Alpine CDA-9885

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDA9885

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The Alpine CDA-9885 CD receiver's informative display and fast song-search capability make it a terrific stereo for iPod® users. The BioLite™ display stays legible in just about any light, while the two lines of text offer plenty of space for your song and system information. You'll spend less time looking at the display, and more time with your eyes on the road.

Alpine includes an iPod adapter with the CDA-9885 that provides fast, direct control of your iPod from the stereo and the best possible sound quality from your music. You'll love Alpine's unique "percentage search" feature when searching for songs on your iPod. It uses the radio preset buttons to quickly jump through sections of your playlist, getting you to the song you want faster.

If you're building a system, three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs send a strong, clean signal to your external amplifiers. A high-pass filter eliminates the low bass from your speakers, so they can focus on the mids and highs. Add in the Bass Engine® 2-band equalizer, and your car's interior will become a wonderful listening room.

For more listening options, you can select from an Alpine satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer, or an optional auxiliary input. The user-friendly wireless remote lets you make adjustments while you concentrate on the road.

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 and its iPod adapter.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • 2-line BioLite display
    • fold-down, detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
    • high-pass filter
    • full speed iPod control with Alpine's included interface cable
    • Bluetooth ready
    • satellite radio ready
    • compatible with Alpine's HD Radio tuner
    • optional auxiliary input
    • CD changer controls
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs (subwoofer output has bass level control)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    Written By kevin, PA on Monday, January 18, 2010

    I don't normally write reviews but this is an exception. I've owned Alpine stereos for years and always been very satisfied with them. I have been away from the car stereo world for a few years and thought that the performance would only get better. WRONG!! what happened? Sure you can connect ipods and numerous other nonsense to this thing but the sound quality is dreadful! It really is and i ran this thing through old school rockford fosgate amps when they were made right here in the usa and quality was second to none! I ve even tried using the deck amplifier thinking maybe the amps have seen better days. Nope, it gets loud and clear but the sound is very overenhanced and unnatural sounding. Yuck! Furthermore the FM tuner is terrible. I live in the Philly suburbs and I think the factory AM tuner was clearer. Yes, some of us still use the radio. Also where did the trade mark Alpine green buttons go? These blue and red buttons are hideous and obscenely bright! The display is readable in almost any light but not very nice to look at. On a positive note navigating the menus is simple enough and well thought out. I find it very easy to operate. The sound is just horrid and unacceptable though! I'm taking this thing out and ressurecting my trusty old 7949!! The sound quality is that bad, I' d rather do without all the modern conveniences. They just don't make Them like they used to. I want my green buttons back!!!

    Um... why so bad?

    Written By krazykyle09, Herndon, VA on Monday, January 11, 2010

    Like the other worst review here, this unit produces a very cold and hollow sound. I have had to up the treble to the +7 marker and my sub to the +10 marker with barely an improvement in sound. Although this product may have a few years under it's belt, my original stereo (1997 BMW) is FARRRR better than this piece of crap. Anyways, I purchased it to replace my 6 year old Sony Xplod CDX-M800. The is a motorized flip model but unfortunately this past year the inside control panel has stopped working. Even more unfortunate, the Sony unit STILL blows the new Alpine unit out of the way. Sound was still perfect from it and also the given functionality of manipulating the high and low pass filters, built in EQ, etc etc. was a major upgrade to my original unit. However, the Alpine not only fails in every category in comparison to the twice as old Sony unit, but it also fails in the basics of stereo functionality. Navigation is completely retarded, the ability to modify any form of sound quality is appalling, and the buttons/display is obscenely bright and unreadable. Poor radio reception, mediocre CD playback, NO auxiliary function... pathetic. The day before I installed this unit, I was driving home a guy that owns a BMW M3. He commented on my systems complimenting its unbelievable sound quality and clarity considering I have 12 year old speakers (and to my knowledge have been THOROUGHLY used). It was also the last day I heard beautiful music of all genres played in my car. RIP.

    Great HUD

    Written By zx10rrider, Western USA on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    I purchased this unit two years ago, and it still operates like new. Looking at the price and features of "improved models" available for sale today makes me dread the day I have to replace the CDA-9885. The face plate is very durable, I seldom use the protective case supplied by Alpine. Almost every aspect of the unit is well designed. I have an Ipod and Sirius unit connected to the back of this unit, both sound great, and are a cinch to operate through this unit.

    Great sound from any source.
    Easy navigation utilizing Ipod, Sirius, playing CD's etc.
    Large bright, clean, clear display.
    Simple, well placed controls.
    Lots of connectivity options.
    Easy to use owner's manual.
    Full Sirius Radio control from the receiver.
    OEM steering wheel control option (with third party connect).

    Blue color illumination option to bright at night (red option is great).
    6 RCA jacks on back are to close together.
    Volume knob separates easily from face plate.

    One thing I dislike about Alpine is that to add a satellite receiver to this unit one must buy their adapter and hard wire it to the vehicles power source and ground the adapter. Manufactures such as Kenwood requires only a simple cable connection between their receiver and Satellite radio adapter, no additional power source is required.

    I am very pleased with this unit and highly recommend buying it.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Krahe, Shreveport, LA on Monday, June 08, 2009

    Either the previous poster got a defective unit or just isn't putting the face back on right. I'll admit I had some trouble getting back on when I first got takes a few tries to get the feel. This is phenomenal head unit! I've had mine for almost two years and it has performed beautifully. My favorite features are the easy to read display, WMA/MP3/AAC compatibility, and file search features. My only complaints are the limited background effect options (only 4) and not being able to turn the back lights off in tuner mode. Minor stuff really. If your looking for an awesome receiver with great looks, THIS is it!!!


    Written By Gary, Texas on Sunday, December 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The detachable face lasts about 6 to 8 months before it turns into a total
    pain the the neck !
    If you use the feature you will be dissapointed, the set up to reattach it is
    very cheezy small plastic bump fits into a small plastic gear to hinge.

    The sound is VERY GOOD but the face will frustrate you without a doubt.
    Sometimes it just falls off as you close it to play your CD.
    You will have to pull over and find it and reattaching it while you drive is
    impossible without crashing......LOL
    I suggest finding a unit that does not have to drop the face everytime to
    load a cd.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Stacie, Washington State on Friday, July 11, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have the Alpine CDA-9885 in two of my vehicles and I love it! I originally had it installed in my Santa Fe August of last year and loved it so much I bought a second one to put in my Jeep Wrangler. It's very easy to use and has tons of great features. It is very easy to use your ipod while driving because you can control it from the deck itself. The only downside is that the remote isn't as useful as I would have hoped. The Blue Tooth phone is great, especially here in Washington where it is now illegal to use your cell phone while driving if it's not hands free. I highly recommend this deck!


