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by Robert Ferency-Viars
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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Alpine's CDE-9874 CD receiver clusters all controls on the left side of its control panel, so it's easy to use when you're driving. The detachable faceplate offers a rotary volume control for quick adjustments, along with an auxiliary input for your portable music player.

Connect Alpine's Bluetooth® adapter for hands-free calls with your compatible phone, and keep your phone in your pocket when driving. Press a button on the stereo, and your music is muted while the caller's voice comes over your speakers. A microphone included with the Bluetooth adapter picks up your end of the conversation.

The stereo boasts Alpine's "Full Speed" interface for your iPod® — just add the optional cable for fast, complete access to your iPod. Alpine's unique Percentage Search feature lets you jump through your playlist quickly, so you can find the song you want without a lot of fuss.

Building a system? You can connect your external amplifiers to the two sets of preamp outputs, then control the audio performance with Bass Engine® sound shaping, which even lets you manage your subwoofer system from the driver's seat. Once your sub is hooked up, you can maximize system performance by using the built-in high-pass filters to remove low bass from your speakers.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • detachable face
    Audio features:
    • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
    • high-pass filter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Alpine's iPod and Bluetooth adapters
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: two sets of preamp outputs (switchable to subwoofer mode with bass level control)
    Other features and specs:

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

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    16 watts
    Peak Output
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    45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue/Red
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM (English/French/Spanish)
    • Quick start/Wiring guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Customer Care Registration card
    • CD-ROM Requirements/Instructions

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    Features
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    Features

    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.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 32 kbps to 320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16 kbps to 320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to 510 files/folders and a maximum of 255 folders can be read from one disc. 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, ID3, 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.

    Sound: The Sound Setting functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes:

    • Bass Control:
      • Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 200Hz
      • Bass Band Width: 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
      • Bass Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • Treble Control:
      • Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
      • Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    • High Pass Filter (HPF): the speaker level and front line level outputs have a selectable crossover (HPF); off (default), 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz
    • Loudness: on/off
    • Defeat On/Off: reset the unit to its factory default bass, treble, loudness, and HPF settings by turning on the Defeat function

    Preamp Out: There are two sets of preamp outputs; one is front and the other is switchable between rear and subwoofer. Both are 2 volt/10 kΩ. When the subwoofer is turned on (the second preamp output is set to sub) its output level is adjustable from 0 to 15, relative to the main volume.

    Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.

    Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead; 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.

    Auxiliary Input: The front panel input is a 3.5mm mini-jack. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit; such as a TV, DVD player, or portable unit.

    Input Name: 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.

    Angle Mounting: Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-9874 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Full Speed: The CDE-9874 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 4" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (item number 500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with most Apple iPods with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, or Composer. You can view artist, album, song, and track number on the head unit's display. When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music . Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library).The unit can be used with the following iPod models - iPod mini (1st, 2nd generation), iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), Fourth generation iPod photo, Fifth generation iPod video, iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB) and iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation).

    Note: The optional KCE-422i cable will not charge the iPod nano 4th generation or iPod touch 2nd generation. The cable cannot be used with iPod software versions earlier than "2006-06-28". For details about "iPod Software Update", refer to the iPod's Instruction Manual.

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-350BT Bluetooth adapter (item number 500KCE350B), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Way more than expected!

    Written By Pat, San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, March 06, 2009
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    This deck is very easy to set up and use, has many functions for the cost. Liked it so much bought one each for my other two vehicles.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-9874

    Written By DANIEL, Westmont, IL on Monday, February 02, 2009
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    Another great product from Alpine, Great Value for the money spent and you have to love Crutchfield for including all that is needed at no extra cost.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-9874

    Written By bill, san antonio, tx on Sunday, February 01, 2009
     
    Everything I expected from Alpine. Great sound. The owners manual could be more clear and informative, like how to remove faceplate, and how to bypass the units strongest signal program to use manual tuning.
    Not the best manual I have seen. Try looking at Blauplunkts operating manual for an idea.
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    5 out of 5

    Another quality Alpine product.

    Written By robert, Crystal River, Florida on Thursday, January 08, 2009
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    I bought this head unit from Crutchfield about 6 months ago, and I'm very pleased. I've ran nothing but Alpine H/U's for the past 15 years, and I dont see that changing anytime soon.

