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Our take on the Alpine CDE-135BT

Pandora lovers, good news: you can bring your stations in the car and play them through your speakers with Alpine's CDE-135BT CD receiver — all it takes is the free Pandora app and your Android or Blackberry smartphone. Android and BlackBerry users can connect via Bluetooth® and get full control over Pandora from the dash — while the app runs on your phone, you can change stations, skip and tag songs, and give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" with the Alpine's controls.

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Pandora® control for Android™ and BlackBerry

Pandora lovers, good news: you can bring your stations in the car and play them through your speakers with Alpine's CDE-135BT CD receiver — all it takes is the free Pandora app and your Android or Blackberry smartphone. Android and BlackBerry users can connect via Bluetooth® and get full control over Pandora from the dash — while the app runs on your phone, you can change stations, skip and tag songs, and give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" with the Alpine's controls.

Talk hands-free

Your callers will hear you loud and clear with the CDE-135BT fielding your calls. First, you can mount the included microphone somewhere in front of you so it'll have no problem picking up your voice. Next, the receiver lets you adjust the mic's gain to best match your speaking voice. You can also tweak the phone output and ring volume, 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 phone number on the screen. You can answer the call by tapping the phone button on the front panel, or set up the receiver to answer all calls automatically. If someone else calls in, just tap the "2" key to activate call waiting.

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Stream your tunes, too

If your phone or another device supports Bluetooth music streaming, you can beam your tunes and control playback with the CDE-135BT. Alpine's Sound Expansion technology helps your streaming tunes sound their best.

Great for your iPod® and iPhone®

You can use the CDE-135BT's controls to navigate your iPod's music library, thanks to a convenient front-panel USB input. Passengers will love Passenger Control Mode, which lets them play DJ while you focus on driving. And let's not forget about what made Alpine famous in the first place — great sound quality. You can adjust your sound to taste with one of the ten equalizer presets or by using the 3-band parametric EQ.

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 Alpine, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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 note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • full Pandora control for Android and BlackBerry over Bluetooth
    • plays all CDs and MP3 files
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with ten presets
    • high- and low-pass filters, subwoofer phase switch
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Microphone clip
    • Hard plastic face case
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • System Requirements (for CD-ROM)
    • Online Product Registration card

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    I am very satisfied with the alpine stereo I purchased for my daughter's truck. She is very excited to have a good sound system finally.

    vera t, gatesville, texas


    Alpine CDE-135BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (99 Reviews)

    Great for the price

    Dgow from Upstate NY on 8/26/2013

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great system for the price...the Pandora feature is less interesting than hoped, but you can also connect with any Bluetooth audio source w/o the on unit controls, but works well anyway. Sound is great, good features, pretty easy to hook up. All in all I am pretty happy. The only complaint I would have is that the 'scan' feature on the radio will only stop on really strong signals and the search feature doesn't let you really move through the dial, so it is hard to find radio stations.

    Pros: Price, features

    Cons: Radio tuner

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    vera t from gatesville, texas on 7/28/2013

    2000 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very satisfied with the alpine stereo I purchased for my daughter's truck. She is very excited to have a good sound system finally.

    Pros: easy access, blue tooth capable, easy installation, looks nice, sounds good

    Cons: no mic

    Great value, excelent quality

    DaSkunk from Ojai,California on 7/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in a 1931 Ford Hot Rod for a customer. Easy install and looks great! Alot of features for the money. Seems to be very well built. Crutchfield ships quick!

    Pros: Great value.


    Great Radio

    mon from Nashville, Tn on 7/23/2013

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

    Great radio for the price. I replaced my factory radio with this one and I love it. Awsome sound quality even with my old factory speakers. The bluetooth quality is awsome. I love the USB feature. I don't carry CDs anymore. All my music are on my phone and thumb drive. Easy to install. I would recommend this if you don't want to get a touch screen radio.

    Pros: Great price, easy to install, lots of features


    Very big sound for a little $

    SteveK from Shrewsbury, PA on 7/22/2013

    1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this stereo to replace a 13 year old stereo that was still working fine. However, I wanted Bluetooth to allow me to couple with my phone. After hooking it up to my existing speakers, I was amazed at how much better it sounded compared to my older system (sounds like I'm in a concert hall sitting in the front row!). It was easy to install (even in my 31 year old mercedes). Bluetooth is easy to connect and couples without issue every time I hop in the car. Not the sexiest faceplate but it has a very intuitive. I've had it for a few weeks now and still love it. Highly recommend this unit. Great bang for the buck.

    Pros: Great sound. Solid, well built unit. Easy bluetooth coupling. Very nice sound for the $

    Cons: None so far

    Does the job! Alpine receiver with bluetooth rocks!

    Crutchfield customer from Honolulu, HI on 7/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced an older Alpine receiver with the 135BT because of its bluetooth capacity. This unit gives me the hands-free capability to answer and receive calls on my iPhone 5. We don't have Pandora radio in HI so I can't comment on that. I am very pleased to drive safer via the bluetooth capability of this unit. By the way, the Alpine sound is superb! The Crutchfield representative did an excellent job in recommending this unit.

    Pros: Easy installation with an already Alpine harness. It took me about an hour.

    Cons: Not a big negative, but I'm not a fan of a CD-Rom manual. Alpine will send you a written owner's manual upon request. I plan on doing that.

    Excellent Head Unit

    M from Vincennes, IN on 7/17/2013

    2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent head unit, well worth the price. It's at a very good price point to begin with and far exceeds the performance of Sony, Kenwood, and Pioneer. I installed it in a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES with very little effort using an installation kit supplied by Crutchfield. Bluetooth connectivity works flawlessly and the added USB port in the front is a great convenience also.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy install, bluetooth connectivity, Alpine quality, great price point!

    Cons: The controls aren't what I would consider user friendly. They all work fine and the layout is good but the setup menus and navigation within them is awkward and needs some refinement. Fortunately you will only have to configure it once and hopefully never have to try to mess with adjusting much afterwards. The onboard EQ works great but again falls victim to the awkward menu system makes it difficult to navigate and adjust.

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    DougF from Gardena, CA on 7/15/2013

    1971 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like the Bluetooth feature. A lot easier than wrestling with an earpiece.



    Good receiver overall, but poor BT mic reception

    TR from Portland, OR on 7/15/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like the receiver and and it functioned well accept for the sound quality withe BT micrphone. Everything else worked well and I really liked it. Pairing was easy and it automatically paired after starting the car. Sound quality was good. The problem was people could not understand me. I called my voice mail and listened to myself and it was bad. Tried changing the gain and BT enhancements, but nothing worked. Crutchfield customer service worked with me and finally took the receiver back and I am trying another unit. I am in a noisy work van and maybe in quiet car it might be better.

    Pros: music control! Music streaming

    Cons: BT Microphone sound

    2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab

    Guest from Akron, OH on 7/14/2013

    Fit Perfect. No problems.


