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Our take on the Alpine CDA-9887

by Robert Ferency-Viars
Alpine

Why replace your factory radio?

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

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Alpine CDA-9887 CD receiver

Alpine's best-sounding CD receiver, the CDA-9887, features an impressive sonic "tool box" that gives you incredible control over the way your music sounds. A premium Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter delivers the best possible sound from your CDs, while 6-channel digital time correction compensates for poor speaker placement, creating the perfect "sweet spot" in your car. Use the built-in 7-band equalizer to make broad adjustments, or switch to 5-band parametric mode to zero in on specific frequencies.


IMPRINT technology for customized sound

Alpine KTX-100EQ IMPRINT Sound Calibration Kit for CDA-9887

IMPRINT™ technology lets you add an optional sound tuning kit that measures the acoustics of your vehicle's interior, then feeds that information to the CDA-9887. The stereo adjusts automatically to this image of your vehicle's acoustics, tuning frequency response and calibrating delay times to create a perfect listening space.


High-definition 2-line display

The BioLite™ display renders 2 lines of song text and system information with incredible clarity, in any lighting conditions. Add Alpine's Full Speed iPod® cable for super-fast access to your music files — the Percentage Search feature lets you use preset buttons to jump through your playlist.


Built-in time correction for a superior stereo image

The CDA-9887 offers built-in time correction, which allows you to delay the audio information coming from the front speakers so that it reaches your ears at the same time as the sound from the rear speakers. Properly adjusted, you'll hear a much more defined stereo image.

Time correction

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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

24-bit D/A converter Bio-lite display


Full Speed iPod control Manual tuning


Alpine add-ons

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 text display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    • digital signal processor includes a 7-band equalizer (switchable to 5-band parametric mode), 6-channel digital time alignment, and high- and low-pass filters
    • Alpine's Imprint MultiEQ sound tuning technology (requires an external tuning module)
    Expandability:
    • compatible with: Alpine iPod adapter, Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • inputs: 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:

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

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    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
    Key Button Color Blue/Red/Green/Orange
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot No
    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
    Product 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
    • 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

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/iPod Connection
    Wireless Communication

    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, circles, and stars). The animation displays can be turned off for a plain black background.

    Variable Button Illumination: You can change the lighting color of the buttons on the unit's face-panel. You can choose from the following illumination types.

    • Type 1: All buttons on unit illuminate blue.
    • Type 2: Buttons illuminate green and blue.
    • Type 3: Buttons illuminate red and blue.
    • Type 4: Buttons illuminate orange and red.
    • Type 5: All buttons on unit illuminate red.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead; when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

    Blackout: To reduce power consumption you can turn off the display and button back lighting. When the Blackout Mode is turned on the display will illuminate for five seconds each time you press a button.

    Changer Name: You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the CD changer input; Changer, USB, or Portable.

    Opening Message: When engaged, this feature will display a special message each time you turn on the radio on certain dates; Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday (after you program your birth date), etc.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    24-Bit Burr Brown D/A Converter: The CDA-9887 uses a 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of WMA, MP3 and AAC files. With three pairs of pre-outs (4V) and built-in 18W x 4RMS amplifier, the CDA-9887 offers great flexibility to add on other digital sources.

    Built-In Equalizer: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of musical source material. You can select from - Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz&Blues, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop&Rap, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical. The headunit also features six custom preset curves that you can save by adjusting the units built-in Parametric EQ or Graphic EQ.

    • 5- Band Parametric EQ: The built-in Parametric EQ allows you to adjust the following 5 frequency bands in 1/3 octave steps from -6 to +6 dB at a bandwidth Q factor of 1, 1.5 or 3.
      • Band 1: 20 Hz to 80 Hz
      • Band 2: 50 Hz to 200 Hz
      • Band 3: 125 Hz to 3.2 kHz
      • Band 4: 315 Hz to 8 kHz
      • Band 5: 800 Hz to 20 kHz
    • 7-Band Graphic EQ: The built-in Graphic EQ allows you to adjust the following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB.
      • Frequency 1: 63 Hz
      • Frequency 2: 150 Hz
      • Frequency 3: 400 Hz
      • Frequency 4: 1 kHz
      • Frequency 5: 2.5 kHz
      • Frequency 6: 6.3 kHz
      • Frequency 7: 17.5 kHz

    Bass and Treble Controls: The headunit features independent Bass and Treble controls that allow you to adjust each setting from -7 to +7 once you have calibrated your vehicle's interior sound with the optional Alpine IMPRINT software (500KTX100E, sold separately).

    Built-In Crossover: This unit is equipped with a built-in active crossover. The crossover limits the frequencies delivered to the unit's speaker and line-level outputs. Each channel is controlled independently so each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which they have been optimally designed to produce. The crossover adjusts the high pass filter or low pass filter of each band along with the slope. You can adjust the following crossover settings.

    • High Pass Filter: The front and rear speaker outputs or line-level outputs can be set to filter out low frequencies below 20 to 200 Hz with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct. In addition you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB.
    • Low Pass Filter: The subwoofer line-level outputs can be set to filter out high frequencies above 20 to 200 Hz with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct. In addition you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB.

    Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance between the left and right speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance of each speaker and subwoofer (6-channel) to the listener from 0 to 132.7 inches.

    Media Xpander: The MX (Media Xpander) mode makes vocal or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. The FM radio, CD, or connected external audio source will be able to reproduce the music clearly even in cars with a lot of road noise.

    MultEQ: MultEQ, developed by Audyssey Labs, automatically corrects the audio for the listening environment inside your vehicle. The system is optimized for selected positions in the vehicle; the KTX-100EQ IMPRINT Specialist Tuning Kit is available for self-installers (500KTX100E, sold separately). The kit includes the IMPRINT Sound Manager set-up software (CD-ROM for PC), a PC USB interface/calibration unit, cables and a microphone. The software allows the installer to automatically tune the system right in the vehicle. The system can be tuned to match your taste, with the complete tuning process taking approximately 20 minutes. MultEQ along with the IMPRINT software and hardware captures frequency and time domain information from the vehicle's actual acoustical environment and quickly identifies any problems. It then creates a set of equalization filters to correct frequency response and time domain problems for each speaker in the vehicle. It also removes sound distortion caused by the specific acoustical problems in the vehicle by applying unique FIR filters, using more than 500 points along the frequency spectrum per channel. This optimizes the sound reproduction to the specific vehicle listening environment with much greater precision than has been achieved up until now using typical graphic or parametric equalization. The result is a more accurate, dimensional soundstage, and smoother, more natural sound optimized to match your vehicle.

