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Alpine CDA-9886

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDA9886

145 Reviews

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Original Price: $259.99

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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


Find your tunes fast


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)
    Expandability:
    • compatible with: Alpine Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    • inputs: 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.

    Alpine CDA-9886 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    145 Reviews

    Worst Receiver ever!

    Written by: JB from Nashville, TN on 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

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    Written by: Josh from Statesboro, GA on May 16, 2010

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

    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...

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    THE very best

    Written by: zach from kenosha Wi. on May 9, 2010

    1996 Chevrolet Blazer
    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!

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    Just what i thought

    Written by: Nathan from TN on April 29, 2010

    2000 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

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    pretty good but could be a better experience

    Written by: Ken from Bothell, WA on April 5, 2010

    2005 Honda S2000
    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.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Lufkin Tx on March 18, 2010

    1993 Ford F Series

    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.

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    Just Wonderful

    Written by: Ryan from San Antonio, TX on March 16, 2010

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

    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!

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    Awesome unit & Crutchfield Support

    Written by: Frankvv from Baltimore, Maryland on March 7, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Written by: David from SF Bay Area on March 1, 2010

    1998 Mitsubishi Diamante
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: Steve from La Mesa on February 22, 2010

    2005 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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    Written by: Ben from Maryland on February 4, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Written by: mryankee from new york on February 3, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Very Satisfying Unit

    Written by: Keith from Wilmington, NC on December 6, 2009

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

    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!!

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    Alpine CDA-9886 Ilove it

    Written by: doggy from Gilroy cal. 95020 on December 5, 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..

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    Written by: Rob from Baltimore, MD on November 30, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

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    Written by: Sam from Harrisonburg,VA on 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.

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    Great Head Unit!!!!

    Written by: Allen from Kennesaw, GA on 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 too...you 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!

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    Reciever a la carte

    Written by: jeauboux from Tucson, AZ on November 2, 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.

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    Incredable radio reception

    Written by: Phillip from Humboldt County, Ca on October 31, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Awesome

    Written by: Jimmy from Palmer, AK on October 18, 2009

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

    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.

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    Written by: james from alliance, ne on 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.

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    Great Deck for the Price

    Written by: Jesse from Livermore, Ca on September 22, 2009

    1999 Honda Prelude
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Awesome!

    Written by: Adam from Green Bay, WI on 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!!!

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    Alpine always delivered

    Written by: Blake from Lafayette, LA on September 2, 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.

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    Always Alpine

    Written by: Matt from San Diego, CA on August 13, 2009

    1991 Toyota MR2

    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.

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    ah, it's O.K.

    Written by: Lee from Eden, NC on August 10, 2009

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    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.

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    A near perfect fit!

    Written by: kucan2 from Alton, IL on August 6, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Not for 2002 Generation Subaru WRX

    Written by: davinchii from Colorado on July 8, 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.

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    Smooth and sleek

    Written by: guy from Pullman, WA on 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.

    PROS:
    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

    Cons:
    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.

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    Great Radio

    Written by: Slick from Sims, NC on May 11, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!!

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    Written by: Kenneth from Phoeniz, AZ on May 10, 2009

    1995 Toyota Camry
    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..

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    Written by: ksoren from Minneapolis, Mn on May 1, 2009

    1998 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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..

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    Written by: Travis from minnesota on 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.

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    Overall, excellent

    Written by: Pete from St Paul, MN on April 20, 2009

    1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    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 $$.

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    Great Upgrade from the factory radio.

    Written by: Dave from Gillette, NJ on April 16, 2009

    2006 Subaru Legacy
    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.

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    AmazHaing with some downs

    Written by: Denny from Hacienda Heights, CA on April 8, 2009

    1991 Acura Integra LS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros:

    - 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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Good, but unadvertised missing functions

    Written by: Eric from Deerfield, IL on March 14, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Not a bad all around unit....

    Written by: Matt from Bel Air, MD on 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...

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    great receiver

    Written by: greg from pittsburgh pa on February 12, 2009

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

    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 delivery....so 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

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    Cons:

    Good, but not great

    Written by: Matthew from Charlottesville, virginia on February 11, 2009

    1992 Saab 900
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    TOMAS

    Written by: THOMAS from CLIO. MI on February 9, 2009

    1995 Chevrolet Astro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

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    2006 350Z

    Written by: Byron from Jonesboro, GA on February 4, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Cons:

    Not perfect, but not darn good.

    Written by: John from Chicago IL on January 31, 2009

    2008 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    2009 Ford Ranger

    Written by: Dave from Bellbrook, OH on January 26, 2009

    2008 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sleek and Sly

    Written by: RideMoreBMX from Springfield, va on January 22, 2009

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

    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.

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    Cons:

    Great Unit, Simple installation

    Written by: Ken from Lodi, CA on January 22, 2009

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

    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!

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    Great Product , Good Price

    Written by: Ross from Dallas, TX on January 22, 2009

    2001 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio replaced the Factory Radio in my daughters Ford Focus ZX3. Its a great radio with iPod & USB interfaces. It up to her to add HD or Sat Radio tuners.

    My only wish is that it had RDS but you can't have everything, it pretty much has everything else.

    As I said before great product & great price, easy to install with the Crutchfield Installation gear.

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    'Young' Senior finds this unit and Crutchfield Great!

    Written by: Gary from Marshall, TX on January 21, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was hesitant to take on replacing the factory radio in my Honda but the Crutchfield team was great in taking me by the hand and assisting me on multiple phone calls. I find this radio to be awesome. I have it installed with the USB jack mounted permanently on the faceplate below and the XM Satellite dedicated receiver tucked in behind. The radio is very easy to operate, sounds VERY good in all types of music that I've tried - Jazz, Classical, Rock, Violin, Piano and Voice. I wish it had a front mounted 'Aux' in but have now found with all the various methods I've tried to put my music in that it may be redundant. The USB input even accepts my portable WD 120 GB harddrive! Well done Alpine and especially the Crutchfield team.

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    Great Reveiver!

    Written by: Chris from Eagle Springs, NC on January 20, 2009

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

    This Alpine is awesome! It has enough power to be loud and have clear sound. I love the display, plus it has the option of no display so you can see the road better at night and still listen to music. Great features and a great product.

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    Good unit but...

    Written by: Duncan from Las vegas, NV on January 19, 2009

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the controls and the screen. I am not happy with the sound. Unit only has bass and treble adjustments. Music does not sound "full". I have added new speakers and a 4 channel amp but still is not right. What kind of makes me angry is now I have to buy a Audio Processor and a MultEQ Tuning kit so I can take full advantage of the features and sound output of this unit. I do not recommend buying this unit or any other Alpine unless you plan on buying the audio processor too. This is my first Alpine. I have always bought Pioneer and have been very happy. I just hope that after I spend the money I am happy with the unit.

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    Great Radio for the Price

    Written by: John from Lakeland, FL on January 17, 2009

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

    Used this stereo to replace the factory unit in my sons 2006 Tacoma PreRunner, and it works very well. He is a big IPOD user and this radio interfaces with the Ipod very nicely. He is very happy with the sound, and features.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great sound but buggy with accessories

    Written by: Bruce from Versailles, KY on January 12, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this for an update to an aftermarket stereo. Wanted to be able use use my iPod, USB memory stick, and be able to receive HD radio with
    the optional interface.

    Sound from this unit is incredible. Plug and play in my VW with the adapter harness and antenna amplifier that Crutchfield supplies.

    iPod menus leave something to be desired, but workable. It DOES work with my 3rd generation iPod, and charges the device.

    I have had a constant problem with the HD radio module. The antenna connects to the HD module. When I start the car, stereo oftentimes does not detect the HD module, therefore begins in tuner mode. When this occurs, no radio because of the antenna connection. There is no rhyme or reason why this occurs. Both the stereo and the HD module have been replaced with the same behavior.

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    ALPINE DOES IT AGAIN

    Written by: tt from Long Island on January 6, 2009

    i got this deck couple of days ago EASY INSTALLATION was one of the first
    pros of this product after i installed it the options that the deck provided for
    the EQs and The IMPRINT Sound makes every track more enjoyable. THE
    LOOKS is A KILLER !!! and the i pod connection plays every track CRYSTAL
    CLEAR DIGITAL SOUND. BUT I MUST SAY THAT IF YOU BUY THIS DECK DO
    NOT BUT THE HD TUNER IT IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!

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    well it's Alpine so it's got to be great.

    Written by: Larry from Fort Gay, WV on January 2, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. I'm running 4 Polk Audio db 651s6-1/2" Slim 2-way Speakers in a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Sport Utility Truck. The unit pushes the Polks to great sounds. This is my 3rd Alpine but it's been over 15 years since my last one. With this price you can't go wrong. Very user friendly
    interface. Looks great with the Bio Lite display. I put in level 3 dim mode and it was perfect for me since my unit is at the top of the dash.

    Pros
    -Alpine clean sound wtih plenty of power that will out do any factory unit.
    -iPod Control.
    -Great Specs.
    -Aux in.
    -Nice price.

    I really can't find any cons but if I had to grip I would list these even though it really doenst matter.

    Cons
    -No paper owners manual instead it's on the cd.
    -The little quick start manaul is a waste of paper.
    -I wish they intergrate the SAT radio in the unit instead of SAT ready.

    Crutchfield is by far the fastest shipping and best tech support that can be found. I have ordered from them at 2:00PM and get my order by 1:00PM the next day. 24 hour free delivery is unheard of, but not with Crutchfield.

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    Great Value

    Written by: James from Southern Maryland on December 30, 2008

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

    Installed into a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. Install looks great as always. This was my 4th or 5th Crutchfield install. Always no issues. Wiring diagrams and details were more than sufficient.

