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Our take on the Alpine CDE-136BT

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® plus hands-free calling
Alpine puts Pandora® Internet radio in your dash with the CDE-136BT CD receiver. With the help of your iPhone, you can skip tracks, change stations, and rate songs right from your dash while you're connected via USB. Android™ and BlackBerry users get basic Pandora control over the Bluetooth® connection — play, pause, track up.

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Great for your iPod® and iPhone®
Just plug your phone or player into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you can use the CDE-136BT's controls to dive into your music library. The person riding shotgun will love Passenger Control Mode, which lets them play DJ while you focus on driving. And let's not forget about what made Alpine famous in the first place — great sound quality. You can adjust your sound to taste with one of the ten equalizer presets or by using the 3-band parametric EQ.

Music streaming
No iPhone? That's OK — if your phone or another device supports Bluetooth music streaming, you can beam your tunes and control playback with the CDE-136BT. You won't get full control this way, but you can perform some basic functions like track up and track down.

Advanced Bluetooth features
Have you ever tried to talk to someone, but been unable to understand them because their in-car Bluetooth just didn't cut it? Your callers will hear you loud and clear with the CDE-136BT fielding your calls. First, you can mount the included microphone in a good spot 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. And, last of all, this Alpine downloads up to a thousand names from your phonebook, and allows you to search by alphabet to find the number you want.

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.

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 via iPhone
    • basic Pandora control for Android and BlackBerry over Bluetooth
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • built-in high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    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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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    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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    No
    iPhone
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    5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    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)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor 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

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Alpine CDE-136BT 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-136BT 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-136BT. 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. 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-136BT 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-136BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-136BT 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.

    Audio Streaming: The Alpine CDE-136BT 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).

    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-136BT'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-136BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port, so you may connect a USB mass storage class memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB (msc) 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. The unit offers the following USB playback functions.

    • Bank Function: This unit has a "Bank" function that automatically divides every 1,000 songs stored on a USB memory device into individual banks to make searching and playing back a song easier. A maximum of 1,000 songs/100 folders for one bank can be stored according to the order stored in the USB memory device. A maximum of 20 banks (20,000 songs) can be recognized.
    • File/Folder Search: You can search each stored "Bank" by file (tag info)/folder name or number.
    • Category Search: You can also search each stored "Bank" of music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer.
    • ABC Search: You search the contents in the above categories alphabetically (A-Z).
    • USB Skip: You can skip forward/backward 1, 10, 20, 50, or 100 files/folders at one time within a stored "Bank".
    • Repeat/Random: In addition, the head unit offers Repeat (File/Folder/Category) and Random (Folder/Category/All) playback modes for your USB memory device's stored music.
    • Charging: 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: 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-136BT offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-136BT 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-136BT 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 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-136BT 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 (other than Pandora).

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-136BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via your iPhone's included iPod dock-connector cable. The Alpine CDE-136BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information (your iPhone's touchscreen will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also create QuickMix playlists based on two or more of your Pandora stations. You can even give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. In addition, you can create a new station based on a currently playing song or artist. You can independently adjust the Pandora source volume level to better match the volume level of other sources. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod 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-136BT 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 Pandora App Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y 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 turn the Auxiliary Input on or off. You can also adjust the gain level of the head unit's Aux input (from High or Low) to better match the output level of your external audio source. In addition, 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.

    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 and 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-136BT 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-136BT 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. You can also select the User EQ preset to customize Bass, Mid, and Treble.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: If the Equalizer presets aren't enough for your listening taste, there's a 3-Band Parametric Equalizer (in User mode) 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.

    6ch/2V Preouts: The CDE-136BT has three sets of 2-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

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

    Subwoofer Control: 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).

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-136BT 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-136BT 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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    Written By XP, Salinas, CA on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
     
    I used to have a JVC car stereo until my friends recommended Alpine & I haven't looked back since. I recently bought an Alpine to upgrade from my previous Alpine. I absolutely love this stereo & I love Alpine. Keep up the doog work Alpine.
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    Bang for the Buck!!

