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Alpine PXA-H800

Digital sound processor

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About the Alpine PXA-H800

Makes any system sound spectacular — even a factory system
Frustrated by the way your car audio system sounds? You're not alone. Even so-called "premium" factory systems often have serious limitations in the sound department. Alpine built the PXA-H800 digital sound processor for one purpose: to deliver pristine sound to aftermarket amps, speakers, and subs. It takes control over your sound before you send it to an amplifier, stripping away hard-coded factory settings and starting from scratch. You'll even find speaker-level inputs, which lets you hook up your factory stereo or another source that lacks preamp outputs.
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Makes any system sound spectacular — even a factory system
Frustrated by the way your car audio system sounds? You're not alone. Even so-called "premium" factory systems often have serious limitations in the sound department. Alpine built the PXA-H800 digital sound processor for one purpose: to deliver pristine sound to aftermarket amps, speakers, and subs. It takes control over your sound before you send it to an amplifier, stripping away hard-coded factory settings and starting from scratch. You'll even find speaker-level inputs, which lets you hook up your factory stereo or another source that lacks preamp outputs.

If you can't replace your factory radio...
In many newer cars, the factory radio also controls critical functions like climate controls and safety systems. That makes for a convenient interface, but it can make it difficult or impossible to install a superior aftermarket receiver. But if you still crave pristine sound, you can keep your factory look and feel — and let the Alpine PXA-H800 handle the sound processing. (This processor works with aftermarket stereos, too.)

Audiophile-grade components are the key
The PXA-H800 features four Wolfson 24-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) — this is what turns the digital information from your iPod® or a CD into an analog signal your speakers can play. All systems have some sort of DAC, but the Wolfsons found in the PXA-H800 are normally only found in professional recording equipment — the same sort of equipment your favorite artist probably used to record your favorite song.

Advanced digital processing puts you front and center
The driver's seat has a built-in disadvantage in any audio system: it's not in the center. You have at least four, and more likely six or more speakers in your car. But you're sitting right next to one or two of them, so your music might sound like it's pulling to the left. The PXA-H800 adjusts the timing of all the speakers in the car so their sound arrives at your ears at the same time, effectively moving the soundstage to the center where it belongs. It's like sitting in the front row center at a concert.

Digital magic helps overcome car audio limitations
Alpine knows that a moving car creates somes challenges in the sound department, such as road noise and differing speaker configurations. To compensate for these and other situations, they've built some clever functionality into the PXA-H800, such as:

  • RoadEQ: Automatically applies frequency-level adjustments to cancel out road noise.
  • MediaXpander+: Helps digital files (like those on your iPod) sound better by compensating for frequencies compromised by the compression process.
  • 5.1-channel surround sound: Decodes the Dolby® Digital and DTS® Surround formats when you set up a mobile movie theater in your ride. The PX-H800 can also decode Dolby Pro Logic II recordings, so you can enjoy surround sound from a stereo movie audio track.
  • Bi-Phantom: Uses your front left and right speakers to create a virtual center channel, which enhances vocal quality in a 5:1 surround system.
  • Euphony: Creates natural surround sound from stereo audio recordings, so you can enjoy surround sound tunes.

Control the PXA-H800 from your dash
You'll need Alpine's RUX-C800 in-dash controller (sold separately), so you can tweak your sound on the fly. You can also change sources and view detailed info about your system. It looks a bit like an in-dash receiver and comes with an installation kit.

Hone your sound to razor-sharp perfection
Alpine gives you a bevy of ways to get exactly the sound you want. The easiest way is ImprintEQ, which uses an included microphone to optimize the signal for the acoustics in your car, then allows you to tweak the settings manually if you wish. If you'd rather take control from the start, you'll find some serious equalizers: 31 bands for each of the five channels, plus 10 bands for the subwoofer. You'll also find a 10-band parametric EQ for each of the five channels, plus a 5-band parametric EQ for the subwoofer. Connect the PXA-H800 to your laptop to get a nice graphical depiction of your audio settings, plus the ability to store different settings for later recall — handy if you plan to move the processor to another vehicle now and then.

