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Alpine CDA-117

CD receiver

Item # 500CDA117

The CDA-117 features a rear-mounted USB input, so you can also play the MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've loaded...

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The CDA-117 features a rear-mounted USB input, so you can also play the MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've loaded...

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About the Alpine CDA-117

Outstanding tone from any source

The CDA-117 features a rear-mounted USB input, so you can also play the MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've loaded on a thumb drive. Plus, you can play all your CDs and recordable discs, so you'll have plenty of music for long trips or your daily commute. You'll see all song and artist info clearly on the easy-to-read BioLite™ display.

Outstanding tone from any source

Alpine built the CDA-117 CD receiver for anyone who loves great sound. You can shape the sound with a 5-band equalizer and a high-pass filter that'll keep your full-range speakers running clean by eliminating the low bass that they can't handle. Plus, Media Xpander helps tweak your sound to better cut through road noise. No matter what source you choose, the premium digital-to-analog converter makes sure all your tunes sound their best.

Play all your digital music

Control your iPod® or iPhone® with the included cable. You'll keep your player charged as you drive, while you navigate your albums and playlists easily. The large rotary controller acts like an iPod's click wheel for fast scrolling through your music library, and Alpine's Percentage Search lets you use the receiver's six tuner preset buttons to jump around even more quickly.

The CDA-117 features a rear-mounted USB input, so you can also play the MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've loaded on a thumb drive. Plus, you can play all your CDs and recordable discs, so you'll have plenty of music for long trips or your daily commute. You'll see all song and artist info clearly on the easy-to-read BioLite™ display.

Tune your system to perfection

Tuning kit

Add Alpine's IMPRINT processor to turn your vehicle into the perfect listening space.

The CDA-117 offers three sets of high-powered preamp outputs that send a cleaner signal to your outboard amps. If you want to get top performance from your setup, add Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT sound processor and the KTX-H100 tuning kit to turn your vehicle into the perfect listening space. The IMPRINT measures your car's acoustics and uses its extensive equalization and time delay adjustments to create a perfect audio environment.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Information provided by Alpine

Bio-lite display Find your tunes fast


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • fold-down, detachable face with a 2-line BioLite display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iPod control with included cable
    • Media Xpander (helps instruments and vocals cut through road noise, with different settings for each source)
    • high-pass filter (speakers and front/rear preamp outputs)
    • compatible with: Alpine Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, HD Radio™ tuner, CD changer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    • inputs: USB input, optional aux input, included iPod cable
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs ( 4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10A mini-ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Hard plastic face case
    • RUE-4202 wireless remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 6.5' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 8" iPod dock/USB connector cable (with an iPod dock connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 2 Piece plastic-clamp assembly (for USB cable connector)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM (Eng/Fre)
    • Quick Reference Guide (Eng/Fre)
    • System Requirements Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre)
    • Customer Care Registration card

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready XM
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC
    High-res Playback

    Product Research

    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16 kbps to 320 kbps are supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to a maximum of 255 folders and 510 files per folder can be read from one disc. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

    Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you are playing a disc with CD Text, ID3, WMA or AAC tags, you can easily search for a track or file by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track, and select it by pressing the play button.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDA-117 offers Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Repeat Play (repeats playback of current track/file), Folder Repeat (repeats only files in current folder)
    • Random: Random Play (all tracks/files on disc are played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are played back in random order)

    Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDA-117 no more that 35° above horizontal.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    USB Port: The Alpine CDA-117 features a rear-panel USB type-A port so you may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), or AAC (16-320 kbps) music files formatted in FAT 12/16/32. This unit will recognize up to 20 folders and 1,000 files per folder (20,000 total files). When you plug in your USB memory device the CDA-117 will automatically identify music files while ignoring other types of files. You can locate songs quickly and easily with the convenient file and folder search function, QuickSearch. You can also search your music file by category (Playlist/Artist/Album/Genre/Composer/Folder) and/or alphabetically. The unit's USB port will also charge your connected USB device.

    Built-In iPod Control: You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel USB port and included USB extension using the supplied iPod dock/USB connector cable and get access to all of your iPod's stored music, right from the head unit (you can also use the cable that came with your iPod, however, it's not automotive-grade like the one supplied). With USB connection, your iPod's large music libraries are loaded instantly through the head unit. Sound quality is maximized by using USB along with the head unit's D/A converter, allowing for Signal to Noise ratio up to105dB. Once your iPod is connected, you get convenient control so you can scroll through all your Categories: Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genre, Composers, Podcasts; and view all your song information right from the display on the head unit. For especially big music libraries, Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of a selected category list (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library). You can also search music categories alphabetically. In addition, the CDA-117 provides Repeat and Random playback modes for your iPod/iPhone music. The Alpine CDA-117 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible when connected via the included USB/iPod dock cable and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y

    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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable (500KCA121B, sold separately) you can input audio from an external audio source.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit Burr Brown D/A Converter: The CDA-117 uses a 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of your music.

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    • CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4-channel (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4-channel (200 total watts)

    Power Pack Ready: You can also add-on Alpine's KTP-445 Power Pack (500KTP445, sold separately) to instantly increase the head unit's power to a true 45-watts x 4-channel (RMS). The Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack connects between the Alpine head unit and unit's wiring harness.

