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Our take on the Alpine CDE-164BT

Alpine puts great sound first, and the CDE-164BT CD receiver builds on that stellar tradition with innovative technology. Once you download Alpine's updated TuneIt 2.5 smartphone app to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, you can use the receiver's extensive sound adjustment capabilities to improve the acoustics in your car. You'll take command with a 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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Innovative sound solutions for your car

Alpine puts great sound first, and the CDE-164BT CD receiver builds on that stellar tradition with innovative technology. Once you download Alpine's updated TuneIt 2.5 smartphone app to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, you can use the receiver's extensive sound adjustment capabilities to improve the acoustics in your car. You'll take command with a 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

The CDE-164BT goes a step beyond the Bluetooth features you'll find on many other CD receivers. You can talk to Siri when your compatible iPhone is linked to the receiver, so you can 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 processing  improves the sound of streaming music or stored music files sent from your device to the receiver.

More cool 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 extensive low-frequency controls, including bass profiles that you can customize through the TuneIt app. If you're active on Facebook, this receiver will read the latest posts to you while you concentrate on the road. And if you're tired of having that great FM station fade away, you can add an optional SiriusXM satellite radio tuner to enjoy an 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 RGB color illumination
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • optional remote control
    Smartphone features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Siri integration with Eyes Free mode
    • App Direct mode
    • text-to-speech updates of Facebook activity (with purchase of TuneIt app with TTS feature)
    • Pandora control for iPhone and Android
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 presets
    • TuneIt 2.5 app compatible
    • Bass Engine SQ button with choice of five bass profiles
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level and phase control
    • 3-way crossover capability
    • works with Alpine's Power Pack amplifier
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB port and auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Face (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • 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

    This is a great addition to an older car. BT phone capability was the biggest reason. Alpine sound and quality sealed the deal.

    Joseph, Wichita, KS


    Alpine CDE-164BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (55 Reviews)

    Outstanding Sound, Features, and Audio Customization

    Ian from Parkersburg, WV on 3/14/2018

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

    Superb Sound and customization options. Paired with the outstanding services of Crutchfield by pairing required installation mediums this was purchased, received the next day, and installed in 20 minutes. Add an additional 10 minutes for tweak time for the audio as an audiophile programmer I am completely and utterly satisfied.

    Pros: Audio Customization Options Audio Range With Crutchfield suggested installation mediums, install was painless and quick (20 mins). Factory Amplifier (Infinity, BOSE, Mongoose) handled correctly.

    Cons: Absolutely NONE!

    I liked it so much that we decided to buy a second unit

    Jerry from Richmond, TX on 2/12/2018

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I liked it so much that we decided to buy a second unit for our truck. The stereo seems to work well with the IPhone. Calling through it also worked very well with everyone saying they could here us very well (we use verizon). I did want the next model up when I bought this the first time but it would not fit in my Yukon. But really this turned out for the best. I am sure we still have not used all its features.



    should be better since it's alpine

    Sampson from Ft Bragg, CA on 1/29/2018

    2008 Toyota Tacoma

    I have always been a fan of alpine. Previously had an alpine tape deck, then cd player with an alpine amp and other brand sub with alpine speakers all around. My favorite of all was my previous alpine cd deck that was Siriusxm compatible and mp3/wma compatible. That deck stood the test of time and abuse through many dusty roads and no cleaning. I even removed it when I bought a new truck and put it in my new one. It lasted 10 years, cd's/mp3 still played however my Siriusxm block died and I decided to replace both units since I would need to take the deck out anyway and it was 10 years old. MISTAKE? Maybe so, or I'm hoping that maybe I just got a lemon. I purchased this deck because it's Sirius and mp3/wma compatible as I have all my music stacked into mp3's. First off almost everything on the unit is great, works great. CONS: It does not like to play mp3's very well. It's not the discs I use, I've tried different brands, and even one disc will have issues on folder 1 track 2,3,and4 (skipping/not playing) but good on the rest. Then the next day those same exact tracks play fine but it has a problem playing some other tracks. It's sporatic with no rhyme nor reason. Very frustrating The equalizer app is junk. It sets it fine but next thing I know, it sounds funny and look, the equalizer is reset to 0's. Not too big of deal as you can manually adjust. Overall: I love alpine and this won't change my feelings, as long as the next one I buy work

    Pros: Besides the mp3/wma issue I have it's a great unit, nothing to complain about

    Cons: With a dysfunctional mp3/wma player, I cannot recommend this unit. Due to how much music I listen to as mp3/wma I now need to purchase another unit.

    Makes an older car fun to drive again

    Joseph from Wichita, KS on 11/26/2017

    1997 Mercury Villager
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great addition to an older car. BT phone capability was the biggest reason. Alpine sound and quality sealed the deal.

    Pros: Very easy to install and set up. Got right to the "THIS is why I bought this!" part.


    Superior performance at a good price

    Joe from Rochester Hills, MI on 11/13/2017

    1998 BMW 328I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow. Really love the Tune- it app for making the existing speakers perform. Highly recommend this unit. Easy install too.

