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Alpine CDA-9886

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDA9886

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Alpine excellence in your dash

The CDA-9886 CD receiver furthers Alpine's top-notch reputation for excellent sound. Its strong internal amp delivers powerful output, and you can shape the sound with Bass Engine® sound controls — a 2-band parametric equalizer, plus a low-pass filter for your subwoofer. The stereo also features a high-pass filter that'll keep your full-range speakers clear by eliminating the low bass that they can't handle.

Alpine's CDA-9886 CD receiver

User-friendly controls and features

USB and iPod connections The 2-line BioLite display delivers text that's easy to read anywhere in the car. Alpine's included KCE-422i iPod® cable lets you connect your iPod and use the Percentage Search function to find your favorite songs fast — just tap the radio preset buttons to jump quickly through sections of your playlist. You'll also find a built-in USB input ready for your thumb drives or USB-equipped music players (except iPod).

Tune your system to perfection

Tuning kit The CDA-9886 offers three sets of preamp outputs for connecting an amplified system. The combination of Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT sound processor and the KTX-H100 tuning kit you'll turn your vehicle into the perfect listening space — the IMPRINT measures your car's acoustics and adjusts the stereo's settings automatically to create a perfect audio environment.

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

Information provided by Alpine

Bio-lite display Full Speed iPod control

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with a 2-line BioLite display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
    • high-pass filter (speakers and front/rear preamp outputs)
    • compatible with: Alpine Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    • inputs: USB input, includes KCE-422i iPod control cable, optional aux input
    • outputs: three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs (subwoofer output has bass level control)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    Worst Receiver ever!

    Written By JB, Nashville, TN on Saturday, March 12, 2011

    This is the worst receiver I have ever had the misfortune of owning, I am not sure what the other owners are use to that are ranking this so high.
    Let's begin

    1. Black out function sometimes will not allow you to wake receiver back up
    2. When you turn off the unit, the clock disappears too
    3. Same button for turning unit off as to select another source i.e. cd, ipod, tuner so that many times, if you don't hold the button down long enough to turn off unit, you just end up selecting something else, Very very annoying
    4. Ipod interface is terrible. Unit freezes for a few seconds every time you try to change a song or artist
    5. Audio controls are spotty. You have very little adjustment options and those options are not always available for you depending on what input source you are using. Very confusing

    Basically, this is my first and last Alpine. My previous Kenwood and Sony headunits were not as expensive as this one but atleast they work and have a working clock I can see all the time

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written By Josh, Statesboro, GA on Sunday, May 16, 2010

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    Writing this review a month and half after buying/installing. This product is now discontinued and I could've got the 9887 for a few dollars more. Would've been nice to know this information. Knob sticks really bad, got another unit with the same problem. Overall I like this unit but like I said, had I known the 9887 price was going down I would've waited all of 40 days for it. The service I got when getting another unit was great, install was super easy with instructions provided. I don't like how the iPod Touch won't charge and I need another expensive adapter. Thats my only real complaint is getting a stepped down product days before the upgraded version goes on clearance...

    THE very best

    Written By zach, kenosha Wi. on Sunday, May 09, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this unit does everything i hoped it would do. i wouldn't take advice from anyone below in their reviews because they have no idea what they are talking about. this unit does charge the iPod. at least mine which is a first generation nano. it also shuts it off so when i get back in the car the songs are left off right where they were. and it also shuts the iPod off whenever i shut the car off. the display is also not too bright especially if you have the dimmer setting on the lowest. and if it is too bright there is a blackout function that shuts all the lights off. but this is the very first unit i have ever bought and couldn't be happier. it will fit perfectly with the alpine sub i am planing on getting from crutchfield. especially after that little thank you they sent me in the mail!

    Just what i thought

    Written By Nathan, TN on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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    installed on my own for the first time due to the packet given to you for free by Crutchfield and it made my audio produce amazing sound quality compared to my old pioneer head unit

    pretty good but could be a better experience

    Written By Ken, Bothell, WA on Monday, April 05, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is pretty nice and I would have given it 5 stars except for a couple problems. I got the optional Alpine KCE-400BT Parrot Bluetooth Adapter which works great once you get the proper cables. If you use this with your iPod you will have to buy the KWE-460E Adapter Cable and KCE- 433iV Full Speed iPod Cable since the cables included can't be used. That's an additional $50 for cables. It seems to me that they could have made the cables compatible but chose to stick the buyer instead. I also got the PXA-H100 IMPRINT Audio Processor. It does a good but not great job of equalizing the sound. As others have noted in it's reviews it makes the sound too bright. You can correct this somewhat with the Tone controls (Sub, Bass and Treble) but the problem I found is that there is a harshness you can't get rid of so playing at loud volumes is iffy with some music. I'll redo it with the microphone in different positions to see if it helps.

