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Loaded with features and ready to roll
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.
Sound control, just a swipe away
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.
Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
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.
Built-in HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging
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.
Pandora® in your car
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.
Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.
iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
Great looking radio, many many features. Just not fully compatible with my car as it loses all its saved settings every time the car is turned off. It's too bad too. Really like the design and sound.
Anonymous, Faribault, MN
What's in the Box:
- CD receiver (10A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring (installed)
- Face (attached)
- Wiring harness
- Hard plastic face case
- 5' USB extension cable (w/ a female USB type-A connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
- Microphone w/ attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector (inside face case)
- Sun-visor bracket (inside face case)
- Two-sided tape (inside face case)
- 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
- Face fixing screw
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Owner's Manual CD-ROM
- Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
- Online Product Registration
- Computer Requirements booklet
- CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- built-in HD Radio tuner
- Pandora control with iPhone and Android
- App Direct Mode for select music apps
- detachable face with selectable quad-illumination
- sound customization with the Alpine TuneIt App smartphone app
- 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 preset tone curves
- high- and low-pass filters
- compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
- inputs: rear USB port and auxiliary input
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|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.
- Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the Alpine CDE-HD149BT.
- Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.
- Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic memory search.
- Search Functions: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT offers various search functions to help you find the analog or digital AM/FM stations you are looking for. You can search for only digital AM/FM stations (Digital mode), or both analog & digital AM/FM stations (Hybrid mode). Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned. You can even search for a radio station by its frequency, using the head unit's rotary encoder.
- Listening Modes: The head unit provides four reception methods in order to receive Digital & Analog AM/FM signals according to your own preference and signal strength. Choose from Hybrid (receives both digital and analog stations; if the digital signal is weak, this mode will switch to receive the analog radio signal automatically), Digital (receives only digital radio signals even when the digital signal is weak), Digital MC (receives the digital radio signal while listening to a sub-program service of a multicast station), or Analog (only receives the analog radio signal, even when the digital signal is strong).
- Live Mode: While receiving a live AM/FM broadcast, you can select an optimized receiving method according to your own preference and the signal strength. Choose from Analog (while receiving a live broadcast this unit will only receive the analog radio signal even when the digital signal can be received), Digital (while receiving a live broadcast this unit will keep receiving the digital radio signal even when the digital signal is week), or Listen (while receiving a live broadcast this unit will use one of the Listening Modes - Hybrid/Digital/Digital MC/Analog).
- FM Tone Quality: You can set your preferred tonal quality, when listening to FM analog radio stations. You can choose between HiFi (high-quality sound), Normal (standard setting), or Stable (noise control).
- iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.
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.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
- QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine CDE-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:
- Text Display: Text information, such as the channel name, artist name, feature and song/program title is displayed on the in-dash receiver.
- Search Function: You can search for SiriusXM programming content by Category or by Channel.
- 18 Presets: The Alpine head unit feature 3 Satellite Radio preset bands. You can store 6 SiriusXM stations to each preset band (a total of 18).
- Jump Recall: You can save your absolute favorite radio station and access it with the press of a single button for easy recall.
- Instant Replay: The head unit supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content.
- Song/Artist/Game Alert: With Song/Artist Alert you can get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. With the push of a button, you can jump right to that broadcast and catch the songs you want to listen to. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. Jump to that station with the push of a button so you can listen to the game play by play. You can also get the latest score updates while you are listening to other stations.
- iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs (up to 50) you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone. The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes. When you hear a song you like, simply press and hold down the Volume button for two seconds on the head unit .
- Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
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:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine CDE-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.
- Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT
provides a couple ways
to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming calls
are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will
be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's display.
- Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
- Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
- Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
- Placing Calls: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT
provides a variety of
functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine
features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and
redial with compatible phones.
- Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact.
- Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 entries (3 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can select the first 3 call letters (ABC) to search for a desired name in your phonebook.
