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    But the Alpine REQUIRES an Ai-Net connection via the head unit or controller, right?

    Just want to make sure I understand all this before dropping some $$$ into it.

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    let me see if I understand what's going on here

    Regarding the two units

    The Alpine requires a controller
    The Clarion requires a controller

    The Alpine takes in an optic signal and spits out an analog signal
    The Clarion takes in an optic signal and spits out an analog signal

    The Alpine has a 31-band EQ as well as a Parametric EQ
    The Clarion only has a small Parametric EQ

    The only upside to the Clarion is that it's less expensive than the Alpine

    The downside is the Clarion's display looks super cheap (sorry guys, but it does) and the fact that it just doesn't have the same tuneability as the Alpine

    This is the way I'm seeing this, does anyone see something that I'm seeing as wrong?
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    I thought the whole thing was that the Clarion doesn't need a controller. Did I miss something?

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    http://www.cardomain.com/item/CLADVH940

    The DVH940 can be controlled by select Clarion CeNET in-dash monitors and receivers, or the optional DVC920 stand-alone universal controller.
    The big deal is that the connection that would send a signal INTO the unit was optical and was a propritary connection made by Clarion specifically for Clarion Head Units. The original guy that posted about this finally working, just chopped off the HU end of that cable and plugged it into his computer. Now all he's got to do is adapt a regular tos-link end to the end that he cut up.

    Make sense?

    Someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong!
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    I thought the whole point was that it could be "Stand-Alone". To add more confusion to this, , here's a pic from the users manual for the DVC940:



    So, leaving the switch in "Slave Mode" leads me to believe it can run independant of a controller. Maybe not, I don't know.

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    I can see where you're coming from, but then I ask, how would you controll it?

    via the computer?

    it doesn't come with software....
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    Sure, control it though the computer.

    If you have a sound card that can adjust levels, then output the signal in some sort of encoded signal (Dolby Dig, DTS, etc), then have it go to this unit... have it decode it via the firmware on the unit supplied by Dolby labs and Digital Theater Systems... then output via RCA to an amp... that's what would make sense for me. Since I don't have any experience with mobile processors, only home theater systems, I don't really know what the controller does.

    It would makes sense to me to control the signal from the source, not another piece of hardware that may not be necessary. In the mobile theater market... sure, a controller may make sense. You could adjust levels and such I suppose. But, we already have that in the computer. We've all paid for that already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    let me see if I understand what's going on here

    Regarding the two units

    The Alpine requires a controller
    The Clarion requires a controller

    The Alpine takes in an optic signal and spits out an analog signal
    The Clarion takes in an optic signal and spits out an analog signal

    The Alpine has a 31-band EQ as well as a Parametric EQ
    The Clarion only has a small Parametric EQ

    The only upside to the Clarion is that it's less expensive than the Alpine

    The downside is the Clarion's display looks super cheap (sorry guys, but it does) and the fact that it just doesn't have the same tuneability as the Alpine

    This is the way I'm seeing this, does anyone see something that I'm seeing as wrong?
    That about sums it up. If you are looking for something w/o a head unit then the clarion is the cheaper of the two. If you are looking for something with a head unit....at least you know you have an option from both brands although the 31-band EQ gives the alpine a significant advantage. I tend to lean towards clarion when it comes to head units but that's me.

    This is debatable, but from the reviews I've read (past and present) Clarion tends to have the edge on SQ when it comes to head units and DACs. I read a recent online review comparing the DRZ9255 to the F1 DVI-9990 and other high-end units and the DRZ had the most unbelievable sound stage where the speakers actually dissapeared. Whether the DVH940 can compete with that is another story of course.

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    but the alpine doesn't use a HU, it uses a controller just like the clarion...

    OR it can use a HU just like the clarion

    not sure if this is what you are saying in your post or not...
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    Both require some sort of controller, whether it's a HU or stand-alone. Something has to be in your dash (or mounted somewhere). So it boils down to SQ, features, and price. The Clarion wins with price but the Alpine wins with features.

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