Alpine CDE-154BT

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Alpine has built its reputation on producing a stellar in-car audio experience, and the CDE-154BT CD receiver builds on that tradition with innovative technology. For instance, you can download the Alpine TuneIt App smartphone app to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone and take charge of this Alpine's extensive sound adjustment capabilities. You'll see a simple touchscreen interface that lets you adjust settings yourself, or you can apply settings created by Alpine for your specific vehicle. You can even share your settings with other users through Facebook, and check out settings others have created for your vehicle.

Better Bluetooth audio streaming

Alpine CDE-154BT

The CDE-154BT combines distinctive Alpine styling with a 2-line display.

The CDE-154BT features built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Thanks to receiver's Bluetooth microphone, you can access Siri with Alpine's Eyes Free mode when your compatible iPhone is linked to the receiver — letting you keep your eyes on the road while you interact with your iPhone. If you've been less than thrilled with the sound of streaming audio in the past, Alpine's exclusive Digital Signal Processing technology improves the sound of streaming music or stored music files sent from your device to the receiver.

More sound options

If you're looking to add some punch to your tunes, press the Bass Engine SQ button for easy access to the receiver's sophisticated bass controls, including five bass profiles that you can customize through the Alpine TuneIt App. And if you're tired of having that great FM station fade away, you can add an optional SiriusXM tuner to enjoy the unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk programming that follows you wherever you drive.

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, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • 2-line display with variable color illumination
    • 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
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 presets
    • Bass Engine SQ button with choice of five bass profiles
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB port and front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-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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    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Written By Josh, Colorado on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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    Good functionality and exactly as expected. Used in a 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L with the steering wheel control adapter and it works perfectly. The options and functions are working well, although the Bluetooth to the iPhone once dropped and had to be reconnected, but has since reconnected normally each time. Overall, a good product for the price.

    radio

    Written By maria, Albertson n.c on Monday, May 25, 2015

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    It was a gift and he loved it...

    Alpine 154bt head unit

    Written By Oliver, Jackson nj on Monday, May 25, 2015

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    Easy setup great sound

    Pros: I love the rear USB, it let me run it any where I wanted and it looks great. Sound quality and adjustability!

    Cons: It is a little bit bright compared to the rest of my dash

    Alpine

    Written By scorpio111374, United States on Sunday, May 24, 2015

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    Works as advertised, sounds great even with stock speakers, great price, fast delivery, easy to install.

    No Phone

    Written By Boxsterboy, Illinois on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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    BT phone would not pick up sound through microphone. Big pain figuring out it was a quality defect, not user error. Wasted a day and had the unit in and out of the dash multiple times. Crutchfield customer service was the greatest. Easily accessible, competent, quick and friendly. Sent a new unit in 2 days. Works now. Problem was with Alpine. Glad I bought from Crutchfield. Any other vendor and I would still be trying to work things out!

    Pros: Crutchfield customer service

    Cons: Build quality, quality control

    Awesome

    Written By Bobby, Reno nv on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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    The sound on this is great as always from alpine. Easy to use, nothing is too difficult to get used to

    Pros: Customizable, great sound, easy to pair on the bluetooth

    Cons: None come to mind

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Melbourne, FL on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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    This thing is a beast has more options then I'll ever use. Can't wait till I get some new speakers to hook up to it.

    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Written By Anonymous, Covington, GA on Monday, May 11, 2015

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    Was simple to install sound quality in nice.

    Alpine

    Written By kenk, 15001 on Friday, May 08, 2015

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    Alpine has always made superior products, this one is no exception. The sound is amazing and the tune it app is really cool. Learning new stuff still every day with it. The best thing about the deck is how fully customizable it is

    Pros: Love it

    Cons: I wish install instructions were a little clearer

    Awesome sound, decent bluetooth

    Written By Jason L, Texas on Monday, May 04, 2015

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    Although basic overall, this deck is great. The things I usually look for are 3 sets of high voltage pres, bluetooth, and the sound adjustment options. This deck hits all three spot on. Using the TuneIt app, I was able to dial in the sound perfectly. My only critique is the bluetooth receiver. It's relatively weak. I used to have a JVC deck, and was able to connect within about 20 ft. On this deck, the BT cuts in and out if my phone is in my pocket. No biggie though, like I said, I primarily care about sound quality and ease of functionality, and this deck does a great job.

