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PANDORA® Internet radio is a great way to enjoy music, and now you can play it in your car with Alpine's CDE-122 CD receiver. Once your iPhone's connected to the Alpine's USB input, you can select PANDORA® as a source and use the receiver's controls to navigate your stations. Dedicated "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" buttons let you rate songs on the fly so that PANDORA® knows what music to play for you. You can even create a PANDORA® station right on the CDE-122 when a song or artist you like is playing.

PANDORA® Internet radio is a great way to enjoy music, and now you can play it in your car with Alpine's CDE-122 CD receiver. Once your iPhone's connected to the Alpine's USB input, you can select PANDORA® as a source and use the receiver's controls to navigate your stations. Dedicated "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" buttons let you rate songs on the fly so that PANDORA® knows what music to play for you. You can even create a PANDORA® station right on the CDE-122 when a song or artist you like is playing.

Play your other music, too
Got a lot of songs on your iPod? Find the one you want quickly with Alpine's Percentage Search — it lets you jump through your library using the radio preset buttons.

Of course, you can play all your CDs, plus discs you've loaded with MP3 files. You can also load your files on a USB thumb drive, then pop it in the front USB input. The front auxiliary input comes in handy for connecting a Dock & Play satellite radio or another portable player.

Boost the power, build a system
A set of preamp outputs provides a convenient connection for an amp or a powered sub, and you can use the subwoofer level control to dial in the right amount of bass. Then get your sound right using the 3-band parametric EQ, or choose from one of the six preset options. One more cool feature — this receiver works with Alpine's Power Pack, a compact box that hooks up easily to your receiver, boosting its power from 18 watts up to a serious 45 watts RMS per channel.

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 music files
    • works with PANDORA® (iPhone and free app required)
    • detachable face with 1-line display
    • wireless remote-ready
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • six preset tone curves
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel, 2-volt subwoofer preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

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

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    thank you again i did this myself with your help on the phone and we got it done . very fast and your team was very good with giving information when i needed it .

    kevin v, houston texas


    Alpine CDE-122 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (58 Reviews)

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    Anonymous from Lubbock, TX on 5/28/2017

    the stereo plays good ,the only down side there is no way to listen to youtube on my phone through the aux-bummer



    Outstanding unit for a tight budget

    TD Robinson from Saratoga Springs, NY on 11/18/2012

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

    After the factory head unit quit on my 2004 Honda Accord, I was frustrated by what appeared to be an impossible task. Honda recommended that I either replace the entire unit for $700+ or replace the amplifier section for $240, not including install charges. When I turned to Crutchfield I was delighted to find a simple yet elegant solution, replacing the storage bin with an after market head installation unit. I chose the Alpine, not just because it fit the space, but because I had owned a similar unit 10 years ago. For less than $150 I have a much better sounding audio system in the Honda, which I was able to install on by myself. Alpine rocks! Yes!!

    Pros: Amazing features like USB, Aux connections, and Pandora functions. Really excellent value for the money. Clean and clear sound

    Cons: Now I need to replace the factory speakers with a decent set to get the full impact of the Alpine head unit. (not really a negative)

    very good material

    kevin v from houston texas on 11/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    thank you again i did this myself with your help on the phone and we got it done . very fast and your team was very good with giving information when i needed it .

    Pros: all good on all my product that i bought

    Cons: no cons

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    Bruce from Jefferson City MO on 10/25/2012

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

    Sounds great and was easy to install.

    Pros: Love it so far. 4th Alpine head unit that I have owned. Top notch equipment and best value in my opinion. I really like the USB input, I may never play another CD in my car again. Haven't used Pandora on unit yet, but feel this will be a pro also.

    Cons: no hard copy of the owners manual. I always like to keep this in the glove box for reference. Came with a CD, but you have to print it off. Would rather have had a rear AUX hook-up to hardwire in my portable Sirius XM radio.

    Best bang for the buck

    Nick Lo from NE, Ohio on 9/27/2012

    2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Improve how easy it is to navigate threw the menus, don't even need to read the book. Controlling the iPad is super easy too, for the money, it's the best going, always been a fan of alpine

    Pros: Easy use, price

    Cons: I liked when they used to put an aux input on the back of the radio...


