About the Alpine ICS-X7HD
Stay connected on the go
Stay connected on the go
We've long recommended Alpine receivers to anyone looking for great sound and solid performance. Now, with their ICS-X7HD digital media receiver, they've given you smartphone junkies and digital-media aficionados a receiver that speaks your language. Not only will it connect to your iPhone® or Android™ phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly. If your phone is equipped with Siri® Eyes Free technology, anything you can do with Siri can be done with the ICS-X7HD. To top it off, its built-in HD Radio™ tuner allows you to enjoy vastly-improved sound quality from participating local AM and FM stations.
The Favorites menu (on the left) lets you access your preferred contacts, sources, and stations quickly.
All of your favorites at your fingertips
Alpine's "Favorites" button on the ICS-X7HD saves your personal preferences, giving you quick access to the features you use the most. For example, you could enter a local FM station, the receiver's 9-band equalizer, a Pandora Internet radio station, your home phone number, and a SiriusXM channel for your Favorites. This feature ties into your Bluetooth profile so the receiver will pull up your settings when you're driving, then switch to the Favorites of other family members when they're at the wheel.
MirrorLink™ connectivity for Android phones
Alpine offers something for Android users too. With the help of an app, MirrorLink shows a simplified image of your smartphone's display on the Alpine, so you can control music stored on your phone, your navigation app, phone calls, and much more. The apps show up big as life on the receiver's 7" screen, so you can concentrate on the driving instead of squinting at your phone. This Alpine works with the Samsung® Galaxy S3.
Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Alpine stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the ICS-X7HD, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.
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.
- digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (no built-in CD player)
- internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- 7" touchscreen display
- MirrorLink™ for in-dash control of select smartphones
- Siri® Eyes Free for voice control of compatible iPhones®
- built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- built-in HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging
- iPhone® Pandora control through USB
- Android™ Pandora control through Bluetooth®
- iPhone app direct mode
- fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
- 9-band parametric equalizer with 10 preset EQ curves
- 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
- compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
- inputs: rear USB input, rear A/V input, rear camera input
- outputs: rear A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
What's in the box:
- Double-DIN multimedia receiver (w/ integrated 7" touchscreen monitor)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring (installed)
- Wiring harness (has in-line 15A fuse and fuse holder)
- Pre-amp/AV harness
- Reverse/Remote Out harness
- 5' Proprietary USB cable (proprietary connector on one end and female USB type-A port on other end)
- Microphone (attached 13' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
- Visor clip
- Two-sided tape
- 8 Pan-head machine screws (M5x8mm)
- 6 Countersunk machine screws (M5x8mm)
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Owner's Manual CD-ROM
- Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
- System Requirements (for CD-ROM)
- Online Product Registration card
- "Using Sir/Voice Dial Function" note
Alpine ICS-X7HD reviews
Horrible, terrible, wish I'd never ordered it and should have returned it immediately. Very difficult to navigate. Takes forever to connect blue tooth and very poor equalizing. I bought the Pioneer 4200 for my truck and it puts the Alpine to shame. I'm going to replace the Alpine with another Pioneer and may take batting practice on the Alpine.
Pros: Made me look for a better receiver.
Cons: Wasted my money on it
0 of 4 found this helpful
Brilliant so far.
Pros: Came with a great many harnesses to make installation easy.
Cons: So far nothing.
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Alpine always makes great radios...no exceptions here. Sounds fantastic, great qualty, easy install.
Pros: Sound quality.
Cons: Mirror link
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Overall a great stereo for a very good price
Pros: Super easy install with the help of crutchfield has all of the features that I was looking for and plenty of options for adding amplifiers
Cons: The only con I could even think of is the safety feature for not being able to adjust some of the setting while the vehicle is in drive
0 of 0 found this helpful
Sound quality's great if you tweak the crossovers and time correction, the touchscreen is responsive, Bluetooth works. The software could use some polishing, though. It could be so much better with all the screen space that is currently being wasted. Also, I would I would like more control over the colors and fonts and the icons. The interface looks a bit like early 2000s.
Pros: Fast startup - music starts playing even before the screen comes alive. Sound shaping possibilities - time correction really makes a difference. Responsive touchscreen.
Cons: Clunky software
3 of 3 found this helpful
I bought this receiver because it had an HD tuner, Bluetooth, and app-mirroring with Android. The first two work great. The last one works only if you have a Galaxy S3. This receiver does not appear to properly use the MirrorLink standard, only as it is utilized with one particular Android phone from one manufacturer. My phone is MirrorLink-compatible per the MirrorLink website, but all the Alpine unit says is "USB Device not Recognized". If you want the functionality this unit appears to have, you'll need to pony up double this unit's price for a Kenwood using Android Auto with it's own nav antenna. "This Alpine works with the Samsung® Galaxy S3" should be amended to include the word "only". Shipping it back, waste of install time.
Pros: Looks amazing and has tons of functionality...
Cons: ...if you own a Samsung Galaxy S3.
2 of 2 found this helpful
This is a fantastic set up, aside from a few small pet peeve's which don't even come from this headunit itself.
Pros: very quick and easy install, wiring diagrams provided were spot on.
Cons: a bit pricey to not have a built in navigation system but with the sound quality I'm receiving it makes sense.
1 of 1 found this helpful
I love this head unit because the many options it offers for under $400 satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth steaming, works with iPhone 5s (no video), I'd recommend this to my friends for sure!
Pros: Mechless no CDs, Bluetooth steaming, satellite and HD radio, Ipod connection and input video
Cons: Analog video input, software too slow
2 of 2 found this helpful
Seems like a great deck for Apple compatibility buy not for Android. Before purchased, i communicated with one Crutchfield's pros and my questions was specifically, is it compatible with a Galaxy S5 and the answer was Yes. After receiving and installing, many of the features do not work. I also called support and finally one of the pros agreed that its not compatiable. I decided to keep it instead of removing it sending it back and installing another.
