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Alpine iDA-X100

Digital media receiver

Item #: 500IDAX100

92 Reviews

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Original Price: $259.99

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Leave your CDs at home — Alpine designed the iDA-X100 digital media receiver to be the most intuitive solution for using an iPod in your car. Use the over-sized jog dial and full-color 2.2" display to locate your favorite tunes, and you'll feel like you're using the iPod itself. It'll even display album art from your iPod.

Connect the latest iPods and other portable audio sources to the receiver's USB input, or you can use Alpine's optional KCE-422i cable to set up a "Full Speed" connection with older iPods. You get easy and fast music selection and the best possible sound quality.

Simple iPod navigation and control
The centrally located jog dial mimics the functions of an iPod's click wheel. Turn it a little to access Search mode, then scroll line-by-line. Turn and hold the knob to move to Alphabet Search mode — now you can scroll through the letters of the alphabet to jump quickly through your lists of artists, albums, or songs. The current song keeps playing, so you won't interrupt the music while you're searching. The convenient "Back" button that lets you backtrack through the menus, instead of starting over from the top.

Flexible system-building options
This versatile stereo works with all of Alpine's peripheral gear, including satellite radio, auxiliary input adapter, add-on USB input, CD changer, or HD Radio™ tuner. Add Alpine's optional KCE-300BT Bluetooth® interface, and you'll be able to mute the music, answer an incoming call, or place a call with a touch of a button. You can also stream music from a music phone or Bluetooth capable music player.

Setting up a system with external amplifiers or subwoofers? You'll love the three sets of preamp outputs and the ability to control the subwoofer's output level from the stereo. Add the combination of Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT sound processor and the KTX-H100 tuning kit and you'll turn your vehicle into the perfect listening space — the IMPRINT measures your car's acoustics and adjusts the stereo's settings automatically to create a perfect audio environment.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from external sources
    • 2.2" full-color TFT display
    • detachable face
    • iPod tagging with Alpine's optional TUA-T550 HD Radio™ tuner
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 2-band parametric equalizer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    • iPod control: direct connection to USB input for newest generation iPods, "Full Speed" iPod connection for all other dockable iPods (requires Alpine's KCE-422i interface cable)
    • compatible with Alpine's HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth adapter, CD changer, satellite radio
    • inputs: USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer — subwoofer output has bass level control)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

    Alpine iDA-X100 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    92 Reviews

    good sound bad quality

    Written by: Anonymous from burlington vt on October 31, 2011

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I don't normally write reviews on anything, however I thought my Alpine IDA X100 needed one. I have been using the receiver for three years now, and its had its ups and downs. the ipod integration and menu scrolling are wonderful if you have the receiver on the right settings. I installed the receiver and speakers myself and they sound great. the stereo has plenty of juice as well as great EQ and subwoofer controls. the screen looks great and has many features that i don't have time to mention. I have also had some bad luck with the receiver, especially lately. the unit has displayed many error 01, error 03's for all three versions of the iphones that I have used with the stereo. The screen has a bad glare in direct sunlight. The startup time for the head unit is very long. I cant really get any radio stations on it; which is ok because I use it more for the ipod feature, but still. There is a ever worsening crackle that is developing lately. And for the past year the unit will cut out for about a second every now and then. All in all the unit has been put through its paces with me, and I commend it for that, however the unit has not preformed as I had hoped a $500 unit would. It sounds great but the durability of the unit is poor, and it has some software issues with the iphone. Maybe I just got a bad unit but all in all I wouldn't buy it again.



    Eh not so much

    Written by: J-Bizzle from Bushkill, PA on August 8, 2011

    2004 Chevrolet Colorado

    Ive had this installed for over a year, replaced the speakers in my Colorado as the sound quality wasnt that great, however that wasnt the issue.

    This head unit has no volume and the controls for bass and treble might as well not even be there. They make no difference at all in the sound quality. It sounds like your underwater very tin like sound from the tweeters, and muffled bass from the others. No it isnt the speakers.

    The entire unit freezes when searching through mp3's.

    The knob feels like your playing a game if wheel of fortune spinning the giant wheel.

    Thought it would be great to plug in my external drive with all my music on it however trying to search through all the songs has become rather cumbersome. Will be replacing this with a simple kenwood cd player.



    Not so good

    Written by: Ian from Richmond, VA on July 21, 2009

    This unit falls short in so many ways.

    -As mentioned, the glare is unbearable. I was almost getting in accidents trying to read the screen in the daylight. If you're wearing sunglasses as well, forget about it.
    -The volume knob works too slow. It takes so long to turn it from "quiet" to "loud" that sometimes you settle for "medium".
    -For some reason the deck always sets the iPod to "shuffle songs" within the album. I don't know how it happens, but it is annoying.
    -When you go to search, you have to start back at the beginning - not like the iPod where it starts from the album you were currently on.
    -The 2 band EQ is weak when you spend 350 on a deck. And no, I am not spending 180 more on the imprint system - that is insulting.

    As far as the intangible quality of "sounding good", this unit does not have it. I ended up replacing this with the 9886 and the sound quality was night and day. With flat EQ settings on both, the 9886 sounded way more punchy and crisp - I could tell a huge difference the second I turned it on.

    Props to Crutchfield though. I brought my car in a couple days after the return policy ended and expressed my unhappiness - they still swapped out the deck for me at no charge. Awesome people there. Overall, I am much happier with the 9886. Sure I miss the color album art, and although I could definitely nitpick a couple things about the 9886, it is not even close to the laundry list that the x100 had.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: James from Omaha, NE on June 11, 2009

    2003 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit installed for 6 months now, and am very pleased with it. Excellent I-Pod interface. I also added the HD Radio unit that goes with it and it works pretty well. HD radio definitely sounds better than regular FM. The only problem I have had is that occasionally if you forget to turn off the head unit before shutting off the car, the HD radio locks up the next time you start the car again. The solution is to shut off the head unit, then shut off the ignition and then turn it back on again. A bit of a pain, but I usually remember to shut off the head unit before shutting off the ignition, so it doesn't happen very often. Overall the stereo sounds great. I have it coupled with an Infiniti Basslink, and the sound is crystal clear through the entire range.



    '07 Crossfire

    Written by: Terry from Yukon, OK on May 9, 2009

    2007 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was a little unsure about trading out my stock Infinity head unit for the Alpine iDA-x100. But after installing this unit in my '07 Crossfire, I was completly blown away. The ease of the installation, the interface with the i-Pod, and the sound from my stock speakers was just too good. All in all, one of the best decks for the dollars I've ever spent money on, and I've bought alot over my 52 years. Thank You Crutchfield!




    Written by: Mario from El Paso, Texas on March 17, 2009

    2006 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have always been a Pioneer audio buyer until I read reviews on the
    Alpine iDA-X100 and the only thing I can say is Wow! Easy to install, setup,
    and enjoy the music. With the Ipod adapter, I don't have to carry CD's
    anymore and I can customize my play lists. This system truly rocks.



    Worse than the factory radio

    Written by: Eric from Deerfield, IL on March 14, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great functionality, but doesn't belong in the 4Runner.

    Weak output that could not drive the 4Runner JBL amp and speakers. Tin-like sound and no volume unless turned up to 3 clicks within max.

    Loved the visual screen.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: albertu from Mountain View, CA on March 10, 2009

    2009 Nissan 370Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is great. Possibly the best of its kind. Much easier to use then the IDA-X001 (not that any matter). Finally support Unicode characters (chinese, japanese, etc.). No one press mute button thou.



    Wonderfully Brilliant

    Written by: shark781 from Denver, CO on February 24, 2009

    2002 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I use my iPod for my music. I gave up on CDs some time ago and haven't looked back. My previous stereo deck was a factory unit that didn't even have a casette player, so deciding on this one is quite a step up. Before purchasing it I read a couple of reviews I found a bit disheartening.

    1st: The scrolling function was said to be difficult to work with. Scrolling is tedious even in the iPod itself, but if you push the outer ring in and turn it either to the left or right it jumps alphabetically, page wise, or percentage wise to where you would like it to me. VERY EASY
    2nd: The lack of preset buttons is annoying, but it is easy to just push a button and roll to the station you want. For the sacrafice of something unique in your car its well worth it.

    Overall, this unit is wonderfully brilliant with its iPod interface as well as its unique design. Alpine has done a superb job with this deck and I would reccomend this whole heartedly.



    Beautiful !

    Written by: chaosportal from Charleston, WV on February 24, 2009

    2004 Saturn ION 2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from an older Alpine unit that had the touch sensitive "bar" across the bottom for controlling the iPod. In a word, it sucked...while driving I literally had to pull over and park in order to control the ipod because the interface was so clunky.

    Anyway, this new Alpine unit has a beautiful interface and it works and looks almost exactly as if you were using the iPod itself. I love this item !!



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Justin from mareitta, ga on February 24, 2009

    This head unit is great. The screen is nice, i always get comments about how cool the clock is. THis unit is a great unit i have owned for 1 year now with no problems. I use the ipod control and no locking up or anything(i have a 5 gen ipod video) The only complaint i would have for this unit is the price. you could spend the extra 50 or 100 bucks and buy a touch screen unit. Now if thats not for you than this unit is great. If you would like a touch screen, definitely spend the money for it.



    iPod controll made soooooo easy!

    Written by: Mitch from Clarksville, In on February 22, 2009

    Have the Alpine CDE-9881 in my Honda and love the ease of use for the iPod. Then I got 99 Dodge Ram and decided to go with the IDA-X100 because it had album art display (Sounds pathetic I know, but I thought it was cool!!). It is so much easier now to use my iPod to find playlists, albums, or even songs! The iPod sounds great too! My only problem is with the AM/FM tuner. Seems a little weak to me... Don't really use it much though. Planning to add HD reciever, and SIRIUS kit as well as new aftermarket speakers in the near future. Another regret is that I didn't buy from Crutchfield. I should be shot in the rear end, but I thought I would save some money by going somewhere else. Ended up with 2 wrong wireing harness and waited over a month for items that would have been free from Crutchfield!!!



    Nice Unit

    Written by: Chris from Florida on February 21, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for a 90 corvette due to the Ipod controls and the red display (closer to the orange interior in the vette). It was not perfect match on color, but it looked better than blue or green. As for Ipod functions, I really enjoyed the usability. Ipod users will love it...unless you need a CD player.

