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Our take on the Alpine CDE-W235BT

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

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Big two-line display and simple controls

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

Stream music, talk hands-free

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

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

Don't forget your iPhone

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

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

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

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

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

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

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

    Everything I purchased installed easily, sounds great, made my stock speakers come to life. Thank you Crutchfield.

    Wheelz, San diego, ca


    Alpine CDE-W235BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (210 Reviews)

    Great, especially for the price paid

    Bear from Trinidad and Tobago on 8/11/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Needed two double din decks for my siblings' cars. I wanted Alpine, so it was between this and the 265. After comparing the two right here on Crutchfield, I decided for their needs, the difference in the features didn't warrant the extra money (x2). Twas my first time ordering from, and with me being an international customer, I had some interaction with their customer service. They were very courteous. The decks were easy to install in the Nissan and Toyota/, and the difference in sound quality could immediately be heard, even with the stock speakers. I was worried about how this radio requires a software Bluetooth update via a windows 7 laptop, which I don't have. But the Bluetooth seems to work fine, even with my sister's 6s. It is a bit of a hassle to connect to the Bluetooth, though. No regrets for a basic double din, this to me, packs a punch, especially for the price I paid.

    Pros: Price Alpine Sound quality Easy installation

    Cons: Bluetooth connection a hassle Can require a software update which needs a windows 7 laptop (not sure if windows 10 would work)

    Great Sound, Crutchfield recommends the Adaptor Parts

    Teri from Buford, GA on 8/8/2016

    2003 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Stereo and recommended installation kit arrived in one box. This is the first time I installed a car stereo. I read all the instructions, called the Crutchfield Help Line a couple times, and installed the stereo by myself. You must hook the speaker wires from the Alpine wiring harness into the Scosche box to get the full sound from the speakers. I put the mic on the sun visor and it picks up my voice clearly.

    Pros: The Online Manual is a PDF file on a CD included in the box. It's easy to load on my PC and read. The wiring schematic for the wiring harness explains clearly how to connect the stereo wires to the adaptor that fits into the Nissan harness.

    Cons: I agree with another reviewer who said that fitting the Scosche box and adaptor wiring harness in the small space provided in the Nissan 350z is tough. I trimmed the wires on the plug that fit into the back of the stereo to make less clutter.

    Great experience

    Wheelz from San diego, ca on 8/6/2016

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything I purchased installed easily, sounds great, made my stock speakers come to life. Thank you Crutchfield.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: No remote

    Excellent System

    Wally from Washington, DC on 8/4/2016

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This system is lacking only one thing - broadcast data. I would like to have that included but I can live without it. Everything else about the system is excellent. The Bluetooth and external mic provides exceptional sound quality for hands-free cell phone use. The installation directions for my Chevy truck were great and the wiring harness made the connection easy.

    Pros: Simple to use Great quality sound for music and phone calls

    Cons: No broadcast data

    What a great product for the price!

    Lee from New York, NY on 8/2/2016

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

    It wasn't really easy for installing for a person like me doing this kind of installation for the first time. Opening existing covers and taking the old stereo was OK but wiring and the putting the new item into the bracket wasn't easy. The screws were a bit short, so I had to really push hard to put them into the holes. After 3-hour long installation, I finally could enjoy the great look of new stereo and nice sound.

    Pros: (1) Good looking especially in the dark (2) Sounds much better than the 10-year old stock stereo (3) Great price for the value

    Cons: (1) The instruction wasn't detailed enough for beginners. (2) The screws for the bracket were not long enough. (3) When the music is played with bluetooth from my Samsung phone, the title or any information about the song does not display but I can't complain because of the price. :)

    Awesome unit

    BruceD from S.E mo. on 8/1/2016

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

    This was an easy install and a perfect fit,it gave my truck modern features on a budget price I am very pleased The radio reception is better than the factory stereo and so is the sound This is my first Alpine stereo I'm impressed

    Pros: The Bluetooth works great The sound quality is exceptional It's easy to operate FM reception is great

    Cons: None

    Decent Sound - HORRIBLE Bluetooth

    Patrick from New Windsor, NY on 7/26/2016

    2009 Suzuki SX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased based on the Alpine name and the price. Terrible mistake. This unit replaced the stock unit in my SX4. I use the phone a lot and need hands free calling. Install was easy. Setup was not hard at all. Sounds better than the stock system. This is where the good parts end....... Radio reception is just plain bad. Tuning in to local stations produces static and garbled noise. Distant stations that used to work fine are nowhere to be found. Stock system worked fine so it's not the antenna. In all fairness, I don't really listen to the radio so this was not a big deal as much as an observation. Bluetooth - HORRIBLE. Some days it won't even connect at all when I get in the car in the morning. For reasons unknown, it will often disconnect at random while driving and will not reconnect until the ignition is switched off first. The power button is completely useless as it does not power the unit down, it just seems to blank the display. This purchase has been a tremendous disappointment. If you are looking for a solid unit with Bluetooth, look elsewhere because this isn't it.

    Pros: Sounds Good

    Cons: Bluetooth is total garbage. Radio reception is almost non-existent.

    Crutchfield response on 7/27/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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    Cliff from Colorado Springs, CO on 7/26/2016

    2002 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Display is great not a disco scene. Bright enough to see in bright Colorado sky. iPhone works well with the Bluetooth.

    Pros: As above

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Juan perez from Isabela,pr on 7/23/2016

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




    Alpine W235BT

    Matt B from Sandia Park, NM on 7/20/2016

    2006 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value, price, shipping was fast, alpine always does the job????

    Pros: Easy to use and install


    Alpine 235 mx5

    michael from Massachusetts on 7/19/2016

    2006 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this in my 06 NC mx5 , looks and sounds great , installation was smooth and fitmint is perfect. Love the simplicity of this radio and the look. Huge sound improvement over stock radio



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    stubronco from Peachtree City, GA on 7/19/2016

    2005 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    unit was very easy to install and is a great upgrade to the factory unit. the sound quality is excellent except for the bluetooth phone. people i speak with say that when i am not talking there is complete silence...good right? but when i start to talk there is alot of road/background noise. i realize this is a truck and will have some noise, should have opted for noise cancelling option.

    Pros: ease of installation, sound quality

    Cons: bluetooth phone-excessive background noise


    Styles from Saugerties, NY on 7/5/2016

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like everything about this unit except the lack of a subwoofer level control. I liked that feature on my Alpines of yesterday.



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    Ron B from Whitehall, PA on 7/4/2016

    2015 Nissan Versa S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent car Stereo! Sound quality is 1000 better than stock radio! Very happy with my Alpine. You will be too.

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: None

    Good unit Bluetooth Support is Great

    Alton W from New Orleans, LA on 6/26/2016

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far work real great, I needed a Double Din unit to replace my factory unit which CD's would get stuck. This unit fits perfect the sound quality is real good. The Bluetooth work great whether I'm using audio from my phone or talking on the phone. My use is most CD's, Radio or music from my phone. Haven't tried the USB Slot yet but will soon.

    Pros: Easy to set up, Bluetooth connections is perfect whether it audio or phone, All levels are great (Bass, Mix, treble, etc.

    Cons: I haven't found NONE

    Good Unit, but bluetooth support is inadequate

    Derek from Atlanta, GA on 6/18/2016

    2007 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Decided on a double din unit mostly for aesthetic reasons in my Altima. Was edging towards a Kenwood, but many reviews said the readability in sunlight was nill, so that tilted me towards this unit. First Alpine. Everything works and is very quick to parse directories on USB sticks and whatnot. The main thing I use it for it streaming youtube and audiobooks from my phone (newish Sony Experia3+), of which Ive had zero issues at all with a prior Pioneer that was in a truck I just sold. Receiver shipped with a 1.14 firmware, so I looked for an update and there was one...that is 1.27 and released in january 2013 (!?). Never had such a hassle to update it on a unit ever. Even the giant retail store specials from years ago have had the ability to update via usb stick. Bluetooth syncing is still iffy, and you can hear a quiet staticky noise when theres a stream. You can hear it go away after 3 seconds from pausing the source audio. More often than not, I must hit play, wait a couple seconds, then pause, then play for the audio to be played by system (audio plays on the source, but is 'muted' and not picked up by the receiver). Sometimes I must do it 3/4/5 times. This same phone worked flawlessly with a pioneer and a JVC unit in the same way. It was much worse with the 1.14 firmware, and the 1.27 makes it less noisy and little quicker sync. If I had to do over again, I would certainly go with a diff unit. Weren't too many options in this price range of double din receivers.

    Pros: USB stick cataloguing speeds (for hundreds/thousands of songs/audio), decent occasional FM/AM player. No frills unit, no annoying multi-color bright displays like many aftermarket units tend to have. (which is a pro for me, con for others, i know)

    Cons: Bluetooth is still sub-par. I use it for daily 2-3 hour drives for work. Receiver could desperately use a firmware update. If the bluetooth was fixed properly, it'd be a nice budget receiver.

    Great Bluetooth Deck Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Andrew from Denver on 6/14/2016

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far I've been very impressed with the Unit itself, sound quality is good, installation was pretty straight forward, and I enjoy the simplicity of the unit.

    Pros: Simplicity, Ease of install, not flashy but looks good, gives a nice finished look, Bluetooth connectivity is so much easier than other units I've used, sound quality of conversations via Bluetooth is very good (careful microphone placement helps).

    Cons: Only thing I can think of right now is that the stereo can't control items through the BT, you still have to manually change songs and such via whatever you have connected.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Frankfort, KY on 6/13/2016

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo.



    Great Radio at a great price

    William from Asheboro, NC on 6/9/2016

    2006 Honda Civic DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the features and ease of use of this head unit



    Great Basic Unit

    Crutchfield customer from Minneapolis, MN on 6/9/2016

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

    This is a great basic radio. If you are looking for a no frills, hands free bluetooth unit this is it. The sound is excellent, the bluetooth works seamlessly and it won't break your bank. All in All a very good choice. It was also super easy to put in with the help of an online video and the correct parts from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great Sound Easy to set up

    Cons: Not many features

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    kingd from Hershey, PA on 5/29/2016

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing! Fit function features ease of use. Its great! There where complaints from others that the back lighting was dim. No Way! It looks amazing in light or dark and im super picky about stuff. Others must have hooked it up wrong or something this Alpine is amazing!

    Pros: It has every feature, fits great. My family doesnt belive that I installed it. Crutchfield products, kits, instructions are great!

    Cons: NONE REALLY!

    Great unit!

    Deborah from Arizona on 5/22/2016

    2008 Kia Sorento
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, sounds wonderful, clear and crisp. Updates the dash without looking out of place. Classy.

    Pros: Love the BT, and the hands free phone option. The staff at Crutchfield were SO helpful as I am a grandma and this was my first attempt at any car audio upgrades. Hey, if I can do this, anyone can!

    Cons: As others have said, needed longer screws for the dash kit, so plan a trip to the Home Depot. My previous unit had the antenna cable input on the opposite side and I needed to find and purchase an extender for the cable to reach the other side. But all in all, install was easy. Just took a bit longer than I had planned.

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    2000 F-250 from Chandler, AZ on 4/21/2016

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit. I knew that it required a modified fit. I ended up having to cut away 1/2 to 3/4 inches of dash and modify the sub-dash in order to get it to accommodate this head unit. The supplied dash adapter receded the unit about 2/3 - 3/4 in. into dash. I wanted the unit to be flush with the dash like the stock unit, so I ended up not using the kit and fabricating my own securing mechanism. You must have a Dremel or some such tool to make this easy; otherwise the cutting will take forever. The wiring kit requires that you splice the Alpine Loom with adapter. Not a big deal -just 1/2 hour of soldering and heat shrinking to do it right. I am fairly adept mechanically and have the right tools. With this mods, it took 3 hours to complete the install. Fun evening project.

    Pros: Big dials and easy to use


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    Crutchfield customer from ps on 3/10/2015

    2006 Chevrolet Equinox
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

    Cons: The bluetooth mike is a little big.

    Exactly what I expected

    Wingwiper from Eugene, OR on 3/3/2015

    2009 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

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

    Great product

    Crutchfield customer from Fort Polk, LA on 2/5/2015

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Pros: N/a

    Cons: n/a

    So sad

    ruth from Ohio on 1/22/2015

    2014 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Pros: Looks nice.

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

    Nice Upgrade

    Shannon from Havre, MT on 1/20/2015

    1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Pros: Looks nice and has great sound quality.

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

    Simple, clean, awesome sound

    Van from Mobile, AL on 1/8/2015

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

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



    Good sound, just okay functionality

    BensPapa from Oregon on 1/6/2015

    2010 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Pros: Clean style, good sound, easy installation.

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

    Perfect Fit for a 2003 Miata

    NickTrag from America's Hat, a.k.a. Canada on 1/4/2015

    I had this head unit installed in a 2003 Miata with the factory Bose sound system. If you've researched this particular project, you probably know by now this installation is more difficult than calculus (I never was a math person myself, to be honest) due to the factory Bose system's speakers and amp. There are more than a few ways to make it work, but I opted for the simplest solution -- retain the factory speakers and amp, and install an output converter. Kudos to Crutchfield for making it easy by providing everything I needed for the installation free of charge, except for the necessary output converter. Thankfully, that was discounted. I opted for the Alpine CDE-W235BT for a couple of reasons. I didn't like the idea of having an empty hole in my dashboard, so another double-din unit was a must. It's far from flashy, but I'm not a fan of flashy head units to begin with. I prefer the so-called OEM+ look, and the CDE-W235BT strikes a balance between clean looks and excellent functionality. My only gripe with the CDE-W235BT is the dial illumination. My car's dial illumination is a cross between amber and red. The buttons on the CDE-W235BT light up blue, and only blue, on North American versions. But elsewhere -- European versions, for example -- you can choose between blue, red, green and orange illumination. Alpine leaving out this feature from the North American version of the W235BT, but as the cliched saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it, too.

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

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

    great product

    Crutchfield customer from Hortense, Ga on 12/31/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit easy to operate.

    Pros: Hand free to phone easy..


    Great factory replacement

    Don55 from Western NC on 12/13/2014

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has a good sound, enough features without going overboard, sound adjustments are fairly easy to adjust while driving.

    Pros: Good sound for the money

    Cons: Display different color than buttons-not able to change. Also, the instructions for the installation kit are terrible-be very careful which tabs you cut


    Canyonmann from Colorado on 12/10/2014

    2005 Chevrolet Equinox
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice,,,,works well, sounds good, nice value

    Pros: price,,,

    Cons: none yet

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    greg from charlotte nc on 12/7/2014

    2009 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine CDE-W235BT is a great upgrade for my 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The Alpine CDE-W235BT Great appearance and sound with all the right features. The Alpine CDE-W235BT was a super easy install.

    Pros: Great appearance and sound with all the right features.

    Cons: None

    Best head unit in it's class!

    leb4pres from Louisiana on 12/3/2014

    This radio is very solid, Alpine knows how to make products that work very well. I have mine installed in an 09 Scion TC. With this head unit I can see it clearly during the day and night. Very nice looking even though it cannot change colors. I'm not sure why the site says It doesn't have sub RCA output. I have this matches with the M500 amp and type S 12.. and it sounds fantastic. bluetooth is very clear on audio and phone calls. What I love the most is it's simple to operate and looks awesome. If you're looking at similar double din kenwood and pioneer models I would go with the W235 all the way, it's the best sounding unit in my opinion.

    Pros: Sound Quality Simple To Use Buttons Looks Performance Lighting

    Cons: It's not exactly cheap, but worth it.

    Better than my previous Alpine

    Arturo from Woodbridge, VA on 11/25/2014

    2003 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This I think it's a great unit for the price, sound quality is great, installation was very easy and it looks great on my dash, the new features added to this type of units nowadays is great, bluetooh and the USB port for a flash drive to play music w/o having to have an iPod is good. Although there was one feature I didn't see but this was an easy fix, by buying an Alpine wireless remote control. Audio set up, with 3 bands is a new thing which I like but seriously, that 2nd setting is pretty much pointless, Bass and Treble was just fine.

