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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994

In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Receiver with Full Dot LCD Display and Built-in Bluetooth

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Kenwood KDC-X995

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The Kenwood KDC-X994 is an In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Receiver with Full-Dot LCD display. The variable color 5 line LCD Backlit display and the variable button color illumination produce enhanced viewing quality. This Kenwood receiver is equipped with cool audio features such as the built-in Tuner with 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets, MP3 ID3 Tag Display, 24-Bit Digital-to-Analog converter, Sound Excellence DSP, and a 5-band parametric equalizer with 9 preset tone curves. Digital E's Crossover settings give you full control of the front and rear speakers as well as the subwoofer.

Kenwood’s KDCX994 has built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming with 32.8 ft of range. There are plenty of expandability options for this Kenwood Receiver. The rear-panel auxiliary input 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices. Equipped with a rear USB input, you can have direct connectivity to your iPod or iPhone while providing a charge, full controls, and playback of your iPod/iPhone through the receiver. Sirius and XM Satellite radio has two packages if you are interested in those services. HD Radio and full compatibility with your steering wheel controls are some other options for this head unit. The combination of the features and the price make this Kenwood Receiver a smart buy.

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • Enhances iPod and iPhone control with My Playlist Function and high speed search
  • Flip-down, detachable face
  • Variable color 5 line LCD backlit display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Variable button color illumination
  • 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 Sonic Electronix warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA, and AAC
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • 24-Bit Digital-to-Analog converter enhances the sound quality of digital music
  • Sound Excellence DSP for an enhance listening experience
  • 5-band parametric equalizer with 9 preset tone curves
  • Digital E's+ Crossover settings for front speakers, rear speakers, and subwoofer
  • DSP Enhancements support DTA (Digital Time Alignment) and Highway-Sound

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready: Kenwood SIRIUS Package required and sold separately, along with a subscription
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system. Kenwood recommends the Kenwood KCA-iP101
  • Integrated Bluetooth: Enables phones, headsets, and portable devices to be paired for audio streaming and hands free calling with included voice microphone
  • HD Radio Ready: Kenwood KTC-HR300 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: USB port allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, as well as a iPod USB direct connection
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACK or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately
  • CD Changer controls

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables the a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
    • SYNC: Syncronization Profile enables the synchronization of Personal Information Manager (PIM) items
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a external wired microphone for clear talking and multiple mounting options

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X997)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X996)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KDC-X995)

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
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.
5-Band Parametric Equalizer
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.

LCD 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 Color Illumination
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
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.

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

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.

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.

No
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 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.
Yes
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.
No
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
No
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 Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
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
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4 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.4
Features
4.8
Design
4.6
Usability
4.0

Jacob

San Antonio

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Fantastic features and sound quality

February 6, 2011

This unit is not without its cons, however, whatever flaws there exist, they're heavily outweighted by the pros. Let's start with the good: 1. The 2-way crossover points are very refined. You start with 30Hz and can go in increments of 10Hz into 100s. The slope options are also plentiful: 6dB, 12dB, 18dB, and 24dB. 2. You can turn off the subwoofer channel. This helps with tuning speakers. 3. Bass boost, sub volume, highway sound, and supreme+ features. 4. Digital Time Alignment. This feature is usually seen only on high end audio equipment. It's a nice touch to see it on a $250 head unit. This feature is badly documented and presets on my head unit were wrong. However, you can use it to accomplish some pretty good results. I have delayed the rear speakers by about 20ms creating a nice "rear fill" surround effect. And also delayed the closest speaker to the driver to shift the sound stage to the center of the dash board. 5. Bright 4-line display with configurable text fields and colors. Now I can see the song name, artist name, time, track time, track number, cell phone battery charge and reception quality all at the same time. Isn't this cool? 6. The USB port is attached to a cable on the rear of the head unit. This is really nice because I hate seeing wires and USB flash keys sticking from the front of HU. 7. Overall look is pretty clean.. 8. Browsing through large music collections on USB media is pretty easy. It's based on folders, so if your music is well organized you'll have no problems finding things. 9. There are other features that I haven't had time to figure out yet, such as the "favorites" which is supposed to bypass the complex menu system. 10. The bluetooth hands free phone calling feature works flawlessly Now bad things: 1. A lot of advanced functionality is hidden in the menus. It takes some time to get used to the menu system. 2. Bluetooth phones take about 15-20seconds to sync with the receiver once its turned on. This may interrupt whatever you're doing with the head unit at the moment. 3. The 1,2,3,4..6 button's for radio station presets are gone. 4. The Kenwood Media Ediotor Lite software screws up tags that foreign character sets. So I just don't use this software. 5. I wish this receiver had support for 5.1 audio processing with stereo sources with Dolby ProLogic or similar technology (ok, ok.. I know that pretty much no one else is supporting this either). 6. Sometimes the display is not visible in bright sunlight. However, this is not a problem if you reverse the color of the text and background. All in all this head unit is a terrific value, and probably so will be the upcoming x995. There is simply NO OTHER receiver that has the features that I absolutely demanded, which are: 1. REAR USB port 2. Bluetooth phone support 3. Digital time alignment There are plenty head units that satisfy only two of the above. Oh, and some Alpine Head units may have those features, but you're gonna have to spend over $500 on them, with the add-ons.

