Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
HDMI & USB Connectivity
Audio & DSP Section
Touchscreen & Remote Control
HERE Map Data: The Alpine X208U offers reliable
navigation with preloaded HERE map data of the United States and Canada,
including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The map database
provides approximately 6 million points-of-interest (POIs) in various categories
throughout the coverage area. The unit's map data is stored its built-in flash
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While
this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Note: While this receiver's map database was judged to be
as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never
be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases,
such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.
Future Updates: Future Map and Software updates (purchase
fees will apply) will be available periodically and are input using the unit's
USB port and a USB thumbdrive (sold separately). For updates and add-on options,
www.naviextras.com (requires Windows XP or newer; not compatible with Mac).
A free program called "Toolbox" can be downloaded from this website so you can
create a copy of your map as a backup, as well as assist in easily checking for
updates and optional features that are available.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Alpine X208U features a
built-in GPS receiver and includes an external GPS antenna which determines
vehicle speed and heading changes, along with longitude and latitude
information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on the
system's digital map. The GPS antenna should be mounted on top of the dashboard
near the front windshield.
Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 7.5
seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to New York. These tests were
done inside the
Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Head Quarters. Results will vary
based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.
On-Screen Map: As you travel, the X208U guides you to
your destination via its on-screen map. The unit's on-screen map shows your
vehicle's current position (a blue arrow by default), the recommended route (an
orange line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered
flag. The on-screen map shows streets in a way that is similar to how the paper
road maps show them. Their width and colors correspond to their importance; you
can easily tell a freeway from a small street. Road segments affected by traffic
events are displayed with an alternate color on the map, and small symbols above
the road show the nature of the event. When navigating a route, the top section
of the map screen shows information about the next route event (maneuver) and
the next street or the next city/town. Both the type of the event (turn, traffic
circle, exiting freeway, etc.) and its distance from the current position are
displayed. When approaching a turn, the map screen will zoom in and raise the
view angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction. If
the next turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be
flat so you can see the road in front of you. Two data fields on the left of the
screen shows the distance you need to travel on the route before reaching your
final destination and the time needed to reach your final destination of the
route based on information available for the remaining segments of the route.
You can adjust the following map settings.
- Map Views (2D/3D): The X208U provides three Map
Views, choose from North Up (North is always at the top of the display; this
makes it easy to determine your current heading with respect to the map),
Heading Up (current direction is always pointing to the top of the display;
this makes it easy to see the direction of the next turn on the map), or 3D
View (more realistic perspective by tilting the map and displaying it with a
horizon line; streets are displayed as you approach them instead of from a
birds-eye view). The X208Us navigation software supports the following
3D object types.
- 3D Terrain: 3D terrain map data shows changes in
terrain, elevations or depressions in the land when you view the map in
2D, and use it to plot the route map in 3D when you navigate. Hills and
mountains are shown in the background of the 3D map.
- Elevated Roads: Complex intersections and
vertically isolated roads (such as overpasses or bridges) are displayed
- 3D Landmarks: Landmarks are 3D artistic or block
representations of prominent or well-known objects.
- 3D Buildings: 3D block representation of full city
building data containing actual building size and position on the map.
- Map Color: The navigation map screen uses different
color themes (Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the
map and the menu screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and
the menus are bright. The night color themes use dark colors for large
objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low. You can also set
the navigation unit to switch between daytime and night color modes
automatically based on the current time and GPS position.
Note: Alpine's Dual Screen function lets you view
Navigation and Audio/Visual screens simultaneously, side-by-side.
Highway Driver Assistance: The X208U's navigation map
offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance, along with junction &
tunnel views, plus exit services for highway drivers.
- Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads,
it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the
recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map
screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the
bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
- Signposts: Where additional information is available,
signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map.
The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can
see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations
and the number of the road the lane leads to.
- Junction & Tunnel View: If you are approaching a
freeway exit or a complex intersection and the needed information exists,
the map is replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to
take are displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if
information is available. When entering a tunnel, the map is replaced with a
generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings cannot distract
- Exit Services: The Exit Services function lets you
search roadway exits for food, lodging, and rest areas so you are never left
guessing what is around the bend. You must be on a major highway or road to
use this feature.
Voice Guidance w/ Text-to-Speech: In addition to graphical
on-screen directions and maps, the X208U provides voice guidance and
turn-by-turn directions, capable of text-to-speech (TTS), announcing the street
names along with the turn directions. With turn-by-turn instructions delivered
by Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology, street names, freeway numbers and freeway
exit names are announced clearly through your vehicle's audio system. Directions
are available in English, Spanish, or French.