    Pros: See above.

    Cons: The only con this unit has it that it does not come with a "mute" button, like my previous Alpine unit. But as I said, this was an easy fix, I had an Alpine RUE-4202 wireless remote control and it work great with this new unit, so now I can control the basic features from this remote control. Wanna buy that remote control? Here: Alpine RUE-4202 Wireless remote control Item #: 500RUE4202, not bad for $20.

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    JayH from Arizona on 11/5/2014

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

    The Alpine double din was purchased to replace the factory Shaker 500 head unit in our 2005 Mustang. I liked the double because it looked more "stock" than a single din aftermarket look. The installation was pretty straight forward and everything worked perfectly. The unit matches the interior very well and it is not overly flashy like many of the other units. The sound quality and bass is much better than the factory unit. The wife is very happy with it.

    Pros: Alpine quality and sound Not overly flashy...user friendly Looks great in the dash and the crutchfield team included everything I would need

    Cons: None

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    gyro from Calif. on 11/4/2014

    2011 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A friend who used to work in the automotive audio industry recommended this unit and it is superb

    Pros: The Bluetooth phone is worth the price of a ticket for using a cell phone while Calif.

    Cons: none -- easy install with instructions

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Kevin from Santa Barbara,ca on 10/19/2014

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, works and sounds good



    Just What I Needed

    Aaron Mc from Albuquerque, NM on 10/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit in large part because I needed a double din sized unit. At the same time I didn't desire to have or to pay for nicer units that came with big touch screens. Additionally I wanted something that looked classic. So many of the other stereos I considered were so flashy they just looked silly. I couldn't be more happy with the purchase. The sound quality has been a real improvement over the last stereo I had in the car and the blue tooth connectivity has transformed the way I enjoy music in the car. The only drawback is that I've had a hard time getting a second device to connect via bluetooth. I may be doing something wrong, but regardless it hasn't been obvious why the second device isn't connecting. Seems like it should be.

    Pros: Great, appearance and sound with all the right features.

    Cons: Not completely obvious how to connect multiple devices via bluetooth.


    Travis from Bellingham, WA on 10/9/2014

    2012 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this receiver - easy to install and use for the most part. Bluetooth connectivity was easy to set up. The only complaint is that it takes too many button presses to change the EQ between presets - wish this was easier to do without taking your eyes off the road

    Pros: Easy install Looks great in dash Sounds great

    Cons: EQ switching hard to do when driving

    Game Changer

    Lucas from Kansas City, Mo on 10/6/2014

    2002 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a replacement form my stock 2002 protégé stereo. I was concerned going in because most of the units out there seem to have a very after market look to them and do not fit the interior design. In my opinion this unit is simple and looks great. The biggest up side to this was that the ability to hook up my phone and control it from the receiver (typically I have a premade playlist and I set it to shuffle and want the ability to skip a song using the receiver if I want). The display is spot on, not too much movement, and able to see during the day time.

    Pros: iPhone connectivity is simple. Controls seem to be in the right place and the buttons just the right size. Design does not scream aftermarket yet looks really good.

    Cons: The display color is only in blue and is not adjustable (currently my car display is green and goes fairly well with the blue in this unit, with they would match though).

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Rick Deee from RPV, CA on 10/2/2014

    1995 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It looks great in my 1995 Acura Integra! The display, even though it looks low-tech, I can see it well in bright sun light. I love the positive feedback of the buttons when it's being pushed. An excellent combination between form, fit, and functionality. It looks great in older model vehicles!

    Pros: It looks great in older model vehicles!

    Cons: The dash kit that comes with the radio didn't fit my vehicle.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    JSt from Denver, CO on 9/21/2014

    2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound, cheap looking display compared to competition. Can't beat Alpine for sound quality though.

    Pros: Sound quality, steering wheel controls, iphone controls

    Cons: Cheap pixilated display

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    David from Iowa City, IA on 9/3/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my third attempt for the perfect head-unit for my 2004 Honda Pilot. BINGO! Perfect! The display is just right. The controls are just where they need to be. Sound quality is great. The previous Kenwood unit sounded fine but I couldn't read the display in the daylight. The JVC was too bright at night. The Alpine unit hit the sweet-spot on the display illumination - and more. The controls for bass/mid/treble are easy to use while driving - another big plus since I can adjust subwoofer levels without even looking. The search function is also easy to use while driving (the other units you had to navigate a maze of functions to do whatever you wanted to do. I found what I was looking for!!

    Pros: 1. perfect display illumination - day and night 2. easy use of functions and perfect placement of controls 3. Clock, all the time!!! Very nice!

    Cons: No RC outputs for an external amp! What's that about? Had to work around this problem - be aware that this may be a problem for you folks who using or plan to use an external power amp. Minor gripe - The unit does not display song titles - artist/band only. Also, the first display is the number from the iPod and then the artist. I wish that was different - where the display was scrolling the artist and the song title. This is just a pet peeve of mine and does little to over-shadow the performanc


    TACOMA BILL from TULSA on 8/31/2014

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

    I absolutely love this unit. I bought the pioneer FH-X700BT six months ago and could not stand the way it looked in my dash anymore. This unit looks great and fits the dash perfect. The blue tooth phone is clearer and connects faster than the pioneer, sound is also better and is easier to setup and use.

    Pros: easy install 2001 tacoma

    Cons: nonr

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    David R. from Tunkhannock PA. on 8/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    FM reception is not great, solid otherwise. Wish it had HD Radio capability.

    Pros: Easy to see, large buttons, CD player flawless, IPhone connection great

    Cons: FM reception not great

    Perfect fit

    djpuppy from Kalamazoo MI on 8/1/2014

    2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As a replacement for the OEM radio for my 2007 Ford Explorer sport Trac is is great. Fit perfect and the sound is amazingly clean. I matched it with the Alpine KTP 445A amp and was even better. There are a alot of features and it takes some getting use to but over all great price and Alpine quality.

    Pros: Perfect fit. Price and easy installation. Matches well with Alpine KTP 445A and Alpine Speakers.

    Cons: none

    Great Stereo

    Jeramie H. from Raleigh, NC on 7/29/2014

    2002 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great products!!! Made the stock speakers sound so great! Ver easy to install!!!

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: None

    Great car stereo

    CameronS from Grand Rapids,MI on 7/28/2014

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

    I spent a lot of time researching a replacement for the factory radio in my Honda Van. The main reason for replacing the stereo was to get Blue Tooth capability. I have had hands free calling with two previous vehicles and really love it. The Alpine BT works flawlessly! I have had zero problems with making calls or listening to music over the BT. The sound quality is also much improved over the factory unit. I especially like how easy this unit was to set up and use. Large buttons and easy to read display in any light conditions. I did not want multiple bright flashing colors on the display. I can operate this without distraction while I drive, that's how it should be.

    Pros: Flawless blue tooth with my iPhone. Easy to set up and use with large buttons. Great sound quality and good power.

    Cons: none

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    DaveC from KC on 7/23/2014

    2008 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit



    So far, so good -- but...

    John from East Moline, Ill. on 7/19/2014

    2013 Honda Fit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My opinion of the product is very good....relatively simple operation, with a quick intuitive setup. It paired immediately with my iPhone 5s. Hands free audio quality is very good. Customizing individual sound levels for each input is a big plus. Now to the Crutchfield issue --- this did NOT install easily in my 2013 Honda Fit. The kit that came with it indicated you should use the machine screws that came with the head unit to attach the unit to the plastic brackets from the kit. The screws were NOT long enough. I spent 20 minutes on the phone with a Crutchfield agent who was of no help and even provided me with wrong information on the size of the machine screws. His only answer was "I guess they must have changed the kit". Not good enough! With the width of the plastic bracket and the inset of the screw holes on the head unit, those machine screws did not work. I had to stop at four different hardware stores to find the right size machine screw (5X10 mm) to finish the installation. Once I obtained the correct machine screws, it installed quickly. Overall, I was VERY disappointed in the Crutchfield "help" with this issue.

    Pros: Simplicity of operation, sound quality, customization, hands-free operation

    Cons: None for the unit....BIG con on the Crutchfield lack of help on the accompanying installation kit which was inadequate.

    Crutchfield response on 7/22/2014 At Crutchfield, our goal is make sure our customers get everything they need to install their new gear. Unfortunately, that didn't happen this time. For most other brands of stereo, the screws included with either the installation kit or the stereo would do the job. But this Alpine stereo has inset screw holes, so it needs longer screws. When this is the case, we normally include a separate package of longer screws, free of charge. Unfortunately, this is the first time we heard about this particular combination needing those extra screws. We're adjusting our database so that future orders will receive that extra hardware.

    pretty good

    Pete from Ann Arbor, MI on 7/13/2014

    2006 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head units is pretty good. High marks for the hands free phone--good sound quality and noise cancelling. Only complaint is that the menu interface is not great. In particular, the navigation of folders on the USB drive is bad. When you scroll through the folder list, it goes from one folder to the next ***in the order that the folders were copied onto the USB drive**. Really? The first album I put on there is the first one that I scroll to? That doesn't make sense, and the manual pretty much admits it. Here's what the manual says: "files are played back in the order that the writing software writes them...Therefore the playback order may not be what is expected." How about a more typical convention for playback alphabetical, maybe? I am comparing this to the Sync system in my wife's Ford Flex, so maybe I am setting the bar pretty high. Luckily I have a workaround, I just need to copy the folders onto the USB drive in alphabetical order and then I can scroll through them in a logical way. I am worried that when I try to add "Abbey Road" onto my USB that I'll have a lot of re-copying to do....

    Pros: Good noise cancelling during phone calls. Good interface for answering phone calls. Good sound during FM and USB playback.

    Cons: Poor menu navigation during USB playback.

    Great Product

    Adam from Madison,WI on 7/10/2014

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to use, non-flashy interface. Install in a Honda Element straightforward and looks consistent with dashboard. Sound was great!

    Pros: Easy install, simple interface to learn and use, sounds great

    Cons: Limited on-screen display

    Car radio

    Crutchfield customer from Keller tx on 7/9/2014

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best radio I have purchased in 10years

    Pros: Easy to install fit perfectly into my explorer sounds amazing

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    C.D. from Ft. Worth, Tx. on 7/9/2014

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed it in 2002 Ford Ranger. It involved a little trimming, but looks good in my dash! What an improvement! Sounds great and the bluetooth works flawlessly. I will need to upgrade my speakers now.

    Pros: ease of installation, great sound, and looks like it belongs in my dash. Alpine's reputation for quality. Also good to know Crutchfield is a company I can rely on,for assistance if needed.

    Cons: none

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    Crutchfield customer from Danville, CA on 7/7/2014

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

    Easy installation with the free adapter kit.



    Great modernization upgrade

    Ken from Atlanta, ga on 7/6/2014

    Great overall. Great sound, easy to install, easy to operate. I opted for the double DIN size to replace my 2001 Passat's factory Monsoon system. I really like the menu/key setup on this alpine compared to all the other single DIN units that try to do everything with 2 buttons. The blue tooth and hands free were the motivating factors here. BT works well, and the hands free sound quality is great. I'd highly recommend this to anyone.



    Nice Receiver

    sg62575 from AZ on 6/22/2014

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is very nice for the money. The sound isn't top notch but then again I have factory speakers. Definitely a good buy for the budget conscious.

    Pros: Easy to install, nice looking face, great price

    Cons: Sound is just ok

    Alpine replacement factory Biss

    Bob from Schaumburg, IL on 6/21/2014

    2004 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced factory Boss in 2004 Miata Listened to other reviews and did not replace speakers works Great! Sound a big improvement could use some more bass but that would be a sub. Didn't hear back speakers w factory unit now great. With top down great clarity is excellent Controls nice BT sync easy and voice controls works good w iPhone5

    Pros: Sound excellent fit in Miata good controls nice and displays clean and clear

    Cons: Slightly flimsy knobs but same for all units checked plastic adapter frame looked cheap but worked I doubt I could get it out w/o breaking

    Good value

    Bill M from Dayton VA on 6/20/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my daughters VW Passat because of the hands free features. It seems to work well for her. Everything works as explained in the manual. Installation was a breeze and it fit perfectly in the dash with no aftermarket kit needed. Seems to be easy to use. My daughter took to it quickly with out much reference to the manual.

    Pros: Ease of use. Looks great in car. Love the display ( easy to see in sunlight )

    Cons: Would like to have more RCA outputs for future upgrades.


    John from Northern California on 6/19/2014

    2002 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a 6 disc changer. It came in the vehicle and worked for 11 years playing books. I was annoyed when it failed, I thought about repairs or a rebuilt one. I'm glad I bought this one. The VD plays great , but best of all the connectivity (bluetooth, aux in). The phone with microphone has great fidelity that I can use while driving. I don't make calls while driving, but being able to answer with the touch of a button has been invaluable.

    Pros: great sound, bluetooth works well, installed appearance is clean

    Cons: Installation tricky in the Ford Truck dash. The instructions were not very clear.

    what I expected

    robby from Byron GA on 6/19/2014

    2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    another quality alpine product

    Pros: easy to navigate. made factory speakers sound better. looks great

    Cons: only thing is there's no pandora controls

    Perfect in 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible

    LeeRyder from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 6/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was a breeze with an original equipment appearance. Has everything I wanted and more than I need. The one thing I REALLY wanted and needed was display visibility in bright daylight with the convertible top retracted...this unit delivers! Works well with factory speakers and Kicker (aftermarket) amp. Clock displays during operation and when unit is off. Had this unit in operation for 16 months now and considering putting the same unit in my Toyota Tundra. Crutchfield's prices, delivery, and customer service are outstanding!

    Pros: Readable display in bright sunlight, front USB port, single control knob, clock, and blue lighting.

    Cons: No USB port on rear panel. No color lighting change function.

    Great look and sound

    Grayson from Maryland on 6/4/2014

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit was quick to install and required no modification to my vehicle. Compared to my previous aftermarket unit, this one powers on much quicker, feels more premium, is very responsive to key presses, integrates well with external amps, and provides lots of settings to fine-tune your listening experience. To all Android/other mobile OS users curious about the 1.27.00 firmware update, an Alpine rep informed me the update is for iOS only, so don't bother with it.

    Pros: -Has a clock!!! -Bluetooth quality is good and takes only seconds to connect (contrary to other reviews that said it was slow) -Accessory mic is very good and easy to install (I clipped it on my a-pillar) -Display dims at night -Simple interface, enough buttons, easy to operate without taking your eyes off the road -Power-up is quick -Separate subwoofer and bass control -Radio reception is good -High pass and sub low pass filters

    Cons: -The trim kit was a very tight fit (tighter than my previous aftermarket double-din unit) -Bluetooth occasionally will stutter if switching tracks quickly If I had to nitpick: -Volume increments are too big (10 is quiet, 20 is loud) I would prefer the adjustment to be finer, my previous unit was quiet at 8 and loud at 40.

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    Crutchfield customer from Houston, Texas on 6/3/2014

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good system for the price..

    Pros: Easy to install and use..

    Cons: BT Pauses if signal is interrupted.. Have to cycle through the "source" button to get reset BT...

    Work in progress

    DavidY from Gaston,SC on 5/15/2014

    2007 Saturn Sky
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit game in packaged well with easy to read instructions. All operations work fine with the exception of the Blue Tooth music stream. When playing music it goes into BT Pause between every song and will not reset. Still a work in progress. Other than that an outstanding unit.

    Pros: Looks good, works well with the exception of the BT music streaming. Sounds terrific in the car.

    Cons: BT music stream goes to BT Pause between each track and will not clear. Still trying to work on that problem.

    Great buy!

    Johnny from Little river, sc on 5/5/2014

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can't beat this product for the money! I wanted something that looked somewhat stock but had Bluetooth and iPod hookups. The Bluetooth works excellent and the sound quality is fabulous. I would recommend this thing to anyone without hesitation.

