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Alpine IVA-D300

DVD/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with retractable 7" monitor

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by Matt Freeman
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DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Winner of a 2004 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Award for excellence in design and engineering, Alpine's groundbreaking IVA-D300 DVD receiver offers PulseTouch™ technology, a system of vibrations and sound that simulates the feel of real buttons and sliders on a screen that's completely flat. It even simulates different sizes and contours for different buttons, so you'll be able to whip through the system without taking your eyes off the road.

When you're parked (with the emergency brake engaged), you can use the 7" LCD as a display for your DVD movies and videos (it'll play DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs, as well as your conventional, store-bought discs). PulseTouch offers direct control of DVD menu options — pop a DVD in, and you'll be able to navigate through its options by simply touching the screen. Talk about convenience!

On the musical side of things, it supports a wide variety of formats, including discs loaded with MP3 or WMA files. The receiver features plenty of power, as well as the potent Bass Engine® Plus, which lets you adjust the tone of your music and movie soundtracks until it sounds just right. MediaXpander restores vitality and fullness that's often lost in the compression process, especially in your music files.

To get your system sounding perfect, use Alpine's exclusive i-Personalize™ feature. It allows you to create customized, vehicle-specific Bass Engine setups on Alpine's website, burn them to a disc, and upload them onto the IVA-D300.

The IVA-D300's hideaway box (which houses most of the inputs and outputs) provides a set of audio/video inputs, so you can connect another source, such as a video game console. Connect a rear-seat monitor and wireless headphones to the set of audio/video outputs, and expand the fun. While you're driving, you can listen to one source (such as the radio), while your backseat passengers play video games or watch movies.

The IVA-D300 also will control an optional Alpine DVD/CD changer for even more variety, and features a dedicated input for an Alpine navigation system. There's also an input for a backup camera, in case you'd like to up your safety quotient. The receiver also controls an XM Satellite Radio tuner; add an antenna and subscription for more than 100 channels of the best radio entertainment around. The IVA-D300 also accepts SIRIUS satellite radio via the SIR-ALP1 tuner (not included).

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Highlights:

  • motorized, retractable 7" LCD video monitor
  • PulseTouch™ display
  • DVD menu direct-touch control
  • monitor angle adjustment
  • detachable anti-theft cover
  • plays DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 and WMA discs
  • displays MP3 file information
  • Bass Engine® Plus
    • 4-channel time correction
    • 3-position high-/low-pass crossover
    • bass and treble center frequency control
    • subwoofer level and phase control
  • MediaXpander
  • XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio controls
  • multi-zone capable
  • iPersonalize
  • visual EQ
  • MaxTune SQ tuner
  • Ai-Net CD/DVD changer controls
  • audio/video inputs
  • navigation input
  • rear camera input
  • audio/video outputs
  • 3 sets of 2-volt preamp outputs
  • 18 watts RMS/50 watts peak x 4 channels (CEA-2006 Compliant)
  • DVD/CD signal-to-noise ratio 105 dB
  • DVD/CD frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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RMS Power Output
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18 watts
Peak Output
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50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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N/A
Preamp Outputs
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6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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Key Button Color
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Blue/Green
EQ Bands
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4
Wireless Remote
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Optional
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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Optional
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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XM
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9.3 dBf
European Tuning
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Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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  • Mobile Multimedia Station with 7" wide LCD monitor (in-dash unit)
  • Sleeve
  • Anti-theft face cover
  • Trim ring
  • FM/AM Tuner unit (hideaway unit)
  • DC/DC converter
  • 10' Antenna extension cable (with one male and one female Motorola connector)
  • 10' Monitor extension cable (has a 26-pin male connector on one end and a 26-pin female connector on the other end)
  • 21" Wiring harness with in-line 10-amp fuse/fuse holder
  • 12" Wiring harness with 6-pin Molex plug and 4 wires with bullet connectors (Remote in-out/Reverse/Monitor control)
  • 9.75' Power supply harness with in-line 10-amp fuse/fuse holder
  • 3" Parking brake lead with attached red pinch connector
  • 2 Red pinch connectors
  • One 2-piece Velcro strip (2" x 1/2")
  • 2 Tuner box mounting brackets
  • 2 Mobile Multimedia Station mounting brackets
  • 4 Hex/Phillips-head screws each with flat washers (M4 x 6mm)
  • 8 Countersunk Phillips-head screws (M4 x 3mm)
  • 6 Phillips/flange-head self-tapping screws (M4 x 14mm)
  • 4 Phillips/pan-head screws (M4 x 8mm)
  • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Supplemental Information sheet
  • Correction sheet
  • Customer Care Registration card

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Features
i-Personalize
DVD/Video CD Controls
Changer Controls
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Dimensions

Features

Mobile Multimedia Station: Alpine's line of Ai-NET Mobile Multimedia Stations allow you to connect and control a wide range of in-car audio and visual systems, such as DVD/CD/MP3 changers, rear seat monitors, and navigation systems, from an in-dash control center and hideaway tuner unit.

