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Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3521
Registered: Mar-07
I'll post this in the next best place.

Turns out my head unit is starting to act up, I've only had it for four years, but have dropped the face a few times, so it's prob my fault. I don't care to fix it, even if I could.

On that note, I'm not in a rush, but I'd appreciate some suggestions on HUs for under $200. I do like the Van Man's HU. I wonder, does that have sub control in addition to the other features? I don't recall the model number but I think it was a JVC.

What I prefer:
CD/MP3 player
Ipod full speed control
USB (not necessary, but a cool feature)
preouts higher than 2V lol
Ability to change the display color
Mute feature

Anyway, I'm hoping I can get some good suggestions, as well, suggestions that I may find at a liquidation sale in Austin this weekend.

Thanks in advance fellas, you guys really are a great help.
 

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Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9595
Registered: Jul-06
Marcs HU is a kenwood. I am not a fan of anything made by kenwood.


JVC KD-AR880 has all the features you want. (need an adapter for ipod). It has the USB input on the front of the unit. $150 on ebay.

I run that unit and it works well. Although I wouldn't expect it to have the same quality internals as an Alpine though.


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Username: Shortysetnies

Andrew Capps, NC US

Post Number: 3160
Registered: Mar-06
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ALPINE-CDA-9835-CD-PLAYER-MP3-WMA-RADIO-XM-RUE-41 87-INC_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1234Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3 a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem3002893 06558QQitemZ300289306558QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo

No USB but I doubt you can find a HU on that same par for that price very easily
 

Gold Member
Username: Big_edge_head

Milwaukee, WI

Post Number: 3392
Registered: Mar-07
Coulda just posted in the sub section lol.
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3522
Registered: Mar-07
Capps, that link is no longer valid. mind posting another? please? thanks.

Stavenmist, this is something that shouldn't be posted in the sub section, as the sub section is for SUBWOOFERS :-) Thanks though.
 

Gold Member
Username: Shortysetnies

Andrew Capps, NC US

Post Number: 3161
Registered: Mar-06
Its the Alpine CDA-9835
 

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Username: Freezeman_7

FOR SALE, BNIB RD AUDI... USA

Post Number: 2447
Registered: May-06
i love Eclipse headunits. they make a great product, i do love alpine too, id look at both of those.

you could probably find a good cheap eclipse on ebay or something.
 

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Username: Kpa2727

Old Bridge, NJ USA !

Post Number: 1574
Registered: May-07
i bought this for 180 new

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8699296&st=8699296&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1199494645981

honestly i love it btw gotta love the perks of my job.
 

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Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9598
Registered: Jul-06
I like Alpine the best by far also.

But I don't think you will find a HU with better features than that JVC for the price.
 

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Username: Tatonka

-[Team Audible Insanity]-

Post Number: 2660
Registered: Mar-07

quote:

But I don't think you will find a HU with better features than that JVC for the price.




http://www.clarion.com/my/en/products/2008/audio/source_units/1din/DXZ786USB/my- en-product-pf_1172389379132.html

Can be had on ebay for around $180 ;)
You can also go active on this unit
 

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Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9606
Registered: Jul-06
That is a nice clarion (another good company) but doesn't have the front USB. Thats what sold me on the JVC.

And you can run active on any setup with a crossover.
 

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Username: Tatonka

-[Team Audible Insanity]-

Post Number: 2662
Registered: Mar-07

quote:

That is a nice clarion (another good company) but doesn't have the front USB. Thats what sold me on the JVC.
And you can run active on any setup with a crossover.



It does have USB support. There is a wire running from the back of the unit with a USB female end on it. This way you can put your thumbdrive anywhere.

Active crossovers cost extra money.
 

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Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3524
Registered: Mar-07
well M.S. I don't like the front usb, I think it looks kinda stupid, which makes me like the clarion more (i've always wanted a clarion, but could always get an alpine cheaper) hopefully I can find that clarion tomorrow at the 80% off liqudation sale going on at the crocket center tomorrow.

thanks for all the input guys, more suggestions would be great as well. but I will definately be looking for these HUs tomorrow.
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3525
Registered: Mar-07
Nick, a quick ebay search turned up a buy it now price of $409!!!!!
 

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Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9612
Registered: Jul-06
Well if you don't like the front USB then I would go with an Alpine with the USB cable.
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3527
Registered: Mar-07
I'll definitely be looking for the clarion and the alpine HUs today when I get to the crocket center, that is, after i order a new CD/DVD drive.....
 

