Alpine CDE-153BT

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Innovative sound control

Alpine continues to put the accent on sound quality with their CDE-153BT CD receiver, which gives you the ability to tune your vehicle's sound system like never before. You start by downloading the Alpine TuneIt App Ver. 2.0 to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, then use your phone to take charge of the receiver's sound settings.

You can adjust the 9-band parametric EQ and frequency filters with a simple touchscreen interface, or choose settings that Alpine has created for your specific vehicle. You can also customize the five bass profiles in the receiver's Bass Engine SQ feature, then make big changes in your bass with the touch of a button. Even cooler, you can share your settings with other users through Facebook, and check out settings others have created for your vehicle.

Better-sounding Bluetooth audio

Alpine CDE-153BT

The CDE-153BT offers custom soundshaping with the Alpine TuneIt App.

If you've been disappointed with the quality of streaming audio in the past, you'll appreciate Alpine's exclusive Digital Signal Processing technology, which improves the sound quality of streaming music or stored music files sent from your Bluetooth device to this Alpine. And this receiver's Bluetooth capability also makes it easy to receive and make calls without having to pick up your phone. When your compatible iPhone is linked to the receiver, you can access Siri with Alpine's Eyes Free mode — letting you keep your eyes on the road while you interact with your iPhone.

Plenty of media options

The CDE-153BT covers the bases with CD playback, MP3 and WMA file compatibility, iPod® and iPhone® controls, plus Pandora® control with iPhone and Android™ phones. For even more options, you can add an optional SiriusXM tuner and tap into an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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

Product 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 loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Siri integration with Eyes Free mode
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • App Direct mode
    • Alpine TuneIt App Ver. 2.0 compatible for extensive sound adjustments
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • Bass Engine SQ button
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    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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    Fantastic

    Written By Kevin G, Elton, PA on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    Awesome deck always loved alpine and still do after purchasing this if you are looking for a Christmas tree deck get a pioneer but if sound is important to you buy this or any alpine for that matter

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    Great stereo

    Written By TLemon, Chester, Va on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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    Love the the set up

    Pros: It's a good quality stereo for a great price

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Darlene, Maryland on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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    Alpine CDE-153BT radio was easy to install. The sound quality is excellent with balanced sound. The blue tooth functions are easy to use the sound quality from the microphone to the caller is clear It is mounted on the dash near the radio I can also hear the person calling clearing. The function buttons once you learn how to use them are easy to use. I would recommend this radio to a friend .All functions work very well CD player, plug in for Ipod and the radio.

    Pros: Installation instructions clear with outline of what tools needed. Buttons easy to use once the manual was read and practice on how to use them completed

    Great product, great value.

    Written By Rob, Rockford, IL on Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    Updating from a 10yr old Alpine 9847,Purchased for the BT & Tune it app. Installed in a Muscle car (1970 Camaro).

    Pros: Great performance for the price.

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Anonymous, West Virginia on Monday, February 16, 2015

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    This is a decent HU. It has a 9 channel EQ, but you have to access it from your smart phone. My iPhone 4 won't pair with it so far, so everything has to be accessed with a cord. The instructions provided by Alpine aren't very clear. The Alpine HU I replaced with this one was also a little complicated but this one is more so. This may be a top of the line HU, just be prepared to spend a couple hours playing with it to figure things out.

    Pros: Versatile

    Cons: Complicated

    Great Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Monday, January 26, 2015

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    It's been 25 years since I installed an Alpine unit. I was pleased to see that the quality has remained!

    Pros: Great sound, easy set-up & use.

    Cons: Input for steering wheel controls does not allow for the phone button, you're forced to use the button on the face of the unit.

    Excellent Unit

    Written By Joe, Georgia on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    Purchased for Bluetooth capability. Works great!

    ALPINE always amazing

    Written By Enrique, Miami Beach, Fl on Friday, January 02, 2015

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    ALPINE never ceases to amaze, this head unit is amazing for the size and quality of sound that comes out of it.

    Pros: The most bang for your buck, super high-quality sound even without an amp. Priced right and durable.

    Cons: Hardly any a little tricky to get programs but that's it.

    WOW!!