Pros: Great screen display and sound quality Fits well in my Tacoma with kit Bluetooth connectivity is pretty good Connect to phone quickly
Cons: Touch screen function very sluggish and slow in responding Moving around in software is poor, back button isn't responsive Does Not mirror my Samsung S5. Should of gotten CD unit.
2 of 2 found this helpful
This needs to be removed from the description >> MirrorLinkT for in-dash control of select smartphones It does not work with and LG G4. The head unit displays an error indicating and incompatibility with the phone. Is there a firmware upgrade that is available for the head unit ? There are a lot of phone advertising MirrorLink capability, why doesn't Alpine fix this issue with current phones. ?
Pros: Quality build, works great with and iPod
Cons: MirrorLink is a sad disappointment, a lot of people who went out of there way to purchase this head unit for this capability are left stranded with an unworkable solution.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Great stereo. Would be even better if I had mirror link but still a great product.
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This doesn't work!!! I even bought the Samsung S6 Edge that has a built in app for the MirrorLink but when I plugged it in, it says the USB is not compatible and the MirrorLink icon isn't even compatible. First, Crutchfield needs to let people know the limitations of this garbage unit. Tech Support had to look it up to see what Android it was compatible with. It should state as part of the description. I'd give this a ZERO rating but it won't let me.
Pros: No pros! thank you for the opportunity of having me post my review.
Cons: Everything about this unit including the company that sold it and made it.
7 of 13 found this helpful
First, the sound quality is good, this is not a bad unit, per se. The main issue is that they advertise Mirror Link as a feature and firmware as upgradeable, however the support is not there. The Mirror Link only works with the Samsung Galaxy S3..a 4 or 5 year old phone...we are now on S6. Alpine has no plans to upgrade the firmware...so both of these "features" are useless. I am debating returning the unit.
Cons: No factory support No Mirror Link for anything newer than a Galaxy S3
6 of 6 found this helpful
This stereo is very nice.
Pros: The sound is great and it is very easy to use.
Cons: The only problem is that you have to hook it up to the foot brake and the parking brake to install it. Also, in order to use the setup function, you have to push the brakes several times or it will not work. It doesn't always show the whole name of the song if it's too long.
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I wanted to love this product, but I bought it mostly for the mirror link feature and the ability to use my phone for navigation and the primary music source. Unfortunately, my phone, even though the mirror link site says is compatible with the technology, is not compatible with this unit. It seems that almost no "modern" phone would be because mirror link has been passed over for newer technology and Alpine has discontinued this unit with no plans for firmware updates. It does do a lot of things well. It has fantastic audio controls you can use to really tweak out a nice system. I hooked up an older Apple Nano to it and it nicely controlled it. I did find using the touch screen a little cumbersome, but that is true for me with any audio touchscreen. If you are looking for a head unit with lots of control ability and only plan to use an older phone/ipod as your sound source, this might be a good choice. BUT, Alpine has other products either identically or similarly priced that I would consider. This product was a great idea, but without sustainable mirror link support, I don't think it makes sense. For what it's worth- Crutchfield's second to none customer support allowed me to return this unit, after I had installed it, and exchange it for a more suitable unit.
Pros: Lots of audio control, great display
Cons: Major Con- Mirror Link is a technology abandoned by Alpine
10 of 10 found this helpful
Replaced my factory headunit with this piece... huge improvement in sound. Was very easy to set up, even being my first time doing a headunit install. The unit is easy to use and the touch screen is definitely good quality and responsive. I would say it's perfect, except for the following: Certain actions - like scrolling - are a little tough to get right, but once you get used to it, it's really not a problem. Also, the whole flow between menu items and such could be a little better, but hey it's not an iPad you're putting up there. I'd also like to see the price come down a bit on one hand, but on the other hand it was pretty-well worth it. One last thing is that it does take a bit to boot-up (and by "a bit" I basically just mean that it's not 'instantly' available). i.e. It's not instant, but I wouldn't necessarily call it slow... I don't have much to compare to, but I would say definitely a quality piece.
Pros: Great Sound, Easy to Setup, All the Connections and Outputs You Could Need, Looks Sharp
Cons: User Interface isn't perfect (but you can't really expect it to be)
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I installed this unit in my 2010 F-150 XLT without the 4" lcd display. The listing shows it will not fit, however it does fit with plenty of room behind for wiring. Radio and Bluetooth worked fine, I couldnt get the device to play music saved on my phone via USB. Phone calls were nice and clear and you can adjust the input level of your voice to the other end. The interface is a bit generic and the menu is a bit difficult to navigate. Can't operate most of the settings without parking somewhere. Mirrorlink was a joke, as this unit is a Mirrolink v1.0 unit, and after talking with Alpine, they do not plan to update firmware. Go to mirrolink's website to check what version your phone uses. Overall not impressed.
Pros: Solid sound, good eq customization Physically looks great, nice screen size Call quality and use excellent Bluetooth works well.
Cons: Interface a bit behind. Music via USB didn't work for me. Lack of Manufacturer future support No remote comes with this unit. If you have a phone that was new last 2.5 years, forget mirrorlink
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Unit paired easily with my Samsung 4S. Streams Pandora & podcasts, music, etc. Quite well.
Pros: Installed reasonably easy, has great screen and Pandora is very easy to use.
Cons: Can't get mirror link to work. Setup menu is a pain to get into. Screen auto dimmer doesn't dim that much at dark.
2 of 2 found this helpful
Awesome head unit with great sound. Would highly recommend this unit for anybody wanting a digital media head unit.
Cons: No cons. Very satisfied with this unit. Would be it again.
