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Finding the perfect receiver/HU

Ok, I'm looking for a receiver that meets my specifications. Haven't found the perfect one yet, so make suggestions.

MUST have:
-Single DIN
-Blue display (or selectable blue)
-THREE RCA preouts (front, rear, and subwoofer)
-Auxiliary input (REAR)
-Reputable brand name

Nice to have:
-USB
-The better the EQ, the better it will be for me.
-ipod control (minor, since music will mostly be tablet controlled)

I was looking at this Pioneer, but it hasn't got an auxiliary input. Other than that, I like it, but I HAVE to have an aux input.
DEH-X9500BHS - <b>NEW!</b> - CD Receiver with Full-Dot LCD Display, MIXTRAX, Bluetooth®, HD Radio™ Tuner, and SiriusXM Ready | Pioneer Electronics USA
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Ok, I have found 3 kenwoods I'm looking at. Never owned a kenwood before. Leaning towards the KIV BT901 because an lcd display would be sweet. Is the excelon that much better of a line? I see it's a 13 band EQ but I wouldn't know what to do with all that anyway.

Compare: Car Receivers at Crutchfield.com
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The one i have is discontinued and has the aux in the front but its been great so far. No issues whatsoever. I think you can probably find them online, leftovers.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130MVHP...84#details-tab


a friend has the 901 kenwood you linked and its nice.
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I can get a refurb on ebay for $215 of that 901. Might check out some other options, but I'm liking it for now.
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are you looking for now our would a used in excellent shape work for you? I have a nice kenwood execelon deck that I took out of the truck last fall to install a kenwood double din. it has been in a dust proof container in my spare bedroom ever since. can't remember the modle # right off, just know it was higher end. has triple 5 volt preouts, blue or red display, rear usb pigtail, rear aux in. built in eq
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