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Alpine UTE-42BT

Digital media receiver

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Item #: 500UTE42BT

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Original Price: $94.99

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Overview

Our take on the Alpine UTE-42BT

Alpine's UTE-42BT digital media receiver eliminates the CD slot, but it gives you plenty of other features you can really use. First, the receiver's built-in Bluetooth® capabilities help you drive more safely. You won't have to fumble for a phone in your pocket or purse when a call comes in — just press one button and start talking. You'll see your caller's phone number on the screen, so you'll know who's on the other end.

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No CD, no problem

Alpine's UTE-42BT digital media receiver eliminates the CD slot, but it gives you plenty of other features you can really use. First, the receiver's built-in Bluetooth® capabilities help you drive more safely. You won't have to fumble for a phone in your pocket or purse when a call comes in — just press one button and start talking. You'll see your caller's phone number on the screen, so you'll know who's on the other end.

Mount the included microphone and adjust the mic's gain to best match your speaking voice for the best call quality. You can also tweak the phone output and ring volume, so you won't go diving for the volume knob every time someone calls. This Alpine also supports Bluetooth audio streaming, so you can listen to content on a compatible smartphone without a tangle of wires.

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The UTE-42BT doesn't play CDs, but offers plenty of other compelling features

Plug in and control your iPod® or iPhone®

Next, if you've got lots of tunes on your iPod or iPhone, you can plug into the handy front-panel USB input and use the Alpine's user-friendly controls to navigate your music library. As an added bonus, Alpine's App Mode offers limited control of other popular music apps, and it'll display song and artist info on your screen. You can adjust your sound to taste with one of the equalizer presets or by using the 3-band parametric EQ.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Alpine stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Alpine, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

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.

product and purchasing, quality ... and most like me to help you install the equipment yourself.

Santos, Alexandria,VA

What's in the Box:

  • Digital media receiver (10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Face (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • Microphone w/ attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
  • Sun-visor bracket
  • Two-sided tape
  • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Face-fixing screws
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Online Product Registration
  • Computer Requirements booklet

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • App Mode for metadata display and basic control of select music apps
    • detachable face
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 10 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

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    Santos from Alexandria,VA on 5/3/2014

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    product and purchasing, quality ... and most like me to help you install the equipment yourself.

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    best decision ever

    Charlie from Fullerton, CA on 3/9/2014

    2001 Volkswagen Passat
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    I was skeptical about installing but it's so easy. Price-value ratio is perfect.

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    Great Bluetooth Stereo!

    Adam from Columbus, OH on 3/6/2014

    2000 Chevrolet Malibu
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    This stereo was easy to install and quick to get up and running. I was able to link the system to my phone (Android) via Bluetooth immediately.

    Pros: Bluetooth works (nearly) perfectly and the call quality through the car stereo was decent. Definitely made listening to my personal music in my car much easier.

    Cons: Mostly due to my Android phone's Bluetooth software, the Bluetooth connection doesn't work perfectly. BUT that should improve with an OS upgrade. Other than that, great stereo!

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    Anonymous from Fort Worth, TX on 2/25/2014

    1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    Love it!

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    Great in my 2005 Jeep Unlimited Rubi

    Life Unlimited from East Tennessee on 2/21/2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
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    My wife got the Alpine UTE-42BT for me for my birthday. I use my Samsung S4 and Rhapsody to listen to my music. I have been using an aux input and my OEM stereo was on its way out. I haven't used a cd in a long time so "mechless" seemed the way to go, especially in a Jeep. I installed it with the Metra 99-6504 kit (wanted the little cubby storage area even though its too small to fit much). Installation was straight forward. Instructions were right on the mark. Soldering the radio harness plug to the Jeep harness adapter took the longest part of it. I was excited enough about it, I installed it in the dark with a rechargeable flash light for light (like I was a teenager again!) All together maybe 1.5 to 2 hours. Granted this isn't my first time, it is simple to put in. Setting it up and pairing with my S4 was even easier. It sounds good and works smooth. Granted this is a "low budget" unit so it doesn't have a lot of bells a whistles but all I wanted was a unit that would play music from my phone. The appearance is rather subtle and not at all flashy, so it fits my Jeep well. Well worth the money!

    Pros: Simple to use. Has a clock on the display even while playing music (such a simple thing that seems to get lost in so many other units) Pairs easily (works great with S4 running Rhapsody app) Great value for price!

    Cons: No "toys" or bells and whistles (if that's your thing).

    Who needs a CD Player

    Josh from San Diego on 2/17/2014

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
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    This head unit was perfect for my needs. I have not used a CD player in over 5 years.

    Pros: Price and Features

    Cons: Display is a little dated and I would pay more for the same set up with XM and Sirius

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    Kent from Kansas on 2/15/2014

    2003 BMW 3 Series
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    Wanted to update radio with bluetooth and get iPhone input. Seems to work fine. A little interesting getting all wires back in cavity. Too cold to see how it works with top down.

    Pros: Fits, looks good enough, original unit slants backwards a little, this one is vertical. Updated features are exactly what I needed.

    Cons: Sent wrong antenna adaptor first time, but sent another free. Didn't want to pay excessive for steering wheel control features, but, I really wish I had it for phone answer and hangup.

    Alpine Car Stereo, a must have

    Klaus from Wauchula on 2/13/2014

    2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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    I am using Alpine Car Stereo's for over 30 years now. They just work and look very cool as an added bonus. I have checked prices on all kinds of websites, but I always come back to Crutchfield for their excellent website, product availability and service. They think of everything you might need for do-it-yourselfers. Thanks Crutchfield

    Pros: Great look and functionality. Bluetooth works great. Sound is excellent.

    Cons: Could not find any.

    Love It!

    Ry Guy from Banning, Ca on 2/12/2014

    2004 Ford Expedition
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    Luvin' this Receiver. The Bluetooth to My iPhone is Awesome.

    Pros: Easy Install

    Cons: None.

