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Im thinking about getting a new deck to replace the stock one but not sure which I should go with. Heres the choices...

Kenwood KDC-X494 (kdcx494) - Car Stereo In-Dash Receiver at Sonic Electronix - Sonic Electronix

Kenwood KDC-HD545U (kdchd545u) - Car Stereo In-Dash Receiver at Sonic Electronix - Sonic Electronix


I like the second one cause when its on tuner it shows the artist, station etc. I havent seen the excelon in person but Im guessing same concept. Anybody know anything about these two, any advice would help. Thanks
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I don't have either of those models but my kenwood unit is ****. Make sure you have a dedicated RCA preout for a sub if younplan yo runnone. Mine doesn't have one and I didn't realize it when I bought it and it sounds lik garbage
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I've got the first one you listed. Can't really tell a difference in sound quality but I'm able to play music louder now. Not really sure on what to do next, been thinkin about adding a powered sub but don't have the funds right now. It's a nice unit for the price.
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I've got the first one you listed. Can't really tell a difference in sound quality but I'm able to play music louder now. Not really sure on what to do next, been thinkin about adding a powered sub but don't have the funds right now. It's a nice unit for the price.
Are you able to read the text when its on tuner? Such as the song artist and radio station?
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i may be wrong so dont hold me to this,not every radio station does that,if the station has all that info available then it will display that info.so 3 out of lets say 6 stations you listen to may or may not have that.i think performance of the radio are a bit more important but i can understand why you want that feature too lol.i havent had a kenwood radio in years so i cant comment on their quality now days
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I will be second to say the kenwood I owned was garbage. I owned the MP628 very limited options for what I paid, and the sound was always distorted. Sold. Best move I ever made.

Can't beat Pioneer man
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Well I just bought the Kenwood KDC-X494, hope i didnt make a mistake...
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granted i dont have a regular kenwood deck, but i love my kenwood kvt512.
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I've heard the higher end Kenwoods are better than Pioneers and some Alpines.
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The Kenwood eXelon stuff is really good, they've got 4 volt preamp outputs too which is as high as it gets. Good for if you're hooking up any amps to it
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Well I just bought the Kenwood KDC-X494, hope i didnt make a mistake...
Don't worry, from the specs it looks like you bought a very good unit.
if you get sh!tty sound from that unit then your doing something wrong.

I would rock that unit all day.. if i could give up my larger display on my alpine 9857.
your kenwood actually has better specs then my $250 unit
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The newest kenwood units, meaning the higher models, are supposedly the best onthe market right now
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Well I would have bought a full touch screen but I have a 94 Wrangler, the Ranger and soon to have a new TRD Tundra or a FX4 F150. havent decided...
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