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Looking for something for the winter car. Only would like to spend $100-$150.00 maybe even something used? I know I should stick with Alpine, Pioneer, and those types of brands. There are so many to look at I don't know where to start?
Any idea of a good head unit. I would like it to play MP3's though.

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I'm a big kenwood fan. However, you might check out the JVC w/ built in HD radio (crutchfield, ebay, discounters) for less than 150.

I just picked up an Eclipse CD5000. Best deck I've heard in my system. Their lower models are very good and can be had for a decent price through ebay or other discounters. (I paid 289 plus shipping for the CD5000 which others sell for over 500, for example).

Here's a link to a crutchfield search w/ an inexpensive Kenwood that should do the job:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-YF1mjJFF5TT/cgi-bin/ProdGroup.asp?g=280150&avf=Y&skipvs=T

the JVC is in the list and so is the 199 Eclipse CD2000. (ebay 149+20 shipping)

I'd pay a little more and get 3 sets of preamp outs with some sort of line input, but its up to you what options to get.

Technology has come down so much in price, its amazing the price and quality you can get for the money now.

Others will have more professional opinions but this was just my .02

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-PJ
 
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Huh? Thanks This model seems pretty good

-> JVC KD-HDR1

$150.00 on E-bay.

Isn't there MP3 DVD Decks now too?
 
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Stick with alpine, I worked for years in car audio and the others like pioneer, kenwood will have cooler graphics, high max power numbers and cool motorized flip doors but if you are looking for reliablity and sound quality alpine is the way to go. The CDE-9846 goes got about $150 from crutchfield with free shipping, and free car install kit($15), wiring harness($10) and antenna adapter($10).
 
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Nowadays, eclipse is the only way to fly, at least for me. The Alpines from 2 or so years back are awesome, but really its really all up to what you need - I say this because all the glide touch equipped decks have problems with the glide touch. All the alpine products, excluding component sets are good stuff. The only pioneers I would mess with would be they're upper line and premier stuff. Stay away from kenwood/jensen and others.
 
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I'm in a similar boat with my Fleetwood--want a new head unit to replace a stocker with dead CD/cassette, but am just lost when it comes to actually choosing one.

Have for a long time thought another double din CD/cassette was what I wanted, since they are a direct replacement in size and look the best, but I'm now also considering some single dins if I could just determine one that stands out to me.

I basically just want the best quality CD unit I can get--preferably with a face Aux. input jack--that isn't cluttered with a bunch of tiny buttons, feels quality (after my trip to Best Buy tonight to get a real feel of some different models, I realized that only a few qualify), and looks proper in my car, up to about $200'ish.
 
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for every application you should go with the highest signal to noise ratio you can afford. MP3 and DVD players obviously have the highest but some kenwood and alpine cd players have over 105. Blaupunct, or however it's spelled, has good specs but they're different from Japanese electronics in so many ways. generally any player over 100 S/N will sound clean.
 
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The apline glide touch was a disaster but I don't think any of their decks have that anymore.
 
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I have the Panasonic CQ-C8100U and I'm very satisfied. I got it on Crutchfield on sale... I believe the original price was $300 or somewhere around there. It has a motorized faceplate AND cool graphics... but it has also been excellent as far as sound quality. It powers two of my speakers and two tweeters with no problems.
 
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Based on reviews, tech specs, price, features, and a STRONG recommendation from a local stereo guy I've been getting stuff from, I just ordered a Pioneer Premier DEH-480MP.

Essentially, the most popular model on Crutchfield right now in the CD player category, but also the upgraded Premier model with the longer warranty. I was debating against an Alpine and a few other ones, and after it all, I just kept coming back to the Pioneer. Hope it turns out well!
 
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