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Alpine UTE-52BT

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

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If your smartphone is the hub of your communication and entertainment, Alpine's UTE-52BT digital media receiver will make an ideal travel companion. This receiver works with both iPhone® and Android™ models, so you can listen to stored music or stream Pandora® and other Internet radio apps with your phone. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity lets you enjoy your tunes, plus hands-free conversations. All of your digital music will sound great, thanks to the built-in 24-bit digital audio converter.

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If your smartphone is the hub of your communication and entertainment, Alpine's UTE-52BT digital media receiver will make an ideal travel companion. This receiver works with both iPhone® and Android™ models, so you can listen to stored music or stream Pandora® and other Internet radio apps with your phone. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity lets you enjoy your tunes, plus hands-free conversations. All of your digital music will sound great, thanks to the built-in 24-bit digital audio converter.

Alpine UTE-52BT Digital Media Receiver

Use the Alpine TuneIt App to get your sound just right

Your sound, your way

The Alpine TuneIt App gives you the ability to fine-tune your car's sound. Just download the free app onto your iPhone or Android smartphone and create a profile including your car and sound system information. The app will help you your adjust the receiver's 9-band parametric EQ, frequency filters, Media Xpander, and other sound settings for your specific vehicle, or you can use the settings already created for your car in Alpine's ever-growing vehicle database. Better yet, you can visit Facebook and check out settings created by other users.

If you're into bass, you can use Bass Engine SQ tuning to optimize your car's bass performance, and customize its five bass profiles with the TuneIt App. If you're planning on adding an amp or two to your system, the UTE-52BT features three sets of 2-volt preamp outputs, so you have plenty of options. You can make further adjustments by updating your TuneIt App profile settings.

Everything you need

With the handy front USB port, you can plug in a flash drive that you've loaded up with music, or connect your iPod® or iPhone to listen to music. You can also connect a portable MP3 player or other sound source to the front auxiliary input.

The UTE-52BT works with SiriusXM's SXV300 tuner (sold separately), making it easy to tune into satellite radio's in-depth music, news, and entertainment  programming wherever you drive. 

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio 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.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

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 product

Anonymous, San diego,ca

What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • plays MP3, WMA, and WAV music files
    • works with iPod, iPhone, and Android (See Details tab for more info)
    • Alpine TuneIt App allows for extensive sound adjustment
    • App Mode for metadata display and basic control of select music apps
    • external microphone included
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 9-band parametric EQ
    • 24-bit digital audio converter
    • low-pass/high-pass filters
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, and sub)
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    Other features and specs:

    Alpine UTE-52BT Reviews

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    (250 Reviews)

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    Anonymous from San diego,ca on 4/10/2017

    1996 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product


    Cons: Bass control is a little confusing at first.

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    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 4/3/2017

    2004 Land Rover Discovery
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First impressions are good - everything works and I expect long lasting quality from Alpine.



    I own 2

    Nate from Winchester, IN on 3/26/2017

    2003 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I absolutely love this unit. I got a Kenwood from Crutchfield and within a week sent it back and got this instead. Great simple design that just flat out works.

    Pros: great simple design easy to use

    Cons: non

    Cheap quality radio

    Dflo from Colorado Springs, CO on 3/19/2017

    1994 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for my 94 Sentra. I have always like alpine and this one is no different. The price attracted me on this unit. I don't think you could find a cheaper quality radio. No CD player. Who cares. Nobody buys cds anymore. Everyone uses their phone for music anymore. Great buy



    Awesome sound

    Xavier from Newark, OH on 3/17/2017

    2005 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Always an Alpine fan. Very pleased with this head unit. I am just using it as an upgrade to the factory radio, but very please with the options I can utilize in the future.



    easy to use

    Lang from Austin, TX on 3/15/2017

    2001 Ford Excursion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i have 2 of these. they sound great. and very easy to use. the Bluetooth is really good. it always connects quickly.

    Pros: bluetooth is quick to connect


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    Anonymous from Darlington, sc on 3/7/2017

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

    Love it. Alpine is the best head unit i have ever used.



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    Rick from Cocoa,Fl on 2/28/2017

    1998 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely cannot beat the deck for the price. Very clear Bluetooth. I now have purchased 4 of these.

    Pros: Price

    Cons: None

    Excellent Head Unit

    Travis from Lewisville, NC on 2/5/2017

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

    Fantastic head unit for the $$! I really love being able to tune the sound through my phone app...would be better if it did the tuning via Bluetooth instead of with cable and USB. Clear sound and great features!!



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    Anonymous from Gastonia, NC on 1/22/2017

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

    Great upgrade from the stock radio. Blue tooth and Pandora features work great. Instructions from Crutchfield made the installation process simple.



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    Chris from Senoia, GA on 1/19/2017

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Back to basics. Easy to use. Made my upgraded speakers sound a lot better than my other aftermarket sterio

    Pros: Simple


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    Anonymous from Austin, TX on 1/18/2017

    2007 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great, just not exactly very user friendly. I still haven't figured out all the audio settings or how to connect the tuneit app through Bluetooth.



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    Anonymous from Boca Raton, FL on 1/16/2017

    1997 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit. Love the Bass feature!



    It's ok

    Peter from Eureka, CA on 1/16/2017

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit because I liked an older model that is installed in my wife's car. I didn't want anything fancy and appreciated the simple interface that wasn't to complicated. Unfortunately, what I have is more complicated and less intuitive. This unit is not as straightforward as hers. There are more buttons, cramping up an already limited faceplate while doing little to improve on a budget stereo. I won't go into all my gripes about what I don't like, as they are too specific to what I would have preferred. I think I could live with a less than optimal user interface if there weren't glitches that affect the performance. Specifically, I have a problem with bluetooth dropping out after using voice commands to send/reply to texts. It's a crapshoot whether the audio I was streaming prior to the text reply will resume. The display will show no unit is connected and I have to cycle through the source inputs to reconnect, which is tedious and distracting. Its bad enough that if I could disable receiving text notifications while driving I would. With all that said, I don't think this is a bad unit. I just think the limitations of BT are something that haven't been overcome yet. I can live with it and will adapt to using it accordingly to minimize frustration, i.e. just ignore notifications while driving.

    Pros: Affordable Good sound USB port on faceplate

    Cons: Confusing buttons BT connectivity subpar Important buttons are placed to the right of the volume knob, making it harder to interact with the stereo. Why is the bass button so prominent? I think for most people using this unit, they will set their preferences and forget about them. This thing gets prime real estate like you will need to use it often. App for phone is of minimal value.

    Alpine quality and simplicity

    Anonymous from Encinitas, CA on 1/9/2017

    1998 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've owned more than a few Alpine decks over the last 20yrs and this one doesn't disappoint. Was nervous about installing in a Porsche Boxster with a factory amp, but the Metra parts and Crutchfield install guide made it a slam dunk.



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    jay from Lawrenceville, GA on 1/9/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice product I'm always satisfied with Alpine quality and sound. The reason I chose to review this item was to let someone who has never purchased from Crutchfield or Crutchfield outlet know that the products , new or refurbished are always in my experience, first rate. And if ever I have had an issue with something the customer service team is there to help. You just can't beat this company for good products and service. I learned how to build audio systems using the resource material found here even before the days of internet. I've been a customer since 1984 and will continue to be for as long as I have this audio addiction. Thanks Crutchfield keep up the good work.



    Hot *Alpine* Mess

    Jeff from Shawnee, KS on 1/6/2017

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Worked great for six months... then the right pre-amp output quit. Crutchfield was unable to assist other than to provide an address to send the unit to Alpine for repair. Not counting shipping time it can take up to a month and half for a repair so it looks like I'll be driving around with a hole in my dash for the next couple of months! At one time Alpine was considered a high end product, I've since replaced their component speakers (very tinny, metallic tweeters) with Polk and their 4x50 amp with a JL. My opinion; they're simply overpriced junk manufactured cheaply. I'm not an audio freak, just wanted a good brand that made quality equipment. Read: Alpine is going downhill Tim from Ft. Collins, CO on 3/4/2014 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe -- Sounds like Alpine is now into mass producing junk.



    Simplicity and sound

    Anonymous from AK on 12/27/2016

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is far easier (simple is best) to use than the Kenwood Excelon we bought for my son. Sounds excellent with stock speakers too. Used the hands-free microphone after running and hiding the cord and it sounds excellent.

    Pros: Simplicity, sound and features.

    Cons: Alpine app not so great.

    Nice n Easy

    Mike from Missoula, MT on 12/20/2016

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple solution for pairing an iphone music library and hands-free phone calls. This Alpine unit works great for playing music from my phone. I was up and running with my playlists, library, and Pandora. I like the "tune-it" app which gives you a multi-band eq, really helps dial in sound specific to the vehicle. Install in my Toyota Tundra was pretty simple. The hardest part was running the microphone for the hands free calling. Love this feature. The display leaves a little to be desired but the price was just right.