    Pros: Tuning for desired siund

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Rockledge, FL on 11/13/2017

    1994 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Provides great sound quality. Phone connects easily and pandora feature works well. I love the ability to change the color and the two line display is super easy to use. Call quality is very good as well.


    Cons: A little pricey

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    Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 11/6/2017

    1988 BMW M5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this radio (actually much more than just a radio). Wasn't able to dim the brightness but probably because am putting it in an '88 BMW. It did, however, have almost the exact orange color as other dash lights. It has everything I need bec. it interfaces perfectly with iPhone. Highly recommend.



    Alpine rocks!

    Clarence A from Bryan, OH on 11/3/2017

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

    Very pleased with this Alpine unit. Works great. As always, Crutchfield provided EXCELLENT service and instructions at a GREAT price!

    Pros: Easy installation. Excellent sound and features.

    Cons: Buttons on face are small.

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    John from N.E. OH on 10/21/2017

    2009 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to replace an older Alpine double DIN unit that started going bad. After doing some research, I was confident it would swap out and be able to use the old wiring connector, mic, and antenna adapter. That did in fact work out as I had hoped. In my application, ('09 Ford van), it is quite a chore to remove the dash panel. This single DIN unit, once installed, can be removed without taking everything apart again which came in handy right away because the CD player was not working on the new unit. Crutchfield quickly took care of the trouble and I had a replacement in a couple days. That was with only a few short minutes on the phone with them.This unit sounds good out of the box. Some tweaking has it sounding even better. The music sounds great and the BT phone conversations are very acceptable. You can adjust the mic gain and speaker volume level for calls if needed. There are also a couple call profiles to help improve the sound in various situations, but I didn't need to fiddle with them. Being a single DIN unit,the buttons and display are smaller than on the comparable unit that is double DIN, but I knew that and decided to save the bucks between the two. Really no regrets there. Not bad, just smaller. One thing that does bug me though: I generally listen to my own music either on a thumb drive or a CD I have burned. I often pause the music while I do work. If I use the phone, it will resume play at the end of the call, even if it was p

    Pros: Crutchfield service. Good sound and, for me, easy setup.

    Cons: CD/MP3 play will resume playing when call terminates even if it was paused before hand.

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    Timothy from Santa Maria, CA on 9/25/2017

    2005 BMW Z4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound quality. Easy to install in 2005 BMW Z4. Stock speakers now sound great. Unit controls are somewhat complicated and require reading the manual (before driving) to operate all of the features. Big square input button is too bright at night, even with dimming feature turned on.



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    Anonymous from Oklahoma City, OK on 8/22/2017

    1996 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. I love the sound quality of a Alpine head unit. The sound is always crisp and clear.

    Pros: Very easy to install in my 1996 Chevy Express Starcraft van

    Cons: The setup desk and iPhone App Alpine Tunit wasted my time.

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    Anonymous from Dayton, OH on 8/22/2017

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

    the product is great awesome sound, but your customer service is THE BEST I have told my friends about your site they are going to check it out and I am sure will order things in the near future



    Great modern upgrade for a BMW Z3

    Warren from CA on 8/7/2017

    2000 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    BMW Z3 owners: look no further than this unit for a thoroughly modern upgrade. First, don't pay any attention to the installation warning about removing the rear support bracket: this HU fits the Z3 like a glove with no mods necessary. The display colors can match internal lighting and colors perfectly, and is fully visibly in direct sunlight with the top down. Sound and power are excellent, and the 9-band EQ is a godsend to tuning the sound for the Z3's weird little cabin. Android Bluetooth connectivity is amazing - it automatically syncs to my phone and fires up Spotify just by walking into the car with my phone. Nice bonus: it displays artist/title info from FM broadcasts, CDs, MP3s, and Spotify/Bluetooth. The only negative is that the Input Select button is about as bright as looking directly into the Sun - a piece of Window Tinting applied to the button solved that problem, but applying it properly can be tricky.



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    Anonymous from Texas on 8/3/2017

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had to replace OEM head unit in my 2002 Dodge Ram. Sounds great, would buy another for my other car. Took a while to get set up the way I wanted.

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons: No printed owners manual, have to view on CD or print out hard copy.

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    Anonymous from Metairie, LA on 7/7/2017

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

    I had to replace my OEM stereo in my 2009 Toyota Tacoma, I chose the Alpine CDE-164BT, It would have been nice to have a hard copy of an owners manual, but it came with a CD. Control and setup of the unit is proving to be a challenge as the buttons are small and i am getting old. I am very pleased with it's sound quality & performance. I would recommend this unit to a friend or any Toyota Tacoma truck owner.

    Pros: sound quality and performance

    Cons: no printed owners manual, received a CD, will need to print yourself. setup was difficult, Buttons are small and hard to figure out

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    Christopher from Monroe, CT on 6/17/2017

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

    Alpine does it again I wouldn't buy any other brand



    Amazing quality

    Mike from Allentown Pa on 5/24/2017

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

    Amazing quality, sound and looks as expected from Alpine

    Pros: Excellent sound, quality and looks as expected from Alpine.

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Juneau , AK on 4/21/2017

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to use, and the streaming music with Bluetooth is terrific, no more wires.



