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Alpine UTE-73BT

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

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Our take on the Alpine UTE-73BT

I really enjoy listening to CDs at home, but in the car, they just don't fit my routine. I like a variety of music and sources, and my smartphone is my hub for all of it. So, a digital media receiver like Alpine's UTE-73BT is a streamlined way to enjoy your favorite songs, podcasts, and more in the car. This receiver works with both iPhone® and Android™ to give you in-dash control over your stored music files with a wired USB connection. And if streaming is your thing, built-in Pandora® control gives you track-skipping, channel browsing, thumbs up/thumbs down control and more from the receiver as well. And don't forget Bluetooth®! With a wireless connection, you enjoy your tunes as well as hands-free conversations.

Play it all

I really enjoy listening to CDs at home, but in the car, they just don't fit my routine. I like a variety of music and sources, and my smartphone is my hub for all of it. So, a digital media receiver like Alpine's UTE-73BT is a streamlined way to enjoy your favorite songs, podcasts, and more in the car. This receiver works with both iPhone® and Android™ to give you in-dash control over your stored music files with a wired USB connection. And if streaming is your thing, built-in Pandora® control gives you track-skipping, channel browsing, thumbs up/thumbs down control and more from the receiver as well. And don't forget Bluetooth®! With a wireless connection, you enjoy your tunes as well as hands-free conversations. Alpine Authorized Online Dealer

Choose your source

This receiver's front USB port makes charging and swapping out music sources a breeze. Plug in a flash drive that you've loaded up with FLAC, MP3, or WMA files, or connect your iPod® or iPhone to listen to music. If you have a compatible Android, the Android Open Accessory protocol (AOA 2.0) delivers better sound and control over your stored music. You can also connect a portable MP3 player or other sound source to the front auxiliary input.

Make your music sound its best

If you're planning on adding an amp or two to your system, the UTE-73BT features three sets of 2-volt preamp outputs, so you have plenty of options. Your music will also benefit from the premium 24-bit digital-to-analog converter,

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.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • variable color illumination
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • plays MP3, WMA, and FLAC music files through USB
    • compatible with iPod, iPhone, and Android
    • Pandora playback with iPhone and Android
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog audio converter
    • low-pass/high-pass filters
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and sub)
    Other Features and Specs:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • external microphone included
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • CTA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital media receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face-plate
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 ISO-screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual

    Ivr owned several of these and this model is easy to operate! Great purchase!!!

    Nathan, Frenchtown, MT


    Alpine UTE-73BT Reviews

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    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Juana Diaz, PR on 2/5/2019

    1998 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine Radio has very good power and its sound is excellent. the radio stations tune them very clearly. I love it.

    Pros: Excelent Bass. Looks Great


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    Crutchfield customer from Payson, AZ on 2/3/2019

    2010 Kia Forte
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound quality



    This is the Alpine I remember from 30 yrs ago - AWESOME!!!!!

    Shannon from Francestown, NH on 1/31/2019

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Super easy install. This replaced a Sony deck that only lasted 6 months - hooked this up and immediately better sound quality volume and operation. Love the different colors, it now matches perfectly on my bike. This is the Alpine I remember from 30 yrs ago. Will be putting this unit in my truck as well.

    Pros: Easy install, short money, excellent sound, easy set up and use, wide range of color illumination, bluetooth, Alpine

    Cons: none yet

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    Nathan from Frenchtown, MT on 1/27/2019

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

    Ivr owned several of these and this model is easy to operate! Great purchase!!!

    Pros: Easy tp install

    Cons: none

    It's an Alpine!

    Mike from Buford, GA on 1/16/2019

    1994 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's an Alpine! What you'd expect from Alpine. It was very easy to install. Great upgrade over my stock headunit. I wanted Blutooth for my Spotify and for making and taking calls. Does all that and more.

    Pros: Alpine, Cost, Features, ease of installation.

    Cons: non really

    Great sound, easy to use features

    Patrick from Decatur, IL on 1/12/2019

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an easy to install and easy to use car stereo, the hands-free microphone works well and callers can hear you clearly. I did not change the speakers at this time, yet the stereo makes the factory speakers sound better due in part to the equalizer as part of the Alpine UTE-73BT.

    Pros: Quick install, high quality stereo


    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Baton Rouge, LA on 12/30/2018

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

    Easy install and the pandora app is great .



    Christmas Gift!

    Jamie from Piney Flats, TN on 12/29/2018

    2008 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought for my daughter to replace OEM Radio in my old 4Runner I gave her. Install was Easy and the sound improvement is amazing. Bluetooth support for phone calls and iPod controls are huge plus for a parent for safety. iPhone integrates perfectly!