- Preset Dialing: You can assign phone numbers that you dial frequently to presets (1-6) for quick recall. You can assign up to six frequently called phone numbers. A total of 18 phone numbers can be stored in the preset memory (6 numbers for each mobile phone paired).
- Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
Note: 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.
- Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of phone call, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference. The Phone Talk Level, Ring Tone, & Mic Gain are all adjustable between -5 to + 5 dB.
- Sound Types: This unit provides 5 methods to improve the sound quality of your calls. You can choose the type according to your own preference - Type 1 (standard mode), Type 2 (enhances noise reduction), Type 3 (enhances echo-cancellation), Type 4 (enhances both noise reduction & echo cancellation), & Type 5 (weakens both noise reduction & echo-cancellation).
Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.
- All: The audio will be output from all of the speakers in the car
- F-L: The sound is only output from the front left speaker.
- F-R: The sound is only output from the front right speaker.
- F-LR: The sound is output from the front left and front right speakers.
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 .
- Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT supports audio playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone; as well as music apps downloaded on your Apple device. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the Alpine head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
- Music Navigation: You can choose to control the
iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or
touchscreen (App Direct Mode).
- Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-HD149BT lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, Audiobook, or Genius Mix. You can then search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0-6%, Preset 2: 17-32%, Preset 3: 33-49%, Preset 4: 50%-66%, Preset 5: 67-82%, Preset 6: 83-100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback modes (Album/Song/All) and one Repeat mode (song).
- App Direct Mode: In App Direct Mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Alpine head unit. Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are available from the head unit. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate advanced functions of your music apps. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
- Information Display: The CDE-HD149BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod/iPhone from the Alpine head unit or the Apple devices clickwheel/touchscreen. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The unit will also display station identification and song/artist information from select music apps.
- iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.
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.
- Repeat: Repeat Play (repeats playback of current track/file), Folder Repeat (repeats only files in current folder).
- Random: Random Play (all tracks/files on disc are played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are played back in random order).
Off Insert/Eject: 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.
- CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
Note: Add the KTP-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.
- Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer output. System 1 (subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting) or System 2 ( subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting (0-15); even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible.
- Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can be set to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the low pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
- Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).
High Pass Filter (for Front & Rear): The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front-channel preamp output (when activated). You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
Preset/9-Band EQ: You can select from 11 different EQ presets to get the best sound from all your sources. You can choose from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electric Dance, Hip-Hop, Easy Listening, Country, Classical, or User. Using the head unit's 9-Band EQ (in User mode), you can modify the EQ settings to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste.
|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.
- Media Xpander: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. You can customize the Media Xpander to suit your personal taste by adjusting the level (0-8) for Bass, Mids, and Highs. The FM radio, CD, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth, and Aux will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
- Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance between the left and right speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance (0-132.7") of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener.
This feature allows you to change the soundstage of your
music in the vehicle. You can select from three modes.
- Front Wide: Creates the effect of widening the front sound field by delaying the sound of the front speakers.
- Rear Wide: Creates the effect of making the front sound image clear and far by delaying the sound of the rear speakers.
- Off: No effect is applied (default)
- Source Volume Level: The output level of each source (Tuner, Disc, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, Pandora, Aux) is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.
Alpine's TuneIt App: The 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.
- Sound Tuning: The Alpine TuneIt app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a sound tuning interface for the CDE-HD149BT. Follow the simple graphical instructions on your phone to adjust sound settings for your specific vehicle or choose from pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Parametric EQ, Bass Engine SQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. As you change settings on your smartphone, you will hear the results, so you can customize the sound to exactly how you want it. You can make and save up to 100 different sound settings in your account, which is helpful if you want various settings to use for specific types of music. After tuning your system, upload your settings to the Alpine Cloud Server to share them with other Alpine fans. You can also check out other user's settings and rate them. The more active you are, the higher your profile status progresses within the app.
