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Alpine iDA-X200

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Our take on the Alpine iDA-X200

by Robert Ferency-Viars
Alpine

Why replace your factory radio?

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

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Great for playing your iPod® in the car

Leave your CDs at home — this car stereo is all about the iPod. Its USB input lets you connect the latest iPods and other portable audio sources, 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, and the LCD display delivers song and system information with two lines of text.

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Simple iPod navigation and control

The centrally located jog dial mimics the functions of an iPod's click wheel. Turn the jog dial a little to scroll line-by-line in Search mode, or turn it and hold it to switch 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. And while you're searching, the current song keeps playing, so there's no interruption of the music. You'll appreciate the convenient "Back" button that lets you backtrack through the menus, instead of starting over from the top.

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Adding to your system

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 KCA-100BT Bluetooth® interface, and you can press the dedicated phone button on the faceplate to mute the music, answer an incoming call, or place a call. You can also stream music from a music phone or Bluetooth capable music player.

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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 Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.


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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from external sources
    • 2.2" 2-line display
    • detachable face
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 2-band parametric equalizer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: direct connection to USB input for newest generation iPods, "Full Speed" iPod connection for 4th generation and later 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: three sets of preamp outputs (subwoofer output has bass level control)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:

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

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 16 watts
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.0 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue/Red
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone No
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    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
    • 80" USB extension cable (with male USB Type A connector on one end and a female USB Type A connector on the other)
    • Hard plastic face case
    • USB plug housing (locks extension cable and plug on radio together)
    • 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)
    • iPod note
    • USB note
    • Customer Care registration card

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    Features
    External Device Controls
    Sound Processing

    Features

    Digital Media Receiver: The Alpine iDA-X200 is an in-dash digital media receiver with an AM/FM tuner, a rear-panel USB input, and a 2-line 2.2" 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-X200 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 32-320 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-X200 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 frequencies are 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-X200 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 button 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-X200 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-X200 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-X200 allows you to connect an iPod in two ways: using the USB cable supplied with the head unit, 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. You can connect 5th generation and newer iPods via included USB cable (this includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 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-X200 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-X200 is compatible with the following iPod models:

    • USB Connection:
      • 5th generation iPod
      • 1st generation iPod nano
      • 2nd generation iPod nano
      • 3rd 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
      • 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.
      • Song: All songs in the currently selected mode are played back 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 2-line display can show the following information:

    • Track number and elapsed time
    • Song title and artist
    • Song title and Album title
    • 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 like the iRiver Clix, Creative Zen, or Toshiba Gigabeat, using the MTP protocol. The iDA-X200 has a bank function that automatically divides the songs on a USB device into groups of 1,000, enabling quick skipping over many songs at once. The maximum recognizable number of banks is 10 (10,000 songs). You can repeat the current track or current folder, and play the tracks in the current folder or all of the tracks in the current memory bank 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) allows 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: Using the Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter (500KCE400B, sold separately) with the KWE-460E interconnect cable adapter (500KWE460E, sold separately), 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.

    Note: The Pass-Through port of the KCE-400BT allows you to connect the Bluetooth adapter as well as an iPod to the iDA-X200's full-speed connection port. The KWE-460 interconnection cable is still required along with a KCE-433iV Full Speed iPod connection cable (500KCE433I, sold separately). In this case the KCE-422i cable will not be needed.

    HD Radio Ready: The iDA-X200 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-X200 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 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 in the current disc, 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.

    External Processor Controls: This unit can control an Alpine multi-channel sound processor, such as the PXA-H701 (item number 500PXAH701).

    Sound Processing (with optional PXA-H100)

    Imprint: With the addition of the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box (item number 500PXAH100) and KTX-H100 tuning kit (item number 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 2.2 channel (3-way; low-pass subwoofer, band-pass midrange, high-pass tweeter) or a 4.2 channel (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:

    • 4.2 Channel:
      • High Pass Filter: the front and rear outputs are individually adjustable; crossover 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; crossover 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
    • 2.2 Channel:
      • Tweeter/High Pass Filter: crossover 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; crossover 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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    5 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Anderson, Princeton, IL on Sunday, September 11, 2011
     
    Bought this head unit Friday. Did not know if I would like the feature of not being able to play cds, but let me tell you if you want a head unit that has a bunch of features, here is the unit for you. You can also add a cd changer if you want cds. This head unit has all of the tuning features for your subwoofer and enough rca jacks in the back, three. Great head unit with great features.

    The only con may be that the ipod cord does not charge the ipod you have to use the usb cord. The other thing is that the ipod sometimes takes a little while, not long to find the unit, but oh well it sounds fantastic.
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    5 out of 5

    2yrs Strong

    Written By Tone, Tampa, FL on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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    I've had this receiver for 2+ years in my Cobalt. No problems at all. I'm only poking
    around now cause I would like some album art displayed on the screen. Other than that
    solid.
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT!!

