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recsnmisc
07-16-2009, 07:14 AM
Hi everyone. Greetings to all forum members. 1st post.


I'm looking for a new cd/radio head unit for my car.

Long time since I've been on the market for one and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the current offer and standard features these days. Also lost track of whats cheap and what's expensive... You can find offers that are packed with features at surprisingly low prices, comparing to just a couple years ago. Also there are really, really expensive stuff out there. Is it worth it?

So much being offered out there it's really hard to keep track. Looking forward to narrow my choices and look in the best direction regarding a compromise of sound quality/features/price. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks in advance.

So first, essential features:


quality sound
front USB
front aux line in
built-in bluetooth (possible with no extra dongles/cables?)
efficient security feature/detachable panel
not really a bargain but a good deal. nothing top of the line and really expensive
mp3 and playlist support


Things that would be really cool to have:


ability to control ipod/iphone through head unit
ability to control other DAPs through head unit
ability to connect a portable HDD (USB host/file manager)
variable color illumination



Not essential but might consider it if price is right:

HDD


Things I don't need:

DAB
remote
other media formats compatibility other than mp3



Thanks again!


PS - Quick question: will the usb input be able to charge my mp3 player, mobile and gps unit?

hornedfrog1985
07-16-2009, 07:26 AM
What's your budget in dollars?

carlionne1
07-16-2009, 04:33 PM
here are a few diffrent chices:

JVC KD-R900 http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=9698

Kenwood KDC-BT838U http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=9628

Pioneer Premier DEH-P700BT http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=8499

GreenBlunt
07-16-2009, 11:29 PM
here are a few diffrent chices:

JVC KD-R900 http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=9698

Kenwood KDC-BT838U http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=9628

Pioneer Premier DEH-P700BT http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=8499

Good but they're all CD player. But I love videos too. If wanna watch movies, DVD player is better, Eonon E1091 nearly have the same function as Pioneer Premier DEH-P700BT, but can play DVD, while Pioneer can't. And it's Even $280, a little cheaper. I'm using Eonon too and it works well. Really cost effective. Good luck!
http://www.eonon.com/2-Din-DVD-Player/E1091.html (http://www.eonon.com/2-Din-DVD-Player/E1091.html?utm_source=thisboardrocks.com&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=forum)

recsnmisc
07-22-2009, 07:12 PM
What's your budget in dollars?

300 usd tops!


here are a few diffrent chices:

JVC KD-R900 http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=9698

Kenwood KDC-BT838U http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=9628

Pioneer Premier DEH-P700BT http://www.techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=8499

Hey thanks a lot for your tips. JVC and Kenwood look great....will definitely look into those.


Good but they're all CD player. But I love videos too. If wanna watch movies, DVD player is better, Eonon E1091 nearly have the same function as Pioneer Premier DEH-P700BT, but can play DVD, while Pioneer can't. And it's Even $280, a little cheaper. I'm using Eonon too and it works well. Really cost effective. Good luck!
http://www.eonon.com/2-Din-DVD-Player/E1091.html (http://www.eonon.com/2-Din-DVD-Player/E1091.html?utm_source=thisboardrocks.com&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=forum)

Thanks for your tips. I really want Radio/CD player/mp3, I really have no use for in-car dvd/video.

Anything else out there worth checking? Thank again!

AllenH427
07-22-2009, 09:51 PM
I'd get a Pioneer or Alpine. Depending on your budget, Alpine has great SQ, but Pioneer will provide more bang for your buck.