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Alpine iDA-X305

Digital media receiver

Item #: 500IDAX305

59 Reviews

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Original Price: $299.99

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Made by Alpine for your iPod®

No more CDs sliding around your car — Alpine designed the iDA-X305 digital media receiver to make it easy to use 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. Once they're connected, the Alpine bypasses your iPod's built-in digital-to-analog converter, using its premium Burr-Brown DAC to deliver your music files with the highest fidelity possible.

Alpine iDA-X305 digital media receiver

Simple iPod navigation and control

The big jog dial in the middle works just like 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 alphabet to blaze 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 lets you backtrack through the menus, instead of starting over from the top.

Play your other digital files, too

Put your favorite MP3, WMA, and AAC files on a thumb drive, and you've got an easy way to stock up on tunes for your next road trip. Or play another USB-equipped music player through the USB slot.

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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, or CD changer. Add an HD Radio™ tuner, and you can "tag" songs you hear on an HD Radio broadcast for purchasing later in iTunes®. With Alpine's optional KCE-400BT Bluetooth® interface, you'll be able to answer or place a call with a touch of a button. You can also stream music from a music phone or Bluetooth-capable music player.

Three sets of preamp outputs simplify setting up a system with external amplifiers and subs, and you'll appreciate the ability to control the subwoofer's output level from the stereo. For the best possible sound quality, add Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT sound processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit — 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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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
    • iTunes tagging with Alpine's optional TUA-T550 HD Radio™ tuner
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 2-band parametric equalizer
    • Burr-Brown 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    • iPod control: direct connection to USB input for newer iPods (older iPods will need 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-X305 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    59 Reviews

    Excellent receiver

    Written by: Bosco-Zebra from Dallas Texas on April 11, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the iDA-X305 in my Mazda about 3 months ago. So far I am pleased pink, it has worked nearly flawless with my iPhone 3G except on one occasion where I had to reboot the iPhone to restore communication between the devices. Overall, the sound is excellent paired with a set of Infinity reference 6820cses (no external amplification). Though at high volume levels the receiver seems to run out of oomph and sound becomes quite distorted.

    Installation did have a bit of a hiccup- The factory receiver had evidently been removed at one point and the retainer clips the removal tools provided were to access proved deformed and inaccessible. I called Crutchfield for help and was basically told "well, we're not sure what to tell you." That was a bit disheartening, though I finally fixed it myself by purchasing a Kobalt hook and pick set which gave me strength of tool necessary to destroy the factory unit out of my dash.

    All in all, a bit of a mixed bag: Crutchfield sold me an excellent receiver for a reasonable price but the after sale support could have been better.

    I have been extremely satisfied with the receiver and plan to purchase the bluetooth kit and inline Alpine branded amplifier later this year. "A++, would buy again"



    In a word, Fantastic

    Written by: craig from Richmond, Virginia on March 8, 2010

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am in the midst of renovating the sound in my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad-cab PU truck, adding a subwoofer (Alpine SWS 1243D), and an Alpine five channel amp (the PDX-5). I wanted to be able to play my iPod through the radio head unit, without -- as I have been doing for several years with an old, beloved Blaupunkt Bremen -- the use of an FM transmitter. After about a month of research, I settled on the iDA-X305. Within hours, it seemed, of my placing the order through the magicians at Crutchfield here, the radio arrived and I had it installed. It has taken me a couple of weeks to go through the manual: it resembles someone's doctoral dissertation, so thick and detailed it is. That summarizes the radio HU, too, as it is does everything but land a 747. The HU menu is logical, and allows the user to program many features and to customize it. Its iPod features are plentiful, and again, logical, giving the option of complete control over the iPod' features via the HU. The HU can also be used almost like a preamp in a home stereo setup, moving from inputs like the iPod, to the FM radio, to the AM radio, to a CD changer (an interfaced one: the iDA-X305 does not have an integrated CD transport in it), and Bluetooth. You get what you pay for, and this unit gives you a lot for your money. Thanks again, Crutchfield.



    Excellent unit; even better store

    Written by: Anonymous from Nashville, TN on January 31, 2010

    The instructions ask us to focus our comments on the product but I have to give Crutchfield its fair shake. Crutchfield = excellence. Thank you Skip for your help.

    I am very happy with the unit. Installation was simple. If you read the instructions carefully you will shave about an hour off the installation time. The instructions from Crutchfield are very clear and extremely helpful. The unit is simple to use. The controls are very intuitive. Sound quality is great. I got the aux. adapter. Setting that up for a portable device is not in Alpine's instructions however the unit's setup mode was so easy that none were needed. Great system great shop. I will buy here again.




    Written by: Sonny from Tampa, FL on January 26, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wasn't quite satisfied with the sound quality I was getting when connecting my iPod to my old Alpine head unit without a 24 bit DAC so I upgraded to this unit. The sound is much better! I was a little hesitant to get a unit that could not play CDs because in the past, the CDs sounded much better than the iPod. I'm glad I tried this one. The sound is as good or better than CDs with the old Alpine unit. Much clearer and fuller! I have it connected to Pioneer 3 ways in the rear, 2 ways in the doors, a nice sub and an Alpine amp (all from Crutchfield, of course)in a Mustang. The sound is near perfect! Thanks Crutchfield!



    Probably best unit for iPod, but not best Alpine

    Written by: Matt from Nashville, TN on January 24, 2010

    2001 Chevrolet Impala

    I've had the IDA x305 now for a couple months. Overall, I love it. It took a little convincing of the wife to get a head unit w/o a CD player, but once she saw how well the iPod interface worked, she was sold.

    However, as a long time Alpine consumer, I can't give this a 5/5 stars for these reasons:

    1) There is no MUTE button. This feature that seemed to be standard on Alpine head units is non-existent. Granted, most of the use is for the iPod and the PAUSE button is sufficient, but for the times when I wanna slum-it on FM or AM, I have withdraws from that MUTE button from my last 2 Alpine CD head units. I also imagine this would be problematic if I had the HD radio added to it. So, in the context of an iPod unit, not a big deal. I just find this lacking on a receiver from Alpine.

    2) Radio preset buttons don't exist. Selecting a preset radio station requires you to press a PRESET button then use the rotary dial to scroll to the station of your choice. This means you must LOOK at the unit. Compare this to most other car radios that have, say, 6 preset buttons you can press blindly while keeping eyes on the road. I don't wish for 6 buttons on this design, but a single button that allowed "toggling" b/t presets would be nice.

