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Our take on the Alpine CDE-123

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.

Do you love PANDORA® Internet radio? You're not alone — millions of people enjoy creating their own stations and discovering new music with PANDORA®. Alpine makes it easy for you to take your stations on the road with the CDE-123 CD receiver. Just download a free app, connect your iPhone®, and you can dial in PANDORA® right from your dash. Dedicated "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" buttons let you rate songs on the fly so PANDORA® knows what songs to play for you. You can even create a new station right from the CDE-123 while something you like is playing.

Two USB inputs for maximum flexibility
Alpine gives you USB inputs on the front and rear of the CDE-123. That gives you all kinds of playback options — you could dedicate the rear output to your iPod, while leaving the front slot free for a thumb drive loaded with digital files. Or your friend can connect his iPod to the front input while yours remains attached to the rear input, then you can use the CDE-123 to cycle between players. With two inputs, you won't need to disconnect your iPod when someone else wants to play a song for you.

Add satellite radio
Put the endless entertainment of SiriusXM Satellite Radio at your fingertips with the low-profile SXV200 XM tuner. You can pause and rewind live broadcasts, and get a heads up when your favorite artists or teams are playing on another channel. And with an iPod connected, you can tag songs for purchasing later in the iTunes™ store.

Boost your power and add on to your system
Three sets of preamp outputs provide convenient connections for your amps and subs, and you can use the subwoofer level control to dial in the right amount of bass. Then dial in the right sound using the 3-band parametric EQ, or choose from one of the six preset options. 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.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Alpine stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Alpine, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.


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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • works with PANDORA® (iPhone and free app required)
    • detachable face with 1-line display
    • wireless remote-ready
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • ten preset tone curves, plus one user curve
    Expandability:
    • works with SiriusXM XM satellite radio tuner, Bluetooth® adapter
    • inputs: front and rear USB inputs, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    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/Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    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
    • 6.5' USB cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 8" iPod connector cable (with an iPod dock connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
    • USB connector clamp (two-piece)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • System Requirements (for CD-ROM)
    • Customer Care Registration card

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    Dual USB Ports: The Alpine CDE-123 features a front-panel and rear-panel USB (type-A) port, so you may connect two USB memory devices to this head unit - such as your USB thumbdrive, portable MP3 player, or mobile phone. A 6.5' USB extension cable is provided for the rear-panel USB port. You can connect two USB devices simultaneously and switch between the front and rear USB input. Only one connected device can be used at a time (music libraries are not combined). Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), or AAC (16-320 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. ID3 tags (v1, v2) and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3/WMA tag data can be displayed. The unit off the following USB playback controls.

    • Bank Function: This unit has a "Bank" function that automatically divides every 1,000 songs stored on a USB memory device into individual banks to make searching and playing back a song easier. A maximum of 1,000 songs/100 folders for one bank can be stored according to the order stored in the USB memory device. A maximum of 20 banks (20,000 songs) can be recognized.
    • File/Folder Search: You can search each stored "Bank" by file (tag info)/folder name or number.
    • Category Search: You can also search each stored "Bank" of music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer.
    • ABC Search: You search the contents in the above categories alphabetically (A-Z).
    • USB Skip: You can skip forward/backward 1, 10, 20, 50, or 100 files/folders at one time within a stored "Bank".
    • Repeat/Random: In addition, the head unit offers Repeat (File/Folder/Category) and Random (Folder/Category/All) playback modes for your USB memory device's stored music.

    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 or rear-panel USB port using the included iPod dock-connector cable to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. You can also use the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the CDE-123. You can connect two iPods/iPhones at once and switch between the front and rear USB ports. Only one connected iPod/iPhone can be used at a time (music libraries are not combined).

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-123 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 (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), 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. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone or from its clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Alpine CDE-123 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 Display: The Alpine CDE-123 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Alpine head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-123 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the included cable or your iPhone's iPod dock-connector cable. The Alpine CDE-123 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information (your iPhone's touchscreen will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also create QuickMix playlists based on two or more of your Pandora stations. You can even give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. In addition, you can create a new station based on a currently playing song or artist. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    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-123 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type AirPlay Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y

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

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with a front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from a 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. You can adjust the unit's auxiliary input gain level (Low/High) to match the relative volume output of your other connected sources.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-123 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine CDE-123 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • iTunes Tagging for your connected iPod or iPhone
    • Game Alert to notify when your favorite team is playing;
    • Song Alert to notify you when your favorite song is playing (feature available in June 2011)
    • Replay so you can pause, fast-forward, or rewind up to 30 minutes of live content

    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on XM Network. If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio can not be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    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

    Preset EQ: You can select from 10 different EQ presets to get the best sound from all your sources. You can choose from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electric Dance, Hip-Hop, Easy Listening, Country, or Classical.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: If the Equalizer presets aren't enough for your listening taste, there's a 3-Band Parametric Equalizer you can adjust for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted in the 3-Band Parametric mode.

    • Treble Control:
      • Center Frequency: 7.5kHz, 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, or 15kHz
      • Width Q: Wide 0.75 or Narrow 1.25
      • Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • Midrange Control:
      • Center Frequency: 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz
      • Width Q: Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5
      • Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • Bass Control:
      • Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 120Hz
      • Width Q: Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.5, or Narrow. 2.0
      • 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).

    4V/6CH Pre-out: The CDE-123 has 3-sets (Front/Rear/Sub) of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Note: When an external amplifier is connected sound quality can be improved by stopping the power supply of the built-in amplifier.

    Subwoofer Control: You can adjust the subwoofer preamp output's volume and low-pass filter.

    • Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer preamp output.
      • System 1: Subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting.
      • System 2: Subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting (0-15); even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible.
    • Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can be set to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (through).

    High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass filter for its speaker-level outputs and front/rear preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (through).

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

    Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    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 48-192 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 510 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 CDA-123 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-123 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    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.

