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Rabid Snail
04-15-2008, 09:59 AM
i am looking to buy i new stereo for my 2000 grand am. right now i have the stock one, and its starting to sh*t the bed. so i went onto crutchfield.com and punched in my car and they gave me a list of stereos that would work with my car. i need to stay cheap and i need an ipod hook up with it. i know nothing about this stuff, so other then those constraints i am lost on what to look for. here are five that i am not sure about...
Kenwood KDC-MP538U
Sony CDX-GT620IP
Alpine CDE-9874

anyone care to help me attempt to make a smart buy? oh, i also need one that has ipod controls that work with the ipod touch, using the touch screen while driving is a pain in the ass


04-15-2008, 11:05 AM
Pioneer or bust

If I didn't have to run to class right now I'd pull some models up for you to look at.

Rabid Snail
04-15-2008, 01:19 PM
My friend told me that JVC arent too good. he told me to try and look for a Kenwood, Sony, or Alpine. took what ajaxus said and found two Pioneer that seem nice:

Pioneer DEH-P4000UB
Pioneer DEH-P5000UB

like i said, i dont have alot to spend on this. and im not too worried about the expandability of it, im not looking to put in an entire system. just upgrade.


04-15-2008, 01:29 PM
I'm w/ them on the Pioneer. That's all I've dealt with before.

As for your radio sh!tting the bed. You might want to consider leaving it in the car so you don't wind up rolingl in the crap. Or you could just get a diaper for it. lol lol

04-15-2008, 01:57 PM
Sony SUCKS you donot want to go there for car audio... i am a huge car audio fanatic and have tryed almost every brand out there.. for a deck i would say alpine or go with matthew on the pioneers.. there are also some pretty decent panasonic ones out there as well. as far as the kenwood they do have decent decks out there but would totally still go the other direction. are you planning on getting subs/amp?

04-15-2008, 02:20 PM
I'm w/ them on the Pioneer. That's all I've dealt with before.

As for your radio sh!tting the bed. You might want to consider leaving it in the car so you don't wind up rolingl in the crap. Or you could just get a diaper for it. lol lol


04-15-2008, 04:06 PM
I'm on at least my 7th Pioneer deck since I got my first car back in '97

Not because they break, but because I like to upgrade :D.

Pioneer all the way.

Rabid Snail
04-15-2008, 07:30 PM
i guess pioneer is well liked. i think you all convinced me into buying one of those. i am not looking to get any subs or amps really, just maybe upgrade the current speakers this summer since they blow also. any suggestions on which pioneer to get? im going to bed right now, but im for sure looking into them more in the morning.

Dr. Bedsprings
04-15-2008, 08:53 PM
Alpine is good stuff. Thats just me.

04-15-2008, 09:01 PM
I have always been a big clarion fan when it comes to cd players.

04-15-2008, 09:04 PM

04-15-2008, 09:31 PM
clarion is for fegs...;crap

seriously tho, it is..along with dual.

also for the OP, when you buy the hu, i wouldn't go through crutchfield, they tend to overprice things. crutchfield is only really good for customer reviews and research purposes. there are numerous reputable online sites that are better priced, and ebay is also an option (if you go this route, try to find a seller with thousands of feedback and runs a large online store..VERY small chance of being ripped off).

04-15-2008, 10:05 PM
alpine or pioneer....im definetly a pioneer guy though... i love my middle of the road one to death.... and so do my freinds lol (my freinds run alpine, sony, and audiobahn decks.... adn they all have complimented on my pioneer)


Midnight GA
04-15-2008, 11:38 PM
My best experiences were also with Panasonic, Pioneer, and Alpine. I had a couple of Sony's and they were terrible! Both were connected to high end components/amps, and both of them had terrible distortion when playing CD's even slightly loud.

Also, when you think you have decided on a deck, look at some customer reviews and see if anyone commented on the ipod controls. I've read here and there that even on the high end expensive models, sometimes the ipod controls are a joke.

04-16-2008, 06:21 AM
like most of the guys have already stated pioneer is probably the best of the four. dont get sony for sure, i have a jvc deck and its nice and it does the job, but up against alpine or pioneer, it would be third on my list. i heard alpines breaking easily, but it could just be from abuse. id go with pioneer.

Rabid Snail
04-16-2008, 10:23 AM
So i did some research on two pioneer receivers...Pioneer DEH-P4000UB and Pioneer DEH-P5000UB. both in my price range and do everything that i want. only problem is with the reviews. it seems that they both are very difficult to use. kindof makes me sad because they are what i want to a T. dare i try to buy it and see if i like it?

04-16-2008, 10:32 AM
I'm sure a lot of those reviews are from people too lazy to flip through the manual and figure everything out. I say go for it.

04-16-2008, 10:47 AM
yes the pioneer decks are actually quite easy to use. tricky at first but browse through the manual and you will be fine. as ar as alpines breaking easy i have had no problems with the decks.. the subs however are kind of a hit or miss as far as durability.. And Clarion ahaha that makes me laugh clarion is almost as bad as sony:applause:

04-16-2008, 11:04 AM
Please do tell your knowledge on Clarion that makes you think they're sh!tty..

04-16-2008, 11:14 AM
For the pioneer models, most people have issues setting it up initially..and like stated above they never use the manual.

Once you have it programmed the way you want it, it's easy to use.

Midnight GA
04-16-2008, 12:30 PM
There was some mention about ipod compatibility in the crutchfield reviews. Someone said that the DEH-P5000UB isn't compatible with post gen5 ipods, and the DEH-P4000UB is not compatible with certain firmwares so I would call pioneer to verify. As far as the difficulty of use, If you're buying from crutchfield, I'm pretty sure you have 30 days to return it if you don't like it as long as it's in "like new" condition and you have the original packaging.

Rabid Snail
04-17-2008, 11:56 AM
i think i have decided on the Pioneer DEH-P4000UB. it has everything i want and need. as far as the controls go, i went into circuit city and played with one. the controls weren't too bad. i almost prefer them. i like the joystick feel to it, although i can see how that might be a hassle while driving. i didnt get a chance to try the ipod controls though. i might go back and ask if there is any way i can hook my ipod into the store unit to just try them. i dont think i am buying from crutchfield. i found it for 100 new on ebay with shipping from a pretty good seller. i would like to thank all of you for helping me here. i would have been lost with out all of this help

04-17-2008, 12:06 PM
Pretty nice choice.