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caob5
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 Alpine , clarion, or kenwood-please help

need help on picking a head unit for my explorer, i currently have a 4 year old eclipse and have had bad luck with it. Would like to stay unde 500.00 if possible. i have always had alpine and had good luck with them, but i hear not so good things about the 9855 glide touch and was wondering whats the next top of the line alpine? any comments would be appreciated.

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well maby look at kenwood kdc-mp928 or the step down kcd-mp828 or if you want alpine go with the 9851 or clarion the DXZ855MP or a step up the DXZ955MC but ive never used the clarions but have hurd them the do look cool and look like the work well but you never know. i would say kenwood at the moment.th

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FitzyG
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clarion or pioneer premier 860...

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 RE:

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clarion or pioneer premier 860...

i agree

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 RE: RE:

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i agree

Clarion ProAudio, Pioneer Premier:) Personnaly I've got DXZ745MP and this HU is Sick

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Clarion. I've got the DXZ825 and its crazy what it can do.

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I'm going to have to say clarion as well. I've had nothing but clarion HUs, till now. My current HU is a clarion DRX9375R w/the DPH9300 DSP/EQ/Xover, you wanna talk about sick. Reasons for a newer HU is that this thing is now 8 yrs old, and was a demo when I bought it. Eclipse CD8455 will be my next HU. 2 reasons....1) E-iSERV, and 2) 8 volt preouts for my Phoenix Gold ZPA0.3

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 RE:

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I'm going to have to say clarion as well. I've had nothing but clarion HUs, till now. My current HU is a clarion DRX9375R w/the DPH9300 DSP/EQ/Xover, you wanna talk about sick. Reasons for a newer HU is that this thing is now 8 yrs old, and was a demo when I bought it. Eclipse CD8455 will be my next HU. 2 reasons....1) E-iSERV, and 2) 8 volt preouts for my Phoenix Gold ZPA0.3

FYI: According to an audiocontrol test I saw at a dealer, the new eclipses do less than 3v actual. This could be BS, but something to look into..

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eclipse rules the world...sure you might not be able to get a really sweet display for under $499.00, but you're listening to the damn thing, right? i'll tell you this- at my shop we sell pioneer premire, clarion, panasonic, sony, jvc, blaupunkt...all of them, but, since we've started carrying eclipse we can't get anyone to but anyting else. we seriously havn't sold a pioneer in 10 months. we sell nothing but. and it's and easy sell too...the stuff just sounds better. and thats what were all here for, right?

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 RE:

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I'm going to have to say clarion as well. I've had nothing but clarion HUs, till now. My current HU is a clarion DRX9375R w/the DPH9300 DSP/EQ/Xover, you wanna talk about sick. Reasons for a newer HU is that this thing is now 8 yrs old, and was a demo when I bought it. Eclipse CD8455 will be my next HU. 2 reasons....1) E-iSERV, and 2) 8 volt preouts for my Phoenix Gold ZPA0.3

im running the 8455...it's the best thing to ever spit out a cd.

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eclipse rules the world...sure you might not be able to get a really sweet display for under $499.00, but you're listening to the damn thing, right? i'll tell you this- at my shop we sell pioneer premire, clarion, panasonic, sony, jvc, blaupunkt...all of them, but, since we've started carrying eclipse we can't get anyone to but anyting else. we seriously havn't sold a pioneer in 10 months. we sell nothing but. and it's and easy sell too...the stuff just sounds better. and thats what were all here for, right?

weird.. b/c I'd take a pioneer premier over an eclipse any day of the week... b/c it "just sounds better" on every setup I've heard...
With this high level of product, I highly doubt most ppl could tell the difference in a good install in a double blind test

"eclipse rules the world..."

^ahahahahaha....

don't make stupid blanket statements of one company being the best.. especially when you're name involves kicker..

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 RE: RE:

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weird.. b/c I'd take a pioneer premier over an eclipse any day of the week... b/c it "just sounds better" on every setup I've heard...
With this high level of product, I highly doubt most ppl could tell the difference in a good install in a double blind test

"eclipse rules the world..."

^ahahahahaha....

don't make stupid blanket statements of one company being the best.. especially when you're name involves kicker..


ya know...i've never understood why people in these forums get so damn devensive when their favorite product isn't considered the cats ass by everyone in the free world. to me you're statement is "weird" because in my experience (which i have alot of, because i am a professional installer and have ran the gararge in the last two shops i've worked at) eclipse easily outpreforms premire in every catagory but cosmetics. they're pretty. how nice. my shop infact carries both product, and we haven't even sold a pioneer in 10 months. if you're so confident in pioneer, don't defend them with stupid coments like your last post, back it up. tell us why. thats how you prove your self right. not with a battle of insults. we're not children.

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ya know...i've never understood why people in these forums get so damn devensive when their favorite product isn't considered the cats ass by everyone in the free world. to me you're statement is "weird" because in my experience (which i have alot of, because i am a professional installer and have ran the gararge in the last two shops i've worked at) eclipse easily outpreforms premire in every catagory but cosmetics. they're pretty. how nice. my shop infact carries both product, and we haven't even sold a pioneer in 10 months. if you're so confident in pioneer, don't defend them with stupid coments like your last post, back it up. tell us why. thats how you prove your self right. not with a battle of insults. we're not children.

audiocontrol did a test showing eclipse 8v = circa 2 v or less actual output. How accurate that is?? IDK, but being able to say one company rules the world is just a pointless blanket statement. Once again, if eclipse rules the world, why isn't your name "EclipseDealer"? Eclipse, Pioneer, Clarion, Alpine. Take all four, crank em up yer bum, and pick one out. I guarentee it'll sound good.

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 RE: RE: RE: RE:

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audiocontrol did a test showing eclipse 8v = circa 2 v or less actual output. How accurate that is?? IDK, but being able to say one company rules the world is just a pointless blanket statement. Once again, if eclipse rules the world, why isn't your name "EclipseDealer"? Eclipse, Pioneer, Clarion, Alpine. Take all four, crank em up yer bum, and pick one out. I guarentee it'll sound good.

whats your problem...are you really that much of an assclown? i've seen your name on alot of posts and haven't read one intellegent word yet. you get all defensive because all you know about car audio is how to talk shit apparently. prove me wrong. -and im sure you're the only person that didn't preceive my "eclipse" comment as nothing more than a figure of speach.

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and by the way...audiocontrol makes line drivers, one thing an eclipse owener doesn't need, and their "test showing eclipse 8v = circa 2 v or less actual output." is marketing. just like legacy's 1600 watt wonder. think about it.

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