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Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:19 pm 
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Iv'e been looking at the range of Eclipse head units I'm thinking about getting a CD3434 - $499 only dissapointment it dosent have a dimmer but seems prety good. the upper range CD8454 unit for $899 has a dimmer and a lot more features.

anyone own a Eclipse head unit and what are some pros and cons and their general reputation?




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Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:35 pm 
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eclipse have a pretty good reputation in SQ circles, security isnt 100%, no detatchable face IIRC, but if the HU gets removed from a power source, you need the CD supplied with the HU to get it going again

why the big spend all of a sudden? coal bonus come thru :-P lol

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:49 am 
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looks good. You gonna be running speakers with amps or straight from the HU.
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Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:30 pm 
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Bloody beautiful units. I would have gotten one over my Alpine unit, but they don't have a detachable face :( High spec Eclipse units have 8 volt pre outs!!
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what is the
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My housemate just won the top of the line eclipse HU (last year's) at an eclipse product lauch last week (he works in car audio)... i think this thing had 8v pre-outs for the amp, I think we are talking serious SQ gear... thing even came with a memory stick... a bloody jog wheel on the remote...WTF?!?!?

The way the security CD works is you actually train the thing to use one of your CDs... so you put in a CD from your collection and this becomes the CD required to reactivate the HU if it loses power... i think this may be the ESN..?!?

 

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My housemate just won the top of the line eclipse HU (last year's) at an eclipse product lauch last week (he works in car audio)... i think this thing had 8v pre-outs for the amp, I think we are talking serious SQ gear... thing even came with a memory stick... a bloody jog wheel on the remote...WTF?!?!?

The way the security CD works is you actually train the thing to use one of your CDs... so you put in a CD from your collection and this becomes the CD required to reactivate the HU if it loses power... i think this may be the ESN..?!?


Hmm best idea would be not to leave the Cd's in your car either! :) But thats a pretty crazy way of disabling the HU.

And yes Eclipse are a very good choice for HU's, thier subs are pretty darn good too.

 

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thats not it. A cd comes with the unit and you leave that cd at home or something and only use it to activiate the hu.
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Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:29 pm 
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eclipse have a pretty good reputation in SQ circles, security isnt 100%, no detatchable face IIRC, but if the HU gets removed from a power source, you need the CD supplied with the HU to get it going again

why the big spend all of a sudden? coal bonus come thru :-P lol


something like that unions got into my scabby training company and i got better pay plus back pay.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:31 pm 
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looks good. You gonna be running speakers with amps or straight from the HU.


gonna run front set thru HU and back already going thru the amp.

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:06 am 
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Screw that mate, you're going the wrong way about it if you're after sound quality, and it would be a waste with an Eclipse head unit. I'd be running some decent front speakers off an amp, and wouldn't bother with the rears and just get a decent sub to take care of the bass.
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Screw that mate, you're going the wrong way about it if you're after sound quality, and it would be a waste with an Eclipse head unit. I'd be running some decent front speakers off an amp, and wouldn't bother with the rears and just get a decent sub to take care of the bass.
i dont see anything wrong with starting off with a good source unit, having top level components everywhere else wont matter if you've only got a stock HU

voids: what training company are you with?

 

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thats not it. A cd comes with the unit and you leave that cd at home or something and only use it to activiate the hu.


"Eclipse have not used a removable face as a security feature, instead they use E.S.N (Eclipse Security Network) where you choose a “Key CD” and programme it into the unit. When power is removed (i.e. unit is stolen) the only way to make the player work again is to insert the “Key CD”. This is a great idea and beats most of the other security systems I’ve seen, you just have to make sure you don’t lose that rare copy of Fred Dagg’s Greatest Hits that you used as the Key CD. Also to help identify your stolen player there is an electronic serial number than can’t be scraped off like the paper ones."


Apologies for the strange characters in the text...

I can confirm the HU did not come with any CDs

 

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Damn that is some serious security, hmm i know what cd i would use for the key lol :)

I must also point out eclipse cost a fortune! :roll:

 

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yes, but the more research I do on the net the more and more I want to get the CD8454 HU... hmmmmmm

 

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