    In retrospect, I may have gone with the CD unit from Alpine w/ ipod and the built-in Bluetooth. The BT unit for this job is pretty expensive. Boo. Oh, and definitely buy the analog aux adapter up front. Overall, I enjoy the unit



    Great Product

    Written by: Jon from Wamego, KS on January 23, 2010

    1999 Toyota Camry XLE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second head unit of this type that I've bought and love them both. I would have one in my third vehicle if it didn't already have a great stereo in my brand new GMC Terrain. There is no better system to play your Ipod than this.



    It's... okay at best

    Written by: Matt from Kansas City, MO on January 23, 2010

    2004 MINI Cooper

    Had this receiver for a few days and I am already experiencing buyer's remorse. Prior to this unit I had a Kenwood KDC x792 that while it had it's problems, I thought it was feature rich. I chose this Alpine unit for these reasons.
    1) No CD player- can't remember the last time I inserted a CD into a car receiver since iPod capability came about.
    2) Apline has a good record for producing quality products with good sound
    3) Reviews on here rated it well.
    So here are the pros:
    a) USB iPod interface that is compatible with iPhone
    b) full color screen
    c) I can read the display with sun directly on the unit (my Kenwood reflected so horribly that I couldn't read the display in direct sunlight).
    Now for the disappointments:
    1. Not very many features (no RDS, no mute/att, no mid-range control [only bass/treble], remote control does not come standard) 2. The display looks a bit outdated and is very plain when using the radio. So much un-used space.
    3. The removable faceplate seems awful cheap compared to other products I have handled.
    4. In order to access your "preset radio stations" you have to go through a cumbersome process of pushing multiple buttons and if nothing good is on the station that you select, you get to go through the while process once more.

    I figure I will give this unit another couple of days to tweak the sound and see if it's other shortcomings can be overlooked. Otherwise it's back to Crutchfield. Good luck in your quest for that perfect receiver.



    Not stellar, but would buy again

    Written by: Steve from Vermont on January 22, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of reviews on this are people who didn't read the manual. This is a very competent unit and the power and sound quality is quite good. I'm running this unit into a pair of Polk 6.5"- the cheap ones- and they sound great! When using an iPod Touch, it works well and navigates well- but when my iPod bricked itself after a week, I sent it back and won't be getting another one. A simple cheap USB memory stick plugged directly into the head unit works much better for me and I don't have to worry about leaving an expensive iPod in the car. Navigating through the memory stick is not as good as on an iPod, and should be improved. It should have an AUX input right out of the box, though... Crutchfield has the AUX input adaptors for a reasonable cost, so it's not the end of the world. For what it is, I think it's overpriced... but it's decent and if mine broke I would get another one.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: cory from wasilla alaska on January 16, 2010

    i have used this HU for a few months now, and all i can say is wow! i apsolutley love it. i have not had the time to get the rest of my system yet, but it made a huge improvement in the audio quality allready. it sounds awesome with my ipod touch. i was a bit sketchy about it when i bought it, due to some of the other reviews, and i am sorry guys, but maybe you should explore it some more than you did...within the first few hours of having it, i found out how to do alot of things that other reviews said. you can program presets, it is under the folders, it is fairly simple. you can adjust the bass and stuff, some one said i could not. you can turn it off...everyone should try this deck out!!!



    Could have been five stars.....

    Written by: Logan from Wilson, NC on December 17, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I read all of the other reviews on this site before I purchased this and was a bit worried. Complaints such as no power button, screen should be on the left side, dimmer issues, IPod connect issues....etc...etc. I am pleased to say that the only issue I have is the IPod connect issue. I have an IPod Touch with the upgraded software and every now and again it does disconnect and reconnect to the device. Other than that, this is a very fine receiver upgrade. If you have never controlled or installed an aftermarket deck maybe some of the issues stated above will affect you, but I'm willing to bet that if you read the manual (or just spend five minutes going through the units controls like I did) you probably won't have very many problems!
    ***NOTE TO ALPINE:Resolve the issues with APPLE for the Touch/I- Phone***



    Audiophile Quality with High-end Power

    Written by: Bob from Alpharetta, GA on December 2, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WIthout a doubt the best head unit I have had in any of my multiple cars. The integration with iPod was seamless and trouble-free. The sound in my vintage E36 with upgraded speakers is better than our in-home entertainment center. I feel like I am in a mobile recording studio with this unit. My only nit is that the unit does not have an amber option for display color. The blue is AWESOME, but does not match the amber dash lighting, however looks tasteful. The red is more pink and cetainly not my taste. The unit has so much power that I have not had it above 65% since it is so studio quality loud you can use the car for an outdoor concert. I would also like to keep my hearing for at least another couple of years. Being a techie the controls are completely intuitive and easily accessible. The owner's website is a great touch, however have not had the unit long enough to install any of the readily available "art". If you are waivering - this unit has Alpine performance and quality in its soul including the user interface - buy it.



    Nice Unit, but Needs Work

    Written by: xjduality from Seattle on October 31, 2009

    2004 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    While this deck is very nice, and I can't vouch for its performance with an iPod (I don't own one), but I bought it for its ability to interface with USB mass storage. In this case, I'm fairly unhappy with it.

    The only reason I gave it the three stars I did was because it sounds great and has a beautiful display. I'm forced to ding it because it simply doesn't work properly. It has a shuffle system that can dig into your file structure and randomize across all folders. Unfortunately, it only seems to recognize the first few folders while in this mode. While shuffle is enabled, it seems to only play about 5% of the total music on the drive. Everything else works fine. Unfortunately, I very much value the ability to shuffle the entire drive, so as far as I am concerned, this is a poor unit.

    I called Alpine support, and the representative simply stated that they had received several complaints about this, and their engineers were working on a fix. He refused to give any further information.

    Conclusion: If you're buying this unit expecting proper functionality using a USB mass storage device, steer clear.



    Ipod users will love it, MP3 users won't have as many features, but st

    Written by: Scott from MD on October 30, 2009

    1998 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok, right to the point. I love this unit, but have two issues. I mainly bought this for MP3s on a thumb drive because I don't have an Ipod. It sorts MP3s alphabetically according to the folder they are in and that's about all the power you have as far as structuring them. Ipod users have more options like making playlists, sort by Album, Artist, etc. Still, I love it compared to what I had before. The display is nice and scrolls the text. It WILL display the MP3s ID tag info (artist, album, and song) which I'm glad it at least does that, but no album art. It does display album art if you have an Ipod. I'm very happy overall, but wished for more MP3 features (I mean, why kiss Apple's ass,... what about other digital music?). The other issue is I almost didn't buy this for my Camaro because Crutchfield said I couldn't flush mount this in my 98 Camaro, and it would protrude 1/2" out. It fit perfectly, with no modification. Can't believe everything you hear, but I don't expect them to know EVERY detail about EVERY car. VERY happy with Crutchfield, the kit they supplied, the antenna adapter, the speed of shipping, everything!



