View Full Version : What brand should i look into for a new head unit??

07-29-2011, 02:06 PM
Just thinking about which one to get but i don't really know what to look for or which head units are good quality any information would be helpful

07-29-2011, 02:12 PM
my JVC has been solid as a rock. i bought it used 3-4 years ago and it has never gave me any problems. pioneers are good too, if you look past the pico fuse issue.

07-29-2011, 02:12 PM
Personally id only go Eclipse or Apline. I did have a panasonic DD dvd unit that was decent. only others id consider would be pioneer or kenwood excelon series. Some like JVC.

ALso would help to know what you all want to get out of it. Subs down the line, interiors or do you just want it for features, etc

07-29-2011, 02:14 PM
pioneer!! i have the avic z3 and its sickk has gps and built in hard drive

07-29-2011, 02:17 PM
I like my JVC it is very usefull for adjusting lows and mids.

07-29-2011, 02:18 PM
love my eclipse, alpines are good. my next might be a JVC double din or i will go back to an alpine

07-29-2011, 02:18 PM
Big Money = Pioneer Avic series
Low Money = Clarion

Depends on how many Bells and Whistles you are looking for.

Bassin Buick
07-29-2011, 02:20 PM
Al-muthafukkin-pine! CDA-9855

07-29-2011, 02:20 PM
my JVC is a single din flip out. my buddy has a same-era pioneer flip out and his motor function for the flip out doesn't work. i don't know how relevant that is, just wanted to point that out. otherwise both work flawlessly.

07-29-2011, 02:34 PM
yeah i mean i have a JVC kdr-620 got it from crutchfield with everything i needed for 130 shipped. it has usb and front and rear aux. Love every bit of it

Reddish Neck
07-29-2011, 02:39 PM
I had a JVC sterio amplifier and speakers that are 30 years old and still rocking but the head unit that I got off of Crutchfeild didnt have a good user interface, other than that JVC lasts forever.

07-29-2011, 02:54 PM
I am currently running a pioneer and it works great, but for some reason i find myself missing my old JVC headunit. Solid units that never give any problems.

07-29-2011, 07:39 PM
I've had pioneers and alpines for the last 12 years. Pretty much ever since i was able to drive. Minus a Clarion and 2 kenwoods back in h.s.

Sub Woofin
07-29-2011, 07:51 PM
my faves:

07-29-2011, 07:54 PM
alpines IMO = good, but pricey
kenwoods = only excelon series
eclipse = great overall units.
pioneers = prefer only their higher end.
i myself own a Pioneer MVH p8200. its a single din lcd. i like it, but theres things i wish it had that my kenwood had.
ive never ran JVC.
these are just my opinions of course.

07-30-2011, 01:06 AM
The question should be, what features do you want?

Pioneer has gone to the waste side but for the P99.
Double din to double the new Clarions over the Pioneers.

But like I, and a few others have said, what features are you after?

08-01-2011, 02:26 AM
there are so many brands in head units. choose the right one is difficult.

08-02-2011, 01:04 AM
pioneer or alpine, jvc???? umm nooope!

08-02-2011, 01:05 AM
not if you narrow down the good brands :eyebrow:

there are so many brands in head units. choose the right one is difficult.

08-02-2011, 01:10 AM
pioneer or alpine, jvc???? umm nooope!

what would you suggest then...

08-02-2011, 01:26 AM
Depends on what you want to use it for, and how much you want to spend.

johnny hitswell
08-02-2011, 01:36 AM
Loves My alpine!!

08-02-2011, 04:54 AM
A lot of companies have gone, what seems to be the cheap route lately, but to a point that could play in your favor. A lot of options for little price. I was just repeating the words of a local installer about Pioneer going to the waste side. But as luck would have it, he just installed a NIB Pioneer HU, whatever their top of the line model is this year, but right out of the box he had to ground the RCAs to rid the system of engine whine. He said it's been happening a lot w/only their Pioneer HU's.

Clarion might not be at the top of peoples list, but they ought to be. Good quality and a ton of features, the only down side is they don't offer a very tunable HU in the way of EQ/xover options.

I've never been a Kenwood fan but they might be worth looking at. Alpine as well might be worth a gander.

But tell us your goals, limits......

08-02-2011, 05:07 AM
Alpine or high end pioneer imo I currently hav a alpine cda117 and it aint gave me no ish yet and it sounds great on my my alpine components..

08-03-2011, 12:37 AM
Not jvc

what would you suggest then...

08-18-2011, 11:29 PM
Jvc ***** , mine lasted 3 months so i took it back and exchanged for a alpine and ive had it for several years and sevseral cars and trucks with no issue yet.
Alpine all the way.

08-18-2011, 11:33 PM
I never see anyone throwing around Panasonic. They are one of my favs, good budget HUs.

08-18-2011, 11:37 PM
eclipse if u can find is great
Alpine is good
Kenwood is good
Pioneer is good
jvc is good
clarion is good

08-19-2011, 01:51 AM
I've had problems with Sony's in the past, and Eclipses too.

My best experience has been with Pioneer, I've had everything from my current one in my truck from the early 90's still works great, and one from a couple years ago, I think overall I've had 5 Pioneers.

But also have no complaints about Kenwood, Alpine or Clarion

08-23-2011, 10:59 PM
If you are looking for a DD head unit, I can recommend a KENWOOD DNX-6180!!

08-24-2011, 05:08 AM
If you are looking for a DD head unit, I can recommend a KENWOOD DNX-6180!!

And a weeks worth of time, 24/7 to figure out the UI.

08-25-2011, 10:18 PM
I'm also interested in getting a new headunit to replace my stock one. Pretty much I want it to be clean and easy to read, I want the sound to be good and to be able to use my ipod and mp3 cds with it. If that helps :D

09-02-2011, 07:11 PM
I just bought a pioneer avh-p4300dvd and it seems to work great. Only had it a few days but I like it a lot.