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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X492

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

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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X493

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote and Front 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
  • Dot-matrix display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • 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
  • CR-2 tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • System Q (6 EQ presets with 3 adjustable bands)
  • 24-Bit D/A Converter

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: A subscription is required for service as well as either the Kenwood SIRIUS Satellite Radio Package or Kenwood XM Radio Package
  • HD Radio Ready: Kenwood KTC-HR200 HD Radio Tuner is required and sold separately
  • Bluetooth Ready: Kenwood KCA-BT200 required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready: Direct connection through USB is available but Kenwood KCA-iP100 is recommended and sold separately
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: USB and 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 required and sold separately
  • CD Changer controls

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X492)

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.

Blue
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.

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.
Front
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.

Front 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.
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
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.

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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Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
96%
4 Star
4%
3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.8
Value
5.0
Features
4.9
Design
4.7
Usability
4.5
Sam

Albany, OR

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Best HU I've ever owned

March 28, 2009

I upgraded from my old MP-822. Install took minutes. Sound is excellent. Higher powered preamp makes all the difference. I'm sure this years model is just as good, probably better.

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Zach

Pinconning, MI

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Amazing head unit.

January 8, 2009

The sound quality coming from this is outstanding. I love all of the features for it to. The front usb port has got to be the coolest thing ever. I put all my music on a flash drive and i never have to use cd's. The head unit is the brains of your system. Without a good one you will be missing out. This is the best choice.

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Mike

Omaha, NE

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July 11, 2008

I wanted to replace my factory deck. I chose the KDC-X492. The USB and the Aux inputs are really nice. I have a bunch of USB sticks that I keep music on. After replacing my factory deck with this, it seemed like my music came alive. The highs and the mids are more clear and sound better. The navigation is some what difficult to understand at first but I got used to it. When the sun hits the display, it is difficult to read. But, the display looks great at night. Overall, this is a great product. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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Eric

Columbus, MS

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This is the one

March 9, 2009

This is one of the best car stereos I\'ve owned. I love the usb port so I can plug in my flash drive for endless music. You have options to fine tune your sound. Mine sounded great being matched up to Kenwood 4x6\'s and 6x9\'s and one 12\" sub.

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Ricardo

Cicero, IL

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April 23, 2008

Awesome Radio! The best part is the usb connection is right in front, just plug your ipod and thats it, so easy

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fabio

miami, FL

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great sound

August 3, 2009

for a very low price, an excellent value and sound, the usb port makes life very simple, just put a pen drive in it and in play. Very fast while reading and playing the mp3 files, no waiting time.

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Anthony

Apopka, FL

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great product

July 10, 2009

very happy with this radio, many functions, plays my ipod w/o any problems

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Steven

Allen, TX

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June 18, 2009

Very nice system. Good documentation made it easy to install. Too bad it will not recogize any other USB device but the Aux input on the front panel is better than other systems.

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Chandel

Niles, MI

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Great Stereo!

June 16, 2009

I got this stereo for my car for christmas and it is great! I love it! It plays the ipod and you can have alot of presets for the radio too.

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Spencer

Ronald, WA

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February 2, 2009

this is the best stereo i have owned. i love it!

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Shawn

Tacoma, WA

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BEST sounding deck I've ever powered factory speakers with!

December 31, 2008

This bad boy was installed in under 10 minutes since my car already had the plastic adapter and the factory-to-aftermarket wiring harness adapter. I was blown away by how good this deck sounds even with my factory speakers! I'm anxious to get the Kenwood Excelon 6x9's and 6-3/4's I ordered, along with the Kenwood 5-band EQ. I'm almost scared to imagine how awesome my rolling concert hall will sound when I am done, all thanks to Sonic Electronix and their AWESOME PRICES!! I already have a pair of Sony 1300-watt 12's and an 800 watt Rockford Fosgate amp powering them, but won't be hooking up the subs and sub amp until I get the new Kenwood 4-channel amp from Sonic (don't want to lay across my stripped out interior more than once). I totally love the USB port being in front instead of the back with a cable! Like so many of you, I have tons of music on flash drives and it's so nice to "plug in" 1600 songs! My only complaint is that you can't fast forward a digital song with the remote, only go to the next track (is possible with the Control Knob on the deck, however). Yes, this Kenwood eXcelon is the sweetest head unit I have owned in about 20 years, and by far is the best sounding to factory speakers! It even makes my dash speakers sing! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS DECK! Even if you only plan to run stock speakers! And Sonic saved me a lot of money by having this deck for much less than a local store who charged me full price for the harness. Sonic has gained a customer for life!

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tamika

louisville, KY

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Great value

August 6, 2009

great product for the money... i saw the same product in a local store for alot more money..so yes i would recommend it to others great product easy to use and install and nice sound...

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marcella

Lubbock, TX

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A must have!

June 15, 2009

This stereo was sold out in my area so I was happy to see I could order it online and for a little less! Any savings helps! It is so perfect for me because of the USB and AUX ports and I love the sliding protection window covering them, I would so recommend this stereo. I would also order more things from sonix electronics! Thanx!

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Jean-Guy

Plattsburgh, NY

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Pretty glad I ordered it

April 6, 2009

Never believed it was so easy to put everything together and with good result I recommend because they know what they sell.

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Michael

Freedom, CA

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One of the Best

February 18, 2009

This is one of the best head units out there.