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written By Anonymous, Lufkin Tx on Thursday, March 18, 2010

    This my fourth Alpine deck in 14 years and as always a truly amazing receiver, great sound, great cosmetics, great features and very user friendly. I wish it came with integrated bluetooth but there's always upgrade options. Display a little too bright.

    Just Wonderful

    Written By Ryan, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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    I did quite a bit of looking around before I selected this unit. I had been wanting an Alpine unit for several years, and I am very happy with this unit. The USB feature is truly a wonderful thing. You can fill up a USB memory stick with music, plug it in, and play it all. It's like having a mini, removable hard drive for all of your music. Not really a need to use CD's anymore at all. If you need to add more music, just plug it into your computer and add copy it to your USB drive. Super easy, and very user friendly.

    I have seen a few reviews commenting on how they dislike the fact that this only has a 2 band EQ. Yes, it does, but you can change the frequency of the two bands in the settings. It is a really nice feature that took me a bit of messing around to find.

    Also, the built in iPod connector really works well. The head unit will control your iPod for you and display all of the track information as well. You can't go wrong with this unit at all. Enjoy!

    Awesome unit & Crutchfield Support

    Written By Frankvv, Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, March 07, 2010

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    I finished the installation of my Alpine CDA 9886 today. Although I have a technical background, I still ended up calling the Crutchfield technical staff three times; once for help with the din adapter for my '02 Thunderbird, another time for clarification on how to hook up the sub-woofer, and finally with the programming for the steering wheel control adapter. I found the Alpine radio controls and programming to be very intuitive, and did not once need to resort to the manual! I was able to figure out how to pre-set FM stations and control and operate my iPod, as well as set the clock, all from just following the front panel controls. As a consumer who is over 50 years of age, I was looking for a unit that would give me great audio sound, a way to control my iPod without having wires dangling from the front, have a human interface that was straight forward, and this unit fits the bill. I am also very pleased with the pre-sale support the Crutchfield team exhibited. I went first to two other electronic stores before I ordered from Crutchfield, and the sales people at these stores were not very helpful. Ten minutes on the phone with one of Crutchfield's customer service representatives and I had what I needed. Furthermore, none of the other stores stocked the adapter kits and harness I needed for my car, so I would have been left to fend for myself. I love the fact that Crutchfield includes everything one needs to do the complete job. What a great experience! Thank you!


    Written By David, SF Bay Area on Monday, March 01, 2010

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    Good points: Function, very clean good sound quality. (Hint for ipod users. If you like your music loud & with min distortion. Use .wav files. Open them in a wave editor and reduce the volume of the file). Controls are easy to use. Internal amp can be turned off. Bio lite display is nice and easy to read except when the sun is reflecting off of it. Display has an auto off function. Ipod control does not switch to Ipod or automatically turn on the receiver when you plug the Ipod in. Mute button.

    Things I don't like: Will not play a 24 bit sound file. Small buttons would be easier to see if they were red. Also why not make it user selectable, how hard could it be? The display overall is very nice when illuminated except the turquoise icon in the biolite display. It is very ugly. Make it red, white or blue to match the rest of the display but Turquoise? Turner is just OK. Pioneer super tuner III is much better. Made in China. I have yet to find a car receiver besides Blaupunkt available today that is not made in China. I find this disappointing and frustrating as a consumer.

    Considering the choices we have as average consumers. The Alpine performance with exception of the tuner is excellent.

    Alpine 9886

    Written By Steve, La Mesa on Monday, February 22, 2010

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    This head unit is BAD! It is exactly what I wanted. Sound is GREAT. I cannot say enough good things about it.

