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Heads Unit Advice

For you guys who swapped out your factory head unit, I was hoping to pick your brain. Ive narrowed it down to the Alpine INE-S920HD and Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD. Both units are really similar, and its come down to Garmin based GPS on the kenwoodvs 9 band eq on the alpine. Can anybody with these units comment on the functionality of the alpines gps, or if the 3 band eq on the kenwood is not that bad?? Im stuck, thanks in advance.
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Re: Heads Unit Advice

In your price range ($600) you can get the Pioneer AVIC z140BH. It used to sell for $1,200 before the newer 150 was released. I just installed the 140 and really like it. I just back from a road trip and the GPS worked just fine. It has a 8 band graphic EQ (or maybe 9 band) and has everything I need. I know it wasn't on your list but wanted to put it out there for consideration.
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In your price range ($600) you can get the Pioneer AVIC z140BH. It used to sell for $1,200 before the newer 150 was released. I just installed the 140 and really like it. I just back from a road trip and the GPS worked just fine. It has a 8 band graphic EQ (or maybe 9 band) and has everything I need. I know it wasn't on your list but wanted to put it out there for consideration.

Thanks for the heads up, I saw that model too on crutchfield. My real question is where have you seen these models for 600 bucks? Cheapest ive seen is Crutchfield for 799. I'd love to save some cash
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Re: Heads Unit Advice

I purchased mine off Amazon. It was fulfilled through Amazon and Prime eligible. This was the only piece of equipment I didn't purchase from an authorized dealer, but, it was about half the cost of the other HUs I was considering so I figured I could buy two of them for the price. Plus since it was through Amazon I could return it if the unit was damaged or I simply didn't like it. The prices fluctuates...I think I purchased mine for $620. One other benefit is the larger 7" screen.'

Are you adding an amp too?
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Re: Heads Unit Advice

Since you replied earlier Ive been researching the unit, and I have all but ruled out the alpine. I will be running an amp, currently running a w6 in a custom box on a alpine digital amp. I forget the model number but If i remember correctly, it replaced the old mrp500. Currently I'm running an audiocontrol unit off the stock 430n. The next phase of the build was supposed to be hertz or hat components and coax, but I realized I wasnt 100% satisfied with the signal from the unit so I decided to swap it first before the speakers. Does amazon prime offer warranties or just the comfort of returning and replacement?
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Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD for me. Love it. And the garmin Nav is amazing
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Re: Heads Unit Advice

I had the Kenwood 980HD with a backup camera and Infinity speakers in my Murano and loved it. I installed a Kenwood 690HD in my sister's Rogue and she couldn't be happier.

Kenwood was the only way to go for me because, in my opinion, Garmin simply has the best navigation system. I have to admit, though, that so far I am liking the navigation in my 2014 Limited with Uconnect, but it's still not quite as good as Garmin. I'm also wondering how often we will see map updates for the Uconnect navigation.

When iDatalink finally comes out with a Uconnect Maestro product, I'm going to seriously think about swapping out the Jeep Alpine head unit to a Kenwood. Not because of the navigation but because I am not all that happy with the sound from the Alpine.

The part I don't understand is that it is clear that Jeep is making an effort in improving the brand image by upgrading the interior, features, etc. but it seems like no one told the sound guys...
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Re: Heads Unit Advice

The sound guys were definitely left out. I did notice the Garmin gps, the 13 wk2 gps is garmin based as well so the transition would be seemingly easy. I will have to research the 890, alot of people seem to like it.
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I purchased mine off Amazon. It was fulfilled through Amazon and Prime eligible. This was the only piece of equipment I didn't purchase from an authorized dealer, but, it was about half the cost of the other HUs I was considering so I figured I could buy two of them for the price. Plus since it was through Amazon I could return it if the unit was damaged or I simply didn't like it. The prices fluctuates...I think I purchased mine for $620. One other benefit is the larger 7" screen.'

Are you adding an amp too?
Quick question Jd31, did you purchase the module to retain the xm service?
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Quick question Jd31, did you purchase the module to retain the xm service?
No I decided not to. Coincidentally my XM service expired the week of my install and I figured and I would use Spotify as my main source of music. If I had more time left on my free 1 yr XM subscription I probably would have added the module...but for $70 (I think it was around this price) plus renew my membership, I didn't see the value.
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I had the Kenwood 980HD with a backup camera and Infinity speakers in my Murano and loved it. I installed a Kenwood 690HD in my sister's Rogue and she couldn't be happier.

Kenwood was the only way to go for me because, in my opinion, Garmin simply has the best navigation system. I have to admit, though, that so far I am liking the navigation in my 2014 Limited with Uconnect, but it's still not quite as good as Garmin. I'm also wondering how often we will see map updates for the Uconnect navigation.

When iDatalink finally comes out with a Uconnect Maestro product, I'm going to seriously think about swapping out the Jeep Alpine head unit to a Kenwood. Not because of the navigation but because I am not all that happy with the sound from the Alpine.

The part I don't understand is that it is clear that Jeep is making an effort in improving the brand image by upgrading the interior, features, etc. but it seems like no one told the sound guys...
The iDatalink Chrysler solution was released in December. Full integration with factory gear (uConnect - EXCLUSIVE, steering wheel controls, and amplifiers including digital fader, etc.) and addition of gauges, Vehicle info (TPMS with numeric values, battery voltage and check engine codes) and Parking Assist to add visual display to the audible parking sensors (if you have them).

Visit the website: iDatalink - Maestro - SR-CHR01-DS

Requires you to use a 2013 Kenwood DNX/DNN radio, although some Kenwood multimedia units for 2014 are also compatible (DDX8901HD, DDX7701HD, and DDX5901HD) as are the 2014 Alpine 7, 8 and 9 inch navigation units.

Pioneer NEX series is also compatible, but they do not offer the gauges, vehicle info or parking assist screens. Full integration with the OEM systems (uConnect, digital amps, and steering wheel controls) is supported.

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I am running a Kenwood DNX890HD with a PAC adapter. Retains factory steering wheel controls and factory back up camera.
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