    This is a fairly basic model, but that's exactly what I wanted. Easy to operate, yet has the features I wanted such as sub output, iPod compatible, and MP3. It's plenty powerful to run my 4 kicker 6x8's, without all of the gimicky features that so many brands have went to.

    This deck is rock solid, and I'd recommend it to anyone. Two thumbs up to Crutchfield as well for their excelent service yet again!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By tim, Seaside, CA on Sunday, November 16, 2008
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    Ease of installation, Great assistance from the Tech Support. I had a little trouble (not ever installing a stereo before) with finding out about using all the wires in the harness. With a little help I had tunes in 2.5 hours. Thank you Tech Team for your support.
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    5 out of 5

    Crutchfield is The Best!!

    Written By akaula, Molokai, Hawaii on Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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    Purchased this for my everyday truck and got the installation kit for free as usual. Took my son and myself about 25 minutes to install the deck. My son is only 3 years old. Thanks Crutchfield! The truck is a 94 Sonoma Ext. Cab.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice head unit

    Written By Paul, Windsor, CT on Monday, November 10, 2008
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    Installation was very easy - clear directions provided. Sounds great with the stock speakers in my Maxima. Very happy with this product so far (1 week)!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Best head unit under $150

    Written By Paul, Ohio on Thursday, November 06, 2008
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    This is a great aftermarket replacement receiver. It does everything I need it to do, has an easy to read display & exceptional sound quality through the 2 volt RCA jacks. I cannot comment on the built in amplifier, however, since I never run speakers off of head unit amps. The Ipod controls are fairly intuitive, but take some getting used to. The text display area could be a bit larger.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Installation worked out well

    Written By Jolakri, Brielle,NJ on Saturday, November 01, 2008
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    Just installed the Alpine 9874 in my 14 year old Isuzu Trooper. Had purchased from Crutchfield in the past, but never had to use the customer service for questions after the sale. They sent me the master sheet specifically for my vehicle with the radio purchase. Problem -the new radio did not work. I called(7pm on a weekday) the service tech dept. and they walked me through what steps I should take to get it done right. Well it did not take long to find out what was wrong and with their help had the radio working and reinstalled within 40 minutes. For the $$$-this is a great radio with awesome sound. Has more features than I will use, but most new receivers nowadays include them all for prices that are unheard of. Will continue to be a Crutchfield satisfied customer.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Unit!

    Written By Don, Wynne, AR on Saturday, September 13, 2008
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    This stereo unit was just what I needed for my 2003 Saturn Ion. The installation was simple, (less than an hour) and it really cranked up my Alpine speakers! The bass is deep and the highs are high. I cant say enough about the performance of a realatively inexpensive system. It took me a while to figure out all the buttons, but once I did it was easy to navigate. I really like the aux input on the front of the unit. I was able to simply plug in my satellite radio and play it with no alternator noise or weak volume. This is a great unit, I highly recommend.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent!

    Written By Thomas, Norwalk, CT on Sunday, September 07, 2008
     
    No complaints about this stereo unit. We bought it for my wife - we were specifically looking for something with an iPod interface. The %-select feature of this headunit makes finding the right artist/playlist/etc. really easy. The unit is fairly responsive, too, when scrolling to scan iPod titles. The unit actually looks better in real life than in the online photos - the Alpine interface is streamlined and easy to use. Overall an excellent unit for the money.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome!

    Written By Eric, Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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    This is the best receiver I've ever owned. I've always been an alpine guy and this is a great unit for the price. And the fact that Crutchfield throws in the vehicle specific install kits make it an even better deal. I bought it for the aux inputs and the ability to play mp3/wma/aac format discs. Now I can load up a cd and have hours of music. However I was a little disappointed in the sound level of the front aux input, but I can live with it. I hooked it up with a Kicker 9-band equalizer with sub x-over and now my system sounds better than ever. I spent more time playing with all the settings than the installation.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    LOVE IT!!!

