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    1. Member sdezego's Avatar
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      02-23-2011 02:33 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by sdezego View Post
      No USB on the 9856.

      Funny though that this has been re-bumped, because I just started searching again. Needs have changed slightly.

      I am seriously considering 2 "new" models now that appear that the design is getting back to grass roots somewhat:

      rundown:
      - Can get both for ~$150 from various places
      - both have BT built in,
      - USB and aux
      - only 4 pre-amps on both with switchable rear/sub, but I am ox with that.
      - Pioneer comes with a remote, Alpine is separate (but I am not sure I really care either way as I don't use remotes all that much and prob wouldn't miss it)
      - smaller displays, but I really don't care about that (guessing this is where the cost savings come in with these two)

      The Pioneer looks a bit "cleaner" to me, but the Alpine has 4 switchable colors!

      DEH-7300BT vs CDE-103BT

      http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...EH-7300BT.aspx

      http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...CDE-103BT.aspx
      ok, all of you Audiophile eggheads... Am I missing something here? The Alpine appears to have only a 1 bit DAC The pioneer has a 24bit as with most decent ended units. Also, the specs appear wrong on OCS's website for the alpine RCA's. Should be 2v like the Pioneer (based on Alpine's site).

      Not sure about the rounded look of the alpine bezel, but do like the color changeable buttons.





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      02-23-2011 02:36 PM #107
      Gotta take a better pic, but since I recently swapped to the MkiV controls and added some custom LED lit controls, I am a little more flexible on button color. Just have to get rid of this current HU.


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      02-24-2011 05:55 PM #108
      Not helpful but I was remembering the Alpine 7525 that I used for something like 8 years (it left me in 2001 if I recall correctly). That would be sweet if you could find one of those. The twist-knob for the volume was awesome. It would be "era-appropriate" but would have almost none of the modern features.

      Dang, missed it by a couple months:
      http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ALPINE-7525R-C...-/260703501399
      Last edited by Teedubya; 02-24-2011 at 05:57 PM.

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      02-24-2011 07:54 PM #109
      Damn, I had this thing laying around for 5 years before I finally got around to installing it. Sonny MDX 400. There's a wired remote that goes on the clamshell but they are no longer made. I wont lose it if I don't install it. It's the only way to set the clock on the unit.

      Minidisc is a weird way to go but they don't scratch and you can load four into the cassette that slides into the head unit.


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      02-24-2011 10:12 PM #110
      WOW, talk about a dead format.

      Nakamichi CD-400 still gets my vote for period correct head unit.

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      02-24-2011 11:13 PM #111
      im a little partial to alpine. ive had 2 older 3 discs in-dash with much pleasure.
      then ungraded to this cda 7998 back in 02 and im still rockin it in my truck today. simply the best head unit ive ever had or seen. getting ready to pull and put the system in the rado (o-boy)

      borrowed youtube of it (not mine, but had the best song i could find)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geNTF0FzYIE funny guys tring to figure it out
      Last edited by reborndub; 02-24-2011 at 11:19 PM.
      quoted by me:
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      "they always want money,and you never have enough for them"
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      03-01-2011 07:58 PM #112
      Got a picture of the Kenwood but after reading your first post again, probably not the look you're going for:


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      03-01-2011 09:41 PM #113
      Quote Originally Posted by Teedubya View Post
      Got a picture of the Kenwood but after reading your first post again, probably not the look you're going for:
      That's ok. I welcome people to post what they have.

      I agree that the Nak is definitely the best looking most period correct for the Corrado, by far.

      I just ordered the pioneer I mentioned above. I am sure I will not be thrilled at the look, but it will look a lot better than what I have and I will have lots of options with the BT, Aux in and USB. PLus it looks decent. I really wanted to go with the Alpine, but after investigating, I think they cheaped out to cut costs on this one.

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      03-02-2011 12:11 PM #114
      Im quite happy with my Pioneer...

      I have changed all the bulbs to red and the head unit matches that with out a problem!




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      03-02-2011 01:23 PM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by Wompa View Post
      Im quite happy with my Pioneer...

      I have changed all the bulbs to red and the head unit matches that with out a problem!