    Pros: Great sound quality, great Bluetooth access connections and looks great!


    Expected More

    LCL1966 from Chicago on 5/3/2014

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good system, especially for those looking for a system that doesn't look like a disco-tech! (Shows you my generation! LOL) There are some short-falls I like to tell you about. First, despite what the review video says about this radio, the blue light color cannot be changed. Called Alpine and they informed only European models the user can change the color. USA models stay blue. Also, the radio does not display title and/or artist info no matter what audio source you are listening too. One more thing, the system does not alert you to in-coming text messages despite the features saying it does so. I think these are issues a top of the line company like Alpine shouldn't have penny-pinched and left out. But it is a clean looking, great sounding system, and the Bluetooth works great. For the money it's a very nice system, but would look at other systems for around the same price or less that do the features I stated Alpine left out. Oh, and if you want a remote control, forget about a radio App that can help you control the system with your phone. If you want one, it doesn't come with the system. You have to buy one separately.

    Pros: Look at my review.

    Cons: Look at my review.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT and 2010 Toyota Camry

    rstefano from Chantilly, VA on 5/3/2014

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

    INSTALLATION: The Alpine radio was installed into a 2010 Toyota Camry XLE with JBL audio system. I used the AXXESS AX-ADBOX1 with the matching AXXESS AX-ADTY01 Toyota Wiring harness and the AXXESS ASWC-1 steering wheel control. The Alpine radio lacks pre-amp outputs so I used the speaker outputs from the radio. The AXXESS wiring harness did not include an illumination wire so I contacted Crutchfield Tech Support. They quickly identified which Camry wire I needed to tap into to obtain radio illumination. Crutchfield Tech Support even sent an email with a graphic depicting the wire. This installation keeps the factory JBL amplifier and JBL speakers. PERFORMANCE: Quite an upgrade over the factory Fujitsu system. I no longer have XM radio, but I wasn't using it anyway. The sound is typical Alpine high quality and the JBL speakers now sound alive rather than muffled. The Alpine deck integrates nicely into the dash and I prefer knobs and buttons over touch screens. The Alpine Bluetooth is another great improvement over the factory Bluetooth. The Bluetooth system connects and disconnects quickly with my Android cell phone.

    Pros: Greatly improved sound quality. Greatly improved Bluetooth Excellent FM reception. Parametric EQ

    Cons: The biggest negative is the system does not illuminate unless it is turned on. If the system is off, the illumination is completely off. The illumination should come on when the car illumination comes on. This is a shortcoming from Alpine.

    Great Reciever!

    Crutchfield customer from Warwick NY on 5/1/2014

    2003 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this device, works seemlessly with my phone. I had no issues installing it in my 2003 GTI. I will say that I had to do some soldering, so if you're not an electronics geek like I am, you might want to have someone install it for you. Other than that it sounds and works wonderfully. Great upgrade for any Mk IV VW




    AndreaS from Ann Arbor, MI on 4/25/2014

    2006 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had the unit installed locally. Relatively easy to use. The only issue I'm having is that the Bluetooth keeps disconnecting when I try to play music from my iPhone. Not sure what to do about this. Other than that, happy with the unit and the sound quality is good.

    Pros: good sound quality relatively simple controls

    Cons: Bluetooth being problematic

    Good sound, bad menu structure.

    G R from Bakersfield, CA on 4/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced stock unit in my Toyota. Nice features, good sound, but bad menu structure. My iPod holds a huge variety of music. It takes forever to scroll to the artist/song you want. They should have adopted the functionality of the iPod classic which allows you to do a fast or slow scroll. Finding an artist/song that starts with an "m" takes minutes worth of scrolling.

    Pros: Sound quality, easy to install, great features.

    Cons: Menu structure, scrolling to find the songs you want takes forever.

    Happy customer

    buckeyesuave from Somerset,Ky on 4/2/2014

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit with many features and EASY to use. Typical Alpine quality without the disco lights found on some other brands. I am old school and a musician and prefer good quality sound and I am very happy with this stereo.

    Pros: Clean, articulate sound. Great features such as bluetooth,Usb,etc. No Disco lights like the pioneers!

    Cons: Can't really think of any, I love my new stereo!

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Billy from Louisiana on 3/28/2014

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just as described n delivered on time



    All that and bag of chips too!

    Calvin W. from Valley Forge, PA on 3/25/2014

    This alpine unit met all of my key needs. I was looking for a unit to update my car with a hands free option and a mp3 option as well. I am a big Alpine supporter and once again Alpine came through for me. If you are looking for a head unit that's simple and don't want to pay for the unnecessary bells and whistles then this one is the right choice. Thanks again Alpine! Loyal customer 4 Life!

    Pros: All of the head units aspects.

    Cons: None

    excellent product

    MikeM from Denver,CO on 3/20/2014

    2004 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this recover was very easy to install with the gear provided from crutchfield. Total time was an hour and a half.

    Pros: sounds great , easy install, fast shipping, great price ,

    Cons: none

    Alpine CDE DIN unit

    SHard from Katy, TZX on 2/24/2014

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this unit for my son's F150 (2005) and thanks to the installation package from Crutchfield only required minimal alterations to fit. Looks great and he is thrilled.

    Pros: Look, Display size, hands free, iPhone attachment and Bluetooth


    Alpine CDE-W235BT In-dash single CD receiver

    RichK from Iowa on 2/23/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine CDE-W235BT was recommended by my Crutchfield advisor as the best choice for my needs which I described to him and my vehicle, a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDi. I had the unit professionally this case a bargain of only $55 per hour and the installation took less than an hour. Total bill for installing the Alpine, steering wheel controls, antenna adapter, blue tooth and microphone...the whole works: $55. You probably wont be this fortunate...Total bill: $55! The unit has that European look of simplicity which enhances the VW center stack and resembles the piece of junk 6-disk CD, Sirius satellite, bluetooth Volkswagen sound system VW comissions Delphi to manufacture for them and installs in many different VW models. VW build a fun- to-drive, economical vehicle in this diesel wagon... why can't they get the electrics and electronics right? Thanks to Crutchfield, I did not have to spend a $$$Grand$$$ or more to replace this fried radio with a rebuilt factory radio identical to what I had.

    Pros: Good looking, affordable replacement for the VW original. Sounds better and picks up stations and holds them better than the original;.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet. I'll let you know if I do.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Sean from Los angeles on 2/23/2014

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck absolutely exceeded all my expectations! I replaced a factory deck on a 2007 Nissan Versa and I instantly went from not being able to play my music via my I-phone to having multiple choices on playback. My preference is taking advantage of the Bluetooth with also being able to answer/make calls hands free. I thought the external mic would be a con but I was able to conceal it above my rear view mirror. And btw, don't replace your factory speakers yet until this deck is powered what a difference!! A bit of as many you-tube videos as possible regarding install and deck functions cause the factory instructions are somewhat vague.

    Pros: Easy install Sounds great Blue tooth function

    Cons: Vague factory instructions

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Greg J from Leesburg, VA on 2/21/2014

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

    Great Unit for teh Price, bought it to replace a JVC head unit that literally died after 12 monts. Should've bought the Alpine in the first place. Blue Tooth works great and excellent sound. As I was replacing an after market system, the install took all of 15 minutes and 5 minutes of that was recalibrating the steering wheel control adapter for the new head unit. You won't be disappointed with this unit.

    Pros: Great sound - easy install with the Crutchfield adapters

    Cons: Dimmer didn't work, but then it didn't work in the last radio either - must be me.

    easy to use my key factor!

    John/Teri from ID on 2/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We got this for our motorhome. The display is nice and large so it is easy to see while driving, and the buttons are big enough to not hit 2 or 3 at once!! Our needs are fairly simple and so far this is a perfect fit. Installation was straightforward and the switch from old to new was very smooth.

    Pros: large, easily read display (for our older eyes!) bluetooth setup a breeze!

    Cons: haven't found anything yet...

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    GregM from Seville, OH on 2/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have only had this unit installed for a few days but I am very happy so far with it. The install instructions were spot on for installing in my 2002 Toyota Tacoma. I soldered the supplied wire harness and everything went together easily. I had to print out some of the instructions from the supplied CD to help set up the unit as the written ones in the box were not detailed enough. The CD instructions were easy to follow. After soldering the harness it took less than an hour to install the radio. The blue tooth is working well. I also have a satellite radio that I hooked up to this unit and it all works great. It did take me a while to figure out how to install and where to put the external phone microphone. There was not much information on that part of the install. I ended up removing the window pillar plastic and running the wires behind it and through the dash. I don't know about the long haul but so far I am very pleased with this unit. The unit was suggested to me by an advisor at Crutchfield and I am happy with his suggestion.

    Pros: Was easy to wire and install the radio minus microphone placement

    Cons: Took a while a figure out how and where to install the microphone

    Excellent Alpine Deck!

    SteveK1 from Arizona on 2/8/2014

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

    This is the third car that I've installed an Alpine unit in and I must say they get better all the time. This was an easy install once I new what to take apart to get the old factory deck out of my wife's 2001 CRV. This deck is an excellent upgrade from the factory stereo.

    Pros: Easy install with the provided wiring harness and housing adapters. Alpine deck has easy to understand controls and setup was a breeze. Phone pairing was a snap.

    Cons: N/A

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    michael from shannon,ga on 2/7/2014

    2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice

    Pros: Everything as advertised

    Cons: None

    Excellant head unit replacement

    EJRay from Santa Cruz, CA on 2/6/2014

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

    This unit does Alpine proud. It was easy to install and I love the new features the original radio didn't have like the cell phone Bluetooth function. Nice upgrade for a 10 year old car.

    Pros: Great sound, good looks, and easy operation.

    Cons: FM reception not as good as the original unit. The car has the FM antenna in the rear side window and living in the SF Bay Area is a challenge with long distances at times, mountains and heavy fog at times. However, the original Subaru radio was better suited for FM reception. I'm going to try to install an external antenna.,

    Awesome upgrade

    Ken from Pembroke, Ma on 2/2/2014

    I bought this Alpine to upgrade the stock 6 disc unit in my 2004 F150, as I wanted a way to connect my iPhone 4S for my music, love the sound, easy to use , Bluetooth works great, except you will have to upgrade the firmware to display the song, artist, or album, only when wireless, if you connect a USB, it does all of that without upgrading. The Bluetooth sounds crystal clear, and with the wire harness and mounting kit, install was a breeze, the only disappointment was that the led display doesn't change colors, only the European model does, I still think it's great, I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade the factory radio

    Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth , ease of install

    Cons: LED display doesn't change to match dash

    Great replacement!

    Tom in Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on 1/20/2014

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

    Great replacement for dysfunctional factory radio. Sound quality and FM reception are much improved. Bluetooth connection to iPhone is wonderful. Installation went easily with the supplied kit and instructions; fit is perfect!

    Pros: Sound quality, Bluetooth.

    Cons: None so far.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Buddy from Warrenville,Il on 1/8/2014

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

    Great stereo. Crutchfield is the only company I will deal with when it comes to my audio and video products. Very pleased with their service .



    Car stereo

    Dennis from Oxnard, Ca on 1/4/2014

    2003 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation, kit and harness well done.



    Very Cool

    Destin from Madisonville TN on 1/3/2014

    Very easy to use. Also very cool looking. Good value and great sound quality



    very happy

    Crutchfield customer from Maine on 1/2/2014

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine did not disappoint

    Pros: Bluetooth-iPod interface-I have no issue with seeing the buttons or the display. Easy install!

    Cons: None

    As Replacement

    Matt from RCSD on 1/1/2014

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a replacement for an aged factory unit and overall, it was a good improvement. Sound improvement was so so, but new speakers would have certainly helped - no money for that at the moment. Still haven't figured out how to set the danged clock! For that matter, it's a struggle to set the clocks on any of the other Alpines that we have around here!

    Pros: Good solid Alpine quality.

    Cons: Marginal sound improvement


    Brian M from Manteo , NC on 12/31/2013

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wonderful Tuner. With the support that Crutchfield provided I was able to install my new radio within an hour. Quick and painless installation is the Crutchfield way Thanks for that. Have bought many products from them and always had the same reliable service. Keep up the good work. B

    Pros: Bluetooth hooked up no problem to my old phone Ipod works through the buttons on the radio and nice display.

    Cons: None so far

    Alpine car stereo

    Crutchfield customer from Antigo, Wi on 12/31/2013

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent....easy install and easy to learn and get used to system!

    Pros: FUN, stylish....

    Cons: None for us :)


    mark from chicago on 12/30/2013

    2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent head unit. I got this for my wife mainly so she could play audio via Bluetooth from her phone. I knew alpine made a quality product, but I didn't realize what a difference in sound quality there would be. I put it in a 2009 Lancer. The fit was great and the install was straight forward. Time consuming, but easy. The Bluetooth setup is incredibly easy. I've had a few cars with Bluetooth, but none come even close to how easy this one is to setup. Had music streaming from Pandora in literally under a minute. And the sound quality. A very noticeable increase in quality as well as a considerable bump in power. I fear the stock speakers could easily be pushed well passed their limit with this unit. And it also looks very nice. Something you can't really capture in a picture. But when I finally got it in the car, it has a very clean look. Compared to some of the other units I've seen that try to be flashy, this one has a simple, clean, quality look to it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a double din head unit. Also, I'm not sure if there was a problem with the stock unit, but the radio reception is significantly better as well. Stations that were fuzzy before came in loud and clear. Excellent unit over all.

    Pros: Sound quality, clean polished look, excellent Bluetooth.

    Cons: None yet.

    Great, Not Awesome

    SuperSecretAgentMan from Savannah, GA on 12/23/2013

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

    First off let me say that this Radio has two HUGE Pros going for it. First, the sound quality on this is awesome! The level of detail from high's, and mid's is incredible. Secondly, its super easy to to connect to BlueTooth. Connection was simple, and easier then anything out there. I have this in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 with MTX 6.5" inch door speakers and it sounds wonderful with the Alpine 45x4 inline amplifier. Adding an MTX subwoofer next!

    Pros: Sound Quality is top notch! Super Easy BlueTooth setup.

    Cons: Display is boring and very plain looking, almost like a factory radio. Also there is no HD Radio support. HD Radio should be standard in all car radios as of now. Alpine is known for sound quality over there years but this thing only has a 3 band equalizer, come on man! Even the cheaper Pioneer radios (Price wise) have 8 band equalizers standard.


    Crutchfield customer from River Falls, WI on 12/9/2013

    2002 Lincoln LS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exactly what I was looking for!



    Good unit

    Billaban from Maryland on 12/1/2013

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was easy. Nice unit. Sound quality is certainly an improvement over the factory system that it replaced. Sounds remarkably good considering I haven't replaced the factory speakers yet......

    Pros: Sound quality is exceptional.

    Cons: Not the most intuitive user interface

    excellent purchase

    Bob P from Cape Cod, MA on 11/25/2013

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

    I installed this in my 05 Ford Freestar, in my driveway at 11 PM. I was leaving on a trip the next day, very early, and I needed an Ipod jacked stereo. It couldn't have gone smoother. Crutchfield had gotten the correct wiring harness and mount kit together and shipped it all, 2 Day, free. It all arrived on time, and was as advertised. The stereo worked great, the only issue I have is that I can't figure out how to change the clock. And no, i haven't looked at the manual yet, I'd like to figure it out on my own. So far, it's eluded me. But my day will come. Bottom line, excellent deck for the $$$$.

    Pros: Easy to install. Looks great. Sounds great.

    Cons: None

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Kerry from Statesboro, GA on 11/17/2013

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome product, my husband loves it!!



    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Torrance,CA on 11/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit sounds great and is very easy to use.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy to use

    Cons: Song name are not shown when using the tuner

    great deck

    Crutchfield customer from alabama on 10/11/2013

    2001 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great new deck to replace my old one but was a little disappointed because other sites say you can change the display color but not true.



    Great head unit

    David P from Columbia, Missouri on 10/6/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great double din head unit.

