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Our take on the Alpine CDE-103BT

by Zak Billmeier
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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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.

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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
    Expandability:
    • 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:

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

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Video Screen
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red/Blue/Green/Amber
    EQ Bands
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    2
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Microphone with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector
    • Microphone clip
    • Hard plastic face case
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Customer Care Registration card

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    Overview: The Alpine CDE-103BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner and supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC on CD-R/RW discs and displays ID3-Tag and CD-Text information. This full featured deck is easy and intuitive to use thanks to its rotary knob, sleek LCD display and switchable illumination buttons. This unit also comes with a convenient front-panel auxiliary  and USB input, so you can plug in your portable media player via a 3.5mm or USB type-A connection. In addition, The Alpine CDE-103BT offers built-in Bluetooth and supports iPod control (optional iPod adapter required, sold separately).

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Bluetooth Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a hard plastic face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    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.

    Switchable Button Illumination: You can change the lighting color of the unit's front-panel buttons. You can choose between four settings.

    • Type1: When the color of the four main buttons is blue, the color of the other buttons are red.
    • Type2: When the color of the four buttons is green, the color of the other buttons is green.
    • Type3: When the color of the four buttons is amber, the color of the other buttons is red.
    • Type4: When the color of the four main buttons is red, the color of the other buttons is red.

    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.

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4-channel
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4-channel (200 total watts)

    Sound Settings: The Sound Setting functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes:

    • Bass Control: Adjusts low frequencies.
      • Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 200Hz
      • Bass Band Width: 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
      • Bass Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • Treble Control: Adjusts high frequencies.
      • Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
      • Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • High Pass Filter (HPF): The speaker level and front line level outputs have a selectable crossover (HPF); Off (default), 60Hz, 80Hz, or 100Hz
    • Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume

    Dual Preamp Outs: There are two sets of preamp outputs; one is front and the other is switchable between rear and subwoofer. Both are 2 volt/10 kΩ. When the subwoofer is turned on (the second preamp output is set to sub) its output level is adjustable from 0 to 15. You can select either System1 or System2 for the desired subwoofer effect.

    • Subwoofer System 1: Subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting.
    • Subwoofer System 2: Subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting; even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible.

    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.

    Audio Mute: Activating the Audio Mute function will instantly lower the volume level by 20 dB.

    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 CDE-103BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner.

    Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.

    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 a maximum of 255 folders and 510 files per folder 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 are playing a disc with CD Text, ID3, or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track, file, or folder 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. For discs without CD Text, ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-103BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    Auxiliary Input: The front panel input is a 3.5mm mini-jack. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit; such as a TV, DVD player, or portable unit. You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the front panel input; Auxiliary, TV, DVD, Portable, or Game.

    USB Port: The Alpine CDE-103BT features a front-panel USB type-A port so you  may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), or AAC (16-320 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. This unit will recognized up to 100 folders and 100 files per folder. The head unit will play back files on a USB memory devices with the same controls and modes as playback of CDs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files.

    Note: The head unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod or iPhone.

    iPod Full Speed Ready: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel proprietary iPod Full Speed port (attached to rear chassis via 4" pigtail) using the optional Alpine KCE-433iV iPod Full Speed adapter cable (500KCE433I, sold separately), and get access to all of your iPod's stored music, right from the head unit. With the optional Full Speed iPod cable you get convenient control so you can scroll through all your Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Songs; and view all your song information right from the display on the head unit. 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. For especially big music libraries, Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (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). Save yourself from scrolling through each song one by one, when you can just jump to a segment of your library with a touch of a button. The head unit will also charge your iPod or iPhone when connected via the optional Full Speed iPod cable. The Alpine Alpine CDE-103BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible when connected via the Alpine KCE-433iV iPod Full Speed adapter cable and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    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 Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 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 Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Bluetooth Control

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Alpine CDE-103BT has built-in Parrot Bluetooth capability and supports hands-free phone control for the iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Featuring Parrot Bluetooth capability, the CDE-103BT gives you hands-free operation of your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone with full phone book access. The Alpine CDE-103BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one device can be used at a time). The included external microphone (with visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers. The CDE-103BT features a noise cancellation function to ensure that your calls are heard clearly. The Alpine CDE-103BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing and auto answer with compatible phones.

