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kbkid
11-11-2004, 10:19 PM
I am looking for a decent headunit. I don't really know much about them, so I am going to leave it up to you guys to choose which one is best for me. My only concerns are:

Has to be able to play Mp3s
I want it to have a fold down face so I can insert the CD behind the face plate
I would like to be able to change the color if possible.
Having the motorized face would be a plus but not a must.
I want to stay under $300 and not buying from ebay.

I'm not sure about all the outputs and stuff. So I will leave it up to you guys.

kbkid
11-11-2004, 11:07 PM
Bump...

kbkid
11-12-2004, 08:07 AM
Anyone?

JLCivic
11-12-2004, 04:58 PM
http://www.cardomain.com/item/CLADXZ845MC

Take a look at that one. It fits your criteria.

kbkid
11-12-2004, 05:30 PM
I was recommended to get the Pioneer DEH860. It is a little over 300 but is it really worth it?

6spdcoupe
11-12-2004, 05:34 PM
Eclipse CD3434. Not at all fancy, but a great bang for the buck and they typically run about $299. That is unless your local dealer may have some sort of sale.

--Don

tRiGgEr
11-12-2004, 05:38 PM
I have a Kenwood KDC-MP922

It plays Mp3, Self hiding motorized face, Green or red button ilumination. Great HU. $200.00 + shipping.

kbkid
11-12-2004, 05:49 PM
Are the Kenwood HUs any good? I like their KDC-MP925. But does it have good features that I should be looking for in a HU? Or would the Pioneer DEH860 be a whole lot better?

S0CalS0L
11-12-2004, 06:53 PM
Eclipse CD3434. Not at all fancy, but a great bang for the buck and they typically run about $299. That is unless your local dealer may have some sort of sale.

--Don

I second the 3434. Have one myself and it has been great ever since i got it (about 8 months ago). Great sounding unit, plays MP3s, very fast motor (motorized face). Doesn't have a removable face though and cant change illumination colors, but other than that it's great for the price. $340 installed at good guys.

Sachmo12345
11-12-2004, 07:09 PM
dude ebay is the **** its so much cheaper

kbkid
11-12-2004, 07:42 PM
I don't like e-bay unless I come across a really really must have deal.

3.5Max6spd
11-12-2004, 07:58 PM
I second the Eclipse 3434, my brother has it its very clean and forum member EbonyIsland just had his put in 2 weeks ago and loves it- the HU just piles on the volume without an iota of distortion- I really dig the SVC function on that deck, you can adjust the volume on each source, particularly CDs(CD-R/MP3 recordings) to bring up the clarity of their playing volume/recording- its weird, but it works so well

Oh, and Eclipse OWNS JOO ALL when it comes to playing scratched CD's, half my CDs feel like sandpaper, and my deck has never once skipped

DBfan187
11-12-2004, 08:05 PM
I second the Eclipse 3434, my brother has it its very clean and forum member EbonyIsland just had his put in 2 weeks ago and loves it- the HU just piles on the volume without an iota of distortion- I really dig the SVC function on that deck, you can adjust the volume on each source, particularly CDs(CD-R/MP3 recordings) to bring up the clarity of their playing volume/recording- its weird, but it works so well

Oh, and Eclipse OWNS JOO ALL when it comes to playing scratched CD's, half my CDs feel like sandpaper, and my deck has never once skipped
x2 on everything. I just installed my 3434. I love it.:silly:

kbkid
11-12-2004, 08:27 PM
For some reason I can't find the Clarion 3434 anywhere online. Does anyone have a link?

iceteebone
11-12-2004, 08:29 PM
I was recommended to get the Pioneer DEH860. It is a little over 300 but is it really worth it?


yes. it will do just about everything you think a headunit can do and then some

kbkid
11-12-2004, 08:33 PM
But I mean is it really worth the $330 and do I really need all of the features that the headunit has? I mean it has all of these bells and whistles and I have no clue what some of them are so I was thinking maybe I didn't need them. All of the Clarion headunits look really plain to me, but thats my opinion.