    Great value for a great system

    Jeff from Roswell, GA on 4/17/2017

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

    So far I absolutely love this head unit. I replaced the factory unit in a 2001 Porsche Boxster. The Alpine unit went in with no problem and the fit and finish looks like it could be the factory install. The sound is great and the only bump was a rare factory installed rear deck speaker set in my vehicle. The wiring harness was not configured properly for this and I had to rewire the harness a bit to make it work, but it was a small thing. I'm now upgrading the speakers on the rear deck and will look to do the doors and dash speakers soon. Great value for the money.

    Pros: Ease of install, features, bluetooth phone connectivity and still with the CD player for a dinosaur like me who still likes to spin CD's in the car

    Cons: Complex features setup and operations. I simply printed off a copy of the manual and keep it handy in the car with me.

    I like Alpine

    Scott from Odessa, TX on 12/27/2016

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have purchased 3 Alpine head units in my life. The first one in 1981(the best one, I still have it installed in a car). This particular one is no disappointment! I love the tuneit app! The hands free phone sounds and works good at both ends.

    Pros: tuneit app hands free phone works good

    Cons: none

    A good value

    Leonard from Prineville, OR on 12/20/2016

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

    This unit delivers good performance at a modest price. The controls are intuitive and easy to use. Installation was straight forward.

    Pros: A modest price with a lot of features.


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    Henry from Granada Hills, CA on 12/18/2016

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

    Great product



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    Anonymous from Tampa, FL on 12/4/2016

    2000 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit with many cool features as expected with Alpine. Buying from Crutchfield was a good choice, my order came quickly and shipping was free. The head unit was priced slightly higher than big box stores but it came with needed installation items at no cost making it less expensive in the end. I am very pleased with my purchase of my Alpine CDE-164.

    Pros: Many features, great with our iPods and iPhones using alpine app made setup easy. Over all very happy with quality from Alpine and purchase from Crutchfield

    Cons: Buttons are quite small and very close together and configuration can be a tedious.

    Great HU, straightforward install

    Ha from Albuquerque nm on 10/28/2016

    2003 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and BT connectivity. Very happy with this purchase. Install instructions and supplies made the project fun and as straightforward as possible.

    Pros: Great sound, BT connectivity, easy to operate.

    Cons: Can't think of any right now.

    Great radio, all the features you could want .

    Larry from San Francisco, CA on 7/29/2016

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

    Great radio, but too many features

    Pros: Lots of features

    Cons: Too many features

    Great Upgrade to stock Infinity system

    iTrod from Lewisburg, PA on 5/25/2016

    2003 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had to replace the Infinity head unit when the CD changer stopped reading CD's. The sound quality improved significantly in spite of using stock speakers and amplifier. Installation was easy although instructions regarding how to hook up the power antenna wire (don't) should have been included. Thankfully I called tech support before connecting the harness and avoided a potential problem. Blue light display a bit difficult to see in bright conditions. Otherwise, I have found no downsides.

    Pros: Great sound and features. Love the addition of hands free calling and USB thumb drive to my vehicle.

    Cons: Somewhat difficult to read display in bright conditions. Crutchfield should consider including instructions for harness wiring, particularly when it isn't as easy as connecting same color wires.

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    Anonymous from Englewood, FL on 5/16/2016

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

    I would totally recommend this product to my friends.

    Pros: Front USB.


    Awesome Head Unit

    Les from Hilo, HI on 5/13/2016

    1996 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have tried the CDE-163BT before installing this unit and it's much better in sound quality and radio reception. I must warn you about using copied music cd's from OfficeMax! Memorex and Verbatim works great! The CDE-163BT and CDE-164BT has similar specifications but it sound and visual look so much better. This a excellent head unit!

    Pros: Nothing I can tell right now

    Cons: Won't work with some brands of writeable cd brands especially OfficeMax brand!

    CDE-164BT in 1998 SL500, Inquire with Crutchfield tech about fit

    Bill from Panama City, FL on 3/2/2016

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

    Crutchfield technical support was outstanding throughout the installation process/issues. After initial wiring of the unit, there was a popping noise when using the input selector. Crutchfield immediately sent a new unit, no change, still popping. Crutchfield then sent PAC SNI-1 ground loop isolators...problem fixed almost. At this point, everything wired, sounding good, ready to slide into dash. Unless there is something I couldn't figure out, the unit will not fit into a 1998 SL500 with RCA plugs going into the back of the head unit...there is not enough room before the RCA jacks extending out of the back of the unit run into A/C ducting in the back of the hole. So now I have great sound, but cannot install. I attempted to use 90 degree RCA adapters, with no success. Crutchfield then sent a pair of line out converters that use the unit's speaker wires and converts them to preamp levels for the RCA connectors to the Metra harness...Success! There are a lot of wiring parts/pieces to push in before the head unit, but there is room for all of that to "fall" out of the way and allow the unit to lock in place. Unit sounds great. Have not used any of the higher end sound settings, just the presets. Mercedes antenna functions normally, however, you lose the OEM feature of being able to turn the unit on without the key in the ignition. There would be no issue of undoing this installation and reinstalling the OEM unit.

