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The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 is an entry-level, single-DIN car audio receiver.

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Pros

separate built-in preouts for the front, rear and sub at 4 volts allows for high-end expansion options

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all levels and item scrolling handled through the knob, which can scroll as fast or as slow as you want to move it

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CD player handles bumps in the road gracefully and works well with very scratched discs

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included remote is a little thicker than most car remotes, easier to handle

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reads and plays from USB thumb drives extremely quickly, allows for fast scrolling through titles

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

takes some time to work out how to get to the various options

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owner's manual seems very complex and hard to understand

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494 is an entry-level, single-DIN car audio receiver. Users can control a USB-connected iPod or iPhone via the receiver interface, which can display text in one or two lines. The KDC-X494 also features AM/FM radio, a CD player and an AUX input. Bluetooth, HD radio, and satellite radio support all require separately purchased accessories. The receiver outputs up to 50 W per channel and features three 4V preamp outputs. The higher-end KDC-X794 features a five-line LCD, AAC support, and more advanced sound EQ options.

Features
  • Single-DIN form factor
  • 1- or 2-line FL display
  • CD player
  • USB/AUX inputs
  • MP3/WMA support
  • iPod/iPhone Direct Control (USB)
  • iPod Direct Search
  • Function presets
  • 3-band parametric EQ
  • 4x50W power output (4x22W RMS)
  • 3 4V preamp outputs
  • Bluetooth with optional accessory
  • HD/SAT radio support with optional accessory
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