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written By Ben, Maryland on Thursday, February 04, 2010

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    Very pleased with this unit but even more so with Crutchfield's service. During installation I had an issue with getting all sources to play. I called tech support (on a weekend no less) and the person I spoke to told me exactly which wires to change to fix the problem. It had to do with the year and model car I have. The information to fix this was not available in the manuals or anywhere i looked on the internet but the Crutchfield person knew what to do right away. I changed the wires as directed and voila - everything worked perfectly. Tell your friends - Crutchfield will take care of you. If they are $20 more etc. it is worth it in my opinion because this kind of service is hard to get. Thank you tech support, my ride is rockin!

    alpine cda-9886

    Written By mryankee, new york on Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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    one of the best sounding radios i've installed in my car. i use to always buy alpine radios but then i started getting cheap with my radios never again will i stray away from alpine. very powerful radio and i'm only useing the factory speakers in my civic i can imagine the sound i would get when i install better speakers and hook my amps and bass box back in my car. really great radio for the price and very clear sound you get from this unit will recommened to friends who are looking for a radio with power that wont break your wallet. thanks once again crutchfield.

    Very Satisfying Unit

    Written By Keith, Wilmington, NC on Sunday, December 06, 2009

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    The CDA-9886 is my second Alpine receiver and I love it better than the first. Mainly because of the "BioLite" display and the iPod controls. True that it doesn't charge the iPod, but when you switch modes, it turns it off...that is if you have the iTouch. So when I'm tired of listening to the radio or a CD, I can continue to listen to my iPod right where I left off and my battery is saved.

    The display is great. No matter where you are in the car or how much light is shining, you can see everything. This was my disappointment with my last Alpine (CDA-9805).

    Easy to install and easy to operate. What more could you ask for in a pretty economical head unit? Way to go Alpine!!

    Alpine CDA-9886 Ilove it

    Written By doggy, Gilroy cal. 95020 on Saturday, December 05, 2009

    This head unit is way worth the money. I bought one for my boat. I hooked it up with three Rockford Fosgate amps (2)700x and (1) 800s with three sets of Rockford fosgates 6.5" three way power speakers, then I teamed them with (2) 12" Rockford Fosgate HX2 Big daddy woofers. I added (2) chrome 2 farad digital caps. I also added the Alpine XM unit and the water proof 100' foot range remote control. (so when your on the beach bumping, you can change stations turn it up or down flip thru the iPod and so on cool stuff) Dual batteries and Rockford Fosgates "0" power and negative power cables. I also use top of the line twisted rca patch cables. can you say Pounds hard!! Yes you can.. Plus its super clear at any volume. I liked this head unit so much I bought two more. One for my BMW and the other for my Expedition. They two sound great. They both are just as nice as my boat.. I have had Alpine since the early 80's you cant go wrong. i will only buy Alpine for my head unit... AA++++++ Thanks for looking..

    Alpine Head Unit

    Written By Rob, Baltimore, MD on Monday, November 30, 2009

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    This is a good head unit. I think the remote control has horrible range. i have a remote from an older Alpine which I use because it has better range. this new remote that comes with the 9886 has to be pointed directly at it for it to work for me. i love the USB and 4v pre-outs. its a shame that it appears that all newer alpine's have 2v pre-outs with an additional 100 some-odd dollar adapater to make those into 4v pre-outs. another money maker for them. i like alpines for their no frills and only what is needed head units. they have good quality and this is true for the 9886

    Alpine receiver

    Written By Sam, Harrisonburg,VA on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Just picked this one up for a new truck and I had the previous model. I would have to say this one is easyer to use than the last one the Ipod controls are better, Display is better and Install was a breeze. I would highly recommend this one and Crutchfield for that matter.

    Great Head Unit!!!!

    Written By Allen, Kennesaw, GA on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    I have always had Alpine HUs and the 9886 has been the best by far. No glitches, problems, or complaints! It is pretty pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. The remote control is awesome wouldn't think you'd use it but it makes surfing songs alot easier while driving. This unit has all the bells and whistles like telling you happy birthday and merry christmas ( not important but it's icing on the cake). And you can hook up anything to it! GO ALPINE!

    Reciever a la carte

    Written By jeauboux, Tucson, AZ on Monday, November 02, 2009

    The good: The display is nice and clean. The menu is very intuitive once you figure it out. I can navigate my thumb drive fairly quickly, although it doesn't display folder names.

    The bad: For the price, I should get more than a 2 band equalizer. Sure, you can upgrade it with Imprint, but it'll cost you. Meanwhile, the sound is underwhelming. The 5 year old Panasonic deck in my last car blows this Alpine away.