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Monty

Oregon

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Great Value

January 20, 2009

After shopping around I made a move for this deck. It produces much better sound than my previous two decks. I won't have to replace this one. The features are great, outside of the time it takes to figure out how to use them. After an hour I got my system all tuned to near perfection. It now sounds great at low and high volumes.

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sean

wappingers falls, NY

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sweet deck

December 30, 2008

love the usb input for my ipod great receiver

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Jose

Brownsville, TX

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Exelent Receiver

November 17, 2008

i have this thing hooked to my MTX system and it really helps alot i take all the bass and lower the subwoofer to -15 and it still pounds. the best feature is the USB port which you is very easy to use. just plug it in and it will start playing automatically. no more burning and wasting cds with this thing. i used to hate it when i downloaded new songs and i couldn't listen to them until i burned a cd with the song in it but with this i don't have to worry about it no more and neither will you.

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Kelly

Altoona, PA

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Excellent!

June 17, 2009

This stereo does it all .. it plays any type of file I have put in it either on a cd or through a usb device. Many people have asked where I got and want one for their vehicles. I absolutely love this product and sonicelectronix.com was wonderful to work with. I received my stereo in two days and it was the cheapest price on this product that I could find. Thanks so much!

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Douglas

Colorado Springs, CO

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Kenwood KDC-X492

June 1, 2009

A very nice unit. Hook up is very simple and it is very easy to use. Have another one of these in my other vehicle and both are working great with no problems. Quick shipping from Sonic.
I am very satisfied with Sonic Electronix and will order from them again in the future.

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G_DawgLA

Los Angeles, CA

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Kenwood Klassic

May 13, 2009

Pros:

+Front USB input: Great for hooking up an iPod. i have full control over my iPod using the head unit or remote control. It's just like plugging your iPod into a computer, and I didn't have to buy any additional cables or adapters. I have a 4th gen nano and it charges my iPod as well.

+Front aux input: My friend used this input to connect her iPod because she didn't have her USB connector with her. Maybe it was her cable, but she had to use the iPod to control playback with this form of connection.

+MP3 CD playback: the one knob design makes it easy to control volume, tune to stations, and select albums.

+Sound quality control: Easy to adjust bass, treble, etc.

+Sub toggle switch: Holding and pressing the knob up turns your sub off, great when you are cruising thru parts of town where you don't want to be heard.

+Expandability options: At this price, not many head units are compatible with Satellite radio, HD radio, and Bluetooth.

Cons:

-Multi-jog: Seems like there could be an easier way to control iPod playback. You have to press this key once, turn the knob to select artist, push the knob, and then turn the knob to find the artist you want, once you find the artist you push the knob in again. I guess the good news is that after you go through that process once, you can skip thru artists the same way you would a MP3 CD (press knob up or down).

-Clock display: you can either have song info scroll or clock display during playback. There doesn't seem to be a way to get the clock info to appear. Even when you turn off music and go into standby mode, the clock doesn't appear. I'm a little picky about this because I relied on my last deck (a Pioneer) for the time.

Overall: I definitely recommend this stereo, I have had it for a year and a half and I haven't had any problems in terms of durability. Great value at this price, the hangups are minor (mentioned above) and do not take away from the fact that this unit offers tons of options and does everything else as expected.

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Shawn

Tacoma, WA

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UPDATE to my previous review

January 26, 2009

I just installed new Kenwood KFC-6982ie 5-way 6x9" rear speakers, KFC-C1739ie 6-3/4" 2-way door speakers, and Clarion SRG920C 3-1/2" dash speakers to this deck and WOW! This deck amazes me more and more every day! It's like all my speakers suddenly woke up. The highs are outstanding and the mids are awesome. The 6X9's even pump out enough bass to shake mirrors and doors even with my bass setting set to zero! Still the best deck I've ever owned when powering speakers with no external amps! I can't wait to install the two Kenwood KAC-7204 and the single KAC-9204D amps I bought from Sonic to power everything! At that time, the deck will only power my Clarion dash speakers and Kenwood tweeters, but I have no doubt I'll be even more blown away! BUY THIS DECK! You will NOT be sorry. My only suggestion is hooking up the power wire to constant 12v rather than switched ignition 12v because of the long delay in powering up after you shut off the key, especially when reading the USB drive. (I still have not put in a CD because I have 1600 songs on my USB flash drive!)

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Rodney

Riverdale, GA

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Nice Reciever im satisfied

October 21, 2008

Where to start umm well this is a nice piece of work. it sounds amazing and with me myself being a music producer, i am always after the best quality. i have a nissan altima and the set up is 2 pioneer 6x9s in my rear and i bootleg my door speakers to fit my pioneer 6x8s instead of the 5x7s that are supposed to fit (note: 5x7 and 6x8 are not the same in mounting!!!!). also i have a pioneer premier "12 sub running at 300w rms and wow my music sounds amazing!!!. the navigation is a bit tricky but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out how to get da basics down. one problem is that there really is a glare on the screen during the daytime and i dnt like dat but its no big deal. the quality of the systems makes up for those lil minor problems. the usb and aux input is sweet. just pop in ur usb and start listening to ya joints. the price of it is good and you will get more then what you pay for. this is nice and it looks good too. i would defiantly recommend this to you...

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-X492

UPC

019048176400

Weight

5.00lbs

Internal SKU

kdcx492

Internal Product ID

11767

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-X492