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The Bad Guy
09-15-2012, 07:31 AM
My wife has a 2004 Honda CRV. Great car, runs great, but the CD player needs massive upgrading.

For her birthday, I want to get her a new indash unit that has hands free Bluetooth built in, aux in, and a USB interface. She has the factory disc changer in it now, but i doubt she'd be using many CDs if she had the audio control in the head unit.

I'd also like something that fits right into the opening now without brackets or a kit to install.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I've checked out crutchfield and best buy, but not a huge fan of that selection.

Thanks for any help.

Silock
09-15-2012, 08:53 AM
I picked up a Pioneer system that fit that bill exactly a couple of years ago. Model is most likely discontinued now. The best thing to do is head to a local stereo shop and pick it out, then get it online.

Crutch field is expensive, but their support is worth it if you're a novice installer.

Otherwise, the head unit is a fairly easy and straightforward install. Amazon and eBay both have great selections for reasonable prices, and would be the first places I'd look.

Luke Warm
09-15-2012, 09:17 AM
I'd also like something that fits right into the opening now without brackets or a kit to install.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yBZYrilSqKQ/TaiOwMJOAUI/AAAAAAAAEyk/0Ijes0Q1H0g/s640/fix007.jpg

A Salt Weapon
09-15-2012, 09:43 AM
After you find one that works for you, get the wiring harness adapter for your make/model. It will keep you from having to figure our which wires go where, and extend the factory wiring giving you more flexibity for making the connections.

JASONSAUTO
09-15-2012, 10:02 AM
I have found that a lot of the aftermarket wiring harnesses aren't right either.

Don't know that you can get a radio to fit without brackets either.
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BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 10:04 AM
I picked up a Pioneer system that fit that bill exactly a couple of years ago. Model is most likely discontinued now. The best thing to do is head to a local stereo shop and pick it out, then get it online.

Crutch field is expensive, but their support is worth it if you're a novice installer.

Otherwise, the head unit is a fairly easy and straightforward install. Amazon and eBay both have great selections for reasonable prices, and would be the first places I'd look.

Crutchfield isn't expensive at all. You can get a nice head unit for $100.

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 10:05 AM
They give you the hardware for free, too.

Silock
09-15-2012, 10:54 AM
Crutchfield isn't expensive at all. You can get a nice head unit for $100.

But you could get the same head unit elsewhere for cheaper, buy the necessary hardware and still come out ahead.

Like I said, though, if you need the help installing it, their guides and support are excellent.

Saulbadguy
09-15-2012, 10:56 AM
Crutchfield is MSRP on everything.

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 11:06 AM
But you could get the same head unit elsewhere for cheaper, buy the necessary hardware and still come out ahead.

.Nope.

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 11:11 AM
Crutchfield has lowered their prices, plus they still give you installation hardware.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130P1400D/Pioneer-AVH-P1400DVD.html?tp=20217&kw=&org=pla&nw=g&crv=10852510585

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-Double-DIN-DVD-and-A-V-Receiver-1400/19898015

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 11:19 AM
Crutchfield is MSRP on everything.

Wrong.

Silock
09-15-2012, 11:27 AM
Crutchfield has lowered their prices, plus they still give you installation hardware.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130P1400D/Pioneer-AVH-P1400DVD.html?tp=20217&kw=&org=pla&nw=g&crv=10852510585

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-Double-DIN-DVD-and-A-V-Receiver-1400/19898015

It's not always like that.

http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/p_19549_Pioneer_FH-P8000BT.aspx?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=Product_Feed&utm_campaign=google_shopping_Price_Comparison

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130P8000BT/Pioneer-FH-P8000BT.html?tp=5684

The hardware isn't $30. And that's also just one example. Like anything, you have to shop around. What you picked out is only available in two places that I can find, and you showed both of them. When the selection is larger, Crutchfield doesn't fare as well.

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 11:37 AM
It's not always like that.

http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/p_19549_Pioneer_FH-P8000BT.aspx?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=Product_Feed&utm_campaign=google_shopping_Price_Comparison

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130P8000BT/Pioneer-FH-P8000BT.html?tp=5684

The hardware isn't $30. And that's also just one example. Like anything, you have to shop around. What you picked out is only available in two places that I can find, and you showed both of them. When the selection is larger, Crutchfield doesn't fare as well.For the most part, it is very much like that now. I compared a few more units. All similar in price.

Installation hardware at Walmart, plus wiring harness(if they even have it)is around $30.

Wiring harnesses can vary greatly in price.

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 11:47 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Pioneer+-+50W+x+4+MOSFET+Apple%26%23174%3B+iPod%26%23174%3B-/Satellite+Radio-Ready+DVD+Deck/4040138.p?id=1218450204021&skuId=4040138

$50 less than Walmart or Crutchfield, include harness and hardware.

Good deal.

Silock
09-15-2012, 11:49 AM
For the most part, it is very much like that now. I compared a few more units. All similar in price.

Installation hardware at Walmart, plus wiring harness(if they even have it)is around $30.

Wiring harnesses can vary greatly in price.

It's far cheaper on eBay to get the hardware.

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2012, 11:58 AM
It's far cheaper on eBay to get the hardware.

Probably.

I just like getting everything at one location and have free support to go along with it.

As far as car audio goes, Crutchfield is very competitive now.