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crfrider
05-18-2009, 11:48 AM
a yes im looking at the alpine cda-9887, im going to be running a passive crossover setup to my componet speakers, runing my head unit to a kicker 4 channel amp, then to the crossovers to each set of componets, then to the speakers, now my question is, is how would i go about tuning my system, will i be able to use the headunit to control the eqs of the stereo, or will i have to use the amp to set the eqs? ill also have a mono sub amp to my subs, thanks

alxmlr789
05-18-2009, 11:52 AM
Personally, i wouldnt buy the 9887 if you aren't gonna be running active. You can save some $ and go with a 9886 and still have a decent equalizer.

crfrider
05-18-2009, 12:03 PM
so the 9886 would be a better choice, is there much difference in the two? so the eq on the head unit would be pointless since im running passive

nineball
05-18-2009, 12:22 PM
no, the eq and crossover settings still control your sound. you can use the ones on the hu or the ones on the amp. i would use which ever one was a better quality product.

alxmlr789
05-18-2009, 12:22 PM
Not so much the equalizer, but the fact that it has a 3 way crossover built into it, You are paying an extra what, 100 or so bucks for those crossovers.

The equalizer is still pretty good on the 9886. I personally own a 9887 and love it, but then again, I spent the money on it to run active

The only reason I would buy a 9887 in your position is if you wanted to go active in the future. I recommend it :)

crfrider
05-18-2009, 12:57 PM
is active a better way to run you stereo, i heard it is harder cause you have to tune alot more, is passive still good sounding?

alxmlr789
05-18-2009, 02:02 PM
There is just more fine tuning when you are active. It isn't necessarily harder if you know what to tune.

jdc753
05-18-2009, 02:06 PM
x2 on everything alxmlr said. Get a 9886 if your gonna run passive, unless you plan on going active in the future. I believe the only difference between the two units is the 9887 has the built in crossovers and time correction. Even the time correction would be useless unless you were going to at least bi-amp your passive crossovers.

Personally I would go for the 9886 for your case and use the HU's EQ to fine tune things.

nineball
05-18-2009, 03:34 PM
The equalizer is still pretty good on the 9886. I personally own a 9887 and love it, but then again, I spent the money on it to run active

what eq does the 9886 have? according to the alpine website, without the pxa-h100 you only get:

Sound Tuning

* Subwoofer Level Adjustment: -15dB to 0dB (1dB steps)
* Bass Center Frequency: 60/80/100/200Hz (Selectable)
* Bass Band Width Adjustment (Q): 4 choices (1 =narrow, 4 =wide)
* Bass Level Control Range: A?14dB at 100Hz
* Treble Center Frequency: 10k/12.5k/15k/17.5kHz (Selectable)
* Treble Level Control Range: A?14dB at 10kHz

ejschultz
05-18-2009, 10:30 PM
the 9887 is basically a 9886 with the pxa-h100 built in. some other features as well like a 24 bit DAC. there are also some cosmetic differences. 349.99 for 9886, 149.99 for pxa-h100 or 449.99 for 9887. seems like if you want the tuning features like a 5 band parametric eq or 7 band graphic eq, time alignment, or the ability to run active later on, the 9887 is worth the extra hundred. otherwise, down the road, you've got to spend an extra 150. i'd get the 9887 if i wanted an alpine.

all prices are from crutchfield. i didn't feel like shopping around at unauthorized dealers to find other prices for compairison reasons. i support authorized dealers because i used to work for one.

eharri3
05-18-2009, 10:47 PM
what eq does the 9886 have? according to the alpine website, without the pxa-h100 you only get:

Sound Tuning

* Subwoofer Level Adjustment: -15dB to 0dB (1dB steps)
* Bass Center Frequency: 60/80/100/200Hz (Selectable)
* Bass Band Width Adjustment (Q): 4 choices (1 =narrow, 4 =wide)
* Bass Level Control Range: A?14dB at 100Hz
* Treble Center Frequency: 10k/12.5k/15k/17.5kHz (Selectable)
* Treble Level Control Range: A?14dB at 10kHz

Umm yeah it's a 2 band with loudness. I am trying to figure out what in peoples' eyes makes that 'good' in comparison to any other SQ unit. I had one. Aside from 4 volts/channel and imprint capability there really wasn't much there feature-wise that I couldn't have gotten for 120 bucks at WALMART. Active or no the 9887 has a 5/7 band EQ and time alignment. When properly adjusted just these two things can have a tremendous effect on your sound. And if you learn about going active later and decide you want to try it you'll already have a head unit.