Expert Service 1-661-257-9993 [Hours]

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X993

In-Dash CD, MP3, WMA, AAC Receiver with Aux, USB, Remote, and Built-in Parrot Bluetooth Connectivity

Discontinued
|

This item has been discontinued and
is no longer available

We apologize

This item has been discontinued

Get FAST answers from customers ASK a Question See questions answers

 
 
 

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Flip (Theft Deterrent) face
  • Variable color illumination display
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Rotary encoder for easy operation
  • Wireless remote control included
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • 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, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Digital crossover system
  • Digital time alignment
  • 3-band parametric equalizer
  • Supreme + (PLUS) functions restores the high frequencies of MP3, WMA, AAC files so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate
  • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready: Subscription and the purchase of Kenwood SIRIUS Package required and sold separately
  • Built-in Parrot Bluetooth:
    • Noise-canceling microphone
    • Register up to 5 cell phones
    • Holds up to 1000 numbers per phone
    • Supports auto phonebook download
    • Supports A2DP Wireless music streaming
    • Voice recognition dialing
    • Incoming/outgoing short-message service
    HD Radio Ready: Kenwood KTC-HR200 required and sold separately
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Kenwood KCA-IP101 adapter required and sold separately
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 required and sold separately
  • Rear auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Rear USB Input

Product History:

Kenwood KDC-X993 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Kenwood KDC-X991 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X993)
Kenwood KDC-X990 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X991)

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.
3-Band Parametric EQ
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.

Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Colors
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

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 (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.
Yes (Built-in/Included [Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and/or Microphone Included])
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.
No
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.
Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
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.

Specials with this Item

Promotions
Promotions we have offer More Ways to Shop for items that are on clearance, last chance, special offer and sales, Made in America, and more!

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
75%
4 Star
20%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.7
Features
5.0
Design
4.8
Usability
3.8
Rob

Canada

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Big on features, great on sound!

April 11, 2010

Replaced the stock deck in my BMW M Roadster with the KDC-X993. This deck surpassed all expectations. Installation literally took minutes, the features are many and excellent. The sound out of the nine stock speakers is unreal compared to the stock unit. Night and day, actually. It took awhile to learn how to utilize all the features and program. Only complaint, which I have not figured out how to resolve, is the music from my iPhone mutes out after a minute if I have it plugged into the USB cord after vehicle startup. Only resolve is unplug iPhone from USB and re-plug it in. Overall, it's an outstanding unit, clean, uncluttered design and amazing sound.

9 of 10 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Merrell

williamstown, KY

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great Buy!!!!

April 3, 2010

This Head Unit has everything you could possibly want. I went from the Kenwood HD942u to this and the SQ is like night and day. You also have control over your music like you wouldn't believe. The only bad thing I have to say about this unit is the lack of a strong pre-out voltage. But to the average user that won't matter, Once you learn the controls, which are like the Hd942U, you are good to go.

9 of 11 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Scan Man

Kalamazoo, MI

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great Sound, Options, and Display!

April 4, 2010

You can make this receiver do anything you want and then some. The controls can be a bit confusing, but are not as bad as some reviews say. Definitely one of the best receivers’ I have used and I would recommend it to everyone except for individuals that are susceptible to having seizures. If you turn on the setting to coordinate the color and blinking of the display with the beat of music it can almost make a ordinary person have a seizure, ha-ha. GREAT PRODUCT & WORTH THE MONEY!

8 of 10 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Gday

Canada

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great sound good deck

April 10, 2010

First time buying a deck since 1992. What a difference. So many options and settings. All I wanted was a good deck with 4V pre outs and bluetooth + sat radio built in. This fit all my parameters and I am happy with it so far. 5 months.

7 of 9 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

siobhan

deering, NH

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
kenwood kdc 993 stereo

March 27, 2010

If you want a nice stereo buy this one you will not be disappointed. for the money you cant beat it and the quality is top notch. The only think is there is a lot of options to use and it takes some time to the hang of it but it is well worth the price.

7 of 9 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

michael

hebron, IN

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great for the price! Excellent SQ

March 21, 2010

Great unit, the bluetooth is a great feature. Has great flexibility and raw sq from the low impedance preouts.
Only bad thing i can think of is scrolling through an iPod take a min.

Don't hesitate on this deck, i was debating between the 600 series and this is definitely the better buy

The display setting was perfect!

7 of 9 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

arctic33

deering N.H.

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

September 30, 2009

This stereo rocks. I have owned kenwood for years and it has been great that is why i got this one. I just hooked this up in my explorer with( rockford fosgate p1683 6x8s). I have not hooked up an amp yet but with out the amp it will blow you out the doors and still sounds good. Great looks,tons of options to set it up your way a little hard to use at first but well worth the money. I would buy this again and again.

7 of 9 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

eddie fonzareli

san diego, ca.

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
excellent head unit

May 7, 2010

i've read some complaints about the menu, navigation not so user friendly. well it's cake. if you have had a couple of head units in the past few years this will be easy for you to work with. i didn't even read the manual for anything. it's not hard to figure stuff out. this unit has a sleek look and lights up really nice at night. sound settings has everything you need. excellent product.! 5 stars

6 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Benjamin

Portsmouth, VA

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great Features!!

