Alpine CDA-9853

CD player with MP3/WMA playback

Item #: 500CDA9853

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Alpine's CDA-9853 CD player features GlideTouch™ — take a close look at the bottom of the CDA-9853's faceplate. That's right — no preset buttons. Instead, you'll find a simple, white, silicon rubber strip. That's the GlideTouch panel.

It works much like the touch pad on a laptop computer. To use it, you simply slide your finger over the strip until you've found the function you want (a sound guide helps you out). Then you press it — it actually feels like you're pressing a real button. GlideTouch looks cool and gives you ultra-convenient system control, all while allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.

And don't forget, this CD player is a great performer, too. It features plenty of power (18 watts x 4 channels RMS) for robust playback, along with comprehensive Bass Engine® Pro sound controls. MediaXpander restores depth and fullness to your music, especially your digital music files. With iPersonalize, you can even adjust your system settings online at Alpine's website, burn it onto CD-R, and use that disc to set up your system automatically.

Speaking of digital music, the CDA-9853 will play your standard CDs, plus all the MP3s and WMAs you've burned on disc. For even more entertainment, built-in satellite radio controls let you connect a compatible XM or SIRIUS satellite radio (subscription and antenna also required), and enjoy the most comprehensive entertainment packages around — over 120 channels of music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, and much more.

If you're into the iPod® scene, the CDA-9853 has you covered. It's compatible with Alpine's KCA-420i iPod interface, which conveniently lets you access all your iPod's functions with the Alpine receiver's controls. And if more power is a must, don't hesitate to add amplifiers to the three sets of preamp outputs. If you connect Alpine V12 amps, you can control them right from the CDA-9853.

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • detachable, fold-down face with GlideTouch controls
  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, plus discs burned with MP3 and WMA files
  • Bass Engine Pro sound controls with iPersonalize setup options
  • MediaXpander (restores clarity and detail to compressed or broadcast audio)
  • MaxTune SQ tuner
  • 12 FM/6 AM presets
  • XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (you can add satellite radio for under $100, plus subscription)
  • CD changer controls for Alpine Ai-NET changers only
  • compatible with Alpine's iPod interface adapter
  • front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • Amplifier Link — can control up to 8 Alpine V12 external amps
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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Alpine CDA-9853

Written By eric17, Vernon Ct. on Monday, July 03, 2006

First of all I bought this unit based on Alpine's reputation . It is the first Alpine I have purchased and definitely my last . After approx. 2 months the screen got messed up and you couldn't view anything . Everything still played but... I had to send it back (under warranty) . Waited about 4 weeks to get it back . Now the volume knob is very touchy . Sometimes it goes up when i turn it down ? I mostly bought it for the ipod interface . The interface works good but I have approx. 5000 songs on my ipod so when i try to do an artist search for some in the m range it takes forever to get there using the glide bar . Also the screen is very hard to see during the day . Does look cool at night , and the sound quality is very good .

Alpine CDA- 9853

Written By Logan, Harvard, MA on Saturday, July 01, 2006

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Excellent product. The glide touch is easy to get used to but can get ticky if navigating through traffic. The 7 band equalizer is excellent and the timing correction is a great feature that really makes you feel like you're in the center of every speaker. Highly recommended.

Excellent Head Unit

Written By Justin, Lafayette, LA on Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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I bought this unit because I wanted SIRIUS satellite radio in my 2003 F-150 truck. I also purchased the Alpine satalite unit. As you've probably read in previous reviews, the text that is displayed for the artist and title name is limited in length, but I don't find that it's that big of a deal. It beats the heck out of having a unit mounted on top of my dash. I find that the satellite music quality from the unit is almost CD quality. Some of the SIRIUS channels do sound a bit compressed and digital, but most of these are talk channels or when DJs are speaking on music channels. This unit makes the factory speakers sound much better than the factory unit. I highly recomend this unit, as I've owned JVC and Clarion units before and so far the Alpine is the best. I just wanted to bring to attention as I'm sure is true of most CD units, the display is difficult to view with polarized sunglasses.

ALPINE = clean, crisp lines

Written By Michael, Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I purchased this unit to upgrade my system. Excellent choice. Immediately adds a refined touch to the dash. The design team at ALPINE have a definite eye for aesthetically pleasing head units. The ladies even comment on how cool it looks when they hop in my ride. I especially appreciate the feature that allows you to create a soundstage, giving the listener the feeling that they are in the center of the vehicle; smooth, even, listening from every angle. Nice.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By Arron, Lusby, MD on Sunday, June 18, 2006

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This Alpine unit is awesome. This is my second unit I have bought, my last being 5 years ago. It was time to upgrade and I was not disappointed one bit. I like all the features this stereo has and then some. Alpine continues to provide top-notched products! Crutchfield has been great as I had ordered the Eclipse CD3000 and did not like it one bit. They were very helpful and made the exchange flow very smoothly. The only thing I don't like about this unit is you can't set the Low, Mid, and Highs independently (if you can I haven't figured it out yet).

great unit

Written By Mike, Queens N.Y. on Sunday, June 18, 2006

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i got this unit as a start to my system. I am putting it in in steps so i just put the head unit in so far. I have it in a 03 honda civic with factory speakers. The difference is 100 percent better. I cant wait till next weekend to put the speakers and amps in. Well worth the money and crutchfield gave me everything i needed for a professionally looking install. I will definetly buy from crutchfield again.