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I bought this unit to go in my 2013 Nissan Altima Coupe. It looks fantastic and it sounds incredible. Works equally great through bluetooth or usb. Very easy to install with included accessories from Crutchfield. It's really cool to watch videos from your ipod/iphone on this thing. I use it with my Samsung Galaxy S4. The graphics and ease of moving in and out of apps is what make it allot of fun to use. Nothing but great things to say about this unit
Pros: delivers as advertised
Cons: a bit pricey for not having built in Navigation but the Alpine build quality probably deserves it's value
3 of 3 found this helpful
Pros: Easy to use, large screen
Cons: Actually finding a phone that can interface with mirrorlink.
3 of 4 found this helpful
Awesome in my 2011 Camaro with the Scoche 5201AB
Pros: Beautiful Color Screen, Excellent sound
Cons: Glare in the sunlight
6 of 9 found this helpful
Excellent deck. Really easy to use and sounds spectacular!
1 of 4 found this helpful
Bought the Alpine ICS-X7HD for my 93 Toyota MR2; needing an upgrade really bad, and wanting something different from the typical CD/DVD unit.
Pros: Nice 7" screen; Bluetooth for hands free calling and audio streaming; Mechless...who needs cd/dvds stacked up in the car!;HD Radio, Plays DIVX format, transfer those dvds to DIVX and save them on a USB drive. MirrorLink is adequate using Samsung's Drive Link with my Galaxy Note II.
Cons: Touchscreen is slow to respond as well for turning off the unit.
6 of 7 found this helpful
I bought this under the assumption that it included a CD/DVD player; I almost returned it, but after realizing that I have not used a CD in a car for years, that it included the largest screen size in the Alpine lineup, and that it came with a universal AVI input, I decided to try it out. I'm happy I did. Like some other reviews on here, I think Alpine's ICS line has potential, but seems half-baked. I'm thinking the next few models will work the kinks out as app technology becomes more standardized.
Pros: Sound, Bluetooth, AVI input (resisting urge to hook up Playstation!)
Cons: Subtle screen freezing due to menu graphics; funky home screen logic
4 of 6 found this helpful
Overall the unit is good if you've moved beyond discs. The only function missing that could easily be added (by software) is to have the unit running with just the clock on the screen. This would mean the unit was on and ready to receive a call via bluetooth, but the screen would not be taken up with anything else (like radio, ipod functions, aux). You need to have the unit on to get a call through it, but when it is on it needs to be in an app, which you might not want to view on the screen. The other problem is when it is turned off, there is nothing on the screen at all, if you use it for a clock in your car, you have to turn it on. It just seems like someone at Alpine threw a bunch of features into a unit but never used it in their own car as these things are pretty obvious if you did.
Pros: great non mech head unit.
Cons: No clock when off, no clock only screen when on.
13 of 14 found this helpful
Thought seriously about App Radio 3 but Pioneer tech told me it does not support XM. That news, and given Alpine's solid reputation, led me to the "mechless" unit. My reaction is consistent with other reviewers. I'll add the following: 1.) Unit sounds great. I'm using JL speakers, sub & amp and am quite pleased with sonic quality. 2.) Siri integration is good. Can safely place calls, send emails & texts, and search music all by voice command. 3.) However, and this could be important to iPhone users, voice navigation via Apple Maps ONLY WORKS IN IPOD MODE. So if you are listening to any other source, XM, local radio, etc., while also using Apple's navigation, YOU WILL NOT HEAR DIRECTIONS through the system. This is a big disappointment for me. 4.) There is presently no video support, at all, for iPhone 5. 5.) I called Alpine tech line and asked about #3 & #4 above. Rep was not at all helpful, sounded as if I interrupted his nap. He said he didn't know if upgrades improving #3 and #4 were in the works. 6.) Otherwise, once learned, the interface is okay, but not elegant and not immediately intuitive.
Pros: Great sound quality. Good concept.
Cons: Fully iPhone compatibility still limited to iPhone 4 series. iPhone 5, now out for about a year, is only partially supported.
9 of 12 found this helpful
Great head unit when it comes to mechless. Seamless integration with iPhone and Android. Simple to follow the screen and get where you need to be.
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The product lacks many things in my opinion. I was very excited to receive the unit from Crutchfield but after installing it and playing around with it I noticed may flaws that need improving. 1. Display reaction to your touch is slow and when it switches screens or you access the favorites list it takes a while for the motion of the screen to react. 2. Functionality is not well mapped out 3. The scroll is ackward and sometimes doesn't react 4. Has problems with newest Smartphone devices and with even newer phones coming out you can be stuck with a device that they won't support in a year. 5. Parametric EQ is clunky and doesn't allow touch to switch between bands so you have to go around in circles to get back to a band or adjustment. I think it was a good attempt at an app radio but there are others out there that work and function better. You don't realize how important is functionality until you use a device that doesn't work well or layout well. I ended up returning this and got a CDE-HD149BT. I'm very satisified with the performance and ability of my new unit even though its single din.
Pros: Alpine features, mx expander, built in xover, 6 outputs plus Aux in, 24 bit DAC
Cons: See Above, much better offerings out there for the money.. I would say AppRadio 3 but the I still think the radios are in its infancy. I think next year AppRadio 4 could be a real leader in the field of App Radios.
9 of 10 found this helpful
Alpine has a winner with the media centric X7HD after getting it setup correctly and configured it works great to stream and control music from a mobile device via Bluetooth and USB its especially nice to be able to use navigation without having to find you phone floating around on the seat. i would highly recommend this deck to anyone looking for a media control touchscreen.
