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Alpine CDA-9884

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Alpine CDA-9884

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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.

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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.

Replaced my stock radio in a 2002 dodge stratus 2-door with this radio and what a difference. Glad i made this choice.

ArznaHeAt2004, Glendale, AZ

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What's in the Box:

  • 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

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)
    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:
    Reviews

    Alpine CDA-9884 Reviews

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    146 Reviews

    iPhone 4 users, rejoice!

    Written by: Onyx C from Fort Dix, NJ on December 30, 2011

    1992 GMC Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "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.

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    Works great few issues though

    Written by: garett from Murrieta, CA on June 7, 2009

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good sound and Easy to Use

    Written by: Jodi from Milwaukee, WI on April 5, 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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    A Nice Unit

    Written by: Alan from Houston, TX on March 1, 2009

    1999 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Well worth the $$$

    Written by: Eric from Hampton, IL on February 24, 2009

    2008 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: ArznaHeAt2004 from Glendale, AZ on February 20, 2009

    2002 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    works great

    Written by: Pat from Carver Ma. on 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.

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    Great performance! Great installation instructions!

    Written by: John from San Diego, CA on February 17, 2009

    1996 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine Radio

    Written by: Enrique from Waltham, Ma. on February 16, 2009

    1998 Ford Windstar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Fantastic Receiver - Best Value

    Written by: Ashish from Reston, VA on February 16, 2009

    1997 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Joshua from Kansas City on February 16, 2009

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Awesome head unit

    Written by: 1krider from Tucson, AZ on 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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    Made a Huge Difference

    Written by: Daniel from Groton, MA on February 15, 2009

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    john

    Written by: john from mustang.ok on February 13, 2009

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Gary from Dardanelle AR on February 11, 2009

    1995 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: charles from spring hill,fl on February 10, 2009

    1998 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    no multi-band eq

    Written by: Big Davey from oklahoma city on February 10, 2009

    1989 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Recommend for Ipod users

    Written by: Shaun from Alaska on February 9, 2009

    2006 Pontiac Vibe
    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.

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    Love it

    Written by: Jim from Bountiful, Utah on February 9, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Hank from St. George, UT on February 8, 2009

    2005 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: studly from Stuarts Draft, Va on February 6, 2009

    2003 Honda Civic SI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Better than expected

    Written by: Lawrence from Nashville, TN on February 5, 2009

    2001 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Excellent Value!

    Written by: David from Roanoke, VA on February 4, 2009

    1997 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Amazing product for the price

    Written by: Jim from Centre Hall, PA on February 4, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    love it

    Written by: jeremy from whidbey islang wa on February 3, 2009

    2005 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this stereo is better than expected. sounds better than my stock and had the monsoon system.

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    Installation in 1990 Volvo 760

    Written by: Bill from Newport Beach, CA on February 3, 2009

    1990 Volvo 760
    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.

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    Cool and good price

    Written by: William from Baton Rouge, LA on February 3, 2009

    2007 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: no from nashville tn on February 1, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: kevin from Portland, OR on January 31, 2009

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    functions are perfect

    Written by: Michael from Templeton, CA on January 30, 2009

    1997 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Apline's Best

    Written by: ursnkb8 from Phoenix, AZ on January 29, 2009

    1998 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good option for iPod interface

    Written by: Garrison from Indianapolis, IN on January 28, 2009

    2001 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: RichWalk from Tucson AZ on January 27, 2009

    2001 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Excellent value

    Written by: 245Dad from Edmonds, Wa on January 26, 2009

    1992 Volvo 240 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great features

    Written by: Eric from New Braunfels, Texas on January 25, 2009

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: John from Linton,In on January 25, 2009

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Never go wrong with alpine

    Written by: larbeeze from Milwaukee, WI on January 24, 2009

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

    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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    Can't go wrong with this unit

    Written by: Mark from Louisiana on January 23, 2009

    2003 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Easy install and use

    Written by: Anthony from Houston, TX on 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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    Capable, but Complicated

    Written by: cabr1to from Minneapolis, MN on 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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    Upgrade for Me

    Written by: Mark from Austin, TX on January 23, 2009

    1994 Volvo 960
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Very good unit for the price

    Written by: Randy from Florida on January 23, 2009

    2008 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Very good player with many subtle benefits

    Written by: Brian from Baltimore, MD on January 22, 2009

    2001 Suzuki Esteem
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Samuel from Blacksburg, VA on January 22, 2009

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Stereo

    Written by: Mike from Midlothian, VA on January 22, 2009

    Great Stereo. Very Easy setup and works great with my Ipod Touch, and XM Direct

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    Alpine's are the best!

    Written by: Stumpy from Fletcher, NC on January 21, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Can't beat it for the price.

    Written by: Rande from Augusta GA on January 20, 2009

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome unit for the price. Ipod interface works great. Would highly recommend this deck.

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: kenneth from Ohio on January 18, 2009

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Jordan from Finger Lakes, NY on January 17, 2009

    2001 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great user controls, simple install, love the ipod interface, sounds great, I would go with Alpine again.

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    Awesome sound....

    Written by: Richard from Battle Ground, WA on January 8, 2009

    1995 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine The Best

    Written by: DALE from Fl on January 4, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Replacement

    Written by: Joseph from Indiana on January 4, 2009

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Bryan from Charlotte, NC on January 2, 2009

    2002 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Disappointing

    Written by: rick from Chicago, IL on December 24, 2008

    2007 Honda Accord SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine still rocks!

    Written by: jim from Miami, OK on December 7, 2008

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Awesome Unit!!!!

    Written by: james from Mount Vernon, WA on December 5, 2008

    1995 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Outstanding

    Written by: Rhys from Virginia Beach, VA on December 4, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Sweet!

    Written by: Keith from New York, NY on November 26, 2008

    2006 Saab 9-2X
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Bradley from Columbia, SC on November 24, 2008

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great product, great price

    Written by: Shane from California on November 24, 2008

    2000 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 .

