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Shopping For a New Head Unit

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by deadpocketss, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. Jan 31, 2020 at 1:33 AM
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    deadpocketss

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    So, tax season...

    Looking into getting a new head unit. I have a Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD in right now, was in there when I bought the truck five years ago, has the steering wheel controls and all that but, it's a bit dated now. As far as I know, the speakers are factory. Don't plan to replace/upgrade those until they need it.

    As far as new units, I've been looking for something with Android Auto, Bluetooth, Spotify control, and Google Maps/Waze. (Pretty sure most of that could be included under Android Auto?) Don't really care too much about AM/FM/SAT or CD/DVDs. Wireless connectivity is preferred but not necessary. I've narrowed it down to Kenwood DMX9706S and Pioneer DMH-C2550NEX. They look pretty similar and both seem to check all of my boxes with a slight edge to Kenwood for wireless Android Auto.

    Anyone have any experience with these receivers or insight on something else that would fit my needs?
     
  2. Feb 2, 2020 at 5:54 PM
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  3. Feb 3, 2020 at 8:06 AM
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    Looks like the same thing as the DMX9706S but capacitive instead of resistive?
    I think I can live with spending another $50 for that
     
  4. Feb 3, 2020 at 10:20 AM
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    Yeah that’s what I was thinking.
     
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  5. Feb 7, 2020 at 3:48 PM
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    I went and looked at everything out there; played all the radios; The Kenwoods are great; however the software felt classic and sorta outdated but the features on the Kenwoods are pretty good for the money. You must go with the Excelon models if you want that top notch sound quality; basically better hardware.

    The conclusions came to the DMX906S

    https://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-DMX906S-Digital-Touchscreen-Receiver/dp/B07RF971JK/ref=asc_df_B07RF971JK/?hvadid=343991783754&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1767774174407235755&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9019122&hvtargid=pla-840136565037&psc=1&ref=&adgrpid=69534739616


    or Pioneer W4500nex -

    https://www.amazon.com/AVH-W4500NEX...r_1_2?keywords=w4500nex&qid=1581118970&sr=8-2

    I ended up deciding on the Pioneer after a lot of research and playing around with the software. The Nex just offered so much more and I didn't want the Capacity screen on the Kenwood; its nice and all but on our Tacoma's the glare on a sunny day would make it really hard to see the screen.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2020 at 3:50 PM
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    Go Amazon; save so much more money; I paid 505 with tax for my W4500nex; just last week it was only 477 for the Pioneer; price sorta went up.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2020 at 4:19 PM
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    Where'd you go to play around with them? Local car radio shop or something? I think a hands on shopping experience would benefit me greatly.
    From what I saw the extra bits the W4500NEX has over the C2550NEX aren't really worth the price difference in my case. The only useful difference for me that I see is the wireless Android Auto unless I'm missing something else.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM
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    I went to bestbuy to play with a few and yes to a local audio shop. The wireless CarPlay/AndroidAuto is worth it; I thought I wouldn’t care but now that I don’t have to plug my phone in, sure saves me a lot of hassling around and less wires.

    Get the Maestro RR and T01 harness if your a 2015 and lower Taco. Well worth it and makes it simple to install.

    The b*tch part of the install is shoving all those wires into the dash so the radio will fit. Don’t mind my crooked Radio; this is a test fit; I still got a ton of wires to finish soldering. I had to test and make sure everything works!

    I’m doing a custom harness for the backup camera; don’t follow the maestro instructions on the backup camera install; the maestro don’t put out enough voltage to power the camera; tap the power from the red accessory wire off the radio harness and tap the ground from the radio harness too.

    Going on 3 days now with this install since I haven’t had much time to work on it.

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  9. Feb 10, 2020 at 12:27 AM
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    Haven't really looked at the Maestro things yet. As far as I knew they were just good for keeping steering wheel controls and I already have that. Looked up the Maestro RR and it says "displays engine performance data on touchscreen with select Kenwood, JVC, Pioneer, Sony, and Alpine multimedia receivers" so that might be worth getting..
    I'm going to leave the backup camera on the rear view mirror, though. The idea of looking down while backing up isn't appealing to me.
     
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