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Alpine CDA-9857

CD player with MP3/WMA playback

Item # 500CDA9857

The CDA-9857 CD player brings the striking style and legibility of Alpine's BioLite display technology to your dash.

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The CDA-9857 CD player brings the striking style and legibility of Alpine's BioLite display technology to your dash.

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About the Alpine CDA-9857

The CDA-9857 CD player brings the striking style and legibility of Alpine's BioLite display technology to your dash. The large, easy-to-read display offers stunning graphics and plenty of space for your track and system information. Best of all, the 2-line display means you'll be able to see both artist and track information from your portable player or satellite radio without having to toggle back and forth.
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The CDA-9857 CD player brings the striking style and legibility of Alpine's BioLite display technology to your dash. The large, easy-to-read display offers stunning graphics and plenty of space for your track and system information. Best of all, the 2-line display means you'll be able to see both artist and track information from your portable player or satellite radio without having to toggle back and forth.

The high-performance show doesn't stop there. You also get a powerful, built-in amplifier to ensure crisp performance from your speakers, along with Alpine's Bass Engine for comprehensive sound shaping control. BBE processing improves high-frequency focus and low-frequency punch for better sound from your compressed music files.

Speaking of your digital music collection, the CDA-9857 can handle the MP3s and WMAs that you've burned to disc, and Alpine's QuickSearch function makes it easy to find your favorite songs quickly. Three sets of preamp outputs connect to your outboard amplifiers, and you can control your bass settings right from the driver's seat.

If you want more entertainment options, you'll find connections for a portable music player, a satellite radio, and a CD changer. If you have an iPod, Alpine's Full Speed iPod adapter lets you control playback and song selection right from the faceplate. You can upgrade your AM/FM experience with an optional HD Radio tuner. The included wireless remote gives everybody in the car access to all the fun.

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Product highlights:

  • CD player with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • flip-down, detachable face with 2-line BioLite display
  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
  • Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
  • BBE processing
  • Source Tone Memory
  • three sets of preamp outputs
  • HD Radio-ready
  • controls for an optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
  • compatible with an iPod using Alpine's Full Speed controls
  • CD changer controls
  • remote control
  • clock
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • 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 # CDA-9857

What's in the box:

  • CD/MP3/WMA receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RUE-4202)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • Face fixing screw
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • Owner's Manual
  • Customer Care Registration card

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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 Both
HD Radio Optional
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 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 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color BioLite
Key Button Color Blue/Green
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
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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CD Changer Controls

Features

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.

BioLite Display: The crisp, clear, white on black BioLite display uses biochemical luminescence technology that provides outstanding visibility even in daylight. 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.

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.

iPod Full Speed: The CDA-9857 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 6" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with any Apple iPod with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, or Album searches. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. The unit can be used with the following iPod versions:

  • Third generation iPod: Ver.2.3
  • Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.0.2
  • iPod photo: Ver.1.0
  • iPod mini: Ver.1.3
  • iPod nano: Ver.1.0
  • iPod video

Direct Search: When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music. Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content:

  • Preset 1: 0% to 16% (of the song library)
  • 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%

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3/WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with constant and variable bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps and WMA files with constant and variable bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with discs containing up to 510 files/folders, with a maximum of 255 folders. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed. Note: The CDA-9857 is compatible with Windows PlaysForSure.

Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, MP3 or WMA 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 Search button.

HD Radio Ready: The CDA-9857 can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. While receiving HD Radio, the unit can automatically switch between the analog and digital signals, or you can manually switch to the analog signals exclusively.

Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or Sirius Satellite Radio receiver to the CDA-9857. To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Terk XMD1000 Universal tuner and the Terk XM Direct Smart Digital Adapter for Alpine (700XMALPIN). To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Sirius tuner for Alpine (item # 607SIRALP1) directly to the head unit. A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi2 or Sirius Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input adapter. A compatible antenna and a subscription are also required to receive satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.

Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCA-100BT Bluetooth adapter (item # 500KCA1BT), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through an included microphone and your vehicle's speakers.

USB Adapter Ready: With the optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item # 500KCA620M), you can connect and control MP3 players that have USB connections. In addition, if you have MP3s stored on a USB thumb drive, you can select and play those files from the head unit.

BBE Processing: BBE makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. You can select the level of the BBE effect (1, 2, or 3), or turn BBE off. Note: You can set different levels of BBE for each source. BBE is not available for AM radio.

External Processor Controls: This unit can control an Alpine multi-channel sound processor, such as the PXA-H701.

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 Control:
    • Bass Center Frequency: Select from 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 120Hz
    • Bass Band Width (Q): Select from 1.25 (narrow) to 0.50 (wide)
    • Bass Level: Select from -7 to +10 (-14dB to +20dB in 2dB steps)
  • Treble Control:
    • Treble Center Frequency: Select from 7.5kHz, 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz or 15kHz
    • Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
  • Defeat On/Off: You can reset the unit to its factory default bass and treble settings by turning the Defeat function on.

Power IC 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.

Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination dimmer lead. When the unit's dimmer mode has been set to "Auto" and the illumination lead has been 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.

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.

Wireless Remote: The CDA-9857 can be controlled with the supplied RUE-4202 wireless remote control. The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The CDA-9857 has a "steering remote control" input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-ALP interface (item #127SWIALP), you can retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-ALP is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable or KCA-410C Versatile Link Terminal, you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR or portable unit.

CD Changer Controls

Ai-NET Compatible: An optional Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 and DVD Changers) may be connected to, and controlled by, the CDA-9857. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link Terminal (item # 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers (up to 6) with this unit.

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