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Alpine CDE-172BT

CD receiver

Item # 500CDE172B

Alpine's CDE-172BT CD receiver delivers high-quality sound to make your commute or road trip more enjoyable.

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Alpine's CDE-172BT CD receiver delivers high-quality sound to make your commute or road trip more enjoyable.

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Item # 500CDE172B

About the Alpine CDE-172BT

Great sound in your vehicle

Alpine's CDE-172BT CD receiver delivers high-quality sound to make your commute or road trip more enjoyable. Built-in Bluetooth comes in handy for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming. You can charge, control, and play music from an Android™ or iPhone® using this receiver's front USB port. And Alpine includes a versatile 3-band parametric equalizer to keep all your music sounding its best.

Great sound in your vehicle

Alpine's CDE-172BT CD receiver delivers high-quality sound to make your commute or road trip more enjoyable. Built-in Bluetooth comes in handy for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming. You can charge, control, and play music from an Android™ or iPhone® using this receiver's front USB port. And Alpine includes a versatile 3-band parametric equalizer to keep all your music sounding its best.

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Getting the most out of Bluetooth

The CDE-172BT features wireless convenience with built-in Bluetooth. You can make and receive calls from either of two paired phones. Alpine designed the included microphone to reduce noise interference, and you can adjust the gain to ensure your callers hear you loud and clear. And with this receiver's built-in sound processing, you can get the best sound quality from your streaming music apps or podcasts.

Sound options

If you're tired of having that great FM station fade away, you can add an optional SiriusXM tuner to enjoy the unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk programming that follows you wherever you drive. You can also use this Alpine's controls to choose from your favorite Pandora stations from your smartphone. When you want to use other music apps from your connected iPhone, you can use App Direct mode to control and display information from other apps on this receiver's display. And if you're bringing your music with you, you can play MP3, WMA, and FLAC music files from a USB drive.

Customize the sights and sounds

Once your music is playing, you can tweak the sound just how you like it using this receiver's 3-band parametric equalizer. The CDE-172BT also includes variable color illumination to add the perfect accent to its easy-to-read display. This receiver also provides three sets of high-voltage RCA preamp outputs, so you can add amplifiers. Speaking of amps, you can also directly plug Alpine's KTP-445A 4-channel amp directly into this receiver for a nice upgrade in power to each of four speakers.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • plays USB drives loaded with MP3, WMA, and FLAC music files (See Details tab for model compatibility)
    • 1-line high-contrast LCD display with variable color illumination
    Smartphone Features:
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone and Android
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • built-in Android AOA control and charging of select Android devices using the USB connection
    • App Direct mode for iPhone
    • Siri Eyes Free Control
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    • premium 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level control
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • built-in CTA-2006 compliant MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • optional remote control
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # CDE-172BT

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face-plate
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 ISO-screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    USB Port Power 1A
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7Gen
    Touch 5Gen and newer
    iPhone 4S and newer
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC
    High-res Playback N
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N
    The Alpine CDE-172BT replaces these items:

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android/iPhone Integration
    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
    Disc/USB/Aux Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0 The Alpine CDE-172BT features built-in Bluetooth 3.0 with support for hands-free communication and wireless music streaming. You'll be able to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver, as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine CDE-172BT.

    Multi-Device Pairing + Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine head unit. You are even able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled phones connected at the same time, so you can make and receive calls from either phone through the head unit. You can only stream music from one phone at a time; you will be able switch between the two phones front the head unit's rotary control dial. When a previous paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine CDE-172BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (for iPhone): You can also pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Alpine head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone (including iPhone & Android). Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the CDE-172BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the CDE-172BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    • Receiving A Call: The Alpine CDE-172BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's display.
      • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
      • Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 3 or 10 seconds.
      • Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
    • Making A Call: The Alpine CDE-172BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-172BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and redial with compatible phones.
      • Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact.
      • Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 contacts (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can select the first 3 call letters (ABC) to search for a desired name in your phonebook.
      • Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
      • Redial: You can easily redial the number or contact you dialed last from the head unit's front-panel controls.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Alpine CDE-172BT supports wireless music streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device to the Alpine head unit. The CDE-172BT will process your Bluetooth audio using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the CDE-172BT offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the Alpine receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Playback Control: The CDE-172BT will be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. Advanced music browsing (such as song/artist/album search) will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device.
    • Song/Artist Display: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    • Volume Level: You can adjust the volume level of your connected Bluetooth devices from -6dB to + 6dB. This negates the need to adjust the volume level between sources each time.
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Alpine CDE-172BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "Voice" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the CDE-172BT and its microphone. You even can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the CDE-172BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    External Mic: The included external microphone is tuned and engineered to reduce noise interference and feedback. This allows optimal placement in your car, for the best possible sound quality. The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.5625" (deep); and features an attached 11.5' cable terminated by a right-angle mono-male 3.5mm connector.

