$400 for a new head unit, help a bro out!

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  1. Neo22

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    I'm having problems picking out a head unit. Its in a 05 dodge ram, already have aftermarket fronts in the doors, and plan on adding a sub. The units I have been looking at are

    Alpine Cda-9857
    Clarion dxz865-mp

    Mainly I am leaning toward the clarion because it has a motorized face, higher preout voltage and a 24bit d/a convertor. ONly problem is I don't have one in this area I can toy with. I've heard alpine has gone down the shitter and am not to fond of the manual eject. WHich should I go with? I'm mainly going for SQ and not so much graphics etc...
     
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    clarion. alpine has gone down the shitter
     
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    do you have experience with either unit?
     
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    no, not either of those specific units, but i worked with both brands side by side until i left the shop i worked for 2 yrs ago. I actually did more with Kenwood Excelon stuff than I did with Alpine. Didn't do much with the Clarion because no one had heard of it. But if given the option, I much prefered the Clarion over the Alpine junk. Alpine's sound quality really went down hill, IMO. But compare the features online and see which you prefer. check clarion's site for dealer info.
     
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    clarion has not been a good deck brand in 10 years from my expirence.
     
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    why? what is wrong with the unit in question?
     
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    i've only seen one of that unit, and it was dead out of the box. the kid who bought it, got it off ebay though(so that don't count... it looked new, and smelled new... but no workie.). i just trade out so many clarions that don't work, with alpines in the shop. used to they were a solid brand, they just seem to have went the way of sony and kenwood with their quality.
     
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    Well for an alpine here is what I have found new that I can get, most are at onlinecarstereo.com

    Or I can get the other off ebay (cda9855)

    Out of these 3 which one will I have the best luck with bc I've heard bad things about glide touch

    cda-9857
    cda-9853
    cda-9855
     
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    glide touch ftl... i'd get a eclipse cd5000 or pioneer 880
     
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    i hate glide touch, it's a cool idea... but to gimmicky for me.
     
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    Eclipse is non detachable and I'm not a fan of pioneers two knob radios. I would do eclipse first if it was a detach.
     
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    so 9857 then? :wtc:
     
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    it's a good solid deck... installed many of them so far... and no complaints yet.
     
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    ok cool thanks for the advice!! Otherwise you have any advice on where to buy from?
     
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    eclipse 7000 then. i would much rather use the pioneer though.
     
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    they fucked up with glidetouch...and you have to pay alot more for hi volt outs...etc...but the 9857 is a solid stereo. I have no seat time on that clarion unit
     
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    so you would do a clarion if price was equal?
     
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    no $500 for cd player LOL
     
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    Like i said...Havent played with the clarion...If i didnt have an external EQ i wuold have done the cd7000 eclipse..personaly....shitty knob and all:o
     

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