Alpine CDE-103BT

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDE103B

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Hands-free calling and outstanding tone

Alpine's CDE-103BT CD receiver gives you built-in Bluetooth® for making safer hands-free calls in your car. When a call comes in, the stereo mutes your music so you can conduct your conversation over your speakers. When the call ends, playback resumes. Most importantly, you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while talking.

Alpine's CDE-103BT CD receiver

Lots of ways to rock your tunes

The CDE-103BT also offers front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs, giving you lots of playback options in addition to the CD slot. Connect an MP3 player or satellite radio to the auxiliary input, or plug a thumb drive loaded with music files into the USB input — either way, you've got plenty of entertainment to keep you company on the road.

Add Alpine's optional cable, and you'll get complete control over your iPod® or iPhone® right on the stereo. Alpine's unique Percentage Search feature gets you through your playlist at warp speed, so you can find the song you want in no time.

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Build a system

You'll find the two sets of preamp outputs handy for adding amps and subs to create a high-performance system. You can use the adjustable bass and treble controls to fine-tune your sound, while a built-in high-pass filter lets you remove low bass from your speakers, allowing your system to run more efficiently and sound better. Many stereos only let you adjust your subwoofer level, but the CDE-103BT gives you control over the bass bandwidth and frequency, so you can tweak your system's low end to perfection.

iPod 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.

Bluetooth note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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
    • detachable face
    • built-in Bluetooth (microphone included)
    • selectable button illumination (amber, blue, green, red)
    Audio features:
    • bass center frequency, width, and level controls
    • high-pass filter
    • works with with Alpine's iPod adapter
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub) — rear outputs switchable to subwoofer mode with bass level control
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    Great receiver!

    Written By Ben, Dallas, TX on Saturday, November 26, 2011

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver is great im 16 and it was the first receiver ive bought for my truck and alpine will definitly be my next when ever that my be. Hopefully not soon. The sound and power it puts out are great! The front AUX plug is awesome. I have had no problems with it. Also the bluetooth feature is great and works very well even in my noisy truck. Overall its a great buy.

    Pros: Great layout of controls. Bluetooth feature

    Cons: nothing

    Fantastic Unit !!

    Written By LesA, near Chicago on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The sound is great - planning to add a powered sub at some point. Bluetooth works well with our Motorola RAZR phones. Love the USB drive capability and scrolling titles. After installing my first one in my wife's car, I liked the unit so much I bought one for myself for use in my truck.

    I wish you could change colors on the entire front panel rather than just the main buttons but that's a small thing. It would also be nice to be able to control the scroll speed of the text too but all in all, a great radio with some neat features.

    Pros: Features for the money and ease of installation with adapter cable assembly and the dash inserts

    Cons: Not much - I pretty much love this radio - would be nice if it supported multiple bluetooth devices simultaneously but that's about it.


    Written By Silas, Texas on Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Got this to replace the factory stereo in my 2001 Ford Escape and I've been amazed at the quality of this stereo!

    I don't have any subs (yet) and the bass already rattles my car windows when I play Deadmau5 on volume 15 out of 35! I'm too scared to play it any louder cuz I haven't swapped out the factory woofers and I don't want to have to. They sound really great for stock! I'm very happy with this stereo, especially for the price I got it!

    Thanks Crutchfield!!

    Big problems with iPhone 4!!!!!

    Written By petebank, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off let me say I love Alpine products. My wife and I ended up getting two new-to-us cars this year and I wanted Alpine decks for both. The cars were a 2009 Scion xB and a 2006 Honda Accord. Installation wasn't too difficult although you do have to be a little creative with how to install the iPod cord and microphone. My big problem is the bluetooth. Everytime I listen to my iPod and a phone calls comes through I answer it no problem but when I hang up the deck will no longer find the iPod. It either says "searching" forever or error-03. The only fix was to literally turn off the car. (Rebooting phone or deck didn't do it) Both decks do this and this problem has happened with 2 different iPhone 4's. Crutchfield did a great job taking them back, though, and replacing them. Very grateful for the customer service!

    Very happy!

    Written By xfolium, frederick, md on Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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    This one grate head unit, it dose all that need and more! Grate reception compared to oem, blue tooth cell phone interface work very well! Fading music and recalling though the head unit, i pod, usb music, i pad, it dose it all. For the price, it grate! Thank you very much.

    CDE-103BT Bluetooth

    Written By MikeR, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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    Sorry but this Alpine unit only gets 2 stars because the bluetooth will NOT automatically connect to a second BT phone that was previously paired in the Alpine unit. My wife and I share this car and if I drive the car with this Alpine unit and connect to the BT it's fine as long as only my phone is used. The BT will automatically connect to my phone when the Alpine is powered on/ff. When my wife uses the car she has to initially connect the BT manually to her previously paired phone. When I use the car again I have to initially connect manually again. This is terrible.