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joel

kettering, OH

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very good. just shy of great.

December 21, 2010

I ended up with this unit because I wanted rear usb and amber illumination. At the time I did not need all of the features but have used them here and there after a vehicle swap. As far as audio control goes I think the basic settings are great. However at this price point and this being "flagship" (starts excelon starting with a 9) there are audio features found in the past that are gone. A larger number of EQ bands, or even better, having the same number but the bands being parametric would be much more useful. Having time alignment is great but if the unit allowed filtering for a true active setup, ie hp/bp/lp the flexibility would be much greater. I would be using it now in fact but I kept my front stage passive because I didn't want to add any external processing. I am all for the sleek look manufacturers are going for but the lack of preset buttons is annoying. I don't listen to the radio often but when i do I hate having to go into a menu to scan presets. The same menu system works very well for mp3 playback via usb. The control routine is similar to an ipod. I didnt have much luck with the hands free via bluetooth. It could have been my mic placement but callers couldn't understand me. I do love playing audio from my phone via BT but it becomes a issue when I get a call. One of the most notable features is the variable illumination. I havent messed with this from anyone else so i cant compare. Kenwood gives you i believe 6 or 7 preset choices that are easy and may suit most. Then you can go into user and set the r, g, and b on your own. I believe each gos from 0 to 10, it may be 6 i dont recall. I honestly wish there were more digits to fine tune a tad more. On my bmw I ws able to get close enough but not perfect on my escape it was hard to tell if it were different. so I give this feature a 9 out of 10. it is pretty easy to do and allows combo of negative and positive displays that can toggle with dimmer. Which brings me to my number one gripe. The display is terrible. Off angle a positive orange on black is washed out orange on brown. In sunlight it is nothing but black. Allowing the display to go to a negative (orange background black text) when the lights were off ie day helped a bit but was still pretty bad. IIRC the jvc units that have variable illumination use more of an OEL type display. if this is the case, kenwood needs to step up their game. This is a $250+ head unit in 2010 that is just as hard to read as a $120 deck in 2002. The feature is great if they can get the visibility to go with it. Over all I would buy this deck again. I am just being critical so people know what the shortcomings are.

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Trey

Ponchatoula, LA

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Nice one from Kenwood

November 24, 2010

This radio does everything that I wanted it to do. I was looking for one with the usb in the back and bluetooth and there weren't many. I like how you can change the color of the display and the ipod control is really easy to use. It sounds pretty good too, but there are so many eq adjustments that it's hard to get it perfect. I can't really get the highs to sound good, but I'm still on stock speakers so I'm sure once I get them swapped out for some Boston's they should sound a lot better.

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Laramie

Waco, Tx

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Worth it

November 7, 2010

I went from a cheap 2005 Sony head unit to this & this one made a huge difference in sound. My polk db's sound a lot louder. It has lots of adjustments. Bt is clear & easy to set up.

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JJ

Phoenix, AZ

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Very Nice Deck, Easy to Use and packed with features!

July 30, 2010

I have primarily had Alpine head units in the past. I decided to go with Kenwood this time due to the ease of use, the menu system is very simple and the iPod control is fantastic. Also it has all of the right specs to control even the highest end stereo systems. I do not like that satelitte radio requires two additional interface boxes, and if you want HD you need an additional interface box. If you want both Satelitte and HD you need yet another splitter box as there is not a pass-through port. I have this installed in a truck with a large dash but even I would be challenged finding room for all of this equipment to tuck away.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-X994

UPC

0019048183248

Weight

7.00lbs

Internal SKU

kdcx994

Internal Product ID

22935

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-X994