    Written By Savage, Camden County, Ga on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
     
    Awesome receiver, WORKS WITH IPOD TOUCH!! I read that some are having trouble, try the extra din cable if it skips, I work at a shop and have tried 3 different touch's all through the provided 6' cable worked like a champ, with the exception of one did skip through the songs, but after using extra din cable worked fine, got full speed touch.. Just a thought, I love it. Running 6 1/2 components on a Rockford 360.2, and an 8" bazooka on a 250x1 amp. 2000 Acura Integra.
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    2 out of 5

    Doesn't work with ipod touch

    Written By Mark, Norwood, MA on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
     
    This receiver doesn't work well with the ipod touch and I have also heard it doesn't work well with the iphone either. When I play my ipod the audio keeps cutting in and out. Also when i'm scrolling through my songs on my receiver it keeps jumping back to the top randomly, its extremely annoying because I have a lot of songs on my ipod to scroll through.
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    1 out of 5

    Didn't Work For Me

    Written By Robert, California on Monday, August 10, 2009
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    Beware, DOES NOT work with the IPOD touch, causes muting during songs, sounds like a CD skipping. Also very hard to navigate through your ipod, slow to get to different songs. Presets are incredibly awkward to get to, and scanning on the radio is anything but easy. If I had an ipod that it worked with, I might have liked this unit, but the skipping is like playing a VERY scratched CD and is beyond annoying. Decided to go with a JVC arsenal instead, don't plan on buying Alpine again.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    good product

    Written By STEVEN, lodi ca on Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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    this is a great recever works great with kicker speakers and amps loud kinda hard to find a song on the ipod beacuse of the screen i found the best way is to use artist the screen is really incoveniant wen drivng but so far so good i would recommend his re3civer
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Chris, Colorado on Saturday, July 18, 2009
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    The alpine ida-x200 is everything i was looking for and more..
    great quality and works great with my ipod
    this reciever has tons of options and settings
    great bass controle aswell

    only con - wish i would have gotten the one with full color screen ida-x305
    just didnt have the money
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    1 out of 5

    Doesn't work with iPhone, awful menus/controls, tiny screen

    Written By Matt, Gibbon, NE on Sunday, June 28, 2009
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    This is described as being compatible with iPhones, but it is not. Audio cuts out
    every few seconds.

    The menu system is horribly counterintuitive and difficult to maneuver. Its a
    huge hassle trying to adjust anything, especially with the tiny screen.

    Apparently the subwoofer output does not have a low pass filter. I find this hard
    to believe, but Crutchfield tech support told me I would need to buy an external
    sound processor in order to run my subwoofer properly (I am using a full range
    amp, so I need the receiver to act as the crossover).

    Anyway, I'm returning this thing.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Rob, OH on Tuesday, June 09, 2009
     
    I just installed this unit today and so far I love it. The sound quality is great I have 4 alpine subs and 2 amps left to install but with the factory speakers it still sounds 10x better than it did before. I had some wires crossed and didnt realize it, called Crutchfield and they had me ready to go in less than 5 minutes. I have nothing but respect and high praise for the people at crutchfield and this headunit. I highly suggest this headunit and purchasing it from Crutchfield.
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Dave, Roanoke, VA on Sunday, June 07, 2009
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    Crutchfield as a merchant was great. Ordered it one night and came the next day and the free accs. worked fine. My Alpine CD changer finally developed problems after several years so decided to go this route and convert my music CD's onto a flash drive since I don't have an IPOD. Most of my CD's were compilations from other sources so the unit doesn't always seem to recognize what I have. Searching by folders seems to work best. The big rub for me is the "banking" thing it does. If I'm running errands around town and stopping off every so often then I just listen to the radio because you're limited as to what you can listen to until it's finished. I've had to read owners maunal several times to figure out stuff and still don't understand some things. I should have gotten a job writing tech manuals! Changing radio station presets can be time consuming, taking my eyes of the road and could lead to a wreck. Overall it gets the job done and cleans out my Jeep.
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    3 out of 5

    Best bang for buck

    Written By Anonymous, Secaucus, NJ on Friday, June 05, 2009
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    Got my HU wednesday and just installed it yesterday. After using it partially after installation and alot today because of traveling to work, i realized this alpine unit is the best bang for buck. THere are ALOT of flaws but for the cost of having an ipod ONLY unit, this is the way to go. This radio exceeds sound quality over my factory radio. For example, on my factory radio, i usually have it set at 15 and the sound is nice and loud without overdoing it on my stock speakers. On the alpine, i would put it to 9 and its about the same volume but its more crisp anyway. However there are a couple of things i dont like. MAINLY, you CAN NOT control the ipod when you have your USB cable plugged in. That means going through your playlists quickly is nearly impossible. I have gotten a headache learning how to scroll through what i wanna find quickly and defaulted in just playing random shuffle to and from work today. Another thing i dont like is that i cant use my iphone for the phone feature. If it can play ipod why cant I use my iphone? Also, the button functions of the radio itself is confusing and time consuming. However i bought this cause it was the cheapest way to go when hooking up an ipod, i wont be keeping this car long anyway so i thought it was a good buy.
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By po` white boy, columbus, ms. on Friday, June 05, 2009
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    I put this in my 06 ford escape about 2 weeks ago. It sounds better & looks better than what was there. I found the instructions a little vague, thus i'm still learnin'. Too much button pushing has to be done to get to where you want to be. Somewhat of a pain while driving. I will make myself love it eventually since i now own it. Using it with an Ipod touch.
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    5 out of 5

