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Alpine CDA-9820XM

CD receiver with built-in XM Radio tuner

Item # 500CDA9820

Alpine is the first to take the next step in the satellite radio revolution — the CDA-9820XM CD receiver...

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About the Alpine CDA-9820XM

Alpine is the first to take the next step in the satellite radio revolution — the CDA-9820XM CD receiver features a built-in XM Satellite Radio tuner! That means no more "black box" for you to buy and install to get 100 channels of entertainment at your fingertips. Just add an XM antenna and subscribe! Surfing the XM dial is easy with Alpine's Quick Search keys: dedicated buttons for XM enable you to find the channel you want fast — search by category or channel.
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Alpine is the first to take the next step in the satellite radio revolution — the CDA-9820XM CD receiver features a built-in XM Satellite Radio tuner! That means no more "black box" for you to buy and install to get 100 channels of entertainment at your fingertips. Just add an XM antenna and subscribe! Surfing the XM dial is easy with Alpine's Quick Search keys: dedicated buttons for XM enable you to find the channel you want fast — search by category or channel.

Alpine's Bass Engine® lets you pick which bass and treble frequencies get adjusted, choose how wide or narrow the bass boost is, and adjust the subwoofer level. The result is music that's better tailored to your vehicle's interior.

To ensure good sound, Alpine adds MediaXpander™ to the Bass Engine sound controls. Different settings for radio and CD listening let MediaXpander bring more energy and life out of the music as best befits the source.

Built-in MOSFET power (18 watts RMS x 4 — CEA-2006 Compliant) will propel music through your speakers with intense depth and detail. Two sets of preamp outputs enable you to expand your car audio system over time to include component amps for your speakers and subs. Plus, with XM built in, it's easier to add a CD changer or auxiliary source.

Read a hands-on review of Alpine's CDA-9820XM at CrutchfieldAdvisor.com.

Note: You must have a subscription to XM in order to tune in the digital satellite radio signal. (Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.)

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Product highlights:

  • detachable face
  • built-in XM tuner (requires antenna and service subscription)
  • MaxTune tuner
  • 12 FM/6 AM presets
  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
  • MediaXpander
  • source tone memory
  • CD changer controls for Alpine Ai-NET changers only
  • optional auxiliary input
  • front and rear preamp outputs
  • MOSFET internal amp
  • clock
  • optional remote
  • 18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CDA9820XM

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/XM/CD/Changer controller receiver
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness with in-line fuse/fuse holder
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Customer Care Registration card
  • Correction sheet

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Features & specs

Expandability
AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Optional
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible Optional
Satellite Radio Ready XM
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth N/A
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color Green/Amber
Key Button Color Green and Red
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Optional
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback
High-res Playback

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Features
XM Satellite Radio Tuner
Changer Controls
Clock Display Note

Features

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.

Note: The buttons remain illuminated.

Bass Engine: Bass Engine functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine includes the following functions:

  • Bass Center Frequency Control: To tailor bass response to your preference, you may select the bass control's center frequency. You may select from the following center frequencies: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz.
  • Bass Width Control: You may choose from four band width (Q-Factor) settings for the bass control; the bass control can be set to affect a wide or narrow band of frequencies.
  • Bass Type: You may choose from the following Bass Type settings: Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3. Type 1 will sound best if you have a subwoofer in your system. Use Type 2 or Type 3 if you are using small diameter speakers.
  • Treble Center Frequency Control: To tailor treble response to your preference, you may select the treble control's center frequency. You may select from the following center frequencies: 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz.
  • Subwoofer Level Control: The level of the subwoofer preamp outputs can be adjusted to balance the output of your subwoofer with that of your other speakers.

MX (MediaXpander): The CDA-9820XM features the MediaXpander function, which is offered on Bass Engine Pro, Bass Engine Plus, and some Bass Engine models. The MediaXpander 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 expansion modes for each internal source (CD, FM, XM), and each source can have its own setting. There are only one or two expansion modes available for external sources.

Disc and Station Titling: Titles of up to 8 characters in length may be entered for up to 18 radio stations and 18 CDs.

Auxiliary Input Ready: With the addition of the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable, the KCA-801B auxiliary input adapter, or the KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal, the audio from an auxiliary source can be played through this unit. When the KCA-121B interface cable is used, a CD changer cannot be connected to the head unit; the KCA-801B auxiliary input adapter allows you to connect an auxiliary source and an Ai-NET changer to the head unit. The KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal allows you to feed audio from up to two auxiliary sources and two Ai-NET CD changers to the head unit.

Compatible with Optional Remotes: This unit is compatible with the optional RUE-4202 and RUE-4190 wireless remotes. While both remotes are fully compatible, only the RUE-4190 includes a numeric key pad that can be used to directly access XM Satellite Radio channel numbers.

MobileHub Link: Using the MobileHub Link, you can connect an optional Junction Box and a Nokia 6310i tri-band GSM cellular phone, allowing you to control the incoming and outgoing calls from the head unit. 

Power Off: When an external amplifier is connected and the built-in amplifier is not used, removing power from the built-in amplifier will improve the sound quality.

XM Satellite Radio Tuner

Built-in XM Satellite Radio Tuner: The CDA-9820XM features a built-in XM Satellite Radio tuner. The built-in tuner, along with an antenna and subscription, allows you to receive XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio programming features up to 100 channels of digital-quality music, news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

Selecting Channels: The tuner allows you to select channels by number or category. Channels are organized into various program categories. You can search between the different categories and then search among the channels within each category.

Preset Memory: You can store a total of 18 channels in the receiver's preset memory. Up to 6 channels can be stored in each following band: X1, X2, and X3.

Installation: In addition to the built-in tuner, you must have a subscription to XM Radio and an XM-compatible antenna in order to tune in the digital satellite radio signal.

Note: Because the tuner uses a single antenna connection, it is not compatible with antennas that have two connections.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is compatible with 6- and 12-disc Alpine Ai-NET CD changers; also, this unit can control Alpine Ai-NET CD/MP3 changers and DVD changers. Alpine M-Bus CD changers cannot be controlled by this unit. 

Multiple Changer Control: With the addition of an optional adapter, more than one CD changer can be controlled. One KCA-400C adapter will allow you to connect up to 4 CD changers, and two KCA-400C adapters will allow you to connect up to a total of 6 CD changers. The KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal can be used to connect up to two CD changers and two auxiliary audio sources.

Text Display: When connected to a text capable changer, this unit can display text data from CD Text encoded CDs and MP3 CDs.

Disc Titling: When connected to a CD changer with disc title memory, CD titles may be entered and displayed for discs played in the changer. The title length and title capacity varies depending on the model of CD changer used; titles cannot be input for MP3 discs.

Clock Display Note

Clock Operation: This unit allows you to choose "keyed" or "unit on" clock operation. When the clock has been given display priority and the unit is turned off, the clock will be displayed whenever the ignition key is in the "on" or "accessory" position. If the clock is not given display priority, the clock is not displayed when the unit is off.

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