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Alpine CDE-W265BT

CD receiver

Item # 500W265BT

Alpine's CDE-W265BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening with an easy-to-read...

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About the Alpine CDE-W265BT

Big display and beautiful sound

Alpine's CDE-W265BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening with an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. And since Alpine puts great sound at the top of their "to-do" list when designing car stereos, you'll also enjoy some innovative technology for upgrading the sonic soundscape in your vehicle.
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Big display and beautiful sound

Alpine's CDE-W265BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening with an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. And since Alpine puts great sound at the top of their "to-do" list when designing car stereos, you'll also enjoy some innovative technology for upgrading the sonic soundscape in your vehicle.

Once you download the Alpine TuneIt App Ver. 2.5 smartphone app to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, you can use the receiver's extensive sound adjustment capabilities to improve the acoustics in your car. You'll take command with a touchscreen interface that lets you adjust the 9-band parametric EQ yourself, or you can apply settings created by Alpine for your specific vehicle. You can even share your settings with other users through Facebook, and check out settings others have created for your vehicle.

Stream music, talk hands-free

If you've been less than thrilled with the sound of streaming audio in the past, Alpine's exclusive processing improves the sound of streaming music or stored music files sent from your device to the receiver.

More cool options

If you're active on Facebook, this receiver will read the latest posts to you while you concentrate on the road (optional Alpine TuneIt App with text-to-speech capabilities required). And if you're tired of having your favorite FM stations fade away, you can add an optional SiriusXM tuner to enjoy the unparalleled variety of satellite radio, with music, news, sports, and talk programming that follows you wherever you drive.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • 2-line display with variable color illumination
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • optional remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • App Direct mode
    • text-to-speech updates of Facebook activity (with purchase of TuneIt app with text-to-speech feature)
    • Pandora control for iPhone and Android
    Audio Features:
    • 9-band parametric equalizer with 11 presets
    • AlpineTuneIt App Ver. 2.5 compatible
    • Bass Engine SQ button with choice of five bass profiles
    • high- and low-pass filters with subwoofer level and phase control
    • 3-way crossover capability
    • time correction
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • works with Alpine's Power Pack amplifier
    • inputs: front USB port and auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:
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    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone (w/ attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor bracket
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Face case
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Online Product Registration
    • Computer Requirements booklet

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine CDE-W265BT features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR) technology. 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 (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 CDE-W265BT.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Alpine CDE-W265BT 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 three Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Alpine head unit (only one device can be used at a time). You can also pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Alpine head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (including iPhone & Android). The controls of the CDE-W265BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-W265BT 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) and a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's display.
      • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit.
      • 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 CDE-W265BT provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine CDE-W265BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing, and redial with compatible phones.
      • Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact.
      • Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 contacts (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can select the first 3 call letters (ABC) to search for a desired name in your phonebook.
      • Preset Dialing: You can assign phone numbers that you dial frequently to presets (1-6) for quick recall. You can assign up to six frequently called phone numbers. A total of 18 phone numbers can be stored in the preset memory (6 numbers for each mobile phone paired).
      • Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (20 each) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
    Note: 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. 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 CDE-W265BT 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 CDE-W265BT provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, 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 CDE-W265BT 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.

    Bluetooth Sound Quality Adjustments: You can customize the sound of your Bluetooth hands-free experience to fit your own preferences. You can adjust the CDE-W265BT's mic gain, phone output, & ring tone volume. If that's not enough, there are 5 sound quality settings to choose from to get the balance just right for you. You can also select which speakers output Bluetooth audio. This flexibility will make your phone calls a pleasurable experience.

    • Volume Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of phone call, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference. The Phone Talk Level, Ring Tone, & Mic Gain are all adjustable between -5 to + 5 dB.
    • Sound Types: This unit provides 5 methods to improve the sound quality of your calls. You can choose the type according to your own preference - Type 1 (standard mode), Type 2 (enhances noise reduction), Type 3 (enhances echo-cancellation), Type 4 (enhances both noise reduction & echo cancellation), & Type 5 (weakens both noise reduction & echo-cancellation).
    • Speaker Output: You can select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device. Choose All (audio will be output from all of the speakers in the car), F-L (sound is only output from the front left speaker), F-R (sound is only output from the front right speaker), or F-LR (sound is output from the front left and front right speakers).

