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Alpine CDE-103BT

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDE103B

113 Reviews

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Original Price: $169.99

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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.


Rear view

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
    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:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

    Alpine CDE-103BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    113 Reviews

    Great receiver!

    Written by: Ben from Dallas, TX on 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 from near Chicago on 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.

    unbelievable

    Written by: Silas from Texas on 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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    Big problems with iPhone 4!!!!!

    Written by: petebank from Columbus, OH on 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!

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    Very happy!

    Written by: xfolium from frederick, md on September 7, 2011

    2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    CDE-103BT Bluetooth

    Written by: MikeR from San Diego, CA on August 30, 2011

    1996 Honda Accord DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    great for the money

    Written by: paul from Lake Zurich, IL on July 31, 2011

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Alpine is the way to go

    Written by: Mike H. from Spokane WA on June 20, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Nice unit

    Written by: Lang from Houston Texas on May 21, 2011

    2000 Toyota Tundra
    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

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    Feature Rich

    Written by: Rich from Clearwater, Fl on 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.

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    great radio

    Written by: Jake from Lancaster, NY on April 27, 2011

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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    Alpine

    Written by: Cox from Columbus, OH on April 25, 2011

    2005 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: Anonymous from winchester, va on April 21, 2011

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

    very easy install - good wire diagrams - great sound

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    Pandora with Evo 4

    Written by: Kevin W from Brownstown,mi on 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.

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    Just Installed

    Written by: Bill from Kissimmee, FL on April 14, 2011

    2010 Dodge Challenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Still waiting to see

    Written by: WB57 from Raleigh, NC on April 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Outstanding value

    Written by: Lionel from Springfield, USA on April 7, 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.

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    great choice

    Written by: hauss from orlando, fl on April 4, 2011

    2002 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Buy

    Written by: JR from Rochester, NY on April 2, 2011

    1998 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good choice

    Written by: Jim L from Columbus, OH on March 26, 2011

    2005 Ford Freestyle

    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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    Written by: WW from San Diego, CA on March 25, 2011

    1996 BMW 318TI
    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!

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    ALPINE ROCKS

    Written by: Anonymous from Fenton MI on March 23, 2011

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

    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!

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    Awesome

    Written by: Jamesh4 from Arlington, TN on 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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    Good radio in a F-250 diesel

    Written by: Jason S. from Mt. Vernon, IL on March 19, 2011

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    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.

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    Brought my 25yo Truck to life!

    Written by: Ed from Atlanta on 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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    order from crutchfield

    Written by: goobio from lowell indiana on March 12, 2011

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great head unit

    Written by: Stephen from Tuscaloosa, AL on March 12, 2011

    2001 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    AWESOME!

    Written by: Krackr from Spring Grove, IL on March 10, 2011

    2005 Mazda 6
    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.

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    Excellent Choice

    Written by: FGDiddy from Mount Ephraim, NJ on March 9, 2011

    1996 BMW 328I
    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.

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    Crutchfield and Alpine a GREAT combo!!!!!

    Written by: FordTech63 from Chico, CA on March 7, 2011

    1993 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Awesome Stereo head Unit!!

    Written by: Sergio from Sacramento, CA on March 2, 2011

    1981 Chevrolet Corvette
    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!...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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    great stereo

    Written by: Toyz_2 from San Antonio, Texas on 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.

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    Alpine is the answer to your sound question!

    Written by: rbrchkn from Maui on 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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    Great Unit

    Written by: Carrion from Kearny, NJ on February 26, 2011

    2000 Saab 9-3
    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.

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: Mike from Encinitas, CA on February 22, 2011

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SD
    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.

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: Tim from Eden, NC on 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.

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    Perfect transaction and install

    Written by: Mike from Eagle Creek, OR on 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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    Great HU

    Written by: Ribeye from Indianapolis, IN on 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.

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    Great Head Unit

    Written by: Terry from Austin, Tx on February 14, 2011

    1995 Lexus SC400
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Awesome Bluetooth Quality

    Written by: Brewdaddy from Lafayette LA on February 9, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine...Still the best!!!

    Written by: Hess from Norwalk,CT on February 5, 2011

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

    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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    Great unit poor install kit

    Written by: Ed from Atlanta, GA on February 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    ALPINE CDE 103BT

    Written by: JT from TEXAS on January 26, 2011

    2006 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Superb

    Written by: JohnW from Salem NH on January 22, 2011

    2004 Ford F-350

    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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    Great Value!

    Written by: Ruben from Citrus Heights, California on 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.

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    Great for a Teen

    Written by: James O from Washoe Valley, Nevada on January 12, 2011

    1993 Plymouth Acclaim
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Love it

    Written by: Jason from Lebanon, OH on January 9, 2011

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    WOW

    Written by: AaronS from Austin, Tx. on January 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    very pleased

    Written by: lee from tulsa ok on 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.

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: MERK from Syracuse, NY on December 26, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: D Moore from AR on December 25, 2010

    1994 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    searching...searching...

