Originally Posted by folgore
Yes I know what you mean, but we have to admit the truth. The re the best you can buy today. Personally I dont like much the looks (but I love the 77MP), and i also dont like much the way they stick out of the dash. But most of Pioneers are the best compared to the competition, and they re quite reliable (which is quite rare nodays - of course all machines break down but we re talking about big differences in possibilities here). The 77 has the Burr Brown DAC chip which is responsible for the sound performance. One detail, most Pioneers have silicon bases for the cd mechanism, while most hu's have rubber ones. Rubber looses its characteristics after some time ( like tyres and engine belts ) and gets hard, which means easier cd skipping. Silicon stays as good as new.
Keep your hu, or get a better one. 932 being a factory one, doesnt mean that its bad. There are worse hu's out there on the market, be cairten about that. And some of them are expensive. Alpines were good in the past, but today's alpines are not what they used to be, simply for cost reasons. The marketing guys make the decisions unfortunately.
A device doesnt have to be necessarily good just because its expensive and its from a well known brand. Recently I bought a set of Focal Utopia 165w component speakers for my bella. Well, they re awesome, but not perfect, they gave an spl bump around 1Khz which is noticable on some cars. I just finished a Notch Filter which eliminates this bump, and i also replaced the crossover capacitors with ultra high quality polypropylene ones. Now they re almost perfect and they re going to be in my bella quite soon. Am I better than Focal engineers? Nope. But I dont give a sh*t on cost to get maximum performance, while they do! My point is that manufacturers try to sell, not to make the best devices they can. Some of them try to sell by offering good performance instead of cheap tricks. So we have to be careful when we choose, ask as many owners as we can, and isolate which owners have a good criterion. For example, you ll read many reviews about this head unit or that amplifier etc, but its very important to see also what was the author's previous equipment, or if he s talking bullsh1t by the way he expresses himself.
Like i am doing it now
You said two words and i wrote 200, i need vacations asap