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Alpine CDE-121

CD receiver

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Item #: 500CDE121

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Original Price: $99.99

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Overview

Our take on the Alpine CDE-121

Play and charge your iPod® or iPhone® through this sweet-sounding Alpine CD receiver. Just connect your player to the CDE-121's front-panel USB input, and you can use the rotary controller to search for tunes. And it's no problem if you have a lot of music — Alpine's Percentage Search lets you jump through your list quickly using the radio preset buttons.

Play and charge your iPod® or iPhone® through this sweet-sounding Alpine CD receiver. Just connect your player to the CDE-121's front-panel USB input, and you can use the rotary controller to search for tunes. And it's no problem if you have a lot of music — Alpine's Percentage Search lets you jump through your list quickly using the radio preset buttons.

More ways to play your music
The CDE-121 will play your CDs, plus discs you've loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. You can also load your files on a USB thumb drive and pop it in the front USB input. The front auxiliary input comes in handy for connecting a Dock & Play satellite radio or another portable player.

Adding on
A set of subwoofer preamp outputs provides a convenient connection for an amp & sub combo or a powered sub, and you can use the subwoofer level control to dial in the right amount of bass. Then fine-tune your sound using the adjustable bass and treble controls. One more cool feature — this receiver works with Alpine's Power Pack, a compact box that hooks up easily to your receiver, boosting its power from 18 watts up to a serious 45 watts RMS per channel.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this Alpine.

Installation Note: This receiver's preamp outputs are intended for subwoofers only. This Alpine won't work with wiring harnesses or OEM adapters that require a receiver with preamp outputs.

I've been an alpine fan since day one of doing sound systems. Especially their deck and amps. Great deck for the price. I have 4 alpine decks one per vehicle, from DVD deck to this deck and all is good.

All day 808, Kauai, Hi

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What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Face (attached)
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wiring harness
  • 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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • detachable face with 1-line display
    • wireless remote-ready
    Audio features:
    • built-in iPod control
    • 2-band EQ with selectable bass and treble centerpoints
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel, 2-volt subwoofer preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Alpine CDE-121 Reviews

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    121 Reviews

    Amazing value for price

    Written by: KingKalypso from West Union, IA on October 31, 2015

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    This is an exceptional head unit for the price with the built in amplifier. It may not be the most modern but it does what it's supposed to and the ease of use is amazing. I had this exact head unit stolen and I loved how easy to use and we'll built it was I bought it again instead of upgrading. Extremely impressed, would highly recommend!

    Pros: -Cheap price for a good unit -Multiple inputs -Built in amplifier -Durable

    Cons: -Outdated -No Bluetooth/Smartphone Connectivity

    Alpine cde 121

    Written by: All day 808 from Kauai, Hi on April 8, 2013

    2002 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I've been an alpine fan since day one of doing sound systems. Especially their deck and amps. Great deck for the price. I have 4 alpine decks one per vehicle, from DVD deck to this deck and all is good.

    Pros: Best deck in its class.. /////Alpine #1

    Cons: None.. You find one

    Nice, Inexpensive Upgrade

    Written by: Greg C from Prattville, AL on February 17, 2013

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    For the price, you're not going to get the world and the Alpine CDE-121 does not promise it either. However, what it does promise is an aural experience that is moderately improved over the factory system in your vehicle. After wiring it myself, I was surprised at the quality of the sound I was getting out of the head unit. I could finally hear the single factory speaker in the back door of the Jeep Grand Cherokee I was installing it in and it actually sounded like it had some nice articulation that it just wasn't getting with the original head unit. Even the upgraded Pioneer 6 x9 2-ways in the front doors were sounding better, but sadly, the dash mounted tweeters were now lost in the action. You couldn't hear them that much anyways, even after putting them in there, so I'm probably going to take them out tomorrow. Even the bass and treble controls were a nice change, even though it did take a bit of practice to use them to their fullest. What I was pleasantly surprised by was the clarity even with non-HD radio. Ironically, I could now hear the stations fade in and out, even in the top 90% of reception. One of those tradeoffs they try to mask in the factory radios one could guess. The only negatives I have about the system are that it doesn't work with Android phones, and the fact that the dimmer isn't used. I may wire the dimmer to the unit's lighting to see if that would allow me to use it after I change the rear speakers tomorrow. Test Music: Avalon - Ace Combat Zero

    Pros: No nonsense layout, large buttons, minimal setup time besides wiring, budget minded price.

    Cons: Not as much customization as one would want, no dimmer, Mute doesn't completely mute, buttons might not impress some.

    Good Unit

    Written by: erwin from Austin, TX on February 14, 2013

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Sounds better than stock. Song search is clumsy.

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    Improved my sound a lot, however..

    Written by: Raymond from Cerritos, CA on January 27, 2013

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    If I was just to rate the improvement of sound quality, this thing gets 5 stars. For a unit at this price, this thing is great. But after using it for about a year, there are a few things I'm not too happy about. The blue buttons are always lit and they can get really bright at night. I want to listen to my music with the girlfriend in the car at night but the light ruins the atmosphere when you want to be in the dark. This thing would be perfect if it wasn't for that blaring blue light. Second, the buttons feel cheap. Not saying they are cheap quality but they feel cheap. Another thing that annoys me about this product is the iPod function. If you're like me who has 20+GB of music, it can take a while to get to the song you want. The unit lags a lot when you scroll through artists or albums or whatever. And I mean it lags A LOT. They offer a quick search function but it's still slow and not as convenient as Pioneer's quick search function. (My dad has a Pioneer in his car). Other than that, I'm pretty happy with this product. Never failed on me.

