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If you're in the hunt for a do-it-all car stereo, look no further than Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver. It packs a serious sonic punch and you'll also get features like an HD Radio® tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control, too. Alpine's user-friendly controls round out the package, with an innovative new smartphone-based app for tuning your system.

Sound control, just a swipe away

Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with the Alpine TuneIt App, an award-winning smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers. Download the free app onto your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, and you can create a user profile with information specific to you, your vehicle, and your Alpine system. Then it's a simple matter to import sound settings for your car from 3,000 options in Alpine's database, or use the app to adjust the receiver's time correction feature, 9-band parametric equalizer, frequency filters, and Media Xpander yourself. Save up to 100 different sound settings — whatever you want to match your music or taste. Alpine TuneIt App even lets you create a profile on Facebook so you can share settings with other users.

Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming

If you don't have Bluetooth in your car, you'll love the capabilities the CDE-HD149BT offers. No more fumbling for your phone when you get a call — pair your Bluetooth equipped phone with the receiver and you'll talk hands-free when you get a call. And since the receiver imports your phonebook, outgoing calls are easy to place too. If you store music or stream audio programming on your smartphone, you'll be able to listen over your car's audio system without any wires — simply select Bluetooth Audio as your source and tap into all the content you enjoy.

Built-in HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging

Alpine's HD Radio tuner lets you tune in digital AM/FM broadcasts, significantly pumping up the sound quality. Participating FM stations sound about as good as a CD, while AM stations offer enhanced reception similar to traditional FM. Plus, when you connect your iPod® and tune into an HD Radio station, you can "tag" songs you like for later purchase from the iTunes® store.

Pandora® in your car

Your smartphone and the free Pandora app are the key to enjoying the variety of musical options available on Pandora. Android and BlackBerry® users get full control through the Bluetooth connection, while iPhone lovers just plug in through the USB port. You can change stations, skip tracks, and rate songs just like you do online.

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)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • Pandora control with iPhone and Android
    • App Direct Mode for select music apps
    • detachable face with selectable quad-illumination
    Audio features:
    • sound customization with the Alpine TuneIt App smartphone app
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 preset tone curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB port and 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, except no substitue

    Written By Jason S., Virginia on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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    I bought this unit to upgrade from my aging CDE-9886. While it still has the same high quality sound with more options, its still not perfect. My biggest gripe is with TuneIt. The TuneIt app is very finicky. The phone will be connected via bluetooth and TuneIt won't see the a connection. Then you have to play a, which one should I turn off and back on until I find the correct combination. Usually you have to kill the TuneIt app on the phone before it will connect. Half the time when I'm parked the TuneIT app thinks I'm driving and won't allow for level changes. I love the fact that you can do time alignment, however there needs to be an easier way to get a baseline. The old Imprint system at least took the guess work out of setting the time alignment. The parametric eq also should have a way to start with a baseline. Come On Alpine, you could have used the built in smartphone mic in conjunction with TuneIt to at least get a basic acoustics measurement. For the novice and for the enthusiast as well, time alignment can be tricky if you have strange speaker position. Sharing tuning is great, if you could easily find one for your specific model of vehicle. Alpine should allow speaker type and layout as a basic start profile. They also did not include bass management on this model, which is disappointing since the lower models have it. The bluetooth functionality is a winner here, but I still think they could have done more with this unit.

    Pros: Customization color options for buttons TuneIT USB allows for different mobile devices High quality sound Plenty of power output Large display

    Cons: Screen can not be changed as far as color or contrast. Its always bright white, with a washed out background. If the buttons can be changed t he screen should allow color changing as well. No RDS for normal broadcast radio. HD has it but not standard signals. TuneIT should allow the use of the Imprint mic, or cell phone mic to setup time correction for those that don't understand the calculations. Satellite requires external module. Ipod control does not include any of the Ipod Video unit

    The reason I only use Alpine headunits

    Written By deer, texas on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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    This is my 3rd Alpine headunit over the last decade and a half and by far the best. I have it powering mtx thunder35s in the front and 4" focal access in the back, with a jl 12w3v3 2ohm in a ported SO box w/ an alpine mrv-m500amp. All together, absolutly amazing sound quality for an audiophile on a budget.

    pink floyd, jimi, tool, odd future. absolutly amazing.

    Ill eventually add 6.5" and 6x9" access focals and power them off a 4ch alpine or RF for more mids/low mids/lows. But for now im incredibly happy.

    Highly reccomend using the usb over bluetooth if you want the most out of your system. bluetooth sounds great and is crystal clear but its still a wireless connection and when you compare them right after the other you can tell. Nothing against alpine, all bluetooth works this way, just simple science.

