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Item #: 500CDE147B
 

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Our take on the Alpine CDE-147BT

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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Convenience at a smart price

The CDE-147BT CD receiver kicks off Alpine's line of Bluetooth® equipped receivers for 2013. It lets you make and take calls hands-free when you're in the car, so you can keep your attention on the road while you talk — no fumbling for the phone or driving with one hand in busy traffic. And you can stream audio from your Bluetooth devices too, with receiver control of basic functions like "track up" and "track down." Plus, Alpine's Quad illumination lets you choose from four different colors for the receiver's control buttons for a style that'll work in your car.

Sound quality customization with social networking

Alpine's new TuneIt App lets you tap into the power of your Android™, iPhone®, and the cloud to customize this receiver's sound output for your car. Download the TuneIt app and you'll have access to over 3000 custom sound parameters from Alpine's servers. The sound parameters tailor the CDE-147BT's 9-band equalizer, digital time correction, high- and low-pass filters, and Media Xpander to tune your system to match your car model, car type, and listening position. And you can share your custom settings with others and even get feedback through Facebook.

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Media options

The CDE-147BT offers a handy front-panel auxiliary input and a rear USB port with an extension cable. Alpine's App Direct Mode lets you control basic playback and view metadata from many iPhone music apps, and you'll have full control over the music stored on your iPhone or iPod® when connected by USB. Of course you can enjoy your CDs too, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC music files.

System expansion

Want more power? You can add Alpine's KTP-445A Power Pack, a compact plug-and-play solution that brings this receiver's power output up to 45 watts RMS per channel. Or you can hook up conventional external amplifiers to the three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs to create a killer system for your ride.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Alpine stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Alpine, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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

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
    • App Direct Mode for basic control of select music apps
    • compatible with Alpine KTP-445A Power Pack amplifier
    • detachable face with Quad Illumination
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 preset tone curves
    • digital time correction
    • TuneIt app for access to over 3000 custom sound parameters
    • built-in high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level and phase controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
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    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
    • Hard plastic face case
    • 5' USB extension cable (w/ a female USB type-A connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Microphone w/ attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector (inside face case)
    • Sun-visor bracket (inside face case)
    • Two-sided tape (inside face case)
    • 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

    Our Product Research Team

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine CDE-147BT features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR) technology. 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. 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 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: 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-147BT.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine CDE-147BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine head unit (only one device can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (including iPhone & Android). The controls of the CDE-147BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-147BT 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-147BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-147BT 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 (3 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 previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
    Note: During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.  mute the

    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.

    Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Alpine CDE-147BT can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). 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. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the CDE-147BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title. The CDE-147BT even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with song/artist information and limited control (continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music app navigation).

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Alpine CDE-147BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE CTRL" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the CDE-147BT and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Alpine CDE-147BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    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-147BT'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.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod/USB 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-147BT.

    • Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine CDE-147BT 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 24-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-147BT lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, Audiobook, or Genius Mix. You can then search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). 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 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-147BT 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. The unit will also display station identification and 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-147BT 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 Specific Apps Bluetooth Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora TuneIt Phone Audio Siri Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N 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.

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-147BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps/Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-147BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the CDE-147BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The CDE-147BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Disc & USB 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.

    Rear-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-147BT features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 9" cable, and comes with a 5' USB extension cable. 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-147BT 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 12/16/32
    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 509 files/255folders 1,000 folders/files (512 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 or ID3/WMA tags searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-147BT 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-147BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine CDE-147BT uses a 24-bit D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of your music.

    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

    Note: 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.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The CDE-147BT has three sets of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front & rear preamp output can be faded, 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) or 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 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the low pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    High Pass Filter (for Front & Rear): 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 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.

    Preset/9-Band 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. Using the head unit's 9-Band EQ (in User mode), you can modify the EQ settings to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste.

    Band Frequency Q-Width Level
    1 20 Hz - 100 Hz 3.0, 4.0. 5.0 -7 to +7 dB
    2 63 Hz - 315 Hz
    3 125 Hz - 500 Hz
    4 250 Hz - 1 kHz
    5 500 Hz - 2 kHz
    6 1 kHz - 4 kHz
    7 2 kHz- 7.2 kHz
    8 5.8 kHz - 12 kHz
    9 9 kHz - 20 kHz

    Note: The settings of the 9-Band EQ, Time Correction, and X-over can be stored in the preset memory (1-6).

