1997 Jeep Wrangler
My personal opinion best CD player on the market for the money
Pros: High power Bluetooth cd radio
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Item # 500CDE143B | MFR # CDE-143BT
You'll drive safer with Alpine's CDE-143BT CD receiver in your car, courtesy of its built-in Bluetooth®. When a call comes in, you'll see your caller's phone number on the screen, and you can answer the call by tapping the phone button on the front panel. You can adjust the mic's gain to best match your speaking voice, plus you can also tweak the phone output and ring volume, so you won't go diving for the volume knob every time someone calls.The CDE-143BT also supports Bluetooth audio streaming, so you can listen to any of the content on your Bluetooth equipped smartphone without a tangle of wires on your car's console.
Enjoy iPod control, Bluetooth, and great sound with the CDE-143BT.
Once you plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, you can use the CDE-143BT's controls to navigate your iPod's music library. Your riders will appreciate Passenger Control Mode, which lets them play DJ while you focus on driving. You can adjust your sound to taste with one of the ten equalizer presets or by using the 3-band parametric EQ.
Plug in your iPhone and you can also listen to some of your favorite music apps, like Pandora®, Rhapsody, and others with Alpine's App Direct Mode. You'll have basic control of music functions playback functions, such as play, pause, and next track from receiver, while you use your iPhone's touchscreen to other functions of the music apps.
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.
My personal opinion best CD player on the market for the money
Average Customer Review(s):
My personal opinion best CD player on the market for the money
Pros: High power Bluetooth cd radio
Nice deck easy to use
Pros: Easy to use and an easy Install
Cons: Can't change display color
Great unit, love all the features for the price, cd, usb, aux input and blue tooth works great. Buttons to select the stations are on the small side and I don't have large hands, so something you'll want to consider maybe.
Pros: Great quality, sound and features
Cons: Small channel buttons
Easy install, and increased sound quality out of the box. Unit is easy to use and the display is easy to read. My only complaint with this unit is the display brightness. While it does have a dimmer wire, and a manual dimmer function, these are still incredibly bright. My car with untinted windows is lit up at night like I have blue LEDs wired in my interior.
Cons: The display is very bright!
Very easy to install with the wiring harnesses.
Sounds great ! easy installation
Pros: Remote works nice no reaching up the dash
Cons: none so far
Beautiful product with exceptional sound for this price point. Connected seamlessly with my iPhone to allow for streaming Spotify. Display shows song, album, or artist with ability to forward or reverse thru playlist. Receives FM and AM with excellent signal and clarity. Easy to install. Highly recommend
Pros: Simple, intuitive set-up and operation. Sound quality
Cons: None identified
Great unit, easy install, and seamless integration. Everything you need.
Pros: Bluetooth, USB, Aux, phone integration and a powerful unit. Plays well on stock speakers.
Decent after 1 week. Still making adjustments. Sounds ok, but some controls/buttons don't seem very sturdy or durable.
Pros: Decent sound
Cons: Adjusting the sound/equalizer is a bit tricky to figure out, and I question the long term disability.
Works as advertised. I was concerned about the power since it was rated lower than my old unit but I think it sounds better and louder. Great unit for the price.
I have put this same receiver in more than 3 vehicles so far as a direct replacement of the aging stock unit. Not only does it make all music sound better, but the included bluetooth hands-free features increase safety, especially when driving in NH where you must use hands-free mode (no mobile device use permitted while driving). Easily pairs to my Android phone for seamless music streaming, voice control, and phone call handing. The included mounting and wiring kit make the swap into any vehicle a snap. Will buy this receiver again!
Just installed this in my 2011 Grand Caravan and it is great. A lot of features for the money and very user friendly. Great sound in a compact and feature filled unit.
Pros: Ease of operation Plenty of features-CD Player, Bluetooth, USB, Aux. Input
Love the unit! Fit in the car as recommended, and has all the features we were looking for and at a great price. Totally satisfied!
Completely satisfied. Great product.
Pros: Ease of operation
Went with this one on the recommendation of your sales team. While the sound is good, the phone side of it is not so good... even after adjusting the settings. Every one I talk to sounds like they are in a bucket. Pandora was another feature that I wanted to use, but most controls have to be done on the phone rather than an integrated menu on the reciever.
Cons:Crutchfield response on March 1, 2017 We're sorry you're disappointed with your new receiver. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
I installed the Alpine CDE-143BT on my 1999 BMW 328i Sedan and very happy with it so far. The quality of sound is great and installation is easy as well. Variety of sources to play music - CD, Bluetooth, AUX, and USB. Everything works like a charm, and Crutchfield is the right place to buy it!
Pros: Sound quality, easy to install, variety of sources, good price
I am really liking this deck. It is layed out nice and works great.
Pros: very easy to use.
Cons: Could have more than 3 bands of EQ and more amp power. Nitpics.
Very impressed, easy to install and use, bluetooth links very easily, calling is cystal clear.
Great radio I'd buy another one if I needed one
Pros: Everything works. Easy to install
It's my first aftermarket radio I have ever gotten and I am honestly in love with it!
Pros: Does pretty much everything I need it to.
Cons: Can't change the color illumination
Love Alpines- always have. Simple to use, great sounding stereos. Crutchfield is the place to buy from too!
Pros: Easy to use. Easy installation with Crutchfield's help. Great sounding radio. Alpine quality.
