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Alpine's CDE-9852 CD player brings on the entertainment. First off, it can play your digital music files in either MP3 or WMA format. With Alpine's optional iPod interface cable, you can connect and control your iPod directly from the CDE-9852. Organize and browse through your tunes on the fly with the QuickSearch button, while the large display on the flip-down face shows off all of your track information.

Use the onboard Bass Engine controls to adjust the sound right from the driver's seat, while the built-in amp provides plenty of power to drive your speakers. If you have a larger system in mind, the CDE-9852's preamp outputs ease the job of connecting an external amp or powered sub. The rotary encoder knob makes adjusting your system a snap.

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
  • flip-down, detachable face
  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
  • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
  • one set of preamp outputs (switchable to subwoofer mode with bass level control)
  • Source Tone Memory
  • controls for iPod with Full Speed controls (requires Alpine's interface cable, $29.99)
  • clock
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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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What's in the box?

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  • CD/MP3/WMA receiver
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • Face fixing screw
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Owner's Manual
  • Customer Care Registration card

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Clock Display Note


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.

iPod Full Speed: The CDE-9852 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 6" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with any Apple iPod with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, or Album searches. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. The unit can be used with the following iPod versions:

  • Third generation iPod: Ver.2.3 or later
  • Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.0.2 or later
  • iPod photo: Ver.1.0 or later
  • iPod mini: Ver.1.3 or later
  • iPod nano: Ver.1.0 or later
  • iPod video

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3/WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with constant and variable bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps and WMA files with constant and variable bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with discs containing up to 510 files/folders, with a maximum of 255 folders. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, MP3 or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track or file 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, and select it by pressing the Search button.

Bass Engine: Bass Engine functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine includes the following functions:

  • Bass Control:
    • Bass Center Frequency: Select from 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 120Hz
    • Bass Band Width: Select from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
    • Bass Level: Select from -7 to +10 (-14dB to +20dB in 2dB steps)
  • Treble Control:
    • Treble Center Frequency: Select from 7.5kHz, 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz or 15kHz
    • Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
  • Defeat On/Off: You can reset the unit to its factory default bass and treble settings by turning the Defeat function on.

Switchable Preout: The preamp outputs can be switched from front channel outputs to a non-fading subwoofer preamp output with a variable level of 0 to +15. When the subwoofer is activated in the Setup menu, the preout is switched at the same time. When the subwoofer is deactivated, the preout is switched back to a front channel output.

Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is connected and the built-in amplifier is not used, removing power from the built-in amplifier will improve the sound quality.

Wireless Remote Ready: The CDE-9852 can be controlled with an optional wireless remote control, such as the RUE-4202 (500RUE4202). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.

Clock Display Note

Clock Operation: This unit allows you to choose "keyed" or "unit on" clock operation. When the clock has been given display priority and the unit is turned off, the clock will be displayed whenever the ignition key is in the "on" or "accessory" position. If the clock is not given display priority, the clock is not displayed when the unit is off.

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Alpine CDE-9852

Written By Just Dolbs, Marion, Ks on Saturday, June 09, 2007

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This thing was a snap to install, came with all the right gear n i had it hooked up in playin with in half an hour. Looks great and preforms just as good.

Message addressing Ron's review

Written By Eagle, Stillwater, MN on Friday, May 18, 2007

I only give it a 4 because you should be totally blown away to rate a 5, right? This is a solid unit with quality controls and sound. Features are good but not intuitive enough for my wife to figure them out (but my 11 year old can). I agree with Ron that the search capabilities could be better, but partner a little trick I learned by accident is that if you hold down the track forward or back button while using the ipod function, it will indeed fast forward or rewind within that track. It took me about 9 months to figure that out. So hopefully you tune in and read this to figure that out, or just info for anyone else who didn't know about that feature.

By the way, I'm considering purchasing a second unit for another vehicle.

Happy listening!

