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Alpine CDE-147BT

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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.

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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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Choose from four different button colors.

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.

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

Brian, Plattsburgh, NY

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What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • 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
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Brian from Plattsburgh, NY on 4/7/2014

    2008 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Anonymous from United States on 4/4/2014

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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.

    Awesome deck

    Falcon3 from Atwater, CA on 3/19/2014

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    JimL from Simi Valley,CA on 3/10/2014

    2002 Ford Ranger
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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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    Milo from Ashland, OR on 3/4/2014

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    great receiver!!

    Norm from Stuart, FL on 2/25/2014

    2000 Dodge Dakota
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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.

    Great product!!

    Toby C from Rockwall, TX on 2/13/2014

    2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    JeremiahP from Florida on 2/11/2014

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    Matt from NH on 2/6/2014

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)'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

    Never had a better unit

    RickM from Olympia, WA on 2/5/2014

    1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
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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.


    Jerry from Mount Vernon, Ohio on 2/3/2014

    2002 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Great Alpine Product!!

    Travis H. from Central Nebraska on 2/3/2014

    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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    Diane from Ky on 2/1/2014

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Amazing technology

    James from Florida on 1/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    great radio!!!!!!!!

    Shawn Surich from Canonsburg PA on 1/25/2014

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

    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.


    Chris A from Lake, MS on 1/23/2014

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

    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

    Good but not perfect.

    jawjatek from Cumming, GA on 1/20/2014

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Not Great, Just OK

    Justin G. from Murfreesboro, TN on 1/9/2014

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    very nice

    bk from Atlanta, GA on 1/5/2014

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    excellent product from Alpine

    dale from Emerald, PA on 1/5/2014

    2003 GMC Safari
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    DanF from Charlotte, NC on 12/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Cool gear

    Reggie from Gautier ms on 12/13/2013

    2005 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    Great Stereo

    Anonymous from Vancouver, WA on 12/11/2013

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

    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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    dale from wi on 12/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Larry from Clarksville, VA on 12/5/2013

    1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Works good sounds good

    Jose from Bloomington,ca on 11/29/2013

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works good looks good sounds good

    Pros: Cheap for the features It's alpine


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    M. Taft from Endicott, NY on 11/11/2013

    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.

    Great Item! (iphone 5, nissan titan)

    Angel from Pryor, OK on 11/8/2013

    2004 Nissan Titan
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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.

    Very please (Android phone)

    Honest Fellow from Sun Prairie, WI on 11/3/2013

    2008 Honda Fit Sport
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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)

    Needs Android

    gormanp from Paramus NJ on 10/31/2013

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

    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.

    Always wanted an Alpine

    jrmac23 from Katy, TX on 10/30/2013

    2004 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Doug from Lodi, CA on 10/21/2013

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 through the head unit is a huge plus! Top notch sound system!

    Pros: Everything as advertised!

    Cons: None so far

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    sergio from st augustine,fl on 10/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    you cant never go wrong with alpine, the best out there

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    quality hardware, flaky software

    Matt T from Southern WV on 10/11/2013

    2001 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this Alpine CDE-147BT head unit. The buttons have nice tactical feel, and I love the color choices for the display/buttons. The head unit also has a dimming function, if your car is equip with such, which is great as I have had other head units that distract me during night driving with brightness. The controls for the head unit take a little getting use to, but once you are learn the controls, I LOVE how easy it is to navigate through the menu's. I've seen some other reviews saying that the menu and options are hard to get to, in my opinion,the menu layouts and button functions JUST MAKE SENSE (after you learn the navigation buttons, that is). Bluetooth out of the box is broke. I could not have my phone (running Android 4.1) to connect to this head unit reliably. When it did connect, I could only use the "phone call" function, where I would dial the number on my phone, then use the hands free. Once I did a firmware update, the other Bluetooth functions (phone address book sync, BT audio, voice control, etc.) work. I'd say 1/10 times the phone does not connect to the HU successfully, and I have to monkey with both. sound quality= great. I have 2 sets of components powered by a 4 channel amp, and I'm happy happy! Overall, I really like this head unit. I have had quite a few other head units, and I wish BT connectivity was more reliable like my other head units; Don't take this as a negitive review, this is my most favorite HU thus far.

    Pros: physical quality & design sq

    Cons: Bluetooth

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    Bill H from Clearwater,Fl on 10/7/2013

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

    Nice Stereo -- easy to install -- sounds great with a subwoofer



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    BM from Ketchum ID on 9/13/2013

    1986 Volkswagen Vanagon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, easy to configure and great sound. Bluetooth was also easy to sync with my phone and the hands free phone function works great

    Pros: All good

    Cons: none yet

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    Kevin from Merrillville,in on 9/11/2013

    2012 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome sounding deck, just buy it!!

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing...

