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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-15-2003, 12:34 PM
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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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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 12:59 AM
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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?
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 01:48 AM
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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.
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 02:04 AM
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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.
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 08:10 AM
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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.
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 12:57 PM
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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 [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 01:42 PM
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The stock CD player will control an optional cassette deck, but not a CD changer.
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 07:18 PM
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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!
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 04:18 PM
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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
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-24-2003, 02:35 AM
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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 [img]smile.gif[/img] . 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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