    Excellent unit

    Written by: darryl from Milwaukee, Wi on October 29, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    apline x305 head unit is an excellent replacement for my factory stereo. Im running Pioneers in the front and rear powered by a 4ch amp and running a sony xplod 10" sub powered by a 2ch clarion amp. The sound was good until i added the alpine imprint now the sound is fantastic. The imprint really opened up the head unit. The sound is better than a lexus mark levinson head unit with 14 speakers.



    Great Idea and quality but with Flaws

    Written by: Jason from Ballston Lake, NY on October 15, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I want to keep this review short and to the point. This is an amazing looking great sounding head unit with plenty of add-on options through Alpine. The problem however is that Crutchfield and Alpine haven't listed some partial compatibility issues with IPOD TOUCH, IPHONE 3G. If you plan on using these with the unit and update your IPODs software regularly, do not bother getting the headunit as you will get occasional errors, intermittent sound issues or no sound at all when you plug the unit in. Alpine and Crutchfield blame Apple and their software and Apple says they are not aware of the issue. If you have an older style IPOD or older software you will love the unit.



    Ipoding it up

    Written by: Joseph from Port Charlotte FL on October 12, 2009

    2003 Chevrolet Blazer

    Awesome head unit Crystal clear sound. Some people have been complaining that
    its to bright at night or glare during the daytime there Wrong i have had no
    issues at all have had mine for about 3 weeks. I love it is very responsive as
    far as load time you do not have to wait at all.
    Radio sounds perfect also no need for the hd tuner unless you just want it for
    the tagging and info it gives you the only one complaint i have is DO NOT leave
    your Ipod pluged into it when not in use for several hours it will leave the
    ipod on and not charge the battery and kill it you will have to recharge you r
    Ipod till u can use it also your taking a chance of harming the battery



    Good Head Unit

    Written by: Michael from Dallas, TX on October 12, 2009

    For the money this unit is pretty good. Sound quality is good I would not say
    great, Ipod controls are nice, I have had some issues with the unit requiring
    me to unplug and plug the IPhone 3GS (3.1) in a couple of times to
    connect. I also have the Blue Tooth adapter and it will always default to
    Blue Tooth forcing me to go back into the phone and select dock
    I only gave it 3 stars because of the quirky controls. Navigation could be a
    little more clear. I understand the simplifying things with a dial but some
    times simplification requires a few more buttons.
    You must have a remote to avoid having a wreck while working with the unit.

    Also the bluetooth phone is great!.

    Over all i would recommend this unit



    Almost a 5

    Written by: Rich from Gaithersburg, MD on October 3, 2009

    1998 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like the unit's flexibility dealing with USB devices, MP3/WMA and iPod.

    2 things make it a 4 and not a 5.

    1) The display is subject to glare because of the plastic used.
    2) With the display on the right and the dial just to the left your hand obscures the display when using it. The placement suits control from the right side better. Move the screen to the far left, dial far right. This will let both driver and passenger see the screen, even when using the dial.



    Great Unit

    Written by: tbone310 from Los Angeles, CA on September 2, 2009

    1983 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this in now for a few months and works great. Hooked it up to:

    Boston Acoustics S35 3-1/2" 2-way Speakers
    Kicker KS4100 4X10" KS Series Stereo Speakers KS Series

    I cant really point out the things I like as much as the things I dislike.

    Small Forward and Reverse buttons
    Wished the screen would tilt up and wasn't as reflective
    and then theres the iPhone issue. While it's great that it charges, I had to unplug and plug the USB adapter to make it work. I would have to do this every 5-10 songs. Its almost as if the unit loads 10 songs then if you fast forward too fast, it hasnt refreshed. So the iPhone intergration isnt very good. The work around? I bought a cheap ipod that I leave in the glove flawlessly now. Also by not unpluging it resumes play from where I left it. I also wish the ipod or iphone were controllable while plugged in. Otherwise I'd buy another...



    Superior IPod / XM Control

    Written by: W Bradley from Philly, PA on September 2, 2009

    2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: This unit is the best unit I've ever seen for ipod control. For the satellite radio folks, I hooked up a 4 year old XM unit that supported Ai-Net and it worked perfectly. I am replacing an old alpine unit and this saved me the cost of buying a new xm unit.

    Cons: I'd like to echo that the chrome knob does look a bit cheap, wish they kept the black knob that was on the older models. And with the screen on the right hand side of the unit, my hand blocks it when I'm using the knob. The screen washed out in bright sunlight so find some shade if you wanted to pick a song on a sunny day.

    To clear up some of the other reviews as well:

    1) "No "Off" button. Seriously. You have to pause on a song if you want silence. If you are in radio mode you have to switch to media mode and press pause."

    You can power off the unit by holding the "Source" button.

    2) "No front/back, left/right adjustment. If someone wants to sleep in the back while you drive in the front with music, too bad."

    These adjustments are available under the same menu as the EQ, loudness, etc.

    3) "One thing I don't like-you cannot view the songs of the current album very easily once you begin playing music. You have to go back to the "top", then dig your way into the album you're listening to & then you can see the list of songs. On the iPod, you just hit menu once, and it brings you "up" one level and you can see the song list."

    Just hit the back button to go back a level.



    Very Nice Unit

    Written by: Matt from Lopatcong, NJ on September 1, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: Display screen, album artwork, searching, clock, iPod, Bluetooth

    Cons: Preset buttons, CD player, glare

    The iDA-X305 looks nice and has blue or red illumination. The album artwork shows on the nice color TFT display. Searching alphabetically or by percentage through your iPod is fast and easy. The clock is great and looks like an old digital flip-style clock radio (think of the movie Groundhog Day). This unit works well with my Verizon LG8350 phone.

    There are no radio preset buttons. The presets are kept in a folder. This seems like no big deal until you want to go to a preset station; click the list button, dial the big knob to the station, click the big knob. Without preset buttons the up and down arrows go to the next available station, not the next preset station. I knew this unit didn't have a CD player in it when I bought it though a CD player would make it a very nice all-in-one unit. There is a glare on the TFT display in certain sunlight (not all). It's annoying but I can look at my watch. When in iPod mode, the date/time are minimized to the bottom of the TFT screen and are very small.

    All in all I like this unit. It's better than the stock radio and nicer looking. Searching is great and the unit is very easy to use. I like the look of the display as opposed to a digital looking display. The presets are my biggest problem but I'll live with it.