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-W265BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as select portable digital audio players or USB thumbdrives. The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port does not support connection of an Android OS device. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine CDE-W265BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MSC
    File System ISO 9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/509 files 255 folders/255 files per folder
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    Text/File/Folder Search: When you are playing a disc or USB device with ID3 or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track, file, or folder by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track. For discs and USB devices without ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated with each song.

    Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-W265BT offers Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Repeat Play (repeats playback of current track/file), Folder Repeat (repeats only files in current folder).
    • Random: Random Play (all tracks/files on disc are played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are played back in random order).

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

    Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-W265BT no more that 35° above horizontal.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Alpine CDE-W265BT's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The CDE-W265BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Alpine's KCU-445i dock connector-to-USB cable (sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-W265BT.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Alpine's KCU-471i cable (sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the CDE-W265BT.

    Note: 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).

    Music Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine head unit supports audio playback of stored music and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.  You can operate your connected iPod/iPhone via the head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-W265BT lets you navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, Audiobook, or Genius Mix. You can then search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). For especially big music libraries, the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0-16%, Preset 2: 17-32%, Preset 3: 33-49%, Preset 4: 50%-66%, Preset 5: 67-82%, Preset 6: 83-100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle playback modes (Album/Song/All) and one Repeat mode (song). Newer iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to use your Apple device's touchscreen to access music apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • App Direct: In App Direct Mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen; as well as music apps on an iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are still available from the head unit. Not all apps will be compatible with this mode.
    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.

    Song/Artist Information: The Alpine CD receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information in Head Unit or App Direct Mode. The CDE-W265BT will display Track Number, Elapsed Time, Artist Name, Song/Album Title, and Station Identification for stored music and music apps.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-W265BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/24/2015):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Bluetooth Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora TuneIt Phone Audio Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y
    Note: 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.

    Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit: such as a portable MP3 player. You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the front-panel input; Auxiliary, TV, DVD, Portable, or Game.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-W265BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically. 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. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Pandora Internet Radio App: The free Pandora App (either from the Apple App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-W265BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS5+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the CDE-W265BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable (KCU-445i or KCU-471i) or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The CDE-W265BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • Shuffle: Shuffle allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your Shuffle station selections on the phone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    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 CDE-W265BT is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Song/Artist Info + Category Search: Text information, such as the channel name, artist name, feature and song/program title is displayed on the in-dash receiver.  You can search for SiriusXM programming content by Channel (all channels), Music (your saved artists/songs), Games (your saved sport teams), and Featured (recommended stations). 
    • 18 SmartFavorite Presets + Jump Recall: The Alpine head unit feature 3 Satellite Radio preset bands. You can store 6 SiriusXM stations to each preset band (a total of 18 SmartFavorite presets). You can even save your absolute favorite radio station and access it with the press of a single button for easy recall.
    • Instant Replay: The head unit supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content.
    • TuneStart/TuneScan: Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a SmartFavorite preset music channel. Tune Scan allows you to play back six seconds of each song in a SmartFavorite preset music channel.
    • Song/Artist/Game Alerts: 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. When you hear a song you like, simply press and hold down the Volume button for two seconds on the head unit .
    • 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: SiriusXM Satellite Radio 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.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D/A Converter: The Alpine CDE-W265BT uses a 24-bit D/A converter for superb sound quality and playback of your music.

    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 (sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of power. The KTP-445 is compact enough to install behind the Alpine CD receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The CDE-W265BT has three sets of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The unit's front & rear preamp output can be faded, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. When an external amplifier is connected sound quality can be improved by stopping the power supply of the built-in amplifier. When the non-fading subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume & phase control.

    • Sub Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer output. System 1 (subwoofer level changes according to the main volume setting) or System 2 ( subwoofer level change is different from the main volume setting (0-15); even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is still audible.
    • Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    Crossover System: The Alpine CDE-W265BT offers a 2-way and 3-way crossover system setup for greater flexibility with various speaker system configurations.

