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by Ken Nail
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.

A touchscreen command center for your dash

The Alpine IVA-W505 DVD receiver doesn't just look good in the dash — it's your control center for a full-featured audio/video system that'll define your ride. Alpine Authorized Online Dealer

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Audio excellence

It starts with the sound. A high-resolution 24-bit digital-to-analog converter delivers clean, crisp sound, imparting a sense of realism that makes your driver's seat the best seat in the house. The built-in amplifier punches out a healthy 18 watts RMS by four channels, or you can upgrade your power to 45 watts RMS x 4 channels by adding Alpine's TP-445 Power Pack. Tweak your system to perfection with Alpine's optional PXA-H100 IMPRINT™ audio processor and the KTX-H100 tuning kit. The IMPRINT measures your car's acoustics and adjusts the stereo's settings automatically to create a perfect the perfect listening space.

Informative display

The intuitive 7" touchscreen offers two display modes, "Professional" and "Stylish," giving you a choice of how much information you'll see on the screen. You can view DVDs on the screen while you're parked, and you can connect a back seat monitor so your passengers can enjoy movies while you're driving.


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Navigation and other options

The IVA-W505 offers expansion options galore. Just flip down the motorized faceplate, slide Alpine's NVE-P1 navigation module into its dedicated dock, then enter your navigation commands and view maps right on the touchscreen. The NVE-P1 has built-in Bluetooth® so you can enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible cell phone. Add Alpine's Bluetooth adapter if you're not using the NVE-P1.

Connect thumb drives or disk drives loaded with music files to the built-in USB input, and take thousands of tunes on the road with you. Add Alpine's high-speed iPod® adapter to enjoy access to your favorite playlists, or add an HD Radio™ tuner or satellite radio for more listening options.

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The IVA-W505 comes equipped with an optical digital output — add a sound processor and amplifiers to bring true 5.1-channel sound to your movies. An A/V input gives you the freedom to add a gaming system or other video device, and you can hook up a rear-view camera to keep tabs on what's behind your vehicle.


Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with 7" touchscreen and internal amp (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-sized dash openings
    • remote control
    audio/video features:
    • plays DVD Video (including two-layer), DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-Audio (including two-layer), Video CD, CD, and CD-R/RW
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files on CD and DVD
    • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 digital output via optical cable to optional processor — 2-channel down-mix of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 with internal amp
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    Expandability:
    • dedicated dock for control of NVE-P1 navigation module (not included)
    • built-in iPod control via USB input or with optional Full Speed connection cable
    • compatible with Alpine Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, CD changer, navigation module, and surround-sound processor
    • inputs: USB input, A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, optical digital output, 6-channel preamp output (front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

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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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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory
    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
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    Tuner
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    What's in the box?

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    • 2-DIN Multimedia Receiver with 7.0" widescreen LCD monitor
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring
    • Power harness (has in-line 10A fuse and fuse holder)
    • Pre-amp output harness
    • A/V input/output harness
    • 78" USB cable (female USB type A on one end and proprietary Alpine plug on the other)
    • 78" A/V extension cable (male mini-plug on one end and female mini-jack on the other)
    • 1' iPod dock to USB/mini-plug adapter cable
    • RUE-4203 wireless remote control
    • 1 CR2025 lithium battery
    • 2 Removal keys
    • 8 Pan-head machine screws (M5x8mm)
    • 6 Countersunk machine screws (M5x8mm)
    • 2 Adhesive seals
    • 2 Navigation slot cover machine screws (M2x4mm)
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM (English/French/Spanish)
    • Quick start/Wiring guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Customer Care Registration card
    • CD-ROM Requirements/ Instructions
    • Note on removal of optional navigation system

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    Overview: The Alpine IVA-W505 is a 2-DIN multimedia head-unit featuring an integrated 7.0" widescreen display designed to easily mount flush in many double-DIN dashes of today's automobiles. The IVA-W505 is equipped with a built-in DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner and navigation dock for 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 touchscreen.