    Subwoofer Pre-out: In addition to the front and rear 4-volt preamp outputs, the CDA-9887 has a dedicated 4-volt subwoofer preamp output with variable level adjustment of 0 to 15. You can also reverse the phase of the subwoofer output level from 0-degrees or 180-degrees as well as select a mono or stereo output.

    Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.

    Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDA-9887 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    HD Radio Ready: The CDA-9887 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550, sold separately) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. The digital seek function allows you to search for only HD Radio stations if you prefer.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (700XMALP2, sold separatley).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
      • Universal SIRIUS Tuner: you can connect the optional SIRIUS SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine KCA-SC100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (700SIRALPC, sold separatley) directly to the head unit
      • SIRIUS Plug and Play: the KCA-SC100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface and the SCVDOC1 SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (700SIRALPP, sold separately) allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers; compatible tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto; you can control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all channels; the SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit display
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input adapter (113KCA121B, sold separately). You cannot connect this auxiliary input and a CD-changer at the same time.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16 kbps to 320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to 510 files/folders and a maximum of 255 folders can be read from one disc. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, ID3, or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track or file by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track, and select it by pressing the play button.

    Aux/iPod Connection

    iPod Full Speed: The CDA-9887 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 4" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i, sold separately), your receiver can interface with most Apple iPods with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, or Composer. You can view artist, album, song, and track number on the head unit's display. When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music . Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library). The  Alpine CDA-9887 and KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Cable is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y *adapter required
    5th Y N Y N Y Y *adapter required
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y *adapter required
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y *adapter required
    iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
    3G N N N N N N N
    3GS N N N N N N N
    4G N N N N N N N

    *Note: The Full Speed cable will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation) without the Alpine KCX-422TR 12V-to5V iPod adapter (500KCX422T, sold separately). Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable (500KCA121B, sold separately) you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR or portable unit through the headunit's AI-Net port.

    Wireless Communication

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: Using the Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter with the KWE-460E interconnect cable adapter (700KCE460B, sold separately), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers.

    Note: The Pass-Through port of the KCE-400BT allows you to connect the Bluetooth adapter as well as an iPod to the CDA-9886. The KWE-460 interconnection cable is still required along with a KCE-433iV Full Speed iPod connection cable (500KCE433I, sold separately). In this case the KCE-422i cable will not be needed.

    Wireless Remote: The CDA-9887 is controlled with the supplied RUE-4202 wireless remote control or the optional RUE-4190 (500RUE4190, sold separately). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The CDA-9887 has a steering remote control input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately), you can retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagens and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By Anonymous, West Palm Beach, FL on Friday, November 02, 2012
     
    I had a pioneer that played very good but put this in and blew me away. Quality is my biggest thing and this is my best so far. I had bass coming exactly where I wanted.
    Pros:
    Looks good, perfect quality, can custom background (but not too much good options), sub outputs, sub level control
    Cons:
    none so far
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By BrettY, Central Pennsylvania on Monday, June 20, 2011
     
    Excellent Unit, love the blue, set up is easy, the only issue I have is with the ipod features, it takes forever to fast forward through songs on the ipod compared to a cd (ipod touch 4th gen) and also the cable that connects from the unit to the ipod goes bad, the end that plugs into the actual ipod broke after several months. Other then that no problems. Definitely support buying this unit for any vehicle if you have the system in the vehicle that is good enough for it
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Hmm..

    Written By Tyler, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
     
    Absolutely beautiful headunit. I was sceptical coming from an Eclipse CD7000. The CD7000 was an awesome headunit. Between the two though my favorite is the 9887. The CD7000 has a more clear and natural tone to the speakers where as the Alpine 9887 adds a little coloration and sounds warmer (I prefer this). The one thing I dislike about the 9887 is the time alignment. You can only get approximations within the headunit where as with the Eclipse CD7000 you could get spot on down to the millisecond. Another thing with the 9887 is with the active EQ you can only get within 4 bands of the next EQ option. In order to compensate for this you have to adjust the Q and slopes so they dont roll off as fast to cover the gaps between bands.

    Other than that I use this HU with the KCE 422i and my 8Gb iPod Touch, KTP 445 power pack, and I run an Eclipse XA5000 5 channel amp, pair of ID8D2V3's, and a set of Eclipse SC6500's up front and no rear fill. As soon as I have an opportunity Ill be going active and Ill put the 9887 to the test. I have the KTX 100EQ sitting in a box on standby.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Good

    Written By nurseman, Lexington, KY on Monday, June 14, 2010
     
    Purchased this for my mom on Mothers Day. Installed it myself....extremely easy. Synced it all up and she loves this thing. She is old school...won't use a computer for anything, thinks checks are the way to go, electronics freak her out and I was looking for something simple for her to use as she is on the road a lot. She commented on how great the sound is now. So if it is easy enough for her to use it passes the test. She likes just being able to push the button for true hands free calling. I am thinking about getting the same one for my dad as well and possibly me.
    5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Tony writes

    Written By Delilah, milwaukie Or on Friday, April 30, 2010
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    I Just hooked up the Alpine 9887 today and it is fantastic! I will admit, I have been out of the car stereo game for a few years while my music & money focus had turned to home theater, but honestly if any one said this head unit wasnt top notch in sound quality, design and tweekability they're crazy.

