First of all Happy new year guys [thumb] . Later this year, I will replace my stock radio with a 6 disc cd player. The question is, should I go for Kenwood or Pioneer? Most people think pioneer is better but in my opinion kenwood are not that bad.
If all you really want out of upgrading is a six-disc changer, why not get ahold of a Ford factory six-disc unit? It'll be a slide-in replacement, and the Audiophile 9006 unit in particular is not bad, it has a fair amount of power to drive the speakers. These can be had on eBay for much less than the cost of a new aftermarket unit. Just a thought...
Here, this is an example. The auction ended, at a cost of 66.00 US dollars. Add shipping, and it's still probably cheaper than any other way to add a six-disc to your car.
I bought a Focus with the 6 disc in Dash.. just so I wouldn't have to worry about ICE for awhile. It works great. Lots of power, and nothing beats the IN DASH. I hate other cars having to go to the trunk to switch around CDs. Just a nuisance.
Hmm, that's what I was wondering - it's actually oversized? So it fits the opening in the dashboard without needing a "face" to cover the gap? I haven't seen one like that. Good luck, sounds like it might be a good deal. [thumb]
if you like the stock look and don't have alot of money to spend on it and don't pla on doing anything else audio wise then go with the factory 6 disk in-dash but the audiofile ones would require rewiring most likely. if you are going to add amps or a sub (not factory) then it's much better to get an aftermarket cd player and changer. that kenwood is probably double din though so you couldn't easily fit it, i don't recommend it. i like aftermarket stuf because if your going to add amps or anything you have the preouts right there, you have crossovers built in, eq's are really nice also, something that factory stuff doesn't gernaeraly offer toher than bass and treble. pioneers are relaly good with their features, that's why i like them best, but you have to get to know the controls well. truthfully, going aftermarket would probably be expensive, i don't know many in-dash 6 disc changers and even then they probably aren't the greatest quality, if your going aftermarket i'd suggest the cheaper model of pioneer for under a hundred and then a 6-disc changer is about $120, but then you'd need a installation kit and wire harness, so your talking about $250 or more. but even better would be the nakamichi mb-100 or mb-70 or any other 6-disc model. they are both 6-disc in-dash players and are the high-end in car audio. they go for like $250 used on ebay, check the completed auctions, but there arne't any up there right now. good luck.
it doesn't play mp3's, thee aren't many 6-dsic anything that play mp3's that aren't expensive. i have a mp3 hu and a 12 disc changer in my car. works out pretty good. see if any of this helps with your other question:
alpine and pioneer are your best deals. if you want mp3, alpine has a 6 disc mp3 changer that is about $240 shipped, with pioneer it is about $125 for a 6 disc and $135 for a 12 disc changer. this is an estimate of possible options.
CD HU and 6 disc Chagner:
CD HU and 12 disc Chagner:
CD HU and 6 disc mp3 player:
Cassete HU and 6 disc changer:
Cassete HU and 12 disc changer:
CD HU without rotary volume and 6 disc changer:
CD HU without rotary volume and 12 disc changer:
CD HU with rotary volume and 6 disc changer:
CD HU with rotary volume and 12 disc changer:
MP3 HU without rotary volume and 6 disc changer:
MP3 HU without rotary volume and 12 disc changer:
MP3 HU with rotary volume and 6 disc changer:
MP3 HU with rotary volume and 12 disc changer:
MP3 HU with rotary volume and OEL Display and 6 disc changer:
MP3 HU with rotary volume and OEL Display and 12 disc changer:
for best prices use ebay mainly and other good prices can be had from thezeb.com ; sounddomain.com ; ikesound.com ; carstereopro.com ; mainstreetaudio.com
as you can see pioneer is much cheaper, but alpine is better quality although i don't have any problems with my pioneer stuff. alpine is also alot more user-friendly. hope that helps.
I've been looking into some and I liked the Blaupunkt Los Angeles MP72 - $315 on shopping.yahoo.com + you can add the 10 CD changer for $149....I really liked how you can use MMC cards (which my MP3 player uses) I'm going to do some more research into the units before I buy because I won't be in the market for a bit I still have to build a new custom box for my subs/amps I have sitting in my garage, I have a lot on my "to do" list lol. But speaking of that what wattage can the stock focus alternator handle? I have two punch 200's, but I'm debating with the hatch now I think I might just hook up the subs up to one and sell the other. Thanks for all that info! And a note to yakof sorry for hijacking your thread [thumb]
mmexpress has good prices too by the way but back to your question, it can handle most of what you throw at it if it isn't damaged. i am pulling about 75 amps and about 800 watts probably off mine, just upgrade your main three wiring, alt to positive, chassis to negative, engine block to chassis and you'll be fine most likely, 4 gauge is plenty. the stock alt can take more than i have on it right now; although it will cut down on it's life-time. anda bout the hu, it's up to you but i think alpine or pioneer is much better for the money, i know some people who have liked and hated Blaupunkt hu's, but for the money you can get much better in my opinion.
you can get it cheaper off ebay. like half the price of that. but i don't really like the 6 disc, i had problems with it, it ate 2 of my cd'sm never got them back, one was alice in chains live, a cd i've replaced 3 or 4 times already, that didn't make me too happy, ford was supposed to replace it but didn't, i got rd of the 6 disc though, alot of people have problems with it.