    Favorite Button: You can set a favorite source to the head unit's front-panel "FAV" button. Once your favorite source has been set, you can switch to that favorite source directly be pressing the "FAV" button. You can select between one of the following sources as your Favorite - Pandora, FM1, FM2, AM, AUX, Disc, or USB.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an orange/white illumination lead. When the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control (optional)

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: This unit is Bluetooth ready so you can add the optional Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter (500KCE400B, sold separately) to pair up your cell phone with the head unit. Now, you can make and take phone calls conveniently, hands-free. You will be able to view caller information including caller ID, missed, dialed, and received calls right from the head unit's display. You will use the microphone supplied with the optional KCE-400BT to speak, and then listen through your car's speakers. You can even set up your cell phone/head unit to automatically answer your calls. With select compatible phones with streaming audio capability, you can listen to music stored on your phone and have it stream through your Alpine system.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-123 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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    I love this radio

    Written By Angelbane, Frisco, Tx on Monday, October 08, 2012
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    I love this radio... this is the first non factory head unit I have had in over 15 years. At the time it was the only unit i could find with REAR usb/iPhone on the back which to me was the key selling point because of how I mount my phone.
    Pros:
    REAR USB
    Cons:
    Pandora integration takes control from phone which makes it unusable for me.
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    5 out of 5

    iPhone 5 Compatible

    Written By Ryan C, San Luis Obispo, CA on Tuesday, October 02, 2012
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    Just an update if anyone is wondering, the iPhone 5 is fully compatible with the CDE-123 using the Lightning cable. I have not been able to test the dock connector adapter, but with the Lightning cable, you still have full control, tagging, song display and browsing. I also use this with the Sirius XM SXV200 and it works wonderfully. Sound is much, much better than stock.
    Pros:
    Rear USB port, Sirius XM, iPod & iPhone control, even the new iPhone 5. Controls are fine too.
    Cons:
    Wish Sirius XM alerts would make a sound or something, very bright at night, the dimming doesn't dim it too much.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Melvyn, Wichita, KS on Sunday, June 24, 2012
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    I had wanted to play my iPod and phone in my Focus without needing adapters. This Alpine was one of the few stereos (and only Alpine) in my budget with a rear USB port. I wanted to treat my iPod Classic like an old-school cd-changer, were it's hidden away and controlled with the head unit without extra wires everywhere, and it completely fulfills that requirement. Installation was easy with the dash kit and wiring harness supplied, although I took the extra time to solder and heat-shrink the wires. When the harness was complete, it only took a few minutes to swap stereos.

    Sound wise, it's like night and day compared to the factory CD player. The built-in EQ allowed me to increase the 100Hz range (using a narrow Q setting) to give more kick to drums without overly boosting sub-bass and overwhelming the factory speakers. The extra power over the factory radio really makes the sound come alive, and I think a speaker upgrade would really make the music shine. Adding a sub should be easy using the built-in sub crossover and dedicated output.
    Pros:
    3-band EQ even makes factory speakers sound good Searching and selecting music from an 80GB iPod is easy.
    Cons:
    Discontinued. :-( Wanted to get another one to put in my truck. Blue illumination is bright, even dimmed.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Rp, Tn on Sunday, June 17, 2012
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    Nice stereo, especially for the price. I love my ipod again. Pauses song when shut off and even starts up where I left off after unplugging ipod.Only wish clock displayed when off, scroll wheel function was faster and it had quicker off switch.
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    5 out of 5

    Suzuki radio

    Written By Gator, Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, June 07, 2012
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    I bought this because it was an Alpine and came with a front side USB that is compatible for the Itouch. I also bought it for the compatibility with the steering wheel controls. Unfortunately I purchased the wrong adapter and the new one is on the way.
    Pros:
    Easy install instructions. Love the front side usb.
    Cons:
    Finding songs on Itouch and requires a seperate adapter to work with steering wheel controls.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Anonymous, nh on Friday, June 01, 2012
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    installed it in my mustang. looks great and sounds great.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Good!!!!!!

    Written By Al, florence on Monday, May 21, 2012
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    Very pleased!
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    5 out of 5

    2001 F-150 and Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Newmonic, South Eastern, Ohio on Monday, May 21, 2012
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    ***** Install was easy. Fit and finish is nice. Great improvement over factory CD player. I decided on this because its and Alpine, it has FRONT and REAR USB, 4 Volt preamp sub outputs.

    I have two 10" Kicker CVRs and a Sony X-plod 500W amp with this Alpine head unit in my 2001 F-150 regular cab. Sounds pretty good. I like the sub woofer control on this Alpine in combination with the Bass, Mid, high I can tune my music as I like it.

    I gave it over 5 stars, but the coolness factor only 4....the one color (blue) display sucks, but it is what it is.....
    Pros:
    Front and Rear USB.
    Cons:
    blue display only.......but it is hard to beat an Alpine.
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    5 out of 5

    Gotta Love Alpine!

    Written By Shugduff, Tacoma, WA on Saturday, May 12, 2012
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    I have owned several Alpine head units over the years and they continue to impress. I purchased the CDE-123 after comparing against similar models in price and thus far I am not disappointed to say the least. Great sound quality, ease of use and functionality. If Alpine is good enough for Ferrari they're good enough for my old truck.
    Pros:
    Build quality, options, connectivity, sound quality and ease of use.
    Cons:
    Nuttin!
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice unit

    Written By Ray C, Santa Maria, CA on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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    This unit was a great replacement for the factory Alpine unit in my '05 BMW 330ci with a few exceptions. The sound was an upgrade from the factory Premium Sound. The iPod control worked very well, and being able to switch to iPod Direct control was a great added bonus. Everything was easy to access once you knew where it was. Even the SAT radio sounded great, and it was nice that it used the brand new Sirius XM tuner which is much more compact for install. My only complaints were more asthetic than anything else. The blue display is the only color available and is very bright, which 1) doens't match my factory BMW orange illumination and 2) actually can be distracting during night driving, especially for driving over an hour. Also, the fact that it's only a single line of text is less than desirable especially if using the SAT radio, since you can't display the station number, the station name, the artist or the song simultaneously. But the sound quality was amazing which is the reason I have decided to stick with this unit over the other three that I tried. I highly recommend this unit, especially at this price point (and if you get it on sale, you can't beat it).
    Pros:
    Sound quality, ease of use, features, and rear USB input to be able to keep your iPod connected when you exit the vehicle without it showing.
    Cons:
    Display color and only one line of information.
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    1 out of 5

    mrk

    Written By mrk, delmar, Md on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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    Not impressed!
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    5 out of 5