Went in smooth with no problems
Really good stereo gave my stock speakers way more power. Definitely would recommend anyone who is trying to spend alittle but get something that's quality this stereo
Can't beat this head unit for the price. Alpine quality, no extra thrills thrown in there to drive up the price. Looks great too. Haven't tried the Bluetooth yet but I'm not expecting any issues with linking my iPhone after reading other reviews.
Pros: Easy to hook up, sounds good, looks great.
Cons: As mentioned in other reviews, this unit doesn't have tons of EQ settings. If you want all of those options you're going to pay for them.
Much needed upgrade for the factory CD player in my 2001 Tacoma. After a couple weeks I realized I like it so much that I ordered another one for my 2000 Dodge van. The second one arrived today. Looking forward to installing it this weekend.
Pros: sounds great - and really isn't that the most important thing? USB drive plugs into face plate Bluetooth installation instructions were clear and easy to follow, wiring harness makes installation simple
Cons: can't think of any
GREAT SOUND, EASY INSTALLATION, WONDERFUL SERVICE.IT IS A PLEASURE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM. COULD NOT BE HAPPIER.
Pros: TOO MANY TO LIST
Works great. I've had it installed for a month and have used the receiver, the CD player, and the blue tooth for the phone.
The Alpine CDE-143BT works great with my tablet plugged into the AUX jack for using Google Maps GPS. It was easy to install, but the instructions didn't mention anything about unplugging two cig lighter plugs and the headlight switch. I really like the stereo, and it sounds great. The display is bright enough during the day too.
Pros: Great stereo for the money
Cons: None that I have found.
Works great and very easy to install!
I bought this as a replacement to the factory unit in my truck. Sound quality did improve, but not nearly what I was expecting. Also, you do not have many EQ options. I recently decided to try out a Pioneer head unit and I am so much happier with what I have now. I bought a Pioneer AVH-X3800BHS and yes, i know it is more expensive but certainly worth the more money. Overall I would not recommend this head unit.
Pros: Looks, and that's about it
Cons: Sound quality could be better, turns off by itself, also when you receive a Bluetooth call, the alarm is as extremely annoying. Certainly better things on the market. Don't be fooled by the Alpine Brand.
Great quality for the money and it is not nearly as complicated as most aftermarket units. Also very good iPhone Bluetooth calling integration.
I told my advisor what I wanted and this is what he recommended. I am totally happy with this product, its ease of installation, and ease of use by adult senior.I was concerned about the radio display and my advisor assured me I would like this unit and he was right on.
Excellent stereo. Simple to use and connects to my phone easily.
Easy operation, way too easy install. You'd be foolish to PAY for install. Alpine once again is superior. No garbage lights novelty just quality
2001 MB E430 Fits perfect, easy install, sounds better than the original Becker head witht the factory Bose system, and easier to use.
Solid and basic receiver that does what it's supposed to do. I love the Volume Knob thanks Alpine for keeping up with a rotary knob! Install was painless, and sounds great. Good choice for those who don't need a lot of technology in their dashboard and a standard DIN size unit.
I wasnt an Alpine fan but Troy suggested one and of coarse i was sceptical but he also said they have a 60 day return policy. I couldn't be more pleased. Just added speakers too and it sounds absolutely great even without an amp. Highly recommended!
Pros: Easy to operate. Great conductivity. Clear calls. Clear sound.
Cons: About the only i thing i would change is the source. You have to scroll through all of them to get to where you want to go. I rather like to only scroll through whats pluged in or connected.
I bought this so I could hook up the Alpine KTP-445A amp to it. There is no substitute for WATTS. This is the second vehicle that I have installed this combination in. Add some Infinity Primus if you are on a budget or Kappas if you are not. You will not be disappointed.
Great radio for the price. I bought the open box and was very happy. I had an older Alpine and the radio just went right into old harness.
Pros: Hands free option works well. My iPhone works well with this radio.
Cons: None that I have found.
Great stereo for the price (Alpine 143BT). Shipping was fast (4 days). I removed a Panasonic with the same specs as this Alpine. The sound is much cleaner on this unit. I had read bad reviews on the Bluetooth previously, but found those to be wrong. Probably user error. Synch was simple and Bluetooth features are excellent. Crutchfield included the mounting hardware wiring kit nad insatllation instructions. Install was a breeze. This unit was an open box special. It arrived in excellent (new) condition. I wil definitely purchase from Cruthfield again.
Pros: Sound Quality, Price and Bluetooth
The alpine 143BT is a excellent CD player the eq is easy to use and works very well. I have old factory speakers that sound completely different when the Alpine 143BT was installed. I was shocked how well old speakers sound with a new alpine installed. The instillation was easy and the Bluetooth works flawlessly.
Pros: This alpine puts out serious power the eq works very well The Bluetooth is excellent
Great head unit. Wanted something nice but not too fancy for my commuter car. I had to play around with it to figure out the eq settings and what sounded best for my car. Bluetooth is great and connects to my phone everytime I turn the car on. The mic and sound quality are great when I am talking. I recommend this unit.
Pros: Easy install, Bluetooth connectivity, sounds great paired with my alpine power pack and kicker speakers.
Cons: None that I can find.
So far so good with my new Alpine CDE-143BT. Crutchfield did a nice job with the getting me all the stuff I needed to do the installation and to a few calls on Sunday to get through the installation. No hitches. The Alpine CDE-143BT is easy to operate (including setting up the Bluetooth). I would recommend this device and Crutchfield without reservation.
This is an excellent head unit. The sound is a huge improvement over the stock HU in my Mazda 3. It has a bunch of useful features for adjusting the sound. My only complaint is that it doesn't support lossless audio on USB, but it's not a huge deal.