    • 2-Way: Allows you to set up a high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a standard Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup using either speaker-level or low-level outputs.
      • HPF: the high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, or 200Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs; the high pass filter crossover slope can be set to Flat, 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.; you can also adjust the level of the HPF crossover from -12 to 0 dB
      • LPF: the subwoofer preamp output features a low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range  (20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, or 200Hz)) are output to your connected subwoofer; the low pass filter crossover slope can be set to Flat, 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.; you can also adjust the level of the LPF crossover from -12 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way: Allows you to setup a more complex 3-way crossover (High/Mid/Lows) network for stereo systems with separate tweeters, midranges, and subwoofers; using low-level outputs of head unit only.
      • Highs: the high-pass crossover for your tweeters can be set to 1k, 1.2k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.2k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, or 20kHz; the slope can be adjusted to Flat, 6, or 12 dB/oct.,; the level can be set to -12 to 0 dB.
      • Mids: you can set a mid-high and mid-low crossover for your midrange/midbass drivers (mid-high = 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, 800Hz, or 1k, 1.2k, 1.6k, 2k, 2.5k, 3.2k, 4k, 5k, 6.3k, 8k, 10k, 12.5k, 16k, or 20kHz; mid-low = 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, or 800Hz); the slope can be adjusted to Flat, 6, or 12 dB/oct.,; the level can be set to -12 to 0 dB
      • Lows: the low-pass crossover for your subwoofers can be set to 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, or 800Hz; the slope can be adjusted to Flat, 6, or 12 dB/oct.,; the level can be set to -12 to 0 dB

    Built-in Equalizer: The Alpine CDE-W265BT CD receiver is equipped with a Preset EQ, a 9-Band Parametric EQ, and Alpine's very own Bass Engine SQ.

    • Equalizer Presets: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of music source material. Choose from Flat, Pop, Rock, News, Jazz, Electronic, Hip Hop, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical.
    • 9-Band Parametric EQ: You can create a Custom EQ preset by adjusting 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).
    • Bass Engine SQ: Bass Engine SQ tuning is a new feature that changes bass sound characteristics by automatically adjusting different combinations of EQ, Sub Level, and Crossover settings through the choice of five bass profiles (Standard, Punch, Rich, Mid Bass, and Low Bass); only customizable through TuneIt app for Apple iOS and Android devices. You can adjust the effect level (0-6) of the selected profile from the head unit.

    Audio Enhancements: The CDE-W265BT offers the following audio adjustments to enhance your in-car listening experience.

    • 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) 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 makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. You can customize the Media Xpander to suit your personal taste by adjusting the level (0-8) for Bass, Mids, and Highs. The FM radio, Disc, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth, and Aux will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
    • Source Volume Level: The output level of each source (Tuner, Disc, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, Pandora, Aux) is individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.

    TuneIt App: TuneIt is an easy-to-use sound-tuning app that also offers Facebook notifications. Download this free app (from iTunes or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iPhone (iOS 6.0+ ) or Android smartphone (2.2+) and create a user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected to the CDE-W265BT via the appropriate Alpine iPod connector cable or the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Sound Tuning: The TuneIt app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a sound tuning interface for the CDE-W265BT. Follow the simple TuneIt graphical instructions on your phone to adjust sound settings for your specific vehicle or choose from pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Parametric EQ, Bass Engine SQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. As you change settings on your smartphone, you will hear the results, so you can customize the sound to exactly how you want it. You can make and save up to 100 different sound settings in your account, which is helpful if you want various settings to use for specific types of music. After tuning your system, upload your settings to the Alpine Cloud Server to share them with other Alpine fans. You can also check out other user's settings and rate them. The more active you are, the higher your profile status progresses within the app.
    • Facebook Notifications: The TuneIt app also keeps you in touch with your Facebook friends. When you receive a notification, you will get a visual alert on the smartphone and the head unit, plus a sound alert through your car speakers. The visual notification includes the Facebook icon and the sender's name, with the profile picture shown on the phone. You are then able to listen to the notification via TTS (Text-to-Speech) through the head unit and your vehicle's speaker. You can even "Like" the notification from the head unit's front-panel controls. In order to receive Facebook notifications on the head unit, the TuneIt app must be the active app on your smartphone.

    Note: Access to TuneIt 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. You will also need to turn on the GPS function of your phone.

    Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The volume of this feature can be set from 0-7.

    Display Features

    2-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 2-Line backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations and ID-3/WMA tag information. The CD receiver will display the folder name, the file name, and the tag information, while playing a USB device loaded with MP3/WMA music files. This unit can scroll the text information of MP3/WMA files, folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings - Auto (the information of folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically) or Manual (the display is scrolled when a when a track is changed).

    Variable Color Illumination: The Alpine CDE-W265BT features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 30 preset colors or customize your own color (RGB; 0-60). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-60) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons.

    Auto Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead (orange); when the unit's dimmer mode is set to Auto and the illumination lead is connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the Manual dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.

    Clock Display: The head unit displays a 12- or 24-hour clock. The clock can be set to remain on even after head unit is switched off, as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position.