Awsome Headunit

Written By Chris, Keller, TX on Friday, June 09, 2006

I recieved this headunit about a week and a half ago. Lets just say that this is an awsome headunit. I dont know what everyone was talking about the whole glide bar is "hard" to learn. I learned how to use it in 15 minutes. Piece of cake. The only thing i dont like about this headunit is the fact that there is no bass/treble knob. you actually have to make a equalizer (which is built in, 5 band and a 7 band equalizer.) and you have to adjust each one till you get the right sound. A little tricky but youll eventually figure it out. And by the way this headunit makes your music sound great. ever since i installed it, the bass has been amazing in my car.


Written By devildg84, Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, June 07, 2006

This thing is amazing, all the options, and the sound is awsome. I added the Cd changer to it and its amazing too... plays mp3s so i can listen to all kinds of music with only a few cds in my truck.

Absolutely AMAZING

Written By Mike, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 03, 2006

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I don't even know where to start. I ordered the 9856 for my truck, to replace a 9811 i had. Well, the 9856 didn't have the features that i wanted, and was actually a downgrade from the 9811. I called Crutchfield two days after i recieved the 9856, and told them that i wanted to upgrade to the 9853. They said no problem, and actually shipped out the 9853 without recieving the 9856 back. Unheard of in these times. Kudos Crutchfield.
After installing the 9853, i was completely amazed. This thing is absolutely amazing. It lacks standard bass and treble adjustments, but who cares. It has 12 preset configurations. Rock,HipHop,classical,jazz,easy listening to name a few. Plus it has another 12 User eq settings available. The Xover is a bit difficult to get used to. Time Correction, is flawless. Sound is amazing, I've been running it without the Media Xpander, and it sounds great!!...This unit does everything. I can't believe this isn't up there with the 8-$1500 models. I can't believe that Alpine even makes anything better then this unit.
If anyone is thinking of getting this unit, don't hesitate. I thought the sound from the 9856 was good. The 9853 is the best Alpine to date.
Thanks again Crutchfield for your unparralled customer service, and great products at an amazing price.

it rocks

Written By trevor, Roseburg Oregon on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

this head unit is awsome, i put it in my 91 accord and it gave me great sound with my infinity speakers and rf subs, i liked it so much, when i bought my cherokee i took it out of my accord and droped it in the jeep. the glide bar does take some getting used to, and there are alot of things you need the book for, but it's great.

Great Product and Service !

Written By Clint, Piqua, OH on Monday, May 01, 2006

I just purchased the Alpine Cda-9853 in replacement of my previously stolen Cda-9851. I Just recieved it this morning and we already have it insatlled. The radio itself is great, i love it. The Glidetouch is going to take a little getting used to but it will be fine....I have a car show coming up that i am going to and with this new unit it will and already has completed my Alpine Series. I would highly recomend this player because of all the sound EQ adjustments, u can make it to have the sound quality where u want it to be. It has so many options and is a great unit. This is my 3rd Alpine and NEVER had a problem with any of them. And thanks again to Crutchfield for such great service...You will get my service again.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By ewlarson, Silverdale, WA on Saturday, April 29, 2006

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This radio is incredible, But what was really great was the crutchfield support on the phone. I had a system all picked out and before I ordered I jumped on the phone and got a care stereo lesson from someone who obviously knew what he was talking about. He got me into 2 sets of speakers I hadn't even considered and in the end I have an awesome sounding system and I spent less money.

The Alpine is very easy to navigate, the slide bar is...well Cool!! I have found this to be very user friendly and would recommend it to anyone.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By EF, NJ on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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This is the 3rd Alpine head unit I purchased for 3 different vehicles (over the last 3 years). All are excellent units, with excellent sound quality. With the right speakers the bass enhancer provides excellent bass to good speakers. Lots of excellent options such as 3 sets of preamp outputs, remote turn on for amps, etc.

The only items that kept this from a perfect review were the one color button scheme (blue), it was not worth the extra bucks to jump to the 9855 model to get multicolor. The other minus is multiple black trim pieces should be included for the front of the unit. I do not have the professional fit I was looking for on my 2005 Xterra.