    Pros: Improved sound quality

    Cons: Annoying blue light Lags and can take a while to find the song you want

    should have researched more

    Written by: Chris from Somerdale, nj on January 12, 2013

    1985 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I'm not happy with the below entry level eq settings. Should have researched furtherOnly have 2 makes it seem like it should be in the sub 75 price range. The usb and aux inputs are the good points. Haven't tested the usb yet. Basic button lay out which is good since I drive a stick and the less buttons the better. Not entirely happy, but I'm content for now.

    Pros: Built well, usb and aux inputs, basic and easy layout

    Cons: Poor eq settings, only 2 bands doesn't help when I have a poor speaker layout in a single cab truck. I need high highs and low lows. No included remote.

    Good product

    Written by: themiddleicardi from FL on January 6, 2013

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great product that seems to work very well and have not run into any major issues.

    Pros: Good sound, features, and look.

    Cons: Using the USB feature didn't quite work as I thought it would, but it was not a big deal.

    ALPINE CDE-121

    Written by: AARON from MELBOURNE FL on January 3, 2013

    2003 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Love Alpines quality always have always will!!! Crutchfield to thank you guys for everything!!!

    Pros: Quality and fitment, ease of use

    Cons: none

    CDE-121 Alpine Deck

    Written by: Anonymous from Fort Worth, TX on December 19, 2012

    2002 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great Deck to replace the factory deck. Easy to use with an Ipod or Iphone. Sounds great!

    Pros: Love the USB or AUX front interface, sounds great!

    Cons: Does not include a connection for the steering wheel volume control

    Great Investment!

    Written by: Danny V from Dallas, TX on December 17, 2012

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    Wow what a great purchase! I have a '99 F350 and this was a good match. I researched a bunch of brands and I liked Alpine the best, have a little higher rms and a really good rep. Sound quality is great. Aux and USB input is really convenient. Crutchfield master sheet made install a breeze, just make sure you order correct wiring harness and mounting bracket. All in all great buy for the money!! Alpine Decks all the way!!

    Pros: Exceptional Sound Easy to Use Simple Install Convenient Input/Output Built to last

    Cons: Gets a little hot

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Jack from Palm Beach Gardens, FL on December 13, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Works great. A little complicated for my wife to master but she loves it.

    Pros: Does ipod, disc, etc that updates the old system

    Cons: Had to rewire one time to correct wire color matching, should have read that blue white goes to blue to run amplifier.

    Best Bang for The Buck

    Written by: Dave K from West-Central Ohio on December 2, 2012

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    Over the years I have owned several Alpine uints, but had swiched over to Sony for a while ... needing a new unit I went to one of the box stores to check out the new line up of Sony and was very disappointed in the build quality. They seem to cheaping out. So back to Alpine I go... and just as I remember .. solid build quality ... the controls are straight forward, and the sound is great! The radio has great pull. As far as I am concerned you can't go wrong with this unit. (that is if these are the spec. you want) I love the USB mem. port ... 8 gigs of music you won't hear the same song in three weeks. Also, the ladies and gentlemen at Crutchfield are just the best! They will walk you through every option and help you at every turn. ... Bottom line ... if this unit suites your needs ... buy it.

    Pros: Form follows function ... classic and streamlined ... great sound ... easy to use

    Cons: none so far

    Acceptable

    Written by: Scott from Ga. on November 29, 2012

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I purchased this unit knowing it was a entry level type unit. That is okay because it sounds and feels very well made. There are sub outs located on the back of the unit and I connected an Alpine Power Pack amp to the speaker leads because there are no RCA outputs for speakers. I mainly use the unit with my Android phone using the AUX source and it works well. I also use an ipod touch in the USB mode and it works well too. My only problem has been using the USB mode with a flash drive, the folder tree you must navigate is a bit perplexing, but I'm counting on this to be my fault. Overall I can reccomend this unit to anyone interested in a entry level head unit for their vehicle.

    Pros: Price, build

    Cons: No RCA outputs beside sub.

    Great Item, Great Price!

    Written by: MDR67 from Rochester, NY on November 14, 2012

    1996 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Easy to install, less than 30 minutes! Great Price, nice features, sounds awesome! HUGE improvement over factory gear!

    Pros: Looks great, sounds awesome!

    Cons: A little clumsy to navigate through the settings

    Plays AAC Files

    Written by: Rich from Phoenix on November 5, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I bought this to get AAC playback to replace the basic unit in my wife's car and was limited to single DIN. There was no way I wanted to re-import 20GB of music into iTunes to get everything in mp3 format. I keep classical music on one 16GB micro flash drive and everything else on another drive, and listen to weekly podcasts from a CDRW.

    Pros: AAC playback, CDRW support, USB port on front, good sound, enough power.

    Cons: Terrible user interface - tiny buttons that can't be read while driving. Confusing fast forward and track selection buttons. No brightness control for display so it can't be read in bright light and is too bright at night.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Anonymous from riverside on October 29, 2012

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Overall great sounding and easy to use.

    Pros: Easy to use Looks good Sounds great Cd doesn't skip when you hit bumps

    Cons: None

    CDE-121: bang for the buck

    Written by: JJ from Chesapeake Beach, MD on October 25, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    The CDE-121 really gives bang for the buck. The basic controls are simple to use (no car crashes please) but one can go deeper into detailed settings while parked. The volume knob has a neat rubber grip, and though pressing this knob can lead to other settings, it is not too touchy. The digital display is adequate without being too distracting. The USB player works well - if you've never had one you are really missing out. I'll not be burning / mixing CDs for a while. Radio reception better than the other after market player. Installation in my 2004 Ford Escape was easy. Be sure to ask your Crutchfield advisor about the installation kit (frame & brackets) or wiring adapters. It will save you from frustration.

