2005 Honda Accord EX
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Awesome radio . Everything about it is perfect. .
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Item #: 500HD149BT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.
Awesome radio . Everything about it is perfect. .
Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA
Awesome radio . Everything about it is perfect. .
After buying a Sony HD radio for my truck, I was disappointed at the dim display that I could not easily read in daylight. The reviews said as much, but I ignored them thinking that the radios were early production units and this flaw would be corrected in later versions. So when I started to shop for an HD radio for my convertible, the display brightness was my top priority. And guess what? The reviews still complained about dim displays on almost brands and models that would fit in my car. The Alpine radio had maybe one complaint about a dim display. So I decided on the Alpine given it had the fewest display complaints. I am very happy with my choice. The display is very readable during the day even with the top down and the HD FM reception is terrific.
Pros: The display is readable during the day even with the convertible top down. The FM reception is great including the extra HD channels. The user interface on the Alpine is much more intuitive than the Sony I have in my truck. I don't need to read the user manual to do something simple like set the clock. The Crutchfield supplied installation kit was perfect for connecting the Alpine radio to my car's existing wiring. It could not have been made easier given the differences between
Cons: None so far.
I really like this system. Easier to install than it looked. The written instructions are not organized and are confusing but the tech on the phone had my questions answered quickly. I will recommend this system to my friends.
Pros: Clear sounds, easy to read and bright screen. Crutchfield service center is great. They answered quickly and the tech knew his stuff.
Cons: Written installation instructions need work. They can be easily made clearer.
After not buying a new radio in about 10 yrs. I decided to try out Crutchfield. I found this radio and had all the extras I wanted. They only thing I did not like was the USB and aux cords have to be put in thru the back. Other then that great radio so far. The Bluetooth has kinda been acting up a little bit.
Pros: Easy install,has alot of cool features.
Cons: USB is in back of radio, aux cord is also in back of radio. Bluetooth seems to not wanna connect sometimes.
Lasted me just over a year before the Bluetooth and USB no longer works. Both my work and personal phones do the same thing when I try to connect to the unit. The phones think they are connected but the head unit just says no unit. It sort of pairs but won't fully connect. I have tried the reset button, restarting both phones and even fully disconnecting the battery from the truck with nothing working. Crutchfield tech support had no more ideas other than to contact Alpine support which I have not been able to do yet as they only offer phone support. I am not happy at all that the feature I mainly bought this $300 head unit for doesn't work anymore.
I ordered the Alpine CDE-163BT not realizing that it was not HD, I called customer service and told them of my error, they issued a call tag and sent this unit out. 2 days later I have HD and a great sound system. Thank you Crutchfield. This was a very easy radio to set up, the sound in HD mode is great, the AM is not very good but either was the OE unit or my old Alpine. I have this installed in a 1996 BMW convertible with an Infinity amp 2 Polk 5 -1/4 in the rear and Infinity 5 1/4 up front using MB quart crossovers with the factory mid and tweeter in the doors. I am also using an Infinity self powered bass link in the trunk. The sound is better than my wife's 2014 Rav 4 with the best factory system they offered. Very pleased overall
Pros: Easy set up, Great service at Crutchfield
Cons: AM reception The Orange back-light could be a little brighter
I had the Alpine CDE-147 BT and wanted to change to a unit that had HD radio. Well in steps the Alpine CDE-HD149 BT, great unit it does everything the CDE-147 BT does and then some. Highs are brighter and clearer but not to bright the bass is solid and the subwoofer hit's harder, it seems like everything on this unit is better and of course you can adjust sounds to your on like, I also like the fact that it seems like it is an easer unit to set up the functions seems to be easer to find and then set, maybe it is the instructions ( the CDE-147BT did not come with instructions hard copy just a CD hard to use ) or the unit it self I don't know but it is alot easer to use then the CDE-147 BT. I like the display on the unit nice and big and the clock I can see at a glance which is do to the clock being so big in the display love it some don't seem to like it ( reviews ) but I like it, a glance is all it should take to see some thing when you are driving and Alpine hit the nail right on the head with this unit if you ask me.
Pros: So far every thing.
Cons: None at this time.