    Pros: Great Sound, Easy Install, Alpine quality at a great price

    Cons: None. 16 year old loves it. Enough said.

    Perfect Head Unit!

    Brandon from Sun City, AZ on 12/24/2018

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

    Great receiver from Alpine! Fit my needs perfectly. I like the position of the dials/buttons and I've always been an Alpine customer.

    Pros: Easy to intslla. Great features, like the button placement

    Cons: none yet

    Great value

    Crutchfield customer from Cheltenham, PA on 12/24/2018

    2002 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit was super easy to install. The display color combinations are great. This unit has a hard time connecting to my iPhone however it could be user error. I would definitely recommend this head unit to someone looking for cheaper upgrade.



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    Crutchfield customer from Harrison, OH on 12/20/2018

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

    Nice radio!



    Great BT Deck!!!

    David from Madisonville, LA on 12/17/2018

    2001 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Bluetooth Unit!!! I didn't need a CD Player and if you don't need one either, this deck is one I would HIGHLY recommend. Easy to pair and links up soon as I turn it on. The Microphone can be placed just about anywhere and doesn't have to be very close to you. It's not even in plain site in my truck and my callers can hear me just fine. AND IT"S AN ALPINE!!!

    Pros: Easy BT Pairing, quick connection to devices once turned on after pairing, no unnecessary accessories I don't need, easy to install, etc.

    Cons: None that I can think of.

    All good

    Kalin from Burlington, Wi on 12/14/2018

    2013 Dodge Avenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price. Way better than alot ove seen

    Pros: Bluetooth, music quality, colors

    Cons: Doesnt like android phones but is amazing with apple

    Alpine product matches their reputation for quality

    Ken from New Zealand on 12/8/2018

    2006 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Most important is the service and support from Crutchfield. Without the human factor, a shop is just a shop. This is my second alpine from crutchfield. Not disappointed! Put into a 2006 landcruiser prado with a locally sourced adapter kit. Fits well, and because the original truck has double din, you get space for an extra storage pocket if you get one in the kit. The head deck is what is expect of alpine - good sound quality, sensible menus, good bluetooth quality. Colors make it nice to customize, but I'd prefer them to add a day/night setting so you can preprogram it (and a hotkey for quick change, or ambient light sensor to switch automatically). For example - white display during the day, and submarine-red a night. Guess you need to watch a few submarine movies to appreciate the red night color... The subwoofer control is excellent - this didn't change over the years and alpine realize that some of us like control over our sound. The bass/mid/treble setting is also very good, because many other devices don't let you control mid. Build in amp is ok to drive the 2x 6x9" and 2x 6" after-market pioneer speakers I have in the truck doors, especially in my setting of 80Hz cutoff and handover to subwoofer. It's loud enough to enjoy without distortion, since most of the power goes to drive the lows (which mine doesn't need to worry about). I give it 4 stars due to the many cons, but still 4 stars because it has excellent sound - which is #1 r

    Pros: Spectacular audio quality. Same familiar alpine menus. At least that didn't change over the years.

    Cons: Impossible to read the display when sunlight hits the screen. Keyboard key size tiny & position less well thought of compared to the mechless alpines a few years back - guess they wanted to change the look... Does not display file names like the older mechless alpines. Does not play audio sorted by filename, rather by physical position on the usb. Limit of 256 files per folder. You need to manually split up your collection into folders if you want to add more songs.

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    Crutchfield customer from Huntsville, AL on 12/3/2018

    1993 Cadillac DeVille
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love it has my woofers sounding real good



    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from San Jose, CA on 12/2/2018

    1994 Acura Integra GSR
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 94 Integra GSR.....clean and simple. Bluetooth and 3.5mm hook up easily and quickly. Add some speakers and you are in business! Can't beat it for the price and simplicity. You Alpine always providing quality products.



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    Crutchfield customer from Kapaau, HI on 11/20/2018

    2006 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Clean and simple setup with a great price!!


    Cons: Nothing

    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Lumberton, TX on 11/20/2018

    2010 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is amazing! And was easy to install with the harness and dash kit that came with it.



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    Crutchfield customer from Abilene, TX on 11/13/2018

    1994 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product at a great price



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    Crutchfield customer from Larchmont, NY on 11/12/2018

    1992 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing product



    Another outstanding Alpine headunit

    Mike from Las Vegas, NV on 11/12/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install,sounds awesome, easy to operate, great flexibility, reads all formats, expandable, looks great. I installed this in the fairing of my motorcycle as an upgrade and it's absolutely flawless.

    Pros: Everything!!

    Cons: Nothing!!