Pros: Great interface once configured
Cons: a little slow to respond sometimes
3 of 4 found this helpful
Well I bought this unit mainly for the alpine name and for the mirror link integration because I have a galaxy s3 phone. Installation was a breeze, all connections are secure and are of high quality. The holes for a toyota installation are misaligned, alpine can you please fix the chassis holes. The unit fits but its only with two screws per side. Setup was a breeze, very user friendly. I experienced minor lag shuffling thru menus. For $600 more than the price of an ipad, this unit should fly. What's with the processing of these units. Sound quality and tuning are superb! Pandora and sirius xm work flawless! Hd radio sounds spectacular. I wish the graphics on this unit were smoother with a little more flashiness. At least let me add my own background. Interface is perfect but needs a little more modernization. Dancing lights aren't always that bad, just make it tasteful. Backup camera works great just wish I didn't have to install every connector on the back of this unit to use it. Lots of connectors I'm not using. Also has navigation input on back of unit. Alpine why are you holding back on us. Give us technology!!! Do I have to move to Europe to get a great stereo? Alpine please release an update for mirror link that allows us to use other sources besides the phone for music. I want to hear my sirius while using mirror link. Also please let us use any app on mirror link besides tune in and google maps. I thought mirror link meant mirror every app on your phone.
Pros: Sound quality, very easy to use, Bluetooth is flawless, looks like it belongs in a rolls royce! overall I am happy with this unit. If alpine updates this unit it would be perfect! A weather app would be perfect with live radar and forecast, that works off Bluetooth. Please give us more Bluetooth connectivity for apps!
Cons: Could use graphics update, mirror link freezes occasionally. Mirror link and unit itself don't support enough apps. Come on alpine spice this unit up a bit and break the chains why don't ya!
13 of 17 found this helpful
I am so dissapointed in this unit. First, they display the unit with a navigation. The unit does not have a stand alone GPS system you have to downloaded to your phone and then use it with the receiver. If you are lost and your phone or anything happen to your phone, you want to wish that it happens in the day when you can ask for directions. This receiver is totally 100% dependent on the phone. Not only that but it can only be used with the Galaxy S3 or I-phone 4 or 5. You can use it with a Nokia phone that no one uses any more. I knew this before I bought it with a promise that it would be able to work with other phones in the beggining of the year. We are almost half done in 2013 and nothing yet. That is not the worst part. When I bought the receiver and install it, the sound was so bad I was getting a headache. I was getting worried because the factory speaker sounded perfect with the factory receiver. Crutchfield recomemded new speakers. I am not crazy with the sound but at least I don't have a headache. Make sure your review al the features that you want in a receiver and don't asume that because its a known name brand that things are going to improve in the sound quality of your car stereo.
Pros: Display is very colorful
Cons: 100% dependent on the phone that you have
5 of 31 found this helpful
When Alpine announced this model in January, I knew I had to wait for it. I had already updated the rest of my system last summer with speakers, amp and subwoofer, this was the icing on the cake. Looks great in my dash, Full control over how it sounds with media expander, individual volume control for each source. I haven't tried the pandora app, but I was able to listen to it over bluetooth just fine. I thought my system sounded pretty good before, but I was totally amazed how much of an improvement this unit made.
Pros: sound control, looks, sound quality,
Cons: Wish I could customize the background. Doesn't seem to be much choice of mirror link phones.
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I was able to get the ICS-x7HD and my Samsung S4 phone to work via Drivelink. i had to find a copy of drivelink v 1.1.028 and side load it but now i can use it. After using the Drivelink app I agree with the other reviewers. It should be able to display more of my phones apps. I understand that maybe it should not show Need for Speed while im driving but Pandora and Music Manager would be a great start. It is a pain to not be able to use the GPS and have Pandora going at the same time. FYI " GPS uses the drive link app via MirrorLink and Pandora works Via Bluetooth". I can switch between to two apps and see the pandora working and the song timer running but i looks like the drive link app takes over control of the audio output. I hope that this helps other. I still am very happy with the product
Pros: Great Value, Great sound, Nice display
Cons: Phone mirroring needs work. DriveLink needs more options. Ability to use drivelink and Pandora at the same time should be number one on the upgrade list
6 of 6 found this helpful
This unit looks great in my truck and sounds even better. It was easy to install. The only draw back is I have an iPhone and thought I was going to be able to do more with this unit. I know it's not alpine, it's apple, seriously considering switching to android. Loving this radio though.
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Kinda bummed that it wont let you add apps to use in drivelink. I can add apps to drivelink when the phones not connected to the stereo but once connected the apps disappear. Using a verizon note II
Pros: When using the Pandora app on the unit there are no ads
Cons: I was under the impression "mirrorlink" was going to mirror my phone but it doesn't, you can use google navigation, play music from the phone, and make phone calls. You should be able to use any app you want when the car is parked, but you can't. drivlink\mirrorlink need some work done.
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I purchased this unit and I also bought the Samsung S4. Figured if I am going to upgrade one why not do both and see what they can really do together. What i found out is that the S4 does not work with the ICS-X7HD. (At least not yet). Drive link work fine when using it on the phone alone and the phone links easily to the head unit via bluetooth for my phone and Pandora but when I plug it in to link via the USB cable thats when the issue begins. The first screen for drivelink will come up with the warning to not drive and play with it. Then a second warning comes up and when I hit ok the screen goes black and a message pops up on the phone saying that the program shut down. I called Alpine and they were nice but the answer I received was that since the phone was so new i would have to wait for a fix. (Bummer).
Pros: I am happy that i bought this unit. The sound is great and i cant wait to really see what it can do.
Cons: I wish the screen display was a bit more adjustable. Album art should be scalable. The colored graphic behind the display is very basic. I should be able to add my own wallpaper images. Also custom icons would be nice. If the unit is intended to mimic the usefulness and display of a new smart phone then it should allow for the most basic of design changes.
8 of 8 found this helpful
The best bang for your buck! This unit has it all from sound savvy to presets from manufacturer. Easy to use screen is clean preset audio settings great screen resolution sound quality is amazing and features are great! More than you need. I bought an app radio 2 and returned it bought a jvc and returned it for only $100 more you get all the extras, sound quality and the brand! I have an iPhone 5 and works great! For music and phone calls, I use a iPhone 4 for music and video with an extra accessory . Unlimited feature Internet apps and much much more. You can't go wrong with this unit you will be satisfied 100% Lots of options on your EQ and crossover make it yours! I can't tell you how happy I am to have purchased this unit .... ALPINE SIMPLY THE BEST.!