    Pros: Very easy to install in my 05 silverado, and sounds amazing with my Polk speakers


    Alpine CDE-W235BT is Perfect

    Jack S. from Louisville,KY on 10/4/2013

    2009 Nissan Frontier SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the CDE-W235-BT for my 2009 Nissan Frontier. The install took about 45-50 min and I'm very happy with this Unit. I now have "Hands Free" use of my iPhone (iOS 7), and can stream my iTunes via Blue Tooth or plug into the USB port to charge and play. If you are like me and don't need Satelite or DVD. This unit is for you.

    Pros: Ease of use. It looks like a Factory unit.

    Cons: A little tricky to set up the menu options, but once you get that done, you're good to go.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Ken from Sandy, Ut on 9/25/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    installed in my 2004.5 Silverado crew cab to replace factory radio. This was easy to install and sounds great compared to factory system. The radio has many features like Bluetooth and USB. It is truly easy to setup and use. I replaced the factory receiver because the cd player stopped working. Great product!

    Pros: Looks good, easy to setup, performs as expected.

    Cons: the volume control increments step up too much. it needs half increments instead of full numbers.

    User-Friendly and practical CD Receiver

    Levi from Denver, CO on 9/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I puchased this Alpine Double-din CD receiver to replace the factory Monsoon stereo with CD changer in my 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe because the Monsoon CD player stopped working. My new Alpine unit works well at playing CDs and also my home burned CD-Rs. I like the simple and logical buttons. I wish it had a dedicated Power (On/Off) button, but I have to push the Source button to turn it on. I have to push and hold the Source button for 3 seconds to turn it off. It is easy to change the display readout which has the option of showing Track number and elapsed playing time on each track, OR it can show CD text information on CDs which contain it. One complaint I have is that at night, the words and markings on the lighted buttons are very difficult to read. The printing (marking) is too small and appears blurry when lit up with the blue light at night. They are a little easier to read during the daytime. On the other hand, the display is easier to read (day and night), except when the sun is shinning directly on it. The sound quality of CDs is the same as it was on my old factory Monsoon car stereo (very good but not excellent). The bass is not very strong, but I don't like a lot of bass anyway. The sound quality on FM radio is fairly good, but not very clean or crisp. AM radio sounds poorly with background humm. It has marginal reception and sound quality. I have not used the Bluetooth functions yet, so I am not able to rate them. I enjoy the convenience of USB port

    Pros: Simple and logical controls and menus. I like having buttons to push and not a touchscreen. Attractive appearance in my vehicle's dash. The sound quality of CDs is very good and the 3-band graphic equalizer works well. The USB port is convenient to play music files on a thumb drive (USB storage device). Now I can listen to all my MP3 songs that I have purchased from the internet (stored on a thumb drive), in addition to regular CDs and CD-Rs.

    Cons: Poor AM radio reception and sound quality. Slight background humm when listening to radio (worse on AM). Buttons are difficult to read at night. No dedicated power button.

    Awsome easy to use

    Barbi from Modesto on 9/20/2013

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

    Great sound Blutooth cool love it...



    alpine rocks...

    ramminlifebydahorns from myrtle beach sc on 9/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Jams out compared to factory radio

    Pros: Easy to use...look like factory in my dodge ram

    Cons: Can't get my highs as clear as they were with factory but mids n lows r on point

    Outstanding sound

    Glenn from Virginia Beach on 9/1/2013

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wanted to add Bluetooth and USB to my '06 F-150 and considered a Parrot add-on but for $30 more decided to replace the HU with this Alpine. Glad I did, the sound quality is outstanding. I replaced the factory speakers last year with Polk Audio so the new Alpine isn't limited by speakers. This Alpine matches the dash of my truck very well and the large controls are easy to use at a glance..I did not want a "thief magnet" touch screen that would be harder to see and use in bright sunlight. Some have complained about the look of this unit's display but look at the pictures before you order and decide then not later. Crutchfield is excellent as usual.

    Pros: Sound quality. Large easy to use controls.

    Cons: None

    Loving my radio and I did it.

    Big Hyp from Maryland on 8/24/2013

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio and with the help of the Crutchfield team install was a breeze.


    Cons: Doesn't Display radio stations information like the name of the song playing.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Dan from Pa on 8/18/2013

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

    Easy to install, great sound



    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Bill B. from Glendale, AZ on 8/2/2013

    2006 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great little stereo receiver. Music from my iPod sounds a lot better then the cassette adapter I was using on my factory stereo in my 2006 Hyundai Tucson. Very easy to install with the wire harness provided by Crutchfield. The only issue I have is not being able to update the firmware for the Bluetooth module. Apparently my bluetooth connection from my PC does not allow for FTP transfer. The only other way to get the firmware updated is to send the stereo into Alpine. Not going to remove stereo after spending the time to install it. However, I read that the iPod sounds better with the USB connector, so I do not really have a need to update the Bluetooth firmware. It just would be nice to connect my iPod wirelessly and have one less cable in the car. The Bluetooth does work great with my Windows phone.

    Pros: Sounds better than factory stereo. Easy to use.

    Cons: Cannot update Bluetooth firmware easily, but not really necessary.

    Dissapointed in this unit

    Crutchfield customer from Newton, New Hampshire on 7/27/2013

    2006 Honda Civic SI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my 2nd Alpine head unit, and while the generall functions of the radio are all excellent, I am EXTREMLY dissapointed in the structure of the display backlighting. The major issue is that you can't read the dispaly during daylight hours. The backlight for the display is always "on" and the strength of the digit and letter display is not much brighter than the backlight. So no matter how good or "bling" the radio is what good is it if you can't read the display ? Tried fiddling with the setup but there's nothing you can alter with respect to the display lighting.

    Pros: Excellent overall sound quality, great tunability

    Cons: Poor backlight and display illumination design !!

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Chuck from Amarillo, Texas on 7/15/2013

    2010 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation and the bluetooh operation is very simple. Great sound too.

    Pros: Easy installation.



    Barry from Hartsville, SC on 7/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was easy with Crutchfield's guides and assistance. The unit has been very easy to operate. Controls are simple to use. I've been very impressed with the sound. I'm able to adjust treble, bass & mid-range. I've put all my music on a tiny jump drive and plugged it in. Connection to my iPhone for Bluetooth is great as well as my music via the iPhone. It's perfect.

    Pros: Ease of use

    Cons: none

    Like it, dont love it..

    Gbailey from Fort Wayne, Indiana on 6/27/2013

    2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I regret not upgrading and getting a touch screen double din stereo. I went with this Alpine for money savings and the name..I honestly hate the display. I can see myself upgrading this unit in the near future.

    Pros: Alpine

    Cons: terrible

    amazing value

    patrick from Perris,ca. on 6/8/2013

    Amazing, installed in my 2005 Silverado crew cab to replace factory radio. This was so easy to install and sounds great compared to factory system. The radio has many features like Bluetooth and USB. It is truly easy to setup and use. I replaced the factory receiver because the cd player broke. I wish in hindsight I had done this years ago. Great product!

    Pros: Bluetooth, hands free phone, usb

    Cons: Can't think of any

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    GlennH from Ocala, Fl. on 6/4/2013

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a background in commercial sound systems and have owned Alpine products in the past. But I still considered other brands and did quite a lot of research before deciding on this unit. The Crutchfield team's advice was very helpful in making my decision. I rated it at five stars not because there are not better head units out there but the price point makes it a very good value. I selected it primarily for the Bluetooth ability and Alpine's solid reputation. It did not disappoint. The installation was easy and the vehicle spec sheet was a big help. It paired quickly with my Galaxy S3 and the call settings and options were impressive and worked well. Some reviewers experienced pairing and other issues. My answer to that is to download and print out the manual, take the time to read it and refer to it during initial setup. Car radios are not as simple as they once were, so I would urge those who purchase this unit or some other to spend a little time with the book. The CDE-W235BT performs well and is easy to use while driving and looks good in the dash of my 2008 F-150.



    Alpine never fails

    crr119 from Butler, PA on 6/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As expected, Alpine provides an excellent head unit to replace the factory system provided by Toyota.

    Pros: Sound, ease of use, value.

    Cons: none

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Joey from Foley, AL on 5/9/2013

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it, great receiver for the money. looks great in my 2005 GMC Sierra!



    Guest from Portland, OR on 5/5/2013

    Great deck... Looks very cool in my Land Cruiser. Great alternative to a touch screen.

    Pros: Sound quality, looks, front USB and aux jacks

    Cons: None

    Like it!

    JAM from Ohio on 5/4/2013

    2012 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks right at home in my 2015 F150.

    Pros: Good size buttons are easy to find.

    Cons: None so far.

    Excellent appearance and performance in 2006 Lariat F-150

    Jim from Saint Petersburg, FL on 4/12/2013

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like to keep my vehicles OEM but the stock CD failed, as most do, and the dealer replacement price was astronomical. This unit looks, fits and works great, better than the original. It does not have Sirius like the OEM but I am not a subscriber anyway.

    Pros: Fit, appearance

    Cons: none

    Great Deck

    Alex from Petaluma Ca. on 4/10/2013

    1999 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Another great Alpine product,easy to use,has a volume knob,great fit and build quality.



    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    BADSPD from Reno, NV on 4/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great deck. I have had several other Alpine decks so setup was really easy. The Bluetooth was the main reason for purchase and as with the other two decks is clear on both ends.

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    Review of Alpine CDE-W235BT

    MarkD from Carmel, CA on 4/5/2013

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

    I installed sound systems for over 10 years back in the 80's. This unit was extremely easy to install and the sound is excellent. The bluetooth feature is the best thing ever!

    Pros: Bluetooth, great reception, easy install, phone operation

    Cons: no fader, only 2 preamp inputs

    Awsome Alpine !

    lew brood from utica n.y. on 3/30/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a foctory boise system and this deck woke it right up . What a difference a deck makes in the sound of a so so sound system .

    Pros: easy to use and the face is laid out so you dont need to look at it for most of its uses .

    Cons: do wish you could change the color of the display .

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Henry F from Arkansas on 3/30/2013

    2012 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I absolutely love this unit , easy to use great overall sound, Easy to install .

    Pros: easy installation , easy setup

    Cons: None

    Happy with it overall

    MichaelL from Indianapolis, IN. on 3/24/2013

    Installed in a 2006 Silverado Reg. cab. Happy overall. Doesn't have the legendary sound I'm use to from Alpine I remember back in the day. (been out of the game for decades) Installation was a breeze.

    Pros: Installation, Easy to setup.

    Cons: This unit does not support ALL steering wheel controls. I'm only able to have one Bluetooth phone active at one time.

    Great Unit for the Money.

    MikeS from Austin, TX on 3/18/2013

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, keep in mind the price of this head unit. That's amazingly cheap for a double-din radio, regardless of brand and features. But this Alpine really gives you a lot for the money. It was a dead simple install in the dash of my 2005 Ford F150 -- everything fit as advertised and it looks better than the stock head unit. The bluetooth connectivity works perfectly with my iPhone 5. I do have a mount that puts the phone right next to the head unit which may help. The USB port is handy, too, as is the front mounted aux input. The radio reception, which I use during my daily commute, works better than my stock radio. I don't use the CD player much so there's not much I can say about it. It works, but frankly, they could just get rid of that nowadays and save a few bucks. The display and old-school blue Alpine-style button illumination is simple but it gets the job done. The price, remember? It was obvious from the product description that this was a limitation, but frankly I don't mind it in the least. Not a big deal. Sound quality is great with my stock speakers. Again, much better than stock. I'll be adding an external amp and speakers soon, but I'm very happy as it is.

    Pros: Great value, great sound, easy operation and installation. Looks like a factory installation in my F150.

    Cons: None.

    Good receiver, but display very basic

    Hawaii Guy from Captain Cook, HI on 3/15/2013

    2005 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This double DIN receiver looks and sounds great -- at least in my 2005 Hyundai Tucson -- and the install using the supplied harness was very easy. Once I finally removed the dash cover and disconnected the multiple plugs, and tons of screws, etc., (needed to be a contortionist to get to some of the plugs disconnected), the installation took 5 minutes -- took about an hour to get the old stereo out. Once connected, the "old school" display (scrolling dots), and the difficulty going through the menus for a connected IPOD, takes some patience. Good stereo for the price but found myself wishing I had something with a more versatile display.

    Pros: Price of the unit, ease of installation for my Tucson, Bluetooth works great with my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone.

    Cons: Old school display, inability to change display colors, difficulty scrolling through the IPOD menus.

    Easy, easy, easy!

    RossM from Fort Worth, TX on 2/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The easiest-to-use Bluetooth phone and steaming audio interfaces ever. Tuner, CD, and iPod use was straight-forward. Installation was also very simple, not a lot of plugs like many other double din units, just one plug!

    Pros: Simple interface, simple installation.

    Cons: None to speak of.

    Smooth Installation, sounds and looks great

    JoeP from Shasta Lake, Ca on 2/22/2013

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

    I found the installation very straightforward, no problems in my 2010 Corolla. I liked the look, the sound and the features were perfect for me. I like the single blue display color, multiple colored display do nothing for me and has no effect on the performance of the radio, CD player, or bluetooth operation.

    Pros: Has all the functions I need, sounds great to me with the factory speakers, everything works well and has a logical layout.

    Cons: none

    Great Product at a good price

    Stephen B. from Macon, Ga on 2/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab - 6 speaker - No Onstar - No Steering Controls - No Bose - The product produces a very good sound at a decent price point. I wish I could change the display color. but I knew when buying this one that I couldn't. The dimmer also could stand to dim a bit more but really isn't too big of an issue. So far I have had no problems connecting to my phone (Motorola Atrix HD - Android 4.1.1) with bluetooth although I don't use it much. I use the iPod over USB to connect to my old 30g iPod video for all of my music and it works great although navigating the menus does take a little bit of practice. Installation - The mounting kit Crutchfield sent along with the unit has horrid instructions that are absolutely useless. For this truck you need to remove the Alpine sleeve and faceplate (they are one piece) from the radio then you can put the mounting kit on the unit and figure out which tabs to break off by comparing against the stock radio. Had to call Crutchfield Tech support for help with that part, but the CSR knew exactly what he was talking about and the rest of the install was easy. Even though it says modified fit, it went in my truck perfectly without removing the support bar and even left room to ziptie mount the warning chime module to the support bar. It fits in my dash very nicely and looks better than the stock radio did.

    Pros: Price - Sound Quality - Input Options - Did not need to remove the support bar in my '04 Silverado

    Cons: Crappy instructions with the mounting kit - Skipping ipod tracks takes longer than skipping cd tracks on the stock radio. I can't be on track one and skip to track 3 by pressing the next button 2 times fast. It must register as starting 2 before the next skip can be used. This isn't a big issue though


    ScottB from Parkersburg, WV on 2/18/2013

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After speaking with a Crutchfield adviser, I purchased the Alpine CDE-W235BT. I've also got 4 Infinity Kappa 682.9cf hooked up with this unit. I was very specific about what I was looking for in sound quality. I made it clear that I play my Classic Rock at a high level and wanted crisp, clear sound. Unfortunately, this Alpine does not deliver that. Don't get me wrong, this unit played at around mid level, sounds pretty good. But crank it up, and there's plenty of distortion. Not the sharp quality I'm looking for. Also, once I get it sounding pretty good at mid level, when I turn down the volume I lose the bass and have to crank the bass level up. Then when raising the volume, I have to turn the bass down or I get distortion. This unit sounds much better than the stock unit in my 2006 F-150 but, my girlfriends' stock unit in her Dodge Charger sounds just as good if not better than my Alpine. I'm definitely NOT satisfied with this purchase.

    Pros: Looks good and fits well in the dash. But, that's not why I buy a quality stereo. I don't care if it's hidden out of view, it just has to sound good.

