Re: Head unit decision, which would you go with?
Alot of those Kenwood specs are massaged somewhat, after owning an Alpine CDA-7940 and being dissappointed with the dim display and poor build quality. CD's kept getting stuck in it! I had been an Alpine owner for many years prior to the 7940. Had a 7930 and a 7914 prior to the 7940. Never had bad luck with an Alpine until the 7940, I see that they released a 7941 shortly after probably to correct the deficiencies in the 7940.
I decided to give Kenwood a try and bought the KDC-PS909 which was the top of line unit with supposed 8V outputs and capable of balanced output as well. While the specs were better on paper the sound was not near as good as the Alpine's at all. Lots of distortion if pushed into the higher volumes. Loved the deck's features and styling, hated the sound. I kept it though and it held it's value well up until I sold it.
Bottom line is don't buy on specs alone, they don't tell you squat about how the unit will sound in your automotive environment since measurements are often taken in a lab or test bench.
1995 Oriental Blue BMW 525i 5 Speed
Stock Alpine System Actively Crossed Over & Amped w/CD 6-Disc Changer System with a/d/s 235is comps in front (3-Ways front, 2-Ways rear) sounds really good. All functions are displayed on the dash's check control display module.