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Suggestions Needed for a Video Reciever

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I have put an old aftermarket radio in the suburban temporarily to get the radio working right. The right channels on the stock radio were dead, so I stuck an old cd player with changer in there for now. However, I want to put a nice video reciever in the truck. My only requirement is that it have an ipod interface and 3 sets of preamp outs (of which most recievers have). I'd prefer if the reciever does NOT have nacigation built in, as I will be getting me a nice Garmin GPS for navigation. I plan to hotwire the parking brake interlock so that movies can be watched with it while driving (I won't be of course, but passengers will). I found a pioneer unit that I kinda like, but I need all the opinions and suggestions possible. Thanks as always :)
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Pioneer's AVH-P4900DVD...$700

Close your eyes and imagine a DVD Multimedia A/V receiver in the dash of your vehicle. With a very affordable price tag, Pioneer's AVH-P4900DVD isn't a dream, but reality. And that reality comes loaded with powerful entertainment capabilities. Enjoy features like DVD video playback, satellite radio, and a touch screen iPod® interface. It's time to stop dreaming about having a great multimedia experience in your vehicle and turn your front seat into the best seat in the house."

MP3/WMA Playback
The AVH-P4900DVD lets you take your digital music files with you, whether they're MP3 or WMA format. Burn files onto one CD-R and play them in any mix you want. Use the touch-panel to easily navigate through your file and folder lists to find exactly the song you are in the mood for.

iPod Adapter Ready with Enhanced Touch-Panel Interface
Pioneer's iPod adapter (CD-IB100II or CD-IB100) permits direct control and playback of iPod through the touch-panel. The AVH-P4900DVD can be connected with an iPod via this dedicated adapter, and using the touch panel, listeners can play iPod-recorded songs, scroll through the music library on their iPod, or select from several functions like Shuffle playback.

Easy EQ for Sound Tailoring
With Easy EQ, you can actually customize the sound in your vehicle based on the material you listen to, with the range of a 3-band equalizer. Select one of six settings that suits you best: Powerful (for hard rock); Super Bass (rap and hip hop); Flat (for a balance of bass and treble); Natural (for sound that's both dynamic and crisp); Vocal (for talk); and Custom, which lets you customize the sound even further.

MOSFET 50 High Power
Are you power-hungry? The AVH-P4900DVD delivers a full 50 watts x 4 channels. And it's not just 50 watts; this is MOSFET 50. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. Remember: more power doesn't only mean “louder”. It also means that your music will be cleaner at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. For clean, efficient power that will rock your vehicle, you found the right CD Receiver.

Satellite Radio Ready? Ready.
Satellite Radio. It's digital, high-quality programming beamed from satellites. And the signal that doesn’t fade, no matter where you drive. It offers commercial-free music of nearly every genre, plus talk, news, sports, weather, and more. There are two companies that offer this great product — XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio — and the AVH-P4900DVD is compatible with both of these subscription-based services. So you choose - either XM Radio with the GEX-P920XM, or Sirius Radio with the SIR-PNR2 (or even both!).

Rear View Camera Capability
Keep an eye on your backside using the optional Rear View Camera (ND-BC2): while you’re in reverse the rear-view camera can be in full screen. An unit equipped with the optional rear-view camera adds a level of safety and assurance you can rely on. In addition to keeping you and your family safe, this feature also makes maneuvering in tight spaces easier.

*Do not use your AVH-P4900DVD while driving if doing so will divert your attention in any way from the safe operation of your vehicle. Always observe safe driving rules. In some states certain operations of your AVH-P4900DVD while driving may be illegal. Where such regulations apply, they must be obeyed.

* iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
* XM Satellite Radio is a subscription service not affiliated with Pioneer Electronics - service is available only in the 48 continental U.S. states (not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories). More information is available at
* Sirius Satellite Radio is a subscription service not affiliated with Pioneer Electronics - service is available only in the 48 continental U.S. states (not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories). More information is available at

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I hope this isn't to much money? Its the one I was looking at for my TB. Hope this was inspiring.
believe it or not, but that's the reciever I have been leaning towards getting. It's either that one, or one that's like 1 model away. They currently have 2 models that are pretty much the exact same, except one's a newer model. The only thing I really don't like about it is that it's only got a 3-band EQ on it. However, I think I could learn to deal with it, and get an outboard EQ eventually.
Hope you don't mind if I find it for $534.99, with $10.45 in shipping to LA.

I've always had really good luck with Etronics. No complaints, very fast shipping. As an example, I ordered a head unit for my wife's old vehicle a few years back. The head unit came in before my bank had even paid out the money for it!!
Thanks Patrick they ship to Canada too. Save me some bling.
Thanks Patrick they ship to Canada too. Save me some bling.
No problem.

Do they ship to Canada? I tried to see if they did, maybe I didn't look in the right place.
I need to check my local car audio shop to see what model they have, the earlier or the later model, and they have it for 600 bucks. I'm not against buying off the net, but the instant gratification's always nice. ;) If they have the earlier model, and this is the later model, I'll snag it from etronics. I was hoping that I didn't get that reciever and then regret it. I'm an audiophile, and I also spend alot of time in my vehicles, so I always want good quality audio at hand. I'm getting tired of controlling my ipod on the unit itself while I'm driving in my Saturn.
Cableguy, have you touched/fondled/experienced that Pioneer unit any? The local car audio shop only has the souped-up AVIC N3 or whatever head unit installed in their demo wall, and some bastard stole the face for it, so I have not been able to actually play with this unit any. I want to make sure that the interface is nice and easy and pleasant. I now have the money to purchase the unit, if I desire, and I'm afraid of making a bad "blind descision"
I'm like you. I like to put my mitts on stuff before I buy it (especially electronics) The model above is the one I was playing with in store. Seemed simple enough. Thats why I posted it for ya. I don't like the stereo that are to busy with buttons, either. Find another stereo place and start pushin' buttons...
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