    Stay On Mode: You can set the delay in turning off the head unit's power after the vehicle's ignition is turned off. When you select a source mode, other than Off, the music will be paused after you turn the ignition key off. At the same time, the prompt "Press Preset 6 to Stay On" will scroll once. Press Preset 6 within 15 seconds to continue to listen to your music for the select period of time (off/5/15/30 min). If Preset 6 is not pressed, the unit will power off within 15 seconds. During this period, you can only receive a call by operating your paired smartphone.

    Note: There is a possibility that the battery may be drained if already weak during Stay On Mode.

    Demo Mode: This unit has a demonstration feature for its display which can be turned On or Off in the menu.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Alpine CDE-W265BT 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.

    Remote Control

    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).

    Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-W265BT is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Plug and play, Alpine reputation, Bluetooth connectivity [ Dan  Feb 08, 2019 ]
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    Can't believe the price I got this Alpine head unit for on scratch and dent. Knowing the quality at Crutchfield, there is probably not a scratch on it. Alpine quality, Crutchfield support, how could I pass it up? Crutchfield is the greatest company. Ever! Point blank period!! [ Jason  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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    had the radios earlier version and was very pleased. [ Jeffery  Dec 12, 2018 ]
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    Long-time Alpine user, and they make a great, affordable product. [ Anthony Cataldo  Oct 04, 2018 ]
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    Alpines ROCK [ Cory  Aug 13, 2018 ]
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    I've had Alpine products for 21 years, and they've been very good to me. [ Matthew  Jul 18, 2018 ]
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    best stereo maker [ Keola  Jul 16, 2018 ]
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    Upgrading a Alpine system. [ Willie L.  Jun 20, 2018 ]
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    I had once owned Alpine CDA-7892 and loved the sound it produced. I saw this receiver and read all the positive reviews regarding how well it performed so I thought I might enjoy it as much as I had the CDA-7892. [ Christopher  May 28, 2018 ]
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    had good reviews and all necessary features [ morgan  Mar 25, 2018 ]
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    I wanted a double DIN head unit and this was the best one in my price range. [ Michael  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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    Going back 25 years, I've tried many name brand stereos and have never been let down by anything that Alpine seems to manufacture. Quality product, useful functions, visually appealing design and superb sound. [ Jimmy  Dec 11, 2017 ]
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    Provided all the features I wanted at the price I wanted and it fit my vehicle. This will replace the crappy Subaru infotainment system in my Fiance's 2015 Forester. [ T  Dec 06, 2017 ]
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    Me likey [ chris  Oct 18, 2017 ]
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    Alpine is the best [ JEREMY  Aug 12, 2017 ]
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    To replace a kenwood stereo that I am very displeased with. I was going to purchase a Clarion, however one of the Clarion reviews noted the user experienced the same problem I had with the kenwood (music dropping out randomly). [ Robert  Aug 10, 2017 ]
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    Alpine receivers been my choice for over 20 yrs. Never once was dissatisfied. Admire the design/mosfet power/quality/versatility. Feel confident in recommending Alpine to anyone who's creating a car system for the first time. Disappointment will not exist. [ Dafond  Jul 13, 2017 ]
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    Good reviews [ Chip  Jun 29, 2017 ]
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    Like alpine, fit daughter's Vibe, compatible with factory amp, allows USB as well as disc. [ Michael  May 26, 2017 ]
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    It has all the elements that I am looking for and is a perfect upgrade to the dash of the truck. [ Matthew  Apr 29, 2017 ]
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    Love that brand [ Osric  Apr 14, 2017 ]