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Alpine PXA-H800 front connections

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Variety of connections
Connections include front, rear, center, and sub channels with both speaker-level and RCA inputs, plus two digital optical inputs. There are also two Ai-NET connections for hooking up Alpine gear, along with 8-channel preamp outputs for feeding a 4-volt signal to aftermarket amplifiers. The preamp outputs are configurable to accommodate a variety of audio setups, from bi-amped front speakers, to full surround sound.

Important Note: The PXA-H800 is designed to drive an aftermarket amplifier (sold separately). The RUX-C800 wired remote controller (sold separately) is also required, unless using an "Imprint"-compatible Alpine receiver. In addition, you'll need a Windows PC.

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Product highlights:

  • audio processor for use with any receiver
  • delivers pristine sound to your aftermarket amps, speakers, and subs
  • IMPRINT sound technology adjusts receiver output to match vehicle acoustics
  • four 24-bit Wolfson digital-to-analog converters
Sound tuning:
  • ImprintEQ with three presets and customizable target curves
  • 31-band graphic EQ (front, rear, center) plus 10-band for subwoofer
  • 10-band parametric EQ (front, rear, center) plus 5-band for subwoofer
  • RoadEQ to help compensate for road noise
  • high-pass, low-pass, and bandpass crossovers
  • Bi-Phantom creates a virtual center channel
  • surround sound decoding, plus Dolby Pro Logic II decoding
  • 8-channel time correction
Connections:
  • Alpine RUX-C800 wired remote controller (500RUXC800, sold separately) is required, unless using an "Imprint"-compatible Alpine head unit
  • 6-channel speaker-level and RCA inputs (front, rear, center, sub)
  • two digital optical inputs
  • navigation voice guidance input (RCA)
  • 8-channel high-power preamp outputs (4-volt, configurable)
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What's in the box:

  • System integration audio processor
  • Wiring harness
  • 18' Ai-NET extension cable
  • 16.5' USB cable (with a USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Six 9" Speaker-to-RCA cables
  • Microphone (with attached 19.5" cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Visor clip
  • Adhesive tape
  • 2 Velcro fasteners
  • 4 Mounting brackets
  • 4 Hex-head self-tapping screws
  • 4 Machine screws
  • Setup Disc Software Installation Disc
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Installation Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Supplementary Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • "Automatic Time Correction/ImprintEQ" note
  • Online Product Registration card

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System Integration Audio Processor: The inherent sound quality inside a vehicle varies widely. Numerous factors; including media used, vehicle type, speakers, etc. contribute to this inconsistency. The Alpine PXA-H800 System Integration Audio Processor is able to compensate for many of these factors to optimize the sound automatically. The processor allows you to upgrade your vehicle's factory or aftermarket sound, in conjunction with an aftermarket amplifier, while leaving all of your factory or aftermarket equipment and controls intact. The Alpine PXA-H800 lets you keep the look and functionality of your vehicle's factory radio or your aftermarket head unit; including steering wheel controls, Bluetooth wireless technology, DVD video capability, navigation, iPod support, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Auxiliary inputs, and more. The PXA-H800 also maintains control over the sound using your vehicle's factory or aftermarket radio volume control. The PXA-H800 provides all the audio processing functions necessary to enable your factory or aftermarket system to reach the highest levels of sound quality.

  • The Alpine PXA-H800 can be used with a factory or aftermarket radio. However, it does require the use of an aftermarket amplifier (sold separately).
  • The Alpine RUX-C800 wired remote controller (500RUXC800, sold separately) is required to operate the PXA-H800 System Integration Audio Processor, unless using an older "Imprint"-compatible Alpine head unit (current Alpine receivers do not support direct connection of the PXA-H800 without the RUX-C800 controller).
  • A Windows PC is required for the Sound Manager Software.

