cant go wrong with Alpine imo. i cant bring my self to part with my old 60wpc cda single din alpine. altho i have a "big flash touch screen" jobbie now my old alpine is the nuts!! Alpine FTW... no disrespect to anyone who owns one but the cheap JVCs are cack. they are made from the cheapest ever plastic and unless you have ever heard a decent head unit you will never know they have the most horrid sound quality in the world ever!!
I'm sorry but you really can't tar ALL JVC with the same brush by saying they're all rubbish as it just isn't true.What is true is that brand snobbery can help to enforce this myth,but I've heard some truly awful sounding systems with Pioneer or Alpine headunits and I've heard systems based on JVC that I'd be more than happy to have in my own car.
As I've said many times before the name written on any piece of car hi-fi equipment has about as much to do with sound quality as the day of the week you bought it or what you had in your sandwiches that day[snack].How it's installed and set up has more influence on sound quality than all other factors put together.
P.S. The Pioneer 4200SD above is a nice unit and as long as it's got the features YOU want,then it's the right one for YOU.
actually chris your right ya know.. back in the Day the JVC head units used to be one of the best you could get. (Chameleons and voice controled units, i know you remember these dude!!) Pioneer didnt really have much in the way of ICE as they were more the home hi-fi leader,and Alpine was far to expensive. Kenwood and jvc used to very much so lead the pack.
But it seems like most good things, they all come to an end, (unless your going to spend alot) jvc budget units are rubbish. there really is no other way to say it. as are kenwood now days, tho if i had to choose between to 2 i would have the kenny. (and i really dislike kenwood)
Also true in what you say, you can make any head unit sound good with the right components, amps and such likes but really is a pointless way round things. To the OP.... i would personally save an extra £20 and get the second link you posted.
you do most deffo get what you pay for now days and head units is deffo one of these products unfortunately.
exactly. sony as sh** for ICE. Other things like tvs and hifi yes but car audio no!
Like i said before unless you pay big money to get the better units in these other brands, the pioneer one will be the best value for money, you could pick up ones with low pass and high pass filter and builtin equaliser which when set up properly make the system amazing for around a hundred quid.
I bought my first headunit pioneer p40mp for around a hundred quid and it was amazing for a basic headunit and would beat a lot of units around the same price range. sadly discontinued now but a nice solid headunit.
dude the 2 links that you have posted.. personally i think that extra 20quid wont make that much of a difference. you get similar features at an extra cost so wats the point. the 1st link (the one i have) the only annoying thing about that is that round volume/navigation key, it can be hard to press to go to the right fuctions, lets say whislt your driving.. other than that. its excellent. go on the site i posted theres a pioneer headunit with a remote for only 90-100 quid i think! also, similar features.
from what i been reading the second one (the ones thats normally just under £200) has a better chipset for keeping the sound quality from the compressed MP3 in a non compressed way. It also has 3 line of text witch looks miles more classy than a single scrolling line. cant be bothered to add any of the other difference`s but i will give you a link for the same one at a lower price!
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