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factory look rosen vs alpine inwa-910

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by TRDsport253, Nov 24, 2011.

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which one to buy

Poll closed Dec 24, 2011.
  1. Rosen

    10 vote(s)
    19.6%
  2. Alpine

    41 vote(s)
    80.4%
  1. Nov 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM
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    TRDsport253

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    Having trouble deciding between the two?
     
  2. Nov 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM
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    Didn't vote, as I couldn't find specs on the Rosen -- suspect Alpine will beat it hands down, but I get surprised a lot. Crutchfield seems to have dropped them, may or may not mean anything, but worth a call.
     
  3. Nov 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    Good point. Yeah I went with the Rosen because I want the OEM look. I checked out the Alpine at car toys didn't really like the design. Man the Rosen was expensive at $1251 including tax.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2011 at 1:31 AM
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    Those with Navigation where did you mount your gps antenna and also where do you wire the parking brake for the dvd player to only play in park?
     
  5. Nov 26, 2011 at 5:37 AM
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    GPS puck: Mounted it on top of the plastic defroster duct but under the vinyl dashboard. Not seen from outside, and the dashboard (plastic parts anyway) are almost transparent to the GPS signal frequency.

    Parking Brake: Where to run the wire if you want to use if while in motion varies by unit. Some are as simple as just grounding the wire, some need a switch or a relay, and the Pioneer 930 uses a a ground connection to a lab-tech test pin in the wiring harness. If you really want it to work like a factory unit (no video in motion, no GPS programming in motion), then just find the parking brake switch and tap into that line (colors may vary by year, so that's about all I could offer).
     
  6. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:25 AM
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    Thanks. I do want it to work like factory. Any idea where I can find this wire?
     
  7. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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    Were any of those off brand unit a Rosen? I should have waited to get more feedback. I've already put the order in for the Rosen and all order are final.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    1251 to be exact.
     
  9. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    I really wanted to stay with the factory look navigation. There were some alternative but Rosen looked like the best one on the market for tacomas. I'm pretty sure that if I gotten the aftermarket one it wouldn't last me a year. It would get ripped out of my dash.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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    Yeah I remember reading that post. Yeah I think I kind of over payed. I called a couple of store and they ranged from $950 to $2000 installed. One place I went to wanted $950 up front to order it. So I just went to car toys and did a $600 deposit of $1251.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2011 at 2:19 AM
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    I should get my Rosen unit sometime this week. So those that mounted the GPS puck in the dust vent how is your reception? Also where is the park brake indicator wire?
     
  12. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:15 AM
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    Did you get the the Rosen unit that has the matching textured silver surround? can you give an update when you get It? Im looking to get one myself. I'm just worried about the ipod interface and how well It works compared to my Pioneer 4300. Also, when you get it installed, let us know how the fitment is, as In if its sturdy, squeaks, rattles, etc. Mine drives me crazy right now. Hope you like It man! :)
     
  13. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    Yes I ordered the silver textured one. I should get it sometime this week. I'll post some pics and give a review on it.
     
  14. Nov 30, 2011 at 4:07 AM
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    I will. Still waiting for it to come in.
     
  15. Nov 30, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    Rosen looks oem, but it costs more and offers much less. I'd go with the alpine.

    Plus i've never heard of rosen so i can't say i'd trust their unit to last too long
     
  16. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:01 PM
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    Just picked up the Rosen today and removed my stock unit and still can't get the damn clock/hazard panel off. Going to try again tomorrow morning. No time today. Work suck
     
  17. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    X2. Must be presented to the class no later than Sunday. Lol.

    I hope It all works out for ya man. I'm really Interested in one of these as is Whipper. I'm hoping its all good and functions well. Keep us posted :D
     
  18. Dec 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    Is there an easier way to remove the clock/hazard panel? Any write up on this?
     
  19. Dec 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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    Youu mean from the surround right? It took me awhile, Just had to use a small flat head and pop out the little clips that hold It in place.. if that makes sense.
     
  20. Dec 3, 2011 at 1:54 AM
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    Kind of. I'm still having trouble removing it from the surround.
     
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