Audiophile-Grade Components: A series of ultra-high performance audio components have been built into the PXA-H800 to achieve the heritage quality sound of Alpine.

  • A complete 6ch analog-to-digital converter, the CIRRUS CS5366, is ideal for audiophile sound quality. The ADC uses a differential input architecture, which provides excellent noise rejection.
  • To reproduce the sound source without degradation, two ultra-fast accurate 32-Bit floating-point SHARC DSP's are used for high-performance and rich audio feature applications.
  • The use of four Wolfson 24-Bit D/A converters (normally a component found only in professional recording systems) help to ensure superb detail and soundscape.

ImprintEQ: ImprintEQ is a hardware/software combination that can overcome the acoustic problems present in every vehicle interior. ImprintEQ obtains the optimum acoustic effect from each seat position, based on the automatically measured acoustic data of vehicle's cabin. The software will optimize the sound stage, tonal balance, and definition automatically. You can measure up to 6 listening positions (All, Front, Front Left, Front Right, Rear). Once the automatic acoustic measurement is complete, the ImprintEQ will provide 4 target curves to choose from.

  • Reference: Enjoy the rhythm and balance of music to the best acoustic effect, suitable for the vehicle interior.
  • Reference w/ Mid-Range Comp: Select this if the tweeter and midrange speaker are installed in the dashboard, and mid or high frequency range harshness is apparent.
  • Linear: A linear (flat) acoustic effect is actualized. This setting recreates the balanced sound of a studio listening room.
  • User: Allows you to adjust the target curve manual from -6 to +6 dB.

Time Correction: Digital Time Correction lets you achieve optimum sound staging by ensuring that the sounds from all speakers reach your ears at the same time. The time correction feature delays the audio signal to the speakers closer to the listener. This effectively creates a perception of increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be placed at an equal distance from all speakers for optimum staging. Up to 8 channels can be automatically or manually corrected, from 0 to 20ms in 0.5ms steps.

RoadEQ: Even superior sound can be degraded by road, wind and air conditioner noise. RoadEQ takes the internal and external inputs and cancels out the noise to deliver optimal sound to your ears. It compares the original and recorded signals to create frequency-specific level adjustments to cancel the noise components. This powerful processor performs these operations at 48,000 times per second. The RoadEQ compensates for constantly changing noise, so always keep the included microphone connected. The mic should be installed on your sun-visor with the included clip.

MX (Media Xpander) Plus: MX (Media Xpander) Plus restores and enhances sound quality that is lost in the recording or transmission processes. This exclusive Alpine technology is especially good for making compressed digital audio files from iPod or other media players sound better. It is also effective for older recordings on CD, and improves the bass from factory-installed speakers. This helps to improve music clarity even in a cabin with loud road noise. There are various MX Plus settings to choose from based on your listening content.

  • Compressed 1-3: This corrects information lost in the compression process and reproduces a well-balanced sound close to the original. By supplementing mid- to high-frequency sound data, the sound is reproduced with more brightness and ambience.
  • Music 1-3: Lower register sounds (drums, bass, etc.) and vocals are emphasized for clean and clear output.
  • Cinema: Video dialog is reproduced more clearly, while action movies are reproduced with more powerful sound.
  • Action: Action movies are reproduced with more powerful sound.
  • Drama/Talk: The dialogue portion of a video is reproduced more clearly.

Graphic and Parametric EQ: The PXA-H800 provides either graphic or parametric equalization.

