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ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 07:34 PM
I am a big fan of eclipse, but just wanted to see what else is out there before I go and buy the CD3000. Also, it needs to have an aux-input so I can hook up my ipod to it. Thanks guys! :D

tEh koRnDog
12-23-2006, 07:35 PM
kenwood 890

explorer2
12-23-2006, 07:45 PM
I'll second the kenwood excelon x889/890

Rattlebrain
12-23-2006, 07:45 PM
http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=202420

I have this model HU and really like it. VVV
http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=202602

Both are pretty good prices

tEh koRnDog
12-23-2006, 07:46 PM
I'll second the kenwood excelon x889/890

its a great hu, has the usb, preouts, sounds great, i dont have one complaint with mine

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 07:58 PM
that kenwood seems like its over 250 bucks. I am pretty sure i want a new head unit too, i always seem to have problems with head units, but luckily mine have always had warranties.

Also, i thought kenwood had a pretty bad reputation?

tEh koRnDog
12-23-2006, 08:00 PM
that kenwood seems like its over 250 bucks. I am pretty sure i want a new head unit too, i always seem to have problems with head units, but luckily mine have always had warranties.

Also, i thought kenwood had a pretty bad reputation?

no, i got mine for 230 shipped, kenwood is great. this is a great one. look on ebay. I got my mine from locust audio who's on ebay and i got a great deal

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 08:25 PM
no, i got mine for 230 shipped, kenwood is great. this is a great one. look on ebay. I got my mine from locust audio who's on ebay and i got a great deal

hmm, does it have a factory warrany? Or was it used?

smd4life
12-23-2006, 08:26 PM
find a used 880prs

99StangGt
12-23-2006, 08:52 PM
find a used 880prs

2nd that

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 08:52 PM
find a used 880prs
i don't really want anything used.

tEh koRnDog
12-23-2006, 10:27 PM
hmm, does it have a factory warrany? Or was it used?

I DIDNT BUY IT USED. it was brand new in the box, its got the factory warranty on it. i had a problem with one thing, i called kenwood, they replaced what i needed no questions asked, shipped to me overnight

billabongcr
12-23-2006, 10:30 PM
alpine cda-9852. mine was $150 shipped on ebay. i think they are like $180-$190 now. the 9857's are like $20 bucks more with a few more functions

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 10:38 PM
I DIDNT BUY IT USED. it was brand new in the box, its got the factory warranty on it. i had a problem with one thing, i called kenwood, they replaced what i needed no questions asked, shipped to me overnight

wow thanks, ill definately keep that high on the list


edit : I checked ebay and can't find that head unit under locust audio's products, and their website doesn't have the 890 either :(

acold7dusta
12-23-2006, 10:54 PM
i got my x790 at locust also, great company, but id spend the extra 20 bucks to get the x890 with the usb input.

checked ebay for ya, doesnt seem to have any kenwood recievers at the moment? kinda wierd...

edit: ii think you can get an eclipse 4000 on ebay in your price range, looks into the pros and cons, and what suites your styles better, if you get the kenwood, plan on running a speaker amp for your speakers, unless your dont listen to your music loud at all...

explorer2
12-23-2006, 10:56 PM
Look for an 889, I got mine brand new in box for under 200. The quality problems you are thinking of are the older dmask units where the faceplate mechanisms died. These are different and dont have those problems.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 11:32 PM
Look for an 889, I got mine brand new in box for under 200. The quality problems you are thinking of are the older dmask units where the faceplate mechanisms died. These are different and dont have those problems.

not even that, i just assumed that kenwood had an aura of being a cheapo brand, but i guess i was wrong :D

explorer2
12-23-2006, 11:34 PM
not even that, i just assumed that kenwood had an aura of being a cheapo brand, but i guess i was wrong :D

their amps and speakers yes, but their regular excelon series headunits kick ***.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 11:34 PM
i got my x790 at locust also, great company, but id spend the extra 20 bucks to get the x890 with the usb input.

checked ebay for ya, doesnt seem to have any kenwood recievers at the moment? kinda wierd...

edit: ii think you can get an eclipse 4000 on ebay in your price range, looks into the pros and cons, and what suites your styles better, if you get the kenwood, plan on running a speaker amp for your speakers, unless your dont listen to your music loud at all...

i already have a speaker amp, Elemental designs Nine.2 :D I wasn't sure if i was gonna change the speakers out of my stock system though, since it sounds pretty good now, just doesn't get loud enough. If i put the head unit in and im not happy with how it sounds with the stockers, ill just buy a set of components for the front and throw in the speaker amp.

Also, with the eclipse 4000, is the only difference between that and the 3000 the fact that the 4000 has more display colors? :uhoh: Becuase if so, that is pretty lame.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 11:35 PM
their amps and speakers yes, but their regular excelon series headunits kick ***.

excellent. Sounds like i found my head unit then, just need to find the right place to buy it from. :cool:

Ali1
12-23-2006, 11:35 PM
you can have my HeadUnit for 250 shipped....

explorer2
12-23-2006, 11:39 PM
Get an amp and some components, I have the x889, diamond components, and an arc amp which I pickup up altogether for less than $500. Even in my loud truck they sound awesome. I just wish I could put them in my dd, but its a lease.

zachzchw
12-23-2006, 11:42 PM
i don't really want anything used.

The 880 is a great deck.
Can you spend a little more, if so you can pick one up on ebay.

Ali1
12-23-2006, 11:43 PM
i could get you a brand new 9857, never used for $250 shipped

ls1pimp
12-24-2006, 12:15 AM
Get an amp and some components, I have the x889, diamond components, and an arc amp which I pickup up altogether for less than $500. Even in my loud truck they sound awesome. I just wish I could put them in my dd, but its a lease.

i already have a speaker amp (Elemental designs nine.2) and most likely i will get a new set of components, probably rainbows or something. But i still need a good head unit.

ls1pimp
12-24-2006, 12:17 AM
The 880 is a great deck.
Can you spend a little more, if so you can pick one up on ebay.

not really, 250 is definately at my max.

ls1pimp
12-24-2006, 02:09 PM
I might be able to get the Pioneer 680mp for 180 dollars new, should I go for that, or would the kenwood still be better?

Frankensuby
12-24-2006, 07:04 PM
I might be able to get the Pioneer 680mp for 180 dollars new, should I go for that, or would the kenwood still be better?

I have the non-Premier unit, and it is great. Until you blow the RCA preouts on it :laugh:

Seriously, the unit is great, but the 2.2v pre-outs are kind of a nuisance with setting gains if you are **** about your noise floor. If your into cleanest system available, go for one of the X#90 Excelons, they have a nice high Floor noise, I believe 100db.

ls1pimp
12-24-2006, 11:28 PM
I have the non-Premier unit, and it is great. Until you blow the RCA preouts on it :laugh:

Seriously, the unit is great, but the 2.2v pre-outs are kind of a nuisance with setting gains if you are **** about your noise floor. If your into cleanest system available, go for one of the X#90 Excelons, they have a nice high Floor noise, I believe 100db.

wow man, really soudns like the kenwood is for me then. :D

Silverbane
12-28-2006, 03:32 PM
the premier has 4.0v preouts. He should have no problem with it and that is a good price for a premier 680...

mothaskeet
12-28-2006, 04:06 PM
their amps and speakers yes, but their regular excelon series headunits kick ***.

I wish I could agree but my 2nd kenwood HU just died. First a z727 and now an x879. Neither made it past 2 years. Time to switch to eclipse I guess. :D