    I have not used a USB drive yet.



    Very Satisfied

    Written by: James from Newport News,Va on February 18, 2009

    1991 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It started out I was just going to buy a receiver that had an aux output. But I couldn't help myself. I started to research more and long story short I stumbled on this Unit and it appeared to be everything I wanted. A unit that plays my Ipod touch and even displays it the way I would want it to with the album and titles. The representatives were awesome I called before I ordered to make I had everything I needed. I got it in the mail very quickly and I had it up in running in 2.5 hours. It doesn't come with a disk but I don't need one anyway. I would buy this unit again and I just might for My other vehicle.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Chase from Richmond, VA on February 17, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for ipod users. This head unit is so easy to control my ipod it is insane. I have used a friends ipod on his head unit and it was a pain. With this head unit you can really see where you were and where you are going so it is easy to find a song you want. Good display, nice and bright. The functions and settings took a little while to get used to but after that they are all a breeze. Great head unit, well worth the price.



    More Audio Options

    Written by: Andrew from Los Angeles, CA on February 9, 2009

    2005 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very impressed with the Alpine iDA-X100. The display and iPod interface are the best feature. The sound is great, but more options should be included to adjust frequency boost, crossover frequency, etc. As it stands, there is little beyond just treble and bass adjustment. Because of this (and probably to Alpines glee) I have just ordered the IMPRINT audio processor the get the most out of this unit. Too bad another $200.00 has to be spend to get these processor features.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Alejl from SOUTH WEST FLORIDA on February 4, 2009

    1997 Ford Taurus GL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't tried the iPod feature. I did tried two different USB devices: 8 gig flash drive: Unit resume song playing. Playing starts immediately. External 500 gb USB Portable Drive.

    Drive has to be formatted to FAT32, other formats won't work. Head unit doesn't detect drive at once. You have to plug it to usb supplied cable, turn on head unit, switch source to radio and then back to USB and then it will recognize drive.

    This USB drive won't resume song.

    Sound is clear and powerful (my setup, 4 pioneer speakers, no amp, no sub).

    There is no Equalizer, you are stuck with bass, treble, fade, balance gauge plus two features Loudness ON/OFF louds sound and Defeat ON/OFF makes music quiet. Big NEGATIVE for me.

    An external module IMPRINT is available, and then you get an equalizer feature with this.

    Screen is too small, considering the price.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Scott from Las Cruces, NM on February 4, 2009

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My wife likes her new stereo.

    The iPod interface is very easy to use. The option to use flash memory drives is very nice! Sound quality is decent from the "average person" perspective.

    The display is a little hard to see in bright sunlight. The controls are simple and easily accessible. The pause/play option is very nice!



    Save 60 bucks

    Written by: The Kman from Denver, CO on February 3, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Guy's (and Gal's) do yourself a favor and install this unit yourself. I'm 50 years old and a technical dufis to boot. Crutchfields "car / truck model specific" install manual makes this a breeze. Now your going to FREAK OUT when you see all those wires, but there color matched i.e. red to red, green to green etc., and spend the extra seven bucks and get the twist-it solder free connectors. However, if your unit isn't quite fitting right into the existing mounting brackets, what the instructions don't tell you is there's a metal sleeve on the front of the unit that you need to remove. That will save you some head scratching. It took me 2 hours to install. Now if you don't mind paying yourself 30 bucks an hour on a Saturday morning you should do this. If you stretch it out to three hours w/ a pot of coffee that's still 20 bucks an hour..........geeez why didn't I do that installing this one.
    Well, there's always the Wife's car.



    Works great with ipod touch 2nd generation

    Written by: Joshua from Thomasville, NC on February 3, 2009

    2000 Volkswagen Cabrio
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outstanding radio. Very easy to navigate ipod menus - everything from podcasts to audiobooks to your regular library. This charges and plays my ipod touch 2nd generation great with the included cables. Album art on the screen is a nice feature. Sounds way better than the pioneer HU this replaced. True, there are not that many equalization options as I like, but they were enough for me to tweak the sound how I wanted. Now I just need to add an amp and subwoofer and should be set. As someone mentioned the "red" illumination option does look a little pink but it perfectly matches the same color "red" that is in my 2000 VW Cabrio. Couldn't be happier with the purchase. Oh, and Crutchfield treated me better than I have ever been treated by any retailer in my life. Will definitely buy from them again. Great support, great staff, great gear.



    Bad AM Radio Reception

    Written by: Brian from Phoenix, AZ on February 3, 2009

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have this headunit in two different cars. Love everything except in both vehicles, AM radio reception is terrible. Barely even enough reception to call it terrible. Double checked the antenna connections, to no avail. FM is no problem.



    Best Alpine HU for the money!

    Written by: ststevenson007 from Las Vegas, NV on February 3, 2009

    2008 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome head unit from Alpine. I've had a number of car stereos and the alpines always stand out. This one has plenty of audio settings, very intuitive iPod control, and a beautiful screen. Using this with my iPhone 3G is a breeze (there is a glitch where if u plug ur phone in locked, you'll get no audio yet track info still shows up. So just unlock before hookin it up :) plenty of power for my stock door speakers till I replace those and get a 2 channel amp. All it's missing is video playback and a bigger screen! Recommend to anyone looking for an iPod or iphone solution. Go Crutchfield!



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Brad from San Diego, CA on February 3, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works good with my iPod, and I definitely like it's flashiness, the album artwork looks great and the backgrounds are awesome, although you can only load one custom background to select from at time. I am annoyed at how hard it is to flip through the radio presets, you have to take your eyes of the road to pick the one you want (no numbered buttons), so you better pick a good station if you listening to the radio. Same with the iPod control, you better pick a good playlist cause your going to wreck you vehicle trying to change it. Also, there is kind of a delay whenever you just skip ahead (or back) one track, but maybe that's because of my iPod, I'm not real sure. Overall, I'm satisfied.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Chase from Montana on February 2, 2009

    1994 Plymouth Duster

    I was impressed by the overall sound quality despite the lack of eq options, the IDA-X100 brings a lot more out of my digital audio files that my previous MP3 cd player could.

    A few little problems I have with the player are mostly to do with the file browser and the lack of remote control functions. I feel the browser has a few overlooked operational quirks, I would rather that it let me browse within the current file upon pressing the main button as apposed to it going straight to the root menu every time. That way I could chose another album from the current artist quicker and still be able to back out to the root menu if I desired a different artist. On the remote control side, I purchased the Alpine RUE-4190 remote (the fancy one with the light up keys and too many buttons) thinking that I would be able to use the center stick to be able to browse through my media, not doing research before hand on my part was a mistake. So very few of the buttons on the remote are usable and no browsing can be done at all. The remote only allows last/next track, radio station seek, volume, and power on/off.

    Overall I am happy with the player, it has significantly made listening to music in my car easier and has also made it easier for me to add and remove music from my current in-car collection. In addition, I would also like to note that I am using a jump drive, not an Ipod.(just have not made that step yet)



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Derrick from Wooster, OH on February 2, 2009

    2005 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this item in my 2005 Jetta Sedan w/ Monsoon Audio. In conjunction with the Dash Pocket the stereo fits well. The wiring is a tight fit but it works.

    This unit is great overall. I've had a few times it has errored and required the restarting of the iPod, but it works great. FYI - You do not need the "Full Speed" cable if you have a newer iPod. In fact if you do not get album art when using the "Full Speed" cable, so use the USB one if you can. You can't go wrong with this unit.



    Great Deck

    Written by: Zach from Las Vegas Nv. on February 2, 2009

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is great deck. The only draw back is there is no alphabet search like on the Ipod, so if you have a huge library it takes a while to go through the list. Other than that it works great I just make playlists.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Stephen from Seattle, WA on February 1, 2009

    1991 BMW 318IS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really enjoy this product. It replaced the original tape deck in an older car. I use the USB for my iPod, but will use the extra iPod connection later. The one thing that bothers me is that the clock is not available when using the Aux In via AiNet.



    Love it!

    Written by: Jon from Wamego, KS on January 26, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The iPod interface is incredible. It's as easy to use as an iPod. The sound is also great, even with my factory speakers(haven't upgraded them yet) hearing sounds in the music I was missing before. As always Crutchfield service is above and beyond.



    Great Idea, Still Room for Improvement

    Written by: verner from New York on January 26, 2009

    2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The install in my Impreza was easy and surprisingly without any problems. I had intended to use this deck for playing music off an external hard drive. However, I couldn't get the deck to recognize the drive I had, I suspect it has to due to either the size, 160 GB, or the file system or both. I did however get it to work with an 8 GB flash drive with ~1000 songs. The deck only takes a moment to boot and begin playing. I have not used this deck with an ipod. The only complaint I have is with navigation. It is impossible to see artist name, song, and album when navigating to a directory, the screen is just too small. I had to rename everything in order to get it to fit on the screen. Once a song is playing all the information is displayed, however this information is more important when navigating. I wonder what the designers were thinking when they set up the organization and sorting. Logically the folders would be sorted by name, not so. As far as I can tell there is no order to the sorting, someone else mentioned they are sorted by date, this must be how it's done, I can't imagine why though. The sound quality is excellent. It's almost a fantastic product, however I feel as though they didn't test it before they started production. If the screen were double the size it would be perfect. Given the nature of what this deck is intended to do, navigation is key to its use, given that I'm surprised at Alpine's short sightedness in the navigability.



    Definitely worth it

    Written by: Dennis from Tuscaloosa, AL on January 25, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this receiver for about two weeks. I installed it in my 2006 Scion XB. The installation was very easy and straightforward. The Alpine is very intuitive with the ipod controls, It's like using the ipod itself. Radio reception is great. My only (small) complaint is that the unit comes on in ipod mode even if the car was turned off in the radio mode. Not a biggie though. However when you get back in the car the volume rises slowly back to where it was. The display is very big and nice. I would recommend.



