Hi, I'm new when it comes to the car stereo world, although I have done a lot of reading up recently because I want to buy a new car stereo. You see, I am very particular when it comes to music, and I want audio playback that is perfectly (or as close to as possible) balanced and reproduced. I don't want obnoxious lows, I don't want ear-piercing highs. I want music-reproduction the way it was supposed to be heard: balanced, and in HIGH quality.
So, I have gone through most major stereo brands and have found some that I think might work (I'd like to keep it under $350).
They are as follows:
Clarion ProAudio DXZ555MP
Clarion ProAudio DXZ655MP
To give you a better idea of what I am looking for, these are the types of music I like: -Classical -Contemporary Rock (don't need it loud) -some Electronic -Contemporary Jazz -New Age -Acoustic
I do not like a lot of bass, but I LOVE clarity... I do not care very much about looks (I just want it to look clean). I do want, however, elegance, CLARITY and QUALITY. I love extra gadgets, but want CLARITY and QUALITY first and foremost. Of these stereos, which would you recommend? I really need some guidance.
Also, is there much difference between these two Clarion's as far as sound reproduction quality? And do you think that 18watts per channel would be enough sound or do you think I still should get an external amp for more clarity? (I want to run component front speakers and coaxial rears...no subs) Sorry this is so long, I just have a lot of questions as I am new to the whole car stereo scene. Thanks for any guidance you may have...