    Pros: Good modern day unit with some very good sound and features to update older unit. With the wiring configuration described, no shortage of power for the stock Bose speakers.

    Cons: Again, talk to Crutchfield tech support about connecting options before buying...I don't think their standard accessory package will work.

    Nice sound

    Gordon F from dallas, TX on 2/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was a breeze. All inputs sound great except AM. Crutchfield services is amazing. They are sending a new unit. Will see if that fixes the problem.



    Great 1DIN stereo

    TomH from southlake, TX on 1/29/2016

    Well this was dropped into the Corvette I purchased in 2002. The C5 likes a 1 1/2 DIN size. This unit is a 1 DIN and looks fine with the bezel adapter. I considered a unit with a 7 inch screen but didn't want the mechanical complexity of retracting it and didn't want it blocking the AC flow. Sonically the unit sounds good dropped in with the 9 band parametric eq. dialed in. My wife shared that the phone audio is much clearer than my 2015 Toyota Highlander, a surprise. The unit loads contacts limited to 1,000 and allows favorites to be set using the tuner preset buttons. So far, the Bluetooth connecting has been flawless. I'm an analog guy and don't like the current trend of tiny buttons and displays this unit has, but almost all 1 DIN units have this shortcoming. Finally the unit has 3 colored LEDs which you can balance to match the illumination of your car's dash.



    Impossible. Unmanageable.

    Ed from New York on 10/28/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My previous experiences buying from Crutchfield were good the phone advisers helpful. Not this time. I spoke to several before buying this saying I wanted something not too complicated. One Crutchfield rep told me this would suit me and that the screen was easy to read.. It is neither. The experience of setting it up is awful. The manual is awful. Nothing is written in plain language. For example, the main knob for selecting functions and volume is referred to as the " rotary encoder ". I'm still using it as it came since I can't get it out of "Demo Mode". It does not respond to attempts to change it.. Plus, it mentions somewhere in the manual--which is online only--that all settings are lost if your car battery is disconnected for service. So even you'd managed to get the setup to work once, you'd have to do it again every time you need work on your truck. I regret buying it. It constantly shines a bright light from one area that can barely be dimmed. I've had to tape paper over it to allow night driving. I can't comment on sound quality since I have not been able to adjust the darn thing. Also, you need a magnifying glass to read function label random symbols & tiny display letters which randomly change colors to make it even harder.I wish I could return it.But I was ill for a while & I'm afraid I missed the deadline. I'm disappointed in Crutchfield for the first time.

    Pros: Unknown since it won't move out of "Demo mode" and the manual is gibberish. Protects you from phone distractions since Bluetooth rarely works.

    Cons: Impossible setup manual that you must print . Poor readability of screen. Setup instructions are such a mess that I cannot get it out of "Demo Mode" or it is defective.Permanent glaring bright light that makes night driving unpleasant. Looses settings if your car battery is disconnected for service --not that I've been able to set anything! . Refuses to maintain pairing with my iphone, although it might pair for a while, it then drops the connection while driving. I hate it.

    Crutchfield response on 11/4/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for a follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    TB from Ohio on 10/26/2015

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

    The radio itself seems really well built and as would be expected from Alpine, has a ton of features. Looks great and sounds awesome. Had a few installation issues but the Crutchfield tech service aided me with those and the radio works great. Plenty of cool features to be had and the customization settings are awesome. The Bluetooth is not what I was hoping for though. Connected signal strength is never full strength, even when the phone sits 2 inches from the unit. The microphone has some issues with background noise so be careful where you place it. I have three phones paired to the unit but the others will not connect automatically, I have to select the unit and connect. When I go back with my primary phone, same scenario. If a phone is paired it should connect when available. Hands free calling is also a disappointment. When I use the radio to make a hands free call the sound does not come through the speakers. If I use the Siri the sounds comes through the speakers. Otherwise i have to scroll through the call list or phone book on the radio and that is a safety issue. My only other complaint is that I cannot find a mute button to mute the audio. If it is there, it is really well hidden. It would be nice to mute the audio instead of having to turn the volume down.

    Pros: Looks great. Sounds great. More features that you need. More customization ability than you need.

    Cons: Bluetooth system is not without flaws. Hands free calling is not really hands free. No mute button.

    Cool Stereo

    KR from Florida on 8/31/2015

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

    Fantastic unit slipped right in with no problem fired up and is more than I expected

    Pros: Looks great and rocks my windows

    Cons: None at all

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    Daron from California on 8/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loved this unit. Slipped right into the old spot. I asked for that to happen and it did.

    Pros: Love Alpine!!!

    Cons: NONE

    Allaround great unit

    Mac from Missouri on 8/9/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall very pleased with this stereo. Among other things, bought it to retro fit into a 91 Chrysler LeBaron convertible with a green LED dash (remember Back to the Future?) and was able to match the color with the unit's variable color display. Bluetooth "hands free" phone sound was a deal maker/breaker for me. The stereo has proven to be exceptional in sound quality both directions! And that's saying a heck of a lot in a convertible!! Remote microphone really helps to pickup with clarity. I use the tuning app on my iPhone 6 and really like that feature. I don't think I could ever set the equalizer on the unit itself whereas hooking up the phone, starting Pandora and then tuning the sounds really makes for fantastic listening in my rides with either top up or down. And as for parking with the top down, the detachable face comes in handy.