    Written by: Tommy C from Charlotte, NC on December 16, 2010

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

    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.

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    Happy Customer

    Written by: LR from SB, CA, United States on December 8, 2010

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

    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.

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    Outstanding!

    Written by: Kevin G from Denver CO on December 5, 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!

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    Alpine does it again

    Written by: bryan from texas on November 30, 2010

    2004 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Does What I Wanted

    Written by: Scott G. from Lansing, MI on November 20, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    iPhone interface lacking

    Written by: Tom from Atlanta, GA on November 10, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Not worth the headache!!!!!!!

    Written by: Rich from Orting, WA on October 23, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!!!!

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: cnt4ever from Arvada, CO on October 19, 2010

    2003 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great Stereo

    Written by: WinterJ from Idaho on 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.

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    Compatible with iPhone 4!!!!!

    Written by: John from Hollywood Hills on September 30, 2010

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

    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.

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

    Written by: GTO from Thompson, CT on September 23, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Very Versatile Head Unit

    Written by: brackforce from Fayetteville, NC on September 6, 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.

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    Can't believe I waited so long

    Written by: Mark from St. Charels, IL on September 6, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Head Unit

    Written by: Todd from United States on September 4, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Alpine 103bt - my first install

    Written by: MarkN from Jacksonville, FL on September 1, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    An almost perfect upgrade

    Written by: Steve from Arlington, VA on August 24, 2010

    2005 Saturn ION 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Best Head Unit I've Owned

    Written by: Big J from Cincinnati, OH on August 16, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!)

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    Alpine Upgrade

    Written by: Max from Durham, NC on August 15, 2010

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great HU for a bunch of reasons

    Written by: bot2fast from PA on July 12, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Russ

    Written by: Russell from Phoenix,AZ on July 8, 2010

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

    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.

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: jrd761 from California on 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??

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    Great Sound and Features

    Written by: Dave from SoCal on 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.

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    Good but not great

    Written by: Anonymous from Central, MA on June 9, 2010

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: Adam from Haubstadt, IN on June 5, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Awesome stereo but..

    Written by: David from Charlotte, NC on June 3, 2010

    1999 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one the best car stereos I've ever owned. Amazing sound even from my stock speakers in my 98 Yukon. Amazing features. The Bluetooth sounds great on both ends (I've made a ton of calls since I've installed it). The ONLY issue with this stereo is controls. It's not intuitive at all, and I had to go back to the owners manual several times to figure out how to navigate. This is the first stereo that I've had to do that with. That being said though, this is still an amazing unit for the price and I highly recommend it.

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    Very nice once it is all set up...

    Written by: Tim from Ambler, PA on May 10, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I decided to purchase this based on the fact that I've never had a head unit that could be used with a Bluetooth capable phone. I bought an iPhone and decided to try this unit out.

    I am very pleased with the outcome. Once I paired the phone with the head unit, it has automatically recognized and paired with my phone just about every time.

    This receiver has an 'auto-answer' function that answers every time someone calls so you don't have to fidget with the receiver when someone calls.

    The sensitivity of the mic is impressive. I find myself talking louder than I have to when I am talking with someone.

    Bluetooth functions aside, this bad boy charges my iPhone 3GS while using it to play music AND plays cds!

    I only gave it 4 stars because it only has 4 pre-amp outputs. I prefer six so I can bump the sub as well as jam the 4 speakers that usually come in an automobile.

    I would gladly recommend this product to anyone who is considering a Bluetooth capable unit.

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    Excellent for the Money

    Written by: Anonymous from Rock Hill, SC on May 5, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this as a replacement for a previous unit a Jensen and the quality is much more evident. I really like the controls on this unit, its a simple set up, blue tooth phone set up is easy and only have occasional issues with the Sync of my Blackberry to the unit. And I attribute that more to the Blackberry. It does take a second or two for the unit to come up and start playing CD's but that seems to be kind of normal for these kinds of units.

    The remote mike is pretty much a necessity. By the way this is installed in a 2003 F-150 SCREW and it does the job very well with the stock speakers in the truck. I would buy this unit again in a skinny minute. And an aside note about the communications with the Crutchfield CSR's, simply excellent. Great guys to work with.

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    Very Good

    Written by: F430TH from LA on April 11, 2010

    (Installed in 08' Ford Econoline panel van)

    After having experienced a DUAL unit and what I thought was the (best) Pioneer unit, I was skeptical trying out the Alpine. After test-driving it for a few days, my mind is at ease.

    Pros:
    * Well-made with user-friendly controls. (Alhough, nobody seems to do as good as a factory radio in terms of user-friendly.)
    * Very good sound.
    * The BEST quality about this radio is the Parrot-based BT. Call quality is excellent on both ends, nice external mic.
    * Face visibility is good with my particular dash config.
    * Pairs with my Iphone 3g with no problem.

    Cons:
    * Wish it came with a remote, and HD radio built-in
    * Tuner is a tad weak.
    * Instruction manual could be better written.