    Display Features
    AM/FM Tuner
    DVD/CD Playback
    External Device Connection
    Audio Section
    Sound Processing (with optional PXA-H100)
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Motorized 7.0" Wide Touchscreen Display: The IVA-W505 has a motorized 7.0" touchscreen monitor (with 16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor and system information display. The unit's touchscreen provides audible and visual confirmation of commands. For better visibility you can adjust the monitor's angle; choose flat or one of five settings angled upward.

    Video Lock-out Feature: For safety and legal reasons, the IVA-W505 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; 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

    TV Screen Mode: This feature allows you to select the viewable aspect ratio of the IVA-W505's screen to match the source being played. You can choose from 4:3 Letter- Box, 4:3 Pan-Scan, 16:9 Wide-Screen.

    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 animated films
    • Sharp: suitable for old movies where images are not clearly shown
    • Contrast: suitable for recent movies
    • User Memory (P-1, P-2): 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

    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 can choose different background textures for the display. 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-W505.

    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.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with two FM bands and one AM band.

    Preset Tuning: 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.

    DVD/Video CD Player

    Compatible Discs: The unit's integrated disc drive will play back the following disc types - DVD Video (including two-layer), DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD Audio (including two-layer), Video CD, CD, and CD-R/RW.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC 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, 48 kbps to 192 kbps for WMA, and 16-320 kbps for AAC. Recordings made using Track At Once or packet writing cannot be correctly played back. ID tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name up to 128 characters.

    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 or CD, you can use slow motion playback in the reverse direction. No audio is played during slow motion playback.

    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.

    External Device Controls

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

    Audio/Video Output: Stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack are provided for feeding A/V signals to an optional video monitor(s). 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.

    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 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.

    Navigation: The IVA-W505 allows you to dock Alpine's NVE-P1 navigation drive (500NVEP1, sold separately) inside the unit behind the slide-down video display, above the CD/DVD slot (a plastic panel over the dock opening needs to be removed before installing the NVE-P1). The NVE-P1 easily adds navigation to your system, without wiring another component. Additionally, the NVE-P1 gives you wireless Bluetooth capability using the supplied microphone (supplied with the NVE-P1). The IVA-W505 is also compatible with Alpine's outboard navigation system, the NVE-M300 (500NVEM300, sold separately).

    iPod Interface: The IVA-W505 allows you to connect an iPod using the supplied USB cable. With the USB connection you get the fastest speed available and a direct digital connection to the unit's 24-bit DAC. The controls on the iPod are not functional once connected. The IVA-W505 supports audio/video transfer from iPod video, iPod nano, and iPod classic. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audio Book searches. You can view Artist, Album, and Song information, as well as the song number and elapsed time on the head unit's display. The unit also supports Repeat and Shuffle playback modes. The Alpine IVA-W505 is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

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

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    USB Memory Mode: You can play MP3, WMA, or AAC files stored on a USB memory device. The USB connection will also allow you to control and playback MP3 and WMA files on a portable player. During playback, the display shows song, album, and artist title, and elapsed time. If no tag information exists, the display shows the track number and elapsed time. Additionally you can connect and control MP3 players using the MTP protocol. The maximum recognizable number of files is 10,000. You can repeat the current track, and play the tracks in the current category or all of the tracks in memory in random order.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (700XMALP1, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
      • Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional SIRIUS SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine KCA-SC100 SIRIUS satellite Radio interface (700SIRALPC, sold separately) directly to the head unit.
      • SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10) also allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers when used with the SiriusConnect Plug and Play Dock (700SIRALPP, sold separately). Compatible tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto. You can control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all channels. The SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit display.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.

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

    HD Radio Ready: The IVA-W505 can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550, sold separately) 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-W505 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: Using the Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter with the KWE-460E interconnect cable adapter (700KCE460B, sold separately), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers. If an Alpine NVE-P1 navigation unit is docked inside the IVA-W505 you do not need the KCA-400BT adapter; both units have built-in Bluetooth.

    Note: The Pass-Through port of the KCE-400BT allows you to connect the Bluetooth adapter as well as an iPod to the IVA-W505. The KWE-460 interconnection cable is still required along with a KCE-433iV Full Speed iPod connection cable (500KCE433I, sold separately). The KCE-422i iPod cable will not be used in this configuration.

    Changer Controls: This unit is compatible with 6- and 12-disc Alpine Ai-NET CD changers.

