Summary: I bought this headunit to replace the Pioneer one in my S2000. There are a lot of great things about it, but at the same time, it does have its faults. Pros: - LOTS of options to adjust sound output - Can adjust filters, and frequencies of things that I don't understand - Direct iPod/iPhone control without having to buy some fiddely cable - Works flawlessly with my iPhone 4s - Easy to set up - Build quality feels solid - Display is really good looking (without direct...
Summary: I bought a 14 year-old truck with a cassette player and decided it needed an upgrade. So I bought this receiver/CD player for its USB and auxiliary front inputs. Pros: front auxiliary, front USB, **ipod like controls through USB, *quick response to ipod controls, preset equalizers, many outputs for many speaker options, good search function, Cons: no hard buttons for radio presets (you have to scroll through presets, setting presets takes some getting used to doing *when...
KDC-X494 Excelon (Exceptional? Or excepeional pain in the a**?)
Lee K., Amazon
11 March 2012
Summary: First off, here's the build: 2002 Honda Odyssey HU: Kenwood Excelon KDC-X494 Amp: Kenwood KAC-6404 (rms 40w x 4, 500w total Max Peak) Speakers: Kenwood KFC-X173 6 1/2" coax rounds in front doors and rear (left the stock Honda tweets on the dash) Lots of Stinger Roadkill sound deadening. This HU is very slick in appearance and is chock full o' features, especially at the $180 price point: nice clear fluor.
Summary: Stereo is clean. Bought it refurbed. Looks and plays like new. Sounds great excellent compatibility with controls. Great options for sound such as high and low pass frequencys for all speakers at a touch. Very pleased.
Summary: I've purchased no other brand of head unit but Kenwood Excelon for 10+ years now. Stylish and well-built, you would be hard-pressed to find a better HU for the money. The X494 is almost end-of-life (will be replaced by a newer model) so the price is a steal for what you get. You can attach either a CD changer or a satellite receiver and there is a front panel USB input for your thumb drive or iPod. It plays MP3 and the display is very attractive. Highly recommended.
Summary: Great head unit with tons of customization for the sound quality. I am running an amp and sub and it made bass hit deeper and cleaner compared to my old Alpine. I wish there was more midbass but I plan on adding another amp to power my door speakers. I definitely recommend this to anyone.
Summary: - you cannot FF/RR or play songs at random (only folder random) when listening to audio files via USB. i realize its a cheap stereo but why exclude the most basic functionality that my ancient car stereos & portable music players had? i have a old portable CD player that looks big enough to be a car stereo, it has FF/RR & shuffle, i have a mini disc that has FF/RR & shuffle & an early MP3 player that has FF/RR & shuffle.