    New car stereo

    John A from Mt Pleasant SC on 9/11/2013

    2005 Buick Rainier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    so far so good. Nice update with new tech advances to factory unit, installed all four new speakers as well, did not realize what sound quality I had been missing. Instructions on car specific was great, not one hitch in the installation process. Will definitely recommend Crutchfield.

    Pros: New and great sound

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    EddieBoy from Wichita, KS on 9/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit paired with the Alpine 445A amp. Easy and simple to install together. Sound is GREAT! Instructions and connectors from Crutchfield were impeccable.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great Sound is great. Like the display..

    Cons: No OFF button. Have to hold down button for 2 seconds. I'm old fashioned and just want an OFF button!

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Mike from Sanger, CA on 9/4/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After 10 years with my old Alpine CD player, and it finally giving out- I took the chance on this perticular unit when looking for another CD reciever. I knew that I was going to stick with Alpine again, But didn't know excactly which model at first. Well after two weeks of having this unit installed, I knew I had made the right choice. After setting up the "Audio" settings to my liking, this HU sounds even better than my old one. Even thought this unit is a CD player, I catch myself using the USB option more, with my 4GB USB flash drive filled with .mp3's- I can't go wrong. An the .mp3's sound just as clear as if they were on a CD. Just one of the few new options I didn't have before, but have come to appreciate on this new reciever. For anyone planning on picking up this HU or one with similiar specs, there are a few things I do recommend to help and also better your audio experience. If your going to be replacing your old speakers with aftermarket ones, please amp or add Alpine's KTP-445A (Alpine's plug-n-play amplifier) like i did. So easy to install. An sound quality is A LOT better than what remember from my old unit that wasn't amplified in any manner. Sound is now louder, and a lot cleaner. I also recommend that you take your time and open up the owner's manual(CD in box). To take the time to understand the "Audio" settings and how to adjust them. From Media Expander, Xover, to custom 9 band equalizer settings. After, best sound quality for the price!

    Pros: Sound quality is top notch. USB flash option. Bluetooth able. More options/settings than really needed, but make your listening experience that much better.

    Cons: With so many settings, one can get overwhelmed with how to make this Alpine HU sound even better. If this is your first unit with this many settings, you might see it as a "con" till you get it where you want it. There is a slight learning curve to this HU, so be patient. Yet, after two days of messing with the settings, I now feel that I have this HU right where it should be. Sounds good-

    Great head unit

    Paul from Petaluma, CA on 9/3/2013

    1975 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just put this head unit in my truck and it sounds great! I really like the iPod control and the Bluetooth capability. It's nice to just hop in your car and not have to connect anything to your phone and be able to listen to your music and take phone calls.

    Pros: iPod control USB Great sound Bluetooth


    Excellent Radio,

    Michael from Walkersville, MD on 9/2/2013

    2006 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio. Installed in a 2006 Subaru Legacy with included DIN mounting face from Crutchfield. I was actually going to do a full custom audio install with 4-channel amp and component speakers, but this head unit really kicks! I have done full-installs before, but I will say this radio has really put life into the factory speakers! I am a very brand-loyal consumer, so I was really set on getting a Pioneer head-unit as I've had one in a previous car. I was drawn to the Alpine since it's display could change to red, which would match my interior illumination better, as well as the customization possibilities with sound EQ. I was impressed by the illumination of the display, as it is nice and bright, as well as clear to read. If you are an audio-phile and take time to set EQ's and really work the unit, you can make even your stock set-up sound amazing. It took me about 45 minutes to really get the sound that I want. As for other features, I have a Droid Razr which instantly synced to the radio VIA bluetooth. Using for calls with the included external microphone, reports from callers have not complained about loss of speaking quality or volume. Voices coming from the car speakers are loud and clear. I would HIGHLY recommend this unit.

    Pros: Price, Customization is off the charts, Sound Quality, Bluetooth is painless

    Cons: Manual is on CD, Lots of menus to navigate

    Good Modern HU

    CP from Severn, MD on 9/2/2013

    2013 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So, it's been a week since I installed this HU and mostly it's been a good performer. Sound quality, so far with HU's amp through low end Alpine coaxial has been very good. It sounds very natural and balanced then any other HU's I had before. It's good to see they incorporated high SQ to this new HU. I was also very impressed with their Bluetooth integration. Setup was initially bit lacking of instructions but it pairs just fine when you figure it out. Speaker phone quality is excellent, maybe best yet that I've heard. Loud and clear both ways through the use of their very high quality microphone. It's even better then stock BMW setup that I had before. I've also gotten hooked on using their wireless IPOD music via Bluetooth. It's very clear and immensely useful not having to hook it up to USB cable. But, my biggest gripe is a technical glitch of Bluetooth not recognizing my paired iphone 4s. This has happened twice so far. Only way to resolve it was to manually unpair from the phone and then re-pair them. Given the great necessity of working Bluetooth, I may have to return this unit back to Crutchfield... just one more time...

