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 Pioneer vs. Kenwood vs. Clarion - $150 range

I need to decide between the following units. They all have USB/Ipod support, some kind of DSP to improve low quality MP3s and they all have blue lighting (I need it to be blue to match my car dashboard :) ).

Since they all have similar features (and price, around $150), I would like the unit with best SOUND QUALITY. I am NOT adding amplifier or sub-woofer (just 2 front, 2 rear speakers):

Pioneer DEH-6300UB: I'm kind of partial to Pioneer because it has a 5 band EQ and 30 lighting colors to match my car. Additionally, I've had units in the past and SQ never disappoints. Is there any SQ difference with the 4300UB (cheaper)? It looks the same but specs but without Pandora...

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X494: I've heard very good things about the sound quality of this brand, but it only has 3 EQ bands (with 24bit DAC).

Clarion CZ500: I've also heard good things about this brand, but also has a 3 band EQ.

Thanks for your help!!

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the 4300 or 6300 is gonna make mince meat out of anything KW has....as far as SQ... no one in the lower end market makes a better deck IMO than Pioneer does...i sell all 3 brands as well as others... and I use a pioneer and have my pick of almost any brand I want...

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sic, thanks for the quick reply!

Is there any difference in the sound quality between 4300 and 6300? The only difference I find in the specifications is the Pandora integration...

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thats the biggest dif...they are both very good decks and sound the same

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