    Note: Parrot software updates provide support for future phones. This unit does not offer Bluetooth audio streaming.

    Placing Calls: The Alpine CDE-103BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone.

    • Redial: press the phone button within 5 seconds of ending a call
    • Call History: the 10 previously dialed, received or missed numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory
    • Phonebook: up to 1,000 entries can be downloaded from your phone
    • Voice Dialing: if you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact just by speaking the name of your contact

    Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-103BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming call are announced by the received call ring tone through your vehicle's speakers and a displayed message (Phone No.) across your Alpine head unit's display.

    • Manual Answer: manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit
    • Automatic Answer: set your Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after about 5 seconds
     
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver!

    Written By Ben, Dallas, TX on Saturday, November 26, 2011
     
    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
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic Unit !!

    Written By LesA, near Chicago on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    unbelievable

    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!!
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    3 out of 5

    Big problems with iPhone 4!!!!!

    Written By petebank, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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    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!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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 off....no big deal, it can be turned on or off, but out of box off shows the Alpine mindset: for the user, not the showroom.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Nice unit

    Written By Lang, Houston Texas on Saturday, May 21, 2011
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    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
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine

    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.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    3 out of 5

    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.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding value

    Written By Lionel, Springfield, USA on Thursday, April 07, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By WW, San Diego, CA on Friday, March 25, 2011
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    ALPINE ROCKS

    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!
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Good radio in a F-250 diesel

    Written By Jason S., Mt. Vernon, IL on Saturday, March 19, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME!

    Written By Krackr, Spring Grove, IL on Thursday, March 10, 2011
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Choice

    Written By FGDiddy, Mount Ephraim, NJ on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Crutchfield and Alpine a GREAT combo!!!!!

    Written By FordTech63, Chico, CA on Monday, March 07, 2011
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    When in doubt get this Alpine unit...it 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......
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo head Unit!!

    Written By Sergio, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, March 02, 2011
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    I've always been an Alpine customer for many years, and like previous products, this
    stereo head unit does not disappoint!...it 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.
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    5 out of 5

    great stereo

    Written By Toyz_2, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Carrion, Kearny, NJ on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By Mike, Encinitas, CA on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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    Great BT functionality when paired with my iphone 3G! Phone stays in my pocket while I drive and make calls through the radio controls.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By Tim, Eden, NC on Monday, February 21, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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...
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    ALPINE CDE 103BT

    Written By JT, TEXAS on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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    NICE DECK. SUONDS GOOD. INSTALLED IN WIFE'S CAR FOR BLUETOOTH USE.
    HAD TO TURN UP MIC GAIN BUT WORKS WELL. BLUETOOTH PAIRS WELL AND IS EASY TO SEND AND RECIEVE CALLS
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    5 out of 5

    Superb

    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 spot-on...no 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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    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.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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!
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    WOW

    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!
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    2 out of 5

    searching...searching...

    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.
    10 out of 13 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding!

    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!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    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
    returns.
    If you are looking for an iPhone compatible HU look elsewhere.
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    1 out of 5

    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 thanks...save your money and time. This head unit has caused me more road rage than my 140 mile round trip commute!!!!
    16 out of 19 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    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.
    15 out of 18 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By WinterJ, Idaho on Monday, October 11, 2010
     
    Great stereo. Upgraded the stock 6 disc changer in my Honda CR-V and this Alpine sounds so much better (even with my stock speakers--did not upgrade those). My boyfriend figured out how to hook up my mp3 player with the usb connection to play. The blue tooth sounds much more clear than I expected. Only glitch I've experienced so far was being on a call, received a call on the other line that I did not pick up and it hung up the call I was on and kicked my bluetooth off until I turned off the engine and restarted the auto. So happy with my purchase. Alpine makes great products.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Compatible with iPhone 4!!!!!