    I have owned Parrot BT products in the past (BT v1.1) and those devices would automatically connect to any of up to 5 phones previously paired with the Parrot BT device. If both phones were present upon powering up, it would connect to the 1st BT device that was initially paired to the Parrot.

    great for the money

    Written By paul, Lake Zurich, IL on Sunday, July 31, 2011

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    is a lot better than the sony I had in the same price range. The Alpine is easier to use while driving, buttons bigger and laid out better. Audio: well, in this price range they are all the same, pretty good. Better than my speakers I'm sure. I love the ability to set the backlight color, but they should tell you that in blue & green you can't use auto dim. Kinda dumb, but I set manual dim and it's fine. I won't do BT streaming audio, I didn't know that, but using aux cable is ok. My Sony did BT streaming but was a pain as would not stay connected to my phone. The Mic on the Alpine is great, and it comes in box, another plus. It has remote power....where car delays turn off after stopping car. The Sony did not. Glad I made the switch. Now to sell the Sony on ebay. Oh, the Sony would beep 3times when turned off, how annoying, not the Alpine. It's really designed to use rather than have lots of lights and look good in the showroom. Oh, and demo mode comes turned big deal, it can be turned on or off, but out of box off shows the Alpine mindset: for the user, not the showroom.

    Alpine is the way to go

    Written By Mike H., Spokane WA on Monday, June 20, 2011

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    I was looking for a stereo that had built-in bluetooth so I could have hands-free phone calls with no silly piece of plastic hanging around my ear (can't stand those things). I decided on the Alpine 103BT because it had all the features that I was looking for and was reasonably priced- even after the $30 for the iPod controller cable.. it was worth it though.

    First off, this unit has crystal clear sound. I have a nice Pioneer deck in my F150, and this Alpine easily blows it away. There are several different adjustments you can make as far as bass, treble, frequency settings/filters, etc. to customize the sound to your liking.

    It comes with a well-built microphone on a VERY long cable, so you can mount the mic anywhere in your vehicle. I chose to mount it on my steering column and call clarity is excellent. This unit syncs with your cell phone's contacts so you can scroll through them using the stereo's controls and even place an out going call without having to touch your phone.

    I also like the fact that it has different color settings to match up to your vehicle (blue/red, green/green, amber/red, red/red) I like the Green.

    The controls are simple and easy to remember. Controlling your iPhone's music library from the deck is a breeze and the unit is very fast- no lag at all when zipping through artists, songs, play-lists, etc.

    My wife was so impressed with this that she wants one for her car, so I'll be ordering one again soon.

    Nice unit

    Written By Lang, Houston Texas on Saturday, May 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit performs as expected. I got this mainly for the bluetooth handsfree and folks on the other end sometimes complain about the quality, Probably dont have the mic in the right place,, still experimenting with this though. Other than that the I use the audio in to play music on my phone which works great. The tiny buttons just take some getting used to, its quiet a contrast form my factory unit which had huge buttons. Crutchfield tech support was excellent in helping me get it installed correctly. Thanks

    Feature Rich

    Written By Rich, Clearwater, Fl on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    This radio has more features than I need packed in one package with an unbeatable price. The quality of the sound is excellent.

    great radio

    Written By Jake, Lancaster, NY on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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    easy installation. HAnds free works great & easy to set up. great unit for the money


    Written By Cox, Columbus, OH on Monday, April 25, 2011

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    This unit was easy to install and easy to figure out. Sound quality is great. Have not used any of the Blue tooth features yet, but i didn't really buy it for that. The USB Audio input is a great feature and you can hook up an optional subwoofer if you like. Also, I like having the option to change the color of the unit to match my car interior.

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By Anonymous, winchester, va on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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    very easy install - good wire diagrams - great sound

    Pandora with Evo 4

    Written By Kevin W, Brownstown,mi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    I replaced my head unit in my boat with the 103BT. I am happy with it so far except I cannot get Pandora to stream through the unit. It seemed to pair with my phone fine, (EVO4) but I don't want it for the phone feature since it's on a boat, I bought it specifically for bluetooth music. I have had no luck finding a solution.

    Just Installed

    Written By Bill, Kissimmee, FL on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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    Just installed in 2010 Dodge Challenger (4 speaker setup). Took a few hours, just wiring and such took some time, everything from Crutchfield was right on.

    Nice so far....

