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Looking for a good head unit

Looking for a good head unit

Postby bigmitch » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:09 pm

Okay it's getting time to do a little Christmas shopping and looking to get a new head unit for my son for his '02 Solara. He has the JBL installed. Not looking to go crazy just looking for recommendations on a good head unit. What I'm looking for is preferably a double din with Ipod/Iphone capabilities and blue tooth that will work well with the current speakers and that would work with possible speaker and amp upgrades at a later date. Would like to keep it under $350. Have been doing shop browsing on crutchfields. Any info and help would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby SoSleek » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:29 pm

ALPINE...get the top one in your budget. If you are looking to power the speakers directly from the head unit get something with a high RMS power rating (watts). If you are eventually going to hook up aftermarket speakers to an amp you need to look at the pre amp outputs voltage. Anything 4v is good 6v is great. Any alpine in your $350 range will be a great option. I will take a look at their latest models when i have more time and possibly recommend a few.
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Postby QuickSEV6 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:20 pm

SoSleek wrote:ALPINE...get the top one in your budget. If you are looking to power the speakers directly from the head unit get something with a high RMS power rating (watts). If you are eventually going to hook up aftermarket speakers to an amp you need to look at the pre amp outputs voltage. Anything 4v is good 6v is great. Any alpine in your $350 range will be a great option. I will take a look at their latest models when i have more time and possibly recommend a few.


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Postby trdkamuri51o » Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:56 am

i guess in the 7 years since ive owned anything from alpine their quality has improved.. they had the worst and i mean worse headunits EVER when it comes to quality

ive never had a single company have as many failure rates as alpine
5 and i repeat a total of 5 alpine products 2 amps 3 head units FAILED within 2 years...

we are talkin cd skips or non loads (on new cds not burns), horrible radio reception, screens not working at all half the time, buttons falling off...

idk how the heck people still suggest that POS company... :agrue:
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Postby SoSleek » Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:59 am

It's been 7 years? Why don't you give them another shot? I've owned 4 alpine head units in the past 5 or so years. I haven't ever had any issue other then them getting jacked.
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Postby LatinDragonXJC » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:03 am

I'ma Pioneer guy, great bang for the buck. And very reliable and clear.
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Postby Taido » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:18 am

LatinDragonXJC wrote:I'ma Pioneer guy, great bang for the buck. And very reliable and clear.


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Postby JamesT » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:31 am

I like Alpine. For what it's worth, Alpine is the only company authorized to use Ipod Software. Meaning they have the fastest and best synching with Ipods.
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Postby MisterTedster » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:38 pm

I personally use a pioneer deh-p6000ub.
It has excellent usb support, including iPod and iPhone, and amazing sound quality.
It also has 3 sets of 4V preamps to add amps later on.
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Postby 99BlackSandv6 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:46 pm

Pioneer for value and good feel.
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Postby indy04 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:06 pm

http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad94 ... G_2141.jpg Here is mine got it for 300 brand new on sale. works very well with my iphone even transfers contacts into the system and has no connection problems
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Postby indy04 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:14 pm

whoops mine is a gen 2 sorry but still a very good head unit
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Postby bigmitch » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:51 pm

indy04 wrote:http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad94/maschaefer93/IMG_2141.jpg Here is mine got it for 300 brand new on sale. works very well with my iphone even transfers contacts into the system and has no connection problems


Notice it's a Pioneer but can't make out the model. Can you please let me know what model it is and where did you purchase it at thanks.

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