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Very nice radio, would recommend to anyone
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Item #: 500HD149BT
If you're in the hunt for a do-it-all car stereo, look no further than Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver. It packs a serious sonic punch and you'll also get features like an HD Radio® tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control, too. Alpine's user-friendly controls round out the package, with an innovative new smartphone-based app for tuning your system.
Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with the Alpine TuneIt App, an award-winning smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers. Download the free app onto your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, and you can create a user profile with information specific to you, your vehicle, and your Alpine system. Then it's a simple matter to import sound settings for your car from 3,000 options in Alpine's database, or use the app to adjust the receiver's time correction feature, 9-band parametric equalizer, frequency filters, and Media Xpander yourself. Save up to 100 different sound settings — whatever you want to match your music or taste. Alpine TuneIt App even lets you create a profile on Facebook so you can share settings with other users.
If you don't have Bluetooth in your car, you'll love the capabilities the CDE-HD149BT offers. No more fumbling for your phone when you get a call — pair your Bluetooth equipped phone with the receiver and you'll talk hands-free when you get a call. And since the receiver imports your phonebook, outgoing calls are easy to place too. If you store music or stream audio programming on your smartphone, you'll be able to listen over your car's audio system without any wires — simply select Bluetooth Audio as your source and tap into all the content you enjoy.
Alpine's HD Radio tuner lets you tune in digital AM/FM broadcasts, significantly pumping up the sound quality. Participating FM stations sound about as good as a CD, while AM stations offer enhanced reception similar to traditional FM. Plus, when you connect your iPod® and tune into an HD Radio station, you can "tag" songs you like for later purchase from the iTunes® store.
Your smartphone and the free Pandora app are the key to enjoying the variety of musical options available on Pandora. Android and BlackBerry® users get full control through the Bluetooth connection, while iPhone lovers just plug in through the USB port. You can change stations, skip tracks, and rate songs just like you do online.
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.
Very nice radio, would recommend to anyone
Anonymous, Steubenville, OH
Average Customer Review(s):
Very nice radio, would recommend to anyone
5 Stars in my book. I have always been an Alpine fan. The unit was easy to install, easy to operate and the power, features and versatility of this unit is absolutely incredible. I will continue to buy alpines for all of my vehicles. Note to everyone: I read many reviews about this single den unit and there were a few that had bad things to say about the unit. Basically saying that they could not figure the unit out. Absolutely a false statement. Even if I had no knowledge of alpine, I could have easily read through the instructions to figure out every possible feature. Lets be honest, how many of us use "every options" on any unit that we install into our vehicles. Very few of us and even then the average stereo guy/gal could figure out what to do if you were to just play with it for a few minutes. In the end, Alpine delivers a stellar single den unit and I've thrilled! Did I mention that I also placed 2 alpine amps, Polk Audio front and rear speakers, XM Satellite adapter, 2 FARAD capacitor and subs. Take your time, inform yourself, watch YouTube videos and you too will have a kick ass system!
Pros: powerful ease of installation ease of features can add multiple gear: i-pod, tablet, bluetooth, pandora, amps, USB components, and the list keeps going
Cons: Some of the features are deeply imbedded and you really have to dig deep for some settings. Only four color schemes no digital sound display (like an equalizer)
Outstanding sound, easy installation. Switched out a lower model Alpine for this unit. Plug and play! After some minor sound adjustments it sounds perfect!!
Pros: Sound quality, ease of installation
Awesome radio . Everything about it is perfect. .
After buying a Sony HD radio for my truck, I was disappointed at the dim display that I could not easily read in daylight. The reviews said as much, but I ignored them thinking that the radios were early production units and this flaw would be corrected in later versions. So when I started to shop for an HD radio for my convertible, the display brightness was my top priority. And guess what? The reviews still complained about dim displays on almost brands and models that would fit in my car. The Alpine radio had maybe one complaint about a dim display. So I decided on the Alpine given it had the fewest display complaints. I am very happy with my choice. The display is very readable during the day even with the top down and the HD FM reception is terrific.
Pros: The display is readable during the day even with the convertible top down. The FM reception is great including the extra HD channels. The user interface on the Alpine is much more intuitive than the Sony I have in my truck. I don't need to read the user manual to do something simple like set the clock. The Crutchfield supplied installation kit was perfect for connecting the Alpine radio to my car's existing wiring. It could not have been made easier given the differences between
Cons: None so far.
I really like this system. Easier to install than it looked. The written instructions are not organized and are confusing but the tech on the phone had my questions answered quickly. I will recommend this system to my friends.
Pros: Clear sounds, easy to read and bright screen. Crutchfield service center is great. They answered quickly and the tech knew his stuff.
Cons: Written installation instructions need work. They can be easily made clearer.
After not buying a new radio in about 10 yrs. I decided to try out Crutchfield. I found this radio and had all the extras I wanted. They only thing I did not like was the USB and aux cords have to be put in thru the back. Other then that great radio so far. The Bluetooth has kinda been acting up a little bit.
Pros: Easy install,has alot of cool features.
Cons: USB is in back of radio, aux cord is also in back of radio. Bluetooth seems to not wanna connect sometimes.
Lasted me just over a year before the Bluetooth and USB no longer works. Both my work and personal phones do the same thing when I try to connect to the unit. The phones think they are connected but the head unit just says no unit. It sort of pairs but won't fully connect. I have tried the reset button, restarting both phones and even fully disconnecting the battery from the truck with nothing working. Crutchfield tech support had no more ideas other than to contact Alpine support which I have not been able to do yet as they only offer phone support. I am not happy at all that the feature I mainly bought this $300 head unit for doesn't work anymore.
I ordered the Alpine CDE-163BT not realizing that it was not HD, I called customer service and told them of my error, they issued a call tag and sent this unit out. 2 days later I have HD and a great sound system. Thank you Crutchfield. This was a very easy radio to set up, the sound in HD mode is great, the AM is not very good but either was the OE unit or my old Alpine. I have this installed in a 1996 BMW convertible with an Infinity amp 2 Polk 5 -1/4 in the rear and Infinity 5 1/4 up front using MB quart crossovers with the factory mid and tweeter in the doors. I am also using an Infinity self powered bass link in the trunk. The sound is better than my wife's 2014 Rav 4 with the best factory system they offered. Very pleased overall
Pros: Easy set up, Great service at Crutchfield
Cons: AM reception The Orange back-light could be a little brighter
I had the Alpine CDE-147 BT and wanted to change to a unit that had HD radio. Well in steps the Alpine CDE-HD149 BT, great unit it does everything the CDE-147 BT does and then some. Highs are brighter and clearer but not to bright the bass is solid and the subwoofer hit's harder, it seems like everything on this unit is better and of course you can adjust sounds to your on like, I also like the fact that it seems like it is an easer unit to set up the functions seems to be easer to find and then set, maybe it is the instructions ( the CDE-147BT did not come with instructions hard copy just a CD hard to use ) or the unit it self I don't know but it is alot easer to use then the CDE-147 BT. I like the display on the unit nice and big and the clock I can see at a glance which is do to the clock being so big in the display love it some don't seem to like it ( reviews ) but I like it, a glance is all it should take to see some thing when you are driving and Alpine hit the nail right on the head with this unit if you ask me.
Pros: So far every thing.
Cons: None at this time.
FINALLY! an HU that doesn't suck -- #3 in 3 weeks. 1st was Sony MEX GS810BH (good build, good sound, FUBAR'd function & UI!, TERRIBLE!! support). 2nd was a Kenwood Excelon KDC X998 (cheap build, great sound, USELESS-in-daylight display. support? who knows? never answered). Now, Alpine. It's a *very* solid HU -- well made. Minor mystery on install -- a low hum from the HU itself, NOT thru the speakers. Seems Alpine has a *fan* (unlike Kenwood & Sony) in their HUs. Good, once you know. Display's easy to read in strong daylight. Audio's great!! @ 'flat', sound's cleaner and less muddled, even compared 2 Kenwood. 1 glitch - Pandora wasn't connecting. Alpine phone tech support (don't bother with email) was great. Actual tech folks -- not @ call-center. Sent a FW update that cured the problem. So far, so good. Very pleased with the unit and its capabilities. And most importantly, its sound! I'll be balancing my amps, and EQ'ing the system in the next days ... we'll see how that goes, and what I end up with. Bottom line, IMO? Run, don't walk, away from the Sony & Kenwood. Spend the extra dime for the Alpine. It's simply in a different class.
Pros: Great sound, function & quality. Support's been fantastic so far.
Cons: Pandora glitch out-of-the-box; fixed. Only rear, no front, USB. Still NEED the DL'able manual to dig your way through all the settings/options.
Very nice unit. I have had several Alpines in the 90's so I took the plunge into the new century and went for the Bluetooth and different color displays.
Pros: Lots of ways to customize it. Color display, graphic equalizer, etc. There is even a spacial adjustment meaning if you punch in the distance each speaker is from your ear, it will hold back the closer speakers so the sound from all speakers hit your ears at the same time.
Cons: Seems that the CDE-HD148BT is the same radio with the exception of the usb location and cd's slide in without having to lower the face plate. The CDE-HD148BT is @ $100 less. The spinning world that appears with the clock is annoying.
the bluetooth phone is the best part of the radio , it sounds very clear and you are heard very clear. the radio has a lot of features. I have had the radio for 6 months. It took me a long time to figure all the settings to get it to sound right. you dont need an amp control button because the radio controls it . the app for the radio needs some work, my car is a 95 volvo its to old and I cant use all the features. only the equalizer. but over all its good sounding radio. Its like a new cell phone it take a while to figure out.
Pros: you can make every speaker sound different if you want. but when you get it , it sounds excellent.
Cons: the app can use some work.
Very nice system. All features are intuitive and the sound quality is excellent. Display is clear and readable in sunlight. Configuration is not overly complicated.
Pros: Great functionality out of the box, nice display, clean sound.
Cons: Nothing major. Having so many options and one source button means lots of pressing to get to the function you want.
I bought the 149BT to replace my Alpine 9883 head unit. I have had numerous Alpine head units over the years but the 9883 has been the gold standard for me. I was ready to try a Bluetooth head unit so I could make and receive calls hands free. Having used the unit for a week now I can say that I am very happy. The calls come through clean and clear. People on the other end barely notice that I am on Bluetooth. Background noise is minimal which is important as I drive a fairly loud diesel truck. CD and Radio operations are as expected. I was happy to see expanded EQ settings compared to the 9883. I haven't tried out the Alpine App as of yet, but I am hoping that it isn't as buggy as other people have mentioned (esp. for Android users).