    John M from VERNO, NJ on 9/25/2012

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    Alpine CDE-122 HU

    LJ from Charlotte, NC on 9/22/2012

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

    Tends not to have as good a signal sensitivity as the OEM unit for FM (which, if you do your research, you'll find it true for almost all aftermarket HUs). Panel lights don't dim as much as I would have expected when the interior instrument illumination is activated. Sound and features are great. Ipod navigation via the USB from the HU a bit challenging, cannot safely adjust it when you are driving if using the USB control function. Does fine w/ using the AUX input but then the Ipod won't charge, but overall an acceptable replacement for the defunct OEM unit. Great power; sub outs; easy to adjust tone, balance, fade, et al. Very happy w/ the purchase. I don't buy things for "coolness factor"- I put 5 stars there just to not hurt the review- It is a good HU, "cool" is unimportant compared to ease of use, buttons, control placement, etc.

    Pros: The right controls in the right places, clear sound, adaptable to Aux or USB inputs, has sub/pre-amp output if you wish, easy to install. Doesn't scream "steal me" and I'm not interested in pulling the faceplate all the time. (installed in a convertible and I leave the top down all the time) Alpine is definitely the way to go.

    Cons: FM signal sensitivity.

    Very satisifed

    Larry B. from Colorado on 9/22/2012

    2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent unit, does just what I wanted it to. Instructions could be clearer on some of the items, but I got it done. Very nice unit - Alpine is still a class act.

    Pros: Excellent ergonomics, able to customize certain features, good sound quality, excellent display

    Cons: Confusing instructions, FM tuner isn't the best of seen as far as sensitivity

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    champ from hawkinsville ga. on 9/20/2012

    1999 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    im very please with the way it was shipped (fast) and i love my alpine. i dont need one but i wished it came with a remote control and i wish i could hook my android phone to it instead of an ipod or iphone. im very well satisfied over all.

    Pros: simply to use and looks good along with sounding good

    Cons: none i can see

    Awesome Stereo

    Doyle Tesh from Pocono Mtns PA on 7/31/2012

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

    This stereo is an excellent value. No complaints at all.

    Pros: display is awesome. Nothing too compliated. Excellent build quality.


    Fantastic head unit

    Stonefish from NH on 7/20/2012

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic head unit. This is the second one of these I've had, I sold my car that I had put the first one into, and the first thing I ordered for the new car was another one of these. Great low price and one of the only recievers that will let me plug my iphone in through USB and still control my music with the phone, I hate browsing through my 8000 songs using a stereo. Sounds even better paired with the Alpine Power Pack

    Pros: -Low Price -Alpine quality -use Iphone media player controls

    Cons: -Only one set of pre-amp outputs

    Alpine at a value price

    DaveM from Central Coast, CA on 7/18/2012

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

    Well built with great sound. A solid upgrade from factory. It gets pretty loud and sounds great with a couple pair of mid-line speakers. Seriously do we need a removeable faceplate on a radio at this price? Knock $20 off and sell the unit without it.

    Pros: great sound

    Cons: lights don't dim so it produces glare at the driver.

    Great product so far!

    rminmier from Houston, TX on 7/11/2012

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio as a replacement to my Sony Xplod radio after it died after a year and a half. The sound is better than the Sony and it has the same features as far as using CDs, radio, auxiliary, and iPod. Hopefully the faceplate on this one won't fry like the Sony did after a year

    Pros: Great sound, easy instal. I can still use my iPod and the user interface is great.

    Cons: No search feature when using iPod/USB attachment.

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    DavidS from bOISE,Id on 7/9/2012

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    I really like how the left side lights up at nite. adjustments

    Pros: It really fits my console perfectly, and the shipping was easy.

    Cons: I cannot think of any!

    Good product

    Anonymous from Kilauea, HI on 7/5/2012

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

    It works well with my car. Made the sound quality better. I like the pandora app



    Good all around

    Brad from Beckley, WV on 7/2/2012

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

    I received this unit the next day after purchasing, thanks Crutchfield for the super fast shipping!!!!!! The unit itself if well constructed, typical for Alpine except for the fact that the main knob comes off fairly easily but slips back on. This seemed a little odd to me but oh well. I love all of the features, took a couple of days to get used to how the pandora playlists work, but now I love it!! Great value!!