  • 31-Band Graphic EQ: The Graphic EQ divides the audio band into 31 individual bands. Each band is individually controlled to balance the sound and enhance detail. The Graphic EQ provides 31 bands (20-20kHz; 1/3 octave steps) for each of the five speaker channels, plus 10 bands (20-160Hz; 1/3 octave steps) for the subwoofer channel; with gain from -12 to +12dB.
  • 10-Band Parametric EQ: The Parametric EQ has fewer bands, but gives more control over where the band is located in the audio spectrum. You can also control how much overlap with adjacent frequencies (Q-factor). This provides you with a sound control feature of professional-level which allows you to adjust an extremely n arrow range in pin-point fashion without affecting the neighboring sound regions. You get 10 bands (20-20kHz; 1/6 octave steps) for each of the five speaker channels, plus five (20-200Hz; 1/6 octave steps) for the subwoofer channel; with detailed Q-settings (0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0/2.5/3.0/4.0/5.0) and gain from -12 to +12dB.

Digital Crossover: The PXA-H800 is equipped with a digital active crossover. The crossover limits the frequencies delivered to the outputs. Each channel is controlled independently. Thus, each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which they have been optimally designed. The HPF (high pass filter) cuts the lower frequencies and allows the higher frequencies to pass. the LPF (low pass filter) cuts the higher frequencies and allows the lower frequencies to pass. The slope and level of each channel is also adjustable.

Digital Crossover Cutoff Frequency Adjustment Range Slope Level
HPF LPF
Front High 20Hz to 18kHz 22Hz to 20kHz 0 (Off), -6, -12, -8, -24, -30, -36 dB/octave -24 to 0 dB (in 0.5 dB steps)
1kHz to 18kHz (tweeter only) 1.1kHz to 20kHz (tweeter only)
Front Mid 20Hz to 18kHz 22Hz to 20kHz
Front Low 20Hz to 18kHz 22Hz to 20kHz
Rear 20Hz to 18kHz 22Hz to 20kHz
Center 20Hz to 18kHz 22Hz to 20kHz
Subwoofer 20Hz to 180Hz 22Hz to 200Hz

Phase Selector: You can adjust the phase (0° or 180°) of each speaker (Front High, Front Mid, Front Low, Rear, Center, Subwoofer).

Level Adjustment: You can independently adjust the level of each speaker channel (Front Left, Front Right, Center, Rear Left, Rear Right) from -10 to +10 dB. You can also adjust the PXA-H800's subwoofer output from 0 to 15dB in order to increase your system bass output without increasing the overall volume.

Surround Sound: The Alpine PXA-H800 System Integration Audio Processor supports up to 5.1-channel surround sound from multi-channel and 2-channel sources.

  • Dolby Digital/DTS: Enjoy true 5.1-channel surround sound just like your home cinema system. You can hear multi-channel sound from movie and music sources in the Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround formats. With Dolby Digital, the dynamic range is compressed so that powerful sound can be achieved at regular volume levels. This compression can be cancelled to achieve an energetic sound with even great power, like the sound in a movie theater. This can be set to Standard or Maximum.
  • Dolby Pro Logic II: The PXA-H800 also provides Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, so you can even enjoy stereo recordings in surround sound. You can choose between a Music or Movie mode. Music mode allows you to adjust the center width which provides the optimum vocal localization by adjusting the center channel position in between the center speaker and the L/R speakers.
  • Euphony: Euphony makes it possible to enjoy 5.1-channel sound from 2-channel sources. It creates natural surround sound from CD or iPod with wider soundscapes and harmonics. It especially enhances vocal and instrumental quality, for a superior sound field and no listener fatigue.
Note: Even if you don't have a center speaker, you can still enjoy 5.1-channel sound. Alpine has included a Bi-Phantom function, which uses the front left and right channels to create a phantom center channel, enhancing vocal quality.

Rear Mix: This function mixes the front channel audio signal with the audio signal output from the rear speakers, improving the sound in the vehicle's rear seat. This is used in a system where there is no subwoofer and rear speakers can product lower frequency sounds than the front speakers. The Rear Mix can be set to -6, -3, 0, +3, or +6 dB.

Center Bass Split: Turning on this function sends the center channel low frequencies equally to the front left and right speakers. this enhances the overall sound when using a small center speaker. This is used when the center speaker has a small diameter and cannot produce low frequency sounds. You can set the Center Bass Split function to 200, 225, 250, 280, 315, 350, 400, 450, or 500Hz.

