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SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 02:09 PM
I'm looking for a good H/U but I heard the new alpine only have 2.5 volt preouts:blackeye:
and I don't really like how complicated Pioneer Head units are so I'm looking to buy either a Clarion or Kenwood.
How good are these 2 brands ?
Thanks.

whitemax
02-19-2007, 02:14 PM
What are you looking for in a HU?

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 02:18 PM
Well first of all 4 or more volt preouts, mp3 player, wma, good sq , really cool display and good quality over all..

jmanpc
02-19-2007, 02:20 PM
Clarion DXZ855MP :D

jmanpc
02-19-2007, 02:21 PM
http://www.clarion.com/us/en/products/2005/audio/source_units/cd/DXZ855MP/us-en-product-pf_1133851137410.html

http://cgi.ebay.com/CLARION-DXZ855MP-CD-MP3-WMA-Car-Player-with-TFT-screen_W0QQitemZ160086116065QQihZ006QQcategoryZ505 58QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 02:29 PM
So you think Clarion is overall a better H/U than Kenwood ?

jmanpc
02-19-2007, 02:31 PM
I've owned a Kenwood, and it was an excellent unit, but I'm really looking forward to seeing wha the Clarion I just ordered can do. IMO, you can't go wrong with either.

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 02:45 PM
I've owned a Kenwood, and it was an excellent unit, but I'm really looking forward to seeing wha the Clarion I just ordered can do. IMO, you can't go wrong with either.

Is the DZS855MP the one you ordered ?
I used to have a Clarion back in the days and it was pretty good actually.

jmanpc
02-19-2007, 03:04 PM
I ordered the DXZ955MC... it's got some extra features, but the kind that make the pioneer confusing. I recommend the 855 because of the price and it fits what you are lookin for perfectly.

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 03:06 PM
How are Panasonic H/U ?
I was reading some of them have 5 volt preouts :yumyum:

google123
02-19-2007, 03:09 PM
Well first of all 4 or more volt preouts, mp3 player, wma, good sq , really cool display and good quality over all..



I know you said no Pioneer but you just described the 7800 / 780!! :D

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 03:13 PM
I know you said no Pioneer but you just described the 7800 / 780!! :D

I know Pioneers are good Head units. I already have the P80-MP and I find it too hard to set the tunings and way too many features that I don't even use.
also when setting up the highs, low, bass, It gets pretty annoying cause if you don't set em correctly they voices sound hollow...:blackeye:

zSnb
02-19-2007, 04:42 PM
what is it that you think makes the pioneer so hard to use??? its all those little functions that you say you dont even use that actually make a big difference in the sound quality of the unit. if i were you, i would sit down in my car for awhile and learn how to use the p80mp. its a great deck. no point in wasting money.

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 07:34 PM
what is it that you think makes the pioneer so hard to use??? its all those little functions that you say you dont even use that actually make a big difference in the sound quality of the unit. if i were you, i would sit down in my car for awhile and learn how to use the p80mp. its a great deck. no point in wasting money.

I know it's a great deck but the Pioneer is staying in the camry for the wife and I'm picking up a 99 blazer and doing a whole new set up ;)
So I want something a little simpler and easier to use...

champaned_out
02-19-2007, 07:47 PM
880prs

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 08:10 PM
Any input in Panasonic Head units ?

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 08:31 PM
Any input in Panasonic Head units ?

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BASSMEKANIK
02-19-2007, 08:35 PM
there decent

but i would go for a clarion...

SWEET06CAMRY
02-19-2007, 09:52 PM
there decent

but i would go for a clarion...

Yeah I think I am going for the clarion..:)

Kevinch
02-20-2007, 08:35 AM
A question - no threadjack intended - but why is the preout voltage so important?

Tonyguy
02-20-2007, 12:39 PM
Try alpines new cda-9887 when it comes out in the summer. It has 4 volt pre outs and a whole lotta other stuff that has been missing the last couple of years. Plus it has their new Imprint technology.

Prowler573
02-20-2007, 01:01 PM
After looking at the press releases on the 9887 I believe it is going to fall significantly outside of the OP's intended budget. :fyi:

whitemax
02-20-2007, 06:28 PM
Try alpines new cda-9887 when it comes out in the summer. It has 4 volt pre outs and a whole lotta other stuff that has been missing the last couple of years. Plus it has their new Imprint technology.


I will probably give it a shot when it comes out.

SWEET06CAMRY
02-21-2007, 12:21 PM
A question - no threadjack intended - but why is the preout voltage so important?

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Kevinch
02-22-2007, 11:32 AM
:search:

:blackeye: I did that! I can see that generally people feel that higher voltage is better. But - & this might be stupid - once the amp gains are set correctly, does it make that much of a difference?

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