I was not sure about buying another alpine, i lost the remote to the one I had, couldnt get a replacement, I could never get the sound right. after 6 years of being drove through hundreds of miles of dirt and sand, all kinds of moto races, not to mention everyday on the job, finally it died. i was able to replace the deck without any re-wiring. the guy at crutchfield was super cool and helpful. the old deck came out and the new one went it, smooth. all the issues I had previously had been handled by alpine. the tuneit app i have on my phone works well, deck is easier to tune, kicks twice as hard as the old one
Pros: was able to install into existing mounting bracket. no remote required. now you can navigate your ipod from the ipod, previously you couldnt. easier to tune than before, face color change, comes with bluetooth in the deck, app user friendly(a big plus)
Cons: needs more colors and graphics. blackout needs to be put back.
I've been putting in Alpine systems as replacements for factory radios in every car I've owned for the past 7 years (that'd be a total of 5 units so far). I selected the one because it does so much more than just play CD's and radio. It lets me drive my car without distraction. I can answer the phone or verbally select a song without taking my eyes off the road. Add to that the clean sounds it delivers and I've got a concert hall on wheels anytime I want. Setup is pretty straight forward, and it delivers consistent sound and function each and every time I start my car.
The radio does what it says it will do. Bluetooth, Pandora, telephone, HD radio and Sirius XM. Great Sound with awesome features and an clear screen.
Pros: Telephone calls sound clear and call recipients don't know I'm calling from my car. Music sounds great and the tune it app is a great feature.
Cons: Using an iPhone, Pandora can be streamed using bluetooth audio, but to like/dislike songs using radio buttons, you need to use a usb cable.
Everything is great and easy to use. The tune it app is a little bit of a pain but I would still highly recommend this deck.
Pros: Easy to find and use any settings Great looking for a single din Quality parts
Cons: tune it app is a little difficult but still useful
Exemplary sound and setting options to drive your own preference on clarity. Given today's display capability, throughout the auto industry, it is amazing Alpine has not updated the screen from B/W pixels on a Premium Head Unit. Give me the option to download my own graphics and pictures in an HD full color LCD display. Unbelievably disappointing. I replaced an iXA-305 - so I know they have the capability to deliver full color that matches consumer wants and needs. The dash looked so much better with my old unit...feel like I compromised (step backwards), yet, required the Bluetooth music streaming and phone integration. Incredibly disappointing that a company that prides itself on cutting edge electronics decided to cut a major display corner. The unit works flawlessly with my Windows Phone 640 (8/2015 version). Given MSFT's announcement of yesterday, maybe Alpine will now consider verifying the compatibility with WindowsPhone and put that on the packaging as well. What option do WindowsPhone users have for iTuneIt? Open the code for WindowsPhone Users. Spare me the psycho-babble about development costs...they are incremental...open the code and put an app on the WP-Store.
Pros: Seemingly limitless audio setting features regardless of your configuration. Audiophile compatible.
Cons: 1. Display is 2 to 3 generations behind. Pixels are only B/W. No option to upload my own picts or graphics to display in HD LCD color. 2. iTuneIt not compatible with WindowsPhone...No app in the WindowsPhone Store or current work-around.
I have always bought Alpine for build quality and sound, this unit does not disappoint. The tuneit app makes programming this unit a breeze.
A great upgrade to an outdated factory unit. Many customization features, but be prepared to do some searching through multiple levels to reach your desired control. For the money, this is a power packed unit.
Pros: More features than more expensive units.
Cons: Not the best bass response, but capable of a sub-woofer.
Great sound quality, interface, features. This unit replaced a cde147bt that I was very happy with until it's Bluetooth lost its mind in its third year of ownership. That was entirely too soon for such an expensive piece of gear and based on that I looked far and wide beyond alpine to see if there were any other HU's that would meet my criteria. The SQ of the 149 is superb. I've been a professional musician, music teacher, audio designer, sound engineer, and hobbyist. The rest of the vehicle uses a simple jbl amp and four matching jbl speakers, so there is no funny business downstream. Sound quality and final tuning is important for me. The 149 sounds better than the 147, and I don't know why this would be. However, with pink noise fed thru the 147, it had a major dip around 600 hz and uncontrollable sizzle at16k and above. It took some eq to tame that. The 149 is flatter in its response curve without those artifacts. The illumination has better dimming features than the 147 did. I want the HU to blend in the dash, not advertise and distract. Three dimming levels once he dash is lit. Better. A real knob for volume is had with the 149, for better eyes off use. As with the 147, Bluetooth clarity is very understandable for both ends of the line, and Bluetooth music and podcast streaming works as it should. I hope the 149 stays that way. The three line display is excellent. No visibility issues. Note, the dot matrix display is always white on blue regardless of buttons
Pros: SQ, memory preset buttons, excellent parametric EQ, conservative display, volume knob, working Bluetooth.
Cons: Faceplate folds but is not removable. Previous alpine unit in same series failed way too early.
Great Product, Well Illuminated Digital Display. Separate, Treble, Bass and Sub Controls. Also has a Tuneit Feature
Pros: Tons of Extras that's backed by the name Alpine. All top end features included
Cons: Tune It app little difficult. Need tech support
Good Dac good sound easy to use tune it app was grate but it stopped working
Pros: Good Dac easy to use great sound when adjusted
Cons: Tune it app needs work with feedback
I picked this up for my wife's VW New Beetle. It had an eight year old Alpine stereo (also from Crutchfield) that I fitted. The old stereo was still working but she wanted bluetooth music streaming and the ability to take calls hands free. This time I also replaced the speakers in the front (for $70 kickers). I upgraded the speakers first, a definite improvement even with the old stereo and a noticeable further upgrade with the new one. All the new features are fairly intuitive and easy to use. Things to note: The microphone comes in the case for keeping the display in (should you remove it). That confused me for a minute because I had put that to one side because I don't intend to remove the front. In the Beetle (and I suspect most other cars) this can only be installed with the "B" Metra faceplate that uses the plastic trim ring which came with the stereo. I think the other trim looks nicer but the way the faceplate pivots down it catches on the bigger "A" surround and then you can't get it open enough to put a CD in. .... oh, and thanks to Bryce for the quick chat help when I couldn't find the microphone! Crutchfield support is great. Installing this has given me the installation bug again so I think I am going to upgrade the stereo in my Pilot to get the same features.
Value - 2 Stars Installation was easy. The wiring was straightforward. Everything seemed to be reasonably solid for an aftermarket headunit. There are number of functionalities that true audiophiles would appreciate. Bad things are the CD player did not take CD's and the subwoofer preouts did not output any voltage whatsoever. I called Crutchfield the same day I found these defects (Monday, April 27) and the tech support guy said he would have new unit at my doorstep today (Wednesday, April 29), but it will not be delivered until Friday, May 1 due to them choosing to ship it via UPS 3 Day Select. Shame on you, Crutchfield. Seriously, what an inconvenience.. SQ - 4 Stars Everything except the bass functionalities are super good! Midrange and high frequencies sound great, but the bass is a little lacking (bass boost!!!). I gave this four stars only because I could hear some noticeable improvements in sound quality over the stock headunit. Ease of Use - 5 Stars This unit was a little difficult and confusing to use at first, but I learned it all within 30 minutes or so. Buttons and dial on the faceplate are very responsive - almost no lag at all. Coolness Factor - 4 Stars I like the screen used in this unit. Very clear, easy to read, and has some neat animations. Though, I must mention it again, it would be nice to have bass boosting options. That would've been cool. Build Quality - 3 Stars The CD player and subwoofer preouts were DOA. Wah wah wah waaaaahhhhhhhh.
Pros: Sounds great. HD Radio function is crystal clear. Bluetooth hands-free calling is freaking awesome! The mic works great.
Cons: No bass boost options, which sucks. Build quality is just okay. CD player and subwoofer preouts were DOA.Crutchfield response on May 6, 2015 We're sorry about the miscommunication regarding the delivery time of the replacement stereo. That was a mix up on our part and our Customer Service team reached out to the customer to make things right.
I bought this unit to upgrade from my aging CDE-9886. While it still has the same high quality sound with more options, its still not perfect. My biggest gripe is with TuneIt. The TuneIt app is very finicky. The phone will be connected via bluetooth and TuneIt won't see the a connection. Then you have to play a, which one should I turn off and back on until I find the correct combination. Usually you have to kill the TuneIt app on the phone before it will connect. Half the time when I'm parked the TuneIT app thinks I'm driving and won't allow for level changes. I love the fact that you can do time alignment, however there needs to be an easier way to get a baseline. The old Imprint system at least took the guess work out of setting the time alignment. The parametric eq also should have a way to start with a baseline. Come On Alpine, you could have used the built in smartphone mic in conjunction with TuneIt to at least get a basic acoustics measurement. For the novice and for the enthusiast as well, time alignment can be tricky if you have strange speaker position. Sharing tuning is great, if you could easily find one for your specific model of vehicle. Alpine should allow speaker type and layout as a basic start profile. They also did not include bass management on this model, which is disappointing since the lower models have it. The bluetooth functionality is a winner here, but I still think they could have done more with this unit.
Pros: Customization color options for buttons TuneIT USB allows for different mobile devices High quality sound Plenty of power output Large display
Cons: Screen can not be changed as far as color or contrast. Its always bright white, with a washed out background. If the buttons can be changed t he screen should allow color changing as well. No RDS for normal broadcast radio. HD has it but not standard signals. TuneIT should allow the use of the Imprint mic, or cell phone mic to setup time correction for those that don't understand the calculations. Satellite requires external module. Ipod control does not include any of the Ipod Video unit
This is my 3rd Alpine headunit over the last decade and a half and by far the best. I have it powering mtx thunder35s in the front and 4" focal access in the back, with a jl 12w3v3 2ohm in a ported SO box w/ an alpine mrv-m500amp. All together, absolutly amazing sound quality for an audiophile on a budget. pink floyd, jimi, tool, odd future. absolutly amazing. Ill eventually add 6.5" and 6x9" access focals and power them off a 4ch alpine or RF for more mids/low mids/lows. But for now im incredibly happy. Highly reccomend using the usb over bluetooth if you want the most out of your system. bluetooth sounds great and is crystal clear but its still a wireless connection and when you compare them right after the other you can tell. Nothing against alpine, all bluetooth works this way, just simple science.
I sold a very good Kenwood KDC-x998 and replaced it with this one. The Kenwood does everything the Alpine does, but not as easily. Nearing 60, my eyes don't work as well as they used to. The display is excellent. In two-line mode showing artist and song/station and program the crisp block letters are very legible. Bluetooth pairs easily with my Galaxy S5. Pandora launches reliably, though the connection could be quicker. iPod integration is excellent. Phonebook search and assigning of presets is easy to navigate and intuitive. Sound quality of phone calls is excellent and callers tell me I sound good. Installation using the supplied Metra harness was very simple in my car.
