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Old 04-17-2014, 09:58 AM   #1
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On Board Stereos/Radios- Upgrade?

2012 FC with "Sony DSX" radio.

I have no use for this radio that came with the unit. The interface is not useable for us, and it doesn't have a WX band, and other things I like. I've been looking for a super-duper replacement. I am wondering if others have found great all-in-one products (heads, receivers) to recommend? Here's what I think are requisites and must haves:

-AM/FM/WX (weather) bands
-Volume and Tuning controlled by turning a knob
-On/Off switch that is hard wired. e.g. OFF means physically disconnected from power
- AUX input jack on front panel
- 4 speaker output with at least 12W
- CD player
- No manual needed for operation
- Can be bigger than the current radio, but must fit in that same panel.

So far, I have only found this Jensen JENSEN AM/FM/CD/DVD/USB/WB/iPOD Ready Wallmount Stereo with HDMI Video Output

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Old 04-17-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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I want one too so let me know when you find one!

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:15 AM   #3
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That Jensen is bigger and the buttons are bigger, but...
Sometimes those round switches that look like knobs are not really knobs- the just move slightly left/right or up/down one click. It is still software driven and will still operate like the Sony. My Sony does not actually have a CD player- if you want to play a CD you play it in the Blu-ray player. The Sony is a "media" player.
When you get another stereo, can I have your Sony? All stereos these days are designed around satellite radio and MP3 players.
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Hmm, I looked at the manual; this thing is no less complicated than the stock SONY. It is not going to fit in your factory provided cutout and the only front panel input is a 3.5mm Aux. The iPod connector is on the back as are RCA inputs and other stuff. You do not need a CD player with your factory DVD player so I think you are asking for a lot of trouble just to add a weather band. I rely on my phone/pc for weather, in any event.
I can understand your dislike of the SONY, but it becomes easier to use with familiarity and it is well integrated into the trailer system. You may not need Bluetooth today but after we got a Bluetooth phone, we really appreciate the BT connection.
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I have had problems in the past with Jensen radios. That doesn't mean the newest ones are bad, but read any reviews before purchase.
We got a Pioneer with CD, USB, iPod interface, and all that stuff, with the exception of the weather band. It might have that, as well, but I haven't bothered looking for it. IIRC, it has 4 speaker outputs, with 25 watts per output.
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Sometimes those round switches that look like knobs are not really knobs- the just move slightly left/right or up/down one click.
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I contacted Jensen Tech Support to ask about the knobs. Bummer if they too are just buttons. I might have to revert to a radio from the late 80s or early 90s.

Re: CDs. Uh yeah, I guess if you want to light up a whole other device to play a CD the BluRay is ok. But really, a radio head with a CDP is a pretty common and standard thing. At least it used to be.
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I think you could learn how to use the Sony, but if you are dead set on getting rid of it, don't run over it with your Suburban.
I'll be first in line to take it.
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There's pretty much NOTHING on the face of this which I don't understand completely without looking at the manual. Makes perfect sense to me.
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It has an actual power button...
The amplifier section won't be as good and the sound quality won't be as good.
It mounts the same way, just bigger- double DIN-
It still has a sleeve which is installed first and then the unit snaps into the sleeve- after the hole is cut out twice as big...
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just curious how you evaluate the amp / sound quality? what criteria / data to look at?
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One way to evaluate the sound quality is by ear and personal preference. Which one has a more full range sound, frequency response, less distortion?
The specifications can be seen in publications like "Car Stereo Review".
30+ years of building custom car stereos-
"Premium" brands- Alpine, Pioneer, Sony- will generally sound better than "bargain" brands- Audiovox, Craig, Jensen-
I'm sure there are even car stereo reviews online.
It's just like tires or weight distributing hitches or travel trailers- some are better than others-
If you are not a music freak sound quality might not matter.
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sorry to "butt in" but is there an Alpine, Pioneer or Sony that has an "integrated" AM/FM Radio and DVD Player . . . when I "google" it I get buried in brands other than Alpine, Pioneer and Sony . . . should I purchase separate components? OK, now I've really hi-jacked this from the O.P. - sorry
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Next time you are in Walmart or Best Buy, listen to all the car stereos on display one at a time and compare/decide for yourself.
Also look for a comparison of specifications online or pick up a "Car Stereo Review Buyer's Guide" to compare specs side by side paying particular attention to frequency response and total harmonic distortion.
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Yes, all brands have those features. I have Alpine (my personal preference) in both of my cars. The one in my Tundra has CD, DVD, navigation, MP3, iPod, AM, FM, SiriusXM, and reverse camera. It is CD, DVD, navigation, MP3, iPod, AM, and FM stock or out of the box. Satellite radio and rear view camera are added on. There are comparable Pioneers, Sonys, and Kenwoods as well.
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