    Alpine on a Harley

    Paul from Dalzell, SC on 12/14/2016

    2010 Nissan Frontier SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit on my HD Heritage Softail in a batwing fairing. It is packed with a bunch of very useful features that make this unit sounds extremely good over the vtwin engine noise. I had a little fun using the Alpine Tune It app to refine my audio. I am also using the ktp445a 4x45w mini amp with it. Lots of standard features and plenty of customization to meet your needs

    Pros: Lots of included features, customization

    Cons: None so far

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    Anonymous from St Louis, MO on 12/12/2016

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

    Great value for the price. Could not be happier!



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    Barry from MURPHY, NC on 11/8/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had it installed in less than 15 minutes! Very good sound and fairly easy to operate. Was replacing another Alpine so I could have Bluetooth and phone pairing! Completely satisfied. Crutchfield is the best!

    Pros: Easy install and everything I was expecting!

    Cons: None!

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    Anonymous from Los Osos, CA on 10/30/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well seem s to need an amplifier the speaker s that I got don't sound think it's the though.

    Pros: Blue tooth works with your phone to stream music

    Cons: Needs amp

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    Joseph from Lavallette, NJ on 10/23/2016

    2004 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace stock radio on a 2004 BMW 3-series as the power button had finally broken off. I am very happy with the purchase as the radio sounds much better than the stock unit. Bluetooth connection is very fast, automatic, and without issues. Installation was quick and easy. Great unit to replace stock radios.

    Pros: Excellent sound as expected from Alpine product. Fast Bluetooth connectivity. Easy install.

    Cons: Low resolution display. But this was expected at this price-point.

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    Anonymous from St Peter, MN on 10/21/2016

    2003 Honda Accord DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Needs amps for full sound



    Great price

    Ernesto from Yuma, Az. on 10/18/2016

    1991 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great easy to use, remote comes in handy with my 91 f350. Great price.

    Pros: Price

    Cons: None

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    Joshua from Suffolk, VA on 10/13/2016

    2006 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Instantly improved the sound quality, and the tuning options with the app are plentiful to say the least! The only reason I gave it four stars was because it was too wide for the dash adapter. I ended up doing some modifications to make it fit, but it was a headache. This is probably more of an issue with the particular adapter for my vehicle, but at any rate it made the install take twice as long as it should have.

    Pros: Amazing sound quality and tons of tuning options.

    Cons: Didn't fit the dash adapter

    A Bunch of Features for the Price

    Steve from Lawrenceville, GA on 10/12/2016

    1989 BMW 325I

    For the price... This unit is packed full of features. I even added the SiriusXM radio adapter... WOW.

    Pros: Great Sound, A bunch of built in and optional features.

    Cons: None

    Great Receiver / Head unit

    Mark V from El Paso on 10/4/2016

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

    Great little unit. Replaced a factory unit.

    Pros: Easy to install with supplied installation kit.

    Cons: None yet

    good clear sound and loud enough without an amp

    Bird from Roselle, IL on 10/3/2016

    1999 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install. Sounds good not matter what you feed it.

    Pros: sound quality. Ease of use.

    Cons: Incoming texts to a blue tooth paired phone should be read aloud to driver.

    Alpine head unit

    Carl from Pardeeville, WI on 10/2/2016

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

    The radio is fine I had problems on cobalt where radio was too long Had to cut out plastic in back dash



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    Anonymous from Virginia beach, Va on 10/2/2016

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    One of the best single dins for a good price.



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    Sam J from Winchester, Va on 9/16/2016

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

    The head unit produces a good, full sound. Great bang for your buck.



    Lots of Wonderful Capabilities.

    David from Yreka, CA on 9/14/2016

    1992 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation and terrific tech support from Crutchfield!



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    Anonymous from Arlington, TX on 9/13/2016

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product for the money



    Great Everyday Radio

    Anonymous from Phenix City, AL on 9/13/2016

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

    I have this radio running to my stock speakers in my Tacoma. Sound quality improved immediately, and I'm loving the Bluetooth.

    Pros: Sound quality improved Bluetooth streaming of music

    Cons: None

    Bad stereo, Bad on Crutchfield

    Michael from Boston, MA on 9/1/2016

    2004 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I asked my Crutchfield advisor for a simpler to use single DIN receiver. He recommended this. It is terrible. After six months I need to tear it out. Bluetooth does not work, controls are unusable without the manual and the sound is terrible. Worst of all it continually resets itself into demo mode. I hate to complain, but I am so disappointed in this purchase. I wish I'd gone with something else.

    Pros: Sadly I cannot think of any.

    Cons: Small buttons. Bluetooth drops connection. Bluetooth forgets my phone. Poor sound quality. Resets into demo mode. Won't save my radio presets.

    Crutchfield response on September 5, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great sounding easy to use

    Mike from Texas on 8/28/2016

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

    Everything works great on this head unit straight forward instructions easy link up to the phone exceeded my expectations

    Pros: Digital interface is easy and great the 9 band equalizer Works awesome with the app

    Cons: Does not have a compatible dimming circuit to work with my car but that's not really a problem with the head unit

    Good buy to replace out dated system

    William L. from Cleveland, OH on 8/27/2016

    2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Coming from the poor sounding and relatively quiet sock sound system. Got the adapter to use the stock amp pass though which was good so I didn't have to run new speaker wires. Overall I am very happy with this product and the fit is perfect.



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    Matt from Iowa on 8/24/2016

    2008 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not as difficult to use as some of the other reviews claim, in fact it is a bit easier to navigate that other head units I've had in the past. Works with my Spotify without any issues. The app on my android connects effortlessly and the Bluetooth is seamless. Great sounding radio without busting the budget.

    Pros: Affordable Great sound Cool app

    Cons: Some of the buttons could be a bit bigger.

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    Connie from Houma, LA on 8/24/2016

    2006 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Very easy to install on my Ford Escape

    Pros: All the extras not on factory radio

    Cons: No remote

    Great unit

    Ramiro from Texas on 8/21/2016

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit was easy to install on my Silverado. Have it installed with Memphis door speakers and db drive subs. Sounds amazing inside and outside.

    Pros: Great sound, Bluetooth streaming

    Cons: No remote

    alpine-music at it's best

    butcher from Louisville, KY on 7/14/2016

    2003 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    love it. put it on my goldwing. awesome with alpine amp 445a.

    Pros: quality

    Cons: a little long

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    Mike g from Abilene tx on 7/13/2016

    2005 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks good and sounds good easy to install



    Not fun to live with

    Tom L from Corcoran, MN on 7/3/2016

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

    This unit feels like they built it without anyone actually living with it for a while. I now have and I truly hate it. I bought it specifically for use with Pandora. Sometime it even works. More often not. Phone is a Samsung GS4 so not something off the beaten path. Display is stupid. You can see one piece of information at a time. The title, the artist, etc. or even the time of day. They couldn't figure out how to show more info, or at least show a clock with the other info. Nope. One thing at a time. The buttons I need for Pandora, when it works, are some of the smallest on the unit. The general operations are largely non-intuitive, and I needed to print and keep the manual in the truck in case I need it. Also the volume knob has other functions, like picking a Pandora station, that are selected by pushing the knob. This is a truck and if I hit even a small bump when I am reaching for the volume knob, suddenly I am selecting a different Pandora station and have to find the back button to stop it from changing my station. I wish you could more easily see how these things work before you buy them. Basically, I hate this thing and wish I had never bought it.

    Pros: Cheap

    Cons: Unreliable, non-intuitive, small buttons, only one thing displayed on screen at a time, no always visible clock, Pandora works less than half the time.

    Amazing Alpine

    MP from Portland Tx on 6/27/2016

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I sorely needed an upgrade for my elantra .The factory system was not cutting it anymore.I wanted a unit with tons of flexability this Alpine delivers...bluetooth,usb,aux,tuner, siriusXM too...I travel thru some of the most remote areas in the state of Texas and crutchfield and Alpine are a winning combination!!! Stereo sounds amazing and installation was a breeze...I 110% happy with my purchase

    Pros: Value,quality

    Cons: None

    Great radio!

    Igor from Oakland, CA on 6/26/2016

    2003 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, the installation was very easy.



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    Justin from San Antonio, TX on 6/22/2016

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

    I replaced an older Alpine CD player with the non-CD player UTE-52BT. The wiring harnesses and antenna adapters were exactly the same. USB is the way to go for best sound quality. A lot of features and a great value.

    Pros: Value and ease of installation

    Cons: None

    Great stereo

    Big AN from Redondo Beach, CA on 6/21/2016

    2008 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo. I have bought Alpine units before and they are great stereo. I will always purchase Alpine since they are great units.

    Pros: Six channel output. Great Bluetooth connection. Easy to use without having a degree in rocket science.