Pros: Audio quality, features
Cons: No flac support
Everything works OK and the installation went OK but this radio doesn't sound as good as my original Ford Ranger AM/FM/CD radio. I'm still tweaking audio settings.
This radio is a very nice car radio. i really like that Blue tooth connection to my iphone and especially the ability of the radio to tell my iphone to pick up where i left off in Audible as soon as i start the car. I was not expecting this. The radio will even start the app, if i had it closed on my iphone.
Pros: nice appearance Great bluetooth functionality ability to kickstart my iphone to what was playing last while i was in the car
Cons: If you set it up so that it connects to more than one iphone, it remains connected to the most current phone. you have to disconnect bluetooth and reconnect bluetooth in order for it to recognize a different iphone again. It does not dynamically switch to whichever iphone is in the car.
Great product! Once the device is paired you are set to roll, no more fiddling with re-pairing. Sound quality amazing - harness wires good quality, blue tooth works well for a jeep TJ. On the highway I can hear the radio, and use the Bluetooth. I installed the Bluetooth on top of the steering wheel, clipped onto the dash- the guy at the shop said it was the best location, I am agreeing with him!
Pros: Options options options
Cons: Learning about the files is different.
I paid for the simple face- not too bright or flashy. It sounded great before we replaced the speakers- and after, it's amazing! Easy install/great results.
Pros: Style, ease of use, CDs, USB, AUX and Bluetooth!
Cons: Syncing up the Bluetooth is not self explanatory- make sure you're saying YES to sync device.
Great. Easy. Works.
Pros: Everything. Sounds great. Easy to use. Built well
Cons: No remote but not a biggy
After nearly a decade, and a couple different vehicles, my other head unit finally took a dump on me. i went online and found a well reviewed bluetooth head unit, and this was it. my last car stereo cost me $260ish, and i have to say, you get much more for your money now. this stereo sounds great. i can hardly wait to hook up some amplifiers again. having an iphone, i love the USB and bluetooth features. they're both very quick to read and begin playing audio. i bought this for the bluetooth feature, but i more often than not end up using USB. One cool set of features is that when you're connected via bluetooth, the radio will display your approximate battery status and your signal status. it won't show separate bars for signal strength, but will blink when you're in questionable service areas. good to know if you're streaming audio, or in the middle of a call. i mounted the microphone in the middle of my dash and im afraid that it receives too much wind interference there. im going to try mounting it on the headliner where it's out of the air current and i'll test it again. although longwinded, i can't say enough good things about this stereo for the price. Alpine for life.
Pros: ease of connection, interfaces beautifully with iPhone, surprisingly clear audio for the price.
Cons: i can't honestly think of any cons. i didnt have many expectations upon purchase of this, and it hasn't really left me wanting anything more. it doesn't seem to be displaying the artist/track names though. not sure if there's settings i need to mess with to make that happen.
The Alpine unit was easy to install and once in, had a very clean look. The head unit really woke the infinity sound system up. The Bluetooth capabilities are really nice, and it makes road trips a lot more enjoyable now that I'm not stuck listening to the radio all the time.
Pros: Bluetooth Looks good in the truck
Great price, alpine always a good choice. Great help from Crutchfield
Works great. Put this in my wife's car and she could not be happier. Install was easy and the sound if great.
It works, but its not like OEM.
Pros: It has quite a few features, like bluetooth, CD, etc. The wiring harness works, but its strange that you have to bug all the wires together... Crutchfield was very helpful and I would definitely go back to them again.
Cons: The mounting system seems very poor. Going over a rough road may cause your system to eject...
Inproved the sound quality in my truck and work van by 500 percent. Blue tooth is the bomb. Picks up at the turn of the key, no delays.
Pros: simple install on both
Cons: minor wiring hic cup in van , but tech support was on it
I loved my factory radio. Receiver, CD, Cassette deck, joystick balance and fader, but one day I turned the volume up to 11 and it would never turn down again. This Alpine was a top seller and had great reviews so I ordered it to replace my beloved factory radio. Crutchfield shipped the same day and I had it two days later. After soldering and heat-shrinking the wiring adapter, I plugged it in, turned it on... and no sound. I called tech support and the guy knew which receiver I had and what I was installing it in without me telling him anything! (Scary) Turns out my truck has the Infinity sound system and the blue/white wire on the receiver has to be connected to the blue wire on the adapter. Danged if I could find that info in the instructions though. A quick solder job later and the thing works! It sounds great! Not a lot better than my factory radio, but it's noticeable. The display is bright enough for daytime use but not blinding at night. All the controls are fairly intuitive except for the clock. I had no trouble setting it, but I can't figure out how to get it to display the time. Overall, I think it's worth what I paid for it and Tech support is 'scary' helpful, but I just wish I could get it to display the time.
Pros: Sounds great, easy install (except for the wiring issue).
Cons: How do you get the time to display? It may not be that big of a deal to some, but I'm not sure how much of it I have left.
Works very well. Huge improvement over my stock radio.
The unit only put out sound one side. Alpine must be slipping in their quality control. Their name used to guarantee a top notch product.
Cons:Crutchfield response on June 7, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
All I can say is wow. Bluetooth capable, everything I needed to install it for less than $220! Most shops wanted $200 bucks just for the install. I'm a happy customer. Thank you Crutchfield
Bluetooth connection works great, sounds quality is also very good. The phone function works very well, but sounds quality coming through is a bit muffled, but i think that's more an issue of my speakers. Very nice unit-- would highly recommend for the price.
