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by Robert Ferency-Viars
Alpine

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 packs the CDA-9884 CD receiver with an impressive internal amplifier that delivers your music with impact and depth. You'll also appreciate the easy-to-read display, the simple controls, and the number of options for system expansion.

Tone to the max
Alpine's Bass Engine® feature lets you adjust the centerpoints of your treble and bass controls so you can really shape the tone. You'll also find a built-in high-pass filter that trims the bass going to your full-range speakers, and bass controls that shape the bass from your subwoofer system.

The CDA-9884 offers three sets of preamp outputs for building an amplified system. And with the combination of Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT sound tuning adapter and the KTX-H100 tuning kit you'll turn your vehicle into the perfect listening space — they measure your car's acoustics and adjust the stereo's settings automatically to create a perfect audio environment.

Adding to your system
Alpine includes their KCE-422i iPod® cable, so you get full-speed control of your iPod without having to buy an adapter. You can add a dedicated satellite radio tuner, or Alpine's KCA-SC100 controller for select SIRIUS plug-and-play radios. Or, you can connect a different option, like a Bluetooth® adapter, an HD Radio™ tuner, or an auxiliary input adapter.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • fold-down, detachable face
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
    • high-pass filter (speakers and front/rear preamp outputs)
    Expandability:
    • compatible with: Alpine Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    • inputs: KCE-422i iPod cable is included, optional aux input
    • outputs: three sets of preamp outputs (subwoofer output has bass level control)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue/Red
    EQ Bands
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    2
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Optional
    USB Input
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    Optional
    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver
    • 10-amp fuse (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed connection cable for iPod
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Complete Owner's Manual (English/French) on CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • CD-ROM's Owner's Manual (English/French/)
    • Customer Care Registration card

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    Features
    External Device Controls
    Sound Processing

    Features

    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.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16 kbps to 320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to 510 files/folders and a maximum of 255 folders can be read from one disc. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, ID3, or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track or file by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track, and select it by pressing the play button.

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

    • Bass Control:
      • Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 200Hz
      • Bass Band Width (Q): Q1 (narrow), Q2, Q3, or Q4 (wide)
      • Bass Level: -7 to +7 (-14dB to +14dB in 2dB steps)
    • Treble Control:
      • Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
      • Treble Level: -7 to +7 (-14dB to +14dB in 2dB steps)
    • High Pass Filter (HPF): speaker level and preamp outputs (other than the subwoofer output) have a selectable crossover (HPF); off (default), 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz
    • Loudness: on/off
    • Defeat On/Off: reset the unit to its factory default bass and treble settings by turning the Defeat function on

    Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.

    Subwoofer Pre-out: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, the CDA-9884 has a dedicated subwoofer output with a variable level of 0 to +15. When the subwoofer is on, you can select either System1 or System2 for the desired subwoofer effect.

    • Subwoofer System 1: subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting
    • Subwoofer System 2: subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting; even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible

    Dimmer/Contrast: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead; when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is 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. The contrast of the display can also be adjusted from -5 to +3 for better visibility.

    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/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    Angle Mounting: Alpine recommends mounting the CDA-9884 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Wireless Remote: The CDA-9884 is compatible with the optional RUE-4202 wireless remote control (item number 500RUE4202) or RUE-4190 (item number 500RUE4910). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The CDA-9884 has a steering remote control input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), 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-JACK 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 Volkswagens and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    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.

    Changer Name: You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the CD changer input; Changer, USB, or Portable.

    Dual Color Button Illumination: You can change the lighting color of the following six buttons Source/Power, Band, Next, Previous, Fast Forward and Rewind. You can select from Type1 or Type 2 illumination.

    • Type1: when the color of the six mentioned buttons are blue then the color of the other buttons are red
    • Type2: when the color of the six mentioned buttons are red then the color of the other buttons are red

    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.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Full Speed: The CDA-9884 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 4" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the supplied KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable, the receiver can interface with most Apple iPods with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, or Composer. You can view artist, album, song, and track number on the head unit's display. When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music . Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library). The unit can be used with the following iPod models - iPod mini (1st, 2nd generation), iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), Fourth generation iPod photo, Fifth generation iPod video, iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB) and iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation).

    Note: The cable will not charge the iPod nano 4th generation or iPod touch 2nd generation. The cable cannot be used with iPod software versions earlier than "2006-06-28". For details about "iPod Software Update", refer to the iPod's Instruction Manual.

    USB Adapter Ready: With the optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item number 500KCA620M), you can connect and control MP3 players that have USB connections. In addition, if you have MP3s stored on a USB thumb drive, you can select and play those files from the head unit.

    HD Radio Ready: The CDA-9884 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (item number 500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. The digital seek function allows you to search for only HD Radio stations if you prefer.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMALP1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
      • Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional SIRIUS SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine KCA-SC100 SIRIUS satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRALPC) directly to the head unit.
      • SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10) allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers. Compatible tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto. You can control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all channels. The SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit display.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input. (If the head unit doesn't include an auxiliary input, you will need the Alpine KCA-121B Auxiliary Input Adapter.)

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter and KWE-460E adapter cable (item number 700KCE460B), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers.

    Ai-NET Compatible: An optional Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 and DVD Changers) may be connected to, and controlled by, the CDA-9884. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link Terminal (item number 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers (up to 6) with this unit.

    External Processor: You can enjoy DTS, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound with the addition of an Alpine PXA-H701 multi-channel processor and RUX-C701 controller.

    Sound Processing (with optional PXA-H100)

    Imprint: With the addition of the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box (item number 500PXAH100) and KTX-H100 tuning kit (item number 500KTXH100) a car's inherent acoustic shortcomings can be overcome with the MultEQ feature. Imprint also gives you much more sound adjustment flexibility as detailed below.