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: vetten76 from San Diego, CA. on November 23, 2008

    1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: Ronnie from Birmingham, AL on November 23, 2008

    1989 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    awsom

    Written by: Anonymous from safford,az on November 21, 2008

    2006 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Quality

    Written by: Ajay from Houston, TX on November 19, 2008

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Gordon from Irvine, CA on November 18, 2008

    2008 Honda Fit Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Head Unit, 01 Silverado

    Written by: Christopher from Siler City, NC on November 17, 2008

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Kerry from Newark NJ on November 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Barry from Asheboro, NC on November 9, 2008

    1998 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Adam from Columbus, OH on November 7, 2008

    2002 Nissan Altima

    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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    Great for the money, 02 silverado

    Written by: Michael from Arlington, VA on November 4, 2008

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    this product rocks

    Written by: chandra from Springfield ma on November 3, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would recomend this product to any one. I'm happy with my new radio. I love it alot.

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    Written by: swalker311 from Denver Colorado on October 27, 2008

    1999 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Nice upgrade

    Written by: Jack from Martin,TN on October 27, 2008

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice upgrade to the factory unit in my 2005 Wrangler. Easy install and really I Pod friendly.

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    Great Reciever

    Written by: Pat from greensboro, NC on October 23, 2008

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Ron from York, PA on October 18, 2008

    1993 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Simply the best from Alpine

    Written by: Derrick from Honolulu on October 18, 2008

    1991 BMW 318IS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Sick!

    Written by: Tanner from IL on October 17, 2008

    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Holy Cow

    Written by: Justin from Baltimore, MD on October 14, 2008

    2004 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Excellent Receiver

    Written by: canons900 from Delaware on October 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Nick from Baltimore, MD on October 7, 2008

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 nuances I missed before the upgrade, both at normal listening volumes and at near-uncomfortable windows down, 80 mph on the highway volumes. Not to mention, the iPod controls are handy, and though not quite as nimble as an actual iPod touch wheel, they are much more convenient when driving. After a little practice, they are almost as useful. And having all of your stored and carefully updated song info displayed on screen is definitely neat. I plan on rounding out my build with a 4 channel amp from Alpine and a powered sub from either Inifinity, MTX, or Blaupunkt. But, to be honest, I think I'll stay happy enough with what I've got here in the interim.

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    Sweet!

    Written by: xPutridImp from Eden, NC on October 3, 2008

    Man, this headunit is awesome. I was looking for an alpine headunit and boy did I find one. Its so sleek I had to be shown where the CD goes in at, LOL. It looks 150% better in your dash. Pictures do not do it justice.

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    Workes great in a Mini

    Written by: Steven from Pensacola, FL on October 3, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in a 2006 Mini Cooper S. Fit was perfect, works like a dream, and looks great. The iPod connection was what sold me on this unit and I have not been disappointed. My wife uses it with audio books and it flawlessly picks up right where you left off when you re-start the car. With the PAC SWI-JACK adaptor, she has full function with the steering wheel controls and I even added a mute and a source select option with two buttons on the wheel that were not being used. Once again, Crutchfield steered me to the perfect unit for my application!

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    Written by: sheydon from Hilo, HI on September 30, 2008

    1989 Isuzu Trooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i like the ipod feature. your able to bring your whole playlists to your car stereo in one unit. the processing is a little slow.

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    Very nice!

    Written by: Rey from North Charleston, SC on September 28, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed it in my Mazda 6. Immediate improvement using factory speakers. Very good iPod interface. Looks very good in the new OEM adapter. Highly recommend!

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    great headunit

    Written by: Dave from harrisonburg, va on September 22, 2008

    just installed this unit today (got it for 180 at the outlet CF), and its awesome. the ipod connection works great (use it for 30gb video and iphone 3g-doesnt charge). the display is good, and the unit looks really good when its all red. the sound is great and its a big step up from my old pioneer deck, cant wait to get the type x installed this week

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    Freakin' Sweet!

    Written by: Scott from Denver Colorado on September 20, 2008

    2003 Saturn L300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had a bit of a hard time getting this to work with my Saturn. The head unit would turn on say that it was playing a song but there was no sound. Called CF they told us to connect an extra set of wires, right once I touched those two wires it came to life! It's so sick! Much better sound quality than the stock head unit. The Ipod control is also amazing it's great for showing off 'cause not many people have heard of anything like the direct Ipod controls. If you have the money go for it!

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    WOW!!

    Written by: Paul from Mason,Wv on September 19, 2008

    1999 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have Polk Speakers and an amp for amplification. I was replacing another well like H/U the Eclipse CD3100 and the Alpine leaves it in the dust. The Alpine has all the best qualities. Detailed, but smooth non irritating. Very Clear highs with great vocals and the Bass hits firm with authority. The Eclipse was irritating in the vocals and Highs not so with the Alpine. I had been out of audio since the 80s and quiet a few people told me I wouldn't like Alpine today. Yeah! right. I went through a Sony, Kenwood Excelon, and Eclipse before the Alpine and the Alpine puts them all to shame.

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    Great head unit!

    Written by: byrdboy from Huntsville, AL on September 18, 2008

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. Wonderful features, good MP3 support, great sound quality, and nice bass/treble-frequency-center and high pass filter adjustments.

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    Great Unit!

    Written by: Greg from Indianola, IA on September 14, 2008

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I used the amplifier integration kit suggested and was able to install this unit with few issues. I did have a problem with the gain adjustment screws on the integration device (one of them stripped) but I was able to get around this issue with tinkering with the screw awhile. As this should be a one time adjustment - not a big deal. The unit works great and sounds great. It looks nice in my Pathfinder. This is the first time I have ever installed a unit and overall it went smooth. There were more wires to crimp than I anticipated. I would suggest buying a wire stripper/crimping tool with a bunch of the plastic crimpers.

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    Great headunit, ok display - 02 Civic coupe

    Written by: bob from South Jersey on September 13, 2008

    2002 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in my ex's 02 Civic Coupe, tho everything else is stock (speakers, and the whole car), this headunit sounds great and ipod is excellent! I've always loved Alpine headunits and this one is no exception. Theres only one gripe about this headunit, and that the display is hard to read from it's angle sitting in the car (02 Civic), at night it's fine, but during the day there is a glare issue, so for 02+ Civic's I'd reccommend the 9885 or higher headunits which has a better display, readable in ANY light! Overall, great headunit, sounds great, sub out, ipod control & cable, detable face!!! No remote, and bad glare on display... overall 8 out of 10!