Motorized, 7" Wide Touchscreen Monitor: The IVA-D300 has a motorized 7" wide, touchscreen monitor (with 16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor and system information display.

PulseTouch: The unit's touchscreen features "PulseTouch," which provides tactile feedback, along with audible and visual confirmation, to the user to confirm the input of commands. It uses different vibrations and pressures that simulate what it feels like when you tap a real button, hold a button down, move a slider or touch where no screen commands exist.

Automatic Monitor Opening/Closing: When the Automatic Opening/Closing mode is set to "Full," the monitor automatically opens when the ignition key is turned to the "Acc" or "On" position. When the mode is set to "Manual", the monitor must be opened and closed using the Open/Close button. When the mode is set to "Close", the monitor automatically closes when the ignition key is turned off.

Monitor Angle/Slide Adjustment: You can adjust the monitor's angle and slide position for better visibility. The screen angle can be adjusted between 40 and 105 degrees. The monitor's position can set to the normal position or slid forward approximately 1/2" ("front position") to clear possible dash obstructions.

Flat Angle Setting: When you want to operate some vehicle controls (air conditioner, etc.) that are hidden behind the raised monitor, you can temporarily position the monitor at a flat angle by pressing the "Open/Flat" button on the front panel. After 10 seconds in the flat position, the monitor moves back to its original angle.

Anti-theft Face Cover: An black plastic front panel cover is provided with this unit. When you leave the vehicle, the cover can be placed over the face plate as an anti-theft device.

Video Lock-out Feature: For safety and legal reasons, the IVA-D300 features a video lock-out feature to prevent the viewing of a video source while the vehicle is in motion. To watch a video source, the vehicle must be parked with the ignition in the ACC or ON position. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged, disengaged, and engaged again while the foot brake is held in.

Dual Screen Display: When an Alpine AMP Link-compatible external amplifier is connected to this unit, you can display the operating parameters of the amplifier, such as temperature, voltage, and current draw.

Illumination Control: You can select one of the following dimmer settings:

  • Auto: adjusts the brightness of the background illumination of the monitor depending on the ambient light in your vehicle
  • On: keeps the background illumination of the monitor dark
  • Off: keeps the background illumination of the monitor bright

Background Screen: You have a choice of 5 different background textures. These backgrounds are visible when a CD, MP3/WMA, or the tuner is selected. When "Auto Background" is activated, the background texture will change each time the ignition key is turned off and turned on again.

Display Modes: You can select one of the following display modes:

  • Mode 1 (Wide): evenly stretches a 4:3 picture horizontally to fit the wide screen monitor
  • Mode 2 (Zoom): displays a normal picture wider to fit in the wide screen monitor by unevenly stretching out the edges more than the center of the picture.
  • Mode 3 (Cinema): displays a 4:3 picture by stretching out the picture horizontally and vertically. This mode is good for displaying a cinema-type picture with a 16:9 ratio.
  • Mode 4 (Normal): displays a 4:3 picture at the center of the screen with a vertical black band at each side

Blackout Display Mode: When the Blackout mode is activated, the display turns off to reduce power consumption. The additional power made available by turning off the display helps enhance sound quality.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3 and WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats; constant and variable bit rates from 32 kbps to 320 kbps are supported for MP3 and 32 kbps to 192 kbps for WMA. Discs recorded using Joliet, Romeo, or other ISO 9660 compliant formats can be played, but file and folder names may not be displayed correctly. CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode CD, Enhanced CD (CD-Extra) and multi-session recordings are supported, but recordings made using Track At Once or packet writing cannot be correctly played back. Discs containing both standard CD audio and MP3 data can be played; the unit may be set to play only the CD audio tracks or both types of tracks. ID3 tag v1 and WMA tag are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

Disc and Station Titling: Titles of up to 16 characters in length may be entered for up to 100 radio stations and discs (CD, Video CD) combined; titles cannot be input for DVDs or MP3 discs. You can use upper and lower case letters, numerals, and symbols in the names.

