Alpine CDA-9857

CD player with MP3/WMA playback

Item #: 500CDA9857

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The CDA-9857 CD player brings the striking style and legibility of Alpine's BioLite display technology to your dash. The large, easy-to-read display offers stunning graphics and plenty of space for your track and system information. Best of all, the 2-line display means you'll be able to see both artist and track information from your portable player or satellite radio without having to toggle back and forth.

The high-performance show doesn't stop there. You also get a powerful, built-in amplifier to ensure crisp performance from your speakers, along with Alpine's Bass Engine for comprehensive sound shaping control. BBE processing improves high-frequency focus and low-frequency punch for better sound from your compressed music files.

Speaking of your digital music collection, the CDA-9857 can handle the MP3s and WMAs that you've burned to disc, and Alpine's QuickSearch function makes it easy to find your favorite songs quickly. Three sets of preamp outputs connect to your outboard amplifiers, and you can control your bass settings right from the driver's seat.

If you want more entertainment options, you'll find connections for a portable music player, a satellite radio, and a CD changer. If you have an iPod, Alpine's Full Speed iPod adapter lets you control playback and song selection right from the faceplate. You can upgrade your AM/FM experience with an optional HD Radio tuner. The included wireless remote gives everybody in the car access to all the fun.

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • flip-down, detachable face with 2-line BioLite display
  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
  • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
  • BBE processing
  • Source Tone Memory
  • three sets of preamp outputs
  • HD Radio-ready
  • controls for an optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
  • compatible with an iPod using Alpine's Full Speed controls
  • CD changer controls
  • remote control
  • clock
  • 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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Still Working!!!

Written By Dan, fl on Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Ease of Use
  • Sound Quality
  • Value

Its June 2012 and its still working like the day I purchased my CDA-9857. I love it! Not quit as good as my last Alpine 9813 but that was stolen and needed a replacement.

Pros: Lasts forever!

Cons: None!

I still love it.

Written By Pastime-Gamer, Fenton, MI on Friday, March 16, 2007

I had been looking for a new HU for about 6 months to replace the failing Kenwood unit in my 2001 Mazda MP3 and I'm glad I went with this one.

I've had it since mid April 2006, and I am very impressed with how much better it is compared to the Kenwood it replaced. MP3 cds actually run like regular cds unlike the Kenwood that took 2-4 seconds to change songs, the display is AMAZING I can read it in almost any light condition and I love the simpleness.

One of the biggest reasons I went with the Alpine over others was because of the new iPod interface that didn't need a bulky extra piece to hide in the car and man Alpine sure did a good job, it's fast and easy to use.

If I ever need a new HU I will defiantly look at Alpine first.

Best I've ever had....

Written By Michael, Duncan, OK on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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I just installed this receiver into my new car (2003 Mustang), and it is quite simply the best HU I have ever had. My previous vehicle (1992 F-150) had a base model Sony Xplod cd player and I was impressed with it's sound quality at the time. I didn't buy this one to use strictly with ipod, like most people, but, in the few hours I have had it in, I have used the ipod feature most of all. Excellent looks, speed, and sound... This receiver puts out amazing sound... can't be beat. Menus are easy to navigate once you learn all the terms for certain features, this HU is really well made.

The crutchfield install kit and harness worked like a charm, installation was simple and fast. I will definitely be a customer for a long time to come.

In conclusion... this receiver can't be beat. Buy it and you won't regret it.

Liked it better than my Pioneer Premier

Written By Mike, Cincinnati, OH on Friday, March 02, 2007

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Ive had my 9857 for about 8 months now. Heres the deal. The 9857 is the cleanest looking, most functional head unit Ive ever owned. Its got a bright display, but not a distractingly bright display. Its got the most advanced iPod interface Ive ever seen...I actually hate using my iPod now when Im on a plane. Its so much easier to navigate the iPod with the 9857. Its got clean Alpine sound, and a multitude of great add-ons. Heck, it has PRESETS! know...those little radio buttons at the bottom? Pioneer doesnt understand that theyre CONVENIENT. But Alpine surely does.

I love my Alpine. Tonight, I re-installed it and sent my Pio Premier back for a refund. Im simply going to add on an equalizer from Clarion to clean up the sound and boost the preout voltage. It says a lot that I liked this HU over another one that cost more than 1.5 times more. I highly recommend this. I have 3 friends who purchased it on my recommendation and they all love it. You wont be disappointed. If you are, just go get yourself a nice little equalizer...but please, dont waste your money on things you dont need (color screen, battery voltage meter, tachometer on the head unit, automatic EQ and TA, etc). Get the 9857.

Not as Good as Past HUs but Still Great

Written By Drew, Detroit, MI on Thursday, March 01, 2007

I bought this to replace my factory HU (97 Lexus ES300). Main consideration was sound and ability to plug in my MP3 player - not an iPod!! The unit sounds great but it doesn't have the equalizer features of past units at the same price. You can only adjust the center and width of the Bass and center of the Treble. I could adjust the sound much more with my old Alpine and store them as user presets. The menus aren't too difficult to navigate and the display is better than my old unit. You can't change the button colors but it's not a big issue for me - so what if it doesn't match my dash lights. The display is great because it displays the ID3 tags and the clock at the same time. I'm using the factory speakers right now and they sound pretty darn good with the new HU. I might upgrade later but right now I'm enjoying the new power and clarity.

The ability to plug in my MP3 player (iAudio X5 60GB) is great and the sound is amazing. I would highly recommend this HU to anybody looking to plug in an MP3 player. I used to use an FM transmitter which sounded horrible. Now it sounds like a CD. I can't comment on the iPod control because I don't use it but everything else seems to be typical Alpine quality. Well worth the money.

A fine HU

Written By Yevgeniy, portland, me on Sunday, February 25, 2007

It's a great HU as most people here mentioned already. You cannot go wrong with this HU.