    Pros: Versatility - Single DIN, variable color display, good built in amp but preamp capability, front USB and aux ports GREAT HANDS FREE SOUND QUALITY BOTH DIRECTIONS Great listening experience Detachable face

    Cons: Some of the print on the face is small for the bifocal set.

    Superior stereo

    Dave from Mason City Iowa on 7/24/2015

    2004 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is exceptionally well made. It has great sound quality. I am extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros: Everything about it is a pro.

    Cons: If I had to list a con I would say it takes a little practice to get used to it.

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    Alex G. from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 7/9/2015

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

    Bought this head unit after my stock radio crapped out, my family has always used alpine products and the sound and build quality continues on with this model. I would recommend this unit to anyone.

    Pros: Sound quality, tons of features, price

    Cons: This unit does so much its tough to remember all the different settings, but thats just because its so new to me. Other than that nothing else bad I can say.

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    Lee L from Gordon, NE on 7/7/2015

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

    Awesome deck! Does everything then some!!! AAA+++

    Pros: None

    Cons: None


    joe s from Tennessee on 6/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is a great unit,easy hook up,and use,sounds really great,the only thing i have trouble with is the phone bluetooth,it's probably me,it doesn't let me be heard on the receiveing end,sometimes does,the unit is really nice and really puts the sound out in my truck!

    Pros: easy hookup,easy use,sounds really great

    Cons: the bluetooth phone mic.really sucks,should have been built into unit,or i haven't figured it out yet!

    Amazing stereo

    MidgetNinja from CDA, ID on 6/8/2015

    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first after market stereo and I couldn't be happier. I only upgraded this part of my system and I can hear the potential once I upgrade the rest. Simply incredible sound and easy to use once set up.

    Pros: Looks good, sounds amazing.

    Cons: Set up was a little tricky but once it's done it's easy to operate.

    Love it!

    george from California on 6/2/2015

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

    Researched, researched and researched. After much decision and a little reassurance from Andy (Crutchfield Team Expert), I decided on the Alpine CDE164-BT head unit. It is awesome! It sounds great, has all the features I need plus a few more. Very happy with my purchase.

    Pros: Easy to install, sounds great (my install is just a factory replacement, no sub or extra amps). Bluetooth sets up easily and work great.

    Cons: Didn't care for the "Tune it App". CDE-164BT doesn't show up as a supported device.

    Sooo Clean Sounding

    TominMichigan from Troy Michigan on 5/31/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    1. 9 bands of Parametric Eq is the main reason I chose Alpine. Nobody else is putting sound quality first right now. 2. The level of clarity this unit puts out and the excellent sound stage produced have me sming every time I use it, driving the long way home and when certain songs come on, in awe. Alpine seems to have extra clarity in the lower high frequency area. 3. As mentioned in the Pros, I tried a Kenwood Excelon X799 which is supposed to be a top model but was very disappointed in its mediocre sound. Even after tuning it with my mic and RTA program. The Alpine UTE-52BT I had before the Kenwood also blew the Excelon away in sound clarity. 6. Skipping to Navigation, all menus makes sense and the quick access to the sound menu by pressing the "bass" button is appreciated. I am very satisfied with this unit,I actually look forward to my drives haha so I can listen to it. Crutchfield was gracious enough to take back my Alpine UTE-52BT which I had Bluetooth issues with and then took back the Kenwood X799 I was unhappy with. So here I am with this unit and am extremely satisfied. If you want to hear really clear music even with just 4-6.5" speakers listen to the Pandora Channel "Hans Zimmer". It's all movie soundtrack stuff but really hits all the ranges of sound. You can try my Eq setting in Tune-It if you go to Find Tunings>Search >Search Parameters>Keyword and type in "Teeflyn" then select the 6.5" Bass and Treble. :D

    Pros: 1. 9 band *Parametric* Eq, needs no further explaining. 2. Extremely clear and detailed sound 3. *Way* better sounding than the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X799 4. Screen readable in Sunlight(at least with the white background). 5. Color Combos nice, no childish flashy light bs. 6. Easy to Navigate, Tune-It also is cool

    Cons: --User Eq setting disappears on Head Unit if switched to another one. It requires connecting the Phone, opening Tune-it *STOPPING THE VEHICLE* and loading them back it. PITA. There either needs to be onboard memory or a passenger mode for Tune-it. Very un-user friendly there. --The Metal Sleeve on this unit and the previous Alpine UTE-52bt I had, both have the same issue. The LH hole on the Head Unit needs a light filing to enlarge the hole so the spring arm of the Sleeve can lock in fully.

    Great Stereo!

    DaceMac from Ohio on 5/24/2015

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

    Great stereo, had a few issues with blue tooth, but probably operator error!