DBfan187
11-12-2004, 08:37 PM
For some reason I can't find the Clarion 3434 anywhere online. Does anyone have a link?
You mean Eclipse CD3434.;)

iceteebone
11-12-2004, 08:41 PM
But I mean is it really worth the $330 and do I really need all of the features that the headunit has? I mean it has all of these bells and whistles and I have no clue what some of them are so I was thinking maybe I didn't need them. All of the Clarion headunits look really plain to me, but thats my opinion.


yes it is worth $330. it's up to you wether you need them are not. maybe consider a 7600 or 6600

kbkid
11-12-2004, 09:10 PM
Ohhhh... Its an Eclipse, no wonder why I couldn't find a Clarion 3434. lol

kbkid
11-13-2004, 12:20 PM
Ok so out of the following headunits which one is the best for the price and features?

Pioneer DEH-P860MP (http://www.ikesound.com/product-product_id/2108)
Kenwood KDC-MP925 (http://www.allcarstereo.com/product.php?id_product=473&num=72)
Alpine CDA-9833 (http://thewholesalematrix.zoovy.com/product/ALPCDA9833?meta=dealtime-ALPCDA9833)
Or the Eclipse 3434 (which I have yet to find forsale on an online shop)

kbkid
11-13-2004, 02:47 PM
Anyone?

JimJ
11-13-2004, 02:58 PM
i'm a fan of Alpine decks...always worked well for me.

IMO, I'd check out the Alpine and Eclipse side by side.

kbkid
11-13-2004, 03:26 PM
You mean compare their features and stuff or go and actually see and feel how they work because I have no local dealer that sells Eclipse around here.

kbkid
11-13-2004, 07:37 PM
Ok. Out of the Pioneer, Alpine and Kenwood which is the best? Since I cannot buy the Eclipse online, I have to scratch it off.

iceteebone
11-13-2004, 07:40 PM
Ok. Out of the Pioneer, Alpine and Kenwood which is the best? Since I cannot buy the Eclipse online, I have to scratch it off.


my vote goes for the pioneer. that deck has so many features and is easy to use and has a clean faceplate and not a lot of clutter on it. also has nice graphics just for kicks. the alpine comes in second for me. kenwood would be last. i've had nothing but problems with kenwood.

S0CalS0L
11-13-2004, 07:59 PM
If you live near a good guys, you can buy the eclipse there. They're an authorized dealer and sell the 3434 for $340 with free installation.

DBfan187
11-13-2004, 08:05 PM
You mean compare their features and stuff or go and actually see and feel how they work because I have no local dealer that sells Eclipse around here.
http://attr-search.ebay.com/eclipse_Car-Audio-In-Dash-Units__W0QQa10244ZQ2d24QQa14ZQ2d24QQa31298ZQ2d24QQ alistZa31298Q2ca14Q2ca10244Q2ca3801QQbsZSearchQQca trefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcop agenumZ1QQfromZR2QQgcsZ1547QQpf_queryZeclipseQQpfi dZ1907QQsacategoryZ48602QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZpfQQs osortorderZ2QQsosortpropertyZ2QQsotrZ2

6spdcoupe
11-13-2004, 08:11 PM
http://attr-search.ebay.com/eclipse_Car-Audio-In-Dash-Units__W0QQa10244ZQ2d24QQa14ZQ2d24QQa31298ZQ2d24QQ alistZa31298Q2ca14Q2ca10244Q2ca3801QQbsZSearchQQca trefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcop agenumZ1QQfromZR2QQgcsZ1547QQpf_queryZeclipseQQpfi dZ1907QQsacategoryZ48602QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZpfQQs osortorderZ2QQsosortpropertyZ2QQsotrZ2


Funny thing is the one that I saw on there was still $299 plus $22 in shipping...End result is paying the same amount and having Absolutely No warranty or theft coverage.

--Don

6spdcoupe
11-13-2004, 08:13 PM
Ok. Out of the Pioneer, Alpine and Kenwood which is the best? Since I cannot buy the Eclipse online, I have to scratch it off.

Unless your shopping Crutchfield, Alpine is also restricted from online sales. Although I must admit if I wasnt in the business and didnt desire the products that I use, I could def trust them.

