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Alpine CDA-9884

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDA9884

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

Product 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)
    • 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:

    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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    iPhone 4 users, rejoice!

    Written By Onyx C, Fort Dix, NJ on Friday, December 30, 2011

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    works great

    Written By Pat, Carver Ma. on Thursday, February 19, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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 !!!


    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!

    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written By Gary, Dardanelle AR on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very satisfied , lots of features , good price Crutchfield rocks !!!

    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

    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!

    Recommend for Ipod users

    Written By Shaun, Alaska on Monday, February 09, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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 fact it was an upgrade in the quality of sound and easy to use.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Installation in 1990 Volvo 760

    Written By Bill, Newport Beach, CA on Tuesday, February 03, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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

    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!

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.......

    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.

    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....


    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.


    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.

    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!

    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???


    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.


    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.

    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.

    Great product, great price

    Written By Shane, California on Monday, November 24, 2008

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