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Alpine CDE-133BT

CD receiver

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Alpine CDE-133BT

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Talk hands-free, plus stream music with Bluetooth®
Other devices may come and go, but one thing's for sure — you never leave home without your phone. The Alpine CDE-133BT CD receiver lets you talk hands-free, plus stream music from a compatible phone, all without messy wires.

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Talk hands-free, plus stream music with Bluetooth®
Other devices may come and go, but one thing's for sure — you never leave home without your phone. The Alpine CDE-133BT CD receiver lets you talk hands-free, plus stream music from a compatible phone, all without messy wires.

Advanced Bluetooth features
Have you ever tried to talk to someone, but been unable to understand them because their in-car Bluetooth just didn't cut it? Your callers will hear you loud and clear with the CDE-133BT fielding your calls. First, you can mount the included microphone somewhere in front of you so it'll have no problem picking up your voice. Next, the receiver lets you adjust the mic's gain to best match your speaking voice. You can also tweak the phone output and ring volume, so you won't go diving for the volume knob every time someone calls.

When a call comes in, you'll see your caller's phone number on the screen. You can answer the call by tapping the CDE-133BT's phone button, or set up the receiver to answer all calls automatically. If someone else calls in, just tap the "2" key to activate call waiting.

Stream your tunes, too
If your phone or another device supports Bluetooth music streaming, you can beam your tunes and control playback with the CDE-133BT. Alpine's Sound Expansion technology helps your streaming tunes sound their best.

Great for your iPod® and iPhone®
You can use the CDE-133BT's controls to navigate your iPod's music library, thanks to a convenient front-panel USB input. The person riding shotgun will love Passenger Control Mode, which lets them play DJ while you focus on driving. And let's not forget about what made Alpine famous in the first place — great sound quality. You can adjust your sound to taste with one of the ten equalizer presets or by using the 3-band parametric EQ.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) 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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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 receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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

Easy to operate. Great aftermarket bluetooth. So far so good.

Brad T, Maple Grove MN

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What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
  • Microphone clip
  • Hard plastic face case
  • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Reference Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • System Requirements (for CD-ROM)
  • Online Product Registration card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Alpine CDE-133BT Reviews

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    183 Reviews

    Alpine CDE-133 BT not all it seemed to be...

    Written by: Maureen from Texas on January 13, 2016

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

    On first appearances, it seemed to be typical Alpine quality that would not disappoint. After owning it for a few months, the problems started. First, in a 2005 Honda Civic, the dash is angled so that the display on this unit was not visible except after the sun had set or if you happened to be in a parking garage or tunnel. Second, the bluetooth connectivity was a hit or miss. The unit would sometimes not connect to my phone at all. The only way to remedy this problem was to completely shut the car off, remove the ignition key and restart the car. This was a very annoying problem with this unit. I contacted Alpine support and Crutchfield about this and both places told me that there was not a fix for the problem. Third, about 3 years into ownership of this unit, the CD player began to malfunction. The disc would not eject and also would not load and play while in the unit. I have since learned that the transport mechanism on the CDE-133BT is a common failure point. I have owned several Alpine head units and this one, by far, has been the most disappointing.

    Pros: Nice sound Easy to use

    Cons: Display hard to see in daylight conditions. Poor connectivity using bluetooth. CD player malfunctioned after 3 years.

    Not all that it is cracked up to be

    Written by: Roger Rabbit from Louisiana on October 12, 2013

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

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

    The first week was wonderful. I bought this unit for the bluetooth technology. It worked great for the first week. i struggled for months thinking it was my phone not the unit. It would some times connect it would pause during playback for no reason. then I got an i Phone, It would not connect at all. I contacted Alpine and they told me to install the firmware update. That was a challenge in itself. The unit would not connect with my computer. When I finally got it to connect it took about twenty minutes to finally get the update to push. After the update it stuck in the firmware updated do not touch any button for 30 minutes. When it finally told me to touch any button when I tried to check the update the bluetooth would not work at all. Now I have to buy a new unit, This unit does not work well with the i phone at all.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Love it

    Written by: Brad T from Maple Grove MN on May 29, 2013

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to operate. Great aftermarket bluetooth. So far so good.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Then I let the Alpine play

    Written by: Anonymous from Nashville, TN on May 11, 2013

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this unit to replace my factory radio in my 99 Wrangler. I wasn't looking to break the bank with my purchase. Just wanted a unit to integrate with my iPhone. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield, but it definitely won't be my last. Installation instructions made this a breeze. Looks good and great sound quality.

    Pros: I like the look and sound of the unit. easy to use. USB, AUX, and bluetooth connectivity gives you every option you need to integrate your smartphone or music player. Overly impressed with Crutchfield instructions. Purchase came with all parts I needed for the install and easy to follow installation guide specifically tailored to my Jeep.

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Sri from Charlotte, NC on May 9, 2013

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very easy to install but had problems with the plastic harness. Had to buy one from a different retailer.

    Pros: Easy installation, sound quality and blue tooth hands free talk

    Cons: none

    Alpine CDE-133BT review

    Written by: Jason from Rutland, VT on April 23, 2013

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

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

    This is a great sounding deck. I replaced the stock deck on an '05 Honda Accord. Even with the stock speakers it sounded great right off the bat and was a huge improvement over the stock deck. I have not used the Blue Tooth features yet because I just don't have a reason. I bought this deck to run an iPod in the car easily. The controls for the iPod are a little complicated and not easy while driving without looking away from the road. I typically have the iPod mounted on the dash and control the selections etc right from the iPod itself.

