Emass what are you looking for in car audio? Im lookin for SQ and its been a while since ive been in the game. My ears are much better than they were when i got started. Im looking for flat response in head unit, got any suggestions?[/quote:2d0a0056c4]
I also sit firmly on the SQ side of the fence and you are correct in trying to achieve the flattest response possible. A lot of people don't understand that basic principle.
There are a number of great head units on the market these days namely; Alpine, Clarion, Pioneer, and others - and all have a relatively flat response but I have a personal affinity to Eclipse based on their price, performance, and aesthetics. They are not however, the most relaible units on the market. That being said, I've never once had to shell out even a dollar to get one fixed since the warranties are so good.
I think my second preference would be to the Clarion line. Again, these units have fairly flat response, decent pricing, performance, and the higher end models are really nice looking. I've never had a Clarion unit fail once.
My third choice would be Alpine - IMHO the SQ on Alpine in general is a little colored - they seem to sound more bass heavy than others. Anyway - these are not the ultimate in flat response. I do give Alpine really high marks though for the nice features they include even on thier mid-range models such as spatial time delay, dsp, etc. Prices are moderately high though and the units are about as reliable as Eclipse. Warranties are only good though.
If I have some time later on, I'll post pics and model numbers of some of the units I think are good for the E.