Summary: Although it has the Alpine name, it's made in China just like everything else. Decent unit with nice features for the price but if you want to use your Ipod, buy something else. When you plug the Ipod in via USB, if it's recognized at all, it's only for a song or two and then you get the "Device not found" message. Bluetooth seems to work okay for music but I haven't tried it for yet for phone use. I will update this review when I do.
Summary: I have very little knowledge and/or experience with car stereos. I just wanted something with reasonably good sound to make hands free cell phone use possible in my 2003 Odyssey. I was assured by the folks at Crutchfield that my Droid should pair up via bluetooth with this Alpine with no problem. Well, apparently they aren't aware that the Razr Maxx (which I told them I had) is THE phone that won't maintain pairing with the Alpine.
Pros: It only cost $ to have it installed.
Cons: Reception not as good as factory radio. Won't stay paired with Droid. Bright blue lights. Have to button through all audio sources to get to the one you want.
Summary: Bluetooth controls do not work on the updated iOS. it still connects but does not show and song information or allow you to controll your ipod/iphone =/. I spoke with a someone from ALpine and there suppose to be working on a firmware update.