    Very easy install. Be sure and purchase the KCE- 220UB USB extension cable if you want USB access. It has a nice capture feature to prevent the cable from becoming disconnected from the pigtail coming out of the head unit. Both cables (IPOD and USB) are long enough to run from the head unit, down the center console into the center glove box, with extra cable. Very nice. IPOD Touch works great.

    Head unit sounds infinitely better than the Toyota stock unit. Much better FM reception too.

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    What you'd expect from Alpine

    Written by: Timothy from New Mexico on December 17, 2008

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

    I owned an Alpine deck a few years ago, and I loved it. So, after buying a new car, I knew I wanted an Alpine deck once more.

    I was looking at the CDA-9884, but decided to get this one since it had more features. And I feel it looks nicer.

    I was very happy with this purchase. It took minimal time to set up, and had many of the features i loved from the previous unit (changing treble/bass frequencies). It came with it's own iPod connection cable, which allowed the USB plug to be used for whatever else you need (i.e. thumb drives, or even a charger for your phone). If you feel the display is too bright, there's a dimmer function as well and the ability to "black out" the faceplate.

    Yet another Alpine product i am very happy with!

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Jimi from Central California on December 16, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit, nice features, great display. I own a 2006 Frontier Crew Cab and was aware that the unit did not fit, as advised by Crutchfield. I have a friend who owns the same vehicle and purchased the unit so I was aware of any modifications that needed to take place, which were minor to say the least.

    The sound quality is excellent and allows a wide array of sound tuning options. I tweaked with sound tuning for nearly 2 weeks before I concluded that the acoustic characteristics of the vehicle just could not be overcome to obtain the sweet spot my critical ear desired.

    I purchased the PXA-H100 IMPRINT Audio Processor along with the KTX-H100 MultEQ Tuning kit and I must say the difference left me in awe. The imprint unit opens up a whole new array of features on the head unit, but I haven't even bothered. Once I took the initial acoustical measurements and had the Imprint processor/software analyze the cabin sound; it compensated with correction curves that I loaded into the head unit and all my problems are solved.

    The resulting sound is phenomenal!! The value far exceeds the extra $ spent just from the time saving aspect alone.

    Nice job Alpine/Audyssey Labs!

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    Great Value

    Written by: Michael from Buda, Tx on December 11, 2008

    Pros
    +Excellent screen that is completely visible in direct sunlight
    +iPod control is the best I have ever used. I can find any song in my 20,000+ song library in 30 seconds.
    +SQ is very good. This is among the best sounding units you can get in this price range.
    +Much better FM reception compared to my previous Panasonic HU.

    Cons
    -I have to buy an adapter for aux in?
    -Accessories are very overpriced
    -Instead of clicking down on the volume knob ala the iPod click wheel, you're "select" button in iPod navigation is off to the side of the wheel. Seems like a poor choice to me.
    -No color choice for your buttons. Stuck with blue.

    Overall I am VERY satisfied with this unit. While not perfect, it sounds great and is intuitive to use. And in the end, those are the most important traits of a good head unit.

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    Great Value

    Written by: Andrew from Stafford, VA on December 7, 2008

    2004 Toyota 4Runner

    Awesome product for the money. If your not trying to break the bank then this is the receiver for you. The controls are easy to use and the display is great as well. Love the biolite display. The receiver does a superb job at powering my infinity speakers in my 04 4 runner and looks good while doing it. The included ipod cable is a nice addition as well. Ipod controls are good, I recommend setting up playlists on your ipod to make song searching much easier through the reciever.

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    Cons:

    Nice unit but a small warning

    Written by: Jerry from Durham, NC on December 5, 2008

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you have the latest generation Ipod Nano, the unit will not charge or turn off the Ipod. Crutchfield was nice about it and sent me the "fix" cable but it still didn't charge. So I called and was told that Alpine has not addressed this issue with the latest Nano's. Still works great but you have to remember to unplug your Ipod or it will coninue playing and run the battery down faster.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Kiyoshi from Portland, OR on December 5, 2008

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

    Wanted to replace factory radio/cassette player with a head unit that utilizes and charges iPod and has CD player. Have 2002 Civic LX sedan with manual shift and last time I installed an audio equipment was 30 years ago. Took about 5 hours to install from start to finish. Wow, what an improvement! Even with factory speakers, the music sounds much clearer and more powerful. (It is of note that I now know that my left rear speaker is not working well while adjusting balance and fade.) The control is fairly easy to understand. Connected 3rd generation iPod mini, and it works seamlessly. Searching a song does take a bit of time and is little frustrating that one needs to start all over again rather than where you were before to search another song, it is workable. The ability to remove the front panel is important to me in that the place I work is high risk area for theft. The plastic case to house the panel is a nice touch. I like the Bio-Lite, which is clear to read even in the sun. Mute button is actually a nice feature when you are ordering food at Burger King drive thru or talking to someone in the car. Remote control is functional, works in place of steering wheel control, which would be extra expense. FM/AM radio and CD player work well, and I have not yet tried USB connection. Overall, as my 5 star indicates, I am extremely happy with this purchase in terms of quality, functionality and affordability.


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    Great value and product, easy to install

    Written by: Brent from Louisville, KY on November 26, 2008

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

    First off, I received this product and all of the installation gear about a week ago. It took me about an hour to assemble the wiring harness completely, once I had all the necessary tools (make sure you have a wire stripper/crimper). After the wiring was done, it took me about 2 hours to install it in my car. It would have been much quicker but things are a little more complicated with my car. The instructions that Crutchfield sends are awesome. They are extremely easy to follow, clear, and include pictures in case there is any confusion. Don't waste $75-100 getting it installed by a "professional." This was my first time ever installing a car stereo, and I was able to do it with no problem.

    The radio functionality gets 5 stars as well. I have a huge music collection, and now I never have to take my CDs with me and have them pile up in the backseat of my car, thanks to the iPod controls. I can listen to whatever I want at any time. The iPod search features can be somewhat slow, but what do you expect when you have to navigate through so many different options? I only have the factory speakers in my car but the sound with this stereo is great.

    I highly recommend this stereo, especially if Crutchfield sends you the installation gear and instructions. I saved almost $200 by ordering from Crutchfield and doing everything myself.

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    Do not buy for USB Interface

    Written by: Daniel from Baltimore, MD on November 22, 2008

    I will only go into how horrible the USB interface is.

    It does not allow you to navigate up/down a directory tree when using a USB memory stick.

    For example your directory tree looks like the following:

    \Beatles\Hard Day's Night\*.MP3s
    \Beatles\Yellow Submarine\*.MP3s
    \Eagles\Greatest Hits\*.MP3s
    \Eagles\Long Road Out of Eden\*.MP3s

    When doing a search, you scroll the following list:

    Hard Day's Night
    Yellow Submarine
    Greatest Hits
    Long Road Out of Eden

    If you put a sound file in the two higher level directories you can get the following list:

    Beatles
    Hard Day's Night
    Yellow Submarine
    Eagles
    Greatest Hits
    Long Road Out of Eden

    Alpine really messed up. It should have been like navigating a directory structure. The first list should have been:

    Beatles
    Eagles

    Directories should be shown even if there are no sound files in the directory. Hitting enter on the Beatles should then display the subdirectories it contains.

    If a directory contains sound files in addition to subdirectories it should list the subdirectories first followed by the sound files. But NO, Apline didn't do this. Instead you have to search through every album name. You cannot organize you music on the USB stick.

    Also, it appears that subdirectories are listed in reverse alphabetic order. How wierd is that?

    Lastly, you cannot hit station preset buttons to jump large numbers of files (10%, 20%, etc.).

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Patrick from Roosevelt, Wa on November 2, 2008

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been kickin' around the idea of buying a new HU for a long time, but couldn't find what I was after.
    I bought 1 for my wife, installed it and quickly fell in love with it. The sound quality is great. I love the USB port for the ability to use a flash drive, no more scrathed CDs. Also it was the only deck I found with the 4 volt pre-amps. The sub control is a nice feature as well. The settings are easy the adjust, the buttons are large and easy to read, and the remote is the only way to go!!!
    I kept looking for something else for my work truck, but couldn't find anything better for the money, so I finally bought 1 for myself. It's a great HU with lots of flexibility, simplicity, and power. It a good HU for a monster SPL or SQ system, but is just right a home in the dash of a grocery getter as well.

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    Great head unit, great features, great sound

    Written by: Adam from Independence on October 28, 2008

    I have been in to into car stereo for the last 12+ years. I have competed in national car stereo events and have several faimly members that are into car/home audio in one way shape or form. I am in my car day in and day out for my job and I really enjoy having a nice sounding system to listen to throughout. Recently my car was broken into so I needed a replacment. crutchfield did not fail to meet my expectations and had my Alpine sitting on my door step in a few days. The ipod control is great and it dose have alot of neat features. I did read into the manual to figure out some controls for the ipod. The 4 volt preouts are a nice addtion as well. The display is easy to read and looks nice as well. One thing that i would recommed is getting the imprint sound kit for this thing. It really dials your system into its full potential. Having the USB on this thing is nice to especially if you use both ipod and USB. I would highly recommend the CDA-9886 to anyone interested in a head unit with great features, ipod control, and all this for a bang for your buck price.

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    Product Great, Service even better

    Written by: Jason from Newport Beach, CA on October 27, 2008

    2004 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received my 9886 on Friday when it was supposed to arrive on Monday, wonderful. I installed it into my 04 Tundra with the JBL system and steering wheel controls, so there was the JBL interface and SW control that had to be installed with the head unit. Due to the extra pieces it did require me to call Crutchfield 4 times, but each call resulted in a solution on the first try. Add the fact that they are available 7 days a week until 12 eastern, they have simply the best Customer Service I have ever encountered. The HU works great! It is my first experience with a HU that has a direct connection with an iPod, and it works about as good as I could expect it. Yea, with 2600+ songs on my iPod it is more difficult to search for a specific song than the ipod itself, but I mostly listen to it on shuffle anyhow. If you do search, I found searching by artist is the easiest way. The swi-jack for the steering wheel control was the hardest thing to install and program, but I love it allowed me to change the function on the buttons and I am glad I put down the extra $$ to retain the controls. I have only been using it for 2 days, but so far everything has met or exceeded my expectations. I will never allow a big box store install a stereo in my vehicles again as Crutchfield makes it so easy my 4 year old could do it.