    Great iPod UI

    Written by: Snarf from Woodstock, IL on January 25, 2009

    I replaced the stock head unit in my 00 Silverado, with a factory CD player
    for the ida-x100 for the iPod interface. Glad I did. The shuffle works great,
    and the search works just as well. The slow volume adjustment is
    cumbersom, but not a deal breaker. While it does work with flash drives,
    you can tell it was not meant for them. The M.I.X. feature only works with
    several folders as stated before, and the folders being in added order was
    real confusing at first. I did find if I moved all the folders back to my
    computer and moved them back to my thumb drive in apha order, thats the
    way they came up on the head unit. So I will just stick with my iPod touch
    for now. Might pick up a cheap used Nano to just leave in the truck.

    I was gonna order the HD radio set-up with the head unit, but did not like
    the reviews I saw for them, so for now I held off. Would like to add blue-
    tooth maybe in the future.

    I have all stock speakers and the actually sound really good with this unit.

    I'm in love with my new ida-x100.



    Overall a good unit.

    Written by: Awboater from Michigan on January 23, 2009

    The only issue I had with this unit is that the USB cable would not work with either my Gen 3 Nano or my son's Classic. But the iPod port does work, it just doesn't provide the album graphic.

    This is OK though as I am using the USB port for a second source for music. I like the idea of putting my entire music collecton on a couple of 16Gb thumb drives.

    I am using this unit on my Yacht, and I went with this unit rather than the marine version because, well, asthetics. The unit is mounted in the Salon,
    well protected from the weather, and the white marine unit would look out of place.

    The only down side to using the non-Marine unit as far as I can tell is this unit does not seem to support the new Alpine MC1 remote unit.

    However, it will work with the Alpine RUE-M1RF remote, and while not as capable as the MC1, it still allows me to control the unit from the helm or other locations on the boat.



    Nice product

    Written by: Jeffrey from New Jersey on January 23, 2009

    I've been using this stereo for a couple of months now and I am very pleased. All of my music collection is on my iPod so this was my primary consideration when deciding what to buy. I've noticed a significant increase in the sound quality when using my iPod on this stero compared to my old unit. I'm not sure if this is due to using a USB input or the quality or the stero itself but the difference is very noticeable. My old Kenwood had an optional adaptor that let you use the headphone jack on the iPod for input. It never sounded bad but this sounds better. One strange design quirk I've noticed is that when you as the driver of the car are using the selector mechnism to control functions your hand is in the way of viewing the display. Really not really a big deal, more of an observation. Overall I really like the feature of this stereo and the expandability it offers. A great value considering the price. No CD player is not even a detractor as far as I am concerned. If you don't need it then why pay for it?



    Excellent product

    Written by: iApex from Florida on January 22, 2009

    2001 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is an amazing unit. The sound is amazing. There are tons of customization features even as far as making a customized background. I use the Red lighting setting in my Grand AM and it matches perfectly. Some people say that in the sun you can't see the screen. I live in florida and i can see the screen so i don't know what their talking about. This unit works with my Ipod touch. The clock is amazing also. I get tons of people that see my car that they love the radio. Really the only way you can get better than this would be a touch screen nav system, other than that. This unit is top of the line. The installation was quick and easy. Crutchfield was very supportive when i called to solve a problem.

    I recommend this product to anyone looking for an amazing radio!



    Excellent Buy

    Written by: Patrick from Norfolk, VA on January 15, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is by far the best head unit i have ever owned. Like most people i dont use CD's anymore in my car. Ive been using my IPOD as my source of music in my car for several years now and with the x100 its absolutely perfect. Its the perfect ipod solution for car use. The display is great, easy to navigate through songs, artists, genres, playlists, etc... If your skeptical because you dont want to give up the ability to use CDs, dont be! You wont regret purchasing this head unit. I promise.



    Not good with flash drives!

    Written by: Mitch from Ann Arbor, MI on January 10, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought the X100 specifically to use with a 32-GB flash drive, loaded with 4000+ MP3 files in 190 folders (one folder per artist). Two major problems:

    -When searching for a particular MP3, the folders are not displayed onscreen in alphabetical order; they are displayed in the order they were written to the drive. I talked to tech supoprt at Crutchfield and at Alpine; neither could suggest a workaround, other than manually copying folders onto the drive one at a time to ensure the correct order. That's a big hassle with a lot of folders; moreover, when adding new MP3 files, you would have to rewrite a bunch of folders to the drive to ensure everything stayed in the correct order. Suffice it to say, if you have a lot of folders on your flash drive, this non-alphabetical display order will make it very hard to find the one you are looking for.

    -When in random play mode, the system does NOT choose from all MP3 files on the flash drive; it chooses from just four or five folders. Alpine tech support confirmed this is normal. What's the point of random play if most of the MP3's are not gonna get played? This was absolutely a deal breaker for me; I returned everything to Crutchfield because of it.

    Both of these things are important to know, but neither is documented anywhere. I don't know how the X100 behaves with an iPod; my experience is only applicable to the use of a flash drive.



    Definite Buy

    Written by: Sean from Lancaster, PA on January 9, 2009

    this head unit is amazing. i have mine in a 2001 taurus and it makes my
    stock speakers sound crazy. i have soo much more bass that my windows
    rattle and the highs sound a lot more crisper and louder. i love the big
    screen on it so i can see everything i normally would on my ipod. it is
    extremely easy to install with the harness it comes with you just connect
    the color coded wires. i ran the usb into my glove box and i can leave my
    ipod in there when im driving and if i need it later i can easily take it out.
    there are plenty of functions like changing the bass and the highs and
    things like that.

    although i wish that when you change the color of the lights to red it wasnt
    so pink, its kind of a weird color. another thing that was a little awkward
    with it is changing from your preset radio stations, you have to push the
    preset button and then pick 1 through 6 instead of just pushing the button
    like im used to with my stock head unit. i have noticed that i do get a lot
    more radio stations now and where i wouldnt get good reception before i
    get excellent reception now.

    i would definitely recommend this head unit to anyone especially now that
    it is cheaper than before. it will make your system sound a lot better and is
    very easy to set up and use.



    BEST DMR on the market yet

    Written by: Alan from Millville, NJ on January 5, 2009

    1997 Ford Ranger

    I recently purchased this unit for my 01 Wrangler. As usual the installation is made effortless thanks to Crutchfield's instructions. Plugged in my Nano and off we go. The speakers in the Jeep are stock so I wasn't expecting too much, but this unit improved the sound in the Jeep 100%, even with the soft top. I liked this unit so much I purchased ANOTHER one 2 weeks later for my Ford Ranger. Wow, it really improved the sound quality in this vehicle as well with stock equipment. I read a bunch of the reviews here before purchasing and some seemed to complain about lack of a good EQ. It may only really supply treble and bass, but I seem to be able to overcome that issue with the EQ built into the ipod itself. I really enjoy the side screen which is very easy to see and isn't even that bad during bright sunny days. The user interface is set up basically like an ipod so it only took a few minutes to totally figure out all the functions.

    The best thing I can say about this overall is Crutchfield's service. HAPPY customer indeed. This is one of the many reasons I've shopped here since 1996.

    Overall, this is by far the best investment next to the ipod itself in my electronics collection. I must say for all ipod users, THIS IS the way to go!



    Best Receiver for iPod!

    Written by: Jeff from Los Angeles on December 30, 2008

    2003 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have owned multiple receivers that feature ipod controls built into the stereo (mostly pioneer). there were all very poor but i kept using them due to my love of the ipod in the car IDEA. I decided to try this one out and MAN! it is awesome!

    Just the fact that you can move through the menus so easily without starting over at the beginning each time makes it worth the price. I love the full cover art as well, especially the display feature (not in above pic) where it just shows the name of the song and then a large version of the album cover. makes it much more like viewing on iTunes. I own an 80gb iPod, which is filled to the max, and have no problems browsing quickly through the artists, song names, etc. Also handles podcast very well! iPhone 3g works great in it too. dimmer feature when you turn on headlights works great!

    Downsides include -

    only color options are blue or red. the rest of my car's lights are green so neither really match well.

    eq settings could be better.

    bluetooth adaptor seems to have bad reviews. (don't know from personal experience.)

    all in all definitely worth the price though if your looking for the closest thing to true ipod navigation in your car.



    Awsome ipod head unit

    Written by: Steven from -Hialeah, Florida on December 27, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Alpine IDA-X100 is kick butt great! When the IDA-X001 came out I would read all the customer reviews and I waited to buy. I am glad I did. All those people who knock this Alpine unit are crazy. There are plenty of tone control options on this unit. The function controls were easy to learn. Insert the supplied CD and read all the things this Alpine unit can do. This is with out a doubt the best head unit I have ever owned!!!! Functions great, and makes my Infinity Kappa components sound better then they have ever sounded. I will tell you that I am using external MTX amplifiers with this unit. It is worth every penny!



    Works and sounds great

    Written by: Eric from Philadelphia, PA on December 21, 2008

    I replaced the factory stereo in my 2006 Mini Cooper and I *love* this unit. Installation was a snap with the wiring harness. Sounds much better than the original and I get plenty of volume in my noisy car. I also successfully installed a steering wheel control unit and Sirius satellite at the same time. A couple of minor annoyances:

    - AM/FM reception was horrible until I figured out that I needed to connect the power antenna lead to the wiring harness (even though I do not have a power antenna)
    - As others have noted, satellite radio presets do not indicate the channel name or number (AM/FM presets do). This is *really* annoying until you finally remember how you set your presets.
    - Unable to enter a satellite radio channel number directly (unless you buy the optional remote). This makes is painful to locate channels that are not obviously associated with a specific category (e.g. holiday music channels that are scattered throughout the channel list)
    - AM/FM song information is not displayed. Not a big deal - I guess I just assumed all radios had this by now!

    I would definitely buy this again - iPod controls are very good and the display of song and album information is great.



    The Ultimate iPod head unit

    Written by: Mike from Birchwood, MN on December 19, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like some others here, I traded up from the iDA-X200 to the iDA-X100 because of the cramped display on the cheaper unit. Wow, what a difference! The 200 not only has a much nicer display, making it a lot easier to see what's playing, but it has a greatly improved menu structure. Changing settings and searching for songs is a snap. It works great with both my Nano and my iPhone 3G. I couldn't be happier. Oh, and it sounds great!



