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faddii
09-25-2012, 03:29 PM
I posses an alpine CDA-7949 tha I want to hook up to my car but at the same time I found a deal for a *Demo* alpine CDA-9887 + Imprint + installation for $210 out of the door. I am Debating between the two here and the deal i was offered. Please advice!

Flex68
09-25-2012, 03:33 PM
Take the great deal on the 9887, fo sho.
Sell the 7949 and gets a bit of $$ back.

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faddii
09-25-2012, 04:22 PM
I will be using my Ipod Touch for all of my music. Would there be a difference between the sound quality coming off both? a lot of reviews compare the CDA-7949 just below the alpine F1 line.

groundpound4200
09-25-2012, 04:33 PM
The 9887 is a very solid unit. I had one for years and loved it.

Flex68
09-25-2012, 04:41 PM
I will be using my Ipod Touch for all of my music. Would there be a difference between the sound quality coming off both? a lot of reviews compare the CDA-7949 just below the alpine F1 line.

Honestly, I don't know the answer....just know that is quite a sweet deal on the 9887! It is a very solid HU, esp for going active.

Jdm94Coupe
09-25-2012, 04:47 PM
Alpine 9887 was the best radio I ever had. The SQ was GREAT. It was good for my ipod too, but I prefer Audio Cd's for the SQ.

faddii
09-25-2012, 04:50 PM
Thanks peeps. Looks like I will be gearing for the 9887. From what I found out is that I have one year warranty from the date of installation even though it is a demo model.

Jroo
09-25-2012, 04:58 PM
This would be the old vs. new question. Out of the gate and no processing, the 7949 should sound better. How much better, who knows. Remember the 7949 was considered a pretty close to the flagship model at the time. This is also when many say alpine put out their best sounding and cleanest voltage decks. It is going to be hard to be all the processing that you are getting with the 9887 and that is a newer deck.

faddii
09-25-2012, 05:19 PM
I have tested out the CDA-7949 and it plays original cd fantastic, the sound quality is pure. It can play certain CD-R but I ride low so I want to avoid cds and use ipod instead. It is tough to decide specially knowing the 9887 is also one of the tops hehe. My mind going yes and no.

Shinju
09-25-2012, 06:44 PM
7949 is dated and probably not going to be able to be repaired due to Alpine not really supporting legacy units much anymore. Also you cannot play alot of CD-r's on it and Also it will not play MP3 data. The 7949 was a great unit back in the day but the 9887 blows it away in every aspect.

The 9887 is the LAST true SQ unit Alpine will make single din wise the 117 is ok but you need imprint to make it 3 way active. The 9887 does not, Also the 9887 has high speed burr brown DAC's in it.

9887 is a solid unit if you want an all inclusive deck and personally it is still better then the new Pioneer deck and I have listend to both.

I currently run the 9886 with the PXA-h800 processor and c-800 controller.


Go with the 9887 and sell off the 7949 to an Alpine collector!

TheUnderFighter
09-25-2012, 06:47 PM
I posses an alpine CDA-7949 tha I want to hook up to my car but at the same time I found a deal for a *Demo* alpine CDA-9887 + Imprint + installation for $210 out of the door. I am Debating between the two here and the deal i was offered. Please advice!

That is an absolutely KILLER deal on the 9887. It's not uncommon to see those go used ALONE for that price, no to mention the imprint and install. Do it. Sell your 7949.

whitedragon551
09-25-2012, 07:09 PM
Thats a $300+ deal there you got yourself. A beat up 9887 goes for $200 shipped and the Imprint $100+.

faddii
09-25-2012, 08:18 PM
I appreciate all the feedback. How much would you guys think the CDA-7949 goes for nowadays. Everything works even the blackout mode and the hidden reset button :D

faddii
09-26-2012, 02:44 PM
alright guys I walked away from this deal. I discovered that although it is advertized as cda-9887 with imprint, it does not come with the module, they just implied that it is imprint ready. The imprint module is sold separate. Second, they want to charge $50 extra for installation although the deal was advertized "$210 installed" + they want $40 for kit + $12 for antenna + $20 harness which came out to a total of $350 :S

The $210 price was just for the head unit alone.

groundpound4200
09-26-2012, 02:48 PM
Or you could install it yourself for about $30 and have about $240 into it.

faddii
09-26-2012, 02:58 PM
I just dont like to deal like that. I didnt want to deal with them any longer. I counter offered everything for $250, did not buy that. Gave me an offer with a condition, $300 for everything and if there is a problem they will charge me the $50 :)....I walked away then. I could probably just buy the unit its self :S

nateberrier
09-26-2012, 03:25 PM
Still not a bad deal on the deck but no reason to give lying salespeople money. Find another one. I will say with my disk ipod I can hear noise in my 9887, but the sound is the best, sounds warmer than most pioneers or other decks ive run

faddii
09-26-2012, 04:18 PM
nateberrier are you running the ai-net to rca cable??

whitemax
10-14-2012, 01:23 PM
I'm actually still running the 7949. I'm using it with a processor. Both my changer & HU have fiberoptic connections going to the processor. I'm able to use my iPhone with it as well. The 7949 is limited in its functions compared to today's HU's, but I'm ok with that.

I also have a few units put away which include a 7998, 9887, Eclipse CD8455, and a CD7000. Even though I have these units, I still prefer the old combination.

J31Rob
10-14-2012, 01:35 PM
Take the great deal on the 9887, fo sho.
Sell the 7949 and gets a bit of $$ back.

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