    Solid performer

    Written By BobT, Copperas Cove, TX on Thursday, April 26, 2012
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    I have had the component for almost two weeks. It has been a pleasure to use from the beginning. Everything works well, though the configuration could prove confusing to some. Coupled with 4 kickers I also purchased from Crutchfield the sound quality is great. Next needed is a sub-woofer to push up the bass and fill the sound out. The SiriusXM functions great with the adapter purchased through Crutchfield. Great service and fast.
    Pros:
    ease of install good quality all in one mp3, cd, pandora, siriusXM and 2 USB ports
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    5 out of 5

    CDE- ALPINE-123

    Written By Sir Chaz, Pearland, TX on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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    Worth waiting forfront
    Pros:
    front usb and aux inputs
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By TC, Springfield, MA on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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    The CDE 123 is a great radio. Easy to use. The scroll is easy to figure out and the extra USB port in the back is a plus for the wife. The only thing that took me and the person who installed a little bit to figure was how to switch between front and back USB ports. It's the band button. Crutch field is awesome
    Pros:
    2 USB ports, easy to use. Ready for additional features like Bluetooth, or sirius
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Gordon M., Jacksonville,Fl. on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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    Perfect! The CDE-123 is Great & I love the front & Rear USB Ports allows Me to hook My iPod to the Rear USB & Leave it in the Glove Box & Use My iPhone & Pandora through the Front USB,I also installed The XM Adapter so I have access to tons of Music,Sounds Great in My Jeep Wrangler & was a real bargian for the Price!
    Pros:
    Dual USB Ports,Easy to add XM
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Huge bang for the buck

    Written By Roady, Central PA on Thursday, March 01, 2012
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    Superior deck, lots of features, almost too many. Extremely good value. Typical Alpine quality. You can really go all out with this receiver and add all sorts of add ons. Xm and bluetooth interfaces, multiple amplifiers...front, rear, and sub preouts, remote control ready, several aux imputs, wow. I installed this in my '07 Focus and really brought the factory speakers to life. Sounds great. I cant wait to get my Boston Acoustic's put in too.
    Pros:
    Excellent value, TONS of features, Alpine looks and quality,
    Cons:
    BRIGHT blue illumination, turn it down guys...or make it adjustable, no choice in color either, a little complicated to figure out all the features,
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    4 out of 5

    CDE-123

    Written By Karlos, California on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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    Great Deck A lot Of Feature's Right Out Of The Box. The Usb Cable Is Very Long. Sound's Great With My Alpine SPS-610C (2 Pair's) I'am Sure Though These Will Sound Even Better Amped ! The Real Reason I Got The CDE-123 Over The 124 Is The Rear Usb The 124 Is Cool But i Rather Not See The Usb In The Front Plus The 2 Additional Set's Of Preout's , Aux Rear , and The Buletooth Rear.Pandora & My Ipod Work's Excellent Both Easy To Use. The Only Thing I Have'nt Tryed is the "SiriusXm" Just Order That. And The Bluetooth (Still Not Sure about That A Bit Expensive If You Ask Me Idk Later ) I Would Strongly Recommend This Unit Or The Alpine CDE-124 It's A No Brainer!
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Build Quality ,Lot's Of Stuff
    Cons:
    The Dim Feature Is Hardly Notice Able The "SORUCE,FAV,|<<,>>|,BAND,TUNE.Button's Are Way Too Bright At Night But During The Day No Problem To Read.
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    4 out of 5

    Love this unit

    Written By Richard B, Silver Spring, MD on Friday, February 17, 2012
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    I installed this head unit in my 2005 Honda Pilot and did it all in less than 20 mins, I did have to connect the wires on the wiring harness I got from Crutchfield but putting it into the car took very little time, their instructions made it easy. I also installed an alpine amp and replaced my sub and the car stereo came with instructions on how to remove the subwoofer so that was helpful. My sound quality has improve 80% and I still have alot of room for adjusting the sound. It takes sometime to get the settings right but once you learn to navigate it you do get what you want. Looking forward to many long road trips listening to great music. Oh the ability to use my iphone with Pandora is a huge plus, I always have music I like at my fingertips without having to fight with CD's or even sort through tracks.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation, great appearance, incredible sound quality and real value for money.
    Cons:
    Takes some time to get used to the settings but worth the time and effort all the way.
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    5 out of 5

    CDE-123 in H2

    Written By A-Bomb, Nashville TN on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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    Just replaced my head unit with the CDE-123 along with the Sirius Tuner, power pack and the required interfaces for steering wheel controls and on-star/chimes. I originally replaced in order to get the new sirius tuner with pause rewind (awesome by the way). This head unit is great. I don't mind the brightness, but wish you could change colors (rest of dash is green). Not quite as intuitive to use, but once you get used to it, it is very easy. had to pay extra for this one (over cde-124 with sirius - cheaper) because it has all of the pre am outlets for the on-star interface, but bonus was the rear usb input for my iPhone. I didn't listen to it without power pack, so can't comment on "stock" output, but even with stock speakers, this is far superior to stock head unit. I love it.
    Pros:
    access to new Sirius tuner with pause/rewind two usb inputs + aux sound quality using the optional power pack price - can't believe how inexpensive this high quality unit is
    Cons:
    stuck with one color so many settings, it takes studying the manual more than you think
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    5 out of 5

