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!!
Summary: Overall I am happy with this head unit. I do have a few minor complaints however. First being the ipod control. After I installed it I spent about an hour trying to figure out how to switch the control to the ipod not the scrollview on the unit, which kind of sucks due to the single line text. After trying my girlfriends ipod i discovered the control mode only works on newer ipods. Second complaint is that it is missing a couple minor features listed on alpines website.
Solid, but blue tooth controls stopped working after a while
10 May 2013
Summary: I bought this unit after extensive searching. My requirements were: -handsfree calling with good microphone /sound quality -excellent and rock-solid blue tooth support -good sound -Under $150 I've had it for about 6 months now. Initial setup of bluetooth with my iphone 4 was AWFUL. I (as usual) was in a hurry and couldn't find the instructions, so I just mucked around in the UI. Eventually I got it to connect with my iphone.
Summary: This stereo is great, very easy to use, and everything you need for a great price. Had some minor trouble with the Bluetooth straight out of the box, but was able to fix everything once I updated the stereo. The update can be a little tricky and you need to have a laptop with Bluetooth, but other than that it works great.
Summary: I gotta say I love this headunit it GREATLY improved my speakers and I am now able to add some subs. It gave my speakers some more power, which the stock unit couldn't push. Bluetooth works great, but my phone is crap so it does get a little laggy. But then again, it is my phone, and I have used other phones and they run without a problem. I have samsung gravity smart (very old).