Max Tune SQ Tuner: The IVA-D300 incorporates the Max Tune SQ tuner for the highest quality tuner audio. You can choose between three settings to suit your own sound preferences and usage: Normal, Hi-Fi (sound quality priority), Stable (noiseless priority setting).

Interrupt Feature (NAV.MIX) With an Alpine navigation system connected to the IVA-D300, the voice guidance of the navigation system will be mixed with the radio or CD audio. You can adjust the volume level of the voice guidance. If you use this unit connected to an external audio processor, use the built in amplifier. You cannot use this function with an external amplifier.

XM Radio Ready: An optional XM Satellite Radio tuner may be connected to, and controlled by, this unit. The optional tuner, along with an antenna and subscription, allows you to receive XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio programming features up to 100 channels of digital-quality music, news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

Auxiliary Input Ready: With the addition of the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable, the KCA-801B auxiliary input adapter, or the KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal, the audio from an auxiliary source can be played through this unit. When the KCA-121B interface cable is used, a CD changer cannot be connected to the head unit; the KCA-801B auxiliary input adapter allows you to connect an auxiliary source and an Ai-NET changer to the head unit. The KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal allows you to feed audio from up to two auxiliary sources and two Ai-NET CD changers to the head unit.

MobileHub Link: Using the MobileHub Link, you can connect an optional Junction Box and a portable telephone (available from Nokia), allowing you to control the incoming and outgoing calls from the head unit. You can also store telephone numbers in an address book and speed dial memory.

i-Personalize

Overview: The Alpine IVA-D300 features i-Personalize, which provides the user an extraordinary degree of system personalization. You can select from a wide variety of audio, video and display modes to suit your personal tastes.

MX (MediaXpander): The MediaXpander 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 expansion modes for each of the following internal sources: CD, FM, Compressed Media (MP3/WMA) and XM Radio. There are three expansion modes for DVD (Movie 1 & 2 and Music) and three expansion mode for auxiliary sources (MP3, Movie, and Music).

Bass Engine Plus: Bass Engine functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine Plus includes the following functions:

  • Bass Max EQ Mode: You can select from 10 EQ presets: Flat, Rock, Pops, Jazz, Electric, Hip Hop, Easy, Country, Classic, News, and Custom (custom can be adjusted in the parametric EQ).
  • Parametric EQ: You can adjust the following items:
    • Center Frequency:
      • High: 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz
      • Mid-High: 500Hz, 700Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz
      • Mid-Low: 100Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz
      • Low: 40Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz
    • Level: -12dB to +12dB
    • Bandwidth (Q):
      • High: 1.0
      • Mid-High: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
      • Mid-Low: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0
      • Low: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
  • 4-Channel Digital Time Correction: The time correction feature allows you to create virtual speaker positions by delaying the signals being sent to the speakers closest to you. When the correct delay times have been entered for the front right, front left, rear right and rear left speakers, all sounds reach your ears at the same time, providing optimized imaging and frequency response. Using the Bass Focus adjustment, the time difference between the front-rear/left-right speakers can be adjusted at the same time. Time correction settings can be saved in one of 6 preset memories.
  • 3-Position 12dB/Octave Crossover: An 80Hz/120Hz/160Hz low-pass filter is available for the subwoofer outputs, and an 80Hz/120Hz/160Hz high-pass filter is available for the front right, front left, rear right and rear left preamp outputs. Either, or both, filters may be turned off.
  • Subwoofer Switch/Phase Selector: The phase of the subwoofer outputs may be set to normal (0 degrees), reverse (180 degrees) or off; this function allows you to minimize phase cancellation of bass frequencies, for stronger bass response.

Visual EQ Mode: allows you to select one of the following preset modes suitable for the subject image:

  • Night Mode: suitable for movies in which dark scenes frequently appear
  • Soft: suitable for CGs and animated films
  • Sharp: suitable for old movies where images are not clearly shown
  • Contrast: suitable for recent movies
  • User Memory (P-1, P-2): You can change and save Brightness, Color, Tint, Contrast, and Sharpness values from any of the presets in up to two user memories

Data Download: You can download data from Alpine's website to a CD-R or CD-RW, then upload and store the data in the IVA-D300. Parametric EQ, Time Correction, and Crossover data are memorized in a preset for each mode.

