ok, i'm not new to car audio. i know what i'm looking for but i'm on a budget. i'm starting a small SQ build in my daily driven civic
features that i'm looking for in a HU for around $150:
multiple 4V+ preouts
MP3 CDR/W playback
graphic EQ with 7+ channels (NOT silly 3band "easyEQ" parametrics)
>100db S/N ratio
things i don't care about:
color on screens or of unit
so, options i'm considering so far:
basic feature "play only" unit and external EQ to enhance signal
Panasonic CQ-C1303U for $90 (or another head unit at similar price).
95 db S/N
clarion EQS746 for EQ and preout signal for $60
7-Band Rotary Equalizer, 7volt rms pre-outs, 105db S/N, THD 0.005 %
single unit with good features, solid EQ and S/N
sony CDX-F605X for $150
120dB S/N, Auxiliary Input,4 -Volt F/R/Sub Preouts w/HPF & LPF, Burr Brown 24-bit D/A converter, 7channel graphic EQ
the sony unit looks amazing on paper for the cost. as many features as a pioneer DEH7800 for half the cost. does anyone have any suggestions for alternatives other than "save up an buy a real unit"?
so far, the sony is looking like a great deal. i know most guys here hate sony. i always had great luck with their products back in the early 90s when i was in high school and into all this.