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Our take on the Alpine CDE-134HD

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.

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Ride with HD Radio™

Alpine designed the CDE-134HD CD receiver for all you AM/FM radio lovers. Its built-in HD Radio tuner lets you dial in digital HD Radio broadcasts to get FM that sounds almost as good as a CD, and AM that sounds like traditional FM — a huge leap forward in sound quality. Plus HD Radio stations can take advantage of multicasting, which lets them broadcast multiple channels on the same frequency — giving you more listening options.

Alpine CDE-134HD

Great for your iPod® and iPhone®

Plug in your player to the front-panel USB input, and you can use the CDE-134HD's controls to navigate your iPod's music library. The person riding shotgun will love Passenger Control Mode, which lets them play DJ while you focus on driving. While your iPod's connected and you've got an HD Radio broadcast tuned in, you can "tag" songs you hear for later purchasing from the iTunes® store.

Awesome sound quality

And as always, you can count on Alpine to deliver 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. Into power? This receiver works with Alpine's KTP-445A Power Pack, a plug-in amplifier that sends 45 watts RMS to each of your front and rear speakers.

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

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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 HD Radio tuner
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • high-pass filter (speaker/preamp outputs) and low-pass filter (preamp outputs)
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt switchable front/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Video Screen
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 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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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    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)
    • Face (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • 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

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    HD Radio
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    HD Radio

    HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the Alpine CDE-134HD.

    Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Note: Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.

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

    Note: Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic memory search.

    Seek Mode: You can search for only digital AM/FM stations (Digital mode), or both analog & digital AM/FM stations (Hybrid mode).

    Listening Modes: The head unit provides four reception methods in order to receive Digital & Analog AM/FM signals according to your own preference and signal strength.

    • Hybrid: Receives both digital and analog stations. If the digital signal is weak, this mode will switch to receive the analog radio signal automatically.
    • Digital: Receives only digital radio signals, even when the digital signal is weak.
    • Digital MC: Receives the digital radio signal while listening to a sub-program service of a multicast station.
    • Analog: Only receives the analog radio signal, even when the digital signal is strong.

    Live Mode: While receiving a live AM/FM broadcast, you can select an optimized receiving method according to your own preference and the signal strength.

    • Analog: While receiving a live broadcast, this unit will only receive the analog radio signal even when the digital signal can be received.
    • Digital: While receiving a live broadcast, this unit will keep receiving the digital radio signal even when the digital signal is week.
    • Listen: While receiving a live broadcast, this unit will use one of the Listening Modes (Hybrid, Digital, Digital MC, or Analog).

    FM Tone Quality: You can set your preferred tonal quality, when listening to FM analog radio stations. You can choose between HiFi (high-quality sound), Normal (standard setting), or Stable (noise control).

    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 Playback: This unit can play CD-R and CD-RW discs containing MP3 audio files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 8-320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to a maximum of 255 folders & a maximum 510 files can be read from one disc. ID3 tags (v1, v2) are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

    Note: The head unit does not support WMA/AAC file playback.

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you are playing a disc with CD Text or ID3 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 or ID3 tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-134HD 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-134HD no more that 35° above horizontal.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Alpine CDE-134HD features a front-panel USB type-A port, so you may connect a USB MSC or MTP device; such as select Android smartphones, portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. ID3 tags (v1, v2) are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed. This unit will recognized up to 100 folders and 100 files per folder. You can use the head unit's Quick Search (text/file/folder) function to browse your USB device's music library. Repeat (file/folder) & Random (all/folder) playback functions are also supported. Your USB memory device's control will be locked once connected to the Alpine head unit. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The head unit's USB port is not compatible with WMA/AAC files.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's front-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod dock-connector cable which came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The Alpine CDE-134HD offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-134HD supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone; as well as music apps streamed to your iPod/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's music library from the head unit. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-134HD lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search each category alphabetically (A-Z). For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the head unit's preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the a Category (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). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback functions (All/Album/Category) and Repeat playback function (song).
    • iPod Passenger Control: In iPod Passenger Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Alpine head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible.

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Alpine CDE-134HD will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information in Head Unit or iPod Passenger Control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, & Album label. The unit will not display music app information.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-134HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a portable MP3 player. You can turn the Auxiliary Input on or off. You can also change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the front panel input; Auxiliary, TV, DVD, Portable, or Game.

    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

    Head Unit Power Pack (optional): Add the KTP-445A (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445A is compact enough to install behind the Alpine CD receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    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 & high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume.

    Switchable Preamp Output: The unit is equipped with Front/SW preamp output, which can be set to either a fading front-channel preamp output or a non-fading subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Control: When the non-fading subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume, low-pass filter, & phase.

    • Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer 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).
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

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

    Source Volume Level: The output level of each source is individually adjustable from -5 to + 5 dB.

