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Our take on the Alpine CDE-141

by Ken Nail
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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App Direct Mode opens up more music

If you've got an iPhone®, you know that the music you've stored on it is only part of the story — streaming apps let you tune into a plethora of music and other programs. Alpine's CDE-141 CD receiver features App Direct Mode, giving you access to select music apps, so you can tune in and enjoy this content. App Direct Mode offers limited control over your apps and displays metadata so you'll know at a glance the name of song and the artist that's playing.

Great for your stored iPod® and iPhone® content too

Of course, you can also use the CDE-141's controls to navigate your iPod's music library, thanks to a convenient front-panel USB input — just plug in your device and get ready to groove. Alpine's rotary encoder makes really easy to find your favorite songs, albums, artists, or playlists quickly. Your copilots will love Passenger Control Mode, which lets them play DJ while you focus on driving.

Alpine CDE-141 CD receiver

Intelligent layout and user-friendly controls are an Alpine trademark.

Control and expand your system

A powerful internal amp gives you plenty of headroom to turn up the volume without the sound getting distorted and harsh. You can adjust the overall tone to taste with the 3-band parametric EQ, which allows you to choose the centerpoint for your bass, midrange, and treble controls.

If you want to take performance up another notch, you can plug Alpine's KTP-445A Power Pack directly into to the CDE-141. This plug-and-play powerhouse kicks up the output to a robust 45 watts RMS per channel, but it requires almost no wiring and takes up very little space. If you want to bring on the bass, this Alpine also features two sets of RCA preamp outputs, perfect for adding a powered sub or an amp.

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • App Direct Mode offers basic control of many streaming music apps
    • plays CDs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • remote control ready
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • high- and low-pass filters, subwoofer phase switch
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Alpine's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-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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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red/Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    No
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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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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    • CD receiver (10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Face (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Online Product Registration
    • Computer Requirements booklet

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    iPod/Aux Integration
    Disc & USB Playback
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire 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 that came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the CDE-141.

    • Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine CDE-141 supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone; as well as music apps downloaded on your Apple device. 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, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen (App Direct Mode).
      • Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-141 lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search these categories alphabetically. For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0-6%, Preset 2: 17-32%, Preset 3: 33-49%, Preset 4: 50%-66%, Preset 5: 67-82%, Preset 6: 83-100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback modes (Album/Song/All) and one Repeat mode (song).
      • App Direct Mode: In App Direct 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. Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are available from the head unit. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate advanced functions of your music apps. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode. 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.
    • Information Display: The CDE-141 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod/iPhone from the Alpine head unit or the Apple devices clickwheel/touchscreen. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. In App Direct Mode, the unit will also display song/artist information from select music apps.
    • iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-141 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N
    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 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC 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 N N N N N N N
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit: such as a portable MP3 player. You can 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. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-141 features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. 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. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine CDE-141 supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/509 files 100 folders/100 files per folder
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    Text/File/Folder Search: When you are playing a disc or USB device with CD-Text, ID3 or WMA 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 and USB devices without CD Text, ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-141 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-141 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-141 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.

    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

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Alpine CDE-141 features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

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

    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.

    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).

    Preset EQ: You can select from 11 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, Classical, or User.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: The User Preset activates the head unit's 3-Band Parametric Equalizer for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted in the 3-Band Parametric mode.

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Q-Factor Level
    Bass 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz   Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.5, or Narrow. 2.0 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Midrange 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Treble 7.5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz Wide 0.75 or Narrow 1.25 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)

    Note: The units stores independent EQ settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, and iPod).

    Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume. T

    Source Volume Level: The output level of each source is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The unit does not included a face case. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    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, and ID-3/WMA 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, and the tag information, while playing a MP3/WMA disc.

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

    Favorite: You can set a favorite source (USB/AM/FM1/FM2/AUX/DISC) to the head unit's "FAV" button, so you can access that particular source directly.