    Written by: Darren from Celina, OH on August 31, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    - amazing sound quality. kills my previous (Sony CDX-GT81UW + XA-1101P).
    - Easy navigation of the iPod songs and such, the only way it could be easier is if they actually featured an iPod touch wheel.
    - Can turn off internal amplifier (great if your running an all external amp system like I am).
    - Remembers EXACT position in song on the iPod when you shut the car off.
    - Works great with the iPod Classic.

    - Didn't work well with the iPod Touch - crashes and starting over at first song etc. (mine might be broken).
    - Doesn't work with any iPod Classic prior to version 5 (not even the version 4/5 hybrid iPod photo that I have). This is noted in the instructions and on Crutchfield here, so no one should be surprised.

    It is a bit difficult to get used to when you first install it. So here are some notes and things that I have discovered:
    You CAN turn the system off - just press and hold the source button (some other reviewer here says you can't).
    Album shuffle only works with the current list of songs, in other words, if you want to shuffle all your albums, you need to make a smart playlist that includes all audio files except podcasts. Then play this playlist, and turn on album shuffle. This is the same on the iPod, but I didn't know the iPod could do that :D.
    Background upload is kinda funky. It seems that you need to only have one background file and no music files on the USB stick, or it will screw up. Otherwise, its fine :)



    Great unit for RV

    Written by: LK23 from Colorado on August 30, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the factory-installed radio in my RV with the Alpine iDA-X305. Wow,
    it is a fantastic unit. The display is easy to see from the driver's seat and
    relatively easy to control with the optional remote control. Sound quality is
    much improved over the factory-installed unit.

    Prior to purchasing, I was a little concerned because one of the reviews said this
    unit had no fader control and no On/Off switch. This is not true. The controls
    are very easy to use once you read the instructions.

    The install was non-standard and the Crutchfield Pros helped with the closest fit
    installation kit. I had to call a couple of times during the install and they were
    very helpful.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Scott from Michigan on August 21, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just unstalled this unit in my sons car , it was easy and straight forward to install with the instructions I got from crutchfield. The unit looks and works great, it is fast and easy to use. The only draw back I see is the EQ, it is hard to get too. Everything else is awesome,I would buy this unit again to put in another vehicle.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Rowdy from Alabaster, Al on July 29, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. Nothing better to use with I-Pod. It replaced to the factory unit it in my Mazda MX-5. My only complaint is the display is hard to see with the top down on bright days.



    An amazing deck

    Written by: Darrell from Portland, OR on July 22, 2009

    2004 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this for one month now, and I am VERY satisfied with it. It works great with my alpine SPS series speakers.

    The Ipod "feel" is amazing. Scrolling through is very very easy. The only downside is, when you listen to as much music as I do, 120 artists is very tedious to scroll through, but thats my fault - not the decks.

    The equalizer control is very simple. Personally i like my bass level on 6 and the treble on 2 with loudness on.

    The hands free phone compatibility is a huge plus for me as well.

    I practically live in my car. Both my jobs are delivery jobs. I strongly recommend this deck to anyone.



    Not Ready for Prime Time

    Written by: David from Rockledge, FL on July 21, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The iDA-X305 is ok, nothing to get worked up about. I can't get the unit to dim. It does not recognize the iPhone 3Gs. The menus are cryptic and if you are not an audiofile the manual is not necessarily helpful in how to set up the audio.

    THIS UNIT IS NOT VERY VIEWABLE IN THE SUN. It has horrendous glare. Also the time could be a little bigger when you are on the ipod screen.

    I pretty much did trial and error in setting it up it is not intuitive at all. It was very difficult to find the way to get it to stop shuffling. I ended up using my iphone (the 3Gs that doesn't work with this unit) to surf to the alpine site to load the manual.

    This is advertised to have the same controls as the iPod, that is not true as I have never had to read the manual to figure out how to use an iPod.

    I think if I could do it over again I would just get the adapter that chevy makes and keep the stock radio which was simple led that was readable in sunlight. I think making it glare free would be better than having the album art.

    Alpine needs to look at this thing as a mini computer and enable the USB port to upload new software to improve the bad features.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Chris from Charlotte, NC on July 21, 2009

    2003 Ford Explorer

    I have had this head unit for about 4 months now and I'm still just as excited about it as I was when I received it in the mail. It is the best interface between a stereo and iPod that I have used to date. The sound is great and at this price it is only slightly more expensive then what Ford wanted to charge to replace the factory unit after it gave up the ghost.

    I agree with some of the other posts that on bright days the glare can be a problem but I found most of the time I can make it workable by wiping the dust off the screen. Also, this like every other interface I've used seems to completely ignore the song rating feature of the iPod. I've never seen it on any interface so I won't hold it against Alpine but still a bit disappointing.



    Really excellent media player

    Written by: Eden from Seattle, WA on July 20, 2009

    1) Intermittent sound problems from my factory stereo went away.
    2) Speakers sound much better after the upgrade.
    3) Easy to navigate to songs.

    1) No "Off" button. Seriously. You have to pause on a song if you want silence. If you are in radio mode you have to switch to media mode and press pause.
    2) No front/back, left/right adjustment. If someone wants to sleep in the back while you drive in the front with music, too bad.
    3) Some features that work with the iPod don't exist when using a USB stick. Mostly just little quirks in the way it responds that are annoying.
    4) Radio is tuned with tiny little buttons that "seek". No way to tune a station that comes in poorly. Why didn't they build this to use the GIANT knob for manual radio tuning. Yes it is volume by default, but how about push-turn or a tuning mode.
    5) No album art or detailed info when playing from a USB stick.

    Overall I love this unit and recommend it, but there are a lot of little design quirks that make you wonder if the designers were paying attention. Oh well...hopefully they release a X405 that fixes these issues.



    Alpine has another great head unit!

    Written by: David from Fort Worth, TX on July 15, 2009

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is incedible the built in Amp is impressive w/ my stock speakers the bass and treble adjustments are a little tricky to figure out but once mastered this Head Unit will preform and preform well!!!! The only gripe which is mediocre is the regular AM/FM Radio it could ave channel naming and RDS but otherwise if you listen to an ipod like I do a majority of the time this Unit is Perfection!

    Plus Crutchfield provides all the installation accesories so its a massive bargin!!! Crutchfield rules!!! A loyal customer since the late 1980's!!



    multiple units on IA-net doesn't work

    Written by: Tim from Tucson, AZ on June 30, 2009

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Reciever is great. Trying to have both the imprint processor and HD work at the same time is the problem. I chain them together on the IA-net and the one at the end doesn't work.



    I like it but...

