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Thread: What brand/model of car cdplayer should i get?

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    I agree with Fosgate about Panasonic and Aiwa sucking, any sane person with good car audio knowledge would avoid those brands.
    But I do aknowledge that Clarion, JVC, etc are very nice.
    About the aux inputs though. Me and my buddies have a term for units that have a front aux input which you use for your permanent input: ghetto. Having a rats nest of wires underneath your seat for the computer and then a patch cord going right through the middle of your car upto the aux input on the front of the unit is just a bit ghetto. It looks much nicer if you run the cable under your carpet and to the rear of your unit.
    Plus we can get Pioneers really cheap, and they are used widely on the competition circuit here. $440 for the top of the line DEH-P9200R with a full length organic EL display is very respectable.
    I have heard differing opinions about Blaupunkt units, but the top of the line unit with navigational features is used in the Orion sponsored Durango which has 4 HCCA 15s and is the loudest vehicle I've ever heard, so Blaupunkt probably is OK.
    Really, all that matters is what makes you happy. If an $80 Aiwa head unit suits you fine, go for it. If you are like me and never quit buying/saving up for car stereo stuff then that is also OK. Don't be *too* influenced by what other people say, pick something you like, can afford, and are happy with.
    I've also noticed that different geographical regions have a certain brand that they are die-hard supporters of. Around here, _everyone_ has pioneer decks.
    But the bottom line is pick what makes you happy. Later...

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    all i can say is that nakamichi is the best...

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    In my opinion, pioneer car audio sucks, i'll go for sony es, kenwood, and finally alpine really rules...

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    Just out of curiosity, why does everyone think Pioneer sucks? I mean for God's sake they have the same features for less money as (some) other brands.

    [This message has been edited by ezcomp (edited 05-29-2000).]

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    Fosgate, sorry but aiwa is very good brand compared to many others out there.. i put it against my friends pioneer deh4200 and mine sounds much clearer.. and this was just swapping out head units, no different speakers no different amps or anything. Poor idiot feels sorry he bought a pioneer now..

    Btw, why most people dont like pioneer is cause they are extremely hot when running, and have a .08%THD....


    Anyways, even though im for aiwa, I HAVE TO SAY listen for yourself. everyone elses opinions are worthless. your own opinion is the best. i heard several people say aiwa sucks and they are always returned because they are broken when you get them, i ignored them, bought one for a little under$200 with tax and warranty, and no i only doubt buying it because i know i couldve gotten a little higher aiwa model for only $30 more.


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    Call me wierd but I LOVE my Pioneer Head. It's the DEH-P2000, it has a 4x45 watt mosfet amp, rear channel crossover and a descent equalizer built in for $200. I don't see how you can go wrong. It has aux inputs via a $30 addon box but I opted to open up the case and solder 2 RCA jacks direclty to the circuit board, saving me $28.
    The best feature is the ability to rename the AUX input so that it reads "MP3 PLAYER" when mp3's are playing. Just my $0.02


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    I recomend blaupunkt. It is easy to use and it has the aux input in the rear. Very nice if you want a clean system. Plus they are only about $150.

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    If you want something high-end, go with Alpine, Clarion, or Eclipse. I know Alpine has a few decks with aux input. Generally, if the company makes products other than car audio (Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, Panasonic, etc.), they won't be as good but usually acceptable. Nakamichi and Blaupunkt were good in the 80's, but I don't know about now thought. Stay away from Aiwas and JVCs.

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    I don't think putting Aiwa and JVC in the same sentence is quite fair to JVC. IMO, they are one of the best head units out there. just go with your gut. Whatever tickles yer pickle or floats yer boat.

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    Wow, thanks for all the input guys. I have bought my new unit and am very happy with it. It has aux in, dvd control, md/cd changer control, as well as some other rather nice options! Now if I can just get the DC/DC PS to work. ^_^

    Once again, thank you all!
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