    Auxiliary Inputs: In addition to the unit's A/V Aux RCA Input, the following optional adapter 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 (500KCA121B, sold separately). When the KCA-121B interface cable is used, a CD changer cannot be connected to the head unit.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit DAC: The IVA-W505 utilizes a 24-bit D/A converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.

    Dolby Digital and DTS Compatibility: The IVA-W505 can perform 2-channel Dolby Digital and DTS decoding when playing back a DVD through its analog outputs (the multi-channel soundtracks are down-mixed to 2-channel). When the optical digital output 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.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.

    Bass and Treble Controls: Without an external processor, the head unit features independent Bass and Treble controls. Each can be adjusted as follows:

    • Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz
    • Bass Band Width: four options from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
    • Bass Level: select from -7 to +7
    • Treble Center Frequency: 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 lower volumes.

    Subwoofer Control: The IVA-W505 features a dedicated subwoofer preamp output with user level adjustment between 0 to 15.

    High Pass Filter: The receiver features independent high-pass filters for the front and rear speaker channels. You can select from Off, 80, 120, or 160Hz.

    Preamp Inputs/Outputs: When the system switches are in the Normal position, the IVA-W505 provides preamp outputs for front, rear, and subwoofer channels. When the system switches on the bottom of the chassis are in the EQ/DIV position, the front and rear preamp connections operate as inputs, allowing you to connect an optional Alpine EQ or audio processor.

    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.

    Interrupt Feature (NAV.MIX): With an Alpine navigation system connected to the IVA-W505, 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.

    Sound Processing (with optional PXA-H100)

    Imprint: With the addition of the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box (500PXAH100, sold separately) and KTX-H100 tuning kit (500KTXH100, sold separately) a car's inherent acoustic shortcomings can be overcome with the MultEQ feature. Imprint also gives you much more sound adjustment flexibility as detailed below.

    MultEQ: MultEQ, developed by Audyssey Labs, automatically optimizes the audio for the listening environment inside your vehicle. The Imprint box and tuning kit include the hardware, software, and microphone necessary to measure multiple positions in the car and capture frequency and time domain information from the vehicle's actual acoustical environment. Once the car's speaker location delays are measured, along with the frequency peaks and dips caused by the absorptive and reflective materials in the interior, MultEQ creates a set of equalization filters to correct the frequency response and time domain problems for each speaker in the vehicle. It also removes sound distortion caused by the specific acoustical problems in the vehicle by applying unique FIR filters, using more than 500 points along the frequency spectrum per channel. This optimizes the sound reproduction to the specific vehicle listening environment with much greater precision than can be achieved using typical graphic or parametric equalization. The result is a more accurate soundstage and smoother, more natural sound optimized to match your vehicle.

    Equalizer: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of musical source material. You can select from - Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz & Blues, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop & Rap, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical. The head unit will also save six custom EQ curves you create by adjusting the units built-in EQ. Choose the parametric or graphic EQ:

    • 5- Band Parametric EQ: The built-in Parametric EQ allows you to adjust the following 5 frequency bands in 1/3 octave steps from -6 to +6 dB at a bandwidth Q factor of 1, 1.5, or 3:
      • Band 1: 20 Hz to 80 Hz
      • Band 2: 50 Hz to 200 Hz
      • Band 3: 125 Hz to 3.2 kHz
      • Band 4: 315 Hz to 8 kHz
      • Band 5: 800 Hz to 20 kHz
    • 7-Band Graphic EQ: The built-in Graphic EQ allows you to adjust the following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB:
      • Band 1: 63 Hz
      • Band 2: 150 Hz
      • Band 3: 400 Hz
      • Band 4: 1 kHz
      • Band 5: 2.5 kHz
      • Band 6: 6.3 kHz
      • Band 7: 17.5 kHz

    Crossover: The active crossover can be used as a 2.2 channel (3-way; low-pass subwoofer, band-pass midrange, high-pass tweeter) or a 4.2 channel (2-way; high-pass front and rear, low-pass subwoofer). A crossover limits the frequencies delivered to a given speaker, so you send only the frequencies for which the speaker is well suited. The crossover adjusts the high pass filter or low pass filter of each band along with the slope and output level. You can adjust the following crossover settings:

