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I want an all around SQ head unit, something that has Good Adjustability, 5V+ Preouts, 24Bit Processing, Bluetooth, and iPod direct connect... I currently have the Eclipse CD7200 MKII in one car and Alpine CDA-9835 in another, i just recently acquired another vehicle and want to build up a nice system for it also

I have never been a pioneer fan, but this does sound like a good alternative to there ultimate stage 4 dex-p99rs!
 

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Well, Eclipse is no more and Alpine stand alone decks are arguably not as nice as the Pioneer. The new Pioneer continues where the DEH-P880PRS and DEH-P800PRS decks left off. There really is not many other options so.....you can figure this one out....

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Eclipse CD 8053 for the win and end all.
um except it doesnt have bt or ipod .

while one of my favorites I have a hard time not running again, it is a little lacking in modern features.

the Pioneer 800 was almost perfect. almost.
 

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New age technology is over rated, go hard, go old school lol.
ok. not saying i dont like the 8053.

just saying I like to have USB drive. I dont need iphone and BT
 

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In my humble opinion, you can choose Nakamichi CD Player.
This brand also has a good sound quality.

Otherwise, you can buy Kenwood K-CD01.
This one is topline head unit from Kenwood.
 

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I installed an Eclipse CD-5030 a couple of months ago and really like the sound quality and the range of adjustability. It has no problem with most modern media file formats and Bluetooth works great as well. You can find them for about half the expected cost of the Pioneer.

However, there are two shortfalls that have me leaning toward buying the Pioneer DEH-80PRS after it comes out and the price goes down, and why I voted for the Pioneer in your survey.

First, I bought the Eclipse used and in very good condition and at a great pricepoint. However, the unit I bought did not have the MEI-100 microphone that is used for auto-EQ and auto time alignment. These mikes are very hard to find. Not all auto-EQ and auto-TA is well executed, but the quality of the Eclipse unit is such that I would like to see how well these function. If you do go with a CD-5030, be sure to get one with the mike and then let me borrow it for a week!

Second, the Eclipse has poor radio specs. FM sensitivity is a lousy 15 dBf. If you like to listen to FM or AM, especially to distant stations or you try to listen in urban environments where you need good multipath rejection, the Eclipse will not be for you. The Pioneer Supertuner IIID will have an 8 or 9dBf spec, the best available.

Either way you go you will have an excellent headunit, just take into account how you are going to use it!
 

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I'm a current CD5030 owner and I'm getting the DEH-80PRS on Tuesday, so soon I'll be able to post a direct comparison.
 

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I own an Alpine CDA-7949, DVA-7996, Eclipse 55090, and now a Pioneer DEH-80PRS.

I can safely say that the 80PRS will hold it's own sound-wise against any of these and is also packing all the modern features you expect from a high-end but afford-ably priced CD player. As a matter of fact, I'm still baffled by everyone that uses the phrase: "when the price comes down" in association with this unit. Most specialists will sell this unit for MAP ($350) and there seems to be no shortage of people who can pick these up for $300 shipped from online sources. From my 15 years of retail experience in car audio I feel safe in saying this is one of the most amazing deals I've seen considering what you get for what you pay. I understand that technology has advanced and you get more gadgets for less money everyday, but this is a fairly special unit (if it wasn't it wouldn't have a 40+ page hype thread leading up to it's release) and I feel that Pioneer is coming through on exactly what was promised (which is a little brother to the P99 that regular enthusiasts can afford).
 

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Agreed 100%

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I own an Alpine CDA-7949, DVA-7996, Eclipse 55090, and now a Pioneer DEH-80PRS.

I can safely say that the 80PRS will hold it's own sound-wise against any of these and is also packing all the modern features you expect from a high-end but afford-ably priced CD player. As a matter of fact, I'm still baffled by everyone that uses the phrase: "when the price comes down" in association with this unit. Most specialists will sell this unit for MAP ($350) and there seems to be no shortage of people who can pick these up for $300 shipped from online sources. From my 15 years of retail experience in car audio I feel safe in saying this is one of the most amazing deals I've seen considering what you get for what you pay. I understand that technology has advanced and you get more gadgets for less money everyday, but this is a fairly special unit (if it wasn't it wouldn't have a 40+ page hype thread leading up to it's release) and I feel that Pioneer is coming through on exactly what was promised (which is a little brother to the P99 that regular enthusiasts can afford).
this, and if you're a meca competitor the 16band eq keeps you in stock class
 

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Its easy to say the 80prs is and will be one of the best sq decks for some time. Pioneer really took a gamble on this unit and hopefully it'll payoff and spark interest from other manufacturers to get back into sq. Unfortunately the sq market has been all but dead considering we make up such a small number of quarterly sales. Lets cross our fingers in hope of successful numbers from the 80prs along with clarions new unit coming out shortly. The success or failure of these two decks will have a huge impact on what line ups we see in the future to come.

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You have a point, and for Pioneer (or any company for that matter) to want to continue making products like this it has to make a profit for Pioneer and their dealers. That's why I get a bit disheartened every time I see someone say "when the price comes down". With a unit like this the price usually doesn't come down unless: a) They are bringing a better version to market or b) it did not sell well and they are clearing it out. "A" won't happen unless this does very well for them, so hoping that the price will decrease is kind of like hoping that the product will die out. I don't think that is what anyone wants, but I could be wrong.
 

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I agree, I don't understand why some complain about the price. Considering the features of the 80 it could easily cost more when compared to past units. There is no unit on the market past and present that offers the same features and some of the past preferred decks cost more. Pioneer did the sq market a tremendous service with this unit and I hope the gamble pays off.

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OK you guys have me convinced to pick this up just in case sort of deal. I really love the 99 but don't need half of what it has to offer. I'm also going to grab the Clarion when it does come out just to be able to compare the two. :)
 

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OK you guys have me convinced to pick this up just in case sort of deal. I really love the 99 but don't need half of what it has to offer. I'm also going to grab the Clarion when it does come out just to be able to compare the two. :)
You won't be disappointed, pioneer really did a good job with this unit. Just keep an open mind since your coming from the 99. As you described this should fit the bill. Good luck and keep us posted I'm interested to hear your feedback

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I am placing my order through Crutchfield the reason being because of their customer service. Just for piece of mind in case the s hits the fan. :)
 
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