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    Alpine UTE-42BT from Santa Rosa, Ca. 95401 on 2/9/2014

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    So far I am enjoying my new radio. I especially like the fact that I can talk on the phone without using my hands and also get radio stations that I like.

    Pros: Easy to use.

    Cons:

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    Anonymous from grants pass on 2/4/2014

    1985 Nissan 720
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    Exactly what I was looking for.

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    YAYYY!!!

    CHRISTINAH from MARYLAND on 1/29/2014

    1996 Toyota Camry
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    I just hooked my radio up myself with my husband and it was very easy to do by ourselves. Look up your car first to make sure you know where everything goes and most everything else is self explanatory. We had a couple of wires that weren't quite matching the old wires, but we called tech support and had that solved within minutes. Definitely worth the money.

    Pros: plays my music on my phone. good sound

    Cons: big difference in volume between bluetooth and tuner.

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    Anonymous from greenville,sc on 1/18/2014

    1989 Toyota Pickup
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    met expectations

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    GREAT !!!

    CL Judy from Elkins, WV on 1/18/2014

    1994 Mazda B Series
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    Got this for my son for his truck, 1997 Toyota Tacoma. This radio sounds great!! Easy install, Bluetooth works great with his Galaxy S III and looks cool in his truck. He is really pleased with how it works and was all smiles when we cracked it up the first time. Crutchfield shipping was FAST!! I will be buying other products from them for my own car.

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    LOVE IT!

    T.H from Hudson, oh on 1/9/2014

    2007 Toyota Corolla
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    Excellent value for the money. The Bluetooth hook up is excellent. My wife doesn't mind talking to me in the car! Can't say the same about my old headset. Sound quality is great, much better then the Sony head unit that came with the car. Very happy!

    Pros: Can control music on my Iphone 5 through the head unit, even Pandora. Bluetooth mic included. Great sound quality. Great value.

    Cons: Voice Controls through Siri don't always work. Wiring Harness to plug into factory harness not included. (use to be included with all headunits) Mounting kit not included. (use to also be included)

    does a lot for really low price

    BIGGWALLY from San Francisco on 1/7/2014

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    A friend of mine wanted this for Christmas and asked for my advice.I looked it over and for the price it appeared to be a great value. I made sure he realized it did not play cds and he said thats fine he had converted all his CDs to mp3 on his ipod so we got it. When i installed it for him it seemed nice and does everything he wants and he says he can't hear the difference between an mp3 file and a CD so its perfect for the application

    Pros: it has handsfree for your smartphone built in and will control an ipod through the usb jack

    Cons: no CD -ok sound

    Very impressed

    Zach from Jacksonville, Texas on 1/4/2014

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    I love everything about this head unit. It provided the power for my speakers to sound much better. It's so easy to use, no intelligent life required. The red backlight looks good, in fact I've been distracted by it driving down the road at night. I chose this over the CDE unit because seriously, who used CD's anymore? I haven't tried the bluetooth or voice control yet, but the other feature are very convenient.

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    sparkingscrew from Summerfield, NC on 1/2/2014

    1998 BMW 5 Series
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    Bluetooth was easy to set up, as it's for a teen daughter it's nice having hands free calling and she can scroll through songs on the receiver without ever having to look at the phone. Bought it as an upgrade, but the features mean her eyes are on the road more which is a bonus.

    Pros: The GUI's on Alpines are always intuitive, this one is no different.

    Cons: Now her sister wants one ;)

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    Qid from Stony Point NY on 12/28/2013

    2002 Dodge Dakota
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    It was easy to install sounds great

    Pros: Easy. Can use my Ipod

    Cons: Doesn't have rear Ipod input

    Nice head unit

    Michael from Greensboro, NC on 12/11/2013

    2004 Honda Odyssey
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    Easy to install with suggested harness. I really was impressed with the website auto selecting the required accessories so I didn't have to worry about getting later somewhere else. For someone who is willing to ditch CDs as their preferred media, its pretty flawless and works exactly as I expected via bluetooth or directly connected USB.

    Pros: Very cool and easy to install and setup. Wife is very happy! Exactly what I was looking for.

    Cons: No remote, but I don't really need one. It also didn't interface with my Honda's steering wheel buttons, but I didn't expect it to and its not a big deal breaker.

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    Dennis from Maryland on 11/27/2013

    1995 Toyota Corolla
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    Nice unit easy to install with the harness

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    Excellent priced media player for the features.

    Ron I from Flathead Valley, MT on 10/28/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    CD's are dead, this Alpine media player works great, and has bluetooth playback via Pandora, Apple Music app, Spotify etc. AM/FM sounds great, easy to install. Good fit and finish.

    Pros: Easy to use, great Bluetooth connectivity, great build fit and finish.

    Cons: No remote.

    Great Deck

    Waldo from Albuquerque, NM on 10/26/2013

    2006 Subaru Legacy
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    For what I paid for it, it is totally worth it. I was not looking for many options. Just I wanted the iPod computability because my factory deck did not have the option. I was not really planning on using my iPhone, but the Bluetooth connection sound amazing and it works with iTunes Radio just like it does with Pandora.

    Pros: Bluetooth sounds fantastic. The over all sound is great. I still am only using my factory speakers, but the sound sooo much better now. The controls are super easy to use as well.

    Cons: If there is a way to dim the display, I have not figured it out yet. However, it is not really a problem so I have not looked into too hard.

