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Our take on the Alpine CDE-152

by Ken Nail
Alpine

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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Take your show on the road

Alpine's CDE-152 CD receiver offers classic looks and classic Alpine sound. And thanks to Alpine's Bass Engine SQ, you can dial in a variety of EQ, sub level, and crossover settings with the push of a button — a great way to get your groove on when you're heading down the road. When you've got time to do some fine-tuning, you'll appreciate the options offered by the 3-band parametric equalizer and its 11 preset tone curves. This receiver also works with Alpine's Power Pack, a 45W x 4 power amp that plugs right into your Alpine receiver's wire harness.

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Your music at your command

No matter how you like to store your music, Alpine's got the big options covered. You can take charge of your iPod® or iPhone® when it's hooked up via USB, including searching for your music on the receiver's display. You can also plug a thumb drive into the handy front-panel USB input, and you'll find an auxiliary input for other sources, too. And, of course, you can slip in a store-bought or recordable CD in the front panel slot.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • App Direct mode
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 11 presets
    • Bass Engine SQ button with choice of five bass profiles
    • low-pass filters with subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Alpine's Power Pack
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 5S/5C5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Face (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Online Product Registration
    • Computer Requirements booklet

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Disc & USB
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-152 features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; 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.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine CDE-152 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 Description
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/509 files 255 folders/255 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 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 ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-152 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 + Auto Reload: 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. 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-152 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Alpine CDE-152's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The CDE-152 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Apline's KCU-445i dock connector-to-USB cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-152.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Alpine's KCU-471i cable (sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-152.

    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Music Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine head unit supports audio playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.  You can operate your connected iPod/iPhone via the head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-152 lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, Audiobook, or Genius Mix. Content from each category is listed alphabetically. For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0-16%, 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). Newer iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • App Direct: In App Direct Mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Song/Artist Information: The Alpine CD receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information in Head Unit or App Direct Mode. The CDE-152 will display Track Number, Elapsed Time, Artist Name, Song/Album Title, and Station Identification for stored music and music apps.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-152 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/5/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    Audio & Tuner Section

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

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: Add the KTP-445 (500KTP445, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 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/2V Preamp Outputs: The CDE-152 has three sets of 2-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. 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 System: 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 60, 80, 120, 160 Hz, or Off (through).
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

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

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Q-Factor Level
    Bass 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz   Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.5, or Narrow. 2.0 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Midrange 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Treble 7.5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz Wide 0.75 or Narrow 1.25 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Note: The units stores independent EQ settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, and iPod).

    Audio Enhancements: The CDE-152 offers the following audio adjustments to enhance your in-car listening experience.

    • Bass Engine SQ: Bass Engine SQ tuning is a new feature that changes bass sound characteristics by automatically adjusting different combinations of EQ, Sub Level, and Crossover settings through the choice of seven level adjustments (0-6).
    • Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low frequency emphasis (100Hz/10dB) at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass sound at low volume.
    • Source Volume Level: The output level of each source (Tuner, Disc, USB, iPod,  Aux) is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.

    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.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-152 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. 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.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face: The unit's front-panel is detachable to deter theft (no face case included). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Single-Line Display: This unit is equipped with a 1-Line white-backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations and ID-3/WMA tag information.

    Text Display: The CD receiver will display the folder name, the file name, and the tag information, while playing a USB device loaded with MP3/WMA music files. This unit can scroll the text information of MP3/WMA files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.

    • Auto: The information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically.
    • Manual: The display is scrolled when a when a track is changed.
    Note: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.

    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.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-152 is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Ben C, Red Lion, PA on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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    Pretty good reciever for the money. The door speakers go louder and clearer now. It looks great, and has a detachable face. Bass engine is fantastic
    Pros:
    sound, Bass engine
    Cons:
    complex to use
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine is awesome !!!!!

