View Full Version : Cheapest H/U

01-12-2005, 11:27 PM
ok so heres what i need. its for a 2000 VW Beetle, and needs to have an output for a sub amp and an auxillary input so i can plug in an i-pod using RCA's, a cd player with disc slot, and must cheap as possible, but last long. suggestions?

01-13-2005, 12:16 AM

01-13-2005, 12:17 AM
low end Pioneer with an IP-bus converter?

01-13-2005, 01:29 PM
That wouldn't be cheap considering the price of the ip-bus for aux in + connections for ipod.

Check out my clarion DXZ835mp in the car audio classifieds. Or go to crutchfield and get a new one. For the money its the best h/u with aux input at $199 from crutchfield. I'm selling mine for $150 shipped. It has 3 preouts, one of them a mono for teh sub. All 4.5v and also has aux input so all u gotta do is plug an RCA to mini stereo jack to the ipod headphone output. Has sub volume control button on the face too which comes in handy. I can't live without that feature now. [email protected] if u interested. or www.crutchfield.com for new one

If you really want something cool for your ipod check out the ipod alpine. It controls the ipods functions on the face of the deck so you don't have to push buttons on your ipod. However that's not cheap =)

edit: On a side note, the belkin car adapter/amplifier for $40 has a far superior amp in it to the headphone jack amp inside the ipod. Sad, but true. The only problems you will run into with the belkin unit is a ground loop!!!! GRRRR However, ipodlounge.com has several threads on how to hard wire a belkin unit to resolve the hissing ground loop problem. Its only a problem in some vehicles though. The belkin unit still uses a mini jack to y splitter RCA's cable.

01-13-2005, 01:51 PM
...., and must cheap as possible, but last long. suggestions?

Won't happen. As cheap as possible



You pick.

01-13-2005, 02:02 PM
Blaupunkt makes some nice decks, and look great in VW's, almost OEM- matching display colors

01-13-2005, 02:22 PM
I've seen a couple Aiwa decks for about $80 with an aux input. Or maybe you could pick up a sony. Keep in mind, you're not getting a great product with these options. Not to mention that Aiwa is low-end sony...

01-13-2005, 02:42 PM
don't even consider the aiwa or sony decks =(

01-13-2005, 02:43 PM
he asked for the cheapest solution... I never said it was quality, but it is probably the cheapest one out there. Definitely not my recommendation. I personally love alpine's solution.

01-13-2005, 07:32 PM
for cheap solutions I pick sanyo.

01-13-2005, 07:39 PM
Clarion DXZ545MP is cheap on eBay. And kungfoojesus' DXZ835MP is only $150 so that's just a little more...

01-13-2005, 07:42 PM
for cheap solutions I pick sanyo.

what about the Durabrand? lol

01-15-2005, 09:38 PM
ya could go with a low end kenwood but if it were me i would go for alpine all the way!

01-15-2005, 10:54 PM
Blaupunkt Montreal CD34. About $140 brand new. Has 1 volt preout, line input, CD(r). The only thing I couldn't comment on is the durability. Used it for a few days and then gave it to a GF. I personally really liked it.