    Pros: Good value, great features, easy to use, decent sound, has a USB player !!!

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE -121 Car stereo

    Written by: arcamgo from Carson CA. 90745 on October 20, 2012

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

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    Sound quality is superior, nice simple design and well built.

    Pros: Sound quality is great, simple and easy set up, display and color is nice

    Cons: Fm/Am reception is very weak and sensitive even with booster antenna .

    Good value for the money

    Written by: Leo from Dana Point, CA on October 12, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Good value for the price. I was looking for an Alpine unit with rear usb input, but they don' t offer any. I am a fan of the user interface of the new Alpine models. They seem to be very easy to use. This is my fourth Alpine in the last year.

    Pros: Good value, ease of use.

    Cons: No rear usb input, no speaker preamp outs. There is a sub preamp out though.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: mojosail from Hopewell, VA on September 22, 2012

    1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I am by no means a car "media player" expert. The Alpine CDE-121 had the USB and aux. ports on the front, with decent specs. I wanted something other than Kenwood, Pioneer or Sony. No real reason. I am older and sometimes these new fangled de-vices are difficult to learn. After I played with it for a while, the controls seemed to make sense and it became easy to adjust the sound... etc. The build quality looks good and feels solid. One thing that stands out is the improved radio reception over my old unit. "Opened box" stock. Good value.

    Pros: Does what I want at a fair cost.

    Cons: time will tell...

    Alpine head unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Upland, CA on September 19, 2012

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

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    I installed in my wife's car, very user friendly. She loves it so that means I earned brownie points from her. Easy install. I've used Alpine for years and I have yet to be disappointed. Crutchfield delivered ahead of schedule, very cool!!!

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    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Carl from Knoxville, Tn. on September 13, 2012

    1990 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Good deck for the money. Easy to use.

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    Alpine CDE 121

    Written by: Anonymous from Katy, TX on September 5, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great product, great sound, great value. Excellent tech support from Crutchfield. Installed this in my son's car with new Kicker / JBL's, and it sounds great.

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    Great product

    Written by: ian from boston, MA on September 2, 2012

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

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    Great product - performed as advertised. Crutchfield tech support was very helpful with install in 2001 honda civic.

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    Great sound quality

    Written by: Jeff from Petersburg, IN on September 2, 2012

    1997 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    The sound quality of this Alpine couldn't be beat, it looks great and was a huge upgrade. The only thing I wish it had was an iPod by hand control. It can be hard trying to go down the list of playlists, artists, songs, etc. on the little screen. Other than that, great buy!

    Pros: Sound quality, looks, built to last, price

    Cons: hard to choose songs on your iPod

    great head unit for price

    Written by: cm r from portland, or on August 20, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Another great Alpine product....I have an older Alpine head unit in a different vehicle and being familar with the Alpine interface I decided to go with same brand...also a priority was value-based. For the price this is an outstanding value. I would have expected this quality and feature list to sell for 150+ easily. USB port on face is absolutely a dynamite feature. Sound quality is good, although I am only comparing it to crummy oem unit. It also has seperate sub-control, which I plan on adding in the future.

    Pros: Price. Build Quality. USB and 1/8" jack on face! Removable faceplate. Very nice fitment in my Ford van dash.

    Cons: You can change the frequency that the bass/treble primarily actuates, however you can't change each freq. independently.

    basic but effective.

    Written by: leed from columbus, nj on August 20, 2012

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

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    I just wanted a basic unit that had an aux input and basic familiar easy to use radio controls. This was inexpensive, easy to install and does exactly what I wanted. I wanted this to use with an iphone, but I did not want to use the head unit controls to do so. I was just looking for a high quality unit without extra features I was not interested in.

    Pros: inexpensive, easy to figure out without a manual.

    Cons: non identified so far.

    Slipped right intothe standard radio slot.

    Written by: Coastdownhills from Hendersonville, TN on August 17, 2012

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

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    I've had this in my 1996 Honda Accord LX sedan for about a month and it is great. I ordered the installation kit and wiring harness but did not actually need either. This was a replacement for a Pioneer unit that replaced the original so there had been a bit of soldering done already. It was nice and worth the money to have a wiring harness color coded the same as the instructions. Although this unit is rated at 18 watts vs the Pioneers 22 watts, the Alpine is has better volume and clarity that the Pioneer with same speakers. The control layout is terrific. The buttons used most are large, well labeled and intuitively placed. The only minor glitch is in using the unit to play music from my mp3 player in the Aux mode, that is from the mini jack output, the volume is very weak, even with the mp3 player, a Sony NWZ-E354, volume all the way up. Using in the mass storage mode works fine. I have not tried the Iphone/ipod mode. I do have an iphone but don't use it for music. Overall this has been perfect for me

    Pros: Slipped right into the factory slot. Good sound, easy t use. Well marked and intuitive to me controls.

    Cons: Aux via my mp3 player in the mini jack mode has weak sound but I'd never use it that way anyway. The four stars for coolness factor means I don't understand the question.

    Great Deal Sounds better than I expected

    Written by: Aaron from Bentonville,AR on July 28, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Super good unit. Sounds 5 times better than my factory F250 super duty unit. The install kit is great too. Looks clean and professional.