    Android/iPhone Integration

    Android Direct Connect via USB: The Alpine CDE-172BT enables playback of stored music and music apps on select Android devices through its front-panel USB port. There are two types of modes (AOA 2.0 or MTP) to choose from based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you want to listen to.

    • AOA 2.0 (Stored Music & Music Apps): The CDE-172BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the CDE-172BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the Alpine head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Android Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • MTP (Stored Music + Song/Artist Info): The CDE-172BT also supports MTP for playback & control of stored MP3/WMA music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Alpine receiver's front-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's front-panel LCD. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone.
    Note: You will need to setup Android connectivity within the head unit's menu. Select "MSC/MTP" for MTP playback and "Android" for AOA 2.0 playback.

    iPhone Direct Connection: The Alpine CDE-172BT's front-panel USB ports can be used to connect your Lightning Apple device or 30-pin iPhone 4S to the head unit. The USB connection allows for playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone through Alpine receiver. If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Alpines KCU-471i Lightning connector-to-USB cable (sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-172BT. If you have an iPhone 4S with a 30-pin connector, you can use the 30-pin to USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPhone 4S to the Alpine CDE-172BT.

    • Basic Playback Control: You are able to control basic playback and search functions from the head unit, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Advanced music browsing (such as song/artist/album search) will still need to be done from your Apple iPod or iPhone device's touchscreen.
    • Song/Artist/Album Display: The Alpine CD receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information. The CDE-172BT will display artist name, song title, and album label.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-172BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 8/2/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6/+6S/6S+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Smartphone Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected Apple iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-172BT using your Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G) or WiFi. The CDE-172BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine CDE-172BT is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 140+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List + Song/Artist Info: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's front-panel LCD.
    • Category Search & Presets: The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category. Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved for easier access.
    • Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-172BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Disc/USB/Aux Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    • Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.
    • Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.
    • Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-172BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    USB MSC Compatibility: In addition to iPhone & Android connectivity, the Alpine head unit's front-panel USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdrive (up to 32GB). The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, AAC, & FLAC audio files stored on a compatible USB mass-storage class device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The head unit's USB port is not compatible with USB hubs or card readers.

    Compatible Music Files: The Alpine CDE-172BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & FLAC music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC
    File System ISO 9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 16-48 kHz
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 11.025-48 kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 16-48 kHz
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 11.025-48 kHz
    FLAC: bit depth of 16 or 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 150 folders/300 files 256 folder/256 files per folder
    Tags ID3,WMA, AAC, FLAC tags

    Music Browsing: When you are playing a disc or USB device with ID3, WMA or AAC tags, you can easily search for a track, file, or folder by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track. For discs and USB devices without ID3, WMA, or AAC tags; searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song. You can even use Jump mode to quickly search your music list in 10% increments.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-172BT offers Repeat and Random playback modes for both disc and USB playback. Repeat modes include All, Track, and Album. Random modes include Album, Device/Disc, or Off.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input, so you input audio from an auxiliary source unit; such as a portable MP3 player. You can adjust the volume level of your connected Aux device from -8dB to +18dB, negating the need to adjust the volume level between sources each time.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine CDE-172BT uses a 24-bit D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of your music.

    CTA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CTA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CTA (Consumer Technology Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CTA-2006 logo on their product.

    • CTA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: Add the KTP-445 (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 is compact enough to install behind the Alpine CD receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    6ch/4V Pre-outs + Sub Control: The CDE-172BT has three sets of 4.0-volt pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front & rear preamp output can be faded, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. When the non-fading subwoofer pre-out is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume level (0 to +15) & phase (Normal or Reverse).

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossover: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass crossover for its front and rear speaker-level and preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off (full-range) The unit is also equipped with a low-pass crossover for the subwoofer preamp output that can be set to 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Off (full-range).

    Equalizer: You can select from 11 different EQ presets to get the best sound from all your sources. You can choose from Flat (off), Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electric Dance, Hip-Hop, Easy Listening, Country, Classical, or User. The User Preset activates the head unit's 3-Band Equalizer for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted with the 3-Band EQ.