    Written By Jeff, McMinnville,Tn on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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    Every feature you could possible want. All kinds of options

    Pros: A lot of input capabilities

    Cons: None

    Son says Awesome

    Written By 41bigdawg, Nashville tn on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    Bought this head unit for my sons birthday, his only response was Awesome!! This was his first install in his 96 Silverado, Crutchfield makes it so easy that he did a great job with no problem. Stereo sounds great, bluetooth connects easily, awesome stereo at a great price.

    Great System

    Written By R Smith, Tennessee on Monday, December 01, 2014

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    Great Sound. Unit is slightly complicated but that is because has lots of options. Quick read of the manual and few minutes dialing things in and you are set. Installation was easy had to phone a friend (Crutchfield) one or twice but no big deal. In all installation was easier then I thought and I'm enjoying the system.

    2005 Highlander Install

    Written By Mario, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, November 10, 2014

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    I just installed this radio in my 2005 Highlander with the JBL system without the navigation. So far it is a great unit. A few things, I'd like to explain as it might help others who want to put this unit into their Highlander. 1. The Alpine cables and the car harness adapter have blue cables that are labeled Power Antenna. I don't have a power antenna, but you need to connect these two blue cable as they do effect reception. 2. The steering wheel adapter from PAC requires tapping into three wires on the car harness that has 20 pins, but only 3 cables connected. I used a new razor blade to shave off the insulation on the car harness cables, then wrap the cables from the PAC onto the shaved part and solder. A piece of black electrical tape folded over the T joint and stuck together worked great. 3. The programming of the steering wheel module is not altogether easy. The steps in programming don't tell you that if you stop for 6 seconds between any of the programming steps, you need to start over. 4. It took me about 4 hours to do the entire job, but the longest and hardest part was fitting the radio into the plastic holder. This is a very tight fit to get the radio sleeve into the plastic holder. I had to use a file to file away some of the plastic to get the sleeve into the holder. Crutchfield support was/is five star.

    Pros: Quality radio

    early review

    Written By Ozzie26, oakdale, Il on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    The manual needs a font size bigger. Had to get on the internet to figure out how to pair my phone. Looks fantastic and so many things I can do if I could read the instruction book without granny glasses. Sounds ok think I need to reconfig my speakers and add a sub. Wish the app could also control volume.

    Pros: seems to be the quality one would expect from Alpine. The smartphone app is pretty cool.

    Cons: Need sharp eyes to read booklet

    Very Happy

    Written By Snowybear, San Diego, CA on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    I installed this deck along with 4 replacement Alpine SPS-610 in a 98 dodge Dakota pickup. The difference was phenomenal. It has brought the truck into the 21 century with bluetooth and USB. The Tuneit App is easy to use (Samsung S4) and I recommend it as well. The installation was done in a day and the crutchfield directions where flawless. I am very happy and wish that I had done this sooner.

    Pros: Great sound Easy to use Easy installation

    Cons: None

    Great Bluetooth Deck

    Written By Anonymous, Parker, CO on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    Deck is solid and bluetooth works well. Bought mostly for Bluetooth capability.

    Terrible

    Written By Tony, Los Angeles on Saturday, September 27, 2014

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    One of the other reviewers wrote "Not User Friendly". This is an understatement of magnitude. There are nearly 60 pages of instruction with small print. Almost every instruction has a list of "notes" that give cautions, exceptions and complications. The buttons on the face are tiny, hard to get to and the layout is just ridiculous. The radio goes into "Demo mode" if you do not hit a certain button with 30 sec of starting your car. Can you turn this off? Not yet. I tried finding it in the 60 pages. BTW you do not get a manual. You get a link to one on your computer. So try sorting through this morass of complexity with you car on the drive way and the manual on your comp. Yes u can print 60 pages if you want. There are many reviewer here who like it and just do not understand that.

    Pros: None really. I would return it only I do not want to go through taking it out and putting something else in it's place.

    Cons: Very difficult to install (seemed like I had half my car in bits on the drive way) Very difficult to understand the manual Buttons hard to find due to small size and lay out Sound okay only I cannot find how to turn off the phone link without the music. It is just a design disaster.

    great head unit

    Written By Anonymous, iowa on Sunday, September 21, 2014

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    A little hard to figure out but once you get the initial setup done its great! The Pandora links with my phone in seconds and the mic works surprisingly well even in a jeep at speed with the top down. At night the display looks great and isn't too bright.

    Pros: Great sound/looks easy to use once set up.great crutchfield support.