    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-135BT in 2003 Honda Civic LX

    Abhijit from Mountain View, CA on 7/12/2013

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield advisors recommended me this product for my budget. The installation was a breeze with the supplied instructions. The bracket/fit kit was a blessing. Pricing was competitive with the market. I faced 2 issues during the install which support was able to guide me through. The sound on my factory speakers came to life (though i plan to change the front speakers for better clarity, mids and high frequency notes). I wish i had the money for the HD BT one. The radio FM quality is OK. The bluetooth sound quality is OK. I like how easy it is to browse through Pandora. Bluetooth sync to both my galaxy phones was FAST. Overall great production for the price.

    Pros: Great sound quality for uncompressed high-quality MP3s and brought my OEM speakers to life. Bluetooth sync is fast. Phone dialling & receiving is great. Pandora integration is a plus.

    Cons: I rated 4 in Sound Quality because Bluetooth sound is just OK (either through BT Audio or BT Pandora). Pandora sound better on my phone through regular computer speakers. I wish the codecs on the unit were better to handle it. I rated 4 on the Build Quality due to the awkward eject button of the face plate. It sticks out and is annoying the first couple of times you look at it. I agree with one reviewer wherein if you want to pause/stop you would accidentally hit the eject button.

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    Love the Bluetooth and Audio Streaming Functionali from Chino Hills, CA on 7/9/2013

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A small price to pay for a great Tech upgrade. I look forward to driving with the Bluetooth Audio Streaming and Handsfree functionality. (I primarily use it - 95% Audio Streaming, 5% Traffic/News Radio). It's truly a great feature to have and I can't believe I waited this long.

    Pros: Sounds and looks great (especially with upgraded speakers). Blue illumination has a coolness factor. I like the single dial. Fairly user friendly.

    Cons: Have had a few pairing glitches with the Bluetooth Audio. If you pass the two minute mark after the head unit searches for your phone or change the audio source then later go back to the Bluetooth Audio, I have had to deal with no Bluetooth audio streaming until the end of the drive to shut off the car and restart (or mess with the phone and pair the phone again)-This defeats the purpose of Handsfree Phone. FWD and RWD buttons are small. The Owner's Manual may not give you all the info you need.

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    wolf2435 from Wolf Creek MT on 7/9/2013

    2004 Mercury Monterey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Product!!!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Easy Installation and very easy to use

    Cons: none

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    Crutchfield customer from peachtree city on 7/9/2013

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the way it works with Pandora



    Great buy

    Crutchfield customer from Garrettsville ohio on 7/7/2013

    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great, sounds great, but and it was supper easy to use and set all up. Also the blue tooth settings in it are great.

    Pros: Everything about

    Cons: Not one

    Complete package

    MB280 from Oak RIdge, NJ on 7/6/2013

    2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit had all the requirements needed. Online assistance was super. Fit like a glove and had all the MUST HAVEs.



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    Tim D. from Easton, MD on 7/1/2013

    2005 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the sound quality. Like the way the bluetooth works over the radio, I had some issues connecting to my phone. Alpine was little help, but desperate I called Crutchfield and they had the solution. Next time I'll try Crutchfield's customer service department first. They made everything very easy. Good job Crutchfield!

    Pros: Looks of radio, ease of installation, bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Takes a while to get used to the controls.

    Alpine does it again

    AustinC from Chattanooga, TN on 6/29/2013

    The best thing about this head unit is the build quality. My Kenwood Excelon X-395 head unit is no comparison to it at all. Whereas the Kenwood feels somewhat cheap, the Alpine feels extremely solid and well built. When I bought the Kenwood, it cost the same price as this Alpine. The sound quality is also wonderful. Crisp and clear. Once again better than the Kenwood. The Alpine also connects quickly to my iPod, unlike my Kenwood, which sometimes takes multiple attempts. I also really like the display on the Alpine. It is easy to read and looks much better than the Kenwood's display. The Alpine comes with a hard case for the face plate, but the Kenwood only comes with a soft case. I can't speak for how Kenwood's new line of head units compares to this, but I would imagine Alpine still has the advantage. Where the Alpine falls short is its options for expand-ability. The Kenwood has 6 channel, 4 volt preamps. It is ready to grow with your system. The Alpine has 2 channel, 2 volt preamps. Hardly any room for expanding. To get an Alpine that has 6 channel, 4 volt preamps you have to go on up into the $200 range. But I am sure it would be worth the extra money after seeing how great this head unit is. In Conclusion, if you are planning on building a system, buy the Kenwood or pay extra for a higher end Alpine. If not, then buy this. You won't be disappointed.

    Pros: Build Quality, Sound Quality, Features, Looks

    Cons: Expand-ability options

    Compact fully featured.

    tho323 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on 6/28/2013

    2001 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of features, everything works great.

    Pros: I love the sound from Alpine units, through good speakers, and this one doesn't disappoint. Bluetooth features work really well. A really decent value for all the features included.

    Cons: Like most recent Alpine units, I don't find the setup very intuitive - but it's something you probably only do once and not often.

    Nice Receiver

    Gordy from Upstate NY on 6/27/2013

    1996 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice inexpensive receiver. Sounds OK everything works. For the price you cant go wrong.

    Pros: Inexpensive, Sounds fine

    Cons: Sound quality streaming lacks clarity, usb sounds better.

    Great head unit

    Jim from West Chester, pa on 6/26/2013

    2004 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit Bluetooth works great



    Great receiver, Alpine does not disappoint

    MP from Atlanta on 6/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this receiver to replace a cheaper unit I had ordered earlier. I was disappointed with my previous unit. I had gone for a low price but regretted it later. Should have spent the extra cash and gotten the Alpine instead. I'm sure that other good brands have equivalent units and quality products. However, this is my third Alpine receiver and they get better each time. The FM/AM reception is quite good (it sucked with the replaced unit). The bluetooth connectivity is a bonus (although I'm having some problems using it). The front USB connection is great, very handy. I have not tried the mini phone plug yet, but I'm sure it will work well. The iPod support is good and easy to use, I love playing Pandora through the receiver. The sound quality is quite good although I might have to add an amp to drive the speakers to higher sound levels because with the top down it's hard to hear the sound. With the top up in my convertible, the sound is quite loud enough and of very good quality. Installation was straight forward and I am very pleased with my purchase!

    Pros: Good quality all around, good sound, stylish, fairly easy to use.

    Cons: none

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    Jeff from San Antonio on 6/22/2013

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didnt pay attention to the fact the USB option will only play MP3 files. Once i figured that out all I did was convert my WMA files to MP# and life is good. Love it.



    Excellent choice

    EricD from Creedmoor, NC on 6/22/2013

    1996 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my stock radio with this unit and love it. It sounds great and I love the Bluetooth.