    Written By Anonymous, Middletown ohio on Sunday, September 21, 2014
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    I have always had alpines. You can't beat the quality for the price !
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By EddieB, Twin Falls, Id on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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    Purchased as a replacement for my stock head unit because the CD wasn't working. Unit has the ability to use a USB thumb drive... no more CD's required :) Also love the pre-amp output options, front, back AND sub. Haven't really used the built in Base Engine SQ, I use the manual adjustment (sub,base,mid and high). I would purchase one again, great unit.
    Pros:
    Looks cool and the USB port makes CD's a thing of the past. Sub pre-amp outs are great, has a build in filter\crossover for the sub along with volume control, also has front and back outputs. Great search feature that works well when using the USB drive.
    Cons:
    Controls are NOT very straight forward, but once you figure it out they are not bad (gotta read the manual). Controls could also be a bit larger. Unit Does NOT work with an Android phones.
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    5 out of 5

    alpine cde-152 head unit

    Written By will, ohio on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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    First time I ever bought alpine stereos. They are the best I think.
    Pros:
    The sound quality is great I also added the amp that plugs in the back of the wiring harness model # KTP-445-A. I don't really notice the amp that much though. The stereo sound goes through Polk audio db series speakers front and rear. Its really loud and really clear sounding.
    Cons:
    Don't really have any negatives to it
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    5 out of 5

    Better than I thought

    Written By tnttony, Rehoboth, Ma on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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    I was looking for an affordable radio for my truck and gave this one a try. I wasn't expecting much from a 130.00 radio. I was very surprised with the ease of the install and how the unit operates. The sound was much better than I expected, and the features where very easy to understand and use.
    Pros:
    Very good sound quality. Reads mp3 player and Ipod falsely. Good station reception.
    Cons:
    Has hard time reading thumb drives.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-152

    Written By Anonymous, Emmetsburg, IA on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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    25 minute install and works great!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-152

    Written By EugeneB, Knoxville, TN on Friday, August 22, 2014
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    Perfect fit, easy to use and sounds great.
    Pros:
    great sound
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great deal!

    Written By Nick, Alaska on Friday, August 08, 2014
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    I'm improving my sound system in my truck slowly but surely and this deck is a great inexpensive upgrade from a stock stereo. Alpine stereos always produce a cleaner sound and i couldn't be more satisfied with this purchase. If you're looking for a decent deck for a low price, this is one to get
    Pros:
    Inexpensive Easy to use Good sound quality
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDR-152

    Written By Myrle G., Bloomfield. NE on Sunday, August 03, 2014
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    Very we'll built radio. Love the sound it projects. Great price. Excellent quality.
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    5 out of 5

    Great quality

    Written By Anonymous, San Jose, CA on Saturday, July 26, 2014
     
    Replaced a Sony Xplod! that died out. It was like switching from standard to hi-def. I have a 96 camry with stock speakers and the quality is exceptional at high volumes. Each instrument stands out with clarity and you can easily tell which mixes are better than others. Awesome Alpine quality.
    Pros:
    Great quality for the price and the usb functionality is inredibly convenient.
    Cons:
    The complete manual has to be downloaded from the internet. You cant use EQ presets and the Bass engine at the same time. File information takes about 2 seconds to be displayed when skipping tracks.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-152

    Written By DRA, Burley, Idaho on Friday, July 18, 2014
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    Thus deck has all the pre outs you need. Sub and 4 speakers. Always been a Alpine fan. Did not read the manual but probably should.
    Pros:
    All the settings you will ever need to make all songs sound good.
    Cons:
    Some of the setting do not make much difference in the sound. A little difficult to navigate.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-152

    Written By John, Canton, OH on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Great unit awesome sound best alpine I've owned
    Pros:
    Control your bass clean sound
    Cons:
    Can't control your bass on mega base mode hard to find those per sets it has for eq and turning of that demo
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-152

    Written By Russ, Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Wonderfull radio, easy to install and use, easy to instal and a good buy.
    Pros:
    Sharp looking, easy to install, good price.
    Cons:
    Can't think of a single one.
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    5 out of 5

