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Alpine IVA-W200

In-dash DVD player with 6.5" video screen

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Our take on the Alpine IVA-W200

by Matt Freeman
Alpine

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.

Alpine proudly offers you the ideal mobile video solution for the 4" tall dash opening in your vehicle — the IVA-W200 DVD player. Its high-tech 6.5" video screen sits flush in your dash, sporting a sleek, factory look. You command the system with Alpine's impressive PulseTouch™ controls — even though you're tapping a flat screen, it feels like you're using real buttons and sliders. You can whip through your system menus without taking your eyes off the road.

Lots of great-sounding entertainment
The IVA-W200 pretty much plays it all. When you're parked, watch your favorite DVD movies on the vivid display. You can also play your standard CDs, plus all your custom, home-burned mixes. And you can burn up to 100 hours' worth on a recordable DVD and play them on this versatile stereo. Alpine's QuickSearch™ feature helps you find your favorite songs and artists quickly. Plus, you can enjoy the high-end playback of DVD-Audio discs, too.

The IVA-W200's premium processors deliver rich, full sound that's a delight to the ears. And Alpine's Bass Engine® sound controls let you adjust the tone to your liking. You can even create custom sound settings at Alpine's website, then save them to disc so you can reset them whenever you need to.

System expansion
You also get a laundry list of options for system expansion. Add an Alpine satellite radio or HD Radio tuner, and you'll be able to hear the best in radio entertainment. Don't leave your iPod® at home — the optional Alpine Full Speed™ iPod adapter lets you operate just about every playback function with the touchscreen controls. Connect an Alpine navigation system for accurate turn-by-turn guidance on the road, and hook up a rear-view camera for a clear view of what's behind when you back up.

If your cell phone has Bluetooth® capability, Alpine's optional Bluetooth adapter lets you place and receive calls without touching your phone. Caller ID info shows up on screen, and you'll hear the other person's voice come through your car speakers.

You can add more power to your system by connecting component amplifiers to the three sets of preamp outputs. And you can even get into real movie-theater sound by adding Alpine's optional surround-sound processor, plus an amplified center channel and subwoofer. The processor decodes the surround soundtracks from your DVDs, and sends all the information to the right speakers.

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Highlights:

  • in-dash DVD player with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels; CEA-2006 compliant)
  • motorized 6.5" LCD monitor with PulseTouch controls
  • fits double-sized (4" tall) dash openings
  • plays DVDs, DVD-Audio discs, DVD-Rs/RWs, CDs, CD-Rs/RWs, and MP3/WMA files on CD and DVD
  • QuickSearch lets you find MP3 files on DVD quickly
  • direct-touch DVD menu control
  • Bass Engine
  • BBE sound processing
  • iPersonalize with Data Download lets you create and download custom Bass Engine settings at Alpine's website, then upload them into the system
  • two 24-bit digital-to-analog converters for full, detailed sound
  • compatible with Alpine CD changer, TV tuner, HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth adapter, Full-Speed iPod interface adapter
  • controls XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio (you can add satellite radio for under $100, plus subscription)
  • audio/video input
  • rear-view camera input
  • navigation input
  • audio/video output
  • front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs (2-volt)
  • optical digital output for optional surround-sound processor
  • MaxTune SQ AM/FM tuner
  • 12 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • DVD frequency response: 5-22,000 Hz
  • DVD/CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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Yes
RMS Power Output
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18 watts
Peak Output
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50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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Key Button Color
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Blue
EQ Bands
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None
Wireless Remote
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Yes
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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Optional
Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Optional
Satellite Radio Ready
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Both
HD Radio
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Optional
Navigation
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Optional
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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No
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
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What's in the box?

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  • Mobile Multimedia Station with 6.5" wide LCD monitor
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Trim ring
  • Power harness (has in-line 10A fuse and fuse holder)
  • Remote in/out harness
  • RUE-4203 wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 lithium battery
  • 2 Bracket keys
  • 8 Pan-head machine screws
  • 6 Countersunk machine screws
  • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Customer Care Registration card

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Features
i-Personalize
DVD/Video CD Controls
Changer Controls
Input and Output Notes

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.

Motorized, 6.5" Wide Touchscreen Monitor: The IVA-W200 has a motorized 6.5" 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.

Monitor Angle Adjustment: You can adjust the monitor's angle for better visibility. You can choose one of four angles.