    Bought the mini amp from Alpine as well (the plug and play one $120) , I recommend this. Sounded so much better with the factory speakers, cant wait to upgrade those next.

    Love the illumication color change.

    Blue tooth is cool (iphone 4), in that it has your phone book right on your display, and you can dial from that. Have not tried it yet, but hoping its good. Will mount the mic in the space left in the dash kit. This will be a great feature if it works as well as the reviews say.

    Iphone cable is a must, its great for itunes, plays well, all from the display, and plays my sirius/Xm app as well (just need to control that from the phone). It does well with finding a song with different options, display is clear and fast.

    Everything I was looking for, and hoping once I get my new speakers, my system will be sounding tight.

    Still waiting to see

    Written By WB57, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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    IF this works out as I think it will - or hope it will - this will be edited to a 5 star review. Sole complaint at this point is the Bluetooth connectivity. There's a vague disclaimer in the text indicating that it may not work with all phones, but trying to find a list of what phones it'll work with is a serious exercise in frustration. Crutchfield's site points you to the manufacturer. Alpine's site points you to the "retailer". I've been unable to find a list posted online anywhere.
    In Crutchfield's defense, the rep I've been working with (as good as they get - like ALL Crutchfield reps) found a .pdf of THE LIST. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which phones will work - nothing to do with Bluetooth revision or whatever. As it stands, no phone my cell provider will work, so I'm waiting until the end of the month to switch providers to try a phone that is on the list.
    This is obviously the long way around to get Bluetooth to work, but that was the sole reason I went with this unit in the first place. Had I known the effort it was going to take, I doubt I'd have swapped it out.
    So far, I've tested the unit with four phones - three Samsungs and one other - from four different providers. One of the Samsungs worked beautifully. The others all failed to work properly if at all.
    A comprehensive list needs to be posted with all Bluetooth stereos indicating EXACTLY which phones will work and which will not.

    Outstanding value

    Written By Lionel, Springfield, USA on Thursday, April 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the stock Alpine CDE-9872 in a Lotus Elise with the CDE-103BT. Almost perfect swapout - was able to keep the original wiring harness. There are differences in the iPhone cable, however - that could not be reused so if that's important to you, you will have to order the FullSpeed cable for this device.

    I am using the receiver mostly to play USB media, which it works just fine for. AM/FM reception is average. Have not used Aux port or iPhone port or CD media.

    Sound quality is average. There isn't much in the way of tuning - very basic bass/treble/fader. There are options for subwoofer and pre-amp - I don't have the gear to test those features. There is a high-pass filter. I definitely needed it to get rid of tinny sound.

    Hands-free cell phone works AWESOME - peering with Android phone is flawless. Phone book is retrieved by receiver and one can search/select contacts to dial right from the receiver.

    Conclusion: average audio, awesome feature list, great price! And if you've got an Elise with a CDE-9872, this is a 30 minute no-fuss upgrade into USB and Bluetooth.

    great choice

    Written By hauss, orlando, fl on Monday, April 04, 2011

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    Great H.U. ..My last alpine quit on me after 7 years and I knew I wanted to go with an alpine but wasn't sure which one I wanted. Crutchfield was great they gave me great customer service and it was worth the wait. I was so close to going to the local big box and buying it because I didn't want to wait but they didn't have near the selection nor the prices.
    I love the head unit and install was a breeze. The only thing I have to say that is negative is every once in a while when I am using the blue tooth after hanging up I get an error message, but its an easy fix to get back to the tunes. The blue tooth is so much clearer than the other options and I have tried quite a few of them. As far as the Ipod hook up it is a lot faster than the old one.

    Great Buy

    Written By JR, Rochester, NY on Saturday, April 02, 2011

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    Easy to install, great sound and bluetooth is excellent. A great low cost replacement for a factory radio and the bluetooth phone is loaded with options and sounds excellent! I am getting another.

    Good choice

    Written By Jim L, Columbus, OH on Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Glad I bought this stereo. I like the idea of changing the button lights to match the interior and easy on the eyes at night. The installation was smooth and tech support was great. My fault the airbag light was on because I forgot to plug back in the airbag harness. I love the bluetooth option and use it all the time now. Everyone say the can hear me but I have to turn up the volume a little higher to hear them. Buying new speakers so I think this will help.