    Great inexpensive receiver

    Written By Zak, Coatesville, PA on Monday, June 01, 2009
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    I was a little apprehensive about adding a non CD receiver to my car, but I am very glad I did. I travel a LOT for work and found myself listening more and more to my iPod and wanted a receiver that would control it well. I grew tired of using my Monster iPlay or whatever its called, so I decided to order a new receiver. I've had a number of Alpines, and never had issues and loved the look/feel of the iDA-X200. Install was very easy, as Crutchfields install documents were prefect. Sound is incredible. Even with my factory speakers it was night and day difference with the radio. After I installed my new Infinity speakers, I was completly blown away. When I turned one the iPod, I was in awe. The DAC built in with the receiver is fantastic. Even with highly compressed songs, they sound great.

    Navigating through the songs is very easy, and I love the shuffle. Listening to the radio is a little annoying at times. Yes, there are no preset buttons and you have to hit one of two buttons to switch presets. No a huge deal for me as I really only listen to 3 radio stations (not many decent rock stations in Philly, only 2 or 3).

    I am actually looking at buying this receiver for my other vehicle and will certainly buy from Crutchfield again.
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    2 out of 5

    Delivers Unpredictable Performance

    Written By Nathaniel, Charleston, WV on Sunday, May 24, 2009
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    I bought this product and installed it myself about five days ago. The wiring harness and Master Sheet for my vehicle supplied by Crutchfield along with the owner's manual for the receiver explained every step of the installation.
    As expected, the sound produced by the x200 was superior to my factory radio, but the receiver software is buggy. Occasionally the receiver will restart the selected song on my iPod every 30-45 seconds, and oftentimes the handy Back button malfunctions. The eight character display is fine if you know all the music on you iPod, but I found it far too small to display information on an unfamiliar song, artist or album.
    For the price I think this receiver looks great and delivers great sound -- especially if you're on a tighter budget -- but the limited display and unreliable performance are definite drawbacks.
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    4 out of 5

    Great head unit for iPod

    Written By Alan, Minnesota on Thursday, May 21, 2009
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    Installed in a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with factory sub -

    Usability - 4 out of 5; pros - solid feeling controls, good layout; cons - display takes some getting used to as information takes a bit to scroll across the screen

    Features - 4 out of 5 - only losing points here for the lack of equalizer controls (bass, treble, etc. are included)

    Sound - 5 of 5 - may be slightly skewed here as I was used to the factory radio, but wow, what an improvement. Best radio I've ever owned.

    Installation/Service - 5 of 5 - gotta hand it to Crutchfield, everything i needed was included in order. This was my first car stereo install and it was easy.

    Jeep specific info - make sure and attach the power ant (from the Chrysler harness) to the remote wire (Alpine harness). That will enable the Jeep factory subwoofer.
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    4 out of 5

    Very good, but not great

    Written By jello, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, May 20, 2009
     
    Pro's: Sounds great. Most of the iPod controls are intuitive.

    Cons: While they do give you the ability to quickly scroll through the artists, playlists, etc by going skipping from the first A entry to the first B entry to the first C entry, etc, it takes entirely too many keystrokes to activate the alphabet skip. You have to:
    a)Press the Enter/search button
    b)select search type (artist, playlist, song, album, genre)
    c)Press the function button
    d)spin the dial to highlight alphabet skip
    e)click Enter/search button
    f)Press and turn the dial

    Couldn't they have just let you press the search button, choose the search type and then press & turn the dial for the alphabet skip? It would have been fewer steps and more intuitive.

    Also, the display could be improved.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By MPDano, San Diego, CA on Sunday, May 10, 2009
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    I've had this unit for my Porsche 928 for a few weeks now and love the color lighting scheme it uses. Works great with my iPod in my Glovebox. Who needs a CD Player when an iPod hold ALL your CD Collections. Sounds great and for the price is a steal. Alpine quality always!
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    2 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By drew, Arden, NC on Saturday, May 02, 2009
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    Crutchfield did an awesome job getting this and other parts I ordered to me in a extremely fast timeframe, A+.
    Now Ive always been a fan of Alpine but I can say this would be one I wouldn't have bought had I experienced it before purchase.
    Ipod controls are horrible, the main reason I bought it was for my Ipod Touch, the integrated control for the Ipod is hard to work and even harder to find what your looking for. I want just to plug it in and use the Ipod to navigate. Also make sure you read no cd player...bummer.
    The sound quality, display and all other features are really good, but this being an Ipod headunit, I would say stay away from it.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Matthew, Norfolk, VA on Thursday, April 23, 2009
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    As always, Crutchfield manages to amaze me with how quickly they can deliver orders. I ordered at 7 PM and the order was delivered the next morning.

