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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

Single-Din Car Stereo w/ iPod, Android and Pandora Support

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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

$119.95

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SiriusXM SXV200V1 (SXV200 v1)

$59.99

Special Price $53.99 ($59.99 if purchased separately)

SiriusXM SXV200V1 (SXV200 v1)

• SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner 2.0 For Adding Satellite Radio to Any SiriusXM-Ready Car Stereo
• No Adapters Needed
• Pause, Rewind, and Replay Up To 30 Minutes of Live Satellite Radio
• iTune Tagging
• Compact Design
• Alert Notification When Favorite Song, Team or Artist is Playing

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eXcelon Performance & Quality

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

Kenwood's eXcelon products incorporate the latest technologies and deliver amazing sound performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer systems and high voltage preouts, eXcelon represents the very best product available from Kenwood.

A Listening Experience

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697 CD receiver will expand your sonic boundaries with a nice blend of audio features and sophisticated styling. Thanks to its selectable color feature, you can pick a button color that matches your vehicle's illumination so the receiver will look perfect in your dash.

Install the Pandora App for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones and you'll enjoy a personalized listening experience. The KDC-X697 also allows you to connect, control and enjoy satellite radio from SiriusXM, including new SiriusXM XTRA Channels with optional SiriusXM tuner SXV200. Compatible 2013 CD receivers can also take advantage of the SXV200 advanced features such as Smart Favorites, artist/song/game alerts, iTunes tagging or SiriusXM Replay.

USB Connectivity for iPhone, iPod and compatible USB mass storage devices

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

Most USB-enabled CD receiver models, feature USB connectivity for audio playback from popular devices like iPhone and iPod. Featuring easy-to-use user interface, iPod browsing is a breeze when searching by playlist, artist, album, song, genres or composer. Additionally, you can use advanced search functions like Reverse Browsing, Alphabet Search and Skip Search to find what you want to listen to, quickly and easily. For added versatility, App/iPod Mode disables the receiver's integrated control, enabling passengers to control the iPod manually including some selected Apps. The same USB connectivity allows users to connect USB thumb drives and external hard disk drives.

Music Control for Android Smartphones

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X397

For those Android Smartphone users that feel neglected by car audio companies, Kenwood has you cover with their new App that allows you to interface your music through the car stereo. This free Kenwood application found on Google Play organizes your music and provides quick and easy music search capability from any 2013 USB/CD receiver. Once installed on a compatible Android smartphone which supports mass storage mode, you will be able to search by artist, song or genre as well as select music based on your mood.

Connect and Control Satellite Radio

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X397

Connect, control and enjoy satellite radio from SiriusXM, including new SiriusXM XTRA Channels (USA only) with a single direct connection to a compatible CD receiver with optional SiriusXM tuner SXV200. Compatible 2013 CD receivers can also take advantage of the SXV200 advanced features such as Smart Favorites, artist/song/game alerts, iTunes tagging or SiriusXM Replay.

Expand with Dual USB Inputs

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

A front panel mounted USB and a rear USB input mounted on an extension cable will support multiple devices at the same time. A LED status indicator for "Rear USB" is found on the front panel confirming if a device is connected.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Features:

  • KDC-X697 In-Dash eXcelon Series Receiver
  • Three-line Full-Dot LCD display for improved viewing
  • 2-way iPod control allows control from the iPod or the stereo
  • Pandora Link integrates your car stereo with your iPhone and Pandora Internet Radio
  • Kenwood application for Android provides quick search and music organization
  • Blue illuminated button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Detachable face plate
  • Remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 2-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • CD/CD-R/RW, MP3/AAC/WAV/WMA Playback
  • Compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • Supreme setting improves music that is encoded at low bit rates
  • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 selectable tone curves (7 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24bit DAC enhances MP3/WMA playback
  • Built-in electronic High-Pass and Low-Pass crossover filters
  • Spectrum audio analyzer with 8 times over sampling

Expandability Options:

Product History:

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Expandability Features

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.
iPhone (iOS)
Android

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.
iPhone 5 Compatible
Audio Playback
Siri Control
Pandora Control
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.
No
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.
Pandora Control
Audio Playback
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.
Yes (via Android USB Cable or Accessory 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.
No

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
43%
4 Star
43%
3 Star
14%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.0
Value
4.6
Features
3.9
Design
3.9
Usability
3.6

brian

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

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GREAT SOUND

May 27, 2014

This is a very nice unit - great sound. Must use the remote for everything which is a bother - radio preset recall with the remote is a pain. But the sound makes up for any problem. To hard the set up and the operation directions - useless

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Paul

Elkridge, MD

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Cannot beat it for the price.

