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What features do I want in a new head unit?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Apex1, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Jan 5, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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    Apex1

    Apex1 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am a bit overwhelmed with all the options, hopefully you guys can help.

    I am swapping out my non jbl hu in my 2011 dc. Here is what I know so far, I want:

    Double din
    6-7” touch screen
    Not gps
    Bt phone and audio
    Name brand (not cheapie)
    Fm/iPod/mp3/vid/usb... etc.
    Need amp with at least 22w rms
    Quick boot time
    Under $400.00

    The less the better obviously, more money for sub and maybe speakers. However this is what I am not sure on:

    Cd/dvd... do I even need this anymore? Haven’t used cds in a while but does it make sense not to have disc capability?

    Apple car play... how valuable is this? Does it work well, what about the message app? I travel for work and get lots of texts on the road, is this good for that?

    What about the other iPhone connections? I know kenwood uses weblink app. Are these any good?

    Again there are lots of choices and not a ton of comparisons.

    Appreciate the info!
     
  2. Jan 9, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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    Apex1

    Apex1 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I should be more specific.

    Is hd radio a feature I should prioritize? I do listen to radio semi regularly. Does this make a difference?
     
  3. Jan 9, 2019 at 7:16 AM
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    taco_blanco2005

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    Currently looking at the Sony XAV-AX5000, but the thought of not having a volume knob is making me second think it. Sony also unveiled yesterday at CES the XAV-AX7000 which looks very similar but better sound features, won’t be available until the spring though
     
  4. Jan 9, 2019 at 7:20 AM
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    If you are going amp, ignore the watts on the radio and focus on rca outputs. 6 of them at 4 volts is ideal
     
  5. Jan 9, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    Apex1

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  6. Jan 9, 2019 at 9:08 PM
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    Purpleman

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    Kenwood DMX7705S if you plan on getting one without a CD/DVD drive.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2019 at 3:37 AM
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    I rarely use cds, but i don’t see much advantage with going with a multimedia player (no cd). The unit is the same size as a cd drive and it is not really cheaper.

    Might as well have it and not need it. If not me, maybe for the truck’s next owner.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2019 at 2:51 PM
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    StrangeDuck

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    I'd also look for one that is camera ready for at least one camera. If you don't have one it's pretty easy to add a cheap camera at the same time as the stereo install. I assume that you're not going the satellite radio road as you don't mention it. Other than camera capability and the things you listed CD/non-CD and volume knob options are personal things that only you can answer for yourself.

    I have a Pioneer AVH-3800BHS that has a similar setup to the radios you linked. I don't have steering wheel controls so having control buttons on the left side of the radio is convenient for me as they are easy to reach. I have a Mazda3 with an AVH-5800 that has buttons along the bottom edge and I don't think it would be as easy to use in the Tacoma.
     
  9. Jan 12, 2019 at 5:31 AM
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    Apex1

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    Steering wheel controls are a must for me. My Tacoma already has the camera in the rear view. The real question is apple car play. I use iOS, but what is the value? It’s a fairly expensive option.
     

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