Manufacturer: Alpine Electronics Part number: CDA-9885
- Bottom Line:
- The Alpine CDA-9885 combines attractive styling and an easy-to-use music search interface with a host of expandability options, including HD Radio capability. However, those upgrading to HD Radio will have to deal with a clunky module and a hefty price tag.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $269.99 - $279.99
- Reviewed by: Kevin Massy
- Reviewed on: 11/30/2007
The good: The HD Radio-compatible Alpine CDA-9885 features a stylish faceplate, a great music navigation interface, and rich audio output.
The bad: Its clunky external HD module is a pain to install, and it adds an extra $200 to the stereo's price tag, making it a pricey package.
The bottom line: The Alpine CDA-9885 combines attractive styling and an easy-to-use music search interface with a host of expandability options, including HD Radio capability. However, those upgrading to HD Radio will have to deal with a clunky module and a hefty price tag.
Very good receiver overall, but with some hidden deficiencies
by Badgerater on October 17, 2007
Pros: Very easy to use, good sound, can expand capabilities as needed (HD, iPod, Bluetooth, Satellite, aux inputs)
Cons: Dimmer control, glare masks display, radio song/artist information, poor reception on some stations, display colors, expensive add-ons
Summary: This is a very good receiver overall. I chose it mainly for its very easy-to-use interface, good sound quality, the abundance of features, support of auxiliary equipment, and optional upgrades ...
Summary: This is a very good receiver overall. I chose it mainly for its very easy-to-use interface, good sound quality, the abundance of features, support of auxiliary equipment, and optional upgrades to HD, iPod, Bluetooth, AUX, etc.)
However, it has some deficiencies that keep bugging me. I researched the unit thoroughly before buying, including the owner's manual, but some things you just don't discover until you actually use it.
1) Display Dimmer - the display dimmer has two settings: Auto and Manual. With Auto, the display is bright when your car's headlights are off, and it is dim when your car's headlights are on. With Manual, the display is always dim. This is a problem for me during daylight because I drive with my headlights on, for safety. There is no way with headlights on to have a bright display. The display is difficult to read in daylight when it is dim. I expected the Maunual setting to allow me to adjust the brightness using the car's dashboard lights dimmer, but it doesn't. I haven't tried unplugging the dimmer control cable yet to see whether it defaults to bright.
2) Display Glare - the display has a very shiny, clear cover. In daylight the glare makes it very difficult to see the display. Two potential solutions: get tinted windows, or use one of those clear sheets that protect touchscreen PDA displays- some are glare resistant.
3) FM Radio Artist/Song Information - the owner's manual shows the 9885 is capable of displaying this information for FM stations, but it doesn't in my area. All of my other (non-HD) car radios do. Alpine chose not to support the RDS format used in my area (that's how the Alpine rep explained it anyway)
4) Poor Quality Sound for a Couple of Stations - for some reason, a couple of stations in my area, including my favorite of course, don't come in well with the 9885 (lots of static). They come in great with other car radios, and with the factory radio I replaced. This stumped tech support, whose only suggestion was to install a second ground wire; which I haven't tried yet.
5) Display Colors - I almost didn't buy the 9885 because of the display colors, and they still bother me. The backlit buttons are red, lighted buttons can be set to blue or red, and the biolight display is light green. Red-Blue-Green, or Red-Green just aren't visually appealing and they don't match my car's other dash lights, or fit the interior color. Head units from other brands give you more color options (up to 7600 colors).
With these problems fixed, I would rate it near 10.
6) Expensive Add-Ons: I found that adding HD, iPod, Satellite, or Bluetooth capabilities later will be expensive relative to the price of the base unit, especially when you include installation charges. I like the flexibility, but will probably have to forego the HD upgrade due to cost.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good deck but not Alpine worthy.
by mk.brrn on May 3, 2008
Pros: Well equipped. Beautiful styling. Good screen. Plays discs. three 4volt preouts and built in crossovers. Display Blackout feature
Cons: No always visible time display. Clunky ipod search. Very fast volume fade in at start. Not refined overall.