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    Will support my Sirius Tuner from my older RV to newer model. Bought other radio and Sirius tuner from you people before. Always a pleasure to buy from you over many years. [ Kenneth  Mar 28, 2017 ]
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    Had single din, wanted double this time. Factory look [ Keith  Mar 08, 2017 ]
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    Needed new radio and love Alpine , my car has factory alpine and this radio has lots of upgrades I was looking for [ Kyle Wayne  Mar 06, 2017 ]
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    replace dated stock bose audio unit [ William  Feb 20, 2017 ]
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    Like alpine rated high [ John  Jan 25, 2017 ]
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    I have always liked Alpine products. This unit came very highly recommended by the Crutchfield staff. [ Jeff  Dec 31, 2016 ]
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    prefer alpine [ Mark  Nov 19, 2016 ]
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    I like Alpine, has the functions I need and my wife don't want me to spend to much. [ Mac  Nov 08, 2016 ]
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    Always wanted another Alpine [ Chad  Sep 28, 2016 ]
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    I've had Alpine products in the past and I liked the looks as well as other features the radio offered. Dave [ David  Sep 21, 2016 ]
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    Best for what I wanted [ lenny  Aug 29, 2016 ]
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    Hopefully it does what I want. Hate touch screens. Highly overrated [ Mark  Aug 29, 2016 ]
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    reviews [ Michael L.  Aug 12, 2016 ]
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    Brand reputation (previous Alpine owner), features, compatibility with iPhone/iPad, and price. [ Brian  Aug 02, 2016 ]
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    Great built in electronics. Has a clear sound and great power even without an external amp. Plus has a lot of options for sound adjustability. [ Bradley  Jul 13, 2016 ]
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    Alpine is hands down the best decks around. Whether you spend $100 to $800 alpine is the way to go... [ Bryson  Jul 09, 2016 ]
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    I had an Alpine head unit in my Chevy truck and BMW sedan. It had low distortion and functioned well. I have looked to Alpine first whenever I was considering quality car audio. [ MARSHALL S  May 18, 2016 ]
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    Good reviews, Alpine respectable brand plenty of eq options [ Stephanie  Apr 25, 2016 ]
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    Recommendation from co-worker [ david  Apr 01, 2016 ]
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    Great features. Great Price. [ Bryan  Mar 24, 2016 ]
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    If you want quality you have to buy quality . Alpine says it all . [ Charles  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    Homage to the 80's song "Boyz 'n Da Hood" by NWA.Where they "let the Alpine play." The Alpine brand was great back then , and I'm banking on the fact that they still are now. But seriously, the feature set was what I wanted with tactile buttons versus everything else on the market being touchscreens [ Orlando  Jan 10, 2016 ]
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    Awesome quality and recommended [ J  Jan 09, 2016 ]
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    I spent a good amount of time comparing various units from other manufacturers against this unit. The Alpine radio has greater FM sensitivity, a great equalizer which is tuneable via an app with Android, a nicer front panel layout, and buttons and screen that can be color coordinated. I saw where folks were complaining about not being able to see the screen in daylight on some other brands. This unit costs more that the others I was looking at because it is designed better. [ Stephan  Dec 27, 2015 ]
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    Always love Alpine products. [ J. Kirk  Dec 14, 2015 ]
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    recommended by a friend [ NORMAN  Dec 09, 2015 ]
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    Feature set and fit for vehicle. [ Matthew W.  Dec 05, 2015 ]
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    Alpine has a good reputation [ Franco  Dec 03, 2015 ]
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    30 questions already asked