Decent affordable receiver but overated iPod interface

Written By Ron, Brooksville, FL on Monday, May 07, 2007

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The stereo does what any decent stereo does, plays well and offers enough controls to adjust the sound to make it sound good to your taste. However the iPod interface is not nearly as great as some reviewers make it out to be. Searching is slow, no listing for audiobooks, no fast forward or rewind except by the entire song (which is not useful with an audiobook). When you disconnect the ipod you have to look up the song again on it to continue listening.

The sound is very good and no FM interference, but the interface is a pain.

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By William, Baltimore on Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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I really like Alpine products. When I was shopping for my first car CD unit in 2003 I compared Pioneer, Kenwood, etc. in store. Music sounded more articulate without being over-detailed in the Alpine unit.

I ordered an Alpine then through Crutchfield, and got this unit 3 or 4 months ago for a 'new' used car. Both times Crutchfield came through strong with adaptor dash kits I installed in about an hour.

This unit sounds great, played every disc I threw at it, including some banged up ones, and read mp3s perfectly. And I personally like the cool glow of the lights. Sadly the car died on me and I bought a new one so I am back on the site to buy my THIRD unit from Crutchfield. Thanks guys, maybe someday I will be able to buy a monster unit with less marginal mark-up! :)

Alpine, please get rid of the blue

Written By Jonathan, Fremont, CA on Sunday, April 08, 2007

Bass control is great. Features are awesome once you get to learn them. I returned my deck because I couldn't stand the blue lights. Very distracting at night. -JD

The iPod interface is a disappointment

Written By cliff, Boston, MA on Saturday, March 31, 2007

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I bought this headunit primarily to control my iPod. Alpine has the reputation of having the best and fastest iPod interface on the market. What a disappointment. There is no fast scroll mode for the iPod. I have five thousand songs. It took five minutes to scroll through the artist list to get to M. This is better than an iPod connected with an audio cable? This is safer? It's terrible. I'm keeping the unit but I warn you to have extremely low expectations. Furthermore, the display for the iPod is ridiculous. You need to perform a lot of button-presses to view the info you want (song/artist/album). If Alpine has the best interface for the iPod, then there are currently no good interfaces.

I love it but...

Written By Brandon, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

So I gave it this rating because of the iPod scrolling and the difficulty to install in my car.

First the iPod scrolling is extremely slow. I still use it for play lists because I only have a few to scroll through but I have a ton of artists and it takes forever to get even half way down the list. I will live with it since I think it is the best out there for now.

Second was the fit in my car. I have a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. When installing with the factory brackets as instructed the stereo face was way to deep in the bezel and the trim piece wouldn't fit. It took grinding the holes in the bracket until the unit slid further out just enough so the trim piece would fit and then the bare sides of the stereo were exposed so I had to cover those with electrical tape. I must admit after all the work it looks sweet.

After all the work including installing a mount I can just slide my iPod right into I love it but...the speed of scrolling is terrible!

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By Ardee, Alameda, CA on Sunday, March 04, 2007

I bought it and installed it in less than an hour and a half. It sounded great even more better than the stock stereo. I purchased the iPod connector and it works great. Now I cant wait until I hook up my Kicker ZX850.2 and an Alpine Type R with a PC275 Amp for Mid and Highs bet it will sound great.

The only drawback i did not like is it only has one pre-amp output. thats it

Great Product!!

Written By Jasmin, Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, February 22, 2007

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I bought this unit because of the features and great price that had to offer. Originally I wanted it for the iPod compatibility but after i got it I started to use mp3 CDs and all kinds of stuff. Realistically it took me a little over 2 hours to install (on a Honda Civic) and this was the first time that I tried doing something like this. Very easy installation (especially with great instructions from CrutchField. I also called CrutchField Tech Support to make sure that I had all the wiring correct and they were really helpful. Thanks Crutchfield, I'm very satisfied with the unit!!