    Audio Enhancements: The CDE-147BT offers the following audio adjustments to enhance your in-car listening experience.

    • Media Xpander: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. You can customize the Media Xpander to suit your personal taste by adjusting the level (0-8) for Bass, Mids, and Highs. The FM radio, CD, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth, and Aux will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
    • Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance between the left and right speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance (0-132.7") of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener.
    • Spatial: This feature allows you to change the soundstage of your music in the vehicle. You can select from three modes.
      • Front Wide: Creates the effect of widening the front sound field by delaying the sound of the front speakers.
      • Rear Wide: Creates the effect of making the front sound image clear and far by delaying the sound of the rear speakers.
      • Off: No effect is applied (default)
    • Source Volume Level: The output level of each source (Tuner, Disc, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, Pandora, Aux) is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.

    TuneIt App: TuneIt is an easy-to-use sound-tuning app that also offers Facebook notifications. Download this free app onto your Apple iPhone 4/4S/5 (via iTunes) or Android smartphone (coming soon via Google Play) and create a user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected to the CDE-147BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Sound Tuning: The TuneIt app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a sound tuning interface for the CDE-147BT. Follow the simple TuneIt graphical instructions on your phone to adjust sound settings for your specific vehicle or choose from pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Time Correction, Parametric EQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. As you change settings on your smartphone, you will hear the results, so you can customize the sound to exactly how you want it. You can make and save up to 100 different sound settings in your account, which is helpful if you want various settings to use for specific types of music. After tuning your system, upload your settings to the Alpine Cloud Server to share them with other Alpine fans. You can also check out other user's settings and rate them. The more active you are, the higher your profile status progresses within the app.
    • Facebook Notifications: The TuneIt app also keeps you in touch with your Facebook friends. When you receive a notification, you will get a visual alert on the smartphone and the head unit, plus a sound alert through your car speakers. The visual notification includes the Facebook icon and the sender's name, with the profile picture shown on the phone. In order to receive Facebook notifications on the head unit, the TuneIt app must be the active app on your smartphone.

    Note: Access to TuneIt will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. You will also need to turn on the GPS function of your phone.

    Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The volume of this feature can be set from 0-7.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. A hard plastic face case is provided to store the detachable faceplate. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    2-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 2-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. 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.

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The head unit lets you choose between Blue, Green, Red, or Amber button illumination. The LCD text will remain white.

    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.

    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-147BT is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

     

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    5 out of 5

    Don't wait

    Written By Brian, Plattsburgh, NY on Monday, April 07, 2014
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    Traded my pt cruiser three years ago, and with it my old Panasonic ghost 1083... I upgraded my speakers in my Ranger but never got around to swapping out that low fi Ford/pioneer unit. Install of the new unit took about 20 min.. Great sound, good solid feel to the controls
    Pros:
    Easy pairing with my nexus 4
    Cons:
    Would have liked to change the display text from white., also save some grief and download the full manual from alpine, the quick start guid redefines vague.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Written By Anonymous, United States on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    Great product. Love the sound. The bluetooth is great. Phone works well without that echo. On screen caller id which is a plus.And streaming music with bluetooth works great also. Radio is clear even with poor signal. One of the nicest decks ive had. Great deck for a single din.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth. Usb input. Easy to use. Sounds great. Easy install.
    Cons:
    Colors are only blue, green,red, and orange.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome deck

    Written By Falcon3, Atwater, CA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    Great deck loaded with features at a good price. Hooked up with the 445A amp and it rocks
    Pros:
    Loaded with features
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Written By JimL, Simi Valley,CA on Monday, March 10, 2014
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    Good unit for what i needed, the blue-tooth is easy to use, is why I purchase it in the first place. Is nice n loud without any amp, still getting used to my new receiver.
    Pros:
    good unit for my budget, love the blue-tooth, sounds good for what it is.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Written By Milo, Ashland, OR on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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    This head unit is awesome - more features than a Swiss Army knife. Easy install, menus are intuitive, sounds great even without an amp.
    Pros:
    Feature packed, easy to use, great Bluetooth features, super tuner
    Cons:
    Won't toast bread
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    5 out of 5

    great receiver!!

    Written By Norm, Stuart, FL on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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    easy to install, easy to adjust the parameters and great sound! The only problem that I had was getting Pandora to work on the stereo. I made all the settings for Pandora to work, but still wouldn't work ...said "no connection". The fix was to "RESET" the receiver ...the little red button under the face of the receiver. PANDORA launches when I start my truck. Love this receiver!!
    Pros:
    sounds, easy to use, Bluetooth and Pandora
    Cons:
    reset should have been a note in the install directions to get Pandora to work on the receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product!!