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Q-Factor Level
    Bass 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.5, or Narrow. 2.0 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Midrange 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Treble 7.5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz Wide 0.75 or Narrow 1.25 -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
    Note: The units stores independent EQ settings for each audio source.

    Bass Engine SQ: Bass Engine SQ creates the ideal Bass impact for your music by automatically adjusting the Bass, Mid, Treble, and Subwoofer level. You can adjust the effect level (0-6) of the Bass Engine SQ.

    Beep Tone: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The Beep Tone can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Caution Alarm: The head unit's face-plate is detachable to deter theft (no face case provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. If you turn your vehicle's ignition switch to the "Off" position without detaching the face-plate, the caution alarm will sound for a few seconds to remind you to detach the face-plate. The alarm will only sound if the receiver's built-in amplifier is used.

    Single-Line, High-Contrast LCD: The single-line, high-contrast LCD has 5x the contrast of a conventional screen, so the display is always easy to read. The LCD lets you view AM/FM stations and song/artist/album info from USB, iPhone, & Bluetooth sources. This unit can even scroll the text information. There are two Text Scroll settings - On (the information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically) or Off (the display is scrolled when a when a track is changed).

    Variable Color Illumination: The Alpine CDE-172BT features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 10 preset colors (White, Rose, Pink, Purple, Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Amber, Red) or customize your own color (RGB; 0-32). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-60) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting can be applied to both the display and buttons, or you can choose a different color for each.

    Brightness & Auto Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the Alpine receiver's display from 1 to 10. This unit is also equipped with an illumination lead (orange); when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to the preset Brightness level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

    Black Out & Auto Off: If no operation is performed for a while the Black Out feature (when activated) will automatically turn the head unit's display off automatically. When installing in a vehicle without an accessory power wire at the radio location, you can set the unit to turn off all lighting after 30 minutes of the power being turned off to the head unit.

    Demo Mode: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-172BT is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