    Pros: Great SQ, neat features

    Cons: broken Bluetooth???

    Alpine Reciever

    Anonymous from Corpus Christi, TX on 8/27/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great quality product from Alpine. I've had it installed for a little over a week now with no issues. Very easy to navigate through settings. Bluetooth and USB work great with my iPhone 5, no issues. Microphone works as expected with phone calls and Siri. Lots of different sound adjustments. Arrived exactly when expected. Came with everything you need. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.



    Excellent, full-featured HU

    Scott from Nashville, TN on 8/26/2013

    2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent HU from Alpine. I used to use Kenwood Excelon units, but they neutered their crossover section, getting me to try my first Alpine. I am impressed! Great flexibility in the crossover, full set of pre-outs at 4v, excellent sound quality (even before addition of the Powerpack amp) and simple BT pairing with my iPhone. Sound quality is really as good as I've heard from any of my Kenwood or Eclipse units. My old-school Eclipse had been the best I'd heard, the Alpine is right there with it. The one gripe is FM reception, but seems to be specific to some stations. Not sure if that is my Wrangler's antennae or the HU. Playback via USB, CD and BT are all excellent. Another nit is the manual - you actually have to pull the one down from on-line to get full info on all the audio adjustments. Strange. Also, I have not messed with the Tune It app after reading all the issues others were having with it. That was not a selling point for me, so if they get all the bugs out of it at some pint that will just be gravy. Again, great head-unit - particularly for those who value sound quality over "BOOM".

    Pros: Sound quality! Excellent BT pairing and function. Lot's of system control built-in.

    Cons: Manual (as always), Tune It app is buggy.

    Would be 5 stars if the tune it app worked!

    Anonymous from Cocoa fl on 8/25/2013

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this head unit installed for about a week and so far i'm very happy with. All the blue tooth integration with a smartphone is very easy to set up and use. I think the sound quality is great. I like that it has a built in parametric eq, but there is no easy way to adjust it. The reason it isnt easy to adjust is the tuneit app doesnt work at all. It uses your gps location to make sure your not driving(liability) but it always thinks your moving. If your interested in this unit for the tunit app read the reviews for the app for whatever device you have. For ios there wasnt a single positive review of tuneit. The app looks cool, if it worked id say 5 stars.

    Pros: Integrated pandora, blue tooth functions very intuitive,sound quality

    Cons: Tune it app is completely useless

    Excellent stereo!

    Monkeee2002 from Payette Idaho on 8/15/2013

    2003 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo! Bluetooth allows you to make & answer calls thru the stereo, as well as listen to Pandora. I picked this one priarily for the rear USB post - I like to keep a flash drive in the glovebox, loaded with all my favorites. The stereo lets you choose specific folders.

    Pros: Rear USB, Blue tooth, Hands free speaker, Android AND iPhone compatible.

    Cons: Setup is a bit tedious. There a a ton of settings to customize it to your liking, but it can be a daunting task. The Alpine "Tune-It" app seems to have issues. It looks like a neat feature, but you are required to create an account, and log in to use it. I created an account, but it won't let me log in. Also, there is no way to see scrolling text (from radio stations) and a clock at the same time on the display.

    Love this stereo

    Kari from Sandy, Utah on 8/11/2013

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I enjoy this stereo it was simple to hook up to my phone. My husband said it isn't user friendly but I have no issues using it great looking simple stereo

    Pros: I love the black display and the ability to Change the colors

    Cons: Not user friendly setup

    Alpine never disappoints

    Rob from Reno, NV on 8/8/2013

    1977 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and build quality, has all the features one will ever need. charge me extra and print the darn manual on paper...

    Pros: Alpine quality lots of cool features

    Cons: Button layout can be confusing at times.. CD manual, 2 thumbs down

    Big Improvement

    RT from Kalispell, MT on 8/3/2013

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything went perfect when installing this unit. Big improvement over the stock unit from Jeep!



    Advanced Head Unit at a Great Price

    eolson117 from Seattle, WA on 7/28/2013

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

    Alright, so this deck sound awesome! Typical Alpine sound quality. If you don't like to fiddle with your sound, the 9 factory preset should suit you just fine. If you do want to customize your sound, the sky is the limit with this deck you can pretty much do anything. I like that the deck can be 4 different colors. I changed mine to Red to match my interior lights. Other colors are blue, green, and orange. I don't think you can get a better sounding deck at this price. I'm running 4chan speaker amp and mono sub amp to it. Sounds great! Now the bad stuff. First, the Tune It App sucks. It always thinks you are driving, even when you aren't, which makes it impossible to use. Lots of other users have had the same problem. DO NOT buy this deck solely for the Tune It app. You will be disappointed. The only other two issues I have with this deck is the fan in the back and the Bluetooth audio. The fan is pretty loud. Not that it matters when music is playing because you can't hear it, but still annoying when everything else is silent and you hear a buzzing fan. Also, the Bluetooth audio is choppy sometimes, especially when you first connect your phone to it. It occasionally takes 5 minutes or more for the choppiness to to decrease to an acceptable level, but I usually get frustrated before then and just plug my phone directly into the deck. The audio quality is much better when directly connected anyway, so I rarely use Bluetooth anymore. Just a note, I am using an iPhone 4S.



