General Discussion General discussion about all things car audio, from pioneer, orion, alpine and eclipse.

Newb needs reco on head unit.Alpine?Clarion?Other?

Old 04-12-2007, 04:28 PM
  #1  
0 Watt CAFz'r
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4
Newb needs reco on head unit.Alpine?Clarion?Other?

I'm getting my first system installed. I think I have most of it down but I could use a recommendation for the head unit.

My dealer recommended the Alpine CDE9885 which, functionality and price-wise, seemed fine for me. Doing some research though, I discovered the EQ'ing capabilities of this unit were limited. Being a part-time bedroom DJ and the kind of person who likes to adjust the EQ for each new CD, and sometimes each new song, EQ'ing capability is VERY important to me. (Though I do find that being able to adjust simple lows/mids/highs is enough, I don't really need access to 25 different frequency ranges fwiw.)

So I'm looking for other options in a head unit that has (at least optional) IPOD compatibility. For whatever it's worth I don't need satellite radio or HD compatibility.

Sound quality is very important to me though, to be honest I'm not sure how much the head unit will affect SQ in an amplified system?

I would likely be running this unit with a JLE4300 amplifier, JL VR690CX1 (6x9) rears and amplified Boston S35 (3.5") front dash speakers. I don't think I'm going to add a sub right now, maybe in a few months depending on how it sounds without one.

As an alternative to the EQ-poor Alpine unit I mentioned above, my dealer has suggested a Clarion DXZ765MP or DXZ965MP, both of which have IPOD connectivity.

Any thoughts on the listed Clarion units, Clarion units generally, or any suggestions for a different head unit are welcome!
CheckeredPast is offline  
Old 04-12-2007, 04:33 PM
  #2  
500 Watt CAFz'r
iTrader: (4)
 
FusionMadsen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 883
Get a seperate EQ (Clarion).
FusionMadsen is offline  
Old 04-12-2007, 05:02 PM
  #3  
0 Watt CAFz'r
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4
I thought about a separate EQ but hadn't considered it seriously because:
(i) additional cost
(ii) additional space used on dash
(iii) little added functionality over a head unit with some decent built in EQ features (again I'm used to just lows/mids/highs and really think that's all I need...)

I could be convinced to add a separate EQ but for the above reasons I hadn't even considered it seriously, nor had my dealer recommended it as an option. Why get, e.g., Alpine head unit + Clarion EQ, when a simple Clarion head unit with built-in EQ functionality would do more or less the same thing?

I'm relatively new to this though so I may be missing something...
CheckeredPast is offline  
Old 04-12-2007, 05:07 PM
  #4  
4000 Watt CAFz'r
iTrader: (66)
 
MR2NR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 6,420
Consider the Eclipse CD7100 as well, it should make the short list of a highly capable cd player.

www.eclipse-web.com
MR2NR is offline  
Old 04-12-2007, 06:44 PM
  #5  
2000 Watt CAFz'r
iTrader: (35)
 
Brad-S.A.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,195
The DXZ765MP is last years model and never heard of the other he may have ment DXZ955MC though. They are really nice units and are super cheap right now. The 955 you can store music from store bought CDs about 6 of them.
Brad-S.A. is offline  
Old 04-13-2007, 09:33 PM
  #6  
Guest
iTrader: (11)
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 295
I would say either Eclipse or Kenwood Excelon, what is your budget on a deck?
selective sound is offline  
Old 04-13-2007, 11:03 PM
  #7  
500 Watt CAFz'r
iTrader: (4)
 
92zed34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 813
on my alpine(not sure on that one tho,i can make personal eq curves and store them on the presets. It has default curves, rock,disco,news,pop. which are all kinda shitty imo, but once you find the sound you like for one music type you can save it and switch back and fourth between 6 preset curves to suit youre taste.Ajust here and there and resave if needed.
At first all this was too much to play with but after having the deck for awile its second nature. Its a model 9815 btw its a few years old and im keeping her till shes dead lol,still works mint btw.
92zed34 is offline  
Old 04-19-2007, 01:55 PM
  #8  
0 Watt CAFz'r
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4
Thanks, I'll check out the Kenwood and Eclipse units and see if there is anything that meets my criteria.
CheckeredPast is offline  
Old 04-19-2007, 03:35 PM
  #9  
0 Watt CAFz'r
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4
Any thoughts on the Pioneer DEH-P6900UB or Pioneer cd receivers generally?

I have read good things about this unit and it has a 7-band EQ which is more than sufficient for my needs.
CheckeredPast is offline  
Old 04-19-2007, 03:53 PM
  #10  
4000 Watt CAFz'r
iTrader: (66)
 
MR2NR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 6,420
I carry the Premiere version of it, adds a 2 year warranty and a IPOD cable included. It has proven to be a great cd player.
MR2NR is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Newb needs reco on head unit.Alpine?Clarion?Other?


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.