    As Expected

    Written By Phil, Corrales, NM on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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    My main reason for wanting to replace the factory unit in my Tacoma 2005 truck was to have a front aux connector for my Garmin Nuvi GPS audio. I'm not on the road much but when I am I usually listen to one of 2 AM stations or audio from Nuvi. The Nuvi 785 has an internal MP3 player with a memory card where i'm using an 8GB version loaded with my music. The Nuvi's internal FM transmitter provided the connection to my factory unit and the quality wasn't the best. The Alpine CDE-123 had everything I needed plus many extras. It takes getting use to the smaller front panel controls as my old factory unit had huge buttions and switches that you could operate wearing mittens. For the Alpine I was able to program the Favorite button to switch to the font aux and then pressing the Source button selected the AM radio. This allowed me to switch back and forth without too much driving distraction. The 6 programmable front panel tuner memory switches also provides an easy way to switch between channels. The audio from the Alpine was 1000 times better that the factory unit. I was amazed at that. no need to change out the factory speakes. It doesn't booming bass but there's enough there to notice. As a final note it worked well with my iPod although I haven't used it much. The rear aux and USB will come in handy later on. Installation was breeze although I'm not a fan of plastic parts especially plastic mounting structures. What ever happened to metal.
    Pros:
    Front and Rear USB and AUX connectors. Dedicated front panel radio program switches. Easy front panel user interface. Sound quality.
    Cons:
    Panel lights not variable. They only slightly dimmed when the headlights switch on. Several buttons are colored blue with white lettering and this is hard to read. The panel lights seemed too bright. Would have like more options in panel lighting otherwise I'm completely satisfied.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Terry, Alabama on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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    Easy to install with the supplied mounting kit. The sound is superior to the factory unit.This is the second Alpine that I have owned. The display is alittle brighter than I would prefer but not distracting.
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    5 out of 5

    All Around Great Value!!!

    Written By DT, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
     
    This is the best bang for the buck unit available from Alpine. Essentially, it's the CDE-9870 and iDA-x300 all in one. The CDE-9870 is the early iPOD capatable unit, but lacks ability to control from the head unit. The x300 has iPOD controls in the head unit, sattelite and HD capabilities, but a poorly designed and low powered head unit, lacking in the RCA's.
    Pros:
    Large variety of music source at an entry level price. iPOD/MP3 capable with control units built in and rear USB connections.(No smashed windows, when you forget to remove the iPOD. It stays in the glovebox, out of sight!) ALl of the correct RCA ports for ease of Amp selection andinstallation. Satellite and Pandora. All of the flexibility you could want under $200. Like it so much, I'm leaning towards replacing the x300 in my other car with a CDE-123.
    Cons:
    The lights are a bit bright, but as the previous poster mentioned, only become a problem if the radio is mounted high. This would be a problem in my truck, but it isn't in my car. So.....I'm still searching for a CON! Awesome unit.
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    3 out of 5

    Please dim the lights.

    Written By consumer, somewhere on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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    Somebody needs to tell Alpine that they need to cut back on the light output on the blue buttons on this radio. It is unbelievable the amount these put out. I had a Alpine CDE-121 and got rid of it because of blue light blindness. I like Alpine products so I went with a Alpine CDE-123 that has dimming features but it doesn't make much of a difference if dimmer is off or on. Also it doesn't work with the factory dimmer switch. this might not be much of a problem with some people, especially if your radio is mounted low. My radio is mounted high in the dash so this is very much a problem for me. After switching radios and spending more money, I really don't feel like taking this radio out and boxing it up and sending it back to Crutchfield and have to wait and so on. so I will just learn to live with it. I am currently in the process of making some button covers to lessen the light output of these blue lights. I guess if i have to see Blue Lights this is better than seeing them behind me.
    Pros:
    Good Quality Product A lot of features to tailor this radio to your liking.
    Cons:
    Those blasted blue lights.
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    5 out of 5

    CDE 123

    Written By George, Columbus, OH on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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    Great cd player. Love the rear USB connection and Pandora especially for a great price. I always bought Pioneer head units until now, the sound quality is awesome. It made my factory speakers sound so much better. Easy subwoofer hook up. Definitely recommended.
    Pros:
    Easy installation, great sound quality factory iPod connector.
    Cons:
    The iPod section is a little difficult to operate at first. It's all controlled through the head unit.
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    4 out of 5

    ALPINE CDE-123 ROCKS!!

    Written By Ram, Sachse, TX on Friday, February 03, 2012
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    I've just purchased and installed this unit about a month ago. It is amazing. Sound quality and looks are everything you expect from Alpine. I would love to give this 5 stars, but the fact the stereo amp turns off when using RCA connections keep me from doing so. I have 4"x6" speakers in rear of 2dr Chevy Pickup that I now need to upgrade and connect to amp.Something I've needed to do, now being forced to.
    Pros:
    It's everything you expect from Alpine. Amazing!!
    Cons:
    Would have liked to use RCA connections to power amp for door components and bass, while having stereo power smaller speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    GREEAATT!!

    Written By DylanQ, Virginia on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
     
    Best head-unit iv ever owned. I am loving everything about it. Easily installed. Sets up with my subs perfectly, the remote options for my amp are fantastic. If you are planning to get some subs or just cruise around blasting music get this headunit.
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    5 out of 5

    Great headunit.. bit slow sometimes

    Written By Nedlinin, on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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    Ordered this headunit a few months back and installed it into a 2000 Sebring. Also installed a subwoofer and amp to go along with it. Had a few issues with the install but called Crutchfield and had it sorted out within minutes.

    Overall I would definitely recommend the headunit to anyone looking for an entry level unit with great build and sound quality. Hard to go wrong with Alpine.
    Pros:
    Sound quality is great. USB input works well with simply a thumbdrive loaded with MP3s. Alpine quality. Great price point for a headunit like this.
    Cons:
    Not all of my mp3s are supported. About one out of every 20 or so give me "Unsupported file". The headunit can sometimes be slow to respond. For instance, I search for an artist and want to play all the songs by that artist, I search to the artist, click the select button, wait a half second and click select again, wait half a second and click select again. I can't simply hit select 3 times in a row or it won't register any but the first.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123 rates a thumbs-up.

