DVD/Video CD Player
External Device Controls
Input and Output Notes
Overview: The Alpine IVA-W205 is a 2-DIN multimedia head-unit
featuring an integrated 6.5" widescreen display designed to easily mount flush
in many double-DIN dashes of today's automobiles. The IVA-W205 is equipped with
a built-in DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner and navigation dock for an optional Alpine
Blackbird portable GPS unit while allowing you to connect to
multiple audio/video sources with an abundance of convenient features that give
you full control from one central touch-screen.
Note: The IVA-W205 is not compatible with the NVE-P1
navigation unit. The headunit may be damaged if the NVE-P1 is docked.
Motorized, 6.5" Wide Touch Screen PulseTouch Display: The IVA-W205 has a motorized 6.5" wide,
touch screen monitor (with
16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor and system information
display. The unit's touch screen 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. You can adjust the monitor's angle for better visibility. You can choose one
of five angles.
Video Lock-out Feature: For
safety and legal reasons, the IVA-W205 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.
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
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
Button Lighting Dimmer: You can
adjust the brightness of the button lighting at night from -2 to +2.
Background Screen: You have a
choice of 2 different background textures. These backgrounds are visible when
the built-in DVD/CD player 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.
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-W205.
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.
24-Bit DAC: The IVA-W205
utilizes a 24-bit D/A converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.
AM/FM Tuner: The unit features
a built-in AM/FM tuner with two FM bands and one AM band. You can preset up to
six stations for each band giving you a total of 12 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
The unit's tuner can also automatically seek and store six strong stations in a
selected band in order of signal strength.
Interrupt Feature (NAV.MIX):
With an Alpine navigation system connected to the IVA-W205, 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.
IR Wireless Remote: In addition
to the unit's touch-screen and hard-key controls, the IVA-W205 comes supplied
with a full-function IR wireless remote control.
Optional Factory Steering Wheel
Remote Interface The IVA-W205 has a "steering remote control" jack on the back
panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item #127SWIJACK), you can
retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when
replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK 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
Overview: The Alpine IVA-W205
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
- Sharp: suitable for old
movies where images are not clearly shown
- Contrast: suitable for
- User Memory (P-1, P-2):
You can change and save Brightness, Color, Tint, Contrast, and Sharpness
values of -15 to +15 from any of the presets in up to two user memories
TV Screen Mode: This feature
allows you to select the viewable aspect ratio of the IVA-W250's screen to
match the source being played. You can choose from 4:3 Letter- Box, 4:3
Pan-Scan, 16:9 Wide-Screen.
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, 80Hz, 100Hz, 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
Loudness: The Loudness feature
introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels.
This compensates for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at
Subwoofer Control: The IVA-W205
features a dedicated subwoofer preamp output with user level adjustment between
0 to 15.
High Pass Filter: The receiver
features an independent high-pass filter for the front and rear speaker
channels. You can select from Off, 80, 120, or 160Hz.
DVD/Video CD Player
Compatible Discs: The unit's
integrated DVD/CD player will black back the following disc types - DVD Video
including DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW, DVD Audio, Video CD and Music CD including
Note: Two-layer DVD discs
are not compatible.
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
DVD Menu Direct Touch Control:
The unique PulseTouch touch screen 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: The IVA-W205 can perform Dolby Digital and DTS decoding when
playing back a DVD through its analog outputs, it just happens to be 2-channel
audio and not 5.1-channel. 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 5.1 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.
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 or CD, you can use
slow motion playback in the reverse direction. No audio is played during slow
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 touch screen 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.
External Device Controls
Blackbird II Compatible: The
IVA-W205 allows you to dock Alpine's Blackbird II, portable navigation unit
(PMD-B200, sold separately) inside the unit behind the slide-down video display
and above the CD/DVD slot. Docking the PMD-200 gives you a portable GPS unit you
can use in the car, adding navigation to your system. The PMD-B200 also doubles
as an MP3 player, due to its SD-card slot, letting you listen to high-quality
in-car sound from your portable MP3 music collection. In addition, the PMD-B200
also gives you wireless Bluetooth capability using the supplied microphone that
comes with the Blackbird II.
Note: There is a plastic
panel over the dock opening that will need to be removed before docking the
Blackbird, PMD-B200. The PMD-B100 is not compatible with the IVA-W205.
iPod Full Speed: When used with the optional KCE-422i
Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i), your receiver can interface
with any Apple iPod with a dock connector. The adapter can be used with
virtually any dock connector-equipped iPod, including the following versions -
Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.1.1, Fifth generation iPod: Ver.1.1.2, iPod photo:
Ver.1.2.1, iPod mini: Ver.1.4.1, iPod nano: (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation),
iPod classic (80, 120, 160 GB), iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation), iPhone: Ver.
1.0.1. 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 Full Speed Connection will also support
Apple lossless. The IVA-W205 will not navigate or display video files from video capable iPods.
The IVA-W205 features the following advanced iPod functions.
- QuickSearch: With Alpine's exclusive QuickSearch technology,
you can get super-fast access to artists, songs, albums, and playlists.
Large control buttons and a rotary encoder make it easy to search all
sources, including iPod and satellite radio.
- Percentage Search:
For especially big music libraries store on an
iPod, the new Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons of the
IVA-W250 for quick jumps to specific parts of the list.
Note: The cable will not charge the iPod nano 4th
generation or iPod touch 2nd generation. The cable cannot be used with iPod
software versions earlier than "2006-06-28". For details about "iPod
Software Update", refer to the iPod's Instruction Manual.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an
optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
HD Radio Ready: The IVA-W205
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 digital signals exclusively. When used with the
compatible HD Radio Tuner, the IVA-W205 supports Multicasting, which is the
ability to broadcast multiple programs streams over a single FM frequency,
thereby increasing the amount and diversity of content choices.
Bluetooth Interface Ready: With
the optional KCA-300BT Bluetooth adapter (item # 500KCE300B), 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.
Note: If an Alpine
Blackbird II (PMD-B200) is docked inside the IVA-W205 you do not need the
KCA-300BT adapter since the PMD-B200 has built-in Bluetooth. The PMD-B200
comes with a microphone that will need to be used for hands-free
USB Adapter Ready: With the
optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item # 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. The
song information will even show on-screen.
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. 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.
Auxiliary Inputs: In addition
to the unit's A/V Aux RCA Input, one of the following optional adapters can be
used so audio from other auxiliary sources can be played through the unit's AI-Net
connection - KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable, the KCA-801B auxiliary input
adapter, or the KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal. 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
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.
Input and Output Notes
Optical Digital Output: There is an optical digital
output on the back of the unit that supports Dolby Digital and
DTS 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-W205
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-W250 provides preamp outputs
for front, rear, and subwoofer channels. When the system switch on the bottom of
the chassis 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 touch screen controls requiring connection of
monitor control wire of the remote harness.
Optional Factory Steering Wheel
Remote Interface: If your vehicle is equipped with steering wheel radio
controls, you may be able to operate the IVA-W205 using those controls. The PAC
SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface (item # 127SWIJACK) can adapt
your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this unit through the rear panel's
Steering Wheel Remote Input (a 3.5mm mini-jack input on an 11" pigtail). Please
check the Crutchfield Car Selector to confirm whether your vehicle is compatible
with the SWI-JACK interface.
GPS Antenna Receptacle: This
connection is used for an optional GPS antenna (sold separately) when used with
an optional Navigation unit (sold separately).
Mic Input Connector: 3.5mm jack
attached to chassis by a 7" pigtail used for connecting optional microphone