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Alpine KCU-461iV iPod® Cable

Sends audio and video to select Alpine multimedia receivers

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  • Alpine KCU-461iV iPod® Cable

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Our take on the Alpine KCU-461iV iPod® Cable

by Ken Nail
Alpine

Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

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Alpine's KCU-461iV cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to select Alpine multimedia receivers, so you can enjoy listening to your music when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. You'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too.

This cable currently works with select 2012-up Alpine receivers. See "Details" for more information. Warranty: 1 year.

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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A/V + Control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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Alpine
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size
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Classic/5Gen
Nano
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6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch
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4/3/2/1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • 11" iPod A/V cable (with a Apple dock connector on one end and a USB type-A/3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 5' A/V minijack extension cable (with a male 3.5mm connector on one end and a female 3.5mm connector on other end)

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Features

iPod/iPhone USB Cable: The KCU-461iV allows you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone to select 2012-up Alpine multimedia & navigation head units. The KCU-461iV consists of 11" iPod A/V cable (with an Apple dock connector on one end and a USB type-A/3.5mm connector on other end), and a 5' A/V minijack extension cable (with a right-angle male 3.5mm connector on one end and a female 3.5mm connector on other end). The 5' A/V minijack extension cable plugs in between your Alpine head unit's rear-panel Aux A/V input and the included iPod A/V cable. The iPod A/V cable also connects to your Alpine head unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and USB extension cable, as well as the dock connector of your iPod/iPhone.

Alpine Head Unit Compatibility: The KCU-461iV is compatible with select 2012-up Alpine head units that support USB iPod A/V connection. Once the adapter is connected, the iPod appears on the head unit's display as a selectable source. The following Alpine multimedia & navigation head units are compatible (as of 8/9/2012).

  • Navigation Head Units: INE-S920HD, INE-Z928HD
  • Multimedia Head Units: IVE-W530, IVE-W535HD

Audio/Video Playback: The KCU-461iV supports both audio/video playback from a compatible iPod/iPhone to your compatible Alpine multimedia or navigation head unit. You can enjoy audio playback of your stored music, podcasts, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone through your compatible Alpine multimedia or navigation head unit. You can also enjoy video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your iPod/iPhone; as well as video based apps streamed to your iPod or iPhone.

iPod/iPhone Control: The Alpine KCU-461iV lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook; and your video library by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rented Movie - from your compatible Alpine multimedia or navigation head unit. You can then search each category alphabetically (A-Z). It also supports three Shuffle playback functions (All/Album/Category) and Repeat playback function (song).

iPod Display: The Alpine KCU-461iV will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information on your compatible Alpine multimedia or navigation head unit's touchscreen display. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, as well as Album Art. The unit will not display music app information .

iPod Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the KCU-461iV will power and charge your iPod/iPhone through your compatible Alpine head unit's USB (type-A) port . If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. Does not support charging of the Apple iPad.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine KCU-461iV is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Alpine multimedia or navigation receiver (as of 9/29/2013).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.02 PC N N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 N N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 N N N N N N N N
5C 7.0 N N N N N N N N
5S 7.0 N N N N N N N N
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N N N N N N N
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
 
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5 out of 5

Alpine KCU 461iv iPod cable

Written By Nicole S., Merrick ny on Friday, April 04, 2014
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Great product, convenient , shipped fast
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By Sam S, Augusta, GA on Friday, January 31, 2014
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Does what it's supposed to so. No issues or concerns.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

kcu-461iv

Written By Roy, Quincy, WA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Purchased Alpine audio / video cable to go with my I-phone. Very happy with the price and service. Quick shipment is always a plus.

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5 out of 5

Does what it is supposed to do

Written By Chris, Maricopa, AZ on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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Can't say much. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I can listen to music and watch movies on my iPod. It is great
Pros:
Works perfectly
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Works perfect

Written By Eric, Boyce, Va on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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Works as it should
Pros:
Works like it should
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

great wish the cord is longer

Written By EdwardT, Washington DC on Thursday, August 29, 2013
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Just as described. Works with my new Alpine S920HD. The only drawback I can say is the cord could be a little longer.
Cons:
Wish the cord is longer for backseat passengers.
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4 out of 5

Works like advertised

Written By Rick M, Beckley WV on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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The cable works exactly as advertised an it is easy to hook up to the head unit. The only complaint I have is the dock connector is too large to fit with several different iPhone cases.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
The dock connector is too large to be plugged in with several different iPhone cases.
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5 out of 5

Great Cable

Written By Atomic13MJB, Boston. MA on Friday, August 23, 2013
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Works as advertised. Seats nicely in my iPhone and doesn't come out unless I want it to do so.
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5 out of 5

Works the way that it should.

Written By AyyJayy, Jacksonville, NC on Monday, July 29, 2013
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The cable does what it's supposed to do. It gets the video and audio signal from the Apple device to the head unit. The only problem is that the new iOS version isn't supported on the head unit that I have (IVE-W535HD), but that's a separate issue. Just make sure that your Apple device is compatible before purchasing this cable.
Pros:
Allows video to be streamed from iPod/iPhone to head unit.
Cons:
Weird design. Two wires need to be plugged in separately.
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5 out of 5

Great cable for apple products

Written By FC, Columbia, SC on Monday, July 08, 2013
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Solid cable. Built well to last. Works as advertised. I have it connected to a IVE-W535HD and my ipod. No loss in sound.
Pros:
It feels and looks well built. Looks like it will last even after connecting and disconnecting daily. Charges equipment.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Works great!

Written By JeffR, Maryland on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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Cable works as described with the ICS-X7HD. I am able to view videos from my 160 GB iPod classic as well as all the usual music, album art, etc.
Pros:
Quality cable and connectors
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Ipod for Alpine

Written By ScotC, Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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If you're going to add the Alpine, Ipod is definitely on your mind. This is a solid cable that I ran from my W535HD head unit to my glove box. Plenty of cable that lets you take your Ipod out of the glove box and unplug it without straining. Nice solid connection that you have to squeeze to release, so there is never an issue with the cable working loose while you're not paying attention. Cable allows perfect functionality with your Ipod, including playlists, search functions, tagging and album art. Even charges the Ipod while not in use so you can leave the sucker in your car forever if you want. Is there anything more you need?
Pros:
Perfect functionality with Alpine. Enough length to work with.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great cable!

Written By Brian C, Temecula,CA on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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This cable is perfect! I use it with my Alpine In Dash IVE 535 dvd player/iphone head unit. I use my ipod with this cable and it works great allowing me to control my songs through the Head Unit.
Pros:
Great value
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

iPod video for your Alpine!

Written By DW, Houston, TX on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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There isn't much to this, so there really isn't a reason to give it less than 5 stars since it does what it should. Simple enough to plug in and start controlling your iPod (or iPhone) and listen to music or watch video.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

How long is this cable? How long is the extension? [ Melanie  Aug 19, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • I have an Audi S4 and am able to reach the back seat with the extension cables provided. Guessing I think it's about 4-5 feet. If you require more length then it will be a simple trip to the local computer store to buy a longer extension cable for the usb and stereo 1/8" jack. [ MICHAEL J   Aug 19, 2014 ]
  • However the extension is only for the 3.5 mm jack. I had to buy a usb extension also. It all depends on your setup. [ NATHANIEL L   Aug 19, 2014 ]
  • The cable is 1 foot. The extension is 3 foot. [ NATHANIEL L   Aug 19, 2014 ]
  • The extension that goes in the back of the radio is about 5 feet and the part with the 30 pin onbit is 12 inches. Plenty of length to reach a center console or glove box [ RUDOLPH   Aug 19, 2014 ]

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