eXcelon In-Dash Dual USB/CD Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth/HD Radio

Built-inaha Radio App ControliHeart Radio App ControlHD RadioSiriusXM

Excelon Performance & Quality - eXcelon products incorporate the latest technologies and deliver the highest sonic performance.  From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer systems, high voltage preouts and two-year warranty, eXcelon represents the very best product available.

Built-In Bluetooth Hands-Free - Bluetooth wireless technology promotes safe driving habits by allowing you to have a hands-free conversation while you drive without the need to hold a phone.  Incoming calls can be set to pick up automatically or at the touch of a button if you prefer to screen incoming calls.  For outgoing calls, you can choose to dial out by scrolling through your phonebook on the easy to read display interface or by voice dialing if enabled on your compatible smartphone.

Built-In Bluetooth A2DP Music Streaming - Enjoy wireless music playback from your Bluetooth device like a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth through your in-dash receiver.

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Siri Eyes Free™ & Voice Dialing Support - Easy 1-touch access to Apple's Siri for total convenience of voice control for dialing, text messaging, email, music playback and a host of other voice supported functions on the iPhone 4S/5. Voice dialing functionality is also compatible with other device platforms from Android and BlackBerry.


Built-In HD Radio – Digital HD Radio broadcasts not only mean CD quality FM sound and great sounding AM, it also means additional information can be broadcast simultaneously such as Song and Title information, radio station promotions and additional content.

HD Radio is free to listeners with service currently only available in the US.


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.

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Pandora Connectivity - Install the Pandora App for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones and enjoy a personalized listening experience. 

A number of Pandora functions can be controlled from a Pandora-enabled Kenwood receiver when an iPhone is connected through USB.  For Android and BlackBerry smartphones, controls are done via Bluetooth A2DP.  Functions include Thumbs up & down, Bookmark Artist, Bookmark Song, A to Z search and Alphabetical channel search.  Pandora allows users to maximize the internet radio experience in your car by customizing all of your favourite artists for a rich musical experience.

Pandora application requires a data connection on your smartphone with service currently only available in the U.S.


Aha Radio for iPhone/Android – Aha Radio organizes your favourite personalized content from the web along with on-demand internet radio stations using your phone's data plan and makes them easily accessible in the car through the on-screen interface.

Aha Radio for iPhone requires a wired connection via USB.  Aha Radio for Android requires a wireless Bluetooth connection.  For more information, please visit .


iHeart Radio for iPhone/Android – iHeart Radio is an all-in-one digital radio service with access to more than 1,500 live stations across the USA using your phone's data plan and makes them easily accessible in the car through the on-screen interface..  Browse by music genre or location, or personalize your own Custom Station.


iHeart Radio for iPhone requires a wired connection via USB.  iHeart Radio for Android requires a wireless Bluetooth connection.  iHeart radio application requires a data connection on your smartphone with service currently only available in the U.S. . For more information, please visit .


SiriusXM Ready – 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 TuneStart™, Smart Favorites™, artist/song/game alerts, iTunes tagging or SiriusXM Replay™.

*Runs exclusively on the XM network. XM subscription required.


Kenwood Music Control for Android Smartphones - 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.

This free Kenwood App can now be downloaded from Google Play web site:

Kenwood Music Control App for Android


Dual USB Inputs - A front panel mounted USB and a rear USB input mounted on an extension cable will support multiple devices at the same time.  A LED status indicator for "Rear USB" is found on the front panel confirming if a device is connected.

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 Multi-Line Text Display - The 3-Line Full Dot LCD display makes it easy to navigate through your radio or satellite radio presets, iPod content lists, USB music folders or phonebook contacts.  Featuring positive and negative display modes to get improved viewing under different lighting conditions.  

Three 4V Pre-outs with Crossover System – Get the most out of your external power amplifiers by delivering 4V high voltage audio signal to maximize sonic performance.  Using the built-in crossover system, you can also easily filter out unwanted frequencies to your speakers and subwoofers to tune your system to its maximum potential.


Steering Wheel Remote Input – Many factory systems offer control of the factory-fit audio system from buttons on your steering wheel.  Unfortunately, this functionality is sacrificed when installing an aftermarket audio system.

Install a commercially available steering-wheel interface and maintain control of functions such as volume up/down and track up/track down as well as Bluetooth voice dialing. This increases the convenience of using your system and increases driver safety to another level.

Remote Control - This wireless remote control easily control volume levels, switch music sources or select your favorite tracks with the numeric access keys. 

Firmware Updates – The operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood’s support sites.  Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies.

Latest firmware updates are available at .