    MultEQ: MultEQ, developed by Audyssey Labs, automatically optimizes the audio for the listening environment inside your vehicle. The Imprint kit includes the hardware, software, and microphone necessary to measure multiple positions in the car and capture frequency and time domain information from the vehicle's actual acoustical environment. Once the car's speaker location delays are measured, along with the frequency peaks and dips caused by the absorptive and reflective materials in the interior, MultEQ creates a set of equalization filters to correct the frequency response and time domain problems for each speaker in the vehicle. It also removes sound distortion caused by the specific acoustical problems in the vehicle by applying unique FIR filters, using more than 500 points along the frequency spectrum per channel. This optimizes the sound reproduction to the specific vehicle listening environment with much greater precision than can be achieved using typical graphic or parametric equalization. The result is a more accurate soundstage and smoother, more natural sound optimized to match your vehicle.

    Equalizer: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of musical source material. You can select from - Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz & Blues, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop & Rap, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical. The head unit will also save six custom EQ curves you create by adjusting the units built-in EQ. Choose the parametric or graphic EQ:

    • 5- Band Parametric EQ: The built-in Parametric EQ allows you to adjust the following 5 frequency bands in 1/3 octave steps from -6 to +6 dB at a bandwidth Q factor of 1, 1.5, or 3
      • Band 1: 20 Hz to 80 Hz
      • Band 2: 50 Hz to 200 Hz
      • Band 3: 125 Hz to 3.2 kHz
      • Band 4: 315 Hz to 8 kHz
      • Band 5: 800 Hz to 20 kHz
    • 7-Band Graphic EQ: The built-in Graphic EQ allows you to adjust the following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB
      • Band 1: 63 Hz
      • Band 2: 150 Hz
      • Band 3: 400 Hz
      • Band 4: 1 kHz
      • Band 5: 2.5 kHz
      • Band 6: 6.3 kHz
      • Band 7: 17.5 kHz

    Crossover: The active crossover can be used as a 2.2 channel (3-way; low-pass subwoofer, band-pass midrange, high-pass tweeter) or a 4.2 channel (2-way; high-pass front and rear, low-pass subwoofer). A crossover limits the frequencies delivered to a given speaker, so you send only the frequencies for which the speaker is well suited. The crossover adjusts the high pass filter or low pass filter of each band along with the slope and output level. You can adjust the following crossover settings:

    • 4.2 Channel:
      • High Pass Filter: the front and rear outputs are individually adjustable; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Low Pass Filter: the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
    • 2.2 Channel:
      • Tweeter/High Pass Filter: crossover from 1 kHz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Midrange/Band Pass Filter: a band pass has both high pass and low pass filters; HPF 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct; LPF from 20 Hz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Subwoofer/Low Pass Filter: the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB

    Time Correction: The time correction feature delays the audio signal to the speakers closer to the listener. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance from all speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance of each speaker and subwoofer (6-channel) to the listener from 0 to 132.7 inches.

    Media Xpander: The MX (Media Xpander) 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 settings and each source can have its own setting.

     
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    5 out of 5

    iPhone 4 users, rejoice!

    Written By Onyx C, Fort Dix, NJ on Friday, December 30, 2011
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    Although this is an older unit, when used in conjunction w/a Scosche Passport (or Alpine KCX-422TR), it plays & charges the iPhone 4 (w/iOS5 software update) perfectly! I chose the Scosche over the Alpine adapter, because the Alpine's size wouldn't allow me to connect it to my phone w/out removing my Otterbox "Defender" case.
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    4 out of 5

    Works great few issues though

    Written By garett, Murrieta, CA on Sunday, June 07, 2009
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    I bought this deck about a year and a half ago now. The deck has been a great deck that year and a half.

    However, ever since I've had this deck installed sometimes the iPod would get messed up, I would hit back to repeat a song and it would act like it went back but the song was still playing. I don't know if this is my iPod or the deck.

    And recently over the winter the deck has started to "short" out, the display will be completely off but the music and everything else will still be playing....I have to kind of push the deck in or play with it for it to turn back on. Seems like this could lead to the deck crapping out all together in the future. Gotta watch that.

    The deck doesn't know to turn off the iPod when the deck turns off, so you have to push pause on the deck for it to shut the iPod off automatically. If you don't do this you will always have a dead battery in your iPod the next morning, Takes like 45 seconds to start up. I don't think its too good for the iPod battery either.

    Other then that, the deck works great, haven't had any problems. Wish finding songs was a little easier but hey, I cant complain its pretty good for not having any sort of touch screen. Friends, or people who don't know how to use the deck are completely confused trying to figure it out haha.

    Thanks crutchfield
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    4 out of 5

    Good sound and Easy to Use

    Written By Jodi, Milwaukee, WI on Sunday, April 05, 2009
     
    I bought this unit primarily for the Ipod connection. I am overall very pleased with this unit. The search features for the Ipod work excellent. It is easy to find an artist or song on the Ipod through the head unit controls. The sound in my car is much improved over my factory installed unit. It picks up a much wider range of frequencies and subtle details in a song are more present. My only complaint would be that I pick up more static when listening to the radio than I did with my factory installed unit. Overall, it is a really great unit for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    A Nice Unit

    Written By Alan, Houston, TX on Sunday, March 01, 2009
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    We like this radio. We installed it in our 1999 Toyota Avalong. It works well, pulls in radio stations nicely, and the iPod connection makes it very useful. We also bought the Alpine TUA-T550HD tuner. Together they work very nicely. We don't know why, but after we installed this unit, we lost our bass response. So, we bought a compact subwoofer which works very well with this unit due to the RCA jacks on the back of the radio. Overall I am very pleased; however, I was a bit displeased when I became aware of the fact that I could NOT use a USB stick for song playback. I believe the mistake was mine-but none the less I am disappointed that I don't have that feature.
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    5 out of 5

    Well worth the $$$

    Written By Eric, Hampton, IL on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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    I purchased the Alpine CDA-9884 from Crutchfield for my 2009 Subaru WRX. I wanted to retain my iPod connection (a factory option on the WRX), have a rear external input, and something with a front, rear, and subwoofer output - things that the CDA-9884 offered for a resonable price.

    I'm powering my Polk DB651s fronts and my factory 6.5" rears with this deck, and it made a HUGE improvement in sound. The iPod controls are much better than the stock Subaru radio, and the lighting closely matches my instrument cluster and climate-control lighting.