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By WW, San Diego, CA on Friday, March 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this head unit because it had the features that I wanted, front aux and USB ports (don't have to burn CD's anymore) as well as the built in Bluetooth for my mobile phone. Just had it installed by Best Buy on Sunday and so far I am very happy with it. Bluetooth works well and I like the automuting of the music when a call comes in. Also my factory radio had terrrible AM reception, yes I still do listen to sporting events on AM sometimes, and was afraid it was a problem with my AM antenna. With this new unit, AM works fine. I like the design and a lot of the basic functions are fairly intuitive. I have a Pioneer in my truck and it has a multi-function knob that when you press it will cause it to "lose the display". On the Pioneer unit you cannot even press a preset button and are forced to use this bloody multifunction knob or the remote in order to keep the display operational. This was another reason to choose this Alpine unit; it still has the preset station buttons. The Pioneer may have a better tuner but overall, I am very happy with this Alpine deck and only wished that I had bought this one for my truck as well. I still might swap out the Pioneer deck for another one of these Alpine units!


    Written By Anonymous, Fenton MI on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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    This is my first time buying from crutchfield and i couldn't be happier. Fast shipping lots of free installation gear, and the master sheets were great. This was the most i have ever spent on a head unit and it is so worth the money sounds great and easy to use. Don't look any further this is the one you want!


    Written By Jamesh4, Arlington, TN on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    This radio was one of the greatest buys for my car that i have made. It was also cheaper than many major retailors. In this headunit there is a 4 channel 15 watt amp and it made my factory speakers sound like at least a few steps up in sound quality. With the combination of that and all the features it has it was a great choice in headunit. Alpine is a great brand and this is a really great product from them.

    Good radio in a F-250 diesel

    Written By Jason S., Mt. Vernon, IL on Saturday, March 19, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had this unit installed for a few days but so far I really like it. The sound is great on my factory speakers. The Bluetooth is awesome! I've answered and made calls while driving down the road and it sounds great. I was worried that the diesel engine in my F-250 would make a lot of background noise that could be heard by people on the other end of the phone, but so far no one has complained.

    If you have installed radios before, then forget the instructions that Crutchfield sends (I appreciated the advise though.) I ended up installing it "my" way and had a cleaner and quicker install. The instruction manual that came with the radio is junk as well. Not very well written and very hard to follow. Other than the instructions, my only wish is that it could stream music over Bluetooth. It does have the USB option though so the no music streaming isn't a big deal.

    All in all this is a great replacement radio for my factory unit. Hey I even have a CD player now. lol It is definately well worth the money. And the extras that are thrown in by Crutchfield (i.s. install kit, wiring harness, etc) are great. Crutchfield was super fast on shipping and even though I never actually had to talk to them directly they're customer service is great. I even got a handwritten tahnk you card in the mail from them. What business does that anymore?!?! I'll definately shop there in the future.

    Brought my 25yo Truck to life!

    Written By Ed, Atlanta on Sunday, March 13, 2011

    I bought this unit to go into the 86 F150 I am rebuilding. It's going to be a daily driver so I wanted a nice sound system. Many people don't like the ports on the front. I do. It's easy for my boys to plug in whatever device they have. The bluetooth phone works great. I just added a sub for a little more bass and WOW did it come alive.

    order from crutchfield

    Written By goobio, lowell indiana on Saturday, March 12, 2011

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    I have played with car stereos for 20 years and just ordered a car stereo from
    crutchfield. This was the easiest install I have ever had thank you!!!! Also the
    stereo is pretty good! Bluetooth works great,sounds great but, not too crazy about
    display or some functions, alpine could have put a little more into it. But it is a car
    stereo and it sounds great with some extras and that's all what matters right

    Great head unit

    Written By Stephen, Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, March 12, 2011

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    Bought this unit to replace stock Honda head unit. Could not be more pleased - the bluetooth works beautifully with the iphone 4 including voice dialing. I tested out the hands-free mic by having my son talk to me from the vehicle to my home phone and he sounded fine even though the clarity is a bit lower than using the phone itself.
    The flexibility of bass adjustment really helps optimize the sound from various speakers and setups. You can adjust the bass gain center frequency and bandwidth. Tweaking these settings really helped my little 6.5 inch door speakers sound like bigger speakers.
    I bought the full-function ipod cable and love it. If you plan to hook an ipod to the unit, consider this cable because then you can leave the ipod hooked up and hidden away and you will never need to touch it while driving. Navigation of playlists,artists,etc is easier than I expected. Ipod track info (artist, album, song, etc) appears on the head unit display.
    My only minor critique with this unit is the loudness setting boosts the upper mid and treble too much, so I don't use it.


