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Without busting the bank, a midlevel Alpine will completely dwarf anything from the Xplode line. I would have to say that even the new Pioneer's would be a better choice. Xplode just isn't very good. Have your friend look around at car audio stores until he finds a deck he likes from a more reputable company (Alpine, Panasonic, Pioneer) in his price range, and then get on Ebay, or just do a google search with the model number, and you will find many places to purchase the deck for a lot less than the retail stores. If he can afford a little more, have him look at the upper end Alpine's, and Eclipse. Good luck.