    Pros: Easy install, great display, quality, value


    Keeps losing power

    j from Bethlehem, PA on 6/27/2012

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

    It keeps powering off and on randomly a couple of times a day. This didn't start until after the 60 day Crutchfield return/replacement policy so now I have to either live with it or send it back for repair which means I have no sound in the car during that time :( I guess I got the booger of the lot. Other than that the sound is good.


    Cons: Powers off and on randomly.

    An Alpine has me pining to upgrade my stereo!

    TPC in PDX from Portland, OR on 6/10/2012

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

    Alpine was a leader in the industry when I was a kid and I remember pining over some of those original Alpine decks with city names. I remember thinking that Seattle was the only one that I could even close to afford. Now my son has his first car (1999 Outback) and I surprised him with this Alpine CDE-122. We paid $130 with an installation kit and a rebate...Seamless install and clean final installation. What a great set of features and great sound for the money. You can't beat this unit. It is also very handsome, it doesn't look like it was trying too hard to out design its competitors. Restrained is the word for it. This unit has me considering upgrading my stereo soon. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Price, sound quality, ipod features....and others

    Cons: Doesn't have any expandability or add on modules that I can see.

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    Jim H from Traverse City, MI on 5/26/2012

    1993 Mazda MX6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great look and works great. Easy to use with an ipod

    Pros: alpine makes great products, and this is equally fine


    Alpine CDE-122

    Keith C from Kent Wa. on 5/24/2012

    1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced stock radio in my 94 Jeep Grand Cherokee . Install kit for unit was a breeze to install.Sound is excellent !! Super upgrade from stock.

    Pros: Great sound and looks.

    Cons: None that I've encountered.


    oneill g from Houston texas on 5/17/2012

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    really like the product

    Pros: great sound from my jl speakers

    Cons: allgood

    Great Sound

    Como651 from Minneapolis, MN on 5/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo with a couple of minor changes would be ideal but unfortunately it isn't. The sound quality is excellent. I installed it into a 1998 Honda CR-V with factory speakers and it improved sound tremendously. It is much louder and clearer. The problem with this stereo is it uses a USB front connection to connect your ipod. It is a real pain to have to disconnect the cable each time you want to remove the faceplate, unless of course you don't mind having the cable hanging off it which you already have to disconnect it from your ipod as well. It also leaves your ipod wire hanging in the way of your cup holders and climate control on your dash. It should have a rear permanent ipod cable connection so you can route your ipod cable out of the way to your glove box or in the change tray. Another annoying feature is the mix button. If you just want to mix songs but are in an artist it only mixes songs from that artist where I've had other stereos that allow you to mix all songs in your list with one push of the button.

    Pros: Great sound, plenty of power, pandora option, nice built in digital analog converter (DAC), nice look.

    Cons: No rear ipod connection which leaves you having to remove the ipod cable every time you want to remove your face plate. Song mix control could be better.

    User-friendly, Great Buy

    Jet from Oakland, CA on 4/29/2012

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

    I wish that I bought this sooner. My old iPod player was archaic by comparison. This was inexpensive and does more than most of my friend's stereos for half the money.

    Pros: The USB port stops the iPod when the car shuts off. Very easy to use.

    Cons: Because of where the time displays (next to the USB port) when something's plugged in there, the glare makes it hard to see the time. You may not experience this problem if you don't have a sunroof.

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    J.W. from Solomons, MD on 4/25/2012

    1996 Volvo 850
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ordered Monday, delivered Tuesday, impressive. Great tech support. I was concerned about FM reception in fringe area but number of stations and reception quality are both outstanding. I'm receiving AM stations I didn't know existed. Final installation looks great. Lessons learned: Look at the orientation of the connectors in the car before connecting the adaptor cable. After I completed the crimps I had to rotate the connectors 180 degrees to mate. No big deal but I would have preferred a straight in approach. Also, sleeve is essentially a friction fit into car opening. Bendable tabs help but I would prefer a more solid attachment.

    Pros: Great AM and FM reception; easy to use controls; looks great in car; simple to install.

    Cons: Sleeve is friction fit only with bendable tabs.

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    jmp from College Park, MD on 4/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this stereo - my son-in-law installed it in my Quest and said it was the easiest radio he has ever installed. Love the sound quality even with my factory speakers. Order was placed and received the next day in perfect condition as promised. Crutchfield - you are the best. Service outstanding!