    Written By anfronee, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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    I hated my stock radio. I had a 12" sony Xplod something hooked up to my stock system. added life, but sounded terrible at low levels, and at loud levels sounded only decent. this stereo totally brought everything to life, i love the fact that i can turn down JUST the subwoofer, makes having my daughter in the car sooo much easier then messing with everything first. I live off my ipod and i only use the AUX input because i have over 5000 songs on it and i like jsut being able to use the ipod instead of using the stereo. installing everything was so easy w/ crutchfields instructions. my friends dad soldered my harness and i was good to go. overall i LOVE IT. all i wanted was a basic CD/MP3 player with sub outs and AUX input. and this had it!!! buy it, you wont regret it. my all new favorite toy. i love just driving in my car now. i dont care gas empties my wallet. this unit makes it worth it!!!
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    5 out of 5

    So Easy Even A Caveman Can Do It !!

    Written By minelab, Painesville, Ohio on Tuesday, August 05, 2008
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    Simple install with all the stuff included. I have installed head units in the
    past, but this was so easy following the included instructions. The unit
    works great after you play around with it and get your settings the way
    you want them. I spent more time playing with the settings then the
    install. I love Alpine and this unit is a great deal for the price. Now I need
    speakers, go figure?
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    5 out of 5

    Eased my fears

    Written By ray, ill on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
     
    Mustangs have a terrible rep for swapping stock to aftermarket head units, especially the mach 1000. I don't have to rewire or replace all my speakers ,as many said I would have to do. I imagine it wouldn't sound as good replacing the mach 460 but as for me, after getting used to the sensitive sound controls I found the sweet spot. The alpine let me control my stock subs and now I get more clarity and ear peircing sound if I want. My original muddy sound is gone. This is my second Alpine but different car. Thanks to Crutch for the minor Q & A and putting up with my initial fears, they were great. No this is not a comercial. It was easy to wire and put in. Good unit solution for me. Great price for unit, harness, wiring and instructions. I am more than satisfied. I have nimble fingers so the controls are not as difficult as some say, just keep your eyes on the road and get your settings right before your trip, why fiddle, just enjoy. If you already have an amp, don't worry about power, there's plenty. 19 on the volume knob is sweet but 20 punches the neighboring drivers. Keep the windows up and crank the AC. Or not.

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    5 out of 5

    Can't be easier than this!

    Written By tinkeringeek, Sunnyvale, CA on Saturday, July 12, 2008
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    99 Honda Accord 4-Dr. It took me about 15 minutes to uninstalled the factory head. I had to work on the 2 top metal clips of the dash board to remove the panel, and the 2 bottom screws holding the factory bracket were so tight I had to use a ratchet wrench to get it off.

    The installation kit fits exactly to the mounting holes and to the panel. As reported, there is a slight bow in the bottom plastic holder that shows a tiny tiny gap, which I could live it. Also as reported, the ribs inside the plastic holder take away usable room.

    The head unit fits perfectly into the kit. The longest part of my installation was to solder and heatshrink the connections. I recommend to connect all the wires as instructed and Check all functions: balance, fader, etc. to make sure (1) the head is working properly, (2) your wiring connections are right, and (3) assess how to route the cable bundle behind the head (you may want to shorten wire length as necessary.) Once all is good, do the permanent connection one wire at a time.

    Hindsight, this head does not have Dimmer wire. I should have experiment by connecting the Dimmer wire of the kit to the Illumination wire of the head. Maybe the full dimming of the head would be possible.

    Kudos to Crutchfield for making this installation painless. Everything is working and everything fits! Customer service is friendly and knowledgable. YEAH BABY!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Reciever, Great Service

