Best Sound Quality headunit for less than $400?

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  1. lawnboy

    lawnboy Robert DeNigro

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    Going by reality prices, that is. My old Pioneer DEHP8MP that got stolen retailed for $400, but I picked it up for $275. I liekd it a lot, but I figure why not change for the sake of change? Now my big question is max power that big of a deal? For example, my pioneer that i had was the only headunit ive ever seen (yeah im a noob to car audio) with 60wx4 MOSFET max power. Is there going to be that much of a sound quality difference gonig for an HU w/ 50wx4 max power?

    I just want something with amazing sound quality. This will be in a lincoln navigator and will also be running 2 alpine 12's w/ a 1200w amp
     
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    JaJae New Member

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    If you just want sound quality, buy a 4v head unit and an amp for your interior speakers. A head unit isn't going to make or break sound quality on a subwoofer. Spend your money on a budget head unit with decent tuning options and a little amp.
     
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    bearsdidit OT Supporter

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    alpine 9855... pioneer 860mp
     
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  5. Ronin

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    Alpines are generally a good choice :dunno:

    and theres also Eclipse
     
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    JaJae New Member

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    I still say if you have $400 to spend you should be running an amp. Have you upgraded your speakers?
     
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    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    The best unit IMO to be had for under $400 is an Eclipse CD8053 off ebay.
     
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    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Eh, even as an Eclipse owner I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the end all be all. There is still Nak, Denon, Alpine F1, etc. that can compete.
     
  9. lawnboy

    lawnboy Robert DeNigro

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    I will just be running the stock speakers, they are factory upgrades and sound fine to me.
     
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    lawnboy Robert DeNigro

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    btw, the thread was a bit misleading. The HU itself wont be powering the subs.
     
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    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    lol, I'd like to see you try to power subs off deck power. I don't think anyone thought you meant that.
     
  12. Ronin

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    "you could do a 4-into-1 bridge!!!" :mamoru:
     
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    yeah, you guys didn't hear about the rockwood pull-out cd player that would push 4 18"s? It was real big back in the day. Even the Alpine 7909 couldn't touch that deck!
     

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