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    Really Good Car Stereo

    Written by: thesaar from Duluth, GA on March 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a replacement stereo for my Camry 2000. I wanted to replace the factory fitted model with one that can play MP3. I was evaluating Sony's 3700 when I accidentally came across this model. Boy am I happy getting this.

    1. It plays all types of CDs including MP3
    2. The deal winner though is its bluetooth. No one that I have spoken to realized that I was using it in a car. One of my friend even commented that it was better than my headset. The mic is a sure winner.
    3. I got the Ipod cable, so playing my Ipod is cool. The controls on the device could be better, but no complaints.

    If I have to point out a negative, it is the missing remote.

    Crutchfield's order process was simple and efficient. The guy who assisted me had good knowledge of the system. I got the installnet card to get it installed and it was an absolutely smooth affair.

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    Perfect

    Written by: Eric from Nampa, ID on March 26, 2010

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

    Aesthetic and perfect performance. I wanted a deck to work with my iPhone, and with the Alpine cable, it works wonderfully. I can easily choose songs or playlists, and even shuffle them. It's fast, too. I tried the Kenwood 645, but came back to the Alpine. The display is gorgeous and easy to read, even in the sun. I changed the illumination to match my interior. The bluetooth also works wonderfully, for making or receiving calls. The cable for iPhone also charges my iPhone. And the deck downloads my phonebook and recent call log so I can easily make that call.

    Pros: everything: iPhone, bluetooth, display, speed, features, sound, and the overall sense, feel, and look of quality--I didn't get many of those from the Kenwood 645.

    Cons: it would be nice to have a larger display, but that comes with a cost and is available; I just didn't want to spend that much now.

    I would recommend this unit to anyone and everyone.

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    Alpine cde103bt

    Written by: Anonymous from Wenatchee, WA on March 15, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit with great sound and many features. I first bought a Pioneer 6100bt for my suburban and this unit for my wife's car. I liked the Alpine so much more than my Pioneer that I exchanged the Pioneer for another Alpine for my suburban. I found that Pioneer just has way too many features controlled by one joystick knob. The Alpine is much easier to use, which is very important when you are driving down the road.

    Pros:
    1. Ease of use - Buttons are configured well to control your system while driving down the road.
    2. Button colors can be changed to match your vehicle lighting.
    3. Bluetooth handsfree is easy to setup and use, and sounds good.

    Cons: The cons of this unit were not significant enough to detract from the pros, but I'll list them anyway.
    1. No bluetooth audio streaming.
    2. USB will not charge anything or control anything. It is only for thumb drives, etc. (The Pioneer had usb that would charge and control (somewhat) my non- ipod mp3 player.)
    Like I said before, these cons are not important enough to out weigh the pros. You will not be dissapointed with this Alpine.

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    great stereo but.....

    Written by: Anonymous from ansonia ct on March 13, 2010

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500

    A great stereo with many adjustments to make it sound just the way you want it. The blue tooth works well and the radio stations come in pretty good too, BUT......a couple flaws. The first is the control knob. If you dont use a remote to control the stereo and accidentally bump the knob, it goes into subwoofer adjustment mode and you have to wait until it clears. The second is that it doesnt support mp4 (mac) files on usb setting. The third, but hardly a problem is that it doesnt have a built in i pod controller so you have to scroll on the pod to reach songs. If you buy an optional remote you have a great stereo; and if you compare the price with other stores, first of all they dont carry the cde103bt and second the closest they have is the cde102 which runs almost 300. I would buy this again and you CANNOT I mean CANNOT beat the customer service at cruthfield!!!!!!!

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    Awesome Alpine stereo

    Written by: Anonymous from Bothell, WA on March 1, 2010

    2004 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My systems sounds way better now, crisp and clear. The Bluetooth sounds great, and I love the USB on the front, Loading up 45 CD's on a 6gb USB memory stick is awesome.

    First stereo installation by myself and Crutchfield made it very easy with step by step instructions and free install wire harness and kit. I'll be making my next purchase through you guys for sure :).

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    Great Unit for the Money!

    Written by: Glenn from Shreveport, LA on February 11, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, the CDE103BT meets or exceeds the needs of most car audiophiles. Very easy setup, and the bluetooth works very well with the Iphone. Friends say my voice is clear when using the bluetooth and driving down the road. I have a Ford F250 truck so it is not the quietest vehicle in the world today.

    With the ipod/iphone connector, this unit functions flawlessly. I would purchase this unit again after using it for a week.

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    Cons:

    Great all round unit, terrible tuner

    Written by: David from East Brunswick, NJ on January 25, 2010

    2006 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall the unit is great. Good sound, Looks good, easy controls. Bluetooth works great and I love the USB input. The tuner is terrible, no AM at all, except one very local stations. The FM drifts in and out. My factory install (basic Honda unit) would pick up about 20 AM and even more FM with very little loss of signal.

