Summary: I never seen a car radio like this. It is fantastic. But, I was just trying to update the firmware this morning. I downloaded the right file from their website. It messed up my CDE-133BT and it cannot turn on now. I spent the entire day looking for solutions. It looks like a lot of people are complaining about the same thing. Google it and you will see for yourself. There is nothing you can do with the device once the update fails.
Summary: Radio came packaged well and prompt delivery. I really like the radio, and have nothing bad to say. Just two observations. The volume knob has a dual function, twist to adjust volume, press to go into find mode. I constantly hit the button by accident when trying to adjust the volume. I do drive a 4x4 truck, so it's partially because of the rough ride. I'm sure I'll get used to it, and develop the right touch. Secondly, the button to switch radio bands is kind of small.
Summary: I purchased and installed this unit myself. I've been using it over the past year mainly to connect via Bluetooth to my phone so I can play music during my commute. Installation was a breeze (as much as it can be with wiring and such!). Probably my only, only complaint about the unit is intermittently it'll have a difficult time detecting Bluetooth devices. When this happens I have to cycle through all the source options and re-connect the bluetooth.
Summary: Bluetooth was easy to pair, several presets for EQ, as well as the usual advanced choices provided by Alpine. Really bulked out the Rockford Fosgate speakers in the car without needing to purchase and install an amp.
Summary: CD player was defective right out of the box. Shouldn't this have been tested before it left the factory? Where's the quality control? Purchased a replacement locally and will be sending this one back for a refund. Alpine is not what it used to be.
Summary: I bought this to replace the older Sony player in my older Lotus that didn't have certain functions one absolutely needs in the modern world (the Sony that is...not the Lotus). These functions include Bluetooth and USB connectivity. If you are a fan of stuff like internet radio, having your smart phone blast something like Radio Caroline right through the entertainment system is one of life's simple joys.
Summary: Unit was working fine until the iphone ios6 update. After many months of putting up with substandard operation between the iphone and the CDE-133, I finally tried to apply the update. This update requires bluetooth to upgrade the bluetooth. Anyone see a problem here? Wasn't filled with confidence when Alpine has a second upgrade procedure for when the first one doesn't work. Something went wrong with the update and now bluetooth does not work at all!!