    Written By Phil, Gorham, Maine on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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    Like most truck owners, my 2002 GMC 1500HD is my work truck. Over the years I've managed to create a wonderful sound studio with the expert help of the Crutchfield staff. With over 2000 watts, two 10" Kicker comp subs boxed under the rear seats and four doors packed with Boston Acoustics high end speakers, the miles click by in blissfully joyful noise. And like so many audiophiles, my music source has shifted to an increasing commitment to Pandora radio. I replaced my older Clarion head unit (DXZ925) with the Alpine CDE-123 for this reason. The CDE-123 offers the full Pandora interface for my iPhone at a great price. The installation was a snap using the accessories included with my purchase. The timeless Alpine head unit configuration is easy for my aging eyes to read, the operating instructions are intuitive and the head unit looks great in my truck. To complete my system upgrade I added the Alpine KCE-400BT bluetooth adapter as well. With the phone interface of the CDE-123, my phone operations are a snap, my phone stays charged and I'm enjoying my Pandora every mile.
    Pros:
    Integrated Pandora operation with my iPhone, proven Alpine functionality, integrated bluetooth operation, and great sound. Crutchfield scores my highest marks for customer service and value added to the transaction. You might be able to find save a buck or two elsewhere, but no one does it better than Crutchfield.
    Cons:
    Given all the features included by Alpine at this price, I can't complain about anything.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound in 2005 Silverado

    Written By CM, Ozark, AL on Friday, January 06, 2012
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    I recommend this receiver to anyone that enjoys a great car stereo system. I had a Sony CDX-GT640UI and it was fine for using my Ipod or Iphone but it lacked to capability to enhance the sound in my truck. This Alpine HU immediately made the sound quality 10 times better with no muddy or high pitch sounds. The volume could be turned up and it was still comfortable to listen to without just being plain loud as with my Sony. Then I plugged in the Alpine KTP-445 power pack and the sound came alive. I had previously installed some Polk Audio db 651 two ways in the front and Polk Audio db 461 plates in the rear and the 45 watts RMS from the power pack really brought the Polk Audio speakers to life. If you have poor speaker placement in your vehicle as I have with my 2005 Silverado then I recomment getting the power pack to improve the audio and bring the sound up to you rather than turning the radio up just to hear. If you are looking for deep base you'll need to add a sub and amp but otherwise I am happy with this HU and what it brings. The bottom line though is to do your research to find whats best for you but I recommend Alpine stereos
    Pros:
    Sound Quality and Iphone and Ipod Control.
    Cons:
    Nothing.
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    5 out of 5

    solid

    Written By LSD, Warwick, NY on Saturday, December 31, 2011
     
    This unit is great. I have a 2005 Hyundai xg350 and the original head unit was useless and the system sounded awful. I planned on starting with a stereo and buying the speakers and sub after. After this was installed it improved the sound tenfold. The speakers sound great. I am going to get a new sub just to even out the frequencies so i can turn up the sound. Its not too simple to use but you get used to it. Overall, it's a great stereo, and i recommend it for any system.
    Pros:
    great sound great looks pandora is awesome
    Cons:
    Not too easy to use at first only 18 Watts RMS
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    4 out of 5

    Cde - 123

    Written By Nick B, Sidney,OH on Friday, December 30, 2011
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    First of all the installation was simple. Definitely a lot easier than i thought it would be. Once i got it in, the sound quality was amazing. I have stock speakers and it sounds like i upgraded those also. I had an in line converter for my sub, because i had a stock radio and it always distorted. This alpine got rid of that problem completely. Another good feature about the radio being able to customize your sound or if you dont want to bother with it you can just pick one of the preset settings. The only thing that would be nice is to have the option of controlling your music by the ipod itself. It just takes a little getting used to and updating playlists. I would defiantly buy again
    Pros:
    Installation was simple. Pre-outs are great Sounds amazing Customization is nice
    Cons:
    Cant control ipod by itself
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Logan, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, December 15, 2011
     
    Low cost, easy of use, and Pandora is like having satellite radio for free.
    Pros:
    Whats not to love? I can have my ipod touch hooked into the rear USB through my arm rest, my iphone hooked in up front using Pandora, while having my GPS giving voice commands through the Auxiliary jack. Plus it charges just about everything on top of it.
    Cons:
    The display isn't as nice as my previous Alpine headunits, but then again this unit was much cheaper.
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    4 out of 5

    weak on the XM

    Written By Tom T, Oakdale Pa on Saturday, December 10, 2011
     
    I will still by alpine prods, I think they are great I hope Alpine does something for me when I send it back.
    Pros:
    Nice radio I like the all in 1 feature didnt want stuff hanging all over the dash.
    Cons:
    It loses all xm channels when car is turned off, and it takes like 2 minutes to get them back,no radio clock or tuner presets are lost, just the Xm, BTY Is the only reason I bought the head unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice unit

    Written By rayG, Telford,PA on Saturday, December 10, 2011
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    Nice stereo for the price, has all the bells and whistles. Good sound and easy to install. All the ways you could ask for to listen to music. I-phone hook up, Bluetooth, Pandora, front and rear usb ports so you can play tunes off of a flash drive and your I-Phone or I-Pod, Satellite ready, and a rock solid cd player. However like all Alpine systems its hard to navigate for all the settings, but like anything else you get used to it. Definately not for the technically challenged individual though. Even so I'm happy with my purchase and would recommend this unit. As far as Crutchfield, the service is excellent. Free shipping and it was at my door in 1 day. The Crutchfield team is fantastic!!!!!
    Pros:
    Crutchfield service is excellent
    Cons:
    Hard to navigate for all the settings. Definately not for the technically challenged individual. Owners manual was only on a cd which makes it kinda hard to reference on the fly.
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    Would Recommend

    Written By Mike, Roswell, GA on Monday, October 31, 2011
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    Purchased from Crutchfield, came with wiring harness and faceplate, 2 hrs to install (2005 Crown Victoria), no hassles.

