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The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 is a higher-end, single-DIN car audio receiver.

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Pros

small remote included enables access to full stereo functions

5 agree

illumination color easily changed to match the dash lights

3 agree

Bluetooth connections to cellphone work well, wireless mic included

3 agree

5-line display - capable of displaying a good amount of information

2 agree

audio quality high due to auto-adjustment based on the size of the vehicle, size, type and number of speakers

2 agree

iPod interface enables a great deal of functionality

2 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

display washes out in direct sunlight

3 agree

if not listening to music, incoming calls do not make a sound through the unit - need to hear the phone or notice it vibrating

2 agree

overly complicated manual makes using some advanced functions difficult

2 agree

cannot be turned on or off via the remote

2 agree

overly glossy - looks cheap and picks up fingerprints easily

2 agree

selecting radio presets is stupidly difficult - requires selection from a menu rather than simply pushing dedicated buttons

2 agree

setting favorite radio stations is a bit complicated

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X994 is a higher-end, single-DIN car audio receiver. It is an upgrade over the KDC-X794, adding built-in Bluetooth, which enables hands-free calling and other features when linked with a Bluetooth-capable mobile device. Otherwise, the two receivers are identical: users can control a USB-connected iPod or iPhone via the receiver interface, which displays text on a five-line, backlit LCD. Both also feature AM/FM radio, a CD player and an AUX input. Support for HD and satellite radio requires separately purchased accessories. The receiver outputs up to 50 W per channel and features three 4V preamp outputs.

Features

  • Single-DIN form factor
  • 5-line backlit LCD
  • Bluetooth
  • Hands-free calling
  • CD player
  • USB/AUX inputs
  • MP3/AAC/WMA support
  • iPod/iPhone Direct Control (USB)
  • iPod Direct Search
  • Function presets
  • 3-band parametric EQ
  • Sound Excellence DSP
  • 4x50W power output (4x22W RMS)
  • 3 4V preamp outputs
  • HD/SAT radio support with optional accessory

Post Review
Anonymous
01/29/2011 03:27

Looses connection with I pod have to push the reset button often and reset time color and preset radio stations. Had unit for four months the amp went out in it going on four weeks in the send back repair or replace process. Have not got word back yet from Kenwood on repair or replacement of unit. I was told it was a two week process. Customer service from Kenwood leaves a lot to be desired and I am being generous.

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