    Running it to two12s, Fosgate 200 dsm, Alpine 75wx4, Sony 6x9s, 6 1/2" & tweets. In addition an audio control xover, and packed in a 71 Camaro. It rocks with clarity!
    9 out of 13 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    I have no problems

    Written By John, Bellingham on Monday, April 12, 2010
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    I have to admit, the IPOD is slow when changing songs, but this is my first deck with IPOD accessories. Thats what CD's are for. I still use both. This deck has all the options and my favorite is the Night Light Illumintion which I have programmed to turn off after 5 seconds. Nice when driving at night. The light can be annoying. This is more of an adult unit. You need to know what your are gonna listen to before you start driving down the road. Otherwise you will get into a wreck. You will also have to purchase the programmer for this deck. Do your homework on this unit.
    4 out of 15 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    I hate this radio

    Written By christopher, Glenwood NJ on Friday, February 19, 2010
     
    I've been stuck with this radio for about a year and I can't wait to get rid of it in March when the Kenwood KDC-X994 comes out. Sound quality is fine but the unit was designed horribly you can't read the clock unless you're within 6 inches of the display (which makes driving kind of hard). If you turn the knob too fast it stops working so it takes forever to find a song by track is you're using a large Ipod. Quick search is useless unless you remember what number out of 10,000 your song is. The Sirius adapter is nice but you have to wire it acc. or it will hang up on you about every 3 days. The blue tooth device sounds like a echo chamber and gives you background noise threw the Ipod. Overall I am very disappointed with Alpine. I used to work for an Alpine dealer so I know how their products used to be. What's going on Alpine?
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By carrera 911, Los Gatos CA on Thursday, December 03, 2009
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    I wanted a high end receiver that was very user friendly and controlled my ipod from the dash controls. This unit fills the bill and brings in the weaker FM
    stations as well.
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By Mark, Woodbury, MN on Saturday, September 12, 2009
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    First, the pros -

    Features very well laid out, easy to use while driving
    Menu is deep and complex, but intuitive - you get used to it very quickly
    Looks fantastic. Very pretty, nicely designed unit all around; somebody put
    a lot of thought into the design

    But....

    It sounds awful for an HU at this price point. "Imprint" feature is useless;
    first, it badly overprocesses the sound - "smooths" the life right out of it. I
    know what my CDs are supposed to sound like. In the Alpine, I was
    shocked at how much just wasn't there; music was flat and lifeless. Second,
    Imprint centers the sound, so it sounds like every instrument is coming out
    of the middle of the dashboard. Some people like that, but I don't know
    why - I want soundstage; I want it to sound like I'm surrounded by the
    music.

    If you turn off Imprint, you get the soundstage back, and it restores the life
    and the richness to the music... but, now it sounds bad because you can't
    really tweak the sound if Imprint is turned off. Distorts badly even at mid-
    volume.

    Also, radio reception is very weak, especially AM. Sometimes my favorite
    local AM station wouldn't even come in, less than 20 miles from the tower.
    Swapped the Alpine for a Pioneer DEH-800PRS, and that HU picked up the
    same AM station from over 250 miles, in the daytime, in the mountains.

    Wouldn't recommend this to anyone. If you can go another $150, get the
    Pioneer - light years ahead of the Alpine in sound quality; more than worth
    the money.
    4 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    awsome head unit.

    Written By Seth, Upstate NY on Monday, August 10, 2009
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    This was my first Alpine purchase. I like this unit so much that intend to finish out the rest of my system all Alpine (from Crutchfield). I've had this installed for about a month and I'm in love with it. The tuning options are everything I would expect for the price and then some. And then if you want you can add more with "imprint".

    All I can say is that you do get what you pay for and this head unit is worth it hands down. Also the trim ring and wiring harness kits that came with it worked out perfectly. Couldn't be happier.
    2 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding HU

    Written By James, Omaha, NE on Friday, July 03, 2009
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    Overall this is a great head unit.

    PROS-
    - Ability to change colors was underrated before I purchased.
    - Unit "feels" very well built and everything is easy to navigate(although I've owned Alpines previously.)
    - Ipod integration is great.
    - Unit sounds incredible with Imprint. I haven't played with it too much without Imprint since I had that installed right off the bat, but it definately sounds alot better with it. I HIGHLY reccomend Imprint. My 350z has a terrible soundstage and with the Imprint tune, it sounds glorious. On that note I will reccomend Boston Acoustics SX60 components. I have them powered by a 90x2 Fosgate amp so I can't speak on the internal amp of the HU.
    - Looks great, better than I expected.
    -Crutchfield service and reliability

    CONS
    - No motorized faceplate althought don't think I'll be changing CDs too much anymore
    - When playing music via Ipod the HU controls aren't as seamless as an ipod by itself. For exmample, if I'm listening to a track of a specific artist and I hit the equivalent of the "menu" button on an ipod, it won't take you back into that album or artist, it takes you all the way back to the beginning which is quite annoying and dangerous while driving. Not sure if this is something all HUs do or not.
    - Screen washes out somewhat in sunlight but I really don't know how it could get much better.

    Overall great HU, wish I had more than 1500 characters

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    3 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By towboat trash, cc, texas on Monday, June 22, 2009
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    A great head unit....but dated. Still the top of Alpine's line (no nav cd players) it hasn't been updated with usb playback or aux line in input. Which is sad since its lower models such as the cd-105 have both of these features built into the faceplate. Just know before you buy that these features aren't built in. The only real perk is IMPRINT and 3 rca outs. But...other than that I would have gone with another radio but I'm an alpine head unit guy so I got this one.

    As always, crutchfield service and support is great. Thanks JP at customer service.
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By Jacob, Wisconsin on Friday, May 01, 2009
     
    I bought this head unit to start building a new system in my car. For those of you who are complaining that this requires something extra to run Imprint, do some research before you buy. Seriously. On that note, the Imprint technology is why I chose this head unit. You can buy the kit to calibrate your sound from Crutchfield. It's worth it.

    Awesome head unit, great sound quality. Somewhat expensive, but you get what you pay for.
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    4 out of 5

    Ok Head Unit

    Written By Michael, Illinois on Friday, March 27, 2009
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    I am pleased with the head unit, installed just as it should. The sound is not as crisp as I had thought it would be, but it is acceptable for now. The only way to adjust the parameters is to use the equalizer, which is fairly easy, however, I haven't noticed much improvement in sound quality. To unlock bass and treble controls, you must purchase the 'Imprint' device, which is expensive. I have yet to run the Imprint program, but I have heard good things about the features it unlocks. This unit isn't at all like my old Panasonic 8305, which was a tremendous head unit, but time will tell how long I will keep this Alpine head unit after the Imprint upgrade.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding

    Written By Ryan, Woodbridge, VA on Saturday, March 21, 2009
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    This head unit is far better than I'd thought it would be. The sound is amazing and I haven't even upgraded my stock speakers yet.
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    3 out of 5

    Discontinued USB Support?

    Written By Richard, Long Island, NY on Friday, February 27, 2009
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    The 9887 is Alpine's top-of-the line head unit audio-wise (having Burr-Brown D/A converters). I'm very happy with my Imprint results...the audio is phenominal...truly.

