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John,
I'm trying to find specs on this HU. What kind of power does it put out? I want to replace my entire system in a RGC. I want a head unit that will play MP3's from a thumb drive, two very high quality fairing speakers, and an amp to drive them (if necessary). I'm hoping that the medallion puts out some serious wattage that makes an amp unnecessary. If it doesn't, could you please explain to me what features make this thing worth the price? I'm not trying to be a smartass, there is just limited info about this on the internet. It seems very pricy compared to other HU options and that leads me to believe there are great features I'm not aware of.
 

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I saw that your question was directly addressed to John and I don't me to jump in and offend anyone but I recently purchased this unit and I can provide some details from my experience. The main unit is a RFX2000 media center. Basic specs are 50Wx4 channel, 4 or 8 ohm impedance and there is plenty of more detail specs available on the internet. I already had an RF amp installed when I got this set up so I can not validate the clarity and power without the amp. It seems like Medallion pairs up a water proof single din face plate and controls to the RF media center and you have full control via the handlebar switches. It has iPod connector and USB that will reach the saddle bags, AUX input that I wired to the glove box and I also added a $30 Sirius receiver. I too had to justify the cost even though John gave me a great deal. Basically I could have pieced a system together for maybe a couple hundred less, but I got everything I wanted, and I didn't have to make brackets, worry about a non water proof face plate or use covers on the stereo and I have a system that looks like it is meant to be there (you have both chrome and black face plate surrounds to use). The looks was actually one of the things that sold me as I personally feel the design of this face plate makes it more unique and that it is not a standard single din unit placed in the fairing. I can control everything via the handlebars and even though I am far from an audiophile, the system sounds much much better than the HK stock head unit. Personally I have not regrets with purchasing this system. With this system, the RF amp and upgraded fairing and kappa speakers in my lower fairings, I can hear the stereo fine at any speed even over the Dragos true duals and CFRs that I have installed. The only negative that I can say is that it takes some patience bundling up all the wiring behind the fairing. I don't want to sway you one way or the other because you are right in the fact that it is a pricey option for a system and there are cheaper options that would could give you most or all of the same features ... but I wouldn't trade it for any of the lower priced options that I have seen so far. Just my 2 cents
 

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Gibson, Thanks for the review. The medallion does have some really nice features and should fit the bill for what I'm trying to accomplish. I'll have to investigate pricing and see what's out there. For $500 I can have any number of high quality marine grade units installed with a quality splash guard. I don't mind paying a premium for a unit that is purpose built for my application but I need that premium to be reasonable. $800 is a bit steep for this unit. I'll call J&M and see if they can work with me.
 

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Slimatsea ,,,,,,,

the Medallion puts out about the same actual RMS power that a standard automotive type radio, like those offered by BIKETRONICS for replacement radios for the Harley Baggers,,,,, ((around 18w RMS per channel))

and hey ,,, BIKETRONICS has really been the leader in replacement radios for Harley for a long time, so they know what they are doing with those ,,,,,

even though the Medallion radio is more $$$ than the others, I prefer it because you can SPRAY it from the front at the local car wash and it will be OK when you are done, most of the other car radios won't tolerate that ,,,, even the Harley HK radio can have problems with the direct car wash spray ,,,

either choice NEEDS a separate amplifier to really get the speakers on the fairing moving,,,,,,, like this one from J&M http://www.jmcorp.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=JMAA-1800MDR-RG ,,,,
 
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