    Crutchfield response on October 28, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great media center

    Joe H from Nottingham, MD on 10/10/2013

    2011 Chevrolet Colorado
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    AWESOME SOUND!!

    Pros: Sounds great and easy to use front auxiliary and USB Much better sound than the stock unit

    Cons: Have none

    Great Little Unit

    djterry from Dacula, GA on 10/9/2013

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
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    I mainly want to review this from an installation perspective first. Will review actual product quality later once I've had a chance to test it out with road noise and top down. Being a Jeep it was easy to take the console apart. Had no problems with taking the factory receiver out. The 10mm bolt behind the factory receiver was surprisingly easy to get out but I'm a female and have small hands so that could be it. The factory antenna is very short so when I pulled the receiver out it came loose as well but it was easy to tell where it had come from behind the glove box. Wire harness matched perfectly with factory harness wires so no confusion there. One thing that caused an issue, there's bracket in the rear of the receiver area that wouldn't allow the receiver to go all the way in. Looking at the info on Crutchfield now I see it says the REAR bracket will need to be unbolted or cut. I thought this was referring to taking out that notorious 10mm bolt which I already anticipated. Taking out that rear bracket was more work than I had time for. I was able to bend the bracket to get the receiver in. I'll go back later and take it out. Fit against console is good, no noticeable gaps. Once in sound was GREAT. Phone paired with receiver, making calls, and streaming music from phone to receiver in under 4 mins. Figured out functions without looking at manual in about 7 more mins. Total install time about 1.5 hrs because of rear bracket issue. All in all not bad and I'm happy.

    Pros: Easy install, made specifically for digital media, bluetooth, easy to use functions, simple manual, so far great sound quality

    Cons: Having to take out rear bracket but my fault for not understanding

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    Dave from Hampton virginia on 9/20/2013

    1992 Chevrolet S10
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    For the price i paid for this unit i am totally satisfied. Quality alpine head unit with everything i really needed.

    Pros: Easy to set up the options like Bluetooth. No crazy digital eq to mess with. High-mid-low level controll is the way to go for me and this unit had it. Im going to buy another unit for my other vehicle. Great unit great price.

    Cons: Didnt come wih a remote. That's it.

    GOOD UPGRADE VALUE

    BJAM-2003 toyota matrix XR from SATX on 9/18/2013

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    Good audio performer & sound upgrade

    Pros: Good value for OE replacement-HU lightweight

    Cons: Install kit required extra trim not noted beforehand

    Excellent entry level HU

    Trevor from Albert Lea,MN on 9/16/2013

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    Great entry level head unit!

    Pros: Price and performance

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    Simple to use - ended up buying a second one

    Ordinary Bob from Oradell, NJ on 9/15/2013

    2001 Honda Civic LX
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    I purchased this for my Accord to keep me entertained on a long commute for a new job. Within a few weeks, my wife asked me to get one for her car. I have an iPhone 4S, and it's a breeze to use with Bluetooth. When the phone rings, the music fades, the caller name comes up on the stereo, and I'm communicating.

    Pros: Simple, easy, no minimal learning curve

    Cons: Occasionally needs to be reconnected to the phone via Bluetooth. This may be due to both cars having the same stereo model.

    Alpine is the best

    Anonymous from Naalehu, HI on 9/15/2013

    2002 Toyota Echo
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    Best low priced digital receiver ever.

    Pros: No need for extra amp to push door speakers. This receiver pumps up at low volume. Fine tune your bass to your flavor. External mic is better than built in mics.

    Cons: Uhhhh, hmmmmm?????? None...

    Great unit for the money

    Brian B from Oregon on 9/7/2013

    1996 Dodge Ram 2500
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    This was perfect for what I wanted it for. I got new Bluetooth hearing aids and want to stream music through them. It works great. Very easy to pair with the stereo and my phone, and streaming music from my phone is a snap.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: I don't see a down side

    Great price

    lupe from Victoria, tx on 9/3/2013

    2005 Ford Mustang
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    Couldn't ask for a better stereo , alpine did good on this , for the price I payed I felt like I stole it cause it's worth way more than I payed , love it

    Pros: Great price

    Cons: None

    Great Value

    jay from Dry Ridge Ky on 9/2/2013

    2000 Honda Civic
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    excellent unit, up to date features, since I do not use CD's and I prefer flash drives or other sources like a sandisk to listen to music and audio books.

    Pros: has multiple auxiliary plug ins and blue tooth, controls are easy, owners manual is very simple for operation of unit.

    Cons: none at this time, still very new.

    Another winner from Alpine

    Willy from Leesburg Fl on 8/31/2013

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
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    This is the 5th Alpine head unit I've owned. I switch cars a lot. I haven't played a CD in years so this unit is perfect for me. The BT ties into my Galaxy S III perfect. The phone call quality is awesome. Keep in mind my install is in a Dodge diesel quad cab so ambient noise is a factor. Alpine has included echo cancelling or noise cancelling or both in the phone settings. The audio adjustments go way further than bass and treble. There are enough settings so that you can match the head unit to the speakers and the vehicle acoustics and your liking. I will be buying another one soon for my wife's Acura MDX. Only draw back is if you want front, rear and sub pre amp outputs this unit will make you select between rear or sub outputs. For me my amp has RCA output/pass through.

    Pros: Price, quality, sound, awesome blue tooth phone integration

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    Skark R from Chicago on 8/26/2013

    1993 Saab 900
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    Put it in my 20 year old car (SAAB 900) and it sounds better than most new cars. Deliriously happy. Can listen to my iPod while I motor around. Yeah!

    Pros: Sounds exquisite. Husband- not known for handyman abilities installed in one sweltering afternoon. Was inexpensive, but adds so much value and driving pleasure for so little money.

    Cons: Now I need new rear speakers... They're 20 years old too:(

    Great Product

    TimC from MA on 8/24/2013

    2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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    Excellent system for my truck great sound easy to operate and love to bluetooth.

    Pros: Easy installation great sound ease of operation just an all around great system. My friend want this system for his vehicle.

    Cons: none that I can see

    Great for the price

    Nymariarya from Jacksonville, FL on 8/22/2013

    2001 Volvo V70
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    This is my second Crutchfield installation for my car and it went smoothly. The bluetooth is something I did not have before so it is a good upgrade.

    Pros: Bluetooth.

    Cons: The microphone installation is a bit clunky in that the wire comes out the back of the unit and so you have to pinch the cord between the housing and the dash. The call quality for the person on the other end of the phone isn't great so it may be worth an upgrade to the microphone itself.