    Written By Laurie, Jay Maine on Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the alpine cda 9885 to replace the shaker 500 that came with my 2007 mustang. I am very please with the unit, it is far beyond what I expected from an after market stereo. The technical support people are very pleasant, helpful, knowledgable. I will definitely be purchasing a new set of speakers from Crutchfield and I will have a very nice set up.

    Great Unit!

    Written By Greg, Yardley, PA on Saturday, July 05, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head
    unit. The ipod
    integration works
    great. The ipod
    turns on and off
    when the radio or
    car are turned on or
    off. With the way
    the Alpine is fully
    integrated, you can
    put the ipod in the
    glove box or console
    and only take it out
    when you update
    songs on it. I also
    love the subwoofer
    control. This unit
    has three sets of
    RCA outputs which
    allows you to
    control the
    subwoofer volume
    from the head unit.
    When you scroll
    through the sound
    settings, the
    subwoofer adjustment
    is the first one
    which is great
    because it is the
    setting I change the
    most. This unit
    also has a lot of
    sound settings that
    eliminate the need
    for an external
    crossover. You can
    set the frequency
    cut off to reduce
    the bass that goes
    to your speakers and
    it also has a
    feature which allows
    you to increase the
    sound in a certain
    frequency range
    based on your
    preference. I am
    very pleased with
    this unit.

    Terrific product

    Written By Gilbert, Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like the title says, this receiver is terrific. I've had this for a few months now
    and I haven't had any problems whatsoever. Initially, I was a bit leery about
    whether or not it would fit into my car (Scion TC 05). Crutchfield supplied me
    with the harness and kit, free of charge, and it fit like a glove! No problems
    installing at all.

    The iPod interface takes a bit to get used to, but once you've got the feel for it,
    it makes life a whole lot easier. Plug in your iPod with the free cable, and you're
    set! No need at all for CDs.

    I'd definitely recommend this product. You can't get a better deal!

    Great Unit

    Written By Justin, Buford, Georgia on Thursday, June 05, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is
    superior for its
    price range without
    a doubt. Purchased
    to improve the sound
    in my 03 Dakota Quad
    Cab, it works
    excellent with my
    infinity reference
    speakers! It nails
    all mid's and high's
    like no other! It
    supports the bass
    well too considering
    they are infinity
    speakers and only
    6'1/2s... But the
    limitations are
    solely within the
    speakers; the unit
    can handle far more!
    I chose this after
    comparing to the
    Kenwood Excelon
    series in both stats
    and in person by
    sound quality, both
    of which this alpine
    unit won easily!
    Overall an
    outstanding unit to
    buy, and a great
    company to deal with
    due to their strong

    Excellent iPod Integration

    Written By Bruce, Branford, CT on Monday, June 02, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I looked at Pioneer
    and JVC and I
    believe Alpine has
    done the best job of
    integrating the iPod
    controls. Once
    installed and I
    started to use the
    CDA-9885 it was
    confirmed I was
    right. The iPod
    controls are both
    intuitive and
    respond very quickly
    so there is not a
    long time gap
    between say hitting
    the forward button
    and having the next
    song start. I was
    also able to pretty
    much figure out all
    the controls without
    looking at the
    manual while the
    Pioneer I could not
    figure out even with
    the manual. I am
    also liking the
    separate Source/Band
    buttons. On my old
    JVC, there was a
    combined button so
    you had to row
    through not only all
    the actual sources
    such as tuner, ipod,
    aux, cd but you also
    had to pass through
    all the radio bands
    so you also had to
    row through AM then
    FM before going full
    circle through all
    the choices. Doesn't
    sound like much but
    it was a pain. The
    Alpine makes it much
    quicker to get
    through the source
    selections. The
    sound quality is of
    course, excellent
    too. I mated my
    CDA-9885 with a four

    channel Alpine amp
    and 4 Infinity two
    way 6x8 door
    speakers and if this
    set up is lacking
    anything, it might
    be it could use more
    bass, which I will
    probably take care
    of with a small sub
    when I get the money
    to add one on.

    extremely clear sound

    Written By alanredfish, richmond,va on Thursday, May 15, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I highly recommend this receiver. I have a Kenwood power amp and using the Alpine's preamp delivers much cleaner mids and highs than the Kenwood Exelon which it replaced. The bass is not as deep as the Exelon, but the channel separation is much better. I am currently running polk 6x9s and an Alpine component system in the front and a separate amp and bazooka for the sub and the sound is awesome. Of course the Alpine is much more user friendly than the Exelon. I have a Honda Civic in which the deck slightly slants up so that without the biolight I cannot see the display. My previous alpine deck didn't have biolight. My only suggestion concerning Alpine is that Alpine or Crutchfield should make it clear to customers with Honda Civics or other cars which have the deck slanting to not get any Alpine except one with biolight. After calling customer service at Alpine they said my car should only use the biolight deck. Luckily, I got this deck on sale or the extra hundred dollars for biolight may have forced me to stay with the Exelon.

    incredible sound

    Written By Fredy, jolie, il on Thursday, April 24, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    car stereo is insane, i thought at first it wasnt going to deliver the punch
    when i first installed it. but after a few weeks of reading the manual im
    finaly able to show the full potential of my alpine. truly recomend getting
    this stereo. and the three pre amp outputs are great and especially when
    you get the ipod connector for free!!!!!

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Michael, Plainfield Indiana on Saturday, April 12, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine CDA-9885 is a great head unit, The I-Pod controls are great... I still have the factory speakers in, And they sounds 100% better then then before, I'm gonna be adding speakers in the rear deck and the front doors and the Alpine Bass Package MRP-M450 mono amplifier Two SWE-1242 12" subwoofers Q-Logic subwoofer VERY soon, all and all I would buy over and over from crutchfield there great in price also great customer service,

    Thanks Crutchfield for great products !!!!


    Written By Brent, Crestview, FL on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)


    Alpine build quality,
    Multiple options (Ipod, bluetooth, HD radio, Sat radio, CD).


    Sound shaping,
    Overall sound quality,
    Lighting options (or lack of).


    Before I bought this receiver, I had plenty of experience with one that I purchased for my wife's car. To her, and for her tastes, the CDA-9885 performs well- especially for Ipod functions that she primarily uses it for. In my truck I had a 1999 model Alpine CDA-7845 which basically only played CDs. I was so impressed with the sound quality of my old deck that I definitely wanted to go with Alpine again as it had performed flawlessly for over 8 years.