    However, the KCA-620M USB support add-on was discontinued 3 years ago. Crutchfield sold this to me last week but never told me about its limitations: no shuffle support for USB drives when they told me it had this capability. If you go to Crutchfield's features & specs page, you will see that a USB input is optional for this radio when in fact, it hasn't been for 3 years.

    On top of that, Alpine never developed a replacement USB module for the 9887...they just discontinued support. Thus, if you want cutting-edge USB support with Alpine, you must step down to a head unit that has inferior sound quality or buy an iPOD (which I don't need or want since syncing my thumbdrive with Windows Media Player 10 is all I need).

    This is very disappointing for me. Alpine support has escalated my call to senior management to determine a course of action. However, Crutchfield and/or Alpine better throw an iPOD my way since this will be the only way I can get random shuffle mode of my 1500+ .MP3 collection after spending $1300 in Alpine equipment.

    [Editor's Note: We apologize for the frustrations you have experienced, and our Customer Support Department will continue to work with you on this. We have corrected our web presentation to avoid this problem in the future.]
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By Sherman, Connelly Springs, N.C. on Sunday, February 08, 2009
     
    Love this radio has everything you would want in a head unit, hooked up Sirius radio, with out all the extra clutter in my vehicle, all in one unit,the rest is out of sight.
    2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By Ryan, Minnesota on Friday, January 23, 2009
     
    Bought this deck as a replacement for my Eclipse7100 that was stolen, What a mistake had way better sound quality with the 7100. You have to buy separate stuff for IMPRINT what a joke I could do that without buying anything xtra with my 7100. Save your money and look into a Eclipse deck!!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By David, Florida on Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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    Unit is fast. Unlike other receivers, some intelligence was put into the menu design. For the most part, everything is where it should be. Remote is FAST.
    You can also easily control time delay and crossover presets directly from the remote. You can't push down on the volume/selector knob to make a
    selection. you must push the play/pause button instead (annoying). I can't comment on IMPRINT (KTX-100EQ), I haven't gotten it from Crutchfield
    yet; but, bass and treble can't be unlocked without it. You must use the EQ instead (annoying). I bought the unit to use with my IPOD Classic 120. It
    has a little over 9000 songs. Despite what some say, connection is FAST. I can navigate to a specific artist, album, song *almost* as fast as using the
    IPOD itself. I can *drill down* from Artist-Album-Song or Genre-Artist... or Playlist, etc. Just like on the actual IPOD. KCE-422i cable charges the IPOD.
    When you turn your vehicle off, the IPOD pauses and turns off after a minute or two. When you turn the vehicle back on, the IPOD wakes up and
    continues where it left off. Also, if you disconnect the IPOD and attach headphones, it still continues where it left off. You can *hotplug* it back into the receiver and it will continue playing. Songs start playing fast. Be sure to make use of playlists. Completely seamless while using the IPOD.
    Couldn't have asked for more. If you are thinking about getting the 9886 like I almost did, DON'T! Get this instead.
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    5 out of 5

    Simply incredible

    Written By Andrew, Marion, IA on Tuesday, January 06, 2009
     
    You CANNOT beat this deck. It is the BEST head-unit out there as far as
    sound quality goes. UNTOUCHABLE! When you have your system
    completed, look into tuning it with the IMPRINT tuning module, it makes
    your music sound like it's coming out of the windsheild!
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    5 out of 5

    Exceptional Performance

    Written By Michael, Illinois on Monday, December 22, 2008
     
    My old Pioneer head unit was going out and I needed something new. I needed something nice for my equipment (SR6500s) so I settled on the
    Alpine CDA-9887. What people are saying is correct. Alpine doesn't make it very clear that in order to use Imprint you have to buy/rent the kit. It's also needed to control bass/treble controls, but there is a 5 band parametric and 7 band graphic, which is great. Imprint (kit from Crutchfield) completely brought my sound to life. The sound stage it created was more than amazing. I have nothing bad to say about the sound this unit puts out. 24 bit DAC and 4V pre-outs is a great addition!

    The only downside is the money you have to dish out for the unit and the imprint tuner. If you've got the money, you won't be disappointed. If your not running high quality speakers then you probably won't be as impressed with this unit over other cheaper Alpines.

    The buttons could be more friendly. I don't like how you have to hold the back button for 3 seconds to get out of a menu. It should just be a single press.

    Final Verdict: Amazing Performance and beautiful appearance.
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    2 out of 5

    missed the mark!

    Written By Ken, SF, CA on Monday, November 24, 2008
     
    High hopes were in the air. I replaced an older alpine cda-9845 from the
    90's. With only the head unit being switched out the sound was supprising!
    While this head unit has all the bells and whistles, it sounded flat, and I
    had to readjust all my amplifier gains UP, to make up for the poor DA
    converter and the new 4v stated unit. My previous head unit was far
    better. After calling alpine, their tech told me there was no unit currently
    made that had the OLD real 4v output, and the new cheaper DA converter
    was no match for the old one. I have to say I had waited almost a year to
    get one of these decks, and was sadly dissapointed. After setting up the
    imprint portion (with the laptop and mic) I did not notice any improvements.
    It actually sounded worse! I now am using it as just a cd player, all imprint/
    multi eq etc off. It works, I would not suggest it for sound quality. I think
    you can do better with buying a less expensive unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Thrilled with it!

