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Hello all

As a new year treat to myself I've decided to replace the head unit in my civic (2006+ shape) for something a little more feature rich and modern.

I'm on a budget of about £400 all in. Factoring in the cost of an impulse kit at £200 I've narrowed the selection down to two main choices + an "alternative":

1) JVC KW-AVX640
Pros: Best looking, no wires, looks easy to use, best interface
Cons: No BT, USB/iPod input is rear only, will have to drill holes somewhere in trim

2) Pioneer AVH-2300D
Pros: Front USB/iPod input, no need to drill holes, had a pioneer before and was happy with it
Cons: No BT, wires visible at times (although I'd mainly use a tiny USB drive), smaller screen

3) Eonen / Xtrons
Pros: Cheaper, or much more (BT, GPS) for same value, no need for mic wire for BT voice calls
Cons: Instructions likely to be lacking, not sure about retention of steering wheel control

Does anyone have any experience with any of the above? Would you recommend one over the other? Or a there better alternatives? I've seen similarly priced head units that include BT, but they all need a mic to be run somewhere and I can't face cluttering my dash with one!

My second dilemma is regarding fitting...on my budget I'm going to have to do it myself. The wiki here has good info on the "old" method of head unit replacement where you retain the exisiting unit in the glove box, but are there any guides to specifically fitting a head unit using the impulse kit? I'm looking mainly for detail on the necessary steps for trim/dash removal and also any info as to whether it is just "plug and play" or whether I'm likely to have to cut and solder anything?

Thanks in advance for any advice, and Happy New Year! :cheers:

Steve
 

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for what its worth I use to have a double din in my EP3 but the problem was a CTR attracts attention then install a £500 double din in the dash for all to see and all of a sudden you become paranoid about parking your car, my advice aquire the later usb honda unit and for better sound maybe upgrade the speakers or fit a good sub and graphic etc
 

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for what its worth I use to have a double din in my EP3 but the problem was a CTR attracts attention then install a £500 double din in the dash for all to see and all of a sudden you become paranoid about parking your car, my advice aquire the later usb honda unit and for better sound maybe upgrade the speakers or fit a good sub and graphic etc
Option number one (JVC KW-AVX640) has a removable faceplate ;)
 

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I would buy a second hand unit, something like a Pioneer 900bt which has navigation. Get a unit that will do everything, rather than get something you will want to upgrade immediately.
I put a Pioneer 930bt in the Boxster and its brill, feature full and sounds amazing but way out of your budget.
 

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i have an mp3 cd radio sd/usb bluetooth stereo kenwood

my awesome kenwood stereo with aux , bluetooth , usb and expandable ipod in ready connector (not supplied) in as new condition after car written off . no wear on cd lens at all as the usb port was always used . comes with iso adapter pre wired to go into multi plex puegeot 206 , mine was a 2005 multiplexed 206. - 120 delivered within uk only , will be recorded post minimum

video link to proof of working head unit

unit on

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supplied unused remote


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iso cable


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rearr of unit


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everything you will receive , cage , fascia , draw string bag , 4 keys, iso adapter , box , manual , warranty leaflet although not in warranty!


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I have a ctr 2008 and fitted a new pioneer head unit prob I have is I also fitted 6x9s and disconnect rear speakers and used the rear speaker wires for the 6x9s prob is speakers sound terrible do i need a crossover or a direct wire for head unit to speakers? Front speakers sound better
 

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Hey head unit is a pioneer 50 x 4 speakers are pioneer 550w 100w 4 way 4 ohms even when I use a wire direct for back of head unit speakers sound better a front what are standard factory fitted than the rear 6x9 can't understand why? Many thanks
 
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