    PRO: Great sound even with stock speakers, very readable display.

    CON (minor stuff): * Too bright at night, "dim mode" is not dim enough and illumination can't be controlled via dashboard controls. * Cheap carrying case for faceplate (plastic "hinge" will probably break within 4 months) * Will not power USB hard drive (have not tried solid-state drive).

    MISC: Conflicting answers regarding maximum number of songs it will load from USB device (i.e. thumb drive); it's either 10,000 or 20,000.
    Pros:
    Great sound, feature rich.
    Cons:
    Complicated, too bright at night, will not support portable USB hard drive.
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    5 out of 5

    Would purchase this Alpine Again

    Written By AllenF, Metairie, LA on Sunday, October 30, 2011
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    Installed in my 2002 Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cab with the Diesel motor.

    This unit beats the Pioneer DEH33HD that I purchased first by far.

    The Alpine sounds fantastic!!! Wanted the rear usb input also.

    IF you are looking for a set up for Ford Super Duty this is what I have installed...

    Alpine CDE-123

    Sound Ordnance B-8PT Sub

    Infinity 6832 Reference Speakers in Doors & Rear
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    4 out of 5

    Not much more to want!

    Written By MarkL, Columbus, OH on Sunday, October 09, 2011
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    I researched this product for weeks before purchasing. I have always purchased Alpine products for my cars. I wanted to try something different, but when comparing specs, price and reviews, I couldn't buy anything but an Alpine. I narrowed my purchase choices down to the Alpine CDE-124 and this unit. I chose this unit for two two reasons. 1) The rear usb input, and 2) the 4 volt pre- outs. I have an iPod hooked-up to the rear usb out and a low profile 32gb thumb drive (the amazingly small Lexar Echo ZX) hooked up to the front usb. I don't want for any storage!

    Negatives? Not many!

    1) I wish the front panel buttons had switchable lighting colors (my car has red lighting, which kinda clashes with the blue); and 2) There is a steep learning curve for all of the control functions ( I have had to go to the manual several times to re-learn some of the controls).

    Overall, I am satisified with this product. Also, I highly recommend adding the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack (see my review of that product).
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Bernard, Chicago on Thursday, October 06, 2011
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    Very happy customer. Good product & very good support during the install
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Ant, Houston, TX on Monday, October 03, 2011
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    The stereo has exceeded my expectations. I was thrilled that I could control Pandora through it. Now, after reading an earlier review, I can stream using any other streaming streaming app by using the USB connection. I thought I could only do this using a male-male headphone cable while utilizing the auxiliary input.

    My only complaint is that is automatically starts playing the first track on my iPhone when I plug my phone in. I kind of with that it would wait until I chose a track, album, or playlist. This has no influence on my opinion of the stereo or its performance. It's merely a personal preference.

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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Matt W., Dallas, TX on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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    Great product. I like the pandora functionality. Controls are easy and is the best cd player I have purchased
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Anonymous, Sacramento, CA on Monday, September 26, 2011
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    Previous to the CDE-123 I had an Alpine CDE-9881, and previous to the CDE-9881 I had another Alpine unit. I updated to the CDE-123 stereo because I needed a stereo that would integrate more reliably with the iPhone 4, as well as give me additional device attachment options (front/rear USB and auxiliary inputs). I've loved the Alpine brand due to the outstanding sound quality, and the faceplate layout and style. Each iteration has maintained the high quality and features at an agreeable price point. I have never been disappointed with my Alpine units.

    I've also bought my past two Alpine units from Crutchfield. And wouldn't consider buying from any other car stereo place. Granted my vehicle makes aftermarket head unit installation easy. I've been happy with Crutchfield's included materials and documentation.

    I'm very happy with my equipment and retailer experience.
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    5 out of 5

    MOG, Spotify, and Pandora

    Written By JeffreyJ, Centerville, UT on Monday, September 26, 2011
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    With a lot of new streaming music apps (Spotify, Mog, Rdio, etc.) this is the perfect head unit. If you hold in the main control knob for 2 seconds, you can control the music right from the iPhone. It is magical. You can also skip songs on the head unit while in this mode. The only trick is that you have to have the iPod app open, pause the music, and push play on the Spotify app. I am also really happy with the sound quality and ease of adjusting treble, mid, and bass.

    Side note: be prepared to do some serious wire stripping/crimping with the included wire harness. It wasn't too bad...it looks more overwhelming than it really is.
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    4 out of 5

    Would definitely buy this again

    Written By Matthew, Texas on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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    This unit is amazing. Even with stock speakers it sounds amazing. I bought to replace my old system which got jacked so, the removable face plate makes me slightly more at ease. I previously had a pioneer FH-P8000BT which I really liked. This unit isn't a double din which I would have preferred, how ever it is easier to set up than the pioneer and pushes a bit more power. I am putting in new speakers this weekend so I will finally know which system sounds better this or the pioneer. Wish it came in double din non-touch screen option. The only thing I really don't like about the unit so far is that whenever you plug in a hard drive it doesn't automatically go to that channel and start play. It does this with CDs haven't tried an ipod yet but I would assume it is the same as with a hard drive. Also navigation of hard drives is much better than that of the pioneer's and setting the time and date is also much easier. Tuning is simple with the standard treble, mid, bass, sub woofer, but there is also more technical tuning available.
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    5 out of 5

    Davey Jones

    Written By Davey, Phoenix Az on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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    I was expecting a great deck but what i found was a deck that blew my mind. My brother has had a few alpine decks before and had just bought the model below this one. I liked it but wanted the extra features. Easy to install with the wire harness, great sound, easy setup, multiple options of play, easy to use and oh ya SOUNDS GREAT. I usually bought pioneer decks because of price difference and option/price ratio but i have to say this alpine deck has converted me.
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    4 out of 5

    No Andoird Pandora Love

    Written By Janos, Midlothian, VA on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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    I got this head unit for my wife's sienna van. i love it - it has a heap of options and sounds great even when driving some factory speakers (a project for another day).