Great Product From Alpine

Written By wrangler_3028, Franklin, TX on Saturday, April 01, 2006

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I must say that this is an exellent product from Alpine. The GlideBar takes some getting used to but once u have the hang of it amazing. This Alpine is very under rated it has much more power then my previous Pioneer. However, the EQ controls are limited and it have only 2 pre-amp volts compaired to many other head-units. It does provide deeper bass for my subwoofer. On compairison to many other products and advice from a friend that competes in competitions I bought this product and say that I am very happy and would recomend it.

if u want a killer reciever for a super price look no further!

Written By chris, kirkwood, ny on Saturday, April 01, 2006

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i put this unit in a 2002 focus zx5 to replace the 6 disc factory unit and what a difference. this receiver has tons of power, big easy to read multi-color display, and plenty of features to make your music sound just the way u like it. you will have to read the manual to get all the features this unit has to offer. alpine has hit a grand slam with this unit and the price should be 150 to 200 dollars more than what i paid thanks to crutchfield.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By Christopher, Norcross, GA on Friday, March 31, 2006

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I replaced the factory stereo in an '01 Accord and the difference between the two is extremely noticable. The clarity and sound depth that this Alpine has is phenomenal. Media Expander also does wonders for MP3's. The glide bar does take some getting used and the manual is a must read just to get it programmed the first time, but it works like a charm now so I have no other complaints!

Looks and sounds great!!

Written By Arthur, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, March 30, 2006

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I bought this as an upgrade to an older Alpine I have. I didn't think it would make much difference but it did. This unit has more sound controls on it so you can set it up just the way you like. I love the 7 band EQ and the glide touch pad. I didnt think I would after reading some reviews, but it was very easy to use. It just takes a little bit to remember where in the receiver some controls are, but that comes quickly. I mainly bought it for Sirius Radio. Sirius has its own input, no more AM/FM/SAT toggle, its just SR1, SR2 & SR3. Love the multi line display, you can see Song title, Artist, preset # and Channel number all at the same time. Shame the remote doesnt have direct channel input, but going up and down the dial is very easy and fast. If you have been thinking of getting one, wait no longer, this is a hot deck!


Written By Joseph S, St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Crutchfield does it again!! Don't get sucked in by Big Box A/V stores "Free Installation" when you buy a deck from them. They nickel and dime you to death with add on fees for extra labor, wiring harness, and car kits. I learned this the hard way with my fiance's car. I had a CD player installed at a big box retailer with "free installation," but that "free installation" ended up costing me $82, plus tax. So for my truck, I asked Jeff B with Crutchfield, which deck would best fit into my Dakota Infinity system? He recommended this Alpine and WOW I am impressed. The glide touch bar takes some getting used to, but the clarity is phenomenal.

I am a pretty impatient guy, but with Crutchfield's easy to follow instructions, kits, and wiring harness I set my new Alpine up in less than 2 hours. Looks identical to the "pro" install that I paid extra for in my fiance's car. Crutchfield even gave me a 30 day price guarantee on my purchase. I have to say I am impressed with their service, but not surprised; I have been a customer for years. They always have treated me like I am their only customer.
Thanks again Cruthfield. You know I will be back :)

killa mate

Written By bruce, hawaii on Wednesday, February 22, 2006

the only ting is dat dis ting is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd to tune like u actually have to read the manual for longg time like give u head ache but other than that this is the bomb like the sennsitivty touch thing supa cool.


Written By pthompson, St. Marys, GA on Sunday, February 12, 2006

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WOW! alpine delivers with this head unit. great looks and performance! not only did this cd player improve the sound of my entire system it also added high $$$$ looks to the interior, and the glide-bar is an outstanding feature(once you get the hang of it). this head unit is HIGHLY recomended for any serious sound system, thank you alpine, and crutchfield for all your help and conveince!

Excellent unit

Written By J Wett, Millville, NJ on Friday, January 20, 2006

This is a wonderful head unit. Almost too many options for customizing your sound. Sound quality is superb. Alpine's website is sweet: 1)Set up your own EQ settings - 2)burn them to a CD - 3)Put the CD in the unit and download them to the head unit. Awesome!!!! The glide bar works fantastic and controlling my ipod through the KCA-420i is beautiful.

P.S. Crutchfield comes through again with all the adapters necessary for a quick and easy installation. THANKS!!!

Fantastic Deck!! Alpine once again does it as usual!!!

Written By Harris, Orlando, FL on Monday, January 16, 2006

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Let me start and say this deck kicks major booty!!! it rocks my speakers now and i love how it looks in my car and is so functional... it has so many options i havent even started to play with thing you should do read the manual it will give you and idea of what this deck can do. Only one set back is that i have xm radio hooked up to it and my old xm roady 2 would save song info and let you know when it came on, on another station this deck doesnt do that but i will survive its not that big of a deal!!! Great deck you will not be disappointed!!!

Solid deck for the money

Written By Mitch, pewaukee, WI on Thursday, December 08, 2005

This is a great deck so good i bought one for the wifes car. this is te most solid system that i have ever bought made my stock speakers sound amazing and crutchfields customer suport is unbeatable. highly recomended deck for any use had sub pre out which you can ajust the sub level from it very nice peice!

