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Help finding H.U ~ 4V, 2 Pre-out, W/ USB

Old 11-18-2008, 11:38 PM
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Help finding H.U ~ 4V, 2 Pre-out, W/ USB

I'm currently scouring the Internet to find head-units that have at least a pair of 4V pre-outs, and front USB connectivity for use with a Thumb drive.

I want to compile a list of the all the decks that match this criteria, then compare them by price, warranty, and aesthetics, et cetera.

Sony CDX-GT620U This one is close, but only has 2V pre-outs.

______40 minutes later______

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

Maybe I've found what I'm looking for... I've had some issues with Kenwood in the past - Head-unit stopped reading CD's. Fixed once under warranty, crashed again 6 days after being re-installed. But that was a while ago.

Anybody have more recent experiences, good or bad, with the Excelon line?

Thanks guys.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:45 PM
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I have had zero issues with the current Excelon head units. Eclipse CD1200 also is going to be a close fit for you. Front panel AUX and USB inputs, Ipod ready by adding a cable, 2 x 3volt preouts.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:34 AM
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I run a kenwood deck, have for 2 years, had a couple probs with flip face couple months ago, but been a solid deck... wish i would not been a cheap *** and gotin an excelon though
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:34 AM
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Mr2NR, how much do you sell the Kenwood deck for?
We don't own an Ipod. And she has never expressed any interest in one. When the guy who was helping us out at a local audio shop was using a 512MB thumb drive, she was really impressed. The problems with the Sony decks like the one he was using, were that the USB model has 2V pre-outs, where the IPod only model has 4V.
With a 4 or 8Gig USB memory stick she'd be able to store uncompressed .wav files on it for songs where she doesn't want to forfeit quality for quantity. Or she could put 500-1000 MP3's. Or she could split the difference.
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clarion, JVC, panasonic, pioneer i use an 8gig thumb drive for mp3's and i still dont even have 1/4 filled lmao
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I have that deck, it works great. It reads everything I throw into it and barely skips. Best part is it was under $200 when I bought it
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:08 AM
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I have a price on the Kenwood at $198 before taxes from Radioactive in Burlington. Waiting to hear back from EHR, to see what they sell the unit for.

The Pioneers are all 2V preouts.

There's only one Panasonic front USB head-unit, and its a 2V pre-out unit as well. Has 1 year warranty...

JVC seems to have 2.5V preouts, and 1 year warranty as well.

Think I'm going to stick with that Excelon for $230 after tax...
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you could always get an alpine or pioneer
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:16 AM
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Alpine Head Units I don't see any that have a front USB slot... If they did, I'd definitely consider one.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:32 AM
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i have the same Kenwood deck.. i think they could have done something better with the multi function audio selection/track/volume control ****. its the main control for everything and kinda gets irritating when your driving and trying to turn it up or down and you happen to bump it and you change track other than that its a great deck and not a problem at all if you use the remote (recommended anyways, lol). i would recomend it.
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