    Great ipod interface, ok sound

    Written by: Lee from Boston, MA on December 10, 2008

    2006 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was initally worried about losing the ability to play CD's in my car, but after realizing that I've played maybe 3 CD's in it in the last 2 years, I decided to give this unit a try. After taking a couple minutes to bring my computer into my car to read the directions (no paper manual is included) I figured out what all the buttons do. Not that there are a lot of buttons to use. The big center knob does most of your searching and entering, similar to an ipod. And searching on my ipod is really easy, which is what I wanted from this unit. It's the fastest interface I've seen yet. It's easy to use, and going back steps with the back button is really handy. It's not exactly the same as the ipod itself, but it's extremely close and the best I've seen for a in car head unit. The display is nice and clear, and another plus for this unit. I do wish it would display the time when the big album art pic is showing though.

    The sound isn't bad, but it could be better. You only get to adjust bass & treble, though it does give you the frequencies to adjust for both as well as bass Q (width). Not bad, but a regular 5 or 7 band EQ sounds better (ala the JVC I had before).

    One final little note- my Pac steering wheel adapter doesn't work w/this unit when the dimmer is activated. Weird...
    Overall I really like this unit, and don't miss being able to play CD's at all.



    Great sound

    Written by: Peter from Sanford, FL on December 7, 2008

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like this unit and love the fact that I no longer have the clicking of the ipod tape adaptor. That alone is worth it. In my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee replaced the factory stereo with this and a SWI-JACK. Crutchfield was great when I called with an installation issue I ran into, extremely nowledgeable support personnel. Turns out if I had paid more attention to tdrouill's review I would have known the factory amp is turned on by the power antenna lead, when I tested the unit I could hear am/fm, but not my iPod.

    I got the trim piece I needed to make this look like a factory install and the harness to wire it directly to my factory harness free with the radio. That's awesome.

    I recommend getting the full-speed cable if you have older iPods. My old-style nano runs via USB with the supplied iPod interface, but my Mini and iPhone 3G do not. I have ordered the full-speed cable (which can be installed along side the USB) and will now have to pull the unit out and attach that when it arrives. Wish I had ordered it along with the unit.

    This was my first experience with Crutchfield and I would not hesitate to order from them again.



    For my 2005 Jeep Wrangler

    Written by: tdrouill from Golden, CO on December 2, 2008

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I started with the X200, traded up for the X100.

    Pros: EXCELLENT sound! Beautiful display. I like the clock (would like different options though). Backlight is plenty dim at night, plenty bright in

    Cons (Not really bad, but this would make it perfect):

    1. The control part of the face detaches but the display stays. I would prefer if the entire face, including display would detach

    2. Green or amber backlighting would look better in my Jeep than blue or red.

    3. When song/artist/etc is displayed, time is shown tiny, would like a larger font.

    4. Old-style flip clock is cool, but more date/time display options would be nice.

    5. Would like the backlighting to go brighter/dimmer with my instrument brightness knob.

    None of the "cons" are show stoppers, this is a really nice stereo.

    Install notes:

    1. The Chrysler harness adapter includes a blue wire labeled "power antenna". This actually powers the factory subwoofer. On the Alpine harness there is a wire labeled "power antenna". DON'T CONNECT THE ALPINE POWER ANTENNA WIRE TO THE CHRYSLER POWER ANTENNA WIRE. The result is your sub will work only on AM/FM, shuts off for iPod, Aux, etc.

    Wire the Chrysler Power Antenna wire to the Alpine Remote Amp Turn-On wire.

    2. The factory sub is part of the "rear speakers". Subwoofer settings don't apply to the factory sub. Under setup I selected "no subwoofer", and that
    removes all subwoofer settings from audio setup menus.



    Terrible radio reception

    Written by: Keith from McGregor Texas on December 1, 2008

    I installed this radio in a 1999 Corvette. The factory system had very good AM and FM reception. The Alpine is horrible and I cannot receive over half of the radio stations I used to get.

    It came with a wiring harness to connect to the factory harness but would not work. The instructions did not inlclude the need to run hot wires from the fuse box. Crutchfield tech support helped me with the issue.

    Overall I regret removing the factory radio after all of these issues and the inability to recieve most of my local AM and FM radio stations.

    The other down side to this unit is the glare on the screen. About half the time I can't even see what is on the screen due to the glare of the sun, even though I have heavily tinted windows.

    The radio really needs a mute button for when answering a phone call. The huge volume wheel takes several turns to turn down the radio and if you want to turn it off you have to push and hold the button for several seconds.

    The preset buttons for XM and even regular radio require you hit the preset button and then scroll through the presents; which is a challenge if not dangerous while driving. Not very user friendly overall.



    easy to use

    Written by: kevin from loudon VA on November 24, 2008

    I bought this radio recently and i love it. it is easy to use you can customize the screen from alpines website so that way it dosent look like all the other ones. the screen is a little hard to read when it is really sunny out. i had a sony xplod radio and it was so hard to find a song because i couldnt look for play list, and with this radio it is a breeze. i would suggest this head unit to anyone.



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Bob from NC on November 24, 2008

    This HU does exactly what I want it to do...allow me to remotely control my iPod. It's taken about 10 years, but it looks like car stereo manufacturers are finally starting to figure out that a "modified" CD changer interface does not make a good iPod controller. Display shows title/artist/album info (and album art on the newer iPods). Controls are easy to use, and the sound is loud & clear even with the top down.

    Crutchfield's wiring harness & instructions made it easy to install. I did call tech support just to verify a wiring change that was indicated in the Crutchfield instructions for my car, but that was more because it was late & I was tired & just wanted confirmation that I wasn't screwing something up.



    A Stereo for Digital Media Freaks

    Written by: tower from Houston, TX on November 21, 2008

    Personally, I love this radio for one simple fact: it reads and displays more MP3 tags than any other stereo I've used, including album art (but still no
    lyric tagging). And no, you don't need an I-Pod to enjoy it. You can simply rip a hard drive out of an old computer, reformat it to FAT32 file system, buy an IDE/SATA to USB adapter, and throw it in your glove box. Now you have a permanent Car-Pod with all your music on it that doesn't need to be constantly toted around. The color screen is classy, but I will admit the controls are tedious and it lacks in-depth audio tuning options, but at least it has 6ch preouts for amping all your speakers.

    This radio proves that CD's will soon be obsolete, just like cassettes before them.



    Works with the iphone!

    Written by: Jeremy from St Louis, MO on November 8, 2008

    Just got it, sounds great and it works with the iphone. Gotta love that.



    Son has one I get one

    Written by: john from Eagle Point, OR on November 1, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had purchased an ida-x001 for my son last Christmas. This was by far the best receiver that I had ever purchased used or installed. It was very simple to use and the IPod interface was great. Over the next year I needed to replace my current Alpine product the CDA-9827 with XM. I wanted to have the ability to have IPod control. After purchasing the IDA-x100 from Crutchfield and receiving the install kit and wiring kit I was able to put it in my Honda civic in less than 1 hour. I did not use the included install kit due to the grain pattern of the black plastic did not match that of my dashboard. I have also attached a KCE-350BT attached to my iphone and it works great. This is an awesome setup and I would recommend it to others. Attaching my Iphone 3G to the Ipod interface does not work although it does charge it. I use the 1/8 jack to an auxiliary input to hear my Iphone.

    Doing business with Crutchfield is much easer than dealing with local stereo shops. I will in the future purchase from Crutchfield before all others. Crutchfield is a step ahead of all other with the products and support. I greatly appreciate this organization. I am also glad that they use UPS as their carrier. This carrier is very reliable and a step above others as well. They are a good match.



    Alpine Ipod Quality

    Written by: rem1473 from Cleveland, OH on October 27, 2008

    2008 Jeep Patriot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with this receiver. Only small problem, the supplied cable did not work with my 4g ipod photo. This was well documented, had I done better research. Once I got the correct cable, it works very well. Very happy with performance using the ipod. Selecting songs/artists/playlist is very simple as the interface is very similar to the ipod interface. While I was waiting to get my correct cable, I used a USB thumb drive in the car. This also worked very well. I don't know why, but I love the clock. Also found a website that allows users to create custom wallpaper for the screen. Neat way to customize the unit to my car!



    Wow... Really Works great! 160gb of storage!

    Written by: Andrewgp from Upstate New York on October 26, 2008

    2004 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the Alpine iDA-X100... went to hook up my older 3rd gen. iPod and found that it didn't work (it has the latest software)! I thought, "oh well, I'll have to get a new iPod." Then I remembered that this unit will read USB storage... I verified that using a small jump drive, and it worked great. Rather than get a 4th gen. or newer iPod to use the USB connection, I got a 160gb portable harddrive. This costs 1/2 of the price of a 16 gb iPod Nano. I put a few (like 10 thousand) songs and some audiobooks on the new harddrive, and.... WA LA! I can browse / search my collection through folders, and listen to mp3s.

    The unit also has amazing adjustments: speaker delay, crossover frequency, base and tweeter range, etc. It also has eq adjustment. Amazing. I just begun to make adjustments to the sound, and it already sounds better than my old Pioneer Supertuner (which, by the way had the iPod controller that drove me CRAZY... try searching by artist one button press at a time... through 200 or so artists... while driving!).

    Anyway... Crutchfield sent everything I needed to install it. A little soldering (or crimping), and it installs quickly and easily.

    Thanks Crutchfield...



    Not bad

    Written by: Vak from Nashville, TN on October 26, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've rated this at three stars, as there's no option for 3-1/2.

    The good:
    - Multi-line display makes navigation Ipod simple.
    - True display instead of a character-based LCD makes the text more
    - It's clean and attractive in the dash with buttons that are actually sized
    for human fingertips.
    - Sound quality is very good overall.

    The bad:
    - Audio adjustments are limited, particularly on a HU at this price.
    - There is no source volume compensation - Ipod shuffle mode involves
    diving for the volume knob on a regular basis.
    - In direct sunlight, the display is almost invisible. Alpine didn't include
    brightness/contrast controls for the display (except the dimmer). Many of
    the downloadable wallpapers are light in color - the unit has no options to
    use black text, and white text on a light background is even worse than the
    stock options.
    - Use of the two-position control knob is awkward while driving.
    - Each source (tuner, Sirius, Ipod, etc.) has its own memory for audio
    adjustments. It would be nice to add a couple of user-selectable presets
    here (top down, windows down, etc).
    - Full Ipod functionality is dependent on the Ipod model. The unit includes a
    USB cable with a short USB-to-Apple dock connector cable. Some older
    Ipods require the one-piece Full Speed cable instead and it's not supplied
    with the unit.