Great head unit

Written By Miguel, Ft Worth, Tx on Friday, October 28, 2005

This unit is great. Many of the functions, like the glidetouch strip are great but need a little time to get used to. But once you learn how to use them it is very simple. I read a user review on this site that said you can only name radio stations with letters but that isnt true, you can use #'s too. The only thing I dont like is you can only name cd's 8 characters long, so i mostly listen to mp3's which can show the whole title. But beside that this is great!

Excellent head Unit for a Great system without spendig big bucks

Written By Mark, Louisville, Ky on Thursday, October 06, 2005

This is an excellent head unit, you read allot about bass and treble knobs but this is a top unit for those that know how to use, it's ability to setup 6 memory settings for your equalizer (and you have 2 different equalizers) as well as your cross over points (which there are 3). You can basically configure a setup for 6 different types of music and your bass and treble will be awesome! I use with an Alpine MRP-F240 with the 3 channel setup using 2 channels for front and rear speakers (Sony Explode Sony XS-V1641H) and 2 bridged channels running a 8" micro sub (JL Audio) and this thing rocks!

It takes some time to understand the settings and you really need to read the manual, the slide bar is very simple to use once you are accustomed to it. Although this has advanced settings it can be set for all your types of music with crisp highs and thumping low's, I found it sounds best with an amp and small sub then with just head unit and full range speakers. I would recommend to anyone who wanted a jamming system without having to spend the large bucks usually involved.

As far as ipod usage and control, I just purchased and ipod mini and the Alpine control unit and use the wireless remote for the Alpine head unit, very simple.

Only buy this unit and the other items in this post if you want a Rocking System.

solid unit

Written By Rider9er, binghamton, NY on Monday, September 26, 2005

This is a very solid unit, i admit when i first got it i wasnt a happy guy, considering i downgraded from a IVA-D900 to this little deck. now at first, the glidbar made no sense, and was pointless. after getting use to it, it's great! it's so easy to function, its really incredible. the factorys EQ has so many options, where it is easier to create an RMS for what your doing or what type of listener you are. it sounds great, and the songs scroll constantly.

for the cons...
its hard to search for songs, and it takes a while (mp3 cd) when you change songs, the song doesnt come up for 3 seconds into the song, very annoying. on the factory settings where the bassier settings are, you cant turn up the treble because there is none, so you have to turn volume up high with little bass or the opposite, you cant have both easy. one thing is, i do not understand what MX does, i know its an audio performance thing, but what does it REALLY do?

overall, solid unit, fun and easy to use, very good looking unit

AWESOME System Deck

Written By anthony, Visalia, CA on Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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Great Deck to build a system around. One thing I wish it had is the basic Bass & Treble adjustments. Other then that this deck is the best I have ever owned. I have always stuck with Alpine because of their quality, and they have not let me down. This deck is not for a basic system. Too many advanced controls. Which is just what I needed. Don't let the knocks on the "Glide-Strip" scare you. It does take some getting used to, but after that it really makes getting to options easy.

The "Glide" (Great idea poorly implemented)

Written By rgbpixels, Boston, MA on Monday, August 01, 2005

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My previous unit was a high end Eclipse unit and went with Alpine soley on the Ipod interface.

This is a great unit IF you have a decked out sound system with multiple amps and subs etc. The sound settings are very advanced which is good if you want to measure distance between speakers etc. There are no basic bass/treble controls. So, if you want to make a quick adjustment to a certain song on the fly, forget about it.The glide bar works just ok if the car is not moving, however, if you hit a bump in the road, you have now just pushed on the glide which brings you into a different set of options. This is extremely annoying. Searching for IPOD artist or songs is slow and not very responsive on the glide (much better in the Alpine 9851 uses the knob)
Navigating around the controls isn't very intuitive and the manual is horrible. The display is great and the rest of the controls are good. The sound was very good even without all the fancy adjustments.
I bought this mostly for the advanced Ipod controls over last years models but have returned it for the Alpine 9851, a much more straight forward and logical unit. I would urge anyone considering this unit to try it out first at a store near you. The glide is a great idea that was implemented very poorly.

Great sound, hard to use

Written By Marty, Raleigh,NC on Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I have had this deck for 2 months now. I like the way it sounds. However, it really needs a better equalizer. I can't adjust the base up enough and the treble down enough. I have a complete system, all Alpine. 9853 deck, MRV-F345 4ch amp and 4 6.5" SPR-17LP. I am now looking to add a graphic equalizer to make this work the way I want it to. But, Alpine doesn't make one.
The controls are just stupid. It takes multiple clicks to change stations with the "Glide-Touch". Dumb, I just want to change stations! Also, the equalizer controls are hard to get to. You have to hold the menu button in and then select "EQ". Then you can select through the bands, adjust, then save, then backout of the menu system. YOU BETTER DO THIS BEFORE YOU GO ANYWHERE! So, different songs can't be adjusted very easily. The factory presets are OK, but not great.
The sound is awesome once you get it right with zero distortion on select songs. Again, I wish I could tweak it for different songs and mix.
I would not buy this again, not because of the sound/amp, but the stupid and hard to use features. Get the lower model without this stuff.