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    2005 Jeep Wrangler

    Written by: Christopher from Plano, TX on September 8, 2008

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit rocks and it sounds even better. I have my Ipod hooked to it with the included cable and with the aux input on the back hooked to my sat radio, I have all the options I could need to listen to whatever I want to in my jeep. It has many ways to customize it from the color to the almost infinite add ons you can apply to listen to what ever you like. I would definately recommend this head unit and for the price you just can't beat it....

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    Very Good iPod Control

    Written by: Bullitt4163 from Illinois on September 8, 2008

    I have a 2001 Mustang that came equipped with the Mach 460 sound system, one that is considered difficult to find an aftermarket head unit compatible with the system. This unit is not only compatible, the iPod control features are amazing. Fast, easy searching and easy to control with the unit. Sound quality is very impressive, especially considering the price. Crutchfield gets 5 stars for recommending this unit and their support and installation materials/kits are well worth it. I gave 5 stars, but be aware, you do need to read the owner's manual to learn some of the intricate controls. After that, this unit just plain ROCKS!

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    Very nice features & functionality

    Written by: RichardJr from Muscle Shoals, AL on August 25, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I researched which receiver would best suit me. I have a 4th Gen iPod and many receivers don't seem all that willing to work with that version. This one does. Of course, the iPod never turns off. I wish they'd fix that. I had an effortless install. It fits nicely into the big opening in my GMC Sierra pickup truck. The install kit has a backing plate that centers it in the area where the gigantic factory stereo was. It immediately made my factory speakers sound better but I'm going to replace them. The AM/FM tuner is rather cryptic to operate and it took a read of the manual to figure how to get to the custom bands on the EQ. I listen to my Sirius Sportster mainly using the line input. Wow!! What an improvement over the FM Transmitters!!!! I'm pleased as I can be with this. I only wish it had a USB slot on the front or some front line inputs. For the price range, I suppose it has what it needs, though. I'd buy it again.

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    great product

    Written by: george from bridgton maine on August 22, 2008

    2008 Honda Ridgeline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is one awesome radio. you can't beat the sound quality with or without an extra amp. I also have the alpine 9883 in another car. and am just as pleased with it. the only other radio that i have had that comes close to alpine in terms of solid construction and ease of use is the eclipse cd 1200. thank you again crutchfield. your selection of quality products and service is beyond comparison. George

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    Great bang for the buck

    Written by: Charlie from Woodbridge, Va on August 22, 2008

    2007 Honda Fit Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So I wanted the ability to control my IPOD hook up my current Sirius and allow the ability to buy a add on Sirius adapter to control from Head unit. Be able to play CD's MP3's and WMA's. I replaced Honda Stock system with this and it has way more power than my speakers can handle I need to upgrade the rest of the system But as far as the head unit I LOVE IT

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    A Great Buy!!!

    Written by: Anonymous from sumter, SC on August 18, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo works great with my Ipod. Sound is great, very easy installation without having to purchase additional equipment. The controls are easy to manage and yes they are set up like your Ipod!

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    love this thing

    Written by: Dominic from Cleveland, OH on August 17, 2008

    my old radio for some reason wasn't working so my dad and i took it to the shop to see what was up. when i went home it was sitting in my drive-way with this HU in it. it is amazing. the sound quality is outstanding and the iPod integration is seamless. i recommend making playlists because it gets distracting changing albums all the time, but that goes with any iPod HU. the only thing i would change is the red lights. they are a little harder to see at night than blue ones, but still look fantastic.

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    Wife's Car

    Written by: Anonymous from Georgia on August 16, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced factory head unit with the CDA-9884. It had alternator noise, the steering wheel controls were slow to respond. When I connected the Ipod, the Ipod found the unit but the unit would not find the Ipod. Crutchfield replaced the unit. All works great now. It is easy for her to operate. The sound is awesome. The first problems caused a 4 out of 5, but Crutchfield gets the 5 out of 5.

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    A good buy !

    Written by: Charles from Bucks County, Penna on August 13, 2008

    1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased from the Chrutchfield Outlet site. Fits the car perfectly with many excellent features considering the low price. The additional installation parts I purchased worked seamlessly.

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    Great Deck

    Written by: Footballplaya3k from Vancouver, Washington State on August 13, 2008

    This is a great deck with awesome features and unbelievable sound quality. Hooked up my 15" subs to it but no sound was coming out, just took a short time to figure out my amp needed turned up and turned my sub settings on my deck up and now it sounds suburb.

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    Beautiful Deck with Seamless iPod integration

    Written by: Alaskan05 from Anchorage, Alaska on August 4, 2008

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit. It replaced an old KDC-X811, and the sound quality is so much better. The display and interface are easy to use, and are very intuitive. It does help to read the manual though, because it turns out that you can tune the center bass frequency higher or lower in the spectrum, but you have to push some buttons to get there. Other than this, I haven't found any problems with this unit. And the red accents on the buttons aren't ugly, as many others have said.

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    Easy install, Great sound, no suprises

    Written by: Mike from Syracuse Ny on August 3, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to put in my wifes 2007 Chevy Malibu Maxx. I was a little trepidicious about doing the install myself, but my friend who does this stuff was unavailable I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. 10 minutes later I had the dash completely dissasembled and the factory HU sitting in the back seat (I even rememberd to eject the CD before I pulled it). Here is where it got fun. In addition to the radio, I bought the dash kit to replicate the onboard computer LED screen and controls, the kit to maintain steering wheel controls, the kit to maintain factory chimes and power, and the aux input for an external SAT receiver. A bit of thinking, splicing, re-doing and splicing again, and I got all 4 harness' working together. Did a quick power check, slid the HU into the hole and powered it all up. Worked like a charm, first try. Toughest part was programming the PAC-SWI steering wheel control interface, and even that wasnt to tough. The Pros - the Ipod interface is great. Face it - thats why your looking at this unit. Very easy to find, search, shuffle, everything. Ipod turns off when car is off, resumes when turned back on. Plenty of audio controls, and flexibility of the setup is great. The only neg I see is the flip down face wont come down far enough to remove. Not a big deal, but thats all I could think of. A good HU, recommended!