    Pros: Great unit for the money, lots of features

    Cons: I wish the backlight color could be changed to match dash lights


    F150 from Iowa City,IA on 6/21/2013

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to upgrade the OEM radio in my 2003 F150 Regular Cab. Liked the idea of having BT calling and Pandora hook ups. This radio is AMAZING. The features that it has are so much that I had to actually rate Ease of Use as a 3/5 (honestly there is that many options that it's a bit confusing navigating through all of it). The installation was seamless with the mounting kit and wiring harness that Crutchfield sent with it. Popped right into my dash without any modifications (note here: do not use the ISO mounting option if you want to have access to the wiring behind your unit without taking your dash apart). Wiring was fairly easy just attach lots of colored wires to the same colored wires. Note here: The black "chasis ground" wire and the black and white wire should all be grounded WITH the ground wire on the units wiring harness (it will have a spade on it). To accomplish this I simply wired the "chasis ground" and the black with white wire together and crimped a spade on it then threaded one of the OEM bolts in the back of the din (gold in color and attached to the OEM factory mount) through the spade and attached the units spade to that and tightened. The bolt is a 7MM and is a bit hard to get to but using the area where the vent goes allows for enough room to torque it down. A note on the Pandora BT feature; I was not getting it to work, make sure you start Pandora on your phone FIRST and then switch to BT Pandora. Long story short I am very impressed.

    Pros: BT features, Ease of Installation, Quality radio for an economical price!

    Cons: Almost to many features (HAHA), Not a huge fan of the mic used for the BT calling. Plugs into the back of the receiver and then has to be "ran" out of the dash and then placed somewhere. It has about 500 feet of cord so it's hard to find a good spot for it.


    usngeo98 from Texas on 6/20/2013

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have always enjoy Alpine, and this module did not fail me. For the price it does not break the bank. it is a Bad A$$.

    Pros: Blue tooth, great range with your phone. easy to install

    Cons: for me just the double sided tape they use to secure the mic ( but not biggie).

    Replaced stock unit

    Ross from Lilburn,GA on 6/19/2013

    2000 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the stock radio in my daughter's 2000 Altima. The instructions were very helpful. I ended up not needing the dash kit. I was supplied with two left brackets and no right bracket with the kit. The stock dash pocket fit with the new radio. That was the only hiccup in the whole process. The wiring harness was a great help. Lots of wires but I just had to match color for color. I didn't have to worry about cutting into the original wires. Definetly a time saver and I know very thing is connected correctly. My daughter loves thenew sounds. A great father-daughter project. I like the looks of the radio, it has a factory look to it. The button placement is good too. Easy for the old man to use. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase and the service

    Pros: Great looks and easy to use

    Cons: None yet

    Awesome sound Great Value

    Randy from Berkley, Ma on 6/17/2013

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgraded from stock stereo in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. Very easy to do with the awesome directions. Little more wiring than I would care to do but a very easy install.


    Cons: Antena wire very loose connection retrofitted the old one to reuse

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    cn from fayette,al on 6/16/2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    good for the price

    Pros: good features

    Cons: instaall instructions could be better had to pull radio to plug microphone in

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    DaleK from Peoria, AZ on 6/15/2013

    2005 Kia Spectra5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this radio in my daughter's 2005 KIA Spectra 5 to replace the stock radio. She was looking for a reasonably priced radio that would allow her to connect to her iPhone to tap her music library and also use the bluetooth features of her phone. This radio met all the requirements.

    Pros: Great sound, great features for the price

    Cons: none really

    Installed in 97 Jeep Wrangler

    rob d. from Waycross, GA on 6/15/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to replace an old Sony receiver in my jeep. Install was an ease. Everything I needed was included in price. Sound quality was astounding, especially over the old Sony. The problem was with Pandora and my iPhone. I couldn't control even basic functions like skip and play/pause as advertised. I never tried pandora with an android. I read the problem lies with a firmware update that's needed. I never updated and sent it back to Crutchfield. They were happy to update for me but I exchanged for a pioneer unit. More iPhone compatible than the alpine, which is geared for android.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Too many source features, pandora didn't work with iPhone as advertised

    Installed Alpine CDE-135BT on my '91 3000GT

    bert f. from norwood, ma on 6/14/2013

    1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased and installed this head unit on my 3000GT because the factory CD player had finally failed and I missed playing my CD music while driving. The installation kit provided made connecting the head unit to my factory installed cabling easy using end-to-end crimping connectors. Did have an issue with no sound when first installed, but that turned out to be a problem with the wiring to one of my factory installed speakers. The controls are little tricky at first to get used to, but once you understand the set up, programming AM/FM stations is pretty easy. I plan to use it primarily to play CDs.

    Pros: Installation kit cables made hooking the head unit to the factory car's wiring easy. Scanning for AM/FM channels is also easy. I was able to use the factory fixture to install head unit into dash.

    Cons: Wished the time of day was displayed even when unit is off, but that is not the case. Unit mus be on and 'view' button pushed to display time on head unit LCD display.

    Great unit for the money!

    esallgood from Peoria, IL on 6/11/2013

    2006 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit does everything advertised. Sound is great, it reads folders on my usb stick better than I had hoped it to, and the Pandora integration is awesome (if only I had unlimited data on my phone to use this more often...). Overall though, I am quite pleased with the unit. Looks and sounds great!

    Pros: Sound is great, it reads folders on my usb stick better than I had hoped it to, and the Pandora integration is awesome (if only I had unlimited data on my phone to use this more often...).

    Cons: The only issues I have are with the interface. For instance, there is no mute button, so to shut it up fast, you have to twist the volume knob, which takes a lot longer. The pause button is not ergonomic, to my mind, and is hard to get to. And since the power button is also the source button, even turning the unit off can take a long time.

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    Lenny D from Middletown, PA on 6/6/2013

    2001 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Picked this head unit after looking at several other manufacturers and I am extremely satisfied with my decision. Plus the price break made that much more attractive - great buy for the price.

    Pros: Easy install, great sound quality and bluetooth capabilities for hands free phone and pandora

    Cons: None so far

    Seamless fit!

    M from DANA POINT,CA on 6/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Finally someone came up with a stereo that can just plug into the OEM BME Amp... It works and sounds better than original. This is so much better than ripping the whole car apart to install an aftermarket that does not fit! Bluetooth to phone and pandora WOW fantastic for the price! ASE Master Tech

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Faceplate rim needed a little work to get it to snap into place. No big deal!

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    AndyH from Los Angeles, CA on 6/4/2013

    2001 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for the money; easy to install, fairly easy to set up. Once you are connected, it is a piece of cake to operate.



