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Alpine ICS-X7HD

Digital media receiver

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Our take on the Alpine ICS-X7HD

by John Pollard
Alpine

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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Stay connected on the go

We've long recommended Alpine receivers to anyone looking for great sound and solid performance. Now, with their ICS-X7HD digital media receiver, they've given you smartphone junkies and digital-media aficionados a receiver that speaks your language. Not only will it connect to your iPhone® or Android™ phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly. To top it off, its built-in HD Radio™ tuner allows you to enjoy vastly-improved sound quality from participating local AM and FM stations.

Front view of Alpine ICS-X7HD

The Favorites menu (on the left) lets you access your preferred contacts, sources, and stations quickly.

All of your favorites at your fingertips

Alpine's "Favorites" button on the ICS-X7HD saves your personal preferences, giving you quick access to the features you use the most. For example, you could enter a local FM station, the receiver's 9-band equalizer, a Pandora Internet radio station, your home phone number, and a SiriusXM channel for your Favorites. This feature ties into your Bluetooth profile so the receiver will pull up your settings when you're driving, then switch to the Favorites of other family members when they're at the wheel.  

MirrorLink™ connectivity for Android phones

Alpine offers something for Android users too. With the help of an app, MirrorLink shows a simplified image of your smartphone's display on the Alpine, so you can control music stored on your phone, your navigation app, phone calls, and much more. The apps show up big as life on the receiver's 7" screen, so you can concentrate on the driving instead of squinting at your phone. This Alpine is currently compatible with the Samsung® Galaxy S3, with more phones to come in the future.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Alpine stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the ICS-X7HD, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (no built-in CD player)
    • internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" touchscreen display
    • MirrorLink™ for in-dash control of select smartphones
    • built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging
    • iPhone® Pandora control through USB
    • Android™ Pandora control through Bluetooth®
    • iPhone app direct mode
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 10 preset EQ curves
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, rear A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: rear A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Blue/White
    EQ Bands
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    9
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    3.5mm (rear)
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN multimedia receiver (w/ integrated 7" touchscreen monitor)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness (has in-line 15A fuse and fuse holder)
    • Pre-amp/AV harness
    • Reverse/Remote Out harness
    • 5' Proprietary USB cable (proprietary connector on one end and female USB type-A port on other end)
    • Microphone (attached 13' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor clip
    • Two-sided tape
    • 8 Pan-head machine screws (M5x8mm)
    • 6 Countersunk machine screws (M5x8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • System Requirements (for CD-ROM)
    • Online Product Registration card
    • "Using Sir/Voice Dial Function" note

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    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/MirrorLink Integration
    iPod/iPhone Control
    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connection
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    7" Touchscreen Display: The ICS-X7HD has a 7" WVGA (1.15 million-pixel) touchscreen LCD monitor (with 16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor, information display, and system controller. The ICS-X7HD has a smartphone-like user interface. Familiar operations such as "drag-&-drop" to move icons on the screen, swipe & slide control of on-screen functions, and animated transitions between functions makes operation simple and intuitive.

    • Home Screen + Favorites: You can easily switch to the application or source of your choice from the head unit's Home Screen or Favorites drop-down box. The Home Screen is made up of two pages which displays available sources, applications, and setup menu. Favorites is a shortcut function that displays on the left side of the home screen. You can choose up to 4 Favorite source, application, or setup menu icons for your convenience. You can rearrange the layout of the icons on the Home Screen and Favorites box.
    • Media Screen Display: The Media Screen Display provides song/artist information, Album Art, and playback control for your current audio source. The Media Screen Display has two options to select from; Simple or Info Mode. Simple Mode displays larger Album Art with less song/artist information and on-screen operation buttons; while the Info Mod displays smaller Album Art, more song/artist info, and additional on-screen operation buttons.

    Display Settings: The Alpine ICS-X7HD offers the following settings to customize the head unit's LCD touchscreen monitor.

    • Display Modes: You can select one of the following display modes:
      • Wide: Evenly stretches a 4:3 picture horizontally to fit the widescreen monitor.
      • Cinema: Displays a 4:3 picture by stretching out the picture horizontally and vertically; good for displaying a cinema-type picture with a 16:9 ratio.
      • Normal: Displays a 4:3 picture at the center of the screen with a vertical black band at each side.
    • Visual EQ Mode: You can select one of the following preset modes suitable for the subject image:
      • Off (Flat): Initial setting.
      • Night Mode: Suitable for movies in which dark scenes frequently appear.
      • Soft: Suitable for animated films.
      • Sharp: Suitable for old movies where images are not clearly shown.
      • Contrast: Suitable for recent movies.
      • User Memory (P-1, P-2): Change and save Brightness, Color, Tint, Contrast, and Sharpness settings in the two user memories.
    • Backlight/Illumination Control: You adjust the brightness of the LCD backlight from -15 to +15. You can then select one of the following modes for the LCD's fluorescent backlight.
      • Auto: Adjusts the brightness of the background illumination based on the ambient light in your vehicle
      • On: Keeps the background illumination of the monitor dark (always dimmed, the degree to which the backlight is dimmed is adjustable)
      • Off: Keeps the background illumination of the monitor bright (no dimming)
    • Display Colors: You can choose from four different background colors for the display; Blue, Red, Green, or Amber.

    Video Lock-out Feature: For safety and legal reasons, the ICS-X7HD features a video lock-out feature to prevent the driver from viewing a video source while the vehicle is in motion. To watch a video source, the vehicle must be parked with the ignition in the ACC or ON position. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged, disengaged, and engaged again while the foot brake is held in. This also pertains to the receiver's System & Audio Setup Menus.

