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Overview

Our take on the Alpine CDE-154BT

Alpine has built its reputation on producing a stellar in-car audio experience, and the CDE-154BT CD receiver builds on that tradition with innovative technology. For instance, you can download the Alpine TuneIt App smartphone app to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone and take charge of this Alpine's extensive sound adjustment capabilities. You'll see a simple touchscreen interface that lets you adjust settings yourself, or you can apply settings created by Alpine for your specific vehicle. You can even share your settings with other users through Facebook, and check out settings others have created for your vehicle.

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Great sound — for your car

Alpine has built its reputation on producing a stellar in-car audio experience, and the CDE-154BT CD receiver builds on that tradition with innovative technology. For instance, you can download the Alpine TuneIt App smartphone app to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone and take charge of this Alpine's extensive sound adjustment capabilities. You'll see a simple touchscreen interface that lets you adjust settings yourself, or you can apply settings created by Alpine for your specific vehicle. You can even share your settings with other users through Facebook, and check out settings others have created for your vehicle.

Better Bluetooth audio streaming

Alpine CDE-154BT

The CDE-154BT combines distinctive Alpine styling with a 2-line display.

The CDE-154BT features built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Thanks to receiver's Bluetooth microphone, you can access Siri with Alpine's Eyes Free mode when your compatible iPhone is linked to the receiver — letting you keep your eyes on the road while you interact with your iPhone. If you've been less than thrilled with the sound of streaming audio in the past, Alpine's exclusive Digital Signal Processing technology improves the sound of streaming music or stored music files sent from your device to the receiver.

More sound options

If you're looking to add some punch to your tunes, press the Bass Engine SQ button for easy access to the receiver's sophisticated bass controls, including five bass profiles that you can customize through the Alpine TuneIt App. And if you're tired of having that great FM station fade away, you can add an optional SiriusXM tuner to enjoy the unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk programming that follows you wherever you drive.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

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

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • 2-line display with variable color illumination
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Siri integration with Eyes Free mode
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • App Direct mode
    • Alpine TuneIt App Ver. 2.0 compatible
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 presets
    • Bass Engine SQ button with choice of five bass profiles
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level and phase control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB port and front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    I love this stereo it sounds great the details are so good. Even in Bluetooth which usually sucks in audio quality really sounds good not cd good but really good. You can change the display color to different colors its very nice.

    Edwin, New Mexico

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Face (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • 5' USB extension cable
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor bracket
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Face case
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Online Product Registration
    • Computer Requirements booklet
    • SiriusXM note
    Reviews

    Alpine CDE-154BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (79 Reviews)

    Bluetooth compatibility issues

    Rushead from Gainesville, GA on 7/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this reliever to play content from my iPhone 6 but had trouble with the bluetooth connection. If the phone was moved more than a few inches from the receiver, it would stutter and skip like a bad CD. Crutchfield exchanged this unit for the newer 164BT which solved the problem!

    Pros:

    Cons: bluetooth compatibility

    Just great

    Edwin from New Mexico on 7/14/2015

    1993 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this stereo it sounds great the details are so good. Even in Bluetooth which usually sucks in audio quality really sounds good not cd good but really good. You can change the display color to different colors its very nice.

    Pros: Sound quality and number of uses with usb, bluetooth, cd, mp3, ipod, pandora, xm. the usb is so great to locate almost anywhere

    Cons: The screen is a little small but there is not much space to work with anyway.

    Awesome

    Scribe_Force from Texas on 6/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As usual, great product from Alpine!

    Pros: The layout is nice and simple, the interface is user friendly (not complex), great features, build quality is great. The stereo and mic were installed in a semi truck (Peterbilt) and given how much noise there is in the cabin at all times the bluetooth and in coming call quality was good and clear.

    Cons: After installing the mic and testing it by making phone calls the other person would here my voice clear but at a low tone regardless of making adjustments on both ends. It would be nice if the mic had more features for outbound/inbound.

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    Mike C from Pennsylvania on 6/29/2015

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

    Everything I wanted in a new system. The options are plentiful and the sound is amazing. The installation was easy and painless.

    Pros: Ease of use....options are easily found and plentiful. Bluetooth option is a great feature.

    Cons: Alpine tuneit app never worked right for me.

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    alpine1992 from Illinois on 6/28/2015

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

    great unit with a lot of features for the money. ability to upgrade to a full system with 4v preouts , hi pass filter , sub controls and a great eq app. the only issue I have is the angle the radio mounts in my civic washes the display out in the sunlight (more of a car issue than unit issue). the unit just looks good .

    Pros: lots of features. nice Bluetooth system. good looks . plenty of power for a stock system

    Cons: display washes out in sunlight. small buttons to access features but with the big displays they all seem to go this route now.

    great stereo

    tony from Twelve mile indiana on 6/28/2015

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

    Great sound easy installation I like all the features

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    Anonymous from North Carolina on 6/27/2015

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

    Great radio

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    Nice features

    Aaron from 01085 on 6/22/2015

    2001 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use. Extra features such as multiband equilizer and Bluetooth phone operation worth the few extra dollar's. Shopped this model everywhere and Crutchfield had the best price. Awesome base din unit to build a system off of.

    Pros: Alpine quality and the price is right. Versatile unit.

    Cons: None

    Really Happy!

    Craig from MN on 6/14/2015

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

    This Alpine head unit has replaced the factory one (AM-FM Single Disc CD) in my 2002 Ford Ranger. No other upgrades were made and yet even with the factory speakers still in place I'm truly amazed with how much the sound quality improved! The only reason I made the upgrade was because the CD player in the factory unit stopped working. Now I simply wish I had done it a long time ago. The music sounds so much fuller and richer now. Details in the music (instruments and voice) have come alive that I didn't know were there before. Overall I really like the user interface. It is simple and intuitive once you have the basics down. The main dial works kind of like a computer mouse where you turn it either way to scroll up and down through menus and then press it in to make selections. IMO the dial and buttons all have a quality feel to them. The CD player drive is silky smooth and entirely silent when feeding or ejecting discs. I love the Bluetooth wireless capability for using the vehicle audio system for phone calls. This is something that's new for me and which I had never had experience before. It works flawless with my Samsung S4. I like the 10 different preset EQ mode options (Flat, Pop, Rock, News, Jazz, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop, Easy Listening, Country and Classical) so well that I haven't even toyed with the 9-Band Parametric Equalizer. You can choose between 30 different display colors or create you own. I use different colors between day and night driving

    Pros: Content from CD auto pauses when a call comes in and resumes where it left off when call is ended. 5 different noise cancelation settings for microphone. Your phone's phone book and call history can be accessed directly through the radio and calls can then be made right through the radio from them. Radio can keep up to 6 phone numbers in memory as shortcuts. Ringer volume can be adjusted and auto set regardless what volume level you are listening to music on. Wish I could comment on more.

    Cons: None regarding the Alpine CDE-154BT. The only con I have right now is not being allowed enough characters in this review for a proper review.

    I bought it for my wife and daughter

    Zach L from El Paso, TX on 6/14/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed in about a week ago maybe two weeks. so far everybody loves it it sounds good easy to tune. I like that you can tune it with the app and that makes it a whole lot easier.

    Pros: Easy to tune,easy install

    Cons: Crutchfield don't give you the wiring harness or antenna adopter anymore?