Speaker System Output: You must select your system's Speaker Configuration and Speaker Settings before running the ImprintEQ auto correction software.

  • Speaker Configuration: Select what type of speaker configuration you have in your vehicle.
    • 4.2ch (System 1): 2-way front speaker + rear speakers + subwoofer
    • 2.2ch (System 2): 3-way front speakers + subwoofer
    • 4.0ch (System 3): 3-way front speakers + rear speakers
    • 5.1ch (System 4): 2-way front speakers + center speaker + rear speakers + subwoofer
  • Speaker Settings: Select what type of speakers you have in your vehicle.
    • Front High: full-range, tweeter, or off
    • Front Mid: full-range
    • Front Low: full-range or off
    • Rear: full-range or off
    • Center: full-range or off
    • Subwoofer (1/2): on/off
    • Subwoofer Output: stereo/mono

External Microphone: The included external microphone must be placed at ear level inside your vehicle during the automatic measurement process, (a camera tripod is useful for this purpose). The direction of the microphone will not affect the measurement. During the automatic measurement process, your vehicle should be parked in a quiet location with the doors, windows, and sunroof closed; turn off the engine, heater, and AC. The microphone is permanently installed on your vehicle's sun-visor for the RoadEQ function.

Controls

Sound Manager Software: Use the supplied Software Installation Disc (ver.1.1) to install the Sound Manager Software onto your Windows laptop. This software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (32-bit editions only). Once you have downloaded the Sound Manager Software onto your laptop, you can then connect the PXA-H800 to your laptop with the supplied USB cable in your vehicle. An easy-to-use GUI will appear on your computer's monitor that guides you through the automatic measurement process and lets you make detailed audio settings. You can store six different tuning presets on your laptop for later selection or for use to tune different vehicles.

Remote Control: The Alpine RUX-C800 wired remote controller (500RUXC800, sold separately) must be used to setup and control the Alpine PXA-H800 System Integration Audio Processor, unless you have an "Imprint"-compatible Alpine head unit. The Alpine RUX-C800 provides a convenient way to adjust the PXA-H800's settings from your vehicle's driver seat. The remote provides full command of the PXA-H800's settings & functions. The RUX-C800 is equipped with a 3-way rotary knob and six push-button controls that let you adjust the Alpine PXA-H800's settings, as well as switch sources, adjust volume, and mute playback. The Alpine RUX-C800 in-dash controller features a BioLite display that provides detailed information regarding audio functions and settings. The BioLite display takes advantage of biochemical luminescence technology to deliver maximum visibility in daylight and provides a wide viewing angle. You can adjust the unit's button illumination between blue and red to match your vehicle's interior lighting. The RUX-C800 comes with a flush-mount bracket to custom install the remote controller in your vehicle's dash. The RUX-C800 also comes with two-side tape to simply adhere the wired remote controller to your dash.

"Imprint"-Compatible Alpine Head Units: "Imprint"-compatible Alpine head units that feature an Ai-NET connection allow control over the Alpine PXA-H800 System Integration Audio Processor without the need for the Alpine RUX-C800 wired remote controller. A compatible Windows PC will still be required (see "Sound Manger Software" above). 

Connections

6ch Audio Inputs (Aux Input): With six low-level (RCA) inputs, you can connect six channels (Front, Rear, Center, Sub) of sound from an aftermarket head unit which features preamp outputs. You can also choose to connect additional audio source devices (based on menu settings). With six speaker-to-RCA adapters, you can also connect six channels of sound from almost any factory or aftermarket head unit that does not have preamp outputs. There's no need for separate line output converters. The PX-AH800's Aux Input offers several settings.

