Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X494
Released January, 2010
The Pros:Separate built-in preouts for the front, rear and sub at 4 volts allows for high-end expansion options. CD player handles bumps in the road gracefully and works well with very scratched discs. All levels and item scrolling handled through the knob, which can scroll as fast or as slow as you want to move it.
The Cons:Owner's manual seems very complex and hard to understand. Takes some time to work out how to get to the various options.
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.
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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.
- 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
User Reviews (2)
separate built-in preouts for the front, rear and sub at 4 volts allows for high-end expansion options
CD player handles bumps in the road gracefully and works well with very scratched discs
all levels and item scrolling handled through the knob, which can scroll as fast or as slow as you want to move it
included remote is a little thicker than most car remotes, easier to handle
reads and plays from USB thumb drives extremely quickly, allows for fast scrolling through titles
owner's manual seems very complex and hard to understand
takes some time to work out how to get to the various options
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