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    mike c from kentucky on 8/19/2013

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    good radio for money easy to install

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    Good quality, lots of options

    JK from Burbank, CA on 8/19/2013

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    Good quality build, small power upgrade from the stock head unit definitely shows. Things sound much more robust. For a small head unit this thing is packed with plenty of options, Bluetooth, USB audio, and cellphone integration. Not a bad little unit.

    Pros: Lots of options, good build, simple to use.

    Cons: Red/Blue color scheme is a bit strange.

    Great Product for the price!

    Acongo from La Jolla, CA on 8/19/2013

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    Despite the low price, this Alpine UTE-42BT has alot of practical features that even more expensive models like my Alpine 147-BT are lacking. I particularly enjoyed the ease of use of the Bluetooth audio and phone feautures. It is very easy and it performs greats everytime. The sound quality of mp3 and other compressed files is amazing fo someone that only liked CDs and WAV format with least compression. This radio does not disapoint in look either.

    Pros: Esae of use, sounf of mp3 files and lots of cool features for the price.

    Cons: I would have liked a case for the removable faceplate.

    Great sound & value

    jeffdiego from San Diego, CA on 8/18/2013

    2006 Toyota Camry Solara
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    Very pleased with this deck. I'm mostly using Pandora via Bluetooth. I should've gotten a model with Pandora built in. It's a hassle to change stations, etc using the phone. You can pause and skip tracks using the deck, though! If you have a sub, this has ample power for the other spkrs in your system.

    Pros: Great sound for under $100! Well built.

    Cons: None.

    Pretty good

    Adam from Austin TX on 8/17/2013

    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
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    Installation went smoothly enough. I had to remove the decorative bezel to get it to fit in my dash opening (on a '02 Subaru WRX), but this was the only minor glitch. Interface is reasonably intuitive, has a useful and mostly obvious set of controls, and is not distractingly flashy. It generally seems to do reasonable things when you guess at pushing buttons. Although it does play from iDevices just fine via Bluetooth or USB , it does not support AAC audio files (the format Apple uses for the iTunes music store) *when they're on flash drives*. This may be an edge case, but it's disappointing. You can pair up to 5 bluetooth devices with this, but switching from one to another is not intuitive (unless I'm missing something), which could get annoying when you and your SO both have smartphones. Ideally each bluetooth device would be a separate source device you could iterate through with the Source button. The owner's manual is only provided as a PDF on a CD, with a short booklet in paper form to get you started. They're both mediocre translations, but this seems to be a problem endemic to the industry. I'm giving this a middling "coolness factor" rating. Trying too hard to be cool would be bad.

    Pros: Straightforward interface Good price

    Cons: No support for AAC files on flash drives No easy way to switch between active bluetooth source devices

    Ditch the CD's !!

    Kwok from San Francisco, CA on 8/14/2013

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I've only had it a couple weeks but i am very happy so far. Buying from Crutchfield is great because they provide everything you need to install it. I was done installing it in less than 2 hours start to finish. It sounds much better than the factory radio. It's bluetooth ready and was able to pair it to my phone for handsfree talking during my commute to and from work. I can listen to music from my flash drive via the front USB port. Stuck in a 4GB flash drive in there with about 500 songs. Extremely easy to navigate which folders and songs to listen to but i usually just shuffle all anyway but you can also shuffle individual folders if you like. Also, if i want to stream music from my phone i can just plug into the aux input. I don't miss having a CD player at all. So much better not having CD's laying around the car and trying to decide which one to listen to and change CD's while driving. I think this receiver takes full advantage of the car's factory speakers capabilities much better than the stock radio. I can actually crank up the volume pretty high without the sound getting too distorted. I did kinda wish it came with a remote control standard so i can control it when i'm napping in my car but that is the only flaw i can think of.

    Pros: Easy to install. Great sound. Easy to control. Bluetooth ready works great. Love the front USB and Aux inputs, no need for cd's!

    Cons: Doesn't come with a remote control

    So easy to install.

    John from Virginia Beach, VA on 8/12/2013

    2003 Volvo XC70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Arrived very quickly. Was very easy to install. One minor issue was that the instructions for my make of car left out that I needed to put the electronics to sleep. I did not know this so I ended up having to have my air bags reset.

    Pros: Reasonable cost. Easily installed. Lots of features. Great sounds.

    Cons: Instructions for installation let out one important step.

    Nice Receiver!

    Tyler B. from Terrell, Texas on 7/20/2013

    1996 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good receiver, does what I want it to. It looks nice in my truck, great upgrade to the stock 96 Chevy radio. Sounds great with the Alpine speakers I put in the doors and rear. Overall I couldn't have gotten a better deal then on Crutchfield.

    Pros: Looks great. Performs great. Has a lot of features.

    Cons: Bluetooth connectivity sometimes works with Galaxy S3. There is a delay in the calling feature.

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    Anonymous from Carson California on 7/18/2013

    1995 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Great value, great product, great experience

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    Excellent Buy

    Sal from PA on 7/14/2013

    1990 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Overall I am very happy with the Alpine UTE-42BT. It has exceeded my expectations and would not hesitate to buy or recommend this radio to someone else. Keep in mind I am putting this radio in a 1990 Chevy Suburban and to my knowledge the speakers are stock. This radio sound great out of the box (a bit flat but it is set to "Flat" in the EQ presets). The sound quality is far better than the stock radio. Going through the EQ settings "Rock" is probably the most balanced for all types of music. Ease of use is high but the manual is a bit lacking in explanation of the configurations. After fiddling for a few minutes however most functions can be figured out quickly. Some issues I have with the radio: Blue and red do not mix well together. I have a redish interior and the big blue source button really kills the aesthetic. Keep it all one color or add some RGB LEDs and let the user decide. I am having issues with the microphone and when on calls the other person cannot hear me as if the mic is not working. There are two ports on the radio for mic input and I have tried both as well as turning up the gain. It may just be my phone (Galaxy Nexus running custom 4.1.1 software) Only a three band EQ. Even though the EQ works fine for me I feel in the digital music age and how small and powerful electronics are a 5 band EQ is pretty trivial and should be available at this price point

    Pros: Great sound quality and huge improvement in my 25yo truck. Easy to use, lots of features BT works great for playing music, basic player features work perfect on my Android phone.

