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    Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Well, I have been staring at this pile of car audio equipment waiting to be installed in my car for almost 2 months now, and couldn't do it anymore (I'm waiting on funds to purchase about 300sqft of RAAMmat before I do the install). I pulled out my trusty Pioneer 9300, and in went the 9855.

    When I was playing with the glide touch on the work bench, it was kind of clumsy to use. However, once I installed it in the car, I think I have it down to a T after only an hour or so of use. I still miss knob/button on each side of the faceplate, though. That alone might make me sell this to pick up the 880.

    The menu systems are very simple. Only took about 5 minutes of playing time to figure out where everythign was located and how to change it.

    The screen is awesome! I love the Biolite display. I think it may be better than the organic EL in the 9300. Granted, the Organic EL's do look better now than they did back when the 9300 was around, but man, this is one **** display.

    As for sound, it is kind of hard to tell ATM. I'm running stock speakers off the H/U until the new equip goes in. I'd have to say that the 9300 made the music sound better, though. I think this is mostly due to BBE. BBE really, really helped the stock speakers sound better. No matter how much I play with the EQ, I simply can't get the booming sound I could out of the 9300. I'm sure once I put the Kicker SS's in with a couple hundred watts, I won't even remember what BBE stands for

    This thing looks sharp in my dash. The customizable colors for teh buttons really helps out. I have amber lights on my whole dash with some red, so was able to make the buttons/lights red and orange on the unit!

    Anyway, this is my first experience with an Alpine unit for more than 20 minutes, and I am pleased so far. Thumbs up to Alpine for a good product. Hopefully, enough people have complained in the past year, and when the 07 lien rolls out in a month, they will make some good head units and not no piece of **** "FULL SPEED IPOD" crap.







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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Gaytouch gets old fast and you will want to rip it off.
    BBE pwns all, MX on the alpine is nothing even close




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by supa_c View Post
    Gaytouch gets old fast and you will want to rip it off.
    BBE pwns all, MX on the alpine is nothing even close
    all the extras are shut off on my h/u's. i personally like the glidetouch, i have a 9853 and a 9855.




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    9853 is better




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Aren't they nearly identical other than the glidetouch?




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Thats why the 53 is better
    The 55 was the last affordable useful alpine.
    All the new one are complete garbage




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by supa_c View Post
    9853 is better
    how do you figure? the only difference is the display?




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    ETA on the '07 models?




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    march of '07 or sooner



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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by bri487 View Post
    how do you figure? the only difference is the display?
    No gay touch




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Glide touch has never bothered me, I've had it well over 6months and it's never given me trouble...



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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    After 2 days, it's getting much better. I would prefer soft keys, but the glidetouch is not even close to as bad as people make it out to bed. I love the looks of this unit in my dash. The only thing I miss is the BBE




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    don't mind supa, he's just got a hard-on for pioneer.

    9855's are amazing.




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by supa_c View Post
    Thats why the 53 is better
    The 55 was the last affordable useful alpine.
    All the new one are complete garbage
    You mean 9835...the 53 is the same year modle as the 55...just without Biolite, and the mulitcolor illumination.

    The 9835 is a 9855 without GlideTouch.


    anyways I <3 my 9855 Gay touch and all




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    Re: Alpine 9855 - First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by kuijo View Post
    don't mind supa, he's just got a hard-on for pioneer.

    9855's are amazing.
    thats why i have 2 alpines ?




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