    Pros: Great sound quality and easy to use. The sound adjustment ability is really great.

    Cons: Weak Bluetooth receiver.

    Alpine 154bt

    Written By Anonymous, Rockford, il on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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    Good product. Have not thought of crutch field for 20 years. Had a need for hands free phone in my 2008 Toyota Tacoma. Thus worked great with the mic. Easy install too.

    Pros: Good value

    Cons: None yet.

    Awesome head unit

    Written By Connor, Rochester, MN on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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    Awesome stereo, the word alpine sums it up

    Pros: Easy to set up

    Great head unit!

    Written By Joe S, Syracuse, NY on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    Alpine still makes a great product!

    Pros: Easy to use. Sounds great! Can't go wrong with 4 volt outputs. Bluetooth works flawlessly and connects very quickly.

    Cons: Haven't found one yet.

    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Written By StarkGM, Brownsville, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    Very good product at the most, it has a superb sound quality, a 9 band equalizer, almost all the colors for personalization, bluetooth conection is a breeze, im very satisfied with my purchase

    Pros: * Very good sound quality *A lot of customization *Detachable faceplate *Very good build quality

    Cons: *sometimes bluetooth have a little delay detecting the devices.

    Alpine is dropping the ball on this

    Written By Alex, Maine on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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    This head unit is great but overly complex. The bass button is a waste. The audio button and volume knob when held down do the exact same thing. The menu's are great for customization but expect to spend 30-40min just customizing the settings. The look and feel of the unit is cheap and a bit cheesy, while alpine didn't remove some of the useless buttons like the bass button and make the screen slightly larger, heck they put the usb on the back so they could have plenty of room. Speaking of USB on back why did they leave the aux in up front ? It is a waste of space on the front and when installing this I use a usb port installed in the glove box or elsewhere. It would have been great to have them both accessible but hidden. The tuneit app for android seems to work good, but the minute the car is moving the app locks up the phone. Great safety feature, but that sucks because I am a lot of times the passenger and would like to adjust the sound especially on long trips. I must say the ipod control on this unit is great, super fast track changes. The sound quality seems to be a+, however I am using this with the ktp-445a power pack and a separate amp and subwoofer. The customization of the sound curve is amazing and the multi color display works fantastic, finally a match for the dull yellow Porsche gauges.

    Pros: Sound customization is a+++, the 9-band eq is a real eq with lvl, q, and freq adjusts. Very flexible. I the display is clear and the led colors work great.

    Cons: looks and feels cheap, alpine could have done a better job laying out the buttons and made the screen larger. A complicated head unit to set up.

    Alpine is Losing it.

    Written By Gary K, California on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    This head unit has all the bells and whistles. None of which help with the sound quality. I wanted to get a unit with Bluetooth so I could make a call hands free. The unit I replaced was an Alpine 9856. I have always used Alpine. Since 1980. I play guitar and I had my stereo in my Tahoe sounding like live loud amplifiers. It was clear and thundered my truck. 2 Alpine amps, one for each set of speakers, powered sub and Focal K2 speakers. The sound had substance. You could feel the music as well as hear it. This new unit has lost the ability to deliver live sound and feel. Sure it plays loud and clear but it has no meat. No substance. It is thin. It is air. It sounds cheap. I am returning it. If Alpine can't guarantee as quality of sound, one that reproduces live sound, it is time to find out who does.

    Pros: Does anything you want....has all the toys.

    Cons: Not the quality Alpine sound they used to be known for.

    Why haven't you bought this yet?

