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mdma
07-25-2005, 11:01 PM
I bought an Alpine CDA-9815 from Good Guys with a warranty valid until 2009. It's officially broken as of today.

Called Good Guys, and they won't have a installer until next week. They said I can send in the item for service (under warranty), but it will take a few weeks (4-6). Also, they won't give me a temporary unit unless they have something open box.

My other option is to replace it for a NEW item of comparable quality. He will credit me my original purchase price of the unit, but in doing so I loose the 5-year warranty. Should I give up my warranty for a new unit or should I send my 9815 in for service? If I get a new unit, which Alpine model should I ask for?

The CDA-9835 seems to be closest (V-Drive, two line color display), but it is priced $100 higher than the 9815 was. Also the CDA-9855 has got a cool screen and is priced the same, but doesn't have the v-drive (I'll use separate amps so it's a mute point) and it uses a weird "GlideTouch" bar. What do you think?

http://iweb.alpine-usa.com/pls/admn/item_info?p_item_name=CDA-9815&p_category=10&p_subcategory=20&p_main=10
http://iweb.alpine-usa.com/pls/admn/item_info?p_item_name=CDA-9835&p_category=10&p_subcategory=20&p_main=10
http://iweb.alpine-usa.com/pls/admn/item_info?p_item_name=CDA-9855&p_category=10&p_subcategory=20&p_main=10

Also, I checked out their website and they don't have any Alpine units. Do they still carry Alpine units? If not, what Pioneer unit should I get?

unrealii
07-25-2005, 11:38 PM
What?...I sent my amp in at good guys under their warranty and they refused to give me money. Its still in the shop, so I was forced to buy a new one because I can't live without radio. Was your head unit under $200?

mdma
07-26-2005, 01:09 AM
No, it was $350. Goto Good Guys and ask to speak with the manager. Bring all paperwork and he should take care of you.

ngsm13
07-26-2005, 01:22 AM
DO NOT, i repeat...DO NOT settle for the 9855.


They both ****...

Hate to say it, but Alpine went downhill this year. Their new units have a rediculous 10% failure rate, the now longer have v-drive internals, the glide-touch is gay/***** balls, and the only unit with 4v pre-outs is the 55 :(

That's why last years 9835's went from selling around $300 shipped or less...to well over $400 on ebay. Hardcore audio enthusiasts now this year's line-up is mediocre at best :(

NG

;)

NG

zachzchw
07-26-2005, 02:50 AM
DO NOT, i repeat...DO NOT settle for the 9855.



;)

NG


Thoughts on the 9831, Noah?

Slaugh
07-26-2005, 09:58 AM
get the 9835... stronger pre-outs

theCybe
07-26-2005, 10:14 AM
That glidebar thing - what a gimmick. Pfeh.

netherland24
07-26-2005, 10:31 AM
other then the unit itself being fancy display the 9815 is the same to the 9835 both have excellent SQ both are still expensive as can be too. so it is up too to u. i have the 9815 and the 9831 and i like my 9815 alot more.

Slaugh
07-26-2005, 10:58 AM
other then the unit itself being fancy display the 9815 is the same to the 9835 both have excellent SQ both are still expensive as can be too. so it is up too to u. i have the 9815 and the 9831 and i like my 9815 alot more.
dude do you suffer from the ubber weak 9815 pre-outs? coz i do and wow it *****

where are your amplifier gains on it?

ngsm13
07-26-2005, 01:10 PM
Thoughts on the 9831, Noah?

Good unit, Alpine's 2005 line-up was great.

NG

JLCivic
07-26-2005, 02:51 PM
other then the unit itself being fancy display the 9815 is the same to the 9835 both have excellent SQ both are still expensive as can be too. so it is up too to u. i have the 9815 and the 9831 and i like my 9815 alot more.

There are plenty of alpine users who would disagree that the display is the only difference between the 9815 and 9835. I remember one guy who had a 9815(pre outs were gutless, to say the least...that complaint was seen all over the forums) who went to the 9835. He tested the pre outs and they were definitely better(by better, he meant they actually put out rated voltage).

If I had to buy an alpine from the past 3 years, I would get a 9835(other than the F#1 status, of course).

lyttleviet
07-26-2005, 03:10 PM
i dont seem to mind my 9855 at all...

9512ds
07-26-2005, 03:22 PM
i havent had a single problem with my 9855 and i would say its one of the dreaded first batch because i preordered it

AVSTANG02
07-26-2005, 03:23 PM
Sooo much BULLSHIT in this thread.

Guys get sum ****in facts first.

U'll be fine with 2v preouts. Unless the gains on yer amp start at 2v

I have access to alpine refurbs. The amount of refurbs availble do not comply with anything that was said in this thread...

****in blows my mind how people just talk straight **** misleading people into buying or not buying something.

ngsm13
07-26-2005, 03:55 PM
Sooo much BULLSHIT in this thread.

Guys get sum ****in facts first.

U'll be fine with 2v preouts. Unless the gains on yer amp start at 2v

I have access to alpine refurbs. The amount of refurbs availble do not comply with anything that was said in this thread...

****in blows my mind how people just talk straight **** misleading people into buying or not buying something.

eat it...then go cry

NG

JAZN
07-26-2005, 04:00 PM
Sooo much BULLSHIT in this thread.

Guys get sum ****in facts first.

U'll be fine with 2v preouts. Unless the gains on yer amp start at 2v

I have access to alpine refurbs. The amount of refurbs availble do not comply with anything that was said in this thread...

****in blows my mind how people just talk straight **** misleading people into buying or not buying something.
how do u know he's not gonna have noise in his system at 2v?

AVSTANG02
07-26-2005, 07:20 PM
If hes got noise in his system at 2v chances are its gonna be there at 4v.

I've gone from 8v eclipses to 2v alpines to 4v pioneers noticed no difference and at the time I would consider my install extremely sloppy and a lot of chances for noise.

The main thing i noticed was how my amps gains where affected by it.. so if i was to purchase i'd try to match it up with what my amp's gains are...

Justshoe
07-26-2005, 07:49 PM
I dont see why people bash the 9853 and 55 so much. I just got my 9853 and love it. The glidetouch isnt a gimmick it works fine for me and i actually like it very very easy to navigate the menus and such.

JLCivic
07-26-2005, 11:11 PM
I dont see why people bash the 9853 and 55 so much. I just got my 9853 and love it. The glidetouch isnt a gimmick it works fine for me and i actually like it very very easy to navigate the menus and such.

People have bashed them so much because many people had horrendous experiences with them breaking(some were on their 2nd or 3rd of those models).

I am sure some are having great experiences with those models, but being shocked because people are badmouthing those models just makes no sense. There certainly has been enough issues.