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CLARION HX-D2 AM/FM CD HIGH FIDELITY 24BIT

are these any good?

which is better DRZ9255 or CLARION HX-D2 ?


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specs for HX-d2:

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Specification
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FM Tuner Frequency Range : 87.0 MHz to 108.0 MHz
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AM Tuner Frequency Range : 531 kHz to 1629 kHz
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CD Player
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A/D Conversion: 24-bit 64x oversampling
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Bx oversampling digital filter
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Sampling rate converter
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DSP : 24 bit audio DSP, 34 bit arithmetic operation
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5-band – PEQ
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96 kHz Sampling DSP
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Burr-Brown 24-Bit D/A Converter
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Plays CD-R & CD-RW
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4-Way Crossovers (Subwoofer/Low/Mid/High) Built-in
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Digital Time Alignment for Each Line Level Output
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4V/8ch Gold Plated Line Level Outputs (for Subwoofer/Low/Mid/High or Front
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2-way/Rear/Subwoofer with 6N OFC Cable
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Copper Plated Chassis
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DC/DC Converter
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CeNet Control of: Optional TV Tuner, DVD Changer and 6-Disc CD Changer
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Multi-Changer Control
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2 2ch AUX Inputs
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Fibre Optic Input/Output
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Vacuum Florescent Display
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IR Remote Control
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Line Level Output Only (Requires External Amplifier)
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Ultra Precision Rotary Volume Control
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Zinc Die-cast Faceplate
 

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I can only speak for the 9255. I have this in my car. I will never own anything else.

Ive had
McIntosh
Denon
Eclipse
Alpine

Nothing even comes close to the sound and features of the 9255
 

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arent both the same? they're just differently named for different markets, and different radio frequency steps.


AFAIK: hx-d2 is for the asian markets
and drz-9255 is for the american and euro markets.

internally, they both are identical.
 

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arent both the same? they're just differently named for different markets, and different radio frequency steps.


AFAIK: hx-d2 is for the asian markets
and drz-9255 is for the american and euro markets.

internally, they both are identical.
That's true.
It's the exact same unit apart from the radio frequencies.

J.
 

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i dont think the 7200 holds a candle to the fantastic unit that the 9255 is, but the overall feature set of the 7200 makes it more bang for your buck.

the 9255 has superior staging and blows one's socks away with its accurate reproduction of recordings
 

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how can one compare a 4 way active-able HU with a 3 way HU? :confused: different league altogether
 

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"Pies crumble when you slice them too thin... "

I compare good old flat full-range HUs to onboard processor HUs when it comes to SQ. You can buy processing...
 

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Here a nice little read for you.

Head unit show down:

Today we set up a "reference" system consisting of an Arcam Full Metal Jacket CD player, a Pathos Classic One amplifier (hybrid tube) and Infinity Kappa 600 speakers. The RCA's were the Stealth Audio "Nanofibers", the speaker wire were IXOS Ixotica.

Listeners:

CSUFLYBOY "Matt"
QMOTOX "Quinton"

We listened to Alanis Morrisette's "You ought to know" from her unplugged album, and Dire Straits "You're latest trick". Both recordings are excellent, and provide several sonic cues that we were listening for.

These are our observations after listening to the refence setup:


The H/Us that made it in the showdown:

Denon DCT-Z1:
The soundstage instantly became 2-D - the depth was gone.
With was expanded compared to the FMJ
Strings were sharper and more defined, but not fatiguing
The low end was not as full as the FMJ, and lacks energy.

McIntosh MX5000:
Great bottom end, with "space" around the kickdrum and bass guitar.
Vocals are forward
Image is perfect
Not as 3-D as the FMJ, but better than the Z-1

McIntosh MX4000:
Vocals are almost as good as the FMJ!
Center cohesion is BETTER than the FMJ!
Bass is just as good as the MX5000
Overall - slightly better than the MX5000

Nakamichi CD700ii:
Nice low end
No "shimmer"/"sparkle" on the top end seemed to roll of quite a bit
Good vocals and center image
No depth, much like the Z-1
Drums sound flat, and not defined and full like the MX's
Very sweet, mellow, and warm sounding

Clarion DRZ-9255:
Top end is clear and neutral
Well balanced
Center image is very good
Nothing stands out as "wrong"
Depth is comparable to the MXs
Lacks low end definition to the MXs, but better than Z-1
Overall a very sweet, neutral sounding H/U.

Panasonic TX-5500W:
Top end is SWEET!
Not as shallow as the Z-1, but not deep like the MXs; like the DRZ-9255
VERY Clear and transparent!!
Rich midbass/midrange like MXs, but added spakle of Z-1
Great low end definition/clarity

Grundig:
"Cold" - lacks richness
Sharpest upper end
"Sterile"
Focus and image very well
Fatigues ears quickly
Uninvolving

Eclipse ECD-510:
Best low end extension of all H/Us
Vocals are very good
Staging was on par w/ 9255
Another very good h/u and very easy to listen to

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We all could agree that the McIntosh pieces were the best sounding H/Us with the mx4000 slightly over the mx5000, but both were the closest to our Arcam reference. Needless to say, the Panasonic surprised us all. It easily got us involved, capturing the sprit of the music the best and would say that it is a tough third and so close to the 5000 it scary!!!. The DRZ-9255 was an outstanding performer as well, with nothing to complain about, but nothing "super" about it. The z1 I would have to say, was not a huge disapointment, but I expected more...as well as the cd700...The eclipse was another deck I could just throw in and be happy with...And I would put the Grundig in last place...
 
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