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    Great service, great product!!

    Written by: Brian from Minneapolis, MN on October 23, 2008

    2001 Saturn SC2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all, I was very happy to get this delivered to my door in only 3 business days even though I only selected the free ground shipping! I planned to get this put in over the weekend, but getting it earlier than expected....I couldn't help but to dig right in right away.

    I have decent mechanical/technical skills, but I'd never installed a new car stereo before. Crutchfield's free wiring harness and installation instructions made it a breeze though. I spent about a half hour preparing the harness, then about an hour actually installing the unit.

    I have a 2001 Saturn SC2 that had a stock radio and speakers in it. I considered buying new speakers too, but decided to save some money and keep the old ones. Even with the factory speakers, I'm still very, very pleased with this product--the difference in sound quality is amazing.

    Hooking up my iPod was a breeze, and it works great. The only reason I'm giving this product a 4 instead of a 5 is that so far I'm not incredibly impressed with the iPod search features.....it just seems very slow. I'd considered getting a digital media player instead of this model, but I just wasn't quite ready to make the leap to having no CD player. If you're iPod-focused, you may be better off getting the media player....but I have no experience with that and can't say for sure.

    Overall....great product though!

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    Solid Receiver

    Written by: Erik from Solomons, MD on October 22, 2008

    2004 Dodge Dakota

    I have SPS-600C components up front and SPS-600 in the rear doors of my 04 dakota Quad cab with the MTX thunderform subwoofer hooked up to this receiver. I am very happy with this setup and it gets very loud, painfully so. The display is easy to read just as advertised and the Ipod function isnt as bad as some say, I'll take it over an FM adapter any day. I find that making playlists previous to getting in the car makes life easier just as the other reviewer stated.

    The XM minituner was tricky because of sparse directions, but as long as you know that the yellow and black wires need to be tapped into the power and ground wires in the radio harness, its a piece of cake and sounds great on this receiver.

    Blue lights look good at night and it provides plenty of power to my speakers. It has dumb little background animations you can turn on, but if
    that is your thing then knock yourself out.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sounds Bad Ass

    Written by: email from L-Town on October 21, 2008

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Anyone looking to get a new headunit here is the one to get! Looks really nice with the blue screen at night! I know a lot of people wrote about it was to bright but I don't see that. Matches well with my Sirius radio on winshield ( Blue screen ) and also Blue speedodmeters. Sound quility is the best can't go wrong with there headunits. I have this matched with the ALpine MRP 500 AMP with the 2 12" MTX Jackhammers in ported subbox from a MTX terminater box from 1999 ( IM 30 yrs old and I had this box at my parents house it a GEM ) If you wanna knock pictures off peoples walls going down the streeet heres the combination package lol and sound quility is unreal. I will match up with the best out there! Bring it on, Im in the process of installing componant Alpine speakers to kick it up a knotch.

    Ok here is one Bad thing about the headunit - The screen is a nice size but while its on the only thing on the screen is this little EQ that flips!

    There is a start up screen that comes on when you start the car and its says ALPINE real big and I would of loved to seen the Alpine message come across the screen. The whole time because it looks nice.

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    Great Receiver, OK iPod Interface

    Written by: Del from San Diego, CA on October 20, 2008

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

    A great receiver. The sound is far more powerful and clear than the old stock unit. With the factory radio (2005 Tacoma), I had to turn the volume up to full (level 52) in order to hear the radio clearly over normal truck and road noise. With the Alpine, level 14 is plenty loud. That is a huge difference. Nice color scheme-- I like the biolite a lot.

    The ipod interface is OK but not great. It takes awhile to access the playlist function, and then you still need to scroll... slowly... through... the... playlists.... One nice feature is that you can use the radio presets to skip to different sections of the playlist menu, but it still takes too long. It is not nearly as quick, or as easy to use, as the ipod controls. Far from terrible, but the interface could be better.

    If you don't choose a playlist ahead of time, the default ipod position when you start your truck is to play your entire ipod library, which seems slightly eccentric.

    The ipod screen icon is irritating. You can't get rid of it, and it spins around every few seconds. A five-year old must have designed it. The icon also takes up precious screen space, so playlist names have to be very short or you won't be able to read them (you can't scroll playlist names).

    Despite these minor weaknesses, I am very pleased with this Alpine receiver and am happy that I bought it.

    The mounting hardware, wiring, and directions Crutchfield provided are outstanding, and made installation easy. Thanks--

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Vincent from Hesperia, CA on October 20, 2008

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit installed very easy and sounds great. 4 out of 5 stars due to the fact the i-pod functions are not operable with the remote. Driving while trying to search the i-pod is scary at best and the spinning wheel is sensitive to touch and it doesn't scroll through the search items very quickly.

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    Excellent Reviews

    Written by: no from Colorado on October 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    On the Alpine 9886, I read lot of reviews on this HU unit. And spoke with Crutchfield Advisiors, this unit is the Bomb. Had it installed, all the feautures are great. Highly recommend this unit. Has every thing you need Thanks Crutchfield.

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: John from Grand County Colorado on October 12, 2008

    I have owned Kenwood equipment exclusively in the past, the CD player on my KW pooped out. I thought I would give the Alpine brand a try and I have been WOWED! The sound quality is far better and the control of the sound is much more precise. The ipod control is perfect and the ability to search media is a plus! Instillation was a snap, (I would have liked to have a manual in paper form) with the CD instructions for set up. This unit brings out sound I didn't know my speakers would produce. If you still want to play CD's in your car and have the option of every other form of media, this is the only choice!

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    Phenomenal!

    Written by: Mr. President from Connecticut on October 5, 2008

    This is an amazing head unit! Great quality and great sound. It has
    fantastic features..I especially love the iPod feature. Although, I have no
    idea why Crutchfield insists on people installing it themselves...I had to pay
    for somebody to install it because it is just way too confusing and too
    expensive to do it on your own.

    Pros:

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    Alpine 9886

    Written by: Ress from Pleasant Hill, Mo on October 1, 2008

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

    I installed this head-unit myself in a 02' Honda Civic. It was very easy to
    install and the included wiring harness is easy to understand and put
    together. The bio-light display looks very good and crisp. I would
    recommend this unit to anyone looking to build a system.

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Michael from Enumclaw, WA on September 28, 2008

    2007 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great features and sounds great. No clock display when HU is turned off is something I took for granted with the stock unit, and I miss that feature. What was Alpine thinking?

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    good head unit

    Written by: LONNIE from maysville wv on September 28, 2008

    1996 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this head unit is awesome it made my ipod sound so much better.it made my speakers come to life the bass hits so much harder.the 4volt preamp out put made a big difference. this is stereo to have.

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    Great Buy

    Written by: Craig from TX on September 26, 2008

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

    Easy to install. Great colors with many upgradeable options. My speakers
    roar from the power of this radio. I will only buy Alpine head units from now
    on.

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    Love this radio!

    Written by: Mr. Anderson from Los Angeles, Ca. on September 22, 2008

    I actually had to upgrade my subwoofers because of this radios output!
    Also, hooked up my nano and put all my cds in storage with my records!

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    Quick and easy install

    Written by: Gerald from Pine AZ on September 10, 2008

    I installed this HU in my 1999 Toyota Corolla in under 30 minutes. The sound this unit puts out is incredible even with my factory speakers. I purchased a Polk Audio component system for the front doors and of course Polk's for the rear deck. I have not installed them yet because I live in the woods and ran out of light. I can't wait to hear this system through the Polk's. I would highly recommend this HU to anyone who enjoys crystal clear sound and likes to use their Ipod like me.

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    Alpine never disappoints!

    Written by: David from PA on September 7, 2008

    2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have an alpine cde-9874 and love it so i expected nothing less with this model. This just completed the chain with my jbl and alpine speakers. The factory radio just never makes the cut. The bass sounded weak and now it sounds like i added a sub. This model has all the bells and whistles and neat features. The bio lite display is a really nice touch. You can never go wrong with alpine. The sound is incredible whether you're listening to rock or jazz. The blackout and tone defeat is really nice too for pure hifi. I highly recommend this sweet sounding and classy looking alpine.

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Foster from Seneca Falls, NY on September 6, 2008

    1992 Chevrolet Caprice
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wonderful unit great FULL sound!! Wish the clock was present when the unit is turned off, but why turn it off? It sounds great even made my subs sound better.

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    Excellent H/U, one quirk

    Written by: Bud from South Texas on September 2, 2008

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This headunit is just about everything I expected. The one thing that irks me is that this unit won't display the clock when the H/U is off. It does nothing but gives a completely blank face and there is no way to adjust the settings so the clock can be displayed when the unit is off. I am used to having a clock on my dash (my factory receiver had one) so not having one was instantly noticeable. Now I just leave the H/U turned on with the date and clock displayed and just mute it when I don't want to listen to it. It allows me to see the clock when I don't want to listen to the radio.

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    Very Nice

    Written by: david from Dallas on September 2, 2008

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Grant was very helpful on my install
    Had some"random" questions.
    As always you guys had ALL the answers
    thanks again!!!!

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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

    Written by: therhw2012 from saint louis, mo on September 1, 2008

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

    I absolutely love it!!!!!!!

