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nickk678
11-21-2006, 02:21 PM
I know alot of you have seen my picture threads as all of my equipment piles up in my basement. Well, the H/U is the last piece to the puzzle. I had my heart set on the 880 or 780, but have been reading about a TON of problems with them not just here, but all over the internet. I'm looking for alternatives. My current H/U is a Pioneer 9300, and I love that thing to death.

I need the ability to run active in the new H/U. I would like time alignment, and really like the graphic equalizer over the parametric.

My speakers are Kicker SS comps which will be powered by a 650.4. Subs are 12W6V2's powered by a 1000.1.

I know the new Alpines ****. I have played around with an Eclipse CD7000, and really didn't like the feel of it or the way the menus were set up. I'd like to keep all processing on the H/U, so no external TA/X-over boxes. I don't think JVC or Kenwood have a deck out that can do everything I want. I like the older Alpines alot, but I'm really skeptical to buy used, as I will probably use the H/U I buy for at least 2-3 years, preferably more. The screen on my 9300 began to die after about 2 1/2 years of usage.

I've searched a lot but haven't been able to get a feel for what I should be looking at.

j3bus2k3
11-21-2006, 02:23 PM
Find a 9835 or 9815 on here and you wont need another headunit...

baseballer1100
11-21-2006, 02:24 PM
There is a 9855 on here for the cheap.

DOHCDX
11-21-2006, 03:01 PM
dare i say a new sony? they're very inexpensive by comparison. some of the upper models have 7band EQ (not EQ3 which is just like pioneers EEQ -> parametric), dynamic soundstage organization, 24bit DAC, 3 sets of pre-outs one non-fading with separate xovers, aux input, remote and 120db SN ratio on CD player. pretty impressive IMO for ~$140 on onlinecarstereo.com

like this one:
http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=14668

Calikid
11-21-2006, 03:03 PM
dare i say a new sony? they're very inexpensive by comparison. some of the upper models have 7band EQ (not EQ3 which is just like pioneers EEQ -> parametric), dynamic soundstage organization, 24bit DAC, 3 sets of pre-outs one non-fading with separate xovers, aux input, remote and 120db SN ratio on CD player. pretty impressive IMO for ~$140 on onlinecarstereo.com

:ban:

scplayboy00
11-21-2006, 03:08 PM
The 9835 is bar far the best Hu ALPINE has ever made. But the 9855 is also a good one.

DOHCDX
11-21-2006, 03:23 PM
it was just a suggestion. not too many units i've seen offer really good EQs.

nickk678
11-21-2006, 03:25 PM
I really like the 9835 a lot. How is the glide touch on the 9855? Any other differences besides that?

Also, like I said, used scares me a little. How long a lifespan can I expect to get out of one of these?

nickk678
11-21-2006, 04:47 PM
I think I'm going to bid on the 9855 that's up on Ebay. Ends in 30 min. Good idea?

Rich B
11-21-2006, 04:49 PM
The 9835 is bar far the best Hu ALPINE has ever made.


Im sure the 7909 owners will be happy you said that.

:laugh:

loserpunk
11-21-2006, 09:45 PM
along with anyone w/ any F1 stuff ;)

i personally wouldn't touch the 9855, that glidetouch thing is horrendous

Towncar
11-21-2006, 09:49 PM
Just pick up the 880prs, but be sure to ground it well. YOu will be fine.

Motovet
11-22-2006, 02:44 AM
I tried out Pioneer for the first time,(880), and just got it back with whatever fix they do for the grounding noise issue. I'm sure it will work fine now....but as far as I'm concerned the fix wether done youself,(very ghetto), or factory fix, is a problem. Should have stuck with Alpine, or looked elsewere. I will next time for sure.....and if I have any more problems that 880 will go cheap...

nrd515
11-29-2006, 04:38 AM
along with anyone w/ any F1 stuff ;)

i personally wouldn't touch the 9855, that glidetouch thing is horrendous

I agree, my friend bought one and had it for a week and it drove him crazy. The dealer swapped it for another H/U. I played with it for a while and didn't like it, it seemed too touchy.

bdawson72
11-29-2006, 04:52 AM
I agree, my friend bought one and had it for a week and it drove him crazy. The dealer swapped it for another H/U. I played with it for a while and didn't like it, it seemed too touchy.

yea i remember when i actually wanted one of those.....what was i thinking

SonnyD
11-29-2006, 09:49 AM
I tried out Pioneer for the first time,(880), and just got it back with whatever fix they do for the grounding noise issue. I'm sure it will work fine now....but as far as I'm concerned the fix wether done youself,(very ghetto), or factory fix, is a problem. Should have stuck with Alpine, or looked elsewere. I will next time for sure.....and if I have any more problems that 880 will go cheap...

Dibs on the 880 if it's not already spoken for, and you don't mind shipping it.:yumyum:

Regards Sonny

Hintzyboy
11-29-2006, 05:34 PM
Not to thread-jack, but what exactly is the GlideTouch and why doesn't anybody like it?

Motovet
11-29-2006, 06:50 PM
Dibs on the 880 if it's not already spoken for, and you don't mind shipping it.:yumyum:

Regards Sonny

Well wouldn't you know it. Got it back....finally, grounded the **** out of it...and yes it still has the same horrible noise and not good output either. Sonics said they would exchange for an Alpine...will wait and see. If they do me another Pioneer I will let you know as I am done with them.

SonnyD
11-30-2006, 10:26 PM
Sounds Good!....Thanks

Regards Sonny

Trey803
11-30-2006, 10:33 PM
P880 and you dont like it? I will hook mine up in the next week and let you know if I have any of these problems but I have not heard one bad thing about these.

nickk678
12-01-2006, 12:14 AM
I ended up springing for the Alpine 9855. I have it hooked to a battery on my bench to play with. I really like the looks of this unit so far. Menu systems will take some getting used to after owning strictly Pioneer in the past.

Glidetouch really isn't all that bad. I've got it down pretty well after only playign with it for an hour or so. We'll see if I get pissed off at it when I'm navigating through mp3 discs and what not. If that's the case, I'll probably be going to the 880 and selling this guy.

Motovet
12-01-2006, 03:13 AM
P880 and you dont like it? I will hook mine up in the next week and let you know if I have any of these problems but I have not heard one bad thing about these.


http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=170874&highlight=880+noise

Got mine back from repair...still had the shreeky sound. Installed another unit and all is well. To bad, I thought the features were worth a try. But now I have processing anyway, so the 880 is out for good. Good luck with yours though, many people seem to really like this deck.

SonnyD
12-01-2006, 11:21 AM
Motovet, I meant to tell you in that last post, just PM me when your ready to let the 880 go.

Regards Sonny