    Crutchfield response on 6/16/2015 We absolutely do still offer the installation gear! But you have to tell us what kind of vehicle you have first, so we know what you need. There wasn't any vehicle information on your order. If that ever happens again, just call us when you receive the stereo and we'll look up the installation accessories and get them out to you right away.

    Excellent Product

    James from Lumberton, NJ on 6/11/2015

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All around excellent product. I purchased this to replace my girlfriend's OEM head unit because she wanted the ability to play her iPod/iPhone. I chose this unit for its customization options and obviously its connectivity. I was expecting greatness from because it's an Alpine unit but this was even better than expected.

    Pros: -iPhone and Android compatible -Easy install -Awesome sound quality -Settings are easily accessed and navigated -Easily customized (sound preferences and appearance)

    Cons: -USB port is in rear of unit (it does come with a long USB extension cord and can be convenient if there is no place to tuck an iPod close to the radio; in my girlfriends vehicle I easily ran the cable into her center console)

    Jeep TJ

    Quarrytech from Pennsylvania on 6/4/2015

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

    I put this head unit in my daughters TJ she loves it. Hands free calling was a must for safety. I could have gotten other brands cheaper but this Alpine was worth every penny, the sound quality is the best. It made the stock speakers come to life. I just ordered Polk audio speakers and cant wait to install them.

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    Anonymous from Maryland on 6/3/2015

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

    The radio exceeded my expectations, the sound is clear. The radio was easy to install. I think this radio well surpasses, the old Honda Alpine factory radio. The radio was way less expensive than the $600.00 that Honda wanted for a refurbished factory radio. This radio has Bluetooth, Pandora and several other options, the refurbished radio was the same old same old, none of the extra options, that the new radio posses.

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    Josh from Colorado on 5/26/2015

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

    Good functionality and exactly as expected. Used in a 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L with the steering wheel control adapter and it works perfectly. The options and functions are working well, although the Bluetooth to the iPhone once dropped and had to be reconnected, but has since reconnected normally each time. Overall, a good product for the price.

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    maria from Albertson n.c on 5/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was a gift and he loved it...

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    Oliver from Jackson nj on 5/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy setup great sound

    Pros: I love the rear USB, it let me run it any where I wanted and it looks great. Sound quality and adjustability!

    Cons: It is a little bit bright compared to the rest of my dash

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    scorpio111374 from United States on 5/24/2015

    2001 GMC Sierra 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as advertised, sounds great even with stock speakers, great price, fast delivery, easy to install.

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    No Phone

    Boxsterboy from Illinois on 5/17/2015

    2001 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    BT phone would not pick up sound through microphone. Big pain figuring out it was a quality defect, not user error. Wasted a day and had the unit in and out of the dash multiple times. Crutchfield customer service was the greatest. Easily accessible, competent, quick and friendly. Sent a new unit in 2 days. Works now. Problem was with Alpine. Glad I bought from Crutchfield. Any other vendor and I would still be trying to work things out!

    Pros: Crutchfield customer service

    Cons: Build quality, quality control

    Awesome

    Bobby from Reno nv on 5/14/2015

    2000 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound on this is great as always from alpine. Easy to use, nothing is too difficult to get used to

    Pros: Customizable, great sound, easy to pair on the bluetooth

    Cons: None come to mind

    Great Head Unit

    Anonymous from Melbourne, FL on 5/13/2015

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

    This thing is a beast has more options then I'll ever use. Can't wait till I get some new speakers to hook up to it.

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    Anonymous from Covington, GA on 5/11/2015

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

    Was simple to install sound quality in nice.

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    kenk from 15001 on 5/8/2015

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

    Alpine has always made superior products, this one is no exception. The sound is amazing and the tune it app is really cool. Learning new stuff still every day with it. The best thing about the deck is how fully customizable it is

    Pros: Love it

    Cons: I wish install instructions were a little clearer

    Awesome sound, decent bluetooth

    Jason L from Texas on 5/4/2015

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

    Although basic overall, this deck is great. The things I usually look for are 3 sets of high voltage pres, bluetooth, and the sound adjustment options. This deck hits all three spot on. Using the TuneIt app, I was able to dial in the sound perfectly. My only critique is the bluetooth receiver. It's relatively weak. I used to have a JVC deck, and was able to connect within about 20 ft. On this deck, the BT cuts in and out if my phone is in my pocket. No biggie though, like I said, I primarily care about sound quality and ease of functionality, and this deck does a great job.

    Pros: Great sound quality and easy to use. The sound adjustment ability is really great.

    Cons: Weak Bluetooth receiver.

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    Anonymous from Rockford, il on 4/26/2015

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

    Good product. Have not thought of crutch field for 20 years. Had a need for hands free phone in my 2008 Toyota Tacoma. Thus worked great with the mic. Easy install too.

    Pros: Good value

    Cons: None yet.

    Awesome head unit

    Connor from Rochester, MN on 4/22/2015

    2006 Jeep Commander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo, the word alpine sums it up

    Pros: Easy to set up

    Cons:

    Great head unit!

    Joe S from Syracuse, NY on 4/19/2015

    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine still makes a great product!

    Pros: Easy to use. Sounds great! Can't go wrong with 4 volt outputs. Bluetooth works flawlessly and connects very quickly.

    Cons: Haven't found one yet.

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    StarkGM from Brownsville, TX on 4/19/2015

    2011 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good product at the most, it has a superb sound quality, a 9 band equalizer, almost all the colors for personalization, bluetooth conection is a breeze, im very satisfied with my purchase

    Pros: * Very good sound quality *A lot of customization *Detachable faceplate *Very good build quality

    Cons: *sometimes bluetooth have a little delay detecting the devices.

    Alpine is dropping the ball on this

    Alex from Maine on 4/11/2015

    1999 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is great but overly complex. The bass button is a waste. The audio button and volume knob when held down do the exact same thing. The menu's are great for customization but expect to spend 30-40min just customizing the settings. The look and feel of the unit is cheap and a bit cheesy, while alpine didn't remove some of the useless buttons like the bass button and make the screen slightly larger, heck they put the usb on the back so they could have plenty of room. Speaking of USB on back why did they leave the aux in up front ? It is a waste of space on the front and when installing this I use a usb port installed in the glove box or elsewhere. It would have been great to have them both accessible but hidden. The tuneit app for android seems to work good, but the minute the car is moving the app locks up the phone. Great safety feature, but that sucks because I am a lot of times the passenger and would like to adjust the sound especially on long trips. I must say the ipod control on this unit is great, super fast track changes. The sound quality seems to be a+, however I am using this with the ktp-445a power pack and a separate amp and subwoofer. The customization of the sound curve is amazing and the multi color display works fantastic, finally a match for the dull yellow Porsche gauges.

    Pros: Sound customization is a+++, the 9-band eq is a real eq with lvl, q, and freq adjusts. Very flexible. I the display is clear and the led colors work great.

    Cons: looks and feels cheap, alpine could have done a better job laying out the buttons and made the screen larger. A complicated head unit to set up.

    Alpine is Losing it.

    Gary K from California on 4/10/2015

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

    This head unit has all the bells and whistles. None of which help with the sound quality. I wanted to get a unit with Bluetooth so I could make a call hands free. The unit I replaced was an Alpine 9856. I have always used Alpine. Since 1980. I play guitar and I had my stereo in my Tahoe sounding like live loud amplifiers. It was clear and thundered my truck. 2 Alpine amps, one for each set of speakers, powered sub and Focal K2 speakers. The sound had substance. You could feel the music as well as hear it. This new unit has lost the ability to deliver live sound and feel. Sure it plays loud and clear but it has no meat. No substance. It is thin. It is air. It sounds cheap. I am returning it. If Alpine can't guarantee as quality of sound, one that reproduces live sound, it is time to find out who does.