Overall Pleased

Written By Jim, Kapolei, Hi on Friday, January 26, 2007

I have used Alpine since the early 80's. I bought this unit for my daughters car. Was attracted by ipod interface. Found out after getting deck that it is not compatible with ipod shuffle.(What daughter has) No worries! My biggest issue is the removable face. What a NIGHTMARE! It is not easy installing the face to the unit. Alpine could have done a better job designing the removable face plate, otherwise, I am pleased with the overall performance!

Do Not Buy For iPod

Written By Jordan, Oklahoma on Monday, January 08, 2007

I have to speak up, this receiver has so many flaws its crazy.
I bought this for my iPod because an installer (not crutchfield) told me to.

Sound quality is great, and yes it does charge your iPod BUT!

- Scrolling through albums is insanely slow, so the search function is useless!

- Theres an auto dimmer setting, and a manual, but once on Manual thats IT! You cant make it darker brighter or anything (because its bright at night).

- If Shuffle is on, you cant select any playlists or anything.

- You cannot see the time at the same time as anything else, its either see the time and nothing else, or see something else.

- It will only display Artist, Track, Album, or time. You cannot set it to display all or scroll between them.

- Theres a 5 second delay when a song is played, what do you see? "T137" Good to know Im playing Track 137 which is?

- You cannot rate songs, I enjoy rating my songs so I can find my favorites later.

- With all the problems with this receiver I just setup smart playlists in itunes so I can add music to it and have it in my car, but I noticed something. Everytime I plug my ipod in my car, it makes my smart playlists Normal playlists! Anyone who uses smart playlists will know it is a major pain!

I cant believe the receiver I bought for my iPod is so flawed. There are so many things that need to be fixed its bad. If you are going to buy this receiver for anything I wouldnt recommend it. The quality isnt bad but the interface is horrible. I usually just stick with a product if it works, but this thing is expensive.

Don't Buy for iPod Use, Fine Otherwise

Written By Justin, Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday, November 09, 2006

I bought this head unit as recommended by Crutchfield as one of the few to support XM and iPod controls. I only wanted it for the iPod controls. My XM has a remote.

- Volume knob that scrolls through playlists, artists and songs is entirely to slow. If you spin it too fast, it doesn't register scrolling at all. Never exponentially scrolls faster like the iPod scroll does. Took me almost 5 minutes to scroll through 400 artists. Unacceptable while driving.

- Doesn't come with an iPod cable.

- Confusing controls to switch back and forth between play modes (Playlist, Artist, Song).

- If you set a playlist or artist to "shuffle", you cannot change the playmode until you turn "shuffle" off.

This headunit is better suited to playlist mode. Set it and forget it. I plan on just buying a headphone-to-RCA cable and going back to using the iPod to navigate the music.

I had to buy a headunit for my Honda because it didn't have a tape player. I should have searched for a stock cd/tape player from Honda and saved my money.

Just another great alpine product

Written By Kevin, Mooresville, NC on Sunday, November 05, 2006

At first I was confused by the controls, but after about 3 days they are easy. It is definetly the way to go if you have an ipod. I will never listen to radio or even cds ever again, this just make your life as easy as it could be. If you want a great looking deck that is easy to use this is the one for you.

It's all about the iPod

Written By clete, Glendora, CA on Sunday, October 29, 2006

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This unit works great with my ipod - won't ever use for radio or CDs. Alpine seems to be the way to go if the ipod is your primary source.

I also liked the advanced equalization (choosing Hz and width of the wave).

Installation was a snap.

My only slight criticism is the interface is not very intuitive. It takes some getting used to.