    Pros: Ease of install and use, great sound, good controls of equalizer etc

    Cons: complicated buttons for iPod control.

    loved it

    Written by: thomas m from bowie md on March 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    like it alot no thrills but good all around

    Pros: alpine

    Cons: cant change the display colors

    Great Stereo

    Written by: Jeep1 from Mississippi on March 7, 2013

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

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

    I have always wanted to use Cruchfield and have never had the opportunity, as I tend to prefer the "Factory look." I bought a jeep and wanted to upgrade stereos for sound quality and the hands free capibility, and I do not think I could have chosen a better stereo. Thanks!

    Pros: Install was easy. Directions were great. Not too sure how it could have been simpler.

    Cons: I cannot think of any.

    Great unit

    Written by: happy_honda_guy from Columbus, OH on March 1, 2013

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

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

    I recently installed this unit in a 2003 honda pilot. The install was easy. The harness adapter from Crutchfield really made things easy. I was able to sort out all the wires and make the connections in the comfort of my kitchen.The install kit fits great and the instructions were superb The unit works great - the bluetooth connects with my iphone 3 even if I don't have it unlocked. I like the controls - they are easy to use. I bought a Metra ASWC with the unit so my steering wheel controls work with the new head unit. My only regret is the backlight on the unit is blue. My pilot dash is a green back light. I ams so happy with everything else I let the blue color remind me of the ocean.

    Pros: excellent bluetooth, easy controls, easy install, great value

    Cons: Blue is the only back light color -

    Alpine CDE-133BT into 2005 Mustang GT

    Written by: bsm1 from Tucson, AZ on February 28, 2013

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This product works well with iPod and iPhone. Seamless actually. Sounds better than the factory shaker 500 it replaced. There were a couple of installation caveats however. The 12v to 5v voltage changer so you don't get a loud POP when the amps turn on is not fully effective. I tried with and without the additional part. Much better with, but not gone. You still hear it. However, this could be because I only purchased one, and the mustang has two blue/white wires, the wiring harness I bought has one. I connected the two blue/white leads together into the voltage adapter, then the adapter to the one blue/white lead from the radio. Maybe I'm overpowering the adapter, and need to put each blue white lead from mustang through its own voltage adapter then combine the to leads after the adapter in a connection with the one from the radio. The other thing to note is that the the generic single din plus pocket, which fits the mustang perfectly, is not made for this radio. The collar attachment does not fit over the radio, its too small. The other attachments that go longitudinally do not fit with this radio either. So the radio at this point is not attached soundly to the car, but fit snugly enough its not an immediate problem. Probably just add a few shims and get it a bit tighter. All in all, nice radio, hands free operation of iPhone, including voice calling. iPod control from the deck. Easy Bluetooth connections. Does all of it with minimal setup.

    Pros: Nice features, good price, easy set up. Hands-free works well. Nice sounding system, easy control of iPod library.

    Cons: Not a ford factory original, so a few installation issues. Nothing that cannot be overcome.

    Another Alpine winner...

    Written by: fgastelum from Calexico Ca on February 19, 2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced my 12 yr old Alpine CDE-133BT unit, because I needed the front Aux/USB connections... Can't go wrong with Alpine & Crutchfield.

    Pros: great sound, value...

    Cons: none

    costly

    Written by: Justis from Greenville NC on February 17, 2013

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

    Purchase this for my 1998 Deville concours Of course their system did not say that I will have to replace speakers Had to replace 6 factory speakers So I spent additional $ at the audio shop In addition to what deck cost me Sound quality was terrible So I had to put subwoofers and amplifiers in my car All told I spent additional $

    Pros:

    Cons: Had to take out 6 factory speakers and put in 6 new speakers Sound quality was worse with this deck then with the factory system Had to add 12 inch subwoofer and amplifier to get sound quality right spent more $

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: ShaneJ from Prince Frederick, MD on February 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Put this in my son's Wrangler. He loves it and it works well. Much better sound than the factory unit we replaced

    Pros: Price and Bluetooth are a good incentive to by this unit. Sound quality and ease of installation by crutchfield makes this a great buy

    Cons: A little old design for display

    Nice unit But.....

    Written by: MikeK from Mount Prospect, IL on February 15, 2013

    2008 Honda Element LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installation in my 2008 Honda Element was a snap with the included free supplies. I ended up soldering and heat shrinking the adapter cables and cut down the length from the provided pigtails. Note that my unit did not have the ability to change the faceplate display colors as advertised by Alpine. Also, read the fine print as you can only use 1 bluetooth device at a time with this unit. I have an ipod touch and a blue tooth phone and I have to clear each device and register the opposite one which is a pain. So I'm back to the ipod usb cable when I want to connect the phone via bluetooth. Otherwise I'm pretty happy.

    Pros: Cool radio with lots of functionality and good sound. Easy install with Crutchfiled's free goodies.

    Cons: Display is fixed blue and only 1 bluetooth device can be used at a time. Pairing & unpairing might be an issue for some..

    Awesome Product!

    Written by: Douglas B from Rochester, MN on February 14, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I had this unit professionally installed on my 2005 Jeep Liberty. the sound quality is amazing. The direct iphone hook-up is really cool not to mention the Bluetooth works very well, actually better than my earpiece as far as sound quality. Crutchfield, you knocked this one outta the park with this one, Great job!!

