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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    alpine

    Written By a, fruitland Iowa 52749 on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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    Installation was smooth. Improved sound quality and loudness of current equipment tune app creates custom sound for listening preference

    Pros: Install is smooth

    Cons: Use of all features took a little figuring out

    Just What I needed

    Written By Anonymous, Connecticut on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    All I needed was a unit to play my flash drive based music and connect my phone via bluetooth. This unit fits my needs perfectly. I've been an Alpine brand fan for some time and continue with the UTE-52BT.

    Pros: Front USB port. Easy installation. Bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Faceplate can be tricky to attach. Only blue light for faceplate color, with there were others.

    Love Alpine

    Written By RIck, Kentucky on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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    Great product, love the sound, easy to install

    Pros: All of the options to play music from Iphone.

    Perfect for my needs

    Written By Anonymous, Arizona on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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    Perfect radio for what I was looking for. I love that there is no CD player as I only listen to Pandora via the Aux port.

    Pros: Easy to use, no CD player, good sound quality.

    Cons: The phone microphone and speaker sound is not of great quality but enough to check voicemails or have quick conversations. I wouldn't use it for a conference call. Could use a manual dimmer and the ability to change color on the illumination to match my car.

    1st Alpine Experience

    Written By Tom, Troy, MI on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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    I bought this after being a Pioneer guy for the last 15 years. My main draw was the 9 band Parametric EQ which offers plenty of control. It also has plenty of other features that let me Taylor the sound output. I would like to see some more work on refinement to the unit however. I can't believe it's 2015 and we are still stuck with calculator like displays. The display doesn't even allow for viewing the time and station, it's one or the other. There's actually room for more to be displayed if the font size was a bit smaller and they used more areas of the display. Overall though I bought this unit more for what it does. I just wish they would put a little more into the polish of the unit.

    Pros: Tons of Audio Control --9 Band Parametric EQ --No tacky features ie: flashing backlighting --Tune it App is a great feature --Higher rms power than most

    Cons: --Buttons too close to one another and small --Volume Knob not linear: trying to turn the volume down quickly results in it not moving much at all. --Buttons have a cheaply clunky feel when using. --Custom tune disappears after selecting a stock one and then trying to go back to custom(need to connect to tune it app again and STOP CAR in order to get it back-annoying). --Screen technology hasn't changed since 1990 --Limited info on screen. Font size and space could be utilized better.

    bluetooth randomly resets whole unit . happens 3-4 tmes

    Written By paul s, Massachusetts on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    i initially loved this unit had it for a year now but over last few months the unit reset while connected to bluetooth at least 3-4 times a week.sometimes in the middle of a call .... i have checked an rechecked all electrical connections. wondering if there is any software update for unit? and i also had to replace microphone because factory failed after 4 months. i had high hopes for this but it falls short for alpine quality.

    Cons: Blu

    Crutchfield response on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    ALPINE!!!

    Written By Anonymous, wichita, ks on Saturday, April 04, 2015

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    This cd player is great it has all the options you need to adjust your speakers or sub, the bluetooth is awesom if conects with my phone when i get in my truck automatically or you can manually connect it however you prefer, the sound quality is great alot better than AUX connection......the only thing i thought this cd player had that it didnt was a cd player, so you might make sure you pick the one with the options you prefer, its not to big of a deal because all my music is on my computer anyways so i just put it onto a usb card and plug it into my cd player.

    Who needs CD's anymore

    Written By 21st Century Digital Boy, California on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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    Who needs CD's anymore? Not me. Only have had it a couple of weeks now, and already need to upgrade OEM speakers. Luv the connectivity and the hands free phone.

    Pros: Hands free phone, no wires, connectivity options, no more CD's for me's

    Cons: bluetooth audio paused on it's own

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Written By stevie, California on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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    great sound and easy to install and looks great. put it into my 2006 toyota coma

    Pros: sound quality is very good

    Cons: none

    1st media receiver

    Written By Becks, Missouri on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    So far so good. Just installed about a week ago and going strong. Love the unit for its simplicity and usage. Installed in a VW Beetle and that was a challenge but overall very easy to use and great quality, as usual, from Alpine.

    Pros: Easy to use, high quality, and superb sound.

    Cons: none

    Unless your the passenger

    Written By Richard, Arizona on Saturday, March 28, 2015

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    This receiver is a nightmare to operate unless your the passenger and can devote all your attention looking through a magnifying lens at which button to press. The control buttons are so hard to read! I bought the unit to install in my wife's Subaru. She did not like it and wanted her receiver reinstalled even though the cd was broke. So I did and put in Ranger and now I don't like it. Since the 60 day return warranty is up I will need to take my eyes off the road for many seconds to change a setting.