    Front-Panel Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom-edge of the screen. You can adjust the brightness of the button lighting at night from -2 to +2.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Alpine ICS-X7HD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine ICS-X7HD features built-in Bluetooth technology (v2.1+EDR). The head unit's built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP 1.0 (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine ICS-X7HD. Parrot software updates provide support for future phones.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine ICS-X7HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine receiver (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Microphone: The included external microphone (with visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers. The external microphone is tuned and engineered to reduce noise interference and feedback. This allows optimal placement in your car, for the best possible sound quality. You can adjust the microphone's volume level; and even mute the microphone, so your voice will not be heard by the caller. You can even transfer calls between your mobile phone and the ICS-X7HD.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine ICS-X7HD provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's touchscreen display.
      • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
      • Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
      • Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
    • Placing Calls: The Alpine ICS-X7HD provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine ICS-X7HD features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and redial with compatible phones.
      • Direct Entry: Allows you to directly dial a phone number (up to 31 digits) from the head unit's on-screen numeric keypad.
      • Phonebook (w/ Percentage Search): Up to 1,000 entries (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. The Percent Search function can be used to search your phonebook contacts more efficiently.
      • Shortcut Dialing: You can assign up to 3 phone numbers for one-touch dialing to make a call easily.
      • Call History: The 60 previously dialed, received, missed, or unanswered numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
    Note: The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.625" (deep); and features an attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector.

    Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Alpine ICS-X7HD can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device. Not only can it control & stream your music through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the ICS-X7HD provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title. The ICS-X7HD even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with limited control and song/artist information. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music navigation.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Voice Control for Siri (iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S): When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth, the Alpine ICS-X7HD has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the on-screen microphone icon or front-panel mic button  to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the ICS-X7HD and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and music streaming information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Alpine receiver; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Bluetooth Settings: The Alpine offers the following Bluetooth settings.

    • Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of the phone caller, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference.
    • Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker (All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front Left/Right) outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.

    USB/MirrorLink Integration

    USB Mass Storage Class Devices: You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive, via the included 5' Proprietary USB cable. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3, WMA, or AAC music files; as well as DivX video files formatted in FAT. This unit will display artist name, song title, and album label. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File System File Type File Codec Bit Rates Sampling Frequencies Tags Max Files/Folders
    Fat 12
    Fat 16
    Fat 32
    Audio MP3 8-320 kbps 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID-3 tags 10,000 files/folders
    WMA 48-320 kbps 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz WMA-tags
    AAC 16-320 kbps 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz AAC-tags
    Video File Type Optimum Resolution Audio Codec Image Bit Rate
    DivX 96-750 pixels (h) x 96-576 pixels (v) MP2, MP3, Dolby Digital 4 Mbps (average)
    8 Mbps (Peak)

    USB Playback Controls: The Alpine ICS-X7HD offers various playback and search function for your USB device.

    • File/Folder/Tag Search: The unit will display a list of all the audio/video files on your connected USB device; you can then search for a file or folder by its title. You can also search for music files by Category (Playlist, Album, Artist, Song, Genre, Composer).
    • Repeat/Random Modes: Repeat (repeats playback of current audio/video files or all files in current folder), Random (random playback of all audio/video files or only files in current folder).
    • Skip/FF/RW: Skip (you can skip to the next or previous audio/video file), Fast Forward/Rewind (fast-forward or fast-reverse through a current audio/video file)
    • Direct Search: Use this function to move directly to the beginning of an audio/video file.
    Note: This USB connection is also used to update the head unit's software, via downloadable software updates from the Alpine website.

    MirrorLink (for Android/Nokia): MirrorLink technology offers seamless connectivity between your compatible smartphone and the Alpine ICS-X7HD receiver through its USB and Bluetooth connection. Compatible phones include the Samsung Galaxy s III (w/ Android iOS) and select Nokia Symbian mobile phones. MirrorLink takes the content from your compatible smartphone and "mirrors" this information onto the ICS-X7HD's 7" touchscreen. At this point, the phone's functions are transferred to the ICS-X7HD, for easy control from the dash and allowing the phone to be safely stored away. Phone functions that can be used via MirrorLink include navigation, music streaming and hands-free phone calls. The following apps (Drive Link and Car Mode) must be downloaded to your compatible smartphone before using MirrorLink.

    • Drive Link for Samsung Galaxy S III (Android): To use MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S III, the free "Drive Link" application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Music, Location, Phone) for easy access. Selecting a category lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication.
      • Music: You can listen to every music file stored in the smartphone. You can search for your music files by Favorites, Playlists, Artists, Albums, or All Songs.
      • Location: You can navigate via Google Maps. You are able to speak and type destinations. The app provides you with an on-screen map screen and audible directions. 
      • Phone: The app retrieves all contact information stored in the smartphone. You can make and answer phone calls from the head unit's touchscreen, just as you would normally do on your smartphone. The head unit will even read aloud text messages and let you reply.
    • Nokia Car Mode w/ MirrorLink: To use MirrorLink with your Nokia smartphone, the "Nokia Car Mode with Mirrorlink" application ($29.99) must be downloaded from the Nokia Store and installed on your compatible Nokia smartphone. Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Call, Drive, Music) for easy access. Selecting a category lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication.

    Note: When using MirrorLink, it is recommended that you connect your mobile phone via both USB and Bluetooth. MirrorLink is an automotive standard developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium; additional phone models will be compatible with the MirrorLink standard in the future.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity (w/ DAC Bypass): The Alpine ICS-X7HD supports connection to either Dock-connector or Lightning-connector Apple iPods and iPhones. Your iPod/iPhone's music will be loaded instantly to the Alpine head unit and sound quality is then maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 100dB.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector iPod/iPhone: The Alpine iPod video cable (500KCU461V, sold separately) allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone to the ICS-X7HD through the head unit's rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm video input. This type of connection supports playback of audio/video content stored on your Apple device, as well as music and movies streamed to your iPhone from select apps. If you only require iPod/iPhone audio playback, you can simply connect your iPod/iPhone to the ICS-X7HD via Alpine KCU-445i iPod cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone.
    • Lightning-Connector iPod/iPhone: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback from music stored on the device or select music apps streamed to the iPhone 5. These devices do not support video output.

    Head Unit/Passenger Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from select apps streamed to your iPhone.