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    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Donn from Clayton,nc on July 20, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Everything is great about this product, the install was easy, no problems.

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    I like it!

    Written by: Mark S. from Wichita, Ks. on July 16, 2012

    1992 Buick Regal
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    The first unit I got was defective, but the folks at Crutchfield fixed me up quickly with a replacement unit, and it works geat!

    Pros: Easy to use, great sound! Great instructions that were clear and easy to follow.

    Cons: I wish the clock would stay on even when the unit is off.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Anonymous from Talbott, TN on July 2, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Good unit for the price. Would purchase again if needed too.

    Pros: Easy instructions used to install. Great unit for the price.

    Cons: USB difficult to use with android. When using usb cannot use pandora. Also not able to pick a song just random selection all the time.

    Great radio

    Written by: Michael C from Greenbrier,TN on June 7, 2012

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

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    Everything I wanted, love the ipod feature

    Pros: Simple design and simple to use, crisp clean sound

    Cons: none

    Satisfied and just what I wanted

    Written by: Raymond Cho from Cerritos, CA on June 6, 2012

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

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    I installed this baby yesterday on my 2001 Honda Civic. Took me a few hours though because I'm very ignorant about this kind of stuff. The in-dash kit was a nightmare to work with because it came with unnecessary parts with no instructions on what to do with them and stripping and crimping the wires together was all new to me but that's for another review. The receiver installation was pretty easy. Learned how to crimp wires yesterday. The instructions are kinda vague but they work. The Alpine CDE-121 definitely improved the sound of my system. All four speakers plus two tweeters in my car are stock and this head unit definitely made it sound so much better. And I thought the stock head unit didn't sound to bad. There is definitely more clarity in my music. It sounds more "full". It offers a lot of bass but my speakers just can't handle that much. (i guess I'll have to add a sub later on). And the best thing is that it doesn't hurt to crank up the volume. I've only used the iPod and CD function and they're both great. I sadly forgot to plug in the antenna so I can't listen to the radio for now lol All in all, I'm very happy with the product. My dad had a Pioneer head in his car and I really liked it but I wanted to give Alpine a try since Pioneer and Alpine are very well-known and liked brands and I have to say, sound quality wise, Alpine wins.

    Pros: Huge improvement in sound quality with stock speakers Relatively cheap USB, AUX, CD, and AM/FM It's an Alpine

    Cons: Searching for songs on an iPod through the receiver can take a while if you, like me, have 20+GB of songs

    Basically Good!

    Written by: Anonymous from BC on May 14, 2012

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    I had a CDE-100 for a couple of weeks before upgrading to this. This deck offers a lot more features for not much more money. The biggest improvement is the USB search function, which the CDE-100 frustrated me to death. The sound quality is an improvement as well. I found the bass and treble frequency tuning useful, although preset EQ mode is missing. Now the negatives. The RCA output is for subwoofer only and cannot be turned off like the higher models. This means the output is always mono. This is not great for people looking to install an amp for running stereo full range front speakers. Another negative is that the tag display line is limited to about 15 characters even with scrolling turned on. Long song titles are cut off at its knees. More curious is that the CDE-100, a cheaper model, supports tag display line up to 30 characters. Come on, Alpine!

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    Great

    Written by: Tziva from Los Angeles on May 9, 2012

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

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    Really great stereo for price - exactly what I wanted. USB port makes listening to all my mp3s easy without an ipod.

    Pros: Works great, all the features I want, reasonable price, easy to use, setting the clock is intuitive (my last one was a nightmare).

    Cons: The USB support is limited to 100 folders, and each folder can contain no more than 100 songs. It doesn't matter how big your thumb drive is, so you'll have to split up your collection into several if you have more than this.

    Very Nice!

    Written by: nicky from Lowell, MA on May 8, 2012

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

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    Sounds great even with factory speakers. Love the versatility of the AUX USB port. Memory sticks and iPhone make the CD drive almost unnecessary, but the CD drive does sound great too.

    Pros: Easy to use, USB port, great search functionality when used with flash drives/iPhones.

    Cons: None

    All I can say is WOW!!

    Written by: Dave B from Tallahassee, FL on May 4, 2012

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

    Wanted to replace my factory 2006 F150 radio and speakers. First off, CRUTCHFIELD is TOP NOTCH.... This was my frist purchase and it was by far the best company that I have ever dealt with. I originally purchased another brand but after installing it, the buttons were all over the place and wasn't happy so one call to Customer Service and I sent it back and got this Alpine. This was the 2nd to the bottom of the Alpine line but was way better than the middle of the road from another brand. It doesn't get any better than Alpine. The sound was awesome and the functions are a lot easier to use as well. That's exactly what I was after. Crutchfield, don't change a thing!!!! I have to give a thanks to teh Technical Support as well, they were awesome as well. Thanks Crutchfield for an awesome first purchase.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Build Quality, easy to use buttons and the Loud Button is cool and it actually does change the sound quality when you switch it.

    Cons: Only thing I miss is the Alpine Green buttons. Mine is Blue/Red..... If this is actually a con.......

    Good quality

    Written by: Alex M from W.P.B. Florida on April 29, 2012

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

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

    As always you can not expect cheap labor from Alpine

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons:

    Alpine-CDE-121

    Written by: Lowell L. from Ohio on April 16, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good unit

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: A little vague on installation instructions. A missing five mm screw on rear of unit and the proper adapter to fit 99 Miata correctly. I engineered my way around this and the unit is mounted securely.