    Overall, 3-1/2 stars is fair. Alpine did a good job, but improved visibility,
    brightness and contrast settings would have made this a showstopper.



    Worth the Money

    Written by: Christopher from Sterling Heights, MI on October 25, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spent a lot of time deciding which car stereo was best for me. After two weeks of using this stereo with the 4th Generation iPod Nano, I have been very happy with the performance of this stereo. The sound quality is excellent and it looks better than most stereos because it has a less plastic look to it. I enjoy the user interface because it is simple to use, and I am able to control all of the options and features with ease.



    Digital sound is the only way!!

    Written by: Dale from Heidelberg, Germany (US Army) on October 24, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was really easy to install and the sound is very high quality. I plan on
    adding some speakers but I don't think my car needs anything else. The
    IPOD interface is tricky. You need to ensure you have the correct
    generation IPOD and the latest I-Tunes software installed or they won't
    talk to each other. Once they do it's great! Crutchfields phone in help was
    great! Another happy customer!!



    Works with 3G iPhone - even charging

    Written by: Tim from Louisville, KY on October 22, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works perfectly with my iPhone 3G, even the charging works perfectly. I don't miss having a CD player one bit! I am tickled pink with the clean install, and the unit really is THE BEST I've seen with iPod integration. The % skip feature should be on every radio with iPod/iPhone integration. I highly recommend this if you are looking for the perfect head unit for your iPhone.



    Amazing quality and sound

    Written by: jonathan R from dallas texas on October 20, 2008

    2001 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i just recently bought this receiver knowing that it would be good. i was wrong it is so beyond good, everything you do on this unit and fast and responsive. plug in your ipod and listen to music in seconds. if you can afford it get it!



    Finally a iPhone 3G compatible head unit

    Written by: Carlos from Orlando, FL on October 10, 2008

    2007 Mazda CX-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this head unit for several reasons, with the supplied IPOD to USB cable works perfectly with the iPhone 3G and it charges the phone too. It won't charge or work if you use the apple usb cable, it only works with the supplied cable. with the supplied ipod to usb cable it has a slight delay when changing songs. I'm not sure but after buying this HU I tested other alpine head units with the full speed ipod cable and it will work with the iPhone 3G but it WON'T charged.

    USB music controls are FULL SPEED very nice

    My system in my car is all for Sound Quality the 24-bit Burr Brown digital-to-analog converter and the 106db signal to noise, makes this unit sound like
    a PRO, even though is a 2V RCA output, it sounds very clear and natural with great lows and highs, Better than my old IVA-D310.

    With the optional PXA-H100 imprint processor you can control Time Aligment, Crossover points/sloves, EQ and much more from the HU itselft and you can see on the LCD display the graphics for it, very similar but nicer graphics than the PXA-H701 and RUX-C701 combo.

    I bought the OUTLET unit and this was just BRAND NEW, but I will gladly pay full price also for this HU, the sound is just amazing.

    The only thing that I don't like is that it doesn't come with a remote control



    Exceptional Product!!!

    Written by: Doug from Cedarburg, WI on October 6, 2008

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently completed installation in a 03 VW Beetle for my daughter. Installation was very straight forward. It is a bit tight in the Bug but with some proper cable management it fit gaps, and the faceplate seams match the dash lines perfect. The unit is very easy to use and navigate. The IPOD interface is blazing fast and simple. The controls and navigation are very logical and the best part is the sound.....oh my I had no idea how well the Monsoon system could actually sound. It is an easy twofold improvement over the Kenwood head unit it replaced. The IPOD cable was long enough so that it rests in the glove box out of greedy eyes. My only complaint is why does my daughter have this and I have a cheap factory radio?!?!?!....Thanks Lex and Crutchfield...great choice.



    Pretty Good for USB

    Written by: Michael from Fayetteville, Oh on October 5, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I originally ordered the x-200 because the description stated that that model was compatible with the Microsoft Zune. Turns out that there are no stereos that can control or display Zune content (except Ford's Sync). I returned the x-200 and was offered the x-100 as replacement because of the error in description. I am very happy with the unit-I purchased an 8gb usb flash drive and loaded it with my music. Everything works as it should and sounds great. I just wish I had the ability to see the album art and use playlists.



    Great media player!

    Written by: magicat777 from San Francisco, CA on October 3, 2008

    Just had this installed in my BMW X3 last week. Initially, I had some
    difficulties finding an installer who had all the parts as an X3 needs a lot of
    extras adapters and such for this unit.

    This is basically a no-frills media player head unit. Out of the box, you have
    the unit itself and the USB/iPod adapters as well as AM/FM receiver.that's
    it. No built in CD player. For me, I've converted all my CDs into MP3 and
    haven't actually played a CD in years. For someone like me, this unit was
    perfect. However, if you do occasionally play CDs, you'll either want to
    purchase a CD changer or look at a different unit with a built-in CD player.

    The biggest advantage to this is that, while iPhone 3g is not supported, IT
    STILL WORKS! We tested it in the store first before putting it in the car.
    There are a few instances where you have to unplug and replug-in the
    iPhone as the head unit's firmware can sometimes timeout trying to access
    the songs on the phone; but other than that, it's a fantastic stereo.

    The 25w x4 of power is more than enough to push most stock speakers to
    the limit. The quality of the built in amp is actually quite high. BMWs have
    pretty good stock stereos but the X100 brought out a level of clarity and
    power that just wasn't there before. The highs and mids were clearer and
    the bass was much more forceful. Listening to my iPhone is extremely
    enjoyable now compared to when it was connected via FM transceiver to
    the stock stereo.



    Great stereo

    Written by: rsetters from South Georgia on September 20, 2008

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this media player. It is exactly what I wanted in a stereo for my truck. The IPOD controls are great. I am new to ipod, but I was looking for a stereo I could listen to MP3's to easily. I am tired of fumbling with cd's. I have tried mp3's on CD, but they still don't hold enough to need only one. I bought an IPOD just to use with this stereo. I could not be happier with the media player. The FM receiver lacks alot to be good. The reception is not even as good as my stock truck stereo. The radio is a real letdown, so I give it a 4 overall because I can't listen to my favorite station. The bright side is the SIRIUS radio controls, maybe I will step up to satilite radio, I am sure that will solve my issues.



    Great Product

    Written by: Joey from Carmel, IN on September 16, 2008

    2001 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great receiver and the absolute best ipod car solution thats out there on the market. If you have an ipod and need something to play it with this is the receiver you need. Crutchfield makes it an easy install as well with the installation instructions.



    Not worth the effort

    Written by: RICH from York, PA on September 6, 2008

    The graphics really grabbed me at first, but way too much trouble for the sound quality and IPOD capability (until it killed my IPOD). I had a Nano, it killed the battery. I had read about earlier Alpine models having the same result, but thought the newest was ok - wrong.

    It was totally not compatible with my Chrysler Crossfire, had to replace the amp and both front speakers, rewire everything - 2 weekends spent on phone with Crutchfield, crank it half way up and it still sound like music in a bottle. My USB works, but so much for all the album art - none, like with my IPOD. Wish I would have kept my original navigation system. Too difficult to try to drive and either change channels or change albums via IPOD or USB. Also, my bad, its a rag top so I can't even see the display at all during the day.



    Excellent for ipod!

    Written by: captainlynne from Miami FL on September 6, 2008

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my stock Tacoma unit with this Alpine. I really like the features
    and once you figure out all the buttons its pretty easy to use. I would
    mention that the majority of the user guide is on the cd so be sure to go
    through that and take notes so you can remember how to program and
    change settings when you are back in your vehicle.

    The display is easy to read and for me its plenty bright. I agree with the
    one reviewer who said it would be nice to see what your presets are with
    the XM. It would make it much easier to find your programmed channels.

    I had no problem with adding the XM (Audiovox) and it works great. So
    does the ipod interface. Just remember to unplug your ipod when you turn
    off the vehicle or it will continue to drain the battery.

    The only "complaint" I have (and why I gave 4 stars instead of 5) is that
    the sound isn't as awesome as I hoped. I have replaced my speakers with
    only moderately expensive ones so perhaps they aren't capable of the kind
    of sound I want. I also do not have a sub or amp so this is purely a new
    head unit with mid-level replacement speakers.

    As usual Crutchfield made it easy to install with full instructions and all the
    parts needed.



    Sound Quality: Extreme Improvement!

    Written by: Daniel from St. Louis, MO on September 4, 2008

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had been waiting for a while for these iPod-controlling HU's to drop in price before replacing my OEM unit, and it was well worth the wait. The direct iPod connection makes for much better sound quality, even in a work truck like mine.

    The screen's large text is easy to read from the driver's seat - much better than having to read directly off of your iPod - and the interface makes browsing through lists easy enough, if not quite as fast as the iPod's wheel.

    It's good to note, however, that when skipping to the next song, or choosing one from the list, the HU's software always typing-scrolls out the titles, one letter at a time, one line at a time. I'd prefer it would just flash it all up at once so you didn't have to wait and you didn't have to take your eyes off the road for so long.

    The clock and calendar are pleasingly large, and the whole face of the HU has a nice aesthetic appeal- clean but intriguing. The backlight functions are plenty bright, and the fact that you can set it to dim when you headlights come on keep it from being annoying at night. The only thing more you could ask for is for them to dim with you dash dimmer control.

    The iDA-X100 has an easily navigated interface for even the deep settings. In terms of iPod control, it is very simple for even a child seeing it for the first time, provided they've used an iPod before. The graphics are more than adequately suited for a vehicle HU. Sound quality is as good as the brand's reputation.



    Expected more for the price, poorly informed!