Note: The X208U will mute the audio source, when there
is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your
audio source's volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): The Alpine X208U
contains a TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver that can provide you with the
real-time status of the traffic along your route over the FM Radio Data System
(RDS). If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the
navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to
get to your destination, quickly and easily. To fine-tune this recalculation,
you can set the minimum delay that can trigger a route recalculation, or you can
instruct the software to have you confirm the new recommended route before it
takes effect. Road segments affected by traffic events are displayed with an
alternate color on the map, and small symbols above the road show the nature of
Note: TMC is not available in all cities.
Where AM I?: The "Where Am I?" screen contains information
about the current position (or approximately the last known position if GPS
reception is not available) and a button to search for POIs and emergency
Selecting A Destination: The built-in navigation software
offers you several ways of choosing your destination.
- Free-Form Search: A quick way to search for an address,
a Place, an Address Book entry, or a History item is to use the free-form
search. Simply enter a street address (just the street name or both the
street and the house number), the name of a Place, a previous destination or
an Address Book entry from this one search screen.
- Browse Map: Select a location on the map by simply
tapping the map.
- Address: You can find an address by entering the exact
address (including house number), the center of a city/town, an
intersection, the midpoint of a street, or zip code.
- Address Book: Save frequented locations in the unit's
address book to quickly add as a destination (like your home or office).
- Places (POI): Select from approximately 7 million
Point-of-Interests (POIs); search POIs by name, preset, or category around
your current location, destination, route, or specific city.
- History: Destinations you have set previously appear in
the History search.
- Coordinates: Enter Latitude and Longitude coordinates
as your destination.
Note: Any destination selection method can be entered with
or without the parking brake engaged.
Vehicle Profile: You can create a vehicle profile for your
car, truck, or SUV. Enter the following parameters for your vehicle - Fuel
Consumption (avg. fuel consumption of your vehicle in city and rural areas),
Engine Type (engine and fuel type), Fuel Price (avg. fuel price for travel cost
calculation), Max Speed (max speed you travel).
Route Calculation: The unit's navigation software calculates
your route based on the following selections.
- Vehicle Types: You can select what type of vehicle you
are driving, so the navigation unit can determine the best route based on
your vehicle type (Car, Truck, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
- Route Methods: You can choose which route method
(Fastest, Shortest, Green, or Easy) the navigation unit should use when
calculating your route.
- Fast: Gives a quick route if you can travel at or
near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best selection for fast
and normal cars.
- Short: Gives a route that has the smallest total
distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles.
- Green: Gives a quick and fuel efficient route based
on the fuel consumption data given in Route settings. Travel cost and
CO2 emission calculations are estimations only. They cannot take
elevations, curves and traffic conditions into account.
- Easy: Results in a route with fewer turns and no
difficult maneuvers. With this option, you can make your software to
take, for example, the freeway instead of a series of smaller roads or
- Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid
certain types of roads along your calculated route, such as Highways, Tolls,
Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.
Modifying Your Route: When navigation is already started,
there are several ways to modify the active route. Options include:
- Add Waypoint: If you already have a recommended route
and you select a new destination, the unit will ask you whether to start a
new route, add a new waypoint (intermediate destination) to the route or
append the newly selected destination at the end of the current route.
- New Starting Position: For normal navigation, all
routes are planned from the current position. In order to check future
routes, simulate them or see their length in time and distance, you can turn
off the GPS receiver. Then you can set the starting point of the route to a
different location than the current GPS position.
- Edit Destination: You can edit the route by modifying
the list of destinations. You can add or remove destinations, modify the
start position or reorder the list.
- Cancel Route: You can cancel the active route and
delete its destination and all its waypoints.
- Route Alternatives: To recalculate the active route
with a different route planning method, you can modify the unit's Route
Route Preview: The X208U lets you preview your route's
instructions and simulate the drive. The Itinerary page displays turn-by-turn
instructions for your entire route and the distance between turns. You can also
preview all the route information and simulate travel along a projected route.
Automatic Route Recalculation + Detour: The unit will
automatically recalculates your route if you stray from the navigation unit's
previously calculated route. When you slow down while driving on a motorway,
there is a chance that you are in a traffic jam so the software offers you a
detour using the next exit. The message shows you distance of the exit and the
difference in distance and estimated time compared to the original route.