    Cons: No CD player (who even still uses CD). No extra AUX input. No iPod connection on back for connecting an I Pod.

    Nice Unit

    Mike from Keewatin, Ontario on 6/13/2016

    1983 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like this unit. It works well and is easy to understand. It sounds good. My only complaint is that I did not buy a Sub to run with it. I have had Alpine equipment before and this unit, I believe, lives up to the sound quality I was used to with my previous equipment. My last Alpine unit sounded so good it was stolen.

    Pros: Fits well. Looks good. Sounds good. Has RCA jack for Sub.

    Cons: none.

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    Bri J from Pomona, CA on 5/25/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    love the unit Bluetooth rage a bit short



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    Anonymous from Harrisonburg, VA on 5/22/2016

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgraded from stock which was a heck of a leap forward considering it's a 2004 F250. Wanted Bluetooth, iPhone connectivity, and USB playback. Who really uses CD's anymore, right? Stereo sounds great, fit well. Crutchfield send the console kit, the tools to remove stock radio, and the proper harness for free!! I can't tell you how this receiver sounds without an amp. I added the ktp-445a amp during the install and change speakers out to Alpine 517's. Sounds great, substantial upgrade. I'm happy with the purchase, but considering my start point, it would be hard not to be happy with any upgrade.




    Stuart from Powhatan, VA on 5/18/2016

    2005 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit was so easy to install, within 20 minutes the old one was out in the new one was back in. And the sound is awesome

    Pros: This unit was so easy to install, within 20 minutes the old one was out in the new one was back in. And the sound is awesome

    Cons: None

    They don't make them like they use to

    Sam from San Francisco, CA on 5/15/2016

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

    Alpine quality has gone wayyyyyy downhill. Years ago the head units felt made of quality but now (maybe it's just this unit) it feels so cheap and plasticy. It doesn't even have a rubber volume knob anymore. It feels more like a Dual brand receiver more than an Alpine.

    Pros: Nothing really...

    Cons: Quality has gone downhill.


    Jim from Pinellas Park, FL on 5/12/2016

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

    Nice product great sound and paired easily with my phone. Has all the features I wanted including bt for phone music and usb port. Overall setup a bit tricky so keep the manual handy. Very easy and clean install in my Sport Trac.

    Pros: Nice sound and great features. Looks good. Easy installation.

    Cons: Tricky initial setup especially shutting off the features menu.

    Motorcycle head unit

    mcycleguy from PutnamOk on 5/10/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This works great in my fairing on a Honda VTX 1300



    Frustrating Unit to deal with

    dave m. from San Jose, CA on 5/3/2016

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've always really stuck with two things when buying my car audio equipment. One is Crutchfield and the other is Alpine. I've always liked both and had great experiences with them. This unit I'm sure is wonderful if the App actually worked. Not only is it really the only way you can properly access the systems EQ levels and other MX levels ext. but in the use of the App itself it has real antiquated operation platform. If you make a mistake you have to start all over again. I guess I could just never make a mistake and that would solve that one..... The accessing of the account, which I've now done, I walk through the "Tutorial" and done all the steps with no luck so far. The directions the unit comes with don't explain it well so what I'm stuck with is a poorly tuned unit

    Pros: Bluetooth works great. I ran the mic next to my visor in the trim of the door/windsheild pointed at my face so when I scream at my bank they can clearly hear how much they suck. Hook up was a breeze Crutchfield's free wire harness and tool to pull out the unit is the best.

    Cons: Accessing/Linking cell phone to "App", which seems it was developed in 1998, was not possible. At least so far

    Not quite what I was hoping for

    Aaron W from Pullman, WA on 4/24/2016

    1999 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have avoided Alpine since I bought one for my 2006 Subaru and discovered that even when "dimmed", the blue LED light was so bright as to interfere with my night vision. However, I returned to the brand when I started looking for a new stereo for my 1999 Miata (with Bose). The Miata has a amplifier *and* a powered antenna. Most brands now only provide a single power lead, labeled "Powered accessory". This is on at all times. Alpine still offers two leads: power acc and power ANT. Unfortunately, I made the assumption that the power ANT would only be powered when I was using the tuner function. That assumption is incorrect-it is always on. This behavior has been confirmed by Alpine tech support. Beyond that, the unit performs as expected. The sound is very good, even with my stock speakers. The Bluetooth pairing is easy and effective. The bluetooth calling is pretty poor, but I can't blame alpine for that, it's hard to make a speaker that works in the environment of a convertible. Would I buy it if I knew then what I know now? No. The display is still too bright at night and competing designs manage to take up less space behind the dash (something that would have been valuable in the MX-5). But I don't regret buying it and expect to be happy with it for years to come. Well, once I find the right smoked tint to tone down those blue buttons.

    Pros: Good sound, clean packaging, easy to set up, bluetooth pairing with iOS is trivial

    Cons: Power ANT lead not suitable for power extending antennas, potential for night vision interference

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Gambito from El Paso, TX on 4/19/2016

    2015 Ford Transit Connect
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    The quality of this product is very good and reliable!



    Great Bluetooth receiver

    Nathan from Paragould, AR on 4/17/2016

    1990 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine really has a winner with this one. The mic cord is plenty long enough to route up the A pillar and mount close to your head and gives great reception when speaking. The Stereo syncs quickly to the phone and works flawlessly.

    Pros: Bluetooth remote mic and easy of setup

    Cons: Would be nice to have the 4v preamp outputs on this stereo.

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Les from Minneapolis, MN on 4/7/2016

    1975 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product! I now own two (one in vehicle and another in the garage) and intend to buy a 3rd soon for my other vehicle.

    Pros: Easy to use, plenty of functions and options, great value

    Cons: None


    MichaelH from Elgin, Oklahoma on 4/4/2016

    2002 Honda Accord
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    Product was super easy to install, and works great. I would recommend to anyone!

    Pros: Super easy to install, works great, looks cool, Bluetooth works good.

    Cons: None

    looks great and sounds great

    daily s10 from San Ramon, CA on 4/2/2016

    2000 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo looks and sounds great! I sold my pioneer deh-x6700bt to my younger brother to save him some money with fixing up his car and was a perfect opportunity to upgrade. this was the best choice for me. I like all the adjustability that it has in the stereo and with the app. downside is that the app is not really working. other than that it is pretty good.

    Pros: looks, sound, adjustability, amp that you can buy later that plugs into the stereo, app to tune the sound.

    Cons: app doesn't really work, has 2 menus to adjust the sound, only one color for lighting

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Roy from Tulsa, OK on 3/28/2016

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

    Wonderful sound, but the menu functions are so detailed it is hard to change the sound while driving.



    Radio works just fine.

    Richard from austin, TX on 3/28/2016

    1995 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like the radio and it Blue tooth and smart phone functions.

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: Operation and set up are not great but they work Just fine once you figure them out.

    Can't Complain

    Mopo from Seattle on 2/17/2016

    2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
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    Does as advertised. I didn't want a CD/DVD player, since I haven't used one in ages. I don't care for nav or all the bells and whistles. Also, I wanted to keep a low profile.

    Pros: -Simple design, fairly easy to use and inexpensive.

    Cons: -I thought I could change the color/illumination, but I don't think I can.

    2001 Chrysler 300M

    John from Louisville, KY on 1/31/2016

    It's simple and complimenting at the same time.

    Pros: Can actually use an app to further set up the sound you want!


    Excellent Product!

    Michael D from Bellevue WA on 1/25/2016

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I decided I didn't need a CD player since I play all my music from my phone. This unit replaced the stock radio/CD/cassette deck in my 03 Taco. I'm very glad I made the switch!



    Great system for price

    Todd from Colorado on 1/14/2016

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

    Overall I give this unit a 4.5. Using the install kit provided by Crutchfield made the install pretty easy. I did have to slightly modify the install kit brackets in order properly secure the unit, but not a big deal if you have a hacksaw and a drill. Unit fits nicely in the Suburban and has greatly improved the sound quality and the connectivity of my smartphone.

    Pros: Great sound quality using factory speakers in a 2001 Suburban. Bluetooth, Pandora and ipod control are fairly easy Affordable and capable

    Cons: Alpine unit blue lights are too bright (even when I use the manual dim feature) Too bad it can not be controlled with the dash board light dimmer. Sometimes connecting to pandora or ipod control can be a bit cumbersome, but I'm still learning the system.


    Chris from New York on 1/11/2016

    2003 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well rounded piece of machinery. Its affordable and puts out great sound for the price! Well worth it!

    Pros: Good sound Cool Color Easy to use

    Cons: Get what you're paying. Its afordable

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Anonymous from Pennsylvania on 12/7/2015

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

    Installed in a 2000 Honda S2000. Install was easy and it sounds much better than the factory head unit. I used a DCI from Modifry to install, so I was able to maintain control of the head unit through the factory dash controls.