    Cons: Distortion

    2010 Dodge Ram, and Windows 8 phone.

    B. New from California on 2/15/2013

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off I put this into a 2010 Dodge Ram. The pac radio adapter worked great. Since the radio was a double din Crutchfield said the subdash would have to be modified, well they weren't wrong. That's the first time I used a grinder inside my vehicle. It looks good installed, thieves good luck getting it out. Connecting my Nokia 920 Windows phone everything works good so far except I cannot change songs on the radio thru the BT. Maybe a update will fix that? Initial impressions are very good!

    Pros: Love the radio.

    Cons: I cannot change songs thru bluetooth control. Fits tight in a late model Ram!


    RKFord from Reno, NV on 2/15/2013

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

    I have very little knowledge and/or experience with car stereos. I just wanted something with reasonably good sound to make hands free cell phone use possible in my 2003 Odyssey. I was assured by the folks at Crutchfield that my Droid should pair up via bluetooth with this Alpine with no problem. Well, apparently they aren't aware that the Razr Maxx (which I told them I had) is THE phone that won't maintain pairing with the Alpine. So it's still a real pain to try to have hands free calling and I'm debating whether to send the unit back unless they (Alpine, Crutchfield or Motorola who all blame the problem on each other) can offer a solution to make it work. I'm SO disappointed.

    Pros: It only cost $ to have it installed.

    Cons: Reception not as good as factory radio. Won't stay paired with Droid. Bright blue lights. Have to button through all audio sources to get to the one you want.

    Loving this system

    meljunew from Burbank, CA on 2/5/2013

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm in love with my new system. I got it to replace my factory radio in a 2005 Toyota 4Runner and I'm loving it. The bluetooth phone is clear and linked to my iPhone in seconds. I have a JBL speaker system in my car and this stereo really has a lot of umph! Great price for a great system. Highly recommended.

    Pros: Clear Bluetooth Great Sound

    Cons: None


    Tom R from NYC on 2/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased to replace a stolen pioneer avic x-710bt nav unit with BT in my 350z. I pretty much knew after seeing the cheap quality microphone that this unit wasn't a good choice. The mic looks terrible and with the over-sized mounting clip makes it even more of an eye sore. When i bought this the description stated that the button colors can be changed, not the case, only the european model. Not pre-ordering anything ever again. And shame on you Crutchfield for overlooking that. The blue tooth is very temperamental, doesn't even connect automatically, i have to turn everything off and back on, reconnect etc. just annoying so i don't use it. Even with the iPod cable attached the same problems occur sometimes. The unit pauses and wont play, sometimes you get very low distorted audio when connecting with front usb. Cheesy old school display and blue buttons just looks cheap and tacky on a nice car. I used to be a die hard Alpine fan, but looking back at it, i was always happier with other brands performance, i guess it was the name and following.

    Pros: rotary volume/control knob feels nice and is responsive. Sound quality is good definitely better than most stock headunits.

    Cons: everything else. For slightly more you can get something alot nicer.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Delano, Ca on 2/3/2013

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This alpine stereo is awesome for the price! I've always bought alpine for my head unit.

    Pros: Great hands free feature for your iPhone. Bluetooth is easy to set up. Overall set up is so easy. Crutchfield makes installation very easy with a free installation kit .

    Cons: Only two things I wish this unit had: 1: another set of RCA jacks in the back. 2: display feature is a bit old school, needs to be a little bit more modernized.

    Great head unit

    AzSun from scottsdale, az on 2/1/2013

    2006 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this as a replace for my factory head unit that the cd player stopped working. I love the front usb port. Lots more music than the factory cd player could handle! I like the bluetooth option. The microphone clip is not hard plastic that breaks the first time you try to clip it! It is flexible and durable. I was able to put the mic right up at top of the a pillar. So far all people that I have asked how it sounds, have said it sounds just like on the phone. Cant tell I am on speaker. That is terrific!

    Pros: Great bluetooth.

    Cons: I kinda wish I would have bought one that has changable colors for display. Not the end of the world by any means.

    Great head unit

    Cdubb77 from Bronx, NY on 1/30/2013

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

    Great head unit. My friend & I installed it along with my amp & subs & everything sounds great. Really love the Bluetooth. I was always against getting aftermarket headunits with Bluetooth because I didn't think it'd work well. I must say that I'm very impressed with the quality of sound with the Bluetooth. I was even able to pair it to my iPhone without reading the directions. Very simple.

    Pros: Bluetooth function.

    Cons: Nada!

    Not Satisfied

    Pat from New Jersey on 1/30/2013

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

    Very dissatisfied.I installed this in the family car and specifically picked it for it's bluetooth capabilities. Each person in the family has at least one bluetooth device that we would like to stream to the radio. This radio only allows 3 devices to be programmed and stored. Obviously my wife's phone and my phone are in the list. This leaves only one remaining slot in the program for the kids devices. This leaves the kids arguing over who's turn it is to connect their player every time we get in the car. The other really aggravating feature is when streaming Howard Stern(sirius app) or Pandora over the BT. If I get a text message or a calander reminder while streaming, the head unit will display a message that says "BT AUDIO PAUSE". The only way to get my audio back is to close the phone app, change the input to something else for a few seconds, start the app again and then switch the player back to BT audio input. This happened to me at least 10 times today alone!!!! The play/pause button is supposed to function in this situation, but it doesn't work at all. Also, pairing devices is a pain too. Like I said there are only 3 devices that can be stored, so when I want to switch to a new device, I have to navigate to the device list, delete the device, and then I can add it back in again.... I wanted the bluetooth capabilities to make driving safer... it's made it far less safe having to constantly fuss with thees random stupid issues. Going to return it if possible.

    Pros: My stock speakers sound great through this unit, The audio quality of bluetooth hands free calls is very good. You can't even tell you're on bluetooth and neither can the person you're talking to.

    Cons: Only 3 devices can be programmed and stored into the device. BlueTooth audio streaming is a nightmare on my DroidX.

    Great unit!

    ErezR from New Jersey on 1/28/2013

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

    Bought this to replace the Clarion in my Subaru Forester 2011. Installation was very very easy. I soldered the connector to the Subie adaptor, removed the old radio and plugged in the Alpine. ~30 minutes from start to finish. Setup was very simple too. Pairing to my iPhone was quick and simple. The sound is great. The Alpine is flexible enough to set to my taste and simple enough not to frustrate. The down sides are the scrolling on USB input cannot show both artist and song. There is no gapless playback in MP3 mode. The BT streaming works and sounds great but does not supply metadata to the unit (you do not see song name on unit). The controls can be sluggish when playing via BT streaming. MP3 libraries are limited to 99 folders. Overall the unit is a great buy. The cons listed are really minor and do not detract from my experience.

    Pros: Really great sound. Easy to install. Easy to set up. Easy to use. Many options. MP3 search is intuitive and usefull.

    Cons: Controls can be sluggish in BT streaming No metadata in BT streaming. No more than 99 forlders in MP3 playback No gapless playback in MP3. Scrolling on MP3 playback does not show both artist and song at same time (requires pushing a button to switch view)

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Dan from Palm Bay, FL on 1/17/2013

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit. Priced very well. The blue tooth works great, the sound is excellent.

    Pros: Easy to install. Fit without any modifications to the space in my Sierra. Controls are easy to use.

    Cons: My old OEM showed title and artist for the FM broadcast. This unit does not. A small disappointment.

    Very pleased!

    David Gonzo from Conowingo, MD on 1/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit installed very easily in 2011 Impala. Lights don't quite match factory, but that's not Alpines fault. Steering wheel controls and Bluetooth work flawlessly. Sound was initially very good, and is now beyond excellent with Phoenix Gold Rt 66 amp and Boston Acoustics Pro series subs and 6.5" components (all old school) installed. My first Alpine CD head (7909) was $1000 in 1990, and I've sworn by Alpine ever since. This unit was 1/5th of the price, better sound and tons more features.

    Pros: All the above.

    Cons: I wish the lighting was more flexible.

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Davidg from Olive Branch, MS on 1/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My truck came with a basic AM/FM radio. I was sick and tired of listening to the same music everyday. Is exactly what I was looking for. Easy install, easy setup. Blue color matches my dash colors. My MP3 player sounds great. Bluetooth connected on 1st try and continues to connect without problems.

    Pros: Easy setup. Large display. Flexibility of multiple medias. Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    Great... Until iOS6!

    D-Rock from Upstate NY on 1/1/2013

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The deck installed easily in my wife's 4runner and sounded great on the factory speakers after a few minor tweaks. The Bluetooth integration was amazing and super easy to use... until she updated her iPhone 4S to iOS 6. Apple switched to an incompatible, updated AVRCP 1.4 standard and now NONE of the BT features work smoothly or as expected, if at all. Specifically, incoming phone calls ring on the Alpine, but the call itself doesn't connect through the speakers. BT audio only sporadically connects or resumes and there is no track control from the Alpine, only the phone itself. Overall, the Alpine pairs with the phone automatically 40% less often than before (was 95%+). Now her deck is no more useful than one half the price. Alpine Support seems to have no interest or timeframe for a firmware update to resolve the issue. All in all, a great deck if you don't have an iPhone.




    RD from Simi Valley on 1/1/2013

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

    The radio in this unit is very sensitive and with the distance setting turned on, receives stations that none of our other cars pick up. The stations are stable and fade free. Really a nice surprise. Stereo separation is so much better than the original vehicle radio. This unit easily paired up with our phones and displays our stored numbers making calls quick, easy and with good clarity. In general there are lots of settings to customize the unit's performance but out of the box settings are good to get started. The appearance is acceptable (better than the original radio) and the operations are logical, quick to master. Great to have USB and Aux input ports.

    Pros: Great tuner performance, lots of features, lots of input ports, reasonable price

    Cons: The display is a tad crude but very readable

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from gose creek sc on 12/31/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    alpine has done it again with a fantastic product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Blown away

    JC from Noblesville, In on 12/29/2012

    2004 Cadillac SRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome. Another fine Alpine product sold by the guys at Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound even when using bluetooth, love the hands free calling. Looks good also

    Cons: Havent yet to find any.

    A Nice Upgrade

    S W Bowers from New Fairfield, CT on 12/28/2012

    I was looking to upgrade my current AlpineCDA-9883 to include Bluetooth capability (about a $99 upgrade). When I saw the Alpine CDE-W235BT and that it had Bluetooth built in for $100 more, it was a no brainer. Because my wife purchased it from Crutchfield, they naturaly sent along all of the installation goodies with the receiver. Because I already had the Alpine CDA-9883 installed, I was able to use the exact same connection for the new CDE-W235BT. After inlarging the dash opening with my trusty Leatherman, I had the radio plugged in and powered up in less than 5 minutes. Another 10 minutes to choose my microphone location and run the wire and I was done. Using the Alpine is a snap. I had my iPod and Bluetooth working and all my radio stations programed in 5 minutes flat without using the manual. I'll need to look that over to set-up full control of the iPod but for now it couldn't be better. I feel much safer using the PHONE while connected to the Bluetooth. Calls are crystal clear on both ends. Couldn't be happier. Another SOLID product from Alpine.

    Pros: Easy to install, Great sound even with my 'stock' speakers. Awesome value for the money. Looks great in my dash. Simple easy to read buttons. Nice Large Display.

    Cons: iPod control could be a little better. Make more use of the large display.


    Rich from Tampa, FL on 12/27/2012

    2012 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a great quality radio with great features including playing MP3, Bluetooth and having a usb port in the front to play hours of mp3 music. It was pretty easy to install in my 2012 Nissan Exterra and Crutchfield supplied everything needed to install nicely. The blue tooth works great accept, it does not support dial out from a Verizon Razr Droid cell phone and it sometimes distorts with echoes from for the caller on the other end.

    Pros: Sound Looks Great Bluetooth

    Cons: Blue tooth does not dial out for the Razr Verizon and some distortion.

    Good Value!

    Crutchfield customer from Waterbury, CT on 12/25/2012

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Love IT!

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Doesn't have HD radio

    Great Radio!!

    Bryan from Chicago, IL on 12/25/2012

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

    This is a great head unit with pretty intuitive controls. The sound is a nice upgrade to the stock unit that came with our 2009 Sienna. So far, I have kept the stock speakers and even with those, the sound quality improved considerably, most likely due to the equalizer. The bluetooth functionality works very well for calls. Playing music over the bluetooth is so-so, as would be expected. One note, in order to play your iPhone music over the USB, you will need to disable the bluetooth audio feature. After set up, I paired the unit with my wife's iPhone 3G and plugged it into the unit and it played fine. But, once I changed the source and came back to the USB, it would not play, it would just count off the seconds as the song played without being able to hear it. I had to unplug the USB cable and plug it in again to get it to play. I called Crutchfield and they had me do a hard reboot on the iPhone. This initially did the trick but later it would stop playing again if I switched sources. After digging into the online manual, I noticed a feature to allow you to shut off the bluetooth audio playback. Now it works fine. Also, the dash kit I received with the unit required different mounting screws than provided by Alpine. They were too short. That slowed down the install considerably as I had to find screws with the correct thread and length. Overall, this was a great purchase and if it goes on sale, I might buy one for my car as well.

    Pros: Great sound and intuitive controls.

    Cons: None noted.

    Not Android Friendly

    Paul from Santa Cruz, CA on 12/13/2012

    The unit looks OK, but is not very logical when trying to adjust or change things while driving. It's better to sit in your vehicle for a couple of hours with the manual and go through every step to get it set up like you want it. For the life of me, I can't remember how to change the time on the clock, and I can't remember where I put the manual (doh). Bluetooth on the iphone works OK. I had issues with it cutting out for no reason and then coming back on again. Now that I switched to an Android phone, I spend another hour in a parking lot trying to get it to connect, again, sans manual, so it was extremely frustrating. I finally got it to connect, and it disconnect after the first track ended. The screen said "Bluetooth Paused". I had to go into audio settings, turn it off and then back on in order to get it to play. This happens with EVERY song. It makes it worthless for trying to listen to navigation via bluetooth. I don't know if it's an Android issue, or because my phone has the latest bluetooth version and the radio doesn't, but if I could do it all over again, I would not have chosen this model. It doesn't seem to be "future friendly". As technology changes, something that is mounted to your vehicle's dash should be easily upgradable. I wrote to Alpine with no response after a week. Because I purchased this unit primarily for the bluetooth feature, I am sorely disappointed at the lack of compatibility and updates. My advise is to spend more$ on a better unit.

    Pros: Sounds better than my stock 05 Tacoma deck

    Cons: Bluetooth only seems to work with iphone. Lame!

    Wife Approves

    DaysF1 from Reading, PA on 12/9/2012

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this unit for my wife and she really likes everything about it. It works well with her BB Curve and she gets a lot more stations than with the old oem unit. She was also relieved to see that it installed seamlessly with the supplied install kit. Her only gripe is that she wishes the display offered a little more "wow". All in all i would say this was a hit for her.

    Pros: Sound Looks Great Bluetooth

    Cons: Display is a little on the boring side

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Manistee Mi on 12/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A definite upgrade over stock, not too flashy or full of features you dont need. Easy to use and great sound in my 2003 silverado 2500HD.



    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Gillette, NJ on 11/18/2012

    2007 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Recently purchased the Alpine CDE-W235BT as an upgrade for my aging Subaru, I was looking for features like Bluetooth and Pandora streaming, this fit the bill quite nicely. There are a couple of things that leave a little to be desired, the iPod controls don't allow you to scroll the folders and, it might just be me, but I can't seem to figure out to to change the station on Pandora which is a little frustrating. Overall this is a fantastic unit, the Bluetooth is fantastic and works as described. There the sound quality is amazing. If you have a car lacking some of the latest and greatest gadgets this is a great option. I am thinking of putting one of these in my wife's aging Honda. I've read some review's that folks complain about the inability to match color's with car interior, but that is not really an issue, kudos to Alpine for keeping the blue, it is a nice bright easy to read display.

    Pros: -It's an Alpine. -Ease of use. -Awesome Bluetooth

    Cons: -Pandora and iPod controls leave a little to be desired.

    Great product for the price

    Shawn from Azle, Tx on 11/16/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price this stereo really impressed me. It looks good in my dash and sounds great. The instructions and install kit that Crutchfield sent made the installation easy.