    Written by: Keith from Warrensburg, NY on June 9, 2009

    2003 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this for less than a week but I love everything about it - except... The screen is way to reflective - during the day, all I get are reflections and I can't see what is on the screen. (Why these manufacturers insist on super gloss screens is beyond me). And if it is extremely bright or the sun is shining on the unit itself, the screen becomes extremely cloudy and I can barely see it at all!

    So, other than my issues with the screen, I would highly recommend it.



    Great unit!

    Written by: mactundra from York, PA on June 6, 2009

    2007 Toyota Tundra

    Bought this to replace factory radio primarily to add iPod integration. Unit sounds 100x better than the factory one with lots of options. Added Sirius controller due to advertised special and was able to clean up the clutter in the cab. iPod controls are intuitive and simple, Sirius kit allowed me to have all of the functionality I had with my 3rd party head unit.

    Install kit was great, perfect match to my interior, instructions were easy to follow (although I have done several times before), shipping was superfast and free!

    No regrets!



    What a great way to integrate your iPod.

    Written by: Bradley from Riverview, FL on June 1, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had two of these head units since March. I purchased them to upgrade the units in my two cars. The main purpose was to upgrade the out of date tape decks. The sound quality is steller and you can actually tell the difference between songs with different bit rates. I am very impressed with the way it controls the iPod. Scrolling through the Playlists is a breeze and even finding a song out of 11,000 or so on my iPod is quick work. The LCD is a great feature for those that like to see the cover art. I am happy I bought this model over others I compared.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: ron from san diego, CA on May 29, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    the alpine X305 is a great HU sounds great looks great and with the supplied adapter and wiring harness from crutchfield was a easy install.
    I installed the KCE-400BT which also works very well I'am very happy with this purchase.
    I would have rated 5 stars but the cost of the upgrades which come built-in on alot of alpines competitors puts a big ding!! in it's value.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Derek from OKC, OK on May 24, 2009

    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very impressive head unit. Loaded with features and expandability. I mainly bought this unit for the iPod controls and was not disappointed. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good iPod interface. I thought my factory Bose system sounded good with the factory head unit, this unit head unit alone made a night and day difference in sound.

    Only thing I would like to see different is some of the submenu's use titles like "Type 1", "Type 2", "User 1", "User 2" for different settings. So without the manual you are shooting blind when trying to change things.



    Great Unit

    Written by: David from Warner Robins, GA on May 16, 2009

    Pros: great sound quality, very simple to use, excellent iphone/ipod integration, great display, expandable

    Cons: very simple EQ (bass, treble, and sub level), expensive upgrades

    Conclusion: Great head unit if you are like me and use your iphone/ipod as your main audio source. Great interface for the non-tech folks. Everything is fairly simple to setup. The sound quality even makes stock speakers sound much better, but then again it's an Alpine... that's what they do best



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: John from New York, NY on May 14, 2009

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The iPod integration is excellent-intuitive to use & very responsive. The USB cable plugs into the back of the unit, which allows you to route it to the glove compartment or a cubby on the dash. Connecting an iPod, you can browse by album, song, genre & playlist. One thing I don't like-you can not view the songs of the current album very easily once you begin playing music. You have to go back to the "top", then dig your way into the album you're listening to & then you can see the list of songs. On the iPod, you just hit menu once, and it brings you "up" one level and you can see the song list.

    The USB integration is functional, but nowhere near as good as the iPod integration. You browse through the folder structure on the memory key to find the album you want. Once you start playing music, you have the same problem of being unable to browse the songs in your folder. When you first plug in a memory key, it can take some time for the processing to complete. Once it's done, response time is quick even when you turn the car off & on.

    If you turn the car off when the iPod or USB key is playing, then the music will resume when you turn the car back on again. I guess this feature is a requirement, but I love it. I used to have a 1/8 input jack I'd set up on my old car stereo, and with that of course the iPod would just keep chugging away after I shut off the car. If you unplug the iPod or the USB key from the car stereo, and plug it back in later it won't remember your spot.



    Exceptional Head Unit from an Exceptional Retailer

    Written by: Marcus from Santa Clarita, California on May 10, 2009

    2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I held off reviewing the HU until I had a chance to get used to it (several weeks). If you're ready to forget about CDs and go strictly digital, this is for you.

    Like every Alpine HU I've ever owned, it has very good sound quality. With the PAC-Audio converter boxes (three), I've been able to retain the steering wheel controls and use it with BOSE amps and speakers. It reads USB powered storage devices and iPod/iPhones exactly as described.

    I had one question regarding the installation. It was a Saturday, at 5:15 PM on the west coast, so I thought I'd leave a voice message and have a Crutchfield tech call me on Monday. To my surprise, Crutchfield techs man the phone until midnight. And these are "qualified techs", people who can give you an answer, not the janitor or an answering service. Like I titled this, "Exceptional HU and an Exceptional Retailer".



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Dr. Hayes from Atlanta, GA on May 7, 2009

    2000 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for ipod integration.
    Full color screen also looks good.

    The way you access the presets for the radio is annoying.
    The unit is expensive and does not include a lot of extras which are also expensive which was disappointing.



    Alpine iDA X305 and Crutchfield

    Written by: Steve from Colorado Springs, CO on May 4, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is great. Doeas all that was advertised. Even better than the unit, was Crutchied's service. Their technical support was phenominal.



    Exactly What I Expected

    Written by: Ryan from Philadelphia, PA on May 1, 2009

    When looking for a receiver with an iPod interface, none even closely compared to the Alpine iDA series. I decided a good iPod interface was more important than a CD player, and if the lack of CD player annoys me, I can always add a CD changer. Within a day I was comfortable with the layout. The LCD almost exactly replicates the iPod screen itself. As far as audio quality goes, the DAC does a great job of filling out the compressed music on the iPod. It does more than just play your iPod music, it enhances the sound. The LCD screen is also great for HD Radio and the Bluetooth interface is seamless. If you listen to the radio, the HD add-on is definitely worth it. The iTunes tagging feature is great.

    The standard 2-band equalizer is weak, but it is adequate with a standard speaker setup. I'll be adding a subwoofer at some point and will probably add the IMPRINT audio processor. That is the only time that I believe it would be worth the money.

    Overall, I'm very happy with the X305. It does everything that I expected (a slightly better equalizer, maybe 3- or 5-band, would be nice though). As far as looks and aesthetics, that's completely personal opinion. The buttons and knobs are sturdy and tactile. If you doubt the looks and quality, stop by a store and take a look at one. The only other negative, a minor one to me, is that it comes with a soft faceplate case (like one you would get with cheap sunglasses). I would prefer a hard one, especially at this price.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: indyogb from Indianapolis, IN on April 20, 2009

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit. I use my iPod almost exclusively in my truck, and this head unit integrates seamlessly with it. While navigating lists still isn't perfect, this stereo is better than any other I've seen (including several factory units). AM and FM reception is good (I've had others that didn't pick up AM signals well). Using the presets is a little too complicated - press button, scroll list, press button. If they didn't want to put individual preset buttons, an up/down button (or the track skip buttons) would have been fine. The LCD screen is very nice, but isn't yet working with my truck's illumination dimmer (followed the instructions, but I think they may have been wrong - orange to orange, but I think it needs to go to orange/white[dimmer]). The sound quality is definitely good - I'm not an audiophile, but I can tell the truck sounds better even with the factory speakers.