    Written By Russell, Tampa, FL on Thursday, November 20, 2008
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    This is my second Alpine stereo and am thrilled with it's performance. I also have a CDA-7995 in my 1989 Camaro which sounds fantastic but with the "imprint" function of this stereo the sound-staging is incredible. I also love that the illumination matches the blue and red of my VW perfectly, that I have Bluetooth with it, and the i-Pod integration made life in the car so much more enjoyable. The only negative, the biolite display does wash out with sun reflection but that is more how VW angled the dash than a product issue. The integration components from PAC had horrible instructions but Crutchfield's techs explained them more thoroughly and I am amazed how easy it was. I've been a customer since 1983 and will be one for life!
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    2 out of 5

    Ticked OFF

    Written By John, Bellingham WA on Monday, October 27, 2008
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    Dont push the Multi EQ. All functions of the unit are disabled. No more bass or trebel control. Its called IMPRINT and now you will have to spend another 250 dollars to program the thing. Theres no ESC or reset or remove power that will undue this problem. And everyone is experiencing it. This is an absolute required item to make your deck work. And it should be free. Its not even mentioned that you have to have it when you buy it from either ALPINE or Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    A Great Impression

    Written By William, Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday, October 12, 2008
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    This is my first aftermarket stereo install, and I always wanted to have one in my car. First thing, the Biolite display is amazing, it is easy to read, and the visual presentation is very immaculate. The most important thing that made me buy this deck is that it is iPod -compatible, and that you control it via the deck. Of coursem you have to pitch in extra bucks for the alpine iPod connection cable, but note it is very helpful if you run the cable to the glovebox compartment and just put your iPod there while you're toying with the stereo. Not all the iPods are fully compatible, as I know for sure the 16gb 4th gen nano that just came out works with this head unit but does not charge the nano :(

    It's just a minor setback, but it would have been nice to have that feature. Anyways, the sound is very good, I have factory speakers, but plan to upgrade in the near future. The audio configurations are easy to understand, but I recommend reading the manual to get a full grasp. You can get the optional Imprint sound feature which optimizes your sound environment with software for another 250 dollars, I don't think I going to get this one;) In a nutshell, for 400 dollars, you are getting Alpine's top of the line CD in-dash head unit and you won't regret buying it. It's a good move, unless you really want your iPod to charge while you drive :)
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By Logan, Santa Barbara, CA on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
     
    This is the best radio that you will ever hear. It doesnt matter what you have in your system this radio is very crisp and clean. The display is bright enough to see in the sun. I put this radio in my car i have alpine everything. I have a MRP-500 hooked to an alpine Type R 12" sub, then i have MRP-250 4 channel hooked to 3 way infinity kappas in the back and 4" kappas in the front. Right when i put this stereo in my car not even tunning it, it sounded AMAZING it disgraced my old radio. When i hooked up the imprint sound tunning kit and tuned it. It was the best sound i have ever heard. Definately worth the money. Alpine is the best!!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By dabluz, Freeport, TX on Wednesday, October 01, 2008
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    Really great receiver. It was easy to install and meshed well with the Infinity speakers and Alpine power amp. The only problem I have is making sense out of some of the settings. There is no visual curve for the graphic EQ so I'm guessing how it will look. The crossover only having settings for 20hz to 200hz is a little confusing and the manual is not much help. There are so many sound enhancements that there needs to be a section in the manual telling you which enhancements are still active when you choose PEQ or GEQ or Xover or Time correction or Media Xpander.
    All in all I love the receiver and am learning more and more about it daily, still I wish it wasn't so painful.
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    5 out of 5

    OFF THE HOOK, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED

    Written By Graham, Montana on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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    I love this deck. Hands down, I love everything about it, exactly what I wanted and I can't wait to get my subs and amp hooked up to really test it. It looks so cool in the dash and has so many features. I have not found any problems with this deck and Im glad I ended up getting this instead of the Ipod Alpine deck. It works great with an Ipod, flawless.

    Like I said, you will not be disappointed. I shopped around forever before I finally decided on this one and I am glad I did!
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    5 out of 5

    better than my pioneer!

    Written By david, brooklyn,ny on Friday, September 12, 2008
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    I first bought the 9885 deck to replace my pioneer deck and i was very dissapointed! My old pioneer sounded twenty times better! I called the great people at crutchfield and they immediately came to my rescue! they allowed me to return the 9885 that i had, gave me back full credit for it and allowed me to upgrade to the 9887. This radio out performed my old pioneer by far! and i aint finished tweaking the eq's yet!
    thanks crutchfield!
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    4 out of 5

    very nice deck

    Written By Dome_RBC, San Jose, CA. on Saturday, August 16, 2008
     
    This is a very high quality unit with infinite audio tuning abilities. It allows you to choose between a 5-band or a 7-band equalizer. Setting 7-bands allows you to tune exactly what Bass frequencies or treble frequencies you want to be changed. Why be stuck changing "Bass and Treble" at a factory desired frequency when you can infinitely select any frequency in the Bass-Treble range and change that band independantly. Yes it took some time to learn the controls (more than 15 minutes after install) but I was amazed at what this deck could do after I got into it.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written By Jonathan, Spfld, MA on Monday, July 28, 2008
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    Very nice head unit. Lots of features and upgradable, with usb, sat radio, hd radio, although you have to buy everything seperately. I don't think I would be happy if I didn't run the Imprint program. Not easy to tune and treble and bass are locked out unless you run the Imprint kit. Menu a little hard to navagate. Overall excellent sound.
    3 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent head unit

    Written By Tony, Lancaster, PA on Monday, June 30, 2008
     
    This is the third Alpine head unit I have had in the last 12 years and by far the best. The functionality and control is excellent, and unless you are planning on competing in car audio competitions, the included EQ controls, while slightly complicated, should meet most users' needs. I went back and forth over this unit and the 9886...only downside with the 9887 is that you have to buy the IPOD cable separately and this head unit is already $399. I have this running the factory speakers in a 2009 Forrester and it will not require an external amp, even with the windows down and moon roof open at highway speeds. Pre-outs are great and I am running a JL 500/1 with a JL 12W3V2 in a sealed box and it sounds great. Tech support from Crutchfield was excellent as always and the order was at my door in less than 24 hours!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent reciever!

    Written By Jeff, Indiana on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
     
    I have had this reciever a few weeks and absolutely love it! I still have factory speakers in the car and it still sounds 10 times better with this unit. I use it mostly for listening to my ipod and love the controls for the unit. Settings take a little getting used to but once you get used to them you can adjust just about anything you want to customize your system. Definitely worth the money.
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    3 out of 5

    Two-stage faceplate & cd loading

    Written By Me, near dc on Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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    Well Ive had this
    thing for a couple
    of days now,
    replacing a 9813
    that I absolutely
    loved (go v-power),
    and I have to say,
    that I'd rather buy
    a new 9813 than this
    thing, but due to
    whats out there on
    the market, I've
    already been through
    an eclipse 7100
    would only play a cd
    when it felt like
    it, and I'm not too
    excited about
    dropping $650 for
    the excelon. I
    basically wanted max
    sound shaping
    ability and usable
    on board power with
    a powered sub.

