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Freelander
07-10-2007, 03:24 AM
I'm looking for a really good SQ headunit but I'm kind of on a budget.

I know the Alpine 7990's are really nice but they are way out of my range. I've been looking around trying to find cheaper alternatives. I really like the copper chassis headunits but again most of those are pretty expensive except for some older sony ones that I've came across on ebay.

I can pick up a Eclipse CD7000 really cheap but I have no experience with eclipse headunits.

What does everyone reccomend for a decent priced HU with good SQ and options?

alpinetypeR
07-10-2007, 09:37 AM
well whats your "range" or budget. i have a Kenwood that lets me control every aspect of my speakers...

i dont have the model number off hand. its one of the decks with the built in G-analyzer.

fearthisskyy
07-10-2007, 09:39 AM
premier 880prs

genxx
07-10-2007, 10:08 AM
Here is a short list for you. There are others but here is a bunch of them. I tried to stay in about the $200-$600 price range.

Alpine-9835, 9833, 9855, 9853
Clarion-DXZ775USB, DRZ9255
Eclipse-8445, 8455, 8053, CD7000, CD7100
Pioneer-880

denim
07-10-2007, 10:19 AM
Eclipse 8053
Pioneer PRS-880

DejaWiz
07-10-2007, 11:41 AM
^ yeah, what denim said :D

Babs
07-10-2007, 12:01 PM
Also, if you can wait, the Alpine CDA-9887 eventually will be out... It's supposed to be quite the serious head unit with good auto-tuning capability (with the extra Imprint "tool").

It's one of the two "Imprint" products (also the PXE-H650 OEM integration processor) coming from Alpine that uses the Audyssey technology seen in some better home A/V receivers such as Denon and Marantz.

I expect the 9887 should rival the 880 and 7100 head units... If they ever get their ducks in a row and get it to market in the US.

Also, you could go with a two-box solution such as an Alpine DVD head unit firing fiber-optic digital into the PXA-H701 processor, which is superb.. I've heard it.. Fantastic competition-level SQ, I thought.. IF properly tuned.

CaliforniabOY5
07-10-2007, 12:03 PM
DRZ9255


/thread

DejaWiz
07-10-2007, 12:09 PM
DRZ9255


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I'm thinking that's going to be a wee bit out of the OP's price range.

Babs
07-10-2007, 12:10 PM
Unless you risk a refurb.. I've seen them under $600 before shipping.

DejaWiz
07-10-2007, 12:15 PM
^ not a bad deal, then. especially if coming from an authorized dealer with warranty.

Babs
07-10-2007, 12:25 PM
Not sure about either authorized or warranty.. Those are probably at best factory-refurbs or gray-market or non-authorized. I imagine you won't find them much less than $1G from authorized with factory warranty.

DejaWiz
07-10-2007, 12:32 PM
Not sure about either authorized or warranty.. Those are probably at best factory-refurbs or gray-market or non-authorized. I imagine you won't find them much less than $1G from authorized with factory warranty.

I meant if a refurb with a warranty can be had from an authorized dealer at that price.

Babs
07-10-2007, 12:41 PM
I meant if a refurb with a warranty can be had from an authorized dealer at that price.

Agreed.. That would be very cool..

I'd be interested in who that would be.. if you see an auth. dealer offering 'furbs (factory-"renewed") online, let me know.. Refurbs don't scare me if there's at least an authorized dealer behind it.

Freelander
07-10-2007, 04:05 PM
I'm not really limited by budget. I can always save my money and wait a lil longer but I don't compete and really don't need the "best". I've been looking at DRZ9255 but I really don't want to spend 1g on a headunit.

I might be picking up the Eclipse 7100 from a buddy of mine, from what I've heard thats a pretty nice deck.

SethPhillips
07-10-2007, 04:09 PM
jensen

Freelander
07-10-2007, 04:16 PM
jensen

I was thinking more along the lines of dual :rolleyes:

DejaWiz
07-10-2007, 04:18 PM
If you have a Pioneer dealer near you, go demo the 880PRS. Internet pictures do not do it justice and the flexibility and feature set is amazing for the price.

Tonyguy
07-10-2007, 04:19 PM
If you have a Pioneer dealer near you, go demo the 880PRS. Internet pictures do not do it justice and the flexibility and feature set is amazing for the price.

:iagree:

Freelander
07-10-2007, 04:21 PM
does anyone have experience with the Eclipse 7100? I might be able to get it for under or right at $200

Chevyaudio
07-10-2007, 04:21 PM
Alpine 7998

SethPhillips
07-10-2007, 04:23 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of dual :rolleyes:

cant forget good old dual. shucks

2kchevy06civic
07-10-2007, 04:27 PM
Basically what Denim said. I would add the 9835 however. Very nice Budget SQ H/U's. I've never personally messed with an 880 but I've heard it's a very nice head unit with nice flexibility.

If you have the money however, P9 or DCT-Z1 ;)

DejaWiz
07-10-2007, 04:31 PM
does anyone have experience with the Eclipse 7100? I might be able to get it for under or right at $200

Man, at that price I'd be making a mad sprint towards it with cash in hand.

Rich B
07-10-2007, 04:34 PM
Man, at that price I'd be making a mad sprint towards it with cash in hand.


X2

You wont beat that for sound quality (and the ability to tweak the sound with onboard DSP) for less than $600.

ToyTundra
07-10-2007, 04:35 PM
does anyone have experience with the Eclipse 7100? I might be able to get it for under or right at $200

i run a 7100. My only complaint is all the bling. Color screen, big shiny knob and a motorized face. Then again i love the style/simplicity of Nakamichi. It has a lot of internal processing, but the menus are cartoony to me. The black face lets it blend into my dash as well as it can. I'm not running active yet, but i will be in a few months.

My plan is to get a drz9255 if the 7100 doesn't get stolen. I'm willing to gamble with a $700 HU but not a $1400. By the way $200 is a killer price.

Rich00
07-10-2007, 04:37 PM
there is a 9835 for sale in classified's right now awesome SQ HEAD UNIT. i have the 9833 and love but had it for 4 yrs almost.

CrazedCat
07-10-2007, 04:49 PM
6spd has a DRZ9255 (http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=242640) for $700 OBO in the classifieds

CrazedCat
07-10-2007, 04:52 PM
oops it's sold

2kchevy06civic
07-10-2007, 04:53 PM
I thought he sold it? He had a thread over at Diymobile and I'm pretty sure it said sold. He may just have forgot to update it. Or I could be wrong. All are capable possibilities. lol.

Babs
07-10-2007, 06:24 PM
X2

You wont beat that for sound quality (and the ability to tweak the sound with onboard DSP) for less than $600.

X3

For $200... Man can I get one too?:fro:

Freelander
07-10-2007, 07:47 PM
well it looks like I'll probably go with the 7100 as soon as I find out if my friend is going to let go of it. If not he can get me one new for around the same price.

Babs
07-11-2007, 10:34 AM
If your friend is a dealer.. Howbout a group buy! Hook us up! :)

DejaWiz
07-11-2007, 11:34 AM
If your friend is a dealer.. Howbout a group buy! Hook us up! :)

That would be cool. We need a full list of availability and pricing! :cool:

Freelander
07-11-2007, 12:32 PM
no he is not a dealer