New Deck options
I really wanna upgrade my headunit and the driver remote thing.
I am really leaning towards the alpine cda-118m and the Alpine MC10. Links are below.
Anyone got any pros cons or anything better I should be looking at??
Alot of people on here are going to the new Kenwood 700U
I was looking at Alpine myself but ultimately decided on a newer Kenwood KDC X-493 HU with 3 preamps I found for under $150 NEW. That allowed me to use the factory remote puck. I took the extra $$ saved on a $500 HU and put it into upgrading all the speakers, amp, and sub.
IMO you don't need a "marine" specific head unit as it is usually out of the way in the glove box or somewhere similiar and connected to the ipod or satellite and seldom ever touched.
I bought the Kenwood 440 and love it!
I just got the Kenwood KDC-X494, it is GREAT! Works with factory remote, has three 4V outputs, USB and 3mm plug, works with jump drives, i-pod, i-phone, and even my sansa MP3 player. You get alot for what you spend with the Excelon models. Got mine on amazon NEW for 136.48 shipped. http://http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P7QJAC/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
Great buy, great product, I am very happy. Check it out!
700u here, and I absolutely love it. only downside are the incompatibility with the factory pucks, but an outstanding deck..
I went with a Kenwood Excelon kdc-x692 for the 3 pairs of full range 4V outputs and low price (about $125) and iPhone compatibility (although I just use the aux in). Has lots of adjustability and works with the existing remotes. Been real happy with it.
I'm partial to Pioneer only because i've had great success with them and they have all the features i need at a good pricepoint. I'm sure there are many now that fit that bill. I look for things like ease of ipod connection, USB is good and three dedicated preouts. I also try and find units that are not to confusing to use or tough to add remotes or accessories to.
I really like the alpine for several reasons:
1. The Volume Knob is NOT a button
2. The screen can be read in direct sunlight
3. I really like the look of the Driver Remote (MC10)
4. Full ipod control
5. Dual Zone outputs ( Tower and Cabin )
6. Full control of both zones from the remote (MC10)
Now several of these maybe available from other Decks but Im not sure if any of them have all of thes features, I do realize the "look" is just personal prefrence.