View Full Version : Best Bang For The Buck?

Keith H
05-02-2008, 05:24 AM
I'm in the market for a new head unit, and was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the best head unit for the money.


05-02-2008, 11:11 AM
What are you looking for in a HU?

05-02-2008, 11:12 AM
got a 7800 if interested..

05-02-2008, 11:17 AM
^^^^ That would be a nice HU if you were just starting out.

Keith H
05-02-2008, 04:32 PM
I'm looking at spending no more than $300.

I seen this pretty decent Panasonic for a little over 100 bucks. 3 4v pre-outs, front aux input, etc. Can't beat the price in my opinion.


Keith H
05-02-2008, 09:10 PM
Any input is highly appreciated.


bad @SS chevy
05-02-2008, 09:12 PM
I have a pioneer 690-ub... does it all.. 160 shipped.

05-02-2008, 09:17 PM
I have a pioneer 690-ub... does it all.. 160 shipped.

i was going to suggest a 590ib but that isn't a bad choice either^^^

you could probably get an 880 prs for around what your willing to spend tho... Which is a b/a headunit for sure. My fav h/u i've ever used.

Keith H
05-02-2008, 09:20 PM
What do you guys think about the Panasonic 5405u I posted above? I know it's rather cheap, but for the price it seems like a steal.

05-03-2008, 01:52 AM
It does the job. That's all you're looking for right?

Keith H
05-03-2008, 01:57 AM
It does the job. That's all you're looking for right?

Pretty much ya. Some high/lowpass crossovers and more of an EQ would be nice though. I'm gonna keep looking.

Anyone have a head unit for under $300 they recommend?

05-03-2008, 02:21 AM
im likin the panasonic.........i wish someone would comment on it haha, i have an eq, so thats not a problem

05-03-2008, 02:22 AM
My Kenwood KDC X491 is decent. My brother has an X791 and I like that a lot better though.

The front USB port is awesome. I rarely use any CDs and I never have to burn any.

They both have front usb, crossovers (front, rear and sub) and an adjustable EQ.

05-06-2008, 03:30 PM
are the slopes on the x791 and x491 fully variable?

My x591 has crossovers, but they are limited to 60-250Hz

05-06-2008, 04:06 PM
i got a Pioneer 6000ub the other day and its great

It will do ipod(which is built in no extra cost) usb jump drives/harddrives.
XM/Sirus, blue tooth, mp3/wma

has a 7 band eq

and the backgrounds are decent.

I paid 260 a month ago at Best Buy.

Probably one of the better decks ive used

has high pass crossver at 50/63/80/120/160
low pass is the same but no 160



05-06-2008, 07:10 PM
For a good deck for a fair pirce check out the Clarion Line. their 758 and 585 are under $200 on Ebay. I have owned 3 in the past 15 years and I have never had a problem and they actually went with the vehicle when I sold it! Check out Clarion.com

05-07-2008, 01:20 AM
Jvc entry level hu will bang your buck.

05-14-2008, 02:16 AM
why does the clarion seem to be the best buy, meaning the most features and supposedly the best sound quality overall these other hu's, but when I go listen and play with them in person I opt for 1. jvc 2. pioneer 3. kenwood 4. clarion? I'll let you all decide where the alpine goes on this list.
oopsy forgot the link

05-16-2008, 09:49 PM
Has anyone tried this H/U? it has good reviews, but I wonder if the reviewers ever tried something better that stock.

I seen it on sale for $100, is it worth it in your opinion?

I remember playing with a couple of Dual units and the controls felt small to me, but since they do come with a remote control I wonder if that matters. I curious to know if the bluetooth works on this thing since now in L.A. you can't be seen driving with your cell phone in your hand.

05-16-2008, 11:39 PM
i like my x591. has everything i need for right now.it is pretty basic , but i think its excellent for the price.

05-16-2008, 11:54 PM
Look into the Clarion DXZ775USB...... 3 way active X-Over, Time Alignment, Parametric EQ, USB plug. These were going cheap last I seen. Under $200

05-17-2008, 04:52 PM
my brother has the Sony CDX-GT805DX and he loves it..it has a 13 band EQ for each speaker..high/low pass filter time alignment..check it out