    Pros: sounds good

    Cons: Terrible design

    Good Radio

    Written By Hate to see it go i upgraded, California on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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    Build Quality I gave it 2 star because buttons are to close together, I'm old school and I think they should of kept the green lights on all alpine's to with 2-3 colors at least.

    Pros: No dimmer what's going on with tech stuff? it don't cost like nothing to put a Dimmer in all radios because most of the radios are really to bright! you should make them as you like your dash lights- that's one thing I upgraded to another radio because of the features this Alpine had been lacking, the sound is great I'll give them that.

    Cons: ( bass and sound settings have 2 buttons you have to go through), sent it back had trouble with it not putting out enough single to amp for the Kicker sub DVC very low but not blaming Alpine could be the harness for the car just could not figure it out so everything is coming new to see what's going on with it should had nothing to do from the output of the RCA out of the radio and have harness trouble weird, ??

    outstanding sound impressive price

    Written By notcaught, Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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    on top of the price this unit is impressive on multiple levels from the ease of installation through the massive list of functions to the outstanding quality of the sound (I installed a small powered sub but it would stand well on its own. it has plenty enough power to fill my suv. i have not yet installed the speaker upgrades and the sound improvement is already astronomical. the user instruction could be a bit more clear though it is fairly intuitive after spending some time with it. the 9band parametric EQ is a godsend for fine tuning the sound although it sounded great before having touched it. the buttons are small and difficult to use while driving. however the inclusion of a steering wheel control adaptor voided this problem. having steering wheel controls I would recommend the adaptor in order to retain those controls. and being all digital I have cleared space not having cd's everywhere.

    Pros: loads of features. minimum price. all digital. extremely easy to install. outstanding sound quality. once you learn the functions it is easy to navigate

    Cons: without steering wheel controls the buttons are far too small to use while driving. instructions could be better written and more in depth (if you are not tech savvy, you may need a teen)

    Great Feature Set/Small Buttons

    Written By momule, Missouri on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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    Lots of equipment for the price with typical great Alpine quality. I don't use BT so no thoughts there but installs easily, has good sound and fantastic range of features. It focuses on quality sound and not on pretty (gaudy) light displays. Doesn't play CD's but CD's are almost ancient history anyway. Radio has good reception. My system is in an 02 Ford Ranger Regular Cab and it is: 4-Polk DXi571 5X7 coaxial speakers in stock locations, Sound Ordnance B-8PTD Powered Sub: (8" woofer with 125W RMS class D amp), Alpine UTE-52BT Media Player/Receiver Head Unit, Alpine KTP-445A Amp (45W RMS X 4), Dynamat in doors and on back wall of cab. This setup sounds better than great to my 61 year old ears...will never win a competition but I don't get that anyway. The sub especially adds that low end that the Polks struggle with at lower volume listening. Might add a pair of Polk tweeters to the A-pillar in the future just to raise the soundstage from the floor but the 6X9's are very good at mid to high range by themselves.

    Pros: Total control of music tonal quality. Subwoofer controls are outstanding. The add-on plug and play amp is a must have addition (KTP445A). Display has two step adjustability. If what you want is a machine that plays flash drive, IPod, Pandora, has Bluetooth, and totally provides control over sound quality this is your machine.

    Cons: Buttons are small and too close together...volume knob also is push selector and it's too easy to push instead of rotate. Limited text display which is inexcusable but not a deal breaker. Menu tree is a bit convoluted so it takes some playing with to get used to...this is an Alpine thing.

    7124693437

    Written By mike, Clare, IA on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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    great value great stereo bluetooth works flawlessly great addition to my semi.

    Perfect for teenagers and young adults

    Written By Anonymous, Chester, VA on Monday, March 16, 2015

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    Purchase was for sons first car. Has the features he loves. The fact he owns no cd's and all his music is digital still blows me away . Did everything well as advertised . Nice unit.

    Might have to switch

    Written By satxSPURS, Texas on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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    Having just purchased less than a month ago, I might have to replace it. I'm having an issue with the the BT feature. Randomly after a call, the unit will freeze and power off, back on, and everything on the radio gets reset. I tried twice to repeat the problem and twice succeeded.

    who needs cd players in the digital age

    Written By KJ, Nc on Saturday, March 07, 2015

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    It is a great way to play digital music in your vehicle. The Tune It app is awesome.

    Pros: Sound, looks, versatility.

    Cons: Does not show the clock when it's off.

    Alpine stereo

    Written By Jeremy M, Kanab utah 84741 on Monday, March 02, 2015

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    I love this stereo. Feels good to not half to use a cord to stream my music... I would recommend this product to anyone...