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By enerlevel, VA on Friday, February 16, 2007

The hu is good. everything on the unit is good but the only reason i am giving it a 3 is cause of the speaker controls. how can a hu of this class miss out High Pass for the speakers? even pioneer Hu thts for less $ have them built in. setting up my speakers without the high pass gave me alot of problems but then i had to High Pass it through my amp. now when sometimes i wanna listen to only my speakers switching off my sub , it becomes very weird without any bass.I think i will b shifting back to pioneer or save cash for cda-9855 which has BassEnginePro and has the high pass for speakers.....

Continuous Improvement

Written By Ric, Long Beach, CA on Thursday, February 15, 2007

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I replaced a perfectly good CDA-9833 with this unit. Although I lost a few watts per channel and I cannot set the button colors to match the rest of my dash lights, this unit is a huge upgrade from the top line unit I had before. Setting Base and Treble is a breeze, I can now access ALL my iPod Artist and song without any limitation. Worth every $ spent.

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By Matt, Stafford, VA on Saturday, February 10, 2007

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I got this stereo for use with my iPod and I have to say you dont lose much interface with the iPod at all which is great. The only problem i have with it, and its a minor one, is that when you want to switch artists or anything you have to start back at the beginning of the menu instead of it taking you back to where you last searched. The sound quality is amazing, far better than the previous pioneer one i had. I would reccomend this unit to anyone who is looking for iPod control in their car. Overall a great stereo and well worth the price IMO.

Great head unit. Seemless iPod control.

Written By kamone33, Lexington, KY on Thursday, February 01, 2007

The iPod interface is fast and works great. The percentage search makes it possible to quickly search through a large number of albums and artists. Crutchfield sent me everything needed and the installation was easier than expected. If you have a factory sub, you may have problems getting it to work. I had to search a few forums to find out how to wire my sub since it was not technically supported.

Best sounding stereo I ever heard.

Written By juanito987, Branson, MO on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I put this in my mercedez with some polk audio speakers amd i've never heard anything better. It rocks

Awesome Unit

Written By Steve, Roebuck, SC on Saturday, January 27, 2007

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As always with Alpine, I love this unit. I bought it to replace a stolen 9847. I chose this for 2 reasons, two line song display, and full speed Ipod controls. This thing is awesome! I have over 2100 songs on my pod currently, and the control is flawless. It's really great that the display will show artist and song title, AS WELL as the clock. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that you cannot label stations or cd's, as I could with the 9847. Otherwise this HU is a 10 for me.

Great Receiver

Written By Frank, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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This was actually the most challenging installation I've ever done, but it wasn't because of the Alpine unit. I'm really impressed with the CDA-9857. The iPod controls are quick, the sound is fanstastic, and it looks good.
Once I get my wife used to the Alpine and I put some playlists on my iPod, I'll probably get one for our other car.

I bought this for the iPod direct connect and Love it

Written By Tom, Finksburg, MD on Sunday, January 21, 2007

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There are many excellent selections for head units out there. Most have concentrated on the display. Alpine focused on the iPod Full Speed connection. It blows away all the others if you own an iPod.

The head unit is not intuitive; but, if you read the manual (there goes my man card) suddenly you start finding all kinds of features. This is installed in my 2001 Passat that was originally a Monsoon system. The factory speakers sound great with this once I figured out the BBE and other settings.

I also purchased the CDA-9856 for my daughter. The main difference is the display. Both sound great because they have the same amp, output and inputs. I prefer the dual line display; however, both displays are tough to see in direct sunlight.

I installed this myself and it was pretty simple other than having to modify the mounting bracket in the Passat. I installed the XM Tuner and routed the cables behind the dash. I routed the iPod Full Speed connection cable from the head unit to the remote location for the iPod. The optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable allows the receiver to interface with an iPod via a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, or Album searches. The input selector shows "iPod".

I keep finding features I didn't realize were in the unit as I only partially read the manual.

What a disappointment

Written By Rod, Carmichael, CA on Sunday, January 21, 2007

This unit marked my 2nd, and my LAST, experience with Alpine! Prior to this unit, I bought an IVA-D300 DVD player which had a defective DVD drive out of the box.

My 9857 also has a suspect disc drive. Sometimes on ejecting, it sucks the disc back in rather than ejecting it all the way. When it decides to do this, I have to push eject 5-10 times before it will eject properly.

Tonal control is virtually non-existent. If you enjoy having control over your sound, stay away from Alpine, and this unit in particular. Their engineers presume to know how music sounds best, and therefore do not believe the peasants should mess with it.

iPod control is mediocre. You can select by playlists, but not by genres. Unlike on the iPod itself, when you enter the menu, it does not take you to where you were last, but to the root--every push of the button is a brand new search.

I used the Terk XM Direct with this unit and experienced some odd problems when shutting off the engine and starting it again. The XM would not come back on unless the car had been shut off for more than about 15 seconds. I don't know if this was an issue with the Terk equipment or the Alpine.

The faceplate is easy to remove, but a pain to re-installed.

I've owned lots of car stereos by Pioneer, Sony, Kenwood, JVC, and Blau. I would recommend ANY of those brands over Alpine.

Great Sound, OK user interface, Archaeicly SLOW iPod Interface...

Written By Doc, Sayreville, NJ on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I listed this a 2 because of the painful and slow iPod interface through the 420i unit. Otherwise for CD's the unit is a 4 Star Product in my opinion. I installed this as a replacement for the OEM Stereo. It was ok with factory speakers, perhaps a bit too much wattage for the factory speakers. I replaced the Factory speakers with Infinity Kappa Series speakers, that helped immensely. If you are going to run a good deck, run good speakers. Crutchfield has the Alpine KCA-420i control interface listed for an iPod adapter. I wouldn't reccommend this, just get the cable if you can run an iPod from the cable to the deck. The 420i unit takes up too much room even in its small size for what it does. The unit is SLOW, the interface leaves much to be desired, and the deck says it is a CHANGER not an iPod. There are buttons on the head unit that you never use to navigate stuff, and searching through your iPod tunes is painful. "Listing" using the "File" icon option is actually the equivalent of a folder of music, not mp3 files like you would think it is, and "Listing" using the "Folder" icon option is actually the equivalent of browsing your mp3 files in a folder. Scrolling through the files / artists / and playlist is painfully slow, enough that I wouldn't reccommend the interface to anyone. If you are going to use the deck mainly for the iPod interface, get a different deck. Other than that, the sound is great.

