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So I'm going to be driving from Virginia to San Diego in June (it'll be my third cross country trip in the X). I want to upgrade the head unit to something with bluetooth (I don't really care about DVD, CD, Sat, or touch screen). I went on Crutchfield, and I was thinking about this one:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130X560BT/Pioneer-MVH-X560BT.html?tp=5684

However, I've read some good thins about this one on other forums:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_13080PRS/Pioneer-DEH-80PRS.html?showAll=N&search=pioneer_deh_80prs&avf=N&skipvs=T

Crutch field says the DEH80 won't fit, but I've seen posts where folks have installed them in their X.

So, here's my questions:
Has anyone installed the DEH80 and if so, how difficult was it to fit? Will the sound quality be noticeably improved using either of these HU's with the stock RF?

Thanks!
 

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If you have a Xterra SE with the Rockford-Fosgate head unit it's more difficult because you have to deal with the separated amplifier and subwoofer.

If you have the single CD head unit, it's straightforward.
 

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It seems that you have the premium unit, the speakers are NOT connected directly to the head unit. There is an amplifier under the passenger seat and a subwoofer under the driver seat.

You have to decide if you keep the amp/sub or bypass them. The problem with keeping them is the non-standard input level of the amplifier. It uses a level higher than a line input but will produce a lot of distortion if connected directly to speaker-level signal.
 

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You can remove the amplifier under the seat but you'll have to lengthen the wiring to connect all the speakers to the new head unit (only four channels are sent to the amplifier, the separation for the tweeters and sub is done inside it).

You might also need a new amplifier (and crossover) to drive the sub (if you want to keep it).

It sounds complicated but, download the Factory Service Manual and look at the Premium Audio schematics, you'll see what I'm talking about.
 

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I don't know if you did this yet, but you can get a Double DIN unit for around the same money and it would look so much better. It will really depend on the sound you want as to the amp you choose. I would think it is easier and cheaper to just buy a decent 5 way amp and replace the stock one, you can drive all the speakers and sub woofer from that.

I did the Pioneer unit and it sooooo cool.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/DVD-Receivers/AVH-X4600BT
 
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