    Pros: Does anything you want....has all the toys.

    Cons: Not the quality Alpine sound they used to be known for.

    Why haven't you bought this yet?

    Vinnie from Louisville, KY on 4/10/2015

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

    This unit exceeded my expectations in every way. There is no comparison between the sound quality of my previous head unit, which was a Pioneer deh-15ub, and this masterpiece of a receiver. For a long time, I believed that the horrible sound quality in my car was caused by faulty wiring or improper tuning of my amp and receiver. I couldn't have been more wrong. The culprit was the Pioneer head unit!! After installing this unit, my Alpine subs, amp, and coaxials sound like were meant to sound. The days of distortion, clipping, and constant frustration, are behind me. My amp's gain was set at 75%, now at 50% my mirrors are useless, and the bass is deep and clean. I installed this unit in my car by myself. The installation kit and instructions that Crutchfield supplied (free) were extremely helpful in guiding me through my first car stereo install.

    Pros: The sound quality is incredible. All of the features work flawlessly. I found the user interface to be intuitive and it allows for maximum tweaking and customization. The Bluetooth function makes making calls and listening to music effortless. I have a LG G2 (Android) , which has a feature called "Smartshare". This feature allows me to stream, via Bluetooth, any music stored on my phone (Not just Pandora).

    Cons: I can honestly say that, in my opinion, this unit has no cons. The only thing I consider a con, has nothing to do with the unit itself. The only frustration I have is with the Alpine Tuneit app, which allows you to adjust the receiver's audio settings through the application on your phone. The app's presets sound decent, but other Tuneit users are able to share their saved settings and you can apply those to your receiver. The majority of these shared tunings sound absolutely horrible.

    Can I give it 6 stars?

    Ben from Virginia on 4/8/2015

    2002 Buick Rendezvous
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine CDE-154BT looks amazing, sounds amazing and does amazing things. It's got plenty of output, plenty of options for audio play. I've got two minor things I wish it did that it doesn't: I wish it would play music from my android phone via USB and I wish it had more playback options as far as playing mp4's and AAC playback. But, I'm just nitpicking, because those are easy to work around. The display colors are awesome. I usually choose different variants of blue to stick with the awesome Alpine-ness of it. But you can choose a bamboozle (?) of colors or make your own colors with RGB. I put music on a flash drive and if I turned off the car playing music from it, when I go back to the car and turn it on, the music starts right away exactly in the spot I left it. Even if I took the flash drive out. The Bluetooth music playback quality is absolutely amazing. The call clarity via Bluetooth is fantastic. I talked to my wife on the phone after I installed the system to test it out and she couldn't even tell I was calling via Bluetooth. This unit makes me love driving again. So while installing the unit, I ran into some power problems with my car and since I didn't have those problems prior to installing, I figured it was related to the unit, so I called Crutchfield customer service. I talked to Daniel S. and he helped me to fix the issue, which was a vehicle issue, yet he made calls and researched the issue to figure it out, even tho it had nothing to do with the HU.Thanks!

    Pros: Options for everything. Love the TuneIt app. It looks awesome.

    Cons: Doesn't play mp4's or AAC files. No android playback via USB.

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    Cordbass from Chucktown SC on 4/8/2015

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok first of all it's an Alpine. I have had Kenwood, Pioneer,JVC, Sony and Alpine. I had wanted the 147bt to begin with but ended up getting the 141 to start because of price which was a great starter HU. Then got a great deal on Pioneer deh x8600bs at a local shop here in my home town. They had quit making the 141 and 147 Alpine at this time and the 149bt was the Alp HU to get but the price was a bit much for single din though worth every penny. I really like the Pioneer 8600bs great HU but Alpines just have a certain sound and umph to there units. Well I saw this 154bt on sale and they sold out quickly. Saved it in my cart and came available at a decent price. A steal this HU is way worth it especially at this price point get you won't be dissatisfied. I can't say anything negative about it only doesn't have HD radio but not a deal breaker for me. Alpine is still at the top of HUs and has been for years.

    Pros: All is good

    Cons: No HD radio

    great radio

    stacy from Tennessee on 4/7/2015

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

    I have been installing radios for 20 yrs this is one of the best I have seen.Lots of bang for your buck.

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    Alpine still killin it

    Emil from Austin, Texas on 3/2/2015

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good receiver, times have changed since the last time I purchased a radio last. You get a lot more for less.

    Pros: Good features, easy controls, endless color options

    Cons: It is a little bright, even with the dimmer on

    Awesome reciever

    Jeremy from Iberia Mo on 2/24/2015

    1992 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This reciever has excellent sound quality and control

    Pros: Plenty of power and sound control with th 9 band EQ

    Cons: None

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    maui808 from Kaneohe, HI on 1/26/2015

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

    Had a hard time pairing my galaxy s4. But called Crutchfield and they helped me right away. Settings are confusing but I got used to it after messing around for about 30 minutes. I have been using Alpine for over ten years and this HU is definitely one of my favorites.

    Pros: Bluetooth is the main reason I bought this unit and it works great. Ability to match the HU color to my trucks interior lights is awesome, looks like it came stock with my truck. Alpine tune it app is great. Works even better with the KTP 455a power pack.

    Cons: none for me

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    rafter s from Leakesville Ms on 1/19/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio but could be better

    Pros: Settings

    Cons: Buttons stick sometimes

    Great product

    Anonymous from N.y on 1/11/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had an alpine in my car that died after 12 yrs had too fight for this radio because the wife bought me a Sony for Christmas never touched it so she finally agreed to let me exchange it the first one came and the cd did not read disc and Bluetooth did not connect but when I received the second unit pure heaven sound is pure alpine fm radio stations a little weak but I use Sirius and pandora phone works great contacts sync with no problems bass engine is not a plus better to adjust your own freq choice of 9 can't wait to get the power pak and compact sub don't wait just order it you won't be disappointed

    Pros: Sound,Bluetooth ,price 1,000 colors choices in illumination settings

    Cons: Have to figure out how to make it to automatically sync with phone after exit and return have to use downloaded manual because writing to small in book

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    Chris E from Chesapeake Beach, Md on 1/1/2015

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

    The stereo is amazing! Love the Bluetooth and hands free calling capabilities. Easy install thanks to crutchfield's free installation kits.

    Pros: Nice sound Bluetooth, USB, AUX

    Cons: I laughed at a few reviews on stereos that said "a little complicated for new stereo owners", thinking it would be easy to understand. I was wrong. With so many different tuning options it's really quite complicated. However this shouldn't hold you back at all. Absolutely amazing stereo!

    Great Unit

    Dave Andersen from Fontana, California on 12/15/2014

    2002 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this deck in my S2000 for a few weeks now, and am enjoying it, I had to trim the Stereo flip up cover to make the knob fit properly - but it was a easy install. I'm thinking about a powered sub woofer for the trunk to help the door speakers now!

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: had to trim the car's stereo cover to fit the knob - not a big deal.

