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Big two-line display and simple controls

It's like getting twice the Alpine for your dash — the CDE-W235BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening, giving you an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. You'll also enjoy that legendary Alpine sound quality, and a stereo that looks pretty handsome in your dash.

Stream music, talk hands-free

The CDE-W235BT lets you keep your hands on the wheel when a call comes in, and ensures you and your caller make a clear connection. Once you mount the included microphone in a good spot, you can adjust the mic's gain to best match your speaking voice. You can also tweak the phone output and ring volume ahead of time, so you won't go diving for the volume knob every time someone calls.

When a call comes in, you'll see your caller's name and phone number on the two-line display. You can answer the call by tapping the phone button on the front panel, or set up the receiver to answer all calls automatically. You can see some useful phone info on the screen, too, like a signal strength indicator and even an alert when a text message comes in.

Don't forget your iPhone

Your iPhone is the key to a seemingly never-ending supply of music. First, you can dive into all the tunes in your iTunes® library using the CDE-W235BT's controls. You can also play the audio from several popular Internet radio apps, meaning you'll never run out of music, no matter how long your journey may be.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • iPod and iPhone control via USB
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • phone signal strength indicator and SMS text alert
    • plays all CDs and MP3/WMA files
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • high- and low-pass filters, subwoofer phase switch
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/subwoofer)
    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 CDE-W235BT

    Written By Anonymous, ps on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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    I bought it for my wife for her birthday. She loves it.

    Pros: The clock stays on is a big thing. The reception as well as the sound is great. It even looks good in the car with the adapter kit. Made my wife happy so makes my life easier. Great product in my opinion.

    Cons: The bluetooth mike is a little big.

    Exactly what I expected

    Written By Wingwiper, Eugene, OR on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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    This unit was exactly as advertised. It went in very easily, and hookup was simple. Thanks to the install kit, there were no issues at all. It works great, and the bluetooth is excellent. We mounted the microphone on the overhead console pointed at the driver, and have had excellent calls with it.

    Pros: Easily installed and works as advertised. DX & local search makes it easily adaptable to city/country programming

    Cons: Doesn't always reconnect to BT iphone without actually selecting it on the phone. There is a pattern that does work but I haven't resolved it yet.

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, Fort Polk, LA on Thursday, February 05, 2015

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    great double din for the price. Exactly what I wanted. Can't beat it

    Pros: N/a

    Cons: n/a

    So sad

    Written By ruth, Ohio on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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    I give this a 2 star instead of a 1 star simply because the USB iPod connection works... I have owned Alpine units and only alpine units since the early 1990s. Heck, I even have an old Alpine home audio cassette deck. I was excited to get this into my truck but to my disappointment, the bluetooth is very flakey. The streaming cuts in and out every 20 or so seconds. I did find an update that is supposed to fix a lot of these issues. Unfortunately the update is done over bluetooth file transfer. There is a USB port on the device as well as a CD and they chose to update firmware with bluetooth? Very odd. I have spent about 4 hours trying to get the firmware updates. I have tried my Mac, a windows machine as well as my old Android phone with bluetooth file transfer. The unit just gets stuck saying - firmware update don't touch any buttons. That's it. I called Alpine and all he could tell me is that my drivers were probably out of date. Great. Thanks. All of my drivers on all 3 devices (one a Mac) are out of date. Most likely not.

    Pros: Looks nice.

    Cons: Just plain doesn't work like its supposed to.

    Nice Upgrade

    Written By Shannon, Havre, MT on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    We purchased this for a 94 Mitsubishi 3000GT. It showed on the application that it would not fit but we measured and compared with the specs and my husband thought he could make it work. With slight modification to the factory bezel it fit and looks great. We have purchased Alpine for years and it sounds great as always!

    Pros: Looks nice and has great sound quality.

    Cons: My son has an Alpine CD player with Bluetooth also. When you connect with his the display shows the song, artist, ect and you can use the arrow buttons on the unit to move to the next song. With this unit it does not do that when connected via Bluetooth. It doesn't display any info from our phones and you can't use the unit to move to the next song you have to do it through the phone.

    Simple, clean, awesome sound

    Written By Van, Mobile, AL on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    What a difference in sound quality a head unit can make! Once this Alpine head unit was installed, I spent a few minutes of adjusting the EQ and I am very pleased with the sound quality. I have Infinity Reference 6x9's in my doors and Infinity Reference [offsiteUrl]" dash speakers and this Alpine makes them sing. The clarity and detail I hear with this head unit makes my commute to work a pleasure. The look of it is very clean and simple. Not flashy at all and looks almost like OEM in a Toyota FJ Cruiser. I've called several people on the bluetooth function and the person on the other end could not tell that I was talking hands free! I am super happy with this purchase and to make things better I plan on purchasing the Alpine power pack soon for more power!

    Good sound, just okay functionality

    Written By BensPapa, Oregon on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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    Very clean look. It fits the color and styling of my 2010 Forester interior (simple white text display, blue back light). It actually sounds very good with stock speakers and was a noticeable upgrade from the stock deck. Bluetooth works fine, but I wish it had more functionality. There is no control, no even auto-play or pause. You still will need to handle your phone for changing tracks and re-starting music or podcasts. Kinda annoying, but I bought this unit to avoid a cell-phone usage ticket and it does that perfectly.

    Pros: Clean style, good sound, easy installation.

    Cons: No smart phone controls, still have to handle phone while driving.

    Perfect Fit for a 2003 Miata

    Written By NickTrag, America's Hat, a.k.a. Canada on Sunday, January 04, 2015

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    I had this head unit installed in a 2003 Miata with the factory Bose sound system. If you've researched this particular project, you probably know by now this installation is more difficult than calculus (I never was a math person myself, to be honest) due to the factory Bose system's speakers and amp. There are more than a few ways to make it work, but I opted for the simplest solution -- retain the factory speakers and amp, and install an output converter. Kudos to Crutchfield for making it easy by providing everything I needed for the installation free of charge, except for the necessary output converter. Thankfully, that was discounted.

    I opted for the Alpine CDE-W235BT for a couple of reasons. I didn't like the idea of having an empty hole in my dashboard, so another double-din unit was a must. It's far from flashy, but I'm not a fan of flashy head units to begin with. I prefer the so-called OEM+ look, and the CDE-W235BT strikes a balance between clean looks and excellent functionality.

    My only gripe with the CDE-W235BT is the dial illumination. My car's dial illumination is a cross between amber and red. The buttons on the CDE-W235BT light up blue, and only blue, on North American versions. But elsewhere -- European versions, for example -- you can choose between blue, red, green and orange illumination. Alpine leaving out this feature from the North American version of the W235BT, but as the cliched saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it, too.

    Pros: Crutchfield. Excellent product knowledge, packaging and shipping. Everything I needed was provided in the box. Functionality. Short of double-din touchscreen units, this has everything -- Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity, and of course, a tuner. Looks. If you like the OEM+ look, this is a solid choice.

    Cons: Dial illumination. We're stuck with blue, but versions of the CDE-W235BT outside North America have the option of choosing between blue, red, orange and green for illumination colours. That said, unless you're picky about matching the rest of your interior, this isn't much of a big deal.

    great product

    Written By Anonymous, Hortense, Ga on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    Love this unit easy to operate.

    Pros: Hand free calling.link to phone easy..

    Great factory replacement