a continuation of another thread about my replacement HU, at a price of ~$550 MSRP.
so, i'm down to three choices: the Eclipse CD8454, the Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP, and the Alpine CDA-9835.
I will use this unit for one primary purpose: playing CDs. Maybe I'll keep my Sirius subscription, maybe change to XM, maybe neither. Radio? Don't care. If a unit didn't even have a tuner, it wouldn't matter a bit. SQ? Absolutely vital, and this is why i tend to favor the eclipse; i've heard nothing but good things, and it has some impressive specs to back it up, namely 8 volt preouts and a blue laser. MP3 capability is nice, but again, it doesn't matter. CD changer capability? DVD capability? same again, nice but doesn't affect my decision.
time correction - they all have it, the eclipse and the pioneer are automatic, and the alpine may be
eq - see time correction
MacLeod - why exactly do you favor that Alpine over anything else in that price range? ease of use? features? other? besides the "ugly as homemade sin" bit :p.
Cody - same thing - why exactly do you favor the pioneer over the others?
Anyone else have a dissenting or reinforcing opinion? I need reasons, people, not just brand loyalty!! :D