    Auto Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead (orange); 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.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-141 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 head unit

    Written By Ebow, Annville, PA on Friday, March 28, 2014
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    Great product. The factory stereo in my jeep stopped working and I really liked it so I didn't want to get rid of it. I had a really tough time deciding which receiver to get to replace it and now I am really glad I purchased this one. I like my new one and didn't break the bank.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Anonymous, Kodiak, AK on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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    Great product and easy to install.
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    Everything
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    5 out of 5

    Easy install, sounds good

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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    Great instructions from Crutchfield made for easy install. Unit does everything it's supposed to and now I can use my iphone for music. Unit interfaces well with iPhone 4S. Sound is overall better than stock head with stock speakers although I lost the sub (old head had built in amp). Can add in the future pretty easy...two RCA outs on the head. Only criticisms are small buttons, small display can't show much info at once, an have to hold down button to power off...would prefer to just tap.
    Pros:
    Easy install, good number of interfaces in a cheap unit, sounds better than stock
    Cons:
    Small buttons, display can't show a lot of info in one screen
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Bruce, Tennessee on Friday, January 31, 2014
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    System install was easy, wiring went quick. Volume/EQ very sufficient to the space. I may add tweeters/amp driven from the line outs to improve imaging because of poor speaker location in the van doors, but that is not a pbm from Alpine at all.

    USB front plug is sweet. Throw in a 8 gig jump drive and you have a ton of sound for almost nothing. Only reason I didn't give it 5 was that I have some audiobooks that have hundreds of tracks. The Alpine supports tracks up to 100 and rolls back to zero. The manual was of no help and it would be great to have the track change button to auto increment when held in. Scanning forward and backward is nice, but when you need to go to track 211 in an audiobook thats a lot of clicks on the front panel.

    Otherwise this is a great unit. I just wish I had checked to see the USB controls before the purchase. I would have paid more to have up to 999 mp3 tracks allowed in every eBook.

    Bruce
    Pros:
    Nice look, good sound, easy to install and use.
    Cons:
    USB operation limited beyond 99 mp3 files (or at least all my research and fiddling have not found a way around this other than break the book up on my PC into subsections of less than 100 tracks. I would be tickled if someone would point out that I am doing something wrong here.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine sound at a Great Price!

    Written By Al, Enid, Ok on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    I am definitely an Alpine Fan. Always have been Happy with each one I have purchased. Love the clean sounds, ease of operation, and at a Great Crutchfield Price.
    Pros:
    Awesome sound, (no surprise with Alpine), all the Features that I need, at a Great Price. What else can you say!!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By J M, Garden Grove, CA on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Stereo installation was quick and easy. Minimal tools required. The stereo works great, sounds great and most of all my daughter was pleased that it was compatible with her iphone. Great product at a great value.
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    Highly recommend
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    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great device

    Written By Karen, CA on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Quality unit that is easy to install and sounds great at an affordable price point. An extreme improvement over the stock stereo in my truck - night and day. The user interface is intuitive and easy to negotiate without having to crack open the manual. The USB and Aux inputs are a big plus.
    Pros:
    Great value, easy to install, sounds great, intuitive interface with easy-to-operate controls, USB port, aux input.
    Cons:
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    5 out of 5

    CDE141

    Written By DD, MI on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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    Nice unit,, Glad to have it in my car!
    Pros:
    Easy to tune, good display, great value!
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Anonymous, Austin TX on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    it's a very good head unit for the price quality and sound great
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    5 out of 5

    Super Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Alpine CDE-141, Biloxi,Mississippi on Sunday, December 01, 2013
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    Superb stereo for the price. You can't beat this Alpine. Great power, easy to operate and install.
    Pros:
    Ease of use. Great power, great price and value. Trusted brand.
    Cons:
    Non
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit for the Price

