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blong4life
01-25-2010, 10:53 PM
Hello Guys,

Looking at an Alpine CDA-9886, anybody here have one and what are your reviews of the unit?

Thanks,
Brandon

GetLikeMe
01-25-2010, 10:54 PM
I got one im selling like new with ipod cable. PM me if interested. BTW this was in my girls car she loved it but im getting her a TV>

Jh8909
01-25-2010, 10:54 PM
GetLikeMe has one.

Edit: too late

AQHDC3
01-25-2010, 10:55 PM
I like mine overall.

blong4life
01-25-2010, 10:56 PM
Won't be buying for about a month my truck has some motor problems just trying to get some sort of figures lined up, hence the ask for reviews.

PJK485
01-28-2010, 10:06 PM
Yea i have that radio. it's a piece of crap...just kidding. I like it alot. Its sounds great, user friendly and easy on the eyes too.

surreal
01-29-2010, 05:56 PM
I got a pioneer 510 over the 9886. I had a 410 before this though so Im biased, and bumping the knob going straight into bass level was somewhat aggrivating.

Mynameismcgyver
01-29-2010, 06:21 PM
I had one for about 2 weeks. Ended up ditching it because mainly the 2v pre out compared to my 5 yr old 9827 that has a 4v. I also had a problem with the unit automatically killing my higher freq as I went up near 22 and 24 on the volume. I called Alpine and they said it was a feature built in that prevents damage to the speakers. The output was FAR less then where I normally run it when it started to cut the highs....I had to get rid of the unit. Im scared to get any of the newer headunits and I won't use anything other then Alpine. *****....Because I liked the 9884 and 86 :(

Supergumby5000
01-29-2010, 06:30 PM
I had one for about 2 weeks. Ended up ditching it because mainly the 2v pre out compared to my 5 yr old 9827 that has a 4v. I also had a problem with the unit automatically killing my higher freq as I went up near 22 and 24 on the volume. I called Alpine and they said it was a feature built in that prevents damage to the speakers. The output was FAR less then where I normally run it when it started to cut the highs....I had to get rid of the unit. Im scared to get any of the newer headunits and I won't use anything other then Alpine. *****....Because I liked the 9884 and 86 :(

that is completely 100% totally user error right there. If you had your amps tuned properly, this would have not been the case. If you werent using amps and the speakers were ran off of the headunit, you are expecting too much.


the 9886 is a great entry level headunit. Dont expect much in terms of advanced tuning features, unless you plan to use an external EQ or something along those lines. Good, reliable units, and are pretty easy to use.

Mynameismcgyver
01-29-2010, 06:59 PM
that is completely 100% totally user error right there. If you had your amps tuned properly, this would have not been the case. If you werent using amps and the speakers were ran off of the headunit, you are expecting too much.


the 9886 is a great entry level headunit. Dont expect much in terms of advanced tuning features, unless you plan to use an external EQ or something along those lines. Good, reliable units, and are pretty easy to use.

Negative. I have an Alpine Mrd digital amp. Even after extensive time messing with the settings, (in which I had lower the gain to like .2 or something along those lines) and time speaking the reps, it still only reached 80% of what I had before using the 9827.
I know my way around this stuff so appreciate your input.

scoob8000
01-30-2010, 10:01 AM
I've got a 9884 now. The only thing I like about it is the ipod controls. The 9886 is basically the same deck but with a nicer screen, it still lacks a HPF crossover, hi volt preouts, and decent LPF controls. You need to go with the 9887 for a decent deck in that lineup, but even after dropping $300 your still using the ipod's DAC instead of the one built into the H/U.

I'm going the same route as Surreal, trading my Alpine for the Pioneer 510/5100.

PJK485
01-31-2010, 08:14 PM
Which 9886 are you guys using cuz mine has 4V preouts and a high pass crossover.

Mynameismcgyver
01-31-2010, 10:04 PM
Typos. I was using the 84 not the 86. The 86 does have 4v pre.

Jagershot
02-26-2010, 01:04 AM
I just sold my 9886 on eBay. The sound adjustments are extremely lacking and it was the worst sounding head unit I've ever had. I'm back to stock while I wait for the Kenwood KDC-X994.

I will say that the menus were nice and the display was very readable. I just can't believe that a $399 retail headunit has only a 2 band parametric equalizer.

eharri3
02-28-2010, 01:54 PM
It's not a great head unit, just a few nice doo-dads to make it a nice step up from the base level ones. The new CDA 117 is a better bet. Alpine's first departure in a while from the 'let them pay for IMPRINT if they want more' business model.

bubbagumper6
03-01-2010, 08:09 AM
I just got my 9886 and at first it was kind of annoying that it didn't have a "mid" equalizer adjustment but after turning the "Defeat" on it sounds a lot better anyway.

My biggest complaint is that I can't figure out how to get it to display both the radio station frequency I'm on and the time. It seems like I have to pick between the station or the time/date (and who needs a cd player to display the date, seriously...)

Also for the radio presets, when I hit one, it brings up this little menu that shows all 6 presets but other than the one I'm on, they all just say like "Pre1, Pre2, Pre3" or something like that...why would it bring that little menu up if it's not going to display the frequency that's set to that number?

2lo2flo
03-01-2010, 03:00 PM
Never liked the 9886, it doesnt seem to have value for money.

No features to talk about without the imprint/external unit.

Also, the preout voltage is VERY weak, could no way be close to 4 volts.

The older alpines were alot better (alpine 9833,35 etc)

You should be able to get better value for your money from other brands compared to this specific alpine model.

bubbagumper6
03-01-2010, 03:01 PM
Also, the preout voltage is VERY week, could no way be close to 4 volts.

It does kind of seem like this...I had to turn the subwoofer level to 10 to get a decent volume, and when I set the gains (with a DMM of course) it was over 3/4. I know this doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things but I've never had to turn a gain this high...

2lo2flo
03-01-2010, 03:03 PM
^^
Yes, the voltage *****. My 2 volt Pioneer headunit before had more line drive than the 9886 (which i replaced within 2 weeks)

bubbagumper6
03-01-2010, 03:05 PM
^^
Yes, the voltage *****. My 2 volt Pioneer headunit before had more line drive than the 9886 (which i replaced within 2 weeks)

But that really doesn't matter...I mean, there's really no difference. I just got a brand new 9886 for 198$ shipped which I didn't think was too bad. I'm gunna sell the ipod cable to make the price even better.

BTW, I'll never buy another Pioneer ever again after all the problems I had with the Pico **** on my last one.

2lo2flo
03-01-2010, 03:10 PM
^^
I guess if u have line drivers and such its not much of an issue with the 9886, but it didnt make sense in my system...

The 800 prs pioneer is a nice deck, with the 16 band eq, copper chassis and 4v outs.

The pico fuse issue is minor, just need proper rca grounding and you should be ok.

bubbagumper6
03-01-2010, 03:14 PM
^^
I guess if u have line drivers and such its not much of an issue with the 9886, but it didnt make sense in my system...

The 800 prs pioneer is a nice deck, with the 16 band eq, copper chassis and 4v outs.

The pico fuse issue is minor, just need proper rca grounding and you should be ok.

I didn't need a line driver, I just had to turn the gain up a bit farther. I wanted to set the gain with the subwoofer level somewhere above 0 because I don't use the bass knob with my amp and like to have a way to turn the bass down.

But yeah my last deck had noise on the RCA's and grounding them didn't fix it.