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Old 12-05-2007, 11:56 PM   #1
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What i wouldn't mind for the HU

I have herd lots of talk about the head unit going into this car, how some love it, some dont, some what to swap a new one in ect, and a valid point was brought up, head units, in more recent times, have been styled in such a way that they are now an integral part of the interior, like the HU on the camaro is so distinct that i cant imagine what a regular aftermarket stereo would look like in there.

Now i do plan on having an awesome sound system in my camaro, and what i really wouldn't mind at all, is if GM just did 2, possibly 3 things with this HU

1. Focus on great sound quality, leave power levels for the premium sound package that would prolly have an "external" amp somewhere in the car. The sound that comes outta the stock HU must be up to par with all but the best of the best out there. If i can get a 130 buck HU that sounds noticeably better, then the HU is not good enough

2. and this is the big one. PRE-OUTS! 3 of them, front, rear, and sub. This way i can have my massive amps in the trunk, and i dont have to have a new HU

3. and ipod hookup, now i realize this prolly wont happen, but at least an AUX in jack on the HU would be enough for me

if i could get these things, then i wont have to sacrifice the interior flow just to satisfy my audio needs
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I have herd lots of talk about the head unit going into this car, how some love it, some dont, some what to swap a new one in ect, and a valid point was brought up, head units, in more recent times, have been styled in such a way that they are now an integral part of the interior, like the HU on the camaro is so distinct that i cant imagine what a regular aftermarket stereo would look like in there.

Now i do plan on having an awesome sound system in my camaro, and what i really wouldn't mind at all, is if GM just did 2, possibly 3 things with this HU

1. Focus on great sound quality, leave power levels for the premium sound package that would prolly have an "external" amp somewhere in the car. The sound that comes outta the stock HU must be up to par with all but the best of the best out there. If i can get a 130 buck HU that sounds noticeably better, then the HU is not good enough

2. and this is the big one. PRE-OUTS! 3 of them, front, rear, and sub. This way i can have my massive amps in the trunk, and i dont have to have a new HU

3. and ipod hookup, now i realize this prolly wont happen, but at least an AUX in jack on the HU would be enough for me

if i could get these things, then i wont have to sacrifice the interior flow just to satisfy my audio needs
1. I completely agree, but if you want quality, GM is not the best HU makers out there. I wouldn't put GM on par with JL.

2. This comes with a new head unit. Since Chevy won't likely be installing a standard DIN unit, I recommend this integrated JL system. This will give JL quality with all the benefits of an aftermarket unit, including pre-outs, while staying integrated. That means no one will see it and jack it out of your car.

3. All companies are trying to integrate MP3 tech into their cars. Whether that be with MP3 CDs or players, I'm sure the Camaro will have something. After all, they've got to stay competitive. It might be an option and not standard, but I'm sure Chevrolet will have something that will stay up with the competition.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:56 AM   #3
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Heard a while back that there is supposed to be a jack installed in the HU for IPOD. What I'm more concerned about is an SD card slot for a couple thousand songs which will do away w/ CD's in the car completely.

Like the JL link. Hadn't heard of that clarity integrated system before. I could see using that if the HU was a peice of crap. The 4th Gen sound system is actually pretty good. I just put some bass blockers in all the mids/highs and added the amp for the subs. Sounds freakin great.
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Tbh, I hold JL as kind of second tier. Alpine, Blaupunkt and Kenwood are T1, with JL and Pioneer slightly behind them. I have no idea about the HU but I don't think they'd put something in a car that has absolutely no way to be changed/upgraded without complete custom fab work.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:48 AM   #5
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1. I think the sound quality will be "Good." I might go so far as to say great, because from mulitiple places, it's been whispered that there will be a 'new' audio system in there. (Brand diff from anything GM has used thus far.)

2. Can't say much about that, as I'm more interested in the sound from under the hood.:p

3. The Cobalt comes standard with an AUX jack...so I'm pretty confident we'll see at least get that. Unless it gets a new, unknown system - then it's a wild card.
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:00 PM   #6
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Rockford Fosgate also has a signal processor for the integrated radios that are becoming standard in the new cars. http://www.rockfordfosgate.com/produ...n_US&p_status=
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:02 PM   #7
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1. I think the sound quality will be "Good." I might go so far as to say great, because from mulitiple places, it's been whispered that there will be a 'new' audio system in there. (Brand diff from anything GM has used thus far.)

2. Can't say much about that, as I'm more interested in the sound from under the hood.:p

3. The Cobalt comes standard with an AUX jack...so I'm pretty confident we'll see at least get that. Unless it gets a new, unknown system - then it's a wild card.
Actually, I think the only car that the AUX jack isn't standard on is the Aveo5 (and it's optional on the LS)
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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okay...my bad.:p
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okay...my bad.:p
Eh, I'm still the one that said the Impala had two doors... :-P
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:57 PM   #10
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Speakers...as long as it's at least at the same level as on my dad's new Prius (forgive the poor man, he is getting old), and I think they'll be better then that. I'm used to riding around in the Saab though and those speakers have begun sounding reeeeaaaalllllyyyy weird for some reason. When I have some excess money I'm going to put that into a professional audio shop and let them have a look at what the hell is going on. But anyway, after listening that for a few weeks the speakers on the Prius sounded fantastic.