    • Head Unit Mode: The Alpine ICS-X7HD lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook; and your video library by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rented Movie. You can then search each category alphabetically (A-Z) or by Percentage (10-100%). You can even search your music library by Album Art, using the head unit's Cover Flow screen. The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback functions (All/Album/Category) and Repeat playback function (song). You can also access music apps from your iPhone's touchscreen with limited control (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) and metadata display from the head unit - not all apps will be compatible.
    • App Direct Mode: App Direct mode requires the use of the Alpine iPod video cable (500KCU461V, sold separately). In App Direct mode, you can watch video on the Alpine receiver's touchscreen from streaming video apps; such as Netflix & YouTube downloaded on your iPhone (3G/3GS/4/4S). The receiver provides limited control (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip); you will continue to use your Apple device for advance operation. Not all apps will be compatible.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod Display: The Alpine ICS-X7HD will display your music file information from your iPod/iPhone's stored music or music apps in Head Unit Control Mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, as well as Album Art (when applicable). The unit will not display music information in App Direct Mode.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Alpine ICS-X7HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/2/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit App Direct Pandora/Aha Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5* 7.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C* 7.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S* 7.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th* 7.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    4* 7.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini* 7.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    Note:
    • *Requires Apple Lightning-to-USB cable for audio playback only. These devices do not support video output.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.
    • Station Text w/ Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The ICS-X7HD also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations.
    • RDS: The RDS (Radio Data System) is a radio information system. The RDS allows you to receive a variety of information such as traffic information, station names, and song information from standard analog FM radio stations.
    • Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. The unit's tuner can automatically seek and store six strong stations in a selected band in order of signal strength. Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic memory search.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.
    • Digital MC: The Digital MC setting uses a Hybrid method of auto-switching analog and digital on the main channel, and uses all-digital for sub-channels. Alpine's solution keeps you on the channel you desire, resulting in a better overall HD Radio experience.
    • Local/Distance Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned.
    Note: More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area. and Aha Radio

    Internet Radio: The Alpine ICS-X7HD allows you to access the Pandora online music service through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. You can also access Aha Radio through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the ICS-X7HD via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (500KCU445I/500KCU461V) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps/Google Play/BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine ICS-X7HD using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The ICS-X7HD provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection. New stations can be created based on the current songs/artists playing or a keyword search. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down, and bookmark currently playing songs and artists to your Pandora account.
    • Aha Radio App: The Alpine receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+); available from iTunes Apps Store. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of the Alpine receiver's touchscreen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio account is required.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine ICS-X7HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the " SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Text Display: Text information, such as the channel name, artist name, feature and song/program title is displayed on the in-dash multimedia receiver.
    • Search Functions: You can search for SiriusXM programming content by Category or by Channel. You can also directly select the channel number from on-screen numeric keypad.
    • 18 Presets: Feature 3 Satellite Radio preset bands. You can store 6 SiriusXM stations to each preset band (a total of 18).
    • Jump Recall: You can save your absolute favorite radio station and access it with the press of a single button for easy recall.
    • Instant Replay: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content. Listen to your favorite programming over again.
    • Song/Artist/Game Alert: With Song/Artist Alert you can get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. With the push of a button, you can jump right to that broadcast and catch the songs you want to listen to. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. Jump to that station with the push of a button so you can listen to the game play by play. You can also get the latest score updates while you are listening to other stations.
    • iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs (up to 50) you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone. The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
    • Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit DAC: The Alpine ICS-X7HD utilizes a Burr-Brown 24-bit Digital to Analog Converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.

    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.

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: Add the KTP-445A (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445A is compact enough to install behind the Alpine multimedia receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    6ch/2V Preouts w/ Subwoofer Control: The ICS-X7HD has three sets of 2-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer output level can be adjusted differently from the main volume setting (0-15); so even at low volume settings the subwoofer is still audible. The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: This unit is equipped with active high-pass and low-pass crossovers which limit the frequencies delivered to the speaker and line-level outputs. Each speaker channel is controlled independently, so each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which have they been optimally designed. The crossover adjusts the HFP (high pass filter) or LPF (low pass filter) frequency point of each speaker pair, and also the slope (how fast the filter rolls off the highs or lows).

    • High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front/rear-channel preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter center frequency point to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
    • Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can be set to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the low pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.

    Built-in Equalizer: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a Preset EQ and 9-Band Parametric EQ.

    • Equalizer Presets (Bass Max EQ): 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of music source material. Choose from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical.
    • 9-Band Parametric EQ: You can adjust the head unit's 9-Band Parametric Equalizer to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste. Band 1 (20Hz-100Hz), Band 2 (63Hz-325Hz), Band 3 (125Hz-500Hz), Band 4 (250Hz-1kHz), Band 5 (500Hz-2kHz), Band 6 (1kHz-4kHz), Band 7 (2kHz-7.2kHz), Band 8 (5.8 kHz-12kHz), Band 9 (9kHz-20kHz). Bandwidth Q (1, 2, or 3). Levels (-7 to + 7).
    Note: Using a USB memory device, the sound settings downloaded from the Alpine website can be used to configure Time Correction, X-Over, and Parametric EQ settings.

    Advanced Audio Options: The Alpine ICS-X7HD provides advanced audio settings to help you get the most out of your music.

    • Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance between the left and right speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance (0-336.6cm) or time delay (0.0-9.9msec) of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener.
    • Media Xpander: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander Pro makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. HD radio, USB devices, iPod/iPhones, and Bluetooth Audio will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.

    Audio Extras: The ICS-X7HD offers additional audio adjustments.

    • Source Volume Level: The output level (+/-14dB) of each source can be individually adjusted.
    • Audio Mute: Activating the Audio Mute function will instantly lower the volume level by 20dB.
    • Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed.

    AV Connection

    3.5mm AV Input: The Alpine ICS-X7HD's 3.5mm AV Input (labeled iPod video) can be used as an AV input to connect an external portable audio/video player. Otherwise, this input is designed to connect your iPod/iPhone via Alpine's iPod video cable (500KCU461V, sold separately) and the included proprietary USB cable.