    Written By Scobeezy, Henderson, NV on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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    Great deck for the money. It was easy to install and everything went together nicely. Works seamlessly with iPhone and makes it a breeze to listen to your favorite music or podcasts!
    Pros:
    Easy to understand and setup. The mic that connects to the deck is awesome for speaking hands free through the stereo! Comes in clear and no one complains about not hearing me either! Great device, highly recommend!
    Cons:
    Be aware of where you want to add the mic beforehand. I had to take everything back out and drill through the plastic deck adapter kit to make it easy to place in my vehicle. My own fault but I should have paid attention. Just a heads up!
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    5 out of 5

    Works as advertised

    Written By Phil, Valparaiso,In on Monday, February 11, 2013
     
    Installed easily in a 2012 Patriot. Sound quality is great. Easy to change inputs with the dial. Bluetooth is fantatstic, especially for handsfree calling. When a call comes in the receiver automatically switches to phone mode and displays CID\calling name if programmed in your IPhone, very nice feature. You select how to answer the call or send it to vm.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Compatibilty with IPhone4 for music and handsfree calling via bluetooth
    Cons:
    Radio reception could be better.
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    4 out of 5

    works with iPhone 5

    Written By Joe, Mount Rainier, Md. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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    Installed this in my 96 Ford Explorer XLT. Getting the harness hooked up correctly was a pain (master sheet said blue wire w/ white didn't need to be used...it actually did!). The receiver works great with my updated iPhone 5 and charges properly when hooked up to bluetooth. I think it looks somewhat "no thrills" but the quality is nice and the bluetooth works great and is crystal clear with my iPhone 5. I added some Polk 5x7's and it sounds good...but not great. I think this may be because I have to use the harness with the gain adjustments (might need to tweak it) and the speakers I choose. For the price, I think its a good deal and my other Alpine receiver in my other car is still going strong after 10 years. Hopefully this one will last as long!
    Pros:
    works GREAT and charges with my iPhone 5 bluetooth mic works great and is clear
    Cons:
    -plain looking -no color choice for buttons...only blue illumination
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    5 out of 5

    Great product! Crutchfield is awesome!

    Written By Kraut, Sacramento CA. on Saturday, January 19, 2013
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    I had bought a KDC-BT752HD for my wife for X-mas.........Installed it, worked great!........but......the built in mic for the 'Parrot' hands free was picking up all the road noise from her sports car (95 Toyota Celica GT). So I had to uninstall it and send it back.... Crutchfield was great!....I called and told then of my problem, and had the CDE-136-BT recommended to me because of the external mic. so I ordered it and they sent me a e-mail return shipping tag and sent out my new order before I sent the return back. It was easy, I sent the return back the same day, no problem. If I buy any car stereo, I will buy from Crutchfield!......Oh, BTW, I could not figure out how to use some of the features....so i called again, and Mark walked me through the details....The Alpine factory manual has alot to be desired....
    Pros:
    Great package for the price, the hands free works great!.........I can hear clearly what my wife is saying while she is driving down the freeway.
    Cons:
    Alpines manual for use is poor...............I had to call Crutchfield to learn how too use certain features..........A issue that they should not have to deal with, but Crutchfield (Mark) did anyway, so now I love this stereo!
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    1 out of 5

    Blue Tooth issues

    Written By Alpine used to rock, Woodstock, Va on Wednesday, January 09, 2013
     
    I bought this to replace the stock deck for the Pandora and BlueTooth. Out of the box it looked great, paired right up and worked the first time. Then I restarted the car and it took 20 minutes to get the BT to connect again. Talking with Alpine support all I needed to do was a factory reset. I am currently doing this at least once a week and there is a promise of a firmware patch coming (been waiting 3months) When the deck works it is one of the coolest things out there. The catch is often I spend at least the first 15 minutes of any drive fighting with it to get it connected. I have 5 cars and 3 Alpines this is the first time I have ever had issues with one. To say disappointed in Alpine and this deck would be a true understatement
    Pros:
    When it works it is a very cool
    Cons:
    About the time I get everything just the way I want it, I have to reset it as the BT stops connecting. Along with it Alpine support keeps promising a fix but has not delivered. I would put it on an auction site and get another deck, but worried about bad feedback as it seems broken.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT Rocks!

    Written By saxman0321, Asheville, NC on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
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    This little head unit is packed with features, and sounds great. It does everything I need to do and then some. It was super easy to install and Alpine gear is rock solid and lasts forever. The RMS output isn't huge, but the power pack option integrates so easily that it isn't a big deal if you really want to run more watts to your speakers.
    Pros:
    Easy to integrate, sound great, works with the iPhone perfectly. Easy to set up and adjust settings. My wife loves how easy it is to change the time on the clock!
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Anonymous, Boise, ID on Thursday, November 15, 2012
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    Sound quality is top notch on CD or IPOD mode. Blue tooth and Pandora are nice if you don't have any other music choices but the quality does suffer. (as to be expected) The blue tooth hands free for the car is great! I wasn't expecting much but it's as good as a blue tooth adapter I have ever heard. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase.
    Pros:
    Decent value, the unit is fairly self explanatory. The one big button is nice. it has many features depending on what mode the user is in.
    Cons:
    This unit does dim, but I would prefer additional dimmer settings.
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    5 out of 5

    Freaking Awesome!