Awesome Unit; One problem

Written By MetalHead, North Smithfield, RI on Tuesday, July 12, 2005

This headunit is pure audiophile heaven. So far Ive heard nothing but the best quality sound come from my factory speakers, so once I have brand new Kicker components installed, itll only be improved. Customization is the greatest appeal in this headunit. There are presets for almost anything you can adjust, and the A.Proc feature on the remote makes changing these settings a breeze. Anyone looking for a deck with a huge RMS frequency bandwith, this is a perfect choice to satisfy your hypersensitive taste in sound.

There is one problem with the unit however. For those of you with an iPod looking to use the KCA-420i, youll be somewhat disappointed in the interface. Its a bit challenging to search for artists, especially when youre scrolling through 400+. However, I did find a couple easy ways to fix this. The easier method is to simply drag your finger across the glidetouch strip faster to skip whole entries. The downside to this solution is you have no idea exactly how far into your artist list youll skip ahead. The other solution, which is more difficult to do while driving but must easier for those used to playing around with an iPod, is to simply disconnect the iPod, select a song/band/playlist, and then reconnect the iPod. The headunit immediately begins playing what is selected on the iPod. Both of these solutions may seem simple, and many of you mayve already figured them out, but I had a time getting any help from the Authorized Alpine Dealer I purchased the unit from [Editor's note: according to our records, this was not purchased from Crutchfield], as well as Alpine's Customer Service. Hopefully this helps some of you out there who are considering returning the unit for this slight downfall. Otherwise, its a 100% keeper.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By DSLaBuda, Northwest Indiana on Monday, July 11, 2005

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This unit offers a ton of great features for the price class; parametric/graphic EQ's, time correction, built in low/mid/low crossovers, etc. The ability to play MP3 discs means less disc shuffling. Now the cons; while it reads the disc when inserted it doesn't show the track title until it's already playing--minor inconvenience, it only displays a limited number of characters on the display meaning long MP3 filenames will be truncated and radio station naming can only be done with A-Z (i.e. you couldn't show Q101), lastly the second set of EQ presets are difficult to access without the remote.

On a personal note this will be the last Alpine I will buy. I bought mine on March 25th, and I had to return the unit once already when I got it for the Glidestrip not working. Now the unit is refusing to eject the CD, and I will be without my radio for 2-6 weeks while I wait for service. My previous Alpines never had an issue, something must have changed in their production line.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By Robert G., Clemson, SC on Thursday, July 07, 2005

The head unit is the best i've used. I've only had it 1 day and everything is easy to function except the equalizer. The glide touch is awesome and easy to get used to.

just incredible!

Written By Nicholas, Charlotte, NC on Friday, July 01, 2005

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ive had this hu now about 2 months. never had a problem with it. anyone that gets in the car is amazed at its clarity, especially when i change the preset from sounding incredible in my seat to sounding incredible in their seat. once you get the hang of the bells and whistles its a breeze to use. as seen before my only problem is the strip. lets just say the shortcomings of the strip are definitely outweighed by the sheer awesomeness of this hu. so go buy one, with the ipod interface, and an ipod. its breathtaking....

Best Alpine Tuner I've Experienced yet!

Written By TonyZ, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I originally picked-up the CDA9851, but it malfunctioned (CD wouldn't eject, presets wouldn't be remembered). I upgraded to the 9853, and what a difference in sound, maneuverabilty, and the EQ rocks!!

The Glide-Touch bar is not my favorite, but I've figured it out and I can live with it. This unit has far too many great features to let this bar get in the way!

I would recommend this unit to anyone who has the money, wants THE BEST sounding unit, and ability to configure the sound to their taste.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By Stacey, Lansing, MI on Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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It must be that I have very bad luck since I have now had two Alpine CDA-9853's, each of which have been malfunctional. The first one I had worked for about a week, then the power indicator began flashing and I lost all functioning power, none of the buttons or the remote would work, unless I turned off my car let it sit for a couple of hours and restarted the car. If lucky the unit worked again. The second one I had worked for a month and then the face-plate would not fold down and I couldn't eject the CD that was in it. Maybe you have had better luck with Alpine (I have in the past) or even this model, but I guess this one just wasn't meant for me.


Written By Nick, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, May 24, 2005

This is by FAR the best receiver i've ever owned. I love the glidebar. I won't lie, it takes a little getting used to, and the EQ controls are a little confusing, but the looks, feel, design, and sound offset that BY FAR. If you're looking to go Alpine, get this receiver. You'll love it.

