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    Default Headunit selection

    I am in the process of choosing a new headunit for my car. I am replacing a pioneer premier that i bought about 7 years ago. I have been very happy with it so was thinking about replacing it with another Pioneer. I have been told by a few people that they thought Pioneer was more worried about making a cosmetically appealing headunit rather than one that produced the best sound. Does anyone have an opinion on this or any recommendations on a good headunit for my explorer

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    I don't know what that guy was talking about, but Pioneer's Premier HU's are very good for SQ. Especially the new 880PRS or whatever it is.

    Alpine is a pretty good choice, though I'd personally look somewhere else. Where? Glad you asked! ;) I'm fond of Kenwood's eXcelon HU's, any of Eclipse's HU's, and Pioneer's Premier HU's.
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    how much are you looking to spend? IMO, Alpine has gone for the aeathetic/ipod generation moreso than pioneer.

    If you have the money, Id highly suggest the 880PRS, best SQ deck under a grand, period
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    Pioneer's Premier stuff is nice, so are the HU's from Eclipse.

    I feel the same way Cody does, but about the Eclipse CD7000 ;).
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    i have a kenwood excelon x990. excellent sound quality and can be had for about $300 on ebay. 5 volt front, rear, and sub outputs and an auxilery input to run an ipod or anything you want to run. check it out. too many features to list.


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    I agree with the Pioneer sentiments. Especially for the Premier line.

    Alpine is still my favorite but their 06 offerings are lacking.

    Clarion makes some nice stuff as well.
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    I highly recommend the Pioneer P880. Best combination I've seen of looks, performance, features, & price. I bought one a few months ago and absolutely love it.
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