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    Great Reciever

    Written by: Jared from Pendleton, OR on January 19, 2010

    1998 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in a 1998 Toyota Corolla in place of the stock radio. My main reason for purchasing was the built in bluetooth since our state just passed the hands free law Jan 1. The bluetooth on this unit is very clear and it functions easy(sync and phone book feature work great!) The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is the display is overly bright and doesn't chage color(buttons only) and the sound eq isn't as adjustable as Alpines I've owned in the past at this price point. Overall great unit, awesome bluetooth!

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    GREAT DECK,TECH SUPPORT LIKE NO OTHER

    Written by: BRIAN from E. BROOKFIELD, MA on January 17, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    AFTER STUDYING INSTALL INFO FOR MY 2000 V70 R AWD VOLVO FOR A WEEK OR
    TWO,FINALLY FOUND A FEW HOURS TO ATTEMPT INSTALL . EVERY THING WENT WELL UNTIL
    DRY RUN BEFORE FINAL SLIDE IN OF ALPINE, I HAD NO SOUND. THIS MODEL V70 R IS TOP
    OF LINE HIGH PERF. MOST PARTS ARE DIFFERENT ALL AROUND. ONE CALL TO TECH LINE ,
    JOEL BEGAN HIS DEDICATED RESEARCH ON FUNKY SWEDISH WIRING DIAGRAMS,WHICH
    APPARENTLY CRUTCHFIELD TECHS HAVE AT THEIR FINGERTIPS. HE SPENT NEARLY AN HOUR
    WORKING ME THROUGH THE HARNESS/WIRING OPTIONS THAT MIGHT BE INSTALLED IN VOLVOS
    4 OR 5 MODELS, SUCCESS . THE UNSURPASSED CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT CRUTCHFIELDS
    PROVIDES IS AWESOME!!!!!!!! THANKS JOEL!

    THIS DECK HAS IT ALL, GREAT SOUND,CD, USB.MINI JACK, IPOD, BLUE TOOTH NO NEED
    FOR UPGRADES EXCEPT POSS SATELITE/XM.

    ONLY CONS- SOME MENUS ARE LITTLE TOO DETAILED IPOD CONTROLS THROUGH
    HIGH SPEED CABLE BEST CONNECTION BUT ONLY ALLOWS IPOD CONTROLS FROM DECK. USE
    MINI JCK ON FACE FOR DIRECT IPOD CONTROL. USE HIGH SPD CABLE FOR CHARGING.
    BLUE TOOTH GREAT SAFE FEATURE. AGAIN CUSTOMER SERVICE UNMATCHED,
    CRUTCHFEILD, JOEL YOU'VE EARNED ANOTHER CUSTOMER FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!

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    Cons:

    Excellent Sound - Finicky Bluetooth/iPod

    Written by: beth from Massachusetts on January 15, 2010

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

    PROS:
    1)This unit vastly improved the clarity, treble and bass response from my factory speakers.
    2)Built-in bluetooth makes this a no-brainer;this was a great bargain considering how much it costs if you have to add it on separately.
    3)The hands-free phone feature sounds great (when it works)*

    CONS:
    1)I am on my second head unit; had to send the first one back because the CD player rejected every CD I tried to play in it.
    *2)The bluetooth connection is very finicky; the phone and radio indicate they're connected, it shows calls coming through but doesn't always pass the audio through, forcing me to fumble for the phone and switch to handset mode. (In order to get the audio to work again, I have to remove the connection to the radio from my phone and re-add it. Resetting the radio also works, but is a MAJOR hassle b/c you have to reset all your stations and sound preferences as well.)
    3)When the audio-pass through fails on the radio, it has several times now lost the connection to my iPod at the same time, forcing me to shut off the radio, unplug the ipod, and plug it back in again.

    If I wasn't having the finicky issues with the bluetooth and the iPod connection, I'd have given this 5 stars.

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    Cons:

    CDE-103BT/KTP-445 COMBO INSTALL

    Written by: Rick from HERCULES, CA on January 11, 2010

    2008 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this great Alpine combination in my '08 Toyota Yaris Sedan. I already had a Bazooka BTA-8100 8" 100 watt powered bass tube plus I also replaced the factory speakers with 6.5's and 6x9's when I added the bass tube last year. Sitting in my son's driveway last night listening to movie soundtracks from Star Wars, Back to the Future, and other great movies, his neighbor came out and complimented me on my car audio system. He thought someone was watching a movie in their house and when he discovered that it was all coming from my car, he was amazed that I did not have a home theater system in there. Well, all I really need now is an HDTV to go in the car, but there is no room. Alpine is the top of the line audio equipment to me and with all the features that are offered with this receiver and powerpack combination, I could not be more satisfied with the results I have gotten from this system. The sound quality is excellent with clean and pure sound from the lows to the highs in everything played from classical to smooth jazz to rock and more. Thanks Cructhfield and ALPINE!

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    Nice Radio

    Written by: Tom from Danville, IN on January 10, 2010

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a classic example of Alpine quality. Very nice unit. Solid construction, dial knob has a nice feel to it, nice buttons as well. The menus are easy enough to navigate, and the blue tooth is convenient.

