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    High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Hey All:

    I'm looking for a high end head unit for a sq setup.
    I only need it for CD's.
    I'm new to car audio and have been told the Alpine DVA-9861 is a good choice.
    Someone also told me that I should get the Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.2 to go with it.
    Does this Alpine unit need a processor?
    Any other head units you like better?

    I won't be doing any tuning myself, so after the install the head unit only needs basic controls.

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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Kenwood x990?



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    If you go the alpine route , why not go with the alpine proc ?



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    definately add on the h701 if you plan on going with the 9861. but i dunno if it'll be worth it since you won't be really using it. to choose your hu better, it'd be nice to know what is your planned setup.



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Quote Originally Posted by alphakenny1 View Post
    definately add on the h701 if you plan on going with the 9861. but i dunno if it'll be worth it since you won't be really using it. to choose your hu better, it'd be nice to know what is your planned setup.
    Just 6 1/2" 2-way components in the front doors and a sub or 2 in the trunk. I have not picked any components yet.

    Thanks.




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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Im in the same boat as you.

    Ive been looking into the McIntosh 406, Denon Z1, Alpine 7990, Clarion DRZ 9255, Nak CD700 and the RF Denon.

    All of which are hard to get, except Nakamichi.



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    Budget?



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Hintzyboy View Post
    Budget?
    for hu and processor........$1000




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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Pioneer Premier DEX-P9 and DEQ-P9

    You should be able to find the pair on Ebay in your budget



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Hintzyboy View Post
    Pioneer Premier DEX-P9 and DEQ-P9

    You should be able to find the pair on Ebay in your budget
    he doesnt know how to equilize...fyi



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    So he can do some research, play with the settings and learn a little. Ignorance is quickly taken care of if you have a little initiative.



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    And if he has someone install it who does know what they're doing, he'll be fine.



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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Hintzyboy View Post
    Pioneer Premier DEX-P9 and DEQ-P9

    You should be able to find the pair on Ebay in your budget
    Why do you suggest this over the Alpine?
    Thanks for your input!




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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    I can't say that I'd definitely take one over the other. I don't have any experience with Alpine units (yet, I'm waiting to install one right now), but I've owned a couple Pioneers and have loved them. Very nice units and very dependable. The one I have now is about 3 or 4 years old and still woks like the day I bought it. I've known people who've had Pioneer units for 10 years that still work great.

    The DEX-P9 unit is made specifically for competition level sq setups, whereas the Alpine uit, although it probably has very good sq, is not made with the same intentions as the pioneer. Alpine's ultimate sq unit is a $2400 HU from their F#1 Status line. I think that the Pioneer would give you more sq for your cash.

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    Re: High End Head Unit Selection Help

    p9 is pretty ****.



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