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    Andrew from Fresno ca on 12/12/2014

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

    Great deck always syncs with my phone on Bluetooth and I can make calls with the mic alpine provided. I definitely recommend this deck to the music is enthusiast

    Pros: Great sound quality even on stock speakers. Can make phone calls with provided mic. Bluetooth and pandora capability. Easy to install yourself.

    Cons: None.

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    William D. from Pueblo Colorado 81003 on 12/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ihave alway been partial 2Alpine products. They have always delivered the best sound the best volume

    Pros: they are the best quality easy to install.

    Cons: there's nothing bad I can say about alpine

    great Deck

    Art from Amarillo tx on 11/2/2014

    2013 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck, installed in my 2013 Rubicon along with a 5 channel amp and wow.... great sound and options, little complicated for a newbie but perfect for someone with sound backgrounds.

    Pros: Alpine hit a home run with this unit.

    Cons: None

    Good Sound and features

    Jacob192 from Colorado on 11/1/2014

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

    Great deck but I haven't got the tuneit app to work yet

    Pros: Cool features, sounds great.

    Cons: Random play is lacking it plays the same songs over and over skipping some.

    Excellent sound easy to install

    Dave S from Pine, Colorado on 10/18/2014

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

    Installed this unit along with the KTP-445A mini amp into a 2006 Toyota Tacoma (Access Cab). Sounded very good even without the additional amp, but when I added the amp the sound was even better. Still using the factory speakers for now but will eventually upgrade those as well. The bezel and wiring harness were included in the price, and they made the installation a breeze. I found a few videos on YouTube that covered the microphone install and the radio and amp install. When using the KTP-445A (as opposed to the KTP -445U) with an Alpine head unit, the amp installation is 100% plug and play. The bezel needed a tiny amount of filing to get the clips to seat properly, but it only took a minute. Looks factory installed and absolutely no rattles or vibrations from the dash. Overall I'm very pleased with everything and glad I bought it from Crutchfield as their deal included everything needed for the installation. I also contacted Cruthfield support before connecting the wiring harness with a question. The person that answered my call was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Overall an excellent experience.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to install yourself

    Cons: Bezel required minor filing on order for the mounting clips to seat onto the posts properly. Really not much of an issue and only took a minute to file the excess plastic off the ends of the mounting posts.

    Amazing!!

    Jaeden Hudson from Quinnesec Mi on 10/15/2014

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

    This unit is very nice! It exceeded my expectations by a lot. Sound quality: The sound quality on this head unit is amazing. The highs are clean and crisp. I had this unit powering the speakers full range for about a week before i put the sub in and i must say it does a very nice job powering them without distortion. if you have a smartphone and use the tuneit app it allows you to adjust virtually everything when it comes to sound. very handy to use instead of digging through the menu of the head unit. Ease of use: Yes you will have to read the manual if you want to be able to navigate the menus of the unit but as soon as you know what you are doing it is super simple. Look: It looks very nice in my dash. It almost looks as if it is supposed to be there. it also has the ability to set it at literally whatever color you want. nice touch. Bluetooth: The bluetooth can be figity every once in a great while. I would say once every 15 times I get in the car it wont automatically connect to my phone (have to go to phone menu and manually connect). The call feature on this thing is amazing I've been told by people that I sound clearer than my phone which is nice. Overall it is a very nice unit and give it all stars.

    Pros: Great sound Easy to use once you read the manual Looks really nice Great call quality

    Cons: Bluetooth will occasionally not connect to phone automatically.

    Alpine CDE-154BT installation in E36

    R from Bozeman, MT on 10/13/2014

    1996 BMW 328I
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    Easy to install, instructions were well written. Got the same color match as BMW's amber using the custom feature

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    Excellent Head Unit

    Anonymous from Portland, Oregon on 10/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Concert volume and clarity. 4 volts pre-out makes all the difference.

    Pros: Value, sound, easy to use once set up.

    Cons: None.

    Excellent

    jrodjam from Chicago IL on 10/4/2014

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

    This receiver sounds excellent, and draws no power from amps for the preamps for even better sound. It has front rear and sub outputs (4v) and many functions that allows you to play Ipod and Iphone including apple lossless files. Great Buy!

    Pros: Clean look Sturdy Lots of Operations/colors Great sound

    Cons: Buttons are a little small

    Excellent. Top notch as always.

    ac slater from kewanee, il on 9/5/2014

    1999 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice deck at this price point, crossovers, 9 band eq, Bluetooth, and satellite ready. What more do you need.

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    Barry B from Hampton Va. on 8/30/2014

    1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
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    I have not had had my Alpine stereo very long but so far its Great!

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    Great Head Unit

    Rob from Washington, DC on 8/29/2014

    2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide
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    I have always purchased Alpine Head Units and I wanted to do the same for my Uncle. I installed this unit on his Harley Davidson Streetglide. It was a breeze to install. The quality of the unit shines through in the way that it sounds and how easy it was to program. Thanx Alpine/Crutchfield!

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    Great Single DIN radio

    JeffM from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/22/2014

    2003 Honda S2000
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    Installed in a 2003 Honda s2000, which is a very small car with a tight fit. Signitifcant upgrade over the stock receiver both in terms of sound and features. The unit is very customizeable, but due to the small form factor, that also means that you have to play around or read the manual to figure out how to navigate and find all of the options. Power seems to be average, but will probably be adding a small amplifier in the future. The Bluetooth integration is simple and works everytime.

    Pros: Great sound Tuneit App Android Integration Illumination Display options to match rest of car

    Cons: No HD radio could use a bit more power, but still great value for price

    Great Deck

    Kevin from South Carolina on 8/19/2014

    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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    Heck of a deck for the price, it won't disappoint. The Blue Tooth works better than my factory unit did.

    Pros: Lots of solid features and great sound quality for the price,

    Cons: User interface is a bit complicated at first but gets easier with use.

    Cant go wrong with Alpine

    Rod T from Wyoming on 8/15/2014

    2005 Honda Accord LX
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    This stereo head unit is packed with features that quickly set me to wondering why I took so long to purchase the unit in the first place. The sound quality is excellent and installation using the Crutchfield supplied factory harness kit was all it was advertised to be. Just follow the directions and take your time.

    Pros: I had my doubts about how it would look after it was installed in my 05 Accord, but once I finished it looks and sounds great. I really like the iphone tunit app that this unit is able to take advantage of.

    Cons: I would recommend adding an in line amplifier or a 4 channel amplifier along with this head unit as the supplied wattage isn't enough to write home about. I bought this unit to replace a defective factory stereo unit because it was less expensive to go the aftermarket route. However, the unit is not as powerful as the factory stereo and really does need a small amplifer to boost the sound a bit. Other wise its all good and would have gotten 5 stars.

    Fantastic

    Joe S from Morristown NJ on 7/18/2014

    2006 MINI Cooper
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    This is a fantastic head unit. I needed something that had great screen contrast, as I despise when I can't see the text against the background. The background on this one stays nice and dark so the text really pops out. Big plus. The Sirius integration and bluetooth work really well, no problems using either.

    Pros: Screen clarity, ease of installation, bluetooth streaming from my Droid Maxx, big easy to press buttons and volume knob.

    Cons: Tuning. The head unit menu for tuning is a bit difficult to use, a lot of the advanced features are buried deep in menus, which can get frustrating. HOWEVER, if you can use their TuneIt phone app to tune, this resolves that issue.

