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I have 2 choices (currently) for a headunit for my new sound system for my 1999 Nissan Altima. My mechanic is offering a JVC MP3 headunit for $220 and my friend is offering a slightly used (like brand new though) JVC non-MP3 headunit for $80. Which one should I get? I don't mind wasting extra money, but do I really need MP3? Thanks!

posted by  Nissan_Altima

get the one for 80 dollars
since you really dont need MP3 anyways
:thumbs:

posted by  6000LE

Keep in mind, $220 includes installation, wires, everything needed, etc. $80 is just for the HU.

posted by  Nissan_Altima

installation is another 70 dollars at most
and mine gives some sick bass
at least it did for my old car
i know who can do it for 70
i went to eric and he said 65
you might not even need a new wiring harness noone knows

posted by  6000LE

MP3 decks rock. They give you the ability to store(on average) around 180 tracks per CD, which is great, because you can have all your favorite tunes/artists on one disc, and not be distracted by having to change CDs.

As for wiring harnesses, he would need one. otherwise installation is a biaaaatch, and harnesses are dirty cheap anyways(like 8$).

Could you do the installation yourself to get the price dropped?

Deck install is one of the easiest things to do, especially if you use harnesses(and provided the stock wiring wasn't hacked apart and jury-rigged together again from some idiot....that was a measure of will to get that done, due to having to solder it back together while it was buried in the dash...)

It's really up to you though, do you want the MP3 deck or not, and what features come with each deck...

posted by  dodgerforlife

well since id be selling him the unit it he decided to get the materials for a self install id do it for him
cause i had it done for my old car
and i saw how it was done
so i can def do it

posted by  6000LE

easier said then done hehehe

but it is actually pretty easy, all things considered.

posted by  dodgerforlife

I know this will sound a bit stupid, but fill me in on how MP3 HU works. It lets me store tracks from my CD onto it till I reach about 180 (on average) so then I can just play them from it?

posted by  Nissan_Altima

ummm, all depends on the actual deck. If its a storage deck, then yes, its feasbile(They have built in hard drives or flash memory....)

as for an MP3-CD deck, you burn a CD that holds 180 tracks and plays from there...

posted by  dodgerforlife

i told him like this
i said 80 bux for mine
then hell get the mounting kit and wire harness, and i will install for free
also i said that i will install speakers
it doesnt seem hard
just unscrew the old ones
and screw in the new ones
he has 4 speakers i believe
so wont be too hard
just pop off the door panels and thats that
and then the ones in the back just do through the trunk

posted by  6000LE

Get this MP3 deck...

http://www.ikesound.com/product-product_id/2999
Cheaper.

Or if you want something with higer volt preouts...get this.

http://www.ikesound.com/product-product_id/2951

posted by  thunderbird1100

Which of the 2 would you recommend? Since I'm building a system from scratch, I'd prefer the one that plays higher bass/better reputation. Or are they the same?

posted by  Nissan_Altima

ummm, the pana doesnt say how much the preouts are...


Nissan - either one would suit your needs. 4v preouts is still decent for running amplifiers....the higher voltage the preout, the less work the amp has to do to pound...

posted by  dodgerforlife

i love my mp3 player...i have an alpine 9851...i make cds with like 200 songs...i hit a button and all the bands come up...anothe button all the songs come up for the band...just thought it was handy that i had all my music on like 5 or 6 cds

posted by  Boondock Saint

2.5v for the first and 4v for the second...all of Panasonic HU's from the 7401U up have 5v and everything from the 7301U down has 2.5v

posted by  thunderbird1100

So I guess I should go for the second? Pioneer is extremely reliable and 4v preout will mean that my amp will have to do a bit less work.

posted by  Nissan_Altima

Actually they've been having lots of problems with the faces of the newer Pioneers.

posted by  thunderbird1100

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