Warnings & Alerts: The X208Us navigation software
provides the following warnings & alerts.
- Alert Points: You can save any map location as an alert
point (for example a speed camera or a railroad crossing).
- Speed Limit Warnings: Maps may contain information
about the speed limits of the road segments. The navigation head unit is
able to warn you if you exceed the current limit. This information may not
be available in all areas, or may not be fully correct for all roads in the
map. Speed warning can be fine-tuned in Sound and Warning settings.
Trip Monitor: The navigation system's trip monitor contains
useful information about your trip. Trip monitor data can be saved manually when
you reach your destination or automatically along your route. Trip monitor data
includes; Start/End Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time, Total
Distance, and Min./Max. Altitude.
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use
your USB-connected iPhone 5 or newer (running latest iOS version) with
Lightning-connector in the car, while you stay focused on the road. Apple
CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and
integrates them into the Alpine X208U. Apple CarPlay offers an incredibly
intuitive way to make calls, view maps, listen to music, and access messages
from your compatible iPhone through the Alpine X208U in-dash receiver. With
Apple CarPlay, you can control these functions from the X208U receiver's 8" touchscreen or activate Siri for minimized distraction.
- Maps: Through Apple CarPlay, the power and simplicity
of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction,
traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new
destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's
touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you
most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages,
contacts, and calendars. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the
latest version of
Google Maps or
Waze (coming soon), you can choose to navigate via Google Maps
or Waze instead of CarPlay. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri
voice control, but will have there own proprietary voice control
function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the
- Phone: With Apple CarPlay, you can use the X208U's
interactive touchscreen or ask Siri to make calls, return calls, and check
voicemail. To dial a phone number, simply tap the "Phone" icon and Siri will
ask you who you want to call. Using the touchscreen you can manually enter a
phone number from the on-screen keypad, scroll through contacts, or select
from recent and miss calls. In addition, you get access to your voicemails
via touchscreen and Siri. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon
to answer. You'll carry on your side of the conversation through the
included external microphone, while the other party is heard through your
vehicle's speakers. You can emphasize or weaken the volume level the
microphone. You can also select which car speaker outputs the caller audio;
you can select All, Front-Left, Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.
- Text Messages: Apple CarPlay also lets you enjoy a
better and safer way of text messaging with friends and family when you're
on the road, through the Alpine receiver and Siri. Through your voice
commands, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages so that you
never have to glance at your phone while behind the wheel. When a new
message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read
back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the
head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
- Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in
your iPhone's music library, plus iTunes radio from the Alpine X208U. You
can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would
on your iPhone from the X208U's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to
find and play back your music. The X208U's touchscreen will display
song/artist information, as well as album art in the background. Tap the Now
Playing icon on the Alpine receiver's touchscreen and see song,
artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From
the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like
Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
- Audio Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional
audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying podcasts,
music, and radio - including
MLB.com At Bat,
CBS Radio News,
Audible. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like
you would from your iPhone. Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked
during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps
and listen to them through the Alpine receiver; however these apps offer no
control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Other Functions: Within the CarPlay's touchscreen menu
is a circular icon which acts like the back button on your iPhone. In
addition there is an "Main Menu" icon which exists CarPlay and takes you
back to the Alpine receiver's Home Menu.
- Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running the
latest iOS version.
- Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is
being used with a connected iPhone.
Android Auto: The Alpine X208U supports the
Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer).
Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the Alpine receiver's
rear-panel USB port via the included USB extension cable and your phone's USB
cable, plus be paired via Bluetooth (your vehicle's parking brake needs to be
engaged to initially setup Android Auto). Android Auto extends the Android
platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and
automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple
on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's
designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead.
Features of Android Auto include:
- Google Assistant: The Alpine receiver enhances your
Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using
the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command
and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated
applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button
or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google
Assistant to make call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving
directions, or listen to music.
- Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're
going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic
information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the
head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's
external mic and the Google Assistant. If you prefer, you can switch over to
a simpler version of the community-based
Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
- Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your
contacts and messages through the Alpine receiver while keeping your eyes on
the road. Use the unit's external mic and the Google Assistant to make a
phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you
concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice
- Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library
through the Alpine receiver via
Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your
smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the
receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to
listen to through the head unit's external mic and the Google Assistant. You
also get access to online music and radio stations from
Amazon Music, Pandora,
Slacker Radio, &
Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist
information and album art or station logo.
- Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connector (including the
Pixel) may not function without appropriate USB Type-A to USB Type-C
- Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be
used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android
- Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension
cable other than the one supplied.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The X208U features a built-in GPS
receiver, comes with an external GPS antenna, and is outfitted with a vehicle
speed sensor (VSS) wire to optimize CarPlay's Apple Maps and Android Auto's
Google Maps. The GPS antenna should be mounted on top of the dashboard near the
HDMI & USB Connectivity
HDMI Input & Output: The Alpine X208U is outfitted with
an HDMI input and output. The HDMI input provides connection for iPhone,
Android, and other HDMI enabled equipment. The HDMI output can be used for RSE
(rear seat entertainment).
- HDMI Input: In addition iPhone and Android
connectivity, the head unit's HDMI input can be used to connect almost any
external mobile AV source with an HDMI output, such as Alpine's DVE-5300 DVD
sold separately). The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your
vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the
receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your
HDMI-connected device, unless you are connecting the DVE-5300 DVD player
which does allow control from the X208U's touchscreen. The HDMI input
supports video resolutions up to 720p. If you need more than one HDMI input,
you can purchase Alpine's HDMI switcher (500KCX630H,
sold separately), which provides a total of two HDMI inputs and one HDMI
- HDMI Output (w/ Dual Zone): The X208U is equipped
with an HDMI monitor output for rear seat entertainment (RSE). The rear seat
entertainment function independently routes a different source to the front
and rear of the vehicle. For example, while listening to the head unit's
built-in HD radio or other audio source in the front, HDMI can be enjoyed in
the rear with optional rear monitors (featuring an HDMI input) and
headphones. The unit's HDMI input is the only source that can be displayed
in in the rear through the head unit's HDMI output. The HDMI output supports
video resolution up to 480p. The parking brake does not need to be engaged
to enjoy HDMI playback in the rear of the vehicle.
Smartphone Mirroring via HDMI: The Alpine's X208U's
rear-panel HDMI input can be used to connect select Android or Apple iOS devices
with video output to the digital media receiver. With the vehicle's parking
brake engaged you can mirror the smartphone device's image and watch stored
video and video apps (like Netflix) on the digital media receiver's touchscreen
monitor. Stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your iPod/iPhone
device can be heard through your speaker system without the parking brake
engaged; however, there is no song/artist information display unless the parking
brake is engaged. There is no touchscreen control from the Alpine head unit; you
will still continue to use your Apple iOS or Android device to select content,
apps, and control playback.
- iPhone Connectivity: If you have an iPhone 5 or newer
with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's
Lightning Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable (like Alpine's
KCU-471i cable), and a HDMI cable (like Alpine's
KCU-610HD HDMI cable kit) -all sold separately. The HDMI connector
provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your
iPhone device. Not compatible with 30-pin Apple devices.
- Android Connectivity: Use Alpine's
KCU-610MH HDMI cable kit (sold separately) to connect your
MHL-compatible Android smartphone. Check
for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy
S3/S4/S5 and Note II/III/IV requires an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB
5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). The HDMI connector provides
audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges the battery of your
iPhone Lightning-to-USB Direct Connect: The Alpine receiver
supports direct connection of your Apple iPod/iPhone with Lightning connector or
iPhone 4S with 30-pin connector through its rear-panel USB port and the included
USB extension cable (use Alpine's
cable or the cable that came with your Apple device). The X208U supports
audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your
USB-connected Apple device with Lightning connector.
- Head Unit Control: The Alpine X208U lets you
navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song,
Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search each category
alphabetically. The head unit also offers playback functions such a
Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Random/Repeat for stored music files.
Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track are supported by many music apps too; not
all apps will be compatible. Your USB-connected iPhone will remain unlocked,
so you can use its touchscreen to access music apps.
- Song/Artist Information: The Alpine in-dash digital
media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file
information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name,
Song/Album title, as well as Album Art. The unit will also display
song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
- 1A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides
1.5A 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
Alpine Connect App: Download the Alpine Connect App (powered
by Airbiquity) onto your USB-connected
Apple (iOS 9.0+) or Bluetooth-paired
Android (OS 4.2+) device and gain access to popular infotainment apps like
iHeartRadio, Alpine Go! (iOS/Android),
through the Alpine navigation receiver. The Alpine Connect smartphone app will
provide simple content selection and user personalization from the Alpine
navigation receiver. Content and features of the app will integrate into the
Alpine receiver's touchscreen user-interface for enhanced user convenience that
is formatted for in-vehicle use.
