Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X998 | Single DIN Bluetooth Car Stereo

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X998

Single DIN Bluetooth CD/USB/MP3 Car Stereo With HD Radio, Aux Input and AM/FM Tuner

• Single DIN In-Dash CD/MP3/USB Car Stereo
• 2-Way iPod Control
• 50W x 4 Chan. MAX • 22W x 4 Chan. RMS
• 3 Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs
• 13-Band Parametric Equalizer

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General Features:

  • Single DIN In-Dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, USB Receiver with Remote
  • 2-way iPod control allows control from the iPod or the stereo
  • Blue illuminated button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Theft-deterrent, detachable face plate
  • Wireless remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1 Year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and WMA
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 5 and iOS 6 software
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • 13-band parametric equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves

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
  • HD Radio Built In
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable compatible
  • Front Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players
  • Front and Rear USB Input: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: Axxess ASWC required and sold separately
  • Rear RCA Video Output: Used for connection to separate monitors and other devices
  • Rear RCA Audio/Video Input: Used for connecting video accessories such as game consoles, video cameras, etc.
  • CD changer controls

Bluetooth Features:

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

Product history:

Kenwood KDC-X998 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Kenwood KDC-X997 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X998)
Kenwood KDC-X996 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X997)
Kenwood KDC-X995 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X996)
Kenwood KDC-X994 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KDC-X995)
Key features
Key features
In-Dash Receiver Specifications
Receiver Size
Single DIN
Anti-Theft Security
Detachable Faceplate
Motorized Faceplate
Remote Control
Peak Power Output
50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
6-channel (3 pairs)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
Preamp Voltage
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
13-Band Parametric
Display Type
Dot-Matrix Text Display
Display Color
Button Color
CEA-2006 Compliant
Playback Features
AM/FM Tuner
FM Presets
AM Presets
Radio Data System (RDS)
CD-R/RW Playback
MP3 Playback
WMA Playback
Video playback
DVD Region Number
Dual Zone
Hi-Res Certified
Video in-motion bypass
Audio / Video Inputs
USB Input
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
Front 3.5mm Audio Input
Monitor Screen Features
MirrorLink Compatible
Device Mirroring
Navigation Features
Map Database
Traffic Lane Guidance
Navigation During Audio Playback
Navigation During Video Playback
Speed Display
Map Source
Traffic Tuner
Customizable POI
Expandability Features
Compatible Smartphones
iPhone (iOS)
Satellite Radio
SiriusXM Ready (Accessory sold separately)
HD Radio
Yes (Built-In/Included HD Radio Tuner)
Bluetooth Connectivity
Yes (Built-in/Included [Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and/or Microphone Included])
A2DP Music Streaming
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
Maestro Compatible
Rear View Camera Input
Smartphone Integration
iPhone/iPod Features
iPhone 5 Compatible
App Compatible
Audio Playback
Pandora Control
iPod Audio Integration
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Android Features
Pandora Control
Audio Playback
Android Audio Integration
Yes (via Bluetooth Connection)
Android Video Connection
What is in the box?
Product and accessories
Other Accessory #1
Other Accessory #2
Other Accessory #3
Other Accessory #4
Other Accessory #5
Authorized Dealer
Authorized Dealer
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix
Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X998

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X998



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September 6, 2014


I bought this for the preamp voltage.. but I was very pleased when I purchased this. ... it looks great and I look all of the options that comes with this head unit. It takes a little getting use to if you aren't accustom to Kenwood products... I would definitely recommend it...


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August 20, 2014

Top of the Line!

I bought this Head Unit to replace a entry level Sony Xplod, and what an upgrade it was. I really have started to get into car audio hardcore and I wanted a really nice head unit to go along with all of my nice aftermarket products. I currently have all Rockford Fosgate Punch speakers and Fosgate Power amps along with all Fosgate wiring. The thing I love about the Excelon line is that they all have 4 volt pre-outs. It just makes for a cleaner signal to me.This x998 makes my speakers and sub sound so clean and makes them get super loud if I want. The features this radio have make it worth the money to me. I love that I can choose the speaker size and sub woofer size. The custom 13 band EQ is awesome. If you are not familiar with advanced settings this radio can be a bit overwhelming. I however am pretty tech savvy so it was easy for me to pick up on everything. There is an awesome review on how to use this radio on YouTube for those who have trouble. The Pros are its a top of the line radio. The look is sharp and clean. The Bluetooth sounds awesome on my Galaxy S3, the phone calling and receiving option works good, the CD and USB have a dust cover, the 4v pre-outs, and it just produces a nice clean sound. Also I love the sound elevation feature( I'm 6'3 so its nice to make the sound come from up high in my truck, really nice feature) The only con for me is its kind of hard to read the screen during the bright daylight (But i don't mind that, the Pros far outweigh this con) Overall its a great upgrade for me and it makes a huge difference in sound quality. Definitely worth the money. Sonic is the best place to buy from!!! I highly recommend this radio!!!!!


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April 30, 2015

If it didn't have these problems

My radio has locked up a couple times since I've had it. You have to change the presets for every source. instead of making things simple and having to change the preset one time, you have to change it for every source which is annoying. It is especially annoying if you have to do this over and over again because of it freezing up and you having to reset the radio to make it work, or if something happens to your battery and it gets reset anyway. I can't go between auto 1, 2, or manual with the remote. If your operating this radio with the remote and you left it on preset mode, you can't get out of it with the remote, which means you have to physically press the button on the radio. In other words, backseat listeners are out of luck! The display is too hard to read. You're screwed if it's sunny out, which is almost always.


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April 26, 2015

Kenwood KDC-X998 is a good souce unit

The Kenwood KDC-X998 does what I want: (1) play CD's, (2) stream Rhapsody via Bluetooth from my iPhone 6 and iPad and (3) has HD Radio. No complaints here.

You can program up to 18 presets on one band and combine whatever you want AM/FM/analog/HD. No changing from band to band to band after you get past 6 presets like on most head units.

I tried a Pioneer DEH-X9600BHS but it had Bluetooth issues. I then tried a Sony MEX-GS810BH but it had issues with the radio [both analog and HD].

The Kenwood just works. It also has some DSP options that some folks may be able to leverage. At the very least , users should use the time alignment feature.

It is currently paired with a Helix DSP 8-channel digital signal processing unit, JL Audio XD700/5 power amplifier, JL Audio 10TW3-D4 subwoofer and the front OEM drivers in a mid-sized SUV. The front OEM drivers consist of 6x9's in the doors, 2-1/2's in the dash corners and tweeters in the pillars. I am still dialing in the Helix DSP and will most likely install aftermarket component drivers, but the Helix DSP really helps the OEM drivers sound better.

I would certainly recommend this head unit.


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March 14, 2016

Amazing head unit.

It is a little confusing at first if you haven't had an audiophile type head unit but once you get the hang of it you'll never want anything's ng else. The sound quality is amazing, and it seems to be clean clean even at high volume. It's best thing I've bought for my car so far.


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G. Harp

December 3, 2015

Nothing easier

I have had five Kenwood receivers. One is a double din. I have never been so delighted to use a stereo as I am with this model. It is simply easy to use. I usually use Aux, HD Radio, and BT Audio. I don't use more, but switching between could not be easier.
The looks are sweet too. It has a highly refined look to it. I make it show me the clock all the time. I have it showing the screen in negative so the clock is highly visible in strong sunlight.
There is simply not one thing not great. I need to shop for a Sirius/XM add on.
This receiver has great sound. I just changed all four speakers to four-way Pioneer's. My little Ranger pickup sounds great.
Sitting in traffic on my commute is now awesome.


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