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    Why are head units so gaudy?

    Why do they need to be flashy? To sell? Some of hte flashiest head units I see are the crappiest ones. You know, lower end Sony Xlpod head units, Blaupunkt.

    Alpine and Eclipse seem to be tasteful. My Clarion is a little flashy but not too bad. Why can't head units look like High end stereos? Less flashy yet more controls. Rockford Fosgate has some cool plain looking HU's but I don't know how they perform.



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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    RF head units are built by Denon...they're very good.

    Also check out Nakamichi...very simple, excellent SQ.




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJItalianICE
    Why do they need to be flashy? To sell? Some of hte flashiest head units I see are the crappiest ones. You know, lower end Sony Xlpod head units, Blaupunkt.

    Alpine and Eclipse seem to be tasteful. My Clarion is a little flashy but not too bad. Why can't head units look like High end stereos? Less flashy yet more controls. Rockford Fosgate has some cool plain looking HU's but I don't know how they perform.
    Because most car audio consumers are of the younger ages, which seems to attract them more than a plain cd player.




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Mine is quite plain...




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    That's a sharp unit...




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    i work at a shop and we brought in one of those Dual units with the 2.5 inch screens and they sell like crazy but they sound like pure D *****, and its like watching tv on a cellphone its so small. WTF!! That is straight




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackenzie
    Because most car audio consumers are of the younger ages, which seems to attract them more than a plain cd player.

    x2. The companies manufacturing the decks arent stupid, they know who their target market is, and they cater to them.




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    cuz if it aint bling licious the lil 16 y.o. homies dont git em fo der flossin ridez


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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Like 99% of all marketing/design it does indeed cater to the lowest common denominator. Which also happens to make up the bulk of the market. Translation: Most people have the IQ and attention span of a goldfish swimming in a bowl of drain-o.




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Because of all the tacky @ss people out there that keep buying the gaudy pieces of ****

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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Right.. why does Kicker put rediculous wire "grilles" on their $900 SS Series components? Because their marketing demographics includes 14 yr olds. I swear audio companies must hire pre-pube kids to do asthetic design.



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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    That's why I liked my RFX-8240. So simple, and yet so elegant




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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Quote Originally Posted by cjjackson85
    I like those, alot.
    Too bad they're expensive...



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    Re: Why are head units so gaudy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nukedsodapop
    I like those, alot.
    Too bad they're expensive...

    Expensive, yes. Worth it, yes.




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