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    What's the difference between this and the CDE-W296BT?
    [ Alex K  Feb 27, 2019 ]
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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.
    [ Krissy  Mar 02, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Why isn't the clock always displayed, I listen to Pandora through BT 99% of the time and the clock is never displayed?
    [ Fletch  Dec 23, 2018 ]
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    You have to push the button to the right of fast forward that has two overlapping boxes. This will give you options to display the time or song and title or music style. Hope this helped
    [ Jerry  Jan 01, 2019 ]
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    If you hit the button by the lower right part of the screen. The one with two squares that should change displays
    [ Brady  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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    Can you dim the backlights?
    [ Randal  May 17, 2018 ]
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    I don't know if you can manually but they do dim at night when you turn on you headlight switch.
    [ JOHN  May 19, 2018 ]
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    So I have a 2002 Ford Mustang GT with a Mach 1000 sound system. Is this the best replacement Double Din stereo that will not limit but take full advantage of the Mach 1000 system?
    [ Denis J  Apr 18, 2018 ]
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    This is one of many double din sizes stereos that can take full advantage of the MACH 1000 audio system. Feel free to contact an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation on a stereo that will work in it and has all the abilities you seek My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
    [ Paul  Apr 30, 2018 ]  Staff
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    Anyone here having problems connecting an Apple IPOD Touch Gen 6 to the stereos either by Bluetooth or Cable?
    [ Allen  Dec 30, 2017 ]
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    I have not had problems connecting my iPhone 6 up to mine i don't know about an ipod but I believe it should work with the cable and Bluetooth if your having problems check your iPod wire first I found that out trying to charge mine with the usb turned out it was the connection wire and when I got a new one it works like new
    [ Brice  Jan 05, 2018 ]
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    I have iPhone 7 and it looses connection and has to be repaired and is pain but don't know bout others sorry
    [ Bruce  Jan 05, 2018 ]
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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, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Jan 05, 2018 ]  Staff
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    How big of a flash drive does this support ?
    [ Dennis  Jan 08, 2017 ]
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    I believe the answer is 32GB, though I've only personally used 16GB. The Manual doesn't state a size limit, only 255 songs in 255 folders which you would need 650G to fill at 10MB per song. You will find it easier to maintain smaller drives like genres because searching the folders will be tough without a full graphic display.
    [ Robert  Jan 09, 2017 ]
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    is this unit compatible with the imprint tuner, steering wheel controls and BT adapter I have for the Alpine CDA-117?
    [ Zach  Jan 03, 2017 ]
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    The CDE-W265BT is compatible with steering wheel integration adapters and has built-in Bluetooth (so you won't need an external module). It is not compatible with the Imprint processor. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Jan 07, 2017 ]  Staff
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    How easy is it to navigate the features of this head unit while driving?
    [ dsw1204  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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    The primary functions (volume control, input sources, memorized channels, next/back) are easily accessible while driving. Once you get used to the positioning, you won't really even need to look at the head unit to use those functions. And if you have audio controls on your steering wheel, it's even easier. However, most of the other secondary functions (display changes, tuning adjustments, tagging) require you to look at the screen so I wouldn't recommend doing any of those while driving.
    [ ANDREW L  Oct 31, 2016 ]
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    Some of the buttons are small, making navigation while driving difficult. Could be the angle of the unit relative to drivers seat. Great unit otherwise.
    [ Michael  Oct 13, 2016 ]
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    Not as easy as I would have liked. Its amazing and there is so much you can do with it. Great sound
    [ Russell  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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    Will this work with OnStar and the Sat phone?
    [ Maurice  Sep 29, 2016 ]
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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 factory 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.
    [ Kenny  Sep 30, 2016 ]  Staff
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    Will this fit my 1990 Lexus LS400?
    [ Veco G  Aug 03, 2016 ]
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Kenny  Aug 03, 2016 ]  Staff
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    will this fit in my 1998 chevy suburban?
    [ Danny  May 30, 2016 ]
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Kenny  May 30, 2016 ]  Staff
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    Can I connect my factory CD changer to this unit?
    [ Scott  Apr 03, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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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 factory 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.
    [ Kenny  Apr 05, 2016 ]  Staff
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    Does this have a CD changer? If so, how many discs?
    [ Michael  Mar 19, 2016 ]
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    Thanks for your question. No this is a single CD player, I don't believe we have any units anymore that have multi CD capability. Hope that helps.
    [ Kenny  Mar 19, 2016 ]  Staff
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    My vehicle has a power/retractable antenna mast. Will the antenna go up ONLY in radio mode or will it be up whenever the unit is on?
    [ Reuben  Mar 14, 2016 ]
