Thanks for all the help in here. The mmc6500's are being installed on my boat now. I have 4 of these on a pontoon. My amp is an Alpine MRV-F545. I have spent about all i want to now but in several months i might get an ipod and another head unit. I know an ipod will never have the great sound of a dvd, cd but it sure does hold alot of music and makes it easy.
What i am reading it seems alot of head units are cattering to the ipod craze but at a cost. I see where the Alpine CDA-9857 outputs at 2 volts and it seems this could be a downside. What i have read on reviews that use the ipods, they love this head unit. I have a Clarion marine head unit that came with my boat and it is a better Clarion unit and i have not purchased the ipod interface at this point.
Is it a perfect head unit to do it all that would match my system or do you have to make the decision, do i want one to match an ipod and hope it gets by on everything else good?
Even if i go back in years and pick up a head unit or a new one from 2006, what would you choose and do i have any advantages of going with an Alpine head unit to match the Alpine amp? I am on fresh water and my stuff wouldn't be getting wet in my boat. I feel the Clarion will sound good but at some point i might get another. I see where people in here seem to love Eclipse, i have always heard good things with Alpine and Pioneer and even Sony.
On any of these Eclipse head units, do they work fast and nice with an ipod? I plan on getting a hard drive player like an ipod at some point to use with the system i am putting in. Thanks again for any help and suggestions.