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    G from Dublin, OH on 11/3/2018

    1998 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this radio for a 1998 BMW M3. Fits great and provides all the functionality I need. Car has the HK 10 speaker system with the HK amp. Sound is greatly improved with stock (albeit 20 year old) speakers. Seamless installation and setup. Great value!

    Pros: Easy installation Adapter kit simplifies wiring Seamless integration

    Cons: None

    Awesome Deck

    Cheis from Sacramento, CA on 10/30/2018

    2006 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounds, tons of functions. Bluetooth works flawlessly l!

    Pros: Easy install.

    Cons: Detachable face not necessary.

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    Chris from Kennewick, WA on 10/26/2018

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the radio. Wish there were more options for android phones but the bluetooth connection works very well.

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: Does not recognize android phones with USB.

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    Crutchfield customer from Honolulu, HI on 10/19/2018

    2008 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver paired with infinity speakers. Easy to use and does all that we need.



    Great sounding basic unit

    Michael from Florence, SC on 10/18/2018

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I haven't put this into full service yet. Currently have 2 bookshelf speakers in the back floorboard as temporaries until I get a chance to add my (4) new Rockford Fosgate speakers. But, so far it love it. It sounds great. And it plays FLAC files which is the main reason I went with this unit. The radio reception blows away the OEM Bose radio that was in my 2003 Pathfinder. I can't comment yet on the Bluetooth because it only works through front speakers, and I don't have them connected yet. My only dislike is the buttons and the writing is SO small on this unit that I can't read crap. Didn't think about that when I ordered it. Not the unit's fault though.

    Pros: SOUND FLAC and SOUND

    Cons: Small buttons and writing

    Quality unit

    Troy from Rochester, NY on 10/12/2018

    2011 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine never lets you down, great unit, easy to use and's set up. Quality product.

    Pros: Easy set up, works well, nice design.

    Cons: Wish it had HD radio, but I knew that going in.

    Great value

    Ed from New Port Richey, FL on 10/11/2018

    1994 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great sounds great fairly simple controls a++



    Good stereo for the price

    Tom from Odessa, FL on 10/9/2018

    2004 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good stereo for the price. I always buy Alpine, never had an issue



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    Crutchfield customer from Burlington, IA on 10/2/2018

    2003 Subaru Baja
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything fit and connected without any alterations. Sounds great, too. Highly recommend. I bought to use with my iPod and works seamlessly.



    Usability review, not the sound

    Crutchfield customer from Export, PA on 9/24/2018

    1995 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a usability review, not a sound review--I installed it in a 1995 Miata, so sound quality is essentially undetectable beyond "not total garbage." The menus are typical "Alpine one-line display," lots of back and forth with buttons and the volume knob. Don't expect this to be easy like a touchscreen, but if you've used other Alpine products, you'll be in familiar territory here. If there is a way to make this HU wake up on car start and play automatically, instead of having to tap the "source" button every. single. time, I have not yet found it. Worst: I had bought this to use with music on a USB drive, to save a bit of battery on the Bluetooth. However, it re-indexes the music on the drive every time you start it up. While it does this, it skips around each song it's playing, playing a second here and a second there. I drove for 30 minutes and it still hadn't finished indexing, meaning I didn't hear one song play clearly. (I had about 3000 tracks on there.) I had to switch to Bluetooth based solely on that bug. However, the BT seems to work flawlessly, so there's that.



    Just works

    J from Sayre, OK on 9/24/2018

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

    Good receiver for the price. Even has speaker level crossovers to keep the bass from mids and highs. Bluetooth works good and the pandora app works just fine also. I'm happy.

    Pros: Inexpensive and has plenty of features

    Cons: None so far

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    Ron from Chico, CA on 9/20/2018

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Installation was seamless using the installation kit. Bluetooth works well with my music on my iPhone. I have used Crutchfields for all my car stereo needs.



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    Crutchfield customer from Silver Spring, MD on 9/17/2018

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

    Works just as it should. A good deal for the money. I've never gone wrong with Alpine.



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    Crutchfield customer from Kenosha, WI on 9/17/2018

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product for the price



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    Crutchfield customer from Albany, NY on 9/16/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Cannot beat this for the money.



    Great sound!!!

    Jose from Ridgefield Park, NJ on 9/11/2018

    2007 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is amazing! Sound is clear, easy to use and looks great. The Bluetooth is great for calls, people don't notice I'm using the hands free at all. I'm looking to buy a second one for my wife's car, her Soundstream stereo is the worst stereo we have had, especially because it's useless to take calls

    Pros: Sound great Looks great Excellent for calls

    Cons: Not compatible with the Alpine iOS app

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    Crutchfield customer from Vail, AZ on 9/10/2018

    2002 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow! Easy to use, was able to adjust color to my dash. Sounds amazing! Even was able to receive stations from farther out. Semi-Cons, did not realize it had no CD but it didn't matter because my BT, aux, and USB did the job...less items to worry about in my truck! Also great price including the wiring and install kit!