FINALLY! an HU that doesn't suck -- #3 in 3 weeks. 1st was Sony MEX GS810BH (good build, good sound, FUBAR'd function & UI!, TERRIBLE!! support). 2nd was a Kenwood Excelon KDC X998 (cheap build, great sound, USELESS-in-daylight display. support? who knows? never answered). Now, Alpine. It's a *very* solid HU -- well made. Minor mystery on install -- a low hum from the HU itself, NOT thru the speakers. Seems Alpine has a *fan* (unlike Kenwood & Sony) in their HUs. Good, once you know. Display's easy to read in strong daylight. Audio's great!! @ 'flat', sound's cleaner and less muddled, even compared 2 Kenwood. 1 glitch - Pandora wasn't connecting. Alpine phone tech support (don't bother with email) was great. Actual tech folks -- not @ call-center. Sent a FW update that cured the problem. So far, so good. Very pleased with the unit and its capabilities. And most importantly, its sound! I'll be balancing my amps, and EQ'ing the system in the next days ... we'll see how that goes, and what I end up with. Bottom line, IMO? Run, don't walk, away from the Sony & Kenwood. Spend the extra dime for the Alpine. It's simply in a different class.
Pros: Great sound, function & quality. Support's been fantastic so far.
Cons: Pandora glitch out-of-the-box; fixed. Only rear, no front, USB. Still NEED the DL'able manual to dig your way through all the settings/options.
Very nice unit. I have had several Alpines in the 90's so I took the plunge into the new century and went for the Bluetooth and different color displays.
Pros: Lots of ways to customize it. Color display, graphic equalizer, etc. There is even a spacial adjustment meaning if you punch in the distance each speaker is from your ear, it will hold back the closer speakers so the sound from all speakers hit your ears at the same time.
Cons: Seems that the CDE-HD148BT is the same radio with the exception of the usb location and cd's slide in without having to lower the face plate. The CDE-HD148BT is @ $100 less. The spinning world that appears with the clock is annoying.
the bluetooth phone is the best part of the radio , it sounds very clear and you are heard very clear. the radio has a lot of features. I have had the radio for 6 months. It took me a long time to figure all the settings to get it to sound right. you dont need an amp control button because the radio controls it . the app for the radio needs some work, my car is a 95 volvo its to old and I cant use all the features. only the equalizer. but over all its good sounding radio. Its like a new cell phone it take a while to figure out.
Pros: you can make every speaker sound different if you want. but when you get it , it sounds excellent.
Cons: the app can use some work.
Very nice system. All features are intuitive and the sound quality is excellent. Display is clear and readable in sunlight. Configuration is not overly complicated.
Pros: Great functionality out of the box, nice display, clean sound.
Cons: Nothing major. Having so many options and one source button means lots of pressing to get to the function you want.
I bought the 149BT to replace my Alpine 9883 head unit. I have had numerous Alpine head units over the years but the 9883 has been the gold standard for me. I was ready to try a Bluetooth head unit so I could make and receive calls hands free. Having used the unit for a week now I can say that I am very happy. The calls come through clean and clear. People on the other end barely notice that I am on Bluetooth. Background noise is minimal which is important as I drive a fairly loud diesel truck. CD and Radio operations are as expected. I was happy to see expanded EQ settings compared to the 9883. I haven't tried out the Alpine App as of yet, but I am hoping that it isn't as buggy as other people have mentioned (esp. for Android users).
I was not sure about buying another alpine, i lost the remote to the one I had, couldnt get a replacement, I could never get the sound right. after 6 years of being drove through hundreds of miles of dirt and sand, all kinds of moto races, not to mention everyday on the job, finally it died. i was able to replace the deck without any re-wiring. the guy at crutchfield was super cool and helpful. the old deck came out and the new one went it, smooth. all the issues I had previously had been handled by alpine. the tuneit app i have on my phone works well, deck is easier to tune, kicks twice as hard as the old one
Pros: was able to install into existing mounting bracket. no remote required. now you can navigate your ipod from the ipod, previously you couldnt. easier to tune than before, face color change, comes with bluetooth in the deck, app user friendly(a big plus)
Cons: needs more colors and graphics. blackout needs to be put back.
I've been putting in Alpine systems as replacements for factory radios in every car I've owned for the past 7 years (that'd be a total of 5 units so far). I selected the one because it does so much more than just play CD's and radio. It lets me drive my car without distraction. I can answer the phone or verbally select a song without taking my eyes off the road. Add to that the clean sounds it delivers and I've got a concert hall on wheels anytime I want. Setup is pretty straight forward, and it delivers consistent sound and function each and every time I start my car.
The radio does what it says it will do. Bluetooth, Pandora, telephone, HD radio and Sirius XM. Great Sound with awesome features and an clear screen.
Pros: Telephone calls sound clear and call recipients don't know I'm calling from my car. Music sounds great and the tune it app is a great feature.
Cons: Using an iPhone, Pandora can be streamed using bluetooth audio, but to like/dislike songs using radio buttons, you need to use a usb cable.
Everything is great and easy to use. The tune it app is a little bit of a pain but I would still highly recommend this deck.