    Mostly i've writing to warn those of us with Android phones that the pandora integration with the iPhone is not just the usual marketing halo effect of saying something works with the iPhone but they really mean just works with smartphones. when using the usb/data port on your phone there is no Pandora integration. I'm not sure if this is an Alpine issue or the android pandora app, but i hope they reach out and improve the combination.

    I dont hold it against them - i did read the product description and is does say iPhone - just dont think it's typical marketing buzz!
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    5 out of 5

    Expensive sound made affordable

    Written By Revelene, Ashland, KY on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
     
    I bought the CDE-123 to replace my Sony Xplod head unit that I had bought from Wally World. I hated the distortion that I would get at loud volumes from the unit so I was looking for sound quality. The CDE-123 was recommended by my local audio shop for it's clarity and features. So I bought it locally (Sorry Crutchfield) for the same price listed here. It took me about an hour of slacking and maybe 30 minutes of actual work to install it...

    After the install, I turned my car on and... Wow. I've never heard such clear (and loud) sound from a car before. It made my premium stock speakers sound like a concert hall with zero distortion! It even gave my Alpine Type-R 1243D a boost and made it perform like no other (because of the 4 volt RCA preouts).

    If you have an iPhone or iPod, this comes with front and rear USB and AUX ports. It comes with a USB extension cord and USB iPod connector. One downside is that you cannot control the music from an iPhone or iPod via the device its self... You have to use the head-unit. Not a deal breaker for me as I actually like using the knob to quickly load playlists and not deal with a touch screen while driving.

    If you are looking for an affordable head-unit that will produce crystal clear sound, look no further.
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    5 out of 5

    CDE 123

    Written By Stan, CNY on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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    Initially I purchased the Alpine CDA105. The sound was good but the bass was almost nonexistent with my stock Silverado speakers. I tried everything but no acceptable bass could be adjusted for. I returned the unit "I called Alpine directly and talked to a Tech" and he mentioned that the Alpine CDE123 may fit my needs. I returned the CDA105 back to Crutchfied, a very good experience returning the item and installed the the CDE123. My bass is now back and even more enhanced that my original radio was and I am very pleased I went with the CDE123. Much greater control of BASS, Midrange and Treble then the CDA105. I am hearing sounds that I never heard before with my stock OEM radio with stock OEM speakers . Very happy with my choice.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Jason, Anchorage Ak. on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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    I previously had an very nice Eclipse but it never seemed to have the sound quality I was looking for. In addition it was hard to use. I purchased this Alpine unit and installed it the night before a long road trip. The next morning I took off with some friends and with no instructions we had all the features of the deck figured out in five minutes. To beat the ease of use, the sound is incredibly better (same aftermarket speakers and amps). I have had Alpines in the past and they sounded great too. I will never purchase any other brand again.

    The only con of this deck is I cannot control my iPod from the iPod when it is plugged in through the USB connection. I drive a large truck so its kind of a pain to lean forward to reach the deck every time I want to do something with the song selection.
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    5 out of 5

    ALPINE

    Written By RON C, S RIVER NJ on Monday, August 29, 2011
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    THIS ALPINE DECK IS WONDERFUL.RUNNING INFINITY 3 WAYS IN FRONT DOOR AND JL COMPONENTS .MADE SUCH AN IMPROVEMENT OVER AN OLDER PIONEER DECK!! CRUTCHFIELD PROVIDES ALL NECESSARY INSTALL KITS AND SERVICE / SUPPORT IS TOP NOTCH I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS DECK ,VERY CLEAN SOUND PLUS IT IS EXPANDABLE
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    5 out of 5

    CDE-123

    Written By AndyS, East Lansing, MI on Friday, August 12, 2011
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    I bought the CDE-123 for my 1999 S10 Pickup. Crutchfield warned I would need to modify my vehicle by cutting a support tab for the stock radio. This turned out to be completely unnecessary. Installation was a breeze and I had the unit up and running in about 45 minutes.

    I have it connected to Polk DXIs (4x6 plates in the dash, 6.5s in the door), no external amp, no subwoofer. Having said that the detail is crisp and clear, even at high volume levels. Using the factory preset EQ setting, or tinkering with it yourself you can customize the sound quite a bit.

    I have used it with my IPOD and a USB Thumb drive. The USB support was unclear in the manual. Let me say that it does support .m3u playlists and you can sort by all the same criteria that the IPOD does. The only limitations are stated and after 1000 songs/100 directories etc. it auto divides into another bank. That is kind of annoying, I wish I could tag what bank a directory should go in but that really is not that big of a deal.

    I love the front/rear USB connections, it allows my daughter to connect her IPOD and leave the one in the glove box alone.

    This is the easiest HU I have ever used as far as navigating around your music library & the sound quality is everything I would expect from Alpine. I would not hesitate to buy this again.
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound at a great price

    Written By Carl, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 05, 2011
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    This headunit is great. The ipod controls are great and it even charges my 4G touch. The sound settings are top notch as well. The only thing that is a bit of a disappointment that this unit lacks that my Pioneer had is the ability to display the time when the radio is off. But it's not that big of a deal since I run my music all the time now with the newly installed Polk components
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!