Pros: Everything !
Cons: More iPhone 5 support... Video! If you have a spare iphone 4 4s use it for video!
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I was ready to put a new system in my 2005 Wrangler and came across articles about this unit but it was not available. I put buying a head unit off until this one was for sale. Well worth the wait. I previously had a pioneer app radio in my Subaru Outback and this unit works similarly but better. The only problem I have is that there is no way to connect my iPhone 5 and because of this only a limited few apps work on this alpine with an iPhone 5. I was told that it is fully functional with the iphone 4. So I am now on another wait for Alpine to come out with an iPhone 5 adapter. Till then I will not be able to use say my navigation app through this unit. The modifications I had to make to my dash to fit the double din radio were well worth it. Probably being one the first to own this unit means I'm the guinea pig but this one rocks. This would have received 5 stars if I could use my iPhone 5 with it
Pros: The Alpine Product line quality. Versatility in customizing the display. Sounds crazy great
Cons: Being the guinea pig for a brand new product. No iPhone 5 connectivity. No screen protector sheet in place for shipping
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After spending a little over a week with this unit I thought it was time to write a review. I have been waiting for this unit since it was first announced back in January. When I upgraded my phone I specifically got the Samsung Galaxy S3 to integrate with this unit via Mirrorlink. Since installing this unit, Mirrorlink has been the only major negative. Most of the fault lies on the phone side. The lack of options with the Drivelink app is seriously hindering my enjoyment of this feature of the unit. Only options right now for music is the music actually on the phone or the TuneIn Radio service, which I find is horrible. Once Samsung updates the app so you can use your other music apps with it (Google Play Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, etc.) this will be a major improvement. Also would like to see the ability to use the Navigation via Mirrorlink while playing the radio. Right now you can only play music from the phone. This would probably require a firmware update from Alpine, if it's even possible. I would have liked to have had 2 usb inputs on this unit also. Right now I can only have my iPod or my phone plugged in, not both at the same time, which is inconvenient to have to switch them. Lastly on the negative side I would have liked the option of plugging in a microphone and automatic tuning like the Imprint unit I had before this. Now for the good stuff. I love the screen, the menu interface, the sound tuning options (especially time alignment), and the bluetooth streaming.
Pros: Pandora Bluetooth streaming and control, nice screen, menus, sound tuning options, HD Radio, favorites bar, amber color option matches my dash lights, iPod integration, Steering wheel controls, automatic brightness control of the screen that does not require wiring to the car's dash light circuit.
Cons: Only one USB port, Mirrorlink is seriously limited at this time.
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Great overall deal!!! I sent back the JVC because it doesn't play well with the Droid. This unit works great sounds AWESOME. Alpine is still Alpine!!!
Cons: Samsung Drivelink app leaves some to be desired, but it will improve I think. If they would just let it play Pandora it would be great!
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My third Alpine touch screen (2006 and 2010 NAV models) I personally installed those w/all options, because of that I have the historical perspective of the significant imiprovements Alpine has made. First, this model is the "best bang for the buck" Buy an Alpine for its great audio and smartphone integration, not NAV. Particularly for Alpines "Media Expander" that helps put life back into your lower quality streamed or compressed music (I.E. MP3, Pandora, etc). So happy Alpine finally integrated Bluetooth, HD radio, Audio processing, SAT Ant Adapter. This integration allowed me to delete three external "add on" boxes all of which required seperate power. I'm very particular about my car and feel this is the most professional looking brand for that OEM look and feel. Would love it more if it had two USB inputs vice one and integrated Apple Maps into the touch screen (big wish I know). Bottom line: No regrets, money well spent
Pros: Iphone NAV voice promps integrated (while IPOD selected). Pandora and AHA radio work seamless. Great bluetooth (as good a bluetooth gets). Great integrated audio processing (I.E. media expander, X-over, equallizer). Oh, yeah, and the Bluetooth pairing is super convenient as advertised. HD radio works surprisingly well with RDS info too, sounds amazing. SIRI is only as good as it is on your phone but a pretty awesome feature I have enjoyed.
Cons: Touch screen response laggy compared to previous Alpine units but acceptable. Rear view camera only works with universal RCA input (Crazy as it sounds this will not work with ALPINE's own proprietary camera, unless it's the universal model w/RCA). I also agree a firmware update would do this unit good to improve respone times. Would be nice if they added more APPs particularly for navigation. NOTE: IPHONE5 integration is great, but no video on unit screen because IPHONE5 video out is digital
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Overall good unit. Has some outstanding features. I put an all Alpine system in my truck with this head unit. Sounds amazing! There are some issues I've listed in cons. Needs a firmware update badly. If you have an Iphone or Samsung Galaxy S3, you won't be disappointed with this unit. Anything else, ought to wait until they get an update out that fixes some of the shortcomings.
Pros: Mirrorlink/drivelink! Awesome for Android users. Pandora control from radio, HD radio, XM, built in crossover that's easy to set up and works great. Video looks sharp.
Cons: Mirrorlink only works with a couple phones at the moment. I have Samsung Galaxy S2 which is not supported. No CD/DVD drive. USB port only recognizes fat32. I have a 128gb flash drive that won't work, regardless of how you format it. That also means no hdd, which for a unit that plays video but doesn't have a cd/dvd drive, that's bizarre. Video playback is a bit buggy too. It hangs when you fastfwd or rewind.
