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westman995
07-14-2009, 10:40 PM
Im looking at a panasonic deck, its not really much of an upgrade from my alpine 9851 by the looks of it, it doesnt have a whole lot more sound settings on it than my alpine. But i am getting rid of my alpine and think i want to try the panasonic deck since it will be in the price range, if i dont like i can sell it.

But i was just wondering if they are a pretty decent deck and how anyone who has used one likes it?

The one im looking at is this one:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_133DFX983/Panasonic-MXE-CQ-DFX983U.html?tp=5684&tab=features_and_specs

It has 5 volt pre outs vs my old decks 2 volts.. Its got a crossover for the sub, which my current deck does not have, but wont need that if the amp has a crossover anyways i guess. Both play mp3s which i use... Im going to be using an external 4 channel amp no matter what deck i use.. I really want to get something with some HP crossovers built into the deck, which this one does not have i do believe, but then again my 4 channel has HP on them also, so should be ok for now.

Any thoughts on it? I think the price is right, 70 shipped for one of those sound good? It would prolly just be for a while to try something different til i can really upgrade to something a bit nicer. The display on this one is prolly alot nicer than my current one, this one has graphics and stuff, mine is just the line display.

bigaudiofanati2
07-14-2009, 10:43 PM
I would stick with the alpine but that is just me.

revrider1
07-14-2009, 10:44 PM
I love my Panys, I left my Pioneers and after seein all the features for the price i figured id try. I wont go back...

westman995
07-14-2009, 10:46 PM
I love my Panys, I left my Pioneers and after seein all the features for the price i figured id try. I wont go back...

I think im going to try the panasonic, you dont see too many of those around but they look to be a quality deck, as far as looks. Ive never used one before tho.


I would stick with the alpine but that is just me.

I really like alpine, but i want to try something different at the moment, if i could afford to i would go with a higher end alpine and be done with it, but i cant afford to right now.

revrider1
07-14-2009, 10:47 PM
Yea, u wont regret the Pany...

Great decks for the price...

westman995
07-14-2009, 10:50 PM
Well i have a guy wanting to buy my alpine on friday, so if the panasonic is still for sale by then i am going to buy it. If not, i am stuck without any deck at all for now haha..

AVSTANG02
07-14-2009, 10:50 PM
It's got 3 5v preouts. you are good to go.

revrider1
07-14-2009, 10:51 PM
Mine have 3 5v preouts and the motorized fold down with tilt option. Some have alot more features also...

grimreper912003
07-14-2009, 10:52 PM
I love my Panny. I used to be all Pioneer, then I went through a kenwood time. I like the panny alot. I have yet to try an Alpine though (I want my buddies 9855 bad)

oldschool4me
07-14-2009, 10:55 PM
i like pany hu's. all i use. i get the top models though. i like most of the top models due to the control. 9 band eq that you can adjust and you can even adjust the frequency of each band of the eq. check around for a cq-c8803u, 9801, 9701. those are the ones i have. try one of their higher end models out, i think you will like them.

revrider1
07-14-2009, 10:57 PM
i like pany hu's. all i use. i get the top models though. i like most of the top models due to the control. 9 band eq that you can adjust and you can even adjust the frequency of each band of the eq. check around for a cq-c8803u, 9801, 9701. those are the ones i have. try one of their higher end models out, i think you will like them.Cause of u im hooked, lol...

sue bee
07-14-2009, 11:12 PM
got a panny. lower end model. like it a lot.

gotparts90
07-15-2009, 12:43 AM
panasonic is great stuff. to bad they are leaving the car audio world.

SocialStealth
07-15-2009, 01:08 AM
I love my panasonic but I have to get rid of it for something with x3 sets of channels (mine only has 2 sets, no subs). Its model name is something like rx-400q or something like that. I've only had it for a few months but its 3 band eq is great, and has the adjustable frequencies as well as front usb and aux ports. Love it.


Where are you getting that for 70$ from?

westman995
07-15-2009, 01:15 AM
Wish i could get a higher end one, this one will do for now tho. I looked at the manual and the one im looking at isnt much of an upgrade from my current deck, minus the 5 volt pre outs. This one basically just has bass and treble adjustments im pretty sure.

Max_Power
07-19-2009, 02:05 PM
I've had two panasonic decks in the past. I loved both of them, my first one is in my brothers truck still going strong. The one I have in my sig is in my car, but lately it has been skipping really bad. I pulled it out and it is getting really really hot. I don't know what to think.

I always bought them because they looked great, had a ton of features, strong rca voltage, and were for some reason ungodly cheap when compared to the competition.

Since they arent making too many different models, Im going to get an excelon to replace my skipping deck.

westman995
07-19-2009, 11:39 PM
So all in all the panasonics sound like a very nice deck for the money. Im looking at another, this one has 3 5v pre outs, hp/lp filters and stuff like that. Only thing i noticed is taht this one doesnt have the graphic display, just standard. Really wouldnt mind having the graphics on it, but not a deal breaker for me.

kendogg
07-21-2009, 03:40 PM
panasonic is great stuff. to bad they are leaving the car audio world.

Seriously?? That *****. I'm almsot completely stuck looking at Excelons then (not that thats a bad thing, just wanted something a bit different from my last 3 or 4 HU's).