Alpine CDE-HD149BT vs. Pioneer DEH-80PRS - Car Music Lab
Alpine CDE-HD149BT vs. Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Alpine CDE-HD149BT vs. Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Over the years, car audio has evolved fromthe simple AM radio receiver with a solitary speaker to complex electronicsystems. Today, many systems can play music from a variety of audio sourcesincluding radio, CD, portable music players like the iPod, USB flash drives, SDcards, Bluetooth audio, and hard-disk drives.

This article focuses on the two innovativecar stereos- Alpine CDE-HD149BT and Pioneer DEH-80PRS emphasizing on theirfeatures.

The Alpine CDE-HD149BT

Alpine Tuneit App

The Alpine TuneIt App is a straightforward sound-tuning app with Facebook notifications feature. The app is free for download onto your iPhone or Android smartphone, and you create an account about your vehicle as well as your Alpine sound system.

Follow the simple graphical instructions to adjust audio settings for your particular car or select from default settings in the database. You can change the following settings: Parametric EQ, Time Correction, Crossover, and Media Xpander. You can set and save up to 100 distinctive sound settings in your profile, which is useful if you want different settings to use for different kinds of music.

You get rated on your tuning skills if you share your settings; you can test and rate other users’ settings. The more active you get, the higher your account status progresses within the app.

BT Plus, Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling & Audio Streaming

This feature helps you to use your phonesor headsets less you ultimately stay focused on safe driving. With Bluetoothwireless technology, you can go on with your phone conversations in the carwithout external adapters.

You can adjust your cell phone/head unit toanswer your calls automatically. With the supplied microphone you can speak andthen listen through your car’s speakers.

Audio Streaming with Ease, Even with iPhone iOS 6x

If you have a vast music library on yourphone, the CDE-HD149BT can stream and control your music library via Bluetooth,AVRCP, and A2DP profiles. You can listen to your iPhone without plugging-in bystreaming your music via Bluetooth.

Microphone Included

This unit has all that’s needed forBluetooth convenience. The CDE-HD149BT is equipped with a tuned receiver that’sdesigned to filter feedback and noise interference. This allows ideal placementin your car, for improved sound quality.

Steering Wheel Control

With a factory Bluetooth steering wheelcontrols in your car, it will also control your current CDE-HD149BT’s built-inBluetooth. Or, control your head unit via your default steering wheel controlsby adding an adapter. To add this feature, adapters from popular brand namessuch as Soundgate or PAC are recommended.

Rear USB Aux Input

You can connect USB memory devices like thumb drives with a dedicated USB input and USB cable. Song lists on USB devices are arranged alphabetically and allow eight levels of file/folder search capabilities. This unit will find music files ignoring other file types on the USB device.

Note: MP3 device or phones can’t becontrolled through the head unit independently.


Add a sharper look to your dash by matchingthe illuminated buttons on the radio to your dashboard. The CDE-HD149BT offersblue, red, green, and amber color alternatives.

Best Sound Quality

For excellent sound quality, the CDE-HD149BT utilizes a 24-Bit DAC for unrivaled sound quality with sources of your digital media.

Built-In Equalizer

Select from 10 different EQ modes(Flat/Pops/Rock/News/Jazz/Elec Dance/Hip Hop/Easy Lis/Country/Classical) to getthe best sound from all your sources. If the Equalizer presets do not meet yourlistening taste, there’s a 9-Band Parametric Equalizer you can reset and saveas a user preset for an improved sound response curve.

Compatible with iPod and iPhone – Including iPhone 5

It is convenient controlling your iPod oriPhone music in the car you enjoy seamless operation of your iPod in additionto absolute control of all your favorite media sources. Control all searchoptions of your iPod from the CDE-HD149BT via Playlist, Album, Artist Genre,Song, Composer or Podcast.