    Neat things are that
    you can apparently
    store six different
    eq & time correction
    pairs. (Downside is
    you have to pick
    between para &
    graphic eq modes)

    Still working on the
    USB setup. Seems
    pretty strange the
    7886 has built in
    usb, but it's $100
    for the add on
    adaptor for the 9887

    Here's the serious
    downside to this
    unit:

    Every time you
    remove the face
    plate or change cds
    you have to flip
    down the front face
    plate (no motor,
    damping etc.) and 1)
    hit the cd eject
    button, load new cd,
    manually close the
    faceplate 2) pull
    the face plate
    towards the left, to
    engage the spring
    loaded shaft and
    pull out. I'm
    pretty confident
    this will break at
    some point, as I
    change cds like mad,
    and this seems
    totally cheezy vs.
    the 9813 mechanism.
    Before I set up
    the crossover, any
    low bass drove the
    unit into distortion
    QUICK.

    Bottom line, I guess
    $400 doesn't go as
    far as it used to
    with Alpine. I WILL
    be talking to them
    about it.
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    2 out of 5

    Definately average

    Written By Gregg, Fremont, CA on Friday, May 09, 2008
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    This unit delivers the kind of sound I'd expect from an inferior brand. The user functions and settings are difficult to navigate. The crossover function is particularly terrible, both in difficulty of use and sound delivery. I had this out of my car 15 minutes after install.
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    3 out of 5

    The display isn't all it is cracked up to be.

    Written By Robert, NoVa on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
     
    I bought this rather expensive unit with the hope that it would be legible in the daylight and while it is MUCH better than the Kenwood X791 I just ditched, it does suffer from a little wash out. It also has the very annoying "feature" of having absolutely tiny block like font that cannot be expanded to take advantage of the full screen.

    Also, if you set the display to show station and clock in Tuner Mode, it will then keep this mode if the CD is in. If you change the CD display mode then it changes the Tuner display mode. Very annoying. Kenwood had it right....why doesn't Alpine.

    I also need to mention that the tuner could use some help...it is amazingly weak and stations that came in fine on both the Kenwood and the stock stereo are very poor on this unit. Also, why no RDS? It is a GREAT feature and given the price tag of this unit something so basic should be included.

    I am going to call Crutchfield about upgrading to a X991 and seeing if the display is legible in daylight.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome player

    Written By gander2112, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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    I replaced the stock head unit in my Honda S2000 (2005 vintage) with this, and a pair of JBL speakers. The difference in sound is phenomenal. The stock unit was anemic, and really had to be pushed to even hear with the top down at speed. This unit is very capable, and even without a dedicated amp, I get very passable sound, even on the freeway.



    I also got the ipod interface cable, and it's integration with my old Gen 4 ipod is great. I see some grumbling about losing place or continuing to play the ipod after powering off, but I don't experience that at all.



    I did buy a plug and play cable harness that is specific to my car, and a special dash control interface, so installation was a snap.



    I highly recommend this unit.

    Geoff
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    5 out of 5

    CDA-9887 w/imprint excellent choice

    Written By kevin, Harleysville, Pa. on Sunday, March 16, 2008
     
    2002 Ford F250
    I have experimented w/several HU's in the last 2 years. I recently purchased this HU w/imprint module to drive my 4 6.5 Premium series speakers and an Alpine PDX 4.100 amp. with a self powered sub. I have found nothing else that sounds as good as this HU for the price range and the options it provides. It is also a great solution for vehicles that don't have a 2 din opening in the dash. I would rent the imprint module if possible. Alpine really did a great job with this head unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDA-9887

    Written By Dyrk, Shreveport, LA on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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    Great unit. Works well with my iPod. I installed it in my '07 Ram with no issues.
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    5 out of 5

    Initial Impression...Amazing

    Written By Gus, Harrisburg, PA on Monday, February 04, 2008
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    I just installed this unit this past weekend after being disappointed with both the Pioneer 5900iB and the 6000uB. I have it hooked up to a JL 4300 amp driving only the 5 1/4 JL VR component front speakers in a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. For now, the head unit is driving the stock rear speakers.



    My main objective when all of this started was to be able to play my new Zune through the car stereo. After testing out an FM transmitter and returning, I realized that an Aux input was the best option. I was disappointed with the amount of white noise on the Aux input of the Pioneers but otherwise thought they sounded decent; until I heard this Alpine unit. What a difference! Although there is still some white noise on the Aux input that can only be heard without the vehicle running (it is much softer than the Pioneer's noise), the musical quality is simply amazing. I can only describe it as silky smooth; and that's with rock and modern country.



    I'm using the Media Expander function and have the unit set to the default "Rock" equalization curve. I'm not necessarily an audiophile, but I find that the tonal range does not seem to separate like the Pioneer did and seems to have wonderful tonal balance without the music sounding muddy. I'm not sure if it's the Media Expander or just the head unit, but instruments and vocals are beautiful and even the drums are punchier when they're supposed to be; and that's without a subwoofer...yet.



    Can't wait to get the 5x7 JL rear speakers (powered by the 4300) and a compact powered sub under the seat to round out the system and tune it with the software/mic rental. I don't know how much better it can get, but with the results so far, I'm looking forward to it.
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    5 out of 5

    A Very nice HU, very pleased with my purchase

    Written By Bease, Ventura, CA on Saturday, December 08, 2007
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    Well, i switched to the cda-9887 from the cda-9885 because i really didn't like the dumb red lighting of the cda-9885, it didn't go with anything else in my dash. Since everything is blue... I know that's a silly reason, but to their credit Crutchfield took back the cda-9885 with no questions asked. Option wise the cda-9887 is great once you get(rent) the tuning module from Crutchfield. Without the Imprint module the sound is OK, but nothing special, only marginally better than the cda-9885, but with the module you can set all the crossover points and time correction and open up the treble and bass adjustments. This makes all the difference between the two models. Also, maybe it's just me, but the biolite display is white in this model and in the cda-9885 it's greenish (which also annoyed me since i don't have anything red or green in my dash). The Audio is great, time correction and the crossover points are a huge plus with this model. The face is not motorized which kind of sounds like a bummer, but considering that it is one less thing to break two years down the line the addition of a motorized faceplate is more of a liability in the long run. The sirius integration seems to be working great and the ipod integration is top notch. Between the top sounding units on the market today you're looking at the Eclipse CD7100 (awesome background and flashy look, but super expensive and difficult to navigate and certainly too expensive if you want to add on sirius, the gps, or ipod integration) and this Alpine Unit (really need to use the Imprint module and open it up to what it's truly capable of, but once you do you pay a bit less when all is said and done for some real quality sound). I went with the Alpine because of its integration of ipod and Sirius radio and the fact i can't afford to be spending $700 on a HU like the eclipse. I love the cda-9887 and i'd purchase it again if i had to do it over. Feel free to read my review on its imprint tuning module. Hope this helps anyone on the fence about this unit. Also, look on youtube in order to find some videos of these headunits in action, it really helped me decide which one was best for me.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine gets an A+ for the 9887