Summary: I bought this deck almost a year ago for to fulfill two objectives: to enable me to play my Ipod in my car and to control two separate amps, one ...
Summary: I bought this deck almost a year ago for to fulfill two objectives: to enable me to play my Ipod in my car and to control two separate amps, one for a subwoofer and one for my door speakers. This unit performs these tasks well but it is not as refined as I expect an Alpine deck to be. I upgraded from a pretty low-end Alpine MP3 deck to this unit. Alpine definitely took a few steps backward. What is up with that fellows? I was so happy with my first Alpine that I was sure I would be blown away by their new line up. I miss my always-on clock. When this unit is off there is no time display. Also, my old deck would ramp up the volume to the level you left it at before you started the car. This one does too, but so quickly that it is already at full-volume before the radio or Ipod can establish connection. This is ridiculous. Only if I am playing a CD can I take advantage of this feature. Needless to say, I quickly became re-accustomed to turning my volume down before I turn the car off. Call me a whiner but I miss this feature. With this deck, I had to alter my habits and compromise on things that I had with a much lower end and older Alpine unit and on some very rudimentary features. Alpine, I am disappointed.
On the upside, at the time when I bought this deck, the Ipod searching was head and shoulders above anything in the 1-din category. However, it wasn't as good as they could've done, I'm sure. I understand that to have the memory feature of the xda-001, there is a big leap in technology, but, when I am searching for music, the titles don't even scroll during the search. Well, if you have an MP3 that has a long filename or maybe is named with the artist in front of the song title, the search ain't gonna do anything for you. Something else I felt Alpine could have put into this deck is a function to move 10 at a time through artists or titles. You have to use the scroll wheel to scroll through titles one at a time, there is no accelerated pace when you quickly move the scroll wheel. I had 40gigs of music to start with and I quickly cut my library down to 1/3 of it's size to make it more accessible.
You must very cleverly use playlists to make your library accessible.
Great radio, looks very nice, compatible with Itouch
by nvjusme on September 21, 2007
Pros: Great for use with Itouch in your car
Cons: can't control other ipod/itouch functions except music
Summary: I bought this deck because it is compatible with Ipods but specifically for the Itouch. I bought a mount for my Itouch and I use the IPOD adaptor cord to ...
Summary: I bought this deck because it is compatible with Ipods but specifically for the Itouch. I bought a mount for my Itouch and I use the IPOD adaptor cord to use my Ipod with the deck but then I also use the AUX function of the deck so I can run a rca to mini cable to the Itouch and use the deck to play the sound for the movies and videos that I download. This has turned my Itouch into a mini mobile video. I have a Honda Civic so I don't need anything big so this works fine. No problems with the deck at all so far. I trust the name and the quality.
Love this unit. However missing some features.
by yellowbmr on June 18, 2007
Pros: Quality stereo + sound + looks
Cons: missing features like disabling the bluetooth + more.
Summary: This unit is all about sound quality. However, there are some items that need to be mentioned. I have this unit and love it, but it;s missing some features ...
Summary: This unit is all about sound quality. However, there are some items that need to be mentioned. I have this unit and love it, but it;s missing some features and needs a better design in some areas.
1) If you have a Ai-Net Cd changer by alpine and need to hookup an MP3 player, you can not. You have to buy an adaptor (cheaper one is 80 vs the more sophisticated one 150 both available at cruthfield). Most other stereos have this feature built into the stereo like Pioneer.
2) If I have someone in the car and don't want the unit to show phone#'s (pretty much receive calls), i like to be able to disable the bluetooth at a touch of a button, you can not do it with this device. if you clear the device then you have to pair it which takes a lot of steps and is annoying. WHy not just have a disable bluetooth button for times when you have your gf in the car and doon't want to be bothered by your mistress.
3) the remote buttons for volume is so close to source and sometimes i push those which is annoying. I have seen more nicely designed remotes out there.
