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Alpine CDE-135BT

CD receiver

Item #: 500CDE135B

99 Reviews

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Original Price: $129.99

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Pandora® control for Android™ and BlackBerry

Pandora lovers, good news: you can bring your stations in the car and play them through your speakers with Alpine's CDE-135BT CD receiver — all it takes is the free Pandora app and your Android or Blackberry smartphone. Android and BlackBerry users can connect via Bluetooth® and get full control over Pandora from the dash — while the app runs on your phone, you can change stations, skip and tag songs, and give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" with the Alpine's controls.

Talk hands-free

Your callers will hear you loud and clear with the CDE-135BT 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 phone button on the front panel, or set up the receiver to answer all calls automatically. If someone else calls in, just tap the "2" key to activate call waiting.

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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-135BT. Alpine's Sound Expansion technology helps your streaming tunes sound their best.

Great for your iPod® and iPhone®

You can use the CDE-135BT's controls to navigate your iPod's music library, thanks to a convenient front-panel USB input. Passengers 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.

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
    • full Pandora control for Android and BlackBerry over Bluetooth
    • plays all CDs and MP3 files
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • high- and low-pass filters, subwoofer phase switch
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

    Alpine CDE-135BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    99 Reviews

    Great for the price

    Written by: Dgow from Upstate NY on August 26, 2013

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great system for the price...the Pandora feature is less interesting than hoped, but you can also connect with any Bluetooth audio source w/o the on unit controls, but works well anyway. Sound is great, good features, pretty easy to hook up. All in all I am pretty happy. The only complaint I would have is that the 'scan' feature on the radio will only stop on really strong signals and the search feature doesn't let you really move through the dial, so it is hard to find radio stations.

    Pros: Price, features

    Cons: Radio tuner

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    Written by: vera t from gatesville, texas on July 28, 2013

    2000 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I am very satisfied with the alpine stereo I purchased for my daughter's truck. She is very excited to have a good sound system finally.

    Pros: easy access, blue tooth capable, easy installation, looks nice, sounds good

    Cons: no mic

    Great value, excelent quality

    Written by: DaSkunk from Ojai,California on July 23, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this unit in a 1931 Ford Hot Rod for a customer. Easy install and looks great! Alot of features for the money. Seems to be very well built. Crutchfield ships quick!

    Pros: Great value.

    Cons:

    Great Radio

    Written by: mon from Nashville, Tn on July 23, 2013

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

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

    Great radio for the price. I replaced my factory radio with this one and I love it. Awsome sound quality even with my old factory speakers. The bluetooth quality is awsome. I love the USB feature. I don't carry CDs anymore. All my music are on my phone and thumb drive. Easy to install. I would recommend this if you don't want to get a touch screen radio.

    Pros: Great price, easy to install, lots of features

    Cons:

    Very big sound for a little $

    Written by: SteveK from Shrewsbury, PA on July 22, 2013

    1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchased this stereo to replace a 13 year old stereo that was still working fine. However, I wanted Bluetooth to allow me to couple with my phone. After hooking it up to my existing speakers, I was amazed at how much better it sounded compared to my older system (sounds like I'm in a concert hall sitting in the front row!). It was easy to install (even in my 31 year old mercedes). Bluetooth is easy to connect and couples without issue every time I hop in the car. Not the sexiest faceplate but it has a very intuitive.

    I've had it for a few weeks now and still love it. Highly recommend this unit. Great bang for the buck.

    Pros: Great sound. Solid, well built unit. Easy bluetooth coupling. Very nice sound for the $

    Cons: None so far

    Does the job! Alpine receiver with bluetooth rocks!

    Written by: Anonymous from Honolulu, HI on July 22, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I replaced an older Alpine receiver with the 135BT because of its bluetooth capacity. This unit gives me the hands-free capability to answer and receive calls on my iPhone 5. We don't have Pandora radio in HI so I can't comment on that. I am very pleased to drive safer via the bluetooth capability of this unit. By the way, the Alpine sound is superb! The Crutchfield representative did an excellent job in recommending this unit.

    Pros: Easy installation with an already Alpine harness. It took me about an hour.

    Cons: Not a big negative, but I'm not a fan of a CD-Rom manual. Alpine will send you a written owner's manual upon request. I plan on doing that.

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written by: M from Vincennes, IN on July 17, 2013

    2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is an excellent head unit, well worth the price. It's at a very good price point to begin with and far exceeds the performance of Sony, Kenwood, and Pioneer. I installed it in a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES with very little effort using an installation kit supplied by Crutchfield. Bluetooth connectivity works flawlessly and the added USB port in the front is a great convenience also.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy install, bluetooth connectivity, Alpine quality, great price point!

    Cons: The controls aren't what I would consider user friendly. They all work fine and the layout is good but the setup menus and navigation within them is awkward and needs some refinement. Fortunately you will only have to configure it once and hopefully never have to try to mess with adjusting much afterwards. The onboard EQ works great but again falls victim to the awkward menu system makes it difficult to navigate and adjust.

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    Written by: DougF from Gardena, CA on July 15, 2013

    1971 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Like the Bluetooth feature. A lot easier than wrestling with an earpiece.

