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Old 12-13-2004, 10:28 AM
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k so im going to edmonton some time soon and i plan on getting a new deck, but i am going not knowing how much money i will have to spend on it. so i was wondering could any one give me tips on buying a deck. so i don't end up buying a lemon. i just want to be able to know what all the terms mean that they list.
# Of Pre-Out In Pairs 2
# Of Tuner Presets 6 AM/18 FM this is forthe radio it means how many stations you can program in to it.
Alarm/Security Detachable Face what you can do with the face plate
ATT/Mute Yes i think this means to mute the music
Built-In Crossover No
CD Mute Circuit Yes
CD Text Capable (Deck &/or Chgr) No
Changer Control No this is for the cd changer i think
Clock Yes clock thats a give away
D/A Converter Type 1-Bit
Direct Access On CD No
Display Type 13 Segment, 8 Digit LCD
EQ/DSP Control No
EQ/DSP/Crossover No
Face Style Detachable
Included In Box Remote, Trim, Harness, Screws
Intro Scan On CD Yes
Loudness/BBE/D-Bass Yes
Memory Stick No
Motorized Face No
One Touch Memory on Tuner Yes (thiers buttons on the face plate for the stations
Plays CD-Rs Yes type of music it can play
Plays CD-RWs Yes type of music it can play
Plays MP3s Yes type of music it can play
Plays WMAs No type of music it can play
Power/Max 50 Watts X 4 i think this is for the speakers
Pre-Out Voltage 1.8 Volts
Product Dimensions 17.7(W) x 5.0(H) x 15.5(D) cm what the dimensions are for the deck
Product Weight 1.6 kg how much it wieghs
Programmable on CD No you can program what songs play in what order
Random On CD Yes you can randimize the songs
Remote Control Yes so that you don't damage the face plate
Repeat On CD Yes reapeat a song
Rotary Controls Yes
Size DIN
Sub Volume Control No if it can control the volume of the subs
Switchable Illumination No if it has a picture that can change
TV Tuner Control No if you can hook one of those mini tvs up to it

those are all the tings that i know, thiers things on thier that i don't know that are very important to buying a deck i think
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:31 AM
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Why don't you specify which you don't understand... [img]graemlins/wavey.gif[/img]
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:35 AM
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this is the stuff i don't under stand


# Of Pre-Out In Pairs 2
Built-In Crossover No
CD Mute Circuit Yes
CD Text Capable (Deck &/or Chgr) No
D/A Converter Type 1-Bit
Direct Access On CD No
Display Type 13 Segment, 8 Digit LCD
EQ/DSP Control No
EQ/DSP/Crossover No
Face Style Detachable
Included In Box Remote, Trim, Harness, Screws
Intro Scan On CD Yes
Loudness/BBE/D-Bass Yes
memory Stick No
Motorized Face No
Power/Max 50 Watts X 4 i think this is for the speakers, but is it better to have a higher number or lower
Pre-Out Voltage 1.8 Volts
Rotary Controls Yes
Size DIN
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Built in crossover means there is a built in crossover for high/mid/low frequencies or whatever the deck has.

Face Style Detachable means that you can take the faceplate off(im pretty sure anyway)

Loudness/BBE/D-Bass means that it has one of those stupid loudness buttons that amplifies the signals and helps you blow your speakers [img]smile.gif[/img]

Memory stick is for those little memory cards that sony uses that is basically like the little chips you use to store music on MP3 players.

Motorized face speaks for itself.

Power is the wattage that the internal amplifier puts out. dont look for those numbers like 50 x 4. its like any other amp, you want to find the RMS wattage in it, it should be on the box/manual somewhere i think.

Pre-out voltage is pretty much self explanitory also.

Size DIN means how big it is, DIN is just the normal size that most cd players are.
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:01 PM
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the built in cross over i kinda under stand but what is a cross over to start with. and then the loundness bbe thing i guess i should stay away from decks with that option. pre out voltage thats for the amp and other things that can hook up to it right.
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:24 PM
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#1. please screarch google next time most of your questions could have been answered there or got to bcae and click in head units or cdplayers or what ever they call it


my advise for buying retail


when i have bougt anything retail go to a place thats reputable.and i have always found you get a better deal if you buy more things at once.if you have a friend that need something or wants some new subs get everything at once.

make sure you dont pay the sticker price.went to buy a deck the sticker said 350 but because i had shopped there before i walked out of there with it for 270 with 3 year warenty!!

when you have everything picked out and have worked out a price ask for taxes in.i went on boxing day and got a sub which retailed for $600 i got it for 250 taxes in

go early on boxing day visions has some extreme sales if you get there real early!!but dont expect the sales men to help you out.know what you are gonna be getting brfore you go.boxing day sales usly last longer than one day b/c stores make special purchases and then need to get rid of the inventory.


this is what has worked for me in the past at getting the best retail deals
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Old 12-13-2004, 04:07 PM
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ok i honestly did try and search google i gave it a good half an hour, but all i was gettin was stuff for certain decks not stuff like what would define what this stuff means. so im srry if it appeared that i got lazy and did not search for the meanings
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Old 12-13-2004, 04:46 PM
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Check this out, Lumina. It's a very informative page on all things car audio.

Stick it in your favorites and reference it anytime you have a question.

Car audio FAQ
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Old 12-13-2004, 04:56 PM
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ya you know what im stupid i had the link that hofulstrof gave me in my favorites already. man i got to look up thier more often. and thx forthe links guys
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Old 12-13-2004, 05:26 PM
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Just dont buy a rampage or koss deck and it wont be so bad. personally I'd stay away from sony as well and stick to Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood and Clarion. IMO my 2 cents.
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