Installation in a 2001 Hyundai Sante Fe (6 factory spkrs)

Written By Allen Zolondek, Round Rock, TX on Sunday, January 07, 2007

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I installed the head unit along with:

Alpine KCE-422i for my iPod Nano.

XM Direct Satellite Radio Pkg.

Alpine KCA-100BT for my Blackberry.

The installation took me about 5 hours, mainly planning where to install and route all the components.

Everything works great. The iPod function is a nice-to-have. I no longer need to burn custom CDs. The bluetooth connection is really nice. It turns off the stereo when a call comes in!

I'll probably look into adding a subwoofer and amp in the near future.

Sounds great, not easy to use

Written By David, Sonora, CA on Friday, December 29, 2006

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I bought this cd receiver for my daughter's 2001 Accord. It sounds great with the factory speakers. I could not believe how good it sounded when first turning it on without making any adjustments. The ipod cable works great, is actually fairly fast after the system has been running for 30 seconds. A little slow when you first turn it on. The ipod sounds cd quality or possibly a little better, fantastic sound. I don't feel this unit needs an equalizer or amp, it kicks on its own. The crutchfield wiring harness and instruction sheets made the installation fairly easy, although I would not believe any reviews where the person said they installed it in 30 minutes. Leave yourself 45 minutes to set up the wiring harness and 1.5 hours to install the unit. Now the bad on this receiver: The display is very hard on your eyes. Most car manufacturers have gone to amber colored lighting on dashboards to be easier on the eyes. This unit has Bright blue lighting with white lettering,blue light hard on eyes, white lettering hard to see the display at times. The second big problem is the user interface is not intuitive. Even after reading the manual twice while my daughter and I scrolled through the menus and functions, it is difficult to remember which combinations of buttons to push to get it to do what you want. There is no consistency in the order in which the buttons perform functions. The buttons are also too small for the driver to see and make quick changes while driving. My daughter is having trouble changing modes while driving, can't see the buttons well enough. The Alpine unit did not fit great in Accord dash,it is recessed about 1/3 inch.

Nice but lacks features of previous models.

Written By jclimb1, Chicago, Il on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Recently purchases this head unit to replace an Alpine CDA -9831. The illumination of the 9857 is really great and the iPod compatibility is the reason I purchased it to begin with. The 9857 is lacking in some of the features of earlier and cheaper Alpine head units, specifically the tilt face and preset equilizers. I'm not sure why a $350 head unit wouldn't have these features, but feature a happy birthday setting instead. Anyway, nice unit with nice display but could use some more basic features.

Simply Great

Written By Len, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, December 10, 2006

After years of experience in car audio, installation, sales and ownership, I have experience with nearly all brands of receivers. Alpine seems to have bucked the current trend with this receiver. What it does, it does well. It is simple to use and has the cleanest radio tuner I have experienced. I don't need a receiver that monitors tire pressure and stock-quotes as well as full color video traffic on my dash. My primary use for it is to control my i-pod, which it does very well while delivering good clean sound and control. My installation includes this head unit, Alpine amps, Infinity component speakers and sub. I have spent three times as much for systems in the past but this one is the most satisfying. Through experience, I have learned to appreciate functionality and quality over bells and whistles. That's what this receiver delivers at a reasonable price.

Not great for ipod

Written By jkn, Redding, Ca on Sunday, December 03, 2006

I bought this unit for the ipod interface, I didn't do my homework first. just fell in love with the ability to stow the ipod in the glovebox and have full access. What I failed to realize were the poorly dsigned controls to navigate the pod. Instead of using the great big volume knob to select, it does nothing but volume. then you have seperate enter buttons depending if you at "song" or "album" menu levels. Then to make it interesting, they put another microscopic button for "back" that is labeled "Func". Probably the worst thing is when you get done with an album, go back to the album menu, it starts at the top alphabeticly and you have to wheel through tons of names to get back to where you were.

A must for iPod Owners

Written By sun, Fairfax, VA on Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The CDA-9857 is probably the best unit in its price range for features and sound quality. The iPod interface is great, but not perfect. One bad thing about the iPod interface is that when playing a song, you can't jump back to the previous album, folder, playlist, etc. Like on the iPod, if you hit menu, then it goes back to the previous screen. With the Alpine, you have to start all over to find the next album. I would suggest Nano/Mini owners will benefit from this HU. If you're like me and like to have complete albums on your 20+ GB iPod, then searching for songs will be a pain. The radio and cd sources are excellent. The BioLite display is easy on the eyes. The only cosmetic flaw is that the buttons cannot be changed to different colors to match your dashboard. Alpine needs to up this model by having color adjustments, more intuitive iPod interface, and a motorized faceplate.

Excellent product

Written By James, New Braunfels, TX on Sunday, November 26, 2006

I personally have been absolutely thrilled with this product. I have found it to be highly effect at organizing the IPOD's massive music interface especially when you need to be able to cypher through 3200 songs quickly and effectivly (such as in my case). Not only that but this head unit gives the opportunity to expand in the future with a plethora of capabilities right out of the box.
My only complaint is you spend a fair amount on the unit and it doesnt come with a case to store it in if you intend on taking it off the dash for safe keeping while away from your vehicle for long periods of time. None-the-less it has hand's down earned my 5 star's.

Love it!

Written By Remonster, San Diego, CA on Thursday, November 23, 2006

I just got this head unit installed today and after about 5 minutes of playing with it I've already got the iPod interface down, it's very simple if you just read your manual! The Full Speed connection works just as advertised and there is no lag when going through the menus which is nice, having an overly laggy menu and trying to use it when driving can be hazardous so I'm glad to see that's not an issue here. I also really like the BioLite display, glad I got this instead of the 9856 at the last minute.