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I'm an installer and have been waiting for this product for weeks now, Mainly for the Siri option it has for use with my iphone5 and the 7" screen. I enjoy alpine and it's products but have yet to purchase one for my self as I like the offerings of kenwood when it come to double din av units. I'm glad I got alpines ics-x7hd the eq is more than customizable, colors to match vehicle are a nice touch and to be expected. Very responsive. If your a digital guy or gal I would highly recommend this product! In my 9 years as an installer there is not much that gets me excited but this does a good job and has me excited that were moving in the right direction.
Pros: Siri!!!! Not an iphone user? mirror link!!!! Both are a great addition to any car and not standard on even 2014 vehicles on the market! 4v pre outs, hd bt sat 7" fast its just a solid unit to have. Priced right!
Cons: The unit does have color options to change from blue to red orange ect but not as customizable as most on the market. Not really much to complain about here
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More details on the Alpine ICS-X7HD
Features & specs
|AUX Input||Mini (rear)|
|Audio/video Input||Mini (rear), RCA (rear)|
|Backup Camera Input||Yes|
|Second Camera Input||No|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||18 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue/White|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
7" Touchscreen Display: The ICS-X7HD has a 7" WVGA (1.15 million-pixel) touchscreen LCD monitor (with 16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor, information display, and system controller. The ICS-X7HD has a smartphone-like user interface. Familiar operations such as "drag-&-drop" to move icons on the screen, swipe & slide control of on-screen functions, and animated transitions between functions makes operation simple and intuitive.
- Home Screen + Favorites: You can easily switch to the application or source of your choice from the head unit's Home Screen or Favorites drop-down box. The Home Screen is made up of two pages which displays available sources, applications, and setup menu. Favorites is a shortcut function that displays on the left side of the home screen. You can choose up to 4 Favorite source, application, or setup menu icons for your convenience. You can rearrange the layout of the icons on the Home Screen and Favorites box.
- Media Screen Display: The Media Screen Display provides song/artist information, Album Art, and playback control for your current audio source. The Media Screen Display has two options to select from; Simple or Info Mode. Simple Mode displays larger Album Art with less song/artist information and on-screen operation buttons; while the Info Mod displays smaller Album Art, more song/artist info, and additional on-screen operation buttons.
Display Settings: The Alpine ICS-X7HD offers the following settings to customize the head unit's LCD touchscreen monitor.
- Display Modes: You can select one of the following
- Wide: Evenly stretches a 4:3 picture horizontally to fit the widescreen monitor.
- Cinema: Displays a 4:3 picture by stretching out the picture horizontally and vertically; good for displaying a cinema-type picture with a 16:9 ratio.
- Normal: Displays a 4:3 picture at the center of the screen with a vertical black band at each side.
- Visual EQ Mode: You can select one of the following
preset modes suitable for the subject image:
- Off (Flat): Initial setting.
- Night Mode: Suitable for movies in which dark scenes frequently appear.
- Soft: Suitable for animated films.
- Sharp: Suitable for old movies where images are not clearly shown.
- Contrast: Suitable for recent movies.
- User Memory (P-1, P-2): Change and save Brightness, Color, Tint, Contrast, and Sharpness settings in the two user memories.
- Backlight/Illumination Control: You adjust the
brightness of the LCD backlight from -15 to +15. You can then select one of
the following modes for the LCD's fluorescent backlight.
- Auto: Adjusts the brightness of the background illumination based on the ambient light in your vehicle
- On: Keeps the background illumination of the monitor dark (always dimmed, the degree to which the backlight is dimmed is adjustable)
- Off: Keeps the background illumination of the monitor bright (no dimming)
- Display Colors: You can choose from four different background colors for the display; Blue, Red, Green, or Amber.
Video Lock-out Feature: For safety and legal reasons, the ICS-X7HD features a video lock-out feature to prevent the driver from viewing a video source while the vehicle is in motion. To watch a video source, the vehicle must be parked with the ignition in the ACC or ON position. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged, disengaged, and engaged again while the foot brake is held in. This also pertains to the receiver's System & Audio Setup Menus.
Front-Panel Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom-edge of the screen. You can adjust the brightness of the button lighting at night from -2 to +2.
2-DIN Chassis: The Alpine ICS-X7HD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine ICS-X7HD features built-in Bluetooth technology (v2.1+EDR). The head unit's built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP 1.0 (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine ICS-X7HD. Parrot software updates provide support for future phones.
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine ICS-X7HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine receiver (only one paired phone can be used at a time).
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Microphone: The included external microphone (with visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo speakers. The external microphone is tuned and engineered to reduce noise interference and feedback. This allows optimal placement in your car, for the best possible sound quality. You can adjust the microphone's volume level; and even mute the microphone, so your voice will not be heard by the caller. You can even transfer calls between your mobile phone and the ICS-X7HD.
- Receiving Calls: The Alpine ICS-X7HD provides a couple
ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone. Incoming
calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music
will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's touchscreen
- Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
- Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
- Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
- Placing Calls: The Alpine ICS-X7HD provides a variety of
functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine
ICS-X7HD features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and
redial with compatible phones.
- Direct Entry: Allows you to directly dial a phone number (up to 31 digits) from the head unit's on-screen numeric keypad.
- Phonebook (w/ Percentage Search): Up to 1,000 entries (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. The Percent Search function can be used to search your phonebook contacts more efficiently.
- Shortcut Dialing: You can assign up to 3 phone numbers for one-touch dialing to make a call easily.
- Call History: The 60 previously dialed, received, missed, or unanswered numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
Note: The external microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.625" (deep); and features an attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector.
Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Alpine ICS-X7HD can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device. Not only can it control & stream your music through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP Sound Expansion to ensure you get the best sound. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the ICS-X7HD provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title. The ICS-X7HD even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with limited control and song/artist information. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music navigation.
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Voice Control for Siri: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Alpine ICS-X7HD has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the on-screen microphone icon or front-panel mic button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the ICS-X7HD and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and music streaming information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Alpine receiver; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Bluetooth Settings: The Alpine offers the following Bluetooth settings.
- Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of the phone caller, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference.
- Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker (All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front Left/Right) outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device.
USB Mass Storage Class Devices: You can connect a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive, via the included 5' Proprietary USB cable. Your connected USB memory device may contain MP3, WMA, or AAC music files; as well as DivX video files formatted in FAT. This unit will display artist name, song title, and album label. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
|File System||File Type||File Codec||Bit Rates||Sampling Frequencies||Tags||Max Files/Folders|
Fat 12 |
|Audio||MP3||8-320 kbps||8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz||ID-3 tags||10,000 files/folders|
|WMA||48-320 kbps||8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz||WMA-tags|
|AAC||16-320 kbps||8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz||AAC-tags|
|Video||File Type||Optimum Resolution||Audio Codec||Image Bit Rate|
|DivX||96-750 pixels (h) x 96-576 pixels (v)||MP2, MP3, Dolby Digital||4 Mbps (average) |
8 Mbps (Peak)
USB Playback Controls: The Alpine ICS-X7HD offers various playback and search function for your USB device.
- File/Folder/Tag Search: The unit will display a list of all the audio/video files on your connected USB device; you can then search for a file or folder by its title. You can also search for music files by Category (Playlist, Album, Artist, Song, Genre, Composer).
- Repeat/Random Modes: Repeat (repeats playback of current audio/video files or all files in current folder), Random (random playback of all audio/video files or only files in current folder).
- Skip/FF/RW: Skip (you can skip to the next or previous audio/video file), Fast Forward/Rewind (fast-forward or fast-reverse through a current audio/video file)
- Direct Search: Use this function to move directly to the beginning of an audio/video file.
Note: This USB connection is also used to update the head unit's software, via downloadable software updates from the Alpine website.
MirrorLink (for Android/Nokia): MirrorLink technology offers seamless connectivity between your compatible smartphone and the Alpine ICS-X7HD receiver through its USB and Bluetooth connection. Compatible phones include the Samsung Galaxy S III (w/ Android iOS) and select Nokia Symbian mobile phones. MirrorLink takes the content from your compatible smartphone and "mirrors" this information onto the ICS-X7HD's 7" touchscreen. At this point, the phone's functions are transferred to the ICS-X7HD, for easy control from the dash and allowing the phone to be safely stored away. Phone functions that can be used via MirrorLink include navigation, music streaming and hands-free phone calls. The following apps (Drive Link and Car Mode) must be downloaded to your compatible smartphone before using MirrorLink.
- Drive Link for Samsung Galaxy S III (Android): To use
MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S III, the free
"Drive Link" application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and
installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Once
downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Music,
Location, Phone) for easy access. Selecting a category lets you quickly
access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as
hands-free telephone communication.
- Music: You can listen to every music file stored in the smartphone. You can search for your music files by Favorites, Playlists, Artists, Albums, or All Songs.
- Location: You can navigate via Google Maps. You are able to speak and type destinations. The app provides you with an on-screen map screen and audible directions.
- Phone: The app retrieves all contact information stored in the smartphone. You can make and answer phone calls from the head unit's touchscreen, just as you would normally do on your smartphone. The head unit will even read aloud text messages and let you reply.
- Nokia Car Mode w/ MirrorLink: To use MirrorLink with your Nokia smartphone, the "Nokia Car Mode with Mirrorlink" application ($29.99) must be downloaded from the Nokia Store and installed on your compatible Nokia smartphone. Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Call, Drive, Music) for easy access. Selecting a category lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication.
Note: When using MirrorLink, it is recommended that you connect your mobile phone via both USB and Bluetooth. MirrorLink is an automotive standard developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium.
iPod/iPhone Connectivity (w/ DAC Bypass): The Alpine ICS-X7HD supports connection to either Dock-connector or Lightning-connector Apple iPods and iPhones. Your iPod/iPhone's music will be loaded instantly to the Alpine head unit and sound quality is then maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 100dB.
- 30-Pin Dock Connector iPod/iPhone: The Alpine iPod video cable (500KCU461V, sold separately) allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone to the ICS-X7HD through the head unit's rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm video input. This type of connection supports playback of audio/video content stored on your Apple device, as well as music and movies streamed to your iPhone from select apps. If you only require iPod/iPhone audio playback, you can simply connect your iPod/iPhone to the ICS-X7HD via Alpine KCU-445i iPod cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the USB/Dock connector cable that came with your iPod/iPhone.
- Lightning-Connector iPod/iPhone: If you have a newer iPod, iPhone, iPad device with a Lightning connector; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback from music stored on the device or select music apps streamed to the iPhone. These devices do not support video output.
Head Unit/Passenger Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from select apps streamed to your iPhone.
- Head Unit Mode: The Alpine ICS-X7HD lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook; and your video library by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rented Movie. You can then search each category alphabetically (A-Z) or by Percentage (10-100%). You can even search your music library by Album Art, using the head unit's Cover Flow screen. The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback functions (All/Album/Category) and Repeat playback function (song). You can also access music apps from your iPhone's touchscreen with limited control (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) and metadata display from the head unit - not all apps will be compatible.
- App Direct Mode: App Direct mode requires the use of the Alpine iPod video cable (500KCU461V, sold separately). In App Direct mode, you can watch video on the Alpine receiver's touchscreen from streaming video apps; such as Netflix & YouTube downloaded on your iPhone (3G/3GS/4/4S). The receiver provides limited control (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip); you will continue to use your Apple device for advance operation. Not all apps will be compatible.
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
iPod Display: The Alpine ICS-X7HD will display your music file information from your iPod/iPhone's stored music or music apps in Head Unit Control Mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, as well as Album Art (when applicable). The unit will not display music information in App Direct Mode.