    Pros:

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    Good receiver overall, but poor BT mic reception

    Written by: TR from Portland, OR on July 15, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Like the receiver and and it functioned well accept for the sound quality withe BT micrphone. Everything else worked well and I really liked it. Pairing was easy and it automatically paired after starting the car. Sound quality was good. The problem was people could not understand me. I called my voice mail and listened to myself and it was bad. Tried changing the gain and BT enhancements, but nothing worked. Crutchfield customer service worked with me and finally took the receiver back and I am trying another unit. I am in a noisy work van and maybe in quiet car it might be better.

    Pros: music control! Music streaming

    Cons: BT Microphone sound

    2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab

    Written by: Anonymous from Akron, OH on July 14, 2013

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

    Fit Perfect. No problems.

    Pros:

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-135BT in 2003 Honda Civic LX

    Written by: Abhijit from Mountain View, CA on July 12, 2013

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

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

    Crutchfield advisors recommended me this product for my budget. The installation was a breeze with the supplied instructions. The bracket/fit kit was a blessing. Pricing was competitive with the market. I faced 2 issues during the install which support was able to guide me through. The sound on my factory speakers came to life (though i plan to change the front speakers for better clarity, mids and high frequency notes). I wish i had the money for the HD BT one. The radio FM quality is OK. The bluetooth sound quality is OK. I like how easy it is to browse through Pandora. Bluetooth sync to both my galaxy phones was FAST. Overall great production for the price.

    Pros: Great sound quality for uncompressed high-quality MP3s and brought my OEM speakers to life. Bluetooth sync is fast. Phone dialling & receiving is great. Pandora integration is a plus.

    Cons: I rated 4 in Sound Quality because Bluetooth sound is just OK (either through BT Audio or BT Pandora). Pandora sound better on my phone through regular computer speakers. I wish the codecs on the unit were better to handle it. I rated 4 on the Build Quality due to the awkward eject button of the face plate. It sticks out and is annoying the first couple of times you look at it. I agree with one reviewer wherein if you want to pause/stop you would accidentally hit the eject button.

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    Written by: Love the Bluetooth and Audio Streaming Functionali from Chino Hills, CA on July 9, 2013

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

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

    A small price to pay for a great Tech upgrade. I look forward to driving with the Bluetooth Audio Streaming and Handsfree functionality. (I primarily use it - 95% Audio Streaming, 5% Traffic/News Radio). It's truly a great feature to have and I can't believe I waited this long.

    Pros: Sounds and looks great (especially with upgraded speakers). Blue illumination has a coolness factor. I like the single dial. Fairly user friendly.

    Cons: Have had a few pairing glitches with the Bluetooth Audio. If you pass the two minute mark after the head unit searches for your phone or change the audio source then later go back to the Bluetooth Audio, I have had to deal with no Bluetooth audio streaming until the end of the drive to shut off the car and restart (or mess with the phone and pair the phone again)-This defeats the purpose of Handsfree Phone. FWD and RWD buttons are small. The Owner's Manual may not give you all the info you need.

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    Written by: wolf2435 from Wolf Creek MT on July 9, 2013

    2004 Mercury Monterey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Product!!!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Easy Installation and very easy to use

    Cons: none

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    Written by: Anonymous from peachtree city on July 9, 2013

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

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

    Love the way it works with Pandora

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    Great buy

    Written by: Anonymous from Garrettsville ohio on July 7, 2013

    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Looks great, sounds great, but and it was supper easy to use and set all up. Also the blue tooth settings in it are great.

    Pros: Everything about

    Cons: Not one

    Complete package

    Written by: MB280 from Oak RIdge, NJ on July 6, 2013

    2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Unit had all the requirements needed. Online assistance was super. Fit like a glove and had all the MUST HAVEs.

    Pros:

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    Written by: Tim D. from Easton, MD on July 1, 2013

    2005 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love the sound quality. Like the way the bluetooth works over the radio, I had some issues connecting to my phone. Alpine was little help, but desperate I called Crutchfield and they had the solution. Next time I'll try Crutchfield's customer service department first. They made everything very easy. Good job Crutchfield!

    Pros: Looks of radio, ease of installation, bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Takes a while to get used to the controls.

    Alpine does it again

    Written by: AustinC from Chattanooga, TN on June 29, 2013

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

    The best thing about this head unit is the build quality. My Kenwood Excelon X-395 head unit is no comparison to it at all. Whereas the Kenwood feels somewhat cheap, the Alpine feels extremely solid and well built. When I bought the Kenwood, it cost the same price as this Alpine.

    The sound quality is also wonderful. Crisp and clear. Once again better than the Kenwood. The Alpine also connects quickly to my iPod, unlike my Kenwood, which sometimes takes multiple attempts. I also really like the display on the Alpine. It is easy to read and looks much better than the Kenwood's display. The Alpine comes with a hard case for the face plate, but the Kenwood only comes with a soft case. I can't speak for how Kenwood's new line of head units compares to this, but I would imagine Alpine still has the advantage.

    Where the Alpine falls short is its options for expand-ability. The Kenwood has 6 channel, 4 volt preamps. It is ready to grow with your system. The Alpine has 2 channel, 2 volt preamps. Hardly any room for expanding. To get an Alpine that has 6 channel, 4 volt preamps you have to go on up into the $200 range. But I am sure it would be worth the extra money after seeing how great this head unit is.

