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Alpine KCE-250BT Bluetooth® Adapter

Add hands-free calling to your compatible Alpine stereo

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by Zak Billmeier
Alpine
Alpine Authorized Online Dealer

Add the convenience of hands-free calling to your compatible 2009-up Alpine car stereo. Alpine's KCE-250BT Bluetooth® adapter, powered by industry leader Parrot, lets you answer incoming calls, place outgoing calls, and scroll through your phone book entries without ever touching your phone. You can leave your phone in your pocket or purse when you get in the car — it connects automatically when you turn on your stereo.

When a call comes in, your stereo mutes the music and you'll hear the caller over your speakers. The included microphone uses Active Echo Cancellation technology to ensure that you'll be heard loud and clear on the other end.

The KCE-250BT also works with select 2008 Bluetooth-ready Alpine stereos with the help of the KWE-460 connecter cable. Check the "Details" tab for compatible models.

Note: Compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Highlights:

  • Bluetooth interface adapter for 2009-up Alpine stereos
  • send and receive calls with the stereo's controls (includes microphone)
  • Active Echo Cancellation technology ensures noise-free conversations
  • dimensions: 3-3/4"W x 1-11/16"H x 4-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

 

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What's in the box?

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  • Bluetooth interface module
  • Microphone with attached 13' cable terminated by a 2-pin connector
  • 59"' DIN cable with a proprietary 13-pin connector on each end
  • 6.5' Power/Ground harness with a 4-pin molex plug on one end and male and female bullet-connectors on other end
  • Visor clip
  • Self-adhesive foam pad
  • 2 Strips of velcro
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Customer Care Registration Card
  • "To Customers" note

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Features

Overview: The Alpine KCE-250BT enables your Bluetooth compatible cell phone to sync up with your 2009-up Alpine Bluetooth ready head unit. You get full control and full hands-free functionality from your compatible Alpine head unit for your Bluetooth compatible cell phone. The interface includes a microphone and the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers.

Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a wireless technology allowing communication between a mobile device over short distances. This enables a hands-free call or data transmission between Bluetooth compatible devices. Bluetooth transmission is available in the unlicensed 2.4GHz spectrum if the distance between devices is within 33 feet (10 meters).

Bluetooth Compatibility: The KCE-250BT supports Bluetooth version 2.0 and the following Bluetooth Profiles.

  • HFP: Hands Free Profile
  • HSP: Head Set Profile

Note: This adaptor does not have A2DP audio streaming capability.

Headunit Compatibility: The Alpine KCE-250BT is compatible with 2009-up Alpine Bluetooth ready head units and multimedia units.

Note: 2008 carry-over Alpine Bluetooth ready head units are also compatible with the KCE-250BT in conjunction with the Alpine KWE-460E adapter cable ( 500KWE460E, sold separately). You will lose iPod connectivity for these 2008 carry-over Alpine head units.

Phone Compatibility: The Alpine KCE-250BT is powered by Parrot for expanded compatibility for many Bluetooth enabled cell phones. The KCE-250BT supports select Apple, AU, BenQ-Siemens, Blackberry, and Casio Bluetooth enabled cell phones. New software can be downloaded and installed via Bluetooth connection to your laptop to support future cell phone models.

Note: Not all Bluetooth-capable phones will be compatible.

Pairing: The KCE-250BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one device can be used at a time).

Bluetooth Phone Operation: The KCE-250BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing and auto answer with compatible phones. You can make a phone call from a contact listed in your phone book using any 2009 Alpine Bluetooth ready head unit's user interface. You can even use direct 12-key dialing from 2009-up Alpine Bluetooth ready multimedia head unit's with touchscreen controls.

  • Placing Calls: The KCE-250BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone.
    • Redial: press the phone button within 5 seconds of ending a call
    • Call History: the 10 previously dialed, received or missed numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory
    • Phonebook: up to 1,000 entries can be downloaded from your phone
    • Voice Dialing: if you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact just by speaking the name of your contact
    • Direct Dial: direct 12-key dialing from a 2009-up Alpine Bluetooth ready multimedia head unit's touchscreen
  • Receiving Calls: The KCE-250BT provides a couple ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming call are announced by the received call ring tone through your vehicle's speakers and a displayed message (Caller name/Phone No.) across your Alpine head unit's display.
    • Manual Answer: manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit
    • Automatic Answer: set your Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after about 5 seconds

Note: Display of Phonebook, Received Calls, Missed Calls and Dialed Calls varies from phone to phone and by your service provider.