    Cons: Mic not working with my phone Blue and red leds clash 3 band EQ

    I'm happy!

    alpine user from seattle on 7/14/2013

    1990 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I used to install stereos for a living, and time and again I would see old cars come in with working aftermarket decks, and they were almost always an Alpine. They work, they are reliable (My 7 year old Alpine has had the face removed and replaced every day for all those years without a single glitch), buttons feel good, and the interface is straightforward without a bunch of crap you will use once and never use again (like "concert hall" EQ settings). Having a single control knob makes way more sense than only buttons, because you don't have to look down while driving. Anyways, this deck is no exception. For the price, you get decent power, enough of inputs and outputs including sub control if you go that route. Bluetooth phone calls and music streaming (once you try it, you never want to go back), and some other stuff if you can afford an Iphone. I'm happy with the deck so far. The only complaint I have, and it's the same complaint I have with my other 7 year old Alpine deck, is the Ipod interface is still pretty clunky and occasionally irritating. The Ipod interface is an excellent tool as designed, and to restrict the user to using only the Alpine digital readout to navigate menus is dumb. The deck should still allow you to physically make choices on the actual IPod when desired. The other little irritant with it is there is a little bit of software code that goes into your Ipod and automatically switches on the repeat at end of selection setting. Great deck .

    Pros: Reliable, well built, good power, room for expansion, great options via Blue Tooth, usb, or aux input. Main control knob, not button. everything you need, very little you don't.

    Cons: ipod interface is lame

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    xrunner2005 from Big Timber , MT on 7/13/2013

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    this is a great product , the blue tooth hook up worked better than i thought !!! i would highly recommend this for any one looking for a deck with no cd player

    Pros: blue tooth hook up , hands free

    Cons: none

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    bwbinder from Atlanta, GA on 7/8/2013

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D-T
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great sound and a cool, Classic Alpine display appearance. This is simplicity and functionality all in one package. Fits well in a 1985 300DT. The instruction sheet from Crutchfield and pre-purchase online confirmation that the receiver would fit was a great help. When using the USB iPod connection, you cannot control the music from your iPod, but have to use the Alpine tuner knob. Better if you had the option to control the music from your iPod.

    Pros: Great sound Cool, Classic Alpine display appearance Simplicity and functionality all in one package. Instruction sheet from Crutchfield and pre-purchase online confirmation that the receiver would fit was a great help.

    Cons: USB iPod connection does not allow control of music from the iPod source

    Who uses CD's and cables anymore?

    KenC from Riverton, IL on 7/2/2013

    2000 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I installed this in my 17 year old daughter's 2000 Dodge Dakota. All she needed was a radio and something that would play music from her iPhone. This was the perfect unit. CD's and auxiliary cables are yesterday's news. The bluetooth connection was the perfect solution. She can stream her music from her phone and even talk on the phone with the included microphone. And she can control her iPhone from the head unit, meaning there's less fumbling with stuff to play her music; always a good thing. Installation was a snap. Between the wiring diagram in Alpine's manual and the wiring diagram that Crutchfield sent with their harness, matching up the wiring was a breeze. Following Crutchfield's Master Sheet made the actual installation go smoothly, too. Needless to say, I'm very happy with this unit and, more importantly, so is my daughter.

    Pros: Good sound, good looks, detachable face, it's an Alpine

    Cons: The operating instructions could be clearer, but they aren't impossible to figure out. If the instructions were clearer, I'd have given "Ease of Use" 5 stars instead of 4.

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    Jack S from Jackson, MS on 6/19/2013

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit for the money

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons: setup and use instructions leave a lot out

    great sterio

    Dave from Dallas ga on 6/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product for the money ..installed in my daughters 2001 corolla .. due to this having a removable face plate the face protrudes out more than the factory unit and doesn't look as neat as it could ... but install was very simple and it gives her Bluetooth so she wont mess with her phone while driving

    Pros: Value and options

    Cons: none

    Alpine UTE-42BT for Dodge Infinity Audio System

    NolanH from Montana on 6/12/2013

    2006 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great system, but if you are buying for the Infinity Audio System, you must buy the more expensive harness so that it will work with the amp already in your vehicle! Found this out the hard way and had to bypass the factory amp altogether. Was a hassle, but the stereo works amazing!

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    Integra from Alma,IL on 6/7/2013

    2001 Toyota Celica GTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very simple to operate

    Pros: Love the media player and Bluetooth feature.

    Cons: Bluetooth hands free quality is not the best, unless you have a quite car

    Good deck

    Bt from Hopewell Jct, NY on 6/1/2013

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Good enough for the price.

    Pros: Does what it's supposed to do, no issues with functionality.

    Cons: Doesn't sound nearly as good as the factory unit it replaced. (2010 subau legacy w Harmon kardon system)Has no audio filters, only bass-mid-treble. I needed Bluetooth so I kept it, but next time I won't buy the cheapest unit alpine makes.

    Lightweight heavyweight

    Michael P from Pace, FL. on 5/31/2013

    1967 Chevrolet Corvair
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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    When I first held this head unit I wondered if Alpine forgot to put the "guts" in it! Without any mechanics and needing just the circuit board inside it's almost an empty metal box--but that circuit board is plenty to absolutely amaze me. The capabilities of this Alpine are almost endless. The price is unbelievable, the install is simple, and well, it is an Alpine! I know I am old school but I wish owners manuals would come printed instead of dvd form. I realize there is more info and I can print if I want but still.

    Pros: Weight ,capabilities,build quality

    Cons: It wasn't free nor did it self-install out of the box

    Great reciever

    Joe S from Springfield, Va on 5/21/2013

    2005 Ford Ranger
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    Great sound ease of use.

    Pros: The Bluetooth audio streaming picks up instantly.