    In Conclusion, if you are planning on building a system, buy the Kenwood or pay extra for a higher end Alpine. If not, then buy this. You won't be disappointed.

    Pros: Build Quality, Sound Quality, Features, Looks

    Cons: Expand-ability options

    Compact fully featured.

    Written by: tho323 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 28, 2013

    2001 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Lots of features, everything works great.

    Pros: I love the sound from Alpine units, through good speakers, and this one doesn't disappoint. Bluetooth features work really well. A really decent value for all the features included.

    Cons: Like most recent Alpine units, I don't find the setup very intuitive - but it's something you probably only do once and not often.

    Nice Receiver

    Written by: Gordy from Upstate NY on June 27, 2013

    1996 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice inexpensive receiver. Sounds OK everything works. For the price you cant go wrong.

    Pros: Inexpensive, Sounds fine

    Cons: Sound quality streaming lacks clarity, usb sounds better.

    Great head unit

    Written by: Jim from West Chester, pa on June 26, 2013

    2004 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great unit Bluetooth works great

    Pros:

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    Great receiver, Alpine does not disappoint

    Written by: MP from Atlanta on June 23, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Purchased this receiver to replace a cheaper unit I had ordered earlier. I was disappointed with my previous unit. I had gone for a low price but regretted it later. Should have spent the extra cash and gotten the Alpine instead. I'm sure that other good brands have equivalent units and quality products. However, this is my third Alpine receiver and they get better each time. The FM/AM reception is quite good (it sucked with the replaced unit). The bluetooth connectivity is a bonus (although I'm having some problems using it). The front USB connection is great, very handy. I have not tried the mini phone plug yet, but I'm sure it will work well. The iPod support is good and easy to use, I love playing Pandora through the receiver. The sound quality is quite good although I might have to add an amp to drive the speakers to higher sound levels because with the top down it's hard to hear the sound. With the top up in my convertible, the sound is quite loud enough and of very good quality. Installation was straight forward and I am very pleased with my purchase!

    Pros: Good quality all around, good sound, stylish, fairly easy to use.

    Cons: none

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    Written by: Jeff from San Antonio on June 22, 2013

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

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

    I didnt pay attention to the fact the USB option will only play MP3 files. Once i figured that out all I did was convert my WMA files to MP# and life is good. Love it.

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    Excellent choice

    Written by: EricD from Creedmoor, NC on June 22, 2013

    1996 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced my stock radio with this unit and love it. It sounds great and I love the Bluetooth.

    Pros: Great unit for the money, lots of features

    Cons: I wish the backlight color could be changed to match dash lights

    Amazing!

    Written by: F150 from Iowa City,IA on June 21, 2013

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

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

    Bought this to upgrade the OEM radio in my 2003 F150 Regular Cab. Liked the idea of having BT calling and Pandora hook ups. This radio is AMAZING. The features that it has are so much that I had to actually rate Ease of Use as a 3/5 (honestly there is that many options that it's a bit confusing navigating through all of it).

    The installation was seamless with the mounting kit and wiring harness that Crutchfield sent with it. Popped right into my dash without any modifications (note here: do not use the ISO mounting option if you want to have access to the wiring behind your unit without taking your dash apart).

    Wiring was fairly easy just attach lots of colored wires to the same colored wires. Note here: The black "chasis ground" wire and the black and white wire should all be grounded WITH the ground wire on the units wiring harness (it will have a spade on it). To accomplish this I simply wired the "chasis ground" and the black with white wire together and crimped a spade on it then threaded one of the OEM bolts in the back of the din (gold in color and attached to the OEM factory mount) through the spade and attached the units spade to that and tightened. The bolt is a 7MM and is a bit hard to get to but using the area where the vent goes allows for enough room to torque it down.

    A note on the Pandora BT feature; I was not getting it to work, make sure you start Pandora on your phone FIRST and then switch to BT Pandora.

    Long story short I am very impressed.

    Pros: BT features, Ease of Installation, Quality radio for an economical price!

    Cons: Almost to many features (HAHA), Not a huge fan of the mic used for the BT calling. Plugs into the back of the receiver and then has to be "ran" out of the dash and then placed somewhere. It has about 500 feet of cord so it's hard to find a good spot for it.

    Awesome

    Written by: usngeo98 from Texas on June 20, 2013

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

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

    I have always enjoy Alpine, and this module did not fail me. For the price it does not break the bank. it is a Bad A$$.

    Pros: Blue tooth, great range with your phone. easy to install

    Cons: for me just the double sided tape they use to secure the mic ( but not biggie).

    Replaced stock unit

    Written by: Ross from Lilburn,GA on June 19, 2013

    2000 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced the stock radio in my daughter's 2000 Altima. The instructions were very helpful. I ended up not needing the dash kit. I was supplied with two left brackets and no right bracket with the kit. The stock dash pocket fit with the new radio. That was the only hiccup in the whole process. The wiring harness was a great help. Lots of wires but I just had to match color for color. I didn't have to worry about cutting into the original wires. Definetly a time saver and I know very thing is connected correctly. My daughter loves thenew sounds. A great father-daughter project. I like the looks of the radio, it has a factory look to it. The button placement is good too. Easy for the old man to use. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase and the service

    Pros: Great looks and easy to use

    Cons: None yet

    Awesome sound Great Value

    Written by: Randy from Berkley, Ma on June 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Upgraded from stock stereo in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. Very easy to do with the awesome directions. Little more wiring than I would care to do but a very easy install.