Not a bad deal

Written By John, Cameron, SC on Tuesday, October 24, 2006

This stereo is worth the money. The looks of it is very good too. The iPod controls are not the best, but once you get used to them its a breeze. This stereo creates awesome sound. I added a 2 channel amp with one 10" sub and iv got my truck bumpin. Overall i am pleased with this Alpine

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By John, New Philadelphia, Ohio on Saturday, October 21, 2006

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This unit was just bought to put in my 95 Madza MX-3 winter beater, Alpine's reputation has always superseeded them. This unit for the money ? With iPod controls and mp3 capability on CD, You couldn't ask for a better deal. While yes the mp3 and iPod searching is realitively new at this stage of the game, it'll be like fine wine, only gets better with age. A word to the wise on any mp3 data burning on cd, make sure you make sure you put folders for every artist you have, that will make searching so much easier, than just one folder. Found out the hard way. Overall, you can't beat the price for this unit. VERY PLEASED !!!

Good unit, very unhappy with the onboard amplifier

Written By Russ, SLC, UT on Friday, October 20, 2006

The clean looks and simple interface attracted me to this head unit. I still like having an actual sound knob, and even though it's digital and no longer analog, I am glad it's there. The faceplate is easy to install/remove, the look is clean, and the interface is simple to navigate.

I also picked up Sony Xplod speakers to install in the factory locations on my Suburban, that I matched specifically to this head unit- impedance, RMS power and good sensitivity. Since this head unit was rated at 18w RMS x 4 (4ohms), I chose speakers that were rated at 25w RMS x 4(4ohms). That arrangement should have been a good one.

It's not until I that I wired it all up and powered it on that I became disappointed. After I set all of the base/treble functions, the system just sounded very poor at about 65% volume. The music distorted and became VERY unclean sounding, and even at <65% sound levels, the sound didn't feel very full or satisfying either. I was quite unhappy. The burban is large and quite noisy, and at cruising speeds the stereo close to inaudible at the levels where the sound quality was ok. At that point I suspected the head unit or speakers.

I installed a decent four channel amp to the speakers and gave it another go. WOW! The sound quality improved 100%, the clarity was there and now I am a happy man. The sound is full with no distortion anywhere in the range.

I have had head units that have powered 4 speakers very well, but this one just didn't cut it for me. I was quite disappointed in the onboard amplifier, and I was quite happy to setup the Onboard IC to where it should be- OFF.

Great sound quality - iPod interface takes some getting used to...

Written By Scott, Parkville, MO on Sunday, October 01, 2006

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This unit was for my '00 Odyssey - easy install, sounds great even with the factory speakers.

Alpine's iPod interface is said to be one of the best, and after using it for a month or so, I'm starting to get the hang of it - but it takes some getting used to, and some adapting on my part as well. Being able to browse by playlist, artist, album or song is fine, but when you listen to a lot of podcasts, as I do, it doesn't really work that well - what I really want to do is browse by genre.

You end up setting up playlists for the sole purpose of making it easier to find things easier in the car - which isn't a lot of work, mind you; just work I wouldn't be doing if the interface was better.

The iPod interface isn't perfect, but it does the job.

Read the instructions

Written By Shawn, LaVergne, TN on Friday, September 15, 2006

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To those who say the iPod feature is hard to use I say "read the instructions" which are very easy to understand. I must admit, I hardly ever read the instructions on anything I buy and was having a hard time figuring out how to work with my iPod too until I read the 2 sentence "how to" in the manual.

Whn installing the unit in my Chrysler Concord I had to hook the REM wire to the power ant lead to get CD and iPod sound to work. Small issue.

I love this unit so far!

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By Alec, NJ on Saturday, July 08, 2006

I absolutely love this head unit. The sound quality is amazing. The controls for both the iPod and general settings take a bit of getting used to, but they're great once you figure them out. I couldn't be happier with this head unit. Just take note that you definitely do need to learn how to use it before you can use it to its potential.

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By Kyle, Knoxville, TN on Thursday, June 22, 2006

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Very nice head unit, ipod controls could be a little more clear, but overall a very nice stereo, and very simple installation. Will shop with Crutchfeield agian!!

