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Alpine CDE-121

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Our take on the Alpine CDE-121

by Zak Billmeier
Alpine

Why replace your factory radio?

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

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.

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:
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red/Blue
    EQ Bands
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    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch
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    Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • 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

    Our Product Research Team

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control (optional)

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Alpine CDE-121 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 (32-192 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. ID3 tags (v1, v2) and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3/WMA tag data can be displayed. 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: You can only play back non-copy protected MP3/WMA/AAC files.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's front-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod dock-connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the CDE-121.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The Alpine CDE-121 supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the Alpine head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.

    iPod/iPhone Control: Once your iPod/iPhone is connected, you get convenient control of your iPod/iPhone from the head unit. Your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked.

    • Music Browsing: The Alpine CDE-121 lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search these categories alphabetically. For especially big music libraries, the 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).
    • Shuffle: The head unit offers three Shuffle (Random) playback functions:
      • Shuffle Albums: songs in each album are played back in proper order; upon completion of all the songs in the album, the next album is selected randomly
      • Shuffle Songs: randomly plays back songs within a selected category (playlist, artist, album, song, genre, composer.)
      • Shuffle All: plays all songs on your iPod/iPhone randomly
    • Repeat: A single song can be repeatedly played back.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-121 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y N
    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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit: such as a portable MP3 player. 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.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play 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 8-320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 32-192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16-320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to a maximum of 255 folders and a maximum 509 files can be read from one disc. ID3 tags (v1, v2) and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3/WMA 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.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-121 offers Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Repeat Play (repeats playback of current track/file), Folder Repeat (repeats only files in current folder).
    • Random: Random Play (all tracks/files on disc are played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are played back in random order).

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

    Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-121 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    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 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels

    Bass & Treble: Bass & Treble settings provide control over your car audio system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes.

    • Bass Control:
      • Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 200Hz
      • Bass Band Width: 1 (narrow) - 4 (wide)
      • Bass Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • Treble Control:
      • Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
      • Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)

    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. There are three loudness settings (1, 2, & Off).

    Subwoofer Preamp Output: The unit is equipped with a non-fading subwoofer preamp output with subwoofer level control. You can select from two types of subwoofer level control.

    • 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.

    Note: The unit's subwoofer preamp output is full-range and does not have a low-pass filter. You will need to use your connected amplifier's low-pass filter.

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

    Interrupt Feature: Although the supplied wiring harness contains the pink/black Interrupt lead, it is not used in this unit. This radio does not have the audio interrupt feature.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-121 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

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

    Local/Distance Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned.

    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.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    1-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 1-Line white-backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations, CD-Text, and ID-3/WMA tag information.

    Text Display: Text information, such as the disc name and the track name, will be displayed if playing a CD text compatible disc. It is also possible to display the folder name, the file name, and the tag information, while playing a MP3/WMA/AAC disc.

    Text Scroll: This unit can scroll the disc and track names recorded on CD-Text disc, as well as the text information of MP3/WMA/AAC files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.

    • Auto: The CD text information, the information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically.
    • Manual: The display is scrolled when a disc is loaded or when a track is changed.

    Dimmer: Although the supplied wiring harness includes the orange illumination wire, it is not used. There is no display dimming feature on this unit.

    Remote Control (optional)

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-121 is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine cde 121

    Written By All day 808, Kauai, Hi on Monday, April 08, 2013
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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
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    3 out of 5

    Nice, Inexpensive Upgrade

    Written By Greg C, Prattville, AL on Sunday, February 17, 2013
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Unit

    Written By erwin, Austin, TX on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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    Sounds better than stock. Song search is clumsy.
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    4 out of 5

    Improved my sound a lot, however..

    Written By Raymond, Cerritos, CA on Sunday, January 27, 2013
     
    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
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    3 out of 5

    should have researched more

    Written By Chris, Somerdale, nj on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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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.
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    4 out of 5

    Good product

    Written By themiddleicardi, FL on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    ALPINE CDE-121

    Written By AARON, MELBOURNE FL on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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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
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    4 out of 5

    CDE-121 Alpine Deck

    Written By Anonymous, Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Great Investment!

    Written By Danny V, Dallas, TX on Monday, December 17, 2012
     
    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
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Jack, Palm Beach Gardens, FL on Thursday, December 13, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Bang for The Buck

    Written By Dave K, West-Central Ohio on Sunday, December 02, 2012
     
    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
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    4 out of 5

    Acceptable

    Written By Scott, Ga. on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Item, Great Price!