    Written By Krackr, Spring Grove, IL on Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received a portable satellite radio receiver for Christmas. I needed an Aux input. I have a 2005 Mazda 6 with a factory Bose system. I anticipated that I would be able to purchase an Aux option that connected to the factory system. After trying the Grom and the Pac Audio Aux add-on, neither of them worked. I was then forced to consider other alternatives. I did not really want to replace the factory stereo, I though it sounded fine... I haven't purchased an after-market care stereo since my high-school\college days... I used the Crutchfield Expert Recommendation tool and it suggested a Sony... I know from past experience Alpine is a GREAT product! I found the receiver that best fit my needs: Alpine CDE-103BT CD receiver w/ built in Bluetooth. what a GREAT decision. I LOVE this receiver! With the exception of the less-than-stellar installation instructions, I am impressed. This receiver has GREAT sound and the Bluetooth option is spectacular! I would HIGHLY recommend this receiver. I am now considering replacing the factory stereo in my Ford Excursion.

    Excellent Choice

    Written By FGDiddy, Mount Ephraim, NJ on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have to say I ordered this not having too high expectations for such a
    reasonably priced unit, WOW was I suprised. First, the Crutchfield installation
    instructions were very good. I did need to call tech support because I was not
    getting sound out of the system when playing a CD. I only waited a minute and
    the tech solved the problem in another minute by having me change the wiring.
    Awesome! The bluetooth in this receiver is excellent, its very clear and paired
    easily with my Samsung Focus. The sound quality of the unit is very good with
    all the nice little inputs you'd expect, USB, IPOD and AUX. The operation is very
    simple with not too many little buttons to push. The only thing I would wish for
    is more control over tone settings.

    Crutchfield and Alpine a GREAT combo!!!!!

    Written By FordTech63, Chico, CA on Monday, March 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When in doubt get this Alpine sounds great, easy to use, interface is awesome, very very user friendly, display is awesome, and the bluetooth hands free is AWESOME...
    put it all together with crtutchfields great customer service and free installation gear and you have a outstanding audio unit for your vehicle......A++.
    oh yea and the installation was a breeze......

    Awesome Stereo head Unit!!

    Written By Sergio, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, March 02, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've always been an Alpine customer for many years, and like previous products, this
    stereo head unit does not disappoint! has everything I need in a modern stereo head
    unit, plus built-in Bluetooth. Aesthetics are very important to me too, and this unit is one
    of the best-looking stereos out there, in my honest opinion. All in all, I am very happy with
    my purchase. Crutchfield also has the best customer service there is, which counts a lot
    in today's marketplace. I highly recommend the Alpine CDE-103BT to anybody wanting
    everything in a stereo head unit without spending a lot of money.

    great stereo

    Written By Toyz_2, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My son recently purchased this radio for his Jeep Wrangler. Wow, what a great stereo. I was
    so impressed with it that i purchased one for my wifes Jeep and now my younger son is
    waiting for his to come in. For the price and quality , you cant beat this. The installation was a
    breeze and we had the bluetooth hooked up in a matter of minutes. The sound from
    incomming calls was crystal clear and we could be heard very easily. My son even
    commented he felt like he was in a BMW now that he can accept calls through his stereo.
    The hands free is something i think every person needs to look into. The stereo music cuts
    off to answer any calls. And with one simple push of a button, you can talk "on the phone"
    without having something held up to your head or a unit in your ear. I know i feel much better
    as a parent that my kids will be much safer driving. No their not 16, but 19 and 21. They both
    drive standard vehicles and this will allow them to drive rather than trying to hold a phone up
    to their ear and try and shift gears. I really believe everyone should look into a hands free
    system like this. The stereo is great, but the safety factor is even greater. If your debating on
    this, just buy it. You wont be dissapointed.

    Alpine is the answer to your sound question!

    Written By rbrchkn, Maui on Saturday, February 26, 2011

    I tried 2 other head units from Crutchfield before finally purchasing this Alpine. I should have stuck with my gut and picked ALPINE from the start. This unit rocks! I can hear sounds in the music that were not there with the other 2 HUs. ALPINE processes the music in just the right way. It is simply amazing!

    Great Unit

    Written By Carrion, Kearny, NJ on Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think Alpine is a great unit. The installation was very easy, Crutchfield sent everything I needed to install the HU. I have a Saab and the illumination for my car is amber and green, which are some of the colors available in this unit, and that was one of the reasons why I oredered this unit. The distributors should request from the manufactures more illumination options, so their HU match better the illumination of our cars. I probably would have gotten a more expensive unit, but I favor the matching illumination with my car's.

    I also like the normal look of the unit. I don't like those flashy HU.

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By Mike, Encinitas, CA on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great BT functionality when paired with my iphone 3G! Phone stays in my pocket while I drive and make calls through the radio controls.