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By joy, atlanta, GA on Wednesday, May 31, 2006

I really miss my old Panasonic CQ-C1100U. The ONLY reason I replaced it was because I wanted to hook up an mp3 player, and the Panasonic has no inputs. The controls for the iPod on the Alpine radio are COMPLETELY non-obvious. I have a hard time figuring it out while stopped, so wanting to change a playlist, or playback mode on the road is not an option at all, unless you have a passenger willing to fiddle with it. And the little things will drive you crazy. For instance, you can't change playlists if the "mix" option is on. And there are at least 2 buttons that are used to select an option, depending on the menu you're in.

I find the iPod interface on this radio entirely too complicated. It's poor-design requires too much time for the driver to be able to effectively manipulate it.

I am also not a fan of the faceplate design. In order to insert a CD, or remove the face, the face must first be released so that it may rotate 90 degrees forward. This gear mechanism concerns me, because I feel it would be likely to be the first item to break (although I have had no such problem myself, yet). This mechanism also makes the faceplate much more difficult to put back on.

In short, please run away screaming from this model.

Don't know what that other guys problem was but I'm happy

Written By Jim, F.V. CA on Sunday, May 07, 2006

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Well I found this unit to be awesome. I purchased it for my 02 explorer and before receiving it I bought a 06 CRV (gas being what it is here in So Cal). Crutchfield was so great about sending me the CRV kit ASAP and at no charge that I'm sold on them for life!

This unit installed relatively easy and sounds way better then the factory unit. And with nearly 1800 songs on my IPod, there is no lack of good tunes.
My only thing is there is no real good definition on what the bass and treble frequency sttings mean. I'm still trying dial those in. As far as the Ipod interface, when you have a ton of music it will take a bit of work to find what you want but the sound is well worth it! It took me about 2-3 times to get really comfortable with the search engine but now I can go from America to Ziggy Marley (and everything in between) with ease!

Overall - I'm sold on both Alpine and definitly on Crutchfield.

Alpine CDE-9852 great w/iPod & great tuner, too

Written By Bierboy, East Moline, Illinois on Monday, April 10, 2006

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This Alpine is great with the iPod, and the added bonus is a sensitive tuner. Integration through the hi-speed cable is fast with mininal access delays. Yes, there's a bit of a learning curve. But I've had it now for three days, and I have it pretty well down. Accessing song lists and playlists is very easy. I will say the Alpine manual is lacking a bit, but whatever isn't covered is easily discovered through trial and error. The tuner is much better than the Sony headunit I had, especially on the AM band. But I was spoiled with a dual display (always showing the time in the upper right corner of the display no matter what function was operating). The Alpine doesn't have that. But installation was a breeze, and the hi-speed cable works as advertised. It's great just leaving the iPod in the glove box and letting the Alpine do its thing!

Great sound, poor iPod integration

Written By ertman, Calgary on Saturday, April 08, 2006

I suppose that its hard to beat the simple interface of the iPod, but the folks at Alpine should have tried a little bit harder.

While it is great to have control of my iPod from my CD player, the interface is confusing and hard to use. Even after a few days using it, the controls are counter-intuitive. Alpine should have mimicked the 5-button, one scroll wheel setup of the iPod itself, but they have not.

Once you figure out how to navigate through the songs on your iPod, you find that it is painfully slow. Spinning the control faster does not allow you to scroll through the songs faster, so getting to an artist in the "Ts" can take upwards of 3-4 minutes of constantly spinning the control.

The track information displayed is equally silly - when a song first starts playing, it tells you the track number. Do I really care that I am listening to track #4793? It will stay on this track number for about 5-6 seconds before showing the artist, album, and track title (if you have that mode enabled - otherwise you have to press a button to see this extra information.) Showing the song name first would make a lot more sense than showing the track number every time.

On the upside, the iPod is charged while connected, and when you turn off the unit and turn it back on, your song continues to play right where you left off. You can't get that with an aux input or an FM transmitter. The audio quality is excellent, and I like that even this low-end unit allows you to configure a subwoofer output.