Video Lock-out Feature: For safety and legal reasons, the IVA-W200 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.

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 2 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 (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 3 (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.

Rear Entertainment Function: The rear entertainment function independently routes different sources to the front and rear in a vehicle. For example, while listening to the radio or other audio source in the front, a DVD can be enjoyed in the rear with an optional rear monitor and headphones; the rear zone signals are passed by RCA composite video and stereo RCA preamp audio connections.

Simultaneous Function: This function allows you to watch the video portion of one source, while listening to the audio portion of another source.

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 320 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.

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

  • Bass Control:
    • Bass Center Frequency: Select from 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 130Hz, 150Hz, or 200Hz
    • Bass Band Width: Select from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
    • Bass Level: Select from -7 to +7
  • Treble Control:
    • Treble Center Frequency: Select from 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
    • Treble Level: -7 to +7

Interrupt Feature (NAV.MIX) With an Alpine navigation system connected to the IVA-W200, 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.

iPod Full Speed: When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (item number 500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with any Apple iPod with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, or Album searches. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. The IVA-W200 will not navigate or display video files from video capable iPods. The unit can be used with the following iPod versions:

  • Third generation iPod: Ver.2.3
  • Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.0.2
  • iPod photo: Ver.1.0
  • iPod mini: Ver.1.3
  • iPod nano: Ver.1.0
  • iPod video

Direct Search: When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music. Using an onscreen direct search bar, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content.

Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to the IVA-W200. To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Terk XMD1000 Universal tuner (209XMD1000) and the Terk XM Direct Smart Digital Adapter for Alpine (209XMDALP1). To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS tuner for Alpine (item number 607SIRALP1) directly to the head unit. A portable satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input adapter. A compatible antenna and a subscription are also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

HD Radio Ready: The IVA-W200 can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (item number 500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. While receiving HD Radio, the unit can automatically switch between the analog and digital signals, or you can manually switch to the analog signals exclusively.

Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCA-100BT Bluetooth adapter (item number 500KCA1BT), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through an included microphone and your vehicle's speakers.

USB Adapter Ready: With the optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item number 500KCA620M), you can connect and control MP3 players that have USB connections. In addition, if you have MP3s stored on a USB thumb drive, you can select and play those files from the head unit.

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.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The IVA-W200 has a "steering remote control" jack on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-ALP interface (item number127SWIALP), 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. The SWI-ALP is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

i-Personalize

Overview: The Alpine IVA-W200 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.

Visual EQ Mode: You can 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

Background Data Download: You can download wallpaper from Alpine's website to a CD-R or CD-RW, then upload and store the wallpaper in the IVA-W200.

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. When playing a DVD, you can use slow motion playback 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. If held for 10 or more seconds, playback at 21x speed 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-W200 can control the following optional add-on components: Navigation System, HD Radio tuner, DVD changer, CD changer, XM or SIRIUS 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 Versatile Link adapter to connect 2 changers and 2 auxiliary input sources.

Input and Output 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.

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. When the Rear Entertainment Function is used and these jacks are connected to a rear seat entertainment system (e.g. a rear seat monitor and wireless headphones), your rear seat passengers can view/listen to a different source than the one selected for the front passengers.

Navigation Input: The IVA-W200 provides a 13-pin RGB jack for connecting an optional Alpine navigation system.

Preamp Inputs/Outputs: When the system switch is in the Normal position, the IVA-W200 provides preamp outputs for front, rear, and subwoofer channels. When the system switch is in the EQ/DIV position, the front and rear preamp connections operate as inputs, allowing you to connect an optional EQ or audio processor.

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 the Remote in/out wiring 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.

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.

Note: Some optional Alpine monitors have touchscreen controls requiring connection of monitor control wire of the remote harness.

Steering Wheel Remote: A minijack allows you to connect the optional SWI-ALP interface (item number127SWIALP).

 
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5 out of 5

Replacing flip-out screens

Written By ANTHONY, Big Island, Hawaii on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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I installed 3 Alpine D310s in my tour vehicles. I loved the features and usability of the units, but we drive over some really rough lava fields and the flip out screens were looking a little fragile. The W200 came onto the market and I installed them in three other vehicles and absolutely love them. All the same usability and most of the features in a safer more secure and stock looking install. These will replace the D310s.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Loving this head unit!

