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The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X492 is an in-dash CD receiver.

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Pros

dual mode offers separate audio for front and back speakers, with remote for the back seat

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AUX input for use with external audio devices such as iPods, laptops, phones, etc...

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can be programmed for specific year, make and model of vehicle for automatic optimal sound settings

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impressive sound quality - especially for the price

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good build quality

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includes remote control

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affordable price point

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separate pre-amps for subs, front and rear enable easy expansion with amplifiers

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front USB input for use with thumb-drives

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Cons

blue light around the controls is distractingly bright, can't be adjusted

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GUI is overly complex when doing setup and adjustments

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overall operation is confusing, takes some time to learn

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instruction booklet isn't very descriptive

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no way to change the information shown on the display without changing inputs - can't switch from clock to radio station frequency, for instance

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The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X492 is an in-dash CD receiver.  In addition it offers USB Direct control, letting the consumer plug in their portable music devices into its 1-wire iPod connection or its front USB and AUX input.  This system is fairly basic when it comes to features, but it has the ability to be expanded with extra cost.  For example, it is ready for an additional bluetooth hands-free capability.  The advantage of a system bereft of features is that its cost is greatly reduced in comparison to other in-dash receivers.  If all you want is a CD player that can connect to an iPod or other music device and need to keep the cost down, the Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X492 is perfect.

Features
  • Illuminated front USB and AUX input
  • USB 1-wire direct connect
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth ready
  • HD Radio ready
  • Remote control
  • Power: 50 watts
  • 8-Point Crossover
  • Detachable for security purposes
  • 2 year warranty
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