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Our take on the Alpine CDE-153BT

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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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 Alpine's TuneIt 2.0 app 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.

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Better-sounding Bluetooth audio

Alpine CDE-153BT

The CDE-153BT offers custom soundshaping with Alpine's 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 vehicles you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this receiver. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the radio, 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/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 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
    • TuneIt 2.0 app 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, 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 Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    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 6+/6/5S/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
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor bracket
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Face case
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Online Product Registration
    • Computer Requirements booklet
    • SiriusXM note

    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.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine CDE-153BT 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-153BT.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine CDE-153BT 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 three 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-153BT 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. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-153BT 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-153BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-153BT 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 contacts (5 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: 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-153BT can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device. 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-153BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, 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-153BT even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with limited control and song/artist information. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music 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 Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Alpine CDE-153BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer 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-153BT 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-153BT; 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 with Siri. 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-153BT'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.

    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-153BT 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-153BT 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 MSC
    File System ISO 9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, Romeo 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 100 folders/100 files per folder
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    Text/File/Folder Search: When you are playing a disc or USB device with 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-153BT 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-153BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Alpine CDE-153BT'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-153BT 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-153BT.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use 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-153BT.

    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 24-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-153BT 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: 0-16%, 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-153BT 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-153BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2014):

    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 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 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 8.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N 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 N 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 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 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+SiriusXM Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-153BT 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-153BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the CDE-153BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (KCU-445i or KCU-471i; both 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-153BT 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine CDE-153BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 130 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM Premier" package (subscription required); including 20+ SiriusXM Xtra Channels which consist of music, sports, entertainment and a collection of channels dedicated to Spanish language programming. Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Song/Artist Info: Text information, such as the channel name, artist name, feature and song/program title is displayed on the in-dash receiver.
    • Search Functions: You can search for SiriusXM programming content by Channel (all channels), Music (your saved artists/songs), Games (your saved sport teams), and Featured (recommended stations). 
    • 18 Presets + Jump Recall: The Alpine head unit feature 3 Satellite Radio preset bands. You can store 6 SiriusXM stations to each preset band (a total of 18). You can even save your absolute favorite radio station and access it with the press of a single button for easy recall.
    • Instant Replay: The head unit supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content.
    • Song/Artist/Game Alert: With Song/Artist Alert you can get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. With the push of a button, you can jump right to that broadcast and catch the songs you want to listen to. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. Jump to that station with the push of a button so you can listen to the game play by play. You can also get the latest score updates while you are listening to other stations.
    • TuneStart/TuneScan:Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel. Tune Scan allows you to play back six seconds of each song in a preset music channel.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs (up to 50) you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone. The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes. When you hear a song you like, simply press and hold down the Volume button for two seconds on the head unit .
    • Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine CDE-153BT 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-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-153BT 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: 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°).

    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, or 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

    Audio Enhancements: The CDE-153BT 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, Disc, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth, and Aux will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
    • 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 five bass profiles (Standard, Punch, Rich, Mid Bass, and Low Bass); only customizable through TuneIt app for Apple iOS and Android devices. You can adjust the effect level (0-6) of the selected profile from the head unit.
    • 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 (from iTunes or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iPhone (iOS 6.0+ ) or Android smartphone (2.2+) and create a user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected to the CDE-153BT 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-153BT. 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 Parametric EQ, Bass Engine SQ, 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. You are then able to listen to the notification via TTS (Text-to-Speech) through the head unit and your vehicle's speaker. You can even "Like" the notification from the head unit's front-panel controls. 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's front-panel is detachable to deter theft; a hard storage case is included to protect the faceplate once detached. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Stay On Mode: You can set the delay in turning off the head unit's power after the vehicle's ignition is turned off. When you select a source mode, other than Off, the music will be paused after you turn the ignition key off. At the same time, the prompt "Press Preset 6 to Stay On" will scroll once. Press Preset 6 within 15 seconds to continue to listen to your music for the select period of time (off/5/15/30 min). If Preset 6 is not pressed, the unit will power off within 15 seconds. During this period, you can only receive a call by operating your paired smartphone.

    Note: There is a possibility that the battery may be drained if already week during Stay On Mode.

    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-153BT is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

     
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    1 out of 5

    Terrible

    Written By Tony, Los Angeles on Saturday, September 27, 2014
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    Badass

    Written By JoEye, Beaumont, TX on Sunday, August 31, 2014
     
    For the price, its like a sore pecker...ya just can't beat it. For real. The included install instructions were a bit vague so you might need to consult Crutchfield or a youTube install video for assistance but thats beside the point about the stereo itself. The built in amp turned my Tacoma factory speakers into a sweet sounding ride. Now, its not a super hifi system but its a lot better than it was. The built in amp on this small unit is way more powerful that built-in stock factory car amps or amps that were built into head units from the 90's and early 2000's. The Bluetooth sync and the actual quality of the signal is hot and clear and the hands free phone call setup is great. The radio doesn't even have to be turned on for it to answer an incoming call. This sucker is cheaper than the $300 Pioneer I bought back in 95 and has way more functionality and convenience built-into it. The only thing I don't like so far is the fact that i have to manually search thru my music library from the phone. And calling someone outside of the recents list is a pain. There might be an easier way to do so, like the voice command features...haven't tried that yet. We'll see. Other than that, this is an out of the park grand slam for me. Price quality sound ease of use.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    3 out of 5

    *** 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.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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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    4 out of 5

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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
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    5 out of 5

    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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    4 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-153BT

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine

    Written By Bobby, Flagstaff, az on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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    Very nice unit
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    5 out of 5

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

    Written By Mike S., Fayetteville, NC on Friday, May 23, 2014
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Feature Rich but not intuitive

    Written By DaveW, Akron, OH on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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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
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    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Cassie, Florida on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Get an Alpine.