    • 4.2 Channel:
      • High Pass Filter: the front and rear outputs are individually adjustable; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Low Pass Filter: the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
    • 2.2 Channel:
      • Tweeter/High Pass Filter: crossover from 1 kHz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Midrange/Band Pass Filter: a band pass has both high pass and low pass filters; HPF 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct; LPF from 20 Hz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
      • Subwoofer/Low Pass Filter: the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB

    Time Correction: The time correction feature delays the audio signal to the speakers closer to the listener. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance from all speakers for optimum staging. You can adjust the distance of each speaker and subwoofer (6-channel) to the listener from 0 to 132.7 inches.

    Media Xpander: The MX (Media Xpander) function makes vocals or instruments sound distinct by restoring sound quality typically lost during recording or transmission; this function helps restore audio information that becomes obscured when audio is compressed. The MX function can be applied to all sources, except AM radio. There are three settings and each source can have its own setting.

    Remote Control

    IR Wireless Remote: In addition to the unit's touchscreen and hard-key controls, the IVA-W505 comes supplied with a full-function IR wireless remote control.

    Optional Factory Steering Wheel Remote Interface: If your vehicle is equipped with steering wheel radio controls, you may be able to operate the IVA-W505 using those controls. The PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately) 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 a 4" pigtail). Please check the Crutchfield Car Selector to confirm whether your vehicle is compatible with the SWI-JACK interface.

     

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    7/31/2008
     
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    Worst receiver i've used

    Written By Bryan, MA on Monday, June 13, 2011
     
    Got this as a replacement for my Durango. Its a great looking unit but is by far the worst i've used. It has such a lackluster interface with minimal extra features compared to my Pioneer Avic N-3 which is 5 years older. The ipod interface is awful..Its so slow at times, the sound is crackly, and the worst part is how weak the built in amp is. Its so weak that in songs with more bass, the music will get quiet and then louder when the bass stops. Whoever designed this was out of their mind. Something as simple as setting the time STILL confuses me!! NEVER BUY THIS UNIT!
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    3 out of 5

    Ok HEAD UNIT

    Written By tone, houston on Friday, September 17, 2010
     
    This is an ok head unit. For this price you would have thought they added a screensaver or wallpaper to the display but they don't. You're forced to look at an ugly radio mic. I've yet to really toggle with it though they might have downloadable screensavers at Alpines website like they did a few years ago on a different high end head unit. Ill be adding the NVE-p1 nagivation module to see what more i can get out of this unit. The bluetooth should come in handy. Alpine makes good Stereo units. Small sleek and sexy. But when it comes to in dash monitors, there is alot of better looking much more visually attractive displays on the market
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    1 out of 5

    Terrible Alpine Unit

    Written By DeepC, Longview, WA on Thursday, May 13, 2010
     
    I bought 4 of these. My work truck, my wife and 2 daughters' cars. Nothing but trouble from DAY ONE. I travel 3 to 5,000 miles a month. I use car navigation extensively. This NAV unit would send you the wrong way, the long way, and constantly locked up requiring turning off and on, or even having to turn truck off and on. If you add a stop to your NAV route system will freeze requiring re-start of car. Local audio store who installed this unit showed Alpine Rep how going to Washougal, WA from Longview, WA, approx 55 miles, would take you across the Columbia River into Oregon and out east on Hwy 84 to cross back over the river and head back west to Washougal. Over 100 miles. Alpine would not make good on this. From day one none of the 3 different Alpine navigation options would work correctly. And the W505 will not work w/ the new iPhone 3G. They came out w/ an adapter for the 3G but system would play a few songs then lock up. Terrible product and terrible Alpine support.
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    1 out of 5

    Alpine IVA-W505

    Written By 2fast4thelaw, Denver, CO on Thursday, March 25, 2010
     
    I have an older model Alpine IVA-W200 in my other car and I love it! It has never given me any trouble and it works perfectly and its been in use for 3 years.

    The only things I can say I do like:
    Screen is bigger and slightly better, not by much.
    It does sound good when it works.
    Being able to have album art is cool but other than that iPod functionality is NO better and in fact in my opinion its worse.

