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    how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    I'm going to put a system in my honda accord. I've had a few systems in the past so I'm not a total noob to car audio. One thing I want in this car though that I haven't had before is a double din touchscreen head unit. My last car had a clarion cz702 which is known as a decent sq head unit. But say I was to buy a head unit like this one: Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD 6.1" Touchscreen DVD/USB/MP3 Car Receiver

    apart from having much less eq options and not having the option to run active setups (unless i get a processor) would there be a noticeable different in sound quality between the two head units? I'm not a super picky sound quality guy, more of a sql guy, but I still would be hesitant to buy the double din if there will be a great loss in sound quality. What do you guys think?


    -Also on a side note, I wont be using super high end speakers or amps. Most likely I'll have a $200 pair of components for front stage, and a $200 4 channel amp with about 100 watts per channel.


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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    a whole helll of alllottt!!!! but that pioneer is still decent, you probably won't notice... you'll just hate the fact when you go and try to use a feature and its not there.... make sure you got decent preout though... just incase you do ever decide to upgrade speaker/sub setup...




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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    Dude don't get the x1500. Get at least the x5500 or x8500. Much better units



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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    ^^^^^ Ditto^^^^^^ the 2v preouts is no good on this HU.




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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    There's nothing wrong with 2 volt preamp outputs. I can't think of an amplifier I've ever experienced that couldn't be driven to its maximum output on that voltage.

    As for sound quality, an inexpensive unit with a tv screen isn't going to have a lot to offer in that department. It's a simple economic equation... to get a tv screen in a cheap head unit, something else must be left out in order for the manufacturer to still profit on the sale.



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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

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    There's nothing wrong with 2 volt preamp outputs. I can't think of an amplifier I've ever experienced that couldn't be driven to its maximum output on that voltage.

    As for sound quality, an inexpensive unit with a tv screen isn't going to have a lot to offer in that department. It's a simple economic equation... to get a tv screen in a cheap head unit, something else must be left out in order for the manufacturer to still profit on the sale.
    Yes 2v preout can drive an amp to its fullest but since the 2v outouts are so weak its hard to pick up the nuances and shadow sounds that are often quiet in the background.

    older units had better preout devices that allowed for these nuances at such low preout voltage.

    op for sq I dont suggest that unit mainly for lack of eq and time alignment.

    it is on the other hand a decent screen and basic unit.



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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    A headunit is where the SQ starts. It is the single most important part of the SQ equation. Install is a very close second.



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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    guys, I ended up ordering this head unit, and now I've read all your post (I know too impatient).

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    Do you think it will get the job done, or should I order a better one and just try to sell this one once it get it?




    edit- keep in mind I don't care about features: bluetooth, running active setups, pandora etc.., I'm just concerned about signal and floor noise/quality of sound produced. If it's not a big difference in sound quality then I would definitely like to save a few hundred bucks compared to the high end units. If it will greatly hinder the sound replication though, I'd like to avoid that




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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtrider4eva View Post
    eh.
    it does have 4v preouts though




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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    Quote Originally Posted by winkychevelle View Post
    Yes 2v preout can drive an amp to its fullest but since the 2v outouts are so weak its hard to pick up the nuances and shadow sounds that are often quiet in the background.

    older units had better preout devices that allowed for these nuances at such low preout voltage..
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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    Jvc is yucky.
    Haha jk, kenwood is a jvc brand, and my hu has excellent sq. you should be fine



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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    SQ starts with source. A car is a horrible environment for audio. It's difficult setting up a four-walled room for optimum sound quality. Placement of drivers in the car is crucial and tedious. There's lots of absorption and lots of reflection.

    I've never had a problem with a Kenwood amp over the last 10 years. They have been extremely reliable. I would go w/Kenwood amp over Kicker any day. I drive ADS comps and Kicker 8" subs with Kenwood amps.
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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    I think the only real difference in lower pre outs is the fact that you need more input gain on amplifiers to match source which raises the noise floor. Other talk is just talk





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    Re: how much effect does a head unit have on sound quality?

    ok. thanks guys you have put me at ease a bit. now I can focus on the most important part, the install!




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