    Pros: everything

    Cons: nothing

    Easy To Use, Logical Menus, Great Display

    Written By Christerman, Utah on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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    I sold a very good Kenwood KDC-x998 and replaced it with this one. The Kenwood does everything the Alpine does, but not as easily. Nearing 60, my eyes don't work as well as they used to. The display is excellent. In two-line mode showing artist and song/station and program the crisp block letters are very legible.

    Bluetooth pairs easily with my Galaxy S5. Pandora launches reliably, though the connection could be quicker. iPod integration is excellent. Phonebook search and assigning of presets is easy to navigate and intuitive. Sound quality of phone calls is excellent and callers tell me I sound good.

    Installation using the supplied Metra harness was very simple in my car.

    Pros: Easy to install Sounds great Bluetooth works well HD Radio sounds great

    Cons: Color customization only applies to buttons and knob - The display is fixed in color as shown in the pictures - dark blue background with white/silver text.

    Exceptional system, easy to use, great quality

    Written By cpf, Indiana on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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    Replaced an older custom system with this new head unit. The functionality is intuitive. The quality seems to be very nice. The sound quality is fantastic...crisp and clean. I'm happy with all the extended functionality. Even the Bluetooth works very well with my Windows Phone 8.1. Calls are easy, uploads the phonebook, plays streaming music from my phone...and no wires needed!

    Pros: Sound quality, ease of setup and use, tons of features

    Cons: none that I've found

    Alpine CDE-HD149BT

    Written By Robert S, Palatka Florida on Saturday, February 14, 2015

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    Very powerful unit and easy to install and set up

    Pros: Easy to navigate, sound quality is excellent.

    Cons: None

    Mark

    Written By Anonymous, California on Saturday, February 07, 2015

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    Bought it for the iPhone features and the Alpine quality sound. Got it to replace a CDE-9885, mainly for the Pandora and BT feature. Ordering and shipping was easy as are all the Crutchfield orders. However, after installing it and trying it out, the skip forward/search button did not work all the time. It'd work sometimes, and other times you'd have to hit it several times for it to work. The quality of the face plate was also also poor, so had no interest in keeping it. Didn't spend a lot of time working on the audio settings, but just with adjusting base/treble, and even with my amp and sub, and with the cheap face plate, I felt like I was stepping down in quality from my 9885. Called Crutchfield and the return process was very easy. Will need to go back to do more research for another HU.

    Pros: BT set up was fast. Overall Crutchfield service.

    Cons: Quality of face plate.

    Alpine CDE-HD149BT

    Written By Craig H, Washington,DC on Monday, February 02, 2015

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    ExcellentSystem Easy to use with Quality Features

    Upgrade

    Written By Josh, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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    Didn't know what to expect with some of the mixed reviews here. I'm really glad I took a shot on this. I bought 2 pairs of Kicker CS series speakers. The unit really provides some power for the speakers. Granted I've only had it for about a week or so. Easy to use Bluetooth streaming, clear Bluetooth calling, and great with sub connection. I'm an iPhone user, so that's been my Bluetooth/usb experience. The only real downside is the faceplate, it's nothing too great to look at, but it does display all the iPod/Bluetooth streaming/phone call info on it.

    Pros: Easy to use, Bluetooth streaming/calling

    Cons: Lackluster faceplate

    NO BASE

    Written By Scorpion, Washinton on Friday, December 19, 2014

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    Instructions how to connect and use are terrible. No instructions on how to remove face. I connected and played and was very disappointed. Absolutely no Base. The unit couldn't kick my subwoofer. I see reviews here about how great there unit sounds, but no specifics. When somebody says it "Sounds Great." Thats relative. I just wasted two hours. Now I have to install my old unit.

    Alpine CDE-HD149BT

    Written By Anonymous, Starke, FL on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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    Great sound, easy to install.

    Would Purchase Again

    Written By rwagoner, California on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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    I have had this for about a year and am still happy with it. Bluetooth works great, the HD radio reception is superb on both AM and FM, the SiriusXM tuner add-on works well, and unlike my old head unit, I can actually read the clock (when it is set to display it). Sound quality is amazing, once you get it set right ... that takes a while (when I first installed it and tested it, I HATED the sound; I found a suggested setting for the parametric EQ and it just opened up!). Subwoofer control is very versatile as well.

    I use this (right now) with my iPod 5s, and have had no complaints.

    No external amps (other than an amplified Bazooka Tube) and the sound is just impressive. Would be nice if the clock was bigger when it displayed other information. Would also be nice if the RDS info showed three lines instead of two so that you could read the song title and artist at the same time.