Written By Aaron, Eastampton, NJ on Thursday, March 01, 2007
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This thing is amazing! Easy install, I've got the XM hooked up, ipod connected... I couldn't be happier, this is the ultimate multi-media controller. The screen is amazing to look at and being a double din, flat screen it even looks stock in my car. The remote control could be a bit more functional, but other than that this things rocks! I looked at a lot of other DVD head units, but the price and Alpine quality sealed the deal, and I couldn't be more pleased with my decision.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

2007 Toyota Tacoma

Written By BOOGIEMAN, Turtletown, TN on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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What can I say bad about this radio??? Absolutely nothing . I had thought that this being the cheaper of the Alpines with dvd playback would be a inferior player but I have to say this is very very simple to install and use. The screen looks wonderful for a simple screen to use in a car. If you are installing in a double din toyota it will look wonderful!! I highly recommend this to any toyota owner. The screen is easy to see in the daylight and dark and with it automatically dimming in the night you dont have to worry about dimming it yourself. The ipod controls are wonderful and work better than any other alpine I have owned and that is a lot that have ipod controls. Finding songs in the ipod is quick and painless, touch the list or play all songs in that list. Satellite radio is also great on this unit as you can see the channel name id and also the artist and song info on one screen. Radio reception is pretty dang good since I live in a rural area. The cd quality is outstanding but I rarely use the cd since all of mine are on the pod.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

It can't get much better

Written By Davis, Flowery Branch, GA on Monday, January 15, 2007
 
I really don't even know where to begin with this unit. The leading reason that I chose this one is because of the iPod integration and the "factory" look that you get with the in-dash DVD touch screen. It's really a beautiful unit and it draws complements before I even turn it on.

The pulse-touch is a very nice addition and when you're pressing buttons on the screen it really does feel like there is a button there. iPod integration couldn't be better, the DVD picture is unreal, seriously, it's so sharp and so crisp that you can't turn away from it.

I could go on and on about how amazing this unit is, but from reading the other reviews its fairy obvious that this unit does it all!!!!

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5 out of 5

Alpine-The Reason Why The Are The Best

Written By Patrick, Gainesville, Ga on Sunday, January 07, 2007
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Awesome unit. I am not an expert in electronics, but the unit was fairly easy to install. It actually took longer to take out my old Alpine cd player than to install the new one. Great base for any multimedia system. I have the digital theater amplifier and it sounds great, also plan on getting the Blackbird w/dock. The awesome part is the fact that it is all integrated into the back of the unit. A++. Great Unit, Great Sound.
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield Greases the Skids!!

Written By Dave, Midland, TX on Sunday, December 10, 2006
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Installation in a '94 Pathfinder was a snap. The Crutchfield wiring harness was flawless. The most difficult part is running the leads to the brake and parking brake switches...but I did it!! While I was running the lead under my console shell to my parking brake (in console), I also ran the cord for my iPod so I could put it in my console box. I also ran leads from the video out jacks for use in rear seat video. The unit itself is a dream...audibly and visually. I've only scratched the surface with what this unit can do, but I can tell you I'm already totally pleased with it!
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4 out of 5

IVA-W200 Good but could be better.

Written By bfrank, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, November 26, 2006
 
Overall is love this unit. My only complaint is in the functionality of the iPod and XM. I can't believe it was only mentioned once that once you listen to a song on an ipod there is no way to go back to the same playlist, album or artist. You have to start the navigation process from the beginning. This can take a long time if you have a lot of songs. For the XM unit it takes a lot of steps to switch between the presets. There should be a simple switch to change between XM 1, 2, and 3 as I switch channels fast and often. If anybody has any suggestions let me know.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ALPINE IVA W200

Written By GREG, BIRMINGHAM,AL on Friday, November 17, 2006
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I LOOKED AT A LOT OF INDASH DVD UNITS BEFORE PICKING THE ALPINE. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE CONSTRUCTION,FEEL AND INTERFACE OF THIS UNIT.IT HAS EASY TO USE MENU'S AND MOST OF THE CONTROLS ARE THROUGH THE TOUCH SCREEN. IT ONLY HAS A FEW BUTTONS AROUND THE SCREEN(VOLUME MUTE & POWER)
ONE OF THE NICE FEATURES ABOUT THE SCREEN IS THE FEEDBACK YOU RECEIVE WHEN YOU PRESS ON THE SCREEN. IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE TOUCHING A BUTTON.
THE IPOD INTERFACE IS ANOTHER GREAT FEATURE. GET THE FULL SPEED CABLE AND IT WILL CHARGE AND OPERATE YOUR IPOD.
BUY THIS ALPINE. YOU WILL LOVE IT.
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4 out of 5

Could've been better, but still nice!