    This head unit is great. I liked the idea of a digital media receiver as I had stopped using CD's in favor of an Ipod a while ago. The Ipod controls are pretty easy with hardly any getting used to required. The sound quality is much better than the last unit I had in my car. The only downside I can see is the screen size. If it was a little bigger, reading track/artist/album names would be a bit easier (without scrolling). But, all-in-all, this is a great product and I would definitely recommend it.
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    5 out of 5

    Lots of options

    Written By Larry, Enterprise, AL on Sunday, April 12, 2009
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    I was tired of my cluttered windshield with my Sirius radio mounted there and was also growing tired of constantly burning CD's and having all of them in my car so I set out to find a head unit that had IPod controls as well as being Sirius ready. At first I wasn't sure I could do with something that had no CD capability entirely, but now that I did, I've not looked back.

    This thing sounds great plugged into my existing Ford Mach sound system, turning an already good sounding system into a really good one. Contrary to other comments here, I don't find this unit all that hard to control or figure out. I did spend about 30 mins reviewing the included CD with the owners manual on it and that helped tremendously. I've also had no problems with my unit freezing up while "banking" music off of my 8gb usb drive.

    I say if you are looking to move on from CD's, this is a good route to go, especially for the money. This is my first Alpine and I'm thoroughly impressed.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Jorge, San Diego California on Saturday, April 11, 2009
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    Its easy to use and very easy to navigate. It provides great sound and the installation kit was really good. The sterio look fantastic!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By jereme, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 29, 2009
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    This unit is great, it works well and setup is a snap. This was purchased as a gift, and it went over very well. She doesn't ever want to listen to FM again. Having her iPod connected to her stereo is exactly what she wanted. The controls to shuffling the iPod do take getting some getting used to however within 30 minutes to an hour we were playing off the iPod like it had been there for ages.
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    5 out of 5

    You can't beat this for the price.

    Written By RON, Irvine CA on Saturday, March 07, 2009
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    Very pleased with this product. Plenty of features. I'm still trying to work out the use head space kinks that come with any new product, however, for what I have learned so far, I like it a lot.

    If your installing this in a Nissan Titan, you going to need a set of tamper resistant screw driver tips to undo the climate controls and switches on the back side of the factory faceplate. 2nd, since the hazard light switch is re-located with the use of the schoche installation kit, your going to need to cut out the plastic on the otherside, behind the switch. If you don't the switch is going to pop out when you push in the new installation trim and climate control set-up. The switch is too long to fit where it is re-located.

    Anyways, this was installed in a Titan and this is my story. Great product for the price and the brand to boot. Wire diagram matched the Titan exactly.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice

    Written By Pat, NORFOLK VA on Friday, March 06, 2009
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    ordered this at like 6-7 at night and it came the next day at 10 am, what can i say crutchfield is the bomb with their great customer service ill never buy electronics from anyone again, twice ive been extremely satisfied with some very big purchases so far :)

    this headunit is awesome has so many ways to control your sound and even more if you wanna spend an arm and a leg for the imprint thing but i dont need all that it does just what i want it has preamp outputs 3 of them lol front back and sub. i dont really use the radio i now just buy thumb drives whenever i run out of space on my last and use em like cds. except they hold alot more in alot less space, if your doubting it because it doesnt use cds just rip your cds and put them on thumb drives its a space saver and it never skips or scratches its great the only reason i gave this a 4 is because the bluetooth and equalizer are seperate buys same with hd radio but im satisfied with what the radio has on every other aspect. hope this helped!
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Shawn, Cleveland, TN on Monday, March 02, 2009
     
    I've had this unit for about a week now and overall I'm happy with it. It's been a little difficult getting used to controlling my iPod through the unit's interface, I would prefer to use the iPod itself.

    The only problem I've had is with the iPod interface cable that came with the unit. The connections don't fit snug enough in one place and I'll lose total connection to my iPod while I'm driving down the road and it will also cause music to skip sometimes. I switched from the included cable tonight and have gone with a cable of my own, so hopefully I'll see some improvement in that area soon.

    Overall, for the money I spent I'm happy with the unit.
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    3 out of 5

    Disappointed Non-Ipod User

    Written By abendroth, Houston, TX on Saturday, February 28, 2009
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    The reason I purchased this deck was because of the USB support. I do not use an iPod, but I thought it would be nice to have all of my music on a large USB key. The deck does support this, and it is very cool.