    Written By Toby C, Rockwall, TX on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    It's an Alpine!! So of course it's going to be a great receiver. I love the blue tooth, no more input cables scattered everywhere. Even in my Jeep Wrangler, talking on the phone with the blue tooth is outstanding.
    Pros:
    Blue tooth capability
    Cons:
    A tad bit slow searching for blue tooth when there are multiple devices. But nothing unbearable.
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    3 out of 5

    Alphine CDE-147BT

    Written By JeremiahP, Florida on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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    Bought this head unit to replace a factory stereo which had no auxiliary or USB input. While my 2 main requirements have been fulfilled, I decided to spend more for Bluetooth and Pandora features. The Bluetooth has been okay, didn't have any trouble connecting my Galaxy S4, but it does tend to frequently drop the sound momentarily. It happens, as far as I have noticed, after a new track has started on my phone. If this is more of a failure of my device, I haven't had a chance to compare it to any others. As for the Pandora, I have tried everything I can think of to get this feature to work with no success. I have read around the web that it's pretty much a no-go on my particular model, and possibly with Android phones in general. Sound quality seems pretty good, and the menus are quite intuitive.
    Pros:
    Easy Bluetooth connection, decent sound quality, intuitive menus
    Cons:
    Bluetooth sound drops out, no Pandora
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine

    Written By Matt, NH on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    Well...it's an Alpine. Look no further than that. Great head unit. Works great with my iPod Touch 4 both wired via USB and streaming BT. Does everything it says it will and well. Very fair price for it's capabilities.
    Pros:
    Alpine
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Never had a better unit

    Written By RickM, Olympia, WA on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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    I only gave it three stars for coolness factor because I'm sure there are "cooler" units out there depending on the coolness measure of the day, but coolness is not something I care about. I like results, and this unit delivers. It was easy to install, it's easy to navigate (no small accomplishment in this tech-heavy day and age, and I'm an older guy who didn't grow up with technology, so I really appreciate a modern unit that isn't mystifying. If who I am sounds anything like you, buy it. You'll thank me later.
    Pros:
    Quality sound Easy to install Easy to navigate - love the big button to change sources, the fact that touching any button on the unit turns it on Also like that it has a quiet display, not some laser-light show that distracts you while you're driving.
    Cons:
    None. None. NONE.
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    5 out of 5

    LOVE THIS STEREO!!!

    Written By Jerry, Mount Vernon, Ohio on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    This alpine head unit has all the bells and whistles, the tune it app is one of the coolest features if you ask me, i love the fact that i can tune the stereo a certain way for different applications and not lose my precious settings,some of you know what i am talking about.
    Pros:
    there are tons of pros, where do you begin
    Cons:
    a little difficult to use at first but once you understand how this unit works, its amazing, so no real cons for me at least
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    5 out of 5

    Great Alpine Product!!

    Written By Travis H., Central Nebraska on Monday, February 03, 2014
     
    This head unit is fantastic if your biggest concern is quality. With 4 amp pre-outs to connect to an external amplifier and a 9 band equalizer it is designed to have the capacity to make your vehicle sound exactly the way you want it to. The quality of the head unit seems to be great also, I've had mine out a few times and drive some terrible roads and nothing has begun to fall apart or anything like that. I feel like they did spend their time working on the crucial parts, which I appreciate. It's a reliable HU with tons of features you just need to know how to use. For a person who is just looking for a good HU to put in their car and sound good with a factory EQ setting, like the ROCK setting, it does have those simple features, but for someone like me who has put in a full set of upgraded speakers an amp and additional tweeters in my Ram 1500 Quad Cab, it has potential that is unmatched in this price point. Where they did unfortunately skimp is in the display options. I like the choice of 4 colors you get, especially the classic green that works well in my truck, but so much more potential. And also, maybe it's just how I have my itunes info set up, but the way the preset displays are, I can't have any track info on the screen with the time. Just the song number and time. 3 lines of text would have been better than the 2 it has, but honestly, I can deal with that for everything else I get.
    Pros:
    Fantastic Head Unit. Tune-It app takes some getting used to, but works well on my Ipod. Set up perfectly for the audiophile who wants to unleash all the potential that a song has in their vehicle.
    Cons:
    More emphasis on "the cool factor" in the displays etc. Takes some getting used to, to set up perfectly, but worth the time.
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    5 out of 5