    Aux/Camera Input: The Alpine ICS-X7HD is fitted with a rear-panel a composite video jack and a set of stereo RCA jacks to connect an external AV source or rear-view camera. The Aux/Camera Input's composite video jack lets you connect almost any rearview camera (such as the 500HCEC115, sold separately). The rear-view camera function also provides on-screen guidelines (width/distance markers) to assist you when backing up your vehicle. If a rear-view camera is connected, you should also connect the unit's reverse lead wire (Orange/white) to your vehicle's back-up lamp circuit. When properly connected, the image from the rear-view camera automatically appears on the monitor when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.9 seconds.

    Note: Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed. You cannot connect an AV source and rear-view camera at the same time to this one input.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine ICS-X7HD is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4190 IR remote (500RUE4190, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's basic tuner & disc functions.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    4 out of 5

    Damn good radio

    Written By Sam, fountain, co on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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    Outstanding radio
    Pros:
    Easy to use, large screen
    Cons:
    Actually finding a phone that can interface with mirrorlink.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine icsx7HD

    Written By Ron C, Blacklick, Ohio on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    Awesome in my 2011 Camaro with the Scoche 5201AB
    Pros:
    Beautiful Color Screen, Excellent sound
    Cons:
    Glare in the sunlight
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    5 out of 5

    OE LIKE RECEIVER

    Written By Anonymous, Holland Patent New York on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    Excellent deck. Really easy to use and sounds spectacular!
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    4 out of 5

    Not Bad...Could Be Better

    Written By Ed B., San Jose, CA on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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    Bought the Alpine ICS-X7HD for my 93 Toyota MR2; needing an upgrade really bad, and wanting something different from the typical CD/DVD unit.
    Pros:
    Nice 7" screen; Bluetooth for hands free calling and audio streaming; Mechless...who needs cd/dvds stacked up in the car!;HD Radio, Plays DIVX format, transfer those dvds to DIVX and save them on a USB drive. MirrorLink is adequate using Samsung's Drive Link with my Galaxy Note II.
    Cons:
    Touchscreen is slow to respond as well for turning off the unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Prototype Technology

    Written By K4, Longmont, CO on Monday, November 18, 2013
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    I bought this under the assumption that it included a CD/DVD player; I almost returned it, but after realizing that I have not used a CD in a car for years, that it included the largest screen size in the Alpine lineup, and that it came with a universal AVI input, I decided to try it out. I'm happy I did.

    Like some other reviews on here, I think Alpine's ICS line has potential, but seems half-baked. I'm thinking the next few models will work the kinks out as app technology becomes more standardized.
    Pros:
    Sound, Bluetooth, AVI input (resisting urge to hook up Playstation!)
    Cons:
    Subtle screen freezing due to menu graphics; funky home screen logic
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    4 out of 5

    good but missing one feature

    Written By Gary B., Gloucester,Ma on Thursday, October 24, 2013
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    Overall the unit is good if you've moved beyond discs.

    The only function missing that could easily be added (by software) is to have the unit running with just the clock on the screen. This would mean the unit was on and ready to receive a call via bluetooth, but the screen would not be taken up with anything else (like radio, ipod functions, aux). You need to have the unit on to get a call through it, but when it is on it needs to be in an app, which you might not want to view on the screen.

    The other problem is when it is turned off, there is nothing on the screen at all, if you use it for a clock in your car, you have to turn it on. It just seems like someone at Alpine threw a bunch of features into a unit but never used it in their own car as these things are pretty obvious if you did.
    Pros:
    great non mech head unit.
    Cons:
    No clock when off, no clock only screen when on.
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    3 out of 5

    Mixed Review

    Written By DRR, Charleston SC on Friday, September 06, 2013
     
    Thought seriously about App Radio 3 but Pioneer tech told me it does not support XM. That news, and given Alpine's solid reputation, led me to the "mechless" unit. My reaction is consistent with other reviewers. I'll add the following: 1.) Unit sounds great. I'm using JL speakers, sub & amp and am quite pleased with sonic quality. 2.) Siri integration is good. Can safely place calls, send emails & texts, and search music all by voice command. 3.) However, and this could be important to iPhone users, voice navigation via Apple Maps ONLY WORKS IN IPOD MODE. So if you are listening to any other source, XM, local radio, etc., while also using Apple's navigation, YOU WILL NOT HEAR DIRECTIONS through the system. This is a big disappointment for me. 4.) There is presently no video support, at all, for iPhone 5. 5.) I called Alpine tech line and asked about #3 & #4 above. Rep was not at all helpful, sounded as if I interrupted his nap. He said he didn't know if upgrades improving #3 and #4 were in the works. 6.) Otherwise, once learned, the interface is okay, but not elegant and not immediately intuitive.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality. Good concept.
    Cons:
    Fully iPhone compatibility still limited to iPhone 4 series. iPhone 5, now out for about a year, is only partially supported.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Atomic13MJB, Boston, MA on Friday, August 23, 2013
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    Great head unit when it comes to mechless. Seamless integration with iPhone and Android. Simple to follow the screen and get where you need to be.
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    2 out of 5

    Slow and functionality is not well designed

    Written By AP, Chula Vista, Ca. on Monday, August 19, 2013
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    The product lacks many things in my opinion. I was very excited to receive the unit from Crutchfield but after installing it and playing around with it I noticed may flaws that need improving.

    1. Display reaction to your touch is slow and when it switches screens or you access the favorites list it takes a while for the motion of the screen to react.
    2. Functionality is not well mapped out
    3. The scroll is ackward and sometimes doesn't react
    4. Has problems with newest Smartphone devices and with even newer phones coming out you can be stuck with a device that they won't support in a year.
    5. Parametric EQ is clunky and doesn't allow touch to switch between bands so you have to go around in circles to get back to a band or adjustment.

