I have been looking at the sony cdx f7710 unit as well as the several pioneer players. Im looking for one around 160 bucks although i can go higher to maybe 190ish. I will not be using an amp (at least not for a long time) and would like a front or rear aux port.
I hear that sony's make crap players though. What are some other good hu's that are around the same price, have good sound, a detach face, and look good?
sony makes crap everything in car audio. that's no lie.
go with Pioneer or Clarion, and get a unit with three sets of pre-outs if you plan to expand later (front/rear/sub outputs) you won't be disapointed, although you may want to save a little more and look in the 200-250 dollar range.. 150=190 is very entry level.. basic no frills, no features range. 200-250 starts getting into the "decent" catagory for head units
always better to wait and save a little more to get something worth while than spend close to 200 bucks and regret it.
of course it all depends on how "into" it your going to get... getting an entry level HU is fine if you just want a basic system and you are happy with it.. in that sense u can save some money.. but if u have the slightest feeling you might upgrade or go better its always better to getting something good and worthwhile right off the bat .. i learned the hardway
seems like a decent HU has a 3 Band Eq.. a basic crossover system.. as well as lots of little things like EQ-EX not sure exactly what this does .. didnt have my pioneer long enough to figure it out but i think its something like Media Expander is to alpine .. glasswolf could explain all this better