- Yelp: Yelp helps you find local places to eat, drink,
and shop; all accessible from the Alpine navigation receiver's touchscreen.
- iHeartRadio: iHeartRadio stream live radio stations
from across the country, create custom music stations, stay up-to-date with
24/7 news, listen to on-demand podcasts, plus enjoy the best in sports, talk
and comedy programming.
- Glympse: Glympse is a fast, free, and simple way to
share your location in real time with the people you trust.
- Alpine Go!: The new Alpine Go! app allows you to easily send a
destination from your phone to your navigation system. You can also build
and save a list of locations of your choice shared from various apps to
easily send to your Alpine dash system's navigation - just enter, send and
go. Get the app here for
- MyQ: Linking the MyQ app on your
Apple iOS or
Android devices with Alpine's Connect app gives you the freedom to
monitor and control your garage door, control smart lighting for additional
home security while you are away, and control smart thermostat modes - all
through the Alpine receiver's touchscreen. The new geofencing feature of the
MyQ app even lets you receive a notification on the receiver's touchscreen
to remind you to open your garage door when you are close to home. MyQ works
with all major brands of garage door openers (over 95% compatibility). The
MyQ service will require a paid subscription.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Alpine X208U is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 2/13/2017):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Specific Apps || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video/Mirror || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || CarPlay || Apple Connect || Pandora || Album Art || Song/Artist Text || Track Info || Phone || Audio || Siri |
| iPhone |
| 4S || 9.3.5 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C || 10.3.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5S || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| SE || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+/6S/6S+ || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7/7+ || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 8/8+ || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| X || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch |
| 5th || 9.3.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 11.2.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || 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
USB Mass Class Storage Devices: In addition to iPhone &
Android connectivity, the head unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to
connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; such as a USB thumbdrive or
portable digital audio player. A 5' USB extension cable is included. The unit
supports playback of a variety of audio and video files stored on a compatible
USB MSC device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged
when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the
vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
| Media Type || USB (Mass Storage Class Device) |
| File System ||FAT 16/32 |
| Playable File Types || Audio ||MP3:
bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling rate of 8-48kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 48-320kbps; sampling rate of
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps; sampling rate of
FLAC: bit depth of 16-/24-bit; sampling rate of
| Video ||AVI/MKV/MP4:
optimum resolution of 96-720 (h) x 96-576 (v) |
| Max # of Files/Folders ||10,000 files/folders |
| Song/Artist Info || MP3 ID3 tags,
WMA/AAC/FLAC tags, & Album Art |
Note: The USB port does not support MTP or AOA playback for
Android devices. The USB port cannot be connected to a USB hub or
Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine X208U features built-in
Bluetooth technology (version 2.1+EDR). The head unit's built-in Bluetooth
allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as
well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order
to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth
compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible
with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
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 X208U.
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to
the X208U without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated
settings (your phone must also support SSP). You can even 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. You can register up to 5 Bluetooth
enabled devices with the Alpine head unit, and keep two devices connected
simultaneously. That way you can switch between devices a lot quicker without
having to un-connect and re-connect devices.
Hands-Free Communication: The Alpine
X208U supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled
mobile phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your
vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your
Alpine head unit's touchscreen display. The X208U allows you to carry on a
phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the integrated
front-panel microphone or the included
external microphone and your car
audio speakers. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio
between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.
- Receiving Calls: The Alpine X208U provides several
ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone.
- Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by
pressing the "Phone" icon on the head unit's touchscreen.
- Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to
answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is
answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
- Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a
current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you
take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can
switch to the other.
- Making Calls: The Alpine X208U provides a variety of
functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The
Alpine X208U features full phone book access, call history, 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 or the telephone number.
- Phone Number Entry: Allows you to directly dial a
phone number up to 31 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 entries (5
telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible
mobile phone. You can then search the contacts of your phonebook
- Presets & Favorites: You can assign up to 4 phone
numbers for one-touch dialing to make a call easily. You can also make a
phone call using the Short Cut function of numbers that you have
registered as Favorites.
- Call History: The previously dialed, received, or
missed numbers (60 total) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
Note: All Bluetooth phone functions are available with
or without the parking brake engaged.
Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Alpine
X208U can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as
your iPhone or Android smartphone). Not only can it control & stream your music
through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP to ensure
you get the best sound. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause,
FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the X208U provides a Search List of your stored
music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which
includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display your
stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title (no
Album Art). The X208U even supports audio streaming of music apps on your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with song/artist information and limited control
(continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music app
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
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an
iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Alpine X208U has the ability to access
Siri through its front-panel/touchscreen controls and external microphone.