    Pros: Killer bang for the buck!

    Cons: I'm afraid I might blow my factory speakers!

    Nice unit

    Written by: Don from New Jersey on February 13, 2013

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

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

    I love the sound this unit puts out. This is not my daily commuting vehicle so I usually only listen during weekends. The Bluetooth is excellent and I use the USB port on the front almost exclusively. My only dislike is that by replacing my stock unit, I lost the clock on the display. You can have the clock displayed but then you lose the ability to see the song title and or artist at the same time. The buttons are also small and almost hidden so I have to take my eyes off the road to adjust.

    Pros: Great sound. Easy to use.

    Cons: Display will not show time as well as artist info at the same time Small buttons

    Luxury Level Class

    Written by: koppsisgood from Oscoda, MI on February 12, 2013

    1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this myself as a factory upgrade for my 1989 Grand Wagoneer. The square MODE button compliments the square styling of the interior. Easy to install - all the wire colors matched up with the wiring harness provided by Crutchfield. Easy to operate. User interface is intuitive. I have not needed to refer to the manual once - not even to set the clock. Factory EQ settings are all that are needed for my basic speakers. Lots of bang for the buck here. Best of all - it sounds great.

    Pros: Intuitive interface. Front USB. Classic square buttons.

    Cons: Blue lights are too modern for vintage vehicles. Plastic front.

    Awesome Radio, NOT compatible with my Droid Bionic

    Written by: Maxboost from California on February 12, 2013

    1988 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Radio But it's just not compatible with my Droid so Iam returning it in exchange for the Kenwood 696

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Alpine

    Written by: Tony from Liverpool,ny on February 9, 2013

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very nice unit picks up calls with perfect clarity,voice dial works great and interface very easy to navigate.all this for under $200? Crazy value

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: Nothing yet

    Alpine CDE_133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Tampa Bay on February 8, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    If I could give the sound quality a 6 or 7 I would! The sound quality is AWESOME!!!

    Pros: Awesome sound which makes up for the bluetooth issues which may be resolved, just don't know yet.

    Cons: Bluetooth issues which I hope I will figure out, but there is always the aux input to use!! I had a JVC B4 that had bluetooth issues also, but the sound from the Alpine is just soooooo much better than the JVC, it almost doesn't matter to me!!!!!!!!!

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: HandsFree from Frisco, CO on February 5, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installation took longer than expected. The generic connector that looked like the one in my car was a completely different beast. If you have to force it in, you have the same problem, plus the wires don't go to the same place. Had to start from scratch, but the colors lined up perfectly with my 2001 astro van. Large display is easy to read at a glance, the sound quality is better and louder than the aftermarket POS it replaced using stock speakers. Bluetooth hands free connection with my droid 2 phone is effortless. Positioned the mic between the steering column and dashboard, pointing right at my mouth. Calls are crystal clear. Use with my XM radio and aux in. Have not tried with ifruit or usb flash drive, but sure it will "rock, roll, rhythm and blues" (actual names of XM's 4 satellites, BTW)

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Dashboard lights dimmer does not control this unit, even though the wire is connected.

    Great head unit!

    Written by: Anonymous from San Diego, Ca. on February 3, 2013

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great head unit, easy to install, easy to use!

    Pros: The handsfree phone work great and is super clear!

    Cons:

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Bubba from AL on February 2, 2013

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall a very good buy dollar wise, but I want to mention a few issues to those that may consider purchasing this unit. Display color cannot be changed, repeat, cannot be changed. You're stuck with bright blue and the other lights in my car are unfortunately green. You have to do some wire splicing and I did not expect this because I bought a unit and installation kit specifically for my car and expected to plug and play. Rather than just twisting wires together and taping them, I soldered them and used heat shrink tubing over the soldered connections. There are a few wires left over which makes one wonder what they do and if they should be used. Final issue is that the Alpine unit will not allow changing artists or songs from streaming blue tooth audio from iphone. A user will need to change artists or songs manually from the Iphone when streaming audio.

    Pros: Sounds good and blue tooth phone works good. Crutchfield staff good.

    Cons: Stuck with blue display color. You have to splice wires as the wiring kits are generic and not vehicle specific. Can't change artists or songs through Alpine unit when streaming audio from iphone in bluetooth mode. Must be done manually from Ipone.

    Alpine wins again!!!

    Written by: Anonymous from Oklahoma City, OK on February 2, 2013

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Hey it's alpine nuff said. Good brand good hu and a breeze to install. Audio quality is great and the USB port in front is great. The hands free Bluetooth is of good quality too!! Can't go wrong with an alpine.

    Pros: ALPINE

    Cons: None

    True sound quality

    Written by: Justis from Greenville NC on February 1, 2013

    1998 Cadillac Deville Concours
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I put this in a 99 Yukon Denali and it made the Bose speakers sing true. If you have Bose speakers no need to add a box as you will get plenty of boom from the built in amp from deck. I just ordered same deck for my 98 caddy deville concours

    Pros: Bluetooth music playing through Bluetooth Ease of set up instructions Price Delivery (2 days in NC ) Microphone for Bluetooth

    Cons: Conversation from Bluetooth comes thru all speakers so turn volume down lol

    Easy to operate

    Written by: LeeH from Richmond, VA on January 31, 2013

    1993 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Crutchfield recomended this product to me and it has been a success. I own an old explorer that I use quite a bit for various things, however it isn't my everyday driver. I got used to hands free calling and using my iphone for music in my other vehicles so I wanted the same features in the explorer. Surprisingly everything works as advertised. The hands free calling even works great. Everyone I talk to seems to be able to hear me just fine with no interference (had to adjust the mic gain). The iphone operation is pretty easy to use as well. The only flaw is the size of the buttons, but there isn't much you can do about that considering the size of they have to work with. I still haven't figured out how to connect my music through bluetooth but I really haven't had the need for it. I rather plug it into the usb and keep my phone charged anyway.