Pros: Easy to install Sounds great Bluetooth works well HD Radio sounds great
Cons: Color customization only applies to buttons and knob - The display is fixed in color as shown in the pictures - dark blue background with white/silver text.
Replaced an older custom system with this new head unit. The functionality is intuitive. The quality seems to be very nice. The sound quality is fantastic...crisp and clean. I'm happy with all the extended functionality. Even the Bluetooth works very well with my Windows Phone 8.1. Calls are easy, uploads the phonebook, plays streaming music from my phone...and no wires needed!
Pros: Sound quality, ease of setup and use, tons of features
Cons: none that I've found
Very powerful unit and easy to install and set up
Pros: Easy to navigate, sound quality is excellent.
Bought it for the iPhone features and the Alpine quality sound. Got it to replace a CDE-9885, mainly for the Pandora and BT feature. Ordering and shipping was easy as are all the Crutchfield orders. However, after installing it and trying it out, the skip forward/search button did not work all the time. It'd work sometimes, and other times you'd have to hit it several times for it to work. The quality of the face plate was also also poor, so had no interest in keeping it. Didn't spend a lot of time working on the audio settings, but just with adjusting base/treble, and even with my amp and sub, and with the cheap face plate, I felt like I was stepping down in quality from my 9885. Called Crutchfield and the return process was very easy. Will need to go back to do more research for another HU.
Pros: BT set up was fast. Overall Crutchfield service.
Cons: Quality of face plate.
ExcellentSystem Easy to use with Quality Features
Didn't know what to expect with some of the mixed reviews here. I'm really glad I took a shot on this. I bought 2 pairs of Kicker CS series speakers. The unit really provides some power for the speakers. Granted I've only had it for about a week or so. Easy to use Bluetooth streaming, clear Bluetooth calling, and great with sub connection. I'm an iPhone user, so that's been my Bluetooth/usb experience. The only real downside is the faceplate, it's nothing too great to look at, but it does display all the iPod/Bluetooth streaming/phone call info on it.
Pros: Easy to use, Bluetooth streaming/calling
Cons: Lackluster faceplate
Instructions how to connect and use are terrible. No instructions on how to remove face. I connected and played and was very disappointed. Absolutely no Base. The unit couldn't kick my subwoofer. I see reviews here about how great there unit sounds, but no specifics. When somebody says it "Sounds Great." Thats relative. I just wasted two hours. Now I have to install my old unit.
Great sound, easy to install.
I have had this for about a year and am still happy with it. Bluetooth works great, the HD radio reception is superb on both AM and FM, the SiriusXM tuner add-on works well, and unlike my old head unit, I can actually read the clock (when it is set to display it). Sound quality is amazing, once you get it set right ... that takes a while (when I first installed it and tested it, I HATED the sound; I found a suggested setting for the parametric EQ and it just opened up!). Subwoofer control is very versatile as well. I use this (right now) with my iPod 5s, and have had no complaints. No external amps (other than an amplified Bazooka Tube) and the sound is just impressive. Would be nice if the clock was bigger when it displayed other information. Would also be nice if the RDS info showed three lines instead of two so that you could read the song title and artist at the same time.
Pros: Excellent sound, great reception, features work nicely
Cons: None really.
I got the Alpine 149BT last week as a gift (it was on my wish list). Let me start off saying that if you really care about the sound quality of your music, you just can't beat Alpine. I don't know how they do it, but Alpine units just sound amazing. Having said that, that seems to be Alpine's only strength. I got the 149BT to replace an older Alpine head unit that was almost exactly the same but without BlueTooth and HD radio. I really enjoyed that radio except the CD player was not so great (sound-wise excellent, mechanically not-so-much), nor the iPod playing capability (sound quality excellent but plays out of order - sometimes/often), nor the fact that every add-on (HD radio, BT) cost almost as much os the radio itself. This seems to be a recurring theme with the new 149BT. It sounds fantastic. But every time I turn it on I feel insulted that Alpine does not think I know if I'm listening to radio, iPod, or USB because there is a huge 1" by 1" animated radio antenna on the left side of the display when it is on radio or huge music clef symbol, or huge iPod. Or if I have the display set for time, they must think that I might be confused as to which planet I'm on because there is a huge 1" x 1" spinning globe of the Earth on the left. Did I mention that this is on the display? And that it is animated? In a car -- where you should not be watching your radio? That's right, you lose the entire left one inch of the display, top to bottom, that could be used to show additional in
Pros: Sound Quality - Amazing
Cons: Wasted display space that could have been used for more and/or important info
Love this radio
Pros: Changing colors hd radio blue tooth
I must say, I am glad that I got this head unit. I have used alpine for awhile now. And I am still pleased with their products. Great features..
Pros: Sound quality Big easy to read display Sound quality is amazing.
Cons: My ipod classic don't work with it. But I read reviews and details and knew that..
Great unit, easy to use, every feature you could want in a non-NAV unit.
Pros: Features, Ease of Use, Quality, Appearence
Cons: None yet!
I mostly like it, but I do have a couple of complaints...mostly with the USB. 1. If the car is turned off with the USB drive in the MIX all mode the USB will more than likely not start right away, but will say searching for 5 minutes or more. There are 2 ways to get it out of this mode the first is to reset the radio which loses all the presets the other is to remove the drive, put another drive in and wait for it to start to play and then remove that drive and put the first one back it. 2. in Mix all mode for the first 10 minutes the unit will not skip a song. 3.You cannot do an y playlists in USB mode...none zip nada. You cannot even tell it to play a particular Genre. The only option you have for searching is by folder.
Pros: The radio reception, especially AM, is almost as good as the factory radio. The EQ is awesome and the display is good in most lighting conditions. This replaced a near top of the line Kenwood stereo and while the Kenwood sounded ok this sounds so much better...as 1 person who has owned both Kenwood and Alpine said, the Kenwood sounded like somebody put a blanket over the speakers.
Cons: As stated before the USB function is lame
I am well pleased with the radio, the sound quality is good, controls easy to figure out without having to read the instructions, phone use is very good, and love the USB with my MP3.
Pros: I love that I can use my steering wheel controls, with adapter, and i'm impressed with the speakerphone quality.
Cons: The USB and AUX inputs are only in the rear of the radio so I had to get additional cables and mount them in the dash, which was a huge pain, but now that they are in, they are very handy.
This is a great radio if i have to do it agin I would buy this every time and will be recommending it to my friends when they are interested in buying a radio
Pros: Great sound quality and easy to install
Cons: A little pricy
Good looking and great sound.
I absolutely love my new receiver. I got to choose it for Fathers Day and was so excited to install it. The basic functions are very easy to use and easy to learn. Once it is all set up it is fun to use. It also has advanced functions which allow a wide range of tuning options so that you can customize your sound to your liking. The Bluetooth feature is great also. The phone quality is fantastic and it automatically connects once I turn on my car. I personally like that all the external connections are hidden behind the deck leaving the front panel clean and clutter free. I am also impressed with the digital radio feature. All in all this Alpine is worth the investment!
Great unit. Easy to use. Bluetooth works great and quality mic included.
Pros: No need to hook up your phone to a cord. Easy to use.
It was everything to expect out of an Alpine deck except the fact that the audio was weak in the bass. I went through two radios, four different brands of interconnect, three amps, and four subs before I threw in the towel and bought a pioneer after I talked a friend into letting me hook up my Hifonics amp and RE Audio sub to his car and we were both gifted with earthquake making bass from a single 10" sub. My old trusty CDA-7876 didn't have this issue. I'm so disappointed. What happened to you Alpine, you use to be cool?
Pros: Everything worked out of the box and on install. It is easy to use and it did look pretty cool, but not enough for 3 stars.
Cons: No bass. Not even with the crossovers and internal processors turned off. No bass to the full range speakers and no bass to the subwoofer output where it should be.
Sound quality is substantially better than most HU I've heard. I'm going to install an amp and subwoofer next, and this unit should handle it with no problem. Switching between stations is very good and easy. Display does not wash out in the sunlight, which is essential in a convertible. Overall, a pretty good unit. However, don't buy it if you tend to want to remove the faceplate often. And if you do, I would strongly recommend an extended warranty because it will only be a short matter of time before you break the attachment points from normal use. Not having a paper manual that you can take out to the car with you to figure out it many features is a huge pain! And a great way for them to save money.
Pros: Sound quality is certainly above average.
Cons: My only complaint with this unit is the detachable faceplate. Terrible! I mean really bad, and was the only reason I actually considered sending it back! The guy that designed this faceplate should be fired, and I know Alpine can do better than this. The attachment points appear very delicate, and you find yourself tinkering with it to get it on and off. On short trips I find myself just going without the radio at all rather than messing with it to put it on. That's how bad it is.
Overall, I'm very happy with this receiver. It's not perfect, but I haven't found one yet that is. Here's just a few points to make, both positive and negative. I was looking for a receiver that played AAC (.m4a) files from iTunes, and this receiver does a great job. I've loaded up a USB flash drive with MP3 and AAC files, and ran the Alpine's USB cable to my glovebox. The songs load quick, and it plays all the files. I also wanted Bluetooth to pair my phone. I haven't had any problems with it so far. People that I call can hear me just fine. I've only played one CD so far, and it sounds great. The display looks nice, but you can not change the color of the LCD screen - it's White. You can however change the color of all the other buttons/knobs - but you only get a choice of 4 colors: Red, Blue, Green, and Amber - Which is basically going to match any car's interior light scheme. The only animation on the screen is a globe spinning around, and the scrolling text. No other fancy animations like many Pioneer units - which I'm fine with. I'm not exactly thrilled with the fold down face. For this pricepoint, this is Alpine's flagship single din, and it does not have a motorized face. You press the button, and it just flops open. You have to manually push it back in place. I've had cheaper receivers in the past that had motorized faces, so I'm not sure why they didn't go with that. Removing and attaching the face isn't very intuitive either. Includes case.
Pros: Sounds great! Meets all of my requirements. For the most part it's easy to use. Front face carry case is included.
Cons: No motorized face at this pricepoint. Removing and attaching the face isn't very intuitive.
Was so inspired by my previous alpine that I bought the new one, what a disappointment seems that this new model has less quality and it feels cheap was expecting far more. Cd player work twice and then stopped working just after 3 days of installing it, it drags the cd in and immediately ejects it... wont read just any cds, face plate is hard to take off and put on. Will be doing a warranty return in hopes of a refund. The goods is bluetooth works awesome it reconnects automatically once you start your vehicle, Great sound quality as well and nice display/ fonts..