    Pros:

    Cons: Antena wire very loose connection retrofitted the old one to reuse

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    Written by: cn from fayette,al on June 16, 2013

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    good for the price

    Pros: good features

    Cons: instaall instructions could be better had to pull radio to plug microphone in

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    Written by: DaleK from Peoria, AZ on June 15, 2013

    2005 Kia Spectra5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I installed this radio in my daughter's 2005 KIA Spectra 5 to replace the stock radio. She was looking for a reasonably priced radio that would allow her to connect to her iPhone to tap her music library and also use the bluetooth features of her phone. This radio met all the requirements.

    Pros: Great sound, great features for the price

    Cons: none really

    Installed in 97 Jeep Wrangler

    Written by: rob d. from Waycross, GA on June 15, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this receiver to replace an old Sony receiver in my jeep. Install was an ease. Everything I needed was included in price. Sound quality was astounding, especially over the old Sony. The problem was with Pandora and my iPhone. I couldn't control even basic functions like skip and play/pause as advertised. I never tried pandora with an android. I read the problem lies with a firmware update that's needed. I never updated and sent it back to Crutchfield. They were happy to update for me but I exchanged for a pioneer unit. More iPhone compatible than the alpine, which is geared for android.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Too many source features, pandora didn't work with iPhone as advertised

    Installed Alpine CDE-135BT on my '91 3000GT

    Written by: bert f. from norwood, ma on June 14, 2013

    1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchased and installed this head unit on my 3000GT because the factory CD player had finally failed and I missed playing my CD music while driving. The installation kit provided made connecting the head unit to my factory installed cabling easy using end-to-end crimping connectors. Did have an issue with no sound when first installed, but that turned out to be a problem with the wiring to one of my factory installed speakers. The controls are little tricky at first to get used to, but once you understand the set up, programming AM/FM stations is pretty easy. I plan to use it primarily to play CDs.

    Pros: Installation kit cables made hooking the head unit to the factory car's wiring easy. Scanning for AM/FM channels is also easy. I was able to use the factory fixture to install head unit into dash.

    Cons: Wished the time of day was displayed even when unit is off, but that is not the case. Unit mus be on and 'view' button pushed to display time on head unit LCD display.

    Great unit for the money!

    Written by: esallgood from Peoria, IL on June 11, 2013

    2006 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit does everything advertised. Sound is great, it reads folders on my usb stick better than I had hoped it to, and the Pandora integration is awesome (if only I had unlimited data on my phone to use this more often...).

    Overall though, I am quite pleased with the unit. Looks and sounds great!

    Pros: Sound is great, it reads folders on my usb stick better than I had hoped it to, and the Pandora integration is awesome (if only I had unlimited data on my phone to use this more often...).

    Cons: The only issues I have are with the interface. For instance, there is no mute button, so to shut it up fast, you have to twist the volume knob, which takes a lot longer. The pause button is not ergonomic, to my mind, and is hard to get to. And since the power button is also the source button, even turning the unit off can take a long time.

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    Written by: Lenny D from Middletown, PA on June 6, 2013

    2001 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Picked this head unit after looking at several other manufacturers and I am extremely satisfied with my decision. Plus the price break made that much more attractive - great buy for the price.

    Pros: Easy install, great sound quality and bluetooth capabilities for hands free phone and pandora

    Cons: None so far

    Seamless fit!

    Written by: M from DANA POINT,CA on June 5, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Finally someone came up with a stereo that can just plug into the OEM BME Amp... It works and sounds better than original. This is so much better than ripping the whole car apart to install an aftermarket that does not fit! Bluetooth to phone and pandora WOW fantastic for the price! ASE Master Tech

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Faceplate rim needed a little work to get it to snap into place. No big deal!

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: AndyH from Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2013

    2001 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great value for the money; easy to install, fairly easy to set up. Once you are connected, it is a piece of cake to operate.

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    Rokin the Alpine

    Written by: MikeS from Hanover, PA on June 3, 2013

    2000 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great price, great features, easy install, super customer service

    Pros: bluetooth, iphone compatibility, usb and aux input on THE FRONT of the receiver. I also found there is an easy alpine amp upgrade that is plug and play

    Cons: none so far

    Sounds Great and Nice Price

    Written by: DanC from Carlisle, PA on June 3, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice features and great price

    Pros: Nice features looks good installation kit made the job look professional and neat

    Cons: Buttons are way too small for me to use while driving. No song titles from Ipod

    A Very Good Receiver For The Price

    Written by: Troy from San Jose, CA on June 2, 2013

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

    First, I have to say Crutchfield customer service rep (Doug) is amazing. I've always used factory radio, so never had to buy and install one myself. I gave Doug my truck (1994 model) description with/BT as the main requirement, and he put this package together for me. I'm very satisfied with this. Now, I have great sounds and also hands free, when I'm in my old truck. So I'll definitely come back to Crutchfield again for audio needs. This definitely beats other sites, where I need to find all the needed items myself. It's not that hard, but Doug I didn't have to do anything.