    Written by: Brad from SLC, Utah on September 3, 2008

    2008 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Please be advised that if you have have an IPOD that is not a 4th gen IPOD you will not get the same quality. You have to purchase an extra cable to be able to use your older IPOD with the same speed as you would operate your IPOD, with this new cable you do not get the ALBUM artwork displayed on the screen that you can only really see when it's dark out. Does not put out as much power as you would expect for the price. Save your money and buy a CD deck that has IPOD capabilities, there is nothing special about this one except for the screen, which half the time I can't see anyway.



    display not bright enough

    Written by: prudhomme from belmont ca on August 16, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    just replaced an older alpine model. this sounds much better (which i didn't expect) and having my ipod connected is so much fun. no more burning CDs just to change up my music. the sound quality is excellent.

    it's easy enough to use. only got out the instructions when i wanted to change the clock.

    the only downside is i can hardly see the display during the daytime. thus the 4 stars. knowing this, i still would buy the unit because it's audio (and ipod integration) is as good as it gets.



    Alpine IDA-X100

    Written by: Rob from Tucson, AZ on August 10, 2008

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like a lot of the features but the one thing that bugs the heck out of me is the presets for the XM stations. When you save a station to one of the presets it does not display the station name, it just says Preset 1, Preset 2, etc... So you have to remember what station is set to which preset. The FM and AM preset stations don't do that so why does it do that for the XM stations. Stupid... Other than that I like the unit over all. Clean looking, nice bright display, easy access to each of the features. I like it over all.



    Excellent Head Unit

    Written by: Adam from Princeton, NJ on July 31, 2008

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I-Pod control with this unit is top notch and the display is great although it does suffer from high amounts of glare. Sound is great and overall the unit is very easy to use. I did have a lock up issue that was caused by the unit not getting enough power so i had to run the power cable straight to the battery. I would highly recommend this unit especially if you want to use your ipod!



    Good Radio. High Price

    Written by: JDAWG from Middlesex, NJ on July 21, 2008

    I love this radio. this radio is awesome!!



    My iPod has a new best friend

    Written by: Corey from Kennett Square, PA on July 16, 2008

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this little number into my S-10 and couldn't be happier. Many are unhappy with the speed of the click wheel, but I have yet to have a problem. The Alphabetical find function makes it easier to use than my iPod in my opinion. I have it hooked up to the stock speaker system and it sounds clearer than the old cd deck ever did. And the downloadable background feature rocks as well! If you want your iPod in your car, this is hands down the best you will find!



    Best deck for your iPod

    Written by: Nick from Rockford, MI on July 8, 2008

    I put one of these in my uncle's BMW and loved it so much I put one in my
    wife's Vue and my GTI. This is the best deck to get if you have an iPod and
    no longer use CDs in your car. My only gripes are that it is kinda slow when
    skiping tracks on the iPod. I removed all the songs I didn't listen to and
    just put it on shuffle all. And I wish it came with either HD or Bluetooth built
    in or both. I would have paid much more to have HD and Bluetooth built it
    the unit. I put my iPod in the glove of my GTI and will soon be mounting
    the HD and Bluetooth boxes in their as well. Just more wiring than I would
    have liked to do.



    Superb iPod integration!

    Written by: Don from Chicago, IL on June 20, 2008

    1999 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Navigating your iPod
    is a breeze, I used
    to have my iPod
    hooked up through
    aux in, and used my
    iPod to pick songs.
    I can actually get
    to songs FASTER on
    this unit than using
    the iPod click wheel
    while driving.
    I have about 3500
    songs on my ipod.
    When you push in the
    wheel and turn it it
    will go in 10%
    intervals, or by
    Letter, or by Page.
    I can get to any
    artist in y 3500
    song collection
    within 10 seconds
    using the percentage
    interval search
    feature. Very
    navigates ipod
    instantaneously, and
    takes less than a
    second to start a
    song once selected.

    My only gripe is
    that the screen is
    almost unreadable
    with a certain angle
    of sunlight.
    Driving home from
    work at like 5 o
    clock with my
    sunglasses on makes
    it harder to
    navigate b/c of the
    angle of the sun,
    but it's not too
    bad. And when it's
    not super sunny out
    this thing Shines!
    it's great!

    This headunit is
    the creme of the
    crop for iPod
    integration and
    The pricetag is
    hefty but there's
    nothing out there
    that's single-din
    that compares.

    also Crutchfield is
    AMAZING with their
    support. I had a
    question during
    installation and the
    guy on the phone was
    perfect. i could
    not have wished for
    a better tech
    support experience.
    he even gave me his
    person extension so
    that I could call
    him directly if I
    encountered any more



    Alpine iDA-X100

    Written by: Mike from Hendersonville, NC on June 10, 2008

    1998 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great with my IPOD Touch. A great system.



    Great Receiver

    Written by: Spencer from Claremore, OK on June 9, 2008

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first Alpine deck, and WOW.

    The iDA-X100 interfaces with the ipod perfectly. The scrolling is fast and
    easy with the big scroll wheel. My initial concern was alleviated by reading
    the manual. I was hoping there was an easier way to scroll through lots of
    artists and I discovered you can do it by alphabet, so if I want to find Pearl
    Jam, I press the outer ring of the knob in and hold it to the right until it
    scrolls to P. Very easy.

    The sound quality is great in my opinion. There aren't a lot of EQ options,
    but I personally like this, too many can be a headache. It sounds good
    using my iPhone, all the album art displays nicely, and the controls are
    smooth and easy to use.

    The display is nice and very colorful, the only bad side to the display is the
    glare you get during a sunny day, but its not bad enough to where you
    cant see the display.

    Insallation was a breeze, especially with Crutchfields easy to read
    instructions and wiring kits. I had it wired up and in my 2001 Jeep
    Cherokee in about 45 minutes.

    Good Job Crutchfield, I will be ordering more from you guys in the future.




    Written by: Michael from Las Vegas on June 6, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've gone through five of these head units. Every one of them had issues with my 3rd gen. Nano. The Nano would reset whenever you pressed the forward or backward button on the X100 a couple of times to skip songs or go back to another song. Also, my Nano wouldn't turn off when the X100 turned off or when my car was turned off.



    Great device for the iPod Lover!

    Written by: BC from Baltimore, Maryland on June 3, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit has all the bells and whistles that an iPod lover has grown to appreciated wrapped into a mobile solution. I have tried many other devices that promised the iPod experience for my car but they have all fell short. The interface is very intuitive and responsive.

    I was however disappointed in the radio functions. I was not pleased with the way Alpine engineered the presets. I like to easily scan through my presets. There are multiple selections just to get to one.

    Overall it is a quality unit and I'm pleased with my purchase.



    Nice receiver

    Written by: No from Bassett, VA on May 22, 2008

    2005 Ford Focus ZX4

    1 Great Looking
    2 Works great with my IPODS
    3 Great sound with MP3's at least 192 kbps
    4 A little slow to load up, But that is not a bag concern to me seeing it works go great
    5 As long as you have a IPOD this is a great product
    6 Add-ons are nice as well just a little high priced

    Over all a great product and I would buy again.



    For those complaining about HDD

    Written by: Flash from WI on May 18, 2008

    For those of you complaining this unit will not read external HDD that is not true.

    The unit does not support NTFS file systems so in order for it to work you need to format the drive using FAT32 file format when that is done the drive works flawlessly



    Great unit for Ipods

    Written by: Doug from PA on May 6, 2008

    2006 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is probably the
    best sub $500 unit
    for built in ipod
    control. The
    navigation is as
    simple as using your
    ipod. Works
    flawlessly with my
    80GB ipod
    classic(6th gen).

    I also use this unit
    with a Sirius
    Connect interface
    and again, Alpines
    probably have the
    best head units when
    it comes to Sirius
    integration if you
    want a clean install
    with no extra units
    hanging off your

    The only negatives
    to this unit that
    I've noticed is:
    1) While the LCD is
    beautiful and
    displays the album
    art nicely, and
    times in bright
    direct sunlight
    there is some glare.
    Not totally washed
    out, but it can be a
    bit tough in direct
    sunlight, although
    not enough for me to
    want to return it.

    2) There is no
    remote for this
    unit. You can buy
    the Alpine universal
    remote (RUE-4190)
    and it works with
    this unit. The down
    side is aside from
    the volume, play,
    pause and next/last
    track, that remote
    is of little use in
    ipod mode. No
    searching with the
    remote in ipod mode.
    The remote is much
    more worthwhile when
    using Sirius, as you
    can scroll through
    your presets much
    easier than using
    the headunit itself.
    It will also let
    you direct dial
    sirius channels by

    3) Price is a little
    on the high side,
    especially if you
    add in the $50

    Summing it up, it's
    not perfect, but if
    you want a great
    headunit for ipod
    functionality, this
    will give you the
    most bang for your



    Great Alpine

    Written by: tyler from Blacksburg, Va on May 3, 2008

    The nagative reviews given to this product almost prevented me from buing it. Boy, am I glad I didn't listen. It's GREAT! All of the negative comments people are saying I have found to be of minimal annoyance or have not experienced at all. The volume adjustment for example, sure it should probably be more coarse, but I would have never noticed it if I wasn't made aware of it. I also atached the KDA 300BT bluetooth adapter for my phone and it works great! I think the bad reviews about this come from the type of phone used and not the unit itself. It was designed with Motorola, so I'm not surprised that my razr works like a charm. My advice for this add on would be buy from a place that allows returns (like crutchfield!) and try it out. it is works with your phone, it's amazing.
    Bottom line is that this is a very powerful control unit that was well worth the money. I have a CD changer, XM, iPOD and HD radio hooked into it and I couldn't be happier with the ease and simplicity of the design, function and great sound quality. I couldn't believe the sound difference b/w this unit and my older CDA line unit.




    Written by: paul from Valpo, Indiana on April 25, 2008

    2005 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit for the usb functionality. Functions only with an iPod, tried
    3 different usb hard drives and a 8gig usb thumb drive. Anything other
    than the iPod and you'll get the "no usb device". DO NOT BUY IF YOU DO



    Needs major changes

    Written by: Flash from Virginia on April 22, 2008

    I bought this unit for 2 reasons: USB & the screen. The screen is great - the USB is very lacking without IPOD
    NOTE: I do not have an ipod. All experiences are with a USB memory device
    (Don't manufacturers know that not everyone has or wants an IPOD?)

