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    Head Unit?

    I'm looking for a decent quality head unit, either CD or tape, with an aux in (for the MP3 box, of course), and pre-outs for my subs. Any suggestions? I'd prefer CD player with aux in, if at all possible...

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    most people around here use Pioneer HU's. They offer an adapter ($25-30 or you can make one urself) which allows Aux. Input. I have a Pioneer Premier w/ Aux Input and it sounds great. I would also consider getting a Kenwood HU, some of those have Aux. Input. There are a bunch of HU's that have Aux. Input (www.crutchfield.com...look on there), you just have to look. how much are you willing to spend on the HU?
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    Blaupunkts have easy Aux INs

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    Blaupunkt is good - don't know for US but here in Europe its Becker the best manufactor in car Radios then Blaupunkt and then sony Panasonic and the others-

    so Blaupunkt = Quality even for low calss models -

    Blaupunkt Aux calbe is about 10 = ~max 10$ - cheaper if you get a noname like me -
    The auxin Cables from Blaupunkt - actual series- have a disadvantage :They don't have very solid Cable connectons and fine cables so that cables break easyly - After my Original Cable ( broken) I got No-Name witch works 100% great .

    've also seen some Panasonic with Aux in .



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    I am also looking for a Cd-Reciever with mp3car-input-possibility, no fm-modulator.

    Does anyone have control of the market? =)

    The brands i'm interested in is Pioneer, Sony and Kenwood, in that order.

    max cost is about $250

    please inform me wich series that support aux-in or aux-in hacks/custom connectors(like the ip-bus on pioneer)

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    I have a Sony CDX-8000R CD-Receiver headunit with a XA-107 Aux adapter.
    If I was at the stores again for a car stereo system, I would buy a Sony headunit again with the XA-300 Aux adapter. It has USB audio inputs (and analog of course) so the signal goes almost all the way digital to your headunit.
    You can forget about proper grounding/proper cable running/ proper cable shielding issues, ground loop isolators, noise filters etc, etc... And ABSOLUTELY NO NOISE of course!

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    So, from what I gathered, the best units are in this order: Pioneer, Kenwood, Blaupunkts.

    Specifically, I want a unit with a 'hidden' aux in, that is, one that is not on the front.

    If I were to go for a CD player, a pioneer DEH-P3100 seems the best choice, what about tape decks? Any thoughts? Car audio isn't exactly my speciality

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    Dimitris, how much did both player and adapter cost you?

    what do you mean with usb in?(is there usb out on the soundcard? )

    wich Sony models can you fit the aux-adapter to?

    Is there any Pioneer headunit EXCEPT the P-models (p bus connector) that is possible to get aux-in to?

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    The CD-receiver supposed to be a high end model back then and cost me Euro 350,- (Yes - Sony is really good value for money). The adapter was about Euro 75,-. That was 2 years ago.

    As for the USB Aux adapter:

    http://www.simplycheap.com/sonxa3carste.html

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-mNlDij9...asp?i=158xa300

    You can connect on this adapter up to 8 CD/Minidisc changers (you can actually daisy-chain them) and a computer through it's USB port. If you use this you don't even need a soundcard in your CarPC anymore. As soon as you plug it in your computer's USB, windows will "find new hardware" and all the audio will be directed to your headunit. Of course you don't need to have a CD changer connected in order to use the aux in feature.

    All the current Sony headunits from the cheapest to the high end models (unlike other manufacturers) have only one type of bus that can control CD changers and all can be connected with these aux adapters. The cheapest cassette-receiver is about Euro 100 here in Greece while the cheapest Cd-receiver is Euro 150.

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    err, $97.95, thats about 1/3 headunit... i think I'll go with the kenwood one, i can get aux-in box and headunit below $300

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