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Old 07-21-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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Choosing a head unit

I am seriously considering installing an aftermarket sound system in my '00 TJ. My system is completely stock at the moment and I know a head unit is where I need to start, but I have absolutely no idea where to start looking. What do ya'll suggest? Thanks!

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I am seriously considering installing an aftermarket sound system in my '00 TJ. My system is completely stock at the moment and I know a head unit is where I need to start, but I have absolutely no idea where to start looking. What do ya'll suggest? Thanks!
I really like my Alpine removable face plate. It is a older model so I'm sure there are some newer ones made by Alpine but you can't really go wrong with Alpine products.

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Old 07-23-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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when looking into a new radio think of what it is you want and what your stock cant do. most name brand radios are pretty close to same anymore (quality wise). a mistake ppl make is buying a radio that has more features than they need...

unlike 10y ago the stereo industry is more about price than quality. so the higher up you go price wise more features you get, not normaly better quality. most of the basic features are same from your basic radio to the "high end" one

hell for about $150 you can find several nice radio's (kenwood, pioneer, jvc etc etc) that play MP3/wma, have a aux jack & even a usb, a couple rca outputs for amps, standard 18fm/6am presets, bass, treb, balance/fader controles, detach face, clock. if you do much above $150-200 range make sure the features they come with you will use..if not your wasting money paying for "eye candy"
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I have a Pioneer that works great. If you have a Ipod or something like that make sure you get a auxilarry (sp?) input on the front. You could get a usb input somewhere in case you wanted to use a portable hard drive for your music. I would also suggest getting a removable face plate for it as a deterrent for thiefs. Whenever you have your top off just remove it and lock it up in your console.
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Anything with a USB input. I LOVE my Pioneer DEH-4000UB (last year model). I have a 4GB memory drive that holds close to 700 songs and I just sync it up with laptop to change tunes once every other week or so. No need for CD's any more.
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Anything with a USB input. I LOVE my Pioneer DEH-4000UB (last year model). I have a 4GB memory drive that holds close to 700 songs and I just sync it up with laptop to change tunes once every other week or so. No need for CD's any more.
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I'm a diehard Pioneer fan. I've had 5 and they were all outstanding.(I still have 4 of them too.) The deck that's going to go in my Mini will be one of the Pioneer units with the USB port or my AVIC unit.
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Can't go wrong with a Pioneer to be honest. I grew up with the same Pioneer sound system in the house most of my life and they sounded new to the day we got rid them. Pioneer might as well say quality if you ask me. I used to love those wood box speakers that were bigger then me!
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Anything with a USB input. I LOVE my Pioneer DEH-4000UB (last year model). I have a 4GB memory drive that holds close to 700 songs and I just sync it up with laptop to change tunes once every other week or so. No need for CD's any more.
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Definitely make sure whatever you get supports USB input.
From there, your music selection will be virtually endless.
Whether you go with thumb drives or a Hard Drive for your music storage,
you won't be disappointed.
I DO think you'll be disappointed if you chose to ignore this option though.

I have the 2008 Pioneer Premier 600UB HU with a Western Digital HDD mounted in the glove, and couldn't be happier.
The 2009 equivalent is the 510UB
Here is a link:
Pioneer Premier DEH-P510UB CD receiver at Crutchfield.com

If you want Bluetooth Phone and audio streaming,
check out this one:
Pioneer Premier DEH-P710BT CD receiver at Crutchfield.com



If you're and ipod user rather than a thumb or hard drive user,
check Alpine, as it has a more ipod based user interface:
Alpine iDA-X305 Digital media receiver at Crutchfield.com

If I were buying a new HU for myself today,
I would buy the Pioneer DEH-P710BT without any hesitation.


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You may notice that Pioneer makes similar models that have an extra zero in the model number. Example: DEH-P5100UB instead of the Premier DEH-P510UB. The differences are as follows: The Premier units come with 2 year warranty instead of 1 year. The Premier units come with all optional cables (that you WILL need). The Premier units sometimes come with better pre-outs.

So if you can, stick to the Premier units just because you get more for the same dollar amount.
Premier units are normally sold at places like Crutchfield, Ultimate Electronics, and ABT, while the others are mainly found at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:13 AM   #9
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how do your guys head units take the bumping and jaring of your wranglers.. My headunit mounting kid kinda sucks is there a better one then the one at walmart??
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When I was installing mine (install kit came from Crutchfield) I noticed there was a .5-.75" gap under the head unit. I took a piece of Styrofoam that was just large enough to fill the gap. Stuck it in there when installing the head unit for the final time and no wiggling or jiggling of any kind. Still in there nice and tight after about a year or so.
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When I was installing mine (install kit came from Crutchfield) I noticed there was a .5-.75" gap under the head unit. I took a piece of Styrofoam that was just large enough to fill the gap. Stuck it in there when installing the head unit for the final time and no wiggling or jiggling of any kind. Still in there nice and tight after about a year or so.
interesting. i need a new metal sleeve cause my headunit is flying around like crazy haha... i'm gonna have to get a new rig... does the factory head unit suck pretty bad?
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If you don't mind listening to just the radio, it works great!
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X4 for Pioneer-- just got my Premier 510UB and will be installing this weekend.. Also got all Polk audio speakers to change out the factory ones..
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question,
i bought a headunit and the mounting bracket of quadratec,
will that bracket work for most aftermarket headunits, especially one NOT on the "Quad"
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Depends if it's for a single din or double din head unit.

But yes, install kits are usually universal, just depends on the head unit size.
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ok cool, ill have to look that up.
thanks Az
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$120 Pioneer with removeable face plate here. I wanted to go marine, but couldn't afford it at the time. Love my Pioneer though!
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:47 AM   #18
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Now what would you recommend for a head unit with enough power to properly push 4 speakers without using an amp, that's my question.
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None - mainly because they don't have good enough control of the power they output. It's very sketchy, jumps alot. A dedicated amp will have a constant power output.

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