    Pros: Sound Quality Tune It App



    Adman from Pearl, ms on 5/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgraded units from a 148bt and was blown away. Add the power pack and you will rock especially in a small highlander. Great pick

    Pros: Alpine quality

    Cons: None

    Alpine is awesome

    Jerry from Monroe, TN on 5/19/2015

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

    This Alpine is as good as any of the last 5 I've had in the past 12 years. Quality is great. Alpine has always produced excellent gear.



    Love it

    Datdude619 from hickory nc on 5/18/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    alpine did a good job here

    Pros: 9 band eq, mxexpander for Bluetooth adjust.

    Cons: simple boring display

    Alpine CDE-164BT

    JeffY from North Carolina on 4/19/2015

    1988 Pontiac Formula
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased so far. More options and features than you need on average day. Very nice quality. I have been out of the loop for about 15 years of the latest car audio stuff. Nice to get back in it with a good product



    Nice a lot of new features

    Daniel p from Jefferson City missouri on 4/17/2015

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

    First new head unit since my alpine CDs-9885. Very impressed with it.

    Pros: 3 pre amp out puts. Tons of color options. Great sound

    Cons: No remote. Also the alpine app to tune the eq's with your cell phone is not ready yet for this head unit model was very disappointed in alpine for that

    wow really nice

    Drew from New Jersey on 4/5/2015

    1999 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    put this in a 99 bmw z3, it almost looks factory. install was really easy all i needed was the wiring and antenna adapters and a m6 i think bolt to put the old rear support on the back of the new one.

    Pros: blutooth!

    Cons: haven't found any yet

    Alpine quality

    phoneman from Maryland on 3/29/2015

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

    Alpine quality is by far the best out there and this unit lives up to Alpine's reputation. great sound and great features easy to use.



    nice indash

    Anonymous from Iowa on 3/22/2015

    nice indash



    The features you want

    Anonymous from Washington on 3/17/2015

    2009 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is amazing, it has all the features that you would want in a unit. The sound quality is great no matter source you are using.

    Pros: Good sound, lots of features, customizable

    Cons: A little pricey

    Alpine CDE-164BT Rocks

    Capn_Pappy from Maryland on 3/11/2015

    2001 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Once again Alpine delivers. Its easy to use, has great sound and is compatible with everything I use. You can adjust the display to any color (Any Color) you want, to match your vehicle.

    Pros: Great sound. Nice looks. Flexible Equalizer. Adjustable display color. Separate, available 50W RMS amplifier just clips on back of the head unit.

    Cons: Manual not available online from Alpine (but comes on CD).

    Alpine cde-164bt

    mike from Roseville,MI on 3/10/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The alpine cde-164bt is an awesome head unit. The unit itself is beyond my expations with the sound quality from alpine. You will not be disappointed. Have this hooked up to alpine ktp-455a along with type-r 6x8's in both front doors and rear deck sounds ccompletely amazing thank-you to Rusty and the wonderful staff at Crutchfield. This unit is worth it!!!!!!!

    Pros: The stereo itself it's alpine!!!!!

    Cons: None what so ever


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C5/4S/4/3
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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
    Screen Size ---
    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
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

    Product Research

    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-164BT 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-164BT.

    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-164BT 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-164BT 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-164BT 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-164BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-164BT 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. 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-164BT 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-164BT 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-164BT 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-164BT'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. You can also select which speakers output Bluetooth audio. 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. Choose All (audio will be output from all of the speakers in the car), F-L (sound is only output from the front left speaker), F-R (sound is only output from the front right speaker), or F-LR (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.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-164BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as a USB thumbdrive or flashdrive. 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.

    Note: The head unit's USB port is not compatible with Android smartphones.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine CDE-164BT 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/RW USB MSC
    File System ISO 9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 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
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/509 files 255 folders/255 files per folder
    Tags ID3 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-164BT 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-164BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Alpine CDE-164BT's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The CDE-164BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 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-164BT.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Alpine'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-164BT.

    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-164BT 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-164BT 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-164BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 8/29/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Bluetooth Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora TuneIt Phone Audio Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 10.3.3 Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-164BT 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. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from the Apple App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-164BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the CDE-164BT 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-164BT 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.
    • Shuffle: Shuffle allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your Shuffle 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-164BT is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • Song/Artist Info: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's front-panel LCD.
    • SmartFavorite Presets + Jump: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. All presets are recognized a SmartFavorites with advanced features like TuneStart, & TuneScan. The Jump feature lets you store your absolute favorite channel so you can jump to it with the press of a dedicated button and then jump back to the previous channel.
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite preset channel on the current band. TuneScan gives you a short preview of the songs that you have missed on each of your Smart Favorite Preset music channels on the currently tuned band.
    • Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay content from the currently tuned SiriusXM channel. The SiriusXM tuner will continually buffer up to 60 minutes of audio from the currently tuned channel.
    • 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.
    • 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-164BT 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 (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 is compact enough to install behind the Alpine 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 + Sub Control: The CDE-164BT 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. When the non-fading subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume & phase control.

    • 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.
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    Crossover System: The Alpine CDE-164BT offers a 2-way and 3-way crossover system setup for greater flexibility with various speaker system configurations.