    Rokin the Alpine

    MikeS from Hanover, PA on 6/3/2013

    2000 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price, great features, easy install, super customer service

    Pros: bluetooth, iphone compatibility, usb and aux input on THE FRONT of the receiver. I also found there is an easy alpine amp upgrade that is plug and play

    Cons: none so far

    Sounds Great and Nice Price

    DanC from Carlisle, PA on 6/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice features and great price

    Pros: Nice features looks good installation kit made the job look professional and neat

    Cons: Buttons are way too small for me to use while driving. No song titles from Ipod

    A Very Good Receiver For The Price

    Troy from San Jose, CA on 6/2/2013

    First, I have to say Crutchfield customer service rep (Doug) is amazing. I've always used factory radio, so never had to buy and install one myself. I gave Doug my truck (1994 model) description with/BT as the main requirement, and he put this package together for me. I'm very satisfied with this. Now, I have great sounds and also hands free, when I'm in my old truck. So I'll definitely come back to Crutchfield again for audio needs. This definitely beats other sites, where I need to find all the needed items myself. It's not that hard, but Doug I didn't have to do anything. Now onto the receiver. It was to my surprised that this unit has a removable face plate, because I didn't find that in the prod description at all. This is definitely a plus and I'm glad, as it will deter/avoid stupid people from breaking in my truck for it. The unit looks very sleek and I absolutely love the blue lighting. The installation was a breeze, thanks to the instructions included. The receiver itself is very easy to use and navigate. My Samsung GS2 paired up with it easily as well. I didn't have to enter any code. Immediately, I was able to make calls. I took off one star because a few areas aren't straight forward, but one can figure it out. Overall, I really love this receiver for my old truck.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great thus far for my needs; and the radio face is removable.

    Cons: Radio doesn't have option to enable song name and author from the radio stations.


    Crutchfield customer from Lockport, NY on 6/1/2013

    1999 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great setup for my Firebird, plus CrutchField gave me a free mounting bracket. 1 hour install for a beginner.




    craig w from diana wv on 5/31/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easily installed and sounds great at a very good price



    Great for the price!

    Chez R from Rockland, NY on 5/27/2013

    2008 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great balance between value and quality. Has most of the features you would want in a current generation car stereo: bluetooth, ios / Android controls, ability to play from usb drive, etc. If you've had an Alpine in the past decade, the controls are very similar. Sound is good for the price. Great replacement for your stock radio with the improvements you would want.

    Pros: Bluetooth, ios / Android controls, usb drive playback, Alpine quality, simple controls, good sound quality

    Cons: no HD radio, Pandora controls don't really work with iHeart radio, Spotify or GMusic. Weird that the bluetooth microphone connection is on the rear of the unit (made it work, though). Song ID tags sometimes don't show up until later.

    Great deal

    Fran C from Barre, MA on 5/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All of the features of a more expensive stereo!

    Pros: All the features you would expect in a high end product.

    Cons: A lot of features make it a bit difficult to navigate.

    Great value for the gear included

    J Hersch from Kansas City, KS on 5/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was shocked at the affordability of a great brand like Alpine that included Bluetooth and pandora. Both work perfectly for our needs.

    Pros: Bluetooth and pandora

    Cons: Wish it came in double din size!

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Mp5423 from Modesto, CA on 5/26/2013

    2005 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality which you can expect from Alpine. Buttons are pretty small along with labeling. The receiver I installed had an old firmware version and we experienced issues with iPhone playback and automatic connecting. I downloaded the latest firmware from and made a big difference. iPhones automatically reconnect via bluetooth and begin playback from where you left off. Also streams artist album and song info to display after firmware update. I had trouble updating firmware because it requires to update over a Bluetooth connection with the receiver from a windows 7 machine. I only had a laptop with Windows 8. It didn't match Alpine's instructions at all. I'm not sure if it was Windows 8 that made the process different than the instructions or if I had an older Bluetooth adapter version. I had to right-click the Bluetooth icon in the start bar by the clock and choose transfer file. I selected the Alpine update file and set the receiver in the update firmware mode and it worked. The only thing I do not like is there is no way to invoke Siri from the receiver. That would be helpful when you keep your iPhone in your pocket or purse. The phone functionality and call quality is great.

    Pros: Sound quality, features, Alpine build quality

    Cons: Shipped with old firmware and update process not up to date.

    Great all around receiver

    85eldorado from Atlanta on 5/24/2013

    1985 Cadillac Eldorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything you need in receiver. Sounds great with my Bass Link Amp/Sub

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora Sound

    Cons: Needs to come with remote to help with all various settings and adustments

    Great Value

    Lee from Greenwood, SC on 5/24/2013

    2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield gave the right information for my choice. I love how easy it was to install and connection for the blue tooth. I am going to buy one for my truck now.

    Pros: Easy installation and blue tooth.

    Cons: None

    Awesome Receiver

    Jose from Tallahassee, FL on 5/20/2013

    2005 Saturn Ion 1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. The Bluetooth works flawlessly during calls and sound crystal clear. The audio is big improvement to factory sound.

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: No dimmer

    Love it!

    Patrick B from Fort Worth, TX on 5/15/2013

    2009 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this receiver. Integrated Bluetooth features make phone calls a breeze, and podcasts from the iPhone awesome.

    Pros: Great looks, great sound, integrated Bluetooth, easy voice dialing.

    Cons: I will probably need to do the firmware update to make sure there are no glitches with the iPhone. For example I can't hear when a text comes in when I am connected via BT for voice use. Alpine has advised there is a firmware update....I just have to do it.

    ALpine in dash

    Tomw from Nazareth Pa on 5/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product - installed fairly easily - was installed and running in 2 hours



    Lots of Bang, little bucks

    Aaron from Floyd, VA on 5/13/2013

    2003 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value, terrific sound, and excellent quality for the price. I give it a 4 for ease of use because I still haven't figured out how to set the clock, and I can't convince it to bluetooth pair with my ipod, but that is probably due to the fact that I haven't carried the manual out to the car! I give it a 4 on coolness factor, because it is pretty basic, not a lot of flashing lights and stuff, but it does what I need, isn't blinding, and has some pretty cool features, like actually showing song titles when attached to my iPod via USB. I love that!

    Pros: Inexpensive, great sound, well-built, mostly easy to use.

    Cons: won't pair with my iPod over bluetooth. Appears to only want to connect to a phone.

    Wow Alpine # 1

    Frank from Exeter Mo on 5/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have owned 4 other Alpines and I have never had a bad one . This thing is sweet. The Bluetooth works great with my Iphone 5 and the USB is great !

    Pros: iPhone 5 workers flawless

    Cons: Are you kidding ? It's an ALPINE !

    Excellent and what expected

    J G from Fergus Falls, MN on 5/12/2013

    2008 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is perfect in how it was explained and performs exactly how I expected!

    Pros: Easy to use, hands free operation is excellent.


    Excellent car stereo for the price!