    Cons: On startup it takes the deck a long time to read all of my folders. The banking feature is supposed to make searching faster, but it takes several minutes to read all of the music. I basically have to start driving and then I can select something else after I have been driving for a bit. My previous Alpine deck read MP3 CDs and did it very well, so I was a disappointed with this deck right away.

    I have also had some instances where the deck seemed to have forgotton all of the folders that it read. I had to turn it off and back on to read everything again. It kind of sucks because you can't always just select a song and listen.

    All in all I'm ok with the deck. I won't return it. I like to have all of my music right there on my USB key. However, the performance really could be better. For those interested in buying this deck for the same reason that I did, I would strongly recommend trying it out at a store and seeing if you can live with the performance.

    As far as others' comments on ease of installation, I found them pretty useless. I have been installing decks for years and they all pretty much install in the same was as this one did.
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    3 out of 5

    KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING!!

    Written By Rozzie, Richmond,Va on Thursday, February 26, 2009
     
    Okay first all everyone who says this product is a perfect 5 that is just simply not to true, I bought this deck last week and yes while the price is great the deck is not BECAUSE when you search a playlist YOU cant go back and choose a different song without searching for the playlist AGAIN and then going to the song in other words. LETS SAY YOU HAVE 50 SONGS ON "ON THE GO" PLAYLIST YOU HAVE TO SCROLL THROUGH EVERY SINGLE SONG OR GO BACK AND RESELECT "PLAYLIST" THEN SEARCH FOR A SONG AND WHEN YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF PLAYLISTS IT IS SOOO ANNOYING THE OTHER THING IS YOU CAN NOT SCROLL FAST AT ALL! IT TAKES FOREVER TO GET FROM A-L AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL PULLOVER.! On the otherhand the price and display is pretty good, my point is not to just knock it just KNOW WHAT YOUR GETTING
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Dan, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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    I really like this radio. I was a little concerned over the display and the installation. The installation was really easy on my subaru -- the mastersheets were very accurate. The display has been fine -- the 8 char limit is obviously restrictive -- but the display is very visible in daylight. And the ipod interface is just great -- it reconnects and picks up where you were when you re-start the car. I would recommend this radio if you use your ipod a lot in the car as it is much better than fooling with the fm transmitter type interfaces.
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Srhohn, Columbus, OH on Sunday, February 08, 2009
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    My son was very happy with the unit. Lack of video screen not a big deal. Very easy install!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Ryan, Gaithersburg, MD on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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    Holy cow this thing is awesome! Even with my Infinity Kappa 6.5's and Reference 6x9's hooked up to this receiver is awesome. clarity is 5x better than the stock headunit and speakers. its amazing. after looking around at many receivers i decided to go with a digital media receiver because i rarely use CD's anymore and having over 2000 songs on hand in the car is a very good thing to have. no more switching CD's while driving. the interface is really nice, although i wish it would scroll faster through tracks and albums. other than that it's an awesome piece of equipment. definitely recommended!

    Crutchfield's website has TONS of useful info about everything you will ever need to know. reading up on all the different ways to hook an Ipod up to your car stereo for the best possible sound quality lead me to a digital media receiver. then based on all of the reviews i chose this one. make sure you read up on all the many things that are explained in the Learn section! A++ Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible

    Written By Anthony, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, January 19, 2009
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    VERY, VERY, VERY Pleased with this digital receiver...

    I purchased this Friday morning with the intentions of installing the next day, so I paid extra for the next day Saturday shipping through Fedex. It arrived at 10:30 in the morning!! It took me about 45 minutes to do the complete wiring since I had to install with the Metra GMOS-1. Let me start by saying I really enjoyed the way this made my 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix sound. After replacing my front and rear speakers with Pioneer 6 3/4 in the front and 6x9 in the rear I needed something that would power them nicely without the need of an external amp. I purchased this with the intent to buy an Ipod in the near future, but I have a 2GB Flash Drive with 1GB used so far and it reads through very fine.

    This receiver powered them nicely. Upon reviewing the Alpine accessories I noticed that Alpine is offering a POWER PACK next month.... I can't wait.
    My future upgrades will be Pioneer tweeters to replace the ones in my front door and also a Powered subwoofer.
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit and Great price!

