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    can't decide between kenwood or pioneer

    hey guys ready to get rid of this JVC head unit i'm looking at single dins and i can't decide between the kenwood KDC-x696 or the Pioneer DEH-P8400BH what do u guys think? budget is around 200

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    Re: can't decide between kenwood or pioneer

    The quality of new Kenwoods is not very good. A lot of people with Excelon models are seeing problems after a short while. I just noticed on my X994 that the unit power cycles when I press any buttons. The newer ones have the same issue. Of course, most other head units are not built much better now.

    For under $200, I would have tried a Sony DSX-310, because I like to have time alignment and bt phone support. The Amazon price is under $200.

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    Re: can't decide between kenwood or pioneer

    I have the x695 and an x995. Have not had any problems with either and I love them. I had a x994 and had noise problems with it, but returned it to Crutchfield and the replaced it with the x995. The x695 has bluetooth with external mic, which I mounted on the steering column, everyone says it sounds great. The front USB is very nice. Pick up one of the mini USB flash drives and it is hardly noticeable when plugged in. This is the one I got; - SEgoN Mini-Ding Series 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model Black Mini-Ding A-8GB

    The song search feature is easier to use on the x695. I've been very happy with both and wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. I've had the x995 for about 18 months or so and the x695 for about a year.

    Vehicle: '99 Ford F-150 Extended Cab / '98 Chevy Cavalier LS
    Head Unit: Kenwood KDC-X997 / Kenwood KIV-BT900 w/ HD Radio
    Sub: FI Audio x12 4ohm w/BP 1cu ft sealed / 2 GTO804's 1.4 cu ft @28Hz
    Sub Amp: Hifonics BRZ1700.1d /
    Front Door Speakers: Massive Audio CK6 / Massive Audio CK6x
    Rear Door Speakers: Boston Acoustics SL80 / Massive Audio VX69
    Amp: MBQuart DSC4125 / Massive Audio NX5
    Wiring: All Knukonceptz
    Sound Deadening: eDead 45 / AT60 / Murder mat BL
    References: Retroaudioinc, davidtemple, cd6551, double07, Ssteele18

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    Re: can't decide between kenwood or pioneer

    Pioneer, Kenwood is known for very slow processing, i have run both Kenwood and Pioneer and I like Pioneer better

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