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    Good Choice

    Written by: Mark from Salem, Utah on September 1, 2008

    2003 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit with tons of features. Maybe too many. ;) Decent sound from internal amplifier when using efficient speakers. I would recommend this unit.

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    Clean Unit

    Written by: Scott from Wiseman Alaska on August 31, 2008

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a clean detailed unit with just whats needed to control your music the way you want it. was easy to install and works well with my ipod 60.
    the USB feature is a bonus but would have been nice if the cord would have been longer or at least long enough to access after instalation..so if you plan to use this feature, be sure to buy a USB extention before instalation! also the volume control is also the selection button and if using the reciever volume instead of the remote it is easy to accidentally get into the programming when trying to adjust just the volume. but a very good product in all and would buy again.

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    SWEET ALPINE!!!

    Written by: M. W. from Ashburn, VA on August 23, 2008

    The headunit is pretty sweet!! I hooked it up is about a half hour. Got an extension cable for the USB and ran it with the Ipod cable. While I don't
    have an Ipod (yet), the USB is a pretty sweet source. I have a 16gb USB jump drive with almost 1 gb of mp3's on it so far. It plays them all, very
    nicely. Going through the sources, USB, Changer, Tuner, Aux., CD, was pretty easy. They all sound pretty good. Without the manual, I was able to set up the clock and the display features. For the poster who said that you could not display the clock, it is in the set up menu's. I have the calandar and clock always on. This radio replaced my 7, almost 8 year old Alpine CDA-7983.

    Alpine is top notch in my book! Thank you for making such great products!!!

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: James from Danville, California on August 11, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine CDA 9886 is a great head unit. It has lots of input and output functions giving you great flexibility. The iPod interface cable gives full control of the iPod at the tuner.

    I installed this unit in my boat. The only thing I don't like is the fact that if the unit losses power the clock, calendar, base, treble, and subwoofer settings reset. In a boat, one often turns off the battery when it's not in use thus clearing the tuner settings. Thankfully the auxiliary input settings remain in place upon loss of power.

    Great product.

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    BUY this Alpine CDA-9886 Bass is Excellent

    Written by: Willie from Fremont, CA on August 9, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After owning this Alpine system for a week, I can tell you that this Alpine Headunit Alpine CDA-9886 is way better than the SONY CDX-GT820IP for loudness, sound Clarity, Bass. I like the separate buttons to control the Bass and Treble as well.

    I had returned the SONY due to lack of Bass and no BASS, Treble controls.

    The bright light display is great for me, not sure why some don't like it. Love that bright screen.

    If you just want FM radio then the SONY is better since you will get more FM stations at a better reception with the less static noise.

    The Alpine FM Radio, is average compared to the SONY though on this.

    For CD, IPOD, I recommend this one hands down and the BASS is really jamming on my new Infinity Reference 6022si (which I also purchase at Crutchfield) speakers.

    My only negative is that it's kind hard to get the removable Faceplate onto the unit easily on the 1st attempt.

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    Alpine is good again

    Written by: Tim from Des Moines, IA on August 5, 2008

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

    I've had quite a few Alpine HU's in my day. The last 4-5 years they were pretty much the same as any other low end head unit. The 9886 was a welcome surprise. Finally they put some quality back into it. You can actually turn the sound up and it doesn't flatten out the sound...It just gets louder.

    The controls are very easy to use. The USB works perfect and the iPod controls are very easy to use.

    XM is what I excepted, sound is kinda like FM. The sound quality just isn't there (not Alpine's fault by any means). But it works, and works well.

    The two line display is very nice and easy to read.

    The only reason I give it 4 stars and not 5 is the stupid graphic on the side next to the title display, (the iPod, or USB or XM symbol) There's no need of it and it takes away from the text space. And the blue light for the buttons, VERY hard to read in the daylight and at night.

    If the symbol display could be removed so the text lines could be longer, and the lighted buttons could change color it would be perfect.

    All-in-all, this is a great head unit and I would recommend it to anyone. I'm very happy with it!

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    Awesome sound quality

    Written by: Mike from Derry, NH on August 2, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The CDA-9886 was the cure, for the static associated with my ipod being connected to an FM transmission device. The CDA-9886 works great with with the ipod and the display is visible in any light. This was a great upgrade from the factory radio. The CDA-9886 still has the ability to play CDs if necessary. Controls are easy to use and the connected ipod can be stored out of sight.

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    C'mon .. It's an Alpine!

    Written by: mqf from Oak Lawn, IL on August 1, 2008

    2003 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My wife's factory stereo died and the car dealer wanted $300 to replace the unit with the same faulty Blaupunkt that was already replaced once. I bought this unit which had a comparable price as the replacement cost. My wife wanted a simple basic interface. I first ordered a Pioneer DEH600UB but she didn't like it since lots of the functionality she needed was buried in menus.

    Enter the Alpine CDA 9886. She loves it! I installed it very easily in her 2003 Ford Focus station wagon within 30 minutes. I told her to try to figure out how it works without the manual and she was able to get going within 5 minutes. She's a happy camper.

    Sound is excellent. Definitely better than the Pioneer DEH6900UB in my car. Sound is very crisp and there's a lot of options to tweak the sound. I currently have her Sirius player connected to it using an antenna adapter. I just recently connected a 20GB drive to the USB. However, I had to buy a separate adapter for ~$20 [2-12-V + 2 USB ports] to power the hard drive using a USB Y-connector on one end. The adapter for the hard drive is a must!. I did the same for the 60GB hard drive in my other car.

    My only gripe about the unit is that music folders in the USB hard drive are reported as numbers instead of album names as compared to my Pioneer DEH6900UB w/c shows album names. It also cannot read playlists as compared to my Pioneer.

    All in all, this is a great buy. Just be wary of the numbered album names!

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    beautiful

    Written by: Jason from Kailua, Hawaii on August 1, 2008

    1996 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a beautiful stereo. I've owned other Alpine head units before, but this one is by far the most visually appealing. The features are great and it even comes with an iPod cable in the box so you can run it when you install the stereo the first time and tuck it away nicely. The price is well worth the item you receive. I know many people with this stereo too and not a single one has any problem or complaint about it!

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    Great Radio!

    Written by: Victor from Laurel, MD on July 30, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is really a great head unit for my car stereo system. This was easy for a first time DIYer, and installation was a snap. The display is bright, even in direct sunlight and the controls are pretty easy to figure out. It comes with the Ipod cable, but the additional USB is a little short if you're planning to use that (may need to get an extension). Everything works great, and the sound is amazing pumping through my new Rockford speakers. Buy with confidence!

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    good product

    Written by: ripsi_1 from Boulder, Colorado on July 25, 2008

    2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit from Crutchfield a month ago.

    Some of the complaints that people have said about this unit might be warranted.

    1) Illum. lights. They don't dim as much even at level 3.
    2) The rotating images (CD, USB) on the left side of the screen might be distracting but I like them.
    3) The button to flip open the unit to access the CD slot could be placed better. It's a little hard to press in the top left corner and it could stick out a little more.
    4) Removing the head piece and attaching it again is a little more difficult compared to prior Alpine units.

    I installed this in my Subaru 2007 Impreza and had very minor issues. I had to manually attach the illumination cable with solder since the connecting cable didn't have the connection. Other cables fine.

    Some of the free gear you get from Crutchfield isn't really needed like the plastic CD tray since you should be able to use the one that came with the car.

    Positives:

    1) The laser is much more powerful than the one in the OEM CD player that I had. My OEM unit had problems with skipping on some disks. Those same disks the Alpine reads just fine.
    2) The USB is great. I got an extension cord and the snaked it to the area near the cupholders and it works great. Gotta love USB with the Alpine Unit.
    3) The unit comes with a IPod high speed cable already and my initial order I accidentally ordered a 2nd one since some of the literature out there still states that it's a separate purchase.

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    amazing sound quality!!!

    Written by: kriekenbeek from philadelphia, pa on July 24, 2008

    2007 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    bought this unit 2 months ago and installed it in my 07 civic.

    isn't the best looking deck but, sound quality is AMAZING!!!

    crutchfields installation guide was accurate.



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    Alpine?

    Written by: Matthew from Mt.Pleasant,TN on July 21, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 04 Maxima SE. Wired it up, then spent 3 hours trying to understand the functions. Computer to car, then car to computer. Alpine make a paper manual! Love the rotary knob.......thats about it. At 15 the speakers are craked- it goes to 35. The ipod control is ok, but not great (it should be better). The screen is a waste. If you are not fussy about system control, use of screen, and logical ipod play this one is for you.....yes you.

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    learning curve

    Written by: johndmac from kansas city on July 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    love the alpine 9886. installation was fun but not quick and easy. installed into a 2007 chevy silverado. gmc vehicles with onstar take extra parts and some finesse. i soldered all connections following directions. everything worked out great in the end.
    for what the 9886 wound up costing, i'm should have gone with a dvd/gps receiver.
    the sound is excellent but i still haven't figured out the bass settings.
    also i'm using the cd player more than the usb port or other inputs. it would be neat if the alpine could figure out for itself what you have plugged into it.

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    Exactly what I need

    Written by: Oliver from College Station, TX on July 14, 2008

    2000 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck is exactly what I needed. I considered getting the 100 model dig receiver, but thought that the lack of cd player might leave you hanging in case you forgot your Player. Since most people only have one player, you would have to take it in and out of your vehicle. That's why I find it easier to just have a CD in as a "standby".

    The controls for this head unit are very functional and easy to use, and as some put the sensitivity of the knob as a problem, I actually find it an inviting change from previous pioneer decks I've owned. While being very sensitive, it also has a very nice degree of control. Meaning: you can spin it very fast AND accurate.

    I'm using this with a 5ch amp and am able to turn off the internal amplifier (nice feature). Also, all of my speakers have crossovers, so the detailed Xovers used in high-end decks was unnecessary for me.