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By Tim, Eden, NC on Monday, February 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I chose this receiver for my 16 year old daughter's 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee because of the name and the bluetooth feature that eases 'some' of the parental worries of a new driver. The unit has exceeded my expectations and my daughter loves the comfort of knowing that when we have to call her, she can concentrate on the road and drive. The sound quality as it drives the Chrysler factory installed Infinity sound system is superb. Now I'm trying to talk my wife into letting me put one in her 2005 VW Passatt.

    Perfect transaction and install

    Written By Mike, Eagle Creek, OR on Friday, February 18, 2011

    I have a 2004 Ford F250 Supercab Diesel and I have been looking for something that combined all of the features I was looking for. USB, Ipod, Bluetooth built in and a clean install. After searching all units available I selected the Alpine CDE-103BT. I was a little hesitant to only have a USB port on the front, but after adding the Alpine Ipod interface cable I am more than happy. With the noise of the diesel I was concerned about the quality of the bluetooth, but after moving the microphone clip to the visor, people cannot tell I am on the bluetooth. Going to buy the same unit for my wife's car next.

    Great HU

    Written By Ribeye, Indianapolis, IN on Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome HU. The sound quality and features are what you
    would demand from Alpine. The install guide could be more detailed but this was the
    first HU I've installed on my own and I did it right the first time. Just take your time with
    the wiring harness and match up each wire color and crimp away. BE SURE to connect
    the mic plug into the BACK of the unit before you stuff all those wires back in and set the
    HU in place. The MIC will not work if you plug it into the Aux port (Duh...) I would
    recommend this to someone who wanted a variety of features but doesn't want to pay
    big $$$$ for it.

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Terry, Austin, Tx on Monday, February 14, 2011

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    Great unit. Alpine is the best sounding, IMHO, of anything else out there. A few years ago I had just finished recording a CD. The Alpine in my last car was what we used to test the recorded tracks in a car because it sounded the closest to the studio.

    Awesome Bluetooth Quality

    Written By Brewdaddy, Lafayette LA on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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    I bought this deck for a couple of reasons. The main one was for the hands free cell phone capabilities. I read some reviews that said it worked well. After using it for a couple of months, I'd say that that review was wrong. It's not good, it's GREAT! The sound quality is really great. It connects to my iPhone easily. I also got the iPhone cable so I could charge my phone and work the iPod directly from the radio. Works great! Great sound quality as well.

    Alpine...Still the best!!!

    Written By Hess, Norwalk,CT on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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    Installed this unit in my 2008 Ford E-250 Van.This unit installed easily with the mounting kit and wire harness supplied by Crutchfield..I purchased this unit because of the Bluetooth capability,high wattage,and front panel USB and AUX connections..The only mistake I made was that it will not play my late generation 120GB ipod thruogh the USB connection and I should have purchased the Alpine Digital media receiver instead.However it will play my older generation 4GB ipod thouugh the USB connection.I love the seperate bass and treble controls and the loudness control..This head unit is well worth the cost and Crutchfield gives you all the install tools you need to complete an installation that will look like a factory install..Matched up with my 6x8 Pioneer speakers in the front doors and this unit really screams...

    Great unit poor install kit

    Written By Ed, Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 04, 2011

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    The unit is great. The cables were simple. The functions are easy to use. I haven't tested the bluetooth yet but I'm sure it will be fine. I know most people don't like the USB and AUX ports on the front But I do. When my kids ride with me they can easily plug in thier music. The install kit was terrible. I ended up getting another one. It had the right parts to get it installed. It did take a little modifying of the dash plate but not to bad. The unit sounds ok but it really shines with an AMP and componet speakers.


    Written By JT, TEXAS on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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    Written By JohnW, Salem NH on Saturday, January 22, 2011

    WOW! I just installed this unit in my 2004 Ford F350. Having hands free and Bluetooth capability were the most important factors for me and after reading the reviews on this site I decided this unit was the most appealing based on the price. I was worried that my old truck would have too much ambient cabin noise for the Bluetooth to work well but I am pleasantly surprised..everybody I have called say that I am coming in crystal clear. The hands free voice dialing is glitch-free and works excellently. The sound quality is simply amazing even with my factory speakers. Installation was a breeze as Crutchfield supplies everything needed and the fit and finish is gaps and a straight, flush mount. I am very pleased with the Alpine and would recommend to anyone. I am also impressed by Crutchfield with their low prices, fast shipping and well thought out mounting kits and instructions.

    Great Value!