    Written By Paul D, Florida on Tuesday, November 06, 2012
     
    This receiver is awesome, The sound quality is amazing. worth every dollar with a discount with the dash kit is amazing. I have this hooked up to an Alpine MRP-300 pushing two Alpine Spr-50C and they sound incredible.
    Pros:
    Sound quality is great, Everything works amazing. simple hook up, three sets of RCA preouts, Aux, USB, Bluetooth
    Cons:
    Bluetooth is a little sketchy using my HTC Evo 4g Design, It hooks up fine but there is a little background noise only on Bluetooth, not sure if it is from the phone or receiver. Pandora for Android would would be super freaking amazing at this price but it only supports some Apple products :( I knew that before I purchased so not really a con.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By phil, farmingville n.y. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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    Got this radio for my daughters car.Spent 4hours installing and tuning it. for the money this is a sick machine! the sound going to the 6x9s in the rear and 6 1/2 in the front is clean and strong and that's without an external amp. As for the usb flash drive it is a little hard to navigate the search features at first, like i said i bought it for my daughter so i only spent a little time with it. If it was in my car i would know everything about it by now.I got the alpine because i had one in my bronco and i pumped the juice out of that deck and it never failed .you cant go wrong with alpine
    Pros:
    great sound...even greater if you expand
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Ernie V, Massapequa, New York on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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    There is only one car stereo to buy Thats Alpine! I have been buying Alpine units for 20 years. There is NO better sounding car stereo. I have this hooked up in my 95 Town Car to an Alpine 4 channel 50x4 amp with Infinity 693.11i 6x9s in the rear and infinity refrence 5x7s in the front, I have a 12 in Alpine Sub in the trunk driven by a Rockford Fosgate RF2002 Bridged at 300watts. The sound is Crystal Clear and the bass in deep and loud. I jsut dont get the complaints about the bluetooth or the buttons are too small You will not find a better sounding Car stereo than Alpine. Those are nice extras But I buy Alpine for the sound quality!
    Pros:
    Another Awesome ALPINE unit!!
    Cons:
    NONE, Zero, Nada
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    4 out of 5

    Very good replacement. Greatt sound.

    Written By TomF, Marlborough MA on Thursday, September 27, 2012
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    I made the right choice.
    Pros:
    Pandora ready, great sound, USB port
    Cons:
    Wish I could eject a CD when ignition is not on. Small buttons
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    4 out of 5

    Bobo

    Written By BoBo, San Francisco on Saturday, July 21, 2012
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    This unit works OK. But it drops the BlueTooth connection from my iPhone4 every few days. I just have to go to my Bluetooth setting on my iPhone, disconnect, then reconnect. Also, sometimes I have to pull and then reinsert the USB cable to make it talk to Pandora. i.e. the handshaking going on it is not stable. But when it works, it works very well. Sound quality is good. Handsfree phone connection works well (assuming it has not dropped the Bluetooth yet.) Operationally this unit is OK, but it not the simplest thing to operate while driving. Makes you wonder who designs this stuff. But overall, I would recommend it, but it is not by any means, perfect. When is Apple coming out with car electronics? Remember Steve Jobs used to say "It just works." Rest in peace, Steve.
    Pros:
    Sound quality looks
    Cons:
    finicky Bluetooth connections
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Alpine CDE-136BT, ST. LOUIS MO. on Friday, June 15, 2012
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    SOUND QUALITY GREAT
    Pros:
    FUN
    Cons:
    I SHOULD REPLACED MY CAR RECEIVER FIVE YEARS AGO.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Matt C., Montpelier, ID on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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    I have this Alpine in my 98' GMC 1500, looks cool, sound is amazing and I was able to navigate through all the features without even reading the manual. Wish it had a stationary mode that I could scroll through the music on my I-phone and not have to do so on the stereo itself but all in all a well built stereo, I will definately buy Alpine again!
    Pros:
    Easy to navigate the features on this stereo, very good sound
    Cons:
    Not able to scroll through music on I-pod or I-phone while it is connected to the stereo, have to use the stereo controls which is not near as fast
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Anonymous, Winnemucca, NV 89445 on Saturday, June 09, 2012
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    Works exactly as described. I absolutely love it. While using blue tooth it will even integrate with the iPhone GPS app waze. It will cut into your music to give you instructions then continue on playing your favorite songs.
    Pros:
    Everything easy setup, easy to use, great functionality, perfect. It's exactly what I wanted.
    Cons:
    Nothing
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine Stereo ok, Bluetooth STINKS