    Written By Vinnie, Louisville, KY on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    This unit exceeded my expectations in every way. There is no comparison between the sound quality of my previous head unit, which was a Pioneer deh-15ub, and this masterpiece of a receiver. For a long time, I believed that the horrible sound quality in my car was caused by faulty wiring or improper tuning of my amp and receiver. I couldn't have been more wrong. The culprit was the Pioneer head unit!! After installing this unit, my Alpine subs, amp, and coaxials sound like were meant to sound. The days of distortion, clipping, and constant frustration, are behind me. My amp's gain was set at 75%, now at 50% my mirrors are useless, and the bass is deep and clean. I installed this unit in my car by myself. The installation kit and instructions that Crutchfield supplied (free) were extremely helpful in guiding me through my first car stereo install.

    Pros: The sound quality is incredible. All of the features work flawlessly. I found the user interface to be intuitive and it allows for maximum tweaking and customization. The Bluetooth function makes making calls and listening to music effortless. I have a LG G2 (Android) , which has a feature called "Smartshare". This feature allows me to stream, via Bluetooth, any music stored on my phone (Not just Pandora).

    Cons: I can honestly say that, in my opinion, this unit has no cons. The only thing I consider a con, has nothing to do with the unit itself. The only frustration I have is with the Alpine Tuneit app, which allows you to adjust the receiver's audio settings through the application on your phone. The app's presets sound decent, but other Tuneit users are able to share their saved settings and you can apply those to your receiver. The majority of these shared tunings sound absolutely horrible.

    Can I give it 6 stars?

    Written By Ben, Virginia on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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    The Alpine CDE-154BT looks amazing, sounds amazing and does amazing things. It's got plenty of output, plenty of options for audio play. I've got two minor things I wish it did that it doesn't: I wish it would play music from my android phone via USB and I wish it had more playback options as far as playing mp4's and AAC playback. But, I'm just nitpicking, because those are easy to work around. The display colors are awesome. I usually choose different variants of blue to stick with the awesome Alpine-ness of it. But you can choose a bamboozle (?) of colors or make your own colors with RGB. I put music on a flash drive and if I turned off the car playing music from it, when I go back to the car and turn it on, the music starts right away exactly in the spot I left it. Even if I took the flash drive out. The Bluetooth music playback quality is absolutely amazing. The call clarity via Bluetooth is fantastic. I talked to my wife on the phone after I installed the system to test it out and she couldn't even tell I was calling via Bluetooth. This unit makes me love driving again. So while installing the unit, I ran into some power problems with my car and since I didn't have those problems prior to installing, I figured it was related to the unit, so I called Crutchfield customer service. I talked to Daniel S. and he helped me to fix the issue, which was a vehicle issue, yet he made calls and researched the issue to figure it out, even tho it had nothing to do with the HU.Thanks!

    Pros: Options for everything. Love the TuneIt app. It looks awesome.

    Cons: Doesn't play mp4's or AAC files. No android playback via USB.

    Alpine cde 154bt single din HU

    Written By Cordbass, Chucktown SC on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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    Ok first of all it's an Alpine. I have had Kenwood, Pioneer,JVC, Sony and Alpine. I had wanted the 147bt to begin with but ended up getting the 141 to start because of price which was a great starter HU. Then got a great deal on Pioneer deh x8600bs at a local shop here in my home town. They had quit making the 141 and 147 Alpine at this time and the 149bt was the Alp HU to get but the price was a bit much for single din though worth every penny. I really like the Pioneer 8600bs great HU but Alpines just have a certain sound and umph to there units. Well I saw this 154bt on sale and they sold out quickly. Saved it in my cart and came available at a decent price. A steal this HU is way worth it especially at this price point get you won't be dissatisfied. I can't say anything negative about it only doesn't have HD radio but not a deal breaker for me. Alpine is still at the top of HUs and has been for years.

    Pros: All is good

    Cons: No HD radio

    great radio

    Written By stacy, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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    I have been installing radios for 20 yrs this is one of the best I have seen.Lots of bang for your buck.

    Alpine still killin it

    Written By Emil, Austin, Texas on Monday, March 02, 2015

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    Good receiver, times have changed since the last time I purchased a radio last. You get a lot more for less.