    • 2-Way: Allows you to set up a high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a standard Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup using either speaker-level or low-level outputs.
      • HPF: the high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, or 200Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs; the high pass filter crossover slope can be set to Flat, 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.; you can also adjust the level of the HPF crossover from -12 to 0 dB
      • LPF: the subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range  (20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, or 200Hz)) are output to your connected subwoofer; the low pass filter crossover slope can be set to Flat, 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.; you can also adjust the level of the LPF crossover from -12 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way: Allows you to setup a more complex 3-way crossover (High/Mid/Lows) network for stereo systems with separate tweeters, midranges, and subwoofers; using low-level outputs of head unit only.
      • Highs: the high-pass crossover for your tweeters can be set to 1k, 1.2k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.2k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, or 20kHz; the slope can be adjusted to Flat, 6, or 12 dB/oct.,; the level can be set to -12 to 0 dB.
      • Mids: you can set a mid-high and mid-low crossover for your midrange/midbass drivers (mid-high = 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, 800Hz, or 1k, 1.2k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.2k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, or 20kHz; mid-low = 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, or 800Hz); the slope can be adjusted to Flat, 6, or 12 dB/oct.,; the level can be set to -12 to 0 dB
      • Lows: the low-pass crossover for your subwoofers can be set to 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, or 800Hz; the slope can be adjusted to Flat, 6, or 12 dB/oct.,; the level can be set to -12 to 0 dB

    Built-in Equalizer: The Alpine CDE-164BT CD receiver is equipped with a Preset EQ, a 9-Band Parametric EQ, and Alpine's very owner Bass Engine SQ.

    • Equalizer Presets: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of music source material. Choose from Flat, Pop, Rock, News, Jazz, Electronic, Hip Hop, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical.
    • 9-Band Parametric EQ: You can create a Custom EQ preset by adjusting the head unit's 9-Band Parametric Equalizer to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste. Band 1 (20Hz-100Hz), Band 2 (63Hz-325Hz), Band 3 (125Hz-500Hz), Band 4 (250Hz-1kHz), Band 5 (500Hz-2kHz), Band 6 (1kHz-4kHz), Band 7 (2kHz-7.2kHz), Band 8 (5.8 kHz-12kHz), Band 9 (9kHz-20kHz). Bandwidth Q (1, 2, or 3). Levels (-7 to + 7).
    • 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.

    Audio Enhancements: The CDE-164BT offers the following audio adjustments to enhance your in-car listening experience.

    • Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance between the left and right speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance (0-336.6cm) of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener.
    • 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.
    • 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 7.0+ ) or Android smartphone (2.2+) and create a user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected to the CDE-164BT 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 CDE-164BT. 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 Alpine's 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. 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) or Manual (the display is scrolled when a when a track is changed).

    Variable Color Illumination: The Alpine CDE-164BT 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.

    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.

    Clock Display: The head unit displays a 12- or 24-hour clock. The clock can be set to remain on even after head unit is switched off, as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position.

    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 weak 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).

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-164BT 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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    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    Alpine has a great reputation and i will not have to modify my dash at all to install so if i vever wanted to go back to factory i would have no problems doing that with this receiver. [ GARLAND  Mar 20, 2018 ]
    Had good reviews, lots of features [ Martin  Mar 03, 2018 ]
    Well reviewed on 3rd party sites. Has key features. Fits in the slot in my car (Ferrari 612). [ Paul  Feb 15, 2018 ]
    For good Bluetooth reviews and the Siri hands free feature - and Alpines good reputation [ Dandewalter  Jan 12, 2018 ]
    Past experience with Brand [ Adam M.  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    I choose this head unit because I wanted to upgrade the head unit for my 1999 Porsche Carrera 911. I wanted nothing but the best for my car ! So I came to Crutchfield to get it ! Can't wait to get it and have it installed ! ?? [ Stephen  Oct 15, 2017 ]
    ALPINE is a good product and always has been reliable... [ Lacarlos  Jul 31, 2017 ]
    The best bang for the buck. All the options I was looking for to put in my Mercedes. Works perfect with the factory Bose system. One of the best stereos I have owned. [ Jeff  Jun 09, 2017 ]
    For a good sound [ Kenneth  Jun 08, 2017 ]
    Always love alpine and reasonably priced [ CHRISTOPHER  May 28, 2017 ]
    I have always used Alpine head units in my vehicles. Their products usually always provide the best bang for the buck. [ Kevin  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    This deck does everything. I own a lot of CD's, so I should be rocking for the rest of my life! [ William  Apr 19, 2017 ]
    Replace OEM HU [ Steven  Jun 13, 2016 ]
    It was a guess aided by Andy in tech support. I was looking for a great medium priced product with particular features and this covered almost all of them. I only wish the clock display was visible on all screens. Love this unit! Andy's Bio: [ GEORGE  Jun 08, 2016 ]
    Alpine has always been my choice for decks. [ Scott  May 14, 2016 ]
    Price and product reliability. [ Steven  Apr 11, 2016 ]
    I liked the 4v output, bass management, 9 band eq, 3 way crossover and other capability given the reasonable price. [ loyd  Mar 31, 2016 ]
    This Alpine head unit will be my 4th, or 5th, Alpine receiver since I started buying from Crutchfield in the early 1990's. Prior to the internet, when Crutchfield was mail order. Loved them then, and still love them now; for both car audio and home audio. Neither Crutchfield, nor Alpine, have let me down. [ Earl  Dec 15, 2015 ]

