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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted April 09 2004 - 01:15 AM

I'm looking for a budget car stereo headunit that plays MP3s and has an aux input that I can use for my MiniDisc portable. It seems they all have this kind of goofy futuristic sci-fi look to them that will clash painfully with the interior of any car. Isn't there anything simple and elegant out there?
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#2 of 31 OFFLINE   John Watson

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Posted April 09 2004 - 01:33 AM

You look for simple and elegant too?

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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Philip_G

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Posted April 09 2004 - 01:38 AM

it's like the cheaper they are, the worse they look.
The nakamichi always looked nice, and the alpines are OK but they're so damn expensive

#4 of 31 OFFLINE   Khoa Tran

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Posted April 09 2004 - 01:55 AM

Eclipse , great sound quality even on the lower line

#5 of 31 OFFLINE   Wayne Ernst

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Posted April 09 2004 - 03:42 AM

Phil,

Have you checked out some of the models by JVC? Specifically, the KD-AR3000.

Crutchfield has it listed on their site.
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#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Wayne Ernst

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Posted April 09 2004 - 03:45 AM

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and the alpines are OK but they're so damn expensive


Actually, a pretty nice Alpine that can play MP3s can be had for approx. $349.00. Then, the price goes up from there.
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#7 of 31 OFFLINE   Andrew W

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Posted April 09 2004 - 04:53 AM

All current car stereos are designed by pimps.
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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted April 09 2004 - 05:01 AM

Around here, a decent Alpine with MP3, WMA and another bell and whistle or two starts at $179. Things are a bit cheaper in the south....perhaps that's why jobs don't pay worth a crap here.

#9 of 31 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted April 09 2004 - 08:22 AM

I really couldn't give a damn how they look as long as they sound good.
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#10 of 31 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted April 09 2004 - 08:29 AM

I agree with Wayne. I really like the looks of Jvc.

I don't know if you consider this budget, but this scores high in the looks department for me. Nice and clean.

http://www.sounddoma...sku/JVCKDSHX700

#11 of 31 OFFLINE   Jay Centeno

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Posted April 09 2004 - 09:01 AM

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Originally posted by Andrew W:
All current car stereos are designed by pimps.

OMG, I'm dyin'!!! Posted Image

#12 of 31 OFFLINE   NickSo

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Posted April 09 2004 - 11:04 AM

How bout this:

http://www.audiocube....7ef459ba9c8528

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#13 of 31 OFFLINE   Scott L

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Posted April 09 2004 - 12:40 PM

hehe that Pana Nick posted is tasty but a centerpiece for disaster if a teef sees it.

Rockford makes some sleek looking units, older models even had shiny wood grain that was a very nice touch.

Just found this while doing a search.

Also seconding Nakamichi and Eclipse. Take a look a Blaupunkt and Clarion, not known for their sound quality but have a different style of design.

edit- forgot to mention the McIntosh setup:

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Very slick and classy. Review. Only problem is thre are no FF/RW functions Posted Image

#14 of 31 OFFLINE   Evelio Figueroa

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Posted April 09 2004 - 08:44 PM

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I'm looking for a budget car stereo headunit that plays MP3s and has an aux input that I can use for my MiniDisc portable.


I am doing just that with my headunit. Its a Pioneer that plays MP3's and WMA. Thing is, the AUX input is optional. You have to buy an optional cable.

I got picks if you like to see it.

Head unit
http://www.geocities...vd/DSC00012.JPG


Optional cable
http://www.geocities...vd/DSC00014.JPG

Minidisc portable.
http://www.geocities...vd/DSC00015.JPG

#15 of 31 OFFLINE   Mark gas

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Posted April 10 2004 - 08:17 PM

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Just found this while doing a search. http://cgi.ebay.com/....&rd=1&tc=photo


That deck is made by Dennon and is a killer deck.origanly sold for over $1000. here is some picks of mine.
http://www.sounddoma...erpage/561778/1

#16 of 31 OFFLINE   ken nomimashita

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Posted April 11 2004 - 08:37 PM

the rockford denon thing....not a bad deal.

#17 of 31 OFFLINE   David.G

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Posted May 10 2004 - 05:26 PM

Rockford look good but feel cheaply made, Nakamichi aren't as good as they used to, they haven't updated in forever. Eclipse and Pioneer are you best bet. JVC is good if you get the Arsenal series since it comes with 24bit convertors but they aren't sonically as good as Pioneer or Eclipse. Pioneer HU's that play MP3s run 250$, ebay 200$. Eclipse runs 300$ or more. Eclipse is better sounding but costs more. If you're in a budget take the Pioneer.
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#18 of 31 OFFLINE   Clay-F

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Posted May 29 2004 - 09:58 AM

I hate the look of most non stock audio equipment...

I'm looking to upgrade all my stuff in my 350z, but I dont want it to look like a spaceship.

Sony has a nice looking head unit that plays MP3's and you can change the face color (I'm picky about having my dash colors match). It runs about 200 bucks.

http://www.crutchfie....=N&search=sony

Its fairly simple in design....At least as far as some of these things go these days.

#19 of 31 OFFLINE   Sanjay Joseph

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Posted May 29 2004 - 02:39 PM

I always thought that Alpine units were conservative looking. What do you think about them? They're definitely high in quality.

#20 of 31 OFFLINE   Scott L

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Posted May 31 2004 - 06:32 PM

pls say no to sony Posted Image

The new 04 Alpines are lookin good.

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