    As far as the bluetooth goes, it is either the radio or the phones are finicky as far as their compatibility. I have used three different models of phones, and they all dial and receive correctly, but some phones the contact list will sync with the radio, some will not. Not real sure why that is, but oh well. Other than that, the bluetooth seems to work well.

    For you Ipod users, the Ipod interface is a nice feature, but I don't care for it myself all the time. If you buy the high speed Ipod cable to plug into the back of the radio so that you can navigate the Ipod with your radio, navigation can be time consuming. Because the radio does not have a display like the Ipod, it slows down Ipod surfing badly. If you like to just put your Ipod on shuffle, or if you use playlists, I reccomend the cable, and when ever I am using my Ipod for that, it is nice. However, if you are like me most of the time, I am changing my music constantly, I have over 40 gb of music, and it can be very frustrating, so I just hook my Ipod up with the 3.5mm stereo connector on the front of the radio, and all is fine.

    All in all, I recommend this radio. Crutchfield is great as always, A+ all the way!!!!

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    Alpine CDE-103BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Will in Lexington, SC on January 9, 2010

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

    I installed this deck in my 2004 Dodge Dakota earlier today and I have to say I am very happy with my choice. Armed with the installation instructions from Crutchfield and wiring harness, antenna adapter, mounting bracket included free with the purchase of this particular unit, the install went off without a hitch. The sound through my factory speakers is far better than I ever had with the factory unit and the optional ipod cable was definitely worth the extra money. Radio paired easily with my Blackberry Curve and although I haven't really had an opportunity to use the built-in Bluetooth more than just a couple of test calls the sound quality while parked and driving on both ends was great...comparable to the factory Bluetooth in my wife's car.

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    Excellent Head Unit!!

    Written by: Keith from Detroit, MI on January 7, 2010

    1999 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace the factory headunit in my 1999 Toyota Camry when the factory head unit started skipping when playing CDs. After using this unit for several months, I am happy to say that I absolutely love it! It offers better sound quality than my OEM unit, good radio reception, and the Bluetooth feature is AWESOME. Phone calls are crystal clear on both ends. I recommend this unit to anyone!

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    I love my car again

    Written by: Anonymous from Glens Falls, NY on January 6, 2010

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After racking up 200,000 miles in my 2005 Civic, I was starting to get sick of it. The car is so noisy that I had to turn the factory radio up to 3/4 volume to hear it! After I got a cell phone ticket I decided it was time to get a bluetooth stereo. I picked this one because I liked the way it looks, but I'm glad I did, and here's why.

    The sound is phenomenal! This head unit makes my factory speakers sound fantastic. I've spent money on aftermarket speakers in other cars, and I've never had a sound system that sounds as good as this.

    The hands-free. You can answer the phone simply by pushing a button on the radio, and carry out a conversation just as easily as if the person was sitting next to you. It's a total no-brainer to sync it up with my Motorola phone.

    This radio is set up to handle most types of media. The i-pod functions are easy, but using a thumb drive is even easier.

    Finally, and this really has nothing to do with the radio, and everything to do with Crutchfield. Installation was a cinch, no guess work, and the install looks flawless

    My brother liked the stereo so much, he got himself one a week later and we installed it in his Mercury Sable. It was tougher to install because of the car, but still, Crutchfield's kit made it easy.

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    Best Bang for the Buck

    Written by: Stephen from Salt Lake City, UT on January 6, 2010

    1999 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was hesitant to purchase this product, I did a ton of research for at least 2 months before I purchased this one.. What really led me to it was the fact that it's an Alpine, has Bluetooth, and that it changed it's colors to green to match my dashboard. The main thing holding me back was that it only had 1 set of pre-out for only 1 amp and I was afraid it was low-end quality. I'm so glad I purchased this unit. The bonuses it has totally overshadow the set of pre-out it lacks.

    The bluetooth works amazing! I have a blackberry 8220 and it paired right up, always connects right when i start the car (as long as the bluetooth is turned on in my phone).

    The sound improved dramatically in my car with stock speakers. I was hesitant to purchase this unit because I thought it might be low end (maybe something compared to the cde-102), but it sounds amazing. I can't wait to purchase Alpine type-x speakers and hook them up to my amp.

    As far as the green lighting, it matched perfectly. I know it may sound like something stupid, but when your whole dashboard is green at night and your stereo lights up blue, or red... it can look really tacky. And all the lights turn green, unlike the cda-9887 where just the main 6 buttons turn green and all the little ones remain red.

    I got it late november 2009 and waited to use it quite a bit before I wrote a review for it. When all is said and done, this unit is the best unit I could have purchased.


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    Great Deck

    Written by: derek from Denver, CO on January 6, 2010

    2000 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this deck. Great value for bluetooth, usb and ipod control. I bought this deck for the ipod/usb connection but am finding I really like the bluetooth feature. My phone found the bluetooth connection easily - not sure if it could be any simpler. Receiving calls is easy and the sound is very clear (as long as there isn't any background noise, i.e. baby crying). Placing calls is probably easier through your phone. The usb option works well. I haven't tried the ipod connection yet, but have an older alpine deck and am familiar with how it works. Nice to have audio in, so you can control the ipod directly as well. Cannot recomend this deck enough!

