Alas, my faithful, somewhat old Alpine CDA-7878 deck decided to stop ejecting CD's correctly yesterday and got worse today. I'm looking at having an expensive repair done on the transport or buying a new deck. What's your vote.
For those who are un-familiar, the CDA-7878 was part of the first batch of XM-Ready + MP3 decks from Alpine, but it was the very last limited production high-strength single-beam laser CD pickup (they only made it for about a year - maybe half a year and the market couldn't handle the price tag ((I paid a little over $800)), so they pulled it). It also has built-in DSP and highly-customizable delays/alignments, EQ, X-over times 3, and lot's o' sound goodies for the high-end. But, there are none of the crazy displays and other non-audio stuff you see so much of these days -- it was/is pure SQ.
I've been toying, anyway, with the idea of getting a full-DIN deck with DVD, LCD, etc. from Alpine and possibly Eclipse.
But, I thought I'd propose the vote to sound enthusiasts. Should I just pay to have the 7878 fixed or use that moolah toward a nice new and current deck?