    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, & ID-3 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, & the tag information, while playing a MP3 disc or USB memory device.

    Text Scroll: This unit can scroll the disc & track names recorded on CD-Text disc, as well as the text information of MP3 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.

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

    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; FM1, FM2, AM, AUX, Disc, or USB.

    Demo Mode: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-134HD is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By Michael, Anchorage, AK on Friday, June 06, 2014
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    A great head unit for a awesome price. Pretty easy to put in. Sounds great and works great with other alpine products.
    Pros:
    Great sound for a great price.
    Cons:
    Took me a little while to get it in.
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    5 out of 5

    sounds great but signal fades out when i go under trees

    Written By georger, clover sc on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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    other then the fading out is great
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By rich, ohio on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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    We have been very pleased with quality and sound from the alpine units (3) that I have purchased in the last three years
    Pros:
    sounds ,ease of use, quality
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134

    Written By Michael, Hartford City, IN on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    Good affordable upgrade from my factory unit in my 99 Silverado. Didn't want to invest much since I only drive five miles each way to work. Added the inline alpine amp and Polk speakers. Plenty of power for me and the sound is good. Love being able to use the USB to play my MP3 files.
    Pros:
    Easy to install. Flash drive.
    Cons:
    small buttons
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head unit

    Written By Alexwine, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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    Bought this my girlfriend and she loves it. It is a huge improvement over her previous stereo just in the sound quality alone. She is also a huge fan of seeing the song information from the radio and iPod.
    Pros:
    Beautiful integration Easy to install Incredible sound quality
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound!

    Written By Darryl, Minneapolis,Mn. on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    Installation went smoothly. Directions were fairly good. I like the quality of HD sound too.
    Pros:
    Good replacement for stock unit. Brings me up to speed tech wise.
    Cons:
    Supplied tray was nice but does not hold things well as they continuously are sliding out. It needs a greater angle drop for retention of odds and ends.
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    5 out of 5

    Big improvement

    Written By Pitonview, Avon, NY on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    Replaced a Kenwood that never worked right from day one. The sound is so much better and the unit is much easier to use! Loving it!
    Pros:
    Easy to install and use.
    Cons:
    Bit of a tight fit with all the cable adapters
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Sitz9, Norfolk, Ne on Thursday, May 15, 2014
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    Good value for the money. Installed with ease but I already had an old alpine in my truck.
    Cons:
    No HD radio stations in my area...no fault towards the radio
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By CAM, Belleview,Fl on Thursday, May 08, 2014
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    A great value at this price.
    Pros:
    Good looking unit, terrific sound.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    201320-01

    Written By Matt, Dayton, OH on Sunday, May 04, 2014
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    Not bad for the money. We got this for my wife's 2007 Rav4 and it is a very nice upgrade from the stock radio. I would definitely recommend this head unit. I also bought the Alpine KTP-445U booster amp and it provides a noticeable improvement to the sound quality. Plus, it fits right inside the dash.
    Pros:
    Great upgrade over stock. Easy to use.
    Cons:
    Only two preamp outputs.
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    3 out of 5

    Nice deck! But

    Written By Kenfly, Tallahassee, FL on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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    A great deck for a stock replacement but not if you are using an amp. I pulled out a old pioneer and replaced with this unit. Very easy to use and sounds great but has no sub controls and didn't have the power my old pioneer had. Called crutchfield and the customer service was awesome, ordered a new pioneer unit and love it
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    No sub control, power
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Anonymous, Sumner, Washington on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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    Ok need stronger hd pickup
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Anonymous, Chicago on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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    It was Great! Had this in a 2000 Ford Focus SE Wagon. You can hear the difference when that HD Radio hits. I have this with the Alpine Power Pack.
    Pros:
    Sound, HD Radio, and looks
    Cons:
    I have to have the key to the "on" position to have the HU work. Where as the stock unit would play with no key for 30mins. But honestly I can live with out it. NBD
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!!! Must buy!

    Written By motocrazed69, Burbank, CA on Monday, April 21, 2014
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    Bought for my 2004 Dodge Dakota and I must say I am incredibly with the build and sound quality! Huge difference from stock and is an awesome looking product. And the new faceplate fit perfect into the stock ones place. Wiring was relatively easy due to the color coated wires and adapter. Highly recommend to anybody looking for a new radio and head unit!
    Pros:
    Looks, sound quality, adjustability,
    Cons:
    None
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    3 out of 5

    Radio is good, USB support is lacking

    Written By j, Shrewsbury MA on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
     
    I bought this unit because I wanted to listen to HD radio stations and to play music from a flash drive. I'm impressed with the HD radio. It seems to acquire the HD signal faster than other brands. However, I'm disappointed in the USB flash drive support. It won't read my 32GB drive at all. And although it mostly works with my 16GB drive, if USB is selected when the unit powers on, it quite often gives me an error message. I have to switch the input to something else then back to USB to get it to read. This is annoying. Both the 32GB and 16GB flash drives work just fine in my two other non-Alpine units.