- Facebook Notifications: The Alpine TuneIt app also keeps you in touch with your Facebook friends. When you receive a notification, you will get a visual alert on the smartphone and the head unit, plus a sound alert through your car speakers. The visual notification includes the Facebook icon and the sender's name, with the profile picture shown on the phone. You are then able to listen to the notification via TTS (Text-to-Speech) through the head unit and your vehicle's speaker. You can even "Like" the notification from the head unit's front-panel controls. In order to receive Facebook notifications on the head unit, the Alpine TuneIt app must be the active app on your smartphone.
Note: Access to the Alpine TuneIt app will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. You will also need to turn on the GPS function of your phone.
Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The volume of this feature can be set from 0-7.
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.
- Auto: The CD text information, the information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically.
- Manual: The display is scrolled when a disc is loaded or when a track is changed.
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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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
by Zak Billmeier
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.
Why did you buy this?
product quality and compatibility [ ELWYN M Jun 15, 2017 ]
I have owned several Alpine radios over the years. This one had the features I was looking for. Overall I am very happy with the radio. I wish the display would have the ability to match the dash. Only the buttons can change. [ Dave May 25, 2017 ]
alpine, rear usb, bright screen, hd, positive reviews related to bluetooth quality [ GLENN G Mar 05, 2017 ]
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 ]
33 questions already asked
I presume you are referring to music. It will play as long as the source is set to Bluetooth audio. If source is set to something other than Bluetooth audio in will play that, but once you select Bluetooth audio in will start to play. [ Deborah Apr 10, 2017 ]
Yes it will. By far one of the best CD players I've owned [ Scott Apr 10, 2017 ]
Typically I will connect my iPhone by Bluetooth and then start playing music. But to answer your question, yes, when I already have the music playing on my phone the sound will switch to the speakers connected to the Alpine. [ Jennings Apr 10, 2017 ]
Yes it will. For some reason sometimes I have issues with it connecting to my Samsung g7 but it connects perfectly to my iPhone 7 as well as my LG phones. [ David Apr 10, 2017 ]
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 ]
1 answer I bought the cde149bt for the sound quality it was supposed to possess. Well after installing and tuning it I'm very disappointed. The unit has a lifeless and hollow sound. The tuneit App has a parametric HD and SQ bass adjustability but you can't access once you connect to the the cde149bt. I need a more adjustable eq to create depth and fullness and sparkling highs. Any suggestions??? [ Ed Feb 05, 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 ]
For details on fit or 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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Feb 27, 2015 ] Staff
Works perfectly. [ Richard Dec 17, 2015 ]
My iPhone 6 works just fine in Bluetooth and direct (usb) connection [ James Dec 16, 2015 ]
No [ ROBERTA A Jan 07, 2015 ]
It works with my iPhone 6. I just use the bluetooth audio option. I have used that option since I used it with my iPhone 5. No real change in operation. Totally compatible. [ BROCK Dec 31, 2014 ]
The unit works Great on my iPhone 6 I have two of these units and they work great [ BRIAN Dec 31, 2014 ]
Sorry man I still use the iPhone. I understood that it wouldn't work except only with iPhone [ RICARDO Dec 14, 2014 ]
Dear Chris, I wish I could help. I just don't know. I do not use that configuration. Good luck with getting your info. Yours, Craig. [ CRAIG H Dec 14, 2014 ]
2 answers How should I structure my music files for use with a USB? I've tried various ways with limited success. I've made one folder with all the individual songs in it, a folder for each artist with all of their respective songs in it, etc. Should the structure be artist, album, song? Thanks [ Kent Dec 05, 2014 ]
