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BIGsherm7272
12-10-2006, 03:54 PM
I was checking these out, and they look pretty solid. Anyone have any other input on them?

rollerdj
12-10-2006, 04:02 PM
Lets see here. i've have 5 head units, 2 disc changers, and a partrige (sp?) in a pair tree. (sorry, had to throw that in.) i've loved every one of them. some have much more audio controls than other. i'm curently using a XXV-01D head unit. i'll be using it till the day it breaks. i've never had a problem outa any of them besides something wrong i've done to em.

BIGsherm7272
12-10-2006, 04:14 PM
how do they compare to the pioneers? Do they also have an intergrated high pass/ low pass fileter?

Louisiana_CRX
12-10-2006, 04:15 PM
They have a really nice crossover section built in....

BIGsherm7272
12-10-2006, 04:22 PM
awesome. I think I am going to go with the 890. I love pioneers and everything, but all of my firends have one, and I just wanted something a little different. Plus I love how sleek they look.

acold7dusta
12-10-2006, 04:34 PM
got the 790, kinda wish i just got the 890 for the USB port

but i like it, easy to use, lots of features, just make sure you have your speakers amped or you'll always be crankin it

multimaster
12-10-2006, 04:36 PM
I have the 790 and love it

Louisiana_CRX
12-10-2006, 04:40 PM
I have the KDC MP928 I really like it :)

Red Rocket
12-10-2006, 04:41 PM
I have the 790 and love it

x 2

BIGsherm7272
12-10-2006, 04:52 PM
is that the only difference between the 790 and 890, the usb port?

Red Rocket
12-10-2006, 05:53 PM
is that the only difference between the 790 and 890, the usb port?

I believe so.

acold7dusta
12-10-2006, 06:47 PM
better screen too

BIGsherm7272
12-10-2006, 07:21 PM
true. Looks like I am going to stick with the 890 then.

MBrock4u
12-10-2006, 08:10 PM
I love my Excelon! :) This baby is beautiful in all aspects. I have the X589. It is so clean, the sq is amazing. One think I would like, is to be able to get the 25th anniversary editon. I can only speak from my experience, but these head units are rock solid.

SonnyD
12-10-2006, 10:31 PM
I've had quite a few Kenwood units, and have a cheap Excellon X-459 that I've been using for about the last 3 years....I was thinking of going with Pioneer just because I havn't had one for quite sometime. But I may go with the Kenwood just for the cost factor.
Regards Sonny

JAL232
12-11-2006, 09:12 AM
Just installed my 890 this weekend. Man what a difference in sound it makes from stock. I have a grand prix GTP and ive upgraded the 6*9 rears to Pioneer 4 ways. It sounds great..looks great..and I love it..I would recommend this HU anytime

rollerdj
12-12-2006, 01:28 PM
the 890's a great unit, but i still like my 25th anniversary unit better. plus you don't see to many of them. at least i havn't seen one round here yet.

15nissen
12-12-2006, 01:37 PM
i have the excelon x590 and i love it. its fairly easy to use and has alot of good features......:)

Bake
12-12-2006, 03:58 PM
better screen too

You sure about that? Looking at the two units on the Kenwood site they look to have the same display.

Prowler573
12-13-2006, 08:09 PM
You sure about that? Looking at the two units on the Kenwood site they look to have the same display.
According to the specs the KDC-X790 and KDC-X890 both have the same 64 color flourescent display.

You have to upgrade to the KDC-X990 to get the same 4,096 color OEL display that the 25th Anniversary XXV-01D was given. :fyi:

So, as far as differences go between the X790 and the X890 I think that the only difference is the USB input on the X890.

If you have no use for the USB then save some cash and get the X790. You'll get the same internal crossover network, the same high-end DACs, etc etc etc featured in the X890 just without the added "handy" factor of the USB input port.

(I'm with rollerdj, personally, and am in love with my XXV and plan on using it until it simply falls apart. That is unless Kenwood puts out something I absolutely have to have then the XXV will get safely put away and kept if for no other reason than there aren't heaps of them out there.)

Bake
12-13-2006, 10:06 PM
Cool, thanks Prowler, I just ordered an X790 for a friend of mine. Looking forward to checking it out first hand.

heyman421
12-13-2006, 10:19 PM
if you haven't already figured this out, kenwood fans are just as die-hard and vigilant as alpine and pioneer fans.

we love our ****ing decks.

they look beautiful, yet never tacky, and sound amazing to boot.

I bleed black, blue and red. Only decks i'll ever own.

But i WILL mention kenwood's ipod interface leaves a bit to be desired :(

but they could always come out with an improved one.