    I assumed that the 9885 would sound similar, perhaps even better with more power and more sound shaping options (Bass Engine). However, after about 2 hours of tweaking and adjusting the Q levels, center frequency, and values of bass and treble, in addition to adjusting the High Pass, I could not get the stereo to sound as good as the CDA-7845. Like a lot of folks out there, it is important for me to have options with my stereo, but of utmost importance is sound quality.

    To my (relatively) well trained ear, the 9885 sounds too harsh and out of control, especially in the midrange region. I could not find a crossover frequency that would mix the bass of the four main speakers with the subwoofer, which sounded muddy, especially with mid-bass heavy music. With the old receiver, the overall sound was warm, pure and right on; it just needed a few tweaks-- with far less sound shaping options than the 9885.

    So, I called Crutchfield and they said they had heard this before and made a few recommendations. I shaped the sound a bit more and listened for another week and decided that I didn't like the sound. It was fatiguing and unnatural. So, I am sending this unit back and am trying out the 9886, which I've read has a bit warmer sound than the 9885. We'll see...

    Overall, I give the 9885 4 stars because it is a good receiver-- but if you are a serious audio buff, you might want to look elsewhere. I'll write a review on the 9886 as soon as I get it and give an honest comparison of the two.

    My equipment:
    2000 Dodge Dakota Ext. Cab;
    Alpine CDA-9885
    6.5" Boston Acoustic Coaxial Speakers x 4;
    JL Audio Stealthbox (W8) with a JL Mono sub amp

    Very nice reciever for the price

    Written By Jaison, Katy,Tx on Thursday, March 13, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What can I say, Crutchfield has great customer service, lots of variety to choose from, and gives you all the information you're looking for. I've always gone to Best Buy to buy my stereo equipment. I thought I'd do it a little different this time, and I was very impressed. The unit I had previously was a Sony Xplod reciever, it was nice at the time. This reciever is a huge improvement over the old unit. Not only did Crutchfield display the item well on the website, but this reciever does exactly what I was looking for. I still have factory style speakers in the car. I work for a Jaguar dealership, and to be honest, just by adding this reciever, it sounds better than some of the Jaguar sound systems. Overall, I was very impressed. Also Crutchfield provided some of the wiring adapters and new antenna cable at no charge, plus the tool to remove the factory radio. The only thing I'm not used to is how bright the unit is at night while driving, but thats just me. Thanks Crutchfield!


    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Trevor, Quincy, MA on Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    It replaced my stock Elantra H/U (Kenwood) wich kicked the bucked (stoped
    playing CD's) I finally get to use my IPod. Sounds better and louder then
    the old one. It will take a little time to learn how to use it.

    Repeat Performance (customer)

    Written By Randy, Knoxville, TN on Monday, March 03, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the third Alpine unit that I have purchased. Obviously I have been well pleased so far. The Alpine has all the features that I need and none of the distractons other manufacturers load onto their products just to look cool. I am sure there are other units with possibly more features, however, the CDA 9885 was a bargain considering the others that I compared it against. The performance has been excellent and Cruthfield supplied (for free, or greatly reduced) the peripheral accessories, instructions, and all neccessary items for an easy installation. I had been quoted (and not guaranteed) a price of $550.00 for a somewhat comparable unit installed in my 1997 BMW 540 by a local big box store. The installation tech shuddered when I told him what kind of car the unit would be installed in. He began to tell me of all sorts of problems assocaited with my vehicle and made all sorts of "outs" in case he found himself in over his head. Crutchfield said the install would be no problem for me....and guess what? It was not !!!!!!! Thanks for saving me almost $300.00 and a lot of heart-burn!

    Great performance, great look!

    Written By Hasan, Sunrise, FL on Saturday, February 23, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    2007 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab. Bought 4 Alpine speakers (a pair of 6x9's and a pair of 6.5's) improved sound, but by not much. Added the F250 4 channel Alpine amp. Sound became louder, but added distortion - mad me unhappy.

    Added the Alpine 9885. Cleaned up the sound. Improved the quality. Peformance excellent! But not I need a little more bass. Thinking of sticking with Alpine, and going with the F-450 mono amp, and a 10" sub (TBD).

    I was a Pioneer guy, now I'm an Alpine guy. Love the products, love the quality. Get this stereo!


    Written By Daiquiri, Oklahoma on Saturday, February 23, 2008

    very nice hu. had a few questions on the wiring during the installation & the crutchfield tech supports were quick to answer makin it a snappy process. The 9885 has everything i need & it really makes the stock speakers sound super. delivery, product & satisfaction Overall im slangin it a 5 star:


    Easy Installation, Excellent Sound

    Written By Gregory, Caledonia, MI on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a 2004 Silverado 2500HD crew cab and had previously replaced my factory speakers and added a single 10" sub with box and amp to my factory deck. This Alpine deck was the perfect addition to complete a solid hi-fidelity sound system. Very easy to install with Crutchfield's excellent supplemental harnesses, install kits and instructions. Many people have argued in the past that Crutchfield charges more for the equipment than the big box stores to cover the costs of the extras they throw in. Not so for me on this unit. It was the same price, but you get so much more. Even if they did charge more, it would be worth it.

    This unit has a great set of adjustments to optimize the sound for the vehicle and it was very quick and intuitive to dial it in. The subwoofer pre-out and various adjustments made my music sound more like true studio quality. Wow!

    I've read that some people take issue with the iPod controls on this deck. Yes, they are different than how things are controlled on the iPod, but they are still intuitive and don't take long to get used to. Some things are actually easier with the interface on the deck than trying to navigate on the iPod while driving (e.g. switching to shuffle songs or albums.)

    Unless you are looking for a competition quality system with crossovers and mutiple amps and subs, this deck should fit anyone's needs from a sound quality perspective. I crank it up more than most and I'm content and no longer feel a need for any other system upgrades.

    Consider me highly impressed!

    Cold, flat sound

    Written By Eugene, Baltimore MD on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm surprised that so many people are raving about this product. I got the Alpine CDA-9885 at the recommendation of many friends and "experts" who insisted it was "the best in sound quality."

    This is not the case at all. The sound is very cold, flat and hollow (though clean). I've tried playing with EQ but that didn't help. Speaking of EQ, you can change Bass and Treble, but not Mids. Instead, there are pretty confusing other controls to "compensate" for that. But my main complaint is the sound quality. I've actually posted a question about this on some internet forums, and gotten replies confirming that the Alpine sound is indeed 'cold' and unpleasant, even worse than in many stock systems (e.g. Nissan or Honda). It may be much cleaner, but that's not the same thing as warm.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Frank, Gilroy, CA. on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation thanks to Crutchfield install kit. IPOD adapter works very well. Controls are easy to use. Menus work as expected. I would recommend this receiver with ipod adapter.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Mayank, Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, February 17, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice and easy to use system. A little confusing at first, but after playing with it you get the hang of it. Good for scrolling through your ipod fairly quick, and nice display set up. ! thing is that the center knob is not the enter button, and instead it is another button on the side, which gets confusing sometimes. Overall great stereo


    Written By GregP, Rockford, IL on Saturday, February 16, 2008

    I looked at this unit about 6 months ago here on Crutchfield, but decided to go with something less expensive and got a Pioneer 4900IB. Never really liked that thing, so I finally broke down and got the Alpine 9885.