    Screen is clear & crisp
    Displays 5 lines of text while browsing USB memory
    Displays song title, artist & album when playing a song using USB memory (but no album art)

    BAD -
    - 40 GB portable hd would not work - even powered separately
    - Creative Zen Vision M or Zen V would not work (set to MTP)
    - 16 GB memory key - works but lists contents BY FOLDER ONLY. CANNOT SEARCH nor list by artist, genre or album.
    - my list of 152 artists were not listed in alphabetical order!! Workaround: separate into folders by genre, then alphabetical groups (A-D, E-G, H-M,...) Now with 12-15 artists per folder, they magically arrange themselves alphabetically.
    - when using USB memory, the actual file name is displayed while browsing ie. 'artist name - song title.mp3' but only 12 characters at a time, so you have to wait for the artist name to scroll off & song title onto the screen. I'm in the process of removing the artist name from each file of every song that I own on the memory key (~3,600 of them). With a song playing, only idtag info is displayed so this is OK
    - while playing a song, if you press the 'search' button, the list starts over at the very beggining, not where you were
    -- too long - see part 2 --



    Sub-par without the addons

    Written by: Dan from Dallas, Texas on April 7, 2008

    Youre probably reading this so to decide whether or not to spend the $350 on the flashy IDA-X100. Well, Im here to tell you that if youre only planning on the head unit, its not worth it. The number of design flaws forces any critical consumer to conclude that Alpine engineers added the pretty LCD and said, "Good enough". Here are the biggest disappointments:

    As mentioned by others, presets ... fantastically poor design work. Alpine managed to take something that derives its utility from being SIMPLE - push one button, get one favorite radio station - and made it COMPLICATED. A user now has to push a button on the far side of unit, use the control knob to scroll to a desired station (and all six dont even fit on the LCD at once, making it even more attention-demanding), and then press enter. Compare this to "click - done".

    Volume control - when I read another reveiwer mention this, I thought he was crazy; I was wrong. Turning up the volume takes multiple rotations of the control knob dial. It doesnt seem annoying until you try it. One cannot help but ask, "Why did Alpine do this?" Who needs NASA-like precision on their volume control? Did they ever ask a real person for feedback prior to releasing this? Probably not.

    iPod display/use - oh my ... where to begin ...

    First, for some reason, Alpine thought it would be cool to have the song/artist/album info "typewriter" out, one character at a time. Its not cool, its slow ... it takes about 5 seconds for everything to type out. Why not just have it display instantly? Why cant I turn this function off? Poor design, thats why.

    Second, the song/artist/album info is displayed in text that is so large that only the shortest names fit entirely on the screen. Okay, some old people with bad eyes might need MASSIVE LETTERS SO THEY CAN READ THEM EASILY, but I dont. Oh, well, too bad ... theres no setting to adjust the text size either. Why not? Poor design, thats why not.

    Third, scrolling through your entire list of artists/songs/albums ... this could very well be THOUSANDS of entries, right? Well, the scroll knob doesnt have the same "scroll acceleration" as the actual iPod ... i.e. if you spin it a few times, it doesnt realize youre really trying to power through your list. Instead, you have to press in and hold the outer ring of the control knob toward the dash and then rotate it right/left ... its awkward. I hope there is some patent that prevented intelligent scrolling, otherwise its just another example of poor design.

    So you read those five things and think, "ehh, thats not that bad". The thing is, those issues affect basically everything on the unit!

    General radio use - most people only listen to their favorites/presets, so a preset problem is a big one.

    Volume control - kind of a biggie.

    iPod use - searching is cumbersome due to scroll issue, display problem is always in your face, and the text slowness retards your shuffling.



    I Pod interface is great, but the rest of it is not!

    Written by: DonsBolt from Boston, Ma on March 19, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had Alpines in all my cars for many many years, and have allways loved them. To me Alpine makes about the best head units around. Well Untill today I allways thought that, but now I am not sure Alpine is still the best.

    I just bought a IDA-X100 to replace my CDA-9833 that I have had for a few years, which I love, but has no I pod interface. I also have a CDA-9883 in my other car, which works awesome.

    So the IDA-X100 comes in today, I install it, and lets just say I am less than impressed. Infact it is going back in exchage for a CDA-9886. If your a fan of any previous Alpine head units, there is a good change you will hate the way this head unit opperates.

    Yes the I pod interface on the IDA-X100 works great, but thats all that works great. If you only care about the I pod interface, then the IDA-X100 might be a great head unit for you.

    There are two things that really iritate me with this head unit.

    The Volume control is so slow, you have to keep turning, turning, and turning it to change the volume level. Close to 3 full turns from no volume to max volume.

    If you want to change stations on the radio, or on satellite. you have to hit the preset button, then scroll to the preset you want and then hit enter. So 3 steps just to chage a station stored in your presets. I don't know about you, but when I change stations while driving I don't want to hit the preset button, then turn the wheel, then hit the enter button, to me that can be dangerous. I timed myself changing stations, and it took at least 3 seconds, and that was while I was parked, so thats 3 seconds that my eyes were not on the road.

    Come on Alpine make the wheel smaller, and give us preset buttons.

    Then to top it all off, this unit is totally gutless, maybee I got a defective unit, but my CDA-9883 in my other car just cranks better than this unit. I know the IDA-X100 isn't as powerfull as my old CDA-9833, but come on, it should be closer than what it is.

    So I hope someone from Alpine reads this, and maybee next year they can combine some of the features of the CDA line, like station preset buttons, with the IDA's Double encoder wheel, and it's I Pod interface. Then they will have a perfect unit. Also please add some more power, please????



    Great Product - Could use more config options

    Written by: Mike from Maryland, USA on March 19, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit installed for about a month now and my wife and I really like it. It has some issues, but none that should stop most people from buying.

    Overall, I think the UI is great. Minimal buttons when compared to other products on the market. This made the wife happy. The UI sounds much improved/logical when compared to what I've read about its predecessor.

    I have yet to purchase and install the bluetooth integration.

    SURIUS: Sirus presets don't store channel number or name, so you have to remember what each of the 18 presets are. Also, it would by nice to cycle between the presets, perhaps by pressing the center wheel and rotating. Currently, that UI feature is used for skipping between genres. Also, since I was buying the latest Sirius receiver, I thought I'd be able to use the Replay feature. As with the previous version of this product, they make it such a guessing game as to what units support this. My current thinking is that it must be the USB-based handheld receivers that support this.

    IPOD: The iPod integration works great on our small 4GB nano. I wish there were an option to turn off the album art feature. I'd rather see longer song titles. I figured I could just delete the album art on the IPOD using iTunes, but when you do that, this unit throws up an Alpine Logo where the album ard would normall go. D'oh!

    LCD: The exterior plastic coating on the screen is WAY TOO REFLECTIVE - causes glare under certain conditions. It makes it hard to read the display in the daylight at times (at full illumination). I don't think anyone with a convertible would like the display. On the other hand, if you've got heavily tinted side windows, you probably won't even notice it.

    Minor Nitpicks:
    The audio doesn't reset to a normal level upon restart. Even though I have the time format set to 12-hr, the bottom line will display "09:00" for 9AM. There is also plenty of room for "AM", but it is not displayed.

    Friendly reminder to others:
    Don't forget to eject the CD from your existing unit before you uninstall it. :)



    perfect for ipod

    Written by: Kent from Las Vegas, NV on March 15, 2008

    2000 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Using this on a 2000 Ford Explorer.
    It is perfect for my ipod classic 80gb which has 5000 songs currently.
    You can easily navigate through playlists, artists, songs etc. Virtually the same User Interface than the ipod. the Knob wheel is awesome. You can even scroll by letter. Sound quality is superb. No noise not like my old pioneer deh 4900ib when using it on high volume. I give this 5 stars for being the best head unit for ipod. It's just plain awesome.



    Awesome Unit

    Written by: Chris from San Antonio, TX on March 12, 2008

    2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just got finished installing this into my '06 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and I must say that as far as first impressions go, this one is great! It works flawlessly with my 16gb Ipod Touch, and this being my first ever car stereo install, It took no more than 1 hour from start to finish, including soldering my harness to the adapter I needed! Crutchfield tech support was there for a small question and answered exactly what I needed to know as well. I also plan on installing the Sirius unit with this deck for the satellite radio in the future, which should be a breeze as well!

    The screen on this unit is very bright, and is easily visible from just about any seat in the jeep, which is great for someone else wanting to change the track on the ipod. The controls and center wheel are a plus, very very easy to use and get used to!



    Great iPod navigation - Album Art display is nice

    Written by: John from Booneville, Arkansas on March 12, 2008

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit--I've been using it for about a week now, and have no
    complaints. I had pre-ordered this radio when I first read about it- very similar
    to the X001 but several improvements have been made. My last radio was an
    Alpine cda9847 and it really did not operate that well with my iPod 5G - I have
    a large music library and navigation through it was tedious at best - with this
    unit it is much easier to reach a song or artist to play even with 6000+ songs -
    audiobooks - podcasts - controls are very intuitive- the enter button is now the
    large center knob, unlike in the X001. I also installed an XM mini tuner with
    Alpine adapter, and it is also controlled very well by the X100- I programed the
    mini tuner using the X001 protocol from the Audiovox/XM site - no protocol was
    available for the X100 yet ---but it still works perfectly--- I am looking forward
    to ordering the Imprint module when it is available - my vw new beetle is a
    harsh listening environment and it is difficult to adjust tone controls just right -
    that module should simplify the task and give much more control. I really don't
    miss the CD option, I haven't used a cd in my car in a long time - though you
    could get the CD changer if you simply have to have cd capability.



    Better ipod controls then the ipod itself

    Written by: ME B from Vancouver, WA on March 1, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this deck in my 2004 VW R32 for three days now, and I have yet to find any faults with it. The sound is great, much better then the factory stereo, and it has all the additional sound settings I would want in a deck.

    I initially bought the CDA-9886, but it did not work well with my fifth generation video ipod. After trying two of those decks, thanks to Crutchfield for their excellent service, I gave up on it and preordered this deck. I feared that it may have the same problems with the ipod controls as the CDA-9886, but it works perfectly, finding the ipod every time and turning it off when I turn the car off. The ipod controls are very intuitive and fast, as are the searches, and the display shows everything I would want to know clearly. If I had to come up with one bad thing about this deck, the shiny display is subject to a bit of glare, but no so bad as to make it illegible.

    This deck is all about ipod controls, and Alpine definitely got them right this time, so much so that I prefer controlling my ipod through this deck over the controls on the ipod. If the ipod is your main source of music, then I can't imagine it getting any better then this deck.