    Awesome Sounds

    Written by: Mark S from Waimea, Kauai on April 8, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've always wanted an Alpine receiver, I ordered this one and it was shipped super fast through UPS. I installed it myself and the toughest part was taking the dash apart in my 2003 Dodge Dakota. Once I had the wiring done and everything was back in place I turned the receiver and it was awesome, the sound was great even with stock speakers. I just couldn't believe the difference in sound with another stereo. Now I'm researching speakers for the doors, I'm sure it'll be even better once I've changed them out. :))

    Pros: Easy install, easy wiring diagram.

    Cons: Once the i-pod is connected you have to control it through the stereo and not the device.

    Nice tuner

    Written by: John from Perry Hall, MD on April 2, 2012

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

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

    Inexpensive and easy to install. I hardly needed any of the instructions to program and use it. Bought and installed it for my daughter on her birthday and she loves it.

    Pros: ipod, plug and play. Easy installation and use.

    Cons:

    Ford Ranger

    Written by: DarrinW from Vassalborro, ME on April 1, 2012

    1997 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent Unit. Easy Controls. Great Sound improvement. Very easy to install in my 97 Ranger. Love the ipod controls on the unit. You will need a jailbroken ipod to retain controls on the ipod via USB plugin however.

    Pros: Ipod plug and play, sound quality, ease of use and install.

    Cons: Control via ipod screen lost unless jailbroken.

    Good Unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on March 29, 2012

    1995 Mercedes-Benz E320
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Just awesome for the dollar. Great sound, all the inputs I wanted. Easy install with adapters supplied. Thanks, Lefty in tech support for the one tip I needed. Please note this is not an audiophile install, but into an older Mercedes with a decent stock setup, but old, cassette-only head unit.

    Pros: Just awesome for the dollar. Great sound, all the inputs I wanted. Easy install with adapters supplied.

    Cons: Could wish for more lighting color choices, with dimmer support.

    Great Replacement with iPod interface

    Written by: Jared from College Station, TX on March 27, 2012

    2005 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a perfect unit to replace a basic stock head unit. This is replacing a broken stock head unit in my wife's minivan using the wiring harness purchased from Crutchfield. There are not any external amplifiers or other devices besides speakers in the system. The iPod control works perfectly and seamlessly and keeps my wife's iPhone 4s charged. Using the Motion X GPS drive app to navigate with her phone playing music I noticed that the music fades out, then voice guidance was given, finally your music fades back in. The volume of the voice navigation was also the same level of the music. I did not have to adjust the volume between music and nav. That was awesome. It was very smooth. My wife told me she would always have to turn her old radio off when using her navigation. The iPod controls are basic with options such as mix (shuffle) albums or mix all songs. Searching for a specific song could be a little cumbersome while driving. The CD player has not and probably won't be used. I imagine it works just fine. The tuner is a basic tuner setup and works like any other. It does not have all the advanced features and multi-input/output interfaces to line out with amps and so forth. That is fine for what this head unit is being asked to do. Great job to Alpine for offering a value head unit with iPod control.

    Pros: iPod Control Perfect voice guidance and music interface with Motion X Gps drive navigation (haven't used any other navigation apps with this unit) Supplied iPod cord is long enough to reach from center console of a Chrysler minivan to drivers left side windshield mount to keep charging iPhone 4s during navigation and music. Simple operation Alpine blue just looks cool

    Cons: Big one for me is the clock. It only displays the clock in certain modes. It should scroll song titles then go back to the clock. The only other cons are feature dependent. Either this unit has the feature you want or it doesn't. Everything functions as advertised.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: kdawg from homosassa fl. on March 21, 2012

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    i am extremely happy with the alpine cde-121. mostly sound quality and ease of use. some units go through to many steps to access controls. the cde-121 is very user friendly. next is speaker upgrade.

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    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Sharon from Shepherdsville, KY on March 18, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to install and sounds great. Looks nice in the dash. I'm not very tech savvy and I can work it.

    Pros: Easy install in a 2004 Ford Sport Trac and user friendly.

    Cons: None for me, it does what I want it to.

    great product

    Written by: wis from hazleton pa on March 17, 2012

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

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

    good price and quick shipping easy to install on a 04 honda ody

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    Cons:

    lot of bang for the buck

    Written by: Jay J from Munford, AL on March 15, 2012

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

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

    Nice upgrade from the factory stereo. Great price, fast delivery. Easy install in my 2002 Tacoma. Very pleased.

    Pros: Aux Jack, USB input, subwoofer output and subwoofer controls. Very intuitive adjustments across the frequencies. You can really dial in your sound.

    Cons: The small buttons are aggravating at first.

    Buyer Be Ware

    Written by: M from Houston, TX on March 15, 2012

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

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

    The sounds is great, but be ware when you connect an iPod to it you will lose the controls on the iPod, iPhone, or iPad and be forced to use the convoluted controls on the Alpine. IF you have an iPod Touch or iPhone you can jail break it and install noaccsplash on the phone or ipod (again ipod touch only) and get rid of this annoying feature. I just don't understand why in the world Alpine would take your controls away, it seams much easier for the passenger to sit back with the iPod connected and flip through the songs rather than being hunched in over the dash forced to use smaller buttons just to put the Alpine logo on the screen of your iPod. Totally disappointed, will probably sell this off and buy something else or I guess I could always use the Aux port and just not use the iPod cable.

