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    HU recommendation for a 2002 BMW M3

    Anyone have a HU recommendation for a 2002 BMW M3. I don't want flashy, I want clean, crisp, somewhat loud sound with decent features. I have really been against replacing my HU, but too many people have told me that if I replace all my speakers, add amps and a sub, it'd be stupid not to replace the HU. That replacing my HU should be the FIRST thing that I do.

    With that said, here is the system that I am thinking about putting in:

    - MB Quart PSD 213 (front)
    - MB Quart DKD 110 (front)
    - MQ Quart PSD 210 (rear)
    - PPI PCX-480 (power speakers)
    - PPI PCX-2125 (power sub)
    - JL Audio 10W6v2
    - Custom fiberglass enclosure in the trunk

    If I were looking for a HU for this system, what should I use? Will it really make that big of a difference vs keeping the stock unit and using a line output converter? My friends are telling me not to waste my money on an upgarde if I don't replace the HU. Also, I am interested in an HU that takes multiple CDs in the front (kinda like a changer, but all front-loading).

    I have heard Eclipse if the best. I'm not too concerned about cost, but it should be relatively reasonable (ie. not over $750).

    Thanks in advance!







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    Get the eclipse CD5442. You will not be disappointed. I love my eclipse headunit and recommend them to everyone. I heard in a direct comparison to the Alpine 7995 in my car and the eclipse sounded way way better. Goodluck with it.

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    for crisp clean sound i would recommend a kenwood excelon model or a high end clarion. clarions in general have very nice sound. and one brand that no one really seems to pay attention to is nakimichi who actually make a really good unit. you might try it. hope that helps.




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    ugh the excelons sound horrible for the price IMO. Much rather have an eclipse or alpine. They are very distorted and not clean in comparison.



    Headunit: Eclipse CD8443
    Front Stage: Boston Acoustics Z6
    Rear Stage: Boston Acoustics Pro 6.5
    Subwoofer: Dual JL 10W7 Sealed Enclosure
    Mid/High Amplifier: JL Audio 450/4
    Subwoofer Amplifier: JL Audio 1000/1

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    Originally posted by mr4pto
    Get the eclipse CD5442. You will not be disappointed. I love my eclipse headunit and recommend them to everyone. I heard in a direct comparison to the Alpine 7995 in my car and the eclipse sounded way way better. Goodluck with it.

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    I just have to ask.....how bad would it be to keep the stock HU and use a line out converter? Would that just be plain stupid? Would it sound that bad? Is it a waste of money to upgrade using all those other parts and not replace the HU?

    Be nice when responding please.




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    you will get into a world of problems if you use a line level convertor to get a signal for your mids and highs off an amplifier. If you want to just install a sub it wont be that bad but it would be a complete waste of money to try to put in new speakers and an amp. I have never seen it done(probly for a reason) but i have HEARD that if you try to run a mids and high amp off a line level you get a ton of distortion and your music sounds horrible and you also get engine noise and all types of other ugly problems. Better off to get the headunit or dont get anything at all



    Headunit: Eclipse CD8443
    Front Stage: Boston Acoustics Z6
    Rear Stage: Boston Acoustics Pro 6.5
    Subwoofer: Dual JL 10W7 Sealed Enclosure
    Mid/High Amplifier: JL Audio 450/4
    Subwoofer Amplifier: JL Audio 1000/1

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    Originally posted by mr4pto
    you will get into a world of problems if you use a line level convertor to get a signal for your mids and highs off an amplifier. If you want to just install a sub it wont be that bad but it would be a complete waste of money to try to put in new speakers and an amp. I have never seen it done(probly for a reason) but i have HEARD that if you try to run a mids and high amp off a line level you get a ton of distortion and your music sounds horrible and you also get engine noise and all types of other ugly problems. Better off to get the headunit or dont get anything at all
    You've never seen a car audio system that has a STOCK HU and an amp with speakers (mid and highs)?? I have that in my current car (Integra). I have Boston Acoustic ProSeries and an Alpine amp with a stock HU. It doesn't sound like an orchestra, but it's 100X better than the stock system.




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    I asked numerous professional from different car audio stores because I was looking to put in a amp for my mids and highs on my stock stuff before I got my headunit and they told me it was a bad idea for the above stated reasons....and it makes sense because amplifying an already amplified signal gets you a lot of distortion and noise which doesnt very pleasurable for running your mid and highs....



    Headunit: Eclipse CD8443
    Front Stage: Boston Acoustics Z6
    Rear Stage: Boston Acoustics Pro 6.5
    Subwoofer: Dual JL 10W7 Sealed Enclosure
    Mid/High Amplifier: JL Audio 450/4
    Subwoofer Amplifier: JL Audio 1000/1

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    I suggested you to get Alpine CDA-7998 is good h/u,because that's can make a staging in your car.Alpine is the best.



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    Ha I had a 7995 in my car for a day and i took it out cause I couldnt stand it after hearing what the Eclipse sounded like....



    Headunit: Eclipse CD8443
    Front Stage: Boston Acoustics Z6
    Rear Stage: Boston Acoustics Pro 6.5
    Subwoofer: Dual JL 10W7 Sealed Enclosure
    Mid/High Amplifier: JL Audio 450/4
    Subwoofer Amplifier: JL Audio 1000/1

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    just get something that has--------- high RMS output voltage[to combat noise]------low source impedance[for noise too] ------low noise floor[more dynamic range]




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    Nakamichi MB-75 6 Disc In-Dash CD Player



    its $429 at http://www.cbrstereo.com




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