    Pros: Quality - can't beat alpine! Unbeatable service.

    Cons: none

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    CraigC from Baltimore, MD on 4/11/2012

    1992 Chevrolet Lumina
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's hard for me to elaborate with Alpine products, I love them. This is a great receiver at a great value. Flawless install in a '92 Chevy Lumina.

    Pros: Alpine!!!!

    Cons: None

    Huge difference from factory unit

    Matt from Indianapolis, IN on 4/10/2012

    2004 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit and installed myself in my 2004 Subaru Forester. I'm not the most handy guy but installation was pretty simple, just buy this receiver and a $5 connectors kit and Crutchfield included the rest (even the dash pocket since my factory unit was double-DIN). Give yourself a couple of hours to install and you'll be set. I had to call customer service on one small thing and had a guy on the phone giving me advice in less than a minute. The sound is GREAT even with factory speakers, it's a very noticeable upgrade from the factory receiver. The USB connection is why I bought it though and it works as advertised. You just plug in your iPhone when you get in the car and then control everything from the receiver. Easy to bring up the songs stored on your iPhone or pull up your Pandora stations. Not to mention this unit just looks really good. No flashing lights, changing colors or stuff like that - just simple silver and blue. It looks so good installed, at first glance you probably wouldn't notice it didn't actually come with my car. This is my first experience with Alpine and Crutchfield. Probably won't be my last. Very happy with both of them.

    Pros: Great Sound, Pandora functionality, iPhone functionality, Detachable faceplate with cover included

    Cons: Scrolling through artists from my iPhone is kind of slow

    Great Headunit- Alpine never disappoints

    Brandon from Philadelphia, PA on 4/8/2012

    2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing is amazing. I have the Alpine Power pack and when equipped with this your speakers really come to life. I



    Best radio I've ever had.

    djoseph74 from Northville, mi on 4/3/2012

    2007 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my 5th Alpine radio, and definitely the nicest one to date. I was surprised at how nice it was, considering its half the price of any other one I've purchased. If you don't care about satellite or bluetooth, you'll find this radio to be perfect. It has an awesome interface for Pandora, and worked perfectly with my iPhone 4S. The sound is clear, and full. It has plenty of of power from the built in amplifier. As for the FM reception, it was perfect. Thank you, Alpine, for reminding me why I've stuck with your brand for the last 20 years.

    Pros: Pandora, Good Sound

    Cons: No bluetooth or Satellite Radio support

    Awesome little set!

    TheChemicalShed from Tallahassee, FL on 4/2/2012

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

    Fit my 97 Malibu PERFECTLY. Absolutely awesome for the price. Could not be simpler to install. Fantastic USB feature. CHEAP!

    Pros: CHEAP Sounds Good Easy to Install

    Cons: No dual USB ports, but not a huge deal

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    Jeff from Hershey, PA on 4/1/2012

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

    Replaced the factory radio in my daughter's 2000 VW jetta. Works great. She likes the Ipod feature where she can chose to operate it herself or by the radio knobs.




    Larry from Tucker, Ga. on 3/31/2012

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

    I replaced the factory radio in my Wrangler after replacing the factory sub which was blown. Sounded great so I bought another for my wife's Liberty. Her speakers were also blown. The new speakers would not work with the factory radio. I get great sound from both. Beats the factory unit by 100 %. Both were easy to install. No problems

    Pros: Easy to install and great sound.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet.

    Once again Crutchfield delivers!

    Steve K from New York on 3/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this Unit as a gift for a family member. Allen from Crutchfield was patient, knowledgeable and spot-on. This Unit fits perfect in a 2004 Subaru Outback Sport and sounds incredible as compared to the original. Installation is neat and clean with the provided Harness and Hard-shell kit.

    Pros: Perfect fit, Clean crisp sound, Ergonomically comfortable. Great value for the money.

    Cons: None.

    Great stereo, great service!

    Daniel N from Mchenry IL on 3/23/2012

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

    I bought this system after visiting another electronics retailer and they were out of stock on the wiring harness. Thank Goodness they were, not only was the stereo and accessories ( stereo, trim kit, antenna adapter, wiring harness) almost $200 cheaper than the competitor but the service absolutely BLOWS them away! It took me about 1 1/2 to install that included 2 calls to the techs to ease my concerns. These guys are courteous, knowledgeable, and efficient. The stereo itself is incredible, the sound is amazing and listening to my iPod through it is glorious! I can't wait to order the Alpine speakers to match the unit.

