I had this stereo in my old VW passat and if you've ever owned a VW you know the speakers and sound quality are pretty good as standard, this headunit is functional, easy to use but too many buttons would be my niggle, havent had any problems so far with the headunit itself. The only problem i had previously was where is was wired up wrongly which meant the headunit was on all the time and the lights up display was on all the time. two wires switched and sorted.
But the head unit itself has paid dividends and i plan to put it in my next car that i get, i just wish it had USB ability but it does play copied CDs fine but not MP3 CDS.
Alpine is a good solid well know name in the industry and i am not afraid of recommending this product to anyone if you are after a good cheap stereo with not many fancy features, but if you have big fingers, beware of pressing many buttons at the same time!
After having no problems with my old Alpine head uniti thought Id buy a new one. (traded up to it), and its great the sound quality and the appearance are the best on the market! Like my first Alpine, the thing just doesn't skip. Also important is how the equipment holds up, and Alpine is very good. This is also true for my Alpine EQ and 6X9 speakers as well. You pay a little extra for Alpine, but you get what you pay for. I think I paid £250. The head unit has served me well. It will not skip my CDs however rough the ride it the rally stroke dirt track to my cricket club at 50mph wont even budge it. Though I do wish the remote did work better. It's hard to use it through windows when I'm outside my car which is neccesary to to adjust the amps and to get the sound spot on A good extra which is great , if you have a cd changer is The 20 disk titling feature. If you do have a changer, alpine or not, you can search the list of titles you have inputed and the unit will automatically look for the disc and play it. Another feature of this head unit is the intro option , where it will play the first ten seconds of each track, which I think is useful if you are not too familiar with a certain CD. The radio as, the Direct Access Preset D.A.P. Band is great if you listen to a few MM radio stations in addition to Your Fav FM stations. This allowing you to store M W and FM stations in the six presets, without having to press another button to switch between MW and FM. Overall well worth the money
I did much research before deciding to buy this head unit. I wanted to play MP3s, but not at the cost of overall quality and features. I looked at units from Sony and Pioneer, but this one is the daddy. For a start, you get legendary alpine build and sound quality. The output is 4 x 60w, whcih is more that any other headunit I have seen... Not only this, but the output is from a built in mosfet v-drive amp, which has its own separate connection to the car battery, so no dimming displays when pumping up the volume, this is a truly serious bit of kit, though this does make the installation a bit tricky. I also purchased a steering wheel control interface, this allows me to continue using the Renault stalk stereo controls and these are avialable for most makes and models of vehicle. The unit has more pre-amp outputs than I know what to do whith, 4 including the sub output. It has a media xpander feature, which helps hide the effects of compression from the various media sources, this works great on MP3s and really brightens up FM Radio too. A few nice touches include an adjustable face angle (Motorised of course), so light reflection on the display(which has dual illumination) isn't problem, ID3 Tag display when listening to MP3s. It has so many options that it makes a great starting point for someone who wants to gradually build there system up. 4 pre outs, infra red remote ready, DAB ready, Versatile link (for connection to MD etx), Tel muting, auto changer etc etc... the list is endless. Advanced features include sub out level control and cross over point. 4 channel digital time correction, so the sound from each speaker gets to your ears at exactly the same time. CD-Text. Also the Bass Engine Plus lets you have the bass just as you want it, 8 different settings just for bass. I have had no problems with this unit at all, its a joy to use and a joy to listen to. And its g
ot a lovely big silver knob. I hate volume buttons... all stereos should have volume knobs I think. The installation really is the only negative thing I can say about this unit. If you buy one, you won't be disappointed. One last thing... Alpine are currently doing free Theft replacement too so no need to claim on you motor insurance.