    Written By Mo, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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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, though not a card carrying one so I was not convinced. I thought I might have to get new speakers to get the sound I wanted, and I spent some more time doing research. Guess what the research told me. So I got an Alpine and it sounds great, even with the factory Infinity speakers. I do wish that the aftermarket guys would spend some coin on making the interface between an iPod and the head unit more user friendly. I realize that this is better on the touch screen models, but drastic improvements could be made to make this function more user friendly. For example, when I want to select a particular artist from my iPod (an iPod Classic with over 20 GB of stored music), I have to scroll through the entire alphabet of artists that precede them one at a time using the tuner knob. Or I can disconnect the iPod, scroll to the artist using the iPod's speed scroll select function (way faster) and reconnect it while playing. Why no speed scroll function on the head unit?
    Pros:
    Sound quality is epic. If you like sound, and who doesn't, probably want to get an Alpine. Easy to see in daylight or dark.
    Cons:
    Small buttons. Controls take some time to familiarize.
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    3 out of 5

    Good sound with some annoyances

    Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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    While I don't have extensive experience with all of the features, I felt like 3 weeks was enough to convince me that I don't like it.

    I'll start with the good stuff: The sound quality is great. The built-in amp is great. It doesn't look cheap, and the light colors look professional rather than like a Christmas tree (I'm looking at you, Pioneer). The screen was plenty bright for daytime. EQ Presets were surprisingly pretty decent. Has physical buttons (FM presets). Bluetooth microphone quality is loud and clear (according to the people I called).

    Unfortunately, I disliked more than I liked. Adjusting EQ is very tedious. No separate front and rear high pass filters (although this seems like the new norm for HUs until you get over $200). Cannot display "Artist - Title" on screen; only "Artist", "Title", "Album", or "Clock". That makes no sense to me. Bluetooth takes around 8 seconds to start playing when car is turned on.

    Build quality: My first one had a back button that would hardly click and felt like it would stop working within the first two months of use. That one was an open-box, so I decided to return it for a brand new item. The new one had a great back button, but the "Band" button felt like a loose tooth. Every other button was solid, but that button was very easy to jiggle. I was happy with sound quality and power, and I would have tolerated the other minor interface annoyances, but the two units with less-than-solid buttons caused me to give up on this HU.
    Pros:
    - Great sound quality - Usable EQ presets - No flashy lights or graphics - I could always see the screen - Good bluetooth mic - I like the radio preset buttons that also function as repeat/pause/shuffle/etc. That's the one thing I'll miss
    Cons:
    - Adjusting EQ takes too many clicks and scrolls - HPF applies to all speakers (except sub). Nice if that's what you want, but useless if you're satisfied with your stock system and want your rear deck to be your low end. - Display can't show artist & song title at the same time - Bluetooth takes KIND of long to connect - First unit had a back button that would barely click, and the replacement had a "band" button that felt like it would eventually fall off. Neither unit had ALL solid button
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine cde-153bt great unit!!!

    Written By Skynyrd77, Indiana on Thursday, May 01, 2014
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    Great unit so far!!
    Pros:
    Another great alpine unit. Love the Bluetooth feature!!
    Cons:
    A bit tricky to get used to when you used to older alpine headunits. Control setup is a bit funky. Nothing to hold back for though!!
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    5 out of 5

    good buy. period.

    Written By ogyoda, Hickory, NC on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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    This deck makes excellent quality output from all sources. I am running it with four Focal ic165's at 80w ea and a JL 10 at about 300w. The high-voltage preouts are good to go and so is the full range of customization available to every input source. Bluetooth pairing is easy and Tune It works like a dream. If you really care about what your music sounds like, build your system around an Alpine head unit.
    Pros:
    Totally customizable per each input source.
    Cons:
    Way complicated for a beginner, but don't let it scare you.
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    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By Anonymous, Statesville, NC on Friday, April 25, 2014
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    AWESOME!!!
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    Great stereo

    Written By Ken, Saint Louis, MO on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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    This receiver was everything I was looking for. I had already had an Alpine receiver in my car, but I wanted a new one--one that could connect via Bluetooth, instead of the old iPod cords that no longer fit. This receiver does exactly that, and does it well. Once I got my iPad and Nexus paired with the receiver, they both worked perfectly with it. Whenever I start my car it starts playing audio exactly where I left off. The sound quality is good too, although I'm not a snob and I'm using stock stereos in my 2003 Corolla. Installation was a breeze as well, although a large part of that was the fact that I was replacing an existing Alpine receiver which used the same harness. The only slightly annoying thing is that it's hard to navigate through music sometimes through the receiver, especially if you're listening to a custom app (like my podcast app, for example) so you're best off setting up a large amount of music/podcasts to play continuously before you start driving. I also sometimes have to unpair and repair my Android phone to make it work, but that's a minor inconvenience. 99.99% of the time it just works, exactly how I want it to. The only thing I wish it did was allow 2 devices to both pair and mix their sound together--I could use my phones navigation app while I listened to music from my tablet. But for the price and my needs, I couldn't ask for more
    Pros:
    Good price Good quality Easy to use and reliable Simple installation Lots of features
    Cons:
    Can't control custom apps through control panel (which is an irrational request...) Android bluetooth is sometimes finicky to repair Can't (as far as I know) have two devices play sound over bluetooth simultaneously
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    Alpine CDE-153BT

    Written By David, Elkins AR on Friday, April 18, 2014
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