    Great Stereo

    Dave from Washougal, WA on 9/5/2018

    1997 Toyota Camry CE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for my daughter's car. She LOVES it! Very happy with the purchase. Sounds awesome. Looks awesome. Great value. I'm very happy.

    Pros: Price Easy install Looks awesome Sounds awesome

    Cons: None so far

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    douglas from Bothell, WA on 8/25/2018

    1994 Mercury Sable
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have not hooked this up yet im waiting for amp, but it looks awesome. I have owned alpine products before and loved them.

    Pros: Alpine has never let me down


    Very good unit without all the fussiness

    Gregory from Bellingham, WA on 8/20/2018

    2001 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased to replace 2001 VW Passat Monsoon system. Final system: Alpine UTE-73BT HU, Alpine KTP-445A amplifier, two sets (F+R) Polk Audio DB6502+ speakers, and 14 AWG Stinger speaker wire from HU to Polk crossovers. The Alpine HU + amplifier gives very clear and balanced sound (and a lot of bass if wanted) through Polk speaker system (meets or exceeds the performance of the OEM Monsoon system). The HU is easy to set up and operate - a lot easier than the Kenwood KDC-X502. The front panel controls are relatively large (compared to the Kenwood) and laid out in an ergonomic way to allow easy access with minimal distraction while driving (compared to the Kenwood). The Tuner section has excellent FM reception (much better than the Kenwood), but the AM reception is very much less sensitive compared to the OEM Monsoon HU. Overall the sound an ergonomics are excellent, even while using the built-in equalizer pre-sets (didn't try to set up the 3-band P-EQ). I purchased the mechless unit because of the clumsiness of handling CD/DVDs and most of my audio files are in various digital formats anyway (mp3, AAC, flacc, etc.). I purchased two SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 16GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive, loaded one with music and the other with podcasts, selected USB source and plugged the flash into the HU and HU recognized it instantly and started the playing (I was amazed) - beats using hard CDs/DVDs. I didn't set up the smartphone interface, so no review of thi

    Pros: Easy to use while driving Excellent good sound quality Good bass when using the Alpine KTP-445A amplifier (recommended) Excellent USB interface (as CD/DVD replacement) Very good FM reception

    Cons: Poor AM reception Lacks case for head unit Would prefer non-reflective display for easier visibility in sunlight Expected wide/narrow band setting for Tuner was not available at time of purchase.

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    Crutchfield customer from Rio Rancho, NM on 8/20/2018

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great! Just what I needed to replace my broken factory radio.



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    Crutchfield customer from Joliet, IL on 8/20/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo. With alpine you can't go wrong. Nothing but the best features and sound quality. I Installed this in my Mack truck.



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    Crutchfield customer from Stratford, IA on 8/20/2018

    1995 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great replacement for stock



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    Lou from Livingston, TX on 8/16/2018

    1986 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic service and support from Crutchfield as akways. This unit was very easy to learn how to use, an important feature for a 50 year old. Much to my surprise, the FM tuner far outperformed the factory radio. Bluetooth features are easy to set up and use, with no instability in the pairing. Big improvement in sound quality even with the stock speakers. Very happy with head unit choice and with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Easy to install, set up, and use. Great tuner and features.

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Pueblo, CO on 8/16/2018

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

    Love you guys. You make it sooo easy to install a new radio into a vehicle by providing all of the parts and pieces to do the job. This is my second radio I've purchased and it's been a great experience. My daughter loves her new radio (a birthday gift). Keep up the great work and we'll be buying more of your product in the future.




    Crutchfield customer from Boring, MD on 8/15/2018

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


    Pros: 3

    Cons: 4


    Pablo from Savannah, GA on 8/15/2018

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

    Back in the '80s, I installed Alpine car audio as a part-time job. The most popular car audio retailer in San Diego, back then. When I opened the package and saw the (free) wiring harness, I gave Crutchfield a sarcastic smirk. "What kind of amateur do they think I am?" After uninstalling all the old gear, I figured I'd at least look at the harness. Low and behold, I had the wiring completed and my new Alpine installed, dash back together in about TEN MINUTES. That's just too easy. Anyone who can't install this quickly, easily with zero frustration, maybe shouldn't own an automobile. As I expected, the Alpine looks and sounds fantastic. Plenty of power to drive my dash speakers, and line outputs for 3 amps, tho' I'm only using two right now. This is the Alpine quality, clarity and 'punch' I've loved since my youth. Exceptional.