    Pros: Value, sound quality, customer service

    Cons: Nothing, but be aware that the Pandora feature only works with an iPhone.

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    Max from Virginia Beach on 3/11/2012

    1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seems to work fine, installed in a E430 Sport music sounds awesome (It's an alpine), easy to use if u used to alpine, looks fine , i have an ipod connected to it al the time works fine the usb connection is up front so that's kind of not cool, every week i got to unplug and plug it back because it sound week and then after I reconnect it's back in shape. beside that everything is just awesome it supplies enough power for x2 subs and 8 speakers! Once again Alpine is on first place.



    Great head unit!

    StevenT from Raleigh, NC on 3/4/2012

    2006 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this because my Kenwood Excelon would only play music on flash drives. The iPod USB function of this unit is nice, it comes with an extra cable as well so you can leave 1 in the car, 1 in the house. The sound quality of my Kenwood was disappointing after I decided to remove my subwoofers and I was contemplating getting a sub to replace them for the lack of bass/mid range. There was no "punch" at all from my speakers, all of which had been upgraded. After installing the Alpine, the speakers came to life and my setup sounds amazing. I have the clarity that I wanted all along with much more versatility.

    Pros: iPod USB connection, auxiliary port, Pandora thumbs up/down buttons on faceplate, easy to use, iPod search function, great sound quality. Simply has lots of features for a lower price than most.

    Cons: None

    Amazing as usual

    Gilbert from Las Cruces NM on 2/24/2012

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

    Alpine and Crutchfield are a fantastic combination!! The deck is great. The built in iPod controls, including Pandora, work great. The sound is amazing. I already had Alpine type R speakers in my truck and this deck increased their sound quality ten fold. And as usual Crutchfield provided great service and support. The installation tools were spot on and fit my truck perfectly!! I'll never shop for a car stereo anywhere but Crutchfield!



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    John from Ogden utah on 2/22/2012

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

    I am glad that I bought it through crutchfield. I know I wouldn't have gotten it any cheaper or a better price also with free mounting accessories that comes with it. Thanks again.

    Pros: I sure like the alpine stereo which I told my daughter to get and she loves it.

    Cons: I don't like the roominess of installation to put in a Volkswagen beetle. Which I know it can improve of installing it in easier.

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    Jw from Richmond VA on 2/20/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very user friendly, great sound quality. This is my 3rd Alpine deck and won't be my last.

    Pros: User friendly

    Cons: 1 set of preouts

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    Jeff S. from Austin, TX on 2/9/2012

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

    I have purchased Alpine all my life. I recent purchased the Alpine CDE-122 to replace a factory unit. My factory unit had poor sound quality to say the least. I love my new unit, the power, crisp sound quailty, and the ability to use pandora, mp3 awsome. Dont waste you money saving a few bucks with sub par car stereos (Alpine is the best of the best and has been for years) Alpine is the only way to go!!!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Sound quality, Power, MP3, USB, has everything you need to run a nice middle level sound system.

    Cons: I wish this unit had 4volt sub preouts, but is avalible on upgraded units.

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    Norm from Clarksville, MI on 2/6/2012

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

    The radio was a replacement for the stock F150 radio that no longer played CDs. The sound quality is much improved, although I have not yet tried my Ipod. I don't use the Pandora function, but the radio and CD quality is great. The only issue I had during installation was finding a good chassis ground, the radio will not work without a good ground. It is mounted in a regular cab F-150, so there is not a very large space to fill with sound, and it does sound great! The price was very reasonable for a Alpine radio and I added my own Pioneer speakers and built my own speaker box to place behind the seat. I do not have an external amp, but I don't really need to blow out my windows, so I am happy with just the head unit.

    Pros: Reasonable price for an Alpine, great unit for a tight budget.

    Cons: Finding a good ground for the radio, the metal plate behind the stock radio is NOT a ground. I wasted a lot of time troubleshooting that problem. So, to save you some frustration, make sure you find a good ground.

    Absolutely Average!