    Pros: Good features, easy controls, endless color options

    Cons: It is a little bright, even with the dimmer on

    Awesome reciever

    Written By Jeremy, Iberia Mo on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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    This reciever has excellent sound quality and control

    Pros: Plenty of power and sound control with th 9 band EQ

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Written By maui808, Kaneohe, HI on Monday, January 26, 2015

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    Had a hard time pairing my galaxy s4. But called Crutchfield and they helped me right away. Settings are confusing but I got used to it after messing around for about 30 minutes. I have been using Alpine for over ten years and this HU is definitely one of my favorites.

    Pros: Bluetooth is the main reason I bought this unit and it works great. Ability to match the HU color to my trucks interior lights is awesome, looks like it came stock with my truck. Alpine tune it app is great. Works even better with the KTP 455a power pack.

    Cons: none for me

    Alpine

    Written By rafter s, Leakesville Ms on Monday, January 19, 2015

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    Good radio but could be better

    Pros: Settings

    Cons: Buttons stick sometimes

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, N.y on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    I had an alpine in my car that died after 12 yrs had too fight for this radio because the wife bought me a Sony for Christmas never touched it so she finally agreed to let me exchange it the first one came and the cd did not read disc and Bluetooth did not connect but when I received the second unit pure heaven sound is pure alpine fm radio stations a little weak but I use Sirius and pandora phone works great contacts sync with no problems bass engine is not a plus better to adjust your own freq choice of 9 can't wait to get the power pak and compact sub don't wait just order it you won't be disappointed

    Pros: Sound,Bluetooth ,price 1,000 colors choices in illumination settings

    Cons: Have to figure out how to make it to automatically sync with phone after exit and return have to use downloaded manual because writing to small in book

    Alpine Head Unit

    Written By Chris E, Chesapeake Beach, Md on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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    The stereo is amazing! Love the Bluetooth and hands free calling capabilities. Easy install thanks to crutchfield's free installation kits.

    Pros: Nice sound Bluetooth, USB, AUX

    Cons: I laughed at a few reviews on stereos that said "a little complicated for new stereo owners", thinking it would be easy to understand. I was wrong. With so many different tuning options it's really quite complicated. However this shouldn't hold you back at all. Absolutely amazing stereo!

    Great Unit

    Written By Dave Andersen, Fontana, California on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    I have had this deck in my S2000 for a few weeks now, and am enjoying it, I had to trim the Stereo flip up cover to make the knob fit properly - but it was a easy install. I'm thinking about a powered sub woofer for the trunk to help the door speakers now!

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: had to trim the car's stereo cover to fit the knob - not a big deal.

    Alpine cde-154bt

    Written By Andrew, Fresno ca on Friday, December 12, 2014

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    Great deck always syncs with my phone on Bluetooth and I can make calls with the mic alpine provided. I definitely recommend this deck to the music is enthusiast

    Pros: Great sound quality even on stock speakers. Can make phone calls with provided mic. Bluetooth and pandora capability. Easy to install yourself.

    Cons: None.

    Alpine stereo

    Written By William D., Pueblo Colorado 81003 on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    Ihave alway been partial 2Alpine products. They have always delivered the best sound the best volume

    Pros: they are the best quality easy to install.

    Cons: there's nothing bad I can say about alpine

    great Deck

    Written By Art, Amarillo tx on Sunday, November 02, 2014

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    Great deck, installed in my 2013 Rubicon along with a 5 channel amp and wow.... great sound and options, little complicated for a newbie but perfect for someone with sound backgrounds.

    Pros: Alpine hit a home run with this unit.

    Cons: None

    Good Sound and features

    Written By Jacob192, Colorado on Saturday, November 01, 2014

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    Great deck but I haven't got the tuneit app to work yet

    Pros: Cool features, sounds great.

    Cons: Random play is lacking it plays the same songs over and over skipping some.