    Patrick L from Independence, MO on 5/12/2013

    1985 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first purchase experience with Crutchfield and I cannot be more pleased. This Alpine CDE-135BT was on special and after reading other reviews and comparing it to comparable Alpine and Pioneer units, this was the one I chose. It was easy to install with the supplied and purchased accessories. The most difficult part was routing the microphone wire so it could be hidden (that is one LONG wire!). Once I turned the unit on, I began the process of learning how all the features work. Once I loaded the FULL owner's manual onto my laptop and read it, I was good to go. Most of the features are pretty easy to learn. The only reason I gave ease of use 4 out of 5 stars is due more to my learning curve than the unit itself. Having moved from a radio having 2 knobs and 4 preset buttons to one knob, multiple buttons, and multifunctionality with all of them, it has taken some time. Otherwise, this unit has performed flawlessly. I love the sound quality, clear display, and relative simplicity of design. With so many units (factory and aftermarket) that are just riddled with buttons, the simple design of Alpine's basic products is quite refreshing. I am so happy with this unit and the Crutchfield experience that I would not hesitate to buy from either company.

    Pros: Simple design, easy to install, easy to use. Excellent palette of features for the price, even at retail price.

    Cons: None. Great product!

    Good receiver

    Joeyk from Madison Alabama on 5/8/2013

    2001 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Does what it says.easy to operate. Simple functions.

    Pros: Cheap. Good quality

    Cons: Bluetooth syncs slow

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Katie from Fresno, CA on 5/7/2013

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

    Great sound! Good price. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.


    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Crutchfield customer from Show Low, AZ on 5/6/2013

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice product, easy to install and sounds great.

    Pros: A lot of stereo for a little money. Looks good and sounds good.

    Cons: None

    best alpine I have ever owned

    oswaldo from anaheim, ca on 5/6/2013

    2003 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had owned alpine head units on all my cars and so far is one of the best I highly recommend it, if you want the best for less this is one of the best optionss for you

    Pros: The bluetooth, bluetooth audio n pandora and that you can used your android phone

    Cons: It doesnt have a remote control and it says that you can connected to the factory steering wheel controls but their is no manual on how to

    Supurb sound for the money

    Dominic from Long Island NY on 5/6/2013

    1993 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    installed very easily with no fuss. The wiring adapter and plugs were color for color to my old unit so there was nothing to think or worry about. it works great. the unit has more features than i really need but opted for this unit so I have the extras for later on in life should i ever need them. Set up was just as easy and I only had to refer to the manual once for the bluetooth set up. Had another question on some fuctions so i called a crutchfield tech and they were right there in seconds to give me the answer i needed.

    Pros: Great bang for the buck and great sound for the price point

    Cons: no complaints other then when the unit is powered off you have no illumination and cant see the time. No biggie as I usualy have the unit on 99.9% of the time anyhow but it would be a nice feature if they had it to see the time.


    Crutchfield customer from Wetumpka, AL on 5/5/2013

    2004 Nissan Frontier
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    Pros: Ease of use. Great sound quality.

    Cons: None

    Alpine CD deck

    2linby from Western Oregon on 5/4/2013

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    THis is my second Alpine CDE-135BT. Both vehicles now have the same deck. The Blue tooth is xcellent and for a relatively inexpensive deck it sounds great!



    Great deck, but....

    Sven from Phoenix, Az on 4/27/2013

    2000 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this deck, looks pretty cool, and works great. Other then that it's a great deck with lots of options. I love the Blue tooth streaming, that is really cool. The thing that really sucked is it said that it came with a mic so that you can make hands free calling in your car. Well that is not the case, you need to buy one with your deck, no mater what Crutchfield says. Be careful.

    Pros: great all around deck with a ton of features-great price

    Cons: Does not come with the phone mic like it says on have to spend the extra money to pick one up.

    Crutchfield response on 4/30/2013 A microphone and 13-foot cable are included. They are packed inside the faceplate case.

    Great Product

    JasonC from Hartford, CT on 4/25/2013

    1997 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my 97 Silverado regular cab to replace a cheap JVC. Easy to install and was a huge improvement in sound quality with the same speakers.

    Pros: I really like the BT features.

    Cons: So far I havent identified any.

    Alpine cde- 135bt

    Glenn S from Council Bluffs, IA on 4/21/2013

    Love Alpine went with it specifically for the Bluetooth and Pandora. I love it so much I'm going to buy another one for my 2002 Ram 1500 quad cab 4 by 4. definitely would not recommend anything else.

    Pros: Pros would have to be bluetooth Main reason I bought it. And it's an Alpine! Too many pros to list but that's the main 2.

    Cons: Could use a bit more color though I like Uniqueness. and they can offer DVD playback to hook up to my audio for my kids would be great

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    BobbyH from Surrey, BC, Canada on 4/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything I hoped it would be at a super price.



    Great Deck

    Daniel from Sacramento, CA on 4/19/2013

    1994 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was really easy to install. Works well and feels well built.

    Pros: Looks really cool at night time.

    Cons: none


    Joe from Willow Springs, IL on 4/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this to replace my factory radio in my 2000 Volvo C70 convertible. did all the soldering and when we pulled the factory radio there was a major difference in the wiring and no solution. when I called tech support they told me I would have to run new speaker wiring through the car.

    Pros: none

    Cons: Total waste of money

    Alpine 135bt

    Quiyaomah from Rio Rancho, NM on 4/16/2013

    2002 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this head unit because of the Bluetooth function, and the quality of Alpine stereos, and I am not disappointed. The pairing is quick and simple, and the sound quality is excellent. My only complaint would be the menu can be a little confusing, but with a little time and effort can be learned. Good stuff!!

    Pros: Bluetooth functionality, sound quality, looks cool.

    Cons: Menu


    Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 4/14/2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy-to-use great sound

    Pros: Bluetooth Pandora

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    jackie c from dub, IA on 4/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have no bad comments, I always buy electronic products for their quality. All great so far. Alpine has the sound quality i like best.



    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Bel Air Mike from Bel Air, MD on 4/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great instructions, easy install, fantastic head unit!

    Pros: All the creature comforts of new units in all new vehicles. I am now as hi tech in my 97 Chevy truck.

    Cons: none

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    TravisS from Utah on 4/10/2013

    1994 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine CDE-135BT is a lot of bang for your buck. The versatility of being able to play CDs, USB audio [iPod and Flash memory], and Bluetooth Audio/Pandora, is wonderful. The Bluetooth Pandora is a little difficult to use. Trying to synchronize the Alpine unit with my Droid 2 Global phone has proven to be a challenge. I'm not quite sure what the optimal sequence of steps is for it to connect properly. Other than that, I love this stereo.

    Pros: CD, USB Audio, Bluetooth (when it works properly), Sound, Detachable Face, etc. etc.

    Cons: Bluetooth Audio is difficult and inconsistent

    Great bang for the buck!

