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Alpine DVA-9861

In-dash DVD player

Item # 500DVA9861

You'll start your mobile video system off on the right foot with Alpine's DVA-9861 in-dash DVD player.

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You'll start your mobile video system off on the right foot with Alpine's DVA-9861 in-dash DVD player.

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Item # 500DVA9861

About the Alpine DVA-9861

You'll start your mobile video system off on the right foot with Alpine's DVA-9861 in-dash DVD player. It plays all kinds of discs, including your digital music files, and features a heavy-duty built-in amplifier that'll make anything you listen to sound great. This versatile DVD player also offers you a host of options for expanding your system.
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You'll start your mobile video system off on the right foot with Alpine's DVA-9861 in-dash DVD player. It plays all kinds of discs, including your digital music files, and features a heavy-duty built-in amplifier that'll make anything you listen to sound great. This versatile DVD player also offers you a host of options for expanding your system.

To get DVD video playback, you'll need to connect a video screen to the video output. In addition to your movies on DVD, this stereo will also play standard CDs, along with the MP3 and WMA files you've burned on disc. Audiophiles, the DVA-9861 plays DVD-Audio discs so you can enjoy the superior sound reproduction and sonic dynamics that this format offers.

Connect your iPod® using Alpine's optional Full Speed™ interface cable, and control its functions right from the DVA-9861's fold-down faceplate — this single-cable connection will even recharge the iPod's battery. Is your iPod stuffed with thousands of songs? With Alpine's Direct Search feature, you can scroll through your song, artist, and album titles quickly to find the songs you want to hear.

If your cell phone is compatible with Bluetooth® technology, connect Alpine's Bluetooth interface module, and you'll be able to make and receive hands-free calls. Add the auxiliary input adapter to your order, and you can also connect an MP3 player or any other external sound source for more options.

To make sure everything sounds just the way you like it, Alpine included advanced sound controls. Bass Engine® lets you tightly tune your bass and treble settings, while professional-grade BBE® processing "fills out" the sound with enhanced bass and improved focus. And if you plan on building a full-scale system, you can connect external amplifiers to three sets of four-volt preamp outputs.


Product highlights:

  • DVD/CD player with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels; CEA-2006 compliant)
  • detachable, fold-down face with rotary encoder knob
  • plays DVDs, DVD-R/RWs, DVD+R/RWs, CDs, CD-R/RWs, and MP3/WMA discs
  • DVD-Audio compatible
  • Bass Engine
  • BBE processing
  • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and subscription required)
  • compatible with Alpine's Full Speed iPod control interface
  • works with optional Alpine Bluetooth interface module and HD Radio™ tuner
  • optional auxiliary input (adapter required)
  • video output
  • optical digital output for connection to an optional surround-sound processor
  • 4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • wireless remote
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # DVA-9861

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/DVD/Changer controller receiver
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness (has in-line noise filter and 10A fuse)
  • 1 RUE-4203 wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 lithium battery
  • 6.5' RCA extension cable (has an RCA connector on each end)
  • 2 Bracket keys
  • 4 ISO-mount screws
  • 1 Face security screw
  • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • "To customers" sheet (Alpine Theater Amp note)
  • "To customers" sheet (supplementary information and manual correction)
  • Customer Care Registration card

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Features & specs

AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input 0
USB Input Optional
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Alexa Voice Control
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible Optional
Satellite Radio Ready Both
HD Radio Optional
Navigation No
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
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 0
Display Color
Key Button Color Blue/Green
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback
High-res Playback

Product Research

DVD/Video CD Controls
CD Changer Controls
Clock Display Note


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.

Blackout Display Mode: When the Blackout mode is activated, the display and button illumination turn off to reduce power consumption. The additional power made available by turning off the display helps enhance sound quality.

Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to the DVA-9861. To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Terk XMD1000 Universal tuner (209XMD1000) and the Terk XM Direct Smart Digital Adapter for Alpine (209XMDALP1). 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 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.

HD Radio Ready: The DVA-9861 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.

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.

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 the vehicle's headlight circuit, the display's illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, the "MANUAL" dimmer mode setting may be selected, so the display is dim at all times. 

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, 100Hz, or 120Hz
    • Bass Band Width: Select from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
    • Bass Level: Select from -7 to +10
  • Treble Control:
    • Treble Center Frequency: Select from 7.5kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz or 15kHz
    • Treble Level: -7 to +7

BBE: 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.

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 Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.

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 8 kbps to 320 kbps are supported. Discs recorded using Joliet, Romeo, or other ISSO 9660 compliant formats can be played, but file and folder names will not be displayed correctly. Discs containing both standard CD audio and MP3/WMA data can be played; the unit may be set to play only the CD audio tracks or only the MP3/WMA files. ID3 tags and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.

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

Subwoofer Output: In addition to front and rear preamp outputs, the DVA-9861 features a dedicated subwoofer preamp output. The subwoofer output has an independent volume control, and can be turned on or off.

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.

iPod Full Speed: 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%

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.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The DVA-9861 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.

DVD/Video CD Controls

DVD Functions: This unit allows you to perform the following DVD/Video CD functions: chapter search, track search, 3-speed scan play (forward and reverse), 2-speed slow motion play (forward and reverse), pause, and frame advance.

Dolby Digital and DTS Compatibility: When the rear-panel optical digital output (standard Toslink) is connected to an optional Alpine digital audio processor, you can enjoy Dolby Digital and DTS surround.

Selectable NTSC/PAL Configuration: This unit allows you to switch the video output configuration to NTSC or PAL according to the type of monitor and the disc recording method.

Pre-stop Function: When the Pre-stop function is used, the position at which playback is stopped is stored in the memory, and playback resumes from that position.

Slow Motion Playback: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you may move through the program being played in one of the following slow motion speeds: 1/2 or 1/8. Slow motion playback is possible in both directions.

Repeat Playback: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title or the current chapter. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc.

Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.

Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Parental Lock: Parental Lock allows you to restrict the playback of DVDs that are unsuitable for younger viewers. You can select a parental lock rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Digital Output: You can select a digital output setting of  Bitstream or LPCM. When set to Bitstream, the digital output is switched automatically according to the type of audio signals being played. When set to LPCM, the audio signals recorded on the disc are converted to 48kHz/16-bit (for DVDs) or 44.1kHz (for Video CDs and CDs) linear PCM audio signals for output.

CD Changer Controls

Ai-NET Compatible: An optional Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 Changers) may be connected to, and controlled by, the DVA-9861. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link Terminal (item # 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers with this unit.

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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