    Alpine cde-154bt is great

    Adolfo from Marriottsville, MD on 7/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    That head unit was exceptional! I am a typical college student who likes great loud sound with a lot of bass and that is exactly what this stereo offered. The controls take maybe a week to get used to so you can do everything without looking at it. But the iPod, pandora and fm radio are excellent and the subwoofer control feature is the best. I listen to almost every genre of music and I like the bass heavy with dubstep and very little for some acoustic rock and it is easy to change. I haven't even had this product for a year yet so I can't rate the build quality that well but I haven't had a single issue.

    Pros: Louder sound than stock More input options Bluetooth with voice control w/iPhone Excellent sound clarity Display color changes to match any car dash Has subwoofer controls

    Cons: Confusing to install in 2001 honda civic (also partly the kits problem) Can get a glare sometimes on the display Can't see track title and time together.

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    radskier from Knoxville, TN on 7/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm relatively happy with this radio.

    Pros: Good price, sounds nice

    Cons: Does not have intuitive controls, which for me is a pain since I hate reading manuals.

    As expected, and then some

    fleabag from Alabama on 7/2/2014

    2006 Honda Civic LX
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    Bought this unit for my 06 Civic based on many reviews. Sound quality noticeably better than OEM. Looks cool. Love the second data line on the display, but seems like there could be a permanent spot to display the clock. Only started digging into the features (ops manual is 50+ freakin pages). Screen is very difficult to read in daylight, but I already expected this.

    Pros: sound quality, many features

    Cons: daylight readability, many features

    Excellent Sound

    Factotum from Wichita, KS on 6/26/2014

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

    The sound quality was light years ahead of the factory radio. Truly unbelievable, and made me wonder why I did not install such a fine radio years ago.

    Pros: Good instructions and easy to install.

    Cons: The printed instructions left a bit to be desired, but the use instruction on the included CD was well designed.

    It's a better than I was hoping.

    Eddie from New Orleans LA on 6/24/2014

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    I have had it in the truck for only a few days, but it sounds and works great.

    Pros: It's a all in one radio.

    Cons: Have not found any cons yet

    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Anonymous from Lake Jackson texas on 6/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    love it we have a good time listening to the uniut.Thanks

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    Another amazing alpine

    2008 audi a4 from JBLM, WA on 6/21/2014

    2008 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better than i expected especially since i didnt see a actual display model

    Pros: Simply awesome, the color can be changed to match any interior, sounds great especially bluetooth streaming my music, people hear me perfect with the mic when i make a phone call.

    Cons: When making a phone thru bluetooth my calls sound muffled but im hoping theres something simple causing that. No other cons found after about 3weeks

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    khorcom from Yorktown Heights, NY on 6/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good sound, easy to set up, one problem that I find with most radios, sub woofer does get get load enough at the highest settings. Other than that I love this radio

    Pros: Wonderful colors selections, easy audio sound set up, nice set up for pre out cables play ipod nicely

    Cons: the only con is the inability to play the subwoofer loud enough

    Best Upgrade Ever!

    PhilJ from Keller, TX on 6/2/2014

    2008 Lexus RX350
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    Mounted in 2008 Lexus RX 350, and with the provided trim kit, it looks like a factory install. Sound, even with stock speakers is just so much more nuanced and clear. Took a couple readings of the owners manual, to catch on to menu system, but I am just amazed at what is packed into this head unit. BT works like a charm, calls are loud and clear on both ends, and the Alpine TuneIT 2.0 app is amazing... I prefer a clean neutral sound, and the parametric equalizer helped me get very close to a flat response curve... even with those stock speakers.

    Pros: Clean look, quality of sound, parametric equalizer

    Cons: Install is not for the feint of heart, but incredible tech support talked me off the ledge several times, and we got it right the first time.

    Alpine

    Sonny from I'd falls on 5/30/2014

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

    Awesome stereo Bluetooth is great with IPhone

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    Anonymous from Yadkineville,NC on 5/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have not yet hooked up the blue tooth so I can not fully say how the Alpine app works. But I have hooked up my IPod and that is sweet!!!

    Pros: A simple look on the radio with variable color options

    Cons: Just need hook up Blue Tooth to operate the treble, bass and other audio stuff.

    awesome for price

    Rick from cleveland TN on 5/19/2014

    2004 Nissan Sentra
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    I really enjoy the sound quality and sq bass engine

    Pros: sound is reallt great, multiple color display is really nice, Bluetooth seems to work a lot better

    Cons: the actual display looks very generic

    Disappointed

    AngeloF from Fernandina Beach, FL on 5/3/2014

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta
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    I've had a lot of Alpine headunits over the years starting with a 7863, and then 7977, 105, 9886, and 9887. Besides the 105 the others all sounded exceptional. You were always able to impress with the sound quality of those models. The 154bt is mediocre at best. I would never in my life believe that a Kenwood could sound better than a comparably priced Alpine but the ddx371 I exchanged it for is on a different level. Ive been into car audio a long time and Im very confident to say if you're considering this headunit dont get it. The Pandora worked ok but had frequent issues, the bluetooth phone volume was extremely loud compared to what your listening volume was so until you remember to turn it down before answering you get blasted. The FM tuner was weak, The Sirius XM sounds like there was a blanket over the speakers. This was just a flop for Alpine. Hopefully the next generation models get better.

    Pros: Pandora

    Cons: Sound Quality was 6/10 compared to older Alpines, The button to move backwards in the menus would stick every time you pressed it and then loudly pop out

    Great stuff

    Awesome from Dallas Tx on 4/10/2014

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    Sound quality is amazing!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Sound is high quality Illumination options are cool Bluetooth is great Detachable is high quality

    Cons: A little hard to navigate

    Alpine CDE-154BT

    Keenan from Maine on 4/8/2014

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    Was just what I expected. only three stars on ease to use because the amount it takes to setup. Awesome machine. The color match is perfect for someone who wants a near oem look.

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    Sweet but "Siri Eyes Free" is frustrating to put it in nice terms

    Zulma from Western New York on 3/31/2014

    2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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    I first ordered the Pioneer MVH-X560BT MP3/USB All Digital Car Stereo Receiver that offered pretty much the same functions for my 2002 Mercedes E320 W210 Wagon. I was replacing the OEM radio. Purchased everything I needed, the Metra 70-1786 Radio Wiring Harness and Metra 40-VW12 VW Antenna Adapter. After 8 hours and still no sound from my Bose speakers I sent the Pioneer radio back to Amazon. I ended up getting this head unit and it only took about 15 minutes to connect the wires and everything was up and I could hear the sound of music! It took the same exact wiring harness and antenna adapter as the Pioneer but this receiver had the port for the Bose amp unlike the Pioneer. I lost the steering wheel controls but I tickled pink with the bluetooth capabilities for music and phone calls. I am considering getting the PAC SWI-CAN2 and PAC SWI-RC wiring harnesses to get my steering wheel control back. In regards to setup, you will need to do some playing around on your own. The manual is very basic. I had to figure out about the illumination and some of the other features by trial and error. I am still trying to figure out if more than one smartphone can be paired at once without having to turn off the bluetooth on one of the other phones in the radio's vicinity. Calling and receiving calls can be heard crystal clear. Handling the calls can be done by the phone icon button or by the "go back" button. The phonebook is automatically loaded and the names are displayed in large font. Scrolling through the phone options like missed and received calls, phonebook and calling out are done through the volume/selection knob. You can also download an app called TuneIt. Here is the explanation I found online since the manual was so vague: "TuneIt is an easy-to-use sound tuning app which also offers Facebook notifications. Users download the free app onto their iPhone® or Android(tm) smartphone and create a user profile with information about themselves, their vehicle, and their Alpine sound system. They can follow the simple TuneIt graphical instructions to adjust sound settings for their specific vehicle, or they can choose from the 3, 000 pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Time Correction, Parametric EQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. The user can make and save up to 100 different sound settings; which is helpful if the user wants to store various settings to use for specific types of music. Users can share settings with others, as well as rate settings made by others. The sharing and learning aspect of TuneIt is especially helpful for novices without much sound tuning experience, since it allows those with similar setups to use the same settings for the best results. The more frequently the user is active within the app, the higher his or her status progresses, from the "Roadie" level all the way up to the advanced level of "Master Golden Ear." TuneIt's sound setting activities are all done through