    Cons: A bit difficult to set up initaly

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By S, Mount Pleasant, SC on Monday, September 15, 2014

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    Put this in my wife's 2002 BMW. Sounds better than the OEM stereo.

    Pros: Easy to install, fits nice, sounds nice, easy to use.

    Cons: None

    Exceptional value

    Written By JJJ, St. Louis, MO on Friday, September 05, 2014

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    This car stereo gives you a lot for your money. Clear, crisp sound with a little bit of punch when using the bass boost. Very easy to install and use. Great value.

    Pros: Lots of features. Decent power. Easy to use.

    Cons: None

    Great Product

    Written By Scuba, BIllings, MT on Thursday, September 04, 2014

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    Have been an Alpine enthusiast for many years. This is a great product. Would highly recommend it!

    Pros: Bluetooth is awesome. Very easy to use. Installation was also a breeze!

    Cons: None

    I'm a believer.

    Written By Lonnie, Ohio on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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    I have read reviews of alpine gear when shopping for new gear before but have always settled for less expensive brands. I did spend a little more this time than normal but it is well worth it. Sound quality is far superior to other brands I have owned. I dinged on ease of use, but that is more of a ding on me than on the equipment, as I have not used all the functions yet. What I have used has been easy to navigate. "Coolness factor" what can I say there just isn't much coolness to any head unit. Now for Crutchfield's review their service once again is impeccable. The dash kit that shipped with the unit was busted, I called customer service and received the replacement the next evening. It is so refreshing to deal with a customer oriented business this day and age. Thank you Crutchfield you continue to earn my business.

    Pros: Sound quality Ease of installation Bluetooth compatability

    Cons: None

    Excellent Stereo

    Written By Rick, Corona Ca on Saturday, August 30, 2014

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    Excellent Stereo. So happy with it I own two of them. Have one in my boat and one in my truck.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Ease of use.

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Wade, Nevada on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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    After having my Alpine CDE-133BT stolen from my vehicle, I looked again for a replacement unit. The factory radio was D-DIN radio and the kit, wiring harness, and instructions that came with 133-BT from Crutchfield made installation almost effortless. To that end, I selected the Alpine CDE-153BT over the Alpine CDE-143BT ( which I purchased for our 2014 VW Golf last year) or the Alpine UTE-52BT. The UTE-52BT is a complete digital unit and as much as would like to ditch the CD player, it is useful for the .mp3 CD audiobooks that we use for our Grandson when travelling. The 153BT has some expandability options that might be useful down the road like. Sirius Radio, and pre-amp upgrades. The unit works well with my iPod and my phone for bluetooth audio. Sound quality is very good even without and additional amp.

    The only negatives so far are that I do not care for the "ring" on incoming calls. It is very annoying and there is no option to change it ( that I have found so far), and some of the setup features are overly complicated.(meaning there are too many options to choose from). Have not yet yet gotten to the point where I have found the perfect set up. As mentioned by a few users set up after installation is an exercise in patience. I read the users manual to familiarize myself with all of the available settings. I set the big stuff, but continue to make minor adjustments on a weekly basis. I would recommend that you keep a paper copy of the manual in the glove box.

    Pros: Great Value, Sound and Features. Pandora and Sirius capability. Crutchfield Installation kit and support. Overall a great head unit for the moiney

    Cons: Incoming ringtone for bluetooth calls is obnoxious. Not the most user friendly. You will need to read the manual on this one.

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By K, Katy, TX on Friday, August 22, 2014

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    Very nice head unit. BT capability works nicely but requires a connection via USB to use Pandora. This would be great if it streamed Pandora via BT.

    Pros: Nice layout on buttons and knobs. Build quality seems nice.

    Cons: Only real issue I had was the retaining clip on the harness connector broke. No big deal because I plugged it into a Alpine Power Pack adapter and used some electrical tape to secure.

    *** Nice Deck... Not user friendly

    Written By Jeannie F, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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    The deck looks nice. Has a lot of features but definitely not user friendly. I purchased solely for the Sirrus capability. Which it has but not easy to navigate. Perhaps with the remote it might make this easier. I might purchase it and see if it work *better*.

    Pros: Sirrus, Bluetooth, iPod, Aux

    Cons: Hard to navigate. Not user friendly.

    Alpine

    Written By Christina, blaine Wa on Sunday, August 17, 2014

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    This was the best value for my money. The deck is great! Sounds amazing. I will definitely purchase from crutchfield again.