    Two (minor) complaints are that while the blue buttons can be set to red (which look great at night), they look pinkish during the day. Also, once in the audio settings, you have to press and hold the 'return' key for 5 seconds or so (tough when you're driving and hitting bumps).

    Great purchase overall!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By ArznaHeAt2004, Glendale, AZ on Friday, February 20, 2009
     
    Replaced my stock radio in a 2002 dodge stratus 2-door with this radio and what a difference. Glad i made this choice.
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    5 out of 5

    works great

    Written By Pat, Carver Ma. on Thursday, February 19, 2009
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    I have not replaced a car stereo in years but with the instructions that come from Crutchfield as well as the installation kit it was not bad at all.This Alpine came with very good instructions for installation and also a cd to leard how to use it. Nice unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Great performance! Great installation instructions!

    Written By John, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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    The Crutchfield website experience is a true pleasure. Everything was
    made easy, from the acknowledgement that the product will fit my car to
    the automatic inclusion of install kits and specific installation instructions for
    my car make and model. When I called for some assistance they knew
    exactly who I was and answered my questions fully. And the Alpine CDA-
    9884 looks impressive and works awesome. Very Satisfied.
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine Radio

    Written By Enrique, Waltham, Ma. on Monday, February 16, 2009
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    i'm very pleased with the alpine cda-9884. It's highly achivement to what is offer and the technology of the radio it's outstanding.
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    4 out of 5

    Fantastic Receiver - Best Value

    Written By Ashish, Reston, VA on Monday, February 16, 2009
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    After a failed attempt by the idiots at a local shop to install this same unit into my BMW, I returned it, purchased this from Crutchfield, and installed it myself for $100 less thanks to the free harness, antenna adaptor, and installation instructions. I was able to install it myself and it sounds fantastic with the factory speakers - never knew the factory head-unit was that bad. I purchased an AUX Input adaptor (this is what the local idiots knew nothing about) and now I have an iPOD (via controller cable), iPhone (via AUX input), and 10-disc Sony changer (via RF controller) all hooked up and sounding great. My only gripe is that Crutchfield had no info about how to deal with the BMW antenna diversity system in my car so the FM reception is poor and I have no AM reception...but with all the iPOD and iPhone options, I don't need the FM much. I'll probably call up Crutchfield to see if they can help me anyway.
    All in all, I definitely recommend this unit. So many choices, great sound, good looks, and affordable price. BTW, the radio preset buttons help you jump forward in the song list when scrolling through the iPOD.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Joshua, Kansas City on Monday, February 16, 2009
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    Head unit is great, I've always loved Alpine's products. It's exactly what I was looking for, but I have one complaint and that's the supplied iPod cable. I have the 4G Nano, and it will not turn the iPod off when the headunit turns off, and it will also not charge it. Other than those 2 things, I love it!
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome head unit

    Written By 1krider, Tucson, AZ on Monday, February 16, 2009
     
    I absulutely love this head unit. I have always been an Alpine fan and have almost always bought all my products from Crutchfield. The head unit is very easy to operate and adjust with a little bit of practice (as with all Alpine units). the nly thing that stops me from giving this unti a 5th star is the Display. It is ok but I was hoping for a little more out of it, without having to spend the extra $100 for the next model up. It pairs nicely with my MTX 280 amp and MTX 10in sub. I am only running one sub but it sounds great.
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    4 out of 5

    Made a Huge Difference

    Written By Daniel, Groton, MA on Sunday, February 15, 2009
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    I bought this along with a Blaupunkt sub-woofer to compliment the Infinity dash and roll bar speakers I bought from Crutchfield last summer. Wow, what a difference. Everything sounds better - much better. When I play CD's I have heard many times before I hear things that I never heard before. I have a lot of music on my iPod and that was also a feature I needed - very nice. This HU along with the Inifinity speakers and the Blaupunkt sub have made listening to music in the Wrangler (an acoustic challenge) very enjoyable. The system can even overcome the road noise of a Jeep. The controls could use some shortcuts because when you have a lot of music on your iPod anything other than Playlists can be a pain in the butt. Getting to a letter (artist, song or album) in the middle of the alphabet takes a lot of scrolling. Still - it is great !!!
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    5 out of 5

    john

    Written By john, mustang.ok on Friday, February 13, 2009
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    This has to be the 3rd or 4th car stereo I've bought, (all from Crutchfield),
    for different vehicles over the years. Their service and support are second
    to none. I chose the Alpine over a Kenwood because of the customer
    reviews, and it was a tough choice. My last 2 were Kenwood, but the
    reviews for the Kenwood I was looking at were less than positive and
    Alpine has always had a stellar reputation. Well deserved too. An hour to
    install in my '07 Silverado Classic, and another hour to learn how to set up
    and navigate the menus. I'm blown away! The iPod connection works
    seamlessly, and the sound is great even with my factory speakers until I
    crank it up too much. I guess they're my next purchase. Crutchfield, you've
    done it again!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Gary, Dardanelle AR on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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    Very satisfied , lots of features , good price Crutchfield rocks !!!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By charles, spring hill,fl on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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    love it,looks great and sounds great too!only problem is the owners manual is not good for info on ALL start up programming
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    2 out of 5

    no multi-band eq

    Written By Big Davey, oklahoma city on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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    This receiver is pretty good for the money. HOWEVER if you are looking for any sort of equalizer beyond bass and treble, you will have to buy the accessory! I will probably go for a Pioneer, etc. on my next install!
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    5 out of 5

    Recommend for Ipod users

    Written By Shaun, Alaska on Monday, February 09, 2009
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    I have been wanting a aftermarket HU since I bought my 06' Vibe that would interface with my Ipod Nano. This HU has been everything I was wanting. Ipod functions flawlessly, easy install, Crutchfield directions for my Vibe couldn't have been any easier. I read the reviews here prior to purchasing and I got exactly what I was expecting. One note, there are many things which can be adjusted on this deck, download the manual and read through them. One previous reviewer had stated the screen was difficult to read, I've had the HU installed and in use now for a couple of months with out any issue, there is an adjustment for contrast that makes a big difference. For the price I'd recommend this HU to anyone.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Jim, Bountiful, Utah on Monday, February 09, 2009
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    This deck is great. It does everything I want it to. Its Easy to use once you read the instructions. I run my ipod off it and my drop down dvd player for the kids. Good Clean sound. easy install.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Hank, St. George, UT on Sunday, February 08, 2009
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    The color of the system looks great, i love that you can switch button colors, it matches my 05 subaru legacy very well. I do have one complaint. When listening to CD's and turning them up loud it always sounds very distorted. But when i pluged in my friends ipod it sounds great even loud. i feel like they built this system for ipods, then slapped in the cd player.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By studly, Stuarts Draft, Va on Friday, February 06, 2009
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    Great receiver loaded with features at a very reasonable price! Don't bother dropping the extra $150 on the 9886. This has everything you need!
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    5 out of 5

