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Nevalite
04-11-2009, 01:02 PM
Hey everyone,

A friend of mine is looking for a head unit for her car. She has a Jetta with all the stock speakers, stock radio etc.

Her main concerns are that she wants to be able to hook up her ipod and play CDs, nothing more complex than that.

She is however thinking of upgrading the speakers and putting in a small (10", low rms) sub later on so the HU needs to have good pre-outs etc.

What HU would you guys recommend for a budget set-up like this?

Thanks!

Nevalite
04-11-2009, 01:15 PM
I'm thinking of looking into a Pioneer HU, the Alpine one that I have sometimes has some issues with the iPod connection (Error-01).

What's a good budget Pioneer HU that has iPod connection?

Jer510
04-11-2009, 01:41 PM
Alpine 9884 has iPod connectivity and 3 amp preouts. Cost around $200.

BlakeWilder
04-11-2009, 03:58 PM
I just bought the Pioneer 5100ub and it seems to be decent....4v preouts and 6chan control. $175

Nevalite
04-11-2009, 05:58 PM
I was thinking something a little cheaper than those, any other ideas?

fasfocus00
04-11-2009, 06:01 PM
I think that Panasonic makes the best "bang for buck" head units. you get a 5v pre amp output for 130. the only real down fall is the ipod cable is $50.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PANASONIC-CQ-C700U-CD-MP3-RECEIVER-MOTORIZED-BRAND-NEW_W0QQitemZ130293813904QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCar_Au dio_In_Dash_Receivers?hash=item130293813904&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A2%7C294%3A50

if that's too much...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-CQC500U-Car-CD-MP3-Player_W0QQitemZ150337248908QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCar _Audio_In_Dash_Receivers?hash=item150337248908&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50

TurdFergueson2
04-11-2009, 06:07 PM
tell her to save up and do it right. Too many times people be in a hurry to just get something in. Hu is to me the most important component. They all are, but the right Hu brings it all together. Eclipse makes some nice HUs too. I use Pioneer and I really liked the Premier DEH-P690UB. It's an 07 model and has ipod hookup and all of that. Might still be some on ebay.

hatemonger
04-11-2009, 06:14 PM
i am really impressed with my jvc. i've had an avx-1 for a few years now, and never had a problem. might be something to look at.

Cravingbass123
04-11-2009, 06:15 PM
buy my like new kenwood x891

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=397698

thehardknoxlife
04-11-2009, 06:56 PM
Clarion DXZ785USB (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11771_Clarion+DXZ785USB.html?utm_source=froog le&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=froogle). Has 3-way X-over, Time Alignment, USB, 6v RCAs, Parametric EQ, Ipod ready. $139

Nevalite
04-11-2009, 10:17 PM
What do you guys think of the Pioneer Premier DEH-500UB?

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11105_Pioneer+Premier+DEH-P500UB.html#

fasfocus00
04-11-2009, 10:20 PM
What do you guys think of the Pioneer Premier DEH-500UB?

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11105_Pioneer+Premier+DEH-P500UB.html#

good feature except for the display. if it's within you budget, get it. don't for get to do a nice writeup for us with pics.

Nevalite
04-11-2009, 10:30 PM
For the price I can't seem to find anything that would beat it...

DB-Audio
04-11-2009, 10:36 PM
the display ***** on that deck get this for a real budget build it has the aux input in the front for IPOD or any other mp3 player http://www.mobileaudiousa.com/all-products/boss-cd-receiver-with-detachable-front-panel-and-a.html

thehardknoxlife
04-11-2009, 10:40 PM
For the price I can't seem to find anything that would beat it...erm...:confused:


Clarion DXZ785USB (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11771_Clarion+DXZ785USB.html?utm_source=froog le&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=froogle). Has 3-way X-over, Time Alignment, USB, 6v RCAs, Parametric EQ, Ipod ready. $139 Maybe ugly but it has alot features.