    Now onto the receiver. It was to my surprised that this unit has a removable face plate, because I didn't find that in the prod description at all. This is definitely a plus and I'm glad, as it will deter/avoid stupid people from breaking in my truck for it. The unit looks very sleek and I absolutely love the blue lighting. The installation was a breeze, thanks to the instructions included. The receiver itself is very easy to use and navigate. My Samsung GS2 paired up with it easily as well. I didn't have to enter any code. Immediately, I was able to make calls. I took off one star because a few areas aren't straight forward, but one can figure it out.

    Overall, I really love this receiver for my old truck.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great thus far for my needs; and the radio face is removable.

    Cons: Radio doesn't have option to enable song name and author from the radio stations.

    Great

    Written by: Anonymous from Lockport, NY on June 1, 2013

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

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

    Great setup for my Firebird, plus CrutchField gave me a free mounting bracket. 1 hour install for a beginner.

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    Written by: craig w from diana wv on May 31, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    easily installed and sounds great at a very good price

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    Great for the price!

    Written by: Chez R from Rockland, NY on May 27, 2013

    2008 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great balance between value and quality. Has most of the features you would want in a current generation car stereo: bluetooth, ios / Android controls, ability to play from usb drive, etc. If you've had an Alpine in the past decade, the controls are very similar. Sound is good for the price. Great replacement for your stock radio with the improvements you would want.

    Pros: Bluetooth, ios / Android controls, usb drive playback, Alpine quality, simple controls, good sound quality

    Cons: no HD radio, Pandora controls don't really work with iHeart radio, Spotify or GMusic. Weird that the bluetooth microphone connection is on the rear of the unit (made it work, though). Song ID tags sometimes don't show up until later.

    Great deal

    Written by: Fran C from Barre, MA on May 27, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    All of the features of a more expensive stereo!

    Pros: All the features you would expect in a high end product.

    Cons: A lot of features make it a bit difficult to navigate.

    Great value for the gear included

    Written by: J Hersch from Kansas City, KS on May 27, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was shocked at the affordability of a great brand like Alpine that included Bluetooth and pandora. Both work perfectly for our needs.

    Pros: Bluetooth and pandora

    Cons: Wish it came in double din size!

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Mp5423 from Modesto, CA on May 26, 2013

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

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

    Great sound quality which you can expect from Alpine. Buttons are pretty small along with labeling. The receiver I installed had an old firmware version and we experienced issues with iPhone playback and automatic connecting. I downloaded the latest firmware from Alpine-USA.com and made a big difference. iPhones automatically reconnect via bluetooth and begin playback from where you left off. Also streams artist album and song info to display after firmware update. I had trouble updating firmware because it requires to update over a Bluetooth connection with the receiver from a windows 7 machine. I only had a laptop with Windows 8. It didn't match Alpine's instructions at all. I'm not sure if it was Windows 8 that made the process different than the instructions or if I had an older Bluetooth adapter version. I had to right-click the Bluetooth icon in the start bar by the clock and choose transfer file. I selected the Alpine update file and set the receiver in the update firmware mode and it worked.

    The only thing I do not like is there is no way to invoke Siri from the receiver. That would be helpful when you keep your iPhone in your pocket or purse. The phone functionality and call quality is great.

    Pros: Sound quality, features, Alpine build quality

    Cons: Shipped with old firmware and update process not up to date.

    Great all around receiver

    Written by: 85eldorado from Atlanta on May 24, 2013

    1985 Cadillac Eldorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Everything you need in receiver. Sounds great with my Bass Link Amp/Sub

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora Sound

    Cons: Needs to come with remote to help with all various settings and adustments

    Great Value

    Written by: Lee from Greenwood, SC on May 24, 2013

    2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Crutchfield gave the right information for my choice. I love how easy it was to install and connection for the blue tooth. I am going to buy one for my truck now.

    Pros: Easy installation and blue tooth.

    Cons: None

    Awesome Receiver

    Written by: Jose from Tallahassee, FL on May 20, 2013

    2005 Saturn Ion 1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy to install. The Bluetooth works flawlessly during calls and sound crystal clear. The audio is big improvement to factory sound.

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: No dimmer

    Love it!

    Written by: Patrick B from Fort Worth, TX on May 15, 2013

    2009 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love this receiver. Integrated Bluetooth features make phone calls a breeze, and podcasts from the iPhone awesome.

    Pros: Great looks, great sound, integrated Bluetooth, easy voice dialing.

    Cons: I will probably need to do the firmware update to make sure there are no glitches with the iPhone. For example I can't hear when a text comes in when I am connected via BT for voice use. Alpine has advised there is a firmware update....I just have to do it.

    ALpine in dash

    Written by: Tomw from Nazareth Pa on May 13, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product - installed fairly easily - was installed and running in 2 hours

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    Lots of Bang, little bucks

    Written by: Aaron from Floyd, VA on May 13, 2013

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

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

    Great value, terrific sound, and excellent quality for the price. I give it a 4 for ease of use because I still haven't figured out how to set the clock, and I can't convince it to bluetooth pair with my ipod, but that is probably due to the fact that I haven't carried the manual out to the car! I give it a 4 on coolness factor, because it is pretty basic, not a lot of flashing lights and stuff, but it does what I need, isn't blinding, and has some pretty cool features, like actually showing song titles when attached to my iPod via USB. I love that!