This is a great start for Alpine, but I hope that they spend some more time tweaking the details to make this a much better system next year.

perfect for the ipod!

Written By dubs, addison, il on Tuesday, April 04, 2006

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after doing a lot of research on a cheap, easy, and high quality ipod interface for a car stereo, this was the one that seemed the best. well, it is. didn't let me down one bit. the radio looks great, and has the best features for the price its offered at. crutchfield made the install so easy. came with everything. the price is un-beatable, and so was the service. within 2 days of purchasing this radio, i bought speakers from crutchfield also. sounds great, works great, its all great! my friends with ipods' are all super jealous.

It Sounds Great, Looks Good, And Best Of All Runs My iPod!

Written By craig, Sullivan, MO on Friday, March 24, 2006

It was easy to install and works perfectly with my iPod. I've been waiting for a long time to find a fairly inexpensive player that will allow me to use my iPod in the car without having to buy an expensive iPod interface. This is it, I am satisfied.

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By Robert, Orlando, FL on Friday, March 24, 2006

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Unit works great. Very easy to install. Great sound quality. Ipod interface is easy to use and lightning fast. Don't waste money on other products for your Ipod. This one is the easiest and cheapest in the long run.

Sounds Great, Bad ipod controls

Written By DrHsu, Chicago, IL on Monday, March 20, 2006

Pros: Sounds great
Cons: Bad ipod controls (if you like to change selections often), limited display

I thought people were just whining about the confusing controls since I'm pretty tech-savvy. However, the controls are utterly inane. There are a total of 3 buttons that represent some aspects of mode/menu/enter/function/select, but youre never sure which is suppose to be used. Also the "back" A.Me button won't work depending on which menu you're in. There seems to be 3 ways to change selections: 2 arrow buttons on the left, 1 control knob, and 2 more arrows on the right. After much tinkering, I have not found ANY use for the buttons on the left, and both the control knob and right arrows work as selection but not always. You ended up pushing way too many buttons just to get the effect you want. Finally, nowhere in the manual does it say that if the Mix/shuffle feature is on, that you go manually access the ipod (It took a tech call to solve that dilemma).

Ex. Selecting a song from a playlist
1-Make sure any shuffle/mix function is turned off
2-Press the "folder" button to access the menu on the ipod (ignore the "menu" button)
3-Use the control knob to select from playlists, album, etc
4-Press the knob. Opps, it recesses but does nothing
5-Press the knob again to raise it
6-Press the folder button to select playlist
7-Turn knob to select a playlist
8-Press folder to choose a playlist
9-turn knob to choose song
10-press mode to select song (Pressing play does nothing)

This is unacceptable in this day and age. Alpine engineers needs to be fired.

Add me to the List of Happy Customers

Written By django, Berkeley CA on Friday, March 17, 2006

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The hardest part about installing this unit was figuring out how to get the old factory unit out of the car. After that, installation was a snap thanks to the included instructions and components. The unit itself works flawlessly; even when playing CD-RW discs with mixed MP3, MP4 and WMA tracks! And with the iPod, even better. It even makes the old factory speakers sound great. My only complaint is that the tuner doesn't seem as capable with weak signals as the old factory unit, but with so much music at hand, who cares about the radio!

Alpine CDE-9852

Written By Speez, Hamilton, NJ on Friday, March 17, 2006

I just bought this headunit today, as soon as I turned it on it sounded crisper and clearer than my factory radio, easy to setup and control, and reads mp3 cd's pretty quickly, the one downside is the glare it gets from the sunlight sometimes makes it harder to read. Great buy and I can't wait to buy and install my Alpine amp and JL sub to this, it'll sound awesome.

Perfect mobile IPod solution

Written By Mike, Houston, TX on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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I just got this receiver yesterday and installed it last night in about an hour, thanks to your instructions and install kit. All I can say is - wow!

