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Old 6th April 2009, 18:50   #1
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Default Kenwood or Pioneer

Guys I need to pick up a Entry level HU for my Car
in a day or two.

Options are

Pioneer 2150UB-5.4K Without B&W

Kenwood MP 543 HU-6.4K with 2 years warranty or 5.2K With bill

Kenwood 5039\5539-5K without B&W

This Head unit would be driving Bull Audio components(Powered by a Blaupunk Amp).

Which out of these is a better buy?

I personally liked Kenwood's build quality that was way better than tacky pioneer,but then its just not about build quality

Help guys
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My choice will be 543U / 5039. 543 is a nice looking HU with better build, but i think it doesn't have HPF control from HU.

Though you should remember few things:

1. Kenwood is slow in reading CD's and USB compared to Pio

2. User interface is better in Pio.

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Why not the 3050?
Did you compare the features of that with the 2150.
It is a good hu with 2 preouts usb , ipod etc.
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3050 was not available
user interface is not an issue
i can fiddle with it
slow reading hmmm doesnt matter much
but somehow i dont like tacky look of pioneer
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go for pioneer 5050 below that will be a compromise you won't feel any difference if you shift from sony to 3050 i have tested it personally!!

kenwood are good but atleast buy 5039 you will get HPF setting in it good for future

but i still say save up and get a better HU or you will land up upgrading all the time and loose money !

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go for pioneer 5050 below that will be a compromise you won't feel any difference if you shift from sony to 3050 i have tested it personally!!

kenwood are good but atleast buy 5039 you will get HPF setting in it good for future

but i still say save up and get a better HU or you will land up upgrading all the time and loose money !
He found the one he wanted i guess

Did ya audition his ride yet ? If yes then you gotta hear it with the new HU upgrade.
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Got A Kenwood 5539
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go for pioneer 5050 below that will be a compromise you won't feel any difference if you shift from sony to 3050 i have tested it personally!!

kenwood are good but atleast buy 5039 you will get HPF setting in it good for future

but i still say save up and get a better HU or you will land up upgrading all the time and loose money !
Dude .. @chiragh_bir is right, go for a good HU that has audio settings for future upgrades..never compromise on the HU its the basic engine.
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one should never compromise on head unit,if you use a basic hu and amps worth lac it will sound like a Desi system.i will not call it a engine i will call it heart of the system
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one should never compromise on head unit,if you use a basic hu and amps worth lac it will sound like a Desi system.i will not call it a engine i will call it heart of the system
Yup but the budget and equipment hardly crosses 20K.

1. Kenny 5539
2. Balu MKII Amp
3. Bull Compos
4. Wiring.

Good VFM IMHO.
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Which one to go for
I am upgrading my cd player. I like Kenwood sound over Pioneer. I have two option in Kenwood. Kenwood 543u for 7400/- with bill and 2 year waranty from Kenwood authorised car accessories and Kenwood 5039 for 5600/- without bill from local car accessories shop.
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The Kenwood package sounds better.
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Smile Kenny al the way

I would suggest kenwood over pio any day!. Because- I auditioned at least 14 HUs (from the stables of Sony,Pio & Kenwood) before getting my kenny HU (posted in Sound off & Show off under "Cool fiesta Sxi ICE) , and it still blows my mind every time I turn it on!
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Which one to go for
I am upgrading my cd player. I like Kenwood sound over Pioneer. I have two option in Kenwood. Kenwood 543u for 7400/- with bill and 2 year waranty from Kenwood authorised car accessories and Kenwood 5039 for 5600/- without bill from local car accessories shop.
this is somewhat expensive
I was quoted 6.4K for 543U with bill and warranty,and 4.8K without.
5039 has been replaced by 5539 so you may need to check if its 5039 or 5539

5539 without B&W is for 5K
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Kenwood is any day better in terms of features and output.
I have been long time user of Kenwood and what more..Mclaren Mercedes uses Knwood radio and hifi systems in their racing cars and radio communication with Pits and engineers.
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