    Written By Donald, Wellington, CO on Friday, January 16, 2009
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    The Alpine iDA-X200 is a great product with a great sound... I have it connected to a WD - 160gb passport hard drive powered by USB and although the banking is a little slow, it is definately a worthy product... Alpine has not let me down one bit and from what I have read on the other reviews of the iDA-X100, the screen is very hard to see if in any sunlight what-so-ever. The screen on the iDA-X200 is easy to see and if you setup your file/folders correctly on your hard drive, then it is a snap to browse...
    Thanks Alpine and Crutchfield for making available a great product that hands down beats any of the Box Store prices... It was also a breeze to install and to not have to pay an installer, was icing on the cake!
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    5 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Mike, Chicago, IL on Friday, January 16, 2009
     
    I installed this unit in a 2006 Silverado. Although it stated to cut out the support bracket from the stock head unit, I did not have to. It fit perfectly. The head unit itself is great. Very functional and easy to use, great sound, and a great appearance. One complaint I had was with the door chime adapter. Many people said all you had to do was plug it in, nobody mentioned splicing and soldering 15 wires. It was not really what I expected. Also, the dash kit it came with looks real cheap. I had a dash kit for a head unit in an Explorer not long ago that looked very nice and also came from Crutchfield. I wish this one looked the same, or at least had less plastic pieces and was more fitting for a truck dash.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Interface but...

    Written By John, Fayetteville, NC on Sunday, December 28, 2008
     
    Installed this unit in my Corvette. Great interface with my ipod Nano, but realized when I shut off the car, it did not shot off my iPod. The iPod would continue to play, even though the stereo was off. I recently updated my Nano, and now it cycles back to playing the first selection in the iPod everytime I start the car. Alpine apparently now has the cable that corrects this. That would end the most annoying action.

    Sound reproduction is great. I don't have problems finding the selections I want in my Nano because I keep most of the playlists relatively short (less than 25 songs in most cases).

    I don't miss burning CD's for my car, nor the CD Changer. Huge improvement over stock, and overall good product from Alpine for under $200. I'll admit, I'd love to drop for the X100, but I didn't think the full-speed cable, the additional power (I use amps in my setup) and the full-color display was worth the additional money.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice head unit

    Written By Travis, Marriottsville, MD on Wednesday, December 17, 2008
     
    I liked this head unit alot. I just replaced my stock head unit in my 96 Suburban with the ida-x200. Ive had these speakers in my car for 12 or so years now and they sound brand new since i put in this unit. Honestly, i thought after you messed with the buttons for a bit you were able to find the clock and calnedar with ease. I think this is a great unit for anyone who just wants a nice looking and great sounding piece of equipment.
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    3 out of 5

    Generally nice; weak display

    Written By Mike, Birchwood, MN on Saturday, December 13, 2008
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    I chose this unit primarily to use with my iPod and iPhone. And generally it works well. The included USB-to-iPod cable passes the audio, control signals, and charges. All good.

    But I found after a short time that the eight character maximum width for the text display was pretty annoying. It can be set to scroll, but it is too slow and just not 'right'. I decided to return the iDA-X200 and ordered the iDA-X100 instead (bit-mapped display, instead of character-based). It is $100 more, which gave me pause, but I know I'll be a lot happier.
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    3 out of 5

    unimpressed

    Written By Matt, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, December 04, 2008
     
    A loyal Alpine user for many years, I bought this to replace my CDA-9813 that is not able to control my iPod. I figured it was safe to give up CDs in favor of both a USB port and iPod connection. Since I already have the iPod cable from my other Alpine reciever this looked like a good solution.

    I should have read these reviews first and ordered from Crutchfield to begin with. I bought this Alpine yesterday as an impulse buy and returned it this morning.

    The sound quality is fantastic, as I've come to expect from Alpine. It has the familiar and easy to use sub/bass/treble/bal/fad/loud adjustments
    which make tweaking the sound easy. Also the internal amp powers my full-rangers easily. Also, the iPod operations are easy to use. I like the
    interface better than my CDA-9885 in my other car. The "return" button takes you back to the most recent menu rather than starting a completely new search which is nice.

    The sound quality and buttons may be good, but the display is horrible! As with the complaints from other reviewers here, the display does not show
    enough characters to make out different songs, especially when hooked up to a USB drive. Trying to navigate folders and songs on the USB was
    practically impossible.
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    4 out of 5

    For my 2005 Jeep Wrangler

    Written By tdrouill, Golden, CO on Tuesday, December 02, 2008
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    Pros: Superb sound, installation easy, sharp looking head unit.


    Cons:

    1. Not nearly enough info on the display. 2 lines x 8 characters it's difficult to search for songs/artist/etc.

    2. Searching a USB memory stick is very difficult, or at least not intuitive. Song order was not how they were ripped off my CD. I didn't give this much time, instead I bought an iPod, so maybe an easier solution.

    3. Even with auto-dim headlight feature, buttons are very bright at night. Blue backlight is harsh and on dark roads I catch a lot of glare in my peripheral vision.

    4. When artist/song/etc. is displayed, no clock display. When the clock is displayed, no song/artist/etc. I constantly pressed "view" to go back and forth.

    The cons aren't bad, but I upgraded to the X100.