Pros: Easy to find and use any settings Great looking for a single din Quality parts
Cons: tune it app is a little difficult but still useful
Exemplary sound and setting options to drive your own preference on clarity. Given today's display capability, throughout the auto industry, it is amazing Alpine has not updated the screen from B/W pixels on a Premium Head Unit. Give me the option to download my own graphics and pictures in an HD full color LCD display. Unbelievably disappointing. I replaced an iXA-305 - so I know they have the capability to deliver full color that matches consumer wants and needs. The dash looked so much better with my old unit...feel like I compromised (step backwards), yet, required the Bluetooth music streaming and phone integration. Incredibly disappointing that a company that prides itself on cutting edge electronics decided to cut a major display corner. The unit works flawlessly with my Windows Phone 640 (8/2015 version). Given MSFT's announcement of yesterday, maybe Alpine will now consider verifying the compatibility with WindowsPhone and put that on the packaging as well. What option do WindowsPhone users have for iTuneIt? Open the code for WindowsPhone Users. Spare me the psycho-babble about development costs...they are incremental...open the code and put an app on the WP-Store.
Pros: Seemingly limitless audio setting features regardless of your configuration. Audiophile compatible.
Cons: 1. Display is 2 to 3 generations behind. Pixels are only B/W. No option to upload my own picts or graphics to display in HD LCD color. 2. iTuneIt not compatible with WindowsPhone...No app in the WindowsPhone Store or current work-around.
I have always bought Alpine for build quality and sound, this unit does not disappoint. The tuneit app makes programming this unit a breeze.
A great upgrade to an outdated factory unit. Many customization features, but be prepared to do some searching through multiple levels to reach your desired control. For the money, this is a power packed unit.
Pros: More features than more expensive units.
Cons: Not the best bass response, but capable of a sub-woofer.
Great sound quality, interface, features. This unit replaced a cde147bt that I was very happy with until it's Bluetooth lost its mind in its third year of ownership. That was entirely too soon for such an expensive piece of gear and based on that I looked far and wide beyond alpine to see if there were any other HU's that would meet my criteria. The SQ of the 149 is superb. I've been a professional musician, music teacher, audio designer, sound engineer, and hobbyist. The rest of the vehicle uses a simple jbl amp and four matching jbl speakers, so there is no funny business downstream. Sound quality and final tuning is important for me. The 149 sounds better than the 147, and I don't know why this would be. However, with pink noise fed thru the 147, it had a major dip around 600 hz and uncontrollable sizzle at16k and above. It took some eq to tame that. The 149 is flatter in its response curve without those artifacts. The illumination has better dimming features than the 147 did. I want the HU to blend in the dash, not advertise and distract. Three dimming levels once he dash is lit. Better. A real knob for volume is had with the 149, for better eyes off use. As with the 147, Bluetooth clarity is very understandable for both ends of the line, and Bluetooth music and podcast streaming works as it should. I hope the 149 stays that way. The three line display is excellent. No visibility issues. Note, the dot matrix display is always white on blue regardless of buttons
Pros: SQ, memory preset buttons, excellent parametric EQ, conservative display, volume knob, working Bluetooth.
Cons: Faceplate folds but is not removable. Previous alpine unit in same series failed way too early.
Great Product, Well Illuminated Digital Display. Separate, Treble, Bass and Sub Controls. Also has a Tuneit Feature
Pros: Tons of Extras that's backed by the name Alpine. All top end features included
Cons: Tune It app little difficult. Need tech support
Good Dac good sound easy to use tune it app was grate but it stopped working
Pros: Good Dac easy to use great sound when adjusted
Cons: Tune it app needs work with feedback
I picked this up for my wife's VW New Beetle. It had an eight year old Alpine stereo (also from Crutchfield) that I fitted. The old stereo was still working but she wanted bluetooth music streaming and the ability to take calls hands free. This time I also replaced the speakers in the front (for $70 kickers). I upgraded the speakers first, a definite improvement even with the old stereo and a noticeable further upgrade with the new one. All the new features are fairly intuitive and easy to use. Things to note: The microphone comes in the case for keeping the display in (should you remove it). That confused me for a minute because I had put that to one side because I don't intend to remove the front. In the Beetle (and I suspect most other cars) this can only be installed with the "B" Metra faceplate that uses the plastic trim ring which came with the stereo. I think the other trim looks nicer but the way the faceplate pivots down it catches on the bigger "A" surround and then you can't get it open enough to put a CD in. .... oh, and thanks to Bryce for the quick chat help when I couldn't find the microphone! Crutchfield support is great. Installing this has given me the installation bug again so I think I am going to upgrade the stereo in my Pilot to get the same features.
