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axeten
11-19-2010, 11:09 PM
Hey guys.
Just wondering if anyone has had any of these decks and if there is one that has better sound quality than the others?

Kenwood KIV-BT900
Pioneer DEH-P9800BT
Eclipse CD5030
Alpine CDA-9887

Has anyone had problems with these? or are there others around the same price that are better?

sobe3yourself.
11-19-2010, 11:11 PM
ive always had good times with jvc decks

Buck
11-19-2010, 11:15 PM
I have a 9887, not a big SQ guy, but it's got built in parametric/graphic eq's and time alignment. And all of it is so easy to use.

axeten
11-20-2010, 01:42 AM
ive always had good times with jvc decks

I've see a fair few people on here have JVC decks. I've never owned one and neither does anyone i know. Have you had eclipse, alpine, pioneer decks in the past? Is the JVC as good for sound?


I have a 9887, not a big SQ guy, but it's got built in parametric/graphic eq's and time alignment. And all of it is so easy to use.

Thats sounds good, i heard some of the new alpines were a bit of a pain to navigate. I just bought the IXA-W404 alpine but want something a bit more for sound and dont really care about the screen or anything.

Keep your opinions coming :)

Sarthos
11-20-2010, 02:43 AM
I'm not particularly familiar with the 5030, but Eclipse decks tend to be awesome.

Do you just want sound quality? Only asking cause I noticed two decks you were looking at are bluetooth, not sure if you really want bluetooth or not

SpeedEuphoria
11-20-2010, 02:58 AM
the CDA-9887 is supposed to be a nice head unit SQ wise, and can run active

whitedragon551
11-20-2010, 03:04 AM
9887 and the Eclipse are the two best on that HU list. Id put the 9887 over the Eclipse simply because the 9887 is better than the Eclipse CD7000/CD7100 and those are a step above the CD5030.

Sarthos
11-20-2010, 03:15 AM
Eclipse CD7200 mk II CD MP3 In Dash Receiver Brand New - eBay (item 160508767390 end time Nov-26-10 13:43:59 PST) (http://cgi.ebay.com/Eclipse-CD7200-mk-II-CD-MP3-Dash-Receiver-Brand-New-/160508767390?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item255f116c9e)

If nobody else bids on it and you won with the starting bid, it'd be a better deck for the same approx money :)

axeten
11-20-2010, 04:35 AM
Eclipse CD7200 mk II CD MP3 In Dash Receiver Brand New - eBay (item 160508767390 end time Nov-26-10 13:43:59 PST) (http://cgi.ebay.com/Eclipse-CD7200-mk-II-CD-MP3-Dash-Receiver-Brand-New-/160508767390?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item255f116c9e)

If nobody else bids on it and you won with the starting bid, it'd be a better deck for the same approx money :)

I'm in Australia so no go. Thanks though :)

*SlappinAzz*
11-20-2010, 04:36 AM
Hey guys.
Just wondering if anyone has had any of these decks and if there is one that has better sound quality than the others?

Kenwood KIV-BT900
Pioneer DEH-P9800BT
Eclipse CD5030
Alpine CDA-9887

Has anyone had problems with these? or are there others around the same price that are better?

id get kenwood or eclipse

Magnus
11-20-2010, 04:38 AM
Kenwood for the win.

*SlappinAzz*
11-20-2010, 04:39 AM
Kenwood for the win.

id rather **** my own d1ck than get a kenwood.

Magnus
11-20-2010, 04:40 AM
id rather **** my own d1ck than get a kenwood.

you naughty boy you.

axeten
11-20-2010, 04:59 AM
Don't just be sayin a brand cause you like em. Lookin for people that have tried these decks before :)

Bluetooth would be handy. Alpine needs an adapter so i'll have to see. I'll have to read up on running active, i thought it was more splitting the channels on your amp to run seperate parts of a component set of speakers but i guess i need to learn more. Will have to find a thread explain the head unit side of things.

My last eclipse deck shattered all the other decks i owned in sound but that was 5 or so years ago.

Hmmm decisions....

*SlappinAzz*
11-20-2010, 05:09 AM
Don't just be sayin a brand cause you like em. Lookin for people that have tried these decks before :)

Bluetooth would be handy. Alpine needs an adapter so i'll have to see. I'll have to read up on running active, i thought it was more splitting the channels on your amp to run seperate parts of a component set of speakers but i guess i need to learn more. Will have to find a thread explain the head unit side of things.