    Awesome Head Unit

    jpoe from Victoria, TX on 7/28/2013

    This head unit is Awesome. I replaced a more expensive Kenwood and this is better in every respect. It is easier to use and the sound quality is much better.

    Pros: Sound Quality



    Jshaw from Portland, Oregon on 7/28/2013

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Recently added this to my 06 tacoma. It made a huge difference in sound quality with my factory speakers. Bluetooth hooks up to my iPhone and works flawlessly to stream music and make phone calls. If you're looking for a a deck with the Bluetooth option and tons of options for sound EQ look no further!!!



    Alpine CDE-147BT

    DerekR from Kokomo, IN on 7/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have upgraded the audio system in several vehicles, and so far this is the best head unit that I have installed. I decided to only upgrade the head unit because of a review in the Crutchfield magazine a while back that gave comparisons on what upgrade would provide the biggest bang for your buck, and I am really glad that I paid attention to that article. This head unit gives my 1998 Audi A4 a totally new voice. I really like the bluetooth feature, as it allows me to play music from my phone without having to plug in. The music starts after I turn the key, even if my phone is still in my pocket. Love it! especially since before the upgrade i had to use a radio broadcasting device to listen to my own music, which I am sure many of you have had to do in the past and are aware of the difficulties with that kind of setup. Anyway, great product, great deal. I gave a 4 in Ease of Use because there are so many options for the 9 band equalizer that it can get overwhelming. I gave a 4 for coolness because there are some systems that have a higher number of pixels, which looks a lot better. But, you can still change the display color on this head unit, which is a huge plus. I am one of those people who doesn't like the really bright displays when I drive at night, so being able to switch the display to "red" really helps with that.

    Pros: Lots of options for 9 band equalizer Bluetooth works well Great deal Able to change display color

    Cons: Display doesn't have s many pixels as some displays The number of options for the equalizer can get overwhelming

    Another great Alpine

    Ed from Loganville, GA on 7/25/2013

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

    Needed to replace the 5yo head unit in my Mustang. Dolly suggested the CDE-147BT which I bought since Alpine is my first choice. The Blue Tooth works great and calls are clear. The options seem endless which is good and bad. I still don't have my sound adjusted to my liking because of all the settings you can change. I haven't tried the TuneIt app yet but I think that will be the answer to my audio adjustment issue. The Streaming BT feature is nice because I have Google Play on my Android. Some I have all the music I could ever want to listen to.

    Pros: BT calls and streaming audio, tons of audio adjustments. simple easy controls.

    Cons: Tons of audio settings. Maybe TuneIt will solve this.

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Nick from Philadelphia on 7/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine makes good products. Sound quality is very good. It was easy to install and bluetooth paired very easily. Few things that bothers me are bluetooth and colors. When using phone other side of the phone has hard time listening (lots of noise even using highest noise cancelling mode) other thing colors. You hardly can see red or orange colors in day time. Blue color is fine, Green is more like aqua and red and orange more like purple or blueish white. Only you can see real colors at night or at dark. Any way other functions are o.k. good sound and good looks.

    Pros: Sound, Outlook, easy to operate

    Cons: Bluetooth (phone only) and color display

    It's ALPINE...what else is there to say?

    Cvillain from Charlottesville, VA on 7/18/2013

    My third Alipine...this one doesn't disappoint. Has the rear USB and Rear aux inputs...but it had the 4 channel preamp outs vs 2 channel model (which had USB in front). Sounds good though.

    Pros: brand quality

    Cons: price, maybe

    Love Alpine!

    RodL. from Reno, NV on 7/13/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. I have built several car stereo set ups over the years and continue to be impressed with Alpine.

    Pros: Very easy to set up and use, especially using the smart phone app to download setting that others have allready done-saves you the trouble, just find one you like. Very expandable if you are looking at building a system.

    Cons: My only complaint is that when you turn it completely off, there is nothing on the screen, it is completely blacked out. It would be nice if the clock was on, seeing as the radio is the only clock in the car.