    2003 mustang Mach 1000 system

    Written By Diane, Ky on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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    Fairly easy to install for a non motor head. Sounds good with the existing sound system and speakers. Blue tooth works great for phone calls.
    Pros:
    Price, looks, functionality
    Cons:
    Will take some time to learn all the functionality.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing technology

    Written By James, Florida on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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    The sound quality of the 147BT is absolutely perfect. It reminds me a lot of the old-school audiophile Alpine 7909 CD deck. The sound is bright and clean with no distortion at all. I am hearing parts of songs that I have never heard before. The factory eq curves are good but for me it sounds best with my own custom curve. I have stored several curves in memory which makes changing the sound easier while driving. It is also great to have bass and treble controls to be able to tweak the sound without having to access the user eq while driving. There are a lot of parameters and settings for the eq and time alignment so it is best to set those while parked. It took me some time to get the sound set up how I wanted it but once I got it set I really do not need to adjust it much. The 147BT is the deck to buy if you want great sound quality. I have had several other brands over the last few years and this 147BT is light-years ahead of any other deck out there. The sound quality is so sharp and digitally accurate that it could almost be called clinical. The deck is definitely high power, the internal IC is good and loud but also sounds good at lower levels too. The Blue Tooth is amazing both in its function and quality of the phone call. It paired up right away with my Galaxy S4 and the calls are crystal clear on both ends. I put the mic on the edge of my headliner above the rear view mirror, and it works great there. Ipod/USB search functions are easy to operate while driving.
    Pros:
    Absolutely the best sound quality you can buy. Easy to operate while driving, once you learn the controls. Blue Tooth and Ipod integration are perfect, my Ipod has never sounded this good. Bass/Treble/Fader/Balance are easy to adjust the sound while driving. Display is easy to see in sunlight. I was glad to be able to select the old familiar Alpine green backlighting. The Media Expander is the best compressed music enhancer I have heard on any deck available today. Deck looks good in my dash.
    Cons:
    The 147BT has good bass when you set the eq for it but I wish it had a loudness or bass enhancer function in addition to the Media Expander. The eq can be a bit daunting if you don't know how to set a parametric eq. I did not care much for the Tune-It app, I much prefer to set the eq and other sound features via the faceplate. Owner's manual is on a disc. I had no way to view it in my truck so I just downloaded and printed it from the Alpine web site.
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    5 out of 5

    great radio!!!!!!!!

    Written By Shawn Surich, Canonsburg PA on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    Nice radio for the price you an not beat it. Takes a little getting use to the controls but once you do its fine. Great features for the price .
    Pros:
    great sound and customization
    Cons:
    takes a little getting use to the controls.
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    5 out of 5

    SIMPLY AMAZING !!!

    Written By Chris A, Lake, MS on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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    First, lets remember this unit is just under $200. You will not find one with more features in this price range. Alpine is THE BEST for audiophiles. I cant believe this thing's bluetooth quality with my samsung rugby. I was able to mount the mic on the center of the dash gauge trim panel ( P, R, N, D, 2, 1) and then snap the panel right back on. I was able to carry on a conversation while i was in the passenger seat of my 03 F150. Add IPOD, PANDORA and DROID controls and you just cant beat this unit!!!!!!!!!! (for $200)
    Pros:
    Everything but especially alpine sound quality
    Cons:
    NONE
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    3 out of 5

    Good but not perfect.

    Written By jawjatek, Cumming, GA on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    Good sound and good features, but bluetooth is a bit dodgy with my new HTC One. Sometimes it doesn't pair, and the voice quality is low. Also the fan is noisy and runs all the time, even if you switch off the power IC (I use an external amp).
    Pros:
    Good sound, full of features, 9-band eq.
    Cons:
    Big ugly source button, fan runs all the time and is noisy, bluetooth sound quality is poor and operation is sometimes flaky.
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    3 out of 5