    Better than expected

    Written By Lawrence, Nashville, TN on Thursday, February 05, 2009
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    The service and the product are better than expected. I would recomend this head unit as a great buy for the money. It replaced a "very expensive"unit (more than 5 times the price) and I did not lose quality at all...in fact it was an upgrade in the quality of sound and easy to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Value!

    Written By David, Roanoke, VA on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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    This is a great value for the money as a closeout model from Alpine. The iPod controls are are very easy to use with multiple search options and the 18 watts RMS is suprisingly sufficient for my two pair of 5-1/4" coaxials. The separate subwoofer RCA out lets the 5-1/4's play louder while they send the lows directly to my Bazooka 6-1/2" powered sub. Great deal and great service.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing product for the price

    Written By Jim, Centre Hall, PA on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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    Installed in a 2006 Outback Station Wagon w/o factory subwoofer. Amazing difference, even with OE speakers. The iPod integration is something to be experienced - all of my friends that have been in the car now have "iPod envy". Complete control, out of site, customizable....... this stereo has it all. Incredible FM reception too compared to my OE Unit - grabbing stations I never knew existed.
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    5 out of 5

    love it

    Written By jeremy, whidbey islang wa on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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    this stereo is better than expected. sounds better than my stock and had the monsoon system.
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    4 out of 5

    Installation in 1990 Volvo 760

    Written By Bill, Newport Beach, CA on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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    After nearly giving up getting the wire sets attached (the amp bypass set is in a very inaccessable spot) got the system up and going. While good sound with CD- the radio reception is very weak (in Southern California with numerous stations and strong signals). Nothing seems wrong with the antenna. Also, getting the IPOD setting correct takes some time and effort.

    Sound and power from the Alpine are fine.
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    4 out of 5

    Cool and good price

    Written By William, Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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    I was stuck between the cda 9884 and the cda 9886 but at nearly twice as much i decided to stick with the 9884. I really like it, it looks great w/ my red mazda 6 lights and the sound is excellent. Ipod use is really easy to learn. Next i'll be getting some alpine coaxial speakers
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By no, nashville tn on Sunday, February 01, 2009
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    Everything works great and is easy to use. There are more features that are tucked away that give this machine depth. I have had it about 2 weeks now. I highly recomend this product.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By kevin, Portland, OR on Saturday, January 31, 2009
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    This is my first aftermarket head unit and i love it. I put it into a 2007 corolla with the stock 6 speaker system and the music was x10 better than before. The sound was actually blended, unlike before where you could tell where the speakers were in the car. I love the look of the receiver and all the functions. The only downfall i see is the ipod control. It takes awhile to find the song you want and i cant do it while driving. Also, you can't control your selection by ipod. Overall it's a great unit, i'd recommend it.
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    4 out of 5

    functions are perfect

    Written By Michael, Templeton, CA on Friday, January 30, 2009
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    This receiver is amazing, it does all that i need and more, it functions perfectly the only reason i gave it a 4 out of 5 is just that the display isn't really all that bright in the daylight, if you up the contrast all the way its readable but it would be nice to have a better one though i guess that's what the 9886 is for. All in all i recommend this thing you will not be disappointed with the 9884's performance, the internal amp, the ipod capability, the equalizers, it's all top notch of course what else do you expect from alpine

    And as for Crutchfield i will never buy car audio from anyone else, they make it so easy to install yourself and their customer service is second to none needless to say i'm a happy customer
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    5 out of 5

    Apline's Best

    Written By ursnkb8, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, January 29, 2009
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    This is truely Apline's Best radio out there. It sounds so good and your speakers so much better. The bass is amazing and the sound I just cant believe. I really like the iPod connection for it. That really comes in handly with long road trips and just if nothing is on the radio. If you are looking for the best get this one
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    5 out of 5

    Good option for iPod interface

    Written By Garrison, Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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    Spent some time looking for a unit that did a good job with the direct iPod interface. Although this unit is the only one that I have actually used, it definitely does a great job with it. Not many others seem to have figured out how to navigate large libraries of music, this one does well.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By RichWalk, Tucson AZ on Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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    The Alpine CDA-9884 has proven to be a fine radio so far - it was a replacement for the original factory radio/CD player. We like the sound. and the 'look'. We were also surprised that the CD player only holds 1 CD at a time, as we thought it had multiple CD capability.

    We would not have been able to get the radio working though, without my son's friend, who is a professional installer. The directions are not as specific, or as complete as are needed to do the install.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent value

    Written By 245Dad, Edmonds, Wa on Monday, January 26, 2009
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    This head unit isn't the most spectacular on the text display but it does everything else perfectly. Great sound, iPod interface, and with the KCA-121B adapter allows me to hook up other sound sources as well. Great buy.
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    5 out of 5

    Great features

    Written By Eric, New Braunfels, Texas on Sunday, January 25, 2009
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    This unit was a great upgrade from the factory equipment. We installed it in our 97 Honda Civic for our son and he has enjoyed it ever since. The iPod connection is fantastic and really pleased him.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By John, Linton,In on Sunday, January 25, 2009
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    Works and sounds great. Use it alot with my ipod, to bad the charge doest work.Controls are good but if youre not careful adjusting the volume puts you into changing all the speakers settings. All-in-all a very good system.
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    5 out of 5

    Never go wrong with alpine

    Written By larbeeze, Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, January 24, 2009
     