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    does it work with steering wheel controls?
    [ timothy  Dec 29, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Kenny  Jan 01, 2022 ]  Staff
    Does this have iPhone 13 capability, also XM radio compatibility? I see it's Bluetooth
    [ Big dogg  Dec 08, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    i'm using it with an iphone 13 and it works great. if you want to use xm you will need an adapter like the sirius sxv300.
    [ andrew van  Dec 10, 2021 ]
    Cannot pair my iPhone 12 mini for Bluetooth? Manual says plug in usb. Did that with Bluetooth on but does not pair.
    [ Fred  Sep 12, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    To pair Bluetooth you don't use a usb, the manual should tell you to hold down a certain button to put the head unit into pairing mode which should allow you to connect.
    [ Lee  Sep 13, 2021 ]
    I had no problem initially pairing with my iPhone 12. It does however on occasion take a couple of minutes to pair up from power on when driving.
    [ David  Sep 13, 2021 ]
    Is this receiver fm hd compatible?
    [ Kurt  Sep 03, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Hi Kurt. This unit does not come with HD radio capability. Hope that helps.
    [ Kenny  Sep 05, 2021 ]  Staff
    Do I need an adapter cable for my 2002 BMW Z3 or is everything I need included?
    [ Denny  Aug 14, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    Everything you need is included however the connector made by Crutfield makes it 100% easier. Wire splicing without the connector, plug and play with it.
    [ RYAN  Aug 14, 2021 ]
    I would purchase the wiring harness and the adapter for the steering wheel controls. It's an extra $45 but it's worth it.
    [ JAIME E  Aug 14, 2021 ]
    Will a Alpine MC20 wireless remote work with the CDE172BT?
    [ K.  Jul 23, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    It does appear that the MC20 has a 3.5mm connection to the radio for connecting into its steering wheel radio control input which this receiver also has so it should work
    [ Paul  Jul 31, 2021 ]  Staff
    What 6 channel Amp will work with this unit?
    [ Vincent  Jul 01, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system.
    [ Krissy  Jul 13, 2021 ]  Staff
    im completely new to this stuff how hard is it to put is and do i just replace the existing radio?
    [ Dr.potato_aim  Jun 25, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    The difficulty centers more on what vehicle you are planning to install this into. I have a 1986 BMW and it was extremely easy using an adapter that connected into the factory wiring. Often on older vehicles that is the same philosophy. Crutchfield has adapters for many vehicles and their tech support will help (there are often even videos of that car or similar to help). Something more modern, say after 2010, there is a lot integrated into the stereo and it makes it difficult to do much to them. I'd highly recommend to call the Crutchfield tech line with the car information and they can help you see what can be done. Good luck and easy listening.
    [ R  Jun 25, 2021 ]
    Does this work with iPhone 6?
    [ Ricardo  Jun 20, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Can't tell you I have a Samsung
    [ Bob  Jun 20, 2021 ]
    Hi there does this Alpine have clock display ?
    [ Domenic  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    This receiver does have a clock in it and the ability to display the clock
    [ Paul  Jun 26, 2021 ]  Staff
    What is the power output on this unit? I am asking because I am wondering if it will work better alone or with an external power booster.
    [ Kenneth  Jun 04, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    This unit has an internal Booster option. If you're replacing factory speakers then the internal Booster will help produce good sound.
    [ DANG  Jun 04, 2021 ]
    Not sure. I use it as a stand alone unit. With the stock OEM Dodge speakers. In my Dakota. Works great
    [ Tackelberry  Jun 04, 2021 ]
    This headunit comes with a case to hold the faceplate for security purposes, so when you turn the car off you can pop off the faceplate only and hide it. However, the user manual does not indicate where is the eject button for this. Can someone please help?
    [ Andrew  Apr 29, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    Upper left corner next to the phone button
    [ Eric  May 02, 2021 ]
    the eject button is located in the top left hand corner of the unit right next to the button to answer the phone.
    [ Killy Turrell  May 01, 2021 ]
    On the very top left side of the faceplate is a small release button which you press to release it. When reinstalling first position the right side of the faceplate and slide in first then bring left side of faceplate to the unit and press in till it clicks into place.
    [ CHRIS J  Apr 30, 2021 ]
    What are the color options for the color illumination?
    [ Michael  Apr 22, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Green, yellow, amber, red, cyan, blue, purple, pink, rose and white. You can also split the button and display colors.
    [ Phillip  Apr 22, 2021 ]
    Does this unit have speed adjusted volume? I really enjoy that feature with my stock radio.
    [ STEPHEN  Apr 15, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    No you have to turn it up.
    [ Anthony  May 17, 2021 ]
    It does not have that feature.
    [ Gerald  May 12, 2021 ]
    when pairing bluetooth samsung alpine unit asks Pair No How do you pick PAIR on the unit...which button? How to set unit to BLUEROOTH
    [ leo  Apr 05, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Apr 16, 2021 ]  Staff
    While using original car speakers, will I need an RCA splitter (female to two males) to connect the factory sub that has a single rca connector?