Not 100% sure as I've yet to have this issue.. the HU seems to be smart enough to pick up anything I've attached to it thus far- but when I use my phone through the USB, it reads everything out of one folder from my phone (have android). It's supposed to also read up to 8 layers of folders and I believe it should automatically alphabetize them for you as well. Two questions I guess: What kind of USB drive are you connecting & Have you tried a different thumb drive or device? [ JAMES Dec 05, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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/. [ Jeff Dec 05, 2014 ] Staff
No, this particular unit does not have an ai-net port and if I am not mistaken Alpine stopped using AI-Net in 2012 and newer head units. [ DOUGLAS Dec 03, 2014 ]
No it does not [ KENNETH Dec 03, 2014 ]
1 answer I just got this Alpine CDE-HD149BT but im having trouble using the Pandora source and using the Tune It app. When Im in my car and select Pandora for source it says "NO PANDORA" even though I have my phone connected through Bluetooth. Also when I try using the Tune It app and make a custom tunning and try to apply it to my stereo it says "NOT CONNECTED TO ALPINE RADIO" even though its connected through Bluetooth. Can someone help me? PS my phone is a iPhone 5S [ Alfredo Nov 25, 2014 ]
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 26, 2014 ] Staff
2 answers Question for android phone users: How is the sound quality while playing Pandora through the Bluetooth? Is there no other way to access Pandora other than Bluetooth? I use an HTC Desire 601, should there be any issues with playback through this model of phone? Thanks for any help. [ Jay71 Nov 01, 2014 ]
The sound quality is great. I have played Pandora in the USB mode, but it does not sound as good. As long as your phone has Bluetooth capability, it should work fine. I would download the Alpine Tune-It App if you can. [ RICH Nov 06, 2014 ]
The sound quality streaming blue tooth to the receiver is great.. Pandora is limited by it's own quality (which is pretty bad) so I do not use that app or recommend using it with anything other than a portable pool speaker. Try Milk or IheartRadio, their codecs are better and the music selection is better as well. With Milk you can even set it to player in higher quality at the sacrifice to data usage. I also use the mini usb to connect sometimes and works well too. My only complaint is that if you do not have your phone ready for pairing (bluetooth on, in the area, etc), you have to restart the power on the receiver to get it to pair. But it is pretty infrequent that it happens. Hands down a great unit all around. [ JAMES Nov 03, 2014 ]
I've never seen that finish as an option on their website. I suppose you could just reach out to Alpine directly and inquire. [ Jason Sep 09, 2015 ]
I don't think so.. [ JAMES Sep 12, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Sep 10, 2014 ] Staff
Thanks Craig! I am sure I can make it work. [ Jay Aug 05, 2014 ]
Dear Jay, I purchased the 149 last year and like it very much. To the extent that the 149 will not fit your truck may have to do with inputs and not other factors, such as DVD inputs, phone features and connections, etc. The technical folks at Crutchfield are very good about explain these kinds of application/fit subtleties; give them a holler before you get too caught up in others' minutia about their specific applications. I had a previous Alpine head unit in a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup, and it worked beautifully. Best of luck. [ CRAIG H Aug 05, 2014 ]
Thank you! I have the 149 in my 911 match with R series separates for the front and 6" R series in the rear and 2 - 8" R Series subs all matched up with the PD series 5 channel amp. I was hoping to do the same set up for the truck. Only with a 4 channel for the speakers and a single channel for 2 10" R series subs under the back bench. If we are only talking about 1/16" I think I can work that out. Thank you for the help and input! [ Jay Aug 04, 2014 ]
Hi, I went ahead and checked the actual dimensions for the 148 vs. the 149. The only thing that I think will cause you problems is the difference in depth. The 148 is 6 5/16" deep and the 149 is 6 3/8" deep. I know it doesn't sound like much, but depending on the kit you use to install the radio into the dash it won't go all the way in. Personally, I thought the units looked identical in the pictures, but the 149 is just a bit deeper. I have the 149 and its a really nice unit. Hope this helps! [ JOSEPH C Aug 04, 2014 ]
The 149 is quite deep, and without a little modification it might stick out from your factory radio housing. I bought the 149 for my Land Rover, and I had to modify the rubber grommet that screws into the back of the unit in order to get the radio pushed far enough into the bracket behind the dash. Otherwise it poked out about 1cm. [ WILLIAM Aug 04, 2014 ]
