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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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want dvd in dash, which unit to buy?

i want to get a double din, in dash dvd player for my car.

right now my choices are:

alpine IVA-w200
pros: i like alpine, all my stuff is alpine now. i get to keep my xm tuner since the this. its cheaper than most.

cons: navigation separate and it's not cheap. 6.5" instead of 7" screen. menus act a bit slow


eclipse avn5495
pros: built in NAV, 30 gb HD. i can get for a good deal.

cons: heard bad things about eclipse recently.


pioneer avic-z1
pros: best looking unit on and off. 7" screen. built in HD and nav.

cons: price


help me choose!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 11:51 AM
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Don't know about the others but I have the Alpine W200 and I'm very happy I went with it over the fold out screen models. Hands down the feedback touch screen of the Alpine IMO is the best of the three you've mentioned. As far as adding on navigation, have you looked into the Alpine Blackbird?



I've read there is some kind of adapter to hook this up to the W200 and everything gets displayed on the W200's screen and can be controlled from it. Can't beat this setup if you use multiple vehicles.




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I've actually heard good things about the new Eclipse unit. I know that this year's model has 5V preouts where last year's model was only 0.8. Built in nav is cool, but the price is still pretty steep.

I don't know jack about the Pioneer, but for no reason in particular, I just don't consider myself a Pioneer type of guy.

I'm going with the W200. I'm used to Alpine and I trust their quality. I didn't notice the menus being slow at all. The only downside to the Alpine for me is the lack of processing, but adding a PXA-H701 fixes that, and it still comes out quite a bit less than the Eclipse. As for navigation, have you checked out the Blackbird? It's slick! It can sync up to the W200 and everything is displayed from that screen.

Have you looked at the Kenwood units?

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Kenwood 6019+nav=1700.
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Don't know about the others but I have the Alpine W200 and I'm very happy I went with it over the fold out screen models. Hands down the feedback touch screen of the Alpine IMO is the best of the three you've mentioned. As far as adding on navigation, have you looked into the Alpine Blackbird?



I've read there is some kind of adapter to hook this up to the W200 and everything gets displayed on the W200's screen and can be controlled from it. Can't beat this setup if you use multiple vehicles.
yea, thats the nav i would add to the alpine. its like 700 dollars.
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Kenwood 6019+nav=1700.

what do you like about the kenwood?
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yea, thats the nav i would add to the alpine. its like 700 dollars.
It ain't cheap but it is portable




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what do you like about the kenwood?
More features than the alpine, bigger screen, nav is $600 less than alpine, nav is flash memory and can be updated for free with SD cards, flash memory means it operates much faster than DVD-rom units, screen can tilt down which helps on some dashes that are leaned forward, etc
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It ain't cheap but it is portable
The docking station I think is supposed to be $200ish.

I've got the Alpine IVAD-300 and the Blackbird....once the docking station comes out, I'll be using that to interface into my IVAD-300.

The Blackbird works well enough for me...BUT, this is my first nav unit. So I don't really know anything else. It is slow at times and does have some quirks to it. I'm just waiting on the June update to see if that fixes some of the current flaws.

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We still have not received our docking stations.
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what do you like about the kenwood?
The kenwood 6019 is nice...its a 7" screen (ok..6.95") and is hard drive based (flash) navigation which is way faster than the dvdrom based. That makes it nice cause you can use the indash dvd instead of an aux unit

I personally have a Pioneer AVIC D1 in the truck and love it. The N2 is supposed to be the most widely used navigation out there. I have used it over the last month and a half and it freakin ROCKS. Been to Kansas, Tennesse, Missouri, Indiana... never got lost and the directions are right on the money. I had a seperate dvdplayer hooked up and you can play the dvd player and have nav running in the back. It alerts you when you need to turn and right when you get onto the exit or turn, it jumps off the movie to the nav screen with a detailed streen map. Either way its about the same amount...$2k

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badass. i guess im just going to go play with each model and flip through all of the features before i go buy one.
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badass. i guess im just going to go play with each model and flip through all of the features before i go buy one.

good idea

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The Pioneer is very nice! Always reliable and very good sound quality.
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