    Pros: Excellent Sound Crutchfield support for the install

    Cons: Didn't need antenna piece (it didn't even fit) iPod controls are completely disappointing Instructions for the install kit were horrible

    Alpine CDE-121 review

    Written by: Doug from Chandler, AZ on March 7, 2012

    1998 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Perfect form my 1998 BMW Z3. Instructions need to be updated.

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    Cons:

    Awesome receiver

    Written by: VB128 from Virginia Beach on March 3, 2012

    2003 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This receiver sounds great and is very easy to use. I would recommend it if you are looking for a basic unit to replace your stock receiver for better sound quality. Although, one thing to be aware of is that when it is off, there is no backlighting or time display.

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    Cons:

    Perfect in every way

    Written by: BHBIV52 from Germantown, MD on February 27, 2012

    1995 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this for my daily driver and it makes the alpine speakers I recently put in sound GREAT!!!

    Pros: lots of sound options great sound quality perfect for my needs/wants

    Cons: not many equalizer options to change mid-range settings.

    BANG FOR MY BUCK IN MY BUICK

    Written by: matt from bryson city NC on February 23, 2012

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

    absolutely love the new receiver made me realize i need to now replace factory speakers. power was more than i imagined. definately happy with crutchfield products!!!

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    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Anonymous from West Covina, CA on February 14, 2012

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

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

    A+

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    Cons:

    Great for the $

    Written by: Brandon9057 from Moscow, ID on February 11, 2012

    1996 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great for the price. Installed it in my girlfriends '96 4runner, fit very nicely with the kit from Crutchfield. The controls are pretty simple, so navigating through the ipod isn't as easy as the more expensive models with better displays. But she just wants to hear music, nothing special, so the deck was great for her needs. Installed the deck and pair of 6 1/2 speakers for $175, not bad at all. Had a question during the install, called customer service and had the problem squared away within 10 seconds.

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    great for price!

    Written by: Jason H from Paw Paw, MI on February 5, 2012

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

    i wanted a new radio in my truck, but didn't want some cheap piece of garbage. in my mind i decided to sacrifice features for quality, which is why i went with a cheaper Alpine model. when i found this i was very surprised at how much i could get! tons of features, low price, Alpine build quality, Crutchfield customer support :)

    Pros: mixes well with other colors of my truck interior, USB Port works with flash drive it is easy to maneuver through menus on USB drive, iPod connectivity through USB or AUX slot it can charge my Android phone through USB while i listen to Pandora through AUX much stronger radio signal than stock radio had sounds great super clear audio easy to install

    Cons: volume knob is a little flat, its only awkward in gloves is too many sound options a con? lol

    Alpinr CD121

    Written by: Peter k from East Hampton, Ct on February 3, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a very nice unit for the money. Its very easy to use and the sound quality is excellent. Its a nice basic unit for your everyday driver that looks like a stock radio when installed in the car. We all now that thieves aren't going to waste their time on a stock radio (Provided you don't put all those stickers for the mfg on your rear window as a table of contents). Crutchfields is great! They took care of all my issues and answered all my questions simply and cheerfully. Any returns I had they paid for. Whats not to like.

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    Cons:

    Awesome Stereo

    Written by: V from Sumter, SC on January 31, 2012

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

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

    Excellent Stereo, easy to install, easy to use. No complicated menus to adjust bass, treble, fade, etc. Just click the big button and it walks you through each adjustment

    Pros:

    Cons: No Cons!

    Great design and quality

    Written by: Anonymous from Boston, MA on January 30, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sound quality and a simple, intuitive user interface for a reasonable price = exactly what I was looking for.

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    nice

    Written by: roland from pompton nj on January 27, 2012

    1999 Pontiac Bonneville
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    this headunit is easy to use simple bass treble and volume settings good for a simple sound system with a sub istall took 3 mins and no hassel

    Pros: ease of use, sound quality, volume

    Cons: not anything wrong with it just rather simple

    Great product.Great service

    Written by: zoso from Carmel,NY on January 26, 2012

    2004 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this unit in my daughters car.The radio sounds and looks great.The operation of the unit is easy and has all the "must"features.As always Crutchfield was there for any support needed.Outstanding radio for the price i paid.Wish i had the support from Crutchfield in the 1970's when i was installing 8 tracks in my cars.

    Pros: Great sound and easy hands on controls.Good display and love the ipod aux plug.

    Cons: none

    CDE-121 Impressive

    Written by: Cyberwiz64 from South Florida on January 25, 2012

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this to replace the factory radio in my 2001 Ford SportTrac. This turned out to be a major upgrade over all. The instructions were fairly easy. I called support and they quickly answered my question. The sound is better all around. It is deeper, cleaner, crisper etc. I am seeing how bad the factory speakers are.

    Pros: Looks great but sounds better.

    Cons:

    Great Replacement & Present for Boyfriend

    Written by: BarbaraDK from Ann Arbor, MI on January 25, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this radio for my boyfriend's fifteen year old Mighty Saturn. The radio finally wore out! This was a reasonably priced unit that works great, has wonderful sound with existing features. The big plus is the ease of use with the display and ability to work with the Apple Shuffle, Ipod and Iphone. Very cool that the display will show what you're listening too and allows you to control your Apple device from the radio and not the device. So easy to install!

    Pros: See my review!

    Cons: None!

    Good for the price

    Written by: John from Florence, AL on January 25, 2012

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

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

    The unit sounds good and works well, the sound is much better than the factory unit.

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    Nice looks!

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on January 24, 2012

    2004 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great improvement over stock Vibe radio. Like that both USB and aux are there. Doesn't have but doesn't need dimming at night. Looks much nicer than stock, fits right in.