Pros: Value, Ease of Use, Bluetooth Connectivity
Cons: Muffled Phone (but think that's my speakers)
The stereo is exactly what I wanted. Great sound quality, even from my old speakers.
Pros: Aux, Blue Tooth
Excellent quality for the price
Pros: Great features
I've been using Alpine since the late 80's. This unit is just another great example of why I only use them. Between Alpine and Crutchfield, it doesn't get any better.
Pros: Alpine and Crutchfield
Inexpensive replacement for the factory cd/ radio great value
Pros: support help one phone call away
Cons: Instructions not that clear but the help desk got me thru it
Love this stereo. Made my stock speakers sound great. Love the Bluetooth hands-free, works great. Was really easy to install myself.
This radio is okay, but it is not very sensibly documented, and I probably would not by it again.
Pros: Nice blue LEDs
Cons: I don't like it; very difficult to use, and nothing is clearly marked or makes much sense.Crutchfield response on May 17, 2016 Whenever you are disappointed with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
I have bought 5 radios in the last 3 years. 3 pioneer, 1 kenwood and this alpine. All mid level units with blue tooth and hd except the alpine. The alpine although more expensive considering the features appears to have focused on quality and simplicity rather than the corny blinky light show that is overly bright on the other two products. I had to purchase 3 Pioneers to get the current good one.
Pros: Simple controls. No junky light show
Cons: No HD
Will not buy anything else since getting this system . Great Product !!
Very nice head unit for the money! Head unit detaches and allows to be stored in separate case. Will be nice for anti-theft.
Pros: ease of use, good sound quality
Best price, best stereo I've had!
I was impressed with the quality of this unit and would recommend it to others.
Pros: ease of use, quality
I mainly use the TUNER and BLUETOOTH audio streaming. All display is easy to see even when the convertible top is down and sunny. Minor issue but really annoying..... 1. Selecting CLOCK display will overwrite showing any other display on other modes such as BLUETOOTH STREAMING. i.e.When you switch the display to show the CLOCK, then will only show the track number and time when using Bluetooth Streaming. Also if you choose to display SONG TITLE, ARTIST, ALBUM, ETC in BLUETOOTH then it will only show the radio station when you switch to TUNER. Long story short, you can't show CLOCK in TUNER mode and also show SONG TITLE, ARTIST, ALBUM, ETC in BLUETOOTH mode. 2. Even though you have BLUETOOTH paired, it will not reconnect if......You turn the stereo on and iPhone is not set to BLUETOOTH radio, but then you turn the BLUETOOTH on. There is a 3-5 second window where you can. If you miss that window then you'll have to go into iPhone Bluetooth settings and select ALPINE STEREO. This is a super pain. To save you trouble, just make sure you iPhone Bluetooth is ON! Before you start your car.
Pros: Easy install and setup. Adjustments were intuitive. Bluetooth pairs easy. Bluetooth mic is sub-par for clarity.
Cons: 1. Any display chosen in a certain mode will override any display setting on other modes. For instance, you can't show CLOCK in TUNER mode and also show SONG TITLE, ARTIST, ALBUM, ETC in BLUETOOTH mode. 2. Detachment/Attachment hook feature always gets caught! The detachment feature is a pain to "easily" detach. The hook feature always gets hung up. You have to press the detach button and let it "Fling" open. Bad usability design.
The radio paired easy, everything worked flawlessly. I have been an Alpine fan for a long time now and not ever had any complaints about their products. Love doing business with Crutchfield.
Great receiver, great sound. Helps get the most out of factory speakers.
This is my second Alpine radio in this car. The first one I bought and had installed locally. It was an HD radio, and man, that was terrible. I don't blame the radio as much as the concept. Here in the mountains it would switch from broadcast to HD and the delay between the two signals was frustrating. I could not find an option to turn off the HD feature. So I decided to buy another radio. I went with this Alpine for a couple of reasons, it was similar to the previous model I had, which made installation a breeze. It used the same connections and parts! It also looks good in the dash, the blue matches the blue of the VW. And it's ease of connection via bluetooth is another selling point.
Pros: Easy to install, looks great, not HD
Cons: none yet!
Nice replacement to my OEM radio. Crystal clear sound. Puts out good volume. I was originally going to run through my amp but the amp blu a transistor. I was surprised by how good it sounds. Controls are easy to figure out.
Pros: Good price, good sound, good looks.
Just a quick note about my Alpine/Polk system that came yesterday. Could not be more satisfied! The system sounds great and your customer service was second to none. Had planned on hooking up my speakers last night, but things went to so well, I was jamming before I went to bed. THANK YOU!!!
Pros: Extremely easy to hook up. The only question I had was about my amp, and your phone tech walked me right through. Sounds as good as advertised, great value!
Cons: None whatsoever.
I am very pleased with the Alpine CDE 143BT stereo tuner that I ordered from Crutchfield. My son and I installed the unit yesterday and it sounds great. I knew that Alpine would have high quality sound and it didn't disappoint. Installation was not difficult, even for a couple of first time "installers". We soldered the power wires and used butt connectors for the speakers. We had no real issues and we knew if we had a problem the Crutchfield Technicians were just a call away. The next time we need to purchase a tuner we will definitely buy from Crutchfield.
Pros: We could have purchased this tuner from other sources, but we chose Crutchfield because of the Technical Service. They were helpful during the purchase process and we did have to call to have one question answered during the installation (we couldn't get the face plate off of the tuner to remove the Single DIN frame). I also appreciated the videos for each unit and the comparison feature on the website. Those two features also aided in the selection process.
