Review 4 of 12|
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First and Foremost-- the preout voltage is good (4 volts?) The Time Correction, when set right, makes a world of difference as far as imaging is concerned. VERY reliable unit (maintenance-free), NEVER skipped once. You can feel and see the quality of //Alpine's craftsmanship all around the HU.
Very picky on most MP3-burned CD's- I always get the DISCREAD- ERROR message, so I have to make sure that the surface of the CD is SPOTLESS. At one occasion, the 9811 also lost some of its settings (like the bass/treble volume) but other settings were retained. VERY LOW remote turn on current (0.3A?) If you have two amps and at least an EQ - forget it, you'll need a relay (the HU will not supply enough current to your amps' REM and they will not turn on) AM reception is very poor.
Installation of the CDA-9811 is a snap-- providing you have the right tools. The manual is easy to understand, but trying to get around the buttons and functions will take time and patience to learn and master. Audio output is VERY CLEAN. Onboard Xover and Time Correction seems to work pretty well. The display is okay, but it looks a little monotonous. Kinda.
Similar Products Used:
Blaupunkt HU's, Sony HU's