w/ white, blue, & red, but red is too dim to see. The Parametric EQ is a nice idea, except you can only choose ONE of the bands for each bass, mid, and treble to alter, not all of them – which is stupid. Preamp input/outputs are fine. The USB port and iPOD availability is great. The RDS is awesome to have, and not many aftermarkets have that. Power is ok. I am running without any external amplifiers and it sounds clean, even at high volumes. Soundwise, it is so-so. While it is pretty clear, to be honest my Shaker sounded much better than this unit. I have two 12” Kickers in the back, which is a good thing, because this unit puts out no bass at all to the speakers (much less than the Shaker did w/ the same speakers). If I didn’t have those subs, I would have returned this unit. As it is, with the subs it is fine. The highs are also not as distinct as the Shaker was. I’m actually thinking of adding a pair of standalone tweeters to bring out the highs. It also seems that there is more high end in CD and USB mode, than in the FM mode, which can sound kinda dull at times. Overall, for the price, this isn’t a bad unit for all the features it includes, but if you want great sound quality, I might go with a different brand like JVC or Eclipse, etc.

Highs: USB port, RDS, flexibility in setup, nice power output

Lows: good, but not great sound output. You NEED a sub with this unit. Connection between flip up face plate and unit can be iffy sometimes.

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jacob

Spring Valley, CA

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I love it

November 7, 2010

I have owned this head unit for a few years now and it has been very dependable. My only gripe with it is that in the sun, it is impossible to see the screen.

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jorge

HIALEAH, FL

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kenwood exelon kdc-x792

November 6, 2009

the kenwood exelon kdc-x792 has a nice sound, and great quality in high, medium and low ranges, I installed it with 4 infinity speakers and sounds very clear. I'm very happy.

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Mat

Columbus, Ohio

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Many Many Pros and Maybe one or 2 cons?

October 11, 2009

First Off, I would like to say this is one of the best looking radios I have ever seen. The main reason I bought this radio is because I like the dual knobs, USB input and AUX input. I installed this radio this morning and I have been messing around with it all day.

When I first turned this radio on I had to get the manual out to turn DEMO mode OFF. Not a big deal, once you use the manual to figure that out the only reason you will need it again is to figure out what some of the abbreviations mean that are in the settings. This radio has it all!! Well, as far as audio. One thing people have been complaining about in earlier reviews is not being able to make out what it says on the screen when in direct sunlight. Well that is very true it is hard to see while in sunlight. I wouldn’t recommend this radio if you own like a Honda civic where the radio is tilted up in the dash. For me, mine sits nice and straight and I also have tinted windows which helps but I did find myself holding my hand over the sunlight to see what was going on, on the radio. I think so far that is the only con I have found.

This radio has like 5 different display settings or backgrounds you could say. I was worried that they would be on at all times and it would bother me in the corner of my eye while driving, well, that isn’t the case you don’t have to deal with the moving backgrounds at all.

The way I have it setup which is very customizable is to have the date, time, name of song/radio station/artist/CD Title or you can even have the time show up in big numbers that go across the whole screen. As for moving backgrounds don’t worry you don’t have to have that on and its no bother whatsoever.

This radio comes equipped with RDS, if you aren’t familiar with RDS it is an option on most new vehicles and it allows radio stations to have the name of their station, artist, & song title scroll across the screen. My old stock radio had this feature and it took forever to have that information show up. The Kenwood Excelon KDC X792 comes up with this information almost immediately when you change the radio station which is a definite plus.

The AUX input is great in my case. I have a portable satellite radio and it has an FM transmitter equipped with it which can be very staticy at times which is very annoying when listening to Howard Stern on my way to work and sometimes the best part of the show gets cut out when I drive through downtown. The AUX input allows me to plug my portable satellite radio directly into the Kenwood head unit from behind which means I no longer have to listen to static ever again!!