    MartyO from Georgia on 4/7/2013

    1996 Ford Bronco
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this head unit and highly recommend it and the other Alpine gear.

    Pros: Great sound quality. Awesome value. I love Alpine gear.


    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Charlie M from Shalimar, Florida on 4/7/2013

    2009 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this system . It's a bit quarky when it comes to using it. After you get used to the system it is easy to operate. One problem is the blue tooth system you have to constantly reset everything. It won't hold the settings for my phone which is a Samsung Rugby Pro. It maybe I just don't have the set up process down right. I don't know I'll just have to keep playing with it tell learn what works best. Pandora works well when you finally get it to connect. Same with the phone.

    Pros: Great sound good looks

    Cons: hard to operate, Bluetooth complex to set up and get to connect and stay connected

    Great Deck

    joe from oregon on 4/6/2013

    1994 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a great deck. Alpine makes good quality products.

    Pros: The Bluetooth capabilities is what I got the unit for. Plays my android phone while also having the ability to play my iPod.

    Cons: Sometimes when trying to connect the bluetooth Pandora ,It doesn't always connect so just I switch to Bluetooth audio. Then u have to control Pandora with ur phone.

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Brad from Baltimore, MD on 4/3/2013

    2000 Volvo V70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is great, Menu's and buttons are intuitive, and the build quality is always top-notch from Alpine. GREAT unit for the cost! I'm ordering a second one to replace the JVC unit in my Truck.

    Pros: iPod connection ALWAYS works; compared to my JVC that seems to require me to turn the receiver off and back on before it'll recognize the iPod connection.

    Cons: Wish it came with a remote

    Still love Alpin

    BigJohnAZ from Chandler, AZ on 4/2/2013

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my 3rd or 4th Alpine CD receiver and I still think they sound great. Installation was pretty straightforward and it looks great in my wife's 2006 New Beetle. It sounds great with the existing speakers which were from the OEM Monsoon sound system. The only issue so far is that the Bluetooth worked on the first try, pairing it with my wife's Kindle HD 8.9" tablet, after that it doesn't sync up. Her tablet says it's paired properly, but so far no go. I have read where it takes a little while, will try that this week to see if that's what it is. The USB stick's MP3's play great and sound great.

    Pros: Typical awesome Alpine sound and looks.

    Cons: Bluetooth worked, now it doesn't.

    own truck

    bimal from shoreline wa on 3/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    good value



    Alpine is great

    Doug from Radcliff, KY on 3/28/2013

    2006 Suzuki Forenza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall this is a great system. I love the hands free phone feature.

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: Can't get Pandora controls to work

    Amazing head unit!

    gtex1970 from ATX on 3/10/2013

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck does so much for a reasonable price. It will basically play just about any source and work well with any sound system additions. great audio setup and controls whether you are running a stock system or a highly modfied system. Altough it does so much, it is not too complicated to setup. Highly recommended.

    Pros: affordable, plays just about anything I can thik of hooking up. price is right.

    Cons: none I can think of.

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    JuanS from Houston, TX on 2/15/2013

    1997 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This HU is worth it's price and more. Installation was straight forward just like the owner's manual stated

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Display should've been blue like the buttons, but not a deal breaker

    I love this deck it's got such great sound so powerful recommend this

    alpine from Modesto California on 1/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product definitely 10. again I'll say then I let my Alpine play beat that stuff from the NWA on my Alpine I got some cuts field.

    Pros: My folks here down the block. very easy button configuration and oh so cool.

    Cons: Silicon get the Bluetooth doesn't pop open all the time I don't know if that's my optimus LG elite or if it's the end stereo. but hey go old school. Put in a CD and keep on rockin.

    Blew me away

    grich6700 from Efland, NC on 1/1/2013

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound quality of the unit, even with stock speakers, blew me away. I installed it in my sons car for Christmas and he is pleased with everything it offers. No problem with b/t pairing or playing music from his IPhone.

    Pros: sound quality and ease of use of all features

    Cons: it is installed in my son's car and not mine

    Great unit

    BrianB from Florida on 12/14/2012

    1995 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The audio store wanted to charge 150.00 to install, including labor and parts, and they were going to charge 190.00 for the exact same radio/unit. I bought the unit with all needed extra wiring harnesses for a total of 179.00 out the door from crutchfield. It took 90 miuntes to intall, with a 5 minute call to customer service. I was terrified of removing the stock radio from a 1995 Expolrer but it was a snap. Can't wait until the wife lets me buy a raido for my vehicle.

    Pros: Bluetooth works fantastic with streaming music and phone calls.

    Cons: NONE


    VA Dave from northern VA on 12/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am quite unhappy with this purchase, mostly with Crutchfield. I wanted a simple unit for my old Rav4 to give me the features that I have with my factory radio in my new truck, mostly Bluetooth. I did a little shopping at a big box store and Crutchfield, and finally decided to call Crutchfield so that I would get some good technical help and get the right unit. I told the salesman what I wanted, and when I mentioned that I listened to Pandora with my iPhone through BT in my truck, he sold me on the CDE-135BT, and told me the extra cost of this unit was worth it because of the Pandora feature. Throughout this process I told him I had an iPhone, and towards the end of this, he checked again and when I told him I had an iPhone, he said great - this unit will work well with my iPhone. So I installed it and got everything to work, except for the Pandora - BT - iPhone part. I decided to read the full installation manual, and it states clearly that this will NOT work with an iPhone. I called the Crutchfield tech support number, and the tech talked down to me like I was an idiot and said that the Pandora feature only works with iPhones if I plug it in. That's definitely not what the sales guy said on the phone when I ordered it. I've placed 4 or 5 orders with Crutchfield, but the 2 times I've bought car audio from them, they've messed it up. I tend to choose Crutchfield over the big box stores for their advice, but with this latest mistake, they have lost me as a customer.



    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Ben from Sydney on 9/11/2012

    Bought this (rather expensive) unit to replace an original Mercedes radio from the 1990s and I wanted it to blend in instead of stick out like a sore thumb.. I need a amber illumination for this car so the radio can blend in at least a bit. That is why I bought this particular unit. The manual and brochures clearly state that the illumination can be programmed for amber, green etc. After I instaled the unit, I found this not to be the case. Only the blue source button goes "amber" and the rest stays the same red. I also found that the illumination changes to a really ugly blue/purple (independant of the setting) wheenver there is sunlight or bright daylight. The manual states clearly, in several places that the unit will dim the illumination when the car lights are on (orange wire). Now, although my car supports this,this unit does not. There is very small print in the manual stating that this dimming only works if the illumination colours are set to type 1 = factory defaults. That already sucks. However, in pratice, I have discovered that not even that works as stated. Only the blue source button dimms ever, ever so slightly. Nothing else does. The dealer thought the unit was faulty but when testing a 2nd one, he found the same and shrugged his shoulders stating 'I guess that is just what the new models do". I don't like this unit for only these reasons and had I known this, I would never have bought it!! I think the manual and brochures are quite misleading


    Cons: Really bad illumination and simming

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    John from Arizona on 9/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Extremely happy with this deck! IPod control is fantastic! Bluetooth works great with phone calls, music from phone and Pandora is just an AWESOME bonus! The clarity of the music is very impressive!