    One final note - Crutchfield lists this stereo as "fits" in my 2005 Chevy Colorado, and it does fit, but the trim piece around the stereo doesn't fit through the opening in the dash. I ended up trimming about 1/8" on each side to get it to fit, but it looks a little tacky - going to find a better way. Otherwise, it fits perfectly.



    very nice HU

    Written by: giovanni from california on April 18, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is my second Alpine in 4 months I bought the 9884 for my car and I was very pleased with the sound and controls it has, this unit has great sound very nice screen and i like the display where it has the info and time very easy to navagate and the back button is really nice.still learning all the function and really please with my ALPINE.



    Very good BUT-Could be better! Too many missing parts!

    Written by: dennis from New Windsor on April 11, 2009

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine iDA-x305 is a good head unit for playing your ipod! Good sound and very nice display, BUT, for the price, it should come with a remote that controls the ipod functions. (like scrolling thru your playlists). For all intents and purposes some cars have dashboards that make it hard to reach the radio and a remote would come in handy. Although Alpine sells a generic remote that you can use on this radio, it only controls basic functions- volume control and on-off. Another gripe is that this unit doesnt even have a EQ setting, just basic base and treble. In order to get an EQ you have to buy a separate item that Alpine calls a "sound processor". It also has bluetooth capability.....but you have to buy that component separately as well. So basically, this unit is a glorified ipod player. You might be better off with a basic FM transmitter and save your money. This unit is not all it's cracked up to be---too many "add-ons" that are not included!



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Darren from Oceanside, CA on April 9, 2009

    2006 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exellent iPod integration. Definitely a thumbs-up for that feature. Crutchfield makes the install easy by including all the harnesses and cables. Two thumbs up on that.

    What's really poor on this receiver is the FM reception. Stations that I got without a problem on my stock unit are now fuzzy at best. I checked my ground cable and my antennae connections but still not great.

    A nice feature is the great HD radio interface.

    Overall, I'd say that the interface is great but the radio reception is so-so.



    Excellent Sound and Quality!!

    Written by: Jonathan from Great Neack, NY on April 5, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product all around! Very pleased and easy install, thanks to crutchfield. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants great sound for their ipod and radio.



    Almost perfect

    Written by: Matthew from Davis, CA on April 5, 2009

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D-T
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm pleased but there are a couple of quirks. First, it works great with my ipod but not my wife's ipod mini (ancient) Thing is, all you really need is a USB flash drive; since it plays AAC (itunes) format, you don't have to convert the files, just drag and drop onto your flash drive.

    The two quirks, first, when using the USB drive, if I have an album directory with only a single song in it, it doesn't seem to find it. So that's a bug.

    The other thing involves the radio presents. They're a hassle to select while driving. It requires you to push a button, spin the wheel to your selection, and hit select.... 3 actions, and looking at the screen.

    The maddening thing is, there's at least 2 obvious places Alpine could have put this function. Using the dual-action knob, when you push in and select left or right, it currently doesn't do anything in the radio mode. This would have been perfect to select through the presets. The next best thing would be to have a mode where you could use the left/right seek arrows to cycle presets.



    Just doesn't work...

    Written by: 06Wrangler from Middletown, DE on March 30, 2009

    I liked Alpine, until I tried to make it work with Sirius. Their product simply doesn't work. I've been through 2 head units, 2 sirius tuners, and the techs at alpine can only say, it's a known issue... engineering is working on it. That's nice, but I'm paying sirius a monthly fee, and 2 months have gone by.

    If you aren't going to do satellite, it's a nice unit. The fact they say it works when it doesn't is disturbing... Not to say it NEVER worked for me, it did, about half a year. Just odd that replacing every component wasn't enough to fix it.. They straight up know that the product is jacked.. I think they should pull it back until it's fixed...



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: David from Dothan, AL on March 30, 2009

    2008 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Head unit with SIRIUS and IMPRINT.

    The Good: Works as advertised and write-up says. Great control over the sound. If use IMPRINT processor, you have full control over bass, treble, base volume, fade, balance, etc. You cannot access any sound equalization with an IMPRINT curve active, but this is what the IMPRINT processor is there to do for you and it does it very well. Great combination!

    The Bad: There is no way from the controls on the head unit to switch from one preset to the next by pressing a single button. You must press 'presets' button, turn the wheel to scroll down the list on the screen, then punch the center button to select the highlighted preset. Too many steps! Also, as you scroll down the preset list on the screen they are labeled 'preset 1; preset2' etc. so you must remember what each preset represents. Two ways around this so I'm OK with it: (1) Steering wheel control setup and (2) the separate remote control (Alpine RUE-4202) also has that feature (for my passenger), so I'm happy.

    You cannot connect your head unit illumination wire to your car illumination wire if your car uses a rheostat type setup to dim your dash at night. I connected the head unit illumination wire to my parking lights, all per instructions; I just wish it worked to dim with my dash lights rheostat!

    Note: If you use an IMPRINT processor, remember to switch the 'NORMAL -> EXT AP' switch on the bottom of the head unit! If you do not, the sound quality is poor!



    Easy to use

    Written by: Andrew from Wailuku, HI on March 22, 2009

    2007 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver two weeks ago but it was back ordered. Surprisingly enough, when Crutchfield did get it back in stock, it shipped free UPS 2 Day Air. Being from Hawaii, I usually expect to pay more for shipping. But that's a customer service issue.

    The receiver itself is easy to use. When I was getting the harnesses connected together and taking my dash apart to install it, I was getting eager to see how it operated. Once connected and powered up, functions are similar to how an iPod functions. Which really makes this very easy to use.

    What bugs me is that the printed owners manual is more-so a quick start guide. Alpine does supply an actual owners manual on a cd dish that's provided. I think it would've been much more convenient for Alpine to have printed it out and put it together like past manuals. It's a bit cumbersome to have my laptop with me in order to get things set up in a more in depth way.

    My only other gripe(s) are that there is no remote and the faceplate feels a bit cheap. Other than that, I would recommend this receiver to anyone that's looking for one without a CD player.