    Cons:

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    Moxman from Savannah on 5/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very reasonably priced. I had it installed with Bluetooth and it made such a difference. I now have hands free, the quality is very good. One of my better investments

    Pros: Awesome sound and handsfree

    Cons: None that I know

    Great unit!

    MBOKC from Oklahoma City on 5/14/2013

    2003 Land Rover Discovery
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am glad I chose this product. The quality and features for the price is great! The sound quality is a huge difference over my factory stereo. The feature set is excellent. The programming and controls take some getting used to as the menus could be better, but with a little tinkering it'll start making sense. The call quality and Bluetooth is pretty impressive, and the unit looks nice and isn't overly flashy.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Features, Looks

    Cons: Somewhat convoluted menus and programming

    CDs are sooo 2011! USB baby!

    James from Columbus, Ohio on 5/11/2013

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    So my 6 disk changer crapped out in my 4runner and I was expecting some pretty expensive replacement options. not the case!once I was able to accept change and let go of CD technology the USB feature sounded very interesting, and with USB flashdrives lowering price all the time I could get a drive with enough room to equal 20 CDs or more! AND, new technologies to play with like hands free and bluetooth - all for a couple hundred bucks and 4 or 6 hours of install/pregramming! One tip, if you can, find a youtube video showing you how to disassemble your cars dash - it saved me a lot of time. And support at Crutchfied was top notch!

    Pros: Great features, looks nice even though it was a different size than factory stereo

    Cons: I can't think of one!

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    Anonymous from san diego, ca on 5/11/2013

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
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    over all i like this unit. Easy installation, and pretty good sound. However like quite a few here was disappointed when Pandora quit working via bluetooth on my droid razor.

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    Disappointed

    John N from Williamstown, NJ on 5/10/2013

    1993 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very disappointed with this products sound quality. I purchased it for the convenience of not having to deal with CD's in the car, with hands off phone as a bonus. To my surprise, the sound quality from both the Bluetooth and USB connections are far inferior to the CD receiver it replaced. Most disturbing is Crutchfield's lack of response to my questions. I have been waiting over two weeks for a response to my question concerning how to utilize the receiver ATD converter to improve sound quality. So much for lifetime product support. This will be my last Crutchfield purchase. The implied value to pay top dollar is not there.

    Pros: No CD's. Hands off phone. Easy connectivity to iPhone.

    Cons: Bluetooth and USB sound far inferior to CD. No post sale help from Crutchfield.

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    DiabloBlanco from Patterson, CA. on 5/7/2013

    1993 Saturn SC2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Alpine UTE-42BT is an excellent head unit for the money! The sound quality is great and Bluetooth works very well. I bought this unit mainly for the USB input. I have a very long commute and CD's became a pain. Bluetooth is a plus. All controls work well but my only complaint would be the volume knob. The volume knob is also used to control file search on a thumb drive, sometimes when I reach to adjust volume I inadvertently push the button. This usually happens because of smooth California Highways! Trivial as it is it has happened quite a bit and then requires you to take your eyes off the road and see why the volume is not changing. Maybe its just me and I need to get used to it. Other than that I have no complaints and would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros: Front USB input, Bluetooth with streaming audio, NO CD's, Alpine quality.

    Cons: Sometimes difficult to change volume without inadvertently pushing search feature of the volume knob (on bumpy roads). Only 2 Pre Amp outputs.

    Great Unit For the price

    CW from Cincinnati, OH on 5/2/2013

    2012 Toyota Tacoma
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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It's a great unit for the price. The sound quality is good with factory speaker in my Tacoma. Blue tooth streaming and Bluetooth calling seems to work well. I don't miss having the CD player. Wish it had a USB port on the back so I could route a cable into the glove box. Titles display just fine for pandora / iTunes (iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.3) Im overall very pleased with the unit. I wish it didn't have a removable face.

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    Awesome

    Hassan from Houston, TX on 4/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Works very well and dramatically improved the sound of my stock speakers. The bluetooth works well when I need it. The display is cool, the Alpine blue button is a little awkward considering the rest of the buttons light up red. Overall, I'm love the purchase.

    Pros: Great sound Bluetooth works well Sleek look

    Cons: Can't search through iPod when plugged in by USB

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    Clubbers from Illinois on 4/26/2013

    2004 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
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    Great for the price. Sounds good

    Pros: Bluetooth phone works well

    Cons: Instructions for use not the best. States you can change some settings but not nothing in book about it. No clock display when radio is in the off position.

    Awesome budget media receiver

    Wagonbacker9 from Menomonee Falls WI on 4/18/2013

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    After installing Alpine's CDE-141 receiver in my sisters car last week I finally decided that the amp (JL 250/1) and subwoofer (elemental designs under the middle seat) I've been carrying in my Tahoe deserved to have some signal put their way. I'd planned on putting a double DIN DVD player in, but decided the iPad will suffice to entertain the growing child in the back seat and I'd rather just stick in a budget stereo. Seeing as I haven't used a CD since I had an aux input retrofitted into my car a couple years back, it only made sense to go with a CD-less unit. For a budget unit, this thing is FANTASTIC. It includes freq center, high and low pass crossovers, and while not overly powerful, the internal amp is perfectly serviceable for most listeners needs. I have Alpine Type E (read: CHEAP component set) 6.5s up front, and stock speakers in the back and I am THRILLED with the quality for my minimal investment. I've had $2500 stereo systems, and while thats clearly not what this is, for the money spent, its WAY more.

    Pros: Great feature list for a unit in this price range

    Cons: Remember: No CD player!

    Excellent Receiver, worth the money especially compared to competitior

    SergBerg from Gilroy. CA on 4/16/2013

    1996 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great buy, worth the money. Easy connectivity, Bluetooth is easy to set up and USB connectivity is excellent. Other receivers didn't have bluetooth and USB connectivity was not good but was able to get both for the same price when I bought this Alpine. The faceplate is well organized and professional, buttons are solid when you press them and the blue source button is cool when dark. Installed in my Mazda 626 no problem, even though recommendations said it would not fit.

