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XM Direct 2 Alpine Car Kit

Add XM Satellite Radio to your Alpine receiver

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Item #: 700XMALP2
 

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Our take on the XM Direct 2 Alpine Car Kit

by Zak Billmeier

This XM Direct 2 package includes everything you need to add XM Satellite Radio to your compatible Alpine receiver: an XM Direct2 tuner and an Alpine connector cable.

Use your home computer to program the Direct2 tuner for your Alpine receiver — you can reprogram this adapter to work with another brand in the future. Once connected, you'll be able to change channels and see programming information on your stereo's display.

Note: A subscription to XM is also required — learn about XM's programming. Satellite radio service is available only within Canada and the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Portable reception may vary by location.

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Features and Specs
General
Service XM
Compatible Brand Alpine
Display Lines None
Channel Presets None
Song Memory None
Built-in FM Transmitter No
Car Kit Included
Home Kit No
Changer Jack/Pass-Thru Yes
NavTraffic Compatible No
Included Antenna Car Antenna
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 3-3/4
Height (inches) 0-3/4
Depth (inches) 2-1/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

  • This XMDirect² package includes two separate products: the CNP2000UCA Vehicle Tuner with car kit and the CNPALP1 Alpine XMDirect² Connection cable
  • The CNP2000UCA package includes:
  • XMDirect² Vehicle Tuner with attached 42" cable
  • Protocol Interface Adapter
  • Snap-on cover for PIA
  • 6' USB Programming cable (USB Type A connector on one end and proprietary XM connector on the other)
  • Magnetic antenna with attached 22' cable (single SMB connector)
  • Antenna cable rubber bumper
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Installation Guide (English/ Spanish/ French)
  • Computer connection instructions
  • The Alpine XMDirect² Connection cable package includes:
  • XMDirect2 connection cable for Alpine XM-ready car stereos (harness has 6" female Ai-NET pass-through cable/3' male Ai-NET cable/6' yellow and black power/ground wires)
  • 14" Yellow power wire with in-line fuse holder and 1-amp fuse
  • Installation guide (English/ Spanish/ French)

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Features

Product Overview: This package includes the Audiovox CNP2000UCA XMDirect² Tuner/Protocol Interface Adapter/antenna (item number 220CNP2UCA) and the Audiovox XMDirect² Alpine CNPALP1 Connection Cable (item number 220CNPALP1). With this package, you can install XM Satellite Radio with your compatible, satellite-ready Alpine car stereo receiver. In addition to the hardware, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio in order to receive programming.

XM Satellite Radio: XM Satellite Radio programming offers over 170 digital radio channels including commercial free music channels, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers traffic and weather alerts for several major US cities (24 cities as of 6/29/10), as well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA tour, Indy car racing, and several major college conferences.

Compatibility: As the firmware is released to complete the compatibility between the XMDirect² tuner and a specific head unit, this package is added to the accessory list for the head unit; please check there to confirm compatibility.

Installation Overview: The XM Vehicle Tuner plugs directly into the Protocol Interface Adapter (PIA). The CNPALP1 cable plugs between your XM-ready radio and the PIA via a 34-pin connection. You must also mount the magnetic antenna on the roof or trunk of your vehicle, and route the cable to the tuner (inside the vehicle). Before installation, you must download the proper radio model protocol to the PIA from the XMDirect² website (firmware will not be available for all satellite ready radios, but if this package is listed as an accessory for your radio, it is compatible and the correct firmware is available on the audiovox.com/xmdirect/ website). This requires connecting your PC to the PIA via the supplied USB Programming cable and accessing the Internet.

Note: You must have Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed on your PC for programming the PIA. The operating system must be the 32 bit version. The software is not compatible with 64 bit versions.

Dimensions: The XMDirect² components have the following dimensions:

  • Tuner:
    • Width: 3.71"
    • Height: 0.70"
    • Depth: 2.05"
  • Magnetic Antenna:
    • Width: 1.41"
    • Length: 1.74"
    • Height: 0.53"
    • Cable Length: 22'
  • Protocol Interface Adapter (PIA):
    • Width: 2.78"
    • Height: 0.85"
    • Depth: 4.65"
 
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1 out of 5

Multiple reprogramming required

Written By Terry J, Stockbridge, Ga on Friday, June 24, 2011
 
Installed with an Alpine head unit. I have had to reprogram 7 times. Audiovox customer service cant help and says it is not a know issue. If they google their own product they would see many people have the same issue and many reviews on this site alone say the same thing. stay away from this product unless you like removing your dash every few months. I had to cancel my XM subscription to avoid paying for service I could not use. Shame that Apline and XM customers have no other solutions. Hundreds of dollars wasted on equipment and programming that was NEVER enjoyable. I now have a 700 dollar ipod interface since FM reception is non existant and my Alpine has no other source now!
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2 out of 5

XM Direct 2 Alpine Car Kit

Written By MarkS, Aiken, SC on Saturday, November 06, 2010
 
I purchased this item as an accessory for my new Alpine Head unit. Unfortunately, the item didn't include the Ai-net cable required to connect to the Alpine. Additionally, Audiovox is apparently having quality issues with the usb cable required to send firmware updates to the receiver. Crutchfield is aware of the cable quality issues, so they kindly included a second cable - WHICH WAS ALSO DEFECTIVE. Multiple attempts to install the appropriate firmware crashed the usb drivers on my computers. I was finally able to borrow a cable to successfully complete the install (the cable is not a standard usb)... The only reason I give it two stars is because it finally works....
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