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Need a headunit - Recommendations please

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Scuzi, 25 Dec 2005.

  1. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Екатеринбург

    I'm after an MP3/WMA headunit for my car. I'm not really after anything fancy soundwise as I have the standard speakers which I don't plan on changing. As long as it has some decent features I'll be happy. The stumbling block is that it MUST have a red backlight to match the rest of my dash. My upper limit is £150 so preferably something from the January sales.

    Thanks :D

    I've had my eye on this one...

    http://www.lowcostcaraudio.co.uk/sh...-Tuner_productJJ1478ZZcategoryJJ/mp3/clarion/

    Any good?
     
    Last edited: 25 Dec 2005
  2. Pepz

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Croydon, London

    Ive got an Alpine 9847 and its quality, but I got it a few months ago now, so for £150 you could get something better.

    I would look at:

    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/pro...d=3856&cadid=43840a13fd0a578287fac91c28678c91
    http://www.caraudiocentre.co.uk/product.asp?product=20845

    Im very biased towards alpine and personally I think they are hands down the best manufacturer of headunits but pioneer do good stuff as well.
    Avoid sony (and kenwood in my opinion - people will disagree) and try and get something with at least 4x50 and DAB, you probably want at least 2/3 pre-outs if your looking at getting a SUB.

    Mike
     
  3. Vanilla

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Go for one of the Blaupunkt MP35 (Brooklyn?) players on caraudiodirect. You can change the background colour to whatever you want (a million different shades of red).

    £100. Got one for me mam for xmas :)
     
  4. The Running Man

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  5. cleanbluesky

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    Do you need more than one out if you want to get a sub?
     
  6. thebrasso

    Soldato

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    I also have the 7700-MP that Nickg mentions...sounds awesome, very easy to use and backlight is switchable between red and green.

    Alpine headunits no doubt sound good, but to me they seem complicated to adjust/use (more so than Pioneer anyway) and they just don't look as good IMO.
     
  7. ZXSpectrum

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: Derby

    I got a great Clarion Head Unit from a well known auction site... Has a built in 128Mb too called Music Catcher and got that for £107 Inc Postage... Think they are the older model and he had loads for sale but they are a bargain and work great... Loads of guys bought them from the SXOC and everyone was happy... I am totally happy with it.. plays CD's, MP3,Wma, Radio Etc and the Music Catcher function is a great gimic... Only prob is that my S14a had a clarion head Unit and changer in it... So i thought, Great... Will be able to use the changer... Only to find out that they have changed from C-bus to C-net standard and the adapter is £70 :rolleyes: Oh and guess what? I have found a company in the states that sell the exact same part... For £23.. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Oh and if you have OEM speakers it has a Anti Distortion Function for different Speakers... OEM, Coaxial and Components... Made a HUUUUUUUGE difference with My OEM Speakers in my S14a... Till i can afford some replacements...
     
  8. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

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    I'm liking the 7700-MP, seems to be the best featured model for the money. Also, looking around the web there seem to be quite a few good deals on it.

    Thanks :)
     
  9. The Running Man

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    the 150 inc free pnp was the cheapest i could find.
     
  10. Psymonkee

    Capodecina

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    Scuzi am I right in thinking you drive a Toledo?

    If so this thread has saved me asking a similar question :D
     
  11. Scuzi

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    That ois indeed correct sir, a Toledo 20VT.
     
  12. lmfy2k

    Soldato

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    Scuzi did you got for the 7700MP in the end mate? whats it like?