Value - 2 Stars Installation was easy. The wiring was straightforward. Everything seemed to be reasonably solid for an aftermarket headunit. There are number of functionalities that true audiophiles would appreciate. Bad things are the CD player did not take CD's and the subwoofer preouts did not output any voltage whatsoever. I called Crutchfield the same day I found these defects (Monday, April 27) and the tech support guy said he would have new unit at my doorstep today (Wednesday, April 29), but it will not be delivered until Friday, May 1 due to them choosing to ship it via UPS 3 Day Select. Shame on you, Crutchfield. Seriously, what an inconvenience.. SQ - 4 Stars Everything except the bass functionalities are super good! Midrange and high frequencies sound great, but the bass is a little lacking (bass boost!!!). I gave this four stars only because I could hear some noticeable improvements in sound quality over the stock headunit. Ease of Use - 5 Stars This unit was a little difficult and confusing to use at first, but I learned it all within 30 minutes or so. Buttons and dial on the faceplate are very responsive - almost no lag at all. Coolness Factor - 4 Stars I like the screen used in this unit. Very clear, easy to read, and has some neat animations. Though, I must mention it again, it would be nice to have bass boosting options. That would've been cool. Build Quality - 3 Stars The CD player and subwoofer preouts were DOA. Wah wah wah waaaaahhhhhhhh.
Pros: Sounds great. HD Radio function is crystal clear. Bluetooth hands-free calling is freaking awesome! The mic works great.
Cons: No bass boost options, which sucks. Build quality is just okay. CD player and subwoofer preouts were DOA.Crutchfield response on May 6, 2015 We're sorry about the miscommunication regarding the delivery time of the replacement stereo. That was a mix up on our part and our Customer Service team reached out to the customer to make things right.
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
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.
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.
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
Very powerful unit and easy to install and set up
Pros: Easy to navigate, sound quality is excellent.
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.
ExcellentSystem Easy to use with Quality Features
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
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.
Great sound, easy to install.
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.
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
Love this radio
Pros: Changing colors hd radio blue tooth
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, easy to use, every feature you could want in a non-NAV unit.
Pros: Features, Ease of Use, Quality, Appearence
Cons: None yet!
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
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.
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
Good looking and great sound.
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!
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Works great in my new truck! I have zero complaints with this unit. Was easy to install and had no problems getting it to sync with my phone for bluetooth and pandora.
I have had bad luck with the first 2 decks ordered. Been having issues with no signal coming from preouts. Either than that, It's a great unit, clean crisp sound, lots of options to customize sound
Pros: Good sound
Cons: Little expensive, don't see the price in it with options given.
In the last year of driving my FR-S I've been spoiled by the ability to plug in my 8 year old iPod and use it's 20 gig drive for all of my music. The convenience was awesome. I hated the head unit though and the SQ from the factory unit was lacking as was it's support for additional amplification. I picked up this Alpine because I wanted something that had state of the art signal processing, high quality DAC, and high voltage preamp outputs. It has all of that and it sounds great. However those are about the only good things I have to say about it. It turns out this unit won't support my iPod correctly. It plays music, even Apple lossless, but you can't skip forward and back from the head unit. You can control the iPod directly either. After several calls to Crutchfield I was informed that my iPod is TOO OLD. Its odd to me that a basic factory non touchscreen headunit can support whatever you connect but this thing only supports newer stuff. I was told to use a thumb drive. I picked up a 32Gig unit but guess what, you can't search by artist or album on a thumb drive. If all of your music is in a flat directory this unit won't index it. That is crazy. Was this thing designed in 2005 before I bought my ipod? Every MP3 player I've ever used will index your music. Oh, and it wont play Apple Lossless from a thumb drive either. So much for my 600+ gig music library that I've maintained for years. If I want to keep this unit I'll have to spend weeks indexing my music by hand.
