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ShiningBuick
12-22-2008, 02:14 PM
Alright, my Christmas present to myself this year is going to be a double DIN for my 1999 Park Avenue.

I'm looking for the following:

-Price range around $400 used
-3 RCA outputs (F, R, and Sub)
-Plays DVDs, Cds, etc, all the usual things played
-Navigation built in (or suggest a unit that's compatible w/ a navigation unit)
-Steering wheel control interface/ or interface unit compatible
-RCA A/V input
-Touchscreen

That's mainly what I want. However, there is more, but I'm not sure what units offer now-days. I'd like these, too, if that's possible

-USB connectivity.. play songs from a flash drive and upload my own wallpapers
-Ability to connect a harddrive full of music

Considering I have no idea where to even start looking, what are some good ones to check out?

hondarider
12-22-2008, 04:21 PM
Looks to me like quite a task of finding something in that price range. Possibly a used pioneer f series.

fishpro
12-22-2008, 05:04 PM
For that price you are deffinately looking for a used head unit. The basic DD Pioneer P8000t(?) has 3 4volt RCA Ipod hook up and Bluetooth and thats $300 the next step up is $450 w/ touchscreen

ShiningBuick
12-23-2008, 01:22 AM
Well poking around the for-sale threads that seemed to be about the most usual price for used DD units. Little more is fine, just as long as I enjoy it!

After some looking it seems like the Pioneed AVIC-F900BT would be a pretty good choice.. I like the features list it's got. As long as I can find a used one in my price range that is.

Anyone had any good luck with this unit? Or any other good suggestions?

Louisiana_CRX
12-23-2008, 01:23 AM
are those factory port holes on your buick?

ShiningBuick
12-23-2008, 02:38 AM
Yes, I upgraded to re-painted PA Ultra fenders. Next :)

ShiningBuick
01-06-2009, 09:29 PM
Looked at the AVIC D3 a bunch lately.

Anyone have any experience with it?
I might be blind, but I can't find the answers to these questions:

Does it have a video output?
Does is have a video input (specifically for a backup camera)?
Does it have an Aux input (either input on front or RCA inputs on rear)?
Does it work with the Pioneer steering wheel control interface? this --> http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Kv9w1E0ONKt/p_127SWIPS/PAC-SWI-PS.html

I think that's it.. if you guys could help me out that'd be great!

bamaboy
01-06-2009, 11:18 PM
look into kenwood DNX series, imo way better than the D3

KyleBechtold
01-06-2009, 11:32 PM
D3 doesn't play dvds.. unless you use a video in.. and yes it has video in and out.. but if you want to put in a rear view i don't think you can put in a dvd player as well.. Also.. why do you want a reverse camera for a car.. You too cool to turn around?

ShiningBuick
01-06-2009, 11:38 PM
Doesn't play DVDs?! Ok, that's out, I don't want to run a dedicated DVD player. I just think a reverse camera is kind of neat, no real need. But at any rate.

I'll go see what the DNX has to offer, thanks!

TC2k15x2
01-07-2009, 12:22 AM
Eclipse

Dak446
01-07-2009, 12:22 AM
alpine 205 or 505 are options also

bumpin buick
01-07-2009, 12:26 AM
Alpine 205 with a blackbird

Dak446
01-07-2009, 12:28 AM
bingo

ShiningBuick
01-07-2009, 01:57 AM
Ohh, I like the looks of the 205.. sounds like it has all the options I want.

On crutchfield it says it docks the Blackbird 2... will it dock the original Blacbird as well, or only the 2?

djeazie
01-07-2009, 09:35 AM
Avic D3 plays DVDs. I had 3 of them. I now have a DDX812. The D3 ***** compared to the Kenwood.

ShiningBuick
01-07-2009, 01:09 PM
Can the Kenwood interface with steering wheel controls?

Also, how is the Eclipse AVN series? They look pretty good as well.. do they interface with steering wheel controls?

Torgus
01-07-2009, 02:34 PM
avns are awesome but out of your price range. even used the cheapest will be around 600

jluv
01-07-2009, 03:01 PM
The Alpine decks only dock the 2nd gen Blackbird. The combo is great. I'd recommend going with the 505 because it has a better, larger screen, and it has the USB connectivity you're looking for. The Blackbird does Bluetooth and comes with the mic and everything you need. Superb combo.