    I think it was a good attempt at an app radio but there are others out there that work and function better. You don't realize how important is functionality until you use a device that doesn't work well or layout well. I ended up returning this and got a CDE-HD149BT. I'm very satisified with the performance and ability of my new unit even though its single din.
    Pros:
    Alpine features, mx expander, built in xover, 6 outputs plus Aux in, 24 bit DAC
    Cons:
    See Above, much better offerings out there for the money.. I would say AppRadio 3 but the I still think the radios are in its infancy. I think next year AppRadio 4 could be a real leader in the field of App Radios.
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    5 out of 5

    Great media center for the car

    Written By TheMightyElk, cowiche on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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    Alpine has a winner with the media centric X7HD after getting it setup correctly and configured it works great to stream and control music from a mobile device via Bluetooth and USB its especially nice to be able to use navigation without having to find you phone floating around on the seat. i would highly recommend this deck to anyone looking for a media control touchscreen.
    Pros:
    Great interface once configured
    Cons:
    a little slow to respond sometimes
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    4 out of 5

    Icsx7hd

    Written By Anonymous, Sc on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    Well I bought this unit mainly for the alpine name and for the mirror link integration because I have a galaxy s3 phone. Installation was a breeze, all connections are secure and are of high quality. The holes for a toyota installation are misaligned, alpine can you please fix the chassis holes. The unit fits but its only with two screws per side. Setup was a breeze, very user friendly. I experienced minor lag shuffling thru menus. For $600 more than the price of an ipad, this unit should fly. What's with the processing of these units. Sound quality and tuning are superb! Pandora and sirius xm work flawless! Hd radio sounds spectacular. I wish the graphics on this unit were smoother with a little more flashiness. At least let me add my own background. Interface is perfect but needs a little more modernization. Dancing lights aren't always that bad, just make it tasteful. Backup camera works great just wish I didn't have to install every connector on the back of this unit to use it. Lots of connectors I'm not using. Also has navigation input on back of unit. Alpine why are you holding back on us. Give us technology!!! Do I have to move to Europe to get a great stereo? Alpine please release an update for mirror link that allows us to use other sources besides the phone for music. I want to hear my sirius while using mirror link. Also please let us use any app on mirror link besides tune in and google maps. I thought mirror link meant mirror every app on your phone.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, very easy to use, Bluetooth is flawless, looks like it belongs in a rolls royce! overall I am happy with this unit. If alpine updates this unit it would be perfect! A weather app would be perfect with live radar and forecast, that works off Bluetooth. Please give us more Bluetooth connectivity for apps!
    Cons:
    Could use graphics update, mirror link freezes occasionally. Mirror link and unit itself don't support enough apps. Come on alpine spice this unit up a bit and break the chains why don't ya!
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    2 out of 5

    ALPINE ICS-7XHD

    Written By Mike, Brooklyn, N,Y on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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    I am so dissapointed in this unit. First, they display the unit with a navigation. The unit does not have a stand alone GPS system you have to downloaded to your phone and then use it with the receiver. If you are lost and your phone or anything happen to your phone, you want to wish that it happens in the day when you can ask for directions. This receiver is totally 100% dependent on the phone. Not only that but it can only be used with the Galaxy S3 or I-phone 4 or 5. You can use it with a Nokia phone that no one uses any more. I knew this before I bought it with a promise that it would be able to work with other phones in the beggining of the year. We are almost half done in 2013 and nothing yet. That is not the worst part. When I bought the receiver and install it, the sound was so bad I was getting a headache. I was getting worried because the factory speaker sounded perfect with the factory receiver. Crutchfield recomemded new speakers. I am not crazy with the sound but at least I don't have a headache. Make sure your review al the features that you want in a receiver and don't asume that because its a known name brand that things are going to improve in the sound quality of your car stereo.
    Pros:
    Display is very colorful
    Cons:
    100% dependent on the phone that you have
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    5 out of 5

    Worth the wait

    Written By axeld, Maryland on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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    When Alpine announced this model in January, I knew I had to wait for it. I had already updated the rest of my system last summer with speakers, amp and subwoofer, this was the icing on the cake. Looks great in my dash, Full control over how it sounds with media expander, individual volume control for each source. I haven't tried the pandora app, but I was able to listen to it over bluetooth just fine. I thought my system sounded pretty good before, but I was totally amazed how much of an improvement this unit made.
    Pros:
    sound control, looks, sound quality,
    Cons:
    Wish I could customize the background. Doesn't seem to be much choice of mirror link phones.
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    4 out of 5

    Update to my - Love it BUT I have to wait to really use it

    Written By Ken, Del Mar CA on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
     
    I was able to get the ICS-x7HD and my Samsung S4 phone to work via Drivelink. i had to find a copy of drivelink v 1.1.028 and side load it but now i can use it. After using the Drivelink app I agree with the other reviewers. It should be able to display more of my phones apps. I understand that maybe it should not show Need for Speed while im driving but Pandora and Music Manager would be a great start. It is a pain to not be able to use the GPS and have Pandora going at the same time. FYI " GPS uses the drive link app via MirrorLink and Pandora works Via Bluetooth". I can switch between to two apps and see the pandora working and the song timer running but i looks like the drive link app takes over control of the audio output.

    I hope that this helps other. I still am very happy with the product
    Pros:
    Great Value, Great sound, Nice display
    Cons:
    Phone mirroring needs work. DriveLink needs more options. Ability to use drivelink and Pandora at the same time should be number one on the upgrade list
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    4 out of 5

    Sights and sounds

    Written By Matt, Highland, IN on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    This unit looks great in my truck and sounds even better. It was easy to install. The only draw back is I have an iPhone and thought I was going to be able to do more with this unit. I know it's not alpine, it's apple, seriously considering switching to android. Loving this radio though.
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    3 out of 5

    Alright

    Written By Oli R, las vegas, nv on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    Kinda bummed that it wont let you add apps to use in drivelink. I can add apps to drivelink when the phones not connected to the stereo but once connected the apps disappear. Using a verizon note II
    Pros:
    When using the Pandora app on the unit there are no ads
    Cons:
    I was under the impression "mirrorlink" was going to mirror my phone but it doesn't, you can use google navigation, play music from the phone, and make phone calls. You should be able to use any app you want when the car is parked, but you can't. drivlink\mirrorlink need some work done.
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    4 out of 5