    Written By Shane, Charlotte, NC on Friday, July 29, 2011
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    Bought this product upgrading from an older Pioneer unit. I know very little about installing audio in cars and I was able to get this head unit set up in only a couple of hours. I bought some Infinity speakers earlier so i coupled this purchase with the alpine KTP-445 power pack and the sound is great! Shipping was fast and free. Ordered the two items on a Tuesday and got them on Thursday the same week. I've always been an impatient person so fast shipping when i don't have to pay extra for it is always a plus in my book. The only con I would have for this product is that you can't change/surf for songs through your iphone when it's connected to the head unit. That doesn't warrant a reduction in stars as it's only what I'm used to and a personal preference.
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    5 out of 5

    Simply awesome for the price

    Written By Kevin P, Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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    The sound quality and features on this is awesome. This can search through all of my playlists, artists, etc. They don't tell you that on the reviews, but know that it does. I love Alpine quality.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine for my truck

    Written By oladelovio, papaaloa,HI on Saturday, July 23, 2011
     
    This deck is nice! Love the pandora feature the most and i haven't hit a dead 3g spot yet!!! Crutchfield's Tech support is top notch as well as their return serivces and I am proud to say that i installed it my self!!
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    5 out of 5

    A great system

    Written By DilipS, Medina, OH on Friday, July 22, 2011
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    This is a great system as it is very flexible with add-ons for XM radio, 2 USB inputs, Bluetooth, remote steering wheel and an auxiliary 3.5 mm audio input. Control buttons are small but I was able to get used to them. Kudos to the Crutchfield advisor (Zac) who recommended the whole system with add-ons so perfectly for my car (2008 Suzuki SX-4). He was knowledgeable, patient, and listened to all my requirements and recommended the perfect package for my needs. Everything was included with the order to make the installation easy.
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit!

    Written By JeremyH, Somersworth, NH on Sunday, June 12, 2011
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    Replaced my old head unit with this one and I am glad I did, has a truckload of good features. Bluetooth, pandora, aux inputs, usb inputs, xm option, ipod controls, and all those at a great price for a great brand.

    Sound is amazing. Simple, easy to tweak/use. Love the blue illumination.

    Would be nice if it had support for driod/zune. But no big deal as I knew it didn't have that when I bought it.

    Paired it up with new Alpine SPS-517 5x7's, and they sound awesome.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By David, Boston, MA on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
     
    I really like this unit for it's rear USB and iPod integration. It pushes my stock speakers much nicer and the sound is a huge improvement. I do however wish that there were some display options. The bright blue unit is really distracting on the return of my nightly commute. There is no option to dim it whatsoever or change the colors. It would be nice with another line of display text as well since none of the scrolling display options display both artist AND song, which is somewhat frustrating. The iPod control is only available over the unit, it will not allow you to access the iPod on your phone. This is somewhat frustrating, as it is much easier for me to choose a song using my iPhone's touchscreen than it is to click through the volume knob on the unit. I don't use Pandora much, but it is a nice feature (although Slacker Radio is so much better!).

    This is a solid unit if you are planning to base your mobile media around your iPhone. It has a bunch of preamp outputs to further expand your system (which is why I chose this over the cde-124sxm). The sound quality is fantastic and it is satellite radio ready. The big drawback for me is the display. If this isn't a big problem for you then go ahead and buy this unit, it's great.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-123

    Written By Cecil W, Bettendorf, IA on Monday, June 06, 2011
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    I originally called Crutchfield to purchase an Alpine CDA-105. I am more interested in AM reception not alot of whistles and bells. Kevin recommended the the CDE-123 and though I didn't want to spend this much; since I owned a 6 channel digital amp, I decided to purchase it. Out of the box the Alpine CDE- 123 sounded GREAT without making any adjustments and the AM reception is SUPERIOR to the other stereo I recently purchased locally. I can't say enough for the quality of sound and ease of use I have experienced with the Alpine CDE-123 and with Kevin and with Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!!

    Written By Rick, Ohio on Friday, May 27, 2011
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    Let me start by saying I don't typically don't give anything a perfect rating, as nothing is perfect, but since there isn't a 4.75 available I chose a 5.

    I installed this HU paired with an 8" Bazooka tube (BTA8100FHC) and I couldn't be happier. It has been about 12-14 years since I upgraded a stereo system and was looking for something better than the Mach 460 system in my 2004 Mustang, as it is pretty much subpar. I was looking for a HU that was easier to use my IPOD with and this works great with the rear USB input, no more wires or FM transmitters to mess with.

    Paired with the Bazoka tube this thing sounds amazing...not head rattling, wake your neighbors booming bass. The stock speakers sound outstanding now, I couldn't believe the difference in clarity. IPOD controls are easy to use. I haven't used Bluetooth or SAT radio, so I can't honestly comment on those.

    The only thing I wish this had was some adjustability with the display colors...at least the classic Alpine green. Other than that I am completely satisfied.
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    4 out of 5

    seems to be one of the few out there in the market with rear USB

    Written By Jacob, Maryland on Monday, May 23, 2011
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    I chose this unit because I wanted a SAT ready radio that had a rear USB for the iPod. You would not believe that almost no head units out there now have rear USB capability. This one did so that is why I bought it. I like the ability to go into a store and leave the iPod connected and also be able to hide it.

    I bought the optional Sirius XM tuner attachment and connected it up with the unit. Both units work great and you have the ability to save 12 Sat stations to it.

    The radio tuner gets very good reception so does the sat radio. The iPod controls are very nice and responsive and work well. However since this is a one line display it is limited verses the Alpine IDA-X305S. The CD Player works well. I cannot comment on the Pandora thing since I don't use it.

    The only gripes I have over the unit is that it should have come with the optional SXM tuner like the CDE-124SXM did and the lack of remote(I had to buy my own) The remote thing is a Alpine thing as none come with it.

    All in all I like the unit very much and it is the best I could get for what I wanted.
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    3 out of 5

    USB app support limited to Pandora and iPod?

    Written By Blueness, NH on Sunday, May 01, 2011
     
    After a few years with a Pioneer FH-P8000BT, I was lured back to Alpine by
    iPod/iPhone/Pandora compatibility (no more nag screens).
    Maybe I missed something, but it seems that USB app support is limited to
    Pandora and iPod with no audio pass-through for Stitcher, Slacker, etc.
    Whether it's a nudge toward safer driving, this unit does not support
    audio-bypass/multitasking in the way that Pioneer do.
    I'm also disappointed that illumination is limited to blue. A red for night driving
    would have been nice.
    Aside from the above, the head unit is classic Alpine. It feels solid and sounds
    great. The rear aux/USB/Alpine