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Our take on the Alpine CDE-9874 by Crutchfield's Robert Ferency-Viars
Alpine's CDE-9874 CD receiver clusters all controls on the left side of its control panel, so it's easy to use when you're driving. The detachable faceplate offers a rotary volume control for quick adjustments, along with an auxiliary input for your portable music player.
Connect Alpine's Bluetooth® adapter for hands-free calls with your compatible phone, and keep your phone in your pocket when driving. Press a button on the stereo, and your music is muted while the caller's voice comes over your speakers. A microphone included with the Bluetooth adapter picks up your end of the conversation.
The stereo boasts Alpine's "Full Speed" interface for your iPod® just add the optional cable for fast, complete access to your iPod. Alpine's unique Percentage Search feature lets you jump through your playlist quickly, so you can find the song you want without a lot of fuss.
Building a system? You can connect your external amplifiers to the two sets of preamp outputs, then control the audio performance with Bass Engine® sound shaping, which even lets you manage your subwoofer system from the driver's seat. Once your sub is hooked up, you can maximize system performance by using the built-in high-pass filters to remove low bass from your speakers.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.
This deck is very easy to set up and use, has many functions for the cost. Liked it so much bought one each for my other two vehicles.
Pat, San Francisco Bay Area
What's in the Box:
- CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver
- Wiring harness
- Trim ring
- Hard plastic face case
- 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
- Face fixing screw
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Owner's Manual CD-ROM (English/French/Spanish)
- Quick start/Wiring guide (English/French/Spanish)
- Customer Care Registration card
- CD-ROM Requirements/Instructions
- CD receiver with built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
- detachable face
- Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
- high-pass filter
- compatible with Alpine's iPod and Bluetooth adapters
- inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
- outputs: two sets of preamp outputs (switchable to subwoofer mode with bass level control)
Other features and specs:
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||16 watts|
|Peak Output||45 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue/Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
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.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 32 kbps to 320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16 kbps to 320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to 510 files/folders and a maximum of 255 folders can be read from one disc. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.
Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, ID3, or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track or file 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.
Sound: The Sound Setting functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes:
- Bass Control:
- Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 200Hz
- Bass Band Width: 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
- Bass Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- Treble Control:
- Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
- Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- High Pass Filter (HPF): the speaker level and front line level outputs have a selectable crossover (HPF); off (default), 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz
- Loudness: on/off
- Defeat On/Off: reset the unit to its factory default bass, treble, loudness, and HPF settings by turning on the Defeat function
Preamp Out: There are two sets of preamp outputs; one is front and the other is switchable between rear and subwoofer. Both are 2 volt/10 kΩ. When the subwoofer is turned on (the second preamp output is set to sub) its output level is adjustable from 0 to 15, relative to the main volume.
Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.
Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.
Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead; when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.
Auxiliary Input: The front panel input is a 3.5mm mini-jack. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit; such as a TV, DVD player, or portable unit.
Input Name: 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.
Angle Mounting: Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-9874 no more that 35° above horizontal.
iPod Full Speed: The CDE-9874 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 4" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (item number 500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with most Apple iPods with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, or Composer. You can view artist, album, song, and track number on the head unit's display. When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music . Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library).The unit can be used with the following iPod models - iPod mini (1st, 2nd generation), iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), Fourth generation iPod photo, Fifth generation iPod video, iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB) and iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation).
Note: The optional KCE-422i cable will not charge the iPod nano 4th generation or iPod touch 2nd generation. The cable cannot be used with iPod software versions earlier than "2006-06-28". For details about "iPod Software Update", refer to the iPod's Instruction Manual.
Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-350BT Bluetooth adapter (item number 500KCE350B), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers.
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