    I'm happy with the sound quality. It has a 3-band parametric equalizer that gives me enough control to make it sound good.

    I don't like that when the unit is off, the display is completely blank. It would be nice if it would at least display the clock.

    I didn't try using an iPod or CD yet.
    Pros:
    Good sound, has HD radio, inexpensive
    Cons:
    Poor USB flash drive support, no clock display when unit is off
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Trucktecz, Aurora co on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    Great cheap substation for my factory radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Boneyard, northeast Ohio on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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    This Alpine head unit is everything I hoped it would be....Great features & great clean sound....I love the HD Radio!
    Pros:
    HD radio, USB input, Aux input, Clean sound, Easy operation.
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Fire628, Berlin,PA on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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    Good radio, descent sound quality love the blue display
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    5 out of 5

    CDE-134HD : RUE-4202

    Written By TimY, Winter Springs, Fl on Monday, March 17, 2014
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    Installed in a '91 Chevy Silverado C-1500. I purchased the CDE-134HD and RUE-4202 after having purchased an Alpine unit for this truck some 15 yrs ago. Tech support and Sales support very helpful. Current discount ($80.00) made this unit less expensive than what I paid 15 yrs ago (can't say that very often).
    Pros:
    Unit was essentially a direct swap out regarding chassis, wiring harness, ect. I did splice in the supplied wiring harness though. The wirless remote required installation of the batteries, then immediately worked. Awesome. Installation took all of 30 minutes. Sound (though I've not fully programed the EQ) is awesome.
    Cons:
    Personally I'm 'old school'. Don't need all of the bell and whistles that some units have. This appears to be a very good basic unit that has some extras that I won't utilize. I know this is my issue, not Alpines.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Anonymous, Springfield, IL on Friday, March 14, 2014
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    Seems to be a pretty awesome deck so far.
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    5 out of 5

    My New Radio

    Written By Steve, Silver Spring, MD on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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    The radio in my 2000 Honda Accord needed to be replaced and the Dealer wanted $720 plus $150 to install a factory rebuild replacement. I thought I was just buying an HD Radio, and was ecstatic to find an excellent replacement with CD, USB port, etc. for this price. It greatly exceeds my expectations. Thanks Crutchfield!!!!
    Pros:
    All I wanted, needed, and SO much more!
    Cons:
    So what if it doesn't operate the volume and change the channel from the steering wheel - The car is worth $3K - I wasn't going to spend $1K for a factory rebuild radio!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Deck

    Written By Anonymous, Bristol, Tn on Monday, March 10, 2014
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    Awesome deck Alpine has always had a great product With sound and performance.
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    4 out of 5

    Worth the buck

    Written By r collins, Cleburne, tx on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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    Installed in my 2008 ford f150. HD radio worth every penny. Works great with a IPOD
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, West Caldwell, Nj on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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    Great product i got a whole sound system but nothing sounded correct until i got this
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Old guy, Kingman az on Monday, March 03, 2014
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    Great stereo huge step up from my supertuner. If you are not looking for every bell and whistle they can put on a stereo this is the one for you. Great tuner great CD player option inputs if want USB or iPod and still easy to use.just might get one for the wife's car next.
    Pros:
    Simple, clean looks, easy to use sounds great
    Cons:
    My only complaint is you can not turn off the optional USB
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Jon, Gresham, OR on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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    Great unit for the price. Relatively simple stereo, but does exactly what I wanted it to and got a nice bump in sound quality. Very happy with my purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    i stole this!

    Written By Dude Where's My Par?, Brandywine, DE on Friday, February 21, 2014
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    Great experience! Purchased late Tuesday night, selected standard UPS delivery. The thing showed up here the next day! My 7yo daughter wired the harness that night, and we installed it while were at the bus stop in the morning. Also, it was on sale! So I got a new radio for slightly more than a box store would have charged just to install!
    Pros:
    HUGE step up from the factory unit. love the Ipod controls...I had stopped using it because I always forgot to turn it off. Now I don't have to. HD radio is the way to go. I've had it before,and it's s little hokey the way it dips in and out of HD signal, but overall it's a definite step up from standard fm. I like the hd for my morning commute. You can actually find music!, not windbags on every channel.
    Cons:
    none, it's exactly as advertised. The base Alpine is comparable to most other brands top units.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Tim, Lomita, CA on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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    Excellent radio for the price.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality when in HD, very easy to use.
    Cons:
    HD is kinda sketchy in the city its fine but on the highway it skips in and out.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Lee, Murfreesboro, TN on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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    Display is very good. Sound for most part excellent with a few FM stations OK. Maybe due to rural location. Text on controls small, hard to read. Setting stations fairly easy but read the instructions on PDF file, much better explained than included printed manual. HD stations are great. Removing head unit face plate when parking and leaving my vehicle is great (easy), included case is perfect. Overall, this is an excellent value for less than $100.
    Pros:
    HD stations, removable face plate. 18. station presets (12 FM, 6 AM). Face plate storage/carry case. Sound quality.
    Cons:
    Small text on controls.
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    5 out of 5

