Alpine UTE-72BT Car Stereo, with Bluetooth, USB & Ipod control £74.99 delivered @ Halfords
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Alpine UTE-72BT Car Stereo, with Bluetooth, USB & Ipod control £74.99 delivered @ Halfords

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Found 28th Jul 2013
Alpine are a premium brand for car stereos. The UTE-72BT has a radio and plays MP3 files from a USB flash drive, by plugging in an MP3 player or with a Bluetooth connection.

The Bluetooth functions are from Parrot. It comes with an external microphone. You can use it as a hands free phone, or connect by Bluetooth and play music from your phone. If you use it to connect to an iPhone, then you can listen to any app through the car speakers.

The USB socket on the front of the stereo supplies 1A, so a phone or iPod will charge quickly.

It doesn't have a CD player. If you want one, then the CDE-173BT has similar features to this but includes a CD player. However, it also costs £40-45 more.

You can get adaptor leads to connect it to steering wheel controls on a wide range of cars (these cost ~ £35 extra).

The list price for this stereo is £99.99. It has been £79.99 at Halfords for the last few months, but has just dropped to £74.99 in the last day or so, with free delivery, or pickup from one of their stores. You can get 3% cashback via Quidco.
Halfords have had a lot of discounts for their car stereos recently. However, the big discounts have been for end of line models, or from second tier manufacturers.

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Original Poster

This is the Manufacturer's WWW site: http://www.alpine-europe.com/p/Products/bluetooth-and-usb8/ute-72bt

The manual and installation guide: http://www.alpine-europe.com/fileadmin/user_upload/manuals//car_audio_manuals/UTE-72BT/OM_UTE-72BT_EN.pdf
http://www.alpine-europe.com/fileadmin/user_upload/manuals//car_audio_manuals/UTE-72BT/QRG_UTE-72BT_EN.pdf

Reviews:
http://www.talkaudio.co.uk/index.php/index.html/_/reviews/source/alpine-ute-72bt-single-din-fmusbipodbluetoot-r1417
http://www.fastcar.co.uk/2013/04/09/headunit-of-the-month-alpine-ute-72bt/
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Edited by: "ahenry" 28th Jul 2013

been waiting 15 months for the morons at alpine support to fix samsung phone compatibility so the unit shows the current track over BT.


will never give them another penny of my money.

Is Alpine better than Pioneer/JVC/Kenwood etc? These look to be cheaper and I always thought these were the top brands to have for car stereo's? At least they were 10-15 years ago when i last bought a car stereo (but I am looking for one now for daughter's car!)

Also, is this bluetooth 'ready to go' or do you need to buy an over-priced adapter/widget to make it work?

Thanks for your help and thanks OP for posting as this looks like a good deal to me if Alpine are the bees-knees

Edited by: "cpandk" 28th Jul 2013

Original Poster

I have got a Ford S-Max from 2010. I want a Bluetooth hands free phone, and to be able to play MP3 files on the stereo, where if I stop the car, it starts from the same point in the file. With the standard stereo, I can plug in a MP3 player, but then I need to pause it and restart it again. There is a Ford plug in which would let me play MP3 files from a USB drive through the standard stereo. However, it costs £80 and doesn't remember where it got to in a file. There is a Sony stereo which is fitted to the Titanium models, but fitting it to my car would mean replacing some of the dashboard electronics which will be more expensive than fitting an aftermarket head unit.

In an aftermarket head unit, I want Bluetooth hands free and reasonable sound quality. I want it to connect to the remote controls on the steering wheel, and I don't want it to look like a Christmas tree.

I don't know that JVC and Clarion will support the steering wheel remote controls. Sony car stereos don't have a great reputation for sound quality on the forums at talkaudio.co.uk. That leaves Kenwood, Pioneer and Alpine. They all seem to have a reasonable reputation for sound quality. All three have units with Bluetooth, and no CD player for around about £80, but of these I prefer the styling of the Alpine, which seems to be a bit less garish.