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The Alpine ICS-X7HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/2/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||iTunes Tagging||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||App Direct||Pandora/Aha||Song/Artist Text||Track Info||Album Art||Phone||Audio||Siri|
- *Requires Apple Lightning-to-USB cable for audio playback only. These devices do not support video output.
- 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 wait until a newer software update is available.
HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.
- Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.
- Station Text w/ Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The ICS-X7HD also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations.
- RDS: The RDS (Radio Data System) is a radio information system. The RDS allows you to receive a variety of information such as traffic information, station names, and song information from standard analog FM radio stations.
- Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. The unit's tuner can automatically seek and store six strong stations in a selected band in order of signal strength. Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic memory search.
- iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.
- Digital MC: The Digital MC setting uses a Hybrid method of auto-switching analog and digital on the main channel, and uses all-digital for sub-channels. Alpine's solution keeps you on the channel you desire, resulting in a better overall HD Radio experience.
- 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.
Note: More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area. and Aha Radio
Internet Radio: The Alpine ICS-X7HD allows you to access the Pandora online music service through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. You can also access Aha Radio through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the ICS-X7HD via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (500KCU445I/500KCU461V) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps/Google Play/BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine ICS-X7HD using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The ICS-X7HD provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the phone before connection. New stations can be created based on the current songs/artists playing or a keyword search. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down, and bookmark currently playing songs and artists to your Pandora account.
- Aha Radio App: The Alpine receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+); available from iTunes Apps Store. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of the Alpine receiver's touchscreen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio account is required.
Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine ICS-X7HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the " SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Text Display: Text information, such as the channel name, artist name, feature and song/program title is displayed on the in-dash multimedia receiver.
- Search Functions: You can search for SiriusXM programming content by Category or by Channel. You can also directly select the channel number from on-screen numeric keypad.
- 18 Presets: Feature 3 Satellite Radio preset bands. You can store 6 SiriusXM stations to each preset band (a total of 18).
- Jump Recall: You can save your absolute favorite radio station and access it with the press of a single button for easy recall.
- Instant Replay: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content. Listen to your favorite programming over again.
- Song/Artist/Game Alert: With Song/Artist Alert you can get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. With the push of a button, you can jump right to that broadcast and catch the songs you want to listen to. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. Jump to that station with the push of a button so you can listen to the game play by play. You can also get the latest score updates while you are listening to other stations.
- iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs (up to 50) you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone. The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.
- Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
24-Bit DAC: The Alpine ICS-X7HD utilizes a Burr-Brown 24-bit Digital to Analog Converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.
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 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
Note: Add the KTP-445A (500KTP445A, sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445A is compact enough to install behind the Alpine multimedia receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.
6ch/2V Preouts w/ Subwoofer Control: The ICS-X7HD has three sets of 2-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) 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 subwoofer output level can be adjusted differently from the main volume setting (0-15); so even at low volume settings the subwoofer is still audible. The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).
High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: This unit is equipped with active high-pass and low-pass crossovers which limit the frequencies delivered to the speaker and line-level outputs. Each speaker channel is controlled independently, so each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which have they been optimally designed. The crossover adjusts the HFP (high pass filter) or LPF (low pass filter) frequency point of each speaker pair, and also the slope (how fast the filter rolls off the highs or lows).
- High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front/rear-channel preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter center frequency point to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
- Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can be set to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the low pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
Built-in Equalizer: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a Preset EQ and 9-Band Parametric EQ.
- Equalizer Presets (Bass Max EQ): 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of music source material. Choose from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical.
- 9-Band Parametric EQ: You can adjust the head unit's 9-Band Parametric Equalizer to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste. Band 1 (20Hz-100Hz), Band 2 (63Hz-325Hz), Band 3 (125Hz-500Hz), Band 4 (250Hz-1kHz), Band 5 (500Hz-2kHz), Band 6 (1kHz-4kHz), Band 7 (2kHz-7.2kHz), Band 8 (5.8 kHz-12kHz), Band 9 (9kHz-20kHz). Bandwidth Q (1, 2, or 3). Levels (-7 to + 7).
Note: Using a USB memory device, the sound settings downloaded from the Alpine website can be used to configure Time Correction, X-Over, and Parametric EQ settings.
Advanced Audio Options: The Alpine ICS-X7HD provides advanced audio settings to help you get the most out of your music.
- 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 (0-336.6cm) or time delay (0.0-9.9msec) of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener.
- Media Xpander: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander Pro makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. HD radio, USB devices, iPod/iPhones, and Bluetooth Audio will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
Audio Extras: The ICS-X7HD offers additional audio adjustments.
- Source Volume Level: The output level (+/-14dB) of each source can be individually adjusted.
- Audio Mute: Activating the Audio Mute function will instantly lower the volume level by 20dB.
- Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed.
3.5mm AV Input: The Alpine ICS-X7HD's 3.5mm AV Input (labeled iPod video) can be used as an AV input to connect an external portable audio/video player. Otherwise, this input is designed to connect your iPod/iPhone via Alpine's iPod video cable (500KCU461V, sold separately) and the included proprietary USB cable.
Aux/Camera Input: The Alpine ICS-X7HD is fitted with a rear-panel a composite video jack and a set of stereo RCA jacks to connect an external AV source or rear-view camera. The Aux/Camera Input's composite video jack lets you connect almost any rearview camera (such as the 500HCEC115, sold separately). The rear-view camera function also provides on-screen guidelines (width/distance markers) to assist you when backing up your vehicle. If a rear-view camera is connected, you should also connect the unit's reverse lead wire (Orange/white) to your vehicle's back-up lamp circuit. When properly connected, the image from the rear-view camera automatically appears on the monitor when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.9 seconds.
Note: Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed. You cannot connect an AV source and rear-view camera at the same time to this one input.
Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine ICS-X7HD is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4190 IR remote (500RUE4190, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's basic tuner & disc functions.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit 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 an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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