Find it Fast with Fast Search and Alphabetical Search

Get access to control of all the songs from your iPod or iPhone right from the head unit. Extensive music libraries are no problem with faster connection pace. With quick Alphabet Search, you can scroll through long lists of music by skipping through the letters of the alphabet. Once you locate the letter you want, you can select the specific song.

App Direct Mode

Play even more music from your iPhone oriPod with App Direct Mode. This new feature offers primary app control -Play,Pause, TrackBack, Track Forward and displays metadata directly on the head unitfrom several third-party apps so that you can enjoy your drive even more andextend your listening options without operating your phone.

Charge Your Phone

Regular in-vehicle solutions may drain yourphone’s battery, but using the CDE-HD149BT, your phone charges via the USBcable (sold separately), hence you can enjoy nonstop music and charge yourphone simultaneously.

Compatible with Pandora Internet Radio for iPhone and Android

Regardless of if you have an iPhone orAndroid smartphone, Alpine offers you full control of Pandora straight fromyour dash. You can choose to connect through USB or stream wirelessly and stillenjoy your best Pandora channels with Thumbs down/Thumbs up buttons directly onthe faceplate; together with fast search features, and the ability to create anew Pandora station and bookmark your best tunes.

Built-In HD Radio

Alpine is HD Radio compatible. All themusic and programming together with FM stations with CD-quality sound and AMstations you listen to is played in a clear digital format. Expand your musicoption further with multi-casting capability-HD1, HD2, and HD3, and you willhear more talk and music content from the stations you already access.

Smart Reception Management- A Better Way to Listen to HD Radio

Typical HD Radio-equipped tuners use an auto-switching technique when listening to the main & multi-casting channels. It works well on the main channels, but, when listening to a sub-channel, you will be switched back to the main channel if the digital signal is briefly lost.

This interruption can be an irritating experience to stay engaged on a particular multi-casting channel if the digital signal is weak. Alpine’s solution gives Smart Reception Control through the default setting “Digital MC.” The Digital MC setting uses a Hybrid technique of auto-switching digital and analog on the main channel and makes use of all-digital for sub-channels. With Alpine solution, you stay on the channel you appreciate, resulting in a smart HD Radio experience.

Sirius Satellite Ready

You not only get music, news, talk,entertainment, traffic, weather information, and premier sports, with theCDE-HD149BT. You also enjoy these advanced SiriusXM features when you add theSiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner:

Tag That Song

When a song you like plays, press and holddown the CDE-HD149BT’s Volume button for two seconds. The iTunes feature allowsyou to tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPhone sothat when next you connect your iPhone to iTunes, you’ll be able to previewyour selections and then purchase and download them straight from iTunes.

It’s Game Time

If you want to know if your favorite NFL, NBA, NHL or college football or basketball team is playing live, the CDE-HD149BT has this feature that will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams’ games are being broadcast. Select that station so you can listen to the gameplay by play. You can as well get the latest score updates while you listen to other stations.

Instant Replay

The CDE-HD149BT offers the SiriusXM Replayfunction, so you can rewind, pause, and replay up to 60 minutes of livecontent. Play your favorite content again, or hear content you missed while youlistened to other channels.

They’re Playing Our Song

If you want to make sure you hear yourfavorite music whenever it’s being played, with SongAlert and ArtistAlert, youcan get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on anySiriusXM station. You can go to that broadcast and play the songs you want tolisten to.

The Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming

With Secure Simple Pairing, you can pair aBluetooth-equipped phone to the DEH-80PRS with ease without having to enter pincodes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device isclose to the receiver, the connection function pairs the two unitsautomatically.

With a compatible audio player device thatas well features built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream (A2DP) andcontrol audio (AVRCP) to the receiver.

A Better-Than-Ever Listening Experience

Pandora® is a personalized internet radio that is designed to help you discover new music that you’ll love mixed in with music that you already know. With the DEH-80PRS, you can enjoy the superior sound quality and full control of the Pandora experience in your car directly from the receiver.

You can give tracks “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” bookmark a song so you can purchase and download it later, switch between your personalized radio stations with ease, and view full-track data.