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    I'm not sure my car does not have a movable antena . There is an antenna wire though.
    [ RICHARD J  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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    Can you change the backlight color of the buttons to something other than blue?
    [ AUSTIN  Mar 09, 2016 ]
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    Yes
    [ Jessie  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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    Yes
    [ WORREL F  Mar 10, 2016 ]
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    yes there are a number on different colors and shades of colors to choose from. Very easy to switch from one to another and you can adjust the brightness level of these
    [ benny  Mar 10, 2016 ]
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    Yes....the display can also be set to a different color than the "buttons". Many preset colors for both display or buttons, but also has a feature for making custom colors for either. On another note, as a owner, this HU is jam packed with options and is extremely "clean" audio wise. FYI, after much experimenting, no source sounds as detailed as a CD though. Time correction is an awesome feature. I'm using this HU with Alpine R series 6.5 components in the front and R series 6×8's in the rear doors. 2 JL Audio 10" subs in a sealed enclosure with 2 vintage ADS amplifiers running the power. All that in a 2004 f150 regular cab and it sounds incredibly accurate. Oh, 36 sq.ft. of dynamat in the doors and rear deck. Buy the Alpine, you won't be sorry.
    [ David  Mar 09, 2016 ]
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    MAny, many colors
    [ john  Mar 09, 2016 ]
    Q
    Can I use the Pandora app on my iphone to stream music through this units BT feature?
    [ Tim  Mar 08, 2016 ]
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    Yes. Use as bluetooth, or use the unit's built in Pandora.
    [ Michael  Mar 09, 2016 ]
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    Yes you can
    [ Roy  Mar 08, 2016 ]
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    yes and you can control the Pandora ap on your phone through the reciever by going into the Pandora function on the reciever, so after mating with the phone, you can lay it down and just use the reciever for all music and answer calls. The only time I use the bt feature is for playing songs stored on my phone.
    [ William  Mar 08, 2016 ]
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    There is a swell intergration for pandora, but it will stream through bt all the same too
    [ Cody  Mar 08, 2016 ]
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    ? Never tried
    [ BILL D  Mar 08, 2016 ]
    Q
    Wil I still be able to use my factory DVD entertainment system through this receiver?
    [ Randy  Jan 24, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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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 factory 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  Jan 25, 2016 ]  Staff
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    Can you select songs through bluetooth on the headunit itself using the tuneit app on android?
    [ Dominic  Jan 13, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    The TuneIt app does not give that type of control. It allows you adjust audio settings and then save those settings in up to 100 different profiles. It also allows you to get Facebook notifications and have them read to you.
    [ Paul  Jan 18, 2016 ]  Staff
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    Overview states "works with Alpine's Power Pack amplifier". Will this amplifier fit into the same 2 DIN space or do I have to find someplace else to mount it? From the photos it looks like there may be excess space in the bottom of the head unit.
    [ zep_dad  Nov 17, 2015 ]
    1 answer
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    I was able to mount unit in my dash. It has long enough wires to put behind glove box or mount on back fire wall above carpet line.. Very good unit I might add.. Simple, reliable power!!
    [ Thomas  Nov 18, 2015 ]
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    Anyone get the Tuneit app for Android to work on the CDE-W265BT? I cannot get the app to connect to Alpine unit despite repeated attempts. Using HTC Android through Bluetooth. Does not wok USB either.
    [ turborat  Sep 14, 2015 ]
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy and that works. Make sure you sync the Bluetooth. That's how ur mobile talks to ur Alpine. FYI....once you know the HU, I find you can do everything without the app except the HD Parametic EQ. That does seperate front and rear EQ I have not found thru the HU.
    [ David  Oct 16, 2015 ]
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    I have iPhone and work excellent!!!!!!!!
    [ jorge  Sep 15, 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  Sep 15, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can you install a subwoofer with this radio?
    [ Matthew  Aug 18, 2015 ]
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    Yes, It has dedicated Preouts for Subwoofer channels, and has Preouts for front and rear
    [ christopher  Aug 21, 2015 ]
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    Of course you can
    [ Bonnie  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    Yes I hooked up two rockford fosgate 12" p3s with a 1200 watt fosgate amp it will peel the paint off your ride. It might take you a few times to get it adjusted to your taste but you should love it. Make sure you get the remote.
    [ Robert  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    yes of course
    [ CODY  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    Absolutely...! This radio has a stereo subwoofer preamp output, and active filters to set your low-pass cutoff frequency and the roll-off slope. All you need is an amp & the subwoofer(s)
    [ THOMAS  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    Yes
    [ BILL D  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    Yes
    [ BILL D  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    Yes, although I did not. The unit is equipped with connections for a subwoofer. Great unit, I have been very pleased with it so far.
    [ Michael  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    yes, from stock to after market this headunit is compatible with subs
    [ Cody  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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    Short answer, yes. Longer answer is that this unit has 3 sets of pre-amp outputs including a dedicated subwoofer output. It also has subwoofer specific controls. Be aware that correct installation will require either a separate amplifier to drive the subwoofer or a subwoofer unit that has an amplifier built in.