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    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Dan from Missouri on January 24, 2012

    1997 Mazda B2300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good sounding, good quality

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    ////Alpine = beast

    Written by: cobster from Sargent ne on January 23, 2012

    1990 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    ///Alpine always makes high quality stuff this is no exeption worth the money.

    Pros: Every thing

    Cons: None

    TERRIFIC

    Written by: Jan Alter from Elkins Park, PA on January 19, 2012

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

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

    I got this for a 2002 Camry for the benefit of using a flash drive and being able to plug in a Sansa or Itouch. I am delighted with the results. Controls are quickly intuitive and straight forward. I like how pushing the big round button will turn it on. Tuner sensitivity is excellent and the sound is marvelous. I'd never had an Alpine before but appreciate the design and quality

    Pros: Turning on is easy. The logical push button movement from one area to another makes sound adjustment relatively easy.

    Cons: Movement from folder to folder on the USB device takes some getting used to. I probably have to read the manual again to completely understand the filing movement structure.

    great

    Written by: vernon d from panama city, fl on January 17, 2012

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

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

    top quality equipment for a reasonable price

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Chris M from Lexington KY on January 17, 2012

    1991 Honda CRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice unit; nice price.

    Pros: Works well, lots of features

    Cons: Not most intuitive controls, but that certainly isn't unique to this unit. Sure, I can find my way around the radio functions if I'm sitting still, but buttons are quite small & kinda hard to find while driving. Again, that seems to be the prevailing design of all aftermarket units on the market today.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Kyle from Wisconsin on January 11, 2012

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This head unit works and looks great definitely a good choice for the money.

    Pros: This product looks great

    Cons: Low wattage, lacks bass

    Cheap, but basic.

    Written by: Mike from CA on December 30, 2011

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

    All in all, the low RMS wattage and lack of sensible iPod functionality is a bit of a deal breaker for me. I'll probably end up returning the head unit. However, for a replacement from a stock head unit, this unit is an amazing upgrade.

    Pros: Definitely a nice headunit; I'm a fan of Alpine products, they're always well made, reliable, and good quality. This headunit is sleek and very functional; has a front AUX and USB port, sports full EQ options and subwoofer adjustability, as well as a detachable faceplate and CD player. The USB port can be used for iPods/iPhones, or a regular USB flash drive.

    Cons: Controls aren't very intuitive, and can be difficult to see/navigate with in the dark. My main gripe is the iPod navigation; the head unit forces you to browse your iPod via its own interface instead of letting you browse on the iPod directly. This is a major nuisance as you have to scroll through thousands of songs by hand, and it doesn't save your location when you search.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: JohnC from Salisbury, NC on December 28, 2011

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

    What else is there to say? If you just want a killer deck that plays radio, CD/MP3/WMA/AAC, and iPod control, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better deck for the money. And if you try out the rest, I think you'll find that controlling the iPod is easier on the Alpine than any other brand. What are you waiting for?

    Pros: iPod connectivity is just... awesome. The sound is phenomenal, SO easy to use... lots of features, but not so complicated you have to be a programmer to set it up properly. It looks freakin' cool too... with the red glow at night, and the blue LCD, really nice. Just an awesome deck.

    Cons: I haven't really found anything yet that I don't love about it. It doesn't have satellite, and HD, and blah blah blah, but I didn't want those things or I'd have bought a deck for that. I wanted iPod connectivity, and this deck handles that beautifully. I guess it would have been nice if the remote came with it instead of separately... kinda nice to have a remote attached to the steering wheel, but that's just nitpicking. Really not a necessity.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: JamesO from East Point, KY on December 27, 2011

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

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

    Christmas gift for son and project for both of us. It replaced the OEM "radio only" in a 2001 Silverado so it was shocking, even with factory "blown" speakers. Once we got the new speakers installed "WOW!". The Ipod (cable included was a real plus) and the CD rock. The Crutchfield installation gear was GREAT, had all adapters, and instructions included. Shipping and condition of package was spot on. 1st time doing business with Cruthfield, Very Pleased!

    Pros: Ease of installation and operation.

    Cons: No complaints.

    Great replacement

    Written by: Michael100 from Decatur Alabama on December 26, 2011

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

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

    Decided to replace my 15 year-old OEM radio (It had a cassette deck!!) with this unit. Exceeds all my expectations. Radio reception is great and am able to pull in stations that I never could get before. CD and ipod sound is awesome. Very pleased with Crutchfield. Delivery was very fast (2 days). Installation instructions were also very good especially considering that car is so old (1998 mercury mystique).

    Pros: Great sound, ipod/iphone interface with cables supplied. Very reasonably priced and supplied connectors and DIN removal tools make installation simple.

    Cons: Nothing

    Alpine CDE 121

    Written by: ArtR from Tn on November 22, 2011

    1995 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This was a replacement for a OEM Radio. The ease of use and sound quality was more than expected. A big tip of the hat to Crutchfield for the free items that made this a quick and easy install.

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    Alpine cde 121

    Written by: shadowguy from New York on November 17, 2011

    2003 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My factory radio had static, clarity was an issue, and when you turned up the volume, more bad sound. I asked a radio shop how much and they wanted about $150 for installation. Crutchfields instructions made it pretty easy. This was my first time and it came out great. The Alpine unit is about 1000times better than my factory unit.