    Pros: Purchase of radio comes with wiring harness (Crutchfield.com) Not too many buttons making it user friendly Change color illumination Smartphone TuntIt feature Facebook notification Two line display text Steering Wheel Control input

    Cons: Siri Eyes does not respond well Manual is vague

    Another Great Alpine Receiver

    Earl from Las Cruces, NM on 3/23/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed the unit in a 2003 2500HD Chevy with the Bose System. This was a very easy install with the adaptor I purchased for the Bose System amplifier and speakers that stayed in place. If you can read a wiring diagram it is a simple matter of connecting the two wiring harnesses together. It then becomes plug and play. The Alpine sounds so much better than the factory unit it is a pleasure to listen to. I just installed it yesterday so I am still playing with the controls. My HTC One paired up with no trouble, also my wife's I phone 5. So far all in all a good experience.

    Pros: Great Sound compaired to the factory unit.

    Cons: Having to buy and use an adaptor.

    loving it!

    MichaelC. from Purcell, Mo on 3/23/2014

    After a month of looking at head units I decided on the cde-154bt mainly for features and my local stereo shop assured me of excellent SQ. This unit is replacing my faithful pioneer deh-p6800mp which i loved i just wanted up to date features and retain SQ. This unit sounds amazing considering I'm still adjusting to adjusting the eq from the unit and from the tuneit app.

    Pros: Great SQ, loaded with features like bluetooth, pandora, and it's the only brand of head unit compatible with android devices! Plus it looks great its clean and simple face with two line readout.

    Cons: Remote sold seperately! EQ settings are confusing. Remote sold seperately! EQ settings are confusing. REMOTE SOLD SEPERATELY!

    Very nice upgrade from previous deck.

    AndrewA from Seattle, WA on 3/21/2014

    2007 Dodge Dakota
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    I've been wanting to upgrade my deck in my truck for some time. Finally decided to go with the CDE-154BT, despite not having reviews at the time of purchase. I am very happy with it. Lots of features packed into it. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, the cd that came with the unit has a lot more in depth explanations than the actual manual that's in the box. My previous deck was an Alpine iDA-X305. Although I loved it, I really needed a Bluetooth capable deck, and something compatible with my iPhone 5c. A major plus, I didn't have to use the wiring harness that came with the unit and the one that I had to purchase from Crutchfield! I just unplugged the old deck, ran the microphone wire, and plugged in the new deck. Simple! I'm gonna have to thank Alpine for utilizing the same harness from previous models. My only gripe, the back button sticks. I have to manually dislodge it after each press.

    Pros: Easy installation if you have an older alpine unit Lots of sound shaping capabilities Separate source volume settings Ease of use

    Cons: Back button sticks

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    Bill from Lexington KY on 3/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very high quality unit. A bit hard to configure all the functions, it helps to be familiar with Alpine units. This replaced a Sony unit in my 2001 Chevy Tahoe, and is a much better unit.

    Pros: Easy installation, neat look, great sound.

    Cons: A bit tricky to program.

    Pretty Good Radio

    Aaronee from Lake Mary, FL on 3/17/2014

    2008 Honda Element SC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm relatively happy with this radio. For a Single Din Radio I think I purchased the best currently out there. You may want to consider just the single display line model, the dual display helps some but is not leveraged as well as I would have expected.

    Pros: - Extensive Manual on PDF File -Extensive settings options for audio, bluetooth, etc. -Pandora works through either USB connection or Blue Tooth -The phone app is pretty cool for controlling the radio settings, -Playlists are accessible through Blue Tooth (many radios can change playlist from the display) -Most common features have bigger buttons -Menu's show you "most common" features first then you drill down to the details settings, so something like balance or base level is adjusted e

    Cons: - Some of the less used buttons feel very soft, like they might be sticking or are of poor quality, however no worse then other single din radios. - Printed Manual is limited -No online FAQ or information yet -Dual Line Display is not used to full effect, I'm not sure it was worth the extra $40 for an extra line that isn't used. For example in order to have the time displayed, you have to give up having any information displayed about the audio that's playing (Song title, etc)

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    C0lt0N from Iowa on 3/11/2014

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

    Very nice head unit, easy to use and great tune ability highly recommended for all types of systems.

    Pros: Great color options for illumination. 9 band eq for tuning along for tuning per band. Very clear and great power for sound to speakers. Absolutely easy to install and built strong. Costs was great to purchase unlike some headunits!

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    Anonymous from Robertsdale, Pa on 3/11/2014

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

    Great head unit. Have to mess with the Bluetooth sometimes. But it always works. Had to get an interface with mine. PAC makes a terrible interface. It blew within a week. Overall great stereo only downfall is that I was excited to use the tune it app but the cde154bt isn't on there but it is tune it compatible.

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine CDE-154BT features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR) technology. The head unit's built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine CDE-154BT.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine CDE-154BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine head unit (only one device can be used at a time). You can also pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Alpine head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (including iPhone & Android). The controls of the CDE-154BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-154BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's display.
      • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
      • Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
      • Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
    • Placing Calls: The Alpine CDE-154BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-154BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and redial with compatible phones.
      • Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact.
      • Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 contacts (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can select the first 3 call letters (ABC) to search for a desired name in your phonebook.
      • Preset Dialing: You can assign phone numbers that you dial frequently to presets (1-6) for quick recall. You can assign up to six frequently called phone numbers. A total of 18 phone numbers can be stored in the preset memory (6 numbers for each mobile phone paired).
      • Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
    Note: The external microphone is tuned and engineered to reduce noise interference and feedback. This allows optimal placement in your car, for the best possible sound quality. You can adjust the microphone's volume level; and even mute the microphone, so your voice will not be heard by the caller. The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.625" (deep); and features an attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector.

    Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Alpine CDE-154BT can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device. Not only can it control & stream your music through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the CDE-154BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title. The CDE-154BT even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with limited control and song/artist information. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music navigation.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Bluetooth Sound Quality Adjustments: You can customize the sound of your Bluetooth hands-free experience to fit your own preferences. You can adjust the CDE-154BT's mic gain, phone output, & ring tone volume. If that's not enough, there are 5 sound quality settings to choose from to get the balance just right for you. This flexibility will make your phone calls a pleasurable experience.

    • Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of phone call, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference. The Phone Talk Level, Ring Tone, & Mic Gain are all adjustable between -5 to + 5 dB.
    • Sound Types: This unit provides 5 methods to improve the sound quality of your calls. You can choose the type according to your own preference - Type 1 (standard mode), Type 2 (enhances noise reduction), Type 3 (enhances echo-cancellation), Type 4 (enhances both noise reduction & echo cancellation), & Type 5 (weakens both noise reduction & echo-cancellation).

    Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.

    • All: The audio will be output from all of the speakers in the car
    • F-L: The sound is only output from the front left speaker.
    • F-R: The sound is only output from the front right speaker.
    • F-LR: The sound is output from the front left and front right speakers.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Rear-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-154BT features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear chassis by a 9" cord and includes a 5' USB extension cable. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine CDE-154BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RWUSB MSC
    File SystemISO 9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, RomeoFAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files255 folders/509 files100 folders/100 files per folder
    TagsID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

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

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-154BT 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 + Auto Reload: 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. 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-154BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Alpine CDE-154BT's rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The CDE-154BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Apline's KCU-445i dock connector-to-USB cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-154BT.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Alpine's KCU-471i cable (500KCU471I, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-154BT.

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

    Music Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine head unit supports audio playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.  You can operate your connected iPod/iPhone via the head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-154BT lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, Audiobook, or Genius Mix. You can then search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0-16%, Preset 2: 17-32%, Preset 3: 33-49%, Preset 4: 50%-66%, Preset 5: 67-82%, Preset 6: 83-100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback modes (Album/Song/All) and one Repeat mode (song). Newer iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • App Direct: In App Direct Mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Song/Artist Information: The Alpine CD receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information in Head Unit or App Direct Mode. The CDE-154BT will display Track Number, Elapsed Time, Artist Name, Song/Album Title, and Station Identification for stored music and music apps.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-154BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2014):

    Apple DeviceGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeSpecific Apps BluetoothDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideoHead UnitiPod/AppPandora TuneIt AppPhoneAudioArtist/Song TextTrack Info
    iPhone2G3.1.3YNYYNNYNYYY
    3G4.2.1YNYYNNYYYYY
    3GS5.1.1YNYYYNYYYYY
    47.1.2YNYYYYYYYYY
    4S8.0YNYYYYYYYYY
    5/5C/5S8.0YNYYYYYYYYY
    6/6+8.0YNYYYYYYYYY
    touch1st2.2.1YNYYNNNNYYY
    2nd4.2.1YNYYNNNYYYY
    3rd5.1.1YNYYNNNYYYY
    4th6.1.3YNYYNNNYYYY
    5th8.0YNYYNNNYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNNNNNYYY
    2nd1.1.3YNYYNNNNYYY
    3rd1.1.3YNYYNNNNYYY
    4th1.0.4YNYYNNNNYYY
    5th1.0.2YNYYNNNNYYY
    6th1.2 PCYNYYNNNNYYY
    7th1.02 PCYNYYNNNYYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYNNNNYYY
    120GB2.0.1YNYYNNNNYYY
    160GB2.0.4YNYYNNNNYYY
    video 5th1.3YNYNNNNNYYY
    iPad15.1.1Y NYYYNNYYYN
    28.0YNYYYNNYYYN
    38.0YNYYYNNYYYN
    4/air8.0YNYYYNNYYYN
    mini8.0YNYYYNNYYYY
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit: such as a portable MP3 player. You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the front-panel input; Auxiliary, TV, DVD, Portable, or Game.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-154BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps orGoogle Play) lets you play music from thePandora music service through the Alpine CDE-154BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the CDE-154BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (KCU-445i or KCU-471i; both sold separately) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The CDE-154BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine CDE-154BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 130 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM Premier" package (subscription required); including 20+ SiriusXM Xtra Channels which consist of music, sports, entertainment and a collection of channels dedicated to Spanish language programming. VisitSiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Song/Artist Info: Text information, such as the channel name, artist name, feature and song/program title is displayed on the in-dash receiver.
    • Search Functions: You can search for SiriusXM programming content by Channel (all channels), Music (your saved artists/songs), Games (your saved sport teams), and Featured (recommended stations). 
    • 18 Presets + Jump Recall: The Alpine head unit feature 3 Satellite Radio preset bands. You can store 6 SiriusXM stations to each preset band (a total of 18). You can even save your absolute favorite radio station and access it with the press of a single button for easy recall.
    • Instant Replay: The head unit supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content.
    • Song/Artist/Game Alerts: With Song/Artist Alert you can get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. With the push of a button, you can jump right to that broadcast and catch the songs you want to listen to. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. Jump to that station with the push of a button so you can listen to the game play by play. You can also get the latest score updates while you are listening to other stations.
    • TuneStart/TuneScan:Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel. Tune Scan allows you to play back six seconds of each song in a preset music channel.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs (up to 50) you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone. The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes. When you hear a song you like, simply press and hold down the Volume button for two seconds on the head unit .
    • Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine CDE-154BT uses a 24-bit D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of your music.

    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
    Note: Add the KTP-445 (500KTP445, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 is compact enough to install behind the Alpine CD receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The CDE-154BT has three sets of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front & rear preamp output can be faded, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. When an external amplifier is connected sound quality can be improved by stopping the power supply of the built-in amplifier.

    Subwoofer Control: When the non-fading subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume, low-pass filter, & phase.

    • Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer output. System 1 (subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting) or 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 60, 80, 120, 160 Hz, or Off (through).
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    High Pass Filter (for Front & Rear): 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 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.

    Preset/9-Band EQ: You can select from 11 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, Classical, or User. Using the head unit's 9-Band EQ (in User mode), you can modify the EQ settings to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste.

    BandFrequency Q-Width Level
    120 Hz - 100 Hz3.0, 4.0, or 5.0-7 to +7 dB
    263 Hz - 315 Hz
    3125 Hz - 500 Hz
    4250 Hz - 1 kHz
    5500 Hz - 2 kHz
    61 kHz - 4 kHz
    72 kHz- 7.2 kHz
    85.8 kHz - 12 kHz
    99 kHz - 20 kHz

    Audio Enhancements: The CDE-154BT offers the following audio adjustments to enhance your in-car listening experience.

    • Media Xpander: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. You can customize the Media Xpander to suit your personal taste by adjusting the level (0-8) for Bass, Mids, and Highs. The FM radio, Disc, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth, and Aux will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
    • Bass Engine SQ: Bass Engine SQ tuning is a new feature that changes bass sound characteristics by automatically adjusting different combinations of EQ, Sub Level, and Crossover settings through the choice of five bass profiles (Standard, Punch, Rich, Mid Bass, and Low Bass); only customizable through TuneIt app for Apple iOS and Android devices. You can adjust the effect level (0-6) of the selected profile from the head unit.
    • Source Volume Level: The output level of each source (Tuner, Disc, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, Pandora, Aux) is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.