My last eclipse deck shattered all the other decks i owned in sound but that was 5 or so years ago.

Hmmm decisions....

get a kenwood excelon, youll be happy. I run the 494, its sounds great. But any headunit should be accompanied by a 2 or 4 channel external amp

axeten
11-20-2010, 07:24 AM
get a kenwood excelon, youll be happy. I run the 494, its sounds great. But any headunit should be accompanied by a 2 or 4 channel external amp

The x994 looks good and has bluetooth for only $300. Is the KIV-BT900 i listed above an older model? it doesnt seem to be in their main lineup on kenwoods site. I'm guessing the 994 is better if its a later model.

Yeah i got other bits....

Alpine PDXF4 (4x100RMS)
Alpine Type X reference 6.5" components
Alpine PDX-M6 (600RMS mono)
JL 13TW5 13 inch slim sub

Will get the Type X pro's and move the ref's to the rear in a few weeks when the bank (and wife) allows :)

whitedragon551
11-20-2010, 08:27 AM
Eclipse CD7200 mk II CD MP3 In Dash Receiver Brand New - eBay (item 160508767390 end time Nov-26-10 13:43:59 PST) (http://cgi.ebay.com/Eclipse-CD7200-mk-II-CD-MP3-Dash-Receiver-Brand-New-/160508767390?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item255f116c9e)

If nobody else bids on it and you won with the starting bid, it'd be a better deck for the same approx money :)

Those are very sought after decks. There will be more than 1 person bidding. I would never buy a high ticket item like that from someone with no feedback as well.


Don't just be sayin a brand cause you like em. Lookin for people that have tried these decks before :)

Bluetooth would be handy. Alpine needs an adapter so i'll have to see. I'll have to read up on running active, i thought it was more splitting the channels on your amp to run seperate parts of a component set of speakers but i guess i need to learn more. Will have to find a thread explain the head unit side of things.

My last eclipse deck shattered all the other decks i owned in sound but that was 5 or so years ago.

Hmmm decisions....

Ive used the Alpine and the upper end Eclipse CD7000. The CD7000 was a great deck. Only reason I went to the 9887 was because I wanted to try something else. I like the 9887 better. It feels more sturdy than the CD7000 did.

*SlappinAzz*
11-20-2010, 02:26 PM
The x994 looks good and has bluetooth for only $300. Is the KIV-BT900 i listed above an older model? it doesnt seem to be in their main lineup on kenwoods site. I'm guessing the 994 is better if its a later model.

Yeah i got other bits....

Alpine PDXF4 (4x100RMS)
Alpine Type X reference 6.5" components
Alpine PDX-M6 (600RMS mono)
JL 13TW5 13 inch slim sub

Will get the Type X pro's and move the ref's to the rear in a few weeks when the bank (and wife) allows :)


Id definetely get that, thats what im lookin to get in the future.

axeten
12-01-2010, 07:38 AM
Ok i put my IXA-W404 up for sale so will look at a new unit now. If i were to go double din, can you still get ones that sound as good as the single din units listed in this thread? I like the idea of a big screen and stuff but the low voltage pre outs and from what i've heard lower qualityt sound output has put me off double dins in the past. Plus the alpine i have is poo for changing songs on a usb drive.

Sorry to open the questions up again but what would you recommend for a double din under $500? And would you recommend getting a double over a single din unit?

Vossy
12-01-2010, 08:00 AM
There's not too many good double dins out there, I'd go with the 87

axeten
12-01-2010, 08:04 AM
There's not too many good double dins out there, I'd go with the 87

What brand is the 87.
To lower the potential numbers down. I cant have a full screen one. (Must have buttons for volume track etc). This is because it sits up high on my dash and the sun shines onto it so a touch screen unit i wont be able to see very well. Built in bluetooth would also be nice.

axeten
12-05-2010, 09:25 AM
Ok i'm stickin with single din. Can be bothered looking for a double now.

Just wondering if it worth the extra $150-$200 to get the P800 or P880 pioneer head units with the auto eq and auto time alignment?
Any opinions on these?

So far i'm down to the Pioneer 9800BT, Alpine 9887, and the Pioneer DEH-P800PRS or P880PRS (not sure on the difference yet). These all have the 24 bit Burr brown D/A converters which everyone raves about. So the Kenwood is out at the moment.

