|Headunit Buyer's Guide - 2010|
Alpine CDA-117 CD/MP3/WMA/AAC Receiver
New for 2010, Alpine’s CDA-117 is engineered for top-quality sound, making it the ideal head unit for the car audio enthusiast and enabling consumers to create a high-quality system that fits their entertainment desires. The unit’s crossover, time correction, equalization and built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier optimize the sound output, while a 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC ensures all digital sources are converted accurately. The CDA-117 also offers full support for access and control of iPod or iPhone music from the head unit, and can display iPod song information on its 156x38 resolution BioLite screen. The unique Percentage Search function takes the iPod music library and divides it evenly into six groups to match the six present buttons for quick, easy file navigation. It can also connect to HD Radio with multicasting and iTunes Tagging, satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless technology connectivity. (Separate tuners/adapters/subscriptions required)
Boss Audio Systems 840UBI
The feature packed Boss Audio 840UBI is top of the line for 2010. It is a single-DIN sized unit with a fully detachable front panel featuring “Touch Sensitive Controls” with an oversized “Active Black Mask Display.’ The unit includes built-in Bluetooth to enable a cell phone interface for hands free calling and offers “Full iPod Control” and is also charging capable with an optional integration cable. The 840UBI has USB and SD memory ports along with a 3.5mm Aux input located on the front panel. The ESP anti-skip mechanism plays CD and MP3. Other features include 24AM/FM presets, switchable USA / Europe radio frequencies, 5 volt preamp output, 4 x 80 watts high power, Quartz digital clock, dual RCA outputs (front and rear), equalizer adjustments and a slim line full function wireless remote control.
Clarion’s entire CD line-up offers premium cosmetics with lustrous blue illumination and a unique starburst button configuration. The Clarion CZ500 is the most advanced of the single DIN CD source unit group offering a 2-line display and unmatched connectivity to the music and devices you use most. The CZ500 offers simple connection and integration of your iPod or iPhone, built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and stereo audio streaming, USB and AUX connections to access music on portable devices. To top it off, the CZ500 even throws in a separate visor microphone to give Clarion owners, and callers, a clear and smooth hands-free calling experience. The CZ500 and CZ300 both are HD Radio Ready (optional THD300) with the iTunes tagging feature and are XM Satellite Radio Ready. They offer superior sound quality with subwoofer volume control and advanced sound technology.
Dual’s latest 200-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver - XDMA6355 offers Bluetooth capabilities supporting hands-free and streaming audio with playback controls to focus on driver safety. Sit back and enjoy the convenience of a front panel direct USB iPod connection, wireless remote control and steering wheel interface input and enhance your listening experience with the MOSFET powered amplifier. The Dual XDMA6330BT includes the Bluetooth module (BTM60); the BTM60 can be added separately to the XDMA6355.
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