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Striker9
06-02-2009, 01:46 PM
I'm looking for a new one for my '02 Accord ex with all stock components. The stock receiver is a double din, 6-cd in dash changer, and 6 speakers.

-Budget is about $150.
-Aux input.
-USB input to play songs from a thumbdrive. It would be nice if it has a rear input as well so I can wire it to the glove compartment.
-Ipod controls
-HD radio would be nice.
-SQ and FM reception are important.
-A button that goes through the presets so that you don't have to find and press each preset button. I'm not sure how common this is but that's what the button on my steering wheel does.
-I'd like to be able to hook it up to my steering wheel controls (volume and track/channel change) I'm not sure if that's possible though.

I doubt I'll be able to find a nice double din for my price range. I probably won't upgrade any of the speakers or add a sub for a while, but I most likely will eventually.

I'm really thinking about getting this: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130P6000UB/Pioneer-DEH-P6000UB.html plus the HD radio receiver for $179 shipped. I don't know if there are any better options or if it's worth saving up for something else like a touchscreen double din.
Any suggestions?
What would you guys recommend?

ejschultz
06-02-2009, 04:59 PM
with the sale price on that head unit, it's a great price. i'd get it.

bigaudiofanati2
06-02-2009, 05:05 PM
I hate pioneer for SQ or anything else I have had 4 brake on me and 3 broke on a friend of mine. Also that one your looking at in order to change to another station or preset you either have to use the remote or the wheel the is no number presets to hit. I would go with alpine for your budget.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500CDE102/Alpine-CDE-102.html?tp=5684

Or for some more money you could get the nicer one
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500CDA105/Alpine-CDA-105.html?tp=5684

tez4life
06-02-2009, 05:23 PM
I'm looking for a new one for my '02 Accord ex with all stock components. The stock receiver is a double din, 6-cd in dash changer, and 6 speakers.

-Budget is about $150.


-Aux input. (yes, I believe)


-USB input to play songs from a thumbdrive. It would be nice if it has a rear input as well so I can wire it to the glove compartment. (yes, comes with a rather long USB cord, I keep mine in the glove compartment. Works extremely well with thumb and jump drives)


-Ipod controls (yes, built in, no additional cord or adapter is needed)

-HD radio would be nice. (I believe this is an option, not sure)

-SQ and FM reception are important. (SQ for me was fine, FM reception was excellent, Pioneers usually do well with that anyway)

-A button that goes through the presets so that you don't have to find and press each preset button. I'm not sure how common this is but that's what the button on my steering wheel does. (The big volume knob in the middle allowed you to go through presets by pushing it up or down, very simple)


-I'd like to be able to hook it up to my steering wheel controls (volume and track/channel change) I'm not sure if that's possible though. (I think so, I know they have an adapter, depends on the car. I had planned on doing this myself, but the remote lets you do everything on the HU, so I never did buy the adapter)





I had the same HU you mention in your first post, the Pioneer 6000UB, but recently sold it because I got a deal on another HU. Worked very well for me, and sounds like what your looking for. I highlighted a few things about the Pioneer for ya, hope that helps.

Striker9
06-02-2009, 05:23 PM
I hate pioneer for SQ or anything else I have had 4 brake on me and 3 broke on a friend of mine. Also that one your looking at in order to change to another station or preset you either have to use the remote or the wheel the is no number presets to hit. I would go with alpine for your budget.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500CDE102/Alpine-CDE-102.html?tp=5684

Or for some more money you could get the nicer one
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500CDA105/Alpine-CDA-105.html?tp=5684

Is that really going to sound that much better? The stats look in favor of the pioneer http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/CompareTo.aspx?g=300&cc=01&compareItems=01|500CDE102&compareItems=01|130P6000UB&hidesimilar=y

I won't be able to add on any extra components like HD radio either.
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When looking for HUs should I look for ones that have sub preamp outputs?

bigaudiofanati2
06-02-2009, 05:39 PM
Man all I can say is I have installed that unit and ones like it and the setup is complex you have to use the remoter to set your presets and all. I just know that the alpines are cleaner and easier to use also ipod friendly. One of the ones I installed
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr199/bigaudiofanatic/Volvo/100_1068.jpg

BIGxCountry
06-06-2009, 01:04 AM
Go with Alpine. You're probably going to have to fork out a little more than 150. Unless you want to go with some Sony Xplod and catch on fire from Walmart.

nuugen
06-06-2009, 01:55 AM
I am going to recommend the new CDA-105 (Alpine) as well, they really packed a ton of features into it for under 200 bones..And it is cleaner than the Pioneer unit(after doing an A/B listening comparison)..Not double-din though, so I don't know if that is a deal-breaker for you..

teedot231999
06-06-2009, 02:45 AM
The pioneer is nice for the price. But what about this
http://www.woofersetc.com/p6275/DXZ785USB--Clarion-CD-MP3-WMA-AAC-Receiver-With-AUX-and-USB-inputs.htm

nuugen
06-06-2009, 03:10 AM
The pioneer is nice for the price. But what about this
http://www.woofersetc.com/p6275/DXZ785USB--Clarion-CD-MP3-WMA-AAC-Receiver-With-AUX-and-USB-inputs.htm

The 785 is a decent piece, and I had one for a short time but it reall doesn't have the same sq as the 'pine or the Eclipse decks..

Striker9
06-07-2009, 12:34 PM
I'm thinking about saving up some more and getting a double din unit like this one: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130P8000BT/Pioneer-FH-P8000BT.html?tp=5684

bigaudiofanati2
06-07-2009, 12:37 PM
As I said above.I think you will enjoy there interface more and there better built as well. Not to mention I think they look better than all that blue.

blackdragonaudi
06-07-2009, 12:41 PM
I am with you 100% on alpine I though pioneer was great until I heard the clarity just by switching to a alpine head unit. I am hooked and the interface for the ipod is flawless.