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Our take on the Alpine CDE-135BT

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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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.

Alpine CDE-135BT

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.

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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 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:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    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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    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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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    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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    5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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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)
    • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Microphone clip
    • Hard plastic face case
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • System Requirements (for CD-ROM)
    • Online Product Registration card

    Our Product Research Team

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Pandora App Control (via Android/Blackberry)
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Alpine CDE-135BT features built-in Bluetooth technology (v3.0), powered by Parrot. Parrot is the global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, for expanded compatibility for many Bluetooth wireless technology enabled cell phones. The head unit's built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: The Alpine CDE-135BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one device can be used at a time). Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine CDE-135BT. Parrot software updates provide support for future phones.

    External Microphone with Noise Cancellation: The included external microphone (with visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers. The external microphone is tuned and engineered to reduce noise interference and feedback. This allows optimal placement in your car, for the best possible sound quality. You can adjust the microphone's volume level; and even mute the microphone, so your voice will not be heard by the caller.

    Note: The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.625" (deep); and features an attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector.

    Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-135BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's display.

    • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
    • Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
    • Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.

    Placing Calls: The Alpine CDE-135BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-135BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and redial with compatible phones.

    • Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact.
    • Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 entries (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can select the first 3 call letters (ABC) to search for a desired name in your phonebook.
    • Preset Dialing: You can assign phone numbers that you dial frequently to presets (1-6) for quick recall. You can assign up to six frequently called phone numbers. A total of 18 phone numbers can be stored in the preset memory (6 numbers for each mobile phone paired).
    • Call History: The 80 previously dialed, received, or missed numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory.

    Call Switch: This function allows you to initiate the transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    Text Message Alert: The CDE-135BT can give you a notification on the display with a blinking mail icon indicator for 30 seconds while receiving a text message on your Bluetooth-enabled phone. The mail icon indicator will remain on if there is an unread message on a connected mobile phone. You must still read or create a text message from your mobile smartphone.

    Audio Streaming: The Alpine CDE-135BT can stream music from you Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device. Not only can it control & stream your music through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound. Basic playback functions include - Play, Pause, & Skip (Previous/Next). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title. The CDE-135BT also supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Note: Bluetooth Firmware Update v01.27.00 is required for Bluetooth control and song information display from an Apple iOS 6.0+ device. 

    Bluetooth Sound Quality Adjustments: You can customize the sound of your Bluetooth hands-free experience to fit your own preferences. You can adjust the CDE-135BT's mic gain, phone output, & ring tone volume. If that's not enough, there are 5 sound quality settings to choose from to get the balance just right for you. This flexibility will make your phone calls a pleasurable experience.

    • Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of phone call, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference. The Phone Talk Level, Ring Tone, & Mic Gain are all adjustable between -5 to + 5 dB.
    • Sound Types: This unit provides 5 methods to improve the sound quality of your calls. You can choose the type according to your own preference - Type 1 (standard mode), Type 2 (enhances noise reduction), Type 3 (enhances echo-cancellation), Type 4 (enhances both noise reduction & echo cancellation), & Type 5 (weakens both noise reduction & echo-cancellation).

    Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.

    • All: The audio will be output from all of the speakers in the car
    • F-L: The sound is only output from the front left speaker.
    • F-R: The sound is only output from the front right speaker.
    • F-LR: The sound is output from the front left and front right speakers.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Alpine CDE-135BT features a front-panel USB type-A port, so you may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps) 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; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The Alpine CDE-135BT offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-135BT 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-135BT 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, Last.fm, 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-135BT 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-135BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2012):

    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 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 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 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 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 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    Pandora App Control (via Android/Blackberry)

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Alpine CDE-135BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Android or BlackBerry smartphone. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    Pandora via Bluetooth: The Alpine CDE-135BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Alpine head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.

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

    Pandora Control: The Alpine CDE-135BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone. 