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    Fantastic ipod headunit

    Written by: Bennett from Maryland on August 3, 2008

    2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

    I replaced a Pioneer DEH-P5900iB because I did not like the blue lighting (my dash is red) or interface (you have to go through 2 submenus just to pause a CD). The Alpine CDA-9884 is awesome. Using my same Kicker 5 channel amplifier, the sound quality is a notch cleaner than with the Pioneer. The control inferface is more ergonomic. I don't miss the useless Pioneer features like screen animations and soundfield EQ settings. The ipod interface is a little better than Pioneers since you can use the preset buttons to skip through a long song list in percentage chunks. The Alpine and Pioneer ipod interfaces are both similarly very quick. My ipod mini worked perfectly. My 5th gen ipod required a software update to v1.3 to work. I do not have any of the ipod "pausing" glitches that others have reported when the stereo is turned off and the ipod keeps running. If you primarily listen to CDs and ipods, this is a fantastic headunit.

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Isidro from Lee Vining CA on July 31, 2008

    Alpine is great i just got done putting it in my dodge ram and it sounds great now i am going to buy speakers to make it sound better than ever.

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    Written by: John from NOVA on July 25, 2008

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great reciever! everything works great on it. This is my second Alpine reciever and I have not been disappointed yet. The install kit works great and the wiring was cake. The only con I have found is that the lighting of the buttons stays on 24/7. still trying to figure that one out.

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    Upgrade from old Alpine '93 Infiniti G20

    Written by: bluekapple from Bonney Lake,WA on July 22, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Before buying the 9884, I owned a 9826 which my parents bought me, and I was sold the I-pod interface adapter that goes with it. That interface was very slow when attempting to search through the artists, so the shuffle mode became my friend. Plus unplugging the device to scroll to the artist, then plugging it back in was annoying and dangerous. So after weighing my options for many weeks, I decided to buy the 9884. It searches really fast, you can find a song you want in 10 seconds with practice. The percentage buttons get some getting use to, but really help. However, they disabled the use of the volume knob as a "enter" button when searching. And it's still doesn't have a true I-pod like interface. So why did I choose a 9884 over a Alpine IDA xxx? I wanted to keep the ability to put in a cd, and the radio would be easier to control. So if I buy a CD I don't have to wait to go home and upload it to my I-pod so I could listen to it. And I've read there are many steps just to change the station on a IDA. The install was hard for me. I've taken my head unit out before, but never had to put together a wire harness together. There were no instructions on how to do it. And I was doing it at night, so I couldn't call Crutchfield. But I think that most cars do not require the special harness my car requires. Overall I give this unit a 4 star rating because it delivers everything it promises.

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    Great receiver

    Written by: Matt from Lebanon, OH on July 21, 2008

    1998 Acura 2.3CL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Alpine is awesome. I'm pushing 2 sets of Polk/Momo components through a Rockford Fosgate P450.4 and they sound awesome. I absolutely love the look of this head unit, and the Ipod control is great. I do have a small complaint about the Ipod control, but it's not big enough to change my rating. I wish you could go back one level from playing a song, similar to the back button on the Ipod. Again, this is not major enough to affect my overall feelings of this unit. Another slight complaint is the 2 band EQ, but I'm getting a 7 band equalizer so it won't be that bad. One great feature of the unit is the percentage scroll using the 1-6 buttons for the radio pre-sets. This is a huge help if you have lots of artists, songs, genre's ect. Overall, I love this unit. I'm very happy with the purchase. I do have a slight complaint about Crutchfield, and this is my first one in more than a couple buying experiences. When they sent the install directions, they were for a Honda Accord, not Acura CL. In general, these cars are exactly the same, but there is one slight difference in the interior panels. I have one large piece surrounding the head unit. Eventually, I just scrapped the instructions, as I have done a few installs before. Also, the trim ring was too big and stuck out too far from the dash. And the 1/2 din slot in the ring won't hold my 7 band EQ. So I'll just have to build a custom wood trim ring and do it that way. - Davis

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    Written by: Mike from Erving, MA on July 18, 2008

    Great head unit!!! I had to go with Blaupunkt GTx652's for speakers due to the shallow door openings in my 03 Durango. But the sound quality is incredible. It took some extra effort to make it all come together w/the speakers but it was worth it. Product is easy to use and the illumination choices between blue/red and all red is cool. Service & instructions were very good.

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    Alpine 9884

    Written by: Steve from Fuquay Varina, NC on July 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought my first Alpine receiver from Crutchfield after almost buying the same unit from locally. They wanted over $100 for installation and the iPod cable was another $40. They also told me the installation was difficult and might require the purchase of a dashboard kit. Crutchfield reps were honest and very helpful. I had to call them once during the installation just to clarify something. They answered the call and politely confirmed my question and gave me some advice. Installation of the head unit took about 1 hour, and the Pioneer speakers took about an hour per pair (door panel removal and some drilling required). About the 9884 - I really like it. I use it almost exclusively with the iPod (which is now stored in the center console - out of sight). The head-end controls for the iPod are pretty intuitive, and easy to manipulate while driving. It also sounds terrific with the XM Satellite radio tuned to an FM Station, and the CD Player also sounds real nice. I did not install a subwoofer or external power amplifier - yet. Still, there is plenty of power and very little distortion at higher volumes. I can run around with the windows down (as I usually do) and hear the stereo perfectly. I got the entire setup delivered from Crutchfield, with excellent tech support and documentation. The same setup would have cost me $450 out the door having it installed locally.

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    Great stereo!

    Written by: Dan from Provo, UT on July 5, 2008

    1999 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my 4th Alpine stereo and they seem to keep getting better. Its a really easy to install and use unit. The ipod interface is simple to use. I wired my ipod so that its in the glovebox and keeps the interior very clean looking. The look is great and sounds even better.

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: shelton from platte, sd on July 2, 2008

    great cd player.

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    What a Great Stereo

    Written by: Alex from Duluth, GA on July 1, 2008

    I bought this radio to replace the factory radio in my Audi A4. What a great purchase. The output from this unit is awesome, and the IPOD connection even works with my IPOD TOUCH! I reccomend this radio highly. It has been worth every penny!

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    Exceptional

    Written by: Larry from Williamsburg, VA on June 26, 2008

    1998 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has the usual Alpine quality so I will not requote others. My only complaint is the user manual is on CD instead of print.

