Best head units in the $300 range...

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  1. Lateralus

    Lateralus New Member

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    I need some suggestions, I'm looking for a nice display, two or more pre-amp outputs, remote etc. I'm trying to stay in the $300 range, but I can go up to $350 or so, thanks.
     
  2. LOUDSYSTEM

    LOUDSYSTEM Guest

    Pioneer DEH-7400MP
     
  3. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    I went with an Alpine 7871. I paid less than $250 for it and I think it sounds great, which was the only real consideration I had. I am sure that there are much better sounding players out there, and probably with a lot more features, but for some reason this one caught my ear.

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    Disclaimer: I am not a car audiophile in any remote sense, I just needed something to provide CD playback once my stock CD changer went ass-up, and took the chance to upgrade the amps and speakers while I was at it.
     
  4. LOUDSYSTEM

    LOUDSYSTEM Guest

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/Pioneer/CDA/CarProducts/CarProductDetails/0,1429,21416,00.html

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    Whoa, hold it: The DEH-P7400MP plays MP3 CD's plus CD Audio, CR-RW, and CD-R playback, plus it's CD-changer-ready. It?s got a MOSFET 50 Watts x 4 power supply, it's XM Ready, provides a pop-up rotary volume knob, and has a flap face with an Organic EL display for increased readability. A two-way crossover allows you to fine tune frequencies to match your speakers and subs, and Sound Focus EQ (SFEQ) gives you independent bass/treble control for front and rear. "OK, that's what I thought: it's a Pioneer."


    Organic EL Display / MOSFET50, EEQ™/SFEQ / XM Ready Supertuner III™ / MP3 Playback / IP-Bus System Control / Card Remote / Rotary Volume Control / Flap Face / Detachable Face Security™

    General Features
    MOSFET 50W x 4
    XM Satellite Radio Ready
    Controls optional GEX-P900XM or GEX-FM903XM Satellite Radio tuners (as External unit)
    8-character display for XM Radio text (no scroll)
    Card Remote
    Rotary Volume Control (Pop-Up)
    EEQ Performance Chip
    3-Band Parametric Equalizer (Adjustable Level, Frequency and Q Factor)
    Easy EQ (EEQ) switches 5 Factory, 2 User EQ Presets (Super Bass, Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Flat, Custom 1 and Custom 2)
    Source Custom EQ Memory (Independent Custom Memory for each source)
    Selectable Loudness Control (Low/Mid/High/Off)
    SFEQ (Sound Focus EQ)
    Additional Independent Bass / Treble Control for Front / Rear
    Two-Way Crossover
    Front/Rear HPF (50/80/125Hz, -12dB/oct)
    Selectable LPF (Low Pass Filter) (50/80/125Hz, -18dB/oct)
    Sub-Out Level (-12dB to +12dB) and Phase Control
    Independent Subwoofer Outputs
    IP-Bus System Control
    MCD Control
    TV Tuner Control
    Auxiliary Input (CD-RB10 or CD-RB20 required)
    2 External Unit Control
    S.L.A. (Source Level Adjustment)
    Selectable Fader Control
    RCA Preouts (x2 pair, Front and Rear or Front and Sub) (2V)
    Organic EL Display (128 x 33 pixel)
    Full-motion 3D graphic animations including
    2 screensavers (Dolphins, Racing)
    2 Level Meters
    4 background animations
    Clock Display and Off (Text-only) modes
    16-character text display capability
    Adjustable brightness level (16-mode)
    Cellular Mute Capability (CD-CM1 required)
    Clock
    Compact Disc
    Track Scan/Pause/Repeat/Random Play
    Audible Fast-Forward/Reverse
    CD Compatibility: This unit will play standard audio (16-bit, 44kHz, PCM) CDs, finalized CD-Rs and finalized CD-RWs, and it will play finalized CD-Rs and finalized CD-RWs that contain MP3 audio files.
    Disc Title Memory (48 Discs)
    CD Text
    AGC (Automatic Gain Control)
    MP3 CD-ROM Playback
    8x oversampling
    3-beam laser pick-up
    1-bit D/A Converter
    Anti-shock mechanism
    MP3 File Playback
    This unit can play MP3 files that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The following functions are available during MP3 playback:

    Formats (File System): Supports ISO 9660 level 1, ISO 9660 level 2, Romeo and Joliet file systems.
    Directory Structure: Up to 8 Layers (sub-folders) with a maximum total of 253 folders supported.
    Sampling Frequency (MP3): Can play MP3 files that have been recorded with sampling frequency of 16,22.05,24,32,44.1 or 48kHz.
    Bit Rates: Can play MP3 files that have been recorded with constant bit rate (16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256, 320kbps) or Variable Bit Rate (VBR) compression (16 to 320kbps).
    Multi-Session: Multi-Session recorded discs are supported.
    Mixed Mode: Mixed Mode CD's include both a CD-Audio recorded portion and a CD-ROM (i.e. MP3 files) recorded portion. This unit will play back all CD-Audio portions of any multi-session mixed mode discs. The CD-ROM data (ex. MP3 files) will not be accessible.
    Resume: MP3 playback will automatically resume from the previous point if the unit is turned off or switched to another source.
    Folder Access: Use the Up/Down Cross-Keys to move between folders.
    File Search: Use the Right/Left Cross-Keys to skip between tracks (songs). There will be a short pause while the unit loads the track tag information and buffers.
    Fast Forward/Reverse: Press & hold the Right/Left Cross-Keys to fast-forward or -reverse through a track. No audio is played, but the PlayTime indicator will show the elapsed time of the current track (note: Variable Bit Rate (VBR) files may not show the correct time).
    Random (Folder/Disc): Folder: Plays all the files in the folder in random order. Disc: Plays all the files on the disc in a random order - each new song will be a random track from a random folder. Limitation: Disc should have less than 512 files to have a full random function. In case of a disc with more than 513 files only the previous 10 files are memorized and avoided to be repeated due to the memory capacity.
    Repeat (File/Folder): Allows you to repeat the current file, or playback only within the current folder.
    Scan (File/Folder): Plays the first 10 seconds of each file in the folder or on the disc.
    Display Capability:
    This unit can display the PlayTime Indicator, Bit Rate, or the first 16 letters only of Folder Name, File Name, Track Title, Artist Name and Album Title. When the recorded information is longer than 16 letters, you can scroll the text to the left so that the rest of the title can be seen. Press the DISPlay key to switch between display modes.
    Text Data: The File Name and Folder Names (up to 32 bytes) can be displayed.
    ID3 Tag Display: This unit supports ID3 v1.0 and v1.1 tags for MP3 files. It can display the Track Title, Artist Name or Album Title (up to 30 bytes). If specific ID3 tag information has not been recorded on a MP3 disc, ""no xxxx"" will be displayed (e.g., ""no artist"").
    Chassis
    DIN Mountable
    Detachable Face (faceplate carrying case included)
    Flap Face
    Radio
    Supertuner III
    24-Station/6-Button (18FM / 6AM) Presets
    BSM (Best Station Memory)
    Up/Down Seek with Selectable Local Seek Tuning
     
  5. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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  6. HardTech

    HardTech hungry

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    Eclipse
    Alpine
    Pioneer
    Clarion

    I like those brands in that order
     
  7. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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    equits:ugh2: we used to sell
    alpine:bigthumb: we sell
    pioneer:bigthumb: we sell
    clarion:ugh: won't touch the new stuff
     
  8. i have teh same one :bigthumb: :bigthumb:, sept my volume thing is different, and mine dont play MP3's :(

    i like it ALOT, its once of my favorite decks, the only problem i got with it, is the buttons dont have any push back (you know what i mean?) theyre very mushy, i like when the buttons just pop right back up.
     
  9. HardTech

    HardTech hungry

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    hmm.. I'm not a fan of Clarion, but I haven't heard anything bad about eclipse yet.
     
  10. LOUDSYSTEM

    LOUDSYSTEM Guest

    eskips :slap:

    hehe JK their decks are nice
     
  11. HardTech

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    from what I heard/read, their new decks don't skip at all
     
  12. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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    we never had any complaints about equits skipping. the thing was if they last past 6 months they were good decks. we RAed too high of a % of them for bad displays, and buttons not working, or just even coming off. we quit selling them 3 years ago, and still have one uint in the display area. we use it as our demo deck for the amps, subs, and comp. area. go figure, the display went bad.
     
  13. cctyler

    cctyler Mornin'

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    Pioneer.

    I bought my 720 Premier 3 years ago...still a sweet deck. Has the awesome OEL display, great sound, great features...good value.

    Alpine is nice too, I don't like their layout and display compared to Pioneer though.
     
  14. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    if you can find one teh kenwood ps909 was a good frigging deck
    but tehre hard to find i jstu sold mine
     

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