    1. Does not have very good functionality with the iPhone. There's an error when plugged into the rear full-iPod dock cord that does not allow it to charge. It's VERY hard to navigate through any iPod or MP3 player with a LARGE VOLUME of songs. You might as well buy a 2 or 4 GB player to keep in your car and update it regularly.

    2. The second problem is that the clock is there, but I have not figured out any way to get it to be visible at all times. As a matter of fact, besides programming the clock initially, I haven't seen it. This is a pretty big inconvenience for me.

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    Good Unit with some flaws

    Written by: Han from Connecticut, CT on July 11, 2008

    I bought this couple of days ago and been playing around with it alot. And here are some flaws that I noticed with this unit. First of all, the owner's manual comes in as CD. So you have to go to your computer and go back to your car back and forth which can get annoying. It will be so much better if Alpine gave us hard copy of manual so we can play around with the unit while looking at the manul inside the car.
    Second problem with it is the Ipod function. You have to go through artist, song, album menu every single time when you are trying to pick different artist. It doesn't start off from where you last played like Ipod does. Then you would have to scroll which gets pretty annoying.
    Another thing with Ipod fuction that I personally had problems is with the language. It only supports English. I'm Korean so I have alot of songs in Korea which can be read by the Ipod, but not by 9886. Thus I have no idea which song is which.. cuz it just simply shows blank for songs that's written in korean. Well if you are not Asian, you wouldn't have this problem.

    I don't have whole alot of problems with the keys but it does sometimes get confusing when you are first using it.

    All that said, it does sound incredible, and you can controll your subwoofer directly through here which i thought was awesome. I give this 3 stars, but it really is good unit, just bit annoying sometimes.

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    Alpine . . . it wasn't what I had hoped for.

    Written by: John from St. Clair, MI on July 10, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I feel that this unit falls short in a lot of areas:
    *Too bright for night time driving! I hate this, I want to look out the windshield without a bright blue glow in the car. I have the dimming wire hooked up, it works and is set on the dimmest setting of 3.
    *The internal amp on this unit sounds weak to me. The volume goes up to 35 and I can get it up to 22-25 without distortion. When cruising down the highway with the windows down I'm pushing the volume to the limit of clarity. I have new Polk Audio speakers all around, so that is not the issue.
    *The FM reception is also weak.
    *When you turn off the Alpine you are left with absolute darkness . . . no lights whatsoever, even with the dash lights on. Where did it go?
    *No clock when the stereo is off.
    *The display has a blue area where an icon is displayed as to what source you have on and it flips every so often. I find this irritating and eye catching at night and you can't turn off the rotation of the icon. The funny thing is that it spells out in the white area what source you are on anyway, so the blue icon is redundant. This blue area could be the same white color and used for more information being displayed.
    On the positive side, sounds good, iPod control, menu's aren't difficult, looks nice and has a solid feel. I gave this unit 2 stars because I find the irritating to outweigh the positives.

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    volume knob sticks

    Written by: kagerousan from denver, co on July 10, 2008

    PROS: audio quality (all alpine head units are well known for their high audio quality). USB connectivity (tested and working with a Sony 8 GB). iPod control (I don't own an iPod so could not test this functionality). this is the only Alpine unit i could find that plays CDs, controls ipods, and includes USB connectivity.

    CONS: volume knob sticks. bought 1 unit, volume knob began sticking after 2 days (it alternatively sticks and rotates normally; when "sticky" the knob must be forced until it rotates normally again) . exchanged unit, new volume knob began sticking after less than 30 minutes. same problem on 2 units tells me there is either a design problem or a manufacturing issue that Alpine has not worked out. you may also be well advised to invest in an extended warranty just in case that volume knob eventually stops working.

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Diane from South Bend, In on July 10, 2008

    This unit is a good representation of the quality expected from Alpine. Crisp
    sound, easy to read display, user friendly buttons to control the unit. It's
    like having a home audio receiver in your car. The only complaint I have is
    that my ipod Nano does not shut down without disconnecting it from the
    unit. Other than that it does everything I wanted and more. Thanks!

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    Simply the Best I Have Used

    Written by: Higgs_Boson from San Ramon, CA on July 8, 2008

    1989 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unmatched CD player sound.

    Bright, legible screen.


    A couple of caveats:

    (1) The buttons are very small, so those with large fingers may have to be more cautious.

    But that is the same for everything nowadays - cell phones, palm pilots, etc.

    (2) The rotary volume button is very sensitive. Even a very soft touch and an attempt to move the dial the slightest increment changes the setting.

    It is difficult to turn the dial to the desired volume level when the car is moving side to side or up and down due to road conditions.

    When you fingers are on the dial, slight movements of the car cause your hand to move enough that you move the dial even when not intending to or difficulty in trying to obtain the desired volume level - offershoot or undershoot may occur.

    It can be frustrating.

    The same will happen when trying to change bass, balance, fade, etc.

    Make changes when the car is stable and moving on smooth straight ground.

    I haven't used any other head unit brand so I don't know if this is common and thus didn't include this factor in the rating.

    Since I don't mind this (I am mainly interested in CD playback quality) I still rated this player as 5 out of 5.

    Your priorities may be different and mileage may vary.


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    Nice Quality

    Written by: Tyler from New Milford, CT on July 5, 2008

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

    I don't really know what some people were complaining about with this unit. I really do not see any major flaws in its design. I just got it and learned how to use it within a few minutes. I control my iPod fairly easily, although it can get a bit tough to look at the screen than glance back at the road at times.

    The display is very nice and clear, and the sound is great as well. The only thing I could really complain about is when you're searching through the iPod for a song, it doesn't scroll the songs across. It does when you've already selected a song. I liked how it came with the iPod cable connection with it. Overall, I'd say it's pretty much worth the money, maybe a little less than what they sell it for but that's alright.

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    Update on Nano issue fixed w cable availible to fix ones with a proble

    Written by: Michael from Spokane, WA on June 25, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just wanted to give an update on the issue with the deck not powering off iPod Nano's when the unit is shut off. I just spoke with Alpine's technical support department and they informed me that recently purchased decks shouldn't have the issue any longer since they updated the player. If you do have a deck that has this issue they have a 6" cable that will solve the problem. They can send you the iPod fix cable if you need it.

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    mostly good

    Written by: Gregory from Dallas on June 7, 2008

    I have a 9883 in my truck and the ipod works perfectly. When i got this one, it plays for a few minutes then gives me an error 01, communication error. Alpine says it's ipod and ipod says it's alpine. I think it's alpine, because I can play my ipods on other units fine. other than that, it play discs well and it sounds great.

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    best deck for mustangs

    Written by: dwayne from appomattox, VA on June 1, 2008

    this is the first alpine deck iv owned i got it for 2002 mustang gt with the
    mach audio system im glad i did because my car has 2 factory amps i turn
    off the amps on the deck an the sound is amazing theres no need for me to
    buy aftermarket speakers so any that has a mustang with the mach audio
    system go alpine. the only down side to the deck is not enough EQ setting
    but the sound is great it looks great i have a 4G flash stick in the usb with
    alot of my music on it but i would buy alpine decks if you own a mustang
    with the mach audio system

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: carlsonwa from Wisconsin on May 30, 2008

    Overall this is a very nice deck, nice and powerful, pretty user friendly for a single din. When I first got the deck, had the common problem that people have been experiencing with the ipod not turning off. Solution: called Alpine customer service and had them ship me the "fix it" cable, plugs in b/w full speed cable and the deck, fixed the problem, now when I turn the car off the ipod remains on for maybe a minute or two and then turns off.

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Nick from Boston, MA on May 29, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I hooked this up in
    my Jeep with 4 Polk
    Momo speakers and 2
    Polk Momo subs
    powered by MTX
    Thunder amps...all
    purchased here for
    literally HALF the
    cost of anywhere
    else. It
    sounds great. Tight,
    clear and loud. My
    only gripes about
    the receiver is that
    the rear USB is
    extremely short and
    an extension is
    needed (@$40) to
    locate it somewhere
    convenient.
    Secondly, the
    detachable face
    plate is a real pain
    to use. It doesn't
    just pop in or out
    because it's a fold
    down. You have to
    line it up and very
    carefully manipulate
    each side. That gets
    old after about a
    week of ownership. I
    would expect more
    from Alpine,
    especially for the
    price. BUT it's
    worth the tedium
    because the iPod
    controls on this
    thing rock. Fast and
    accurate. We have
    about 15,000 songs
    and to search for
    them is a snap with
    this receiver's
    built in
    controls and the
    included Full Speed
    connection cable.

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    Pretty Good

    Written by: Josh from Burbank, CA on May 28, 2008

    alright, to keep this short and sweet. . .

    i love this unit...with one fault...when using the iPOD (new cable supplied
    with it so there are not any problems. . .i even use a nano and i love it) and
    you want to choose a new song. . .you have to start from the beginning
    again. ARTIST; CHOOSE ARTIST, AND THEN SONG...whereas the actual iPOD
    allows you to start where you left off. this interferes when you want to put
    a song on next. so if you are listening to the EAGLES and you want to put
    on WEEZER after words you have to actually wait till the song is
    over...otherwise you cut off the song. hopefully you understand what i'm
    saying.

    haha

    sorry if you dont

    GREAT unit though
    i love it!

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    Great unit when paired with the PXA H100 processor

    Written by: Chris from Lima, OH on May 16, 2008

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off the Alpine sound quality is top notch as always.

    However, I did not realize that to open up the 5-band Parametric EQ, Media
    Expander, Crossover, or Sound Field Adjustments I needed the PXA
    H100 "Imprint" sound processor. Admittedly, my fault. Although I have had
    Alpine HUs in the past that had most these features without the $150 add
    on box. So make sure to note that if you want these features to be
    available you must also purchase an additional sound process or else you
    are left with simply treble and bass adjustments only.

