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Alpine UTE-52BT

Digital media receiver

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Smartphone-friendly

If your smartphone is the hub of your communication and entertainment, Alpine's UTE-52BT digital media receiver will make an ideal travel companion. This receiver works with both iPhone® and Android™ models, so you can listen to stored music or stream Pandora® and other Internet radio apps with your phone. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity lets you enjoy your tunes, plus hands-free conversations. All of your digital music will sound great, thanks to the built-in 24-bit digital audio converter.

Alpine UTE-52BT Digital Media Receiver

Use the Alpine TuneIt App to get your sound just right

Your sound, your way

The Alpine TuneIt App gives you the ability to fine-tune your car's sound. Just download the free app onto your iPhone or Android smartphone and create a profile including your car and sound system information. The app will help you your adjust the receiver's 9-band parametric EQ, frequency filters, Media Xpander, and other sound settings for your specific vehicle, or you can use the settings already created for your car in Alpine's ever-growing vehicle database. Better yet, you can check out settings that other users have created for your specific vehicle on Facebook.

If you're into bass, you can use Bass Engine SQ tuning to optimize your car's bass performance, and customize its five bass profiles with the TuneIt App. If you're planning on adding an amp or two to your system, the UTE-52BT features three sets of 2-volt preamp outputs, so you have plenty of options. You can then make further adjustments by updating the settings in your TuneIt App profile.

Everything you need

With the handy front USB port, you can plug in a flash drive that you've loaded up with music, or connect your iPod® or iPhone to listen to music. You can also connect a portable MP3 player or other sound source to the front auxiliary input.

The UTE-52BT works with SiriusXM's SXV200 tuner (sold separately), making it easy to tune into satellite radio's in-depth music, news, and entertainment  programming wherever you drive. 

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use 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 receiver. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • 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 calls and music streaming
    • plays MP3, WMA, and WAV music files
    • compatible with iPod, iPhone, and Android
    • Alpine TuneIt App allows for extensive sound adjustment
    • App Mode for metadata display and basic control of select music apps
    • external microphone included
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric EQ
    • 24-bit digital audio converter
    • low-pass/high-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and sub)
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    Excellent value media player

    Written By Roman dJ, California on Monday, July 06, 2015

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    As expected from an Alpine product, this is an excellent receiver and media player. With 4 different inputs (BT, USB stick, iPod, aux in) to play your digital music files, this is a huge upgrade from my old Kenwood CD player. I can play just about anything from my Android phone or any passenger with an iPhone can play his/her music. There is ample power to the speakers in my truck with easy outputs to add an amp and the installation was a breeze with the Crutchfield diagrams.

    Pros: - Multiple input modes - Great sound and power to speakers - BT connects easily to Android

    Cons: - Setting up connections and menus are a bit clunky. (but there's only so much you can do with a single line output - No ability to change display colors - Don't forget to turn off DEMO mode!

    Alpine - great features for the $$$

    Written By JeffS, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 27, 2015

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    After a straightforward install into OEM slot, the Alpine fired right up and sounded great. Settings were quite intuitive with many choices, sound quality excellent. Bluetooth connected easily with my cell phone. With Bluetooth, microphone did a great job of sounding clear in spite of significant car noise.

    Pros: Good features for the price. Bluetooth pairing and sound quality very good.

    Cons: Wish the Tune-It app was available for all platforms (no go on tablet or on Windows phone)

    Ease of use paired with great sound quality.

    Written By EvanT, Augusta, GA on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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    I purchased this head unit to replace an older Sony and I'm very pleased with the overall quality of the sound. Currently my Sierra has factory speakers but this unit has changed the sound for the better. Currently have no gripes with this head unit.

    Pros: Great sound quality, well-built, easy to set up, and an easy to navigate UI.

    Cons: None to list.

    Another great Alpine product

    Written By grizzlyd, Michigan on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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    You can't go wrong with this unit, great sound quality and control especially for the price. Very easy to use and the "tune it app" works great as far as audio adjustments, I have not used the other features of the app. Bluetooth is awesome! My Pioneer made me enter a pin everytime I connected but this connects as soon as I turn the truck on. Can't say enough great buy, great service, and fast delivery.

    Pros: Bluetooth 9 band eq Sounds quality Cosmetics

    Cons: No cons I can find yet.

    Great Unit

    Written By RK, Riverbank, CA on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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    This is a great unit for the money. Easy install and light weight with no CD transport.

    Very nice stereo!

    Written By L. Devillier, Louisiana on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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    Very easy installation with included wiring harness and mounting bracket. Love all the features, especially bluetooth. Sounds great with the Kicker speakers I purchased at the same time. Excellent upgrade on 14 year old factory sound.

    Great Head unit

    Written By Matt, Tucson, Az. on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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    Replace factory unit and it's like night to day in compare. Very happy to use smart phone to receive music.

    Pros: Anything was a pro in this replacement, but I like it has no CD player to worry about breaking. They are about obsolete anyway!

    Cons: Still learning all the bells and whistles this unit has but I'm a slow learner.

    Very Nice Head Unit!!!

    Written By Anonymous, Boise, Idaho on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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    Great look! , good frequency range, talks to everything in your digital arsenal... Sans CD/tape ;) Very happy with this well priced head unit!!!

    Pros: A bunch!!!

    Cons: A bit 'steppy' when setting functions... 2-3 steps to adjust HPF for example

    very happy

    Written By alex, phoenix, az on Thursday, June 11, 2015

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    Love this, the app is cool. I suck at tuning a stereo, so using other people's is great

    Pros: Works great

    Cons: No color change

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Written By Eric, Wisconsin on Thursday, June 11, 2015

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    Great radio with easy bluetooth pairing.

    Pros: super simple to use with great sound

    Cons: no windows phone app.

    Solid head unit for the money

    Written By Kisert, Colorado on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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    Solid alpine for the money. The head unit is certainly quality to be sub $150. But then again, it's Alpine. Viewable in any light which is great, the technology is really nice with the app that Alpine has usable for the head unit. Audio quality of the bluetooth hands free for calling is not very good, so I don't see myself using it much, but all-in-all it's great for the money

    Pros: Great price viewable in all light good sound quality technology is cool with the tunIT app

    Cons: audio for hands free is not very good bluetooth seems to really want to play files on my phone, even when I have started spotify to play. A little buggy there, but it works

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Written By Eric, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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    GREAT Alpine unit for the price. Sound is awesome and features cover all the bells and whistles of today's modern technology!

    Alpine made simple

    Written By Brad, Tampa, Florida on Monday, June 08, 2015

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    If your looking for a simple system for blue tooth, this is it. Good quality for using phone, sounds allot better then stock stereo and improved the sound of my base speaker.

    Pros: Great stereo for the price

    Cons: Setting up display

    No more commercials.

    Written By Anonymous, Woodbine, GA on Monday, June 08, 2015

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    This is the second one of these I have purchased and installed. No problem interfacing with either Android or Apple devices. Hands free phone reception and clarity on part with higher priced units. All of my portable music players have worked perfectly providing me with commercial free music while driving.

    Pros: Price, adjustable preset volume level for each input.

    Cons: Limited on display lighting options.