    Pros: Hands free calling works well pretty simple to operate functions on iphone for music.

    Cons: size of buttons Wish it came with a remote that had the functions of an ipod so you could operate the music without taking your eyes off the road.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from California on January 30, 2013

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

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

    very happy with this product

    Pros: bluetooth, usb, lighting

    Cons: none

    Great stereo, great service

    Written by: JohnB352 from Florida on January 28, 2013

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Unfortunately, when I first turned on the ignition after the device was installed, the CD player made a strange clicking noise, like there was something in there. I called support and they shipped out a replacement unit that day, and it arrived 2 days later. This unit replaced another Alpine that I bought from Crutchfield in 2006. There was nothing wrong with it. I just wanted the modern features like Bluetooth and a USB port. For the price this is a great unit. I've used the hands-free calling. Used a USB thumbdrive in it. Played Pandora from my smartphone on it. Everything works great, and this unit has as much power as the Alpine I bought in 2006 for $350.

    Pros: Plenty of power and features for the money.

    Cons: Nothing, other than the first unit was defective.

    Great head unit for the price!

    Written by: Adrian from Burleson, Texas on January 28, 2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Looks good, easy to use, and sounds great!

    Pros: Good looking head unit, user friendly

    Cons: No control

    alpine 133bt GOOD VALUE

    Written by: morin from Boston MA on January 27, 2013

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

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

    I bought a more expensive car radio but was VERY disappointed. I was not disappointed by Crutchfield's service. The more expensive unit was difficult to use and finally started resetting by itself after a few months. The alpine 133bt was over $100 cheaper but it has delivered reliable service. This unit works as it should. The radio allows scan to station and tune to a specific frequency. I don't need an external controller to tune the radio to a specific frequency. I only use the radio and USB input and have no comment about the bluetooth, and cd drive, The USB device has some restrictions on number of folders and number of files but nothing that you can't easily resolve

    Pros: IT WORKS!

    Cons: Nothing worth noting

    CDE-133BT

    Written by: Bob W from Sussex, NJ on January 27, 2013

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to install. Great sound. I purchased this unit for the Bluetooth capability. It was easy to set up but does not always connect.

    Pros: Great sound. Looks good. Bluetooth

    Cons: Bluetooth does not always connect.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from New Orleans, LA on January 24, 2013

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

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

    Fairly easy to install, need to get longer screws than the ones provided due to the plastic mounting bracket (vice the metal one already with my car). It was fustrating but call tech support and they advised me of this. Not a big deal once I got the correct screws.

    Pros: Easy install. Bluetooth phone connection. Easy Bluetooth setup.

    Cons: Has a clock, but can't figure how to get it to show on the screen. Doesn't always make the Bluetooth connection, just reset the BT on the phone and good to go.

    Great Receiver, only one downside.

    Written by: Paul B from Miami on January 23, 2013

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great receiver with great BT quality. My only complaint was that when the unit is off, there is no way for the time to display.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great!

    Written by: Mike1963 from White Plains, MD on January 22, 2013

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

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

    Everything is great. Let me start off with Crutchfield before I rate the Alpine CDE-133BT. I ordered this item from Alpine on a Tuesday. The system said the deck was out of stock. I received the deck on Wednesday. Installed it on Saturday. everything necessary to install it was their. So I have to thank Crutchfield for outstanding service and price. The deck installed very easily. After connection the Bluetooth worked without any problems. Actually the next time I got in my car and I was driving when a phone call came through it worked perfect. The stereo sounds good but, it did expose my factory speakers. So I will need to update those very shortly. I've had Alpine products before and I've always been satisfied with their performance.

    Pros: Easy installation, easy operation. seamless.

    Cons:

    Great Product, Great Service

    Written by: Ethan R from Pell City, AL on January 19, 2013

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

    I could not be happier with this stereo; I bought the stereo along with four speakers(Kenwood) to replace my OEMs and after installing the stereo decided to keep the OEM speakers because it made the sound quality so much better. Easy to use and easy to connect over BT. Had one problem with wiring and called Crutchfield Tech Support; they were more than happy to help and offered a fast solution.

    Pros: Easy to use, easy to connect, great interface, cool look, sounds AMAZING

    Cons: Smaller screen

    Great improvement for an 02 Silverado

    Written by: Neuf from Bloomsburg Pa. on January 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced stock head unit and speakers. This Alpine 133bt is a awesome improvement to my 10 year old truck. Also the speakers I got were Polk replacement, a great combo.

    Pros: Bluetooth works excellent and navigation isn't too bad. Really like the rubber wrap on the volume control, doesn't slip with dry skin conditions. Very much worth the money.

    Cons:

    Good Stereo, Blue tooth not so much

    Written by: JW from Florida on January 17, 2013

    2007 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The stereo itself seems to be of Alpine quality and sound, however the whole reason I purchased it was for the Bluetooth feature which is VERY erratic, and constantly switches to "pause".