  • Aux Input Configuration: You can setup the unit's 6ch audio inputs to accept input from a single audio source, two audio sources, or three audio sources.
    • 5.1ch Input: Aux 1 (Front Left/Right, Rear Left/Right, Center, Subwoofer); this is the setting normally used to connect an aftermarket or factory head unit
    • 4ch + 2ch Input: Aux 1 (Front Left/Right, Rear Left/Right), Aux 2 (Left, Right)
    • 2ch x 3 Input: Aux 1 (Left, Right), Aux 2 (Left, Right), Aux 3 (Left, Right)
  • Aux Input Level: You can adjust the unit's Aux input level to prevent distortion.
    • High: use this setting when the volume level of the external input is too high
    • Low: use this setting when the volume level of the external input is too low
  • Aux Volume Level: You can adjust the volume level of the PX-AH800's Auxiliary Input (6ch) from -10 to +10 dB.
Note: If a separate navigation system is connected, its voice guidance will be mixed with the system and output from the front speakers. You can adjust the navigation guidance volume from -10 to +10 dB.

4V/8ch Audio Outputs: A 4V/8ch preamp signal feeds the audio from the PX-AH800 to your aftermarket amplifiers and speakers, allowing a substantial sound quality upgrade. The PXA-H800 has the ability to operate a full-range, 2-way, or 3-way front speaker output system configuration, with rear speakers and sub.

2 Digital Inputs: The Alpine PXA-H800 features two optical (toslink) digital inputs for connection of an external automobile-grade Blu-ray/DVD player.

2 Ai-NET Connections: The PXA-H800 is fitted with two Ai-NET ports for connection of an Alpine head unit or changer which also features an Ai-NET connector.

Optional Auxiliary Input: The KCA-121B (500KCA121B, sold separately) allows you to adapt the unit's Ai-NET port to a stereo RCA (Aux) input for connection of an additional non Ai-NET device.