To fit one of these stereos to my S-Max, I would need an adaptor lead for the aerial (~£5), some trim to fill the space in the dashboard (£10), and a £33 adaptor to connect up to the wiring harness and the steering wheel remote controls. If you don't care about the remote controls, then there is a cheaper adaptor plug. This stereo comes with a microphone for the Bluetooth, which is best fitted near the sun visor, routing the wiring back to the stereo might take a bit of time if you want it hidden from view. Replacing the stereo itself only takes a few minutes to extract the old one from the dashboard, disconnect it and plug the new one in.
Edited by: "ahenry" 28th Jul 2013

ahenry

I have got a Ford S-Max from 2010. I want a Bluetooth hands free phone, … I have got a Ford S-Max from 2010. I want a Bluetooth hands free phone, and to be able to play MP3 files on the stereo, where if I stop the car, it starts from the same point in the file. With the standard stereo, I can plug in a MP3 player, but then I need to pause it and restart it again. There is a Ford plug in which would let me play MP3 files from a USB drive through the standard stereo. However, it costs £80 and doesn't remember where it got to in a file. There is a Sony stereo which is fitted to the Titanium models, but fitting it to my car would mean replacing some of the dashboard electronics which will be more expensive than fitting an aftermarket head unit.In an aftermarket head unit, I want Bluetooth hands free and reasonable sound quality. I want it to connect to the remote controls on the steering wheel, and I don't want it to look like a Christmas tree.I don't know that JVC and Clarion will support the steering wheel remote controls. Sony car stereos don't have a great reputation for sound quality on the forums at www.talkaudio.co.uk. That leaves Kenwood, Pioneer and Alpine. They all seem to have a reasonable reputation for sound quality. All three have units with Bluetooth, and no CD player for around about £80, but of these I prefer the styling of the Alpine, which seems to be a bit less garish.To fit one of these stereos to my S-Max, I would need an adaptor lead for the aerial (~£5), some trim to fill the space in the dashboard (£10), and a £33 adaptor to connect up to the wiring harness and the steering wheel remote controls. If you don't care about the remote controls, then there is a cheaper adaptor plug. This stereo comes with a microphone for the Bluetooth, which is best fitted near the sun visor, routing the wiring back to the stereo might take a bit of time if you want it hidden from view. Replacing the stereo itself only takes a few minutes to extract the old one from the dashboard, disconnect it and plug the new one in.

Why an earth do i want to know all of this?

Original Poster

hukdbargain

Why an earth do i want to know all of this?



In a reply to "Is Alpine better than Pioneer/JVC/Kenwood etc?". "Better" depends on what you want the stereo to do. If you don't care, then you can click the small cross icon in the top corner of the window

My Pioneer X700BT displays track info for artist, album and song; the toy car's Clarion is also compatible with a Galaxy S3 so fingers crossed Alpine also has this feature! It looks like a lot of stereo for little moolah :-D

Original Poster

The Pioneer FH-X700BT also has a Parrott Bluetooth module, like this stereo, so I would expect it to also work the same. Its best to check features like this beforehand if possible.
Edited by: "ahenry" 28th Jul 2013

i have this stereo (owning a few other alpine stereos in my time) this is cheap for what it is however the build quality feels VERY cheap. All in all works well but feels cheap. You'll understand when you feel the fascia or pressing buttons.

Rhythmeister

My Pioneer X700BT displays track info for artist, album and song; the toy … My Pioneer X700BT displays track info for artist, album and song; the toy car's Clarion is also compatible with a Galaxy S3 so fingers crossed Alpine also has this feature! It looks like a lot of stereo for little moolah :-D

this is the issue I have, Samsung from android 4 and up do not work as expected with the Alpine parrot BT module, it shows the 1st track and sticks on it unless you cycle the options, they do not care as I have wasted 15 months trying to get them to fix it when I should have just returned the **** POS to halfruads within the returns window.

I have a alpine bt unit in my car and also drive company vehicles with parrot fitted. The quality of the built in alpine parrot system beats a standalone parrot hands free both for volume and clarity and as main reason I bought system was for handsfree I'm more than happy with the Alpine system and features and sound are excellent.

Anyone know if Bluetooth audio streaming shows track info on head unit?

Original Poster

whosagooner

Anyone know if Bluetooth audio streaming shows track info on head unit?



Page 19 of the manual says it does, when you press the View button. It toggles through a few things like the artist name, track title etc.
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