    Written By Lamar, Gulfport, MS on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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    Thanks Malcolm...I'm glad you recommended the 9887 for my install. Trust me; if you buy this H/U you will not be disappointed. It's that good. This was installed in a 2007 Toyota Tundra SR5 double cab with Polk DB650's in all 4 doors, Alpine Sirius radio tuner, Alpine KCE-300BT Blutooth adapter, Pioneer TS-SW2541D 10" shallow sub in a custom enclosure and a Profile AP600 amp for the sub. Also used DynaMat Extreme in all 4 doors.


    Paired with The Alpine KTX-100EQ Imprint Sound Manager, your system will really come to life. The clarity of the music is "incredible" compared to anything else I' ever installed in a vehicle. I don't consider my system to be extreme "high end" by any means, but I'm sure it will stack up nicely with systems costing much, much more.


    The menu system on this H/U is very intuitive and I found it easy to navigate. The KTX-100EQ is a must buy (or rent) addition for the 9887...it takes all the guesswork out of the soundstage/crossover setup and the results are truly amazing.


    The Biolite display is very easy to read in all conditions (day or night) and I was able to set the backlighting color on the display to match my factory gauges.


    If you're looking at receivers in this price range, put the 9887 on you short list. It really is an amazing piece of equipment.


    Thanks Alpine...you hit the bullseye. And thanks Malcolm for the recommendation.
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    5 out of 5

    EXCELLENT headunit

    Written By Crawly, Wintersville Ohio on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
     
    I installed this headunit along with the Sirius and HD tuners in my 2007 Honda Fit Sport and the sound difference is huge. My truck has a Pioneer and I'm really happy with it, but decided to go with Alpine for my Honda. I'm glad I did. This is a great headunit with alot of settings available to customize your sound.

    The only downside of the unit is the menu you need to cycle through to find the settings. There are so many settings to fine tune the sound to your car, that it's easy to get lost. But as far as I can tell, having the ability to custom tune the radio so much is a good thing. It just takes a little time.
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    2 out of 5

    Mixed feelings

    Written By Jason, Indian Head, MD on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
     
    I bought my first Alpine HU about 4 years ago, and then bought a second about 18 months later because it could support the first generation iPod interface. Overall I was happy with both products. They were reasonably priced, sounded good, and were easy to use. And they both had a feature called "media xpander." This was a great feature. Shortly after I bought the secong HU, Alpine pulled the plug on the media xpander.

    Well now Alpine brought the media xpander feature back and that's the sole reason why I purchased this particular HU. But it is very annoying that I had to buy their most expensive HU to get it, when a few years ago it was available on all but their cheapest models. Second, others have mentioned this and it it really irritating. I bought their most expensive HU and I can't even set the treble and bass to my liking unless I pay another $250 for software. That is absurd. But I bet that on the cheaper models I can set the treble and bass with a PC.

    It is not very intuitive. Many of the features require scrolling through various menu screens.

    Overall, I bought it because it has the media xpander feature but to be honest, the lack of treble and bass control, and the excessive feature content have left me feeling that this was not the best purchase choice I made.
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    2 out of 5

    Read before commiting to purchase

    Written By Chuck, Roanoke VA on Sunday, September 09, 2007
     
    I am posting this so other will not spend the time I have. There is a “feature” on the Alpine CDA-9887 that I do not believe Alpine has done a good job communicating. I know I am not the only one confused as I have seen similar questions posted on the internet. Once you connect and set up the unit there is something glaringly missing. The unit does not display or allow you to change the bass or treble. It skips over those settings. So I referred to the manual to find how you enable the bass and treble controls. After much research I find a footnote that says “When the MultEQ is set to off its level (bass and treble) cannot be adjusted”. No problem. There is a MultEQ button on the front display. I press the button and nothing happens. So I consult the manual to find out how to enable the MultEQ. There is a small section titled “Turning MultEQ on/off”. It says to “Press MultEQ to select ON/OFF mode”. Then I read also in this section “For details on the set up procedure, consult your authorized Alpine dealer. After consulting the on-line forums, I discover that to set up the MultEQ feature, you need a $250 KTX-100EQ kit which is not available until September. Therefore there is no bass and treble controls unless you buy a $250 kit and set up the MultEQ. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they had just done a better job communicating this. However I probably would not have purchased this particular unit. The work around is to use the built in equalizer but that is not convenient when you are driving. The MultEQ is supposed to be better than sliced bread but you need to shell out some bread to find out.
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    4 out of 5

    Marginally Better than the 9857

    Written By pdxtomct, Portland, OR on Friday, September 07, 2007
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    I bought the CDA-9887 to replace the CDA-9857 in my R32. The 9887 sounds marginally better than the 9857, and obviously has several sound shaping features not present in the older unit. Otherwise, these units are similar.

    I've owned several Alpine car decks, so I'm comfortable with the Alpine user interface. I knew how to get to the main settings without much trouble, but someone not familiar with Alpine products might need some time to get comfortable with how things work. My wife has a hard time with all aftermarket decks, but even she could learn how to use the 9887 with a little practice.

    I bought this deck to use with an iPod. The iPod user interface in the 9887 behaves exactly like the one in the 9857, which is to say it works well. But if you plan to use an iPod with this deck, be sure to read the specs carefully. The 9887 does NOT support older iPods. I was using a 3rd generation iPod with the 9857 and it worked perfectly. The 9887 does not work with that iPod. This was a big surprise to me, but there is reference to this issue in the Hands On Research tab, as well as the User Manual. It still seems odd.

    I haven't yet decided if I'll keep this deck. If I do, I'll have to put a different iPod in the car...which means I'll have to buy a newer iPod of some sort. I don't know. The 9887 is not much of a step up from the 9857, so we'll see.
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    3 out of 5

    Good, but not sure if it was worth it...