    Alpine's TuneIt App: The Alpine TuneIt is an easy-to-use sound-tuning app that also offers Facebook notifications. Download this free app (from Apple's App Store or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iPhone (iOS 6.0+ ) or Android smartphone (2.2+) and create a user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected to the Alpine receiver via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (500KCU445I/500KCU471I sold separately) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Sound Tuning: The Alpine TuneIt app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a sound tuning interface for the Alpine receiver. Follow the simple graphical instructions on your phone to adjust sound settings for your specific vehicle or choose from pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Parametric EQ, Bass Engine SQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. As you change settings on your smartphone, you will hear the results, so you can customize the sound to exactly how you want it. You can make and save up to 100 different sound settings in your account, which is helpful if you want various settings to use for specific types of music. After tuning your system, upload your settings to the Alpine Cloud Server to share them with other Alpine fans. You can also check out other user's settings and rate them. The more active you are, the higher your profile status progresses within the app.
    • Facebook Notifications: The Alpine TuneIt app also keeps you in touch with your Facebook friends. When you receive a notification, you will get a visual alert on the smartphone and the head unit, plus a sound alert through your car speakers. The visual notification includes the Facebook icon and the sender's name, with the profile picture shown on the phone. You are then able to listen to the notification via TTS (Text-to-Speech) through the head unit and your vehicle's speaker. You can even "Like" the notification from the head unit's front-panel controls. In order to receive Facebook notifications on the head unit, the Alpine TuneIt app must be the active app on your smartphone.

    Note: Access to the Alpine TuneIt app will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. You will also need to turn on the GPS function of your phone.

    Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The volume of this feature can be set from 0-7.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit's front-panel is detachable to deter theft; a hard storage case is included to protect the faceplate once detached. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    2-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 2-Line backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations and ID-3/WMA tag information.

    Text Display: The CD receiver will display the folder name, the file name, and the tag information, while playing a USB device loaded with MP3/WMA music files. This unit can scroll the text information of MP3/WMA files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.

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

    Variable Color Illumination: The Alpine CDE-154BT features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 30 preset colors or customize your own color (RGB; 0-60). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-60) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons.

    Spectrum Analyzer: When a song is played, the spectrum analyzer is displayed on the left side of the LCD. You can adjust the display style of the Spectrum Analyzer according to your personal preference. Select between Type A (longitudinal wave), Type B (Block), or Type C (Radial).

    Auto Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead (orange); when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to 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.

    Stay On Mode: You can set the delay in turning off the head unit's power after the vehicle's ignition is turned off. When you select a source mode, other than Off, the music will be paused after you turn the ignition key off. At the same time, the prompt "Press Preset 6 to Stay On" will scroll once. Press Preset 6 within 15 seconds to continue to listen to your music for the select period of time (off/5/15/30 min). If Preset 6 is not pressed, the unit will power off within 15 seconds. During this period, you can only receive a call by operating your paired smartphone.

    Note: There is a possibility that the battery may be drained if already week during Stay On Mode.

    Demo Mode: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-154BT 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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    7 questions already asked

    Have a 98 tacoma and with the factory control the deck had only a low and a high stage while the rest of my dash was fully adjustable still I'm not sure if it'll do this in a Honda though[ Partick  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    Yes, it has a dimmer input, but it's a an on/off (12v / 0v) control, not an arbitrary voltage. If your car's dimmer wire generates an an arbitrary voltage (controlled by a knob), you're better off *not* connecting it: if the voltage is right at the edge, the display of the Alpine will behave erratically.[ Joshua  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    The display will dim when you turn your headlights on if you wire up the illumination wire. Otherwise no, its full bright or dimmed via headlights on/off.[ Joe S  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    Have my tune saved in my phone and can switch from the phone custom tune to the auto tune on radio. Once i get a tune set though and like it , i keep it and switch back to old tunes and get rid of ones i dont like. Once i get an amp and sub i will start from scratch all over to get the best possible sound. Also with Alpine if you stick with their stuff speakers and all ot tunes a whole lot better and faster wi th better sound if just running radio and no amps.[ DANIEL B  May 15, 2015 ]
    Yes, on the lower left of the front panel there is a small button to the left of the band button, press this and pull the panel off to the right. Replace it by putting the right side of the panel in and pushing it toward the right while pushing the left side in until it clicks.[ WILLIAM  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Yes[ CORY  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Yes it is[ LARRY  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    yes[ PATRICK  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Yes[ MAHLON  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Yup! There's a button that lets it fold down to exchange CDs, same button you use to start the detach process. Drop it down, oull left side out and right side follows. Comes with a case for storage as well.[ JOSHUA  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Yes. The button is in the bottom left and the face has a hook in the back right so you pull to the left to detach[ Donald  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    not easy to use maybe look at pioneer[ PAUL  Dec 09, 2014 ]
    I have the 6 and it works just fine.[ MICHAEL  Dec 08, 2014 ]
    Since the iOS 8 update I have had nothing but problems with all our iPhones from 5S to 6 Plus. The music keeps skipping. Does not happen everyday, but most of the time when I use the Bluetooth feature. I called Alpine and they blamed on Apple. I called Apple and they blamed it on Alpine. Funny thing is I do not have any problems with my other Pioneer head units.[ ZULMA  Dec 08, 2014 ]
    It can be hard to read if sunlight is falling directly on the display. Otherwise, it's pretty easy to see during the day.[ LINCOLN-SHAUN  Sep 11, 2014 ]
    The display has options for many different colors. Some are harder to see during the day but some definitely are not. Gives you a lot of options to set it to your preference.[ Michael  Sep 11, 2014 ]
    No problem seeing the display in the daytime, but it depends on the color option you select...some are easier to see then others.[ DAVID  Sep 10, 2014 ]
    The display is great. I purchased this because I have always been an alpine fan but have become an Audi driver and do not want a blue display in vehicles with red illumination...here's the solution! Alpine quality in varying hues = genius. The display matches perfectly once it's dialed in and I have had no problems with it day or night.[ ALEX  Sep 10, 2014 ]
    Not at all. It actually is angled in my Tacoma and I still have no issues.[ CORY  Sep 10, 2014 ]
    Depends on the color you choose. You can create your own color or pick a factory set one. I use hot pink for some reason and it's perfect. But the dark blue is hard to see during the day.[ JOSHUA  Sep 10, 2014 ]
    The display is easy to read during the day in my 2003 f150. I have tinted windows, but even if I didn't the screen is still bright enough that I don't feel like there would be an issue seeing it.[ JASON  Sep 10, 2014 ]
    You can only play thru a remote device, it doea have the USB cabe connection. I play my I-POD this way.[ ROBERT  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    Hi, Your question is confusing me a little. It can play music from a USB flashdrive but it does not have any slots for SD memory cards. It has a one USB port that comes from the back of the unit via a long cable.Hope this helps![ ZULMA  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yea, it comes with a cable that you can plug in a jump drive or a iPhone or something into it.[ JOSHUA  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes! Works nicely.[ SEAN  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    If you can plug it into a USB slot in a computer, this will play it. It has a USB port in the back and comes with an extension that'll reach you glove box. You can plus it in there.[ ALAN  Jul 13, 2014 ]
    Hold down the Audio button in the upper left corner and go into the setup menu. Find the display menu. You can choose one of the available colors or enter the RGB values of a particular color.[ LINCOLN-SHAUN  Apr 14, 2014 ]
    The manual is useless. There is miles more information in the CD the stereo came with. I look at least three times before I plugged the CD. Good Luck![ KEENAN  Apr 10, 2014 ]
    Hold audio/setup, scroll down to display, then illumination, and bam![ JOSHUA  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    LOL- it took me forever as well. Under menu options (hit audio button for two seconds), scroll till you get to display options, then chose illumination. However, you can only chose one color, you cannot have it scroll through all the colors continuously.[ ZULMA  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    Hold the audio/setup button at the top and scroll thru the list and select Display. There should be a setting called Illumination, select that and you should be there.[ DAN  Apr 09, 2014 ]
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