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againstalloddz
07-26-2005, 07:47 PM
Alright basically I'm looking for the best headunit that I can get for around 150 bucks. A few of the ones I've been looking at are:

Kenwood MP-528
Pioneer 4700
...then after reading through some of the threads on this forum I also threw in the KDC-X589... and I see a lot of people talking about Eclipse HU's being very good, but they're said to be a little more pricey....

so basically... what do you guys recommend? Out of these or whatever you think is the best value for this crappy price range I got

againstalloddz
07-27-2005, 02:29 AM
*bump*

anyone?

flakko
07-27-2005, 02:30 AM
i vote kenwood

MisterGrubbs
07-27-2005, 02:42 AM
You can pick up a used 6600/6700 Pioneer for that price range...maybe

Or a last years model Kenwood...Kenwoods are shweet ;)

againstalloddz
07-27-2005, 03:36 AM
ok so far it's Kenwood.... what's better a MP-528 or X-589?

Nevergo
07-27-2005, 10:11 AM
I vote X589.

60ndown
07-27-2005, 10:49 AM
ive been useing a jvc kd ah 800 for almost a year,great sq plays mp3 burr brown dac,you can find em for 150 on the net!

60ndown
07-27-2005, 10:50 AM
ive been useing a jvc kd ah 800 for almost a year,great sq plays mp3 burr brown dac,you can find em for 150 on the net!

no flashing lights or chrome tho-just quality sound?

stones
07-27-2005, 11:59 AM
I vote for Kenwood with some specific models in mind.
Kenwood KDC-MP4028, Cheap HU with all the options you need and none of the options you don't.
Stay away from theKDC-MP 528 and theKDC-MP 5028, i didn't like them.

Anything in the Excelon line is very good,
The KDC-MP4028 and the KDC-MP7028 is the best in the non-excelon line.

Review-
The regular line up that does not have the extra zero is there bottom level stuff, example- 528 as compared to the 5028, they make the 3digit line for Best buy and such while the 4digit line is for small dealers, the 3 digit linup lacks some important features so I reccomend the 4digit line.
Everything in the Excelon line is completely decked out and will be good.

JLCivic
07-27-2005, 12:51 PM
Alright basically I'm looking for the best headunit that I can get for around 150 bucks. A few of the ones I've been looking at are:

Kenwood MP-528
Pioneer 4700
...then after reading through some of the threads on this forum I also threw in the KDC-X589... and I see a lot of people talking about Eclipse HU's being very good, but they're said to be a little more pricey....

so basically... what do you guys recommend? Out of these or whatever you think is the best value for this crappy price range I got

IMO, anybody who tells you eclipse decks are pricy is an idiot. 5V/55ohm pre out decks start at $179, authorized.

txred0810
07-27-2005, 01:12 PM
I vote the Kenwod X-589...might be biased because i own one myself...Has everything you need...throw in a line driver later on to bump up the pre out voltage and you're set.

redlinese-r
07-27-2005, 02:00 PM
here's a really inexpensive option with lots of features:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_2883.html

i've got one, and it is cheap feeling, but it has performed fine. 2 sets of preamps @5volts each, ones a sub out. plays mp3's, has a remote, decent power output. i think its a good deal.

againstalloddz
07-27-2005, 03:22 PM
I vote for Kenwood with some specific models in mind.
Kenwood KDC-MP4028, Cheap HU with all the options you need and none of the options you don't.
Stay away from theKDC-MP 528 and theKDC-MP 5028, i didn't like them.

Anything in the Excelon line is very good,
The KDC-MP4028 and the KDC-MP7028 is the best in the non-excelon line.

Review-
The regular line up that does not have the extra zero is there bottom level stuff, example- 528 as compared to the 5028, they make the 3digit line for Best buy and such while the 4digit line is for small dealers, the 3 digit linup lacks some important features so I reccomend the 4digit line.
Everything in the Excelon line is completely decked out and will be good.


that's great info... i've been wondering about that.. thanks. i'm assuming it's the opposite for Pioneer... the 3digit line is better than the 4digit one?

DEH-P470MP > DEH-P4700MP ?

againstalloddz
07-27-2005, 03:30 PM
here's a really inexpensive option with lots of features:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_2883.html

i've got one, and it is cheap feeling, but it has performed fine. 2 sets of preamps @5volts each, ones a sub out. plays mp3's, has a remote, decent power output. i think its a good deal.


I've never heard of that brand.. and I'm willing to actually spend a bit more for something a little better... I can spend about 150, but thanks for that website.. they have some good stuff with some reasonable prices

Ignatowski
07-27-2005, 03:33 PM
589 is a good HU. 4v,excellent features and looks good as well

headknocker
07-28-2005, 04:56 AM
I installed the Kenwood KDC-X589 around six weeks ago and I'm VERY pleased with it. I got mine from Locust Audio for $158 shipped. It replaced a four year old eXcelon X717 and it's better in every way imaginable.

You'll be hard pressed to find a better HU in the $150-$160 range. Of course, Crutchfield is asking $250 for it :uhoh:

againstalloddz
07-28-2005, 05:06 AM
so the exceleon is better than the regular kenwoods?

Prowler573
07-28-2005, 06:29 AM
The simple answer to your question is Yes.
eXcelon is to Kenwood is what Premier is to Pioneer. Same company, better products.

The eXcelons will normally have a better CD s/n ratio, higher voltage preouts, higher resolution D/A converters, etc than the comparable model in the regular Kenwood lineup. Kenwood backs the eXcelons with a 2yr warranty as opposed to the 1yr industry-standard warranty. (if bought from auth. dealers)

ddumb8
01-29-2006, 08:38 AM
I got an x589 a couple of months ago for my truck and liked it so well I got one for my wife for christmas.

Nova_
01-29-2006, 10:16 PM
You can pick up a used 6600Pioneer for that price range...maybe

I picked up a 6600 for my cousing yesterday for $130... Useds for 2 months and doesn't have a remote...

VERY good unit for that kind of money... Graphics, EQ, Everything Pioneer offers...

jer_stud56
01-29-2006, 10:20 PM
get 215 and order a deh-p680mp pioneer.
MMMMMM :)