View Full Version : Single Din Digital media player and .5 eq
07-18-2012, 09:40 AM
I'm looking to get a new system for my car since mine is stolen.
I don't use CDs, ever, never have. So the best choice for my would be the digital media player. All I'll use is an iPod/iPhone and possible a hard drive in the future.
I'm looking to spend a maximum of $300
My current choice is the kenwood KIV 701
Im also looking for a good EQ for about $50
07-18-2012, 04:25 PM
It depends what all features you want. For example, for the same price as the KIV-701, you can buy Kenwood's best single-DIN head unit, the Excelon KDC-X996. You get HD Radio, Bluetooth, Pandora without the use of the KIV-701's goofy adapter cable, Android app, better sound and EQ controls, etc. Yes, the X996 has a CD player behind the face, but just because it is there doesn't mean that you have to use it! If you were paying less for a media-player-only device then sure, by all means go for it. But I'd rather have all the features I just mentioned than a color screen, especially for $300, which is Pioneer 80PRS territory.
Plus, at $300, you say you want a single-DIN, but at $300 you're just about at double-DIN territory, for the DDX319 and DDX419. If you're already choosing the KIV-701 over the KDC-X996 because of the color screen, you might as well step up and get a real-sized color screen.
07-18-2012, 04:38 PM
There's no room for double din.
If I could just have my head unit to be a speaker with an AUX input that would be perfect for me.
I don't want blue tooth, I dont want pandora, none of that extra crap. I just want to play my iPod, and thats it.
It's not for the color screen, or any of that. My car ligh color is an orange/red with a black/gray interior so I want to match that.
I want best SQ, and most simplistic controls and look to it. It would b cool to hook up a backup camera to it, but if you can recommend me one that's better please do!
07-18-2012, 04:53 PM
if you want just an aux for your ipod or what ever.then my alpine cda 9855 would be perfect ,its also a 3 way active hu ,no pandora or bluetooth stuff either
07-18-2012, 08:43 PM
Well I would like good SQ, sleek look(like I said) and color changing to match my interior
07-18-2012, 08:50 PM
Alpine CDA-9855 CD receiver with MP3 / WMA playback at Crutchfield.com (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Akf2ilpRRO7/p_500CDA9855/Alpine-CDA-9855.html#details-tab)
07-19-2012, 09:36 AM
I can get better and closer to what I'm looking for somewhere else, thanks
07-21-2012, 08:55 AM
Any other opinions?
To refine what I'm looking for:
I want something sleek and without many features. If I could I would want I a speaker with an AUX cable. I want good SQ. I never use CDs so that feels like a waste to me. The Digital media player is good, especially since a backup camera would be cool. I am not using Bluetooth, pandora, android, or anything of the likes. So good quality with low features.
07-21-2012, 12:06 PM
That digital media player is the cheapest that you're going to get for a video monitor in a single DIN deck; actual screens aren't that common in single DIN units. So if you want a backup camera, that's your best bet. You could just get any of the cheapest decks from Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, Sony, JVC, or Pioneer as they're all equally good. I'd recommend a 30-pin instead of a simple AUX because of a few reasons:
-control of the ipod/iphone through the head unit
-Line out instead of the headphone jack, which means that the volume, equalizer, and amplifier of the iphone are all bypassed
-Charges your ipod/iphone when plugged in
Also, if you get a headunit that's at least $130 at Crutchfield, you get free installation equipment, so you gain additional features for free pretty much. Otherwise, here are a few good-sounding headunits from Amazon:
07-21-2012, 12:11 PM
I don't want to control the songs from the HU, I only want to use the iPhone for it
I also don't care if it's somewhat expensive.. It can be a bit over $300