CEA-2006 Compliant: The
specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the
CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA
(Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the
standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.
BioLite Display: The crisp,
clear, white on black BioLite display uses biochemical luminescence technology
that provides outstanding visibility even in daylight. It is 40% brighter than
normal displays, with higher resolution and better contrast. In addition, it has
a much wider viewing angle than conventional displays.
Background Animation Displays:
You can select from 4 different animated background displays: falling "Vs",
glimmering water surface, gears, or pulsating shapes (hearts, diamonds, musical
notes, circles, and stars). The animation displays can be turned off for a plain
iPod Full Speed:
The CDA-9857 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 6" pigtail on the rear
panel. When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable
(500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with any Apple iPod with a dock
connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained
on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, or Album searches. You can view Artist,
Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. The
unit can be used with the following iPod versions:
- Third generation iPod: Ver.2.3
- Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.0.2
- iPod photo: Ver.1.0
- iPod mini: Ver.1.3
- iPod nano: Ver.1.0
- iPod video
Direct Search: When operating
your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search
function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music.
Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated
percentage of your song content:
- Preset 1: 0% to 16% (of
the song library)
- Preset 2: 17% to 32%
- Preset 3: 33% to 49%
- Preset 4: 50% to 66%
- Preset 5: 67% to 82%
- Preset 6: 83% to 100%
This unit can play CD-ROM,
CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3/WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level
1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with constant and variable bit rates from 8 kbps
to 320 kbps and WMA files with constant and variable bit rates from 48 kbps to
192 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with discs containing up to 510
files/folders, with a maximum of 255 folders. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags
are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be
displayed. Note: The CDA-9857 is compatible with Windows PlaysForSure.
Text/File/Folder Quick Search:
When you're playing a disc with CD Text, MP3 or WMA tags, you can easily search
for a track or file by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you
can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the
desired track, and select it by pressing the Search button.
HD Radio Ready: The CDA-9857
can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module
(500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. While receiving HD Radio,
the unit can automatically switch between the analog and digital signals, or you
can manually switch to the analog signals exclusively.
Satellite Radio Ready: There
are several options for connecting an optional XM or Sirius Satellite Radio
receiver to the CDA-9857. To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the
optional Terk XMD1000 Universal tuner and the Terk XM Direct Smart Digital
Adapter for Alpine (700XMALPIN). To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can
connect the optional Sirius tuner for Alpine (item # 607SIRALP1) directly to the
head unit. A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi2 or
Sirius Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input
adapter. A compatible antenna and a subscription are also required to receive
satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.
Bluetooth Interface Ready: With
the optional KCA-100BT Bluetooth adapter (item # 500KCA1BT), you can make and
receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and
communicate through an included microphone and your vehicle's speakers.
USB Adapter Ready: With the
optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item # 500KCA620M), you can connect and control
MP3 players that have USB connections. In addition, if you have MP3s stored on a
USB thumb drive, you can select and play those files from the head unit.
BBE makes vocals or instruments sound
distinct regardless of the music source. You can select the level of the BBE
effect (1, 2, or 3), or turn BBE off. Note: You can set different levels
of BBE for each source. BBE is not available for AM radio.
External Processor Controls:
This unit can control an Alpine multi-channel sound processor, such as the
Bass Engine functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the
sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine includes the following
- Bass Control:
- Bass Center Frequency:
Select from 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 120Hz
- Bass Band Width (Q):
Select from 1.25 (narrow) to 0.50 (wide)
- Bass Level: Select
from -7 to +10 (-14dB to +20dB in 2dB steps)
- Treble Control:
- Treble Center Frequency:
Select from 7.5kHz, 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz or 15kHz
- Treble Level: -7 to +7
(+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- Defeat On/Off: You can
reset the unit to its factory default bass and treble settings by turning
the Defeat function on.
Power IC Off:
When an external amplifier is connected and the built-in amplifier is not used,
removing power from the built-in amplifier will improve the sound quality.
This unit is equipped with an
illumination dimmer lead. When the unit's dimmer mode has been set to "Auto" and
the illumination lead has been connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit,
the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever
the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the "Manual" dimmer
mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.
Interrupt Feature: When a
device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected
to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the
interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness
contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's
interrupt signal connection.
Wireless Remote: The
CDA-9857 can be controlled with the supplied RUE-4202 wireless remote control. The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right
corner of the faceplate.
Steering Wheel Remote
Compatibility: The CDA-9857 has a "steering remote control" input on the back
panel. When used with the optional SWI-ALP interface (item #127SWIALP), you can
retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when
replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-ALP is compatible
with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles
include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge,
Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus,
Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth,
Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley
Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle
Optional Auxiliary Input: With
the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable or KCA-410C Versatile Link
Terminal, you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR
or portable unit.
CD Changer Controls
Ai-NET Compatible: An optional
Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 and DVD Changers) may be
connected to, and controlled by, the CDA-9857. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link
Terminal (item # 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers (up to 6) with this unit.