    Pros: -Sound quality is much better than stock -Easy to install: Crutchfield sends instructions -Bluetooth is nice to have

    Cons: None so far

    Great Radio

    tfordman from California on 12/6/2015

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great little head unit, especially for the price. Sounds great and looks great, though I do wish you could change the display colors. I set out to find a moderately priced head unit that doesn't look like a Lego model and I believe this is the best fit for those requirements. The harness and dash kit Crutchfield included work great! I can finally enjoy music in my truck without using a disingenuous and terribly muffled cassette adapter! Would certainly recommend.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, not too expensive, Bluetooth works very well

    Cons: Can't change light colors, somewhat of a learning curve

    Works fine

    TonyM from Pennsylvania on 12/4/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all, the price was great for this unit for what it does. I wanted to upgrade the factory unit and most importantly, add hands free calling. The install was very easy with the included wiring harness, adapter and instructions except for routing the remote microphone cable. In a 2004 Grand Marquis the easiest route to the upper center of the windshield is up the passenger side A-Pillar. There is decent access above the glove compartment when it is open, but there was still a lot of knuckle busting and swearing before I actually got it through. The A-pillar cover is held on with clips and is easy to remove. Tucking the wire under the headliner and installing the clip/microphone to the overhead light console results in great call quality, even with the windows open. The manual is very clear on how to set the time on the unit, but nowhere could be found how to display the time. A call to tech support and the button that is to the left of the radio presets, marked with "-" allows you to toggle the time display on or off. Hello Alpine - add this to the manual... I have limited mechanical ability, but was able to accomplish this install in about an hour. Matching the colors up on the harness and crimping them to the radio took about another 15 minutes. Truly, plug and play. Overall I'm very pleased and will tackle the speakers next. Will not try the TuneIt App until the new speakers are in.

    Pros: Ease of installation Excellent sound Easy bluetooth connection for music and handsfree phone calls

    Cons: Manual omitted the way to display the time on the unit.

    Great product

    Alpine UTE-52BT from West Virginia on 11/23/2015

    1995 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been a fan of Alpine for a long time. This head unit is great, it has more features then I really needed but it was a great price. I really love the Bluetooth feature and the Alpine Tune It app is great, it gives you great control of your listening pleasure. That alone is reason enough to get this unit. Sounds great and is easy to use.

    Pros: Features, Sound, and easy to use

    Cons: Clock does not display with other text on screen

    Good stereo

    Ryan m from Pennsylvania on 11/19/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This car stereo is great. Alpine always sounds good and has good processing software. I stream music bluetooth and the processing sounds grear through my alpine mrx-v70



    Very Good

    JohnD from Mississippi on 11/1/2015

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

    Just here to write a short review, the heading came in with everything it was supposed to have and is doing great. Have had no issues with Crutchfield or the item itself.

    Pros: Great Lighting Great Sound Good Looks

    Cons: None so far

    Disappointing audio, terrible controls

    Dave R from North Carolina on 10/14/2015

    2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced a ten year-old Alpine CDA-9857 with this unit. I've used Alpine exclusively in my vehicles since the 80's, so when I want to modernize I naturally went Alpine. This UTE-52BT has bee a great disappointment. The sound is below average, and the user interface makes the unit almost intolerable. The buttons are far too small, and during daylight hours, invisible. The switches feel cheap and flimsy, the longer ones flex so much that it is hard to get the switch to actuate. The power off switch is for some unknown reason combined with repeat, pause, and play (?) and no matter which function I want to select, another one seems to happen. The rotary encoder is far too easy to bump when trying to adjust volume, which disables its function as a volume control and makes you hit the setup button 7 times quickly to get back to volume. It says you can hold it in for 2 seconds to achieve the same goal, but I can't say that I've ever gotten that to work. The phone audio quality is just horrible, and I can't seem to convince it to answer a call no matter which button I push. It will hang up on the caller, though. The unit gives the impression that it was designed by someone with no idea that cars bump and shake and who has never actually tried to use a radio in a moving car.

    Pros: Looks good Easy to install

    Cons: Controls too small, too flimsy, too cluttered, too hard to read, impenetrable nested menus No effective way to cancel rotary encoder actions Requires far too much visual concentration to operate, taking attention away from driving Very poor phone audio quality. Unresponsive phone controls Muddy, stuffy, sound. Very poor spatial stage. Not up to Alpine standards Can't seem to locate song titles on USB stick Poorly written and badly organized user manual, nowhere to see all controls at on

    Good budget stereo with bluetooth

    Scottl from Columbia, Mo on 10/12/2015

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo.the bluetooth calling works fantastic. Very clear.



    Works great

    KyleK from Florida on 10/12/2015

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit works just as advertised. There's a ton of flexibility with all of the tone controls, although there's a slight learning curve with figuring out how to access all the options. However, the instruction manual gives you everything you need to know. I installed this in my 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE with no problems.

    Pros: Great flexibility with sound, music quality is great, 6-channel RCA outputs

    Cons: Adjustment knob feels pretty cheap (plastic) although this is a small complaint.

    Simply Awesome

    Kelly from Kentucky on 9/20/2015

    2010 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have a 2010 Jeep Wrangler with Infinity system that has been a major disappointment since I've owned it. Debated forever on features I wanted and decided on this unit because it has everything I wanted (blue tooth, Pandora, hands free calling) without the fluff of other units. I haven't owned a cd in almost 10 years so the absence of a cd player is a major plus for me. One less thing to go wrong. After a super easy install, my jeep was rocking. I couldn't believe how awesome my stock speakers sounded and my factory sub came to life. I had to read the directions to figure out some of the set up instruction, but have it down now. Fairly easy to navigate the features and such after a little practice. As good as it sounds now, I can't wait to hear it blaring away thru some upgraded speakers. Why? Because there is always something better to be had :)

    Pros: Price, sound quality, ease of install.

    Cons: None.

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Scott Scojo from Arizona on 9/17/2015

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

    Big sound for a small price.

    Pros: Fast delivery. Fit perfect in my 94 Crown Vic. Easy install with the recommended metra install kit. Bluetooth paired up just fine and sound quality is very good. Comes with detailed instructions on a CD.

    Cons: None


    Jbird from Indiana on 9/6/2015

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

    Sounds awesome works great really can't go wrong with an alpine head unit

    Pros: Bluetooth is nice, lots of adjustments that can be made with the EQ app

    Cons: EQ app doesn't sink with bluetooth you have to plug your in phone and could use more presets since the manual is a bit in-depth for most

    Amazing Unit

    Scott from Arizona on 8/31/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very pleased with the capabilities of the unit. I am still getting to know the finer points, but am overall very satisfied.

    Pros: Display. Quality. Options.

    Cons: Owners manual on CD drive.

    Good radio, poor quality microphone clip

    Pappazippy from California on 8/10/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I give the radio top rating for quality and performance. I mounted it in a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Easy installation overall but the microphone clip is pretty useless. It is completely made of plastic and designed to clip on a sun visor. That aside, in hot weather the clip doesn't hold its springiness and basically doesn't grip the visor after a hot day. The problem is it's designed to be used for hands free calling but the safety issue is negated because the microphone and clip falls off the visor and directly into your view of the road and other cars. It is a safety issue, and a simple redesign using a metal spring instead of plastic would solve the issue of it falling in you face while driving. To keep it out of line of sight, I resorted to hanging it on the "A" pillar trim. While that semi solved the falling off issue, it now picks up wind noise if the window is down any at all. Granted this may be unique to my particular situation, it still needs addressing.

    Pros: Very good radio overall and has many really good features for a radio of this price range. I recommend it highly.

    Cons: The microphone clip is pretty useless.

    Problem with random resets related to bluetooth operation

    Ken from Ohio on 8/5/2015

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

    I initially loved this unit but since I purchased it from Crutchfield back in March 2015 it has reset to factory defaults at least 6 times. I removed it from the dash and checked all electrical connections to ensure it wasn't losing power. The problem seems to be occur when bluetooth calls are received while streaming music over bluetooth. Once the call ends it resets to factory defaults and comes up in demo mode. It's a pain in the butt to reconfigure the audio settings over-and-over again each time a reset occurs. I checked Alpine's website but there isn't a firmware release that might fix the problem. In the process of searching I see that another Crutchfield customer has also encountered the same problem. See review titled "bluetooth randomly resets whole unit. happens 3-4 tmes" by paul s, dated April 13, 2015. If this problem were addressed it would be a 4-5 star product.

    Pros: great features, excellent sound quality, easy to use

    Cons: factory reset problem makes it difficult to enjoy using it

    No complaints

    Mike M from Connecticut on 7/24/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, fairly well thought out controls, great sound

    Pros: Multiple controls using same controls (volume knob becomes tuning control with simple touch). Very good bluetooth mic communication

    Cons: must choose between digital media display or clock, while music sounds great, phone calls are "tinny" (on iphone 5s)

    Alpine again

    TCas from Santa Barbara, CA on 7/9/2015

    2004 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like all of the other ALPINE's I've owned this one does what it needs. Just wish the HD tuner replaced the SiriusXM for the same price.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Has SiriusXM vs an HD tuner.