Pros: Good SQ
Cons: Poor support for mass storage, older ipods, Cant disable display animation
Its great using it - easy to change sources, the USB for phone or flash drive, CD/DVD, XM radio, HD radio, Bluetooth WOW - intuitive enough to start using even if you don't read the manual, - installation of wires was easy - installation in dash was horrible - no directions specific to my vehicle supplied, The salesman said to connect my Subwoofer's REM wire to the 3.5 jack in the radio (i bought a jack & splices in the wire) - that 3.5 jack is for the steering-wheel remote! the subs REM goes to the Blue/white wire. I wasted time and lost money. The salesman gave even worse information on hooking-up my already installed XM receiver to the new radio - I removed the power wires & then had to re-install them as he told me his upsell Auxiliary 3.5 jack wire would allow all the other wires to be removed - so I removed them - I had to pull the radio back out & reconnect everything I just removed! - PS: The XM tunes automatically to 88.5 on the radio so using the AUX wire he sold me is a waste of time & $ - The AUX can be used for something else - This radio is one of the top of the line available - and it does everything it claims to do, including powering my 4 new 225 watt Kicker speakers with no added amplifier really well - loud, crisp, clean sound. I love it, also running the S/O Subwoofer-wo
Pros: Does it all really well - comes with microphone for hands free bluetooth phone calls, USB for flash drive, Phone, Laptop, You could use the Aux connector (3.5 stereo jack) for more music (XM receiver or other) or plug in a screen to play DVDs in the CD player (you just need a screen) The blue illumination color is very cool. The option/s on screen display are nice. CD/DVD slot hides behind the face - that folds down with the press of a button on a spring loaded hinge.
Cons: the manual is 50 pages (that means 100 sides) and you will need most of it to learn how to use the many functions. Very much like what has happened to phones (now they do all kinds of things really well and, oh ya, they also make calls) This Radio does all kinds of things really well and oh ya, its also a Radio (LOL) - installation in your dash will not come with any directions specific to your vehicle. You get all the parts you need + all the parts you don't need. Good Luck, be patient.
This is my 5th Alpine head unit, and by far the best 1 that I have ever had. After starting the vehicle, the Bluetooth automatically connects back to my phone and the music or podcast picks up right where I left off. I have a Jeep Wrangler, and because of the road noise, I used to ignore phone calls because I would not be able to hear what they were saying. With the hands free I have no problem taking calls, I can hear them and they can hear me. It just works.
Pros: Great Sound, Bluetooth, Good reception,
Cons: None yet.
Moving on from a Kenwood x994 this is a blessing and easy to use. My Kenwood would be stumped adding new files to the usb, not playing or recognizing them (even when same bit rate as the other mp3s). Nothing stops or slows down the Alpine, recognized the usb faster, plays everything! And navigating to my music is a breeze with the Alpine compared to the Kenwood. and its sub menu system. The biggest plus is direct access to my stations, never realized how much I'd miss buttons 1-6 (that is part of the Kenwood coolness factor, but it got tired at highway speeds). The Kenwood is more suited to a show car or one with steering wheel mounted control. The Alpine is a daily drivers dream, built in HD (in NY there is a lot to listen to!). and far faster and clearer than the kenwood add-on box. CD playing is simple, even mp3 discs, Pandora too. And while I have Sirus XM through my Onyx Plus (through the rear aux) it can handle that as well (with an opt. part). Sound out of the box was clear, but I added the Alpine plug in amp for better sound from my Infinity system, I was not disappointed. Crutchfield ships quick, answers questions and delivers the goods!
Pros: Sound quality, ease of navigation (intuitive), clear display(with direct view button) Plays my USB no problem.
Cons: Exacting removal and attachment of faceplate (on this the Kenwood is a 100% better). Even the faceplate carry box is super snug. The Kenwoodd build quality is a little better but I have no doubt the Alpine will last longer than my 98 civic.
Easy to operate. Great sound. Instructions made it easy to install.
Pros: Bluetooth and USB make use and safety a great combination
Cons: Non so far
Nice radio,lots of bells and whistles, Pretty easy install, instruction could be a little better. "Pictures are worth a thousand words " !
Pros: Quality product
Cons: Wire size difference between radio and adapter wiring are different gauges and must be soldered to guarantee connections as I found out !
I always owned alpine head units but this one is probably the best thus far in fine tuning thee high, mid, and low in an unsurpassed sound quality!!!
I just upgraded my factory stereo to a Alpine CDE-HD149BT and wow what a difference. Being able to simk with my iPhone, make calls, play music off the phone, listen to Pandora is great!!!! Great design and easy to use.
Pros: Stereo sounds great and was easy to install. Instructions no problem to understand.
Cons: Crutchfield said the radio would not fit my 1987 Jaguar XJS. Once I reviewed th installation instructions on line i was able to determine the stereo would fit. Just needed to fabricate a couple of simple L-brackets that bolted to the sides of the stereo and it installed exactly like the factory radio.
I really liked the product. I wanted to get a gift for my wife to allow her to do Bluetooth hand free calling in a 1 DIN sized unit. This was a good product with all the connectivity I needed. Crutchfield also added in the 12V to 5V converter I needed for my model of vehicle which was a nice touch. I was able to install from scratch in about 2~3 hours with very few complications. I really like the screen in that it isn't just the 2 scrolling lines of text, instead it is a full LCD screen so you see other indicators.