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      03-02-2011 02:50 PM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by turtledub View Post
      Is that a tape storage unit in the cubbie?
      Sure looks like it.
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      03-02-2011 05:29 PM #117
      Yepp... thats the real deal

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      03-02-2011 09:43 PM #118
      haha, I remember that was a premium upgrade back in the day

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      03-02-2011 10:20 PM #119
      So if he upgraded to a CD player does he still have his mix tape in there?
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    15. 03-02-2011 10:27 PM #120
      I have the kenwood KiV900bt in my Corrado, took over a year searching for the best possible option that would allow me to integrate my IPOD and any other media into my stereo. I had the original activ speakers up until this past summer, the fronts were dying and the rears were dead.

      I havent finished the install yet, but Im happy with my choice, and the bluetooth integration is flawless, dogger is right, parrot did the bluetooth for kenwood.

      IPOD integration is nice and fast and I dont mind how the deck looks, has a nice size screen for what it is.

      I will post photos of it once the install has been completed. The car is asleep for now till the late spring.

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      03-03-2011 12:32 AM #121
      Quote Originally Posted by turtledub View Post
      So if he upgraded to a CD player does he still have his mix tape in there?
      The mix tapes are for true OG status

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      03-03-2011 05:04 PM #122
      I would love to get ahold of a OEM stereo but with all the newer outputs like USB etc.

      Any idea of a place that have this?

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      03-03-2011 05:22 PM #123
      Quote Originally Posted by Wompa View Post
      I would love to get ahold of a OEM stereo but with all the newer outputs like USB etc.

      Any idea of a place that have this?
      I've thought about removing the cassette guts, and hard wiring an old Ipod inside. The only issue is how to control it.
      I do not understand why some coupes make the grade and others do not. Everyone knows, for instance, that the Corrado was as tasty as an East End prize fighter with the looks of a Benetti super-yacht. The four-cylinder was good, but the VR6 was about as close as you could get to Ferraridom without buying a Ferrari. And what happened? You all went to the pub instead. -Jeremy Clarkson-

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      I think I wanna do a carputer in mine eventually.

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      04-12-2011 08:22 PM #125
      I finally swapped HUs. Certainly it is not the perfect look, but it looks a lot better than my old one, and has Blue tooth, USB, etc etc. Sounds great after some fin tuning and very happy with it. The price was right too.

      sorry for the cell phone pic...


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      08-03-2011 12:08 PM #126
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      08-03-2011 02:30 PM #127
      I know that I kind of settled on the above Unit when I bought it, but I am absolutely thrilled with it.

      It looks decent (in my opinion of course). and the Blue Tooth works flawlessly on my Android for the Phone aspects! Plus the Aux and USB are the icing. It sounds great with my amps and sub (as did my old HU). ...and I found myself still throwing a CD in every now and again

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      08-03-2011 04:29 PM #128
      Not much - here is my old Kenwood Z828 with the Sirius mounted in the ashtray. Connected to a 10-Disc under the armrest and a Phatbox in the trunk. Been working fine since 2001! I want to upgrade to a newer unit with USB/Bluetooth...maybe soon.

      Last edited by VR6Nutt; 08-03-2011 at 04:35 PM.

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      08-03-2011 04:54 PM #129
      How about Becker The make OEM radios for MB, Ferrari, etc...
      http://www.beckerautosound.com/

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      08-03-2011 05:52 PM #130
      Quote Originally Posted by sdezego View Post

      anyone have the part number for this? someone said its on 1stvw parts for $500 i wanna check it out, i really like the OEM look and the features, so i might just say eff it and buy it
      I <3 VAG
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      08-03-2011 07:20 PM #131
      Quote Originally Posted by sdezego View Post
      I


      So, let's see and hear what you got. Opinions welcome and I know there are a few out there with them on Audio
      Quote Originally Posted by chillzombies View Post
      anyone have the part number for this? someone said its on 1stvw parts for $500 i wanna check it out, i really like the OEM look and the features, so i might just say eff it and buy it
      What what!? Did you? Really? Did you just ask that question? Are your nija edit skills lacking cause I caught this. Do you want a redo?