That head unit doesn't have any built-in processing, but you can do Imprint or run an H701.

This is starting to get way out of your original price range though.

ShiningBuick
01-07-2009, 03:39 PM
Yea that Blackbird 2 is expensive!

What about the Alpine W200, with Blackbird/ Blackbird dock? From some research it looks like the PAC SWI-JACK will be compatible with it.. correct? And it'll only be about $100 above my price if I find people selling used it looks like.

jluv
01-07-2009, 03:46 PM
I've had all of those combos. The 2nd gen Blackbird is leaps and bounds better than the first. I had constant problems with the first Blackbirds that came out.

The W200 was a great head unit. In fact, if you take away the ability to dock the Blackbird, the 200 was a better unit than the 205, imo, for two main reasons.

The W200 has a mute button. The W205 does not. I'm so glad they brought it back for the W505.

The W200, when matched up with the H701 and using the graphic EQ, displays an actual visual graph. Very cool. The 205 and 505 simply list the frequencies and values. Boring.

There are some other options now with the dockable navigation. If you don't want portability, you can get a cheaper alternative to the Blackbird. I don't know if it has Bluetooth, though.

dcole18
01-07-2009, 03:49 PM
avns are awesome but out of your price range. even used the cheapest will be around 600

lies... i got my avn5435 for right at $400


and to the OP... i suggest you look into the panasonic strada


30 gig HD
navi
7 band Peq
5v pre outs
7" touch screen

goes for around $550-$600 new, alot less if you can find one used

bamaboy
01-07-2009, 09:14 PM
eclipse needs to catch up with technology imo, sq is good but as far as everything else, just behind a little bit

panasonic quit making stuff for car stereo, so it might not be the best idea to go with a panasonic unit

kenwood and alpine unit are both great

ShiningBuick
01-07-2009, 11:38 PM
There are some other options now with the dockable navigation. If you don't want portability, you can get a cheaper alternative to the Blackbird. I don't know if it has Bluetooth, though.

You mean a cheaper alternative for linking with the w200? I'm not so much in need of portability, I've got a Nuvi200 for that.. got more info on this?

jluv
01-07-2009, 11:48 PM
You mean a cheaper alternative for linking with the w200? I'm not so much in need of portability, I've got a Nuvi200 for that.. got more info on this?

Well, I was referring to the NVE-P1...

http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/products/product.php?model=NVE-P1

But after reading more closely, it looks like it isn't compatible with the W205 for some reason. My bad.

There is another portable unit like the Blackbird that doesn't dock inside the head units, so you could use it with the W200, but not sure how it compares to the Blackbird.

http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/products/product.php?model=PND-K3

drumman8524
01-08-2009, 01:37 AM
Normally id say either a pioneer or an eclipse and I know you guys might think in crazy, but this Dual XDVDN8290...is a great unit for the price...$499...100 dollars over what you wanted to spend, but this is brand new and has most of features you wanted...and the features this unit has are really extensive.....more than you would get with a pioneer or eclipse unit that cost 2 to 3 times as much....
has bluetooth, ipod controls, navigation with 10 million points of interest, sd card,

http://www.rickiesdiscountelectronics.com/dual-electronics-xdvd8290-car-multimedia-22116.html

Also you can read the reviews here at sonic electronix nothing but positive reviews from the people who have bought it
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_8447_Dual+XDVDN8290.html


Im not sure if you'd want that, but it seems to be worth the money from what ive read...and it has most of the features you wanted...

5dollapizza
01-10-2009, 01:08 AM
i agree. buy the brand new dual unit. then when the touchscreen stops working three days after the warranty expires, buy the avn5435 that has already been suggested. you will not be disappointed.

stl_style
01-10-2009, 01:22 AM
Yea that Blackbird 2 is expensive!

What about the Alpine W200, with Blackbird/ Blackbird dock? From some research it looks like the PAC SWI-JACK will be compatible with it.. correct? And it'll only be about $100 above my price if I find people selling used it looks like.

Not sure what the difference is between the blackbird I & II, but heres a link to a very reasonable blackbird. http://cgi.ebay.com/ALPINE-BLACKBIRD-PMD-B100T-PORTABLE-NAVIGATION-SYSTEM_W0QQitemZ300280447071QQihZ020QQcategoryZ156 955QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262