Pros: Has a clock in the bottom right corner when you set the view to scroll HD radio data or whatever else. Biggest thing I always found was that a clock wasn't always visible in all the different modes you can put the display in with other models. This model had the feature and was why I chose it. The mic seems pretty good and I like that it shows your phone battery life while connected via bluetooth. Pretty good unit.
Cons: I wish these types of stereos would interrupt the currently playing media (HD Radio or USB...) like it does with phone calls with map instructions when your phone is in navigation mode (google maps navigation or iPhone equivalent). I didn't see many that would do that without being a navigation device already. Just a wish list item.
Impressive features for a very affordable head unit. I added Sirius XM satellite radio. I was able to easily pair to my Windows phone (the only thing I cannot get to work is Pandora and that's not a huge loss for me); hands-free phone works great. The 24bit DAC and MX processing make music played from my iPod sound impressively good. I didn't expect a parametric equalizer and listener position / distance to speaker correction to be part of the feature set at this price. I had to borrow my wife's Android phone to load TuneIt (not available on Windows phone yet). HD radio sounds great and, I had no idea there were so many HD radio "multicast" channels behind my favorite stations - this really expands your listening options. In summary, great head unit - lots of listening and tweaking options. Sufficient power to deliver good bass in my small Pontiac; I'm very satisfied.
Pros: Features, sound quality, display, value.
Cons: Can't turn-off all unused source options (eg: Pandora) from appearing in the main display; menus are a little confusing - some are context sensitive and not all settings are available in the "main" menu. Takes a little getting used to. The "real" users manual is on the included disc - many of the settings are not fully described in the printed manual. Minor stuff overall.
Just replaced a Kenwood Head Unit I purchased from Crutchfield last year. I liked the sound quality of the Kenwood Unit, but the display was unreadable during the daytime - which is a problem as you have to scroll through favorite channels to change, no preset buttons. This was my primary reason for the change, the display is a big imrovement over the Kenwood. But, what a surprise to hear the difference in sound quality! Big difference on clarity at higher volumes, and somewhat (not much) easier to navigate through the settings. Highly recommend this unit overall! I agree with others - Tune It feature is nothing to waste ink over. No comment on the phone features, as I wont be using... Bluetooth connection works fine with my iPhone 5.
Pros: Sound Quality; Display is better than most; Variable color settings on controls; Presets (I'm old school); XM Ready (plug and play with my existing Kenwood XM tuner)
Cons: No USB on front (with micro sized memory sticks - its nice to have a couple you can change with ease) Had to purchase remote separately; EQ and Xover settings are like computer menus on the space shuttle; would prefer more graphics and less digits;
Love the radio! Just don't buy it for the Tuneit app. It simply does not work. Alpine does not seem to have any interest in fixing it either.
This radio lived completely lived up to my expectations! The sound, ability to tune it remotely with my I phone And the options I have musically, are easy to use and easy on my ears.
Pros: The radio
Where to begin... I ran an old Sony mini-disc (circa 2000) for 10 years before upgrading to a Sony MEX BT5700U then to this Alpine. I have had Sonys for years and loved them but was always making excuses for the way my minidisc HU sounded. Enter the MEXBT5700U - WOW this unit sounded GREAT however, had some ignition noise, very slow to access USB music, display useless (small font and the worst fade in sunlight ever), bluetooth was fair at best, and the blinding white light ring around the volume knob made this unit unuseable. Enter the Alpine 149 - My first Alpine - I had such high hopes. I have used, tested, and experienced Alpines in others' cars etc but never bought one. Immediately, I determined that its sound was not as musical or engaging as the Sony MEX which was disappointing. At first, the menus and manual were overwhelming but after a couple of solid hours familiarizing myself with it, no problem - still, the sound quality was just decent. The volume knob feels flimsy, although other buttons are satisfactory. Sound quality and volume differs GREATLY between sources (despite Alpines numerous adjustments), low volume output through external amps (to achieve any volume at all you must increase external amp gains to the point of ign noise). So much more to say but bottom line is that its performance is disappointing, as is its sound quality. I was unable to find a way to defeat the internal crossovers - only to adjust them. Firmware problem?
Pros: Better FM tuner than previous Alpines, looks nice in the dash, HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth phone works and sounds good, display is large and viewable in any light conditions.
Cons: Sound quality is disappointing, cheap-feeling volume knob, seemingly low RCA outputs, sound adjustments (independent source volume and EQ) greatly impact volume in a negative way, speaker noise/clicking when searching USB drive for music, seems to have firmware problems. Not a terrible unit, but not what it should be.