    Written By Alex, New Jersey on Friday, July 11, 2008
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    I've never wrote a
    review for something
    before, but I
    decided to on this
    item because of the
    Crutchfield Customer
    Service. First, the
    head unit works
    great, good sound,
    made my factory
    speakers a bit
    louder, clearer, and
    a bit more hard
    hitting. It fit
    great in my Santa Fe
    and is IMO the
    perfect head unit if
    your looking for
    something with great
    sound, flexibility
    (2 pre outs, aux in)
    and not a lot of
    bells and whistles
    you don't need
    (flashing display, a
    million pre-outs,
    motorized faceplate,
    etc.) I have a very
    keen set of ears and
    this head unit is
    sure to meet your
    demands. The
    service, however,
    was where this
    purchase really
    shined. I ordered a
    receiver (Alpine
    9872) and realized I
    wanted this one
    (9874) before the
    9872 got to my door.
    I called Crutchfield
    and got a free
    return label emailed
    to me before I even
    got the delivery. I
    returned the 9872,
    they sent the 9874
    right out, but
    forgot to include
    the
    brackets/harness/instructions
    thinking I pulled
    them out of the
    first box. I
    explained to them
    that I hadn't
    touched the first
    box so they
    immediately shipped
    the parts to me at
    no charge. I even
    had a question about
    the install that was
    answered very
    quickly. It really
    is worth spending a
    little extra cash on
    a product with the
    guarantee that you
    can return in with
    no hassle and have
    free tech support
    for life. Thanks
    Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By Joseph, Abington, PA on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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    This is an excellent receiver. I also bought the iPod interface cable and it is very easy to use. It accesses playlists and song very quickly and in a very intuitive manner. Easy to install with the crutchfield directions and harness adapter.
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    3 out of 5

    bleech!

    Written By Jack, sin city nevada on Monday, June 23, 2008
     
    In itself the 9874 is definately a step up from a factory unit... Yet it's not up to par with other entry/mid level units bought in the past. There was a review about this, and I should had paid more heed. quote:

    "While it has plenty of options for connection to external components, audio quality via the system's built-in amplifier can be unrefined at higher volumes."

    Folks I'm here to tell you it's true. If I am going to listen to my music loud sometimes, I want clear, undistorted sound. This model doesn't live up to those standards. My panasonic cq-c2703u bought here @ crutchfield leaves this unit in the dust in terms of sound quality.

    Sorry audiophilles, I just can't get all warm and fuzzy about this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Receiver, Great Crutchfield Service

    Written By Suneet, Streamwood, IL on Sunday, June 01, 2008
     
    I purchased this
    receiver after
    deciding to attempt
    my first car audio
    self-install. A
    local store said
    they would have to
    charge me $200 to
    install it in a '97
    Acura 3.0 CL. Did
    some research and
    this was the least
    gaudy of the
    receivers that could
    replace the factory
    Bose system.

    Got the unit and was
    able to install it
    myself within a
    couple of hours with
    about $5 of extra
    parts and keeping
    the dash looking
    good by not using
    the trim kit that
    came with the
    receiver. One
    question about the
    wiring was quickly
    answered by
    Crutchfield's tech
    support.

    Powered up the unit
    and the system
    worked well. But I
    noticed that the
    volume knob was very
    sensitive. I
    realized that I had
    not taken the
    factory Bose amp
    into account. I
    could wire around it
    but an Alpine rep
    told me that I
    needed an interface
    to run it through
    the amp. I called
    Crutchfield and Tom
    in tech support sent
    me an interface box
    that worked like a
    charm.

    I am very pleased
    with the receiver's
    quality and ease of
    use. Wish it had
    more than 10
    characters in the
    display and could
    read more than 15
    characters of a
    WMA's tag but these
    are minor issues.
    I'm saving CD-Rs
    because I can re-use
    a CD-RW whenever I
    want a new playlist.
    I like the sound
    quality - I have
    noticed things in
    music that I did not
    detect with the old
    Bose system.

    Thank you
    Crutchfield and
    especially Tom in
    tech support for all
    your help in making
    this customer very
    happy.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great CD Receiver!! Great Price

    Written By Tony, LaGrange, GA on Monday, May 26, 2008
     
    I got this cd player after i returned a kenwood that was too hard to
    opperate while driving! Crutchfield was great with the return like always!! I
    have this alpine powering my alpine 6 1/2 and 6x9 in my 2005 nissan
    altima and they sound great without a amp! Its alot easier to control than
    my kenwood and it was 40 buck less with better sound!! Great produce as
    always from alpine!! I would recommend this receiver to anyone that wants
    great quilty at a great price!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine CDE-9874

    Written By anthony, Rockford IL on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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    the price of it is the best around Rockford. i am buying from crutchfield from now on. and the cd player is great.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By Erich, Oklahoma on Saturday, March 15, 2008
     
    I bought this to replace the factory stereo in my 2006 Jeep Wrangler. I have had several Alpine stereos in other vehicles and have always been pleased. This one tops them all. Intuitive controls, clear display, and tons of functionality...especially for the price. I would suggest this unit to anyone, you'll love it. Also a huge applause for the Crutchfield team. Their installation guide made the job a breeze!
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    5 out of 5

    where is the manual?