    Not Great, Just OK

    Written By Justin G., Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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    Nothing really wrong with this HU, it just does not deliver all it could at the price point. At this price point there are other brands that have more features (HD Radio). My real beef is with Alpine's smart phone app. I went with this unit because of the Alpine TuneIt App that allows you to adjust many of the unit's controlls, especically the 9-band parametric EQ. The App is just plain garbage. I expect more out of Alpine. It crashes frequently, it is not intuttive. It is easier to use the roatry dial on the HU for set up and there are things the app can't do, like control volume and select a source. The App designers wasted a lot of energy on social networking instead of adding more features. Guess what Alpine? I don't want everybody on Facebook knowing that I have an Alpine. I am very happy with Crutchfield. The local audio shops try to upsell me, and never want to take the time to compare products. The local big electronics chains are all staffed by kids that know less about car audio than I do. Installation was a snap thanks to Crutchfield's instructions.
    Pros:
    Sounds good, lots of and audio controls. Crutchfield is great.
    Cons:
    TuneIt App is useless. No HD radio, CD player will not play AAC files.
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    5 out of 5

    very nice

    Written By bk, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    First Alpine-grade head unit I've ever bought and am very pleased. Sound quality is wonderful with Toyota 4runner factory speakers; might upgrade to an amp but for now I'm happy. The phone bluetooth is great-- sound in and out is great; no one realizes I'm on a speaker. The BT pickup on my iPhone is also great-- it picks up my music right away. The only problem is that I now need to go rip a bunch more music at higher bps to take advantage of the better sound!
    Pros:
    Great sound, pretty easy to install and operate-- easier to just go thru the buttons and figure them out than to try to use the instructions.
    Cons:
    As with other i found the owners manual too minimal and the CD with real instructions a pain to deal with. Just print the dang thing out so we don't have to look things up on the desktop and go back outside to try it out.
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    5 out of 5

    excellent product from Alpine

    Written By dale, Emerald, PA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    easy to install with Crutchfields installation hardware and instructions included free with my purchase. The hard part was reading through all the settings in the manual and actually making them work properly along with my Androids settings. Bluetooth took a little experimenting to get it paired, but most of that was in my phone's settings. Pandora is excellent, Bluetooth calling works well, and of course the sound quality is top notch which is why I got an Alpine. It just took a little persistence with the settings and alot of experimenting with the sound control. Overall after a few days of listening I am extremely pleased with the performance of this receiver and would absolutely recommend it to everyone with a 5 star rating.
    Pros:
    superb sound quality, nice look and feel, easy to install, Pandora is my favorite feature along with the hands free phone calling through Bluetooth
    Cons:
    A little complicated to get everything set up and adjusted......... almost like a mini computer with all the settings. Be persistant and read, read, read again the instructions on the CD ROM. Eventually you will get the setup completed and have a wonderful system. TuneIt app is a little finicky to get connected, but after a call to Alpine's customer service I got it working. Haven't actually used it yet since the unit has its own sound controls in the settings.
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Written By DanF, Charlotte, NC on Friday, December 20, 2013
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    Once I had the unit installed and I played with all the buttons I have arrived at a great sounding unit. Directions are vague and provided little help. Easier to "push buttons" Good features with BlueTooth, phone and Pandora.
    Pros:
    Great sound capability once you learn how to use it.
    Cons:
    Poor directions for use. Did not get much support from Crutchfield even though expressed disappointment several times. Almost returned the unit. One tech told me the Polk Audio speakers needed a "break-in" period, which would improve sound. No one ever offered a walk-through of features and adjustments.
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    5 out of 5

    Cool gear

    Written By Reggie, Gautier ms on Friday, December 13, 2013
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    Head unit is very easy to use. Sound quality is great for me and look great in my truck.
    Pros:
    Easy to see and use great sound when playing or even making a phone call using Bluetooth. Very happy with my purchase.
    Cons:
    Can't think of anything bad aboud the unit. Works for me!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Vancouver, WA on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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    Great bang for the buck. I miss the old look of the Alpine decks with the multiple buttons on the left side, and find the square button to be a bit boring, but this CD player really delivers on features and performance. Making phone calls through the unit is very nice. The CDE-147BT plays nice with the iPhone and the TuneIt app. Found a sweet audio set-up using the app. Very happy with this purchase.
    Pros:
    Great sound, menus are easy to navigate, CD playback sounds great, making calls trough the unit is easy and sounds great on both ends of the phone call. Good color choices for changing the look of the HU.
    Cons:
    Not as attractive as Alpine decks of the past (not a fan of the square button dominating the faceplate).
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    5 out of 5

    alpine head unit

    Written By dale, wi on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    shipping was fast and installing was easy and enjoyable and the sound is awesome, hooking up my smartphone was easy and simple not like others who had problems I have not had any problems like others I have installed!!!
    Pros:
    great sound and the usb hookup is great the oly thing you must format the usb card with fat not fat 32
    Cons:
    none that I have
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine Head Unit