    I should be able to hook up my Sirius receiver without having to buy an adapter cable AND a connection box AND a seperate dock. I have a lifetime Sirius subscription, so to transfer to the Alpine Sirius reciever costs money. Meanwhile, I've been shopping for a new receiver for my car. End result: I've been without Sirius since I installed this deck 3 months ago, even though I've purchased 2 extra components for it.

    Everything you'd really want to do with this deck will require you to buy a seperate adapter, or component, or both. I shouldn't need to install an electronics department behind my receiver to unlock the full functionality of it. This is my first Alpine deck, and it'll probably be my last unless Alpine starts including built-in features instead of add-ons.

    Incredable radio reception

    Written By Phillip, Humboldt County, Ca on Saturday, October 31, 2009

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    I baught this unit and added the HD radio. Unbelieveable tuner that pulls in distant stations. A whole new radio experience. I'm happy with this reciever and would reccomend it to anyone. The sound is incredable!


    Written By Jimmy, Palmer, AK on Sunday, October 18, 2009

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    I received the deck on the day Crutchfield said it would come in. With the detailed instructions Crutchfield gave I had my deck in and ready to play in an hour. This deck is awesome. The sound qulatiy is second to none. I am very happy with this purchase and this deck has room to grow if I want to add a amp or after market speakers. I usually don't write reviews but after I was done installing and playing I had to say something.

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written By james, alliance, ne on Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased this deck to replace my old cda-9811 which i loved but had to donate to a needy in-law, the 9886 has most of the features as my old deck and some new ones also. i love this deck, the usb port is great for my thumb drives and the controls make it easy to find songs and files. i dont use the ipod cable but my friends hook theres up and it works great as well, the deck takes control of the ipod and makes choosing songs and artist easy. i gave this deck four stars only because it does not have an aux. input included but it is capable with alpines cable, also because i really wanted a usb and aux. input on the decks face but i could'nt trade off the 4volt preamp inputs to get them. all in all i highly recommend this deck. this was my first purchase with crutchfield and i must say they are excellent, fast free shipping, great support and very good value.

    Great Deck for the Price

    Written By Jesse, Livermore, Ca on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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    First off I have always like Alpine units cause of the ease of use, so when I bought my car I decided to put this deck in. With crutchfield sending me everything I needed to install (except for a few tools which you can purchase) I was able to install the deck in about 1.5 hours. I took my time, referencing the diagrams often to make sure I was connecting the right wires. The sound quality coming from this deck improved the sound out of the stock speakers so much I almost thought that they were aftermarket speakers. I would recommend this deck to anyone looking for something basic, with great quality, and ease of use. the ipod adapter makes for even more enjoyable experience, I do want to try to use the usb adapter with a thumb drive so I can just upload music hide it in the back. I will be purchasing a set of 4 speakers and two subs for my car later only through crutchfield.


    Written By Adam, Green Bay, WI on Saturday, September 12, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just got done installing this unit and I have to say it looks awesome. Install was a breeze thanks to the mastersheets and wiring diagrams. Everything went great and looks awesome, I will definately buy from Crutchfield again! Thanks!!!

    Alpine always delivered

    Written By Blake, Lafayette, LA on Wednesday, September 02, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a great product. Does everything I wanted, 3 sets of 4 volt pre
    amps, ipod control, ease of use and much more. I was disappointed that
    the radio DID NOT charge the ipod however it did control it flawlessly. It
    sucks that if my ipod is dead, i can't listen to my music on it. Had many
    problem with the install in a 2006 silverado with the steering wheel control
    interface and engine noise, ended up fixing them all myself but NOTHING
    was wrong with the radio. I gave this radio a 4 out of 5 because it does
    not charge the ipod.

    Always Alpine

    Written By Matt, San Diego, CA on Thursday, August 13, 2009

    I have to say I have always tried to purchase only the best audio products for my cars. Crutchfield sells some of the best products available that is why I always come back to their web site. This is my 6th Alpine car stereo. I have to say this unit is awesome. The installation was so simple and the tech support answered all my questions!!! As for the stereo, the IPod adapter is on the back of the stereo and the cable fits in the glove box. This is a great feature. No cords are hanging out of the dash and the IPod is not visible. All the controls on the deck are simple and easy to use. This deck looks fantastic and the blue color matches the interior of my car. You can never go wrong with Alpine in my opinion!! I would buy this deck again and recommend this stereo to anyone.

    ah, it's O.K.