    I love Alpine

    Written By Juston, Aleaxndria, VA on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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    Always impressed with Alpine
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Randy Weiss, Chapel Hill, NC on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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    Thumbs up!!
    Pros:
    Good sound and simple functions
    Cons:
    Have not hooked up sub yet ... So can't talk about low pass filter yet
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    5 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Humphrey in VA, Vienna, VA on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    Maybe I should read the manual, but not all controls are as intuitive as I'd like them to be! USB is awesome.
    Pros:
    Great value. First time experience with HD radio.
    Cons:
    none, really
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    5 out of 5

    HD Radio is amazing!

    Written By Willie, St Louis area on Friday, January 31, 2014
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    I bought the Alpine receiver mainly for the USB input and the CD player. My Grand Cherokee had an AM/FM cassette deck and I needed to upgrade. Once I heard the HD radio I was Hooked!! I went online and printed out a list of the local HD stations. The quality of the sound is near perfect. I plugged in a thumb drive and played a few songs but the quality of the mp3's doesn't match that of the HD radio. Now I can listen to Blues hockey and Cardinal baseball in crystal clear high fidelity. No more AM!!
    Pros:
    Low price, looks good, excellent sound.
    Cons:
    I know it's minor, but there is no clock display when the unit is turned off.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By James S, Bellevue Ne on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    Awesome Stereo
    Pros:
    No time to hook up 20minutes
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    My new experence with Crutchfield

    Written By Steve Duffy, Davenport Iowa on Monday, January 27, 2014
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    This is my first unit from Crutchfield I let them suggest what units to purchase sinch I wanted something simple. After I get my 55 pick up rebuilt I should know more about how it works and sounds. It looks great and I exp[ect the same in performance.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-134HD

    Written By Anonymous, Loomis, Nebraska on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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    Very good product. Packaged well in the shipping box, everything was in tact and unscratched. All the screws, wires, mounting bracket fit perfectly in my Dodge. This only took about 20 minutes to install.
    Pros:
    Neat color and layout.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Buy it

    Written By Mike, North platte ne on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    Easy install thanks to crutchfield harness and mt kit in my 97 Dakota. Easy to operate and sounds great. Thumbs up to crutchfield tech support. After install had no sound, double checked all connections and we're good. Called tech line whom informed me my truck had a factory amp in it, quick and easy fix in less than 2 minutes. Price was right, service was priceless!
    Pros:
    Easy install and operation.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Love This Radio

    Written By Marsha, Alexandria, VA on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    This radio has a great sound and I love the features on it. I have found it very easy to use and makes my drive so much nicer. I highly recommend it.
    Pros:
    Great sound. Great features
    Cons:
    Can't think of any.
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    5 out of 5

    Sound quality is great

    Written By Masospaghetti, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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    I don't know why I bother with any brand besides Alpine, especially for this price. The sound quality just blows away anything else and the interface is very friendly. Highly recommended. Crutchfield is also very pleasant to work with and shipping was quick. Thanks!
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    5 out of 5

    Great buy!

    Written By Anonymous, New Kent, VA on Friday, January 10, 2014
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    Great buy, I love the HD radio only bad thing is it fades out a lot, probably due to location and then you can barely hear the radio at times but no big deal. The unit is nicely lit up and is easy to install and use. I installed it myself on my 93 Toyota Camry. Crutchfield has the best service, pricing, and shipping
    Pros:
    Good price, nice color
    Cons:
    HD radio fades out sometimes and it's hard to hear the station
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    5 out of 5

    Just What I Needed

    Written By MartyO, Geirgia on Friday, January 10, 2014
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    I love the Alpine gear and always use them in my cars. This one went into my 1968 Road Runner and, as expected, works flawlessly.
    Pros:
    Clean display and easy to set up and use.
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    4 out of 5

    HD Radio cuts out

    Written By Steve T, Cherry Hill, NJ on Friday, January 10, 2014
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    This unit is an excellent upgrade from my 2000 Jeep Cherokee's stock radio. The sound quality is dramatically improved, especially the USB input (which charges my iPhone) and HD radio. However, head units with HD radio should come standard with premium antenna amplifiers (with noise reduction built in). HD radio cuts in and out frequently