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What Head Unit to buy

Looking for a decent head unit. Something with a subwoofer output. Currently using my factory unit, which is fine, but my amp went out. Either that or a decent amp, that will push my 10" solo baric sub. Just give me some options!
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I am not an audiophile but to me Pioneer is a good unit and buy a small amp to drive the sub; maybe even a 5-output amp to drive all of your speakers and the sub too.
Some will say not to use rear speakers, just the sub but I like the sound of the rear filling in some of the mids and highs.
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I like my Pioneer. It doesn't have a CD player but cd's are now basically getting obsolete lol. It has USB, front AUX, and SD card slot. Pandora features built in, the screen shows album art, etc. great unit imo.
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Kenwood eXcelon series are great head units. Mine has been awesome
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I have fallen way behind in the technology scene since I was young. I just use the radio, maybe a cd every so often. I have a hard enough time driving just 4 over the speed limit without constantly adjusting or looking.
I just want something with a lot of output, power and volume, and not junk. Models would be good too, not just brand names.
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A good place to start research is to look at Crutchfield and Sonic Electronix. You can read reviews of a lot of different head units.
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A good place to start research is to look at Crutchfield and Sonic Electronix. You can read reviews of a lot of different head units.
Yes… Sonic Electronix, great to deal with, helpful and their prices are just about the lowest, also free shipping on Pioneer as of right now.

Everything depends on how much you want to spend.

Pioneer AVIC140 is a good unit; has everything mentioned by 99offroadrngr plus.

Only problem is the price $1000+.

Speakers, get some component unit for the front, 6.5 mids with separate tweeters, get a good amp and a bass unit; size of the bass depends on $$$ and how much bass you want and size of the amp depends on speakers and how much volume you want.
Again, I find the rear 6x8s add something but audiophiles will disagree.


Pioneer has a great selection tool on their site and it will help to get a good balanced system.
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sonic also isn't an authorized Pioneer retailer. If anything goes wrong with it that you have to contact Pioneer, you're screwed. Other than that its a great place and the prices are cheap. I buy from crutchfield. Its a little more but idgaf
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I don't have time for research. 2 jobs with 80-100 hours a week in 5 days on one job only. I just want some beats. Already have a solo baric 10" L5 rated at 450 RMS in a truck box. The KX600.1 went out on me. I tried to get a ZX750.1 with Bill me Later, but it wouldn't go through. I just want some bass, that's all.
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Kenwood eXcelon series are great head units. Mine has been awesome
same here. no complaints. my pioneer started to scratch cd's in the same spot for some reason.
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How do you have time for music or RF and not time to research audio? Use your phone only takes a few minutes.
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2 Jobs that are both OVER an hour a way. No internet on phone either.
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Do you want to play CDs or not? My Kenwood KDC-794 will not play CDs but it has a great interface and has all the hookups for multiple amps.
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Kenwood is the way to go, Excelon series if you can afford it.
check out woofersetc.com and onlinecarstereo.com , I have shopped at both places and got great service.
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Looking at the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996. Don't need all the features, but want the sound quality.
Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Sound quality will be awesome. I love my excelon
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Looking at the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996. Don't need all the features, but want the sound quality.
Thoughts? Suggestions?
Features such as frequency filters, equalizer, and time alignment. are what your going to need if your looking for sound quality. Sound processing is important in a vehicle to allow correction in an otherwise poor listening environment.

RCA outputs with a strong signal voltage are ideal for adding external amplifiers.
external amplifiers are the key to maximizing the sound quality from your speakers.

clarion, pioneer, kenwood, alpine all have units that offer these features built in to the headunit.. but not all units will have them. so look for those features specifically.
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I have decided on the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X776 as it has individual preset buttons, where the 896 amd 996 don't.
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