    Excellent sound easy to install

    Written By Dave S, Pine, Colorado on Saturday, October 18, 2014

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    Installed this unit along with the KTP-445A mini amp into a 2006 Toyota Tacoma (Access Cab). Sounded very good even without the additional amp, but when I added the amp the sound was even better. Still using the factory speakers for now but will eventually upgrade those as well. The bezel and wiring harness were included in the price, and they made the installation a breeze. I found a few videos on YouTube that covered the microphone install and the radio and amp install. When using the KTP-445A (as opposed to the KTP -445U) with an Alpine head unit, the amp installation is 100% plug and play. The bezel needed a tiny amount of filing to get the clips to seat properly, but it only took a minute. Looks factory installed and absolutely no rattles or vibrations from the dash. Overall I'm very pleased with everything and glad I bought it from Crutchfield as their deal included everything needed for the installation. I also contacted Cruthfield support before connecting the wiring harness with a question. The person that answered my call was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Overall an excellent experience.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to install yourself

    Cons: Bezel required minor filing on order for the mounting clips to seat onto the posts properly. Really not much of an issue and only took a minute to file the excess plastic off the ends of the mounting posts.

    Amazing!!

    Written By Jaeden Hudson, Quinnesec Mi on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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    This unit is very nice! It exceeded my expectations by a lot. Sound quality: The sound quality on this head unit is amazing. The highs are clean and crisp. I had this unit powering the speakers full range for about a week before i put the sub in and i must say it does a very nice job powering them without distortion. if you have a smartphone and use the tuneit app it allows you to adjust virtually everything when it comes to sound. very handy to use instead of digging through the menu of the head unit. Ease of use: Yes you will have to read the manual if you want to be able to navigate the menus of the unit but as soon as you know what you are doing it is super simple. Look: It looks very nice in my dash. It almost looks as if it is supposed to be there. it also has the ability to set it at literally whatever color you want. nice touch. Bluetooth: The bluetooth can be figity every once in a great while. I would say once every 15 times I get in the car it wont automatically connect to my phone (have to go to phone menu and manually connect). The call feature on this thing is amazing I've been told by people that I sound clearer than my phone which is nice. Overall it is a very nice unit and give it all stars.

    Pros: Great sound Easy to use once you read the manual Looks really nice Great call quality

    Cons: Bluetooth will occasionally not connect to phone automatically.

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    Written By R, Bozeman, MT on Monday, October 13, 2014

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    Easy to install, instructions were well written. Got the same color match as BMW's amber using the custom feature

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 11, 2014

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    Concert volume and clarity. 4 volts pre-out makes all the difference.

    Pros: Value, sound, easy to use once set up.

    Cons: None.

    Excellent

    Written By jrodjam, Chicago IL on Saturday, October 04, 2014

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    This receiver sounds excellent, and draws no power from amps for the preamps for even better sound. It has front rear and sub outputs (4v) and many functions that allows you to play Ipod and Iphone including apple lossless files. Great Buy!

    Pros: Clean look Sturdy Lots of Operations/colors Great sound

    Cons: Buttons are a little small

    Excellent. Top notch as always.

    Written By ac slater, kewanee, il on Friday, September 05, 2014

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    Nice deck at this price point, crossovers, 9 band eq, Bluetooth, and satellite ready. What more do you need.

    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Written By Barry B, Hampton Va. on Saturday, August 30, 2014

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    I have not had had my Alpine stereo very long but so far its Great!

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Rob, Washington, DC on Friday, August 29, 2014

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    I have always purchased Alpine Head Units and I wanted to do the same for my Uncle. I installed this unit on his Harley Davidson Streetglide. It was a breeze to install. The quality of the unit shines through in the way that it sounds and how easy it was to program. Thanx Alpine/Crutchfield!

    Great Single DIN radio

    Written By JeffM, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, August 22, 2014

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    Installed in a 2003 Honda s2000, which is a very small car with a tight fit. Signitifcant upgrade over the stock receiver both in terms of sound and features. The unit is very customizeable, but due to the small form factor, that also means that you have to play around or read the manual to figure out how to navigate and find all of the options. Power seems to be average, but will probably be adding a small amplifier in the future. The Bluetooth integration is simple and works everytime.