    Lots of features for the money

    wcjeep from Tacoma, Wa on 7/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've always had Kenwood. Installed an Alpine 133BT in the wife's car. Went for the 147BT for my truck. We drive long distances for family vacations. I pair my daughter's Kindle HD 8.9" with the stereo for streaming movies. Her Kindle is connected to a Seagate 1TB Wifi hard drive. The stereo sounds great with her movies. No more wires running back and forth. I have not driven at night yet. Shouldn't be a problem since the colors shift to match any interior. I connected a 32gb memory stick with mp3's. No problem.

    Pros: Pandora mode with my Samsung S3 works great. USB memory works great. Bluetooth streaming with zero lag for movies is appreciated. Couldn't be happier. Didn't realize when purchased the stereo has RDS for local channel info.

    Cons: Bluetooth setup menu could be easier.

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    jon from alabama on 7/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    a1 product easy to use sound?wow too many features that do what they are suppose to had a problem with first unit and was suprised by the service of replacement quick isnt in the service more like instant out of the online stores iv used online ... ...... hi fi ..... .......... so... el........ to name a few this is what cust. service and exc. products are all about crutchfield is it so far havnt found 1 better thanks guys you are really nice helpful people please keep up the good work the world needs more people like that

    Pros: exc. products cus. service fast friendly

    Cons: not 1 so far


    Jmilz from Richmond, VA on 7/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Only had it for about a week now. Had to return the CDE-143BT due to the 2V preouts. This unit has 4V preouts and drives my factory amplifier better. Love the Bluetooth. No problems syncing with iPhone. Could not be happier.

    Pros: Easy to use. Bluetooth. Great sound.

    Cons: Only has rear USB port.


    BOBBYW from IRVING,TX on 7/6/2013




    Sweet head unit

    Otto from Bradenton Florida on 6/29/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fist off the unit was very easy to install in my Chevy silverado with the free installation gear. The sound quality is amazing, the greatest thing about this unit is The ability to tune your stereo exactly the way you Want it to sound

    Pros: Sound quality pre-outs tuning packed with features

    Cons: None

    GREAT Alpine Quality and Value!!!

    Gregg from New Jersey on 6/29/2013

    2005 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Another GREAT product from Alpine! AWESOME Features and FANTASIC Sound!

    Pros: 4V pre-outs, Bluetooth, Pandora, iPhone, iPad, iPod versatility!


    love it

    Anonymous from yorkville il. on 6/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it great stereo.

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    Amazing quality

    Purp-Drink from Boston, MA on 6/26/2013

    2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was looking for a replacement to my cheap dual head unit in my trailblazer was not looking at spending this much but finally pulled the trigger was contemplating going with the alpine or the pioneer both were similarly priced but after reading reviews in general on pioneer i felt that alpine was much better for overall quality.

    Pros: Sound quality, easy to install, looks sharp

    Cons: Lots of features so make sure to read up on the manual

    great radio !

    keith c from birmingham, al on 6/26/2013

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a simple but a good quality stereo for my truck and found this alpine it was easy to hook up had a wire croos my self but call costumer service and they were awesome to help me quickly I will buy more from them great product

    Pros: It will work with just about anything usb Bluetooth cd great easy to work it

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Desdomnic from Las Vegas on 6/25/2013

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sweet deal for your money.



    alpine receiver

    ash p from Cincinnati, Ohio on 6/24/2013

    2001 Lexus IS300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this receiver. The Bluetooth and Pandora capabilities are really nice.

    Pros: Easy to install, very easy to customize your favorite settings, great sound.

    Cons: Has a hard time pairing with older cell phones, but it is possible


    Daryl from Easthampton on 6/17/2013

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality!! Easy to use and of course installation was a breeze!

    Pros: Change in color display. Tuneit app

    Cons: None so far

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Anonymous from New York, NY on 6/17/2013

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

    Great product from Alpine. Just taking it out of the box you can tell this is a quality unit (hefty chassis and cooling fan, etc.). Its is very easy to operate. Took me about 3 days to finely tune the equalizer to my liking. This is just the begining of my sound system of my car so this was a great start.


    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    charles from Louisa Virginia on 6/16/2013

    I bought this radio to replace a JVC radio. And wow!!!! What a difference. You can't go wrong with Alpine.

    Pros: sound quality is great

    Cons: None


    Chad G from Minneapolis, MN on 6/14/2013

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

    Love this unit! Bought this for the bluetooth and it works great with my iphone 5. Can listen to my music or Pandora. The hands free calling is also great. Just replaced the head unit and was very impressed with how much better my factory speakers sounded. With the instructions provided by Crutchfield, I had the unit installed in less than hour.

    Pros: Ease of use, excellent compatibility with the iPhone. Great sound quality.

    Cons: The Alpine Tune It app is kind of a joke. Have never been able to use it as it starts up and thinks I am driving so it will not let me get into the setting.