    Pros: Incredible sound, ample power, Display bright enough for use in broad daylight with the vehicle's top down.

    Cons: None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

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    John from Pass Christian, MS on 8/10/2018

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product... great price!

    Pros: Easy installation

    Cons: None

    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Middleton, WI on 8/8/2018

    2000 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Worth every single penny (and more). Very easy to install, especially with the ready-made harness option. The display is extremely easy to read, even in direct sunlight. Controls are typical of an aftermarket stereo - nothing too complicated or complex, but definitely different than a factory unit where every function has its own distinct control or button. Sound quality is *amazing* - I installed this in a 2000 VW Passat (no Monsoon), and the difference is staggering. Bluetooth pairing works perfectly with my iPhone. I was tempted to spend more on a more extravagant head unit, but this thing is more than phenomenal. Don't hesitate - buy it and enjoy it. I wish I had purchased this earlier!

    Pros: Clear display, incredible sound quality, flawless Bluetooth pairing, excellent value.

    Cons: None

    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Apple Valley, CA on 8/5/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine is the best in my opinion



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    Derek from Ste Genevieve, MO on 7/25/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good unit. Purchased for the Bluetooth and sounds great as alpine always does, paired it with the powerpack and love the results...

    Pros: Quality alpine as usual... very nice.

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Mountain City, TN on 7/22/2018

    1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installing the new Alpine UTE 73BT receiver into the SLk was a breeze with the help of the Crutchfield staff. Could NOT have done it with out them. The sound is tremendous. In fact it has created a new audiophile in my family. Before my wife really didn't care about the clarity of music until this unit was installed in her car. She was astounded by the 'new' instruments that were heard in the music. This is a really great unit. I'm glad we got it and I'm looking forward to replacing the unit in my car now. :)



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    Marilyn from Elmhurst, IL on 7/22/2018

    1999 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine improve the sound of the car tremendously. The only problem I have with it is the connectivity to Bluetooth and to Pandora, I get an error when I return to the car with Pandora and I have to change the source and go back to Pandora for it to connect. Other than that the radio is outstanding.



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    Crutchfield customer from Hopewell Jct, NY on 7/21/2018

    1999 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice features, but short on power. Crutchfield made install a breeze



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    Hayden from Annapolis, MD on 7/18/2018

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has been performing wonderfully! It was simple to install and came with great instructions provided by Crutchfield. The preamp within the stereo improved the sound quality out of the factory speakers as well. I'd definitely recommend buying in.

    Pros: Easy install Better sound quality Versatile


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    Crutchfield customer from Monroe, LA on 7/17/2018

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good unit, easy controls and great sound! Alpine is always my first choice.



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    Kaika from Kaneohe, HI on 7/16/2018

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything works, easy install. Bluetooth feature is nice.

    Pros: Good price for a deck that has Bluetooth.


    Great Unit at a Great Price!

    Chris from Santa Maria, CA on 7/15/2018

    2002 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is exactly what I wanted and needed, tons of options, it completely boosted the sound quality from what the stock stereo was putting out, and it just works flawlessly. Everything Crutchfield provided for the install was exactly what was needed. The wiring diagrams we're perfect and it made for a very fast install.



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    William from Carlsbad, NM on 7/8/2018

    2004 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Cant say enough about how easy crutchfield makes an install. Thanks for being the best

    Pros: Everything needed all in one box simple and understandable instructions

    Cons: None that I've ever experienced

    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Ellicott City, MD on 7/4/2018

    1995 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice!



    Great Buy

    Jon from Canton, GA on 6/14/2018

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

    This was exactly what I needed. I'm not a huge car audio guy, but I wanted to add Bluetooth connectivity to my 2002 Jeep Wrangler so I could listen to my streaming music service and use my phone hands-free while driving. It was already a discontinued model when I purchased it, but to get an Alpine for this price, including the dash kit and wiring harnesses, was an amazing deal. Thank you, Crutchfield.

    Pros: Alpine Sound and Quality Price Ease of Use Features and Connectivity

    Cons: Didn't come with a case for the faceplate

    Great Value!

    Jim from Marshfield, MA on 6/11/2018

    2007 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Terrific value, got the unit, dash trim, & wiring harness delivered to my door for a great price. Can't beat that!

    Pros: - Great value - Complete Kit - Straightforward, simple installation

    Cons: - None!

    I like it

    Jeramie from Wyanet, IL on 6/10/2018

    1999 Buick Park Avenue
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great, looks great. You can change the colors to about anything you want. I always find Alpine displays annoying because they never show the time along with other info, same thing here. But I'd buy it again.

