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Old 09-08-2009, 08:38 PM   #1
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Those who have Upgraded their sound system...

I replaced my front two, the two in the sound bar, the head unit and added a 10" sub to my jeep....back in '07 and am shopping around again at head units...current one is a pioneer premiere....trying to devise a way so that the a/c condensation doesn't drip onto the head unit as much as possible...without the always present " remove doors, windows and top...condensation problem solved" response...

What head unit are you using and what's your review of it and it's quality and longevity?

Is there anything you've done to minimize your a/c condensation? ( minus the remove doors and top answer) it's been raining a lot lately and the a/c comes in handy...believe me i'd rather have the windows and top off anyway..


anyway...let's hear it...

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Old 09-08-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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how about a marine cd reciever instead? wouldn't have to worry too much about condensation with that i don't think. that's my next route when i my reviever kicks it. plus, you'll never have to worry about the rain and your faceplate.

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Old 09-08-2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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how about a marine cd reciever instead? wouldn't have to worry too much about condensation with that i don't think. that's my next route when i my reviever kicks it. plus, you'll never have to worry about the rain and your faceplate.
have you seen any specific models that have caught your interest? The audio shop i use here only carries clarions but the actual body is still the same as every other with slits so the head unit receiver doesn't over heat...so far what i've seen the marine head units really are not THAT much of a difference that is unless you have some pretty legit ones in mind....thanks man
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hmmm well i was looking at one of the top models from clarion if i remember correctly, i gotta run now, but i'll see if i can get the model and stuff.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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hmmm well i was looking at one of the top models from clarion if i remember correctly, i gotta run now, but i'll see if i can get the model and stuff.
sounds good man, whenever you get a chance shoot me that model number...


anyone else got any other reviews, ideas or remedies??
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get a marine quality head unit, Clarion etc.. you can get these head units at West Marine boat store type places, they do real well with condensation and the occasional down pour
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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get a marine quality head unit, Clarion etc.. you can get these head units at West Marine boat store type places, they do real well with condensation and the occasional down pour
Awesome advice man, got a west marine shop in town only 20 mins away...def gonna check it out within the next few days...

if anyone has any .02 def throw it in...lovin' the feedback
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I have a Pioneer its a piece of junk! It doesnt even play anymore. But thats what you get i guess for spending 100 bucks on it.

I always had luck with Sony. They get a lot of bad reviews, but i always had good luck.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:52 AM   #9
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There was another thread about sound systems awhile back, and I share the same sentiments about Pioneer, it is junk. My CD skips more than a bunch of school girls jumping rope at recess. Down the road I will replace the sound system, but for now I have to concentate on trying to keep my Jeep.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:20 PM   #10
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Alpine Marine CD/MP3/WMA/AAC Receiver - CDA9886M

Just from my own experience, i'm an alpine fan. i have the cda-7875 right now which is from '01 i think, and the thing still throws power out like no other. i think it retailed at $600 new. this one is similar, i think its the top marine reciever they make and has many of the same features if not all of the ones i have in mine now. ofcourse as technology changes prices on the same features will depreciate. so for the price of $350 today.. a good deal. Gl in the search!
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i personally own a kenwood deck that ive been really pleased with...its probably 2-3 years old. i installed it in my previous car and kept it when i traded it in for my jeep. i would def reccomend kenwood heads. but as far as AC condesation goes...i dont have any since i dont have AC lol. and we also dont get much for rain where im at...but as far as quality alone goes, ive been very happy with kenwood
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I have a Pioneer deck that I really like and has been through some rain and I haven't had one problem with it.
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I don't think you'll have a problem with condensation, up that high. There are no a/c components above the radio... Unless your talking about the vents? Never seen those drip water...

Anyway. If you always get the $99 dollar special you can expect to have problems from any head unit. Sony is garbage and they always come back with problems. You pretty much have to get the absolute top of the line to be decent with them. On the other hand, their marine radio we had was probably the loudest out-of-the-box radio i've ever seen! Not sure what they did differently.

For quality some of the better brands you can get are Alpine, Pioneer, Eclipse, Kenwood... There are others i'm sure but that's just from my experience as an installer.

The thing with the marine units, is most of them are not any different internally. The only thing most of the manufacturers do is put better seals in the face so water does not get into the buttons and behind the face.

I'm done. You'll get what you want anyway, just thought i'd give my half a cent.
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I always have good luck with alpine! I had sevral that lasted for ever it seemed. I had one when I was in high school till I got out, then sold it to my cousin who used it for 3 years then sold it back to me. I used it for another year then sold it to my budy who put it in his boat for 3 years before it started acting up. You can get a decent alpine for around 200 now.
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I just got through doing this over Labor Day weekend to my TJ after suffering for 8-9 years with a crappy low-end Blaupunkt radio I bought from Costco. It just couldn't put out enough clean power to drive my Polk (5.25" and 6.5") speakers to a non-distorted level I could hear in my TJ when the top was off.

I found a used Infinitity 475a amp for sale on a Jeep forum which puts out an honest 75 RMS watts per channel which turned out to be more than enough power. Then after looking at many head units, I settled on a Sony CDX-GT640UI. Sony used to be pretty junky but their current models are finally good quality. The real reasons I chose this particular model is it was priced fairly low (I paid $93 but it lists for $159) but mainly because it had four line-level outputs for the amp plus a separate subwoofer output. Additionally it has built-in adjustable high-pass and low-pass controls so I can keep the lower bass frequencies out of the speakers that they're not made to handle at higher volume levels. The Infinity amp has that ability too but I'd rather cut the lows off before they get to the external amp. Plus the Sony came with a front aux input jack and a USB jack, two more features I required. I couldn't find anything else near that price had all those items (HPF/LPF/4 line outs plus sub woofer and aux/USB inputs) that I wanted.

After two full days of work due to where I had to mount the amp in the rear and having to make up a wiring harness, it was well worth it. It sounds great now and I can finally hear good clean audio with the top off.

Considering the low $$$ I have into it, I'm really happy with the way it sounds now using the old Polk speakers. I paid $100 including shipping for the used Infinity 475a amp and just over $100 including shipping (Home Audio, Car Audio, DJ Equipment - UGotADeal.com) for the radio. I bought the Polk speakers 7-8 years ago and now that they're being driven with enough power, they sound very good for their size. They actually put out enough bass to feel which not only surprised me, it surprised my 18 year old son as well. All in all, I spent roughly $200 not including the speakers and as an audio buff with a monster system at home, the Jeep's new low-budget audio system sounds surprisingly good. New, the like-new Infinity 475 amp I bought used for $100 would be $250. No subwoofer yet but with the surprisingly good bass it's putting out now, a subwoofer has now gone to the bottom of my list of to-do's.

It pays to look around for good deals, that is for sure.
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wow thank you to all of you...great great experience remarks thank you all for the time you spent on posting to this topic....once again..."awesome"

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