Out of the list above, are any better than others as far as navigating a USB hard drive full of music goes?
Is the auto eq a worthy feature on the PRS models?

Sorry for all the questions guys, But i just bought my SPX-pro alpines and the mono for the sub so the last thing i need now is a decent deck.

axeten
12-05-2010, 09:35 AM
I just read a thread on here about the 9887 vs the P880/P800's and the prices for the Pioneers were lower than the alpine. Anyone know where i could buy a Pioneer from that ships to Australia? Only place i've seen them so far is on woofersetc site for $549 vs the $329 for the 9887? Can you get the Pioneers for around $300 somewhere else?

Oh, the Alpine doesnt play USB standard. Need to spend another $150 on an adapter....... Looks like the alpines out to then

Dammit, The pioneer PRS models dont have USB either

Ok, now its looking like the Pioneer DEH-P9800BT which has USB in(EDIT: Read it wrong, no USB on this one either), burr brown DAC's Bluetooth standard. Also back in the mix is the 7200 and 5030 from eclipse.
The Alpine CDA-117 has burr browns still and USB compared to the 9887, is it worse though? dont hear many people mention this model.

ejschultz
12-05-2010, 09:47 AM
The Pioneers seem to have jumped up in price recently because they're no longer in production. I love my 800PRS BTW. I'm running a 9855 in my Jeep, which is pretty much an earlier model of the 9887 (minus a 24-bit DAC and plus an external DC-DC converter). I've got a Kenwood Excelon 693 in my GFs PT Cruiser and that's a pretty nice budget HU. One of my buddies runs the new Kenwood Excelon 994 and that's pretty nice too. It's basically a new 693 plus bluetooth. I've played around with my fair share of 9887s and they seem to be a pretty solid HU as well.

axeten
12-05-2010, 10:02 AM
The Pioneers seem to have jumped up in price recently because they're no longer in production. I love my 800PRS BTW. I'm running a 9855 in my Jeep, which is pretty much an earlier model of the 9887 (minus a 24-bit DAC and plus an external DC-DC converter). I've got a Kenwood Excelon 693 in my GFs PT Cruiser and that's a pretty nice budget HU. One of my buddies runs the new Kenwood Excelon 994 and that's pretty nice too. It's basically a new 693 plus bluetooth. I've played around with my fair share of 9887s and they seem to be a pretty solid HU as well.

Thanks for your input. Though the 9887 and pioneers (800 and 880) are out of the list now as i need USB input. Any thoughts on the CDA-117?
This is all getting too hard. I might just get the eclipse since i've always had them and had good luck with them and they both have bluetooth and USB

ejschultz
12-05-2010, 10:39 AM
From my understanding the 117 is pretty much the replacement for the 9887. It may offer a few different or possibly less features, but I think it's pretty much identical. Obviously, USB is one of it's benefits over the 9887.

axeten
12-05-2010, 10:51 AM
From my understanding the 117 is pretty much the replacement for the 9887. It may offer a few different or possibly less features, but I think it's pretty much identical. Obviously, USB is one of it's benefits over the 9887.

Yeah thats what i thought. I could get the 117 plus the imprint for what i can buy an eclipse for. And then just sort out bluetooth later on. The only thing that worries me about the Alpine is the banking when you turn the unit on each time. On my W404 it takes ages and you can skip songs or anything while its banking the songs into its memory. Would be fine if it only did it once but it does it every time you start the car (when the unit been off)

oxsign
12-05-2010, 11:47 AM
I had good luck with my 980, but if you can get your hands on an 880 or even an 860 you'd do well.

Techmaster05
12-05-2010, 12:06 PM
I always trust the pioneer decks. Very good. I love my DEH-5100UB, the tuning settings are amazing.

axeten
12-05-2010, 04:15 PM
Read some more on the pioneer 9800bt..... No USB either :(
And the Alpines all do the banking rubbish. Takes about 10 minutes for the amount of songs i have.........

Eclipse is starting to look like the go i think. And i'll add The Kenwood Excelon X994 back to the list since it has USB.
The JVC arsenal KD-A815 has burr browns and USB in so that might be good too

whitedragon551
12-05-2010, 04:24 PM
What do you need USB for may I ask? It may be useless depending on what you need it for.