Prowler573
12-13-2006, 10:22 PM
if you haven't already figured this out, kenwood fans are just as die-hard and vigilant as alpine and pioneer fans.

we love our ****ing decks.

they look beautiful, yet never tacky, and sound amazing to boot.

I bleed black, blue and red. Only decks i'll ever own.

But i WILL mention our ipod interface leaves a bit to be desired :(

but they could always come out with an improved one.

With two exceptions ever since the very first Kenwood HU I ever bought (a dual-shaft tape deck...yes, I'm that old) I haven't bought another brand of HU.
The two exceptions are an Alpine CDA-7875 I found at a garage sale for $20 (working!) and a Sanyo tape deck I eBayed for a work truck once.
Those of us that believe do so rather strongly ;)

tab10
12-14-2006, 01:51 AM
I was going to get the Alpine 9857 for my Trans Am, but I have been reading disappointing reviews of the '06 Alpines. Also, I have read that 9857 may not work the HUMOUNT that I ordered.. So I started looking elsewhere....

So guys... the Kenwood X890 FTW???? Is it a definite upgrade over the 9857??

Prowler573
12-14-2006, 04:26 AM
I was going to get the Alpine 9857 for my Trans Am, but I have been reading disappointing reviews of the '06 Alpines. Also, I have read that 9857 may not work the HUMOUNT that I ordered.. So I started looking elsewhere....

So guys... the Kenwood X890 FTW???? Is it a definite upgrade over the 9857??

Just looking at it from a specs point of view and leaving out my predisposition for suggesting Kenwood HUs in general I would say most certainly.

The Alpine has a 3-band para-EQ similar to the Kenwood's and it adds the BBE processing which the Kenwood lacks (though I haven't a clue as to how much, if any, an advantage this presents for the Alpine having never heard the results of its use).

The other nod towards the Alpine is its ability to utilize Alpine's new high-speed iPod interface which word on the street tends to agree is the best of the bunch currently available if iPod integration is important to you.

But then the Kenwood brings some really high-end Digital/Analog converters, a built-in aux. input, a pretty solid built-in crossover network, and the previously mentioned USB input port.

Screen preference might be a half-n-half mix as the Kenwood has a 64 color display which is nice but the Alpine features their BioLite display which most users who have experienced it seem to be quite fond of it.

If preamp output voltage is of any importance to you then that award goes to the Kenwood with 5-volt preouts as compared to 2-volt outputs on the Alpine.

Both seem to sport a decent feature-list with the Kenwood, in my humble opinion, having the advantage is SQ-potential with better overall internal processing. Add to that my long-held loyalty to Kenwood and more specifically their eXcelon HUs the KDC-X890 is easily a winner over the CDA-9857.

TheOtherSide
12-15-2006, 01:15 AM
Ive been using eXcelon HU's for some time now. Got my first one in '97, the PS809 and it is still in my old beater car. Still sounds great, never had any probs with it, other than the cable wire breaking (the thing that connects the mask flip face to the HU body wore out but was easily replaced). I am currently running a x979 that has more audio setup controls than I can use. Internal crossover networks are great too. Also, I think the x870 may have this too, is the digital time alignment feature. Helps get the sound closer to perfect. I'll stick with my Kenwood's. I have also used a few Eclipse's but something about them being almost twice as expensive and sounding the same on the same rig didn't help their case.

heyman421
12-15-2006, 12:37 PM
x979's were the best, wish i still had mine :(

dleccord
12-15-2006, 01:04 PM
i love my xxv. sound quality is great to say the least.

randyrsx
12-15-2006, 04:41 PM
x979's were the best, wish i still had mine :(

I do! :yumyum: My x790 is still currently broken. :crap:

MrSwiss
12-15-2006, 04:44 PM
According to the specs the KDC-X790 and KDC-X890 both have the same 64 color flourescent display.

You have to upgrade to the KDC-X990 to get the same 4,096 color OEL display that the 25th Anniversary XXV-01D was given. :fyi:

So, as far as differences go between the X790 and the X890 I think that the only difference is the USB input on the X890.

If you have no use for the USB then save some cash and get the X790. You'll get the same internal crossover network, the same high-end DACs, etc etc etc featured in the X890 just without the added "handy" factor of the USB input port.

(I'm with rollerdj, personally, and am in love with my XXV and plan on using it until it simply falls apart. That is unless Kenwood puts out something I absolutely have to have then the XXV will get safely put away and kept if for no other reason than there aren't heaps of them out there.)

the 890 has a 4 band eq, the 790 only has 3. I own the 790.