One reason for my recent car purchase.. Subaru forester.. Standard two-din front dash.. The OEM deck can be pulled in a matter of minutes.. Although I'm intrigued by a couple of the OEM integration systems available.. The RF 3sixty.2 and the alpine PXE-H650 that hasn't hit the market yet.. I'll still probably just swap out to a good head unit..
Not-so hi-fi DAC processing from the oem head unit, then being preamped, then amplified, then out to an OEM system to reconvert back to digital, process, de-EQ, then re-EQ, then back to Analog again.. I can't see how it could sound anywhere near as good as just a good aftermarket head unit with excellent dac's and processing for time-alignment and eq in the digital domain.
It's a shame auto-makers insist on all the eq'ing and processing in their proprietary head units, instead of just offering an internal amplifier-defeat to switch to supplied RCA line-level preouts on the back of the head units for upgrading to amps and better speakers and sub. But that would mean less expense, pain and suffering for car-buyers.. Wouldn't want to do that. 'course not.
In the immortal words of Socrates who said.. "I drank what?"
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