    Written By John, Hollywood Hills on Thursday, September 30, 2010
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    I bought this unit while I still had the iPhone 3G. Bluetooth and iPod connection worked flawlessly with the 3G (do not buy iPod cable online. I tried to save $20 and the knock offs do not work). I use my iPod classic as well. Despite my concerns when I upgraded to the iPhone 4, the head unit still works minus a couple glitches from time to time.

    Occasionally, the head unit will not recognize the iPhone 4 and keep "searching" while the iPhone pops up an error message. But it always kicks in after I reconnect it a few times or close the iPod/Pandora app from running in the background.

    If you get impatient, you can always use the aux line at the front of the unit.

    The Bluetooth connects in less than a minute at start up. It has had problems connecting automatically only a handful of times. But when it does, all you have to do is manually connect in the setup menu.

    The BEST part about this stereo is the noise cancelation mic included with the unit. I've had conference calls in my car with the window down going 70 on the 405 with no complaints.

    This would be a 5 star review had there been less glitches. Also, scrolling through music in the iPod menu can be a bit of a task. The scroll wheel can be both too sensitive and unresponsive depending on how fast you are scrolling.

    Overall, best aftermarket purchase I've ever made for my car. Best all inclusive head unit for iPhone/iPod/Bluetooth mobile users. Especially for the price.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Chevrolet P/U 1500 WT now with "blue tooth"

    Written By GTO, Thompson, CT on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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    My new Silverado 1500 WT didn't come with "blue tooth" for my BlackBerry or any other "package" upgrades. Being the end of the model year it's what the dealer had on the lot for a 2010 4x4, v8 full size PU. Now that CT and some adjacent states require "hands free" when using cell phones while driving, upgrading to a BT capable system is a necessity. I researched online and determined that the Apline CDE-103BT would be a good fit. I purchased the install package so a professional did the work.

    The install is clean, as if it was original, and even I can program the blue tooth devices. When I made the purchase Crutchfield was running a special that included some Alpine SPG-17C2 speakers (bonus!). Chip, the online representative helped me with questions before I ordered the product, from my experience I would say he really knew what he was talking about, that put me at ease with the entire process. He was more like a guide helping me evaluate what I needed from the many options available.

    All arrived via UPS as advertised, the install took about 2hr., at a local install shop and I was up and running. The bonus was that I now have a really good blue tooth system, a CD player, Aux jack to handle any external media such as digital MPs etc., as well as a USB drive port. Way nicer than the basic Chevrolet AM/FM. I recommend the product.
    5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very Versatile Head Unit

    Written By brackforce, Fayetteville, NC on Monday, September 06, 2010
     
    I ripped out the factory system in 07 Sierra this weekend and replaced it with this head unit paired with a KTP-445 amp, SPS-600Cs in the front, and SPS-600s in the back. I'm very happy with the result and my music sounds great at high or low volumes. You an hear everything when the volume is low and blow your ears out when you crank it up. Anyway, This is one of the most versatile heads I've seen. I got the iPod cable and it works great with my iPhone 4. It charges your phone while playing everything from your library and you can still use the other functions while doing it. The blue tooth is flawless and sounds great. It's very simple to use and the included mic seems to be top notch. CDs are the best, in my opinion, and have a killer sound. The controls take some getting used to and you have to read the manual, but once you figure it all out it's a breeze. My one complaint is the USB port which is extremely finicky with flash drives. I've tried 4 and only one works at this point. One worked for a while until I added some more songs and then it started giving me an error code. I've tried reformatting and everything to no avail. I wish Alpine would publish some better guidance as to what is causing these problems, but overall I love my new unit.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Can't believe I waited so long

    Written By Mark, St. Charels, IL on Monday, September 06, 2010
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    This is a tremendous unit. I installed it in a 2001 Suburban with the optional 4x45 Alpine in-line amplifier and it really brought the truck to life. I had a bit of trouble interfacing with the factory wiring, but a quick call to Crutchfield fixed all of that (even though I didn't have a Bose system, I needed to hook up the remote amp to the corresponding wire in the truck). The Tech had it fixed in about 45 seconds.

    The Bluetooth works perfectly (iphone 3gs), and sounds just as good as the Bluetooth in my BMW. It even pulls in the address books if you're into that.