    Excellent value media player

    Roman dJ from California on 7/6/2015

    1997 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As expected from an Alpine product, this is an excellent receiver and media player. With 4 different inputs (BT, USB stick, iPod, aux in) to play your digital music files, this is a huge upgrade from my old Kenwood CD player. I can play just about anything from my Android phone or any passenger with an iPhone can play his/her music. There is ample power to the speakers in my truck with easy outputs to add an amp and the installation was a breeze with the Crutchfield diagrams.

    Pros: - Multiple input modes - Great sound and power to speakers - BT connects easily to Android

    Cons: - Setting up connections and menus are a bit clunky. (but there's only so much you can do with a single line output - No ability to change display colors - Don't forget to turn off DEMO mode!

    Alpine - great features for the $$$

    JeffS from Massachusetts on 6/27/2015

    2005 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After a straightforward install into OEM slot, the Alpine fired right up and sounded great. Settings were quite intuitive with many choices, sound quality excellent. Bluetooth connected easily with my cell phone. With Bluetooth, microphone did a great job of sounding clear in spite of significant car noise.

    Pros: Good features for the price. Bluetooth pairing and sound quality very good.

    Cons: Wish the Tune-It app was available for all platforms (no go on tablet or on Windows phone)

    Ease of use paired with great sound quality.

    EvanT from Augusta, GA on 6/24/2015

    1997 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this head unit to replace an older Sony and I'm very pleased with the overall quality of the sound. Currently my Sierra has factory speakers but this unit has changed the sound for the better. Currently have no gripes with this head unit.

    Pros: Great sound quality, well-built, easy to set up, and an easy to navigate UI.

    Cons: None to list.

    Another great Alpine product

    grizzlyd from Michigan on 6/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You can't go wrong with this unit, great sound quality and control especially for the price. Very easy to use and the "tune it app" works great as far as audio adjustments, I have not used the other features of the app. Bluetooth is awesome! My Pioneer made me enter a pin everytime I connected but this connects as soon as I turn the truck on. Can't say enough great buy, great service, and fast delivery.

    Pros: Bluetooth 9 band eq Sounds quality Cosmetics

    Cons: No cons I can find yet.

    Great Unit

    RK from Riverbank, CA on 6/17/2015

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

    This is a great unit for the money. Easy install and light weight with no CD transport.



    Very nice stereo!

    L. Devillier from Louisiana on 6/14/2015

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

    Very easy installation with included wiring harness and mounting bracket. Love all the features, especially bluetooth. Sounds great with the Kicker speakers I purchased at the same time. Excellent upgrade on 14 year old factory sound.



    Great Head unit

    Matt from Tucson, Az. on 6/14/2015

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replace factory unit and it's like night to day in compare. Very happy to use smart phone to receive music.

    Pros: Anything was a pro in this replacement, but I like it has no CD player to worry about breaking. They are about obsolete anyway!

    Cons: Still learning all the bells and whistles this unit has but I'm a slow learner.

    Very Nice Head Unit!!!

    Anonymous from Boise, Idaho on 6/14/2015

    2002 Dodge Ram 2500
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    Great look! , good frequency range, talks to everything in your digital arsenal... Sans CD/tape ;) Very happy with this well priced head unit!!!

    Pros: A bunch!!!

    Cons: A bit 'steppy' when setting functions... 2-3 steps to adjust HPF for example

    very happy

    alex from phoenix, az on 6/11/2015

    2008 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this, the app is cool. I suck at tuning a stereo, so using other people's is great

    Pros: Works great

    Cons: No color change

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Eric from Wisconsin on 6/11/2015

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

    Great radio with easy bluetooth pairing.

    Pros: super simple to use with great sound

    Cons: no windows phone app.

    Solid head unit for the money

    Kisert from Colorado on 6/9/2015

    1997 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Solid alpine for the money. The head unit is certainly quality to be sub $150. But then again, it's Alpine. Viewable in any light which is great, the technology is really nice with the app that Alpine has usable for the head unit. Audio quality of the bluetooth hands free for calling is not very good, so I don't see myself using it much, but all-in-all it's great for the money

    Pros: Great price viewable in all light good sound quality technology is cool with the tunIT app

    Cons: audio for hands free is not very good bluetooth seems to really want to play files on my phone, even when I have started spotify to play. A little buggy there, but it works

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Eric from Pennsylvania on 6/9/2015

    2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium
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    GREAT Alpine unit for the price. Sound is awesome and features cover all the bells and whistles of today's modern technology!



    Alpine made simple

    Brad from Tampa, Florida on 6/8/2015

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If your looking for a simple system for blue tooth, this is it. Good quality for using phone, sounds allot better then stock stereo and improved the sound of my base speaker.

    Pros: Great stereo for the price

    Cons: Setting up display

    No more commercials.

    Anonymous from Woodbine, GA on 6/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second one of these I have purchased and installed. No problem interfacing with either Android or Apple devices. Hands free phone reception and clarity on part with higher priced units. All of my portable music players have worked perfectly providing me with commercial free music while driving.

    Pros: Price, adjustable preset volume level for each input.

    Cons: Limited on display lighting options.

    So bad it's close to terrible.

    josh from Colorado on 6/4/2015

    1989 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck screams "discount retail", though it has an amazing equalizer and the tuneit app is really cool. It seems like they traded that for an almost decent display. I'm alright with the 90s style alarm clock font - 90s style baby! I've had Alpines in the past and was very happy with the display, but this one is so insanely bright at night that it's almost dangerously distracting. On my dashboard it sits below the heater controls in front of the floor shift, really low and set back in the dash compared to where it would be in most trucks, yet it's still bright enough to reflect brightly across the windshield at night. I have a friend with glasses who said it would be way too annoying to drive with at night, especially on dark two lane roads with oncoming headlights. There IS a dimmer wire that could be connected, but a lot of cars don't even have an independent dimmer wire in the dash to connect it to. My old Alpines both had the dimmer on the display as an option, and weren't this bright to begin with, so I took the option for granted picking it out. It CAN be seen during the day! The equalizer with subwoofers is really cool, but if you have any type of difficulty driving at night, even remotely, do yourself a favor and avoid this one.

    Pros: The equalizer options and tuneit app are really cool if you have subwoofers!

    Cons: The display is dangerously bright at night.

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Chris from Minnesota on 5/26/2015

    2001 Saturn SC1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice radio for the money. Simple to use and the Bluetooth works great for playing music from the mobile device. Also sounds much better than the factory stereo.

    Pros: Easy to use and sounds great.

    Cons: Station selection buttons are very small.

    Sounds great in my Jeep

    Anonymous from Missouri on 5/18/2015

    2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine quality sound in an affordable package. Wish the features were a little easier to navigate. Surprised the chassis is as big as it is for just a media head unit.

    Pros: Awesome sound quality. Excellent build quality. Crutchfield's usual excellent customer support.

    Cons: Chassis could have been smaller on a media-only unit. Complicated settings navigation.

    Outstanding Sound

    Dezzy from North Carolina on 5/16/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been a fan of Alpine since the 1980's and as always this is another excellent product. It has high quality sound and enough power to rank with the best head units on the market even with the addition of an auxiliary amp. It has enough bells and whistles (i.e., Bluetooth, 3.5mm input jack, SirusXM option, Pandora, etc.) to provide a even the biggest audiophile enthusiast with a smile. Additionally, the unit has 3 pre-amp out which make it easy to add additional power.

    Pros: Quality build, High quality sound, High Power wand Low Distortion, easy installation, Bluetoot, SiriusXM option, 3/5mm input jack

    Cons: The only con I can think of is, I miss the option to change the headunit's display light color


    Skillies from Oklahoma on 5/12/2015

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

    I have been along time fan of alpine and this receiver is exactly why. Alpine has built a top notch Bluetooth and digital audio receiver. I put this receiver in my sons truck since all of his music comes either a pandora or Amazon music app from his iPhone 6 ( I don't think he even knows what a CD is). It sounds great through his stock 1996 speakers and also his pioneer slim sub. Installation was a breeze thanks to Crutchfield. The alpine menu is easy to set up and navigate. If you are looking for a hands free Bluetooth to talk on the phone this is just ok, you would be better off buying one of those stupid ear pieces to cram in your ear. If you are looking for a digital input music receiver this is the one to get.