Written By Kevin, Jeffersonville, IN on Tuesday, November 07, 2006
 
I have had this in my 01 F-150 King Ranch for about a month now and I couldn't be (much) happier. Nice fit, looks great, sounds clean when I have the MP3 plugged in, or a DVD, CD or XM is playing. However my stock unit had clearer AM/FM reception the this, which was shocking. I mean, it's Alpine!? Aren't they known for great clairity?
I also bought the PXA-H701 Multimedia Manager which is well worth the money. It extends the abilities of the head unit for fine tuning EVERYTHING! Graphic & Parametric EQ, X-over, Phase switching, Time correction, etc... Not to mention Dolby Digital DTS. In fact there are almost too many tuning options. A novice, like myself, can spend hours trying to get the sound "perfect"! Anyway, this is just a review on the IVA-W200.

Here are my issues with this unit.
-Good, not great, radio reception at best.
-I have the MP3 plugged into the AUX IN line but
the screen is blank, not even the clock.
-Although this HU has been on the market for
almost a year, Alipne i-personalize does not
list this unit on the website. You are made to
select a different model.
-No Artist/Title info for Radio. (Stock Ford unit
had this)
-I would like to have seen other features
built-in like a USB port or SD slot.

If I had it all to do over again I would still buy this HU. I compared it to similar Pioneer and Kenwood models for about a month before I bought it and I still think it suits my wants better than the others I looked at.
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Alpine IVA-W200

Written By Jeff, Stillwater, OK on Wednesday, November 01, 2006
 
I just installed this unit into my 2004 silverado and absolutley love it. The ipod integration is awesome. I have a buddy who just put the same unit in his '06 silverado and he loved the ipod intergration so much he went out and bought a 30 gig ipod and put over 2500 songs on his and just absolutely loves it. The dvd player is great and the controls are easy to learn. I had to spend about 400 dollars more for the steering wheel controls, the onstar adapter, and the bose sound system adapters, but it was all worth it. I love this head unit and recomend it to any one with an '03 or higher GM truck or suv.
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5 out of 5

Lots of possibilities

Written By Tim, Mission Viejo, CA on Thursday, September 28, 2006
 
Installed this into my 2003 ford ranger, and although it says it doesn't fit, I made it work with only the slightest of modifications. I like this system because it allows you to add almost anything. For me, the sound is great, and the install is fairly straight forward. The picture is also very good. If your looking for a sweet multimedia player, look no further.
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5 out of 5

Great Unit

Written By mderris, Phoenix AZ on Sunday, August 20, 2006
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Overall an excellent AV headunit. Looks and works great. Very easy installation with this deck (in my application). Many additions to this unit are available. Which are now on wishlist.
Couple of drawbacks, lack of a built-in 31band 1/3 octave EQ, and the i-Personalize could be a little more personalizable(?) Overall would recommend this unit.
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5 out of 5

IVA-W200 and the iPod

Written By Jeff, Louisville, KY on Sunday, July 30, 2006
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This is a great unit. I never saw the older ipod connection box, but this thing is very fast.

I am an iPod-aholic. I love my ipod. I originally had it connected to the Tacoma with a USA Spec Adapter, but I had to use the ipod screen to changes songs. I was convinced that I would crash into the back of someone.

The navigation to the ipod is fast. But, Lets say you navigate to an album and want to only listen to 3 songs on the album. You can get there the first time easy enough. But on the ipod if i want to "Go Back" I just hit the menu button and I can see my album list again. This is not the way it is on the Alpine unit. You must go back to the beginning after you start the song. This may seem like a minor thing, but it really takes away form the iPod expierence. What is odd to me is there are RTN or Return buttons in the list. Alpine could have easily sent you back the album/playlist list you were looking at instead of back to the very beginning each time.

Only other ipod issue is it is not possible to fast forward by large amounts of time. Some podcasts are 2 hours long. It would be nice to FF at a Faster rate.