    Wow. This thing is great! Everything sounds good, the display looks nice, and it'll play any kind of cd i throw at it. It looks like once I get an ipod, controlling that will be a snap too.

    Alpine did good on this one!

    Written By Lloyd, Alpine CDA-9885 Valencia,CA on Saturday, February 16, 2008

    Wow, going from a stock head unit to this Alpine is amazing. I have a amp driving new speakers and every source ie. i pod, fm am tuner, Sirius, cd, is crystal clear!

    Setup was easy and everything is included. The controls take a bit to used to like any thing new and electronic. We are going to put this same setup in my friends truck.

    Better than 9886, but still not perfect

    Written By Adam, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, February 14, 2008

    I first ordered the 9886. 9886 has ipod issues that you can read about in its reviews. I returned for the 9885. The 9886 has a nicer overall appearance- specifically the buttons, screen and uniform blue color. The only other 2 benefits (in my opinion) to the 9886 are related directly to ipod use.

    1. The search button is the same as the enter button. So to search for a song you press search, scroll to playlist/ song etc (or use buttons 1-6 for % accelerated search, then the enter button is the same as your search button. However on the 9885 you press search, scroll to your song and you have to hit the play button to select it which is a different button. Not a huge deal, but was definitely more convenient on the 9886.

    2. And I am 99% sure of this, but not 100%. On the 9886, you could just hit the search button at any point and begin searching. On the 9885, if you have random or repeat mode selected you must first turn it off before searching. Its not a deal breaker, but like I said: I am almost positive that on the 9886, you didn't need to turn off random or repeat first.

    I actually thought the 9885 sounded better than the 9886 (almost all sound related features are identical on paper however).

    The screen on the 9886 is nicer, but it won't show as much information. as the 9885. If you want the clock to show, you only have 1 choice for screen layout. I am not positive for the radio or cd modes, but for ipod (if I recall correctly) if you want the clock shown the only other info displayed is track number. So its basically pointless to know you are on track 386/3057 on your ipod and you can see the clock.

    On the 9885 the clock can be shown in the bottom left corner during all screen layouts. Again, not a deal breaker, but given the choice I would rather have the clock shown. It is somewhat small to read. But I looked at it this way: Even if I have to lean closer to read the clock, thats still MUCH faster than having to hit the title/screen info button several times to get to the clock mode, check the clock and then scroll back through to the screen mode that I want.

    To sum up in few words: 9886 has major ipod issues that I would read about before ordering. When those are cleaned up, it will be a pretty nice head unit. Ipod search is better. The fact that the clock can't be shown in more screen modes is still kind of irritating. 9885 has no ipod issues, can show clock in all screen modes, sounded better to me, and was $50 cheaper.

    iPod Photo (60GB) NOT!!!

    Written By littlebrother, VA BCH, VA on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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    Great little HU... Running it into an M450 and an F450 amp via RCA cables. Everything seems wonderful except for the fact that my 4th gen iPod won't talk to my 9885 HU. Sometimes I get an ERROR and sometimes the HU just displays "NO SONG" but today the songs displays on the HU but does not play. I'm sure I can return it to CF, and I probably will in that I was told that this unit has many "unofficial" reports of producing errors when the iPod has more than 3000 songs. What a bummer. The reason I got this was so I could hook up a huge iPod and just leave it in the car... Oh well. Such a pain.

    Great Reciever

    Written By Jamie, CO on Monday, February 11, 2008

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    This is a great reciever over all. You can adjust everything fairly easily and the ipod adapter works well.

    Great Headunit

    Written By Doubledee90, Warwick, RI on Friday, January 25, 2008

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    I just got this yesterday and it was great. Took only 2 days to ship and installed the day i got it. It took a while to install, but jus because there were a lot of wires and it was dark and cold out. The reciever looks and sounds great. It goes real loud, i cant fully blast it because my speakers cant handle it and i dont want to blow them. It sounds great if you have a subwoofer and there is a lot of conrols for it. Tweak the sounds to the way you like them and the thing is a beauty. Also there is sweet background movements that you can put on with a choice of 4, for osme eye candy. BUY THIS H/U. Dont get the 9887, i was going to but its basically the same exact thing, only cheaper!

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Dean, Sayre, Pa on Friday, January 25, 2008

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    Unit was easy to install and sounds very good.
    i-pod navigation is excellent, but some heiarchy is confusing - when selecting a song it would be nice if the unit would revert back to the previous state (shuffle, etc.) after playing the selection.
    Display is easy to read in all conditions.
    Buttons are very small and rotary knob with "enter" function would be useful rather than having to push a separate button.
    AM/FM operation is average.
    Using a SWI-PAC controller with this and the operation is erratic at best.
    Wireless remote works well, but very directional.

    Great Add-on System

    Written By Louie, Madison Heights, VA on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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    I was skeptical about putting an add-on stereo system in my 2001 Ford Ranger, as a young man I had put radios in just about every vehicle I had owned, some good, some not so good. The Alpaine CDA-9885 is one fantastic head unit for the unbelievable low Crutchfield price. I researched a number of units before deciding on this one as a Christmas present. I replaced my manufacturers radio with the CDA-9885 just for the iPod plug in and do not regret my choice one bit. The ease of installation, the quality of Alpine, the sound, the extras such as HD/Sat Radio capabilities and the intended purpose of plug and play iPod usage makes this head unit one valuable addition to my vehicle. The controls are easy to use and the text is easy to read. I give this unit 5 stars and recommend it highly.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Phil, Portland, OR on Friday, January 18, 2008

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    This is a great stereo for the price...exactly as advertised!

    The only function I would like to see, is the ability to be able to read the entire track title when scrolling through the artist on my ipod, but this is not a show stopper, and I still very happy with my purchase.

    Thanks Crutchfield for fast shipping and reliable service! I have and will use you again in the future...keep it up!

    Clock is kinda small

    Written By Steve, Natchitoches, LA on Thursday, January 17, 2008

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    Works great with the IPOD! Very cool. Many units will have a large clock display when the unit is off -- this one only seems to have a very small clock -- it's there, but tiny. Otherwise, great unit.