Second alpine head I've owned and I'm very happy. Combined with the USB cable that is included and a separate xm adaptor I'm never at a loss for material. The unit itself is great quality and easy to operate. I installed this unit with a separate 4 channel amp so I can't comment on the power supply in the unit.
Pros: Easy operation. Intuitive controls
Cons: Microphone could be integrated into unit
This thing pretty much covers all bases. FM-HD, CDs, MP3s, USB, Bluetooth, IPOD, hands-free and it even gets AM! The human interface works great, the sound quality is flawless and the tuner has sufficient sensitivity to pull in fairly weak stations cleanly. Would it be nice if you could do more fun stuff with the color scheme? Sure but, is that critical to the sound? Not really. What I would like is a loudness contour that compensates for road noise at lower volume levels. I would also like a clock displayed at all times, even with the power off. ...and please make it big enough for an old guy like me to read while driving. There's some powerful signal processing built into this thing that I don't have space to cover here. Suffice it to say that you could tweak this thing six ways from Sunday and never get bored. Installation was easy thanks to the adapters included with the purchase. I'm still working on the perfect settings for my particular application. Me and my SPL meter will just have to keep at it until we get it well, perfect!
Pros: Great sound, straightforward user interface, bring your signal source...this thing has it handled.
Cons: Some nits to pick: no loudness contour. Display completely blank when powered off, needs to display a clock. A legible clock should be displayed at all times, not some odd little spinning icon. Does not support flac or wma file types. "Spinning" the volume knob down doesn't result in silence in fact, it adjusts more slowly. Seems counter-intuitive.
I am still getting familiar with this device. I have had it a few weeks. But so far the sound is amazing. I bought this unit on the recommendation of a Crutchfield rep. because of the equalizer features in the unit. The menus are very simple and intuitive. I would recommend this unit.
Pros: Excellent sound. Easy to follow menus.
Cons: None so far.
Purchased this deck to add Bluetooth and iPhone integration to my system. Combined install with new 4 channel Alpine amplifier in '04 Ram quad can. Crutchfield harnessed w deck install simple. Adding amp increased install complexity routing RCAs and power/ground. Overall very doable with basic skills. Had problem pairing my iPhone to deck. Crutchfield tech support was great. Problem turned to be my iPhone 4S was defective, apple gave me free replacement and everything works great now.
Pros: Pandora and iPod Bluetooth streaming is great. Great display as well.
Cons: Operators manual pretty vague, setting parametric equalizer required referring to CD ROM. Interface to various settings not intuitive.
I really like the 149BT because it has all the features of the double din units but with much better design and functionality. The best thing about this device is that its very intuitive, all the controls and menu functions work as you think they should. Everything that you need is located in fingers reach from the center control. I really believe a good product is defined by its simplistic design. To have as much control as this device has and be uncomplicated is amazing. I know exactly how to get to each menu and make quick adjustments on the fly. Audio from Alpine is always great. I have not tried the Tuneit about as of yet but I hear its interesting. The HD radio is clear at times but because of the area you live in it can be spotty. I also use the steering wheel controls which are very convenient as well. I also like the fact that you can turn off the internal amp to add more clarity to the signal and reduce noise. Overall a great product. If you really don't need video I would get this in a heartbeat. I had a double dine 7inch before this and returned it because it was slow and clunky. Also there is app direct mode which makes it much easier to access your Itunes Library on your iphone.
Pros: Loaded with tweaks, parametric EQ, MX Tuner, Built in Xover, Multi Illumination, logical layout and functionality, App Direct mode.
Cons: Green Illumination is dim in comparison to all other colors.
I purchased this head unit for the BT abilities, but I got so much more! It can do anything I can think of and the sound quality is so crisp and clear. My Nephew came over and he couldn't believe the improvement from my other Alpine. It is very, very clean, and if you are into sound quality as I am then you know what I mean. The BT is very nice to have for the phone as well, I don't have to talk louder then normal and the provided mic picks it up cleanly. I have had no complaints about me having an echo or not being able to hear me, nothing at all! and I have no trouble hearing them over ALL the speakers. LOL I am very pleased with my choice to purchase this item. The only thing I am a little disappointed about is when I went to get it installed the shop sells this same unit for a lower price, but not enough to worry about returning it by any means. All and all an awesome unit. Thank you crutchfield!
Pros: Sound Quality, Features, ease of operation. The expandability of the head unit.
Cons: No Remote included, Storage case for the face plate seems a little on the thin side, not as heavy built as older units.
Works with my prior alpine's remote control. You can use a USB flash memory to play music.
Love this radio so far. Still haven't finish setting up all the options yet; it has tons of them.