    This was my first time ordering from Crutchfield. I had one question on the install had to call tech support, and got through right away. Overall, the install was fairly straight forward and simple. It took about an hour to solder the wiring harness and 30 minutes to install the deck in the vehicle. Overall, very impressed with Crutchfield.


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    alpine cde-103bt

    Written by: Brian from colorado on December 31, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have installed my Alpine CDE-103BT with the powerpack and an m450 amp with 2 tens( existing equipment) and all I can say is WOW!!!! This system rocks even with the stock speakers in the doors of my 2006 Tacoma. My only complaint is the instructions for all the set-up are terrible. I have not seen an instruction booklet with more useless and incomplete explanations. I did manage to get the blue tooth integrated and sound set in spite of my lack of tech knowledge.

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    Crutchfield Rocks!

    Written by: radstone from Annapolis, MD on December 30, 2009

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

    First time customer with Crutchfield. Everything was delivered on time and intact. Instructions were clear and consise. The radio is exactly as advertised. Works awesome. very easily connected to my Blackberry Tour. USB works perfectly

    Pros:

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    Great features, great sound, recommended

    Written by: Todd from Nashville, TN on December 29, 2009

    2000 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit shipped quickly, wiring harness was on backorder. Crutchfield including the installation accessories with the price of this unit is really doing customers a huge favor. However, if you can't install the stereo without the harness, it's a pain. if you can wait on the cables, etc. this is a bargain.

    Unit has great features and built-in Bluetooth phone support. There's nothing extra to buy to make and receive calls right from the Alpine unit.

    There is built-in direct control of your IPOD but only if you purchase the Alpine IPOD adapter cable. Alpine cable KCE-433iV - Crutchfield's item number is: 500KCE433I

    The only real problem I had with the installation was connecting the blue wire on the unit to the blue wire of the GM harness. The unit functioned but no sound except from the Tuner.

    One quick call to the friendly tech support at Crutchfield (they are open until 12 midnight ET by the way) and they gave me the correct advice to fix the problem.

    For me, I had to connect the blue and white wire from the Alpine to the blue wire on the car harness and everything worked great. I am not saying that's the right thing to do for your installation, but it worked on my Suburban.

    This unit has CD, WMA, MP3, AAC, direct USB flash drive support, front panel stereo audio jack, direct support for IPODs, and Bluetooth.

    Best of all, the music from this unit sounds great.

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    A big Step Up

    Written by: Bob from Ontario California on December 21, 2009

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I picked this radio up from Crutchfield in early Dec 09. I had been shopping for a new receiver form my Elantra GT for months. The only thing this unit lacked that was on my list was the HD receiver, but you can add that if you wish. I found that the stations I listen to are so clear that it is not a priority for me right now. It has the Blue Tooth that was a must for me and a USB slot which is icing on the cake.

    I installed it in about 2 hours.

    The sound is so much more clear then my previous Pioneer unit. The display is bright and clear and some buttons allow you to change the color. I listen to AM radio more then FM and the adjacent channel suppression and noise suppression is the best I have ever heard.

    You can pair the Blue tooth with up to 5 devices so I have my personal cell, my work cell, and my wife's cell configured. You can only use one device at a time of course so you need to decide and select that when you start out. The blue Tooth connection is very clear and as loud as you want it to be. I routed the mic cable around the edge of the windshield and had it terminate where the rear view mirror is. People tell me it sounds great.

    I also received a personal thank you from Crutchfield, hand written and signed by my councilor following up with me to make sure I got what I expected and was happy with it. A very class act!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Some flaws, but does what it needs to well

    Written by: John from Naperville, IL on December 20, 2009

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The bad:
    The menu is very ungodly complicated to navigate through, and even worse to back out of as you can get "locked" in the menu setting you're in unless you exit the entire setup menu structure and get back in.

    No clock on the display if you're not playing any music! There's no way to just have the clock sitting there displaying the time unless you actually have the unit powered on and one of the input sources selected.

    I can't figure out what order it uses to play music from a USB drive (within the same folder). It's not always alphabetical and it's not always the order I put the file on the drive. Who knows?

    The good:
    Sound quality is great.

    The bluetooth/phone functionality works great. Everyone says they can hear me just as well as if I were talking to them on the phone itself. I drive a Jeep Wrangler with the softtop on (and Jeeps are notorious for being noisy) and everyone can hear me fine. We'll see how well it fares once the weather warms up and I have the top down, but so far so good. I have to be on the phone while on the road a lot, so this was the #1 reason I bought this unit.

    Being able to use a USB thumb drive is the greatest thing. No more burning music CDs, and no worrying about carrying an iPod around: just load up a $10 USB thumb drive and plug it in.

