I used to have an Alpine 9835 with the ipod connect, which i was relatively happy with. I loved being able to have all my stuff from my ipod, even if the interface was clunky. My car got broken into, and the HU was ripped out. I still have the Alpine ipod connector, but just took it out of the car since there is no use for it. I am looking for a new HU, but i dont necisarily have to stay with Alpine... for some reason i wasnt 100% satisfied with that 9835 (tho it coulda been cuz i still have stock everything else, so i guess its a tough call). My old Pioneer sounded better, imo, but lacked ipod playback. So whats hot in the world of HU's these days? I'm not looking to spend a fortune on a HU again, esp since i will have to be buying new dash peices so everything can fit right again. iPod compatability (in some fashion) is a requirement. Thanks in advance for help/comments/suggestions. Oh, and i dont plan on ever having an insane system in my car, however i am a borderline audiofile(sp?) and i really want good sound quality, tho i want good loudness as well, since i always ride with the windows down. I'm not looking to be the balla with tons of bass at the stoplight, but i want to be able to hear my music relatively clearly when going down the highway with the windows down. I know thats more a function of what i do with speakers, but a HU is the building block, so it all ties together. Ok, rant done.