Item was as described and easy to install! Free shipping always makes it easy to purchase online.
Pros: Great fit for my vehicle Sounds great Easy installation
Cons: I was aware the sub woofer wouldn't be supported by the unit but also didn't support the clock and compass display on the dash. Something I can deal with though.
Two thumbs up. One for Alpine and one for Crutchfield. 10 years ago I bought an Apline CDA-9856 cd player/tuner with ipod control for my daily driver - a 2000 Tacoma. Way back then I called and talked to a Crutchfield rep to make the order. I wanted to order 4 new speakers too. The rep. amazed me when he told me to try the new cd player with the stock speakers and wires. Sure enough, he was right. The stock stuff sounded great being pushed by the Apline. Fast forward 10 years and I bought this new Alpine. Install was simple and Bluetooth works great with my iphone, and so do those same old Toyota speakers and wires. Price was very good too. I don't know about you, but when a company rep. advises me not to buy more stuff from him unless I find that I really need to, I want to do business with that company again, and again. Now that I'm hooked on the ease of use of Bluetooth, I'm going to have to replace the stereos in my other cars.
Pros: Great looks, easy to use, Iphone music sounds great over bluetooth and price
Cons: None here
Great radio for a good price. easy to use bluetooth. great sound quality
Finally decided on this head unit. No regrets here. Sounds great, looks great, easy to use, blue tooth is crystal clear with no distortion. This is the best unit for your money.
Pros: Bluetooth, easy controls, good sound quality
I shopped around, best price for this unit, it works great and is easy to figure out, appears to be well built and looks good, I will be buying a second one for my motorhome soon.
Pros: Is everything it is advertised to be.
I was looking for a basic stereo receiver, with built in Bluetooth functionality, and good audio quality. I have definitely found it in this deck. Super easy to install, I had never installed a stereo myself before. Don't waste your money on paying someone to install it. Youtube is your best friend. Worth the money, great audio, super easy to install, and its an Alpine. Enough said.
Cons: Would like to be able to set the volume for the audio, and the blue tooth audio to be the same level. Right now if you are listening to Bluetooth audio or making a phone call and switch to the radio or cd the audio is ridiculously loud!
Great stereo with powerful sound. A major step up from my sony stereo, which was a piece of trash. I will never buy Sony again. Pushing my alpine speakers and 2-12" subs perfectly fine. Although I still cant figure out the bluetooth phonecall microphone to work, but it may just be me. Also, I dont like pushing the buttons when I have to reconnect my faceplate; they should have left an open space that wont cause excess pressure on the buttons.
Pros: Intuitive layout. User friendly faceplate.
Cons: Buttons that toggle folders via usb and repeat options do not light up, so its difficult to see what Im pressing while driving at night. Biggest annoyance: When on bluetooth audio setting, it will not emit sound when i play something off my phone. I have to toggle thru CD, radio, aux, usb, BACK TO "Bluetooth audio" for the stereo to emit sound from my phone.
I'd purchased a cheaper head to provide BT, CD, and USB support. It was a nightmare of unfinished software. As far as I can tell at this point the Alpine does everything right. Tuner performance is good, sound quality is great, all functions work smoothly. The unit is also allows volume balancing of all the source inputs. I have no complaints.
Pros: good tuner performance. allows volume balancing of all source inputs. Uses the car light control input to auto-dim. Great sound quality.
Very easy install. Looks & sounds great. My only complaint is you have to hold the button down for two seconds to power off the unit
Pros: Good looks. Clear bright display screen
I have a 2001 Mercedes E320 and the radio finally died and I ordered this Alpine to replace it after seeing so many good reviews. What a nice little system this is. I have the Bose sound system in my Mercedes and this radio sounds great. Bluetooth connectivity to it with my iPhone was a breeze. CD sound is excellent as well. I feel that my car has gotten a significant upgrade with the Alpine. The build quality seems excellent. I know you can spend a lot more on a replacement head unit, but this one really does the trick. You even get a microphone included for voice commands and phone calls. And Crutchfield puts everything you need in the box to install and it goes into the existing space with no modifications. Well done Alpine and Crutchfield!
Pros: Feature set for the money Sound quality
The Alpine CDE-143BT was an easy install in my 2002 Tahoe. The wiring connectors and plugs provided hooked with little problem; I just have to use one wire from the smaller GM plug and add it to the radio plug to run the original installed subwoofer. The unit puts out enough power to power the Pioneer and and Kenwood speakers. There is a learning curve figuring out some of the controls. I don't like that when the Ipod is plugged in, the unit takes control of the Ipod and I'm unable to change anything on the Ipod unless unplugged from radio. The blue lighted control area is nice and not distracting. Overall, it's a good quality basic unit with cd player that allows USB or smaller plug accessories.
Easy to install with the instructions that were provided. Really happy with the sound. This is my 2nd Alpine.
Pros: sounds good
Nice receiver. Good value. Bluetooth works very well. Exceeded my expectations.
Pros: easy to use simple to install installation instructions and Crutchfield help were great good sound, especially via iPhone
Really great radio- helped make my Saturn a little bit nicer! Great sound, love the Bluetooth connection to play my music and answer calls
Pros: Bluetooth connection Light up blue Quality sound Fairly inexpensive
Cons: Older style Don't like the power on/off button
The product is a perfect quality sound system...