    I'm happy as a clam.. haha

    Written By Jacqueline, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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    The only thing I had a problem with is that you can't push the mute button or turn the volume down while you're in the search mode because they act as part of the search functions. Oh, it's not a total negative and it might just be me, but I feel like the jump from no volume to level one volume is too sudden, if you will. It's only noticeable when you're parked with quiet surroundings. And I noticed it because I listen to music a LOT especially in the car. Otherwise, I'm happy as a clam because those reasons aren't enough to deduct a star in the rating. =P Crutchfield included everything I needed for installation and I got the iPod cable that I needed. The piece of machinery is a beauty. I'm sure the new cda-9887 is awesome also, but I came to terms with the fact that I didn't have to HAVE the '7-band equalizer' or the 'imprint sound tuning' and stuff.


    Written By Nathan, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, January 07, 2008

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    Buy this radio now!

    I had gone about 5 years with the factory 6-disc cd player in my 02 Focus, but when I got a new 80g iPod for Christmas, I really had no choice but to upgrade to an aftermarket unit. (Unless I went the FM transmitter route, which I had no intention of doing.)

    So I did a few hours of research and narrowed it down to a few models. I knew that obviously iPod connectivity was a priority, but at the same time I didn't want to spend more than I needed to. I'm not cheap, but I like to at least attempt to find the best overall value.

    I looked at the Sony CDX-GT710, the Alpine-9883, the Alpine-IDAX001, and a Pioneer model that apparently was old cause I can no longer find it on the site. I did a lot of reading of reviews of the other units, and all things considered I felt like the 9885 was clearly the best choice. The IDAX001 is a little fancier in terms of the screen, but personally, I like the 9885 better because while it is an extremely nice looking unit, it's not overly fancy. It's just very sharp and clean. With the included (free) install adapter for my Focus it looks amazing, again without sticking out like a sore thumb like it doesn't belong there, it really blends in very well.

    The included (free) iPod cable works as described, full speed. I will agree with some other reviewers that it would make more sense if the iPod control used the wheel button on the radio and you could push it for "enter" like the iPod, but once you see how it's set up it really works quite nicely. It's very easy to quickly find what you're looking for. And, as it should, when you start your car it picks up right where it left off. Even if you turn the car off, unplug the iPod, then start the car, then plug it back in, it still remembers exactly where it was.

    As for sound, I am simply amazed. When I was in high school, I had about $3500 in a full stereo setup in an Explorer, and no way would I need to spend anywhere near that to duplicate the results with this unit. Obviously it's comparing apples to oranges and I realize that, but the point I'm trying to illustrate is how unbelievable this unit can make your stock speakers sound. If you really need insane bass then add a sub(s), but honestly, once you get the fade and balance setup properly, and the treble and bass set (I think mine is at +4) it just sounds right. Ultra clear and crisp. Drums sound like drums, and you can feel it. It's incredible. Again no it's not the same as two Kappa 12s getting 500w RMS but unless you want to go all out this is your answer.

    Buy this thing you'll love it. Crutchfield really rocks too, go ahead and shop around if you want to waste time. You can't touch them once you figure in all the freebies you're getting.

    Great Buy

    Written By Aaron, Denver, CO on Thursday, January 03, 2008

    Ive seen some reviews that say the ipod is the only downfall. Couldn't be further from the truth. I set up playlists on mine just because of the reviews, didnt need it. It has the ability built in to browse by artist, album, genre already in it. Ive got 1500 songs on my ipod and finding the songs is simple by just browsing the artist. It then gives you thier albums to browse, then the songlist for the album. Easy as pie after I read a little of the manual. The sound is great, look is really nice. Only thing I would want is more background animations. Other than that, this is hands-down the best car reciever I have ever owned.

    Great Deal

    Written By Chris, San Diego, CA on Sunday, December 30, 2007

    Hard to beat including the iPod adapter. The mounting kit did not work as described with my vehicle (98 Civic). I used a combination of the mounting plate and factory trim as a work-around. The unit was not navigating properly with my iPod. Crutchfield tech support recommended to press the reset button on the Alpine which resolved the problem. Four out of five stars due to wasting several hours with the mounting kit and trying to troubleshoot the iPod navigation issue. Works as expected now and I would recommend this product as great deal.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Kyle, Cedar City, UT on Saturday, December 22, 2007

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    In one word i can sum up this reciever: AWESOME!!! Imediate benifits to sound quality, I havent been able to play extensively with the bass yet as im still waiting on a few parts, and money, to get my sub system in. The fact that i can hook it up to my I-pod and control the I-pod from the reciever itself is a nice touch. For someone with a large library the search could take a long time to find that favorite artist, but for someone like me without such a huge music library it functions just fine. Took me about 70 min to put it in my 04 Subaru Legacy and a few special tools for some screws put in awkward places. The wiring harness that crutchfield sent made the installation remarkable smooth, along with the master sheet. Overall a great buy and worth the money. Ive also heard that Alpine is discontinuing this model and will replace it next year with a new model at the same price ($299.99) so those who can wait do so and check out what the upgrade will be like for 2008.

    Alpine cda-9885

    Written By Paul, Charlotte NC on Monday, December 03, 2007

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    I bought this unit to replace my factory installed receiver which did not allow me to use my IPod. I choose the cda-9885 because of the many positive reviews. The reviews were very helpful and accurate. This is the first time that I replaced a unit on my own. It took me about 1.5 hours, the instructions were very clear. I had a question and called Crutchfield tech support. I waited maybe 3 minutes to get in touch with a tech. The tech was very helpful. I am very satisfied with Crutchfield and Alpine.

    Awesome HU

    Written By Brian, Florida on Thursday, November 29, 2007

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    In a word AWESOME. I replaced my 2008 Ford Ranger stereo and speakers this week. I love the Alpine unit, tons a features to fine tune the sound for my truck and plenty of power to drive the rear Pioneer TS-A6871R and front Infinity Capas 682.7cf I installed. Crutchfields customer service (sales and techs ) are TOPS. Sales helped me decide what components to purchase and tech support had me up and running in less than an hour. I had a couple wiring questions and question on how to actualy install the HU in the dash. I am sold, Crutchfield has my bussiness forever.
    Thanks for the great service. BTW, the instructions, wire harness's, speaker harness's, dash kit and IPOD cable, saved me I estimate 200.00. I also got, per sales recommendation speaker baffles for front and rear.

    Really, really good product

    Written By Jim, Swartz Creek, MI on Tuesday, November 27, 2007

    I really like this product. We have had it installed for about a month, replacing a Kenwood that everyone loved but my wife and I hated!

    This product has a good sound, the face is easy to read. It is properly lighted, and has good instructions on how to use it. I can't tell you how much better it is than the Kenwood I had. (Same price, too!)