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    Incredible

    Written by: Patrick from Cleveland, Ohio on June 24, 2008

    I've used Alpine exclusively for over 20 years and have never been disapointed, and this unit is no exception. The only complaint I have is the fact that I think it should come with the adapter so people that don't own an I pod can take advantage of the Auxillary input. Other than that this unit replaced an older Alpine I had and the difference is incredible !!!

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    Very Nice!

    Written by: Les from Erie Pa on June 18, 2008

    2000 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this as a replacement for stock in my 2000 Ford Explorer. Install was no big deal sounds good even with my stock speakers, I will be upgrading those and adding a sub. I primarily chose this receiver for the Ipod control, and it works great. Very easy to navigate divides my music into 6 groups using the preset buttons so you can quickly jump to 6 different starting spots in your music library. The only thing i am dissapointed in is that the bluetooth add on for this gets such a terrible review. $200.00 for this add on is to much to take a chance on, so i will wait and hopefully Alpine will fix the supposed echo problem. Other than that VERY NICE!

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    Great Stereo

    Written by: Steven from Mount Laurel, NJ on June 15, 2008

    2005 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine quality is top quality! After looking at many other brands, I went with Alpine due to the other reviews touting Alpine craftmanship and sound quality. I was not dissapointed. My stock speakers in my Sentra have never sounded so good - in fact, I am even debating whether or not I need to upgrade the speakers. My iPhone connects easily to the stereo and browsing all of music through the stereo is fantastic. Overall a great purchase and highly recommended.

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    Better than I hoped for!

    Written by: 3-D from Florida on June 1, 2008

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this for my 05 Tacoma because I was sick of using an FM transponder and wanted Ipod compatibility. The second desire was hopefully boosting the sound of the stock speakers which are pretty absent of any mid/deep bass. This unit worked perfect! This was my first stereo install and it was a breeze. I took the time to solder and heatshrink all the harness before installing the stereo and it is working great. I think the free ipod cable, free shipping, free harness and free Metra dash kit were awesome. Crutchfield really has this down to a science. The stereo has intuitive ipod controls and sounds great. I couldn't be happier, now why did I wait three years to do this????

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    Better than expected!! Great with IPOD!

    Written by: Kris from Charlotte, NC on May 24, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well I recently purchased an IPOD Classic and wanted to buy a unit built for the IPOD. I really like a certain Alpine Digital Media Receiver and was about to purchase it, but talked to a Crutchfield advisor and he recommended this unit. I was skeptical and still almost went with a Alpine Digital Media Receiver. I decided to save over $100 and chose this unit. Plus, the Ipod cable was included and what more could you ask for? I received the unit today and had it installed in less than an hour and used it extensively with my IPOD today. I was more than amazed. The display may not be as decorative as the other Alpine unit I wanted, but it's more than serviceable with IPOD and I have no complaints. I have the Alpine hid away in my glove box and now I have my music collection at my fingertips instead a collection of CDs. I still may need the use of CDs so I'm glad I got this unit and Alpine is great. If looking to save money and go the IPOD route then this unit fits that!! Crutchfield advisors were helpful and couldnt ask for better customer service!!!

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    Fantastic Deck, Stellar Service

    Written by: Justin from North Shore, MA on May 20, 2008

    Fantastic receiver - typical high quality and great sound I have come to expect from Alpine. I bought this receiver for the full iPod functionality, and I am NOT disappointed: This deck lets you navigate through your iPod library by song, artist, playlist, genre, etc, making it easy to find your tunes. Installation was very simple, and I have NEVER installed a car radio before. Crutchfield included $50 worth of free instructions and parts to make installation simple. I ran into a few small snags where I was unclear on something: their tech support walked me through everything on the phone, free of charge, and got me up and running! Overall, and excellent product, from an excellent company! You have a customer for life!

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    Great HU

    Written by: Mark from Fowlerville, MI on May 19, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I knew I wanted an Alpine HU just because there reputations is so high and I'm so happy I got this one. I put it in my 2004 Mazda 6. I had some questions about the install and crutchfield phone support was right there to walk me through it. I love the subwoofer level adjustment, especially when I have other people in my car, they don't always like my sub to hit as hard as I do and this is so much better than adjusting a knob on the amp in my trunk. I highly recommend this HU! It makes my JL's sound that much clearer and better than the stock HU. I picked up an ai-net cable so I can plug in my sirius Starmate plug and play in to the aux connector. The ipod controls work well. I have a mostly red dash so being able to change the colors from blue to red is nice.

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    1995 Acura Integra GSR - Thank you Crutchfield

    Written by: Timothy from Marietta, GA on May 14, 2008

    1995 Acura Integra GSR
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first car stereo I have installed and thanks to Crutchfield it happened. They sent me the 120997888 Install Kit. This kit does away with the pocket located under the reciever. After doing a little research, I found two kits that kept the pocket. I called Crutchfield and gave them the numbers. They had one of the kits, the 120997892 install kit. According to customer service it would not fit my car. Since the manufacturer's website said it would fit, they shipped it out anyway. The instructions were detailed for an Integra and it was easy to do. I drilled a hole through the back of the pocket portion an passed the iPod cable through. Now I can plug in my iPod and stick it in the pocket out of the way and out of sight but easy to get to. Now the radio. I LOVE IT! The kids with the earthquake system will not be impressed. But for someone upgrading from a stock sound system this unit is great. I kept my stock speaker system. Programming is easy and it works great with my iPod. When you turn on the headlights, the LCD dims. When you go to AM or FM, the power antenna goes up. Turning off the unit or going to iPod or CD lowers the antenna. I recommend this unit for anyone who wants better than stock sound and wants to play and charge their iPod in their car. I also recommend Crutchfield as the choice of where to buy.

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    Written by: Arthur from North Port, Fl on May 14, 2008

    2002 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have to admit, I found the installation rather staright forward. Took a road trip last week and enjoyed the unit and it's ease of operation--only have one small complaint, wish the function keys were a little larger --I have big fingers. It's a good product--no doubt i'll buy another when I get ready to up-grade even further.