    Pros: Professional looking Faceplate, sturdy buttons, great connectivity with bluetooth and USB. Many EQ options

    Cons:

    GREAT HEAD UNIT

    ASKJJ from ALLENTOWN,PA. on 4/15/2013

    1997 BMW 7 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    GREAT HEAD UNIT SOUND WISE EASE OF USE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. PRICE EASE OF INSTALL SET UP ONLY ONE DRAWBACK THE BLUETOOTH DISCONNECTS TO OFTEN FOR MY TASTE.THEN ONE HAS TO DISCONNECT BLUETOOTH THEN RECONNECT TO OFTEN.THE ONE AND OINLY DRAWBACK.BESIDES THAT GREAT HEAD UNIT FOR PRICE.

    Pros: EVRYTHING

    Cons: ONLY ONE THING THE BLUETOOTH BUGS NEED TO BE WORKED OUT ON FUTURE HEAD UNITS

    NICE PRICE, GOOD FEATURES

    GeorgeM from Los angeles,ca on 4/10/2013

    2012 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Very good unit with good features., cant beat the price for bluetooth , and ease of use

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    Nice for the money

    SteveM from New York, NY on 4/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    First off, Crutchfield does a great job of giving just about everything you need to install a new stereo, except I needed to buy some crimps and crimpers to join the harnesses up. No big deal, once I'd crimped 2 wires, I had the hang of it again... For the money, this head unit is great. However, rather than my previous experience with a CDA-9812RB years ago, sound quality isn't a massive improvement. Radio reception is much better than the factory Shaker 500, and it does sound better in general, but you can see Alpine really scrimped with the amp power. That 9812 was in the last of the 60wx4 RMS and you really could tell. Anyway, enough reminiscing. Bluetooth Audio is great, it's very easy to connect to it as well. The front USB is ok, but I don't really like having a stick poking out of the front. It's a very good starting point though, and I'm sure I'll be using Crutchfield again for new speakers and something to replace though terrible Shaker 500 subwoofers...

    Pros: Cheap Connects to Bluetooth devices really easily

    Cons: Not the best sounding

    Works awesome

    Rick from Chester va on 4/5/2013

    2007 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Love everything about this stereo

    Pros: Easy to use and good price

    Cons: None

    Great Product! Great Service

    Raj from Memphsi, TN on 4/5/2013

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    After a lot of research I bought this product for my Honda 1999 Civic and installed it myself. I ran into trouble in between and called customer service in the middle of Sunday- they were very knowledgeable and provided the solution in a few steps. Overall very satisfied with the product, service and will surely recommend to anyone. Kudos Crutchfield team!!!!!!!!!!

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    Pandora Streaming works with Windows Phone 8!

    Dave from Western NY on 4/4/2013

    2010 Toyota Matrix
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    Great Stereo! Does exactly what I need it to do. I have a Windows Phone 8 - Lumia 822 (Give it a try!). I was worried that Pandora streaming via BT wouldn't work because I've read some reports that it doesn't work with some Android phones. I am happy to report that it works flawlessly! The radio sounds good over all, even with factory speakers in my 2010 Matrix. I have some component speakers and a sub that I will likely be hooking back up soon and this radio will accommodate them just fine. I wish it offered 3 pre outs with at least 3V each (outputs 2V) but for the price this unit can't be beat!

    Pros: Does what I need it to do. Sounds good, even with factory speakers.

    Cons: Only 2 (2V) Pre-Outs. No faceplate case included.

    Great stereo, strong value

    JR from Orlando, FL on 3/27/2013

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Very happy with this unit. Installation was a snap and everything works well. The BT audio portion has been seamless and troublefree.

    Pros: Good sound, great value, strong BT functionality

    Cons: No clock (or I haven't figured it out yet)

    Radio install.

    Richard from Austin Texas on 3/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    radio was easy to install but I received the wrong wiring harness!

    Pros: Great Radio!

    Cons: Wrong wiring harness!

    NO Pandora support???

    Tien from Spokane, WA on 3/13/2013

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Looks like there's been a few review about Pandora not working. Well, I can confirm that it doesn't work on my phone either. I have a DROID Razr that's stock. Bluetooth audio works well, play and skip buttons work also, but the unit doesn't take control of phone like the JVC unit that I had. There's not even a mention in the word 'pandora' in the manual.

    Pros: Good sound. Build quality seem pretty good. Audio is crisp and the mic picks up my voice better than my JVC unit that I had.

    Cons: No pandora app mode definitely made me mad. I might play around with this unit a bit more before I return it and get the new JVC unit that's the same price.

    Impressed

    kjacksonmusic from Florida on 3/13/2013

    1998 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Value

    I purchased this head unit to replace an old one that came in my used 98 Cherokee when I bought it. The install was quick and painless just spliced the wiring harness in and plugged in the radio. After the install I was anxious to see if this unit would pair with my Google Nexus 4, as this is the main reason I purchased it.. Anyways I turned on Bluetooth and paired to the receiver (dont forget you have to confirm pairing on the unit) and immediately ANY media I played on my phone was going through my car stereo, I tried Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and watched youtube videos all without an issue, I made a phone call and it sounded great. I have no complaints about this unit other than.... tag data doesn't seem to make it to the head unit for example I play a song by the Beatles and choose to view artist on the head unit it just says "artist" on the display nothing happens, maybe I missed a step so I will go over this further. Sidenote: To the reviewer below me or anyone else that reads his review I am and Android Developer, and although the framework maybe similar ensure that you are running Android STOCK and not HTC Sense with Android or Samsung Touchwiz etc I don't believe those things are supported as it is not Stock Android and there may be where your issues lie.

    Pros: Easy to setup. Menu navigation is intuitive ie theres a back button. Easily pairs with STOCK ANDROID 4.2.2. BT Sounds just as good as plugging directly into the AUX. PARAMETRIC EQ and HPF are a huge bonus for my small speakers.

