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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X399

Single DIN Bluetooth In-Dash CD/AM/FM Car Stereo w/ Android & iPhone Compatibility

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Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X300

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General Features:

  • Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X399 In-Dash Receiver
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Detachable face plate
  • 13-digit LCD display with variable color illumination
  • Siri Eyes Free Control
  • Remote control included
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • CD/CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable and USB-to-Lightning Cable compatible
  • Built-in Android AOA control and charging of select Android devices using the USB connection: USB-to-Micro USB cable compatible
  • Pandora and iHeartRadio internet radio control with Android and iPhone devices
  • 5-band parametric equalizer
  • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of heavily compressed music files
  • Low pass filter and subwoofer level control
  • 3.5mm Front Audio Auxiliary Input
  • Front USB Input
  • Music Drive allows you to select audio from multiple flash drives/memory cards in a connected USB hub
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Supports A2DP audio streaming
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes an external wired microphone for clear, convenient talking

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC ControlPRO or Axxess ASWC-1 are required and sold separately

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X300)

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
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
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
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
Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Front
Number of Front USB Inputs
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 Audio Input

Monitor Screen Features

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.
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.
No
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.
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.
Yes
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.

Universal (Accessory required and sold separately)
  • PAC ControlPro: PAC ControlPRO Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
  • Axxess ASWC-1: Axxess ASWC-1 Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
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

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
iPhone 6 Compatible
App 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)
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 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 7th Generation (16GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 5th Generation (16, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
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.
App Compatible
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)

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
67%
4 Star
11%
3 Star
11%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
11%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.1
Value
4.8
Features
4.8
Design
4.6
Usability
4.1
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KDC-X399

April 10, 2015

Nice Deck not to many thing going on. Blue Tooth works great!! not too many settings like other decks. Remote could be longer range though. shade setting should match ANY dash lights!!

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andy

Vero Beach FL

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DoA

May 27, 2015

this deck has great features for the price but it arrived DoA witch turns me off to buying kenwood in the future.

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scott

Paradise, CA

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Kenwood Excel on KDC-X399

April 23, 2015

PROS: Excellent Car Stereo, has alot of audio adjustments for a crystal clear sound no matter what kind of music you like and Sounds awesome and is a very affordable quality deck!

CONS : to small of clock display, and Display is really hard to see in daylight!

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Charles

Zimbabwe

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Good product

August 13, 2015

Quite an excellent product. I enjoy the Bluetooth hands-free calling which makes my driving easier. However the 4v preamp output did not live up to my expectations. I assumed it would bring more power compared to my old stereo which was 2v preamp but that is not the case. Nonetheless the radio is superb.

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Ken Chapin

Ada, Michigan

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My first new deck in 13 years!

April 22, 2015

This deck is replacing my 13 year old Panasonic CQ-DF802U. That old deck held up great, but was starting to get tired. I'm known for running my gear 'til it dies. Time to step up to modern tech!
The KDC-X399 is quite a nice deck, especially at this price point. I had 4 different decks picked out, and agonized over them all, until I settled in on this one. Lots of features, most of which I need to learn to use. The basics are pretty easy to figure out. I've been a car audio nut since my first car, back in 1986, and I've seen a lot of changes in products.
Without changing anything, other than swapping decks, I can say that this unit massively out performs the old one. It sounds great! I'm looking forward to some "tweak and tune" time in the driveway tomorrow. I can't wait to hear what this thing can really do!
Thanks Sonic!

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Josh

florida

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Worth every penny!

May 11, 2015

Awesome radio! Hands down one of the best radios for the price over ever had! I've always used kenwoods and the deck is a prime example why!

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wesley

Norfolk va

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Once again great pricing super fast shipping

April 16, 2016

Couldn't be happier with my choice. I ordered this for my dad to replace his stock radio and it's very easy to use and sounds great.

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Mark

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Loved the customer service

March 23, 2016

This is a very watered down product of the Kenwood line. I got what I paid for; should have spent more and get better functions, easier to get around, etc., type of product with next purchase.
The customer service for these guys is fantastic. Have to wait on hold for a bit but they know what they are talking about when you have a question!

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Robert

Owensboro, KY

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Great value with good sound

March 12, 2016

The radio was just as advertised. Easy installation and easy to set up

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

PAC ControlPRO SWI-CP5 Steering Wheel Control Interface

Steering Wheel Control Interface for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Jensen Radios and More

Your Price $64.95

Axxess ASWC-1

Universal steering wheel control interface with automatic programming

Your Price $51.99

Axxess AXM-USB-LTNG

Apple Lightning to USB Charge and Sync Cable

Your Price $6.99

Axxess AXM-I5USBFL1

Flat Tangle Free Apple Lighning To USB Cable

Your Price $15.97

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

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

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Why did you choose this?
Sonic Electronix Store
I've always had good luck w/ kenwood and options/price won me over. the 3 sets of 4volt pre out puts will make installing my small system a breeze. Bluetooth will be a first for me but seems easy enough
JOE R on Feb 2, 2016
kenwood is known for great decks. all ways like there deck as well as a few others but all ways lean more to kenwood since they never seam to let me down.
Brent A on Nov 9, 2015
Is a wanted gift
karla p on Dec 2, 2015
Looked like the best deal for the money. I'll let you know how it sounds when I get it installed.
Harry P on Sep 24, 2015
How are the excelons compared to the normal kenwood headunits? and how is this specific headunit (KDC-X399) compared with the KDC-X998? I'm not after the features I'm looking for answers about the sound quality. Specifically and technically the DAC, What manufacturer? is it a wolfson, a burr-brown DAC? what is the bitrate/sampling rate? I'm sorry about my question. I'm just intrigued with its pricing because they say that the excelons have better sound quality compared with the normal, but I want specific answers.
Regie on Apr 16, 2015
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Can you change to clock to a larger view?
Jack S on Jan 15, 2015
Best Answer: Hello Jack,

The OEM settings is its only size:

http://manual.kenwood.com/en_contents/attachDownload/81246
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Jan 17, 2015
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Does it come with the plug that goes into the back of the unit to allow hookup to auto wires?
BillDauz on Dec 31, 2015
Best Answer: If you're asking about the connections for amplifier connections, yes. All exelon units come with front, rear and subwoofer audio outputs built into the back of the unit.

If you're asking about the vehicle wiring harness that plugs directly into your car, no. They are sold separately.
Reply · Report · Devin M on Dec 31, 2015
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-X399

UPC

0019048210166

Weight

2.00lbs

Internal SKU

kdcx399

Internal Product ID

91192

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-X399