    Pros: Digital receiver Low pass filter High pass filter Menu

    Cons: Talking on your phone through the Bluetooth

    Great unit with all the features you'd ever need

    Nele from Omaha, NE on 5/7/2015

    1982 Dodge Rampage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit for the price, does what it needs to do very well, it does offer more complex user settings but it also plays music and does the simple things you need it to do

    Pros: Easy to use and very functional unit

    Cons: Range seems to be within the car, but If you plan on listening with your phone outside of the car range is diminished, not a huge issue tho.

    awesome w/ alpine tune it app

    shane gilman from Schenectady, NY on 5/3/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
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    This deck i was questionable about until I had an install to do on a friends car & was pretty impressed w/ it considering it had no cd player. Since then i have recommended it to 3 other friends & had them order through you guys. After installing it into 3 diff cars i finally ordered 1 for my daily driver & love it. No cd s to fumble around w/ & the bt streaming is flawless even though I'm using an android phone & the deck is designed for i phones.

    Pros: The alpine tune it app. I thought the deck sounded great for the price & then i played w/ the tune it app & all i can say is holy ---- ! It sounds better than the last alpine head unit I was using which was a cda-9887 cd receiver.

    Cons: The only con is the lack of color change. Thats it.


    a from fruitland Iowa 52749 on 4/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was smooth. Improved sound quality and loudness of current equipment tune app creates custom sound for listening preference

    Pros: Install is smooth

    Cons: Use of all features took a little figuring out

    Just What I needed

    Anonymous from Connecticut on 4/19/2015

    2015 Jeep Wrangler
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    All I needed was a unit to play my flash drive based music and connect my phone via bluetooth. This unit fits my needs perfectly. I've been an Alpine brand fan for some time and continue with the UTE-52BT.

    Pros: Front USB port. Easy installation. Bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Faceplate can be tricky to attach. Only blue light for faceplate color, with there were others.

    Love Alpine

    RIck from Kentucky on 4/16/2015

    2005 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, love the sound, easy to install

    Pros: All of the options to play music from Iphone.


    Perfect for my needs

    Anonymous from Arizona on 4/15/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect radio for what I was looking for. I love that there is no CD player as I only listen to Pandora via the Aux port.

    Pros: Easy to use, no CD player, good sound quality.

    Cons: The phone microphone and speaker sound is not of great quality but enough to check voicemails or have quick conversations. I wouldn't use it for a conference call. Could use a manual dimmer and the ability to change color on the illumination to match my car.

    1st Alpine Experience

    Tom from Troy, MI on 4/15/2015

    2007 Saturn ION 2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this after being a Pioneer guy for the last 15 years. My main draw was the 9 band Parametric EQ which offers plenty of control. It also has plenty of other features that let me Taylor the sound output. I would like to see some more work on refinement to the unit however. I can't believe it's 2015 and we are still stuck with calculator like displays. The display doesn't even allow for viewing the time and station, it's one or the other. There's actually room for more to be displayed if the font size was a bit smaller and they used more areas of the display. Overall though I bought this unit more for what it does. I just wish they would put a little more into the polish of the unit.

    Pros: Tons of Audio Control --9 Band Parametric EQ --No tacky features ie: flashing backlighting --Tune it App is a great feature --Higher rms power than most

    Cons: --Buttons too close to one another and small --Volume Knob not linear: trying to turn the volume down quickly results in it not moving much at all. --Buttons have a cheaply clunky feel when using. --Custom tune disappears after selecting a stock one and then trying to go back to custom(need to connect to tune it app again and STOP CAR in order to get it back-annoying). --Screen technology hasn't changed since 1990 --Limited info on screen. Font size and space could be utilized better.

    bluetooth randomly resets whole unit . happens 3-4 tmes

    paul s from Massachusetts on 4/13/2015

    2008 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i initially loved this unit had it for a year now but over last few months the unit reset while connected to bluetooth at least 3-4 times a week.sometimes in the middle of a call .... i have checked an rechecked all electrical connections. wondering if there is any software update for unit? and i also had to replace microphone because factory failed after 4 months. i had high hopes for this but it falls short for alpine quality.


    Cons: Blu

    Crutchfield response on April 14, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


    Anonymous from wichita, ks on 4/4/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This cd player is great it has all the options you need to adjust your speakers or sub, the bluetooth is awesom if conects with my phone when i get in my truck automatically or you can manually connect it however you prefer, the sound quality is great alot better than AUX connection......the only thing i thought this cd player had that it didnt was a cd player, so you might make sure you pick the one with the options you prefer, its not to big of a deal because all my music is on my computer anyways so i just put it onto a usb card and plug it into my cd player.



    Who needs CD's anymore

    21st Century Digital Boy from California on 4/2/2015

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

    Who needs CD's anymore? Not me. Only have had it a couple of weeks now, and already need to upgrade OEM speakers. Luv the connectivity and the hands free phone.

    Pros: Hands free phone, no wires, connectivity options, no more CD's for me's

    Cons: bluetooth audio paused on it's own

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    stevie from California on 4/1/2015

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

    great sound and easy to install and looks great. put it into my 2006 toyota coma

    Pros: sound quality is very good

    Cons: none

    1st media receiver

    Becks from Missouri on 3/29/2015

    2002 Volkswagen Beetle
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    So far so good. Just installed about a week ago and going strong. Love the unit for its simplicity and usage. Installed in a VW Beetle and that was a challenge but overall very easy to use and great quality, as usual, from Alpine.

    Pros: Easy to use, high quality, and superb sound.

    Cons: none

    Unless your the passenger

    Richard from Arizona on 3/28/2015

    2001 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is a nightmare to operate unless your the passenger and can devote all your attention looking through a magnifying lens at which button to press. The control buttons are so hard to read! I bought the unit to install in my wife's Subaru. She did not like it and wanted her receiver reinstalled even though the cd was broke. So I did and put in Ranger and now I don't like it. Since the 60 day return warranty is up I will need to take my eyes off the road for many seconds to change a setting.

    Pros: sounds good

    Cons: Terrible design

    Good Radio

    Hate to see it go i upgraded from California on 3/26/2015

    2005 Lexus IS300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Build Quality I gave it 2 star because buttons are to close together, I'm old school and I think they should of kept the green lights on all alpine's to with 2-3 colors at least.

    Pros: No dimmer what's going on with tech stuff? it don't cost like nothing to put a Dimmer in all radios because most of the radios are really to bright! you should make them as you like your dash lights- that's one thing I upgraded to another radio because of the features this Alpine had been lacking, the sound is great I'll give them that.

    Cons: ( bass and sound settings have 2 buttons you have to go through), sent it back had trouble with it not putting out enough single to amp for the Kicker sub DVC very low but not blaming Alpine could be the harness for the car just could not figure it out so everything is coming new to see what's going on with it should had nothing to do from the output of the RCA out of the radio and have harness trouble weird, ??

    outstanding sound impressive price

    notcaught from Pennsylvania on 3/22/2015

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

    on top of the price this unit is impressive on multiple levels from the ease of installation through the massive list of functions to the outstanding quality of the sound (I installed a small powered sub but it would stand well on its own. it has plenty enough power to fill my suv. i have not yet installed the speaker upgrades and the sound improvement is already astronomical. the user instruction could be a bit more clear though it is fairly intuitive after spending some time with it. the 9band parametric EQ is a godsend for fine tuning the sound although it sounded great before having touched it. the buttons are small and difficult to use while driving. however the inclusion of a steering wheel control adaptor voided this problem. having steering wheel controls I would recommend the adaptor in order to retain those controls. and being all digital I have cleared space not having cd's everywhere.

    Pros: loads of features. minimum price. all digital. extremely easy to install. outstanding sound quality. once you learn the functions it is easy to navigate

    Cons: without steering wheel controls the buttons are far too small to use while driving. instructions could be better written and more in depth (if you are not tech savvy, you may need a teen)

    Great Feature Set/Small Buttons

    momule from Missouri on 3/19/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of equipment for the price with typical great Alpine quality. I don't use BT so no thoughts there but installs easily, has good sound and fantastic range of features. It focuses on quality sound and not on pretty (gaudy) light displays. Doesn't play CD's but CD's are almost ancient history anyway. Radio has good reception. My system is in an 02 Ford Ranger Regular Cab and it is: 4-Polk DXi571 5X7 coaxial speakers in stock locations, Sound Ordnance B-8PTD Powered Sub: (8" woofer with 125W RMS class D amp), Alpine UTE-52BT Media Player/Receiver Head Unit, Alpine KTP-445A Amp (45W RMS X 4), Dynamat in doors and on back wall of cab. This setup sounds better than great to my 61 year old ears...will never win a competition but I don't get that anyway. The sub especially adds that low end that the Polks struggle with at lower volume listening. Might add a pair of Polk tweeters to the A-pillar in the future just to raise the soundstage from the floor but the 6X9's are very good at mid to high range by themselves.

    Pros: Total control of music tonal quality. Subwoofer controls are outstanding. The add-on plug and play amp is a must have addition (KTP445A). Display has two step adjustability. If what you want is a machine that plays flash drive, IPod, Pandora, has Bluetooth, and totally provides control over sound quality this is your machine.