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Larry from Wichita, KS on March 14, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all, Crutchfield's Master Sheets are great and it is nice having all of the needed accessories included with your order.

    I wish they came with paper manuals (CD provided) or at least a useful quick start guide. Also the silver knob and some of the buttons have a cheap look and feel compared to the iDA-X200.

    Bluetooth: Bluetooth works great! Caller ID provides name if the person calling is in your phonebook and phone number if they are not. Audio is awesome on receive side and no complaints from callers about the handsfree.

    Ipod: iPod controls are fairly straight forward, the best I have seen for a head unit so far, but there is room for improvement like telling you which playlist you are in and other minor things like that. I still haven't found a good use for the jog wheel yet. Guess I need to read the instructions......

    Head unit: Good overall control of audio. High frequencies seem to get a little harsh at higher listening levels, like the amp is straining a bit.

    I would like to see a parametric equalizer added as part of the base unit rather than having to purchase the imprint unit. I would like to see better / more intuitive use of the jog wheel function of the main control. Also, Alpine has clung to the 6 station preset 1/ preset 2 model for FM tuning. All the stations appear in a list, and it would be much easier to have them all in one list with no limit on the number of presets.



    Not very happy.....

    Written by: kevin from Hinesville, GA on March 8, 2009

    I am all the time listening to music on my Ipod, so I figured what better radio to get than the x305? I am regretting that decision. I have had my Ipod for over a year now and never even knew you could reset them until I hooked it up to this radio. In the last two weeks, I have had to reset the Ipod at least once every other day. A couple of the buttons on the face don't work properly, and what kind of manufacturer sells an in-dash radio without a remote?? I also purchased the bluetooth kit for this radio, and again......a complete waste of money. It connects with my phone, but when it does, the radio switches to the bluetooth audio mode, and I have to actually turn the radio off and back on again to get it to switch back to the radio or the Ipod. seriously, I think this thing is horrible and should not be sold anymore, or at least until Alpine works out these kinks........



    Not sure I like the aesthetics

    Written by: Carl from Charlotte, NC on March 3, 2009

    2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit installed for about one week. I purchased based on the integration with iPhone.

    - integration with iPhone and BT are great (although I had to spend the extra $ for the BT integration which other units include in the H/U price)
    - after restarting the car, the iPhone resumes playing the song where you left off (see note in Cons below though)

    - the face of the H/U is really cheap looking
    - at least one other post commented on the chrome plastic trim and after looking at and using it for one week I have to agree - additionally the color screen is cool, but I'm not looking at the screen while driving

    if i turn the car off without changing the source to something other than iPod, the next time I start the car, the H/U doesn't play sound from the iPhone - i have to change source, disconnect the iphone and reconnect

    i'm disappointed with the sound - granted i have an '01 CLK 430 and I had the top of the line Bose H/U in there and I chose to replace the unit for iPod integration and BT (if I had done it the "mercedes" way it would have cost me close to $1300 and iPod navigation was not included on the H/U)



    Alpine iDA-X305

    Written by: Anonymous from Texas on February 28, 2009

    I just installed this receiver and can't be happier. I went to a local car audio dealer and with installation, accessories and the reciever it was going to cost $450. Through Crutchfield I saved $150 installing it myself and don't have a single regret. Everything I needed came with my purchase, including the instructions for my vehicle down to what size sockets to use to install it. The iPod interface is the easiest to use on the market and charges the iPod at the same time. The sound is remarkable and the ease of use is just as great. Great customer service and a great product!



    Great Item

    Written by: Brandon from Winnsboro, LA on February 24, 2009

    2006 Chevrolet Aveo

    What else can I say. This is the first Alpine head unit I have purchased and I am really enjoying it. It syncs flawlessly with my iPhone (the reason I purchase it). I will say that there were a couple of minor modifications I had to make to the new mounting bracket. But overall I am totally pleased with my purchase. The instructions I received from Crutchfield made the installation go easy.



    Love it

    Written by: Phil from Sacramento, Ca on February 16, 2009

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spent a few weeks researching this. One of the main reasons I like it is the iPhone integration. It is flawless. changing tracks, albums, and playlists is simple and idiot proof.

    The Sirius integration is seemless and i really love the search for artist and song. I didnt even know that was an option and it is pretty sweet to find any artist playing on any station.

    The lack of the CD/DVD player in it was a bit of a sticky issue when deciding on it. I almost didnt get it because of it, but am very happy i got it without one. The minor issue of ripping a cd takes 5 minutes or less of my time and I have my flash drive in the house often anyway.

    As for looks, I like it. the big wheel is easy to grab and turn and the settings are easy to adjust. I'm not blind, but I really like that the text is larger than most players and easy to read. The retro clock feature is fun, but I have an in vehicle clock otherwise i would use it more.

    I really like the rear hookups on this. the USB cable actually screws into the back of the deck and all the other cables ahve some sort of retaining clip. Overall it was well thought out.

    Only downside so far is the price of the Bluetooth module as it isnt built in. I found this strange because it has so much more internal room without a spindle for the CD/DVD but it wasnt a showstopper for me. I will pick one up when the price drops a lot more.



    Great head unit

    Written by: Chris from Indiana on February 13, 2009

    2003 Honda Civic

    I'v had this for a couple weeks now. I have never owned a X100, so I can't compare it to that. On it own, its a very nice head unit. Plugs in and charges my iPhone 3G. Plays everything that audio out on the iPhone would play(ie. Pandora,, game audio, etc.), but does not display the apps name or anything, just the ipod function, which is what I expected. I always have it display the clock anyways, so that doesn't much matter to me.

    I have a stock civic (03 sedan), with stock speakers, and this head unit definitely drives the speakers much better than the stock unit. The bass is fuller, and the treble is sharper. Once I get my Focals in, it should make a much bigger difference.

    The menus are easy to navigate, and the interface works well. You get used to the buttons in a minute or so. I wish I could find websites to download the background themes on, but for the life of me, I can't. the blue looks good, but the red/pink screen setting looks, well, pink. I wish there were more settings for the LED colors, but I like both the red and blue. Again, I just need a good screen color to match the red.

    The chrome is a little cheap looking, but I don't like chrome on anything, much less a plastic dial. If it was brushed aluminum, then it would look killer.

    Overall I think this is a great head unit if you want good sound with a big screen in a 1DIN unit.




    Written by: Alex from Boston, MA on January 29, 2009

    2003 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No improvements in firmware since iDA-X100.

    The chrome looks cheap and out of place - the "all black" design of iDA-X100 was so much better.

    Random mode does not work well when playing from a flash drive - keeps picking the same three artist over and over.