Amp Link: When the IVA-D300 is connected to an optional Alpine MRD-M301 or MRD-M501 amplifier you can set and make adjustments to the amp from the unit. In addition to the 20+ settings you can make, you can also name each amplifier and display the amp status on the screen. Up to eight "Amp Link-compatible" amplifiers can be linked together in this manner.

External Audio Processor: When an optional Alpine external audio processor is connected to this unit, you can operate it from the unit. Dozens of settings can be adjusted, including crossover adjustment, time correction, phase switching, EQ adjustments, surround sound adjustments, and speaker levels.

DVD/Video CD Controls

DVD Menu Direct Touch Control: The unique PulseTouch touchscreen allows you to activate selections on the DVD main menu by directly touching the screen on the desired selection instead of navigating choices using cursors.

DVD Control Menu: During DVD playback, the control menu is accessible by touching the screen. The 2-page menu appears at the bottom of the screen allowing you to skip tracks forward or backward, stop or pause playback, access the DVD menu, change the audio language, subtitle language, camera angles, and change the display modes. You can also access a "10-key" numeric keyboard for direct chapter access. If desired, you can access a more traditional cursor-type menu for DVD control.

Dolby Digital and DTS Compatibility: When the optical digital output (standard Toslink) on the rear of the head unit is connected to an optional Alpine digital audio processor, you can enjoy Dolby Digital and DTS surround.

Pre-stop Function: When the Pre-stop function is used, the position at which playback is stopped is stored in the memory, and playback resumes from that position.

Step/Slow Motion Playback: When a DVD or Video CD is in the pause mode, you may move forward through the program being played one step (frame) at a time, or in one of the following slow motion speeds: 1/2 or 1/8. Slow motion playback is not possible in the reverse direction.

Fast-Forward/Fast-Reverse: While a DVD or Video CD is playing, you can view the program in double speed in either direction by touching and holding the fast-forward or fast-reverse button on the touchscreen for more than 1 second. If held for 5 or more seconds, playback at 8x speed in the selected direction will begin.

Repeat Playback: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title or the current chapter. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc.

Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Parental Lock: Parental Lock allows you to restrict the playback of DVDs that are unsuitable for younger viewers. You can select a parental lock rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Digital Output: You can select a digital output setting of Auto or LPCM. When set to Auto, the digital output is switched automatically according to the type of audio signals being played. When set to LPCM, the audio signals recorded on the disc are converted to 48kHz/16-bit (for DVDs) or 44.1kHz (for Video CDs and CDs) linear PCM audio signals for output.

Controls for Add-on Components: The IVA-D300 can control the following optional add-on components: Navigation System, DVD changer, CD changer, XM receiver, and audio processor.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is compatible with 6 and 12-disc Alpine Ai-NET CD changers; also, this unit can control Alpine Ai-NET CD/MP3 changers and DVD changers. Alpine M-Bus CD changers cannot be controlled by this unit.

Multiple Changer Control: With the addition of an optional adapter, more than one CD changer can be controlled. One KCA-400C adapter will allow you to connect up to 4 CD changers, and two KCA-400C adapters will allow you to connect up to a total of 6 CD changers. You can also use the KCA-410C Versitile Link adapter to connect 2 changers and 2 auxiliary input sources.

Text Display: When connected to a text capable changer, this unit can display text data from CD Text encoded CDs and MP3 CDs.

Disc Titling: When connected to a CD changer with disc title memory, CD titles may be entered and displayed for discs played in the changer. The title length and title capacity varies depending on the model of CD changer used.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Optical Digital Output: There is a standard Toslink optical digital output on the back of the monitor for connecting the unit to an optional audio processor. The optical cable is supplied with the processor.

Navigation Input: Located on the hideaway unit, the IVA-D300 provides a 13-pin RGB jack for connecting an optional Alpine navigation system.

Display Connections: The in-dash monitor has a 26-pin male plug on the end of a 9" pigtail for connecting the in-dash unit to the hideaway tuner unit. A 10' extension cable is supplied, giving you more options for places to mount the hideaway unit.

Preamp Outputs: The IVA-D300 provides preamp outputs for front, rear, and subwoofer channels. These RCA preouts are located on the hideaway unit.