    Written By Ruben, Citrus Heights, California on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Received this unit from the wife for Christmas - I had put out some strong hints for her to call Crutchfield ;-). The install was practically a 30 minute deal plus the time it took to solder the harness wires. The install sheet provided by Crutchfield was a great aid in pointing out all the hidden screw, press fitting, and connector locations - resulting in NO frustrations at all taking apart the dash for the install! The rig provides a nice finished look in my truck console!

    Sound is super regardless of the input. The selectable bass and treble center frequencies and bandwidth allow for tailoring the sound to your preferences (equalization). Tuner, CD/MP3, Aux, and iPod/iPhone inputs provide great flexibility.

    The Bluetooth phone connectivity is a bonus. Its the safest way to drive and talk in your vehicle. Works great too! I just have to remember to turn on the BT on the phone first, and then turn on the unit second, which then causes an automatic BT connection to be established. Easy! It would have been nice to have the ability to stream music to the unit via BT, but Alas, you have to invest in a much more expensive unit to have that feature...

    This Alpine is a great value for the money and is highly recommended.

    Great for a Teen

    Written By James O, Washoe Valley, Nevada on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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    If your concerned for a teens ability to pay attention when they drive this stereo really helps give that piece of mind. The Stereo not only allows them to expand the stereo with preamp out puts and change the color to fit the car or personal taste but the built in bluetooth is incredible. The radio mutes and rings thru the speakers and the read out shows who is calling. The sound is also really good. I would recommend this unit for anybody with a mild to semi wild taste in stereos. Aux input and usb work great as well. Nice unit.

    Love it

    Written By Jason, Lebanon, OH on Sunday, January 09, 2011

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    I love this stereo! The Bluetooth works great, sounds great and the people on the other line have no idea they are speaking through it. The stereo sounds great, ipod controls are perfect and the stereo is very easy to use. Couldn't ask for more! Buy it, you won't regret it!


    Written By AaronS, Austin, Tx. on Friday, January 07, 2011

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    I highly recommend this product for mustang 2005+ with the shaker system you can adjust the door subs. Now it sounds great. Bluetooth is clear. Can't wait to get my new speakers in, it will blow the doors off!

    very pleased

    Written By lee, tulsa ok on Thursday, December 30, 2010

    I'm 42 and I haven't had anything other than a factory radio since I was in my teens when I was big into car stereos. I was sort of wanting something new for my 02 silverado and I picked this alpine out for my Christmas present from my wife.
    Well, In short, I love this stereo. It looks nice, I changed the light colors to match the green on my dash. It has a lot more power than the delco I took out and I've already been talking to people on the bluetooth after syncing it to my cell phone. The bluetooth works great. I installed the mic in the corner piller above and to the right of my head. They include plenty of line for the bluetooth mic. Be aware that this stereo had bluetooth "built in". I found out that if a stereo is bluetooth "Capable", you'll have to buy extra stuff to make it work. You want one that has it "built in".
    I did the install myself in about an hour and a half and a lot of that was just doing a good job connecting the wiring harnesses together and crimping the wires nicely using butt joints.
    I'm loading up one of my old mp3 players with some custom music to hook up to the aux mp3 port on the front. Can't even see the need for cds in my truck now.

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By MERK, Syracuse, NY on Sunday, December 26, 2010

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    I've owned Sony, Kenwood and Clarion CD receivers but this Alpine kills them by a long shot. My factory speakers dont sound stock now. I have an Infinity Basslink powered sub hooked up and with Alpines menu adjustments the sub even sounds different. Bluetooth is easy to use and nobody has any trouble hearing me. Well worth the money. As usual crutchfield had everything I needed to install the radio.

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By D Moore, AR on Saturday, December 25, 2010

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    This alpine is off the chain i luv the the blutooth technology works great thats the main reason why i bought this stereo but it has all the power you need in a head unit.


    Written By Tommy C, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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    Well, this unit could have been great except for one major setback. The ipod. Within 3 hours of installing this in my car, the problems begun. It seemed that almost every time i started my car, the display on the unit would show "searching". I would have to unplug my ipod and reset it every time. also, a similar problem occured when ending a bluetooth phone call, the display would show "error-3". Again, this was only resolved by unplugging and resetting the ipod. These problems happened about 50% of the time, so on a busy day of running errands I would find myself resetting the ipod like ten times, maybe more. Crutchfield was as helpful as they could have been with this. I tried a different ipod, no luck. rma'd the unit for another one, no luck. they sent me a different ipod cable, no luck. so eventually i went with a different unit from another manufacturer and couldn't be happier.

    it's unfortunate though, as i liked the alpine. all other features worked well; radio, cd playback, usb flash drive was a nice bonus, bluetooth call quality was excellent. but, i bought this primarily to use my ipod in the car and that was an epic fail, which baffles me because at this time there are 59 other reviews here and i could only find 2 others with a similar issue. oh well, i'm much happier with my replacement. and i must say again, crutchfield was fantastic in helping me with this.