    Pros: Good deal & quality

    Cons: Have to wait for shipment

    worth the money

    Written By Anonymous, wichita, ks on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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    This is a head unit that delivers on what it says that it does. Everything you could possibly need is included for almost any modern device.

    Pros: Bluetooth, style, EQ customization

    Cons: Not the most user friendly. Definitely need to read the manual on this one.

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Ldrex, Salt Lake City on Sunday, July 27, 2014

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    I have been using other head unit brands but I decided to go back and try an Alpine. Glad I did. They sound great......

    Pros: Sound and equalizer

    Cons: Price

    Nice unit

    Written By Rod nice, Lexington,Ky on Sunday, July 27, 2014

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    Nice unit for the money great sound

    Pros: Install, look , coolness factor in my ''66 Impala

    Cons: None

    Hands free calling blutooth works perfect with my iPhone 5 google maps

    Written By Vabeachone, Virginia Beach, VA on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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    Love this deck Hands free calling blutooth works perfect with my iPhone 5 google maps provide turn by turn navigation I only buy Alpine head units too.

    Pros: All pros

    Cons: No sd slot but USB I charge my phone with that though

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    Written By jbe, Colorado on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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    I think this is a good head-unit. What I don't like is the built-in EQ does not provide mid-level adjustment; only bass and treble. Once I figured out all of the different ways to tune the head-unit, it sounds very good powering a pair of Pioneer 5-1/4" 3-way speakers in the front doors.

    Pros: Once tuned, very good sound quality

    Cons: Not that easy to tune, use No mid-level EQ adjustment

    Great Buy

    Written By Ctip45, San Angelo, Texas on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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    This is a very user friendly product. The sound quality is amazing even when using the Bluetooth capabilities.

    Pros: Easy installation User friendly

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    Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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    Like the bluetooth, can't go wrong with Alpine. Reasonably priced.

    Pros: Has all the options for connectivity.

    Cons: Owners manual is on a disc. Print your own or sit in vehicle with a laptop while learning how everything works.

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Jim, Hampton, VA. on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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    Outstanding unit for the budget minded

    Pros: Great sound Quality even with factory speakers. Allows me hands free use of my phone and utilizes an app "Tunit" to fine tune the sound to my taste and location in my vehicle.

    Cons: Need to order an adapter for my Steering wheel controls.

    new stereo

    Written By Ron B, Leadville, Co on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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    The support and knowledge of the people at Crutchfield is above what is given anywhere i shop. Truly above character and the norm. Thank you.

    Pros: Dollar for dollar this stereo is more than i expected.

    Alpine 153bt

    Written By Silvestris, Vidalia , LA. 71373 on Sunday, July 06, 2014

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    Extremely pleased.

    Pros: Sound, installation & operation.

    Cons: None.

    The Good The Bad and The Ugly

    Written By Robert H, Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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    First there really isn't anything that falls in the Ugly category but the title just seemed incomplete without it. I recently purchased the Alpine CD receiver along with the Alpine inline amplifier and Polk Audio speakers to replace the aging sound system in my 2002 Dodge Dakota R/T Club Cab. The search criteria were external preamp outputs for expadability, subwoofer outputs, bluetooth capability, aux input, CD (CDA/MP3) and USB input. Most other option from there were based on narrowing down the search and picking based on price....I call it reading the menu right to left. Here is how much I have to spend then read left to see what that amount of money buys.

    I have listed primary PROS and CONS. Number one PRO is Crutchfield service and the fact that they ship all the adapters and harnesses required to make the swap. Even when the price is slightly cheaper in other places I have used Crutchfield for that fact alone. Number One CON: Andriod works only with Bluetooth .

    Pros: Sound Quality seems better than average although it is hard to base that solely on the receiver. External amps and speakers play a far greater role in that department and setup is relatively easy for the main menus. Bluetooth works with my Android Galaxy and the USB works with a Sony Walkman MP3 player. The single biggest PRO is Crutchfield who shipped it with the correct wiring harness adapter and dashboard bracket to make the swap seamless.

