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    Head Unit advise

    Does anyone have any experience with an Alpine LXW650 in their Marauder? The old gal doesn't see the love since the tape deck took a dump. I used to branch the cassette to aux and the radio lost signal years ago.
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    I would be interested in hearing anyone's experience with the Alpine LXW650 as well, specifically if you were able to retain the steering wheel controls.

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    is there a reason you want only a media player over something with a Cd drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marauderfan9 View Post
    is there a reason you want only a media player over something with a Cd drive?
    I can't speak for GodOSpeed, but for me, I haven't used a CD in at least 5 years.

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    Yeah I don't use CDs much either. Although I have been lately as I mentioned before there is no way to bluetooth rn. I guess the real question is there is a stackable amp for this Alpine that connects to the back of the head-unit but it cannot be combined with a factory amp. The little factory amp in the trunk is just used for the powered sub right? I replaced the factory sub with a 500W powered Kicker sub years ago.
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    Most radios will require the interface to retain steering wheel controls, they won't work without getting one. Couple companies make then they are like $60 ish. PAC audio is one brand
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    Crutchfield has an Axxess ASWC-1 that says will work for this application.
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    Not sure how relevant this is to the conversation, but I use a bluetooth adapter to run my iPhone functions through my legacy audio. Phone, Sirius XM and my iTunes library. Radio and all functions still work fine.

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    The radio was the 1st thing to go in my car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GodOSpeed View Post
    Yeah I don't use CDs much either. Although I have been lately as I mentioned before there is no way to bluetooth rn. I guess the real question is there is a stackable amp for this Alpine that connects to the back of the head-unit but it cannot be combined with a factory amp. The little factory amp in the trunk is just used for the powered sub right? I replaced the factory sub with a 500W powered Kicker sub years ago.

    I believe Crutchfield offers the KTA-450, a compact amp that stacks on the back of the head unit:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcc30KwM2xk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQeZyfWgdbI

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    Kenwood DDX6905S here... with ASWC-1 to keep the steering wheel controls. Mine has a CD/DVD drive... not that I watch movies while driving, but the DVD option may be a consideration for some.
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    Cool I like the insignia.
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