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    Great receiver, outstanding value

    Written by: BillR from Tucson, AZ on November 15, 2011

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

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

    I wanted a iPod-ready receiver, and this model filled the bill perfectly. Easy to install and its reception doubled the number of FM and AM stations I was able to pick up. Priced right, especially when you take into account the free installation materials. As usual Crutchfield provided excellent installation instructions, so I saved the cost of installation.

    Pros: --Ease of installation --Sound quality --iPod adaptability --Sharp appearance

    Cons: --Text a bit larger than necessary. Would prefer smaller font to permit display of more information.

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: chip from Richmond, VA on November 10, 2011

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Fairly simple to operate, great sound quality and nice Ipod features. Highly recommended!

    Pros: Bang for your buck, Ipod capability, Ipod cable included

    Cons: Ipod hook up only on front

    #1 for budget minded.

    Written by: John B from New Jersey on November 3, 2011

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    excellent..highley recommended!!!

    Pros: i can rock my ipod!

    Cons: nothing

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Greg_Cox78 from Springfield, VA on November 2, 2011

    2002 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Just a great player for a very low price.

    Pros: Love the sound, ability to play music from IPOD or thumb drive. It offers lots of options to listen to my music.

    Cons:

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Neal F from NC on October 30, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great radio. The sound is clear and I like the USB and the stereo mini plug, both on the front of the unit. I have bought several Alpine car radios and they all perform great. The best thing about this radio though is buying it from Crutchfield. They sent all the stuff I needed to install it in my car, (BMW 1998 528i) Bmw has a weird setup and the Crutchfield instructions were great. I did run into a problem trying to figure out the wiring harness and a quick (5 minutes or less) call to tech support answered all my questions and the operator even told me a couple of things I would need to do that I hadn't asked about. The radio worked perfectly as soon as I turned the key on. Nice job guys!

    Pros: Love Alpine radios!

    Cons:

    What a bang for the buck

    Written by: ETC from Bloomington, MN on October 28, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I needed a replacement radio for my Sentra with the 7 speaker system and didn't have tons off money to do the repair. Being an "ex" musician I have found that I am usually not impressed with the cheaper items and normally get what you pay for. Well here is an example of a lot of bank for the buck. Plus its really easy to use. My kids will say I am not a high techno type of person but even I could figure out this stereo with out looking at the manual. Everything is exactly where it seems it should be!!! The fact I bought this and received everything I needed to install it free with the purchase was a bonus too.

    Pros: Easy controls and larger primary buttons sound control is easy

    Cons: Nothing at this point

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: Abdullah from Bay Area, CA on October 24, 2011

    1997 Acura Integra GSR
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    The Alpine is easy to use, easy to install, and sounds good. Its worth the price and a great upgrade from the factory unit.

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    Robust Head Unit

    Written by: Mark from Southeast US on October 20, 2011

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

    I got this head unit for two reasons. First I badly needed an amp and the powerpack seemed like a perfect fit for what I was looking for. The other reason came about because my previous head unit had a CD drive that couldn't play past the first track. The ability to play my I-Pod through a USB connection directly into the head unit also made it a solid buy. Granted I don't know how this unit performs without the Powerpack but so far with it the performance has been nothing short of amazing. At first I had some problems with the EQ and was a little surprised that there was no option to adjust the mids but the defeat option which turns off the EQ gave me the perfect full range sound I was looking for so that made the EQ settings a moot point. There is a small learning curve but it's pretty easy to navigate your ipod through the head unit so long as you have your playlist in order. I really wish though that I didn't have to manually turn on the shuffle option everytime I selected a new playlist. All in all the compatibility with the power pack alone made this head unit worth the price tag. The extra features though like I-Pod USB compatibility have also made me happy with my purchase.

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    Bang for the buck

    Written by: DW1951 from san clemente, ca on October 9, 2011

    1994 Mazda Miata
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    Bought this to replace a 10 year old kenwood head unit. Sound quality is good. iPod interface is easy enough to navigate. Good build quality and looks awesome. No negatives as of yet.

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    The Best 100 Bucks I've Spent in a While

    Written by: Mechanik1 from Kyle, Texas on September 29, 2011

    1985 Chevrolet Corvette
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    I wanted to replace an outdated Kenwood deck in my 85 Corvette and eliminate the factory Bose system. I bought this head unit and a pair of inexpensive alpine 6 x 9s and my Vette is rockin! I plug my iPhone directly into the USB port (with supplied cable), hit shuffle all and it is like having the best station in the world. The volume even lowers when the voice on the GPS has something to say.

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    Alpine CDE-121

    Written by: DaleW from Highland Home Al. on September 27, 2011

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
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    ordered the receiver and it arrived free shipping within 2 days.works great, installs with the kit and wiring harness in 30 mins.the sound is fantastic and i still have the factory speakers no flashing lights to have to look at while night driving.this is the best receiver i have yet to purchass and i have installed plenty in my time

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    Excellent unit at this price point

    Written by: RRF from Marion, NC on September 25, 2011

    2010 Toyota Tacoma
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    I replaced the factory unit in my 2010 Toyota Tacoma with the CDE121. I'd say that it's exactly what I wanted and really has about as many bells and whistles as I can use. The only thing that seems to be a bit sub par is the eq control. It has this weird system where you set the middle frequency for your preferred treble and bass and then tell it how much band width you want to have boosted around that central frequency. I've got a lot of tinkering to do to get it where I want it but it seems to me that they could have done something differently with this particular feature. That said, it sounds great even with my factory speakers and I can actually hear my iPod now. I'm happy with the choice.

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    More than I expected - Controls Android Phones

    Written by: Brandon from Texas on September 23, 2011