This unit is a perfect replacement for a stock stereo. There is a major difference in sound compared to the OEM radio. The wire harness adapters were a complement that made the swap a smooth process. Sonic Electronix supplied all the necessary items for the conversion for free!!! I actually had fun making the swap.
Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X598
Single-Din Bluetooth Car Stereo w/ iPod, Android and Pandora Support
eXcelon Performance & Quality
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
The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X498 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-X498 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
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
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
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.
- KDC-X498 In-Dash eXcelon Series Receiver
- Built-in Bluetooth
- 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
- 3-band parametric equalizer
- 24bit DAC enhances MP3/WMA playback
- Built-in electronic High-Pass and Low-Pass crossover filters
- Includes wireless remote control
- Spectrum audio analyzer with 8 times over sampling
- 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 USB Input
- Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately
- Hands free calling with external mic
- A2DP audio streaming
- Siri eyes free control
In-Dash Receiver Specifications
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- RMS Power
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.
Audio / Video Inputs
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.
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.
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.
2 Rear RCA Video Inputs
Monitor Screen Features
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.
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.
What is in the box?
Warranty and Return Policy
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
salt lake city, UT
November 7, 2014
This replaced my 2- month old pioneer MVH-X360BT was a nice stereo but only had one set RCA-out and only is sub-out love the BT for cellphone. so upgraded to the Kenwood excelon kdc-x598 with 3 rca-out connections front/rear/sub outs and BT is great beats wearing a earpiece when driving and price was good
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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.