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Alpine iDA-X300

Digital media receiver

Item # 500IDAX300

Alpine's iDA-X300 digital media receiver is all about USB and iPod, so leave your CDs at home.

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Alpine's iDA-X300 digital media receiver is all about USB and iPod, so leave your CDs at home.

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Item # 500IDAX300

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About the Alpine iDA-X300

Alpine's iDA-X300 digital media receiver is all about USB and iPod, so leave your CDs at home. Use the USB input for listening to music on your USB players and storage devices, or use the included KCE-422i cable for full control over your iPod or USB-capable music players. From either source, you get fast, easy music selection and the best possible sound quality. The LCD display uses two lines of text to deliver song and system information.
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Alpine's iDA-X300 digital media receiver is all about USB and iPod, so leave your CDs at home. Use the USB input for listening to music on your USB players and storage devices, or use the included KCE-422i cable for full control over your iPod or USB-capable music players. From either source, you get fast, easy music selection and the best possible sound quality. The LCD display uses two lines of text to deliver song and system information.

The centrally located jog dial mimics the functions of an iPod's click wheel. Turn the jog dial a little to scroll line-by-line in Search mode, or jump through your iPod playlists more quickly with Alpine's Percentage Search feature. You'll appreciate the convenient "Back" button that lets you backtrack through the menus, instead of starting over from the top.

This versatile stereo works with all of Alpine's peripheral gear, including satellite radio, auxiliary input adapter, add-on USB input, CD changer, or HD Radio™ tuner. Add Alpine's optional KCA-100BT Bluetooth® interface, and you can press the dedicated phone button on the faceplate to mute the music, answer an incoming call, or place a call. You can also stream music from a music phone or Bluetooth capable music player.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from external sources
    • 2.2" 2-line display
    • detachable face
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 2-band parametric equalizer
    • iPod control: "Full Speed" iPod connection for 4th generation and newer iPods (with the included Alpine KCE-422i interface cable)
    • compatible with Alpine's HD Radio™ tuner, Bluetooth adapter, CD changer, satellite radio
    • inputs: USB input
    • outputs: one set of preamp outputs with bass level control
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/Digital Media receiver
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 76" KCE-422i iPod Full Speed cable
    • Hard plastic face case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM (English/Spanish/French)
    • CD-ROM system requirements
    • Quick reference guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • iPod note
    • USB note
    • Customer Care registration card

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power ---
    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 USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 16 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2.0 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    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
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

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    External Device Controls


    Digital Media Receiver: The Alpine iDA-X300 is an in-dash digital media receiver with an AM/FM tuner, a rear-panel USB input, and a 2-line 2.2" LCD screen, but no CD slot. You can connect and control an iPod (iPod Full Speed cable included), a USB "thumb" drive, and a CD changer, and the unit is HD Radio ready, Bluetooth ready, and Satellite radio ready.

    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 Consumer Electronics Association. All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The iDA-X300 can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a USB Memory device (also known as a "thumb drive") or in a compatible CD changer. MP3 files can be recorded with bit rates of 32-320 kbps, WMA files can have 16-320 kbps bit rates, and AAC files can have 8-576 kbps.

    File/Folder Name Search: During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name.

    Sound Quality: The iDA-X300 uses clean digital connections and a 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter).

    Bass and Treble Controls: The head unit features independent Bass and Treble controls that allow you to adjust each setting +/-14 dB in 2 dB steps. The center frequencies are adjustable (60, 80, 100, and 200 Hz for bass and 10, 12.5, 15, and 17.5 kHz for treble) and the bass bandwidth is adjustable (from narrow to wide in four steps).

    Switchable Pre-out: The preamp output can be switched from "Front" to a non-fading subwoofer preamp output with a variable level of 0 to +15. When the subwoofer is activated in the Setup menu, the pre-out is switched at the same time. When the subwoofer is deactivated, the pre-out is switched back to a front channel output.

    HPF: The high pass filter (HPF) removes the lower bass from the front and rear speaker outputs. HPF options are 80 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, and off.

    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.

    Center Dial: The iDA-X300 features a large dial near the center of the faceplate. You can turn the dial in either direction to navigate through the function menus and the music tracks as they appear on the display. A press of the Enter in the center of the dial confirms the highlighted menu item.