    Look elsewhere for Bluetooth

    KTF from Boston, MA on 11/5/2012

    2006 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like so many things about this radio. The price is great. With an aftermarket steering wheel control it gives me the same feel that the OEM one had but with some cool new features. The only issue is the Bluetooth which is unfortunate since is the reason I bought the radio. I have tried 4 phones (primarily a Samsung Galaxy S3) with Bluetooth and they all exhibit the same behavior. When I turn the car on, the Bluetooth only "connects" about half the time. I tried rebooting my phone(s) and the radio just stays stuck "Searching". If I turn the car off and then back on (to reboot the radio) it will try to connect again with a new 50-50 chance. I have lots of music and podcasts that I like to listen to and so I need to sit and wait to see if it connects. If not, I turn the car off and back on again until it connects. When I make a stop I leave the car running to avoid going through this again. One other Bluetooth issue is the pause. It seems to get stuck sometimes though where the phone has started playing again but the radio is stuck on "BT Pause". I need to go back to the phone, pause it there so the phone and radio think both think its paused and then try it again on the radio. I have only had to restart the radio a couple of times to clear this. After the effort of installing this, I do not want to return it. Crutchfield offered to take it back but my hope is that Alpine will update the firmware to fix some of these issues.

    Pros: When it does connect it sounds great, really great. The USB input is wonderful with one of those micro drives that holds 1000 songs. Crutchfield is phenomenal. Support was very good even if they could not fix the Alpine technical problem. Phone calls sound great.

    Cons: The Bluetooth functionality is not reliable. The multi-segment display is not as nice as a bitmap display but for the price its an except-able compromise.

    Very pleased

    Shade from Elkhart KS on 11/4/2012

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2003 Silverado. The modified fit note did not apply to my vehicle, it went right in quick and simple. The unit has bigger buttons that a spaced apart enough that you can instantly read them while driving. The bluetooth for phone calls is awesome, I have no idea about for music as I am using a dumb-phone. I have a thumb drive in the usb port, and am very pleased with it's operation. The sound is miles above stock. In fact I have already ordered new speakers because the sound is so good, but the factory speakers are a weak link when you get to feeling froggy. I do not plan to add an amp and subs. I recieve many more radio stations than I did with the stock unit, and the signal from the ones I knew about it stronger. If you are buying one for a dazzling display, buy a touchscreen for a lot more money. If you plan on looking where you are driving, and want straight up information on your display, then the updated alarm clock style will not bother you at all. I want to thank all the other reviewers of this product, and comparable stereos, as I read all of them, and chose this one based on the reviews. I am not disapointed at all. I don't know how high the volume goes because 19 is all I have been able to make it to before I get too old. Also, get the chime thing they say you need, it has the wiring plug that you need, the cheaper one is not very loud, but you can hear it.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use, easy to install, big buttons, easy to read.

    Cons: I have not figured out how to re-establish bluetooth connection if you walk away from the vehicle with it running, without shutting off the vehicle and restarting. That doesn't mean there isn't a way, I just haven't found it yet.


    jimbo from crown point, in on 11/1/2012

    2006 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It would be nice if remote was included. I bought remote elsewhere since crutchfield was out of stock. Bluetooth works well. Great sound quality when cranked up, not great at low volume levels. I have to scroll through many options to turn on loudness for lower volume tunes. A seperate button for loudness/bass boost would be nice. I am happy with FM stations reception. Though, I would prefer more presets for FM. Set radio to dim face light setting, still too bright at night. I use a 4gb usb flash drive, and it works as expected. Overall I am happy with purchase, and would buy again. Next upgrade: replace factory speakers. Installed in 2006 Fusion.



    Nice & Easy!

    Hank from Rochester, NY on 10/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't need my 2003 VW Jetta failing. One call to Crutchfield, one nice product, a box in the mail 2 days later, a quick call to tech support and the job was done. It looks great and sounds great!

    Pros: Easy installation and great appearance.

    Cons: None - especially for that price.

    Great Deck and Great Service

    Bigbulldog from 74701 on 10/25/2012

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had a problem with the first deck sent but crutchfield was awesome and sent me a new one the next day. Amazing customer service. Won't buy any electronics from any other company.

    Pros: Bluetooth technology is awesome and everything works just as described. Really gave a nice clear boost to my system


    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Indianapolis, IN on 10/16/2012

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

    Awesome unit!! Great sound!!



    Great product from alpine

    Crutchfield customer from Anthony C on 10/13/2012

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

    Awesome head unit, very easy to figure out and solid looks and quality feel.

    Pros: Looks functions and ease of use

    Cons: The free fit kit was pretty cheap I had to sand and retro fit some dash pieces to make it work, missing some parts as well. This was for a 07 tacoma

    Great Sound / So-So Front face

    Prius User from Phoenix, Az on 10/5/2012

    Don't get me wrong. This reciever's sound is excellent. Impressive and it sounds better than my previous Alpine stereos I've had in the past. I installed this on a 2012 Prius that has sleek digital instrumentation throughout. The reciever analog buttons and large knob simply stuckout in the car. It looked cheap in the car. I returned the unit for a Alpine IVE-W530 with the large flat display. It turned out to be a better fit for my car, cosmetically.

    Pros: Excellent sound. The base and treble came together when I adjusted the freq controls. Impressed with ease of accessing software.

    Cons: -The alphanumeric display looks poor. -THe reciever as a whole looks cheap. In my view, the single Din Alpine recievers look better. -The buttons click loudly when depressed. Going through 20 or so songs on USB was troublesome with the Rev/Fow arrow buttons. Some times it work, some not. They feel cheap. -Lighted blue buttons located mainly on the left side of the reciever face. Could be more uniform.

    Great unit! Good value!

    Jeff from Levittown, NY on 9/24/2012

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

    I wanted to be able to use my I-pod in my '04 Mustang but the standard Ford Mach radio didn't have the necessary inputs. The Ford radio was an excellent unit which had the 6 CD changer built in but with the addittion of the I-pod I don't even need the CD's any longer. For the price I even got the excellent built in Bluetooth which let me get rid of my visor mounted unit (it went into my wife's van).

    Pros: Excellent display, easy to use and set up. I even found a great place for the external mike at the top of the "A" pillar. Blue lighting looks great at night.

    Cons: Can't think of any.

    Not too flashy (what I wanted), sounds great.

    Ozzie from Near Ft. Lauderdale on 9/24/2012

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

    I've wanted to upgrade my wife OEM radio for a while, but all the ones which features she could use were just too flashy and expensive. I didn't want to put an expensive radio that would says "steal me", as she drives all over town and in many different neighborhoods here in S. Florida. This fit the bill just fine, doesn't scream flashy, has lots of features, and sounds really good. Bluetooth features work great with her iPhone4GS. Easy install.

    Pros: Good sound, feature packed.

    Cons: Display could contain more information, for less scrolling (phone names).

    Good but not Great

    B from Beckley, WV on 9/19/2012

    2008 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Decent features, but I was very disappointed when I received the unit and noticed how cheap it looked. I purchased it because some reviewed it as a good replacement that looked OEM. I knew the features it was lacking when I bought it, so I cant fault nobody but myself on this one. The bluetooth is cumbersome, display is horrible, looks like a really old model of some sort. Sound was not what I remembered from Alpine either. I also didnt like the way it looked, just bulky and dorky looking IMO.

    Pros: Cheap, easy to use

    Cons: About everything else

    Great value! Price is great and features over deliver!

    Darrell from Glendale, AZ on 9/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    See Pro's and Con's, I have no interest in typing things out twice.

    Pros: -Easy to use -Runs iPhone/iPod -Allows you to operate Siri completely through car stereo -Great Quality, sound and control over sound levels -Phone conversation quality is = or better than my Bluetooth earpiece

    Cons: A little hard to scan iPod through deck, as you have to wait for the side scroll to be sure you are on the track you want, does not have pics of album covers and what not. But it is a very small inconvenience for the amount of money I saved going down to this deck.


    Casey from Baltimore, MD on 9/14/2012

    This stereo is better than the competition, by why set the bar so low. Put a OLED screen in it similar to the sansa, so you can read it in sunlight and it doesn't burn your retinas at night. HD Radio? Rear AUX? Rear USB? Detailed EQ/balance/DSP profiles(just copy the excelon on this one)? How bout not making a "full featured" reciever that doesn't have glaring omissions. How about not having a screen that looks 15 years old. Not everybody wants a touch screen radio. It's hard to see LCDs in the sun and staring at your screen when you're supposed to be driving is dangerous. Lots of people like the tactical response of buttons and knobs, because you can keep your eyes on the road; not because we don't appreciate cutting edge technology... or perhaps because our phones to a much better job of navigation than our radios do. Recap: Alpine, make a stereo with buttons and knobs with a factory look with a good oled (high-ish resolution / 4-5") screen, HD radio, rear and front AUX/USB, Bluetooth 4.0, good folder navigation, kenwood excelon style detailed sound set up. you will sell a lot of them. license the screen tech from the samsung note 2 or galaxy tab 7.7 for your flagship media head unit. on this model make in internet capable and have it share a connection with your phone via bluetooth. pandora, spotify, google music, podcasts, weather, traffic, you get the idea.

    Pros: i guess they're trying

    Cons: screen

    Great product

    Mike O from Massachusetts on 9/7/2012

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great, looks good! Still working on placing a call via bluetooth, takes calls great. Plays all the files from my thumb drive, but not alphabetically, not sure where it gets it's order from.

    Pros: Media playback

    Cons: Display is a little bland at night.

    Love it!!

    Gary from Atlanta, GA on 9/7/2012

    2007 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the Bose unit in my Miata and it sounds so much clearer and louder even with the stock speakers.

    Pros: Nice power, clean sound and great dynamic range, Bluetooth works flawlessly with my 4S, controls Pandora and iPod completely with song information displayed; and USB port charges my iPhone too; there is nothing else in this price range that even comes close

    Cons: Wish I could change color of buttons and display could have more pixels but these are very minor

    Great receiver at an awesome price!

    Bobby from Florida on 9/5/2012

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

    I purchased the Alpine W235BT to replace an older aftermarket radio in my 2005 VW Jetta. I wanted a double DIN to fill the space and get larger buttons and controls plus bluetooth. This receiver fits all my needs: simple, easy to read screen, bluetooth and great fit for double DIN cars. The radio almost looks like a factory reciever and the build quality is top notch. The bluetooth microphone picks up sound very well and I have no complaints from callers on the other end about quality or volume. Crutchfields amazing service made the whole process so easy from ordering to installation. After speaking with my Crutchfield advisor Eddie, I felt like I had made a solid decision on the reciever and a new set of speakers. He personally wrote me a thank you note after I had received my order, that is unheard of today's internet market. After this treatment I will no doubt be buying a large portion of my electronics from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Large, easy to read screen and controls. Great Bluetooth sound and microphone quality. Radio sound quality. Design, fit and finish.

    Cons: Cannot change display or button colors.

    Great product

    Kingmo from Atlanta, GA on 9/4/2012

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

    Purchased this item to replace an outdated aftermarket deck for my 2004 F150. Worked with Online advisor Jason to select this item after reviewing my requirements. Front Load USB, Bluetooth for Hands Free calling and Audio streaming and most importantly to me an external microphone for the Hands free calling. The unit complements the truck well and have expereinced no issues with it thus far.

    Pros: Just the right amount of everything to meet my needs. Big display, an abundance of settings to personalize this unit for me. The Bluetooth paired with my iPhone with no issues. The installation instructions and kit made the replacement almost too easy.

    Cons: nothing negative to say about this item.

    Nice Unit

    Randy from Golden, Colorado on 9/3/2012

    2006 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very nice unit that works as advertised and is easy to navigate. The double DIN size makes it easy to find buttons you want. I wish Alpine would make a whole like of 2 DIN products.

    Pros: The Good: It is easy to learn to navigate. The design could be improved, especially navigating folders and changing sources, it's fairly intuitive and I've only had to refer to the manual a few times. The sound is a big improvement over the factory stereo and the bluetooth works very well. Callers report that the sound is very good/excellent from the included microphone. It's a little fussy with the use of burned CDs and skips sometimes. It's not terrible but annoying nonetheless.

    Cons: The Bad. Navigation although fairly intuitive is kind of a pain. You hit the source button over and over until you get to the source you want. The folder navigation has it's own buttons but they're not marked. The display looks like an old 8 bit, dot matrix video game from the 70's. The display is readable for sure but it looks unrefined. The dimming works but not very much. It gets noticeable more dim when you turn on the lights but it's still very bright when driving on a dark road.

    LOVE IT!

    Mrs. Gunn from Austin, TX on 9/2/2012

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

    I absolutely LOVE this unit! The bluetooth works fabulously, from both people on the phone the sound is great. Huge difference in sound from stock radio. I only bought this and it sounds like a new entire system. You are getting a bunch of bang for the buck! Matches with iPod easily, couldn't be happier with the purchase. The bad points are the instructions are definitely not user friendly. Digital display is really old school and not super easy to read because of the blocky text.

    Pros: Bluetooth, iPod, etc integration. Bluetooth works great, best handsfree device.

    Cons: Digital Display looks outdated. Instructions are not easy to understand and could be more detailed.

    Nice sounding

    Markymark from Memphis, TN on 8/24/2012

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

    I installed this in my 2007 Crown Vic. It's easy to put a DD in a later model Crown Vic - all you have to do is cut off about 5 mm of plastic trim at the top and bottom of the trim piece. Metra makes a bracket that bolts on to the side of the radio and it works fine. Bluetooth works fine - hooks right up to my iphone 4S. Radio reception is better than in the stock unit. Sound quality is not terrific but that is probably just due to the stock speakers. I only got it a couple of days ago but I'm not terribly impressed with ease of use. The buttons don't make 100% intuitive sense to me. Overall though it seems like a great buy for the money. It has a lot of nice features and I'm glad I got it.

    Pros: features for the money, large, easy to use buttons.

    Cons: Not the best user interface.

    Does exactly what it says it does

    Crutchfield customer from Tacoma,WA on 8/20/2012

    2008 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for about a week now and I can't find a bad thing to say about it. For the price you won't find a better dbl din HU with built in BT! I can now stream music right from my iPhone, no more wires. The master sheet provided made it easy for me to install myself in my 08 Altima no problem. My sub hooked up with out a hitch via the single sub pre-out. This unit was exactly what I was looking for, basic looking with tons of versatility. If you are looking for double din HU but you don't want to spend a lot of money, this unit has it all. Excellent value.

    Pros: Blu tooth pairs easily to my iPhone and is clear as in person. My Polk db components came to life with the use of the equilizer options.

    Cons: After a week of playing with it I can't find anything bad to say.

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    CM296 from Merced, CA on 8/20/2012

    2008 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    bluetooth works perfect, no feedback just great sound quality, radio is easy to use and looks great!!!

    Pros: ease of use and bluetooth quality

    Cons: none

    Very good unit

    JerryS from Peoria AZ on 8/19/2012

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, a very good unit. I like that most of the buttons are fairly large, so many units have such tiny buttons. But I wish it had buttons for more of the features, like BASS, TREBLE, FADER, ETC. instead of being menu driven. Not really a negative since all units are like that now. Using the iPod/iPhone USB feature for music will take some getting used to. I discovered that if your music is in the Cloud (Apple) it will NOT display on the Alpine unit, only iPod/iPhone downloaded music will display and be available for play. I did not install the blue tooth microphone, since I rarely talk on the phone while driving. Installation was quite easy on my Xterra and I do not work on cars at all. Instructions were mostly complete, I just took my time reading through them several times to get it right. Sound quality is better than stock.

    Pros: Good sound Quality Mostly large buttons and controls Good display

    Cons: Too many menu driven features, not safe to use while driving Illumination is not controllable through the vehicle dash light control, at least not in my case.