4) The remote does not work well if you are not pointing straight at the remote ir on the top right of the unit. if you are pointing to the left of the unit, it does not pick up signals or if it does, it's hit and miss. Pioneer remotes worked great as long as you are poining to the unit and also i had an earlier model alpine and the remote was not this picky.
5) Bluetooth is not built into this device by default . YOu have to buy another module which is around $180 before you can make it work.
6) Biolite is not that clear in the sun if you have your glasses on. I recommend not hooking up the light wire to the vehicle light system. that way it's brighter.
Now the main question, would i buy this unit again? NO I would not unless they redesign it and make everything built in like othe stereo manufactures.
Would i buy it if it was cheap like $120.
No i would not.
Now that i have gone through the hassle of hooking up the bluetooth, remote, mp3 hookup + the purchase of all the modules and labor, i have put in close to 500.00 not including the labor.
What would i buy next time?
either a re-designed alpine that has all these features or if they lag behind and keep it modulator like unit, then i go with Pioneer in a hearbeat.
by SPIKER61 on June 14, 2007
Pros: Bluetooth, Satelite Radio, iPod & HD Radio Ready. Aux Port option. Great dispplay. Love the remote
Cons: Aux port on back, buttons a bit small, no color screen.
Summary: I love this receiver. It works great as a AM/FM reciever & Single CD Player. I have the iPod hookup as well, and love that I can control my ...
Summary: I love this receiver. It works great as a AM/FM reciever & Single CD Player. I have the iPod hookup as well, and love that I can control my iPod from the receiver. Sound is easily configured to taste, as well as the display screen. I Highly recommend this unit!
- Manufacturer: Alpine Electronics
- Part number: CDA-9885
- Description: More media, more control. If one helping isn't enough, you can get seconds, thirds, why stop there, when there's so much media available today. The CDA-9885 offers media playback for CD's iPod, Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, HD Radio, and other portable players. The CDA-9885 specially comes with an attractive Biolite display, so you get a wider viewing angle and better visibility in all lighting conditions. Get more control from your head unit, and hook up more media to your system. The remote control is included.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type CD receiver
- Recommended Use Car
- Form Factor Full-DIN - In-dash unit
- Integrated Components CD player,
- Media Content Source CD
- Media Type CD-R,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA,
- Width 7 in
- Depth 6.3 in
- Height 2 in
- Weight 3.5 lbs
- Enclosure Color Gun metal black
- Faceplate Type Detachable
- System Control Bus Ai-NET
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Equalizer Yes
- Controls Subwoofer level,
- Max Output Power / Channel Qty 50 Watts x 4
- Continuous Power / Channel Qty 18 Watts x 4
- Crossover Active crossover
- High Pass Frequencies 160 Hz,
- Amplifier Output Details 18 Watt - 4 Ohm - THD 1.0 % - 14.4V DC - 4 channel(s)
- Built-in Display OLED
- Button Backlight Color Blue
- CD Changer Control Yes
- Clock Yes (digital)
- Additional Features ID3 tags support ,
Rotary encoder multi-control,
CD Text capable
- Equalizer Type Parametric
- Equalizer Band Qty 2 bands
- Audio Specifications CD - Response Bandwidth - 5 - 20000 Hz - SNR - 105 dB - Dynamic Range - 95 dB - THD - 0.008%
- Type Radio tuner - AM/FM
- Tuning Display OLED display
- Preset Station Qty 18
- AM Preset Station Qty 6
- FM Preset Station Qty 12
- Additional Features Preset buttons,
Auto Store (AS),
- Type CD / MP3 player
- Media Load Type Slot-load
- Playback Modes Random play / shuffle,
One track repeat,
All tracks repeat,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA,
- Response Bandwidth 5 - 20000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 105 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.008%
- Dynamic Range 95 dB
- Disc Title Memory Yes
- CD-R Compatible Yes
- CD-RW Compatible Yes
- Connector Type 2 x Audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ),
Subwoofer output ( RCA phono x 2 ),
System components control bus