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Hi, I'm looking for a head unit for my car as well and i am torn between this and the upcoming Pioneer DEH-P710BT.
the new 710 unit will have integrated USB support, meaning you can put all your music on a flash drive and stick it in the usb slot. This is very important to me as i dont want to carry around a bunch of CD's in my car anymore. I believe you need to get an USB adapter (~$100) for the 980 and the functionality is limited on it.
the only crappy thing is that the 710 doesn't have the burr brown DAC. but it's going to be cheaper. It is scheduled to come out "Spring 2009" so it should be coming out very soon. I don't know why they didnt make a newer head unit that has the best DAC in it though :confused:

I'm going to be powering my Focal Access 690CA1 rear 6X9's and Focal Access 165A1 component fronts directly from the head unit till i scrounge enough $ to buy an amp, if i even need one.

i've personally seen the 980 at the place where i got my tints. it's a very nice headunit but i didn't get to play around w/ the bluetooth. the interface is like any other pioneer head unit, which is a good thing.
 

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The 980BT is similar to my 7800MP except for the added bluetooth. Yes, in order to get USB u have to use the CD-UB100 usb adapter, which i purchased when Crutchfield was selling at an unbelieveabley cheap 30 bucks. Yea, I paid 30 bucks for a piece of junk. the adapter sucks with these units. it doesnt display more than 8 characters on the top right corner of the display and refuses to read music on my phones memory card. it sucks. dont do it. im telling you. i am going to replace my 7800mp with a kenwood unit soon because kenwoods have some of the best usb interfaces. if usb is even somewhat important to you, stay away from the pioneer. otherwise a great unit. 16 band eq is for reals and the sounds is very very good. just sucks about the whole usb thing.
aye. picked up a kenwood kdc-x993. going in my car next week. played with it at the store and the usb interface is pretty good. folders are all numbered though, but all your track info gets displayed fine.
 
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