    Cons: Metatag data not displayed =[ (this may be an configuration issue)

    Alpine review

    MDA from Boston, MA on 3/7/2013

    2001 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this Alpine unit to replace my factory Ford Radio. I don't like Cassette or CD in my autos. When I found this, I thought it was the answer to my prayers. It had hands free support for Android and iPhone. I specifically wanted it for listening to Pandora while I drive and the hands free support. The install went perfect in about 15 minutes. It only took that long because I took my time and hid the microphone wire. The Crutchfield hardware made this easy breezy. I didn't cut any of the factory wiring....then the real fun began. I paired it with my Android phone and it connected seamlessly. I made/received a phone call on it without a hitch. It downloaded my phone book into the head unit with no problems. The Pandora feature...well...doesn't work! The minute I switch to Bluetooth Mode it attempts to play music from my music player on my Android Device. If I manually kill the app then turn on Pandora, it immediately brings up the music player app again. I tried this on 2 Android phones with the same issue. If I delete the music on my Android device and force close the app...it opens it up again and says "Searching". Apparently Alpine has not fixed this issue. I searched Google and found many articles on this issue. I called Crutchfield Tech support. They were very cool and helpful, but in the end, their answer was, "It varies with the Android phone you are using." Sorry, I don't buy that. The hype on the model states this: Enjoy Pandora® control...

    Pros: Very nice lay out with menus. Nice easy to read display. Many high end features found on high dollar models. Sound quality is very good. The work around for pandora is to use the headphone jack of your phone and AUX IN on the radio....losing BT capabilities of course.

    Cons: No Pandora support for Android even though it states it will work via Blue Tooth. It does not. Alpine blames the phone, the phone manufacturer blames Alpine, and Crutchfield is unaware of any issues. False advertisement on the Bluetooth Alpine! They of course will not tell you which phones do work with this model. The volume knob feels really cheap.

    Great Budget Headunit

    JasonH from Rowland Heights, CA on 3/7/2013

    1998 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I've been an Alpine fan for a long time now and this is by far, one of the best value systems they have offered. I've had a few higher end Alpines such as the CDA-9887 and iDA-x305 and even the budget friendly CDE-121. Of all these, I would have to say the UTE-42BT is up there in terms of value. It's hard to beat the price for a quality built head unit with working bluetooth system. Before this unit, I was using the Pioneer MVH-P8200BT and besides expandability, it doesn't hold a candle to this unit. The microphone is clearer, more user friendly interface and bluetooth audio. Unlike other units that have bluetooth audio, the Alpine system allows hi-rate bluetooth audio so it doesn't sound like 128kbps audio. My only real gripe besides expandability would have to be the blue button to change the source. I feel it's too bright at night but it might be okay to others.

    Pros: Hi-rate Bluetooth Audio, Simple Interface, Excellent Build Quality

    Cons: Lack of Expandability

    Details

    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red/Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    USB + Aux Connectivity
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine UTE-42BT features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) technology. The head unit's built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine UTE-42BT.

    Pairing: The Alpine UTE-42BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one device can be used at a time)

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (including iPhone & Android). The controls of the KDC-BT555U can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine UTE-42BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's display.
      • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
      • Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
      • Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
    • Placing Calls: The Alpine UTE-42BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine UTE-42BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and redial with compatible phones.
      • Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact.
      • Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 entries (3 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can select the first 3 call letters (ABC) to search for a desired name in your phonebook.
      • Preset Dialing: You can assign phone numbers that you dial frequently to presets (1-6) for quick recall. You can assign up to six frequently called phone numbers. A total of 18 phone numbers can be stored in the preset memory (6 numbers for each mobile phone paired).
      • Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
    Note: During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.  mute the

    External Microphone with Noise Cancellation: The included external microphone (with visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers. The external microphone is tuned and engineered to reduce noise interference and feedback. This allows optimal placement in your car, for the best possible sound quality. You can adjust the microphone's volume level; and even mute the microphone, so your voice will not be heard by the caller. The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.625" (deep); and features an attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Alpine UTE-42BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone (including iPhone & Android). The UTE-42BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The UTE-42BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Alpine UTE-42BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the UTE-42BT and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Alpine UTE-42BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Bluetooth Sound Quality Adjustments: You can customize the sound of your Bluetooth hands-free experience to fit your own preferences. You can adjust the UTE-42BT's mic gain, phone output, & ring tone volume. If that's not enough, there are 5 sound quality settings to choose from to get the balance just right for you. This flexibility will make your phone calls a pleasurable experience.

    • Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of phone call, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference. The Phone Talk Level, Ring Tone, & Mic Gain are all adjustable between -5 to + 5 dB.
    • Sound Types: This unit provides 5 methods to improve the sound quality of your calls. You can choose the type according to your own preference - Type 1 (standard mode), Type 2 (enhances noise reduction), Type 3 (enhances echo-cancellation), Type 4 (enhances both noise reduction & echo cancellation), & Type 5 (weakens both noise reduction & echo-cancellation).

    Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.

    • All: The audio will be output from all of the speakers in the car
    • F-L: The sound is only output from the front left speaker.
    • F-R: The sound is only output from the front right speaker.
    • F-LR: The sound is output from the front left and front right speakers.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's front-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod/USB cable that came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the UTE-42BT.

    • Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine UTE-42BT supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone; as well as music apps downloaded on your Apple device. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the Alpine head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen (App Direct Mode).
      • Head Unit: The Alpine UTE-42BT lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, Audiobook, or Genius Mix. You can then search these categories alphabetically. For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0-6%, Preset 2: 17-32%, Preset 3: 33-49%, Preset 4: 50%-66%, Preset 5: 67-82%, Preset 6: 83-100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback modes (Album/Song/All) and one Repeat mode (song).
      • App Direct Mode: In App Direct Mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Alpine head unit. Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are available from the head unit. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate advanced functions of your music apps. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • Information Display: The UTE-42BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod/iPhone from the Alpine head unit or the Apple devices clickwheel/touchscreen. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The unit will also display station identification and song/artist information from select music apps.
    • iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine UTE-42BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/5/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Bluetooth Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Phone Audio Siri Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y