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Logikalliquid
09-06-2004, 11:03 PM
I'm looking into a new HU since I've just got a new truck and the reach to the radio is a pain so I'm ditching my remoteless RFX-9120G. I was just looking for one with a remote an 3 rca's. I started looking into the Kenwood Excelons when i read about the onboard 24bit DAC. I started looking at the KD-X579 since it was in my immeadiate price range, but now i think i should save a little for a higher end unit. Now I attempted to research these and have come to 4 questions I hope this forum may be able to answer:

1.Is there any difference in the KD-X879 and the KDC-X979,if there is is it worth it?
2.What difference is the 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC going to make?(Will the average listener hear a difference)
3.Are there any common problems with Kenwoods?(i saw a thread recently about worn ribbon cables stopping the face from moving properly)
4.Am I barking up the wrong tree and should look in to something else?(180-$250 range)

ShakinSupra
09-06-2004, 11:21 PM
I don't really know the difference between the two units, but a nice DAC will definitely make a difference. At least when I upgraded from a high end Panasonic HU to my Nakamichi with 20-bit DAC, there was a world of difference, beautiful sounding HU.

I've had some problems with Kenwood HUs though, one just stopped putting out sound, and the other the face stopped flipping over.

jellyfish420
09-06-2004, 11:48 PM
i used to have a 2000 model excelon, i loved it, i got into some bad stuff and pawned it. i wish i never did, i loved it. never had a problem except once i accedently hooked the amp outs to the hu speaker level in. . . opps. kenwood fixed it for free and had it back to me in about 2 weeks. i say go for it.

Shinobi
09-07-2004, 12:13 AM
most HU have 1 bit DAC's which they play music fine but 24 bit is like night and day the sound reproduction is much cleaner. Also look into somthing with an onboard EQ preferably 5 bands or more . Kenwood is ok but i prefer other brands Pioneer Premier and Eclipse are my two personal favs.

Aikon
09-07-2004, 08:56 AM
Well, Mine KDC-X879 is working great .. So I can surely recommend them! :)

Motley
09-13-2004, 02:36 AM
...and my KDC-x979 is working great too. The display is incredible, and the options/features are endless. There is so much you can do with all the sound controls, it's rediculous.

Kenwood rocks!!!

SirSyko
09-13-2004, 04:51 PM
The difference between the x879 and x979: The 979 has dolby prologic II and an 8 tone display. Those are the main two differences that you will be paying for.

Logikalliquid
09-13-2004, 06:05 PM
Thanks for all the input. I considered the Nakamichi CD400 for a few minutes but all the pretty lights on the Kenwood won me over. X879 for $312 after shipping.

jellyfish420
09-13-2004, 08:36 PM
:waycrazy: you based your choice on pretty lights? in that case you should of bought a boss or something cheap, and bought a sh!tload of neons with the money left over.hehe

Norcalracer283
09-13-2004, 08:41 PM
I have a kenwood, no problems, ton of fucntion, loads fairly quick. The remote is the best on the market in my opinion. I would recommend the kenwood decks to anyone.

Logikalliquid
09-13-2004, 09:55 PM
dude, I thought neons made my car faster. I didnt know they made you sound better too!?:driving:

i just meant the nak was too plain for me and since i'm paying 300 for each I might as well get a 3D display.

swank
12-13-2004, 11:24 AM
Dont know about the HU's but my excelon amp ive had for years and its never let me down nor blown a fuse. Excellent equipment

bushtree
12-13-2004, 06:14 PM
I have a 2003 Excelon Unit. Its great.. Never had a single problem with it.. (knock on wood.)

98redrocktj
12-13-2004, 10:55 PM
979 has rca's for a center channel and has 1 single rca for a sub unlike all other decks have 2 (left and right). i love my 979

98redrocktj
12-13-2004, 11:01 PM
979 has rca's for a center channel and has 1 single rca for a sub unlike all other decks have 2 (left and right). i love my 979

swank
12-14-2004, 11:25 AM
3 months old ...

Swank
(Join Date: Dec 2004)

Forums are made to share information, whether old or not. ;)

TIGERFOR2
12-14-2004, 11:32 AM
I have a Kenwood KDC516 in my car. brought it from circuit city two years ago and never had a problem. I like it. When the kickerZR 240 goes and the 12w3's goes, the deck stays. Now I have the kenwood EQ. I'll get that put in when I trade my ride in.

locotony
12-14-2004, 12:29 PM
The difference between the x879 and x979: The 979 has dolby prologic II and an 8 tone display. Those are the main two differences that you will be paying for.

The 979 also has time Alignment

camflan
06-21-2005, 11:19 AM
dude, I thought neons made my car faster. I didnt know they made you sound better too!?:driving:

i just meant the nak was too plain for me and since i'm paying 300 for each I might as well get a 3D display.

.....you know why a nak is expensive right?

corollaguy99
06-21-2005, 12:04 PM
i had a kenwood x679 before i upgraded to a xxv-01d and it was an awesome unit...the kenwoods probably have the "best bang for the buck" in my opinion

Logikalliquid
06-21-2005, 01:08 PM
.....you know why a nak is expensive right?

Sure do....
By the way, this thread is 7 months old.

newtitan
06-21-2005, 01:20 PM
i had a kenwood x679 before i upgraded to a xxv-01d and it was an awesome unit...the kenwoods probably have the "best bang for the buck" in my opinion


hey man how do you like that xxv-01d?

does it allow for bandpass on the midrange?

thats the only thing stopping me from buying one at this point

Ignatowski
06-21-2005, 06:13 PM
I have the 789,its excellent
it had replaced an Alpine 9830,nice improvment oveer the Alpine in SQ as well as styling

go for it!

flakko
06-21-2005, 06:16 PM
excelon 789 = good