    I love it BUT i have to wait to really use it

    Written By Ken, Del Mar CA on Monday, April 29, 2013
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    I purchased this unit and I also bought the Samsung S4. Figured if I am going to upgrade one why not do both and see what they can really do together. What i found out is that the S4 does not work with the ICS-X7HD. (At least not yet). Drive link work fine when using it on the phone alone and the phone links easily to the head unit via bluetooth for my phone and Pandora but when I plug it in to link via the USB cable thats when the issue begins. The first screen for drivelink will come up with the warning to not drive and play with it. Then a second warning comes up and when I hit ok the screen goes black and a message pops up on the phone saying that the program shut down. I called Alpine and they were nice but the answer I received was that since the phone was so new i would have to wait for a fix. (Bummer).
    Pros:
    I am happy that i bought this unit. The sound is great and i cant wait to really see what it can do.
    Cons:
    I wish the screen display was a bit more adjustable. Album art should be scalable. The colored graphic behind the display is very basic. I should be able to add my own wallpaper images. Also custom icons would be nice. If the unit is intended to mimic the usefulness and display of a new smart phone then it should allow for the most basic of design changes.
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    5 out of 5

    Simply the best

    Written By Anonymous, Rancho Cucamonga ,CA on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
     
    The best bang for your buck! This unit has it all from sound savvy to presets from manufacturer. Easy to use screen is clean preset audio settings great screen resolution sound quality is amazing and features are great! More than you need. I bought an app radio 2 and returned it bought a jvc and returned it for only $100 more you get all the extras, sound quality and the brand! I have an iPhone 5 and works great! For music and phone calls, I use a iPhone 4 for music and video with an extra accessory . Unlimited feature Internet apps and much much more. You can't go wrong with this unit you will be satisfied 100% Lots of options on your EQ and crossover make it yours! I can't tell you how happy I am to have purchased this unit .... ALPINE SIMPLY THE BEST.!
    Pros:
    Everything !
    Cons:
    More iPhone 5 support... Video! If you have a spare iphone 4 4s use it for video!
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    4 out of 5

    Well worth the Wait

    Written By paryted, Lanoka Harbor, NJ on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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    I was ready to put a new system in my 2005 Wrangler and came across articles about this unit but it was not available. I put buying a head unit off until this one was for sale. Well worth the wait. I previously had a pioneer app radio in my Subaru Outback and this unit works similarly but better. The only problem I have is that there is no way to connect my iPhone 5 and because of this only a limited few apps work on this alpine with an iPhone 5. I was told that it is fully functional with the iphone 4. So I am now on another wait for Alpine to come out with an iPhone 5 adapter. Till then I will not be able to use say my navigation app through this unit. The modifications I had to make to my dash to fit the double din radio were well worth it. Probably being one the first to own this unit means I'm the guinea pig but this one rocks. This would have received 5 stars if I could use my iPhone 5 with it
    Pros:
    The Alpine Product line quality. Versatility in customizing the display. Sounds crazy great
    Cons:
    Being the guinea pig for a brand new product. No iPhone 5 connectivity. No screen protector sheet in place for shipping
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    4 out of 5

    Lots of potential!

    Written By JeffR, Pasadena, MD on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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    After spending a little over a week with this unit I thought it was time to write a review. I have been waiting for this unit since it was first announced back in January. When I upgraded my phone I specifically got the Samsung Galaxy S3 to integrate with this unit via Mirrorlink. Since installing this unit, Mirrorlink has been the only major negative. Most of the fault lies on the phone side. The lack of options with the Drivelink app is seriously hindering my enjoyment of this feature of the unit. Only options right now for music is the music actually on the phone or the TuneIn Radio service, which I find is horrible. Once Samsung updates the app so you can use your other music apps with it (Google Play Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, etc.) this will be a major improvement. Also would like to see the ability to use the Navigation via Mirrorlink while playing the radio. Right now you can only play music from the phone. This would probably require a firmware update from Alpine, if it's even possible. I would have liked to have had 2 usb inputs on this unit also. Right now I can only have my iPod or my phone plugged in, not both at the same time, which is inconvenient to have to switch them. Lastly on the negative side I would have liked the option of plugging in a microphone and automatic tuning like the Imprint unit I had before this. Now for the good stuff. I love the screen, the menu interface, the sound tuning options (especially time alignment), and the bluetooth streaming.
    Pros:
    Pandora Bluetooth streaming and control, nice screen, menus, sound tuning options, HD Radio, favorites bar, amber color option matches my dash lights, iPod integration, Steering wheel controls, automatic brightness control of the screen that does not require wiring to the car's dash light circuit.
    Cons:
    Only one USB port, Mirrorlink is seriously limited at this time.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo A+++++++

    Written By Concato Racing, Englishtown, NJ on Saturday, April 20, 2013
     
    Great overall deal!!! I sent back the JVC because it doesn't play well with the Droid. This unit works great sounds AWESOME. Alpine is still Alpine!!!
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Samsung Drivelink app leaves some to be desired, but it will improve I think. If they would just let it play Pandora it would be great!
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    4 out of 5

    Audio Quality A+++ Great OEM alternative, SIRI int sweet

    Written By G35 Coupe, Southern New Jersey on Friday, April 19, 2013
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    My third Alpine touch screen (2006 and 2010 NAV models) I personally installed those w/all options, because of that I have the historical perspective of the significant imiprovements Alpine has made. First, this model is the "best bang for the buck" Buy an Alpine for its great audio and smartphone integration, not NAV. Particularly for Alpines "Media Expander" that helps put life back into your lower quality streamed or compressed music (I.E. MP3, Pandora, etc). So happy Alpine finally integrated Bluetooth, HD radio, Audio processing, SAT Ant Adapter. This integration allowed me to delete three external "add on" boxes all of which required seperate power. I'm very particular about my car and feel this is the most professional looking brand for that OEM look and feel. Would love it more if it had two USB inputs vice one and integrated Apple Maps into the touch screen (big wish I know). Bottom line: No regrets, money well spent
    Pros:
    Iphone NAV voice promps integrated (while IPOD selected). Pandora and AHA radio work seamless. Great bluetooth (as good a bluetooth gets). Great integrated audio processing (I.E. media expander, X-over, equallizer). Oh, yeah, and the Bluetooth pairing is super convenient as advertised. HD radio works surprisingly well with RDS info too, sounds amazing. SIRI is only as good as it is on your phone but a pretty awesome feature I have enjoyed.
    Cons:
    Touch screen response laggy compared to previous Alpine units but acceptable. Rear view camera only works with universal RCA input (Crazy as it sounds this will not work with ALPINE's own proprietary camera, unless it's the universal model w/RCA). I also agree a firmware update would do this unit good to improve respone times. Would be nice if they added more APPs particularly for navigation. NOTE: IPHONE5 integration is great, but no video on unit screen because IPHONE5 video out is digital
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    3 out of 5