Pros: Sound quality/ bluetooth
Cons: Cheap make
Bottom line is it a really good radio but you can do just as well with a high end Kenwood or Pioneer for probably $50 less. The sound quality is excellent as you would expect from an Alpine. Installation was simple. The controls and menus are pretty easy to learn - mostly intuitive. The app for programming a lot of the functions is, however, worthless. Specifically you can't hear the changes you are making real time. The app will let you choose the frequency band you wish to to adjust, but unless you know how adjusting 40Hz to 60Hz sounds on your chosen music, you have to spend hours adjusting, closing the app, listening, opening, adjusting --- lather - rinse - repeating! Some of the controls feel a little cheap though - not what you expect from a system at this price. Also, I drive a Ram 2500 so my ride is a bit bumpy, which because of the way the buttons are positioned on the unit causes me to enter scan mode every time I am trying to change stations on a preset and hit the slightest bump... a big truck / people with stiff suspension specific problem to be sure. The unit organic EQ pre-select bands are pretty good -- standard POP, JAZZ, NEWS etc settings, so most users will likely never need the crAPP for the advanced EQ adjustments. Bluetooth is great for streaming and good for calls. HD reception is just OK - flips digital to analog a lot if the HD signal is less than optimal. Overall a good set.
Pros: sound quality, ease of installation, pre-programmed internal EQ settings, Bluetooth audio streaming quality, adjustable light color, intuitive menus
Cons: THAT FREEKIN APP!, cheap feel, Bluetooth call quality just OK, price point high for value, button placement
Great head unit for us single din guys. DVD and navigation are great if you have to entertain kids or drive all day long and need constant directions. But for us old less is better guys this is it. You can do everything but DVD and screen style navigation. But if you need navigation you can still Bluetooth or plug your smartphone in and still hear directions via the car system no problem.
Pros: Has been AWESOME!!!
Cons: None for the unit, makes me now want to upgrade the rest of the system.
Well, lets just say that if you want to use the USB drive option, be prepared to convert all your files to MP3. I do not know why they left out the Apple AAC decoder... Why this file type is not included is beyond me. Certainly wish I would have known that prior to purchase. This unit makes it VERY difficult to browse through your music especially if you have a large library. The single DIN technology has not advanced much since about 2001, the last time I bought a single DIN unit. Get out the hacksaw and get a unit with a bigger display. If you plan to use USB/Thumb drives as your music source, make sure the unit you purchase plays the formats you are looking to play.
Pros: It fit in my RV hole! Price (you get what you pay for) USB drive connector is on a rear mounted cable and NOT sticking out of the front of the unit which eliminates breakage. Cable allows you to place USB device/thumb drive/memory stick in the glove box.
Cons: It will not play all file types via USB It is not a double-DIN Display is small, hard to read browsing thru library is difficult at best dated looks
Sounds awesome running my JL Audio 12" W3V3 which is ran by an alpine 500x1. I haven't figured out how to hook up my phone via blue tooth yet. I hve my ipod hooked up which i use almost 90 percent of the time.
I wanted to upgrade the sound in my wife's 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, but given the overall complexitiy of the Bose system, I was hoping just replacing the deck would make a difference. I am pleased to say that I am nothing less than blown away with the improvement in sound quality. I never realized the stock speakers could sound so crisp, clean, and have so much punch. The factory amp is also driving the speakers much more than before, causing them to hit super hard. At first I was looking for a double din unit, but I ultimately did not want to spend $500 or $600 for a bigger screen, so I began looking at the single din units, and this Alpine had an overwhelming amount of settings, functions, and sound customizing features that I could not find in comparable units, and I feel these added values over the lesser priced units justify the added cost. The Media Xpander for example is fantastic, as is the Tune IT app, which at first I was skeptical of, but is quite useful. There are many, many options and possibilities with this unit that it can be daunting, but if you take your time to test things out, you will be most impressed with this unit. Very pleased with this purchase, the listening pleasure gained is worth the price alone.
Pros: Looks great, sounds great, allows for as detailed or as simple sound sculpting as you choose. I am having no issues playing any media or controlling the media either from an iPhone or a Windows phone, USB, or otherwise. It makes Bluethooth audio sound amazing, which I was very skeptical of. Media Xpander and TuneIt are very helpfull tools.
Cons: So many features it can be overwhelming, but with time and experimentation, virtually limitlss possibilities.
Works great in my new truck! I have zero complaints with this unit. Was easy to install and had no problems getting it to sync with my phone for bluetooth and pandora.
I have had bad luck with the first 2 decks ordered. Been having issues with no signal coming from preouts. Either than that, It's a great unit, clean crisp sound, lots of options to customize sound
Pros: Good sound
Cons: Little expensive, don't see the price in it with options given.
In the last year of driving my FR-S I've been spoiled by the ability to plug in my 8 year old iPod and use it's 20 gig drive for all of my music. The convenience was awesome. I hated the head unit though and the SQ from the factory unit was lacking as was it's support for additional amplification. I picked up this Alpine because I wanted something that had state of the art signal processing, high quality DAC, and high voltage preamp outputs. It has all of that and it sounds great. However those are about the only good things I have to say about it. It turns out this unit won't support my iPod correctly. It plays music, even Apple lossless, but you can't skip forward and back from the head unit. You can control the iPod directly either. After several calls to Crutchfield I was informed that my iPod is TOO OLD. Its odd to me that a basic factory non touchscreen headunit can support whatever you connect but this thing only supports newer stuff. I was told to use a thumb drive. I picked up a 32Gig unit but guess what, you can't search by artist or album on a thumb drive. If all of your music is in a flat directory this unit won't index it. That is crazy. Was this thing designed in 2005 before I bought my ipod? Every MP3 player I've ever used will index your music. Oh, and it wont play Apple Lossless from a thumb drive either. So much for my 600+ gig music library that I've maintained for years. If I want to keep this unit I'll have to spend weeks indexing my music by hand.
Pros: Good SQ
Cons: Poor support for mass storage, older ipods, Cant disable display animation
Its great using it - easy to change sources, the USB for phone or flash drive, CD/DVD, XM radio, HD radio, Bluetooth WOW - intuitive enough to start using even if you don't read the manual, - installation of wires was easy - installation in dash was horrible - no directions specific to my vehicle supplied, The salesman said to connect my Subwoofer's REM wire to the 3.5 jack in the radio (i bought a jack & splices in the wire) - that 3.5 jack is for the steering-wheel remote! the subs REM goes to the Blue/white wire. I wasted time and lost money. The salesman gave even worse information on hooking-up my already installed XM receiver to the new radio - I removed the power wires & then had to re-install them as he told me his upsell Auxiliary 3.5 jack wire would allow all the other wires to be removed - so I removed them - I had to pull the radio back out & reconnect everything I just removed! - PS: The XM tunes automatically to 88.5 on the radio so using the AUX wire he sold me is a waste of time & $ - The AUX can be used for something else - This radio is one of the top of the line available - and it does everything it claims to do, including powering my 4 new 225 watt Kicker speakers with no added amplifier really well - loud, crisp, clean sound. I love it, also running the S/O Subwoofer-wo
Pros: Does it all really well - comes with microphone for hands free bluetooth phone calls, USB for flash drive, Phone, Laptop, You could use the Aux connector (3.5 stereo jack) for more music (XM receiver or other) or plug in a screen to play DVDs in the CD player (you just need a screen) The blue illumination color is very cool. The option/s on screen display are nice. CD/DVD slot hides behind the face - that folds down with the press of a button on a spring loaded hinge.
Cons: the manual is 50 pages (that means 100 sides) and you will need most of it to learn how to use the many functions. Very much like what has happened to phones (now they do all kinds of things really well and, oh ya, they also make calls) This Radio does all kinds of things really well and oh ya, its also a Radio (LOL) - installation in your dash will not come with any directions specific to your vehicle. You get all the parts you need + all the parts you don't need. Good Luck, be patient.
This is my 5th Alpine head unit, and by far the best 1 that I have ever had. After starting the vehicle, the Bluetooth automatically connects back to my phone and the music or podcast picks up right where I left off. I have a Jeep Wrangler, and because of the road noise, I used to ignore phone calls because I would not be able to hear what they were saying. With the hands free I have no problem taking calls, I can hear them and they can hear me. It just works.
Pros: Great Sound, Bluetooth, Good reception,
Cons: None yet.
Moving on from a Kenwood x994 this is a blessing and easy to use. My Kenwood would be stumped adding new files to the usb, not playing or recognizing them (even when same bit rate as the other mp3s). Nothing stops or slows down the Alpine, recognized the usb faster, plays everything! And navigating to my music is a breeze with the Alpine compared to the Kenwood. and its sub menu system. The biggest plus is direct access to my stations, never realized how much I'd miss buttons 1-6 (that is part of the Kenwood coolness factor, but it got tired at highway speeds). The Kenwood is more suited to a show car or one with steering wheel mounted control. The Alpine is a daily drivers dream, built in HD (in NY there is a lot to listen to!). and far faster and clearer than the kenwood add-on box. CD playing is simple, even mp3 discs, Pandora too. And while I have Sirus XM through my Onyx Plus (through the rear aux) it can handle that as well (with an opt. part). Sound out of the box was clear, but I added the Alpine plug in amp for better sound from my Infinity system, I was not disappointed. Crutchfield ships quick, answers questions and delivers the goods!
Pros: Sound quality, ease of navigation (intuitive), clear display(with direct view button) Plays my USB no problem.
Cons: Exacting removal and attachment of faceplate (on this the Kenwood is a 100% better). Even the faceplate carry box is super snug. The Kenwoodd build quality is a little better but I have no doubt the Alpine will last longer than my 98 civic.
Easy to operate. Great sound. Instructions made it easy to install.
Pros: Bluetooth and USB make use and safety a great combination
Cons: Non so far
Nice radio,lots of bells and whistles, Pretty easy install, instruction could be a little better. "Pictures are worth a thousand words " !
Pros: Quality product
Cons: Wire size difference between radio and adapter wiring are different gauges and must be soldered to guarantee connections as I found out !
I always owned alpine head units but this one is probably the best thus far in fine tuning thee high, mid, and low in an unsurpassed sound quality!!!
I just upgraded my factory stereo to a Alpine CDE-HD149BT and wow what a difference. Being able to simk with my iPhone, make calls, play music off the phone, listen to Pandora is great!!!! Great design and easy to use.
Pros: Stereo sounds great and was easy to install. Instructions no problem to understand.
Cons: Crutchfield said the radio would not fit my 1987 Jaguar XJS. Once I reviewed th installation instructions on line i was able to determine the stereo would fit. Just needed to fabricate a couple of simple L-brackets that bolted to the sides of the stereo and it installed exactly like the factory radio.