Ive had an Eclipse CD7000 and switched to my 9887. I loved both decks. The CD7000 had a more pure sound. The 9887 sounds more warm and adds some coloring to the sound, but I like it. The 9887 has more features.

dumple
12-05-2010, 04:29 PM
My cd5030

axeten
12-05-2010, 06:36 PM
What do you need USB for may I ask? It may be useless depending on what you need it for.

Ive had an Eclipse CD7000 and switched to my 9887. I loved both decks. The CD7000 had a more pure sound. The 9887 sounds more warm and adds some coloring to the sound, but I like it. The 9887 has more features.

I want USB so i can have my music on my hard drive. I have an alpine now but unless they change the banking feature i wont be getting another one.

whitedragon551
12-05-2010, 07:00 PM
I want USB so i can have my music on my hard drive. I have an alpine now but unless they change the banking feature i wont be getting another one.

The P880/P800 PRS has a USB module. You can also look at the Eclipse CD7100 or 5100.

Amazon.com: NEW ECLIPSE CD5100 CAR CD/MP3/USB RECEIVER w/NAVIGATION: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/NEW-ECLIPSE-CD5100-RECEIVER-NAVIGATION/dp/tech-data/B001FYJM2W/ref=de_a_smtd)

axeten
12-06-2010, 12:55 AM
The P880/P800 PRS has a USB module. You can also look at the Eclipse CD7100 or 5100.

Amazon.com: NEW ECLIPSE CD5100 CAR CD/MP3/USB RECEIVER w/NAVIGATION: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/NEW-ECLIPSE-CD5100-RECEIVER-NAVIGATION/dp/tech-data/B001FYJM2W/ref=de_a_smtd)

I love the look and features of the PRS models but at $549 plus another $109 for the USB module its goin to be too expensive. Is the 7200 eclipse no good? Lots of people seem to mention the 7100 over the 7200?

CL1CKCLACK
12-06-2010, 01:05 AM
i love my pioneer 980bt, and ive had kenwoods, and alpines. but would take this over those any day

axeten
12-06-2010, 01:47 AM
;7382311']i love my pioneer 980bt, and ive had kenwoods, and alpines. but would take this over those any day

Again, No USB connection which doesnt help.....
I think i will go with eclipse again. Probably the 5030 or the 7200 mkII since they have USB, vluetooth and i know the sound quality will be great. I need to find out where to buy the MEI-100 microphone for auto tuning. Cant find any on ebay

axeten
12-06-2010, 02:59 AM
Great,

Woofersetc site that i have been looking at have a bunch of decks listed but in the small print say not available. This means the 7200 eclipse and the pioneer PRS models are all out. Dont want alpine cause of the banking feature. Pioneer doesnt have USB in. The JVC has burr browns, bluetooth and USB in but i have never seen/dealt with JVC so i dont know......
Other option is get the 5100 eclipse and miss out on bluetooth.

Does anyone know any sites that have the 7200 eclipse or the PRS pioneer models in stock or is it just ebay/amazon for them now?

whitedragon551
12-06-2010, 03:15 AM
I love the look and features of the PRS models but at $549 plus another $109 for the USB module its goin to be too expensive. Is the 7200 eclipse no good? Lots of people seem to mention the 7100 over the 7200?

Its a great unit. The 7200 is just a dead head meaning it has no internal amp which means no speakers unless you have a 4 channel hooked up.


Again, No USB connection which doesnt help.....
I think i will go with eclipse again. Probably the 5030 or the 7200 mkII since they have USB, vluetooth and i know the sound quality will be great. I need to find out where to buy the MEI-100 microphone for auto tuning. Cant find any on ebay

You will have a terrible time getting the mic. Took me 8+ months to find one. Numerous people wanted to buy it for well over what they retailed for and I kept it anyways. I sold it with the HU because they are that hard to find. Even United Radio and Mito, Eclipse North American parts supplies, dont have access to those parts anymore which makes it even harder now.

axeten
12-06-2010, 03:57 AM
This is awesome....... Why are there no head units that have all the features i want..... It seems that al the brands are just making cheap stuff now or the real top end (P99RS) and nothing in between.
I'll keep reading and searching and come up to some conclusion i guess.

*SlappinAzz*
12-06-2010, 04:23 AM
This is awesome....... Why are there no head units that have all the features i want..... It seems that al the brands are just making cheap stuff now or the real top end (P99RS) and nothing in between.
I'll keep reading and searching and come up to some conclusion i guess.

why not this? Ive heard nothing but good reviews on it.