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    Written by: Superfan from Topsham, VT on May 13, 2008

    This is a really nice stereo. I bought two of them. One for my Chevy pickup and one for a Pontiac Grand Am. Instalation was easy and the Apline CDA 9884 sounds great. Can't wait to get an I-Pod and try that out. It'll be nice to not carry a whole bunch of cd's in my vehicles. Crutchfield was great to deal with. Would recomend anyone looking for a car stereo to get it from Crutchfield.

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    Great Head Unit

    Written by: G. Bret from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2008

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this head unit a little over a week ago. The instructions provided by Crutchfield were very helpful. The Alpine head unit has plenty of power for your average user. The iPod interface only takes a few short minutes to learn how to use and then the iPod integration is seamless. This is my first Alpine unit and based on one week's worth of use it will not be my last.

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    Written by: Chris from Boulder, CO on April 29, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice head unit. I am pleased that I bought it. Here are some things to consider about it: The buttons area little on the small side, though I'm not sure this can be completely avoided in DD, single DIN size receiver. People with big fingers may find this to be a slight annoyance. The button to access the CD player slot is wedged into the upper left corner and is tiny. This makes it a bit difficult to access the CD player. I often must press it 2-3 times to get it to open. Could be bigger problem for bigger fingers! The unit does NOT support RDS (Radio Display System) for scrolling artist name and song titles while listening to the radio. I thought that was fairly standard in new units, but I guess not. The time and radio station call numbers (102.3 FM, etc.) cannot be displayed at the same time. The iPod controls work very nicely. If you are in the market for an iPod capable head unit, I would consider this unit. "When an iPod Nano is connected to this Alpine, the Nano will not turn off when the Alpine does, causing the Nano battery to drain. Users can disconnect the Nano from the Alpine each time the vehicle is turned off to avoid the Nano battery drain". Not good. The upgrades for HD radio and/or satellite radio are on the expensive side. The sound shaping and power are plenty good enough.

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    This is a great investment!

    Written by: Jon from Colby, WI on April 12, 2008

    1997 Chrysler Sebring LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been looking for a reciever for my car for a while now. One of the main things that i wanted was to be able to play my iPod through it and above all it had to look killer! When i stumbled across this beauty i knew that it was the one.... you can't beat getting a free iPod cable with an alpine stereo (which are known for thier quality), and with all of crutchfield's other things that they include i wouldn't go anywhere else. One thing that did happen was when i hooked up the stereo to test it out the radio came on and sounded fine but when i put in a cd it went silent. I called the crutchfield support and within 5 min. i had fixed the problem.... Now my stereo is pounding and sounds awesome! amazing reciever!

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    Written by: Al from Houston on April 4, 2008

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After much deliberation between other Alpine head units, I decided to go with this one because of the Ipod features. I have had the 9884 for about 2 months and I am extremely satisfied with it. I use my Iphone with it via the Ipod connector cable provided. It is great that my I phone stays charged while I listen to music and i don't miss a phone call. The phone feature is really cool! I did notice that the Iphone continues to play music even after I turn off the vehicle. So, It is the same thing that happens with the nano, but Alpine is working on a solution. I have always bought Alpine head units for my vehicles and they never stop amazing me. I have a 6 year old alpine head unit in my other car and it is still working great. Alpine is the only way to go.

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    Written by: Robert from South Carolina on March 16, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Another great unit from Alpine. Everything you could want in a unit this one does for the $$$. I have mine hooked up to a PLT-5 powered subwoofer box and a MFP-300 Alpine amp pushing some Polk audio's. It's also a $100 bucks less than a 9886 Alpine for a remote and USB I'll take the 9884.

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    Written by: Rudy from Hollister, Ca on March 14, 2008

    2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse

    2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse The installation was easy except there was some screws missing but other than that the installation was easy and works great with the Ipod

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    Written by: Lomby24 from Hunsville, AL on March 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first time installing an aftermarket reciever in a car. The instructions were very well written and were easy to follow. I had one quiestion about the wiring but crutchfields tech support helped me out in no time. Took only about 30 min to install (minus my trip for wire twist caps). <BR><BR> The sound on it is amazing and i couldnt be more pleased! the reason i got the reciever is for the ipod hook up and it works very well; no static like my radio transmitter had. The ipod controls were very easy to figure out and it only took less than 5 min to get them down. The lighting on it is well displayed and there is no distration from light at night. <BR><BR> Overall this is a very well made product and a recommend it to anyone who wants a excellent reciever for a great price!!!

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    Written by: Chris from San Diego, Ca on February 26, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW! Can I say that again... The second I opened the box I knew this was the one. After a quick and mindless install, I was nearly certain that I couldn't have chosen a better. When I finally turned it on and breezed through the controls, I couldn't help but laugh. This is a beautiful piece of mobile audio electronics! And the sound... let me say that stock speakers never sounded so good. I was going to run out and get some Polks in the next week, but there's no rush now, this thing SOUNDS AMAZING!! Plenty of power, crisp highs, deep lows, and just enough custom adjustments to keep an audiophile busy and not confuse a novice. <BR><BR> One thing that really drove it home for me was the iPod controls. I just came down off a Kenwood KDC-X591 (sounded great, but returned it because it was a pain to control and didn't even recognize my iPod properly with the IP200 cable). This Alpine is a gift from the gods! Browsing playlists, albums, artists like a kid in a candy store. All from the head unit! I feel like I want to hug someone! <BR><BR> The display is beautiful as well. Delicate red illumination behind the secondary buttons, and an adjustable red/blue tint behind the major players (source, band, forward, rewind). I'm a graphic designer, so looks are important, as well as functionality and visual hierarchy. This unit wins a gold with me. Only gripe is the age-old issue of "why can't I see this thing in the sunlight!?" But nobody has gotten that one right yet. Besides, beats fender-bending the person in front of you because you're tripping on the liquid butterfly display. <BR><BR> Bottom line, if you're wondering if there is a better unit out there for the price... I wave my finger at you. This is it, look no further! Even if it's $50 over your budget (which it was for me), it's worth the investment. You'll save three times that much in headache and pleasure return! (WOOHOO!!)