    Pros: Typical great Alpine Sounds great Tons of color choices Alpine tune it app Volume turns down quickly with large knob turn No Bluetooth connection issues

    Cons: Typical weird Alpine display info choices

    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Pittsford, NY on 6/4/2018

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

    Easy install, sounds great. Had old stereo with 6 RCAs to plug directly into this unit.



    Not as good as expected

    Mary from Machipongo, VA on 5/30/2018

    1994 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio just did not have the quality sound that I thought it would. Before installation, we put in new upgraded speakers as well, but the quality even after adjusting the bass, treble, etc., just was not there. After removing the radio and reinstalling the old stock radio, it was clearly obvious that it was the radio that was lacking.... even the old one sounded rich and vibrant compared to this Alpine. I guess I will have to stay in the "old school" department for a while longer until I find the right one.

    Pros: The radio had a lot of the more modern features I wanted (bluetooth, hands-free calling, etc.)

    Cons: Just lacked the "punch" that I love to hear in a good radio. It lacked the quality sound that I am looking for.

    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Highlands Ranch, CO on 5/23/2018

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio. All the new features I was looking for and it sounds great!



    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Leechburg, PA on 5/21/2018

    2001 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was a breeze. Interface is very user friendly.



    Amazing value

    Ben from Provo, UT on 5/21/2018

    2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is great. I wanted a clean look with features like low pass/high pass filters and pre amp outputs and bluetooth, but didn't want to pay the premium for overly fancy screens and everything. This unit is a great value and is great to use. The crutchfield experience is awesome, everything that came with worked perfectly and made installation way easier than trying things all on my own.

    Pros: Price, features, clean look, crutchfield experience

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Siloam Springs, AR on 5/20/2018

    1998 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Bluetooth only receiver works great, the connection to my phone is fast and consistent. The only thing I would change is something that seems maddeningly simple and something I would assume is there: a button on the receiver to pause/play Bluetooth playback. Maybe I just don't know how to do it, but I can't find it anywhere in the manual.



    Crutchfield response on 5/22/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support guru, AJ, reached out to this customer to help him further. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 5/16/2018

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The installation was easy peasy. The radio is so much netter than the factory that now I have to upgrade the factory speakers. The only issue is with the connection of the bluetooth as there is a delay or no connecting at all and I have to manually connect the phone to the receiver.



    Alpine UTE-73BT

    Crutchfield customer from Lexington, NE on 5/16/2018

    2004 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great quality, easy to use, sounds great, has all the features I wanted for a reasonable price



    Alpine no substitute

    Craig from Rockford, IL on 5/10/2018

    1998 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it. Alpine went back to old school. The old style volume knob, and love the color changer, to that original alpine green. The Bluetooth is amazing, the sound quality is outstanding. Nothing but the best from alpine

    Pros: The whole deck is amazing

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android/iPhone Integration
    Pandora + AM/FM Radio
    USB/Aux Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0 The Alpine UTE-73BT features built-in Bluetooth 3.0 with support for hands-free communication and wireless music streaming. You'll be able to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver, as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine UTE-73BT.

    Multi-Device Pairing + Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine head unit. You are even able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled phones connected at the same time, so you can make and receive calls from either phone through the head unit. You can only stream music from one phone at a time; you will be able switch between the two phones front the head unit's rotary control dial. When a previous paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine UTE-73BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (for iPhone): You can also pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Alpine head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone (including iPhone & Android). Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the UTE-73BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the UTE-73BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    • Receiving A Call: The Alpine UTE-73BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your 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 3 or 10 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.
    • Making A Call: The Alpine UTE-73BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine UTE-73BT 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 contacts (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.
      • Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
      • Redial: You can easily redial the number or contact you dialed last from the head unit's front-panel controls.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Alpine UTE-73BT supports wireless music streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device to the Alpine head unit. The UTE-73BT will process your Bluetooth audio using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the UTE-73BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the Alpine receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Playback Control: The UTE-73BT will be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. Advanced music browsing (such as song/artist/album search) will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device. 
    • Song/Artist Display: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    • Volume Level: You can adjust the volume level of your connected Bluetooth devices from -6dB to + 6dB. This negates the need to adjust the volume level between sources each time.
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Alpine UTE-73BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "Voice" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the UTE-73BT and its microphone. You even can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the UTE-73BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    External Mic: The included 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. The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.5625" (deep); and features an attached 11.5' cable terminated by a right-angle mono-male 3.5mm connector.