Amazon.com: Kenwood KDC-X994 eXcelon In-Dash CD Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-KDC-X994-eXcelon-Receiver-Bluetooth/dp/B003A4JNIS)

axeten
12-06-2010, 04:38 AM
Thats actually the one i was just looking at again. I took it out of the list since the others had burr brown DAC's which are supposed to be the best but this still has 24 bit converters so should be ok. The JVC looks good except it has a tiny screen. So this might have to be the one.

*SlappinAzz*
12-06-2010, 04:44 AM
Thats actually the one i was just looking at again. I took it out of the list since the others had burr brown DAC's which are supposed to be the best but this still has 24 bit converters so should be ok. The JVC looks good except it has a tiny screen. So this might have to be the one.

I think you will be happy. Just get some nice 4 or 2 channels to go with it.

axeten
12-06-2010, 05:37 AM
I think you will be happy. Just get some nice 4 or 2 channels to go with it.

Yeah i got a PDX.F4 running Type x pro (front) and type x reference (rear) components and a PDX.M6 for the JL 13TW5.

*SlappinAzz*
12-06-2010, 05:45 AM
Yeah i got a PDX.F4 running Type x pro (front) and type x reference (rear) components and a PDX.M6 for the JL 13TW5.

nice, how do the type x's sound?

axeten
12-06-2010, 06:37 AM
nice, how do the type x's sound?

The Refernce sound good. Only ordered the pro's and the monoblock for the sub two days ago so havent heard them yet. They are supposed to be awesome though so cant wait till its all together

whitedragon551
12-06-2010, 07:00 AM
This is awesome...... Why are there no head units that have all the features i want..... It seems that al the brands are just making cheap stuff now or the real top end (P99RS) and nothing in between.
I'll keep reading and searching and come up to some conclusion i guess.

You dont need the mic to do T/A on the Eclipse. Its actually rather easy. You just measure, follow an equation to get a baseline, and adjust from there to fit your hearing.

axeten
12-23-2010, 10:11 AM
Well i bought the Kenwood X994 for now.

I'll sell my Alp0ine once it arrives and start saving some money for a high end deck.

Has anyone heard if there are any good single DIN units coming out soon around the $500-$600. All the brands seem to make units up to about $300 and then up from there it jumps over $1000 for a mcintosh or Pioneer P99 or similar.

Nothing in between coming in the near future?
I'd love to see a new version of the Pioneer P800 / P880 unit :)

infamous_e46
12-23-2010, 10:15 AM
http://www.caraudio.com/forums/car-audio-classifieds/498749-premier-deh410ub-4v-preouts-cheap.html



:fyi:

axeten
12-23-2010, 10:38 AM
http://www.caraudio.com/forums/car-audio-classifieds/498749-premier-deh410ub-4v-preouts-cheap.html



:fyi:

Na, Only looking at new for later on

whitedragon551
12-23-2010, 10:52 AM
Well i bought the Kenwood X994 for now.

I'll sell my Alp0ine once it arrives and start saving some money for a high end deck.

Has anyone heard if there are any good single DIN units coming out soon around the $500-$600. All the brands seem to make units up to about $300 and then up from there it jumps over $1000 for a mcintosh or Pioneer P99 or similar.

Nothing in between coming in the near future?
I'd love to see a new version of the Pioneer P800 / P880 unit :)

There is the Eclipse CD7200 MKii. Its a dead head, but fits between the budget if you can find one. For $300 though you can get a nice old school Nakamichi, Alpine 9887, P880/P800, Eclipse CD7000, JVC KD AR-8500, even old school Eclipse CD8053.

axeten
12-23-2010, 11:48 AM
There is the Eclipse CD7200 MKii. Its a dead head, but fits between the budget if you can find one. For $300 though you can get a nice old school Nakamichi, Alpine 9887, P880/P800, Eclipse CD7000, JVC KD AR-8500, even old school Eclipse CD8053.

Yeah the 7200 is what i wanted but couldnt find any. I was looking at pretty much all the decks you mentioned on woofers etc and then noticed that they all said "out of stock" in little letters :(
I'm in Australia so has to be online where i can find one and i want new, not second hand.
You dont know any decent online stores that still have these do you?

whitedragon551
12-23-2010, 11:52 AM
Yeah the 7200 is what i wanted but couldnt find any. I was looking at pretty much all the decks you mentioned on woofers etc and then noticed that they all said "out of stock" in little letters :(
I'm in Australia so has to be online where i can find one and i want new, not second hand.
You dont know any decent online stores that still have these do you?