    Pros: Great sound Tuneit App Android Integration Illumination Display options to match rest of car

    Cons: No HD radio could use a bit more power, but still great value for price

    Great Deck

    Written By Kevin, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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    Heck of a deck for the price, it won't disappoint. The Blue Tooth works better than my factory unit did.

    Pros: Lots of solid features and great sound quality for the price,

    Cons: User interface is a bit complicated at first but gets easier with use.

    Cant go wrong with Alpine

    Written By Rod T, Wyoming on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    This stereo head unit is packed with features that quickly set me to wondering why I took so long to purchase the unit in the first place. The sound quality is excellent and installation using the Crutchfield supplied factory harness kit was all it was advertised to be. Just follow the directions and take your time.

    Pros: I had my doubts about how it would look after it was installed in my 05 Accord, but once I finished it looks and sounds great. I really like the iphone tunit app that this unit is able to take advantage of.

    Cons: I would recommend adding an in line amplifier or a 4 channel amplifier along with this head unit as the supplied wattage isn't enough to write home about. I bought this unit to replace a defective factory stereo unit because it was less expensive to go the aftermarket route. However, the unit is not as powerful as the factory stereo and really does need a small amplifer to boost the sound a bit. Other wise its all good and would have gotten 5 stars.

    Fantastic

    Written By Joe S, Morristown NJ on Friday, July 18, 2014

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    This is a fantastic head unit. I needed something that had great screen contrast, as I despise when I can't see the text against the background. The background on this one stays nice and dark so the text really pops out. Big plus. The Sirius integration and bluetooth work really well, no problems using either.

    Pros: Screen clarity, ease of installation, bluetooth streaming from my Droid Maxx, big easy to press buttons and volume knob.

    Cons: Tuning. The head unit menu for tuning is a bit difficult to use, a lot of the advanced features are buried deep in menus, which can get frustrating. HOWEVER, if you can use their TuneIt phone app to tune, this resolves that issue.

    Alpine cde-154bt is great

    Written By Adolfo, Marriottsville, MD on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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    That head unit was exceptional! I am a typical college student who likes great loud sound with a lot of bass and that is exactly what this stereo offered. The controls take maybe a week to get used to so you can do everything without looking at it. But the iPod, pandora and fm radio are excellent and the subwoofer control feature is the best. I listen to almost every genre of music and I like the bass heavy with dubstep and very little for some acoustic rock and it is easy to change. I haven't even had this product for a year yet so I can't rate the build quality that well but I haven't had a single issue.

    Pros: Louder sound than stock More input options Bluetooth with voice control w/iPhone Excellent sound clarity Display color changes to match any car dash Has subwoofer controls

    Cons: Confusing to install in 2001 honda civic (also partly the kits problem) Can get a glare sometimes on the display Can't see track title and time together.

    Alpine Receiver

    Written By radskier, Knoxville, TN on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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    Overall I'm relatively happy with this radio.

    Pros: Good price, sounds nice

    Cons: Does not have intuitive controls, which for me is a pain since I hate reading manuals.

    As expected, and then some

    Written By fleabag, Alabama on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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    Bought this unit for my 06 Civic based on many reviews. Sound quality noticeably better than OEM. Looks cool. Love the second data line on the display, but seems like there could be a permanent spot to display the clock. Only started digging into the features (ops manual is 50+ freakin pages). Screen is very difficult to read in daylight, but I already expected this.

    Pros: sound quality, many features

    Cons: daylight readability, many features

    Excellent Sound

    Written By Factotum, Wichita, KS on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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    The sound quality was light years ahead of the factory radio. Truly unbelievable, and made me wonder why I did not install such a fine radio years ago.

    Pros: Good instructions and easy to install.

    Cons: The printed instructions left a bit to be desired, but the use instruction on the included CD was well designed.

    It's a better than I was hoping.