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MonkeyBizIU1859
07-19-2004, 04:17 PM
Okay, so I've narrowed down my system to exactly what I'm going to buy. Except, I can't decide on a head unit. Here's what I'm thinking about:

Eclipse CD5444
Pioneer Premiere DEH-P960MP or DEH-P860MP (I've heard bad things about the motors in the 960 breaking, so I'm a little wary)
Alpine CDA9827 (God only knows it's the only decent looking HU in the bunch... When will they realize that flourescent green looks like carp?)

Any thoughts? And if you have another suggestion, keep it reasonable along with the prices on these.

3.5Max6spd
07-19-2004, 04:26 PM
i favor the 5v Eclipse......a true 5v unit and it packs all the features the 8v line does
and the most important- preamp ouputs have low 55ohm impedance- sets this unit apart from all others you mentioned- very clean ,musical HU

squeak9798
07-19-2004, 05:19 PM
IMO the Alpine 9827 isn't in the same league as the other HU's you mentioned.....if you did want to go Alpine, you would probably need to jump up to the 9831-35 models.

Also, I had a Pioneer Premier DEH-P840MP, which is almost exactly the same cosmetically as the new P960 (with the fold-down silver face and hidden OEL display), and I have never had one problem with the faceplate breaking/jamming. It has given me ~2.5yrs of solid service without one hitch.

I would go with the DEH-P960 personally also.

denim
07-22-2004, 04:49 PM
this is a close one for me, but I am going to give to Eclipse

denim
07-22-2004, 05:12 PM
moving to HU

ngsm13
07-22-2004, 05:21 PM
I've owned all three companies.....and well, my vote definitely goes to the eclipse. Much better potential...great HU...also if installed by professional it's a 3 year warranty. peace

NG

NoiseViolator
07-22-2004, 11:03 PM
I purchased the panasonic cq-c9800u off crutchfield and if u dont go with eclipse and have a lot of money to put into your system then this head unit is pretty much the best one to get.It has virtually no distortion .01 thd . its 60 x 4 rms which is unheard of.it uses digital am/fm and changes frequency so u get no interference from other channels.moving images on the face plate which is nice for passengers.9 band equalizer.use low pass filter to make rears a subwoofer.This unit is awesome and it sounds crystal clear even on my stock speakers.I'll be upgrading to 6 3/4 or 6 x 9 speakers for my rear deck probably polks with 2 way crossovers.

If you live at home or make a lot of money i recommend the 9800u.

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-22-2004, 11:38 PM
buy a 4 yr warranty with the PIONEER. Took my deck 10 days to get fixed. Cuz the output thing went all gay. But now im bumpin again.

6spdcoupe
07-23-2004, 12:19 AM
Hands down..Eclipse. I wouldnt even compare. The memory stick feature also makes it alot easier for the general person to adjust settings. No need to examine a small screen.....

Adding on to the comment of the three year warranty..dont forget the 1yr theft replacement too. =)

--Don

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 12:22 AM
eclipse is ulgy *** ****. looks cheap as JVC.

6spdcoupe
07-23-2004, 12:25 AM
eclipse is ulgy *** ****. looks cheap as JVC.

O well that settles it I guess...It looks ugly to YOU, so it must not be a good choice....

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 12:28 AM
**** yes. u *****. Looks like a CHEAP POS. *****es dont like CHEAP.

Randy Savage
07-23-2004, 12:31 AM
They should make people like superman get parental consent before conducting any online activity.

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 12:41 AM
yea u wanna be my daddy? u ****ing **** head.

ngsm13
07-23-2004, 12:54 AM
yea u wanna be my daddy? u ****ing **** head.

wtf is ur problem douche bag?!?!?! please don't talk anymore...i'm sorry i ever helped ur ***...

NG

Randy Savage
07-23-2004, 12:55 AM
yea u wanna be my daddy? u ****ing **** head.

No, I'd be ashamed to have a chunky 16 year old assclown.

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 12:57 AM
can i be ur assclown?

the_flatlander
07-23-2004, 01:16 AM
They should make people like superman get parental consent before conducting any online activity. that is going to have to be sigged :cool:

CP400M
07-23-2004, 01:34 AM
that is going to have to be sigged :cool:
lol :handclap:

3.5Max6spd
07-23-2004, 06:47 AM
Superman needs to lower those POS Pioneer 4 ways a bit.......