The included remote is nearly useless, it has only a few buttons and is only really good for the most rudimentary of functions, though it's a nice thing to have if you have a bigger SUV or van.

The built in 15Wx4 amplifier sounds amazing compared to my factory BMW's head unit (1996 3 series) I had been considering upgrading my speakers but with the new head unit they sound much better.

All in all I think this thing is perfect, I've never come accross a better head unit, aftermarket or stock from any manufacturer and I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever.

Great Sounding System!

Written By Chuck, Sacramento, CA on Monday, November 20, 2006

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Excellent overall sound and features, outstanding iPOD interface. It even charges the iPOD while the menu is shown on the receiver display screen. I was very pleased and not disappointed in the least. I like this receiver so much, I might have to upgrade all my factory speakers to keep up with it.

iPod interface- yuck!

Written By Paul, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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I must strongly disagree with the previous reviewers regarding the iPod interface. While it may be the best of any headunit, it's WAY behind the iPod itself. I got this unit (sounds great- it's a good unit) specifically for the iPod interface, and have found it's FAR from intuitive.

Personally, I'd buy a less-expensive head unit that's not "iPod ready" and use a AUX input. Coupled with a charger/line out device like Blitzsafe's, I'd maintain the iPod's interface, but have the sound and functionality I want.

I do think this is a good headunit, but NOT for iPod.

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By Toby, Prairieville, LA on Saturday, October 28, 2006

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This unit is a great balance between price and features. The main reason I purchased it was iPod control, and it does not disappoint in this regard. I get full control of my iPod and great sound quality. The percentage search (when browsing through your list the 6 preset buttons skip through a certain percentage of the titles to make scrolling quicker) feature is a great time saver. Highly recommended.

Great Unit

Written By Michael, Baltimore, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2006

This is a good Head Unit that si perfect for people looking to upgrade from the wireless FM transmitters out there. This is on the only way to go if you want good quality. It has great connection to the IPOD with the alpine cable, sub and preamp outputs. Display is good but could be a little bigger. I have to look into shuffle options with Ipod if there are any. Great receiver-all friends are amazed by it.

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By AMM, Delaware on Friday, October 27, 2006

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This unit replaced a 2005 model head unit (another popular aftermarket brand) to get the ipod controls. I chose this one because it also had a BBE processor. I was not disappointed by either.


ipod controls fast and easy
excellent sound quality from cds and ipod


the clock is too small
no tone adjustments via remote

I have read the same reviews you may read about this unit and there are two things that need to be clarified. First, every car stereo I have ever owned took time to get the settings/ adjustments down. I would not consider the multiple adjustments difficult, it just takes a little patience and time to learn them, this is normal. Second, radio reception does not have good sound quality and never will. I would rate the reception as standard, the same stations are available as with previous head units.

Overall I got what I wanted, ipod controls and great sound quality.

Have an Ipod? You need this radio!

Written By Double D, Hinckley, MN on Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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This has to be the best head unit to use with the Ipod. You can search by playlist, artist, album, or song in the same way you would with an Ipod. You can shuffle song or album too. I like that it shows the artist name and song so there is no guess work of who is playing. I installed this in my 1998 Buick Regal. I had to do some customizing to make it fit, but it was worth it. I wanted to keep my steering wheel controls, so I also purchased the SWI-ALP steering wheel interface. It just plugs into the back of the alpine and then you connect a power, ground, and relay to the wire harness. Pretty much just that easy and you have the same controls you are accustomed to. OVERALL GREAT SOUND, STYLE, CONTROLS, AND ITS MADE TO USE WITH THE IPOD. What more could anybody ask for for $350? I highly recommend!

An iPod Lover's Dream

Written By Craig, League City, TX on Saturday, October 07, 2006

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I've had this unit for several months now, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Installation into my 2004 PT Cruiser took less than 30 minutes from opening the box to firing the unit up. This was my first install and it really was that simple - Crutchfield's kits rock!

I got this mainly for the iPod interface, and I have been VERY pleased. I just ran the interface cable into the glove box, which keeps my iPod locked & out of sight of prying eyes. Navigation is easy to learn after spending a few minutes with the manual. I have a LARGE library in my iPod, and getting around it is as quick as you could reasonably expect in a car unit. The 2-line display is awesome. Sound quality is great - a noticeable upgrade over my factory unit (I left the factory speakers in place).

In short, if you're looking for the best way to use your iPod in the car, I don't think you can do any better than this unit in this price range.

Alpine Outdid Themselves On This One!!!

Written By mrtemptation5, Punxsutawney, Pa on Tuesday, October 03, 2006

i bought this cd player back in may for my 01 pt cruiser cause i really wanted a cd player that had ipod compatability and after reading reviews about alpines new full speed controlls i just new this was the system for me, the installation did take around 3 hours only because instead of using the head unints internal amp i ran connections for a external amp using the 3 sets of preamp outputs built in and plugged them in to a full boston acousics speaker system and wow was that the best install idea ever. it made my car so loud, people tell me all the time they can hear the words to my songs from a good city block away! not only is it loud but it is one of the sleekest and brightest displays out of any of my friends cd players, they tell me all the time how jealous they are of my cars sound and i owe it all to this amazing cd player, the only bad complaint i have about it is that when serching for a certain song, artist, or albumb when using the radio to controll your ipod, it does take a little wile to do using the radio knobs, so what i do is either make a bunch of playists or just shuffle the music. but if your looking for a cd player to last you many years of good quality bumpin'. this is the cd player for you!

Head unit for Ipod? Look no further!

