TORRANCE, CALIF. —
Alpine has begun shipping
the first two head units in its 2011 lineup, both with
built-in hands-free Bluetooth.
They are the $230-suggested CDE-125BT and
$270-suggested CDE-126BT. Hands-free Bluetooth
previously started at $250.
Both are single-DIN units with front USB input to
connect to iPods/iPhones, USB sticks and external
hard drives. They also sport a front 3.5mm input.
Both require a KCE-433iV cable to deliver iPod/
iPhone control. The cable is included with the CDE-
126BT but sold separately at a suggested $30 for
Both are rated at 4×18 watts RMS. The CDE-
125BT features red/blue illumination, one preout and
MP3 playback via a CD or USB. The CDE-126BT
features selectable red or blue illumination, two preouts
and MP3/WMA/AAC playback via CD or USB.
Both are compatible with the $140-suggested KTP-
445 power pack to boost power output.
Both feature built-in Bluetooth from Parrot,
external microphone and a feature that reduces
the potential for microphone feedback. To reduce
feedback, both heads let the user assign
one vehicle speaker for phone-call playback,
choosing the speaker that reduces or eliminates
Contacts in the user’s address book can be
accessed through the heads, which also display
missed calls, dialed calls, and received calls if the
phone itself can display that information. Caller ID
is available if the caller is already listed in the user’s
address book. The CDE-125BT and CDE-126BT
also support voice-tag dialing and auto answer if
the paired phone has these features.