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ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 12:18 AM
Only running subs right now, and stock speakers (2010 Rogue), but might get a nice set of fronts with an amp later on. Just looking for the best qound quality HU around $200 or less. I normally would go with Pioneer right away, but seems they are what they used to be. Thought these looked ok.
JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 CD receiver at Crutchfield Signature (http://www.crutchfield.com/s_105KDAHD69/JVC-Arsenal-KD-AHD69.html?tp=5684)

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X494 CD receiver at Crutchfield Signature (http://www.crutchfield.com/s_113KDCX494/Kenwood-Excelon-KDC-X494.html?tp=5684)

JVC Arsenal KD-A815 CD receiver at Crutchfield Signature (http://www.crutchfield.com/s_105KDA815/JVC-Arsenal-KD-A815.html?tp=5684)

The first comes with a set of 6x9s I could ebay to get some money back. I listen to music from my Zune plugged in to the aux input. BT would be nice, but not needed.

CHEMMINS
10-09-2010, 12:21 AM
Right here.....

http://www.caraudio.com/forums/car-audio-classifieds/491055-jvc-arsenal-kd-a815-brand-new-fs-ft.html

Then yer done.

Scotty2Naughty
10-09-2010, 12:36 AM
I have a kenwood KDC-X794 and I love it, you can get them off ebay for less than $200. I would check it out.

Johnny Law.Lulz
10-09-2010, 12:38 AM
Right here.....

http://www.caraudio.com/forums/car-audio-classifieds/491055-jvc-arsenal-kd-a815-brand-new-fs-ft.html

Then yer done.

This dude is the ****.

ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 01:03 AM
Right here.....

http://www.caraudio.com/forums/car-audio-classifieds/491055-jvc-arsenal-kd-a815-brand-new-fs-ft.html

Then yer done.

I already asked him about it. My car ***** and needs $35 worth of instalation stuff that comes free from crutchfield, and kind of ruins the deal for used.


Can someone point out what advantages there are with that one compaired to the cheap one, that would actually be usefull to me? If I can save $80 and get free speakers to resell without losing much, seems like a winner.

ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 01:05 AM
I have a kenwood KDC-X794 and I love it, you can get them off ebay for less than $200. I would check it out.

$149 new on Amazon, no front Aux :(

CHEMMINS
10-09-2010, 01:09 AM
I already asked him about it. My car ***** and needs $35 worth of instalation stuff that comes free from crutchfield, and kind of ruins the deal for used.


Can someone point out what advantages there are with that one compaired to the cheap one, that would actually be usefull to me? If I can save $80 and get free speakers to resell without losing much, seems like a winner.

2 usb's and BT capable. So, you can run mp3 players, and your phone at the same time. Hand free is great. And it is said to have one of the best BT setups.

Also this deck is rated top in its class for the price range. It is the deck to get.

ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 01:16 AM
2 usb's and BT capable. So, you can run mp3 players, and your phone at the same time. Hand free is great. And it is said to have one of the best BT setups.

Also this deck is rated top in its class for the price range. It is the deck to get.

The USB wont work with Zune, none of them do. Only Ipods and USB thumb drives. Ive got a BT headset for calls, so hands free doesnt do anything for me.

Is there any sound or power gain from one to the other?

CHEMMINS
10-09-2010, 01:19 AM
The deck is considered a very high quality sound deck, with higher than average rated output, and it puts out what it says it does.

And the BT is useful for your phone, because it attenuates the stereo so you know a call is coming in, and it drops the volume automatically.

ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 01:22 AM
The deck is considered a very high quality sound deck, with higher than average rated output, and it puts out what it says it does.

And the BT is useful for your phone, because it attenuates the stereo so you know a call is coming in, and it drops the volume automatically.

Alright, Im leaning towards it, but money is tight. Just dont want to save 20% and regret it later.

Any idea if there is a double din with good preout voltage and sound quality under $300?

CHEMMINS
10-09-2010, 01:24 AM
Not a chance on that one......unless you go used. I have looked. Eclipses are the only decent ones. My alpine has 2v.

And you should buy the better deck now, instead of wishing you had later.

ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 07:18 PM
Im short on cash, got to wait for some stuff to sell before I can get anything else. Well see what I have to deal with soon. Thanks for the help.

CHEMMINS
10-09-2010, 07:31 PM
Np

ctmaudi
10-09-2010, 11:28 PM
I didnt see this one last night. Has the same EQ as the 815, and only seems to lack the BT, and a set of preouts for $90 less.
JVC Arsenal KD-A615 CD receiver at Crutchfield Signature (http://www.crutchfield.com/s_105KDA615/JVC-Arsenal-KD-A615.html?tp=5684)


Is a 3-band parametric EQ or 7-band iEQ better?

ctmaudi
10-10-2010, 07:04 PM
Read the manuals, the 615 lacks a HPF, and level meter as well. What is the level meter? Is it a voltmeter?

ctmaudi
10-13-2010, 11:26 PM
How is the Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT? Is it one of the older good ones? $175 shipped new with free install gear.
PIONEER PREMIER DEH-P610BT CAR CD/MP3/iPOD/USB STEREO: eBay Motors (item 300479954354 end time Nov-10-10 16:54:02 PST) (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/PIONEER-PREMIER-DEH-P610BT-CAR-CD-MP3-iPOD-USB-STEREO-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem45f6003db2QQitemZ30047 9954354QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo)
I think I can order tonight, Id like to get one by the weekend.

Mattd0344
10-13-2010, 11:30 PM
How is the Pioneer Premier DEH-P610BT? Is it one of the older good ones? $175 shipped new with free install gear.
PIONEER PREMIER DEH-P610BT CAR CD/MP3/iPOD/USB STEREO: eBay Motors (item 300479954354 end time Nov-10-10 16:54:02 PST) (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/PIONEER-PREMIER-DEH-P610BT-CAR-CD-MP3-iPOD-USB-STEREO-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem45f6003db2QQitemZ30047 9954354QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo)
I think I can order tonight, Id like to get one by the weekend.

Ha..I've been going back and forth between this and the X794 on Crutchfield. Think I'm going the x794 route..but this definitely is a **** head unit

ctmaudi
10-15-2010, 05:59 AM
I ended up with the x794 as well, only because of the 5 line screen and it was open box for $180 shipped with all install stuff.

No Room IV Boom
10-17-2010, 12:34 AM
Great choice with the x794 i just got mine too..

MrSplorDie
10-18-2010, 08:53 PM
I ended up with the x794 as well, only because of the 5 line screen and it was open box for $180 shipped with all install stuff.

how is the eq? Its a nice radio but Im looking for a radio with more than a 3-band eq

ctmaudi
10-18-2010, 11:41 PM
Cali to Ohio UPS ground ***** ***. Wont get the HU or my speakers till Thursday :(

It has time alignment, and some other usefull stuff Ive never got to try out before, which is mainly why it was considered.

ctmaudi
10-22-2010, 03:18 AM
Got it hooked up, it has a 5 band custom eq, time alignment, lets you pick what type of car and what size speakers, and a crap load of other stuff Im forgetting to mention that Ive never had in a HU before. So far I love it.

BlactimusCrime
10-22-2010, 03:22 AM
Kenwood is the Shiz bro, i almost refuse to run any other brand HU