    Pros: Sound Features

    Cons: Bluetooth

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: jjc from Bellingham, WA on January 17, 2013

    2001 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The Sound Quality of this receiver is only marginally better than my 2001 Subaru stock stereo. The hands-free Bluetooth is very nice and sounds a million times better than my old visor hands-free device. Overall I am not terribly disappointing because I like the hands-free calling function as well as the ability to stream radio though my phone directly to the stereo without wires (cool!). the price is ok, but considering the sound is not much better than my stock stereo, I would expect to pay less for this device. I also purchased Alpine SPS-610C component speakers. HUGE MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!! The base is a fraction of what my stock speakers produced and the clarity was only marginally better than the stock Subaru component speakers. Extremely frustrated that I put so much much money and time into the system for only a slightly better clarity and LESS bass output. The Crutchfield harness and info sheet were very good. My dissatisfaction is not with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Wireless Bluetooth capability

    Cons: sound quality and power not much better than my old stock system

    alpine

    Written by: lookin4u from LIHUE, HAWAII on January 16, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Perfect upgrade for the cab of my RAM 1500, as always Crutchfield , it's staff & their shipping are AWSOME ordered this on New Years Eve & got it on Friday. Totally worth the $$$$ highly recomend.

    Pros: although i've installed many stereos installation was very simple & everything i needed was supplied with purchase.

    Cons: 0

    Very satisfied, tons of features for the money

    Written by: JoeN from CO on January 15, 2013

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

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

    2002 Ford Explorer. Swapped out the factory radio because I wanted hands-free calling. My first aftermarket install. Made a couple of rookie mistakes, so it took longer that I expected; about 2 hours in all. Very happy with the results in the end. Love the Bluetooth audio and USB port. The kids love the iPod capability. Crutchfield is the way to go.

    Pros: All the audio input options you could want and at a great price.

    Cons: The Bluetooth has gotten confused on a couple of occasions, requiring that I power off the radio.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Marlin from Fort Worth, Texas on January 15, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The equipment supplied by Crutchfield made this job a snap. The receiver is everything that we had hoped for as it was a gift for my grandaughter's first car.We are now looking at alpine speakers to help boost the sound of this wonderful receiver.

    Pros: Installation was easy and the instructions were accurate.

    Cons:

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: allen from columbia sc. on January 14, 2013

    1993 Cadillac Eldorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    great value easy install and good quality

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    Fantastic value

    Written by: llbts1 from Texas on January 13, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought for my son. Install was super easy. Sounds great, will be better with new speakers. Lots of great features. Got one happy boy. Crutchfield is great to deal with.

    Pros: Quality product. Crutchfield, but you already knew that!

    Cons: It didn't install itself!

    Stock Toyota Tacoma 2007

    Written by: Stock Toyota Tacoma 2007 from Hawaii on January 13, 2013

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It works well and is as advertised. I would only add that you should be aware that you'll have to connect wires. This isn't a big deal, but you'll need a wire stripper and some wire connectors (which don't come with the Crutchfield kit and isn't explained by the master instructions thingy). I'd never done anything like this before, but I was able to figure it out pretty easily (just youtube a video about it, then match up the colors on the wires and make sure they match up on the wiring diagrams).

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    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: johna from maryland on January 13, 2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I gave it 3 stars because I cannot pair my iphone 5 through the bluetooth, and when in ipod mode, it does not display the song name. Nice sound, easy setup, and crutchfield was great to deal with though.

    Pros: sound quality, price,

    Cons: iphone 5 compatibility

    OMG just BUY it!

    Written by: EricC from Oklahoma City OK on January 12, 2013

    2003 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    At $129 this unit is a STEAL. I swapped out my wife's old radio in her 2003 Caravan. BT phone works GREAT. Voice commands for dialing, etc. all work perfectly. Sound quality is NOTICEABLY much better - - and I haven't switched out the stock speakers yet. I recommend buying a Sandisk Cruzer Fit mini USB flash drive for it because it is very small and fits in the front USB port inconspicuoulsly.

    Pros: PRICE is great!

    Cons: none

    axcellent

    Written by: David from Spartanburg, SC on January 7, 2013

    2001 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Terrific item performed well to expectations as Alpine unit

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    Wow!

    Written by: Addicted to Music from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on January 6, 2013

    2008 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great car stereo. Excellent sound, Bluetooth and capabilities!

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    Good choice for my first after market radio

    Written by: FredD from Cedar Park, TX on January 4, 2013

    2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'd never bought an aftermarket stereo before and I'm really happy with my choice. The Bluetooth works great with my Iphone 4. Everything about the radio is great. My only gripe is that the blue lighting of the buttons can't be changed to match the color of the buttons in my car - not a big deal though.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great with my iphone 4.

    Cons: color of button lighting can't be changed.

    Alpine Car Stereo

    Written by: RaymondF from Hayward, CA on January 4, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this unit for my wife's car, she loves it and I think it sounds great too. The instructions made it easy to install in her Volvo.

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    Nice Deck

    Written by: John_M from Austin, TX on January 3, 2013

    1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Only have this installed for about a week, but love it so far. It has all the features I was looking for at a very reasonable price. This is a replacement deck in our Mercedes and it pulls in signals better than the OEM radio did. Love the clarity of the Bluetooth for both calls and streaming,

    Pros: Bluetooth, nice look

    Cons: None so far

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Chuck from Florida on January 1, 2013

    1997 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I couldn't believe how fast my radio arrived!