    Pros: Excellent sound, great reception, features work nicely

    Cons: None really.

    Sounds Great, but...

    Written By Munchiniwa, Lake Mary, FL on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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    I got the Alpine 149BT last week as a gift (it was on my wish list). Let me start off saying that if you really care about the sound quality of your music, you just can't beat Alpine. I don't know how they do it, but Alpine units just sound amazing. Having said that, that seems to be Alpine's only strength. I got the 149BT to replace an older Alpine head unit that was almost exactly the same but without BlueTooth and HD radio. I really enjoyed that radio except the CD player was not so great (sound-wise excellent, mechanically not-so-much), nor the iPod playing capability (sound quality excellent but plays out of order - sometimes/often), nor the fact that every add-on (HD radio, BT) cost almost as much os the radio itself. This seems to be a recurring theme with the new 149BT. It sounds fantastic. But every time I turn it on I feel insulted that Alpine does not think I know if I'm listening to radio, iPod, or USB because there is a huge 1" by 1" animated radio antenna on the left side of the display when it is on radio or huge music clef symbol, or huge iPod. Or if I have the display set for time, they must think that I might be confused as to which planet I'm on because there is a huge 1" x 1" spinning globe of the Earth on the left. Did I mention that this is on the display? And that it is animated? In a car -- where you should not be watching your radio? That's right, you lose the entire left one inch of the display, top to bottom, that could be used to show additional in

    Pros: Sound Quality - Amazing

    Cons: Wasted display space that could have been used for more and/or important info

    Great radio

    Written By Bryan, Manchester ,pa on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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    Love this radio

    Pros: Changing colors hd radio blue tooth

    Cons: None

    Awesome head unit

    Written By B Zamarripa, Battle mountain Nevada on Friday, October 17, 2014

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    I must say, I am glad that I got this head unit. I have used alpine for awhile now. And I am still pleased with their products. Great features..

    Pros: Sound quality Big easy to read display Sound quality is amazing.

    Cons: My ipod classic don't work with it. But I read reviews and details and knew that..

    Great unit

    Written By doa70, NJ on Thursday, October 16, 2014

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    Great unit, easy to use, every feature you could want in a non-NAV unit.

    Pros: Features, Ease of Use, Quality, Appearence

    Cons: None yet!

    Good...but could be better

    Written By Dazphotog, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    I mostly like it, but I do have a couple of complaints...mostly with the USB. 1. If the car is turned off with the USB drive in the MIX all mode the USB will more than likely not start right away, but will say searching for 5 minutes or more. There are 2 ways to get it out of this mode the first is to reset the radio which loses all the presets the other is to remove the drive, put another drive in and wait for it to start to play and then remove that drive and put the first one back it.

    2. in Mix all mode for the first 10 minutes the unit will not skip a song. 3.You cannot do an y playlists in USB mode...none zip nada. You cannot even tell it to play a particular Genre. The only option you have for searching is by folder.

    Pros: The radio reception, especially AM, is almost as good as the factory radio. The EQ is awesome and the display is good in most lighting conditions. This replaced a near top of the line Kenwood stereo and while the Kenwood sounded ok this sounds so much better...as 1 person who has owned both Kenwood and Alpine said, the Kenwood sounded like somebody put a blanket over the speakers.

    Cons: As stated before the USB function is lame

    Well pleased

    Written By JRY, Van, TX on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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    I am well pleased with the radio, the sound quality is good, controls easy to figure out without having to read the instructions, phone use is very good, and love the USB with my MP3.

    Pros: I love that I can use my steering wheel controls, with adapter, and i'm impressed with the speakerphone quality.

    Cons: The USB and AUX inputs are only in the rear of the radio so I had to get additional cables and mount them in the dash, which was a huge pain, but now that they are in, they are very handy.

    Great head unit

    Written By C, New Lenox il on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    This is a great radio if i have to do it agin I would buy this every time and will be recommending it to my friends when they are interested in buying a radio

    Pros: Great sound quality and easy to install

    Cons: A little pricy

    Quality sound

    Written By Anonymous, San Diego on Monday, June 30, 2014

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    Good looking and great sound.

    Best Reciever Yet!

    Written By Manny_O, Simi Valley, CA on Friday, June 27, 2014

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    I absolutely love my new receiver. I got to choose it for Fathers Day and was so excited to install it. The basic functions are very easy to use and easy to learn. Once it is all set up it is fun to use. It also has advanced functions which allow a wide range of tuning options so that you can customize your sound to your liking. The Bluetooth feature is great also. The phone quality is fantastic and it automatically connects once I turn on my car. I personally like that all the external connections are hidden behind the deck leaving the front panel clean and clutter free. I am also impressed with the digital radio feature. All in all this Alpine is worth the investment!

