"Alpine could do better"2.5 starson by riveraudio
Pros: Build quality, ipod interface, display, ease of use
Cons: Tuner reception, Blue leds at night , lack of features.
Summary: I have owned many Alpine units over the years and I brought this unit primarily based on my previous units.
Although it's not a bad head unit and has good ipod features and if that's all you're after I'd probably rate it higher.
My main gripes are;
1/ Tuner is pathetic the reception and quality for an Alpine unit is well below par.
2/ The blue leds at night are way to bright and almost dangerous. I wonder if anyone at Alpine actually has tried this in their vehicle at night. Loose the blue and go back to Alpine green or at least give us the option to change the colour.
3/ Midbass control would be nice and at least 4v preouts.
On the plus side the ipod connection is good the display is good and the cdp is ok could do with the upgraded 24 bit converter though.
Overall it's only 5/10 for me but maybe 7/10 if ipod is your main concern.
Oh and if anyone from Alpine reads this can you please bring back the 9835 or similar best head unit I ever owned.