    I've had many different receivers for my cars, and i've always gone with alpine. This newer model of alpine I have in my car and my wife's car because of how great it is. The Ipod option is easily tucked away in your glove box, and easy to use on the deck. It charges the Ipod so you never have to worry about your Ipod going dead like other decks. The wattage output per channel for alpines is always alot better than alot of other brands, and this alpine makes your stock speakers sound great. Its easy to use, and also has an option to boost your subwoofers which is always a nice option to easily turn them down or up from your deck. Great product, I own 2 and would suggest this deck for anyone, it's affordable and in my opinion one of the best Ipod/compatible decks there are.
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    4 out of 5

    Can't go wrong with this unit

    Written By Mark, Louisiana on Friday, January 23, 2009
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    Firstly, let me say the only reason I give this a 4 star rating is the backlighting. You do have a choice, but neither blends well with factory lighting in a luxury car. The blue lights are too bright, and the red lights won't dim at night. Other than that, it is a great unit. We bought the Sirius AI module to go with it, and also use an iPod. A great feature is that your bass and treble settings are independent for each music source. That way, you don't have to adjust for different audio quality between sources. Lots of features with this unit, and the iPod cable is a great thing! No need to mess with the iPod, just plug it in and forget about it. We had a Bose factory system, this Alpine unit makes that Bose stereo sound like mud! We are very pleased with our purchase!
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    4 out of 5

    Easy install and use

    Written By Anthony, Houston, TX on Friday, January 23, 2009
     
    The install was a breeze. Crutchfield provides step by step instructions that are very clear and easy to follow. Puts out a great sound, and gets much louder than my factory unit. It's easy to use and tweek your sound. I like the head unit, but I don't really like the iPod interface. THIS HEADUNIT WILL NOT CHARGE IPHONE OR IPOD TOUCH!!! But I do think Alpine is trying to fix the charging problem. It's a pain to select the songs I want to hear, and actually takes my eyes off the road. Unless you set up playlists, it's a pain to use the iPod. Over all though I am really happy with it. I'd recommend it for anyone. Alpine makes great products.
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    4 out of 5

    Capable, but Complicated

    Written By cabr1to, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, January 23, 2009
     
    I bought this unit for my 2003 RSX-S to replace a stock Bose system. Because it is integrated with the old amp, this sucker is LOUD! That said, I can tell the difference in quality between the old and new -- so I'll have to revise when I am able to test it on its own. I expect it to be an improvement.

    Feature-wise, this thing is packed. I can count no less than nine input methods that can all be switched on/off. I am currently using it for FM radio, burned MP3 CD's, and iPod integration. By default the tuner tries hard to pick up every last station, which I guess is good for rural users. I also found that it's very good about traversing folders and reading ID3 tags on burned MP3 discs.

    The ergonomics are merely OK. The jog wheel has a cheap, inconsistent feedback as if something is stuck on the inside. Also, it's almost impossible to adjust this while driving. The sheer number of menu's, buttons and labels can distract me from the road. This isn't helped by the overly busy display and lighting design, which makes it difficult to make out at night. I kind of want to take a Sharpie marker to the thing and tone it down a bit. iPod navigation pretty much requires you to set up iTunes playlists in advance.

    Caveat Emptor -- THIS IS NOT AN HD RECEIVER! The "HD READY" moniker just means there is a port in back where you can plug in an additional high priced attachment.

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    4 out of 5

    Upgrade for Me

    Written By Mark, Austin, TX on Friday, January 23, 2009
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    I'm very pleased with the performance of the Alpine unit. It's a big improvement over the older JVC I replaced: better lows and highs, not the least bit harsh, even with MP3's. My one knock is on the radio reception, which seems a little weak, but my car antenna isn't the best either. This unit is a great value.
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    4 out of 5

    Very good unit for the price

    Written By Randy, Florida on Friday, January 23, 2009
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    Completely blows away the factory unit, I wouldn't have thought the factory speakers had that much punch. They will be the next to be replaced, Toyota's non jbl system is the worst I have ever heard. I'm a long time Alpine buyer, once again im impressed. Crutchfields price ans service keeps me comming back.
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    4 out of 5

    Very good player with many subtle benefits

    Written By Brian, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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    I am in love with this unit. The buttons are large and comfortable. The sound is good and it is fairly easy to navigate and function. I love that the rewind feature will allow you to rewind to the beginning of a song, then rewind from the end of the previous song, which is invaluable feature for audio books.

    It charges my iPod Touch and lets me have complete control over the playlists and other structures. Even when you remove the iPod, the unit remembers what you were listening to and puts you right back at that same spot upon reconnection.

    There are some issues, though most are very minor. My first unit was slightly defective. The scroll wheel was extremely sensitive, so lightly grabbing it to adjust the volume would register as a "click", which puts you into Subwoofer Level control. Once you click that, you have to hold Escape for 3 seconds or click it seven more times to get back to volume adjustment.

    My first unit was fine, but after a few days the scroll wheel became intermittently dead. I couldn't adjust volume on it. Crutchfield sent out another one and I swapped them out. The new one is working great, and the issue appears to be the connector between the face plate and the unit having a loose connection.

    The iPod controls are a bit unpolished. It is not immediately clear how to just load all songs and shuffle them. I eventually learned to just push the Search button (magnifying glass), select Genre: All, Artist: All, and then push Mix (button 6).
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent product

    Written By Samuel, Blacksburg, VA on Thursday, January 22, 2009
     
    I bought this receiver because I was fed up with the poor-quality associated with using an FM transmitter with my iPod. Installation was a breeze, and now I can listen to my tunes without having to find clear stations while driving. In addition to basic bass, treble, etc there are also a lot of sound controls built in so you can adjust subwoofer freq. bass freq. high pass filter, and more. I have stock speakers and this thing makes them sound awesome.
    I only have two complaints: first is that the iPod control doesn't remember the last playlist selected; i.e. if you select an album that starts with "U" and listen to it but then decide you want one that starts with "T," the album select screen on the head unit always starts at "A" causing you to have to scroll all the way down to "T." Second is that the "dimmer" function brightness is preset, and is still very bright (practically no change) when you turn on your headlights. These aren't really big issues, but ones people may want to be aware of. Regardless, I highly recommend this product.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Mike, Midlothian, VA on Thursday, January 22, 2009
     
    Great Stereo. Very Easy setup and works great with my Ipod Touch, and XM Direct
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine's are the best!