    Some thoughts from an ICS-X7HD owner

    Written By hightechredneck, Springfield, MO on Friday, April 12, 2013
     
    Overall good unit. Has some outstanding features. I put an all Alpine system in my truck with this head unit. Sounds amazing! There are some issues I've listed in cons. Needs a firmware update badly. If you have an Iphone or Samsung Galaxy S3, you won't be disappointed with this unit. Anything else, ought to wait until they get an update out that fixes some of the shortcomings.
    Pros:
    Mirrorlink/drivelink! Awesome for Android users. Pandora control from radio, HD radio, XM, built in crossover that's easy to set up and works great. Video looks sharp.
    Cons:
    Mirrorlink only works with a couple phones at the moment. I have Samsung Galaxy S2 which is not supported. No CD/DVD drive. USB port only recognizes fat32. I have a 128gb flash drive that won't work, regardless of how you format it. That also means no hdd, which for a unit that plays video but doesn't have a cd/dvd drive, that's bizarre. Video playback is a bit buggy too. It hangs when you fastfwd or rewind.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine ICS-X7HD

    Written By Spencer k, Riverside ca on Saturday, April 06, 2013
     
    I'm an installer and have been waiting for this product for weeks now, Mainly for the Siri option it has for use with my iphone5 and the 7" screen. I enjoy alpine and it's products but have yet to purchase one for my self as I like the offerings of kenwood when it come to double din av units. I'm glad I got alpines ics-x7hd the eq is more than customizable, colors to match vehicle are a nice touch and to be expected. Very responsive. If your a digital guy or gal I would highly recommend this product! In my 9 years as an installer there is not much that gets me excited but this does a good job and has me excited that were moving in the right direction.
    Pros:
    Siri!!!! Not an iphone user? mirror link!!!! Both are a great addition to any car and not standard on even 2014 vehicles on the market! 4v pre outs, hd bt sat 7" fast its just a solid unit to have. Priced right!
    Cons:
    The unit does have color options to change from blue to red orange ect but not as customizable as most on the market. Not really much to complain about here
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    Crutchfield does not list the 2007 RS4 as a "fit my car" option. So I assume the S4 is exactly the same. The last time I approached the subject of aftermarket in my RS4, the local installer hit a huge roadblock in that the link to the sub and rear speakers is via optical. Possibly a proprietary optical .. not sure. Has Apline or any other manufacturer overcome this connectivity issue for the MMI Bose systems in higher end Audis? I would prefer to not hamper with the speakers and sub at first .. just a dual din head unit .. no navigation. Media specific .. and something that will still operate the stock CD player and steering wheel controls. thanks [ RockOnPearl  Jul 14, 2014 ]
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    • in my Toyota I need an aftermarket adaptor to make the steering wheel controls to work. Also I don't know if your stock CD player can be used with the Alpine heat unit, I suspect not. As far as subwoofer there are outputs for the sub but since I do not use the sub in my FJ I don't know if it is plug and play for you, you may need adaptors. If I had it to do all over again I would choose another head unit as I am not as impressed with this unit as I thought I would be. [ KEVIN   Jul 15, 2014 ]
    has anyone had any luck connecting the drive link app. with Samsung s4 I use to have the S3 and worked great but I haven't had any luck with S4??? [ JORGE  Jun 12, 2014 ]
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    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    Is this unit completely app dependant or can I just plug in a portable hard drive? [ Orion  Jun 09, 2014 ]
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    • It is App specific. A portable hare drive would not work. [ Craig   Jun 21, 2014 ]
    • In addition to Apps like Pandora, you are also able to plug-in an iPod with an iPod adapter, or you are able to plug in an USB flash drive to play content from that as well. [ TIM   Jun 13, 2014 ]
    • yes. you can use this unit with a flash drive but I will not recommend this unit I am very disappointed with the unit. If you want to avoid headaches and think that you are receiving something that you are not please buy another receiver especially if you buying it for navigational features. if you still decide to buy it make sure you have a samsung s III with a firmware of 4.1.2 [ MICHAEL   Jun 12, 2014 ]
    • Sure you can use a drive that plugs into USB [ ROBERT   Jun 11, 2014 ]
    • No. I dislike apps all together. I use this with a external laprop hard drive and it works well (have my whole music collection on drive) The drive link (mirroring cellphone display) does NOT work well... and does not work since my latest android update. [ GORDOM L   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • You can plug in any usb hard drive or flash drive, mp3 player [ KEVIN   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • Sorry - I haven't tried plugging in a portable drive . . . perhaps another owner has a better answer for you. [ ROLF M   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • You can plug in a flash drive to play your mp3 or video I have not tried USB hard drive, I use Bluetooth music from my phone and it works flawlessly but my HTC and Motorola phones sadly are not recognized by mirror link on the Alpine Head unit. [ KEVIN   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • Thanks guys. I think I got what I need. [ Orion   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I have plugged in my usb flash drive and have had good luck. Ive had it for a couple months now and I like it. My first app radio so not too familiar with them. [ WESLEY D   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I used a 64gb thumb drive with no issue. All songs were mp4. [ DOUG   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I don't know if I can help you out on your question about being app dependent, but would have to say it's not. I myself always have my I-Pod plugged in all the time. Hope this helps out. [ JOHN   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    Hi I have this radio in. But I can't get to the settings. It just says i can't operate when driving. I did the disk it came with saying everything about the brake and parking break but still no luck. I have a backup camera I have hooked up but that won't show up either. Did anyone have this problem too? Everything else works I just can't get in to the settings. [ Rob barger  Jun 09, 2014 ]
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    • Try hooking the brake wire to a good ground instead of the way you have it hooked up now & see if these options will work.If they don't work I would say it is a problem w/the unit,but call their technical support/customer service to verify. [ CHARLES M   Jun 15, 2014 ]