Written By Matt, Long Island, NY on Monday, October 02, 2006

I had originally purchased the Kenwood x689 (see review) because I was overly concerned about the depth issues in my BMW 740i. Because I was looking specifically for a deck to use with my Ipod it turned out to be a big dissapoinment. BUT, after speaking with my Crutchfield rep we decided this unit would be a much better choice for my app. As I stated above, if you are looking for Ipod intregration look no further. I could not be more pleased. Browse by folder, playlist, artist and more. You can even skip ahead by 25, 50, 100 etc by using the buttons on the front of the deck (1-6). This is a very helpful feature! And it does all this practically instantly. I know they talk about the display like it the next best thing to sliced toast, and it is nice, but it is very suseptable to glare. I also found the radio (AM/FM) to have great reception. Couldn't be happier.

Sorry Sirius interface

Written By Frank, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, October 01, 2006

It's a great head unit except for these following things which is why my rating is so low. When listening to SIRIUS the head unit only displays 16 character (using the SIR-ALP1) which is lousy. My old JVC add on unit would show me all the characters, why can't Alpine? Secondly, the display will not dim enough. The tech support from Alpine can only be reached by phone during "normal business hours" and that is when I am working so I don't have have to call Alpine. There is no option to connect with tech support via e-mail. The sound is great, the controls are very versatile, the iPod interface is one of the best, but I expect near perfection from Alpine and they did not achive it with this head unit. Spend the extra money and find a head unit that displays all the characters that Sirius puts out.


Written By James, Bayside, NY on Friday, September 29, 2006

Great unit. The sound is excellent. I had it professionally installed, so I can't comment on the installation. But it only took about an hour. My only one complaint is that the AM/FM is not that great. The AM can almost not be heard at all, and the FM seems to drift. I might just bring it back in for a check.

If you own an iPod... This is the stereo for you.

Written By templeaz, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, September 22, 2006

I just installed a 9857 in my 1995 Camaro convertible. It took just about two hours. Not only does it look great, but it sounds fantastic!!! I still need to learn how to shape the sound with the controls, but that shouldn't take too long. I am using Infinity Reference series speakers. Wow! The reason I bought this stereo was for the iPod controls. I am not disappointed. It works with the new 80GB iPod. I am still getting used to the controls but like with anything new, I just need to learn them. Thanks Crutchfield!!! Once again you have blown away my expectations and I installed it myself!!!

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By Evan, Los Angeles on Sunday, September 17, 2006

Having just installed the Alpine CDA - 9857 in my 2006 Toyota Matrix, I could not be more happy with its performance. I'm running Infinity Reference speakers in the front and rear and this deck truly makes them sing without the addition of an external amplifier. Furthermore, I must say that the iPod integration features are amazing. The performance and versatility of this deck was worth every penny. Though the interface takes a bit of time to become second nature, 20 minutes of practice is a small price to pay for sound system perfection. As for concerns regarding poor radio reception, I now have outstanding reception with this new head unit. However, this could be due in large part to living in Larger radio market.

Awesome radio!

Written By tkelly1250, Schaumburg, IL on Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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I never thought a radio could sound this good and have as many features as well. The controls are logical, the sound is awesome, and the reception seems excellent. The iPod interface and controls are outstanding. I am so glad that I purchased this unit. And, installation was simple in my Jeep Wrangler. You won't go wrong buying this radio!

Best Radio I've ever had

Written By Xtrmist, Camp Pendleton, CA on Wednesday, September 06, 2006

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Yes the radio Kicks! Obviously! As for poor radio reception, I don't know. I have the Ipod and Sirius connected. So terristerial radio is not even a concern. I skip straight to a thing i like. I have convertible trans am, no with my older pioneer the power antenna would stay up if i put a cd in. Not with this alpine. It only goes up when i select tuner. For a covertible owner that is just bad! The screen shows 2 lines of display for info and that info can be changed based on what u want. You know what don't take my words or anyone elses. Just buy it, if you hate it crutchfield will give your money back, how can you lose!

I bet you won't be sending back though!

Horrible Radio Reception

Written By James, Houston, TX on Monday, September 04, 2006

Horrendous radio reception on this 9857 model. Can't pick up local stations my other older Alpine models can. I've also tried the 9856, I've tried in 2 different cars, same story. The Alpine new models must have made a compromise with the Ipod integration that left no room for a decent radio reception. FM and AM are poor. Other than that, this model is nice and easy to use. But $350 should get you a radio.

Thought I had it good...This is the best!

Written By cmantelope, West Coast on Sunday, September 03, 2006

Had a Sony es cd player for 10 years. Husband surprised me with Kenwood X590 w/ Sirius - thought it was great until the antenna didnt work anymore (after only 2 weeks) I got this Alpine...this deck is on a completely different level.

Of course it sounds great. I am using it with an alpine amp and alpine component speakers, and 10" kicker sub - (this is in a 96 aerostar "mom" van)

Price is relative to your personal situation, however, if this unit is in your price range - dont hesitate. It works seamlessly with my ipod - very fast -

Best feature? - for me it is the display, not all the gimmicky parts, which there are a few, but the winning point for me is that it will display 2 lines of text AND the clock!! this = artist and song for my ipod, and Sirius - HUGE step up from the Kenwood I had for a brief time.

If you are looking for the "loud" feature, it is called BBE in the menu, you have 3 choices, and you can set it differently for each source - very versatile

I prefer the hard buttons compared to the flimsy joystick of the Kenwood - they are much easier to deal with when you are driving...I like having the display for text (channel vs. song etc.) as a hard button on the right side...again convenient for driving

The number buttons do light up at night - which is great for all of my Sirius banks (you get 3 with 6 presets each) -

This is top of the line, unless you require a dvd player, there again, I would look at Alpine - common sense features - lots of versatility = a complete winner

Terrific Buy!

Written By James, Sellersville Pa. on Saturday, September 02, 2006

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This Alpine receiver was a great choice for me! I installed with no problems in my wife's 2005 Dodge Stratus SLT. I did'nt want to go crazy with an amp and new speakers, so I needed an receiver that would deliver in power and sound quality through my factory speakers. The Alpine CDA-9857 far exceeded my expections. The receiver is the most user-friendly receiver I've encountered. To play your I-pod on this with the I-pod/Alpine attachment cord is a breeze, and the sound quality is terrific coming out of my factory speakers, plus the installation kit that cruthfield gives to you makes your install look like a professional one. Don't let the RMS/PEAK Power fool you. This is true,quality sound! I highly recommend this receiver to anyone looking to increase thier car system with out spending a lot of money.

