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Great sound quality, Subwoofer output control, good layout
Terrible FM reception, CD's constantly skip on the slightest of bumps
Well my experience with the 9805 started out pretty well. The cd performace seemed good, sound quality was excellent (as with all alpine units), and i didnt listen much to FM. I liked the button layout and the fact that there is an independant subwoofer control. That was the major selling point for me, as many headunits dont have that kind of control. The display is very easy to read at night, but in the day it is impossible to navigate most of the time. Also, after about a month of having the unit, i decided to try the FM tuner, which i was very disappointed in, so i got a new antenna (a window mounted one this time), and still very poor reception. Hell, my freind's car has a nub of an antenna (most of his antenna is broken off) and gets better reception than i do! Also, i noticed the slightest bumps would make the cd player skip. Being that my car is lowered, that left me in a bad spot. I dont even try to listen to cd's on the highway anymore.
Similar Products Used:
pioneer DEH-P4400 (much better headunit than the 9805)