Here are just a few other things that I think alpine could and should have done for the interface. Why do my preset in the AM/FM say P.Set1. This is just stupid. Give me the ability to name the preset. At the very least show st. freq there 99.7 looks better that p.set2. Two backgrounds is all you can load at a time. Give me a break.
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5 out of 5

Alpine IVA-W200

Written By Kenneth, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, July 15, 2006
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Alpine has done it again. I love this unit! I have this installed in my scion tc and its fits perfect. I upgraded from the alpine 9827 and the sound quality is definately better. I never tried any other ipod cable but this new one is very quick. The screen is great, no glares and very clear. I also like its expandability, for a college student like me can add on features one at a time. The only complaint I have is the remote. The sensor is very small and not sensitive enough, otherwise the touchscreen makes up for it. Its also very easy to install compared to other units. I'm waiting for Alpine to fix the bugs on the blackbird so I can get one.
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4 out of 5

Alpine IVA-W200

Written By Ted, Pasadena, CA on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
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Just finished installing this head unit into the new Toyota FJ Cruiser (uses same harness and din spacers as a 4Runner). Installation required some modifications to the OEM brakets to get the unit to fit a bit more flush than normal (cosmetic preference, original location made the HU stick out about 1/2"). Overall the unit is wonderful! I thought just changing out the dash/door/rear speakers with the original head unit was amazing, but the w200 make everything even better. The user interface is straight forward but you cannot access the system preferences unless you do a series of functions (foot/hand brake combination). I've never owned a double din screen unit/nav before but I'd think accessing a setup screen or preference screen should be easily accessable not restricted. I can understand watching DVD's while driving, but the setup screen? another pet peeve is that there are only 3 set screen tilting angles. wish that it was variable. The nice thing is that if it's at an angle, it retracts once you get out of the car and reconfigures on your return.

Overall an impressive unit with crisp screen and the positive feedback is amazing! Not interested in the nav add on, but if it was cheaper I would have considered it.
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4 out of 5

Solid double-din DVD player

Written By Rob, Tyler, TX on Saturday, June 10, 2006
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The IVA-W200 is one of the best double din DVD players out there today. There are definitely pros and cons to this unit.

Let's get the cons out of the way. One thing is there is no equalizer. I used to have an old Sony xplod deck and even that thing had one. You can add one for $500, but at least you get real dolby digital/surround sound/DTS. Also, when I connect my ipod using the KCE-422i full speed cable, it seems to reset my ipod settings. This cable is also a pro because it does control the ipod at lightning quick speeds and charges it at the same time. You can also remove the cable whenever you want, without disconnecting it via a process. If you wanna integrate navigation, you better stick with a standalone unit. It costs to add the alpine one, or you can get an alpine blackbird or tomtom/garmin/whatever.

Pros: for $1000, you're not going to get that much of a better deal. Several big name manufacturers charge well over $1400 for flip up screens. There is a limited number of nice looking double din units. The kit for the Toyota Tacoma kinda sucked, since it was black, but it works just fine. The DVD unit looks soooo good, so it really doesn't matter that much in the end. Sound quality is great, it loads DVDs quickly, and the pulsetouch technology is awesome. You can also change the settings: turn on/off a sub, change the viewing angle (4 different ones), play a video game via aux input while listening to satellite radio, etc. The possibilities really are endless. Buy this unit if you want a truly mobile entertainment system!
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5 out of 5

Installation in Xterra

Written By Michael, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, June 08, 2006
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I just received this unit yesterday and immediately installed it in my 2005 Nissan Xterra (excellent fit). This truely is an outstanding unit and sounds unbelievable. I ran it out to a video switch box to my headrest monitors. Added the iPod adapter (outstanding iPod control). Added reverse/rear view camera. I am waiting for the docking station to be released from Alpine to add the Blackbird navigation unit. This unit is extremely easy to control and navigate through all of the options. I haven't even looked through the manual yet and don't believe I will need to. I did a lot of research before my purchase and this was by far the best choice, great price as well.
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5 out of 5

Couldn't be happier...

Written By Carter, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, May 30, 2006
 
I had been anxiously awaiting the release of this head unit and what can I say other than it was worth the wait. The W200 is a great all-around head unit and has lots of great features.

