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stereo upgrade - recommendations?
Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:19 PM
Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:22 PM
Go to an electronics store and start there. Look feel touch play with the units to see what you like. then make a list and ask us again
for the record, i like pioneer and sony, and hate one knob does everything units.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:29 PM
Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:50 PM
The KD-HDR1 if you're interested.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:14 PM
it has little buttons for pre sets, which i really like. i hate hunting for them. i also added a power amp, pioneer of course.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:27 PM
Just need an adapter cable and your head unit is an ipod control unit.
I have an older (2004) Alpine head unit and I needed an ipod interface to control the ipod through my head unit, but the new ones are plug and play. No interface needed.
And it'll make your speakers sound amazing.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:44 PM
works great in my 86 hatch
set up with house speakers:banana:
has an ipod plugin in the face
Posted 15 April 2008 - 02:45 PM
That led me to a Pioneer that just came out. I think the model number is FPH 800BT (or something like that). No buttons, no flashy stuff, mostly black. It's main feature is a knob in the middle that works a lot like that of an ipod. It comes standard with the ipod cable as well as bluetooth. Here in WA, hands free will be the law starting in July so this is a big feature for me. MSRP is $350 for the Pioneer Premier version and $330 for the standard version. There are subtle differences but the extra year of warranty makes the extra $20 worth it.
I have owned all of the above mentioned brands and as well as others and have really never had a bad car stereo. Just find the features that you like and you'll be fine. Make sure to play with the unit in the store before you buy one!
Posted 15 April 2008 - 03:14 PM
Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:45 PM
Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:56 PM
I would however suggest you steer clear of actual Parrot brand in car decks. I have one I bought, and installed in my Roadmaster. The Bluetooth, and Ipod interface are some of the best I've seen, but the rest of the deck is junk. The rare times I try to play a CD, or MP3 CD, things go horribly wrong.
My biggest suggestion would be to stay with the top brands (IE: Alpine, JVC, Panasonic, Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony, etc.), and buy an upper escellion piece. Pretty much all of the companies have both really horrible stuff (grey line crap manufactured to be sold at Wally World), and really top notch stuff that sells only in reputable local shops.
Just find something you like the controls of, because that's what you are going to deal with the most. But be sure it is a good brand, and if it's $119 bucks installed at Best Buy: it probably isn't going to last as long as a slightly different model that cost alot more!
Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:10 AM
Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:46 PM
Personally, I prefer to buy from my local shop. I do my homework and know what Crutchfield and others sell the same unit for and I haggle to get that price.
Having said that, Crutchfield is a great source of knowledge and I do not discount it as an amazing resource.
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