    Pros: Everything!!!

    Cons: No Complaints!


    ChadH from Iowa on 9/5/2012

    1998 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit because I was looking for a Bluetooth solution and I got speakers on sale for getting this particular deck. I have to say it's a nice piece! I have no trouble with my BT connection on my HTC Hero S. I am in and out of my car several times per day and never have trouble connecting on it's own. My only gripe is the search/volume knob. It's TOO SENSITIVE! I routinely press too hard when adjusting the volume which throws you into the search menu. So if you are listening to your ipod on shuffle, hit the search on accident, then back button to get out, your shuffle goes away until you go back into Search and select shuffle all again. A real pain.

    Pros: Sound, Look, BT works great for me!

    Cons: The search/volume wheel.

    Great sound, awful UI and BT

    Dexter from Raleigh, NC on 8/23/2012

    2000 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this as a replacement for my car, and I'm going back to my old Sony. The bluetooth on this unit is terrible. I've used several different phones to attempt to connect, running multiple OS's. Froyo, Gingerbread, ICS, and Jelly Bean, and Blackberry - they all can't maintain a connection. Problem range from taking more than a minute to connect, sometimes having to remove the faceplate and put it back on, restart the car, unpair and repair the phone, cycle through all the sources. Most times, I'm halfway or already to my destination by the time it starts working. Or it'll get through one song on Pandora and then give me a "See Device" error - which there's nothing on my phone and nothing in the manual. Alpine has no firmware updates available either. The usual routine is now 1) Get in, start car. 2) Wait 30-45 seconds for a connection. If you can actually get a connection, 3) cycle through the sources back to BT Pandora, and wait another 30 seconds. If that works, you may get a song or two out of it before it drops the BT connetion. The sound, when it worked, was a little better than my Sony, but nothing to write home about. This is my first Alpine purchase, and will be my last. Crutchfield isn't at fault here either - Alpine is. Crutchfield has been a dream throughout the whole process and will get my money again.

    Pros: Sounds good, and when it works, it is really cool.

    Cons: God-awful interface, horrid BT.

    Easy setup, clear controls, bluetooth sound superb

    Dlwags from Groton, Ct on 8/11/2012

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

    After looking at a number of receivers, I decided on this one as some of the older models there seems to be recent complaints of the bluetooth not working with newer phones due to upgraded protocols. In my 1999 Honda Accord, the install was a breeze - the front panel, unlike our Avalon, was easy to remove, the wire harness was straightforward (I recommend buying the plastic twist connectors rather than soldering and taping), and putting things back together was easy. I would say 30 minutes total (definitely attach the harness and adapter prior to getting things going). Compared to a Pioneer DEH-P6200BT in our Avalon, the 135BT has clearly marked controls, good and simple audio options, and easier overall setup from the menu options. The overall sound quality of the 135BT is definitely better than my stock radio (and the DEH-P6200BT). The bluetooth sound from via my Galaxy S3 is great for both music and calls. I opted to install the mic that came with the receiver (YouTube was great for instructions!) - crisp and clear by reports. The only drawback of the bluetooth is that it doesn't pair super fast (10-30s), and when a call comes in, it takes about 15 seconds for the music to resume (I use TuneIn and Spotify - I have yet to test Pandora). I am thinking about about getting another 135BT to replace the pioneer in the Avalon. Finally, the Crutchfield support staff were nice, professional, and helpful. Thanks guys, will definitely use you again!

    Pros: Great sound Easy install Good controls Bluetooth sound great Mic is good (placed on inner area of sun visor)

    Cons: Bluetooth paring a little slow (but does not drop) - it may be similar with other receivers, but it is why I am taking off one star. Got the wrong harness adapter from Crutchfield (they were awesome about replacement options)

    Works well

    WL from Lake Oswego,OR on 8/10/2012

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

    All well. Only a single complaint: it only handles one cell phone's BT connection. Other units, even less expensive units automatically switch between multiple phones once they are synced with the unit. If this unit was in our main car, this would have been a deal-breaker.



    Good sound, bad bluetooth

    Phil from Madison WI on 8/9/2012

    2004 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit primarily for the Pandora control. It paired with my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S) with no problem.... the first time. The big issue was reconnection, which was supposed to be automatic, but only worked about 60% of the time. The other 40% I would have to mess around with it to get re-synced. Sometimes I would actually get to my destination before I could get Pandora going again. This was a real deal-breaker for me; I ended up returning the Alpine and putting in a Kenwood. Another annoyance was the fact that the button to remove the face was just below the pause/play button, and it stuck out from the face too far. Several times I would try to pause Pandora, but would eject the face accidentally. And then, of course, I would have to hope bluetooth would resync again.... Also didn't like the single-line display; I was constantly hitting the View button to see what song was playing, who the artist was, etc.

    Pros: Good sound, reasonable price.

    Cons: Poor bluetooth performance, some awkward button placement.

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    bobbo from jersey shore on 7/18/2012

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Spoke with crutchfield advisor who reccommended this for my needs.Well done Great sound in new Kicker replacement speakers.Did not want to go with subs or amps as I have a 01 wrangler nooo room.Very happy with sound and ease of unit.The bluetooth,pandora,cd and nano all sound great.Got remote but really havent the need to use everything is right there

    Pros: easy install directions were spot on one small problem called help number on 4th of july someone answered and problem fixed in 1 minute

    Cons: doesnt come with wire connectors

    Love this head unit

    Igpoobah from Arkansas on 7/17/2012

    2000 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit. Feature packed, the BT audio streaming sounds great. Pandora sounds great, handsfree phone is awesome.

    Pros: Features, looks good, very functional.

    Cons: So many features that there is a bit of a learning curve and I'm still learning. Getting better though!

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    Crutchfield customer from Woodstock, GA on 6/8/2012

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Synced with iPhone easily and easy to operate. Birthday present for my son and he loves it. We installed it together with no trouble at all.



    Awesome! Don't know why I waited so long.

    JKF from IL on 5/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I finally bit the bullet and ordered a replacement stereo for my accord, which doesn't have an audio input. I got sick of messing with fm transmitters and I even bought aux input adapter hook into my factory radio, which rarely ever worked. I originally ordered a JVC and it was ok but the built quality was really cheap... and the sound quality was horrible. This ALPINE is like night and day compared to the JVC and my stock honda radio. The bluetooth streaming and calling is great, works every time and sounds great. The Pandora is awesome too, makes things really easy and I love having the thumbs up/down buttons right head unit. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT... Even if your car already has an AUX input.