    Great Product

    JakeH from Swansboro, NC on 8/16/2012

    2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I swapped this head unit with the factory stereo in my 2003 eclipse and it made a HUGE difference! Before the speakers sounded distorted and blown out, but now the music is crisp. Since installation, which was very simple, I have had no major problems. The only discrepancies I have are that the bluetooth takes a good 15-20 seconds to connect to my phone, so if you always seem to be in a hurry you either have to sacrifice your time or your music. Others say that the light emitted at night is too bright but it really doesn't bother me at all. Overall I am very happy with this product and would recommend to anyone.

    Pros: Great sound quality Easy installation

    Cons: Bluetooth takes too long to connect

    Got to love this!

    Lee from Jacksonville, FL on 8/14/2012

    2003 Acura 3.2CL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No faults with this Alpine. Easy menus for set up and a nice uncluttered display. Sound quality is excellent, especially streaming Bluetooth audio. Installation was a little difficult but that's another story. The radio itself is wonderful! Having said that, Crutchfiled sent the wrong wiring harness adapter. I took Friday off work to install the unit for weekend use. Crutchfield shipped the new part overnight but my Friday off was wasted and I lost my Saturday to the install.

    Pros: Bluetooth audio and phone are great!

    Cons: None.

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    Jables from new orleans, la on 8/14/2012

    I'm unsatisfied because the Bluetooth music streaming feature is not compatible with Motorola Droid Bionic phones according to Alpine tech support.

    Pros: Cheap price for a unit with external microphone.

    Cons: Does not support Droid Bionic phones. No HD Radio. Small screen

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Reese from San Diego, CA on 8/10/2012

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

    Installed into a 2007 Tundra, with the dash kit and wiring harness from Crutchfield. Everything fit well and wired up easily. Once it's in it looks factory,great fit. Make sure with an Andriod phone, that the bluetooth on the phone is enabled or phone is within range before turning on the car or it will cause sync issues (will recieve incoming calls but won't make outgoing calls, etc...). Turning the unit off, then back on again will remedy the problem though. Installed mic into center speaker well in the center of dash and works well even in the dash. Sounds great, features are simple but work well. Best double DIN head unit you can buy.

    Pros: Quaility, sound, simple to use features.

    Cons: Nothing - for the price

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Memphis, TN on 8/9/2012

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit works great. I used it as a replacement in an F-250. Sound is very good even with the factory speakers. Bluetooth works great with music and with hands free phone calls. I'm using an iphone and the bluetooth always hooks up as soon as I start the truck. Cable to iphone is nice but haven't mastered how to find what I want to listen to on the iphone easily with the cable hooked up, probably because the bluetooth music is so easy to use.



    Perfect for me!

    Mike from Indiana on 8/9/2012

    2011 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has the features that I need without the heavy sticker price! Easy to nav through all the settings! Sounds great!

    Pros: All the features at an affordable price

    Cons: Hands free mic not compatible with all factory stocked hands free mics. Had to install the mic that came with stereo for it to work.

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    el gato69 from avenal california 93204 on 8/8/2012

    2010 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just love alpine the sound quality is great easy to use and good stereo for the money I will recomend this or any alpine stereo to everyone.



    a great product

    David s from Elko, NV on 8/7/2012

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks and functions well with my 05 Chevy Colorado. used the accessories from Crutchfeild all but the dash kit work well. the Bluetooth automatically links to the Android phone as long as the phone is in the vehicle when it is started. Bought some kicker 6.5" 3 ways for the doors, Awsome sound!!! mic and phone functions are easy to use. Although the dash kit didnt fit the Alpine, the alpine worked and fit with the dash good, as good as the factory dash, if not better.

    Pros: amazing sound and phone features, looks good in the dash. easy to use.

    Cons: difficult install for 05 chevy colorado, but worth the trouble

    Alpine CDE-W235BT

    Crutchfield customer from Fairfield CA on 7/31/2012

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

    Muy buen apparatus reprodutor no esperaria memos de alpine. Very good receiver, I wouldn't expect less from Alpine.



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    Great Head Unit / Difficult Install

    Crutchfield customer from Encinitas, CA on 7/30/2012

    2008 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I don't use the Bluetooth features, but the rest that I do use work great (radio, iPod, CD, MP3-CD). I installed into a Chevy Colorado 2008. I bought the GMOS-01 wiring kit (made by Metro, brand name Axxess), the antenna adapter, and the mounting kit (GMK422). Several problems: (1) The mounting kit does not fit the Alpine CDE-W235BT because the stereo has its own faceplate. So either one has to remove the stereo's faceplate, or one cannot use the mounting kit. The stereo comes with a metal sleeve into which it installs nicely with a "click" as long as one can install that sleeve somehow. If the mounting kit is used, the sleeve is also in the way. I chose to leave the Alpine faceplate in place, and had to rivet two angle brackets onto the stereo's sleeve so that the sleeve would fit the car frame. The mounting kit GMK422 was not needed. (2) The original radio has no wire to it that indicates if the headlines are on. Such a (orange) wire is used by the stereo for automatic dimming at night. I hooked into the hazard flasher button illumination wire. Contrary to the instructions, the three orange or orange/white wires from the GMOS adapter do NOT work (not GMOS's fault, there is no wire going to it that indicates the headlines are on). (3) The 16 pin connector of the GMOS adapter has two red wires marked "ignition", the instructions say to connect "the" red wire to the corresponding wire (also red) on the stereo. Postings on the web say either works, I connected both.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great. Door chimes and OnStar work with GMOS-01 adapter. Automatic dimming works (see detailed review). Unobtrusive design. I would buy this unit again.

    Cons: Difficult installation (see detailed review).

    Good features...BUT

    Thops from Martinsburg, WV on 7/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit is pretty easy to use overall. However, this is my 2nd try at this. The first unit...everyone said I had drums cutting in on my talking. 2nd unit..eveyone said it was hard to hear me. I am yelling in my car with the microphone about 2 feet away. I bought it mainly for the bluetooth hands free option. The calls come in and sound great. However, when you talk out..the microphone must not work well. The first unit everyone I talked to stated they heard drums in the back. the 2nd unit, everyone described the quality as hard to heard and high pitch hissing. I called alpine and they walked me through adjusting the microphone. Didn't work...I really wanted it to work because the unit fit well, the ease of use was very simple. I was going to just live with the 2nd unit sound issues, but I finally had enough when it was 100 degrees outside windows rolled up, and I had to turn off the A/C because the person I was talking with said it sounded like my windows were down and hard to with sweat rolling down my back and yelling into the microphone...I decided it was not worth the frustration. .If you are looking for a hands free unit..I would pass on this one. If you don't care about that..then it's a good unit.

    Pros: Easy to use and move around in the menu's

    Cons: Bad hands free sound quality. Lack of different colors to choose from doesn't work in this day and age.


    js11419 from New York, NY on 7/25/2012

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    ITS NIIIICE! i currently have my stock speakers (of course going to upgrade to aftermarkets) and trust me, this head unit really shows way stock speakers can actually do! the music is so much better!

    Pros: it looks so nice lmao! :)


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    Josh S. from Bolivar, OH on 7/24/2012

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

    I love this receiver! The sound quality is great! My favorite part about it is the Bluetooth. When I get in the car, and turn in on, my music from my iPhone starts playing about 5 seconds later, and when someone calls me, I can click the phone button, and I can talk through the mic, and hear through the speakers. The only reason I gave the build quality a 4 star review was because my dash install kit had a bent plastic part, so I used a hair dryer to bend it back. Other than that It looks great, and I would recommend it to everyone especially if you have an RSX!

    Pros: Looks, Easy Ui, Bluetooth, large volume knob, sounds great!

    Cons: Bent plastic part.

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    Crutchfield customer from Arizona on 7/23/2012

    2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit fits and works great. A big thumbs up for Crutchfield service department. The bluetooth feature had a problem - I could hear the incoming caller, but they could not hear me. I contacted Crutchfield and they diagnosed it as a bad microphone or a bad MIC input in the unit. They sent a complete new unit out to me in 2 days. Plugging in a new microphone soved the problem. They emailed me a return label to ship the unit back, which made it easy. Thanks for stepping and fixing a bad situation quickly and easily.



    Very Nice Unit

    Crutchfield customer from Austin, tx on 7/19/2012

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

    Very nice unit that meets all of my needs. Very happy it does not have all of the goofy gimicky color stuff that I have no use for. It's easy to use, sounds great, and plenty of power. I would recommend this unit to anyone.

    Pros: It's easy to use, sounds great, and plenty of power.

    Cons: No complaints as of yet

    Growing to like it

    Don B. from Newark, DE on 7/18/2012

    2009 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, this is a quality aftermarket media player for the price you pay. It does everything that I was looking for, BT phone, BT audio streaming, AUX input and tuner. I would have liked a full screen touch screen, DVD, navigator and equalizer...but you have to pay for that. So, for a minivan that we use infrequently for long trips and hauling kids, this is a much needed improvement over the factory radio.

    Pros: Looks nice. Everything that is supposed to work actually works.

    Cons: Installing was frustrating. Lots of wires to crimp. Instructions for install was lacking.

    Great Unit

    Tewfiks from Des Moines, IA on 7/13/2012

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

    This is the double din unit I have been waiting for. Needed a replacement for the oem unit. This Alpine has everything I wanted, CD, bluetooth, and iPod capability.

    Pros: Alpine quality.

    Cons: Display looks a cheap.

    Very good, but....

    KT from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 7/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was an upgrade to the stock 2000 Accord SE radio to add hands free bluetooth calling for both iPhone 3GS and Samsung Galaxy S2. The iPhone connects to the unit well, phone book & call history is visible. Call audio quality with mic placed above rear view mirror is good; I was able to have a chat with a friend who also was using a hands free car unit and it all sounded great. Haven't been successful with Android...still trying. Connecting to AUX jack with a laptop charging through the cigarette lighter jack causes a severe ground loop buzz....which I will attempt to fix by cutting ground. The BT Audio sound quality from iPhone is definitely lacking both in bass and treble, but quite handy for not dealing with AUX wire. The 3 band EQ is very limiting and has predetermined values for both the Q and frequency that end up being limited. The stock radio had a better sounding EQ. The lights are way too bright...even with the night time dimmer. What were they thinking of? Contacted Alpine USA and there is nothing to do. 1 for coolness factor. The MP3 from CD playback works great...haven't had a skip yet! After 2000kms, I miss the old EQ curve from the stock radio that I have yet to set just right, but the huge decrease in loud volume distortion along with all the other features make my old 2000 seem like a car right off the lot. A worthwhile purchase. Recommended with a bit of caution.

    Pros: - easy to install with included kit from Crutchfield - hands free works great with iPhone - MP3 playback is awesome - awesome bang for the buck - great feature set - clean volume

    Cons: - lights are way too bright...even when dimmed - EQ adjustments are semi parametric, but severely limited. IMO, stock sound was better - having lots of difficulty connecting Android device - BT audio lacks HIFI - did I mention bright lights??

    Overall- pretty good

    Dyencer from Columbus, oh on 7/8/2012

    2004 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed a CDE-W235BT and have been happy with it overall. It sounds great, even with my stock speakers and the iPhone control is WAY better than the Mazda one. I do have one issue though. Whenever I have my iPhone connected via USB and turn on the receiver, the iPhone starts playing until the Bluetooth connection is initialized then the audio mutes. The display continues as if the track is still playing but no audio. I can get the audio back by momentarily unplugging the USB cord then playback resumes and continues normally. Not a deal breaker but mildly annoying.

    Pros: Sound, value

    Cons: Just the minor issue described above

    Best unit for the money

    Matty from TX on 7/6/2012

    2007 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced an older Pioneer unit that was malfunctioning with this one and I'm totally happy with my decision. Alpine has always had a reputation for good quality and reliability. It looks nice in my dash even though it doesn't have all the cool graphics and stuff like my old pioneer did. However the ease of use and functionality of it is top notch. was able to pair it with my iphone no problem and now I don't even have to take the phone out of my pocket to listen to music or make calls. Everything can be controlled wirelessly right from the head unit. Blue Illumination looks nice and display is bright enough to read in broad daylight while wearing sunglasses. For me it was very easy to install but I have done this a few times before. Sound Quality is very decent and it seems to have plenty of power for whatever speakers you want to pair it with. Overall I'd say there's not much out there that will compete at this price point. I'd highly recommend to anybody wanting a good reliable cd deck with bluetooth connectivity.

    Pros: great radio for a great price.

    Cons: none so far

    Awesome HU!

    Bart P. from Denver, CO on 7/6/2012

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit from Alpine, love the look and looks a bit more stock than some of the other double DINs. The Bluetooth is awesome, although sometimes is get stuck and doesn't pair. I have to turn the car off and retry, and that usually fixes the issue. The ability to stream audio from my iPhone 4S is killer, no need for wires and displays the track info as well. The call quality is sounds good in the car, but some people on the other end complain of noise. I will try some of the other noise-correction settings in the unit to see if they improve the call quality. Overall, super happy with the HU!

    Pros: Great looking HU, love the ability to stream Bluetooth audio from my iPhone, CD and Tuner sounds great, makes the stock speakers sound awesome

    Cons: Bluetooth mic a bit noisy, sometimes the Bluetooth gets stuck and doesn't pair with my iPhone

    Great Unit

    Scott M from Oklahoma City on 6/29/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As expected by Alpine this is a great unit. I don't think there is any other double din radio with these features. I put one in my girlfriend's car yesterday and am about to order another one for myself.

    Pros: Does everything it says it does and does it well.

    Cons: Okay hate to jump on the band wagon but the one thing she complained about was displey color not changing. (Big Deal)

    Great for the money

    Bill from Orlando, FL. on 6/28/2012

    2010 Dodge Charger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As expected this item works perfectly. It by no means is the most feature fulled but if you have a great smart phone and don't need Nav this item streams music and bluetooth phone perfectly. Some button layout leaves something to be desired but for the money you can not do better.

    Pros: Value, Bluetooth integration and ease of setup

    Cons: Big and does not fit in all dash boards. Required some modification to the sub dash that I was not prepared for. Color change from the default blue would be nice

    Good Function, Poor Fit

    DOOM from Elkridge, MD on 6/18/2012

    2012 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a good stereo for the price, but it doesn't fit too well in a 2012 Outback, and now I have to alter the face plate on the receiver mount. This has nothing to do with this specific stereo or Alpine, but Crutchfield does not know what wiring harness fits the 2012 Outback, so if you buy it from Crutchfield, count on buying a separate wiring harness.



    Very satisfied

    Duling from Morgantown, WV on 6/18/2012

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

    For the $$ I would be suprised if there were a better head unit out there. This is not my first Alpine so I expected quality and that is what I got and more. The Bluetooth music streaming is worth the price alone! Calls are perfectly clear, you can dictate and send txts with Siri, and did I mention stream Pandora.... I truly could not be happier. Sound quality improved immensly over stock and I haven't even put the new speakers I purchased in yet. Looks great in the dash and very easy to use.

    Pros: Budget friendly and packed with cool features!

    Cons: Would like a color change display.


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    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 6+/6/5S/5C/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 ---

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    Display Features
    Disc Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 2-line white-backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations, CD-Text, & ID-3/WMA 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/WMA 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/WMA 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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Alpine CDE-W235BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    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/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-R and CD-RW discs containing MP3/WMA audio files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 8-320 kbps are supported; WMA files with bit rates from 32-192 kbps are supported. Up to a maximum of 255 folders & a maximum 510 files can be read from one disc. ID3 tags (v1/v2) and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name can be displayed.

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

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you are playing a disc with CD Text or ID3/WMA 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/WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-W235BT 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-W235BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Plus (powered by Parrot): The Alpine CDE-W235BT 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-W235BT can be paired to up to three 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-W235BT. 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. 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-W235BT 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-W235BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-W235BT 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-W235BT 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-W235BT 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-W235BT 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-W235BT'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-W235BT 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) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. ID3 tags (v1/v2) and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name 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 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 a newer iPod, iPhone, or iPad device with Lightning connector; use Alpine's KCU-471i cable (sold separately) or the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The Alpine CDE-W235BT offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-W235BT 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-W235BT 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-W235BT 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-W235BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2014):

    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 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 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 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 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 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC 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 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y 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.

