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wild thing 
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Posted: December 14, 2003 at 8:57 AM / IP Logged  
reliable cd-r playback with the ability to decode MP3s and display ID3 tags would be nice. Something of which a Mcintosh, nor a Nakamichi will do :-(
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The Regular kenwood deck may not be the greatest, but the kenwood excelon deck is very nice, I have 2 the kdc - x859 and x869. There displays aren't even that nice, I've nicer displays for even cheaper
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I have the deh-p6500 pioneer, other than the low rca output voltage- 2 volts- its workin really nice.  plus that lil screen entertains the passengers.lol
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wild thing 
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But then with Kenwood and Pioneer it seems as though you get back on par with Sony. I wish I could just borrow a bunch of headunits and compare their outputs on the scope.
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Kenwood and Pioneer, are better than sony.  I would go with the Kenwood X969.  Offers internal crossover and is a MP3 and WMA player.  You can also add screensavers if you want something to entertain your passengers with out adding a screen.
mobile E 
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HOLD UP... lol ... pioneer, schmemwood? Get an alpine deck, mine cost me just below 500$ and it plays mp3's and it has a great display, doesn't look half bad, and i has a fully adjustible 5 band eq , with adjustible band freq, width, and level. SOUNDS GREAT. just go alpine or eclipse if you dont relly want to do that relly high end stuff
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Stay away from sony!!!! They really don't make the quality products that the othe guys would make Pioneer, alpine, and kenwood make way better products than sony.   You would even have better sound quality using a jensen or clarion. I'm in the mode now where every component has to "match". So if you were to ask me, I would go with an eclipse mp3 head unit (model 8053), eclipse amps, eclipse components, with eclipse subs. But if you don't want to use eclipse speakers and amps. I would use an eclipse head unit, with jl audio amps/subs and MB Quart components.
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dcgc 
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All this hype about head units is oh so true. Take a ride to the stereo shop listen and look at all the HU's. Consider your budget. Get what you think suits you. I've used kenwood HU's for 15 years the only problem I had with them is the inside lights on a cassette HU went out. Pioneer CD HU sucked. Alpine has good quality. Have yet to experience Eclipse but would probably be my next purchase.
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wild thing 
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Posted: December 15, 2003 at 9:07 PM / IP Logged  
Money, not a question. If Mcintoshes decoded MP3s and displayed ID3 tags, I'd already have it. As it stands... I don't believe all the knock on Sonys. My current deck is a Sony, and it's driving a pair of alumapro subs and Infinity Kappa perefects all the way around. I'm VERY satisfied with the sq of it. However (like I said, money is not of question) I'm stepping it up a notch. I'm going with the best of the best components, the best of the best amplifiers, the best of the best electricals (by the way, the equalizer on the deck is absolutely unnecessary). This is intended to be as good as it gets maintaining factory location and stage in a car. With all the conflicting opionions (except everyone seems to agree Sony sucks) I've decided to go with a Sony. I've managed to scrounge up an older model CDX C90 new in box that I will use. It doesn't decode MP3s onboard, but Sony makes MP3 decoding changers that will display track titles. Other than that, no frills, no fancy displays (still very elagent and stylish), no onboard amp... it's perfect.
thanks for everyones advice, sorry I didn't use any of it :-(
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The bottom line is that Sony, Kenwood, Panasonic, most Pioneer, and all the other My First Stereo brands give you a neat package with alot of "features". The real test is the quality of those features. If the head unit boasts its array of 'presets' like rock, pop, or classical then the manufacturer assumes you know nothing about serious audio. I bought a top-o-the-line Sony not long ago to give it a try. I sounded OK, but it started taking up to 30 seconds just to change MP3 tracks and then stopped playing discs altogether. My wife has a Sony (not for much longer though) and the jog wheel just does whatever it wants to. You pretty much need a miracle just to adjust anything on it. My point is this: you can buy all the muscle in the world, but it is little use if the brain can't properly control it. I own an Alpine that has real features, like the ones I use in the pro audio buisness every day. Spend the money, you won't regret it

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