View Full Version : help pick first HU

08-17-2009, 01:24 AM
So, im going to start my system off with a new HU pretty soon.
As for now, it will just replace my stock, and run all the stock speakers until i upgrade later.
All i NEED in a HU is a CD player, mp3, USB, and ipod (built in would be nice)
And EQ would be nice, the more bands the batter.
Here are some ive been looking at






Id rather not go over 150, but if the 2 above that are more than that are really worth it, then i would.
This will be my joint birthday present from my grandparents and my mom.

Im open to suggestions and opinions.

08-17-2009, 09:01 AM
based on your budget just pick the one that looks best to you and has the features you want.

08-17-2009, 09:07 AM

08-17-2009, 09:08 AM
Pioneer 510ub, or any of those Pioneers they all have 4volt outputs.

08-17-2009, 10:13 AM
I'd probably go with the Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB. The Pioneer has more sound controls, but the Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X496 has a 24 bit DAC. If you can get the tuning down with only 3 bands, the Kenwood will probably sound better because it has a little better processor. The Pioneer does have a 7 band GEQ. The 3 band PEQ it talks about is the selectable loudness levels.

08-17-2009, 10:32 AM
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Products/CarAudioVideo/In-Dash/CD-Players/DEH-P4000UB?tab=D 95 BUCKS on ebay 3 4volt out put

08-18-2009, 12:04 AM
Whats the advantage of have a 4volt ouput over a 2.5?
sorry, newb...

08-19-2009, 12:07 AM
The better pre-out voltage will offer better tuneability and soundquality for amplifier add-ons down the road.
Good choice here:

08-19-2009, 12:09 AM
if i were you, i would try to find an alpine CDA series.

08-19-2009, 12:23 AM
Ive looked at them^
and honestly, the only thing i liked about the CDA-105 is that the EQ is a bit larger, and other than that its pretty much the same spec wise, but more expensive, which is why i didnt include it up there. and it only has a 2V preamp.
But then again, im a uber newb and dont really know, so please correct me if im wrong.

08-19-2009, 12:24 AM
I have used the Alpine head units several times during an install, per customers' requests. I was never thrilled and neither was the customer, for the price and the lack of options/features/sound quality received.

08-19-2009, 12:33 AM
Oh and that link you mentioned up there looks amazing btw.
I wish i could get that one, but thatnks.