    Here are the reasons it did not get a 5; No car stereo will get a 5 from me until they figure out how to put the Aux, iPod, and other jacks on the front of the unit (or make them available with-out stringing wires all over the car). Second, I don't get why the ipod can have a "click wheel" and one button that give easy navigation, yet car stereos with their 20 buttons still don't navigate the bloody iPod well? Can't they do better than that for under $350?

    That said, this comes as close to easy iPod navigation as I have seen, and is light years ahead of the Kenwood POS I had.

    I am pretty picky, and did my homework on this one. I would say buy it if you are on the fence. I hope I helped. Good luck!

    Almost perfect

    Written By Rick, Mill Valley, CA on Sunday, October 28, 2007

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    This receiver gets a 9.9/10 - it has great sound quality, great looks, easy to use!

    It loses the .1 point because the only issue I have is that I can't rate my songs on my iPod. I have over 6000 songs, and I like to "top rate" the ones I like best as it shuffles through them all, and then use the "My Top Rated" playlists at parties, etc.

    I used to have an old head unit that had an AUX > 1/4" mini stereo connection, which I had to use the iPod to pick/play songs - using the head unit to navigate my collection while driving is MUCH safer! Again, only problem is that I can't set the rating on the songs. I guess i'll have to do that in iTunes, or figure out another way.

    Overall, great head unit! Highly recommended!

    Trusty Alpine!! satisfaction as always :)

    Written By matt, San Diego, C.A. on Friday, October 26, 2007

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    As Always, Alpine Astounds me! This unit is PHENOMINAL! Looks great, easy to use and sounds like magic! The only way to get a better unit is to buy the 9887, but at the added cost of $300.00 to install the software module, it's clear to see that this is the best unit out there for the dough. I have all ALPINE in my CIVIC and it's unbeleivable. CDA-9885, SPR-17S, SPR-13C, PDX-4.150, PDX-1.1000, SWR-1242D and a lot of Dynomat! I will continue my loyalty to Alpine as long as they maintain the bar that they have set.

    As far as Crutchfield and their customer service, i have had better instances. I wanted to buy the service package to go with this $300.00 investment but it is not offered in California...BOO!! I also felt as though the shipping was pretty slow, but i understand that that is a matter of the shipping company as well as the dealer. However, not pleased about it. I have to admit, though the unit costs full price, there is no better deal out there on this unit. they are sold for much cheaper if you look around, but Crutchfield offers a free Ipod cable, installation equipment and shipping for paying the MSRP. And they are a certified dealer so they offer the full one year manufacturer warranty, which you won't find elsewhere for a lower price than what they are asking, all things included.

    Overall, very satisfied. I will give Crutchfield consideration for my other car stereo needs, but let's hope for a better transaction next time, and maybe extended coverage for items in Cali?

    Better Than Expected

    Written By Michael, Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, October 20, 2007

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    The Alpine sounds great. I can't really explain it since the factory amps are still driving the speakers (that's part of the long story), but it sounds much better than the Bose Factory system that I paid a lot of money to add to the car in the first place. Having the iPod adapter and a few other inputs is great. Good piece of equipment. Very clean and detailed sounds.

    very easy install - and great SQ

    Written By Gary, Arizona on Saturday, September 15, 2007

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    I have never installed a HU or speakers before but I just finished installing the 9885 and 4 Polk db525's. It took me 90 mins start to finish and was very easy. The instructions, dash kit, wire harness and IPod cable were awesome and straight forward.

    I have a 2005 TJ and all I had to do was cut out the old HU harness (Dremmel) and follow the wiring diagram.

    AMP is next but the SQ and Volume is great without it but I am going for the AMP anyway.

    I suggest buying this product and get it from Crutchfield. Thay made it easy!!

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Al, Long Island, NY on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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    I got this Alpine CDA 9885 because of all the positive reviews. Boy were they all right, this is a great radio. I put it into my 2003 Toyota Highlander. Crutchfield was great and they sent me everything I needed to install it in a double din opening. It fit great and the instructions and illustrations were right on. I installed all myself. I love the look and sound of this unit even through my factory speakers, blows my stock radio out of the water. The Ipod control interface cable works great. I also got the Sirius Sir-ALP1 radio and it sounds great. All sources sounded crystal clear except the AM tuner portion. There was a constant buzzing sound. I called tech support and they were great and knowledgeable, they sent me an AS100 Antenna noise filter free saying the noise was coming through my antenna. I got it in 2 days and hooked it up and the noise was gone crystal clear AM. Crutchfield rocks, I would never buy from anyone else.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By scott, las vegas on Sunday, August 12, 2007

    this hu is fantastic like pretty much anything from Alpine. People complaining here about the search function being slow are being silly because they obviously don't know about the % search which cuts down search time dramatically. i have about 7000 songs on my ipod and with % search i can breeze through all tracks and find exactly what i'm looking for QUICK.

    Sound quality is great and you can adjust many parameters, yet it remains pretty simple--base, treble, subwoofer. simple. great hu

    Good but...

    Written By Robert, Michigan on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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    Its good. Ive used RF style ipod interfaces and to say they s--k is being kind.

    I bought this with the Alpine ipod interface.

    Playing the ipod: Its quick, but there are issues. When the car is off for over a day, the ipod song list goes back to the first song on the ipod. I have over 8,900 songs on my ipod so if I was listening to something in the Rs and the song list resets (to the first song), I have a L--O--N--G time of spinning the multipurpose knob to get back to the R section.

    It takes A L---O---N---G time to get through the list of artists. In my opinion, WAY to long.

    But the sound, once I get there, is great! Disconnect the ipod and the list resets too.

    The screen is crystal clear. The only issues that Ive had is glare from the shiny screen.

    The ipod interface, as noted above from the review posted about it is clear sound and insanely easy to install. Literally plug and play. Stick it in your glove box or in the console for those that have one. I popped a whole in my otherwise useless glove box and like magic, now it has a use.

    I installed in a Mercedes Benz with a Factory Bose system and I have MASSIVE volume. (The Benz has a Bose branded power amp. At 3 its LOUD. At 5 Im deafened!)

    Aside from the ipod issue (could probably be worked around by using play lists), this is the best car stereo upgrade Ive done since the FM adapter in my first car (anyone remember those dinosaurs? AM only car radios. I then added a Clarion 100EQB3 and a Clarion tape deck with Jensen Tri-Ax speakers and was in heaven!)

    Im back there. Glad I bought it. Wiring was interesting but the adapter helped a whole lot.

    Great gear!

