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      I hope the factory HU isn't my issue as well, but if it is I'm skipping it all together and running a digital audio player directly to the DSP and skipping the whole mess.

      Or maybe something like this where I can keep the factory HU and use this just for music... this is probably overkill for what I need though.
       
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      I hope the factory HU isn't my issue as well, but if it is I'm skipping it all together and running a digital audio player directly to the DSP and skipping the whole mess.

      Or maybe something like this where I can keep the factory HU and use this just for music... this is probably overkill for what I need though.
      I would love to go aftermarket but the dang radio is so integrated with the functionality of the Honda Ridgeline. I would give up so many features that I enjoy and paid for. Tough decision at this point. I may re-purchase factory components because I tossed them long ago thinking I would figure this out... Might end up living with factory speakers and keep my sub and call it a day.

      I ordered some speaker wire to RCA adapters to run the factory amplifier outputs through the PAC SN1 before the Kicker KEYLOC. May solve a ground issue but I'm not gonna hold my breath at this point. Lastly, I'll trace the factory amp ground and possibly relocate it. As I reach the point of trying to revert back to factory, I'm trying to splice and cut into less crap if I can.
       
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      Has this been considered? It is quite good looking. Interestingly the Sony RSX GS9, never aesthetically so great in my view, shows as NLA.

      edit: It seems the black box itself is single din, but the good looking faceplate "commander unit" mounts separately.

       
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      Has this been considered? It is quite good looking. Interestingly the Sony RSX GS9, never aesthetically so great in my view, shows as NLA.

      edit: It seems the black box itself is single din, but the good looking faceplate "commander unit" mounts separately.

      I did look at this briefly. The “marine” dash mounted units aren’t for me. It doesn’t play CDs. It’s Bluetooth had no hands free calling (all I really want BT for) what kind of a joke is that in 2022 for $1400+ tax
       
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      Unless you're trying to save space with an Amp/DSP combo, I think the multiple unit approach looks better, all be it more expensive. Plus you get more flexibility and less likely the whole system is lost with a hardware failure. I wish I could have fit two 4 channels and two monoblocks but went with two 5 channel amps instead.

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      Does anyone else make a unit like this to bypass the factory radio, like a hardwired, mountable DAP? No need for the amp or integration features.

      https://www.crutchfield.com/p_500HDS990/Alpine-HDS-990.html
       
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      Unless you're trying to save space with an Amp/DSP combo, I think the multiple unit approach looks better, all be it more expensive. Plus you get more flexibility and less likely the whole system is lost with a hardware failure. I wish I could have fit two 4 channels and two monoblocks but went with two 5 channel amps instead.

      Side note:
      Does anyone else make a unit like this to bypass the factory radio, like a hardwired, mountable DAP? No need for the amp or integration features.

      https://www.crutchfield.com/p_500HDS990/Alpine-HDS-990.html
      No clue but that head unit might actually be worth the $1399 price tag. It has a 4 x 25w amp, 3 usb inputs, 4 high level out, and 6 rca out. And it plays every file and format of audio I could think of including bluetooth. Didn’t see a Wi-Fi connections but with 3 USB ports your wouldn’t need one.
       

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