    Written By MDR67, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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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
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    4 out of 5

    Plays AAC Files

    Written By Rich, Phoenix on Monday, November 05, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Anonymous, riverside on Monday, October 29, 2012
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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
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    CDE-121: bang for the buck

    Written By JJ, Chesapeake Beach, MD on Thursday, October 25, 2012
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE -121 Car stereo

    Written By arcamgo, Carson CA. 90745 on Saturday, October 20, 2012
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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 .
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    4 out of 5

    Good value for the money

    Written By Leo, Dana Point, CA on Friday, October 12, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By mojosail, Hopewell, VA on Saturday, September 22, 2012
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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...
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine head unit

    Written By Anonymous, Upland, CA on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Carl, Knoxville, Tn. on Thursday, September 13, 2012
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    Good deck for the money. Easy to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE 121

    Written By Anonymous, Katy, TX on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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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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    4 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By ian, boston, MA on Sunday, September 02, 2012
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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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    4 out of 5

    Great sound quality

    Written By Jeff, Petersburg, IN on Sunday, September 02, 2012
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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
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    5 out of 5

    great head unit for price

    Written By cm r, portland, or on Monday, August 20, 2012
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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.
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    4 out of 5

    basic but effective.

    Written By leed, columbus, nj on Monday, August 20, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Slipped right intothe standard radio slot.

    Written By Coastdownhills, Hendersonville, TN on Friday, August 17, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deal Sounds better than I expected

    Written By Aaron, Bentonville,AR on Saturday, July 28, 2012
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Donn, Clayton,nc on Friday, July 20, 2012
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    Everything is great about this product, the install was easy, no problems.
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    5 out of 5

    I like it!

    Written By Mark S., Wichita, Ks. on Monday, July 16, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Anonymous, Talbott, TN on Monday, July 02, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Michael C, Greenbrier,TN on Thursday, June 07, 2012
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    Everything I wanted, love the ipod feature
    Pros:
    Simple design and simple to use, crisp clean sound
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Satisfied and just what I wanted

    Written By Raymond Cho, Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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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
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    3 out of 5

    Basically Good!

    Written By Anonymous, BC on Monday, May 14, 2012
     
    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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    4 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Tziva, Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice!

    Written By nicky, Lowell, MA on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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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
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    5 out of 5

    All I can say is WOW!!

    Written By Dave B, Tallahassee, FL on Friday, May 04, 2012
     
    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.......
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    5 out of 5

    Good quality

    Written By Alex M, W.P.B. Florida on Sunday, April 29, 2012
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    As always you can not expect cheap labor from Alpine
    Pros:
    Good sound
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine-CDE-121

    Written By Lowell L., Ohio on Monday, April 16, 2012
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome Sounds

    Written By Mark S, Waimea, Kauai on Sunday, April 08, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice tuner

    Written By John, Perry Hall, MD on Monday, April 02, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Ford Ranger

    Written By DarrinW, Vassalborro, ME on Sunday, April 01, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Replacement with iPod interface

    Written By Jared, College Station, TX on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By kdawg, homosassa fl. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Sharon, Shepherdsville, KY on Sunday, March 18, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By wis, hazleton pa on Saturday, March 17, 2012
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    good price and quick shipping easy to install on a 04 honda ody

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    5 out of 5

    lot of bang for the buck

    Written By Jay J, Munford, AL on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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    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.
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    1 out of 5

    Buyer Be Ware

    Written By M, Houston, TX on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121 review

    Written By Doug, Chandler, AZ on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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    Perfect form my 1998 BMW Z3. Instructions need to be updated.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome receiver

    Written By VB128, Virginia Beach on Saturday, March 03, 2012
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Perfect in every way

    Written By BHBIV52, Germantown, MD on Monday, February 27, 2012
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    BANG FOR MY BUCK IN MY BUICK

    Written By matt, bryson city NC on Thursday, February 23, 2012
     
    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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-121

    Written By Anonymous, West Covina, CA on Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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    A+
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    5 out of 5

    Great for the $

    Written By Brandon9057, Moscow, ID on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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    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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    5 out of 5

    great for price!

    Written By Jason H, Paw Paw, MI on Sunday, February 05, 2012
     
    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
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    5 out of 5

    Alpinr CD121

    Written By Peter k, East Hampton, Ct on Friday, February 03, 2012
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By V, Sumter, SC on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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    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
    Cons:
    No Cons!
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    5 out of 5

    Great design and quality

    Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Monday, January 30, 2012
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    Great sound quality and a simple, intuitive user interface for a reasonable price = exactly what I was looking for.
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    5 out of 5

    nice

    Written By roland, pompton nj on Friday, January 27, 2012
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Great product.Great service

    Written By zoso, Carmel,NY on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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    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
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