DidUHearThat?
04-12-2009, 12:00 AM
Avoid any pioneer HU. Serious problems with all models.

kizz
04-12-2009, 12:36 AM
jvc. ipod controls right on the hu and the controls arent neer as slow as the pioneer. has good preset eq settings too imo

Nevalite
04-12-2009, 01:37 AM
erm...:confused:

Maybe ugly but it has alot features.

She is a girl so the look does affect the choice here :P

What about the JVC KD-A605? 5v pre-outs, good ipod control and only 149$ The display isn't the best but at this price it seems fair. Any comments?

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_17367_JVC+KD-A605.html#

Nevalite
04-12-2009, 01:40 AM
I'm basically looking for the best HU for under 150$ that has min. 4v pre-outs, good ipod control (don't have to buy the wire) and a decent display.

Anyone know a HU that fits all of those criteria the best?

Nevalite
04-12-2009, 01:52 AM
These are the top 3 contenders I can find:

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X592
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11766_Kenwood+eXcelon+KDC-X592.html#


JVC KD-A605
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_17367_JVC+KD-A605.html#


Pioneer Premier DEH-P500UB
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11105_Pioneer+Premier+DEH-P500UB.html#

RowJoe
04-12-2009, 03:04 AM
Avoid any pioneer HU. Serious problems with all models.

Quite a statement.

chucky2
04-12-2009, 03:08 AM
Well, it's $200 shipped, but the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X693 from Crutchfield.com would be a pretty nice unit for her. With all the color options on it, it should let her match the color perfectly...seems the rest of the options it has fit what you're looking for as well.

Walking through the order process at Crutchfield.com, it looks like Jetta's may or may not have some special things you need to do the install...might want to head on over there and check that out before doing this for her so you know what to expect.

If she/you can wait for a bit, it looks like this deck hasn't hit almost any of the other eTailers yet...given Crutchfield.com is usually more expensive than someone like SonicElectronix.com, it might behoove you to wait a bit...seems like a few of this years model decks are due to hit in the next month....

Chuck

P.S. I myself (brother included) cannot stand the F'd up right wheel on these, so if you're thinking about going with this deck, you might try and find at least a Kenwood that had the right wheel setup like this (FM band and track selection is push left and right, not rotate clockwise/counterclockwise as you'd think), so she can decide if that's ok for her or not. It'd **** to get it all put in, and then all you hear about is 'Yeah, I appreciate you helping me out with that, but, I hate that confusing button thingie!' :)

bigbangtheory
04-12-2009, 08:06 AM
The JVC KD-7500 Arsenal.

5 volt pre-outs

powerful *** deck

looks killer

And has a ton of options............that she probably wouldn't use. Can download wallpapers easily on a memory card and pop it in the deck, that is behind the face and DL it. Pretty slick!

Just installed mine yesterday and is the same thing as the 8500, but not active cable, which you don't need. Has 7 band Par..EQ and is just a joy to use. Takes a little bit to tune it, but once you do, is killer!

Will trump the other JVC's mentioned in here and just about all the others. I have used a **** ton of decks and this deck is very nice for the money.

I picked up the 7500 off eghey for 140, but most places they go for 180 and the 8500 is 200 and up in most places. Some of the packages you can get the ipod adapter (Which I don't have yet) and might raise it up some. By itself, I believe it is 24 bucks.

Sweet deck and will push it harder now I have it hooked up and have some time behind it. Very good budget deck.......I don't think you could beat it, besides that Clarion that guy posted, but that deck is fawking one of the uglyiest decks I have seen to date.

Sacto8128
04-12-2009, 09:04 AM
If I were talking a budget head unit that works very well with an iPod (especially if you want a decent on-screen display on the head unit!), I'd almost recommend the Sony CDX-GT630UI for around US$160. I've played with one at a store with my new 4G iPod nano (blue case 16 GB) and the CDX-GT630UI navigates the iPod quite well on both player controls and with the supplied remote control. Pity it could use a better amplifier section, though.

Nevalite
04-12-2009, 09:44 AM
The JVC KD-7500 Arsenal.

5 volt pre-outs

powerful *** deck

looks killer

And has a ton of options............that she probably wouldn't use. Can download wallpapers easily on a memory card and pop it in the deck, that is behind the face and DL it. Pretty slick!