    I also have an 8 gig thumb stick connected to this unit and it works great.
    Takes very little time to access songs when starting up (5 seconds at most).
    I also tried to connect a 160 gig HD unsuccessfully. I later found out that
    the limitations this unit has on the file structure would have limited me in
    amount of content anyways.

    All in all, good unit, great sound quality, good display, and the user
    interface is as most Alpines are... difficult, (I also have a CDA-9830 which
    has an even worse user interface). I would buy again if I had it all to do
    over.

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    NEW IPOD CABLE SUPPLIED

    Written by: frank166 from Boulder, CO on May 11, 2008

    Ok, so before I bought this head unit, I went online at Crutchfield.com and read the reviews below. I was very concerned about the potential ipod issues because I was going to be buying this unit for the sole purpose of using it with an ipod. People below were saying the IPOD does not pause when the vehicle is turned off nor does it charge. I called alpine's customer support and they told me they are now supplying a new cable that addresses these issues. He also said it still does not work with an IPOD touch (I think). Call them to make absolutely sure. So I went ahead and bought a brand new IPOD 80 gig classic and the cda 9886. Got them locally because I am leaving soon to drive cross country and didn't want to gamble with shipping. Never again. They wouldn't price match Crutchfield, I had to wait like 20 minutes to get service, and I think the employee had about 3 brain cells. So the IPOD works great with the cda 9886. It pauses and turns off when the vehicle is off and starts up again right where I left off. The ipod, however, does not appear to charge when the vehicle is off, no problem for me though. Some other minor gripes. Icons take up 20% of the screen and I can not get a clock displayed 100% of the time. I would also like to hook up the dimmer lead to the lead that controls my instrument cluster lights because I have daytime running lights. I would like my radio to dim with my instrument cluster dimmer knob. Any ideas or impossible?

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    improvment

    Written by: justin from lacey WA on April 27, 2008

    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great over all. Love the improved sound and quality.

    Pros:

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: gil from Chicago, il. on April 26, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First things first, this is by far the best receiver i have ever owned and well worth the price. It does everything and sounds very good doing it. Some people have complained about problems with the use of their ipod nano's, i have a ipod classic and the only small problem i have is when you turn the car off the ipod keeps playing, so when you come back to vehicle the ipod is not still on the song it was when you turned the car off . No big problem to me. The satellite interface works great and even thou the receiver's display could give more infor on the song being played, again not a big problem. Bottom line it's a excellent sounding receiver that can control your ipod, satellite radio, HD radio, CD and FM radio all from one location.

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    Satisfied if not thrilled

    Written by: Joel from Rogue River, OR on April 1, 2008

    2008 Honda Fit Sport

    This review is a comparison between this model (CDA-9886) with last year's, the CDA-9885. The differences are:

    -- As someone else mentioned, they took up ~20% of the entire display just to have an animated icon of the current source selected (XM, iPod, tuner, etc.) on the left. This seems like a waste... yes, it is cute, but I agree with the other poster who suggests that displaying more information about the current song playing would be better.
    -- No more option to have the clock display 100% of the time. :-( This is an option on the CDA-9885, but guess where the clock is displayed? In the lower left that's now been taken over by the icom described above.
    -- Gets along better with the Alpine SC100 box that interfaces to Sirius "Direct Connect" radios. I've yet to see it ever "lose" track of the Sirius, whereas the CDA-9885 sometimes would sometimes lose it at power-up and you would have to manually wait for about a minute (while the Sirius radio fully powered up rather than going into Direct Connect mode) and then power cycle the head unit, at which point everything would work again. This was a minor but significant nuisance on the CDA-9885, so it's good to see it appears to have been fixed on the CDA-9886. (I probably didn't think it was that big of a problem on the CDA-9885 because I had previously had a JVC AR-5500, and when *that* radio lost the Sirius interface -- which happened every few months -- you had to pull the battery cable because power cycling or hitting the radio's reset button wouldn't get it back. Arrgggh!)
    -- The iPod interface is built-in and the interface cable is included, and while for awhile Crutchfield was giving away free iPod cables for the CDA-9885, there's a significant benefit on the CDA-9886: You can use the iPod input as a second general-purpose auxiliary input (regular old analog audio). Nice! It even has a high and low gain setting and let's you use a handful of stock names to re-label the display from "Aux+" to, e.g., "Tuner," etc. In general Alpine seems to be the most flexible when it comes using unused inputs as auxiliary audio inputs (whereas on, e.g., Sony headunits there's a "one trick pony" that their CD changer/HD/Sat radio connection can be used as an aux input, but once a CD changer is hooked up you can't then use the 2nd CD changer connection [on the 1st CD changer unit] as an aux input... with Alpine you can string as many AI-Net devices as you want together, and on the very last one you can use its AI-Net input as the Aux input.)
    -- The user interface isn't as bad as the reviewer below makes out, but it is true that it's not as well done as it could be. They actually *do* use a "forward" and "backward" web browser-type interface, witih "Ent(er)" being forward and "Esc(ape") being backward. What's a little weird is that pushing the big rotary knob *isn't* enter (it's instead reserved for changing the regular bass/balance/fade/etc. setting and toggling loudness), even though ever

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    UI is horrible

    Written by: Hogan from NYC, NY on March 28, 2008

    2007 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A note of warning, this is the only after-market receiver I have ever added.



    This product does everything it says it does. It will interface to the new iTouch and it works.

    However, that is about the end of it. Almost all the choices make in the user interface and display of this device were in my opinion wrong. It seems to me that it is overpriced for these features.



    Only going to waste my time on one example.... see the picture above? There is an icon of an ipod and the word ipod on the display. The ICON IS TAKING UP 1/5 OF THE ENTIRE DISPLAY! This is for something that does not look that great basically serves no purpose -- this space could have been used for more information... time played, more of the title etc. EVERY DEVICE displays it's icon and name -- there is no need for this.



    There is NO display that displays the time of song or time remaining. There is no way to display the time with any other information about the song, there is no way to display artist, album and song name. (you can only display pairs of these items.) etc.



    This is only the display... I won't even bother about using the buttons and the choices made there.

    By a cheaper brand -- this is a pile for the money.



    I give it a 3 because it actually does what it says it does. In terms of usability I give a 1 -- if that.

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    Good, but...

    Written by: Rob from Denver, CO on March 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the Alpine 9886 in my 2007 Nissan Altima a week ago and my first impression is that it sounds great, but Alpine missed the boat on their operator interface.

    The 9886 has enough buttons and enough display to "do this right" but Alpine made it complicated and hard to use. Most graphical and semi-graphical interfaces these days are modeled on web browsers where you go "forward" and "back." The interface on the 9886 is a confusing mess, and has all the earmarks of a product that was rushed to market. As an example, the 6x3 radio presets don't utilize the display at all. They actually have a display for 6 channels and it says "Pre 1", "Pre 2" and such instead of the programmed information. What a complete waste!

    Alpine has good hardware, but their software needs a complete overhaul.

    On the brighter side, the USB interface works; it plays MP3 files, and overall, the unit sounds great. I REALLY want to rate this a 3 instead of a 4 because I can't believe that, in 2008, a company could do such a bad job on the user interface. But, it does SOUND good.

    I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

    I'd give the hardware a 4.5, easily. Software deserves about a 2.0.



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    This is the one people!

    Written by: tommymiracle from Valparaiso, IN on March 18, 2008

    1998 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is without a doubt the best stereo that ive ever had. The first stereo I
    had in my car was more for looks. It had all the different scenes and looked
    really cool but the sound was terrible. This alpine stereo takes your sound
    system to a whole new level! Before I had all bass and no mids at all. I
    could barely even hear any of the music and now it sounds like I'm at a
    concert listening live. Buy this one, it's a winner!

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    Great Player

    Written by: Thomas from Honolulu, Hawaii on March 2, 2008

    1995 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Player is great. It sounds great and looks good. I am so Happy with this player. It works great with the ipod. The Sevice at Cruthcfiedl is great and tech support is great. and Free shipping to Hawaii. I will shop at Cruthcfied again in the future and tell all my Friends.

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    Alpine is the bomb!!!

    Written by: Ronald from Indianapolis, IN on March 1, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice reciever!!! I have this installed in an 06 monte carlo. My car came with an upgraded sound system that sounded pretty decent, it just needed bass so I added 2 jl 12w3 and allpine mrd 601 amp. After about a year I wanted more clarity so I decided to replace the head unit with this alpine head unit. It made my system sound a little better. Then I replaced the factory speakers with pioneer 6x9 in rear and pioneer 6 1/2 in the front doors and all I can say now is WOW!!! Now my system sounds 100% better. If you like your music crystal clear then alpine is definitly the way to go.

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Chris from Southern Alabama on February 26, 2008

    2007 Toyota Camry

    Where should i start! Awesome Headunit. Love the sound and the quality. Definitely READ THE MANUAL! Has alot of much needed information about tweaking the sound in your car or truck. I highly recommend this unit for its high quality and sound shaping technology. U can definitely tell that Alpine is top of the line audio equipment. Make sure to get a good headunit such as Alpine. Because this is the main factor in the sound of your ride. When u pull up to the light with the music up u want it loud and clear! Nothings worse than a bad sound quality! EVENTHOUGH THIS HEADUNIT IS EXPENSIVE IT'S WELL WORTH IT!


    If u own a 2007+ TOYOTA CAMRY! This WILL fit in the Scosche Dash Kit. Trust me! The problem has to do with the face folding down. Causing it to be unable to put in a CD. But i had no trouble. The Crutchfield Install Guide helped out alot.

