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Old 07-22-2006, 09:06 AM
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Default Best Double DIN Head Unit for Gen 2 CR-V?

I'm interested in upgrading to an aftermarket double DIN headunit, but am having a heck of a time finding one. I know some of the standard DIN ones are great, but I'd rather fill that space than put in an adapter of some sort.

I want something that plays MP3s, sounds good and if possible has flashy gaudy effects on an LCD display. (DVD and crap like that would be alright, but it starts getting cost-prohibitive at that point)

I've read through other threads on the topic and people have installed a Pioneer AVIC-D1, but Crutchfields says it won't fit. Actually crutchfields is turning out to be a real killjoy because every time I find something that sounds like a winner they say it won't fit.

Anyone have a suggestion on a good one, preferably cheaper than the AVIC-D1, that WILL fit? Or if it can be made to fit, what type of modification I would have to expect to make in order to get it to fit?
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Old 07-22-2006, 03:22 PM
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any single din or double-din in-dash player will fit. and if you get it from crutchfield, they give you the mounting bracket, wiring harness adapter, and instructions for each. actually, some double-din players (without dvd and nav) are more expensive than a single-din player with the same features.

arguably, you cant go wrong with alpine, kenwood, and pioneer. i have a kenwood mp5032 in my v that i put in myself, and for the price, its everything i need. i would just suggest shopping around...go to an electronics store, compare prices, and listen to the head-units.

good luck with the search
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Old 07-22-2006, 03:27 PM
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MP3 compatible, audio-in jack on the front, flashy screen, etc.

And best of all, it's made by Honda.

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Old 07-22-2006, 04:02 PM
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Any double din will fit. Do a search.
First figure out your budget. Then pick the specs that you want, this will help to narrow down your radio choices.

Complettely agree with above.
The low buget suggestion, Go with a Civic SE radio (show above). You can find them on ebay or Civic forums for cheap. Plays MP3, has front AUX input(for MP3 player) and its OEM Honda. The biggest plus is, it's plug and play with no adpaters or wire harness needed.
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Old 07-22-2006, 09:24 PM
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also agreed with above...however, do you plan on adding amplifiers? does the honda oem unit have pre-outs? if you dont plan on adding an amp, thats the best way to go.
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:05 AM
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Sorry for this long post, but........If you don't care about adding amps and having future expandability, then I would also agree with the above about going with the factory Honda double-din as it will fit PERFECTLY(wich, by the way, this Honda head unit is actually made by Alpine, as is all other honda decks). But if you want to add amps and bluetooth and other stuff, then the factory deck will not do. If you are looking for a double-din deck that is able to play DVD's and has an LCD screen, and has the best bang for the buck, the new Panasonic double-din DVD 6.5" monitor unit, in my opinion, is the way to go if you are on a tight budget but want to have DVD capability and quality........excellent features, excellent screen quality, excellent expandability, and great price. If you want something that is next up the line, go with the Alpine IVA-W200. This is the deck that I chose for myself just yesterday. Really can't go wrong with this one......Tons of expandability and excellent user-friendly interface not to mention Alpine quality and arguably the best ipod control over any other brand. The Pioneer AVIC-D2 is a nice piece too in the fact that is only just a bit more money than the Alpine, and has built-in navigation. I too was considering this unit, but even though it has the built-in navigation, I myself wouldn't be using this function enough to justify the cost, plus, in my opinion, this unit has one of the worst user-bility(or whatever you call this)
of any deck that has a DVD screen. For myself, I mostly just listen to the radio, or listen to a cd, and the GUI(graphical user interface) is just horrible on a deck that could of had such potential. Its as if they focused solely on getting the navigation into the unit to meet a certain price point that that's all they focused on, and once that was accomplished, they just threw the functions and GUI together in about half an hour. And the ipod control is just horrible as well.......anyone can agree on this(even the local Pioneer rep has agreed with this). But the navigation is top-notch on this unit, so if navigation is important, then by far this is the deck to go with if you are price conscious(the Pioneer Avic-Z1 is by far the best double-din deck with built-in navigation on the market though, but it's also expensive). I havn't played around much with the kenwood units, but from what I've seen, the kenwood and the new JVC double-din units are about on par with each other.

One thing I strongly recommend if you are going to buy a deck like this from crutchfield, is go to a store that sells the model you are looking at getting, and "take it for a test drive" and play around with it in the store........try it out and find out what all it's features are and how easy or hard it is to get at them. It's the same thing as buying a car really. You can't find out about how you are going to like using the head unit if you are just looking at pictures and reading the specs of the model.

So hopefully this helps someone out when they are considering an upgrade.

P.s. as mentioned by me in other posts on speaker sizes in front doors, crutchfield has said that a number of things wont fit into certain vehicles, but really they fit not problem, so don't get discouraged by what crutchfield has said will or won't fit as they are alot of times wrong. Any double-din head unit will fit into any V but my require a trim plate to be made up by you or the installer to make it look nice. Or you could by a double-din installation kit and make it fit almost perfect as an aftermarket deck will fit with a kit.
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What? no apology for the double post too?? just joking

someone in here from Europe has a double DIN monitor head unit that looks great but i cant remember who or what kind it was
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by the way, this Honda head unit is actually made by Alpine, as is all other honda decks
Actually, they're about a 50/50 split, Alpine/Pioneer.
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What? no apology for the double post too?? just joking
Duplicate deleted. But of course posting this message brings the post count back to what it was before I deleted the duplicate.

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by the way, this Honda head unit is actually made by Alpine, as is all other honda decks
Actually, they're about a 50/50 split, Alpine/Pioneer.
and my stock unit was made by Matsushita (Panasonic)
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