    Would definitely recommend.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Todd, United States on Saturday, September 04, 2010
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    This head unit was installed into a 97' Saturn. Crutchfield sent instructions for that exact model vehicle, which made installing it easier than having universal instructions. After the seamless installation, we tried it out. It sounded much better than the stock head unit, and still this is with factory speakers. We installed 4 Alpine type R speakers in place of the factory ones. This made a huge difference in the way the car sounded. With Crutchfields custom instructions and my dads mechanical expertise, these speakers were in and thumping within a few hours. I enjoy using the handsfree bluetooth feature. I can hear the caller perfect, and they hear me perfect also. Easy to set up, and definatly a very high quality unit.

    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine 103bt - my first install

    Written By MarkN, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, September 01, 2010
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    I recently ordered the iPhone friendly, CD playing Alpine 103BT. The rep suggested the KCE-433iV cable too. After reviewing the Crutchfield produced master sheets, Alpine docs and checking out everything in the box. I popped the hood removed the neg battery cable then proceeded to dismantle the Odyssey dash. Overcoming wire fear I removing the factory AM/FM cassette player I was halfway home.

    The Alpine unit, requires an adapter to be connected between the car's wiring harness and the back of the unit. I decided to solder the wires together so that added a couple hours. My wife though I was nuts! After a couple free NO-WAIT calls to Crutchfield tech support, I had the new stereo (they call them head-units) installed AND it worked the first time! I know most folks use the (also provided) plastic connectors to attach these things but I understand most pros solder their best gear. Note: read the instructions on the solder gun carefully and be very careful as the tip is super hot.

    I really like this stereo. I found a great spot for my hands free calling mic and the (very solid) Alpine iPhone cable charges fast and carries my tunes and podcasts. I was glad to see that the stereo Crutchfield sent me even had the latest Bluetooth FW update installed.

    If I can do this install, you can too. Don't fool around with the lowest cost suppliers, they offer NO tech support and charge you a fortune in shipping. Thank you Crutchfield! BTW, my wife loves the stereo too!
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    5 out of 5

    An almost perfect upgrade

    Written By Steve, Arlington, VA on Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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    I bought this unit originally at a local shop, but their custom service/installation technichians were so apathetic I decided to look elsewhere. The price was the same, but Crutchfield included instructions, and all the necessary components for installation into my car. Due to the ease of dealing with Crutchfield I will honestly make every effort to purchase my electronics through them.

    The unit is amazing, enhancing sound of any factory speaker set, and really adds a tremendous amount of features. The Bluetooth is seamless, however positioning the mic can be cumbersome, but I have to say this is an excellent product.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Head Unit I've Owned

    Written By Big J, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, August 16, 2010
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    Hands down the best receiver I've owned. The main reason I bought this was for the Bluetooth. I was skeptical about the sound quality. People simply cannot tell I'm hands free, even from the passengers seat! The USB is nice since you can plug in a thumb drive and go. Sound quality is phenomenal! I have basic Chrysler speakers and they rock! Worth every penny. Rhonda was excellent and extremely helpful. Probably why it's my 19th anniversary with Crutchfield. (Although it doesn't feel like a marriage!)
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine Upgrade

    Written By Max, Durham, NC on Sunday, August 15, 2010
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    The CDE-103BT is a great Receiver with CD, and MP3 playback using front USB or iPods. The blue display for song title/radio station does not dim with the vehicle interior lights. The ability to turn the display off or dim it would improve the unit. I use a gum wrapper to block the distracting display. Also the installation kit is plastic and allows a gap at the bottom of the receiver. The fit is good, but not great. Overall, I am very pleased with the upgrade to my 2008 Tacoma.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great HU for a bunch of reasons