Pros: Bluetooth, Android compatible, Pandora, detailed screen, easy to navigate, has its own app
Cons: difficult to get Bluetooth devices to save to the radio. My phone says its connected but the radio says other wise.
Just installed this unit yesterday and overall, very happy with it. This was an upgrade from an Alpine CDA-117 which was lacking built-in Bluetooth and HD radio. I wasn't thrilled that the new HU didn't come with a wireless remote or an iPod/iPhone cable but I guess that's why it was only this much. If you're only going to use this unit with an Apple product, just get the Apple USB-30 pin/lighting cable. It's long enough to reach from the radio to the glove box in most cases, and you won't get stuck with an extra 6' USB cable that you probably won't use. Not to mention, I've notice that most iPod cables that are made by car audio manufacturers (Alpine & Pioneer), will not fit most iPod/iPhones in any type of case. But aside from that, superior SQ, features, and an easy user interface. I wish Alpine had made the 3-line display easier to change. For example: when listening to the radio, the unit will display the station name and the song title. In order to see the artist, you'll have to scroll down a line. On other sources, that's not an issue. I guess because there's an extra line of info to display, but not a big deal at all. As far as TuneIt goes.....just use the radio controls to adjust the audio. I don't think I've ever used a worse APP in my life. Just way too many bugs in the software right now, but don't let that discourage you from buying this head unit. It's a great product for the money, I think.
Pros: Built in HD radio, exceptional Bluetooth, great iPod controls, very user friendly, superior SQ on any source
Cons: No included remote or iPod cable, Alpine TuneIt app is terrible, faceplate can be a little tricky to reattach
Was looking to upgrade to Ipod control as well as an HD radio signal. This Alpine does not disappoint. The sound is clean and crisp, no matter what source is being utilized. It doesn't have a billion color display, or fancy little movies playing. It is a basic head unit that performs flawlessly where it is important. The menu navigation was quite simple once you run through them a couple of times. I cannot review the Bluetooth, and/or phone modes, as I refuse to encourage phone use while driving. One reason for this purchase was to control a 5th generation Ipod Touch, which it does perfectly. Searches, tagging, etc. are easier to control on this deck compared to others I previously tried. I do unfortunately need to mention that the original stereo sent to me ended up defective. The subwoofer output died within 3 hours of use. But Crutchfield immediately sent out another system to replace it. Crutchfield is by far the best when it comes to warranty / technical issues. They are always just a phone call or email away. As always, I am quite satisfied with my new Alpine from Crutchfield.
Pros: Great Ipod control, straight forward menus, easy to read display (even in sunlight), and awesome sound reproduction regardless of the source.
Cons: The instruction manual is a little overwhelming. 57 pages, (mostly about bluetooth / phone set up) and it's delivered on a cd. It really would have been nice to have an actual manual during the install and set up process. It would have cost another .05 to .10 cents for them to print and include it, but costs the rest of us much more in time and money to do it ourselves. And trust me, the manual is essential to understand all the features and settings.
At first I had a hard time reaching deeper in my wallet for this radio, especially when I'm used to buying Pioneer. I will definitely never miss my previous radio! My first impression when I turned it on was, "Wow, this screen is huge!" and it is very bright. Even when the sun hits the display, the letters are actually brighter where the sun is hitting and extremely easy to read at a glance, making the road easier to watch. I use the HTC One Google Edition phone with Pandora and Google Play with this radio more often than I play CD's and listen to HD radio stations, and almost every time, the bluetooth easily connects. Although half the time I have to turn bluetooth off, and then back on, to get the radio to launch Pandora on my phone so I can control it and read the song titles via the radio's display. Before I installed the Alpine 149BT, I had a Pioneer radio with some Polk audio speakers installed by myself which sounded pretty good. After installing the Alpine radio, I connected my bluetooth and adjusted the curve on my phone to exaggerate the lower frequencies and all of a sudden I realized I might not need to buy a sub! I still need to read the manual to fully understand the fine tuning of this radio, but anyone can get in there and quite easily make their car sound so much better, and look amazing with this beautifully bright and crisp display. Last but not least, hands free calling is a breeze. I mounted my mic on the windshield column and it works great.
Pros: - Bright, Crisp, Easy to read display - Amazing sound quality - Hands free works wonders - Install was easy - Menu system is logical and clean
Cons: - Pandora via bluetooth sometimes doesn't connect. (More a Google/Pandora/Android issue)
Nice radio. I like that you could tune it to sound just the way you want it.
Pros: Sound quality to work the way you want it
Cons: Can not use my existing Sirius tuner, have to buy a new one.