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Old 3rd January 2006, 09:23 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Looking for a head unit with (eq and XO)

I'm looking for a head unit with all the bells and whistles. I'm specifically looking for an eq and 5+ pre-outs. Built-in adjustable crossovers would be nice. It does not need to have internal amps, but if it does, it will work too. Other features such as time delay and/or phase control would be great (especially on the sub output).

I don't even know where to start searching for something like this. Is this even reasonable for a head unit?

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Old 3rd January 2006, 09:35 PM   #2
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It's not too much too ask for...5+ pre-outs is not that common though. I have an older(3/4yrs old) kenwood excelon that has eq and selectable crossovers(including slope) for each of it's three pre-outs. Most newer, higher end Pioneers have XO and EQ. Try Nakamichi if you have the dough... they used to have some really high end head unit set ups with separate source and pre units(just like home hi-fi). I suggest you check out some manufacturer's home pages and check out their top shelf products for the features you seek; once you find something that fits the bill search for a vendor.

oh..I think alpine has a 5.1 head unit that has eq and xo built in...my friend bought one last year (about $1200).
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alpine cda-9855 if you are planing to go active.
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Old 4th January 2006, 05:05 AM   #4
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I found this. It seems to have everything that I want/need. Does anyone have any experience with this head unit?
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Old 4th January 2006, 02:54 PM   #5
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Eclipse 8455
Clarion DRZ-9255

The 8455 will be the best bang for the buck for sure. With it's fully adjustable 3 way crossover and it's 10 band EQ.

The 9255 is a bit better although not as flexible in it's crossover values has dual 24 bit Burr-brown.


I would not go with the Panasonic. The crossover section is not well done and will not let you go active the way these other unit can.


I would also recommend some Alpine deck. Don't know them as much though.
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Old 4th January 2006, 05:53 PM   #6
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That pioneer is an ok middle of the road peice but it will not work in an active setup.

If you like pioneer take a look at their premier line, they are better.

The eclipse are ok and the clarion DRZ-9255 is a great peice but it is a bit expensive. I would still look at the cda-9855 or wait till after CES and see if there are any new HU's that intrest you.
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Thanks for the pointers. Is there anything that will do XO/eq/time alignment and costs around $300? The clarion is nice, but the $1400 price tag is too much.
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Old 4th January 2006, 09:15 PM   #8
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I don't know of any.

Try an old DRX-9255 on ebay
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Old 4th January 2006, 11:18 PM   #9
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alpine cda-9855 does all that for about $370.
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Alpine CDA-9853 is also good, not as much juice as the 9855, but it's quite adjustable (the same as the 9855) and also not as many pre-outs. I believe it has three. I'm working on a friend's Jeep and we've got two external amps and the deck runs the tweets.
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