I really liked the product. I wanted to get a gift for my wife to allow her to do Bluetooth hand free calling in a 1 DIN sized unit. This was a good product with all the connectivity I needed. Crutchfield also added in the 12V to 5V converter I needed for my model of vehicle which was a nice touch. I was able to install from scratch in about 2~3 hours with very few complications. I really like the screen in that it isn't just the 2 scrolling lines of text, instead it is a full LCD screen so you see other indicators.
Pros: Has a clock in the bottom right corner when you set the view to scroll HD radio data or whatever else. Biggest thing I always found was that a clock wasn't always visible in all the different modes you can put the display in with other models. This model had the feature and was why I chose it. The mic seems pretty good and I like that it shows your phone battery life while connected via bluetooth. Pretty good unit.
Cons: I wish these types of stereos would interrupt the currently playing media (HD Radio or USB...) like it does with phone calls with map instructions when your phone is in navigation mode (google maps navigation or iPhone equivalent). I didn't see many that would do that without being a navigation device already. Just a wish list item.
Impressive features for a very affordable head unit. I added Sirius XM satellite radio. I was able to easily pair to my Windows phone (the only thing I cannot get to work is Pandora and that's not a huge loss for me); hands-free phone works great. The 24bit DAC and MX processing make music played from my iPod sound impressively good. I didn't expect a parametric equalizer and listener position / distance to speaker correction to be part of the feature set at this price. I had to borrow my wife's Android phone to load TuneIt (not available on Windows phone yet). HD radio sounds great and, I had no idea there were so many HD radio "multicast" channels behind my favorite stations - this really expands your listening options. In summary, great head unit - lots of listening and tweaking options. Sufficient power to deliver good bass in my small Pontiac; I'm very satisfied.
Pros: Features, sound quality, display, value.
Cons: Can't turn-off all unused source options (eg: Pandora) from appearing in the main display; menus are a little confusing - some are context sensitive and not all settings are available in the "main" menu. Takes a little getting used to. The "real" users manual is on the included disc - many of the settings are not fully described in the printed manual. Minor stuff overall.
Just replaced a Kenwood Head Unit I purchased from Crutchfield last year. I liked the sound quality of the Kenwood Unit, but the display was unreadable during the daytime - which is a problem as you have to scroll through favorite channels to change, no preset buttons. This was my primary reason for the change, the display is a big imrovement over the Kenwood. But, what a surprise to hear the difference in sound quality! Big difference on clarity at higher volumes, and somewhat (not much) easier to navigate through the settings. Highly recommend this unit overall! I agree with others - Tune It feature is nothing to waste ink over. No comment on the phone features, as I wont be using... Bluetooth connection works fine with my iPhone 5.
Pros: Sound Quality; Display is better than most; Variable color settings on controls; Presets (I'm old school); XM Ready (plug and play with my existing Kenwood XM tuner)
Cons: No USB on front (with micro sized memory sticks - its nice to have a couple you can change with ease) Had to purchase remote separately; EQ and Xover settings are like computer menus on the space shuttle; would prefer more graphics and less digits;
Love the radio! Just don't buy it for the Tuneit app. It simply does not work. Alpine does not seem to have any interest in fixing it either.
This radio lived completely lived up to my expectations! The sound, ability to tune it remotely with my I phone And the options I have musically, are easy to use and easy on my ears.
Pros: The radio
Where to begin... I ran an old Sony mini-disc (circa 2000) for 10 years before upgrading to a Sony MEX BT5700U then to this Alpine. I have had Sonys for years and loved them but was always making excuses for the way my minidisc HU sounded. Enter the MEXBT5700U - WOW this unit sounded GREAT however, had some ignition noise, very slow to access USB music, display useless (small font and the worst fade in sunlight ever), bluetooth was fair at best, and the blinding white light ring around the volume knob made this unit unuseable. Enter the Alpine 149 - My first Alpine - I had such high hopes. I have used, tested, and experienced Alpines in others' cars etc but never bought one. Immediately, I determined that its sound was not as musical or engaging as the Sony MEX which was disappointing. At first, the menus and manual were overwhelming but after a couple of solid hours familiarizing myself with it, no problem - still, the sound quality was just decent. The volume knob feels flimsy, although other buttons are satisfactory. Sound quality and volume differs GREATLY between sources (despite Alpines numerous adjustments), low volume output through external amps (to achieve any volume at all you must increase external amp gains to the point of ign noise). So much more to say but bottom line is that its performance is disappointing, as is its sound quality. I was unable to find a way to defeat the internal crossovers - only to adjust them. Firmware problem?
Pros: Better FM tuner than previous Alpines, looks nice in the dash, HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth phone works and sounds good, display is large and viewable in any light conditions.
Cons: Sound quality is disappointing, cheap-feeling volume knob, seemingly low RCA outputs, sound adjustments (independent source volume and EQ) greatly impact volume in a negative way, speaker noise/clicking when searching USB drive for music, seems to have firmware problems. Not a terrible unit, but not what it should be.
Second alpine head I've owned and I'm very happy. Combined with the USB cable that is included and a separate xm adaptor I'm never at a loss for material. The unit itself is great quality and easy to operate. I installed this unit with a separate 4 channel amp so I can't comment on the power supply in the unit.
Pros: Easy operation. Intuitive controls
Cons: Microphone could be integrated into unit
This thing pretty much covers all bases. FM-HD, CDs, MP3s, USB, Bluetooth, IPOD, hands-free and it even gets AM! The human interface works great, the sound quality is flawless and the tuner has sufficient sensitivity to pull in fairly weak stations cleanly. Would it be nice if you could do more fun stuff with the color scheme? Sure but, is that critical to the sound? Not really. What I would like is a loudness contour that compensates for road noise at lower volume levels. I would also like a clock displayed at all times, even with the power off. ...and please make it big enough for an old guy like me to read while driving. There's some powerful signal processing built into this thing that I don't have space to cover here. Suffice it to say that you could tweak this thing six ways from Sunday and never get bored. Installation was easy thanks to the adapters included with the purchase. I'm still working on the perfect settings for my particular application. Me and my SPL meter will just have to keep at it until we get it well, perfect!
Pros: Great sound, straightforward user interface, bring your signal source...this thing has it handled.
Cons: Some nits to pick: no loudness contour. Display completely blank when powered off, needs to display a clock. A legible clock should be displayed at all times, not some odd little spinning icon. Does not support flac or wma file types. "Spinning" the volume knob down doesn't result in silence in fact, it adjusts more slowly. Seems counter-intuitive.
I am still getting familiar with this device. I have had it a few weeks. But so far the sound is amazing. I bought this unit on the recommendation of a Crutchfield rep. because of the equalizer features in the unit. The menus are very simple and intuitive. I would recommend this unit.
Pros: Excellent sound. Easy to follow menus.
Cons: None so far.
Purchased this deck to add Bluetooth and iPhone integration to my system. Combined install with new 4 channel Alpine amplifier in '04 Ram quad can. Crutchfield harnessed w deck install simple. Adding amp increased install complexity routing RCAs and power/ground. Overall very doable with basic skills. Had problem pairing my iPhone to deck. Crutchfield tech support was great. Problem turned to be my iPhone 4S was defective, apple gave me free replacement and everything works great now.
Pros: Pandora and iPod Bluetooth streaming is great. Great display as well.
Cons: Operators manual pretty vague, setting parametric equalizer required referring to CD ROM. Interface to various settings not intuitive.
I really like the 149BT because it has all the features of the double din units but with much better design and functionality. The best thing about this device is that its very intuitive, all the controls and menu functions work as you think they should. Everything that you need is located in fingers reach from the center control. I really believe a good product is defined by its simplistic design. To have as much control as this device has and be uncomplicated is amazing. I know exactly how to get to each menu and make quick adjustments on the fly. Audio from Alpine is always great. I have not tried the Tuneit about as of yet but I hear its interesting. The HD radio is clear at times but because of the area you live in it can be spotty. I also use the steering wheel controls which are very convenient as well. I also like the fact that you can turn off the internal amp to add more clarity to the signal and reduce noise. Overall a great product. If you really don't need video I would get this in a heartbeat. I had a double dine 7inch before this and returned it because it was slow and clunky. Also there is app direct mode which makes it much easier to access your Itunes Library on your iphone.
Pros: Loaded with tweaks, parametric EQ, MX Tuner, Built in Xover, Multi Illumination, logical layout and functionality, App Direct mode.
Cons: Green Illumination is dim in comparison to all other colors.
I purchased this head unit for the BT abilities, but I got so much more! It can do anything I can think of and the sound quality is so crisp and clear. My Nephew came over and he couldn't believe the improvement from my other Alpine. It is very, very clean, and if you are into sound quality as I am then you know what I mean. The BT is very nice to have for the phone as well, I don't have to talk louder then normal and the provided mic picks it up cleanly. I have had no complaints about me having an echo or not being able to hear me, nothing at all! and I have no trouble hearing them over ALL the speakers. LOL I am very pleased with my choice to purchase this item. The only thing I am a little disappointed about is when I went to get it installed the shop sells this same unit for a lower price, but not enough to worry about returning it by any means. All and all an awesome unit. Thank you crutchfield!
Pros: Sound Quality, Features, ease of operation. The expandability of the head unit.
Cons: No Remote included, Storage case for the face plate seems a little on the thin side, not as heavy built as older units.
Works with my prior alpine's remote control. You can use a USB flash memory to play music.
Love this radio so far. Still haven't finish setting up all the options yet; it has tons of them.
Pros: Bluetooth, Android compatible, Pandora, detailed screen, easy to navigate, has its own app
Cons: difficult to get Bluetooth devices to save to the radio. My phone says its connected but the radio says other wise.
Just installed this unit yesterday and overall, very happy with it. This was an upgrade from an Alpine CDA-117 which was lacking built-in Bluetooth and HD radio. I wasn't thrilled that the new HU didn't come with a wireless remote or an iPod/iPhone cable but I guess that's why it was only this much. If you're only going to use this unit with an Apple product, just get the Apple USB-30 pin/lighting cable. It's long enough to reach from the radio to the glove box in most cases, and you won't get stuck with an extra 6' USB cable that you probably won't use. Not to mention, I've notice that most iPod cables that are made by car audio manufacturers (Alpine & Pioneer), will not fit most iPod/iPhones in any type of case. But aside from that, superior SQ, features, and an easy user interface. I wish Alpine had made the 3-line display easier to change. For example: when listening to the radio, the unit will display the station name and the song title. In order to see the artist, you'll have to scroll down a line. On other sources, that's not an issue. I guess because there's an extra line of info to display, but not a big deal at all. As far as TuneIt goes.....just use the radio controls to adjust the audio. I don't think I've ever used a worse APP in my life. Just way too many bugs in the software right now, but don't let that discourage you from buying this head unit. It's a great product for the money, I think.