The USB input is even better, I have a 30 Gig IPod 3rd Generation Video and I have it full with about half of my music library on it. I was able to remove my CD visor that was pretty much tearing off my sun visor in my car because I had so many damn CD’s stuffed into it well its gone now!! I never have to worry about a CD again! The USB function for the iPod is great although it seems a second or two slower sometimes then I would like it to be, I can’t complain its reading from a hard drive off the IPod. I just put it in my glove box and when you switch to the USB function on the Kenwood deck its just like scrolling through your iPod, the kdc-x792 even gives you a song repeat or shuffle option which comes in very handy.

I guess there’s not much else to say except I am very happy with this unit, it looks beautiful at night. The colors are perfect and with the current selection of Kenwood’s I have found, this is the best one for the price!! Overall, this radio is great I would recommend it to anyone that wants some serious clear sound coming from their speakers and also it has a built in adjustable crossover which is very nice when you have 7 total speakers installed in your car.

One thing I did not mention is it comes with a mounting bracket for your USB port, if you don’t want to have your USB device sitting in your glove box it has a nice mounting bracket to mount your USB port flush anywhere in your dash, I haven’t used this yet because I don’t want any wires to be seen where me or my passengers sit.

I will be posting a video soon on what this radio does. I tried to find a good video on the net to see what this radio can do but they were all junk, I will be posting one that will show you the ins and outs of this radio and everything it can do. Keep checking to see it! I could keep going on and on about how great this radio is but I don’t think I can type anymore.

Thanks and good luck on selecting your next car stereo and do yourself a favor and buy Kenwood!

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brian

redding

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amazing head unit!!!!

August 1, 2009

this deck has so many different features. the sound quality and output of this deck is more than worth the money! i am running 4 infinity kappa 6.5's off a kenwood amp and an ascendant audio 15 off a 1000 watt monoblock and this deck gets it on for sure! i HIGHLY recommend this deck to anyone and everyone!

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B-Rich

Winter Garden, FL

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Awesome Head Unit!!

June 6, 2009

This is one of my FAVORITE head units that I've ever owned. I've used Eclipse, Alpine, Premier (Pioneer), and Sony and by far this is one of the best. It is comparable in feature/sound quality as my Alpine CDA-9886 and better than the Premier and Eclipse. I would recommend this receiver to anyone looking for great sound quality at a very reasonable price.

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Brent

Lexington, KY

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Great Deck!!

October 10, 2009

I have ordered many products from Sonic Electronix. This is a great company, always keep great contact and do great business! This player is awesome as well. Never have had any problems with it!! GREAT DEALS!!!

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damien

tupelo, MS

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the best

June 2, 2010

hands down the best unit i ever owned

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Sauer

Boca Raton, FL

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A great radio for the price, but save your money and get the X692

January 28, 2009

First off, Sonic Electronix sent me my radio within a few days of ordering. they were very helpful on the phone when I had a question.

The radio is excellent. It offers pretty much everything you could want from a mid-level stereo at a low level price.

My one and only complaint is that you can't set up custom display modes for each source. For instance when I choose to listen to a CD I would like my display to be different then the display when I am using my Sirius radio which basically requires the 4 line display to show all the proper info: Artist, Title, Name of Channel, and Channel Number.

Also, I did have to play with it in the "advanced" menus to get the sound i wanted.

The X792 has three color fonts available, sadly these fonts aren't all that bright or interesting. I end up using the default blue..which is very similar to gray.

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Marcus

Brazil

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Great unit for the price

July 10, 2008

Just got this unit to replace a stolen Sony 9905x flagship HU. Not as good looking, but sounds A LOT BETTER than my previous receiver!

The iPod connection is perfect and you can search almost as fast as the original one!

Sound quality is also impressive! Very rich details and more deph to the audio.

The G funcions are sweet and quite accurate. It stated my car´s hp perfectly!

Overall, many of those features are not very usefull and it lacks time alignment... That´s the only flaw...

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-X792

UPC

019048177933

Weight

4.00lbs

Internal SKU

kdcx792

Internal Product ID

11763

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X792