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Old 01-17-2007, 12:09 AM   #1
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Well currently I have the stock head unit...stop screaming "yes" and hear me out.

Im considering getting either an aftermarket head unit, or possibly satellite radio, or even both.

I dont want to spend much more than 100 bucks or so, because even though I have quite a bit of money, Im trying to save as much as I can for school.

The highest power ratings I can find for HUs in my price range is 22 watts RMS.

I have upgraded speakers already, and the sound is pretty good as far as im concerned, but I would like to think it could still be better.

Im just kinda tossing around ideas here, right now I would like to get a CD player with built in satellite radio support, but those start at around 100 bucks, then you have to buy all the crap to get it to work.

What do you guys think?
All the HU would be pushing is the speakers in my sig and a set of stock tweeters.
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i would say HELL YES, but if you only want to spend 100 bucks on a head unit, i would go used so that you can still get something of decent quality instead of spending 100 bucks on some POS "Dual"
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Yesh, I'm not even an audiophile, but limiting yourself to $100 is gonna really limit your options.

Double that, and you will have a few better choices (they'll still be "pooh"ed by the serious stereo folks, though) Pretty sure you can get a decent Sony like I put in The Missus van for 200 bucks (plus parts I'm afraid)

I personally would not go used unless it was to mainatain a stock look.
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I wouldn't go aftermarket unless you save up enough $$ to get something decent personally. Also, I wouldn't do it unless you can keep the steering wheel controls. You could go double DIN if you wanted, too. That'* an option to keep it stock looking as possible.
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http://www.crutchfield.com/*-iwxhSp0...6&i=500CDA9856

Is what I have. It'* everything anyone could need, except a fancy screen (not in your price range anyways).

HD radio setup,l Satellite radio setup, bluetooth capable, full-speed iPod hookup, MP3, WMA, AAC CD encoding,GREAT SQ
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http://www.crutchfield.com/*-iwxhSp0je8q/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?search=9856&i=500CDA9856

Is what I have. It'* everything anyone could need, except a fancy screen (not in your price range anyways).

HD radio setup,l Satellite radio setup, bluetooth capable, full-speed iPod hookup, MP3, WMA, AAC CD encoding,GREAT SQ


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Preamp Voltage: 2 volts
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Here'* the one I have. Definitely not "top of the line", but good performance and features for the price. And the display can be set to red to match the dash.

Looks like it'* an older model, so might be hard to find

CDXGT400 Sony In-Dash Player



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Description of Sony CDXGT400 / CDX-GT400:

CD player with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels) * plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and ATRAC3plus music files) * seven switchable background colors * EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer) * 24-bit digital to analog converter * Dynamic Soundstage Organizer

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Features of Sony CDXGT400 / CDX-GT400:

Built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and ATRAC3plus music files)
Seven switchable background colors
EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
BBE MP
24-bit digital to analog converter
three sets of preamp outputs (rear outputs switchable to subwoofer mode)
subwoofer controls
front-panel auxiliary input
CD changer controls
satellite radio-ready (XM or SIRIUS tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
CD Text compatible
detachable face
CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
clock
SSIR-EXA AM/FM tuner
18 FM/12 AM presets
seek tuning
remote control
CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
CD signal-to-noise ratio: 120 dB
FM sensitivity: 9 dBf
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i agree with everyone, save up till youve got enough to get a `1/2 way dcecent radio pioneer makes soem good radios in the 130-150 range (plus parts)

although its well out of your range im assuming, this is the radio i have right now, and i love it



CD player with built-in amplifier (14 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
detachable, motorized, slide-open faceplate with ESN anti-theft protection
full-color Organic EL display with six selectable button colors
spectrum analyzer
Eclipse DSP with 7-band parametric EQ and time alignment
SRS Circle Surround II
SRS TruBass
three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs
subwoofer control with low-pass filter
five settings for the selectable high- and low-pass filters
rear auxiliary input (RCA)
Memory Stick input
CD changer controls
satellite radio-ready (SIRIUS tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
iPod-ready
HD Radio-ready
CD Text compatible
E-iSERV compatible with Area Shot trip directions (maps, direction arrows, a moving vehicle icon, and points of interest) appear on display
clock
18 FM/6 AM presets
seek tuning
remote control
CD frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
CD signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB
FM sensitivity: 15 dBf
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I have an older Eclipse CD-3403 that i will part with for cheap, its a great little head unit, and gave me 2yrs of awesome service

http://acaraudio.com/product_info.ph...oducts_id=1204
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Preamp Voltage: 2 volts
Not a biggie when you're not on a huge budget IMO. I'm only driving one sub in my car, off of a 400w x1 @ 2ohm load (RMS). He'* looking for a lot of features at a price.

They make gains for a reason....
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