First Timer's Experience!

Written By Classical, Riverside, CA on Thursday, August 31, 2006

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Oh boy, this was the first time Ive ever done anything involving car audio, and it sure was fun. Crutchfield was wonderful and calling technical support was extremely easy and extremely helpful.
It was definately a large sound quality improvement over my 2000 Honda CRVs stock equipment, but I can sort of tell that the Alpine might be too powerful for my stock speakers. The illumination of the screen is nice and bright, but I can tell that the illuminated blue buttons might be a little too bright at night, even when dimmed. The display has many different ways to display song information, and it has a dedicated button to switch between display modes, which is nice.
The iPod connectivity is the main reason why I purchased this Alpine, and I love the Direct Search option. I can tell that without it (I.E. the CDA-9856), searching through my large playlists would be very annoying. That doesnt mean that this deck doesnt have some annoyances... One thing is that while searching through your Artists, Albums, or Playlists, there is no way to go back like you would by pressing the "Menu" button on your iPod. Just make sure you have a specific goal in mind when you search through your library. One thing that some people have been complaining about is the MIX mode. While in MIX mode, you cannot search for music, you have to turn it off, which I found was fairly easy; Its right there on your number "5" preset button. It seemed easy... untill I pressed it. Pressing it once turns on the MIX mode, pressing it again turns on the MIX All mode, which automatically shuffles all of your music, and you have to go past MIX All to turn off MIX!
Overall, Its great! Thanks Crutchfield!!!!!

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By steve, easley sc. on Monday, August 28, 2006

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alpine at its great with ipod

What a Deck!

Written By MGoBlue, Lehi, UT on Monday, August 28, 2006

I have had this deck 2 weeks now, and have had the chance to play around with it to see what it can do. Lets start with the pro's since there are few cons. First, I have my IPOD hooked up to it, and that thing has totally taken car audio to the next level. Your whole library at the touch of your finger. The display is crisp, and you can scroll all of your track names and artists while they play. Power is great, and is ample for running after market speakers. Subwoofer pre-out is also nice to only control your sub without sending extra power to componet speakers.
Cons, like I said only a couple. clock is very small and hard to read in lower left corner of display. I have a watch so no big deal. I also have read that others mentioned that radio reception was not the greatest. I have also experienced this, but can live with it because I am an IPOD freak now. Overall,...gotta have it!

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By brendan, Wichita, Kansas on Wednesday, August 23, 2006

This reciever is a great upgrade for both sound quality and convenience. The iPod interface is easy to install and use, and makes listening to your music anywhere really simple. The BBE sound processing sounds amazing, even in conjunction with the factory Infinity system. I really love the subwoofer level controls... they make tailoring the sound very easy.
One thing I do not really like about this unit, however, is that if you leave your iPod connected and turn the ignition off, you lose the ability to use the MediaExpander to go up or down to the next album when you restart the head unit. Really a small gripe, however, considering how much it has improved the system in my truck. It should really come alive with the new sub I'm considering.

Great Sound, Great Potential for Versatility

Written By Ray, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Let me just say that this Alpine really blew away the stock Pioneer HU in my Scion. The thing really kicks as advertised with 50W peak really slamming my speakers. Unfortunately (for my wallet) I need to upgrade the rear speakers because they cant handle the power this thing is putting out.

Why I bought it:
-Alpines reputation
-Versatility, mp3 CDs, iPOD, USB adapter, other expansion capabilities (Sat. radio, etc)
-Display...very bright and readable, goes well with my cars interior, does a very nice job displaying and scrolling file tags.

What surpised me when I installed it:
-Sounds more pheonmenal than I expected
-iPOD adapter is extremely easy to use and very natural. quick search makes sorting through storage much easier.
-EQ has some amazing features (treble/bass gain, Q factor, center frequency) an engineer I loved the ability to adjust these.

Things I wish would change:
-controls are somewhat unintuitive and inconsistent for accessing certain features. high learning curve.
-I would like to see a fully customizable (at least) 5 band EQ. BBE/Bass engine is good, but want more.
-I was excited to get the USB adapter and have great versatility (with different mp3 players) and unlimited storage. Unfortunately Alpine has delayed this unit (KCA-620) multiple times (original ETA was April 06, not Oct. 06) As a result, Im stuck with just the iPOD
-No stock USB port (this would have eliminated the previous issue).
Best investment I could have made. Thought about getting their double-din touch model, but I have basically the same sounding system $700 cheaper. This HU really helped me realize the limit

Great package of features

Written By Mark, Urbandale, IA on Sunday, August 20, 2006

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This is a great receiver. It seamlessly coordinates the tuner, xm radio, cd, and ipod. I particularly like the search functions for the xm radio and iPod. It makes the large amount of music that I have on my iPod seem fairly accessible.

Only one minor complaint is that it must go through the disk source even if there is not a disk in the player.

Also you can put the brightness of the display on manual control but then cannot move it off of the lower setting. With the brighter setting it is very visible even in the brightest lighting conditions.

One other minor complaint is that when it is off the on button is not illuminated and is hard to find.

Other than that I love the display, navigation, and sound.

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By Jose, Dallas, TX on Monday, August 14, 2006

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Great sound, great display, and very easy installation with the Crutchfield-supplied bezel for our car. I have two gripes with Alpine, though.

First, the BBE feature in this HU greatly improves the sound quality, and should've been ON by default. At first I thought that BBE was just a gimmicky loudness feature and didn't bother with it. (The manual doesn't really explain what it does). That was a mistake. Initially, the sound from my unamplified Boston Acoustic SX60s component speakers was very dull. I kept raising the volume and adjusting the bass and treble, but quickly ran into distortion issues. One week later, shortly before buying an amp to cure the distortion, I finally activated BBE, and BAM! The speakers finally came alive with crisp highs and wonderful lows. I'm happy now and (temporarily) scrapped the amplification plans.