I was mainly looking for something to let me use my iPod in my truck, with decent sound quality and easy control while driving. This is by far the most effective and economical solution. All the other receivers I looked at required a $100+ adapter to use the iPod, and you have to find somewhere to mount an extra box. But this one only requires a $30 cable. And the interface is excellent - it's about as close as you can get to the simple interface on the iPod itself. It took about 5 minutes for my 8 year old son and I to figure out how to control my iPod with this receiver.

The sound quality is much better than I expected too, even with the factory speakers. Probably the only downside is that now it has me wondering how much better it could sound with some aftermarket speakers, so I'll probably be spending more $$$ on those soon.

Great product, great service, great price - not often you find that combination these days.


Written By Am, Roanoke, VA on Saturday, March 11, 2006

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I am extremely happy with this purchase. I ordered the Alpine CDE-9852 at 6PM on Tuesday and had the entire order in my hands at noon the next day... great job Crutchfield! The sound quality is excellent and the ipod navigation is the easiest I've ever seen. A friend of mine has the Alpine from two years ago and the ipod navigation has greatly improved... you can use the face search just as easy as using the actual ipod. This stereo along with my Alpine SPS-170A speakers sounds incredible and I couldn't be more satisfied!!


Written By tom, Mechanicsville, MD on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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First Crutchfield, you guys are the best. When I bought the unit, Feb 12 2006, the iPOD adapter was backordered until April. I recieved the stereo in two days, and before I got around to installing it, the iPOD adapter arrived, Feb 24. All of the provided installation materials (wiring harness, mounting kit) were great and the instructions were perfect. Now to the Alpine, this is truley the best unit that I have ever owned. I have had them all, and this time I was looking specifically for one that was iPod compatible. I found that the Alpine did it for a fraction of the cost, and it works perfectly. I installed it in a '02 Explorer and previously had a modulator for the iPOD. To see anything I had to look down to the console, narrowly missing other cars, trees etc. Now its a breeze, everything is clearly displayed on the head unit. Scrolling through, song, title, artist, album, playlist is so simple. I now use my iPOD more than ever before because I can actually see the information. Not to forget about sound quality also. This is a top of the line reciever, for a nominal price. Many great features packed in. Great job Crutchfield, and Alpine!


Written By JonAdam, Seal Beach, CA on Monday, February 20, 2006

I LOVE THIS UNIT! I originally was looking at a clarion stereo that had similar features. I am truely impressed with the way this thing performs. Awesomely easy controlls. The looks alone are stunning. I have it hooked up to my pod and it gets CD quality sound with this stereo. Very easy to scroll through playlist, songs, artist etc...AND THE SOUND! pumps out very clear tunes. Another great thing is the frequency options. Allows me to totally controll the sound. I can't wait to hook up some alpine componet speakers to this system. Definetly recommend to anyone looking for an affordable yet quality sounding stereo.

Excellent but slightly buggy...

Written By Ben, Houston, TX on Saturday, February 18, 2006

Kudos to Alpine for giving us iPod compatability for under $200. I dropped it into my 240sx in about 45 minutes (in the dark) and everything works like a charm. The only complaint I have with this unit is that it seems like every time I unplug my iPod after listening to it through the 9852, it's on repeat. And it takes a while to "snap out of it" once you've unplugged it. Plus I need to tweak my playlists to make navigating tracks easier. Overall an excellent system!


Written By Larry, Arlington, TX on Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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I thought I would be the first one on the block to review the Alpine CDE 9852, but I see others have beat me to the punch, I concur with the others, the sound is GREAT, but the lay out of the face is what sold me, I purchase another brand from Crutchfield first and it sounded great too, but after a week I could not distinguish much difference in the buttons and lay out. Crutchfield exchanged it with no problems.
The Alpine was a little hard to set up at first, but now I have figured it out. The only complaint I have is that on a sunny day the read out is hard to see. The clear plexi should have been flat instead of curved because it picks up too muck glare. It still looks so cool. I installed this unit in my 2000 Nissan Frontier and it was a piece of cake to do.
P.S. The Crutchfield people were great to work with and very helpful.