    [ THOMAS J  Aug 19, 2015 ]
    Q
    Can you activate siri with this head unit by pressing a button?
    [ jxslepton  Jul 11, 2015 ]
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    YES " IF YOUR PHONE IS PAIR TO THE UNIT
    [ WORREL F  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    A
    I have an Android phone and voice commands do not work.
    [ Jessie  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, by holding in the phone button I am able to make calls and change the music on my iPhone . I haven't tried to do anything else. I do like this unit.
    [ RICHARD J  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, it should step over to sirius by pressing the button leftmost in the picture. My manual has about 6 pages f configuration. You would be advised to download the manual before you buy it.
    [ Robert  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    A
    I am not sure, I do not have an iphone. It does have in the menu special Bluetooth features for iPhone/ ipod. That's as much as I know.
    [ Paul  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    A
    I have never tried
    [ JOE  Jul 12, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes !!!! You car speakers work like phone !!just pressing the bottom from your iphone
    [ jorge  Jul 12, 2015 ]
    Q
    Does the screen have the option to constantly show the clock? With the factory unit removed, we lose the persistent clock. Thanks!
    [ Jason  Jul 01, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    A
    Actually yes. I just checked mine as the stereo is always on...lol. Endless options on this Alpine. But when I checked, I turned off the HU and all the display disappears except for the clock.
    [ David  Jul 04, 2015 ]
    A
    the button directly/right next to the skip forward button is how i accomplished what you're looking for.
    [ JARRED  Jul 02, 2015 ]
    A
    Hey Jason. I was hoping it had a consistent clock option but there's only 1 layout for that ie top line source name and bottom row will have the clock. Being that I most play my music via BT I like to have the 1st and 2nd row artist and song.
    [ JESSE  Jul 02, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, you'll have to change it in the settings.
    [ Hector Orozco  Jul 02, 2015 ]
    Q
    I'm told the display on this unit remains easy to read in the daytime -- even in bright sun. Can anyone provide some details on this in your vehicle?
    [ Jason  Jun 30, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    A
    I have the CDE-W265BT installed in my 2004 Jaguar X-Type. I'm living in California and even on sunny road trips it's easy to read the display and control the stereo.
    [ Frank  Jul 01, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, The display is very easy to read during the day especially in bright sun!
    [ Roy  Jul 01, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes, this display is easy to read during the day. I installed this in a 2012 Subaru. I had purchased another brand and sent it back because I could not see the display during the day. I searched a bit online and found this unit. The display is two lines high, and bright. I found the white lettering to be the most visible during the day. You can set the display color differently from the knob colors if you choose so it still somewhat matches the rest of the car. I wish there was a sensor that would adjust the brightness at night, as this unit is somewhat brighter than I'd like at night, but still worth keeping.
    [ BEN  Jul 01, 2015 ]
    A
    Very easy to read great unit
    [ BILL D  Jul 01, 2015 ]
    Q
    Does this unit have HD radio?
    [ T  Jun 04, 2015 ]
    10 answers
    A
    No but I love it. Awesome sound and quality
    [ Russell  Jun 15, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ WORREL F  Jun 09, 2015 ]
    A
    No, don't have HD radio, looked in the manual didn't see anything about it. Looked at different sites no there also. I have the unit have not installed it yet, check Alpine site think it has a pdf manual on this, I got the cd disk and paper manual that come with it. I bought it for the many features of listening to music, blue tooth would come handy, don't do facebook might be handy for those addicted to the social media. Sorry, don't see HD radio ,I might be wrong.
    [ Mark  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    It does not.
    [ Shane  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    No, this unit does not have HD radio. Then again, I have not listened to FM radio in years.
    [ Jeffrey  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    Not , but have very good quality sound
    [ jorge  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    Do not believe that it has HD radio. 99% sure it doesn't.
    [ Jessie  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    It does not. But there are other units that are similar to this one with HD radio. However, my advice is to stick with alpine units. They have much sound quality and sound setting. I have this unit and not having HD radio really not that noticeable. It will be way better then ur stock radio. I had a kenwood with HD radio and exchanged for this unit and it's almost the same. Hope that helps! I love this unit.
    [ Adrian  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes I do
    [ JOE  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    A
    No.
    [ Jenna  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    Q
    What are the physical dimensions of the Alpine CDE-W265BT? Need depth.
    [ Paula  May 16, 2015 ]
    4 answers
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    According to the manual, the depth is 6 3/8". It fit into my '03 S-10 without any modifications. My original dash opening was double DIN though.
    [ THOMAS  May 17, 2015 ]
    A
    I bought the stereo as a birthday gift for my nephew. I installed it in his 95 toyota tacoma. However I don't know of the physical dimensions! All i can tell you that its slightly bigger than the stock stereo and if you are installing it in a similar vehicle then you need to loosen the bottom portion of where the stereo sits so you can pop the face of the dash back into place. The face of the dash needs to slide under the deck in order for it to go back into place. You need to loosen all screws around the dash also removing the glove box and the bar the glove box mounts to in order to loosen the bottom portion of the deck. Hope that helps you...
    [ Roy  May 17, 2015 ]
    A
    You can find all diminishes in the spec about the unit
    [ Robert  May 17, 2015 ]
    A
    Depth is 6 and 3/8 inches
    [ Christopher  May 17, 2015 ]
    Q
    What exactly does the modified fit entail?
    [ sean  Mar 27, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Mar 28, 2015 ]  Staff
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