    9 questions already asked

    The compatible SiriusXM tuner package (SXV300V1) can be found by clicking the "Accessories" tab on the stereo's main webpage. [ Ryan  Apr 05, 2018 ]  Staff
    I'm sorry , I can't help you because I had mine installed . [ ISRAEL  Jun 04, 2017 ]
    All measurement were taken using 4 ohm loads. [ John  May 23, 2017 ]
    4 ohm [ stuart  May 23, 2017 ]
    New Sound Meister 50W x 4 power IC circuit for improved receiver sound via damping factor Basically better circuitry in the CDE-164BT [ Daniel  Nov 27, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny  Apr 17, 2017 ]  Staff
    yes [ paul  Apr 24, 2016 ]
    Yes it does [ daniel  Apr 23, 2016 ]
    Yeah it has a couple different shades of green. My stereo is green right now actually [ Alessandro  Apr 23, 2016 ]
    Yes [ Marc  Apr 23, 2016 ]
    It has a total of three custom colors. They are Red, green & blue. [ Christopher  Apr 23, 2016 ]
    Sorry, I didn't measure when installing. Its the same as almost every other one I've put in. a crutchfield. rep should be able to help with that or tell you if it will fit your application. I an very happy with this receiver if that helps you any. [ dave  Nov 23, 2015 ]
    Hello jayare the chassis in depth is 164.7 mm (6-1/2) and the nose piece is 24 mm(15/16) I hope this helps [ FREDERICK E  Nov 23, 2015 ]
    When you are playing a 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 USB devices without ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song. [ Larry  Nov 02, 2015 ]  Staff
    A short answer would be no you should only need one crossover per channel. Where are your three way crossovers located? per speaker in the front? If you have specific crossovers for specific speakers that came with the speaker you always use those. Maybe this will help you by explaining how I have mine set up. In my setup the head unit removes 80 hertz and below aka the bass frequencies so I only play mids and highs that's how you want to set up a crossover on the receiver now if you have a second crossover for the speaker what that does is separates the sound from your Twitter to your mid-range driver/ woofer. The receiver tells your speakers which range that can operate at and you're in line crossover on your speaker side dictates which speaker gets what. I hoped that helped! I love my Alpine but now there are plenty others that have developed similar technology and are great alternatives to Alpine! [ Mark  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    THe crossover built into this unit is phenomenal. Chances are that it has more adjustability than your external crossover.. I absolutely love this unit. The download able user manual only brushes the surface compared to the cd rom included with the unit.. [ Richard  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    I use an IPhone but you can Bluetooth or usb any phone to this unit. I like mine:) [ paul  May 13, 2015 ]
    Hi Bill, I am happy to answer your question on the Alpine 164BT. First let me say that I am a Crutchfield employee and your question was sent to me because I just installed the 164 into my Wrangler about a month ago. Overall it is an outstanding radio and as far as compatibility with the Galaxy S5 you should have no issues with connecting to it via Bluetooth. I hope this helps and if you are looking for a great radio to build a system, I highly recommend this one. Take care! Chris [ Chris  May 12, 2015 ]
    I would think it is. I have ipone5s that is running on this radio. I don't see why it shouldn't work. [ Morgan F.  May 11, 2015 ]
    Awesome Head Unit but unfortunately I have not been able to use the Tune it App as of yet. The problem is the App does not have the CDE-164BT on the list of supported Head Units. I hope it come soon, because this was one of the main reasons I picked this unit. [ GEORGE  May 10, 2015 ]
    Bluetooth compatibility is bluetooth compatibility. If your phone is bluetooth capable (it is) then it will work with this (and any other bluetooth compatible) receiver. [ Patrick  May 10, 2015 ]
    Yes, works extremely well with my galaxy note 4. [ SHERIOD  May 10, 2015 ]
    Yes it is compatible with the Samsung galaxy s5 as well as s4 and many other android phones. The hands free phone features work well as well as Pandora. Sounds amazing, you will not be disappointed. [ Richard  May 10, 2015 ]
    Crutch field asked me to answer this question. Not sure why. My answer is I do not know. The literature says it is, but I have no firsthand experience. I have an iPhone 6 and it work with that although the you have to plug it into the USB to get Pandora and some other functions. Very happy with the head unit in general. [ CRAIG B  May 10, 2015 ]
    As long as your phone has Bluetooth technology you can use the audio streaming. If you are talking about the Alpine tune it app it is available for both apple and android based devices. [ Mark  May 10, 2015 ]
    I am sure it is. But I have an iPhone, it connects via Bluetooth and by usb. I did not have to do anything special just plug in via USB and pandora played right away. [ Thomas  May 10, 2015 ]
    Yes it is. Very simple pairing, and works for both music and making calls. [ JORDAN  May 10, 2015 ]
    Don't know. Haven't installed it yet & I have a Motorola Nexus 6. [ Demetris  May 10, 2015 ]