    Cons: Buttons are small and too close together...volume knob also is push selector and it's too easy to push instead of rotate. Limited text display which is inexcusable but not a deal breaker. Menu tree is a bit convoluted so it takes some playing with to get used to...this is an Alpine thing.


    mike from Clare, IA on 3/18/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great value great stereo bluetooth works flawlessly great addition to my semi.



    Perfect for teenagers and young adults

    Anonymous from Chester, VA on 3/16/2015

    2000 Honda Civic
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    Purchase was for sons first car. Has the features he loves. The fact he owns no cd's and all his music is digital still blows me away . Did everything well as advertised . Nice unit.



    Might have to switch

    satxSPURS from Texas on 3/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Having just purchased less than a month ago, I might have to replace it. I'm having an issue with the the BT feature. Randomly after a call, the unit will freeze and power off, back on, and everything on the radio gets reset. I tried twice to repeat the problem and twice succeeded.



    who needs cd players in the digital age

    KJ from Nc on 3/7/2015

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

    It is a great way to play digital music in your vehicle. The Tune It app is awesome.

    Pros: Sound, looks, versatility.

    Cons: Does not show the clock when it's off.

    Alpine stereo

    Jeremy M from Kanab utah 84741 on 3/2/2015

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

    I love this stereo. Feels good to not half to use a cord to stream my music... I would recommend this product to anyone...



    Good Deal, Sounds Great!

    Bob from Arizona on 3/2/2015

    2007 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this player. It replaced an eight year old Alpine that worked great up until recently. Manually accessing and navigating the sub menu hasn't gotten any easier but the Tuneit app is really cool as long as you know that you have to turn on the GPS function in your phone to make it work. Strange requirement I know... But the whole not having to screw with cd's since you have a butt-load of tunes on a flash drive or phone is really cool. It's like listening to a radio station that plays everything you like without the blahbity blah. It's a pretty nice unit for the price if you're not looking for anything fancy.

    Pros: Easy to install, and it sounds awesome.

    Cons: Navigating the sub menu is a pain and the Tuneit app has that weird GPS requirement that I mentioned before. The app also disconnects a lot since it "senses the vehicle being in motion" while it's sitting still. The other thing I noticed was that the detachable faceplate didn't seem quite as... sturdy as the one on my old deck and it makes me wonder if that's going to be a problem somewhere down the road.


    Dcproaudio from Kentucky on 2/22/2015

    2003 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    9 band Parametric...nothing else needed to be said



    Perfect fit

    DaneJ from San Diego, CA on 2/16/2015

    1995 Nissan Quest
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Most all my units are Alpine so the interface is more familiar to me. The unit installed easy, looks and sounds great and was easy to install.

    Pros: Easy to use controls. Great sound and features. With the front Aux port, USB access as well as blue-tooth and mobile phone it has all the bases covered. I also added an Alpine amp to my sub-woofer and it sounds great.

    Cons: I have always been happy with Alpine units so I am partial to them. I really see no Cons to this unit.

    Great Value

    Dave from New Jersey on 2/11/2015

    2005 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo sounds excellent and the bluetooth phone/audio quality is also great. My only complaint is that I wish there was an option to dim the illumination as it is much brighter than the rest of my dash lighting. I found the settings to be pretty easy to navigate so long as the tune ti app is used for the 9 band eq settings, the eq allows for a lot of adjustment which is not easily seen/adjusted through the stereo display but very easy through my android phone. All in all this unit is a great value at this price point with phenomenal sound.

    Pros: Sound quality, bluetooth phone quality, bluetooth music quality, ease of use, price point, free tune it app makes adjusting versatile eq simple

    Cons: Illumination is too bright for my liking with no was to adjust, occasionally artist/track display will get stuck when should be scrolling

    Great Reciever

    Ken K from New Mexico on 2/9/2015

    2002 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great reciever, very easy to use. The menus are fairly intuitive and the tuneit app makes tuning the sound a breeze this paired with the alpine plug and play amp makes for a nice sound system

    Pros: Easy menus, simple tuning

    Cons: the manual is written poorly it was easier for me to play with the radio until I figured it out then to read the manual.

    Easy to use

    Mitch from SA from San Antonio, Tx on 2/5/2015

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

    This unit is easy to use and has a great display. The sound EQ app is a mixed bag (depends on other users to share their settings) but it works. I just use it to make my own EQ adjustments. Bluetooth easy to use and external mic picks up my voice well according to my callers. Qualifies for free install harness & mount. This is my 2nd one I have purchased. Source button easy to find. Even my wife can use it.

    Pros: Ease of use & set

    Cons: 1)Display color not selectable 2) Demo mode must be turned off at initial power up or its a pain to find in the sub menu setup

    Alpine All The Way

    Mark from Texas on 2/1/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the Pioneer unit in my W900, Was considering replacing speakers as well, That is until I cranked this beauty up. takes a minute to get used to the controls. I'm not into all the glitter so the large easy to see display is All I need

    Pros: Great unit THANK YOU CRUTCHFIELD very happy with your advise

    Cons: could be a little easier for my old push button am radio fingers to navigate

    Works great

    Dan from Mesa,AZ on 1/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Only been in a pimple of days but sounds great. Love the Bluetooh feature with my I phone. The install was a snap with the parts I got from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooh for hands free, sounds great


    Nice Alpine digital receiver

    Chris K. from Charlotte NC on 1/23/2015

    1985 BMW 318I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is advanced yet easy to use. It has a nice clean look to it and looks great in my E30 BMW.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    A-OK Sound

    Wendell from Texas on 1/17/2015

    1996 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed along with an Alpine KTP-445A Power Pack. No sub but sounds good in the Chevy S10 on two after market 4"x6" speakers in the dash and two 6-1/2" speakers in the doors. Very happy with Crutchfield, their shipping was super fast, everything was well packaged for shipment and arrived in perfect condition. Not real happy with Alpine however. Was looking forward to tweaking the head unit's settings via their Tuneit App. Unfortunately it seems that the Tuneit App installed on a Nexus 7 tablet does not work with the Alpine UTE-52BT. One would think that with a company like Alpine this would not be an issue but it is. Seems they are able to make a good HU but their app development is sorely lacking.

    Pros: Easy install. Especially appreciate the plug and play convenience of the KTP-445A Power Pack. Face plate has a pleasing, clean appearance.

    Cons: It's very easy to mistakenly activate the "enter" function when adjusting the volume. Bad idea to marry the two functions on the same control. Some of the buttons are very tiny making it real easy to fat finger them. HU only has one USB port so if it fails you're out of luck. Would have been much happier had there also been a rear USB port on this model. The biggest disappointment was the inability to use the Tuneit App with the very popular and widely installed base of Nexus 7 tablets, inc

    Excellent Unit

    TJ from Foley, AL on 1/9/2015

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

    Excellent head unit. Features GALORE! Excellent for people who have fazed out CDs and prefer wireless media or iPod/iPhone control. Great bass, crisp highs, and excellent mids. The ease of use got 4 stars only because there are so many features that it literally takes a couple of days to learn how to navigate the numerous menus, options, and features this thing has available. Installation was a breeze. Everything I needed for installation came free with my purchase and had the unit in my '03 Durango in about an hour. However, I have installed many head units for friends and family so I do have experience. Even for a novice, the master sheet provided by crutchfield makes installation quick and easy being that it is extremely detailed. The hands free option and included microphone keeps me from even having to touch my phone in the car. All music is available as well as contacts, recent calls, missed calls, and hands free dialing by speech. I must say for $140 you can't go wrong. Oh, and the fact it's an Alpine tells you right away it will provide the performance you are looking for to boost that factory stereo. Even if you don't upgrade your door speakers or add a system with subwoofers the difference in quality is night and day. I would recommend this product to anyone in the market looking to upgrade that factory stereo.

    Pros: Tons of features, hands free, blue tooth & USB compatible, sleek look, great quality.

    Cons: None I can think of...

    Easy to Install

    MS from Tucson, AZ on 12/16/2014

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was easy to install and to figure out the settings. This was my first install and I would do it again. The bluetooth sounds great.

    Pros: Almost as easy as plug and play

    Cons: stripping the wires was a challenge for someone who's never done that.

    Great unit for the money.

    KevinB from Gray, Ga on 12/14/2014

    2002 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first Alpine head unit. I have always been a die hard Sony fan but decided to try something different. So far I'm very pleased. The Bluetooth is awesome my Android connects right away. Pandora works great along with Winamp and Spotify. The TuneIt app I am still trying to get used to. I can't seem to find some functions like "Time Correction" and a few others. Overall I'm very happy with this Alpine.