Almost all of them have been discontinued. But it doesnt say they are out of stock. Id give them a call. The 7200MKii is out of stock.

CDA-9887 - Alpine CD/MP3/WMA/AAC In-Dash Receiver (http://www.woofersetc.com/p5756/CDA9887--Alpine-CD-MP3-WMA-AAC-InDash-Receiver.htm)
DEH-P880PRS - Pioneer Premier MP3/WMA/AAC Receiver (http://www.woofersetc.com/p4306/DEHP880PRS--Pioneer-Premier-MP3-WMA-AAC-Receiver.htm)
DEH-P800PRS - Pioneer Premier CD Receiver with High Quality Audio (http://www.woofersetc.com/p6464/DEHP800PRS--Pioneer-Premier-CD-Receiver-with-High-Quality-Audio.htm)
CD500 - Nakamichi Sound Quality AM/FM/CD/MP3 Player (http://www.woofersetc.com/p4674/CD500--Nakamichi-Sound-Quality-AM-FM-CD-MP3-Player.htm)

axeten
12-23-2010, 12:32 PM
Almost all of them have been discontinued. But it doesnt say they are out of stock. Id give them a call. The 7200MKii is out of stock.

CDA-9887 - Alpine CD/MP3/WMA/AAC In-Dash Receiver (http://www.woofersetc.com/p5756/CDA9887--Alpine-CD-MP3-WMA-AAC-InDash-Receiver.htm)
DEH-P880PRS - Pioneer Premier MP3/WMA/AAC Receiver (http://www.woofersetc.com/p4306/DEHP880PRS--Pioneer-Premier-MP3-WMA-AAC-Receiver.htm)
DEH-P800PRS - Pioneer Premier CD Receiver with High Quality Audio (http://www.woofersetc.com/p6464/DEHP800PRS--Pioneer-Premier-CD-Receiver-with-High-Quality-Audio.htm)
CD500 - Nakamichi Sound Quality AM/FM/CD/MP3 Player (http://www.woofersetc.com/p4674/CD500--Nakamichi-Sound-Quality-AM-FM-CD-MP3-Player.htm)

Yeah all gone except the nakamichi (and i have been hearing this has cd drive problems). I emailed them a few weeks back when i started looking :(

KMS
01-02-2011, 04:37 AM
Whatever you do don't buy a Kenwood x693/x993. You'll be sorry you did. Massive glare on the screen in the daylight and the face will cut off on you at some point and rarely turn back on or never.

azphat12
01-02-2011, 05:25 AM
I have the Alpine CDA 9887, and it is pretty nice.

Good SQ, and tons of settings. The settings are not hard to navigate either if you take the time to read the manual (omg...I said read a manual)

Also, you can turn off the stereo wattage and use total amp power. Cleans up the signal some from my experience.
You can do the Alpine Imprint from Crutchfield. I didnt, but they offer a setup where you put down $50, use it, then send it back. Or something like that.

I am able to setup the crossover/eq settings and really do not use the crossover on my amps at all. Just have to take the time to set it up properly.

It also has 4v preout / front, rear, sub pre outs / and subwoofer controls. Acts like a bass knob built in.

axeten
01-04-2011, 07:31 AM
I have the Alpine CDA 9887, and it is pretty nice.

Good SQ, and tons of settings. The settings are not hard to navigate either if you take the time to read the manual (omg...I said read a manual)

Also, you can turn off the stereo wattage and use total amp power. Cleans up the signal some from my experience.
You can do the Alpine Imprint from Crutchfield. I didnt, but they offer a setup where you put down $50, use it, then send it back. Or something like that.

I am able to setup the crossover/eq settings and really do not use the crossover on my amps at all. Just have to take the time to set it up properly.

It also has 4v preout / front, rear, sub pre outs / and subwoofer controls. Acts like a bass knob built in.

Yeah no USB in though. And if i add the USB adapter it will do the banking thing my Alpine now does which is the reason its out of the car after only 3 weeks.

I will keep an eye out for a 7200 MK II or a 5030. Hopefully one pops up somewhere. Untill then the Kenwood x994 should be here this week. We'll see how that goes.