My shop sells blau, and I will say that they seem to be randomly nice. some units have awesome displays/controls, etc and sound liek crap, others seem flimsy, but function well. The montecarlo is one of the suprisingly stunning units. I much prefer it to the next 2 up the line as far as sound and layout. I also sell pio, kenood, sony, eclipse... Of them, personally, As far as purist companies. I'd get an eclipse if you can find one. Not likely if you're net-shopping, but even their lowend are simple, clean and nice, not to mention very reliable, and of excellent soundquality. Thatsaid, guess what one we sell more of? you got it sony *ugh* I try... Sometimes I manage to get through. The rest of the time, if ppl are happy with racecars and brushed aluminum, then let them be happy I spose.