    Alpine CDE-HD149BT

    Written By Jon B, Jackson, WY on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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    Great unit. Easy to use. Bluetooth works great and quality mic included.

    Pros: No need to hook up your phone to a cord. Easy to use.

    Sereously not impressed!

    Written By That guy, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    It was everything to expect out of an Alpine deck except the fact that the audio was weak in the bass. I went through two radios, four different brands of interconnect, three amps, and four subs before I threw in the towel and bought a pioneer after I talked a friend into letting me hook up my Hifonics amp and RE Audio sub to his car and we were both gifted with earthquake making bass from a single 10" sub. My old trusty CDA-7876 didn't have this issue.

    I'm so disappointed. What happened to you Alpine, you use to be cool?

    Pros: Everything worked out of the box and on install. It is easy to use and it did look pretty cool, but not enough for 3 stars.

    Cons: No bass. Not even with the crossovers and internal processors turned off. No bass to the full range speakers and no bass to the subwoofer output where it should be.

    Great but..................

    Written By Patrick, St. Mary's, Md. on Saturday, June 07, 2014

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    Sound quality is substantially better than most HU I've heard. I'm going to install an amp and subwoofer next, and this unit should handle it with no problem. Switching between stations is very good and easy. Display does not wash out in the sunlight, which is essential in a convertible. Overall, a pretty good unit. However, don't buy it if you tend to want to remove the faceplate often. And if you do, I would strongly recommend an extended warranty because it will only be a short matter of time before you break the attachment points from normal use. Not having a paper manual that you can take out to the car with you to figure out it many features is a huge pain! And a great way for them to save money.

    Pros: Sound quality is certainly above average.

    Cons: My only complaint with this unit is the detachable faceplate. Terrible! I mean really bad, and was the only reason I actually considered sending it back! The guy that designed this faceplate should be fired, and I know Alpine can do better than this. The attachment points appear very delicate, and you find yourself tinkering with it to get it on and off. On short trips I find myself just going without the radio at all rather than messing with it to put it on. That's how bad it is.

    Overall it's a good unit.

    Written By eROCK, Chicago, IL on Friday, May 09, 2014

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    Overall, I'm very happy with this receiver. It's not perfect, but I haven't found one yet that is. Here's just a few points to make, both positive and negative. I was looking for a receiver that played AAC (.m4a) files from iTunes, and this receiver does a great job. I've loaded up a USB flash drive with MP3 and AAC files, and ran the Alpine's USB cable to my glovebox. The songs load quick, and it plays all the files. I also wanted Bluetooth to pair my phone. I haven't had any problems with it so far. People that I call can hear me just fine. I've only played one CD so far, and it sounds great. The display looks nice, but you can not change the color of the LCD screen - it's White. You can however change the color of all the other buttons/knobs - but you only get a choice of 4 colors: Red, Blue, Green, and Amber - Which is basically going to match any car's interior light scheme. The only animation on the screen is a globe spinning around, and the scrolling text. No other fancy animations like many Pioneer units - which I'm fine with. I'm not exactly thrilled with the fold down face. For this pricepoint, this is Alpine's flagship single din, and it does not have a motorized face. You press the button, and it just flops open. You have to manually push it back in place. I've had cheaper receivers in the past that had motorized faces, so I'm not sure why they didn't go with that. Removing and attaching the face isn't very intuitive either. Includes case.

    Pros: Sounds great! Meets all of my requirements. For the most part it's easy to use. Front face carry case is included.

    Cons: No motorized face at this pricepoint. Removing and attaching the face isn't very intuitive.

    looks ands sounds good but disappointed

    Written By Anonymous, phoenix,az on Sunday, April 27, 2014

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    Was so inspired by my previous alpine that I bought the new one, what a disappointment seems that this new model has less quality and it feels cheap was expecting far more. Cd player work twice and then stopped working just after 3 days of installing it, it drags the cd in and immediately ejects it... wont read just any cds, face plate is hard to take off and put on. Will be doing a warranty return in hopes of a refund. The goods is bluetooth works awesome it reconnects automatically once you start your vehicle, Great sound quality as well and nice display/ fonts..

