View Full Version : Lookin For A New HU [ NOT Sony ]

07-09-2004, 11:08 PM
Hey everyone, I currently have the Sony CDX-F7005X (http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=13732) HU and Im looking for a new one...
Mainly cuz Ive heard that Sony isnt a very good brand for HUs, and my only 2 HUs have been Sony, so I have nothing to compare it to...

For my new HU

I need...
Sub pre-outs @ at least 2 volts
Aux pre-outs/mode
wav, mp3, CD-R/(w) playback
At least ~22 rms for the 4 amps to the speakers
High pass, low pass tuners
A removeable faceplate / other theft detering system
It to be under $250
CD Text enabled
DIN : 1 to 1 and 3/4s
Something like sonys DSO feature to raise the trebble
Id like...
An equalizer like Sonys built in one (7 band)
XM Ready Feature
Some type of anti-skip technology if applicable (I drive a Wrangler and like my CDs playin while off-roadin)
Something thatll last in semi-harsh conditons. It needs to be very durable, as I drive with the top down alot, and its exposed to dust alot.
It to be under $350

Any suggestions, links, PMs, emails or whatever will be greatly appriciated! My system specs can be found in my sig. :)
Thanks in advance!

07-09-2004, 11:19 PM
I've always had good luck with Alpine MP3 units...

I have a 7894 now, about 2 years old, still is solid. I'd bet the newer ones are just as good.

07-10-2004, 12:56 AM
I would either go with a Pioneer Premier p860mp or an Alpine 9833 or 9835 if your going to buy from ebay prices.

07-10-2004, 01:21 AM
sounds like u need an alpine. the 9833 would be a great choice. same thing as the top of the line 9835 alpine unit but without some extra fancy display nik naks.

http://search.ebay.com/9833_Alpine_W0QQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoent rypageZsearchQQcopagenumZ1QQfromZR2QQsacategoryZ39 750QQsbrsrtZlQQsosortorderZ1QQsosortpropertyZ3QQso trZ2

07-10-2004, 01:25 AM
i have an alpine 7995 and i love it i would definatlly recommend alpine

B&R Innovation2
07-10-2004, 01:42 AM
Dont go kenwood for reliablity. But I drive my nakamichi in an hugeass ram full ton thats about 8 inches off the ground with mudders and it doesnt skip a beat...been doing it for years.

07-10-2004, 02:19 AM
I have had many kenwoods and I love only a few of them. But to get the nice ones they are big dollars. So are most other good units lol. But I have a excelon x711 and I love the thing does everything I want but play mp3 but the hu is about 3-4 yrs old and about 5 months ago I just wanted a mp3 player and picked up a decent 1 for around 200 and I hate it. It is so plain jane its fine for factory use with no subs but when u want more out of it, theres nothing to it. The excelon has so many eq features and other things on it. But I have had eclipse and alpines and I get the same feeling from them as well that u pay alot but no features really to get your sound with out adding on extra items like a eq etc. I am selling my excelon deck due to the fact of new first child born on tuesday and I am out of the car stereo hobby now. if your interested hit me up I let it go cheap and I know that you would love it as well. But stay away from sony hu's there like that mp-522 kenwood I just got nothing good to say about them.

07-10-2004, 08:30 AM
I would look at Eclipse or Alpine, maybe Pioneer. Sony makes horrible products, I've had a couple Sony decks, one being the top of the line sony hu before the xplod line came out that they ran in all their comp vehicles, and they broke... Along with most every other Sony product I've ever owned (a lot). Kenwood Excelons have nice features, but I've had problems with them, one just stopped putting out sound, and on the other, the face stopped flipping over and it would not turn on. I run a Nakamichi HU as well, but it lacks MP3 playback, and has no built in crossovers, and really has no audio adjustments other than bass, mid, treble, although the Nakamichi doesn't need a bunch of adjustments to produce awesome sound.

I love my Nakamichi, great sound (20-bit DAC), great design, it looks stock in my dash, so almost nobody would want to steal it, 2 inputs, 3 outputs, with simple easy to use controls. I think they got the right idea, although most seem to want something flashier.

07-10-2004, 02:21 PM
he might be talking about the chassis lift :)

07-10-2004, 02:26 PM
I agree the nakamichi are very nice units that no one would want to steel looking into your car but thats 1 thing i didnt like they look so plain, but it worth it from the sound quality you get..

07-10-2004, 04:23 PM
Yup, Eclipse or Nak would be my only choices. There is ahuge difference in sq between a cd player built to hit a price point and have a fancy display and one that is built to sound good.

07-10-2004, 05:27 PM
i have an alpine 7995 and i love it i would definatlly recommend alpine

The 7995 is definitily a nice hu :)

07-11-2004, 11:31 AM
So it looks like ill be getting a 9833 or 9835 - 2 of my friends have alpines, and they've always worked nicley. Thanks for the replies! On a side note...Does anyone know how prone to skipping alpines are? My sonys skipped alot, over speed bumps, gravel, etc...Alpine any different, or is this something that should be expected?

bass maniak
07-11-2004, 12:05 PM
plan on selling your old deck?
i have some friends that are looking for decks

07-11-2004, 12:56 PM
Search around on eBay for a Sony cdx-c910 or cdx-c90. I kow, you don't want Sony, but these were awesome HU's back in the day, and still are better than most that are on the market now.

If you want something new, get a good Alpine or the Clarion DRZ9255, it doesn't do XM, but you can use it for Sirius with the optional tuner.

07-11-2004, 01:29 PM
I used to have a Sony CDX-c910 back in the day. It was an awesome HU, until it broke... Half of the sub output stopped working, which made it really hard to figure out what was wrong. Everything else worked, somebody out there is still running it.

07-22-2004, 04:41 AM
my stepdad has been running the same old green colored alpine since i was like 10, im now 19 ... alpine is just bad-effin-ace. great looks and features also ... mmmm blue and silver/chrome ..... fap fap fap

07-22-2004, 05:28 PM
Eclipse 5 series something

07-22-2004, 06:15 PM
moving to HU

07-22-2004, 06:16 PM
moving to HU
I beat you to it;)

07-22-2004, 06:48 PM
I like Pioneer myself my dads old Deh-p 505 is still working and it was made in 92' its in my moms car right now so ill buy nothing else than Pioneer (my opinion).

07-27-2004, 03:18 PM
Get a nak or eclipse.

07-27-2004, 05:37 PM
I can get you an eclipse 5423 NIB for 250.00, great deck

08-03-2004, 09:45 PM
Get an alpine they rock i love mine.

08-04-2004, 03:29 AM
If you have the money look into the eclipse 8454 or 8053?