The sound system on the 2005 Honda Odyssey was on its last legs. No longer could it play CDs and there was no input of any sort. But I am not a handy guy and so I was reluctant to replace it. But your service complete with all the parts I would need and great instructions made this so easy I finished it before the guy I asked to come help me got there!
Pros: Great, simple easy to understand.
Cons: You undersold how easy you made it.
great product! makes stock speakers come alive to full potential! only thing i would say is a downfall is the bluetooth.sometimes i got to reconnect it to my phone again. dont know if it is bad connection or what. it shows my music playing but there is no sound just i just toggle through to bluetooth again for it to connect.
Pros: sound. quality.
Cons: bluetooth could be better
I got this stereo to replace my Forenza factory unit. It blows it away and once I fought the dragon to install it,,,am glad I did. Love it!!
Pros: Great sounding CD player, USB player, Radio. If it would make you a sandwich would be perfect.
Cons: Not having this stereo.
Bought this for my nephew he loves it hands free calls music etc
I was looking for a direct replacement with Bluetooth capability and USB. The instructions were pretty straight forward and the install was fairly easy. The two challenges I ran into was (1) the wiring adapter had the [Ignition] and [Battery] pin positions reversed for my application. So I had to remove the pins and reverse them. The stereo will function with them reversed but any saved settings such as the radio stations will be lost every time you turn it off. Even though It is supposed to be a direct plug in, which it probably is for most applications, it was not on my 2004 Sprinter. (2) There is a microphone in the head unit storage box for those of you that want to use your cellphone Bluetooth feature. It was very difficult running the microphone through the factory enclosure as there is no access underneath and you have to feed the wire through a very tight and small area inside the enclosure. After that it was not bad at all. The quality of the sound was immediate and did not disappoint. This is a huge improvement over the factory system and well worth the effort. I later replaced the factory speakers with JBL GTO429 4" 2-way Speakers and installed an older Alpine 5 channel amp I had and some Kicker CompRT 40CWRT672 6-3/4" Dual 2 Ohm Subwoofers and made custom enclosures for them. So far I'm very happy with the head unit and now have a real nice sound system.
Pros: Fairly easy install, very clean sound, lots of nice adjustments and options.
Cons: None with the unit
Great unit for the price.
Pros: Easy to use and sounds great
Cons: Still need to look at manual to set the clock..
Was looking for an easy to install, easy to use head unit that could upgrade me to bluetooth and that could use the Alpine powerpack as i upgraded to reference series Infinity speakers a couple years ago and wanted to get their full potential... Am not disappointed at all!! Have upgraded to Alpine head units for over 16 years now, the only head units I will go with!!
Pros: Ease of use, bluetooth, compatible with Alpine power pack1
Cons: Still a bit small, the faceplate is not very easy to take off
This is the third Alpine CDE-143BT I have purchased from Crutchfield. I have one in my wife's Jeep Liberty, one in my Mazda 5 and one in my 97' Suburban. The sound quality is excellent, but what I like the most is the ease of use and fairly intuitive controls. I really dislike controls that require pushing multiple buttons while watching a tiny screen to change mode, source, etc. Having the same unit in all our cars really make it easy to move from car to car and not have to go through a learning curve each time. We also have Sirrius Satellite radio in all 3 cars, plugged into the aux port on the front of the unit. We can then switch the satellite head unit from car to car, which is really convenient.
Pros: Good value, simple controls, intuitive operation
Good product for a good price
All in all, this unit has a ton of functions and I'm still discovering them.
Good radio/CD changer for my '95 BMW M3. With the Crutchfield adapter it uses the factory amp which eliminates the need for additional wiring. It sounds good, has bluetooth capability, and fits the dash with no problems. I think it is a little clunky in that it seems to take forever to scroll through the source choices. To go from radio to BT (Android phone), for example, takes several clicks. And the faceplate trim piece seems very flimsy. Overall, though, a great value.
It is bluetooth to my samsung galaxy . Easy to install to my 2001 Toyota Sequoia.
I am impressed with the quality and the functionality of this bluetooth receiver. I have yet to setup bluetooth to connect with my mobile. Routing the microphone wire proved to be less of a challenge because I used a long push button grasping tool to fish the cable jack behind the dash to the radio mic input. That was my greatest worry but it turned out just fine.
Pros: Build quality, ease of switching inputs, sound quality.
Cons: none I can think of; Alpine is still king.
Awesome unit for the money!!!!
Pros: Bluetooth for iPhone 1-5
Cons: No Bluetooth for iPhone 6. Didn't say that when purchased.Crutchfield response on September 23, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. From our research, this Alpine receiver is compatible with the iPhone 6. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Excellent unit. Great being able to use bluetooth in my 2003 vehicle. Excellent sound quality even with factory speakers. Fits seamlessly in my dash. I am very happy with the choice. Called Crutchfield twice during instasllation and they were very helpful.
Pros: Look, sound, bluetooth
Cons: Minor cons include most buttons too small (as with most if not all aftermarket stereos), wish the microphone was smaller, and don't like holding source button down for 2 seconds to turn it off.
Easy to use with good sound quality. Love it
Pros: Easy to use
This head unit arrived quickly. The installation was a breeze, with help from a few sets of instructions. It is easy to use and has improved the sound quality over the stock system quite a bit.
Pros: easy install, sounds great, easy to use
Cons: Only blue and white light
No issues with installation or use
This deck does it all at a great price! Bluetooth, USB, and a great receiver all in one package at a price which wont make you have sleepless nights worrying about it in your jeep or convertible. JUst hands down a good value and a great product! (Be sure to note that the microphone is shipped inside the removable face plate case.)