Rear Camera Input: A single composite video input is provided for an optional rear-view camera. If a rear-view camera is connected, you should also connect the reverse lead (orange/white wire in main power harness) to the vehicle's back-up lamp circuit. When properly connected, the image from the rear-view camera appears on the monitor when the vehicle is shifted into reverse.

Ai-NET: One Ai-NET connector is provided for connecting a CD changer, DVD changer, or other Ai-Net compatible component.

Auxiliary Input: Stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack are provided for connecting an external video source such as a VCR, DVD player, or video game.

Auxiliary Output: Stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack are provided for feeding A/V signals to an optional video monitor.

Remote In/Out: A 6-pin female Molex jack allows you to connect the remote control plugs from an optional video monitor or TV tuner. The IVA-D300 does not include a remote control, but some functions of the unit can be controlled by the remote control from a connected monitor. Note: Some optional Alpine monitors have touchscreen controls requiring connection of monitor control wire of the remote harness.

AV Selector: A multi-pin connector (protected by a yellow plastic cover) allows you to connect the IVA-D300 to the VPE-S431 Video Switcher/Expansion box. The optional expansion box lets you connect multiple audio/video sources as well as additional monitors.

Amp Link Connector: The hideaway unit includes a 10-pin female jack (labeled "Ext. Out") for connecting the IVA-D300 to the KCE-510M Amplifier Link box. Connected amplifiers can be controlled, and the operating status of each amplifier can be displayed on the monitor. Up to 8 Amp Link-compatible Alpine amplifiers can be daisy chained together in this manner.

Antenna Connector: The female Motorola jack for connecting the vehicle's antenna is located on the hideaway/tuner unit, not the in-dash monitor. A 10' antenna extension cable is provided for routing the signals from the vehicle's antenna to the hideaway unit.

Power Connections: Constant power and ground must be provided to the in-dash monitor. Constant power, switched power, and ground must be provided to the hideaway/tuner unit. The supplied DC/DC converter box should be mounted in the dash (a 21" cable leading from the in-dash monitor unit is provided). Extra-long speaker wires are included in the main power harness that plugs into the hideaway unit.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • FM/AM Tuner Unit: W=7.019" (approximately 9-3/4" wide with harnesses and cables plugged in), H=1.577", D=10.812"
  • DC/DC Converter: W=3.701", H=0.885", D=3.734"
 
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By xciter101, Porterdale, GA on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
 
I am a die-hard Pioneer fan, but I love this unit. Had it installed new back in '04, traded it to a friend who traded it to a friend, who I traded back for. It's in its 5th vehicle now and is still awesome for its age. The motors that move the screen have gotten noisey, but still works flawlessly.
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5 out of 5

Well it's an ALPINE what more needs to be said.

Written By dbrown36, Columbus, Ga / Midland,Fla on Wednesday, December 07, 2005
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Hello,
I got my D300 on sale for $850.00! So as far as price goes you just can't do any better for this near top of the line ALPINE. I got this head to replace a top of the line ALPINE TUNER (preamp only) head that has served me very well in my IASCA sound car. In my setup I'm using fiber from the head to an ALPINE PXA-H510 DSP mounted in the trunk with this setup the sound is VERY CLEAN. Now keep in mind I'm using fiber to a PXA-H510 so I am NOT using the D/A converter(s), preamp stage, or the powered stages of the D300 so I can only assume they are in keeping with ALPINE quality. Installation of the D300 went very fast under 2 hrs keeping full function of OnStar (but this did replace a alpine so that did help a lot) after I installed the D300 I played with it for hrs, it's just fun to play with and the controls are well laid out and easy to use making switching sources very fast. (Fm, XM, Changer, DVD, even Reverse Camera LOL)(if sources are installed).
But I do have very small problems with the D300:
1) The DVD picture quality is less then what I expected it looked grainy at times.
2) The D300 will not control my PXA-H510 like I would have liked for it to.
3) ALPINE locks out making system setup changes when driving, I can understand this to a point but then again I think it's silly to pull over on the side of the road and turn on the park break to make a quick change to a system setup setting.

With that said this is a GREAT unit getting 5 stars from me because over 99% of people will never use the system setup menus or outboard DSP like I do, so my few dislikes will never be a problem for them. I hope this helps
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5 out of 5

Authorized, great support, Excellent Unit=GREAT VALUE

Written By Erin, Hartselle, Al on Friday, December 02, 2005
 
My decision was between this model and the newer model (IVA-D310). I had been looking at getting this player for over a year, and finally decided to go for this one and save myself the $500. I realize the newer model can be bought on the internet for roughly $1200, but you really can't beat the assurance of warranty and help that Crutchfield provides.