    The major complaint about iDA-X100 was the ridiculuosly large font. No improvents with the X305 either.

    There many many other weak point in the user interface - e.g. when playing a flash drive switching to "random all" mode requires like 8 presses on different buttons - at the same time there are unused buttons on the faceplate. Or having FM1/FM2 bands - it was needed when there were dedicated "1...6" buttons in order to have 12 presets - why to have it now when presets are selected through the menu??? These two are just examples - there are many others. It was forgivable in iDA-X100 since it was the first release but now it just very poor design.

    I was holding off for iDA-X305 hoping at least some issues would be addressed. I wish I have had purchased iDA-X100 instead and saved myself time and money.

    BTW, I am quite pleased with Crutchfield service and installation kit / instructions - 5 stars there.



    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • AM/FM/Digital Media receiver
    • Control panel (installed)
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (10-amp fuse)
    • 8" 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)
    • Soft carrying pouch
    • 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)
    • 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 2
    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 Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Alpine iDA-X305 is an in-dash digital media receiver with an AM/FM tuner, a rear-panel USB input, and a 2.2" full color TFT 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. The iDA-X305 is a dedicated receiver that provide seamless control of your iPod, iPhone and many other popular digital devices right from the headunit. The iDA-X305 receiver offers enhanced features for a more robust iPod-listening experience that meets the specifications for "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" compatibility.

    Display Features
    External Device Connection
    Audio Section
    Sound Processing
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    2.2" Color LCD Display: You can easily view your iPod Album Art on a High-Resolution 2.2-inch color TFT display and select from three different screen view options on the iDA-X305 with great visibility even in direct sunlight.

    • Song and track information
    • Album Art image and song information
    • Clock/Calendar display

    Wallpaper: You can select the background color of the display between two types (Blue or Red). Wallpapers can be downloaded only when in USB memory mode. Wallpaper data is available at a website designed for Alpine product Owners. Download the wallpaper to your USB flash memory. Upload the Wallpaper from the flash memory to this unit.

    Dual Illumination: You can decide between blue or red illumination buttons on the faceplate.

    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. 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. You can also set the illumination of the headunit manually.

    Double-Action Rotary Encoder Knob: The iDA-X305 comes with a large Double-Action Rotary Encoder Knob for maximum control over all music search functions like QuickSearch for finding your songs or adjusting your volume. This knob can be detached from the face-plate for anti-theft purposes, the display however remains on the front panel. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the control panel non-detachable, if desired. The unit comes with a soft fabric carrying pouch with a drawstring to protect the control panel when detached.

    Angle Mounting: Alpine recommends mounting the iDA-X305 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    External Device Controls

    Built-In iPod Interface: The iDA-X305 uses a rear-panel USB connection (80" USB cable included) and comes supplied with a 6" iPod dock connector cable to connect select iPods and provide ultra-fast digital data transfer so songs are loaded instantly through the receiver. The iDA-X305 allows connection, audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod using a USB connection.  With the USB connection you get the fastest speed available and a direct digital connection to the unit's 24-bit DAC. Sound quality is maximized by using USB along with the 24-Bit D/A converter, allowing for an incredible Signal to Noise ratio of 105dB. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. You can choose between three display modes (Track Number/Elapsed Time, Song Name/Artist Name, or Song Name/Album Name). You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcasts, Audiobooks, or Composer searches. For especially large music libraries, Alpine created the Percentage Search function to use the headunit's preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list. You can skip through your music in 10% increments. You can even use Alphabet Search to jump through your lengthy list of music by skipping through the letters of the alphabet. Once you have the letter you want, simply scroll to the exact song. During iPod playback, you can activate any of the following playback modes: 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), or Repeat Play (a single song is repeatedly played back). Instead of starting all over from the search menu, you can simply press the Back button on the receiver to go back one step (works just like your iPod). When you are playing a song if you press the back button it will take you back to the place in the menu where you selected the song. When you add Alpine's HD Radio module (500TUAT550, sold separately), and you hear a song you like, simply press and hold the iTunes Tagging button on the iDA-X305. This iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on HD Radio stations and stores the info on your connected iPod. The next time you connect your iPod to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them from directly from iTunes. The Alpine iDA-X305 is "made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of Dec. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note:  The controls on the iPod are not functional when connected. The iDA-X305 does not support any video transfer. Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    USB Memory Mode: The iDA-X305 can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a USB Memory device (also known as a "thumb drive") formatted in FAT 12, 16, or 32. MP3 files can be recorded with bit rates of 16-320 kbps, WMA files can have 16-320 kbps bit rates, and AAC files can have 16-320 kbps. This unit can recognize up to 1,000 folders and up to 10,000 files. The unit's display shows song, album, and artist title, and elapsed time. If no tag information exists, the display shows the track number and elapsed time. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback from a USB memory device, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name. 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. Additionally you can connect and control MP3 players like the iRiver Clix, Creative Zen, or Toshiba Gigabeat, using the MTP protocol.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (700XMALP1, sold separatley).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: There a two ways to connect a SIRIUS tuner to the iDA-X305:
      • 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 (700SIRALPC, sold separatley) directly to the head unit
      • SIRIUS Plug and Play: the KCA-SC100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface and the SCVDOC1 SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (700SIRALPP, sold separately) 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 XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input adapter (113KCA121B, sold separately). You cannot connect this auxiliary input and a CD-changer at the same time.

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

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter (500KCE400B, 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. In addition to the wireless connection and hands-free operation, you also get caller ID, phone book access, and on-screen call information. With select compatible phones with streaming audio capability, you can listen to and control music stored on your phone and have it stream through your Alpine system.

    HD Radio Ready: The iDA-X305 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550, sold separately) 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-X305 is compatible with Alpine Ai-NET CD changers. 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.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable (500KCA121B, sold separately) you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR or portable unit through the headunit's AI-Net port.

    Note: When using this auxiliary adapter, you cannot connect a CD-changer to the headunit.

    Audio Section

    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.

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4-channel
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4-channel

    Sound Quality: The iDA-X305 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).

    Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume.

    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.

    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. You can select either System1 or System2 for the desired subwoofer effect.

    • Subwoofer System 1: subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting
    • Subwoofer System 2: subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting; even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible

    Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.

    Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    Sound Processing(with optional PXA-H100)

    Imprint: With the addition of the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box (500PXAH100, sold separately) and KTX-H100 tuning kit (500KTXH100, sold separately) 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.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wireless Remotes: The iDA-X305 does not include a remote control. It is compatible with two optional wireless remotes; RUE-4190 (500RUE4190, sold separately) and RUE-4202 (500RUE4202, sold separately).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The iDA-X305 has a steering remote control input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately), 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.

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