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Old 12-30-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Aftermarket Stereo recommendations?

I bought a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X a few months ago and love it. However, the OEM stereo does not like to read burned CDs and it is very sensitive to scratches and smears on the disks. I am looking to purchase an aftermarket CD player to replace it. I list my priorities below. Any suggestions?

1. Security - removable face plate or something that will make it less interesting to thiefs
2. Ruggedness - my jeep will definitely experience moisture. I want a stereo with a good solid housing and reasonable resistance to an errant raindrop or two
3. Features - want it to play CDs, MP3s would be nice, and have at minimum an auxilary jack for iPod, if not a USB port.
4. Quality - I am not intending to replace my speakers or add an amp for a while so quality is not a huge issue.

I've also seen on JC Whitney and Quadratec the steel center console replacements that come with a 1 DIN stereo housing. That would be a thought. Has anyone used one of these or heard any pros/cons about them?

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I have gone through countless CD players in jeeps and it is usually only a couple months before the eject function of the HU craps out and I'm stuck back at the beginning. So I upgraded. I will never own another jeep that does not have USB capabilities. Now I just plug in my USB thumb drive and never worry about skipping, ejecting, or any troubles that CDs cause.

Some few that I've had that worked great.

Kenwood KDC-MP735u


I also had a Pioneer Premier P700bt in my vette. It had all the same functions plus BT. But it was in a vette. And always garaged. So it never saw any dust.


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I am leaning toward the Pioneer Deh-510UB... or the 610 BT... Both of those have all the qualities you are looking for there. These are the Premier Line --so that gives you an extra Year warranty. I am looking at all Polk audio speakers too --with the addition of the DB1001 tweeters to the front window mount
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:25 PM   #4
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Just ordered the Kenwood 342U off Amazon. They had a package with threeway 6.5" speakers I'm hoping to wedge into the soundbar. I liked 2 things about the Kenwood: It actually has preset buttons, most of the new stereos are eliminating most of the buttons for a multi function knob. The USB port which will let me use a thumbdrive or my iPod.

Really don't like most of the control mechanisms on the current head units, but the new ones must be coming out soon because Crutchfield is out of everything and has newer models for "pre order".

Will post again once the install is done. The dash kit is backordered, so it may be a while. Got the Metra with the little pocket below it, looked like it might be useful.
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments. it sounds like solid state will be better than CDs for ensuring good playback. Anyone have any specific models of stereo to avoid?

No-one's used anything like this?
Quadratec® iVault® with Kenwood KDC-138 Stereo & Complete Wiring for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
Tuffy 066-02 - Tuffy Speaker & Security Console for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
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Thanks for the comments. it sounds like solid state will be better than CDs for ensuring good playback. Anyone have any specific models of stereo to avoid?

No-one's used anything like this?
Quadratec® iVault® with Kenwood KDC-138 Stereo & Complete Wiring for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
Tuffy 066-02 - Tuffy Speaker & Security Console for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
I've got an 05 X and the stereo is the next thing I want to get situated. That iVault Kenwood looks like a good deal, to me at least. Keep posting if you get it I'd like to see how it works out for ya.
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Hey folks,
I'm on the fourth or fifth factory unit in my 06 Rubi. The CD player ALWAYS dies.
I would like to know if ayone has figured out a way to add a USB port to the factory head unit.
I know nothing about car audio. I have considered an aftermarket unit, but as stated above, most do not have the preset buttons and the cost, by the time it's all said and done is astronomical. Unit, adapters, Sirius converter and on and on and on, it's going to be $500 for a $125 Kenwood.
That's a tummy tuck and gas tank skid, or some nice tubes!

Is it true, or BS when they tell you that you cannot use the existing Sirius setup with an aftermarket unit?

Thanks in advance.

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I have never used Sirius so I can't comment on that, but my friends who use Sirius all use it with aftermarket units...and I can guarantee you they didn't dump $500 into their headunit to make it work.

Most aftermarket units are capable of doing MUCH more than the factory headunits...so I'd expect it to be cheaper to accomplish what you want with an aftermarket unit over a factory unit. Don't think it's possible to add a usb port to a factory unit. Also, every aftermarket unit I've owned has preset buttons...or programmable channels. One was an older Sony unit and my current one is an older Pioneer unit...can't remember the model number off the top of my head, but I'd say they're both 5+ years old.
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Thank you for your reply.

I didn't pull the numbers out of my hat. I went and priced an aftermarket Kenwood unit, install, Sirius antenna stuff, face plate, wiring, it was just under $500 when it was all said and done.

I do NOT want to tote a seperate Sirius unit or an IPod. Too much clutter, wires flapping around, just don't want it. It's a mess.

I hate the way the aftermarket units look in the dash. They don't fit, are the wrong colors and they are not as intuitive to use as the factory units are (for me)

So, I would like to find a way to add a simple USB port to my existing unit. If it can't be done, then I may just say ta heck with it and do without.
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I just got the Ivault a few weeks ago. I havent had a chance to install it yet but I can tell you that it is well made.
I was checking out prices on the Ivault/Kenwood combo and it doesnt seem to be a very good deal. The Ivault is $60, Kenwood at Bestbuy is $80 plus $20 for a wiring harness makes for a total of $160 when bought separately.

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