Review 4 of 22
, from gaithersburg MD|
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Sound quality is superb for a low bit-rate PCM digital audio format. Disc initialization and transport are smooth speedy. My unit plays CDr and CDRw even though the unit didn't say it would! The 4volt pre-out sends unclipped signals to my speakers via my component amp.
Ugly faceplate symmetry. The ergonomics could be better. There should be a sub pre-out. The face scratches easily and for a competition ready unit, this unit should have more RMS power or be sold without an internal amp, just like a tuner. Ive seen this unit in competition so a few items should be revised.
This unit made me realize why Alpine in a top seller in the auto sound segment. I would definatley buy another Alpine, yet with each new year their units become progressivly uglier. I prefer symmetry in my equipment and am now considering alternatives to the ugly products Alpine has to offer.
Similar Products Used:
Alpine CDM 7833, Kenwood 3018 (1999). Tha 7840 tops both units in power and fidelity. The Kenwood looks better than both but felt overrated.