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CTA-1502 Commander Receiver MSRP: $
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Description:
DIGITAL COMMANDER / RECEIVER

- 40W x 4 High Power Amp
- BBE
- Control Center
- Large, Cool White, 4 Color Display with 14-Band Spectrum Analyzer
- Anti-Theft Detachable Front Panel


 
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Reviewed by:
Jay


Review Date
June 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
6 months to 1 year

Visitors rate this review
4.60 of 5, 10.00 votes

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Review 1 of 4 , from Sacramento

Price Paid:  $160.00

Strengths:
4V preouts, remote, nice display, AFFORDABLE, AiNet feature.

Weaknesses:
3rd set of preouts would've been nice, but hey thats what the CTA1505 is for. Also the screen is a little bit hard to see in direct sunlight, but not too bad.

Summary:
Deck absolutely kicks some major you know what. For a Measley $160 which includes install, you get a Receiver which not only offers 2 sets of 4v preouts, it also has the AiNet controller function, a nice full display with a spectral analyzer, a slew of decent useful features such as BBE, remote, etc... Overall pretend its a upper line deck without a CD tuner. With the new Alpine decks aside from the high line that doesn't even offer FULL 4volt preouts aside from their 'sub' out, its a nice alternative for those of you using amps to power them speakers.

Similar Products Used:
Not many stand alone receivers to compare too



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Reviewed by:
Tomas


Review Date
March 14, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 years

Visitors rate this review
4.20 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Review 2 of 4 , from Vilnius, Lithuania

Price Paid:  $200.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
 alpine 1502R, 1999 model

Strengths:
Clear sound, nearly all possible functions, descent graphics, BBE, convenient rotary knob

Weaknesses:
Detachment of the faceplate is not the easiest task (it could be an isolated problem relating to my unit only).
No separate subwoofer control.

Summary:
Just another reliable alpine product. It is not as good as 1505 but still worth those $200 paid. Sound is a bit specific and if you listen to classical music or jazz it may not be the best choice. If consider buying a second hand product please make sure that a manual is attached as without it you could easily spend 3 days trying to understand how to use all functions. Definitely one of the strongest contenders for the "Best Commander/Receiver" award back in 1999 but equaly good or better competitors may have arrived by now.

Similar Products Used:
Different league compared to sonys, kenwoods, pioneers, jvcs, etc.



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Reviewed by:
James Ng


Review Date
November 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 6 months

Visitors rate this review
5.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Review 3 of 4 , from Bay Area

Price Paid:  $200.00

Strengths:
Easy to use, 4volts preamp output, BBE, Remote Control

Weaknesses:
Have to be installed by authorized dealer, no cassette or CD

Summary:
I bought it brand new from Good Guys at their clearance sale for $99.90 With installation and parts, the total cost comes to almost $200. However, since I received a $60 merchandise card therefore the price I paid for it's totally worth it. This receiver delievered exactly what an alpine's is reputed for: Clear clean sound with excellent bass. The remote control is so useful and it's just make my driving really pleasant nowadays. But if you can get the CTA-1505, go ahead and get it. The manual is for both models and you will get the regretting feelings about your 1502 as it does not have as many features as compared to 1505. But once again, with the price I paid: ITS TOTALLY WORTH IT!! I LOVE IT!!

Similar Products Used:
None



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Reviewed by:
Matthew


Review Date
September 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
6 months to 1 year

Visitors rate this review
5.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Review 4 of 4 , from Perth, Western Australia

Price Paid:  $600.00

Strengths:
Looked good
Sounded good
Easy controls

Weaknesses:
Sucked heaps of battery juice
Couldnt turn off graphic display which caused the above when the engine was not on.

Summary:
I paid $1000(AUS) which included the 6 stacker Cd. It sounded fantastic in my 1974 Chrysler lancer with 2 Sony 6X9's and 2 Pioneer 6". It was easy to control most of the features and the graphic display made it stand out from the regular decks available. The sound quality was great especially with the BBE function and the memory function allowed you to see which cd and radio station was on. Unfortunately I smashed my car and sold the stereo for $600(AUS). I wish I hadnt sold it cause it will be a long time till I get a stereo system as good as this. And how I miss my car...what a tradgedy. Anyone with a decent car and a decent set of speakers should buy this product.

Similar Products Used:
Pioneer in deck cd player




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