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    Awesome

    Written by: Chad from omaha, ne on February 24, 2008

    I had a sony setup in my 2dr tahoe but that was stolen awhile back so now I've upgraded. I've installed a lot of alpine stuff in all my buddy's cars and been happy for them, but I've been too broke, until recently, to hook up my own system. I'm glad I waited. This thing is awesome. Haven't used an IPOD yet so not sure about that, but everything else about it is awesome. Controls rock when you get used to them, best looking deck I've seen, after I soldered up the harness it only took about 15 mintues to install, and the sound through my kenwoods is infinitely better than than before. I also ordered some new 6.5" type-x components for up front, a kicker zx-550.3 (2 channel for up front, 3rd mono for sub), some kicker 4x10s for the rear, and a 12" type-r with a sealed .83 cu. ft. box, but they wont be here til next week. I cant wait

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    iPod works fine, here's the fix

    Written by: Scott from Cumming, Ga on February 21, 2008

    1997 Jeep Wrangler

    First off, great product. Excellent controls, features and sound. As far as the reported problem with the iPod... When you finish listening to your iPod through headphones you pause it to go into standby mode. This Alpine head unit works the same, before turning off your car PAUSE the head unit (not the iPod, it is locked out while connected), the iPod will pause as well and after the car is turned off, it will go into standby mode. When you turn the car back on, the iPod will resume play right where you left it and will not have drained. Easy.

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    Great stuff

    Written by: Bob from Cheney, WA on February 20, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit for my daughter's Toyota 4-Runner and installed it yesterday. Everything works great in my opinion. I haven't experienced some of the problems that's supposed to be associated with this unit. I just bought my first i-pod, a Nano unit, and have not experienced it running after vehicle shut down or listening to the FM or CD. It seems to start right back to the previous setting. I played with it for two days now and am very satisfied. In fact, I might purchase a couple of more units for my other vehicles. The displays are bright and very visible. I have always installed Kenwood units with dot-matrix displays in my Peterbilt because of its visibility, but now I might install this model in it too. I lost track of all the head units, speakers, amps, cd changers, and home systems I've purchased from Crutchfield over the years and I have no complaints. Their products and service is second to none. Buy this unit for the what it is. After all, you didn't pay a $1,000 for a custom unit!

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    2007 Tacoma DC

    Written by: Matt from Bay Area, CA on February 13, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What I got from Crutchfield:
    Alpine CDA-9886 Receiver.
    Polk Audio db6501.
    Blaupunkt PCA1350 for sub.
    Blaupunkt PCA2120 for polks.


    Non-crutchfield: 10" sub kit, dash kit and sub wiring kit. Dynamat xtreme. USB extension and 4gb usb drive.



    I'm very satisfied with this system. The sound is very clean, details come through very well, no matter how high the volume. I used a wide range of music to adjust the amps and rarely need to use the Alpine to adjust the sound. Alpine looks and features are great and easy to use. I notice the same iPod issues as listed in the reviews. I use my iPod for the gym, so I mostly use the USB drive.



    Between the Crutchfield site and others, there's plenty of good info to help do the install yourself and save hundreds.

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    Be Careful if Buying to Play ipod

    Written by: Ray from California on February 5, 2008

    I purchased this unit to play off my ipod nano. Unfortunately, this unit has a problem in its interface with the nano in that it does not shut the ipod off automatically when the engine or radio is turned off. When you turn off the ignition, the ipod continues to play on its own, causing the ipod battery to drain in a few hours. Once drained, it only knows to play the first song in your library. Therefore, you can never come back to the place you left off and continue to listen from there. If you turn the radio off or pause the ipod using the stereo pause button, it still continues to drain the battery. Each time you come back to your car after few hours, you have to search and find your playlist again, and the song you want to play. It is a very tedious process. There is no way around this problem as we have tried many scenarios. The nano seems to operate on its own regardless of what you do with the stereo settings.

    Definitely do not buy this unit if you plan to play your music through your nano. We don't know how it would operate with other ipod models, but reviews here and on Apple forums appear to indicate problems as well.

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: udm325 from San Diego, Ca on February 5, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a good receiver and ipod connectivity and this Alpine CDA-9886 delivers. The biolite screen displays is fantastic and the sound quality is top notch. I previously bought the Alpine CDA-9884, which also sounds great, but had to return b/c the display is difficult to see during daylight. Therefore I recommend spending the extra $100 for the CDA-9886, which includes a remote, usb connectivity, the ability to access your ipod playlist and of course the aforementioned biolite display. The CDA 9886 is the best cd receiver I've ever owned. BTW, Crutchfield customer service has always been number one. Crutchfield will continue to have my business on the next purchase.

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    Not for Ipods

    Written by: Linda from Callifornia on February 2, 2008

    Do not buy this unit if you plan to use your ipod with it. It has caused me so much frustration trying to find a way around its issues, and then trying to figure out what to exchange it for. The ipod continues to play when you turn off the ignition and eventually drains the battery; you can't listen where you left off. If you pause it, as many people suggest, it is ok for a while but after a few hours, it unpauses itself and doesn't remember where you had stopped it; the battery continues to drain. Problem when the battery is drained is that it always goes to the first song in your music library when you turn the car back on. So everytime you get in the car, you have to refind the song or playlist you were listening to. Major frustration!!
    My question is---should I exchange it for the 9885?

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: Jason from Charlestown IN on February 2, 2008

    1997 Chevrolet S10

    I love this radio and the service that i got from Crutchfield

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: Kenny from Seal Beach, CA on January 30, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is the best one for the price. I just installed it in my 07 Chevy Silverado Classic 2500 HD Crew cab, with Blaupunkt GTc652 speakers in the front doors and Kicker KS60 in the rear with a Blaupunkt THb 200a subwoofer. I'm using the headunits internal amp to run the door speakers. The system sounds greats! The iPod control is awesome, I don't leave my iPod in the truck so I have not noticed any of the problems that others are referring to in there reviews. In all, a great buy, definitely worth the price!

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    Not worth the money or trouble for pretty display

    Written by: aj from TX on January 29, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The product is not so great for the money. I bought it for my girlfriend and was nothing but disappointed. The only perk was the color of the display. I have the 9885 in my truck, and to me it works better and cheaper. The 9886's wheel scrolls alot slower, and the display is cramped because of the new graphics. The volume increases too quickly, almost exponentially and produces distortion from the stock speakers at mid volume. I got the unit for the ipod feature, and that is the worst part of the radio. It doesnt detect the ipod when you turn the car on or plug it in. It doesnt keep the ipod charged, and it always gives the annoying "no song" or "no ipod" message. Just like the other reviewers stated, there is nothing anyone can do to help. Buyers beware. Again, i previously got the 9885 for cheaper, and have never had a problem with it while using my ipod nano (version before the newest ones w/ video).

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    Great IPOD connectivity for me.

    Written by: iceman8327 from Maryland on January 29, 2008

    2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Basically, I wanted good ipod connectivity first and foremost. However, and also wanted a cd receiver with the ability to upgrade in the future with HD radio and Bluetooth. This receiver deleivers in both those areas. I've heard that the bluetooth adapter for this unit isn't good, but hopefully they will come out with a better one soon. I have a ipod nano (4 GB, blue) and it works great with the 9886. Scrolling through the ipod on the 9886 is great and not slow at all. The screen displays three items at a time which is fantastic. I know that slow scrolling is a problem with some other receivers (pioneer, sony), but with the 9886 its really smooth and fast. Almost like having the ipod right there in front of you. Sound is great with this receiver as well. Let me also say that the crutchfield customer service is outstanding and helped me through any problem I had perfectly!! The only reason Im not giving this unit a 5 is because I've been hearing about problems with 5 and 6th gen ipods. I haven't tried my ipod touch on the 9886 yet but plan to and will let you all know what happens. Oh yeah, one issue I have with the 9886 is the fact that when you turn the car off it doesn't shut off the ipod. One way of dealing with this is to pause the ipod and then shut off your car. This will place the ipod on pause and the ipod will automatically shut off after 5 minutes. The 9886 also has usb connectivity which is a plus as well. Overall, for me, the 9886 is the best cd receiver I've ever owned, hands down!!

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    Alpine CDA-9886

    Written by: stephen from westhoff, texas on January 28, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great cd player easy install loads of free install gear from crutchfield as well. the multiple inputs are great for starting a whole system. visual is great and bells and whistles are awesome. the one drawback is that on my old alpine i could change the color of the screen. the RMS makes a great punch for the JL audio TR evolution speakers. great cd player

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    Great sound - VERY Buggy iPod Interface

    Written by: reddawnman from Orange County, CA on January 26, 2008

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

    This unit gets a 5/5 normally for its excellent sound quality, ease of installation, and the ability to play just about any type of media. HOWEVER, because of Alpine not fixing the known iPod problem I have to downgrade it to a 2/5, as the primary reason people buy this unit is for the excellent iPod controls.




    As many others have posted, the unit is very buggy in its interface with 5th generation (iPod Video 30 + 60 GB) and 5.5 generation (iPod Video 80GB) iPods. When plugging in a unit with more than about 4000 songs, you will consistently get a "no song" error, and need to start the iPod playing before connecting to the alpine for a good link-up to occur - and even that is iffy.




    The only fix I have found that works is to downgrade your iPod's firmware to version 1.1 or so (Instructions are available online). The firmware downgrade is a bit technical, and may not be for everyone.




    After downgrading my firmware, the unit sounded excellent. The unit has excellent sound quality, nice preamp outputs, very visible display, and the browsing controls for the iPod are intuitive and well-thought out (though if you have a lot of music, you'll be using the 1-6 radio buttons to be scrolling through large chunks of your library).



    Installation was a breeze with crutchfield's harness adaptors, and the unit fit perfectly in my 03 civic. Crutchfield's install instructions were also excellent, well thought, and easy to follow.