Pros: Built in HD radio, exceptional Bluetooth, great iPod controls, very user friendly, superior SQ on any source
Cons: No included remote or iPod cable, Alpine TuneIt app is terrible, faceplate can be a little tricky to reattach
Was looking to upgrade to Ipod control as well as an HD radio signal. This Alpine does not disappoint. The sound is clean and crisp, no matter what source is being utilized. It doesn't have a billion color display, or fancy little movies playing. It is a basic head unit that performs flawlessly where it is important. The menu navigation was quite simple once you run through them a couple of times. I cannot review the Bluetooth, and/or phone modes, as I refuse to encourage phone use while driving. One reason for this purchase was to control a 5th generation Ipod Touch, which it does perfectly. Searches, tagging, etc. are easier to control on this deck compared to others I previously tried. I do unfortunately need to mention that the original stereo sent to me ended up defective. The subwoofer output died within 3 hours of use. But Crutchfield immediately sent out another system to replace it. Crutchfield is by far the best when it comes to warranty / technical issues. They are always just a phone call or email away. As always, I am quite satisfied with my new Alpine from Crutchfield.
Pros: Great Ipod control, straight forward menus, easy to read display (even in sunlight), and awesome sound reproduction regardless of the source.
Cons: The instruction manual is a little overwhelming. 57 pages, (mostly about bluetooth / phone set up) and it's delivered on a cd. It really would have been nice to have an actual manual during the install and set up process. It would have cost another .05 to .10 cents for them to print and include it, but costs the rest of us much more in time and money to do it ourselves. And trust me, the manual is essential to understand all the features and settings.
At first I had a hard time reaching deeper in my wallet for this radio, especially when I'm used to buying Pioneer. I will definitely never miss my previous radio! My first impression when I turned it on was, "Wow, this screen is huge!" and it is very bright. Even when the sun hits the display, the letters are actually brighter where the sun is hitting and extremely easy to read at a glance, making the road easier to watch. I use the HTC One Google Edition phone with Pandora and Google Play with this radio more often than I play CD's and listen to HD radio stations, and almost every time, the bluetooth easily connects. Although half the time I have to turn bluetooth off, and then back on, to get the radio to launch Pandora on my phone so I can control it and read the song titles via the radio's display. Before I installed the Alpine 149BT, I had a Pioneer radio with some Polk audio speakers installed by myself which sounded pretty good. After installing the Alpine radio, I connected my bluetooth and adjusted the curve on my phone to exaggerate the lower frequencies and all of a sudden I realized I might not need to buy a sub! I still need to read the manual to fully understand the fine tuning of this radio, but anyone can get in there and quite easily make their car sound so much better, and look amazing with this beautifully bright and crisp display. Last but not least, hands free calling is a breeze. I mounted my mic on the windshield column and it works great.
Pros: - Bright, Crisp, Easy to read display - Amazing sound quality - Hands free works wonders - Install was easy - Menu system is logical and clean
Cons: - Pandora via bluetooth sometimes doesn't connect. (More a Google/Pandora/Android issue)
Nice radio. I like that you could tune it to sound just the way you want it.
Pros: Sound quality to work the way you want it
Cons: Can not use my existing Sirius tuner, have to buy a new one.
Awesome deck - had another Alpine that I replaced and the sound quality between the two was like night and day. The older deck was probably 6 or 7 years old. The unit is pretty easy to use, typicaly Alpine head unit controls. BT works great with my droid (and tested it with my Dads droid as well). The HD radio signal drops a bit more than before but I don't listen to the radio that often (CD's & HDMI to phone). I have an even older Alpine in my boat that came from my original car that still rocks and works perfectly. Love Alpine decks and will likely never stray to another vendor.
Pros: Sound quality, pre-outs, BT sync, easy to use, display is very appealing to the eye compared to all other models
Cons: Not motorized.. last two decks were 1 button cd popped out put new one in and it closed itself (and still work after 12 years). Now its push a button to open deck, eject cd, replace cd flip deck back up to change a cd..
Awesome Deck, could have got it cheaper But it not Crutchfield.com and that the only place i will deal with when it come to Video&Audio Products!
Pros: Another Great Deck From Alpine And The Staff At Crutchfield The Best When It Come To Dealing With Video&Audio And Knowing What They Sell And They Are Always Just a Phone Call Away When You Are Having A Problems.
Great deck, very user friendly
This much and it dosent come with a remote? Had a Kenwood before that was a nightmare to use seems much easier to use with an android, Still havent figured out the pandora set -up.
Pros: Easier then a kenwood, HD radio
Cons: no remote and kinda expensiveand face plate nightmare!
I've had a lot of alpine stereo's by far this is the best one
Cons: The app
Its a nice stereo for the money
This is the 3rd Alpine Stereo I have owned within the last 4 years and this is by far the best sounding product to date. The sound quality is awesome. It interacts flawlessly with iPhone 4S and the new TuneIt app makes setting up the advanced audio settings a breeze. I would definitely purchase this product for any future vehicles I may purchase.
Pros: Ease of Operation and Performance is Second-To-None.
Cons: The display isn't as cheesy as with some of the earlier models.
First off, Crutchfield gets a 5 Star Rating *****! Customer service and support are fantastic. I would not hesitate to install another head unit again. They sent me everything I needed to do the install, even things I didn't know I needed (ie., voltage drop gizmo for my factor sub woofer). It was so easy. I went into my local shop Car Toys with the intention of having them do everything. They claimed free installation, but they charged fantastic prices on all the miscellaneous parts and pieces to do the "free install". All of these parts, pieces and tools were supplied at no charge from Crutchfield.
Pros: Sounds great, easy to install, BT microphone is good quality, people say I sound great.
Cons: Not very user friendly when mated with ipod, though to be fair could be user problem.
Straightforward fairly easy install and working as advertised.
This is definitely the best head unit I've ever had. The sound quality paired with Alpine speakers is amazing (even without a separate amp). The only quirky thing is the Bluetooth Pandora connection with Android but that's probably as much to do with my phone as anything else. The setup was super simple, way easier than the Kenwood system I did have, and I just can't get over how good everything sounds.
Pros: Audio quality, ease of setup, ease of installation
Cons: Bluetooth and Android phones are a little quirky but it does work.
The Alpine CDE-HD149BT is a exceptional radio for the price! Very easy to use and it has an excellent sharp LCD display making the screen very easy to read! All functions work flawlessly and the build quality is excellent!
Pros: LCD screen, Controls are intuitive, Changes functions fluidly.
Great sound, really nice hu, once you get through the learning curve, and learn to set the unit up, wow. Rich full sound, crisp clean, good seperation. Not cheap, worth the money, get the rest of the stuff too: amp speakers/ tweeters. Too good a head unit, go for it, cranks enough to damage hearing, be careful, don't realize how loud it is because its so clean. Really sweet .............. :)
Pros: Crisp, clean, good bass, high end
Cons: Learning curve for newbies, kind of the fun part though,
I tried two other single DIN receivers with fancier displays, but in bright light (very common in Arizona) the display washed out and was unreadable. The Alpine display is only white on black ... but much better visibility. Overall quality was excellent. You can tell the difference as soon as you insert the mounting sleeve. Everything goes in easy and all connections are clearly labeled. In terms of sound quality, with a good quality external amp, most any of the better quality units from any of the vendors is going to sound fine. The Alpine has better controls and visibility.
Pros: Preset radio station buttons on the front are big plus. I thought this would not be a big deal, but it is. The Bluetooth function will automatically answer incoming calls even if the receiver is powered off. Most other units you have to have the receiver powered on to receive an incoming call. This is big bonus.
Cons: Only one USB port.
Installed this unit in a Mazda Miata, which created several issues that would not apply to other vehicles. For one, in direct sunlight, the display is unreadable -- the factory LCD display was much better suited for convertible use. Overall, I think the unit is one of the best choices in this class. I considered a high-end Pioneer, but was turned off by lack of a front panel mute button and the overall consensus that the UI in the Pioneer is less user friendly. Simple usability while driving was a high priority for me. This unit mostly fits that bill, but still suffers from small, hard to read buttons that are difficult to decipher while driving. As I memorize the function of each button, it becomes less distracting to use while driving. I need to spend more time troubleshooting the Bluetooth calling functions with my Android phone. The phone will connect, and I can initiate a call, but I cannot get the sound and microphone on the Alpine to function as directed. This is not a high priority for me, so I don't know how much of my time I want to waste figuring this out.
Pros: 1) Physical buttons for mute and pause; 2) Volume knob is mechanical; 3) Good variety of inputs; 4) Lots of sound tailoring controls; 5) Design is aesthetically pleasing and fairly subtle (not a crazy disco light gee-whiz design).
Cons: 1) Unit takes an unreasonable amount of time to search the USB drive every time you turn it on (I probably drive 2+ miles before music starts); 2) electric antenna is triggered every time you turn unit on, regardless of source selected, so that you must cycle through the source selector to lower antenna when you want to listen to iPod/USB; 3) Mix All function seems to be "lost" when restarting -- unit will frequently fail to Mix All after restart and require me to reselect the Mix All function.
I love this unit. It is a quality, intuitive and great sounding device. Install was way more involved than I thought because my husband and I are complete novices, but we got it done. I added the steering wheel adapter and xm tuner. The included cd-rom manual (i know, total nerd) has taught me a lot about it's functionality and it can be fine tuned very easily, from the audio and bluetooth phone to the appearance. I was replacing a factory radio with an aftermarket xm receiver. One really cool thing about the aftermarket xm that I thought I'd be missing was the "artist alert" and "song saver" function. I was so stoked to see that this alpine has that function too! If I hear my favorite band on xm, I press and hold the knob for a few seconds and it gives me the option to either save the current song for replay anytime, or even better, alert me when the band comes on any xm station. It will save up to 50 artists, whereas my old one only saved 20. I really like xm so I am super glad to discover that. Great unit, couldn't be happier.
Pros: Larger display than most single DINs. Intuitive controls Detachable face Able to be fine tuned to listening preferences Works really well with iPhone
Cons: Face is quirky to put back on. If your phone is paired with the radio and a call comes in, you can mute it over the speakers and use your phone as normal, but it will not play music during the call (that i've found)
This receiver exceeds my expectations the Bluetooth functions are great and the phone quality is nice HD tuner is surprisingly clear overall I would definitely recommend this product.
Best head unit I've ever had.
Pros: Very cool looking and very easy to use and install.
Cons: None yet.
So far this has been a pretty nice deck. I've been using Alpine decks for over 20 years so I am a bit biased. I really like the 9 band parametric EQ and the time alignment feature. It helps tailor the sound to your vehicle and taste. Having HD radio built in is a nice touch. The only thing missing is the ability to run a hi/mid/low setup vs front/rear/sub, also know as "fully active". Bluetooth and iPod functions work great. The TuneIt app needs some work but is a nice idea. I wish Alpine would make an iPad version and add landscape support.