    Great unit

    PatrickB from Connecticut on 6/12/2013

    1999 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Been upgrading Alpine units every other year or so for about 12 years and they never disappoint. Great sound quality, radio reception seems to have improved over the years (my only gripe). Haven't used tune-it yet, but don't see a need right now as 3 band eq has made multiple sources easy to get to sound good. Bluetooth works great with my Galaxy Nexus as far as Pandora and phone calls. Have not received any complaints when I use the hands free calling. For the price, it is a great HU

    Pros: Ease of install, easy to get to sound good. Basic setup is pretty simple and plenty of advances setting to get into to fine tune.

    Cons: maybe a couple more buttons to avoid having to weed through menus

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Anonymous from hamilton ohio on 6/11/2013

    2004 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Never been an alpin fan until now. I really like how easy this headunit is to use vs some of the older alpines ive used in the past. And a great value!



    Omg amazed

    BenS from Heber Springs, AR on 6/10/2013

    1999 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing in every way. Night and day over the Kenwood Excelon it replaced.



    Alpine car radio

    JoeR from T.C. MI on 6/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Radio sounds Great...The BLUETOOTH NOT SO MUCH...I'm using Droid and the radio wont hold the phone and asks to pair every time I enter the Vehicle. VERY ANNOYING..Called Alpine and the company I bought it from without a satisfactory answer..New radio on the way to try...:(

    Pros: Great sound color displays..pretty easy to use once familiar with controls

    Cons: Bluetooth doesn't work properly with my Droid phone..Review wont allow me to say which one

    Great value!!

    Tony from Newberry FL on 6/4/2013

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

    I was looking for a head unit that worked well with the iPhone. I use the Bluetooth feature extensively. Super easy to pair with the iPhone. Call quality is very good, along with streaming music via Bluetooth. I ran the USB and never use it! Still learning all the features!

    Pros: Awesome compatibility with the iPhone. Great sound quality. Display colors changeable to match interior lighting.

    Cons: It may be user error, but haven't figured out how make use of the USB and Bluetooth for pandora with out going into the settings. Basically you have to choose how you want to use pandora (USB or Bluetooth). You can not alternate without going back in to the settings menu and change it. I leave it on Bluetooth. Sound quality is good and I don't have to plug and unplug phone every time I get in and out of the vehicle. Down side is it isn't charging when I'm listening.

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Josh L from Staunton, VA on 6/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit to replace a pioneer walmart unit and Wow what a difference in sound quality! The unit is very easy to setup and the color change effect is really nice for matching it up to the interior's factory styling. The blue tooth is great for calls, and links very well, but the best things about it is the fact I have a 7" samsung tablet that I keep my media on and it is awesome to be able to scroll through music and videos on the fly without the hassle of wires in my way. It is also cross functional in a way that you can also controll the tablet from the head unit its self with play, pause and scroll from song to folder. If you buy this unit you will not be disappointed

    Pros: Everything works flawlessly, easy to setup, sound quality is instantly noticeable, and BT works great! Also the price is hard to beat for everything it offers

    Cons: None

    Awesome CD deck

    Dave F. from Rochester, MN on 5/27/2013

    2011 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was only the second time I have upgraded by car stereo. The first time I had a professional install my system. I decided to give it a try this time and Crutchfield made it a breeze. The instructions they sent and the needed accessories that were included with my order made this task very simple. I definately recommend this Alpine deck to anyone that is looking to upgrade their system.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use, easy to install (especially with the installation sheet Crutchfield supplies at no charge). You will not be sorry with this deck. It is amazing.

    Cons: None.


    Anonymous from Henderson nv on 5/27/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use. Noticed sound quality instantly. I'll never buy outside of alpine again.




    Ben S from HHeber Springs, AR on 5/27/2013

    Replaced a Kenwood Excelon x796 with this Alpine. The sound quality is far superior in every way. The main difference is the mids. Tuneit has made tuning so much easier as well. I would buy again anytime

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Third from the top of line is so it has better models. Other then that nothing

    Great receiver

    Mambo from Wichita, KS on 5/26/2013

    2006 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great bluetooth receiver if you're looking to upgrade your head unit. It takes a little effort to figure out, but that's what the instructions are for. Easy controls, has great expandability for subwoofers and amps, plenty of features, hands free phone capability, and the iPod hookup is nice. The lighting is pretty cool, too. The parametric EQ is way beyond my head to use effectively, so I just use the Tune-It app and found a custom EQ for my car and applied it.

    Pros: Great features, looks great, expandability, ease of controls, parametric EQ for customizing sound like none other

    Cons: Can get a little complicated with all the settings/features. The parametric EQ is pretty intense.

    Alpine CDE 147BT

    Anonymous from Baltimore, MD on 5/20/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing is awesome. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great sounding Bluetooth receiver.



    It Just works

    Jason T. from North port , Fl. on 5/18/2013

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple and easy to install & set up 5 Alpines in the family. Working on 6. Works with iPhone 5.

