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    Thoughts on a couple of HU's...

    I was thinking about updating my wife's HU. Was looking at the Kenwood Excelon KDC-496 or Alpine CDE-134HD. I was thinking about the Kenwood, but was wondering about the quality. Are they about equal, or is one really better than the other?

    The Kenwood does have more RCA outputs (which are 4v instead of 2v like Alpine), but I will only be using one.

    Both units have high/low pass filters with 3 band eq.

    The Kenwood includes a wireless remote, where as the Alpine I would have to pay extra for it.

    Alpine does have HD radio built in but I'm not sure if that is really worth having or more just a gimmick!

    These are just a few main features, and I'm thinking the Kenwood would be the better buy. What do you guys think?

    My simple but pleasing setup

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X497 HU
    Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5D 5 channel amp
    CDT HD62im front components w/ CDT 550i crossovers
    Image Dynamics IDQ10D4v3 sub (sealed enclosure)
    Audio Technix Sound Deadener
    Knu Konceptz Kolossus 4ga amp kit

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    Re: Thoughts on a couple of HU's...

    I started out with a Pioneer, (cant remember the model #) but I switched to the Excelon 995 in my truck and an Excelon 695 in my car and I love them both. The 995 has the HD radio, which is nice, but honestly I never use it. They both have built in bluetooth with external mic, a feature I use every day. That and the USB were selling points for me. The 995 has rear USB, which I mounted into the dash, the 695 has front USB. They have front, rear and sub RCA outs, so its easy to run 4 channels and a sub. I picked up 2 of the Segon Mini USB drives from Newegg, which only stick out from the radio about 3/8", almost not even noticeable when plugged in. I purchased both HU's from Crutchfield.

    Vehicle: '99 Ford F-150 Extended Cab / '98 Chevy Cavalier LS
    Head Unit: Kenwood KDC-X995 / 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: Thoughts on a couple of HU's...

    i reallly like my pioneer 8400bh they can be had cheap on ebay

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