    Install notes:

    1. The Chrysler wiring harness adapter has a blue wire labeled "power antenna". This actually powers the factory subwoofer. On the Alpine harness is a wire labeled "power antenna". DON'T CONNECT THE ALPINE POWER ANTENNA WIRE TO THE CHRYSLER POWER ANTENNA WIRE. Otherwise your sub works only on AM/FM, shuts off for USB, 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 select "no subwoofer", that removes all subwoofer settings from audio setup menus.
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    2 out of 5

    Not good for iPhone / iPod touch

    Written By Wolfgang, Monterey, CA on Saturday, November 15, 2008
     
    I like everything about this receiver EXCEPT that iPhone / iPod touch support is very lousy. You have to spend more money for KCE-422i cable... The worst thing is that this connection is analogue, so you loose quality of 24-bit Burr Brown via USB. Also, KCE-422i won't charge your iPhone 3G. USB cable charges unit and connection is digital, but you'll go crazy because of random 1/2 sec sound drop-outs 2-4 times per song.
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    4 out of 5

    Easy install, great sound, iPod controls meh...

    Written By Ben, Houston, TX on Monday, November 03, 2008
     
    Just hooked it up and popped it in last week. Installation was a breeze, as always with Crutchfield. Sounds great out of the box, needed minimal setup (although for the first time EVER I've had to open the manual to set the time), and looks great in the dash. The iPod controls are decent. Only major complaint I have is that you have to contort your arm while searching through your library, otherwise your hand completely blocks the screen. The center search/volume knob is the culprit. The resistance on the knob is also a little to much, although I'm guessing it'll ease up over time.

    Overall a great upgrade.
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    2 out of 5

    Alpine iDA-X200

    Written By Andrew, Minnesota on Monday, October 13, 2008
     
    First Off When Purchasing I Thought WoW This Is Cool No CD Player, HD Radio, Sat Radio, BlueTooth But They Mean Spend Another 1k Dollars On top Of The Money You Just Spent To Add All These Features, 230 For A HD Tuner Box ??!! HD Radio Is Free Why Do I have To spend Another 230 To Get It To Work, It Should Be Built In THe Head Unit!!!!

    Second The Interface With The iPod ??!! And Now I Gotta Spend More Money For A High Speed Cable So The Song Won't Skip 2-3 Times Per Song, With My iPod Touch. Alpine Audio Is Great But Everything Else Is A Pain
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    2 out of 5

    Xtreme Inconvenience

    Written By Aphi, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, July 14, 2008
     
    Pros:

    1. The x200 sounds great.
    2. No CD. Why bother anymore, do people still use
    those round things?
    3. Big bright display easy to see in any light.

    Cons:

    1. Tiny display, only 11 chars across. Can't see
    "Stairway to Heaven" on ONE LINE without scrolling? What is this 1999?
    2. No playlists for usb thumbdrive.
    3. Controls make no sense. Bass/treble/balance and Sub/HPF menus operate differently.
    4. Volume should be only volume, never shared with other controls. It's inconvenient.
    5. Changing folders shows 'folder up' for 3s. Want
    folder NAME.
    6. Big Honker control knob has to be pushed and turned to change folders, inconvenient. It isn't cool, its annoying.
    7. USB skips songs/folers when there's other data
    on the drive. Worked fine after I removed the data.
    8. No EQ on a digital tuner? Ripoff.
    9. No radio channel buttons. Takes 2 buttons and a knob to change channels. Xtreme Inconvenience.
    10. The 88 page manual is a mess. They tried to merge with the x300. The words "Double Action
    Encoder (iDA-X200 only) or Rotary Encoder (iDA-X300
    only)" appears 142 times!

    Can't see "Have a Cigar" without scrolling?
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    4 out of 5

    Fantastic Except for USB Annoyance

    Written By Tom, Madison, Wis. on Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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    Excellent sound quality, 3 pre-outs, easy-to-use controls. Works with iPods and USB storage devices, but it is designed primarily for iPods. When you connect a large USB device, it spends several minutes (over 5 minutes with my high-speed 16 GB flash drive) to "bank" all the songs. While it is banking, "BANKING" appears on the display and you do not have access to all your music (however, it does start playing music right away, while it is banking). After turning the car's power off and back on, it will remember the last track you played but it will NOT remember its index (banks). In other words, every single time you turn on your car, it has to bank all your songs. So if you have a large number of songs on your USB device, you cannot turn on your car and immediately select the song you want to hear. Very frustrating.

    To clarify, this does not affect iPods. When you connect an iPod, it reads the iPod's internal index almost immediately and thus all your songs are available right away.