    Pros: I love my new radio. Very crisp and clear sounding.

    Cons: Nothing negeive so far. But I haven't hooked up the blue tooth to my cell yet.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: ac from Indiana on December 31, 2012

    1984 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed in 84' Mustang with no problems!

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons:

    Happy with it

    Written by: Mr. H. from Connecticut on December 30, 2012

    1995 Volvo 850
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This was installed in a Volvo 850 to replace the stock radio. The car is not mine, but the driver is very pleased. Although I have more "cons", I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another of this model.

    Pros: Very good value. Owner could figure it out without the instructions.

    Cons: The DIN sleeve needed to be modified to fit the dashboard. Screws were needed to fasten it to the dash. The instructions said that just bending tabs of the DIN sleeve would work, but that is not possible. The installation kit harness was fine, but the plastic pocket tabs broke during installation. It appears to be an installation that is designed to go in once. Something will break if it ever has to be removed. The operation instructions were confusing to the installer who is 50 years old.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Nashville, TN on December 28, 2012

    2007 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    .

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    Alpine sounds

    Written by: Alpine sounds from San Diego on December 27, 2012

    2004 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Deck is pretty dang cool and Alpine is a quality system, however, the blue tooth is not really easy to use. Will not connect at times so that was a waste of money. Overall, the system itself is outstanding!

    Pros: Looks cool and sounds great!

    Cons: Blue tooth will not connect

    Bluetooth issues

    Written by: RGregory from Indiana on December 12, 2012

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have had several Alpine units over the years and this unit is by far the easiest one to use and simple to install. Great bang for the buck. Love how it not only interfaces with the ipod but charges as well, just wished it would charge my ipad.

    Pros: Ease of use and love the usb for the ipod.

    Cons: Purchased this unit to install in a commercial dump truck and had hoped to use the bluetooth for phone calls however, there is just too much background noise which makes this not the best option for my application. Just so I am clear it is still a great unit at a good price.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from South Jersey on December 12, 2012

    1995 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit, great price. Plug and play - it's as simple as that. If you have any issues with the BT or Aux not playing through the speakers, change the blue-blue connection to blue - blue and white. Love it

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    Just Works

    Written by: MatthewL from Hillsboro, OR on December 9, 2012

    2008 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Incredibly simple to install and setup. Bluetooth, the primary reason I bought this unit, worked without any headache. Incredibly happy with this purchase.

    Pros: Ease of install and setup, bluetooth streaming support

    Cons: Can't control iTunes from my iPhone when plugged in.

    Good Value, Easy Install

    Written by: Scowbucket from Forgotten Coast, FL on December 9, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed in Pontiac Vibe in 45 minutes. Called once for help, advisor gave correct info and helped a lot.

    Pros: Bluetooth!

    Cons: Takes a while to understand the controls.

    Blue tooth not so good with Iphone5

    Written by: TS from Lakewood, IL on December 8, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit has much better FM reception than my old unit, and the sound quality is very good. I Phone 5 can stream music but you can not skip from song to song, it just repeats in Bluetooth Audio and sometimes pauses for no reason. You can control through the phone which works. Connecting the 5 to the USB port, you loose all control through the head unit and Iphone, the unit just plays what is next. Bluetooth calling is fairly good so far, the sound through the speakers is slightly muffled but better than the factory system in our BMW but not as good as the factory system in our new VW.

    Pros: Nice Sound, easy to install, very good FM reception, simple to make a call.

    Cons: Blue tooth audio is pour on Iphone 5. It would be nice to have color options.

    just right

    Written by: lr from Nashville, TN on December 3, 2012

    2002 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very nice. Receives fm signal much better, and my daughter loves the iphone music bluetooth connection. We're still figuring everything out, but as we do, it all works perfectly! Having some trouble pairing with my android, but I'm not sure it's the receiver. Could be the phone or the operator!

    Pros: sound, ease of installation, quality, hands-free

    Cons: wish the manual were a bit clearer, but pretty normal

    I wish Bluetooth worked

    Written by: GermanL from San Francisco on November 27, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Have to resync my bluetooth on iPhone 4s every morning when I get back into the car. Once it's set up (5 minutes later) then it works okay at best. The knob doesn't make for easy menu searching and the voice dial feature doesn't pick up the words clearly. Aside from the bluetooth, which is the main reason I got it, the sound and the design are decent.

    Pros: Looks nice and sound is good

    Cons: Bluetooth, bluetooth, bluetooth

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Baton Rouge, LA on November 7, 2012

    1998 BMW 323I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Why did I wait so long to replace my OEM head unit? I like to keep up with cars, but car radio technology not so much... I'm really impressed with what is available for a pretty basic system now. For the reasonable cost of this unit, I'm very satisfied.

    Pros: Louder & clearer than my stock head unit, many options for inputs, all around a good piece.

    Cons: Only minor con is that I would like to be able to change the display colors. Not a big deal, but would be nice.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: TimL from Pendleton, IN on November 6, 2012

    2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Installed in my daughters car and she had no problem at all picking up how to use all of the settings. The BT feeature is outstanding.

