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Old 10-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Decent Double Din around $300?

So, I bought the Sound Ordnance 8" compact powered sub today from Crutchfield. OK deal at $179 with free wiring kit and free shipping. I just couldn't commit to any of the double dins in the $300 price range though. I have 2 main requirements: name brand and rear USB input.

I almost bought this one:
http://www.crutchfield.com/s_105KWXR...din+car+stereo

But JVC just seems like a cheap brand to me, and I don't love the looks.

Any leads on a Kenwood/Alpine or similar double din HU with rear USB for around $300? Maybe I'm asking too much!
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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not sure if you've heard of them but Planet Audio makes some nice stuff and i used to rock one of their DD that was a 7" touch with flip out screen that had the DVD, SD card, and usb port on the back.

heres a link to the one i had, never had any issues with it at all even had a ps2 hooked up to it at one point when i took a pretty long trip! I thought it was a great radio for the price!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PLANET-AUDIO...#ht_3541wt_932
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jvc has changed a lot and has gotten better since then from 10 years ago.
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I just bought my Pioneer App Radio Double DIN headunit from bestbuy a week ago and getting it installed tomorrow with my dash kit.

From what I have read and watched, the app radio is really good with iPhones and is at a very reasonable price at $400.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:28 PM   #5
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jvc has changed a lot and has gotten better since then from 10 years ago.
Seriously? I haven't even looked at audio since about 2003 when I outfitted my Mustang. I guess I should look into this one, because it's priced right and has the features I want. If only it didn't say JVC on the front.
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dont get that one it only has 2.5 volt get something with atleast 4
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Look at the AVH-3300 BT by Pioneer. Can get a good price on Amazon for under $300. It's what I plan on getting...

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Old 10-19-2011, 05:03 AM   #8
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Thanks, I'll check it out!

It's funny how much cheaper single-din receivers are. They just don't look very good in our trucks in my opinion.

Still looking for more opinions if anyone else has one!
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Thanks guys...

Any oinions on the JVC above vs. the Clarion here?

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_020CX50...ion+double+din

I like the looks of the Clarion better, but I don't love the front USB input. I guess I could use a memory stick instead of my Iphone if I didn't want to mess with the cord all the time.
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pioneer 2300 is the way to go. only get the 3300 if you'll regularly use the bluetooth, which might not even work that great.
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I can't speak to JVC double DIN, but I offer that my son had one of their single DIN video/DVD players in his car through 5 years of college life at the U of Florida - still working when we sold the car for $500 (it - the car and stereo - had definitely seen better days).
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http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KIV7...gital+receiver

Just bought one of these, plus a steering wheel adapter to go with my powered sub. Sweet, low profile looks - not too flashy - rear USB input so the iphone goes in the glovebox - lots of output power and a cool interface.

Only downside is no bluetooth but I can deal with that. I literally use about 30 minutes of cell phone time per month.

Thanks for all the help guys.
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Good deal for sure sicotic. I really wanted rear usb input though, and I have zero use for a DVD player. I really like the understated looks of the Kenwood. Plus I already bought it.
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The 4300 does have rear input USB. That is why I am going with that one eventually. Amazon has the best price I've found. Sonicelectronix upped their price from 359.99 to 420 in the last week, so I think Amazon won't be far behind.
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Good deal for sure sicotic. I really wanted rear usb input though, and I have zero use for a DVD player. I really like the understated looks of the Kenwood. Plus I already bought it.
It does have rear USB. and most double din units are dvd players or Navigation receivers.

What did you end up purchasing? And Congrats.
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It does have rear USB. and most double din units are dvd players or Navigation receivers.

What did you end up purchasing? And Congrats.
Oh, right on then. I was looking at your link on my iPhone and it took me to the neutered amazon mobile site. Hard to see all the details there.

I ended up buying a Kenwood KIV-701. It's a single DIN with a little 3" screen for display. I really like the looks, we'll see how she sounds. Picked up the steering wheel adapter at the same time.
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You gonna get a back up camera... I see it works with one. What a tiny screen that would be
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You gonna get a back up camera... I see it works with one. What a tiny screen that would be
Already have one in the magic rearview mirror. Factory option on my SR5.

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I'm going black kit becuase I think it'll still go with the truck's interior but will minimize the "kit" part of the single-din plate.
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