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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X697

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

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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:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ready: SiriusXM Radio Package and subscription required and sold separately
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable is compatible, however Kenwood recommends the KCA-IP102
  • 3.5mm Front Auxiliary Input
  • Front and Rear USB Input
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately
  • Remote Control included

Product History:

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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
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 Equalizer with 8 selectable curves
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

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.
Yes
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

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 and Rear
Number of Front USB Inputs
1
Number of Rear USB Inputs
1
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

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
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 - SiriusXM (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.
No
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.
No
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)

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

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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

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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.1
Value
4.6
Features
4.0
Design
4.1
Usability
3.8
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Indiana

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Nice unit

December 12, 2014

Great head unit very easy to install easy to use

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Bj

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

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Kenwood eXelon is the only way to go!

December 6, 2014

I can some up this cd-head unit in one word.....CLARITY. I've used several types of kenwood decks and have yet to be disappointed. Ever since i tried the eXcelon line, I haven't looked back. I narrowed it down with 6 choices: 1: deck size, 2: pre-amp voltage, 3: number of rear RCAs. 4: display text/font style, 5: usb location & 6: price. Sonicelectronix has such a wide variety of car audio, with in unbelievable pricing. I will continue to check here before looking elsewhere. FYI- if your credit card shipping/billing addresses are different, CALL-IN YOUR ORDERS! Sonicelectronix FTW!

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Mr. Savingsworth

Los Angeles, CA

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Best Bang for Your Buck!!

November 13, 2014

The 4V preamps are a great feature to get the best quality audio out of your speakers,amps, and subs. The USB inputs are almost useless unless your music files are meticulously sorted on your player. Aux input will make up for the weak USB inputs.

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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:
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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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Why did you choose this?
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It was a good price
Carlos J V on Nov 24, 2014
Have been a long time fan a Kenwood head units since my first vehicle in 1990. Never disappointed me yet.
BJ H on Nov 12, 2014
Great features at an amazing price
Steven P on Nov 24, 2014
Great features at a great price and from Sonic, it gets shipped quickly. Can't beat it! I've installed over a dozen of these for my customers! Find me on Facebook if you're in Southern Maine by searching for: MPdesignsAV
Mike P on Nov 1, 2014
new or refurbished?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2014
Best Answer: Bought it brand new. wonderful sound , and multiple functions I recoment it !
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Will the unit support flack playback via the USB connection?
Robert R on Nov 20, 2014
Best Answer: The manual says no. I have only played 320kbps MP3 and 400+ kbps AAC (m4a) files. They sounded great. Unless you were putting the unit in a high end luxury auto with tons of sound deadening, I'm not sure you would hear the difference anyway. Mine is installed in an SUV so I know I wouldn't hear the difference and I have a copy of all my files in FLAC along with the MP3 and AAC versions.
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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