    Calendar/Clock Display: Using the View button, you can select the calendar/clock display on the front panel LCD. The clock can be set to 12 or 24 hour display, and the calendar can be displayed as M/D/Y (month/day/year), D/M/Y, or Y/M/D. When the calendar/clock display is given display priority, the time and date are displayed even after the unit is turned off. The calendar/clock display can be turned on or off with the View button when the unit is powered off.

    Display Dimmer: The LCD screen and the button illumination will dim when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. You can also turn the dimmer off in the menu if you prefer. Note: The orange illumination wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the dimming feature to work.

    Mounting Angle: If mounted at an angle, it should not exceed 35° (above horizontal).

    Optional Wireless Remotes: The iDA-X300 does not include a remote control. It is compatible with two optional wireless remotes; RUE-4190 (item number 500RUE4190) and RUE-4202 (item number 500RUE4202).

    External Device Controls

    iPod Interface: The iDA-X300 allows you to connect and control an iPod using the included Full Speed connection cable. Before connecting an iPod to this unit, you should download the latest available firmware version for your iPod from the Apple iPod website. As of 2/14/08, 4th generation and newer iPods are compatible. The controls on the iPod are not functional when connected. The iDA-X300 does not support any video transfer. 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 iDA-X300 is compatible with the following iPod models:

    • Full Speed Cable Connection:
      • 4th generation iPod
      • iPod mini
      • 5th generation iPod
      • 1st generation iPod nano
      • 2nd generation iPod nano
      • 3rd generation iPod nano
      • 4th generation iPod nano
      • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
      • 1st generation iPod touch
      • 2nd generation iPod touch

    Note: This unit will not charge the iPod 2nd generation touch or iPod 4th generation nano.

    iPod Playback Modes: During iPod playback, you can activate any of the following playback modes:

    • Random Play:
      • Shuffle Album: An album in the iPod is selected at random, and is played back in the album song order.
      • Song: All songs in the currently selected mode are played back in random order.
    • Repeat Play: A single song is repeatedly played back.

    iPod Display: Using the View button, you can change the receiver's front panel display during iPod playback. The 2-line display can show the following information:

    • Track number and elapsed time
    • Song title and artist
    • Song title and Album title
    • Date and Time

    iPod Searches: Using the center volume/enter knob you can easily and quickly search for and locate songs on your iPod. Search by playlist, artist, album, song, composer, genre, podcast, and audiobook. You can also skip through all your music files by percentage, in 10% steps.

    USB Memory Mode: You can play MP3, WMA, or AAC files stored on a USB memory device. During playback, the display shows song, album, and artist title, and elapsed time. If no tag information exists, the display shows the track number and elapsed time. The iDA-X300 has a bank function that automatically divides the songs on a USB device into groups of 1,000, enabling quick skipping over many songs at once. The maximum recognizable number of banks is 10 (10,000 songs). You can repeat the current track or current folder, and play the tracks in the current folder or all of the tracks in the current memory bank in random order.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMALP1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
      • Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional SIRIUS SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine KCA-SC100 SIRIUS satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRALPC) directly to the head unit.
      • SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10) allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers. Compatible tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto. You can control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all channels. The SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit display.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input (KCA-121B auxiliary input adapter needed, item number 500KCA121B).

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

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-350BT Bluetooth adapter (item number 500KCE350B), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers. In addition to the wireless connection and hands-free operation, you also get caller ID, phone book access, and on-screen call information.

    HD Radio Ready: The iDA-X300 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (item number 500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. The digital seek function allows you to search for only HD Radio stations if you prefer.

    CD Changer Controls: The iDA-X300 is compatible with Alpine Ai-NET CD changers, including MP3-compatible changers such as the CHA-S634 (item number 500CHAS634). During playback, the LCD will display the disc and track numbers and elapsed time, plus, if CD Text exists, the Disc Name and Track Name. For MP3 discs, the Song, Album, and Artist titles and elapsed time will be displayed. During CD changer playback, you can repeat the current song, current folder (if MP3 disc), or current disc. You can also play tracks in the current disc, current folder (if MP3 disc) or all the tracks in the current CD magazine in random order. During MP3 disc playback, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name.

    External Processor Controls: This unit can control an Alpine multi-channel sound processor, such as the PXA-H701 (item number 500PXAH701).

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