Wow sorry for the run-on title
I understand the advanced tuning capabilities, auto EQ, side independent EQ, 3-way crossovers etc are better on the 80PRS but with all DSP aside or defeated, how does just the simple music accuracy and quality of better Alpines or Kenwoods compare side by side with the DEH-80PRS? Any folks A/B compare apples to apples just L/R unmolested output?
I'm considering pulling the stock non-nav and MS-8 and going with aftermarket head alone or with processor later. Current amps are band-pass capable NVX 4-ch & 1-ch waiting on me now replacing an old zx700.5. Drivers are Vifa or SEAS Neo I have on hand, TB W6-789E mids and probably a Dayton HF or similar better quality 10" in a glassed corner trunk box I picked up. 08 Civic Si sedan. Dash kit on hand now. Going to do it right this time and completely pull all interior for some wiring clean up. Doors are treated and MLV'd and may do more in floors and trunk.
The NVX amps' band-pass capabilities give me some flexibility granted that would combine time alignment which would be a compromise understandably if one head L/R channel fed two outs on the amp. Lots of ideas on that but more concerned on head unit SQ and build quality for this topic. Probably going to be a very humble 2-way + sub.
Given most better head units will afford USB, Bluetooth and iDevice digital direct reading, features features features, my main pick is the 80PRS and the 99RS is simply out of the budget or I would get it done.
I'm wondering among the better new Alpines such as the CDE-HD149BT or IVE-W555BT, or maybe the Kenwood 997 or 998, how does their general output SQ and build quality compare to the burr-browns and build of the 80PRS?
The 555 is interesting as I would appreciate the screen advantages and 2-din appearance if the head unit can actually bring it in terms of SQ output. Couldn't care less about nav but digital inputs a must. I dunno on new Alpine SQ so asking you guys.
Thanks for your input.