    Pros: Tune it app,sound adjustment, better screen

    Cons: None


    MikeF from FL on 5/15/2013

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Great price. Same awesome alpine quality.



    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Lane from Indiana on 5/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been using Alpine car audio for 20+ years and found the CDE-147BT to be easy to learn to use, with the usual Alpine sound and build quality. The ability to change the display colors from blue to green was the primary reason I purchased this receiver, but I am well pleased with functionality, build and sound quality.

    Pros: Option for green display color, similar enough to earlier generations of receivers that learning to use is simple, sound quality is excellent, radio reception is excellent, CD/MP3/Disc sound quality excellent.

    Cons: None yet

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Adam from Mechanicsburg PA on 5/9/2013

    2007 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've wanted an Alpine head unit for years and especially after I got a newer car. The only problem was they always had the same color blue for the illumination. Most cars are either white, red, green, or a combination. Blue doesn't really make it look like it fits in the car. So when they finally came out with head units that have changing illumination I had to have one. Plus I've always liked Alpine since they're one of the better sounding head units and they're reliable. I've had the CDE-147BT for over a month now and I love it. The red on the display perfectly matches with my cars dash color and it sounds amazing. I still have Alpine door speakers and an Alpine amp to power them to install, but my factory speakers sound better just with the 147BT alone. I was able to change the crossover which cleaned up the sound. My favorite thing though is the Bluetooth. I just hop in the car and after about 5 seconds it finds my phone and starts playing music without me doing anything. It'll find your downloaded music in your music app first unless you're listening to Pandora, Spotify, etc. It's amazing not having to use wires, and you can pair another phone to it if someone else in the car has something on their phone they want to hear. I can't tell the difference between the Bluetooth or something that's connected to the USB. I ordered a Bluetooth adaptor for my home receiver now after being spoiled with the Bluetooth in my car. IOW great head unit at a great price.

    Pros: Four color illumination Bluetooth Great sound

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-147BT

    Anonymous from West Jordan, Utah on 5/8/2013

    2005 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck. Love how it came with all the install gear I needed. I was thinking about replacing my speakers too but the deck increased the sound quality and they sound much better. Seams durable and overall its a great deck.



    Cde 147

    Thomas from Elmont ny on 5/3/2013

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

    4 of 5

    Pros: 7v out put

    Cons: No USB in the front

    awesome receiver

    Chris from Texas on 4/26/2013

    1998 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After using this receiver for about a week I can say I'm impressed. It replaced an Alpine receiver about 10 years old and it looks better, sounds better, and has so many more features. I love the amount of adjustment you can do with the parametric eq and filters but it does get a little over whelming at first. The BT seems to work great once you get it to work, seems a little iffy at first and I've only used it for Pandora so far. Which sounds and works great. The usb seems to work alot quicker than I've read on other units, it only takes a few seconds to pick up where I left off. One thing I will say is I'm not in love with display overall. The quad color is neat but sounds better than it really is. At night the blue is so bright I'm woried about cataracts and the green is barely noticable but, it does look cool. And, the little icons for the input is a little too bright and big for the rest of the display. Don't like the extra small clock. The display aspect is my only gripe, but I can live with it since its more of a nit pick than anything else. As far as sound goes, which is what really should matter this unit is going to be hard to beat. It really does sound that good. The adjustability is so that you should be able to fine tune any system with this receiver. For the money you'd be hard pressed to find a better unit.

    Pros: Great sound, so much adjustability,

    Cons: display could be better thought out, wish it charged my phone thru usb,

    Good Unit

    Kirk from Oroville, CA on 4/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything that I've come to expect out of Alpine except for a few things that rubbed me the wrong way. Otherwise very good unit.

    Pros: works and sound very well, the BT for hands free is great and sounds very well. Took some time to snake the mic in order to make it look sano.

    Cons: Real bummer that it wont read AAC on a usb drive, only mp3 and wav. you have to get 148 or 149

    Great unit

    Caleb from Montgomery, AL on 4/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stellar improvement over stock ('11 Subaru Outback). Great sound, great features at a reasonable price. BT hands free sounds great on both sides of the call (mounted mic by rearview mirror). Still need to dial in the eq, and awaiting tuneit app for android. Flawless integration with Axxess swc module. BT is a tad flaky, doesn't always auto-pair. No navigation audio if listening to tuner/ipod. Phone sends google maps audio to bt instead of internal speaker, but alpine only plays it if source is Pandora or bt audio. Wish it'd cut in on all sources like phone calls. Perhaps a setting on hu or phone (razr maxx) I'm missing?

    Pros: Sound, color selection

    Cons: BT sometimes needs manual pair. Even paired, sometimes Pandora won't start. Still experimenting...


