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A question regarding headunit power and amps

I've decided for a number of reasons that I would rather run my carputer audio through a headunit instead of directly from the computer. Do I need to worry about the power output or pre-out voltage of a headunit if I have an amp to go with the unit?

Also, does anyone have any particular suggestions for headunits? I would like one that has a removable face (security reasons), is relatively inexpensive, and has enough pre-outs for two amps, and an auxiliary input for the carputer. I really like Alpine, but I'm willing to look around if you guys have something you very strongly suggest. The system has JL amps and sub and Boston Pro60 speakers, so please suggest something of quality to go with the rest of the system! I appreciate any input you guys can send my way.
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I recommend the Alpine-9856. It's ~200 bucks (free shipping, etc etc on Crutchfield) and you can get the RCA-in AUX cable for your carputer. I love mine, and it works GREAT I also sent you a PM.
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Thanks Larson! I was considering both the Alpine 9856 and the Pioneer 5800. They are both in my price range and have about the same options. I do like that the Pioneer has a remote and more power. I'm not sure if that extra power makes a difference though since I am using amplifiers for my speakers. Any ideas there?
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i have the pioneer 6800. takes a little to get to know where all the hidden features are... setting the clock took me 3 weeks b.c i didnt feel like reading instructions haha. but it has 3 rca out puts, ipod ready, and xm/sirus ready also.
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9856 for shure. The remote is just something to use and the amps take care of the power.
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Thanks Larson! I was considering both the Alpine 9856 and the Pioneer 5800. They are both in my price range and have about the same options. I do like that the Pioneer has a remote and more power. I'm not sure if that extra power makes a difference though since I am using amplifiers for my speakers. Any ideas there?
i know for the Alpines, there's an option to not use the internal amplifiers, which means the headunit is just there to send music out to the different channels. (in a nutshell: internal power doesn't matter)
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Ah that's good to know. I've got to run out to get some MDF to finish up my amp rack and some carpet to cover everything up, so I will stop by some of the stores and see if I can't fiddle with the different decks and see what I like more.
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Kyle before you go buy a 9856 i have one for sale still..i liked it in all but its not my bag i was offering it at 240 $obo shipped comes with original box, everything and the RCA aux input wires.. has 3 sets of preouts..front,rear and sub also has an ipod in and an auxilary in or you can use it as changer in etc...has 2 yrs of warranty i had bought extra i dont know if you guys have a store called VISIONS ELECTRONICS down there or not but if you do then theres extra warranty.. so feel free to PM me or add me to mess [email protected]
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Hey Bryce I appreciate the offer, but I can get the unit new for $200 or less through Crutchfield, and then get the RCA input adapter for ~$25.
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oh i relize that the only reason i have it at 240 is because of the ext warranty.. the decks only now 2 weeks old..maybe 3 hardly gets used maybe 20min a day face plate has never left the case..shoot me an offer maybe we can work something out..
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That'd be great, but I don't have that electronics store here, so unfortunately, the ext. warranty would be useless for me. Otherwise it would be a pretty good deal. I'll mull it over today and shoot you a PM later on tonight.
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oh ok..take that into account then warrantys about 30$ so think about it ill be home later tonight gotta go to a christmas party peace bud.
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Thanks Channing, that was what I'd gathered looking at crutchfield.
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