    Android/iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Alpine UTE-73BT enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front-panel USB port. There are two types of modes (AOA 2.0 or MTP) to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

    • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The UTE-73BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the UTE-73BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the Alpine head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Android Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • MTP (Stored Music + Song/Artist Info): The UTE-73BT also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Alpine receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's front-panel LCD. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.
    Note: You will need to setup Android connectivity within the head unit's menu. Select "MSC/MTP" for MTP playback and "Android" for AOA 2.0 playback.

    iPhone Direct Connection: The Alpine UTE-73BT's front-panel USB ports can be used to connect your Lightning Apple device or 30-pin iPhone 4S to the head unit. The USB connection allows for playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone through Alpine receiver. If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Alpines KCU-471i Lightning connector-to-USB cable (sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the UTE-73BT. If you have an iPhone 4S with a 30-pin connector, you can use the 30-pin to USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPhone 4S to the Alpine UTE-73BT.

    • Basic Playback Control: You are able to control basic playback and search functions from the head unit, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Advanced music browsing (such as song/artist/album search) will still need to be done from your Apple iPod or iPhone device's touchscreen.
    • Song/Artist/Album Display: The Alpine digital media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information. The UTE-73BT will display artist name, song title, and album label.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Alpine UTE-73BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/29/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6/+6S/6S+ 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    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.

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

    Pandora + AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine UTE-73BT using your Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G) or WiFi. The UTE-73BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically.
    • 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.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine UTE-73BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    USB/Aux Playback

    USB MSC Compatibility: In addition to iPhone & Android connectivity, the Alpine head unit's front-panel USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, AAC, & FLAC audio files stored on a compatible USB mass-storage class device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The head unit's USB port is not compatible with USB hubs or card readers.

    Compatible Music Files: The Alpine UTE-73BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & FLAC music files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type USB MSC
    File System FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 16-48 kHz
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    AAC:  bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 11.025-48 kHz
    FLAC: bit depth of 16 or 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 256 folder/256 files per folder
    Tags ID3,WMA, AAC, FLAC tags

    Music Browsing: When you are playing a USB device with ID3, WMA or AAC tags, you can easily search for a track, file, or folder by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track. For USB devices without ID3, WMA, or AAC tags; searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song. You can even use Jump mode to quickly search your music list in 10% increments.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine UTE-73BT offers Repeat and Random playback modes for USB playback. Repeat modes include All, Track, and Album. Random modes include Album, Device, or Off.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input, so you input audio from an auxiliary source unit; such as a portable MP3 player. You can adjust the volume level of your connected Aux device from -8dB to +18dB, negating the need to adjust the volume level between sources each time.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine UTE-73BT uses a 24-bit D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of your music.

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

    • CTA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: Add the KTP-445 (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 is compact enough to install behind the Alpine digital media receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    6ch/2V Pre-outs + Sub Control: The UTE-73BT has three sets of 2.0-volt pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front & rear preamp output can be faded, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. When the non-fading subwoofer pre-out is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume level (0 to +15) & phase (Normal or Reverse).

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossover:  The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass crossover for its front and rear speaker-level and preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off (full-range) The unit is also equipped with a low-pass crossover for the subwoofer preamp output that can be set to 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off (full-range).

    Equalizer: You can select from 11 different EQ presets to get the best sound from all your sources. You can choose from Flat (off), Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electric Dance, Hip-Hop, Easy Listening, Country, Classical, or User. The User Preset activates the head unit's 3-Band Equalizer for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted with the 3-Band EQ.

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

    Bass Engine SQ: Bass Engine SQ creates the ideal Bass impact for your music by automatically adjust the Bass, Mid, Treble, and Subwoofer level.  You can adjust the effect level (0-6) of the Bass Engine SQ.

    Beep Tone: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The Beep Tone can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The head unit's face-plate is detachable to deter theft (no face case provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. If you turn your vehicle's ignition switch to the "Off" position without detaching the face-plate, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds to remind you to detach the face-plate. The alarm will only sound if the receiver's built-in amplifier is used.

    Single-Line, High-Contrast LCD: The single-line, high-contrast LCD has 5x the contrast of a conventional screen, so the display is always easy to read. The LCD lets you view AM/FM stations and song/artist/album info from USB, iPhone, & Bluetooth sources. This unit can even scroll the text information. There are two Text Scroll settings - On (the information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically) or Off (the display is scrolled when a track is changed).

    Variable Color Illumination: The Alpine UTE-73BT features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 10 preset colors (White, Rose, Pink, Purple, Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Amber, Red) or customize your own color (RGB; 0-32). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-60) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting can be applied to both the display and buttons, or you can choose a different color for each.

    Brightness & Auto Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the Alpine receiver's display from 1 to 10. This unit is also equipped with an illumination lead (orange); when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to the preset Brightness 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.

