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So, one of the projects for the SS this winter is to goto a different head unit for the stereo (currently using stock with line-level converters....works but need more EQ control and less noise). Since I have an amp, I don't need an amp in the head unit.

I see Crutchfield has the Alpine CDA-7995 on sale right now for what looks like a really good price. And it appears to be just what I need : low noise, lotsa features, no internal amp, and even decently priced to boot!

Has anyone used this head unit? And if so, is it as good as the specs make it look?

If I go with this head unit (or similar), I'll buy the adapter that lets you use GM steering wheel controls (which I have now in my Camaro steering wheel in the SS) to activate an infrared remote signal and thus work with an aftermarket head unit. I'll also remove/sell the rear seat radio controls that I have now. And I'll buy an Aux Input adapter and run my XM radio tuner (Delphi SkyFi) in the SS thru it instead of the FM modulator I have now.

So, any input/opinions on this head unit are appreciated!
 
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its a real nice unit, reason most people dont get it is because of no amp. but it really is a very nice unit. i think you should be able to find a better price than crutchfield though. why not keep the rear seat radio controls and get the aux input adapter?
 
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Surprisingly, I've not found much better price than Crutchfield on this one head unit! Maybe a FEW $$$ (as in $5-10....remember Crutchfield has free shipping) cheaper, but I'll go with the known (good) vendor over saving a couple bucks. Most Ebay auctions are actually charging more than Crutchfield right now on this unit!

I want to get better sound quality, thus why the head unit swap. There are some "holes" in the spectrum right now that the (very) limited frequency controls on the stock head unit are nowhere close to being able to cover.
 
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I was going to go with the alpine 7995. Excellent headunit especial since you have your own amps. I used to run stock headunit with low level inputs on my amps and i thought it sounded ok. Then i switched my headunit to the Pioneer 9400mp and it made a world of difference. I couldn't believe what i was missing. It must sound a million times better and i highly recommend switching your stock headunit to the alpine7995.
 
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I asked a couple buddies about that Alpine and they both said it's very nice. I'm not a big fan of the controls layout myself, but that's pretty minor.

What's this about an AUX input adapter? Is it just for the Alpine or somehow for any deck? My Eclipse 5342R is a few years old, doesn't have any other inputs and can't read MP3 CDs. I'd just hook an iPod up to it.

Good luck with that Alpine! If Eclipse doesn't un-ugly their decks for next year, I might just switch to Alpine anyway. :rolleyes:
 
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OK, sounds like this Alpine is a good deck. Think I'll pick one up!

Andrew : most aftermarket decks (and even some factory ones now....the 95-96 Impala SS SCV CASSETTE head unit is one, not sure on the SCV CD player though) can have an Aux Input added on via an inexpensive wiring adapter. In the case of this Alpine deck, it's about $15 and gives you female RCA inputs to the deck. Just add a wiring adapter (male 1/8" headphone to male RCA) to your I-pod and BAM....I-pod thru your car stereo
 
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The stock CD player will control an optional cassette deck, but not a CD changer.
 
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Wayne : yes, the Cassette only can control a changer. The Aux input interfaces (aftermarket) sold to use a GM head unit WOULD thus only work with the cassette deck. However, it looks like there MIGHT be some newer interfaces out that would plug in to the CD head unit where that "remote" cassette would normally go.

Well, I ordered the CDA-7995. I'll post again once I get it and get it installed!
 
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Well, count me as very impressed! I ordered the Alpine on Tuesday around noon from Crutchfield (with "free" shipping), and it shows up today at noon. In other words, only 48 hours later despite a hurricane hitting Crutchfield HQ in Charlottesville VA about now :D
 
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Another update : thanks to help from Trevor Gould (Pimpin RM) and Tully Gould (fast_ss1) I got the head unit installed tonight. I am still waiting on the steering wheel control interface and aux input....should be 1-2 weeks. Rear seat controls will be uninstalled (and for sale) at that time along with the Chevy Venture head unit (that works with the rear seat controls).

As expected, it sounds quite a bit better
. Still have some tweaking to do on settings on both the head unit and amp itself, but the best way to describe it is the sound is "cleaner and crisper" than it was before.

As for the install, we had to cut out some minor bracing at the back of the dash. Nothing major, and the stock head unit could still be reinstalled if so desired. Also, you have to cut some at the front of the dash....and a bit more is needed (the head unit is about 1/4" off-center right now, more hidden cutting will solve that and will be done when I go back into the dash in a week or two). This is using a DIN adapter kit that does NOT stick out, but rather "flush" mounts into the dash.

So, in summary it looks nice and sounds great!
 
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What company was your adapter kit from? I don't want my head unit sticking out either. Nice looking install.
 
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Thanks!

Not sure which company makes it, but it ended up being the "universal" GM kit from Best Buy that goes for about $25. Tully's girlfriend bought the kit (she was installing a head unit into her Grand Am that same night) and did a trade with me since she didn't care that the kit in HER car (which is the one I got from Crutchfield for free with the head unit) stuck out a good 3/4" or so. She was going for "functional and easy as possible to install" in that car (it's pretty much a beater car anyways). And actually, in the Grand Am car it doesn't look too bad sticking out a little, but of course it would look like aSS in the SS
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That looks like the same adapter kit I have in my car, with an Eclipse 5342R (off-center as well). Your trim ring must be bigger, cause mine shows a gap around the deck. I might still have the instructions in my car, but it's late, so I'll check tomorrow when the insurance guy comes out to look at it.

Lookin' good!
 
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BTW, it's not much work to make it centered. Basically just remove some more material behind the posts that the stock radio mounts to (the posts that are right below the screws....leave the posts intact if possible though).

Looks like the Steering Wheel Controls adapter won't make it till next week, but I might yank the dash and do the prep work for it (including centering the head unit and rear seat controls removal) this weekend. I plan on mounting the adapter in the overhead console, and pointing the IR from it out of the console down towards the head unit.
 
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I was pretty much set on the CDA-9813 until I saw this one in the Crutchfield catalog. The 9813 has a lot of built-in power but I won't need it because I've got two Soundstream amps for that...
The 9813 could be had for about $279 on eBay but since none of the sellers are authorized dealers, Alpine won't honor the warranty.
The one feature the 9813 has over the 7995 is that it will also play WMA (Windows Media Audio) files.

Any opinions on MP3 vs. WMA? If there's not that much of a difference, I'll go with the 7995 from Crutchfield (which will also get me a usable warranty).
 
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The 9813 does 6-channel time correction and crossover, as opposed to 4. The 9813 has a 5 band parametric EQ, the other has none. None of those might matter to ya, but they're also differences.
 
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