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    Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    Hi everyone.
    I am interested in buying a new head unit for use with an external amplifier.
    I have no interest in video, bluetooth, strength of internal amplifier (if I could buy a unit with no internal amp for this price I would) etc.
    All I want is the best sound quality for CDs and MP3s for the given price of up to $300.

    Should I look for the highest signal to noise ratio? I will most probably be using a Rockford Fosgate P400-4 4 channel amp to power 4 speakers. Rear speakers will probably be: Rockford Forgate Power T1692C, 100W, 6"x9", I have yet to decide on front speakers.

    I would like to stick with one of the following brands:
    Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony.

    I may add a subwoofer one day, so the head unit should have a subwoofer out signal jack.

    Any ideas?

    Here is a small list (I will consider others not in this list) that falls into my price range:
    PIONEER DEH P5900MP
    PIONEER DEH-6900IB
    SONY CDX GT929U
    SONY CDX GT620U
    KENWOOD KDC-W534
    KENWOOD KDC-W7031Y
    Alpine CDE-9881R
    Alpine CDE-9881RB

    I have plenty of time to decide what to buy. I just bought a new Renault Clio, and it will arrive on June 16

    Thanks for your input







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    Re: Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    alpine 9815, or 9835, both have tons of internal features, including a defeatable internal amp



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    Eclipse cd5000




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    I have a Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP for sale right now. Its got more features that you can shake a stick at! LMK



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    Re: Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    I wonder how much shipping to Croatia will be.




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    Re: Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    Thanks Phiber Optik. I had no idea that some head units had a defeatable amp. I thought you either bought a head unit with an amp or without.
    Vasilios - unfortunately finding a car head unit in Croatia made by eclipse would be next to impossible, this is why I limited my search to Alpine, Kenwood, Sony and Pioneer - but thanks for the input anyway

    I have revised my budget, am I think that I would be able to get one of the following:

    CDA-9884R
    CDA-9885R
    CDA-9886R

    Is the 9886 the best of these 3? For some reason one of the stores I am looking at are selling the 9885 for slightly more than the 9886.

    Anyway, I will probably not be able to get the 9815 or 9835 because they are older models which are no longer in stock (at least here in Croatia).

    rc10mike - as benchambers80 said... shipping to Croatia would cost too much, and I am looking to buy something new - but thanks for the offer.




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    Re: Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    double post - laggy connection
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    Re: Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    got a 9835 for ya!



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    Re: Head Unit for $200 - $300, best sound quality?

    Sorry Nate - looking for something new, and shipping would be too much for Croatia - thanks for the offer.




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