The second gripe is minor: the blue buttons are way too bright at night, even when dimmed. Some sort of dark coating after the warranty expires should cure that.

Other than that, I'm very happy with the unit. Yes, the controls aren't intuitive, but I can live with that.

Much better than stock

Written By Stanley, Campbellsville, Ky. on Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I have a 2005 Mustang and had the Shaker 500. There were no hook ups for an ipod or satellite radio. The Alpine solved all those problems and sounds better than stock even with the factory speakers.
I wish car manufacturers would provide such high quality equipment and at comparable prices. If you have checked dealer's prices for stereos, you know what I mean.
The Alpine is fantastic. My only complaint is that I have a double din opening.

Great Sound, Difficult Fit

Written By pmnick, Hilliard, OH on Sunday, July 30, 2006

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I'm 100% satisfied with the performance of this unit. I installed it in a 1996 Subaru Legacy L Sedan. As others have noted here, there is a learning curve involved with using all the features, but with some time and practice, it becomes more intuitive. I love being able to control my iPod with the included remote!

The only problem I've had is that the unit doesn't really fit in my car. In order to access the CD tray, you have to open the face of the unit; however, the fit is too tight, and you have to lift up the top of the dash panel surrounding the unit to enable the face to flip open. I tried trimming the dash with a razor, but it still blocks the unit. It's a minor annoyance, but enough for me to not give an otherwise perfect head unit a perfect score, at least as it fits in my car.

Install was a snap

Written By Donnie, Cumberland,RI on Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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Very nice unit, not sure why I didn't give it 5 stars but I guess nothing is perfect. Install of the receiver would have been under 1 hour but we put in an amp/dual-sub system also which took quite a bit longer. Crutchfield supplied everything needed and the enclosed instruction were very easy to follow. A first-timer would have no problems. Crutcchfield makes it very easy to get it right the first time. Thanks

Best unit I've had so far - for a 2001 Dodge Ram

Written By Daddy'Z, Marysville, WA on Saturday, July 15, 2006

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Always been an Alpine fan. Got the unit after reading a lot of the reviews and such...was going to get this or the -9856, but wanted to have the multi-line display. My stock unit was a tape unit, but sounded pretty good really (not the Infinity system).

I first replaced the stock speakers with Infinity Kappas. Ive only replaced the front 6x9s so far, but also have the matching rears. This made a big difference too.

After matching up all the wires from the provided adapters, I plugged it in and all was good - VERY big improvement in overall sound quality. One problem I had that still doesnt make total sense (as Ive installed a few stereos) was that the LH front speaker had a lot of "feedback" and then the whole sound would go out (no fuses blown). I isolated the problem to be something of a grounding problem in that if the screws touched the metal of the speaker, some sort of ground was created. Yes, I have everything else grounded properly. After installing some electrical tape between the screw heads and the speaker, it all worked properly.

Like I said...HUGE improvement in overall sound quality. I like CLEAN music, and this is it. 18 watts RMS doesnt sound like much, but it rocks pretty darn hard.

I also got this for the iPod hookup, which works slick. As some have said, its hard to improve on the iPods touch wheel interface, but Alpine has done a pretty decent job, but it does feel a bit clumsy and is not nearly as good as the real iPod...I wish it retained what your last selection was like the iPod instead of reverting back to zero. Lots of adjustability too...great

Awesome Unit

Written By Bruce, Eagle, ID on Saturday, July 15, 2006

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I have had the Alpine CDA-9857 unit for week now and it far exceeded my expectations. I purchased this unit primarily for the direct connect and control to my IPOD and it works great. It took a little playing around to get use to the interface, but once you figure that out it is easy to use. The only quirk I found was that in random song mode you cannot select a different song or playlist. You have to go out of random mode to navigate to another song. The documentation did not mention that, at least I could find. Plenty of power and the stock speakers to my Corolla sound better. All-in-all, I am very happy with this unit.

Lasik and sunglasses?

Written By Paul, Nashua, NH on Friday, July 14, 2006

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Just installed it in a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. Only problem was the harness adapter did not completley work. The truck harness has no switched power wire so you will have to pull power from the fuse block. Not that easy in a new Ram. So I tapped into the switched power outlet in the dash as the Crutchfield tech suggested. Fused the lead to the radio of course. As all the other reviews say it is pretty much a great unit. Alpine at it's best. One thing I really like is the clarity of display. I just had Lasik and now my close up sight is a bit blurry. This display is awsome. I can see everything, even close up. Also, when wearing polorized sunglasses I can see the display very well.
My 2006 Rav4 has a tinted cover over the display. I can't see anything on it when wearing sunglasses. Not something you think of when buying a head unit. But after Lasik I sure do now! Hope that helps someone out.

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By schuss, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The 9857 is just what my 2001 Infinity QX4 needed, and Crutchfield was just the place to find it. The install kit was seamless, hookups were a breeze, and a quick call to a Tech Advisor for the wiring diagram even had my factory steering wheel buttons controlling the deck. Alpine has really outdone themselves with the flawless iPod integration provided by their "Full-Speed" system; it's elegant and boasts truly ZERO sound quality loss. The controls are simple, the interface is sharp, and the sound and build quality of the 9857 give me even more reasons to continue to purchase Alpine products.

Nice, but clumsy iPod control

Written By Andrew, Bloomington, MN on Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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I'm 32 years old and I was 24 when I installed my last car stereo system. Things have changed! The amount of features that you can get for this price is crazy, considering that I paid over 900 dollars for a Sony S900 that wasn't half as cool!

The good:

The display is pretty. The sound is excellent. I bought an amp, but try out the built-in ones if you're just trying to upgrade your factory unit. If you want to bump, then get amps and the subwoofer control on this unit is sweet.

iPod installation is slick; just a cable that can be dumped into your glove box. Also, iPod control is very fast. No noticeable lag.