April 22, 2010

What a load of features in a very affordable unit. It has all of the adjustability I need to run a 3 or 4 way system using it's built in crossovers and equalizer settings and still provides above average sound quality.

Pro's: Crossover flexibility, three RCA pre-amp outputs, multiple color display options, good sound quality, USB input, IPOD control flexibility, built in equalizer, separate speaker placement and type adjustments for the ultimate in sound quality flexibility. Included blue-tooth connectivity.

Con's: The remote is almost a must use, the two knob operation is decent, but without the remote some things are difficult to use while driving. The massive amounts of controls and options makes getting through the various menus difficult until you learn the more common ones. The Bluetooth doesn't work well for me, but I drive a loud full size Ford Bronco and have not yet plaid with the various gain settings yet, which may help.

I recommend this unit to: Those on a budget that require an equalizer, crossover, IPOD connection options and bluetooth.

6 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Roy

Seabeck, WA

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great Sound

April 22, 2010

This head unit does everything I wanted. Great Sound with 3 pre-outs. Good Bluetooth compatibility and a rear USB port for IPOD control. The only problem I have with it is the user interface can be difficult to learn. It is hard to shift between radio stations. Other than that I would recommend this unit to anyone. I am an avid Kenwood fan, and they delivered on this one.

6 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Nismo

Ca

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great Deck

March 25, 2010

Looks good. Sounds good. Just buy it!

6 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

BIRDY

United Kingdom

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
GREAT STEREO

March 25, 2010

I think this is a great system, the sound quality is great with the 5 band EQ and many sound features on it, great for if u have subs and an amp and not only that it looks great too, the colours are fantastic on it! A great buy!

6 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Brauhmaudio

Gardena, CA

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Love the Sound Quality and Colors

November 20, 2009

Got a 40 gig external hard drive under the seat hooked up to this thing. Words are easy to read at night with reflection very hard to read. Sq choices are preset. cannot choose and boost frequency (can only boost 5 pre-chosen frequencies). Decent choices however, built in crossovers allow me to not need to touch my amps. Low and high passed at 24dbls and down.

6 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Quintin

Decatur, GA

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Great Radio

April 25, 2010

I purchased the eXcelon KDC-X993 from here about 6 months ago and have been loving it ever since. This radio allows me to match a very wide range of interior lighting in my car. It has a function that allows me to increase or reduce the amount of red, blue or green within the current color. The digital equalizers found in this radio also offers superior sound control over high treble, low bass and everything in between. Even the subwoofer has multiple settings. There is even a highway setting. I find the automatic sync to my iPhone through Bluetooth to be very handy. If I want, I can hook my phone up to the unit through USB cable and play music from my phone while charging the phone at the same time. When call come through, it automatically pauses the song.

I have run across two issues with the unit though. It seems that I can not have my iPhone plugged into the USB connection while it is trying to do a sync through Bluetooth or it will not sync and as a result, I will not be able to receive calls through the unit. The second issue I noticed was with the time adjustment function disappearing from the main menu. I'm pretty sure this menu item will re-appear if I reset the unit but it's not a big deal to me so I've left it the way it is.

In all I enjoy using this radio. The unit arrived faster than I expected and I was blown away by the fact that I also received a mounting kit. When the time comes, I will definitely come back here again!!!.

5 of 7 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

spmpdr

redmond,or

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
great h/u

March 16, 2010

This h/u has everything you need and sounds great!!! looks very nice to!!

5 of 7 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Sinister Audio

Oxford, MA

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Outstanding

March 10, 2010

Well to start Sonic is the best company to work with fast shipping, knowledgeable staff, and GREAT prices!

I am an audiophile, I want it loud but more importantly I want it clear and clean. I started looking for a new head unit to replace my Alpine CDA-9831 that was on its way out the door. I looked at all the top end models from Alpine, Pioneer, Eclipse, Clarion, and Kenwood for a while before deciding on this unit. While price is not a total issue with me I still don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to buy a deck and then spend even more to add the features I want to it. I needed a single din deck with DTA and not too many models offer this as a standard feature. The Eclipse CD7200-mk-II is a much nicer unit but it’s almost twice the cost of the Kenwood. I decided to go with the Kenwood for the price and options and I’m glad I did.

Install was a snap and set up (for me) was a breeze. Don't get me wrong the unit’s menu system is not ideal but it is not impossible to learn. I find the display easy to see during day or night (I have tint) from an upward angle (if you have a Town Car you understand). The display is actually easier to read than my Alpine was.
The deck has a separate crossover for each output front, rear, and sub w/selectable bands and then you can select the slope you want that band to have. You can configure the cabin size and listening position for each source along with the crossover band/slopes. The deck even has settings for speaker size's (front and rear) and position to optimize performance.

With no configuration after install it sounded just as good as my Alpine did that was configured. After I configured it for my system and did some testing/tuning it sounds GREAT!