    Black Out & Auto Off: If no operation is performed for a while the Black Out feature (when activated) will automatically turn the head unit's display off automatically. When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting after 30 minutes of the power being turned off to the head unit.

    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).

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine UTE-73BT is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    looks good? [ Porungaxxxx  Jan 31, 2019 ]
    Alpine dependability, simplistic front panel, aux, usb front panel access, bluetooth. Simple but nice looking front panel. [ PPMC MFG,  Jan 25, 2019 ]
    The radio has good reviews, have owned most every brand throughout my life, thought it looks like it would suit my needs this time. [ Timothy  Jan 12, 2019 ]
    I love alpine best sound on the market. I want to say you pay a little more but that's really not the case anymore. Even this sub 100 dollar head unit does all I need it too and will sound great. Plus alpine customer service is second to none. [ Adam  Jan 05, 2019 ]
    After considering the cost of the install kits and the harness build, i could only afford a stereo below $100. This unit has good amp and does not require an app to stream music via far as i know so far. Alpine is a good name. I think I made a good buy. [ Roger  Jan 03, 2019 ]
    Brand reputation and bluetooth for a value [ chris  Dec 17, 2018 ]
    My husband requested it as a Christmas gift [ Tiffany  Dec 08, 2018 ]
    Blue tooth no more CD's [ Robert  Nov 29, 2018 ]
    Love me some Alpine [ Aaron  Nov 06, 2018 ]
    Great value for the money. For me, plug and play, because I get to use my existing KTP-445A Power Pack!! My old unit still works perfectly, however, now its time to move into the digit audio arena. Thank you Crutchfield!! [ Louis  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Love Alpine Product! Wish it still had the old school Green Color [ Chad  Oct 08, 2018 ]
    Wanted a Bluetooth device and Alpine is a great name brand. Great price! [ Stuart  Sep 29, 2018 ]
    In my opinion Alpine is one of the better head units. This is going in my nefews first car and i believe this unit looks like a very good entry level unit. [ Jody  Sep 18, 2018 ]
    Alpine has been making great car stereo products for years. Every vehicle I own now and have owned in the past has had at the very least an Alpine head unit. They are easy to use, produce great quality sound and most have an exceptional internal amplifier. [ Ryan  Sep 07, 2018 ]
    I need a new radio. I liked what I saw. [ Kenneth  Aug 31, 2018 ]
    Best fit and features for the car I am going to put it in [ William  Aug 29, 2018 ]
    This unit exactly met my needs, was a brand I trust and enjoy and was the right price for my application. [ Michael  Aug 27, 2018 ]
    My old car stereo was a Pioneer which was fine, but I don't listen to CDs so the CD player was just there like a dead limb. I wanted BT and USB. Understated. Of all the car stereos you sell, this one looks the least buffoonish. [ Daniel  Aug 13, 2018 ]
    value [ Mia  Aug 13, 2018 ]
    price [ michael  Aug 08, 2018 ]
    Already of two of the same model. [ Dennis  Jul 30, 2018 ]
    Best features from a great brand! [ MATTHEW A  Jul 21, 2018 ]
    hoping the brand reliability [ Troy  Jul 14, 2018 ]
    Seemed like a very nice hands free calling receiver. [ James  Jul 08, 2018 ]
    Bluetooth hand free phone. Bluetooth Pandora. [ Blake  May 23, 2018 ]
    Alpine [ Heather  May 18, 2018 ]
    Looked to have the best options for the price [ Michael  May 18, 2018 ]
    Replacing 20 year old Alpine unit [ Daniel  May 17, 2018 ]

    6 questions already asked

    You can choose between 5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz for the treble. Between 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz for the midrange. Between 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz for the Bass. I cannot find any information on the bass frequencies that are adjust with the various Bass Engine SQ settings. I recommend contacting Alpine to see if they have any additional information on that part. I found 800-421-2284 for their support phone number My Bio: [ Paul  Jan 28, 2019 ]  Staff
    Unit allows full control from dash unit for iPods as well as Android devices. [ Dustin  Oct 15, 2018 ]
    No it does not. But if you have it on your phone you can access it thru Bluetooth [ Randy  Oct 12, 2018 ]
    The number of pins and wire location within the harnesses are the same on these two models. [ Ryan  Sep 05, 2018 ]  Staff
    Yes I had it plugged in yesterday while playing music and it was charging at the same time [ Mark  May 25, 2018 ]
    You can charge your phone. I don't know this for certain but it feels like to me when I plug in my iPhone 8 that the HU switches to USB to play instead of BT. [ mark  May 24, 2018 ]
    Yes you can [ Justin  May 24, 2018 ]