    Pros: Sound quality/ bluetooth

    Cons: Cheap make

    A good radio but pricey for the quality

    Written By overline, norfolk, va on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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    Bottom line is it a really good radio but you can do just as well with a high end Kenwood or Pioneer for probably $50 less. The sound quality is excellent as you would expect from an Alpine. Installation was simple. The controls and menus are pretty easy to learn - mostly intuitive. The app for programming a lot of the functions is, however, worthless. Specifically you can't hear the changes you are making real time. The app will let you choose the frequency band you wish to to adjust, but unless you know how adjusting 40Hz to 60Hz sounds on your chosen music, you have to spend hours adjusting, closing the app, listening, opening, adjusting --- lather - rinse - repeating! Some of the controls feel a little cheap though - not what you expect from a system at this price. Also, I drive a Ram 2500 so my ride is a bit bumpy, which because of the way the buttons are positioned on the unit causes me to enter scan mode every time I am trying to change stations on a preset and hit the slightest bump... a big truck / people with stiff suspension specific problem to be sure. The unit organic EQ pre-select bands are pretty good -- standard POP, JAZZ, NEWS etc settings, so most users will likely never need the crAPP for the advanced EQ adjustments. Bluetooth is great for streaming and good for calls. HD reception is just OK - flips digital to analog a lot if the HD signal is less than optimal. Overall a good set.

    Pros: sound quality, ease of installation, pre-programmed internal EQ settings, Bluetooth audio streaming quality, adjustable light color, intuitive menus

    Cons: THAT FREEKIN APP!, cheap feel, Bluetooth call quality just OK, price point high for value, button placement

    94 Cobra Mach460 replacement

    Written By Rob94Cobra, Belton, Tx on Friday, April 11, 2014

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    Great head unit for us single din guys. DVD and navigation are great if you have to entertain kids or drive all day long and need constant directions. But for us old less is better guys this is it. You can do everything but DVD and screen style navigation. But if you need navigation you can still Bluetooth or plug your smartphone in and still hear directions via the car system no problem.

    Pros: Has been AWESOME!!!

    Cons: None for the unit, makes me now want to upgrade the rest of the system.

    Does not support Apple AAC

    Written By Jim, Littleton, CO on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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    Well, lets just say that if you want to use the USB drive option, be prepared to convert all your files to MP3. I do not know why they left out the Apple AAC decoder... Why this file type is not included is beyond me. Certainly wish I would have known that prior to purchase.

    This unit makes it VERY difficult to browse through your music especially if you have a large library. The single DIN technology has not advanced much since about 2001, the last time I bought a single DIN unit. Get out the hacksaw and get a unit with a bigger display. If you plan to use USB/Thumb drives as your music source, make sure the unit you purchase plays the formats you are looking to play.

    Pros: It fit in my RV hole! Price (you get what you pay for) USB drive connector is on a rear mounted cable and NOT sticking out of the front of the unit which eliminates breakage. Cable allows you to place USB device/thumb drive/memory stick in the glove box.

    Cons: It will not play all file types via USB It is not a double-DIN Display is small, hard to read browsing thru library is difficult at best dated looks

    Great car stereo

    Written By Jauman79, Harleysville, PA on Thursday, March 13, 2014

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    Sounds awesome running my JL Audio 12" W3V3 which is ran by an alpine 500x1. I haven't figured out how to hook up my phone via blue tooth yet. I hve my ipod hooked up which i use almost 90 percent of the time.

    My first Alpine, but will not be my last

    Written By Jeremy, New Hampshire on Monday, March 03, 2014

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    I wanted to upgrade the sound in my wife's 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, but given the overall complexitiy of the Bose system, I was hoping just replacing the deck would make a difference. I am pleased to say that I am nothing less than blown away with the improvement in sound quality. I never realized the stock speakers could sound so crisp, clean, and have so much punch. The factory amp is also driving the speakers much more than before, causing them to hit super hard. At first I was looking for a double din unit, but I ultimately did not want to spend $500 or $600 for a bigger screen, so I began looking at the single din units, and this Alpine had an overwhelming amount of settings, functions, and sound customizing features that I could not find in comparable units, and I feel these added values over the lesser priced units justify the added cost. The Media Xpander for example is fantastic, as is the Tune IT app, which at first I was skeptical of, but is quite useful. There are many, many options and possibilities with this unit that it can be daunting, but if you take your time to test things out, you will be most impressed with this unit. Very pleased with this purchase, the listening pleasure gained is worth the price alone.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, allows for as detailed or as simple sound sculpting as you choose. I am having no issues playing any media or controlling the media either from an iPhone or a Windows phone, USB, or otherwise. It makes Bluethooth audio sound amazing, which I was very skeptical of. Media Xpander and TuneIt are very helpfull tools.

    Cons: So many features it can be overwhelming, but with time and experimentation, virtually limitlss possibilities.