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 Post subject: Kenwood
Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:23 pm 
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What does everyone think of Kenwood products thinking of buying a set up are they good quality.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:38 am 
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pretty ordinary IMO

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:53 am 
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yer nothing special...there headunits are deadset useless
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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:08 am 
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What are you planning on getting from Kenwood. I've found that the more expensive head units are great. My last KRC-788 was brilliant. 6 years and still going strong. Easy to use, clear powerful sound, great looking unit. Now I own a Kenwood DX-8047 2 DIN screen Dolby DD surround etc. Best fun I've had with a car HI/FI system I've ever had. It's f**k' great is all I can say.
Amps I'm not sure about, speakers I don't think I'd ever buy again. But yeah, some good stuff to be had. 25th Anniversary stuff is great too.
The model below mine, also a Kenwood 2-DIN model comes standard in the current Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. It can't be all bad :wink:

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 Post subject: dont go kenwood
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:47 pm 
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dont go kenwood if ur after quality. i foud they dont last very long. im runnin a clarion mp3 at the moment with 6" in the front and 6*9 in the back and damn i dont think i need a subby. if u want the best go alpine but they are pricey

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:21 pm 
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I have found over the years that Kenwood is best described as value for money, not the best but certainly far from the worst.
Clarion used to be excellent when they made their own gear but now they are like most of the cheaper gear that is made but some chinese company for them and quality has suffered severely.
If you are after quality go for Alpine......

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:24 pm 
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My 2 yr old Clarion cd/mp3 player is utter garbage but my 1989 model Alpine amps still sound sweet!!!!!!

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:00 pm 
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I don't want to put anyones choices down, but I've been told to stay away from the current range of Clarion too. Albert car stereo won't carry their range any longer due to too many warranty returns. He told me the same was true for Kenwood's entry level models. But the more expensive range from Kenwood were very good. It's a shame because it's the many failures in the cheaper stuff that gives the whole brand a bad name.
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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:16 pm 
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You get wat you pay for hey..if you spend $150 on the absolute cheapest clarion deck..and half a mill ppl buy them then theres gonna be a few warranty returns, Some of the mid range pionner gear is nice.
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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:46 pm 
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Unfortunately my Clarion was near on $400 and it is still rubbish, I am very dissapointed.
The worst part is in my wifes car and she can't even hear the problem so one can only imagine how many others have faulty decks and have done nothing about it.
I think I will will stick with my 1991 model Alpine head unit......

 

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 Post subject: Re: Kenwood
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:41 pm 
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tick4d_xr6 wrote:
What does everyone think of Kenwood products thinking of buying a set up are they good quality.
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hey mate.. i had kenwood in my 1st car and i did liek it untill i got something else.. i recomend for the money u pay for kenwodd your better off with either pioneer or alpine.. alpine are better but pioneer s**t all over kenwood IMO
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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:44 pm 
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I bought 2 Kenwood KDC-MP6029 about a year ago, one for myself and the old man,
It has every feature i needed:
4v/o
front/rear and sub RCA's (pairs)
and seperate volumes for each.

works well... it was midrange price (360ish)

but other than that... its s**t

Tuner is far from perfect, reads cdr's slow, constantly doesn't like ambient temp (mp3's pause and jump when she's warm)
But hell... when Im in the car for 1hr a day (work and back) i find myself not listening to music anyways. ...
As for user friendly and good performance at a cheap price... I'd go JVC for the under 300 range... Pioneers just don't do it for me as appearance!

ohh yeh... back to the point... kenwood imo is crap

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:31 pm 
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pioneer is good :D

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:01 pm 
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Krytox wrote:
Pioneers just don't do it for me as appearance!


Me too man, they are fugly looking decks.

I think my next deck will be an Alpine.

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:39 am 
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I had a fairly big Kenwood setup in my XR8 when I had it and found that if you use the top of the line stuff it is really good, I still have the amps (PS series), the DSP (only 2 in Australia) and the KDC-8088 mask headunit. The cheaper range of products are just that, a cheap range.

In my opinion Pioneer products are about on par with Kenwood, they have their cheap stuff and their high end stuff.
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