Simply awesome!

Written By Jeff, Las Vegas on Friday, May 20, 2005

Great reciever! Installed this one with the Alpine Ipod interface and WOW! Love the iPersonalize as well, makes setup / backing up your setup a breeze. The glide bar took a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, searching the iPod is no big deal to do. Be warned, there is a bit of a learning curve to this one so dont toss the manual ino the toolbox just yet. Coupled with a two Alpine amps and some new speakers and subs (did I mention the crossover setup on the unit is a breeze)and I couldnt be happier!

Excellent starting point for a high-end mobile system

Written By Brian, Phx , AZ on Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Whoa! This thing is smokin'. For starters, it has the cleanest sound I have yet heard from a mobile audio piece. I drive a Tacoma, and there is almost 2 feet of difference between the placement of the mid/bass and tweets. THIS UNIT ALLOWS YOU TO CORRECT FOR THAT! The time alignment feature lets you tell this unit where the speakers are in your ride to get the most realistic sound stage. I like the 3 preamp outs, the faceplate tilt, graphic AND parametric eq. I still have yet to hear a skip; I've had JVC's and Pioneers and they both liked to. The glidetouch is nice, once you get used to it- just remember there are TWO strips your thumb needs to make contact with; the top one is colored like the deck and is thinner than the white one, so just pushing the white strip doesn't register. The bass is very full and clean, and there are lots of ways to customize your sound. The only thing I don't like is that there are almost too many features; it takes a while to learn them all. I can't wait to finish installing the amps and speakers to get the most out of this unit.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By Eric, Northern Virginia on Monday, May 16, 2005

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Excellent head unit, this has been my 4th Alpine I've owned, and so far it's great. The glide bar is a little touchy, but I can deal with it as most of the setup I have done already and I use the remote most of the time.

I just wish that Alpine would've allowed to change the display colors as my dash is amber, but it's ok.

Glide Bar was a bad idea...

Written By Josh, Naperville, IL on Sunday, May 15, 2005

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This is my third Alpine head unit, the most expensive and by far, the worst of the three. The Glide Bar doesn't work and, as a result, I cannot enter the Setup menu. It's getting returned and replaced with a previous year model-with buttons. Stick to the units with buttons-the Glide Bar is a terrible design.

NOT Alpine quality

Written By TK, South Bend, IN on Thursday, May 05, 2005

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This radio is definitely not Alpine quality. I previously had a CDA-9811, but it was stolen. I wanted to purchase a CDA-9833, but they are no longer offered. I purchased this 9853 instead, and am sadly disappointed. For starters, it has less power than then 9833. Also, the lower buttons have been replaced with a "glide strip", which seems to be the biggest issue with this radio. Out of the box this radio did not work correctly. The power indicator light flashes rapidly and then there is no control over any buttons or settings. A reset or removing the faceplace and reinserting it will occasionally help, but not always. Driving down the road the radio will randomly start going through glide strip menus and changing settings. It seems on this unit the glide strip is shorted out. I've since received word that this is not the first 9853 to experience these issues. I have sent this radio back, and am now unable to stay with the Alpine line due to the higher-end Alpine's having this stupid glide strip. I hope in the future Alpine revamps these radios and eliminates the glide strip. If this happens I will again be shopping for an Alpine head unit.

Great Stereo Packed With Option

Written By Jon D, Los Angeles CA on Wednesday, April 27, 2005

If your reading the reviews you know all the specs that the stereo has, there is no need to go over that again here and how much I like each individual thing. If you are like me, you want to know what people DON'T like about it.

There is one main thing that I don't like about the CDA 9853 and that is the lack of a screen saver. If you are looking to use your ipod without the interface (and just come in on the AUX inputs) you're destined to a display that shows you the time of day and the letters AUX. THATS IT!

If you were listening to your ipod right this second you would see this on the display


Are you kidding me, would it have been to hard to put some kind of cheesy screen saver so I wouldnt have to look at that the whole darn day.

Besides the lack of a screen saver, there are no negatives to this headunit. It sounds great, and provides tons of options to set up your sound stage, crossovers and EQ.

If you are cool with a lackluster display this is the one.

Alpine CDA-9853

Written By kevin, Durant, Ok on Thursday, April 14, 2005

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I have wanted an alpine for 15 years. Upgraded from a Kenwood to this model alpine. I have sirius radio and the Ipod interface. This headunit is outstanding. Sound is the best I have ever heard. The adjustments for audio seems endless. This thing has it all. Takes some getting setup with the headunits buttons. Make sure to read the manual. Buy this thing it has graphic eq, parametric eq, and crossover settings. It looks great and sounds even better.