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    Good If not great

    Written by: Jason from Valdosta Ga on February 12, 2008

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The built in crossover is a great feature that even my other five year old alpine has. My only complaint about this unit is the back light color. There is just too much red. Red is good on italian cars or bikes but not on a stereo mostly used in american cars. You can switch to make four buttons blue which makes a big difference but I much prefere the scheme on my older cda-7893 still in use and working great in my truck. Other than that it does everything I expected it to do. Alpine (speaking from expirience) makes the best stereos that last the longest. I will let you know when one finally gives out. If it ever does!

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    Great for controlling an ipod

    Written by: Evan from Silver Spring, MD on February 12, 2008

    2000 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this based on the positive reviews regarding controlling an ipod as this was my primary motive in getting a new head unit (I have a 1st gen Nano). I am very happy with the purchase. The controls do, in fact, work just like an ipod (search by playlist, album, artist, song, etc). Sound quality is excellent and the installation was a breeze. I did call Crutchfield tech support at one point to clarify something on the wiring. He recommended I cut the grounding wire clip and crimp it directly to the factory grounding wire. I did that and the FM and AM reception are both great...not a bit of static.

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    Alpine CDA-9884

    Written by: Antonio from Port Saint Lucie on January 29, 2008

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was a breeze on my Nissan Versa 07, This HU was a great improvement over my stock unit. The ipod interface works great.

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    Awesome Alpine

    Written by: softwallcave from New Orleans LA on January 23, 2008

    2006 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from my Toyota factory receiver to find that this deck is quite phenomenal. Sound quality is exponentially better than factory, obviously. Installation was easy on a Toyota Matrix, though I did install it upside-down, so don't do that! The ipod controls are amazing. The wheel knob thing works just like the Ipod one, and the button next to the wheel type thing works like the middle button in the ipod. The percentage search is the best. I wish Ipods had them. Sound quality through the ipod is flawless. The frequency controls are limited, but they are responsive. You can control bass, treble and a high pass filter to cut out the low drones of the bass. You have control over which frequencies the bass and treble setting will focus on, and a control over the width of the frequency range of the bass. I paired this with infinitty reference 6022 speakers in the front, and it sounds great. All in all I spent 275 bucks for a new sound system and I'm very satisfied.

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    ralph-99 ranger 4 door

    Written by: ralph from oklahoma on January 22, 2008

    this unit was my first alpine .I baught this unit for the number of preouts because i planed to use a 4 channel amp also for the I pod adapter. unlike other reviews i have no trouble with connection to my 8 gig nano.now for the install of this head unit it could not have been more simple however i do recomend a 4 channel install kit.the sound quality of this unit is the best i ever had. ( I did my install 12-26-07.)

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    ANOTHER AWSOME ALPINE!

    Written by: Dan from RUMFORD ME on January 20, 2008

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    ALL I CAN SAY IS ALPINE AND CRUTCHFIELD MAKE A PERFECT PAIR! A++++ ALL THE WAY!

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    06 GMC Sierra

    Written by: Eric from Sacramento, CA on January 9, 2008

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had many Alpine products over the years and I keep coming back to them as they consistantly are the best. The Alpine CDA-9884 is no exception, a great head unit. I recently installed it in my 06 GMC Sierra with the Bose system and it immediately upgraded the sound of the stock speakers. Unlike other reviews I have not had any issues with the iPod controls, it works flawlessly. I really enjoy the ease of the iPod control from the unit. I also like the display as it looks great day and/or night. I eventually plan to add an amp and better speakers and this head unit is a great starting point for those upgrades. Just another great product from Alpine. If your shopping for car audio you can't go wrong with Alpine.

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    It's good value for the price tag

    Written by: Hankster from Mission, Texas on January 7, 2008

    It was finaly time to get a system in to my daily runner, my 2003 Nissan Frontier. After lots of research, and shopping I decided to purchase Alpine Reciever CDA-9884. The reciever is very updated with todays electronic needs, I pod, I phone, HD, SIRIUS ,BLA.BLA.BLA. I was more interested in sound quality, performance, power. Boy, I was not disapointed, the little reciever is great. Install was easy my first ever and it looks like a pro job. All the accesories and support from the crutchfield team helped and it's very rewarding when you can install a reciever by your self. The only set back on the reciever is the running text and the lights, the red and blue are too bright during the night. Need a dimmer.....Other than that, great value, great performance.

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    Great Stereo

    Written by: shilohdad from Jackson, TN on December 31, 2007

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    December 2007 - Purchased for my daughter's car. Installation was easy if you are a little electronically inclined. Had to wire adapter to radio but that was the most difficult part and used quick crimp connections. Taking the old radio dash panel out took longer than any part-found a clean painter's knife worked best. <BR><BR> Had no problems with installation - just take your time and think through the process. I ran the Ipod cord under middle console so it can be completely hidden if not used. Tip - measure the height of the back support on the old radio before mounting on new one- can't do it in the dash. Wish wiring chart had indicated all old factory connections and to eliminate two wires on factory radio but experimented before closing up and it worked fine - think they were for some cars with remote controls. <BR><BR> Got it on sale before Christmas which compared to other radios and other retailers was a great buy due to the free installation kit and included Ipod cord with this radio - Savings of $60 vs other radios. <BR><BR> Stereo sounds good - looks like an OEM installation and functioned as advertised. Ipod worked great with the supplied cord without the static of the FM converter. Like it so much I may get the same radio to go in my truck.

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    Poor iPod support

    Written by: Jay from Dallas, TX on December 29, 2007

    I bought this unit mainly for the iPod support, so if you don't care about the iPod then the unit is pretty good. But if you plan to use an iPod avoid the 9884 and the 9886 The Crutchfield forum has quite a few people talking about this issue. I have a 30 GB ipod video I had planed to leave docked all the time. When you turn on the unit it gives the error NO SONG for the iPod. To get the ipod to function you will have to perform these steps each time you turn on the head unit. 1. turn on the head unit. 2. with the head unit on disconnect the iPod find a track and start it playing. 3. while it is playing reconnect the ipod to the head unit, it will start playing the song and you will be able to use the ipod. I put my iPod in the glove box and to do this each time I get in the car is a real pain. Another minor complaint is when you power off the car and the head unit turns off the iPod continues to play what ever album or play list you are on until it reaches the end. So un like a CD it wont pick up where you left off, however I can live with pressing the pause button when I stop the car. So this is not as big of an issue the first but still a flaw. I have talked to both Apple and Alpine about the issue and each blames the other. I tend to lean more toward it's Alpines fault as the ipod works with my friends Pioneer head unit, however I don't like the interface on the Pioneer and its slow. So back to the FM transmitter till I find a better head unit with good iPod support

