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helotaxi
02-13-2006, 12:14 AM
Most of you guys know that I don't start threads or ask many questions, but now I am asking for some opinions from those of you that change your gear more often than your clothes.

I finally broke down and got an iPod and I want to use it in my car. My 9813 is too old to make use of the Alpine iPod integration maodule and FM modulators are poo, so I want a new HU.

My list of demands:
The unit MUST have:

-XM capability-I have an XM subscription and car tuner module and I can't live without it

-iPod direct input or the capability to integrate without an FM modulator, otherwise, why upgrade from what I have

-integrated x-over with variable freqs, not just a few select freqs but 1/3 oct freqs

-time correction

-mp3, WMA CD compatabilty

My list of desires:
I would like the unit to have some or all of the following but these aren't deal breakers:

-non clipping outputs

-3+ band parametric EQ

-ATRAC and mem stick comp.

Any inputs?

9512ds
02-13-2006, 12:15 AM
i've got an alpine 9855 im interested in selling let me know in a pm if you are interested

davidfre21
02-13-2006, 12:16 AM
from what i read most of the Ipod interfaces seem to be medicore, but i think it was Clarion that i saw an ad for and actual one screen display for ipods. But thats also a indash screen :crap:

iceteebone
02-13-2006, 12:21 AM
could run your ipod through your aux. inputs. so you have the xm plug n play? that would lso run through aux. inputs. i would look into eclipse. i like the older models like the 8443/8053/8454

how much for the 9813? ;)

helotaxi
02-13-2006, 01:46 AM
I'd probably let it go for around $150. Have the remote and faceplate case. Looks brand new. Won't be doing anything until June when I get back from this deployment.

Was looking at Eclipse, but they are all Sirius compatible, not XM. Is it just me or is the Eclipse website useless as far as info on different actual models?

I wouldn't be opposed to an indash monitor, but I don't plan on doing any kind of video stuff, I'm usually the only one in the car and I don't plan on watching movies while driving and I don't need a Nav system. Hard to justify the cost with that in mind.

Any other ideas? Any other experience with the newer Pioneer or clarion stuff? How are the newer Alpine units? I've got nothing but glowing praise for my 9813, are the new ones at least as good?

slain93gsr
02-13-2006, 04:06 PM
my friend has the ipod connector on his 9813 and works fine. i believe it works on some older ainet models as well.

iceteebone
02-13-2006, 04:50 PM
my next choice behind eclipse would be clarion. my dxz745 was nice but didn't offer much in terms of an eq.

helotaxi
02-13-2006, 05:45 PM
my friend has the ipod connector on his 9813 and works fine. i believe it works on some older ainet models as well.
That's good to know. It might just solve my problems and save me the trouble of setting up a new HU the way I want it. I was assuming that it wouldn't work because it was not listed as a compatible unit in the KCA-420i's manual, but if it will...

Spooby
02-14-2006, 04:24 AM
I don't have a clue if your 9813 has Ai-Net connection, but if it does...why not try this?

http://i1.tinypic.com/nqbnna.jpg

http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=764

For less than $30 its worth a shot if you have Ai-Net.

helotaxi
02-15-2006, 03:44 AM
Yeah, the 9813 is AInet. I currently have my XM run through the 'net but the XM interface module has an aux connector for adding a second AI net device. The one you linked to would work, but I found another interface on that site that will probably work better and because it uses a dock connector and allows the iPod to charge while connected. Thanks for the link.

ngsm13
02-15-2006, 03:54 AM
Indeed.

I love my Alpine 9835. The last **** HU I think Alpine has made since then.

nG

Eldorado
02-15-2006, 04:54 AM
If you decide you want to upgrade the new pioneer preimer stuff looks promising: 880prs and 980bt are pretty sweet. Not to mention the 980bt is bluetooth capable.
Meets all the criteria you listed and more minus the menory stick and ATRAC.
P.S
FM modulators arent all that bad.

JimJ
02-15-2006, 04:55 AM
Indeed.

I love my Alpine 9835. The last **** HU I think Alpine has made since then.

nG

x2 on the ****-ness of the '35.

JimJ
02-15-2006, 04:56 AM
FM modulators arent all that bad.

If you like very compressed, rolled-off music :)

Eldorado
02-15-2006, 04:57 AM
if the music is recorded at a low bitrate what makes the difference :p:

JimJ
02-15-2006, 04:58 AM
if the music is recorded at a low bitrate what makes the difference :p:

True.

But my ears will hate me for that :)

deth to digital

Eldorado
02-15-2006, 05:18 AM
no t00bs and records make jim something something....

ngsm13
02-15-2006, 12:02 PM
FM Mods ****, I rip all my stuff using EAC (Exact Audio Copy).

nG

Ayrton
02-16-2006, 09:10 PM
FM Mods ****, I rip all my stuff using EAC (Exact Audio Copy).

nG

and that is the way God wants it. :D

EAC and LAME are the only way to go.

Prowler573
02-20-2006, 12:26 PM
I'm certain that helotaxi has gotten it sorted out by now as this thread hasn't been active in several days but just wanted to throw in an :fyi: ....

The only HUs that I am aware of that will have ATRAC compatibility would be a Sony......isn't ATRAC3 their own proprietary compressed music format?