After receiving the unit I excitedly began my install. I placed the hideaway unit under my rear passenger seat, which made for easy installation and access to my amps' RCA cables. I ran the wiring harness and cables to the brain under my carpeting in my 2000 4-door explorer. The install in this vehicle is way easy. The paneling and carpeting come right off and snap back into place. I had a little difficulty locating the parking brake and foot brake wires, but after 5 minutes with Crutchfield's techs, everything was working great.

The unit itself is magnificent. I previously owned an Alpine CDA-9855 and a 9807 HU. I loved the sound quality of both and was a little concerned about this unit not being up to par, especially considering it only has 2v pre-outs. This was not an issue. In fact, the quality is better in my opinion. There are a lot more features than the 9855 has, and a lot more personlization. The ONLY drawback to this unit is the fact it doesn't have an LCD readout while the monitor is closed. But, in all honesty, I doubt that anyone buying an in-dash is really that concerned about this issue.
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5 out of 5

Best Alpine DVD&CD Player

Written By Mike, New York,N.Y on Saturday, November 26, 2005
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I just purchase this item on 11-18-05,received it with in a couple of days later.I was very happy in my purchase this is one of the best DVD & CD player Alpine ever made,and looks very nice on my 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
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5 out of 5

High Expectations, Even better results

Written By Fidel C, Elmont, Ny on Thursday, November 17, 2005
 
i'm reviewing it just to let people know how great this unit is. It doesn't offer any visualizations that others may have but you'll be just as happy when you see the beautiful screen shift out. The menus are quick to go through and every possible option you could hope for is there... i.e. speaker settings, db's,khz, everything. I even hoked up a power invertor and play ps2 when i'm warming up my car or when im just bored. No longer has the car become a tool to get from a to b.
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4 out of 5

Alpine IVA-D300

Written By Joe, Lexington, KY on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
 
Alpine has come through again. I decided to install this in my 97 expedition and what an excellent choice I made. The install was quite tricky, having to remove the consol and passenger seat to completly install it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 b/c if the antenna extension that has to be used. I think a 10 ft extension allows a little too much noise to come through the radio. Overall I would recomend this to anyone. The quality is GREAT!
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5 out of 5

Alpine..always

Written By David, Ludington, MI on Thursday, September 08, 2005
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Man if they discontinued this product, then the next one will be fantastic. This unit is great, visually shape image, very user friendly to use and install into my 2001 grand am. Thanks Crutchfield
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4 out of 5

great unit

Written By Brendan, Portland, ME on Wednesday, August 24, 2005
 
I have to agree and say that this is one of the best units that i have used. the install was alittle tricky to find the reverse lights but do-able with some help from crutchfield. after 2 months of use i can say that the only down side that i can see is when being used with an iPod. I have the kca-420i adapter and the d300 isnt able to search all the files or view more than 1/3 of my artists. with a limit of viewing 511, artists/albums (currently have 280/453), sofar the max view is less than 100. after a few formats of my ipod its down to only viewing 50 or so. nether Alpine or Crutchfield has any suggestons on how to fix this.
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5 out of 5

best for the price

Written By Matt, Hadley, MA on Wednesday, August 03, 2005
 
This is easily the best head unit Alpine makes for the price. While it takes a while to install, the picture is clear and perfect and it only takes a few seconds to hook up everything you need. Now whenever I want, I can watch dvds of my favorite tv shows, or play my Playstation 2. The sound quality is perfect and the features and options are great as well.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding

Written By Hue, Miami, FL on Monday, July 25, 2005
 
Ok, for those of you who dont know this is Alpine's flagship head unit (Now updated with the IVA-D310), the quality this unit posses is simply amazing. You can customize the audio in every possible way you can imagine, althought a bit complicated for the newcomer this unit has it all, DVD direct touch control, amazing sound output (It features DOLBY 2.0 and DTS 2.0 right out of the box, althought why its not advertised is beyond me) amazing customizability, great picture quality and expandability to control other alpine equipment with touch control.
The only minor drawback is that it doesnt include a remote control, you can use virtually any alpine remote to control this unit
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5 out of 5