--Don

kbkid
11-13-2004, 08:22 PM
I am leaning towards the Pioneer myself only because it has so many features but is it really worth the whole entire $335? I mean that is a lot of money to spend of just a heaunit.

iceteebone
11-13-2004, 08:50 PM
I am leaning towards the Pioneer myself only because it has so many features but is it really worth the whole entire $335? I mean that is a lot of money to spend of just a heaunit.


it depends on wether you will use any of the features. look into maybe getting a pioneer 7600. i went from a pioneer premier 750 to a pioneer 8600, and it was well worth the upgrade.

kbkid
11-13-2004, 09:39 PM
What kind of difference is the 860 compared to the 7600? What kind of features does it have that I may not use?

Professor Fate
11-14-2004, 04:43 PM
Premier has been the leader in HU's for the past, I don't know how many years. People say the plane hard working style of Eclipes, clarion, etc is the way to go, but Premier gives you the same reliability, plus endless options, and all the bells and whistles. It also plays mp3, wave and WMA. unbeatable. and stop being a putzs and buy it of ebay. their the best deals. you can get the p960mp for $380 shipped. retail for $650+. thats the best deck out right now for under $1000. Reserch it for your self.

6spdcoupe
11-14-2004, 05:41 PM
Premier has been the leader in HU's for the past, I don't know how many years. People say the plane hard working style of Eclipes, clarion, etc is the way to go, but Premier gives you the same reliability, plus endless options, and all the bells and whistles. It also plays mp3, wave and WMA. unbeatable. and stop being a putzs and buy it of ebay. their the best deals. you can get the p960mp for $380 shipped. retail for $650+. thats the best deck out right now for under $1000. Reserch it for your self.

Again Ebay would leave you without a warranty.

Professor Fate
11-14-2004, 06:22 PM
Again Ebay would leave you without a warranty.

I got a 1 year on my p960mp from Audio savers.

siddle
11-14-2004, 07:07 PM
eclipse is one of the cleanest decks out there they dont display power ratings like 50x4..like pioneer and sony and kenwood.... the performance speaks for itself I have an 8443 8volt eclipse and wouldnt trade it for anything...... and when you by a head unit and your hooking up subs get one with atleast a 4volt output to the subs... get an eclipse that is just my opinion

kbkid
11-14-2004, 07:14 PM
What kind of features does the Pioneer 860 have that the Eclipse headunit doesnt have. They are both around the same price so I am not sure.

iceteebone
11-14-2004, 09:37 PM
What kind of difference is the 860 compared to the 7600? What kind of features does it have that I may not use?


the 7600 has i believe a 3 band eq copared to a 13 band in the 8600. it also doesn't have time alignment, position selector, and you can't adjust the slope on your front, rear and sub. you also can't adjust the front and rear speakers seperately. also the 7600 doesn't have auto eq, or digital bbe. in my opinion it's worth it to step up to the 8600 over the 7600.

kbkid
11-14-2004, 09:49 PM
I am not talking about the regular Pioneer, I am talking about the Pioneer Premier DEH-860MP. I am not sure if there is a difference between the regular Pioneer and the Premier but I just wanted to clarify that.

Which would be better, the Pioneer Premier 860 or the Eclipse 3434?

Also how is the Pioneer Premier DEH-P8MP?

iceteebone
11-14-2004, 09:51 PM
I am not talking about the regular Pioneer, I am talking about the Pioneer Premier DEH-860MP. I am not sure if there is a difference between the regular Pioneer and the Premier but I just wanted to clarify that.

Which would be better, the Pioneer Premier 860 or the Eclipse 3434?

Also how is the Pioneer Premier DEH-P8MP?


absolutely no difference between the premier and regular. the only thing is the premier has 6 volt rcas and the regular pioneers have 4 volt rcas. only difference.

6spdcoupe
11-15-2004, 12:45 AM
I got a 1 year on my p960mp from Audio savers.

And thats a warranty Only from that particualr company Not from Pioneer. So if the company goes anywhere so does your warranty. Not to mention the primary difference with Premier is the TWO year warranty.

