Strengths: 4V Preouts,
Awesome Sound Quality / Clarity,
Too Many Features,
Hardly Ever Skips,
Ai-Net rulez (u can put anything to it)
Weaknesses: Not really good at playin CDRs
display is not clear at various angles and in sunlight too
Summary: This is the best Head Unit i've ever had. i've used loadz of them b4 but this one certainly rulez.
I've connected this head unit to Alpine TDA 5635 (cassete player with integrated DSP and EQ / analyzer) via Ai-NET and then conected my Alpine 6 Cd changer to it (5635). i bought a remote controller separately. and almost everything can be controlled thru the remote (inc. Equalizer setup, surround selection, cassete player, Cd, changer, tuner, u name it). plus i can control everything from the 7949, no need to rewind the cassete from the cassete player, do it frm the Cd player instead (bcuz my cassete player is relatively lower in the dash. a lil harder to approach it.
as far as the speakers and subs r concerned, a pair of kenwood 718 (7x10" rear speakers) and kenwood front speakers are connected an a four channel amplifier (linear accoustics) and Rockfor Fosgate sub on a kenwood two channel amp (modified as mono amp)
and u guyz gotta believe me, my friends r threatning me tht they'll steal tht system someday bcuz it sounds so crispy and clear and loud at the same time :d
Similar Products Used: Mostly Alpine but hav used kenwood, pioneer and clarion and none of them even closer to it in sound quality...
Strengths: maximum sound quality, one of the best! does not skip at all...unless ur CD's scratched up.
Weaknesses: does not play CD-Rs or CD-RWs hich is sad...becuz 99% of my CD's are CD-Rs and 1% are CD-RWs.....
Summary: had this in my car for quite some time now...its a great unit indeed..and for the price...its a great Steal! If you plan on having one...be sure to detach the face everytime you leave your car...
Strengths: Excellent sound quality, many features, ease of use, layout/buttons are great.
Weaknesses: Average station reception at best, and terrible cd/cd-r reader. slightest bumps on road cd's skip, and do not try to load cd-r's into this thing, will not play. I agree with most on here that the sound quality is worthy of (some) price, however there are better deals to be had. And to top it off, 'customer service' at Alpine is a joke(check out for yourself), no email support (try finding an address!) and 800 number not much help.
Summary: Overall i give the product an average rating, failings include cd/cd-r playback/skip, and a general lack of any customer service from the company. There are better deals to be had, better companies to buy from.
Similar Products Used: Sold a clarion which did not skip, however the sound quality wasn't even close (older model).
Rating Reviewed by: Rob (Unregistered User)
Review Date March 29, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Value Rating 4 of 5
Used product for Less than 1 month
Visitors rate this review 4.95 of 5,
Review 4 of 18
, from Glen Burnie
Year / Model Reviewed: 2000
Strengths: sound quality, Wont skip driving in the biggest of potholes
Weaknesses: WILL NOT PLAY 50 of my 75 BURNED CD-R's. Very dissapointing. CD's even when finalized will not play
Summary: Great Sound quality, Copper plated chassis. nice features.
Strengths: -great sound quality
-easy user interface
-copper plated cage
-efficiany (no pre-amp)
Weaknesses: -no center channel
-doesn' play some cd-r
Summary: the head unit is very smooth. it has awesome sound quality, but it is definately gheto. it is designed for spl and eq's. the spl thing is great, but i am not one for a lot of eq's. my biggest problem with the unit is the fact that it has serious problem playing burned cd's. i have found one brand of cd-r's that work with this head unit--> maxell. other than that one problem, i love the unit.