    Written By RayR, Alaska on Monday, November 18, 2013
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    I was looking for a simple head unit. Since the demise of Eclipse, I have sort of been searching for a new "go to" brand. The Alpine CDE-141 is now the 2nd Alpine unit I own. Its a simple unit and fits all the needs that I have, radio, CDs, iPod controller and built in amp. This unit went into my RV. It does everything I need. Plus is sounds great. I did a comparison on my RTA with the stock unit and the frequency response is noticeably flatter (which means is better). The built in amp section is clean and offers enough power to run the aftermarket speakers in my RV. Is it a super high end audiophile sound? No, but its not intended to be. Can you build a high end system with this as your source unit, yes. Its not fancy with flashing lights and over the top displays. But that's not what I wanted or needed. I like clean and simple. The iPod controls are a little hard to use, but once I got used to it, no issues. Alpine has long been a reliable brand and it is great to see that they have entry level head units at affordable prices. There are features on this unit I probably wont use, the cross-overs and parametric EQ, but they are still very cool things to have in an entry level unit. The display is easy to read and navigating between the radio, cd, and iPod is easy as well. Im happy with this purchase and I think I may have found my new "go to" brand.
    Pros:
    Price, build and brand quality, good built in amp, and nice features.
    Cons:
    iPod controls are awkward at first.
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    5 out of 5

    James V Denis

    Written By James D, salem ma 01970 on Friday, November 08, 2013
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    Very happy and buy again
    Pros:
    Very good sound quality
    Cons:
    Can not use my steering wheel controls with the new radio
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    4 out of 5

    First time buying Alpine.

    Written By Clif, North Alabama on Monday, October 28, 2013
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    First time buying an Alpine head unit. Basically I have had less than stellar success with Pioneer and Kenwood; decided to try something different. Good bang for the buck with the Alpine unit. Very good clarity teamed with Polk 6.5 Coax shallow mount speakers.
    Pros:
    Like the AUX input (I listen mostly to my portable MP3) and EQ settings..
    Cons:
    NOT intuitive for menus/feature access. The manual is a must to navigate until you get the hang of it. Unfortunately, the manual is rather difficult to follow while you navigate. I still haven't figured out how to make the display dim MANUALLY. It's kind of bright at night.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine review

    Written By Javier S, Desoto, Texas on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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    Great as a starting stereo
    Pros:
    Easy to use quick installation good quality
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible, Inexpensive Deck

    Written By Todd D., Bristol, NH on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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    I installed this in a 2000 Malibu, for a co-worker. The sound was incredible, Such an improvement over the factory radio. The ease of install, 2 pre out, usb, aux 3.5mm Jack, all for $100, WOW!!!
    Pros:
    Easy to use, tons of features, Alpine quality, very cost effective
    Cons:
    N/A
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice upgrade

    Written By Joe, OOB, Maine on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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    This was a very nice upgrade from the stock head unit in my 2002 F-150. The sound quality from my stock speakers is noticeably better. Was a nice affordable upgrade an had all the components needed to make the install painless.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Anonymous, painesville, ohio on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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    Excellent unit, nice sound and easy to use.
    Pros:
    Quick set up and easy to use.
    Cons:
    None
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Jon, Fayetteville, NC on Friday, August 30, 2013
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    Installed this stereo in my 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Great value. Great sound for the money. Easy to install and an excellent low-cost replacement for the stock stereo. Especially like the compatibility with my iPhone.
    Pros:
    Great value. Easy to install. Compatibility with iPhone.
    Cons:
    Instructions for wiring the harness were incomplete. After following the supplied instructions for wiring and installation, the stereo did not work. I called tech assistance and it was as if they were expecting my call. The tech provided one additional easy step that solved the problem. This step should have been included in the written instructions.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good sound quality