    Pat from Detroit, MI on 2/1/2012

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

    An absolutely average unit in nearly all regards. Only purchased it because it was promoted as being "Pandora" friendly - not so much in reality. Overly complex and small controls for what it actually is. Teenagers will love it.

    Pros: In theory, interfaces with i-phone and Pandora. In theory.

    Cons: Fiddly bits and bobs. Price.

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    Anonymous from Dayton, Ohio on 1/30/2012

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was Well worth the money!



    Great Alpine Deck - Awesome for the money!

    Steve from Fresno, CA on 1/27/2012

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

    I put this deck in my daughter's Wrangler. The build quality is excellent and the unit itself worked flawlessly. I installed with the Alpine KTP445 power pack, and for a noisy vehicle like the wrangler, I would highly reccomend adding this small amp. It fits right behind the deck so it is not visible and adds an incredible amount of "Punch" to the sound! The placement of the tone button right above the input select button takes a bit of getting used to. If you accidentaly hit one vs. the other it can be a bit frustrating. Overall, I would highly reccommend!



    Super upgrade and bang for the buck!

    EricV from San Ramon, CA on 1/27/2012

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

    I was looking to upgrade my factory stereo in my 2005 Toyota Tundra for better sound and integration with my iPhone. This deck delivers; great sound, amazing control of my music, Pandora radio ... This is more like an in dash computer! And with installation kit and simple, easy-to-follow directions, my installation was a snap!

    Pros: Amazing technology in a well designed, affordable, and easy-to-use package.

    Cons: No issues or concerns. Great stereo!

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    JimP from Texas on 1/27/2012

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

    Great unit, easy to use and very reasonably priced. Install was a snap.

    Pros: Quality and functionality

    Cons: N/A

    fast install/sound/looks

    davidS from tucson, AZ on 1/25/2012

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

    only took me about an hour to install. everything clicked into place. the deck is solid. the only thing bringing down the quality was the kit that is used to hold it in place. I like the extra space it has to put my Ipod on but the material is lacking in quality. everything worked well, I didn't even read the manual, it's as if i designed it and new how to operate it already.

    Pros: great upgrade to stock. easy ipod/android usage

    Cons: haven't noticed any yet


    kickingary from Charleston, SC on 1/24/2012

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

    Decided on this receiver because the Alpine name and have not been disappointed. Its beauty is in its simplicity of operation. It has a very simple interface with my iPhone and Pandora that makes operation while driving simple. It is not the best interface I have seen if you want to play a particular song or artist; however, allowing me to focus more on the road and the great tunes is more than a fair tradeoff. Thanks to the install guide from Crutchfield installation was NO problem - took about 2.5 hours from start to finish (this is my 2nd receiver installation) and I am not a pro!

    Pros: ease of use Integration with iPhone

    Cons: Took a while to dial in the equalizer settings - was a bit bright and brash out of the box iPhone interface a bit clumsy for finding specific songs or artists

    Good purchase

    Alex from Petaluma,Ca. on 1/21/2012

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have purchased Alpine for many years for their Japanese build quality(not anymore).I like this unit because selections are easy to find and it has a volume knob.Also wanted a front mounted USB port.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: China built

    Alpine CDE-122

    Tom Ben from Barto Pa on 10/13/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit



    Works great

    aaron from wichita, ks on 10/1/2011

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

    Installed this unit into a 2003 Ford ranger xlt super cab with a alpine power pack. It has great sound and extremely easy to use with oem speakers.




    Person from Denver, CO on 9/14/2011

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

    Amazing deck. Also, Crutchfield is also amazing with excellent customer service and extended warranty options.



    great radio

    LarryG from Dover NH on 8/24/2011

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great radio for the money. I have the same unit in two of our cars. I tend to only listen to Pandora radio through my iPhone. The controls are easy to use. I especially like that you can scroll through your Pandora stations that are on your phone and that you give thumbs up or thumbs down right through the radio



    Love it.

    TimG from Waxahachie, TX on 8/1/2011

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this unit in my old F-150 and it works great. Unlike some other Alpine models, you CAN control your iPhone with the iPhone controls, which are easier to use, and the USB cable plugs right into the front panel. Exactly what I was looking for, and it sounds great and looks great too. I'm buying another one for my F-250.



