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New help choosing a new head unit

Current setup is Dynaudio component speakers, paired with a JL 8w7 sub, powered by JL HD900 amp, and still running on factory head unit so I really think that this is my next step. Currently leaning towards Pioneer 4500 NEX, but would like to hear what everyone has to say. My main concern is sound quality and features iam looking for in order of importance are double din, wireless Apple CarPlay, CD/DVD player, and literally that’s it. Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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DEH-80PRS would be a better choice in terms of sound quality. It has higher voltage pre outs, and a better DAC and EQ options.
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Great choice in component speakers and subwoofer (not saying that just because I used the same). The aforementioned DEH-80PRS is a great unit; however, it is not double-din unfortunately.


I don't have enough experience with double-din sound quality decks to recommend a specific model since most of my recommendations would be single-din as well.
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DEH-80PRS, if you don't need doubledin
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Current setup is Dynaudio component speakers, paired with a JL 8w7 sub, powered by JL HD900 amp, and still running on factory head unit so I really think that this is my next step. Currently leaning towards Pioneer 4500 NEX, but would like to hear what everyone has to say. My main concern is sound quality and features iam looking for in order of importance are double din, wireless Apple CarPlay, CD/DVD player, and literally that’s it. Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

I am having a Kenwood Excelon DDX9905S installed in my Land Cruiser the first week of March. It is new but the previous model, there is a newer model available.

It has some decent DSP capabilities but I am running an active front stage and will be using an external DSP. I’m using Dynaudio Esotar 650.2 mids and Dynaudio Esotec MD 102 tweeters. I’ll have a subwoofer as well.

The DDX9905S checks all your boxes except wireless Apple CarPlay, you need to connect via USB. The new model, DDX9906XR adds wireless CarPlay but the price on the closeout model was too good to turn down and I like a wired connection for better lossless iTunes playback anyway. At least one of the non-reference models supports wireless Apple CarPlay, the DDX6906S.

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wireless Apple CarPlay
Nothing wrong with that but I went wired due to battery drain on both me and my brother's phones (5c, 7).

My main recommendation, unless you're driving a McLaren F1, is TIME ALIGNMENT. This is SO basic but neglected...way back when I was pushing and pushing inside a $3B sound company about that, apparently the extra 2 yen cost on custom silicon was too high a barrier but I was told at a dealer that many radios have it now.

If you're going to still run the speakers from the head unit, it will help a lot if it has a crossover to cut the bass out of the head unit amp and the speakers...though really I recommend even a small outboard amp with adjustable crossover as much better.
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