need a new head unit ($300)

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Right now i have a stock system except for an 8 inch w7 in the back. i have a 250 watt jl amp runnin it. right now i'm lookin to get a new headunit. i really need the mp3 capability, cause i have 20 cds in my car and it's a pain havin to change em. i'd like the head unit to not be veriy gaudy at all, cause i dont' want the interior of my car to look stupid (2004 corolla-s). if you have any suggestions for a good quality head unit that will still be nice after i get some nicer speakers, but isn't too gaudy please tell me. i plan on getting better speakers this summer too. i have seen this thread: http://forums.caraudio.com/vb/showthread.php?t=57259 i'm gonna look into that head unit, but stilll would like to see any other suggestions

oh ya, and i have roughly 300 bucks to spend. can go as high as 500, but would like to spend less. thanks agian.

 
If you don't want it to look like **** the my advice to you is to go with a Clarion with color changing face capabilities so you can match the color to your interior. It sounds korny as **** but I played around with a few of these at Tweeter and their tight as hell.

Peace

 
Well, although i do want a unit that doesn't look like ****, what other things shoudl i also look for in a unit? i'm pretty sure the power output doesn't matter all that much cause if i get new speakers ill get an amp with em. and from what i hear they don't really give great power output anyways. also, do headunits come with the cutout for your dash or how does that work?

 
i think that the clarion dxz745mp is a very classy looking deck, mainly black with a few chrome pieces here and there. and like ask 5109 said, you can change the colors on it, and it can match the interior lighting in your rolla (its like green isnt it?).

i like eclipse also, the 3434 is a great choice for you as well, it plays mp3's. it doesnt really look stock to me, only nakamichi looks truely stock, but the 3434 doesnt look gaudy at all.

 
Hmm, i looked at em both. They look alright. The clarion is right around 300 which is good. I can't seem to find aprice for the eclipse cd3434. i dunno why. anyways, why are these better than any 100 dollar ones?? just tryin to learn more about this stuff. thanks.

 
Hmm, i looked at em both. They look alright. The clarion is right around 300 which is good. I can't seem to find aprice for the eclipse cd3434. i dunno why. anyways, why are these better than any 100 dollar ones?? just tryin to learn more about this stuff. thanks.
probably because eclipse and clarion (higher end) made them //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/toast.gif.bc0657bf54b9ee653b6438524461341e.gif

 
eclipse decks are going to be hard to find on the internet, they dont authorize online sales thats why (a lot of companies dont, but eclipse is just so hard to find other than on ebay). i think that the 3434 retails for $300, so its the right price, but i think you get a little more with the clarion, tough choice, i like both.

 
I would look at the Nakamichi CD400, depending if you need any particular functions. It doesn't have time correction or Mp3 capabilities, but what it does have is a very stock and understated look, and phenomenal sound quality.

When buying mine, I compared it to the Eclipse 5423 and the Alpine 7995 - in SQ, I found it much better than the Alpine, and better than the Eclipse

 
I would look at the Nakamichi CD400, depending if you need any particular functions. It doesn't have time correction or Mp3 capabilities, but what it does have is a very stock and understated look, and phenomenal sound quality.
When buying mine, I compared it to the Eclipse 5423 and the Alpine 7995 - in SQ, I found it much better than the Alpine, and better than the Eclipse
I would love to hear a nak someday. The original poster says he needs mp3 though.

 
I would love to hear a nak someday. The original poster says he needs mp3 though.
They're horrible, not worth the money. The thing skips with even the most minute scratch and over the most miniscule of road bumps.
 
you must have a bad one or something, i know someone with a cd400, very nice and simple looking, and i never heard him complain about it skip (the dude is anal, if there was a problem, i would know).

the deck is nice and perfect for the person looking for a simple, good sounding deck (i would have bought one, but i'm a feature *****).

 
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