    SIMPLE

    Written By kapuyawn, San Jose, CA on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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    SImple and elgant looking. I think I bought this as best bang for my buck. Install was easy, 30 minutes and it is up and running. The kits included definitely helped by eliminating any splicing and or soldering. Wonderful product and definitely will recommend to others.
    Pros:
    I love the fact it is simply easy to navigate. No fancy features to mess around with. The build quality of Alpine has always been top notch.
    Cons:
    None so far. First install today, 06/28/2014.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Gena, Newport, WA on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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    This CD player was a replacement for my last Alpine which quit working after 7 years. The online Crutchfield tech recommended this stereo for me. It was a perfect choice for me because the wiring hookup and mounting bracket were exactly the same as my old Alpine. I just had to pop the old one out and plug in the new one. No extra wiring - yay! I didn't want anything super fancy - just something that could play CD's with good sound quality.
    Pros:
    Same wiring hookup and mounting bracket as last Alpine
    Cons:
    Would rather have a book to learn the control buttons on the stereo - it came with an instructional CD, but I don't keep my computer in the car, which is where the stereo is.
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    5 out of 5

    good stero for the money

    Written By JLR, Dayton TN on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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    good stereo for what it cost, just what I needed and wanted,,looks good in my dodge ram, bought the kit and everything from Crutchfield,only problem I had was the stereo wouldn fit in the kit I got but with a little trimming worked just fine..if this dumb ole country boy can do it I speck bout anybody can
    Pros:
    the usb and the aux. is really a great feature, very easy to adjust the way u wanna listen to ur music..
    Cons:
    only downside I see so far is that it is way to brite even with the dimmer control on
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    2 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-152

    Written By leonardc, norwalk,ca on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    it plays fine ,the extra bass can't be use with the 3 band eq,i had to call you guys just to get out of demo mode alpine is not looking good right now
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By Mike O, Massachusetts on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    Bought this for my Dad's 2004 Grand Marquis so he could play his MP3 cds and now he also has thumb drive ability. Sounds very good with the OEM speakers.
    Pros:
    Easy install, great features.
    Cons:
    Lots of functions for a few buttons, never been a big fan of Alpine's audio setup, well, not operating it. It offers tremendous flexibility, it's just hard to navigate.
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    5 out of 5

    Works Great - it's all I need

    Written By Ron, Waukesha, WI on Monday, May 12, 2014
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    I like buttons - you can access them with out having to take your focus off the road. This unit installed well in my 2012 Wrangler unlimited with the adaptor from Crutchfield. It has RCA out for front, back and sub. No frills - all I need for listening to NPR or my iPhone/iPod.
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    2 out of 5

    Poor instructions

    Written By MO, Los Angeles on Thursday, May 01, 2014
     
    Don't buy this product if you want an easy-to-use car radio! They have a lame print manual, and their CD manual doesn't give you all the answers. It takes a lot of time to work this out. It would have helped if Alpine cared about their UX but they obviously don't. Thank goodness our vendor is helping us, but we'll never buy an Alpine product again!
    Cons:
    Not easy to use. We wished we bought another, more user-friendly system/brand.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE 152

    Written By ShermanJ, Spring, TX. on Friday, April 11, 2014
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    I like the sound-shaping choices, but have yet to fully understand how to access them because the included paper manual doesn't fully explain things like how to cancel the "Demo" message that continues to scroll across the display? Some sound-shaping features are easy to access, but others, like the 10 EQ choices are still a mystery. I still don't know how to access those?? Thankfully, Crutchfield is sending me the 68 page manual that isn't included (a CD Rom is included, but I don't have a computer , soooooo nix to printing out a more detailed manual!). The sound quality is much more adjustable than my old Alpine CD player. One thing that doesn't meet my needs is that I have to keep pressing the "Source" button when I want to change from CD to tuner. Maybe the instruction manual that Crutchfield is mailing me will explain how to "skip" 'Aux in' and the 'MP3' option, which I will never, ever use!
    Pros:
    Great sound quality; nice color blue background display; white letter display is easily readable
    Cons:
    Some buttons are too small to easily access, like the face-plate removal button, AND the skip forward and backward buttons are located almost behind the volume knob.
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