    Alpine CDE-122

    Anonymous from Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 7/24/2011

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

    Very easy to install and fits perfectly to my 1999 sienna van. I like most the pandora features, and the USB port for my iphone connection.



    Money well spent

    Myke from In Transit on 7/7/2011

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

    Bought a van and had to axe the factory sound system first thing. Great unit, easy installation and adequate power for my JL sub and door speakers.. The rear output and sub settings are perfect for my needs without paying for unneeded features. The perfect compliment to my Iphone and pandora, the integration is much appreciated. Liked it so much I bought another as gift to a friend. You can pick these units up for cheaper but IMO Crutchfield's free install gear, vehicle specific literature, and helpful tech. support make it plenty worth it.. assuring that your DIY job does not look like one!



    Amazing Head Unit!!

    Kim from Houston Texas on 5/23/2011

    1991 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an amazing product for the money, easy to install, and easy to use. I cant wait to get the new alpine speakers to go with it. I am pushing some current Infinity speakers but also bought the small 4 channel mini alpine amp that plugs right into the back of this. Sounds amazing!!!



    Works, works well

    Doug from Montville, OH on 5/17/2011

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

    This unit has clean sound and seems to have good power. The sub control works well enough as do the tone controls. Love the USB and AUX jack for use with my Android phone. Lighted blue/white buttons aren't too easy to see in the daylight though. All in all a good deck.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    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
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control (optional)

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Alpine CDE-122 features a front-panel USB type-A port, so you may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. ID3 tags (v1, v2) are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed. The unit off the following USB playback controls.

    • Bank Function: This unit has a "Bank" function that automatically divides every 1,000 songs stored on a USB memory device into individual banks to make searching and playing back a song easier. A maximum of 1,000 songs/100 folders for one bank can be stored according to the order stored in the USB memory device. A maximum of 20 banks (20,000 songs) can be recognized.
    • File/Folder Search: You can search each stored "Bank" by file (tag info)/folder name or number.
    • Category Search: You can also search each stored "Bank" of music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer.
    • ABC Search: You search the contents in the above categories alphabetically (A-Z).
    • USB Skip: You can skip forward/backward 1, 10, 20, 50, or 100 files/folders at one time within a stored "Bank".
    • Repeat/Random: In addition, the head unit offers Repeat (File/Folder/Category) and Random (Folder/Category/All) playback modes for your USB memory device's stored music.

    Note: Not compatible with WMA/AAC files.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's front-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod dock-connector cable which came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. The Alpine CDE-122 offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-122 supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or 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 from the head unit. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone or from its clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Alpine CDE-122 lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search these categories alphabetically. For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (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).
    • Shuffle: The head unit offers three Shuffle (Random) playback functions.
      • Shuffle Albums: songs in each album are played back in proper order; upon completion of all the songs in the album, the next album is selected randomly
      • Shuffle Songs: randomly plays back songs within a selected category (playlist, artist, album, song, genre, composer.)
      • Shuffle All: plays all songs on your iPod/iPhone randomly
    • Repeat: A single song can be repeatedly played back.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Alpine CDE-122 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Alpine head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-122 using your connected Apple iPhone, via your iPhone's included iPod dock-connector cable. The Alpine CDE-122 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information (your iPhone's touchscreen will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also create QuickMix playlists based on two or more of your Pandora stations. You can even give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. In addition, you can create a new station based on a currently playing song or artist. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-122 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 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
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 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 revert to the older software version or 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. You can adjust the unit's auxiliary input gain level (Low/High) to match the relative volume output of your other connected sources.

    Disc Playback

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

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

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you are playing a disc with CD Text or ID3 tags, you can easily search for a track, file, or folder by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track. For discs without CD Text or ID3 tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-122 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-122 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Audio Section

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

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels

    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 and 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 and low-pass filter.

    • 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).

    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).

    Audio Mute: Activating the Audio Mute function will instantly lower the volume level by 20 dB.

    Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-122 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.

    Local/Distance Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a hard plastic face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

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

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

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

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

    Favorite Button: You can set a favorite source to the head unit's front-panel "FAV" button. Once your favorite source has been set, you can switch to that favorite source directly be pressing the "FAV" button. You can select between one of the following sources as your Favorite - Pandora, FM1, FM2, AM, AUX, Disc, or USB.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an orange/white 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.

    Remote Control (optional)

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-122 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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