    Written By bot2fast, PA on Monday, July 12, 2010
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    I felt compelled to write a review on this unit. First off, this went into a 08 WRX that comes with an unbelievably bad stock HU. Just replacing the stock HU did wonders to sound in the car; whichever processor Alpine is using, my hat is off to them. Later I replaced the rear speakers only, and now I get the full blown effect of a great HU. Still, no amp or sub in the mix just 4 spkrs- two of which stock and the other two are Kicker 600. USB connection works like a charm for USB sticks (using 4GB currently). Search folders or files or just plain forward and back. Reaction speed is very quick, just make sure you get a nice brand name stick that gives you data speed rates. I am sure that a generic stick would have some performance issues. Bluetooth is seamless! Used with my iPhone 3GS with OS 3 and 4. Currently using with my new 4G iPhone. calls are crystal clear, people on the other end cannot tell they are on speaker essentially. Voice dial works great. Also, it takes a min. for the phone to pair with HU once I start the car. I stopped taking my phone out of my pocket, I just wait for the BT logo to appear on the display in the car.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Russ

    Written By Russell, Phoenix,AZ on Thursday, July 08, 2010
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    I love this unit it is wonderful on the bluetooth call quality is great. The product is good look too the different colors for display is a nice bonus.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By jrd761, California on Monday, June 21, 2010
     
    Installed in my 2004 Silverado.. was a pretty easy install. Controls work very nicely, and work as they are designed. AM/FM reception seems to be much better than my stock radio, and overall sound quality is much better.

    It is a pain to operate the iPod on this, and if you have an iPod touch, it locks you out of controlling your music on the iPod itself.. You must control it through the stereo. However, it is a lot easier than having to have a powercord for the iPod then the audio cable going to the AUX input.. Just takes some getting use to!

    Just a couple flaws I'm having:
    - Every once in a while I get an "Error" when I turn the vehicle on and try to play my iPod.. I'm forced to unplug my iPod and restart it.
    - If I use a USB thumb drive, and leave it plugged into the deck when turn my vehicle off, the radio freaks out when I turn the vehicle back on.. Bluetooth is turned off, and so is "Power IC".. leaving me with no sound through the speakers. Maybe its only my unit??
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound and Features

    Written By Dave, SoCal on Saturday, June 12, 2010
     
    I replaced the factory premium sound system that was starting to fail. I was a bit dismayed that I could no longer use the factory amp and sub-woofer, or the CD changer and rear seat controls, but with USB thumb drives, who needs CDs anymore? The Bluetooth feature works good with my iPhone once I got them paired. In order to pair them, I had to turn off the phone's WiFi, but after I got them paired for the first time, I can leave WiFi on. Sounds great and the menu system is very user friendly.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good but not great

    Written By Anonymous, Central, MA on Wednesday, June 09, 2010
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    This is a good unit that includes BT (bluetooth) & iPod integration with only paying a little extra for the proprietary iPod cable. Or you can run it through an AUX jack. It's a little cumbersome to use the iPod through the one-line display and it causes a number of "error" messages, requiring an un- hook/re-hook of the iPod. Bright, readable display. Good strong output with good sound. But the radio STINKS! I actually have two of these units, one in my Ford and another in my wife's Honda and the radio reception is just lousy. Both car's older stock radios were almost flawless in reception, so I believe it's this new units poor receiver. If you listen a lot to radio, SHOP ELSEWHERE. Otherwise as a good cheap unit for BT and iPod, it's good. And the directions from Crutchfield for installation were perfect.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written By Adam, Haubstadt, IN on Saturday, June 05, 2010
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    Awesome purchase. I was considering replacing my truck factory stereo with an aftermarket deck that would compliment my iPod & also my wife & I's iPhones. I called tech support for a recommendation & "Buzz" told me the "Alpine CDE-103BT" would be a good purchase for me, based on what I told him I was looking for. He also recommended the "Alpine KCE-433iv" attachment cable. After installation I was glad I did. I'm fairly big on getting all that I pay for. This being said the cable links an Apple product to the Alpine deck & displays all info, charges the device @ the same time, plus many more bells & whistles. After installation I had a few questions that I could have figured out on my own with some time, but instead I e-mailed Crutchfield Support & they e-mailed me back what I needed to know, big time saver. If you're an Apple fan, own their products & want to enjoy them on the road to their full potential I would highly recommend this product w/ the attachment cable, or simply call Crutchfield for suggestions to your wants & needs.