The display is clean and crisp and the plusetouch feature of the display is great for getting that tactile feedback you need to know that you pressed a button. For those that don't think too highly of this feature, it can be turned off in the unit's settings. I haven't had any trouble reading the display in direct sunlight which is a huge plus for me.

One of the reasons I really wanted this unit is its expandability. The W200 can host a variety of accessories such as an HD radio tuner, Satellite Radio Tuners, CD Changers, External Video Displays, Navigation Units, Audio Processors, Bluetooth Car Kits and more. It's truly amazing. I also purchased the Alpine PXA-H701 audio processor and if you are concerned about having the best possible sound quality, the IVA-W200 and PXA-H701 is a fantastic combination for the money. The H701 gives you all sorts of control over your audio directly from the head unit. I can control my crossover points and slopes, a 31 band graphic equalizer for each channel in my system, as well as time alignment and phase adjustments. Adjustments that once took 15 to 20 minutes by turning small knobs on your amps or crossovers, takes only seconds with the W200 and H701. It's truly fantastic.

The iPod integration is nothing short of amazing. The menu's are fast to load and it really is easy to get to a particular song out of the thousands on my iPod.

A great unit and a great buy. Thanks Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Alpine IVA-W200

Written By jorge, elmhurst n.y. on Sunday, May 28, 2006
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THIS IS THE BEST UNIT I EVER HAD. IT FIT RIGHT IN MY SUBARU WRX IT ONLY TOOK ME 1/2 TO INSTALL IT. ALL THE CONTROLS ARE EASY TO USE THE ONLY THING I DIDN'T LIKE IS HOW ALPINE MADE IT A BIT DIFFICULT TO WATCH VIDEOS WHILE YOU DRIVE BUT I FIGURE IT OUT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
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4 out of 5

Great screen, bluetooth, sounds good...

Written By Wes, Hawaii on Tuesday, May 16, 2006
 
Great deck! I have mine in a Nissan Frontier 06. The interior is perfect for double din video.

The antireflective coating makes it useable even in bright sun light. The MP3/WMA playback is fast, even with a fully loaded 4gb DVD, scanning through MP3 lists is bearable.

I also have the KCA-BT100 bluetooth unit. It works great with my Treo 650. I also used it with a Samsung A950 and Motorola Razr without any problems. No caller ID info is displayed though, which kind of sucks. Initial setup is the only difficult part of the bluetooth unit, and even that is not too bad.

Some other cons about this deck which is Frontier specific, with the trim around the DVD player, you cannot set the center plastic console all the way in. It will push the trim into the deck, preventing the face from opening. You can leave the top of the center console out a little, and it is barely noticable. With a dash mat, you can't tell anything for sure.

I wish it had a TV tuner.

Finally, Alpine doesn't allow you to use your own wallpaper, only their premade ones from the Alpine website, which really sucks. I wish they would allow you to use your own photos/images.

Overall, I still give this deck 4/5. For the price, it's a full featured with a great set of available options like Bluetooth, navigation, USB, and HD radio.
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5 out of 5

How ipod control should be

Written By Jay, South Bend, IN on Friday, May 12, 2006
 
First off this double din unit is a great value with tons of options for expansion. I researched this deck for sometime before putting down the cash and don't regret it one bit.

Operation is very easy and straight forward. The manual is easy to understand even includes instructions on how to run the optional accessories (such as the Nav or Audio Processor). They make this really clear by labeling them as optional as not to confuse you, not that you wouldn't know what you were getting when you pay this much for a deck anyway.

The built in DVD with direct access menus is awesome. Just touch the menu on the screen and go. The pulse touch is awesome and I didn't even realize it until I was using another unit with out this feature.

The ipod control is by far the best I've used. Not only do you have full access but it's menus mirror the ipod.

I plan on adding the bluetooth module and Nav in the near future which should make it even more useful than it already is.

If you have a double din opening I would seriously consider this unit.
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3 out of 5

Thought I bought the best...