    Written By Larry, Clarksville, VA on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    Alpine bujilds a great head unit, and having bluetooth capability on this unit fit my needs perfectly.
    Pros:
    Nice look, easy to use menu
    Cons:
    hard to find power off button
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    5 out of 5

    Works good sounds good

    Written By Jose, Bloomington,ca on Friday, November 29, 2013
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    Works good looks good sounds good
    Pros:
    Cheap for the features It's alpine
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    4 out of 5

    cde-147bt review

    Written By M. Taft, Endicott, NY on Monday, November 11, 2013
     
    Other than a few minor things I am very pleased with this deck! I am a HUGE fan of Alpine decks. I had a little trouble pairing my DROID RAZR to it but that was because the instructions weren't written as well as they could be... BUT tech support came to the rescue and after they told me the one thing the instructions didn't it was easy as pie!!!

    I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase experience with Crutchfield and now wonder why I didn't always buy from them. I had a few minor issues during the install but they were very helpful and very courteous (Dale, Wes, & Chris in tech support). When you go to purchase a deck from Crutchfield talk to a guy named Ziggy... great salesman, courteous, professional, and knows his product!
    Pros:
    It's Alpine... enough said.
    Cons:
    The multi-colored ability of the deck is really cool I just wish the green was a slightly different shade and that the number/text display were the same color as the rest of the face plate... they don't change with the color you choose.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Item! (iphone 5, nissan titan)

    Written By Angel, Pryor, OK on Friday, November 08, 2013
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    This is my third alpine radio i have bought over the years. Once again very happy with my purchase.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth works great with my iPone I was surprised it came with a usb extension fairly easy to use controls
    Cons:
    I do not like how it takes up about a 1 inch of the display screen with the source icon.
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    5 out of 5

    Very please (Android phone)

    Written By Honest Fellow, Sun Prairie, WI on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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    This deck is great, sounds great and works well with my S4. I can stream audio, hands free calling. The deck supports voice dialing if your phone supports it, I am guessing this was for an Iphone because it said my S4 was not supported. Now that being said when I tried it would tell me that the phone was not supported but Svoice would fire up on my phone and it would voice dial if the phone could hear me.

    The streaming Bluetooth plays any music my phone is playing with a few functions. I do not use Pandora so I know no idea how that works. I use Spotify and it played it with no problems and I could change the song from the deck controls.

    I bought this for the streaming bluetooth and the sound quality. Both of which work great, So I am a happy camper.
    Pros:
    Sounds great, easy install, a nice amount of customization with all the sound settings. AMAZING radio pick ups! I found stations I didn't even know were in my city since my factory deck zoomed right past them.
    Cons:
    The user manual is 100% online or on the supplied CD. Which is ok, unless you want to read it while you are in front of the deck. You will need a laptop, smartphone or any various tablet to slowly scroll through all 58 digital pages. Wish there were more display animation. (just words now)
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    4 out of 5

    Needs Android

    Written By gormanp, Paramus NJ on Thursday, October 31, 2013
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    Looks Great and Sounds Awesome. For the price this unit blows away all the double dins at double and triple the price.
    Pros:
    Great sound, Multiple options (Radio, CD, iPod and auxiliary input, which I use for satellite radio) and Many ways to adjust the sound.
    Cons:
    No app for Android. Equalizer is manualy putting in frequencies, instead of slides.
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    5 out of 5

    Always wanted an Alpine

    Written By jrmac23, Katy, TX on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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    Installed in a 04' Dodge Stratus. Sounds great, had to adjust the Sub amp for a louder output. The amount of ways (Bluetooth, USB, AUX) you can connect to hear music and not limited to just either Radio or CD's is great. Once you figure out all the sub categories each menu item has, it is easy to adjust settings. The TuneIt app is almost pointless since you can do all your adjustments right on the HU.
    Pros:
    Many ways to connect music
    Cons:
    Multiple layers of menu chapters
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Written By Doug, Lodi, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    Installed in a 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad-Cab mated with the Infinity Sound system. Also installed new Infinity speakers and tweeters in all four doors and a MTX Subwoofer behind the rear seat. Fabulous head unit! Awesome sound. Bluetooth paired with Android phone immediately and rocks. Phone calls through the system are clear and excellent quality. All controls thr