    Written By Stumpy, Fletcher, NC on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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    What an awesome unit for the price! We bought 2 for our kids for a gift! The only negative is that the new iPod Nano won't charge through the adaptor!
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    5 out of 5

    Can't beat it for the price.

    Written By Rande, Augusta GA on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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    Awesome unit for the price. Ipod interface works great. Would highly
    recommend this deck.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By kenneth, Ohio on Sunday, January 18, 2009
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    Very nice radio, works with my iPhone- just like my iPod. Did not get the bluetooth phone kit to try that. Got the hook up kit to use my steering wheel control and it works good. Not as good and fast as the factory radio but works.
    Radio looks good a little bright at night. The volume button is a little sensitive sometimes I push the button trying to adjust the volume and it ends up adjusting the sub level.
    the I pod controls work great I am able to pick from playlists and albums.
    The sound is just as good as the factory with my Bose speakers
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Jordan, Finger Lakes, NY on Saturday, January 17, 2009
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    Great user controls, simple install, love the ipod interface, sounds great, I would go with Alpine again.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome sound....

    Written By Richard, Battle Ground, WA on Thursday, January 08, 2009
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    Got this unit for my better half for Xmas. Installed it in her Miata and it sounds great aside from the one bad speaker due to be replaced this weekend. In fact I like it so much I just finished installing a second one in my truck this evening. Now I have to get her an ipod.......
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine The Best

    Written By DALE, Fl on Sunday, January 04, 2009
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    I remember 15 years ago, when you couldn't buy a Alpine for under $300.00. When I saw the price for this unit I thought it would be just a cheaply built unit like all the new stuff that is built these days. After reading the reviews I decided to give this unit a shot. I am so glad that I did. Within ten miniutes I already had all the adjustments figured out. This unit is so easy to use and the options are unbelievable. The Ipod adapter is the coolest thing I have ever seen. For this price you can't go wrong. Alpine HANDS DOWN still makes the best head units ever. I dont know how anybody can possibly say anything bad about this unit. I have been a car audio fan for ever and this is the greatest thing I have seen in a long time! Thank you CRUTCHFIELD for the great prices and your professionalism.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Replacement

    Written By Joseph, Indiana on Sunday, January 04, 2009
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    Purchased this to replace an Alpine 7871 that had a failing motorized face.
    I'm running this with a 4-channel 80W RMS amp to 4 Infinity Kappas and a
    300W RMS sub amp to a JL Powerwedge. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with
    the updates. Didn't get as much bass as with the old Alpine, and I also had
    to do some increases with the gain on the 4-channel. Not crazy about red,
    but at least I can match my Sirius radio to it. High Pass filter is a huge plus,
    since I have components up front. Old face was easier to remove, but not a
    huge deal. Just an incredible stereo for the price. I think I paid clost to $250
    for my old Alpine, so the price drop is amazing to me. I do not use the
    internal amplifier, so I don't know how this radio sounds "stock." Overall,
    the quality I expected from Alpine and you just can't beat Crutchfield for all
    the extras. This was a 5-wire hookup for me, so I was done in about an
    hour. I gave this four out of five cause nothing's perfect....
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By Bryan, Charlotte, NC on Friday, January 02, 2009
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    Excellent unit - everything works perfectly and the sound is great. Wiring
    diagram for harness led me astray, but a quick call and one of the
    Crutchfield advisors had things working in no time.
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointing

    Written By rick, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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    Bought this for my wife's 2007 Honda Accord for Christmas. I bought because of Alpine's reputation, and past experience with Alpine(15+ years ago). The Ipod interface works better than expected. The cd player, however, only sounds as good as the base factory unit. Not what I expect from Alpine, even in this price range. Radio is worse, with terrible reception, which is a big issue, living in a far north suburb of Chicago. Installation is difficult for the inexperienced-due to the nature of disassembling a new Honda's dashboard. What really angers me, though, is how poorly the adapter kit fits. It looks cheap, has huge gaps on both sides, and just looks bad overall. I might be able to live with the cheap look, if the radio sounded better. I will most likely return it when my wife sees it-and tries it. So much for that Christmas surprise! Looks like I'll be visiting the jewelry store after all.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine still rocks!

    Written By jim, Miami, OK on Sunday, December 07, 2008
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    I recently installed this HU in my 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. I havent actually upgraded any of my cars' audio systems since the early 90's and didn't know if i could remember how to get it all wired up... Well crutchfield made me feel like a pro with there FREE install kit, wiring harness, and wiring diagram and oh did did i mention that it was all FREE! I chose the 9884 because it had the ipod control and am very pleased with the performance and sound quality that it delivers and the control that it gives me while being able to leave my ipod in the glove compartment. Next step speaker upgrade!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Unit!!!!

    Written By james, Mount Vernon, WA on Friday, December 05, 2008
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    I'd give this HU 10 stars if there were that many, partly cause like I said, this unit is awesome, and partly because crutchfield has the best customer service I've ever experienced from a retailer. It arrived 3 days ahead of schedule and with provided instructions was a breeze to install. I could have gotten it cheaper, but with all the perks you get with crutchfield, why would I???
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding

    Written By Rhys, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, December 04, 2008
     
    I purchased this unit from Crutchfield and had it installed professionally. I don't know all the technical terms, but it is head & shoulders over my factory receiver.
    Especially the bass. My iPod runs great off the plug-in attached to the rear of the unit. I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet!

    Written By Keith, New York, NY on Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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    This is the third head unit I've had in my car (others stolen). The prior units were a Kenwood and a Sony. I have used the same speakers with all three and this Alpine unit outperforms the other units, not in degree, but in kind.

    The difference is so stark its just unbelievable. I actually caught myself sitting at a green light because I got distracted at how good the system
    now sounds.

    Also, the user interface is intuitive, clean and has super rapid response, no sluggishness like other units have. I woulda went with the Pioneer models, but their interface is awful, and slow.