    Pros: Good sound quality. Nice looking. Plenty of functions Bluetooth TuneIt app

    Cons: Could use more information on the display A bit of a learning curve for the functions


    Terry M from Manville NJ on 12/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought for my wife's Volkswagen. Wanted something easy to use for her.Great sound quality and plenty of power. Technical support at Crutchfield was very helpful.

    Pros: Good quality at great price

    Cons: None as of yet

    Very disappointed, Bluetooth functionality leaves a lot to be desired

    DanS from Pennsylvania on 11/19/2014

    2008 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit mainly for the Bluetooth and parametric EQ features. My Nokia Lumia 900 is listed in Alpine's guide as compatible. The phone works perfectly with the 6 other Bluetooth speakers/receivers it pairs with. The only time Bluetooth works properly with this Alpine unit is when using the "Zune" app that came with the phone (which I never use). With all other apps, the audio is barely audible (the same level the audio is at when you switch sources and the receiver seems to be processing something before deciding to play at full volume). Rhapsody, Pandora, Audible, Podcasts, web browser....none of them work. Only the Zune player and the telephone work properly. I've had to go back to the external Bluetooth receiver which was used with the old head unit this was suppose to replace. I'd return it if the weather was warmer, but it's cold and I don't want to do another uninstall/reinstall outside. Maybe a future phone will be more compatible. I would not recommend buying this without testing phone compatibility in a store beforehand.

    Pros: 9 band parametric EQ adjustable down to 20hz.

    Cons: Menus aren't intuitive. With everything set flat, the subwoofer output is extremely weak compared to the main channels. It's as if Alpine reduced it to make room for more "boost" options. The Bluetooth feature is app specific instead of simply taking audio from the phone and playing it through the receiver like most other devices.

    As advertised

    eyesautomatica from Bloomsburg, PA on 11/19/2014

    2002 GMC Safari
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Came quickly, installation was a breeze. Crutchfield means quality every time.



    good for what I needed

    Charlie from Garner, nc on 11/17/2014

    2006 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to replace my stock head unit and wanted to add blue tooth. This fit the bill. Has a lot of features I'll never use, but the $ was where I needed it to be.



    Technology Game Changer

    PeterK from New Jersey on 11/13/2014

    1994 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    At little over $100 for an open box unit, I think I got what people call it a steal. I've been thinking to myself lately why manufacturer's still put Compact Disc or CD-ROM reading capability as they are now obsolete with proliferation of solid state memory and smart phones. Then saw this product; originally thought "too good to be true..." I received in 2 days, and have to say, this unit have now firmly convinced me that the shining round disc will be forever hung up in history and Encyclopedia as historic media that has set the pace since the early 80's. Now the review; everything works flawlessly, though I do wished that the backlighting could be adjusted than just blue; because it does not match my '94 Miata's interior. But that's okay, for what I get out of this thing such as Pandora, BT streaming, handsfree, Serius (capability), AM/FM, USB, AUX, etc. can't complain really. Sounds much louder than the previous JVC Compact Disc head unit that came with the car (I got the car used) but with Kicker Hideaway (another purchase from Crutchfield) behind the passenger seat, it sounds fantastic. It does lack some high end but planning to replace the stock speakers anyway. I think it's a better set up than say Pioneer as they tend to over emphasize the high end which hurts my ears. Last note is Pandora connectivity, this seems to be my favorite right now, and to be honest, more convenient than Sirius/XM; it's okay now with ads but might go subscription.

    Pros: Versatility, and look ma, no more CD!! Low cos, feature packet single DIN unit that did not empty my wallet.

    Cons: Backlighting is fixed to Blue/White LCD.

    Easy install...

    Ststephen from Pennsylvania on 11/11/2014

    1998 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install. Sounds great, and really easy to hook up with the KTP 445A power pack. I have no idea what took me so long to do this relatively simple upgrade.

    Pros: Looks pretty good. Easy to install. Easy to hook up Alpine power pack.

    Cons: It will play Pandora through my phone, however it will not see it when the 'source' is Pandora... it will play Pandora through the BT Audio source. Not a big deal, and... So I either play Pandora using 'BT Audio' or play music from the 16 GB flash drive... they both work just fine. I would advise reading through the instruction manual BEFORE installation. That way when you first start it up you will know how to turn off demo mode. Just sayin'...

    Its alright but not great

    Ismael from 92068 on 11/9/2014

    2009 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The receiver reboots when trying to use the Pandora app. This happens about half the time. This drops the rating for the receiver because i have to reset all my preferences all the time. I eventually gave up and mt clock is always wrong. My radio settings are always messed up. Everything else as far as function is awsome.

    Pros: Improves sound dramatically Great price Bluetooth hands free

    Cons: It resets when it has problems syncing with Pandora app.

    Awesome Device

    Lastcookie from Sarasota on 10/27/2014

    1999 BMW 323IS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The features of this unit are sweet. Pired right up with my iphone 5; handsfree calling is clear and easy with included mic; best part was discovering the app to control audio and other settings remotely. Happy with this choice!

    Pros: Features galore, great sound.

    Cons: None come to mind.

    Works Great

    Rich M from Long Island NY on 10/26/2014

    2004 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great and sounds great as well!



    Highly Recommended

    Cory from Norman, OK on 10/22/2014

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

    I just bought this with the PAC SWI-RC steering wheel control adapter for my '99 Dodge Durango SLT+ and I couldn't be happier. I have virtually no stereo install experience and installed it all in about 3 hours. The included instructions were awesome. The product itself is easy to use and is very responsive. I use the Bluetooth connectivity every time I use it and the hands free calling is better than the factory hands free Bluetooth system in my 2010 Camaro SS.

    Pros: Good look, easy to use and install, good quality


    Great head unit

    Bill from Lakewood ca on 10/22/2014

    1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits our lifestyle perfectly

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None


    monsternomad from Fostoria Ohio on 10/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality and easy to install. only pain I have found is trying to get it out of demo mode.

    Pros: Good sound, easy to program, easy to operate at night.

    Cons: Pain to remove demo mode.

    Great deck

    Matt from Florida on 10/15/2014

    2001 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck, with enough options for me.

    Pros: 9 band eq... fast ipod response.. high pass front rear..Lots of bass control... I use tuneit by alpine so I could change the eq and such with my phone. The bt seems fine to me...

    Cons: hard to use the eq... No low pass on the front and rear and the are combined. Tuneit was hard to get working

    So far so good

    Mike from Oregon on 10/9/2014

    2002 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only problem I had was getting it out of demo mode at the start. Sound quality is great and the blue tooth streaming is easy.

    Pros: Well worth the price

    Cons: Initial setup was in demo mode. I had to read the manual to get it out and do anything

    Excellent product

    Steve from South Lyon on 10/7/2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great stereo but takes some time to learn how to use it

    Pros: Great sound, great look, great features

    Cons: Complicated interface

    Alpine UTE-52BT Review

    Ben from Manchester, CT on 10/6/2014

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

    I wanted to try the digital reciever. Who uses cds anymore? Not this guy. I have had it about 2 weeks and the sound quality is incredible. I paired it with a Alpine KTP-445A Power Pack (45x4) on my stock dodge dakota (regular cab) speakers and it sounds great. It all fits in the dash very neatly. I would recommend this to someone who wants a digital head unit and doesnt want to pay too much. Its the future people, we can leave our cds at home.

    Pros: Tons of options, bass control is a plus if you use a sub, clean sound, plays every kind of music format.

    Cons: Get the optional remote, its clunky to use at times when switching files/folders on flash drives. Thats why it got the 4 stars on ease of use.

    This thing is awesome

    Anonymous from Plano TX on 10/5/2014

    2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a radio that was easy to install and had 2 main features 1) Bluetooth connectivity for Pandora Awesome thing about the Pandora feature is that you don't even need to pull your phone out and click on the app for Pandora to start. It does it automatically. Turn on the car and it starts right up. You control everything through the unit. Thumbs up, station changes, etc. 2) Bluetooth calling The sound is crystal clear. enough said This unit satisfied both requirements Alpine has been my go to radio for years. This economically priced unit does not disappoint

    Pros: Pandora, easy to program and navigate through menus, Tune It app

    Cons: None I can think of.

    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Anonymous from 98612 on 10/5/2014

    1995 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As always, Alpine produces the top of the line products at good prices. Simplicity of operation and superior sound and power!



    Alpine UTE-52BT

    Anonymous from Bowling Green, OH on 10/2/2014

    2002 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Alpine tech support was excellent in answering my question of how to show channel names when using Sirius.




    Jdog from Newark, NJ on 9/29/2014

    2001 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good improvement over stock as far as sound. Not amazing but with all the connections in the back it makes is easy to improve further. I might just go the route of adding the alpine amp that goes in the glove box instead of the conventional amps. That's the main reason I went with Alpine. Bluetooth works perfect.

    Pros: Clean look. Lots of rear RCA outputs.

    Cons: Colors don't change but not an issue for me.