    Pros: Inexpensive, great sound, well-built, mostly easy to use.

    Cons: won't pair with my iPod over bluetooth. Appears to only want to connect to a phone.

    Wow Alpine # 1

    Written by: Frank from Exeter Mo on May 12, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have owned 4 other Alpines and I have never had a bad one . This thing is sweet. The Bluetooth works great with my Iphone 5 and the USB is great !

    Pros: iPhone 5 workers flawless

    Cons: Are you kidding ? It's an ALPINE !

    Excellent and what expected

    Written by: J G from Fergus Falls, MN on May 12, 2013

    2008 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This receiver is perfect in how it was explained and performs exactly how I expected!

    Pros: Easy to use, hands free operation is excellent.

    Cons:

    Excellent car stereo for the price!

    Written by: Patrick L from Independence, MO on May 12, 2013

    1985 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is my first purchase experience with Crutchfield and I cannot be more pleased. This Alpine CDE-135BT was on special and after reading other reviews and comparing it to comparable Alpine and Pioneer units, this was the one I chose. It was easy to install with the supplied and purchased accessories. The most difficult part was routing the microphone wire so it could be hidden (that is one LONG wire!).

    Once I turned the unit on, I began the process of learning how all the features work. Once I loaded the FULL owner's manual onto my laptop and read it, I was good to go. Most of the features are pretty easy to learn. The only reason I gave ease of use 4 out of 5 stars is due more to my learning curve than the unit itself. Having moved from a radio having 2 knobs and 4 preset buttons to one knob, multiple buttons, and multifunctionality with all of them, it has taken some time. Otherwise, this unit has performed flawlessly. I love the sound quality, clear display, and relative simplicity of design. With so many units (factory and aftermarket) that are just riddled with buttons, the simple design of Alpine's basic products is quite refreshing. I am so happy with this unit and the Crutchfield experience that I would not hesitate to buy from either company.

    Pros: Simple design, easy to install, easy to use. Excellent palette of features for the price, even at retail price.

    Cons: None. Great product!

    Good receiver

    Written by: Joeyk from Madison Alabama on May 8, 2013

    2001 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Does what it says.easy to operate. Simple functions.

    Pros: Cheap. Good quality

    Cons: Bluetooth syncs slow

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Katie from Fresno, CA on May 7, 2013

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sound! Good price. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

    Pros:

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Show Low, AZ on May 6, 2013

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very nice product, easy to install and sounds great.

    Pros: A lot of stereo for a little money. Looks good and sounds good.

    Cons: None

    best alpine I have ever owned

    Written by: oswaldo from anaheim, ca on May 6, 2013

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

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

    I had owned alpine head units on all my cars and so far is one of the best I highly recommend it, if you want the best for less this is one of the best optionss for you

    Pros: The bluetooth, bluetooth audio n pandora and that you can used your android phone

    Cons: It doesnt have a remote control and it says that you can connected to the factory steering wheel controls but their is no manual on how to

    Supurb sound for the money

    Written by: Dominic from Long Island NY on May 6, 2013

    1993 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    installed very easily with no fuss. The wiring adapter and plugs were color for color to my old unit so there was nothing to think or worry about. it works great. the unit has more features than i really need but opted for this unit so I have the extras for later on in life should i ever need them. Set up was just as easy and I only had to refer to the manual once for the bluetooth set up. Had another question on some fuctions so i called a crutchfield tech and they were right there in seconds to give me the answer i needed.

    Pros: Great bang for the buck and great sound for the price point

    Cons: no complaints other then when the unit is powered off you have no illumination and cant see the time. No biggie as I usualy have the unit on 99.9% of the time anyhow but it would be a nice feature if they had it to see the time.

    Awesome!!!

    Written by: Anonymous from Wetumpka, AL on May 5, 2013

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

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

    Awesome!!!

    Pros: Ease of use. Great sound quality.

    Cons: None

    Alpine CD deck

    Written by: 2linby from Western Oregon on May 4, 2013

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    THis is my second Alpine CDE-135BT. Both vehicles now have the same deck. The Blue tooth is xcellent and for a relatively inexpensive deck it sounds great!

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    Great deck, but....

    Written by: Sven from Phoenix, Az on April 27, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this deck, looks pretty cool, and works great. Other then that it's a great deck with lots of options. I love the Blue tooth streaming, that is really cool. The thing that really sucked is it said that it came with a mic so that you can make hands free calling in your car. Well that is not the case, you need to buy one with your deck, no mater what Crutchfield says. Be careful.

    Pros: great all around deck with a ton of features-great price

    Cons: Does not come with the phone mic like it says on Crutchfield.com. have to spend the extra money to pick one up.

    Crutchfield response on April 30, 2013 A microphone and 13-foot cable are included. They are packed inside the faceplate case.

    Great Product

    Written by: JasonC from Hartford, CT on April 25, 2013

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

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

    I bought this for my 97 Silverado regular cab to replace a cheap JVC. Easy to install and was a huge improvement in sound quality with the same speakers.

    Pros: I really like the BT features.

    Cons: So far I havent identified any.