    Pros: BT and IPOD functionality

    Cons: non for the price and the application I used it for

    Several very annoying things that can drive you mad

    Written by: eMi from DC on October 31, 2012

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

    There is a few things that are very annoying and I am going to list them. Anyone who wants to know about the positives can read the other reviews so I won't mention those. Ok, here we go: 1. If you are using a USB stick, you can only have exactly 100 songs per folder. Anything above that wont be recognized! If you have a 32GB USB, you might need to create 20 folders 2. Random function: I have around 1000 songs on my USB stick, but somehow this unit always manages to play the same song, sometimes in the same order, every time I get into the car. I believe the algorithm is messed up, or Alpine didn't really care 3. Bluetooth: While the BT its self is awesome and the sound through BT is fantastic, whatever phone I am using, it always shows a simple and annoying "BT A", instead of the name of the phone (and it CAN read it, as in the option menu it is recognized by the correct marking of your device 4. Rewind and forward button: the click between switching a song is VERY slow, actually frustrating. You need to play a second or two into a song to be able to switch a song. 5. The left side of the design: As the left side of the design is different then the right one (its like the left side is raised), it creates a visual effect of the radio facing more to the passenger. Its the complete opposite of what you would expect. 6. Blue light: I now do regret that I did not get another radio that had the option to chose the backlight color. If the blue doesn't matches u r screwed

    Pros: will probably last for a long time, nice blue color (if your car interior is blue, it will match nicely), standard sound quality for a reasonable price

    Cons: everything mentioned in the review, no remote, sound quality in higher volumes could be better, after level 23, the nice sound is gone

    nice upgrade

    Written by: smitt from derry nh on October 31, 2012

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

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

    great upgrade from stock radio. bluetooth is a little "flaky," doesn't always connect to iphone for audio streaming but it works 85% of the time. I've always had problems with my bluetooth devices though.

    Pros: Better sound, love the bluetooth and usb inputs

    Cons: bluetooth can be a little fickle,

    Bluetooth sounds great

    Written by: Anonymous from HB, ca on October 27, 2012

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this to put in my f150 to replace the stock head unit and to add Bluetooth. I was very pleased with the sound improvement over stock. The Bluetooth sounds great. I have big mud terrain tires that get very noisy over 55 mph and people I call say they can't tell I'm talking hands free. Crutchfield's wiring harness and instructions made installation a breeze. Took me about 45 minutes and I'm no wiring genius. My iPhone 5 paired in seconds and I instantly had access to my contact list and music. I'm very impressed with this unit and can't believe u can get this quality for the price!

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    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: JohnH from Aiea, Hawaii on October 10, 2012

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

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

    Very good unit for the price. I would recommend this unit to anyone who wants a lot of value for the money they are spending. Installation was simple and easy. The master sheet that Crutchfield includes was very helpful. It is step by step instructions that makes installation very easy. It and the mounting hardware are included at no extra charge. Crutchfield takes care of everything. They include all the mounting hardware and cables you need so you don't get the item and find out that you need a cable or some other hardware. Best of all there was no charge for shipping! even here to Hawaii. The item came UPS and had a tracking number. I am very satisfied with the Cd Receiver and very satisfied with Crutchfield.

    Pros: The receiver performs as advertised. I connected my phone via Bluetooth with no problem and I can play songs with my Ipod too. Sound quality is very good and can get to just under the pain threshold with stock speakers and no amp. Installation was simple. All hardware was included. Free shipping!!

    Cons: Are you kidding?!! Definitely no cons.

    Alpine Reciever

    Written by: Elstro17 from 33063 on October 8, 2012

    1997 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great produce, read tons of reviews, glad I chose this one. Great quality for the money. This head unit rocks! Easy installation, easy set up with bluetooth, etc, with common sense, highly recommend it. I am VERY happy! Works well will iPhone, iPod especially with pandora.

    Pros: Every feature

    Cons: No Sirius or xm, which I didn't need anyways.

    review of Alpine cde-133bt

    Written by: Cathi from Nevada on October 6, 2012

    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    easy to install, fit well, sounds great!

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    Very Nice!

    Written by: Chris from Southeast on October 3, 2012

    2007 Ford Focus ZX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Worth every penny. Nice unit, Bluetooth works as it should,simple to install with all the hardware. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Easy to install, Alpine quality!

    Cons: Cant think of one

    Great radio

    Written by: BillR from Leander,Tx on September 18, 2012

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

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

    Flawless

    Pros: Bluetooth works excellent, plenty of extra inputs and priced right

    Cons: None yet

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on September 18, 2012

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

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

    Using with Samsung Galaxy Nexus in our 2005 Civic EX Coupe, the Bluetooth connectivity was very hit or miss, seemingly without any rhyme or reason. We tried everything we could think of to get it to work, reading the manual, as well as searching Alpine's site and trying to find others with similar problems via Google search to no avail. I finally called Alpine and got a nice guy on the other end of the line who owns a Samsung Android phone himself & was able to help. Apparently the trick with this head unit is to switch the source away from BT before shutting off the car. When you start the car wait for the BT device to pair with the stereo before changing the source back to BT audio. Since then, we've really been enjoying the new stereo despite a frustrating introduction. If you leave the BT source selected when shutting off the car, frequently the error that would occur is the phone would pair but in settings it shows "Connected (no media)" and BT music streaming would not work.

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    Great Radio and easy to install

    Written by: funefarmer from Fremont, WI on September 14, 2012

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It looked like a massive undertaking to install this radio but it turned out the directions were clear. I followed them and it worked first time up! Thanks much.