Alpine used to be known as a high end unit for those with high end tastes, right along with Clarion. But, alas, now we can enter our birthday into the unit and we're greeted with amateurish displays of flying cursers. Remember: I'm 32. If you're 17, you'll think this is "tasty".

Read my next review for more on the cons of this unit...

Rubi' lovin' Alpine...

Written By jeepin, Fairfax, VA on Saturday, July 08, 2006

Well, this is the fourth head unit that I have had in any of my Wranglers. This one went into a 2003 Rubicon that I got in 2004. I got it basically because everyone suggested that I get it to connect to my iPod. Well, apparently, "Everyone" was right. This thing rocks! As long as you remember to connect the "blue/white to the blue" you are good, if you have the 7 speaker system. I connected everything correctly, attached the iPod and took off. Wow....the headunit is great! I have 6.5" Alpines in the soundbar and 5.5" Boston's in the front (where the 4x6"'s go)and this thing ROCKS! My system friggin' screams!! Hope you all have the same experience!!!

Alpine CDA-9857

Written By Brian, Devon, PA on Friday, July 07, 2006

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As usual crutchfield service was excellent. I had a few questions on installing in my VW Passat and they answered them all!

As far as the radio goes, this was replacing an Alpine 9831. Not sure if I was upgrading or downgrading though. The display is great and far better than the 9831. The sound controls are MUCH easier to use than the 9831. IMHO the alpine Ipersonalize stuff was a gimmick. Time shifting and parametric EQs on the 9831 were great but not easy to use when switching between sources that had varying audio quality and range. The time correction stuff was more advanced, but I felt like I needed to be an engineer to use them.

Some older Alpine users will feel that this radio is a step down because of the lack of control. However, to me the ease of use makes it a better model especially since I switch sources all the time... one EQ setting isnt always the best for all music and to change it was a PITA.

Overall, the radio sounds as good if not better than the 9831. The big pros for me were:
1. Subwoofer output variable control.
2. Display, Display, Display --- cant say enough especially if you listen to XM or Sirius.
3. Ease of use.
4. Ipod connection

The only complaint I have is the lack of a tilting faceplate. I REALLY miss this. A little tilt up makes the display even easier to read and prevents wash out from polarized glasses and the sun. And it was cool.

So if you are like me and didnt like the complexity of the older alpine units and the cramped display. This is worth the upgrade. FWIW i couldnt find/hear any discernable difference in the 2vs4 volt preamp output in the 9831 when connected to an Alpine MRP-F450.

Looks sharp, sounds great!

Written By Wayland, Alexandria, VA on Thursday, June 29, 2006

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX LTD

Installed with ease and looks great with a trim matching din pocket from a 2003 Subaru forester. The CDA-9857 sounds great and is a must for in-car iPod users.

I would give it the full 5 stars if it wasn't for the 16 character text limit of both Sirius and XM add-on kits. Although, this may not be a limitation of the alpine, but a limitation of the manufactures directed electronics and terk who make these kits. Also I wish when searching the iPod though the head unit it scrolled the artist, album or playlist names as well. The display seems to be a pale green rather then a white on black as described. The display does seem to work as advertised in direct sunlight though.

With all the negatives aside you can't find a better expandable solution. Crutchfield comes through with great support, documentation and quick shipping.

Sweet Sounds!

Written By jp, ideal corners, MN on Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Just received my new 9857 yesterday after work. Took about 2 hours to get it installed & working with my ipod. Thanks to Crutchfield for getting everything needed so all arrived together.
Install went smooth - no surprises...until when I had it all back together, I realized that the trim piece for our '01 Nissan Sentra interfered with the hu faceplate hinge. I couldn't open face to insert CDs or remove faceplate.
After a while of fiddling, I sanded down the lower edge of the opening to give it a little bevel so the faceplate had more room to open. I'd sand a little bit, then put it all together to check it. It would work with just the hu trim in place, but as soon as I'd put all the other trim for the console in place, it wouldn't open. I put it all together & took it apart about 10 times, sanding a little more each time, until finally it worked.

So there I was, at 2 am, in the garage finally just listening to the great sound and getting to know the controls...having a great time. Happy as a pig in mud!

I'm really happy with the Alpine. Sound is great, even with the factory speakers. The controls are pretty easy to master (with a little reading & practice). And it has some nice features that make using it a pleasure. Looking forward to my next long trip so I can really enjoy it.

Thanks to Alpine & Crutchfield for great equipment and great service.

Thanks crutchfield

Written By Churchfields, East Meadow NY on Friday, June 23, 2006

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The CDA-9857 was easy to install, especially with the instruction and assistance from crutchfields. I installed a steering wheel module at the sametime. It works and sounds great. I have a 2004 Dodge Ram Quad Cab with infinity 7 speaker system already in the truck. The Apline just made it sound better. The ipod interface cable sound quality compaired with the FM tune type conection increases the sound quality so much it's the only thing I like to lesson too now.

Thank Crutchfield

Absolutely Mind Blowing!!

Written By Glenn, Crossett, AR on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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This is the first Alpine product that I have owned. Let me correct that by saying the first of more to come. It is beautiful! The faceplate looks black in the pictures but it is actually black chrome. Very impressive!

I connected it to a GM harness in a 2004 Chevy Colorado with an additional XM Direct package. It was very easy to hook up, no problems whatsoever. The Crutchfield directions on hooking up the XM Direct should be a lot more detailed to make it a little easier. It was still easy to accomplish.

I did not get it for the iPod connection. I was very interested in the XM Direct hookup and double line display of the unit. It is extremely nice and works very well. It shows the artist and song titles just like an aftermarket XM modulation unit. If you enjoy XM and want something better than your stock head unit, this is the ticket!

The controls of the bass and treble are insane! There are so many ways to adjust the sound, I am constantly experimenting. There are separate sound settings for each input (tuner, XM, iPod, CD). The onboard amp does a great job of pumping up the volume. I wanted an increase in volume from stock but not ear-shattering. This is perfect. The volume is increased and it is very clear. This unit accomplished everything that I wanted.