As an apline owner, Eclipse does have some nicer components inside, and on some specs they are better. But the Alpines have many more features, the best iPod controls IMO, and are still good SQish decks.
When going from my old RF > Alpine it was better in EVERY aspect. I prefer my Alpine to the various pioneers i've installed for friends, had in my own vehicles, or used frequently.
For most people there is much more SQ to be gained through a quality install, and drivers. Solid-state head units and amplifiers are essentially the same output watt for watt before sound shaping and equalizing. It boils down to actual specs (not published ones)
The internal-IC shut-off feature is a good one IMO. Car electrical systems are horrible for noise unless you run some expensive power conditioners (which no one here has ) and top notch equipment.
That Nak sounds like fun though.
'06 Vee Dub GTI 2 door Tornado Red
- 2.0 Turbocharged, Intercooled, Direct Injected, 6 Speed DSG, Underbody Aero, 17" Classix
- Moonroof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Interlagos Plaid Sport Seats, 6 Disc In-dash, iPod integration, GTI Monster Mats (winter)
'93 Bonneville SE Purple Pearl H4U package - picked up June 23, 2003, Traded-in June 28, 2007...