Simply press the head unit's "VOICE CTRL" button to engage Siri and use the
front-panel microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will be heard
through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free
calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation,
and more can be done through the X208U and its microphone. You can ask Siri
to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard
through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your
iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides
Note: The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free
calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are
only audible through the Alpine X208U; visual data will still need to be
viewed from your iPhone device).
Bluetooth Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the
volume level of the phone caller, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit
your own preference. You can also select which car speaker outputs the audio
from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device. You can select All, Front-Left,
Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.
Pandora Internet Radio (for iPhone & Android): The free
Pandora App (for
iOS 10.0+ &
Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the
Pandora music service
through the Alpine X208U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (4S or newer)
or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to
the X208U via the Alpine
cable or the 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, LTE (4G), EDGE, or WiFi. The
X208U 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 Play: Shuffle Play allows you to listen to
songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station.
You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips
- 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 Pandora 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.
SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine X208U 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
Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel List w/ Category Search: A channel list
displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function
searches for channels in a certain category.
- Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information
such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, and Album Art
can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- SmartFavorite Presets + Jump: Up to 18 SiriusXM
Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. All presets are recognized a
SmartFavorites with advanced features like TuneStart, & TuneScan. The Jump
feature lets you store your absolute favorite channel so you can jump to it
with the press of a dedicated button and then jump back to the previous
- TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to choose
whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when
tuning to a Smart Favorite preset channel on the current band. TuneScan
gives you a short preview of the songs that you have missed on each of your
Smart Favorite Preset music channels on the currently tuned band.
- Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay
content from the currently tuned SiriusXM channel. The SiriusXM tuner will
continually buffer up to 60 minutes of audio from the currently tuned
- 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.
- Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of
channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is
required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive
digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you
listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio
features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio,
your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound,
and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD
Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM
- Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast
multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the
amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast
station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.
- Station Text w/ Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can
offer text and data such as artist names and song titles, plus Album Art.
The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station
information on the touchscreen monitor of the Alpine X208U. The RDS
(Radio Data System) is a radio information system for analog FM. The RDS
allows you to receive a variety of information such as traffic information,
station names, and song information from standard analog FM radio stations.
- Preset & Direct Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12
FM and 6 AM preset stations. The unit's tuner can automatically seek and
store six strong stations in a selected band in order of signal strength.
Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic
memory search. You can also input a station number directly from the head
unit's LCD touchscreen.
- Tuner Quality Setting: This unit can be set to three
different FM tuner quality settings - Normal (standard), HiFi
(high-quality), or Stable (controls noise).
- Ballgame Mode: In a live broadcast, such as a
sportscast, a time lag occurs between digital sound and analog sound.
Therefore, when live broadcasts are received, time lag between the real
broadcast may occur and this unit can change to analog broadcasting
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Audio &DSP Section
24-Bit DAC: The Alpine X208U utilizes a Burr-Brown
24-bit Digital to Analog Converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.
CTA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for
the built-in amplifier comply with the CTA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing
and measurement standards from the CTA (Consumer Technology Association). All
manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CTA-2006 logo on
- CTA-2006 Power Rating: 16 watts x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
Note: Add the KTP-445A (500KTP445A,
sold separately) Head Unit Power Pack to deliver 45 watts x 4-channel RMS of
power. The KTP-445A is compact enough to install behind the Alpine receiver.
It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need
6ch/4V Preouts + Sub Control: The X208U has three sets of
4-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) for connection of external amplifiers. The
unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the
subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer output level can be
adjusted independently from the main volume setting (0-15); so even at low
volume settings the subwoofer is still audible. The subwoofer output phase can
be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).
High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: This unit is equipped with
active high-pass and low-pass crossovers which limit the frequencies delivered
to the speaker and line-level outputs. Each speaker channel is controlled
independently, so each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which
have they been optimally designed. The crossover adjusts the HFP (high pass
filter) or LPF (low pass filter) frequency point of each speaker pair, and also
the slope (how fast the filter rolls off the highs or lows).
- High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with
a high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front/rear-channel
preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter center frequency
point to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz,
200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6,
12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
- Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass
filter can be set to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz,
125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the low pass filter can
be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
Built-in EQ: The X208U navigation receiver is equipped
with a variety of EQ presets for different types of music, plus a 9-Band
Parametric EQ for fine-tuning the sound to your preference, and Alpine's very
own Bass Engine SQ.