    [ WilliamG  Apr 02, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    If the amp for the subwoofer only has one RCA connection, then you will want to use an RCA Y adapter to allow both of the sub preamp outputs on this receiver send audio to that amp. We have advisors that can be reached by calling 1-800-324-9695 who will be happy to help make sure you get all the gear needed to complete the installation.
    [ Paul  Apr 18, 2021 ]  Staff
    What type of marine amp and roll bar speakers would go with this model ? Iam putting it in a side by side .
    [ Nick  Mar 10, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    The Alpine CDE-172BT has 6 channel preamp outputs which would allow the addition of multiple amps. We need more information from you to make a good recommendation on an amp and speakers. Give us a call at 1-800-324-9695 and we'll be happy to help you find what you're looking for!
    [ Allison  Mar 27, 2021 ]  Staff
    Forgive me but i am not tech savvy why would i need bluetooth??
    [ Linda  Mar 05, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    It allows the stereo the link to your phone
    [ Kelly  Mar 06, 2021 ]
    If you would like to connect your cell phone for streaming music off it or hands free call to listen to callers through your speakers is a really nice option.
    [ Alejandro  Mar 05, 2021 ]
    To avoid having to connect a wire to your radio to listen to downloaded music or talk on the phone
    [ kevin  Mar 05, 2021 ]
    does this fit a 2001 chevy silverado 2500?
    [ justin  Feb 23, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    It's a standard DIN size install
    [ mark  Feb 23, 2021 ]
    Does this work with iPhone 11?
    [ Brad  Dec 06, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    I don't know. I've had IPhones 5,7 and SE attached with never a glitch. But my wife has an 11. I can check it for connections later today. What are you worried about? Hands free phone and Bluetooth music? I find pandora functions like, dislike and change stations are cumbersome thru the unit, so I have never used them, but if you want, I'll check. 12/7/20 sjb
    [ Stephen  Dec 07, 2020 ]
    Does this deck play CD's in MP3 format?
    [ Robio  Nov 23, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    [ JUSTIN  Nov 24, 2020 ]
    No, unfortunately it does not support MP3/WMA/FLAC/AAC files. It makes it difficult to have fewer discs in the car if the files can only be normalized playback type files. I was disappointed in this feature of the deck, but the rest of receiver is quite good.
    [ JOSEPH F.  Nov 23, 2020 ]
    How do I turn it off? I don't see an on/off button.
    [ Donna  Nov 06, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    Press and hold the Source button for 2 seconds and the unit will power down.
    [ D  Nov 06, 2020 ]
    Will this fit a 2005 ford ranger?
    [ Jacob  Sep 19, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    It should ,it fit my dodge 1500 ram truck. Great sound ,and tells you the song name and who is singing it .
    [ Donna  Sep 20, 2020 ]
    Can you hook up a sub amp and 4 channel door speaker amp to this head unit?
    [ SvtKel  Sep 05, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Yes, you can. That is exactly how my head unit is connected
    [ Francisco  Sep 22, 2020 ]
    I did not do the hook up. However I did have a sub amp but I only had two speakers and a subwoofer small car.
    [ N  Sep 15, 2020 ]
    Marine or waterproof?
    [ T  Aug 23, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    [ JUSTIN MICHAEL  Aug 23, 2020 ]
    Does this stereo pairs to a Android?
    [ Shontay  Aug 11, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    Although I haven't paired it to an android device (I have an I phone) my son is an IT tech and he said that if your android device pairs with Bluetooth it will work with this deck
    [ rohn  Aug 12, 2020 ]
    Yes it does
    [ DANIEL  Aug 12, 2020 ]
    Yes it does, and pretty easy. Just turn on the bluetooth on your phone and set the radio to bluetooth, then pair the radio from your phone.
    [ Victor  Aug 11, 2020 ]
    [ Bill  Aug 11, 2020 ]
    Is this radio compatible with all Sirius/XM Plug-and-Play recievers?
    [ Tx1afan  Jul 30, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Hi Gary, thank you for your question. The Alpine CDE-172BT receiver is compatible with the SiriusXM SXV300V1 plug and play XM tuner.
    [ Jess  Aug 16, 2020 ]  Staff
    [ BRYAN  Aug 12, 2020 ]
    Didn't see in video like I did for the 170 the separate Bass Mid & treble controls, does it have them on the 172BT?
    [ Ron  Jul 23, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    Yes it does. I use my 172 BT in Motorhome but I have to reset the settings after I see for a few days ??
    [ Boneyard  Jul 23, 2020 ]
    The CDE-172BT *DOES* have separate bass, mid, treble control [-7...0...+7]. Also, subwoofer level can be off or on [0...+15] I tend to just use the Bass Engine feature. It sounds so good I don't bother setting bass/mid/treble levels separately too often. If you need finer grade control of eq than bass/mid/treble, a different model might be better, but very happy with this head unit.
    [ Robinson T.  Jul 23, 2020 ]
    Yes it has the adjustments .
    [ Craig  Jul 23, 2020 ]
    Will audio playback using the USB, pick up where it left off when you start the vehicle again?
    [ Carl  Jul 14, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    It should if you don't quit out of the music app on your phone.
    [ John  Jul 21, 2020 ]
    How wide is the unit?
    [ Bruce  Jun 18, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    I installed it awhile back, and would go measure it, but injury is keeping me off my knee at the moment. Specs say "Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.6 x 9.1 x 3.9 inches" bu I think that's how wide the face plate is. I needed to get an adapter housing (pretty common) for my truck install. The Crutchfield online chat staff might have better info for you.
    [ David  Jun 18, 2020 ]
