I'm going to be purchasing a HU in the 300 to 350ish range in the next month or so. I'm specifically looking at the alpine 9833, Eclipse 5444 and pioneer 8600 (or maybe 860).
The Eclipse sounds the best as far as sq goes but my main problem is the MP3 usability. I will mostly be playing MP3 cd's and the navigation isn't so hot I'm told. It's very important to me that when I scroll through songs I see the song name and pretty quickly. I'm told the Alpine and Pioneer do this. Does anyone know for sure how the eclipse operates?
Also - any pros/cons to each model? I'm most concerned with SQ, ability to play mp3s easily and easy navigation.
I also want to consider throwing in the Eclipse 3434 and save some money but the 2.7V preamp is a problem. Won't it sound worse than the alpine or pioneers which have 4.0v? Is it worth upgrading to the pioneer 860 (has 5.5v instead of 4.0 I believe)?
Lastly, does anyone know when these companies are coming out with new models? I have about a month until my upgrade so I can hold out for a while.
oh just to give you an idea of my system (which isn't all that impressive):
Alpine mrvf353 amp
BA componenets rc41
BA RX47 in rear
(will be adding sub with the new head unit, maybe JBL 10W0 or Alpine type r)
all run off of amp.