Written By Anonymous, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
 
I installed my stereo system in my Subaru WRX last month, and choose the Alpine IVA-W200 as the crowning jewel. After the install, I found the A/V functions to be more than ample, and the picture was great. Next came the sound adjustment. The owner's manual showed the adjustment of a 31 band equalizer. Wow! Now comes some serious sound tweaking. Only, I could not seem to find the 31 band equalizer in any of the menus on the IVA-W200. The anxiety began to rise, and in a moment of disbelief, I found out that there is no wide band graphic equalizer. Only treble (with some limited crossover adjustments), bass (again, with some limited crossover tweaks), and subwoofer level control. In order to finely adjust the sound levels of the audio coming from the IVA-W200, I would have to spend several hundred dollars to purchase and install an additional sound processing unit. My sound system, already over budget, would have to suffer the disappointment of very limited sound adjustment. Fortunately, however, my $400 i-Pod has 22 eq presets to choose from! No, this is not really a good solution. My friends have older, less expensive, single din Alpine head units with wide band equalizer adjustment. Where did it go?
Overall, I found the performance of the IVA-W200 quite satisfactory. The i-Pod integration is fast and accessible. The LCD screen is sharp and has more resolution than I thought possible for its size. If fine control over your sound is not a concern, than it will make a great multimedia head unit for your double din dash.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic System!

Written By dosserj, TEXAS on Wednesday, April 19, 2006
 
This is, by far, the best Head Unit I have ever owned. I have had the Eclipse 5101 and the Pioneer AVIC-N1. This new Alpine blows them out of the water!

Accessories:
I installed the KCE-422i full speed iPod cable which, for this unit, is a must. It is very fast at finding songs and the search functions are intuitive. I have over 2100 songs on my iPod and do not have any problems finding what I am looking for.

I also installed the NVE-N872A navigation unit which far exceeds the factory unit in my Touareg. The maps are very detailed and there are more POIs than I can ever visit. It offers a ZAGAT review of local restaurants, but my area was not included so this feature is basically useless to me.

I just installed the Sirius NavTraffic tuner as well. So far, the Sirius music is great and my preliminary fiddling with the NavTraffic has gone well. It shows you real time accidents, construction areas and traffic speeds on major roads. However, this service is only offered in 20 cities I believe as of now. Luckily, I live in one of them.

The sound quality is great, but there arent as many audio options as Id hoped. But, again, Alpine offers an add-on for that.

Overall I gave it 5 stars because it is a great unit at a great price. However, all of the add
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5 out of 5

Best In Dash Unit!!!

Written By Pleze, Van Nuys, CA on Wednesday, April 19, 2006
 
If you have an iPod and want it connected to your stereo with absolute control of it through the Head Unit, this is the Stereo for you! With the Alpine Full Speed Cable you can mount your iPod in the glove or arm rest and control it completly through the Head Unit. More importantly, the Categories for the music are in the same exact format as on your ipod. And with the pressure-sensitive touch screen, you have 2 options to quickly search through your entire music collection on your iPod. I have about 3,000 audio tracks/150 CD's on my ipod, so this is a must for me.

Besides the iPod Full Speed Connection, there are several other great features for this unit. First off, if you don't like the factory Background/Wallpaper, you can setup a logon for i-Personalize at the Alpine USA website to download dozens of cool backgrounds. More importantly they are really easy to install these backgrounds onto the unit!

The navigation throughout the menus is really easy. You can go from CD, to iPod, to FM Tuner in the blink of an eye. Not to mention that the sound quality is 100% better. I'm also really impressed with the quality of sound when DVD's are playing too, as well as the picture quality.

Best of all, you get hundreds of cool features on a brand new unit for a little over One Thousand Dollar$. I've been researching different in dash units for a little over a year and for what you're getting you can't beat this price. All that coming from a high end and well trusted manufacturer like Alpine is definitly a good deal!

I plan on putting in a rear view camera and adding the Bluetooth interface module.
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5 out of 5

Just one word! The best product ever!

Written By Gabriel, Texas on Saturday, April 08, 2006
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I just got my new IVA-w200 last night. The general wire connection is very simple (just as any standard unit), with the exception of both, the foot and the parking brake wires. It took me a while to find the right wires, until I decided to call to the tech support phone number, and 5 minutes later my unit was hooked-up.
No negative comments at all. It's just perfect, nice and very good looking on my truck. The quality of the sound improved 1000%. I also got the new full speed ipod wire, and let me tell you guys, it's just the best. You can easily browse and find all your ipod songs in just 1 second. The sound is the best!
Do not waste your money and time looking for other units, go straight forward to this one and you will not regret. Remember, it is an Alpine!!!



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