    For years I have been a loyal alpine customer and have loved each avery piece of alpine equipment but this one is riddled with bugs and glitches!!!!!


    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine IVA-W505

    Written By Hector, Georgia on Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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    This radio unit works perfect! Sounds great, and the video quality is wonderful. It's very easy to connect as well. Crutchfield gave me step by step instructions on how to take a part my center console.

    However, the only issue I had was with the USB extension cable. It did not work with my I-POD, but it charges my phone. I just need to get the full speed connection cable for my I-POD.

    Thank you for your support, Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine IVA-W505

    Written By pborsh, Pittsburgh, Pa on Saturday, November 07, 2009
     
    This is a great head unit. I was amazed by the sound and picture quality of this unit. My only real complaint about the 505 is that it is really underpowered, but that is easily fixed with the Alpine KTP 445 Powerpack which boosts its ouput from 18w to 45w per channel (spend the extra money, you will not regret it). Besides the power output the only thing I would change is the Ipod selection screen. I would have liked to have seen a coverflow selector, after all I am driving shouldn't it be easier to identify my selections quickly.
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    3 out of 5

    Alpine IVA-W505

    Written By Anonymous, NY on Saturday, October 17, 2009
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    Nice unit, navigation is another story. Ease of use 4 stars. I've had this unit for over a year now. I went with the Nav upgrade with bluetooth, issues with both.

    1. The bluetooth sound is low and very MONO toned! So be prepared to turn the volume up to at least 25 to hear anyone ( I have polk speakers too).

    2. Navigation, trying to find a big box store or any other simple store...Good Luck, It'll tell you there's a store 56.72 miles away when your right in front of it, I kid you not!

    You've probably already seen to reviews about the NAV/Bluetooth on other sites and I can tell you...There all true! The good though is it'll tell you what time to expect to be at your location when your far way.
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    3 out of 5

    IVA-505 with NAV

    Written By no, texas on Friday, April 24, 2009
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    Bought the 505 in Dec 2008 and have replaced 3 times. Twice with new units and one unit was repaired twice by Alpine direct. I dont know if I have just bad luck with reading all the good reviews. This unit is a excellent stereo that does all it claims except when it comes to the NAV cart. This docking style unit seems to have issues with good connections between the 505 and NAV cart. After 3 505 units, 3 NAV carts, and 4 months of shipping back and forth I finally got 2 items that mate correctly. If I had to do it again I would because this unit is great.....even with the issues I went through. One word on Crutchfields return service.....5 Stars!,cant get no better.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing

    Written By Tom, NJ on Friday, March 27, 2009
     
    By far one of the best units on the market to date. When coupled with an IPOD, you can control your entire library with the touch of a button effortlessly. Installed easy, controls are great, the touch screen and search capability are awesome. The NVE-P1 navigation works great as well. Alpine couldnt have made a better unit in my opinion. Grab one and you wont be sorry
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Sean, Oconomowoc, WI on Monday, November 24, 2008
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    When I was first looking at this head unit I wasn't sure if it was worth it to go from my IVA-W200 to this. However, upon reading more about it I decided to take the plunge and go for it and I'm glad I did. Pretty much everything from the iPod interface to the general interaction with the rest of the unit has been improved greatly. Not much else I can say about this thing other than it's great.

    My favorite thing about it by far is the large 7 inch screen. Not only can you tell a dramatic difference over the IVA-W200's smaller screen size but also the enhanced resolution make everything much cleaner looking. DVD's especially look much less grainy and sharper which means quite a bit when you consider the relatively small size of the screen compared to a TV.

    I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a "do everything and look great" head unit!
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    ejohn2000

    Written By Everett, Clinton MD on Saturday, October 11, 2008
     
    This have to be one of the best head unit of all the other alpine head units
    i have owned. GREAT, GREAT JOB ALPINE. This head unit going
    to be a big hit.
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    5 out of 5

    Exceptional as always!

