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Old 09-27-2014, 03:30 PM
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Looking to upgrade HU

So, I think I've narrowed down what head unit (HU) I want. It needs to have BT (bluetooth) with mic, streaming via BT, Pandora control with my Android (or iPhone), as well as HD Radio with 3 pre-outs F/R/Sub at 4 volts.

The three units that I am considering are:
Alpine CDE-HD149BT - Alpine CDE-HD149BT CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 - Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
Pioneer DEH-X9600BHS - Pioneer DEH-X9600BHS CD receiver at Crutchfield.com

I'm sorta leaning toward the Kenwood. Anyone have any of these HU and can talk about what you like to help me make the decision?

The downsides, or what you think needs to be better, useless features?

I believe only the Alpine is able to download your contacts from your phone to scroll through and select. Not sure if that's a really needed/wanted.

I like listening to HD Radio, and probably Pioneer has the better HD tuner, followed by Kenwood and Alpine.

The Pioneer has only rear USB ports, but a front AUX port, so will need to have cables attached and routed, and or ports mounted.

The Pioneer has MixTrax which might not be desired.

Not sure I can think of anything else. But here is all three compared via Crutchfield - All Car Stereos Comparison
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This for the forester or the spec bl7?
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This for the forester or the spec bl7?
Forester. I need the JDM dual zone climate control and bezel before I upgrade.
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I don't know if you want a double din but I have a DNX-890HD for sale. Has everything you'd need.
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From a personal standpoint, Kenwood's sound the best, but pioneer does tend to be more user friendly. As for that Alpine, there is a lot going on there.

That being said, I do have an X-997 in my Tacoma, the previous year version of the excelon you're looking for. Sounds great, works pretty well, haven't had any real issues other than lots of user error to get BT to sync up.

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I don't know if you want a double din but I have a DNX-890HD for sale. Has everything you'd need.
If you can swing it, try to pick up this 890HD. It does EVERYTHING you need it to do, all while making it a lot easier to navigate. I had one of these in my Subaru until I swapped it out for this years version.
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I got a 9500 BHS recently bought 2 months ago I am selling. Ill give it to ya for 180 shipped.
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