    Written By Brad, Lake Forest, CA on Sunday, August 05, 2007

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    I purchased this to upgrade a friend's stock Chevy stereo. For now, I just put the iPod adaptor on it, but in the future, it will have XM/Sirius, Bluetooth, and better speakers. Installation in a Chevy Tracker was a snap -- less than two hours from start to finish with a talkative neighbor bugging me. I can't stress enough to people considering buying from Crutchfield that you can expect everything to be perfect when you order here. They include an install kit that just works and vehicle specific instructions that are correct right down to the dashboard screw. For example, with the Tracker, I could have spent an hour trying to find the two screws behind the ashtray! On a $300 purchase, Crutchfield is a no-brainer.

    The unit itself is quite nice. The iPod integration is a step forward with proportional search. Eventually, Alpine will figure out how to present binary search in a way that regular folks can quickly navigate a few thousand songs or artists. But this unit's proportional search is a huge leap forward from the 9835, which I've had in my Blazer for two and a half years. The BioLite display is easy to read and just plain beautiful. Most important, the features of this unit are easy to navigate while driving.

    If you're considering this unit and like the Alpine brand, the toughest decision you have to make is between this one and the IDA-X001. In researching this, I found that I'm still one of the few people I know who is 100% iPod. If you have friends who bring a CD along or a collection of CDs you haven't ripped yet, you'll want a CD player in the dash. This year, save $100 and get the 9885.

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By brucek, Orange County , CA. on Friday, July 27, 2007

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    Pros. Great unit for the price. Easy to install. Easy to read graphics. Nice features.

    Cons. Remote does not work if aimed a bit off the unit. I have had other units that remote worked if in 45degree angle, this one is very picky about how you aim.

    Great Product!!!!

    Written By Mike, St. Louis, MO on Thursday, July 26, 2007

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    I am very pleased with this head unit. Install in my corolla was incredibly simple. Im a first time crutchfield customer and I am extremely impressed with their service (prompt free delivery, free ipod cable, free harness, free diagrams). I ordered it Sunday evening, and it arrived Wednesday morning.

    This unit is great. It is extremely easy to navigate through the iPod. It looks sharp and sounds great. The sub control is very nice for me being a person who listens to any kind of music, from country to rap. I can even turn my subs completely off through the unit. No more cds, I love it. Now I have to order another one for my dad.


    Written By Kertis, Washington on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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    Great Price
    Great Product
    Great Support

    Super easy install(Was completely installed in about and hour) Crutchfields car model specific install instructions were really helpfull.

    Ordered it on Saturday evening recieved it Tuesday morning and was installed the same evening with NO problems what-so-ever. Everything I needed came with reciever. Ipod nano hooked right up and sounded killer.

    awesome deck

    Written By michael, anchorage, ak on Thursday, July 19, 2007

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    I just received my alpine 9885. Installed and tested it out and I love how this HU turn my stock speakers - Dodge Neon - into beasts. Will install amps and subs when money is in my hand. Meanwhile, I'm liking what I hear. I don't use ipod, cd changer, aux in, or sat tuner so I can't tell you all about those features. As for the performance and clarity, this is a must have!

    Awesome! Alpine and Crutchfield: Outstanding!

    Written By CelticKnot, Austin, TX on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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    I originally purchased a JVC iPod-ready head unit, but quickly realized I needed something a little more than entry-level. The great folks at Crutchfield worked with me, helped me return my JVC and swap it for this Alpine. When it arrived in damaged condition, they quickly shipped out another. Excellent customer service. BRAVO!

    Why just 4 stars on this beauty? Id give it 4.5 if I could. Awesome, clean sound. Gorgeous display: those two lines of text are why I opted to upgrade to this unit, but I'm glad I did for many other reasons. Tons of options, super long iPod cable (can put it nearly anywhere in your cabin (i.e., glove box or other hidey-hole)), fairly intuitive (see below) interface, powerful, cool display effects.

    1. My biggest peeve is the fact that most iPod controls are disabled in shuffle mode. It's not intuitive to do so (doesn't work that way on the iPod itself), and it doesn't specifically state that in the manual other than hinting that shuffle is a function that you toggle. I really thought either my iPod or this unit was defective for the first few days I had it because I couldn't get the iPod control menu to work. Now that I know to turn off shuffle mode if I want to change playlists, its a simple (albeit annoying) matter.
    2. Weak and bulky remote. Not a huge deal to me; I seldom have the need to use a remote in a car. I will probably put this in the glove box and forget about it.

    Overall this head unit is an awesome upgrade for the $. Despite its minor flaws, I highly recommend this unit.

    Does not work with IPHONE!

    Written By John, Clarksville, TN on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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    I must say, I always have been an Alpine Fan. I went with this model since it has a cd player. It works amazing and it even fits in my 2002 VW Jetta without any modifications. I turned all the buttons red to match my dash's lights an it looks amazing.

    The only problem was the fact that the iphone does not work with this player. It says accessory is not supported but still tries to play it. It plays over iphone speakers while i can still change songs on the Alpine Head Unit. Maybe in the future it will be supported?

    I was definitely happy with this purchase. In the future I will buy this again and I recommend it. The birthday input is a cool feature if you install this for a friend.

    Alpine does it again...

    Written By John, El Paso, Texas on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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    Well, first things first I am definitely an audiophile for good clean sound. (Not much of a bass head, but then again I like rock music.) Basically I was looking for a head unit that could easily hookup and navigate an ipod, had three rca outputs for my speakers and subs, and matched the interior of my Acura. All I can say is that this beast of a head unit knocked all three out of the park. The red illumination works very well with my cluster gauges and the sound is superb over my stock Bose system. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't plan on breaking the bank to get a head unit...this one will not disappoint you!

    It's Alpine all the way!

    Written By Angelica, Marina, CA on Friday, July 06, 2007

    I'll never buy anything but an Alpine and I'll never buy it from anyone but Crutchfield. I ordered this unit from the "Scratch and Dent" section on Crutchfield and I'm still a little confused. The box looked a little abused, but I still can't find anything cosmetically wrong with the head unit. Also, I'd like to thank Crutchfield for being so responsive to me. My order was missing a small piece (an honest oversight) and they sent it to me immediately. I got a great deal, I didn't have to pay any shipping, and I got all the wiring harnesses and adapters I needed. It looks great and lights up beautifully in my car. Did I mention it sounds amazing? It sends a clear and strong signal to my amp, which means a cleaner all-around sound. Also, the iPod cable is great. You can quickly search your iPod's library. The display is easy to read and bright. This head unit also plays high-quality AAC files, which is a great feature, since all of my compressed music at home is in this format. The graphics for balance, treble, etc. are easy to understand and pleasing to view. The only thing I wish it had was a motorized face. One other minor flaw is that the "select" button when your browsing your iPod library is not the large volume button so the operation can be a little counterintuitive. The three pre-amp outs are perfect for all my sound and the remote control tops it all off! It would be nice if the remote had more functions, but I'm just grateful to have a remote. I'd recommend this for the first-time purchaser or the experienced audiophile. It makes me take the long way home and hope for some traffic along the way.

