Video: Alpine CDA-9886 CD Receiver
Ken Nail has written about car audio for Crutchfield since 2003, after four years as Crutchfield Sales Advisor, and 10 years as a music teacher. He's an avid music listener, whose favorites are classical and film music. When not chained to a desk, Ken spends most of his time training for triathlons and marathons, and likes getting outside for backpacking, downhill skiing, and bicycle touring. He attended West Virginia University, where he received a Master's Degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor's Degree in History.
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Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.
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Crutchfield car audio experts Zak and Ken get a hands-on look at the Alpine CDA-9886 CD receiver.
Zak: Hi, I'm Zak.
Ken: And I'm Ken.
Zak: And we're here today with the Alpine CDA-9886 CD receiver. It's got built-in USB and iPod controls separately, so you don't lose your USB slot to your iPod. And it's, above all, a very nice looking machine. What do you think, Ken?
Ken: It is — classic styling and I love this display. Alpine calls this the BioLite display. It is crisp, clean, I mean it even has a great font. I just love the look of that display. I'd like to see that in my car, I think.
Zak: What I like about it is it's easy to get to fine-tune your audio. All you have to do is push that big dial, and here you can adjust your subwoofer level if you've got one, or you can pump up the bass if you want to. It's great.
Ken: That's nice. You know, if you want to go the extra step in adjusting your sound, you can get Alpine's optional imprint sound processor. You hook it up to this model, you take the included microphone and put it in your car, you play a test disk, and it'll analyze the sound, customize it for your car, so you have perfect sound every time.
Zak: Nice and easy. There's another model in the Alpine line that retains most of the same controls. It's the CDA-9884. It's a little less expensive, and the difference is you have a slightly smaller display that's not a BioLite display. You also don't have a USB slot, but you do keep your iPod control.
Ken: Sounds good. This is the Alpine CDA-9886.