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Old 12th May 2004, 07:10 AM   #1
gonglee is offline gonglee  South Korea
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Default Which Cd receiver is good?

Nakamich or kenwood or pioneer (mosfet) or alpine?
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Old 13th May 2004, 05:40 PM   #2
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All of them make good decks. I would put Kenwood at the bottom of that list though.
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Old 13th May 2004, 07:58 PM   #3
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I dont know about Nakamichi but from the other brands, Pioneer is the most reliable, and Alpine comes next. Sound quality depends on the money you ll spend (while reliability doesn't)
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Old 15th May 2004, 06:14 PM   #4
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sound quality
1) Noc
2) alpine
3) pioneer and kenwood tie

price (see above)

features
1) Pioneer and Kenwood
2) Alpine
3) Nock

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1) Kenwood (sirrus) they have the most inexpensive tuner ($50 I belive)
2) pioneer (XM) tuner about 100
3) Alpine (XM) Most expensive tuner 250
(note: I think they have a new head unit that has a Sat tuner built in)
4) Nock (SAT Not avalible)

MP3's Their all about te same to me and again Nock dosent offer it.
(Note: might want to burn an MP3 cd on your computer and take it to the store to make sure it plays before you buy it)


IMO I like alpine they are a little bit more but they have some little features that are nice. but the SAT tuner is the down side.
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Old 17th May 2004, 01:51 AM   #5
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Features Smeatures, go with the Nakamachi
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Old 20th May 2004, 06:53 PM   #6
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Alpine has the best signal to noise ratio of all the CD recievers I have seen...specs say 105dB, Sony and Kenwood spec out at 90-100dB.

Me likes Alpine.






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Old 21st May 2004, 04:46 PM   #7
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I've owned most of them all listed above.

Sound quality wise the nakamichi was hands down the best i've heard. If you can get a older model CD45z you will not be dissapointed. Even the new CD400 is fantastic. The CD500 will have MP3 capability. But I must say if you like silver faces, bright lights, and dancing LED's, look elsewhere. Nakamichi is about sound and not looks.

Alpine is a good brand, and they make a model to suit just about anyone. They have a lowend deck with XM builtin, but it's features are pretty low on the list. They have some higher end models that are fantastic, but for the cost, I don't think it's justified.

Pioneer is a good company, and pretty darn reliable. i've had about 3 different ones over 5 years or so and all were pretty solid. SQ was not that great ,and in fact a little bright. But some of the built-in EQ and x-over functions were handy if you were on a budget.

Kenwood, was flat to me in terms of SQ. I had one quite a while back as my first deck. I wouldn't buy one again. But the main thing is that it worked...
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Old 13th March 2005, 07:37 PM   #8
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Okay, i am probably running way below what you guys are into and you are probably going to grimace upon reading this...but -

I have about $200 to replace my factory HU with a CD/MP3/receiver. I have narrowed it down to Alpine 9847 and JVC AR560. The Alpines seem to have better specs(sensitivity, signal to noise, etc.). The JVC's have more features for the money(2 year warranty, front input jack, remote). I haven't seen any bad reviews on either brand, that is kind of how I ended up with them (as opposed to pioneer, kenwood, eta al.).

DO the spec differences matter? I mean with road noise, factory speakers, etc. would it even be noticable? Is a remote really that handy? I am really worried about reliablity and skip-free operation as well. Am I going the wrong way with these 2? Any and all suggestions are welcome.
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Old 13th March 2005, 08:45 PM   #9
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Alpine vs JVC Id would have to go Alpine. No one mentioned Eclipse
Nak- very good sounding deck , as far as getting repaired - good luck
I hear the company is in flux.
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Alpine all the way brotha.
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