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Mr_Speedy
05-03-2008, 03:26 AM
Hi everyone.
I am interested in buying a new head unit for use with an external amplifier.
I have no interest in video, bluetooth, strength of internal amplifier (if I could buy a unit with no internal amp for this price I would) etc.
All I want is the best sound quality for CDs and MP3s for the given price of up to $300.

Should I look for the highest signal to noise ratio? I will most probably be using a Rockford Fosgate P400-4 4 channel amp to power 4 speakers. Rear speakers will probably be: Rockford Forgate Power T1692C, 100W, 6"x9", I have yet to decide on front speakers.

I would like to stick with one of the following brands:
Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony.

I may add a subwoofer one day, so the head unit should have a subwoofer out signal jack.

Any ideas?

Here is a small list (I will consider others not in this list) that falls into my price range:
PIONEER DEH P5900MP
PIONEER DEH-6900IB
SONY CDX GT929U
SONY CDX GT620U
KENWOOD KDC-W534
KENWOOD KDC-W7031Y
Alpine CDE-9881R
Alpine CDE-9881RB

I have plenty of time to decide what to buy. I just bought a new Renault Clio, and it will arrive on June 16 :D

Thanks for your input ;)

Phiber Optik
05-03-2008, 01:42 PM
alpine 9815, or 9835, both have tons of internal features, including a defeatable internal amp

vasilios
05-03-2008, 01:45 PM
Eclipse cd5000

rc10mike
05-03-2008, 02:13 PM
I have a Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP for sale right now. Its got more features that you can shake a stick at! LMK

benchambers80
05-03-2008, 02:53 PM
I wonder how much shipping to Croatia will be.

Mr_Speedy
05-04-2008, 02:48 AM
Thanks Phiber Optik. I had no idea that some head units had a defeatable amp. I thought you either bought a head unit with an amp or without.
Vasilios - unfortunately finding a car head unit in Croatia made by eclipse would be next to impossible, this is why I limited my search to Alpine, Kenwood, Sony and Pioneer - but thanks for the input anyway :)

I have revised my budget, am I think that I would be able to get one of the following:

CDA-9884R
CDA-9885R
CDA-9886R

Is the 9886 the best of these 3? For some reason one of the stores I am looking at are selling the 9885 for slightly more than the 9886.

Anyway, I will probably not be able to get the 9815 or 9835 because they are older models which are no longer in stock (at least here in Croatia).

rc10mike - as benchambers80 said... shipping to Croatia would cost too much, and I am looking to buy something new - but thanks for the offer.

Mr_Speedy
05-04-2008, 02:48 AM
double post - laggy connection

Nate_100
05-04-2008, 02:59 AM
got a 9835 for ya!

Mr_Speedy
05-04-2008, 04:15 AM
Sorry Nate - looking for something new, and shipping would be too much for Croatia - thanks for the offer.