    The USB device banking issue is a serious shortcoming but otherwise it is probably the best MP3-only unit available at this time (besides the IDA-x100). Hopefully Alpine will address this. It would be simple for the headunit to write the index/banks it creates to the USB device, thus avoiding the need for banking after the first time the device is connected.
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    3 out of 5

    Good....but not great

    Written By whiticar, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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    I must temper my review with the following. I had extremely high expectations of this head unit and I only used the iDA-X200 for about a week. I love the idea of not having a CD player combined with a head unit specifically designed for the Ipod. However, the iDA-X200 is not the pinnacle of design. The large multifunction dial is stiff and cumbersome. Additionally, since this head unit is specifically designed to work the Ipod I expected the center dial to act more like the pad on the Ipod. So I traded the iDA-X200 for the CDA-9884 and am happier as a result. The Ipod interface is virtually identical between the two head units. You may ask how I can be happy with the 9884 but not the X200 if they have the same interface. The reason is the 9884 does not sell itself as a "digital media receiver for you iPod lovers." The center control dial on the 9884 is much easier to rotate and the 9884 is happy to be a CD player with Ipod controls and not try to sell itself as a Ipod control unit. Boooo to Alpine for not creating a flawless Ipod interface in a head unit specifically designed to control the media player. Do not be misled I love Alpine so the 9884 is the perfect head unit for me, but I am still intrigued by what possibilities lay ahead for Ipod friendly head units.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!

    Written By Jonathan, Omaha, NE on Sunday, July 06, 2008
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    I bought this product to replace the factory head unit in my Chevrolet
    Silverado 2001. It was very simple to install. I would have to say the only
    difficult part was having to wire the adapter cable to the original and in all
    actuallity that really wasn't that difficult. After that it was all down hill.
    Everything snapped in to place and took me under a half hour to get in. I
    really like the Ipod and USB cables. It makes playing music very simple and
    easy. I would definately recommend this to anyone looking to replace an
    old unit and give new life to their sound system.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    What else could you want? Top notch from Alpine

    Written By Robert, Garner, NC on Monday, May 26, 2008
     
    I bought this Alpine head unit for my 1996 Dodge Dakota knockaround
    truck. The salesman was making a big deal about no cd player in the unit.
    I didn't want one. This is purely for Ipod and AM/FM. If you wan a cd
    player--get something else.

    The hookup on this was quick and easy as is always the case with Alpine.
    Their instructions are great. Easy to read and easy to follow. The controls
    are extremly easy to use. Traversing through the IPOD menu from the
    head unit itself is very easy. The supplied IPOD cable is definitely a plus.
    Last year I purchased an Alpine head unit for my daughter's car and had to
    spend another $30 for a cable. This one's included. Good for Alpine on that
    one.

    I really wanted the iDA-100 so the album art was displayed on the LCD.
    But I couldn't see another $100 just for that. The two units do the same
    thing otherwise.

    I am definitely glad I opted for the 200 over the 300. There wasn't much
    difference in the price and in my opinion you get a better unit.

    I'm running two amps off this one and am debating a set of full range
    speakers off the head unit itself to put in the kickpanels.

    You cannot go wrong with the awesome sound and ease of use with this
    unit. This is my 5th Alpine head unit. I never consider anything else. And
    until they leave me disappointed--I won't.




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    5 out of 5

    Made a Huge Difference

    Written By Anthony, Austin, TX on Sunday, May 11, 2008
     
    Wow what a
    improvement over the
    factory head unit.

    I installed today in
    my 08 Suzuki Grand
    Vitara and am amazed
    at the difference in
    sound installing
    this unit made. The
    ipod hookup is very
    nice and responds
    quickly to
    selections.

    As always the
    mastersheet from
    Crutchfield showed
    every step necessary
    to complete the
    install and the
    included adapters
    worked flawlessly.
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    5 out of 5

    wow

    Written By andy c, sufu sd on Sunday, April 06, 2008
     
    The title says it all, I just got this deck put in my '99 Honda Accord and it just makes the music sound great, going from factory to this, the bass is deeper the treble is crisper, even with the factory speakers. Like always, you can't ever go wrong with Alpine.
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    5 out of 5

    You can never go wrong with Alpine

    Written By Matthew, Seattle, WA on Thursday, March 27, 2008
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    Installed this deck in my boat along with a pair of Polk db501's, Alpine KCA-SC100, and SIRIUS SC-C1. Use it to control my iPod and SIRIUS radio. Sound is amazing as always with Alpine, and control of all sources is easy. Amount of sound adjustment is endless. Connection to iPod is lightning fast. Large display is convenient for seeing artist and channel information of both sources. Looking forward to the release of the MC1 to control the deck from the cockpit.
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    4 out of 5

    This does what it was designed to do

    Written By Keith, Ohio on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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    I got the ida-x200 because the x100 was not out yet. Granted the x200 only has a 2 line LED screen, the controls are very intuitive. While the iPod interface works well, the USB cable is lightening quick. So if you have a newer generation iPod, you need not invest in the seperate iPod cable.

    If you look at this unit on Alpine's web site you will see "the iDA-X200 quickly loads up full Album Art on screen". Note that this is a misprint. The X200 does not load up album art on the screen.

    I say, buy it. If you want a pretty screen wait for the X100. If you like a traditional Alpine screen, the X200 is just as usable.

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