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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You will never regret buying it or leave without it. It literally change the way you listen to music. [ Jeremy  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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To take my sound system to a new level. [ Michael  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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To make it sound better. [ Jose  Jul 17, 2018 ]
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Because I love alpine [ RANDAL  Aug 17, 2017 ]
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Alpine is known for making quality products. And this filled my needs quite nicely. So no need to look anywhere else. [ John  Apr 24, 2017 ]
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to process 5.1 audio from optical output. [ ray  Mar 08, 2016 ]
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I have the alpine halo 9 Ilx -f309 head unit.. I will be actively running 6.5 component speakers in the front along with rear fill woifers aswell as 2 12 inch subs in trunk. what are the benefits of adding a dsp of this nature to my system??
[ Michael  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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You can tailor your system to you listening. You can adjust everything. Frequencies to speakers, output volume to individual speakers. What you can do is almost unimaginable. Delays for seating position. If you are into quality sound it is a must. I highly recommend the controller unit. Definitely have someone install that can help you tune it. Just buy it listen before then after, you won't believe the difference!
[ Sustainable Roo  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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What type of crossover filters does the h800 use? Butterworth? Linkowitz-riley? I have read the manual and alpines website extensively and have not found a definite answer to this question.
[ Bill Chase  Apr 22, 2018 ]
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The Alpine PXA-H800 is equipped with a digital active crossover in which the slope and level for each channel is fully adjustable. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Hope that helps! :)
[ Larry  May 05, 2018 ]  Staff
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The H800 details section listed on Crutchfield says the X109-WRA will control the H800, I don't see a AI net connection on the X109-WRA so how is this done ? I want to use the X109-WRA because it plays FLAC files and the X009 does not
[ New User  Nov 09, 2017 ]
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The X109-WRA has since been discontinued and is no longer available. It did offer an optical connection for the H800 but still required the RUX-C800 for control. The X109-WRA was replaced by the newer X209-WRA which also offers the optical connection for the H800 & RUX-C800: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500X209WRA/item.html
[ Ryan  Nov 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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I plan to install this to my charger r/t with beats audio but I've been told that I need to keep the factory amplifier in order to keep my steering wheel controls. The problem I see is that the amplifier has an integrated crossover so the signal comes out filtered to the H800. Do I need to buy something to process the signal before sending it to the H800 or just take it directly? Thank you.
[ ivan  Oct 22, 2017 ]
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You should be able to get a full-range signal by tapping the front door and/or rear deck 6x9" speaker leads. So, no; you will not need any additional processors to provide the a full-range signal into the Alpine. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
[ Ryan  Oct 30, 2017 ]  Staff
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Take it directly, your h800 will process the signal to your liking..
[ RANDAL  Oct 26, 2017 ]
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Can you connect an optical output from a portable hi-rez player into this device? If so, do you still need a headunit connected?
[ Pedro  Aug 10, 2017 ]
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This has an optical port that can be accessed, you do not need the head unit attached to this to play any auxiliary device such as yours. You'll need the RUX part to be able to switch the inputs on the unit.
[ JRNix21  Aug 10, 2017 ]
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Ill try to be brief. When using an ai net (cda-9887) head unit with the h800 it controls volume and limited other items. It requires flipping the dip switch on the head unit from norm to eq/div. No problem there, however.. I am using the tua-t550hd ai-net module and the scc1 tuner/kca-sc100 ai-net module. So what do I have to do to keep these add-ons and still feed the pxa-h800 input via ai-net? I really want to be able to control system volume via the ai-net head unit and keep my add-ons? HELP!
[ Bill Chase  Apr 01, 2017 ]
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It sounds like you may need the Alpine KCA-410C AI Net Multi-Changer/Versatile Link Adapter; however I'm afraid that has been discontinued by Alpine and is no longer available for purchase. You may want to contact Alpine directly to see if they still have one in their inventory--you can reach their Parts Department at 800-421-5080.
[ Larry  Apr 06, 2017 ]  Staff
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How does this compare to Audiocontrol dm-810 or JL Audio Fix 86? Can I connect factory headunit with front and rear speaker level inputs and output via 3 channel (Front+Rear+Sub)?
[ Darryl  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  Feb 03, 2017 ]  Staff
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Can this be controlled by the INE-W960 or will I need the controller?
[ balumnia  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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You will need to controller to use this processor with the INE-W960 receiver. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Dec 02, 2016 ]  Staff
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Can I use a newer iPad as the source by converting the Apple Lightning output to HDMI, then convert the HDMI to optical and feed the optical input of the processor with loss-less digital audio?
[ Jeremiah  May 18, 2016 ]
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Assuming you can get the proper adapters to make those conversions, (Lightning to HDMI, HDMI to optical) the signal will only be the original quality bitrate provided from the iPad. Meaning; the conversion will not add information to the signal that was not provided originally. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  May 20, 2016 ]  Staff
