View Full Version : Which HU should I get?

07-01-2009, 08:00 PM
On the final stage of my setup, buying a HU. Which one seems to be the best?

CDE-102 (http://www.woofersetc.com/p7564/CDE102--Alpine-CD-MP3-WMA-AAC-Receiver-and-iPod-Controller.htm)
CDE-9874 (http://www.woofersetc.com/p6186/CDE9874--Alpine-CD-receiver-with-MP3-WMA-AAC.htm)
DEH-P400UB (http://www.woofersetc.com/p6264/DEHP400UB--Pioneer-Premier-CD-MP3-WMA-Receiver-with-Remote-and-uBus-USB.htm)


07-01-2009, 08:23 PM
what are you trying to do with your setup? And what features are you looking for in it?

07-01-2009, 08:45 PM
I am just trying to use my iPod every day, and have some bass options. I will be using it with a 12" type r and 1200 watt hifonics amp

AVX Mike
07-01-2009, 10:58 PM
Spend the extra $ and get the 9887. You won't be disappointed.

07-01-2009, 11:37 PM
Spend the extra $ and get the 9887. You won't be disappointed.
Does the 9887 have imprint built in?

07-02-2009, 12:25 AM
Does the 9887 have imprint built in?

It doesn't. However, it features enough built-in processing for most systems out there. Also does not have USB or BT, but if you have an iPod you don't really have to worry about the former.

kevin lu
07-02-2009, 12:34 AM
i just upgrade my head unit today, the Alpine CDA-9886 is awesome it come with Ipod adaptor and USB adaptor, the Alpine CDA- 9887 doesn't come with Ipod adaptor and it doesn't have USB and the adaptor for 9887 cost $30, i paid $249 at sonicelectronix.com.

kevin lu
07-02-2009, 12:37 AM
the Alpine CDA-9887 does have the imprint Built in but you have to get the Imprint kit that cost $249.

07-02-2009, 12:43 AM
Well if I trade in my current DEH-P6000UB at best buy for a $240 credit, is it worth the upgrade to the 9886+imprint? (Imprint is mandatory, I'm disgusted without an EQ.)

07-02-2009, 01:02 AM
the Alpine CDA-9887 does have the imprint Built in but you have to get the Imprint kit that cost $249.


If it was built in, you wouldn't have to buy the kit.

The 9887 has T/A, 3-way crossovers, 5-band parametric EQ or 7-band graphic EQ. Don't bother with the 9886. If you're looking at that, you may as well save some dough and buy the 102.

If you want a decent EQ without paying a grip and you want to get an Alpine, get the 9887. The other Alpine HUs only offer bass and treble control, which is almost worthless. Plus, you can go active down the road if you'd like to. If you haven't read up on that yet, going active allows you to select your own speakers and set your own crossover points, slopes, etc. Pretty neat and the 9887 can do that out of the box.

kevin lu
07-02-2009, 01:05 AM
if you get the 9886 then you should get the Imprint that will be perfect, i have a Arc Audio XEQ so i don't need the Imprint.

07-02-2009, 01:15 AM
The sole thing the 9886 offers over the 9887 is the built-in USB. Since he's using an iPod and Alpine makes the cable for that, there's really no reason why he should get the 9886. Sorry, but the 9886 offers an EQ that is pretty much *** (bass and treble...that's it).

The 9887 goes for about $300 new on eBay.

kevin lu
07-02-2009, 01:20 AM
the 9887 EQ will not work without the Imprint , you can go to Crutchfield and read comment and the 9886 is cheaper.

07-02-2009, 01:48 AM
Dude, you are misinformed. Please stop spreading misinformation.

The EQ DOES work on the 9887 without Imprint.


Where does it say it does not? Under audio features, it mentions the GEQ and PEQ.

Here's some reviews:


Yes, the 9886 is cheaper. It has less sound processing built-in. That's to be expected. Point is, for $300 these guys can have a very nice HU that will last them a good while.



07-02-2009, 02:33 AM
I got an Audiocontrol DQS for my EQ. Much better than using the head unit's EQ.