    Written By Harman_Kardon, Charlottesville on Friday, August 16, 2013
     
    All i can say is that this unit has very good sound quality. The mids are very forward, Bass is more than enough, Treble is very smooth. Only thing i bother is that this unit cannot go very loud with aftermarket speakers. This because it has no MOSFET amplifier build in it gets distorted at volume 15 with Loudnes function off. My 3 years old Sony head unit with mosfet goed all the way to volume 37 without any distortion with loudnes on and bass max. I have al 4 new infinity kappa speakers in the doors, and they go very very loud with Sony head unit. But if you planning to use a external amplifier, you get the best quality out there with this unit !
    Pros:
    Ease of installation sound quality and crispness
    Cons:
    No Mosfet build in amp. Does get pretty fast distorted using buil in amp.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By DonO, Kimball Ne on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    Great sound! Lots of power! Ease to install. Great value for the money.
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    5 out of 5

    the Alpine CDE-141 is a great stereo at an awesome price

    Written By MichelleS, Reno, Nv on Monday, August 05, 2013
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    The sound quality of this stereo is wonderful and very easy to install.
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice

    Written By Anonymous, Loveland, CO on Monday, August 05, 2013
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    Great unit for the price!
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    5 out of 5

    great buy!

    Written By Miguel, Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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    Awesome clarity added extra juice to my speakers as well, can never go wrong with Alpine! Needed manual to figure couple things out but once done good to go!
    Pros:
    Sound quality, usb, and preout pretty much all you can ask for, for the price!
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great Headunit For The Money

    Written By ss, Kennesaw, GA on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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    For the money you spend, this is easily the best bang for your buck on the market right now. I've had a number of alpine products over the years and this one is probably the best value out of all of them. Awesome sound quality, easy to use, and looks pretty good as well. Great entry level headunit.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, great sound quality, good bang for your buck
    Cons:
    Really none, only other feauture that would be nice is bluetooth capability
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Jessr, Erie pa on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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    It's great I don't like how some of the stuff is set up but it's still very nice! It sounds great way better than before
    Pros:
    Sounds good, easy to install
    Cons:
    Bad set up
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    4 out of 5

    Fathers Day Gift

    Written By Joel, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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    Thanks to the installation kit I was able to get this installed easily.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE 141 Review

    Written By Hunting4fish, Fairbanks Alaska on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    What an awesome product!! This was exactly what I needed and ordered. It fit the console as stated on the product information, the tools to remove the old one were also included within the order, (at their suggestion) the tools not only worked, but gave me proper instruction with little mechanical knowledge needed. The removal of the old one went off without a hitch.! Installing the new radio was easier than I had ever imagined. Great Product sound, great product description prior to my order! I will be buying other products now I know I will not be led astray with Crutchfield..!!!!! Thanks for the experience...
    Pros:
    Everything about my purchase and install is more a PRO than I ever expected.
    Cons:
    I didn't know about Crutchfield before....
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By XT, Albuquerque on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    Easy install. Good sound.
    Pros:
    Quality. Sound.
    Cons:
    Can not change display color.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Inexpensive Alpine

    Written By Anonymous, Bridgeport,CT on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    Great Alpine head unit for the price...I only wish it came with a case for the removable faceplate..that's just idiotic to not have one in the box if it comes with a removable faceplate...now it is going to get all dinged and scratched up. the faceplate feels cheap and doesnt always attach back on the first try...sounds good and works well with Ipad and thumb/flash drives.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By GlennL, Madawaska, ME on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    Inexpensive, Sounds pretty good, and has many features for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Mario Z, Pennsville, NJ on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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    The unit was very easy to install, very easy to use. great value for the price!!
    Pros:
    Easy installation, good price
    Cons:
    none
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine reciever

    Written By Anonymous, taylor, Michigan on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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    Unit itself was easy to install in my vehicle..sounds great...Used the recommendations of an agent..However because I used this as a replacement for the defective factory radio, I now no longer have a clock...really think agents need to tell people when they are replacing their radios
    Pros:
    Good sound
    Cons:
    NO CLOCK
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    5 out of 5