In-dash control for Pandora works withApple iOS. Just download the free Pandora Radio app to your iPhone or iPodTouch and link it to the DEH-80PRS with the CD-IU51 interface cable (soldseparately) and enjoy your music.

Audiophile Grade

The DEH-80PRS CD receiver offers audiophile-grade internal components and materials to help you achieve Pioneer’s standard sound quality. The exclusive sound field technologies, including Auto Time Alignment and Auto EQ, help optimize audio to perfectly suit particular listening spaces and allow mild manual control of settings. Versatile connectivity helps give excellent sound quality from various digital gadgets.

Burr-Brown 24-Bit D/A Converters

Three Burr-Brown digitals to analogconverters are used – one each for the high, mid, and low-frequency ranges –providing exceptional linear sound reproduction with wide dynamic range.

Four-Layer Circuit Board Design

Using a four-layer copper foil board withcomponents fixed to both sides of the board paves a circuit board with a littlefootprint. The inner layers of the circuit board are devoted to the power andground supply traces, which authorizes lower overall circuit impedance andsignificantly filters noise.

Full-Custom High-Capacitance Power Supply Capacitor

In-built capacitors in the power supplyhelp sound clarity and consistency. Exclusive parts are developed and tuned forexcellent sound quality through a thorough review of materials and repeatedlistening trials.

Sound Master Clock Circuitry

The new Sound Master Clock reads andprocesses digital signals with extraordinary precision – eliminating unwantedvariation.

28-bit Binary Floating-Point DSP

Pioneer’s 28-bit binary floating-point DSPtogether with the use of advanced programming technology enables a highlyprecise sound processing and tuning without impeding the source’s digitalsignal.

3-Way Digital Network

The DEH-80PRS has a 3-Way Digital Network,connecting (via three 5V RCA pre-outs) up to three external amplifiers, eachdevoted to driving low-, mid- and high-frequency ranges. Resulting in a clearerseparation of the three frequency ranges, giving a more natural sound realizingmore of each speaker’s potential in a multi-speaker system.

L/R Independent 16-Band Digital Equalizer

This feature is excellent at overcomingin-vehicle frequency response peaks and troughs. With fine-tuning settings at2/3 octave steps, tailoring the frequency curves to generate a flat response ispossible in any vehicle.

Auto Time Alignment and Auto EQ

Time alignment automatically measures the delay from each speaker to the driver’s position and sets speaker sound output timing, so that the sound from all speakers gets to the driver’s ears in perfect sync. Auto EQ uses a microphone to observe and analyze acoustics and then fine-tunes all frequency bandwidths and rear and front speaker digital parametric equalization. These processes occur automatically in 399 seamless steps within 30 seconds to 6 minutes.

Time Alignment

This function not only precisely adjustseach speaker’s output timing according to its distance from the listening position;it is also flexible to a 3-way multi-amplifier and speaker system.

Pioneer DEH-80PRS Review

USB Direct Control for iPod/iPhone

Pioneer’s DEH-80PRS works with direct connectivity to your iPod or iPhone for audio playback via the optional USB interface cable (sold separately).  Displaying on the full dot LCD: The Song, artist, time, and album information.

With tools like Link Play and Alphabet Search to enable you to find content faster. The system’s wired USB connection offers direct digital signal transfer from the device for clean, clear sound while providing 1 amp of current to keep your iPod/iPhone charged.

Dual rear USB ports allow connection of 2compatible USB devices so you will never run out of source options. Forexample, you can connect an iPod to USB1 and a compatible USB hard disk driveto USB2.

Rethinking Connectivity

With App Mode, you can enjoy listening tothe content on select compatible apps directly on the receiver from a connectediPhone or iPod Touch. Controls like reverse or track forward may be executedfrom the receiver.

Customize it

Harmonize the display and key illuminationto your car’s interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match theillumination in any car. The key light and display illumination colors can becustomized separately for an endless number of color combinations.

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