    BUY IT.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Bradley, Columbia, SC on Monday, November 24, 2008
     
    I was very pleased when I finally hooked this up in my 02 explorer. It looked way better in my dash than expected. Also was very easy to install. This is my first alpine head unit and I am very pleased with the buy.
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great product, great price

    Written By Shane, California on Monday, November 24, 2008
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    I've always liked Alpine products and this one is outstanding like others I have owned. Quality is in the details . . . rubber grip surrounding the control knob, nice metal details on the front. Sound is great. If you're looking for simple iPod control, or nice high volt preamps, you can't beat this price, especially when you consider the free add-ons . . . instructions . . . vehicle specific install kit . . . wiring harness. The only thing they don't send you is some solder, a soldering iron, and some heat-shrink tubing .
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By vetten76, San Diego, CA. on Sunday, November 23, 2008
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    This is my 2nd 9884 head unit. I only use Alpine because of the ease of use and the fact that I can adjust the treble and base without having to use a pre-programed equalizer. The ipod interface works outstanding. The unit has a lot of choices on light color and displays. Well worth the price. Recommended.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CD-9884

    Written By Ronnie, Birmingham, AL on Sunday, November 23, 2008
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    Great unit! Just finished installing one in a 1989 Honda Civic DX Hatchback.
    The vehicle specific instructions provided by Crutchfield were spot on. It
    came with the Honda factory harness adapter plug. Just plugged it into my
    car harness, matched up the colors with the head unit wiring and turned it
    on! Total install time about 1 hour. I have pioneer 5 1/4" front door
    speakers, and pioneer 6 1/2" rear side/shelf speakers (all in the stock
    location) and the sound is great! I plan to add an MTX Thunder 404 amp
    and 2 10" subs later on, but I could live with the sound quality just like it is!
    P.S. Thanks to Crutchfield for fast shipping....VA to AL in 3 days! I have
    started a new wishlist and plan to make many future purchases...A top
    notch online store!!!
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    4 out of 5

    awsom

    Written By Anonymous, safford,az on Friday, November 21, 2008
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    this is a great stereo it was not to bad to put in my 06 dakota pick up easy to install with the simple instuctions that came with it the only thingt i was a little suprised was that one of the wires had to be spliced in to my heater control knob humm well it work. wire harness adaptor was great for eaz of plug in and all wires matched up by coler. great sound,jst need to put the new speakers in.loving it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,marty
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    4 out of 5

    Great Quality

    Written By Ajay, Houston, TX on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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    First, I am very pleased with the fast service and shipping of crutchfield. They shipped in no time.

    Second, this alipne is amazing in sound quality. I have 2002 Honda Accord 2 door with the factory stereo installed before. Believe me, I couldn't feel where car speakers were! This piece has made my music listening experience in my car amazing.

    I am using Iphone 3G. My biggest concern was to find a product which is compatible with this new Iphone. And Alpine CDA 9884 works great with my Iphone 3G. It doesnt charge it however, but, I knew it before. Thats not a big issue for me as I can buy car charger for it separately.

    Only thing that disappoint me is that for using phone functions, I relaized I have to buy a bluetooth adapter kit, which I am not gona do because of price. So, well, I can't use my car speakers and Alpine unit for phone functions but I am fine with that too.

    So, above all, Alpine CDA 9884 head unit ROCKS !! Price is in range too.
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    4 out of 5

    2008 Honda Fit

    Written By Gordon, Irvine, CA on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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    This alpine, like other's I've used in the past, sounds and functions great. No other brand really comes close.
    However, with the Honda Fit's dash angle and mount height, Alpine LCD's are difficult to read both in the sun and in the dark. Adjusting the on board contrast settings do little the remedy the problem. For most other cars where the head unit is more level or is a bit lower on the dash this unit would be a dream. Crutchfield support has been great in helping me, but there are currently no different mounting options to remedy this issue.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit, 01 Silverado

    Written By Christopher, Siler City, NC on Monday, November 17, 2008
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    Great product for my needs. I just wanted a new stereo with IPod compatibility. If that is all that you need this is a great product. Crutchfield's installation kit was a breeze. Everything was exactly as described in the provided instructions. The only problem that i have noticed is that my Nano does not turn off when I turn off the car, but apparently there is a fix for that. Great sound and definately a vast improvement over stock.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Kerry, Newark NJ on Friday, November 14, 2008
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    This Alpine unit is the best head unit i ever had the price is great not to mention the features in this radio u would only find in expensive radios.Full control to your ipod no need to worry about touching your ipod and of course crutchfield always gives u everything u need to simplify your install not to mention u also get your ipod cable for free how better can it get . I hooked this radio with a alpine amplifier that i also purchased from cruthfield. My interior are also alpine type S series speakers sound really good... now i can listen to my music the way i always wanted details to every song i play i highly recomend this unit. It goes perfect with my Audi A4 my interior lights are red also is the radio it matches perfect . Remember if u want to get the max out of your radio i recomend buying a amplifier and always match your speaker rms and the amplifier rms . U wont be dissapointed .
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    4 out of 5

    Good sound

    Written By Barry, Asheboro, NC on Sunday, November 09, 2008
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    This was an easy unit to install. The unit has excellent sound with my factory speakers. The capture ratio is excellent and I can pick up many NPR stations within my state. I am planning on configuring an IPOD hook up so my digital music can play through my system. It is helping me find new reasons to hang on to my 98 Crown Vic until it can't go any more. thanks for the excellent customer service.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine 9884 review

    Written By Adam, Columbus, OH on Friday, November 07, 2008
     
    Tthis is a deal. Very easy to install and relatively easy to use. Sounds great with stock speakers in my '02 Altima.

    Because I notice things that drive me nuts more than things that I like here is a list of points - not sure if others have made them or not but its my 2 cents.

