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    Need expert advice

    I've narrowed in on four double din units I am interested in. Can you please give me advice and opinions on which one is the best choice? I want to build a budget high sound quality system. I would like to start with a great double din head unit, but I don't need an AV unit.

    The units are:
    Sony WX-GT90BT
    Clarion CX501
    Kenwood DPX500BT
    JVC KW-R900BT


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    Re: Need expert advice

    Yes I know sound quality and budget don't mix, but I cannot afford anything over $300.




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    Re: Need expert advice

    none of them .budget and sq dont go together




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    Re: Need expert advice

    Here is a comparison of features for the decks I mentioned: comparison.pdf
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    Re: Need expert advice

    Any of those units should sound good in a controlled environment. The Sony unit has the most powerful EQ, but it's still lacking in tuning features.




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    Re: Need expert advice

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpet View Post
    Any of those units should sound good in a controlled environment. The Sony unit has the most powerful EQ, but it's still lacking in tuning features.
    That's what I was thinking too. I would prefer a higher voltage though. I don't know if the Clarion has a 24 bit DAC, and I am leery about JVC. The Kenwood seems nice too.

    I am shocked that not a single manufacturer, besides JVC, has a feature packed double din unit - that isn't an a/v unit. I would think with the added real-estate and not dealing with video, touch-screen, even eliminating the CD component, would allow the manufacturers an excellent opportunity to stuff in great components. I want a double din so I don't have that stupid useless pocket underneath.

    Is there a way to increase voltage from a head-unit? If so, and I go with the Sony, what could I add-on to make that deck superb?




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    Re: Need expert advice

    For any of these units you could add on a full-featured DSP. I used the Clarion CX501 with a JBL MS-8. As a basic CD transport it sounds excellent. The addition of aux, USB, and Bluetooth are very useful and the quality is good with those features as well.

    I don't find it necessary for pre-out voltage to be any higher than 4V. You can bump it higher with a line driver, but I don't recommend it as it's not necessary.

    JVC has been doing very well recently with their head units. I keep hearing great things about them. The same goes for Kenwood and Sony.




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    Re: Need expert advice

    That JVC is a step up from what I have and I'm satisfied with mine. I added external EQ though cuz I only have 3 bands on the HU. I like the multi color display and front USB and AUX connectors. They also have a 24 bit DAC but I think most decks do nowadays.

    I agree with ya though, there should be high end SQ double DINs without the AV stuff. So many OEM dashes use DDIN.



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    Re: Need expert advice

    Thanks for the advice. I might just settle in on the JVC. Seems to be the best bang for the buck.




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