are many good deck manufacturers on the market. Pioneer, Sony, Kenwood
and Alpine to name a few. Most people have their favourites. If you
do stick with it. As new models come out, I believe the leaders change.
I have had Alpine and Pioneer. Not saying that other manufacturers
products aren't any good, just I haven't tried them myself. I do however
have friends with these alternatives, but me I am a Pioneer person
now. Alpine to me are overpriced for what they are but are still very
good head units.
What price should
you pay for a deck?
thing here is stay with the major brands. Even the base level in these
brands will give you a decent sound. I know of people who buy expensive
heck units ($1000+) and think they are going to have awesome sound
recently complained to me that his $1250 deck sounded like crap. He
was worried as paying so much money he expected good quality. I looked
over the car a 10 year old Holden Commodore, complete with the 10
year old factory speakers and laughed. He said the salesperson at
the shop said the commodore speakers were good quality, I assure you
these were not. He was quite upset after spending $1,300 (install
cost inc.) he had a basic sound. It did sound better than factory
but a good set of speakers is also a must for any good stereo system.
What is the moral of this story? Do not overcapitalise on a deck,
it's the overall system that makes / or breaks the quality. A fancy
deck will give more features and offer lower distortion levels, but
unless you have the equipment to take advantage of it you will never
gain these benefits. But also don't buy a deck that is so basic that
you will need to update later.