New memberUsername: Redknight
Atlanta, GA USA
Post Number: 1
I need a new HU; my 9 y.o. Sony is finally going bad (can't read _some_ audio book CDs that work fine on home stereos, but does fine with other books on CD). I'm not looking for anything real special - I even still have my original Accord's speakers, but may upgrade them some day...
I'm looking for:
* $200 range, give or take (this is in U.S.)
* plenty of FM presets
* satellite-ready is good, I guess. I have no plans for now, but it's always possible. Is XM the way to go, or the other one (Sirius?)? Seems like most HUs support XM.
* no fuss on loading CDs... do they all "fold down" these days? seems like one extra hassle
* very easy-to-read display, including in direct sunlight. (graphics can gth if they make it hard to read simple things! lol)
* of course, the usual desires like good tuner pull, clean sound - but with my speakers, it doesn't need to be anything special
One oddity is that I truly love the wired remote "Rotary Commander" I had with my old Sony. It mounts on the steering column and is always "right there" - I find it hard to believe most HUs include a handheld remote, which seems to defeat the purpose to me, lol. (If you have to reach for the remote, it's halfway to having to reach for the HU.) So I'd be interested in a HU with either some kind of wired remote that can mount on the steering-wheel column OR it can have an infrared option that mounts there if you guys can ab-so-lutely gaurantee the HU will _always_ be able to "see" it. (It seems like a mighty cramped space - home remotes rarely work when they are almost directly lateral to the recipient!)
A real plus is if it can be a Sony, so that I don't have to re-do the harness and might even be able to keep using my current wired remote. (Yep, I am lazy as heck! lol) My old remote is part RM-X2S and the Sony I was looking at (CDX-C7050) supports their optional RM-X4S Rotary Commander which looks identical, so maybe it'll work. Anyway, I've seen lots of posts where folks claim Sony's suck, but every one of these posts looks anecdotal to me - the only person posting any actual large numbers said his company loved them (in thread "Does a sony head unit suck?"). What's the deal with that?
Anyway - there are so many units that seem to have exactly the same functionality in this range, at least on paper. So, what really matters and what doesn't?
Okay, I've asked a ton of question. Thanks for any comments/suggestions, and tons of thanks to anybody that addresses all my qs!
Bronze MemberUsername: Carguy
Post Number: 65
Your question on XM radio, it's a great product if you travel a lot, like into desserts and country roads. Because it's getting it's signal from a satellite, you'll pratically never lose a channel. This of course comes with a price, $10 per month usage fee. It's suppose to have better sound quality than a reg FM. I haven't seen much difference though. If you're interested in them, do a search on eBay, there's some cheap ones. I paid $49 for a complete kit there.
Oh the reason why I didn't give you a specific Sony model HU is cause I'm located in Canada and we have different models compared to USA.
One more thing, if you pay a little now, you can get a HU with dvd!
Silver MemberUsername: Chevy_for_life
Post Number: 180