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    Alpine Review

    Written by: Webbsite from SLC, Ut on December 28, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The installation instructions were great and clear. The special tools for dash extraction were useless and really not needed. The 11 step process should have include one more step, disassembly of the factory radio and heater controls. Sound is great with the factory speakers, very clear and little distortion. Wiring was simple and color to color for the Toyota. It would have been nice if connectors had been included as part of the kit. Other kits I have purchased online have included simple and effective connectors. One oddity is the AM radio reception, next to nothing. Only one station was available where the factory had great reception. FM selection is great, no issues. Display brightness is high and connecting the dimmer wire had very little impact when the car lights are turned. 4 of 5 due to the AM radio reception. Still a keeper

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    The BEST!

    Written by: adham from Newport News, VA on December 28, 2007

    2000 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is great in every dimension. So easy to use with your ipod and comes with the connection. Before, my system had a lot of distortion but now it's PERFECT. I needed a head unit that lights up all red and this is the one. If contemplating between this unit and the 9883, this is by FAR the better unit. Great unit and great customer service from Crutchfield. Thanks.

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    Dig my new Alpine

    Written by: William from Washington, DC on December 26, 2007

    2001 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just bought a used 2001 Honda Civic EX Sedan and was not happy at all with the factory stereo and speakers. My biggest gripe was that I had no way to listen to my iPhone through the stereo. After a week of driving around listening to the same radio station, I decided to make a move. Because I had never replaced a car stereo before, it made the most sense to go with Crutchfield b/c of the free installation gear and instructions. I've done a lot of work on cars before and wasn't afraid to take on the task. Not to mention, I had very little money and wasn't about to give it all to some joker at a big box store to install anything in my car. So, my mind was made up from the start to go with Crutchfield. I read a ton of reviews about the iPhone's incompatibility with most major car audio manufacturers and I wasn't feeling too good about the whole situation. I walked into a electronics store nearby, and the sales guy showed me the Alphine CDA-9885 with the iPod connector. I was skeptical when he told me that it would work with my iPhone, but he took my iPhone and had it playing a song within about 5 seconds. I was pumped and immediately drove home and logged on to Crutchfield. Long story short, the installation of the receiver and both pairs of speakers was a huge pain in the butt, but I'm very happy with the results. If I had to do it again, it would probably only take a quarter of the time - I was a little nervous about ripping apart my car and took my time. Common functionality (finding/setting stations, switching sources, etc.) is extremely easy to control. However, the Alpine has a ton of bells and whistles that I still haven't played around with - and frankly, don't understand yet - but I'm looking forward to learning. So far, without reading the instructions, I haven't really been able to intuitively figure them out. The display lights are at a comfortable level at night, and the soft blue/red glow of the faceplate is pretty calming. I'm running it through two pairs of brand new Polk Audio DB651s' and they sound great. The only complaint I have is that the iPhone playback through the connector cable isn't volume controlled like the headphone jack, that is that there can be a significant (and sometimes painful) dynamic variance between certain tracks. I haven't figured out how to solve this issue and would appreciate advice from someone with the answer. Overall, the unit feels solid - the knob and buttons don't feel cheap - and it is easy to use. If you plan on running an iPod/iPhone through it and can afford the next model up with the extra row of text, I would highly recommend it. Otherwise, the $30-50 premium for this unit over the equivalent from Pioneer, Kenwood, etc. is well worth it.

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    Skip it and get CDA-9886

    Written by: fonts from San Jose, CA on December 21, 2007

    Excellent sound quality, modular options (BT, HD, Sat, etc. although they can get expensive) at a reasonable price. But the display makes it a no go. <BR><BR> I got it as it allows "red" illumination on buttons which would match my dash best - unfortunately the "red" is completely unreadable! How did this pass a design review or user test??? You can toggle some buttons to "blue" but those around the dial and presets are always "red" and cannot be easily read at all. OK so you do not need to read them once familiar with the operation - but it mentally is an annoyance as you visually look at the button when you push and it is confusing. The LED display section is fine in general - but the whole display is very hard to read in daytime use - ??? And while usable, the LED section for scrolling titles of songs, etc. it is not anything to get excited about - very miniamal functionality. So I returned it and got the CDA-9886 with Biolite display which is very good! Further the "blue" backliting is easily readable as is the entire display in daylite. <BR><BR> So trust me - skip this one and go straight to the CDA-9886 - the price difference is more than worth it - and you will be very happy for the price.

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    Fantastic sound!

    Written by: Michael from Knoxville, TN on December 15, 2007

    This is the first time I've installed a car stereo by myself and it really was a breeze! I had made one wrong connection but a call to tech support had it fixed in minutes. The stereo is not yet perfectly seated as there is so little room for all of the wires behind it but I will fix that once my sirius adapter arrives (it's on backorder). <BR><BR> The stereo itself is amazing. I use to have a SONY Explode running into my factory Infinity speakers. The Alpine is so much richer and full sounding. The iPOD control is excellent though certainly not something you want to do while actually driving. I have not found the dispoay to be too bright at night in the least. <BR><BR> Other people have mentioned that they have had success hooking up their iPhone to the stereo. I found this to be true but it does not have near the control that it does with a traditional iPod. I've not been able to even access a playlist but I think it would be fine for just random play from the entire library. <BR><BR> Goes without saying that Crutchfield has amazing customer service. I had to return my first receiver because it didn't have enough inputs for my iPOD and Sirius. The return was very easy and I received my new stereo several days later. My aux adapter is still on back order which is disappointing but my guess is this is Alpine's fault, not Crutchfields. <BR><BR> All in all, if you are looking to use a satelite radio and an iPod--this receiver is well worth the money (with a free iPod adapter, free install kit, and free shipping). I looked locally and they had advertised much lower prices that after adding all of the hidden charges, turn out to be more expensive for a lower quality product. <BR><BR> If you are on the fence--I recommend you go with this Alpine!

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Alpine CDA-9884 manual

    • 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

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Optional
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue/Red
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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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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