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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/Digital Media receiver
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 6" iPod dock to USB cable
    • 76" USB extension cable (with a male USB Type A connector and lock screw on one end and a female USB Type A connector on the other)
    • Drawstring cloth face case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM (English/Spanish/French)
    • CD-ROM system requirements
    • Quick reference guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Customer Care registration card

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Color LCD
    Key Button Color Blue or Red
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Digital Media Receiver: The Alpine iDA-X100 is an in-dash digital media receiver with an AM/FM tuner, a rear-panel USB input, and a 2.2" full color LCD screen, but no CD slot. You can connect and control an iPod, a USB "thumb" drive, and a CD changer, and the unit is HD Radio ready, Bluetooth ready, and Satellite radio ready.

    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 Consumer Electronics Association. All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The iDA-X100 can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a USB Memory device (also known as a "thumb drive") or in a compatible CD changer. MP3 files can be recorded with bit rates of 8-320 kbps, WMA files can have 16-320 kbps bit rates, and AAC files can have 8-576 kbps.

    File/Folder Name Search: During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name.

    Sound Quality: The iDA-X100 uses clean digital connections and a 24-bit Burr Brown DAC (digital-to-analog converter).

    Bass and Treble Controls: The head unit features independent Bass and Treble controls that allow you to adjust each setting +/-14 dB in 2 dB steps. The center frequency is adjustable (60, 80, 100, and 200 Hz for bass and 10, 12.5, 15, and 17.5 kHz for treble) and the bass bandwidth is adjustable (from narrow to wide in four steps).

    Subwoofer Pre-out: In addition to the front and rear 2-volt preamp outputs, there is a dedicated 2-volt subwoofer preamp output with variable level adjustment of 0 to 15.

    HPF: The high pass filter (HPF) removes the lower bass from the front and rear speaker and line level outputs. HPF options are 80 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, and off.

    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.

    Center Dial: The iDA-X100 features a large dial near the center of the faceplate. You can turn the dial in either direction to navigate through the function menus and the music tracks as they appear on the display. A press of the Enter in the center of the dial confirms the highlighted menu item.

    Calendar/Clock Display: Using the View button, you can select the calendar/clock display on the front panel LCD. The clock can be set to 12 or 24 hour display, and the calendar can be displayed as M/D/Y (month/day/year), D/M/Y, or Y/M/D. When the calendar/clock display is given display priority, the time and date are displayed even after the unit is turned off. The calendar/clock display can be turned on or off with the View button when the unit is powered off.

    Display Dimmer: The LCD screen and the button illumination will dim when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. You can also turn the dimmer off in the menu if you prefer. Note: The orange illumination wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the dimming feature to work.

    Optional Wireless Remotes: The iDA-X100 does not include a remote control. It is compatible with two optional wireless remotes; RUE-4190 (item number 500RUE4190) and RUE-4202 (item number 500RUE4202).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The iDA-X100 has a steering remote control input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), 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. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to confirm vehicle compatibility.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Interface: The iDA-X100 allows you to connect an iPod in two ways: using the supplied USB cable, or with the optional Full Speed connection cable (item number 500KCE422i). Before connecting an iPod to this unit, you should download the latest available firmware version for your iPod from the Apple iPod website. As of 2/14/08, 5th generation and newer iPods can be connected via the included USB cable (this includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation iPod nano, iPod 5th generation, iPod classic, and iPod touch). With the USB connection you get the fastest speed available and a direct digital connection to the unit's 24-bit DAC. The controls on the iPod are not functional with either connection. The iDA-X100 does not support any video transfer. 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 iDA-X100 is compatible with the following iPod models:

    • USB Connection:
      • 5th generation iPod
      • 1st generation iPod nano
      • 2nd generation iPod nano
      • 3rd generation iPod nano
      • 4th generation iPod nano
      • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
      • 1st generation iPod touch
      • 2nd generation iPod touch
    • Full Speed Cable Connection:
      • 4th generation iPod
      • iPod mini
      • 5th generation iPod
      • 1st generation iPod nano
      • 2nd generation iPod nano
      • 3rd generation iPod nano
      • 4th generation iPod nano
      • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
      • 1st generation iPod touch
      • 2nd generation iPod touch

    Note: The USB Connection allows charging of all compatible iPod models. The Full Speed Cable will not charge the iPod touch 2nd generation or iPod nano 4th generation.

    iPod Playback Modes: During iPod playback, you can activate any of the following playback modes:

    • Random Play:
      • Shuffle Album: An album in the iPod is selected at random, and is played back in the album song order.
      • Shuffle Song: All songs in the currently selected mode are played back in random order.
      • Shuffle All: All songs on the iPod are played in random order.
    • Repeat Play: A single song is repeatedly played back.

    iPod Display: Using the View button, you can change the receiver's front panel display during iPod playback. The display can show the following information:

    • Track elapsed time, remaining time, song title, artist, and album name
    • Song title and Album art
    • Date and Time

    iPod Searches: Using the center volume/enter knob you can easily and quickly search for and locate songs on your iPod. Search by playlist, artist, album, song, composer, genre, podcast, and audiobook. You can also skip through all your music files by percentage, in 10% steps.

    USB Memory Mode: You can play MP3, WMA, or AAC files stored on a USB memory device. During playback, the display shows song, album, and artist title, and elapsed time. If no tag information exists, the display shows the track number and elapsed time. Additionally you can connect and control MP3 players using the MTP protocol. The maximum recognizable number of files is 10,000. You can repeat the current track or current folder, and play the tracks in the current folder or all of the tracks in memory in random order.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMALP1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
      • Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional SIRIUS SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine KCA-SC100 SIRIUS satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRALPC) directly to the head unit.
      • SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10) along with the Sirius Connect Plug and Play Dock allow you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers. Compatible tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto. You can control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all channels. The SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit display.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input (KCA-121B auxiliary input adapter needed, item number 500KCA121B).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-350BT Bluetooth adapter (item number 500KCE350B), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers. In addition to the wireless connection and hands-free operation, you also get caller ID, phone book access, and on-screen call information.

    HD Radio Ready: The iDA-X100 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (item number 500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. The digital seek function allows you to search for only HD Radio stations if you prefer.

    CD Changer Controls: The iDA-X100 is compatible with Alpine Ai-NET CD changers, including MP3-compatible changers such as the CHA-S634 (item number 500CHAS634). During playback, the LCD will display the disc and track numbers and elapsed time, plus, if CD Text exists, the Disc Name, Artist, and Track Name. For MP3 discs, the Song, Album, and Artist titles and elapsed time will be displayed. During CD changer playback, you can repeat the current song, current folder (if MP3 disc), or current disc. You can also play tracks on the current disc, in the current folder (if MP3 disc), or all the tracks in the current CD magazine in random order. During MP3 disc playback, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name.

    Sound Processing (with optional PXA-H100)

    Imprint: With the addition of the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box and KTX-H100 software (item numbers 500PXAH100 and 500KTXH100) a car's inherent acoustic shortcomings can be overcome with the MultEQ feature. Imprint also gives you much more sound adjustment flexibility as detailed below.

    MultEQ: MultEQ, developed by Audyssey Labs, automatically optimizes the audio for the listening environment inside your vehicle. The Imprint kit includes the hardware, software, and microphone necessary to measure multiple positions in the car and capture frequency and time domain information from the vehicle's actual acoustical environment. Once the car's speaker location delays are measured, along with the frequency peaks and dips caused by the absorptive and reflective materials in the interior, MultEQ creates a set of equalization filters to correct the frequency response and time domain problems for each speaker in the vehicle. It also removes sound distortion caused by the specific acoustical problems in the vehicle. This optimizes the sound reproduction to the specific vehicle listening environment with much greater precision than can be achieved using typical graphic or parametric equalization. The result is a more accurate soundstage and smoother, more natural sound optimized to match your vehicle.

    Equalizer: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset for a variety of musical source material. Select from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz & Blues, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop & Rap, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical. You can also save six custom EQ curves you create by adjusting the parametric or graphic EQ:

    • 5- Band Parametric EQ: The Parametric EQ allows you to adjust the following 5 frequency bands in 1/3 octave steps from -6 to +6 dB at a bandwidth Q factor of 1, 1.5, or 3
      • Band 1: 20 Hz to 80 Hz
      • Band 2: 50 Hz to 200 Hz
      • Band 3: 125 Hz to 3.2 kHz
      • Band 4: 315 Hz to 8 kHz
      • Band 5: 800 Hz to 20 kHz
    • 7-Band Graphic EQ: The built-in Graphic EQ allows you to adjust the following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB
      • Band 1: 63 Hz
      • Band 2: 150 Hz
      • Band 3: 400 Hz
      • Band 4: 1 kHz
      • Band 5: 2.5 kHz
      • Band 6: 6.3 kHz
      • Band 7: 17.5 kHz

    Crossover: The active crossover can be used as a 3-way (low-pass subwoofer, band-pass midrange, high-pass tweeter) or a 2-way (high-pass front and rear, low-pass subwoofer). A crossover limits the frequencies delivered to a given speaker, so you send only the frequencies for which the speaker is well suited. The crossover adjusts the high pass filter or low pass filter of each band along with the slope and output level. You can adjust the following crossover settings:

    • 2-way:
      • High Pass Filter: the front and rear outputs are individually adjustable; crossover point from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Low Pass Filter: the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono and normal or reverse phase; crossover point from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
    • 3-way:
      • Tweeter/High Pass Filter: crossover point from 1 kHz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Midrange/Band Pass Filter: a band pass has both high pass and low pass filters; HPF 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct; LPF from 20 Hz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Subwoofer/Low Pass Filter: the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono and normal or reverse phase; crossover point from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB

    Time Correction: The time correction feature delays the audio signal to the speakers closer to the listener. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance from all speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance of each speaker and subwoofer (6-channel) to the listener from 0 to 132.7 inches.

    Media Xpander: The MX (Media Xpander) function makes vocals or instruments sound distinct by restoring sound quality typically lost during recording or transmission; this function helps restore audio information that becomes obscured when audio is compressed. The MX function can be applied to all sources, except AM radio. There are three settings and each source can have its own setting.

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