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    Quality head units?

    I seem to have bad luck.

    A couple years ago I got a Kenwood KDC-X998, but it's had a lot of problems. I don't know if I want to do a system overhaul because I might get something with the same problems or worse.

    1. Impossible to see in sunlight

    2. Locking up / freezing (hasn't happened in a while though)

    3. IHeartRadio app just doesn't work, kept getting failures when trying to use it (I forget the details) and I don't think I could get any of the other apps to work either,

    4. If you want to change the preset (powerful, flat, whatever) and have them all the same for Bluetooth, radio, etc. you're out of luck, you have to switch between sources and change the preset on each source.

    5. It doesn't have preset buttons on the radio near the bottom like most units, you have to hit a button to change between 1,2,3 (preset, seek, manual) changing of the stations and if you left the radio on preset mode and you want to change the station to something not in your presets with the remote you have to do it at the radio.

    6. Menus are complicated to navigate

    7. I emailed Kenwood about the software bugs asking them to release a software update or something if they could and all I got was a no basically.

    Look at the bad reviews online about it, basically the same problems I have.

    I know JVC / Kenwood is basically the same thing, but I know people who have JVC units and don't have any problems so could JVC have better quality control? I had an Alpine 4 channel amp and out of nowhere it started ringing through the speakers so I got rid of it and I'm also scared to buy anything Alpine now or Pioneer because of the dreaded PICO fuse ringing. Does anybody make a quality head unit? It almost seems like stock head units are built better in general.







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    Re: Quality head units?

    That a double-din?

    Interesting....Kenwood has been around for years and usually they put out some quality stuff.



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    Re: Quality head units?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boomin_tahoe View Post
    That a double-din?

    Interesting....Kenwood has been around for years and usually they put out some quality stuff.
    It's a single din. I remember I wrote a review on sonicelectronix and it was $260 when I got it. I can't remember who I got it from, either crutchfield or sonicelectronix.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/S-SQPO6o...g&awug=9013037

    https://www.sonicelectronix.com/item...-KDC-X998.html




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    Ah ok. Well dam it's got good reviews...

    Who installed it?



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    Re: Quality head units?

    My dad installed it, I watched basically. It wasn't his first time installing a radio, and he's a mechanic so I figured I could trust him. I wish we knew you could buy an adapter so you don't have to cut the wires though.




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    Re: Quality head units?

    Yeah I made that mistake too when I got my 2nd or 3rd vehicle I cut off the factory harnness.



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    Re: Quality head units?

    Alpine and Pioneer still make really good units. I wouldnt put Jvc in that class. I went from a prs80 to a Jvc AR959 and the difference in quality was staggering.

    Get a prs80, alpine 149 or 164



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    Re: Quality head units?

    I want smething a little more inexpensive, with a remote, 22 watts RMS x 4. I like some of the features my Kenwood has, don't like the problems it has. What problems did you have with the JVC?




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    Re: Quality head units?

    Output clips easy, i dont think rcas do the voltage they claim, deck will freeze audio for extended periods (like 3-5 minutes). Not nearly enough sq control features.

    If you are looking cheap, maybe the 99$ pioneer 6900 which is active capable



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    What is active capable? I can't get over that PICO fuse.




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    Re: Quality head units?

    @Jeffdachef

    Did i do it right?

    I think Jeff was talking about the 6900 in a previous thread



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    Re: Quality head units?

    It means the 3 outputs can be independently sloped and crossed over to run highs, mids, low



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    Re: Quality head units?

    A little off topic here, how do you like your 2 hds208's? I've only owned the P1-2X12 prefab enclosure lol.




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    Re: Quality head units?

    Im not big on them tbh. Sa8v2's ive used in the past are better in every way possible; louder, lower, sound better, more robust mechanically.

    There is a reason they cost half what the Sa8 does. That said, my expectations were just too high. On a budget and with space restrictions they are certainly viable. Could do alot worse for the 89$ that they often go on sale for.



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    Prob still louder than what I had




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