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Our take on the Alpine UTE-42BT

by Ken Nail
Alpine

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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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.

Alpine UTE-42BT

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.

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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:

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

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    • 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

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    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 Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    USB + AUX Playback

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Alpine UTE-42BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine UTE-42BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Description
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/255 files per folder
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    Text/File/Folder Search: When you are playing a USB device ID3 or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track, file, or folder by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track. For  USB devices without ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine UTE-42BT offers Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Repeat Play (repeats playback of current track/file), Folder Repeat (repeats only files in current folder).
    • Random: Random Play (all tracks/files are played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are played back in random order).

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit: such as a portable MP3 player. You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the front panel input; Auxiliary, TV, DVD, Portable, or Game.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine UTE-42BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.

    Local/Distance Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Alpine UTE-42BT features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Note: When an external amplifier is connected sound quality can be improved by stopping the power supply of the built-in amplifier.

    Head Unit Power Pack (optional): Add the KTP-445 (500KTP445, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 is compact enough to install behind the Alpine digital media receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    Subwoofer Control: When the non-fading subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume, low-pass filter, & phase.

    • Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer output.
      • System 1: Subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting.
      • System 2: Subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting (0-15); even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible.
    • Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can be set to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (through).
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front-channel preamp output (when activated). You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (through).

    Preset EQ: You can select from 11 different EQ presets to get the best sound from all your sources. You can choose from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electric Dance, Hip-Hop, Easy Listening, Country, Classical, or User.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: The User Preset activates the head unit's 3-Band Parametric Equalizer for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted in the 3-Band Parametric mode.

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Q-Factor Level
    Bass 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz   Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.5, or Narrow. 2.0 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Midrange 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Treble 7.5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz Wide 0.75 or Narrow 1.25 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)

    Note: The units stores independent EQ settings for each source (Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, and Bluetooth).

    Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume.

    Media Xpander: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. The FM radio, USB, iPod/iPhone, Bluetooth, and Aux-input will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.

    Source Volume Level: The output level of each source is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit's front-panel is detachable to deter theft (no face case included). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    1-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 1-Line white-backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations and ID-3/WMA tag information.

    Text Display: The digital media receiver will display the folder name, the file name, and the tag information, while playing a USB device loaded with MP3/WMA music files.

    Text Scroll: This unit can scroll the text information of MP3/WMA files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.

    • Auto: The information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically.
    • Manual: The display is scrolled when a when a track is changed.

    Auto Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead (orange); when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

    Demo Mode: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.

    Angle Mounting: For proper playback, Alpine recommends mounting the UTE-42BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine UTE-42BT is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

     
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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!

    Written By Adam, Columbus, OH on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    Ute42bt

    Written By Anonymous, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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    Love it!
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    5 out of 5

    Great in my 2005 Jeep Unlimited Rubi

    Written By Life Unlimited, East Tennessee on Friday, February 21, 2014
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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).
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    5 out of 5

    Who needs a CD Player

    Written By Josh, San Diego on Monday, February 17, 2014
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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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    4 out of 5

    Car audio for BMW 325ci convertible

    Written By Kent, Kansas on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine Car Stereo, a must have

    Written By Klaus, Wauchula on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Love It!

    Written By Ry Guy, Banning, Ca on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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    Luvin' this Receiver. The Bluetooth to My iPhone is Awesome.
    Pros:
    Easy Install
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    car radio

    Written By Alpine UTE-42BT, Santa Rosa, Ca. 95401 on Sunday, February 09, 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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine UTE-42BT

    Written By Anonymous, grants pass on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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    Exactly what I was looking for.
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    5 out of 5

    YAYYY!!!

    Written By CHRISTINAH, MARYLAND on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine UTE-42BT

    Written By Anonymous, greenville,sc on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    met expectations
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT !!!

    Written By CL Judy, Elkins, WV on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    LOVE IT!

    Written By T.H, Hudson, oh on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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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)
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    4 out of 5

    does a lot for really low price

    Written By BIGGWALLY, San Francisco on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
     
    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
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    5 out of 5

    Very impressed

    Written By Zach, Jacksonville, Texas on Saturday, January 04, 2014
     
    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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine UTE

    Written By sparkingscrew, Summerfield, NC on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine

    Written By Qid, Stony Point NY on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    It was easy to install sounds great
    Pros:
    Easy. Can use my Ipod
    Cons:
    Doesn't have rear Ipod input
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    5 out of 5

    Nice head unit

    Written By Michael, Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine UTE-42BT

    Written By Dennis, Maryland on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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    Nice unit easy to install with the harness
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent priced media player for the features.

    Written By Ron I, Flathead Valley, MT on Monday, October 28, 2013
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deck

    Written By Waldo, Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great media center

    Written By Joe H, Nottingham, MD on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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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
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    4 out of 5

    Great Little Unit

    Written By djterry, Dacula, GA on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine ute-42bt head unit

    Written By Dave, Hampton virginia on Friday, September 20, 2013
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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.
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    3 out of 5

    GOOD UPGRADE VALUE

    Written By BJAM-2003 toyota matrix XR, SATX on Wednesday, September 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
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent entry level HU

    Written By Trevor, Albert Lea,MN on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    Great entry level head unit!
    Pros:
    Price and performance
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    5 out of 5

    Simple to use - ended up buying a second one

    Written By Ordinary Bob, Oradell, NJ on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine is the best

    Written By Anonymous, Naalehu, HI on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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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...
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit for the money

    Written By Brian B, Oregon on Saturday, September 07, 2013
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Great price

    Written By lupe, Victoria, tx on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By jay, Dry Ridge Ky on Monday, September 02, 2013
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Another winner from Alpine

    Written By Willy, Leesburg Fl on Saturday, August 31, 2013
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine UTE-42BT

    Written By Skark R, Chicago on Monday, August 26, 2013
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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:(
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By TimC, MA on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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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
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the price

    Written By Nymariarya, Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine UTE-42BT

    Written By mike c, kentucky on Monday, August 19, 2013
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    good radio for money easy to install
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    4 out of 5

    Good quality, lots of options

    Written By JK, Burbank, CA on Monday, August 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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product for the price!

    Written By Acongo, La Jolla, CA on Monday, August 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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound & value

    Written By jeffdiego, San Diego, CA on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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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.
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty good

    Written By Adam, Austin TX on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    Installation went smoothly enough. I had to remove the decorat