    Great unit!!

    Written By Matt, Dayton, OH on Monday, July 02, 2007

    This is my first head unit install in over 10 years. I installed this on my 2007 Corolla with the stock 6 speaker system. Man it really does make the factory speakers come alive. The sound difference is amazing. Easy to install, good group of features. I love the blackout feature.

    With all these great features there are some things that are lacking in my opinion. This radio does not have the Radio Data System (RDS). All of my stock factory radios have had this for years now, why would you choose to not have this? Second, the remote is VERY basic. It pretty much only does volume, play/pause, and next/back. Playback via the iPod is somewhat problematic if you want to navigate other albums or artists. Another reviewer noted that the jog dial on the head unit is used to navigate the iPod interface which is great, but the push button on the dial does not work as the "enter" command, there is a separate button for that. Not very intuitive.

    Other than those little things, this unit is awesome!!

    Great Stereo

    Written By Bamberg, Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, July 01, 2007

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    By far one of the best head units I've ever owned...I've owned Sony, Aiwa, Kenwood, Blaupunkt, Pioneer...this is my first Alpine and it's great! I am pushing Polk Audio DB690 (6x9 front door), DB650 (6.5 rear door), and DB351 (3.5 dash speakers) which I got from Crutchfield and they sound excellent! I had 2 amps and sub-woofer in my previous truck, but I am contemplating not even getting anything else because it sounds so good and is well balanced.

    The stereo is easy to use...I was able to get through the menu's without even opening the owners manual. Just sat with it for about 30-45 mins and was on my way!

    It looks great in my 2005 Dodge RAM Quad Cab! Thanks Crutchfield!!!

    cristal clear music

    Written By eddie, freeland, pa on Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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    i allways used alpine receivers in the past and they really make top quality sterios and with crutchfield suppling free brackets and connectors and advice you can't go wrong!!
    i give crutchfield a a +++

    Alpine CDA-9885

    Written By Richard, San Angelo, TX on Friday, June 22, 2007

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    Overall this is a very good deck unit. Sound quality is very good. My only issues are interface related. The iPod controls are less than intuitive. This is not to say that you won't quickly get used to them, but the push-button dial would have been a FAR better choice for managing menu input. Also, when selecting songs from the iPod, you ALWAYS have to start at the beginning of your list, even when you are playing a song from a listing. It also takes a little bit of time for the song title to display when you hit the "next track" button. This makes quickly moving through a play list cumbersome. But I still think this is likely the best iPod controling deck unit on the market. The only better option that I have found is the Harmon-Kardon iDrive +...but I wanted a very clean look and so was not an option for me.

    I ended up having to bring the car to an installer to do some extensive wiring (including running a new antenna cable), this was an expense that I was not anticipating.

    Excellent Sound, Excellent ipod interface

    Written By medik13, Miami, FL on Thursday, June 14, 2007

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    I really like this unit but not as much as my wife, which is hard to please.

    I wanted a unit that is simple to use with excellent sound quality for her. The ipod interface had to be easy to use as well. The only complaint is the dual illumination. I wish this unit had the option of a green dislay to match her dash, but she seems to be happy with the red. Also, I had to modify the cage in order for it to sit flush with the METRA dash kit supplied, for an 06 Explorer. If I would have mounted it the way designed, the unit would have sat too far back and the flip face button was hard to reach. Not a big problem, but I did drill holes in the cage.

    Overall she is very pleased. Thanks


    Written By Branton, Wayne, NJ on Monday, June 11, 2007

    This is a rewrite of another review. I agree with the review.
    I really enjoy the CDA-9885. I did not install it myself because I had a Sirius Satellite wired already so I did not with the splices. I had the optional full-speed ipod cable, the Sirius direct tuner and the PAC wheel remote adapter installed.
    Overall, the sound is fantastic and the interface is friendly. The screen is great, easily readible under any conditions. The screen displays 2 lines of data at once, and provides a number of different scrolling options. I have mine set to display song title and artist name.
    The ipod interface is very nice and very fast. I have to agree with other reviewers that its annoying that pushing the wheel is not the enter button. That would be much more intuitive, however after spending 2 days using it, its now second nature to do it their way. The ipod interface primarily uses the wheel, an enter button, and an escape button. It also uses the number buttons to jump to points within a big list of songs/artists/albums/playlists quickly. Selecting songs is performed quickly.
    Sirius also works great. Selecting presets responds a bit slowly. The display cuts off letters beyond what can be shown on the display, it will scroll, but there wont be anything else there.
    I seem to encounter a bump when TUNING just for SONG TITLE. It could be a Sirius issue. MP3 CDs and audio CDs play well also.
    The built-in AM/FM tuner works. but I cant stand listening to AM or FM radio since Ive gotten SIRIUS.
    Since I am always playing all types of music I am used to using IR remote because my sprevious Sirius had one. It does provide limited functionality.

    Exactly what I wanted

    Written By Matt D, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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    I wanted to write my own review regarding this unit because I did read some of the negative reviews. Not that I am a pessimist or anything, but the downsides are what I was worried about. Totally not the case, I have accomplished everything I set out to accomplish with this receiver. First I can control my ipod directly through my receiver with the ipod in my glovebox. I have not found any downside with this unit in relation to controlling my ipod. Although it does not work through osmosis, which would be nice, in a matter of about an hour I mastered every ipod function pretty effortlessly. Secondly, I wanted to get rid of the Sirius Radio from my dashboard and that task was easily settled because of the ease at which I can use the satellite radio service. And lastly I purchased a professional install card just in case I wimped out on the installation, but after about two hours I was on the phone and Crutchfield was crediting my account for the unneeded card. Thanks to both Alpine and Crutchfield, I couldn't be happier!


    Written By Zembower, Lafayette, Louisiana on Sunday, May 27, 2007

    This unit is all that. The only thing that I can't seem to do is to make the clock display the time when the unit is off. I'll read a little more and make sure that it's not operator error.

    I have this paired with an Alpine 4 channel amp, and a sub/amp combo.

    I have never experienced such "clean" sound any ANY vehicle. My wife has a Lexus LS430 with Mark Levingston sound, and this blows the Lexus away for clarity and range of sound (and of sound levels, of course).

    I would recommend this to anyone in the market for this type of head unit.

    The ipod controls are pheonomenal!

    Thanks, Crutchfield, for the information and support to make the install simple.