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Information Display: The Alpine CDE-135BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    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-135BT 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-135BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels

    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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-135BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

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

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a hard plastic face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. 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.

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

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-135BT 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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    4 out of 5

    Great for the price

    Written By Dgow, Upstate NY on Monday, August 26, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    alpine stereo

    Written By vera t, gatesville, texas on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Great value, excelent quality

    Written By DaSkunk, Ojai,California on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By mon, Nashville, Tn on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Very big sound for a little $

    Written By SteveK, Shrewsbury, PA on Monday, July 22, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Does the job! Alpine receiver with bluetooth rocks!

    Written By Anonymous, Honolulu, HI on Monday, July 22, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written By M, Vincennes, IN on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By DougF, Gardena, CA on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    Like the Bluetooth feature. A lot easier than wrestling with an earpiece.
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    2 out of 5

    Good receiver overall, but poor BT mic reception

    Written By TR, Portland, OR on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab

    Written By Anonymous, Akron, OH on Sunday, July 14, 2013
     
    Fit Perfect. No problems.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT in 2003 Honda Civic LX

    Written By Abhijit, Mountain View, CA on Friday, July 12, 2013
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    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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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By Love the Bluetooth and Audio Streaming Functionali, Chino Hills, CA on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By wolf2435, Wolf Creek MT on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    Great Product!!!!!!!!!!
    Pros:
    Easy Installation and very easy to use
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By Anonymous, peachtree city on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    Love the way it works with Pandora
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    5 out of 5

    Great buy

    Written By Anonymous, Garrettsville ohio on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Complete package

    Written By MB280, Oak RIdge, NJ on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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    Unit had all the requirements needed. Online assistance was super. Fit like a glove and had all the MUST HAVEs.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By Tim D., Easton, MD on Monday, July 01, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine does it again

    Written By AustinC, Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, June 29, 2013
     
    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
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    5 out of 5

    Compact fully featured.

    Written By tho323, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Receiver

    Written By Gordy, Upstate NY on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By Jim, West Chester, pa on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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    Great unit Bluetooth works great
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver, Alpine does not disappoint

    Written By MP, Atlanta on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    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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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By Jeff, San Antonio on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Excellent choice

    Written By EricD, Creedmoor, NC on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!

    Written By F150, Iowa City,IA on Friday, June 21, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By usngeo98, Texas on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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    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).
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    5 out of 5

    Replaced stock unit

    Written By Ross, Lilburn,GA on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome sound Great Value

    Written By Randy, Berkley, Ma on Monday, June 17, 2013
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    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.
    Cons:
    Antena wire very loose connection retrofitted the old one to reuse
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By cn, fayette,al on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By DaleK, Peoria, AZ on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    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
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    3 out of 5

    Installed in 97 Jeep Wrangler

    Written By rob d., Waycross, GA on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

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

    Written By bert f., norwood, ma on Friday, June 14, 2013
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit for the money!

    Written By esallgood, Peoria, IL on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By Lenny D, Middletown, PA on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Seamless fit!

    Written By M, DANA POINT,CA on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By AndyH, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Rokin the Alpine

    Written By MikeS, Hanover, PA on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds Great and Nice Price

    Written By DanC, Carlisle, PA on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    A Very Good Receiver For The Price

    Written By Troy, San Jose, CA on Sunday, June 02, 2013
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Anonymous, Lockport, NY on Saturday, June 01, 2013
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    Great setup for my Firebird, plus CrutchField gave me a free mounting bracket. 1 hour install for a beginner.
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    5 out of 5

    alpinecde135bt

    Written By craig w, diana wv on Friday, May 31, 2013
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    easily installed and sounds great at a very good price
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the price!

    Written By Chez R, Rockland, NY on Monday, May 27, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great deal

    Written By Fran C, Barre, MA on Monday, May 27, 2013
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great value for the gear included

    Written By J Hersch, Kansas City, KS on Monday, May 27, 2013
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    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!
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Written By Mp5423, Modesto, CA on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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    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