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nickk678
12-09-2006, 02:44 AM
Well, I have been staring at this pile of car audio equipment waiting to be installed in my car for almost 2 months now, and couldn't do it anymore (I'm waiting on funds to purchase about 300sqft of RAAMmat before I do the install). I pulled out my trusty Pioneer 9300, and in went the 9855.

When I was playing with the glide touch on the work bench, it was kind of clumsy to use. However, once I installed it in the car, I think I have it down to a T after only an hour or so of use. I still miss knob/button on each side of the faceplate, though. That alone might make me sell this to pick up the 880.

The menu systems are very simple. Only took about 5 minutes of playing time to figure out where everythign was located and how to change it.

The screen is awesome! I love the Biolite display. I think it may be better than the organic EL in the 9300. Granted, the Organic EL's do look better now than they did back when the 9300 was around, but man, this is one **** display.

As for sound, it is kind of hard to tell ATM. I'm running stock speakers off the H/U until the new equip goes in. I'd have to say that the 9300 made the music sound better, though. I think this is mostly due to BBE. BBE really, really helped the stock speakers sound better. No matter how much I play with the EQ, I simply can't get the booming sound I could out of the 9300. I'm sure once I put the Kicker SS's in with a couple hundred watts, I won't even remember what BBE stands for :)

This thing looks sharp in my dash. The customizable colors for teh buttons really helps out. I have amber lights on my whole dash with some red, so was able to make the buttons/lights red and orange on the unit!

Anyway, this is my first experience with an Alpine unit for more than 20 minutes, and I am pleased so far. Thumbs up to Alpine for a good product. Hopefully, enough people have complained in the past year, and when the 07 lien rolls out in a month, they will make some good head units and not no piece of **** "FULL SPEED IPOD" crap.

supa_c
12-09-2006, 02:47 AM
Gaytouch gets old fast and you will want to rip it off.
BBE pwns all, MX on the alpine is nothing even close

bri487
12-09-2006, 03:14 AM
Gaytouch gets old fast and you will want to rip it off.
BBE pwns all, MX on the alpine is nothing even close

all the extras are shut off on my h/u's. i personally like the glidetouch, i have a 9853 and a 9855.

supa_c
12-09-2006, 03:22 AM
9853 is better

nickk678
12-09-2006, 04:10 AM
Aren't they nearly identical other than the glidetouch?

supa_c
12-09-2006, 04:12 AM
Thats why the 53 is better ;)
The 55 was the last affordable useful alpine.
All the new one are complete garbage

bri487
12-09-2006, 03:38 PM
9853 is better

how do you figure? the only difference is the display?

VQ35max
12-09-2006, 05:24 PM
ETA on the '07 models?

pwuthedon
12-09-2006, 05:25 PM
march of '07 or sooner

supa_c
12-09-2006, 09:04 PM
how do you figure? the only difference is the display?
No gay touch ;)

AcidicDreams
12-09-2006, 09:18 PM
Glide touch has never bothered me, I've had it well over 6months and it's never given me trouble...

nickk678
12-10-2006, 04:17 AM
After 2 days, it's getting much better. I would prefer soft keys, but the glidetouch is not even close to as bad as people make it out to bed. I love the looks of this unit in my dash. The only thing I miss is the BBE :(

kuijo
12-10-2006, 04:19 AM
don't mind supa, he's just got a hard-on for pioneer.

9855's are amazing.

Chevyaudio
12-10-2006, 04:23 AM
Thats why the 53 is better ;)
The 55 was the last affordable useful alpine.
All the new one are complete garbage

You mean 9835...the 53 is the same year modle as the 55...just without Biolite, and the mulitcolor illumination.

The 9835 is a 9855 without GlideTouch.


anyways I <3 my 9855 Gay touch and all

supa_c
12-10-2006, 04:26 AM
don't mind supa, he's just got a hard-on for pioneer.

9855's are amazing.
thats why i have 2 alpines ?

dalucifer
12-10-2006, 04:27 AM
thats why i have 2 alpines ?

LoL...you still have a hard on for pioneer :p:

Exploder 97
12-10-2006, 04:31 AM
I have a 9853 ,, love it,,, the sound is amazing.. but **** the glide touch,, I use the remote,, everytime i try to change the radio station on glidetouch i start swerving and **** because you have to hit the god dang thing 3 or 4 times before it goes where you want it to go.

supa_c
12-10-2006, 04:42 AM
Exactly my point
and changing songs on the ipod...you can only use the gaytouch

supa_c
12-10-2006, 04:43 AM
LoL...you still have a hard on for pioneer :p:
Shutee before i clobber you with my 9300's

bri487
12-10-2006, 04:03 PM
No gay touch ;)


both the 9853 and the 9855 have the same features, the only difference is one has a better display screen (graphics) than the other.

bri487
12-10-2006, 04:05 PM
Exactly my point
and changing songs on the ipod...you can only use the gaytouch

the alpine interface is kind of gay, although i think there is a new bluetooth interface coming out or is already out. in my boat and in my truck i used a peripheral aux in cable that charged my ipod and defeated the ipod volume. it worked awesome.

supa_c
12-10-2006, 04:05 PM
As chevyaudio pointed out, i meant to say 35
To many alpine models for me to know.

bri487
12-10-2006, 04:16 PM
As chevyaudio pointed out, i meant to say 35
To many alpine models for me to know.

you, no..... not you..

HotCarl
12-11-2006, 01:00 AM
9855 ftw.


however teh glidetouch gets kinda lamezorz sometimes.

9512ds
12-11-2006, 01:01 AM
i loved my 9855, and never had to use the glidetouch after setting all crossover and eq options

baseballer1100
12-11-2006, 01:03 AM
my 9853 wasnt bad either

HotCarl
12-11-2006, 01:03 AM
i loved my 9855, and never had to use the glidetouch after setting all crossover and eq options

only thing i ever use it for is finding songs on the list feature thing.


and the only reason i use it then is cuz i lost my remote.

balls!

9512ds
12-11-2006, 01:04 AM
only thing i ever use it for is finding songs on the list feature thing.


and the only reason i use it then is cuz i lost my remote.

balls!

*******... you should probably /yourself:eyebrow:

nickk678
12-11-2006, 01:25 AM
I still need to buy the remote for mine.....the guy I bought it off of only had the H/U and auxiliary input adapter. I think I'm going to wait a few weeks before I buy it off Ebay just to make sure I have the hang of the G-Touch.

vpkb1998
12-11-2006, 01:34 AM
i loved my 9855, and never had to use the glidetouch after setting all crossover and eq options


i love my 9855 too

i do agree, the glidetouch is a pain, but i only use it for switching the preset stations

as with the ipod, i just unplug it, select whatever i want and plug it back in, voila, problem solved; besides, the interface can only see so many songs anyway....240??