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General Features
-  Built-inYes
-  Voice DialingYes (Compatible Phones Only)
-  A2DP SupportYes
-  Pandora Link SupportYes (For Compatible BlackBerry/Android Devices)
-  aha Radio App ControlYes (For Compatible iPhone / Android Devices)
-  iHeart Radio App ControlYes (For Compatible Smartphones) - USA Only
-  SMS Support-
-  Built-in Microphone-
-  External Wired MicrophoneYes
-  iPod USB 1Wire ConnectionYes
-  Pandora App ControlYes (Requires iPhone with Pandora App)
-  App ModeYes (Requires Compatible iPhone/iPod App)
-  iPod Control by HandYes
-  Reverse BrowsingYes
-  Skip SearchYes
-  Related SearchYes
-  High Speed SearchYes
-  All RandomYes
-  Album Art Browsing-
-  iPod EQ Mode (FLAT)Yes
Front / Rear USB Inputs
-  USB Mounting Kit Included-
-  Microsoft Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)-
HD RadioBuilt-In
-  Digital and Analog FM TunerYes (USA only)
-  Digital and Analog AM TunerYes (USA only)
-  iTunes TaggingYes (USA only)
-  Song And Title InformationYes (USA only)
-  Supported File FormatsWMA / MP3 / AAC
-  24-Bit Digital-Analog ConverterYes
-  0-Bit Mute CircuitYes
-  AM/FMYes
-  RBDSYes
-  Radio TEXT PlusYes
AUX InputsFront AUX Input
-  Tone Fader Bass / Tre / Mid-
-  EQ
  -  System Q-EXYes
  -  System Q-
  -  Graphic Equalizer13-Band
  -  Parametric Equalizer-
  -  Bass BoostYes
-  CrossoverDigital E's+
-  DSP
  -  Digital Time AlignmentYes
  -  Sound Management SystemYes
  -  DSP Bass BoostYes
  -  iPod EQ Select ModeYes
-  SupremeSupreme+
Pre-out3Pre 4.0V @ 600Ω
Audio / Video Output-
Sub Woofer Reference Control InterfaceYes
Built-in Amp Cut OffYes
Dual Zone (Front / Rear Switchable)-
External Media Control
-  SiriusXM SXi Interface (Optional SXV-100/200 Tuner)
-  Sirius Control-
-  XM Control-
-  HD Radio Control-
-  iPod I/F Control-
-  Bluetooth Control-
-  Changer Control-
External Interface
-  Marine Remote Control InterfaceOptional KCA-RC35MR
-  Parking Brake Sensor-
Remote ControlIncluded
Conformal Coated PCB-
-  Digital Tuner
  -  Digital FM
    -  Digital FM Frequency Range87.9 MHz - 107.9 MHz
    -  Digital FM Frequency Response20Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
    -  Digital FM Signal/Noise75dB
    -  Digital AM
      -  Digital AM Frequency Range530kHz - 1700kHz
      -  Digital AM Frequency Response40Hz-15kHz (±3dB)
      -  Digital AM Signal/Noise70dB
      -  Analog Tuner
        -  FM
          -  FM Frequency Range87.9MHz - 107.9MHz
          -  FM Frequency Step(200kHz)
          -  FM Usable Sensitivity9.3dBf
          -  FM Quiet Sensitivity10.2dBf
          -  FM Frequency Response (±3.0dB)30Hz-15kHz
          -  FM Signal/Noise75dB(MONO)
          -  FM SelectivityOver80dB(±400kHz)
          -  FM Stereo Separation45dB( 1kHz)
          -  AM
            -  AM Frequency Range530kHz-1700kHz
            -  AM Frequency Step(10kHz)
            -  AM Usable Sensitivity28dBμ (25μv)
-  Digital Filter(D/A)8 Times OverSampling
-  D/A Converter24 Bit
-  Frequency Response10-20kHz(±1dB)
-  Total Harmonic Distortion0.008%(1kHz)
-  Signal/Noise Ratio (dB)110dB(1kHz)
-  Dynamic Range93dB
-  MP3 DecodeCompliant with MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3
-  WMA DecodeCompliant with Windows Media Audio
-  AAC DecodeAAC-LC ".m4a" Files
-  WAV Decode-
-  CompatibilityUSB 1.1 & 2.0 Full Speed
-  File SystemFAT16/32
-  Maximum Supply Current1000mA
-  DecodeMP3/WMA/AAC/WAV
Preout Level(mV)/Load - Unbalanced4000mV/10kΩ(CD/CD-CH)
Preout Impedance(Ω)Under 600Ω
Speaker Impedance(Ω)4-8Ω
-  Full Bandwidth Power22Wx4
-  Version2.1 +EDR Certified
-  Maximum Range

Line of sight, approximately 10 Meters (32.8ft)

-  Profiles
-  Band162.5 Hz ±9 dB
-  Band2100 Hz ±9 dB
-  Band3160 Hz ±9 dB
-  Band4250 Hz ±9 dB
-  Band5400 Hz ±9 dB
-  Band6630 Hz ±9 dB
-  Band71 kHz ±9 dB
-  Band81.6 kHz ±9 dB
-  Band92.5 kHz ±9 dB
-  Band104 kHz ±9 dB
-  Band116.3 kHz ±9 dB
-  Band1210 kHz ±9 dB
-  Band1316 kHz ±9 dB
-  Operating Voltage14.4V (10.5 - 16 V allowable)
-  Maximum Current Consumption10A
-  Installation Size
  -  Width182(mm) 7-3/16(in)
  -  Height53(mm) 2-1/16(in)
  -  Depth158(mm) 6-1/4(in)
Visual Features
Firmware Updates

Latest Software Updates and Technical Support Information:

Product NameDescriptionRelease DateFile DownloadFile Size {KB)
KDC-X997English, French, Spanish (Quick Start Guide)View Download6103
KDC-X997(web site)View Download152
KDC-X997French2013View Download5920
KDC-X997English2013View Download5975
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*Product descriptions, specifications and features are subject to change without notice. For proper fit and compatibility check with your authorized Kenwood dealer.

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