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Username: Tatonka

-[Team Audible Insanity]-

Post Number: 2663
Registered: Mar-07

quote:

Nick, a quick ebay search turned up a buy it now price of $409!!!!!



Wow, I've only seen then for $180-$200.

I bought mine off ebay brand new with warranty for $188
 

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Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3533
Registered: Mar-07
^wish I could find that deal.

Turns out that blow out sale was some propaganda, the place was worse than the worst flea market you have ever been to. Plus, they were making a killing just charging $7 per at the door. What a waste of $14....
 

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Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9632
Registered: Jul-06
I could have told you that.... all of those liquidation sales are crap.
 

Gold Member
Username: Van_man

Boston South, MA

Post Number: 4594
Registered: Mar-06
The one I have is this.

http://www.electronicexpress.com/product?prod_id=9373

They are getting harder to find.
The thing that I love about this is the Phatnoise music manager that makes it "talk" the folders. It can be set up to say artist or song as well.

Plus 24 bit dacs.
imo, its a great unit.
I would choose it over anything else in that price range.
 

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Username: Armykyle1

Ms Us

Post Number: 288
Registered: Dec-08
i had a jvc, the first one i got was a smooth face and too SD cards it was great then pre out #1 burned up, they stopped selling that modle so i had to get one withe the usb hook, i think they're like 159 now was 254, it has usb, i pod and sat radio ready, and sub output control, and a 3 way eq. never had and problems till it got flooded i also belive the one i had had 3v or 4v pre out (4highs, 2sub)
 

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Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3538
Registered: Mar-07
M.S., do you realize how many "I could have told you that" posts you have?

Marc, thanks for posting, I really liked that vid you posted of your HU. I'm interested in the voice feature it has.
 

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Username: Van_man

Boston South, MA

Post Number: 4595
Registered: Mar-06
Well, only some of the 2006 kenwoods had that feature. It due to the music media program it comes with, PhatNoise.
(Phatnoise is out of buisness)
The only other model i know for sure it works with is the X590, Kenwood KDC-MP832 and X890. But the x890 is so much better.
Some of the other things I like.
It displays artist, song, album, with usb or cd.
It has great tuning features.
Did I mention
It displays the Radio station, artist and song playing live.
It has the G force analizer thing
Can record your 1/4 mile times and HP.
(not sure how accurate those last few are, never tried them)
Hidden cd slot behind the motorized, detachable face plate.
Ipod ready..I think you need a cable, not sure as I dont sport an Ipod.
Reads 4 gig flashdrives..Like 1000 songs.
Fast usb reading.

Here it is for 220, Good price imo.

http://shopper.cnet.com/car-cd-changers/kenwood-kdc-x890/4014-6728_9-31802191.html#info-3

And a little info on the 24 bit dacs.

The wolfson (kenwood) is very close to the burr-brown (Pioneer) what I have read on them is that "Unlike some competing chips, the Wolfson DAC uses a low-order modulator that produces less high frequency noise, requiring fewer analogue output filter components" So using it means less fitering has to be added to the outputs. Are most people going to hear a difference, No

Plus I like the look of it. I hate that Cyclopse look of the Pioneer, Plus the feel so cheap. I think it will break when I mess with them in stores.

Man, Kenwood should send me a check for repping this thing.

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Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9659
Registered: Jul-06
haha whats that supposed to mean.

Most poeple are aware that those sales are scams. Or so I thought most people knew anyway.
 

Gold Member
Username: Van_man

Boston South, MA

Post Number: 4596
Registered: Mar-06
"haha whats that supposed to mean.
Most poeple are aware that those sales are scams. Or so I thought most people knew anyway."

HA HA.. ^^^whats that supposed to mean?

Dealer cost audio and 6th ave are both solid sites.
 

Gold Member
Username: Nd4spd18

Philadelphia, PA

Post Number: 9662
Registered: Jul-06
lmao what the hell are you talking about..... who said anything about dealer cost car audio or w/e
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3541
Registered: Mar-07
eh, I figured it was worth going to see what, if any of the equipment they might have. the place it was held usually holds amatuer MMA bouts, and gun shows, so there was hope.
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3576
Registered: Mar-07
Hey Keith, wanna help a brotha out?
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