I think my old Kenwood head unit is about to keel over, so its time to think about a replacement.
For a brief period I had a Dension hard disk based player in my car. Unfortunately this was second hand and conked out after less than a year but I loved having ALL my music in my car at once, so this is what I want to go for again.
Before someone starts jumping up and down yelling, "Get an iPod! Get an iPod!" I'm NOT going to get an iPod. End of. I already carry my Smartphone everywhere with me, so I have no desire to carry a secone little box full of music, or have it displayed on my dash in a bracket for all to see. I want a little box that lives under my seat that I can take out every so often to update when I rip new CDs.
I know you can get head units that take USB drives or SD cards, but the large capacity ones are expensive, so I'm thinking about getting a unit with a rear USB input and connecting it to something like this:
The only issue I have heard is that many head units do not output enough current to power a USB-powered external drive. The other (possibly bigger) problem is that USB-capable head units seem to be designed to work with small capacity flash drives and when presented with anything more than a few Gb can take several minutes after each power up to index all of the music on the drive before it is ready to play.
Can anyone suggest a head unit that will be suited to what I need? Ideally as well as the above it would be single DIN (as I will want to port it to my next car), but still have a multi-line display to make navigating the tracks easier. Black front / bezel. Subtle styling, some kind of removable front for security.