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KuNgFuDeViL
10-04-2004, 01:40 AM
I just bought a new 2005 Impreza 2.5 RS and have not bought a new CD player since I got the one I had that is 4 or 5 years old. The sounds ***** in the new car and I decided I should start out with a head unit so I can put my old sub and amp in to cover me until I get new speakers. Since I have not bought any new car audio equipment for the past few years I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what would be the best head unit for me to purchase under $250. I don't really want to spend much more than that since I am still in school and making payments now. Anything suggestions for a unit from 150-250 would be helpful. Doesn't matter to me if it plays MP3 or WMA files, don't download music too much anymore. Manufacturers I would be interested in looking at would be Pioneer, Sony, Panasonic and perhaps Dual. Not too interested in JVC, Kenwood, Alpine, Aiwa or Clarion. Just advice on what is the best in the range. Thanks

Forty-Ouncer
10-06-2004, 10:32 AM
go to www.etronics.com
and search there within your price range, you can get a sick pioneer for cheap. Ive had good experiances with them. Sound quality is way up there.

heres a good one
http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=piodehp760mp

req
10-06-2004, 11:25 AM
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-IkQWsqJBJDr/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?i=500CDA9827&cc=01&search=9827

apline CDA 9827 - $260 with 3 year warranty free shipping and all wireing\install\ harnesses + free instructions for your particular vehicle. no "genaric" install equipment with the "break tab 1 and insert tab 3b into slot z"

is a great HU and looks good too.

`pr0digy
10-06-2004, 11:58 AM
Look on ebay for the earlier (non '04) Alpines. I got my CDA-9815 (almost the same as the CDA 9835), for a really good price.

3.5Max6spd
10-06-2004, 01:58 PM
Eclipse 3404,3414,3424......best SQ out of the box in that price range IMHO

waNtsumBuMP
10-16-2004, 09:49 PM
i have a CDA-9827, and i love it... i love the fact of how i can change every little sound that i play from it.. I think it is a great bang for the buck!!

JLCivic
10-16-2004, 10:47 PM
Eclipse 3404,3414,3424......best SQ out of the box in that price range IMHO

x2

JLCivic
10-16-2004, 10:49 PM
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-IkQWsqJBJDr/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?i=500CDA9827&cc=01&search=9827

apline CDA 9827 - $260 with 3 year warranty free shipping and all wireing\install\ harnesses + free instructions for your particular vehicle. no "genaric" install equipment with the "break tab 1 and insert tab 3b into slot z"

is a great HU and looks good too.
Where do you see that you get a 3 year warranty on alpine head units? I believe their warranty is 1 year(and crutchfield lists the warranty as 1 year).

AFAIK, the only manufacturer that offers a 3 year factory warranty on head units is Eclipse.

ridnlow135
10-18-2004, 01:29 AM
Another vote for the alpine 9827

indosia
10-18-2004, 03:03 AM
you want a nice head unit for 200. I got an alpine cda-7977 . Same colors as 9827 It was 500 brand new. It's just a preamp/cd player. It' sittin in my closet scince i wrecked my rx7

ighettoboyi
10-18-2004, 03:09 AM
cda 9830 240bucks

lilgator
03-18-2005, 11:07 PM
I got the alpine cda-9827 from circuit city for $175 installed. 3 pre-outs @ 4Volts each.

VoTran24
03-18-2005, 11:21 PM
Look on ebay for the earlier (non '04) Alpines. I got my CDA-9815 (almost the same as the CDA 9835), for a really good price.

I got the 9815 and im thinking about selling it. I just want to just go back to a simple deck that has a simple bass and treble adjustment. This deck has too many controls that I dont really care about...send me a pm with an offer if you are interested.

GRANDV
03-19-2005, 01:51 AM
Try the clarion DXZ 825 or 925 from ikesound.com

6spdcoupe
03-19-2005, 02:51 AM
Eclipse 3404,3414,3424......best SQ out of the box in that price range IMHO


One step further...5405,5415 or 5425 ;)

BTW Manny Im gonna go play with your 8445 :D

3.5Max6spd
03-19-2005, 09:21 AM
One step further...5405,5415 or 5425 ;)

BTW Manny Im gonna go play with your 8445 :D

ownage by an old thread :p:

1200mk
03-19-2005, 02:39 PM
9833 from crutchfield.... with my $20 referral discount

$280 shipped! actually 279.99

forbidden
03-19-2005, 03:12 PM
Forget the e-tailers. Buy a Eclipse CD5415 / CD5425 or a stretch to the CD5435 from an authorized dealer. (not sure about US pricing, 3.5max6spd can fill this in for you) Eclipse is a simple easy to use very very good sq cd player. It is not designed to be a light show or have some dude snowboarding across the screen, just good sound and the best warranty there is.
www.eclipse-web.com

Chris02NeonSXT
03-19-2005, 03:49 PM
It is not designed to be a light show or have some dude snowboarding across the screen

I'd have to disagree with the way the 05 models look.

3.5Max6spd
03-19-2005, 10:45 PM
I'd have to disagree with the way the 05 models look.

I just put in the 8455....the display is NOT what you see on the eclipse site pics(race car or what not-its not even a preset graphic)- you can download whatever you want onto the screen, or chose to not have graphics at all- the format is very simple as last years line when playing CD's or radio, and the screen much bigger, the data much brighter and fluid, Its actually at the same level of the Alpine 9835/9855 format- Although the rotary knobs aren't rubber tipped, the new knobs are much more responsive volumewise and accurate-its a sick deck- and the 10band parametric is awesome. It gets my 2 thumbs up, improvement on last years great line IMO

edvurd
03-22-2005, 11:01 PM
I got my 860mp refurb off ebay for $265 shipped. Works great so far.

micah
03-25-2005, 02:12 PM
http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=pancqc8401u

hands down imo

drgthang
03-25-2005, 04:47 PM
Why do you believe this Panasonic is hands down best?

micah
03-25-2005, 05:20 PM
cause i own it and its awesome lol

just my opinion :)

2 aux inputs
three 5v preamps f/r/s
23 x 4 rms/ 60 x 4 peak
4 angle tilt on face
bass and treble controls -12 to +12db in 2db step
7 band eq 60/160/400/1k/3k/6k/16k -12db to +12db in 2db step
high pass crossover 90-225Hz, 5Hz step
low pass crossover 60-160Hz, 5Hz step
plays mp3/wma/cdr/cdrw
xm ready
seperate subwoofer controls
if you have no subwoofer then you can set the subwoofer controls to the rear speakers
it looks cool, has lots of visual options(animations/still images/eq/folder trees for mp3/text info)
you can dl a program from there site to make your own still images/animations, burn it to a cd then upload it to cd player

it just has a hell of alot of options and crystal clear sound, all for 214+shipping from the link i posted.

mattmcss
03-26-2005, 12:31 PM
i've got an eclipse CD5423 for sale for 150 , perfect condition not a scratch on it , let me know

woofersus
03-28-2005, 10:51 PM
Why are you selling the 5423? I could possibly be interested...