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NoRegrets
08-31-2009, 07:54 PM
I see a lot of praise recently for the Kenwood Head Units especially for the X693 and the x993.

I'm looking at the X493 because of the front "aux in" and the front usb. But the X493 does not do AAC files where as the X693 does.

How important do you think this is? Should it be a deal breaker?

Also, are there any other things that are different between the X493 and X693?

Thanks for your help.

bigaudiofanati2
08-31-2009, 08:25 PM
I have not hear anything about the single dins but I am starting to swear by the kenwood double dins as they have a lot to offer.

flipside1212
08-31-2009, 08:30 PM
ive always used pioneers and alpine, i picked up a kenwood single din, some **** with a usb and im very pleased with it. sounds good

cf2004
08-31-2009, 08:35 PM
i have a kenwood x592 and it aint to bad. sounds good.

fat_kyle
08-31-2009, 09:26 PM
i have the x493 and i love it...solid hu

randyrsx
08-31-2009, 11:34 PM
Have the x993 and have NoRegrets (see what I did there)

the_franchise
08-31-2009, 11:45 PM
I don't think it's a deal breaker... the x493 is very solid for the money... I would be more concerned with it being able to play wma files cause that's what the majority of my mp3s are in... Great headunit...

ejschultz
09-01-2009, 02:42 AM
Unless you use iTunes and rip your music to AACs, you shouldn't have to ever worry about it. I keep all my music in the MP3 format with iTunes. It's been so long since I've set iTunes up, I cannot remember if AAC or MP3 is the default format. Anyways, if you do use AAC, you can highlight all your songs, right click, then click on "create MP3 version." Depending on how many songs you have, this can take a while but it will convert all your AAC files to MP3. This also deletes any file protection you may get when purchasing a song from the iTunes store.

nineball
09-01-2009, 12:18 PM
the default for itunes is m4a but you can change that to almost any format you like.

to the OP, unless all your files are in AAC it is a moot point.

i have a 993 and love it, except for the glass glare.

PIITB Wut Wut
09-01-2009, 12:19 PM
I see a lot of praise recently for the Kenwood Head Units especially for the X693 and the x993.

I'm looking at the X493 because of the front "aux in" and the front usb. But the X493 does not do AAC files where as the X693 does.

How important do you think this is? Should it be a deal breaker?

Also, are there any other things that are different between the X493 and X693?

Thanks for your help.

all their x lines of headunits are great... each one has littel upgrades but for the most part they are all the same...

as you go up in the line they add file support, screen better resolution and such, but as i said all are great.

NoRegrets
09-01-2009, 02:21 PM
Thank you to all who have replied to my questions. As of right now, not being able to read AAC files will not affect me. My concern though is that the future may trend towards the AAC as some have inplied the sound quality is better with that format.

I like the fact that it has 24bit dac, front aux in and usb, 2 year warranty, and a great reputation. Maybe I should just go ahead and get this one now and then if and when AAC becomes more important to me, get something new at that time.

I appreciate the helpful responses by all.

ejschultz
09-01-2009, 02:41 PM
You could just go with the 693. It's probably the best HU for the money right now.

NoRegrets
09-01-2009, 07:57 PM
You could just go with the 693. It's probably the best HU for the money right now.


I agree that the 693 is a great head unit, but it doesn't have the front aux in or front usb that I need.

I noticed in your tag line that you have a Pioneer. Do you have a feeling which would be better......

Pioneer 6100BT has front aux in and front usb, plays AAC, but no 24bit dac.

or

Excelin 493 has front aux in and front usb, has 24bit dac, but does not support AAC.

Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

nineball
09-01-2009, 11:11 PM
based on your needs it's a no-brainer

ejschultz
09-01-2009, 11:31 PM
I agree that the 693 is a great head unit, but it doesn't have the front aux in or front usb that I need.

I noticed in your tag line that you have a Pioneer. Do you have a feeling which would be better......

Pioneer 6100BT has front aux in and front usb, plays AAC, but no 24bit dac.

or

Excelin 493 has front aux in and front usb, has 24bit dac, but does not support AAC.

Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

The 693 does have a usb that's on a 24 inch or so dongle from the back. As far as a front aux, there isn't one even on the back, as far as I know. If you're going to be playing MP3s, a 24 bit DAC pretty much means nothing. It's going to do you a world of good with uncompressed music (CDs) but not much with compressed music. The Excelon 493 doesn't seem too bad though either. The Pioneer does offer built in bluetooth and the Excelon doesn't. That's one up on the Pioneer.

NoRegrets
09-02-2009, 03:31 PM
In my current situation, the 24bit dac is important to me because I do still play the silver disks.

The front aux in is important to me because I will be playing Pandora Internet Radion from my laptop via the aux in. (this deck will be installed in the cabin of my boat...not in a car.)

I don't have an Ipod or Iphone or MP3 player yet, but my concern about that is if a friend is with me that has one, I want it to be able to work and I probably will get one at some point in the future.

I guess I'm leaning towards the X493. Thank you to all for your contributions and trying to help me make the best choice.

cf2004
09-03-2009, 09:10 PM
its sound like you know what you want...pull the trigger and buy the x493

NoRegrets
09-04-2009, 06:03 PM
its sound like you know what you want...pull the trigger and buy the x493

Yep, I think you're right! I guess sometimes I tend to over think things.....just trying to make the right decision.

Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts and comments with me along the way.

ejschultz
09-04-2009, 06:04 PM
Yep, I think you're right! I guess sometimes I tend to over think things.....just trying to make the right decision.

Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts and comments with me along the way.

Haha, I hear you about over thinking things before making a decision. Check out my thread about Image Dynamics and you'll see how confused I am.

86civicSI
09-04-2009, 06:22 PM
i have a mp638u i liked it so much i got another one for my other car.it has the usb plug hanging off the back so i use a 4gb flash drive and i'm done no mp3 player needed.i got them off egay for 100 bucks a piece shipped i don't like the front usb input at all looks ****** mine is in the glove box

edzy
09-04-2009, 09:10 PM
check out the X890.. Its an 06 model, but includes Phatnoise music manager..****** unit. It Talks the folder name, or artist, or what ever else you name your stuff. See my vid to see what I'm talking about.

cf2004
09-04-2009, 10:21 PM
check out the X890.. Its an 06 model, but includes Phatnoise music manager..****** unit. It Talks the folder name, or artist, or what ever else you name your stuff. See my vid to see what I'm talking about.

that does appear to be a ****** deck; however, I think the front usb and aux in are important for the OP

edzy
09-04-2009, 11:11 PM
I have the USB whip mounted into the dash, "So it is Up front" I like it that way. I feel if it plugs into the unit, then it impededs the operation of the unit for adjustments.
Also it has Aux in, Thats what the tv/vcr is hooked into via rca inputs.

The newer units are nice as well, but the dont include the Phatnoise, just a Kenwood generic type music manager.


http://www.dealercostcaraudio.com/kdc-x890rb.aspx

ejschultz
09-05-2009, 01:22 AM
check out the X890.. Its an 06 model, but includes Phatnoise music manager..****** unit. It Talks the folder name, or artist, or what ever else you name your stuff. See my vid to see what I'm talking about.

That's a pretty bad *** HU. "80's for the Ladies" cracked me up.

callmeryang
09-05-2009, 01:31 AM
just got the x693 installed today and i love it!
nice..simple..ipod.

audiolife
09-05-2009, 03:12 AM
For the price I would get a x993

nineball
09-05-2009, 09:09 AM
if anyone wants it here is a code for $20 off your first order over $200 with crutchfield:

p3xht-5r681-r1hix

again, it has to be your first time ordering with them and it has to be $200 or more total. i used it to buy my x993 when it first came out and had it shipped to my house, with wiring harness and install adapter, for $280.

sikcavy
09-05-2009, 11:22 AM
im willing to sell my 993. few months old.

Jakeeck
09-05-2009, 01:13 PM
i just bought a 643 last night off crutchfield.. seemed to get good reviews and has cool features