    Written By Lee, Eden, NC on Monday, August 10, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice receiver for ipod or usb applications. Not so good if you need good tuner reception during a thunderstorm. This thing makes me think of my direct tv service during a storm. Display is a little bright @ night, but the "blackout" feature takes care of this. Overall a nice head unit. If you just need an ipod controller and are not hung up on Alpine I would go with another brand.

    A near perfect fit!

    Written By kucan2, Alton, IL on Thursday, August 06, 2009

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    When the factory stereo in my 10th Anniversary Miata died, I wanted to make sure I found a system which would not only sound good and have the features I wanted, but LOOKED good. This Alpine unit has exceeded expectations. A great system at a great price that sounds great has great features and looks great as well.

    Not for 2002 Generation Subaru WRX

    Written By davinchii, Colorado on Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This HU is definitely awesome as far as looks and features are concerned. Specs speak for themselves so I won't get into that.
    I installed the 9886 in a 2002 Subaru WRX. I initially used the top DIN. When it was time to put a CD in I found a problem. The placement of the button to open the face is in the extreme upper left of the unit. Getting the button depressed was hit and miss because of the factory trim. It was enough of a hassle that I decided to use the lower DIN instead. So, I took about five minutes and did so. Problem solved? Not really. Now that the button was within easy reach but the unit face hit the bottom of the factory trim and wouldn't open all the way. Bummer.
    One other thing about this mostly great unit. Driving at night is a real distraction. The dim switch was connected and the dimmer setting was all the way down. OMG this thing is BRIGHT. It looked cool but at some point I want to see the road. Maybe at some point Alpine will fix these two issues or maybe not. For now it's being returned and a Sony CDX-GT930UI is on the way.

    Smooth and sleek

    Written By guy, Pullman, WA on Sunday, May 24, 2009

    This has been a great buy for me! First of all, I've been an alpine guy for a few years now, and don't see myself changing anytime soon.

    Sleek design, user friendly, great biolite display, etc. I also love the fact that the brightness can be controlled with the dimmer control on your dash. The sound is also amazing, really takes the factory speakers to a level they've never been before

    When I have my Ipod hooked up and I search through my playlists/artists/albums, you always have to start from the very beginning. It doesnt take you to where you currently are on your Ipod, so sometimes it takes a while to find what I'm looking for.

    Great Radio

    Written By Slick, Sims, NC on Monday, May 11, 2009

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    This is a great radio, looks nice in my 04 GMC Sierra.
    Easy to use controls, plays USB with no problems and is fast scrolling the folders imo. Not as loud as I expected but I'm sure that is because of the metra harness I had to install because of onstar/bose system.

    Cons: Only thing is the USB cable isn't long enough, needs to be about 1-2 foot longer to fit in the dash pocket with no problem. I suggest having one before
    the install so you don't have to take the radio back out
    to extend it.

    Overall: Great Radio!!

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written By Kenneth, Phoeniz, AZ on Sunday, May 10, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit was supposed to be a customer return but looked new to me. Had no trouble with installation other than dropping and temporarily losing a 10mm socket in the front console box when loosening a bolt for the ground wires. Operation and performance are about what I expect from Alpine, which is nice. I found I had to place the MP3s on my USB drive into folders of 100 or less. Originally they (all 1200 or so) were all together in the root folder and after it played 100 it would go back to and play #1. It helps to read the user manual on the CD that comes with the unit..

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written By ksoren, Minneapolis, Mn on Friday, May 01, 2009

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    This is a great car stereo.. It does everything I need. The USB is sweet on my 8gb flash.. The interface is clean and it has add ons for everything. The only thing I can say negative about it, is that there is a bit of a delay with the remote control.. Not really that bad, but i notice it when playing with the volume. Looks great in my dash.. Totally awsum.. Cant buy anything better..

    alpine cda-9886

    Written By Travis, minnesota on Sunday, April 26, 2009

    definitelty a great product, easy to use, I love being able to select the forn, and between standard, and military time is nice too. the only complaint is that it doesn't come with the usb extension cable, but you can pick those up for around 30 bucks. this deck is very impressive, loaded with features, and is worth every cent. very crisp, clean display, easy to read, very bright- which is really nice, overall 5 outta 5 stars.