    Anonymous from Milton, NC on 4/13/2013

    This radio is awesome!!! By far the best radio I have ever bought. Great features, great sound and the Tuneit app is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    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
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    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
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    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,, 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
    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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    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Apr 04, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the install. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Feb 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    I really want to purchase this cause it has all that I am looking for but I can't buy it until I'm 100% sure its compatible with my Droid RAZR Maxx. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks [ Jeff G  Feb 11, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure about those applications, however it works great with iPhone and iPad. Download the destruction manual from the alpine site there are lots of features that I haven't explored yet! I am very happy with this product and Crutchfield [ ELWYN M  Jan 29, 2014 ]
    I've got good track data display from Google Play Music, Spotify, Songza, Rocket Player, & Pandora. All via Android 4.4 (JellyBean) on Nexus 5. Unknown on iOS, but suspect it'll work. [ CALEB  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    I have the iPhone 5S (ios7) and it works just fine I'm not sure about google play. As far as Metadata you can plug a flash drive into the USB port and it will play whatever you have on it as well as display the info on the flash drive on the screen. I hope this helped. I can say that this Alpine receiver is awesome and sounds crystal clear and I would highly recommend if it fits your purpose. [ JOE  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    I have not attempted to use those types of files. My car with the Alpine is in storage until spring. I am sorry I couldn't be of help. [ KEVIN E  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    Yes it can. I use my Android and Google Play. It displays all song data. [ EDWARD  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    hello sorry but i have no ideal i only use the bluetooth phone and ipod function wish i could be more help [ JONATHAN D  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    Mine does, usually. Every once in a while it doesn't. It helps if Bt is already on in the phone when I get in the car. Once for a few days it was synced but still wouldn't play music over Bt. I can only pair with one device at a time, and have to reset the alpine in order to pair an other device. [ NATHAN E  Jan 07, 2014 ]
    Yes, I have connected an Iphone 4 as well as a Samsung note 3 to the phone and it auto connects just fine (only takes it a minute to learn to sync to your device). I can't figure out how to force Pandora to play, because it defaults to paused if I had closed the app to do other things. If I had Pandora running, then got out of the car, then got back into the car, it resumes like it is supposed to. The lack of a usb port on the front is kind of stupid, but I run a cord from the usb on the back and down into my glovebox to plug in a phone to charge if necessary. [ IMPORTS  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    Kyle, the CDE-147BT auto reconnected with both my iPhone 4s and 5. [ ANDREW  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    My daughter's iPod touch connects to mine no problem [ BRIAN  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    As long as the blue tooth is on. Alpine syncs up quickly. [ CHRIS G  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    I have an iPhone 5, my wife has a 4s and we have never had any issues with either. Hope this helps. [ CHRISTINA  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    It auto connects to my Galaxy every time no problem. [ BEN  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    It connects well to my iPhone 5, any errors seem to be on the apps side. Built in Music app connects always, if I am using Spotify, it occasionally gets confused and thinks the song is permanently paused. [ SAM  Jan 06, 2014 ]
    Hello Thomas, i am sorry to inform you that i have no idea. I have had mine linked to 30,80,120 and 160 i-pods via the u.s.b port and they all work fine.Not shure about the i-phone 5 [ JONATHAN D  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Yes you can when I bought my receiver I had the 4S and have recently upgraded to the 5S and the transition was flawless USB,AUX,Bluetooth all work great with the iPhone 5S I hope this helped [ JOE  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    Thomas. I have tried all apple products with this alpine CD player, they work with no problems.always feel confident with alpine and crutchfield. My only complaint was with the tune it didn't work the greatest, but it worked. [ ANTHONY  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    I use my iPhone 4S with it all the time. Since you have IOS7 it will work just fine. After I put 7 on my 4S I had no problems at all using it in my Alpine [ ROBERT  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    Yes, this head unit does support the iPhone 5S [ MICHAEL  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    Yes the 5s is completely compatible [ FREDDIE  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    I love it with my iPhone 5. The hands-free calling is outstanding. Pandora and the other Bluetooth functions work very well with this receiver also. [ DENNIS J  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    I use it with my iPhone 4s and it has no problems. I connected my girlfriend's iPhone 5 last week and it worked for a minute, and then stopped. So, my guess is that you may have some issues with the 5s since it was giving us problems with a 5. To be sure, you may want to go to a local electronics store to try out your iPhone 5s on the deck they have instore before buying here on Crutchfield. Despite the compatibility issues, this is a great deck. The sound quality is superb and there are are lots of ways to customize the sound. If you're concerned about compatibility with your iPhone, you may want to consider some of the newer Pioneer decks, which in my experience have worked better in that arena. Alternatively, just wait until the new 2014 models come out in a couple months. Those will be compatible for your 5s for sure. [ Erik  Dec 26, 2013 ]