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    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: jesus l from tyler tx on September 12, 2012

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    just perfect

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    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Lin H from Cedarville, NJ on September 6, 2012

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Radio is well worth the price. Bluetooth works fine & paired to my cell phone with no problems.Great sound & looks.

    Pros: Great price and quality.

    Cons: Furnished GMC connector would not mate with installed plug. Had to remove & install connector from the replacement radio.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: ebbman from Los Angeles, CA on September 5, 2012

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

    Overall an improvement over the Honda OEM 6 disc receiver. Still not sure what the microphone is for. I can't seem to make it work but all other features are functioning.

    Pros: Simple and good quality.

    Cons: Microphone and other rear functions are not easy to find.

    great sound great quality

    Written by: nate from Logandale, Nevada on September 1, 2012

    1987 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced a jvc head unit with this one . 1. Because I am an alpine fan 2. The blue tooth features 3. usb dock. I have this unit in my 1987 Jeep Cherokee rock crawler so i needed somthing to drown out the tire noise works great and the BT for the phone works graet.

    Pros: Nice looks,cool features

    Cons: bt audio streaming

    Great Sound Quality, Bad Phone Compatibility

    Written by: Greg from Connecticut on August 28, 2012

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

    I bought a CDE-133BT to replace the CDA-9856 in my truck. I was primarily concerned with Bluetooth connectivity both for phone calls and music streaming. I chose this model because it was supposedly compatible with my Droid Razr, and upon demoing it in a retail store it seemed to work well. As for making phone calls, it works OK, but the call sound quality is less than desirable, and the Bluetooth media streaming barely works at all: When attempting to play media, the head unit shows that the media is paused and thus will not output audio. Sometimes pausing the media on the phone and mashing the play pause button on the head unit gets it to play, but it gets tiring having to do so on every track on an album. Apparently, Alpine's head units don't work with my phone even though it is on their compatibility list. After calling Alpine tech support the answer I received was that they were aware of the issue and had no foreseeable solution anytime soon. Since I have no choice but to keep it now that it is installed in my truck, I have managed to make due by disabling the Bluetooth media streaming and using the AUX input for my phone audio, and just dealing with the poor call quality. If you have a Motorola Android Phone this is not the head unit for you. I do hear that it works well with other smartphone brands. though (i.e. Samsung, iPhone, etc.). I have also had good luck with Kenwood's KDC-BT series head units with my phone in other vehicles.

    Pros: Has the excellent sound quality that I have come to expect from Alpine's products. AUX input and IPOD input work well and sound rather excellent

    Cons: Bluetooth functions currently are incompatible with my Motorola Droid Razr and other phones listed on their compatibility list. (hopefully a firmware will come out soon and fix the problem)

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Ashland, NE on August 24, 2012

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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    Just what I wanted !

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    Written by: Jerry K from Sequim, WA on August 17, 2012

    1988 BMW 635CSI
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    I had previously replaced my BMW DIN radio with an aftermarket. The Alpine is superior to both the previous radio. One quality I wanted was decent FM reception in our remote area, and the Alpine delivers. The Bluetooth works great and connected the first time I attempted to pair my phone.

    Pros: Price and Quality

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    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from TX on August 15, 2012

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    Seems like a good value for all the features. Easy to set up, pair with phones.

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    Written by: Lionel from Pascoag ri on August 13, 2012

    1999 Dodge Durango
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    Easy to install and user friendly

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    Alpine Bluetooth Receiver

    Written by: John doughboy from Does this really matter? on August 9, 2012

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
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    Overall a great unit. I have had a few receivers and so far this seems to be one of the best. The Bluetooth options are awesome, no it will not display certain things, but none the less hands free still works great. Be warned that if you start the truck up then say stop for gas jump out then get back in real quick, the Bluetooth sometimes has a hard time re-connecting properly. I have had this happen a couple of times and just make sure you disconnect the iphone ipod, whatever it is, manually from the receiver and then manually re-connect. Easy fix, but I have seen some getting frustrated over this. Another thing to add is the mid range, not the greatest but still the sound quality is up there.

    Pros: Bluetooth hands free Cool blue Easy to use

    Cons: Connecting devices sometimes may prove to be a challenge but it works none-the-less.

    very nice deck easy to use

    Written by: Tony R from calimesa ca on August 6, 2012

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    very nice deck I love how easy it is to use my I pod right through the deck

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    Easy even for me - sounds awesome

    Written by: Noob from MA on July 27, 2012

    2006 Honda Accord VP
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    Bought this (with the OEM dash adapter) for my '06 Accord VP. Instructions were mostly straightforward and easy to follow - i have a stick shift, and the instructions were made for an automatic but it really didn't change anything. Bought some cheap panel tools online for the disassembly which I highly recommend to avoid breaking / scratching your trim. I preassembled the head unit and the dash adapter and wired the harnesses together prior to starting disassembly, which I also recommend - it means less time with the car in pieces. Probably two hours total installation time and the sound is awesome - way more clarity on the low end than the factory radio and the bluetooth works great (I use it for calling rather than music) - the USB is a nice touch as well, i like how it allows you to control the ipod with the head unit controls. glad I spend the extra $50 for the higher end model.

    Pros: sound, ease of installation, breadth of features, price

    Cons: controls aren't intuitive, particularly the manual radio tuner, but easy to learn.

    Alpine CDE-133BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Blaine Wa. on July 23, 2012

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