Pros: Easy controls, Bluetooth, 9 band EQ, Alpime quality
Cons: Crossover not fully active, No iPad version of TuneIt app, No landscape support for TuneIt app.
This Alpine is replacing a 9-year old Clarion that was top of the line back in 2004. After doing much research in finding a suitable replacement I chose the CDE-HD149BT and am very pleased with the results. I added the steering wheel adapter and was very impressed. This is a great radio and I am sure anyone would find it value/feature packed and easy to use.
Pros: 24 bit DAC, 3 sets of 4V Pre-outs, HD Radio, Bluetooth, I-pod control,
Overall I am very happy with this purchase. It appears to be a quality deck with innovative features.
Pros: Sound quality. Pandora. Bluetooth. Styling.
Cons: -Antenna is never up/down at appropriate time. It will be down while in Radio mode and at other times it is up. If I cycle through sources to get to USB mode it will lower the antenna but once I turn off the car and get back it it will resume USB mode with the antenna up. When the deck is powered on it automatically raises the antenna no matter the source. -Customer service at Alpine was not helpful at all with this issue. Basically said it was my fault. -Hard to replace the detachable face.
Bought this for 2002 sierra decks sounds excellent, very easy to use. I use deck for apple and android works excellent for both. Bluetooth works great, phone is very clear. I am 43 and this is my first stereo purchase in 25 or so years and am glad I chose crutchfield and alpine, they make install easy. also bought jbl front speaker's and kicker rears, installed kicker 10 inch sub preamped 100 watt. Can't be happier my wife keeps stealing my truck though she loves it and says it sounds like a concert inside. Thanks crutch field I will purchase from you again probably soon so I can get my truck back.
Pros: Bluetooth, rear USB, big screen,easy to use,looks awesome sounds great
Awesome deck! Very sleek and clean. No slots in the front for cd and the aux is in the back which makes the face look very clean and no wires are showing. You can tell the big difference between the stock deck (i have this in my Honda S2000 MY07) and it is night and day. Install was a breeze since Crutchfield provides everything needed and pictures of install.
Pros: Amazing quality and sound. Very clean looking and very user friendly (as opposed to Pioneer). Seamless
Cons: Pirce is a little too high but when I got it, it was worth the extra money for the display.
I am very pleased with my purchase. It is a great product and I am very satisfied with the quality of the product, sound, and look!
This was a replacement / upgrade for my truck. I also purchased the SiriusXM SXV200V1 tuner with this which was simple plug and play into the back of this receiver. The Alpine is a tight fit in my dash (depth). Once I adjusted the rear "A" mount (from the free dash mount kit) to pull the top of the receiver down a little, it snapped right into my dash nicely. There are no rear pictures of this unit on Crutchfield so let me let you know that the rear USB is a "dongle" and does have a generous length USB extension cable included. I plugged the extension cord into the dongle and then wrapped the union with electrical tape to ensure the they could not unplug. Let me tell you, this receiver "ROCKS". I have it joined with an Alpine KTP-445 amp. I have tried all of the features on it except for the IPOD (I don't own one) and Pandora. All other features do work as I have checked. It has connected up with my Android phone. The USB is excellent and easy to search. The SiriusXM works perfectly. The HD radio works fine. All features are fairly easy to access and use. Overall, WOW, this unit looks awesome and performs the same. This is not my first Alpine receiver, and I have owned other brands. This one blows them all out of the water, hands down! This is definitely worth every penny! Sound is unbelievably crystal clear from the unit, although I do need to upgrade my speakers soon because they are still stock. Bottom line, I would recommend, no questions asked.
Pros: Quality, sound clarity, features, ease of use, 3 sets of 4v preouts
This deck has yet to work with my iPhone 5 and the TuneIt app. I called Crutchfield and they said oh gee call Alpine we dont have a clue. I called Alpine and the guy that answered laughed when I told him that TuneIt Wasnt working. He didn't even know the product well enough to know that Alpine hadn't released an update for the deck only the app. Pandora won't stream correctly unless you start it first on the phone and then plug it in. Detachable face is hard to install back on to the unit. Controls are layered and cumbersome. Overall this deck didn't sound very good when compared to the Kenwood Excelon that it replaced. Lighting didn't even come close to matching my the dash lights on my 2012 Wrangler. Come on Alpine I know you can do much better than this!!!
Pros: The design of the face looks nice and buttons are placed decently.
Cons: TuneIt app never worked for my iPhone5. Pandora won't launch correctly. Lighting options are not very good. Clunky design for menus that are too layered. Tech support from Alpine not very good. Feels like this product was rushed to market.
This is the first Apine I have owned in many years. The sound quality is what i remember from Alpine ,very good. audio settings and general deck settings are very easy to figure out and they are very easy to set , i-pod funtions on the other hand do take some studying and time to command. overall it is a very fine deck and sound quality is second to none. I do agree with another reviewer that the display could have been done much better.
Pros: Sound quality, ease of most funtions .
Cons: I-pod controls a bit tricking but if you read the manual enough times it gets better.
Upgraded from the cde 123 which I liked a lot just lacked the android compatibility I wanted. Hated having to tether my iPod touch from my phone to use Pandora. Also jade the same issues as on other reviewer eiththe android and Pandora connection. Hands down alpine has one of the best customer service departments in the business. Very helpful and actually replied to every call or email I sent. On this unit the eq is great makes fine tuning a breeze. And the 3 line text is great as well. Only issue I am having now is with my old 32 gig iPod video. Hook it up and I can scan all music by artist and such but once I select a song, it will only play that song. Can hit skip till my fingers bleed and it will not goto next track. In shuffle mode it will goto next song but only when the current one ends, can not skip there either. Not sure if iI'm the only one. Will have to test with iPod touch to see if that's the same. I would put this unit up against any single din on the market right now. Very nice CD player for the price.
Pros: Every connection out there. 3 line text. Quad color illumination
Cons: Slight issues with Pandora from android and iPod issues. As with all new devices I'm sure there are a few kinks that need to be worked out. A firmware update will probably make all known issues non existing in a short time.
There is a reason that Alpine delayed the hd149bt release by 2 months. This deck feels unfinished. From its inability to connect with the Tune-it app since its release, to the power antenna randomly going up when listening source other than radio. Alpine should have had more R&D into this mid level deck, before releasing it.
Pros: Bluetooth Native Pandora control
Cons: detachable face is tough to reinstall (especially at night) tune it app has not worked for iPhone, since its release Antenna randomly goes up when listening to sources other than the radio For Alpines single din flagship, its still missing features alpine offered 10 years ago (i.e. ai net, bass link, bio light display,variable color key pad display,i-personalize.. I could go on and on
Has every input known to man. Sounds great! Alpine even topped their last line. Burr-Brown DAC's, 9 band parametric EQ, sound delays for particular speakers based on distance from the driver, etc. I did have a little difficulty getting Pandora to stream in Pandora mode with my Android phone, but I got the problem solved. Here's the playbook for anyone else having similar trouble.. Alpine's tech support was great. They walked me through my issue in getting the Android HTC Evo 3D (Android v. 4.0.3) to pair via Bluetooth with my Alpine Alpine CDE-HD149BT head unit so I could use Pandora mode. I had read elsewhere that the Pandora via USB was meant only for iPhones. Androids will always stream Pandora to the head unit via Bluetooth, and NOT through USB. Alpine confirmed this was true. Alpine had me check to make sure I was using the latest version of the Pandora app for Android (which was 4.2). The crucial parts were the following four things- 1. ON THE PHONE, IN THE PANDORA APP SETTINGS, under "Advanced," the "Bluetooth for Automotive" must be selected. 2. ON THE HEAD UNIT, hold down the "audio" button so that you get into the settings. the different settings there are, for example.. general, display, tuner, IPOD&USB, Application, etc. Select "Application," then "Alpine APP," and change the setting from "USB" to "BT". Then, exit those menus. 3. ON THE PHONE, go into "Settings," then "Bluetooth" (where the list of your Bluetooth devices is). Click settings for the "Alpine
Pros: Has every input known to man. Sounds great! Alpine even topped their last line. Burr-Brown DAC's, 9 band parametric EQ, sound delays for particular speakers based on distance from the driver, etc.
Cons: Dangerous to try to read song titles and artist names of mp3's on unit while driving.
Just what i was looking for to provide streaming BT support for IPOD and Iphone, handsfree. Installed in place of an older model alpine in less then and hour. Needed to update my Sirius tuner but other then that ... awesome unit
I've had a lot of different car stereo recievers before,and Alpine is an all time favorite.You can actually hear a major difference in sound quality.I pre-ordered this one,and waited a couple months for it to come in,and i'm very impressed so far.Very easy to install and set up.9 band EQ is great.Crutchfield sends you everything you need as usual.Works great with IPOD touch.
Pros: Exceptional sound,easy to operate
Cons: none so far
This is a great stereo. Bluetooth works great and has excellent sound quality. Matched with Crutchfields excellent customer service you cant go wrong with this stereo.
Pros: Bluetooth, ease of use, Pandora through usb
The radio is very nice and simple to use, the only issue that I had was the lack of Pandora compatibility with my iPhone 5. I could use Pandora through bluetooth audio and iPod USD, but not in the Pandora mode on the unit.
Pros: Easy to use and install
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power Output||18 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free.
Note: More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to www.hdradio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps/Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-HD149BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the CDE-HD149BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (KCU-445i or KCU-471i; 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-HD149BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.
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-HD149BT 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 160 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. Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT 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:
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-HD149BT .
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine CDE-HD149BT 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).
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-HD149BT 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.
Note: During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.
External Microphone with Noise Cancellation: The included external microphone (with visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers. 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-HD149BT can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). 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-HD149BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, 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-HD149BT even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with song/artist information and limited control (continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music app 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-HD149BT '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.
Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.
iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod/USB cable that came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right from the head unit. If you have an iPod, iPhone, or iPad device with Lightning connector; use the Alpine KCU-471i cable (500KCU471I, sold separately) ) or the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the CDE-HD149BT .
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Specific Apps||Bluetooth||Display Type||iTunes Tagging||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App||Pandora||TuneIt App||Phone||Audio||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
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 rear-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.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.
Rear-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 9" cable, and comes with a 5' USB extension cable. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; 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/AAC 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. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA/AAC files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type||CD-R/RW||USB Storage Device|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2||FAT 12/16/32|
|Playable File Types|| MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05,
24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
AAC: bit rate of 16-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||509 files/255folders||1,000 folders/files (512 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 CD-Text, ID3, WMA, or AAC 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 CD Text or ID3/WMA tags searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.
Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT offers Repeat and Random playback modes.
Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.
Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.
Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-HD149BT no more that 35° above horizontal.
24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT 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.
Note: Add the KTP-445A (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445A 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-HD149BT 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.
Note: 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.
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.
|1||20 Hz - 100 Hz||3.0, 4.0. 5.0||-7 to +7 dB|
|2||63 Hz - 315 Hz|
|3||125 Hz - 500 Hz|
|4||250 Hz - 1 kHz|
|5||500 Hz - 2 kHz|
|6||1 kHz - 4 kHz|
|7||2 kHz- 7.2 kHz|
|8||5.8 kHz - 12 kHz|
|9||9 kHz - 20 kHz|
Note: The settings of the 9-Band EQ, Time Correction, and X-over can be stored in the preset memory (1-6).
Audio Enhancements: The CDE-HD149BT offers the following audio adjustments to enhance your in-car listening experience.
Alpine's TuneIt App: The Apline TuneIt app 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 CDE-HD149BT 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.
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.
Fold-Down Detachable Face: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT features a manual fold-down face-plate which is detachable to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. 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. The fold-down face requires 1.875" of space to open.
2-Line LCD: This unit is equipped with a 2-Line white-backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations, CD-Text, and ID-3/WMA/AAC tag information.
Text Display: Text information, such as the disc name and the track name, will be displayed if playing a CD text compatible disc. It is also possible to display the folder name, the file name, and the tag information, while playing a MP3/WMA/AAC disc or USB device. This unit can scroll the disc and track names recorded on CD-Text disc, as well as the text information of MP3/WMA/AAC files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.
Clock/Calendar Display: The CDE-HD149BT provides a clock (12hr) & calendar (mm/dd/yy) display.
Variable Color Button Illumination: The head unit lets you choose between Blue, Green, Red, or Amber button illumination. The LCD text will remain white.
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.
Demo Mode: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.
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-HD149BT 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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The top end of Alpine's 2013 CD receiver line gives you exciting features, like Bluetooth, App Direct mode, and the ability to tune your sound using your smartphone.
The last two vehicles that I owned and upgraded the radios in have been Alpine and I loved the radios. [ Stephen Jan 10, 2017 ]
This is similar to an Alpine unit I bought a few years ago. It has all the features I'm looking for (Bluetooth, pre-amp outputs, HD Radio, USB), and I like the display. The display can be easily read in daylight and doesn't have the pixelated look of most displays. I'll be installing it in a 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport, so I'm moving from a double-din to a single-din, but that's a fair trade off. [ Arthur Dec 31, 2016 ]
alpine quality and reputation, larger viewing display. [ JAMES D Dec 30, 2016 ]
I was looking for a strong, stable Bluetooth streaming audio. The reviews said this head unit out performed the Kenwood in the sound, Bluetooth performance and stability. However it is lacking the APTX compression that only the Kenwood uses for higher quality data stream via Bluetooth. I am hoping the road noise will mask the difference. If not I'll use the USB connection with FLAC music extension to stream music. [ Jeffrey Dec 19, 2016 ]
to help clean up my sound and to keep my speaker looking new and protect them from weather [ FREDDIE Nov 23, 2016 ]
Great reviews and this specific unit fits the S2000 without any problems with clearance of the door/flap to cover up the head unit. [ Huy Nov 07, 2016 ]
alpine forever [ O Nov 01, 2016 ]
Originally picked because it fits vehicle, lots of features including handsfree phone operation, good reviews. So far it has lived up to expectations. Thanks Crutchfield [ Tim Sep 09, 2016 ]
It had what I needed [ Beverly May 23, 2016 ]
great peace of equipment, very easy to use and install [ Kelly T. May 08, 2016 ]
I have always been an Alpine fan, and this unit is full of features and has the sound quality to match!! [ Jeremy Apr 20, 2016 ]
The lcd screen and superior sound quality [ Aaron Dec 20, 2015 ]
Flip down the face plate and then hit the eject button. [ Richard Dec 02, 2016 ]
Press the button on the top left corner of the face, right next to the phone button, face flips down, theres an eject button right next to the cd slot. [ Michael Dec 02, 2016 ]
Push the small button at the upper-left corner, the front panel should open revealing the CD slot. [ Eugene Dec 02, 2016 ]
The faceplate folds down. The cd drive is behind the face. [ Jesse J Harris- Dec 02, 2016 ]
You open the unit and pull it down it is on a hinge Then you will see the CD slot and a release button. Load and close. The unit then powers up. [ William R. Dec 02, 2016 ]
The front face flips forward to reveal the CD slot. [ Stephen Dec 02, 2016 ]
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. [ Krissy Jul 01, 2016 ] Staff
Yes, you can run the cable to wherever you find it most convenient. [ Zachary Jun 29, 2016 ]
Yes. You can wrote the wire with the USB to any location. [ easton Jun 29, 2016 ]
You can run the usb chord wherever. I have mine wired back up through my center console to keep it hidden. Glove box should work too. [ N Jun 29, 2016 ]
Yes, you hold down the phone button to access Siri [ Karyn May 29, 2016 ]
I never installed any of that hands free stuff but, there is an option to talk to your head unit when all that is installed. So I would say since you can hands free talk to the head unit that you could indeed talk to Siri as well. [ Delaney May 17, 2016 ]
This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation. [ Jeff May 09, 2016 ] Staff
Yep- I replaced my stock head unit and was able to get the HD radio signals and all just by swapping out the head unit. [ N May 06, 2016 ]
If you just hit the view button (far right) you can cycle through other display options. I don't believe you can just keep the clock display without the globe spinning though. [ MATTHEW Apr 11, 2016 ]
Yes [ EDWARD Mar 29, 2016 ]
Just use aux or bluetooth [ Guest Mar 29, 2016 ]
Sure. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 offers a 13 band EQ with preset curves but also provides a "User" setting where you can custom set each band to your specific preferences: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KDCX998/item.html I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Feb 06, 2016 ] Staff
According to the manual, supported file types are MP3, WMA and AAC. [ Richard Feb 05, 2016 ]
Sorry it does not support FLAC. Alpine has 2 new models CDE-163BT and UTE-62BT support FLAC. [ ROBERT Feb 04, 2016 ]
Per their manual, supported file types are MP3, WMA and AAC [ Richard Feb 04, 2016 ]
It depends on the station, but if the station sends that data over the airwaves, this deck will display it. It is an awesome deck, and definitely a good purchase and replacement for an older Alpine! [ Jeremy Jan 19, 2016 ]
It only shows information when its picking up HD signal. [ Mat Jan 19, 2016 ]
Yes it does. [ Hugo Dec 17, 2015 ]
Yes. Parametric EQ as well as bass and treble (two of the EQ bands double as bass and treble). The subwoofer outout has a level control, an adjustable cutoff and a boost at a selectable frequency. Very flexible all around. [ Richard Dec 17, 2015 ]
It sure does [ douglas Dec 17, 2015 ]
Yes, this unit has full bass, treble, fader and balance control. Also has subwoofer quantity, phase and level control. [ James Dec 16, 2015 ]
Yes very user friendly too [ Doug Dec 16, 2015 ]
Yes [ Scott Dec 16, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Nov 30, 2015 ] Staff
Face plate folds, does not detach. [ DENNIS Sep 10, 2015 ]
The faceplate is absolutely removable. Only issue I had in my particular situation was that the trim kit (the free one sent with my HU) crowds the faceplate right where it attaches/detaches to the HU. I'm able to get it off and on, but I do have to be careful when detaching/attaching the faceplate. Unit is pretty awesome. You'll like it if you choose to purchase it. [ Jason Sep 09, 2015 ]
Yes, the faceplate is removable - in fact, a carrying case is included. With faceplate open/down, push to the right/passenger side to disengage from the left hinge to release the faceplate. [ EEWdad Sep 09, 2015 ]
It detaches and is removable [ SCOTT Sep 08, 2015 ]
Yes the face plate is removable. [ Steve Sep 08, 2015 ]
The faceplate does detach, same as most decks. [ DONALD Sep 08, 2015 ]
Yes it is removable, although i remember it being a little cumbersome to remove [ DANIEL L Sep 08, 2015 ]
Yes, it folds and comes with its own faceplate box. [ Kyle Sep 08, 2015 ]
Certainly worth the money. Its not the graphics that make it better its the clarity of the text. On the 148BT the font is pixelated. The 149 gives you a more clear view of all your text features like phone numbers, music listings, graphics, etc. Hope that helps! [ MICHAEL F Jun 09, 2015 ]
I bought 2 or these stereos and they both work fine. It's nice to have the additional features if you listen to internet radio, as I do. But I bought this when I had an Iphone and it worked fine. I now have an Android and I have to plug it in the aux instead but it still works fine. the screen is cool at night when the colors change. Good luck! [ VERONICA Jun 09, 2015 ]
You need to compare the features. I know the 149BT has pandora. Maybe one doesn't have a CD player or something. [ DOUGLAS Jun 09, 2015 ]
it looks a lot cleaner with the bigger cleaner display and hidden cd slot.. was well worth it to me and i dont use any of those novelty graphics [ JAMES Jun 09, 2015 ]
Almost anything that supports the Bluetooth standards of a specific device can pair with that device. Keep in mind that Bluetooth is evolving and there are multiple standards and older car audio units may support an older more limited standard that that supported by a new iPhone. That said, those devices that provide an iPod adapter, I have had luck using adapter cables, even ones with a 3.5 audio jack and just jacking into the audio output of any device. Likewise, I have used Lightning adapters to use new iPhone devices with older style connectors successfully. [ GORDON May 08, 2015 ]
Androids & most apple products with BT. Haven't tried antying else. However, there is a USB connector I used to charge & play quite often that i'd imagine you could almost pair with anything. [ JAMES Apr 27, 2015 ]
I've only noticed that when the phone is too far from the head unit, or if there's something between the phone and the head unit. And by "too far", I'm talking like 1.5 to 2 feet -- the phone has to be really close to maintain a good connection. Enough so that if its even in my left pocket while driving, and there's another phone in my pocket as well, the signal for music streaming might start to drop out. Moving the phone closer to the unit has cleared it up every time. [ Daniel Mar 07, 2015 ]
Works perfect with my I phone 4s. I'm thinking of getting an I phone 6 ! I hope I don't end up with problems. [ DOUG Mar 06, 2015 ]
I've had this head unit for almost two years and haven't had that exact issue per say.. I have a Droid tho. I have had issues if i'm streaming from internet radio when I leave my place and it disconnected from the WiFi and reconnecting to the data then continuing to stream. My solution to that is wait until i'm out of range of the wifi to start streaming. Hope that helps a little- [ JAMES Mar 06, 2015 ]