    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.

    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

    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-W235BT 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.

    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-W235BT 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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    1) Had to purchase for two cars, so I was on a budget per deck. 2) Really wanted Alpine 3) Both cars currently has double din stock decks. 4) did not want dvd 5) No real difference for my needs between the 235bt and the 265bt [ Fiona  Jul 28, 2016 ]
    Double din factory style dash [ Douglas  Jul 23, 2016 ]
    aesthetics, performance, price, pedigree [ Michael  Jul 01, 2016 ]
    Large buttons [ Michael  Jun 25, 2016 ]
    I couldn't believe it when I saw the opportunity to get an Alpine indash with bluetooth for under $150. This is for my wife, but she still likes to rock out to Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and all of the big 80's hair bands, as well as today's Country. I know, as well as the industry, that Alpine is a strong leader in car audio and I have never forgotten how awesome my very first Alpine indash was!!! [ Mark  Jun 23, 2016 ]
    customer chose it [ KARLSON  Jun 16, 2016 ]
    media compatability [ EDWIN L  Jun 12, 2016 ]
    Seemed like a good price for the features offered. Past experience with Alpine car audio has been excellent. [ sm  Jun 03, 2016 ]
    I need / want to upgrade the factory system. I have been using Alpine since the early 80's and have had few if any problems with their systems. This deck will fit the factory location, will allow me to still use CD's and the audio that I have already loaded onto thumb drives. [ Vincent  May 05, 2016 ]

    28 questions already asked

    Per the research we have on file for the Alpine CDE-W235BT, this unit will only recognize up to 100 folders and 100 files per folder from a connected USB thumbdrive. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Larry  Jun 02, 2016 ]  Staff
    Chassis Size (W x H x D) mm: 178 mm x 100 mm x 160 mm Chassis Size (W x H x D) in: 7'' x 3-15/16''x 6-1/4'' Nose Piece Size (W x H x D) mm: 170 mm x 96 mm x 25 mm Nose Piece Size (W x H x D) in: 6-9/13'' x 1-7/9'' x 1'' [ PATRICK  Feb 27, 2015 ]
    Easy. Go to find devices on your phone. It will detect the radio and you select it. That's all. [ Daniel  Feb 19, 2015 ]
    It's fairly easy - instructions are in the book. Worked well with an I Phone and a Motorola Droid. [ JOHN  Feb 18, 2015 ]
    No Bluetooth [ Harold  Feb 08, 2015 ]
    yes [ B2 NETWORK  Feb 08, 2015 ]
    Yes, when connected it will play the audio form your phone, you tube, pandora, or anything else. [ JOEY  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    Yes any audio from an apple device, does not recognize android devices via the USB port. [ BRENT T  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Nov 24, 2014 ]  Staff
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You will need to use the PAC MS-FRD1 Ford Sync Radio Replacement interface (item # 541MSFRD1) in order to retain the sync functionality of your vehicle. In addition the PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface (item # 541SWIRC) will be needed to keep the steering wheel controls. When used together you can control the Sync via the steering wheel controls. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Nov 14, 2014 ]  Staff
    No [ ERNESTO J  Sep 15, 2014 ]
    No [ ERNESTO J  Sep 15, 2014 ]
    No you cannot add siruis satellite radio. [ BRETT  Sep 14, 2014 ]
    You have to use aux output [ CHRIS  Sep 14, 2014 ]
    Yes you can [ KATRIN  Sep 05, 2014 ]
    You can't browse thru the head unit on Bluetooth. You have to browse thru your phone. I normally plug into the USB port in front of head unit and you can control iPhone thru the head unit. Good luck [ MICHAEL  Sep 05, 2014 ]
    Yes when I'm connected through Bluetooth you can browse other songs on your device,switch songs, find new ones etc. [ MICHAEL  Sep 05, 2014 ]
    Installed in my F150 after the factory radio quit playing, at first it didnt have the warm sound that I was used to but after a few adjustments it is sounding fine, I like the USB feature. [ Gregory  Aug 31, 2014 ]
    Yes ! [ JANICE  Aug 22, 2014 ]
    Hi yes u can if you use 2 each male to 2 female y adapters [ MARK  Aug 22, 2014 ]
    I give voice commands to Siri through the bluetooth. I haven't sent a text yet but I have directed her to make a phone call or find something. [ GLENN  Aug 11, 2014 ]
    Nope it does not. [ NAMIT Y  Jul 31, 2014 ]
    Yes it will. Great stereo! [ CHRIS  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Only blue for the United States Model. The multi color is on the European model only. [ Kim  Oct 20, 2014 ]
    Gosh sorry I don't know. I must mention though that I have had one Sony and one Kenwood aftermarket receiver as well as an rx350 and a Chevy volt oem systems. This alpine is by far the most reliable one of the lot. Never issues charging phone, bluetooth, syncing phones etc. I miss the reliability of this one. It's nice that it just plain works. [ ARTHUR  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Sorry, sold the car and unit and I am not sure about this feature. [ DAVID M  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Ix nay. Display color is not selectable. [ MICHAEL J  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    No, not that I am aware of. [ BRIAN  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    I just checked YouTube and it shows 4 different color settings, so I don't understand why everyone is saying this [ Bryce  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    no u cant. only blue...factory setting [ KATRIN  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    No, [ MICHAEL  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    ALL systems from Crutchfield come with vehicle specific install instructions. [ JANICE  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes, Crutchfield gives you vehicle specific information, along all the needed products to cleanly install your Alpine head unit in your car or truck. Eric [ ERIC  Jul 13, 2014 ]
    Crutchfield supplied and/or reccomended the accesories that were needed for installation. The accesory itself ie wiring harness had easy to follow instructions. Crutchfield sent print outs as well. Hope I was able to answer your uestion. [ ANDREW M  Jul 13, 2014 ]
    Yes. Complete installation for my car, Toyota celica. Simple instructions. Had it installed in 20mins. [ MARK  Jul 12, 2014 ]
    When I installed the unit into an 04 Ford F150 the instructions which came with the unit worked perfectly. The only issue would be having to splice the existing wires to the unit, but the attachment connector helped a great deal. Plus Crutchfield tech assistance is incredible. [ STEPHEN B  Jul 12, 2014 ]
    Yes it did cause I had to tie it in with my onstar system. It was great! Hope this answers your question. [ KENNETH W  Jul 12, 2014 ]
    Jeff, do you know if the firmware in the units you would sell today is the newest? The reason I need to know is because like the instructions from Alpine say that if you have problems, you could damage the unit. Unfortunately, that was my experience. I want to replace it, but not if I have to update the firmware. [ Bob  Sep 22, 2014 ]
    Updates and info for this receiver can be found on the Alpine website here: [ Jeff  Jun 09, 2014 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Apr 23, 2014 ]  Staff
    Because my installation was in an older vehicle (99 montero), I choose not to activate dimmer fuction, because it could cause reverse polarity and short (and I did experience the problem). I taped the dimmer wire. This problem is not unique the CDE-W235BT it happens on others as well. I liked unit, especially the blue tooth. I also installed the same radio in my daughters 2000 siena van. [ JOSEPH  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    There is a illumination wire on harness that is conected to car light wire on vehicle so brightness can be controlled by vehicle dimmer switch. [ PATRICK  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    Yes they do work. This stereo is setup for a iphone. I wish someone would design a radio around windows phone since I can only use basic functions on most radios since they only support Apple and Android. [ PATRICK  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    Sorry but I am not familiar with aac files [ GLENN  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    *** This has been tested on an iOS 4.2.1 Device *** If you want to play the "acc" files directly though a USB device, or Disc the "acc" files will not play. If you plan to attach your iOS device to the unit with an iOS to USB cable, the iOS device will decode the "acc" files and play them on the unit. There are also a number of functions on the unit to control the iOS device, much like the iOS device itself. I've only tested this with an older version iOS 4.2.1 device, any device after 10/12/11 with iOS 5.0.0 has not been tested. [ BRIAN  Apr 08, 2014 ]
    Larry, I believe the ESC button stands for 'escape'. Whatever mode you are in, ie; time set, fader, etc, by hitting the escape key it allows you to 'start over'. It will return to your original screen for a 'do over'. The ESC key also acts as a 'hang-up' to terminate a phone call. I hope this helps you some. This is how I have been using the ESC key. Good Luck, Brian R [ BRIAN  Apr 05, 2014 ]
    As far as I can tell, it serves mostly as a back button. Most notably when when searching through files or setting up your bluetooth settings. Holding the ESC button for an extended period will take you back to the home screen. Hope this helps. [ LAWRENCE S  Apr 05, 2014 ]
    Yes, and not only that it can stream through this radio using Bluetooth, which is how I stream Spotify to the radio. [ DWAYNE  Mar 28, 2014 ]
    Sorry, no idea. Don't use Spotify. [ DAVID M  Mar 28, 2014 ]
    I don't know I only use mine via Bluetooth [ ARTURO  Mar 28, 2014 ]
    I Pandora via USB and Bluetooth and it's work great. I would imagine it will do the same with Spotify. [ STEVEN A  Mar 28, 2014 ]
    It has a capacity for one at a time. [ PAUL  Mar 06, 2014 ]
    one [ DARRELL J  Mar 06, 2014 ]
    Just 1, but it has a USB port to plug in a thumb drive. You can put a lot of music on a 16G thumb drive. [ JANICE  Mar 06, 2014 ]
    One [ ROGER F  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    1 cd [ STEVEN  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    It holds one CD. There is no CD changer. [ MARK  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    It only holds one cd at a time [ MARK  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    It is just a single disc player. Awesome unit I love mine [ JOEY  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    Just one [ DUSTIN L  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    Just one at a time! Also, if you have steering wheel controls, you will need the adapter to be able to keep using them. (70.00 I think). Worth every penny ,to me! Great head unit. [ JEFFERY D  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    Six (6) [ STEPHEN B  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    Just one, but it supports MP3 & WMA formats... so if you burn your favorite playlists on your computer a single CD can can hold about 13 albums. Personally, I mostly use my unit in AUX mode for my Sirius Satellite and in USB mode to control my iPad. I've also started using a bit of the BT AUX mode to listen to music on my iPhone. Lots of options, and the User Interface is well thought out and ez to use unlike some other units I've used. [ MARK  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    As far as I know it is not a multi disc. But using a flash drive Edith music on it does work very well. So you can put your music on your computer and it works great. [ BRENT T  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    hi Jeff, The Alpine CDE-W235BT is a single CD playback unit. A single play unit is much more durable....less moving parts. Eric [ ERIC  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Feb 20, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes it does charge your I-phone [ JAIME A  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    it charges my Ipod Touch that is mounted next to it in my truck. I have tried an Iphone 4 and it charges that also. [ JIMMY  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    Yes, this unit will charge an iPhone through the USB port. I tested with an iPhone 4S; a 5S should do just the same. [ TOM  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Charges my iPod and iPhone just fine [ ROBERT  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I recall that my Alpine system did provide a charge to my iPnone through the USB connection. Why it would not charge a iPad is confusing; the power requirement should be identical. [ DAVID  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I'd does charge the iPhone 5 from the front port. [ JAMES  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Yes it charges my iPhone 5 very well when connected [ JOHN  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    It works great using blue tooth. This radio is amazing [ BOBBY  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    It should work just fine wirelessly with bluetooth. We interface our andriod phones via bluetooth and have been able to play and control music, audiobooks and the phone for calls/navigation without issues. It also works well plugged into the audiojack if for some reason the bluetooth isn't connected. [ Owlman  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I have an iPhone so I don't know. Sorry not to be able to help. [ ALFRED  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I have a Samsung galaxy note 3 and the wireless works fine! [ RENEE B  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    You'll probably want to check the bluetooth specifics of both your phone and this unit. It works marvelously via bluetooth with both my Google (LG) Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Streams music, answers the phone & makes calls, displays phonebook on the screen, music tracks, etc.... [ MADUROBOB`S  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    I don't have this unit sorry I have a Kenwood [ GARY  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    I have had trouble with the blue tooth on my unit. Will not pair all the time with my galaxy s4 phone. [ BRAD  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    My samsung galaxy S3 interfaces perfectly wirelessly with this stereo via bluetooth. I use this feature daily while commuting to listen to podcasts, audiobooks and music. [ Owlman  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    I have a SiriusXM Edge plugged into the aux input on the front of the radio. It works fine. [ ROGER F  Jan 22, 2014 ]
    no [ ERNESTO J  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I don't know! I use it for it's iPhone connectivity and love it. This is something that a Crutchfield Advisor would easily answer. They are the reason I'm a customer here. Good luck. [ JESSE M  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    I have pictures of it installed in my GMC Sierra. Email me if they would be helpful. webber7374 at the googles. [ JESSE M  Jan 19, 2014 ]
    I don't have any photos as my son has taken the vehicle back to college. When I first contemplated what the instructions wanted me to do with the Ford Ranger dash that this thing went into, I was not happy. But the install went surprisingly well, work time was not a big issue, fitment was good and yes, I would buy this unit again. Mike B. [ MICHAEL J  Jan 12, 2014 ]
    This has been a good stereo, my only complaint is that the stereo cannot be controlled with my iPhone 5, it is very limited, other than that it is a good stereo [ MICHAEL  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    Thanks David.. [ Jeff B.  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    The week after I installed my Alpine CDE-W235BT, I ended up selling my Acura to my daughter, as i aquired another care from my father-in-law. The Alpine fit very nicely into my Acura. I have not seen the interior of the Hyundai Sonata, but I would expect it would be appealing in most vehicles. I don't have any pictures as my daughter now has the vehicle. [ DAVID M  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff  Jan 08, 2014 ]  Staff
    Got the unit installed today. Yes you can turn the clock on or off in any source mode. It has a setting to do so. It's not just a button. Happy new year! [ BRAD  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    I can let you know after Christmas it's wrapped under the tree right now a gift for my girlfriend but I promised I wouldn't open it till Christmas. [ BRAD  Dec 22, 2013 ]
    Hold the audio setup button until options appear. Use the center knob to scroll to clock. Set clock to on. [ LAWRENCE S  Dec 21, 2013 ]
    Yeah, the time is always displayed no matter what you are doing n the device. [ BRENT T  Dec 21, 2013 ]
    I don't use the clock in the radio - too dim and at wrong angle for my poor eyesight. I did go out to my van and cycled thru all the sources and the clock did remain displayed all the time. [ ROGER F  Dec 21, 2013 ]
    Yes, the time is continuously displayed in all source modes. Additionally, time is displayed in the "off" mode. [ ERIC  Dec 21, 2013 ]
    Compatibility with factory controls will depend on your vehicle, and if compatible it will require an adapter . For full information on compatibility with your factory controls please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. [ Jeff  Dec 14, 2013 ]  Staff
    IT works great I have an i-phone 4 that I use with it every day. [ STEVEN H  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    I don't own an iphone,but recomend reading owners manual. Go to settings on phone to turn bluetooth on. [ ANDREW M  Nov 21, 2013 ]
    Hey Scott, I don't have an iphone but the bluetooth system always works perfectly with my Android. I imagine it will work fine because the bluetooth is going to be the same regardless of the phone (as long as it's in working order). I hope that helped! [ SARAH  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    When I first purchased this Unit I was using it with the 4S. I e since upgraded to the 5. Both work fine. I really like this Alpine. Much better than the comparative Pioneer. [ MARK  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    Sorry, but I use Android, so I have no idea. It does work great with Android 4.1.2. [ ROGER F  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    It works with my Samsung Galaxy S 3 and my daughter's I phone 4s without any problems. This is a great receiver! [ JOEY  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    I've never used the bluetooth on this stereo, sorry. [ SCOTT  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    Can't answer exactly (since I don't own an iPhone 4s), but FWIW my old iPod Touch works just fine. I'm sure your iPhone 4s will as well. [ SHEPPARD  Nov 20, 2013 ]