    Written By James, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
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    Theres a lot to admire about this unit. The sound quality is very good as far as I can tell - more about that later. Its feature-rich and VERY configurable. It plays MP3 discs, the CD transport is solid and the tuner is actually better than I expected. The incremental search thru the iPod directory is very nice. The interface to the steering wheel is good, although I did have to buy a difficult to install PAC adapter.

    Heres the stuff that bugs me:
    - I'm not impressed with the display. Its easily washed out by bright sunlight. Readability may compare well to some other aftermarket displays, but suffers mightily in comparison to the LCD display on the stock 99 Honda Accord radio it replaced. Neither available typeface is as clear as it could be and even if you turn off the annoying text animation you can't actually get rid of it all. The "M.I.X." alerts still animate. Speaking of which...
    - What is the idea with the silly M.I.X acronym? Why would you have an opaque trademark for something as common as shuffle play? But I digress.
    - The menus are quite deep and complex. Unavoidable given the rich feature set and advanced configurability of the unit, but it still bugs me. Takes way too long to mess with while driving.
    - The button layout is pretty, but it annoys me and in places it even seems kinda cheap, especially along the left edge where the buttons almost seem like an afterthought. My wife won't use the unit - says its too difficult.
    - The big gripe is that now I need to buy the KTX-100EQ Imprint kit ($250) to finish the setup and enable the bass & treble controls! So I STILL don't know what it sounds like, do I?
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    4 out of 5

    Worth the Money

    Written By Jonathan, Baltimore, MD on Monday, August 27, 2007
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    After owning many different brands of head units, I have become a big fan of Alpine. I purchased this to replace my 7894, which I loved dearly, but has seen better days. Anyway, the pros outweigh the cons on this head unit. Here's my take:

    Pros:
    -Bright LCD very easy to see
    -Loud and clear, sounds like more then 18w RMS (still miss my 26w rms V-Drive)
    -Tons of control over sound (menus are a little cryptic at first)
    -Excellent sound quality even before tweeking settings
    -Love the Steering Wheel control input jack! I hated my PAC SWI-X because it depended on an IR signal. Having the HU hard wired to the controls is Priceless!

    Cons:
    -Difficult to open the face and remove CD! If you have fat fingers like me and no finger nails your going to need a small pointy object to press the open button on the face. Poor design here
    -NO V-Drive! Why did Alpine drop this?

    Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. I cannot speak for longevity here, but initial quality is top notch. My previous 7894 model lasted 4 years, and minus a few qwerks still works very well. If that is any indication, I will be happy for years to come with this model as well.
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    5 out of 5

    Two Thumbs Up!

    Written By kevho66, Dallas, TX on Saturday, August 25, 2007
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    I previously owned a CDA 9851 with the BBE technology and loved it. I decided to upgrade in order to get the newest Bluetooth technology.

    Wow! I am totally pleased with this stereo. The audio processing options are great and the sound is top notch, which is the most important thing to me.

    The interface is very nice and and the steering wheel controls work perfect in my Dodge Ram 1500.

    If you could hear my system and see the functionality you would be as pleased as I am.

    Alpine Rules!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Reciever!

    Written By SMRadocha, Weyers Cave on Tuesday, August 14, 2007
     
    I was the first one in Harrisonburg to get this reciever as it came off the truck and Crutchfield as usual has made everything so easy. I've had two Alpine Recievers and this one was by far the best I've ever had The interface and the display are all top notch granted the price tag on it. The Biolite display is excellent even in the brightest areas, The system is also very user friendly and easy to set up. I have two 5-1/4 JBL powers in the front and two 3 way 6x9 JBL powers in the back and a bass tube in the trunk. The 9887 allows me to control the EQ and the subwoofer with a push of a button. The aac encoder and imprint sound truly does make listening and ipod sound like a live band. The only thing i have truly found wrong with this device is the fact that u cant control the recevier with your ipod it all has to be controlled from the Reciever. Other than that this is truly a great reciever I highly recomend it. Thanks Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    CDA 9887

    Written By JOSE, MIAMI,FL on Sunday, August 12, 2007
     
    This is by far the best cda radio alpine has put out so far. awesome options and it gets right down to the smallest tweak when it comes to full digital sound match this up with the full speed ipod cable and the hd tuner and you have a music powerhouse in your car. it can be a little difficult at the start in figuring how to adjust the settings but once u keep at it u will get used to it. compared to my old 9835 all the settings were visually help full when it came down to the crossover and the eq u could see it in action going up and down that is what i think is the only thing alpine should have kept on this model the visual effect of the EQ now its just the numbers you see. all in all its and awesome radio but dont forget to add the imprint module so u can have your acoustical settings done for you automatically
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    5 out of 5

    Great sounding Alpine decks are back !!!!!

    Written By Chris, Upstate NY on Saturday, August 11, 2007
     
    I'm 32 yrs old and have been into car stereos since I was 16 yrs old. I've been a loyal Alpine fan for the last 12 years. I just recently got rid of my IVA-W200 as the sound quality of that deck was sub-par. It only had 2V pre-outs vs. the other decks at 4V, and virtually no sound adjustments at all until you buy the $500.00 PXA-H701 processor giving you the Bass Engine Pro adjustments that the older generation Alpine decks had in them out of the box. That makes the deck $ 1300+ this new CDA-7998 is only $399 to me thats a huge bargain considering I paid close to $700+ for my old CDA-7998 when it was brand new.
    To this day the CDA-7998 was the best Alpine deck out and I regret getting rid of it. Having good sound was a must and I wasn't playing DVDs at all unless it was a concert DVD, so I decided to bag it and get the CDA-9887 which just hit the street.
    AWESOME !!! Alpine please make more decks like this ! All the Bass Engine Pro (MediaXpander, Time Correction, Crossover Adjustments, and Parametric EQ) adjustments are back and so is the incredible sound quality. I have a JL system with XR series 3-way separates up front, XR 2-way in the back and one 10W3 in a sealed box in the back with a 500/5 pushing it all. This deck really made the system light up from the flat sound it had with the IVA-W200. I can't wait to get the Imprint MultEQ kit # KTX-100EQ for it once released and really see what that does. My hat is off to Crutchfield for their first class customer service and prompt shipping. Thank You !
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