I am trying to decide between buying the Alpine DVA-9861 Head Unit and the Alpine PXA-H701 for sound processing or the Pioneer Premier DEH-P880PRS Head Unit. I am not into watching DVD's just pure CD Audio Sound Quality and being able to shape the sound to my personal preferences. I don't know if this matters but I mainly enjoy listening to R & B and Rap meaning I need a unit that can accurately handle CD's with lot's of Bass. However I also enjoy listening to Stevie Nicks (Landslide) and Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms). I was wondering if I could get some recommendations between these two units. Concerning the Pioneer Premier DEH-P88RS. This Unit won the EISA Award (the European Imaging and Sound Association). for Best Product 2006-2007 for Mobile Audio Head Unit.The EISA Award is the most prestigious honor for a consumer electronics manufacturer to receive in Europe. Here is what they had to say about this unit:
This was once thought impossible most of the features refined in the top notch ODR system, all squeezed into a standard DINhousing, including state-of-the art DSP with multi-band equalizer, fully-programmable crossover and a sophisticated time correction system. Moreover, this has been supplemented by an automatic sound adjustment feature, plus an industry first with the Advanced Segment DAC using Burr-Brown components. Keeping this unit compact and easy to install, Pioneer also took care of the price tag, making “affordable high-end” a reality.
I currently own the DEH-P860MP Pioneer Premier Unit with the 24 bit DAC and I have to say it sounds EXTREMELY GOOD. As a matter of fact when I auditioned this unit along side an Alpine Head unit (Made in 2005) in the same class the comparison to me was like a High End Home audio component compared to a good car stereo component if you get my point. About a year ago I listened to the Alpine CDA-9833 and there is something about an Alpines pure sound quality when its installed by a PRO. The salesperson strongly cautioned me to keep in mind that this particular Alpine HU was made in 2004, and he told me that 2005 was a Horrible year. He said that hopefully the new stuff in 2006 will be like the Alpine SQ of old. I don't know why but most places that I call in my area say that if you are looking for Sound Quality Alpine makes "The Best" Head Unit you can buy, end of discussion.
Thanks for any advice