Pros: Hands free bluetooth or USB to phone; great sound!
Cons: nothing in directions to tell you where they packaged the microphone (in face plate case) Called crutchfield to order one (not knowing it was included) and the astute rep told me where to look...and...Surprise! It was there!
Easy installation in my 2012 Corolla. Works perfect. Sound quality is a big improvement.
Pros: Easy installation Good Price Easy Setup
It was a very easy install with the free components supplied. One hour to get the system working.
Pros: Would do this again
Such a sweet stereo. I love it. Super easy install
I think this is the all around best values at Alpine offers for the money it gives you the basic features that you need without any of the Xtra frills bells or whistles great value would recommend this to anybody for entry-level CD radio
Head unit is just OK it's nothing extraordinary for the price, the sound is good and the detachable face seems a bit low quality and flimsy.
Pros: Ease of installation, I pod/ I phone hook up directly up front
Cons: Cheap low quality feel to detachable face, priced a bit steep for what you get.
I've been using Alpine decks back into the 80's. Always great quality. Having the Bluetooth is nice.
Pros: Easy install and setup. Great value for the price.
I absolutely love this stereo. As with every alpine product that I have used I am still very satisfied.
Pros: Ease of use Excellent sound quality Very nice appearance
Cons: Only wish that it had different color displays
Awesome radio, easy installation and quick connection to Bluetooth capabilities
The bluetooth audio has a few hick ups and the iPod randomly disconnects and you have to turn the receiver off and on again. ...... but, the few hickups are pretty minor considering how many features I got for the money. It sounds great and has all the features I want for half the cash of the other models I was looking at.
Pros: Sound, features, look.
Cons: Build quality
I bought this stereo to replace the factory CD/AM-FM player in my 2003 Tundra to get the HD channels locally and use my andriod and apple phones. It is a really good price for the number of features you get. It's not a good as a touch-screen, but if price is a concern, you won't be displeased with the value.
Pros: not a pros
Cons: not a cons
Great radio at a great price. I'm old school and this new Alpine was easy to lean how to use. I love the bluetooth phone pairing option and all the input options for my ipad ipod and usb. Alpine was the stereo to have growing up in the late 1970s and it still seems to be high quality sound equipment today.
Pros: installation was easy with the wiring adapter the Crutchfield team set me up with.
Cons: No DVD player
Real nice unit. Would buy it again.
Pros: Bluetooth, Auxiliary plug, usb.
Great value great sound. Very easy installation with Crutchfield support. Thanks.
Pros: Great sound Great value Easy install
Pros: Easy to install and use.
Cons: Pretty basic. Nothing too exciting.
Pros: Easy to use functions and great sound quality
Cons: None that I have found.
Love everything alpine. Can't beat this cd player for the price. Love the hands free calling and Bluetooth music function.
easy to use and has all the bells and whistles that you want. It sounds grate and with your help it fits good and easy to install.
Love Bluetooth connectivity
This unit is packed with features. Sounds quality is good. The Factory EQ settings actually make a significant difference unlike older units I've had from competitors. The blue tooth sounds great. Installed it on the right side of my steering column in a 98 4runner. Some people didnt even know I was driving during a call.
Pros: Bang for your hard earned money. It's packed with high end features.
Cons: Doesn't come with a remote.
This is a very good deck. With the free installation pieces sent it was pretty straight forward, a call to Crutchfield answered the one question I had. The Bluetooth and iPhone control work great. I have had many Alpines in the past and this one doesn't disappoint. I may purchase another one for a different car.
Pros: Easy install, very good sound, many options to customize sound. Bluetooth and iPhone control work well.
Cons: Couldn't change the display color, but it's a very small con.
I really like this deck, the sound output is great as with all alpines. Others said the Bluetooth was difficult to set up, but I found it to be quite easy. It does come with instructions after all. Only fault I found was that the USB only works w/ thumb drives or this one random Nokia phone.
My radio in my 2004 Honda Accord stopped being reliable, and I needed a good quality replacement. This is it, I don't have use for the Bluetooth, so I cannot comment on that. So far very easy to use, I have not looked at the manual yet.
Pros: Easy to operate. Alpine + Crutchfield = A winning combo!
Cons: None so far.
This has been a great unit. Really like the bluetooth feature.
Recently bought this, installed it in my '03 Honda Civic EX to replace an old Kenwood, which by the way, is also an excellent deck. The installation was easy, the included wire harnesses and dash din were also a piece of cake to install. Instructions for operating the deck were simple, even for myself a woman. Thank you Crutchfield for excellent customer service and prompt delivery of products.
Pros: Bluetooth,??CD,iPod,mp3,flashdrive, and auxiliary input capabilties are a BIG??,along with the adjustable 3-band equalizer ranges??.All for a great price.
Great easy to use
Overall this is a great single din receiver if your looking to upgrade your audio system.
Pros: Easy to use for the most part, nice design & appearance, & I love the volume knob because it give you the old school feel.
Cons: Only thing that didn't work for me is the blue tooth sync for your Android or Iphone.
These guys have there act together period. The Alpine fit right in perfectly and the wiring harness plugged right in and hooked up in 15 minutes flat and was playing really nice. Somebody before me did the hard work of taking the dash apart and installing the kit for the radio. All I had to do was to change out the Din bracket and was good to go. This is a very nice Stereo with some nice features. All I wanted was to shape the music to my ears. This unit has Bass, Mid range, Treble, Fader, and Balance, along with Sub-woofer and a hos of other stuff I just cant remember right now. This unit is really worth the reasonable price Crutchfield charges. Everything you need is included except the butt connectors for the speaker wires. I love it, and thanks guys, I am very pleased. Sincerely S. Thompson
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: No remote.
