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Posted: February 18, 2003 at 5:32 PM / IP Logged  
My old system got jacked, so now I'm starting over, I have a max of 700$ for a face, I don't wanna skimp on the quality, I'm doing this system right from the get go.  I was looking at the Alpine 7897, anyone have any problems w/ this face?  What would you all suggest for a face?  I do need something that plays mp3 cds.  Don't need anything overly fancy, but I like the auto close feature cus I'm too lazy to take the face plate off every time I stop.
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Posted: February 18, 2003 at 7:53 PM / IP Logged  
Check out the pioneer stuff:,1427,40~4020~4020100,00.html
Eclipse has a new line of HU's out but they havent updated their website.
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Posted: February 18, 2003 at 10:03 PM / IP Logged  

i had the 7998, but i got rid of it for the 7897.  there difference between the radios is not worth the price difference (even at cost).  regardless, the 7897 is probably my favorite radio ive had in my car.  thats saying quite a bit seeing as how ive had the ivac801 with dvd changer.  if you have any specific questions abotu the operation or use, feel free to write me an email.

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Posted: February 18, 2003 at 11:18 PM / IP Logged  

i like pioneer myself!  check out dehp840 or 740... very nice radios, both play mp3 and great sound.

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Posted: February 19, 2003 at 1:55 PM / IP Logged  

pioneer and alpine both have really nice decks for that price, either will do.  I would go with pioneer premier just for the extra years warranty.  Most radios at that price do all the same things, it just visual appeal at that point.


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Posted: February 19, 2003 at 4:24 PM / IP Logged  

I like Pioneer and have found they often offer the best price vs. performance ratio but Alpine also makes good head units and would not hesitate to recommend either brand.  It can kind of be a toss up unless one brand has a particular feature that the other one doesn't, and like IronCy says, once you get past like 500 bucks most of the decks have pretty much the same features.  They may call them by different names but they usually end up sounding pretty much the same.

Given your budget, I personally would pick the Pioneer 8400MP just because I prefer the display to the alpine's display, and it's also about 50 bucks less.  Also worth noting is that the pioneer has better support/options for mp3 files, but for some people that isn't important.  You can't really go wrong with either unit but like I said my pick would be that pioneer.

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Posted: February 19, 2003 at 9:51 PM / IP Logged  
I suggest you check out for some awesome deals on car audio, large selection on mp3 plays

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