    Overall, excellent

    Written By Pete, St Paul, MN on Monday, April 20, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in my 1999 E320. The install kit worked flawlessly, though it did take a bit of time to be CERTAIN that I had the wiring harnesses spliced properly.
    Once installed, the Alpine works very well. I chose this unit because I wanted an iPod-ready Alpine deck. The 9886 controls my old 4-gig Gen2 Nano and charges it also. However, I can only control the play of my son's Gen4 Nano - the 9886 refuses to charge this newer iPod.

    I've been very satisfied with the sound quality from this Alpine, which is connected to my OEM Bose setup. Overall, it's a good combination of performance and value for the $$.

    Great Upgrade from the factory radio.

    Written By Dave, Gillette, NJ on Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There is really no down side to this unit. The controls are easy to use, the i-pod feature is great and works much better than I expected. The sound is crisp and clear, such a tremendous up-grade from the factory system. I was very impressed with the dash kit that was supplied by Crutchfeld was a near perfect match to the interior of the car. The instructions provided were perfect.

    This lives up to the reputation that come's with the Alpine name.

    AmazHaing with some downs

    Written By Denny, Hacienda Heights, CA on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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    - It has a very very beautiful interface

    - Never been into alpine yet surprisingly very easy to toggle the menus & buttons

    - The track description is very helpful, and scrolls real nice

    - Very clear and bright display & fonts at day, beautiful so-called bio-lite indeed (read cons below)

    - It remembers the last track you've played

    - Very quick reading my 8 gigs flash disk

    - Creates really amazing& powerful sounding, beats my previous sony mex-bt5000

    Cons :

    - The display for me is too bright at night even at it's lowest setting, it's a little bit annoying while driving at night

    - It shows the track's descriptions between skipping very very slow about 3 to 5 seconds! horrible! so you won't get a quick info of the song quickly

    - Alpine is so cheap on the usb cable connector .. we need at least 1 foot extra! so i don't have my flash disk dangling out from
    the back of the HU to the side, not even near passenger's knee

    Overall i'm am very happy with the product. If you can bare those cons, you'll be very happy with this HU. For the simple single din dotted display HU, It beats pioneer's (contrasy boring blue display) , kenwood's (grainy), sony's (grainy and beaten by sunlight
    at day, and it's curvy glary face makes it worst) displays because of the bio-lite. So get this if you're looking for pretty display & great sounds with easy access.

    Good, but unadvertised missing functions

    Written By Eric, Deerfield, IL on Saturday, March 14, 2009

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    Wish I had known that it didn't charge my iPod. The i100 unit that couldn't drive the 4Runner JBL amp did charge the unit and turn it off.

    Sound is good. Ample power to drive the unit.

    Decent enough interface to iPod.

    Not a bad all around unit....

    Written By Matt, Bel Air, MD on Thursday, February 12, 2009

    I'm a former Alpine owner so I was expecting a high quality unit when I bought this to replace my aging 9813. I wasn't disappointed in the quality, just in the features that were left out. I was partly to blame as I THOUGHT the spec sheet read it has parametric EQ etc etc built in onboard, I was wrong. You must buy a module that then makes it more expensive than the next unit up. The KEY point for this unit, even over the next units up, is that it accepts a USB flashdrive without an adapter or ANOTHER addon module. Yep, 4 gigs is now pluggged in and I have a 16 gig on the way. The controls are easy to use, see and work, even for big hands like mine. Alpine DID drop the amp watttage compared to the old units so between that and a lack of the MMX enhancement, you WILL notice a slight decrease in sound quality vs the older models. Don't take this the wrong way, I love this unit, I'm just greedy and wish it did more as it comes out of the box...

    great receiver

    Written By greg, pittsburgh pa on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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    This is definitely a great sounding/operating receiver. As usual, the Alpine unit delivers excellent sharpness and clarity from a listening standpoint. Any Alpine Ive ever used seems to do a very good job at detailing the high frequencies for a very realistic sound. Its also easy to use, looks great, and the Crutchfield service was excellent. All the install gear was included, it all fit my car perfectly, and the package showed up sooner than I expected(especially considering that we experienced a strong snowstorm the day before they had to have shipped immediately). the only reason I dont give a perfect rating is because I wish you didnt have to buy the seperate "imprint" unit to be able to open up this units full EQ capability. The basic EQ is still plenty capable

