I was ready to buy the Alpine 9847 -- I want a decent quality satellite ready HU but I dont want to buy more than I need. I was going Alpine becasue I have been happy with Alpine in the past and I like the conservative display (don't care much for jumping dolphins and the like.
However, the salesman quickly told me that Alpine was on the decline and he strongly suggested the Eclipse 5425 instead. Although the Eclipse was only $30 bucks more ($219 vs $189), I was skeptical about his motivation. So here I am for other opinions.
From other threads it appears that 2005 Alpines have dropped in quality. However, I have only seen higher end models mentioned -- I did not whether that was simply because more people here us the higher models or whether perhaps there was problems with more advanced features that did not apply to lower models. Any thoughts?
Also, while it seems to be the consensus that Eclipse makes a great HU, I am really struggling with the displays that are lit up like a Christmas tree. I have seen some posters say they felt like it wasnt that bad looking installed as opposed to staring at it on the sound board. Any experience there?
Also, I know that one of the advantages of the Eclipse is the higher voltage outs. Assuming that I am going to be driving 6.5 coaxils without an external amp, is there going to be a significant difference in SQ over the Alpine?
Finally, I went to another shop that primarily sells Kenwood. I looked at 2 models, one was $179 and the other $199. I am uncertain about the model numbers (when I went to Kenwood's website i found that it is down). They did, however, sound pretty good and I believe they have a slightly higher RMS than the other HU's. Any thoughts here?