Just installed mine yesterday and is the same thing as the 8500, but not active cable, which you don't need. Has 7 band Par..EQ and is just a joy to use. Takes a little bit to tune it, but once you do, is killer!

Will trump the other JVC's mentioned in here and just about all the others. I have used a **** ton of decks and this deck is very nice for the money.

I picked up the 7500 off eghey for 140, but most places they go for 180 and the 8500 is 200 and up in most places. Some of the packages you can get the ipod adapter (Which I don't have yet) and might raise it up some. By itself, I believe it is 24 bucks.

Sweet deck and will push it harder now I have it hooked up and have some time behind it. Very good budget deck.......I don't think you could beat it, besides that Clarion that guy posted, but that deck is fawking one of the uglyiest decks I have seen to date.

Are you sure its JVC KD-7500? I can't seem to find it anywhere, not even ebay...

Nevalite
04-12-2009, 10:42 AM
Ok I found it, its the KD-AR7500, seems like its an old model.

bigbangtheory
04-12-2009, 01:39 PM
Ok I found it, its the KD-AR7500, seems like its an old model.

It is, they don't make them anymore, but people still have them in stock new.

Still get the warranty and all and soon it will be considered rare. ;)

I love it! Just tuned it some more and this thing makes my highs sound awesome. Just need to tame the rears down. Thinking about unplugging them for awhile actually.

Get what you want, but I am telling you it is an awesome deck!

birdwatcher
04-12-2009, 02:08 PM
I think without a doubt that Alpine makes the best IPOD interface for car audio. I would suggest the 9884 replacement which is the new Alpine CDA-105. If she wants to add Bluetooth/Sat. Radio or HD radio later she can. If she wants to add better speakers/sub she can. In other words it's a great starter and something that she can grow with. It is $199 at Crutchfield and I'm sure it will be cheaper on Sonicelectronix when they get it in.

Towncar
04-12-2009, 02:21 PM
These are the top 3 contenders I can find:

Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X592
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11766_Kenwood+eXcelon+KDC-X592.html#


JVC KD-A605
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_17367_JVC+KD-A605.html#


Pioneer Premier DEH-P500UB
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_11105_Pioneer+Premier+DEH-P500UB.html#



I have a x592, and I absoltely love it, and wouldnt trade it, despite it being a lower priced deck. My previous deck before that was an 880prs, and i like this deck much better. It does not have much eq functions, just basic bass and treble, but its solid. It has sounded the best out of all the decks ive owned, and I love the usb interface. I never use cds period anymore. Also you wont get alt whine like you do with pioneer decks. Overall, one of the, if not the best money ive spent on audio. 24bit DAC's is always nice aswell..

Nevalite
04-14-2009, 09:04 PM
Any other ideas?

audiolife
04-15-2009, 12:04 AM
I liked every kenwood 592 i have messed with

chucky2
04-15-2009, 03:30 PM
Clarion FZ409?

bigbangtheory
04-15-2009, 06:54 PM
I have a x592, and I absoltely love it, and wouldnt trade it, despite it being a lower priced deck. My previous deck before that was an 880prs, and i like this deck much better. It does not have much eq functions, just basic bass and treble, but its solid. It has sounded the best out of all the decks ive owned, and I love the usb interface. I never use cds period anymore. Also you wont get alt whine like you do with pioneer decks. Overall, one of the, if not the best money ive spent on audio. 24bit DAC's is always nice aswell..

x-592 is a nice deck. I had the x-492 and loved it! I also had the 880 before it and liked the Kenwood better, lol!

Maybe if I was a little better at tunning, I would like the 880 more, I don't know.

LosDub
04-16-2009, 04:49 PM
if she has monson system she can hook ipod to the factory HU have to buy an adapter that will take over CD changer if she has one. can tap into speaker wires with a line convertor by the monsoon amp to rca cables for a small sub amp and sub that would be cheapest way to go. have her look at www.vwvortex.com car audio forums for a DIY on it