9853 upgrade nirvana

Written By Robert, Allen, MD on Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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I bought an Alpine 9853 along with a KCA-420i, to upgrade from my mid-90s Alpine 7618 head unit, ERE-G180 equalizer, and 5952Z CD changer, after my wife gave me a 60GB iPod. Alpine really knows how to design equipment to set up correctly and work well for audiophiles. If you run a high end separate power amp like I do, you know all about the former need to avoid in-dash "receivers" as opposed to "tuner/preamp" head units: the receiver's internal power amps generate heat and power supply noise that compromise sound quality. Well, not only can you bypass the 9853's internal amplifiers, you can actually SHUT THEM OFF! This really cleans up the signal going to the outboard amp. The 9853 does all the subwoofer/mains crossover setup (it even allows custom asymetric crossover slopes), full bandwidth EQ, fader, balance, and volume, all within the digital realm. So, once the signal is converted to analog, it's a straight shot right to the outputs. I was able to eliminate my old separate equalizer, and selling it paid back almost half the price of the 9853. As a veteran of the Dark Ages, when cassette tape was THE "high end" source for car audio, I'm amazed to be able to upload about 1,000 CDs into an iPod the size of a cell phone, and have ALL of my music with me in the car at one time, controlled through the front panel of this amazing head unit. And with Media Expander, the 9853 and iPod sound cleaner than my old system did playing the actual CD's! The rest of my system is: Soundstream SA-245 amp, (4) Boston Pro 5.2 component systems, and (2) Boston Pro 10.4 subs. The Alpine 9853 was the perfect choice for nerve center of my system, and I bet you'll love it too!


Written By Abe, Northern, NJ on Thursday, April 07, 2005

I originally purchased the Alpine CDA-9847 as a replacement for my stolen Ford Mach stereo head unit. I had a few issues with the 9847 (it was defective) and decided to upgrade to the 9853. Crutchfield is unique in allowing me to keep the 9847 installed in my 02 Escape while the 9853 was on back order. The original installtion took less than 40 minutes. The re-install took almost 5 minutes (since I re-used the wiring harness. Well it was worth the wait. The menu & display is much superior to the 9847. Sound quality is better on the iPod (used thru the Alpine adapter). I can't beleive the difference between the MX and BBE. No comparison, the MX sound shaping system blows BBE right out of the water. The only issue I see is the signal strength on the AM radio side. But have yet to contact customer support with this issue. I have noticed the remote is much easier to navigate than using the head unit. Lows and Midrange are quite crisp. Though I can expect better results for the highs once I upgrade my front speakers. I would recommend this unit to anyone.

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What's in the box?

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  • CD/MP3/WMA receiver
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RUE-4202)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • Face fixing screw
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Owner's Manual
  • Manual correction sheets
  • Manual "Notes" sheet
  • Customer Care Registration card

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
RMS Power Output 18 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2.0 volts
Display Color Multi-color
Key Button Color Blue/Green
EQ Bands 5
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready Both
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

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CD Changer Controls
Clock Display Note


CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or Sirius Satellite Radio receiver to the CDA-9853. To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Terk XMD1000 Universal tuner (209XMD1000) and the Terk XM Direct Smart Digital Adapter for Alpine (209XMDALP1). To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Sirius tuner for Alpine (item # 607SIRALP1) directly to the head unit. A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi or Sirius Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input adapter. A compatible antenna and a subscription are also required to receive satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.

SwingFace Mechanism: The CDA-9853's SwingFace mechanism provides an extra large multi-colored display area for ease of viewing. The motorized faceplate not only slides down to let you insert or eject CDs, but gives you a choice of three viewing angles or fully closed.

GlideTouch Bar: The receiver features the easy-to-use GlideTouch interface for scanning through and selecting menu options, radio frequencies, and track/file titles. The GlideTouch bar has six positions, and the items or lists in the display change as you slide your finger up or down the bar. When the desired option is highlighted, a press of the bar makes the selection. You can also hold your finger on one end or the other for at least 3 seconds to scroll through the selections in either direction.

Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination dimmer lead. When the unit's dimmer mode has been set to "Auto" and the illumination lead has been connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the "Manual" dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

Bass Engine Pro: Bass Engine Pro functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine Pro includes the following functions:

  • 6-Channel Digital Time Correction: The time correction feature allows you to create virtual speaker positions by delaying the signals being sent to the speakers closest to you. When the correct delay times have been entered for the front right, front left, rear right, rear left, subwoofer left, and subwoofer right speakers, all sounds reach your ears at the same time, providing optimized imaging and frequency response.
  • 6-Position Digital Crossover with Adjustable Slope: The digital crossover allows you to choose from the following modes:
    • 2-way Mode: A continuously variable 20-200Hz low-pass filter is available for the subwoofer outputs, and a continuously variable 20-200Hz high-pass filter is available for the front and rear preamp outputs. The slope for each filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24dB/octave, or Flat. The level for each filter can be adjusted from 0 to -12dB.
    • 3-way Mode: A continuously variable 20-200Hz low-pass filter is available for the subwoofer outputs, and a continuously variable 1-20kHz high-pass filter is available for the high-range speakers. The midrange speakers have a continuously variable 20Hz-20kHz low-pass filter and a continuously variable 20-200Hz high-pass filter. The slope for each filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24dB/octave, or Flat. The level for each filter can be adjusted from 0 to -12dB.
  • EQ: You can choose between a 5-band digital parametric EQ or a 7-band graphic EQ:
    • 5-band Digital Parametric EQ: The 5-band parametric EQ lets you select a center frequency, then adjust its output level and even the "width" of the boost or cut for precise system tuning. You can select a frequency for each of the following bands in 1/3-octave increments: Band 1 (20Hz-160Hz), Band 2 (50Hz-400Hz), Band 3 (125Hz-1kHz), Band 4 (315Hz-8kHz), and Band 5 (800Hz-20kHz). Once a frequency is selected, you can adjust its level from -6dB to +6dB in 1dB increments. The Q for each frequency can be set to 1, 1.5, or 3. In addition to the user-adjustable EQ (User's 1-6), tone presets are stored into memory, allowing you to recall the best setting for different types of music. You may choose from the following tone presets: Rock, Pops, Jazz, Electric/Dance, Hip Hop, or Flat.
    • 7-band Graphic EQ: You can adjust each of 7 audio bands from -6dB to +6dB.
  • Subwoofer Level Control: The level of the subwoofer preamp outputs can be adjusted to balance the output of your subwoofer with that of your other speakers.
  • Subwoofer Phase Selector: The phase of the subwoofer outputs may be set to normal (0 degrees) or reverse (180 degrees); this function allows you to minimize phase cancellation of bass frequencies, for stronger bass response.
  • MX (MediaXpander): The MediaXpander function makes vocals or instruments sound distinct by restoring sound quality typically lost during recording or transmission; this function helps restore audio information that becomes obscured when audio is compressed. The MX function can be applied to all sources, except AM radio. There are three expansion modes for each internal source (CD, FM, Compression sources), and each source can have its own setting. There are only one or two expansion modes available for external sources.

i-Personalize: i-Personalize is an innovative way to customize select Alpine receivers to fit your specific listening needs. You log on to Alpine's website and download user preferences (based on vehicle and system type) for time correction, crossover, and Parametric or Graphic EQ. After selecting your settings, you can burn them onto a CD-R, and upload them to the head unit.

Subwoofer Output: In addition to front and rear preamp outputs, the CDA-9853 features a dedicated subwoofer preamp output. The subwoofer output has an independent volume control, and can be turned on or off.

Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3/WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with constant and variable bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps and WMA files with constant and variable bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with discs containing up to 510 files/folders, with a maximum of 255 folders. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

Disc and Station Titling: Titles of up to 8 characters in length may be entered for up to 24 radio stations and 18 CDs.

Text/File/Folder Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, or MP3 tags, you can easily search for a track or file by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can slide your finger up/down the GlideTouch bar to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track, and select it by pressing the GuideTouch bar.

Frequency Search: In the tuner mode, you can easily and quickly tune to a desired station by performing a frequency search. When Frequency Search is activated, you can locate the desired frequency using the GlideTouch bar.

Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is connected and the built-in amplifier is not used, removing power from the built-in amplifier will improve the sound quality.

Remote Control: The receiver comes with the RUE-4202 wireless remote control. The remote can control volume, source selection, tuner and disc functions, as well as CD changer controls.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The CDA-9853 has a "steering remote control" input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-ALP interface (item #127SWIALP), you can retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-ALP is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Amplifier Link: The CDA-9853 has a connection for the optional Alpine Amplifier Link, which allows you to adjust settings for up to 8 compatible Alpine amplifiers from the head unit. With the KCE-511M Amplifier Link adapter, you can also display on the head unit the amplifier's voltage, operating temperature, fan status, input level, and crossover settings.

CD Changer Controls

Ai-NET Compatible: An optional Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 Changers) may be connected to, and controlled by, the CDA-9853. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link Terminal (item # 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers with this unit.

iPod-Ready: An iPod or iPod Mini can be controlled from this unit when connected via the KCA-420i Alpine Interface Adapter for iPod (item # 500KCA420i). While connected to the head unit, the iPod's battery is charged, and the artist/song title information is displayed on the face of the head unit. The unit's Quick Search feature allows you to search by playlist, album name, artist name, or song title. Random and repeat play functions are also available.

Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable or KCA-410C Versatile Link Terminal, you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR or portable unit.

Clock Display Note

Clock Operation: This unit allows you to choose "keyed" or "unit on" clock operation. When the clock has been given display priority and the unit is turned off, the clock will be displayed whenever the ignition key is in the "on" or "accessory" position. If the clock is not given display priority, the clock is not displayed when the unit is off.

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