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simplyxtrippin
03-19-2010, 04:56 PM
I know that they're low quality, but i don't really want to spend that much. My max is $100, doesn't mean that i want to go there. Which of these would you choose? These would be about $90 w/ installation kit, wiring, antenna adapter, shipping and tax which is about how much I would like to pay, except for the last one (~$95). Keep in mind that this is not a budget choice, this is an HU choice for this budget. Thanks.

Dual XDM6820
Dual XDM6820 - Car Stereo Head Unit In-Dash Receiver - Sonic Electronix (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_6388_Dual+XDM6820.html)

Kenwood KDC-138
Kenwood KDC-138 (kdc138) - Car Stereo Head Unit In-Dash Receiver - Sonic Electronix (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_10339_Kenwood+KDC-138.html)

Pioneer DEH-11E
Pioneer DEH-11E (deh11e) - Car Stereo Head Unit In-Dash Receiver - Sonic Electronix (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_16507_Pioneer+DEH-11E.html)

Eclipse CD3414G / CD3414
Eclipse CD3414G - Car Stereo Head Unit In-Dash Receiver - Sonic Electronix (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_16691_Eclipse+CD3414G+-+CD3414.html)

Dual XD6150 w/usb which is great.
Dual XD6150 - Car Stereo Head Unit In-Dash Receiver - Sonic Electronix (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_21773_Dual+XD6150.html)

Dual XDMA690
Dual XDMA690 - Car Stereo Head Unit In-Dash Receiver - Sonic Electronix (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_9815_Dual+XDMA690+with+iPod+Adapter-.html)

TMali
03-19-2010, 04:57 PM
pioneer or kenwood....dont even look into dual

skadude016
03-19-2010, 05:00 PM
the eclipse or the kenwood

Jh8909
03-19-2010, 05:01 PM
Eclipse FTW

kr15
03-19-2010, 05:03 PM
I have the DEH11e, and while it seems fair for the price, it isnt great by any means.

The Kenwood is similar to the Pioneer.

I vote Eclipse

simplyxtrippin
03-19-2010, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. I guess people got bad experience with Dual. On my last car which I just sold, my HU was a Dual where the faceplate moves down to show the screen, which I believe was a great feature. I loved it and didn't have any problems with it for 2-3 years. Maybe I just got lucky. Those are about $15 more than those I've listed.

FIMPALASS
03-19-2010, 05:12 PM
Personally I would spend alittle more and you could get a way better deck. But stay away from dual

O.G. D-Wet
03-19-2010, 05:12 PM
dual offers kool looking CRAP. It LOOKS kool to appeal to ghetto people and newbz... like Boss lol

simplyxtrippin
03-19-2010, 05:17 PM
dual offers kool looking CRAP. It LOOKS kool to appeal to ghetto people and newbz... like Boss lol

I guess i'm ghetto. haha. Am I really the only one that like those? Ofcourse I can't say that my preferences are normal. haha.

simplyxtrippin
03-19-2010, 05:18 PM
I should've made a little poll. :crazy:

Slo_Ride
03-19-2010, 05:23 PM
From that list - Eclipse, but I'd rather buy something used from the classifieds section and get something a little nicer.

ctt0002
03-19-2010, 05:48 PM
I would get the kenwood. The pioneer and eclipse doesn't have sub preouts, you would be sol if you wanted to add subs down the line. Whats your budget?

Slo_Ride
03-19-2010, 05:56 PM
kenwood and pioneer have only one set of 2v outputs the eclipse has two sets of 2v outputs

ctt0002
03-19-2010, 06:02 PM
kenwood and pioneer have only one set of 2v outputs the eclipse has two sets of 2v outputs

The front/rear outputs are used for amping his speakers right? If hes on a budget, i don't think he'll be amping his speakers but he might want to add a sub in his system later on.

whitedragon551
03-19-2010, 06:05 PM
I just installed that Eclipse in a girls car I work with. Its a very nice deck and it sounds awesome. Here are the pics I took of it:

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/wiring-electrical-installation-help/467518-hu-install-99-malibu-2.html#post7014550

kr15
03-19-2010, 07:56 PM
The front/rear outputs are used for amping his speakers right? If hes on a budget, i don't think he'll be amping his speakers but he might want to add a sub in his system later on.
not true...I have that Pioneer and it has one preout which I hooked my brutus up to.
Anyways, even if i wish to add another amp, Ill just daisy chain it

ctt0002
03-19-2010, 08:20 PM
not true...I have that Pioneer and it has one preout which I hooked my brutus up to.
Anyways, even if i wish to add another amp, Ill just daisy chain it

My bad. I was just going by what the website told me.

kr15
03-19-2010, 08:31 PM
My bad. I was just going by what the website told me.
the websites arent always correct...lol
But even if a deck has 1 preout, and most budget models do, i have never seen a deck differentiate what type of preout it was. Meaning, I have never seen a deck that had 1 preout, yet was only a "highs amp" preout...Typically, that is more on multiple preout decks when they differentiate "front" "rear" and "sub" preouts

simplyxtrippin
03-19-2010, 11:05 PM
Thanks again for all of the great replies. But it seems like the only thing i'm taking away is to not get dual. Other than that, i'm still split. I will use an amp/sub setup and probably not an amp for the 6.5" speakers.

simplyxtrippin
03-19-2010, 11:17 PM
an actual sub preamp would be great because the speakers in the car are not that good. what I did with my old set up was turn up the sub preamp a little then put the speakers at lowest bass. i don't think i can do this without a sub preamp.

whitedragon551
03-19-2010, 11:48 PM
Thanks again for all of the great replies. But it seems like the only thing i'm taking away is to not get dual. Other than that, i'm still split. I will use an amp/sub setup and probably not an amp for the 6.5" speakers.

Im telling you the Eclipse is a nice deck. It has your basic bass, treble, fade, balance settings, aux in for MP3 players, and 2 sets of preamps (1 for a sub amp and 1 for a 2 or 4 channel) and the SQ was pretty **** good for an entry level deck. Not to mention it looks amazing.

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/wiring-electrical-installation-help/467518-hu-install-99-malibu-2.html#post7014550

kr15
03-20-2010, 12:06 AM
Yes, I vote for Eclipse....but i still say the Pioneer and Kenwood is better than dual

whitedragon551
03-20-2010, 12:08 AM
Dual is the shittiest brand on the list. I have a Pioneer DEH5800MP and Im considering dropping it for the Eclipse and it is worth less new than my DEH5800 is used. That says something.

Ignatowski
03-20-2010, 07:05 AM
didnt know Eclipse even made a low end model......
Id check that one out,then the kenwood

simplyxtrippin
03-20-2010, 12:51 PM
Seems like its the Eclipse.

Bass911
03-20-2010, 12:59 PM
Eclipse

simplyxtrippin
03-20-2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks everyone.

simplyxtrippin
03-23-2010, 07:43 PM
I got the HU this morning. i ordered it yesterday morning. sonicelctronix are pretty good when it comes to shipping the products out. i only live about 50 miles from their store. I just finished installing it and it sounds great. Like night and day compared to the stock cd player. I bought a pair of 6.5" speakers about 3 weeks ago. I used to think that they weren't that good. but with the new HU, they sound much much better

No, i just have to find a way to fit my sub in the trunk and I'm gold.

Thanks for the advice.

simplyxtrippin
04-01-2010, 04:28 AM
Alright. I might be having a change of heart. The longer i've had the HU, the more I feel like I need the sub preamp output (kenwood). I have an amp/sub and i wish i can have more control on it.

CrysisMaker
04-01-2010, 07:56 PM
Id go with the Eclipse CD 3414G. Dual is a POS and would not even come close to even considering that brand. Id take a Sony before the Dual anyday. The Eclipse CD 3414G gives you 2 pre outs which is ok, Id want at least 4 volt outs, but your on a budget. But I think if you look at the right places youll find something. May I suggest the Clarion CZ209? If you can do the few extra dollars Id get the Clarion deck, if not that Eclipse CD 3414G will be the best bet in my opinion. Good luck and let us know what you pick.