    Good, but not great

    Written By Matthew, Charlottesville, virginia on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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    Bought this unit based on its advertised iPod and USB interfaces, as these are what I was looking for in a new stereo unit. There is good and bad as far as the iPod hookup with this unit. It doesn't charge my Nano when it is plugged in to the stereo. And when you turn off the car/unit, the unit does not tell the Nano to turn off, so the iPod just runs down its battery unless you manually turn it off - kind of annoying. The scroll wheel is slow and not well suited to searching through your songs, but it does recognize playlists, so you can just make a playlist to avoid scrolling through songs. Overall, it is tastefully designed, and not too flashy. I'd recommend it, because it does sound really good, and the iPod hookup is easy, if not perfect. However, I'm sure there are better units out there that cost a lot less.


    Written By THOMAS, CLIO. MI on Monday, February 09, 2009

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    Major improvement over the factory radio. This unit made my factory speakers go to higher highs than i thought they could go. I'm looking forward to purchasing some aftermarket speakers to really test the range of this receiver. There are many add-ons that can expand to this radio's capability. I 'm still tweaking different combo's of sound and each input requires a little fine tuning but hey thats half the fun ... I like it alot so far.
    cons: i would like to see a larger clock display and reduce some of the cost of the accessories, otherwise I can't really complain

    2006 350Z

    Written By Byron, Jonesboro, GA on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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    I am very pleased with this radio. It sounds great with my factory speakers and the Ipod and USB connections enabe me to expand the system to fit my needs.

    Not perfect, but not darn good.

    Written By John, Chicago IL on Saturday, January 31, 2009

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    This head unit is pretty nice overall. It works very nicely with an iPod. It does take a while to figure out all the controls. ;-)

    I don't think the button arrangement is optimal, but I would guess that all depends on you personal usage patterns.

    One thing I do miss compared to many factory units is that it does does do the mundane task of displaying the time while turned off. The unit must be on to display the time.

    In general I would recommend this unit.

    2009 Ford Ranger

    Written By Dave, Bellbrook, OH on Monday, January 26, 2009

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    In the past 10 years I had only used JVC. This time I wanted to do things right and buy a receiver with power AND quality. This unit covers both of these. The iPod interface works great! I use a classic 120Gb unit and it hooks up and just works. What more could you ask for. The only reason I didn't give the unit five stars is because the radio reception is a little weak. Other than that, you can't go wrong with this unit.

    Sleek and Sly

    Written By RideMoreBMX, Springfield, va on Thursday, January 22, 2009

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    Installed my head unit probably about a month ago, after much hesitation
    about doing it. After spending hours and hours doing my research on
    different units and getting recomendations from all my friends and even a
    few stero geek teachers i finally decided that the Alpine 9886 headunit
    would be my best choice...All my friends are jealous and wish they could
    get one. Install was super easy with the kit and instructions from
    Crutchfield. Had it all done and tucked back in my dash in about an hour.

    The one and only draw back i have is...if you got an Ipod with a few
    hundred or even thousands of songs, trying to go threw and find them can
    be a real pain, even with the ability to jump to sections of the alphabet. it
    just takes too long to use the scroll nob to find you song, but other than
    that.. awesome head unit. it'll really get your system going.

    A+ to Crutchfield and A+ to Alpine for a great head unit.

    Great Unit, Simple installation

    Written By Ken, Lodi, CA on Thursday, January 22, 2009

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    This Alpine HU was more that I expected, sounds great, and with the iPod and USB interfaces I have more options. I use both the iPod connection and the USB connections, I dropped in a bunch of MP3's onto the thumb drive, and it was all recognized; the iPod connect just works.. it's simple and easy. I do wish that the Alpine would walk the folders of the USB thumb drive, and provide titles, but I don't think many do that, it just lists folders with playable MP3s. So if you share your thumb drive with data files, the data files just get skipped... simple. I like it a lot, and have been using it for about 3 months... Install was simple, I'm a bit slow doing connections with the wiring kit, but overall the install took about 2 hours. Knowing now, how my car comes apart and back together, I think I could do it again in under an hour... but it was a simple task... just don't be in a hurry, take your time because the results are just fantastic!