      I under stand that you are from long Island, so I will now cut you some slack. But the answer is staring you in the face big a$$ sh1t. Look closely on the box.

      If your seeing impaired then the number is 1JM-035-157-AH, and you have the web site listed, just open a new tab and let your fingers do the walking......
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      The holding your hand and spoon feeding method, yes www.1stvwparts.com has it for $427.00. They are legit, as they are a VW dealership, and I have ordered many many times from them.
      Last edited by Non_Affiliated; 08-03-2011 at 07:24 PM.
      We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.

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      08-03-2011 11:38 PM #132
      Quote Originally Posted by Non_Affiliated View Post
      What what!? Did you? Really? Did you just ask that question? Are your nija edit skills lacking cause I caught this. Do you want a redo?

      I under stand that you are from long Island, so I will now cut you some slack. But the answer is staring you in the face big a$$ sh1t. Look closely on the box.

      If your seeing impaired then the number is 1JM-035-157-AH, and you have the web site listed, just open a new tab and let your fingers do the walking......
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      The holding your hand and spoon feeding method, yes www.1stvwparts.com has it for $427.00. They are legit, as they are a VW dealership, and I have ordered many many times from them.
      thanks, wasnt able to see that in my iphone unless i zoomed in on the photo
      I <3 VAG
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      08-04-2011 02:07 AM #133
      I've owned 1 Sony HU and hated it ever since pioneer all the way
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      08-04-2011 10:00 AM #134
      Quote Originally Posted by Non_Affiliated View Post
      ...I under stand that you are from long Island, so I will now cut you some slack. ...
      Hey, now. I originally hail from Long Island. But in my defense, I moved at an early age before any of the detriment set in

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      11-05-2011 11:37 PM #135
      Bumped so I can find this thread easier.

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      11-06-2011 11:02 AM #136
      I had a jetta city tape deck I got off ebay but it looked like someone just pried it out with a flat head. the sides were all beat to hell, so I sent it back.

      ITs all about being able to play ipods. I wanted something that looks pretty factory, sounds decent and is pretty simple.

      I ended up getting an alpine 9886 I tthink it is. I really like it but it is WAY to much for me,, esp in a car I put maybe 1000 miles on a year.

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      11-06-2011 12:04 PM #137
      Quote Originally Posted by Non_Affiliated View Post
      What what!? Did you? Really? Did you just ask that question? Are your nija edit skills lacking cause I caught this. Do you want a redo?

      I under stand that you are from long Island, so I will now cut you some slack. But the answer is staring you in the face big a$$ sh1t. Look closely on the box.

      If your seeing impaired then the number is 1JM-035-157-AH, and you have the web site listed, just open a new tab and let your fingers do the walking......
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      The holding your hand and spoon feeding method, yes www.1stvwparts.com has it for $427.00. They are legit, as they are a VW dealership, and I have ordered many many times from them.
      I was able to find one of these for around 250 couple years ago on ebay. Had it shipped from Mexico.

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      11-06-2011 12:09 PM #138
      Quote Originally Posted by V-TEC this!!! View Post
      I was able to find one of these for around 250 couple years ago on ebay. Had it shipped from Mexico.
      How did you like it? Any pics installed?

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      11-06-2011 02:50 PM #139
      I dont have any pics of it installed and I will not be able to get take some any time soon due to being abroad for school.

      I love the radio, had to modify part of the original radio slot in order to have it clip in using the original clips. The color of the radio is a little bit more gray compared to the corrado dash. The radio lights up red (which works for me since I will be switching to red switches). The only thing that I dont like about it is the fact that even if the radio is turned on the backlighting of all the buttons stays on, I have not had time to try and change that and its not that big of a deal.

      The other issue I have with it is the fact that the corners of that radio are very sharp, and the slot in the corrado has slight rounded edges.

      Besides that I love this radio, have not had any issues with it in the last 3 yrs. I had 2 radios stolen out of my corrado on my driveway and this one does not draw any attention, which is what I was after.

      Hope this helps,
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      11-07-2011 02:24 AM #140
      Quote Originally Posted by markcorrado1 View Post
      How about Becker The make OEM radios for MB, Ferrari, etc...
      http://www.beckerautosound.com/
      Awful radios.

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