ROC Rank: Sophomore
Join Date: Aug 2007
Model Year: 2007
Color: Steel Blue Metallic
Re: simple request for hu replacemebt
Wow! Things have changed since I used to play with car stereos in the 80's in college.
Thanks to all of you for the very helpful responses, although they leave me a little unsure where to go.
My Ridge is a 2007. I checked the title. It is an RTL but there is no aux jack to plug into. I think that only came with the nav option. I'm sure I checked it out before installing the USA SPEC.
My budget is in the $500-$600 range, but I was thinking that would include some improved speakers to compensate for not having a subwoofer.
Integration sounds like what I'm looking for. I like the idea of seeing things on a big display instead of driving off the road as I fiddle with my ipod/ipad. Sounds safer. I used to get frustrated when the usa spec device would pick up somewhere randomly when I expected it to pick up where I had left off. I've started writing down the spot where I left off. Much of the time this is in an audio book that I've downloaded to my ipod for my kids. Long story, divorce, wknds with kids, long drives...
Still like music though. I never thought about it but I guess I could live without a CD player. I use it now, but that's only when I haven't put the particular CD onto my ipod yet.
Clean watts is important. I may lose my subwoofer but if I install better speakers all around, I want to drive them with clean power.
Laser is correct that I would like to keep the option of a subwoofer for the future. I probably will never use one. I'm sure that better speakers and no sub would sound better than what I have with OEM and a sub. But, if I sell the Ridge someday, the buyer may want the option. But not a priority of mine so if there's a compromise involved I could do without.
Hopefully I've clarified my needs after reading your advice. I can live without picking up where I left off. I would love to navigate my idevice from the head unit. I will want to keep the steering wheel controls. Clean power. Better speakers. No sub (unless there's an easy way to put one in. I don't want to get into major projects-too much on my plate). Don't have to have CD player if losing it brings something good like a big display, HU controls, etc. Pretty much everything I play comes off of an ipod or ipad.
Thanks again for the helpful info. If you have any further suggestions after the above, please feel free. I am very grateful to all of you.
2007 Steel Blue RTL, no Nav.
OEM bug deflector, rear mudflaps, sportwing body side protectors, underseat storage, USA Spec ipod adaptor, Thule rack, OEM window visors, home-made tonneau.