    Cons: CD did not work when the unit was installed. This is being corrected by Crutchfield shipping a new one so I can not comment on the CD player functionality as of yet. Advanced menu options can be difficult is not almost impossible to navigate through and the buttons are small for someone 6 foot 4 with large hands. Bluetooth Audio ONLY for Andriod and the sound quality is far less than USB. A little disappointing. Also the Alpine requires routing an external mic (supplied) for calling

    Sound system for f350

    Written By Shawn, Raymond, WA on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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    Very happy

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Scott, Spokane, WA on Monday, June 16, 2014

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    This unit was very easy to install in my wifes car.

    Pros: Great bluetooth

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By DickW, LaGrange,IN on Monday, June 16, 2014

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    Great receiver coupled with the new Amp and speakers

    Pros: customized sound features

    Cons: the ease of use takes a little getting experience, but it's improving

    Alpine

    Written By Bobby, Flagstaff, az on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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    Very nice unit

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Gregory, Baker, FL on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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    Works flawlessly! This is my 3rd Alpine and all have worked great. This unit is especially great because you can stream music from your Android and Iphone thru bluetooth. Works with Iheart and Slacker Radio.

    Pros: Easy install and freature work the way they are suppose to.

    Cons: None that I can think of..

    Alpine CDE-153BT is as good as others say!

    Written By Mike S., Fayetteville, NC on Friday, May 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    I purchased the Alpine CDE-153BT to install in my 1969 Chevrolet Caprice. I also purchased the Alpine KTP-445A Head Unit Power Pack 45W x 4 Car Amp, and the under dash installation kit, so I would not have to remove my original AM radio. I wanted a head unit with bluetooth phone and audio capabilities and that would play both CD's and USB sticks. This unit performs all of these tasks exceedingly well, as well as playing Pandora from my smartphone. Installation was took a little longer than normally is required with a Crutchfield purchased system. This is because my car is too old to have an wiring adapter kit made for it. I had to install it the "old fashioned way" by putting disconnects on the ends of the wiring and plugging them into the open posts on my fuse panel. I used to do professional two-way radio installs for a living, so I was able to do a pretty professional looking install. I split loomed all of the wiring, to include the speaker wires running under the carpet. Setting up the H/U after installation is an exercise in patience! I stepped through the WHOLE users manual to familiarize myself with ALL of the available settings. I set those settings I felt I only needed to set once. The users manual is in the glove box if needed in the future. The sound this H/U produces when tied in with the Alpine KTP-445A Head Unit Power Pack 45W x 4 Car Amp is incredible. I wish I could have installed this unit without the amp first it un-amplified.

    Pros: Once you get past the learning curve of how to fine tune this H/U, it is easy to operate. I have it installed under my dash, so I have to look around the steering wheel to get a clear view of it. Excellent sound, easy setup, great reception on local and distant FM stations. Straight forward playback controls for CD and USB. Pandora works well. Need to play with Pandora more to become fully familiar. Purchased remote control is a great accessory. Amp wiring made install much easier.

    Cons: As noted by others, dimming feature, when tied into illumination circuit is almost unnoticed when headlights are turned on. Scrolling through "Source" is one direction only. BassEngine activation seems to mute the playback significantly. (Maybe I haven't learned how to use it yet.) Price is a little high for a H/U with only one background color.

    Feature Rich but not intuitive

    Written By DaveW, Akron, OH on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    A lot of really powerful features, does even more than I expected. Sound quality is top shelf. The hard part is figuring out how to use it while driving. Have not memorized the non-intuitive command set yet, shouldn't be this complex just to hear music or see the time. Still have not figured out how to get out of the demo mode, but I am sure I will get the hang of it. This is my 2nd new Alpine unit in a couple of months, really like their quality of craftsmanship and sound and absolute ease of installation. Now, to dig through the 106 page PDF to find out how to use it........

    Pros: Best value, simple to install with their kits (Porsche and Roadster installations), excellent sound without even using the sub woofer or aux amp features. Blue tooth simple and hitch-free.

    Cons: Need a much younger mind to get the hang of using the features

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Cassie, Florida on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I love my new Alpine its improved the sound quality tenfold I couldn't be happier with this product. It was easy to install I did it myself, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    Get an Alpine.

    Written By Mo, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    I wasn't sure what head unit to buy for my '08 Wrangler Unlimited. I had the upgraded Infinity sound system, but it didn't sound very good. I asked two friends who had done installs before and they told me to get an Alpine head unit. I asked a guy who does sound system installation and he said to get an Alpine. I read the reviews on Crutchfield, they seemed to say, get an Alpine. Well, I'm a bit of an audiophile, t