    Happy Customer

    Written By LR, SB, CA, United States on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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    I purchased the Alpine CDE-103BT for my '06 Toyota Tacoma. I wanted a bluetooth connection for my Blackberry Tour, and a USB input for tunes. Still using the factory speakers. Overall I'm really pleased. The Blootooth connectivity was easy get set up and paired, and works every time automatically within a few seconds after I start the truck. I love the hands free system! People say they can hear me pretty well, though the microphone volume could be a bit higher. I haven't found any adjustment for that yet.
    The USB input works well with a 16GB memory stick, but so far I have not been able to get the song titles to display, but that could just be that I havn't spent enough time with the instructions.
    Installation was pretty easy, especially with the supplied adapter wiring harness. A minor complaint would be the instructions for removing the clock panel could have been more explicit. But I figured it out.
    The mounting kit looks really nice, and just as good as the factory installed stereo. There was a note that for my vehicle not to use the display light dimming lead in the wiring harness, and I need to call Crutchfield and find out why. It's a bit anoying that the display doesn't dim when I dim the dash lights when driving on dark back roads. But overall, I'm really happy with the product.


    Written By Kevin G, Denver CO on Sunday, December 05, 2010

    I just installed this unit from Crutchfield along with the instructions and wiring adapter that came with it. The unit works great from the first power up. It was easy to install, it is easy to use and the Bluetooth works great! I mainly bought it for the Bluetooth but the audio is great as well. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Alpine does it again

    Written By bryan, texas on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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    always have been a big fan of alpine, this unit has it all and was a breeze to intall, the bluetooth works perfectly, the ability to match the color is great, especially with the amber of the BMW dash. I would recommend this unit to anyone wanting to upgrade from stock.

    Does What I Wanted

    Written By Scott G., Lansing, MI on Saturday, November 20, 2010

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    I bought this unit back at the end of September/early October with the Alpine plugnplay amp, pioneer coaxes for the back doors, and a set of polk audio components for the front. I was upgrading the system on a '97 Subaru Outback.

    Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this unit. The two features I was looking for were: (1) connectivity with an Alpine amp (b/c I didn't want to do a separate amp install), and (2) iPod connectivity.

    I haven't had the issues the other reviewers have posted but I am only using the iPod and Tuner.

    Install was easy enough; however, the mount kit doesn't really allow for a flush fit in the Subee. I had to recess it slightly. Lastly, as with all newer head units, it's a real pain to follow through the menus to change time, etc. - I still haven't figured out how to dim the illunination on the unit.

    I'd buy again.

    iPhone interface lacking

    Written By Tom, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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    Overall a decent product but I bought it last Christmas to interface to an iPhone 3GS in my
    wife's car with an optional KCE-433iV cable. With the limited display, radio iPod interface
    function for iPhone is very limited and cumbersome and therefore she does not use it. She
    finds a song or playlist on the phone, starts it then plugs it into the cable. Now since I
    updated the iPhone to ios 4, the unit complains of an error and shuts off. Crutchfield support
    says to reset both the unit and phone but that only fixes the problem a day or two and error
    If you are looking for an iPhone compatible HU look elsewhere.

    Not worth the headache!!!!!!!

    Written By Rich, Orting, WA on Saturday, October 23, 2010

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    Not a good first impression of Alpine units. The stereo was great when I first got it in November 2009. Bluetooth was awesome, sounded fine with stock speakers, usb was great.....Then a few months later is when the problems started to reveal themselves. Bluetooth would disconnect or lock up for no reason. The CD would "skip" on several scratch free CD's even when the car was not in motion. The tuner cant find a station to save its life. You scan back and forth 20 times before it will lock onto the signal. All of the features in that price range are great....If they all work! No your money and time. This head unit has caused me more road rage than my 140 mile round trip commute!!!!

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By cnt4ever, Arvada, CO on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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    I am usually a huge Alpine fan, so I bought this unit. It had the features I wanted at a decent price. I had it in my truck for about 2 week when the thing started acting up. When I would turn the truck off with the USB on, I would have to turn the "Power IC" back on when I started the truck back up. I was told by Crutchfield tech that it had to do with the USB and to put it on another sounce before shutting it down. I tried it and it worked for a little while. Then I acted up for my wife. Crutchfield tech was great. They are sending me a different model, a Pioneer DEH-P6200BT. I am a little leary about buying Alpine again. Sorry.