    Written By Kalyson, sacramento, ca on Friday, June 08, 2012
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    The stereo receiver itself is pretty good. But the Bluetooth is really, really cheaply made and is unusable. We had the stereo installers rip it out. We have a Ford F150 2012 XLT and we would have been better off just leaving the factory stereo in, adding a line out converter, and hooking it up to the amp. The Bluetooth that came with the Ford was EXCELLENT. It was a real disappointment to find this one was so bad. We even tried switching the mic out but that did not make any difference.
    Pros:
    Ok sound quality
    Cons:
    Horrible Bluetooth
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Anonymous, Exeter nh on Monday, May 28, 2012
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    Alpine rocks it hard
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    5 out of 5

    Great deck

    Written By TW, NorCal on Saturday, May 19, 2012
     
    Great value, great sound, very easy install & setup.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    pretty cool

    Written By zeek, FL on Monday, May 07, 2012
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    Pretty good unit and really woke up my current situation. Bought my vehicle with an aftermarket stereo and replaced the speakers as they were blown but still couldn't dial in the sound and "stage" it correctly. Figuring that the problem was the head unit, I purchased the CDE136BT and wow, what a difference. Even though Blazers get a bad rap about being acousticly challenged, this unit really gave me a lot of sound without the need for an amp on the 4 corner speakers (standard front/back left/right). Planning on picking up another and installing it in my girlfriends car really soon.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth streaming for audio! ...and it works with an Android phone! This is the reason why I chose this unit as I didnt need to purchase another item to have BT in the car. It also allows me to take calls but I don't like doing that while driving.
    Cons:
    Not really a con because I do get BT audio streaming but the Pandora feature does not work with my phone (Android). I don't think its a con because I can still use the Pandora app on my phone and stream it using the BT audio feature of the head unit. The Android version of the unit is also a bit more expensive but you can still achieve the same basic functionality with this unit vs the one made for Android phones. Again, not a con but something to think about if on a budget.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome - excellent choice!

    Written By MauiBuilt, Lahaina on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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    Excellent item - easy to install and worked perfectly immediately! The sound is clean and sharp, the bluetooth calls sound great on both ends and the Pandora is seamless. A perfect fit and a great buy! Crutchfield made the process of choosing, ordering, shipping and installing very easy and quick - I'm very pleased!
    Pros:
    Easy to navigate and use - added a bass tube very easily - this system is everything that Alpine is about!
    Cons:
    Sometime the bluetooth from iPhone doesn't connect - can't tell if it's the receiver or the phone.
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    4 out of 5

    Great so far

    Written By goofydawg, HONOLULU, HI on Friday, April 20, 2012
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    I've had this unit installed about a month now and it looks and works great. Sound quality is much much better than what I had. I had a stock tape player so maybe any deck would have made a difference. One thing I did like about this unit was all because of CRUTCHFIELD. I've never installed any stereo before this and CRUTCHFIELD made it easy. I had it installed about 2 hours total. Only problem I have so far is that you can't scroll through songs in FLASH DRIVE,,,instead you can only fast forward one song at a time. It's annoying when I have about 200 songs and to listen to let's say track 149,,,forget it. You'll have to press fast forward 149 times instead of pressing those numbers. Other things is my external mike is not working yet. I have to take it all apart to see if my plugs came out from the deck during installation. I'll update more once I check that out.
    Pros:
    Sound quality without an amp! Easy to use!
    Cons:
    No remote. USB MODE you can't fast forward fast enough.
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice.

    Written By Nat, NJ on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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    My prior receiver was a Blaupunkt with CD, blue tooth and usb/ipod purchased from Crutchfield. It lasted approx. 4 years before dying.That is what I get for buying a brand with questionable reliability. The quality and power of the Alpine amp makes it sound more powerful then the equally rated power of the Blaupunkt.
    Pros:
    Very easy sync of my Android phone USB works great with my 8GB thumb drive Seamless connection to my existing Infinity component speakers and JL stealthbox and amp.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Upgrade for my Mercedes '85 300D

    Written By MJVegas, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, April 14, 2012
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    Perfect replacement for the aged original receiver that was in the car. Bluetooth works great for either Sirius radio (via my phone), and the hands-free mic works as I expected it to. When using the phone via hands-free - very easy and sound quality is good.
    Pros:
    Ease of Use, flexibility for media type
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Roger, Oak Harbor, WA on Thursday, April 05, 2012
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    The only problem I have found with this stero is the tuner has a lot of static on radio stations and dose not recognize a lot of them in this area other then that great product
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio that does not dissapoint........

