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The Kenwood KDC-X493 is a mid-grade in dash CD receiver designed to provide a more entertaining experience for users.

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CD player handles extremely scratched discs well

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unit is fast - very responsive to all commands, starts playing CDs right away, gives access to thumb drives right away

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good interface with storage devices through the USB port

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preamps for front, rear and subs rated at 4 volts work perfectly with after-market amps

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most of the controls run through a single knob, easy to work with once you're used to it

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

easy to select the wrong function while driving

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owner's manual is very complex and confusing

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Kenwood KDC-X493 is a mid-grade in dash CD receiver designed to provide a more entertaining experience for users while they are in their automobile. It's more specifically designed for consumers looking for a receiver packed with extra features that retails for a much cheaper price. The KDC-X493 features of course full CD/CD-R/RW support with full MP3 and WMA compatible file formats, a theft deterrent removable faceplate, a remote control, three 4.0v pre-outs, a 3 band parametric equalizer, a front AUX input, and a front USB 2.0 port for support with thumb drives.

The Kenwood KDC-X493 also includes additional features such as iPod device support (optional KCA-iP500 adapter for older iPods) and support for other portable media players, an ID-3 song tag information display, Bluetooth hands free ready support (optional KCA-BT200 adapter), Satellite (optional KCA-SR50 and Sirius Tuner) and HD radio ready support, and dual external media control capability (with Optional KCA-S220A adapter).

  • Mid-grade in-dash CD┬áreceiver
  • Built-in MOSFET amplifier
  • Detachable Faceplate with blue key illumination
  • 14 Segment/13-Digit FL Display
  • Compatible with MP3, WMA, CD-R/RW with ID3 tag support
  • System Q EX Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
  • Front AUX Input with Input Sensitivity Adjust
  • Attenuator (-20dB) with Smooth Volume Return
  • Front USB 2.0 Input
  • FM/AM 24 Station Presets
  • iPhone/iPod USB 1-wire Direct Control connection
  • Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, iPod, Dual External Media Control & HD Radio Ready
  • RMS Output Power: 22W x 4
  • Maximum Output Power: 50W x 4
  • Comes with remote control
  • 2 year limited warranty
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