    Alpine cde- 135bt

    Written by: Glenn S from Council Bluffs, IA on April 21, 2013

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

    Love Alpine went with it specifically for the Bluetooth and Pandora. I love it so much I'm going to buy another one for my 2002 Ram 1500 quad cab 4 by 4. definitely would not recommend anything else.

    Pros: Pros would have to be bluetooth Main reason I bought it. And it's an Alpine! Too many pros to list but that's the main 2.

    Cons: Could use a bit more color though I like Uniqueness. and they can offer DVD playback to hook up to my audio for my kids would be great

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: BobbyH from Surrey, BC, Canada on April 19, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Everything I hoped it would be at a super price.

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    Great Deck

    Written by: Daniel from Sacramento, CA on April 19, 2013

    1994 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    It was really easy to install. Works well and feels well built.

    Pros: Looks really cool at night time.

    Cons: none

    NEVER AGAIN

    Written by: Joe from Willow Springs, IL on April 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I ordered this to replace my factory radio in my 2000 Volvo C70 convertible. did all the soldering and when we pulled the factory radio there was a major difference in the wiring and no solution. when I called tech support they told me I would have to run new speaker wiring through the car.

    Pros: none

    Cons: Total waste of money

    Alpine 135bt

    Written by: Quiyaomah from Rio Rancho, NM on April 16, 2013

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

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

    I bought this head unit because of the Bluetooth function, and the quality of Alpine stereos, and I am not disappointed. The pairing is quick and simple, and the sound quality is excellent. My only complaint would be the menu can be a little confusing, but with a little time and effort can be learned. Good stuff!!

    Pros: Bluetooth functionality, sound quality, looks cool.

    Cons: Menu

    Awesome

    Written by: Anonymous from San Diego, CA on April 14, 2013

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

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

    Easy-to-use great sound

    Pros: Bluetooth Pandora

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: jackie c from dub, IA on April 13, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have no bad comments, I always buy electronic products for their quality. All great so far. Alpine has the sound quality i like best.

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    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Bel Air Mike from Bel Air, MD on April 11, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great instructions, easy install, fantastic head unit!

    Pros: All the creature comforts of new units in all new vehicles. I am now as hi tech in my 97 Chevy truck.

    Cons: none

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: TravisS from Utah on April 10, 2013

    1994 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    The Alpine CDE-135BT is a lot of bang for your buck. The versatility of being able to play CDs, USB audio [iPod and Flash memory], and Bluetooth Audio/Pandora, is wonderful. The Bluetooth Pandora is a little difficult to use. Trying to synchronize the Alpine unit with my Droid 2 Global phone has proven to be a challenge. I'm not quite sure what the optimal sequence of steps is for it to connect properly. Other than that, I love this stereo.

    Pros: CD, USB Audio, Bluetooth (when it works properly), Sound, Detachable Face, etc. etc.

    Cons: Bluetooth Audio is difficult and inconsistent

    Great bang for the buck!

    Written by: MartyO from Georgia on April 7, 2013

    1996 Ford Bronco
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love this head unit and highly recommend it and the other Alpine gear.

    Pros: Great sound quality. Awesome value. I love Alpine gear.

    Cons:

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Charlie M from Shalimar, Florida on April 7, 2013

    2009 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I really like this system . It's a bit quarky when it comes to using it. After you get used to the system it is easy to operate. One problem is the blue tooth system you have to constantly reset everything. It won't hold the settings for my phone which is a Samsung Rugby Pro. It maybe I just don't have the set up process down right. I don't know I'll just have to keep playing with it tell learn what works best. Pandora works well when you finally get it to connect. Same with the phone.

    Pros: Great sound good looks

    Cons: hard to operate, Bluetooth complex to set up and get to connect and stay connected

    Great Deck

    Written by: joe from oregon on April 6, 2013

    1994 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall a great deck. Alpine makes good quality products.

    Pros: The Bluetooth capabilities is what I got the unit for. Plays my android phone while also having the ability to play my iPod.

    Cons: Sometimes when trying to connect the bluetooth Pandora ,It doesn't always connect so just I switch to Bluetooth audio. Then u have to control Pandora with ur phone.

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Brad from Baltimore, MD on April 3, 2013

    2000 Volvo V70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Sound is great, Menu's and buttons are intuitive, and the build quality is always top-notch from Alpine. GREAT unit for the cost! I'm ordering a second one to replace the JVC unit in my Truck.

    Pros: iPod connection ALWAYS works; compared to my JVC that seems to require me to turn the receiver off and back on before it'll recognize the iPod connection.

    Cons: Wish it came with a remote

    Still love Alpin

    Written by: BigJohnAZ from Chandler, AZ on April 2, 2013

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is my 3rd or 4th Alpine CD receiver and I still think they sound great. Installation was pretty straightforward and it looks great in my wife's 2006 New Beetle. It sounds great with the existing speakers which were from the OEM Monsoon sound system. The only issue so far is that the Bluetooth worked on the first try, pairing it with my wife's Kindle HD 8.9" tablet, after that it doesn't sync up. Her tablet says it's paired properly, but so far no go. I have read where it takes a little while, will try that this week to see if that's what it is. The USB stick's MP3's play great and sound great.

    Pros: Typical awesome Alpine sound and looks.