    Written By Phil119, Queens, New York on Wednesday, October 01, 2008
     
    I was eager to purchase this unit considering I owned the IVA-D310. The disappointment that came with my previous Eclipse unit left me craving another Alpine. The IVA-W505 is exceptional plug and play video from my I-POD was insane. Movies Music videos all at the touch of my finger tips, no other unit out there is equal to it's diversity. I don't mind that it was not originally made as a Nav unit ,considering most units that come with a Nav unit installed already ;usually suffer in deficiencies in one area or another. I would recommend the new Alpine NVE P1. It does all the Nav features you need without the blackbird problems people are listing. I recommend this unit for anyone who loves to have a plethora of options while driving , instead of limiting themselves to a lesser head unit.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Alpine IVA-W505

    Written By NJZGuy, New Jersey on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
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    This is the first multimedia double-din unit I've ever owned or had experience with. Overall, I'm very impressed with the quality and flexibility of the unit, and it's ease of use. The sound is so much better than the base Nissan stereo. Love the iPod integration, and the screen is bright, sharp, and highly visible under most lighting conditions (except direct glare from sunlight). It would really be cool if you could also change the illumination color of the buttons as you can the screen (I have my screen set to amber to match the instrument illumination in my '07 350Z), and download your own wallpaper.

    There's only one gripe I have about the unit, and owners of the Nissan 350Z equipped with automatic transmissions should take note: When the gearshift is in Park, it BLOCKS the motorized door. It's not a problem if you're changing music discs while the car is in Drive, but if you have the car parked, you'll need to put the shifter in Neutral if you need to swap out CD and DVD discs.
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    5 out of 5

    It does it all, very well

    Written By x7chris, San Diego, CA on Friday, August 22, 2008
     
    I was skeptical about this head unit because it "does it all" but I was surprised to learn that it really does do it all, quite well. The only feature that isn't on par with other similar products is the Blackbird II GPS unit. The graphics are so-so, and quite often it doesn't know street names and can't find obvious places, such as the big box store that has been there for a few years. I love the iPod integration... it will play video from my 80GB iPod Classic and the 3rd generation iPod Nano (the square one). iPhone 3G integration is amazing... downloads all of my contacts, recent/missed calls, and the audio quality using the included mic amazes everyone that hears it. That's got to be my favorite feature!

    I did an install video which includes my demonstration of bluetooth phone integration (iPhone 3G), iPod, Sirius, and a backup camera. Please check it out by going to iTunes and searching the iTunes Store for "truckblog" to download it and watch it on your iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, or computer.
    12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Entertainment HU

    Written By Mark, Plano, TX on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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    Pros:
    1. Navigating the menus is easy (intuitive)
    2. Video is crystal clear on DVD's
    3. FM radio is better than any previous Alpine I have owned.
    4. Full iPod functionality.
    5. Customizable screen background is great.
    6. Pairs together seamlessly with Alpines H701 or H100 for ultra fine tuning.

    Cons:
    1. Alpine is dragging their feet on getting the accessories out. IT IS ALMOST AUGUST!
    2. I would like to see a rotary volume knob on the next model. The tiny buttons are too easy to miss.
    3. (2.2 Volts??) C'mon Alpine give us at least 5V outputs on the next one... 8V would even be better. Is it that much more expensive to manufacture higher voltage outputs?

    IMO, this is the best Double Din on the market today. I would recommend this product to a friend.
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit with some quirks.

    Written By Keith, Arkansas on Saturday, July 19, 2008
     
    This is a great unit for the price. Awesome resolution with video and the expansion is almost limitless. The sound is fantastic and its really easy to navigate through the menus. It has a very classy look as far as the unit goes, even when its off (eg. the glass-like black and silver surround). When using the steering wheel controls there is a bit of lag time but in all they work flawlessly. There is a few things that I think could have been done differently. One being the two volt pre-outs. Not exactly a big deal because you can upgrade to the imprint sound manager but why not go ahead and make it 4 or 5 volt out? Oh well. The dual zone feature is great as my kids in the back can watch a movie while I listen to satellite radio or something like that. The only thing that I personally don't like about this feature is that there is no way to turn it off. For example, even if there is an audio cd in the disc drive and you change the source, when you come back to the disc its on a different part. This might cause some premature wear on the laser eye or something of that nature. As far as audio controls go its pretty simple. I wish there was a little more control on the unit itself without having to upgrade to imprint.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME!!!