6spdcoupe
11-15-2004, 12:46 AM
absolutely no difference between the premier and regular. the only thing is the premier has 6 volt rcas and the regular pioneers have 4 volt rcas. only difference.

Actually depends on the level of the HU. For the 860 Yes. Each one has seperate although Extremely minimal differences. Main factor and reason for buying Premier is the 2 year warranty rather than the generic Pioneer one year. That alone is enough difference for the general consumer.

--Don

Randy Savage
11-15-2004, 01:04 AM
Thought it was 3 year?

On another note, I wouldn't say the 860 is the best deck under $1000...

6spdcoupe
11-15-2004, 01:07 AM
Thought it was 3 year?

On another note, I wouldn't say the 860 is the best deck under $1000...

No sir, only 2. Eclipse is the Only company that gives three years.

I would DEFINATELY agree with that

kbkid
11-15-2004, 07:58 AM
So which one would you guys take? The Pioneer 860, Alpine 9833, or the Eclipse 3434? They all seem like they have good features and they all seem to be around the same price. So which one is better?

6spdcoupe
11-15-2004, 09:36 AM
The 3434

3.5Max6spd
11-15-2004, 11:15 AM
I got a 1 year on my p960mp from Audio savers.

buahahaha....

iceteebone
11-15-2004, 01:43 PM
everybody is talking about not getting a factory warranty from eclipse buying it online, but crutchfield is the only online dealer for alpine and i believe pioneer as well because i know sounddomain and thezeb are not authorized. i also think that the pioneer does not authorize any online sales of the premier series.

6spdcoupe
11-15-2004, 01:54 PM
everybody is talking about not getting a factory warranty from eclipse buying it online, but crutchfield is the only online dealer for alpine and i believe pioneer as well because i know sounddomain and thezeb are not authorized. i also think that the pioneer does not authorize any online sales of the premier series.

That is correct. Premier is a restricted line.

--Don

Alpine2005
11-15-2004, 07:04 PM
i would go with the DEH-P860MP

kbkid
11-15-2004, 07:25 PM
Where is the cheapest place to buy the Pioneer 860 besides e-bay?

iceteebone
11-15-2004, 08:02 PM
you can get it for like $340 at sounddomain. go to dealtime.com and you can find it for like $315 and sounddomain will give you a discount and end up selling it for $340. also look at thezeb.com or ikesound.com

kbkid
11-15-2004, 09:32 PM
Ok. It looks like Ikesound has the cheapest price for a Pioneer Premier DEH-860MP which is going to set me back $335. That is alot of money to spend on a headunit if you ask me. What would you guys say is the best headunit for UNDER $300 is? I do not want to buy off of e-bay. Sorry to keep going back and forth but over $300 is alot of money to spend a on headunit.

iceteebone
11-15-2004, 09:43 PM
Ok. It looks like Ikesound has the cheapest price for a Pioneer Premier DEH-860MP which is going to set me back $335. That is alot of money to spend on a headunit if you ask me. What would you guys say is the best headunit for UNDER $300 is? I do not want to buy off of e-bay. Sorry to keep going back and forth but over $300 is alot of money to spend a on headunit.


look into the 760 then.

kbkid
11-15-2004, 09:49 PM
Does it still have most of the features the 860 has? I mean if it is a big drastic change or am I just missing a few gizmos I don't really need? If it is some major differences then I might fork out that amount. I am just making sure I am not paying for something I will not use.

iceteebone
11-15-2004, 10:12 PM
Does it still have most of the features the 860 has? I mean if it is a big drastic change or am I just missing a few gizmos I don't really need? If it is some major differences then I might fork out that amount. I am just making sure I am not paying for something I will not use.


i use to have a 750 which is last years version of the 760 and went to the 8600 and i'm glad i did it. you go from like a 3 band eq to a 13 band eq. better sub controls. you can control the slope on you sub crossover. you can adjust the front and rear speakers seperately. having different crossover points, slopes, and levels on your front and rear speakers. the 860 also has time alignment and auto eq and position selctor. all these features come with the 860 that the 760 doesn't have. i went from a 750 to an 8600 and don't regret it at all.