    Cons: Bluetooth worked, now it doesn't.

    own truck

    Written by: bimal from shoreline wa on March 29, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    good value

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Alpine is great

    Written by: Doug from Radcliff, KY on March 28, 2013

    2006 Suzuki Forenza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall this is a great system. I love the hands free phone feature.

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: Can't get Pandora controls to work

    Amazing head unit!

    Written by: gtex1970 from ATX on March 10, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Not Rated
      Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    This deck does so much for a reasonable price. It will basically play just about any source and work well with any sound system additions. great audio setup and controls whether you are running a stock system or a highly modfied system. Altough it does so much, it is not too complicated to setup. Highly recommended.

    Pros: affordable, plays just about anything I can thik of hooking up. price is right.

    Cons: none I can think of.

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: JuanS from Houston, TX on February 15, 2013

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

    This HU is worth it's price and more. Installation was straight forward just like the owner's manual stated

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Display should've been blue like the buttons, but not a deal breaker

    I love this deck it's got such great sound so powerful recommend this

    Written by: alpine from Modesto California on January 4, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product definitely 10. again I'll say then I let my Alpine play beat that stuff from the NWA on my Alpine I got some cuts field.

    Pros: My folks here down the block. very easy button configuration and oh so cool.

    Cons: Silicon get the Bluetooth doesn't pop open all the time I don't know if that's my optimus LG elite or if it's the end stereo. but hey go old school. Put in a CD and keep on rockin.

    Blew me away

    Written by: grich6700 from Efland, NC on January 1, 2013

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

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

    The sound quality of the unit, even with stock speakers, blew me away. I installed it in my sons car for Christmas and he is pleased with everything it offers. No problem with b/t pairing or playing music from his IPhone.

    Pros: sound quality and ease of use of all features

    Cons: it is installed in my son's car and not mine

    Great unit

    Written by: BrianB from Florida on December 14, 2012

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

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

    The audio store wanted to charge 150.00 to install, including labor and parts, and they were going to charge 190.00 for the exact same radio/unit. I bought the unit with all needed extra wiring harnesses for a total of 179.00 out the door from crutchfield. It took 90 miuntes to intall, with a 5 minute call to customer service. I was terrified of removing the stock radio from a 1995 Expolrer but it was a snap. Can't wait until the wife lets me buy a raido for my vehicle.

    Pros: Bluetooth works fantastic with streaming music and phone calls.

    Cons: NONE

    disappointed

    Written by: VA Dave from northern VA on December 9, 2012

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    I am quite unhappy with this purchase, mostly with Crutchfield. I wanted a simple unit for my old Rav4 to give me the features that I have with my factory radio in my new truck, mostly Bluetooth. I did a little shopping at a big box store and Crutchfield, and finally decided to call Crutchfield so that I would get some good technical help and get the right unit. I told the salesman what I wanted, and when I mentioned that I listened to Pandora with my iPhone through BT in my truck, he sold me on the CDE-135BT, and told me the extra cost of this unit was worth it because of the Pandora feature. Throughout this process I told him I had an iPhone, and towards the end of this, he checked again and when I told him I had an iPhone, he said great - this unit will work well with my iPhone. So I installed it and got everything to work, except for the Pandora - BT - iPhone part. I decided to read the full installation manual, and it states clearly that this will NOT work with an iPhone. I called the Crutchfield tech support number, and the tech talked down to me like I was an idiot and said that the Pandora feature only works with iPhones if I plug it in. That's definitely not what the sales guy said on the phone when I ordered it. I've placed 4 or 5 orders with Crutchfield, but the 2 times I've bought car audio from them, they've messed it up. I tend to choose Crutchfield over the big box stores for their advice, but with this latest mistake, they have lost me as a customer.

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    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: Ben from Sydney on September 11, 2012

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    Bought this (rather expensive) unit to replace an original Mercedes radio from the 1990s and I wanted it to blend in instead of stick out like a sore thumb.. I need a amber illumination for this car so the radio can blend in at least a bit. That is why I bought this particular unit. The manual and brochures clearly state that the illumination can be programmed for amber, green etc. After I instaled the unit, I found this not to be the case. Only the blue source button goes "amber" and the rest stays the same red. I also found that the illumination changes to a really ugly blue/purple (independant of the setting) wheenver there is sunlight or bright daylight. The manual states clearly, in several places that the unit will dim the illumination when the car lights are on (orange wire). Now, although my car supports this,this unit does not. There is very small print in the manual stating that this dimming only works if the illumination colours are set to type 1 = factory defaults. That already sucks. However, in pratice, I have discovered that not even that works as stated. Only the blue source button dimms ever, ever so slightly. Nothing else does. The dealer thought the unit was faulty but when testing a 2nd one, he found the same and shrugged his shoulders stating 'I guess that is just what the new models do".

    I don't like this unit for only these reasons and had I known this, I would never have bought it!! I think the manual and brochures are quite misleading

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    Cons: Really bad illumination and simming

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written by: John from Arizona on September 9, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Extremely happy with this deck! IPod control is fantastic! Bluetooth works great with phone calls, music from phone and Pandora is just an AWESOME bonus! The clarity of the music is very impressive!

    Pros: Everything!!!

    Cons: No Complaints!

    Great!!

    Written by: ChadH from Iowa on September 5, 2012