April 19, 2014

I purchased the XDC-697 for $104. I was looking for a single DIN unit with a multi-line character display and USB. Most other Single DIN units have 10-12 characters max at a time. This unit can have three lines and probably 16 characters across. The colors are customizable (buttons and/or display to match my dash). The audio adjustment options are endless. The display and interface customizing options are endless as well. You could get lost for days tinkering with your settings. I have had it for almost a month now and finally think I have all of the settings where I want them. It pushes my speakers nicely. The higher end units have bluetooth. My Gripes: ------------- 1. The faceplate appears to scratch easily 2. If you like adjusting your EQ frequently, it is not a simple process 3. FM reception is not as great as my GM factory HU 4. You have to download the 104 pg manual online to understand the settings 5. The lack of buttons on the faceplate gives the remote control easier control over the unit 6. You only have one audio 'User" preset All in all I love this HU. It only took me three weeks to understand what all it can do.

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ben

kingman, AZ

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its ok

April 11, 2014

itts ok..just not happy w the screens and resolution

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James

New Braunfels, TX

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Excellent Head Unit

April 3, 2014

I bought this unit to replace the factory stereo in my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. I didn't have a lot of money to spend and this unit offered a lot of features for the price. I hooked it up to some JBL GTO speakers I had. I have another car I use for a daily driver that has an expensive and very complex system. When I fired up the Kenwood with the JBLs I was amazed at how well everything sounded with just the head unit and no amp. Don't let the price fool you. It offers some great features and has a pretty extensive menu of settings. I really like having the front and rear USB ports. You can even add satellite radio to it. I have a 64GB thumb drive with nearly 4000 songs loaded on it connected to the rear USB port. Paired to JBLs the sound quality is very good. So far I guess my only complaint with this unit is that it doesn't have blue tooth. If you need that then you need to look at another model. I really didn't have high expectations so I was very surprised by its capabilities. I recommend this unit.

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thomas

myrtle beach, SC

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Most bang for your buck

March 23, 2014

After doing some research i found the eXelon product line rates well with most audiophiles then it's just a matter of finding it at a price you can live with. Well i had to wonder if the cops were coming to my door because i stole this item legally. Sonic electronix always has had what i wanted in stock at a great price with timely delivery A WIN, WIN, WIN SITUATION FOR ME !!!!!!! also included was a wiring harness for a professional installation

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TJ

KY

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February 28, 2014

I really like the look of this head unit, it's very sleek and elegant. The flaps over the cd and usb/aux ports are a classy touch. I also like the glossy finish, I'm not having any of the glare problems that a lot of reviewers write about. That may be because I have heavily tinted windows. The sound quality is fantastic.This is the first non-Alpine/Pioneer head unit I've owned in years, and I'm not disappointed. One important thing to note when setting your amp gains, this head unit's preouts do not clip at full tilt - volume 35/35. If you set your amp gains at 28/35, which is about 80% like most people/sites recommend, will will end up with a fairly low preout voltage. To get the full 4 volts, you need to use volume 35 and sub +1. Kenwood has seriously stepped up their game lately. One reason I decided to go with Kenwood over Alpine/Pioneer/Claroin, is that I was so impressed with my girlfriend's Kenwood head unit. I got her a new KDC-108 a little over a year ago for dirt cheap, and she loves it. Looks, sound quality, durability, these are all around quality units, and they seem, to me, to be much better value than what the other guys are putting out. There are only 2 things I don't really like about it. Firstly, if you pause then go to a different song, that song automatically plays. You can't pause a song right at the beginning because the you have to hold the pause button for a couple seconds. That may sound like no big deal, but I just find it a little annoying that whenever I get in the car, the middle of a song, or at least a second or two into a song, starts playing, instead of the beginning. & there's nothing you can do about it. Secondly, useless functions like "loudness" and "supreme". I know most companies have similar functions, but Kenwood - You would be much more highly respected in the audiophile community if you'd get rid of that crap. Okay, so my two complaints were pretty weak, but that's really all I've got. I really like this head unit, and I highly recommend it. As far as I'm concerned in the heard unit market, Kenwood is one of the big boys now.

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Shawn

Cincinnati, OH

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Really great deal!

January 27, 2014

I would recommend this unit, I wanted to replace my old unit which only had the iPod hookup, now I have that plus pandora, I'm good!

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Monster Cable MPC CLNKIT-SM CN

2 Bottles of LCD Screen Clean with Cleaning Cloth

Your Price $2.99

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

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

Your Price $12.99

9-Piece Durable Nylon Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set

Helps with car stereo installation for use with dash and trim.

Your Price $14.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

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

AutoSound 2000 CD-104

Audiophile reference series test disc for evaluation of all audio components.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-105

Demonstrates different characteristics and specifications of an audio system.

Your Price $11.99

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-X697

UPC

019048203236

Weight

3.80lbs

Internal SKU

kdcx697

Internal Product ID

65900

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-X697