Originally Posted by BonneMeMN
All decks are relatively the same output wise. Before you add in sound shaping, loudness, etc. I suggest choosing decks based off of these criteria.
Features you want
How you like the buttons/menu'* etc. This is the key for a lot of people.
Obviously i'm not suggesting that a $50 cd player special is as good as a $700 clarion, but a reciever amp is an amp. It'* all the other stuff you should look at.
Aiwas aren't bad by any means, they're Sony'* "test bed" per se. They try out new things with Aiwas if they're not sure how the market will respond.
OK an amp isnt just an amp
thats like saying a porsche and a bonneville are the same since there just cars..
you get what you pay for.. High end decks have less thd(harmonic distortion)
cheaper amps in cheaper radios will begin sending distortion to the speakers sooner due to the fact there cheap.. Plain and simple.. Distortion is bad, Distortion kills speakers, and thats why 90% of the people when I listen to there systems sounds like dirt,,
Your reciever is the single most important piece of the puzzle.. You can have JL W7'* and Arc Audio amps but with out a decent deck all your doing is amplifieing distorted signals
I cant stress this enough dont buy a cheap head unit.. You will regret it..
in closing AN AMP IS NOT JUST AN AMP..