JLCivic
07-23-2004, 09:56 AM
Get the Eclipse.

MonkeyBizIU1859
07-23-2004, 07:19 PM
Hey! Calm down children.

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 07:28 PM
Superman needs to lower those POS Pioneer 4 ways a bit.......


wow u wanna bump against me? Lets see whats better.

DBfan187
07-23-2004, 07:37 PM
wow u wanna bump against me? Lets see whats better.me>YOU


;)


I couldn't figure out the 3 lines in your sig, so I listened to Drowning Pool - Step Up, BINGO - got it now:D

CP400M
07-23-2004, 07:43 PM
me>YOU



I think you need to add superman to your list :spank:

DBfan187
07-23-2004, 08:03 PM
I think you need to add superman to your list :spank:
There's not enough room for his big ***;)

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 08:49 PM
no ****... 6'3 265 cant fit in that. lemme flex for you *****es. So you can see my muscles. (arnold voice).

Drowning pool has some good ****. *RUNS TO TRUCK TO GET CD*.

jemorgan85
07-23-2004, 09:54 PM
They should make people like superman get parental consent before conducting any online activity.

Or a standard intelligence questionairre.

Anyway, I would take the Premier 960...... But I should be getting the Premier 860 by next Wednesday. I'll write a review on it if that helps.

slick316
07-23-2004, 10:12 PM
i'd take the pioneer, more features.
next would be the eclipse, then the alpine (but the alpine doesnt belong, a 9835 looks better on that list).

BIG_SUPERMAN72
07-23-2004, 10:32 PM
i'd take the pioneer, more features.
next would be the eclipse, then the alpine (but the alpine doesnt belong, a 9835 looks better on that list).


This guy thinks like me. Im not tryin to say eclipse is total ****. But i prefer pioneer and alpine over it. I dont like the tiny control knobs on the eclipse and alpines. I dont like gay faggish red and purple lights all over my H/us. Alpine has good bold look to their h/u's. Eclipse is for ******s who wanna look cool with red interior glow.

slick316
07-23-2004, 11:51 PM
i'm not placing the eclipse second because i favor pioneer, the eclipse in question is a 5444 and the pioneer is 960mp or whatever, totally different decks, if the eclipse was the 8454, then the pioneer would be dethroned at the top spot.

Randy Savage
07-24-2004, 12:10 AM
no ****... 6'3 265 cant fit in that. lemme flex for you *****es. So you can see my muscles. (arnold voice).

Drowning pool has some good ****. *RUNS TO TRUCK TO GET CD*.

You're what...16? That means you're fat...since working out at 16 won't do all that much...

Just admit it...you're a fatty...

3.5Max6spd
07-24-2004, 04:42 PM
This guy thinks like me. Im not tryin to say eclipse is total ****. But i prefer pioneer and alpine over it. I dont like the tiny control knobs on the eclipse and alpines. I dont like gay faggish red and purple lights all over my H/us. Alpine has good bold look to their h/u's. Eclipse is for ******s who wanna look cool with red interior glow.

you are such a tool....you can select green illumination on the Eclipse buttons to match other interiors

Clearly the poosie in this thread is you....the only bish crying about cosmetics- Your idiocy clearly would lead others to look into the Eclipse, since your posts offer nothing but personal preference, sounding more like jealousy......Its obvious you prefer flying dolphins across your display :*******:

Some people prefer spending their $$$ on a deck that actually sounds better than all the decks out there that sound the same-

E- thugin is for poosies.....I know people like you - you are one of those softies that walks into a room, looks at people in the face with watery eyes.....then sits at home behind a computer screen online try'n to act big 'n shyt-

MonkeyBizIU1859
07-24-2004, 08:52 PM
Chill out! ****, why y'all have to be hatin' like that? It's just someone's opinion.

Anyway, I've heard all three, and here's what I decided. The Alpine is right out. Doesn't even compare to the other two. Their top end stuff does, but IMHO, doesn't look so hot. The Eclipse sounds the best out of the bunch by far, but it has WAY more features than I'll ever use, and looks pretty plain for my tastes. The Pioneer sounds really good, has useful features, and looks really good to boot. So, I'm going with the Pioneer. Flame me if you must, but it's MY OPINION.