The flagship model in the Kenwood Excelon CD receiver lineup is the KDC-X997. It features built-in HD Radio and Bluetooth. Pandora Internet Radio, iHeart Radio and AhaTM for iPhone and Android smartphones is supported, and the KDC-X997 also offers unique audio features such as digital time alignment, a 13-band equalizer and three sets of 4.0 volt preamp outputs with on-board digital high-pass and low-pass filtering. The three-line, full-dot variable color illumination LCD display offers exceptional visibility and fast scrolling of music files, multiple telephone numbers and names. The flexible, multi-lingual display of the KDC-X997 gives the user the ability to easily operate external media devices such as iPod, iPod-Touch, iPhone, Android smartphone and USB mass storage as well as content from HD Radio, Pandora Internet radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, iHeart Radio and AhaTM (optional smartphone apps or accessories may be required, SiriusXM subscription required). Front and rear, dual USB ports provide additional connectivity to external devices as well as expanded installation options for these devices. A protective CD Door/Cover keeps airborne particles from interfering with the internal mechanism and gives the KDC-X997 a sleek, finished look in the dashboard.
12 x 10.2 x 4.6 inches
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The Kenwood KDC-X997 has an impressive 13-band equalizer and excellent sound quality.
This head unit lacks an SD card slot.
The Verdict : 9.9/10
The Kenwood KDC-X997 is an excellent example of all the sound and customization options available in the eXcelon series.
Kenwood KDCX997 is a Great Reciever
This receiver is great it has a front USB and the rear USB with about 24" of cable. It was long enough to make it to my glove box where I keep my old Ipod which has tons of music on it. I like the clarity of the HD radio and I like how the door covers where the disc goes in making it very clean looking. It has a very good built in crossover allowing the front and rear channels to be adjusted separately and the sub output has its ovn crossover also. I connected this to a Kenwood XR900-5 which is driving JBL GT6-69 and infinity 2 way 5 1/4" speakers I have JL TR050-CT tweeters on the A pillars not that I needed them the JBL's have plenty of tweeter. I am also driving 2-10" MTX subs in a thunder form under my back seat. The whole system sounds so clear.
I never thought I would have such a clear system. The KDCX997 has adjustable colors and different ways for it to display the information. The Bluetooth has an external mic that comes with it. I ran it up the Apillar and mounted it at the top of the apillar molding next to the roof. I have used it many times and people have told me it sounds really good but it does have adjustments for mic gain and echo control. I would recoment this unit to anyone who wants a spretty serious receiver.
To make the most of it I think you need to have an amp. Alpine is selling an extremely small four channel amp now that you can mount even under the dash. To get clarity out of speakers you need enough power that the amp or receiver doesn't need to be at its limit to get the volume you are looking for. Best luck. Oh by the way this amp rocks. I could blow these speakers if I wanted to but I just set the gain so as not to damage the speakers. I think it will live for many years since its not working very hard.