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Maglite
02-02-2010, 03:38 PM
I'm looking to pick up a used deck for my old Corvette.

Just wondering which one is the better deck (couple of guys at work are selling theirs).

Both decks are complete with all the accessories.

Alpine is $50.00 less.

Thanks

groundpound4200
02-02-2010, 03:41 PM
I would go with the Alpine then. They're pretty comparable units so price would be the tie breaker for me. I havent had the best luck with Pioneer either after owning 4 I switched to Alpine

Maglite
02-03-2010, 11:47 PM
Hopefully getting the 880PRS on Friday. The 16 band eq was the decision maker.

chaunb3400
02-03-2010, 11:52 PM
if u wanna get rid of that 9800 lmk

bigaudiofanati2
02-04-2010, 12:02 AM
After using both of them yes the pioneer has more controls but has more problems. My vote goes to the alpine.

gunz4me2
02-04-2010, 01:10 AM
As long as the Pioneer's pico fuse doesn't pop, the OP should be in good shape. Sadly, I've seen the pico fuses pop for what appeared to be no reason whatsoever.

cleansoundzz
02-04-2010, 03:29 PM
Having used both the Alpine and Pioneer 880, I switched back to using Alpine. The Pioneer sounded good but for me was a pain in the *** to use.

ejschultz
02-05-2010, 01:10 AM
I've got an 800PRS and I've owned a 9853 and a 9855, both of which have the same features as the 9887. The Pioneer has way more tuning features, but the Alpine is definitely easier to use. I would, however, vote for the Pioneer.

orangecounty1
02-05-2010, 04:24 AM
As long as the Pioneer's pico fuse doesn't pop, the OP should be in good shape. Sadly, I've seen the pico fuses pop for what appeared to be no reason whatsoever.

mine did this on my 880, but after grounding one of the sets of RCAs on the back, to the chassis of the headunit, all is good now.

ghetto yes, but its been proven to work :)

i still love my 880 and will never sell it, and will continue to run pioneer products. im just a fan of pioneer, more than alpine

Varinabassing
02-05-2010, 03:58 PM
def pioneer fan

AlterEgo99
02-05-2010, 05:08 PM
Alpine all the way...own a 9887 and have for almost 2 years...LOVE IT! :thumbsup:

gsuchyta
02-05-2010, 05:40 PM
quick question here about pioneers pico fuse issue. Would it be a good idea to ground the back of the rcas to the head unit even if the pico fuse is still good to make sure it won't pop or would that be bad?

Just seems like it would be a little extra security to prevent that fuse from poppin or this may be a stupid question

orangecounty1
02-06-2010, 01:21 AM
i wouldnt bother unless it happens. mine was fine for like 3 years then out of no where it blew.

AlterEgo99
02-06-2010, 10:40 AM
No pico issue with the Alpine and you can get the Imprint software which REALLY makes a huge difference!

I'm not saying all of the Alpine HU's are the greatest, but the 9887 is of a design that Alpine really knows well and it is definitely their top HU, IMHO.

ejschultz
02-06-2010, 01:03 PM
^^^the Imprint kit costs like an extra $150 or something like that. Most people complain about the Imprint for the 9887. I guess it makes a difference, but from what I've heard, it's a difference in the negative direction. The Pioneer comes with a mic for auto EQ and auto TA. There are no hidden costs to use all the features.

ejschultz
02-06-2010, 01:06 PM
^^^the Imprint kit costs like an extra $150 or something like that. Most people complain about the Imprint for the 9887. I guess it makes a difference, but from what I've heard, it's a difference in the negative direction. The Pioneer comes with a mic for auto EQ and auto TA. There are no hidden costs to use all the features.

ejschultz
02-06-2010, 01:43 PM
^^^the Imprint kit costs like an extra $150 or something like that. Most people complain about the Imprint for the 9887. I guess it makes a difference, but from what I've heard, it's a difference in the negative direction. The Pioneer comes with a mic for auto EQ and auto TA. There are no hidden costs to use all the features.

ejschultz
02-06-2010, 01:45 PM
Holy f*cking lag...

AlterEgo99
02-06-2010, 04:57 PM
Regards Alpine and Imprint, it is typically negative for those who do not know how to use it correctly. Yes, Alpine has pretty crappy documentation with Imprint but after some trial and error I know how to get the most out of it. And for smoothing out the sound curve and controlling the staging, nothing is better in my opinion. With a SA, you will not be able to set by ear what the Imprint can do. Hands down.

ejschultz
02-06-2010, 08:08 PM
Regards Alpine and Imprint, it is typically negative for those who do not know how to use it correctly. Yes, Alpine has pretty crappy documentation with Imprint but after some trial and error I know how to get the most out of it. And for smoothing out the sound curve and controlling the staging, nothing is better in my opinion. With a SA, you will not be able to set by ear what the Imprint can do. Hands down.

I beg to differ. With a spectrum analyzer and pink noise playing, you should be able to do just as well, if not better, than the Imprint. I guess it'll depend on the speed of the RTA you're using, but for $150 or whatever it is the Imprint costs, you can get some pretty decent RTA software.