Otherwise I don't care that much. Speakers front and back are pretty much standard these days, and if I get a suttle AUX in so I can input my MP3 player I'm happy with that.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:37 PM   #11
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Eh, I'm still the one that said the Impala had two doors... :-P
It did at one point...so your not completely wrong. :p
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:14 PM   #12
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1. I completely agree, but if you want quality, GM is not the best HU makers out there. I wouldn't put GM on par with JL.

2. This comes with a new head unit. Since Chevy won't likely be installing a standard DIN unit, I recommend this integrated JL system. This will give JL quality with all the benefits of an aftermarket unit, including pre-outs, while staying integrated. That means no one will see it and jack it out of your car.

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Haven't herd of that before, but even with any advanced singnal processing capabilities it has, its still basically a line level converter, albeit with some nice quality improving features. But GM could save a lot of people a lot of money and grief by including a set of pre outs. It cant cost a lot more to include an amp bypass circuit in a HU, and if they do, at least we can buy our amps and subs and such and try them out with the stock HU before we take the plunge and get aftermarket
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:53 AM   #13
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Either Boston or JL speakers. Don't care what the HU is since I will be hooking up an external amp or two on it anyways. But, I agree...it would be nice if GM could add a few preamp out puts on them...
1. sub woofer
2. fronts
3. rears

That would be brilliant if they could do that.
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Tbh, I hold JL as kind of second tier. Alpine, Blaupunkt and Kenwood are T1, with JL and Pioneer slightly behind them. I have no idea about the HU but I don't think they'd put something in a car that has absolutely no way to be changed/upgraded without complete custom fab work.
you're kidding me, right? you think that Alpine and Blaupunkt are better than JL Audio? you do know that this is not the '90s anymore, right?
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Last HU I bought was 2005. I listened to tons of units from every brand, and Alpine/blaupunkt had the clearest sound. Maybe Best Buy, Circuit City and Tower/Good Guys all had the JL on shitty wires or something to downplay them...
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Believe it or not ....panasonic has come a very long way with their HUs

Not the low end ones in the store.....their online store
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All this talk of 'High End' and 'Low End'. I have never been 'into' audio systems. But I did have one in my 2000 S10 Xtreme. So now I'm curious. What 'end' was mine?

The headunit and 12 disc CD changer were Pioneer and the 4 10" subwoofers and 2 900 watt amps were all Orion Xtremes (this was back in 2000 of course).

I'd never do anything like that again aside from changing the head unit (actually my Pioneer was designed to fit right into any GM or Chrysler vehicle with no alterations and I still have it).

I'd be happy with a regular (GM) sized unit in the new Camaro so I could just swap in that Pioneer head unit since I had it in my 2002 Camaro also. But I know that won't happen. I might have put it in the current '05 Aveo, but it's not like the Camaro where you just popped a little trim off to get at the radio so I didn't bother.
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Low End = low quality
High End = high quality
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:11 PM   #19
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Tag, you hit the nail on the head brotha! SD card slot or at least a USB slot. I put a headunit in my old car with a USB in it, I LOVE it I never use a walkman. i'm always talking to someone or need to hear what's going on around me. Being a cop you know those things can get a man killed!
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^Love the SD card slot idea. Now...how to scroll through all the songs to find the one you want to play while still trying to maintain the eyes on the road.
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I understood what it meant, I'd just never thought about it and had no idea what mine was considered.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:45 PM   #22
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I'd like to see an iPod jack - it'd save me the trouble of burning CDs and it would give me a final push into finally buying one of those damned things.

and I wouldn't want a CD changer that wasen't in the dash. I have a CD changer behind my seat in my Audi TT, and I can never tell which CD is which number on the damn thing.
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I want to keep the steering wheel from the concept. That means that I don't want a bunch of buttons all over it. I do like the ease in changing music tracks, but I think I'd rather do it from a screen where I can read the track name instead of a wheel that looks fly as it is. I also do not want a CD changer of any kind. I don't like them as they have an awful tendency of jamming or making difficult the task of telling which CD number is which CD. Those things get confusing. I just want the iPod jack.
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If they can incorporate the buttons into the wheel and make it look good, I'm cool w/ that. I like the concept wheel too. I'm happy w/ them putting them on the back of the wheel. That would work for me too.
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It's nice to look back to some of these older threads and read what everyone had to say...and then to see the Camaro be offered with it. Seems like someone WAS really watching!
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