    4V/6CH Pre-out: The CDA-117 has 3-sets (Front/Rear/Sub) of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The dedicated subwoofer output offers independent level control (0-15) and adjustable phase (Norm/Rev). You can select either System1 or System2 for the desired subwoofer effect.

    • Subwoofer System 1: Subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting.
    • Subwoofer System 2: Subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting; even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible.

    Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.

    High Pass Filter (HPF): The speaker level and front line level outputs have a selectable high-pass filer (HPF); off (default), 60Hz, 80Hz, or 100Hz.

    MX (Media Xpander): The MX (Media Expander) makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. The FM radio, CD, USB memory, and iPhone/iPod will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.

    5-Band EQ/7-Band EQ: The Alpine head unit allows you to adjust its built-in Parametric EQ 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, 2,3, or 4.
      • Band 1: 63 Hz to 200 Hz
      • Band 2: 160 Hz to 1 kHz
      • Band 3: 630 Hz to 4 kHz
      • Band 4: 1.6 kHz to 10kHz
      • Band 5: 10 kHz to 17.5 kHz
    • 7-Band Graphic EQ: The built-in Graphic EQ allows you to adjust the following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB.
      • Frequency 1: 80 Hz
      • Frequency 2: 250 Hz
      • Frequency 3: 500 Hz
      • Frequency 4: 1 kHz
      • Frequency 5: 4 kHz
      • Frequency 6: 8 kHz
      • Frequency 7: 16 kHz

    Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance between the left and right 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.

    Soundfield Presets: You can store up to 6 Parametric/Graphic EQ and T. Correction settings into the head unit's preset memory, so your custom audio settings can be recalled quickly.

    IMPRINT Sound Upgradeable: The CDA-117 is IMPRINT ready. Simply add the Alpine IMPRINT PXA-H100 audio processor (500PXAH100, sold separately) and the Alpine KTX-H100 tuning kit (500KTXH100, sold separately) for automatic sound tuning or powerful manual tuning options. IMPRINT automatically measures the entire listening area, capturing time domain and frequency response information from each listening location to process and improve the sound at every seat in your vehicle. Precise control and corrections yield enhanced sound so you can enjoy an optimal listening experience. The IMPRINT audio processor allows you to customize your crossover adjustments so you can control where you send your high and low frequencies. It also provide detailed equalizer adjustments.

    Audio Mute: Activating the Audio Mute function will instantly lower the volume level by 20 dB.

    Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

    Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. This feature can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDA-117 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 2 FM bands and 1 AM providing allowing you to store 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.

    Local/Distance Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned.

    RBDS with Tagging: The RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data System) is a radio information system. The RBDS allows you to receive a variety of information such as traffic information, station names, and song information. The CDA-117 also supports RBDS Tagging, which allows you to save song information to your compatible iPod/iPhone connected to the head unit's USB port. The next time you sync your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you can then purchase this "tagged" song.

    HD Radio Ready: The CDA-117 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550, sold separately) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. HD Radio provides music and programming in a crystal-clear digital format; FM stations offer CD-quality sound, while AM stations offer FM-quality sound, and virtually no distortion. Multicasting technology allows access to additional free music channels provided by most major radio stations. The add-on HD Radio Tuner also offers iTunes Tagging, allowing you to Tag songs on an FM HD Radio station. The songs' information is captured on the TUA-T550HD and transferred to your compatible iPod when connected to the USB port. The next time you connect your iPod to your iTunes account, a new Tagged playlist will appear and give you the option to preview or buy the songs from iTunes.

    Note: iTunes tagging is supported by the iPod video (5th generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), and iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th generations). Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMALP2, sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via an optional auxiliary input (KCA-121B, sold separately).

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a face-case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.

    Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    BioLite High-Definition Display: The crisp, clear, white on black BioLite display uses biochemical luminescence technology that provides outstanding visibility even in daylight. You can view playback information of all your sources on this 2-line, 156x38 display. It is 40% brighter than normal displays, with higher resolution and better contrast. In addition, it has a much wider viewing angle than conventional displays. With Alpine's BioLite technology, maximized visibility makes it easy to see current selections and search for new song selections.

    Background Animation Displays: You can select from 4 different animated background displays: falling "Vs", glimmering water surface, gears, or pulsating shapes (hearts, diamonds, musical notes, circles, and stars). The animation displays can be turned off for a plain black background.

    Time and Calendar: The Alpine CDA-117 offers a 12/24-hour clock and calendar (dd/mm/yyyy) display.

    Opening Message: When engaged, this feature will display a special message each time you turn on the radio on certain dates; Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday (after you program your birth date), etc.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead; when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

    Black Out: When Blackout mode is turned on , after 5 seconds, all display indications on this unit will turn off to reduce power consumption. This additional power enhances the sound quality.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: This unit is Bluetooth ready so you can add the optional Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter (500KCE400B, sold separately) to pair up your cell phone with the head unit. Now, you can make and take phone calls conveniently, hands-free. You will be able to view caller information including caller ID, missed, dialed, and received calls right from the head unit's display. You will use the microphone supplied with the optional KCE-400BT to speak, and then listen through your car's speakers. You can even set up your cell phone/head unit to automatically answer your calls. With select compatible phones with streaming audio capability, you can listen to music stored on your phone and have it stream through your Alpine system.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit Alpine's web site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote: The CDA-117 can be controlled with the supplied RUE-4202 wireless remote control or the optional RUE-4190 (500RUE4190, sold separately). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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