Microphone: The supplied microphone allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free. The microphone comes with a visor clips for mounting purposes. The microphone measures 0.5625" in diameter and 1.375" long. The microphone has an attached 13' cable which plugs into the Bluetooth interface module. The microphone's volume can be adjusted from 0-15.

Echo Cancellation: The KCE-250BT's Active Echo Cancellation technology ensures the highest-quality, noise-free sound when you are on the phone.

Mute: When you make or receive a call, the audio from the stereo is muted. When using the Bluetooth interface, no other device can be used with the mute (interrupt) function.

Speaker Output: You can select which connected speakers in your vehicle to output the sound signal of your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front Left/Right. You can also adjust the volume level of a received call.

 
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Not for iPhone :(

Written By Joe.S., Corpus Christi Tx on Friday, March 15, 2013
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i purchased this bluetooth addition so that i could talk wirelessly but also to stream music without having to plug in my phone every time, after installing i tried to connect it to my iphone 4s and it was successfull however when i pushed the phone button on my ida-x305s it goes to the phone menu and freezes and i have to take the face off to reset it the only way it works is if someone calls me i can answer and talk and end the call but any thing i try to do as far as out going is impossible and when i go to the bluetooth input it says no connection. I have not tried to call customer service because i get out of work after they have closed but i googled the issue and they had page after page of complaints with the same issue and from what i have read the iphone firmware is the issue with it not pairing up correctly but all i can say is if you have an iphone this is not for you at least until an update comes out to fix the problem. P.S. Crutchfield has an excellent customer service center when i do have time to talk to them they are very helpfull i am not talking bad about them this is solely a software issue and i wrote this review only to warn people about the problem i hope something comes out soon because i would really like to use it .....Thanks Joe!!
Pros:
phone calls are clear with no echo
Cons:
only works when it wants to
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4 out of 5

Alpine KCE-250BT Bluetooth® Adapter

Written By Juan, Richmond TX on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Connected to my digital media receiver IDA-X303 & mytouch 3g by HTC phone works fine even voice dail.make sure you connect the pink/black wires. Only problem is with phones genius button some time i have to push voice dail 2 times to connect not kce-250bt related.
Pros:
Easy to install to IDA-X303 digital media receiver if you take it to a pro should not cost much money at best 1 hour labor
Cons:
no problems @ this time
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1 out of 5

Does Not Work

Written By Dan, NY on Sunday, November 13, 2011
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I have the IDA-x305s and this is the unit recommended by Alpine. It does not work anywhere near well enough for it to be of any use. It paired right after install and I tossed the box, unfortunately. It pairs once in a dozen tries if I'm lucky. Alpine tech support was rude and useless. I double checked all connections, then called them back and they actually told me to try turning my phone off and on until it connected...that's convenient. For a technology that works in an earpiece the size of a quarter you'd think this would be able to handle it but apparently Bluetooth is too much for Alpine.

Update 12.20.2011 - I just wanted to add that Crutchfield has amazing customer service (would give more stars, but they're for the product). Someone contacted me in response to my review to arrange an exchange even though it has been installed and missing the box. I will obviously continue to buy products from Crutchfield for a long time, as service like that is rare.
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3 questions already asked

Is Alpine KCE-250BT Bluetooth Adapter compatible with alpine ina-w900bt ? [ Yasmine  Mar 21, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Alpine KCE-400BT Parrot Bluetooth adapter is the only Bluetooth adapter that is compatible with the Alpine INA-900BT. There is not a replacement. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 22, 2014 ]
IS THIS COMPATIBLE USING WITH MY ALPINE CDA 105 RADIO? [ AL  Jan 13, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will work. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 14, 2014 ]
Is this adapter compatible with the alpine avi-310 multimedia station? [ andrew  Dec 27, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current gear. They will be able to pull up your components and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 27, 2013 ]

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