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post #1 of 4 Old 04-07-2011, 04:55 PM - Thread Starter
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The 6 disc CD changer in my '02 Accord is no longer working. I've got 96000 miles on the car so I'm probably not going to be owning the car more than 3 more years.

I'm wanting to get a fair quality CD/Receiver/MP3 (with EQ) unit to put in it without spending over $120 or so for the unit.

2 that seem to be pretty good at least from the few reviews I've read):
1) Alpine CDE-121 ($110)
2) Kenwood KDC 248U ($110)

Others that are in the price range but I haven't read/heard much about are:
A) Pioneer DEH-1300MP ($70)
B) Sony CDXGT250MP ($75)
C) JVC KD-R310 ($80)
D) Sony CDXGT240 ($85)
E) Sony CDXGT350MP ($90)
F) Kenwood KDC-MP345U ($100)
G) Alpine CDE-100 ($100)
H) Pioneer DEH-3300 UB ($100)
I) Sony CDXGT550UI ($110)
J) JVC KDHDR44 ($120)

How important is it to have an USB port in the unit?

Forgive me for my ignorance...I haven't shopped for auto stereo equipment for 17 years. I think the guy today said something to the effect that you could charge your MP3 player through the USB port, transfer music over, and control the songs on your MP3 player through it?

Thanks for any advice or input you can give.

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17 Years and yet ur into MP3.

A unit of that price will let u plug in a USB memory dongle with your MP3 in it. There maybe a maximum songs count. Songs access will be rudimentary, don't expect Alfa search capability.

If your MP3 is in an iPod or similar portable player, just make sure unit has a AUX jack.

A CD slot is pretty useless these days.

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Order through Crutchfield. they include the wire harness kit adapter, and dash adapter free of charge. they also include the cut sheets on how to remove the factory deck and install the new one. I have found that the few extra dollars you save shopping elsewhere are usally eaten up by buying elsewhere. Plus you get the full warranty of an authorized dealer.

I have alpine as my unit in my car. No complaints.

If the head unit of choice has a USB input, it offers you a bit better sound quality usually over the "AUX input". Those are usually just a jack to hook the headphone output of your player of choice to the headunit.

The usb options also will usually keep your Ipod/MP3 player charged. They are non proprietary so any ol USB cable will work. My Alpine did not come with a USB input. It does have the Alpine "Ipod" cable. Keeps it charged, allows me to search, do/play basically everything I need to control the Ipod from the dash.

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Thanks for the help and the information.

I'm leaning towards this Pioneer DEH-33HD http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130DEH3..._33hd&skipvs=T It's $140, USB, MP3 input, and HD Radio built in...plus from what I've read Pioneer makes some good units.

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