- EQ 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
- 9-Band EQ: You can create three Custom EQ presets 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 +
- Bass Engine SQ: Alpine's Bass Engine SQ optimizes the
sound for all speakers in the vehicle according to the music genre and mood
for well-balanced and effective bass sound. Select from six Bass Engine SQ
Types - Standard (Natural low-pitched sound), Punch (boosted bass sound),
Rich (rich low-pitch sound), Mid Bass (emphasizes presence of upper bass),
Low Bass (emphasizes presences lower bass), and Off (bypasses Bass Engine
Audio Enhancements: The X208U provides Time Correction,
Media Xpander Pro, and Source Volume Level to enhance your listening experience
in the vehicle.
- Time Correction: This unit is able to delay the audio
signal to the speakers closest to the listener with its built-in Time
Correction feature. This effectively creates a perception of increased
distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be
placed at an equal distance between the left and right speakers for optimum
staging. You can adjust the distance (0-336.6cm) or time delay (0.0-9.9msec)
of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener. You are able to save three
time correction presets.
- Media Xpander HD: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander HD
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 HD makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless
of the music source. The FM radio, USB memory, HDMI, iPhone/iPod, Pandora,
and Bluetooth Audio will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in
vehicles with a lot of road noise.
- Source Volume Level: The output level (+/-14dB) of each
source can be individually adjusted. For example, if the Tuner level sounds
lower than Bluetooth, its output can be adjusted without affecting the other
Alpine's TuneIt App: The Alpine TuneIt app (for
Apple iOS 9.0+ &
Android OS 4.0+) is an easy-to-use sound-tuning app that also offers
Facebook notifications. Download this free app from the Apple App Store or
Google Play onto your compatible Apple iPhone or Android device and create a
user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected
to the Alpine receiver via the appropriate Alpine connector cable (500KCU471I
500KCU445I; sold separately) or the 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, LTE 4G,
- Sound Tuning: The Alpine TuneIt app turns your iPhone
or Android smartphone into a sound tuning interface for the Alpine receiver.
Follow the simple 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 Alpine 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 Alpine TuneIt
app must be the active app on your smartphone.
Note: Access to the Alpine TuneIt app 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.
Rear-Panel AV Input: The Alpine X208U is fitted with one
rear-panel AV minijack (3.5mm) input to connect an external AV source.
Camera Input: The X208U features a proprietary camera
input for connecting one of Alpine's proprietary backup cameras (sold
separately). There is also a composite video rearview camera adapter which
allows you to connect almost any camera with a composite video connector, like
Alpine's Alpine HCE-C125 camera (500HCEC125,
sold separately). You can only use one or the other; you cannot use both types
of camera inputs.
- Multi-View: The X208U's camera input can be set as a
Rear camera, Front camera, or Side camera.
- Guidelines: The rear-view camera function also provides
on-screen color-coded guidelines to assist you when backing up your vehicle
into a parking space. There is also a Hitch Guide feature which marks the
position of the junction between your vehicle and your trailer on the head
unit's monitor, when backing up.
- Auto Rearview Switching: If a rear-view camera is
connected, you should also connect the unit's reverse lead wire
(Orange/white) to your vehicle's back-up lamp circuit. When properly
connected, the image from the rear-view camera automatically appears on the
monitor when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. Automatic video switching
takes approximately 0.75 seconds.
Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up
aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In
addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure
everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.
Optional Multi-Camera Selector: You can connect up to three
cameras (Front, Rear, & Side) using Alpine's KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector (500KCXC250,
sold separately). The KCX-C250MC only works with the Alpine's proprietary
cameras (sold separately). The KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector allows up to
three cameras to be easily controlled right from the receiver's touchscreen. The
names of the connected camera systems appear on the main screen, so you can
simply select the camera system you want to use. You can then choose the viewing
option from that camera to be displayed on the screen.
iDatalink Serial Port: This Alpine navigation receiver is
compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR,
sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket
Alpine receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that
feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory
OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, select Volkswagens
with factory digital amplifier, select Toyota/Scion vehicles, and select Fiat
- Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their
factory radio for this aftermarket Alpine head unit; while retaining the
Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system,
steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911
assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car
(which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features
will vary by vehicle.
- Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink
Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate
controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges,
Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar
Warning), and Visual Park Assist. These extra features will vary by vehicle.
Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable,
which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module
with the correct firmware from
website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll
also need a
vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Alpine receiver's OEM
Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory
system before initial operation.
Touchscreen & Remote Control
8" Capacitive Touchscreen: The 8" capacitive touchscreen
boasts a 800 x 480 resolution (1.15 million pixels) with a 16:9 widescreen
aspect ratio. The capacitive touchscreen offers high visibility and brightness
that make it easy to see even in direct sunlight. The capacitive touchscreen
also requires less pressure, responds faster, and can recognize multiple touch
points simultaneously; all advantages when compared to traditional resistive
touchscreen displays. The X208U's intuitive touchscreen interface allows
for 4-way swipe action control - Left, Right, Down, & Up.
- Swipe to the Right to access the Audio and Video commands. Within the
Audio and Video screen, you can swipe across to access all your
entertainment sources (such as HD Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM (optional),
Bluetooth audio streaming, etc.).
- Swipe to the Left to access Preset buttons or the Quick Search mode
- Swipe Down to access the adjustment settings to the Audio system or Rear
Seat Entertainment system (sold separately).
- Swipe Up to access Bluetooth and Source Selection.
Note: Conveniently located Power/Menu, Source, Maps, Volume
Up/Down, Previous/Next Track, Favorite, and Voice buttons are accessible
along the bottom edge of the 7" touchscreen monitor for quick access and
Perfect F.I.T. Design: Because of its large 8" touchscreen
LCD monitor, the X208U will not fit a standard Single-DIN or Double-DIN dash
opening. To accommodate this large screen in your vehicle's dash, Alpine offers
a line of Perfect Factory Integration Technology (F.I.T.) packages specifically
for the X208U. Alpine's Perfect F.I.T. installation packages allow the X208U to
fit seamlessly into select vehicle dashes. Each vehicle-specific Perfect F.I.T.
kit matches the shape, color and texture of your vehicle's dash, for a
factory-finish look. Each kit comes with all the necessary accessories for the
X208U, including vehicle-specific harness, antenna adapter and steering-wheel
interface for vehicles with steering wheel control. Kits are currently available
for several truck and SUV platforms. If there is not a compatible Perfect F.I.T.
dash kit for your vehicle or if you want a custom installation, use the KTX-UTB8
Universal Trim Bezel (sold separately)instead.
Video Lockout: For safety and legal reasons, the X208U
features a video lock-out feature to prevent the driver from viewing a video
source (HDMI or USB) while the vehicle is in motion. To watch a video source,
the vehicle must be stopped with the parking brake engaged and the ignition in
the ACC or ON position. This also includes advanced setup menus. CarPlay &
Android Auto do not require the Parking Brake to be engaged.
Start Up Time: The Alpine X208U has a start up time of
approximately 7.1 seconds from Off to the Navigation or AV source screen.
Dual Screen: The Alpine X208U lets you display the
Navigation and Audio/Visual screens simultaneously, side-by-side. You can switch
the right and left screens using simple drag & drop touchscreen commands.
My Favorites: This unit enables you to recall functions
easily be registering frequently used items, such as specific sources, to the
Favorite screen. You can create up to 6 favorite screens with up 54 selections
Variable Color Illumination: You can adjust the receiver's
LCD screen color from Blue, Green, Red, or White. You can also adjust the color
illumination of the head unit's hard-key buttons from Blue, Light Blue, Aqua,
Red, Green, Yellow, or Amber.
Brightness Control: You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
backlight from -15 to +15 and the brightness of the button illumination from -2
to +2. You can then select one of the following modes for both the LCD's
backlight and button illumination - Auto (adjusts the brightness of the
background illumination based on the ambient light in your vehicle), On (keeps
the background illumination of the monitor dark), or Off (keeps the background
illumination of the monitor bright).
Clock Display: The X208U lets you select between a 12
hour or 24 hour clock. The clock is displayed on each source screen and turns
off when the head unit is powered down.
Remote Control: The Alpine X208U offers compatibility
with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and supports
Alpine's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for added convenience.
- 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 X208U is
wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RU4202,
sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's basic
tuner & playback functions. The remote does not offer navigation control.
Accessory Control Ready: The optional KAC-001 External
Accessory Controller (500KAC001,
sold separately) lets you control your vehicle's external accessories - like a
winch, light bar, and tire air compressor - from the X208U's touchscreen. The
KAC-001 works with up to eight relay-connected accessories. Each accessory can
be configured for a pulsed, latched or momentary output. A graphical icon and
name can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the