    Crystal Clear

    Written By cawalker, Whitehall,Ohio on Monday, June 10, 2013
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    I put this deck in a Astro Van and it sounds great with factory speakers.I mean really I thought it would sound good but it is crystal clear.Also I had it installed by the geek squad did not try to install it myself but had the master sheet to do it. Thank you Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Great Sound Quality
    Cons:
    None
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE=141

    Written By JohnJ, Bermuda Run, NC on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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    Excellent value for the price. Great sound.
    Pros:
    Easy installation and excelletnt support. No surprises.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Kars, mililani, HI. on Friday, May 24, 2013
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    I have used this Alpine car stereo for a month, and works well! It's worth the money. It works my stock speakers to it's full potential!
    Pros:
    It's well built!
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product, Awesome Value

    Written By MRJ, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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    This is a great unit, I Installed it with no problems in about 20 minutes in my Accord, Sound Quality is great, the unit is slick looking and I love the USB port on the front, I can carry my whole music collection on my 8 gb flash drive.

    I encountered one problem, Once in a while, when I would press the skip track button, it would switch inputs, this happened quite often after a week with the unit, Called Crutchfield customer service and had a new one sent out, haven't had any problems since. 5/5 Customer Service
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    That darn skip button.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Roy, D.C. on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    I highly rate the Alpine CDE-141 CD receiver. I was looking for an upgrade for my old Chevy Trailblazer and decided upon the Alpine CDE-141. Instantly, even with my old factory speakers, I notice a huge difference in sound quality. I recently had up graded speakers installed in my truck and know, I'm hearing sound details that I have never heard before. I'm loving it!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141 excellent, buy this

    Written By tritimmy, los angeles on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    For a solid, no frills great radio sound, buy this thing. I installed it myself, after speaking with exceptional customer service people (twice)......easier than you think. Great deal for the price. 'Alpine sound' quality as well.
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    all
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Anonymous, Texas on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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    Goog unit and good price for a alpine. Better then others units and sound quality is more clear
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    5 out of 5

    very nice

    Written By Keaton, Chicago, IL on Friday, March 22, 2013
     
    At first I was going to get a Sony radio but then saw this beauty and fell in love. Its so simple yet so slick looking. I've never had anything Alpine but just got this along with SPE 6x9s and 5 1/4s in my Grand Prix and couldn't be happier! Love it all! Can't wait to install an amp and sub!
    Pros:
    Easy to use Slick looking Sounds good USB & AUX port
    Cons:
    None yet!
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By Brett, Gillette Wyoming on Thursday, March 21, 2013
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    Sounds good, easy to install
    Pros:
    easy to instal, sounds good
    Cons:
    does not display name of songs and not easy to control i pod well
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By RexC, Concord MA on Monday, March 18, 2013
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    Replaces original factory unit. With all the extras provided by Crutchfield, it is definitely high on the Value scale. Not being a car audiophile, I considered the factory unit perfectly adequate, until the AM died. The Alpine sounds good to me, and felt like a solid piece of equipment when I installed it. The "coolness factor" is of little importance here; substance ranks much higher than style. Installation instructions were very helpful, as were the technical professionals I spoke with over the phone. Being a first-time radio installer, I surprised myself by being able to actually make it work! I realize it wouldn't be practical to cover every possible problem one can encounter, but it would have been helpful, in my case, to have more pictures showing the removal procedure for the original equipment, especially the antenna connection. Thanks again for the help via the phone.
    Pros:
    Good value. Good sound. Good installation help.
    Cons:
    With so many options and adjustments, the operation is not intuitive. Printing the manual is the only way to navigate.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit for the Money