    • That notice only comes on when you're trying to watch a DVD while driving. If it's coming on when you have the parking brake engaged, you may not have that wire clipped onto the correct wire for your parking brake or there may be an electrical issue with your parking brake. You did connect the wire, right? [ STEVEN   Jun 14, 2014 ]
    • set the parking brake and press the bake pedal 3 to 5 times and it will come on but you must keep the parking brake on good luck [ JORGE   Jun 12, 2014 ]
    • No, mine works perfectly. [ RICHARD   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • Hi, Alpine seems to be leading the way with safety features such as this. You have to connect into the hand brake and foot brake to get access to the settings on the radio. This process also affects being able to watch a DVD, if you have that raedio. Alpine Recommended: (legal) Once connected, turn the key to ACC, hold down the foot break, set the hand brake, release the parking break, set the hand brake, and let go of the foot brake. If everything is wired up correctly, the settings button on the radio will become available. Once the key is switched off, or the car is running, the settings button will become inactive. You'll need to run through the process above, any time you want to access the settings button. Backup Camera: I connected the 12v ACC to the backup camera so it'll turn off with the key, but, also make it available at any time when shifting modes on the radio. I've also, connected 12v on to the backup lights, so, when i shift the truck into reverse, the screen switches automatically to the backup view. [ ROBERT   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I didn't have any problems, sure sound like the brake or parking brake not hook up correctly. I installed in a 2014 GMC Savana and couldn't tap foot brake signal at foot peddle because GM no longer uses switch at peddle, called Crutchfield support and they said use a wire connected to a module on passenger side. I didn't install a backup camera but could be problem of not having correct reverse signal. [ CHARLES   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I had a similar issue and its some combination of putting the car in park (I have an automatic), pushing the brake and applying the emergency brake. Sometimes it's Park, push brake, put on emergency and then let your foot off the brake (still in Park and Emergency brake on). I can't say I have the perfect sequence nailed down but that usually works. [ JAMIE   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I had the same issue initially because my in-line splices into the proper brake pedal wire and the parking brake wire did not make a good connection. As tough as it was to work with that wiring harness under the dash for the 2 brake lines, i went back in and cut the insulation off about a half inch and then put 2 new splices on those wires. Turned the unit back on and depressed both the regular brake pedal and the parking brake pedal and hit the settings option and it all came up. Opinion: Just because it has front seat video, dont have that requirement tied to the entire settings option function. Limit the brake tie-in to just the video settings option. Hope that helps. [ VINCENT E   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • Yes, I had same issue. You've got to make sure that you have the correct wire on the emergency brake petal. Also, there is some goofy sequence in which you have to do. Put brake on, then off, then on again, then off, then on and leave on. Make sure you leave about a three second interval in between these steps . Hope that helps! [ SCOTT   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    Hi there, i was wandering if you can plug in the nve-m300 navigation module into this unit as an extra reliability for navigation? many thanks, Tom [ Tom  Mar 05, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility of the two units. They will be able to pull up the navigation module and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 06, 2014 ]
    What cables/adapters do I need to connect an iPhone 5 to this unit? [ jeremytingley  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    8 answers
    • From Tim L Mc Hi Jeremy. During my research of this head unit I had learned (at that time) there is no cable available that can transfer video signal from my IPhone to the screen on the head unit. Its my understanding there are patent issues with apple which are slowing the availability of a cable which will be compatible for video.There is also legal issues in mounting a movie screen to the dash. I chose not to purchase the head unit. I mounted a new iPad directly to the space where the stock radio is located on my vehicle. I did purchase a new alpine digital power amp and connected it with an adapter to the stock speakers. The increased power and sound quality made my speakers sound great. The iPad is awesome with all the features like Navigation, Internet, Music, Movies, Radio. etc. Good Luck [ TIMOTHY L   Jan 14, 2014 ]
    • The phone will not need any cables to connect other than Bluetooth. Because of the iPhone5s' hdmi video there is also no cable connection that will allow you to play video, the iPhone cable will let the iphone4 play video but not the 5. You can use the USB half of the cable for a wired version of say iTunes pandora or siriusxm but there is a functional Bluetooth version. If you need more info or if I confused you ask again please. All in all it's a great unit. I find it better than the pioneer App Radio head unit and I have had both. [ ROBERT   Jan 10, 2014 ]
    • The IPHONE 5 uses a different interface cable than all previous versions. You will need to procure an extra phone cable (I think they are refered to as 'Lightning" cables), that runs from the bottom of the phone to a male USB. The radio comes with all other cables you will need. [ Craig   Jan 09, 2014 ]
    • Just a normal apple cable should plug into the USB Cable that comes with the unit. [ LAMAR M   Jan 09, 2014 ]
    • All I use is the short 30-pin adapter to the new interface. Works well. [ MICHAEL J   Jan 08, 2014 ]
    • Just your regular iphone 5 lightning cable. [ KEVIN   Jan 08, 2014 ]
    • I myself am using the Alpine KCU-461iV iPod® Cable with my Alpine X7HD radio for just my iPod, but I alos have an adaptor I got from my cell phone provider's store so I can hook my iPhone 5 into this radio as well. I agree with Shawn P's answer as well and will work just as good as mine. [ john   Jan 08, 2014 ]
    • It comes with a USB cable. You should be able to plug you iPhone to USB cable into it. [ SHAWN   Jan 08, 2014 ]
    What are the dimensions overall? [ Tsvetan  Nov 17, 2013 ]
    1 answer
    • Thanks for your question. Please contact an Advisor by phone or chat for this specific information, and to discuss the ability for this receiver to work in your application. [ Jeff Staff  Nov 17, 2013 ]

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