Great sound and love the big sound knob!
Good quality product
Pros: Several device interaction capabilities (AUX, USB, BT)
Cons: Display color lighting cannot be changed to match your car console. (only blue)
Wish I had installed this a couple of years ago! Love the sound and the blue tooth feature! I would highly recommend.
Pros: Easy to use
The unit was hard to get set up. I have not got the Bluetooth to work with my Android phone. The radio sounds ok with the original factory speakers and the wiring harness worked fine. The connectors worked great and the mounting bracket after modification worked out fine. I did not use the Ford Radio key supplied as I all ready had one.
Pros: It plays music fine.
Cons: Bluetooth set up not clear in instructions or does not work with my Android Samsung phone.
I got this unit to replace a factory unit that wasn't working to well. After installing this unit I realized how the factory unit was weak compared to this unit. The sound is much better and I don't need to crank it up like I had to on the factory unit.
Pros: Decent sound
Cons: Owners manual is not very good and doesn't really have very clear instructions. Ended up getting a better one at website.
It fit perfectly into my Porsches dash and does everything I wanted it to and more and it does them all well.
Pros: Very cool looking, works great, easy install, lots of features,
Cons: Pricey, complicated to run at first.
I replaced the OEM unit in my '05 Ford Escape with this unit and I'm thrilled with the sound and features. Sounds great and no more having the reach for my phone when it rings. What I don't like it the unit is blindingly bright at night. Yes, it does dim when you turn the headlights on, but barely. I solved the problem with a small piece of window tinting. Right now I can easily take the tinting on and off to suit my needs, but if you can find just the right amount of tint you can leave it on permanently. Otherwise, the instructions that came with the mounting kit were bad, kinda like a 3D puzzle, but once assembled the kit was a perfect fit. Also, the quality of the unit does not seem as tight as as an Alpine I got 5 years ago for another car, although the unit works very well. Plays Pandora and all music wirelessly with no problem and it's easy to move through the menus on my iPhone 4.
Pros: Incredible features for the price and works very well.
Cons: Way too bright at night. Solved with some window tinting.
Great radio I purchased 3 of them one for each of my cars
Pros: Based on the price this product is great I have 3 of them. The ease of use however is not that great. Once you get it figured out its no big deal but getting to that point is tedious. installation was a breeze once i called the Crutchfield guys; this was installed in my 2000 dodge ram 2003 dodge ram and my 1996 grand marque overall it was easy to install in a three vehicals. Good Buy.
Cons: No color control only gets blue. settings are confusing. very little customization value, sound customization only.
Easy to install and sounds great!
Based on the price this product is great. The ease of use however is not that great. Once you get it figured out its no big deal but getting to that point is tedious. installation was a breeze once i called the crutch-field guys; this was installed in my 2014 dodge dart and i ran into some hiccups but overall it was easy. GOOD BUY.
Pros: alpine, lots of sound settings
Cons: no color control only gets blue. settings are confusing. very little customization value, sound customization only.
Classic alpine sound and power! Switched from a pioneer ipod controller unit to the alpine blue tooth and I love the change. Alpine has a distinct sound in my opinion; products sound "punchier" over pioneer, sony, and kenwood.
Pros: Sound quality- price
Cons: No shuffle setting for USB input.
stereo is great I installed one in 2003 crv and one in a 2004 element with kicker door speakers sounds great way better than the factory crap.
Pros: great for the price
Cons: you have to spend some time figuring out all the buttons other than that, great
Very clean nice sound. Takes a while to learn how to use it. You need to down load the full manual to start with.
Pros: Good Alpine low distortion sound quality. Very sensitive FM receiver while driving in the mountains. Provides front panel audio and USB ports as well as Bluetooth. CDE-143 BT is reasonably priced with great friendly support helping with the installation.
Cons: Takes some time to learn the set-up.
For someone who's done a few this was pretty straight forward. First time for 2 din and a little extra needing to remove other parts attached to stock unit, but it all came together perfectly. I liked having the Crutchfield support team on hand for questions. Others mentioned no illumination wire but personally it does not bother me at night, so I'm letting it go.
Pros: Easy installation & direcitons
Install was pretty easy, only bad thing I could say is the instructions could be a little better.
good value, radio sounds good
Pros: looks good, easy to see display with top down
Cons: phone sound quilty could be a little better
Great product. Love Alpine car audio players. Best of sound. Good quality and long lasting. Would not have nothing else. I really am pleased with this.
Pros: Good crisp clear sounds, has good different levels of sounds for the highs, and overall just good product.
Cons: Don't really have but one downfall for me is that the USB should be android compatible.
Really like the radio in my 2001 Jeep Cherokee. Installation was very easy with the supplied wiring harness. BT works well and was easy to sync.
Pros: BT audio, easy setup and installation.
Cons: Can't voice text with BT on.
The Alpine 143 BT is easy to use, sounds great and has all the features I needed for my 1988 VW Vanagon. I paired it with four JBL speakers and I plan to add a powered woofer soon.
Pros: Easy to install, ergonomic controls, good sound and olenty of power.
This CD, MP3, Bluetooth, and radio receiver is awesome. Basically you just hook up the speakers, ground, hot, and ignition wires. Then install the receiver. Very nice for the money. No complaints!
Pros: Easy wiring
Cons: No internal antenna. Just hasn't been done yet.