Tag: CD player

The Pioneer CDJ2000 Vs. The Pioneer CDJ900

Visually these two units are virtually the same as they have the same footprint, transport controls, and layout of the features and buttons.  The first difference that you may notice in a side to side comparison is the beautiful organic LED illuminated screen of the CDJ2000 with adjustable brightness and animation  as well as the illuminated rings around the play pause buttons just the lights off of this media player is a show in itself.  The CDJ900 LCD screen is no slouch by any means as it displays more information that any previous CDJ model.

There is a slight difference in the illumination of the jog wheels.  The CDJ900’s Jog wheels have a really nice feel but the CDJ2000 has a tension adjustment for supper slick touch and feel or you can really put the brakes on for some precision scratching.

The CDJ2000 features a hot loops section where your selected loops can be stored and recalled at the push of a button. Loop and cue points can even be saved to an SD card.  This is opposed to the CDJ900’s auto beat loop section which will cue up any of 8 looping modes using the four auto loop keys in conjunction with shift key.

Something that the CDJ900 features that the CDJ2000 does not is the slip feature.   This powerful little button allows you to manipulate the jog wheel to cue and scratch but will return to the beat and song point as if you had not engaged the jog wheel instantly as you let go.  A particularly wonderful feature for DJs who play more mature themed songs at youth oriented functions such as school dances.

The CDJ2000 features and adjustable break speed as well as release speed so you can manipulate start and stop impulse times. The CDJ900 only has fixed corresponding vinyl speed adjustment, meaning that if you stop slow, you start slow and vice versa.

The features of the CDJ2000 may overshadow the lower priced CDJ900 although that’s not to say that the CDJ900 is not an incredible machine.  If the CDJ2000 is a fighter jet then the CDJ900 is the world’s greatest stunt plane.


Pioneer Premier DEH-P410UB


By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Everyone is looking for a great deal this holiday season, and if you’re trying to find a gift for the last person on your list, why not give them something that will give them joy and great music! A new CD player is a great gift idea for those in your life who need a unit that can do it all without a fancy display and confusing interface. Pioneer Premier head units are made with the highest quality materials and will give your vehicle the sound it needs for years to come.

The Pioneer Premier DEH-P410UB is an in-dash CD/MP3 receiver with direct iPod connectivity and a front 3.5mm auxiliary input. The rear USB connection is perfect for someone with an iPod. There is no need for additional iPod modules, which means less money and installation time. A great feature unique to this Pioneer unit is the Advanced Sound Retriever technology. This restores the lost audio frequencies in compressed music, resulting in enhanced music playback. This head unit has many more options besides great iPod playback and audio features. For example, you can add Bluetooth and Sirius Satellite radio.

As you may have noticed in our previous post, we have our own 12V testing bay. So of course, I had to take this unit and test out all it’s features before introducing it to you. The OEL (Organic Electro Luminescence) display showed my iPod information such as artist and song information right there on the screen. This is a major plus in my book since I always have to know who I’m listening to.

The Pioneer Premier DEH-P410UB is a great Christmas gift and with all of its wonderful features, it will make anyone happy!


Eclipse AVN6620/AVN62D In-Dash Receiver


By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

The Eclipse AVN6620 is a new, all-in-one car receiver that can do it all. This 7” LCD Double DIN system features a similar design to the AVN5510/AVN52D as it combines easy-to-use buttons with a touchscreen menu. This design makes it easy to control the built-in GPS navigation system and other audio and video sources. Not only can you use the touchscreen to navigate, but you can also use the simple backlit buttons at the bottom of the screen. These buttons provide easy access to the system’s feature menus as well. A menu button that gives drivers one-touch access to a destination entry, media source, and other system settings is also provided. As usual, Eclipse does an excellent job of making the onscreen menus intuitive and easy for drivers to use while driving. The large, bright buttons make it easy to see options at a glance. The main difference between the AVN62D and the AVN52D is that it features two DVD slots instead of one CD and one DVD slot. The two DVD slots allow you to watch a video or listen to music while simultaneously using the GPS navigation system.

The built-in navigation is DVD ROM based. The maps are provided by Navteq and include building outlines for major urban centers in the United States.  The map database has 8.7 million points-of-interest to help you always find what you are looking for. Points-of-interest can be found by street names, addresses, or by using an intersection search. The points-of-interest can be routed by information, detours, stopping points, via a route preview or through freeway assistance. The system has a split-screen design that shows a zoomed-in version of the map on the right-hand side of the display.

As for expandability options, you can add the Bluetooth adapter from Parrot for hands-free conversation that integrates seamlessly into the vehicle. When a call is coming through, the music will mute and then resume playing once the call has finished. Hands-free Bluetooth capability has become very popular in states where talking on your cell phone has become illegal. Not only can you add Bluetooth, but HD and XM or Sirius Satellite Radio can be added to this head unit. Have an iPod? No need to worry, just use the iPod cable to browse and select songs via the touchscreen. When the iPod is connected, the screen will display artists, albums, songs, playlists and genres for easy accessibility to all your favorite music.

The AVN62D is loaded with features including the GPS navigation, digital audio and video playback and advanced acoustic options. This device is for those looking to tech out their car with a single device without a lot of extra modules. This car stereo is different from its competition in terms of the design, controls, iPod interface and audio options.


Eclipse CD3414 In-Dash Car Stereo

CD3414GBy Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Are you looking for a great car stereo that won’t break your budget? The Eclipse CD3414 is a steal of a deal at $74.99 with free shipping! This in-dash CD/MP3 player is one of the best values on our website. While most entry level head units only play CDs, this unit can also playback MP3s and WMAs. Besides, it also has a built-in AM/FM tuner with numerous presets for storing your favorite radio stations. When it comes to tuning, the dual rotary controls make it easy to navigate thru your music library. With the simple turn of a knob you can adjust the volume or to switch radio stations. This easy interface makes your driving experience safer and more convenient.

In terms of expandability, this unit has two sets of preamp outputs, making it easy to add amplifiers to your car stereo system. The built-in aux input gives you the option to connect a portable media player such as an iPod or iPhone. Just use the rear audio RCA input to add all of your favorite portable media devices. Eclipse stereos are know for their excellent sound quality. No matter what you add to this stereo, the sound quality is exceptional and rates off of the charts. The built-in equalizer has preset tone curves, so you can adjust the EQ based on the style of music you are listening to.

This sleek in-dash car stereo features a dot matrix LCD display for easy viewing of song titles and artists. The knobs and buttons are styled with green lighting, making for a flashy look. In this day and age, it is important to protect your aftermarket car stereo components against theft. This Eclipse stereo has a built-in Electronic Serial Number to prevent thieves from using it. This feature is intended to deter theft, and this unit even includes stickers warning of this feature. You can post these stickers on your vehicle to warn thieves that this unit is traced electronically.

This head unit is available at an unbeatable price. Make this stereo the centerpiece of your car stereo system and use it to power your speakers. This stereo has an internal amplifier that can provide 17 watts of RMS power by 4 separate channels. At a price of $74.99 with free shipping, you simply can’t go wrong–and this unit is definitely the right choice.