    - Reading the red faceplate is nearly impossible at night. Switching the big blue buttons to red doesn't make life much better, either.
    - The 1-6 skip is a life saver, don't want to think of trying to find, say U2, without it - Having only one line of text isn't that big a deal from what I can tell.
    - One button Mix on/off is GREAT, unlike others that are menu driven. When you turn it off it simply plays the next song on the album selected.
    - I'm not sure why they bothered with a play/pause button
    - Pressing on the big knob should be 'select' and the
    search key should be for audio. This is a constant point of confusion for my wife.
    - Perhaps I'm doing something wrong but I can't get Alpine's Bass Engine® feature to work! Will research it more but honestly I can't say I would even like it as the sound is great as is.
    - I wish the screen would occasionally show the clock instead of having to hit 'view'.
    - I am using a new 120 gb iPod Classic with it with no worries. And my 1st gen Nano works great as well with the cord in the box.

    Overall I'm really pleased with this unit, it looks nice and sounds even better. My commute just got less
    annoying.

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    5 out of 5

    Great for the money, 02 silverado

    Written By Michael, Arlington, VA on Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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    This head unit is great. I wanted something to replace stock unit and have ipod hooked up after I almost threw the FM transmitter out the window. It does work with my 2nd gen ipod touch. It looks great and sounds great, display is easy to read. I have a 2002 Silverado, Alpine SPS-17C2 speakers in the front doors running staright off the head unit, stock speakers in the rear extended cab doors running off the deck as well. It sounded great but for me I wanted more bass so I got a powered sub to round out sound and its perfect. I listen to just about every kind of music there is and Im a musician so I love to hear everything. For the money this deck is great. Yeah you could spend more and get more EQ and filters and all that, but this is a good middle of the road great sounding deck. Ive had many other decks and after you get your settings to where you like them its all about how it sounds, functionality and durrability. This one feels solid, Great controls, and sounds great. In this price range its the one to get.
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    5 out of 5

    this product rocks

    Written By chandra, Springfield ma on Monday, November 03, 2008
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    I would recomend this product to any one. I'm happy with my new radio. I love it alot.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By swalker311, Denver Colorado on Monday, October 27, 2008
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    A good unit, I wouldn't say excellent. Very easy to install. Set up pretty easy and you need to watch and read manual to get most out of the unit. I think this unit could use a equalizer. The radio is pretty weak, I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5. The sound is very clear, but you need to buy a amp and sub woof if you want ANY bass out of this unit. Both my teenage kids liked the stock unit from my Yukon more than the alpine unit. That says something. The controls for the ipod are good. But you have to keep starting from the top and the unit does not turn off when you shut down the car.

    A little dissapointed in a Alpine unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice upgrade

    Written By Jack, Martin,TN on Monday, October 27, 2008
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    Nice upgrade to the factory unit in my 2005 Wrangler. Easy install and really I Pod friendly.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Reciever

    Written By Pat, greensboro, NC on Thursday, October 23, 2008
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    i purchased the alpine cda-9884 about a week ago and had it installed in my 98' ford ranger. I installed this headunit with a pair of alpine type s speakers and a bazooka 6" powered bass tube, and i cannot express how good it sounds. No joke, it feels like i have by bose headphones on. I spent a few weeks doing research on different recievers, and without a doubt alpine is the way to go. I couldnt decide between the cda-9884 and the cda-9886, mainly because of the lack of extreme differences. The 9884 is $120 cheaper, but the 9886 has a much better display. I personally feel that the 9884 still has a better display than 98% of headunits out there so i am perfectly happy with it. I was worried about the brightness of the headunit at night because of reviews i had read, but it really does not affect me at all. The ipod hookup is great with my iTouch and my first generation mini. If you are looking to upgrade your stereo, alpine is definitely the way to go, and for the price this reciever is a steal.

    PS crutchfield was great. super fast shipping and a bunch of equipment to help install the reciever. A+ for the reciever and for crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Ron, York, PA on Saturday, October 18, 2008
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    This Headunit is so much better than my last one. It does everything I want it to do, and looks good doing it. The directions were also very easy to follow. Thanks for such a great product and service.
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    5 out of 5

    Simply the best from Alpine

    Written By Derrick, Honolulu on Saturday, October 18, 2008
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    Purchased the CDA-9884 for my autox car (1991 BMW 318is). This unit is awesome. There's nothing to not like about it. I attached my iphone to the included ipod cable and it works perfect. Charges my iphone too and stops charging it when I turn off my car. The installation was super easy (crimps and wire strippers) that took about 30 mins including making the wiring nice. Some of the cool nice features about this unit are: the LCD readout that's modern but yet still Alpine; fast ipod music selection; you can switch the blue lights on the left buttons to red and then back again if you want; expandable to bluetooth, hd radio, etc. Just stop what you're doing and buy it especially since the price is the lowest ever.
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    5 out of 5

    Sick!

    Written By Tanner, IL on Friday, October 17, 2008
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    This head unit is the best I have ever bought. I just installed it yesterday in my 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX and it brought the factory stereo to life.

    On top of that, the display is nice, clean, and crisp and the red illumination matches my gauges perfectly. Every feature I want and the button layout makes it easy to change the things I want.

    Using the free iPod cable that is included with my iPhone tops it off. I'll never need a CD again but if I ever need to play one, I'll still have the option unlike the newer models.

    Alpine FTW!
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    5 out of 5

    Holy Cow

    Written By Justin, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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    Amazing head unit... I installed in my '04 nissan sentra and it turned the whole system around. I was contemplating an entire rehaul of the stock system because the system sounded horrible. This changed everything. Im just going to throw in 2 12"s for depth and im going to be golden. Thanks again Crutchfield!!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By canons900, Delaware on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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    This is an excellent receiver. It does everything it says it will and more. There are options for Satellite if I want to use it and bluetooth for my phone. Only issue I had it would NOT play my 5th Gen 30gb iPod. No matter what I did, it would not play. I sold the iPod and bought a 60gb iPod and all is fine.

    This unit is a snap to use, installation was painless with the help of Crutchfield customer service. It looks great, I just wish the LED's were able to go green and match my dash.

    I would buy this unit again. iPod integration is excellent and the unit sounds excellent.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Nick, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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    I installed this head unit about a month ago along with good speakers in all four corners of a '97 civic 2-door. This thing pumps. I am very happy with my purchase.

    Alpine, as always, pushes great sound quality, and paired with Infinity Kappa 6x9's in the rear deck and Kicker 6.5's in the doors I can hear