View Full Version : starting new system, too many HU choices

11-03-2006, 04:23 PM
ok, i'm not new to car audio. i know what i'm looking for but i'm on a budget. i'm starting a small SQ build in my daily driven civic

features that i'm looking for in a HU for around $150:
multiple 4V+ preouts
MP3 CDR/W playback
graphic EQ with 7+ channels (NOT silly 3band "easyEQ" parametrics)
>100db S/N ratio
CD/mp3 text

things i don't care about:
internal amps
high-res screens
color on screens or of unit

so, options i'm considering so far:

basic feature "play only" unit and external EQ to enhance signal

Panasonic CQ-C1303U for $90 (or another head unit at similar price).
95 db S/N

or maybe:

Kenwood KDC-MP202
98db S/N

and EQ:
clarion EQS746 for EQ and preout signal for $60
7-Band Rotary Equalizer, 7volt rms pre-outs, 105db S/N, THD 0.005 %

single unit with good features, solid EQ and S/N

sony CDX-F605X for $150
120dB S/N, Auxiliary Input,4 -Volt F/R/Sub Preouts w/HPF & LPF, Burr Brown 24-bit D/A converter, 7channel graphic EQ

the sony unit looks amazing on paper for the cost. as many features as a pioneer DEH7800 for half the cost. does anyone have any suggestions for alternatives other than "save up an buy a real unit"?

so far, the sony is looking like a great deal. i know most guys here hate sony. i always had great luck with their products back in the early 90s when i was in high school and into all this.

11-03-2006, 04:27 PM
i had a sony like that probably one of the best sonys made, decent EQ also

02-07-2009, 01:50 AM
That sony one does look good.... If I could use it with my ipod for that cost, Id probably buy one today..... I dont even have an ipod, im just sick of skipping cds

02-07-2009, 04:07 AM
eclipse cd3100

i have it and i love it.. has 3 5v preouts.. lights look cool on it.. its an all around great HU.. u can get it for 130 maybe cheaper if u search around.. but id get it for 130 off crutchfield because they include free things such as installation kit, antenna adapter... and the customer service cant be beat.

02-07-2009, 11:54 PM
Isn't this thread kinda old guys?

Any found this, might be of interest, a little over 150 but it comes with 4 speaks
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONY-CDX-GT630UI-CAR-STEREO-IPOD-4-SPEAKERS-6-5_W0QQitemZ200297811902QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCar_Audi o_In_Dash_Receivers?hash=item200297811902&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

02-23-2009, 07:34 PM
id do eclipse