    Pros: Build Quality Easy of use Sound quality

    Cons: None yet!

    Alpine CDE-135BT

    TOny C from Breewster, NY on 5/18/2012

    2007 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine head units are my favorite, I have them in 3 of my vehicles to date. The sound quality, ease of installation are great. Minor differences in what the instructions say vs what is displayed during set up lowered my rating a little. This is especially true for this unit, as I purchased it specifically for my wife's car as a hands free Bluetooth for her iPhone 4S. It took several tries to pair the units, then the next day there was an error message when trying to make a call. Turned out to be simply upgrading the firmware on the iPhone! Now all is well, sounds great even with the factory speakers in her Ford Escape!

    Pros: Ease of installation

    Cons: Alpine directions are generic and a little confusing

    Great Buy!!

    Laurence. A. from Louisville on 5/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Recieve Alpine very quickly installed same day as arrival. Installation was very easy, I mounted the microphone through my dash and it is very clear and easy to use. Love the pandora and bluetooth options, I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for great sounding very cost efficient car audio.

    Pros: Bluetooth, microphone with hands free talking, pandora, pure awesomeness

    Cons: none

    First Review

    Toaliosis from Pittsburgh, PA on 4/27/2012

    2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I chose an Alpine unit over the competition's Bluetooth capable units because of the excellent reviews of other Alpine units and the fact that it came with an external microphone. I went with the CDE-135BT over the 133BT due to its ability to control Pandora via the headunit's built in Bluetooth and my g/f's addiction to Pandora Radio (thank goodness for unlimited data). I ordered this receiver and car adapter on Weds afternoon, had it installed Friday afternoon. The install guide from Crutchfield was very accurate for my g/f's 2005 Lancer; total install took ~2 hours. The "hardest" part was routing the wire for the external microphone. Syncing the unit with her phone (Galaxy SII) and mine (EVO 3D) was easy and painless. Phone calls, music and even Pandora worked as described. The in-call sounds were very clear, on both ends. Mounting the microphone on the driver's side sun visor was clear to caller at 70 with windows down or up. The sound quality from the radio, CD, MP3 and Pandora is great, much improved over the stock headunit. This unit's ability to assist in hands free calling makes me feel better knowing that my g/f can concentrate on the road when she needs to use her phone.

    Pros: Total Pandora Control from dash; super clear microphone

    Cons: None at this time


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

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

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Pandora App Control (via Android/Blackberry)
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Alpine CDE-135BT features built-in Bluetooth technology (v3.0), powered by Parrot. Parrot is the global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, for expanded compatibility for many Bluetooth wireless technology enabled cell phones. 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.

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: The Alpine CDE-135BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one device can be used at a time). 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 CDE-135BT. Parrot software updates provide support for future phones.

    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.

    Note: 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.

    Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-135BT 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 CDE-135BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-135BT 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 (5 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 80 previously dialed, received, or missed numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory.

    Call Switch: This function allows you to initiate the transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    Text Message Alert: The CDE-135BT can give you a notification on the display with a blinking mail icon indicator for 30 seconds while receiving a text message on your Bluetooth-enabled phone. The mail icon indicator will remain on if there is an unread message on a connected mobile phone. You must still read or create a text message from your mobile smartphone.

    Audio Streaming: The Alpine CDE-135BT can stream music from you Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device. Not only can it control & stream your music through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound. Basic playback functions include - Play, Pause, & Skip (Previous/Next). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title. The CDE-135BT also supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. 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.

    Note: Bluetooth Firmware Update v01.27.00 is required for Bluetooth control and song information display from an Apple iOS 6.0+ device. 

    Bluetooth Sound Quality Adjustments: You can customize the sound of your Bluetooth hands-free experience to fit your own preferences. You can adjust the CDE-135BT'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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Alpine CDE-135BT features a front-panel USB type-A port, so you may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. ID3 tags (v1, v2) are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed. This unit will recognized up to 100 folders and 100 files per folder. You can use the head unit's Quick Search (text/file/folder) function to browse your USB device's music library. Repeat (file/folder) & Random (all/folder) playback functions are also supported. Your USB memory device's control will be locked once connected to the Alpine head unit. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The head unit's USB port is not compatible with WMA/AAC files.

    iPod/iPhone Direct 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 dock-connector cable which 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. The Alpine CDE-135BT offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-135BT supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone; as well as music apps streamed to your iPod/iPhone. 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 (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.

    iPod/iPhone Control: Once your iPod/iPhone is connected, you get convenient control of your iPod/iPhone's music library from the head unit. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-135BT lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search each category alphabetically (A-Z). For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the head unit's preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the a Category (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback functions (All/Album/Category) and Repeat playback function (song).
    • iPod Passenger Control: In iPod Passenger Control 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,, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Alpine head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible.

    Note: 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.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Alpine CDE-135BT will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information in Head Unit or iPod Passenger Control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, & Album label. The unit will not display music app information.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad.  If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-135BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2012):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 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.

    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.

    Pandora App Control (via Android/Blackberry)

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Alpine CDE-135BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Android or BlackBerry smartphone. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    Pandora via Bluetooth: The Alpine CDE-135BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Alpine head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Pandora Control: The Alpine CDE-135BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your Bluetooth-enabled Android or BlackBerry smartphone. 

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Information Display: The Alpine CDE-135BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your Android or BlackBerry smartphone.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3 Playback: This unit can play CD-R and CD-RW discs containing MP3 audio files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 8-320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to a maximum of 255 folders & a maximum 510 files can be read from one disc. ID3 tags (v1, v2) are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

    Note: The head unit does not support WMA/AAC file playback.

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you are playing a disc with CD Text or ID3 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 discs without CD Text or ID3 tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-135BT 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 on disc are played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are played back in random order).

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

    Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-135BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    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

    Head Unit Power Pack (optional): Add the KTP-445A (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445A is compact enough to install behind the Alpine CD receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    Preset EQ: You can select from 10 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, or Classical.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: If the Equalizer presets aren't enough for your listening taste, there's a 3-Band Parametric Equalizer you can adjust for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted in the 3-Band Parametric mode.

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

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

    Switchable Preamp Output: The unit is equipped with Front/SW preamp output, which can be set to either a fading front-channel preamp output or a non-fading subwoofer preamp output.

    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).

    Source Volume Level: The output level of each source is individually adjustable from -5 to + 5 dB.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-135BT 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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a hard plastic face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

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

    Text Display: Text information, such as the disc name and the track name, will be displayed if playing a CD text compatible disc. It is also possible to display the folder name, the file name,& the tag information, while playing a MP3 disc or USB memory device.

    Text Scroll: This unit can scroll the disc & track names recorded on CD-Text disc, as well as the text information of MP3 files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.

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

    Auto Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead; 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.

    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 CDE-135BT 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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