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lostcausesux
09-25-2005, 12:59 PM
I've been debating whether I should get the Alpine CDA-9855 or the Sony CDX-M9905x, for my Jeep Cherokee. When you compare their stats it seems that the Sony comes out on top. Some would argue, however, that the Alpine headunits are much more durable and reliable. I'd like to hear some input on this. Thanks

-Mike

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Alpine CDA-9855

Chassis Size Code IEJ
RMS Power Output 18 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Voltage 4 volts
Video Control No
Preamp Outputs 3 pair
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
AUX Input Optional
Display Color BioLite (B&W)
Key Button Color Variable
EQ Bands 5
Sound Shaping Type Bass Engine Pro
Wireless Remote Yes
Wired Remote Optional
Changer Control Yes
Security Detachable face
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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Tuner Alpine CDA-9855
Tuner Type MaxTune SQ
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
FM Presets 12
AM Presets 6
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
Satellite Radio Ready Both
Navigation ---
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CD Alpine CDA-9855
CD Frequency Response 5-20kHz
CD Signal-to-Noise 105 dB
Anti-shock Memory None
CD Text Yes
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback Yes
DVD Playback No


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Sony CDX-M9905X

Chassis Size Code IEJ
RMS Power Output 23.2 watts
Peak Output 52 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Voltage 4 volts
Video Control No
Preamp Outputs 3 pair
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
AUX Input Rear
Display Color 32,000 colors
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 7
Sound Shaping Type EQ7, DSO
Wireless Remote Yes
Wired Remote Optional
Changer Control Yes
Security None
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Tuner Sony CDX-M9905X
Tuner Type SSIR-EXA
FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
FM Presets 18
AM Presets 12
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
Satellite Radio Ready XM
Navigation ---
CD Sony CDX-M9905X
CD Frequency Response 10-20kHz
CD Signal-to-Noise 120 dB
Anti-shock Memory None
CD Text Yes
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback No
DVD Playback No

Slaugh
09-25-2005, 01:15 PM
neither

the 9855 is teh sucky and Sonys are Xplod

bamaboy
09-25-2005, 02:17 PM
if you want a good cd player try a premier 860 or a clarion 955, both are excellent HU in my opinion

JLCivic
09-25-2005, 02:44 PM
if you want a good cd player try a premier 860 or a clarion 955, both are excellent HU in my opinion

I would throw Eclipse into the mix as well:)

DiamondFanatic
09-25-2005, 03:39 PM
I would take the alpine over the sony any day, but for sure look into the Premier 860, I really like mine, and have used all three (860, 9905x, and the 9855).

Beyond
09-25-2005, 04:56 PM
I can't comment on the 9855, although I have read (and I'm sure you have too) that the glidetouch is pathetic.

The Sony, however, I can talk a little bit about. I owned that head unit and was very unhappy with it for about 6 months. I didn't like the way my entire system sounded, the interface was EXTREMELY hard to use, and there just wasn't that much customability of the sound. Some argue that the difference from one head unit to another doesn't make that much of a difference in sound, but I can tell you going from that Sony to my Eclipse CD8455 was a very noticeable difference. Not only does it sound better STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX than my Sony did tweaked excessively, it's MUCH easier to use. The 8455 is a little more expensive, but in my honest opinion it's definitely worth it.

DiamondFanatic
09-25-2005, 05:17 PM
To be honest, at first I did not like Glidetouch at all, but after about a week I got used to it. If you are doing the KCA-420i it works really well. Overall I would say that glidetouch is a nice feature

lostcausesux
09-25-2005, 05:21 PM
Thanks for all the info guys, probably gonna go with a different alpine or an eclipse. :D

bamaboy
09-25-2005, 06:14 PM
I would throw Eclipse into the mix as well:)
i was just using those as an example as ive owned both, never used eclipse as i really dont need all that, one thing i can say about the clario and premier is the interface is really easy

Ignatowski
09-25-2005, 06:19 PM
Excelon 889!
the new 2005 alpines are for ****,and sony well,its sony not even a consideration for me,
pioneer short out to easily but work well when they work
and eclipse are not internet friendly but are awsome if you have the retail smack