For details on fit or 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 fitment details and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Greg Aug 04, 2014 ] Staff
The screen is the primary difference between the two. The motorized faceplate (which is removable) opens up when you're looking to insert a CD. I chose the 149 and do not have any regrets. [ Jason Sep 09, 2015 ]
The display is the biggest difference...and price. You are better off with the 149. The display is much better. I am so glad I decided to get the 149 for that reason alone. All the other features are fairly similar. So if the display isn't a huge factor, save the $50 and get the 148. But from my personal experience, spend the extra money. I purchased an Alpine with the 148 display and it was very difficult to see. So I sent it back and I got the CDE-HD149BT and I'm glad I did. [ MICHAEL F Aug 13, 2014 ]
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. [ Greg Aug 02, 2014 ] Staff
1 answer When I added this Alpine receiver to the shopping cart, I got this message: "When you replace your factory radio, the factory subwoofer and subwoofer amplifier (if present) will no longer work." I read somewhere that the factory receiver for the 2006 Subaru Forester with built-in CD changer and tweeters has a built-in subwoofer amplifier so I'm guessing I need to buy a separate subwoofer amp. If so, what kind of amp would I need? [ Victor Jul 08, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp 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 between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Jul 08, 2014 ] Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Apr 27, 2014 ] Staff
Mike N, I have not being using satellite radio so I cannot answer your question accurately. My guess is that once you break connection between your receiver and the station I don't see how the unit would be able to cache the reply, this question should probably addressed to the sat Radio provider. Paul [ PAUL A Apr 04, 2014 ]
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 Apr 01, 2014 ] Staff
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 Mar 05, 2014 ] Staff
There seems to be conflicting answers. I hate to ask again, but can you guys confirm that I can change the display color in addition to the buttons? Blue hurts my eyes at night and I need the display either red or amber. [ Ken Mar 01, 2014 ]
The colors are red, blue, green that I am sure of, I think orange may be a color but I can not totally sure. I have my set to red because my dash color is red. I love this head unit btw...get investment, perfect sound [ MICHAEL F Dec 29, 2013 ]
Thanks James!! [ Dave Dec 26, 2013 ]
Yes i like blue, but theres orange red and green. its in setup, display, illumination. [ JHONATTAN Dec 26, 2013 ]
Yeah, The only problem when doing so is that the source button I think is naturally a blue tint so the red comes through slightly purplish at night. Aesthetics aside, you would be crazy to not get this deck if it is in your price range.. It sounds amazing and the internal control you get on your speakers in unmatched. [ JAMES Dec 26, 2013 ]
The curls are blue green or orange. Not a vibrant red. Great deck with awesome features. [ HOWARD E Dec 26, 2013 ]
That is correct. [ SARAH M Dec 26, 2013 ]
Thank you Aaron this was very helpful bro. [ Dave Dec 26, 2013 ]
I bought this unit over the summer and still have it in my 1995 Suburban. The display screen, having song/station/information does not change. All of the other display lights do change. You can see the blue square signature Apine brand button in the picture is blue - this changes to red, orange, and green. There are a lot of other backlit buttons and styling that all change as well. It was a bit of a letdown, as I went to the inordinate and probably over burdensome effort to change all of my dashlights to red. I'm an Alpine brand guy, and saw that at the time, the units that would do what I wanted were a little over my pricepoint or didn't have a particular feature I wanted. I'm happy with it, basically because Alpine is still a pretty solid brand and delivers on all other features when other brands and units have failed me, i.e. bluetooth, pandora functionality, iPhone 5 compatibility, etc.). There may be some others now that have everything change, I haven't done much research since. Good luck. It'd be interesting to know what you end up with - this unit is still pretty good, I might install it on my wife's car just for the bluetooth and iPhone functionality and go for something else myself. If you're looking to do what I did, change all the dash lights, let me know what you ended up with [ AARON A Dec 26, 2013 ]