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Old 8th January 2008, 19:42   #1
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Question Kenwood HUs with USB and AUX-In?

Since I would alternate between flash drives and (non-Apple) HUs, is there any model in Kenwood that has both? I can't seem to find any on their site.

If not, is there any other brand that has such below Rs. 7,000?

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Old 8th January 2008, 21:52   #2
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u can try pioneer new mp3 players which supports both usb and ipod.
i install one of them today in my car.
i installed poineer 5050UB it cost me 6300/- without bill.
sound quality is good but u need atlist some time to get familiar with this HU.
overall i like this HU it has three RCA out put also.
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you can go for the pionner 5050 as lots of people are finding it quite good also at 6.5k it is a good deal
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Don't the pioneers require a lead for the USB function ? I heard that costs another 1 k.
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Don't the pioneers require a lead for the USB function ? I heard that costs another 1 k.
No, it doesnot, atleast the 7950 doesnot, everything comes along the pack.
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What about Kenwood HUs? I read elsewhere on this forum that they are really good VFM. There's one model (MP4036U?) that someone (Gill?) has review as having excellent SQ. Will look into the 5050, but haven't people here reported that it has very bad build quality?
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4036 is good. You can get one for 4.5 - 5K or you can also look at JVC which also costs around 5K .
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Unfortunately I don't think the 4036 has an Aux-In. It's essential for me to have both (but whether they are in the rear or in the front doesn't matter).
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Don't the pioneers require a lead for the USB function ? I heard that costs another 1 k.
Nope. Its plug and play.

This is why its a love/hate thing ! You hate to buy it.. but you love the features at the price
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Will look into the 5050, but haven't people here reported that it has very bad build quality?

It is not so bad as you think. You can go for 5050.
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Will look into the 5050, but haven't people here reported that it has very bad build quality?
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It is not so bad as you think. You can go for 5050.
I agree with the Lord of Lows. Its just the initial apprehension people have.

Last year a couple of people had made the same comments regarding the x950 series too. "Looks fake" & "Built cheaply".

I might end up with the 5050 also
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hey vebmetal...you've been on the lookout for a HU for ages now. we have had a discussion on the Kenwood HU (4036) here, extensively. Why all the doubts again !? FYI, again, YES, this HU comes with USB (front) and AUX in (rear). And it can read pen drives, memory card readers and HDDs.

The Pio 5050 is also an excellent choice. A friend installed it in a zen couple days ago and its simply brilliant ! Its got a 2-line display and looks very clean and neat. No silly dolphins etc. Excellent build quality too (the pics do not do justice). Reads a 2GB stick in less than 3 secs ! And its really easy to browse thru the folders/files on large drives as well. VFM all the way. The HU cost 6.5k.

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I might end up with the 5050 also
I suggest U get the 6050. The 5050's display isn't fancy .
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I suggest U get the 6050. The 5050's display isn't fancy .
I know but it doesnt look like 6050 will be out soon.

In the UK lineup the 5000UB has a customizable display meaning you can choose to change the entire colour which is hot.
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hey vebmetal...you've been on the lookout for a HU for ages now. we have had a discussion on the Kenwood HU (4036) here, extensively. Why all the doubts again !? FYI, again, YES, this HU comes with USB (front) and AUX in (rear). And it can read pen drives, memory card readers and HDDs.

The Pio 5050 is also an excellent choice. A friend installed it in a zen couple days ago and its simply brilliant ! Its got a 2-line display and looks very clean and neat. No silly dolphins etc. Excellent build quality too (the pics do not do justice). Reads a 2GB stick in less than 3 secs ! And its really easy to browse thru the folders/files on large drives as well. VFM all the way. The HU cost 6.5k.
As you said, that was ages ago - in fact it seems like a past life when I started! My quest for ICE has now been over 6 months, and I blame Team-BHP

Does the 5050 also have USB and Aux-In?

The reason I got confused, and the reason why I started this thread, is that Kenwood seems to have launched a new series (maybe it's old news - dunno). But none of the HUs seem to have USB but only Aux-In (with an interesting new Aux-In feature:

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The new AUX Input has an automatic sensitivity control to ensure the output volume of the audio equipment is always set at a comfortable level to prevent sound distortion.
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