The head unit for this build (Pioneer MVH-P8300BT) was the first thing I bought and was an impulse buy which I’m not happy with (everything since has been thoroughly researched). I am at the point where I want to package it up, ship it back to the States and sell it off cheap. First I need to pick a new unit…
My wish list is:
- Good SQ, I know this is very ambiguous, but just something to keep in mind. High volt pre-outs would be a good start.
- DSP: Either a 3 way which will get me by until I get the sub installed at which time I will get an external DSP, or a 3 way + sub which may mean I don't go for an external DSP later on.
- Bluetooth hands free: I'd like built-in Bluetooth hands free, or the ability to integrate with another external hands free kit. I would actually prefer the second approach because my single experience with built-in Bluetooth hands free has been rubbish and this approach will give me some flexibility in selecting a hands free kit.
- Inputs: As many USB, RCA and/or 3.5mm inputs as possible, preferably on the rear of the unit
- Orange, white or adjustable illumination: I know, sounds picky, but my entire dash and centre console is orange lit, the current HU matches perfectly and looks awesome.
The tricky part is trying to find one available in New Zealand or Australia, one of the main problems with the current head unit is that I purchased the US model (due to an NZ model not being available at the time). The radio tuner on this model covers the same frequencies and any NZ tuner; however it skips in 0.2hz increments whereas our FM stations are separated by only 0.1hz
Things I am considering are the Alpine CDA-9887, and the Pioneer PRS models. The Alpine is available locally at a good price so I am tempted; it is an older unit though.
If anyone can recommend some models which match at least a few of my wish-list-items that would be much appreciated. I will have to do some research to see if I can find a that or a similar model available in the AUS / NZ market.
If there are any Kiwis or Aussies around that can chime in or point me at a good supplier that would be appreciated as well.