    Recap: This unit definitely has shortcomings, but it does do its core functionality well. The ultimate test of any purchase is "Would I buy this again?", and the answer is a definite "Yes!"

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    Cons:

    BUY THIS RADIO RIGHT NOW!

    Written by: wetpaperbag from St. Louis, MO on December 18, 2009

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    (Installed in a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport ext cab) I could rant and rant about how perfect this stereo is but, I'm limited to 1500 characters ;)

    This radio is AMAZING. The sound quality is phenomenal with my stock speakers. FM/CD/USB/Aux/Everything.

    The menu is EASY to manipulate. I haven't even looked in the book once!

    Bluetooth is AWESOME! The mic comes with 13 feet of cord, so you can put it anywhere. I centered it over my drivers side door, and everyone tells me they can't even tell that I'm using it! DO NOT buy a radio with the bluetooth mic in the face of the unit if you drive a big truck, TRUST ME.

    I have a Motorola Droid, and it LOVES this headunit. The phone book syncing is flawless, and the calls are perfect. I love how it displays the name of the person calling on the face of the unit, as well as how easy it is to maneuver the phone book.

    The only thing I have to do, however is when I get in the truck, and plug in the USB and the aux, I have to switch to the USB input so that it will start to charge, then over to Aux. Other than that and a lack of remote, this radio is PERFECT! I will from now on ALWAYS be an Alpine and Crutchfield Customer.

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    A good value for a buck

    Written by: Anonymous from Boston, MA on December 17, 2009

    2008 Honda Element EX

    Pros:
    iPod/MP3/AAC/WMA support, Bluetooth, nice look (3 color schemes), ease of install, for a reasonably small price.

    Cons:
    (-) Once the radio is off it is unable to show time;
    (-) iPod controls are weak over iPod cable, especially with iPhone: Once an iPod/iPhone is connected you loose control of the device (iPod only in case of iPhone). You are only able to control next/prev songs in the playlist chosen BEFORE you connect your iPod/iPhone. If you decide you would like to change the playlist or (as I do often) to switch between podcasts, the only option is to disconnect the unit select what you want and connect back - a BIG pain. I ended up using front Aux input for 90% of time and use cable only when I need to charge the iPod/iPhone. What would be better is to add DIRECT MODE as some other units do - allowing iPod control directly.

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    Written by: outlawd94cobra from Stockton,CA on December 4, 2009

    My wife's factory 6disc cd changer in her 2001 Lexus IS300 jammed up on her about 3 years ago. She's not much of an audio guru, but thinking ahead i wanted something in that car that i would love to use if need be. Did a few comparisons with Kenwood, Pioneer, and even Sony, but still kept coming back to the Alpine CDE-103BT. Tell you what, she loves the built in bluetooth, and the clarity of the mids and high's are ridiculous.

    LOVED:
    -USB/iPod ready
    -4 different button color configurations (to blend with the amber/red scheme of the dash)
    -Crystal clear built-in bluetooth
    -EASY SET-UP for pairing to a cell phone. I have a Verizon Moto RizrZ6 and she has an AT&T Blackberry Curve.
    -Folder selection and track selection is super quick compared to other USB ready decks i played with from the department stores. -Price i paid for it was great and Crutchfield included the dash kit i needed for FREE.

    CONS:
    - Does not include remote

    The unit has been in for a week now, and she still thanks me everyday when she gets home from work. Im even contemplating purchasing the same deck to replace my factory unit in a 2001 BMW. I read through the instruction manual, and it says the 103Bt is steering wheel controls compatible, which i need, and although there isn't an included remote, the receiver is remote ready and a universal alpine remote can be purchased for $20.

    Great buy and i would recommend!

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    GEORGIA BOY

    Written by: MIKIE from MINERAL BLUFF, GA on November 26, 2009

    2004 Saturn Ion 1
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    THE BEST DOLLARS I HAVE EVER SPENT!!! BLUETOOTH, TOP NOTCH. THE TUNER, PICKS UP ALL STATIONS AND THEN SOME. THE USB PORT, THE BEST FOR THAT PRICE RANGE. MIC, VERY EASY TO INSTALL. YOU HAVE TO ODER A REMOTE SEPERATE THOUGH!!! YOU CAN PAY MORE FOR KENWOOD, CLARION, AND ECLIPSE; BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO ??? GOD MADE MAN, COLT AND CRUTCHFIELD MADE THEM EQUAL !!!

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    Love it

    Written by: Tom from Broomfield, CO on November 26, 2009

    2005 Toyota Highlander
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    I went in search of a new car stereo primarily to integrate my iPhone and listen to music and podcasts. I've been using this Alpine for a couple of weeks and really love it.

    Installation went very well. The instructions from Crutchfield were spot on. The only part I found dicey was removing the dash around the old stereo. I was thinking there were clips I had to undo with my panel tool, but there weren't -- just pry around and it will pull out (Toyota Highlander).

    I mounted the mic for the bluetooth on the steering column. It seems to work well and was easy to wire to there without it showing.

