View Full Version : Comparing W505 and DNX8120

10-30-2008, 09:54 AM
Both are great headunits and pretty much for the money I think the kenwood would be better since it has the build in garmin navigation and bluetooth, while the W505 doesn't have any of that but rather you have to buy the seperate portable navigation with it. But how about the quality of the two screens, which one has better picture? Which one should I get?

10-30-2008, 01:16 PM
Ive never used the Alpine, but it was an option when I was looking at head units

I did a short review once

Well I have had this unit for a few days but I allready love it.
You might say love is to stong of a word....your wrong. :love:

When you buy a Double din you usually get subpar EQ, no time alignmet, really no good sound control.

This unit has a 13band EQ control for the front and 13 bands for the rear.
Thats where it starts. You have time alignment, You can choose what size speakers you have . 6/12/24 db crossovers for EACH speaker. You can also choose the level of output from each speaker.

I have had the Pioneer D3, Eclipse 5510 and the Panasonic Strada. This is way beyond those.

The nav is Garmin so its very well laid out. I figured out most of the functions in about 20 min. You can change the voice of the nav. It has text to speech and will say all the names of the streets. The Pioneer,Eclipse, and Panasonic said some names but not all. I live in a very rural town and even those streets are said. The POIs are great.

The price is a bit high but if you want a sweet double din with great nav, its worth it.

If anyone wants a specific shot, feel free to ask

Start up

Navi menu

POI menu


10-30-2008, 01:16 PM
any questions or if you want screen shots,just ask

10-30-2008, 01:16 PM
I <3 my w505, wouldnt change it for the world.

10-30-2008, 02:14 PM
lilmaniac2..how do you like the navigation on the w505? Aren't there a couple of options you can do for the w505?

10-30-2008, 02:26 PM
blazeplacid...you think you could get a picture of any other menus, such as the radio or what it looks like in general.

10-30-2008, 03:16 PM
do you mean a shot of the radios casing type or say a menu that shows tuner/cd/usb?

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10-30-2008, 03:52 PM
sweeet, those pics are perfect. Yeah I think I might have to get the kenwood for the equalizer alone, definitely one of the best hu you can get.

10-30-2008, 03:56 PM
If you're looking for all the basics rolled up into one h/u, go with the KW. The alpine's resolution is very nice, but it doesn't have the built-in features that most other h/u's do.

unless you plan on running a digital setup, or want to add the h701 and control it from the headunit later, stick with the kenwood.

10-30-2008, 04:01 PM
I like my DNX 8120....

10-30-2008, 04:53 PM
The thing is, how easy is it to play with the equalizer because I haven't did much tuning to stereos before and if I did get the w505, I would prolly buy the imprint. How does the navigation work on the alpine, you can either buy the pmd-b200 or the nve-p1, whats the difference and can you use the navigation as you listen to music or is just one or the other?

10-30-2008, 05:00 PM
The eq is not to bad to work.

Just like any radio,it takes a bit to get used to all the menus and such.

I relaly really enjoy the SQ of the 8120, totally changed my mind about Double dins and SQ

Ive owned the Pioneer D3,Eclipse 5510,6620 and the Panasonic strata, out of the box the SQ on the Kenwood beats them all

10-30-2008, 05:04 PM
is that 8120 the same as a 7120/712 they look the same

10-30-2008, 05:17 PM
7120 doesnt have bluetooth built in

you can add it

11-02-2008, 11:58 AM
The W505 might not have all that stuff built in but if Bluetooth, Nav, et al are "nice add-ons but not really necessary" you can get the W505 for quite a bit cheaper. On Ebay, brand new, I've seen the W505 for mid-$700, but the Kenwood is always over $1000. Maybe not a huge deal for some, but I do like the option to pay a bit less now and add the bits I decide I want later. I tend to be an Alpine fan due to my past experiences with their gear though, so I am not completely unbiased.


01-05-2009, 06:42 PM
Hello everyone...

I am also having a real hard time deciding between W505 and DNX8120.

I can get Kenwood for $200 extra over Alpine and I really like that it has Bluetooth/Garmin Navi but I loveeeee Alpine's resolution.

Since Bluetooth is not really a deal breaker for me... would it be worth getting Alpine and a seperate portable navigation or take the Kenwood route? I do realize that Kenwood has a lot more SQ settings and better pre-outs but for right now I'm running stock speakers in my 350Z which I do plan on upgrading within a year with nice $500-600 2-way component speakers...

What do you guys think?

01-05-2009, 11:49 PM
Well, I've had good experience with Alpine, so I went with the 505, got a good deal from a local audio store going out of business on the plug-in navi module, which also takes care of the Bluetooth, and the Imprint processor which takes care of the pre-outs and EQ. I'm not sure about the Pioneer pricing, but the W505 can be found for about $300 off the list of $1100. That discount paid for almost all of the navi and Imprint costs I incurred.