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Would this work for me if I don't have a remote on wire on my factory head unit?
[ StanislavK  Jan 11, 2016 ]
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If the factory head unit lacks a remote turn on, you can easily run one off the accessory lead which will turn the unit on when the key is on whether the car is running or not.
[ Craig  Jan 19, 2016 ]
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I would not buy this unit if you're planning to use your OEM head unit. It does require a remote turn wire plus there is no summing of ur input channels. The Rockford 3.sixty.3 would be a better choice. It can create its own remote turn n it will sum your OEM inputs.
[ STEPFONZA K  Jan 12, 2016 ]
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Not sure what you are asking.... You do not need a wired-remote attached to your factory head-unit... But, you do need the Remote for the Alpine.. its called the RUX-C800. Its wired to the Alpine PXA....
[ TIMOTHY J  Jan 11, 2016 ]
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I want to keep my factory head unit volume controls. Will this let me? If yes, what is required to do this?
[ Jay  Dec 06, 2015 ]
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YES. I installed the PXA-H800 into my new 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Ultimate. I used the speaker output wires from the factory installed amp as Input into the PXA. You will need to purchase the PXA Controller, and set the volume level on the controller to a high level, and just tuck it away Then you can use the volume control on your factory head unit.(on radio & steering wheel) You will lose any adjustment on your factory radio, like you will not be able to adjust balance/fade, or Base/Treble.... make those adjustment using the PXA Controller. If you do not have a factory installed Amp.. PXA-H800 will still work just the same as with an amp... You will love it.. !!
[ TIMOTHY J  Dec 07, 2015 ]
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Can I setup/tune the pxa-h800 with a MacBook instead of windows pc?
[ Brett  Aug 18, 2015 ]
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I finally got this running on a MacBook Pro. Not easy. I used PARALLELS to run Windows. I found a Windows 7-32 bit at a flea market.
[ David  Oct 25, 2016 ]
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I Had the same issue and its Windows only. You download users manual on this site for compatability
[ Philip  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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Unless Alpine has updated their software in the last several years, it only works on PCs. However, the best way to know for certain is to download the manual, which is readily available at the Alpine website.
[ MARQUES  Aug 18, 2015 ]
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I only use the RUX-C800 controller and do not use a PC to run the system. The install manual specifically states the PC software only runs on Windows XP/Vista/7. A Google search for PXA-H800 manual will get you a .pdf version. However, I believe there are ways to run a Windows operating system and Windows based programs on any Mac. Alpine will not tell you this. I would call Alpine tech support to confirm what I am saying.
[ Craig  Aug 18, 2015 ]
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I have 2014 Toyota tundra c/max. w/side tweeters in back doors. I think it had a jbl system. they removed the radio and installed the SR5 w/no navigation. can I buy a jbl radio for tundra and install.?
[ Randy  May 04, 2015 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Jeff  May 04, 2015 ]  Staff
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I have purchased the h800 and hooked it up to my Mercedes vito factory head unit and it won't turn on. I have 12V at my batt input and remote in, Do I have to buy the RUX controller to get it to work?
[ Guy  May 01, 2015 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  May 03, 2015 ]  Staff
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Is the H800 compatible with a Bose system in Cady CTS?
[ john  Mar 07, 2015 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It can be used with virtually any vehicle. However, it is really used to be a processor to aftermarket amplifiers. Think of it as only a fine tuning device that will allow the connections of aftermarket gear. I hope this information helps. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Mar 11, 2015 ]  Staff
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Does anyone know if the H800 is compatible with win8?
[ WILLIAM  Feb 27, 2015 ]
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YES.
[ MARQUES  Nov 10, 2015 ]
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No, It is not compatible with windows 8 or 64 bit operating systems. I have to run it on windows 7 32 bit. Once it is set up though you rarely have to connect it to a pc unless you want to change your configuration.
[ John  Mar 03, 2015 ]
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YES. Make sure you have the latest software update. It's also compatible with 8.1.
[ MARQUES  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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Not sure, I am running windows 7.
[ JOHN  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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I have an Alpine INA W900 A/V head unit with a PXA H100 IMPRINT unit, I am not happy with it and am looking to upgrade that processor to this one. My question is will the head unit control this processor like it does the H100 or do I need the add on control module to get it to work (in car, I know a PC is needed but for adjustments without using a PC)?
[ la2lvtom  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This Alpine PXA-H800 comes with a mic that will 'auto tune' the system. You can go in and manually tweak the system with a laptop, or this controller. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500RUXC800/Alpine-RUX-C800.html If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Nov 20, 2014 ]  Staff
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Are crossovers necessary with ah 800 dsp when using 2 way component speakers?
[ keli  Jul 09, 2014 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You will want to use the crossovers that came with your component speakers unless you plan to bi-amp the speakers (separately power the woofer and tweeter). If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Jul 10, 2014 ]  Staff
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Does the PXA-H800 have a reverb mode?
[ reverb  May 01, 2014 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: I'm afraid there is not a reverb mode on that unit. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  May 06, 2014 ]  Staff
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