    It is mounted in the car. I can't measure it. I believe all are made as standard width. The measurements are on the spec sheet.
    [ PETER  Jun 18, 2020 ]
    Does this unit charge your iphone also?
    [ Rob  May 31, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    Yes it does
    [ Eberardo  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    yes - when connected via USB cable.
    [ Tracy  Jun 01, 2020 ]
    I assume so. It charges my Droid...not as fast as a cigarette lighter charger though.
    [ Evin  May 31, 2020 ]
    Does it come with a hands free calling microphone?
    [ Thomas  May 10, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Yes it does
    [ Sean  May 10, 2020 ]
    [ MICHAEL  May 10, 2020 ]
    Is the Bluetooth compatible for all phones?
    [ Rosevellt  Jan 18, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    Try reading the ad.
    [ John  Nov 08, 2020 ]
    not sure about all phones but my reciever connects with multiple Samsung Galaxy (6-9 models ) and my iPhone 7 without issue so I assume any Android or iOS should be compatible
    [ Anthony  Jan 19, 2020 ]
    I have used without Issue an Iphone 6 and 8. as well as an android based generic tablet to stream with.
    [ Timothy  Jan 18, 2020 ]
    I have used it on both apple and android snd and have no problem you just have to set it up with the instructions in the manual its a easy straight forward process
    [ Michael  Jan 18, 2020 ]
    Can you connect 2 powered subwoofers on this unit?
    [ Joshua  Aug 26, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    To connect two powered subs, you would need an RCA y splitter to split your subwoofer signal, and send it to separate inputs. It can defintiely do that.
    [ Calvin  Sep 06, 2019 ]  Staff
    Yes, I have it connected to a 4channel and two channel amp pushing two JL W3 12s.
    [ Domonique  Sep 05, 2019 ]
    I have a Honda S2000. Will the radio cover close with this unit?
    [ Danny  Aug 12, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    Hi Danny. Did you look for your vehicle in the outfit my car? You do not have a year of your Honda s2000. Please check out the outfit my car and you should have an answer.
    [ FREDERICK  Aug 12, 2019 ]
    Ford F150 XLT fitment 2006 DIN vs Double DIN Do both fit without modification to dash?
    [ W  Apr 26, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    I installed in a 2000 Lincoln Navigator - I had to remove some of the existing 'plastic substructure' for fitment - mainly trimming so the unit would sit down into the dash. The over all fitment was very good - as I used the 'kit' from Crutchfield for the installation. this was a gift for my daughter - I performed the install myself and it took approximately (?) 2 hours start to finish as I had to solder wires for the harness. She loves this unit as she uses with her Iphone.and hands free phone call. The times I used it - it has worked flawlessly.
    [ Bret  Apr 26, 2019 ]
    They both install the same way with the install kit. Single DIN uses the pocket andthe double DIN doesn't. I actually looked it up before I answered you.
    [ Jason  Apr 26, 2019 ]
    How do I get the factory subwoofer to work?
    [ Jack  Dec 27, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    My 2002 Boxster has subs in the doors, the harness hooked up directly, I also purchased a powered subwoofer kit to add a powered SWfr behind the seats.
    [ Jeff  Dec 27, 2018 ]
    I don't use the factory got after market. Sorry I couldn't answer your question.
    [ Harold  Dec 27, 2018 ]
    does the 172 bt unit have power antenna outputs?
    [ Rich  Nov 01, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    I believe I read that it did. However, I don't need to use it so I'm not 100% sure.
    [ William  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    yes - this unit is packed with features and install was straight forward
    [ bobcleveman  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    hello i have model # CDE--172 BT ONLY the face portion my truck got impounded and i was only able to grab the face part of the stereo ,can i buy the unit that goes intoo the dash only ????
    [ matio  Oct 21, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    I doubt it. The reason for the detachable face is theft prevention. If you could then you could just steal a detachable face and order the rest.
    [ Jason  Oct 21, 2018 ]
    Unfortunately no. I truly am so sorry to hear that you lost the complete radio itself.
    [ FREDERICK  Oct 21, 2018 ]
    can this be mounted vertically in a center console?
    [ ben  Sep 17, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Anything is possible with fabrication, but I've never seen a head unit mounted vertically. Always horizantal.
    [ kwanis  Sep 17, 2018 ]
    Sorry not sure mine is mounted horizontally under my seat in my 38 Ford truck and I Bluetooth it with my iPhone and SiriusXM.....
    [ John  Sep 17, 2018 ]
    How do I get my phone to connect to bluetooth media output automatically?
    [ Chris  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    My Bluetooth set up on my Alpine was simple, pair the device and Everytime I get into the car, it's paired. Make sure BT icon is displayed and as long as you follow the steps in the Alpine manual , you are all good!!
    [ Jeff  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    Can you control Spotify playlists from the receiver?
    [ JeepGirl  Apr 19, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Have no idea spotify don't use it not sure what it is you have Sirius xm aux pandora tuner CD as sources as well as USB and a aux on the front for ipod or whatever you plug in that's on your phone
    [ PATRICK  May 03, 2018 ]
    You can control The forward and back and also the song display but I have not been able to control my playlist without utilizing my phone
    [ Kenneth  May 02, 2018 ]

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