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Old 11-26-2012, 06:23 PM   #46
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w your receiver, listen to a song on an original cd and then the same song w your ipod or usb.
You can still rip your discs to lossless format (like FLAC), which sounds pretty much like tracks from a CD.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #47
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This would make the most sense. I'll have to say I have never down loaded music and maybe its time to start. I won't have to switch everything over to USB Sticks right away but moving foward I can start down loading any music I want. When down loading music do you pay for each time you load the song or the one time down load. I'm sure my wife would laugh if she saw this post. I don't even own an Ipod.

BTW What is a USB stick?
usb flash drive, most people in my office call them sticks, i guess it rubbed off.

i think we're the minority, i've also never owned an ipod.
you pay once, and it's yours to replay how often you like.

does that unit look like it can do everything you want it to? like i said, i'm partial to alpine. many moons ago, my cda-7998 had a problem w the screen (i used to bake my car often, i attribute the problem to that), and they fixed it at no cost to me... AFTER THE WARRANTY PERIOD. bless their hearts
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #48
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It's been said before and MRedskins has reiterated. You can call these guys and tell them your story. They'll walk you through all you need and help you with a good decision....Nice people and very helpful. You can get a nice head unit without breaking the bank unlike some years ago.
Ask plenty of questions
Unless your doing a complete "Gut" of your old system, head unit, speakers, etc, you will have some compatibility considerations. They can also handle that for you so it WILL sound as you IMAGINE it to be.......
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:56 PM   #49
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I like Crutchfield but holy crap they're expensive. So hard when you can buy the same products for a third the price (and you know what to do with them).
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:09 AM   #50
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I like Crutchfield but holy crap they're expensive. So hard when you can buy the same products for a third the price (and you know what to do with them).
Yah...they are on the higher side of the price curve. BUT, if you're not sure what you need.....it will be money well spent.
I'm getting ready to do a ground up install on a restoration I have and I will likely give them my business......
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:40 AM   #51
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I like Crutchfield but holy crap they're expensive. So hard when you can buy the same products for a third the price (and you know what to do with them).
You get what you pay for. If ever company ran like Crutchfield I gladly give them my business.

Honestly if Best Buy wants to stay in business they should take a hard look at Crutchfield's customer service. If BB had CF's customer service I probably actually go there (BB).
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Quality service is worth paying for.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:32 AM   #53
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You get what you pay for. If ever company ran like Crutchfield I gladly give them my business.

Honestly if Best Buy wants to stay in business they should take a hard look at Crutchfield's customer service. If BB had CF's customer service I probably actually go there (BB).
I'm like you and have no problem paying more for good service. Best Buy lost my business over a $50 DVD player I purchased for my daughter to take to school. By the time she got back home it was over their 30 day or 60 day return policy and they would not exchange it and it had never worked.
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Best Buy is a joke, there's a reason why they're going down the toilet.
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usb flash drive, most people in my office call them sticks, i guess it rubbed off.

i think we're the minority, i've also never owned an ipod.
you pay once, and it's yours to replay how often you like.

does that unit look like it can do everything you want it to? like i said, i'm partial to alpine. many moons ago, my cda-7998 had a problem w the screen (i used to bake my car often, i attribute the problem to that), and they fixed it at no cost to me... AFTER THE WARRANTY PERIOD. bless their hearts
Back in the 80's I sold and installed 100's of Alpine units. I hvae not had the need to install any radios into any of my cars because they came with a nice stock unit so I have been out of the loop. I'll have to call them to see if the stock amp in the car will work because 50 watts is not very much power. So does the flash drive, Ipod, and other things just plug into the front of the radio?
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Also, if you get an aftermarket unit, get one of these:

Alpine KTP-445U "Power Pack" Upgrade any car radio to 45 watts RMS X 4 at Crutchfield.com

This is HUGE for sound quality. It's basically a small amp that will fit in your dash. I have a buddy who just did this and a head unit and his stock speakers sounded amazing.
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I'm like you and have no problem paying more for good service. Best Buy lost my business over a $50 DVD player I purchased for my daughter to take to school. By the time she got back home it was over their 30 day or 60 day return policy and they would not exchange it and it had never worked.
i know this isn't the point you are making, but next time, buy another of the same, then return the one that doesn't work w the newer receipt.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #58
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Back in the 80's I sold and installed 100's of Alpine units. I hvae not had the need to install any radios into any of my cars because they came with a nice stock unit so I have been out of the loop. I'll have to call them to see if the stock amp in the car will work because 50 watts is not very much power. So does the flash drive, Ipod, and other things just plug into the front of the radio?
never pay attention to that peak number. rms is the one that counts, the cde-133bt is 18w rms.

that power pack that malcolm referred should do that trick.

you can always install the receiver, see if you're happy w the sound, then add the power pack later, if you're not happy.

crutchfield has live online chat, give them a holler when you have a chance. i prefer online chats (in general) because i can go back and read anything that was said, instead of trying to remember every detail of a phone call.

also, make sure your stock speakers can handle 45w rms.
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never pay attention to that peak number. rms is the one that counts, the cde-133bt is 18w rms.

that power pack that malcolm referred should do that trick.

you can always install the receiver, see if you're happy w the sound, then add the power pack later, if you're not happy.

crutchfield has live online chat, give them a holler when you have a chance. i prefer online chats (in general) because i can go back and read anything that was said, instead of trying to remember every detail of a phone call.

also, make sure your stock speakers can handle 45w rms.
I'll give them a call. My typing and comunication skills on line are not that great.
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i know this isn't the point you are making, but next time, buy another of the same, then return the one that doesn't work w the newer receipt.
It was only $50 and I would not give them the satisfaction of buying anything else from that place. I feel better knowing I'm a very, very small part of why they are going out of business.
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