I would buy this product again (I more than likely will the wife wants one now) and would recommend this to anyone looking for a top notch head unit at a good price.

System
Head: Kenwood KDC-X993
Monitoring: Power Acoustik Meter 4
Eq: MA audio MA-30EQ
Speakers: Rockford Fosgate T-1682's (2 pairs)
Subs : JL Audio 12W3v3-2 ohm (2)
Amps : Infinity 610A 600W [email protected] ohm (2)
Infinity 475A 75Wx4 RMS @ 4ohm
Power: Optima D34/78 yellow top 750CCA
Cap: Tsunami X15HCAP-20 20 Farad
Wiring: 0 gauge Monster cable
4 gauge Monster cable
All wire connectors: Street wires
All Interconnects: Street wires ZN9
Sound dampening: Dynamat Extreme (whole trunk+all doors)

5 of 7 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Josh

Ferndale, MI

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Excellent

December 22, 2009

This is my first Kenwood head unit and I must say, boy am I impressed. I am VERY picky about the quality of my sound and this unit really delivers. Crisp, clear and abundant sound is all you'll get from this unit. Installation was a snap with all the installation goodies I got with my order. One word of advice... USE AN ADAPTER KIT. Also, if required, use the proper Metra or Scosche interface. All I had to do was SOLDER & HEATSHRINK the connections between the head unit and the adapter, and I had it installed in 10 minutes. No joke. Complete plug and play. I have to agree on the menu system though... a little confusing. All in all, I highly recommend this unit to anybody considering purchasing it.

5 of 7 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Jim R

Bartlesville, OK

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Decent Head unit with a few annoyances

December 7, 2009

I picked this up without doing a lot of research. My plan was to install something temporarily until I got around to installing a NAV system. For that purpose, this worked great. The unit sounds excellent. I had this professionally installed so I can't comment on that part of it. I can say that, when it was finally all set up and working, everything worked well. The bluetooth feature was especially nice.

On the other hand, if this was going to be something I was going to use for an extended period of time, then its not so great.

1) The display is almost impossible to see during the day. I've played with several options and no matter how I configure it, the glare makes it impossible to read.

2) The menu system is terrible. Expect to spend at least 3-4 hours setting this thing up, programming stations, etc. About half of this time is trying to figure out which setting is under which button. The manual helps but not much. Also, there is no way you can do any of this while driving. If you need to add a new preset, you're pretty much screwed until you stop.

To make things worse, you have to perform different actions (with the same control) depending on the option you are looking at. For example, sometimes to select an option, you have to push the right tuner Knob to the right. A different option in the same menu may have you simply press and release the button and a 3rd item may have you hold the button in for 3 seconds. Its really annoying to try to figure out how to select as the pushing the knob the wrong way might take you to a completely different menu.

I gave this unit an overall rating of 3 because of the glare and the incomprehensible menu system. If those were fixed, this would easily be a 4 or a 5.

6 of 9 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

William

Dale City, VA

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Questionable

June 17, 2009

The sound is very SQ. Onboard power is usually enough . The remote wire left my amps setting silent from time to time. Very frustrating. !!! RMA'd this unit after 4 days. Upgraded it to a Pioneer PRS modle, But if you don't use an amp or two, Then for the money i would still recomend it for the SQ and the features which were really nice. I also had HD radio with it that really worked well and did improov over regular brodcast. Didn't try the B Tooth, But my son's works well for him on a simelar system. To date the best SQ unit I have owned. Wish the amps would have been workable with this system. Sonic Electronics worked with me on this exchange and everyone was very easy to work with. I give them a solid 5X5. Great folks there.

5 of 7 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

gary

Stevensville, MT

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
kenwood how could yoiu go wrong

February 12, 2010

i just hooked this up and i like everything about it just one thing is that i can not play the song off my env touch phone with the usb cord. i owed 1 other deck and i will never leave Kenwood again. Kenwood is the best in my words

5 of 8 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

6 Ft. 3.5mm to 3.5mm Aux Cable (Black)

2 meter (6 feet) Aux to Aux Cable Connector, Great for iPod / MP3 Player headphone jack connection to car stereo aux input.

Your Price $4.99

Belva BAAUX

Extend your existing AUX input to a remote location

Your Price $7.99

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $18.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

Install Bay BS9HD

Heavy Duty Metal Mounting Backstrap

Your Price $1.29

SoundKase DFC1X

Soft-Sided Nylon Receiver Faceplate Case

Your Price $6.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

Items we think you might want
SWI-JACKv1 main
PAC SWI-JACKv1 (New Version of SWI-JACK)

• Compatible with Most Vehicles
• Non-Volatile Memory Keeps All Programming Settings Even if Vehicle Battery is Disconnected
• Great for Convertibles

Your Price $49.95

Hide answersShow all answers | Sort by
No questions have been asked about this item. Be the first!

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-X993

UPC

019048183248

Weight

5.50lbs

Internal SKU

kdcx993

Internal Product ID

18456

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-X993