Great system

Written By Daniel, St. Cloud, MN on Friday, June 17, 2005
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This is a great product, love the touch screen and the dvd player. Can be complex to operate some of the features without reading the manual while doing it. It was actually farely easy for me to install in my Honda Civic because of knowledge of cars but wish Crutchfield would have offered more detail instructions for hooking up to parking brake and foot brake. Even without those instructions still got it. As other review says be prepared to remove driver or passenger seat to install the hideaway box but even with doing this I installed the whole unit in less than a couple hours hiding cables and everything. If looking at system like this it is well worth the money for it and all the expansion cabiblities.
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5 out of 5

Alpine IVA-D300

Written By kevin, Hackettstown NJ on Sunday, May 01, 2005
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this stereo hand down the most incredibile unit I`ve ever owned ..... installing this wasn`t bad just time consuming , for the $ worth every penny , the cruthfield team was very helpfull in making this purchase kevin
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5 out of 5

THIS MONITOR IS WORTH EVERY PENNY

Written By Erik0210, Dallas, TX on Monday, April 25, 2005
 
I used to have an Eclipse double din monitor installed in my truck. I recently purchased a new D300 and I like it a hundred times more. The expansion capabilities are endless, the picture quality is perfect, and it is so easy to operate. I would recommend the D300 to anyone! I have owned many different units and this one is without a doubt the best! My favortie feature is the Pulse Touch Technology. The monitor actually vibrates and makes a noise when you touch the screen so it feels like you are really pushing a button. When I first got it my installer accidently dropped the monitor on the concrete shop floor, getting it out of the box. I was scared that it would not work because it was about a four foot drop and hit pretty hard. When they powered the monitor on it worked fine and to this day still does! I am very impressed with the durability of Alpine products. If you are thinking about buying anything other than Alpine you are wasting your money. They might cost a little more than some others but you cannot put a price on quality!!!
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5 out of 5

Alpine is Definately Top of the Line

Written By MIke, Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, April 19, 2005
 
This is my second alpine screen, and without a doubt, they are second to none. The screen itself is extremely sharp and crisp, watching dvds on it is very nice. The only downside to Alpine is the cost of add ons. If you want navigation, its an extra 1500, if you want a changer its an extra 300. By time your done building a complete mobile multimedia system, your going to end up shelling out 3 or 4 thousand dollars. The top of line line Pioneer, which includeds tv tuner and navigation is only 2200. But, then again, you are paying for quality.
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5 out of 5

Alpine iva-d300

Written By brandon, Syracuse ny on Thursday, March 17, 2005
 
I bought this alpine IVA-D300 back in October I have never seen a dvd/cd/ player like this i mean its awsome if i was you i would buy it !!!
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5 out of 5

Brings it all together

Written By Jason, Fredericksburg, VA on Monday, February 28, 2005
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This system is amazing. I installed it myself, and it proved to be the most difficult installation I have ever done. Expect to take out seats, lift carpet, take out panels, etc. Now that it is in, I can't stay out of my car. The control of subwoofers is amazing. I only have a set of 12" sony subs and a sony amp, but the ability to control them independently of the bass in the speakers makes everything balance great. Also, the connection of a Alpine V12 amp allows for information like power output, temperature, and many other cool pieces of data. Online customization is really cool, but only if you know how to balance sound without immediately hearing the difference. The main purpose of the screen for me, the DVD player, is absolutely amazing. I sat in a parking lot waiting for my one hour photos to get developed, so I watched a movie and ate some chips. After an hour had passed I didn't want to leave. Rear monitors can be controlled from the unit, and DVD's can be watched by rear seat viewers while driving. Besides all of the cool features, the control, and the awesome quality, it really gets attention. People see the screen come out and literally jump up in the air and say "NO WAY!" Of course, nothing can be perfect. Lacking an image viewer for JPEGs is disappointing. While the 5 background images are cool, customizing your own would have been nice. The hideaway unit is very versatile, but only having one ai-net input is disappointing, especially since a multi ai-net adapter won't be in stock until May, and for $149.99. Overall the system is amazing, and with enough money you can expand the system for anything you want.
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5 out of 5

Some things are better

Written By James, Fort Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, February 19, 2005
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When it come's to the frase "seeing is beliving", I think that is how you feel when you look in to the Alpine IVA-D300. It has all kinds of feature's and option's that you can get for it. The ONLY thing I wish it did come sith would have been is a "screen saver" feature. But over all I'm very pleased with the IVA-D300.
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