    Written By Yongwon, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, March 14, 2008
     
    Installation:
    Installed in a Hyundai Elantra 2001 yesterday. The unit has a removable
    plastic
    trim, which needs to be removed to fit most cars, but that's nowhere
    obvious either the Mastersheet or Alpine's included instructions. It
    IS mentioned in Alpine's full manual, but that's not printed for you.
    (Granted, if I was an experienced gear head I would have known this
    already.) Alpine's full manual comes on a CD so you have to print it
    yourself. (What's the point?? Less paper, more plastic???)
    Thankfully, the included quick reference guide has harness wiring
    diagrams so I was able to install the unit.

    Unit, harness, and radio antenna connection all built from high
    quality stuff and fits well. Optional iPod cable is of same high
    quality. I didn't use the pre-outs, but they are there if you want
    them.

    Display & Design:
    There are no large logos or crazy writing to waste valuable face space, and
    everything is laid out very well.

    Display is one of the reasons I bought this over other units. The
    display is a nice bright white LED with large text/numbers which are
    EASY to read, even in sunlight. Color cannot be changed. This main display
    is a lot brighter and easier to read than the fancier displays in comparable
    JVC, Sony
    and Pioneer units. It can only display 10 letters at the time though.

    The unit has an auto-dim function, so that if you turn on the car's
    headlights the unit's buttons dim. As far as I can tell, only the
    blue buttons dim. The LED and other buttons do not dim. However, I am
    happy to say that the lighting on the buttons and LEDs are not so
    bright that they distract from night driving. (But they are bright)

    Sound:
    Everything sounds great, with balanced audio all around. I think the
    power rating on this unit is lower than other units, but it works
    well with stock speakers and sounds great, so I don't care what the
    numbers say. Treble and Bass response is dramatically better than stock
    unit. Doesn't have a full EQ or pre-set settings, but does have lots of
    tweaking room, like selectable low frequency cutoff.

    The unit gets excellent radio reception over the stock radio - I'm
    picking up stations I didn't know we had.

    USE:
    All buttons are where they should be, and big and nicely spaced so
    that you don't have to fumble around while driving. The volume knob
    is the best! It's big, turns smooth, yet feels solid and has
    excellent tactile feedback. The volume knob on comparable units by
    JVC/Kenwood/Sony/Pioneer weren't as good. (Pioneer's knob is a wobbly
    mess, Sony feels nice but is way too small JCV and Kenwood's knobs
    are too and shallow to grab easily.)

    There are downfalls: not all buttons are labeled clearly, and you
    don't know the button's secondary functions until you read the
    manual. And because the volume knob also functions as the selector in
    most functions, the volume cannot be changed while you're in ANY
    menu. You can't push the mute button either, since that just re
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Keith, Amarillo, TX on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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    Wow, this is a really great head unit for the price! I installed it into my 2007 dodge ram and the only problem I ran into, was that the trim that comes with the unit, does not fit with the dash kit. But it still has a pretty good fit/seal without it! I was very impressed with all the features and the quality it gave me! I installed it in about 20 mins. Great Buy!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Happy Customer

    Written By Joseph, Lufkin, TX on Monday, January 21, 2008
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    I am totally satisfied with my Alpine CDE-9874 !! This is the first time that I have ever replaced a factory system with the above mentioned Alpine and front and rear polk audio speakers. WOW what a difference. I intend to drive that car until it wears out, just to continue to listen to the great sound. Also, with my aux jack my MP3 or XM to go fits right in and sounds much better than the factory system which had to depend on a cigg lighter modulater if I needed to listen to XM. Cd's also sound great!!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent for the money

    Written By Chris, Melbourne, FL on Thursday, January 03, 2008
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    This unit made driving fun again!

    Pros:
    Nice alpine unit
    Reasonable price
    iPod functionality
    Excellent instructions

    Cons:
    Crutchfield instructions didn't specify where to put the amplifier power wire, but I figured it out.
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