Summary: This Alpine CDA-9883 reciever is the best alpine model I have owned to date. I believe in the Alpine line of products and feel any Alpine model will give the most satisfaction for the money. This model 9883 reciever has the most used features, ipod,phone,HD radio ready plus your sub control with settings. You don't need any more than this unit to get the best sound and features in your ride.
Summary: I bought this unit for the iPod integration, and haven't been disappointed. It is very easy to plug in, and sounds great. BUT the user interface is horrible. I have had it installed for six weeks, and still have to pull over (or wait for a traffic light) to switch CDs or iPod playlists. I have a MyFi unit for my XM satellite radio that operates on an unused FM frequency, and getting an unused FM frequency is near impossible on this Alpine.
Summary: I suppose the reviewer before me has had bad experiences with other head units, and while I sympathize, I can't exactly say that this thing is easy to control. Yeah, the heiarchy system does its best to emulate the style of iPod control, but it takes a bit of getting used to. And I think that the rotary dial is relied on heavily, so much that it reduces the practicality of what a scrollwheel was intended for in the first place.
Summary: As always, alpine delivers with great overall sound quality, and awesome fit, finish, and fitment. The full speed Ipod controls work well, and are intuitive after a minute or so. The percentage search function works well for scrolling through large libraries (this is helpful for me considering i have over 1700 songs). My only quarrel is that the bluetooth module costs an additional 165 dollars on amazon. Other than that, highly recommended and a great value.
Summary: I wanted to buy a CD reciever (head unit) for a long time and since being a student, I was on a limited budget. I actually zeroed on three units - two of being pioneer ($180 and $160) and the other being the Alpine CDA -9883. This is radio has 3 RCA outputs (for amplifier, subwoofer(s)), is HD radio ready, SAT radio ready and of course plays mp3's and AAC's. The best thing I like about this product is its integration with the IPOD.
Summary: This is my 3rd Alpine, and I don't think I'd ever buy another brand. The looks, ease of installation and sound quality are all first rate. The iPod interface to me is exceptional, even considering the connector cable isn't cheap. I strongly suggest if you're going the iPod route, to buy the cable with the head unit, since the cable attaches to the rear of the unit and requires it to be out of your dashboard to attach the cable.
Summary: I initially was going to buy the similarly-priced SONY competitor unit. But then I started looking closely at the iPod navigation procedure on the SONY, compared to the Alpine, and quickly realized that there was absolutely no contest. The Alpine system is INFINITELY superior, in terms of ease of iPod navigation, than anything else I've seen (SONY, Pioneer, and others).