    Written By BRYSON, gainesville, fl on Monday, May 26, 2008
     
    This dvd player is awesome!!! I had the Pioneer D3X unit and it was great but had issues and had to return it. Found out it was discontinued so Crutchfield recommended this unit. Very happy they did!
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    5 out of 5

    Gerat Double Din

    Written By Nick, OC, California on Monday, April 21, 2008
     
    This is the first touch screen double din I have purchased. I upgraded from another Alpine head unit. I found that the ease of the head unit is great. The ipod feature is one of the best features that it came with. I looked into other head units with ipod and naviagation. I found that this was better then the pioneer units. I dont know about the navi for this unit, but the Ipod controls is great. I would recommend this product. The only problem is I wish that there was more colorful backgrounds, but other than that I love the IVA-W505
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    5 out of 5

    Well worth the wait!!

    Written By Joe D, Warren NJ on Friday, April 18, 2008
     
    I upgraded to the W505 and it is one of the best purchases of an electronic device that I've ever made. Moving up from the W205, there is no comparison. The menus are fast, smooth and sharp. Ipod control with album art cover is unbelieveable (gen 5 and 6). The smoothness of operation is unparalleled. There are background colors added (Magenta, blue, green and Amber) so no car gets left out. The bluetooth connects to my phone and operates seamlessly. The blackbird works really well when docked inside. The screen is a little larger than the 205, and it feels more elegant. The trim colors are black chrome which goes well with my all black interior. The touch screen feels rich and accurate. I cant say enough good things about the unit. How someone can not like this unit, is beyond my comprehension. It delivers everything it promises. I personally do not want for more.
    Only gripe and its minor, the projection of the navigation screen is still a little low res looking. But its still nice though.
    Get one, you wont be dissapointed.
    Joe D.
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice unit

    Written By Steve, Montana on Friday, April 18, 2008
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    I have owned Alpine units in the past and have been very happy with
    them. This unit is no different! Excellent sound quality, the video screen is
    awesome. Playing mps's off the flash interface is very easy to use. I would
    highly recommend this unit!
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    W505 is stellar

    Written By Ricky, Kenansville, FL on Wednesday, April 09, 2008
     
    I upgraded my
    IVA-W205 in my 2007
    FX2 F150 to this
    W505. My current
    setup is a IVA-W505,
    Blackbird II,
    Fosgate amps and
    subs with Infinity
    separates. This new
    Alpine is a fine
    addition to an
    already great line.
    We liked the
    IVA-W205 so much we
    installed one in
    both my pickups and
    my wife's 2006
    Mustang GT. Once
    this deck was
    released I had to
    give it a try. The
    505 has built in
    IPOD video which is
    perfect, the hookups
    are great, the
    additional options
    this deck has are
    amazing. I have been
    building stereo
    systems for almost
    20 years and would
    recommend this deck
    for anyone wanting
    the best.

    The clarity and ease
    of install are what
    you expect from
    Alpine, and the
    screen is beautiful.
    I agree the
    Blackbird has it's
    issues but the W505
    is easier to operate
    than the Kenwood and
    Pioneer decks they
    replaced in my
    vehicles. As always
    Critchfield's
    service and support
    are second to none.
    Ordered this deck on
    Monday and received
    it today
    (Wednesday).
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    1 out of 5

    BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!!!!

    Written By Alan, Miami, FL on Tuesday, April 08, 2008
     
    Can you say
    proprietary optical
    cable? Forget about
    using this unit with
    the H701 Processor
    because you need a
    cable called the
    KWE-610A which is no
    where to be found
    anywhere. I did a
    search for it on the
    Internet and it
    turned up nothing.
    The only place it is
    mentioned is in the
    manual. Another
    disappointment is
    the IPOD Full Speed
    Cable 422I. DO NOT
    BUY for this unit if
    you plan on taking
    advantage of the
    Ipod album art
    feature. The art
    only displays when
    you connect the Ipod
    through the USB
    connection. What a
    waste!!!!! As for
    navigation, the
    Blackbird II is just
    as bad on this
    unit as the W205.
    NO IMPROVEMENT!!!
    You would think they
    would come up with a
    software update for
    the text to voice
    feature.

    Anyhow, sorry to
    disappoint all those
    who have been
    patiently waiting
    for this unit.
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