    Written By E.Peterson, Tampa,FL. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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    Purchased the unit for my father in law. It is actually installed in a garage with a power supply. The unit gets good radio reception even being indoors. The mp3 player works perfectly and he can play over a hundred songs on a disc. The usb port on the front allows his iphone to be connected and the radio controls it perfectly. It has plenty of power and the sound quality is very good. I do like the ability to adjust bass,treble and midrange, or choose one of the many eq settings available. I considered the UTE 42Bt, but he wanted a cd player and was not too concerned with bluetooth, so I went with the 141. He is very happy with the unit. I feel it has the quality and features I expect from Alpine.
    Pros:
    USB connection, iphone controls & charging via the usb cable, and very good sound.
    Cons:
    It does not come with a case for the faceplate.
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    1 out of 5

    Lemon out the box

    Written By JayT, Florence, SC on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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    I picked up this unit because it had everything I needed. I went with Alpine because the unit I was replacing was an Alpine so I knew this unit would fit the stereo opening. I searched many Alpines and this unit had all the features I needed at a reasonable price. I was dissatisfied with this unit because it would not play any of my CD's. I tried several CD's to put in and all the unit would do was say "Load" then spit the CD back out. I never tried the Ipod function because i was so disgusted with the CD player not working and I knew I would be sending this one back.
    Pros:
    nice features for the money
    Cons:
    CD player would not work straight out the box
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    5 out of 5

    amazing

    Written By nick, fort dodge iowa on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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    it's works really good!! looks nice
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    5 out of 5

    sound system

    Written By tony, orlando florida on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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    The stereo system works great and also great sound, once installed and the system turned on , the sound was totally amazing
    Pros:
    good product and good name for the stereo and sound
    Cons:
    nothing specific
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit For The Money!!!

    Written By T.J., Welch, MN on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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    I bought this deck to drop in my commuter car because I wanted an Auxiliary plug for my MP3 player and because I had owned Alpine decks in the past. There is a reason why Alpine products are widely thought of as some of the best.....even a lower priced unit like the CDE-141delivers like a unit that is 3-4 times the price! I couldn't be happier with the CDE-141.... plenty of juice to push my Polk coaxials and plenty of features to fine tune and get out of the unit. Being able to adjust the db level for each source is a really nice feature. You won't be disappointed in the CDE-141.
    Pros:
    Attractive, well built, full of features, very customizable.
    Cons:
    A remote included would be nice and the DVD manual is kind of a pain. I had to print out directions for all the features and how to find them because none of this is in the paper book manual that is included. Would have been easier if it were all in the book book but I am splitting hairs.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-141

    Written By TL, San Diego, CA on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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    I got this unit to replace the factory stereo in my car. I chose it because I was looking for something without too many "bells and whistles" by a good name brand company. It installed easily and looks good in the dash. The sound is good, I would not say great but in my car that is not a super high priority. Now for a few details. I liked the idea that the faceplate can be made permanent with a "fixing screw" actually that was a selling feature for me since I do not plan to ever remove it. Only problem is that after searching thru the manual (on CD ROM) there is no mention of how to affix the faceplate with the screw. I also looked online with no luck and decided to not use it. I think the Crutchfield people would probably know how to do this but I never contacted them. Also the "Dimmer" feature is so subtle that it might as well not be included. Not that the unit it too bright, I just like to try out all the features. The display is pretty basic and easy to see at night and in the daylight. I only use it for the tuner and CD's so can't say how well it handles phones, Ipods etc. That's about it, Crutchfield was great as well.
    Pros:
    Basic, easy controls. (you can go deeper for fine tuning if you want to) Good sound, good price. Seems to get better reception than my last tuner.
    Cons:
    No instructions included to show you how to attach the face plate permanently with the included "fixing screw"
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great alternative to factory stereo

    Written By Andrew, Olathe, KS on Friday, February 08, 2013
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    Very affordable receiver. Great sound, and volume level adjust on each different input is an awesome feature.
    Pros:
    Great sound, very customizable
    Cons:
    Not the easiest to change settings until you read the excellent manual
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    5 out of 5

    New CD player

    Written By Miguel M, Chicago on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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    The perfect sound for the right price. And the addition of USB plus aux... What a great choice.
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    None.
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