Could not be more pleased

Written By Layne, Tulsa, OK on Saturday, February 11, 2006

Just finished installing this (and the Full Speed cable) in my daughter's 1998 BMW 318i. It is awesome. I can't believe the improvement in sound quality. I had planned to next replace the rear factory HK speakers, but not now. This system sounds like a $1K system. And the iPOD interface is so great. I plan on ordering one or two more of these units in the near future for other vehicles/boat. Could not be more pleased and will stick with Alpine. Install was easy thanks to Crutchfield. I have found my brand and my source!

Best interface with an I-POD that is currently available

Written By John, Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, February 11, 2006

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Just purchased the CDE 9852 with optional I-POD cable. Easy to install. Took about an hour and half, had to remove the older CD player first. Very impressive. Can scroll through the I-POD and view the songs quickly and in great detail. Much better than the "blind" I-POD and cable that I have in my other vehicle (you have no idea what song is playing). Very happy with this product. Plays CDs, Radio or I-POD without a hitch. Excellent sound quality. If you are looking for the least expensive way to hard wire your I-POD to your CD player.. this is the best solution.

Alpine instead of factory

Written By Dave, The Motor City on Thursday, February 09, 2006

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Had a factory Bose head unit in my 2000 Miata. Because of when it was built it was a bit on the tired side! The amps and speakers still sounded good so it was not in the cards to replace them. ENTER THE IPOD! Other than a FM tuner there was hardly a way to integrate it into the system. After much research and some help from Crutchfield and Miata groups I decided to go for the 9852, Scosche OEA-4, and Alpine KCE-4221. What unbelievable results. The 9852 has the punch needed to fill in the normally missing Bose mids and the KCE-4221 allows for high speed connection to the IPOD. It is like comparing USB 1.2 to USB 2. I installed it last night and got aboard about 6:00AM this morning for my 40 min. commute. WOW!!! at a few clicks above the posted limit it sounded like I was wearing a good set of headphones. I didn't want to stop, I just wanted to drive on. I still need to do some fine adjustments on the Scosche unit but I can just imagine when I can drop the top! Thanks to Crutchfield for their delivery(s)as some of this stuff has just hit the market and required BO. What's really nice is that I didn't have to re-finance the house to put it all together. I love it when products surprise and delight the customer. Thanks again Crutchfield for your service. Zoom Zoom Zoom

Best bang for your buck, and the iPod adapter KCE-422i is a must!!!!

Written By Mike, Stafford, VA on Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Install: 2002 Nissan Altima

Sound quality is superb. This head unit is loaded with options and capabilities. I have very little experience installing car radios and with Crutchfields installation kit, wire harness, and master sheet I was able to install this head unit in less than 40 minutes with no snags.

I recently purchased an iPod and wanted to listen to it in my car. I searched other options such as the Harmon Kardon Drive + Play system and I found that if I purchased this head unit along with the iPod KCE-422i adapter cable for $29.99 I would pay nearly the same as I would for the Drive + Play. The best thing about this head unit and the adapter cable is that its a direct hook-up, unlike the Drive + Play which relies on an FM modulator and is prone to static and sound distortion. With Alpines direct hook-up sound quality could not be better. There is zero static or interference. In fact the sound quality is just as good if not better than a CD.

My only complaint is that this head unit did not come with a remote. A remote will definitely make life easier while driving.

As far as Crutchfield goes, they are awesome. I ordered everything late Friday night. I even received an email letting me know that the KCE-422i adapter cable was backordered, since it wasnt supposed to hit the market until that Tuesday. To my surprise I received everything including the adapter cable on Tuesday!!!! I received better service than I ever could have expected and with Crutchfield supplying the install kit, wire harness, and master sheet (all for free), they made sure I had everything I needed to complete my install. I will definitely be orderin

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