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    iPod owners BEWARE

    Written by: Honzo from Fernandina Beach, FL on January 25, 2008

    For the most part, this unit is great. The functionality is amazing and the quality is great. The screen is really nice and functional, and the sound quality is great. I haven't used the built in amp though because I have all my speakers wired to an Alpine amp, but I'm sure it's great too. I like the many different options, even if some of them may seem pointless (such as the ability to turn off the internal amp). Also like the internal high pass filter, although i wish it had some more intervals (only has none, 80 Hz, 120 Hz, and 160 Hz)



    then theres the ipod interface..... yeah....
    well I have a 5th generation iPod video and it just doesn't work nearly as well as I'd like. My brother's $100 Pioneer manages the iPod much quicker. I like the fact that his will charge the iPod while the car and radio is off. With this unit, however, it will not charge it, and some have had problems with the iPod not shutting off when the car does and the battery in the iPod dies (including me). This is not much of an issue seeing as I don't use my iPod while i'm out much other than for listening to my library of music in my car. What I don't like is the fact that if i leave it plugged into the head unit, when I turn the car back on, i'll get a "NO SONG" error and i'll have to unplug it, hit play, and plug it back in just to be able to browse to the music. A REAL PAIN! But i've heard it only does this with select iPod models and will be fixed if I downgrade the firmware the the previous version, but I haven't tried it yet. But if you want something that will work WELL with an iPod, go with the 9885...

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    MAJOR IPOD problems with this unit

    Written by: Dan from St Petersburg on January 20, 2008

    Be careful when you purchase this unit about which ipod you want to use with it. As I and many others have found out, the 9886 and 9884 have MAJOR problems with 5th, 5.5 and 6 generation ipods, and some Nanos.
    Everytime you turn off your car and come back to it you get a "no song" error. You then have to unplug the ipod, starts a song playing and then plug it back into the alpine to get it to work. It also does not turn off the ipod when you shut the car off.
    Its too bad because in many other areas this is a great unit.
    Check out the crutchfield community forums and there is a post called 'no song error', and you will see a lot of people having this same issue.
    Alpine blames apple, apple blames alpine, so I dont know what it is going to take for a fix to get done.

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    Solid Performer- HIGHLY Reccomended

    Written by: Kevin from Hononlulu, Hawaii on January 16, 2008

    I've been an Alpine fan for a long time now, and although they no longer produce ultra high-end decks (no internal amplifier.. think CDA-7909 and the tape version 7890), the CDA-9886 sure comes close to it.
    I installed this deck last night, and was very pleased with the layout of the controls and functions. In typical Alpine fasion, all buttons are firm and solid, not sloppy feeling like some other brands, and the rotary knob is smooth, with well incremented detents so you can "feel" the ammount of rotation.
    Now for the best part... Ipod?? NO!! satelite / HD radio NO!!! USB is the way to go with this deck!.
    No, I'm not talking about the wimpy 1-4GB thumbdrives.. I'm talking about using a portable, USB HDD!! (hard disk drive)
    I couldn't find any real info on using computer hard drives with Alpine decks, so I decided to give it a try. As of now, I have a 40GB drive hooked up to the USB port with 5GB worth of MP3's, and it works like a charm.
    I'd have to say though, the only drawback to this is that you can't use playlists, and if your mp3 collection is really large, it may take some time to find a song or album you want to listen to, as I doubt the usb port was never intended to be used with an external 2.5" HDD.
    I know some manufacurers put limitations on the ammount of files you can have and the depth of the folder structure, but I have not tested this with the CDA-9886 yet.
    Anyhow, if you're like me, you'll be picking up a 320GB drive and taking a massive MP3 collection on the road with you.
    Cheers!!

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    Written by: corbin from frisco, TX on January 11, 2008

    Just installed this into my 99 chevy single cab, AMAZING sound quality with 6 1/2 type r's in the doors and 2 JL 12's behind the seat, controls are some of the easiest i have ever used and everything works great, even with my 30 gig ipod completely full finding the song i want is a breeze, the only real complaint i have is that i had to reset my ipod and re load all my songs because there is some kind of firmware problem according to Alpine's customer service and this will affect the ipod video and classic, but other than that this thing rocks especially for the price

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    Great Unit - But not with XM...

    Written by: Bruce from Washington, DC Area on December 30, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for FM, CDs, USB (MP3) players, and iPod's - but does not work with XM at this time!

    Have not tried Sirius nor HD. Audiovox does not offer the software for programming their XM tuner for this specific unit, so if you attach the XM tuner, you'll find yourself doing "hard resets" of the head unit daily (or more often). The hard reset requires unplugging the power from the rear of the head unit - which is a challenge if you're trying to permanently install it (and you lose all of your presets and settings). Crutchfield tech support has been great - but this is out of their control (though it would have been a courtesy to include this known problem in the description of the unit). Alpine says that they rely on Audiovox, and when the XM flash software upgrade is ready, the head unit will work. Audiovox says that they'll get to it, but don't give a time frame. Very frustrating...

    If you don't want XM, this is a great unit. If you do, look for another model unless you're patient.

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    Written by: cole from Bel Air, MD on December 30, 2007

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

    This stereo is by far the best one for this price. I just installed it in my 07 Versa, and with just stock speakers it makes the car boom. Of course, i changed my speakers to Infinity 6022i's, and they still sound amazing.

    I'm using the headunits internal amp to run everything, and I dont see any need for an external one. The iPod control is awesome, although the only downfall is that it doesn't pick up from where you left off (the iPod continues to play when the car is off) but maybe its just my iPod (2nd gen nano)

    The UI is great, easy to read and navigate... which is hard to say about other stereos.

    In all, a great buy, definately worth the price!

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    Almost perfect.

    Written by: Mike from Greeley, CO on December 29, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I traded to this unit after I had trouble with the tuner in the 9885 I originally purchased. Overall, I am much happier with the functionality of this receiver as some of the idiosyncrasies of the 9885 have been fixed.



    Here's my only complaint and I am looking for other reviews to see if others are experiencing the same problem. Unlike my 9885, when the ignition is turned off, the iPod will not pause and ultimately shut down. With the 9886, it will pause the iPod when I change sources or when I shut down the unit itself, but not when it is turned off by the ignition key. Therefore, I have to remember to hit pause on the head unit before turning off the key. If I don't, the iPod will continue to play and run down the battery as it only charges when the radio is on as well. (I returned my first 9886 for a second 9886 because it makes zero sense that Alpine would remove this functionality for their 2008 receiver compared to their 2007 (9885), but apparently they dropped the ball, because both units worked that way.)



    Crutchfield has been great in exchanging receivers and also calling Alpine technical support on my behalf. I'm impressed that they went the extra mile in working to resolve the issue and agreeing with me that it should function like the 9885 did. It is unfortunate that after all their help, that this really was due to Alpine's mistakes. (I'd also like to point out that Alpine has had this trouble on some of their older receivers based on reviews I have read.)



    Again, I'd love to hear other reviews on this issue. I can't imagine after having two 9886 radios that both were working incorrectly. I have a feeling Alpine will eventually find this error and do whatever they do to fix this problem.

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    Solid Performer for Digital & Satellite Media

    Written by: Michael from St Louis, MO on December 23, 2007

    2003 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit for it's top-notch integration with Sirius Radio, which it mostly delivers on.



    PROS:

    Alpine Bass Engine and IMPRINT capable.

    Built In (rear) USB (Test with 2GB Thumbdrive).

    Included iPod cable (I purchased this without one, but Crutchfield sent one for free when it was added!).

    Works great with my G3 iPod (even though not officially supported).

    All blue interface much better looking compared to the red/blue of the 9885 model.

    2 Line display for Sirius/iPod/USB.

    Sirius artist/channel/genre search.

    Included wiring harness and Crutchfield instructions worked great (with a little soldering).



    CONS (mostly minor):

    MP3's are played back in the order they are written to disk on, which makes absolutely no sense for USB Media.

    Only displays 2 lines when there's plenty of room for 3!

    Some display space is wasted showing less than useful information like volume or preset number.

    Blue source icons are nice but I'd probably rather have an extra characters on screen, plus there is no way to stop them animating.

    Requires 2 additional components for Sirius.

    Navigating menus and especially scrolling lists are slow.

    Always scrolls artist/title at least once, even if it's not necessary.

    Sirius rewind features are only available when used with specific PnP Sirius receivers, which is not well explained in the manual or promotional materials (I was aware of this before purchase, but it's misleading).

    Remote is 2 or 3 buttons shy of being useful and has to be very close and pointed at exactly the right spot to work.

    The included receiver kit did not allow the faceplate to fold down - required some filling to make it fit.



    Overall it does exactly what I bought it for and a bit more. I would have given this unit 4.5 stars, but the minor interface annoyances aren't enough to knock a full point off.

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    It is a Winner!

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

    Nothing but good...
    + sound quality
    + display is great (started with CDA-9884 and returned it because the "red" backlite was unreadable! and the whole screen washed out in daylight use. 9886 Biolite and blue backlites are fantastic.)
    + HD Radio is a must - works great
    + iPod interface works very well in my opinion
    + price is reasonable for what you get

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    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RUE-4202)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed connection cable for iPod
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM (English/French/Spanish)
    • Quick start/Wiring guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Customer Care Registration card
    • CD-ROM Requirements/Instructions

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White/Blue
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini Mini2/Mini1
    iPhone No
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features

    BioLite Display: The crisp, clear, white on black BioLite display uses biochemical luminescence technology that provides outstanding visibility even in daylight. It is 40% brighter than normal displays, with higher resolution and better contrast. In addition, it has a much wider viewing angle than conventional displays.

    Background Animation Displays: You can select from 4 different animated background displays: falling Vs, glimmering water surface, gears, or pulsating shapes (hearts, diamonds, musical notes, stars, etc). The animation displays can be turned off for a plain black backgr