    I like that there are still buttons to use as presets for radio as I still listen a fair amount. It's easy to navigate through your music too -- but you'll want to read through the manual to get it figured out. Once done, it's quick to find anything.

    Making and receiving calls is a breeze. After you pair your phone, the stereo will pause your music and ring when a call comes in. Press the phone icon to answer, when you hang up, your music resumes where it left off. You can still use the controls on your phone too -- for me the mute is key for listening to conference calls.

    Finally, the sound is fantastic. Even with my stock speakers it really sounds nice. I'm not sure if I'll ever bother with upgrading, but I'm sure with some really good speakers this thing would sound just awesome. This was a fantastic deal for a really nice stereo. I'd highly recommend it!

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    Written by: kc from lugoff, SC on November 24, 2009

    This reciever sounds great! A much needed upgrate for my Tacoma. This deck is LOUD, but sounds crystal clear.
    The reciever does not come with a remote and I could not hook up the steering wheel controls to it. I do not know it there are additional adapters that are needed for the steering wheel controls.

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    Awesome Unit! Highly Recommended!

    Written by: Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on November 6, 2009

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded the speakers and added an amp a few years ago but retained my factory head unit. After the factory unit went out, I decided to replace it with this Alpine. Wow, what a difference it made! I almost forgot what a good sound system sounded like. With the bluetooth sync to my phone, I can crank the tunes and won't worry about missing a call. The call quality with the external mic is awesome. Occasionally I get an echo but for the most part it's a drastic improvement from using a headset or my built-in speakerphone.

    I also can't say enough about the Crutchfield installation kit and instructions. This was by far the easiest installation I've ever done and the finished product looks totally professional!

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    Great receiver, great price, no regrets.

    Written by: David from Phoenix, AZ on October 29, 2009

    1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was very hesitant to purchase an Alpine receiver until I came across this one. I've always liked Alpine products, and I think their quality is second to none, but then you're stuck having to pay an additional $150 for each additional feature that you want, ie Bluetooth, when there are lots of other receivers with everything built-in. Not with this unit. This is a great all-in- one receiver at a great price. (I promise- I am not affiliated with anyone that pays me to endorse their products). :)

    My criteria for a receiver were probably the same as yours:
    1) Sound quality.
    2) Powerful built-in amplifier. (no need for external amp).
    3) iPod friendly / controllable through the receiver. (Lock up the iPod in the glovebox).
    4) Bluetooth built-in.
    5) Simple and elegant faceplate and lights, w/ ability to match display colors to my dashboard. (no disco lights, please). Can change button colors to blue, red, green, or orange. Nice feature.

    This receiver met all of the above criteria, and all for this price.

    No regrets, and I'm very happy with this receiver. Happy hunting!

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    Crystal Clear and Bluetooth too!

    Written by: Matt from Maple Valley, WA on October 25, 2009

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    After becoming spoiled with the bluetooth in our Prius, we wanted to upgrade our 4runner....did not like how with many units you have to purchase the bluetooth separate. This all inclusive Alpine rocks. Love all the tuning that is available. One negative, was looking forward to the four color option...4runner has a green clock and dash...only thing that changes color is the buttons not the digital read out....and the double bummer, when you choose a color other than default blue...they do not dim with the interior lights. All and all, we love it. My last Alpine did not retract the antenna when the CD player or tape was working. When you receive a call or play everything but the radio the antenna stays down. Not sure what the other guy was meaning about AM...I live near a mountain...AM reception is just fine.

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    Written by: Martin from Houston, TX on October 23, 2009

    1998 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio so far. Wish it had an extra set of RCA outputs to run my 4 channel amp and my sub amp from the radio. I had to use the outputs on my high amp to send signals to my sub amp(losing control of the bass adjustment available thru the radio). The front face inputs work well and are convenient. The Bluetooth isn't as clear as I expected but beats picking up a phone to talk. The mike is bigger than I thought as well. Can't beat this radio for the money though. If you spend another hundred dollars or so, you can get one with many more features, but I never used most of them on my old one. Thanks again Crutchfield.

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    Pretty Good

    Written by: Woody from Dallas Ga on October 20, 2009

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    Well the quality of sound is great. But the bluetooth uses an external mic that has to be routed from the back of the receiver. The AM reception is non existant.

    [editors note: The use of an external mic is advantageous for both performance and sound quality of the Bluetooth.]

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    just what i was waiting for

    Written by: Anonymous from Waipahu, HI on October 16, 2009

    1993 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this receiver for the built in bluetooth. Works great. Shows my contacts, missed, dialed and received calls right on the stereo display. Doesn't charge my LG Dare with the USB. iPod is sometimes slow to be recognized. Bought this to replace Alpine CDA-9856. The 9856 wiring harness into the deck is exactly the same as the CDE-103BT, so the install was a snap, no soldering. Overall, exactly what I wanted: bluetooth, iPod, and Alpine quality.

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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 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

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red/Blue/Green/Amber
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    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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