    Written By Chris B., Augusta, Ga on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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    When I was in school, I installed car audio and Alpine has always been a go-to brand for high quality products. However, like the Sirens of mythology, Pioneer lured me to their side with the AppRadio and promises of iPhone integration. In concept, the AppRadio sounds fantastic but it is a failboat that dissapoints at every turn. After two weeks of frustration, I made my move back to Alpine. The humble CDE-136BT drags the AppRadio through the mud in every regard. iPhone integration work flawlessly, Bluetooth connections are prompt, and the hands free calling is fantastic. Apart from a few nit picky complaints (see Cons), this radio is perfect.
    Pros:
    Easy Setup, No-Hitch iPhone integration, Quick Bluetooth Connectivity, Crystal Clear hands free calling with a lot of user adjustability.
    Cons:
    No adjustable LED Dimmer (At night, the faceplate is really bright, even with the dimming option turned on), No Option to turn Text Scrolling Completely off.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By John EH, Carmel, NY on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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    I got this to replace an older alpine that started having issues with CD's skipping and CD load issues. I have a 67 impala convertible that I modified to accept a single din. I needed a stereo head with a USB and or bluetooth to remedy the issues with a 1967 suspension and a CD player. This unit fit the bill. It was easy to install, the wiring to my trunk mounted amp was one for one, all around a great product.
    Pros:
    USB port for Ipod, bluetooth, long wire for bluetooth mic
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    5 out of 5

    Best Radio for the price

    Written By jgama25, Chicago,IL. on Monday, March 26, 2012
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    Excellent Radio for the price. I own a Porsche Boxster Convertible and this radio is simply a great deal. I was pleasantly surprised by the blue tooth. The Blue tooth feature is easy to work with and picks up my voice extremely well even with the top down (installed the mic just below the radio on the CD Holder). Like wise the sound is amazing even with the stock speakers that I have. The menu's are easy to navigate and the functionality as a whole are top notch. I was able to easily use the ipod function with my Iphone and navigate by playlist, artist, etc. through the receiver. Installation was a breeze as the instructions are very clear. The only con that I can think of is that I have to navigate ipod controls through receiver instead of Iphone. This is a minor flaw that does not take away from the radio at all. All in all a great value, clear sound, and easy learning curve for this radio!!!!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth - works very well especially for a convertible. Excellent sound quality Menu items are very easy to navigate through Easy installation
    Cons:
    ipod controls through receiver instead of Iphone.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Stereo

    Written By Sasha, Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, March 22, 2012
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    Got that stereo for a first time with some problems. I think UPS drop that box from the 6 floor LOL. With 2 next days I got replacement from my favor CRUTCHFIELD. Very good unit. Love to use USB 16GB Flash card. Cannot find something bad about it. VERY EMPRESSED with quality of CD sound. Bluetooth works excellent.
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    5 out of 5

    A+++++++

    Written By Garry, OHIO on Tuesday, March 06, 2012
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    This is a great receiver! A++ Easy to use and works with our DRIOD X android phone. No drop Bluetooth stays connected!! For Pandora to work with android you'll have to go though the ( Bluetooth streaming ) and not the Pandora that's built in the alpine. It also comes with a MIC to put anywhere in the car for people hear you clearly with Bluetooth calling.

    To make things clear this Alpine has it's own Pandora app that connects to a iPhone so you can control Pandora though the Alpine skip songs like songs and so on... But you can use Pandora on your android Phones as well with Bluetooth streaming If you want to skip a song you'll have to do from your phone then on the alpine itself. Not a big deal if you ask me.

    For phone audio side it's very clear just like talking on the phone at home. You can also add up to 3 phones on this receiver too. Kinda nice if your hubby or wife uses the car or kids for hands free calling to keep there hands on the wheel.
    Pros:
    To answers a call it's as easy as hold down the phone button for 2 sec :) and voila! simple. When someone calls you their name comes across the Alpine to let you know who's calling without looking at your phone. You can even look though your phone book to call someone from the Alpine too.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-136BT

    Written By Alan, North Dakota on Tuesday, March 06, 2012
     
    Overall a great stereo for the price. Sounds great! Love the Bluetooth and call features. Easy to install, I'm still learning all the functions and settings on it, just got it a few days ago and so far so good.
    Pros:
    Sounds great, looks great, lots of options, good price
    Cons:
    Only negatives I have about it is I wish it had a USB in the rear and would show text for the tuner, but I guess that is just being picky.
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