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Old 04-30-2007, 08:51 PM
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Help me pick a deck...

Looking for a deck that has a good/fast iPod interface, plays CD's, and is less than $350-$400.

I'm leaning towards the Alpine CDA-9885, but I don't really know what else is out there. The 9885 reviews seem pretty good, but I'm not stuck on Alpine.

Any recommendations?

(its going in a '97 Jetta if that matters)

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Old 04-30-2007, 09:40 PM
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i like alpine, but there is a lot more you should be looking for in a deck.
You need to consider time alignment, eq, crossovers, outputs, inputs, sub control, changer control, etc., etc.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:42 PM
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I prefer Eclipse myself...
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:42 PM
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I've only had ipod experience with a Clarion dvd touch deck. It basically took the ipod controlls and put them on the screen and it took over the ipod.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:24 PM
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Is the iPod control on the Eclipse decks any good?

As for other features, I'm really just interested in the Ipod control. Just stock speakers, no amp....
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The IPOD interface on the Eclipse is great, the CD4000 + IPC106 is the match for you. It will leave the others in the dust as far as control and capabilies over the balance of the system at the same time.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:29 AM
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I am partial to Pioneer for decks. Even their low end decks are quite nice. I have my ipod hooked up to my 8600MP, and I don't notice a difference in going from the CD to the rip I have on my ipod. Changing songs could be a bit faster (supposedly improved in the latest revision of the adapter), but no compaints here!
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I don't use an iPod but someone else has commented.

Good luck with your purchase. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:55 AM
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Where to demo?

Thanks for all the advice.

There's so many differing opinions out there....

I'd like to see these decks in action. Does anyone know of a place in the GTA that could demo these units (Pioneer, Alpine, Eclipse)?
I'd like to bring my iPod with me and see which interface suits my needs.

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Old 05-01-2007, 10:11 AM
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We carry Eclipse and Kenwood if you would like to demo.
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